Reader Ammara requested a top five for berry-hued lip colors for summer, so here are my top picks! 🙂 I’d love to hear yours — please share your recommendations in the comments.
- Guerlain Gladys — a brightened, fuchsia-berry
- Burberry Bright Poppy — a rich, reddish-berry with a matte finish
- YSL Forbidden Burgundy — a glossy berry
- Too Faced So Berry Sexy — a slightly brightened pink-berry with a soft shine
- Urban Decay Rapture — a warmer, muted plum
Illamasqua Flirtatious Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Flirtatious Velvet Blusher ($32.00 for 0.18 oz.) is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a light-medium, peach-coral with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is powder. Sleek MakeUP Newport Peach (P) is pinker. NARS Final Cut (LE, $29.00) is brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is very similar. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, powder. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is powder. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is darker, powder. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
It had good color payoff, but as it is a light-medium color and I’m about medium in skin tone, the blush isn’t very visible on me. I think this would work much better on other skin tones. The texture is lightly creamy but dries down to a mostly matte, powder-like finish–there’s no tackiness after it sets (which is shortly after it is applied to the skin). It is difficult to overdo, as the formula is very forgiving and easily blended out for softer, sheerer color if desired. The formula was long-wearing and stayed on for eight and a half hours before starting to fade.
This is/was available at Bloomingdale’s, but it may only be available in-stores. It is available through Illamasqua’s website as well.
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, cool-toned, medium-dark berry with a luminous sheen. MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, glossier. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, warmer. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is more matte. NARS Afghan Red (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Red Dwarf (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
This shade was originally part of a 1,000 point set from Sephora, but it is now available individually for VIB Rouges as a limited edition, only-only shade. I hope that they’ll eventually release it to everyone, but I don’t have any inside information regarding this shade. The texture was lightly creamy but had less slip than other Lovemarc Lip Gels–it didn’t tug, but it hugged the lips more, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing with a deeper shade like Cabaret. Howeever, it had less of that “gel” feel and felt more like a traditional lipstick. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on evenly and made lips look smoother and slightly fuller. It wore well for almost six hours on me and left a lingering stain behind. The formula was lightly hydrating on me but less so than other shades in the range.
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Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette
Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette ($36.00 for 0. oz.) is an eyeshadow palette that includes nine shades, with three being larger and six being smaller in size. Three shades can also be used wet as eyeliners. There were a few really nice shades in this palette, but then there were a couple of more problematic shades. The worst was the glittery silver, as it was sheerer and prone to fall out. I thought it had a good balance of warm and cool-toned shades, though.
Purr is a very light, white-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was soft and smooth, and the color payoff was good. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
Tiger’s Eye is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm, copper undertones and a frosted finish. The powder felt soft, smooth, and buttery to the touch, and it had excellent pigmentation. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. It’s a lovely, high quality shade, but it’s very easily duped. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
Leopard is a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with gold sparkle and shimmer. It had good color payoff applied both wet or dry, though the shimmer is more noticeable when it is applied with a dampened brush. The texture was fairly soft, a little powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
Meow is a light, neutral-toned beige with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
Pussy Cat is a muted, medium purple with lavender shimmer and subtle, warm undertones. The texture was slightly powdery, and the color payoff was decent, but it’s a color that needs to be patted and layered on to get color more like what you see in the pan. On the lid, it wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
Jungle Love is a muted, deepened purple with fuchsia and violet shimmer over a semi-matte finish. This shade was difficult to use dry, as it was sheer, powdery, and difficult to blend. It worked better when applied with a dampened brush, as the color intensified and the product was more blendable. It wore well for eight hours before I saw signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
Kitten is a light, cool-toned pink with a white base and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, though the texture was soft and finely-milled, it was also noticeably powdery. Applied, the color stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
Kitty Glitter is a sparkling, silver with a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture has a slightly chunky feel to it from the glitter. I had significant fall out with this shade both during and after application (I highly recommend using it prior to applying base makeup), though the “color” portion wore decently for eight hours. My under-eye area looked like a disco ball after a few hours, so you may want to use an adhesive base with this shade as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
Panther is a dark black with a matte finish. Applied dry, it had decent color payoff, and applied with a dampened brush, it was much more intense and true-to-pan. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
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NARS Nail Polishes
On July 15th, 43 shades of NARS Nail Polish will debut. Some are old favorites, others are new. It has been reformulated and now comes with a wider brush. I’m testing out wear at the moment, but for now, here are some sneak peek swatches… (FYI, I don’t have all 43 shades, just the 14 shown here.)