Thursday, May 29th, 2014

OCC Aurora Stained Gloss
OCC Aurora Stained Gloss

For summer, OCC has six new shades of Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) now available. All are permanent except for Dune, which is limited edition. The Stained Gloss formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented with a translucent finish.” I don’t think any of these really live up to the concept of the Stained Gloss formula, and in general, they’re very different in look and feel from the original shades released. As a general lip color product, shades like Aurora and Concubine still work fine, but they’re not really as described.

OCC Aurora Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned coral.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. It seemed less glossy compared to other Stained Glosses I’ve tried, and the pigmentation was opaque but looked heavier–it didn’t really have that “translucent finish” that seems associated with the formula in general. It lasted four and a half hours on me, and this one stained just slightly after that. This shade totally screams “summer is here!” to me, though. It’s neither hydrating nor drying on me while worn. MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer, less glossy. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Flamingo (LE, $12.50) is more matte, darker. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is darker, more matte. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is very similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Concubine Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm plum neutral.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had full color coverage, but it completely lacked that “translucency” of Stained Gloss–it looks like regular Lip Tar with a bit of shine, but it doesn’t have that really wet, glossy, stained glass-effect that the original Stained Glosses had. This shade didn’t stain at all but lasted for three and a half hours on me. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is glossier, slightly pinker. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker, matte. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. Estee Lauder Potent (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is pinker, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker, glossier. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is darker. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is darker. MAC Flamingo (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Dune Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered beige with a heavy dose of very fine, metallic gold shimmer. This was semi-sheer, so the natural lip color comes through quite noticeably, and on my lips, it lightens the natural lip color slightly and adds the gold shimmer. It doesn’t look even, though, and there’s only a soft shine–not true glossiness. This one needed a “sheer” descriptor, because it doesn’t live up to the “highly pigmented with a translucent finish” concept. This one lasted an hour and a half on me–just slips away so quickly!–and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It was best mixed in with other shades. MAC Gold Mirror (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more metallic, more pigmented, less shiny. Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is sheerer, glossier. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is glossier, larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium peachy coral with a satin finish and warm, reddish undertones. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter, less shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Shameless Bold Blush formula is described as a “vivid, silky blush … that delivers bold color and unprecedented vibrancy.” I’m not keen on the texture of the formula–the texture is stiff and yields little color. You really have to work your brush into the surface of the blush to get decent color out of it. If you can manage to get enough color on the skin, the resulting finish is delicate, lightly luminous, and gives skin a glow without emphasizing pores–but it’s a real struggle to get there. For a blush that describes itself as “silky” with “bold color and unprecedented vibrancy,” I can think of a dozen formulas that are far more vibrant and pigmented than this one. The color lasted for seven hours on me before starting to fade.

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Monday, March 10th, 2014

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, sunshine yellow gold with gold micro-glitter and glitter. Zoya Kerry (P, $9.00) is metallic. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned. China Glaze Lighthouse (LE, $7.50) is similar but sheerer. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (LE, $7.50) is less glittery. Zoya Solange (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

This shade is exclusive to Bloomingdale’s, and it’s supposed to have a “Shattered Stars” formula/finish, but it was like glue. I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered such a thick polish before. I was more than a little surprised that it didn’t look like gluey, gloppy awfulness on the nails, as it actually looked half-decent, but it was noticeably thick. It was fairly opaque in a single coat but two are necessary for fully opaque color. It’s a gorgeous color, but something went very awry with the consistency, which made application more difficult, and you have to be really, really careful with how you place your hand as you wait for it to dry (which takes forever). I typically get a week or more out of Illamasqua’s formula.

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Monday, February 10th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette
Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette ($14.99 for 0.68 oz.) includes three shades of blush. This particular palette has two powder blushes and one cream blush. Icing Sugar was unfortunately a huge miss in this palette–dry, powdery texture with little color payoff and was quick to fade, while Pink Mint was nicely pigmented with a lovely texture and better wear. The cream blush, Macaroon, in the middle was average in regards to wear but was easy to apply and had good color payoff. Because of just how powdery Icing Sugar is, it is very easy to get powder from it into the cream blush, so the palette can get a little messy.

Icing Sugar is a muted, medium pinky-plum with cool undertones and a silver sparkle over a satiny finish. I was quite disappointed by this blush, because the texture was dry, crumbly, and powdery, which resulted in really poor color payoff that was somewhat uneven. The powder just didn’t want to adhere or stick to the skin in any way–I packed and packed it on then blended furiously to get any color on my cheeks. The color wore well for six and a half hours on me. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is less sparkly, brighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is brighter. Urban Decay Temper (LE) is less shimmery, brighter. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted, less sparkly. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Gentle (P, $25.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Macaroon is a cool-toned, medium pink with a creamy, luminous finish. It is a cream blush, and it had good color payoff, and the texture was lightly creamy and easy to blend on the skin. The color lasted for just over seven hours on me. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is lighter, powder. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is powder. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Pink Mint is a medium-dark, muted orange with a rusty, reddish tone and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me before showing signs of fading. (Really wish Icing Sugar had been half as lovely as this shade.) It just slightly emphasizes pores. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is browner, more muted. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is pinker, less frosted. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Ring of Saturn (LE, $25.00) is darker, bolder. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is pinker, less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a medium-dark red with muted, brown-ish tones. It runs slightly warm, but it’s almost neutral against my skin tone (probably because I’m warm-toned). Chanel Audacieuse (134) (LE, $34.00) is pinker. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Prolong (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

It has a soft, luminous sheen with semi-opaque color. This shade had a lot of slip when applied, so the color moves around on the lip, which gave me slightly uneven color application towards the center of the mouth. I experienced very faint feathering after the fourth hour of wear–it lasted five and a half hours in total.

Topazio Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden amber-yellow.” It’s a semi-sheer to semi-opaque veil of gold shimmer and sparkle. There’s some color that gets aded, primarily giving my lip color a yellower, warmer, almost tangerine-like hue, but it’s mostly due to the high shimmer content in the product. MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is brighter and more oapque. See comparison swatches.

It doesn’t apply evenly, unfortunately, and part of that is owed to how slippery the formula is; the sparkle and shimmer tends to overlap and clump together, which keeps it from being a more even dusting of color. Of course, this formula is supposed to be highly pigmented, and it’s definitely not that. Applied very sheerly and blended with a lip brush or finger tip, this might work under a more pigmented gloss (I’m thinking red). It wore three hours on me and was actually a bit drying.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream lipsticks are supposed to have “bold color” and feel hydrating when worn. One thing worth noting is that the formula is heavily scented with rose and does have a slight rosy taste at times–I’m not particular sensitive to scented lip products, but it is one of the stronger fragranced lipsticks I’ve encountered (which you may love or may not). Both of these shades felt like they had more slip than other shades from the formula, though.

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “ice-cold, luminous green.” It’s a cool-toned, emerald green with fine emerald green shimmer. Illamasqua Violate (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was sheer; no matter how many layers I attempted to apply, whether I used a lip brush or not, it was always sheer, streaky, and all in all, horrible. If Dolce & Gabbana are going to take the time to put out a green-hued lipstick and then charge $36 for it, the least they could do was pack it with pigment, least of all by making it apply smoothly (I would settle for mostly even at this point).  The shimmer and color tended to bunch up, too, so it was streaky, crumbly, and patchy. The only nice thing I can say about this shade was that it was hydrating for the three hours it lasted for–it did stain my lips a sort of green-ish-gray. This is a product that made me see red as soon as I applied it, and I was just in total disbelief as to why they would let this go into production. The formula is rose-scented with a slight floral taste at times.

Dolce & Gabbana Ametista Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “bright purple.” Less bright purple, more fuchsia-tinted lavender with iridescent purple shimmer. NYX Castle (P, $4.00) is more lavender, less shimmery. NARS Tender Night (LE, $25.00) is similar but sheerer. MAC Pink Popcorn (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Though both of these lipsticks are part of the Classic Cream range, and these specific shades are touted as “bold, rich color inspired by the stones they are named after” and neither of these fit the bill. Ametista is semi-sheer, and as it is closer to the natural lip color, the sheerness doesn’t look as patchy or streaky, but it’s not a lipstick that deposits color very evenly. It wears two and a half hours on me, though it was moisturizing while I wore it.

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