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Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink Sheer Color Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink Sheer Color Lip Gloss
Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink Sheer Color Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink Sheer Color Lip Gloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer neon pink.” If the formula name didn’t give it away: this gloss is designed to be sheer. It may look neon pink in the tube, but it gave my lips a tinted pink look–just a more intensified pink of my natural lip color (which looks like a corpse’s lips). Chanel Pink Pulsion is a bit more pigmented. MAC Electro Lush is more pigmented and shimmered.

The formula is mostly non-sticky, but I did detect a slight tackiness that developed over the time that I wore this shade (which lasted for just under three hours). Like the brand’s other glosses, it is mint-scented. The gloss adds a lot of shine without a lot of product; it has a lightweight look and feel–doesn’t look like you’re wearing a layer of gloss.  It’s so-so as far as hydration goes; no chapped or dried out lips post-use, but it doesn’t seem to have any moisture once it disappears.

Having a ton of sheer glosses like this is probably unnecessary for most, but having a few in your arsenal is always a good idea. They’re great to keep in your bag for a little color and shine that will go with anything, and they work well to add a glossy layer to any lipstick. Just remember: they’re supposed to be sheer, so if you only like opaque glosses, this isn’t designed with you in mind!

Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Lip Gloss Cosmic Pink

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Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil

Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil
Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil

Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil

Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.013 oz.) is described as an “intense black.” The formula is supposed to have intense pigmentation, be long-wearing, waterproof, and smudge-proof. The level of intensity is pretty good; it’s definitely a rich black–not a soft black here–but there are more intense blacks on the market. It is a cool-toned black, which means it doesn’t have any brown tones to it.

I really wanted to like the formula, because it feels very creamy going on–it applies easily with a nice glide across the lash line that never pulls or tugs–but it just doesn’t last for me. It migrates and smudges faintly below where I’ve put it after four hours or so. If you love an eyeliner that stays creamy and is incredibly smudge-able, this might be a formula you’d want to work with, but for long-wearing, stay-put eyeliner, not so much. As far as waterproofing goes, it doesn’t dissolve into tracks of gray-black down your face instantly, but it does breakdown a bit and smudges further.

Becca has usually been a quiet but well-done brand in my experience, but this product really fell flat for me. I’m definitely curious to hear if others had better results! I feel like maybe it’s just me, because the brand has nailed so many formulas, it’s hard to believe they’d put out such a disappointing eyeliner.

Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil

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Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is reddened berry with rosy pink shimmer. It’s several shades darker than Bloom in Rose and the shimmer is less apparent. MAC Craving is a little pinker. Bobbi Brown Plum Rose is similar but has no shimmer. Maybelline Bit of Berry is a little less red. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is more berry-hued. Chanel Destinee has less red in it.

Rose Bengale has nearly opaque color coverage and a semi-frosted finish.  Even with the frost level in this particular shade, the formula is true to form for a Rouge Automatique.  It’s lightweight, comfortable to wear, glides on easily, and wears well.  With this shade, I was able to get five and a half hours of wear.   The consistency is creamy enough to enable an easy glide across the lips, but it’s not so full of slip that it slides around the lips.  For more packaging photos, please see this post.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Rose Bengale
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Dolce & Gabbana and Monica Bellucci


Dolce & Gabbana and Monica Bellucci

A long time personal friend of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Monica is the symbol of the Italian beauty of our time, personifying passion, voluptuous sensuality and breathtaking beauty in films such as “The Matrix – Reloaded”, “The Passion of the Christ” and “Don’t Look Back”, as well as French language films such as “L’Appartement”, for which she was nominated to the César Awards.

As admirers of Monica’s beauty and carefree sensuality, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana found it only fitting to celebrate her remarkable magnetism with her very own limited edition Dolce & Gabbana Make Up collection, The Monica Lipstick Collection, launching in stores in May 12.

With her famed fulsome lips, impeccable complexion and daring, expressive eyes she exudes the irony, mystery and charm that comprises the very essence of the Dolce & Gabbana woman.

“We love Monica and have worked with her many times over the past 20 years. Her beauty is timeless,” says Domenico Dolce. “She expresses perfectly the Dolce & Gabbana woman,” adds Stefano Gabbana, “She is ravishing – a true Italian icon.”

“I’m delighted to be collaborating with Domenico and Stefano on Dolce & Gabbana The Make Up,” says Monica. “I have always adored the aesthetic of Dolce & Gabbana and it’s so exciting to be involved with their creative process.”

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