Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Revlon Raspberry Pie ColorBurst Lip Butter
Revlon Raspberry Pie ColorBurst Lip Butter

Revlon Raspberry Pie ColorBurst Lip Butter

Revlon Raspberry Pie ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium-dark raspberry pink with a naturally glossy shine. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is redder and brighter. Estee Lauder’s Wild Violet is redder. MAC Scandelicious is just a bit redder but has a very similar finish. Dolce & Gabbana Orchid is a hint darker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, which may be what you’re looking for, but Revlon describes the coverage of their Lip Butter formula as sheer to medium. If you were looking for a hint of color with a balmy texture, this may not be your best bet, because it really does pack a punch with its color payoff. Raspberry Pie glides onto lips easily and has a wet look and feel that makes it have more slip but not too much that it bleeds.

The slip does contribute to a slightly below average wear time; I typically get four hours with the average lipstick, and with a more fuchsia shade like this, five to six hours, but I was only able to wear this shade for three hours. The formula is hydrating while you wear it, and the hydration lingers for a bit after you’ve removed it. It doesn’t replace a really good lip balm for real, long-lasting moisture, but it is a fantastic example of what a moisturizing lipstick should be.

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Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters are definitely one of the best mass lipsticks on the market right now--the only downsides are the shorter wear times and that it was too pigmented (based on how Revlon positioned the product)--but at least the latter may be a bonus for some.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet Rich Color Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet Rich Color Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink raspberry.” I’m not seeing raspberry; there are none of those berry tones you’d expect to see. This is more like strawberry milkshake pink if we’re going to go for a berry concoction as a descriptor! I’d describe as a soft, light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and white shimmer. It does bear some resemblance to Angel Pink, which I reviewed previously, except this has shimmer, is a touch lighter, and is pinker. The only other shade that seemed similar was Chanel COnfidence, which is darker and sheerer.

Bobbi Brown describes this formulas as having “the full color coverage of a lipstick” but with “The shine of a gloss.” It’s also supposed to “moisturize, condition, and last throughout the day without feathering.” Pink Sorbet has great color coverage–it really delivers on the full color coverage one is expecting. Despite its lighter hue, it applies evenly for the most part with very slight color lines if you press your lips together. The texture is thicker than a balm, but thinner than the average gloss–it has some slip, but it doesn’t slide all over the place. It’s non-sticky and wore for four hours without drying my lips out. Like the brand’s other glosses, it is mint-scented.

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Pink Sorbet

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This is an ultra-wearable, natural pink with subtle yellow undertones, so it can be worn both by cooler and warmer complexions. The color coverage is opaque, so for those on the hunt for glosses to deliver more lipstick-like color, check this one out.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Revlon Lollipop Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Lollipop Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Lollipop Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Lollipop ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright, fuchsia-pink with iridescent purple-fuchsia shimmer and cool, blue undertones. It’s similar to MAC Show Orchid, which is brighter. NARS Schiap is a little brighter and has no shimmer.  There’s a lovely glossy shine that’s not as high-shine as a lipgloss, but it’s just shy of it–definitely glossier than most lipsticks.  The glossiness works with the more opaque color to give lips a really full, luminous look.

The formula is supposed to combine the feel and shine of a balm with the color of a lipstick while still being moisturizing. The color coverage is designed to be sheer to medium. Lollipop has more opaque color coverage–it’s almost full color coverage.  I know it seems counter-intuitive, but because Revlon describes the coverage as sheer to medium, and this is really closer to opaque, I took off a point.  What make Revlon’s ColorBurst Lip Butters such a popular formula is surely the way they feel on the lips; they’re slick and almost wet-like, so they glide on easily for even color application and feel comfortable when worn.  They remind me a bit of MAC’s Slimshines with less creaminess (but that’s not a bad thing, since Slimshines had a lot of slip).

With the amount of slip the formula has, this color doesn’t wear as long as I’d expect a shade this dark and fuchsia/red-based would (five to six hours)–I get around three hours of good wear and need a full reapplication after four hours.  The wear is more like a lipgloss than a traditional lipstick from the shades I’ve trialed thus far, including Lollipop.  After an application, my lips still felt soft and hydrated, though it’s not as good as a full-blown lip balm would be–it’s right where a good, moisturizing lipstick is, but I find I still need my regular lip balm after an hour or so of this product being removed/worn away.

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Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters are definitely one of the best mass lipsticks on the market right now--the only downsides to Lollipop were its shorter wear time and that it was too pigmented (based on how Revlon positioned the product)--but at least the latter may be a bonus for some.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 24th, 2012

MAC Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick

MAC Too Supreme: Zen Rose Sheen Supreme Lipstick

MAC Too Supreme is repromoting thirteen shades of Supreme Sheen Lipsticks ($14.50 each for 0.12 oz.). There are twenty-one shades currently available and that are part of the permanent range. All except Zen Rose, which is described officially as a “bright mid-tone fuchsia.” For the other shades being repromoted in this collection, check out the Sheen Supreme Lipstick tag for previous reviews.  I will review the new glosses tomorrow as I’m still testing out the wear.

Zen Rose is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-pink with semi-opaque color coverage (you can just see my lip freckle peeking through). It has a creamy finish but doesn’t settle into lip lines, which is absolutely fantastic. Shades like MAC Quick Sizzle and MAC Pink Pigeon are similar but are noticeably brighter and look more intense when worn. MAC Love Forever is purpler. MAC Show Orchid is irridescent and brighter. MAC Rare Exotic is pinker. MAC Something New is just slightly pinker. NARS Schiap is a smidgen brighter.

Overall, I like but don’t love the formula. The way I feel about it largely depends on the shade, so in the case of Zen Rose, I really do like both the formula and the shade. It’s creamy and slick enough that it glides onto lips with ease but doesn’t slip and slide when worn. The wear is good, too, coming in at four hours (and for something with as much “wetness” as Sheen Supreme, that’s pretty good). I do not find the formula particular hydrating, though it is not drying.

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It's a pretty shade that should flatter most complexions, because there's that less-than-natural purple edge to it--purples tend to be very lovely (especially when red-toned) on both warm and cool skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

MAC Budding Love Lipstick
MAC Budding Love Lipstick

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipsticks

There are two limited edition MAC Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) in the new Love & Water Collection: Budding Love (pale lavender) and Force of Love (vivid honeysuckle pink).

Budding Love is a blue-based lilac-pink with a lustre finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque; if you want a really sheer tint of color, it’s possible, as the color is buildable from sheer to semi-opaque. MAC Dress It Up is pinker. MAC All Styled Up is lighter. MAC Vanity Fair is brighter. MAC Pink Friday is brighter and a little lighter. MAC I Like It Like That is similar but a smidgen brighter.

Force of Love is a bright coral-pink with a hint of orange and has a matte finish. It has opaque color coverage. MAC Watch Me Simmer is similar but more orange. Laura Mercier Evening Pink is pinker. MAC Fusion Pink is much darker and redder. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is darker and redder. OCC Trollop is slightly less pink.

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no noticeable taste in my experience.  The wear depends on the formula and depth of the shade.  In general, I find lustres shorter-wearing (two to three hours) and a bit drying over time, while mattes are longer-wearing (five to six hours) and are neither drying nor moisturizing.  Force of Love is a creamier matte and doesn’t drag or pull on the lips when applied.

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I suspect Force of Love is going to sell quickly, because it's similar to Watch Me Simmer, which was a really popular product just a few weeks ago! Budding Love is similar to a lot of blue-based lilac/pink shades that have come out before, it's just a little sheerer.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Illamasqua Dixie Cream Blush
Illamasqua Dixie Cream Blush

Illamasqua Dixie Cream Blush

Illamasqua Dixie Cream Blush (£16.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “warm coral pink.” It’s a subtly warmed-up pink-coral with a satiny sheen. The color can be built up to be more true-to-pan or blended out for a very subtle flush of warm pink on cheeks. Tarte Blissful is similar, slightly less pink. MAC Posey is similar but less bright. Smashbox Blushing/Peony is milkier. theBalm Frat Boy is similar but softer. Make Up For Ever #6 is similar but less pink and lighter.

When it comes to cream blushes, don’t let the color of the pan scare you away, because of the density of creams, they often appear darker on the surface than they do when swatched. The intensity of application is in your hands! Typically, creams blend out easily and require very little product if you want just a tint of color. Illamasqua’s formula is lovely, because they provide a dewy finish that’s natural and luminous but never greasy or oily. It also works well on both bare skin and foundation. The texture is soft and creamy, and with Illamasqua’s highly-pigmented formula, I tend to use a stippling brush (like MAC’s 188) to yield light to medium color coverage. It wears for around seven hours on my skin and looks a noticeably faded after eight hours.

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If you love coral blushes and cream formulas, this is one worth checking out. The color is very flattering on both warm and cool-toned complexions because of the amount of pink in the base color. I wish it wore just a wee bit longer, though!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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