Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Bobbi Brown Party Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Party Shimmer Brick

Bobbi brown Party Shimmer Brick ($40.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a limited edition highlighter for the holidays that uses a combination of gold and “silver.” Though the right side of the compact is certainly not the gold we typically think of, it’s not exactly silver–more like a cool-toned gold.

The left side is a true yellow gold with a shimmer-sheen. I couldn’t think of other highlighters that were similar in color, though there are likely half a dozen eyeshadows! It has good intensity for a highlighter; you can build-it up if you really wanted something more opaque, but it’s soft and blendable. Though the finish isn’t overly metallic, it does emphasize pores (or skin unevenness) a bit. The right side is a more like a cool-toned white with a neutral yellow shimmer-sheen, so it comes off as this cool-toned white gold. It has a more metallic finish than the yellowy side, which is a finish that tends to emphasize pores (and this does do so moderately).

Overall, it’s as frosted as most Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks are.  It’s not unlike previous iterations, so for those who are fans of Shimmer Bricks (and I know there are a number of you!), it’s par for the course.  They can be used together or separately, which is nice–especially because the powder is halved, rather than split into four or five strips of colors, so you can actually just use one shade at a time.  The wear of this is good; it wore for seven hours well, and then at the eight hour mark, it was visibly diminished but still lingering.

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If you like subtle highlighters, this is probably not the right holiday highlighter for you, but if you love more intense highlighters that have more of a frost/metallic shimmer and sheen, this is right up your alley.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, November 10th, 2011

NARS Catfight Lipstick
NARS Catfight Lipstick

NARS Catfight Lipstick

NARS Catfight Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude mauve.” It has a semi-matte finish, which is supposed to yield full color coverage, be long-wearing, and moisturizing from the inclusion of conditioners and antioxidants. I don’t know if I’d use the word “nude” to describe this color. It’s a pink-plum with a subtle, cool undertone running through it. The finish is decidedly semi-matte–it has the look of a matte overall but there’s a little sheen there, and the sheen is still visible from afar. MAC Hot Gossip is pinker and glossier but similar in color.

NARS’ Semi-Matte Lipstick formula wears four to six hours on me, and when I wore Catfight out for errands, it wore welll for four hours and needed reapplication at five. It’s unscented and tasteless to me. I don’t find it hydrating; it’s not as drying as some matte finishes are, but it’s not comfortable to wear for longer than three hours. I had strong urges to apply balm by that point!

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I wish it was more hydrating or less drying, because wearing it for longer than a few hours results in rather dry, chapped lips. I'd recommend wearing it with balm or gloss on top or underneath to help combat that particular issue.

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, November 5th, 2011

MAC Pink Lip Dazzlesphere
MAC Pink Lip Dazzlesphere

MAC Pink Lip Dazzlesphere for Holiday 2011

The third (and last!) lip kit we’re looking at is MAC’s Pink Lip Dazzlesphere ($32.50 for 2 x 0.07 oz., 2 x 0.09 oz.), which includes: Fashion Scoop (clear pink), Petite Indulgence (mid-tone bright blue pink), Like Venus (clean light bubblegum pink with red pearl), and Rags to Riches (plummy pink with red pearlized pigments).

The Cremesheen Glasses are listed as 0.07 oz. each, while the Dazzleglasses are listed as 0.09 oz. each (and I specifically say each, because this is how it is labeled). What is noteworthy about that is that full-sized Cremesheen Glasses are 0.09 oz. while full-sized Dazzleglasses are only 0.06 oz. The tubes feel thicker but are definitely shorter than full-sized Cremesheen Glasses/Dazzleglasses, although the clear plastic seems wider/thicker in the kit glosses. The area that contains the gloss seems slightly wider, maybe, but barely. I would hope that those sizes listed are accurate, and if that is indeed the case, then each kit contains $28.78 worth of Cremesheen Glass and $55.50 worth of Dazzleglass. That is a whopping $84.28 worth of lipgloss for $32.50.

  • Fashion Scoop is a sheer, milky pale pink with white micro-shimmer. This shade is part of the permanent range. It’s sheerer than The Wee Coquette.
  • Petite Indulgence is a cool-toned, blue-based bubblegum pink with a creamy finish. It has semi-sheer color that adds a faira mount of pink to my natural lip color. This shade is a repromote. It’s a way sheerer version of MAC Sassy Lassy.
  • Like Venus is a clear gloss with pink and silver micro-glitter. It is similar to a lot of other sheer lipglosses. This shade is part of the permanent range.
  • Rags to Riches is a heavily pink glittered gloss with multi-colored micro-glitter. It has a very subtle pink-brown base. It’s part of the permanent range. MAC Tad Saucy is similar.

Cremesheen Glass is a formula that glides onto the lips easily, feels comfortable without being thin or thick, and tends to be on the sheerer side in color. It’s non-sticky (as compared to Lipglass, which is very thick and sticky), and it typically wears two hours or so on me before wearing away. They also tend to be creamier colors, rather than packed with shimmer. Dazzleglasses have a medium-thick consistency with micro-glitter and shimmer. They tend to be sheerer in color with more oomph coming from the dazzle than the base color. They tend to last two to three hours on me and tend to get tacky over time.

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Both Cremesheen Glasses and Dazzleglasses are designed to be sheerer formulas, so if you like sheer gloss or glosses for layering, these are ideal. With the listed gloss sizes, these are an incredible value.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, November 5th, 2011

MAC Neutral Lip Dazzlesphere
MAC Neutral Lip Dazzlesphere

MAC Neutral Lip Dazzlesphere for Holiday 2011

The second lip kit we’re looking at is MAC’s Neutral Lip Dazzlesphere ($32.50 for 2 x 0.07 oz., 2 x 0.09 oz.), which includes: Boy Bait (light neutral beige with pearl), Over Indulgence (neutral brown), Bare Necessity (caramel apricot with red and gold pearlized pigments), and Get Rich Quick (warm yellow brown). All of the shades included this kit are part of the permanent range.

The Cremesheen Glasses are listed as 0.07 oz. each, while the Dazzleglasses are listed as 0.09 oz. each (and I specifically say each, because this is how it is labeled). What is noteworthy about that is that full-sized Cremesheen Glasses are 0.09 oz. while full-sized Dazzleglasses are only 0.06 oz. The tubes feel thicker but are definitely shorter than full-sized Cremesheen Glasses/Dazzleglasses, although the clear plastic seems wider/thicker in the kit glosses. The area that contains the gloss seems slightly wider, maybe, but barely. I would hope that those sizes listed are accurate, and if that is indeed the case, then each kit contains $28.78 worth of Cremesheen Glass and $55.50 worth of Dazzleglass. That is a whopping $84.28 worth of lipgloss for $32.50.

  • Boy Bait is a pink-beige nude with very subtle, fine silver-white shimmer. It has a milky appearance but is so light that the settling in the lip lines isn’t that noticeable. This is a permanent shade. It’s similar to Estee Lauder Star Pink.
  • Over Indulgence is a neutral coral-brown with subtle white micro-shimmer. It has some color coverage, which is unusual for this formula. This is a permanent shade. Urban Decay Heavy is similar but less coral.
  • Bare Necessity is a dirty peach-brown with pink and silver micro-glitter. It brings out the pink tones in my natural lip color but mostly adds shine and shimmer. This is a permanent shade. When I first swatched this, it seemed a little darker than what I remembered the shade being, and it actually is a step darker. It’s similar to Chanel Aragonite.
  • Get Rich Quick is a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with gold sparkle. This is a permanent shade. MAC Bright & Perky is a bit darker and browner.

Cremesheen Glass is a formula that glides onto the lips easily, feels comfortable without being thin or thick, and tends to be on the sheerer side in color. It’s non-sticky (as compared to Lipglass, which is very thick and sticky), and it typically wears two hours or so on me before wearing away. They also tend to be creamier colors, rather than packed with shimmer. Dazzleglasses have a medium-thick consistency with micro-glitter and shimmer. They tend to be sheerer in color with more oomph coming from the dazzle than the base color. They tend to last two to three hours on me and tend to get tacky over time.

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Both Cremesheen Glasses and Dazzleglasses are designed to be sheerer formulas, so if you like sheer gloss or glosses for layering, these are ideal. With the listed gloss sizes, these are an incredible value.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, November 5th, 2011

MAC Coral Lip Dazzlesphere
MAC Coral Lip Dazzlesphere

MAC Coral Lip Dazzlesphere for Holiday 2011

There are three lip kits this holiday season, and the first one we’re looking at is MAC’s Coral Lip Dazzlesphere ($32.50 for 2 x 0.07 oz., 2 x 0.09 oz.), which includes: On the Scene (light coral beige), Richer, Lusher (peach coral), Eurobeat (peach coral with gold pearl), and Phiff! (yellow pink with red and sapphire pearl).

The Cremesheen Glasses are listed as 0.07 oz. each, while the Dazzleglasses are listed as 0.09 oz. each (and I specifically say each, because this is how it is labeled). What is noteworthy about that is that full-sized Cremesheen Glasses are 0.09 oz. while full-sized Dazzleglasses are only 0.06 oz. The tubes feel thicker but are definitely shorter than full-sized Cremesheen Glasses/Dazzleglasses, although the clear plastic seems wider/thicker in the kit glosses. The area that contains the gloss seems slightly wider, maybe, but barely. I would hope that those sizes listed are accurate, and if that is indeed the case, then each kit contains $28.78 worth of Cremesheen Glass and $55.50 worth of Dazzleglass. That is a whopping $84.28 worth of lipgloss for $32.50.

  • On the Scene is a milky peach-tinted beige with very subtle white shimmer. It’s sheer in color and does settle a bit into lip lines. MAC C-Thru is thicker, more opaque, and a bit less warm-toned. It’s also similar to Fashion Whim. This shade is a repromote but not part of the permanent range.
  • Richer, Lusher is a soft, pink-coral with a creamy finish and very subtle shimmer (barely noticeable). It’s semi-sheer on lips. It is part of the permanent range. Chanel Genie is much more orange.
  • Eurobeat adds a sheer layer of coral warmth rather than color along with a lot of gold shimmer. This shade is a repromote but not part of the permanent range. It looks like any number of gold-shimmered sheer glosses.
  • Phiff! is a sheer, nearly colorless, shade with silver and soft red shimmer. This shade is a repromote but not part of the permanent range. It resembles silver-shimmered sheer glosses.

Cremesheen Glass is a formula that glides onto the lips easily, feels comfortable without being thin or thick, and tends to be on the sheerer side in color. It’s non-sticky (as compared to Lipglass, which is very thick and sticky), and it typically wears two hours or so on me before wearing away. They also tend to be creamier colors, rather than packed with shimmer. Dazzleglasses have a medium-thick consistency with micro-glitter and shimmer. They tend to be sheerer in color with more oomph coming from the dazzle than the base color. They tend to last two to three hours on me and tend to get tacky over time.

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Both Cremesheen Glasses and Dazzleglasses are designed to be sheerer formulas, so if you like sheer gloss or glosses for layering, these are ideal. With the listed gloss sizes, these are an incredible value.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, November 5th, 2011

MAC Petite Nail Lacquer Dazzlesphere
MAC Petite Nail Lacquer Dazzlesphere

MAC Petite Nail Lacquer Dazzlesphere

You’ll find four miniature-sized polishes in MAC’s Petite Nail Lacquer Dazzlesphere ($25.50 for 4 x 0.09 fl. oz.), and the shades include: Much Adored (sheer white pink with pearl), Style Tip (soft pink nude), Dark Angel (goth romantic dark lilac), and Mistletoe (pale gold). Of these, Dark Angel is a repromote, but the other three are new. The set is limited edition, as are all of the other sets from the collection.

  • Much Adored is a pale white gold with gold and pink shimmer. As noted in the description, it’s sheer, and I used two coats for swatches; you can still see plenty of visible nail line but there is a healthy dose of shimmer and shine. It’s a warmer sheer, so it helps warm up the natural nail color. It’s less opaque and has different colored shimmer compared to Chanel Pearl Drop. The shimmer in Much Adored looks coppery compared to Essie Kisses & Bisses, which looks pinker.
  • Style Tip is a light-medium nude with a hint of pink and cream finish. I used two coats for opaque color. MAC Hangin’ Loose is warmer and more peach-based. Zoya Pandora is closer but has subtle shimmer.
  • Dark Angel is a purple-berry cream. I used two coats for swatches, and it was nearly opaque. China Glaze Urban Night is in the same color family but much, much darker.
  • Mistletoe is a tarnished gold with a green-tint with a metallic finish. Brush strokes are visible in the finish. I used two coats for opaque color. It looks just like MAC Immortal Gold.

Dark Angel was rather streaky on the first coat, and the second coat seemed to have a touch of streakiness, still. For such a dark cream, I would have expected a more trouble-free application, but it wasn’t bad–just average. Mistletoe was on the thicker side yet a little runny. It flows decently over the nail, and it doesn’t seem too gloppy, but it wasn’t perfect. It didn’t seem as bad as Immortal Gold, even though the two are very, very similar (and the timing is conicidental!). Much Adored and Style Tip didn’t have any application issues. I typically get a week of wear without chipping, just minor tip wear, with MAC’s lacquer formula.

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The kit is a good mix of colors without anything being too traditionally holiday-themed. Two of the four have nice formulas, while two are less-than-nice but not terrible. The smaller bottle will be harder to use for those with longer fingers/larger hands.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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