Showing posts with label Coral. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Coral. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mac Surf Baby Lipsticks Swatches and Reviews featuring Hibiscus and Bust Out

Mac Surf Baby collection has just been released and this post will cover the lipsticks. Naturally Eccentric was released previously eons ago in another collection and Mocha is a standard Mac color, available anytime. I LOVE Mocha. I wear it often. But today, I am covering the two newest colors Hibiscus and Bust Out!

I was excited to see these two colors because lately, I'm all about the purple and coral lips. I seem to be collecting. I've had a nude lip comfort zone for a long time because it's so easy as far as maintenance thruout the day or when you're out to lunch with the girls...another way to read that would be lazy, I guess. :)

The lipsticks come in a special packaging designed to cue the closet surfer in you. With special packaging comes a slightly higher price of $15.50 in the US. The bullet shaped white packaging has the same surfboard inspired oval that is on the nail polish packages and sporting the same fabulous hibiscus flower pointing to the word Mac.

On the left is Hibiscus, a cremesheen formula coral, and on the right is Bust Out!, a violet lustre formula. Here's a bit more of a close-up and some swatches on the skin:

I have been loving all the purples and violets Mac has come out with for lips lately, mainly because I didn't know I could wear them! I thought they'd make me look dead and I find that they look really natural on me and kind of even brighten up my face.

My only complaint with this lipstick is that it's so sheer. I'm not fond of lustres in general, although I have many that I adore. This one just seems to fade quickly. It's a shame because I really love the color but it doesn't seem to last on me. So I shall be trying it with a liner or gloss for more ooomph and longer wear.

Hibiscus is a longer lasting color. You won't have to touch up often and the color remains true as it wears. Delightful for summer. I have pictures in a couple different lightings.

I love the mix of colors that Mac used in the lipsticks in this collection. They are vastly different from each other which makes it seem like there is truely at least one of the four for everyone.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mac Fashionflower, Ever Hip, Growing Trend, Summer Shower Lipstick Swatches & Review

Mac released a new color collection called Fashionflower in the end of April 2011. Fashionflower is all one word, which seems unusual to me, but I don't make the rules. :) Today I have for you three of the lipsticks featured in this collection. They are, from left to right, Growing Trend, Ever Hip, and Summer Shower.

I swatched the three lipsticks in the same order in the following picture:

Growing Trend is a slightly cool toned nude in the Amplified Creme formula. I tried it with trepidation as I wasn't sure if it would be too light or too cool for me. Viva Gaga 2 was a bit dark to look like a natural nude on me, but there is mild success with Growing Trend.

I was curious how Growing Trend compared to my new favorite nude Revlon Fashion's Night Pout, and the not-too-wearable-for-me Viva Gaga 2. I swatched them with the Revlon at the left, Growing Trend in the middle and Gaga 2 on the right to give you an idea of the similarities and differences.

Here's a refresher on the Revlon that I posted a week or two ago:

I have reviewed Ever Hip in a post below as I had already purchased it from the Liberty of London collection. Here's a picture to refresh you, if you haven't seen it.

Summer Shower is a glaze formula with silver, blue and teal shimmers. Any lip product with blue or green shimmers is tops on my list. Those colors can plump up the look of a lip like nobody's business. I really love a light green over an orange lipstick. Blue shimmers give quite a glossy wet look.

If you're like me, you tend to get dressed and do your makeup without a care in the world until you look outside and see that the weather didn't cooperate with said outfit or makeup. If it's really windy outside, there's no way I'm wearing a gloss because I have long hair and it's just too messy and frustrating. I can beat the wind with a blue glaze lipstick! It will give a glossy wet look without the goo of being an actual gloss. C'mon, wind! I dare you!

Just for grins, I applied a waterproof lipliner, specifically Makeup Forever Aqua Lip number 10C, a plum color. I put Summer Shower over the top. Look how wet and glossy this looks with just lipstick!!

Summer Shower will save me from windy days. That and a hat or ponytail holder! I am curious to see this on more pigmented lips and see if it will tone the pinks and reds and give a natural glossy look. Don't be scared of light blue, it can really be your friend.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mac Fashion Flower Cremesheen Lipstick Ever Hip Review

Mac Ever Hip was originally released as a limited edition in the color story Liberty of London. It is being re-released as part of the new collection called Fashion Flower. Ever Hip is a cremesheen formula, which is comparable to a creamy more opaque lustre. I describe it that way because to me, the coverage isn't full but light on my lips. They don't wear as long as a satin, a matte or an amplified cream. I find I have to reapply a little more often to keep the coverage consistant and on my lips, these are best applied with liner or gloss to boost the wear time. But let's have a look, shall we?

First, these are my natural lips. Sadly lacking in color, they are a pale plummy color, with some red bits here and there. Not much to look at on their own.

Even smiling doesn't help boost them very much.

Introducing Mac Ever Hip with a swatch so you can see what it looks like alone, on my skin and on my lips. In the tube, it is a gorgeous orange coral.

It goes on a bit more sheer on the skin than it looks in the tube.

And here is where it gets interesting. Depending on your natural lip color, Ever Hip will wear more orange-coral or more pinky-coral on you. My light plum lips take it more pinky-coral.

The following is the most accurate picture of Ever Hip on me, colorwise, but the right side is shadowed by my camera. Most unfortunate, but that's how photography goes.

This post is dedicated to the lovely Kristie at NaturalNChicMakeup. You can find a link to her blog on my blogroll and I urge you to check it out.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guest Blogger Post on My Lips But Better

I am honored to guest blog for Katie who runs the website My Lips But Better. She's a thoroughly enjoyable person to talk to and I really enjoy reading her blog. Check out my post on some new Chanel lipsticks here

Channel Summer 2011 Glossimers Aurore, Pink Peony, Pensee Swatches and Review

There are three new Glossimers released for the Chanel Summer 2011 color story called Collection Les Fleurs d'Ete de Chanel. These three glossimers retail in the US for $28.50 wherever Chanel is sold. They are fairly sheer once on the lips and add shimmery sparkle.

From left to right, we have Aurore, Pink Peony and Pensee.

At first, I wasn't sure these Glossimers were different enough to prior editions to warrant a purchase, but when I compared them with others, I was sure I had nothing else like them. My favorite is the one I left at the counter on my first trip...Pensee. I purchased Naakar, which I adore during the previous offering of Glossimers and felt the love of the one coral would be enough.

However, my color curiosity peaked when I thought about if it would make any difference to my new Rogue Coco Shine in Rebelle to wear Pensee over it. Being a pushover for sales personnel, I took a trusted friend who I knew would tell me if it added anything or if I could still leave it at the counter. People, let me tell you, the sheer coral sparkly sheen over the top of Rebelle was fabulous!!! Even my thrifty friend said it was a must have!! The combination of Rebelle and Pensee is the most awesome coral for this summer season.

Even though these glossers apply sheerly, I'd urge you to give them a try as they provide must the oomph you need to turn a good lipstick into a great set of lips.

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