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Maybelline Signature Scarlet, Mauve Mystique, Couture Color Elixir Lipglosses

Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color

Today, I have three more shades from Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) range. It’s a new and permanent formula introduced this winter, and it’s supposed to have rich color payoff with a plush feel, hydration, and high-gloss shine. Some shades are nice, others apply somewhat streakily, as the consistency is more medium to medium-thick. Sometimes, if you press your lips together, you can see a “line” appear where the color has moved and bunched up. The gloss is non-sticky when first applied, but it does develop a slight tackiness while worn–it never becomes really sticky, though. It has a sweet, creme brulee scent and a perfume-y taste. I notice the taste more with the brighter and darker shades than the lighter ones. They are moderately moisturizing.

Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, orange-based medium red with a creamy, glossy finish. It’s nearly opaque (there’s just a hint of translucency), and the consistency is medium-weight and applies evenly. It wears for five hours on me. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is similar. NARS Wonder (LE, $25.00) is more orange, more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is slightly more muted. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less opaque–the colors are very similar but Maybelline’s is better with respect to performance. See comparison swatches.

Mauve Mystique (025) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a pinky-plum with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with some of the natural lip color coming through. It applied evenly for the most part, but there were some areas where you could see the color was somewhat streaky. I would apply less rather than more, as this was a color that tended to bunch up if you pressed or moved your lips together too much. It lasted for four hours on me. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is brighter. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Pink (P, $45.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $19.00) is a bit pinker, less glossy. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is more muted, more mauve. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Curvaceous (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is similar but sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Caviar Couture (050) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, reddened berry with faint fuchsia shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and as you might have guessed, it doesn’t apply flawlessly. There is some settling into lip lines, but it has a somewhat splotchy appearance on the lips. It’s not the worst I’ve encountered, but it’s not as opaque as Maybelline would have you believe and can be a high maintenance color to wear. On me, it wore for four and a half hours. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is pinker, lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
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7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

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Chanel Nuit Magique Collection

Chanel Nuit Magique
Chanel Nuit Magique Collection

Magic, like the sky at daybreak blue and Cosmic, a dense black sparkling with blue and silver pearl are both steeped in elegance and mystery.
On Monday, December 2nd, these two new CHANEL Le Vernis will be available exclusively on chanel.com.

Le Vernis ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Magic Daybreak blue
  • Cosmic Black sparkling with blue and silver pearl

Availability: Now exclusively @ Chanel.com

Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush
Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a brightened pop of tangerine orange with a soft, barely-there satin finish. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is similar. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) has a golden sheen and is a cream product. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is more muted, slightly browner. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is yellower. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches.

The Le Prisme formula is supposed to have “a higher pigment concentration [so that] the color on the cheeks is immediate.” It contains four shades, and “the upper right shade for the blush is the reference shade for the final result when mixing together.” The compact itself is small–the right size for a blush brush but not much larger–so if you wanted to use the shades individually on the cheeks, it’s not practical. You can certainly concentrate the brush on two or three of the shades, though. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, and when applied to the skin, it sat beautifully and gave skin a soft, luminous glow and warmth. It had good pigmentation, though it was more buildable than it was pigment-packed. It wore well for eight hours before it showed signs of fading.

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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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5 Must-Have Illamasqua Products

If I had to pick one product, Illamasqua’s Nail Varnish would be my very, very favorite, but I really like quite a few of their formulas. Their polishes wear exceptionally long on me (fourteen days with just minor tip wear) and come in a variety of shades.

  1. Illamasqua Velvet Blusher — long-wearing, highly pigmented cream-to-powder blush; can’t wait until they have more shades
  2. Illamasqua Nail Varnish — one of the best nail lacquers on the market; favorites include Obsess (pictured), Raindrops, Creator
  3. Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss — for really opaque lipgloss, this is a good bet! Love shades like Belladonna (pictured), Hermetic, Move
  4. Illamasqua Eyeshadow — they have a particularly lovely matte formula that’s richly pigmented, blendable, and soft; recommendations include Sadist (pictured), Burst, Fledgling
  5. Illamasqua Cream Blusher — cream blush with a lovely, natural finish and nice color payoff; one of my favorites is Seduce (pictured)

What are your favorite Illamasqua products?

bareMinerals Luminous Hydrating Body Cream Review & Photos

bareMinerals Luminous Hydrating Body Cream
bareMinerals Luminous Hydrating Body Cream

bareMinerals Luminous Hydrating Body Cream ($35.00 for 6.0 oz.) is a shimmering body cream that’s supposed to be “ultrarich, non-greasy.” It’s a thick body cream–somewhere between a more typical body butter and a whipped body butter, as it’s fairly solid and isn’t going to drip out of the jar, but it spreads well and doesn’t have to be scraped out by a legitimate block o’ body butter.

I’m a big fan of bareMinerals’ recent skincare range, so I was eager to try this body cream, which apparently also came out last year for the holidays–it’s limited edition again this year–but I was surprised to see it was available for $28 last year and has been bumped up to $35 for this year. SkinStore is still selling it for $28, though, if it’s something you wanted to try. I’m not a fan of limited edition skincare products (why!!!), and the significant increase in price is definitely off-putting. I do like the product; it’s a good, solid body cream. It’s not the very, very best I’ve ever tried, but it’s nice. Despite its thick, rich consistency, it absorbs within a minute or less. It spreads easily across the skin, and a little goes a long way. It leaves skin feeling softer, more hydrated but not greasy or oily.For normal-to-dry skin, I think it should provide an appropriate level of hydrating, as it was perfect for my arms, but on my desert-like legs, it didn’t fully hydrate.  It has a slightly earthy, herbal scent, but it’s not too strong, that is similar to the rest of the bareMinerals’ skincare range.  There is a fine gold shimmer that sits on the skin after application, but it will rub off at times (I sat cross-legged, and I saw the heel of my slipper was dazzling!). It’s a nice veil of shimmer–not sparkle–that would work well on decolletage and legs for the holidays.

5 Dior Beauty Must-Haves

The first Dior product I can remember falling head-over-heels in love with was their Diorskin Shimmer powders, specifically Amber Diamond. I spent a few hours yesterday reorganizing, and after seeing Amber Diamond, plus three others, I was left wondering why Dior hasn’t released any additional shades in so long.

  1. Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care Lipstick is a long-wearing, hydrating, nicely pigmented formula
  2. Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow — these are my new favorite cream eyeshadow for their pigmentation, shimmer, finish, and wear; favorites include Aventure and Millenium
  3. Dior Vernis — their more recent shades have a wonderful glossy shine and nice color coverage (most of my favorites are limited edition, unfortunately!)
  4. Diorskin Nude — lightweight, light-medium coverage, natural-to-dewy finish
  5. Diorskin Shimmer Star — a lovely all-over highlighter available in a bronze shade (Amber Diamond) or pink shade (Rose Diamond)

What are your favorite Dior products?