Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Bite Beauty Blood Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Blood Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be a “moisture-rich, matte-finish lipstick with a delicious citrus scent.” All three shades featured in this review are richly pigmented with a texture that’s moderately creamy but lightweight. They were really comfortable to wear, even though they have more of a matte finish; they don’t feel clingy, and I experienced light to moderate hydration across these shades. The matte finish combined with the pigmentation makes it a long-wearing formula, too. I didn’t have issues with feathering or bleeding, though I’m not prone to either of these. They have a lemony-herbal-y scent to me, which may or may not be appealing to you. The only downside is that the pencil is only 0.05 oz., which is half the size of the average-sized lipstick. I’ll be reviewing the other three shades in the range soon, so stay tuned!

Bite Beauty Blood Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as an “electric citrus red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium, orange-red with a matte finish. The color coverage was rich, fully opaque, and applied flawlessly–even, smooth color. This shade wore well for six hours and was lightly hydrating during that time. MAC Mangrove (LE, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is darker. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Clementine Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “citrus orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had full color coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was creamy, lightweight, and didn’t feel clingy. This shade wore well for six hours and was lightly hydrating. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is lighter. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is redder. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is similar. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is glossier, redder. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Kumquat Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “pink grapefruit.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It applied with rich, opaque color, which went on smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for five hours, and it was moderately moisturizing. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Silly (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gladys (78) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a rich, medium-dark fuchsia-shimmered berry with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. The color payoff was incredibly intense and opaque–one pass is all you need–and the coverage was even and made lips look smoother. This shade wore well for six hours, and it left a noticeable stain behind, while still being hydrating and comfortable to wear. This is a new and permanent shade. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, more muted. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is darker. Guerlain Gigi (P, $51.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is brighter, more fuchsia. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Galiane (15) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a light-medium beige with warm, peachy undertones and a creamy, lightly luminous, finish. This is the least glossy of the five new (and permanent!) Rouge Gs. The color coverage is full and opaque, while the texture is creamy, so the color applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for five hours and was nicely hydrating during that time. MAC Woodrose (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. MAC Pure Pout (P, $22.00) is lighter. Maybelline Sin-a-mon (935) (P, $7.49) is browner, darker. MAC Japanese Maple (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Gaetane (16) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange-brown with light copper micro-shimmer and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but there was a little translucency with this shade that isn’t present with the other shades. The color wore well for almost six hours, though, and it was moisturizing and comfortable to wear. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is more shimmery, less glossy. MAC Who’s That Chick (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, less glossy. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $16.00) is slightly more shimmery. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is a touch darker, less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is darker, more metallic, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, April 14th, 2014

Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “luminous pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, bluish undertones and a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly and made lips smoother and plumper than they actually were (which is where Rouge Gs shine). The color wore well for five and a half hours, and it was nicely hydrating while worn. This is a new and permanent shade now available from the brand. Estee Lauder Infamous (P, $30.00) is brighter, less glossy. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is slightly more fuchsia. YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) (P, $34.00) is darker. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is less glossy. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is purpler. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Geneva (48) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “blood orange.” It’s a coral-orange with warm undertones and a slightly muted quality to it; the color is still vibrant, but it’s not neon. The finish is glossy and luminous, which makes lips look healthier than they do bare. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for almost six hours, and it was extremely hydrating while worn and after it wore away. This is a new and permanent shade now available from the brand. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, slightly lighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is a bit brighter. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is less glossy, pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is similar. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is slightly darker, less glossy. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

MAC Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil
MAC Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil

The MAC Playland Collection features four shades of MAC Chromagraphic Pencils ($16.00 for 0.04 oz.). This formula is permanent at PRO stores, and all shades have existed for awhile now. I have reviewed the formula a few times in the past, so this is a quickie review to include updated swatches, add dupes, and individual ratings. I’m a big fan of the Chromagraphic Pencil formula, because it’s very creamy, intensely pigmented, and long-wearing, but there are some shades that can’t be used on the water line and/or eye area, as well as some shades aren’t to be used on the lip area (all warnings are below).

The following shades are not to be used in the lip area: Black Black, Marine Ultra, NC15/NW20, NW25/NC30, NC42/NW35
The following shades are not to be used in the eye area: Basic Red, Genuine Orange, Process Magenta
The following shades are not to be used in the inner rim of eye: Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow, Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple

Black Black is described as a “deepest black.” It’s a deep, dark, inky black with a satin finish. Intensely pigmented, incredibly long-wearing, and fantastic on the water line. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Genuine Orange is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned orange with a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color in a single stroke. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used in the eye area or the inner rim of the eye. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade!

Hi-Def Cyan is described as a “hi-def cyan.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark sky blue with a matte finish. It had great pigmentation, and it was very buildable and creamy. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used on the inner rim of the eye. I couldn’t think of dupes for this shade either.

Process Magenta is described as a “matte magenta.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was rich and opaque in a single pass. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used in the eye area or the inner rim of the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, April 4th, 2014

NARS Libertango Nail Polish
NARS Libertango Nail Polish

NARS Libertango Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “geranium.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a cream-jelly finish and a high-gloss shine. Dior Trafalgar (657) (P, $24.00) is redder. Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi (LE, $19.00) is very similar, just not as glossy on its own. MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Kid Orange (P, $16.00) is redder. MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is also redder. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is redder. Chanel Holiday (LE, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new and limited edition shade with the summer collection. Libertango was richly pigmented and yielded full color coverage in two coats. The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail and didn’t pool along the edges. It was easy to apply, and it dried down slightly faster than average and had a glossy shine without a top coat. I typically get a full week of wear with no chipping and very minor tip wear with NARS’ formula.

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) Rouge G Lipstick

This summer, Guerlain introduces new shades of Rouge G. Five shades are being added to the permanent range, and there are two limited edition shades–both featured in detail below–that come in specially-colored lacquered cases. They’ll be available at the retailers Guerlain is sold, and right now, only Saks seems to have the new shades available online. Rouge G is a long-time favorite for me, because of the long-wear, rich color payoff, and hydrating, comfortable formula.

Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) Rouge G Lipstick ($54.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “velvety red-pink.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia-pink with subtle cool undertones. At times, it almost looks warm-toned, but it is strongly pink-based, so it is definitely cooler overall. It had rich, intense color coverage, and the color wore well for six and a half hours and left behind a stain. YSL Rose Asarine (34) (P, $34.00) is warmer. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is matte. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is warmer, redder. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is lighter, matte. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is very similar. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Rose Glace (866) Rouge G Lipstick ($54.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude, barely there pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with white and pale pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage that seemed to lighten the natural lip color and added quite a bit of shimmer. I think the formula of this shade felt more like the Rouge G Brilliant, between the glossiness, shimmer, and shine, but as the classic Rouge G, I think it misses on what makes Rouge G special–the long-wear, color coverage, and smooth texture. There was slight, noticeable texture from the shimmer, which I wasn’t in love with. The color wore well for three hours, which is longer than average when it comes to a shade as light as this (with this level of coverage). Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) has a stronger pink color. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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