Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “purple metallic.” It’s a rich, red-toned violet magenta with violet shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Heroine has no shimmer, so it is a bit darker and purpler. MAC Seductive Intent is very similar in color but has no shimmer. MAC Violetta is slightly purpler (not as red/magenta) but also has shimmer–but it is smaller so it doesn’t appear metallic.

Milani recently revamped and released their lipstick range, and one of the first shades I tried was Violet Volt (because who doesn’t love seeing a new purple lipstick?). The new formula is supposed to have “one stroke, full coverage application” with a “lightweight, creamy formula [that] contains vitamins A, C, and E to moisturize and nourish lips.”  It has mostly opaque color payoff, though it takes a little more than one stroke to get it there, but my biggest issue with it was how dry the lipstick felt.  I imagine part of that is due to the high frost content in this, as I could almost feel all the bits of shimmer as I applied it.  It definitely tugs and pulls at the lips, so “one stroke” is hard to achieve from a technical standpoint.  Unsurprisingly, the dryness does mean it wears like iron–no problem getting this color to last six hours (and it will stain).  It was neither drying nor hydrating, which was surprising, given how it felt on, I expected it to be drying.

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Violet Volt

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While the color is vibrant and showstopping, the formula could use some work. It's not very creamy, so it drags and skips on lips, and it isn't hydrating as described (not drying, but not moisturizing, either).

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Chanel Daydream Glossimer
Chanel Daydream Glossimer

Chanel Daydream Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense metallic fuchsia.” It’s a fuchsia-red with fuchsia and silver sparkle. Guerlain Cherry Swing is lighter and has gold shimmer, but they are similar applied. MAC Totally Fab is redder. Lancome Sienne Ultime is slightly redder and less shimmery/glossy.

This spring, Chanel’s refreshed the Glossimer range with a few new shades, and Daydream is one of them. The Glossimer range is intended to vary from “simply sheer … to intense” with “subtle sheen to sparkly metallic [finishes].” Beyond that, the formula is supposed to be conditioning  comfortable to wear, and long-wearing. For those who have lamented over the lack of color in Chanel’s recent limited edition Glossimer releases, you’ll appreciate the semi-opaque color coverage of Daydream. It’s richer in color and still has plenty of sparkle to dance and glimmer in the light, while the color itself isn’t too red or fuchsia, and the result is something slightly muted and balanced between the two. Daydream lasted five hours on me, which was an hour above average. It’s lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and never gets gritty (and the sparkle doesn’t travel).

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Daydream

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For those who have lamented over the lack of color in Chanel's recent limited edition Glossimer releases, you'll appreciate the semi-opaque color coverage of Daydream.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick
MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick

MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light white peach [with a Cremesheen finish." It's a warm-toned, light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a soft sheen. MAC Peachstock is darker. Guerlain Guerlinade is darker, browner. MAC Salute has a little more yellow in it.

It had mostly opaque color coverage once applied, but it had a tendency to cling to the lips. I highly recommend exfoliating lips prior to applying this, because even though I had, it still made my lips look a bit dry because of the way it clung. The consistency was somewhat creamy, but there was a little tugging when I used it on the lips.  Pure Decoration lasted three and a half hours on me, and it was slightly drying but did not ravage my lips (it was consistent with my experience with Cremesheens--slightly drying).

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Pure Decoration

B-
A lot of Cremesheen lipsticks are somewhat drying in my experience (which is the opposite of what they're supposed to be), and Pure Decoration was consistent with this. It was also less flattering applied to the lips as it seemed to cling a bit.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick
MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light white blue pink [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium blue-based pink with a soft sheen. OCC Digitalis is lighter, bluer. MAC Snob is slightly darker/grayer. MAC Saint Germain is a touch purpler. MAC Pink Nouveau is brighter, pinker. MAC Naughty Saute is brighter, pinker, glossier. MAC All Styled Up is slightly pinker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was creamy enough that the lipstick glided across the lips without pulling or tugging but not so creamy that it felt thick or was prone to creating lines of demarcation once applied.  Raspberry Swirl lasted four hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating (but this is an improvement, as many Cremesheens are a bit drying on me).  It definitely felt creamier than other Cremesheens I’ve tried.  I noticed that this color did pull the yellow out of my teeth, which this kind of color can sometimes do.  I think that MAC does this color quite a bit, some are closer to this than others, but there are many variations of it and most of them are by MAC.

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Raspberry Swirl

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I think that MAC does this color quite a bit, some are closer to this than others, but there are many variations of it and most of them are by MAC. It does have a very "raspberry sorbet" kind of feel.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

NARS Tolede Lipstick
NARS Tolede Lipstick

NARS Tolede Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink rose.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, rosy pink with a soft, satiny finish. Giorgio Armani Blush is warmer. Tom Ford Indian Rose is slightly more plum. Becca Valentina is more plum. Bobbi Brown nude Rose is darker. MAC Gem of Roses is a touch more plum.

The color payoff is mostly opaque with a very faint translucency. It had a lightly creamy, glide-on texture that applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t pull or tug on the lips. Tolede lasted for four and a half hours, just above average, and was actually lightly hydrating during the time I wore it.  While several pieces from NARS’ summer collection are rather bright and bold, Tolede is a great everyday shade that I see working on many skin tones. I think it’s a bit of a sleeper–not as eye-catching as other products in the launch but something you may reach for often.

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Tolede

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While several pieces from NARS' summer collection are rather bright and bold, Tolede is a great everyday shade that I see working on many skin tones. I think it's a bit of a sleeper--not as eye-catching as other products in the launch but something you may reach for often.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink flamingo.” It’s a bright, creamy coral-red. Guerlain Candy Stripe is more orange and has slight shimmer. MAC Forever Rose is pinker. Revlon Papaya is slightly pinker and has shimmer. Hourglass Nectar is very close in color. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi/a> is lighter, less pink. MAC Exxxhibitionist is lighter. Illamasqua Mistress is more orange.

The Larger Than Life formula is supposed to have “high shine” with “intense color” and be both “long-lasting” and “nourish[ing].” The color is nearly opaque, and what’s really incredible is how it doesn’t settle into lip lines at all–it really just smooths over the entire lip and makes lips look very juicy and glossy. It has a thinner consistency that wasn’t tacky, and it was comfortable to wear for the five hours it lasted on my lips. Paris Follies was moderately hydrating while I wore it.  The only thing I don’t like about NARS’ gloss here is the teeny, tiny applicator–I need five or six pulls just to get enough product to cover my lips. I find that I always end up feeling the edge of the plastic portion of the applicator scraping against my lips, because the brush is so stubby.

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Paris Follies

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I love how creamy, smooth, and glossy the color looks on the lips--it is really quite lovely! I only wish the applicator was easier to use.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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