Monday, January 28th, 2013

Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss
Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, warm, orange-toned red with a matte finish. Chanel Coromandel is more orange. Guerlain Callipgrahy Eye & Lip Palette #6 is very similar. Guerlain Genna is a bit more orange. CoverGirl Hot is less orange.

It has mostly opaque color coverage (you can see just a shadow of my lip freckle coming through), and of the three shades I picked up of this formula, this one was the best-performing and had the better texture, though it was still a little off to me. The scent of this was very waxy, while the others had a kind of fruity scent. It was creamy enough to apply, but not so creamy that it was prone to bleeding or feathering while worn or that it would slip around. This shade wore for five and a half hours, and then it left behind a stain, so while I did experience a slight ring of color on the outer portion of my lips, it wasn’t as noticeable because of the residual stain.

I only bought three shades of this formula, but because there’s an odd graininess in the formula and an uncomfortable feel on the lips, I don’t anticipate buying more for review.  At the price point, if a shade catches your eye, it may be worth trying, and you do get more than the average lipstick (0.14 oz.).  The graininess combined with the drying formula is such a shame, because the shade range, thus far, has been spectacular.

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Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss Review, Photos, Swatches

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The graininess combined with the drying formula is such a shame, because the shade range, thus far, has been spectacular.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MAC Antique Diamond Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Antique Diamond Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Antique Diamond Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted olive silver.” It’s an olive green-tinged brown with a general mutedness and a sprinkling of silver sparkle. MAC Enviable is darker and a powder product. Dior Khaki Design #3 is greener, less metallic, and a powder product. MAC Cakeshop is greener. Benefit Skinny Jeans is similar–it has a more satiny finish than a metallic one (and for the record, Birthday Suit is less green-tinged).

I decided to review each of the shades separately, because the quality varies from shade to shade, and since these are permanent, then it is definitely worth doing to make them easily searched for and read about in the future. I think one of the more frustrating characteristics about any product formula is when it is inconsistent, because then you can’t count on one shade being as good as the first one you tried (or that they’re all as bad as the first you tried).

The Pro Longwear Paint Pot formula is supposed to be “long-wearing,” “highly-pigmented,” and also “[blend] smoothly over the lids.” Where Antique Diamond excels is in overall wear; once it sets, however it does, it stays put and doesn’t fade or have any fall out problems for the next twelve hours. Where it falls short is in its opacity and buildability in color, because when I tried to apply it to the inner half of my lid, it was uneven and a bit patchy. I tried using MAC’s own 242 and 249 for application, as well as using a fluffy brush (217) and my fingertip to try to blend out the color so it would at least be even, if it wasn’t opaque. It has a thin, lightweight consistency that feels creamy and smooth, but it didn’t quite apply that way.

Antique Diamond is the kind of color that works well as a one-and-done color that’s more than just beige.  It can also be used to smoke out the lash line or as a base for a smoky eye.  However, the way this applies, dries down, and generally sits on the lid, it’s not fantastic.  I’d heartily recommend Benefit Skinny Jeans, which has a superior formula and is very comparable in color to this one.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Bare Study/Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

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Antique Diamond is the kind of color that works well as a one-and-done color that's more than just beige. It can also be used to smoke out the lash line or as a base for a smoky eye. However, the way this applies, dries down, and generally sits on the lid, it's not fantastic. I'd heartily recommend Benefit Skinny Jeans, which has a superior formula and is comparable in color to this one.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, January 21st, 2013

Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette
Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

The Secret to No Makeup Makeup is Makeup

Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette ($39.00 for 0.65 oz.) includes a bronzer, cream blush, powder blush, concealer, luminizer, and brightener.

Bronzing Veil is a beige-brown with a soft shimmer; it’s definitely not even close to being orange. For very fair complexions, it’ll be well-received. For medium to dark, it will hardly show up (better as a highlighter than anything else). It has a soft, finely-milled feel, but it is a little powdery. On its own, it wore for six and a half hours. MAC Sun Dipped is warmer and browner.

Creme Blush is a cool-toned, blue-based cotton candy pink with a semi-matte finish. There’s very little sheen/shimmer in this, so it looks natural on the cheeks, and it does blend out well. The cream blush only lasted four hours on me, and I have normal-to-dry skin (and I was on the drier side at the time of testing). MAC I’m the One is darker and powder-based. NARS Gaiety is a touch bluer and powder-based. MAC Peony Petal is darker and powder-based.

Blush is a cool-toned, bule-based cotton candy pink with a light dusting of silver shimmer over a matte finish. It is very, very close in color to the cream blush in the palette. The pigmentation was good, and it blended well on the skin. It wore for seven and a half hours. MAC I’m the One is darker. NARS Gaiety is a touch bluer. MAC Peony Petal is darker.

Conceal is a light beige with subtle warm undertones. It’s very creamy and wet, and it’s thin with semi-sheer coverage. The dry down time was a little long, and it tended to get caught in fine lines and settle there. For anyone who regularly uses concealer, I don’t think this will be your go-to; if you rarely use concealer or only in emergencies, it might work. Because of the lighter shade, it will be better for lids and under eyes for more complexions, whereas light-medium complexions may find it works all over.

Luminize is a shimmering beige. It’s very, very sheer and more of a faint, dustnig of sheen/shimmer. I tried wearing it on cheeks as well as on the brow bone–you couldn’t really see the brow bone getting highlighted. It seemed a little better on the cheek.

Brighten is a pink-toned, very pale beige. It has a thin, creamy consistency. I used this lightly on the lid and patted over the concealer (that I used beneath my eye). This had more impact on brightening/covering my under eye area more than the concealer.

This is a palette that would be best suited for lighter complexions; I think darker skin tones will find the bronzer to be better as a highlighter, while the concealer and brightener may not be useful at all. Similarly, if you don’t like cool-toned blushes on you, both are very, very blue-based. As a comment for all, I wasn’t overly impressed by the concealer, luminizer, or brightener–I think there are definitely better standalone products on the market that will do a lot more for your complexion. Sometimes palettes knock it out of the park because you get a ton of fantastic products for the price of just a few, and other times, palettes perform decently, but individual products out-perform them. With staples like concealer, brighteners, and the like–I would spend my money on the right shades for your skin tone in excellent formulas.

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Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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The bronzer and two blushes are the better part of the palette, but the concealer, luminizer, and brightener are really so-so. They're best for someone who rarely uses these types of products and doesn't have standalone versions.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, January 18th, 2013

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

A Sweetheart for Your Sweet Cheeks

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($29.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “rose pink shimmer,” “soft coral pink,” and “peachy pink shimmer.” It’s supposed to be used altogether or with an emphasis on one or more shades for your own “custom flush or highlight.” It is touted as a baked formula, buildable in color, and appropriate for all skin tones.

The pink shade is a pop of light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a soft, shimmery finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft though a touch dry. MAC I’m the One is cooler-toned, more magenta. MAC Pink Tea is fairly comparable. MAC Lovecloud is a touch lighter. Tarte Dollface is very similar.

The coral shade is a coral-orange with a barely-there sheen, but the color itself is low in pigment and was stiff to work with. It was odd, because the other two shades had a much better, softer texture, whereas this shade was hard. NARS Gilda is darker. MAC Modern Mandarin is more orange. Bobbi Brown Coral is a touch darker. Burberry Blossom is darker. MAC Supercontinental is similar.

The peach shade is more of a pinky-peach with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff, and it had the best texture of the there shades. Guerlain Peach Boy is less frosted.

Together, everything comes together as a soft, light-medium pink with a subtle shimmer-sheen finish. It’s a tiny bit warm-toned against my skin, but depending on your undertone and how much of the cooler pink shade you grab on your brush, it may become more neutral or cool-toned. Tarte Curious is more coral. MAC Immortal Flower is less shimmery.

I see those with light to light-medium skin tones really loving this; and if you have a medium complexion, if you like subtle, you may love it, too. Deeper complexions I think will find it lacking in pigmentation. The underlying base color doesn’t seem to read chalky or ashy, so it may still be worth a try, but I wasn’t able to build up the color at all on my cheeks beyond what you see in the photos.  I don’t usually have great luck with wear when it comes to baked products, and Sweethearts lasted a solid seven hours, which was good, but the wear did fall short of some of the better-wearing blushes I’ve come across (my average is closer to eight hours of wear).  

The blush sat well on the skin without looking powdery or emphasizing pores, so the texture translated well onto the skin.  I wish the middle shade had a better texture on its own, because I felt like it did not influence the altogether-color much as a result. You’ll need a smaller blush brush if you want to use them individually; they’re not impossibly small strips of color, but it’s more practical to use two strips at a time.

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Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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I wish the middle shade had a better texture on its own, because I felt like it did not influence the altogether-color much as a result.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, January 4th, 2013

Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie

Are You Obsessed With Milky Pinks?

Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy baby pink.” It looks like a brightened, blue-based bubblegum pink in the tube and when you squeeze it out, but on lips, it is more subdued–more of a milky, light-medium pink with subtle blue undertones. MAC Going Casual is a bit cooler-toned. NARS International Velvet is very similar. MAC Pagoda is a touch cooler-toned and has shimmer. Tom Ford Sugar Pink is warmer.

It’s semi-opaque; there’s a lot of milkiness and creaminess, and you can see how it significantly diffuses and fades the look of my lip freckle (but doesn’t cover it completely). For something as milky as this shade, I was surprised at how well it applied–the color deposited mostly evenly, there wasn’t too much settling into lip lines. When I pressed my lips together, the product didn’t bunch up nor were little lines of product created. Obsessed wore for three hours, and it was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. Lip Junkies are mint-scented and flavored.

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It doesn't last longer than other glosses but slightly less than many (which is a claim Urban Decay does make), and there is some color that settles into lip lines, though significantly less than other similarly-hued glosses I've tried!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MAC Amber Glow Mineralize Blush
MAC Amber Glow Mineralize Blush

MAC Apres Chic: Amber Glow

MAC Amber Glow Mineralize Blush ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “warm peach.” It is a soft peach with a hint of pink–almost apricot-like–with a pale champagne shimmer. NARS Sex Appeal is a touch pinker, and it doesn’t have any shimmer. MAC By Candlelight is warmer, rosier, and very metallic in comparison. MAC Porcelain Pink is pinker and appears much more metallic on the skin.

This has a soft, luminous finish to it that works well on the skin. It’s not frosted, and it’s not too shimmery, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. Though it seems plenty pigmented, the color blends out quickly, so depending on the intensity you want, you may have to pat and very lightly blend along the edges.  The texture is finely-milled, but it is also powdery. Those with natural redness in their cheeks may find this a quick and easy way to neutralize it without adding too much color.  I only wish Amber Glow lasted longer once applied–I get a mere six hours; by seven, it’s half gone!

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Those with natural redness in their cheeks may find this a quick and easy way to neutralize it without adding too much color. I only wish Amber Glow lasted longer once applied--I get a mere six hours; by seven, it's half gone!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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