Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Guerlain Sous Le Vent (200) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Sous Le Vent (200) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Sous Le Vent (200) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Sous Le Vent (200) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm caramel.” It’s a medium rosy brown with a beige shimmer-sheen. It looks rosier on the lips due to the natural pink tones of my lip color, while the beige shimmer translates into more of a general white frost/shimmer. Cle de Peau T9 is creamier, peachier. Dior Coral Crystal is a bit darker. MAC Can’t Get Enough is more bronze. NARS Love Devotion is sheerer and more coral. Chanel Ruban Rose is similar but more frosted.

The Shine Automatique Lipstick is incredibly moisturizing, and it has a very sparkling, dazzling finish from the micro-sparkle.  It looks luminous, wet-like, and a little glossy without feeling heavy.  The texture is rather balm-like, so it glides and slides onto the lip like butter, which feels amazing, but it does contribute to below-average wear.  The formula is supposed to be long-wearing, but I only get three and a half hours with Sous Le Vent, and I typically get four hours with the average lipstick [that isn’t long-wearing].   It has a perfume-y scent, similar to the Rouge Automatiques, and it is packaged in the same type of packaging.

The color coverage of this shade is mostly opaque–you can barely see my lip freckle–but there is the expected underlying translucency that gives it that luminous finish.  One thing I don’t like is the way I can feel the shimmer/glitter when I press my lips together, but I will note that Sous Le Vent was the smoothest I’ve tried so far.

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Sous Le Vent

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Now, there are a lot of things to love about this lipstick, and as an avid fan of Guerlain's lip products, I do, generally, like the formula, but I can always feel the sparkle whenever I press my lips together so it doesn't seem quite as refined.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, browned garnet with fine ruby shimmer. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies is similar but redder, less brown, and it has a cream finish. Dior Apparat is redder. Illamasqua Scarab is very close, though slightly less brown.

This shade applied the best out of the three metallic finished polishes I tried from Tom Ford. It was also fully opaque after two coats.  The consistency was thin but not watery, and the polish flowed fluidly across the nail without bubbling or pooling along the sides.  There were very minimal brush strokes in the end result, too, that were only really noticeable under bright lights.  I didn’t test the wear of this shade specifically, but I did test the wear of Silver Smoke and Burnt Topaz, which have the same finish. Both shades wore for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. I do warn that I don’t generally experience chipping no matter the brand or whether I use a top coat/base coat.

P.S. — My bottle arrived with the corner chipped off of it, but luckily, the glass is thick enough that it didn’t break into the actual well.

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Burnished Rouge

A-

Burnished Rouge was the best out of the three shades I tested with the metallic finish from Tom Ford's range. It has a very holiday-feel, even though it was launched during spring.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 11th, 2012

Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright warm red.” It’s a rich, pinked ruby red with subtle ruby red and gold shimmer. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue is redder but still rather comparable. Dior Nocturne is darker and has more gold shimmer. Dior Technicolor Red is similar but doesn’t have gold shimmer.

The formula is touted as a “moisturizing and long-lasting lipstick [that] combines bold color with pearly particles.” The color coverage is nearly opaque with a subtle but noticeable underlying translucency. Guerlain absolutely nailed what it sparkle really means–the finish of this is luminous, glistening, and almost looks wet on the lips. It’s a gorgeous finish and look for summer in particular. Now, there are a lot of things to love about this lipstick, and as an avid fan of Guerlain’s lip products, I do, generally, like the formula, but I can always feel the sparkle whenever I press my lips together so it doesn’t seem quite as refined. There are a few stray sparkle particles that have traveled after I’ve worn one. Pour Troubler wears five hours, which is one of the longest wear-times I’ve achieved with this formula (I would disagree with Guerlain on its long-wearing claim).

It is nicely hydrating, though, which contributes to a comfortable feel on the lips, and the slip of the texture gives it an almost balm-like texture, but it’s a little creamier. It glides and applies really evenly and easily, but it’s likely one of the factors that makes this less long-wearing. It has a perfume-y scent, similar to the Rouge Automatiques, and it is packaged in the same type of packaging.

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Pour Troubler

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Now, there are a lot of things to love about this lipstick, and as an avid fan of Guerlain's lip products, I do, generally, like the formula, but I can always feel the sparkle whenever I press my lips together so it doesn't seem quite as refined.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo
Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo ($19.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold” and an “icy silver.”  Each eyeshadow is 0.13 oz., which is over double the average-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz.), and the price point is very palatable for two shades.  A lot of the duos, though, are more basic than not, so whether any are must-haves depends on the size of your stash.

  • Mr. Gold is a medium yellow gold with a soft, frosted shimmer finish. The color payoff is good, but it could be a little denser in texture to give it really excellent color payoff. MAC Sweet & Sour is less yellow. Bare Escentuals Remix is slightly darker. Bare Escentuals Aspire is similar. MAC Goldmine is very similar.
  • Mr. Silver is a medium silver with a frosted, metallic finish. As with Mr. Gold, the color payoff was just good — it wasn’t as intense or as pigmented as Tarina Tarantino’s line has been in general. MAC Misty is similar, slightly more metallic. Giorgio Armani #12 is a smidgen lighter.

This wasn’t my favorite set, mostly because of the quality.  It’s good, but it’s not great, and so many of Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadows are fantastic. The texture on these was a little drier–not quite as creamy or as dense–so the pigmentation was less than many other shades. I felt that it performed just as nicely on the lid as other shades, and both shades were buildable to fully opaque color on the lid with or without a base. When I wore the shades to test the wear, I achieved seven hours with no fading or creasing (with slight fading around the edges after eight) when applied over bare lids, but I didn’t have any problems after eight hours when applied over a primer.

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Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver

A-

This is a really basic duo, and depending on how you like to use your duo eyeshadows, this one isn't so workable together. They're very contrasting colors, and I liked them better mixed with other shades in my stash rather than together.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a limited edition, warm-toned summer quad that features a pale white gold, medium-dark fuchsia, coppery orange-coral, and deep, dark molten brown. It’s packaged in a metallic bronze case with a dual-ended sponge-tipped applicator and full-sized mirror inside.  The packaging feels and looks luxe, and despite its metallic finish, seemed to keep fingerprints pretty well-disguised.

The left shade is a pale white gold with a frosted, sparkly finish–it almost looks more white than gold. The color payoff was decent to good, but it was a little sheer and not as smooth as I’d like, so there was very minor fall out while I wore this shade. theBalm Sassy is whiter. Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse is yellower. theBalm Tempting Tara is similar.

In the upper middle, there is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with a mostly matte finish. It’s very slightly powdery, but it had surprisingly good color payoff. A lot of higher-end brands tend to sheer out these brighter colors, so it was nice to see Guerlain go for the gusto here. MAC Tease with Ease has more red in it. MAC Passionate is significantly redder. NARS Caravaggio is darker. Urban Decay Junkshow is more fuchsia and purple. Inglot #362 is bluer-based and a little lighter.

In the bottom middle, there is a coppery orange-coral with gold shimmer. This, too, was very slightly powdery, but the color payoff was nice. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is more orange. Make Up For Ever #5 is similar, but it’s entirely matte. Urban Decay Free Love is very similar but has a stronger golden sheen.

The last shade, on the right, is a very deep,d ark brown with subtle warm undertones. It had amazing pigmentation despite its thinner texture. Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust is similar but less warm. MAC Embark is lighter and redder-toned.

It’s a very classic color combination for the summer, but it’s well-balanced with the different textures, finishes, and overall intensities of each shade.  It works extremely well together, which I think is part of a palette’s appeal, especially when they’re more compact like this one. Terra Azzurra is warm overall, though I think the only shade that’s very warm-toned is the orange-coral–the pink is very slightly yellow in undertone, and the brown isn’t cool-toned, but the depth of it makes it more wearable across skin tones. I felt the deep brown was the most impressive shade out of the four; it just has incredible depth and intensity, so it looks great in the crease or as an eyeliner.

The textures are similar to other Guerlain palettes–I find them a little dry, a little powdery–they’re not as dense, creamy, or as buttery as a really excellent eyeshadow tends to be.  Fortunately, I felt the powderiness didn’t translate when the colors were applied to the lid.  I only had some minor fallout during application with the white gold shade, which was a looser, sparkly texture that never seems to bind together perfectly well, and then while there was a wee bit of fall out throughout the day from that shade, it was very minor. Had I not been specifically looking for it, I probably wouldn’t have noticed.  When I wore the palette altogether in a look, it wore for eight hours with no fading or creasing with or without a base, which is stellar wear.

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Terra Azzurra

A-
It's a very classic color combination for the summer, but it's well-balanced with the different textures, finishes, and overall intensities of each shade.  It works extremely well together, which I think is part of a palette's appeal, especially when they're more compact like this one.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil
MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil

MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil

MAC & Beth Ditto also includes four lip pencils, three of which I knew I reviewed fairly recently (December ’11). You can find Embrace Me, Entertain Me, and In Synch reviewed previously. :)  Even though it was permanent, I wasn’t sure if I reviewed MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil ($14.00 for 0.05 oz.), which is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a really deep, dark wine burgundy with strong red undertones. This will work well with shades like MAC Soulfully Rich, MAC Prince Noir, and MAC Smoked Purple.

This is a classic color. I remember hearing about it for nearly as long as I’ve been buying MAC products. I so rarely wear lip liner (usually only for special events or when I’m going to be out all day and can’t touch-up at all), and thus, have never been compelled to pick this one. I want to make sure to mention that Nightmoth was applied after I had already applied over ten other lip products, so my lips do show some of the effect of that many swatches when combined with the drier formula of the lip pencil.

MAC’s Lip Pencils work best on freshly hydrated and exfoliated lips, which is true for most long-wearing lip liners. Nightmoth wears and wears and wears. I get eight hour wear, minimal transfer, and while it doesn’t look so pretty on its own (not many lip pencils do!), it doesn’t actually dry out my lips. It absolutely will prolong the color of anything you put on top of it.

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Nightmoth

A-
It applies fairly evenly and easily, even over really dry, parched lips (which mine were when I swatched it!). It will wear for hours on its own or help add a couple of extra hours to your favorite lipstick by using it underneath.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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