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.

Product

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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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.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Spring 2012: Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is new (and permanent!) for spring. Guerlain describes the palette as having “an iridescent pink with pearl particles, matte pink, metallic violet, and raspberry shade with a velvety finish.” At first glance, it’s a very pretty spring palette that’s pretty much pink, pink, and more pink–totally reminiscent of Valentine’s Day. When I first saw it, I was really surprised to see such bold shades, and the pinks are not shy, barely-there shades; they’re really quite pink, and sometimes, pink can be a difficult shade to wear. On the flip side, you could double these as blushers quite easily.

The first shade in the palette is a purple-berry with a soft, frosted finish. It has excellent color payoff and a really smooth, soft texture that glides on easily and blends well. It’s much redder compared to MAC Deceit, darker and purpler compared to Make Up For Ever #17, purpler and less burgundy compared to Make Up For Ever #311, bit redder compared to MAC Hyperviolet, and touch purpler compared to Le Metier de Beaute Fig.

Next, in the middle and on the top, there is a soft pink; this is the closest you’ll get to pastel in this palette, but with the high frost finish, it reads bolder than a pastel would. It’s an airy pink with lots of shimmer and frost. It has good pigmentation, and the texture is pretty smooth and finely-milled overall. Inglot #319 is a matte version of this shade, while Inglot #431 has a slightly more metallif finish and yellow undertones. Make Up For Ever #303 is very close in finish but has yellower undertones.

Below the light pink, there is a bright medium-dark pink with a nearly matte finish (I detected a very faint shimmer but once applied, it looks matte). The color payoff is good, but the texture is a bit drier (being that it is matte, it’s not unexpected), so while it’s soft, there’s a hint of powderiness. It’s a couple of steps lighter compared to MAC Tease with Ease and more significantly lighter (or at least, more muted) compared to Inglot #362. Make Up For Ever #85 is a bit closer in color but not as blue-based and with the heavy frost finish, it looks a bit different.

The final shade, on the right, is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with a satiny sheen. It’s not vastly different from the other bright pink in this palette–it has a hint of fuchsia in it, so it’s less rosy pink, and it has a subtle sheen. The color payoff is good, and the texture is very soft and smooth, so it applies well and blends out nicely. It’s also similar to Make Up For Ever #85 but a bit darker and more fuchsia. Inglot #362 is still more vibrant and MAC Tease with Ease is still darker.

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Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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The colors look good together in the pan, though I think for easiest wear, you may find yourself reaching for other products to combine with this palette. If you've never worn pink eyeshadow before, you may find you have to experiment a couple of times to get this palette to work on its own. The deeper burgundy color will help a lot to define the eye, and the bluer undertones of some of the other pinks will keep eyes from looking bloodshot. And you could always wear these as a blush!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “swirling lavender gray” with an iridescent finish. It’s a murky lavender-green, and yes, I said it, lavender-green. It’s more of a duochrome than a single shade, so you’ll find it flashes a murky purple in certain lights but in other lighting or angles, you’ll see a silvered green. It’s similar to MAC Ascension and Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy (which has severe opacity issues). None of these shades are totally opaque after two coats, but Wicked Game is closer to being opaque after two coats (which is what is shown in swatches), as both Ascension and Gray’s Anatomy were sheer enough at two coats that I felt compelled to go for three for swatches.

You will have noticeable brush strokes from the metallic shimmer strewn through the color base, which may or may not be your thing. It’s a lot like brushed metal in finish, and I can totally understand not loving that look! They’re fairly easy to control and get into a straight line, but you will want a steady hand (I wasn’t so steady, and I went awry on my ring finger!). Again, it’s not quite opaque in two coats, as you can still see visible nail line peeking through. Deborah Lippmann’s formula is solid; it doesn’t bubble, chip, or streak for me, and I typically get a week of wear with minimal tip wear.

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Wicked Game

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It could use more pigmentation, but it's the most pigmented of the three shades in this particular hue. Deborah Lippmann's formula is really good, overall, and tends to wear better than the average polish for me.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Tarina Tarantino Wonderful Jewel Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Wonderful Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Wonderful Jewel Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.32 oz.) is an earthy color combination of pale yellow, mossy green, copper, minty green, and bronze-shimmered brown. It’s not overly warm, though the shades are more warm than not, so I think it could be worn by cooler complexions–that minty green and the darkness of the mossy green would work well.

On the left, there’s a soft yellow with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The color payoff is nice, and the texture is smooth. Make Up For Ever #102 is a bit darker and matte. It’s closer to theBalm Wild Child and MAC Nylon.

The top shade is a mossy green with subtle warm brown undertones. It has a slightly shimmered finish with good color payoff (could be a touch more intense) and a smooth texture overall. It’s not quite as dense as the frostier shades in the palette. theBalm Woman, Woman is more frosted and golden but still similar. Urban Decay Bender is closer in color but still has a different finish.

In the middle, we have a warm copper with a golden sheen and frosted, metallic finish. It’s fairly smooth but a little powdery, but the color payoff is really nice. It’s lighter than the coppery shade from Dreamy. It’s similar enough to shades like Urban Decay Half Baked, theBalm Manic Maribel, Bare Escentuals Louder, and so on.

On the right, there’s a springy, pastel green with a hint of mintiness and subtle yellowy undertones. The finish is more frosted, and the pigmentation is decent but not excellent.

The last shade on the bottom is a deep, dark brown with a sprinkling of bronze shimmer. The base color is nearly matte, so this shade will take on more of a matte quality, especially when applied with a fluffier brush. It is similar to the brown shade from Dreamy, actually, though a little less red-toned, as is Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone.

Overall, it’s a good palette, though there’s room for improvement. The “worst” performing shade was the pastel green, which could have used a boost in pigmentation, but the textures were good across the board. Like some of the other palettes, it has a more dupeable feel, so whether it’s worth a peek really depends on what shades you already have in your stash. When I trialed this palette without a primer, it wore for about eight hours without creasing but had minor creasing after ten hours; I had no issues with creasing when used with a primer.

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Wonderful

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If you like your greens and browns, you may like this palette. It has a very earth-tones vibe to me, and while it's definitely warm-toned, it doesn't read too warm for cooler complexions, which is nice.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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