Monday, March 29th, 2010

Best Lipstick

The Spring Season: Temptalia’s Favorites

After many, many months of swatching and testing, these are my favorites–a whopping eighteen of them! During the Spring Season, we featured cooler nudes (9), cooler pinks (8), soft corals (8), lipglosses (15), warmer nudes (15), and warmer pinks (17) for a total of 72 different lipsticks and lipglosses in varying shades of soft coral, nude, and pink.

Comments & Thoughts

When I picked my favorites, I went through all the different folders I had for Spring Season shades and marked the ones I loved.  At the end, I wound up with eighteen–a little much, but who says there is a limit on favorites?  I do, however, obviously gravitate towards certain shades and tones over others.

  • #1 (Benefit I’m With the Band), #3 (Cle de Peau #2), and #17 (NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss) are all in the same family.  #3 is my favorite of this shade family, though.
  • I also love the texture of Cle de Peau’s Extra Silky Lipsticks, which necessitated the inclusion of both #4 (Cle de Peau #103) and #5 (Cle de Peau #106).  You’re just lucky I held off on including #124, too!
  • Oh, Guerlain! Similarly, Guerlain’s Rouge G lipsticks still have my heart–as evidenced by #6 (Guerlain Garance), #7 (Guerlain Gardenia), #8 (Guerlain Gemma), #9 (Guerlain Georgia), and #10 (Guerlain Guerlinade).  I haven’t found a dupe (nothing even similar enough to bother talking about!) to Garance nor Gardenia, but I feel like Gardenia may be substituted with a peachy nude and satisfy some enough.  Gemma is similar to #12 (Korres #22).  Guerlinade may be duped the best (based on my current lipstick repository) by #14 (MAC Freckletone), but Freckletone is significantly sheerer, glossier, and brighter/peachier–Guerlinade looks more muted in comparison, and obviously creamier and more opaque.
  • #8 (Guerlain Gemma) is similar to #9 (Guerlain Georgia) except with that cool gold sheen and a rosier pink base, but #12 (Korres #22) is like a more muted version of #8, too.  #8 is my favorite of the three, but #12 comes close and it’s what, a third of the price?
  • #11 (Korres #13) is a lighter, pinker version of #15 (MAC Velvet Teddy).
  1. Benefit I’m With the Band Lipgloss
  2. Chanel Santal Rouge Allure Laque
  3. Cle de Peau #2 Gloss
  4. Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick
  5. Cle de Peau #106 Extra Silky Lipstick
  6. Guerlain Garance Rouge G Lipstick
  7. Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick
  8. Guerlain Gemma Rouge G Lipstick
  9. Guerlain Georgia Rouge G Lipstick
  10. Guerlain Guerlinade Rouge G Lipstick
  11. Korres #13 Natural Pink Guava Lipstick
  12. Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick
  13. Lancome Voile de Rose Lipstick
  14. MAC Freckletone Lipstick
  15. MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick
  16. NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss
  17. Smashbox Splendid Lipstick
  18. Urban Decay Naked Lipstick
Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Nude Lipstick

The Spring Season: Warmer Nudes Lipstick Wrap-up

I’m partial to warmer nudes myself, and I discovered several new favorites through the Spring Season–I hope you did, too!  One reason I love doing end-of-series roundups is because it gives me an opportunity to see if there are good dupes for certain shades.

  • For instance, #7 (Guerlain Guerlinade) is a new favorite nude for me, and the closest dupe here is #12 (MAC Freckletone), but it’s not quite there.
  • On the other hand, #9 (Korres #34 Nude) and #14 (MAC Touch) have similar coloring but different textures.
  • #8 (Julie Hewett Simone) is a pinker, more pigmented version of #2 (Chanel Mythic).  #10 (Lancome Rich Cashmere) seems similar to #11 (MAC Cherish).
  • #3 (Cle de Peau #103) seems like a cross between #9 (Korres #34 Nude) and #12 (MAC Freckletone).
  1. Benefit Sugar Cookie Lipstick
  2. Chanel Mythic Lipstick
  3. Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick
  4. Guerlain Barbara Rouge G Le Brilliant Lipstick
  5. Guerlain Forever Beige Lipstick
  6. Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick
  7. Guerlain Guerlinade Rouge G Lipstick
  8. Julie Hewett Simone Lipstick
  9. Korres #34 Nude Guava Lipstick
  10. Lancome Rich Cashmere Lipstick
  11. MAC Cherish Lipstick
  12. MAC Freckletone Lipstick
  13. MAC Honeyflower Lipstick
  14. MAC Touch Lipstick
  15. Maybelline Caramel Kiss Lipstick
Monday, February 1st, 2010

Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick
Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick

The Spring Season: Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick ($50.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a neutral-toned peach nude that applies and feels like a dream. It’s creamy, soft, and well-pigmented. This is just one of those lipsticks that makes you sigh when you apply it.

I often swatch anywhere from ten to twenty lipsticks in a sitting, and by ten, my lips are feeling a little swollen and dried out, but put one of these on? Heaven. Absolute heaven and feels like a nice reprieve to my lips. (I swear, they sing!) The wear time is average for me (four hours), though surprisingly so, just because there is a lot of slip to these, since they are so creamy and glossy. Extra Silky Lipsticks feel like a lightweight, ultra-creamy lipstick meshed with a gloss. They’re very thin and hug lips without emphasizing lip lines.  The closest, in texture, that I’ve come across would be YSL’s Rouge Volupte, but Cle de Peau is scent-free (as far as I could smell!) and wears longer.

Cle de Peau lipstick is luxuriating on the lips, but that feeling of luxury does come at a luxury price tag, unfortunately! If you have the deep pockets to afford and enjoy this pretty little number, Cle de Peau makes one amazing lipstick formula. I wish, at the very least, you got more for your money — 0.07 oz. is well below the average lipstick size (which is 0.12 oz.). Since it has such a creamy feel to it, it’s also easy to “waste” product by layering too much on. But like I said, if you feel like an indulgence, you can’t go wrong with Extra Silky Lipsticks!

(Oh, and P.S. – don’t click the lipstick up too much, because you can’t retract it!)

Is this the right nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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