Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a medium-dark reddish plum-brown with a naturally glossy sheen. It’s darker than Bobbi Brown Uber Nude, but they have a similar tone. MAC Shitaki is a bit more subdued. CoverGirl Smolder is redder. Bobbi Brown Moonlight Rose is sheerer and shimmery.

The plummy coloring of this particular shade of brown makes it wearable and more modern; and because it’s not a deep brown, it’s versatile and will wear well across complexions.  Uber Suede is opaque in color coverage, easy to apply because of the creamy, glide-on consistency, and wore for six hours when I test drove it.  The formula itself is lightly hydrating and didn’t leave my lips dry after wear. It’s also scent- and taste-free, which is great for those more sensitive to scents.

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Uber Suede

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The plummy coloring of this particular shade of brown makes it wearable and more modern; and because it's not a deep brown, it's versatile and will wear well across complexions.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a fiery orange-red with enough depth and richness from the red tinge to keep it from looking neon. Clarins Red Prodige is glossier and lighter. MAC Strut Your Stuff is brighter. Estee Lauder Extravagant Red is similar. Chanel Excessive is similar, slightly redder and brighter–almost a poppy red. Cle de Peau Red Abundance is very comparable. Guerlain Genna is rather similar.

The new Rouge Allure formula is supposed to have “concentrated, ultra thin pigments” for full color coverage with a satin finish and “lasting comfort.” The latter from “special hydrating agents” that “leave lips supple and protected.”  Coromandel is richly pigmented with full color coverage that is finished with a natural, satiny sheen.  It applies evenly without effort, and the color slides on easily, though the formula isn’t so creamy that it feels or looks heavy applied.  The color sits comfortably on the lips.

Truthfully, I didn’t notice any difference between the new formula and the original.  I feel like saying, “It seemed a little creamier…” is pulling at straws; the effect of knowing that they’re different but not feeling that difference.  It’s not a bad thing, as the original formula was quite good.  This particular shade wore for six hours and was lightly hydrating during that time period.

Chanel’s Rouge Allure packaging is head-to-toe luxury; it has a black lacquered metal exterior case that closes with a satisfying click. Inside, it’s a gold metal tube with Chanel imprinted on the side of the lipstick itself.

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Coromandel

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Coromandel is a warm-toned orange-red, but I think it's just the right balance of orange and red that it will work on a variety of complexions.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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5/5

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Dior Marilyn Diorific Lipstick
Dior Marilyn Diorific Lipstick

Light Up the Night with Marilyn

Dior Marilyn (040) Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pinky-red with a subtle, natural sheen for its finish. MAC Love Goddess is much pinker, less red-based. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is darker, redder. Guerlain Pour Troubler is pinker. NARS Dragon Girl is darker, cooler-toned. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue is darker, almost berry-ish. Giorgio Armani #406 isn’t as bright.

The texture of the Diorific range is really incredible; creamy enough not to tug or pull at the lips during application but not so creamy that it slips and slides around.  I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding of the color while I wore it for eight hours.  It feels comfortable, lightweight, and hydrating when worn.  There’s a light floral scent that I can detect in the tube, but I don’t notice it when it is on my lips.  The color payoff is exactly as marketed: super rich and saturated.

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Marilyn

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Rich in color, long-wearing, hydrating, and comfortable to wear are just four reasons why this lipstick formula is amazing!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo
Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo

Take a Getaway to Too Faced’s Fantasy Island

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo ($17.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “peacock” and “gilded lime.”  I picked up several of Too Faced’s duos when they were on sale at HauteLook, and while they’re not quite as deeply discounted, they are on sale on Too Faced right now.

The left side is a blue-based teal with a subtle golden iridescent shimmer-sheen. Too Faced Neptune is actually a bit similar, but the finish is different–more of a sheen than a traditional frost; it also read a bit greener against my skin tone. Urban Decay Minx is a bit greener and has glitter. MAC Shimmermoss is slightly greener. L’Oreal Endless Sea is bluer. Inglot #413 is similar.

The right side is a pale gold with a dirty, green-ish tinge; it keeps it from being too yellow or too warm. It has a frosted, slightly metallic finish. bareMinerals Wicked is greener. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is just slightly more mint-like, less yellowy. Inglot #364 is matte and greener. MAC Valiant is similar, slightly less green.

Too Faced describes the formula as being “pigment-drenched [and] long-wearing.”  Both shades had excellent color payoff, and the textures were soft, dense, and buttery.  They were a dream to use–they applied true-to-pan on the lid without having to pack them on, and I didn’t experience any fall out, creasing, or fading while I wore the two shades for eight hours (without a primer).  The finely-milled powder made these a cinch to blend, too!

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Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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Two excellent eyeshadows in one pan! They coordinate well with each other, but more importantly, they're both amazing--rich in color with beautiful, to-die-for textures.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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5/5

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Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Uber Nude Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Uber Nude Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Uber Nude Rich Lip Color ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “medium rose.” It’s a subtly rose-tinted medium brown with a natural sheen. MAC Spice is very comparable, perhaps a touch rosier. MAC Viva Glam VI is shimmery. MAC Mocha is warmer. Guerlain Galante is redder.

The Rich Lip Color formula is described as lightweight, rich in color, moisturizing, creamy, and long-lasting.  It’s definitely one of my top lipstick formulas.  There’s a nice creaminess that enables even, glide-on color with opaque color coverage, but it doesn’t slip and slide all over.  It doesn’t feel or look thick, which also means you don’t have to worry about the color bunching up on itself.  This shade wore six hours on me, and my lips felt hydrated even after I removed the product.  It’s also scent- and taste-free, which is great for those more sensitive to scents.

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Uber Nude

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It's definitely a modern interpretation of brown! There's a light dusting of rosiness that gives it a fleshy feel and makes it work on most lip colors.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Dior Diva Diorific Lipstick
Dior Diva Diorific Lipstick

A Holiday Red That Wears and Wears

Dior Diva (038) Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich orange-red with warm undertones and a natural sheen. Lancome Red Haute is more orange. theBalm Vanilly is a little lighter. Hourglass Raven is more orange. Guerlain Genna is also more orange. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is more blue-toned. Guerlain Habit Rouge is similar. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is slightly bluer.

It’s full formula name is “Rouge Haute Couleur Longue Tenue” or “Long-Wearing True Color Lipstick.”  Diva is rich in pigment and applies with full color coverage with one pass.  The texture is just creamy enough to enable good glide across the lips without pulling or tugging, but it doesn’t move around on the lips and almost feels like a matte lipstick.  This particular shade lasted nearly eight hours, and while it wore for hours, it did not dry my lips out at all.  It has a lightly floral scent.

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Diva

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Great formula: extremely pigmented, creamy enough to glide on but not to bleed or feather, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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