Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “classic red.” It’s a rich, vibrant cherry red with strong blue undertones and a natural sheen. MAC Ronnie Red is very comparable. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 is pinker. NARS Dragon Girl is darker, bluer-based. MAC Ruby Woo is darker.

It applied evenly and smoothly without tugging or pulling on the lip when applied straight from the pencil. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding during the six hours this wore for–and there was a soft red stain left behind that lingered for another hour or so. The consistency is lightweight and thin, but comfortable, as it doesn’t cling and get sucked into the lips. I didn’t find this shade hydrating, though it was not drying.  The color coverage is very nearly opaque, which isn’t quite the “perfect” in-between sheer and opaque as described–so that might be to your advantage or not!

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Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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I wish it was more hydrating, because that's part of the appeal of the Chubby Stick formula. It's also nearly full coverage, even though it's listed as medium coverage.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss Face & Eye Palette ($88.00 for 0.44 oz.) consists of a face powder (Coral Bliss) and three eyeshadows (Open, Shimmer Greige, and Swimming Pool Turquoise). The blush contains 0.35 oz. of product (quite a bit for a blush!), while the eyeshadows are 0.03 oz. each (the average full-sized eyeshadow is usually around 0.05 oz.).

Coral Bliss is a subtly warm-toned, peach-coral with a satin finish. It had good color payoff, but the color is on the lighter end of the spectrum, so to that end, this is going to be a palette better suited to paler complexions.  It was subtle on my medium complexion.  It wore for a full eight hours on me; even with its subtlety, it was still visible. MAC Flatter Me has a more shimmery finish and is slightly pinker. MAC Shell Pearl is pinker. MAC Born to Love is pinker. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose is darker.

Open is a warm, frosted white. It had great color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. theBalm Metal-ica is cooler-toned. Cinderella Ball Gown is more metallic. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #1 is very similar.

Shimmer Greige is a mauve-tinted taupe with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was finely-milled and smooth. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is browner, warmer. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby is more mauve. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is browner. MAC Dangerous Cuvee is more metallic. NARS Lhasa is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off #3 is similar in color, more reflective in finish.

Swimming Pool Turquoise is a light-medium sky blue with subtle, cool undertones and a white, frosted shimmer. It had good color payoff, but it was a smidgen powdery. When applied, it blended out very quickly, so patting it on and lightly blending only along the edges is advised. Dior Swimming Pool #3 is more matte. NYX Cool Blue is cooler-toned and matte. MAC Styledriven is just slightly lighter. theBalm Great Gonzo is bolder and brighter.

It’s a lovely palette for spring that’s not your typical set of pastels. There’s something very spring-like about it, but it’s not all lilacs and peaches.  The addition of robin egg’s blue really gives it something extra, I’d say.  The downside, though, is that the blush makes up the majority of the value of the palette, so medium and darker complexions may find it doesn’t show up well enough on the skin to justify the price tag.  All of the products had incredibly soft, finely-milled textures that just smoothed over the skin beautifully, which tends to be an area where Giorgio Armani excels in. When I wore the eyeshadows, all three had no problem getting to a full eight hours with no creasing or fading; after nine, Swimming Pool Turquoise looked a little faded.

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It's a lovely palette for spring that's not your typical set of pastels. There's something very spring-like about it, but it's not all lilacs and peaches. The addition of robin egg's blue really gives it something extra, I'd say. The downside, though, is that the blush makes up the majority of the value of the palette, so medium and darker complexions may find it doesn't show up well enough on the skin to justify the price tag.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “faded slate-blue shimmer.” It’s a muted, cool-toned blue shot through with silver and icy blue shimmer. There’s a definite gray-ish cast to it that gives it that “slate-blue” coloring as described. I thought the finish was more metallic than shimmer, though. Butter London Lady Muck has a completely different finish, and it looks a bit bluer because it has less shimmer/sheen. Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle is a cream, but it has a similar gray-blue coloring.

I couldn’t think of another polish that I’ve covered that has this color with this kind of finish.  It has a very metallic finish, and as a result, there are brush strokes or threads of metallic shimmer that are visible even in muted, natural light. On the plus side, it has a faster drying time than the average polish, which tends to be true of metallic finishes as well.  The consistency wasn’t thick or really thin, but there was a slight wateriness to the formula that took some getting used to.  I was going to redo these swatches, but I’m short on time (and long on polishes to review) and I know Deborah Lippmann’s spring shades are going fast.  I had no trouble getting full, opaque color coverage in two coats, though.  I recommend waiting for each coat to dry, because it is unforgiving if you try to apply the next coat too soon–it will pull.  I typically get a week of wear out of Deborah Lippmann’s polishes.

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Moon Rendezvous

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It has a very metallic finish, and as a result, there are brush strokes or threads of metallic shimmer that are visible even in muted, natural light.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) Eyeshadow
Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) Eyeshadow

Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mirror dark green.” It’s a subtly warmed-up forest green with a soft, golden olive undertone and a green-gold shimmer with a frosted, metallic finish. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is lighter, warmer. Inglot #414 is cooler-toned, tealer. Inglot #418 is greener. Make Up For Ever #310 is less metallic.

When applied dry, it had rather disappointing color payoff; it appeared dry and a bit uneven, and overall, semi-sheer. When applied with a damp brush, it took on a much more intense color; it applied more evenly, smoothly, and was mostly opaque. Sephora’s Mirror finish is interesting, because it has the sparkling quality of a glitter eyeshadow matched with the reflective quality of a metallic finish but without the fall out problems.  While it didn’t wear the full ten hours Sephora claimed, it did hold up well; there was only some very minor fading along the edges.

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Rolling in the Grass (10)

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Sephora's Mirror finish is interesting, because it has the sparkling quality of a glitter eyeshadow matched with the reflective quality of a metallic finish but without the fall out problems.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, February 11th, 2013

Sephora French Riviera (04) Eyeshadow
Sephora French Riviera (04) Eyeshadow

Sephora French Riviera (04) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “glittering gold.” It’s a warm, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and gold micro-glitter. Urban Decay Spell is darker but has a similar finish (including the micro-glitter). L’Oreal Gold Imperial is lighter and has a browner base. Urban Decay Blitz is a touch browner/less yellow. Inglot #403 is yellower and has no micro-glitter. Make Up For Ever #10 is a touch warmer and has no micro-glitter.  Generally, French Riviera was slightly less warm, orange/brown, so it is a “cooler” gold (but not really cool-toned).

It has a glitter finish, and it won’t come as much of as a surprise, but there is fall out both during application and later on while the shade is worn. I found the fall out and feel to be in line with Urban Decay’s micro-glitter-infused eyeshadows. I’d love for a glittery eyeshadow that would apply and stay put, but unfortunately, this isn’t it. The texture of French Riviera is soft and smooth, so the underlying gold base is lovely and works, once you get past the glittery fall out. I found that much of the glitter gets lost during application and little remains on the actual lid, so there isn’t a lot left to fall out while it is worn (and fall out during application is easier to deal with, since you can clean it up and be done with it).   When I wore this shade, I had no problems with it wearing a full ten hours without fading or creasing–but the micro-glitter did migrate.

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If you like micro-glitter and don't mind applying with a special base, I'd still consider the shade. If you loathe micro-glitter and don't want to put in any extra effort, skip.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, February 4th, 2013

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pastel lavender pink” with an Amplified finish. It’s a cool-toned, lavender pink with a creamy finish and natural sheen. MAC Budding Love is darker. MAC Fresh Amour is purpler. MAC Quite Cute is a touch pinker. MAC Pink Friday is darker, pinker. MAC I Like It Like That is darker, pinker. MAC Blooming Lovely is a little grayer and darker.  MAC Viva Glam Gaga is pinker and darker.

Viva Glam is by far one of my favorite charitable beauty causes, because it really does give back–the full selling price of the lipstick. It’s not just a gimmick where they give some unknown “portion of proceeds” or a dismal 5%.  Viva Glam Nicki 2 is fully opaque and has good slip and glide. It didn’t pull or tug at the lips while I applied the color from the tube.  When I wore it, the shade lasted four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating during that time.  This color did seem to make my teeth appear a little yellower.

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Viva Glam Nicki 2

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It's not a color that will appeal to everyone, but for those who like their really cool-toned pinks with lavender undercurrents, it's going to be a fun shade to play around with.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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