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MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipglasses

MAC Budding Love Lipglass
MAC Budding Love Lipglass / Force of Love Lipglass

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipglasses

There are two limited edition MAC Lipglasses ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) in the new Love & Water Collection: Budding Love (pale lavender) and Force of Love (vivid honeysuckle pink). They, obviously, coordinate with the lipsticks–the descriptions are even the same.

Budding Love is a softly blue-based milky pink with soft white and pink shimmer. Because it’s a milkier shade, it does settle into lip lines and doesn’t always look perfectly even once applied. MAC Enchantee is very similar but streakier and has no shimmer. MAC Infinitely Likeable is a yellower pink. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is a bit lighter. MAC English Accents is pinker.

Force of Love is a yellow-based medium-dark pink with white sparkle. It has semi-opaque color coverage with some settling into lip lines. Chanel Pink Pulsion is darker, less opaque. MAC Electro Lush is darker. MAC If It’s Pink… is brighter, more fuchsia. Chanel Pink Teaser is similar but has gold shimmer.

MAC Lipglasses are a sticky, thick gloss, so they have a tendency to wear for four hours.  They’re vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.  I’m not a big fan of this formula when the shade is more pastel, as it tends to settle or have a streaky application, which was the case with Budding Love, though it’s not the worst I’ve seen.  Force of Love has less coral in it compared to the coordinating lipstick, so if you layer this gloss over the lipstick, you’ll pull out more of the pink tones.

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipglasses

B
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described simply as “a soft pink.” If you’re not familiar with this particular gloss formula, it’s supposed to yield “the full color coverage of a lipstick” with “the shine of a gloss” while feeling like a balm when worn. It’s also supposed to “moisturize, condition, and last throughout the day without feathering.”

Angel Pink is a warm, yellow-toned medium pink with a glossy shine. The color itself is creamy and mostly opaque, though because of its creamier finish, it does settle into lip lines slightly. The only gloss that seemed a bit similar was MAC Tour de Fabulous, which is a bit less pink and has lots of shimmer. It did remind me of a yellow-toned version of NYX Stella. Chanel Empire is pinker and darker.

Bobbi Brown gets a lot of things right with this gloss formula–it’s as opaque as it’s supposed to be, has a healthy shine as a gloss ought to, and feels comfortable when worn.  I don’t know if I’d go as far as to say it’s like a lip balm, because it has a slicker, more slippery texture–more akin to your average non-sticky lipgloss.  It lasts between four and five hours on me, but it is a good moisturizing gloss.  My lips never feel dry after wearing it, even if I’ve stretched the wear to six hours.  This formula is mint-scented but has no real taste.

Bobbi Brown Angel Pink Rich Color Lipgloss

A-
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Check ’em out!


Check out list of winners, runner-ups, and other nominees here!

With new brands and products coming out fast and furious, the competition gets tougher and tougher each year. Brands need to stay on their toes if they want to hold the attention of the beauty community. This year is exemplary of that as cosmetic and award-winning giant MAC lost some key categories, such as Best Brand of the Year, and new-for-2011 Tarte Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush made impressive inroads against long-time favorite NARS Blush.

The products on the shortlists are all good products overall; readers wouldn’t have nominated them in droves if they weren’t. Sometimes our favorites don’t win, and sometimes they don’t make the ballot, but maybe they will next year. There are always a few surprise nominations and winners. I always look forward to the shortlists, because it gives me an opportunity to see what readers are loving and try out products I haven’t tried before.

Nominations certainly show a trend of who is going to win what. If a product doesn’t make it onto the shortlist, it doesn’t make the ballot, which means voters will vote for the best of what is listed (and some will vote other, which is what we encourage unsure voters to do).

However, the amount of nominations does not always indicate who is going to win. For instance, in Best New Product of 2011, Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette won with a fair lead ahead of competitors, but it was third in nominations (and the third place winner led the nominations by double the second nomination leader). The same trend occurred in Most Surprisingly Amazing Product of 2011! With some of these year-based categories, I suspect that many of us forget what debuted during the year but the shortlist reminds us.

The most controversial category remains the Best Indie Brand of 2011, because the term “indie” seems hard to capture. How small is “indie”? How wide can distribution be if it’s “indie”? In my beauty bubble, I could tell you I hear about Sugarpill and Inglot much more than theBalm, but theBalm used to be in Sephora, though it’s still a very small company that’s not part of any large conglomerate; its founder is its owner who still creates and develops the colors and product stories. Inglot is primarily available online and in a few boutiques around the country but did recently get space in Macy’s. Is “indie” an objective standard or is it subjective? Is it a certain type of spirit or does it boil down to numbers? And if so, how can we judge that aspect when profits are carefully guarded?

I know it sounds cliche, but every vote counts–there are categories that don’t get decided until the last minutes of the voting period.  Sometimes the difference is as little as a single vote.  There are definitely some categories with huge winners that aren’t going anywhere and leap out in front from the get-go, but there are others where two or three products will jockey for first until the last few days when finally a clear winner comes forward.

Thank you for all of your nominations and voting! 🙂

Check out list of winners, runner-ups, and other nominees here!

Next year’s awards will see several categories cut. The following categories are up for removal based on high number of individual nominations and small majorities/high “Other” votes: Best Face Exfoliator, Best Facial Cleanser, Best Daytime Moisturizer, Best Evening Moisturizer, Best Body Moisturizer, Best Body Scrub, Best Shampoo, and Best Conditioner.  It’s not unsurprising, and I’ve been considering removing these categories for a couple of years now, as skincare and hair care are very individual.  If you really think any of these should stay, please weigh in with a comment!

Are there any additional categories you’d like to see in the future?

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2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations Open!


2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! Starting today, you can nominate your favorite brands and products for our annual Readers’ Choice Awards here.  Each year, we take some time to recognize the best products we’ve come across, even if sometimes we stray and try other products, these are products that have earned their rightful place in your stash.  I cannot emphasize how important it is to be part of the nomination process, because sometimes it only takes a handful of nominations to make the short list (and sometimes it takes hundreds).  Please consider participating by nominating brands/products for the categories you can–you do not need to nominate something for each category; do the ones you want, whether that’s just a few or all. 🙂

Last chance – nominations close December 31st!!

2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations

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