Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm
Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm

Earlier, I posted my first review of Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.), which you can find here. According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a hydrating formula that gives lips a better appearance. There are six shades in all, with one being colorless, and the others are supposed to have “juicy tints of color.” The formula is somewhat hydrating–less than a really good lip balm, and it is also less than their regular La Creme lipstick formula, for me–and very short-wearing (only one shade lasts two hours; all the others last less). It has a lightweight feel on the lips, but it is thinner than the La Creme lipsticks. The “tinted” shades seem to emphasize lip imperfections; the formula seems to catch every little imperfection (ones I didn’t know I had!).

Too Faced Pink Slip La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a very sheer, coral-tinted shade. At most, it maybe adds a slight warmth to lips, but it feels like I’m partially imagining it! It wears an hour and a half on me. Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is warmer. Korres Quince (P, $12.99) is pinker, darker. bareMinerals Amped Pink (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Just Kissed La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a very sheer, peachy-coral tint. It’s really a smidgen warmer than Pink Slip, but the two look nearly identical, despite looking drastically different in the tubes. It stayed on for about an hour and a half. Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is similar. Korres Quince (P, $12.99) is darker, more pigmented. bareMinerals Amped Pink (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Plum Crazy La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a very sheer, warm-toned plum with a natural sheen. This shade slightly darkened the lips; of all the shades, this had the most visible tint, but it was still very sheer at best. It lasted for two hours on me. Bite Beauty Dolce (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Korres Quince (P, $12.99) is brighter, warmer. bareMinerals Amped Pink (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm
Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm

Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is supposed to hydrate lips so they appear plumper and smoother with a “delicious sweet citrus scent.” It comes in six shades (a second review is coming for the other three shades) and five of the six are “juicy tints of color,” while one is clear. The formula has some slip, but it seems less slippery/emollient–less “melty”–than the La Creme Lipstick formula, pehraps because this has a thinner feel overall. All of them give a light natural sheen to lips, and though they’re supposed to be tinted, just about all of them look nearly the same on lips. I have somewhat pigmented lips, but they’re not super pigmented–warmer shades make my lips look a wee bit warmer, cooler shades make them look a bit pinker/darker. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing them for their tinting abilities. On me, the formula is somewhat moisturizing; less so than my favorite lip balms, but the formula is thin enough that it doesn’t stay on for long. I get about an hour to two hours of wear, and then I feel like I have to reapply. The colored ones seemed to accentuate the texture of my lips–it seemed to catch on imperfections I didn’t even know I had. These seemed comparable to Bite Beauty’s BB for Lips. Since these three all look virtually colorless applied, I would rather opt for an ultra-hydrating lip balm than a so-so lip balm with no color or pick up one of their La Creme Lipsticks for greater hydrating and actual color.

Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is the clear, colorless shade (as in, intentionally left clear!). It is less glossy than a more liquid-like lip balm, but it is also thinner. The consistency is lightly creamy, lightweight, and applies easily over the lips. It lasts an hour and a half on me.

Too Faced Hunny Bunny La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a sheer, peachy-beige. On my lips, it adds warmth and darkens my natural lip color just slightly with a smidgen of shine. It lasts an hour and a half on me.
Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is slightly more pigmented. MAC Taste of Paradise (LE) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Peachykeen La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a sheer peach. The major difference between this and Hunny Bunny is the undertone; this doesn’t have any beige in it, so it looks peachier–like a mix of orange and pink. It lasts an hour and a half on me.
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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Country Star La Creme Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a warm-toned, medium peach with a glossy, luminous finish. MAC Enchanted One (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $34.00) is sheerer, lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is pinker, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is similar. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, more matte, pinker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The La Creme formula has a slightly thicker, more emollient consistency normally, but this particular shade seemed extra slippery–it moved around quite bit, so it was difficult to get really even, smooth-looking color. When I pressed my lips together, it would create “lines” and push the product around. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it was nicely hydrating while worn, but it was a high-maintenance lip color. It lasted for two and a half hours on me, and as it wore away, it did pull into lip lines somewhat. It’s a shame, as the color was quite the chameleon; I would stand in one room, and it would pink-tinged, and then in another, it would be peachy. It had a sweet, lemony scent but no discernible taste.

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Exaltation (108) Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Exaltation (108) Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Here are the other three new shades of Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) launching for fall. The formula is supposed to be an “ultra-fine powder eyeshadow” that is “foolproof in its application” and can be “applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour.” Only one of the three here could be used with a dampened brush without ruining the surface of the powder (it hardens and darkens), so I’m not sure why the formula, in general, is touted as wet/dry.

Chanel Exaltation (108) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff when applied dry, and it had semi-sheer color payoff when applied with a dampened brush–yes, worse pigmentation. It also applied unevenly when used with a dampened brush. The texture was powdery, though soft, but it really needed an eyeshadow primer to get true-to-pan color that didn’t immediately start fading away. Also, where I used a dampened brush, the powder darkened and hardened. On me, the color lasted for six hours before fading significantly (and it never looked as bright applied as it did in the pan). Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 (LE) is similar. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Inglot #362 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, slightly shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Pulsion (112) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a blackened purple with subtle warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. Like Exaltation, it was more pigmented applied dry, where it was semi-opaque. When I tried applying it with a dampened brush, it applied more unevenly and yielded only semi-sheer color payoff. It was difficult to get the color to transfer if I used a damp brush, and the surface of the powder hardened. This color at least lasted for eight hours before fading, so there was a little upside. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P) is similar. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is slightly more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Admiration (114) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “golden yellow.” It’s a brightened, sunshine yellow with a soft, pearly sheen. The texture was quite powdery, but this one really sings when it is applied with a dampened brush, as you get really smooth, opaque color. Applied dry, it actually has quite a bit of pigmentation as well, but the texture has that powdery feel, so it is more prone to sheering out. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Ever So Yellow (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $5.99) is similar. Fyrinnae Banana Mochi (P, $6.80) is lighter, less bright. Sephora Collection Banana Split (05) (P, $13.00) is similar. NARS Flowers 1 #5 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Sunny Outlook (P, $21.00) is more orange. MAC Bright Sunshine (P, $15.00) is lighter, yellower. Make Up For Ever Jaune (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

MAC Moody Blooms Fluidlines
MAC Moody Blooms Fluidlines

There are three shades of MAC Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) that will be releasing in the Moody Blooms collection. Two of them were under-performing, unfortunately! Copperthorn was quite mesmerizing applied, so I think the sheerness can “work” in that sense, but it’s not pigmented as Fluidlines are supposed to be (without a modifier in the description, then it falls short).

Black Ivy is described as a “blackened green.” It’s a dark, bluish-teal with very fine teal micro-shimmer over a semi-matte base. It had fairly good color payoff, and the consistency was creamy, lightweight, and easy to apply along the lash line. It wore well for ten hours on my lower lash line without fading or smudging. Revlon Emerald (P) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is slightly richer. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Blues (LE, $16.00) is slightly brighter. Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal (LE, $22.00) is bluer. bareMinerals 1PM (LE, $15.00) is a touch bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Copperthorn is described as a “glittery bronze.” It’s a glittery, medium copper with flecks of copper and gold sparkle and micro-glitter. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and to build color payoff, you really had to allow the first layer to totally dry down. It’s an interesting and fun shade to use (I tried it on the inner third of the lower lash line), but there is a lot of fall out/migration. After eight hours, I had glittery bits all along my under eye area, unfortunately. MAC Cockiness (LE) is a liquid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nightshade is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a medium-dark plummy purple with an almost golden, pearly sheen. It had warmer undertones and a soft sheen. The color payoff, unfortunately, was pretty poor. The left part of the swatch is the product applied with an angled brush as if to mimic applying a single stroke across the lash line, and it just doesn’t seem to apply smoothly or evenly. This is usually an issue I see with the more glittery shades (like with Copperthorn) with the Fluidline formula, so I was disappointed by this one. On the upside, this shade wore well for ten hours. Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blackheart (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is darker. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 9th, 2014

Melt Cosmetics Space Cake Lipstick
Melt Cosmetics Space Cake Lipstick

This review features the other three shades of Melt Cosmetics Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) that I purchased. You can see the first three here as well as get a more in-depth review of the formula. To summarize, the issue with these is really the consistency is quite dry, which means the lipstick tugs and drags on the lips as you apply it. They are somewhat drying on me, though they aren’t as drying as you might expect given their texture. The lighter shades tend to “crack” over time and gather into lip lines as they wear down, though the formula wears quite long in general but will leave a strong stain behind. Removal is somewhat challenging, and I’d recommend busting out your industrial-strength remover and several cotton pads. The formula has a sweet, vanilla scent that almost gets tropical-like, but it can smell and taste like play-doh at times.

Melt Cosmetics Space Cake Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bluish-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This was actually the creamiest and easiest to apply shade out of the six I bought, though I wouldn’t describe it as creamy–it is still a stiffer, drier matte texture that will pull and drag during application, just less so compared to the other shades. It lasted for eight hours and left behind a stain–caution, the stain looks a bit like a bruise. It was somewhat dry while worn. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Butch (P, $18.00) was the closest I could think of, but it is lighter and bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bright, neon magenta fuchsia with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had full, opaque color payoff. The texture was somewhat dry and stiff, so it pulled at the lip and dragged as it applied. Once on, it was able to look even and smooth in terms of color coverage, and the color lasted for eight hours and left behind a strong, fuchsia stain. It was drying over time, unfortunately. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is less blue-based. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less magenta, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melt Cosmetics Summer! Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. I had to apply this one on four separate occasions to get it to apply decently on my lips, because it just dragged so badly. It seemed to get slightly less dry as it wore down, but it was a challenge to apply from the tube. This shade lasts about six hours on me but looks horrible after three hours–it cracks, settles and pulls into lip lines, and just looks so, so dry and my lips felt somewhat dry after wearing this. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is slightly darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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