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Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick
Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a strawberry red with warm undertones and a white shimmer. There’s a natural sheen to the finish. NARS Flamenco is very similar but less warm-toned. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is a bit warmer. Milani Bing Cherry is slightly brighter and doesn’t have shimmer. Guerlain Grenade is very similar.

This formula is extremely hydrating with an almost gel-like consistency that glides right on.  It’s lightweight, comfortable to wear, and has no discernible taste or scent.  Sweet Pea wears a solid five and a half hours, and the color applies opaquely with little product needed.  I’m always impressed by Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge formula; it’s a really moisturizing formula that feels so good to wear and wears well.  I also love that there’s 0.14 oz. of product, while many lipsticks are 0.10 to 0.12 oz. in size.

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

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Dior Summer Mix Collection for Summer 2012


Dior Summer Mix Collection for Summer 2012

Introducing Summer Mix, a charming new color collection that captures the carefree spirit of summer with four infectiously fun shades of new Dior Vernis Nail Gloss and two shades of Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss.

In 1962, Dior was the very first Couture House to launch its own brand name nail lacquer to match its already iconic lipsticks. A Dior slogan from the period captures the popularity of the new product: “Today, the four shimmering letters of Dior have come to the tips of your ten fingers.” In the 1970’s, Dior became a leading brand in terms of color range by launching forty matching nail and lipstick shades. And now, in 2012, Dior celebrates 50 years of nail lacquers that have since become stand alone fashion accessories. Inspired by a couture spirit, the Dior Vernis collection currently features 25 permanent shades, from the classic Red Royalty #999, the favorite color of Christian Dior, to the trendy Gris Montaigne #707, inspired by the Louis XVI-style chairs of the original Dior reception rooms on Avenue Montaigne. In addition, each Dior color collection features limited edition Vernis shades that instantly become the must-have accessory of the season.

Vernis Gloss ($23.00)

Brand new translucent, glossy formula with a “sorbet-like” finish perfect for the summer months.

  • Cosmo (178) Cheerful watermelon pink
  • Calypso (158) Bright candy apple red
  • Acapulco (118) Tart lemon yellow
  • Lagoon (198) Cool swimming pool blue

Addict Ultra-Gloss ($28.00)

  • Rouge Croisiere (854) Happy red
  • Rose Bikini (664) Perfect pink
  • Gold Sunrise (224) Gold
  • Orange Pareo (542) Orange

Availability: June 2012 at dior.com

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Bobbi Brown Beach High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Beach High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Beach High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Beach High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink bronze with pearl.” It’s a rosy brown with pink and gold shimmer. At a glance, it reminded me of Bobbi Brown Canary, which is sheer with a ton of gold sparkle (but no pink). MAC Fancy Cat is darker, browner. MAC Spree is very similar but has a more metallic sheen.

Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lipgloss is well-put–it’s ridiculously shimmery and sparkly. Beach is semi-opaque; the color darkens my natural lip color and adds a fine dusting of shimmer along with larger pink and gold sparkle.  It has a lightweight, comfortable feel on the lips with a non-sticky consistency and is mint-scented.  I love that it never feels gritty, not when you initially apply it nor when it fades away (after about four hours), and it doesn’t travel.  The formula is also moisturizing with just enough thickness that it glides and applies evenly.

Beautiful Beginnings with Bare Escentuals

Beautiful Beginnings with Bare Escentuals

What was the first Bare Escentuals product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Bare Escentuals product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  I really hadn’t had much experience with the brand until the past year or so.  The first products I tested were their High Shines, which had fantastic color and payoff but awful packaging.  Next was their skincare (which I guess is technically bareMinerals), which I adore and still adore!  I’ve come to appreciate the brand, and eventually, I’ll try their loose eyeshadows.

Share your first time experiences with Bare Escentuals in the comments! 🙂