Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

NARS Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “sangria.” It’s a dark, berry-red with a satin finish and slight cool undertones. Rimmel #107 is slightly less cool-toned. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker, more berry-hued. Guerlain Orgueil is similar but shimmery. MAC What Joy is a touch darker. Giorgio Armani #408 is a town redder (less berry).

Of all the shades, this was my least favorite. It was the least pigmented, as there was definite translucency to the overall color (it looked like an intense lip stain), but the color settled and migrated into lip lines within two hours of wear. Then, the settling continued to worsen for the next three hours of wear. It lasted with some color for as long as five hours, and then there was residual staining that remained for at least another hour. The settling was really noticeable and looked crumbly between the lines (so if you smiled). The consistency felt like the other pencils–soft, lightly creamy–and it didn’t tug or pull on the lips. It was neither drying nor hydrating while I wore it.

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Palais Royal

B-
Of all the shades, this was my least favorite. It was the least pigmented, as there was definite translucency to the overall color (it looked like an intense lip stain), but the color settled and migrated into lip lines within two hours of wear.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, March 4th, 2013

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is bold, brightened orange with hints of red in it along with a frosted, matte finish and warm undertones. Hourglass Muse is more coral, redder. MAC Scarlet Ibis is darker, redder. Estee Lauder Wild Fire is redder and luminous. YSL Blood Orange is glossier and sheerer.

This is the final shade I tried out in the formula, and it fell in the middle of the spectrum; not the worst, not the best. I’m still surprised that Estee Lauder didn’t put out a better formula, because the brand has better lipsticks in their house, not to mention the numerous lipstick formulas across other brands under the Estee Lauder umbrella.  Rock Candy has excellent pigmentation–full, opaque color coverage–but the consistency is a bit dry and not creamy enough, so it does tug on the lips when you apply it.  The other issue I had was that it is drying.  It wasn’t the most drying lipstick I’ve tried, but it was more than just a little drying after wearing it for six full hours.

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Rock Candy

B-
While Rock Candy had amazing color payoff and wore well for six hours, it was hard to wear because of the drying formula.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

NARS 413 BLKR The Multiple
NARS 413 BLKR The Multiple

NARS 413 BLKR The Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “rich burgundy.” It’s a reddish-wine with a little rust and berry thrown in for good measure that dries down to a mostly matte finish–there’s a very subtle shimmer that reads matte on the skin. My first thought was that it seemed like a dead-ringer for NARS Seduction, which launched recently, and it’s really quite close; so it’s a matter of whether you prefer powder or cream-to-powder. NARS Dolce Vita is much pinker. MAC Hidden Treasure is warmer, more orange. NARS G-Spot has more shimmer and is a softer, slightly rosier color. NARS Grenadines (an eyeshadow) is also similar but very matte, slightly muted.

Now, The Multiple and I don’t get along as well as you’d expect, and the reality is that as a multi-tasking product, The Multiples are disappointing. Trying to use one on the lips is like signing yourself up for a one-way trip to chapped, cracked, and peeling lips that look as awful as they feel. Turning them a reddish color only serves to make lips look almost bloody and torn. It was not a flattering look at all.

Multiples can also be used on eyes and cheeks, though if you have sensitivities to red dyes, you may want to avoid using this on the eyes. When I used it on the eye area, there was some noticeable creasing after six hours. The best application of The Multiple tends to be on the cheeks, and 413 BLKR is no exception. It’s an incredibly pigmented product, and two little dabs will give plenty of color for most complexions. The product applies best when warmed up, so fingertips tend to be helpful in spreading and blending out the product. I like using a brush to apply and spread but then use fingertips to soften the edges. Once applied, I saw good wear for seven and a half hours, and then after nine hours, there was noticeable fading.

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413 BLKR

B-
If you only want to use this as a cream blush, then it's a better product and worth considering--I just don't recommend using it on lips at all.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, February 18th, 2013

Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “arctic blue.” It’s a pale, silvery blue with a frosted, metallic finish. It’s surprisingly only subtly cool-toned, despite its blue/silver coloring. MAC Blue Willow is more glittery and lighter. Cinderella Glass Slipper is a touch darker and less metallic. Buxom Husky is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 is very comparable.

This shade is incredibly reflective, and it tends to look more like a silvery white on the lid than blue–so if blue eyeshadow isn’t your thing, don’t let the color in the pot fool you! When paired with cooler-toned colors and other blues/teals, it will look bluer, but generally, it is a gray-ish white. The pigmentation of Blue My Mind was so-so; I wasn’t able to build up the color to get really opaque color, but it applied evenly for the most part even if there was a sheerness to the color overall.  I did experience noticeable creasing after ten hours of wear but no fading.  I also noticed that this one was coming apart from the edge of the glass, so the lid may not have been screwed on tightly enough after being manufactured.

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Blue My Mind

B-
I wasn't impressed by Blue My Mind, because it isn't buildable in color to get opaque color and that it creased at the ten-hour mark (other shades didn't crease!).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “clear fuchsia.” It looks like a creamy, magenta fuchsia when squeezed out of the tube, but on lips, it’s definitely more of a sheer fuchsia pink with blue undertones. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is shimmery and more fuchsia. Urban Decay Crush is similar in color but more opaque (so it appears bolder/brighter). Korres Crocus is purpler.

It has semi-sheer color coverage; enough color that it tints the natural lip color to a brighter pink, but it looks and acts more as a stain or veil of color. In that respect, it looks mostly even once applied and doesn’t settle into lip lines. It has a not too thick, not too thin consistency (about medium) that feels very gel-like. There’s a lot of slip, but it doesn’t feel heavy, though as a result, it doesn’t have great staying power–with Kiss You, it lasts around two hours. It is somewhat hydrating but won’t replace a good lip balm. It has a sweet, fruity scent and comes in a squeeze-tube with a slanted tip applicator.

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Kiss You

B-
The real downside to Benefit's Ultra Gloss formula seems to be that they just don't stay on lips for long, so you're regularly reapplying (good thing these come with 0.50 fl. oz.--quite a bit more than most glosses).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder
Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as an “elegant gold shade enhanced with pink highlights.” It’s a warm-toned, golden champagne with champagne sparkle; there’s a faint hint of pink that I spotted at a glance at the product in the pan, but against my warm complexion, I couldn’t see any effect from the coloring. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat is very similar in color and has a metallic sheen, too, just less sparkle. NARS Satellite of Love has a darker, tanner base color. bareMinerals Secret Radiance is a bit darker when swatched heavly, but on the skin, it really looks rather similar applied.

It had a much more sparkly finish than I expected based on the description and even from just looking at the texture of the product, which came off as very metallic but not that it would have larger sparkle in it. The texture is soft, almost cream-like, because it’s a very smooth, dense product.  Applied, it does yield a rather metallic sheen wherever it’s applied, even if it’s really worked into the skin.  The sparkles are somewhat there, but some get lost in the brush and blended away.  It somewhat emphasizes the skin’s natural texture along with pores; not the most emphasis I’ve come across but enough that’s noticeable.   I put this on straight away this morning, and it started to get a little patchy after seven hours of wear but there was still some left after eight hours.

I kind of wish Chanel hadn’t ran a free two-day shipping promo (because it’s what made me cave and hold out hope I could receive and turnaround a review before it sold out), because for $80, it was disappointing to see emphasis of pores/skin texture.  Brands like Chanel are famous for beautiful powders that reflect light in spectacular ways without emphasizing pores, so Mouche de Beaute was most definitely a miss.

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Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder

B-
Brands like Chanel are famous for beautiful powders that reflect light in spectacular ways without emphasizing pores, so Mouche de Beaute was most definitely a miss.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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