Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Burberry Coral Lip Glow Lipgloss
Burberry Coral Lip Glow Lipgloss

Burberry Coral Lip Glow Lipgloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened orange with a hint of coral and copper shimmer. MAC Geo Pink is pinker. MAC Eclectic Edge is more orange, darker. MAC So Bad is similar but less shimmery.

As part of an attempt to bring more vibrant/pigmented shades into Burberry’s range, Coral is a nice addition–it’s semi-opaque to mostly opaque with some translucency where the natural lip color will come through but is covered for the most part. It applied evenly and smoothly, without settling into lip lines, or feathering/bleeding during wear. I didn’t have any issues with the shimmer traveling during the four and a half hours this lasted on my lips. It’s somewhat hydrating–not the most hydrating but not at all drying. Burberry’s Lip Glows are non-sticky, gel-like, and are a cushion-y, comfortable gloss to wear that has a light floral scent.

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It applied evenly and smoothly, without settling into lip lines, or feathering/bleeding during wear.

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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 5th, 2013

Burberry Coral Pink Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Coral Pink Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Coral Pink Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a subtly warmed-up dark pink with a hint of coral. It has a soft, satiny finish with a barely-there sheen. MAC Whole Lotta Love is lighter. MAC Supernova is more shimmery, less warm-toned. MAC Mocha is slightly more subdued. NARS Amour is more coral.  Worth noting:  I couldn’t see much of a difference between Coral Pink and Hydrangea Pink (the other shade released in the collection) once applied and blended out. I bought both to review, but I don’t think both are necessary if you intend to wear them sheered out–I do think the nuances will be better seen on cooler skin tones, though.

Again, one of Burberry’s aims for their spring/summer collection was to introduce “radiant colour” into their range. Coral Pink is incredibly pigmented–if you are a fan of NARS’ richness in their blush range, you’ll appreciate the intensity found in the newest addition to Burberry’s blush range. I highly recommend using a light hand or a feathery brush for application.  The texture of the powder is soft as silk, finely-milled, and applies smoothly and evenly (Burberry’s blushes are some of the softest, most velvety powders I’ve come across).  It’s blendable once applied, and Coral Pink wore eight hours well but had some signs of fading after nine hours.

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This is a great pick for deeper complexions as well as for those who simply want richly pigmented cheek products. If you prefer subtler products, this might not be the best pick for you.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Burberry Pink Sweet Pea Lip Glow Lipgloss
Burberry Pink Sweet Pea Lip Glow Lipgloss

Burberry Pink Sweet Pea Lip Glow Lipgloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant fuchsia pink with subtle cool undertones and iridescent fuchsia micro-shimmer. Estee Lauder Violet Rain is a bit bolder and has a much larger shimmer (more like glitter). MAC Gimme That! is redder. NARS Hot Wired is also redder.

Burberry’s spring shades are an “introduction of radiant colours” to the brand’s beauty range, with Pink Sweet Pea meant to be a “playful” shade. I put that out there, because the Lip Glow formula is also described as “a hint of color” normally. So, good news to those who love more pigmented and opaque glosses, because Pink Sweet Pea is certainly that–semi-opaque to mostly opaque with an underlying translucency that gives the natural lip color an opportunity to peek through. Based on Burberry’s spring/summer collection, which is what the spring beauty range is supposed to have drawn inspiration from, everything is bold, bright, and colorful.

It is a really lovely gloss formula that’s gel-like and cushion-y when worn.  It’s a comfortable gloss to wear, and it’s lightly hydrating–it’s not going to outdo a dedicated lip balm, but it won’t leave you reaching for the nearest lip balm for a few hours post-wear.  It’s non-sticky and it has a floral scent, and while I’ve experienced it at a higher potency in other Lip Glows, it seemed subtler here.  Pink Sweet Pea wore four and a half hours on me.

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I'm really happy I bought this shade, because it's such a comfortable gloss to wear. It's also a nice break from some of the softer, more pastel pinks for spring.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Archie’s Girls Pearlglide Eyeliners ($16.50 for 0.04 oz.) includes four shades: Black Swan (black with gold pearl), Designer Purple (violet with pearl), Lord It Up (bronze with pearl), and Petrol Blue (deep navy with pearl).  Also, all of these shades are part of the permanent range, so if you don’t care about special packaging, you can grab the permanent version (standard black packaging) for $15.00–$1.50 less.

There are (at present) some stocking issues, as both Black Swan and Lord It Up are missing-in-action. They were up briefly, and I was able to add them to my cart, but by the time the Pearlmattes were purchasable  the two eyeliners were removed from my cart. I wasn’t able to actually purchase them, and they have since been fully removed from the listing (not even as “coming soon!” or “sold out.” It might be a stocking or manufacturing issue, but if other retailers and counters/stores have them available, then hopefully online will eventually have them, too.

Black Swan is a dark black with subtle brown undertones and blue/silver shimmer–it looks silver straight no, then flashes a little to blue at an angle. It has great color payoff in a single pass and is buildable–it doesn’t bunch up or skip if you go back and forth. (Part of Betty’s products.)

Designer Purple is a violet purple with subtle red undertones and silver sparkle. This had decent pigmentation in one stroke, but it was less buildable than the other shades. For a purple eyeliner, it is pretty good. The sparkle in this shade is particularly chunky. Urban Decay Delinquent is more muted. (Part of Veronica’s products.)

Lord It Up is a medium-dark brown with yellow-brown undertones and a gold/copper shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff in a single pass, and it was also rather buildable. It is similar to Urban Decay Corrupt. (Part of Betty’s products.)

Petrol Blue is a rich, navy blue with lighter navy blue shimmer. It had fairly good color in a single go, and it was also buildable. For dupes, you can see comparisons to other navy blues here. (Part of Veronica’s products.)

Pearlglides are soft and very creamy, but in my experience, they wear well.  I get a full eight hours with all of these shades without the colors migrating, smudging, or fading.  They’re rather pigmented in a single stroke, but one pass back and forth is usually enough for full opacity and the texture isn’t very waxy, so they build up color well.  One word of caution: be careful if you wear them on your lower lash line not to get them on the water line, because the sparkles in the eyeliner can be very irritating to the eye.  (This, of course, will depend on your sensitivity.) As far as I know, these are not waterline safe, which makes sense, given the sparkly nature of the pencils.

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If you love really soft, creamy eyeliners, this is a formula worth checking out. These are very intense, rich shades, and it's easy to get the color you see in the pencil onto the eye.

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10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Daddy's Little Girl Lipstick
MAC Daddy’s Little Girl Lipstick

MAC Daddy’s Little Girl Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink violet” with a satin finish. It’s a rich magenta fuchsia with strong, blue undertones, and a creamy finish with a natural sheen. MAC Candy Yum Yum is more neon and just slightly bluer-based. MAC Night Blooming is a smidgen darker and more magenta/purple. MAC Outrageously Fun is lighter and glossier. MAC Dear Diary is a touch purpler. NYX Pink Lyric is more muted and pinker.

It’s incredibly opaque–completely covers my lip freckle with not even a shadow coming through. The texture is creamy enough to glide on without skipping or dragging on the lips, but it doesn’t slip-slide around during the day, so it also didn’t feather or bleed on me. It wore exceptionally well, coming in at six hours, and it also left behind a stain.  It was just a tiny bit drying over time.

MAC is no stranger to shades like these, though, and while absolutely lovely in so many ways, you may already have something like it in your stash. If it’s the kind of shade you wear often, then you’ll probably note the slight differences between all of them. If you rarely do, you could skip.

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MAC is no stranger to shades like these, though, and while absolutely lovely in so many ways, you may already have something like it in your stash. If it's the kind of shade you wear often, then you'll probably note the slight differences between all of them. If you rarely do, you could skip.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, January 31st, 2013

MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow
MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow

MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic vanilla” with a Veluxe Pearl finish. It’s a soft beige with a moderately frosted finish. bareMinerals Libation is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #5 is similar but more frosted. MAC Jaunty is more golden.

When this showed up in a holiday palette, I found it very sheer. That was not the case here–this eyeshadow is so, so much better as a single than it ever was in the palette. The color payoff is dead-on with true-to-pan, opaque color. It has a soft texture that goes on as smoothly as silk and blends out easily. The versatility/use of this shade is going to depend on your skin tone; on me, it’s very close to my natural lid color, so I don’t know how often I’d use it myself, but I thought the color payoff and texture were really stellar here.  I wore it on the inner lid and on the brow bone as a highlighter, and it was slightly faded along the brow bone after eight hours but mostly intact on the lid (no primer).

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MAC Once Upon a Time Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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The versatility/use of this shade is going to depend on your skin tone--for some this could be a great highlighter, others a wash of color, and others a great brightening/lid shade.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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