Thursday, July 28th, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a pink-laced raspberry red with red glitter and a frosted finish. This is my least favorite Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadow I’ve tried from the brand, because the texture is gritty when used dry and still a touch uneven (from the glitter) when used damp. This shade worked best when applied damp, because it allowed the product to bind together and give a smooth finish with opaque color. When applied dry, it is sheer, a little dry, and there is some fall out.

In the past, I’ve been very pleased with Le Metier de Beaute’s eyeshadows–they have a really smooth texture with a rich and buttery feel and excellent color payoff whether they are used dry or wet. Here, Fire Lily seems to be lacking in all of those characteristics in some way. It applies more smoothly when applied damp, but it still has some of the unevenness in the texture due to the glitteryness of the shade itself.

It is redder than MAC Cranberry. It’s only a touch redder and darker compared to Inglot #450. It’s must pinker compared to Urban Decay Gash. It’s closest to MAC Quartz Fusion, slightly less red, and the texture is better than MAC’s.

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It's a good eyeshadow when used wet, and an inferior one when used dry, so it averages out to something in-between--average, perhaps--so if it's something you see yourself only using wet, then it will be of more value to you.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, July 17th, 2011


Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lipgloss

Chantecaille Brilliant Lipgloss: Patina

Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.) is semi-opaque berry red with subtle and muted gold micro-shimmer. The color applied more evently than Glaze, but it still had a slightly patchy look to it when worn. The consistency is gel-like, so it has some cushion and glides on easily, and it doesn’t feel sticky. I didn’t notice any scent or taste when I wore it either.

Brilliant Lipgloss is supposed to be a hydrating, long-lasting formula that finishes with brilliant shine. It is also has botanical microspheres to plump lips without stinging. It comes with a brush-type applicator, and one pull provides enough product for a single application. I do not find the formula long-lasting or plumping; it lasts three to four hours (which is about average for gloss on my lips), and I didn’t detect any plumping at all. The glossy shine will naturally give lips a fuller appearance, but nothing about the gloss made my lips look any fuller than they do with any shiny gloss. It is moisturizing, though, which makes it a more comfortable gloss to wear.

NYX Burgundy is a little redder, less berry, and more opaque. MAC Ban This! is a bit similar, but it’s more opaque and berry-based, as well as it has fuchsia as opposed to gold shimmer.

For a more in-depth review of the formula and product claims, please see my original review here! :)

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Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

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When worn, it doesn't feel like a C-rated lipgloss at all, but the lack of plumping results coupled with average wear (as opposed to long-lasting wear) brought down an otherwise good lipgloss.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 16th, 2011


Chantecaille Glaze Brilliant Lipgloss

Chantecaille Brilliant Lipgloss: Glaze

Chantecaille Glaze Brilliant Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a hydrating, long-lasting formula that finishes with brilliant shine. It is also has botanical microspheres to plump lips without stinging. Chantecaille received a fair amount of attention (and sales) when it was revealed Angelina Jolie wears both Love and Charm regularly. I specifically bought more pigmented shades (the other I bought was Patina) from Chantecaille’s line-up, but a good portion of the range is on the sheerer side (which both Love and Charm are).

Glaze is a soft red with gold shimmer. It’s semi-opaque, but I find it’s difficult to get the color to look perfectly even. Initially, it looks decent, but if your lips touch at all, the gloss slides and moves and you end up with a more uneven look–this is totally what happened to me when I took photos!  It comes with a brush-type applicator, and one pull provides enough product for a single application.

The formula is just the right consistency of thick and thin, and it has a very gel-like feel so it is non-sticky and glides easily across lips. I didn’t detect any scent or taste, and Glaze lasted four hours when I wore it. The color blots off when drinking, but it hangs out well enough for four hours (despite drinking a cup of coffee)–three to four is average for me for a gloss, though, so I would not describe this as long-lasting as per their claim. I didn’t see any plumping effect, though–the fullness of my lips looked the same as when I wear any shiny gloss. I did find it more moisturizing than the average lipgloss.

The real disappointing part of this gloss is how little each tube contains. At $32, I think these invite comparison to Chanel’s Glossimers (which are $28.50), but Chantecaille’s gloss comes with only 0.10 oz. of product, whereas Chanel’s has 0.19 oz. (I’d also like to know why it lists it as “1 oz.” when 3ml is the equivalent of 0.10 oz.) Curiously, between February 2011 (when I purchased this) and July 2011, the price jumped $4–now they’re $32 a pop! Many brands raise prices every year or so, but you do not typically see such a large increase.

These are similar to Glossimers in the ways that count–they have the same shine and shimmer that gives lips a really juicy look. The texture of Chantecaille’s Brilliant Lipgloss is more gel-like and not as thin as Chanel’s, but both formulas are comfortable to wear and last about the same (three to four hours). Chanel’s Extrait de Gloss has a more comparable formula, but that formula doesn’t have much shimmer. Chanel Emoi is similar in color and payoff, while Sun Gold Glossimer is similar in overall composition but is less pigmented.

I like the gloss and think it is better than the actual rating given here, but a lot of the points lost in overall product quality came from failure to plump lips, which was one of the claims made.  It did not wear exceptionally long, and given it stated it was long-lasting, it lost more points there.   Without a specified length of wear, I judge long-lasting on wearing longer than average for me (which is 3-4 hours, so 5-6 would qualify this as long-lasting for review purposes). I imagine that most do not care if these plump or not, and from my experience, many do not mind reapplying gloss often–I just try to review and rate based on what products are supposed to do, so you have all the information and can decide what is/isn’t important to you.

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Chantecaille Brilliant Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches (Glaze)

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When worn, it doesn't feel like a C-rated lipgloss at all, but the lack of plumping results coupled with average wear (as opposed to long-lasting wear) brought down an otherwise good lipgloss.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011


Chanel Plumetis Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Fall 2011: Plumetis Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Plumetis Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft pinked apricot that applies semi-sheer. It ends up looking rather peach on my lips, and it tends to mute my natural lip color and add warmth. It’s a softer version of Chanel Liberte. Rouge Cocos are described as hydrating, though I find them only somewhat moisturizing overall.

Plumetis only lasted two and half hours on me before fading, and it is a little drying, as compared to the creamier Rouge Cocos (like Etole).  I felt like the texture of this wasn’t as smooth as it should be–there was this unevenness that ended up translating onto my lips.  When applied, it seemed to accentuate every imperfection and gather in places.  For me, this was a real miss.

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The uneven application alone makes this a less-than-impressive offering from Chanel. It wears far below average (2.5 hours vs. 4 hours), and it's not moisturizing (when it should be).

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Jade’s Fortune Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

MAC Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadows ($19.50 for 0.07 oz.) includes twelve, limited edition shades: Blue Sheen (melange of navy, black, peach), Clarity (melange of light pink, off-white green, gold, and black), Dark Indulgence (melange of forest green and black), Faux Gold (melange of coral, gold, lime, bronze), Golden Gaze (melange of gold and black), Hint of Sapphire (melange of pink, violet, teal, copper, blue), Jade’s Fortune (melange of bright yellow, blue, lime, black), Mineral Mode (melange of white base with copper and gray), Quartz Fusion (melange of soft pink, silver, deep pink), Rare Find (melange of violet, brown, gold), Smoked Ruby (melange of burgundy and black), and Unsurpassable (melange of green, teal, purple, and copper). This post features Jade’s Fortune, Mineral Mode, Rare Find, Smoked Ruby, and Unsurpassable in the next post. I do not currently have Dark Indulgence, Faux Gold, or Quartz Fusion, and I will post those when I am able to purchase them.

  • Jade’s Fortune is a sheer charcoal gray with a hint of green sheen when applied dry. When applied wet, it’s a deep charcoal gray with a silvery-teal sheen and purple shimmer-glitter dominates. It is interesting how it really doesn’t have much green to it at all, despite how green it looks in the pan. I think I re-swatched this four or five times at my desk. It is similar to Clarity, even though they look totally different in their pots. It’s more faceted with multi-colored shimmer but the base color is very similar to Inglot #451.
  • Mineral Mode is a sheer, darkened rosy pink when applied dry. It’s more opaque and has a brighter metallic sheen when applied dry, but the color itself is similar. Giorgio Armani #7 is pinker but similar, while Inglot #399 is even pinker but still has some similarity, and Urban Decay Scratch is a little lighter, less rosy.
  • Rare Find is a slightly sheered plum purple with multi-colored shimmer when applied dry. When applied wet, it’s a darker, grayer purple with less plum. The multi-colored shimmer seems less apparent when it is used wet. Inglot #445 is pinker, Bare Escentuals Chroma Violet seems rather comparable but in cream form, MAC Azuki Bean is similar but has less depth, and theBalm Curvy Cami is a little lighter/more mauve.
  • Smoked Ruby is a really rich, luxurious blackened brown with a burgundy-brown shimmer and sheen. This is one of the best shades of the nine I’ve tried. The pigmentation and depth are the same whether it is used dry or wet. I couldn’t find any great dupes for this shade. Make Up For Ever #162 is similar in the burgundy-brown aspect but it’s still quite different (no shimmer, no black). It’s more like a combination of MAC Sexpectations and MAC Centre Stage.
  • Unsurpassable is a semi-sheer springy green with copper-bronze sparkle when applied dry. When applied wet, it comes together a bit more, so it’s more opaque, but it has a grittier texture because it is loaded with sparkle. It’s a little less green than Urban Decay Urb (but hey! they share the same glittery issues), while theBalm Makeout Mary has a similar feel, it is darker and greener.

For a detailed review of the formula, please see part one.

The reason the rating for this set is rather different from part one is that the only real gem here is Smoked Ruby, while three others (Jade’s Fortune, Mineral Mode, Unsurpassable) are rather sheer when used dry–more so than you would expect.  Rare Find doesn’t have stellar color payoff when used dry, but it is decent.  The texture of Jade’s Fortune and Unsurpassable is a little on the gritty side from the larger shimmer/glitter particles.  Rare Find is much more of a low B-level shade, while Smoked Ruby is more of an A-level shade.  The discrepancies you see here in the post that ultimately result in a more muddled rating is why I prefer to review products individually, rather than several shades all at once.

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Within this set of five, Smoked Ruby is the real standout. Really rich in color, complexity, and the texture is divine. Jade's Fortune, Mineral Mode, and Unsurpassable are all rather sheer when used wet, while Jade's Fortune and Unsurpassable have a larger sparkle in them that makes them more prone to fall out. Mineral Mode has more of a shimmer-sheen, so it is more workable even when sheer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, May 6th, 2011

MAC Surf Baby Suntints
MAC Surf Baby Suntints

MAC Surf Baby: Suntint Lip Balms

MAC Surf Baby Suntint SPF 20 Lip Balms ($15.50 for 0.33 oz.) include three shades: Full of Grace (soft sheer rose), Lilt of Lily (soft creamy pale pink), and Pink Tinge (clean bright yellow pink with gold pearl).

  • Full of Grace is a sheer watermelon pink.
  • Lilt of Lily is a sheer, milky pink-lilac shimmered with iridescent pink.
  • Pink Tinge is a sheer, yellow-based pink with gold shimmer.

These are lip balms, and they’re designed to be sheer–this is exactly what they are: tinted lip balm. If you have naturally pigmented lips, these will add mostly gloss for you. Those with paler natural lips may find that Full of Grace deposits some color. Lilt of Lily has the least amount of color, while Pink Tinge has the most shimmer. Earlier today, I was actually lamenting doing lip swatches for these, because they’re so similar when worn, and ironically, I didn’t do lip swatches when these first launched (back in 2009 with Baby Blooms) for the same reason!

We’re on that border again; it’s expected to be sheer, but at what point is sheer too close to clear and therefore unpigmented? Full of Grace enhances my natural lip color by making it pinker and rosier, so it seems near our target. Lilt of Lily does a little but to a lesser extent. Pink Tinge adds shimmer and makes my lips look a little lighter than normal, and the sheerness is closer to Lilt of Lily but there is a little more here. It seems like pigmentation is where it should be for Full of Grace (like 9/10), while Lilt of Lily is lacking (5/10), and Pink Tinge falls somewhere between there (7/10), which averages out to around 7.

Suntints have a thicker, jelly-ish consistency and feel a little like gel lips. They’re sticky (less so than Lipglass), and they have a light vanilla scent to them. I get only two to three hours of wear with these as a lip balm, but they are somewhat moisturizing. They seem to do a good job of locking in moisture, but I don’t feel like they add much to lips, because once it’s gone, so are most of the moisturizing benefits. The Suntints come in squeeze-tube packaging, and each tube holds a surprising amount of product (0.33 oz.).

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I don't think these are moisturizing enough to make for a gotta have it kind of product. For anyone who longs for Tendertones, these are definitely not a reincarnation of them.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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