Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pur Shine #32 Frozen Mango
Nerrisa 6/9/2009 12:12:00 PM
I must preface this review by saying that I am in love with YSL lipsticks, and pale peach lipsticks in general, so I may be a bit biased. Frozen Mango was part of the 2009 YSL summer collection, and I was immediately attracted to it. I hadn't yet tried the Rouge Pur Shine, but the color on the model was a beautiful pale peach, and it looked amazing. I put off buying it for a long time, since it was $30 (an almost ridiculous price for a lipstick), but eventually I caved. I really love the color I get from this lipstick. In the tube, it almost looks similar to MAC Pleasureseaker (which, at this point, was my HG pale peach), but it's lighter and slightly sheerer. I get a very pretty pale peachy-pink (because some of my natural pigmentation shows through) that is perfect for summer. I do realize that this will look terrible on some people, especially those with unpigmented lips, but it looks amazing on me. The texture is not exactly my favorite-it's just slightly too slippery for me (I perfer something like MAC Creamsheens), and the lasting power isn't great. However, unlike some slippery lipsticks, this one actually moisturizes really well and leaves my lips soft. And it has SPF 15 (yay!). The only thing I really dislike is the packaging. It's a big, bulky tube. I hope this isn't LE, because I plan on buying it again and again!
Despite not being impressed with MAC's tri-color glosses (from the Sugarsweet collection), I'm such a sucker for lavender lipglosses and decided to try Electic Edge. It's not a tri-color gloss-MAC is just calling these lipglasses but they're about three or four colors swirled into a square tube. The color itself is pretty. In the tube, it looks like a pale, shimmery lavender swirled with a a more medium color and a darker purple. On my lips, it's more of a warm light purple that's sheer enough to look natural. I don't see a whole lot of shimmer on my lips, but I wonder how much of the different colors is picked up on the wand. The texture is sort of in between lipglass and the tri-color glosses. It's stickier, but not as heavy as lipglasses. The staying power is about average (maybe a couple hours w/o a lot of eating and drinking). The scent is typically vanilla. The only real problem I have it the packaging. Just like the tri-color glosses, hardly any gloss comes out of the tube on the wand. I have to dip it back in 2-3 times just the get enough to cover my lips. The tube is bulky and ugly, and while the swirling colors are nice, I wonder how long it will take for them to all mix together. I would buy this again, because the color is pretty and I do love lavender lipglosses.
Lip Gloss -Dianne Brill - Lip Lingerie Gloss in "Mermaid Bustier"
Nerrisa 6/3/2009 8:47:00 PM
I'll agree with the previous reviewer in that this is a very unique lipgloss. It reminds me of Dior's Jersey Pink, but slightly deeper in color and about twice as iridescent, which is what makes it more unique. This one has a ton of blue and green shimmer-it's almost to the level of frost. It looks amazing on my lips and while I've loved Jersey Pink since it was A Lick of Taffy, Mermaid Bustier is so much prettier. The texture is better than Dior's, as well. It's got more grab to it and is stickier, definitely, but it is far from being really sticky. It feels light on my lips. The lasting power is pretty much average-better than Dior but not nearly as good as MAC. I am not a fan of the little pot-I don't use lip brushes, just my finger, and it's actually difficult to get my giant finger into the pot. This should probably encourage me to use a lip brush, but it's a hassle. While it was expensive for a gloss, I would certainly buy this again. The quality is awesome and the color is amazing!
I am an avid Dazzleglass collector, and I was very excited to hear about new Dazzleglasses coming out with the Euristocrats II collection. I happened to get my hands on it a little early, and I am so glad I did! MAC describes the color as "peach coral with gold pearl" and I think that's actually a fairly accurate description. It's maybe a little more pink coral than peach coral, and I can see some pink shimmer along with the gold shimmer. The color actually shows up well on my medium pigmented lips, and it compliments my skintone (NW20) nicely. It looks a lot more pink on my lips than in the tube, however. I am quite happy with the pigmentation, since some Dazzleglasses are pretty lacking (although I've found the Euristocrats Dazzleglasses are more pigmented, in general). Euro Beat is basically what I wanted Smile to be. I love Smile, but it's pretty sheer. It's also less orange than Utterly Posh, which is good for me. The texture is thick (but I like it) and the staying power is excellent. I love the vanilla smell, too. I would definitely buy this one again-unfortunately, this one is LE.
Lipstick -Christian Dior - High Shine #174 Sheer Rose
Nerrisa 6/1/2009 2:50:00 PM
I had been debating on whether or not to buy Dior High Shine in #214 Nude Silhouette when I picked up Sheer Rose, by mistake. I was kind of disappointed when I realized I picked up the wrong tube, but I decided to try it out since the color looked very pretty in the tube. It is a light, shimmery pink, and I expected that it would be so sheer that it wouldn't show up at all. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this lipstick. It shows up just fine on my medium pigmented lips, and compliments my NW20 skintone well. I'm always on the lookout for a nice light pink lipstick, and I think this one is absolutely the best I've ever found. In fact, it's probably the my favorite lipstick ever. I love the texture, and while it doesn't last too long on my lips, it's super-moisturizing. It's a bit expensive at $25, but well worth it. Unfortunately, I believe this one was discontinued :( I will be buying backups if I can find them, as I adore this lipstick!
Lip Treatments -New York Color - Lip Sliders Tinted Lip Balm ] ] [DISCONTINUED]
Nerrisa 5/26/2009 8:06:00 PM
I picked Sugar Coated up on a whim, since the packaging reminded me of Tarte's lip balms (which I don't particularly like, oddly enough), and the price was about $3. I don't wear tinted lip balms often, but I like them in the summer when I'm out at the beach or at a ball game. I was pleasantly surprised by this product. I wasn't expecting much-NYC's lip products tend to be kind of funky-smelling or weird-textured. However, while it isn't quite as thin and smooth as most balms, the texture is nice and moisturizing (albeit a little sticky), and it smells like cotton candy. The color actually shows up on my lips. In fact, it has better pigment than MAC's EZ Baby tendertone, and that's one of my favorite tinted balms. I have a couple minor gripes: I don't like the tin very much, and it doesn't have SPF. I can see myself gouging out product with the top of the tin as I try to slide it onto the bottom, and tins aren't super-sanitary. I would prefer it if it had SPF, but that's also a minor gripe I can live with. For $3, I would absolutely buy this again.
Isolde is a very pretty duo. It warm, shimmery, and super pigmented. Both shadows are soft and easy to apply, but unfortunately, they're both way too warm for me. One side is a warm, medium orangish brown, and the other is lighter and more peachy (with just a touch of orange). Normally, I can wear warmer colors no problem, but these are super warm and just look a little blah on me. Although the quality of this duo is excellent, I would not repurchase. I think it's just a little bit expensive, as well, at $32 USD.
Wow. This is one of the prettiest Dazzleglasses I have ever seen. MAC describes this as a "yellow pink with blue pearl", but I don't really think it's a yellow pink-it's more of a sheer medium rose with tons of blue and pink shimmer. Internationalist is one of the more pigmented Dazzleglasses, in that the color (while sheer) shows up on my medium pigmented lips. The color is actually similar to Palatial lustreglass, except maybe a few shades lighter and a bit sheerer. The effect is the same, however, because it has a similar amount of pearl (blue instead of green). I believe this one is going to be permanent at MAC stores, which would be great if had a MAC store around here. Of course, that just means that I will be able to get my hands on it and that is not limited edition. I absolutely love this color and I plan on buying it again and again!
I have a bit of an irrational love for this lipstick. It's very difficult to wear, seeing as it is a pale-but-bright pink that isn't very natural-looking at all. It's opaque and matte, and I find that it looks better if I wear a gloss over it to sheer it out a bit. However, I love the color. I waver back and forth between thinking I look absolutely ridiculous wearing it to loving it so much I would consider a backup. Saint Germain is one of MAC's more unique lipsticks, which makes it totally worth the sometimes ambivalent feeling I have towards it. Definitely not for the faint of heart!
Pressed Powders -MAC - Hello Kitty Kouture - Sheer Mystery Powder (Light Medium)
Nerrisa 5/14/2009 11:07:00 PM
This is probably the most expensive makeup product I've ever bought, at $90 for the compact and a refill. However, it was totally worth it, as I am a huge Hello Kitty fan and I love the way to compact looks. It took me quite a while to justify the price of this compact, however. It's frivolous and expensive, and if I didn't have the extra money laying around, I wouldn't have even considered it. The powder is quite nice, but it's certainly not a whole lot better than my NYC translucent pressed powder, and it's a tiny pan-smaller than regular MAC blushes, from what I can see. I am not unhappy with my purchase, but I wouldn't buy this again. It's pretty, for sure, and I plan on using the compact, but it really isn't worth $90.
Rue de Rouge is one of the three LE Dazzleglasses released with the Euristocrats II collection. It is a sheer red with lots of pink glitter, and it is gorgeous. None of the Dazzleglasses look anything like it-Love Alert is the closest, but Love Alert is sheerer and more pink, and was less flattering on me (NW20) than Rue de Rouge. It's surely not the most unique color for a lipgloss, as it is just a straight up sheer red with glitter, but it is unique among Dazzleglasses. And since Dazzleglass are my favorite lipglosses ever, I had to have it. If you have something similar, I would skip it. However, it is definitely worth having if you don't have a sheer red gloss, or if you like Dazzleglasses as much as I do (LOL). I love the texture and the scent, and the lasting power is superb. While it is a bit expensive, I would definitely buy this one again! I may have to get a backup, since this one is LE.
Lip Gloss -Shu Uemura - Vinyl Unlimited Gloss CL011
Nerrisa 5/5/2009 8:26:00 PM
Vinyl Unlimited glosses come in a variety of bright shades, along with three "topcoats"-three different types of clear gloss. CL011 is the iridescent topcoat, and while it looks to be marketed as a topcoat, I can definitely see myself wearing this alone. When worn alone, CL011 is a sheer white with tons of pink iridescence. It's very pretty-it tones down my lips just a bit, but not enough to make me look washed out or corps-y. I haven't tried it over any other lip colors yet, but it is super pretty on it's own. I like the texture-it kind of reminds me of MAC Dazzleglasses. It's thick, but not terribly sticky, and lasts quite a while. There's a floral scent, but it's pretty light and doesn't bother me (although I'm not terribly bothered by scented lip products, in general). I really like this gloss, and I would definitely buy it again, even at the steep price.
I am a bit torn about this gloss. In the tube, there are two different colors-a very frosty light beige, and a shimmery darker brown. When I first applied it, I must have squeezed too much on the lighter side, and I got super frosty, pale lips. I don't have a problem with frost, in general, but this was beyond anything that looks good. I wiped it off, and tried to squeeze right from the middle, to make sure that I got some of the darker bronze color as well. It was much less frosty this time, and more natural-looking. It's still pretty pale, but I like pale lips. I love the texture-it's not sticky or thick, but it has some grab to it. The lasting power is okay-a couple of hours without eating or drinking too much. I love the smell, although it's a bit strong-it smells like rich chocolate and the smell does last (which is good for me, but many people will not like it, I'm sure). The only thing I'm not too thrilled about is that it makes my lips kind of tingly-numb. I'm pretty sure it's not a plumping gloss, and I have had this problem with other Too Faced glosses. It's not so bad that I can't wear it, but I don't like the tingly-numbness (I rarely wear plumping glosses), so I find it somewhat irritating. It feels pretty moisturizing and it's not really irritating my lips, it's just making them numb. So it's somewhat of a minor issue. I think it would be slightly better with some SPF, since it's marketing itself as a summer gloss, but I do really like the color and texture, and I would definitely be interested in trying the other colors! I would buy this again.
I considered buying this lipstick for a long time, but I couldn't justify paying $38 for a lipstick. However, Armani lowered the price to $30, which I could justify as I was pretty sure this lipstick would be the kind of nude that I've been searching for for a while. Turns out, I probably would have gladly paid $38 for this lipstick. It's the most amazing rosy nude that is probably the best nude lipstick I've ever bought (and I've bought a ton). It does have a very pretty, shimmery overspray, that I figured I wouldn't like (and I didn't), as it was too frosty. However, one swipe and it's gone. The texture is good-it's not so slippery that it slides right off my lips, but it's also not drying, either. There is no scent or taste that I can detect. I would absolutely buy this again-I think it was LE for Christmas 2008, unfortunately. I might be buying a backup, if I can get my hands on one!
Vie Veneto is part of the Euristocrats II collection, which made the original Euristocrat lipsticks available to those of us not living in Europe. Along with the lipsticks, MAC came out with several new Dazzleglasses, Vie Veneto being one of them. It is a sheer light lilac with a ton of chunky blue shimmer. It doesn't really look lilac on my lips, but the blue shimmer makes it look a little more unique that your average sheer lipgloss. I love Dazzleglasses (I've pretty much been collecting them), so I bought Vie Veneto-it's the blue shimmer that makes it very pretty. I do get a hint of lilac, but not enough to make me look dead. The texture is typical Dazzleglass-very thick and sticky, and lasts forever. It smells delicious, like vanilla cupcakes (it's stronger than regular MAC lip products, but about the same as every other Dazzleglass). I would definitely buy this again. Unfortunately, it's LE (of course), so I may have to buy a back up!