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Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) Le Rouge
Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) Le Rouge

Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a medium-dark, ruby red with subtle warm undertones and a smooth, luminous finish. OCC Role Play is more matte, shimmery. Giorgio Armani The Red is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani Red Fuchsia is pinker. Guerlain Garconne is a bit darker. Dior Diva is more matte. Buxom Scoundrel is brighter. See comparison swatches.

I’m seriously making a pact between you and me that I am not to buy any more Le Rouges until Sephora does their % off during the holiday season, except any limited edition shades that I’m unable to resist. I only picked this one up to qualify for free shipping when I bought the limited edition summer shades from Givenchy’s own website (threshold was $75), but it is a stunner. A very classic take on red with the signature glossy sheen of the Le Rouge range. That sheen gives it such a smooth, plump, and juicy effect on the lips; color just looks smoother, more even, and lovely on lips. Some lipsticks can catch or emphasize imperfections on the lip, but this is a formula that masks imperfections. The consistency is lightly creamy but not too slippery, so it doesn’t move around or feather while worn. It’s nicely hydrating, wears a solid six hours (with a residual stain that lingers after), and is incredibly pigmented.

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Grenat Initie (307)

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A very classic take on red with the signature glossy sheen of the Le Rouge range. That sheen gives it such a smooth, plump, and juicy effect on the lips; color just looks smoother, more even, and lovely on lips.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Buxom Swinger Full-Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Swinger Full-Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Swinger Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “vivid magenta.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based magenta–it’s a mix of fuchsia and purple, but I would say it leans closer to purple than fuchsia (but still not a true purple!). It has a creamy, luminous finish. Urban Decay Anarchy and Maybelline Electric Fuchsia are pinker. Maybelline Hot Plum is darker. MAC Dear Diary is slightly brighter, more matte. MAC Night Blooming is purpler. MAC Candy Yum Yum is brighter. See comparison swatches.

The consistency is so lovely–creamy with slip but not so much slip that it just slides around. It stays in place, doesn’t bleed or feather during the six hours it wears (and it stains a bit fuchsia for another hour or so), and is such a comfortable, nicely hydrating formula to wear. The glossy finish gives lips a really plump, luscious look. Swinger is fully opaque with little product needed in order to achieve full color coverage.  The formula is also unscented and has no taste, and as a little bonus, it’s a bit more product at 0.13 oz. than most lipsticks.

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Swinger

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A+

Swinger is yet another excellent shade in Buxom's Full-Bodied range! It's incredibly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable the entire time you have it on.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Rouge G Lipstick ($49.50 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a medium-dark, berry red with cool, blue undertones and a pearly micro-shimmer. Urban Decay Venom is purpler. Guerlain Liu is darker, redder. NARS Valparaiso is purpler, matte. MAC Love Goddess is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Bee is purpler. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is purpler, darker. Burberry Bright Plum is matte, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

I feel like it’s been awhile since Guerlain has released any new/limited Rouge Gs, so I’m happy to see three releasing as part of the fall collection. I received this one yesterday, and I bought the other two from a Neiman Marcus store (but they’re shipping them here, so I’m not sure exactly when it will arrive–hopefully soon!). It’s incredibly pigmented and nearly opaque in a single pass. The consistency is lightly creamy but not heavy. It wears well for six and a half hours, and it leaves a stain that lingers for another two and a half hours. It’s nicely hydrating, and it is very comfortable to wear. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding while wearing the color. The lipstick is scented with violets.

This shade will be releasing online and in-stores this month, and Neiman Marcus stores seem to have the collection in-store already as well as online.

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Madame Batifole (860)

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A+

It's incredibly pigmented and nearly opaque in a single pass. The consistency is lightly creamy but not heavy. It wears well for six and a half hours, and it leaves a stain that lingers for another two and a half hours.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic gold over a rich olive green base.” It’s a deep olive gold with a really rich, soft metallic finish. The texture of this was insane; it felt like a cream product, even though it is a pressed powder, but it truly felt so buttery and smooth that it felt exactly like a cream eyeshadow does. A little went a long way when applying this, too. I found it looked the same applied dry as it did dry over Pixie Epoxy (at most, slightly more of a sheen with Pixie Epoxy). It wore on bare lids without creasing or fading for nine hours (same results over Pixie Epoxy/Primer). Urban Decay Stargazer is lighter, more metallic. NARS Paramaribo #1 is darker, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is yellower. Inglot #433 is browner. See comparison swatches.

Gender Bent (Loose) Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vivid, somewhat shimmery teal graced with bold orange sparkle.” It’s a bluish-teal with orange shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. Applied damp, it was semi-opaque, and then patted dry over Pixie Epoxy, it was more opaque. It had a very, very finely-milled texture and feel–it looked almost matte in the jar–but it was actually easy to use damp or over Pixie Epoxy. Gender Bent wore well for almost eight hours with light fading apparent just after that without a primer, and then layered over Pixie Epoxy and primer, it lasted nine hours without any signs of wear. (Fyrinnae does not seem to make any long-wearing claims, and in their blurb about Pixie Epoxy, they emphasize it is not a primer and to use a primer first to maximize wear time.) Disney Caspian Sea is slightly bluer. Sephora Curacao Punch is more glittery. MAC Parrot is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is darker. Milani Teal the Truth is more teal. MAC Double Feature #3 #1 is matte. See comparison swatches.

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Aztec Gold

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A+

The texture of this was insane; it felt like a cream product, even though it is a pressed powder, but it truly felt so buttery and smooth that it felt exactly like a cream eyeshadow does.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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It had a very, very finely-milled texture and feel--it looked almost matte in the jar--but it was actually easy to use damp or over Pixie Epoxy.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow
Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow

Sugarpill @#$%! (Red) Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vampy pearl red with silver metallic sheen.” It’s a bold, slightly blue-based red with silver shimmer. The color payoff is incredibly rich and decadent–true-to-pan, vibrant, and totally opaque. It can stain the skin, though. Sugarpill Love+ is not as blue-based, matte. Make Up For Ever #99 is matte. Make Up For Ever #158 is darker. Inglot #382 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Asteria ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “brilliant, metallic golden coral.” It’s a warm-toned, coppery orange with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it’s opaque and deeper. The texture is very, very finely-milled.  On the lid, it wears well for nearly eight hours and shows some signs of fading just before nine hours of wear.  NARS California is browner, darker. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 is more muted. MAC Star Myth is browner. MAC Hot Paprika is less shimmery. MAC Brash is slightly darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are limited edition and have been difficult to secure unless you’ve been a regular at the local trade shows and expos, and now, for a mere thirteen hours, both will be available for purchase online. Sugarpill will also be offering their 12-color pro palette (10% off, making it $90) and expo editions of their Burning Heart, Heart Breaker, and Sweetheart palettes (10% off, making them $30.60). All of these items go up for sale July 24th at 11AM PST.  You can preview the sale here.

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow

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@#$%! (Red)

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A+

It's incredibly pigmented, and the texture is soft, buttery, and blendable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Applied dry, it's semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it's opaque and deeper. The texture is very, very finely-milled.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Presage (62) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as an “apricot.” It’s a medium-dark orange with a hint of rosy pink in it and a satiny finish–not quite matte, but not really shimmery–really a natural-looking finish. Edward Bess Secret Affair is pinker, powder. MAC Ripe for Love is more shimmery, powder. MAC Fiery Impact is darker, powder. Illamasqua Rude is a touch brighter but very similar. Dior Coral Glow is lighter, powder. Chanel Frivole is darker, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph is lighter. Burberry Blossom is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches.

Presage had very rich, true-to-pan color payoff that applies easily at full intensity or can be applied with a very light hand for a sheerer/softer look (just use less). The nice thing about the formula is it has a lightly creamy, thin consistency that blends out very readily, even if you apply more than you wanted. The texture feels creamy in the pan, but as soon as you apply it to the skin, it feels more like powder–with just the smallest amount of slip–that makes it easy to blend. I’ve used an assortment of duo-fibre, stippling brushes, and they’ve all worked well with the blush formula (like MAC’s 188, 159, 131, 187). I wore this shade yesterday, and it wore quite well and lasted eight hours on bare skin with minor fading noticeable after eight and a half hours, and then nine hours of good wear over foundation with slight, but noticeable, fading after ten hours.

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Presage (62)

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A+

Presage had very rich, true-to-pan color payoff that applies easily at full intensity or can be applied with a very light hand for a sheerer/softer look (just use less). The nice thing about the formula is it has a lightly creamy, thin consistency that blends out very readily, even if you apply more than you wanted.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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