Friday, June 14th, 2013

Burberry Rose Pink (307) Lip Velvet
Burberry Rose Pink (307) Lip Velvet

Burberry Rose Pink (307) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly warm, deep pink with a matte finish. Tom Ford Indian Rose is much lighter. MAC Speak Louder is cooler-toned. MAC Plumful is less pigmented, cooler. Guerlain Grenade is warmer. Chanel Taffeta Rose is brighter. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is cooler. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly without pulling or tugging at the lip. The consistency is just creamy enough to glide on but not slide around the lip, so it stays in place well and lasted me six and a half hours when I wore it. If you love matte finishes for your lipsticks but find a lot of formulas drying or unforgiving, Burberry’s Lip Velvet is one of the better ones I’ve come across. It’s really comfortable to wear and doesn’t dehydrate my lips.

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Rose Pink (307)

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If you love matte finishes for your lipsticks but find a lot of formualas drying or unforgiving, Burberry's Lip Velvet is one of the better ones I've come across.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Burberry Copper Glow Warm Glow Bronzer
Burberry Copper Glow Warm Glow Bronzer

Burberry Copper Glow Warm Glow Bronzer ($48.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a warm-toned, medium-dark tan with orange and brown tones and a matte finish. MAC Lush Light Bronze is darker. MAC Refined Golden is much darker. MAC Soft Sand is cooler. Dior Pink Glow is lighter. Burberry Summer Glow is yellower, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

It is rich in color and very true-to-pan; it’s buildable, though, and easy to blend out if you want a softer, less intense look. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, so it feels like silk and melts against the skin. It’s the kind of texture that just doesn’t look caky on the skin. It sits so well on the skin, and on me, it lasted for eight and a half hours well. I saw it start to fade at the nine-hour mark. For warmer complexions that like matte finishes, this is one of the nicest bronzers I’ve tried, because of how smooth and blendable it is.

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Copper Glow

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For warmer complexions that like matte finishes, this is one of the nicest bronzers I've tried, because of how smooth and blendable it is.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Giorgio Armani #400 Flash Lip Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #400 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #400 Flash Lip Lacquer ($29.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a is a bold, bright red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy shine. (I expect this to look cooler-toned on cooler complexions, as it comes off more neutral against my warmer tones.) NARS Norma is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Driven By Love is darker, more shimmery. MAC Send Me Sailing is less pigmented. MAC Russian Red is similar. Dior Ceremony Red is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Chanel Fatale is less pigmented. See comparison swatches.

This shade had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was some translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through but very subtly. It has a high-shine, glossy finish that wears and lasts well, plus the color wears even beyond that. When I tested it, the glossiness lasted four and a half hours, and then it was a duller shine (but not totally matte) that continued on for another two hours (six hours total of good wear). The consistency is medium-weight, has a gel-like feel so it molds and clings to lips but not in a bad way, and has a light tackiness. It’s very comfortable to wear and nicely hydrating.  At a very, very close range, there is some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but it isn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance.

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#400

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What's really nice about #400 is how it wears well without bleeding or feathering, plus it has nice color coverage, long-wear, and is hydrating!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) Le Rouge
Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) Le Rouge

Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright, cool-toned fuchsia with red tones and a satin sheen. NARS Carthage is slightly less bright. MAC Rare Exotic is cooler. MAC Lickable is lighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is redder. See comparison swatches.

I’m really quite enamored with the Le Rouge formula, and I suspect that next time Sephora has a sale going on, I’ll pick up a few more shades (assuming I can hold off until then!). Fuchsia Irresistible had rich, opaque color in nearly a single pass. The color was lightweight, comfortable, and wore for ages–nearly seven hours, plus left a residual stain. The consistency is creamy but doesn’t have too much slip, so it doesn’t bleed or feather. The formula looks lovely on the lips and really seems to give lips a smoother appearance overall, and it is hydrating when worn and for a couple of hours after it’s worn away.There’s a very faint scent that’s supposed to be mimosa and black currant, but I was hardly able to detect it in the tube and definitely not when applied.

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Fuchsia Irresistible (205)

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The color was lightweight, comfortable, and wore for ages--nearly seven hours, plus left a residual stain. The consistency is creamy but doesn't have too much slip, so it doesn't bleed or feather.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Cle de Peau Concealer
Cle de Peau Concealer

Cle de Peau Concealer ($70.00 for 0.17 oz.) is available in four shades and comes in a twist-up stick. I’m reviewing the Ocher shade, which is the shade that I’ve been using for a long while now (seriously, the photos were originally taken last summer). It was my pick for best high-end concealer in the most recent Editor’s Choice Awards.

Cle de Peau’s Concealer is definitely a cult favorite, and for many, worth the splurge–but it is breathtakingly expensive for many. (And there are definitely readers who are not impressed by it.) I’m not dedicated to concealer, as I’m usually too lazy about it and find foundation covers enough for my needs on a day-to-day basis, but when I do reach for concealer, it is most often for this (even when I find others that I love). This has a creamy consistency that goes on evenly and smoothly, remains blendable long enough to smooth it over the skin but doesn’t settle into fine lines while you wait for it to dry down. It sets shortly after, and then it lasts eight to ten hours on me without settling into my fine lines or creasing. It has buildable coverage from medium to full, so you can apply as much (or as little) as needed for a particular spot or area. It works well for my under eye circles and darkness by softening the lines underneath my eye as well as brightening and concealing the darkness.

The one advantage this has is that it’s very portable, and the other is that it looks good on bare skin without foundation as a companion. Sometimes when I have a blemish or healing blemish but don’t plan on wearing foundation, I can dab this on quickly, blend with my fingertip, and I’m good to go. It’s also great for touching-up faded foundation on long days out and about (this was a go-to when we were in Vegas and would be out all day). I can get dry around my eyes, and this helps keep them looking less dry (overall) and never emphasizes their dryness.

I would say I use this about once or twice a week with two to three dabs for each application, and I’m not even half-way through my tube. I think that if one were to use this on a more regular basis, you would still see it last a few months. I hadn’t slept well (about two hours a night) for three nights in a row this past week, so I was like, “This would be an excellent moment to really test and photograph under-eye concealers!” which motivated to finally review this product. Few products live up to their hype, but Cle de Peau’s Concealer absolutely did. It is a product I would (re)purchase, but don’t tell Mellan I spent $70 bones on it or else he’ll have a fit!

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Ocher

A+
Few products live up to their hype, but Cle de Peau's Concealer absolutely did.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer
Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer

Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is an intense coral-red with a cream finish. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is pinker, cooler. Dior Merveille is more shimmery. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy is more shimmery, warmer. China Glaze Hey Sailor is cooler. Essie Too Too Hot is similar. Essie Silken Cord is cooler. See comparison swatches.

It’s incredibly pigmented and nearly opaque in one coat, but you’ll need two for full color coverage. It dries down a bit faster than the average polish, and it dries to a high gloss finish–no need for a top coat. The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish spread well across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges and was very easy to control during application. I only see very minor tip wear after wearing Guerlain’s polish for a week.

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A La Parisienne

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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