Friday, December 12th, 2014

Tom Ford Preston, Justin, Cooper, Jack, Francesco Lip Colors
Tom Ford Preston, Justin, Cooper, Jack, Francesco Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “fuchsia to magentas.” It’s a very description of this set of shades! These all seemed to have a little more slip and creaminess compared to the average Lip Color from Tom Ford, which made a few shades harder to apply without getting streaks/lines. Most of these shades are more dupable than not, so you may find a new go-to or else feel like you’re covered with your current stash. Of these, I thought the best performers were Cooper and Francesco.

Right now, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time).

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Preston Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, cool-toned, light-medium pink with very strong blue undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a more emollient consistency that slid around lips moreso than other shades in the range. It was hydrating, but it also looked somewhat streaky. This shade lasted for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Justin Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and lighter pink and fuchsia pearl. It had a glossier, wetter finish, though this one applied more evenly than Preston. It had fairly rich color payoff, but there was a light translucency to the color that will let the natural lip color come through. This shade wore well for four and a half hours, left a light stain behind, and was moisturizing over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cooper Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a lightly brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a very fine fuchsia pearl. It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, while the color itself wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was comfortable to wear and hydrating over time. It is one of the more dupable shades in the line-up, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jack Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a light shine. It had more slip in its consistency, so it glided on really easily and felt hydrating instantly, but it did leave lines if you pressed your lips together as the color moved somewhat. The brighter and darker coloring made it less apparent than it might have been had the color been light, but it was still there. This shade stayed on well for four hours with slight staining, and it was nicely hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Francesco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-red with lighter fuchsia shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a creamy, lightweight texture that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for almost six hours and left a reddish stain behind. It was lightly hydrating but not quite as moisturizing as some of the other shades featured in this review. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neon yellow green with a pearlized finish.” It’s a brightened chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage but has a slightly translucency quality to it. I found it to be buildable to opaque color in two layers patted onto the lid (it seemed more pigmented applied with a brush than fingertip, actually). Once on, it wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Colour Pop Sour (P, $5.00) is lighter and yellower. Kat Von D Cult (LE) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME338 Acidic Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #17 (P, $32.00) is darker, power. Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur (P, $8.25) is darker, powder. Sephora Collection Apple Mojito (06) (P, $13.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. MAC Lime (P, $15.00) is matte, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Ibiza Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright turquoise with silver and gold duochrome finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua teal with cool undertones and gold and silver sparkle. This shade swatched better than it applied, as it seemed to fade as I worked with it on the lid to a duller bluish-teal. It seemed like it had really good color payoff, but it wasn’t as impressive applied–I also didn’t get the duochrome effect they described. How it appeared after the initial application is how it stayed for the next ten hours, so it didn’t fade further, I just wasn’t able to get the intensity of it in the pan/swatch to translate on the lid. There was minor fall out over time. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is darker, bluer, powder. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is darker, powder. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is greener, powder. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Kimono Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright cobalt blue with silver, blue and violet glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, muted cobalt blue with blue and silver shimmer and glitter. This shade was mostly opaque, but it again had that slight translucency where it seemed a little faded. It was buildable when I used it on the lid, but I wish it was more pigmented right out of the pot. It wore well for ten hours with a small amount of fall out. Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is darker, powder. Kat Von D Estrella (LE) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE) is purpler. Kat Von D Entombed (P) is darker, powder. Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is brighter, powder. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is brighter, powder. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is darker, powder. MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Shameless Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black drizzled with multiple shades of green [with a metallic finish].” It’s a deep black with emerald green and teal sparkle. It had good color payoff both swatched and applied, but it was a little harder to blend on the skin to really diffuse the edge. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing, and it had slight fall out after a few hours of wear. bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is lighter, powder. Sephora Collection Jungle Party (09) (P, $13.00) is greener, powder. Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Tom Ford Ian Lipstick
Tom Ford Ian Lipstick

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “light pinks to mauves.” James and Richard were both lovely, which is no surprise since they’re repromotes of this past fall’s lipsticks. You can find Addison (which is part of this family) here, as it was sold out when I originally placed my order, and I already reviewed it! :)

Right now, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time).

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Ian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a frosted gold shimmer. The finish was rather glossy, and it felt a lot more like Lip Color Sheer than a Lip Color. The glossier, wetter consistency paired with semi-sheer color coverage just doesn’t ring true to the Lip Color formula. The color applied somewhat streaky, which is probably because of how much slip it had, and did settle into lip lines just slightly. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and moderately moisturizing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flynn Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly. This one seemed to pull into lip lines slightly after two and a half hours of wear, though it lasted for four and a half all in all. It was lightly hydrating and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Addison Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) was reviewed previously here.

James Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a natural finish–a little shine but not glossy. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, easy-to-apply formula that went on beautifully. On me, the color wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating over time. This is the same as Twist of Fate, which was a limited edition shade released this past fall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Richard Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark warm-toned plum with a satin finish. There was very, very fine white-silver pearl. This shade had full color coverage, and the consistency was creamy enough to apply evenly and smoothly, but it didn’t slide around on the lips. It lasted for five hours on me and kept my lips moisturized during that time. This is the same as Negligee, which was a limited edition shade released this past fall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Tom Ford Alexander, Patrick, Michael, John, Giacomo Lip Colors
Tom Ford Alexander, Patrick, Michael, John, Giacomo Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “pop pinks to roses.” Right now, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time).

You can check out sneak peek swatches here and here for the other shades. :) The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Alexander Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, blue-based cotton candy pink with a soft shimmer. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but it didn’t go on quite as evenly as I would have liked. The consistency just doesn’t feel luxuriously smooth, so I was a bit disappointed. The color wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Patrick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium coral with a hint of pink and a luminous shine. It had rich color payoff and hid my lip freckle entirely with a smooth, moderately creamy texture that made the lipstick apply evenly. This shade stayed on well for four hours when I tested it, and it was nicely moisturizing while I wore it. I really liked this shade, but it seems rather dupable, so you may have something like it in your stash. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Michael Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and was comfortable to wear. It was lightly hydrating, but it lasted for five hours, so a bit longer than the first two in the post. I also found this one harder to dupe, because it’s a very pink-driven shade that’s still warm-leaning, and the frost finish made it more unusual. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

John Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a heavier frosted finish. it had rich, fully opaque pigmentation that covered lips well and applied with even color. It wore well for almost six hours and was a little hydrating (but the least hydrating of this set). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giacomo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm undertones and a very fine golden shimmer. It had full color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without tugging, while delivering even color. It wore well for almost six hours and was moderately moisturizing over time. The finish on this one reminded me of a less glossy version of Guerlain’s Rouge G formula due to the inclusion of pearl. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.60 oz.) is most notable as being a more cool-toned palette in what feels like a neverending sea of warm-toned palettes. It’s decent to good, but a few shades were troublesome to wear on bare skin as they didn’t adhere as well and tended to look faded and uneven. Some shades wore for six hours, others wore for a full eight. The texture of the eyeshadows, on the whole, was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. There were a couple that were a little powdery, but some were really easy to work with. For me, it was a bit of a mixed bag, and that always leaves me feeling lukewarm. I think if you use a white base or a good primer, it has potential, but it was a lot like Chrysalis in terms of how it felt and applied. I would have loved to see less mid-tone browns in this palette (perhaps a cool beige as one and a deeper brown).

Just a little note, that though the size seems like the Monarch/Chrysalis palettes (I checked, they seem exactly the same size from width to thickness), the amount in this one is actually a bit less, with the size going from 0.73 oz. to 0.60 oz. Price has stayed the same.

Gravitron is a cool-toned, iridescent pink-white with lilac shimmer. It was soft and silky with decent to good color payoff, though it tended to sheer out more easily when applied to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vast is a muted, medium taupe brown with a subtle, gray tint and a soft, frosted finish. It’s more of a neutral brown than one that leans really warm or cool-toned. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, smooth, blendable consistency. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lycan is a bright, yellow-toned, creamy white with a matte finish. The texture felt silky and was a smidgen powdery, so I’d use a lighter touch with it in the pan to prevent excessive dustiness on the eye (just gets everywhere, particularly lashes). It had good color payoff and lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Night Crawler is a cool-toned, taupe with strong gray tones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and it went on really smoothly and evenly. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dios is a muted, silver-shimmered dark gray with bluish tones and a soft, satiny finish. It was powdery and a little dry to me, and this was one that I found difficult to apply to bare skin. It looked uneven and patchy when I used it, and it seemed even more faded after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lunacy is a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture ran drier, it adhered better to the skin and was easier to use than I expected. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Astrological is a brightened lavender with a subtle golden sheen. It was soft but powdery, and prone to sheering out when you applied it, so it always looked a little faded. It lasted for seven hours before fading even more. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Darkstar is a deepened, gray taupe with a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and almost creamy. This was the best one in the palette, even with wear that lasted eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orion is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It was somewhat powdery, though very silky and finely-milled. I wish this had been darker and cooler in tone to fit the palette better. The color looked worn after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

3AM is a brightened, light-medium warm taupe brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had great color payoff, but it’s a shade that’s so soft that it easily turns powdery. If you know in advance, it seems controllable to the point where it doesn’t feel or act powdery when you apply it. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonshine is a brightened silver with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and fairly rich without being powdery. This shade creased after seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Killing Moon is a deep black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. The texture is a little dry, but it doesn’t seem powdery, just drier. It may take a little extra patience to blend out on the lid, depending on how much you use. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Revlon HD Pink Sapphire Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon HD Pink Sapphire Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as an richly pigmented, lightweight, “never sticky” gloss with a “high-impact shine.” The best part about the gloss is that it delivers quite well on pigmentation, and they initially feel quite comfortable on with a creamy, almost gel-like quality to them. However, they get very tacky as they wear on, and the gloss itself is thicker. It’s not quite as thick as MAC Lipglass, but it is similarly tacky. I’m not keen on the brush-type applicator and feel like a doe-foot would have been better, as the strands of the brush tend to push the color outside the natural lip line and leave it looking slightly uneven (probably not noticeable from a normal viewing distance). They didn’t seem to have much of a scent, but in the tube, there was a very subtle sweetness. The formula is neither drying nor hydrating on me.

Revlon HD Pink Sapphire (520) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium bubblegum pink with gold sparkle. It is very milky applied, and it was one of the lesser pigmented shades in the range with semi-sheer coverage. It settles into lip lines and is hard to get to look even, due to the milkiness. It lasted for three hours on me. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is less sparkly. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is less glossy, darker, less sparkly. NYX Strawberry Parfait (P, $5.00) is less sparkly. NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is lighter, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Petalite (540) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium coral-pink with fine gold shimmer and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage (you can’t see my lip freckle for the most part) that goes on fairly evenly. The color wore well for four and a half hours on me. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is sheerer, warmer. NARS Super Orgasm (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Smoky Topaz (570) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium rosy beige with fine white shimmer. It had rich pigmentation that covered evenly for the most part with very minimal settling. This shade stayed on well for four and a half hours on me. MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is much lighter. MAC French Kiss (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is less shimmery, darker. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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