Thursday, July 21st, 2011


MAC Happy Hibiscus Sheen Supreme Lipstick

MAC Seasonally Supreme Swatches – Sneak Peek

MAC Seasonally Supreme introduces more shades to the permanent range of Supreme Sheen Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.12 oz.). The formula is designed to have “the colour impact of a lipstick with the shine sheen of a lipglass.” It’s described as “lightweight, non-sticky, slick to apply, and comfortable to wear.” The collection debuts in full on August 4th across North America, but for now, I do have five shades to share with you. They are: Fashion City (neutral coral pink), Happy Hibiscus (creamy white pink), Korean Candy (bright orange-red), Royal Azalea (bright mid-tone pink), and Tea Ceremony (neutral pink beige).

Once I’m able to purchase the rest, I will certainly have those swatches for you. Please note, you can find photos and reviews for Bare Again, Insanely It, and Supremely Confident from the initial launch. The shades I do not have at this time are: Asian Flower, Blossom Culture, Sheer Mandarin, and Supreme Style.

  • Fashion City is a darkened peach with opaque color coverage and a slightly milky appearance. It has subtle white shimmer and a glossy sheen. MAC might describe this as a pink coral, but it looked peach in the tube and when worn. It’s a touch pinker than Gotta Dash!, while Chanel Delicieuse is a bit darker.
  • Happy Hibiscus is an ultra-pale, pink-white with a creamy finish and opaque color. This color is extremely unflattering against my skin tone. MAC Mlle appears more lilac and darker, while MAC Playing Koi is darker and pinker. MAC Overtime is much darker and pinker. MAC Pretty Please is similar but less opaque. Supremely Confident, MAC Innocence, Beware, MAC Fleshpot, NARS Madere are less pink, more beige, but similar in lightness.
  • Korean Candy is a rich orange-red (more red than orange) with a glossy shine and opaque color coverage. It is redder than Giorgio Armani #405. MAC Strut Your Stuff is a bit more orange, while OCC Stalker is similar. Urban Decay Revolution is a little darker and redder.
  • Royal Azalea is a light, cotton candy pink with blue undertones and creamy, opaque color coverage. It is bluer in tone and lighter compared to Behave Yourself. It is a little paler compared to MAC All Styled Up and MAC Viva Glam Gaga. It is pinker than MAC Pink Friday. I imagine Snob will be quite close, too.
  • Tea Ceremony is a darkened peach-brown with a creamy finish and opaque color coverage. Korres #36 is a little browner and darker. MAC Mocha is a little pinker and darker, but it is similar.

The formula is lightweight overall, but some of the creamier shades are thicker when worn (think Happy Hibiscus). I get an average of three hours of wear on lighter shades and up to six hours with really rich, bold shades (think Korean Candy). The color coverage is semi-opaque to opaque. These are vanilla-scented, but I did not detect any taste.

I find the lighter shades have a tendency to settle into lip lines and the effect becomes more noticeable as they wear and fade.  Some of the creamy but pale shades have a chalky look on lips, because the consistency is just not quite even.  The finish of these is definitely glossier than the traditional lipstick. They are somewhat moisturizing, but after four or so hours, my lips could use more moisture. To read my original review (and more in-depth review, as well as a comparison against Slimshines), check out this post.

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MAC Seasonally Supreme Swatches - Sneak Peek

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There are some inconsistencies in the formula, like unevenness and chalkiness appearing the lightest shades, while medium to dark shades highlight the formula in the best way. The lighter shades require more precision and time to apply to ensure even color coverage.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, July 21st, 2011


Chanel Bel Ami Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bel Ami

Chanel Bel Ami (66) Rouge Coco Shine ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a semi-sheer plum-berry that looks a little rosy, little brown-based when swatched, but on my lips, it appears more like a plum with a hint of red and silver shimmer. The color coverage is semi-sheer, but it applies evenly and smoothly, and it ends up looking like I’m not even wearing lipstick.  It’s a little redder compared to MAC Capricious, while it is plummier than Cle de Peau #117 (and sheerer). Rimmel Burgundy is a few shades darker.

I only get an hour and half to two hours of wear with Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shines, though, which is below average for a lipstick–and Chanel says these have “lasting moisturizing shine.” Rouge Coco shines feel more like lip balm when applied, because they have an emollient base that enables them to glide on, but I don’t find them very moisturizing. They are not drying, but they don’t impart quite as much moisture as you’d expect. I wish the product contained a bit more (like the Rouge Cocos), because the creaminess of the formula (combined with sheerer color and need for regular reapplication) makes it easy to overapply.

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Bel Ami is a good shade for autumn/fall, and the translucency in color gives it a really natural appearance when worn. It's comfortable to wear, though not as moisturizing as touted, but it will require frequent reapplication.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011


Laura Mercier Pine Bronze Sateen Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Pine Bronze Sateen Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Pine Bronze Sateen Eye Colour ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “smoky green with bronze shimmer.” The Sateen formula is designed to be a “lightweight eyeshadow with a creamy powder texture” with “intense, luminous color” that has “superior blending” and “long-wearing, crease-resistant application.”

It’s an olive green with subtle, pale gold shimmer strewn through it, but it has more of a satin sheen than it is shimmery. The level of pigmentation is very nice–smooth, mostly even color that is opaque with little need to build the color to get there. Like Cedar, it wears best over a primer, but the product claims long-lasting wear without mention of a primer. It wears for about seven hours before I start noticing subtle creasing but more noticeable fading.

Inglot #419 is a frosted, metallic variation of this color, but because of those two characteristics, I would not call them dupes at all. The color is more like Urban Decay Urb, but Urb lacks pigmentation and has texture issues. It is very similar to Burberry Khaki.

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Laura Mercier Pine Bronze Sateen Eye Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

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I would still recommend this--overall--as long as you wear an eyeshadow primer underneath, which I imagine most of us do already! This product lost the majority of points from failing to be long-wearing and crease-resistant on its own as claimed.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 16th, 2011


Urban Decay Toasted Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Toasted Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Toasted Baked Bronzer ($26.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “matte bronze.” It’s a matte, medium-dark tan with subtle warm undertones. It’s not oompa loompa orange, but it’s not neutral either–there is an underlying orange tone to it that brings warmth to the overall color. It’s darker than MAC Give Me Sun!, though when blended out, the two are more similar.

The texture is soft, finely milled, and very smooth.  It blends out easily because of the softness in texture, but it can be a touch powdery. When you go to blend, though, it does sheer out a fair amount and may necessitate a second application to give enough color on medium to dark skin tones. It wears just under eight hours on me, which is good but not perfect.

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This will work best on warmer skin tones, because it does have some orange in it, so it may look ruddy on cooler skin tones. It could be used to contour on warmer complexions as well, because it does have a more matte finish.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, July 14th, 2011


Giorgio Armani #502 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #502 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #502 Gloss d’Armani ($28.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a pink-tinged beige with soft white shimmer–it looks more like slightly milky beige gloss with a healthy dose of shimmer when worn but light on actual color. I imagine it will soften those with naturally more pigmented lips.

Gloss d’Armani is supposed to last for eight hours (without fading), be moisturizing, and have a smooth, non-sticky texture. Color payoff is indeterminant, because on one hand, Giorgio Armani says “concentrated, high definition color” but then later describes some shades as “sheer chiffon.” For a more in-depth review of Gloss d’Armani, please read my original review here.

#502 certainly falls under “sheer chiffon,” I’d say! There is plenty of shimmer, though, so it gives the illusion of more color than it actually is. It always seems counter-intuitive to rank a sheer product with full marks on pigmentation, but if it’s supposed to be “sheer chiffon,” this lives up to the claim. This was the second shade I tried, and I alternated between this shade and #505 (the one I first reviewed) during testing, because it was such a light shade. I often test the light and darks of a new formula, because you do tend to get better wear out of more pigmented shades compared to sheerer ones.

To my complete surprise, #502 wears nearly as well as the more pigmented #505. Neither wears for as long as the brand claims, but #502 wore for five hours, and there was still residual shimmer an hour or so later. I would say reapplication was needed by five hours, though, and if you wanted to maintain the glossiness of the look, more along the lines of two and a half. Just as I did with #505, though, it’s non-sticky for only part of the time. It starts off as almost gel-like and non-sticky, but over time, it gets tackier and tackier. It’s not thick and sticky, but I wouldn’t describe it as non-sticky at all. I didn’t detect any fragrance or scent.

It’s one of my new favorites in gloss, just because six hours of wear for a gloss is excellent–as a reviewer, it’s almost painful to have to knock it down so severely because of their very specific claim of eight-hours of wear.

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The shortcomings in wear (five hours compared to the eight hours claimed) and sticky texture (compared to the non-sticky texture promised) bring down the overall score for this product, but it's one of the longest-wearing glosses I've come across that is actually moisturizing and comfortable to wear.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, July 7th, 2011


Bow & Arrow, Silver Sword, Nunchucks, 5″ Stiletto, Two By Four, Brass Knuckles, Ice Pick, Smokin’ Pistol

Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks

Released this past spring, Buxom’s Smoky Eye Sticks ($18.00 for 0.03 oz.) might seem familiar–MAC Greasepaint Sticks look awfully similar. They feel similar, too. Both formulas are creamy but yield slightly uneven, almost patchy application, because they set really quickly. Buxom’s Smoky Eye Sticks don’t budge, smudge, or crease when worn alone, but you have to work fast to soften the edges if you plan to wear it as a one-and-done shade.

There are eight shades available: Bow & Arrow (smoky moss), Silver Sword (smoky silver), Nunchucks (smoky royal blue), 5″ Stiletto (smoky plum), Two By Four (smoky black-brown), Brass Knuckles (smoky bronze), Ice Pick (smoky gray), and Smokin’ Pistol (smoky coal).

Like MAC Greasepaint Sticks, though, as pretty as they look, they tend to “eat” color, so you might find yourself packing on an eyeshadow if you plan to layer additional products on top. The tip of the pencil is pointed but still thicker than your average eyeliner pencil, which may be cumbersome to use for some (I do). On the bottom, there is an included sharpener (just like MAC Greasepaint Sticks). There is some overlap in the shade range, but a few shades do not. MAC’s Greasepaint Sticks were limited edition, so they are not longer available, and when they were available, retailed at $17.50 a pop.

  • Bow & Arrow is a dark, mossy green with subtle yellow undertones. It is not as cool-toned (it reads much yellower) than MAC Greengrease.
  • Silver Sword is a dark, silvery-gray with a brownish base. It seemed darker than MAC Zinc Zone, which I’d say is the most comparable.
  • Nunchucks is a medium-dark navy blue. It is very similar to MAC Uniformly Blue.
  • 5″ Stiletto is a blackened plum-purple. It’s red-based, while MAC Charred Mauve is blue-based.
  • Two By Four is a dark brown with a near-matte finish. It doesn’t have a comparable shade in MAC’s line-up.
  • Brass Knuckles is a reddened brown-burgundy. It is very similar to MAC Below Ground.
  • Ice Pick is a dark gray (which almost casts a bit green) with a near-matte finish. Like Two By Four, MAC does not have a comparable shade.
  • Smokin’ Pistol is a creamy black with a near-matte finish. It is very similar to MAC Slick Black.

You can usually tell within a couple of hours whether a product that extolls long-wearing properties is actually going to live up to the claims. I splashed my eyes with water, and I didn’t experience any bleeding or running color, so they seemed waterproof to me. I didn’t go swimming or anything with them, though. With summer in full swing, I thought this might be an appropriate time to review these, given they just don’t budge!

Have you tried Buxom’s Smoky Eye Sticks? How did you like them?

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Buxom Smoky Eye Sticks Review, Photos, Swatches

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You have to be willing to move quickly (I recommend working on one eye at a time!) in order to soften the edges after applying, but they do apply fairly smoothly with good color payoff.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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