Sunday, October 28th, 2012

MAC Divine Desire Quite Coral Kit
MAC Divine Desire Quite Coral Kit

More Peach Awaits You!

MAC Divine Desire Quite Coral Kit ($70.00) contains Born to Love (blush, coral), In a Heartbeat (Lipstick, pale clean coral), and Pure Flattery (Lipglass, soft coral cream), and Photogravure (Technakohl Liner, deep chocolate brown).

The blush is 0.09 oz. (not full-size, it is about the size of the larger MAC eyeshadow pots), lipglass is 0.17 oz. (full-sized), lipstick is 0.10 oz. (full-sized), and eyeliner is 0.012 oz. (full-sized). The kit contains $53.00 worth of product, excluding the brush. The full-sized 129 retails for $35, but MAC does not sell SE brushes on their own (SE brushes are machine-made, while full-sized or SH brushes are handmade). The whole set is housed in a peach satin container with a glossy black trim and bow at the enclosure. You could use it as a very small clutch later on, as the plastic insert is removable. If it’s packaging you would reuse, then this set has more value to you than the products alone.

Born to Love is a coral-pink with a brown-ish tinge that is what gives it a subdued quality. There’s a delicate champagne-gold shimmer-sheen. The way this blush applies yields a very ethereal finish–a little glow but not a lot of frost, even it does have a frost finish officially. It is on the sheer side, though; it doesn’t add a lot of color to my medium complexion, and I layered three passes of color for swatches. For light to light-medium complexions, this will be lovely. MAC Legendary is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Peach Boy is very similar. Tom Ford Lovelust has a warmer, slightly pinker sheen, but they are similar.

In a Heartbeat is a soft, warm peach with a hint of pink–but it’s mostly peach. It has opaque color coverage, and it has Cremesheen finish. MAC Reel Sexy is a bit more coral. YSL Peach Passion is a touch darker. Illamasqua Brink is similar–more matte. is lighter.

Pure Flattery is a warm peach with multi-colored micro-shimmer (looks mostly white/champagne). On lips, it’s a soft, medium peach with semi-opaque color coverage. Guerlain Sable Show is lighter, more beige. MAC Naked Space is creamier, lighter. MAC Poetic License has less shimmer.

Photogravure is a dark chocolate brown with warm undertones. It has good payoff in a single pass and can be layered. Chanel Brun-Teak is similar. MAC Brownborder is also similar.

Born to Love is a shade I could see a lot of people wanting, and it’s a bummer that it’s part of this pricey kit and not a standalone item!  I wasn’t able to get true-to-pan color, though, so darker complexions will find it acts more as a highlighter than a blusher.  When I tested the wear, it lasted six hours but was noticeably faded by the seventh hour.  In a Heartbeat wore for four hours, and it was just a bit drying.  Pure Flattery lasted three and a half hours.  Photogravure is similar to other warm brown eyeliners on the market, but it lasted for eight hours without fading.

As stated before, the included 129SE brush is similar to the full-sized version, which is already a somewhat scratchy brush.  It is a little scratchier than the full-sized version, but I found it was more prone to shedding after two or three washes.  It also seemed to get scratchier after washing, too, than it was when I initially opened up the kit.

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MAC Divine Desire Quite Coral Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This is a kit where it makes the most sense if you love all of the products, but if you know you won't wear one or more items, it's not a good buy.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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4/5

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Sunday, October 28th, 2012

MAC Lavish Coral Lip Look Bag
MAC Shy Girl Lipstick

Don’t Be Shy, Girl — Lavish Yourself with… Peach

MAC Lavish Coral Lip Look Bag ($39.50) contains Shy Girl (lipstick, creamy neutral coral beige), Kiss Me Softly (Cremesheen Glass, soft peach with gold pearl), and Boldly Bare (lip pencil, dirty red brown).

The lipstick is 0.10 oz. (full-sized), Cremesheen Glass is 0.09 oz. (full-sized), and the lip pencil is 0.02 oz. (full-sized is 0.05 oz.). The value of the three products is $40.50, and then you also get a vinyl bag with leopard-print and pink satin that peeks through it.

Shy Girl is a warm peach with very subtle golden shimmer and has a natural sheen. It has a Cremesheen finish, and it is part of the permanent range. MAC Gotta Dash is brighter, lighter. YSL Tender Peach is more opaque and peachier, while YSL Peach Passion is pinker and more opaque. Illamasqua Brink is brighter, more orange. MAC Fashion City is more orange.

Kiss Me Softly is a warm peach-beige with barely-there golden shimmer. On lips, it yields semi-sheer color coverage and does settle into lip lines a bit. I didn’t notice the settling too much from a distance. Chanel Mystery is darker. MAC Persistent Peach is pinker and more opaque. Chanel Genie is more orange. MAC Mimmy is similar. MAC Celestial Kiss is darker orange.

Boldly Bare is a subdued, medium orange-brown with a matte finish. The texture is true-to-form; it’s creamy enough to apply on lips, but it doesn’t smudge or move once you’ve applied it (even initially).

When you layer all three products, you can achieve a light-medium orange peach with a glossy sheen and not much shimmer–it looks very creamy. I would argue that this set is more peach than it is coral. It’s just peach, peach, and more peach (and brown). If you were hoping for a true coral, you might want to check out some of MAC’s permanent products (Crosswires comes to mind).

I, unfortunately, do not have a fully positive experience with the Cremesheen formula–I find them drying and Shy Girl isn’t an exception (I actually reviewed it just this past April). It’s somewhat drying, and while it has the word “Creme” in the name, it does tug and pull at the lips a little. After a few swipes, it’s easier to apply (I think they do better at warmer temperatures). It lasted for just over there hours on me. Kiss Me Softly lasted a measly hour when I tested it, which is consistent with the Cremesheen Glass formula, but it’s still a really quick-to-leave-you gloss. Boldly Bare wears like iron, but it’s not a product that I can wear on its own; it’s a little dry and uncomfortable by itself. When I wore all three together, the combination lasted six hours, though the glossiness had faded after an hour and a half.

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MAC Lavish Coral Lip Look Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
If you have good experiences with Cremesheen finishes and Cremesheen Glasses, this bag will definitely work better for you than it did me! I know that for some, these are favorite finishes/products.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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4/5

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012


MAC Glamour Daze Lipsticks

For Those Who Love Non-Traditional Holiday Lip Color

MAC Glamour Daze Lipsticks ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) are available in five shades: Beauty (pale cool pink), Dramatic Encounter (deep purple), Glamourdaze (mid-tone creamy plum), Innocence (soft coral), and Outrageously Fun (mid-tone magenta violet).

Beauty is a light, cool-toned pink with a soft frosted finish, though it is officially a glaze finish by MAC. It’s more of a gray-ish pink than a blue-based one. The light color paired with the finish really accentuated the texture of my lips in a way I felt made them look very dry. The color coverage was mostly opaque. When I wore this shade, it lasted for three hours, and I tried wearing it back-to-back, and I found it slightly drying. MAC Lazy Sunday is a bit pinker, creamier. MAC You’re Perfect Already is warmer, pinker. MAC Annemiek is cooler-toned, sheerer. Chanel Candeur is similar, just a sheerer formula. MAC Double Spin is even cooler-toned. MAC Mlle is extremely similar.

Dramatic Encounter is a dark, burgundy red with faint burgundy shimmer. It’s mostly opaque in color, and it has an amplified finish. MAC describes it as deep purple, but it’s more wine–a lot of red in this shade. This shade lasted for six hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating; I did see some very faint feathering along the upper left edge of my lip after three and a half hours. The texture was very slick–almost wet in a way–creamy but thin. Chanel L’Impatiente is redder, lighter. MAC Hang Up is a bit redder, more berry–makes this shade look brown-ish. MAC Endless Drama is a smidgen redder.

Glamourdaze is a subdued plummy red with a glossy sheen. It has a Cremesheen finish and opaque color coverage. It had a slightly stiff consistently–much like the Cremesheen finish tends to be, which I just don’t find to be creamy. It wore for five hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Offshoot is a smidgen pinker. CoverGirl Fervor is a little more intense. Cle de Peau #117 is very similar. Dior Raspberry is also similar. MAC Capricious is lighter, pinker.

Innocence is a light-medium coral with warm undertones and a delicate golden peach frosted shimmer. It has opaque color, and it has a frost finish–and it’s extremely frosted. Like Beauty, the lighter color paired with the high frost finish tended to make lips appear drier. It wore for four hours and was somewhat drying. MAC Coral Bliss is darker, pinker, less frosted. MAC Cut a Caper is darker, pinker. NARS Bolero is a smidgen pinker but close in color.

Outrageously Fun is a blue-based magenta pink with a natural sheen. It has opaque color coverage, and it has a Cremesheen finish. There are a lot of fuchsias on the market, but what will make this one stand out (at least, somewhat) is it is very magenta and cool-toned–less pink than it is magenta. It lasted four hours on my lips, and it was a smidgen drying. Chanel Extatique is pinker, iridescent. OCC Nylon is infinitely brighter. MAC Dear Diary is darker, brighter. MAC Candy Yum Yum is darker, brighter as well. MAC Pink Pigeon is deeper, matte. Chanel Kensington is pinker.

Glamourdaze was the best performer out of the five, because it wore well and didn’t dry out lips.  Beauty and Innocence were the more problematic of the shades, while I did encounter feathering with Dramatic Encounter, so you may want to be prepared to use a lip liner with that particular shade–very few products bleed/feather, so I am a bit concerned.  Outrageously Fun is, well, fun; aside from the slightly drying result, it’s a nice alternative to some of the recently released neon magenta shades.

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MAC Glamour Daze Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B+
There are some great colors here, but the formulas aren't the best-of-the-best (and not the best of MAC, overall). I imagine that the two that will resonate well with most will be Glamourdaze and Outrageously Fun.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Extatique Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is bright fuchsia pink with iridescent fuchsia-pink shimmer. It’s almost as bright applied to lips as it appears in the tube. The finish is fairly frosty. Le Metier de Beaute Paris is darker, more magenta. MAC Pink Pigeon is much cooler-toned and doesn’t have shimmer. NYX Pink Lyric is similar but doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Show Orchid is more intense, slightly darker. Illamasqua Welt is pinker.

Of the new Rouge Allures that I’ve reviewed so far, I liked Extatique the least, as far as the formula went. There’s something about this shade that yielded a drier consistency, and with the frosted finish, I felt it looked dry on my lips, too. It wasn’t hydrating when I wore it, though it lasted six hours, and I wouldn’t say it dried my lips out.  The texture could be creamier, and for a formula described as hydrating, this falls short.  It did deliver mostly opaque color payoff (and it seemed sheer when swatched, so I was happy to see it was as pigmented as Chanel describes).

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Extatique

B+
The color is fun and bright, but it lacks hydration, and the consistency of the formula could be creamier, which would give it a better appearance when applied.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Butter London Dodgy Barnett Nail Lacquer
Butter London Dodgy Barnett Nail Lacquer

Butter London Dodgy Barnett Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “highly holographic lacquer in a classic shade that blurs the line between grey and silver.” It looks like a soft, paled silver-gray shimmer suspended in a clear base, but it definitely has holographic shimmer as soon as the light catches it. The particles aren’t chunky or gritty, like glitter, but they’re a bit larger than shimmer. Milani HD is comparable–the particles are just larger and it has a more silver coloring.

I applied two coats, and it was noticeably sheer throughout. You could definitely get more opacity by layering on a third coat, or forego wearing it alone and use it layered over your favorite polish. The consistency, color payoff, and look were really comparable with Trustafarian. Dodgy Barnett is thin enough to be able to use three coats fairly comfortably; it won’t feel overly thick or take eons to dry. Butter London’s formula wears well on me, lasting a week or longer, with very minor tip wear and no chipping, whether used with a base/top coat or just the polish.

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Dodgy Burnett

B+
If you prefer using three coats, sheerer holographic polishes, or holographic polishes for layering, Dodgy Barnett may appeal to you! If you want something really opaque, you might want to keep looking.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Revlon Tutti Frutti Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Tutti Frutti Colorburst Lip Butter

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Tutti Frutti

Revlon Tutti Frutti Colorburst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a pop of tangerine orange with a glossy sheen. MAC Saigon Summer is more orange. Clarins Sunset Rouge is lighter and shimmery. Chanel Sari d’Eau is more orange, more vibrant. Guerlain Orange Euphorique is lighter and shimmery. Chanel Sari Dore is a bit lighter. Chanel Exotic is close but more opaque. Cle de Peau #26 is a touch lighter.

Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter formula is supposed to have “sheer to medium color” with a shiny finish and be ultra-hydrating on lips.  Tutti Frutti is semi-opaque with noticeable translucency, and this translucency actually makes it look redder on my lips than it appears in the swatch (which makes it look quite orange).  The natural pink hues in my lip color seem to dial down the orange of the shade.  The consistency is smooth, creamy, and glides on easily without tugging or pulling.  Tutti Frutti lasted for two and a half hours, but it was moisturizing.

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Tutti Frutti

B+
The translucency of the color tones down the orange; it gives it a more reddish, slightly coral-like coloring when I apply it. The redder your natural lip color, the redder this will look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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