Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Bobbi Brown Bark Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Bark Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bark Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich brown.” It’s a rich, red-toned dark brown with a creamy, mostly matte finish. I couldn’t think of any other cream formulas that were similar in color, but there were several powder alternatives. Make Up For Ever #162 is fully matte. Inglot #326 is less red-toned. MAC Embark is darker. theBalm Mahna-Mahna is very close.

The consistency is creamy and glides on beautifully, evenly, and smoothly with full color coverage. It is blendable and remains blendable just long enough to work but not so long that it has a chance to gather into the creases before you’ve finished. I did have a problem with this one tending to fade along the edges after eight hours, and it wasn’t a problem I experienced with any of the other shades. It was such a bummer, because the color payoff was fantastic, texture was creamy and blendable, and no creasing–but fading is still frustrating!

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Bark

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It was such a bummer, because the color payoff was fantastic, texture was creamy and blendable, and no creasing--but fading is still frustrating!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

MAC Posh Tone Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Posh Tone Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Posh Tone Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “soft warm nude cream.” It’s a darkened peach-beige with a creamy finish and light, natural sheen. MAC Delectable is more matte in finish but very close in color. MAC Freckletone is a smidgen darker. MAC Gotta Dash! has more pink in it.

It’s mostly opaque on lips, and like Glamour Era it had a slightly thicker consistency and definitely looked less “natural” worn on the lips compared to several other shades in the formula. I don’t say that it is heavy or really thick, because it’s not, but it’s not quite as lightweight as some shades in the range. Posh Tone has good color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It took quite a bit of pressure when I pressed my lips together to see any lines, which was a surprise (a good one!). It wore just under four hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it.

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Posh Tone

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For those who like the color of Freckletone but would prefer a different texture, you might like this as an alternative.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, March 1st, 2013

MAC All Out Gorgeous Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC All Out Gorgeous Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC All Out Gorgeous Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep warm red.” It’s a berry-red with a soft, luminous sheen. When I swatched it, I did not get strong warm tones, and it even looked a bit cool-toned to me; I would argue it is closer to neutral but may lean cooler/warmer depending on your skin tone and what it is paired with. MAC Lush Life is darker, less red, and more berry–I think that the two are similar enough that if you had one, you wouldn’t need the other unless you wore this shade a lot and could appreciate the nuances between the two. Guerlain Orgueil is richer and deeper. Sally Hansen Garnet is similar but a touch cooler-toned. MAC Hang Up is a bit darker.

It applied with mostly opaque color coverage, but there was still some translucency–you could see my lip freckle and that some of my natural lip color was present. If you have more pigmented lips, you’ll see more of an impact of your natural lip color coming through.  All Out Gorgeous wore for four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn.  I noticed that towards the fourth hour, some of the product had gathered into the lip lines just a bit, but it was not too noticeable.  The consistency was creamy with some slip, and it applied evenly without tugging on the lip.

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All Out Gorgeous

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It had good color coverage, felt comfortable to wear, and was lightly moisturizing while worn. I do think it is more hydrating than other MAC lipsticks.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, March 1st, 2013

MAC Lush Life Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lush Life Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lush Life Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep cool plum.” It’s a reddish berry with a soft sheen. I really thought it seemed similar to MAC Rebel, but applied, Rebel is purpler and deeper–it looks richer, in a way, on, because of the depth in color (if you own Rebel, pat on a little balm on top, and you’ll get this, though). Illamasqua Magnetism is a bit more muted, less red. Guerlain Guet-Apens is darker, more berry-hued. NARS Afghan Red is more subdued.

There’s a translucency to the overall color of Lush Life that makes it appear lighter on the lips than in the tube, and it kind of looks a bit like a lip stain (but not, because it is clearly a lipstick).  I thought this shade was very much a chameleon and changed its depth/brightness very much based on the lighting.  In my office, it looks darker, purpler (I have very cool light in my office), while in my bathroom, it looked redder and lighter (which has a ton of light, all of which runs warmer).  It’s interesting, though obviously frustrating from a photography standpoint!  It lasted for five hours, and it did leave a very faint stain behind.  The consistency was slightly creamy, not too slick but not dry, lightweight, and comfortable to wear.  So far, the range has been rather consistent in its texture and hydration (some).

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Lush Life

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It wears well without feathering or bleeding, goes on evenly though there's still some translucency, and is comfortable to wear.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

MAC Grande Dame Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Grande Dame Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Grande Dame Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal neutral rose cream.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with a soft frost finish–the shimmer is incredibly fine–and is just barely warm-toned. Tom Ford Indian Rose is darker and less warm-toned. Revlon Pink Truffle is browner. Bobbi Brown Pink Peony is pinker and brighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is more muted, less warm-toned.

The formula on this one had less slip and creaminess compared to the other shades I’ve reviewed thus far, and I imagine it is due in part to the shimmer/frost element in Grande Dame’s finish that’s not present in the other shades. It glides on well overall and doesn’t pull at the lips or cling once applied. It wore for a solid four hours, which is good wear, and it was still as moisturizing as the other shades I’ve worn. The finish is less shiny/glossy compared to other shades, too, but it is not matte.  It has mostly opaque color coverage.  There were a few, very faint, lines of demarcation present if I pressed my lips together.

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Grande Dame

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This is the kind of color that works well for an everyday lip color that's a few steps up from subtle but not bold or bright. It's wearable, easy to pair with other shades, and the formula is comfortable to wear overall.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “soft cool pink cream.” It’s a light-medium pink with a cool, gray-ish cast and a creamy, luminous finish. MAC Girl Next Door is lighter and sheerer (so it does look different on). MAC You’re Perfect Already is warmer. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake is purpler. MAC Enchantee is similar but grayer. Urban Decay Lovechild is brighter. MAC Royal Azalea is lighter.

It delivered mostly opaque color, and the consistency is lightly creamy without being heavy or thick.  It doesn’t look heavy on the lips either, despite having a mostly cream finish.  I did notice that if you press your lips together, there are some lines that can get created; they smooth out all right, but it’s worth noting.  It’s visible in the photo, but from afar, it’s hard to tell.  It was lightly hydrating while I wore it, and Dreaminess lasted three and a half hours on my lips, which is around average (four hours).  For a bit more on the formula, read my original review.

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Dreaminess

A-
It had good color coverage, felt comfortable to wear, and was lightly moisturizing while worn. I do think it is more hydrating than other MAC lipsticks.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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