Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Cremesheen Glasses ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) come in four shades: Calypso Beat, Fever Isle, Japanese Spring (repromote), and Narcissus (repromote). All four are limited edition.  If you love the Cremesheen Glass formula, you’ll no doubt love at least three of the four here. I’m not the biggest fan of the formula due to how quickly it wears away coupled with how little is actually in the tube (0.09 fl. oz. vs. 0.17 fl. oz. in Lipglass), so one tube can go rather quickly.  The other is that they tend to be milky or creamy and settle into lip lines, which these do to an extent but a much lesser extent (except for Japanese Spring) than ones in the past have.  The formula is almost creamy but not terribly thick (not like Lipglass), vanilla-scented, and non-sticky.

Calypso Beat is described as a “pale neutral peach.” It’s a light-medium peach with warm, beige-y undertones and a soft, white shimmer. This was semi-opaque applied to lips, and for as light and milky as it is, it applied very, very well and evenly. There is some settling into lip lines, but the opacity helps to minimize the visibility of that. It’s one of the better milky Cremesheen Glasses I can remember trying. The big downside was that it lasted two and a half hours on me. Chanel Zephyr is sheerer. MAC Boundless Beige is very sheer in comparison. MAC Summer Sweetheart is more beige. MAC On the Scene is less shimmery. MAC Fashion Whim is a touch lighter. MAC Kiss Me Softly is less pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Fever Isle is described as a “bright red coral.” It’s a medium-dark, coral-red with fine gold shimmer. It was semi-opaque with some translucency but a lot of color. It applied fairly evenly across the lips, though there was some settling of the color into lip lines–however between the shimmer, glossiness, and color coverage, it was hardly noticeable. This gloss lasted three hours on me. Revlon Papaya is warmer, more orange. MAC Kiss Don’t Tell is lighter, pinker. MAC Star Quality is also pinker. See comparison swatches.

Japanese Spring is described as a “pale dirty pink.” It’s a sheer, milky, pale pink with subtle cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s very sheer and just adds a milkiness to my natural lip color more than anything. Because it’s so light, it does settle into lip lines noticeably. It lasted an hour and a half on me. Urban Decay Obsessed is similar. NARS International Velvet is also similar. MAC Petite Indulgence is more pigmented. MAC Going Casual is pinker. MAC Pagoda is more pigmented and shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Narcissus is described as a “dirty eggplant.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple-magenta with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall and didn’t settle too noticeably into lip lines. It wore three hours when I tried it. Urban Decay Crush is pinker. MAC Style Packed is much pinker. MAC Heroine is less purple, more magenta. See comparison swatches.

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Calypso Beat

B+

This was semi-opaque applied to lips, and for as light and milky as it is, it applied very, very well and evenly.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Fever Isle

B+

It was semi-opaque with some translucency but a lot of color. It applied fairly evenly across the lips, though there was some settling of the color into lip lines--however between the shimmer, glossiness, and color coverage, it was hardly noticeable

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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C

It's very sheer and just adds a milkiness to my natural lip color more than anything. Because it's so light, it does settle into lip lines noticeably.

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7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

5/10

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4/5

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Chanel Ingenue Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Ingenue Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Ingenue Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, yellow tangerine with a glossy shine. On lips, it looked like gold-shimmered peach, and because it was semi-opaque, my natural lip color seemed to mute some of the brightness of the color. Because of the lightness of this shade, it didn’t look as even applied as some of the other shades I’ve tried. It lasted three and a half hours, which is short of average, but was slightly moisturizing while I wore it. Chanel Sentiment is similar but less glossy. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower is warmer, more opaque. MAC Shy Girl is less warm-toned. MAC In a Heartbeat is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Interlude Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a warm-toned, pink-coral with a soft shine. It wasn’t as glossy as Ingenue. It had semi-opaque color with some translucency but quite a bit of color–true to the finish and feel of the Rouge Coco Shine, but with more amplified color, as promised. This shade wore three hours on me, as the formula of the Rouge Coco Shines tends to be very creamy and slick (and while very comfortable to wear, shorter on wear). Chanel Sentiment is warmer. Tom Ford Frolic is similar but more shimmery. NARS Montego Bay is more matte. MAC Reel Sexy is lighter. MAC Razzledazzler is slightly less pink. MAC Ever Hip
MAC Coral Bliss is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches.

If you like the feel of lipstick-lip balm hybrid products but found Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine to be lacking in pigment, you may enjoy the new additions to the range, which were all designed to have more pigmentation.  The consistency is creamy, slick (almost wet but not quite), and lightweight.  It’s a comfortable formula to wear, but you may need to reapply more frequently than with a more traditional lipstick.

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Ingenue

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If you like the feel of lipstick-lip balm hybrid products but found Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine to be lacking in pigment, you may enjoy the new additions to the range, which were all designed to have more pigmentation. The consistency is creamy, slick (almost wet but not quite), and lightweight. It's a comfortable formula to wear, but you may need to reapply more frequently than with a more traditional lipstick.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Interlude

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

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7/10

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5/5

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Friday, June 21st, 2013

Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “beige coral.” It’s a warm-toned, light peach with a hint of pink and a creamy, shiny finish. Chanel Sentiment is more frosted. MAC Sweet & Sour is lighter. MAC Style Surge is darker, warmer. MAC Razzledazzler is pinker. Burberry Pink Apricot is more matte, slightly darker. Burberry Devon Sunset is slightly darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Forbidden Flower had full color coverage with little effort or product needed. The consistency is slick, creamy, and not too thick or too thin. With a lighter shade like this, though, the creaminess does lead to “lines” showing up, which make the color look somewhat uneven, when you press your lips together. Luckily, it’s not too noticeable from afar. It lasted four hours well, and it was nicely hydrating during that time. The formula has a sweet fig scent to it, but I didn’t notice it once applied.

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Forbidden Flower

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Friday, June 21st, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer ($3.99 for 0.46 oz.) is a medium-dark, orange-toned tan with a soft, champagne shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer is more orange. Burberry Copper Glow is slightly warmer. MAC Lush Light Bronze is slightly browner. MAC Refined Golden is darker. Burberry Copper Glow is more golden. See comparison swatches.

It had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied evenly and smoothly. The more the product is worked into the skin and buffed out, the more refined the shimmer becomes and more natural the glow looks. It adds a lot of warmth, some orange tones, but it isn’t too frosted on the skin, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. Bikini Contest was easy to apply and blend out, and on my warmer complexion, didn’t look sunburnt or too orange. I think it may be too orange-based for cooler skin tones, though. When I wore it, the bronzer lasted seven and a half hours well on my cheeks, and after eight hours, it started to fade.

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Bikini Contest

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This is a fantastic budget-friendly bronzer! If you've been scared of bronzer or uncertain about what shade would work best, you might consider this formula.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Dior Etincelante (432) Addict Gloss
Dior Etincelante (432) Addict Gloss

Dior Etincelante (432) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a softened, copper and bronze-shimmered peach. Revlon Rosegold is very similar. Revlon Peach is warmer. MAC Social Light is more frosted. MAC Pure Flattery is lighter. MAC Satin Slip is similar. See comparison swatches.

It’s semi-sheer with a lot of shimmer and sparkle, so it seems like it has more coverage than it does. It’s a bit lighter than my natural lip color, but much warmer, so it gives my lips a warm, peachy color overall with finer copper and bronze shimmer. The texture is not too thick or too thin, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear. It lasts four hours and is moderately hydrating during that time. Despite the amount of shimmer in the gloss, it doesn’t feel gritty as the gloss wears away.

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Etincelante (432)

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It's a nice, shimmery gloss that has some color that it can be worn alone and still look like more than the natural lip color, but it still has some sheerness so it can also be layered over other lip colors.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “egg shell, frosty orange gold, light yellow chocolate, deep bronze, blackened plum with pearl.” Brownluxe is one of the better-performing palettes from the launch of six. The textures of #1 and #2 are slightly dry, so you may need to jab at the pans a bit to dislodge color. There is some fall out from #3 and #4 (this was the worst offender of the two), but overall, this had minimal fall out after 12 hours of wear (I don’t normally test this long, but I only had time to test one palette per eye yesterday, so I ended up wearing it until bed time!). I didn’t experience any creasing, but there was some noticeable fading after nine hours of wear.

Brownluxe #1 is a pale beige with a golden sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, and it looked more satin-like, and when applied wet, it was more shimmery/frosted (but the payoff was the same). This shade is also very similar to the palest shades in Smokeluxe and Greenluxe. MAC Dew is more shimmery. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Glamour Light is also similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is lighter, more shimmery. Benefit Call My Bluff is darker, less shimmery. Inglot #355 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #2 is a medium brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it has soft color payoff but not really sheer–just softer than it looks in the pan–and then applied wet, it is darker and there’s an almost gray-ish tint that comes out. Urban Decay Beware is warmer. theBalm Allegro is similar. MAC Romantico is darker, more shimmery. MAC One to Watch is more orange. MAC Day Gleam is more shimmery. MAC Soba is darker. MAC Outre is yellower. MAC Cork is darker. Dior Golden Savannah #1 is darker. Burberry Pale Nude #1 is warmer. Inglot #342 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #3 is a warm-toned, golden copper with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and when applied wet, it is just smoother and more metallic. Sephora Girls Night Out is darker, less orange. theBalm Manic Maribel is more coppery. Urban Decay Penny Lane is more coppery. MAC Gaelic Gold is less warm-toned. MAC Goldmine is lighter, yellower. MAC Amber Lights is darker. MAC Campfire is darker, warmer. OCC Triptych is yellower. bareMinerals Pret-a-porter is very similar. Inglot #404 is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #4 is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a taupe sparkle. It has softer, slightly sheer color when applied dry (it is a much lighter brown), and when applied with a damp brush, it’s a darker, cooler-toned shade. Disney Abu is similar. Urban Decay Bewitch is warmer. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is warmer, less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Copper Cocoa is slightly lighter. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer. MAC Cross Cultural is less shimmery. MAC Brown Down is warmer, less shimmery. Dior Golden Savannah #5 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Couture is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #5 is deep burgundy-brown with a pearly shimmer. It had really nice color payoff both wet and dry, though it was smoother and slightly more intense applied wet. Tom FOrd Enchanted #4 is lighter. theBalm Presto is lighter, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #2 is redder. bareMinerals Ensemble is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Brownluxe

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When it's a pearl or satin-like finish, the formula really stands out as one that's easier to use and really lovely applied. It's when they get too sparkly that they become crumbly and prone to fall out! This one was one of the better picks of the six palette.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Brownluxe #1

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Brownluxe #2

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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