Revlon Lip Butter Swatches and Review

Revlon’s latest Colorburst Lip Butter lipsticks are a new soft and buttery  conditioning lipstick formula that promises to leave your lips baby smooth while delivering a burst of color! I absolutely love this product because they are very nourishing on the lips and eliminate the need for a lip gloss –  they provide excellent shine! I’m a fan of the ‘no frills’ or ‘throw on and go’ products and Revlon’s Lip Butters certainly fall within that category!
Some of the colors I picked up are quite pigmented while others are rather sheer. Available in 20 shades, you’re bound to find a color you love! See below for swatches of the shades I picked up.

(L-R) Red Velvet, Raspberry Pie, Cotton Candy, Pink Truffle, Tutti Fruiti, Peach Parfait

(L-R) Red Velvet, Raspberry Pie, Cotton Candy, Pink Truffle, Tutti Fruiti, Peach Parfait

(L-R) Red Velvet, Raspberry Pie, Cotton Candy, Pink Truffle, Tutti Fruiti, Peach Parfait

I’m happy to see drugstore brands are catching wind of high-end beauty trends and offering these new products. We’ve seen brands such as Chanel, Dior and Clinique offer lip butter lipsticks in the last few years with high success and I’m very excited by this new, cost-effective option.

I would highly recommend these lipsticks but would suggest checking out swatches before purchasing. I’ve found many of the colors (especially the more sheer ones) are similar and you won’t want to buy two that are alike. The Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters will be available permanently as of January 2012 (yay!!).

Have you tried Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butters? What do you think of them?

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CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick – Review and Swatches

CoverGirl’s Lip Perfection lipsticks are one of my favorite lipstick formulations at the drug store. They’re pigmented, creamy, and wear for a surprisingly long time without drying out your lips. I also love the packaging, the price (between $6 and $8 dollars) and their lack of odor. With a giant shade selection, your bound to find a color that suits you well – or 7 for any flavor of the week!

I’ve accumulated four of these babies since they came out last year – Delish (a warm, peachy nude), Heavenly (a warm, peachy pink), Darling (a cool, mid tone pink) and Spell Bound (a bright, bold magenta). See below for swatches of these shades, and be sure to check out my full length video review!

(L-R) Delish, Heavenly, Darling, Spell Bound

(L-R) Delish, Heavenly, Darling, Spell Bound

(L-R) Delish, Heavenly, Darling, Spell Bound

Check out my video review:

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October Favorites

I have lots of great October favorites to share!

My October favorites include:
– Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation in Buff 5C
– Mac Cleanse Oil
– Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin moisturizer
– Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in Tuti Fruiti, Rasberry Pie and Cotton Candy
– Clinique Chubby Sticks in Mega Melon
– Cover Girl Lip Perfection lipstick in Delish
– Bare Essentuals Pressed ‘Ready’ Eyeshadow Quad in ‘The Dream Sequence’

Have you tried any of these products?

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Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation

When I first caught word of Chanel’s new Perfection Lumiere foundation I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it – a new long wear foundation with a matte finish from Chanel? Sounds fabulous! When it came time to cash in some handy dandy AMEX points in the form of a Nordstrom gift card, I couldn’t help but treat myself to a full size bottle of this new formula from Chanel.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere in B20

While I found a few aspects of this foundation I really enjoy, my overall experience with Perfection Lumiere has been one of trial AND error. My favorite aspect of this formula is how light weight it is. It has a medium, buildable coverage that looks natural and is great for everyday use. I also love the packaging; the pump is super handy and you gotta love the iconic ‘Chanel’ emblem on the cap.

In terms of long wear, I found Perfection Lumiere to hold up for a majority of the day (about 8 hours), but this formula didn’t hold a candle to some of my other favorite long-wear formulas such as Estee Lauder Double Wear / Double Wear Light, Mac Pro Longwear and Revlon Colorstay. By the end of the day, I could see the coverage dissipating with a good amount of oil breakthrough. With that, I found the finish to be a bit tricky – what starts out as extremely matte upon first application (almost too matte) quickly becomes natural, or almost ‘dewy’ by the end of the day. As someone who typically loves a matte finish, I found the finish of Perfection Lumiere to be overly matte, almost making my face look flat and one-dimensional for the first few hours of wear. The foundation also has a fast drying time, making application a bit difficult and in the ‘high maintenance’ category. This definitely isn’t a ‘throw on and go’ foundation like Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, which seems to diminish my skin’s imperfections and make it appear healthy and radiant.

While Chanel offers 20 shades in this formula in three color families, I still had a hard time finding a color match. I had read other reviews saying the foundation oxidizes a bit, making the color appear darker over time so I chose opt for a lighter shade than I typically wear in Vitalumiere Aqua (B30) and bought B20. At first it seemed too light, however after trying a sample in B30 I confirmed B20 was a better match. While B30 was too dark, I still feel B20 makes me look a bit ghostly. Be forewarned, while the color labeling system in Perfection Lumiere and Vitalumiere Aqua are the same, the actual shades are not.

Swatch of Perfection Lumiere in B20

As a total foundation junkie I was super excited to give this new Chanel foundation a try, but I’m sad to report I think Perfection Lumiere may be going back to Nordstrom! At $55 a bottle for 1 fluid oz., I’d prefer to stick with another one of my much-loved foundations that performs better with a lower price tag (re: Mac Matchmaster below).  

As a side note, I bought Mac’s Matchmaster foundation a couple weeks before trying Perfection Lumiere and I find them to have a lot of similar properties (long wear, light weight, matte finish, etc) but I’ve much preferred the Matchmaster. In general, I found Matchmaster to have better color matching properties (designed to adjust to skin’s natural undertones), a more luminous demi-matte finish that seems to make my skin look radiant while controlling oil and longer wear (despite not being classified as a ‘long wear’ formula). At $32.50 and 1.18 fl oz. I’d definitely recommend checking out Matchmaster as a cost effective alternative to Perfection Lumiere.

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September Favorites

I know this post is a bit late, but I wanted to share my September favorites with you all!

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Mac Matchmaster Foundation Review

Mac’s Product Description:

New Foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin’s undertone. Moisturizing demi-matte finish. Medium buildable coverage. Line-reducing soft-focus powders.

My Opinion:

I’m loving this foundation! As someone with a neutral undertone, I’ve always had a difficult time finding a color match, especially with Mac’s NW/NC coloring system (NW is a bit too pink and NC way too yellow). Mac’s Matchmaster foundation truly takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect foundation shade, as it blends and adjusts to your natural undertone. Wearing this foundation, I have virtually NO foundation line. I wear Matchmaster in the color 1.5 (typically I’m an NW20), although I’m sure I could wear 2.0, as this foundation blends and adjusts seamlessly into the skin.

Matchmaster has a demi-matte finish that is great for those with normal to oily skin. The finish isn’t overly matte or drying, but perfect for those that don’t want a glowing or ‘dewy’ finish. I would consider the coverage of this foundation to be light to medium buildable coverage. If you’re looking for a bit of extra coverage, I’d recommend pairing this with a good concealer, particularly for the under eye area. Because this foundation isn’t full coverage, you’ll definitely need to partner it with a good concealer for your ‘problem’ areas.

As for longevity, I wouldn’t consider this a long wear formula (which it doesn’t claim to be), but it definitely holds up for a good 8-10 hours. As someone with normal to oily skin, I didn’t find myself needing to blot or powder as frequently as I usually do with this foundation, which makes me think there may be something oil-controlling about the formula. As for the ‘soft focus powders’, I can’t say anything about that because I don’t have many fine lines or wrinkles.

At $32.50, the price is a bit steep, but Mac has thrown in an extra 5 ML (or 0.2 fl oz). Even though $32.50 is a lot of money to spend on a Mac foundation, I do believe it is worth the money for the great color match!

For swatches and a color matching guide, visit Karla Sugar here.

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New Purchase Beauty Report September

I’ve been purchasing lots of new beauty products over the past few months so I decided to create a video for you to detail some of my recent purchases!

Products mentioned in this video include:

– Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette
– Benefit Brow Liner in Medium
– Milani Liquif-Eye Eyeliners
– Cover Girl Instant Shadow Blast Primer Plus Rich Shadow in color #820
– They’re Real Mascara by Benefit
– Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara
– Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer
– Sepohora # 57 buffer brush
– Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream
– Benefit Cha Cha Tint
– Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
– Mac Prep and Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer Illuminator in Neutralize

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