Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

YSL Nude Beige (1) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks

This is the last of my Rouge Volupte re-do/update! I hope you’ve enjoyed it! If you missed the previous posts, check out part one and part two.  Rouge Volupte is still one of the more popular lipstick formulas on the market, and it’s a range that YSL has continued to expand and release additional shades for since it initially launched. (And fun tidbit, they haven’t changed price at all in six years.) The formula is very creamy with a high degree of slip, is medium-weight and slightly thick compared to the average lipstick, and is typically opaque on lips. Because of their creaminess, full color coverage is possible in one stroke with many shades. The finish is glossy and shiny, which gives lips a smoother appearance. One of the primary traits of the formula is that lips look drenched in color and very, very smooth–almost plumper. The formula is moderately hydrating, and the wear time is about average, but it can depend on the shade.

YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, raspberry red with cool undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency where the natural lip color came through. For such a deep color, it applied fairly evenly. It wore well for four and a half hours and left behind a stain. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is less red, more berry, so it appears a bit darker and cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $49.50) is slightly warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is less red. MAC Lush Life (P, $22.00) is similar. Guerlain Lou-Ling (LE, $35.00) is more muted. Burberry Bright Poppy (311) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage. The texture of this shade seemed a bit thicker than other shades, so while it applied evenly initially, when you press your lips together, some lines can show. It lasted for three hours on me. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is less glossy, slightly darker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant rose pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and a glossy shine. It had intense, full color coverage in a single stroke. The texture was slightly thick, like Tender Peach, but I didn’t notice the “lines” as much with this shade when pressed my lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is more matte, warmer. See comparison swatches.

This next shade is just a bonus, for the sake of completion, as it is no longer available (but you can check out the dupes for something similar!). Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, pale pink with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall, but it did settle into lip lines just slight. The settling worsened after two hours of wear, and the color itself lasted for three and a half hours on me. YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Vivid Image (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $18.00) is very similar but less glossy. See comparison swatches.

Just as an FYI, YSL’s own e-commerce website seems to have the largest selection of shades.

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

YSL Nude Beige (1) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks

Rouge Volupte is still one of the more popular lipstick formulas on the market, and it’s a range that YSL has continued to expand and release additional shades for since it initially launched. (And fun tidbit, they haven’t changed price at all in six years.) The formula is very creamy with a high degree of slip, is medium-weight and slightly thick compared to the average lipstick, and is typically opaque on lips. Because of their creaminess, full color coverage is possible in one stroke with many shades. The finish is glossy and shiny, which gives lips a smoother appearance. One of the primary traits of the formula is that lips look drenched in color and very, very smooth–almost plumper. The formula is moderately hydrating, and the wear time is about average, but it can depend on the shade.

YSL Caress Pink (9) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “muted raspberry pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for four hours. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter, less glossy. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Hoop is warmer, more matte. See comparison swatches.

Forbidden Burgundy (12) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep berry with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It had nearly full color coverage, but there was a slight translucency overall. What’s impressive about this shade is how evenly the color applies for something this glossy and not fully opaque. It wears about five hours on me and leaves a slight stain behind. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is slightly purpler. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is similar. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is warmer. Burberry Bright Plum (15) (P, $30.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

Peach Passion (13) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and a glossy, creamy finish. It was richly pigmented and yielded fully opaque color on the lips. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is darker, more orange. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is more beige. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Just as an FYI, YSL’s own e-commerce website seems to have the largest selection of shades.

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

L'Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer

Today, I have two shades from L’Oreal’s Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour range, which has now popped online, so I’m not sure if they’re still limited edition or not, but I’m erring on the side of limited edition for now.  These have a matte, textured finish that mixes matte color with sparkling glitter and sequin-shaped glitters.  I get a week of wear with no chipping, just minor wear as the edges grind away over the week.  I found the consistencies of the formula to be on the thicker side, so application can take some getting used to, and the drying time is about ten to fifteen minutes per coat.

L’Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, amethyst purple with champagne gold glitter and sequin-shaped glitter. It’s a textured polish, so it’s matte but sparkly. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some unevenness during the application so some areas of the nail looked less than opaque.  The texture was on the thicker side, so it takes a little patience to apply. China Glaze All Wrapped Up (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned and doesn’t have gold sequins. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is not as cool-toned and doesn’t have any gold glitter. See comparison swatches.

Pop the Bubbles (142) Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a lightened, aqua teal with silver glitter and larger silver sequin-shaped glitter. It has a textured, matte finish, so it doesn’t feel smooth to the touch, and then it has sparkling, reflective glitters.  The consistency was also a little thick with this shade, but it was easier to apply, and the color was fully opaque after two coats.   L’Oreal Now You Sea Me (P) is similar in color but is a cream, so it is quite different. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, January 27th, 2014

YSL Grenade Pepite (15) Gloss Volupte
YSL Grenade Pepite (15) Gloss Volupte

YSL Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new, recently released gloss formula that’s supposed to be “lightweight, non-sticky” with a unique applicator for “intense glossy colour.” The gloss is available in three finishes: Golden, Iridescent, and Pure, with Pure being the most difference as it has no shimmer, whereas the differences between Golden and Iridescent are much smaller–Iridescent has more iridescent/more prominent shimmer. YSL describes the Golden shades has having a “warm glimmer of gold flecks,” while the Iridescent shades have “tone-on-tone, pearlescent flecks.” The Pure finish is described as “sheer, mirror-like.”

The gloss is lightweight, smooth, and comfortable to wear. It really glides and smooths over the lips effortlessly but doesn’t feel too slippery, a little gel-like but not a full-on gel texture. They wear two and a half to four hours on me, depending on shade, color, and texture. I notice the texture of the sparkle about two-thirds of the way into wear, as the gloss begins to fade, but it is subtle and not to a bothersome level. The color coverage varies quite a bit from shade to shade, and I wouldn’t describe the Golden shades of them as “intense glossy colour,” but Pure seems to have the right level of color (“sheer”).  They’re not all super sheer, barely-there glosses, but they aren’t opaque glosses either. They have a sweet, mango-scent and are nicely hydrating. Golden Glosses have larger and more prominent sparkle, and the texture is a little thicker.

Grenade Pepite (No. 15) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, pink-coral with gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage; noticeable, rich color but not fully opaque so the natural lip color will come through. It had some sparkle but was not over-the-top or loaded with it. It wore well for four hours. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is warmer. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Chanel Reflexion (71) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is warmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Nude Carat (No. 20) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a peachy-beige with gold sparkle and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage with some sparkle. It had a tendency to settle into lip lines somewhat, and though it applied more evenly than a lot of similarly-colored glosses, it wasn’t completely even. On me, the gloss lasted for three hours. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is warmer, more opaque. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Paper Lantern (LE, $20.00) is also similar. Hourglass Imagine (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Corail Trapeze (No. 204) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, orange with a creamy, glossy finish–no shimmer/sparkle. It had semi-sheer, even color coverage, and over my natural lip color, it looked more like a warmer, pink-coral but not an orange-y shade at all. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is slightly pinker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is brighter, more pigmented. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Ravishing (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is warmer, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Zoya Chantal Nail Lacquer
Zoya Chantal Nail Lacquer

Zoya Chantal Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “French vanilla cream.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium beige with a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and though the first coat was a little streaky, the second coat applied evenly and made everything look smooth. The consistency was slightly thick. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) is peachier. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Myth (LE, $16.00) is darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Rue Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “boudoir blush cream.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a cream finish. It was nicely opaque after two coats, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was just a wee bit thick. Zoya Brigitte (P, $9.00) is darker. Illamasqua Pink Raindrops (LE, $17.00) has sparkle. Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Taylor Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light toffee cream.” It’s a light-medium beige with soft, warm undertones and a cream finish. It is not as warm-toned as compared to Chantal. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency was on the thicker side but did not pool along the edges. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is also sheerer. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with minor tip wear and no chipping.

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Monday, January 20th, 2014

L'Oreal Gilded Envy (755) Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) Infallible Eyeshadow

This post features three of the six new shades L’Oreal added to the Infallible range with their Butterfly collection. As far as I know, these are new and permanent. I know Ulta has them available online, too, if you haven’t had any luck finding them locally. You can find the other three reviewed here.

L’Oreal touts these as having 24-hour wear that’s “waterproof, sweatproof, and crease-resistant.” The formula is supposed to be richly pigmented and velvety in feel. I’m not, and I don’t intend, to test these for 24-hours (it’s beyond the call of beauty blogging for me!), so I tested them for as long as I could, which was sixteen hours. Silver Sky was noticeably faded with significant fall out after eight hours of wear, and it just progressed from there–slightly creased after ten and a half hours. Gilded Envy and Timeless Blue Spark wore better, and I had some minor fading after fourteen hours of wear. With Gilded Envy, there was some minor fall out that became apparent at the twelve-hour mark but was hardly noticeable even after sixteen hours of wear.

L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a dirty, antique gold with a frosted, metallic finish and subtle, warm undertones. It’s almost an olive green, but it leans more golden and less olive. It’s not your typical gold–a little warmer than pewter. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and then applied with a damp brush, it was fully opaque. The texture was fairly soft, but it is rather sparkly, so you can feel the texture of some of the sparkle content in it, which is why it is smoother when applied with a dampened brush. MAC Cakeshop (LE) is lighter, cream. MAC Silver Birch (LE, $21.00) is grayer. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches. Just as an aside, NARS Kauai #1 is lighter and more golden, so while it was recently reviewed, I wouldn’t consider it a dupe.

Silver Sky (757) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, metallic silver shot through with silvery-gray sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t seem to bind or sit with the underlying base color, so it dusts away and results in a lot of fall out both during application as well as later on during wear. The color payoff was sheer when applied dry, and even with a dampened brush, it only upgraded to semi-sheer. I was disappointed by the slightly gritty, uneven texture and feel of this shade. There are a lot of comparable silver eyeshadows available — see comparison swatches.

Timeless Blue Spark (760) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium blue with a very metallic finish. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was very opaque and incredibly metallic. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) and Giorgio Armani June Beetle (31) (LE, $33.00) have more of a duochrome finish. Urban Decay Haight (P, $18.00) is brighter, bluer. Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is darker. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is similar but less metallic, so it appears darker. See comparison swatches.

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