Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl oz.) is described as “clear,” and it is exactly that. There is no color or shimmer, just glossiness and shine once applied. It’s lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and glides on with a gel-like consistency. It has a sweet, fruity scent with a healthy shine that lasts about an hour and a half on me.  If you’re going for a clear gloss, the one thing I like to look out for are the larger-sized tubes of them, like this one, but it ultimately depends on how and how often you’re planning to use it.  I wish Icebreaker lasted longer, though.

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Icebreaker

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If you're going for a clear gloss, the one thing I like to look out for are the larger-sized tubes of them, like this one, but it ultimately depends on how and how often you're planning to use it.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Milani Raspberry Rush Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Raspberry Rush Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Raspberry Rush Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “raspberry metallic.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-shimmered pink-red with a frosted, metallic finish. NARS Jardin des Plantes is redder and less iridescent. Estee Lauder Demure is pinker, less iridescent. MAC Lickable has a similar base color but lacks the frosted finish and iridescence. MAC Quite the Thing is a touch more berry-hued. NYX Chloe is similar. Illamasqua Atomic is similar but matte. MAC Full Fuchsia is also similar in color but not as shimmery.

The lipstick was fully opaque–not quite in a single stroke (that’s how it’s advertised), but it doesn’t take too much to get there. It looks fairly good applied, but the texture is noticeably dry and stiff, so it doesn’t apply as well as I’d like. It just tugs and drags on the lips, so it takes several passes to even out the color and get full coverage. Because of the drier texture, it does settle and feel a bit clingy (not the clingiest texture I’ve come across, though), but the upside is it wears well and lasted six hours on me (and left a stain behind).  It has a very strong, sweet, fruity scent.

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Raspberry Rush

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I really wish Milani's metallic lipsticks were creamier--just enough that they'd apply more evenly and smoothly without a lot of work, and so they wouldn't feel so clingy when worn.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “purple metallic.” It’s a rich, red-toned violet magenta with violet shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Heroine has no shimmer, so it is a bit darker and purpler. MAC Seductive Intent is very similar in color but has no shimmer. MAC Violetta is slightly purpler (not as red/magenta) but also has shimmer–but it is smaller so it doesn’t appear metallic.

Milani recently revamped and released their lipstick range, and one of the first shades I tried was Violet Volt (because who doesn’t love seeing a new purple lipstick?). The new formula is supposed to have “one stroke, full coverage application” with a “lightweight, creamy formula [that] contains vitamins A, C, and E to moisturize and nourish lips.”  It has mostly opaque color payoff, though it takes a little more than one stroke to get it there, but my biggest issue with it was how dry the lipstick felt.  I imagine part of that is due to the high frost content in this, as I could almost feel all the bits of shimmer as I applied it.  It definitely tugs and pulls at the lips, so “one stroke” is hard to achieve from a technical standpoint.  Unsurprisingly, the dryness does mean it wears like iron–no problem getting this color to last six hours (and it will stain).  It was neither drying nor hydrating, which was surprising, given how it felt on, I expected it to be drying.

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Violet Volt

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While the color is vibrant and showstopping, the formula could use some work. It's not very creamy, so it drags and skips on lips, and it isn't hydrating as described (not drying, but not moisturizing, either).

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “warm beige.” It’s a golden beige with pale champagne sparkle and shimmer. I’m surprised MAC’s description didn’t mention any shimmer, pearl, or sparkle, because it is very sparkly. Urban Decay Space Cowboy is darker and more glittery. MAC Jaunty is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Summer Haze is more peach-hued and frosted. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is a bit browner and less shimmery. MAC Pure Flash is lighter.

It applied with mostly opaque color, but the glittery particles tended to cling to the lid and give it a crinkled look. The texture is fairly smooth and even, and it didn’t feel as gritty as some of the other more glittery Paint Pots have. The good news is that there is minimal fall out–I do get some, but it is more minor than it is a big deal and happened towards the end of the wear (the last two to three hours). Mooncake wore for ten hours without fading, but there was some faint creasing and minor fall out. It’s one of the better more sparkly shades of Paint Pots, but it still has some issues. I think those who love the sparkly Paint Pots will likely love this one too, but if you weren’t a fan of them previously, I don’t think this is going to convert you.

P.S. — Baking Beauties is now up on MAC! :)

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Mooncake

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I think those who love the sparkly Paint Pots will likely love this one too, but if you weren't a fan of them previously, I don't think this is going to convert you.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “silvery pink/soft rose with shimmer.” Swirled together, it is a soft peach with a hint of pink and a frosted, golden champagne sheen. MAC Light Year is warmer, darker. MAC By Candlelight is lighter. bareMinerals The Love Affair is warmer, more peach. MAC Superb is browner. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is more beige. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous is browner. The lighter shade is a pale champagne with a frosted, metallic finish. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees is more beige, less golden. The darker shade is a peachy-orange with a frosted finish. MAC Utterly Game is somewhat similar in color but is mostly matte.

The lighter shade has a very, very metallic finish, so as a highlighter is incredibly reflective and emphasizes pores and any imperfections in the skin noticeably. The darker shade has a rather frosted finish (rather than a metallic one), but it does somewhat emphasize pores. On lighter complexions, this will show up as more of a highlighter/blush combination, while on medium to dark complexions, it will be subtler and better as a highlighter (generally). It has a soft, slightly dry, consistency and feel, but it applies with good color payoff and builds up well. It does blend out easily, and it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. When I tested Definitely Defined, it lasted for seven and a half hours well, but after eight and a half, there was some patchiness (MAC says this formula will last ten hours).

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Definitely Defined

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On lighter complexions, this will show up as more of a highlighter/blush combination, while on medium to dark complexions, it will be subtler and better as a highlighter (generally).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Glace Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm
MAC Glace Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

MAC Glace Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm ($19.50 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy pale baby blue.” In the tube, it’s a cloudy, pale blue with iridescent pink-copper shimmer. It’s actually very, very similar to MAC Chillin’, except Chillin‘ is a bit milkier. MAC Ethereal is more shimmery.

On lips, it cancels out some of my natural lip color and gives it a cooler cast while adding a touch of shimmer and general milkiness. It’s not like you’re wearing a bright blue gloss, though (which may have been what you were wanting or may have been what was keeping you away!). The formula is only supposed to give a tint of color along with a high shine, while being incredibly moisturizing. It’s so-so in the hydration department–enough that lips feel nourished while worn, but the formula doesn’t impart any long-lasting hydration. The color payoff is sheer but gives lips a milky appearance while allowing the natural lip color to come through. Glace wore for three hours, and the texture was just a touch tacky from the start and gradually became tackier as it wore on.

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Glace

B
It isn't as hydrating as other lip balms I've tried, and it wears away really quickly, so it needs to be frequently reapplied.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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