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Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmer eggplant.” It’s a dark, smoky purple with subtle red undertones and purple, burgundy, and gold micro-shimmer. MAC Deceit is darker, browner. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac is more silver-shimmered, not as red-toned. Urban Decay Rockstar is the closest, but it’s a little darker.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. The brand recommends using a short brush (like the Cream Shadow Brush) to apply or use fingertips to blend out shade for a sheerer effect.

The texture of Black Violet was a little stiffer than other shades I’ve tried from this range–not that it doesn’t have some creaminess, it’s just a little thin and less creamy. I had some trouble building up the color payoff; it didn’t want to get more than semi-opaque when I tried it on the lid. I still had good wear when I tried this alone; eight hours with no creasing and some fading around the edges when used without a primer, and then very similar results over a primer, just a smidgen less fading.

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Most Overrated & Underrated Lipgloss Formula

Over & Under: Most Overrated & Underrated Lipgloss Formula

There are always products that receive endless raves, but they don’t always live up to our expectations or work out as well as they do for others.  Share your picks for most overrated and underrated LIPGLOSSES.  Don’t forget to share your whats and whys as to your choices!

  • Most Overrated: [answer]
  • Most Underrated: [answer]

My Picks

  • Most Overrated: MAC Lipglass — it feels less refined compared to other glosses on the market as formulas have been improved and redone in the past 5-10 years. It’s a good formula, but gloss doesn’t have to be as thick or as sticky to wear as well anymore.
  • Most Underrated: Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipglosses–it’s like MAC Dazzleglass and Chanel Glossimers but better. So shimmery!

Sunday Link Love, Volume #098

Happy Sunday!

Whew! It has been a really busy weekend, so I’m thrilled to be back home! We went down to southern California to watch my sister graduate from UCI and then helped her move back home. She’s going to be my personal assistant once she’s all settled! 🙂

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick
Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an opaque magenta-fuchsia with a cream finish. It has the barest of a sheen, which does wear away after a couple of hours and results in a more matte finish. MAC Zen Rose is similar, glossier. Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 is comparable, slightly purpler. MAC Pink Pigeon is brighter, pinker. MAC Love Forever is purpler. MAC Something New is pinker. NARS Schiap is pinker, slightly brighter.

The Colour Core Moisture Stain is designed to be both a lip stain and lipstick with full color coverage and a moisturizing formula. It’s also supposed to be long-wearing without bleeding or feathering. The texture is soft, barely creamy, but somehow still manages to glide across lips easily and deposits opaque color with little product.  Paris wore for six and a half hours, and there was a residual stain that lingered noticeably for another hour after that. My lips felt hydrated both during and after wear.

I also want to note something I’ve found common with these lipsticks: more often than not, the tip of the lipstick is slightly smooshed upon arrival. It might be an overfilling problem that occurs during manufacturing, but it’s not just one but more like every other one where this problem occurs.

Paris
Paris
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total