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Tom Ford Lip Shimmer

Tom Ford Solar Gold Lip Shimmer
Tom Ford Solar Gold Lip Shimmer

Tom Ford Lip Shimmer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new formula released in two, limited edition shades for summer. These are supposed to give a “glimmering effect” or “veiled over [lipstick] to add radiant shimmer,” and the formula is supposed to be hydrating as well. If you’re not into sheer, shimmery color, you’ll want to just skip this post entirely; both shades are on the sheer side–mostly shimmer without a lot of color. I did not find the formula moisturizing; I actually felt like it was somewhat drying, and the high frost/shimmer content was a little uncomfortable to wear. Initially, it feels very slick and emollient–like a glaze–but it dries down and all that glossy goodness disappears and all that is left is shimmer, which has a noticeable texture once the shine is gone. I also tried the gold shade as a highlighter, but it’s somewhat tacky on the skin and doesn’t sit as well on the skin as a true liquid or cream highlighter does.

Tom Ford Solar Gold Lip Shimmer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold shimmer. It has a subtle base color that does seem to add warmth to my natural lip color, but the primary effect is shimmer. It lasted for two hours on me. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $32.00) is slightly darker. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) has larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Moonlight Lip Shimmer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a frosted, silvery-white with a high frost finish. This one was more pigmented–it had semi-sheer color coverage–but this felt so drying when worn for longer than an hour, though it managed two and a half hours. MAC Eloquent Air (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Iced (P, $18.00) is more pigmented, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Solar Gold
Solar Gold
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total
Moonlight
Moonlight
4.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
68%
Total

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Guerlain Geraldine (77) & Geneva (48) Rouge G Lipsticks

Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “luminous pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, bluish undertones and a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly and made lips smoother and plumper than they actually were (which is where Rouge Gs shine). The color wore well for five and a half hours, and it was nicely hydrating while worn. This is a new and permanent shade now available from the brand. Estee Lauder Infamous (P, $30.00) is brighter, less glossy. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is slightly more fuchsia. YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) (P, $34.00) is darker. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is less glossy. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is purpler. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Geneva (48) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “blood orange.” It’s a coral-orange with warm undertones and a slightly muted quality to it; the color is still vibrant, but it’s not neon. The finish is glossy and luminous, which makes lips look healthier than they do bare. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for almost six hours, and it was extremely hydrating while worn and after it wore away. This is a new and permanent shade now available from the brand. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, slightly lighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is a bit brighter. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is less glossy, pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is similar. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is slightly darker, less glossy. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan Lipglosses

NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan
NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan

Scandal is described as a “sheer crushed cherry.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, while the color applied evenly for the most part, it did settle into lip lines. The color lasted for four and a half hours. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is very similar in color, less glossy. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is redder, brighter, more opaque. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is more opaque, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Misbehave is described as a “sheer cherry red with gold shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with red and gold shimmer. It’s pretty much Scandal with shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which seemed to apply better than Scandal, as the settling into lip lines was subtler and less noticeable. This shade wore well for four and a half hours as well. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange, less shimmery. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is slightly less warm-toned. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted, less shimmery. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is darker, more opaque. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Quito is described as a “bright strawberry pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it applied unevenly, and there was some color that settled lightly into lip lines. It wore well for five hours, though. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is very similar. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more muted. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Gitane is described as a “sheer sangria.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned red with orange undertones and very subtle shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, which applied evenly with a little settling into lip lines, but it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. It’s just barely darker and less warm-toned compared to both Scandal and Misbehave, but they’re all quite similar in the base color. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sixties Fan is described as a “pomegranate.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry with a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it was prone to settling into lip lines and didn’t apply as evenly as one would like. The color wore well for just over four hours. It is very similar to Quito–it’s just a smidgen darker and more muted. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is a little lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, more muted. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is more opaque. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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NARS Sweet Revenge, Chihuahua, Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella Lipglosses

NARS Lipgloss – Eternal Red, Sweet Revenge, Chihuahua, Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal
NARS Lipgloss – Eternal Red, Sweet Revenge, Chihuahua, Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal

Sweet Revenge is described as a “sheer pink grapefruit.” It’s a softened, medium pink with warm undertones and champagne shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage (you can see how well it hides my lip freckle) but still has some translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through. (Yet again, the description says “sheer,” but it’s not sheer and certainly much more pigmented than other glosses in the range!) It applied evenly, and the hue wore well for four and a half hours. NARS Super Orgasm (P, $26.00) is pinker, more shimmery. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is creamier–a little lighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is warmer. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chihuahua is described as a “sheer guava.” It’s a medium, warm-toned, pinky-coral with a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, applied evenly for the most part, and had only minor settling into lip lines (the kind not really noticeable from a normal viewing distance). The color lasted for three and a half hours. It is really just slightly darker and less shimmery compared to Sweet Revenge–the two are very similar on. NARS Super Orgasm (P, $26.00) is darker, pinker, more shimmery. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is warmer. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ophelia is described as a “strawberry nectar.” It’s a medium-dark, peachy-coral with pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which noticeably darkened and added warmth to the lips, plus a lot of visible shimmer. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is redder, less shimmery. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is pinker. Guerlain Frizzy Mango (LE, $32.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Citrus (P, $24.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage–one of the more pigmented shades in the range–and applied evenly (seriously, why are the more opaque shades described as “sheer?”). It wore well for five hours on me. Of all the glosses, Dolce Vita seemed to be the one that was most changed that I could discern (I have nine of the original shades, not all)–the actual undertone of it shifted from warm to neutral-to-cool-toned. It’s still a very pretty shade, but I don’t appreciate the significant color change–the difference is most noticeable when applied. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stella is described as a “muted raspberry.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned pink with pink and red shimmer. It had almost semi-opaque color payoff with noticeable translucency that let the natural lip color come through. It applied evenly, smoothly, and wore well for four and a half hours. MAC Galaxy Rose (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

MAC x Proenza Schouler Pro Longwear Eyeliners & Lip Pencils

MAC Rich Experience Pro Longwear Eyeliner
MAC Rich Experience Pro Longwear Eyeliner

MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection includes Pro Longwear Eyeliners ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) in two, permanent shades and Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) in two, permanent shades. I’ve reviewed all four of these previously, so you can read about the full reviews for: Pro Longwear Eyeliners and Pro Longwear Lip Pencils. This post only features photos of the pencils in the limited edition packaging, but the colors, textures, etc. are all the same. (I did re-test them, just in case!)

The Pro Longwear Eyeliner formula was disappointing to me, as they appear noticeably faded by the eight-hour mark–not the twelve hours as claimed–and they aren’t waterproof. They have a lightly creamy consistency that is fairly waxy but needs to be built up for opaque color.

Rich Experience is described as a “true brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Ice is described as a “rich black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a satin finish and neutral undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Pro Longwear Lip Pencil formula wears long and hard, though they’re pretty uncomfortable to wear by themselves as they cling and feel more like shrink-wrap on the lips. Underneath lipstick, they definitely add anywhere from an hour to three hours of additional wear, depending on the shade, and they don’t seem to interfere with the way the lipstick itself feels/hydrates, so they’re a lot more comfortable to wear with lipstick or lipgloss on top. They have good color payoff and apply quite evenly.

Dynamo is described as a “bright peony.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with a matte finish. MAC Dynamo (P, $19.50) Urban Decay Streak (P, $19.00) is the closest that I could think of, but it is warmer and more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

High Energy is described as a “bright orange-red cream.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
Black Ice
Black Ice
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
69%
Total
Dynamo
Dynamo
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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MAC x Proenza Schouler Lipsticks

MAC x Proenza Schouler Lipsticks
MAC x Proenza Schouler Lipsticks

MAC x Proenza Schouler Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) come in four, limited edition shades. The collection launches online on April 21st and in-stores on April 24th. Each lipstick is housed in metallic, square tubes.

Mangrove is described as a “bright clean orange-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly without dragging or tugging at the lip during application. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, though it was just slightly drying. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Rozz (LE, $16.00) is redder. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is darker, more orange. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pinkfringe is described as a “vivid flamingo pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the texture was very creamy and emollient, so it did create “lines” if you pressed your lips together. The color wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, a little lighter. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Primrose is described as a “sheer berry plum [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry plum with a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied somewhat unevenly with a little settling of the color into lip lines. As the color wore away, it did seem to migrate and settle more into the lip lines. It managed to wear four hours and left a stain behind, which is quite long for a Lustre finish, and it wasn’t drying. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is more opaque. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is brighter.Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned, less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Woodrose is described as a “light pink with beige [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light beige with a rosy tint and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, though Lustres are a sheerer range, so it is unusually opaque. The consistency was creamy with enough slip to apply without tugging, and it applied evenly the most part. It wore well for three and a half hours and was a little drying. MAC Pure Pout (P, $22.00) is warmer. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is not quite as pink. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mangrove
Mangrove
Pinkfringe
Pinkfringe
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Primrose
Primrose
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
Woodrose
Woodrose
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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