Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Lancome Always Fuchsia Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow
Lancome Always Fuchsia Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow

It’s Not Always Love With This Fuchsia

Lancome Always Fuchsia Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow ($24.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “metallic pink plum.” It’s a pinky purple with a metallic finish. The amount of pink in this shade is what makes it less dupeable. MAC Butterfly Party is darker, more purple. NYX Violetta is darker. Shades like Urban Decay Fishnet is cooler-toned and more fuchsia.

The Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow is supposed to “stray true for 24 hours without creasing” with a “powder-to-cream texture.” If they sound familiar, they should. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows are both iterations of this type of formula, and it’s not surprising that the three have more in common than not when they’re all owned by L’Oreal (parent).

Always Fuchsia is more one-note in color, which makes it more like the Infallible range. I expected the formula to be nearly flawless, but the color payoff when used dry is incredibly sheer. It really needs to be used damp or wet to achieve even, full color coverage (which is how I applied it to the lid, no base used).  When used dry, even when pressed, it doesn’t seem to bind together well, so it ends up sheer and harder to apply.  There was some fall out during application either way.  It wears well, though–I tested Always Fuchsia for twelve hours, and I didn’t experience any creasing or fading (both over and without a primer).   The texture wasn’t quite as finely-milled as some of the best shades from the Eyes to Kill Intense and Infallible ranges; it was a little chunky to me.

I was personally more than a little disappointed, and I’m wondering if I happened to receive samples of two of the poorer performing shades (because I also tried Enduring Vert, which I’ll review next, and my experience was similar there).  I’m definitely going to see if I can try some of the other shades to see; I hope this one is just one of the misses and the rest are hits (like what Perpetual Purple was for Infallibles).

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Always Fuchsia

B-
There are really two points really driven home about this formula: intense pigmentation, incredible long-wear. It wears long and well overall, but the color payoff when dry is sheer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, October 20th, 2012

China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer
China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer

Plain or Not, This Jane Could Be Improved

China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “lavish lavender-pink.” It’s a red-toned medium-dark purple with darker purple shimmer and a slightly metallic finish. I wasn’t able to see any shift with this one–it’s a shimmery purple but not much else. Oddly enough, I couldn’t think of a dupe! Barielle Passion Pirouette was the only color that came close, but it’s pinker.

No Plain Jane is still noticeably sheer after two coats, and the formula isn’t perfect. It was a bit streaky overall, left a lot of visible brush strokes, and ended up looking patchy in places. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have any problems with the polish pooling along the sides.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s polishes with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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No Plain Jane

B-
This polish doesn't have a lot to recommend to it; lots of visible brush strokes, sheer color, and ends up looking plainer than you'd expect.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Chanel L'Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep red-black.” It’s a darkened berry-red with semi-opaque color coverage. There seemed to be a very faint shimmer in it, too.  It’s definitely a lot lighter than what it looks like in the tube. MAC Approaching Storm is browner, less berry. MAC Hang Up is similar, just glossier. MAC What Joy is redder. MAC Endless Drama is darker. Guerlain Gigolo is redder. MAC Musky Amethyst is more subdued. NYX Violet Ray is redder.

The formula is described as “non-drying” and “matte” with “intensely rich colour.” It’s been awhile since I’ve worn a shade from this range, because after trying a few, these just didn’t work on my lips, as they were incredibly drying and caused my lips to bleed after continuous usage. I wore L’Impatiente last week, and it wore well for about five and a half hours, and then tolerably for another three hours. After eight hours, a lot of the color had flaked away and it was a bit uneven looking overall. I still found this rather drying, though it did not seem quite as drying as some of the original shades I have tried in the past.

I know some readers really love this formula, so it may still be worth trying for yourself to see how your lips react. This shade isn’t as pigmented as the other shades in the range. It wears for several hours, and it glided on without pulling or tugging before it settles into a semi-matte finish.

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L'Impatiente

B-
I know some readers really love this formula, so it may still be worth trying for yourself to see how your lips react. This shade isn't as pigmented as the other shades in the range. It wears for several hours, and it glided on without pulling or tugging before it settles into a semi-matte finish.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC Little Rock Dazzleglass
MAC Little Rock Dazzleglass

Phiff Off, MAC! I Stalked All Night and All That Was Left Were Dazzleglasses?!!

MAC Marilyn Monroe Dazzleglasses ($21.50 for 0.06 fl. oz.) include these two shades: Little Rock (soft sheer white with pearl) and Phiff (sheer yellow peach). Phiff is a repromote.  I will mention it until I’m blue in the face, but MAC puts a very, very little amount of product in the tubes for Dazzleglasses–a wee 0.06 fl. oz. compared to a normal Lipglass, which contains 0.17 fl. oz.

Little Rock is mostly colorless–at best, pale, sheer white–with white and silver shimmer. It added mostly shine and shimmer without altering my natural lip color. This shade lasted an hour and a half on my lips.

Phiff is also mostly colorless–at best, pale, sheer golden beige–with silver and gold shimmer. Again, it really added a shiny, glossy look to my lips along with simmer. This shade lasted an hour and a half on my lips. I did see some stray glitter particles outside my lips.

When it comes to glosses as sheer as these, dupes abound. As far as comparable formulas, the two I think are most comparable in regards to the shimmer are Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lipgloss and Chanel’s Glossimers. Those two are actually non-sticky, thinner, and longer-wearing for me than Dazzleglass, which is a thicker, tacky formula. They are vanilla-scented but taste-free and come in large, round tubes with glossy black screw-top lids and a clear (well, and then printed with Marilyn Monroe’s image) around the bottom of the tube. It comes with a brush-type applicator.

In all honesty, unless you’re buying for the packaging, I really think you should check out Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lipglosses as an alternative; they’re one of my all-time favorite formulas, because they sparkle like the most glittery treasure, and they have 0.24 fl. oz. of product for $23–you’d be getting four times the product for $1.50 more! Try Star in place of Little Rock aned Bare Sparkle in place of Phiff.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

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Little Rock

B-
At least MAC described these as sheer, so we knew what to expect! Little Rock essentially lightens lips just a bit, while Phiff brightens and warms them up; then both provide shimmer and a glossy shine.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, September 10th, 2012

MAC Boundless Beige Pro Longwear Lipglass
MAC Boundless Beige Pro Longwear Lipglass

The Goldilocks of Long-Wearing Lipgloss

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses ($19.50 for 0.06 oz.) sees the introduction of six new shades and two repromoted shades: Boundless Beige (light warm beige with pearl), Driven by Love (red-blue with slight pearl), Everlasting Nude (mid-tone warm nude), Forever Rose (mid-tone neutral rose), Long Love Love (light cool pink), Next Fad (mid-tone cool pink), Patience Please (light pink-blue), and Persistent Peach (light warm peach). The only shade that is limited edition is Everlasting Nude.

MAC describes these as, “A longwearing Lipglass that goes on smooth and lasts for up to six hours! Envelops lips with shine and colour and pro-longs the hours between re-application.”

Boundless Beige is a semi-sheer pale beige with gold and beige shimmer. This is the one shade out of the eight launched that doesn’t look much like the rest of the range (which is more opaque). It wore four hours on me. MAC Jana is less warm. MAC Almond Blossom is less shimmery.

Driven by Love is a rich, blue-based medium-dark red with brightened ruby red micro-shimmer. It has opaque color coverage, and it applies beautifully–even, smooth, and it doesn’t seem to bunch up on itself if you happen to press your lips together. It continues to be one of the best-performing shades from this formula. It wore six hours and still looked rather good at that point. MAC Restless is similar but doesn’t have the shimmer. MAC Russian Red is slightly less deep.

Everlasting Nude is a warm peach with a hint of beige and no shimmer. It delivered mostly opaque color, and I was able to get even color overall, but it did move and bunch up on itself if I pressed my lips together even fleetingly. This shade lasted five hours. MAC Whoops! is darker. MAC Temper Tantra is just a smidgen darker and less glossy. MAC Fold and Tuck Lipglass is shimmery. Korres Natural Purple is similar in color.

Forever Rose is a strawberry-red with warm undertones. It’s not red, but it’s not quite pink–it’s almost coral-tinged. It applied mostly evenly, didn’t settle into lip lines too noticeably, and had opaque color coverage. This shade does not have any shimmer, and it lasted for six hours on my lips with some color still intact at that point. Revlon Strawberry is more muted, sheerer, so it’s not that close even though they seemed that way in the tube. MAC Star Quality is pinker, sheerer. MAC Galaxy Rose is pinker, less red.

Long Love Love is a blue-based light-medium pink. It has opaque color, but it’s a pain to apply, because it is very streaky and has a tendency to settle into lip lines. This one was really high maintenance, as the color so easily moved around and would look uneven. This shade wore for four and a half hours. MAC Snob is similar, perhaps a fraction darker. MAC Enchantee is grayer.

Next Fad is a light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and white shimmer. This one has more semi-opaque color coverage, as the natural lip color does come through. It lasted for four hours on my lips. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is yellower. MAC Please Me is lighter and doesn’t have the shimmer.

Patience Please is a pale beige that has a hint of pink and has a creamy finish. It settles into lip lines and does not apply as evenly as I’d like. It has a tendency to bunch up on itself if you press your lips together. The color coverage is opaque, and it wore for five hours on me. NARS Spring Break has shimmer and is more beige. MAC The Wee Coquette is similar but sheerer.

Persistent Peach is a medium peach with a hint of pink. It has a creamy finish and mostly opaque color. It settles into lip lines somewhat, and it does have some unevenness issues. It will fold over itself if you press your lips together (even briefly). This shade lasted five hours. MAC So Vain is a bit darker. Benefit Spiked Punch is a smidgen darker and has shimmer. MAC Perennial High Style is lighter.

Some people will like the formula for its long-wearing properties, but I know a lot of people already dislike MAC Lipglass for its thick, tacky consistency. These are thicker, less movable, and sticky. It’s almost gluey when worn. There’s something about the texture that’s not quite comfortable. They come with a pinched foam applicator, which worked fine for me, but it is a bit large, so those with thinner lips may find it cumbersome.

One of the problems that seems to stem from the consistency is that these do not apply evenly and are even harder to keep even. This is a problem that varies in its intensity from shade to shade. Driven by Love applies and stays even, but shades like Patience Please (so aptly named) and Long Love Love are high-maintenance. Overall, these shades were an improvement over last year’s.

These wear about as long as advertised; the light shades tend to get between four and five hours, while darker shades get the full six. The wear is impressive overall, and I really appreciate that MAC only says six hours–they don’t go nuts and say something crazy like 14, you know? I think most consumers would be pleasantly surprised and happy to see six hours of wear with their gloss. Would we love longer? Sure. But only if they can deliver :)

They’re vanilla-scented but don’t have a discernible taste.  A (somewhat) hidden downside is these only have a measly 0.06 oz. of product in them; Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz. (almost three times as much) and costs $4.50 less. They don’t appear small, as the tubes look much larger than Lipglass.

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MAC Office Hours Pro Longwear Lipglasses Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B-
For longer-wearing gloss, it seems like you have to sacrifice some evenness in color. It's going to be a personal preference as to what is or isn't a deal-breaker. Shades like Driven by Love and Forever Rose performed the best and were more low-maintenance.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, September 3rd, 2012


NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

And All the Flowers Fall Away

NARS Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.45 oz.) features four shades, which are described as “white, pink champagne, and dark brown against a shimmering lavender grey background and black overspray.”

The first shade is a bright silver-white with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but it was a bit powdery. It’s the same color as the silver-white in the previous two palettes, though the finish seems more metallic and less powdery (but still powdery). There are several similar shades, including MAC Crystal Avalanche (slightly cooler-toned), Buxom Sheepdog, Maybelline Too Cool (a bit cool-toned and more metallic in finish), theBalm Sassy, MAC Forgery (has a grittier texture), and theBalm Tempting Tara.

The shade in the background (which has the black powder overlay) is a gray-ish purple with a pearled finish. This shade is exactly the same in all three palettes, though it seems more metallic in finish in this palette–but more powdery. It was also a bit more pigmented in this palette. Urban Decay AC/DC is similar but more pigmented and less subdued. theBalm Matt Patel is darker, grayer. NARS Charade is matte and has less gray in it. MAC Joy & Laughter is a smidgen grayer. MAC Winterized is a touch darker.

The third shade is a medium-dark warm-toned amber brown with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, felt smooth and soft to the touch, and was not powdery. MAC Coil is darker, more copper. MAC Aurora is similar, slightly more matte. Bobbi Brown Champagne Truffle is similar. MAC Love Connection has more of a frost finish. Buxom Golden Retriever is a bit darker. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is more red-toned.

The last shade is a burgundy-brown with a satiny sheen–more brown than burgundy in coloring. This, too, had nice pigmentation and was fairly smooth and soft. It was a smidgen powdery but barely compared to some of the other shades in these palettes we’ve seen. theBalm Sexy is more burgundy. Estee Lauder Violet Underground is very similar, slightly redder. Bare Escentuals Most Requested is similar but slightly more burgundy.

Of the three Flowers’ palettes, I think this is the best one. It wore slightly better overall, and pigmentation isn’t a major problem with this palette. I don’t think it’s great, and it’s not something I could recommend purchasing. The way the silver-white and gray-purple wear and apply makes up over half the palette, so they bring the other two shades (which performed better) down.  Here, the gray-purple was powdery when used, and it had a tendency to fade compared to the other shades.

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Flowers 3

B-
I think if you're a big fan of NARS and Andy Warhol, then it might appeal as a collectible. I think if you're just concerned about the overall quality, then it's something I would skip over.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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