Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) contains a gilded gold, violet, and softened copper.  It’s decent, but where it disappoints, it really disappoints.  At this price point, for two good colors, it’s still worth considering, of course.  Sometimes it makes you wonder what happened, though!  I can see this color combination working well together, but I don’t expect most to use it as each shade is labeled.

The gilded gold shade was beautiful to work with; it was soft, buttery, and so very pigmented. It reminded me of Urban Decay Maui Wowie without the fall out. Bare Escentuals Gold Medal also compares favorably. I was disappointed in the violet shade, beause the texture was dry and stiff, which yielded sheer, uneven color payoff. The violet shade is similar to MAC Violet and MAC Beautiful Iris. The final shade of the trio is a softened coppery brown with a frosted finish. It wasn’t as buttery as the gold shade, but it was still nice overlal and had good color payoff with a smooth application. It’s not as metallic as MAC Tan, and it’s not as intense as Urban Decay Baked. It seems rather similar to Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone, actually!

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Wet 'n' Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Swatches, Photos, Reviews

B+
The purple shade is a total dud, but the other two shades are almost good enough to make up for it. If you tend to spend more than less on cosmetics, then it's still worth checking out!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


MAC Pro Longwear Lipcremes

MAC Styledriven: Pro Longwear Lipcremes (Part 2)

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) are a long-wearing lipstick with a “lightweight texture, creamy finish, and comfortable long-wear.” It claims to wear for up to twelve hours without feathering or transferring–and “helps lips stay soft and hydrated.” This formula originally debuted last year and again with Styledriven. You can read my in-depth review here, as I’m only going to summarize the finer points in this post. All shades from this collection are permanent.  The shades featured in this post are: Prolong (clean red with blue undertones), So Very Good (mid-tone plum with pearl), Soft Sell (light yellow-pink), Soulfully Rich (deep dirty purple with red pearl), Till Tomorrow (mid-tone dirty mauve), and To the Future! (dirty neutral pink with pearl).

  • Prolong is a rich, blue-based red with ruby micro-shimmer and opaque color coverage. It’s similar to many reds (see the swatch gallery).
  • So Very Good is a darkened plummy red with a soft, frosted sheen and opaque color coverage. It’s a touch darker than Chanel Impertinente. Clarins Baroque is redder. It’s not quite as dark as MAC Cunning.
  • Soft Sell is a berry-tinted pink with a soft pink micro-shimmer. It’s mostly opaque in color coverage with more of a frosted finish. It’s less pink compared to MAC Offshoot and not quite as dark as Clarins Blackberry.
  • Soulfully Rich is a deep, dark berried brown with a rather glossy shine. It has more of a glaze or lustre-like feel, so it also goes on uneven and slips around more. It is a weaker version of MAC Prince Noir. NARS Train Bleu is purpler. Make Up For Ever #49 is similar.
  • Till Tomorrow is a pinky mauve with a creamy finish and opaque color coverage. It is similar to Chanel Stunt.
  • To the Future! is a peachy nude with a hint of pink. The pink keeps it from looking washed out. It has a soft, frosted finish but still has opaque color coverage. MAC Naked Bliss is pinker. MAC Naturally Eccentric is lighter. It is very similar to Guerlain Gabrielle and Korres #13 Natural Pink.

I don’t get close to twelve hours of wear with this lipstick; I get great wear and substantially longer wear than the average lipstick, but it’s not twelve hours. The darker shades–of course–wear longer and look better after seven or eight hours than lighter shades, but both do a solid job of managing to wear for six to eight hours and getting through eating/drinking. This is the major source of lost points for this product, because MAC claims up to twelve and in reality, I get up to eight (on average) before I feel it’s time to reapply.

The formula delivers most opaque color coverage with a creamy, glide-on formula that doesn’t feel too slick but never stiff or dry. Most shades have a semi-matte finish, so there is a little shine. These are vanilla-scented but have no detectable taste. Instead of your typical MAC lipstick, they’re more circular, which may take some adjustments in application; if you have thinner lips, it may be a little frustrating.

I wouldn’t say it’s ultra moisturizing, but after wearing one for eight hours, my lips feel about par for the course; not dried out but would appreciate some lip balm. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding lip color, but they are not transfer-resistant (I did the kiss test, no dice). There is less transfer than the average lipstick but still a fair amount.

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MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Lipcremes Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

B+
For a semi-matte lipstick, Pro Longwear Lipcremes are comfortable to wear without being drying, and while they don't make it to twelve hours, they do wear for anywhere from six to eight hours (including time spent eating/drinking).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


MAC Pro Longwear Lipcremes

MAC Styledriven: Pro Longwear Lipcremes (Part 1)

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) are a long-wearing lipstick with a “lightweight texture, creamy finish, and comfortable long-wear.” It claims to wear for up to twelve hours without feathering or transferring–and “helps lips stay soft and hydrated.” This formula originally debuted last year and again with Styledriven. You can read my in-depth review here, as I’m only going to summarize the finer points in this post. All shades from this collection are permanent.

The shades featured in this post are: Dress It Up (light blue-pink), Endless Drama (deep berry blue-red), Extended Play (dirty red, yellow undertone), Good to Go (loudmouth orange), Love Forever (bright blue-pink), and Positively Dashing (mid-tone berry blue-red).

I don’t get close to twelve hours of wear with this lipstick; I get great wear and substantially longer wear than the average lipstick, but it’s not twelve hours. The darker shades–of course–wear longer and look better after seven or eight hours than lighter shades, but both do a solid job of managing to wear for six to eight hours and getting through eating/drinking. This is the major source of lost points for this product, because MAC claims up to twelve and in reality, I get up to eight (on average) before I feel it’s time to reapply.

The formula delivers most opaque color coverage with a creamy, glide-on formula that doesn’t feel too slick but never stiff or dry. Most shades have a semi-matte finish, so there is a little shine. These are vanilla-scented but have no detectable taste. Instead of your typical MAC lipstick, they’re more circular, which may take some adjustments in application; if you have thinner lips, it may be a little frustrating.

I wouldn’t say it’s ultra moisturizing, but after wearing one for eight hours, my lips feel about par for the course; not dried out but would appreciate some lip balm. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding lip color, but they are not transfer-resistant (I did the kiss test, no dice). There is less transfer than the average lipstick but still a fair amount.

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MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Lipcremes Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

B+
For a semi-matte lipstick, Pro Longwear Lipcremes are comfortable to wear without being drying, and while they don't make it to twelve hours, they do wear for anywhere from six to eight hours (including time spent eating/drinking).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, September 16th, 2011

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Fall Colour: Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is second of two quads from the MAC Fall Colour Collection, which debuts in North America on September 29th, 2011 and will roll out internationall in October. Parlor Smoke includes these shades: Parlor Smoke (mauve grey), Cross Cultural (neutral brown), Indigo Noir (navy), and Steel (almost black).

  • Parlor Smoke is a smoky purple-gray with pale silver shimmer-sheen. It has a frost finish, which makes the sheerer payoff more disappointing. The finish seems less like a frost and more like an amped satin. I wish it was more pigmented, though. I don’t really have any dupes for you on this one. Inglot #420 is similar but very metallic so they end up looking more different than they do similar.
  • Cross Cultural is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm, red undertones. It has a matte finish, but it’s so, so buttery and intensely pigmented. I don’t remember it being as good here as it was when it was launched individually (but still limited edition). MAC Charcoal Brown is warmer, a little yellowy in comparison. Inglot #327 is a little warmer.
  • Indigo Noir is a inky purpled-black-navy. Very complex and will certainly lean bluer/purpler depending on what you layer it over or pair it with. It has a matte finish, and it does have a drier texture (some mattes are dry, some are very soft but some go too soft and become powdery).  I still had good color payoff in  a regular skin swatch, but it performs well on the eye (much like Gravel from the other quad).  It’s darker than MAC Imaginary. It’s purpler than Inglot #321.  It seems like a brighter variation on MAC Graphology.
  • Steel is a dark gray with hints of brown, and it has a veluxe pearl finish. For a veluxe pearl, it’s surprisingly dry and a little stiff to work with; it’s not as buttery or as dense as other veluxe pearls are. It is similar to theBalm Inspirational and Urban Decay Gunmetal. It is more silvered than Print, while Knight Divine is lighter (and frostier).

As interesting of a shade Parlor Smoke is, the color payoff is only average, while Steel has good (but not great) pigmentation, the texture is somewhat stiff and dry (rather unexpected for a veluxe pearl in particular). It’s a cool-toned quad with a really dark, smoky feel to it (true to the name).  The colors look good together in the palette, but I expect this is more of a palette one would use in conjunction with what you already own, just because three of the four shades are quite dark.

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Parlor Smoke

B+
As interesting of a shade Parlor Smoke is, the color payoff is only average, while Steel has good (but not great) pigmentation, the texture is somewhat stiff and dry (rather unexpected for a veluxe pearl in particular). It's a cool-toned quad with a really dark, smoky feel to it (true to the name). The colors look good together in the palette, but I expect this is more of a palette one would use in conjunction with what you already own, just because three of the four shades are quite dark.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, September 10th, 2011

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer
OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “brassy gold shimmer.” It is supposed to coordinate with Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate. It’s a warmed-up yellow-tinted gold glitter mixed with brassier gold glitter particles. In lower light conditions, it looks warmer, more gold against my skin tone (which has yellow undertones), but under brighter light, it has a brassier look (more like the loose eyeshadow). The color reminded me most of China Glaze Midnight Kiss, except Cruising is the glitter version of it.

OCC’s formula is four-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, toulene, or formaldehyde resin), and it wears a full week on me with minor tip wear (but no chipping). Cruising has a glitter finish, so it will dry down really quickly–which is lovely–but you’ll pay for it later with removal (just as you would with any glittery polish). I find that pressing a soaked piece of felt or cotton against the nail for 15-20 seconds and then repeating on the other shades works well. I press and hold for each finger, and when I’ve done that for all ten, I go back to the first and actually go to pull and remove the polish off the nail. The coverage is noteworthy for two coats of polish, too–nearly opaque.  The consistency of this polish stood out to me; it was a great balance in thickness that allowed for opaque color and even glitter distribution.

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Cruising

A-
It's opaque enough on to wear on its own, but it could also be used as a layering shade. It has a great dry down time, but make sure you give yourself a good chunk of time for removal!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011


Guerlain Nuit d’Amour Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Holiday 2011: Nuit d’Amour Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Nuit d’Amour (170) Rouge Automatique ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “black red that reveals an intense plum color.” It’s definitely a shade that will intimidate at glance; it looks burgundy-brown-black with twinkles of ruby shimmer in the tube, but it’s so, so different when swatched or worn. The description sounds like they did this deliberately (“reveals”). It’s reddish-pink burgundy with hints of plum and ruby micro-shimmer. Even though the shimmer is there, it’s so fine and sparse that it’s rather subtle.  MAC Rebel is redder and brighter. Guerlain Bee looks quite similar on, but it has less red in it (and more opacity). YSL Forbidden Burgundy is a little brighter and redder but still rather similar.

The formula felt creamier than a lot of other Rouge Automatiques I’ve tried; it glides on effortlessly, but it has more of a stained look when worn, so it does look uneven in places and settles into lip lines. I didn’t have any problems with the color bleeding, though, and I wore it for six hours before removing (it held up quite well over that time period, too). It has a light violet scent but no taste, and it’s moisturizing without being too slippery.  Both the unevenness/settling are more minor than major, because they’re not noticeable from afar (well, a normal viewing distance, rather than close-up and larger-than-life)–as seen here.

Generally, Rouge Automatiques are comparable to the Rouge G lipstick, though not as thick or as opaque but still similar enough. They’re $11 cheaper than the Rouge Gs, and the colors still have the same depth and nuanced shade range that makes Guerlain lipstick always standout to me.  This particular shade and its formula seemed more like the Rouge G Brilliants, though.  To see more photos of the packaging, check out this post. I did find the slider on this particular shade to be on the stiffer side.

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Nuit d'Amour

B+
The unevenness in application is what dropped the pigmentation rating (and settling into lip lines reduced overall product quality), but it was still moisturizing, creamy, and comfortable to wear, which is why it received high marks for texture and overall product quality. It also wore six hours, which is excellent. The color itself is great for fall but rather dupeable.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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