Laura Mercier Sandcastle Shimmer Lipstick

Laura Mercier Sandcastle Lipstick

Laura Mercier’s Shimmer Lipsticks have a rather strong floral scent to them, while several of her other lip products are heavily vanilla scented (not sure why these are different). I get three to four hours of wear (about average), and I find these neither drying nor particularly moisturizing, but they are comfortable to wear. Sandcastle applied evenly and easily without having to layer on a lot to get opaque color.

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Laura Mercier Sandcastle Shimmer Lipstick

A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
91%

Milani I Heart You Baked Metallic Eyeshadow

Milani I Heart You Baked Eyeshadow

Milani I Heart You Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a coppery red with a shimmery, metallic finish.  It looks redder in the pan than it is when swatched–there is a coppery orange that is much more pronounced when applied.  It reminded me of MAC Coppering, but obviously in a baked form.

Milani’s Baked Metallic Eyeshadows can be used wet or dry–wet for more intensity, dry for more luminosity (which, given the context, must mean sheerer color). Given the nature of baked eyeshadows, I Heart You does apply smoother and more evenly when applied wet than dry, but still, it is quite pigmented when used dry. The texture is fairly smooth and soft, but when applied, there is a touch of fall out. It’s not unforgivable, but I did notice it.

I do wish they’d ditch the sponge/brush applicator, though, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.

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Milani Baked Eyeshadow I Heart You
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
88%

This Week’s Sales for April 18th, 2011

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Do you find yourself feeling obligated to purchase something because it’s limited edition?


Do you find yourself feeling obligated to purchase something because it’s limited edition? When is it the hardest to resist?

[temptalia_answer]There are definitely times when there is a “buy it or else it will sell out” mentality, and I think that is where the pressure is highest.

Thanks to Olga for today’s question!

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MAC Viva Glam VI Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam VI Lipstick

It wears just under three hours on me (I typically average four), and I find that lustre finished lipsticks are not moisturizing.   I also find that this particular finish doesn’t always apply evenly.  It is vanilla-scented, like other MAC lip products are, and the tube has metallic red detailing in the logo and inside the tube in the spirit of Viva Glam. 100% of the selling price of each Viva Glam lipstick goes towards the MAC AIDS Fund.

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MAC Lipstick Viva Glam VI
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
81%