Monday, May 27th, 2013

Dior Paradise (732) Addict Gloss
Dior Paradise (732) Addict Gloss

Dior Paradise (732) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a coral-red with pink and gold sparkle. Revlon Papaya has a similar coral coloring but doesn’t have the sparkle. Guerlain Frizzy Mango is a bit lighter and has finer shimmer. Guerlain Candy Stripe is slightly warmer and doesn’t have the same sparkle. Burberry Cameo Pihnk is pinker and has finer sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Paradise is a happy comprise for those who want color but still like to layer their glosses. The color payoff is semi-opaque but definitely not sheer; between the tinted base color and the healthy dose of sparkle, there’s plenty of oomph to make it wearable on its own. There’s still translucency, though, so it can be layered over another lip product to create something slightly different (and certainly, sparklier). The texture is almost gel-like; not too thin or too thick, not at all sticky, and even better: all of that sparkle doesn’t travel to parts unknown. Paradise lasted four hours on me, which is about average, and was nicely hydrating during the time I wore it.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick
Illamasqua ESP Lipstick

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “vivid violet.” It’s a rich, violet purple with pink undertones and a matte finish. Nothing that I could think of seemed to come very close–this is very purple; not pink, not fuchsia, and then not ultra dark/vampy. OCC Belladonna was the closest, but it’s lighter. MAC Potent Fig and MAC Fervent are much darker, less violet. MAC Violetta and MAC Heroine are both much pinker. Illamasqua Kontrol is purpler, grayer, and quite a bit darker. See swatch comparisons here.

Though it’s a more unique color, and anyone who’s been on the hunt for a brightened purple will be tempted by ESP, the texture is very, very unforgiving. It’s incredibly dry, which made application problematic, wear uncomfortable, and the color looked dry and patchy applied. I would highly recommend laying down a smidgen of balm first–just enough to make everything smooth over better–and applying the color with a lip brush.It’s very easy to break the bullet because of how much pressure you exert just to swipe the lipstick across the lips (it tugs, drags, and pulls). It will come as no surprise but this is uncomfortable to wear, because it feels like it is clinging to the lips and is somewhat drying (but not as drying as it looks). The upside, I guess, is because it is clingy, whatever you do apply will last quite awhile (six hours for me).

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This was one of the driest, stiffest lipsticks I've used not -- not just drying or clingy but the consistency of the lipstick was hard to work with and apply.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick
Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, berry wine with cool, pink undertones and a luminous finish. MAC Rebel is more berry, less red. NARS Palais Royal is redder. NARS Valparaiso is lighter, less red. MAC Red Dwarf is lighter, pinker. MAC Endless Drama is browner. MAC What Joy is darker. Guerlain Gigolo is a bit darker, less berry-hued. Guerlain Bee is purpler, lighter. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker. See comparison swatches here.

Burberry’s lipstick formula is always a joy to test, because it’s very consistent (which always makes it easier!) in quality: long-wearing, lightly hydrating, rich color, and is comfortable to wear. Bright Plum is mostly opaque with rich, even color that applies evenly and smoothly. The consistency of the lipstick is lightly creamy, so it glides across lips without pulling or tugging, but it’s not so slippery that it will bleed or feather while it’s worn. With this shade, it lasted six and a half hours rather well, and then it started to fade and left behind a strong stain for another hour or so. It does have a slight floral scent but no discernible taste.

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Burberry's lipstick formula is always a joy to test, because it's very consistent (which always makes it easier!) in quality: long-wearing, lightly hydrating, rich color, and is comfortable to wear.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, May 20th, 2013

Tom Ford Quiver Lip Color Shine
Tom Ford Quiver Lip Color Shine

Tom Ford Quiver Lip Color Shine ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly warm-toned, medium pink with a warm golden shimmer and a luminous, lightly frosted finish. Chanel Paradis doesn’t have the same golden shimmer. Chanel Flirt is lighter, less shimmery. Dior Candide is lighter, less warm-toned. Guerlain Rose Ensoleil lacks the gold shimmer. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is a satin (no shimmer). Revlon Cotton Candy is a paler pink but has golden shimmer. NYX Stella is slightly warmer but similar in color to the base color of this shade (no gold shimmer). See comparison swatches here.

It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage when I applied to my lips; you can only see a shadow of my lip freckle, but the formula is lightly translucent so some of the natural lip color will come through. The Lip Color Shine formula is supposed to hydrate, add shine, and some color–but it isn’t an opaque formula, so the pigmentation is in line with what the brand has touted the formula as. The consistency is lightly creamy–a cross between a balm and lipstick–and glides across the lips easily without pulling or tugging while feeling comfortable to wear. Quiver lasted four hours on me, which is average for a lipstick, but it is slightly longer than formulas with similar balmy consistencies. It was very hydrating, which is probably it’s biggest selling point (at this price point). It is vanilla scented but has no discernible taste.

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Quiver

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Those who find corals too often warm/orange may like how pink Quiver appears; it has a golden shimmer that makes it seem a bit more like a coral than a true pink, but the base is very pink.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Burberry Cameo Pink Lip Glow
Burberry Cameo Pink Lip Glow

Burberry Cameo Pink Lip Glow ($27.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, coral-pink with peachy-gold shimmer (and plenty of it). MAC Astral is darker, redder — less gold shimmer. MAC Star Quality has no shimmer, so it appears pinker. MAC Meteoric is not quite as pink but similar. Guerlain Cherry Pink is less shimmery. Dior Dolly Pink is not quite as pink (also a bit sheerer). See comparison swatches here.

Cameo Pink has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, as the underlying pink-coral base color tints and adds vibrancy to the lip while there’s a fair amount of gold shimmer which gives it a more opaque look, even though the natural lip color does come through. It has a slightly thicker, gel-like consistency that feels cushion-y and comfortable on the lips, and this shade wore well for five hours before starting to disappear. The formula was also hydrating, and the shimmer did not travel. It does have a floral-like scent but no discernible taste.

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Cameo Pink

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It's a nice happy medium: a coral that's still warm-toned but with plenty of pink; not quite opaque but not sheer. It works well on its own or layered with other lipsticks.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 17th, 2013

Dior Dolly Pink (453) Addict Gloss
Dior Dolly Pink (453) Addict Gloss

Dior Dolly Pink (453) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a pearly shimmer. Guerlain Cherry Pink is cooler-toned, less shimmered. Guerlain Cherry Swing is darker. Chanel Venus is pinker. Urban Decay Trashed is similar.

It has semi-sheer color coverage, and a lot of what you can see is visible shimmer, as it coats lips in a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. The pink coloring tints and amplifies the natural pink tones of my lip color. If you have redder or more pigmented lips naturally, you’ll find this looks rather different on you, due to the sheerness. Dolly Pink lasted three and a half hours on me, just shy of average. The consistency is lightweight, on the thinner side, non-sticky, and doesn’t feel gritty (even as the gloss wears away and the shimmer remains).

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Dolly Pink (453)

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It's a comfortable gloss that's somewhat hydrating and wears away slightly faster than the average gloss. It's non-sticky, and the shimmer doesn't travel while the gloss is worn.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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