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Burberry Pink Apricot (301) Lip Velvet

Burberry Pink Apricot Lip Velvet
Burberry Pink Apricot (301) Lip Velvet

Burberry Pink Apricot (301) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is peachy coral with the barest pink tinge. The finish is a satiny-matte–a matte with a soft, natural sheen. MAC Jazzed has a higher sheen, less pink. MAC In a Heartbeat is very comparable in color but it has a glossier finish. MAC Reel Sexy is pinker, coral. YSL Peach Passion has more of a sheen.

Burberry’s new Lip Velvet formula is supposed to be long-wearing and have a velvet-matte finish, while feeling both comfortable and hydrating to wear. The color is described as “dense and luminous.” The packaging has a matte finish instead of the glossy cases of the brand’s regular lipstick range. It has a magnetic enclosure and comes in a square tube.  It has a sweet, almost fruity, scent but no discernible taste.

It’s creamy, glides on easily, and feels like it has a fair amount of silicone in it (it just has that smooth glide of silicone).  Pink Apricot goes on with full color coverage and wore well for six and a half hours.  During and post-wear, it was not drying.  It was lightly hydrating overall, and I don’t need to reach for lip balm after wearing this for eight hours.  Despite its creaminess, it’s lightweight and has a thin consistency–not thick or movable really.  There’s a very subtle cling but not the kind that you really feel, just the kind where you know your lipstick won’t be migrating everywhere.

Burberry Lip Velvet Pink Apricot (301)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep

Benefit Stay Don't Stray in Medium/Deep
Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep ($26.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a liquid product that can be used an eyeshadow base to keep eyeshadow in place and keep the color looking true as well as to keep concealer in place. I reviewed the formula when it originally debuted, and as I said then and can reiterate now: it is a fantastic product. The major downside was the packaging, which Benefit had used a pump-type dispenser that dispensed far and away too much product. Like the amount you’d need to cover your face, rather than just underneath your eye or on the lid.

In January (yes, of 2013), Benefit will debut new packaging and a new shade in Medium/Deep, which is about the color of NC35/NC40 I’d say. My arm is right around NC20, while my face around NC25/NC30. There’s a definite warm tone to the Medium/Deep shade (the original shade is closer to neutral). The finish was completely matte. It is a liquid, but it has a very thin, lightweight consistency that spreads easily, evenly, and dries down quickly.

It worked well at keeping crease-prone eyeshadows on the lid and prevented the creasing. When I layered it under my concealer, it also helped prolong the wear by another hour or so. On me, this was a bit too dark to use underneath my eye–mixed with the original shade, and it was a better match.

The new packaging features a twist-open cap with a doe-foot applicator attached to it. For me, it’s a major improvement over the pump. After trying and using primers that come in a tube, I’m not in love with them. I find that the product separates or will squirt out (causing waste). I’m not convinced doe-foot applicators are the very best, but it’s the type of applicator I’ve have liked the most from what I’ve used so far.  Tubes are just slightly under them in my experience.  I like both, not sold on either, but huge, huge improvement from the pump system they had before.  I also appreciate when a brand listens to their customer base–both by creating a darker shade and tackling problematic packaging.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Medium/Deep
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

Dior Grand Bal False Eyelashes Quick Review & Photos

Dior Gold Crystals False Eyelashes
Dior Gold Crystals False Eyelashes

Grand Holiday Lashes

Dior Grand Bal False Eyelashes ($28.00/pair) come in two styles with two shades each. The first pair are adorned with either silver or gold crystals, while the second pair has three “pearls” on the outermost portion of the lash in either silver or gold.  Both styles are rather dramatic, as the first pair flares out with a wide, feathery look, while the second style is thicker, heavier-lidded.  These had good flex, bend, and can be trimmed easily.  Dior includes glue with each pair, and the glue didn’t take too long to become tacky, and it held the lash in place well.  I haven’t used these in a real look yet – only played with them on bare lids, so no pictures to share of them being worn at this time (hence, quick review).

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Chanel Notorious Ombre Contrast / Sculpting Veil

Chanel Notorious Ombre Contrast / Sculpting Veil
Chanel Notorious Ombre Contrast / Sculpting Veil

Chanel Notorious Ombre Contrast / Sculpting Veil ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mauve-taupe.” It’s a mauve-tinged gray-brown–it is dominated by gray and has a very cool-toned feel. As a contour color, I couldn’t think of anything similar that I’ve come across. As an eyeshadow, there are a few shades that come (somewhat) close. MAC Cloudy Afternoon is lighter and frosted. bareMinerals Exhale is slightly less mauve. Urban Decay Bust is a touch darker and more shimmery. MAC Fashion Fix is less mauve. NARS Lhasa is more mauve and shimmery.

It’s limited edition, becoming increasingly sought after, and is now sold out online but is still available at select Chanel counters across the country. If you’re not so inclined to try and hunt it down but want to try something similar, consider using a powder eyeshadow (potential dupes listed above) instead.

I don’t think I’d run around for hours looking for it nor pay double or triple the price on eBay.  It’s an interesting product, and I think for cool-toned complexions, an excellent contour shade.  As an eyeshadow, it’s rather sheer and almost feels powdery in that application.   The texture is very soft, finely-milled, and a bit powdery, which lends itself to a naturally sheer, barely-there application when used as a blush. If used as an eyeshadow, it seems to apply with more payoff initially, but be light-handed when you blend, as it can sheer out easily.  The mauve in this is really what makes this so appropriate for cooler skin tones.  The sheerness means it will work best on light to light-medium skin tones.  It’s not too buildable, so I would not recommend it for darker complexions. Given how Chanel described it, the pigmentation seems to be a little under what was expected but not by much.

On my skin tone, I needed to layer it several times to get it to show up, and with my warmer, yellow undertones, it looked very bruise-like rather than sophisticated and shadowy. With enough blending and fading, it was wearable, but it was just not naturally suitable with my undertones (MAC Sculpt works better for me and requires far less work for anyone curious!) so unfortunately, I can’t show it at its fullest potential.  I’ve worn it a few times now, and it wears well for eight hours with very, very minimal fading.  The photos below show Notorious used as a contour alone (left) and with a blush (right; MAC Unconventional).

The easiest contour powders to use are ones that are just right for your coloring; contouring is to enhance the natural structure of your face and for most, the goal is something subtle.  For lighter, cool-toned beauties, this might be the sweet spot you’ve been looking for.  For medium to dark complexions, this might not show up well.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Notorious
Notorious
Notorious
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

L’Oreal Something Shiny Infallible Lipgloss

L'Oreal Something Shiny Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Something Shiny Infallible Lipgloss

A Barely-There, Sheer Gold-Shimmered Gloss

L’Oreal Something Shiny Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is sheer, gold-shimmered gloss. There is a very slight yellow tint to the otherwise clear base color. MAC Phiff is similar, just has larger sparkle particles. Bobbi Brown Bare has a colored mix of sparkle.

Something Shiny adds a modicum of shimmer, but it primarily adds shine.  It also seemed to warm up my natural lip color (giving it a warmer undertone, which is nice, given my natural lip color is corpse-like!).  Because the formula is slightly drying, it’s better layered over a lipstick to add a healthy dose of high-gloss shine.  The gloss has a thin consistency and gritty, tacky texture.  This particular shade smelled mostly sweet and fruity without the medicinal quality that some of the other shades have had.  When I tried wearing Something Shiny, the shine lasted for three hours, and the shimmer had vanished by the fourth hour–not quite the eight-hour wear promised.

L'Oreal Infallible 8-HR Le Gloss Something Shiny
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5
Longevity
4.5
Application
76%
Total

MAC Taste Temptation Lipglasses

MAC Good Times Lipglass
MAC Good Times Lipglass

Three Lipglasses to Tempt You

MAC Taste Temptation Lipglasses ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) features three shades: Good Times (pale mauve), Revenge is Sweet (vivid purple), and Perky (mid-tone shimmering lilac)–the latter I do not have but will purchase when the collection launches online. Both Good Times and Revenge is Sweet are repromotes.

Good Times is a pale, gray-ish pink-beige with a cream finish. It yielded mostly opaque color coverage, but it does settle into lip lines. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Pink Fade is pinker, more blue-based.  This shade was released twice last year, so you may already have it.

Revenge is Sweet darkens my natural lip color to a reddish-pink and adds a fine dusting of iridescent fuchsia-purple micro-shimmer. The way it sits and looks reminds me of jelly nail polishes. MAC Dress Kimono is lighter. MAC Fabulous Fun has glitter rather than shimmer.

Perky will be reviewed when I can purchase it.

MAC Lipglass is vanilla-scented, sticky, on the thicker side , and tends to wear a little longer than the average gloss.  I noticed that Good Times had an odd, almost plastic-like scent.  It was not the normal vanilla-scented gloss I’m used to, though there was a lingering vanilla in it, there was also something else.  Good Times wore for four hours, while Revenge is Sweet wore for there hours.  They were neither drying nor hydrating.

MAC Taste Temptation Lipglasses

B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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