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Chanel Esprit (88) & Instinct (86) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a soft sheen. This shade is supposed to be one of the more pigmented/opaque shades of the Rouge Coco Shine formula, which is reflected in its coverage, as it is nearly opaque applied.  Esprit lasted four and a half hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while worn.  The consistency was creamy with a fair amount of slip and applied evenly.  Chanel Fiction is warmer. Revlon Raspberry Pie is cooler-toned, more raspberry. Guerlain Lou-Ling is darker. Guerlain Guet-Apens is slightly darker. Chanel Taffeta Rose is somewhat brighter. See comparison swatches.

Instinct (86) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft blue pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium beige-pink with neutral-cool undertones. As part of the normal range of Rouge Coco Shines, it is supposed to be sheer, which it is. It really doesn’t look like it alters my natural lip color much, other than giving it a natural sheen and darkening it slightly.  It seems to disappear in an hour and a half (judging primarily by shine, since color is a difficult indicator!), and after wearing it a few times in a row, I found it just slightly moisturizing.  Revlon Pink Lemonade is more opaque. NARS Mitzi is more shimmery. MAC Peach Blossom is similar. Guerlain Rose Desir is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Esprit (88)
Esprit (88)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl (Heart Shaped, Studded Kiss)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) comes in twelve shades, and during Sephora’s preview sale, I bought two shades. It’s supposed to be “an effervescent, plumping lipgloss with ultimate shine” that comes in both full coverage and sheer coverage shades. My guess is that shades in the 200s are full coverage, while shades in the 300 range are sheer.

The formula is slick, not too thin or too thick, and feels comfortable on. There’s a cooling sensation that’s more minty-fresh than bee-stung (and I’m fairly reactive–not in a good way–to lip plumping); I always feel like I’ve just brushed my teeth after I’ve applied either shade. There is a sweet, fruity scent (maybe grape?) that I know some won’t like, but I can’t detect scent once applied, just in the tube and on the wand. The applicator is a flexible doe-foot wand that’s slightly indented in the middle and hugs the curve of the lip well. It has a very high-shine finish that gives lips a very plump, full look from the get-go.

After an hour or so of wear, there is the tiniest grit of the sparkle if I really press my lips together, but I don’t really notice the texture of the shimmer until three or four hours into the wear. It’s completely non-tacky when applied, but after three or so hours of wear, it does have some tackiness. Both shades were nicely hydrating each time I wore them.

All in all, a nice formula–not the best but good–and I’m curious to see how the creams work out when the line launches fully on August 9th. The only thing I didn’t like was that the sparkle had a noticeable texture while worn at times.

Heart Shaped (308) is described as a “shimmering baby pink.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with pale golden shimmer. It has warm undertones and semi-sheer color coverage. This shade wore three hours on me, which is slightly below average. Revlon Pango Peach is warmer, less pink. Revlon Papaya is more opaque, less shimmery. Guerlain Frizzy Mango is similar. See comparison swatches.

Studded Kiss (310) is described as a “shimmering berry lavender.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered berry-red with cool undertones. It applied fairly evenly, though it does settle into lips (but it’s not very noticeable from a normal viewing distance, only if you have your nose to the mirror), and has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, as it was somewhat buildable. This shade wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Big Bang is purpler. Urban Decay Adrenaline is brighter. NARS Penny Arcade is less shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation is similar but less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

MAC So Supreme Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint
MAC Supreme Lipglass Tint

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint ($20.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a new formula launched with the So Supreme collection. There are eight shades in total, all of which are limited edition. They come in click-type tubes with a brush-type applicator. The formula is supposed to have “PH pigments that work with body’s natural temperature to give you a fresh color that’s yours alone.” So, while makeup is inevitably a your-mileage-may-vary proposition, these are even more so (if it helps, my regular body temperature is 96.8 degrees F, yes, 96.8, that’s not a typo!) based on that (and I have no idea what that actually means or how it might work–they seem to tint my lips in some fashion).

The consistency is rather tacky–not quite as tacky as Lipglass and thinner than most Lipglasses–but it was surprisingly tacky. It was also the type of tackiness that developed more and more as the gloss wore on. They also have MAC’s typical vanilla scent (but no discernible taste). Since this is a new type of product, I focused and put the time towards trying these first (which is why the lipsticks will be tested later this week). Their best attribute is that they have a longer wear time from what I’ve tried so far, and they do have a stained effect after two to three hours (the glossiness wears away but the color remains).

However, the longer it wears, the more it migrates and bleeds out of the natural lip line (and I very, very rarely have this issue–even with glossy, vibrant red lipsticks). As it fades away, it fades from the center of the lips first and leaves behind a very obvious ring of color along the outer portion of the lips. The amount of feathering, though, was surprisingly; the color had expanded three milimeters beyond my natural lip line all around my lips. I kind of resembled a toddler who ate a cherry popsicle in a hurry, just slightly more sophisticated. For me, these were also somewhat drying (it was like the cherry on top of an overall disappointing sundae–you know, the one that wasn’t worth the calories!).

Also: I was able to remove the majority of whatever color was left behind with Make Up For Ever’s Aqua’Eyes quite easily, and I would say less than 5% remained, if that. When I tried removing it with a cleansing oil (shu’s) last night, I didn’t have as much luck.

Blushing Berry is described as a “midtonal cool red.” It’s a reddened berry with cool undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage. This shade wore with most of the color intact for four hours, and then it was more of a ring of stained/tinted color by the fifth hour with significant feathering apparent after three and a half hours that worsened as it continued to wear on. NARS Penny Arcade is not quite as red-toned. MAC Colour Saturation is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bubblegum is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a pale pink with subtle warm undertones. When applied, it seemed to turn into a bluer pink, though. It did settle into lip lines, and it was difficult to even this out as it had a milky look and feel. This one darkened considerably on the lips and lost its milkiness within an hour. I did experience some feathering with this shade after three hours, and there was a ring of color after four hours. Edward Bess First Kiss is similar but more opaque. Tom Ford Sugar pink is more neutral. MAC Next Fad is more shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is brighter, more opaque. MAC Please Me is more opaque. MAC Petite Indulgence is sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Glorious Intent is described as a “warm plum.” It’s a deepened berry with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage. This shade feathered within the first two hours, and then it worsened over the next three hours that it wore well for (other than the feathering). It left behind that dreaded ring of color after six hours of wear in total. It is a more intense, more opaque version of Blushing Berry. NARS Penny Arcade is not quite as red-toned. MAC Colour Saturation is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Gwi-Yo-Mi is described as a “midtonal raspberry.” It is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink. On my lips, it turns a pinky-raspberry color with semi-sheer color coverage. It seemed to settle into lip lines a bit, too. Revlon Fuchsia Finery is lighter. Revlon Berry Allure is similar. NARS Mexican Rose is pinker. NARS Penny Arcade is similar. MAC Imperial Red is pinker. MAC Colour Saturation is darker. See comparison swatches.

Heart & Seoul is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a light-medium peach with warm brown undertones. On lips, it took on a coral-pink tone with semi-sheer color coverage. It wore well (without feathering or fading) for three hours, and after four hours, there was some feathering and after four and a half hours, the middle area of my lips were without color and there was just an outer ring of color on my lips. Revlon Pink Pop is similar. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell is lighter, pinker, more opaque. MAC Star Quality is a bit darker, more opaque. See comparison swatches.

Kiss, Kiss is described as a “cool peach cream.” It’s a warm, pinky-coral that turns darker and pinker applied to my lips. It wore well for the first two and a half hours, and then there was noticeable feathering after three and a half hours with a ring of color left on the outer edges of the lips after five hours of wear. Giorgio Armani #519 is brighter, more opaque. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell is lighter. MAC Star Quality is lighter. MAC Galaxy Rose is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

K-Wow is described as a “soft cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based, milky pink. On lips, it looks like a cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones. It does settle into lip lines and doesn’t seem to smooth out/even out. Both NARS Coeur Sucre and MAC Pink Nouveau have similar coloring but are both more opaque that they aren’t that similar. See comparison swatches.

Simply Wow is described as a “midtonal cool mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, pink plum. This was one of the better-applying shades, as it had a very smooth, mostly even appearance on. It had semi-opaque color coverage. I wore this one, and it felt like a gloss for three and a half hours, and then it resembled more of a light stain. It feathered around the edges of my lips by the four and a half hour-mark. I noticed a subtle ring of color left behind after five hours. MAC Mall Madness is more shimmery. MAC Call Me Gorgeous is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Hopefully, some of you who have tried these or will try them will share your thoughts and experiences. I’m very curious to see if anyone else has as much trouble!

Bubblegum
Bubblegum
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5
Longevity
4
Application
69%
Total
5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total
Gwi-Yo-Mi
Gwi-Yo-Mi
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total
Kiss, Kiss
Kiss, Kiss
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
K-Wow
K-Wow
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total
Simply Wow
Simply Wow
6
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
79%
Total

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MAC So Supreme Sheen Supreme Lipsticks

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC SO Supreme Supreme Lipsticks

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) has been launched again with the So Supreme collection, and there are five limited edition shades and one repromoted shade (that is also part of the permanent range).  All of the shades felt consistent with the Sheen Supreme formula, except Pret-a-Pretty, which had a drier consistency and a lot less glossiness/shine.  The formula tends to be comfortable to wear with a fair amount of slip and creaminess, and they’re not drying but not particularly hydrating in my experience.  I typically get between three to four hours of wear with this formula, with brighter or deeper shades lasting four hours or slightly longer, and then very pale or pastel-like shades lasting around three hours. I’ll be testing these shades for wear over the week and will update with exact times, so the  ratings are subject to change, but I would not expect drastic changes.

Candy Apple is described as a “midtonal warm plum.” It’s a brightened, muted reddish plum with a glossy finish. You might say there’s a little plum in it, which gives it that muted feel, but it’s still rather red and vibrant. Urban Decay Manic is deeper, redder. Chanel Dialogue is redder. Revlon Wild Watermelon is a bit brighter. Guerlain Chamade is redder. See comparison swatches.

Gotta Dash! is described as “pale clean coral.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with very subtle pink tones–but it is more peach than it is a pink-coral. If you have really pink lips naturally, I expect this to be closer to coral on you. It had mostly opaque color coverage.  The lighter color paired with the higher slip consistency does mean little lines can be created if you press your lips together. This shade is part of the permanent range. MAC Naked Proof is less glossy. Chanel Sentiment is similar but less glossy. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour is more matte, lighter. MAC Reel Sexy is more matte, pinker,. Burberry Pink Apricot is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Playtime is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and fine shimmer. It had mostly full color coverage. OCC Lovecraft is metallic. NYX Pink Lyric is darker, pinker. Maybelline Pink Pop is lighter, as is MAC Divine Choice. MAC Outrageously Fun is a touch more magenta. MAC Naughty Saute is cooler-toned, lighter. OCC Narcissus is purpler. See comparison swatches. Long-time MAC fans may remember Slimshines, which is a formula I compared to this formula when it originally came out (they’re not quite similar), and Kissable was one of the few I had–and this shade immediately reminded me of it; Kissable is glossier with more shimmer and is, perhaps, a smidgen lighter, but they are comparable.

Pleasurefruit is described as a “bright warm pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with subtle warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Revlon Sorbet is similar. MAC Lickable is cooler-toned. MAC Impassioned is more matte, brighter. Guerlain Gigi is redder. See comparison swatches.
collection, and there are five shades and one repromoted shade (that is also part of the permanent range).

Pret-a-Pretty is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a pale, pink-tinged beige with a satin finish. Though it is the Sheen Supreme formula, it actually was quite a dull sheen rather than the shinier, glossier finish the others had. This one was the least forgiving, as it tended to settle into lip lines and emphasize any imperfections. It was mostly opaque but there was noticeable sheerness. MAC Of Beauty is pinker. MAC You’re Perfect Already is pinker, darker. MAC Fun Finds is more beige. MAC Myth is similar. MAC Innocence Beware is less pink, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Grenadine is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a slightly muted orange with a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency. Of all the shades, it had the thinnest consistency and sat best on the lips. MAC Tart & Trendy is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Candy Apple
Candy Apple
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
Gotta Dash!
Gotta Dash!
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
Playtime
Playtime
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Pleasurefruit
Pleasurefruit
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment (Lipgloss)

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment ($18.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a clear gloss with a very, very fine shimmer. The shimmer wasn’t visible on the lips, though, and what was visible was a glossy shine (medium in shine; not ultra, ulta glossy but definitely shiny). It has the same lemon-y scent as the original balm. It’s supposed to deliver high-shine will still giving lips hydration and “preserving moisture for up to six hours.”

While Fresh’s original Sugar Lip Treatments are not my personal go-to, they were moisturizing and hydrating when I tried it (my major issue was they didn’t last very long on lips and required frequent reapplication to maintain hydration), but the claim of “up to six hours” made me curious about this one. The consistency is thin, lightly tacky, and fairly smooth initially, but it does get increasingly tacky as it wears on the lips. Reapplying over the tackiness does mean the next application isn’t as smooth on.

I was able to get about two and a half hours of wear, which is decent (particularly for a virtually clear gloss). I can’t say that my lips feel nicely hydrated even after this is gone; even after wearing it back-to-back over an entire day, if I don’t reapply within an hour or so of it fading away, my lips feel a little dry. I think the original lip balm is more effective and much more comfortable to wear, too.

The packaging/applicator could be slightly improved, as unless you have thinner lips, you’ll need three or so pulls of the gloss to get enough for coverage. Every time I pulled the wand out, there was hardly any product on the doe-foot applicator! I doubt this is going to be a deal-breaker for anyone, but it was enough that it was something that I actually noticed while using this for the past few weeks.

All in all, this just felt like a regular, somewhat hydrating lipgloss. The price tag isn’t as killer as some of the higher-end, hydrating glosses on the market, but I’d probably stick with the lip balm for your hydration needs if you’re a big fan of Fresh.

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “true red.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium red with very subtle pink undertones and that leans slightly blue. When I swatch it, I see slight blue undertones, but when applied–against my skin tone–it looks slightly warm-toned. Urban Decay F-Bomb is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion is slightly muted. MAC Ronnie Red is bluer. Guerlain Garconne is darker. Dior Diorling is darker, more matte. Buxom Scoundrel is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The finish is lightly glossy–a healthy sheen but not a full-on high-shine finish like a true gloss would have–and gives lips a smooth, plump look.  The consistency is lightly creamy and glides on with full color coverage in one stroke.  Provocateur wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind a red stain that persisted for another two hours or so.  The formula is nicely hydrating and very comfortable to wear, and there was no scent or taste.

Provocateur
Provocateur
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total