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Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick

June 15, 2018

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty launched new lip glosses in stick form called the Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick ($28 each for 2.1 g/0.074 oz). I’ve been such a huge fan of the Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquers I was eager to try the new formula. I ordered five sight unseen. I picked the neutrals which turned out to be a lot lighter in color than I anticipated but still lovely. My picks:

  • Sugar Sugar – sheer nude cream
  • P(r)each – sheer soft peach
  • One Mauve Time – perfect mauve
  • Sweet Escape – baby pink
  • Mocha Choco-Lata – perfect nude beige

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick | The Beauty Look Book

These are emollient sheer smooth gloss sticks. They have a very shiny finish and moisturizing feel. Lasting power is medium – they won’t disappear quickly but they aren’t budge-proof. The gloss sticks have a melt-on texture. Packaging is slightly longer than the Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquers but similar in style. The Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick has a removable pull off cap and the product comes in a twist-up tube that clicks with each twist. The only downside is you can only twist up, you can’t twist back down. The good thing is each click will only push a small amount of color up.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick | The Beauty Look Book

The two lightest shades Sugar Sugar and P(r)each were patchy with the first application, once you have it warmed up a little it smooths out. Close ups of each color below with lip swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review and swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review and swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Mocha Choco-lata!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Mocha Choco-Lata! | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Mocha Choco-Lata! | The Beauty Look Book

Sweet Escape

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sweet Escape | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sweet Escape | The Beauty Look Book

One Mauve Time

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review One Mauve Time | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review One Mauve Time | The Beauty Look Book

P(r)each

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review P(r)each | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review P(r)each | The Beauty Look Book

Sugar Sugar

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

All side by side:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Mocha Choco Lata, Sweet Escape, One Mauve Time, P(r)each, Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

 

For quick reference my MAC foundation shade right now is the Studio Fix Fluid in NC37. Lip swatches as always done on bare lips.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Mocha Choco Lata, Sweet Escape, One Mauve Time, P(r)each, Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

If you want something light and glossy these are great. I think the color selection is a lot more wearable for me compared to the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons. The glossy texture feels similar to me although the crayons are full coverage while these new gloss sticks are a lot sheerer. I’d say if you like the feel of the YSL Volupte Tint in Balms or Chanel Rouge Coco Shines you will most likely really like the Marc Jacobs Enamored Lip Gloss Sticks. In terms of glossy lips though my favorite product this season are still the Pat McGrath LUST Glosses although the formula is completely different and also in liquid form.

They are sheer so depending on how much color you want these might be too sheer if you prefer a lot of pigment. I give them a thumbs up – although I do wish the packaging would click up and down. The only shade I think is iffy is Sugar Sugar – this is mainly because I find pale colors challenging to wear in general. If you see the last photo of my natural lip you’ll see that there is going to be a contrast between pale colors and my lip. This is why you’ll often see a dark ring around the outer edge if the product is slightly sheer or transparent. It’s my natural lip color showing through. Since I have full lips if I cover it entirely with product it makes them look EXTRA huge.

Based on how light and sheer these colors are I was tempted to order the other three shades which are deeper/brighter. I have not seen them at stores near me yet but have decided to pass for now. My top two picks are Mocha Choco-lata! and One Mauve Time.

You can find the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Sticks at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter and Marc Jacobs Beauty. Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

 

Lips Sisley-Paris

Sisley-Paris Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder + Phyto-Lip Delight Review

June 13, 2018

Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder and Lip Delight Review and Swatches

I have a few different products to review from Sisley for you today. One is the Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder which I’ve had my eye on for a while and the other is a new product for lips called the Phyto-Lip Delight. To me both are perfect for the upcoming summer season.

The Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder isn’t new but it is new to me. It’s been on my wishlist for months and I finally caved and bought it. It’s a unique formula that’s a bronzing gel powder, similar in concept to the NARS Dual Intensity Blushes where it’s a powder but not quite like a traditional powder. The one from Sisley is a warm bronze. It’s dense in formula and can be applied sheer for a soft wash of bronze. If you need more color you can use a dense brush for more color. It’s probably the most expensive bronzer I’ve ever splurged on. It was worth it for me but I still think the price point is very very steep.

Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder review and swatches

Swatches, heavy vs. blended:

Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder swatches

Swatch comparisons:

Sisley Bronzer swatch comparisons

Quick note that if you need a truly natural looking bronzer I’d still recommend the Becca Sunlit Bronzers. The Sisley Phyto-Touche Trio is also very natural looking, especially on lighter skin tones. The Chanel Les Beiges multi-stripe bronzers this year are also very natural.

Up next are the new Phyto-Lip Delights which are tinted gel-balms that transform into oils upon contact with the lips. They are sheer tinted oils but have enough pigment that you can see the color if you layer them a little. There are three perfect everyday neutrals in #1 Cool which is a nude beige, #2 Pretty which is a perfect pink and #3 Sweet which is a peachy coral. There is no shimmer to them to me they aren’t scented although they do have a subtle makeup scent. The finish is transparent and light for a soft tint. They plump and nourish the lips. You can wear them alone, under a gloss for more moisture or on top of a lipstick for added shine. The Phyto-Lip Delights have a nice comfortable feel that isn’t heavy or sticky. Right now they are available online at Sisley-Paris, they should trickle out to counters later in the summer. Circle straw bag shown from J.Crew. Sandals shown also from J.Crew.

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Cool, Pretty and Sweet swatches

Swatches:

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Cool, Pretty and Sweet swatches

On bare lips with around two to three layers:

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Cool, Pretty and Sweet swatches

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Cool, Pretty and Sweet swatches

Swatch comparisons below to some other colors. They’re really quite unique compared to others I thought they’d look like off the top of my head. Turns out the Sisley Lip Oils aren’t quite the same color-wise:

Swatch comparisons

All three applied below with different cheek combinations:

Sisley Phyto-Lip Delight Cool, Pretty and Sweet swatches

Ingredients:

Sisley Ingredients

Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder and Lip Delight Review and Swatches

Bottom line my love for Sisley-Paris makeup continues. I’m a huge fan of the Phyto-Lip Twists (Baby is my favorite shade) and the new Phyto-Lip Delights are no exception. They are quite expensive but in my experience their products have been worth the splurge for me. I was fortunate to get an early sneak preview of the Lip Delights but have purchased a number of things from the brand. My top two tips are to 1) sign up for their Beauty Subscription Program to get a monthly sampling. I reviewed 6 months’s worth of boxes here and it is the only subscription program I’ve kept. 2) Make a list and save purchases for GWPs. The Sisley-Paris website often has promos running on a regular basis. I also like the Beauty GWPs you can find at Nordstrom.

The bronzer is a gorgeous addition for me but I do own a wide range of other bronzing powders so I cannot call it a must-have. I do think I will be getting regular wear out of it this summer though.

You can find the Phyto-Lip Delights available now at Sisley-Paris.com. The bronzer can be found at all Sisley counters. I bought mine from Nordstrom.

Phyto-Lip Delights provided courtesy of Sisley for review. Bronzer purchased by me.

 

Becca Lips

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Review + Swatches

May 16, 2018

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

My lip gloss loving self is overjoyed these days because gloss seems to be back! Becca launched a new Glow Lip Gloss ($22 for 0.18 oz/5 g) in ten colors. They’re a conditioning lip gloss that has the coverage of a natural medium-pigmented lipstick with a soft shine but cream finish. If you like a gloss that doesn’t have a super high shine but moreΒ  of a natural shine these are the glosses for you.

The Becca Glow Lip Glosses have a soft mint scent and apply very smoothly on the lips. There’s enough density so they won’t slide off the lips like other glosses but they aren’t super thick and they feel comfortable on. Becca says they have 3D light reflecting pigments and ginger + peppermint oil. The colors were inspired by their best selling Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighters and Luminous Blush shades so you can match your lip and cheek color.

Every single color is perfect. Pigment is natural but rich enough to cover the whole lip. There are lighter nudes in the collection that are wearable and do not wash my complexion out (yay!). All the shades are nice for everyday and there are a few bolder shades that can give a more dramatic look for something more fun. The packaging and design is the same as the Liquid Crystal Glow Glosses from last year, but the Glow Lip Gloss colors are a lot more wearable.

The product comes with an angled sponge tip applicator with a point for precise application. Colors descriptions and swatches below:

  • Rose Quartz is a soft cool light pink shimmer
  • Camellia is a cool-toned bright pink
  • Snapdragon is a medium coral pink
  • Opal is a nude opal pink shimmer
  • Foxglove is a perfect berry mauve
  • Champagne Creme is a shimmering gold
  • Tigerlily is a coral peach shimmer
  • Rose Gold is a neutral tan beige
  • Chocolate Geode is a chocolate sparkle
  • Dahlia is a plum (plums always look more red on my lips)

Becca Glow Lip Gloss in Rose Quartz, Camellia, Snapdragon, Opal, Foxglove, Champagne Creme, Tigerlily, Rosegold, Chocolate Geode and Dahlia

Becca Glow Lip Gloss swatches

Becca Glow Lip Gloss swatches

Close ups of each shade, let me know if you want me to keep doing these larger lip swatches or if you prefer the side by side better. Rose Quartz:

Becca Glow Gloss Rose Quartz

Becca Glow Gloss Rose Quartz

Camellia:

Becca Glow Gloss Camellia

Becca Glow Gloss Camellia swatch

Snapdragon:

Becca Glow Gloss Snapdragon

Becca Glow Gloss Snapdragon swatch

Opal:

Becca Glow Gloss Opal

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Opal swatch

Foxglove:

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Foxglove

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Foxglove swatch

Champagne Creme:

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Champagne Creme

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Champagne Creme

Tigerlily:

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Tigerlily

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Tigerlily

Rose Gold:

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Rose Gold

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Rose Gold

Chocolate Geode:

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Chocolate Geode

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Chocolate Geode

Dahlia:

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Dahlia

Becca Glow Lip Gloss Dahlia swatch

Swatches of the gloss next to the corresponding Shimmering Skin Perfector (also reviewed here) or Luminous Blush (review here).

Becca Glow Lip Gloss and SSP Swatches Rose Quartz, Camellia, Snapdragon, Opal and Foxglove

Becca Glow Lip Gloss and SSP Swatches

I cannot pick a favorite, every single color is perfect. I do find myself drawn to Opal, Foxglove, Snapdragon and Tigerlily though. A full look wearing the Becca Glow Lip Gloss + Shimmering Skin Perfector pressed in Opal:

Becca Glow Lip Gloss in Opal

Bottom line lots to love. The color is perfect, pigment is smooth and flawless, texture is comfortable. Lasting power is average for a gloss but with these I don’t mind reapplying. Moisturizing properties are medium – on the lips they feel good and the formula did not dry out my lips or make them peel the next day, but they aren’t as hydrating as a lip balm. I think these are perfect year round but the colors have that fresh spring to summer vibe that adds life to the face without overdoing the color.

You can find the Becca Glow Lip Gloss out now, available at Becca Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Sephora and Ulta Beauty.

Becca glosses provided courtesy of Becca Cosmetics for review.

 

Lips Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Gloss Review + Swatches

May 10, 2018

Pat McGrath Labs LUST Gloss Review and Swatches via The Beauty Look Book

Today Pat McGrath launches a new lip formula in her makeup line called LUST: Lip Gloss ($28 each for .15 fl oz/4.5 ml). These are high shine glosses with a cushiony feel. They are super smooth with a glossy balm feel that doesn’t have any tacky or sticky and feel. The glosses are really comfortable and they have a nourishing feel. With the Lust Gloss my lips look full and plump without the tingle. There are 14 shades total with this launch and I was tickled with excitement to be able to get an early sneak peek at 7 of them. I have swatches and some first impressions of the neutrals as I just received these a few days ago. Based on my first round of testing I can’t wait to see the rest of the colors. Scroll down further for the full Pat McGrath LUST: Lip Gloss review.

Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Gloss Review

These glosses come in a tube with a sponge tip applicator. There is a very soft vanilla scent to them which disappears almost immediately after I apply them on the lips. The final look is shiny with all the colors with three different finishes which include creams, sparkles, and soft shimmers. Every one is smooth and chunky-free regardless of how much sparkle there is. Pigment of these glosses is on the soft side which I’d describe as sheer to medium. I can only speak to the neutrals, but with some I can build color without layering too much. I’d say if you like the Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss or Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquers, you will love these. The Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss is cushiony and shiny like the Marc Jacobs glosses but with more a bit more visible pigment. They also have that pretty shine and color the Chanel ones have but aren’t as thick in texture.

If you are one who needs more color and pigment for lip glosses these are going to bee too sheer for you in which I’d recommend you check out the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks, Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme or Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Glosses.

Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Gloss Swatches Neutrals

Descriptions

Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Gloss neutrals I have include:

  • Aliengelic is a duochrome pink and white pearl, clear base with sparkles, sheer
  • Dare to Bare is a sheer milky pink gold duo chrome shimmer, sheer to medium pigment
  • Flesh Astral is a tan base with gold shimmer, medium pigment
  • Pale Fire Nectar is a duo chrome pink peach pearl, it swatches on the arm almost clear but the sparkles show up more on the lips with a reflective quality that adds color, sheer
  • Aphrodisiac is the perfect warm baby pink cream, coverage is medium
  • Flesh Fantasy is a warm neutral tan with a hint of pink, coverage is medium
  • Divine Rose is a perfect lush rose with fine shimmer, pigment is sheer medium

Swatches

Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Gloss Swatches Neutrals

Another set in direct sunlight so you can see how the shimmer shifts a little:

Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Gloss Swatches Neutrals

Lip Swatches:

Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Gloss Aliengelic, Dare to Bare, Flesh Astral, Pale Fire Nectar, Aphrodisiac, Flesh Fantasy, Divine Rose

Pat McGrath LUST Gloss Applicator

Close Ups

Close ups of each shade as some of you have asked for bigger lip swatch photos. Note I have naturally pigmented lips. If you see something that looks like a dark line around the edges, it’s not lip liner, it’s just my natural lip color showing through as the finish of these is slightly transparent. Aliengelic:

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Aliengelic

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss swatch

Dare to Bare

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Dare to Bare

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Dare to Bare swatch

Flesh Astral

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Flesh Astral

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Flesh Astral Swatch

Pale Fire Nectar

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Pale Fire Nectar

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Pale Fire Nectar Swatch

Aphrodisiac

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Aphrodisiac

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Aphrodisiac Swatch

Flesh Fantasy

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Flesh Fantasy

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Flesh Fantasy Swatch

Divine Rose

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Divine Rose Swatch

Pat McGrath LUST: Gloss Divine Rose Swatch

A beauty look below with Aphrodisiac LUST Gloss, also wearing Sunday Riley The Influencer Foundation in 190, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Powder in #2, Kevyn Aucoin Brow Pencil in Brunette, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Incandescent Electra, Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Capri Coast, Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Ambition. On the nails OPI You’ve Got Nata on Me.

Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Gloss Aphrodisiac and Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette

One more added from yesterday, same base + eyes as above, different items used: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Iridescent Flash + Mood Exposure mixed, Divine Rose LUST Gloss on the lips.

PMG Divine Rose

Pat McGrath Labs Lust Gloss review and swatches

Lasting power is pretty good for a cushiony gloss. They stay put for a few hours and don’t slide around for a long time. They aren’t transfer proof if you eat or drink, but that’s expected. I don’t mind reapplying. The sparkles are very pretty and super wearable. As a gloss lover I’m thrilled. Packaging is sleek and no-fuss with the sponge applicator. The colors are soft and pretty, easy to wear alone or on top of a liner. If you love ultra pigmented gloss or lip products you will find these too sheer but I personally love these. I cannot pick a favorite – all the colors are ones I would wear every single day, but I do have a soft spot for Aphrodisiac, Divine Rose, Pale Fire Nectar. Bottom line love.

These glosses will launch today online at Pat McGrath Labs. They retail for $28 each individually but there are sets available that will give you a little price break. There are four variations of the LUST: Gloss Four-Piece Kits for $95 each and they also have the LUST: Gloss Everything Kit for $395.

More Pat McGrath love below:

Luxe Trance, Matte Trance and Permagel Eye and Lip Pencil Review
LiquiLUST 007 Skin Show
Lip Fetish Balm, Femmenot, Venus in Furs …
MTHRSHP Eyeshadow Palettes and Liquid Liner Review

 

LUST: Gloss sent by the Pat McGrath team for review.

 

Lips Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Balm, La Beija, Femmebot, Venus in Furs, Vendetta + Full Blooded Lipsticks

April 23, 2018

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Lip Balm, La Beija, Femmebot, Venus in Furs, Vendetta, Full Bodied

I have another round of Pat McGrath Labs lip products to review today including her Lip Fetish Lip Balm ($38, exclusive to Pat McGrath) and more shades of her LuxeTrance and Matte Trance Lipsticks ($38 each, available at Pat McGrath and Sephora). I discovered her lip products last holiday and reviewed nine of her lipsticks in this post here. I think her lipsticks are among the best I have ever tried for the creamy texture, rich pigment, smooth application and color selection. If you haven’t tried them I highly recommend you do.

Since my initial review, I purchased two more lipsticks and her lip balm. She has also launched new shades and I received three shades as press samples. Everything is excellent in quality, pigment, and lasting power. They do run on the high side price-wise but I think her products are 100% worth the splurge. Update: The shade I labeled Full Bodied is actually called Full Blooded. Sorry for the typo!

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Lip Balm, La Beija, Femmebot, Venus in Furs, Vendetta, Full Bodied

Thoughts, swatches and lip swatches below.

  • Lip Fetish Lip Balm is something exclusive to her website and it keeps selling out. It has restocked a couple times it since the initial launch and I admit I did not have high expectations for this. $38 for a lip balm is steep although I do own more expensive options. I have been completely impressed with this formula. It’s smooth, nicely hydrating and feels amazing. I wish I had kept the box so I could share the ingredients with you, but unfortunately I did not.
  • La Beija (LuxeTrance formula) is a peachy beige, this one was constantly sold out at my local Sephora. I snapped it up as soon as I saw it back in stock and like it for a peachy color. It can run a little dark for my taste, I think Vendetta or Donatella have a more neutral undertone which make them both easier for me to wear.
  • Femmebot (MatteTrance formula) is medium pink with blue tones, it’s not too blue on my skin so it’s very wearable for me. Sextrology is a bit more neutral. It has a soft sheen to it even though it has a matte finish. It’s more of a modern matte to me.
  • Venus in Furs (MatteTrance formula) is a neutral-cool rose, to me this pulls almost grey on my lips. It has a similar vibe to the NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Paradise Garage. On my lips, Venus in Furs is a darker version of 1995.
  • Vendetta (MatteTrance) is a bold matte red. I’ve said that the Christian Louboutin Rouge is the best classic red I’ve tried. I think Vendetta comes in very close behind. This one has a more glossy finish in the lip swatch because at this point in lip swatching and wiping my lips were dry so I had to apply balm underneath.
  • Full Blooded (MatteTrance) is one of the prettiest bold plums I’ve ever seen.

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Lip Balm, La Beija, Femmebot, Venus in Furs, Vendetta, Full Bodied swatches

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Lip Balm, La Beija, Femmebot, Venus in Furs, Vendetta, Full Bodied lip swatches

A few swatch comparisons. You can see these reviewed in my original Pat McGrath Labs LuxeTrance, MatteTrance, Permagel Eye and Lip Pencil Review. I’m missing Sextrology because I forgot to add it in the swatch lineup. I’ve added Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk for reference as it’s one of my favorite everyday neutrals.

Pat McGrath Lipstick Swatches

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Lip Balm, La Beija, Femmebot, Venus in Furs, Vendetta, Full Bodied

Overall thumbs up on everything. I gravitate towards neutrals and she has a lot of amazing colors for neutral lip lovers. There is a nice range of different undertones to suit every skin color. They do have a soft vanilla scent but I love it. Lip products are full coverage but have a smooth finish. Long-time readers know I don’t like matte finish lipsticks in general. Her MatteTrance lipsticks have a velvety matte that doesn’t look flat or dry. They feel comfortable on the lips and last a long time. Her Lip Fetish Lip Balm was definitely worth the splurge for me. I’m not sure it’s something I’ll repurchase once I use up, but I do really like it and find it’s nice to have a balm in a twist up form that is dense enough that it doesn’t break at the base.

Out of all the new shades, my favorites are Femmebot and Full Blooded. In terms of her best neutrals for me I still like Realness and Sextrology the most. Bottom line there is a lot to love, formula and color-wise. I was really intrigued by Peep Show at Sephora but I swatched it on my hand and felt it was going to be a little too pale for me (Valletta is the best light-neutral for me in her lineup).

You can find Pat McGrath Labs products at Pat McGrath and Sephora. Have you tried any of her lip products? What did you think? P.S. Today is the last day of the Sephora Spring Bonus Event! Don’t forget to enter the promo codes to save 10 to 15% off!

  • Rouge Members: receive 15% off 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYROUGE
  • VIB Members: receive 15% off 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYVIB
  • BI Members: receive 10% off 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYINSIDER

 

Venus in Furs, Vendetta and Full Bodied are press samples. All others purchased by me.

 

Lips NARS

NARS Velvet Lip Glides Swing, Roseland, Xenon, Paradise Garage and MARS

April 15, 2018

NARS Velvet Lip Glide New Shades Swing, Roseland, Xenon, Paradise Garage and Mars review + swatches

NARS lip lovers rejoice because there are five new shades of NARS Velvet Lip Glides ($26 each for 0.2 oz/ 5.9 mL). The colors include Swing, Roseland, Xenon, Paradise Garage and Mars all currently available at Sephora and NARS Cosmetics. I ordered all sight unseen since the online stock swatches seemed to in the same color family as Bound which I think is one of the best neutral mauves. The colors indeed are all in the neutral category and are beautiful additions to the current lineup. If you love Bound I think you’re definitely going to like at least a few of the new launches.

Colors include non-shimmers. As with all the other Velvet Lip Glides the formula is smooth, lightweight, almost whipped feeling and has medium but buildable natural looking coverage. These aren’t as opaque or matte as the Power Matte Lip Pigments. The NARS Velvet Lip Glides have a soft velvety finish with a tiny bit of sheen. Lasting power is like a regular lipstick, you’re going to have to reapply every few hours or anytime you drink or eat something, but I like that the formula is soft and weightless and non-drying.

  • Swing neutral soft rose peach
  • Roseland medium pink
  • Xenon neutral medium pink brown
  • Paradise Garage dusty mauve with plum
  • Mars dusty neutral brown

NARS Velvet Lip Glide New Shades Swing, Roseland, Xenon, Paradise Garage and Mars review + swatches

Swatches:

NARS Velvet Lip Glide New Shades Swing, Roseland, Xenon, Paradise Garage and Mars swatches via The Beauty Look Book

NARS Velvet Lip Glide New Shades Swing, Roseland, Xenon, Paradise Garage and Mars review via The Beauty Look BookLip swatches, as always done on bare lips, Bound added since the last time I swatched it on the blog I was probably a different skin tone:

NARS Velvet Lip Glide New Shades Swing, Roseland, Xenon, Paradise Garage and Mars lip swatches via The Beauty Look Book

Swatch comparisons to Stripped, Bound, Unlaced, Suck and Playpen. Previous review + more swatches here.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Swatch Comparisons via The Beauty Look Book

Swatch comparisons Set 2 to the Ulta x NARS Mini Velvet Lip Glide Set reviewed here. Colors include Night Together, Rapture, Staying Alive, Californication, Immoral and Burning Love. All reviewed + swatched in this post here.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide New Shades Swing, Roseland, Xenon, Paradise Garage and Mars review + swatches

Bottom line love and well worth the splurge sight unseen. My favorite color is still Bound, but from the new colors I’m smitten with Xenon and Roseland. If you like soft neutrals that are easy to wear for everyday there are a few options in this lineup that are great. In the event that you want more pigment or shine you can check out the Neutral Lip Testing post I did last summer with some swatches of other great formulas including the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick (Whip and Chutney are the best colors), NARS Power Matte Lip Pigments and Anastasia Lip Gloss to name a few.

You can find the new NARS Velvet Lip Glide shades at Sephora and NARS Cosmetics right now. If you’re a Sephora Beauty Insider don’t forget to use your code for their Spring Bonus Event! Details below:

  • Rouge Members: receive 15% off 4/13 through 4/16 and 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYROUGE
  • VIB Members: receive 15% off 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYVIB
  • BI Members: receive 10% off 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYINSIDER

Do you like the Velvet Lip Glide formula? What shades have you tried?

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Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Glosses

April 9, 2018

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses

Urban Decay has launched a new lip gloss formula called the Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss ($20 each for 0.23 oz/ 7 mL). There are 20 shades total with creams and sparkles and shimmers. Urban Decay describes these as ultra-shiny, cushiony soft, long-lasting and not tacky. I’d say the description is on point on all counts. The color range is quite wide with something for everyone. The formula has a smooth finish and cool-plumping effect without the sting. They have vitamin E and peppermint oil and on my lips while they weren’t really hydrating they did not dry out the lips or make them peel.

These come with a sponge-tip applicator that is flat and skinny:

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses

Up first are the cream colors which are non-shimmers. Pigment varies from sheer to medium. Most of them have a smooth finish in the color but there were a few I found streaky. Left to right: Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses Fuel, 1993, Obsessed, Beso, Rapture, Backtalk, Savage, Snitch, Bang, Jawbreaker.

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses in cream shades:

  • Fuel is a neutral pink beige
  • 1993 is a medium tan sheer brown
  • Obsessed is a pale pink (slightly streaky)
  • Beso is a deep plum
  • Rapture is a medium pink
  • Backtalk is a perfect mauve
  • Savage is a bright hot cool pink
  • Snitch is a peachy coral
  • Bang is a bright coral red
  • Jawbreaker is a streaky purple violet

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses Fuel, 1993, Obsessed, Beso, Rapture, Backtalk, Savage, Snitch, Bang, Jawbreaker

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses Fuel, 1993, Obsessed, Beso, Rapture, Backtalk, Savage, Snitch, Bang, Jawbreaker

The shimmers are also smooth in texture. Some have some intense sparkle but none are gritty. Below left to right: Midnight Cowgirl, SPL, Fireball, Naked, Big Bang, Dirty Talk, Shadow Heart, Goldmine, Candy Flip, Snapped:

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipgloss Below left to right: Midnight Cowgirl, SPL, Fireball, Naked, Big Bang, Dirty Talk, Shadow Heart, Goldmine, Candy Flip, Snapped

Swatched below left to right:

  • Midnight Cowgirl is a sheer beige with gold flecks
  • SPL is a clear base with light purple-pink sparkles
  • Fireball is a clear base with duo chrome pink and orange sparkles
  • Naked is a super sheer mauve shimmer
  • Big Bang is a hot pink sparkle
  • Dirty Talk is a copper sparkle
  • Shadow Heart is a deep brown wine
  • Goldmine is an unflattering yellow gold sparkle
  • Candy Flip is a clear base with violet sparkles
  • Snapped is a streaky purple base with blue sparkles

Below left to right: Midnight Cowgirl, SPL, Fireball, Naked, Big Bang, Dirty Talk, Shadow Heart, Goldmine, Candy Flip, Snapped swatches

Below left to right: Midnight Cowgirl, SPL, Fireball, Naked, Big Bang, Dirty Talk, Shadow Heart, Goldmine, Candy Flip, Snapped swatches

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses

My favorites in general are the creams. Top five shade picks include Backtalk, Fuel, Snitch, Rapture and Fireball. I’ve been really impressed with the formula. They’re smooth but don’t slide around. The texture is indeed cushiony and comfortable to wear right now. It’s something I think I’ll appreciate even more once the humidity returns.

Overall thumbs up. There are a lot of fun colors to wear and a big enough range of neutrals that are different from each other. I like that a lot of these are natural looking without looking the same. Urban Decay did a great job at launching a diverse range. They do have a minty scent to them but it’s soft and not overpowering.

You can find the Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses out now in stores and online. Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Ulta Beauty and Urban Decay. If you’re a Sephora Beauty Insider mark your calendar as their savings event starts this week for Rouge. More details and recommendations coming soon!

Urban Decay glosses provided courtesy of Urban Decay for review.