Friday, February 8th, 2013

Burberry Gold Pearl Eyeshadow
Burberry Gold Pearl Eyeshadow

Burberry Gold Pearl Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a pale, yellowy beige with subtle gold sparkle. MAC Dazzlelight is frosted and lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is a bit lighter and frosted. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #1 is similar in color but metallic in finish. It’s kind of like Trench, Porcelain, and Gold Trench combined.

I didn’t love the texture; the base color was on the powdery side, while the sparkles didn’t quite bind with the base color, so they tended to flake or disappear during application and later on, during wear, I experienced fall out of the residual sparkles that did make it on the lid. Part of the “appeal” of a product like this is the sparkle/shimmer, so if you can’t actually see it on the lid, because it winds up trapped in the brush or underneath your eye, you’re really not getting the “pigment” you’d expect when seeing it in the pan.

The color can be easily used as a sheer wash or applied more heavily; that is one of the best features of Burberry’s eyeshadows is they are so soft, they can be done sheerly, but they’re so dense, that they can be applied with full coverage without having to layer or pack on the product. Because the sparkle isn’t jam-packed into the product, there isn’t a lot of fall out, but I felt like 90% of the sparkles wound up underneath my eye. The underlying base color wore well, though, and it was fully intact after nine hours of wear without any signs of fading or creasing (no primer).

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Gold Pearl

B-
Burberry usually is very consistent across their products, and their powder eyeshadows tend to have a phenomanlly silky-smooth, buttery texture, but this one fell short for me.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle cool undertones. On my warmer complexion, when it is sheered out, it almost looks warm-toned, but it’s really not. Milani Green Safari is very close, just slightly more frosted. MAC Feeling Fresh is warmer and lighter. MAC Fresh Flare is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here is very close but a powder product.

Extreme Emerald had good color payoff–not fully opaque on the lid–but certainly not just a sheer wash of color. It was a little difficult to build-up the color and blend it, because it didn’t apply evenly. The consistency of this shade was wetter than other Shadow Paints I’ve tested, and as a result, it was prone to creasing because the drying time was much longer than the other shades. What I noticed was that while it creased initially, it didn’t crease more during the day–so however it dries is how it stays.  If it’s a color you’re interested in, I recommend closing your eyes for two to three minutes and/or watching and lightly blending out the creasing as it happens.  I re-tested it this way, and I didn’t have any color gathered in the creases, though it was still a bit patchy in color overall.

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Extreme Emerald

B-
If it's a color you're interested in, I recommend closing your eyes for two to three minutes and/or watching and lightly blending out the creasing as it happens.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Monday, February 4th, 2013

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “pastel lavender pink.” It’s a milky, pale lavender-pink with subtle shimmer. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is pinker, more opaque. MAC Pink Fade is a touch lighter. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter. MAC Stay Sweet is warmer, pinker. MAC Good Times is less cool-toned. MAC Pink Fade is cooler-toned.

It’s semi-sheer and allows a lot of the natural lip color to come through, which can warm/cool the color as well as make it appear pinker/redder. Because of its lightness, it does settle into lip lines and can cause lines of demarcation if you press your lips together. On my lips, it definitely appeared less purple applied than it does swatched or in the tube. When I applied it over Viva Glam Nicki 2 lipstick, it gave it a glossier look (of course!) and added a smidgen of pink–gave it less of a cool-toned vibe.  It wore three hours on my lips, and the texture and consistency is true-to-formula–thicker and tackier than your average gloss.

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Viva Glam Nicki 2

B-
It's semi-sheer and allows a lot of the natural lip color to come through, which can warm/cool the color as well as make it appear pinker/redder. Because of its lightness, it does settle into lip lines and can cause lines of demarcation if you press your lips together.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick
MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick

MAC Girl Next Door Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid blue pink” with a Lustre finish. It’s a light-medium pink with blue undertones and white shimmer. Revlon Cupcake is pinker, not as white-based. MAC Love Long Distance is a darker pink with bluer undertones. MAC Annemiek is lighter, less pink. Chanel Candeur is a touch lighter. Guerlain Rose Innocent is also similar.

Being a Lustre finish, it is a sheerer shade; it yielded semi-sheer color payoff with a general translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through. This lightened my natural lip color while boosting the natural pink tones.  I don’t have great experiences with Lustres, because they tend to be less forgiving on lips when applied (they seem to emphasize lip texture) and they can be drying when worn.  Girl Next Door applied decently and didn’t settle into lip lines, but it was a bit drying for the two and a half hours it lasted on my lips (the average non-long-wearing lipstick lasts around four hours on me).  The consistency was a little thin, so it pulled a touch when I applied it.

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B-
I don't have great experiences with Lustres, because they tend to be less forgiving on lips when applied (they seem to emphasize lip texture) and they can be drying when worn.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick
MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick

MAC Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a purple-wine with a glossy sheen. MAC Dramatic Encounter is browner. Chanel L’Impatiente is redder and matte. MAC Rebel is more of a berry, brighter, not as vampy. Thierry Mugler Dream is slightly lighter. Urban Decay Apocalypse is purpler. Dolce & Gabbana Lust is purpler, browner.

It settles into lip lines, and it looks a bit more like a stain than a lip color. I think it would look better applied, blotted, and left as a residual stain or else topped with a gloss on top, because it can look somewhat uneven on its own.  The consistency has a slick feel, but I still find that Cremesheens kind of drag on the lips; I think it might be that the texture is on the thinner side.  It wore for three and a half hours, and it was noticeably drying–which is par for the course with my experience wearing Cremesheens.  I know other readers have better luck and find them hydrating, so consider how your lips react to the finish.

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Boyfriend Stealer

B-
It was noticeably drying--which is par for the course with my experience wearing Cremesheens. I know other readers have better luck and find them hydrating, so consider how your lips react to the finish.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass
MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass

MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light lavender pink.” It’s a pale, milky pink with cool undertones and a creamy finish. MAC Pink Fade is a smidgen purpler but very close. MAC Long Love Love is bluer-based and pinker. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter. MAC Good Times is whiter, less pink. For whatever reason, MAC really likes their milky pinks!

Not surprisingly, it settles into lip lines quite a bit. It spreads and applies more evenly than other similar-colored glosses, though. The consistency is on the thicker side and is tacky, so one of the unfortunate results of that is that if you press your lips together, you’ll see a raised line of color.  I just wrapped up testing this shade about an hour ago, and it wore for three and a half hours.  This is definitely one of the better-performing variations on milky pink I’ve seen, though, so if it’s the kind of color you like, it may still be worth checking out.  It is also better layered over something more opaque, so then it will not settle as much.

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Stay Sweet

B-
This is definitely one of the better-performing variations on milky pink I've seen, though, so if it's the kind of color you like, it may still be worth checking out. It is also better layered over something more opaque, so then it will not settle as much.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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