Thursday, December 19th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses
MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses

Launching December 26th, MAC’s Magnetic Nude collection includes five limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.), with one repromote (A Quiet Roar). Lipglass is a thicker, tacky formula that is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste. It’s strongest point is the variety in color and finish, and then its wear time tends to be longer, due to the sticky consistency. Hell Bound wore the longest at four and a half hours, while the two sheerer glosses wore for less than three hours. I find Lipglasses slightly drying on the whole, which was the case with A Quiet Roar and Overspiced. The other three shades were neither drying nor hydrating.

A Quiet Roar is described as a “creamy off-white.” It’s a pale, milky white gold with white and pale gold shimmer. It has semi-sheer color coverage and noticeably lightens the lip color while adding glossiness and shimmer. Because it is milky and light, it can be difficult to apply it evenly (or keep it looking even once applied). The consistency was fairly thick, even for Lipglass. It wore well for two and a half hours on me. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is sheerer. MAC Girl on Board (LE, $15.00) is slightly whiter. MAC Little Rock (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle (P, $24.00) is also sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Hell Bound is described as a “brick red with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark red with copper-orange shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. The consistency seemed slightly thinner and less tacky than other Lipglasses. When I tested it, the color lasted for four and a half hours. I did notice a little bit of the texture of the sparkle after three and a half hours of wearing the gloss. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is sheerer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker, browner. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is redder. Hourglass Siren (P, $28.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Oh My Darling is described as a “pale yellow pink.” It’s a pale, pinky-beige with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer–I saw bits of green and gold in there. Applied, it had semi-sheer coverage and what was most noticeable was how shimmery it was. The gloss seemed to lighten my natural lip color slightly, but the effect was largely sparkly. It lasted two and a half hours on me. The multi-colored nature of the sparkle seemed almost holographic, and so I didn’t feel like I came up with any truly comparable shades, but you can see some other sheer, sparkly shades I pulled: See comparison swatches.

Overspiced is described as a “dirty muted coral.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium peach with a hint of beige and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it was a thicker, slightly goopy, gloss that settled into lip lines and was troublesome during application. The color just didn’t want to apply or blend or move and look even. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is very similar. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is less glossy. MAC Ready or Not (P, $19.50) is much lighter. MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is also a lot lighter. MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Chanel Genie (P, $32.00) is slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

Steel Kiss is described as a “dirty mauve with green pearl.” Swatched, it is a taupe-shimmered, muted dark brown with subtle warm, caramel undertones. It has multi-colored, fine shimmer–very much to the tune of Oh My Darling. Applied, they do look different, as Steel Kiss gives lips a warmer, browner appearance–slightly darkening–with plenty of shimmer. It wore well for almost three hours. As with Oh My Darling, I didn’t feel like shades I thought of were similar enough, as they were less dimensional, but here were the ones I considered: see comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

L'Oreal Ballerina Shoes (135) Colour Riche Lipstick
L’Oreal Ballerina Shoes (135) Colour Riche Lipstick

L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick ($8.95 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to combine “luxuriously rich color” and “intensely rich hydration” for a creamy, moisturizing, and pigmented lipstick formula. The pigmentation seems to vary from shade to shade–some true-to-description, others are sheerer. Generally, they aren’t drying, but some shades are just a little moisturizing, others are moderately so, and then a few seem to be neither drying nor hydrating. The three I have here for you show how the formula can vary. They have a fairly strong perfume-y scent.

Ballerina Shoes (135) Colour Riche Lipstick ($8.95 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. This is not just shimmer–this is a genuine frosted finish, which isn’t for everyone. It had semi-opaque color coverage. It wore well for two and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is pinker, less frosted. NARS Mitzi (P, $26.00) is sheerer, less pink. Guerlain Rose Desir (LE, $49.50) is less frosted. Guerlain Romance (LE, $35.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

I Pink You’re Cute (175) Colour Riche Lipstick ($8.95 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage and no shimmer. It wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is not quite as warm, brighter. MAC Venus (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sunny Seoul (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pink Flamingo (180) Colour Riche Lipstick ($8.95 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage applied, and the consistency was lightly creamy and applied evenly. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating during that time. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Playtime (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $15.00) is more magenta. Chanel Kensington (LE, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, December 13th, 2013

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige gold.” It’s a pale, champagne gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke and built up nicely. The consistency was lightly creamy–enough to glide across lids without skipping but it didn’t take forever to set. Once set, it stays in place and wore well for eight hours. This is particularly nice for highlighting the inner corner of the eye to brighten. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is darker, powder. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is yellower, power. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is slightly warmer, yellower, and powder. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is powder, slightly yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, coppery undertones and bronze and copper shimmer that give it a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was creamy enough that it didn’t skip or tug at the eyelid during application, and the shade wore well for eight hours. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter, powder. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $16.00) is warmer. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is very similar, powder. MAC Sizzlin’ Diva (LE, $16.50) is similar. Buxom Mutt (P, $18.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

As a note, I couldn’t find a single retailer that still carried Bronze online–not a one–so if it’s something on your must-have list, I would recommend calling a local counter (even the nearest to you, as many retailers will ship to you) to see if they have it.

Tuxedo Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as the “blackest black.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned black with a matte finish. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, though it was only semi-opaque in a single stroke. The consistency was stiffer, drier than the other two, and I found it skipped and tugged at the lid a bit. It worked better and more comfortably as an eyeliner. On the lid (or lash line, for that matter), it wore well without creasing or fading for eight hours. NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is a gel formula but similar in color. Make Up For Ever #0E (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($30.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a trio of “shimmering mauve pink,” “golden peach,” and “shimmering magenta pink.” Swirled together, it creates a brightened, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a warmer, golden beige shimmer for a soft, frosted finish. Tarte Crave (LE) is less shimmery, warmer. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is lighter. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is a touch lighter. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is lighter, slightly warmer. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $23.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The Sweethearts blush is a baked formula, which Too Faced says “allows it to truly work on all skin tones–the blush can be applied as a beautiful buildable finish.” The size of the blush will allow you to apply all three together, or you can lean a little more towards the left (warmer) or to the right (cooler). To use them individually, you’d have to use a really small brush, so it’s not practical for most. The color was buildable, and the deeper pink shade is fairly intense, so fairer skin tones will want to pay attention to how much they apply or else tap off excess product on the brush (even soft brushes pick up a lot of product). However, because the texture is powdery, it is prone to sheering out more than it is to building up, so pat on for more intense color before blending too much–oilier skin types (or apply over liquid foundation just before it fully dries down) may not experience this as much. The texture is powdery–you’ll want to use your softest blush brush to minimize the excess that gets kicked up. On the skin, it doesn’t look powdery, though, and it only slightly emphasized pores, while it wore well for six hours before showing signs of fading–both of those traits are common to baked formulas, in my experience.

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The texture is powdery--you'll want to use your softest blush brush to minimize the excess that gets kicked up. On the skin, it doesn't look powdery, though, and it only slightly emphasized pores, while it wore well for six hours before showing signs of fading--both of those traits are common to baked formulas, in my experience.

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Too Faced Bon Bon La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Spring 2014 La Creme Lipsticks

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) sees the introduction of five new shades for spring from pale peach to rich red. They’re true to the La Creme formula–creamy, balm-like consistency with good color payoff, glossy finishes, and moderate wear times. I didn’t notice any taste, but they had a sweet, lemony scent.  Jelly Bean was the best, while Taffy was disappointing.

Bon Bon is described as a “pink papaya.” It’s a pop of brightened, medium pink-coral with a glossy, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage–just a hint of translucency, and it wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating when worn. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is less glossy, slightly warmer. MAC Hoop (DC, $15.00) is much pinker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is pinker, more matte. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) has shimmer, slightly pinker. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is a touch pinker. See comparison swatches.

Jelly Bean is described as a “raspberry red.” It’s a deepened, brightened raspberry red with cool, blue undertones and a lightly glossy shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it applied very smoothly and evenly. This shade lasted six hours and left a residual stain behind. It was moisturizing both during and after wear. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is redder. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is very similar, slightly redder. Guerlain Girly (P, $49.50) is pinker. MAC Scan-delicious (LE, $19.00) is similar. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Lollipop is described as a “violet with orchid shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia-shimmered magenta with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it was a lot sheerer than other La Cremes. When I wore this shade, it was lightly hydrating and wore well for four hours. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is similar, less shimmered. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is glossier, less shimmery. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is more matte, more shimmery. MAC Show Orchid (P, $15.00) is very similar in color but is not as glossy. See comparison swatches.

Pink Chocolate is described as a “berry brown.” It’s a warm, rosy plum with a glossy, luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, lasted four hours, and was nicely hydrating during that time. Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $16.00) is redder. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is slightly more muted, more matte. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Brick-o-la (P, $15.00) is more matte. Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Taffy is described as a “pink marshmallow nude.” It’s a light, pinky-peach with a luminous shine. This shade was really, really creamy, but it applied unevenly and seemed to emphasize every imperfection on the lip. It was extremely unforgiving, even on freshly exfoliated lips. This shade wore well for three hours and was moisturizing during that time. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Tarte Pink Peony Amazonian Butter Lipstick
Tarte Pink Peony Amazonian Butter Lipstick

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) launched recently as a “moisturizing, creamy lipstick.” They’re supposed to “add a splash of rich color and creamy shine” while delivering “intense moisture.” I’ve been testing two shades over the past couple of weeks, and it’s a decent to good formula, but it didn’t knock it out of the park for me. It really wasn’t that hydrating for me; no more than the average lipstick–just lightly hydrating–and the color and shine disappear after two hours of wear or less. If you eat or drink, good luck getting any wear out of these at all; the product just vanishes!

The texture on the lips isn’t gritty, but it’s not quite smooth… almost waxy in some ways. These were best applied on naturally healthy lips, as the consistency/texture tended to accentuate any imperfections on the lips–definitely exfoliate prior to using these. The color is buildable from sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. If a color is going to be one of those super hydrating, buttery balm-like formulas that wears away quickly, it at least needs to be ultra hydrating to make up for it, and I felt like these just stayed middle-of-the-road on all accounts. The lipsticks are packaged in cardboard containers, which may be a deal-breaker for some.  They have a light mint scent, but I didn’t notice a mint taste.  These looked a lot better when initially applied than they actually are in reality, unfortunately!

Pink Peony Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “blushing pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink–almost a coral-pink–with a luminous sheen. It was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque color with some translucency. It lasted just under two hours on me. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is similar. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is more matte. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is lighter. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Tulip Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mauve rose.” It’s a medium, warm-toned, rosy pink with a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable, color. It lasted almost two hours on me. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is warmer, less pink. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is more mauve. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is brighter. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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