Saturday, August 10th, 2013

YSL Corail Hold Up (105) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain
YSL Corail Hold Up (105) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Hold Up (105) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink coral.” It’s a coral-orange with only a hint of pink–it looks more pink-coral soaked on the applicator, but swatched and applied, it is warmer and more true coral than pink-coral. There is a light gold and pink shimmer running through the stain. The color also darkens as it stains, so it does appear darker applied than it does in the tube or swatched (just a heads up!). Revlon Kiss me Coral is similar but a true gloss. Guerlain Candy Stripe is also similar but is a gloss. Hourglass Nectar is pinker, less shimmery, gloss. See comparison swatches.

The consistency feels slick and water-like when it is initially applied, but it thickens in about five minutes or so, and then the consistency is a lightly tacky gel. It delivered semi-opaque color (and looked very much like your traditional lip stain in terms of color and effect), plus shimmer. It applied fairly evenly and didn’t settle much into lip lines (only the deepest ones, which are on my lower lip in the middle) but the shimmer helped to minimize the visibility of that. It wears five and a half hours well, and then the glossiness has faded away and the color remains for another hour or so. It was neither drying nor hydrating.  One of the nice things about this product is because it doesn’t have the traditional feel of a gloss, it also builds and can be re-applied easily–it doesn’t look splotchy if you re-apply. It has a fruity, grape-like scent to me, which disappears after fifteen to twenty minutes. It reminds me sangria.

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Here are the remaining three Giorgio Armani Kaleidoscope Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.), which number in six total (see yesterday’s post here), and they’re all limited edition for fall. All three were less intensely pigmented compared to the permanent range of Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows. Of these three, Silver Chafer (35) performed the worst, as it was sheerer and slightly loose and wouldn’t come together as smoothly as the other two did. I wore these three shades together, and I had minor creasing after twelve hours with Silver Chafer (35), but the other shades were completely intact with no signs of fading or creasing.

Scarab Violetta (33) is a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It has a slight smokiness to it, so it’s more of a muted shade of purple than a really vibrant violet. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it was semi-opaque but still noticeably sheer. It was buildable on the lid, so I waas able to get more opaque color at that time. Dior Constellation #1 is warmer. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is grayer. Milani Purr-fect Purple is darker. MAC Water & Ice is similar. See comparison swatches.

Blue Beetle (34) is a medium-dark aqua blue with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and then applied damp, it was mostly opaque but not fully. It was buildable, though, so I was able to get opaque color on the lid. Giorgio Armani June Beetle is lighter, less blue, more aqua. Urban Decay Shattered is less blue. Urban Decay Haight is brighter. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is more muted. Illamasqua Alluvium is bluer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Silver Chafer (35) is a light-medium silver with multi-colored shimmer and a metallic finish. It looks more dimensional in the pot than it is on the lid or skin–it looks primarily silver and not much else. It was sheer when applied dry, and them semi-opaque when applied damp. This one was looser and didn’t bind as well together as other shades. MAC Guise is slightly lighter, warmer. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 is less metallic. Giorgio Armani #17 is lighter, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Seduce Me (128) LoveMarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark berry red with a creamy, luminous finish. Urban Decay Catfight is warmer, redder. Urban Decay Venom is more berry-hued, darker. Tom Ford Violet Fatale is more purple. MAC Rebel is more matte, slightly less red. Guerlain Girly is slightly pinker. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The formula is touted as “highly pigmented” with a “sleek, hydrating shine.” It’s also supposed to “gently [plump] with unique 3-D optical volumizers.” It’s very nearly opaque applied to lips, and it’s mostly opaque in a single pass at that, and the finish is certainly high-shine–it has a glossy shine. I didn’t feel any tingle or sign of lip plumping, and I couldn’t visually detect if my lips were really any larger than they were before, but the glossy finish did give the illusion of fuller lips. The consistency is thin, feels water-based so it has some slip and wetness to it, and creamy enough that it glided across lips without pulling or tugging. It was lightweight, lasted five hours when I wore it, and was somewhat hydrating while worn. The lipstick was vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste. This is the only shade I’ve tried, but I hope to try at least a few more to verify performance within the range.

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The consistency is thin, feels water-based so it has some slip and wetness to it, and creamy enough that it glided across lips without pulling or tugging. It was lightweight, lasted five hours when I wore it, and was somewhat hydrating while worn.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a shimmering, golden champagne with a frosted sheen. theBalm Solid Gold is nearly identical. Illamasqua Aurora is a cream product. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat can be darker, more golden. See comparison swatches.

Just released, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed is supposed to be a “creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superb natural glow.” The texture is a dream: soft, smooth, incredibly finely-milled and silky against the skin. It had excellent color payoff, and to get the most natural, barely-there glow, I highly recommend using a light hand with a fluffy or fan brush. It has such a high shimmer content that a denser brush tended to apply it too heavily, which resulted in emphasized pores. On my medium complexion, too much washed me out and acted like neon, flashing lights for Pores’ville, but applied lightly–especially over blush–it worked beautifully.  Moonstone wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade around nine hours.

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It can be very, very beautiful and ethereal when applied just right, but it's not as foolproof as some highlighters on the market. It does wear well, though, and the texture is amazing.

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9/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain
YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft golden fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a coppery gold shimmer. Applied, it takes on an even deeper, bolder, redder coloring–it darkens considerably after about fifteen minutes of wear. Because of its opacity, it’s not an easy shade to dupe. OCC Rhythm Box is very similar to the base color but it is shimmer-free. MAC Impassioned has no shimmer and is slightly cooler-toned. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy is redder. See comparison swatches.

The latest iteration of Glossy Stains is Rebel Nudes, which is supposed to combine “the shine of a gloss, color of a lipstick, and the long wear of a stain” plus “use “Euphoric Pearl technology for an all-day 3D luminous effect.” It had mostly opaque color coverage with just a bit of translucency that gave it the appearance of a really enhanced stain. The consistency feels thin, almost water-like, initially, and then as it sits on lips, it has a thicker, more balm-like consistency that is just slightly tacky. It has a soft glossy shine–not as shiny as a full-on, high-shine gloss but more than balm; the nicest aspect of the shine is that it’s all-over and even. The stain applied evenly overall, though I noticed the shimmer wasn’t quite as even–it seemed slightly grouped together in some places but from afar, it wasn’t noticeable. Fuchsia Fugitive lasted well for seven and a half hours with the shine topping in at nearly five hours and the stain persisting for the remainder of the time. It was neither drying nor hydrating after wearing for a full eight hours.

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The stain applied evenly overall, though I noticed the shimmer wasn't quite as even--it seemed slightly grouped together in some places but from afar, it wasn't noticeable. Fuchsia Fugitive lasted well for seven and a half hours with the shine topping in at nearly five hours and the stain persisting for the remainder of the time.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Berry Blush
Bobbi Brown Berry Blush

Bobbi Brown Berry Blush ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “muted berry.” It’s a bold, medium-dark berry pink with a nearly matte finish. MAC Keep It Casual is warmer, cream. Chanel Rouge is slightly more shimmery and not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

It’s new, and limited edition, for fall from Bobbi Brown’s Rich Chocolate collection, due out officially this September, but I’m sure we’ll see it popping up sooner rather than later (Nordstrom has it online now but won’t ship until 8/24). Berry is an intensely pigmented shade, and it’s definitely not for anyone looking for subtle, easy-going color! If you’re very, very fair, you’ll want to use an incredibly light and airy hand with a feathery brush. This is going to sing beautifully on deeper complexions. The more the color is blended and buffed into the skin, the pinker and more berry-hued it becomes. I haven’t had the best luck with Bobbi Brown’s blushes recently, but this is a winner–it’s soft, finely-milled (and there’s a teeny, tiny powderiness but it’s likely what keeps this blendable!), and still fairly easy to blend and soften. It wears really well, too, and it lasted nine hours on me without fading.

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If you're very, very fair, you'll want to use an incredibly light and airy hand with a feathery brush. This is going to sing beautifully on deeper complexions.

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9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

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