Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss

Would You Rock Brown Lipgloss?

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone golden beige.” It’s a medium-dark brown with yellow undertones and pink and gold shimmer. NARS More is the closest in color, but it doesn’t have any shimmer and looks a bit more like a lipstick when applied. Bobbi Brown Canary has similar gold sparkle but has no real base color. MAC Bright & Perky is sheerer.

Uber Suede is mostly opaque, and it applies evenly without settling into lip lines.  It’s a warmer brown, but it doesn’t look too orange or red.  The formula is hydrating, comfortable to wear, and the sparkle doesn’t travel.  This shade wore five hours on me, which is longer than average.  It has a mint scent with no discernible taste.  The texture isn’t too thick or too thin, and it is non-sticky.

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Uber Suede

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This is definitely a more modern brown--it's more like a variation on nude, and deeper complexions will look exceptionally lovely in a shade like this.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick
Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lip Color

Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lip Color ($48.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright pop of blue-based medium-dark pink that has a subtle sheen in its finish. MAC Moxie is matte and slightly redder. NARS Carthage is bluer-based. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is redder. MAC Full Fuchsia is very similar, slightly more shimmer. Tom Ford Pure Pink is only a little lighter. NARS Funny Face is redder.

It’s a high-quality lipstick formula–opaque in one pass, long-wearing (six hours), hydrating, and doesn’t bleed or feather on me. It’s comfortable to wear and easy to apply, as it’s very nice on and wears well and fades evenly. It is lightly scented with a sweetened vanilla (very similar to MAC’s) but has no detectable taste. Is it gorgeous? Absolutely. Is it dupeable? Yes, definitely. Whether the formula is worth the luxury price tag is up to you, but if the color appeals to you and the price makes you cringe, there are several permanent dupes available (listed above).

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Aphrodisiac

A+
Aphrodisiac had excellent color payoff; a comfortable, lightweight, and hydrating formula; and wore for a full six hours before it started to fade.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Conditioning Lip Sheen
Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Conditioning Lip Sheen ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rich beet magenta.” It’s a rich raspberry red with subtle blue undertones and soft, glossy sheen. Revlon Raspberry Pie is a smidgen less red, not quite as bright. Guerlain Girly is redder. OCC Queen is brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is rather close, just more opaque (so it looks a little darker).

This lipstick formula is supposed to be lightweight, hydrating, and have “medium pigmentation.” The color coverage is mostly opaque with a light translucency that allows for some of the natural lip color to come through. It has a light, balm-like consistency that slides on like butter, but it manages to stay on lips for a full five and a half hours. The formula is moderately hydrating (and more so than the last shade I tried in this range), so lips don’t feel parched post-application and you won’t feel compelled to run for your lip balm right away. It’s also scent- and taste-free. It comes in a gunmetal tube that clicks into place well and doesn’t show fingerprints for the most part.

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Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Conditioning Lip Sheen Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
Tarina Tarantino's Conditioning Lip Sheen is such a comfortable, lightweight formula that looks as hydrating as it is. Floriculture is a fantastic shade for fall that's dark without being vampy.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color
Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color

Ooh! You’ll Need a Pair of Sunglasses for This One!

Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a subtle fuchsia-pink sheen. NARS Desire is more blue-based and lighter (but if you use it lightly, they look more alike). MAC Florida is more magenta. Tarte Amused is a touch lighter. MAC Her Blooming Cheek is more fuchsia. Make Up For Ever #3 is similar. Make Up For Ever #75 is more magenta.

This shade is deliciously bright! It’s rich in color, incredibly saturated, and bright without being neon. It’s bold, dramatic, and buildable. It’s a very pigmented shade, so you will need to use a light-hand if you want softer, sheerer color. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth, which aids blending; it easily softens and diffuses with a flick or two of your brush. If you only use it lightly, there are definitely similar shades on the market; if you want to use it so it looks more true-to-pan, then you’ll see the differences start jumping out at you. When worn softly, it almost looks like a plum-kissed raspberry pink. I wore this shade last week, and it lasted a full ten hours on me without any fading.

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Narcissist

A+
Because it's so pigmented, it will show up readily on even the deepest complexions. Ultra fair complexions should be ready to use a light hand, but it absolutely can be worn softly. There's a noticeable cool undertone, but it's not too blue-based, so it will flatter both warm and cool skin tones.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

In Love with Sensuous Rose

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush ($28.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pale pink-beige with a soft, satin finish. It has subtle warm undertones, but it’s just barely warm. I almost wanted to describe it as coral, but I think the muted quality of the color makes it something else–that’s where the beige tones come in. Tarina Tarantino Feather is pinker. MAC Ladyblush is a bit darker (and a cream product).

Pure Color Blush is supposed to be “fresh, radiant color [that] lasts all day, won’t streak or fade” with an “ultra-silky powder [that] sweeps on sheer for a natural glow” or “builds for contoured and sculpted definition.” It’s a blush that you don’t have to worry about being too heavy-handed with, but if you need more color, it’s buildable. It’s also supposed to wear all day without streaking or fading.

I’ve only tried this shade from this formula, but it was a stunner and more than impressive! It’s extremely soft and silky-smooth–absolutely finely-milled–and looks that way on the skin. The way it melts onto the skin gives such a great natural finish and sheen, so it never emphasizes pores or skin imperfections. Estee Lauder really nailed the pigmentation, too; it applies easily and evenly without going overboard, but it still shows up on my skin tone (I’m about medium in color) even with just one sweep of color. The color is buildable to more dramatic (true-to-pan) color without having to pile it on. It wore for a full ten hours, and it very slight, noticeable fading after twelve hours–incredible wear.

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Sensuous Rose

A+
An impressive shade: long-wearing, buildable color, silky texture, and looks good on the skin. This would be a nice everyday shade that adds a little color and warmth but not too much shimmer.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime
Make Up For Ever Eye Prime

New Primer on the Block

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime ($22.00 for 0.18 oz.) is described as a “light nude” primer that “reinforces eyeshadow hold and intensifies its color.” It’s supposed to help your eyeshadows look more true-to-color and prevent them from creasing and fading. While it appears to be a pale beige if you swatch it on your skin, once blended onto the skin as a thin layer, it’s invisible against my skin tone. I would only imagine seeing the slightest lightness on darker complexions, because it pretty much blends to an invisible layer of product. For the purpose of this review, I used “pigmentation” as the metric to measure whether the primer made colors look true-to-pan or not.

As a result, this formula is most comparable to popular primers Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Both have a similar consistency and look. The differences are negligible, and I don’t think most would notice unless you were really looking for them. Make Up For Ever Eye Prime seems a little wetter and more emollient in a way, as it slides across even dry areas well without emphasizing them. It helps lids look smoother, and it does prevent eyeshadow from creasing and fading. I tested some eyeshadows that typically crease and fade if worn alone over this, and I saw improved wear–none of the creasing/fading that would have occurred had I applied them over my bare lids. I don’t think it necessarily amped up my eyeshadow, but it didn’t subdue it, either, which some primers can do, depending on their coloring.

You might know this already, but Urban Decay’s Original Primer Potion creases on me after six hours or so–sometimes it holds up better, sometimes it doesn’t. Too Faced I haven’t had problems with, and I can use other shades of Urban Decay’s (like Eden). I would also say it compares favorably with NARS Smudgeproof, which looks white when swatched and goes on invisible once blended out. NARS has a slightly more velvety feel after it dries down.

Make Up For Ever’s is the most expensive of the bunch at $122/oz. Urban Decay is $54/oz., Too Faced is $51/oz., and NARS is $92/oz. Both Make Up For Ever and NARS come in an opaque tube with a doe-foot applicator, while Urban Decay and Too Faced come in squeeze-tubes.

Which of these primers have you tried? Does one work better than the other?

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Eye Prime

A+
As always, your mileage may vary. I know the original Urban Decay Primer Potion works for many, many people. I've heard some readers say NARS was one of the worst. Others love Too Faced. Make Up For Ever is the most recent primer added to the line-up. If you've never tried any of them, all four are worth considering.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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