Showing posts with label Lipglass. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lipglass. Show all posts

Monday, February 10, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick and Lipglass


MAC released two new vibrant classic reds for their Viva Glam line with Rihanna. There is a Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick ($16 for 3g / 0.1 US oz) and a Lipglass ($15 for 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz). The colors are bold with rich pigment. I rarely wear reds but could not resist these two. I've missed out on previous limited-edition Viva Glam shades, I did not want to miss out again.


The Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick is a frost formula. It's described as a blue-red but on me goes on much warmer without blue tones. It has a metallic warm red frost but on the lips it doesn't appear too frosty like some MAC Frost formula lipsticks can. It's a very pigmented bright red color - pigmented enough to cover the entire lip and show up true-to-tube on darker-toned lips. It's a striking shade - something I'm not brave enough to wear everyday or to the office, although it's a classic enough shade that I think one can.



The Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass is a semi-sheer hot pink red infused with tiny red and fuschia micro sparkles. The base is a bit sheerish but layering with a brush will increase the pigment. When worn alone, it's a bit transparent so you can see a bit of the lip underneath. When layered over lipsticks it adds sparkle and shine.



Both the lipstick and lipglass versions are fairly similar in color, they are almost an exact match. The lipglass flashes a bit more blueish due to the cool-toned sparkles. Swatches side by side:




I pulled a few other darker colors I have to compare. Most of my lipsticks are neutrals or peachy colors. As you can see the darker ones I have are still more on the neutral side. Below shown is MAC Viva Glam IV Lipstick, MAC Viva Glam VI Lipstick and Lipglass, MAC Astral Cremesheen Glass (discontinued), Chanel Pink Pulsion Glossimer (discontinued) and Burberry Mallow Pink Lip Gloss (swatched here).


Both are classic reds I think are truly universally flattering. I'm not sure that I think I could pull them off for everyday or for every occasion, but I do think I can wear them for more special occasions. The pigment of the lipstick is very impressive. I wish more MAC lipsticks had that kind of color payoff (although I am a huge fan of the sheers and lustres). Did you pick up the new Viva Glam Rihanna shades? What's your favorite Viva Glam to date?

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick and Lipglass are both available at all MAC stores and counters now. Online at Maccosmetics.com, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Macy's.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude - The Beauty Look Book Picks


MAC's Magnetic Nude Collection was just released a couple days ago (in stores today). Thanks to other bloggers with early access and amazing swatches, I was able to pick out a few items the day before Christmas and order online to avoid the crowds. I've been a huge fan of the Extra Dimension products (unique shimmery items that are not quite creams yet not quite powders). Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish (from 2012) has been at the top of my list even though the frost is quite intense. Those who missed out before will be happy to learn it's made another appearance in the Magnetic Nude collection this year. The items are selling out online fast, you may have to order from multiple sources if you opt for online ordering. I hope these swatches and reviews will help if you can't get to a store or counter. My picks:
The Extra Dimension Skinfinishes in Magnetic Appeal and Fairly Precious are both stunning shimmery colors. I do think both are must-haves. They are more glowy versions of Tom Ford's Illuminating Highlighter Sticks (limited release from May, now discontinued). What I like about these is that there is more pigment than frost (even though they are very shimmery). They give the skin a glow with color rather than just a pale frost. Magnetic Appeal is a soft tan gold while Fairly Precious is a lovely warm light pink. Superb has been re-released. It's paler and significantly more frosted. Right now all are available online at Nordstrom and Maccosmetics.com.



The Extra Dimension Eye Shadows have quite a few repromoted shades. I didn't double check my stash to see that I already had Sweet Heat (in the larger size from 2012) so I have a duplicate now. Sweet Heat is a frosted champagne. Silver Dawn is every taupe-lover's dream. It's a metallic taupe silver. Both shades are layerable and the pigment is easy to control. A light swipe will give a sheer wash. Use a denser brush or your fingers for more coverage. For these I actually prefer using my fingers to apply by smudging on the lids. Sweet Heat is online Nordstrom. Right now Silver Dawn is still at Maccosmetics.com.



For the lips, I narrowed down my pick to just one lipglass in Oh My Darling, a light shimmery pink pearl, and Morning Rose Cremesheen Lipstick, a soft cool pink. Both are fairly safe feminine neutrals. I like the cremesheens for their high pigment and full coverage with a non-matte finish. Oh My Darling Lipglass is semi-sheer. You can definitely see a light pink pearl on the lips but it doesn't wash out the face. Morning Rose is available at Nordstrom. Oh My Darling is available at Maccosmetics.com.



All the items I picked out swatched on one arm:


I'm really happy with all my picks. Even happier I managed to pick out a few things before the entire collection sold out. If I had to limit myself to three items, I would pick the Skinfinish Highlighters in Magnetic Appeal and Fairly Precious along with the Morning Rose Lipstick. I haven't had a chance to compare the other items, but they are pretty basic colors - knowing the volume MAC releases, there's a good chance there are similar items (which is a good thing if you miss out on their fast-selling limited items).

Did you check out the Magnetic Nude collection? What did you think? Any highlights or loves?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Trying Out A Few New Nudes: MAC, Burberry & Zoya


I'm always looking for that perfect shade of nude even though I have quite a few favorites (Chanel Mythic & Luminous, Bobbi Brown Beige Gold, MAC High Tea). Everyone has a different interpretation of what they see as a true nude (see an older post here, What's Your Definition of Nude?) - for me a true nude is something flesh colored. Light nude beiges don't always work for me, many require tweaking with layering of extra gloss or liner (what I call my high maintenance nudes). Sometimes there are nude colors that are simply too neutral or beige and end up washing me out, but my curiosity always gets the best of me, I can't help but check out every variation of beige.

A few new discoveries, thoughts, and swatches: MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick & Lipglass, Zoya Naomi Nail Polish, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, MAC Gana Blush (from the Mickey Contractor collection).

First up are the newest additions to the MAC Viva Glam series: Gaga 2 Lipstick and Lipglass. Both are creamy neutral grey-beiges in the tubes but go on with a slightly peachy cast on the skin. These are true nudes, both of which I find fall under my "high maintenance" nudes category. The Gaga 2 Lipstick resembles concealer on my lips. It has full coverage (the amplified formula) with rich and creamy texture. Having tried other MAC nudes like Cherish, Creme d'Nude and Peachstock, I know this one will work better once layered over a darker liner (and blended of course) like MAC Stripdown and then topped with clear lipglass. I've swatched it alone below. Thumbs down by itself - the color just makes my skin look dirty and I look lifeless. Gaga 2 Lipglass is the exact same shade of nude, it's not quite as flat and has the tiniest bit of sparkle in the tube. The shimmer doesn't show up on the lips. For some reason the glossy texture makes it more forgiving on the lips. Thumbs up for this one! It's a wearable nude, but I think MAC Revealing Lipglass is a more universally flattering beige nude. This one is also featured below alone (no lipstick or liner underneath).




In direct sunlight:


Zoya Naomi is an opalescent beige with a soft silver sheen. I ordered this from Zoya.com sight unseen along with a few of the Zoya Spoons. I haven't tried too many Zoya Nail Polishes yet, but so far I've been extremely pleased with the finish, pigment and wearability of the colors. However, my experience with the Zoya neutrals is similar to my experience with Essie neutrals - what you see in the bottle doesn't always translate to what you get on the fingers. In this case, I found Zoya Naomi a bit too warm for my beige skintone. I had to tweak it with a layer of a sheer silvery pink to get it to work. (Stay tuned for tomorrow's post to see what I used.) Lovely color with 2 coats, just needed a slight change for my own liking.


Burberry Trench Eyeshadow is one of the best nudes I have ever tried. It's deceptively boring and dull looking in the pan and swatched on my fingers, but it has a soft velvety texture that brightens and evens out the eye lids with a subtle luminescence. I love it. This isn't entirely new (bought it back in late August in San Francisco's Nordstrom) but I haven't gotten around to reviewing it. I really love Burberry's soft eyeshadows. I can't wait for them to release more colors.


Burberry Trench finger swatched (on the hands it just melts/blends):


MAC Gana Frost Blush from the Mickey Contractor Collection was exclusive to select MAC Pro Stores and online. It's a soft champagne grey pink shimmer powder that looks pretty on the eyes and as a highlighter on the temples. I don't know if it's still available or easy to find. It's the closest thing I've found to Estee Lauder's Tom Pecheux Highlighter (reviewed here) but with a pinkish/grey sheen. Those who can't find it and want something similar that you can still find, MAC's Beauty Powder in Play it Proper similar in effect.


Gana Swatched on bare skin:


All the new nudes swatched on arm, two views:



Have you tried any of these nudes I just reviewed? What are your thoughts if you have tried them? I'm especially interested to hear your thoughts on the Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick and Lipglass - how are you making these work for you?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Weekend Look of the Day: J.Crew White Ruffled Tank & Skirt

How was everyone's weekend? The weather here in Southern California has been a bit odd the past few days - at least by the beach. Sunny bits here and there and then mostly cloudy. This was Sunday's outfit/look.

Top: J.Crew ruffle tank
Skirt: J.Crew white denim mini
Belt: J.Crew patent burgandy skinny belt
Shoes: Prada flats
Purse: Chanel

I didn't plan to have mostly J.Crew on - but it seems to happen more often these days, although I do have to say it's with their older pieces from past seasons. I love how comfortable the ruffle top is, but unfortunately, if it's not tucked in or tied with a belt over, then it looks like a huge tent.


Face:
NARS Beverly Hills + South Beach Multiples mixed on cheeks
MAC Getaway Bronze Blush on top

Eyes:
Clinique Seashell Cream Shadow as a base
NARS India Song Duo
MAC Orpheus Eyeliner

Lips:
NARS Beverly Hills + South Beach mixed/dabbed on lips
MAC Love Nectar Lustreglass + Beach Lounger Lipglass mixed



I'm really loving those Multiple Tints from NARS (see my review of 2 of them here NARS Beverly Hills & Cadaques Multiple Tints = Pure Genius). Beverly Hills pulls more bright pink than red on my skin for some reason, but I still like it. Works well dabbed on lips for a slight tint. I liked it mixed a little with South Beach. I mixed the two on the back of my hand first and then applied on the lips. For cheeks, I swiped Beverly Hills on each cheek then South Beach on top and blended quickly with the fingers.

Also wanted your opinions: for the Chanel - is this something I can still pull off or is it totally OUT of style? It's an older one, I don't think Chanel makes the line anymore - at least definitely not the brown-on-brown. It's just been sitting in my closet for ages. I keep forgetting to bring it out. Input would be greatly appreciated :)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

MAC Dupes: Can You ID These MAC Colors Or Tell the Difference?


I don't write much about MAC because I find that since there are so many MAC experts out there, I don't feel like I would be contributing much by writing about the line. But I actually do like MAC products quite a bit. To me, they are definitely the most fashion-forward with trends and I love that they have such a wide range of colors, textures and finishes for all their products. Because there are so many colors, I think that just about anyone can find something they like.

One of the things I'm not crazy about though is their frequent discontinuation of colors to make room for new ones, but if your favorite product has been discontinued, there are chances it may be re-promoted with a new collection or that a very similar color will be released under a different product name.

All the products above are different colors, and while they aren't 100% the same, they are so close that once you apply them on the skin, you can barely tell the difference. Can you ID these or tell the difference?
  1. Pink Swoon Sheertone Blush
  2. Pink Glow Matte Blush (discontinued around 2007)
  3. Dark Edge Satin Eyeshadow (LE with N Collection, January 2008)
  4. Rummy Satin Eyeshadow (LE with D'Bohemia, May 2005)
  5. Bendel Girl Lipglass (Henri Bendel exclusive in September 2007)
  6. Light That Fire Lipglass (LE with Warm & Cozy 2009 Collection)
  7. Sugarshot Lustre Eyeshadow (LE with Sugarsweet, March 2009)
  8. Light Ray Lustre Eyeshadow (LE with Turquatic, July 2006)
  9. Cherry Blossom Lipglass (LE with Cult of Cherry, August 2008)
  10. Cultureclash Lipglass (LE with Electroflash, July 2008, will be re-promoted in Feb 2010)
  11. Trifle Lipglass (LE with Antiquitease, October 2007)
  12. Tongue-in-chic Lacquer (discontinued, unsure of date)
  13. Flash of Flesh Lipglass (LE with D'Bohemia, May 2005)
  14. Bare Necessity Dazzleglass
  15. Camel Eyeshadow (discontinued in 2000?)
  16. Modelette Eyeshadow (released with MAC Warm & Cozy 2009)

My New Years Resolution is to use up more and buy less (we'll see how well that actually goes). All of these from my stash are still good, I normally don't throw out things according to the standard expiration dates.

That being said, it still doesn't stop me from wanting MAC to repromote Maroon pigment, Brass Pigment, Coco Pigment, Pleasureflush MSF, Shrimplette Lipstick, Sharp Beige Lipstick, Fringe Eyeshadow, Heavenly Bliss Eyeshadow, Camel Eyeshadow, those cute Diana Ross pink makeup brushes and a bunch of their original blushes that they discontinued. The closest thing I've found to MAC Camel is the new Modelette Eyeshadow, but it's still a tad bit different. Close enough for me to be happy right now though.

I wish MAC would do an "Originals" collection every year and repromote discontinued products from the past as a collection.

Have you found any MAC dupes?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection

The new Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection was just released in the US so I stopped by the MAC store today to check out the new items. Glad to report I only came home with 3 items (normally the damage is worse). I found the lipsticks either too pale or too dark for my lips. Was tempted by the Personal Taste Lipglass (shimmery cool pink) but felt it would be too frosty for my taste.

Came home with The Perfect Cheek Blush, New Spirit & Young Thing Lipglass.



Some comparison shots of The Perfect Cheek Blush with some other MAC blushes such as Blooming, Cubic, Sierra (discontinued) and Angel (discontinued).



Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives Haul Part 1

I was able to pick up my pre-orders yesterday! Check with your Nordstrom - they called me to let me know they were able to ring up pre-orders in a way that you still get your points, but can pick them up early. What I ended up with:

Laura Mercier Renaissance Collection which includes:
* deluxe Flawless Skin Day Creme SPF 15
* full-size Undercover Pot UC-3
* exclusive full-size Pink Champagne Lip Glacé
* exclusive Renaissance Eye Color Duo
* mini Black Thickening and Building Mascara
* double-ended Secret Camouflage Powder Brush
* a mini velour puff


Entire set from nordstrom.com:



Renaissance Eye Color Duo &
Pink Champagne Lip Glace:


Swatch comparisons - in the tubes these look really similar, but swatched you can see the differences:
1. Nars Dolce Vita Lipgloss
2. Laura Mercier Pink Champagne Lip Glace
3. Laura Mercier Blush Lip Glace
4. Chanel Glass Quartz Aqualumiere Gloss
5. Chanel Bel Air Glossimer
6. Chanel Giggle Glossimer

Lipstick vs Lip Glace Versions:
7. Laura Mercier Pink Champagne Lipstick
8. Laura Mercier Pink Champagne Lip Glace



Dior Mystic Violine Nail Polish 987 (nordstrom exclusive) vs. Black Plum 981 (fall 2009):



Black Plum (top) vs Mystic Violine (bottom & bottle):



Dior GWP with a $75 purchase:




MAC Lip Bag Sets in Baby Blooms (left) & Summer Crop (right):



Nars Modern Love Eyeshadow Palette:
Top Row: Alhambra, Jezebel and Habanera
Bottom Row: Tokyo, India Song and Pandora


 

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