Friday, June 28th, 2013

Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, shimmery pink with subtle cool undertones (it almost looks warm-toned on me, but it has a cotton candy-ish coloring overall). NARS New Order is lighter and more glittery. Lancome Moonlight Rose is lighter. powder. Illamasqua Lies is similar–a little warmer, less pink. Chanel Brompton Road is more matte. MAC Pink Buttercream is lighter and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

If No. 04 was too weird for you, and No. 06 was too intense, No. 08 is subtle but still delivers some color on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it gave me a very, very faint pink coloring but primarily a dewy, glowy look that was lovely–healthy, natural, but not oily and didn’t emphasize pores. Even over drier skin, it doesn’t cling to the skin in a way that looks patchy or uneven. This shade is also sheer and subtle enough that it could be mixed in with foundation or moisturizer as a shimmered base. Depending on the ratio, it never reads too glittery or sparkly, but I’d experiment and see what level of shimmer you like most. It has a thin, liquid consistency that’s easy to stretch and blend on the skin, as well as with other products.  As a blush/highlighter, it lasted eight hours well with minimal fading but no patchiness.  Mixed with foundation, I didn’t notice any breakdown of my foundation (lasted as long as it the foundation would on its own).

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75. I’m trying to get through all the shades I have before the sale is up–two more to test (today and tomorrow)!

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Here's a shade that's difficult to overdo, and for lighter complexions, could work as both a blush as well as a highlighter. What I also saw was that it didn't go ashy or chalky on my medium complexion, which was refreshing as a lot of lighter pinks can do this, so it can work as a highlighter across a multitude of skin tones.

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10/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, June 28th, 2013

Buxom Exhibitionist Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Exhibitionist Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Exhibitionist Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a bold, brightened fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia is lighter, cooler-toned. Revlon Lollipop is darker, more muted. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash is lighter. Maybelline Hot Plum is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Embrace Me is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The pigmentation is rich and full coverage, while the consistency is creamy, not too thick or too thin, and glides on evenly without tugging or pulling at the lip.  The creamy, glossy finish gives lips a very lush, plump look.  It is very creamy, though, and while this is mostly a good thing, you can get very faint lines if you press your lips together–it’s not very noticeable with such a bright color like this, at least. Exhibitionist lasted five hours well on me, and then a light stain persisted for another hour and a half.  It felt nicely hydrating the entire time I wore it, and I didn’t feel the need to reach for balm for a couple of hours after this wore off.   It feels like a more expensive, luxury lipstick, despite it’s rather reasonable price tag (and it’s a bit bigger than your average lipstick at 0.13 oz.).

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It feels like a more expensive, luxury lipstick, despite it's rather reasonable price tag (and it's a bit bigger than your average lipstick at 0.13 oz.).

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013

 

Chanel Saga Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Saga Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Saga Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a warm, medium pink with a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but there was a slight translucency to the color and finish that enabled the natural lip color peek through just a smidgen. This shade lasted four hours on me, which is longer than most Rouge Coco Shines do, but average for lipstick in general. Chanel Liaison is very similar. NYX Stella is lighter. MAC Elegant Accent is darker. MAC Flamingo is slightly lighter. MAC Betty Bright is brighter, a smidgen lighter.
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Scenario Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a warm, reddish plum with a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color payoff with some translucency, so you could see some of my natural look come through along with a shadow of my lip freckle. It lasted for three and a half hours when I tested it. Chanel Grace is more shimmery. MAC So Very Good is darker, less red. MAC Sheer Plum is browner. Chanel Bel Ami is cooler-toned. Chanel Imperial is slightly darker, more pigmented. Buxom Runaway is brighter, more opaque. See comparison swatches.

The formula on both shades was creamy, slick (almost wet), and lightweight.  Saga was a bit creamier and thicker compared to Scenario, which looked a bit like a lip stain applied.  I experienced light to moderate hydration when I wore both of these back-to-back.

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

MAC Midnight Mambo Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Rich Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) come in five shades: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural, and Midnight Mambo. The latter is the only limited edition (and new) shade, which is the only shade I’ll have reviewed in this post, because the other four are permanent and were just reviewed this past March. :)

Midnight Mambo is described as an “intense violet.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered magenta with cool undertones. It as semi-opaque coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque–most of my lip freckle is hidden but there is some translucency across the whole lip. Given that it’s a Mineralize Rich lipstick, which is supposed to have “medium shine” and “buildable coverage,” it felt a lot like the others in the range, but it did seem slightly sheerer (even if you only compare to the other four featured in this collection). It lasted six and a half hours and left a slight stain behind, and it was lightly moisturizing while I wore it. Revlon Lollipop is more muted. Maybelline Hot Plum is less shimmery. MAC Show Orchid is more iridescent but is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mineralize Rich Lipstick range was released in March, so please refer to these links for reviews of: Divine Choice, Glamour Era, Lady at Play, Luxe Natural.  For reference, I have included the photos for all of those shades within this post but for reviews, ratings, dupes, and so on, please read their respective posts :)

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9/10

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Longevity

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Application

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Giorgio Armani No. 04 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 04 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 04 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, sheer yellow with a subtle, luminous shimmer and sheen. As a highlighter, the effect is similar to Chanel Or or bareMinerals The Shining Moment to a subtler degree (see comparison swatches here).

Fluid Sheer is described as “an illuminating veil of radiance” that can be used as a base, corrector, or “radiance [booster]” applied alone, over, mixed with, or under foundation, as well as applied as a more traditional blush, bronzer, or highlighter (depending on the shade and your skin tone/color). No. 04 make look intimidating in the bottle, and when initially pumped out, it’s definitely yellow, but it sheers out beautifully to a soft, yellowy shimmer that will work really well on warmer complexions to add a golden warmth and sheen. I like it mixed with moisturizer or foundation (depending on what I’m doing), as well as patted along the high planes of the face as a highlighter.  When mixed with foundation, the wear seems to be the same as whatever I normally get with that particular foundation (but there’s no breakdown of the foundation because of this), and when worn just as a highlighter (as I am in the photo below), it wears seven hours well, and then starts to fade away.

It’s definitely a very versatile, nearly error-proof formula, because it’s spreadable, blendable, and can be worn over/under liquids as well as powders. Some liquid products don’t react well to powder and end up looking patchy or start flaking away, but this worked nicely even layered on top of setting and finishing powders as a last minute addition.  One bottle will last you quite awhile, because a little goes a long way (be careful when pumping out the product if you only want to use it as a spot highlighter/blush).

P.S. — I recommend watching Dustin Hunter’s video on the Fluid Sheers, because his video is what made me NEED this.

P.P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

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It's definitely a very versatile, nearly error-proof formula, because it's spreadable, blendable, and can be worn over/under liquids as well as powders. Some liquid products don't react well to powder and end up looking patchy or start flaking away, but this worked nicely even layered on top of setting and finishing powders as a last minute addition.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Cult Nails Walk of Shame Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Walk of Shame Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Walk of Shame Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is an assortment of multi-sized gold glitters and smaller, holographic micro-glitter suspended in a clear base. I layered one coat over Zoya Hazel. Though I have no photographic evidence, I am also wearing this layered over OCC Ripley on my toes, and it’s quite lovely. To give you an idea of the spread and opacity of the top coat on its own, I applied two coats on my thumb nail. One coat is dense enough to give a good smattering of glitter and sparkle as a top coat, and the glitters spread evenly. I didn’t have to push and tug the glitters into place with the brush–just applied it like a normal polish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so you could easily get away with two coats without feeling like you had a really thick layer of polish on your nails. The holographic micro-glitter in this is what makes it interesting, because you can see the rainbow flashes as your fingers move and at different angles. It was also what made it difficult for me to dupe (I have no suggestions, but I very much welcome yours!).

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The holographic micro-glitter in this is what makes it interesting, because you can see the rainbow flashes as your fingers move and at different angles.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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