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Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

In Love with Sensuous Rose

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush ($28.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pale pink-beige with a soft, satin finish. It has subtle warm undertones, but it’s just barely warm. I almost wanted to describe it as coral, but I think the muted quality of the color makes it something else–that’s where the beige tones come in. Tarina Tarantino Feather is pinker. MAC Ladyblush is a bit darker (and a cream product).

Pure Color Blush is supposed to be “fresh, radiant color [that] lasts all day, won’t streak or fade” with an “ultra-silky powder [that] sweeps on sheer for a natural glow” or “builds for contoured and sculpted definition.” It’s a blush that you don’t have to worry about being too heavy-handed with, but if you need more color, it’s buildable. It’s also supposed to wear all day without streaking or fading.

I’ve only tried this shade from this formula, but it was a stunner and more than impressive! It’s extremely soft and silky-smooth–absolutely finely-milled–and looks that way on the skin. The way it melts onto the skin gives such a great natural finish and sheen, so it never emphasizes pores or skin imperfections. Estee Lauder really nailed the pigmentation, too; it applies easily and evenly without going overboard, but it still shows up on my skin tone (I’m about medium in color) even with just one sweep of color. The color is buildable to more dramatic (true-to-pan) color without having to pile it on. It wore for a full ten hours, and it very slight, noticeable fading after twelve hours–incredible wear.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush Sensuous Rose

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Make Up For Ever Eye Prime

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime
Make Up For Ever Eye Prime

New Primer on the Block

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime ($22.00 for 0.18 oz.) is described as a “light nude” primer that “reinforces eyeshadow hold and intensifies its color.” It’s supposed to help your eyeshadows look more true-to-color and prevent them from creasing and fading. While it appears to be a pale beige if you swatch it on your skin, once blended onto the skin as a thin layer, it’s invisible against my skin tone. I would only imagine seeing the slightest lightness on darker complexions, because it pretty much blends to an invisible layer of product. For the purpose of this review, I used “pigmentation” as the metric to measure whether the primer made colors look true-to-pan or not.

As a result, this formula is most comparable to popular primers Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Both have a similar consistency and look. The differences are negligible, and I don’t think most would notice unless you were really looking for them. Make Up For Ever Eye Prime seems a little wetter and more emollient in a way, as it slides across even dry areas well without emphasizing them. It helps lids look smoother, and it does prevent eyeshadow from creasing and fading. I tested some eyeshadows that typically crease and fade if worn alone over this, and I saw improved wear–none of the creasing/fading that would have occurred had I applied them over my bare lids. I don’t think it necessarily amped up my eyeshadow, but it didn’t subdue it, either, which some primers can do, depending on their coloring.

You might know this already, but Urban Decay’s Original Primer Potion creases on me after six hours or so–sometimes it holds up better, sometimes it doesn’t. Too Faced I haven’t had problems with, and I can use other shades of Urban Decay’s (like Eden). I would also say it compares favorably with NARS Smudgeproof, which looks white when swatched and goes on invisible once blended out. NARS has a slightly more velvety feel after it dries down.

Make Up For Ever’s is the most expensive of the bunch at $122/oz. Urban Decay is $54/oz., Too Faced is $51/oz., and NARS is $92/oz. Both Make Up For Ever and NARS come in an opaque tube with a doe-foot applicator, while Urban Decay and Too Faced come in squeeze-tubes.

Which of these primers have you tried? Does one work better than the other?

Make Up For Ever   Eye Prime
Eye Prime
Eye Prime
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Zoya Natty Nail Lacquer

Zoya Natty Nail Lacquer
Zoya Natty Nail Lacquer

Let’s Get Chatty About Natty!

Zoya Natty Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “smoky deep steel blue.” It’s a subdued, smoky navy blue with a cream finish. Chanel Blue Rebel is very similar–perhaps a touch smokier. China Glaze First Mate is richer, less subdued. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is bluer, less smoky.

The color is fully opaque after two coats, and it covers evenly and smoothly.  It had a good balance between thick and thin, so it applied fluidly across the nail without dragging or pooling along the sides.  The drying time seemed about average, neither quick nor slow, and had a semi-glossy finish when dry (without a top coat).  I typically get a full week of wear with Zoya with very minor tip wear but no chipping, with or without a base/top coat.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Natty
Natty
Natty
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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LUSH Vibrance Liquid Lipstick

LUSH Vibrance Liquid Lipstick
LUSH Vibrance Liquid Lipstick

Too Gritty to Call It True Love

LUSH Vibrance Liquid Lipstick ($22.95 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “shimmering, golden orange.” It’s a brightened tangerine orange with lighter, golden orange shimmer/glitter. OCC Banjee is similar in color to the lighter shimmer, but it’s an opaque lip color with no shimmer. I couldn’t think of anything that came that close. You would better be able to achieve a look like this by wearing an orange lipstick and pairing it with a gold-shimmered gloss.

It was somewhat challenging trying to figure out what exactly the formula was supposed to do, so I referred to the original press release. I gathered these should be hydrating, fairly pigmented, and leave lips soft post-application.  The color coverage is semi-sheer to semi-opaque, but it’s rather uneven. The shimmer/glitter felt noticeably gritty, and the particles seemed to gravitate towards each other in bunches, which contributed to the uneven application. It had a watery consistency–thin, loose–but it felt more like a lipstick once it dried down on the lips.

I didn’t detect any scent or taste while testing it for wear. It managed four hours, but there was some stray glitter/shimmer that had traveled outside of my lip area. Not drying, not hydrating, but the grittiness of the sparkle made it uncomfortable to wear.  It’s housed in a glass bottle with a doe-foot applicator attached to the black screw-top lid. The applicator doesn’t reach the bottom of the jar, so if you end up using the majority, you may not be able to reach the bottom (try using a separate lip brush or turn it upside down in a sample container).

LUSH Vibrance Liquid Lipstick

C+
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

Bobbi Brown Coral Shimmer Blush

Bobbi Brown Coral Shimmer Blush
Bobbi Brown Coral Shimmer Blush

Bobbi Brown Coral Shimmer Blush ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “soft coral.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-coral with gold shimmer. Burberry Blossom is similar but more matte, slightly more orange. MAC Supercontinental is pinker and a smidgen lighter. Tom Ford Lovelust is lighter and more shimmery. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose is lighter and less red.

It’s not too red, but if you have natural pink tones in your coloring, it might not be the best coral (you might look for something with a stronger peach hue). The texture is soft but not powdery, dry but not stiff.  It blends easily and evenly, and it packs plenty of color payoff. You don’t have to worry about having to use the lightest hand with the most feathery blush to apply it, but you can easily go from sheer to dramatic without having to pile on the product. When I tested the shade, Coral lasted eight hours without fading.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush Coral
Coral
Coral

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Lipglasses

MAC Boundless Beige Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Boundless Beige Pro Longwear Lipglass

The Goldilocks of Long-Wearing Lipgloss

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses ($19.50 for 0.06 oz.) sees the introduction of six new shades and two repromoted shades: Boundless Beige (light warm beige with pearl), Driven by Love (red-blue with slight pearl), Everlasting Nude (mid-tone warm nude), Forever Rose (mid-tone neutral rose), Long Love Love (light cool pink), Next Fad (mid-tone cool pink), Patience Please (light pink-blue), and Persistent Peach (light warm peach). The only shade that is limited edition is Everlasting Nude.

MAC describes these as, “A longwearing Lipglass that goes on smooth and lasts for up to six hours! Envelops lips with shine and colour and pro-longs the hours between re-application.”

Boundless Beige is a semi-sheer pale beige with gold and beige shimmer. This is the one shade out of the eight launched that doesn’t look much like the rest of the range (which is more opaque). It wore four hours on me. MAC Jana is less warm. MAC Almond Blossom is less shimmery.

Driven by Love is a rich, blue-based medium-dark red with brightened ruby red micro-shimmer. It has opaque color coverage, and it applies beautifully–even, smooth, and it doesn’t seem to bunch up on itself if you happen to press your lips together. It continues to be one of the best-performing shades from this formula. It wore six hours and still looked rather good at that point. MAC Restless is similar but doesn’t have the shimmer. MAC Russian Red is slightly less deep.

Everlasting Nude is a warm peach with a hint of beige and no shimmer. It delivered mostly opaque color, and I was able to get even color overall, but it did move and bunch up on itself if I pressed my lips together even fleetingly. This shade lasted five hours. MAC Whoops! is darker. MAC Temper Tantra is just a smidgen darker and less glossy. MAC Fold and Tuck Lipglass is shimmery. Korres Natural Purple is similar in color.

Forever Rose is a strawberry-red with warm undertones. It’s not red, but it’s not quite pink–it’s almost coral-tinged. It applied mostly evenly, didn’t settle into lip lines too noticeably, and had opaque color coverage. This shade does not have any shimmer, and it lasted for six hours on my lips with some color still intact at that point. Revlon Strawberry is more muted, sheerer, so it’s not that close even though they seemed that way in the tube. MAC Star Quality is pinker, sheerer. MAC Galaxy Rose is pinker, less red.

Long Love Love is a blue-based light-medium pink. It has opaque color, but it’s a pain to apply, because it is very streaky and has a tendency to settle into lip lines. This one was really high maintenance, as the color so easily moved around and would look uneven. This shade wore for four and a half hours. MAC Snob is similar, perhaps a fraction darker. MAC Enchantee is grayer.

Next Fad is a light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and white shimmer. This one has more semi-opaque color coverage, as the natural lip color does come through. It lasted for four hours on my lips. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is yellower. MAC Please Me is lighter and doesn’t have the shimmer.

Patience Please is a pale beige that has a hint of pink and has a creamy finish. It settles into lip lines and does not apply as evenly as I’d like. It has a tendency to bunch up on itself if you press your lips together. The color coverage is opaque, and it wore for five hours on me. NARS Spring Break has shimmer and is more beige. MAC The Wee Coquette is similar but sheerer.

Persistent Peach is a medium peach with a hint of pink. It has a creamy finish and mostly opaque color. It settles into lip lines somewhat, and it does have some unevenness issues. It will fold over itself if you press your lips together (even briefly). This shade lasted five hours. MAC So Vain is a bit darker. Benefit Spiked Punch is a smidgen darker and has shimmer. MAC Perennial High Style is lighter.

Some people will like the formula for its long-wearing properties, but I know a lot of people already dislike MAC Lipglass for its thick, tacky consistency. These are thicker, less movable, and sticky. It’s almost gluey when worn. There’s something about the texture that’s not quite comfortable. They come with a pinched foam applicator, which worked fine for me, but it is a bit large, so those with thinner lips may find it cumbersome.

One of the problems that seems to stem from the consistency is that these do not apply evenly and are even harder to keep even. This is a problem that varies in its intensity from shade to shade. Driven by Love applies and stays even, but shades like Patience Please (so aptly named) and Long Love Love are high-maintenance. Overall, these shades were an improvement over last year’s.

These wear about as long as advertised; the light shades tend to get between four and five hours, while darker shades get the full six. The wear is impressive overall, and I really appreciate that MAC only says six hours–they don’t go nuts and say something crazy like 14, you know? I think most consumers would be pleasantly surprised and happy to see six hours of wear with their gloss. Would we love longer? Sure. But only if they can deliver 🙂

They’re vanilla-scented but don’t have a discernible taste.  A (somewhat) hidden downside is these only have a measly 0.06 oz. of product in them; Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz. (almost three times as much) and costs $4.50 less. They don’t appear small, as the tubes look much larger than Lipglass.

MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Lipglasses

B-
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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