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Givenchy Magnolia Organza, Mandarine Bolero, Carmin Escarpin Le Rouge

Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright reddish pink.” It’s a bright, bold, medium-dark pink with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous sheen. The color payoff was incredibly rich and yielded full color coverage in a single stroke. It wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is darker, slightly warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Force of Love (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Gracy (LE, $49.50) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Mandarine Bolero (304) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “muted red orange.” It’s a muted, coral-orange with a luminous sheen. It had smooth, opaque color coverage, and the consistency applied evenly. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is somewhat pinker. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $16.00) is more orange. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Carmin Escarpin (306) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm poppy red.” It’s a orange-red with warm undertones and a soft, luminous shine. The consistency was lightly creamy, easy to apply, and applied evenly. The color coverage was very nearly opaque, and the lipstick lasted six hours and left behind a soft stain and was nicely hydrating. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is slightly redder. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is more orange. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is similar. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is also similar. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $15.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Le Rouge Magnolia Organza (301)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Mandarine Bolero (304)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Carmin Escarpin (306)
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Pink Peony Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Pink Peony Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) launched recently as a “moisturizing, creamy lipstick.” They’re supposed to “add a splash of rich color and creamy shine” while delivering “intense moisture.” I’ve been testing two shades over the past couple of weeks, and it’s a decent to good formula, but it didn’t knock it out of the park for me. It really wasn’t that hydrating for me; no more than the average lipstick–just lightly hydrating–and the color and shine disappear after two hours of wear or less. If you eat or drink, good luck getting any wear out of these at all; the product just vanishes!

The texture on the lips isn’t gritty, but it’s not quite smooth… almost waxy in some ways. These were best applied on naturally healthy lips, as the consistency/texture tended to accentuate any imperfections on the lips–definitely exfoliate prior to using these. The color is buildable from sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. If a color is going to be one of those super hydrating, buttery balm-like formulas that wears away quickly, it at least needs to be ultra hydrating to make up for it, and I felt like these just stayed middle-of-the-road on all accounts. The lipsticks are packaged in cardboard containers, which may be a deal-breaker for some.  They have a light mint scent, but I didn’t notice a mint taste.  These looked a lot better when initially applied than they actually are in reality, unfortunately!

Pink Peony Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “blushing pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink–almost a coral-pink–with a luminous sheen. It was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque color with some translucency. It lasted just under two hours on me. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is similar. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is more matte. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is lighter. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Tulip Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mauve rose.” It’s a medium, warm-toned, rosy pink with a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable, color. It lasted almost two hours on me. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is warmer, less pink. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is more mauve. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is brighter. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Pink Peony
Pink Peony
Pink Peony
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick Tulip
Tulip
Tulip
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush
Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is comparable. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled, and at times, a bit powdery, though it did not show on the skin–it looked soft, lightly luminous but never dry or powdery. It blended out easily, and the color was buildable and nicely pigmented. The blush lasted almost eight hours on me before it started to show signs of fading.  The satin finish gave off a gorgeous sheen and luminosity that didn’t emphasize pores.  I think this would be particularly lovely on cooler complexions as a go-to everyday shade.

Givenchy Le Prisme Blush It-Girl Purple
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre
Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre ($7.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich, velvety dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones, and a soft shine. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $49.00) is a touch brighter and warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is also a bit warmer, slightly brighter.MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen brighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is more matte. Guerlain Luxure (P, $49.50) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

The Lip Lustre formula is supposed to be “non-sticky lipcolour, nearly as solid as a lipstick, leaving rich colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness.” They come in lipgloss tubes, but they’re more like a liquid lipstick than a gloss. They can also be purchased as in a trial size (1.5ml vs. 8ml) for $2.00, which, honestly, is plenty of product given how pigmented the shades can be! Winter Romance had mostly opaque color, but there was an all-over translucency that enabled some of the natural color to peek through. It applied evenly, and the color looked smooth on the lips. The consistency is lightweight, lightly creamy, and comfortable to wear. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a stain that continued going for another two hours. However, after four hours of wear, it started to settle into lip lines somewhat. It was neither drying nor hydrating when worn. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Fyrinnae Lip Lustre Winter Romance
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Chanel Nuit Magique Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic & Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel’s Nuit Magique Collection includes two limited edition shades of polish, which released this past Monday. I was underwhelmed by Cosmic, as it’s a shade that we’ve seen several times in the past couple of years, though with larger sparkle, but with the finer, sparser sparkle in Cosmic, it’s hard to see it except under a lot of light or at an angle. Magic was more unique (based on what I’ve reviewed and swatched myself), and it also applied beautifully.

Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “black sparkling with blue and silver pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with fine flecks of navy blue and silver shimmer. The shimmer is somewhat sparse and fine, so from afar, it tended to look more like a black cream. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, but in some ways, it seemed watery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) has larger sparkle. NARS Night Breed (LE, $19.00) also has larger sparkle. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition (LE) has more sparkle. L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is similar. Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) has more sparkle, larger sparkle. Color Club Show Time (P) has more sparkle. China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “daybreak blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue cream; it’s not too cool-toned, and it’s brighter and lighter than navy blue. This shade was incredibly pigmented and was fully opaque after two coats. The consistency was slightly thin, but I didn’t have any application issues. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is the shade I could think of that is most similar in color, but it has a totally different finish. NARS Superstar (LE, $19.00) is less blue. Chanel Blue Rebel (LE, $27.00) is darker. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is a bit darker. Essie Go Overboard (LE, $8.00) is greener. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Cosmic
Cosmic
Cosmic
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Magic
Magic
Magic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Palette (Quick)

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette
Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette ($25.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes eleven eyeshadows, one blush, one bronzer, and an iPhone 5 case.  It has a good mix of neutrals, pops of color, mattes and frosts, and it’s very self-contained. The price is right, and I could see it easily as a stocking stuffer, though the quality is just okay on the whole.  The iPhone case is a cute touch, though obviously the recipient would need an iPhone 5 to take advantage of it. This is a quick review, so I’ve provided dupes but haven’t gone into depth on a shade-by-shade basis. Overall, the quality is decent to good with most shades having fairly good payoff, soft and smooth textures, along with solid wear (eight hours for most).

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #1 is a sooty, medium-dark black with navy blue sparkle. It was dry, stiff, and didn’t have great color payoff. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 is a sparkling, slightly glittery, light beige with warm, golden undertones. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but I didn’t experience fall out with this shade. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 is a medium-dark, coppery brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 is a warm, golden, medium-dark brown with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texturew was fairly soft and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #5 is a cool-toned, medium pink with blue undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly overall. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 is a medium-dark purple with neutral-to-cool undertones and a pearly finish. It was somewhat dry, so the color payoff was on the sheerer end of the spectrum. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 is a coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was quite soft but a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 is dark, slightly cool-toned, brown with golden sparkle. It was on the powdery side, so the color payoff was semi-opaque. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #9 is a cool-toned, bluish-teal with a frosted sheen and teal sparkle. The sparkle did have some fall out, though a lot of the sparkle seemed to get caught in the brush. The color payoff was decent. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 is a cool-toned ivory with a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable but just a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #11 is a soft, neutral-to-warm beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Bronzer is a medium, coppery orange with a golden, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. The finish, however, did emphasize pores somewhat. It lasted almost eight hours on me. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Blush is a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with blue undertones and silver sparkle/frost. It had good pigmentation, and it blended well on the skin. The texture did somewhat emphasize pores on me, and the color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches.

Too Faced Holiday 2013 iPhone Palette Jingle All the Way
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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