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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 + Tinted Collagen Lip Bath

July 11, 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 and Collagen Lip Bath Tinted Shades Review | The Beauty Look Book

By popular request I hauled some of the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Lipsticks ($37 each, 3.5 g/0.12 oz) + the new Collagen Lip Baths in the tinted Peachy Plump and Rosy Glow ($35 each, 7.9 ml/0.26 fl oz). The formulas and colors do not disappoint, I found all the colors flattering and easy to wear. I think they’ll especially nice for those with medium to deep skin tones, I think you’ll find a lot of neutrals that will be flattering and won’t wash out your complexion. For skin tone reference I wear her foundations in shade 6 and 7 mixed (MAC NC35 equivalent).

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 and Collagen Lip Bath Tinted Shades Review | The Beauty Look Book

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Hot Lips 2.0

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 | The Beauty Look Book

The Hot Lips 2 Lipsticks this round are refillable. The lipsticks themselves currently run at $37 each and the refills are $25. Formula has a mix of cream and mattes. I picked up all the neutrals and a couple of the berry colors. There are oranges and reds along with a clear balm. Based on what I’ve seen on a few other blogs the neutrals may pull really warm if you have fair to light skin with pink undertones. I’m already a shade darker than I normally am with the summer sun and would consider myself medium-tan. Color I picked out:

  • JK Magic is a perfect neutral beige nude cream
  • Dance Floor Princess is light neutral pink (probably the coolest-toned of the neutrals)
  • In Love With Olivia is a pretty peach with a hint of pink
  • Angel Alesandra is a beige with warm undertones
  • Glowing Jen is a medium warm peachy pink-brown
  • Viva La Vergara is a matte plum
  • Amazing Amal is a matte berry rose

On my lips the creams have full creamy smooth coverage with a soft shine. They are semi-thick in coverage, are not drying and stay put for hours without budging or sliding around. The mattes have a soft almost airy feel, they’re nice, but the Pat McGrath Matte Trance Lipsticks are superior in my opinion (they have better coverage and lasting power). The Charlotte Tilbury mattes I tried for this formula almost feel like they give the lips a muted stain. There’s a very slight hint of a soft vanilla scent, but I barely notice it after a few minutes.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2.0 in JK Magic, Dance Floor Princess, In Love With Olivia, Glowing Jen, Viva La Vergara, Amazing Amal

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2.0 in JK Magic, Dance Floor Princess, In Love With Olivia, Glowing Jen, Viva La Vergara, Amazing Amal swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips JK Magic Swatch

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Dance Floor Princess

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips In Love With Olivia

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Angel Alesandra

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Glowing Jen

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Viva La Vergara

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Amazing Amal

Comparison swatches, all shades are Charlotte Tilbury unless specified:

Top Photo: Charlotte Tilbury Kim KW, Penelope Pink, Bitch Perfect, Hepburn Honey, Angel Alessandra, MAC Patisserie, MAC Velvet Teddy, Chanel Rouge Allure Extreme in Modern (swatch here), Charlotte Tilbury Super Cindy, Tom Ford Sable Smoke

Middle Photo: MAC Faux, Charlotte Tilbury JK Magic, Dance Floor Princess, In Love With Olivia, Super Cindy, Pillow Talk, Very Victoria, Chanel Rouge Allure Extreme in Eternel (swatch here), Pat McGrath She’s Heaven, Sextrology and Christy (here and here).

Bottom Photo: Pat McGrath Blitztrance Flesh3 (here), Charlotte Tilbury Stoned Rose, Glowing Jen, Walk of Shame, Secret Salma, Love Liberty, Viva La Vergara, Amazing Amal, Hel’s Bells.

Comparison Swatches

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Collagen Lip Bath

Charlotte Collagen Lip Bath Peachy Plump and Rosy Glow

She also launched two new shades of her Collagen Lip Bath and increased the size. I reviewed the clear one in Refresh Rose sometime last year and loved the formula, but not for the price and size. The new ones are an improvement and have that same plumping lush finish with a hint of shimmer. Peachy Plump has a little more sparkle and it’s a sheer-medium golden peach. I think Rosy Glow is the prettier option with a finely milled rose shimmer. Right now the tinted options appear to be exclusive to Charlotte Tilbury’s website.

Charlotte Collagen Lip Bath Peachy Plump and Rosy Glow swatches

Charlotte Collagen Lip Bath Peachy Plump swatches

Charlotte Collagen Lip Bath Rosy Glow swatches

All side by side:

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 and Collagen Lip Bath Tinted Shades Review | The Beauty Look Book

Overall some solid winners with the Hot Lips 2 and Tinted Collagen Lip Baths. I think every color I tried works for my skin tone, my favorite is probably In Love With Olivia. If you’re fair or cool toned and find the neutrals pull too warm, I’d recommend you check out the Pat McGrath BlitzTrance shades that just launched. Granted it’s not really comparing similar formulas since the Pat McGrath colors have shimmer and the Hot Lips are creams, but in terms of neutral shades there are a lot of cooler-tones or true neutrals that are easier to wear.

You can find the Hot Lips 2 at all Charlotte Tilbury counters, I bought mine from Nordstrom. The Tinted Collagen Lip Baths are available now online at Charlotte Tilbury, but I’m hoping they will launch at other stores eventually.

Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

 

Eye Makeup Lips NARS

NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints (New Shades) + Wanted Mini Eyeshadow Palette

July 2, 2019

NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints Primal Instinct, High Security, Disco Infernal and Mini Wanted

NARS launched a few new products at Sephora with new shades of the Oil-Infused Lip Tints ($26 each 0.17 oz/5.7 ml) and a pocket-sized eyeshadow palette called the Wanted Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($25 for 6 colors 0.02 oz/.7 g x 6). I have swatches plus thoughts on all the new launches. Per the NARS team everything is limited-edition.

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Oil-Infused Lip Tints

NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints Primal Instinct, High Security, Disco Infernal review

I’ve been a huge fan of the Orgasm Oil-Infused Lip Tint and Orgasm Afterglow Balm so I was excited to try the new lip oil shades. There are three colors and they have the same emollient feel and packaging as the Orgasm oil: hydrating, smooth, not sticky, comforting and offer just a slight hint of color. On me pigment is barely there and sheer. I don’t get a shift on the lips in color like I did with the Orgasm color (review here). They are formulated with raspberry seed oil and pomegranate extracts to hydrate and protect.

  • Primal Instinct is a sheer beige
  • High Security is a fuchsia
  • Disco Infernal is a purple berry

For me I think Orgasm is the best color as it transforms to a healthy soft pink on me. The new ones are nice if you can’t do the color-shifting lip products. I know some of you find they turn into a super unflattering bright pink – these look different on everyone. The new ones are so sheer and have a similar vibe on me, I’d recommend opting for just one if you want to try them. Even though they look practically the same on me, I’ve still been loving the formula for the beach or warm weather days. I wore the beige one out kayaking with my niece and nephew who were visiting in town last week. It stayed put for 5 hours straight without budging or sliding. Lips felt good the entire time.

NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints Primal Instinct, High Security, Disco Infernal swatches

Swatches are done on bare lips:

NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints Primal Instinct, High Security, Disco Infernal swatches

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Mini Wanted

NARS Mini Wanted Eyeshadow Palette

NARS launched a pocket size version of one of their best selling palettes Wanted in a super mini version called the Wanted Eyeshadow Mini Palette (originally reviewed here). The mini has 6 shades while the full size has 12. I think the full-size is the better buy and you get more color options for a complete eye look. The mini is one of the smallest palettes I think I’ve ever seen. Quality of the mini is the same as the full large option you can still find at Ulta or Macy’s. Colors applied smoothly without any issue and layer beautifully. The customer reviews online are pretty bad but to me it seems it’s all based on the size and price. I think it’s all based on the packaging presentation – one look at this in person and it’s fairly unimpressive just based on the size. The Natasha Denona Mini Eye Palettes are the same price $25 and are also similar in weight per pan for the shadows but seems to have more positive reviews even though it’s tiny too. Also by comparison the NARS Voyageur Eyeshadow Palettes have 6 shades just like the Mini Wanted, is priced higher at $32 yet has less product (pans are .6 g each). The packaging and presentation looks so much better even though these are small pans as well.

I think the Mini Wanted might be nice if you want to gift something at that $25 or under price point and still have it be from a luxury brand. I do think there are better options out there, but a quick price filter just on Sephora alone shows that most of them will be over the $25 mark.

NARS Mini Wanted Eyeshadow Palette review via the beauty look book

NARS Mini Wanted Eyeshadow Palette swatches

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NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints Primal Instinct, High Security, Disco Infernal and Mini Wanted review and swatchesQuality-wise everything performs well. The eyeshadows are smooth, nicely pigmented, layer beautifully for a soft rosy eye look. They stay put and don’t have a lot of fall out and blend well. The palette is too small for my taste even though I do love a good mini. I think the full size is a lot better  for the price and more versatile.

The Oil-Infused Lip Tints are lovely for that smooth hydrating feel and soft wash of color to tint the lips. They do make the lips look lush and glossy in a really pretty way, but I’m still partial to the first one they launched in Orgasm.

You can find these new launches available now at Sephora.

 

 

Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

NARS items featured provided courtesy of NARS for review.

Lips Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick New Shades for Summer

June 10, 2019

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Summer Launch | The Beauty Look Book

This summer Pat McGrath Labs brings us nine new shades of BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38 each for 3.9 g/0.13 oz, made in USA). These new summer colors have a different finish and formula compared to her original holiday BlitzTrance Lipsticks last year. The original ones had an intense sparkle finish with bold colors. This month’s release has the same name “BlitzTrance” but the finish is more of a smooth refined satiny shimmer creme. These new summer BlitzTrance colors are everyday kinds of colors and every single one is phenomenal. You can find them now at PatMcGrath.com.

The summer BlitzTrance has medium to full coverage. They have a soft creme feel and the shimmer has an almost velvety dry down look to them. There’s a shimmer and sheen to them but they’re not really glossy in finish like I expected. They adhere well to the lips, there’s no detectable scent, application is smooth without any tugging. With a few of the shades I could feel a tiny bit of texture from the shimmer applying to the lips, but once on the lips they feel 100% smooth. Lasting power is excellent – there is no sliding around and I did not need a lip liner to help the color stay in place.

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipsticks Review and Swatches | The Beauty LooK Book

There are nine colors in this launch. The range has 5 very similar neutral nude-pinks, 1 nineties brown-rose, 1 plum, 1 red and 1 coral rose. At first glance the neutrals look remarkably similar. Even on the arm they look close. After lip-swatching them though I can see the differences are in undertone which I can really appreciate because finding the perfect neutral nude pink can vary so much depending on skin and lip tone. For example a few of my red hair friends look amazing in MAC Twig and Spirit lipsticks. Both look like great neutrals on my hand but on my complexion make me look like I’m 100% dead. Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is one of my favorite neutral rose lipsticks but a number of you find it too cool/dusty looking on your lips and complexion. Finding a perfect “neutral” truly depends on so many things!

Close ups, descriptions and swatches:

Skin Flixx, Naked Kiss, Lady Stardust
Skinsane, Full Fantasy, Love Train
Flesh3, Blood Rush and Emmanuelle

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipsticks New for Summer | The Beauty LooK Book

Descriptions as I see them, quick note that the shimmer is more visible in the lip swatches:

  • Skin Flixx is a neutral warm rose pink neutral with a satiny shimmer
  • Naked Kiss is the lightest one but not pale, this is a light peach pink with gold pearl
  • Lady Stardust is a medium neutral-cool rose pink nude pearl, pulls more blue toned compared to the others
  • Skinsane is a neutral medium pink-beige with a slight hint of pink (looks almost identical to Naked Kiss on me, Skinsane is just a little deeper)
  • Full Fantasy is a warmer neutral nude peach pink shimmer
  • Love Train is a perfect plum shimmer
  • Flesh3 is a brown rose shimmer, almost like a brick shimmer
  • Blood Rush is a bold classic red with shimmer
  • Emmanuelle is a pretty coral rose with a metallic sheen

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

All swatched on bare lips, for skin tone reference I’m wearing Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation in Buff (equivalent of Tom Ford Soleil Glow Natural and MAC Studio Fix in NC35):

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick NEW Summer Shades review and swatches. Skin Flixx, Naked Kiss, Lady Stardust, Skinsane, Full Fantasy, Love Train, Flesh3, Blood Rush, Emmanuelle

Details shots below, starting with Skin Flixx:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Summer Skin Flixx | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Summer Skin Flixx swatch | The Beauty Look Book

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Naked Kiss

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Naked Kiss | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Naked Kiss swatch | The Beauty Look Book

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Lady Stardust

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Lady Stardust | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Lady Stardust swatch | The Beauty Look Book

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Skinsane

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Skinsane | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Skinsane swatch | The Beauty Look Book

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Full Fantasy

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Full Fantasy | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Full Fantasy swatch | The Beauty Look Book

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Love Train

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Love Train | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Love Train swatch | The Beauty Look Book

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Flesh 3

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Flesh3 review | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Flesh3 | The Beauty Look Book

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Blood Rush

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Blood Rush | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Blood Rush Swatch | The Beauty Look Book

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Emmanuelle

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Emmanuelle | The Beauty Look Book

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Emmanuelle swatch | The Beauty Look Book

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We are in the midst of packing for another move so I only pulled a couple to compare. Overall the BlitzTrance neutrals run lighter and almost brighter compared to her LuxeTrance and MatteTrance neutrals. I have one in LuxeTrance Realness swatched below. I also have Tom Ford Lip Color in Autoerotique and Spanish Pink side by side. I included both of the neutral-ish ones from the original BlitzTrance launch as well:

Swatches neutral lipsticks Tom Ford, Pat McGrath

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Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Summer Shades review and swatches. Skin Flixx, Naked Kiss, Lady Stardust, Skinsane, Full Fantasy, Love Train, Flesh3, Blood Rush, Emmanuelle

Two full-face looks with Emmanuelle (left) and Blood Rush (right), also wearing:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Emmanuelle and Blood Rush

Overall the formula is excellent across the board. Colors wear well and apply perfectly. I can get full coverage with one swipe and even after doing 9 lip swatches in a row my lips have not peeled or dried out. They’re not hydrating but at the same time they don’t dry out my lips which is a huge plus. If there is one thing I think is a little confusing, it’s the name. I think the new summer formula is different enough from the holiday launch to justify a different product name, but BlitzTrance still suits it. The new summer formula is a lot more wearable compared to the holiday colors. Summer ones have a beautiful reflective quality that shines as the light hits your lips from different angles. Even though the neutrals look remarkably close I can appreciate that they launched variations with different undertones to suit different skin and lip colors.

I think they’re all really perfect but my favorites are Skinsane, Love Train and Emmanuelle.

You can find the new Summer BlitzTrance Lipsticks out now online at Pat McGrath Labs. As usual you can shop these in bundles and lip kits on her website which give a nice price break.

Have you tried these yet? Are any on your radar?

BlitzTrance provided courtesy of Pat McGrath Labs for review.

Hourglass Cosmetics Lips

Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss Review

May 17, 2019

Hourglass Unreal Volumizing Lip Gloss Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass launched their new Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss ($30 each for 0.20 oz/ 5.6 g) in 18 shades. I hauled 11 of them during last month’s Sephora Beauty Insider Event. I’ve really loved all things Hourglass for so many years I felt like these could possibly be holy grail material. After testing these for a week I think they’re really beautiful and definitely worth looking into.

The Unreal Lip Gloss is a plumping lip gloss with medium to full coverage. Creams tend to be more opaque and for me the shimmers I tried are medium-sheer. The glosses are hydrating and have a nice smooth feel to them. There is a soft minty scent and slight cooling sensation when you apply. The plumping effect is noticeable after it sets for a few minutes and as one who has ultra sensitive lips I’m thrilled to report there is no tingle and no stinging. I can still feel them plumping my lips but it’s in a gentle way. Since these are hydrating and lush they aren’t weightless. At the same time they aren’t super heavy even though they do have a semi-thick lush feel.

Hourglass Unreal Volumizing Lip Gloss Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Color selection right now for the most part runs on the neutral side with a few bolder options. The finishes range from creams, shimmers and sparkles. Pigment is medium to me for most of the shades but you can layer for a more opaque finish. As mentioned above the shimmer sparkly options tend to be a bit more transparent (except the plum one).

I initially bought 5 and loved them so much I quickly ordered more to take advantage of the discount last month. At $30 each they are pricey but I’m happy with all the colors except two of them. These come with a flattened sponge tip applicator which makes for easy application. I like that they’re sturdy vs flexible. Sometimes the bendy wands make it hard to get gloss on my lips.

Hourglass Unreal Lip Gloss via Sabrina's Blog The Beauty Look Book

A closer look:

Hourglass Unreal Volumizing Lip Gloss Review | The Beauty Look Book

The colors I bought with descriptions below:

  • Ignite is a sheer shimmer with gold, this is the only one I didn’t like, it’s too sheer to have any color payoff on my lips so it’s basically clear, if you want a similar color to what you see in the tube I think Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights is a much better option
  • Child is pale peach cream, this one applied streaky on my pigmented lips, I can blend to smooth out, but for me it’s a tad too pale
  • Provoke is the most beautiful neutral cool mauve nude, most colors like this look like death on me, this one works perfectly!
  • Sublime is what I envisioned Child to look like, it’s a much better neutral peach pink nude
  • Truth is a medium beige nude
  • Canvas is a nude beige rose, this is really similar to Truth, on me they’re so close I can barely tell the difference
  • Prose is a baby rose pink cream
  • Cosmic is a sparkling sheer pink fuchsia glitter, this is smooth without any gritty texture, I think this is one of the more fun shades
  • Fortune is a pink gold shimmer
  • Horizon is a perfect coral cream
  • Impact is a shimmering berry plum sparkle

Swatches:

Hourglass Unreal Volumizing Lip Gloss swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Lip Swatches, as usual all done on bare lips:

Hourglass Unreal Lip Gloss Lip Swatches

Hourglass Unreal Lip Gloss Lip Swatches

A few full face looks wearing:

With Horizon Lip Gloss:

Hourglass Unreal Horizon Lip Gloss

Below With Prose Lip Gloss

Hourglass Unreal Horizon Lip Gloss

Last one with Child Lip Gloss:

Hourglass Unreal Child Lip Gloss

A number of you wanted to know how these compared to my favorite Pat McGrath LUST Gloss (review and lip swatches here and here) and Fenty Beauty Gloss Bombs (all three worn in this post). Both of these formulas have a softer more cushiony feel. They also run sheerer. The Hourglass Unreal by comparison doesn’t quite have that same soft feel but are still glossy and smooth. The pigment is richer and more opaque with the Hourglass shades as well. All formulas are really nice. I’ve swatched some of the Pat McGrath LUST glosses next to similar colors of the Hourglass options.

Hourglass Unreal vs Pat McGrath Lust Gloss swatches

I cannot decide which of the three is best. All are excellent for different reasons. I love the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bombs for their lush sheer shimmery glow. The Pat McGrath LUST Glosses have been among my favorite for color selection and formula. Hourglass is more opaque but some of the colors settle into my natural lip lines (this is also the case with some Pat McGrath colors).

If I had to live with just one gloss formula the rest of my life though, right now I’d have to go with the Pat McGrath LUST Gloss. That being said a number of you felt they were too sheer for your liking so if that’s the case then you’ll most likely be happier with the finish of the Hourglass Unreal.

Overall thumbs up. I think they’re beautiful glosses although I don’t know that I would call them truly innovative like their description suggests. To me truly innovative life changing products are more along things like the Hourglass Scattered Light Shadows, Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipsticks and Charlotte Tilbury’s Flawless Filter. Still the Hourglass Unreal Lip Glosses are really nice and well made. I’m thrilled to find a nice plumping gloss that doesn’t have a tingle or sting. My top three favorite colors are Horizon, Fortune and Canvas. If I could do the haul over again I’d skip Ignite and Child and would also pick either Canvas (slightly more pink) or Truth (more beige) but not both.

 

You can find the Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Glosses out now. Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Hourglass Cosmetics and all other Hourglass retailers.

Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

 

By Terry Lips

By Terry Lip-Expert Shine Review + Swatches

March 19, 2019

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Review and Swatches

By Terry launched 32 new shades for the lips in a Lip-Expert Shine and Lip-Expert Matte ($34 each for 3 g/ 4 ml). The color range for both formulas is perfect for the person who wants a classic no-fuss kind of lip. They give the most beautiful classic Parisian chic kind of vibe. I’ve been a long-time fan of her tinted lip balms but the only lip color product I’ve truly loved from her line is the Terrybly Velvet Rouge in Lady Bare. The new Lip Experts have completely won my heart. I have the review split into two parts since there are so many colors it’s taken me a while to test, swatch and edit the photos. Today’s review focuses on the Lip-Expert Shine.

These are liquid lip vinyls but act like a high pigment gloss. They’re packaged perfectly in a twist tube that has a little snap when you close it. Applicator is a sponge tip with a unique shape to help give you precise application.

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Review via The Beauty Look Book

Some of the colors are sheerer than others but in general they can cover the entire lip, have a soft glossy sheen, are not sticky and aren’t thick. They have a nice hydrating feel, just like a gloss. Finish is very comfortable with the prettiest soft sheen. Lasting power is pretty average – on me I thought they might fade/slide off easily because of how soft they felt. They do stay put as long as I don’t drink or snack, color fades on the lighter shades quicker within a few hours. Deeper bolder shades seem to last longer.

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Review and Swatches

Four of the shades are available in both the Shine and Matte formula so you can alternate finishes in Vintage Nude, Rosy Kiss, Red Shot and My Red. I’ll swatch them side by side in my Matte feature, but for now here are swatches of all the Lip Expert Shine colors. All lip swatches done on bare lips. For skintone reference my skin tone is a Laura Mercier Flawless Finish Foundation in Buff, Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere in Latte and NARS Radiant Finish Foundation in Punjab.

Shades 1 through 8:

  • 1 Baby Beige – is a neutral cool beige
  • 2 Vintage Nude – is a deeper medium brown beige
  • 3 Rosy Kiss – is a perfect medium light rose pink cream
  • 4 Hot Bare – is a medium rose brown
  • 5 Chili Potion – is a chili brick orange
  • 6 Fire Nude – is a soft red pink
  • 7 Cherry Wine – is a deep wine cherry red
  • 8 Juicy Fig – is a plum purple, this is one of the few that applied streaky

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Swatches

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Lip swatches

Below, shades 9 through 16:

  • 9 Peachy Guilt – is a perfect peach
  • 10 Bare Flirt – is the prettiest soft pink peach nude
  • 11 Orchid Cream – is a cool-toned orchid pink
  • 12 Gypsy Chic – is a hot deep pink
  • 13 Pink Pong – is a bright pink
  • 14 Coral Sorbet – is a bright coral
  • 15 Red Shot – bold warm red
  • 16 My Red – bold classic red (on me Red Shot and My Red pretty much look the same)

By Terry Lip Expert Shine lip swatches

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Lip Swatches Review

These are among the most lightweight soft glosses I’ve tried. There is a heavy lipstick kind of scent to them but it does start to fade after a few minutes. With the small precise applicator I do find I have to swipe back and forth and layer a bit to cover my entire lip, but it’s not something I mind. Alone these are perfect swipe and go kind of glosses. To extend the wear I’ve added a lip pencil underneath and then applied the gloss on top.

These have a soft finish so if you’re into the full coverage lip vinyls these might be too natural looking for your taste. I like that they’re natural but not too natural. Some of the lighter colors do seem to have a sheerer finish than the bolds but I can still get very good coverage where my lip is covered entirely.

I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite shade. Bare Flirt is easily one of my favorites because I love neutrals. I do love shades like Rosy Kiss because finding a neutral-cool pink rose that isn’t too blue is hard for me to find. Peachy Guilt is also fun, especially for summer and I think Hot Bare is such a nice neutral that isn’t nude.

You can find the By Terry Lip-Expert Shine out now. Review on the matte versions to follow as soon as I can swatch/edit all the colors. I’ve been testing them for weeks now and really like them for a comfortable lightweight matte.

By Terry Lip-Expert Shines available at By Terry, Bloomingdale’s, DermstoreSaks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Beautylish, Bluemercury and SpaceNK.

By Terry Lip Expert provided for review.

 

Lips Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Lacquer Luxe Vinyl + Matte

March 4, 2019

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Matte and Vinyl Review + Swatches

Tom Ford Beauty launched their new Lip Lacquer Luxe Vinyl and Matte in 20 shades ($57 each). These are full coverage high pigment lip products. I have 10 colors swatched, five I purchased on my own, five are press samples. I’ve been a long time fan of Tom Ford lip products – anytime someone asks me to recommend one item to splurge on I always pick the Tom Ford Lip Color. After testing both finishes of the new Lip Lacquer luxe, I find that I really like them, however have mixed feelings on these mainly because there are some packaging issues. The product itself is very good in my experience. Quick thoughts on both formulas:

  • The Lip Lacquer Luxe Vinyl is a thick glossy full coverage lip product. Because it’s thicker it does take some blending but this adheres well to the lips and once blended does not feel super heavy. I can feel the product like I would a regular gloss but it’s not uncomfortable.
  • The Lip Lacquer Luxe Matte is a soft lightweight matte. It has buildable coverage but some blending is required as well to smooth it out. I like that it’s super lightweight and has a soft velvety matte that doesn’t make the lips look shriveled or dry.

In terms of lasting power the Vinyls stay put better. For the Mattes they don’t slide off and do stay put, but not as long as their Lip Lacquers they launched last year. I actually prefer the packaging style of the Lip Lacquers however with the new Lip Lacquer Luxe you do get 6 ml of product while last year’s slim tube has only 2.7 ml.

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Review

There’s a slight scent to them but it’s not really a fragrance, it’s more of a lipstick scent. Once applied the scent fades. As soon as some of you saw I bought these on Instagram stories I received a number of messages asking about the applicator. Many of you were really upset that it broke when you opened it. I do find the sponge tip applicator seems a little too wide for the lacquer opening so there is a bit of tugging to pull it out. Luckily only one of mine broke and I didn’t twist or bend when I tried to open it. If yours broke I hope you will be able to get a replacement. I’ve since opened and used all the other shades multiple times and none of them have broken.

I’ve split the swatches by color grouping from neutrals to bolds. Group 1:

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Insinuate, Softcore, Intimate, Darling, Quiver review

All swatched on bare lips, descriptions:

  • Insinuate (vinyl) is a medium peachy pink
  • Softcore (vinyl) is a high shine beige
  • Intimate (vinyl) is a medium light pink
  • Darling (matte) is a nude pink, looks beige in the tube but on me pulls more pink
  • Quiver (matte) is a nude mauve

Insinuate, Softcore, Intimate, Darling, Quiver swatches

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Insinuate Vinyl

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Softcore Vinyl

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Intimate Vinyl

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Darling Matte

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Quiver Matte

Group 2 with deeper and bold colors:

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Pussycat, Unzip, Infuriate, Jaguar and Habitual

Descriptions and swatches, all done on bare lips:

  • Pussycat (matte) is a mauve rose that deepens and darkens
  • Unzip (vinyl) is a bold warm bright glossy pink
  • Infuriate (vinyl) is one of my favorites, it’s the perfect deep red on me!
  • Jaguar (matte) is the one that broke, it’s a bold warm red matte
  • Habitual (matte) is a deep bright slightly blue-based red

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Pussycat, Unzip, Infuriate, Jaguar and Habitual swatches

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Pussycat Matte

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Unzip Vinyl

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Infuriate Vinyl

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Jaguar Matte

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Habitual Matte

 

All the colors side by side:

 

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Review and Swatches

 

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe review of Insinuate, Softcore, Intimate, Darling, Quiver, Pussycat, Unzip, Infuriate, Jaguar and Habitual

A few comparison swatches and thoughts:

  • NARS Velvet Lip Glides are lighter weight and sheerer than the Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Mattes, I included some swatches of the neutrals for comparison in Bound, Swing, Roseland and Xenon.
  • Tom Ford Lip Lacquers (in the skinny round tubes from last year) are longer lasting, more matte in the dry down and budge proof once dry. Universal Appeal is still the best liquid lipstick nude from Tom Ford, on my lips in this post here. Pussycat is darker than the luxe version.
  • Tom Ford Lip Color in Sugar Glider is a similar color to Quiver if you want a lipstick instead of the matte formula.
  • Tom Ford Satin Matte in London Suede is a more browned neutral and has a soft diffused matte compared to the Lip Lacquer Luxe Mattes.

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Swatch comparisons

Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Review and Swatches

Aside from the packaging issues I think the formula makes for a solid luxury lipstick. I really love the formula and finish even though they do take a little bit of extra effort to blend because of how pigmented they are. My favorites are Softcore, Quiver and Infuriate. I’ve worn Softcore the most so far and love it for a nude but not washed out lip. I do think that opening a gloss shouldn’t be challenging and it definitely should not break at the tip. Based on the design of the applicator and opening I don’t know if mine will break eventually. I was lucky I had issues with only one of mine. I have splurged on many Tom Ford lipsticks and think that it has been money well spent since I really do love the formula. I do think that $57 is really steep even if it is Tom Ford and luxury. They seem to have a similar vibe to the Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip High Shine and Velvet Mattes which are $37 each by comparison. I never tried those even though they seem to be really popular. I still have the By Terry Lip Expert Shine and Mattes I’m working on swatching for you so you might want to wait on swatches before splurging on the Tom Ford ones unless you’re a Tom Ford addict and there’s a color you think you’re absolutely in love with.

You can find the Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe Matte and Vinyl at counters now. I bought five from Nordstrom. Also available at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and all other Tom Ford Beauty Counters.

Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

Press samples include Unzip, Infuriate, Jaguar, Habitual and Softcore. The other five shades purchased by me.

Lips NARS

NARS Lip Gloss Shade Extensions + Multi-Use Gloss for Spring

February 20, 2019

NARS Lip Gloss Shade Extensions and Multi-Use Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

For spring NARS has launched 9 new shades of their classic Lip Gloss ($26 each) formula alongside 5 shades of a new gloss called Multi-Use Gloss ($26 each). These launch soon on February 24th at NARS Boutiques and online at NARS, and will also be available at all other NARS retailers later this spring (current backorder date at Neiman Marcus is 03/07/2019).

Lip Gloss Shade Extensions

NARS Lip Gloss Shade Extensions Review and Swatches

The NARS Lip Gloss formula has been a long time favorite of mine even with several reformulations. It’s a classic medium coverage lightweight formula that has a wide range of finishes. There’s no detectable scent or taste. Nothing fancy or extra added, just your classic kind of gloss you can wear for any occasion. The new shade extensions are almost all creams with one sparkle. They come with a sponge tip applicator for precise color application. Some of the lighter shades need a little more blending to smooth out but in my testing every single color is amazing.

  • Sexual Content is a bright fresh warm pink
  • No Regrets is a medium caramel brown
  • Pulsion is a light nude pink cream
  • Outrage is a light milky orange peach, can be a little streaky, but blending creates the prettiest baby peach
  • Fever Beat is a plum rose cream
  • Love Me Do is a pastel baby pink
  • Mythic Red is a soft pink mauve (no red like the name might imply)
  • Color Me is a milky lavender, also a little streaky, extra blending required
  • Sexy Time is a gold sparkle

NARS Lip Gloss Shade Extensions Review and Swatches

NARS Lip Gloss Shade Extensions Swatches

NARS Lip Gloss Shade Extensions, Sexual Content, No Regrets, Pulsion, Outrage, Fever Beat, Love Me Do, Mythic Red, Color Me and Sexy Time

Close ups of each color, lasting power is fairly good for a lip gloss. They stay put for hours as long as you don’t touch them to a cup or snack. Otherwise you’ll have to reapply as there will be transfer, but this is expected with any gloss.

NARS Lip Gloss Swatch Sexual Content

NARS Lip Gloss Swatch No Regrets

NARS Lip Gloss Swatch Pulsion

NARS Lip Gloss Swatch Outrage

NARS Lip Gloss Swatch Fever Beat

NARS Lip Gloss Swatch Love Me Do

NARS Lip Gloss Swatch Mythic Red

NARS Lip Gloss Swatch Color Me

NARS Lip Gloss Swatch Sexy Time

NARS Multi-Use Gloss

NARS Multi-Use Gloss Review and Swatches

The Multi-Use Glosses come with a spatula applicator. These are meant to be worn on eyes, lips and cheeks. As with any other gloss product I have not been able to bring myself to wear them anywhere except the lips. These have a clear base loaded with different sparkles. The formula is a unique super smooth gloss with a lot of slip to them. They’re very sheer on my lips, almost clear – depending on the light you can see various flashes of sparkle and shine. I like these alone or on top of a lip pencil. For a more visible sparkle though I think Pat McGrath’s Lust Gloss in Aliengelic or Pale Fire Nectar are more my thing. Lasting power is average, it will stay on my lips but isn’t transfer proof and fades after a few hours.

  • Starbabe is a sheer white gold glitter
  • First Time is a silvery glitter
  • Relentless is a iridescent pink sparkle
  • Redemption is a light pink gold glitter
  • Working Girl is a sparkling gold

NARS Multi-Use Gloss Review and Swatches

NARS Multi-Use Gloss Review and Swatches

NARS Multi-Use Gloss Review and Swatches

Closer up swatches, note I take my swatch photos with a flash which washes out the sparkle a little bit.

NARS Multi-Use Gloss Swatch Starbabe

NARS Multi-Use Gloss Swatch First Time

NARS Multi-Use Gloss Swatch Relentless

NARS Multi-Use Gloss Swatch Redemption

NARS Multi-Use Gloss Swatch Working Girl

NARS Lip Gloss Shade Extensions and Multi-Use Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

I really cannot express how happy I am that gloss and shine is back in for lips! I think this launch gives us a lot of fresh beautiful colors to brighten the complexion. The colors have a nice range from neutral to brighter options, every single one is wearable. My top 3 picks are Sexual Content, Mythic Red and Pulsion. I am undecided about the Multi-Use gloss. I like the concept and quality is there, I just don’t feel like they’re something I’d use a lot. I think it’s nice to have one of the pink ones for layering on top of other lip colors, but for eyes and cheeks I just can’t bring myself to put gloss on my cheeks.

There are a few more formulas I’m still working my way through testing from other brands. I do think you should put these on your radar for when they officially launch in stores and online. I have a hard time finding bright fresh pinks like Sexual Content – most are too bright, too fuchsia or too cool but this one is just perfect. Bright but not too bright for me.

The new NARS Lip Gloss and Multi-Use Glosses are expected to launch soon. Original launch date was listed as 2/14 but I confirmed with the team there was a slight delay and their new anticipated launch date is 2/24 for NARScosmetics.com.

You can find NARS at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York and NARS.

New launches featured are press samples from NARS.

 

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