Friday, August 2nd, 2013

OCC Black Metal Dahlia Metallic Lip Tar
OCC Black Metal Dahlia Metallic Lip Tar

OCC Black Metal Dahlia Metallic Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened burgundy with red pearl.” It’s a deep, burgundy red with ruby red and berry shimmer. The finish is rather metallic. The color coverage was semi-opaque, and this looked somewhat splotchy/uneven applied. After three and a half hours, I did feel the slight grit from all of the sparkle, but the color was holding strong and none of the sparkles had migrated. It wore well for five and a half hours, and then it was still quite noticeable, just not as intense–more of a stain–for another two hours. I found it slightly drying. MAC Soulfully Rich doesn’t have the metallic shimmer and is browner. MAC Dominate is purpler, less red. OCC Black Dahlia is similar in color but not finish (as it should be!). See comparison swatches.

Role Play Metallic Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep maroon with red pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned red with a slight metallic finish. It’s actually the least metallic shade I’ve tried in the range–it’s definitely still shimmery, but it’s more of a sheen. It had fully opaque color payoff and applied evenly. It wore well for five hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Majella is brighter. NARS Amsterdam is browner. NARS Mascate is cooler-toned. NARS Dressed to Kill is somewhat similar, more muted. MAC Prolong is similar. MAC Runaway Red is darker. MAC Deeply Adored is similar, more matte. Guerlain Luxure is slightly browner. Dior Diorling is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment ($18.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a clear gloss with a very, very fine shimmer. The shimmer wasn’t visible on the lips, though, and what was visible was a glossy shine (medium in shine; not ultra, ulta glossy but definitely shiny). It has the same lemon-y scent as the original balm. It’s supposed to deliver high-shine will still giving lips hydration and “preserving moisture for up to six hours.”

While Fresh’s original Sugar Lip Treatments are not my personal go-to, they were moisturizing and hydrating when I tried it (my major issue was they didn’t last very long on lips and required frequent reapplication to maintain hydration), but the claim of “up to six hours” made me curious about this one. The consistency is thin, lightly tacky, and fairly smooth initially, but it does get increasingly tacky as it wears on the lips. Reapplying over the tackiness does mean the next application isn’t as smooth on.

I was able to get about two and a half hours of wear, which is decent (particularly for a virtually clear gloss). I can’t say that my lips feel nicely hydrated even after this is gone; even after wearing it back-to-back over an entire day, if I don’t reapply within an hour or so of it fading away, my lips feel a little dry. I think the original lip balm is more effective and much more comfortable to wear, too.

The packaging/applicator could be slightly improved, as unless you have thinner lips, you’ll need three or so pulls of the gloss to get enough for coverage. Every time I pulled the wand out, there was hardly any product on the doe-foot applicator! I doubt this is going to be a deal-breaker for anyone, but it was enough that it was something that I actually noticed while using this for the past few weeks.

All in all, this just felt like a regular, somewhat hydrating lipgloss. The price tag isn’t as killer as some of the higher-end, hydrating glosses on the market, but I’d probably stick with the lip balm for your hydration needs if you’re a big fan of Fresh.

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Saturday, July 20th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag
MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag

MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag ($39.50) contains a full-sized Lipstick, Lipglass, and Lip Pencil, plus a medium-sized makeup bag. The value of the color products is $45, while the bag is very similar in size and material to the recently released Illustrated bags that retailed for $36, so the total (maximum) value is $81.  The gloss merely lightens Girl About Town, but it’s very subtle, so I don’t know if it’s really the best pairing, especially as the thickness of Picture Pink gives the finished look a very thick, almost goopy, finish.

Girl About Town is described as a “bright blue-fuchsia [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bold, fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish. It has rich, opaque color coverage, and it wore six hours well on me and left behind a stain. MAC Pink Poodle is lighter. MAC Rare Exotic is similar. Buxom Exhibitionist is brighter/lighter. See comparison swatches. (This is part of the permanent range.)

Picture Pink is described as a “clear pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with a creamy consistency and finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it settled into lines and looked uneven. It’s the type of gloss that is best applied over another lip product (like a lipstick or lip pencil), because on its own, it’s a mess. It wore for four hours on me. MAC likes their milky pinks, so there is no shortage of dupes. MAC Infinitely Likeable is more neutral. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter. MAC Stay Sweet is very similar. MAC Pink Fade is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Scoop is sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Embrace Me is described as a “vivid fuchsia.” It’s a vibrant, nearly neon, fuchsia with a matte finish. It had rich, full color coverage. I reviewed this in March here. Its strength is longevity and color payoff, but it’s a bit dry and is drying when worn alone. Urban Decay Anarchy is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, July 19th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Smoldering Eye Bag
MAC Illustrated Smoldering Eye Bag

MAC Illustrated Smoldering Eye Bag ($46.50) includes three full-sized products: a Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo, Eye Kohl, and False Lashes Mascara. The duo is worth $21, pencil is worth $16, and mascara is worth $20, so the total value of the set is $57, plus a full-sized makeup bag. The bag is actually the same size as the Illustrated bags that were released alone, and those retailed at $36, so the maximum possible value would be $93. The bag seemed to be made out of the same material as the Illustrated standalone bags. Keep in mind, This or That came out in 2011, and the eyeliner and mascara are both part of the permanent range.

This and That #1 is a warm, creamy white with a satin finish. It had good color payoff applied dry, and it had great color payoff applied damp. MAC Chill is cooler-toned, matte. MAC Mylar is yellower. See comparison swatches.

This and That #2 is a warm, pale golden peach with a frosted, metallic finish. It had so-so color payoff applie dry, and when applied damp, the pigmentation remained the same but the texture was smoother. Disney Splendid is similar. Buxom Collie is a cream and more golden. See comparison swatches.

Smolder is a rich black with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the consistency was lightly creamy and glided across the skin well. This is part of the permanent range. I’ve reviewed this in the past, and it has numerous dupes since it is a black eyeliner and many brands make them (see black eyeliner comparisons)./

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Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Revlon Pink Pop Super Lustrous Lipgloss
Revlon Pink Pop Super Lustrous Lipgloss

Revlon Pink Pop Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a pop of blue-based, medium-dark pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color, which did apply in a way that looked somewhat splotchy but not as bad as some of the other shades in the range. It wore for two and a half hours. Revlon Fuchsia Finery is slightly darker. RevlonBerry Allure is darker. Chanel Insolence is lighter. Burberry Hibiscus is darker. See comparison swatches.

Snow Pink Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, light beige with champagne gold shimmer. On lips, it doesn’t add much color, but it does add a noticeable amount of shimmer and shine. It lasted for two hours. Chanel French Toffee is similar, less sparkly. Dior No Angel is similar. UIrban Decay Midnight Cowboy is also similar. MAC Almond Blossom is not as warm-toned. MAC Boundless Beige is creamier. MAC Bare Necessity is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sugar Violet Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a fuchsia-lilac with iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which gave a hint of shimmer, glossiness, and tinted lips to a deeper pink. This shade wore well for two hours. It is similar to Pink Pop, but it does have shimmer. Revlon Fuchsia Finery is pinker. Revlon Berry Allure doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Dress Kimono is similar. Burberry Hibiscus is similar. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

For a comparison of the new formula to the prior one, please see this post. The feel and consistency of the formula is pleasant and comfortable, but several shades tend to give a splotchy, uneven look to lips. The other issue is that because of how thin they are, they don’t last long. I normally get three to four hours of wear out of gloss, but these are lucky to last two hours. They definitely need frequent application to maintain the shine and color, which makes it all the more disappointing that the amount is only 0.13 fl. oz. in the container (the original formula had 0.20 fl. oz., which is more in line with average gloss size).  These had a thin, lightweight feel and were hydrating when worn.  I noticed a very slight tackiness that developed after two hours of wear, but it’s not truly tacky.

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Air Kiss Tube Tint
Bobbi Brown Air Kiss Tube Tint

Bobbi Brown Air Kiss Tube Tint ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude.” It’s a warm, light-medium peach with a hint of pink. There’s no shimmer in this one, just a jelly-ish consistency and look. On my lips, it’s mostly just something that adds shine and an illusion of fuller, smoother lips but not a lot of color–but note how it makes my lip freckle look faded, so there’s “coverage” but my natural lip color is so close that it doesn’t really look like it. The thicker consistency helped prevent this from settling into lip lines as many milky glosses do. Shades like Dior No Angel and Chanel Zephyr are similar in color but have shimmer. Shade slike MAC Summer Sweetheart, MAC Kiss Me Softly, and MAC Boy Bait are closer. See comparison swatches.

Bronzed Pink Tube Tint ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden bronze pink.” It’s a gold and copper-shimmered bronze with warm, golden undertones. This shade tinted my lips a brownish-gray color but just slightly, and most noticeably, added a healthy amount of shimmer. It was hard to keep even, though. Dior Etincelante is more shimmery. Revlon Rosegold is similar. Dior Lame Gold is sheerer. Chanel Attirance is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Canary is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Tube Tints are supposed to be aa gloss with just a “hint-of-color,” which coordinates with Bobbi Brown’s Nude Beach collection. If you’re just looking for some shine and sheer color, it’s worth checking out because it comes with so much product–a lot of gloss in squeeze tubes have two or three times gloss that comes in a round tube, and this formula is no exception. The texture is thick (like a balm in a squeeze-tube) but not a goopy, syrupy thick, non-sticky, and both shades wore three hours on me. They had a very faint hint of vanilla but no taste. They’re also nicely hydrating both during wear but also left my lips hydrated a few hours after they had worn off.

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The texture is thick, so it might be heavy if you don't wear a lot of gloss, but it's not sticky, so it doesn't feel goopy or syrupy on the lips. I liked how this didn't settle into lips.

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This one didn't apply so evenly, and the shimmer did bunch up in places, but it was hydrating and comfortable to wear.

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