Monday, April 7th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss – Supervixen, Istria, Angelika, Priscilla, Easy Lover, Turkish Delight
NARS Lipgloss – Supervixen, Istria, Angelika, Priscilla, Easy Lover, Turkish Delight

Angelika is described as a “cotton candy pink with gold particles.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with blue undertones and subtle gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but it did not apply evenly and tended to settle into lip lines. It lasted for four hours, which is about average for me. MAC Fearless (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, darker. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is slightly darker, less cool-toned. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is less glossy. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is slightly lighter, more pigmented. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is less blue-based, darker. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Priscilla is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with just a tiny bit of translucency. It applied evenly and smoothly, while the color lasted for five hours. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is less blue-based, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Easy Lover is described as a “ultra-sheer hot pink.” It’s a muted, cool-toned pinky-purple with iridescent shimmer. It is, as described, incredibly sheer. On my lips, it just made them look slightly pinker and added some shimmer, but it’s barely-there. The color seemed to emphasize my lip lines. It lasted for two and a half hours on me. MAC Playful Petal (LE, $20.00) is very similar. Revlon Sugar Violet (P, $7.99) is more pigmented. MAC Rhythm (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Chanel Chelsea (LE, $29.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Turkish Delight is described as a “pink sherbet.” It’s a pinky-beige with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage but settled into lip lines, though the color seemed to apply fairly evenly otherwise. It lasted for three hours on me. Chanel Rosace (87) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is similar. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is less glossy. MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tasmania is described as a “pink cantaloupe.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it does settle into lip lines. The color managed to wear for three hours on me. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is a bit darker, less milky. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is slightly warmer. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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Sunday, April 6th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss – Sweet Dreams, Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria
NARS Lipgloss – Sweet Dreams, Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria

Belize is described as a “pink mauve with flecks of gold.” It’s a medium, muted rosy pink with a light dusting of gold sparkle and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage (you can barely make out my lip freckle), but there was enough translucency that if you have really pigmented lips, the shade might look somewhat different on your lips. This shade wore well for four hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. MAC Floating Lotus (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stolen Kisses is described as a “sparkling caramel pink.” It’s a rosy, medium brown with fine pink shimmer and larger white sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage–similar to that of Belize–where some of the natural lip color peeks through. It lasted for four and a half hours on me. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is lighter, sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Risky Business is described as a “warm raspberry.” It’s a muted, coppery-red with pink and white shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and it noticeably darkened the natural lip color and added a lot of shimmer. The application was mostly even, though I could slightly feel the texture of the shimmer. The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Flash of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is darker, warmer. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Supervixen is described as a “sheer sparkling mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark plummy brown with bronze shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with plentiful shimmer. It lasted for three hours on me, though I didn’t notice the texture of the shimmer in this shade. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is more muted. Revlon Rosegold (DC, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Blessedly Rich (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is similar. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Istria is described as a “pink glace.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and soft, white shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage that did not apply evenly, so it looked somewhat splotchy on the lips. It also settled into lip lines. The color wore well for three and a half hours on me. MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is less cool-toned. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is a touch lighter. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less cool-toned. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Pagoda (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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Saturday, April 5th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss – Triple X, Striptease, Greek Holiday, Giza, Sweet Dreams
NARS Lipgloss – Triple X, Striptease, Greek Holiday, Giza, Sweet Dreams

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” In regards to pigmentation, it sounds like a variety: “for a full range of effects, from sheer shine to bold luster.” Several shades have descriptions that include “sheer,” so I’m really trying to glean from the descriptions the intended opacity, but I warn you now that some of the ones described as “sheer” aren’t really sheer, some that don’t have “sheer” as part of the description are sheer.

So far, my experience with formula (I’m about halfway through testing the range) is that pigmentation varies from sheer to opaque with plenty of shades falling somewhere in-between, while the texture is thin, somewhat tacky (some shades are more or less sticky, and they develop more tackiness as they wear on). It’s a very comfortable formula to wear, and it is moderately hydrating. The wear varies as wildly as the pigmentation does with some shades lasting as short as two hours and others lasting almost five hours. It’s not a long-wear formula, though, so keep that in mind. With some of the more sparkly shades, I could feel the grit of the sparkle, though it was not overly rough, just noticeable, due to the thinner consistency.

With respect to the previous formula, the new formula is definitely thinner, less tacky (if the previous formula was an eight on the stickiness scale, these vary between five and six), and none of the thirty shades were scented (and no plastic, crayon, etc. scent, which some of the older glosses had–my experience was some had this problem, others were unscented). I didn’t detect any taste while wearing them. I also found these to be more hydrating on the whole and generally more comfortable to wear. The pigmentation seems higher on the older glosses, but I don’t have all the original shades to compare. I will have side-by-side swatches of the few I have from the previous formula against the new shades soon.

Triple X is described as a “clear, super-shiny, ultra-wet gloss.” It’s a high-shine, clear gloss with a thin consistency and no shimmer. There’s not a lot to say about this, as it is colorless just as intended, so this would be a way to add the high-shine finish of a gloss to your favorite lip color without altering the actual color of it. On its own, the glossiness and feel of the gloss lasted for three hours on me.

Striptease is described as a “candlelight nude.” It’s a light, creamy peach with gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied somewhat evenly but had room for improvement. The thinner consistency kept it from settling too noticeably into lip lines. It lasted three hours on me. Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is lighter. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, less warm-toned. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, pinker. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Greek Holiday is described as a “sparkling pink sand.” It’s a light-medium, golden peach with gold sparkle. It had sheer color payoff and introduced warmth, slightly darkened my natural lip color, but primarily added shine and sparkle. It wore well for three hours. MAC Revved Up (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) has finer shimmer, slightly darker. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Imperial Light (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Hourglass Verse (P, $28.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giza is described as a “sheer nectar.” It’s a medium, slightly muted, peachy-orange with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which meant that the natural lip color influenced the outcome of the gloss–on me, that meant that some of the orange was lost and the gloss looked more like a pinky-peach. It wore well for four hours. MAC Ray of Sunshine (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is pinker, less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is much lighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rule34 (P, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter, more opaque. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sweet Dreams is described as a “pink grapefruit with sugary shimmer.” It’s a muted, pinky-beige base with champagne shimmer and fine sparkle. This shade is very “lip-colored,” so it doesn’t really add a lot of visible color since it blends in with the natural lip coloro. What is visible is mostly sparkle/shimmer, but I would still describe this as sheer. It lasted for two and a half hours. MAC Revved Up (LE, $20.00) MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Hourglass Verse (P, $28.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

MAC Berry Bold Patentpolish Lip Pencil
MAC Berry Bold Patentpolish Lip Pencil

Here are the next three shades from the new MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) range that I’ve finished testing! You can check out part one for an overview of the formula (and in-depth reviews of Go for Girlie, Innocent, Revved Up) and part two (Fearless, Kittenish, Patentpink). To summarize: the formula is lightly hydrating, short-wearing (two to three hours), moderately tacky, and have light to moderate shine. The color coverage varies from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. I’ve also had some issues with even application with some shades.

MAC Berry Bold Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as an “orange-red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a shiny finish. There’s nothing “Berry” about this shade at all (and even the official description agrees). It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied mostly evenly. This shade wore well for three and a half hours. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more orange, glossier. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is darker, redder. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $21.00) is darker. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is more orange, less red. NARS Wonder (LE, $25.00) is darker, glossier. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is redder, glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Hopelessly Devoted Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bright clean fuchsia.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a glossier finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and the color applied fairly evenly. This shade was also glossier than the others. It lasted for three hours on me. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $49.50) is more opaque, darker. YSL Rose Asarine (34) (P, $34.00) is warmer, more opaque. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is more shimmery, more opaque. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is very similar. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is less glossy, cooler-toned. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is brighter, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pleasant Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-red with subtle cool undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation but it applied somewhat unevenly. This shade wore well for three and a half hours and left a very slight stain. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $49.50) is cooler-toned, more opaque. YSL Rose Asarine (34) (P, $34.00) is warmer. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is glossier. Chanel Suspense (P, $34.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

NARS Gienah Contour Blush
NARS Gienah Contour Blush

NARS Gienah Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) features a highlight and contour shade, and they’re supposed to add “natural-looking dimension for the face with a lightweight luminous finish.”  This is the third and final option in the new Contour Blush range, and it’s the darkest of the three, and though any skin tone can wear it, this duo is one that will show up on medium-dark and darker complexions more so than the other two. On fairer skin tones, the highlight shade could be used as a contour or as a subtle bronzer. The finish is far closer to matte than luminous or satin for both shades, and depending on your skin tone and skin type, the more matte highlighter might not read very illuminating on the skin. The contrast on my skin tone did seem to give a slight illuminating effect without the shimmer or sheen, though. Both shades wore well for eight hours on my skin before beginning to fade.

The Highlight shade is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish. The finish almost seemed satiny when built up, but it was still mostly matte. The texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled. It seemed to take a layer or two before it was a softer powder, as the very top layer was a little drier than what was underneath. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is a smidgen lighter.Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is rosier, more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is more shimmery, a touch lighter. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, a little warmer. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter, warmer. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is a bit darker, more satiny. Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, slightly rosy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Contour shade is dark, warm-toned brown with a satin-matte finish. It had more buildable color coverage, and like the other shade, it seemed to get a little softer and more pigmented after I swirled my brush across the uppermost layer of the powder. It was blendable on the skin and sat well–didn’t look powdery at all. MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Richly Honed (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches view dupes.

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer
Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer

Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium, pinky-coral with subtle gold shimmer. Applied, it looks much lighter and milkier with semi-opaque color coverage. It doesn’t even look sparkly! The color lasted for four hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Modest (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is very similar. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter, more opaque. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Tocade (182) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the gloss didn’t apply as evenly as desired–it looked a little splotchy, though thankfully it wasn’t too noticeable from afar. It was comfortable wear, mostly non-sticky, lightly hydrating, and lasted for five hours. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned, brighter. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is more opaque, brighter. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is more muted. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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