Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #24 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #24 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #24 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #24 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “matte vibrant yellow.” It’s an intense, bright sunshine yellow with a yellow-orange undertone. Illamasqua Hype is a darker yellow. MAC Goldenrod is more orange. Inglot #323 seems nearly identical.

The texture of Aqua Creams is creamy, slightly thick, and pretty opaque from the get-go. You don’t need a lot of product to get an even, opaque layer of coverage, but it is possible to sheer out the color to more of a semi-opaque look if so desired. Aqua Creams are, as touted, long-wearing, waterproof, and intensely pigmented. It’s a formula that dries down fairly quickly and then stays and stays and stays. It doesn’t budge, smudge, or fade at all during the day. They can work alone, as eyeshadow bases, or as eyeliners (some shades are designed for lips/cheeks and not eyes, however, so you’d use those as lip/cheek products!).

I love the the intensity of this shade; it’s really vibrant without being neon. It’s warm without venturing into goldenrod/orange-territory, but it’s warm enough that it’s a yellow that can be worn more easily, since it won’t look sallow against the skin.

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I love the the intensity of this shade; it's really vibrant without being neon. It's warm without venturing into goldenrod/orange-territory, but it's warm enough that it's a yellow that can be worn more easily, since it won't look sallow against the skin.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15
Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light heather pink.” It’s a soft, pale pink with subtle cool undertones–it almost looks warm in the swatch but cooler on my lips. Guerlain Rose Piquant is a touch darker. Chanel Charme is darker and more shimmery. Guerlain Rose Innocent is similar, slightly paler. Estee Lauder Mauve Mirage is similar, perhaps a touch darker.

The formula is listed as “lightweight, soft shine lipstick that doubles as a rejuvenating moisture treatment.” It’s supposed to have both short-term and long-term hydration. It’s scent- and taste-free (no distinct SPF flavor!). It’s a soft, pliant formula that has some slip, but it doesn’t have any thick, creaminess, so it doesn’t slide all over the place.

The lipstick applies smoothly and evenly, and it deposits semi-opaque color without having to slather it on. The finish is lightly glossy, mega-shiny, but it doesn’t have a really wet look to it, so it’s not quite as glossy as a lipgloss. It’s moisturizing and feels good once applied, and while I did not wear this particular shade back-to-back, I did test out the wear of several shades back-to-back, and my lips were nicely hydrated post-wear. Orchid Pink wore for three hours when I tested it.

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Orchid Pink

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It is nicely moisturizing, yields good color, and feels comfortable and lightweight applied. This kind of shade will be most flattering on lighter skin tones, both warm and cool.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Albertine (T9) Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft pink-tinged peach with a fine golden peach micro-shimmer. MAC Delectable is darker, more orange. MAC To the Future is very similar but doesn’t have the shimmer. MAC Fashion City is more orange. Chanel Santal is very comparable.

Albertine delivers mostly opaque color, but there’s a little hint of translucency. It applies evenly and smoothly, and the formula itself has a fair amount of slip but isn’t too thick, despite the creaminess of the texture. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear, and this particular shade wore for four and a half hours, which wasn’t particularly long but longer than average for shades of this lightness. This is a very wearable shade, and it is a bit more dupeable and less nuanced compared to some of the other colors available in the Extra Rich formula. I like it, and I am personally drawn to peaches and corals as go-to shades, so it is a color I’d wear often.

Cle de Peau advertises that there are “skincare benefits” in the formula, and while I can’t attest to that, given that I cannot commit to a single formula for six weeks to trial it, I can weigh-in on the short-term benefits like de-emphasis of lip lines (softened after ten to fifteen minutes of wear) and intense hydration. There are a lot of lipsticks that keep lips hydrated while you wear them to the point where your lips are no worse for the wear after they’ve faded, but there are fewer formulas that leave your lips feeling more hydrated than they were when you first applied the product.

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Cle de Peau T9 (Albertine) Extra Rich Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is a very wearable shade, and it is a bit more dupeable and less nuanced compared to some of the other colors available in the Extra Rich formula.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen
Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a semi-opaque, vibrant, medium-dark pink-red with a subtle warm undertone. MAC Impassioned is brighter. MAC Moxie is pinker. MAC Party Parrot is lighter. Guerlain Gigi is a smidgen brighter. NARS Funny Face has an iridiescent sheen. MAC Full Fuchsia has more fuchsia in it.

The Conditioning Lip Sheen formua is supposed to be a “lightweight, conditioning lipstick that delivers medium pigmentation and shine.” It’s scent- and taste-free. Each lipstick is pakcaged in a gunmetal-colored metal tube with two rows of “crystals” going around the bottom of the cap. Despite the metal finish, fingerprints stay relatively well-disguised (under bright light and if you’re paying attention, you’ll notice some).  It comes with a little more than the average lipstick–this contains 0.12 oz., and many lipsticks are right around 0.10 oz.

It’s a thinner, lightweight formula that still has some slip, so it glides across the lips, depositing even color as it goes.  It delivers almost opaque color, but there’s an underlying sheerness–you can still make out my lip freckle quite easily–so it’s not fully opaque. Because the texture is spreadable, you could also use a lot less for more of a stained lip look. This is not really what I envisioned this looking like, given its name, as it’s not really fuchsia–more pink and red, not quite coral. It’s bold and just shy of being a true bright lip color, so it’ll be a nice addition to any summer routine.  Fuchsia Lining wore for five and a half hours, and it was moderately moisturizing while it wore and my lips still felt good to go for a couple of hours post-wear.

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Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's bold and just shy of being a true bright lip color, so it'll be a nice addition to any summer routine. The formula is lightweight, feels comfortable to wear, lasts a good while (but this is a more intense shade), and keeps lips hydrated.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

NARS Afghan Red Lipstick
NARS Afghan Red Lipstick

NARS Afghan Red Lipstick

NARS Afghan Red Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “garnet.” It’s a muted, medium-dark raspberry red with a subtle sheen. MAC Rebel is purpler and more intense. Guerlain Guet-Apens is lighter, less opaque. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is pinker. Milani Sexy Rose is frostier. Guerlain Bee is just slightly purpler. YSL Forbidden Burgundy is redder.

It is part of the satin finish range, which is supposed to be “a lustrous, long-wearing lipstick infused with conditioners to provide comfortable wear and sumptuously, silky color.” Afghan Red applies opaque with little product, and the texture is soft, lightly pliant, and barely creamy. It glides across the lips with nary a pull or a tug. The wear is good, though not as outstanding as some of the other reds by NARS; I get a solid five hours with some lingering color after six hours. It’s comfortable to wear, and it doesn’t cling as much to the lips as a true matte finish would. I found it marginally hydrating but no substitute for a good moisturizing gloss or balm, so it didn’t dry out lips or leave me fishing for gloss as soon as this wore off. It’s scent- and taste-free.

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Afghan Red

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It's not quite as moisturizing as NARS calls out (I wouldn't say this "nourishes" lips, but it doesn't dry them out), but the color is opaque, comfortable to wear, and long-wearing.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, May 28th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo
Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo ($19.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains a “bright copper” and a “bright champagne.”

Both shades have a really soft, dense, almost creamy texture that’s buttery and smooth as silk.  Amber is nicely pigmented, while Elektron could use just a wee bit more pigmentation, though it seems to perform better on the eye than merely swatched on the skin.  The two work together nicely, but I think I’d have preferred to have seen Elektron with a less metallic finish–then it could work really well as both a brightening shade on the lid as well as a highlighter. Using it as both with Amber in the crease comes off very metallic.  When I wore this duo, both shades last a full eight hours without creasing or fading–whether they were over a primer or applied to bare lids.

It’s a good bang for your buck; you’re getting two full-sized eyeshadows, which are over double the size of the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.13 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.). The two shades offer what a brand offers in a quad!  Of course, then we have to consider whether one would use up either shade and whether such a high amount is really a value.

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Amber/Elektron

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The duo works together, but I recognize that both shades are dupeable, so it may not be a must-have, depending on the size of your stash. The quality is good overall, though, and this duo will flatter warmer complexions, especially during the summer.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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