Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Weekend Getaway Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “cool rose.” For some reason, I really want to describe this as a strawberry pink! It’s a subtly cool-toned medium-dark pink. As a blush, it add a pop of pink or built up to more true-to-pan color. Tom Ford Wicked looks a bit more plum. MAC Lovecloud is a smidgen lighter. Illamasqua Seduce is a darker pink. MAC Feeling Flush has more purple in it. Urban Decay Afterglow is very similar. On lips, it’s an opaque subtly blue-based medium pink. MAC Please Me is more yellow-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is less cool-toned. Revlon Carnation is darker. MAC Cheers All Around is just slightly pinker. Rimmel Dizzy is a smidgen darker.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

When I trialed this yesterday for wear, it wore for seven hours as a blush and five and a half hours as a lip color, which was definitely on the longer end out of the eight shades of the new formula.  Weekend Getaway isn’t so cool-toned that it won’t flatter warmer complexions; there’s a subtle brightness in the overall color that makes it seem really effortless and appropriate for summer looks. Out of the eight, this one was my favorite–and it so pleased me to find it was one of the longer-wearing shades, too.

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Weekend Getaway

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Weekend Getaway isn't so cool-toned that it won't flatter warmer complexions; there's a subtle brightness in the overall color that makes it seem really effortless and appropriate for summer looks.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 1st, 2012

MAC Out for Fun Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Out for Fun Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Out for Fun Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Out for Fun Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark orange with a little hint of red, so it has a coral-like tint. On cheeks, it looks like a peachy-tangerine, and it can be built up to a more intense shade of orange. MAC Optimistic Orange is more orange. It’s like a cream version of MAC Modern Mandarin. Make Up For Ever #5 is similar but matte. On the lips, it has a coral-orange appearance with opaque color coverage, but it definitely comes out more coral on the lips than when applied to the cheeks. Laura Mercier Kissed Lips is pinker. NYX Haute Melon is a smidgen pinker. Guerlain Nahema is darker. NARS Niagara is a touch pinker. Laura Mercier Tangerine is very close. MAC Crosswires is also quite similar!

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

Out for Fun is a great summer shade–it’s that warm pop of coral that so many brands offer during the warmer season. It looks more coral on the lipsthan on the cheeks, due to the natural pinkness often found on bare lips. As one of the darker shades in the launch, it’s flattering across the spectrum of skin colors, from light to dark and everything in-between. Those with warmer undertones will find it slightly more complementary than those with really cool undertones. When I wore this shade for testing, it lasted seven hours on the cheeks and five hours on the lips.

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Out for Fun

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Out for Fun is a great summer shade--it's that warm pop of coral that so many brands offer during the warmer season. It looks more coral on the lipsthan on the cheeks, due to the natural pinkness often found on bare lips. As one of the darker shades in the launch, it's flattering across the spectrum of skin colors, from light to dark and everything in-between.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 1st, 2012

MAC Keep It Casual Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Keep It Casual Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Keep It Casual Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Keep It Casual Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm wine.” It’s a muted red that turns a little raspberry red-like when it’s blended out. It looks a little like MAC Mocha when applied sheer on cheeks. MAC Mighty Aphrodite is pinker. Smashbox Blushing/Peony is similar. On lips, it’s a raspberry red with a muted quality, and it’s opaque with little product needed. NARS Flamenco is redder. NARS Afghan Red is darker. Guerlain Rose Bengale is a smidgen lighter and has shimmer. Guerlain Guet-Apens is more berry-hued. MAC Positively Dashing is more berry, less pink. MAC Deliciously Forbidden has less red.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

This shade in particular is one of the more intense shades, so it does have a lot more color payoff, which means it’s best to use a lighter hand with it. It’s very blendable, but it’s also incredibly buildable–this will be a real stunner on deeper complexions.  I tested the wear of this yesterday, and it managed to wear as a blush for about seven hours, which was pretty good, and on the lips, just under six hours.

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Keep It Casual

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This reads like an autumnal hue, even though it's certainly wearable during the summer, but it will make for a nice transitional blusher later on this year. It will be really lovely on darker complexions, too.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet cream.” It’s a red-toned purple that can look pinker when sheered out, but it’s still more purple than it is pink, no matter how sheer you go. If you’ve ever wanted a “true purple” blush, this gets you close. I couldn’t think of a comparable blush shade; MAC Azalea Blossom isn’t as purple, and MAC Sakura is much pinker. If you’re looking to replicate it as a lip color, MAC Seasoned Plum is slightly darker, MAC Playtime is pinker, MAC Goes and Goes is darker, less pink, and MAC Go For It is slightly less pink.

This is a new (and limited edition) product and shade. MAC describes the new formula as “[v]ersatile, lightweight all-in-one colour for cheeks and lips … [c]reamy, super-blendable, barely there” with vitamin E. I think the best way to think of this product is like this: you’ve spent all day at the beach, and you don’t have time to go home and get ready for an evening out, so you quickly pat on one of these on your lips and cheeks–you look a little dressed up, but it’s never over-the-top, and it’s always natural and easy-going. That’s the best way I can describe the formula in a big picture sense. (The only problem is that this scenario isn’t exactly hygenic usage of this product.)

As a Cream Blush

If you like matte and loathe words like “dewy” and “glowy,” this isn’t the right cream blush formula for you. These are rather dewy on my normal-to-dry skin, and they never seem to dry down completely for me. It feels a little “oily” to the touch; it doesn’t seem oily or greasy, but there’s some kind of slickness that enables it to be pushed and moved around even after a couple of hours after application. I was expecting it to wear off quickly as a result, and while the two shades I’ve trialed (Evening Stroll and Weekend Getaway) so far haven’t made it a full eight hours, they both wore for six hours before starting to look faded.

The consistency is soft, pliant, and creamy without being too thick (it’s not as thin as the Cremeblend Blushes, but it’s not as thick as the Blushcremes were), so it spreads and applies over the skin easily. Though it’s not sticky, there is transfer when I pressed my finger against my cheek or even just put a cloth against it (I wanted to pretend that it was clothing, because there have been many times where I’ve transferred makeup onto my fiance’s shirt). Because not a lot of product is applied to begin with, it’s not as if it all “kisses” off, but some does transfer over. It is vanilla-scented, though I didn’t notice any odd taste when using it on my lips.

I found the best application method was using fingers, because it enabled it to melt better against the skin and blend out evenly. I also liked the 188 and 130 brushes, and both achieved a similar result, they just took a little longer. It blends well over foundation and on bare skin, though I prefer the look of it over foundation, because I don’t have perfect skin, and it just seemed to make my cheeks look splotchier than usual more often than not, and I felt like my pores were beacons in the night, but I’m also more sensitive to “dewy” finishes.

The spectrum of dewy to oily is always hard to judge, because it really ends up being a matter of taste. There are times where I love the glowy, dewy finish of a product, and a reader will comment about how oily my skin looks–and there are times where I think something makes my skin look oily, and then a reader will comment about the glow! On my skin, it read slightly more pronounced than natural dewiness finish–there was a definite sheen and shine that went and went for nearly the entire time it wore.

As a Lip Color

Oddly, though, when it is applied to lips, it has a tendency to really dry down and set, almost feeling clingy without being sucked into every nook and cranny on the lips. It is incredibly lightweight and natural-looking on the lips. Despite the thin consistency on the lips, it’s not drying. It wasn’t moisturizing, but  it wasn’t drying. I recommend using lip balm prior to applying this product, and possibly exfoliating lips, because it does cling and will emphasize any flakes or roughness on the lips. It’s more forgiving than a true matte lipstick, but it can do so. On the lips, I was able to get four hours of wear out of Evening Stroll.

MAC was very generous with this product; it contains four times the amount of most lipsticks or twice the amount of most blushes (for instance, this is over double the size of the Cremeblend Blushes). This is great, except, this is a tub of product that is best applied with fingers yet cream products are much more prone to inhibiting bacteria. I would use this by taking a small amount out with a clean utensil (like a cosmetic spatula), and then using your fingers at that point. Otherwise, I think this is the type of product that will easily spoil before you finish it. A little goes a long way, both on cheeks and on lips, so this oversized pot of color will last you quite awhile.

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Evening Stroll

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I think a lot of people will love these, but there will be some who will not. If you don't like dewy finishes, or if you have really oily skin around your cheeks, I'd look elsewhere for a cream blush option. If you're looking for better wear out of your blush, I'd also steer you somewhere else. I liked it best as a lip color, surprisingly.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, May 25th, 2012

Revlon Rosegold ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine
Revlon Rosegold ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine

Revlon Rosegold ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine

Revlon Rosegold ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a semi-opaque pink-bronze with gold and pink shimmer. MAC Blessedly Rich is browner. Bobbi Brown Beach doesn’t have pink shimmer and appears a bit darker. Bobbi Brown Canary only contains gold sparkle. Bobbi Brown Raspberry is similar but not as bronzed. Revlon Sunset Peach is more orange, less shimmery.

The ColorBurst formula is supposed to feel lightweight, have a high-shine finish, and yield rich color. It’s also designed to be moisturizing. Rosegold has semi-opaque color coverage, and it wore for four hours on me when I tested out the wear. The texture of the gloss is thin, non-sticky, and lightweight and comfortable. It’s slightly moisturizing, and it has a vanilla scent. The applicator is paddle-shaped, so it tapers and is fairly wide with a flexible tip.

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Rosegold

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Rosegold has semi-opaque color coverage, and it wore for four hours on me when I tested out the wear. The texture of the gloss is thin, non-sticky, and lightweight and comfortable.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, May 24th, 2012

bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Page Six (sandy pink sheen) and Most Requested (burgundy sparkle). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

Page Six is a warm strawberry pink with subtle golden shimmer and a frosted, metallic sheen. It’s soft, smooth, and opaque in color. MAC Rose Light is pinker, not as yellow-toned. Lancome Kitten Heel is a smidgen lighter and has a stronger golden sheen. Inglot #399 is darker. Giorgio Armani #7 is darker, less pink.

Most Requested is a red-toned medium-dark brown with burgundy tones. It also has subtle sivler and ruby sparkle. It has mostly opaque color coverage and applies smoothly. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is a little lighter and browner. bareMinerals Kismet is very similar, perhaps a touch browner, and doesn’t have sparkle. Chanel Ebloui is darker.

I’m a huge, huge fan of the Ready Eyeshadows.  The formula is soft, dense, and feels almost creamy, and it applies smooth as silk against the skin, whether over a primer or on bare lids. I get a full eight hours of wear without creasing or fading when I wear the formula on bare lids or over a primer, so it’s great to have that versatility. The 15 Minutes works together, which is always nice, though they are easily used alone or with other eyeshadows you have in your stash. Most Requested has noticeable sparkle, so there is some fall out during application and the majority of the sparkle doesn’t translate onto the lid (gets lost somewhere between the brush and the lid).

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bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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The 15 Minutes works together, which is always nice, though they are easily used alone or with other eyeshadows you have in your stash.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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