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NARS New Lipstick 2019 Lip Swatches

August 8, 2019

NARS New Lipstick Swatches and Review 2019

I have 34 shades of the new NARS Lipstick Matte, Satin and Sheers swatched on the lips today. You can see the arm swatches, color descriptions and product shots in this post here.

Overall thoughts on the formulas are that they seem pretty consistent across each finish with the exception of a couple shades here and there. Sheers are my favorite because they have a glossy finish with lots of shine. Satins are the most traditional classic color – if you want something more creamy and opaque though opt for the Audacious Lipstick Formulas. Mattes have a semi-dry matte lightweight feel. They’re not going to glide on the lips effortlessly like the Pat McGrath MatteTrance but the new NARS mattes will adhere well to the lips and on me they don’t dry the lips out even though they feel a little dry at first swipe. If I layer/blend a few times the color evens and smooths out perfectly and it truly is a lightweight matte with a soft finish that doesn’t look dry.

Pigment is medium to full coverage and buildable. There were a few of the Satin shimmers I felt were on the sheerer side such as Orgasm and Cool It, but the color can be built up.

Colors are lip swatched in the same order as my arm swatch post. All done on bare lips. Note that I have pigmented lips and if there is any transparency to the color my natural lip will show through, particularly around the edges. I do think some of the shades made my lips look extra full/plump but the lipstick formula itself is not plumping.

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Set 1: Miramar, Orgasm, Niagara, Raw Seduction, Barbarella

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick lip swatches

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Set 2: Boukhara, Chelsea Girls, Dolce Vita, Tolede and Tonka

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches: Boukhara, Chelsea Girls, Dolce Vita, Tolede and Tonka

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Set 3: Sex Shuffle, Cruising, Belle de Jour, Rosecliff and Pour Toujours

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches: Sex Shuffle, Cruising, Belle de Jour, Rosecliff and Pour Toujours EDITED

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Set 4: Raw Love, Instant Crush, Cool It, Jolie Mome, Afghan Red

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches Raw Love, Instant Crush, Cool It, Jolie Mome, Afghan Red

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Set 5: License to Love, Living Doll, Start Your Engines, Rouge Insolent, Bulgarian Rose

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches License to Love, Living Doll, Start Your Engines, Rouge Insolent, Bulgarian Rose

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Set 6: Dominatrix, Fire Down Below, Impulse, Fast Ride

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches Dominatrix, Fire Down Below, Impulse, Fast Ride

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Set 7: Damage, Candy Stripper, Soul Train, Hot Channel, Full Time Females

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches Dominatrix, Fire Down Below, Impulse, Fast Ride

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Overall impressions are positive! I love how glossy the sheer lipsticks are, I think they have a beautiful sheen and they feel comfortable on the lips. Satins are a little thicker but they don’t feel heavy or too thick. Even though the mattes tug a little when you apply it’s not a deal breaker – if I feather them on more like a lip liner colors blend out really well.

As mentioned in my arm swatch/first impressions post there were only a few shades I did not like because I found them streaky on the lips (Sex Shuffle, Fast Ride and Hot Channel). I did not try all 72 colors but did give them a quick look over at the counter. While I truly appreciate the wide color selection I feel like 72 shades is a little overwhelming to look through. That being said NARS did an excellent job at trying to cover every color family so I do believe there will be something for everyone. They’ve launched a lot of colors with variances in undertone, so if you like corals but look better in warm vs cool you’re bound to find something that will fit your taste.

A number of you asked how these compare to previous formulas. I can’t recall all the variations at this point, but I do know approximately 2 to 3 formulas ago some of the shades made my lips go numb and caused an allergic reaction. I don’t know what the ingredient was but this round they’ve removed it and I had no issues with any of the colors. They aren’t hydrating but at the same time none of the colors caused them to dry out or peel by the next 2-3 days. I did not need a lip primer or pencil with any of these, but if you are looking for a good lipstick primer to help smooth and prime the lip, the MAC Prep + Prime Lip is my holy grail. You can use lip balm underneath but the emollient quality often times diminishes the lasting power with the oils, jelly etc. The MAC primer smooths and helps extend wear.

Bottom line: lots to love. I cannot pick a favorite – there are so many good shades! If I had to narrow down my top five though I’d pick: Chelsea Girls (although this pulls more pink on me compared to what I see in the tube), Bulgarian Rose, Living Doll, Instant Crush, License to Love, Barbarella, Raw Seduction and Dolce Vita (oops that’s eight).

You can find the new NARS Lipsticks out now available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and NARS Cosmetics and all NARS retailers.

 

NARS lipsticks gifted by NARS for review. Colors I purchased are Chelsea Girls, Dolce Vita, Barbarella and Raw Seduction.

Lips

Top 5 Favorite Lipstick Brands

July 29, 2019

National Lipstick Day 2019 Best Lipstick Formulas

It’s National Lipstick Day and I wanted to roundup my top five favorite luxury lipstick brands to celebrate. It was challenging for me to narrow it down to just five since there are so many great lines with different formulas, finishes and price points. I picked the brands I wear the most frequently these days.

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Pat McGrath

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

If you forced me to only wear one brand of lipstick the rest of my life I would pick Pat McGrath. She completely changed my outlook on matte lipsticks and also glitter sparkle lipsticks. I love all her formulas including the Lip Fetish Lip Balms which are a great option for those who want a hint of color. My top five favorites:

  • BlitzTrance Skinsane (swatches here)
  • BlitzTrance Love Train (swatches here)
  • BlitzTrance Emmanuelle (swatches here)
  • MatteTrance in Christy (review here)
  • MatteTrance in Omi (review here)

P.S. I’m testing out her new Skin Fetish Foundation in Medium 15 and Light Medium 14 along with her whole system. Review very soon but I’ve been doing some previews and demos on Instagram stories if you want to get a sneak peek!

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Chanel

Best Red Lipsticks from Chanel

Chanel is as classic as it gets. For anyone looking for a classic red or pink lipstick, Chanel hands down has it all. There are pink reds, orange reds, coral reds, brick reds, blue reds – you name it. There’s something so special about buying your first Chanel lip product. Formula breakdown:

  • Rouge Coco – is the hydrating classic formula, to me it has a medium satiny finish.
  • Rouge Allure – is the one I consider the most classic and iconic. Creamy formulas with a natural luminous sheen and medium to full coverage.
  • Rouge Allure Velvet – is a formula Chanel describes as a “luminous matte.” It’s a velvety finish version of the Rouge Allure. The bold reds are among the best long wearing colors I’ve tried.
  • Rouge Allure Ink – matte super lightweight lip ink stain, bold shades have the best color payoff, this formula is probably the most weightless one I’ve ever tried!
  • Rouge Coco Flash – ultra glossy sheer lipsticks that are great for a swipe and go effortless kind of color, my favorites are Jour and Flash (haul picks swatched here).
  • Rouge Coco Gloss – cushiony, hydrating, super lush high-shine glosses perfect to wear alone or on top of a lipstick (swatches here).

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Charlotte Tilbury

Favorite Charlotte Tilbury Neutrals Lipsticks

Charlotte Tilbury makes some of the best wearable neutrals. I ordered products from their website long before they launched in the US – all sight unseen too! Her lipsticks and it was love at first swipe. I really like all of her formulas. My top favorite colors:

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Tom Ford

Best Tom Ford Lipsticks Bad Lietenant, Autoerotique, Mustique, Carriacou, Sable Smoke

Tom Ford lipsticks are among the most expensive and luxurious ones I’ve tried. I still remember when they first launched a small handful of colors in the white packaging. Pink Dusk Lip Color was my first shade and is still one of my favorites. When I’m tan I opt for slightly deeper neutrals. Many of my favorites in the Boys and Girls were limited-edition and have been discontinued, but my top picks you can still find now:

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MAC

Best MAC Neutrals Patisserie, Velvet Teddy, Nippon, Mehr

MAC was the first mid-to-high end lipstick brand I was into! They have the most diverse shade range I’ve seen and so many other brands have followed. It is hard to narrow down my top picks. I’ve tried so many of the colors. The ones I recommend the most and just bought fresh tubes of include:

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Lipstick Organization

Lipstick Makeup Storage Ideas

Last but not least, I have a quick peek at two storage organization favorites. I bought an Acrylic Lipstick Tower from Impressions Vanity a few years ago when they were carried at Nordstrom. You can still find the tower online at Impressions Vanity in a few different variations and colors. I also use Lipstick Organizers from the Container Store and keep them on my shelf or in drawers.

Hope you liked the roundup! There are still a lot of other brands I use and love including Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche, Hourglass Confession, NARS Audacious, L’Oreal Color Riche Shines and so much more. Narrowing it down to my top 5 was hard since I truly love playing with all brands and formulas of makeup. I’d love to hear what your favs are!

 

What are your favorite lipstick brands and formulas?

Press samples featured include lip colors from Chanel and Pat McGrath.

Fashion Hauls Lifestyle Lips

Best Red Holiday Lips + Cozy Sweater Try On Haul

December 17, 2018

Best Red Lips + Cozy Sweater Try On Haul Everlane, Loft, 1State | The Beauty Look Book

I’m so excited it’s finally sweater weather here! We have hot humid weather almost year round here in Tampa making it too hot to even wear denim jeans most of the time. While I love the sunshine I’m thrilled that it has cooled down enough to haul some cute sweaters. By popular request I’m combining two topics today that many of you have been asking for: best holiday red lips plus a sweater try-on haul.

I’m a neutral lip lover so I was actually really surprised to find how many red lip products I own. I sorted through around 35+ colors and formulas to narrow down my absolute top picks for the best color, pigment, lasting power and a few budget friendly options. I’ll discuss each color with the sweaters I paired below.

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Everlane Cashmere Crew + L’Oreal Color Riche Shine

Everlane Cashmere Crew Light Oatmeal XS, L'Oreal Color Riche Shine in Enamel Red

I did my first Everlane haul and picked three styles to try out. I haven’t tried the line before so I relied on online customer reviews for height and weight to decide on XXS and XS depending on style. I lucked out because I’m really happy with what I ordered. For sizing reference I have been losing weight but also gaining a little bit of muscle with our weight training. I’m 5’3″ and currently 114 pounds. I usually wear XS in most sizes, sometimes XXS because I’m on the shorter side.

It’s been a long time since I’ve invested in anything cashmere (again because it’s simply TOO HOT to wear here) so I can’t compare to current styles of other brands. I have tried J.Crew, Vince and Theory to name a few which I’ve loved in previous years. I think the styles I ordered from Everlane are just as good. For the Everlane Cashmere Crew ($100) I picked Light Oatmeal in XS and it’s a PERFECT fit. This is my favorite one of my purchases. It’s soft, lightweight but not tissue thin. I plan on getting a couple more colors. Denim worn are the Paige Verdugo Ankle (for me ankle jeans are the best because I usually don’t have to hem them!).

I’m wearing the L’Oreal Color Riche Shine in Enamel Red which is one of the best medium glossy lipsticks I’ve ever tried. I swatched all the colors of this formula in this post here.

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Everlane Cashmere Rib Round Crew + NARS Powermatte Pigment

Everlane Cashmere Rib Round Crew Grey NARS Powermatte Pigment in Starwoman | The Beauty Look Book

Up next is the Everlane Cashmere Rib Round Crew ($145) in Heather Grey in XXS. I would have bought XS but one of the models on the website was wearing that size and quite a bit taller than me. I’m happy with the fit of XXS. This is a nice soft semi thick ribbed sweater. It’s one of the ones I was wearing on stories.

I paird this one with the NARS Powermatte Pigment in Starwoman. There are a lot of reds in this formula this one seems the most classic to me (Vain is warmer, Light My Fire is brighter and there are options with either more blue or deeper tones too). This is one of the nicest liquid matte lipstick formulas that is matte but doesn’t shrink my lips to look like raisins. It has excellent staying power and doesn’t transfer on my teeth. (If you want a neutral option American Woman is the best chestnut neutral rose out there.)

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Leith + Everlane with Tom Ford Dylan

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Dylan isn’t a new color but remains a favorite for a semi-matte finish. It’s a classic bright bold red with a warm undertone. I’m wearing it below with two sweater colors. A soft nude pink fitted Metallic Pullover from Leith ($49, XS is pretty fitted) that I bought at Nordstrom and the Everlane Cashmere Waffle Crew in Black ($150, XXS) which is boxy but I think has a nice hang to the sides. I like the side slit detail too which makes for a little more interesting sweater.

Tom Ford Lips Boys Dylan, Leith Metallic Pullover, Everlane Waffle Knit Square Crew Sweater

Another look at the Everlane sweater so you can see the neckline, it’s hard to see the detail but check out their website for close ups which you can see better.

Everlane Cashmere Waffle Square Crew Black XXS

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1.State + Pat McGrath Lip Fetish in Wild Cherry

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Balm Wild Cherry and 1State Convertible Sweater

In terms of red lips I don’t think it gets better than Pat McGrath. I could have done an entire dedicated post to swoon over all her lipsticks but wanted to give some other brands and formulas some love. If you feel like you can’t wear full on red lips, opt for a sheer gloss or balm. The Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Balm in Wild Cherry is a great sheer but buildable red. I reviewed it in this post here.

In looking through my closet I find that I own a lot of white tops and sweaters. It’s funny because in San Diego I used to wear all black and grey, or stripes. Since moving to Florida I’ve suddenly found my closet has changed. So many of you have been asking about all the white tops I’ve been wearing. This is a cute one from 1State Convertible Zip Neckline Sweater ($109). This is an XXS and runs big but slouchy. It’s cute to tuck in or belt. I’m not 100% sure I love this style. The zipper is adjustable which makes it so you can wear this a number of ways. A similar option that I have really liked in a tee form is the Free People Nikala Tee which I find has a better fit.

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Frame + NARS

Frame Stripe Crewneck Sweater and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Rebel

My favorite purchase is the Frame Stripe Crewneck Merino Wool Blend Sweater ($235) and it’s one of my most expensive sweater splurges in a long time. I’m a huge sucker for anything with stripes, so much so that I tried to ease up on wearing and buying them. This was too cute to pass up. It’s soft, thin and I love the fit. I really love everything I’ve bought from Frame. Prices prevent me from splurging more. I paired it with the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Rebel from the holiday collection from the Riot Lip Pencil set. Unfortunately it’s sold out but Pat McGrath MatteTrance in Elson is close (reviewed here). Denim worn is also from Frame Le Skinny.

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Loft + Pat McGrath

Loft Textured Button Cuff Sweater and Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick in Rebel Red

For affordable sweaters that aren’t itchy or scratchy I’ve found some amazing deals from Loft. They have cute cable knit basics. I tried two styles. One is the Loft Textured Button Cuff Sweater in XS ($49.50 but I got mine 50% off, they have online holiday sales so check their site for current code). At $20 it was a steal. This one is a little long for me but on most people I think it will be just the right length. I’m wearing it with the Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick in Rebel Red which is one of the most fun sparkly blue red lip colors I’ve tried. Full review here.

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Loft + Em Cosmetics

Another Loft find is the Cable Knit Trim Sweater in Silvered Heather Grey (XS, $49.50). I could have sized down for a shorter fit but this one is super cute and easy to wear as well. I paired this with the Em Cosmetics True Gloss in Scarlett Knight which is one of the best red plumping glosses I’ve tried. I need to review this formula for you, I have been sitting on all the colors for a while now. It’s been on my to-do list! They have some cute sets for the holiday I think are worth checking out. I have all the colors individually otherwise I would have ordered one.

Tucked vs. untucked

Loft Cable Knit Sweater and Pat McGrath BlitzTrance in Rebel Red

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BP + MAC Grand Illusion Glossy Lip

MAC Grand Illusion Glossy Lip in It's Just Candy

MAC Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lip in It’s Just Candy is a nice blue-based red shimmer. It’s called a liquid lip but is more along the lines of a full pigment gloss. It has great lasting power and a really pretty sheen. Full review on all the colors in this formula here. If you want a matte metallic long-wear version try the Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color in In Retrograde instead.

Sweater worn is the BP Heritage Stitch sweater in XXS. It’s so soft and plush. Unfortunately it just sold out online, but you might want to check in stores to see if they still have some near you. It does run on the large side, I ordered an XXS and it’s very roomy!

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Lipsticks worn/featured in this post (all shades are press samples):

Best Red Lips Pat McGrath, Charlotte Tilbury, NARS

Swatches alongside a few other options:

Best Red Lipsticks: Hourglass, L'Oreal, Pat McGrath, NARS

Pat McGrath and Tom Ford options swatched next to two of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution colors. I used to think the Charlotte Tilbury formula was the best, I still think it’s very good, but Pat McGrath’s formula wins 100%.

Best Red Lipsticks from Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury

Makeup breakdown worn in all other photos include:

Best Red Lips + Cozy Sweater Try On Haul Everlane, Loft, 1State | The Beauty Look Book

I hope you enjoyed this sweater try-on haul and red lip roundup! If you love a good red lip let me know what your favorites are in the comments. I love cozy sweaters and I would haul more if we had cooler weather in Tampa.

I didn’t have time to post yesterday but did not forget my giveaway for the week! One reader will win four Pat McGrath lip products including: Opulence 1995, Opulence Flesh3, winner’s choice of two other lips formulas. Not sponsored or affiliated. Open internationally to those 18 years or older. Simply enter via the widget below. Giveaway runs this week and I’ll pick a winner within 48 hours after giveaway ends and contact via e-mail.

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I’ve linked all the details in this post above, but you can also shop the post below:

 

Lip colors featured are press samples. All sweaters purchased by me.

Beauty Lips

Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Lipstick Collection

November 27, 2018

Christian Audette Beauty Professor Lipstick Collection

I’m thrilled to share a peek at a collaboration between Christian Audette and one of my favorite beauty bloggers Rachel from the Beauty Professor. They launched a Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Lipstick Collection ($60 for the bundle) with three perfect lipsticks in Elle, a gorgeous neutral-cool pink rose, Golightly, a neutral but bright peach and Johanna a flawless peachy nude. I feel fortunate to call Rachel a dear friend – I still remember the day we met many many years ago 🙂 She’s beautiful both inside and out. I think she’s the mix master with neutral lip combos and has quite the eye for layering products for the perfect lip.

Christian Audette Beauty Professor Lipstick Collection Elle, Golightly and Johanna

The three lipsticks are available exclusively on Christian Audette’s website. This is my first experience trying the brand and I think the best way to describe the formula is that they are classic lipsticks. Elle and Johanna seem more creamy to me while Golightly had a slightly more opaque matte finish. Each one has smooth flawless coverage. It’s medium but buildable. Weightless. No scent or taste. You can see them all on Rachel on her blog post here. Fun fact is that most of the year we are skin twins! We also both naturally tan easily so our coloring changes depending on how much sun we each get even though we are now on opposite coasts. A closer look at each color and then side by sides at the bottom with full face photos.

Elle is truly one of the prettiest cool pinks I’ve ever seen. Anything cool-toned is hard for me to wear (ie Tom Ford Pussycat) with my olive complexion but this has enough warmth that it does not look blue on me. It has a tiny bit of sheen to it but on the lips the shimmer isn’t really visible. It has the perfect creamy finish.

Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Lipstick in Elle review

Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Lipstick in Elle review

Golightly is a peach that is neutral but pulls a little bright on my olive skin. It’s a really fun mood lifting color I think would be nice to wear year round.

Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Lipstick in Golightly review

Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Lipstick in Golightly review

Johanna is a beautiful peach pink nude that has full coverage, doesn’t look streaky and doesn’t wash me out! It’s a solid winner and I think it would suit a wide range of skintones.

Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Lipstick in Johanna review

Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Lipstick in Johanna review

Swatched side by side on the arm and full face:

Christian Audette Beauty Professor Lipstick Collection swatches

Below also wearing:

Christian Audette Beauty Professor Lipstick Collection swatches

Christian Audette x Beauty Professor Lipstick Collection

Overall perfect. The colors are truly flawless as is, you can layer to mix the colors but each tube is perfect alone. I cannot pick a favorite. Each one is unique in its own way. I find the formula is comfortable and non-drying. They’re not really moisturizing lipsticks but I was thrilled to find that they did not dry out my lips at all and that the days after testing my lips felt nice and smooth. Lasting power is average for a lipstick, they’ll last several hours without fading or budging. You can find the Christian Audette x Beauty Professor online at Christian Audette in a $60 bundle. Available for a limited run.

Christian Audette x Beauty Professor lipsticks gifted for review.

 

Lips Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Review + Swatches

November 12, 2018

Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick Review

Continuing holiday beauty reviews with a look at the Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipsticks ($38 each for 3.9 g/0.13 oz, made in USA). Pat McGrath continues to launch innovative colors and formulas in a way that makes me want to go beyond my usual conservative makeup comfort zone and try new things. These BlitzTrance Lipsticks have intense sparkle and pigment. They’re described as an “iridescent lipstick that releases a full-coverage blast of explosive color with multidimensional, high-shine effects” and I could not describe it better. They’re opaque, ultra-reflective, explosive in color pigment and luminous.

These lipsticks are very sparkly but the sparkle and glitter varies per shade. I’ll describe them in more detail next to each shade description. There is a little bit of texture from the sparkle with a couple of these but it’s not a harsh texture and once on the lips I barely notice it. Lasting power is really good – the color base is emollient and has a hydrating feel so it helps the glitter adhere and it doesn’t migrate. Only Pat McGrath can make me want to wear sparkle this intense. I was prepared to tell you that they are way too sparkly and intense for me based on the online swatches I saw, but some of the colors are really wearable and I think the bolds are going to be particularly beautiful for holiday parties or dinners.

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Review

There are currently 7 shades available. I received 6 of these as press samples and then picked up the 7th color from my local Sephora. There is another 8th shade listed online as “coming soon.”

  • Nude Romantique is a refined peachy pink shimmer, it has lots of sparkle but this is one of the more subtle sparkles
  • Flesh Fatale is a medium bronze nude shimmer, also has softer shimmer
  • Fuchsia Perfect is an intense cool-toned bright blue based pink sparkle
  • Cyber Orchid is a bright cool-toned purple pink sparkle (it’s similar to Fuchsia Perfect, Cyber Orchid just has more blue tones)
  • Rebel Red is the most stunning metallic red I’ve ever seen, sparkle is chunkier in this one with a noticeable texture
  • Club Kiss is an intense plum-red shimmer, sparkle is also very metallic and bold
  • Blitz Gold is a yellow 24K gold metallic, it’s smoother in shimmer, but very foiled
  • Electra is listed as “coming soon”

Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick swatches

Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick swatches

I’d recommend looking at the @patmcgrathreal Instagram page for live swatch videos to get a better sense of the sparkle. The ones I have don’t capture the sparkle quality quite as intense as I see in real life. Although I do think the studio lights used on social emphasize the sparkle and glitz a little more intensely than they actually appear.

Close ups of each color below, Nude Romantique:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Nude Romantique review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Nude Romantique swatch

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Flesh Fatale:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Flesh Fatale review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance swatch

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Fuchsia Perfect:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Fuchsia Perfect review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Fuchsia Perfect swatch

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Cyber Orchid:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Cyber Orchid review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Cyber Orchid swatch

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Rebel Red:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Rebel Red review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Rebel Red swatch

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Club Kiss:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Club Kiss review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Club Kiss swatch

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Blitz Gold:

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Blitz Gold review

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Blitz Gold swatches

Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipstick swatches

Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

For me the only two colors I did not like are Cyber Orchid (it’s really blue on me) and also Blitz Gold (I just don’t like really yellow golds) – but this is just a matter of color preference. If you don’t like sparkle or glitter in your lip color I think it’s going to be a safe pass for you. If you like bold colors and don’t mind some shimmer and glitz I think they’re really worth checking out. Out of all the shades Nude Romantique and Flesh Fatale are the most conservative in color and shimmer.

I think these have the perfect festive holiday feel. For me they’re a little too sparkly for everyday wear but I do think the neutrals Nude Romantique and Flesh Fatale are ones I can wear without feeling too sparkly. Rebel Red and Club Kiss are my favorites out of the entire collection. I always feel like bold reds and plums draw so much attention to my already full lips – but these two are so stunning and festive I think they’re going to be fun for holiday. No detectable scent or taste with these! Lasting power is really nice.

You can find the Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance Lipsticks out now online at Pat McGrath. Available at $38 each or in various bundles and sets on her website.

6 shades provided for review. Fuchsia Perfect purchased by me.

 

Lips MAC

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick Review + Swatches

October 22, 2018

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick Review and Swatches

MAC launched a new formula of matte lip color called Powder Kiss Lipstick ($19 each for 3 g/0.1 oz, made in Italy). These were seen all over the backstage beauty photos in recent fashion week coverage and I thought these were going to be too trendy for me but was pleasantly surprised. Long time readers know I really do not like matte lips. These are described as, “A moisture-matte weightless lipstick that delivers a romantic blur of effortless soft-focus colour.” Depending on your lipstick finish preference these are going to be hit or miss for you. For me these are a solid win.

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick Review and Swatches

The Powder Kiss Lipstick has a soft blurred matte finish without looking or feeling dry. They have a weightless texture and finish that almost feels like it’s wearing an airy cloud on the lips. The finish is cushiony with full smooth coverage and I am truly surprised at how lightweight it is. MAC describes these as having moisture-coated powder pigments which seems so interesting to me. They’re not really as hydrating as a lip balm, but I do think they have some moisture in them given the fact that they do not look dry on the lips.

I tried these individually on their own. I suspect with some of the lighter shades you can mix and blend together for an ombre lip or to create your own custom color. There is only one shade that didn’t work for me by itself which is the palest option Best of Me. Still it applied smoothly without any patchy issues.

The packaging is just like the regular MAC Lipsticks but it has a slightly matte finish resembling the finish of the lipstick formula. Some have commented on the scent of these. I didn’t notice it while swatching or playing with them until I gave them a good whiff right out of the tube. It has MAC lipstick scent with a powdery slightly rubber smell. It’s not strong enough to bother me but it is noticeable. I consider my nose to be sensitive and it did not bother me.

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick review

First a look at all the shades plus descriptions:

  • Best of Me is a pale milky beige
  • Influentially It is a pale nude beige
  • Impulsive is a medium warm brown
  • Sweet No Sugar is a light warm pink
  • My Tweedy is a peachy pink blush nude
  • Scattered Petals is a medium pink
  • Sultriness is a cool toned pink
  • Mull It Over is a peach pink-brown
  • Devoted to Chili is a brick red brown
  • Mandarin O is a bright orange
  • A Little Tamed is a muted pink rose
  • Lasting Passion is a bright red with blue pink tones
  • Style Shocked is a vibrant coral orange
  • Fall In Love is a hot pink
  • Shocking Revelation is a hot pink red
  • Burning Love is a perfect plum

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick swatches

A closer look at the lighter neutrals, Best of Me, Influentially It, Impulsive, Sweet No Sugar, My Tweedy, Scattered Petals, Sultriness and Mull it Over.

MAC Powder Kiss Best of Me, Influentially It, Impulsive, Sweet No Sugar, My Tweedy, Scattered Petals, Sultriness and Mull it Over

MAC Powder Kiss Best of Me, Influentially It, Impulsive, Sweet No Sugar, My Tweedy, Scattered Petals, Sultriness and Mull it Over swatches

Swatched on bare lips, skintone reference I’m MAC NC35 in Studio Fix and Studio Fix Fluid.

MAC Powder Kiss Best of Me, Influentially It, Impulsive, Sweet No Sugar, My Tweedy, Scattered Petals, Sultriness and Mull it Over lip swatches

Deeper bold shades including Devoted to Chili, Mandarin O, A Little Tamed, Lasting Passion, Style Shocked, Fall In Love, Shocking Revelation, Burning Love.

MAC Powder Kiss Devoted to Chili, Mandarin O, A Little Tamed, Lasting Passion, Style Shocked, Fall In Love, Shocking Revelation, Burning Love

MAC Powder Kiss Devoted to Chili, Mandarin O, A Little Tamed, Lasting Passion, Style Shocked, Fall In Love, Shocking Revelation, Burning Love swatches

MAC Powder Kiss Devoted to Chili, Mandarin O, A Little Tamed, Lasting Passion, Style Shocked, Fall In Love, Shocking Revelation, Burning Love lip swatches

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick review

Bottom line I’m impressed, especially since I’m a glossy lip girl. I really like how these glide on and give a blurred lip effect without looking or feeling dry. There’s no tugging at the lip when you apply. I also love the weightless feel. They did not dry out my lips. Lasting power is very good, it stays on and adheres well without fading for hours. Color isn’t transfer-proof though. My top 3 picks: Burning Love, My Tweedy and Sultriness.

A few thoughts on this formula compared to a few others I’ve tried and like. MAC Matte Lipsticks are heavier and more opaque in finish with a thicker feel. Pat McGrath Matte Trance has more impact pigment-wise, it has more weight to it while the MAC Powder Kiss feels like air. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution almost feels like it drags on the lips by comparison, and in reality it doesn’t really drag on my lips, but if you swipe it compared to the MAC Powder Kiss, the MAC glides on easier/smoother.

Available now at all MAC counters. Online at MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Ulta Beauty, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Have you tried these yet? Or do you have any matte lipstick favorites?

MAC Powder Kiss provided courtesy of MAC Cosmetics for review consideration.

 

Lips Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Beauty Boys + Girls Lip Color – 2018 Picks

October 17, 2018

Tom Ford Beauty Boys and Girls Lipstick 2018 review

I look forward to the Tom Ford Beauty Boys + Girls Lipsticks every year! Today I have review and swatches of my 2018 picks for the Tom Ford Boys and Tom Ford Girls and the formula is true to Tom Ford style with well made pigment, texture and finishes. They have that subtle vanilla scent to them and lasting power is similar to those of previously launched clutch-sized lipsticks. The sheers are sheer and glossy with medium lasting power while the creams stay put longer. There were a handful I ordered online sight unseen and I received some press sample colors. By the time I stopped by my local counter to see all the shades I noticed they didn’t receive all the testers and I didn’t have a chance to go back and investigate. Based on my online guesses I’ll say up front that I ended up with a lot of similar shades. As a neutral lip lover I’m thrilled, but even on my lips I could have skipped a few and opted for some of the more edgy colors.

Tom Ford Boys and Girls 2018 Picks

Tom Ford Beauty Boys and Girls Lipstick 2018 review swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The formula for all the colors I tried is excellent. Smooth application, no streaky finish or patchy look. Even with the pale colors I found the finish to be really good. In addition this year the Tom Ford Girls Lipsticks have a stronger base than last year’s versions (at least the ones I have do). I experienced some breakage at the bases with the 2017 version. Some of you had the same issue. With all the 2018 shades I found them all to be 100% ok.

Tom Ford Boys and Girls Lipsticks 2018, Uma, Ava, Monica, Camila, Alistair, Gal, Tomoko, River, Bryan, Ori, Helena, Hudson, Chadwick and Scott

Colors I have reviewed have a mix of the Boys and Girls formulas. In general the Girls are sheerer with a glossy finish. These come in Ultra Rich (creamier but still glossy) and Lip Color Sheer (sheer and glossy). The Boys are more opaque and creamy with either a Matte or Cream finish. I prefer the Boys because they have better color payoff but really all the formulas are nice.

  • Uma (Girls, Ultra Rich) is a pale flesh nude cream, it’s a lot more wearable on me than Blushed Nude or Spiced Honey, but still very pale on my lips
  • Ava (Girls, Lip Color Sheer) is a semi sheer glossy shimmery champagne
  • Monica (Girls, Ultra Rich) is a sheer light brown cream, pulls a little warm on my lips, but in the tube is more neutral
  • Camilla (Girls, Lip Color Sheer) is a sheer shimmery peachy pink (please excuse the typo on the photos, I forgot to add an extra “L”)
  • Alistair (Boys, Lip Color) is a neutral cool-toned nude, on my olive skin it pulls slightly mauve
  • Gal (Girls, Ultra Rich) is a medium neutral pink cream
  • Tomoko (Girls, Lip Color Sheer) is a shimmery pink cream, has tiny flecks of gold, pulls a little deeper/brighter than Gal
  • River (Boys, Lip Color) is a medium peachy pink, pulls more peach cream
  • Bryan (Boys, Lip Color) is a pretty cool pink neutral, pulls the tiniest bit cooler
  • Ori (Boys, Lip Color) is a medium pink cream
  • Helena (Girls, Lip Color Sheer) is a sheer cool plum pink
  • Hudson (Boys, Lip Color) is a cream nude cool-toned pink
  • Chadwick (Boys, Lip Color) is the perfect brick brown red
  • Scott (Boys, Lip Color) is a sheer plum with subtle shimmer

Tom Ford Boys and Girls Lipsticks 2018, Uma, Ava, Monica, Camila, Alistair, Gal, Tomoko, River, Bryan, Ori, Helena, Hudson, Chadwick and Scott

Tom Ford Beauty Boys and Girls Lipstick 2018 review

A closer look row by row with lip swatches on bare lips. Set 1 has Uma, Ava, Monica, Camilla and Alistair:

Tom Ford Boys and Girls Lipsticks 2018, Uma, Ava, Monica, Camilla, Alistair

Tom Ford Boys and Girls Lipsticks 2018, Uma, Ava, Monica, Camila, Alistair

Tom Ford Boys and Girls Swatches 2018, Uma, Ava, Monica, Camila, Alistair

Set 2 has Gal, Tomoko, River, Bryan and Ori:

Tom Ford Boys and Girls Lip Color Gal, Tomoko, River, Bryan, Ori

I triple checked my swatches as they all look nearly identical. I do suspect if you have lighter lips or lighter skin tone you’ll see the difference between shades more on your complexion. I’m right at the medium olive point where these tones look the same. The color difference can be seen better from the product shot of colors in the tubes.

Tom Ford Boys and Girls Lip Color Gal, Tomoko, River, Bryan, Ori swatches

Tom Ford Boys and Girls Lip Color Gal, Tomoko, River, Bryan, Ori swatches

I did pull a few other Lip Color classics such as Sable Smoke, Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink to compare on my own. I think that it was a really tough call to detect the differences between Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink and the entire middle row of colors I swatched. If you had your eye on any of the full size neutrals but didn’t want to splurge, the clutch-sized Boys and Girls are a nice way to splurge at a lower price point with similar colors. Comparisons that look nearly identical to me:

Tom Ford First Time, Spanish Pink, Pink Dusk and Sable Smoke swatches

Set 3 has Helena, Hudson, Chadwick and Scott (I also added Daniel for comparison):

Helena, Hudson, Chadwick and Scott

Helena, Hudson, Chadwick and Scott

Tom Ford Boys and Girls 2018 Helena, Hudson, Chadwick and Scott

Tom Ford Beauty Boys and Girls Lipstick 2018 review swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Boys and Girls Lipstick Swatches

For the Boys and Girls 2018 launches I tried, my favorites are Camilla, River, Bryan, Ava and Scott. I really feel like I should have ventured to try more of the plums or reds. I received a couple very bold colors (a bright purple and electric red) but since they weren’t colors I felt I’d ever wear so I gifted those away. I do think based on online swatches that Jordan, Ingrid and Nico look particularly stunning. I might take another look if I’m at the counter soon to see if they have testers, but there is so much coming out for holiday I’m thinking about waiting for other things.

You can see swatches of the 2017 Tom Ford Beauty Girls picks from last year. I found myself reaching for Katherine and Lara the most, although to this day Bradley is still my go-to nude.

You can find the Tom Ford Beauty Boys and Girls Lipsticks at all counters now. I bought half of the featured shades from Nordstrom and the other half were sent as press samples. Also available at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Beautylish, Net-A-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

Have you tried the new Boys and Girls yet? What colors did you pick up?

 

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