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Givenchy Brun Cachemire, Rose Taffetas, Rose Dentelle Le Rouge Lipsticks

Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “plum brown.” It’s a warm-toned, rosy brown with a smooth, satin finish. The color coverage was opaque with one pass, and the consistency was lightly creamy but not so much so that it slipped around once applied. I thought Brun Cachemire left lips looking smoother and softer than they actually were. It wore well for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating when worn. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is browner. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is also lighter. Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is rosier. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches.

Rose Taffetas (201) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pink coral.” It’s a warm-toned, medium pink with a lightly glossy, luminous finish. It had opaque color coverage, and the formula on this shade felt somewhat more emollient/had more slip compared to other shades in the range, which gave it a shinier finish. It applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely moisturizing during that time. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is more muted. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Hyde Park (LE, $34.00) is brighter. MAC Hoop is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Rose Dentelle (203) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a rosy coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich pigmentation and yielded full color coverage when applied to the lips. It was moderately creamy and applied smoothly and evenly. It’s definitely a formula that makes lips appear healthier, fuller, and softer. It wore well for five hours on me and was nicely hydrating during that time. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more matte. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is also a bit lighter. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Burberry Festive Gold Collection for Holiday 2013

Burberry Festive Gold Collection for Holiday 2013
Burberry Festive Gold Collection for Holiday 2013

The Collection (Limited Edition)

Note, Trench Kiss Lip Mist and Lip Glow and Fresh Glow Nude Radiance are available permanently in regular packaging.

  • Trench Kiss Lip Mist ($30.00)
  • Light Gold Nail Polish ($21.00)
  • Trench Kiss Lip Glow ($27.00)
  • Fresh Glow Nude Radiance ($48.00)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, Burberry

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Sephora Black Friday 2013 Deals

Sephora Black Friday 2013 Deals
Sephora Black Friday 2013 Deals

Sephora’s Black Friday Deals are coming, and there are a ton of them! Sephora’s Dealtopia” will be available online and in-stores on November 29th, 2013 (Black Friday), while supplies last. Here is a direct link to the $10 deals:  click here Each of the following deals will be $10:

  • Wei Pore Purifying & Brightening Collection (miniature sizes)
  • Tocca Florence Travel Fragrance Duo
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple (12 fl. oz.)
  • bareMinerals Enchanting Eyes (Eyeshadow Duo and Miniature-sized Prime Time)
  • LORAC Fan Favorite (Eyeshadow and Eyeliner)
  • Clean Rollerball Set (miniature sizes)
  • Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit (miniature size)
  • Nails Inc. Crystaltastic Nails
  • Bliss Soay Suds Body Wash + Bubble Bath (16 oz., available in four scents)
  • Tarte Little Miracles Best Selling Essentials (miniature sizes)
  • Josie Maran Argan Hand Healers Set (miniature sizes)
  • Vita Liberata Rich Face + Mini Mitt Duo (miniature sizes)
  • Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Palette (available in three varieties)
  • Stila Collage of Color Lip & Cheek Palette
  • Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift Treatment (miniature size)
  • Buxom Curtain Call Set (Mascara + Full-On Lipstick)
  • Sephora Collection Sparklers Brush Set
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Amazing Eyes Set (miniature sizes)
  • Buxom Havana Full-On Lipstick
  • Alterna Caviar Moisture Trio (miniature sizes)
  • The Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Set (miniature sizes)
  • Living Proof The Full Collection (miniature sizes)
  • Boscia Pore Perfection Set (miniature sizes)
  • Formula X Asap Real Nail Lacquer Duo Pack
  • Ole Henriksen Clean Sweep Duo (miniature sizes)
  • Bite Lush Lip Trio (miniature sizes)

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Makeup Geek Bada-Bing, Beaches and Cream, Bleached Blonde, Bling Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Bada-Bing Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Bada-Bing Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Bada-Bing Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep brown with flecks of gold.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a satin sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Beaches and Cream Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “creamy matte natural beige.” It’s a soft, pale peach with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and very easy to blend out on the skin. It wore well for just over eight hours. Anastasia Cream (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $5.99) is darker, more orange. Kat Von D Vespertine (P) is lighter. Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $18.00) is also lighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleached Blonde Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery pale gold.” It is a softened, light-medium gold with beige-brown tones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture felt smooth and buttery. It showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is paler. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Barefoot (LE, $15.00) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is more metallic. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is similar. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is slightly warmer. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Bling Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “frosted slightly warm ivory.” It’s a pale, lightly warm-toned golden beige with a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, though a smidgen powdery. It wore well for almost eight hours without creasing or fading. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less frosted. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is also similar. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Mystere #2 (LE) is more beige. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Vanilla (LE, $18.00) is less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Bada-Bing
Bada-Bing
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Bling
Bling
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Dolce & Gabbana Rubino & Topazio Classic Cream Lipsticks

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.

Rubino
Rubino
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Topazio
Topazio
D

Limited Edition

6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
66%
Total

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle, Be Merry Be Bright, All Wrapped Up, Your Present Required Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fierce gold with aluminum-like mirror finish.” It’s a vibrant, rich yellow gold with a metallic, foil-like finish and larger copper flecks of sparkle. It was fully opaque after applying two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too then, so the polish applied evenly and smoothly without pooling along the edges. Zoya Kerry (P, $8.00) is yellower. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Be Merry, Be Bright Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-magenta purple glitter.” It consists of violet and fuchsia glitter in three sizes ranging from small to medium and hexagon in shape. The glitter is suspended in a clear base, so it is best as a layering top coat. I applied two coats of the polish alone on my thumb nail to show the density of the glitters, and then I applied one coat over Mingle with Kringle. It does need to be tugged into place to a degree, as the glitters sometimes concentrate in one area. KBShimmer Would Jubilee It? (P, $8.75) is the only one I have that is similar, but it also has light blue and navy blue glitter in it. See comparison swatches.

All Wrapped Up Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight purple and blue glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with lighter purple and silver micro-glitter. It had a textured finish, though not as “sandy” as some. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t seem troublesome when I applied it, but there are a few areas that look bald. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is less blue-based. China Glaze Skyscraper (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Your Present Required Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-sized and multi-colored glitter.” It’s a mix of light blue, medium blue, navy blue, lavender, copper, and gold glitters in small and medium and in circular and hexagon shapes. It could have used more density, as even two coats of it alone was rather sparse. I ended up needing to apply two coats to all nails to get a better effect. China Glaze Pizzazz (LE, $8.00) is finer and brighter. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chips.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
6.5
Product
6
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total