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MAC Obviously Bare, Chai, Roulette, Explicit Lipglasses

01/06

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass

Obviously Bare

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a muted, light-medium brown with warm undertones and fine, white pearl. It appeared lighter applied than swatched for me, and it had a milkier quality to the look of it so that some of the color gathered into my lip lines as milky glosses often do. It was very smooth in feel, and it spread easily across the lips, but it just lacked the evenness that would make it standout. This sahde wore well for four and a half hours on me.

The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness. I find that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.

MAC Lipglass Obviously Bare
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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B-

Chai

Permanent
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B-

Roulette

Permanent
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B+

Explicit

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My favorite brushes to use are ones that are small and tapered (a typical highlighting brush, really), as I can get decent coverage while still getting a more diffused look overall. For a very pigmented or more metallic highlighter (or if I’m going for a softer finish), I’ll use a fan brush. Sometimes if I feel like the highlighter is overboard,
I’ll dust translucent powder on top.

— Christine

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Lip Balm Quick Reviews: Clarins, Jack Black, Nuxe, Tarte, Tatcha, First Aid Beauty

For reference, I test lip balms over months, not weeks or months, as I like to test them under a variety of conditions. My lips are usually what I’d say are “normal,” where they’re not dry, chapped, or cracked, and don’t feel like I need to wear lip balm all the time. As a result, a lot of lip balms are more than adequate for my day-to-day needs, which is why I end up testing them over prolonged periods of time so I can catch my lips when they’re worse as well. I typically test lip balms in the early morning, late evening, and overnight. These are a few I’ve tested (but haven’t gotten around to reviewing) over the last year and a half to two years:

01/03

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm  

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm  

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm  

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm ($24.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is supposed to have “intensive hydration for dry, chapped lips.” After trying this last year, it became my “holy grail” of lip balms (though there are others I still love and use!). The reason I love it is for how hydrating it is without ever feeling heavy, clingy, or tacky. It has a really smooth, more gel-like consistency on the lips that still lasts for hours but is incredibly comfortable to wear. There’s a subtle, sweet rose scent but no discernible taste–the scent was so subtle to my nose that I forgot it was scented until I sat down to write the review.

For me, the formula works well as a night time lip balm as well as a daytime one, as it can go under lipsticks well, too. This is the lip balm I reach for at night time, and it has worked well whether my lips are dry from too much swatching or testing of drying lip products as well as just when my lips are in “maintenance mode.” I’ve repurchased this one a few times since initially trying.

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Week in Review | April 15th through April 21st

Happy Saturday! I always enjoy seeing what makes up the week’s top ten highest-reviewed products, so I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well! 🙂  I didn’t get to use much that wasn’t for testing this week, but more recently, I have been enjoying Tom Ford’s Nude Dipp quite a bit. I took that quad along with Chanel’s Empreint du Desert and put them in my vanity as go-tos (when the mood strikes, when I need something foolproof for a big group of blush/lip photos). I’m pretty sure I found a way to wear MAC Fairly Precious and Estee Lauder Naked Truth into at least one look this week, too.

What was your week in review like?

  • My skin tone/coloring:
  • Most loved product of the week:
  • Most used product of the week:
  • Any new beauty discoveries?:

Week in Review

01

MAC Wrapped Candy

PPermanent. $27.00/0.22 oz.

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is rich, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and cooler, violet and pink pearl. Read full review.

Wishlist
Vanity
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

02. Tarte Island Life

Tarte Island Life Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A+

03. MAC Hard to Get

MAC Hard to Get Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pink sheen. Read full review.

A

04. MAC Into the Pink

MAC Into the Pink Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium pink with very subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

A

05. Tarte Surf's Up

Tarte Surf's Up Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, reddish plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A

06. Viseart Nuance #6

Nuance #6 is a rich, coppery red with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, and the eyeshadow went on smoothly and evenly over bare skin. Read full review.

A

07. MAC Hushed Tone

MAC Hushed Tone Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish copper with warm undertones and soft pink and gold pearl. Read full review.

A

08. MAC Gabriel Zamora

MAC Gabriel Zamora Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

09. MAC Telling Glow

MAC Telling Glow Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, medium orange-coral with warm, red undertones and gold shimmer. Read full review.

A

10. Tarte Salt Lyfe

Tarte Salt Lyfe Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium pinky mauve with neutral undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

Breakdown |
Apr 15, 2017 — Apr 21, 2017

87%

Average Score
A
28
B
19
C
3
D
4
F
1

Total Reviews (55) — Brands Reviewed (9)

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