Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Guerlain Cherry Swing (467) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Cherry Swing (467) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Cherry Swing (467) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and plenty of gold and pink shimmer and sparkle. MAC Astral is redder and less shimmery. Korres #54 is similar but less shimmery.

On my lips, it noticeably darkens and turns my lips almost a coral-red-pink with gold and pink shimmer/sparkle. Cherry Swing has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; I would describe the underlying base color as semi-sheer but the amount of shimmer and sparkle takes it up to semi-opaque.  The new gloss formula is supposed to be hydrating, have “varying degrees of coverage and pigment intensity,” and gives “lips a shimmering, radiant and plumping finish.” Cherry Swing has a thin, featherweight consistency that’s gel-like and never sticky. For a thin gloss that doesn’t have any tack, it does wear rather well. It’s hydrating, comfortable to wear, and the shimmer and sparkle don’t travel. It has a high-shine finish that gives lips a fuller appearance.

This is really a product you have to try on to appreciate, because it sparkles and shimmers like glistening, shimmering water. If you’re a fan of shimmery lipglosses (think Chanel Glossimers, Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipglosses, and so on), this shade is right up your alley.  It’s packaged in a long, widened tube with a black cap and a contoured doe-foot applicator. The scent is like Guerlain’s lipsticks–floral. It actually contains more than the average lipgloss (0.20 fl. oz.); and it is 25% more than Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Gloss (0.20 fl. oz.) (and somehow, it costs $2 less). Just to put it all in perspective, one of the popular sparkling lipglosses is MAC’s Dazzleglass, is one of the worst in terms of value ($333/oz.; this Guerlain gloss is $120/oz.).

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This is really a product you have to try on to appreciate, because it sparkles and shimmers like glistening, shimmering water. If you're a fan of shimmery, sparkle, and high-shine gloss, Guerlain's latest launch is right up your alley.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy metallic brown.” It’s a burgundy-tinted brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. I want to call it burgundy, but there is a lot of brown present. bareMinerals Euphoria is very similar in color; it is less metallic in finish, though. Cinderella Rococo is purpler. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is less frosted but similar in color. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is warmer, redder.

Roach had fantastic color payoff, and it applied very smoothly and evenly.  I felt like I hardly needed to pass the brush across the pan to get the full color coverage I expected from the shade.  The texture was so soft and buttery, but it was a smidgen powdery–like the tiniest bit but still felt it was worth mentioning. I didn’t see any fall out during application or later on during wear, though.  The color was easy to blend out and mix with other eyeshadows.  It lasted eight hours quite well, and after nine, there was a hint of fading.

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Roach is easy to use and incredibly pigmented, so it is a good pick for anyone on the hunt for a warm-toned, dark brown eyeshadow with a frosted finish.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Silly Lipstick
MAC Silly Lipstick

MAC Silly Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright pink cream.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with a barely-there sheen that turns mostly matte after a half hour of wear. It has subtle blue undertones but doesn’t pull too cool-toned such that it borders on lavender. Chanel Kensington is darker and more luminous. NYX Pink Lyric is also darker and has a glossier shine. MAC Divine Choice is lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau is cooler-toned–bluer. MAC Naughty Saute is also bluer-based.

Silly has opaque color coverage that looks even and smooth. There’s a subtle sheen after it is initially applied, but it definitely fades away quickly and leaves behind a very matte finish. It has a lightly creamy consistency that made it so the color didn’t drag when I applied it, but it doesn’t feel heavy when worn and it clings to lips (but not in a drying, clingy kind of way) to help the color adhere better and longer. I plan to test this shade late this afternoon (I just put on the Lipglass), so I’ll update with a specific wear time after I’ve finished testing it, but based on prior experience with MAC’s formula and this finish, I would expect five hours of wear or so.

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For those who find MAC's brighter pinks too cool-toned or bordering on lavender/lilac, you may appreciate Silly's subtler cool undertone.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer
MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer

MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia cream.” It’s a medium-dark pink with a little plummy coloring and cream finish. It’s slightly cool-toned. MAC Girl About Town is brighter, pinker, less plum. MAC Toco Toucan is also brighter and pinker. Zoya Areej is similar but more plum in color, more subdued.

Embrace Me was opaque in two coats, but it was quite pigmented in a single coat.  The consistency is on the thinner side, but it isn’t watery, so two coats is really necessary if you don’t use a ridge-filling base coat or if your nails aren’t perfectly smooth.  Two coats also gives is a plusher look, as it does have a slightly glossy finish.  I had no issues with the polish streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges when I applied it.  I thought it was going to be more dupable, but it turns out that darkened aspect of it–what makes it almost like a plummy shade–is what makes it stand out from potential dupes.  I usually see a week of wear with MAC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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I thought it was going to be more dupable, but it turns out that darkened aspect of it--what makes it almost like a plummy shade--is what makes it stand out from potential dupes.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Nail Lacquer
MAC Ablaze Nail Lacquer

MAC Ablaze Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange cream.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with a cream finish. I would describe it as more red than orange, but it’s not just a warm red. MAC Kid Orange is very similar. NARS Lal Mirchi is more orange. MAC Morange is lighter and more orange. Essie Meet Me at Sunset is redder. Essie Braziliant is similar but has shimmer.

It’s a bit redder and richer compared to the lip products in the set, but they’re at least close enough that it’s hard to tell at a glance that they aren’t the same. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking. It was opaque in two coats, and it had a slightly shiny finish when it dried down. MAC’s nail lacquer formula can be hit and miss, but this one was easy to work with and not at all streaky. I typically get a week of wear with MAC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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MAC's nail lacquer formula can be hit and miss, but this one was easy to work with and not at all streaky.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lipstick

MAC Ablaze Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright apricot cream.” It’s a medium-dark coral-red with a barely-there sheen (not quite a flat matte). I actually think it looks very much like MAC Lady at Play, and if there was any detectable difference, it would be that Lady at Play is ever-so-slightly lighter (and of course, it has a more luminous finish). Guerlain Nahema is pinker, more subdued, shimmery. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker. MAC Hibiscus is redder, darker, shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild #909D is slightly darker. MAC Toxic Tale is a smidgen darker but very similar.

It’s bold and bright but not neon–there is a lightness to it. Ablaze had rich, opaque color coverage. Though it’s technically a matte finish, it felt more like a satin or amplified creme finish–creamy without being thick or slick, so it applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t tug or pull at the lips. I tested this one first thing, and it lasted five hours well and did leave a very subtle reddish stain behind. It was, unfortunately, a bit drying but not terribly so.

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Ablaze had fantastic color payoff, but it was slightly drying when I wore it, which was disappointing. MAC's Lady at Play is very close in color but a more hydrating formula.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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