Showing posts with label Lipgloss. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lipgloss. Show all posts

Monday, March 31, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty | Lola, Role Play and Kissability

Marc Jacobs Beauty items from Sephora, accessories Marc Jacobs Sharpies, Heart Notebook and Postcard from Bookmarc located in Los Angeles on Melrose

I've recently fallen in love with a few more items from Marc Jacobs Beauty. I've been a huge fan of the Hi-Shine Nail Lacquers which I really like for the packaging, color pigment, and price. Today I am featuring three new items I've discovered.

  • Lola Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18 for 13 ml) is a flawless bright jelly red, it's a one-coat wonder nail color that covers the entire nail with one swipe, I've only tested for a couple days now but in my experience, Marc Jacobs nail lacquers have decent lasting power with no tip wear or chipping through day 5 or 6 (I use with Deborah Lippmann Rehydrating Base Coat and Dior Gel Top Coat).
  • Role Play Lip Gel ($30 for 3.6g) is my new holy grail nude pink lip, it's an interesting formula, not quite like a traditional lipstick, it is a gel lipstick with full coverage and a cushy moisturizing feel. This covered my lip entirely, it's like a lighter modern version of what I wanted MAC Twig/Spirit to be, it's a neutral rose pink nude that isn't too light and not too dark.
  • Kissability Lust for Lacquer ($28 for 5 ml) is a sheer rose with gold and pink shimmers. It comes with a sponge tip applicator. The formula is very sheer so I recommend using this on top of lipsticks for more color, it has a vanilla scent with a cool tingley finish (thank goodness it did not irritate or numb my super sensitive lips).

More photos and swatches:

Lola featured on the hands holding some fun Marc Jacobs sharpies:

Role Play lip gel and lip swatch:

I'm overall impressed with the lip products. I don't know why it took me so long to try them. I am already looking to try more of the lipsticks. Now that Marc Jacobs Beauty has been out on the market for a while, I'd love to hear what your thoughts are. What have you fallen in love with? What would you recommend passing on? Yays or nays are all welcome.

You can find Marc Jacobs Beauty at select Marc Jacobs boutiques and at all Sephora stores. Online at and

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Chanel Aqualumière Glosses | Eau de Rose 86, Rosace 87, Pink Pivoine 88, Baie Rose 89

Chanel has brought us four new shades of Aqualumière Gloss in the Jardin de Camélias collection ($29.50 each, 6 ml/0.20 fl oz). Eau de Rose 86 is a pale silvery pink, Rosace 87 is a shimmery light peachy pink, Pink Pivoine 88 is a sheer coral pink and Baie Rose 89 is a cool pink. All the shades are extremely sheer and offer a slight hint of shimmer or tint to the lips. They have a high shine smooth glossy finish.

Lip swatches, for skintone reference, I currently use Tom Ford Foundation Sticks in 04 Bisque and 05 Natural mixed with Dolce & Gabbana Powder Foundation in Warm 100 on top:

Comparison swatches below to: Chanel Colbri Aqualumiere Gloss (discontinued), MAC Nectarsweet Cremesheen Glass, Chanel Bliss Glossimer, Dior Bed of Roses Addict, Bobbi Brown Pink Lily (discontinued), Tom Ford Sugar Pink Gloss, Chanel Imaginaire Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss (discontinued). 

Overall beautiful fresh colors that are lovely for spring. I wouldn't call them must-haves since there is very little color payoff. These are extremely sheer glosses but that is expected with the Aqualumiere Gloss formula.

Eau de Rose 86, Rosace 87, Pink Pivoine 88, Baie Rose 89 are currently exclusive to Will you be purchasing any of these? If you already ordered, what did you think?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chanel Jardin de Camélias - Exclusive

Chanel just launched the Jardin de Camélias Collection exclusively online at in the US. I ordered the following items:
  • Sakura #87 Blush ($43, Euro/Asia baked version)
  • Jardin de Camélias Illuminating Powder ($70)
  • four Aqualumière Glosses ($29.50 each) in Eau Rose #86, Rosace #87, Pink Pivoine #88, Baie Rose #89
  • two Rouge Allures ($34 each) in Fleurie #139 and Charmeuse #142
I'll be uploading more detailed reviews as quickly as I can. I swatched and photographed everything over the weekend but need to do a bit more testing. For now here are swatches for your reference. Quick note on the glosses, they all apply very sheer on the lips like most Chanel glosses do.

Without flash:

With flash:

You can find the collection now online at

Stay tuned for the swatches and photos of the Chanel Sakura Blush and Jardin de Camélias Highlighter next. I'll be adding a few finishing touches and thoughts on my review for these during my lunch break. Review should be up the review in a few hours.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New From Bobbi Brown: Baby Pink Lip Gloss and Pink Apricot Shimmer Lip Color

Bobbi Brown has a released several new collections this spring including her Nude Glow, Uber Pinks and Shimmer Lip Color reformulations. I reviewed Bronze Nail Polish earlier (which I love). Today I bring some swatches of her Baby Pink Lip Gloss ($25 for .24 fl oz/7 ml) from the Uber Pinks collection and Pink Apricot Shimmer Lip Color ($25 for .12 oz/3.5 g) from her new formula of shimmer lipsticks.

Baby Pink is a soft peachy pink with shimmer. The shimmer shows up more on the lips than what you see in the tube, but it's a natural kind of shimmer. It's fairly pale on me due to the silvery flecks inside but still has enough color in the base to show up and not completely wash me out. I suspect fairer skin girls will love this. Medium-tan girls who love pale colors for more of a contrast will like this too as it will show up on the lips. I couldn't detect any scent although I'm sick with a cold right now and traveling so you may want to try first. As far as I can recall, most of her regular lip glosses are without a noticeable scent. Lasting power is medium for a gloss. It's better than Chanel Glossimers and Armani Flash Lacquers but I wouldn't call it long lasting.

Pink Apricot Shimmer is just as the name implies. It's a lovely pink apricot loaded with shimmer. The texture is fairly smooth for something with this much shimmer. It's not frosty even though I find it very shimmery. There are a number of gorgeous shades it was hard to pick just one. I'm happy to report that these are a quite a bit sturdier than her last shimmer lipsticks (she's reformulated them several times since her original ones). I had four shades of the older formula and found them so soft that all of them broke at the base. The new colors all appeared to be holding up well at the tester counter and they looked like they had been out a week or so to withstand some heavy testing. 

Swatches side by side:

I highly recommend both. The shimmer lipsticks are definitely worth looking into - there's a wide range of shades to choose from. I might have to go back and revisit to try one more.

Bobbi Brown Baby Pink Lipgloss and Pink Apricot Shimmer Lipstick are at all counters now. Online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

NARS Spring 2014 Larger Than Life Lip Gloss - Bimini and Années Folles

The NARS Spring 2014 Collection has two new shades of Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Bimini and Années Folles ($26 each for 0.19 oz/6ml). Both are fresh spring shades that are give a sheer wash of color. These have a high shine with a slightly thick formula to help them last long on the lips. They come with a brush applicator on the end. It's been a while since I've purchased a new lip gloss from NARS and I'm happy to see the brushes on these are slightly bigger and longer than previous colors making them easier for me to apply color to the lips. As far as I can tell there is no detectable scent.

Bimini is described as a sheer guava pink. To me it looks more peachy. It swatches fairly sheer like a light shimmery peach-pink-guava. It's so pretty in the tube and on the lips. On my lips it pulls more pigmented due to my natural lip color but it applies pretty much true to what you see in the tube. It's sheer shimmery natural perfection.

Années Folles is a lilac pink cream. Sheer pink lilacs can add a soft hint of pink and brighten the whole face. Annees Folles applies a bit streaky with a few quick swipes (as seen below). If blended properly it smooths out to a sheer wash of lilac on the lips. This one may take a bit more work and blending with a lip brush depending on your natural lip tones.

Comparisons below to Chanel Calypso (discontinued), Armani Flash Lacquer 303, Chanel Coral Love (discontinued), Bobbi Brown Baby Pink Lip Gloss (new, review soon), Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (discontinued), Dolce & Gabbana Pink Sapphire (review here), Dolce & Gabbana Raspberry and MAC English Accents (discontinued).

I favor Bimini since the color is easier to apply on my lips. It's a good everyday kind of color that can be worn alone or over other lipsticks for added shine.

NARS Bimini and Annees Folles are available online at Nordstrom and In stores and at counters starting February 1st.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Guerlain Stardust #900 Maxi Shine Lip Gloss | Spring 2014

Guerlain Stardust #900 Maxi Shine Lip Gloss ($30 for 7.5 ml/.25 fl oz) is a sheer sparkling white that flashes shimmers of blue and white silver. It's an exact match for the Stardust Nail Lacquer reviewed here.

Stardust Maxi Shine Lip Gloss comes with a sponge tip applicator. I love the simple and sleek packaging. The applicator applies the gloss perfectly. Stardust is a sheer clear base with subtle sparkles. The sparkles are large enough that you can see them on the lips but the overall effect is very subtle and sheer. If you're a fan of sheer sparkle glosses you will really like this. If you're one who craves more impact and color you may want to skip. There is no detectable scent with the Guerlain glosses when applied, at least not that I can tell. There is a soft floral powder scent if you smell them closely, the scent fades quickly though. Lasting power is medium. Texture is smooth and slightly moisturizing. It's one of the least tacky/sticky feeling glosses I've tried.

More photos and swatches:


Guerlain Stardust has a similar feel to other white-silvery sparkly glosses. Stardust is more of a true silver sparkle while others flash more violet, pink or glitter with the sparkles. Comparisons below to some discontinued Chanel Glossimers and one MAC Dazzleglass. Left to right: Guerlain Stardust, Chanel Aragonite, Chanel Galactic, Chanel Surprise, MAC Sugarrimmed.

The effect is really similar in natural light:

Different view to highlight the sparkles:

Overall a lovely soft shine gloss. You have to see the gloss in person to really see how lovely the shimmer is. I have tried and love both Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Glosses and MAC Dazzleglasses both of which are extremely glittery. If you like the concept of those glosses but want something more subtle, I recommend checking out Stardust by Guerlain.

Guerlain Stardust retails for $30. It's currently available at Guerlain counters along with the rest of the spring collection, also online now at Nordstrom and Dillards.


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