Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

MAC Waveline Fluidline
MAC Waveline Fluidline

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Waveline Fluidline

MAC Waveline Fluidline ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a permanent product (and has been for awhile) that is getting repromoted in the new Love & Water Collection. MAC describes this shade as a “navy blue with low level gold pearl.” It’s a rich navy blue with just a touch of purple–it’s barely there but with the right combination of colors could be pulled out. It has good opacity in a single pass and is easily built up in color. MAC Prussian is similar, though perhaps a little more noticebly purple.

I love MAC’s Fluidline formula; it’s my favorite gel eyeliner, even though there are several excellent gel eyeliners, this one always tops my list because the formula is top notch and the price is considerably less than higher-end brands that have comparable formulas. For example, Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliners are amazing, but ultimately wear the same (all-day) as Fluidlines–they’re just more expensive. To be fair, Bobbi Brown has a much better range of colors than Fluidline, which is sorely lacking in permanent shade selections. Fluidlines are creamy, easy to apply, and wear all day long without smudging or fading.

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Fluidlines are one of MAC's cult favorite products and for a good reason, because they work--they're long-wearing, creamy, pigmented, and apply seamlessly across the lid with an eyeliner brush.

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10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “nectar.” It looks surprisingly orange in the tube, and even still when swatched (but to a lesser degree), but it’s much pinker on the lips. I actually went back and swatched this just prior to writing out the review, because I was like, “What? This doesn’t look right!” It’s more like a pink coral with warm, yellow undertones once applied. MAC Flamingo is less opaque, less creamy-looking and a touch darker. Chanel Flirt is similar but a little less pale. MAC Blossom Culture is several shades pinker. MAC Ever Hip is similar but a touch less pink.

Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color formula is touted as long-wearing, moisturizing, and have “pure, crisp color.”  When it first came out, I was pleasantly surprised; it’s a creamy yet lightweight lipstick that glides on easily and delivers opaque color coverage with very little product.  It’s also hydrating enough that lips don’t feel dry after four to eight hours of wear.  Not all shades wear the same, as lighter shades tend to fade away after four hours or so, while more intense shades (like a red) can wear six hours or longer.  Miami Coral managed to make it four hours when I trialed it.

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Miami Coral

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Miami Coral is a great shade for both spring and summer--it will be an awesome transitional shade, too. Because it's not too orange or too pink, both cool and warm complexions should find this wearable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is reddened berry with rosy pink shimmer. It’s several shades darker than Bloom in Rose and the shimmer is less apparent. MAC Craving is a little pinker. Bobbi Brown Plum Rose is similar but has no shimmer. Maybelline Bit of Berry is a little less red. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is more berry-hued. Chanel Destinee has less red in it.

Rose Bengale has nearly opaque color coverage and a semi-frosted finish.  Even with the frost level in this particular shade, the formula is true to form for a Rouge Automatique.  It’s lightweight, comfortable to wear, glides on easily, and wears well.  With this shade, I was able to get five and a half hours of wear.   The consistency is creamy enough to enable an easy glide across the lips, but it’s not so full of slip that it slides around the lips.  For more packaging photos, please see this post.

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Rouge Automatique is a top-notch formula, because the creaminess of the texture enables it to glide on, making for an easy application, but it's lightweight and never slippery, so it stays on and wears for hours.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 17th, 2012

SpaRitual Nail Lacquer
SpaRitual Holiday Nail Lacquer

SpaRitual Twinkle Collection

SpaRitual Twinkle Collection ($10.00 each for 0.50 fl. oz.) may have been a holiday collection, but it’s still available for purchase. The collection has six shades: Blue Moon (midnight violet shimmer), Shooting Star (velvet magenta shimmer), Twilight (deep amethyst purple), Illumination (silver glitter), Break of Dawn (red sparkle), and Solstice (textured gold foil).

The majority of the shades apply beautifully; really great consistency–not too thick or too thin–so there was even flow across the nail with good color payoff with each coat. Blue Moon was slightly under-pigmented with very slight visible nail line after two coats. The consistency of Illumination was a little thick, so it tended to pool around the sides if you aren’t careful (and I wasn’t).  SpaRitual always seems like an underrated brand to me–their formula usually has a nice consistency, good pigmentation, and the wear is fantastic (I get a week with minor tip wear).  I’m also a huge fan of the rubberized cap, which makes it easier to grip and paint your nails!

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SpaRitual Twinkle Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

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SpaRitual always seems like an underrated brand to me--their formula usually has a nice consistency, good pigmentation, and the wear is fantastic (I get a week with minor tip wear). I'd rock these shades year-round! :)

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Blush ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as the “palest pink.” While new, it’s being added to the permanent range, so you don’t have to worry about it selling out! :) I would describe it as a blue-based, cotton candy pink–that’s just slightly muted. NARS Gaiety is much cooler and bluer. NYX English Rose is less blue-toned. MAC So Sweet, So Easy is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink is warmer. Urban Decay Quickie is a little brighter. Chanel Tweed Fuchsia is warmer.

Bobbi Brown’s blush formula is supposed to feel silky and have long-lasting wear. The texture is very soft and smooth–it has a very finely-milled texture that applies with a mostly matte finish. What I really liked was how the matte finish didn’t make this a powdery product, which can often happen with drier, matte textures like this one. It doesn’t look dry or patchy on the cheeks either–it has a very soft, natural appearance without shimmer or sheen. I wore this last week to test out the wear, and this shade managed to last for a solid eight hours. I love that the blush can be used as a standalone product or popped out and inserted into a larger palette–even if it is a third to a half the size of your average blush.

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Nude Pink

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It's an exceptionally nice matte blush--not dry, powdery, or chalky on, which is surprising, because it is a lighter shade! It's a soft color overall, so it's not going to produce a big pop of pink, but you can true-to-pan color if you so desire.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Guerlain Bloom of Rose (162) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Bloom of Rose (162) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Bloom of Rose (162) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Bloom of Rose (162) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a frosted medium-dark pink-plum. Chanel Paradis is a lighter, sheerer version. MAC Troublemaker has a similar color but different finish and is sheer. Chanel Legende is redder. MAC Craving is similar but darker, creamier. Bobbi Brown Plum Rose is darker. Maybelline Bit of Berry is darker and has a creamy finish.

What makes Bloom of Rose special is actually how much more complex it is than it appears to be.  At first glance, it’s just another pink, but then when you go to describe it, you think of roses, plums, pinks, and they all play together here.  The lighter pink shimmer gives it a frosted finish but also serves to lighten the backdrop of pink-plum it sits on.  The color coverage is mostly opaque, and while it still has a subtle sheen common to the formula, it’s not as glossy or as creamy as the majority of the Rouge Automatique range.  I imagine that the frost content gives it that slightly drier consistency.  I wouldn’t describe it as dry, just drier than other Rouge Automatiques.   It still feels lightweight and comfortable to wear, just everything is to a slightly lesser degree.  It wears five and a half hours on me, though, which is longer than anticipated for a shade of this hue.

For more packaging photos, please see this post.

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Bloom of Rose

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Rouge Automatique is a top-notch formula, because the creaminess of the texture enables it to glide on, making for an easy application, but it's lightweight and never slippery, so it stays on and wears for hours.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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