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Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle cool undertones. On my warmer complexion, when it is sheered out, it almost looks warm-toned, but it’s really not. Milani Green Safari is very close, just slightly more frosted. MAC Feeling Fresh is warmer and lighter. MAC Fresh Flare is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here is very close but a powder product.

Extreme Emerald had good color payoff–not fully opaque on the lid–but certainly not just a sheer wash of color. It was a little difficult to build-up the color and blend it, because it didn’t apply evenly. The consistency of this shade was wetter than other Shadow Paints I’ve tested, and as a result, it was prone to creasing because the drying time was much longer than the other shades. What I noticed was that while it creased initially, it didn’t crease more during the day–so however it dries is how it stays.  If it’s a color you’re interested in, I recommend closing your eyes for two to three minutes and/or watching and lightly blending out the creasing as it happens.  I re-tested it this way, and I didn’t have any color gathered in the creases, though it was still a bit patchy in color overall.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint Extreme Emerald

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Burberry Coral Pink Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Coral Pink Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Coral Pink Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Coral Pink Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a subtly warmed-up dark pink with a hint of coral. It has a soft, satiny finish with a barely-there sheen. MAC Whole Lotta Love is lighter. MAC Supernova is more shimmery, less warm-toned. MAC Mocha is slightly more subdued. NARS Amour is more coral.  Worth noting:  I couldn’t see much of a difference between Coral Pink and Hydrangea Pink (the other shade released in the collection) once applied and blended out. I bought both to review, but I don’t think both are necessary if you intend to wear them sheered out–I do think the nuances will be better seen on cooler skin tones, though.

Again, one of Burberry’s aims for their spring/summer collection was to introduce “radiant colour” into their range. Coral Pink is incredibly pigmented–if you are a fan of NARS’ richness in their blush range, you’ll appreciate the intensity found in the newest addition to Burberry’s blush range. I highly recommend using a light hand or a feathery brush for application.  The texture of the powder is soft as silk, finely-milled, and applies smoothly and evenly (Burberry’s blushes are some of the softest, most velvety powders I’ve come across).  It’s blendable once applied, and Coral Pink wore eight hours well but had some signs of fading after nine hours.

Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush Coral Pink
Coral Pink
Coral Pink
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Burberry Pink Sweet Pea Lip Glow Lipgloss

Burberry Pink Sweet Pea Lip Glow Lipgloss
Burberry Pink Sweet Pea Lip Glow Lipgloss

Burberry Pink Sweet Pea Lip Glow Lipgloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant fuchsia pink with subtle cool undertones and iridescent fuchsia micro-shimmer. Estee Lauder Violet Rain is a bit bolder and has a much larger shimmer (more like glitter). MAC Gimme That! is redder. NARS Hot Wired is also redder.

Burberry’s spring shades are an “introduction of radiant colours” to the brand’s beauty range, with Pink Sweet Pea meant to be a “playful” shade. I put that out there, because the Lip Glow formula is also described as “a hint of color” normally. So, good news to those who love more pigmented and opaque glosses, because Pink Sweet Pea is certainly that–semi-opaque to mostly opaque with an underlying translucency that gives the natural lip color an opportunity to peek through. Based on Burberry’s spring/summer collection, which is what the spring beauty range is supposed to have drawn inspiration from, everything is bold, bright, and colorful.

It is a really lovely gloss formula that’s gel-like and cushion-y when worn.  It’s a comfortable gloss to wear, and it’s lightly hydrating–it’s not going to outdo a dedicated lip balm, but it won’t leave you reaching for the nearest lip balm for a few hours post-wear.  It’s non-sticky and it has a floral scent, and while I’ve experienced it at a higher potency in other Lip Glows, it seemed subtler here.  Pink Sweet Pea wore four and a half hours on me.

Burberry Lip Glow Pink Sweet Pea
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “pastel lavender pink.” It’s a milky, pale lavender-pink with subtle shimmer. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is pinker, more opaque. MAC Pink Fade is a touch lighter. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter. MAC Stay Sweet is warmer, pinker. MAC Good Times is less cool-toned. MAC Pink Fade is cooler-toned.

It’s semi-sheer and allows a lot of the natural lip color to come through, which can warm/cool the color as well as make it appear pinker/redder. Because of its lightness, it does settle into lip lines and can cause lines of demarcation if you press your lips together. On my lips, it definitely appeared less purple applied than it does swatched or in the tube. When I applied it over Viva Glam Nicki 2 lipstick, it gave it a glossier look (of course!) and added a smidgen of pink–gave it less of a cool-toned vibe.  It wore three hours on my lips, and the texture and consistency is true-to-formula–thicker and tackier than your average gloss.

MAC Lipglass Viva Glam Nicki 2
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pastel lavender pink” with an Amplified finish. It’s a cool-toned, lavender pink with a creamy finish and natural sheen. MAC Budding Love is darker. MAC Fresh Amour is purpler. MAC Quite Cute is a touch pinker. MAC Pink Friday is darker, pinker. MAC I Like It Like That is darker, pinker. MAC Blooming Lovely is a little grayer and darker.  MAC Viva Glam Gaga is pinker and darker.

Viva Glam is by far one of my favorite charitable beauty causes, because it really does give back–the full selling price of the lipstick. It’s not just a gimmick where they give some unknown “portion of proceeds” or a dismal 5%.  Viva Glam Nicki 2 is fully opaque and has good slip and glide. It didn’t pull or tug at the lips while I applied the color from the tube.  When I wore it, the shade lasted four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating during that time.  This color did seem to make my teeth appear a little yellower.

MAC Lipstick Viva Glam Nicki 2
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

MAC Plumful Lipstick

MAC Plumful Lipstick
MAC Plumful Lipstick

MAC Plumful Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “blossoming rose-plum” with a Lustre finish. It’s a pinky-plum with a little brightness but nothing too red or too over-the-top. Bobbi Brown Plum Rose is darker. MAC Capricious is more plum. Maybelline Bit of Berry is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is pinker.

I find that this always looks very pink on me, and it often looks less pink on others. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; there’s translucency so it allows the natural lip color to come through. If you have redder lips, this is going to turn into a reddish plum shade and look less pink.  It has a soft, luminous finish, and it wears for three to four hours on me.  Plumful is probably one of my favorite Lustre finishes, because it isn’t drying and wears a bit longer than the norm.  It is, unfortunately, sold out with the snake skin embossing (although maybe MAC will restock), but Plumful is around in regular packaging all year-round, as it is part of the permanent range.

MAC Lipstick Plumful
Plumful
Plumful
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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