Thursday, February 28th, 2013

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Lady at Play Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal cool tangerine.” It’s a coral-red with warm undertones with soft, creamy finish and a light sheen. It’s definitely not cool-toned, but it is a rosier red with less orange in it, so it’s not as warm-toned as it could be. Burberry Pink Amber is darker. Chanel Enjouee is pinker. Guerlain Chamade is pinker, less bright. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker and brighter. Chanel Flamboyante is a touch redder. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi is a touch more muted.

I was really happy to see Lady at Play as a shade now in MAC’s permanent range, because for a brand that launches an endless stream of limited edition coral-hued lipsticks, there are only a handful (and they’re nice!) in the permanent range.  This is also very reminiscent of Viva Glam Cyndi, only it’s much more opaque, as Lady at Play has full color coverage.  The formula was lightweight, lightly creamy, and comfortable to wear.  It wasn’t ultra-hydrating, but it did add moisture and didn’t leave my lips feeling dehydrated after wearing it.  Lady at Play wore four and a half hours when I tested it.  I thought that this one applied a bit better without the product leaving lines if I pressed my lips together.

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I thought that this one applied a bit better without the product leaving lines if I pressed my lips together. It wasn't ultra-hydrating, but it did add moisture and didn't leave my lips feeling dehydrated after wearing it.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “sophisticated shade of deep chocolate, burnished by a heart of pearly red.” It’s a deep, dark reddened brown with a dusting of reddish-burgundy shimmer. The shimmer is not the star here, so while visible at certain angles, gives it more of a reddened depth than sparkle.  China Glaze Midtown Magic is browner and has larger and more present shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Au Chocolate is very similar in color but is a cream (no shimmer). Rescue Beauty Lounge Atame is a redder cream with no shimmer. MAC Gadabout Girl is slightly more burgundy and has no shimmer. Chanel Strong has a lot more of the red pearl, so it looks a bit redder/purpler in some lighting.

Chanel touts their lacquer as “long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant” while applying “evenly without streaking.” Western Light was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency of the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin. It applied beautifully, evenly, and streak-free, just as Chanel describes.  I think more shimmer would have made this a more unique color, but as is, the shimmer tends to fade away and the color looks mostly like a cream finish–and there are a fair amount of creams available in shades near to this.  I usually get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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I think more shimmer would have made this a more unique color, but as is, the shimmer tends to fade away and the color looks mostly like a cream finish--and there are a fair amount of creams available in shades near to this.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, February 25th, 2013

Clinique Chunkiest Chili Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Chunkiest Chili Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Chunkiest Chili Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “brown red.” It’s a warm-toned, slightly muted red with a frosted finish. CoverGirl Captivate is a touch less warm-toned. Make Up For Ever #44 is similar. Guerlain Luxure is darker. Guerlain Habit Rouge is also similar.

It delivered mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency of the pencil was creamy, so it glided on beautifully and evenly. It was lightweight, didn’t cling, and felt comfortable to wear. Chunkiest Chili wore really well, too, clocking in at just under six hours and did leave behind a soft stain. It was lightly hydrating–it won’t replace a good lip balm–but it won’t dry out lips.  I’m not certain why Clinique is touting this formulas having only medium coverage–nearly every single one I’ve tried so far as borderline opaque coverage.

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Clinique Chunkiest Chili Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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I'm not certain why Clinique is touting this formulas having only medium coverage--nearly every single one I've tried so far as borderline opaque coverage. That's really its "downfall."

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, February 25th, 2013

Guerlain Coup de Foudre Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Coup de Foudre Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Coup de Foudre Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as “exquisite shades of green, silvery patina, bronze-khaki, [and] vibrant coral.” It is a limited edition palette for spring.

Coup de Foudre #1 is a dirty olive green with a frosted, metallic finish. It had fantastic color payoff and applied really smoothly and evenly. Sephora Snakeskin Dress is darker, more golden. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is darker, smokier. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion is more golden, less metallic. bareMinerals Spectacular is browner. Inglot #419 is darker, less green.

Coup de Foudre #2 is a warm-toned, coral-orange with a satin finish. The pigmentation was true-to-pan, and it was finely-milled and velvety to the touch. bareMinerals Smash Hit is matte. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is redder and more frosted. Inglot #361 is a touch redder.

Coup de Foudre #3 is a soft, pastel green with subtle yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It’s not quite mint green, because it’s not cool-toned enough, but it’s not too yellow. It had great color payoff, and it applied beautifully. Cinderella Cinderelly is more satin in finish and less yellow-toned. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #34 is warmer, less frosted.

Coup de Foudre #4 is a dark gray with silver and teal shimmer. This color had only so-so pigmentation; it seemed to apply with better payoff when I used it on the eye, but it wasn’t as pigmented as the other shades. Urban Decay Asphalt is darker. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is cooler-toned, darker. Urban Decay Gunmetal is cooler-toned, bluer.

Coup de Foudre is a nice alternative to softer spring shades that abound during the season.  In fact, I felt a very autumnal vibe from the color combination of this palette.  At a glance, the colors look pretty together but I was uncertain if they would pair as well on the lid as they did in individual pans.  They really do work together, though, and there are a few different combinations that can be created if you only want to use two or three of the four shades.

All four eyeshadows had soft, buttery textures that felt smooth, silky, and finely-milled.  The gray shade wasn’t as pigmented as the rest; not totally sheer but noticeably under-pigmented compared to the other shades and did have some translucency.  A fluffier crease brush seemed to do the trick to get better color payoff out of the color when I used it that way in the look below.  The soft, smooth consistencies made all four shades incredibly easy to blend and apply.  They also looked beautiful on the lid–no emphasis of lines or skin texture–and wore well for a full ten hours, no creasing or fading, without a primer.

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The quad consists of eyeshadows that feel as soft and as smooth as you'd ever want, and it presents an interesting color combination. I was able to get great, long-wear out of these without aid of a primer. The gray shade could use more color payoff, though.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “beige plum.” It’s a subtly warm-toned coral brown–there’s some orange and a smidgen of rosiness to brighten the brown coloring of this shade. It has a soft, luminous finish. Bobbi Brown Guava is slightly lighter. Chanel Pimpante is brighter, warmer. Cle de Peau R9 is pinker and shimmery. Burberry Devon Sunset is pinker.

This shade had mostly opaque color coverage with a very light translucency overall.  The pencil is creamy enough to apply evenly and easily without tugging or pulling at the lip, but it’s not so creamy that it slides around on the lip, so the wear time is good, too–a nice four and a half hours.  It’s lightly hydrating while worn and doesn’t leave you wanting to make a mad dash for your lip balm after it wears away.  Clinique’s Chubby Sticks all twist-up, so there’s no need to sharpen.

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Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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This should be a flattering, easy-to-wear color for neutral and warmer complexions; but even cooler skin tones should be able to wear this because there's not too much orange/warmth and the rosiness will help.

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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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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “cool emerald green.” It’s a deep, dark, smoldering emerald green with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Sephora Walk on the Wild Side is greener, lighter, and a powder product. Urban Decay Loaded is bluer and a powder eyeshadow. bareMinerals Max Volume is slightly darker. OCC Poison is greener, less teal. theBalm Jealous Jordana is the most comparable.

Bobbi Brown claims that her new Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks should last “eight hours without creasing, flaking, or fading.” Forest had good color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable enough to get mostly opaque color, though there was some very slight sheerness if you looked really closely. From afar, I doubt anyone could tell. As an eyeliner, it is easier to apply it with enough pressure to get really opaque color, but the tip of this is a bit bigger than a regular pencil eyeliner. What I liked about the consistency was that it didn’t tug or pull on the eyelid, and it didn’t take too long or too little time to set–there was enough time to work the product in or blend it out, but I didn’t have to sit there and close my eyes waiting for the seconds to tick by for fear of it creasing before it set.

I also think that the brand was rather reasonable with their long-wear claim, only going for eight hours, rather than more ambition 12-, 16-, or even 24-hour wear.  Forest lasted well for eight hours; it was after ten hours that I saw some very faint creasing only on the innermost corner (I wore it all over the lid for testing).  I didn’t have any trouble with flaking, fading, or smudging, though.  All in all, Forest was impressive; not too creamy that it would take awhile to set but not so dry that it didn’t glide easily over lids.

Also, if you were ever a fan of MAC’s Shadesticks, I felt that these were rather comparable in feel and formula, though perhaps a smidgen creamier and more refined–like an improved Shadestick.

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All in all, Forest was impressive; not too creamy that it would take awhile to set but not so dry that it didn't glide easily over lids.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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