Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Clarins Splendours Shimmer Body Oil
Clarins Splendours Shimmer Body Oil

Clarins Splendours Shimmer Body Oil ($32.00 for 3.3 fl. oz.) is a body oil with deep gold shimmer. The purpose of this product is three-fold: illuminate while hydrating and scenting the skin. Clarins recommends applying it over “collar bone, arms, and legs.”

After I tried Caudalie Divine Legs, I was angling for something that would give some of the warmth but with less tint, and since this arrived shortly after, it seemed like a good summer product to try next. This type of product is less foreign to me, as it is really just a shimmery body highlighter with no real tint, but I haven’t tried a lot of body oils previously, so there was still some newness (which is always exciting).

It doesn’t tint, so even though it looks golden bronze in the bottle, it’s really just a lot of shimmer on. I think if you have very, very fair skin you might see a hint of golden warmth against the skin. The shimmer doesn’t look chunky, but I was able to see it up close, so it isn’t just a sheen but a real shimmer. It absorbs fairly quickly, and it doesn’t feel sticky or greasy afterwards. I didn’t find it all that hydrating in the short-term, and I didn’t try it continuously for weeks on end, but my skin felt the same after several hours of wearing it as it had before applying it.

The consistency is very water-like, but it is just slightly oily, and it spreads easily across the skin. I wish this had different packaging, because it pours out a ton of product even if you’d just like a dab. It almost always dribbles down the side of the bottle when I’ve used it, and I always get more than I bargained for. I think a pump or smaller opening would be much, much better and easier to manage. It has a soft citrus scent that I couldn’t smell unless I stuck my nose to my skin, which is great if you prefer light scents and less so if you wanted this for its scent.

On me, the shimmer only lasted three or so hours, and then it seemed to just fall away, so it’s definitely a product best suited for special occasions, evenings out, and the like. I thought it worked best on collar bones and decolletage, but on legs, it didn’t have an impact from a normal viewing distance. The light seems to hit my collar bones/decolletage more often, so the shimmer dances more there.

I didn’t like this product overall, just because the effect only lasted a few hours, the scent was barely-there (for a product that lists “scenting” as a goal, it seems it’s an issue), and wasn’t hydrating enough to use alone for all-day hydration. The shimmer definitely rubs off on clothing as well.  Initially, I wore this three days in a row, but my skin needed more hydration (particularly my legs; my arms were satisfied with the hydration the oil alone provided), so I had to use a another lotion beforehand to ensure smooth skin (I’ve been alternating between Kiehl’s Creme de Corps and Bath & Body Works Body Creams for the past couple of months) for the remainder of the week that I tried this. Worth noting, Clarins’ conducted their own study and they had the group use it for four weeks, and the results of the study were such that the majority did find it hydrating.

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I didn't like this product overall, just because the effect only lasted a few hours, the scent was barely-there (for a product that lists "scenting" as a goal, it seems it's an issue), and wasn't hydrating enough to use alone for all-day hydration on areas where I tend to be drier (like legs).

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Summer Pink Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “sheer bright pink.” It’s a slightly cool-toned, medium pink. Applied to my medium skin tone, it gives just a hint of pink–very natural and subtle. I suspect this will be harder to see on deeper skin tones and then potentially bolder on fairer complexions. Chanel Affinite is slightly darker. Edward Bed of Roses is cooler-toned and a powder product. MAC Weekend Getaway is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Seduce is more plum. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Sunlit Nude Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden pearl pink.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark bronze that sheers out to more of a golden bronze shimmer and sheen. Against my medium complexion, it’s a barely-there highlighter and adds a dewiness to the cheek without much color or visible sparkle (but that does mean it doesn’t emphasize pores!). Based on the sheerness and tint level, I only see this working for fairer complexions. MAC Bootcamp Bronze is more orange. MAC Worldly Wealth is darker, powder. MAC Glorify is more metallic, darker. See comparison swatches.

I reviewed Nude Beach earlier, and my major issue was the wear time, which was what my concern was with these two as well. The consistency is slick, almost gel-like, and easy to spread and blend out on the skin. They never set (which is why I think they slide around and fade so quickly), and they remain slightly tacky throughout the wear. Both Summer Pink and Sunlit Nude just don’t last on the skin–on bare skin, they’re gone by the fourth hour, and over foundation, they stay on a bit longer but look patchy after three hours. They work best on bare skin, as they don’t seem to cooperate with foundation. If applied to bare skin, then foundation layered over, it doesn’t turn as patchy as quickly, but for anyone with skin darker than fair, this way means you get virtually no color, because the foundation completely masks the underlying tint. I very much wish these more buildable, so they could be used and worn by medium or darker skin tones–that desire has no impact on the rating, of course.

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

MAC Black Grape Pressed Pigment
MAC Black Grape Pressed Pigment

MAC Pressed Pigments ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) are back for fall with a few limited edition shades, some repromotes, and then a few permanent additions to the existing shade range. The formula is described as “an intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish.” It can be applied dry for a sheerer, high-shine finish or applied on damp skin for a more dramatic, wet look.

The Pressed Pigments are incredibly pretty with their sparkling, light-reflecting ways. They’re seductive at a glance for anyone who gets excited about all things shimmering and glimmering. If you use an adhesive base and don’t mind some fall out, they’re an interesting product you may fall in love with (these seem to very much be a love it or hate it kind of product). Applied dry, the fall out is never-ending and horrendous. In the past when I’ve tested, my eyes have been irritated throughout the day when I’ve worn these without some sort of extra base/adhesive product to minimize the fall out.

That being said, I wore Vanilla Diamond (inner lid), Summer Honey (middle of lid), Pink Pepper (outer lid), and Damson (outer crease) yesterday. There was fall out during application, which is as expected, and is the reason I would apply these first, then foundation, so you can really clean up underneath the eyes. I applied all four shades damp with MAC’s 249 brush to the lid, and after eight hours, there was noticeable fall out, but the sparkle used in the those four shades was much finer than previous shades in the range (though there has always been some variance), so it didn’t look like big bits of glitter (that can sometimes look like dirt, when it’s not catching the light). My eye didn’t feel all that irritated either, which was a very, very happy surprise, so all in all, I would definitely say there was less fall out than previous shades I’ve tried. So yes, I think these are improved–to a degree–with the fineness of the shimmer/sparkle used as well as the texture. These all felt creamy and slightly wet, but if you nick at them, they dislodge like a powder product. The biggest improvement was that, generally, you didn’t need to crush up the product as much to get it to smooth out on the skin.

If you’re not into fussy eyeshadows, adhesive bases, and the like, I would continue to skip these. If you already own an adhesive base like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, Too Faced Glitter Glue, etc., and you love yourself some glittery fun, you may want to consider trying a shade or two. I’ll be testing these a bit more over the next few days (the other four shades, specifically, as well as trying a few over an adhesive base). They just don’t work well on their own due to major fall out. There’s definitely a part of me that loves these. I swatch them and go, “ooh, ahh!” and then I wear them, and I’m always less impressed.

Black Grape is described as a “deep aubergine with multi-pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, silver-shimmered purple with plummy-mauve undertones. The base is lightly warmed-up, while the shimmer is cooler-toned, which gives it an overall cooler color. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and applied damp, it is mostly opaque. The consistency isn’t chunky, but this is not the finest shimmer of the new shades. theBalm Lavish Latoya is less shimmery. Milani Purr-fect Purple is less shimmery, slightly lighter. MAC Grand Galaxy is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Encore is similar in color but not as sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is permanent.)

Damson is described as a “deep brown with gold pearl.” It has a plummy-brown base color with a muted, golden bronze shimmer/pearl that gives it a warmer, golden bronze coloring overall. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. Blended out, it looks more and more plum and less and less bronze. MAC Smokeluxe #3 is darker but very similar. Urban Decay Nevermind is similar to the golden bronze coloring but doesn’t have a plum tone to it at all. MAC Universal Appeal when applied sheer actually looks similar, as it is a mix of brown and plum, but applied wet it is much more plum. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Lime Ice is described as a “seafoam green.” It’s a pale, lightly yellowed green with a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was very sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-sheer. The consistency of this one was chunkier, more like past Pressed Pigments, so I would expect this to be more prone to fall out. It doesn’t smooth out as nicely and should be “crushed” with an applicator (whether fingers or brush or something else). Chanel Delicatesse #1 is darker, less metallic. MAC Fresh & Mint #1 is darker. MAC Lucky in Love is less warm-toned, darker. MAC Zestful is warmer. Lancome Fashion Forward is less sparkly. Chanel Promesse #4 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Sensational is less sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Moth is described as a “mauve with silver pearl.” It’s a soft, muted pink-mauve with a frosted, metallic finish. The consistency is slightly chunky/gritty, and it is quite sheer applied dry and then semi-sheer applied damp. MAC Tendersmoke is much darker, as is MAC Circa Plum. See comparison swatches. (This shade is permanent.)

Pink Pepper is described as a “deep coral with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, coral-orange with a gold sparkle and metallic finish. This was one of the more pigmented shades in the bunch; still semi-sheer applied dry, but mostly opaque applied damp. MAC Caribbean is darker, more orange. L’Oreal Cherie Merie is darker, more orange, less sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Rock Candy is described as a “mid-tone fuchsia.” It’s a light-medium pink with a very frosted, glittery finish. This was the chunkiest shade out of the new shades that I tried. It seemed to have faint yellow undertones. It applied semi-sheer dry and then more opaque damp, but it does really need to be buffed, pressed, and worked into skin to get a smoother look. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is similar, not as bright. MAC Supersweet #2 is cooler-toned in the base color. MAC Cheryl Chic is less sparkly, a bit lighter. MAC Love Power is lighter, cream. MAC Rose Light is more muted. See comparison swatches. (This shade is permanent.)

Summer Honey is described as a “pastel coral.” More like a soft, peachy-beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It is very sheer applied dry and then semi-sheer applied damp. This one had finer shimmer/sparkle. MAC Pastelluxe #2 is more golden and metallic. Disney Midnight Hour #2 is darker, less sparkly. Urban Decay Sellout is a smidgen lighter. NARS Delphes #1 is less sparkly. MAC Light Touch is more beige, lighter. Chanel Raffinement #2 is less sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Vanilla Diamond is described as a “warm yellow beige.” It’s a pale, champagne with subtle warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It was sheer applied dry, and then semi-sheer applied damp. It has a finer sparkle/shimmer compared to the formula overall. MAC Smokeluxe #1 is smoother. Disney Sea Shells is more opaque. MAC Dazzlelight is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Bone is similar. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

* Note: Midnight is another new (and permanent) shade that is listed as “coming soon” online, so I haven’t been able to purchase it. I will review it when I am able to do so.

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Saturday, July 20th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag
MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag

MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag ($39.50) contains a full-sized Lipstick, Lipglass, and Lip Pencil, plus a medium-sized makeup bag. The value of the color products is $45, while the bag is very similar in size and material to the recently released Illustrated bags that retailed for $36, so the total (maximum) value is $81.  The gloss merely lightens Girl About Town, but it’s very subtle, so I don’t know if it’s really the best pairing, especially as the thickness of Picture Pink gives the finished look a very thick, almost goopy, finish.

Girl About Town is described as a “bright blue-fuchsia [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bold, fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish. It has rich, opaque color coverage, and it wore six hours well on me and left behind a stain. MAC Pink Poodle is lighter. MAC Rare Exotic is similar. Buxom Exhibitionist is brighter/lighter. See comparison swatches. (This is part of the permanent range.)

Picture Pink is described as a “clear pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with a creamy consistency and finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it settled into lines and looked uneven. It’s the type of gloss that is best applied over another lip product (like a lipstick or lip pencil), because on its own, it’s a mess. It wore for four hours on me. MAC likes their milky pinks, so there is no shortage of dupes. MAC Infinitely Likeable is more neutral. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter. MAC Stay Sweet is very similar. MAC Pink Fade is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Scoop is sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Embrace Me is described as a “vivid fuchsia.” It’s a vibrant, nearly neon, fuchsia with a matte finish. It had rich, full color coverage. I reviewed this in March here. Its strength is longevity and color payoff, but it’s a bit dry and is drying when worn alone. Urban Decay Anarchy is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, July 19th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Sultry Eye Bag
MAC Illustrated Sultry Eye Bag

MAC Illustrated Sultry Eye Bag ($46.50) includes three full-sized products: a Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo, Eye Kohl, and Haute & Naughty Mascara. The duo is worth $21, pencil is worth $16, and mascara is worth $20, so the total value of the set is $57, plus a full-sized makeup bag. The bag is actually the same size as the Illustrated bags that were released alone, and those retailed at $36, so the maximum possible value would be $93. The bag seemed to be made out of the same material as the Illustrated standalone bags. Keep in mind, Thunder and Rain came out in 2011, and the eyeliner and mascara are both part of the permanent range.

Thunder and Rain #1 is a cool-toned, medium-dark gray with apearly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and when applied damp, it was slightly improved but not by much. The eyeshadow lasted well for six and a half hours, and then it started to fade. MAC Diesel is a touch darker. MAC Smokeluxe #4 is similar, more metallic. Urban Decay Asphalt is darker. Urban Decay Ace is darker. Giorgio Armani #21 is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Thunder and Rain #2 is a medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was powdery, and the color payoff was semi-sheer applied dry and more opaque applied damp. The eyeshadow lasted well for six and a half hours, and then it started to fade.  NARS Demon Lover #1 is cooler-toned, slightly bluer. MAC Drawn to Drama is slightly purpler. Feline is a rich black with a matte finish. It has intense color payoff, and the consistency is creamy and glides on well. This is part of the permanent range. I’ve reviewed this in the past, and it has numerous dupes since it is a black eyeliner and many brands make them (see black eyeliner comparisons).

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer
Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer

Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright, tangerine-crush coral with soft shimmer.” It is a warm-toned, coral-orange with flecks of white sparkle. It was mostly opaque afer two coats of polish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was easy to apply. Dior Diablotine is darker, redder. Chanel Lilis is more orange. MAC Vivid Effect is less warm-toned, cream. See comparison swatches.

Rock the Boat Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “French blue with a hint of periwinkle.” It’s a cool-toned, lavender-blue with a subtle silvery shimmer. I tried applying this three times, and it was uneven and streaky each time I tried, which was a real shame since this is a rather unique color from what I’m aware of. The consistency was on the thicker side, and it didn’t flow evenly across the nail. I thought it might self-level but no suck luck. Chanel Sky Line is metallic. Cult Nails Princess is bluer. Zoya Skylar is much darker. See comparison swatches.

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