Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational - Nearly There
pLatina728 8/30/2009 10:06:00 PM
Hmm, out of the Mayb CS l/s I have, this one was the doozy. It's the only color w/ that weird rancid smell and the texture leaves something to be desired. It's a pinked taupe color laced w/ silver frost. Unfortunately, the frost is really obvious on the lips and the l/s feels kind of gritty when you put it on. Shame b/c it really is a pretty color and almost exactly matches the color of my lips. If you're considering this color, some better choices would be 215 Totally Toffee or 235 Warm Me Up. These really are nice l/s (great wear & feel, packaging and very true to how the color looks in the tube) but I think something just went horribly wrong w/ this shade.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational - 115 Pink Quartz
pLatina728 8/30/2009 10:00:00 PM
Again, not a very unique color. Pink Quartz is very mauvey medium pink laced w/ gold frost in the tube. Ordinarily, I don't do frosted l/s but this reminded me of a l/s my friends used to wear and it always looked great on her so I thought 'what the heck, I'll take it'. Unlike the other Mayb CS l/s I have, Pink Quartz goes on somewhat different than it looks in the tube: a neutral medium pink that isn't too frosty. The gold frost is not obvious, just makes your lips look kind of glowy. [I'm a super-olive C40 BTW.] Wear is good (at least a couple of hours, although you still need to reapply after eating). Some of these l/s actually leave a faint stain behind on your lips, which is a good thing IMHO. These l/s feel great on, very emollient. I would rec this color if you like subtle but still girly pink l/s. I love the packaging of these l/s, very stylish and occasionaly Walgreens will have them BOGOF.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational - 125 Pink Petal
pLatina728 8/29/2009 1:54:00 AM
My second fave out of my Maybelline CS lipsticks. This is very true to its name, a creamy neutral medium pink. It does kind of remind me of the color of a pink rose. This is a tinge less peachy than the Pink Please color. No shimmer in this one but it does go on moist and smooth. Also leaves behind a slight pink stain on your lips. These lipsticks pull their weight just because they are so true to the color on the tube (supposedly due to 'pure pigments'). If you're olive-skinned like me (MAC C40) it can be a real challenge to find lipsticks that don't turn funny colors as they wear. I've never been much of a gloss girl (supershiny lips always seem borderline porn star-ish to me) and I was pretty psyched to pick up a couple of these lipsticks. Very pretty tubes which vary according to color family (pinks, reds, natural, etc). I would find these comparable to Clinique or Lancome (possibly even MAC) lipsticks at a fraction of the price. VERY wide selection of colors and IIRC Walgreens has them BOGOF right now.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational Lipstick - Warm Me Up
pLatina728 8/28/2009 11:53:00 PM
This is approaching HG status for me. I don't think this color is unique in the slightest (kind of a warm beiged pink, creamy but no shimmer) but what impresses me so much about these lipsticks is how true the pigments are. W/ the exception of one, all of the five CS lipsticks I have go on exactly the way they look in the tube. I'm super-olive MAC C40 and this is the perfect nude lipcolor, doesn't make me look muddy and doesn't look like foundation w/o being excessively pink. I love how these go on, even the matte colors go on super-smooth and leave your lips looking plump and moist. The length of wear is longer than average but wear doesn't matter much w/ me b/c I don't mind reapplying. Beautiful packaging and the price is right, not to mention a wide array of colors. I love how the packaging is different for each color family, makes it easy to hunt them down in my m/u drawer. Couldn't recommend this line enough AND Walgreens has them on BOGOF right now
*Le sigh* As much as I was excited about this color, it was just a letdown. Wear and application are great, per usual for OPI. I find that using a thin layer of top coat on top of base coat (before applying color) makes the polish go on a lot smoother and you have a lot more control w/ the pro-wide brush. The color is definitely grape, like a Concord grape, w/ v. slight bronzy-pink shimmer. I think this color would probably look marvelous on cool-complected ladies but on me (v. olive C40 complexion) it just looked like Dimetapp. I wouldn't have a problem w/ it being so cool-toned if it was a bit deeper in color but it's not even deep enough to fall under 'vampy'. It's just kind of an average midtone grape color. Can't say I would recommend this one for ppl w/ olive skin.
Alright I can stop looking - this is THE ultimate Holiday polish. Just a poinsettia-red w/ red & gold microglitter throughout I'm not a huge fan of glittery polishes but I will make an exception for these festive colors. PP seems to glow on my nails, like a glittering red Xmas tree ornament. The wear and application of FPs is incredible and that says a lot coming from me. I daresay this brand is underrated but hey I'm not complaining, more polishes for me LOL If you can still find this one, snap it up, it's like prozac / wintry xmas goodness in a bottle P.S. This was part of FPs Holiday 2006 collex which IIRC included the following colors: - Pretty Poinsettia - Rosy Cheeks - Mulled Cider - Holiday Warmth - Festive Claret - Peppermint Sparkle
Maybe not grape-colored but beautiful nonetheless. It's more purple than burgundy but not quite grape, kinda the color of mulled wine w/ a warm brownish undertone. Has a beautiful satiny finish and the wear w/ Fingerpaints (FP) is exceptional, better than OPI & ChG IMHO. If you can find this one and love deep, warm autumnal colors (like me), pick this up! P.S. This was part of the FP Fall 2006 collex IIRC it included the following colors: - Gorgeous Grape - Maple Magic - Harvest Heather - Autumn Amethyst - Crisp Cranberry - Fall Fuchsia
OK, I think it's pretty obvious that these are gimmicky-type glosses. I have no idea what a Guava Tiki is but if I could get it at my local bar I would, just cuz I love anything guava-flavored. The scent of the Mocktails are enjoyable for me, I love tropical drinks and this one smells not a like a real guava but the way you would expect a guava cocktail to smell (ripe guavas have a honeyed, almost floral scent to them). This gloss however, does not have a lot of pigment. On me it's a sheer peachy glaze w/ silver shimmer. Doesn't really look heavily frosted on your lips, which is good cuz I hate frost. The lasting power of these glosses is almost as good MAC, maybe a little bit less which is fine if that means it will be less sticky and 'tacky' in texture. I wouldn't rebuy this gloss for the color or the price, but the tasty scent combined w/ a good applicator and comfortable texture make this a rebuy for me. **UPDATE** After having tried a lot of the mocktails, I would say the Maui Mai Tai color is a more pigmented version of this gloss, perhaps a lil less peachy
My first Stila lipglaze and I love the color and scent. Spiced Cider is a pretty, neutral, plummy rose color w/ gold shimmer. I love these types of colors in the fall & winter. My only complaints are a) I wish it was a bit more opaque (but it's a gloss, so you can only expect so much) and b) the brush makes it hard for me to apply evenly. As a result, I end up pressing my lips together a lot in an effort to spread the color out evenly. Kind of annoying. I don't really have a problem w/ the scent: to me it smells like cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe w/ a hint of apple. Lasting power is good: I go about 5 hours between applications. I would probably buy this again, if not for the color, then definitely for the scent.
I was surprised the way this color turned once applied. In the bottle BRB looks like a neutral w/ that shimmer that I find really unique to Essie (it goes from violet to red to pink to gold). I thought for sure this color would either go grey on me, like so many other nude colors, or clash w/ my skin bcuz of the violet shimmer. But it look like a peachy-pink nude color (the shimmer is almost undetectable, v. pretty against my olive skin. This isn't exactly unique tho - I have a lot of sheer neutral colors that fall w/in this range. And Essie's sheers can go on so streaky that I had to be really careful w/ the application. A similar color w/ better application is OPI Malaysian Mist or Hopelessly in Love. Wouldn't buy again but still a nice color worth checking out.
*Sigh* As much as I wanted to like this one it just doesn't work on me. Funny thing because SSSbtS and I have been in dialogue for over a year and I've been trying really hard to get it to look good. This is a warm gingery-pink w/ a good deal of frost so it gets that satiny texture. It also has a slight mauve tone to it. I don't know if it's the mauve or the silvery frost but this just comes across as looking v. old-ladyish on me (I have v. olive C35-40 skin). Still color is something really subjective so I'm sure this could flatter someone, so I'm only knocking off 1 lippie. A hard color to wear but didn't chip on me w/ 3 days of wearing [and I don't wear gloves during chores or anything]. A nice neutral color but hard to pull off for olive skintones.
Polishes -Creative Nail Design - Limited Edition - 388
pLatina728 3/21/2007 7:26:00 PM
Love love love. If you are looking for a 'vampy' creme, that leans more towards purple than black, Lmtd Edtn is it. This is like a very deep raisin color, creme finish (no shimmer), w/ no red tones, at least to my eye. I know some ladies have had problems w/ CND's polishes taking forever to dry but I've never had a problem (I use Orly Bonder for a base & NailTek II for topcoat). I haven't found a whole lot of vampy polishes similar to this one; most fit into 3 categories: blackened-purple, blackened-red or blackened-brown. This lasted about 5 days w/ minimal chipping. I would definitely buy again.
As much as I like this, I'm not sure I'll buy again. This is only a tad more citrusy than the original Island fragrance, but not nearly as heavy as Island Fiji. I won't go into breaking down all the notes because the previous reviewers have done a good job of that. This doesn't smell too orangey to me but it does smell lush and floral, like tropical flowers. I would pass on this if you like more citrus scents or foody-type scents, because this is a pretty heavy floral w/o being cloying if that makes sense. This has pretty decent staying power as well, 8 hrs after applying ppl will still ask me what perfume I'm wearing. I just have a sample atomizer but I love the look of the EDT bottle, reminiscent of a Hawaiian sunset.
I'm impressed - found a violet color that doesn't look strange against my v. yellow-olive complexion. Granted, I cannot wear this color during the cooler months bcuz then it does look kind of odd but I love it for a pedicure during the spring and summer months once I have a bit of a tan going on. This is a medium violet color (not deep, but not pastel either) w/ strong pinkish undertones and superfine silver shimmer to it, which can make it look kind of frosted. The wear on this is good - I can wear for it more than a week in the summer, when I wear flip-flops on a daily basis, w/ no chips! Warm-toned ladies, if you're looking for a summery violet color that doesn't make you look sallow, try China Doll.
Lipstick -Cover Girl - TruShine lipstick - Valentine Shine
pLatina728 2/13/2007 8:44:00 PM
For now, I'm saying that I would buy this again. Usually (because I'm v. olive-skinned) I have to go for wine or brick-red colors when I want a red lip color. However Valentine Shine is more of a true red, not neon bright but definitely not subdued. This has been recommended by CG for medium skin tones. This l/s is v. moisturizing and gel based so lasting power isn't that great but I've never been one to mind reapplying. Not a fan of the packaging either - seems kind of cheap but not a big deal. For now I would buy this again because this is the first true red l/s to not clash horribly w/ my skin tone.