Thursday, May 17th, 2012


MAC Hey, Sailor Pigments in Naval Blue and Old Gold

MAC Hey, Sailor Pigments

MAC Hey, Sailor Pigments ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.) include two shades: Naval Blue (deep smoky blue) and Old Gold (high frosted tarnished gold).  They are in special packaging with the naval stripes wrapping around the clear jar and have a glossy navy blue cap (as compared to the rubberized black cap of the regular packaging).  These were actually more user-friendly to use and didn’t seem to spill as much as the regular packaging, oddly enough.  Please note that neither shade is recommended for use in the lip area.

  • Naval Blue is a dark navy blue with a hint of purple–all of the blues in this launch seem to have this kiss of purple–that makes it a real pain to photograph, because sometimes it looks purpler than it ought! It’s similar to MAC Blue Storm, which came out this past fall (and was a repromote then). It’s also similar to Givenchy Lune Mordoree. For a more in-depth review, please read this review from February :) This shade is permanent at PRO stores.
  • Old Gold is a dirty brown-gold with a green flash. It’s softer, browner, and less metallic when applied dry. I couldn’t think of a dupe that has the same green tinge, but there are a few that resemble the gold hue. Maybelline Bold Gold is browner, less warm. NARS Paramaribo is similar but darker. Make Up For Ever #11 is greener, less brown. OCC Cruising is darker and browner. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is more muted, browner.

MAC Pigments are supposed to be long-wearing with special ingredients that enable it to adhere to the skin. I’ve tried several different shades damp over bare skin, and I typically get around eight hours of wear with minor creasing and fading. I prefer to use Pigments with MAC’s Mixing Medium, which is an adhesive base, and then I see flawless wear even after twelve hours. Over an eyeshadow primer, the wear is just about as good. Pigments can be used wet or dry, though they tend to intensify in color and in finish when applied damp or wet–but they do retain those qualities even after it dries.

P.S. — Because of the special packaging, MAC has tacked on an extra dollar, so if you have access to the permanent versions in regular packaging, those are $20 each.

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Naval Blue

B+
MAC makes an excellent loose color product if you combine it with a wet or adhesive base, because they have a good formula that enables the color to bind well when damp and stay vibrant all day--but when used dry or alone, they tend to under-perform.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a taupe-pewter with a metallic finish. This was a really hard color to describe; it’s golden, smoky, pewter, and kind of taupe-ish. Chanel Delight is more copper. China Glaze Swing Baby is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Superfreak is more golden. MAC Soiree has more copper shimmer. Dior Timeless Gold is more pewter. China Glaze Jingle Bells is very gold in comparison. Chanel Quartz is grayer, almost green-tinted. Zoya Jules is lighter and less warm-toned.

The formula is thin without being watery, and it applies fairly evenly and easily. It’s not quite opaque after two coats, as there is a hint of visible nail line. Three coats would yield opaque color, and with the thinness of the formula, you could get away with three without trouble. There are very fine brush strokes if you look close enough, but the finish is so shiny that you almost miss them.  I tested this particular shade (along with Burnt Topaz) to test out the wear, since I wasn’t familiar with Tom Ford’s metallic finish, and it wore for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. I do warn that I don’t generally experience chipping no matter the brand or whether I use a top coat/base coat.

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Silver Smoke

B+

The formula on this shade was better than Burnt Topaz, but I really think it needs to be flawless from every perspective with this price tag. This is a more unique shade, though, so that might be enough justification in this instance.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “matte bright yellow.” This is a vibrant, bright sunshine yellow–it has a lot of warmth. There’s a slightly goldenrod tone to it. It’s not as warm or as dark as MAC Goldenrod, but it is nearly identical to Inglot #323.  Other shades of yellow I think of are either more neutral or cool-toned or else have a lot of shimmer.

I’m determined to do a look featuring several of the new Illamasqua shades, because they’re beginning to be used together.  I’ve just been testing one or two at a time, because it’s faster, but they make my heart flutter when I see them next to each other.  Hype has good color payoff and feels very soft and smooth–but it has a slightly drier texture compared to the other shades recently launched.  Not so dry that it becomes difficult to use, because it still has a lot of color richness and blends well on the lid, but the texture is a little different from the others.  It wore just over seven hours with slight fading around the edges but no creasing.  I think it just barely stained my lids when worn without a base.

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Hype

B+
Hype has good color payoff and feels very soft and smooth--but it has a slightly drier texture compared to the other shades recently launched. Not so dry that it becomes difficult to use, because it still has a lot of color richness and blends well on the lid, but the texture is a little different from the others.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Revlon Cupcake Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Cupcake Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Cupcake Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Cupcake ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, yet brightened, lilac pink with cool, blue undertones and a naturally glossy sheen. MAC Snob is a bit paler, not as vibrant, and more opaque. MAC Saint Germain is paler, more opaque. MAC Pink Nouveau is more vibrant, opaque, and pinker. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake is less lilac, almost gray-ish (in comparison), and more opaque. MAC Pink Popcorn is darker, pinker. MAC Naughty Saute is more opaque and slightly pinker. MAC Dress It Up is less lilac, more opaque. MAC All Styled Up is a little lighter and more opaque. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is pinker, lighter.

The sheerness of the formula (and this range is supposed to be sheer to medium in coverage) actually makes this type of color infinitely more wearable than its opaque counterparts! It has a thin, slick consistency that glides easily onto lips, but it does wear away quickly–Cupcake only managed to stay on my lips for an hour and a half (as opposed to the average lipstick lasting four hours on me). It contains a little less product than the average lipstick (typically 0.10 to 0.12 oz.) and requires frequent reapplication, but it is a more moisturizing formula.

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Cupcake

B+
It wears away a little too quickly, but otherwise, it's a great product--so if you don't mind reapplying every hour or so, then it might still be a formula you'd enjoy. If you've ever wanted to rock a lilac pink but found more opaque versions to be too much, this is a nice alternative.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

MAC Speak Louder Cremesheen Lipstick
MAC Speak Louder Cremesheen Lipstick

MAC Speak Louder Cremesheen Lipstick

MAC Speak Louder Cremesheen Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean poppy blue pink.” It’s a vibrant medium-dark pink-red with a subtle blue undertone and a soft, natural sheen. MAC Impassioned is much more vibrant, more coral. MAC Party Parrot is much more coral. MAC Moxie is darker, more intense. MAC Full Fuchsia is more vibrant, brighter.  Against my skin tone, it doesn’t read as cool-toned as it is in the tube.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, and it’s one of the creamier Cremesheens I’ve used. It glides on better than others within the finish, though it’s not as creamy as an Amplified finish. What’s interesting about this color is that it’s the more muted sister of a lot of the really vibrant, nearly-neon shades that have become immensely popular/sold out. I wouldn’t described it as muted generally, though, as it is fairly bright on the face.  Speak Louder wore for a solid five hours when I tested it.

I’m not a huge fan of the Cremesheen finish–it’s a bit drying (some shades more so than others).  I’d also love a slightly creamier consistency so that it would really glide easily and evenly across the lips.  Speak Louder wasn’t drying but neither was it moisturizing.  It is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste (same scent as other MAC lipsticks and lip products).

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Speak Louder

B+
With its subtle cool undertone and brighter color, this shade will flatter a wide range of skin tones. It's not as bright as a lot of the recent peony pinks on the market, but it's still plenty vibrant.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, April 30th, 2012

Guerlain Extrait de Rose (262) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Extrait de Rose (262) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Extrait de Rose (262) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Extrait de Rose (262) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia pink.” It’s a brightened medium pink with silver and fuchsia sparkle. Revlon Lollipop is much more fuchsia and brighter. MAC Pink Burst is similar but a bit brighter. Chanel Belgravia is lighter. It’s almost a neutral pink; it’s very subtly cool-toned, but the brightness counteracts that so it should be wearable across many skin tones.

The formula is supposed to be moisturizing, long-wearing, and full of shine. It’s supposed to be the “sheer and sparkling side” of the Rouge Automatique range, which has a more subdued finish and more opaque color. It is very reminiscent of Guerlain’s Rouge G de Brilliant formula, actually–but with more color payoff.

The sparkling shimmer in Extrait de Rose is fantastic; it looks wet and glistening and eye-catching on the lips. It really is stunning, and it’s something that’s worth seeing in person for that effect alone. It’s reminiscent of Chanel’s Glossimers in that half of what is so appealing is hard to capture in a photo! I can feel all of the sparkle and shimmer from the very beginning of application until the very end. It’s not coarse and gritty, but I do feel it–it feels flat and micro in size but noticeable every time I lightly pressed my lips together. There is a little bit of traveling after three hours of wear.

It’s not long-wearing–this has a very creamy, slippery consistency that allows for easy application and excellent glide, but it is definitely prone to disappearing. On me (and keep in mind, non-long-wearing lipsticks wear four hours on me), it wears for three and a half hours. I’ve also tested some of the lighter shades, and those disappear as quick as two and half hours. Guerlain doesn’t indicate a specific hour of wear claim, but they do say this is long-lasting; by signaling it’s a product meant to be longer-wearing, it should last longer than regular lipsticks. Rouge Automatiques last four to eight hours, depending on the shade.

Shine Automatique has a fair amount of slip–reminiscent of a lip balm. Thankfully, it actually is moisturizing while you wear it; my lips always felt good after wearing these, and I wore several shades back-to-back.  Lately, I’ve come across too many of these high-shine formulas that claim to hydrate but end up leaving my lips dehydrated, so I’m very glad to see that there’s no lack of moisturizing elements in this formula.  The lipstick feels lightweight and comfortable to wear, and it’s the kind of product that is easily worn alone–it already has the high-shine of a gloss.  These have the same scent as Rouge Automatiques and come in the same type of packaging.

Ingredients

Polyglyceryl-2, Triisostearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polydecene, Synthetic Wax, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutene, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Ozokerite, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyethylene, Parfum (Fragrance), BHT, Tin Oxide, Propyl Gallate, [+/- Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 6 Lake, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), CI 15985(Yellow 6 Lake),CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake) CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 45380 (Red 21 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 73360 (Red 30 Lake), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet)].

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Extrait de Rose

B+
As long as you don't mind that it isn't long-wearing, it's still worth checking out. The way the sparkles dance and play with the light is exceptionally lovely--shimmer-lovers will know what I'm talking about!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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