Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick
MAC Ruffian Gold Lipstick

MAC & Ruffian: Lipsticks

MAC and Ruffian have teamed up to launch an online-only collection that features three sets of glue-on nails (to be shown shortly) and three lipsticks: Ruffian Gold (gold glitter metallic), Ruffian Naked (pale peachy nude), and Ruffian Red (classic rich blue red). The collection is available online now. Each lipstick is housed in traditional MAC packaging–a matte black tube with a rounded cap–and has the same vanilla-scent as other MAC lipsticks. Each of these is $14.50.

  • Ruffian Gold is a semi-sheer sparkling bronzy gold. It’s mostly gold and more molten gold micro-glitter suspended in a sheer color base. This has a frost finish. MAC Liquid Lurex is more multi-colored. MAC Front Lit is paler and more opaque. Dior Or Etoile is similar but lighter. MAC Tanarama is lighter. MAC Gel is fairly similar applied, though it is more bronze. I would recommend layering this over a red lipstick (and I have an upcoming post with it over Ruffian Red–stay tuned).
  • Ruffian Naked is a rosy beige with a creamy texture. This has a matte finish, though it felt more like a satin to me. I didn’t see much peach in this; it kept looking pink on me. It’s similar to MAC Myth, perhaps slightly lighter. MAC Innocence, Beware! is pinker. MAC Fleshpot is a touch lighter.
  • Ruffian Red is a just slightly blue-based medium-dark red with a fair amount of brightness. This has a matte finish. I swear, on me, this reads almost neutral to warm, even though it’s described as a blue-based lipstick. MAC Russian Red is darker, deeper. MAC Red Racer is a little brighter. Maybelline Very Cherry is bluer. MAC Ruby Woo is slightly darker and bluer-based. Giorgio Armani #404 is similar but shimmery. Make Up For Ever #43 seems fairly close. Guerlain Garconne is darker.

I didn’t have any problems with the three shades.  They applied as they should–Ruffian Gold didn’t feel too gritty and the glitter spread evenly for the most part, while Ruffian Naked and Ruffian Red had just enough creaminess to glide easily across the lips to deposit rich, opaque color. Ruffian Naked is slightly creamier than Ruffian Red.  I typically get four hours of wear with MAC’s lipsticks, and a shade like Ruffian Red would wear longer (as most reds do), around six to eight hours. Ruffian Red did stain my arm after only being on it for 10-15 minutes (as did Russian Red and Ruby Woo).

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MAC & Ruffian: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

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All three have a few potential dupes from previous launches, so you may not find any of these essential. They're good products, and the red is very classic. The nude shade may be too pale for some--if you like shades like Myth and Fleshpot, it'll be right up your alley!

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Cult Nails Feelin' Froggy Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Feelin’ Froggy Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Feelin’ Froggy Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark green green with subtle yellow undertones and emerald green shimmer. I think this might look more emerald green against those with cooler undertones (my yellow undertones seem to bring out the subtle yellow undertones in the polish). I love that I don’t have anything that’s close to this shade! There’s a soft, muted quality to it that is missing from possible dupes. Sinful Colors HD Nails is brighter, more yellow-toned. China Glaze Starboard is a grassy green and has a cream finish–same with Essie Pretty Edgy.

It was opaque after two coats, and it was easy to apply.  I thought it was going to be slightly sheer, because the initial coat was fairly sheer, but it builds well.  The consistency was a good balance of thickness/thinness (though I’d say it’s on the thinner side), so it was a cinch to apply and guide the polish across the nail bed without having it pool along the sides.  There seems to be very faint brush strokes that only appear under really bright light (like flash photography), which I didn’t notice at all when wearing it.  Typically, I get a full week or longer of wear with Cult Nails’ polish with no chipping and very minimal tip wear.

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I think this might look more emerald green against those with cooler undertones (my yellow undertones seem to bring out the subtle yellow undertones in the polish). If you find a lot of greens are too warm on you, but you'd like something a little more summery, this seems to have a good balance!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick
Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an opaque magenta-fuchsia with a cream finish. It has the barest of a sheen, which does wear away after a couple of hours and results in a more matte finish. MAC Zen Rose is similar, glossier. Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 is comparable, slightly purpler. MAC Pink Pigeon is brighter, pinker. MAC Love Forever is purpler. MAC Something New is pinker. NARS Schiap is pinker, slightly brighter.

The Colour Core Moisture Stain is designed to be both a lip stain and lipstick with full color coverage and a moisturizing formula. It’s also supposed to be long-wearing without bleeding or feathering. The texture is soft, barely creamy, but somehow still manages to glide across lips easily and deposits opaque color with little product.  Paris wore for six and a half hours, and there was a residual stain that lingered noticeably for another hour after that. My lips felt hydrated both during and after wear.

I also want to note something I’ve found common with these lipsticks: more often than not, the tip of the lipstick is slightly smooshed upon arrival. It might be an overfilling problem that occurs during manufacturing, but it’s not just one but more like every other one where this problem occurs.

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It's a darker pink that still retains a lot of brightness--but it's not neon or electric--and there's some magenta, but not so much that it turns purple. It's a great pick for summer, and the formula is moisturizing and long-wearing, just as advertised!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 16th, 2012

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar
OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-tinged lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based pink with a soft purple tint. MAC Saint Germain is similar but a little lighter. MAC Naughty Saute is much darker but has a similar coloring. MAC All Styled Up is pinker.  Though the color is on the lighter side, it’s a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face.

It’s totally opaque, and when it dries down, it has a satin matte finish that’s not at all glossy but not totally matte. Lip Tars are extremely pigmented, and I can’t emphasize that enough–a little goes a long way. It’s a really good idea to use a lip brush to apply them, because it’s easier to control how much gets applied without overdoing it (I applied using fingers, and I ended up overapplying a bit). Despite the lightness of the shade, it wears eight hours on me, and it’s not drying at all. It is mint-scented and comes in a squeeze-tube with a long nozzle.

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Though the color is on the lighter side, it's a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face. If you're looking for a satin finish, long-wearing lipstick, definitely check out OCC's Lip Tars!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 15th, 2012

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez
Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez ($6.99 for 0.10 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle yellow undertones. MAC Fresh Flare is yellower. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here is similar, a little more muted. Urban Decay Graffiti is very close, perhaps a smidgen lighter. Inglot #385 is matte and darker. MAC Jealousy Wakes is darker, more teal.

Milani’s Shadow Eyez formula is touted to last for twelve hours and be water-resistant and crease-proof. Green Safari was the first shade I tested wear on, and it lasted for ten hours really, really well; after twelve hours, there was minor creasing that was barely noticeable. The texture is creamy enough to enable easy application without tugging or pulling on the skin of the lid, but it’s obviously not so creamy that it slips and slides and gathers in the creases.

The color is buildable and doesn’t turn or feel waxy as you go back and forth to ensure a really even layer of color. It has good pigmentation in one pass, and it can be opaque without much effort or product.  It sets in about twenty seconds, and it’s blendable enough that you don’t have to feel super hurried to get the job done.

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If you've been looking for an affordable jumbo eye pencil, Milani Shadow Eyez just might be one worth checking out. Green Safari packs a lot of pigment, wears well for hours (though not quite the twelve promised), and applies easily.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “brown shimmer berry.” It’s a burgundy-shimmered plum with red undertones. When it’s sheered out, it has a redder, browner look, and the plummy tones disappear. If you apply more color or build up the intensity, you’ll see it turns more purple. There were a surprising number of cream-based products like this that were very similar in color! NARS Calabria is comparable to the more opaque swatch. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is slightly redder. Make Up For Ever #17 is a smidgen lighter. MAC Rich Core is similar but a powder formula. Chanel Eclosion is more intense. Make Up For Ever #311 is a bit darker.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. The brand recommends using a short brush (like the Cream Shadow Brush) to apply or use fingertips to blend out shade for a sheerer effect.  I prefer blending it out with fingertips or a fluffy brush, but initial application works well with her Cream Shadow Brush, which is just a flat, firm brush.  It takes 15-20 seconds to set in place, and once it dries down, it doesn’t budge. I don’t have any creasing and only very, very minor fading issues after eight hours when I’ve worn it over bare lids (and over a primer works the same!).

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Berry Noir

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If you like dark plums, berries, or wines, you might like this shade. Because it does have stronger red undertones, it can sometimes make the eye look bruised, depending on your undertones and how sheer/opaque the application.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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