Monday, August 12th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Face & Eye Palette ($88.00 for 0.44 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for fall. Overall, I found the pigmentation of this palette to vary from decent to good, but the texture was on the dry side (except for the blush, which had a very lovely consistency) and somewhat powdery. The colors didn’t blend as easily on the lid as other Giorgio Armani eyeshadows have for me (many of them blend effortlessly). If you have drier eyelids, I would definitely stay away from this palette. When I wore the three eyeshadows, they looked noticeably faded after seven hours, and they had almost disappeared by ten hours (no primer); with a primer, they lasted slightly longer until eight and a half hours before starting to fade. The blush lasted well for eight hours and showed slight signs of fading after nine hours. It’s not a terrible palette–it’s decent, but at $88, it should be much better than that.

Light Pink Blush is a rosy plum with a frosted finish. It had fantastic color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture that applied evenly and was easy to blend out on the skin. The finish is rather shimmery, so it does emphasize pores ever-so-slightly. NARS Oasis is pinker. NARS Lovejoy is darker. Chanel Plum Attraction is darker, less warm. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Copper Wood is a cool-toned, dark brown with green and bronze flecks of shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat dry and powdery–and I felt like this translated on the lid, too. Chanel Mystere #4 is more matte, lighter. theBalm Sophisticated is similar. Dior Golden Savannah 5 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Iridescent Jade is a cool-toned, medium-dark green with a pale gold shimmer-sheen. This shade has an overlay, so it appears like a springy green in the pan, but it is much darker underneath. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry. Sephora Walk on the Wild Side is warmer, greener. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #2 is lighter, more metallic. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is lighter. MAC Shimmermoss is lighter, bluer. MAC Aquadisiac is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Spruced is bluer. Make Up For Ever #302 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sea Green is a muted, smoky green with cool undertones and a bluish tint. It had a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was decent, but the texture was a little dry here, too. Giorgio Armani Black Pearl #3 is bluer. Dior Garden Pastels #5 is slightly greener. Make Up For Ever #302 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Scarabeo

B-

The quality of the blush really helped to keep the overall rating from sinking below a B-, as it had a lovely texture and wore well (though it emphasized pores slightly). The eyeshadows were disappointing, as they had a drier, powdery texture that didn't lie well on the skin.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Light Rose

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Copper Wood

B-

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8/10

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9.5/10

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7.5/10

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7/10

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4/5

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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

OCC Dekadent Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Dekadent Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Dekadent Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “translucent crushed blueberry.” It’s a pink-tinged violet–much like what you’d see if you did in fact crush blueberries. On my lips, this translated to a cool-toned, medium-dark pink color with a subtly glossy finish. It has a thinner texture than the average gloss, but it’s not too thin. It’s non-sticky and a little gel-like on. This shade wore for well for four hours, but it didn’t have any real, long-lasting stain. Unlike other shades in the Lip Tar Stained Gloss range, this one is very sheer (just as described), so depending on what you’re looking for, this may be more or less your style than the rest of the range. This type of sheerness always seems to leave my lips looking somewhat splotchy and uneven. Revlon Sugar Violet is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet has shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Mein Herr Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “creme fraiche beige.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with subtle warm undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this shade settled into every lip line. From afar, it isn’t as noticeable, because the color is more opaque than not and glossy, but it’s there and I wish that it wasn’t. This is an issue that tends to happen with paler beige glosses. It lasted four hours. MAC Calypso Beat is pinker. Chanel Zephyr is shimmery. MAC Liquid Passion is similar. NARS Buenos Aires is shimmery, less warm-toned. MAC Ready or Not is more opaque. MAC Peachstock is similar. MAC Fashion Whim is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Both shades will be available at Sephora on August 27th.

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Dekadent

B+
This shade wore for well for four hours, but it didn't have any real, long-lasting stain. Unlike other shades in the Lip Tar Stained Gloss range, this one is very sheer (just as described), so depending on what you're looking for, this may be more or less your style than the rest of the range.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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B-
It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this shade settled into every lip line. From afar, it isn't as noticeable, because the color is more opaque than not and glossy, but it's there and I wish that it wasn't.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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3.5/5

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Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a soft sheen. This shade is supposed to be one of the more pigmented/opaque shades of the Rouge Coco Shine formula, which is reflected in its coverage, as it is nearly opaque applied.  Esprit lasted four and a half hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while worn.  The consistency was creamy with a fair amount of slip and applied evenly.  Chanel Fiction is warmer. Revlon Raspberry Pie is cooler-toned, more raspberry. Guerlain Lou-Ling is darker. Guerlain Guet-Apens is slightly darker. Chanel Taffeta Rose is somewhat brighter. See comparison swatches.

Instinct (86) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft blue pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium beige-pink with neutral-cool undertones. As part of the normal range of Rouge Coco Shines, it is supposed to be sheer, which it is. It really doesn’t look like it alters my natural lip color much, other than giving it a natural sheen and darkening it slightly.  It seems to disappear in an hour and a half (judging primarily by shine, since color is a difficult indicator!), and after wearing it a few times in a row, I found it just slightly moisturizing.  Revlon Pink Lemonade is more opaque. NARS Mitzi is more shimmery. MAC Peach Blossom is similar. Guerlain Rose Desir is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Esprit (88)

A

Esprit lasted four and a half hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. The consistency was creamy with a fair amount of slip and applied evenly.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Instinct (86)

B-

It seems to disappear in an hour and a half (judging primarily by shine, since color is a difficult indicator!), and after wearing it a few times in a row, I found it just slightly moisturizing.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC SO Supreme Supreme Lipsticks

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) has been launched again with the So Supreme collection, and there are five limited edition shades and one repromoted shade (that is also part of the permanent range).  All of the shades felt consistent with the Sheen Supreme formula, except Pret-a-Pretty, which had a drier consistency and a lot less glossiness/shine.  The formula tends to be comfortable to wear with a fair amount of slip and creaminess, and they’re not drying but not particularly hydrating in my experience.  I typically get between three to four hours of wear with this formula, with brighter or deeper shades lasting four hours or slightly longer, and then very pale or pastel-like shades lasting around three hours. I’ll be testing these shades for wear over the week and will update with exact times, so the  ratings are subject to change, but I would not expect drastic changes.

Candy Apple is described as a “midtonal warm plum.” It’s a brightened, muted reddish plum with a glossy finish. You might say there’s a little plum in it, which gives it that muted feel, but it’s still rather red and vibrant. Urban Decay Manic is deeper, redder. Chanel Dialogue is redder. Revlon Wild Watermelon is a bit brighter. Guerlain Chamade is redder. See comparison swatches.

Gotta Dash! is described as “pale clean coral.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with very subtle pink tones–but it is more peach than it is a pink-coral. If you have really pink lips naturally, I expect this to be closer to coral on you. It had mostly opaque color coverage.  The lighter color paired with the higher slip consistency does mean little lines can be created if you press your lips together. This shade is part of the permanent range. MAC Naked Proof is less glossy. Chanel Sentiment is similar but less glossy. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour is more matte, lighter. MAC Reel Sexy is more matte, pinker,. Burberry Pink Apricot is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Playtime is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and fine shimmer. It had mostly full color coverage. OCC Lovecraft is metallic. NYX Pink Lyric is darker, pinker. Maybelline Pink Pop is lighter, as is MAC Divine Choice. MAC Outrageously Fun is a touch more magenta. MAC Naughty Saute is cooler-toned, lighter. OCC Narcissus is purpler. See comparison swatches. Long-time MAC fans may remember Slimshines, which is a formula I compared to this formula when it originally came out (they’re not quite similar), and Kissable was one of the few I had–and this shade immediately reminded me of it; Kissable is glossier with more shimmer and is, perhaps, a smidgen lighter, but they are comparable.

Pleasurefruit is described as a “bright warm pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with subtle warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Revlon Sorbet is similar. MAC Lickable is cooler-toned. MAC Impassioned is more matte, brighter. Guerlain Gigi is redder. See comparison swatches.
collection, and there are five shades and one repromoted shade (that is also part of the permanent range).

Pret-a-Pretty is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a pale, pink-tinged beige with a satin finish. Though it is the Sheen Supreme formula, it actually was quite a dull sheen rather than the shinier, glossier finish the others had. This one was the least forgiving, as it tended to settle into lip lines and emphasize any imperfections. It was mostly opaque but there was noticeable sheerness. MAC Of Beauty is pinker. MAC You’re Perfect Already is pinker, darker. MAC Fun Finds is more beige. MAC Myth is similar. MAC Innocence Beware is less pink, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Grenadine is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a slightly muted orange with a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency. Of all the shades, it had the thinnest consistency and sat best on the lips. MAC Tart & Trendy is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Candy Apple

A-

It's a brightened, muted red with a glossy finish. You might say there's a little plum in it, which gives it that muted feel, but it's still rather red and vibrant.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Gotta Dash!

B+

It's a light-medium, peachy-orange with very subtle pink tones--but it is more peach than it is a pink-coral. If you have really pink lips naturally, I expect this to be closer to coral on you.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4/5

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Playtime

B+

It's a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and fine shimmer. It had mostly full color coverage.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Revlon Pink Pop Super Lustrous Lipgloss
Revlon Pink Pop Super Lustrous Lipgloss

Revlon Pink Pop Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a pop of blue-based, medium-dark pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color, which did apply in a way that looked somewhat splotchy but not as bad as some of the other shades in the range. It wore for two and a half hours. Revlon Fuchsia Finery is slightly darker. RevlonBerry Allure is darker. Chanel Insolence is lighter. Burberry Hibiscus is darker. See comparison swatches.

Snow Pink Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, light beige with champagne gold shimmer. On lips, it doesn’t add much color, but it does add a noticeable amount of shimmer and shine. It lasted for two hours. Chanel French Toffee is similar, less sparkly. Dior No Angel is similar. UIrban Decay Midnight Cowboy is also similar. MAC Almond Blossom is not as warm-toned. MAC Boundless Beige is creamier. MAC Bare Necessity is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sugar Violet Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a fuchsia-lilac with iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which gave a hint of shimmer, glossiness, and tinted lips to a deeper pink. This shade wore well for two hours. It is similar to Pink Pop, but it does have shimmer. Revlon Fuchsia Finery is pinker. Revlon Berry Allure doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Dress Kimono is similar. Burberry Hibiscus is similar. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

For a comparison of the new formula to the prior one, please see this post. The feel and consistency of the formula is pleasant and comfortable, but several shades tend to give a splotchy, uneven look to lips. The other issue is that because of how thin they are, they don’t last long. I normally get three to four hours of wear out of gloss, but these are lucky to last two hours. They definitely need frequent application to maintain the shine and color, which makes it all the more disappointing that the amount is only 0.13 fl. oz. in the container (the original formula had 0.20 fl. oz., which is more in line with average gloss size).  These had a thin, lightweight feel and were hydrating when worn.  I noticed a very slight tackiness that developed after two hours of wear, but it’s not truly tacky.

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Pink Pop

B-

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4/5

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Snow Pink

B-

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8/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

6/10

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Sugar Violet

B

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9/10

Longevity

6/10

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Sunday, July 14th, 2013

NARS Caucase Brow Perfector
NARS Caucase Brow Perfector

NARS Brow Perfector ($22.00 for 0.007 oz.) will be available in four shades that range from blonde to black (but no redhead). The formula is described as “velvety” with a “natural matte finish” and “natural ingredients [that] ensure brows are nourished, soft, and smooth.” That last bit, I couldn’t attest to and don’t actually know what they’re referring to as far as particulars. There’s a lot of focus on the precision tip of the pencil that is oval-shaped.

  • Caucase is described as “brown.” It’s a light-medium, neutral brown with a matte finish.
  • Kalamata is described as “light brown.” It’s a light-medium, slightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. I could barely tell the difference between this and Caucase, both in the pencil as well as swatched. I triple-checked the names to make sure they were, in fact, two different shades!
  • Salzbourg is described as “blonde.” It’s a pale, peachy beige-brown with a matte finish.
  • Suriname is described as “black.” It’s a blackened brown with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish.

I used a mix of Caucase and Suriname to fill in the right (your right!) brow, as the first was a bit too light, and the second was too dark. The consistency all four shades was very stiff, slightly waxy, but they’re skip-happy and are best applied with little dashes of product rather than trying to fill in any fluid manner. You’re just not going to get good color payoff in a single stroke, and to get any color at all, you need firm pressure. I normally use powder to fill in my brows, which I find easier, more precise, and infinitely more blendable. These pencils stick where you place them, and they don’t blend together too well. On the upside, the product lasted well for nine hours. The oval shape didn’t seem to give me added precision, but it didn’t seem to complicate matters–if you have finer or thinner brows, it may be an issue, though.

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Brow Perfector

B-

While I can appreciate that you might have to give up some creaminess to get a more long-wearing brow pencil formula, this was rather stiff and harder to work with. I wish the formula was more blendable, too, to ensure really even, full brows.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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