Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick
NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick

In Other News: NARS Can Be Beautiful

NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer spiced coral.” It’s a vibrant coral-orange with coppered gold shimmer and a soft, frosted sheen. CoverGirl Temptation is more orange. Guerlain Bal de Mai is several shades pinker. MAC Hibiscus is brighter. MAC Drive Me Wild has more gold shimmer. Dior Belle de Nuit is redder, darker.

It’s semi-opaque on lips (doesn’t quite cover my lip freckle entirely) with a glide-on consistency that’s just creamy enough to deposit an even layer of color but not so creamy that it feels thick or moves around easily. The formula is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and Beautiful Liar lasted five and a half hours on my lips.  It was just a wee bit hydrating but definitely not drying.  The lipstick was scent- and taste-free.

Now, the only “downside” is that this is a lot more pigmented than described.  The hue is part of NARS’ Sheer Lipstick range, and while some shades are sheer and translucent as described, Beautiful Liar isn’t the only one that’s far more pigment-packed than you’d expect.  So, for those who prefer more opaque lipsticks, you’re in luck.  If you’re on the hunt for a sheer coral, you’ll want to keep looking.

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So, for those who prefer more opaque lipsticks, you're in luck. If you're on the hunt for a sheer coral, you'll want to keep looking. In general, NARS' Sheer Lipstick range is a great lipstick formula, but the shades tend to be semi-opaque.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, November 30th, 2012

Dior Pasteque (658) Nail Lacquer
Dior Pasteque (658) Nail Lacquer

Sink Your Teeth Into This Watermelon Pink

Dior Pasteque (658) Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich and voluptuous high-shine pink.” It’s a vibrant reddened pink with a cream finish and warm undertones. It’s pinker than L’oreal The Queen’s Might. Seche Opulent is a darker pink. NARS Anardana is pinker. Illamasqua Collide is less warm-toned and pinker.

It might be winter where you are, but you can breathe a little warmth into your holiday with Pasteque, which was a fantastic polish from start to finish.  It was very nearly opaque in a single coat, but two cinches it.  The formula is flawless, as it’s not too thick or too thin, spreads evenly across the nail, and dries down quickly.  The finish is naturally shiny, so you could skip the top coat if desired.  If only all polishes were this good!  I typically get a full week of wear out of Dior’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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This shade is Dior at its best--beautiful, even coverage, flawless finish, excellent pigmentation.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette
Clarins Odyssey Face Palette

More Lightweight Pressed Powder Than Goddess Glow

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette ($55.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “shimmering, lightweight pressed powder [that] brings a goddess glow to face, neck, and decolette.” Clarins says it is “the must-have holiday accessory for all skin tones.” It’s a softened peach with strong orange undertones (no pink) and a mostly matte finish. There’s a sparkling gold overlay that brushes away in one use. NARS Sex Appeal is pinker.

What is most remarkable about this product is how utterly finely-milled the powder is. It feels like a mixture of silk, butter, and cream. It’s incredibly soft, indeed lightweight, and easy to blend. The powder sits well on skin and never looks powdery. I didn’t detect any luminosity or shimmer when applied, because the only “shimmer” I saw at all was the overspray. Beneath the overspray is really a rather matte powder, and it can help with keeping oiliness at bay if you are prone to it. When I wore it on my cheeks, it lasted for eight hours. I used it later on my t-zone, and it did help minimize some of the oiliness I see after eight hours.

Those with very pale complexions might use this as a blusher or a bronzer, while medium skin tones can easily use this as a finishing or setting powder. I’m not certain how this well this will work on darker complexions, because while it doesn’t seem to have a white base, it is quite pale, so there’s potential for it to turn ashy–Clarins did, very specifically, say it’s for all skin tones. With a very fluffy brush, lighter complexions could also use this as a finishing powder that will add some natural warmth and golden tones to the skin.  I think with a touch more luminosity, this product would have been truly exceptional.

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I think with a touch more luminosity, this product would have been truly exceptional. For some, this will work well to do light bronzing without turning orange or to help set a finished makeup look.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Burberry Pink Apricot Lip Velvet
L’Oreal The Mystic’s Future Nail Lacquer

A Beautiful Eggplant of a Lacquer

L’Oreal The Mystic’s Future Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a vibrant fuchsia-shimmered eggplant purple. It has a very rich look with a lot of depth. Zoya Carly has a blacker base color. SpaRitual Shooting Star has larger flecks of shimmer and a darker base color. MAC So Rich, So Pretty is a bit purpler.

The color was opaque in two coats, and the dry down time was average.  It had a good consistency; not too thick or too thin, so it flowed evenly across the nail without pooling, streaking, or bubbling.  There are very faint brush strokes noticeable in natural light as well as brighter light, which did apply rather straight, but they are there.  I typically see a full week of wear with L’Oreals Colour Riche formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping (without a base/top coat).

P.S. — I’m not sure what’s going on, but I’m pretty sure drugstore.com has The Mystic’s Future and The Mystic’s Fortune swapped for images, but I’m not sure if you’ll get the correct color if you order by the name, so you might want to pick it up at your local drugstore, though it is currently temporarily out of stock online. I’ve checked the labels on mine half a dozen times (and I purchased both at CVS) and feel like a crazy person!

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This shade is nicely pigmented with a good consistency that allowed for easy application. L'Oreal's formula is one of my favorites at this price point, as it wears quite well in my experience.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Benefit Stay Don't Stray in Medium/Deep
Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep ($26.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a liquid product that can be used an eyeshadow base to keep eyeshadow in place and keep the color looking true as well as to keep concealer in place. I reviewed the formula when it originally debuted, and as I said then and can reiterate now: it is a fantastic product. The major downside was the packaging, which Benefit had used a pump-type dispenser that dispensed far and away too much product. Like the amount you’d need to cover your face, rather than just underneath your eye or on the lid.

In January (yes, of 2013), Benefit will debut new packaging and a new shade in Medium/Deep, which is about the color of NC35/NC40 I’d say. My arm is right around NC20, while my face around NC25/NC30. There’s a definite warm tone to the Medium/Deep shade (the original shade is closer to neutral). The finish was completely matte. It is a liquid, but it has a very thin, lightweight consistency that spreads easily, evenly, and dries down quickly.

It worked well at keeping crease-prone eyeshadows on the lid and prevented the creasing. When I layered it under my concealer, it also helped prolong the wear by another hour or so. On me, this was a bit too dark to use underneath my eye–mixed with the original shade, and it was a better match.

The new packaging features a twist-open cap with a doe-foot applicator attached to it. For me, it’s a major improvement over the pump. After trying and using primers that come in a tube, I’m not in love with them. I find that the product separates or will squirt out (causing waste). I’m not convinced doe-foot applicators are the very best, but it’s the type of applicator I’ve have liked the most from what I’ve used so far.  Tubes are just slightly under them in my experience.  I like both, not sold on either, but huge, huge improvement from the pump system they had before.  I also appreciate when a brand listens to their customer base–both by creating a darker shade and tackling problematic packaging.

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It worked well at keeping crease-prone eyeshadows on the lid and prevented the creasing. When I layered it under my concealer, it also helped prolong the wear by another hour or so.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

MAC Night Blooming Mattene Lipstick
MAC Night Blooming Mattene Lipstick

Passionately Tempted May Be More Conventional Than You Thought

MAC Night Blooming Mattene Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone blue pink.” It’s a vibrant magenta pink with strong, cool blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. MAC Outrageously Fun is less vibrant, pinker. Le Metier de Beaute Paris is darker, pinker. MAC Dear Diary is more vibrant. MAC Candy Yum Yum is cooler-toned. MAC Pink Pigeon is a touch lighter. MAC Love Forever is lighter, more muted.

It’s rich in color and applies with opaque color coverage. The texture is creamy and glides on easily. The finish is satiny initially, but after an hour or two, it becomes mostly matte. This particular shade did stain my lips (which you may or may not appreciate), and it lasted for six and a half hours plus had a lingering stain for another hour or so.  It is vanilla-scented, and while creamy, it was not too thick or heavy worn.  There are two other shades of Mattenes coming out with this collection, which I’ll review when I’m able to purchase them.

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Creamy, rich in color, and long-wearing are apt ways to describe the Mattene formula. Mattenes are a great option for someone who finds a lot of matte lipsticks too drying or stiff to wear.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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