Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Revlon Strawberry Shortcake ColorBurst Lip Butter
Revlon Strawberry Shortcake ColorBurst Lip Butter

Revlon Strawberry Shortcake ColorBurst Lip Butter

Revlon Strawberry Shortcake ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a blue-based cotton candy pink with silvery-white shimmer. MAC Enchantee is lighter and less blue-based. MAC Dress It Up is slightly less blue-based. MAC Behave Yourself is just a tinge pinker. MAC All Styled Up is similar but doesn’t have shimmer.

It has a slightly milky/creamy texture so you may see lines if you press your lips together. The color is rather opaque, even though it’s supposed to be sheer to medium in regards to color coverage. For those who were interested in the Lip Butter range for sheerer color, this shade may not be the right pick for you. If you very lightly tap it on and add a little balm, you may be able to get the sheer color you’re looking for. The formula is unscented.

It has a very creamy consistency that makes it easy to apply, because it glides right on, but there’s a fair amount of slip. The biggest downside to having as much slip as this product is that it does have a tendency to wear off easily (this shade lasted two and a half hours on me), but it is a more moisturizing formula.  With lighter colors like this, the added slip can make it more difficult to get an even layer of color, because it tends to bunch up on itself or streak, which is why you’ll see a point deduction in the texture category.

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Strawberry Shortcake

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This lip color would be lovely on cooler skin tones or paired with a really warm eye and cheek combination. It's more opaque than Revlon describes, which may be a good or bad thing, depending on what you're looking for. As with other shades in the Lip Butter range, wear time can be an issue.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Wet 'n' Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil
Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil

Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil

Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil ($0.99 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark olive green with olive, gold, and forest green micro-shimmer finished with a satiny sheen. It’s a little greener than Urban Decay Stash, but not as green as Stila Moray.

The coverage and pigmentation is good; it doesn’t quite deliver fully opaque coverage in a single pass, but it’s close. I recommend dulling the point of the pencil by swatching it on the back of your hand, because how it arrives is very, very sharp and uncomfortable to use on the lash line! It’s creamy enough to glide with very minimal tugging on the lash line, and it takes awhile to set, so it can be smudged if you so desire.

It lasts about six hours on the lash line, and it’s mostly faded by the eighth hour. It’s not a particularly long-wearing eyeliner on me, and it will smudge if the weather is warmer or if you accidentally rub your eye–it’s not forgiving at all, because it never completely sets in place. If you have watery eyes or live in a humid climate, this isn’t a go-to for all-day eyeliner. At this price point, you may find it’s worth experimenting with or picking up a color you know you would rarely wear.

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Wet 'n' Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you have watery eyes or live in a humid climate, this isn't a go-to for all-day eyeliner. At this price point, you may find it's worth experimenting with or picking up a color you know you would rarely wear.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo
Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo

Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo

Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo ($36.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains a subtly yellow-toned light-medium pink with a soft, frosted finish and a warm, yellowed medium tan with a metallic-like sheen. The pink shade is warmer than Dior Garden Roses, subtler and more shimmery compared to MAC Sugar Snack, smoother than MAC Taupeless, less metallic than Inglot #431, and slightly more shimmery than MAC Pen ‘n’ Pink. The tan shade has a yellowness to it that makes it harder to dupe, actually. theBalm Stand-offish is warmer, less tan. Without the sheen, Urban Decay Naked might compare better with it, though it would still be darker.

Dolce & Gabbana’s eyeshadows are hit or miss for me; sometimes they’re stellar, but often, for as soft and silky smooth as they feel, they perform poorly on the eyes. Cinnamon was so-so; the pink shade required some packing to get it to stick and show up, but the tan shade was easier to work with. The textures of both shades was finely-milled and buttery, but the pink shade was looser, so there was a modicum of fall out during application. The pink blends out easily, but it will disappear if you aren’t careful, so I recommend using a light hand when blending. These wear about six hours before noticeably fading without a primer, and they still fade a bit after ten hours over a primer.

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Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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The pink shade is the troublemaker of this duo--the brown shade is really nice and is much easier to work with! The pink suffers from minor fall out, some fading issues, and needs to be packed on to be seen.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh & Mint Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows Duos for 2012

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) now include: Fresh & Mint (white with silver and green veining/icy green), Joy & Laughter (dirty pink with hot pink and charcoal grey veining/icy pink), Love Connection (pale beige with gold and blue veining/warm gold), Sweet & Sour (dirty gold with green and deep blue veining/warm gold), and Water & Ice (creamy peach with blue and silver veining/sterling silver). These are now permanent (at least for an extended period of time, I haven’t been able to get a definite answer on how long).

Fresh & Mint has a cool-toned pale aqua green with a hint of gray overcast paired with a cool-toned, pale icy pink with a metallic shimmer-sheen finish. The green shade is a bit gritty. MAC Moss Garden is a darker green. Urban Decay Money is darker. It honestly looks a lot like MAC Shimmermint, perhaps a little less blue. The pink shade has good color payoff both dry and wet. It’s a bit cooler-toned compared to MAC Fresh Ice. It’s also similar to Dior Garden Roses and Tarina Tarantino Delightful.

Joy & Laughter has a cool-toned light-medium pink with a metallic sheen paired with a dirty gray-mauve with a soft sheen. The pink shade is similar to Dior Garden Roses (warmer) and Make Up For Ever #303 (warmer). The purple shade is similar to MAC Hypnotizing (less gray), Tarina Tarantino Fantastical (redder), and MAC Winterized (darker).

Love Connection has a warm, golden beige paired with a muted medium-dark copper brown with a golden copper sheen. Both shades felt rather smooth to the touch. The lighter shade is similar to: Tarina Tarantino Fantastical (warmer), Urban Decay Juju (darker), and Urban Decay Spotlight (warmer). The darker shade is similar to quite a few shades, though some are more intense than this shade (which has a softness to it): Buxom Golden Retriever (less metallic), Urban Decay Half Baked (warmer, lighter), Bare Escentuals Louder (more orange), Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds (more orange), and Urban Decay Baked (more copper).  This duo is a repromote.

Sweet & Sour has a dirty yellow gold paired with a cool-toned, muted green with hints of blue tint. The yellow is a smidgen chunky, while the green shade is almost a duochrome. The yellow gold shade is similar to: Bare Escentuals Remix (warmer) and theBalm Snobby (lighter, less frosted). The green shade is similar to: Dior Garden Pastels (lighter, bluer), Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm (bluer, lighter), and Inglot #414 (darker).

Water & Ice has an icy blue-tinted silver-gray with a white shimmer-sheen paired with a pale blue-toned purple with a frosted sheen. The silver shade is similar to: Bobbi Brown Iced Blue (lighter, whiter), Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm (darker, grayer), and Giorgio Armani #12 (lighter, more metallic). The purple shade was harder to dupe, but these were ones I compared it to: MAC Beautiful Iris (darker, less cool-toned) and MAC Digit (lighter).

Several of these are reminiscent of Glitter & Ice Mineralize Eyeshadows, so you may find that if you have some of those, you don’t need to rush out for these.  When I tested out these new duos, the results were the same ol’, same ol’ that I get with this product:  faded color after a few hours combined with continual fall out.  I tested Joy & Laughter and Sweet & Sour for wear, and both just looked so faded and muted after two hours (and this was used damp and over a primer).  I was really excited for Sweet & Sour, too, because the green seemed complex in the pot and swatched, but it doesn’t seem to translate to the eyelid.

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MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows Duos for 2012 Review, Photos, Swatches

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I know some readers love Mineralize Eyeshadows, and I really and truly wish I could discover the same love for them myself. I'm probably nearing 100 of them and only use them when I have to test them!

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

MAC Blue Flame Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Blue Flame Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows for 2012

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) now include: Blue Flame (mineralize black with blue pearl), Cinderfella (mineralize black with silver pearl), Gilt by Association (mineralize black with gold bronze pearl), Smutty Green (cream, warm green, black veining), and Young Punk (mineralize black with pinkish purple pearl). With the exception of Smutty Green, these were originally limited shades that have been brought back for a stint as permanent products. At least once a year, MAC rotates in new mineralize eyeshadows that become permanent for a time, and these are five of ten shades that are now available.

  • Blue Flame is a rich navy blue over a blue-black base. When it’s used dry, the black base is more prevalent, while when it is used damp, the blue sheen comes out. MAC Naval Blue is bluer with a lighter base. MAC Shop & Drop is similar but has a subtler sheen. MAC Blue Storm is bluer with a lighter base.
  • Cinderfella is a brown-black with a silver-gray shimmer. When it is applied dry, it has a chalkier, sheerer look that makes it appear more muted, but when it is applied damp, it appears smoother, more intense, and the black stands out. Chanel Mirifique is the only dupe that comes to mind, though it is a bit different.
  • Gilt by Association is a rich, dark olive brown with olive gold shimmer. Again, when it is applied dry, it has a softer, slightly muted look, but when it is applied damp, it looks much more intense and the metallic sheen comes to the forefront. MAC Golden Gaze is yellower and more golden. I couldn’t think of any other dupes.
  • Smutty Green is a blackened-green base with green and dirty green shimmer. It has rather sheer, uneven color payoff when used dry, but it comes together better when applied wet. It seems awfully similar to MAC She Who Dares, perhaps with more black in it. Make Up For Ever #10 is similar in tone, but it’s not nearly as dark.
  • Young Punk is a blackened-purple base with pink-toned purple shimmer and sheen. When it is applied dry, it looks like a sheer, chalky black with purple shimmer, but when it is applied damp, it looks much more purple and the metallic sheen comes forth. Urban Decay Rockstar is kind of similar but more eggplant-hued. Giorgio Armani #2 has a similar black base but has pink and red shimmer.

I wish I could say this latest batch of Mineralize Eyeshadows was new and improved, but I still had issues with color staying true throughout the day and fall out both during and post-application.  The textures of the shades that have been out previously did seem softer, smoother, so the color payoff was better overall.  Even when I apply Mineralize Eyeshadows damp/wet and over a primer, the colors look faded after a few hours and any shade with shimmer or sparkles leads to fall out throughout the day.  I did a test look using Gilt by Association and Smutty Green, and my under eye area looked like a disco ball.

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MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows for 2012 Review, Photos, Swatches

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I know some readers love Mineralize Eyeshadows, and I really and truly wish I could discover the same love for them myself. I'm probably nearing 100 of them and only use them when I have to test them! I like that the blackened base doesn't take over when these are used wet, at least.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass (Part 2)

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass ($19.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition formula releasing next Thursday, March 1st. This post features these shades: Fuji Pink (pale peach with low level pearl), Imperial Red (bright rose with pearl), Jasmine Honey (light cream beige), Mango Sheen (bright coral with pearl), Moon Beach (warm light beige with pearl), and Sweet Bean (cool beige with pearl).

  • Fuji Pink is a milky peach with just a smattering of white shimmer. It lightens lips a bit. Shades like Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle, Giorgio Armani #500, and Guerlain Rose in Bloom are all similar (which is just naming a few).
  • Imperial Red is a darkened pink with fine gold shimmer. The color coverage is semi-opaque and surprisingly even. MAC Totally Bang has a similar base color but the shimmer is different. MAC Radiant Jewels is redder.
  • Jasmine Honey is a milky beige with white-beige shimmer. It is a little lighter than Fuji Pink, but the two are hardly polar opposites. Again, shades like Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle, Giorgio Armani #500, and Guerlain Rose in Bloom are all similar (which is just naming a few).
  • Mango Sheen is an orange-red with gold-copper shimmer. This shade has more semi-opaque color, but it doesn’t apply as evenly as Imperial Red. Revlon Strawberry is similar but a touch pinker. MAC Geo Pink is more orange. MAC Double Dare is similar in color but doesn’t have the gold shimmer.
  • Moon Beach is a sheer pearly beige. It’s mostly shimmer on my lips, so there are lots of sheer lipgloss dupes.
  • Sweet Bean is a mix of coppery-red, rose, and white shimmer. MAC Superglass reminded me of the way this looks, sort of like confetti, but I don’t know of an exact dupe. This one gets a little gritty after it wears away.

Please see part one for a review of the formula.

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MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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I like both non-sticky and sticky lipgloss formulas, but I'm not keen on this one, especially as it gets to this thin, tacky consistency over time. I wish the colors would apply more evenly, as uneven gloss can be really noticeable.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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