Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Estee Lauder Impulsive (210) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Impulsive (210) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Impulsive (210) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with soft, yellow undertones and a natural finish. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is very similar in color, just more matte. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is darker. Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is darker, more matte. Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is slightly darker. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is more shimmery. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I reviewed a lot of shades from the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick formula previously, so just to recap: the formula is supposed to be very hydrating and pigmented with a creamy consistency. Impulsive is nicely pigmented, but the creamier consistency has enough slip in it that it looks a bit streaky applied. I don’t think it’s too noticeable from a normal viewing distance, but it’s not as foolproof as other shades in the range. It lasted for four hours on me, but it was nicely hydrating during that time.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Gabrielle Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gabrielle Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since, but I thought it was time for an update for the shades still available today. I’ve been working on this for sometime now when time allows, so I’m SO excited to post finally! :) I went through Guerlain’s list on their own website, and I also checked a few retailers’ websites for available shades, and here’s part one!

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Gabrielle is described as a “pearly pale pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a light golden champagne shimmer with a glossy, luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the lighter color paired with the creamier consistency makes this one slightly streaky applied. It wears well for four hours on me while being hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gemma is described as a “rosy mauve.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle, cool undertones and a warmer, golden pearl. The finish is lightly glossy with a fair amount of shy. The consistency is lightweight, hydrating, and glides on easily but doesn’t settle into lip lines or look streaky on. It had mostly opaque color coverage and lasted for five hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Georgia is described as a “rosy pink.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had full color coverage, while the formula was comfortable to wear, moisturizing, and lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Geraldine is brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that lasted for five and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girly is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coral-pink with warm, reddish undertones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and smoothly while wearing for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gigi is fuchsia-red with cool undertones and a glossy finish. It had rich color payoff that covered well and lasted for six and a half hours, while it left a stain behind. It was nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gladys is medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, pink undertones and lighter pink pearly shimmer. It had rich, full color coverage that went on beautifully with even, smooth color. It’s the kind of formula that makes lips look fuller and healthier than they really are. The color lasted six and a half hours on me and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Nude Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.31 oz.) includes three, full-sized peach-hued lip products, plus a glittery bag to put them in. The set launches October 17th online and will head in stores on the 23rd (see full details here. The set contains $47 worth of products (plus the bag).

Chic Supremacy Lipglass is described as a “soft creamy yellow nude.” It’s a light, yellowed peach with subtle gold shimmer. It looks mostly like a cream color applied. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was milky and thick enough that it settled into lip lines and was tough to even out. It lasted for three hours applied. Too Faced Naked Dolly (LE) is lighter. NARS Striptease (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Revved Up (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE) is similar. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is warmer. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is pinker. MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Fashion Whim (P, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kiss the King Lipstick is described as a “peachy coral [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, pink-mauve with gold shimmer and luminous finish. While there is warmth from the gold shimmer, the underlying color reads rather cool-toned on me. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a noticeable golden sheen and an overlal lightening of the lips. It lasted for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny (LE, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker. L’Oreal Ballerina Shoes (135) (P, $8.95) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Quiver (P, $48.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Boldly Bare Lip Pencil is described as a “dirty red brown.” It’s a muted, light-medium peach-brown with a matte finish. It lasts for six and a half hours, but it can be hard to apply all-over the lips. It gets a little tacky while it is drying down, so take care not to press lips together initially. It feels clingy and dry, but it wasn’t actually drying while worn. This is part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $19.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Deep (P, $19.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $19.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Envy Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bluish-purple with cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it had the same really creamy consistency as other shades in the range. This one was loaded with shimmer, which helped to camouflage some of the underlying unevenness of the color itself, so it looked fairly good in person, even if up-close isn’t 100% amazing. It wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind an eggplant-hued stain behind. NYX Immortal (P, $6.00) is much purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technopagan (P, $18.00) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Sinful Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark blue with a glossy finish. The consistency was creamy with a lot of slip, but it applied beautifully with rich, opaque color that went on evenly. It stayed on for six hours. It’s not metallic in its finish, though, and it has barely-there shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Vain (P, $18.00) Illamasqua Disciple (P, $24.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Betrayal Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a lightly brightened, medium-dark purple with subtle cool undertones and a violet shimmer. It’s not really metallic in finish–more glossy with a faint shimmer that gets lost in it. The texture was creamy with a lot of slip, and it did show in the application, as the color didn’t go on evenly and looked streaky. This one needs a lip primer or pencil to work. It is also easier to work with if you blot it down slightly, as removing some of the slip made it stay in place better. It lasted for four and a half hours and left a fuchsia stain behind. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pagan (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is more matte, warmer. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is more muted, slightly warmer. MAC Fervent (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00 for 1.08 oz.) includes six powder blushes and a cream highlighter–all shades from Benefit’s permanent line-up in a metal tin. I found the color of Bella Bamba and CORALista to be different in the palette compared to my standalone versions, with CORALista being very different and Bella Bamba more “within variation” that you might expect over the years and the like. The change in color may appeal to you, or it may disappoint you, depending on the color you prefer. Most of Benefit’s blushes run rather warm-toned, and there are a lot of warm pink/coral variations here, so it may feel redundant if you are on the hunt for a really diverse blush palette. The packaging is ridiculously bulky and clunky–all I could think of was, “Why is this so heavy and noisy?” A few readers mentioned they easily depotted the blushes from the palette, so hopefully that’s an option for others. It’s unnecessarily large and nowhere near travel-friendly, and of course, it is very decked out in holiday-print, so it may feel out of place in April.

Hoola, Coralista, Bella Bamba, and Rockateur each contain 0.17 oz. of product, while Dandelion contains 0.14 oz, Sugarbomb contains 0.21 oz., and Watt’s Up! contains 0.05 oz. It works out to be about $103 in value across the seven products included in it–most of the blushes are about half the size of full-size, while Rockateur is the same as a full-sized one (I’m not sure how that worked out!). I think if you’ve always wanted to try Benefit’s blushes, or you’ve tried one or two but have wanted more, this is a great opportunity to try them.

Dandelion is a light, muted pink with subtle warm undertones and a barely-there gold shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blends easily and wears for seven and a half hours on me. Benefit describes this particular Box o’ Powder as a highlighter to “brighten” the complexion. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bella Bamba (Palette) is a medium-dark pink with frosted, gold shimmer. The texture was a little dry–almost crumbly to the touch–so it didn’t go on smoothly as I would have liked. With some buffing and blending, it will work into the skin and look lovely, but it’s not quite as easy to use as my full-sized version. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugarbomb is a frosted, pink-tinged peach with a golden sheen. It’s a lighter shade, so it will not yield a lot of visible color on most skin tones, but it is pigmented (just light). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Hoola is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and was easy to apply, as the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin. There was a tiny bit of powderiness to it, but it wasn’t noticeable on the skin. When I tested the wear, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

CORALista (Palette) is a light peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, gold finish. This one is very different from the box I have–it is very, very light and orange, whereas the original I have is pinker. Aside from the major color difference, the texture was a little dry, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. The color payoff was pretty good, and it didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Rockateur is a soft, rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft, satiny finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit powdery, but it didn’t look cakey applied. This blush stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Watt’s Up! is a soft, champagne beige. It’s a cream-to-powder highlighter that doesn’t emphasize pores, wears just over eight hours, and gives a luminous sheen wherever it’s applied. The glow is strong enough that it is visible, but it isn’t metallic or wet-looking. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) recently released, and the formula is described as “richly pigmented” and having a “dazzling metallic finish.” The best way for me to sum up the formula was: surprising, in a good way. Most of the shades are quite metallic, and most of them have good color payoff. The formula is creamy and slippery, yet many of the shades went on well without too much unevenness (though some were problematic, see Scandalous below). I expected they’d wear away quickly, due to the slippery nature of the texture, but they wore about average (four hours) or longer. I didn’t notice any scent or taste for most, though a couple had a very subtle waxy scent that I noticed in the tube but not on.

NYX Trickery Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a dirty, olive green with fine gold shimmer for a frosted, metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied fairly well, but there was some unevenness. The texture was creamy, surprisingly slippery, so I was actually impressed it looked as good on as it did, given how emollient the formula was. I was even more surprised that it lasted for five hours; it seemed like a lot of the slickness disappeared within an hour, and once it did, it didn’t move readily. It was neither drying nor hydrating, and it was comfortable to wear. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fragmented (LE, $18.00) was the closest I had, but it is a lot sheerer and lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Risque Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a rich, emerald green with metallic green shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and again, the formula felt incredibly creamy and emollient, yet it applied a lot better than expected. There was slight unevenness, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The color wore well for almost five hours, and it left a light stain behind. Dolce and Gabbana Smeraldo (LE, $33.00) is much darker, sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chlorophyll (P, $18.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Scandalous Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a glossy, pearly finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the high slip in the formula made itself quite apparent with its uneven coverage. It slides around a lot, and it is very high maintenance to wear on its own. A lip liner is a must with this one, I’d say. Alone, it lasted for three and a half hours. NYX Pistachio (P, $6.00) is a lot lighter. Illamasqua Apocalips (P, $24.00) is more matte, darker, bluer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chlorophyll (P, $18.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — If you don’t dig unconventional colors, that’s cool, but please don’t criticize or insult those who do. Not everyone loves red lipstick OR green lipstick but that’s why options exist :)

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