Friday, July 29th, 2011


Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne with pearl.” High Shimmer Lip Glosses are supposed to have “light-catching shimmer with lasting, non-sticky shine” that will “moisturize, condition, and protect lips.” All of Bobbi Brown’s lipglosses now feature a doe-footed applicator (and they’re all a whopping 0.24 fl. oz. now).

Bare Sparkle is silver and champagne glittered gloss with flecks of copper thrown in, and all three hues of micro-glitter are suspended in a–virtually–colorless base. The way these sparkle reminds me of Chanel Glossimers–less color but lots of shine and glitz. As far as I can infer from the description, these are expected to run sheer in color.  It is easily duped, because ultimately it’s shimmer and no distinguishable color (just look in the Sheer Lipgloss gallery, and there are dozens of similar shades).

The formula is medium-thickness, and it applies evenly without trouble (probably helped by the fact there isn’t any real color!). It’s non-sticky, but it wears around four hours for me.  It smells like mint, but it’s not overwhelming or sweet, though there is no noticeable taste.  It wears well, and it doesn’t dry out lips–a little moisturizing, not ultra hydrating or a replacement for a real lip balm.

The most surprising element about this gloss is how noticeable, yet fine, the glitter particles are. Often, glosses chocked full of glitter are fun to wear initially, but the aftermath of traveling and/or gritty leftover glitter makes them a nuisance as they wear away. These are so much better! I didn’t experience any wayward glitter as it faded away (aka, I didn’t find glitter that was once in my gloss on my nose!), and it never felt gritty or rough, even as the gloss itself waned.

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Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

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Bare Sparkle is about as sheer in color as one can get with a gloss, but it packed with a ton of sparkle and shine--but not in a way that's overdone or gaudy. If you like Chanel Glossimers, I think you'd like these--or at least they'd be worth a look-see!

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, July 29th, 2011


NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo

NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo

NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering blue turquoise” and “dark aquamarine.”

On the left, there is a twinkling sky blue with a hint of teal and white frost finish. Inglot #415 is similar but it leans a touch greener and has a subtle golden sheen. The color payoff of this shade was excellent–so densely packed with color with a rich, smooth texture that made it easy to blend and apply.

On the right, there is a muted, silvered blue with a silver-white shimmer-sheen. It’s paler and bluer compared to MAC Moon’s Reflection, while Urban Decay Mary Jane is much darker. It has good color payoff, but it is a touch sheerer compared to the left shade. It’s very soft, though, and it applies well onto the skin.

Per NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

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NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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Both shades are distinctly blue but not over-the-top blue. I liked how one shade is a brighter blue, while the other is subtler, more muted.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011


NYX English Rose HD Grinding Blush

NYX English Rose HD Grinding Blush

NYX English Rose HD Grinding Blush ($16.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pretty-in-pink shade of cotton candy pink, which leans a little blue, and applies sheerly. It can be built to about medium intensity, but it’s not overly pigmented or intense. It is, overall, a lighter shade, and it has a subtle sheen that’s neither frosty or too reflective (so it does not emphasize pores). It is similar to MAC Briar Rose but a touch pinker. It is a little lighter than Illamasqua Chased. I imagine it is similar to MAC Well-Dressed as well.

My favorite part about the HD Grinding Blushes is how smooth and soft they are, without being powdery–they are finely milled and don’t poof! a puff of dust when you go to use them. The softness lends itself to effortless application, because it blends out easily and never looks overdone–but you have to trade-off color payoff for that. I only get around six hours of good wear with this product–by the seventh hour, it’s hardly visible any more.

Please consider reading my original review of NYX HD Grinding Blush for more, in-depth commentary on the packaging.

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Surprisingly, despite its shortcomings, there is something about this product I like. It's a product I would reach for, but I recognize that it's below-average wear is a major issue. The packaging is less functional than it seems, and it's likely you're paying part of the higher price tag for that.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a pink-laced raspberry red with red glitter and a frosted finish. This is my least favorite Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadow I’ve tried from the brand, because the texture is gritty when used dry and still a touch uneven (from the glitter) when used damp. This shade worked best when applied damp, because it allowed the product to bind together and give a smooth finish with opaque color. When applied dry, it is sheer, a little dry, and there is some fall out.

In the past, I’ve been very pleased with Le Metier de Beaute’s eyeshadows–they have a really smooth texture with a rich and buttery feel and excellent color payoff whether they are used dry or wet. Here, Fire Lily seems to be lacking in all of those characteristics in some way. It applies more smoothly when applied damp, but it still has some of the unevenness in the texture due to the glitteryness of the shade itself.

It is redder than MAC Cranberry. It’s only a touch redder and darker compared to Inglot #450. It’s must pinker compared to Urban Decay Gash. It’s closest to MAC Quartz Fusion, slightly less red, and the texture is better than MAC’s.

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It's a good eyeshadow when used wet, and an inferior one when used dry, so it averages out to something in-between--average, perhaps--so if it's something you see yourself only using wet, then it will be of more value to you.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Guerlain Rouge d'Enfer (121) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (121) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (121) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (121) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich ruby red with a subtle sheen. The color coverage is nearly opaque, and it has delicate layer of micro-fine ruby shimmer strewn through the color. It’s a blue-based red, but there is a hint of pink in the base, too, which keeps it from leaning too far on the cooler-toned end of the spectrum. Rouge d’Enfer wore for six solid hours and made it fairly well to the seventh hour, too.

The formula is creamy without being thick or heavy, and it is actually a moisturizing formula. It’s soft and feels like silk when applied. I find these comparable to the Rouge G lipstick, though not as thick or as opaque, but still similar enough. They’re $11 cheaper than the Rouge Gs, and the colors still have the same depth and nuanced shade range that makes Guerlain lipstick always standout to me. To see more photos of the packaging, check out this post. I did not have any issues with the slider of this particular shade!

Chanel Byzantin is similar but a touch pinker. Burberry Hibiscus is quite similar but perhaps a little lighter.

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Guerlain Rouge d'Enfer (121) Rouge Automatique Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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Rouge Automatique is a top-notch formula, because the creaminess of the texture enables it to glide on, making for an easy application, but it's lightweight and never slippery, so it stays on and wears for hours.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow
Lancome Designer Eyeshadow

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “metallic, golden khaki-green.” It’s part of Lancome’s permanent range of Color Design Eyeshadows (which is their individual range). Color Design Eyeshadows have varying finishes, but all of them are supposed to deliver “long-lasting, pigment-packed color [that] stays true for daylong wear.”

Designer is a murky, olive green with a subtle hint of khaki-gold sheen. It has a metallic finish, so it has a more reflective sheen than frosted appearance, despite the healthy dose of shimmer packed into the color. The color payoff is lovely–dense, opaque color–and the texture is soft to the touch, smooth, and blendable. Subtle shades of green that tend to lean a little brown work well for a softer smokier eye, because it’s not as stark as gray or black. It’s very earthy, so it tends to complement many skin tones. I like it paired with champagne-beiges for a softer look and grassy greens for something more vibrant.

It has less brown (and much more shimmer and sheen!) compared to Laura Mercier Pine Bronze. MAC Greensmoke is similar but cooler in tone. Inglot #419 looked similar initially, but it has a much browner base with less green overall.

Worn alone (with no primer), Designer wears well for eight hours. By the ninth hour, there is a subtle creasing and fading. It’s noticeable to someone who’s waiting and watching for it, but it’s not so noticeable that bystanders would point and giggle! Over a primer–unsurprisingly–it wears just fine for twelve hours with no fading or creasing.

The packaging feels a little bulky, given the size of the actual eyeshadow compared to what holds it, but I like the clear lid, and it’s still lightweight.  The clear lid slides open, which is easier on the nails, at least!

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Soft, smooth, and blends easily when applied with excellent color payoff makes Designer worth checking out. It even lasted for a full eight hours without a primer!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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