Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

Three More Sheer Glosses that Remind Me of Spring

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these three Cremesheen Glass shades: Pagoda (frosted cool pink), Paper Lantern (frosted soft warm pink), Rising Sun (frosted bright orange).

  • Pagoda is a cool-toned, lilac pink with white shimmer. It doesn’t have too milky of a base, but it does settle into lip lines a bit and doesn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. Because the color coverage is semi-sheer, it doesn’t read as cool-toned as it looks in the tube. MAC Enchantee is cooler-toned and more opaque. MAC Japanese Spring is more opaque, milkier, no shimmer. MAC Going Casual is lighter. MAC Lavender Wind is more iridescent.
  • Paper Lantern is a sheer pink=beige with soft white shimmer. It’s virtually colorless on my lips–it just adds some shimmer and shine. As a result, it looks like any number of sheer lipglosses.
  • Rising Sun a semi-sheer tangerine orange with soft golden orange shimmer. It warms up my natural lip color while giving it an orange-brown kind of tint. MAC Secret Identity is darker, more orange. NARS Hopi is darker, more opaque. MAC Kumquat is lighter and more opaque.

As mentioned earlier, I’m not finished testing the wear of these shades and will make more progress as the day continues.  From the Cremesheen Glasses, I’ve tested Paper Lantern (two and a half hours), Rising Sun (two hours), and just finished wearing Double Happiness (hour and a half).  These glosses typically wear between an hour and two hours on me–sometimes a little longer, but usually between one and two hours. It’s a rather short-wearing formula for me, as I usually average three to four hours on gloss.

I’m not someone who likes to reapply often, but I know that it’s not a deal-breaker for a lot. I do want to point out that these contain less product than the average gloss: these only have 0.09 fl. oz. To contrast, MAC Lipglass has 0.17 fl. oz., while it is an improvement over Dazzleglass, which has a mere 0.06 fl. oz. Combined with frequent reapplication, you’re likely to go through a tube far faster if you use it regularly.

Cremesheen Glasses have a creamy, not quite gel-like, but close, texture that’s thin without being too thin. It’s non-sticky, and it’s a nice alternative to those who find Lipglass to be too heavy/sticky. It is vanilla-scented but has no noticeable taste. They come with a doe-foot applicator inside a clear plastic tube.

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MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Cremesheen Glasses Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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If you don't mind more frequent application (or the below-average-quantity) of the gloss, you might like it. I know lots of readers like Cremesheen Glasses for their non-sticky texture and like how comfortable they are to wear.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

Are You Ready for Sheer, Spring-like Colors for Fall?

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these four Cremesheen Glass shades: Double Happiness (frosted light nude), Dynasty at Dusk (frosted neutral pink), Floating Lotus (frosted soft rose), and Imperial Light (frosted light peach).

  • Double Happiness is a pale rose-tinted peach nude with pale champagne shimmer. On lips, it gives a lightening effect with a noticeable milkiness and fine shimmer. It does settle into lip lines somewhat. MAC On the Scene is milkier and has less shimmer. Estee Lauder Star is cooler-toned. MAC Soft Dazzle has larger shimmer. MAC Devilishly Stylish is more opaque and has larger shimmer. MAC You’ve Got It is slightly less milky but fairly similar. MAC Partial to Pink is pinker and has less shimmer.
  • Dynasty at Dusk is a pink-coral with light gold shimmer. This one had semi-sheer color coverage–it added a healthy dosage of color but still looks like a gloss (with a certain level of translucency). MAC So Vain is pinker. MAC Richer, Lusher is pinker, less coral. MAC Strange Potion is a bit pinker with pink shimmer. Chanel Pensee is similar but has less gold shimmer and is sheerer.
  • Floating Lotus is a light-medium pink with soft gold shimmer. It looks just slightly cool against my skin tone, and it’s semi-sheer–some color but not full color. This one looks splotchy on my lips, though. Tom Ford Sugar Pink is just slightly pinker and more opaque. Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink is sheerer. Chanel Confidence is similar but has pink and white shimmer. Chanel Pink Teaser is brighter.
  • Imperial Light is a peachy brown with peach-gold shimmer. It has semi-sheer color coverage, so it adds noticeable color to the lips without covering them up. MAC Celestial Kiss is a smidgen pinker and doesn’t have gold shimmer. Burberry Cameo is more orange. Revlon Rosegold is rosier and has a ton more shimmer. Bobbi Brown Beach is darker.

I was only able to squeeze in testing of one shade yesterday, but I was able to get up early enough to get in an early morning test of another shade :) I will be testing a few more today, too. So far, though, I’ve been able to wear Dynasty at Dusk for two and a half hours and Rising Sun for two hours. Cremesheen Glasses typically wear between an hour and two hours on me–sometimes a little longer, but usually between one and two hours. It’s a rather short-wearing formula for me, as I usually average three to four hours on gloss.

I’m not someone who likes to reapply often, but I know that it’s not a deal-breaker for a lot. I do want to point out that these contain less product than the average gloss: these only have 0.09 fl. oz. To contrast, MAC Lipglass has 0.17 fl. oz., while it is an improvement over Dazzleglass, which has a mere 0.06 fl. oz. Combined with frequent reapplication, you’re likely to go through a tube far faster if you use it regularly.

Cremesheen Glasses have a creamy, not quite gel-like, but close, texture that’s thin without being too thin. It’s non-sticky, and it’s a nice alternative to those who find Lipglass to be too heavy/sticky. It is vanilla-scented but has no noticeable taste. It’s not drying, but they’re not overly hydrating.  They come with a doe-foot applicator inside a clear plastic tube.  A couple of these shades were on the milky side, which did lead to color settling into lip lines.

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Floating Lotus

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If you don't mind more frequent application (or the below-average-quantity) of the gloss, you might like it. I know lots of readers like Cremesheen Glasses for their non-sticky texture and like how comfortable they are to wear.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

Spring and Summer Linger into Fall

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these four lipstick shades: Coral Bliss (frosted light coral), Japanese Maple (frosted light beige), Peach Blossom (frosted cool nude), and Pink Pearl Pop (frosted midtonal pink).

Yesterday, I tested as many of the products for wear as I could fit into the day, and I will continue to test additional shades today (so you might see some updates or rating changes if anything performs significantly above/below past Cremesheens).  Cremesheen lipsticks typically wear between three and four hours on me, with some of the really dark shades lasting up to six hours (think Hang Up).  The formula is thin, barely creamy, and tends to deliver semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It’s supposed to be a hydrating formula, but they’re typically not drying or somewhat drying on me.  They are vanilla-scented, like other MAC lipsticks, but have no discernible taste.

Coral Bliss wore for three and a half hours, while Pink Pearl Pop wore for three hours.  Though not reviewed in this post, I wore Shanghai Spice as well, which lasted four hours. My lips felt a little dry after wearing these three back-to-back.  Watch this space for any updates, as I plan to test a couple more shades later today.

Here’s some food for thought: why does MAC make all of these new shades permanent? Why not make some popular limited editions permanent? These aren’t even tested on the market, though I think they’re all general enough to work as everyday shades, so I don’t think they’ll do badly. I’m just surprised by what MAC will make permanent sometimes. I can’t be the only one who thinks this way!

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MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

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I know many readers love Cremesheen finishes--if you find these hydrating, I don't think these felt any different compared to the many other shades of Cremesheen MAC has put out. I consistently find they are less comfortable on my lips, just slightly drying, and they don't glide on as easily as other finishes.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer
Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer

A Rather Radiant Blue Mosaic Awaits

Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a blue-tinted clear base with blue glitter and larger green, silver, and blue hexagon-shaped glitter. It totally reminded me of the glitter in Deborah Lippmann–if you used Radiant (Blue Mosaic) over a blue-black base, you’d get pretty close to the overall shade. The major difference is Radiant has a mostly clear base, while Deborah Lippmann is a colored (opaque) base. That would, of course, make Radiant more versatile, since you could layer it over any number of polishes.

To clear up any confusion: the bottle I actually bought and own is called Blue Mosaic, which was around for a limited time before being re-released–but under the name Radiant, which is what is currently available at stores and retailers nationwide. How utterly confusing–It’s like when L’Oreal thought it would be a great idea to name things differently by region.

Worn alone, even with two coats, it’s fairly sparse. It really does just look like a layering polish, and I can’t imagine there was an intention for much more than sheer base the glitter is suspended in. Even in the bottle, the base color looks clear with tons of glitter particles floating in it. Alone, it makes my fingertips look frostbitten, LOL!

I tried layering it over SpaRitual’s Ebb & Flow, which was a slightly aqua-tinted blue color, and this made it look bluer with lots of glitter. In the swatches of Radiant alone, I used two coats, and with it layered, I used just one coat of Radiant over two coats of the base color polish.  I think if you really want it to stand out, you’re better off trying to do two coats for layering.

The formula is a little thick, especially if you’re doing two coats over two colored coats, but it’s manageable. The hexagon-shaped glitters you do have to fish around a little for, and they slide around easily if you don’t wait long enough between coats.  I typically get a week of wear with Revlon’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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I wish you could get more hexagonal glitter per coat--it's one thing to need two or three layers for opaque glitter coverage, but when you need two coats for layering over a base color, it can result in a rather thick sandwich of nail colors! The formula on this shade could be a little thinner to better accommodate using two coats for layering.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, July 29th, 2012

China Glaze Pink Plumeria Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Pink Plumeria Nail Lacquer

A Subtly Shimmmered Coral-Pink for Summer

One of the least neon shades in China Glaze Summer Neons is Pink Plumeria Nail Lacquer ($7.00 [MSRP] for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a pink-coral that almost leans orange depending on the lighting. It has very fine gold micro-shimmer–in natural light, it almost looks like a cream finish, but there is definitely shimmer in it. OCC Extravaganza is pinker but has a similar brightness and shimmer content. China Glaze Sugar High is a smidgen pinker and has a cream finish. MAC Impassioned is more orange. Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to HAVe Fun Nail lacquer is more orange. Illamasqua Lament is a bit darker, more orange, and has no shimmer.

Surprisingly, this wasn’t opaque after two coats; there is a hint of visible nail line, and a third coat would likely yield fully opaque color. I think with this kind of shade, it looks best when it’s completely solid in color.  The formula was on the thicker side, so it did not apply flawlessly.  The biggest thing I noticed was that it took longer than usual to dry, even though it’s slightly neon (neons, like mattes, tend to dry faster).  It dries down to a semi-matte finish, and if you prefer a shiny finish, I’d recommend using a glossy top coat.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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Pink Plumeria

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I wish this shade had more opaque color--the thicker consistency makes using a third coat even less desirable! I think the shimmer within the base color really works well, and it's pink enough to work on both cooler and warmer skin tones.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, July 27th, 2012

Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.24 oz.) consists of four shades, which the brands describes as “taupe brown, tender pink, beige, and intense black.”

The first shade is a lightly gray-tinted medium-dark brown with subtle coppery-brown micro-shimmer over a satiny sheen. It has good color payoff, and it applies smoothly and evenly. MAC Superwatt is similar but more metallic, lighter, and warmer. MAC Omega is a smidgen lighter. theBalm Celebrational is grayer. Inglot #342 is grayer, darker, and matte. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is more shimmery.

Beside the taupe shade, there’s a pale, light pink with subtle yellow undertones and decent color payoff–but it’s powdery. It blends out easily but almost to nothing, so you have to pack it on and then only blend out the edges with care. This color barely shows up on me (I’m about medium in color). MAC Sugar Snack is a several shades darker. NARS Douce France is a smidgen whiter. Bare Escentuals Giddy is a little darker.

Next, we have a pale golen peach with a satiny sheen. It has decent pigmentation but also has some powderiness, like the pink shade, that made it easy to blend but it was also easy to make it disappear. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is similar but matte. Inglot #328 is identical as far as I can tell. Inglot #330 is lighter.

The final shade is a dark black with a subtle cool-brown base and a matte finish. It has good color payoff, and it is rather intense. I used it very, very lightly with an extremely fluffy brush so that it would not overwhelm the other shades in the quad. The color compares favorably with blacks like theBalm Serious and MAC Carbon.

I love a good neutral quad. Chanel’s Kaska Beige and Beiges de Chanel are two of my favorites. I was kind of hoping that this might be in that vein; something gorgeous and subtle and neutral but effortlessly flattering. I think on some complexions, this might sing a bit louder than it did for me. It just washes together, and the textures were more powdery than anticipated. It has something to do with the two pale shades in the quad being paired with something nearly black that makes it a lot more stark and less simple to use.  I wore all four shades together, and they were mostly intact after eight hours; the two lighter colors were a little faded, but the darker shades looked the same as they did initially.

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Premier Regard

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It's a decent-to-good quad, but I don't think it's going to work well on light-medium to medium-dark complexions; you either have to be really pale or deeper to have the color differences really show up. The black shade is a little cool-toned compared to the overall warmth of the other shades.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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