Monday, March 11th, 2013

Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure Eyeshadow
Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure Eyeshadow

Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “golden sand.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-gold with a metallic finish. Tarte Canary Diamond is a bit more orange and darker. Chanel Vision is more metallic and sparkly but similar in color. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 is less metallic. Milani Drenched in Gold is very similar in color but more frosted in finish.

It had good color payoff (but was just short of perfection), but the real wonder was the texture:  so soft and smooth.  It really applied well and went on smoothly and adhered to the lid for a whopping ten hours without fading or creasing. Gilt-y Pleasure blended out easily when I worked with it.  The brighter, warmer coloring paired with the high-shine finish makes it work well to brighten and open up the eyes (particularly on warmer skin tones).

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Most Glamorous Nudes Ever Palette–I make a point to mention that, because the palette itself is $30 but contains three other eyeshadows along with two Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows; more or less, unless you really hate the other products, it’s hard to justify $20 for one eyeshadow when you could be paying $30 and receiving six different products.

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The brighter, warmer coloring paired with the high-shine finish makes it work well to brighten and open up the eyes (particularly on warmer skin tones).

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 10th, 2013

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “vivid watermelon.” It’s a vibrant, pinky-red with a satin finish. There’s quite a bit of pink in it, so while it calls to mind certain famous reds, I don’t think it matches because it has such strong pink coloring. MAC Ronnie Red is redder. NARS Dragon Girl is deeper. NYX Chic Red is darker.

It’s a rather bright, rich color that applied mostly opaque on the lips. I found that this shade stained very quickly and readily, which helped make it wear longer, too–a solid six hours with a residual stain that continued on for another two (of course, tapering down over those hours). Luxembourg didn’t feather or bleed on me, which is always good news with a shade as bright as this! It had a thin texture that felt lightweight on the lips, but it wasn’t hydrating–I would not say it was drying, though. If you like your reds with a lot of pink, you’ll like this shade, because from afar, it looks more pink than it does red, which is what makes it less dupable.

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If you like your reds with a lot of pink, you'll like this shade, because from afar, it looks more pink than it does red, which is what makes it less dupable.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 10th, 2013

NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “peach beige.” It’s a warmed-up, medium peachy-brown with a satin finish. It is reminiscent of NARS Biscayne Park, which is lighter and not as warm-toned. MAC Posh Tone is more beige. MAC Delectable is very similar. Bobbi Brown Soft Coral is darker and warmer.

It has decadent, rich color–full color coverage–and it just takes minimal amount of product. One even layer seems to cover everything, and it ensures that the lip color never looks heavy when worn. The texture feels creamy, almost wet, when you apply it, but it doesn’t have much slip once on. It stays on nicely, and Isola Bella wore five hours when I tested it. It was lightly hydrating over the time I wore it, and it didn’t cling.

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Isola Bella is somewhere between peach, beige, and brown, and it really comes together and should flatter warmer complexions quite a bit. Cooler skin tones may find it pulls too orange on them, and may want to look for something with more beige in it.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 10th, 2013

NARS Jardin des Plantes Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Jardin des Plantes Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Jardin des Plantes Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “fuchsia.” It’s a red-toend fuchsia pink with a soft, frosted finish and a satiny sheen. It has cool, blue undertones. Guerlain Girly is a smidgen redder and has no frosted shimmer. OCC Queen is all cream in finish. NARS Carthage is cooler-toned, pinker. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is similar but less shimmer. Estee Lauder Wild Violet is darker. MAC Insanely It has a glossier sheen. NARS Funny Face is very similar–perhaps a little more frost. MAC Full Fuchsia is slightly less red. Beautiful color, undoubtedly, though a shade that many brands have, so you may want to check your stash!

It’s a rich, vibrant color that goes on with full color coverage with little product. The consistency is lightly creamy but not thick that glides on easily without pulling or tugging on the lips. It’s easy to maneuver the color around the edges, too, because it delivers so much color in a single pass.  Jardin des Plantes wore for an impressive six hours on me, and it did leave behind a stain for another hour.  It was neither hydrating nor moisturizing, though, and that is one aspect of the product that did not deliver.

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If you don't mind that it's not moisturizing (but thankfully, not drying either!), then it's worth considering because it has excellent color payoff and wear--but there are numerous dupes available.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 9th, 2013

NARS Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pink guava.” It’s a warm, light-medium peach with brown and pink. It looks lighter applied to lips than it does just swatched on the skin–I triple-checked this bad boy, because it wasn’t computing for me! MAC Cozy Up is more orange. MAC Posh Tone is darker. MAC Delectable is also darker. MAC Peachstock is lighter, more beige. MAC Gotta Dash! is pinker. Bobbi Brown Bare Pink is more beige.

It’s a warmer take on the nude lip, and it’s not too light/pale, so it’s more versatile and will be less stark across skin tones. (Nude, of course, often depends on your skin tone.) Biscayne Park had very nearly opaque color coverage. I noticed the finish and texture of this were creamier than other shades I’ve so far–it ended up having a stronger sheen but still within range of what I’d expect a satin finish to have. It applied evenly and smoothly, and I didn’t have any of the color settle into lip lines over time. This shade lasted four and a half hours on me, which is a little better than the average lipstick but not long-wearing. Again, not drying and only mildly moisturizing, so this area continues to be one thing NARS didn’t nail in the formula.

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It's a warmer take on the nude lip, and it's not too light/pale, so it's more versatile and will be less stark across skin tones. (Nude, of course, often depends on your skin tone.)

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 9th, 2013

NARS Golshan Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Golshan Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Golshan Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “spiced wine.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, brown-ish red with a creamy, satiny finish. OCC Starling is warmer, browner. MAC Camden Chic is darker, browner. Make Up For Ever #44 is a touch less warm-toned.

The one characteristic that is most consistent among the new Lip Pencils is the color payoff! Golshan is no exception as it delivers full, rich pigmentation and covers my lip freckle entirely (not even a shadow of it comes through). I love the lightweight, thin consistency once it is applied to lips, because it doesn’t look heavy, despite the creamy, opaque color. It doesn’t cling or settle into lip lines, but it doesn’t slide around, either. When I touched the pencil tip to my lips, it felt soft, melted almost, but it was quite clearly not, and on, the glossiness fades in seconds to a satin finish–as promised. I wish these were as full of hydration as they’re made out to be (sorry, but my lips did not feel “[drenched] in decadent moisture”), but after the six hours it lasted for, my lips were no worse for the wear–at best, lightly hydrating but not a formula I’d say is moisturizing overall.

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Rich color and subtle warm undertones (and not too brown) were two aspects to Golshan that made it a more unique color from what I'm familiar with. It's a great warmer take on red that doesn't read too orange.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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