Friday, April 27th, 2012

MAC Girl About Town
MAC Girl About Town Nail Lacquer, Lipglass, Lipstick

MAC Girl About Town Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer

MAC Girl About Town Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) has been such a top-seller that it has now inspired a Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) and Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) to complement it. This shade is part of the North American and Latin America/Middle East portions of the collection, so it will be available at all locations and online. Girl About Town is described as “bright blue fuchsia.”

If you layer the two lip products together, you’ll get a really dense, opaque fuchsia pink with very subtle silver micro-shimmer that’s very, very bright. The gloss is only slightly brighter compared to the lipstick. The nail lacquer is a pretty good match to both the gloss and lipstick, though it has stronger red undertones, which only become noticeable in really bright light. This shade is part of the permanent range, so it’s available all the time.

Girl About Town Lipglass is a brightened fuchsia-pink with silver micro-shimmer. It’s nearly opaque all on its own, and it applies evenly for the most part. The brightness helps to hide the settling of the thicker gloss into lip lines. Milani Flashy is darker, redder. MAC True Babe is lighter and more blue-based. MAC Full Speed Ahead is not quite as fuchsia, not as bright. (9, 10, 9, 9, 4.5, 4; A-)

Girl About Town Lipstick is a brightened medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones. It has an amplified creme finish. It yields opaque color with very little product, and it has a creamier consistency than a lot of the other lipsticks in the launch. MAC Rare Exotic is very close, possibly a smidgen darker. Illamasqua Atomic is redder. NARS Carthage is slightly less blue-based and brighter. MAC Catharina is pinker and brighter. (9.5, 10, 9.5, 10, 5, 4; A)

Girl About Town Nail Lacquer is a rich, nearly-neon fuchsia pink with blue undertones. It has a cream finish, and it’s opaque after two coats. China Glaze 108 Degrees is a bit redder and shimmery. Zoya Dana is a bit redder. Zoya Reagan is bluer and lighter. (10, 10, 10, 9, 5, 4; A)

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. Amplified creme finishes like Girl About Town typically wear four to six hours on me, with deeper shades like this one wearing closer to six hours.  This is one of my favorite finishes by MAC, as it is characterized by a creamier, more glide-on texture that wears really well and doesn’t dry lips out.  MAC Lipglasses are also vanilla-scented but taste-free. They are very sticky and have a thick, borderline-goopy consistency. If you prefer gel-like, cushion-y glosses that feel lightweight on, I don’t recommend MAC Lipglass. Because of the tackier texture, MAC Lipglasses do tend to wear a full four hours on me, with some of the darker shades lasting up to six hours (with mostly the color lingering at that point).

The Glossover

product

MAC Girl About Town Lipglass, Lipstick, Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

A
Girl About Town is a popular shade for a reason--it looks amazing only nearly every skin tone. It's bold, bright, and vibrant. It will add oomph and brighten your face with little else needed. All three variations were high quality products.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “black orchid with pearl.” It’s a dark brown-red with burgundy, copper, and violet shimmer. MAC Lasting Achievement is redder, more burgundy. MAC Lap of Luxury is more plum. MAC Black Tea is browner, lighter. NYX Vixen is very close, though a little more metallic. MAC RIchly Revered is less brown and doesn’t have shimmer. Illamasqua Hermetic is more metallic, more opaque, and a little browner.

This applies much better than Plum Gold, which is a color I totally love, but it doesn’t apply as evenly. For such a dark gloss that’s not opaque, it really does apply rather evenly. It has semi-opaque color–there’s still some translucency where my natural lip color peeks through, but it adds significant color to my lips. This is a gloss range that seems to go anywhere from ultra sheer to more opaque, and Midnight Violet is on the more opaque end of the spectrum.

What makes this gloss a standout for me is the high shimmer aspect; it’s ultra glossy but so sparkling, dazzling, and gorgeous on. I love that you don’t feel the shimmer; it never feels gritty, and it doesn’t travel while you wear it. The formula is lightweight, moisturizing, and wears well–this particular shade stayed on for five hours. Like other Bobbi Brown glosses, the High Shimmer Lipglosses are scented with mint but have no taste. They’re also non-sticky and come with a tapered doe-foot applicator.

The Glossover

P
product

Midnight Violet

A
If you're looking for a brown-based red gloss that yields a fair amount of color but doesn't go on too unevenly, you may find Bobbi Brown's Midnight Violet a good option. It can also work well as a layering shade over a deeper brown, burgundy, or berry lipstick.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Cult Nails Enticing Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Enticing Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Enticing Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “very sheer pale milky pink.” It’s also supposed to be “buidlable to an almost opaque finish.” It’s a soft pale pink with subtle yellow undertones. It’s semi-opaque after two coats with a hint of visible nail line. There’s also an incredibly fine white shimmer that almost disappears in natural light. I don’t have an extensive collection of sheerer shades, but my first instict would be to look in Essie’s catalog of colors. Essie French Affair is darker, cooler-toned. Nubar Pink Lily is a little starker, because it’s opaque, but the colors are quite close, though Pink Lily is a cream finish. China Glaze Encouragement is also similar–to me this is the closest–and the major difference is this has larger shimmer. China Glaze Something Sweet is a bit darker and is a cream finish.

For sheer color, just one coat is appropriate, and if you want a little more color, two coats is appropriate.  I imagine you could get to fully opaque color with a third coat, but I think the formula is just a little thicker, so three coats is where you may start to feel the thickness.  There’s a subtle yellow undertone running through it, so it has a very soft, romantic edge to it and should work on both cool and warmer complexions.  It’s a nice shade for springtime as well as for those seeking work-friendly colors.  Cult Nails’ formula typically wears a full week without chipping and has only very minor tip wear.

The Glossover

P
product

Enticing

A
There's a subtle yellow undertone running through it, so it has a very soft, romantic edge to it and should work on both cool and warmer complexions.  It's a nice shade for springtime as well as for those seeking work-friendly colors.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss
Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dark fuchsia red with subtle white shimmer and subtly cool blue undertones. The color coverage is semi-opaque–it yields a fair amount of color, but there’s still some translucency. Burberry Hibiscus is lighter, not as intense. NARS Mexican Rose is very similar but a bit brighter and more opaque. Lancome Electric Pink is a bit redder and has a lot more shimmer. MAC Just Add Colour is a bit lighter and has fuchsia shimmer.

Le Metier de Beaute’s Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss formula is a very comfortable, decadent formula to wear, because it has a lightweight feel, non-sticky texture, and feels moisturizing while you wear it and for a couple of hours after the majority has worn off. When I tested out this shade, it wore for four hours. It has a high shine that lasts for nearly as long as the color itself does, which isn’t always the case with a gloss. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with this formula.  Since this is a deeper shade, it will suit virtually every skin tone–the depth plays well with warm tones, despite the cooler undertones, and it will give high contrast against paler skin and plenty of color to work with darker complexions, too.

The Glossover

LE
product

Hibiskiss

A
Since this is a deeper shade, it will suit virtually every skin tone--the depth plays well with warm tones, despite the cooler undertones, and it will give high contrast against paler skin and plenty of color to work with darker complexions, too.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Aurora Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a limited edition five-shade palette for summer. The shades were inspired by the emblems of the French Riviera. It’s really rich, deep, and filled with warm tones.

The shade in the upper left corner is a rich, molten orange-gold with a soft frosted finish and excellt color payoff. Bare Escentuals Remix is yellower, not as dark. Chanel Blazing Gold is lighter, paler. MAC Goldmine is a bit more golden. Inglot #430 is yellower. Urban Decay Honey is yellower and not at all orange. MAC Juiced was the closest I could find, though it’s more orange.

The shade in the upper right corner is a medium-dark brown with subtle red undertones. It has good pigmentation. It is actually similar to quite a few shades! MAC Havana is just slightly deeper and has a stronger red undertone. Buxom Golden Retriever is just a smidgen warmer. Benefit Dandy Brandy seems nearly the same. MAC Roasted Chestnut has a stronger red undertone. MAC Buckwheat is less golden. MAC Make Your Mark is darker.

The center shade is a pale, icy pink with a subtle blue undertone. It looked almost yellow-toned in the pan, but it looked rather cool against my skin tone. The color payoff is decent to good, though slightly sheer. MAC Joy & Laughter is similar, slightly more lilac. Dior Garden Roses is slightly darker. Dior Garden Pastels is very, very similar. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk is also incredibly similar.

The shade in the bottom left corner is a beige-peach with a slight iridescent sheen. It had decent pigmentation but was a bit sheer when swatched. It was slightly better when applied to the lid/eye. Inglot #330 is similar but peachier and matte. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla had a simialr shade but it was lighter, less yellow. MAC Dazzlelight is a bit lighter. MAC Vanilla is lighter, less yellowed. Urban Decay Skimp is similar but doesn’t have the same sheen.

The shade in the bottom right corner is a medium-dark orange with a subtle dusting of gold micro-shimmer and a satiny sheen. It had pretty good color payoff. MAC Rule is similar but has a matte finish. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is slightly lighter. MAC Fresh Daily is very similar. Milani Primary has a similar orange shade as well.

This kind of palette is very effortless to use on warmer complexions–the colors complement not only each other but warm skin tone in a very obvious way.  There has certainly been a fair number of gold/copper/bronze eyeshadow palettes on the market, so while this one is lovely in its own right, it’s not exactly a unique color combination.  It’s practical, wearable, and something that would work well for summer-themed looks.  Cooler complexions may find there are too many orange-based shades here to be as instantly flattering, but like anything, it’s workable if you want it to make it work–usually by pairing it with the right cheek/lip.  For instance, I wear cool-toned products but have to pay attention more closely to coordinating shades.

The pink is kind of a weird addition; it doesn’t really go with the palette, and I think its overall paleness makes it less functional.  If it were a shade that perhaps contrasted more, it could add a complex dimension to the look.   You could certainly do a combination where the pink is the lightest shade and then graduated from orange-gold to copper/brown.  I think a coral would have been a nice shade to have mixed in.

The texture of these is soft, finely-milled, and very smooth.  They’re dense and buttery, and they aren’t too powdery, which is something that Dior’s eyeshadows can sometimes suffer from.  Because of their soft, finely-milled texture, they blend easily on the lid and with each other.  Without a primer, these shades wore for eight hours with very faint fading around the edges.  With a primer, these shades wore for ten hours with very faint fading around the edges.  Overall, the color payoff was good to great.

The Glossover

palette

Aurora

A
This kind of palette is very effortless to use on warmer complexions--the colors complement not only each other but warm skin tone in a very obvious way.  There has certainly been a fair number of gold/copper/bronze eyeshadow palettes on the market, so while this one is lovely in its own right, it's not exactly a unique color combination.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

NARS Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick
NARS Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “strawberry red.” This is an orange-red coral with a natural sheen that reads mostly matte from afar. Guerlain Habit Rouge is redder. Guerlain Sheer is a bit glossier, a touch lighter. NARS Joyous is a browner, more muted version.  Moscow has incredible pigmentation with opaque color in a single pass.

NARS’ Pure Matte Lipstick formula lives up to the majority of the brand’s claims, and it’s one of the better matte lipsticks on the market, because it doesn’t have that dry, agitating formula that makes lips look chapped and cracked after wear. It’s not the most moisturizing formula, period, but it’s one of the most hydrating matte lipsticks I have tried. Even after eight hours of wearing this–it wears well for seven full hours and starts declining after that–my lips feel good; healthy and hydrated enough that I don’t feel compelled to immediately apply balm. It’s also scent- and taste-free. The consistency is lightly creamy; not slippery but it glides on easily enough and deposits opaque color with very little product.

The Glossover

P
product

Moscow

A
I love how it's rich and deep in color but still has a softer, muted quality to it; it's not the in-your-face bright orange-red that you might expect for summer. This shade should flatter deeper and warmer skin tones, and it will complement the Ramatuelle trio.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →