Saturday, August 18th, 2012

MAC Styleseekers Lipglasses
MAC Styleseeker Lipglasses

Surprise! Three Fantastic Opaque Lipglasses

MAC Styleseeker Lipglasses ($15.00 for 0.17 oz.) includes four shades: C-Thru (peachy beige with shimmer), Eclectic Edge (mid-tone clean true orange), Ready to Roam (mid-tone true blue red), and Restless (dark burnt bronze).

C-Thru has been reviewed C-Thru previously, and it is part of the original range.

Eclectic Edge is a medium orange with soft white micro-shimmer. It has a hint of red tones, but it’s mostly tangerine orange. It’s not too bright, but it’s no faded shade! The color coverage is mostly opaque, and it applies nice and evenly. MAC Riviera Life is similar but appears just barely darker. MAC Morange is darker, more orange, brighter.

Ready to Roam is a blue-based medium red with ruby red micro-shimmer–the shimmer is so subtle, I didn’t know there was shimmer until I applied it to my lips and saw it while editing photos! It’s there, and you’ll see it, but it’s subtle. This is mostly opaque and applies evenly and smoothly. Chanel Triomphal is darker with pink shimmer. MAC Driven by Love is darker but similar. MAC Totally Fab is lighter, less opaque. MAC Send Me Sailing has more blue in its base and has no shimmer. MAC Russian Red is very similar but has no shimmer.

Restless is a reddish-brown with copper and bronze shimmer–this one is shimmer-heavy. The color is semi-opaque but still applied evenly overall. MAC Purple Rage is redder, less brown, and has less shimmer. MAC Sonoran Rain is much redder. MAC Pret-a-Papier is similar but not as opaque. MAC Girls at Play has less brown, more berry coloring.

The three limited edition shades (Eclectic Edge, Ready to Roam, and Restless) are some of MAC’s best Lipglasses from recent memory. The reason is because they’re even, apply smoothly, and don’t accentuate lip lines by sinking into them.  All three shades are on the opaque side, but what’s remarkable is really just how evenly the color applies.  Lipglasses are sticky (one of the stickier formulas on the market) and have a thicker consistency, but they tend to be more long-wearing as a result of the tackiness. They’re also vanilla-scented. I tested all three shades over the past two days, and Eclectic Edge wore for four hours, Ready to Roam for five hours, and Restless for four and a half hours.

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MAC Styleseeker Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches

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The three limited edition shades (Eclectic Edge, Ready to Roam, and Restless) are some of MAC's best Lipglasses from recent memory. The reason is because they're even, apply smoothly, and don't accentuate lip lines by sinking into them.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, August 17th, 2012

MAC Supercontinental Blush
MAC Supercontinental Blush

A Coral Worth Waiting For

MAC Supercontinental Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright cute coral” with a satin finish. It’s a soft coral-pink–it’s just a smidgen pink, but it doesn’t have strong orange undertones. It looks a little peach-coral in the pan but reads pinker on the skin. There is a subtle sheen to the finish, nothing overwhelming. Guerlain Peach Boy is more orange. MAC Fleet Fast has gold shimmer, is a smidgen darker, and has a stronger red tone to it. Tarina Tarantino Feather is lighter, slightly pinker. Make Up For Ever #6 is similar but has a cream formula.

From the launch, this is probably one of my favorite products, and it is one of the better performing ones, too.  It’s a softer coral, and the color you can get, at most, is true-to-pan–but it is a lighter color from the get-go, so it may look chalky or disappear on deeper skin tones.  On light to medium-dark skin tones, I think it’s a particularly flattering coral because it doesn’t have a lot of orange, but it’s not too pink.  The satin finish gives it a really lovely, natural sheen on the skin–it won’t emphasize pores at all.  When I wore this for wear, it lasted a full eight hours and was just barely starting to fade around nine hours.  The texture could be a smidgen softer, which was really the only complaint I had.

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It's a softer coral, and the color you can get, at most, is true-to-pan--but it is a lighter color from the get-go, so it may look chalky or disappear on deeper skin tones. On light to medium-dark skin tones, I think it's a particularly flattering coral because it doesn't have a lot of orange, but it's not too pink.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, August 17th, 2012

MAC Local Wares Fluidline
MAC Local Wares Fluidline

Not Quite Black, Not Quite Brown Eyeliner

MAC Local Wares Fluidline ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty olive with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a muted dark brown with a gray tinge and subtle gold sparkle. The sparkle isn’t really noticeable once it is applied. It reminded me of CoverGirl Brown, without the shimmer. This collection seems to lean on the warmer side, but this eyeliner reads cooler on me–it actually looks almost gray when I tried it out.

Fluidline is a gel eyeliner that’s supposed to be long-wearing and smudge-proof. It comes inside a clear glass jar with a black screw-top lid. Local Wares has a creamy, pliable texture that glides on and goes on mostly opaque (I used MAC’s 263 brush to apply to my lower lash line), though I did need to go back to get a fully opaque line.  There was no skipping or dragging, because it has a delightfully creamy consistency.  It wore for eight hours without smudging, migrating, or fading when I tested it yesterday.

This collection also includes Dark Diversion, which I’ve reviewed previously, and Rich Ground, which I did buy as well since I can’t remember reviewing it before–though Rich Ground is part of the permanent range.

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It's a nice alternative to black--it's not gray, not brown, and definitely not black. There's a soft quality to the color, but it still manages to retain enough depth to define the eyes.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Butter London Lovely Jubbly Nail Lacquer
Butter London Lovely Jubbly Nail Lacquer

Well, That’s Just Lovely Jubbly!

Butter London Lovely Jubbly Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant magenta nail lacquer flecked with red, blue, and gold micro-particles.” It’s a glittery extravaganza that features magenta, blue, and gold particles. I don’t have an extensive stash of glitter polishes, but I did go through what I could. China Glaze CG in the City is more of a gray-ish purple with not much else going on. Rescue Beauty Lounge Frugalista has magenta glitter, but the other accompanying glitter is silver. Milani Hi-Res was the most similar that I had, but it has a purple base with holographic glitter/shimmer.

It’s a rather opaque glitter, which I was totally keen on, just because layering can be fun, but sometimes you just want one polish and to be done! Swatches show the impact of two coats, which is mostly opaque. Three coats would really cinch it, but I think you can get away with two.  The natural dry down is just a little shiny, but there is some texture due to the glitter content, so a thicker, shiny top coat is a must.  I loved that the texture of this wasn’t at all thick; it didn’t have that almost gel-like consistency of a lot of glitter-filled polishes–it was normal, really. I typically get a full week of wear out of Butter London’s polishes with very minor tip wear.

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This is such a fun polish! I love how versatile it is: you can use it as a layering polish with just one coat or go full-on glitz and get (mostly) opaque results in two coats.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, August 13th, 2012

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with This Teal

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lush green creme with blue undertones.” It reads as a dusty green-teal with a cream finish on me. Not a dupe, but reminiscent in the kind of color family, Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack has a similar green-teal coloring but is much, much darker. MAC Screening Room is much bluer. Though blue, Illamasqua Muse had a similar dusted quality.  I was surprised to find that I could not discover any dupes within polishes I’ve reviewed–none of three I mentioned in the post are dupes.

The color was mostly opaque in two coats (there is just a shadow of the nail line visible at times), and it had a really great consistency: creamy, not too thick or too thin, and flowed well across the nail without pooling along the sides, bubbling, or streaking.   I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s formula.  The polish retails for $7, but you can find it at various e-tailers for under $4 (the one linked in the post sells this shade for $3).

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If you've been on the hunt for a green-based teal, I think you may really enjoy this new-for-fall shade by China Glaze. It had a good formula and applied well.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Firefly High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Firefly High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Firefly High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold ivory with opal flecks.” It’s a virtually colorless gloss with warm white and iridescent opal shimmer–looks like a wintry mix of silver, white, and lilac. There’s no real color in the base, just lots and lots of shimmer, but on, it’s definitely apparent you’re wearing something–it’s highly reflective and looks a little pink-ish. MAC She-zam is more silver-shimmered. NARS Luxor is similar in color and sheen, though it is milkier. MAC Frozen Lame has a lot more white shimmer.

Long-time readers will know that this is one of my favorite formulas–it has a ridiculous amount of sparkle and dazzle combined with a non-sticky and comfortable to texture that’s not too thick or too thin.  These glosses typically last a full four hours and sometimes longer on me; Firefly wore for a full four hours, which is noteworthy for a gloss that’s fairly sheer in color.  The shimmer is so high that it’s almost semi-sheer to semi-opaque in color because of the coverage the shimmer yields.  It’s moisturizing, and I like that it doesn’t get sticky over time.  Bobbi Brown’s glosses come with a doe-foot applicator, slightly more gloss than the average gloss, and are mint-scented.

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This shade is shimmery enough to be worn alone, but it can also be layered over your favorite lipstick to add a different dimension. It will be particularly flattering paired with plums, burgundies, berries, and reds.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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