Friday, March 1st, 2013

MAC Lush Life Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lush Life Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lush Life Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep cool plum.” It’s a reddish berry with a soft sheen. I really thought it seemed similar to MAC Rebel, but applied, Rebel is purpler and deeper–it looks richer, in a way, on, because of the depth in color (if you own Rebel, pat on a little balm on top, and you’ll get this, though). Illamasqua Magnetism is a bit more muted, less red. Guerlain Guet-Apens is darker, more berry-hued. NARS Afghan Red is more subdued.

There’s a translucency to the overall color of Lush Life that makes it appear lighter on the lips than in the tube, and it kind of looks a bit like a lip stain (but not, because it is clearly a lipstick).  I thought this shade was very much a chameleon and changed its depth/brightness very much based on the lighting.  In my office, it looks darker, purpler (I have very cool light in my office), while in my bathroom, it looked redder and lighter (which has a ton of light, all of which runs warmer).  It’s interesting, though obviously frustrating from a photography standpoint!  It lasted for five hours, and it did leave a very faint stain behind.  The consistency was slightly creamy, not too slick but not dry, lightweight, and comfortable to wear.  So far, the range has been rather consistent in its texture and hydration (some).

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Lush Life

A-
It wears well without feathering or bleeding, goes on evenly though there's still some translucency, and is comfortable to wear.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

MAC Grande Dame Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Grande Dame Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Grande Dame Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal neutral rose cream.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with a soft frost finish–the shimmer is incredibly fine–and is just barely warm-toned. Tom Ford Indian Rose is darker and less warm-toned. Revlon Pink Truffle is browner. Bobbi Brown Pink Peony is pinker and brighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is more muted, less warm-toned.

The formula on this one had less slip and creaminess compared to the other shades I’ve reviewed thus far, and I imagine it is due in part to the shimmer/frost element in Grande Dame’s finish that’s not present in the other shades. It glides on well overall and doesn’t pull at the lips or cling once applied. It wore for a solid four hours, which is good wear, and it was still as moisturizing as the other shades I’ve worn. The finish is less shiny/glossy compared to other shades, too, but it is not matte.  It has mostly opaque color coverage.  There were a few, very faint, lines of demarcation present if I pressed my lips together.

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Grande Dame

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This is the kind of color that works well for an everyday lip color that's a few steps up from subtle but not bold or bright. It's wearable, easy to pair with other shades, and the formula is comfortable to wear overall.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “soft cool pink cream.” It’s a light-medium pink with a cool, gray-ish cast and a creamy, luminous finish. MAC Girl Next Door is lighter and sheerer (so it does look different on). MAC You’re Perfect Already is warmer. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake is purpler. MAC Enchantee is similar but grayer. Urban Decay Lovechild is brighter. MAC Royal Azalea is lighter.

It delivered mostly opaque color, and the consistency is lightly creamy without being heavy or thick.  It doesn’t look heavy on the lips either, despite having a mostly cream finish.  I did notice that if you press your lips together, there are some lines that can get created; they smooth out all right, but it’s worth noting.  It’s visible in the photo, but from afar, it’s hard to tell.  It was lightly hydrating while I wore it, and Dreaminess lasted three and a half hours on my lips, which is around average (four hours).  For a bit more on the formula, read my original review.

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Dreaminess

A-
It had good color coverage, felt comfortable to wear, and was lightly moisturizing while worn. I do think it is more hydrating than other MAC lipsticks.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “classic red.” It’s a rich, vibrant cherry red with strong blue undertones and a natural sheen. MAC Ronnie Red is very comparable. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 is pinker. NARS Dragon Girl is darker, bluer-based. MAC Ruby Woo is darker.

It applied evenly and smoothly without tugging or pulling on the lip when applied straight from the pencil. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding during the six hours this wore for–and there was a soft red stain left behind that lingered for another hour or so. The consistency is lightweight and thin, but comfortable, as it doesn’t cling and get sucked into the lips. I didn’t find this shade hydrating, though it was not drying.  The color coverage is very nearly opaque, which isn’t quite the “perfect” in-between sheer and opaque as described–so that might be to your advantage or not!

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Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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I wish it was more hydrating, because that's part of the appeal of the Chubby Stick formula. It's also nearly full coverage, even though it's listed as medium coverage.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss Face & Eye Palette ($88.00 for 0.44 oz.) consists of a face powder (Coral Bliss) and three eyeshadows (Open, Shimmer Greige, and Swimming Pool Turquoise). The blush contains 0.35 oz. of product (quite a bit for a blush!), while the eyeshadows are 0.03 oz. each (the average full-sized eyeshadow is usually around 0.05 oz.).

Coral Bliss is a subtly warm-toned, peach-coral with a satin finish. It had good color payoff, but the color is on the lighter end of the spectrum, so to that end, this is going to be a palette better suited to paler complexions.  It was subtle on my medium complexion.  It wore for a full eight hours on me; even with its subtlety, it was still visible. MAC Flatter Me has a more shimmery finish and is slightly pinker. MAC Shell Pearl is pinker. MAC Born to Love is pinker. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose is darker.

Open is a warm, frosted white. It had great color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. theBalm Metal-ica is cooler-toned. Cinderella Ball Gown is more metallic. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #1 is very similar.

Shimmer Greige is a mauve-tinted taupe with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was finely-milled and smooth. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is browner, warmer. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby is more mauve. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is browner. MAC Dangerous Cuvee is more metallic. NARS Lhasa is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off #3 is similar in color, more reflective in finish.

Swimming Pool Turquoise is a light-medium sky blue with subtle, cool undertones and a white, frosted shimmer. It had good color payoff, but it was a smidgen powdery. When applied, it blended out very quickly, so patting it on and lightly blending only along the edges is advised. Dior Swimming Pool #3 is more matte. NYX Cool Blue is cooler-toned and matte. MAC Styledriven is just slightly lighter. theBalm Great Gonzo is bolder and brighter.

It’s a lovely palette for spring that’s not your typical set of pastels. There’s something very spring-like about it, but it’s not all lilacs and peaches.  The addition of robin egg’s blue really gives it something extra, I’d say.  The downside, though, is that the blush makes up the majority of the value of the palette, so medium and darker complexions may find it doesn’t show up well enough on the skin to justify the price tag.  All of the products had incredibly soft, finely-milled textures that just smoothed over the skin beautifully, which tends to be an area where Giorgio Armani excels in. When I wore the eyeshadows, all three had no problem getting to a full eight hours with no creasing or fading; after nine, Swimming Pool Turquoise looked a little faded.

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Coral Bliss

A-
It's a lovely palette for spring that's not your typical set of pastels. There's something very spring-like about it, but it's not all lilacs and peaches. The addition of robin egg's blue really gives it something extra, I'd say. The downside, though, is that the blush makes up the majority of the value of the palette, so medium and darker complexions may find it doesn't show up well enough on the skin to justify the price tag.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “faded slate-blue shimmer.” It’s a muted, cool-toned blue shot through with silver and icy blue shimmer. There’s a definite gray-ish cast to it that gives it that “slate-blue” coloring as described. I thought the finish was more metallic than shimmer, though. Butter London Lady Muck has a completely different finish, and it looks a bit bluer because it has less shimmer/sheen. Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle is a cream, but it has a similar gray-blue coloring.

I couldn’t think of another polish that I’ve covered that has this color with this kind of finish.  It has a very metallic finish, and as a result, there are brush strokes or threads of metallic shimmer that are visible even in muted, natural light. On the plus side, it has a faster drying time than the average polish, which tends to be true of metallic finishes as well.  The consistency wasn’t thick or really thin, but there was a slight wateriness to the formula that took some getting used to.  I was going to redo these swatches, but I’m short on time (and long on polishes to review) and I know Deborah Lippmann’s spring shades are going fast.  I had no trouble getting full, opaque color coverage in two coats, though.  I recommend waiting for each coat to dry, because it is unforgiving if you try to apply the next coat too soon–it will pull.  I typically get a week of wear out of Deborah Lippmann’s polishes.

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Moon Rendezvous

A-

It has a very metallic finish, and as a result, there are brush strokes or threads of metallic shimmer that are visible even in muted, natural light.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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