Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick
Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick

This Will Draw You in Like a Magnet

Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry pink.” It’s a raspberry pink-red with a natural glossy sheen. NARS Afghan Red is softer, more of a sheen than a glossy finish. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is pinker. Hourglass Nocturnal is less intense. Guerlain Pour Troubler is redder.

The finish on Magnetism is a first for me, because I remember previous Illamasqua lipsticks I’ve tried as having a matte finish (or even an iridescent but still mostly matte finish). Magnetism has quite the sheen, and as a result, actually feels very unlike the brand’s formula overall. It has a much creamier, more glide-on consistency and feel that doesn’t tug or pull at all, and it’s comfortable and hydrating to wear.  It was really easy to apply the color, but it had a tendency to create lines if you pressed your lips together.  This shade wore five and a half hours and left behind a faint stain. The color coverage was opaque.

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This was a surprising item from the collection (from what I've seen so far), because it had a slightly different texture. I think those who have avoided Illamasqua's lipstick range because of the more matte, drier texture, may find this one a breath of fresh air.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Illamasqua Wisdom Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner
Illamasqua Wisdom Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner

Antique Gold May Be the Color of Wisdom

Illamasqua Wisdom Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner ($27.50 for 0.06 oz.) is described as an “antiqued gold.” It has a deep olive brown base with antique gold and copper micro-shimmer. When it’s applied and seen from a distance, it does resemble antique gold more than it seems when you first swatch it. Chanel Khaki Dore is much lighter. When applied, MAC Buried Treasure is comparable. Urban Decay Stash is greener. MAC Blackline looks greener. MAC Desires & Devices and Stila Flash are much greener. MAC Defiantly Feline is more coppery.

The Precision Ink formula is supposed to be an “intense, waterproof liquid eyeliner” that’s long-wearing and “dries within seconds.”  If you’re familiar with MAC Superslick Eyeliners, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners, or Stila Sparkle Liners–this formula is very much like those. There’s no real distinction between them, other than they vary in color range, some are just a wee bit thinner or more watery. But the reality is they perform and wear and feel very much the same across the board. In this instance, that’s a good thing, because they all wear like iron.

Precision Ink does dry down quickly (about 20 seconds) and sets into place; no smudging, budging, fading, or the like happens until I remove it (which was 10 hours with Wisdom). When I use a cleansing oil, it removes easily. I can take a shower or swim with this formula on and not experience any problems. It applies mostly opaque in a single go, though a second go-through might be necessary for a really crisp line.

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I wish it was completely opaque in a single pass, because it would be easier to apply and get the precision you wanted in a single go.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 24th, 2012

China Glaze Jungle Queen Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Jungle Queen Nail Lacquer

All Hail the Jungle Queen

China Glaze Jungle Queen Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “smoky violet.” It’s a dusty, subdued plum-brown with soft violet shimmer. Dior Shadow is redder and has brighter, red-copper shimmer. MAC Festive Finery is lighter and has a cream finish. Cult Nails Enigmatic is similar but a smidgen browner with silver/white shimmer. China Glaze Below Deck is much lighter. This is very similar to Chanel Paradoxal, except Chanel seems a little grayer.

I have to admit: after reviewing several of China Glaze’s summer hues, I was worried about the formula, which was more problematic. I hoped it was a problem with neons in general, rather than the brand, and I’m so happy that it seems to be so!  The fall collection is much, much better and more like what I expect from one of my favorite polish brands.  Jungle Queen is opaque in two coats, and it’s not too thick or too thin–just enough thickness to be pigmented and flowing, but not so thick that it pools.  I normally find that China Glaze polishes do not chip on me and wear well for a week (with minor tip wear).  Their polish retails for $7, but you can easily find bottles for $3-4 at various e-tailers.

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It's a lovely shade for fall; subdued but dark, nuanced but not too intense. It will be flattering on both warm and cooler skin tones.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Twilight Night Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Bobbi Brown Twilight Night Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Twilight Night Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “black plum and golden pearl.” It’s a blackened purple with flecks of gold sparkle. When it’s sheered out, it tends to look grayer and almost brown-ish with only a hint of purple. MAC Ash Violet is much lighter and more of a real purple hue. Make Up For Ever #6L is lighter, more red-toned, no gold shimmer. MAC Added Goodness is similar–perhaps a little browner.

This shade is new for fall but has been added to the permanent range, so there’s no rush to grab it before it sells out. Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner formula is supposed to be long-wearing, water-resistant, and crease- and smudge-proof. There’s a reason why this formula is a cult favorite, and that’s simply because it’s good–it wears for hours and hours and doesn’t move until you remove it. It sets fairly quickly; fast enough that you don’t feel like you’re waiting for it to set in place. It’s housed in a small glass jar with a black screw-top lid. I’ve had some for years, and I haven’t encountered any that have dried out over time.

I will note that nearly all variations with shimmer in them are not quite as top notch as the cream-based ones. They’re still really good, high-quality eyeliners, though. The slight difference is the pigmentation is typically not as rich. Here, with Twilight Night, it’s nicely pigmented but doesn’t apply fully opaque in a single stroke (I’d say you get to about 90 to 95% as you pull your brush across the lash line). The shimmer doesn’t travel, though. When I tested the wear, it managed to stay intact without fading or smudging for a full eight hours.

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It's an interesting take on not-quite-black. It's softer, but still nuanced enough to work with a variety of looks and provide definition.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Burberry Blossom Blush
Burberry Blossom Blush

Burberry Blossom Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a coral-orange–there is the merest hint of pink in the background–with a natural finish, just a smidgen of a sheen. It’s a lot like the just-reviewed MAC Supercontinental, which is barely lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is darker, redder. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose is more orange. Tarina Tarantino Feather is pinker and lighter. Tarte Blissful is brighter, pinker. Tom Ford Flush is more vibrant and a bit pinker. MAC Ripe Peach is more orange, lighter.

Burberry’s Light Glow Natural Blush is a formula designed to have good color payoff, easy application, and yield a healthy glow. A lot of the great coral blushes are limited edition, which means once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.  Blossom is a wearable coral that’s not too pink, but not so orange that it ventures into a reddish area. The texture is as soft as silk, smooth as butter; it’s something you have to touch and feel to appreciate. I didn’t even realize just how soft this powder is until I had played with a few other blush formulas–this was one of the softest, most finely-milled powders.

The finish has a faint sheen, which looks natural and glowy without being shimmery–it doesn’t emphasize pores in the slightest. It actually seems to soften the appearance of them (superficially, not actually).  It applies with good color, no need to be careful but you don’t have to spend awhile building up the color if you have a deeper complexion.  Because of the soft feel, it blends like a dream. When I tested this shade for wear, I was able to get a full eight hours of wear, and it started to fade after nine hours.

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The texture is as soft as silk, smooth as butter; it's something you have to touch and feel to appreciate. I didn't even realize just how soft this powder is until I had played with a few other blush formulas--this was one of the softest, most finely-milled powders.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss

A Shimmering, Wearable Brown-Hued Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude with gold flecks.” This is a plummy brown with a hint of mauve and multi-colored shimmer–it almost looks holographic at certain angles. Holographic or not, it is chocked full of shimmer, though, as the formula might lead you to believe. Revlon Rosegold is pinker, warmer. MAC Blessedly Rich has more orange and copper in it. Bobbi Brown Beach is sheerer and has more gold/bronze shimmer. MAC Social Light is similar. MAC Explicit is a bit lighter. MAC Spree is browner.

I feel like a broken record, because I’m in love with nearly every single shade within the formula’s range. New for fall (but staying in the line), Bronzed Heather is no exception. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, though the color itself is more semi-sheer with such a hefty amount of shimmer that it’s almost semi-opaque. There’s a noticeable translucency that enables your natural lip color to come through. The gloss has a lightweight consistency that’s not too thick or too thin, spreads evenly, and when tested, this shade wore four hours. It’s hydrating, and the shimmer doesn’t travel to parts unknown.

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I can almost guarantee that any time I'm not testing a lip color and I'm not wearing lip balm, I'm wearing one of Bobbi Brown's High Shimmer Lipglosses. I have three in my purse right now!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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