Showing posts with label Lipstick. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lipstick. Show all posts

Friday, September 23, 2016

MAC Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC's latest is the Liptensity Lipstick ($21 each for 3.6 g/0.12 oz) which is an intensely pigmented lipstick with a satin finish. The pigment in these lipsticks is so good they are what I'd consider one-swipe wonders. If you're like me and love the rich pigment and saturated color of matte lipsticks or liquid lipsticks but hate that dried out matte look, the Liptensity lip colors will give you that full coverage without looking fake or dry. There are 24 shades total, all with a satin finish and no shimmer. The range is quite impressive and they seem to have covered a large number of colors from neutrals, corals, plums, reds, pinks and some bold edgy colors. I lip swatched the ones I could see myself wearing and every single color performs well.

Texture is smooth and creamy. They have a full coverage without feeling thick although they aren't necessarily weightless. There's no hydrating feel but they did not dry out my lips and feel comfortable once on. Lasting power is among the best I've tried and they stay put for a long time without fading as long as you don't touch your lips.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

I split the colors by color group for swatches. All except the last category have also been lip swatched (I just couldn't bring myself to put on blue lipstick lol). In the photos I'm wearing the Prolongwear Foundation in NC35. (Still testing the formula to see if my skin can handle it.)

Neutrals include:
  • Driftwood which is a pale mauve nude pink
  • Doe is a light medium neutral beige brown
  • Toast & Butter is a medium brown
  • Medium Rare is a soft creamy pink
  • Smoked Almond is a medium peachy rose

MAC Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Swatches

By request I've brought back larger lip swatches but will also have side by sides at the bottom. Not sure that I will keep doing the individual lip swatch photos as they take up the entire page! I also feel self conscious that enlarging the photos allows you to see every imperfection on my skin :(






Next up are the reds and oranges. They're similar with slight variations in undertone:
  • Lobster is an orange red
  • Habanero is an orange
  • Fireworks is a bright red
  • Life's Blood is a blue-based red
  • Mulling Spices is a a deeper red








Next up are the browns and plums. These surprised me the most because they go on the lips different from what you see in the tube. These have a vamp feel.
  • Dionysus is a plum red
  • Cordovan is a reddish plum
  • Double Fudge is an intense brown
  • Burnt Violet is a deep vamp plum


 








MAC Liptensity

Up next are the pinks and mauves. Even though I'm a neutral lip lover at heart I really have a soft spot for Claretcast and Marsala.

  • Gumball is a bubblegum pink
  • Eros is a cool-toned bright pink
  • Post Modern is a warm bright pink
  • Claretcast is a fuchsia mauve 
  • Marsala is a mauve plum













Last but not least are the bold edgy colors. These are shades I could never feel comfortable wearing but arm swatched for reference.

  • Ambrosial is a vibrant fuchsia plum pink
  • Galaxy Grey is a grey lilac
  • Hellebore is a purple
  • Blue Beat is a navy
  • Stallion is a deep black




One last roundup and lip swatches side by side:


An impressive lipstick launch. The formula performs well and I love the sleek colorful packaging. The caps match the lipstick color and the lip product is one that fills the entire tube. I love that the tips are beveled which makes application easier than the flat top ones you see from some other brands. Most MAC lipsticks make my lips peel by the next day as they are a bit drying. I lip swatched all the colors in a single day and by the next day my lips were fully in tact without any peeling or dry patches. So while they aren't necessarily moisturizing I do think they have a non-drying formula. If you have dry lips with patches you might want to consider using the MAC Prep + Prime Lip or Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade as a base first. Both will smooth out the lip without making them too emollient where the lipstick will slide off.

Out of the ones I lip swatched I'm really hard pressed to pick a favorite because they are all good. If I had to narrow down my picks to 5 it would be: Doe, Postmodern, Claretcast, Smoked Almond and Burnt Violet.

Bottom line definitely worth checking out. You can find them now online at MAC and Nordstrom. (I spotted them yesterday at my local Nordstrom counter.) At this time I do believe they are limited-edition.

Have you checked these out yet? What colors did you end up getting if you bought these?

Many thanks to MAC for sending me all the shades to play with!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick


Edward Bess's Ultra Slick Lipstick ($35 each for 13 oz/3.6g, made in USA) have been a long-time favorite. The first one I bought was Pure Impulse which today still is my holy grail pinky nude. Over the years some shades have come and gone, a few new ones have been added but Pure Impulse is one of the originals that stayed. I ordered mine sight unseen many years ago and couldn't be happier I discovered his line from a photograph in a Bergdorf Goodman catalog. At that time it was the only store that carried is makeup and had I not seen it, I might have just missed out. Today you can find his line at a few more stores. I'd recommend visiting his website edwardbess.com to stay updated on the latest store openings. For online I usually buy his products from Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman (both owned by the same parent company). Products are also available at Net-a-Porter. If you're in Paris, Colette carries his products in store.

A quick peek at the counter in Bergdorf Goodman:


The Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick is a medium to full coverage fig-scented lipstick. All his shades are creams, as of today there are 13 total. I find there to be a good range from light to deep, from natural to bright so there's bound to be at least one you will like. I have stuck with a few classic neutrals for years such as Pure Impulse, Tender Love, Demi Buff and Night Romance. Edward has been kind to send some over the years and he has a keen eye for matching color to skintones. If you are ever able to meet him in person I highly recommend you do so. It will be a memorable experience!

As many of you may not have immediate in person access to his product I ordered all of his shades to swatch and review for you as a reference. Having played with the line in person on numerous occasions I knew that most of the colors are colors I would wear anyways and his lipstick is so so good I think everyone should own at least one. If I were forced to wear one brand of lipstick the rest of my life it would be Edward Bess's and you can quote me on that.


Texture-wise these are creamy and feel very comforting on the lips. I usually wear them alone without a lipliner although Natural Lip Definer is a classic that works with most of the neutral lipsticks I own, not just in his line but in other brands too. You can find it swatched and compared to a ton of other lipliners here. They are fig scented but it's the best kind, not too sweet and not fake. Lasting power is good as long as you don't eat or snack. Coverage is medium to full.

Onto the colors:


Colors as I see them described below. All are creams so there's no shimmer. The finish has a slightly glossy sheen but I'd say they are more satiny and creamy. They feel amazing on the lips and are among the few that don't make my lips peel by the next day.
  • Nude Lotus is a true light pale flesh nude, this is too pale for me to wear alone but it looks amazing layered over brighter corals like Island Blossom
  • Naked Blossom is a peachy light nude neutral
  • Pure Impulse is my perfect neutral nude
  • Island Blossom is the prettiest coral peach that's bright but not garish
  • Deep Lust is a classic mahogany brown, looks good on everyone I've seen it on!
  • Midnight Bloom is a classic red
  • Desert Escape is a neutral medium pink brown (the original one used to be more brown)
  • Rose Demure is a cool-toned rose mauve
  • Demi Buff is a pinky neutral with a hint of brown
  • Tender Love is a medium rose
  • Night Romance is a classic raspberry shade (this is my mom's favorite and the only other lipstick she'll wear is by Estee Lauder so for her to like one this is a big deal)
  • Blushed Orchid is a cool-toned baby pink
  • Endless Dream is the best bright pink I've ever tried, bright but still refined


Swatched on bare lips:


One last look:

The Bergdorf Goodman Rewarding Beauty Event is happening now through the 18th online and in stores. If you're interested in other Edward Bess products you can click on the tag at the bottom of this post to see previous reviews. I'll link a few below:

Black Sea Hair Hero (the most fun review I've ever done)
Daydream Bronzer (in my Summer Bronzer Edit)

Bottom line a winner in all aspects: color selection, texture, packaging (classic!), scent and lasting power. If you're new and want to know where I think you should start for the Bergdorf Goodman Rewarding Beauty Event, I'd say:
  1. Pick one lipstick color
  2. Daydream Ultra Luminous Bronzer is my holy grail bronzer, it's not orangey, isn't frosty and gives life to the face
  3. All Over Seduction is my holy grail cream highlighter, I like Afterglow because it has more color on my skin, but Sunlight is also very good
  4. His Retractable Buff and Blend Brush is really good and super soft
  5. If you like neutral-ish kinds of lips, Natural Lip Definer will go with a lot of colors
As you can tell I'm a true Edward Bess fan. His products have never let me down and I love that in a beauty world that is constantly pumping out new innovations that he's kept a very well-edited line of classic staples that will help you look like you but make you feel like a more polished version of yourself without changing a lot.

You can find Edward Bess at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter, or online at Edward Bess.

Pure Impulse, Demi Buff, Endless Dream, Tender Love, Island Blossom, Rose Demure, Naked Blossom gifted by Edward. All other shades purchased by me. 


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Rouge Dior Lipstick Collection - The Natural Nudes Reviewed


This month Dior introduces a newly reformulated version of Rouge Dior ($35 each for 3.5 g / 0.12 oz) designed by Dior Makeup's creative director Peter Philips. There are 50 shades total in two finishes: 35 classic luxe satins and 15 new long-wear mattes. The new formula is split into five different categories: natural nudes, pretty pinks, passionate corals, legendary reds and extreme/pastels covering a wide range of color options.

If you've followed Dior launches for a while you know that most of the line has been reformulated over the years. It's been a couple generations of reformulations since I've tried the Rouge Dior formula because I've gravitated towards the glossy formulas like the Addict Fluid Stick, Rouge Dior Baume and Rouge Dior Brilliant. As one who likes glossy moist lipsticks I have to say the new Rouge Dior formula does not disappoint and I was completely blown away by how incredibly smooth, hydrating, pigmented and comforting the formula looks and feels. They have Hyaluronic Acid to plump the lips and Mango Butter to nourish and protect. The color payoff is very good while still looking natural.

When it comes to lipstick, I have tons that I can recommend. It's one thing I really like to experiment with, but for others so many factors come into play for finding the right one. Color options, coverage, finish, packaging, price and scent matter.  Most of my friends are not into the matte lip look, they want something that has medium to full coverage with a bit of shine, moisturizes and preferably under the $40 mark. Most are ok with a bit of scent as long as it's not too sweet or floral. The Rouge Dior fits the bill on all counts. There is a bit of scent to them but it's not strong and fades within a few minutes.

A quick look at the color range:


For my last post on the Skyline Fall 2016 collection Dior offered a special promo code on their website for a limited time. Out of curiosity I placed an order for some items to see what it would look like in person. If you want to see the full haul let me know and I'll do a separate post. But first a look at the packaging and presentation. Orders come in a gorgeous gift box tied with a bow (which in my excitement removed and untied immediately). There are always samples online at Dior.com, promos vary every week or so and you can always see them at the checkout page. With any $100+ order you get a deluxe sized sample (mine was the Sauvage Cologne) and 2 complimentary smaller samples come with every order.


For my review I have a look at nine of the Natural Nudes in the satin formula. I had a serious OMG moment when swatching these because as a nude and neutral lip lover I always find at least one shade doesn't work for my pigmented lips. It's happened with Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury and a number of other brands. The OMG moment is because every single one of these colors is just perfect. There are a few I wouldn't really call "natural" or "nude" but compared to the other colors in the launch they are all relatively natural.

Top Row: Premiere, Grege 1947, Rose Montaigne, Bal, Hasard
Bottom Row: Saint Germain, Promenade, Dolce Vita and Rendez-vous


A closer look at all the colors and descriptions as I see them. All of these have flawless coverage. It's similar in effect to their nail polishes in the sense that they glide on and have a naturally glossy finish. They feel instantly comforting without being thick or heavy. While they do feel moist they don't feel like they will slide off the lips.
  • Premiere is a cool-toned medium pink with a bit of brightness, I rarely can wear cool-toned blue based pinks because it makes my skin look sallow but this one is just stunning
  • Grege 1947 is a medium beige pink cream
  • Rose Montaigne is a lovely light pink, this is the most natural looking on me and had the least coverage, but still covered my lip entirely
  • Bal is a warm pinky rose neutral
  • Hasard is a light ballet pink
  • Saint Germain is a stunning medium rose neutral nude
  • Promenade is a warmer neutral nude
  • Dolce Vita is a muted orangey color with a hint of copper
  • Rendez-Vous is a neutral reddish color with a slight hint of plum


Closer looks at Premiere, Grege 1947, Rose Montaigne, Bal, Hasard

Saint Germain, Promenade, Dolce Vita and Rendez-vous


Swatched below on bare lips. For skintone reference I'm wearing the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y315 set with NARS Powder Foundation in Punjab. All of the lipsticks apply nicely on the lips without emphasizing lip lines or creeping into crevices. Lasting power is very good as long as you don't eat snacks. If you feel like your lips are dry and want to add a base, I've had good luck with the Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade. It's supposed to be a color reviver formula to adjust like the stick version. On me it just stays clear but I've been using it as a lip oil treatment which is easier to use and less messy than the Creme de Rose Balm.










Swatches side by side:


My top 3 favorites: Grege 1947, Saint Germain and Rendez-Vous, also Bal comes in close 4th

Since these had a naturally glossy satiny sheen some of them may look shimmery as the flash reflected off the surface. Even the colors that have some shimmer are very natural and soft in effect. To show the difference I have a couple shades to show with versus without flash:



For quick reference, other new colors that are part of the Rouge Dior launch:
  • Rouge Dior Brilliant ($35 each) in Miss #047, Premiere #060, Red Smile #080
  • Rouge Dior Contour Lip Pencil ($31 each), 7 new shades in Miss #047, Premiere #060, Red Smile #080, New World Matte #365, Sydney Matte #644, Euphoric Matte #756 and Mysterieuse Matte #994
Bottom line the satin formula is perfect. Just absolutely perfect. The rest of the week will be a lip-heavy week for posts as I have quite a few lipstick formulas going through testing and are ready for review. You may want to wait and see reviews on others if you're trying to decide on one lipstick formula for fall, but I will say the new Rouge Dior is brilliant. I did not test the last round of formulas so unfortunately I am not able to compare the old vs new. The last Rouge Dior I bought was probably at least two years ago and I no longer own it so cannot compare it either. However, based on my experience trying other reformulations I can say that Dior does seem to improve the formula, texture, pigment and lasting power with each new generation of products.

I'm thoroughly impressed with the Natural Nudes shades. As one who finds a lot of "nudes" end up washing me out, I am really quite pleased to find a new line of easy to wear shades that don't need any tweaking. I'm set for now although the formula is so good I have to admit I'm a bit interested in some of the plum-reds which I think could be nice for fall. I'll have to go investigate this weekend.

You can find the Rouge Dior at Dior.com and all other Dior counters. Have you had a chance to look at these yet? If yes what do you think? How do they lineup next to the previous formula?

Eight of the Rouge Dior Lipstick shades were provided courtesy of Dior for review. One shade Rose Montaigne was purchased by me.


 

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