Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MAC Early Morning Mineralize Blush
MAC Early Morning Mineralize Blush

MAC Naturally: Early Morning Mineralize Blush

MAC Early Morning Mineralize Blush ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” There’s not much peach in this, to be honest; it doesn’t seem to come through at all! Instead, it’s more like a medium-dark coral-pink with hints of red. It’s not as pink as theBalm Frat Boy or as orange as Chanel Tweed Brun Rose.  The pigmentation is nice, but it’s soft enough that it can be easily diffused and blended out for a softer look.  You don’t need an exceptionally light hand to work with it either, which makes it more user-friendly.

The texture of this collection’s Mineralize Blushes is really lovely; beyond finely-milled, so the powder is soft, smooth, and feels like silk against the skin. With a very natural finish (think barely-there glow), the color lies beautifully against the skin. It’s really the way these feel and look on the skin that make them sing. I tested out Subtle Breeze from this collection for wear, and it lasted for around six hours before it started to look noticeably faded on my normal-to-dry skin. I’ve never had good luck with getting MAC’s mineralize products to wear all day on me, unfortunately.

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Early Morning

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It has such a beautiful texture that looks even more beautiful when worn--I just wish it would wear longer than six hours! The color payoff is nice but the powder is blendable, so you can get the concentration of color you prefer with ease.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Chanel May Le Vernis
Chanel May Le Vernis

Chanel Spring 2012: Chanel May Le Vernis

Chanel May Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense pink.” It’s a lovely clean, almost neutral pink. It leans just barely cool toned in the bottle and against my skin in certain lighting, but at a glance, it almost reads neutral against my yellow undertones. I suspect if you have cooler undertones, you’ll see it appear a bit bluer overall. MAC Ice Cream Cake is much more magenta and bluer. China Glaze Empowerment is lighter. Chanel Mistral is lighter and more yellow-toned.

I used two coats for opaque color coverage with May, and it was fluid enough to apply evenly and settle across the nail without bubbling or pooling at the sides. It does have a slightly longer drying time, and you really do need to let each coat set before applying the next, or else you will find it drags/pulls enough to be noticeable. It’s a little on the thick side but entirely manageable (I didn’t have to experiment with application technique at all). My experience with Chanel’s formula has been good; I don’t experience chipping (but I also can’t think of a formula that does, so long as I use a base and top coat) and am able to wear their shades for a week with minor tip wear.

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May

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Infinitely appropriate for spring--soft, feminine, elegant--and fairly office-friendly, too. I don't have an exact dupe for it in my stash, but if you own lots of pink cremes, you might be able to find something similar in yours.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 23rd, 2011

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow
NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.09 oz.) is an ocean blue with a soft, frosted finish. What I love about this particular shade of blue is the overall soft, muted quality to it, but it hasn’t diminished the quiet vibrancy of the color at all. It’s like a mix of MAC Freshwater and MAC Deep Truth. MAC Pure Creation is a bit similar, too.

The eyeshadow has a really soft, powdery quality that can result in fall out if you aren’t aware of it (I also think you end up with more product than you need for application, because a little goes a long way). It has great color payoff and melts against skin for a really smooth result. NYX says these will wear “for many hours,” though I will say they tend to look faded after six or seven hours if used without a base. This particular shade I didn’t have any fading issues with when I used it over an eyeshadow base.

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Kiss in Casablanca

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All in all, this is a really nice budget-friendly blue that packs plenty of color! If you're a fan of blues, this is worth a look, because I think that slightly soft color is hard to find.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection Lipglasses
MAC Lipglasses in Rich & Witty, Rich Bounty, Style Packed, Tour de Fabulous

MAC Tour de Fabulous – Lipglasses

MAC Tour de Fabulous includes several limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.), and this post features these shades: Rich & Witty (neutral dirty pinked beige), Rich Bounty (deep red-brown with pearl), Style Packed (bright, vivid fuchsia), and Tour de Fabulous (clean/bright yellow pink with pearl).

  • Rich & Witty is a darkened peach with soft warm white shimmer. It’s much darker and has much less pink compared to It’s a Wow. The color coverage is opaque and very even. It’s similar to MAC Orange Tempera but with shimmer.
  • Rich Bounty is a rusted red with an orange-copper shimmer. This shade had good color payoff, but it applied a bit unevenly, and it was the hardest to apply of the ones I’ve tried so far. It reminded me of Chantecaille Glaze, which also had unevenness issues.
  • Style Packed is a brightened fuchsia-magenta with a creamy finish. It’s bright but doesn’t read quite neon on lips. The color coverage is pretty much opaque. It’s very, very blue-based, so it is a cool-toned shade. MAC Athena’s Kiss is pinker and darker. MAC Sassy Lassy and MAC True Babe are pinker.
  • Tour de Fabulous is a white-shimmered pink-coral with mostly opaque color coverage and an even application. MAC Strange Potion is a little less pink. Chanel Confidence is fairly similar but a little pinker.

Lipglass is a tacky, thick product that tends to wear longer than the average lipgloss because of that thicker, tackier texture. It seems to be a formula that readers either love or avoid with little middle ground! These are definitely some of the best performing Lipglasses I’ve come across in the past year or longer. They apply evenly, and if you’re a fan of opaque color, you’ll get that, too!

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Though having a collection full of Lipglass seems kind of boring, I actually think the quality of these particular Lipglasses is better than many of the recent iterations of Lipglass we've seen in the seasonal collections. If you like your lipgloss sticky and opaque, I think you'll like these.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection Lipglasses
MAC Lipglasses in Casual Air, Comfort & Joy, It’s a Wow, Knockout, Real Posh

MAC Tour de Fabulous – Lipglasses

MAC Tour de Fabulous includes several limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.), and this post features these shades: Casual Air (frosted pale pink), Comfort & Joy (mid-tone frosty dirty mauve), It’s a Wow (mid-tone blue-pink), Knockout (red with pearl), and Real Posh (deep berry, slightly pearled).

The formula is true-to-form as far as Lipglass goes. They’re on the thicker side, and they’re tacky–they’re one of the tackier lipglosses on the market, which may or may not be a good thing. On the plus side, the tackiness means that these tend to last longer than other non-sticky lipglosses; I typically get three to four hours with these. I trialed Casual Air, Knockout, Rich Bounty, and Tour de Fabulous for wear, and they lasted four, five, four, and four hours respectively. Like all MAC lip products, these are vanilla scented but have no taste. They come in a plastic see-through tube with a doe-foot applicator.

I was really lucky, and several months ago (when Glamglass was closer to debuting), I received a single press sample of Glamglass, in the hue Rich Bounty, so I was able to test out the formula a bit. It’s a bummer that MAC wasn’t able to get these out in their anticipated form, just because the formula is very different from Lipglass. Per the original press release, Glamglass was supposed to have a brush applicator (it did), high shine (moderately true, not too much more than Lipglass), and non-sticky texture (very slick with no tackiness).

The downside to Glamglass was the slickness of the texture tended to mean the color would slip around a bit, and I found it getting on my teeth several times (which is not the norm for me). I did like the overall texture, though, which was lightweight, non-sticky, and fairly even. I like Lipglass, too–it’s a solid formula and wears longer than some other glosses–but I think fans of the Cremesheen Glass formula who desired more pigment might have found these to their liking. They actually reminded me more of the texture of 3D Glasses or Chromeglass.

  • Casual Air is a pale white-pink with lots of white shimmer but also some multi-colored shimmer, as it reflects a little teal and copper at certain angles. It’s fairly opaque, even though the color base seems rather colorless, there’s enough shimmer to make up for it. The color is kind of like MAC Good Times or MAC Pink Fade but with shimmer.
  • Comfort & Joy is a mauve-pink with just a hint of mauve in the actual color but with lots of lighter pink and mauve shimmer, so it tends to have a more semi-opaque effect on the lips. MAC Gone Romancin’ was the most similar shade I could think of, though it is a touch lighter. MAC Vacant is more lilac.
  • It’s a Wow is a slightly coraled pink with white shimmer. It’s nearly opaque in color coverage. MAC Perennial High Style is less pink and creamier. MAC Orange Tempera is peachier but similar in lightness. YSL #19 is also similar, though it has golden shimmer.
  • Knockout is a bright, intense orange-red with very, very faint orange micro-shimmer. It’s pretty much opaque on lips, and it applies surprisingly evenly for this kind of shade. Illamasqua Temper is very similar.
  • Real Posh is a darkened raspberry that leans more berry than pink with lighter pink shimmer. It’s mostly opaque on lips, and it applies fairly evenly, too, without settling too heavily into lip lines. MAC Indigo Pink is redder and darker. Lancome Untamed Plum is sheerer and plummier.

Though having a collection full of Lipglass seems kind of boring, I actually think the quality of these particular Lipglasses is better than many of the recent iterations of Lipglass we’ve seen in the seasonal collections.  If you like your lipgloss sticky and opaque, I think you’ll like these.  The color range has a good selection of lighter shades that don’t become milky and uneven on lips, but it also has a few deeper hues that will work well for winter and be able to transition into spring.

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MAC Tour de Fabulous Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

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Though having a collection full of Lipglass seems kind of boring, I actually think the quality of these particular Lipglasses is better than many of the recent iterations of Lipglass we've seen in the seasonal collections. If you like your lipgloss sticky and opaque, I think you'll like these.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, December 19th, 2011

Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow
Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as an “intense golden-copper” with a metallic finish. It’s a brilliant copper with a golden metallic sheen. The hue is a little lighter compared to theBalm Maribel, but it is very similar to NARS Isolde, theBalm Meep Meep, and MAC Amber Lights.

This is one of the best performing Lancome eyeshadows I’ve come across, even though it is more dupeable than some other shades. The color payoff is fantastic, and the texture is so soft and smooth; it glides on like butter and blends like a dream. Lancome says that their eyeshadows can be worn without a base, but I do find some subtle creasing after eight hours. Not unsurprisingly, but I didn’t have any wear issues when I wear them over an eyeshadow base.

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Lancome Pose Color Design Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is one of the best performing Lancome eyeshadows I've come across, even though it is more dupeable than some other shades. The color payoff is fantastic, and the texture is so soft and smooth; it glides on like butter and blends like a dream.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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