Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Pastel High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Pastel High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pastel High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink with pink pearl.” It’s exactly as described: it’s a light, sheer pink with neutral undertones with lots of pink shimmer. There are a few silver and gold sparkles there as well, but it seems to reflect mostly the cool pink sparkles. MAC Superflash! is a bit similar though more opaque and has chunky flakes of glitter. YSL Golden Peony has more gold shimmer.

It’s one of the sheerer shades within the range, so it amplifies any natural pink hues in your lip color, but it’s not opaque nor will it add a lot of noticeable color. It has pink gold, and silver sparkle in it, though pink dominates. It can be worn alone without settling into lip lines, and it does make my lips look pinker overall. It can also be used to layer over your favorite lipstick to add glossiness and sparkle without altering the color much. Fans of sheer shades will like this, and those who prefer more opaque shades will be less enamored–I’m in the latter group, so I only need a few sheer glosses.

The High Shimmer Lipgloss formula is a favorite for me. I think at this very moment I have two or three shades in my purse (though I was testing them), but I haven’t bothered to take them out because I’ve been reaching for them even if it’s just to wear after lunch and through coffee (it’s about an hour and a half period where I don’t bother testing lip color, since most products will just transfer onto food/cups). It’s moisturizing, glossy, sparkly, longer-wearing (Pastel wore three and a half hours), and the sparkle doesn’t travel. This formula is non-sticky, not too thick or too thin in texture, and mint-scented.

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It's not unique by any means, because it's so sheer. It's not my favorite within the range, as many of the other shades have a lot more shimmer/sparkle! The effect is less pronounced here, though it still catches light exceptionally well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Bellini High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Bellini High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Bellini High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude pink with pearl.” It’s a light-medium yellow-toned pink with pink and silver sparkle. MAC On a Holiday is similar with less sparkle. YSL Golden Peony is similar but has gold shimmer. There are a lot of sheer glosses to choose from–they just have varying degrees of shimmer!

It intensifies the natural pink tones in lips but doesn’t add a ton of color; it does add a lot of sparkle. This shade is semi-sheer, but if you have more pigmented lips, it’s going to seem rather sheer on you and just deposit some sparkle. Bellini definitely does not have nearly as much shimmer as some of the other shades in the range, so that may be good or bad depending on your needs. I’m always reaching for one of these glosses when I’m not testing something else, because they add a lot of dazzle and glimmer. The sparkle doesn’t feel gritty, and it doesn’t travel. When I tested Bellini, it wore for three hours, and my lips felt hydrated both during and after I wore it. This formula is non-sticky, not too thick or too thin in texture, and mint-scented.

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It's not unique by any means, because it's so sheer. It's not my favorite within the range, as many of the other shades have a lot more shimmer/sparkle! The effect is less pronounced here, though it still catches light exceptionally well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette
Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four new shades from the brand: Acidberry (vibrant lime green, matte with slightly pearl sheen), Velocity (vibrant matte royal blue), 2AM (matte purple with a slightly pearl sheen), and Mochi (matte mint seafoam with a slightly pearl sheen).

I did a super quick look with this palette yesterday, because I’ve been anticipating it all week!  My favorite shade was Mochi, because it was really intensely pigmented when I applied it, and it was soft and smooth.  I did have some powder excess that kicked up when I was working with Acidberry and Velocity, but Velocity had very little, and Velocity is the type of color that never swatches half as good as it performs during application. I’ve consistently seen this type of blue shade become beautiful, rich in color, and blendable on the lid, and Velocity is true to this, though it swatches decently.  

Acidberry also didn’t want to adhere to my lid nearly as well as the other shades!  2AM was soft, smooth, and it wasn’t powdery at all–it also had much better color payoff when applied to the lid. Purple-based eyeshadows can be horrendous, but 2AM proves that with enough skill, an excellent purple can be made.  I wore all four shades on one eye with a primer and on the other eye without a primer. It held up well both ways with no creasing after eight hours, but there was some slight (but noticeable) fading around the edges when worn without a primer.

The palette is made out of heavy-duty cardboard with a semi-matte black finish and then Sugarpill’s logo and the like on the front and back. It can withstand a lot more dropping and tossing around than a product in a plastic compact. It stays closed with a magnetic on the edge of the palette. There’s a full-sized mirror on the interior of the lid. The only thing you may find annoying is that the palette always lies flat once you open it–the mirror portion doesn’t stand up at an angle at all (I’m holding it up in the photo to get it to look that way).

Each shade is also available individually for $12.00/0.14 oz.–buying the palette saves you $14, which is like getting one shade for free, so as long as you like at least three shades in the palette, I’d opt for the palette. If you only like one or two shades, then I’d go the individual route.

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Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you love brighter matte eyeshadows, I think you'll enjoy Heart Breaker. I love that there's no highlighter shade--just four vibrant pops of color. Acidberry was a little difficult to work in comparison to other Sugarpill shades (both in this palette and the rest of the range), so it did bring down the overall rating.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC Red Racer Lipstick

MAC Hey, Sailor: Lipsticks

MAC Hey, Sailor! Lipsticks ($15.50 for 0.10 oz.) include four shades: Red Racer (bright yellow red), Sail la Vie (bright mid-tone orange), Salute! (neutral peach), and To Catch a Sailor (highly frosted tan).

First, to those who wanted Red Racer and Sail la Vie, never fear–there are several retailers still yet to launch the collection online, and it’s still not out in-stores (except PRO stores). I wish I could have posted the lipsticks sooner, but I did not have all of them (and ironically, I was missing both the shades that sold out) until 7PM last night!

Truthfully, I was a little surprised that both sold out so quickly, because they seemed dupeable (from the descriptions), but they are certainly lovely shades and wear and apply well to boot.  I really say this as a gentle reminder that makeup is supposed to be fun.  Sometimes the adventure and efforts it takes to track down just that particular shade can be fun and exciting, but when it takes a turn for aggravating, frustrating, and upsetting? that’s when it’s too much. And never be afraid to mix and match–you might be surprised just how much you can dupe if you mix two or three products together!

The only shade that was problematic was Salute!, which applied awfully on my lips. I thought maybe it was just because it was the first lip product I swatched, so I tried it on again, but it looked just as bad (the second attempt is what is shown below).  It just catches on imperfections that a lot of other lipsticks don’t (for instance, To Catch a Sailor was swatched second).  All four shades were opaque, and they had good, creamy consistencies that enabled easier application.  I tested the wear of To Catch a Sailor (three hours) and Red Racer (five hours with a light stain).

MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste. They’re typically packaged in a semi-matte black tube, but these are in a glossy, navy blue tubes with white striping. The finishes of these lipsticks were not at all problematic, and even though To Catch a Sailor has a very metallic finish, it wasn’t drying (but not moisturizing).

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All four shades were opaque, and they had good, creamy consistencies that enabled easier application. The only shade that was problematic was Salute!, which applied awfully on my lips. I also think that Salute! is going to be harder shade to wear, but it will be flattering on some skin tones, particularly deeper ones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012


MAC Crew Highlight Powder

MAC Crew Highlight Powder

MAC Crew Highlight Powder ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a multi-colored highlighting powder that has three primary shades: soft peach-orange with an almost matte finish, subtly yellow-toned light-medium pink with a satin-like finish, and a cool-toned pink-lilac with a satin finish. There’s also creamy beige hue, but this is an overlay of color and does not go all the way through. I made two gouges in the product to see how the colors went through, and it seemed like each main color is really what’s underneath a 1-2mm layer of the creamy beige. The composition of this reminded me of Benefit Sugarbomb and Benefit Hervana.

When the product is swirled together, the end result is a coral-tinted pink with yellow undertones. It looked a bit chalky against my skin tone when I swatched it, but it was less chalky applied to my cheeks. I think the lighter color paired with a slightly matte finish gives it a drier look, which translates into chalky on my medium skin tone. There is a very faint satin sheen, but it’s incredibly subtle. For those who love more shimmery, metallic highlighters, this is on the opposite end. MAC Flower Fantasy is lighter and shimmery. Chanel Brompton Road is lighter. Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel is darker, yellower. Benefit Hervana is similar but more coral, lighter. Chanel Pink Cloud is lighter, less pink. MAC Stunner is darker, warmer. Burberry Peony is a smidgen darker and warmer.

The texture is soft, smooth, and finely-milled.  If you want to use it as a blusher, it’s certainly do-able, even on medium skin tones.  I don’t know if this genuinely highlights as it does brightens and adds some natural color to the cheeks that’s not too warm, so it’s instantly brightening and should be flattering on both cool and warm undertones.  It wore around eight hours on my cheeks before staring to fade around the edges.

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If you want to use it as a blusher, it's certainly do-able, even on medium skin tones.  I don't know if this genuinely highlights as it does brightens and adds some natural color to the cheeks that's not too warm, so it's instantly brightening and should be flattering on both cool and warm undertones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow
Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua CanCan Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Can Can Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright lilac purple.” It’s a medium lilac with strong purple tones and a cool undertone. The finish is matte. Benefit Fancy Pansy is closest in color, but it’s lighter and has a shimmery finish, so it appears different. Inglot #346 is lighter, more pastel.

Can Can had lovely color payoff, but it was a smidgen on the drier side, so there was a little powderiness to contend with. It’s not overly difficult to deal with, but it’s noticeable and must be mentioned. It can be hard to find a shade of lavender like this that has such strong pigmentation, though, and it’s what makes this shade stand out the most.  I liked that it was darker than your average lavender/lilac shade, because it’s easier to wear, especially on medium to dark skin tones.  The texture is soft and smooth but a little too soft (hence the powderiness).  When I tested the wear, it managed seven hours with light fading around the edges but no creasing.

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It can be hard to find a shade of lavender like this that has such strong pigmentation, though, and it's what makes this shade stand out the most. I liked that it was darker than your average lavender/lilac shade, because it's easier to wear, especially on medium to dark skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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