Category Archives: Lipstick

In love with Lovelorn

MAC Lovelorn lipstick
I was already in love with MAC’s lustre finish lipsticks, but my latest find, MAC Lovelorn lipstick is totally swoon-inducing. As someone with cool, pink undertones in my skin and quite a lot of pink in my lips, I find pink lipsticks tricky. Its hard for me to find pinks that don’t look totally crazy on me, with something like MAC’s Angel being one of the few exceptions.

Lovelorn is cryptically described as an “emotive blue-pink” (um, what colour is “emotive”?). It’s basically a light, cool-toned pink with slightly mauvey undertones that looks very natural on fair skin, which is really hard to find. Continue reading

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The Most Unique Lipstick Shade

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick

My first Bite Beauty lipstick!

Bite Beauty is a Canadian brand available exclusively through Sephora, that makes lip products made from food-grade ingredients that are “good enough to eat.” Bite lip products are handcrafted one at a time and contain natural and certified organic ingredients. I have seen such amazing reviews of this brand, and the last time I was in Sephora I swatched many of the shades wanting to try one out. I fell in love with the Luminous Creme lipstick in the shade Cava, but was disappointed that they were sold out of the shade (although that’s always a good sign a colour is popular!). I recently placed an online order and added Cava to my cart. Continue reading

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Two Drugstore Lippies: Riche & Buttery

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color and NYX Butter LipstickI know neither of these lip products are new to the drugstore, but both are new to me. It took a while for the NYX Butter Lipsticks to show up at my local drugstore, even though they’ve been out for ages now (sometimes living in small-town Canada has its disadvantages). I also had never been drawn to the L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Lip Color until recently when I saw My Exquisite World‘s review. So I picked up one of each the last time I was at Lawton’s.

I am in love with the L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Lip Color in the shade Molto Mauve. Not like a sticky gloss at all, these are more of a light, glossy liquid lipstick. Its super easy to apply and I can’t believe how long it stays on! It also wears off very evenly and in the prettiest way (unlike some liquid lip products).

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Color Riche Lip Color in 500 Molto Mauve

L’Oreal Extraordinaire Color Riche Lip Color in 500 Molto Mauve

Look how pretty this pinky nude shade is. On me, Molto Mauve is a my-lips-but-better type of shade. I am loving it for a natural, summertime look. Thanks for the recommendation Pooja! 🙂

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Color Riche Molto Mauve

Molto Mauve

The L’Oreal Extraordinaire does have a slight scent, but doesn’t smell like the L’Oreal Color Riche lipsticks which I really dislike the scent of. These have also been called a dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains, but I haven’t tried them so I wouldn’t know. Leave me a comment if you’ve tried both. Are they similar?

NYX Butter Lipstick in BLS11 Licorice

NYX Butter Lipstick in BLS11 Licorice

The second lip product I’m not as in love with. I’m a huge fan of the NYX Butter Glosses, so in fairness, I had high expectations. I think the word “Butter” in the product name had me anticipating something different. I’m not finding this lipstick buttery. I feel like it has a formula more similar to the MAC creamsheens, and I find both can feel a bit drying on my lips. The finish is a bit flat and very opaque and after wearing it for a while I almost felt like I was wearing a matte lipstick. I think a lot of people would totally go for this but the Butter Lipstick just isn’t really the type of formula I typically like. If you’re looking for something long-wearing, this would also work for you, especially the vampy burgundy shade, Licorice, that I tried.

swatch NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice

Licorice

What I did enjoy about the Butter Lipsticks was the packaging – how great is it that the colour of each tube matches the lipstick shade? – and the scent. The Butter Lipstick has the same yummy, sugary, edible scent as the Butter Glosses. Mmm!

The L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Lip Color is a slightly pricey for drugstore $13.49 CAD, but I really love it. The NYX Butter Lipsticks are a very reasonable $8.99 CAD.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Chantecaille

Chantecaille Lip Chic

Chantecaille Lip Chic

This is the second last post in my High-end Lipstick Review Series! I have only one more lipstick left to review and then its time for me to give away the highest scoring high-end lipstick to a subscriber in a shade of their choice!

While I was in Ottawa for a conference, I visited the Rideau Centre – a fabulous shopping destination – and was delighted to discover that a Nordstrom had just recently opened, the first one in Canada. I knew the Nordstrom website carried Chantecaille and shipped to Canada through Borderfree, but would they have it in store? Yes they did! I actually got to swatch the Lip Chic shades that I’d previously only been able to obsess over online.

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

I selected the shade, Camellia, a pale, cool-toned peachy-pink. I had been on a bit of a vampy lip colour spree lately and felt like I already had a lot of darker shades, so I was in the mood for something light and summery (maybe it was the warm Ottawa weather?).

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

I would caution that Camellia is very light, and although my ghostly-white self is enjoying this shade, it likely wouldn’t show up well on people with very pigmented lips or deeper skin tones.

Swatch Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

Camellia swatched

I paid $42.00 CAD in-store for the Lip Chic and was pretty psyched to not have paid any shipping costs or duty. On the Nordstrom site they’re charging $48.02 CAD plus $18.89 CAD for shipping and $10.13 CAD in duties & taxes for an astounding $77.04 CAD in total!!!

I also have to note that the Chantecaille Lip Chic is a fairly small lipstick and has less product than a MAC lipstick for example.

Chantecaille Lip Chic versus MAC lipstick

Less product: The Chantecaille Lip Chic is 2 g versus a 3 g MAC lipstick

Let’s start the review…

Packaging
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Although certainly not as flashy as some of the other high-end brands, like YSL, Dior, Armani or Guerlain for instance, I did like the Chantecaille packaging. I thought the lavender shade of the box was unique. I can appreciate a minimalist type of design. The small, gunmetalish silver tube was a little plain but still felt weighty and snapped shut very securely like a high-end lipstick should. 2/3 Duchess points

Formula
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Loved the formula of the Lip Chic! Its very rich, pushing the boundaries to almost being sticky (but isn’t sticky) its so lip-balmy and moisturizing. It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Chondroitin Sulfate which evidently hydrates your lips. The Lip Chic is sheer and very glossy compared to the Chantecaille Lip Stick I also swatched. Chantecaille describes the Lip Chic as the “perfect combination of gloss and lipstick” and I couldn’t agree more. It basically gives the effect of a lip gloss without all the stickiness and messiness of lip gloss (I am so OVER having my hair and just about everything else sticking to lip gloss). I love to fill in my lips with a nude lip liner, like MAC Subculture or Whirl, or Annabelle Demure, and top it with Camellia Lip Chic. 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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Again in terms of wear its the perfect combination of gloss and lipstick. I don’t normally find lip gloss long wearing. The Lip Chic is super shiny and glossy but long wearing like a lipstick. No idea how they did that! 3/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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The Lip Chic has a light vanilla scent, similar to the MAC lipsticks and no discernible taste. What more could you ask for? 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now and it has not irritated my lips at all. No Duchess points deducted

MAC Test
I like the Lip Chic as much as I like my MAC lipsticks. Neutral Duchess points

Would I pay for another one?
Here’s where it gets tricky to answer. I would love to have more of the Lip Chics in some of the other shades. If I could purchase them in-store for $42 CAD I would. The problem is, only 4 stores in the entire country carry Chantecaille and none are remotely close to where I live. Realistically, for me to purchase another Lip Chic I would be looking at ordering it online through Nordstrom, and I would NOT pay $77 CAD for another one. I’m unlikely to be re-purchasing any.

I wish I could deem the Lip Chics splurge-worthy and award them an additional Duchess point putting them in second place overall. However at $77, for me they would not be worth it. If you happen to live in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary or Vancouver where you can purchase them at Holt Renfrew or Nordstrom, I would recommend giving Chantecaille a try.
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Chantecaille Lip Chic Total: 10/14

 

High-end lipstick review series score chartOther reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine
Dior Addict Extreme
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
Rouge Bunny Rouge
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
Burberry Lip Cover
Dolce & Gabbana
NARS Lipstick (original)
Givenchy

As always, thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in PetalI’m back with the 15th lipstick in my High-end Lipstick Review Series! Can you believe its been that many? I’m in the home stretch now, and only have one or two more brands I’d like to include before declaring a winner. Then one of my subscribers will get a lipstick from the winning brand in a shade of their choice! So stay tuned.

This review is of the Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick. D&G only started a cosmetic line in 2009, so its relatively new. I haven’t tried anything from D&G before, except a pair of sunglasses (which I love). I ordered this lipstick online from Sephora in the shade Petal, a “neutral lilac rose” which I think is a fairly good description.
Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Petal

Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Petal

Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Petal

swatch Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Petal

Petal

The D&G lipsticks are $32 CAD. Let’s see how it did!

Packaging
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This didn’t really strike me as high-end packaging. The tube was plain and fairly lightweight plastic (although it did snap shut securely). I’m not a huge fan of all gold either. It really reminded me of a drugstore lipstick, like the L’Oreal Color Riche or the Milani Color Statement lipsticks. 1/3 Duchess points

Formula
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I thought the formula of this lipstick was ok. It didn’t wow me. It was a fairly traditional “lipstick” type of formula – a little thick, very opaque – and it had a bit of a matte finish. Although it felt creamy, it really accentuated any dryness on my lips. Not my favourite. 1/3 Duchess points

Wear
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I can’t fault this lipstick on wear. The traditional formula was long-wearing, but I found it a little drying on the lips. 2/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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As soon as I opened this lipstick, I was immediately struck by the scent. It smells EXACTLY like the L’Oreal Color Riche lipsticks. I’d tried the Color Riche in Fairest Nude, a beautiful shade, but I just could not get past the scent and passed it on to my sister. Its a weird, artificial scent combined with a “your grandmother’s old lipstick” type of scent. Bleck!

I also became very suspicious that overall, this lipstick is so similar to the much less expensive L’Oreal Color Riche.

L'Oreal Color Riche a dupe for the Dolce & Gabbana lipstick

Is the L’Oreal Color Riche a dupe for the D&G lipstick?

Even the pointed shape of the lipstick itself with the logo engraved just below the tip is eerily similar. After some internet research, it doesn’t seem like the two companies are affiliated. I can’t believe that these two lipsticks aren’t made in the exact same factory though.

But, back to the scent: 1/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
Despite the terrible scent and slightly drying qualities of this lipstick, I don’t believe it irritated my lips.

MAC Test
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I liked this lipstick WAY less than a MAC lipstick. -1 Duchess point

Would I pay $32 CAD for another Dolce & Gabbana lipstick?
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Nope! Not a chance. I think you can get the exact same lipstick (awful scent and all) at the drugstore for a quarter of the price.

Dolce & Gabbana Total Score: 3/14

high-end lipstick comparison chartWow, D&G is third last! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine
Dior Addict Extreme
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
Rouge Bunny Rouge
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
Burberry Lip Cover
NARS Lipstick (original)
Givenchy

As always, thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Anna Sui Lipstick Review

Anna Sui Lip Stick V and Beauty Mirror Rose

Anna Sui Lip Stick V and “Beauty Mirror Rose” compact

I was really excited to try the Anna Sui lipstick. I was already a huge fan of the packaging after picking up the Beauty Mirror Rose compact, which I love.

If you’re not familiar with the brand, Anna Sui is an American fashion designer who began her makeup line in 1999. The Anna Sui cosmetics are all made in Japan. If you’re a sucker for packaging (like I am!) you will love the unique, elaborate, retro-inspired designs of Anna Sui makeup which is a little bit Art Nouveau, a little bit gothic, and a little bit rock n roll.

I got the Anna Sui Lip Stick V (which stands for “vivid”). The packaging reminds me of a perfume bottle! Isn’t it stunning?

Anna Sui Lipstick V 301 Beige Pink

301 Beige Pink

I have never seen such a unique lipstick, especially the star shape. At first I thought it might be difficult to apply, but it really isn’t. Plus, after a few applications, it starts to round out and apply exactly like a traditional bullet shape would.

Anna Sui Lipstick V in 301 Beige Pink

How cool is the shooting star design?

Out of the 10 available shades, I picked 301 Beige Pink, a soft, fleshy pink nude with a glossy finish. Its more cool-toned but has some undertones of peach and brown that make it really wearable and natural looking. I think this shade would suit a lot of different skin tones.

swatch Anna Sui Lipstick V in 301 Beige Pink

Beige Pink

The Lip Stick V has all kinds of ingredients like:

Fix Oil, a resinous oil ingredient that helps to create a cosmetic film leaving pigment clinging to the lips all day long. Melting Moist Oil, a revolutionary oil that melts at body temperature and provides a smooth application with an intense burst of moisture. Light Glossy Oil gives lips a beautiful shine finish, making them appear fuller and plumped. Rosa Canina Fruit Extract to moisturize and keep lips hydrated. Carthamus Tinctorius Flower (Safflower) Flower Extract to promote blood circulation.”

The formula is super luxurious and almost feels like applying a lip balm, yet its not sheer and it stays on incredibly long. The only slight downside for some people might be the scent. Its smells like rose water. Actually the scent reminds me of turkish delight (which is flavoured with rose water). I would also compare it to the scent of Benefit’s Benetint. As you probably know if you follow my blog my preference is for unscented products, but there are a few scents that I really don’t mind and actually kind of like, for example MAC and Chanel lipsticks. The Anna Sui is one of those scented lippies that I actually like! However, I will say the scent is quite strong and might not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you aren’t a big rose-scent person I would recommend giving a tester a sniff first.

The Anna Sui Lip Stick V is $29.00 CAD and is available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques, The Bay (select locations only), Murale, and online through Beautylish. I am in love! I will definitely be trying out some more of the Anna Sui lipsticks in future.

Have you tried Anna Sui? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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A Few Recent Things From MAC

MAC Sweet Satisfaction, Desire, and Uninterrupted
This post could easily have been hashtagged Youtube Made Me Do It. I was enticed into purchasing all of these MAC items, two of them by YouTube. The third was by one of those tempting emails MAC keeps sending me that I am evidently helpless to resist. Lets start with my YouTube-inspired purchases.

I saw a Pixiwoo video that featured MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longwear eye shadow. The lovely LisalisaD1 has also talked about Uninterrupted a couple of times now and also recently raved about Sweet Satisfaction, another Pro Longwear. I had never tried the Pro Longwear shadows. Both of these were on my MAC wishlist.

Lisa described Uninterrupted as one of those shades that looks kind of “blah” in the pan, but looks awesome on. I love shades like that. MAC describes it as “dark camel” and its a semi-matte finish. Its quite an interesting shade of brown, that I find really brings out the green in my eyes. It isn’t completely matte but has the tiniest hint of a sheen.

MAC Uninterrupted

MAC Uninterrupted

Sweet Satisfaction is “soft neutral beige” and is a frost finish. Its a beautiful neutral shadow that I think most people would totally love. Don’t be scared by the whole frost thing – it isn’t glittery. It just has a shimmery finish.

MAC Sweet Satisfaction

MAC Sweet Satisfaction

I am super impressed with the Pro Longwear formula. Both shadows are so buttery and easy to apply and blend yet don’t have any fall-down. They are crazy long-wearing (I always wear a primer). MAC shadows are just my favourite. The Pro Longwear compacts are $25.00 CAD.

Swatches MAC Sweet Satisfaction and Uninterrupted

Swatches: Sweet Satisfaction and Uninterrupted

My third purchase was totally due to an Artist Tips email from MAC promoting their lustre lipsticks, and if you’ve been following me you probably already know MAC lustres are my favourite lipsticks of all time. The email featured Desire lipstick, described as “warmed burgundy wine”, right up my plum lipstick loving alley!

MAC Desire lipstick

MAC Desire lipstick (lustre)

MAC Desire lipstick swatch

MAC Desire

Its in the same family as some of my other lustre favs like Capricious and Plumful. Its darker, and a more vampy burgundy plum compared to either of those. I love it!

Do you have any recent YouTube Made Me Do It purchases?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: YSL

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine

I think this was one of the high-end lipsticks I was the most excited to try. YSL lippies get raved about. I got to check them out in person at Sephora and the formula I liked best was the Rouge Volupte Shine.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No. 7 Rose Infinite

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No. 7 Rose Infinite

After much swatching, I chose shade #7, Rose Infinite , described on the Sephora site as a “shady pink taupe.” I don’t think this is really taupe. Its more of a plum tone. Its a very pretty, wearable plum for fair skin.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No. 7 Rose Infinite

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No. 7 Rose Infinite

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No. 7 Rose Infinite

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No. 7 Rose Infinite

The YSL lipsticks are $39 CAD. Lets’ see how it did compared to the other lipsticks I’ve reviewed in this series.

Packaging
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How can you not love the YSL packaging? Gorgeous. The 3-D wrap-around YSL logo is really unique. I really like how each shade is easily identified by a corresponding strip of colour around the outside of the tube. The packaging is totally high-end. 3/3 Duchess points

Formula
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The Rouge Volupte Shine is exactly the type of formula I love too. It feels like applying lip balm. Its so luxurious and hydrating and feels amazing. Its a little sheer, yet pigmented, and has a beautiful shine. 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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For a sheer, balmy lipstick, this is crazy long-wearing! It leaves a deep stain behind as it wears off.  3/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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This is where YSL lost points for me. It has a strong, fake watermelon scent that reminds me of the scent of the Milani lipsticks. I’m not a fan. The scent fades quickly enough, but there is a slight taste. I would have preferred if this was unscented. 1/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity
Despite the added fragrance, it hasn’t irritated my lips at all, so no Duchess points deducted.

MAC Test
I would say, fragrance aside, I like the YSL as much as MAC. Neutral Duchess points

Would I pay $39 CAD for another one?
Yes. My only dislike with this lipstick is the scent, which I think some people really like (its a preference thing). I think the formula and packaging make it worth the splurge.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Total: 11/14

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At the end of this series, I’m going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Dior Addict Extreme
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
Rouge Bunny Rouge
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
Burberry Lip Cover
NARS Lipstick (original)
Givenchy

As always, thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl<3

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The Lipstick Tag!

lipstick-tag
I saw this tag on Stashmatters blog, and in addition to tagging the required 3 people, she also said if you haven’t been tagged and wanted to do this tag, to post a comment and she’d officially tag you! I loved the questions and wanted to do it.

The questions:

1. How many lipsticks do you own? Ok, this was scary. I’d never actually counted them before. Shamefully, I own 86 lipsticks (not including glosses, jumbo lip pencils or crayons, etc.).

2. What was your first ever lipstick? In highschool, no one wore lipstick. We were all about filling in our lips with brown-hued lip liner. Hey it was the 90s! So I actually remember purchasing my first actual lipstick when I was in university. It was a Clinique lipstick. I remember I loved the fluted silver tube!

clinique lipstick

My first lipstick was a Clinique lipstick in a bronzey-brownish type of shade

3. What is your most worn lipstick? Currently, MAC Capricious. I’m on my second tube.

MAC Capricious Lipstick

MAC Capricious

4. What is your favorite brand for lipsticks? MAC!

5. What is your favorite finish? MAC lustre. Best finish ever.

6. What is the last lipstick you bought? Anna Sui Lipstick V in Beige Pink. I will be doing a full review soon!

Anna Sui Lipstick V in Beige Pink

Anna Sui Lipstick V in Beige Pink

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag? This is always a ridiculously high number! Right now, 13. Make no wonder my purse weighs a ton.

8. What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip? MAC Dubonnet.

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

Best red lipstick for cool-toned fair skin!

9. How do you store your lipsticks? I have clear plastic containers that I picked up at a home-decor store, some that have actual dividers specifically for lipsticks. But they are overflowing!

Current lipstick storage

Current lipstick storage

10. What lip products are you currently lusting over? Cle de Peau because I cannot get it in Canada (you always want what you can’t have), Chantecaille Lip Chic and Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in Bitch Perfect.

Lipsticks I'm currently lusting over

Lipsticks I’m currently lusting over

Hope you enjoyed this. If you’d like to do this tag, please leave me a comment below to consider yourself tagged!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour

I was so excited to try the Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour, because I loved the Rimmel Apocalips and the Stay Glossy lipgloss. I am generally a fan of the Rimmel lip products. I was also totally in love with the beautiful deep plum shade, Kiss Fatal.

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour in 230 Kiss Fatal

230 Kiss Fatal

The Provocalips is one of those two-step, long-wearing lip products. The Rimmel site explains:
STEP 1: Apply colour and keep lips apart for 60 seconds until the product sets.
STEP 2: Apply topcoat to lock the colour, moisture and add shine.”

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour 230 Kiss Fatal swatch

Kiss Fatal swatched with topcoat

Unfortunately, the Provocalips did not work out for me at all. I found the step 1 colour difficult to apply evenly. Although I let it set for a minute the first time, and then even longer the next few times I tried it (several minutes), when I applied the step 2 topcoat it would wipe away some of the colour.

The topcoat was really different than other 2-step products I’ve tried before like the Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor or the MUFE Aqua Rouge. Instead of being clear its thick and more opaque like a lip balm – a pretty odd formula. It did a good job of keeping my lips moisturized though.

As opposed to providing 16 hours of wear, I didn’t find it long-wearing at all, and even worse, within an hour  it looked very patchy and uneven. Provocalips was definitely a miss for me.

Have you tried it? I’m curious if other folks had a similar experience.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Mac is Beauty: Lips

MAC is BeautyI am a huge fan of MAC Lustre lipsticks and I’m often bummed when their limited edition collections come out because the lipsticks are typically in the other finishes, lately matte finishes especially. When I saw the spring Mac is Beauty collection I was really excited because it included 8 Lustre lipsticks!

I was just in Toronto for work and visited the MAC store in the Eaton’s Centre and got to swatch them all. My favourite was Real Redhead. It is the perfect nude for fair skin!

MAC is Beauty Real Redhead Lustre Lipstick

Real Redhead Lustre Lipstick

Real Redhead is described as “mauve nude”,  an odd description. I would describe it more as a fleshy-peachy nude.  I’ve been looking for a shade like this that works on cool-toned, fair skin for ages. Usually this type of shade washes me out. But Real Redhead has some brownish, beigey undertones that make it work.

MAC is Beauty Real Redhead Lustre Lipstick

Real Redhead

MAC is Beauty Real Redhead Lustre Lipstick swatch

Real Redhead

I think its the prettiest lipstick. If you like the lustre finishes, I’d really recommend you check out the limited edition MAC is Beauty collection. There are 7 other great shades.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Trying out Arbonne Cosmetics

Arbonne lipstick and lip liner
Up until a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of the Arbonne brand. If you’re wondering why you’ve never seen it in stores, that’s because Arbonne is sold through reps (like Avon or Mary Kay). Known primarily for their skincare products, they also have a line of makeup. When I got invited to an Arbonne party by someone I work with, I thought it might be fun to check out their makeup.

arbonne makeup

Playing around with the Arbonne rep’s makeup kit!

I tried out the eye shadow, blush, lip products, and mascara. Overall, my initial impression was that the products are pretty pricey! For example, the small blushes looked extremely similar to the NYX blushes in size and shape and had similar inexpensive plastic packaging. However the NYX blushes (which are awesome) are about $6.50 CAD, and the Arbonne blushes are $36 CAD, which is more than what a NARS blush costs! I had to pass on the blushes.

Arbonne blush

I didn’t get any good pics of the Arbonne blushes

I had a chance to swatch many of the Arbonne eye shadows, but they left me similarly unimpressed. They didn’t feel smooth or soft. Several were patchy when swatched. None of the shades really appealed to me either. At $27 CAD each, these were also a pass for me.

Arbonne eye shadows

The Arbonne eye shadows available to swatch

You know how when you go to a party like this you feel like it would be rude not to order anything though? What I ended up getting was the Arbonne Lipstick ($31 CAD) and Lip Liner ($26 CAD). Shipping was an additional $7 CAD, which I wasn’t super happy about, because I’m sure reps place one order for multiple customers and it all gets shipped together, so the shipping fee seemed a little bit gougey to me.

The lipstick packaging is quite nice: classic black, sleek, substantial, with a secure snap-shut cap. I like the cute little Arbonne logo too. My only complaint is that its one of those skinny lipsticks instead of the standard sized bullet. Its also only 2.17g of product (vs a less expensive 3g MAC lipstick). Remember how I mentioned it all seemed a tad overpriced?

Arbonne Lipstick in Mauve

Arbonne Lipstick in Mauve

The lipstick is described as “Longwearing, feather-resistant…glides on easily for full coverage, and intensely conditions and hydrates lips.”

I got the oddly named shade Mauve which isn’t really mauve at all. Its a pinky-brown nude type of shade. Very pretty. The lipstick is rich and moisturizing and slightly glossy – the type of formula I really like. Its completely unscented too.

Arbonne Lipstick in Mauve swatch

Arbonne Lipstick in Mauve

I am such a sucker for lip liners. I love them! So, unsurprisingly I couldn’t help getting one. The Arbonne Lip Liners are the retractable kind, and are described as “Smudge-proof, creamy…defines lips with durable pigments, helping to extend the wear of…lipstick.”

Arbonne Lip Liner in Pink Mauve

Arbonne Lip Liner in Pink Mauve

There wasn’t a huge range of shades, but I thought Pink Mauve was a pretty and versatile pinky-nude that I would get a lot of use out of.

Arbonne Lip Liner in Pink Mauve swatch

Arbonne Lip Liner in Pink Mauve

The lip liner is the kind of liner that is a bit thick and matte, which means its super long-wearing, but needs to be paired with a balmy, hydrating lipstick to avoid drying out your lips, which the Arbonne definitely is. So these two work awesome together. They stay on for hours feeling comfortable. I do think they’re both on the expensive side, but I don’t regret getting them.

For me the Arbonne makeup was a little hit and miss. I wasn’t impressed with the blush or eye shadow, but I ended up quite liking the lip products. I’d love to hear about other people’s experience with Arbonne!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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What Would You Like to Pick Up at the Sephora VIB Sale?

Sephora VIB Sale

Its the VIB Sale at Sephora!

Hi everyone! I took advantage of the 15% off VIB Rouge discount to order a few things today. I re-ordered some favourites, the Guerain Maxi Lash Mascara, the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, and my favourite perfume, Issey Miyake. I love getting it in the rollerball form because its so easy to apply and to travel with.

I’d purchased a WEN On the Go Travel Kit and really liked the Sweet Almond Mint Replenishing Treatment, but the full-size is fairly pricey ($41 CAD), so I’m glad I could get this on sale.

I also got two lipsticks to review for my ongoing High-end Lipstick Review series, Dolce & Gabbana and YSL. Can’t wait to review these!

How about you? Are you taking advantage of the VIB sale?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High End Lipstick Review Series: Rouge Bunny Rouge

Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew Lipstick

Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick

I recently ordered some Rouge Bunny Rouge products from the UK, and you can check out my previous post for reviews and swatches of the Long Lasting Lip Pencil, Original Sin Blush, and Long-lasting Eye Shadow.

The Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipsticks are 23.53 EUR (about $33 CAD).
The RBR site ships internationally for 5 EUR (about $7 CAD), but I ended up owing an additional $30.94 CAD in customs fees for the four items. So really the lipstick ended up costing closer to $47.75 CAD.

The description of the Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipsticks fr0m the RBR site:

“The easy glide, weightless formula with moisturising, lip-shaping and skin-protecting benefits comes in five delicate yet rich colours with an outstandingly sheer, glossy finish. The precise application and perfect coverage of this texture create a polished look effortlessly.

With Hilurlip, an innovative moisturising, anti-aging and skin-protecting Sodium Hyaluronate based agent, lips are redefined, their volume is boosted, and fine vertical lines are minimised while fighting the negative effects of free radicals. Our Sheer Lipstick formula is also infused with nourishing Rosehip Butter, a natural powerhouse of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

Transparent, juicy colour of a lip stain, wet-look finish of a gloss. Free from parabens and fragrance.”

I ordered the shade, Murmurings, a pinkish-burgundy toned brown which definitely has a 1990s/Marsala feel to it.

swatch Rouge Bunny Rouge Murmurings

Rouge Bunny Rouge Murmurings

Packaging
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I love the whole theme of the RBR product names and packaging, and the lipstick is no exception. This lipstick “is inspired by the translucently delicate butterflies from the Enchanted Garden.” 🙂 I love black for lipstick packaging, and it has these subtle, black-on-black butterfly-esque shapes on it as well. The weighty, substantial tube closes very securely. I also love the RBR logo, which is on the top of the cap. 3/3 Duchess points

Formula
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I really like this formula! Its very moisturizing and comfortable to wear. Its pigmented yet has that sheerness and slightly glossy finish that I prefer. 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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I like it best over the RBR Long Lasting Lip Pencil (I ordered Roald). I think they pair really well together and I would totally recommend getting them both. The lip pencil is very long-wearing and almost feels sticky or tacky, but when you add the hydrating, glossy lipstick over it, its the perfect combination and stays on for hours. On its own, the lipstick applies more sheerly and isn’t’ as long-wearing as when you pair it with the lip pencil. 2/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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The RBR site claims these are fragrance free, but it has quite a strong scent I, at first, couldn’t place. Then I suddenly realized it smells exactly like tea!  The scent could be from the Rosa Canina Fruit Oil or the Linalool (a liquid with a sweet odour that naturally occurs in many essential oils), plus “Aroma (Flavour)” is also listed as an ingredient. Not exactly fragrance free RBR! It doesn’t have a noticeable taste, but I would have preferred it without the scent. It wasn’t so bad that it turned me off from wearing it, but its an unusual scent for a makeup product. 2/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
I’ve been testing this one diligently for the past couple of weeks now just to be sure, but I have not had any reaction or irritation from this lipstick. No Duchess points deduction.

MAC Test
This was tough. I liked the formula a lot (as much as or more than some MAC finishes actually) but really disliked the scent of this lipstick. I didn’t want to deduct a whole Duchess point so I am going with, scent aside, I like it as much as MAC. Neutral Duchess points

Would I pay $47.75 CAD for another one?
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Because this brand isn’t available in Canada, with the exchange rate, shipping and customs, I just would not be interested in paying nearly $48 for another RBR lipstick. -1 Duchess points

Rouge Bunny Rouge Sheer Lipstick total: 9/14

high-end-lipstick-comparison-chart

At the end of this series, I’m going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Dior Addict Extreme
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
Burberry Lip Cover
NARS Lipstick (original)
Givenchy

As always, thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl<3

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Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks VS Revlon Lip Butters

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks

A friend of mine was wearing the prettiest pinky-berry lip and when I asked her what it was, she pulled out one of the new Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipsticks. We had previously bonded over our love of the Revlon Lip Butters, so I asked her if she liked the Almay as much as the Revlon, and she said yes! Then I knew I had to try them.

The Butter Kiss lipsticks are “ultra-hydrating buttery lip color” available in “12 shades expertly coordinated to your unique skintone.” You are meant to pick your skintone (light, light/medium, or medium) and then pick one of the four shades in that group – berry, pink, nude, or red. I, like most people, just swatched them all and picked out the ones I liked best. I really liked Berry-Medium (which was the one my friend was wearing) and Red-Medium, the darkest shade of the 12.

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Left: Berry-Medium Right: Red-Medium

Berry-Medium is a cool-toned, berry pink with some purple undertones going on. Red-Medium is a brown-based red.

Swatches Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Left: Berry-Medium Right: Red-Medium

The packaging looks extremely similar to the Revlon Lip Butters (they even both have “butter” in the name) so a comparison between the two is inevitable.

Almay Butter Kiss VS Revlon Lip Butter

Battle of the Lip Butters!

I immediately noticed that the Butter Kiss lipsticks smell very similar to the Lip Butters; a light, slightly sweet, slightly vanilla scent. I don’t find the Revlon ones have any taste, but the Almay do.

Berry-Medium and Red-Medium are not dupes for any of the 8 Revlon Lip Butters I own. While I was swatching them, I noticed the Lip Butters are more pigmented than the Almay and the Almay are a little more sheer. Both are very hydrating.

I would say one difference for me is that the Almay are much longer-wearing and are also a lip stain. I don’t find the Revlon Lip Butters stain my lips at all. If you didn’t like the Lip Butters because of the staying power, you might like the Almay ones better. Both shades I tried left a very flattering stain that was pretty much exactly the same colour as the lipstick (not like the awful staining I experienced with the CoverGirl LipPerfection).

I really like these! I definitely like them as much as the Lip Butters and I think the shade range is quite different from Revlon. At my drugstore, they were the exact same price too – $9.99 CAD.

Have you tried the Almay Butter Kiss lipsticks?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
NerdyLibrarianGirl

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Dior Addict Extreme

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick

Ok guys, its time for the Dior review! I was so excited to try the Dior lipsticks because I have heard so many people rave about them and include them in their favourites. The Dior Addict lipsticks and glosses seem to be very popular! I got to swatch these in person, and although I initially thought I would try the original Dior Addict Lipstick, I was totally drawn to the colour selection of the Dior Addict Extreme more, especially the shade 866 Paparazzi. Although every time I use it I get the song stuck in my head…
paparazzi
Paparazzi is a bright, pinky-berry shade. Its very different than any other lipstick shade I have – I must have been in the oddest mood that day! On me, I get a lot of the pink/fushia undertones coming through as I have quite a bit of pink in my lips naturally. I find pairing this shade with a brown-toned lip liner underneath (like MAC Spice for example) gives me the best effect – more of a deeper, berry tone.

Dior Addict Extreme in 866 Paparazzi

Dior Addict Extreme in 866 Paparazzi

Dior Addict Extreme 866 Paparazzi swatch

Dior Addict Extreme in 866 Paparazzi

What’s the difference between the Dior Addict and the Dior Addict Extreme? When I was swatching them, the formulas seemed very similar and both had a similar amount of shine. Here’s Dior’s explanation:

Dior Addict: “hydrating and volumizing formula dresses lips with a veil of addicting color and spectacular shine.”

Dior Addict Extreme: “extremely long-wearing lipstick that provides radiant shine…resisting fading while adding bold color and beautiful shine…formula combines waxes, radiant oils, and hyaluronic microspheres for ultimate comfort and a lip-plumping effect.”

Here’s what I thought of the Dior Addict Extreme:

Packaging
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I really preferred the dramatic Dior Addict Extreme with its jet black cap (VS the original transparenty sort of cap). I just love black 🙂 I also love the silver tube, which I prefer over gold. Initially I thought the design, where you pull the lipstick out of the square cap was kind of different and neat, but after using it a few times, I realized how impractical it actually is.

It lost a Duchess point because the lipstick, once pulled out of the square cap, cannot be put down. The bottom is a round knob, so you can’t stand it up like most lipsticks. I swiveled the lipstick down and tried laying it on its side. It rolled away! So the design, while attractive, is very annoying. 2/3 Duchess points

Formula
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This lipstick has the sort of formula I really like: glossy, a little bit of sheerness to it but still good colour pay-off, and very comfortable and hydrating on the lips. I couldn’t give it full points on formula, because compared to some of the other high-end lippies I’ve reviewed, the Dior Addict Extreme felt a little bit “slippery” on the lips. Its an odd texture, like its a little too siliconey or waxy? I couldn’t find an ingredients list anywhere so I’m not sure. 2/3 Duchess points

Wear
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This lipstick rivaled the Armani Rouge Ecstasy in terms of wear. It is without a doubt very long-wearing, which is amazing for a glossy, hydrating lipstick. This lasted forever on me, even through eating and drinking. Like the Armani, it also wore off very nicely, leaving behind a flattering stain. 3/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste

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This has absolutely no discernible scent or taste whatsoever, which is what I like in a lipstick! 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
I have used this lipstick everyday for over two weeks now and I have had no reaction at all. It hasn’t dried out or irritated my lips. (neutral Duchess points)

MAC Test
I like this lipstick the same as MAC, mainly because of the crazy staying power, the great shades, and the fact that its unscented. (neutral Duchess points)

Would I pay $34 CAD for another one?
Yes. For sure. I do really enjoy this lipstick. I think its a pretty formula and I love how long-wearing it is and that its unscented. There are so many more shades that I’d like to try! I can understand why a lot of people love the Dior Addict line and I think it is worth the splurge.

Dior Addict Extreme total: 11/14

high-end lipstick comparisonAt the end of this series, I’m going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
Burberry Lip Cover
NARS Lipstick (original)
Givenchy

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

 

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Instant Disqualification

Givenchy Lipsticks

Givenchy Lipsticks

As I mentioned in my review of Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy lipstick, I recently had an in-store Sephora shopping experience (there isn’t one where I live) to check out high-end lippies. I was considering reviewing Givenchy next, but after examining them in person I literally couldn’t even bring myself to try one, especially not at $38 CAD.

So, what turned me off? Lets start with the Givenchy Le Rouge, “a semimatte lipstick encased in genuine leather.” I just can’t get on board the matte lipstick train. I have disliked every matte lipstick I’ve ever tried. They’re just not for me. Then there was the ominously black Rouge Interdit Magic Lipstick: “Its pigments react with the skin’s pH, thus its color evolves differently on each woman.” Mood lipstick? Yeah I NEVER have any luck with these types of products that “magically adjust” to your *perfect* shade. Lips in an unpredictable shade of hot fushia for $38? Um no thanks.

The Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick seemed like a possibility until I gave the testers the sniff test. Holy cow the Givenchy lipsticks smell terrible!!! The Rouge Interdit have a strong, old-fashioned makeupy scent that some people might call the “old lady lipstick smell.” The Le Rouge are evidently and inexplicably “mimosa and blackcurrant” scented, so you can imagine. And if the off-putting scents weren’t all bad enough, then there was the packaging.

I apologize to any Givenchy devotees out there, but the packaging of the lipsticks is not my cup of tea. The packaging felt light-weight, plasticy and cheap. The Le Rouge, billed as a “genuine leather goods item” and “lipstick-as-accessory” looked clunky and let’s just say that sure wasn’t very soft luxurious leather I was feeling. The Rouge Interdit have this weird loop of stiff, scratchy fabric on the bottom that serves no purpose. Advertised as a “fashion accessory” and “objet d’art” this lipstick ironically had zero visual appeal for me. To be perfectly honest, both looked kinda tacky, IMO.

So I’m officially disqualifying Givenchy from my high-end lipstick review series. Worth a re-purchase? These didn’t even get an initial purchase.

Could I be totally wrong about these? Has anyone tried the Givenchy lipsticks, and if so, what did you think?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy CC Lipstick

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy CC Lipstick

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 600 Mania

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 600 Mania

I’m back with another contender in my ongoing High-end lipstick review series. I picked up one of the Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy lipsticks at Sephora while I was in Toronto a few weeks ago. It was great to actually be in the store and be able to swatch and try on (carefully disinfected!) shades since there are 36 to choose from and Eaton’s Centre Sephora seemed to have almost all of them. Seriously, the colour selection is intense.

After much hemming and hawing, I kept coming back to #600, Mania, a beautiful, not-overly-vampy, rich plum. It was super sunny when I photographed the lipstick so the bullet looks lighter than it is, but the swatch is fairly true to colour:

swatch giorgio armani rouge ecstasy 600 mania

Mania swatches and applies much darker than it appears in the bullet

The Rouge Ecstasy is a “CC” lipstick, with the CC standing for “Color & Care.” The Armani site explains:

  • Care: Rouge Ecstasy offers the comfort and softness of a lip balm, leaving lips repaired and beautifully enhanced day after day.
  • Color: This velvety soft, everyday lipstick coats the lips in saturated, ultra-luminous shades with impeccable hold. Application is simple, precise and effective.

I have to say that I completely agree with the product description. Lets see how the Armani Rouge Ecstasy compared to the other high-end lippies in our series.

Packaging
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Initially I was on the fence about the design and colour choice. It certainly isn’t subtle and it might not be for everyone. But the red and black did start to grow on me after a while. I also liked that it was weighty and substantial and has the magnetic closure. The little silver Art Deco “GA” embellishment and similar engraving on the lipstick was a nice touch too. 2/3 Duchess points

Formula
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Loved, loved loved the formula! This is my perfect kind of lipstick: slightly sheer and luminous, hint of glossiness, weightless feel, hydrating, smooth and even application – perfection! The Armani has the elusive quality of giving lots of colour in one swipe combined with a sheerness that still lets your own lips come through, the way a great foundation will give coverage without wiping out any trace of your own natural skin  (I dislike a thick opaque lipstick the way I dislike a heavy, matte full-coverage foundation). I would describe the finish of the Armani lipstick in 2 words: youthful and yummy. 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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This lipstick wears better than any other lipstick I have ever tried, EVER. It isn’t drying at all – it feels moisturizing and balmy – yet it stays on for hours. The best part is that it also wears off so nicely. Even with a darker shade like this, it wears off completely evenly AND leaves behind a flattering stain. I wish I had more Duchess points to give. 3/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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This is where the Armani let me down a little. After a peek at the ingredients list, there doesn’t seem to be any added fragrance (yay!), but the lipstick does have a faint “makeupy”  type of smell. Luckily, it isn’t overpowering and there isn’t any noticeable taste so I didn’t have to deduct too many points. 2/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
Totally passed! No irritation from this lipstick at all. (neutral Duchess points)

MAC Test
I was so close to liking this one more than my MAC lipsticks. I think the two things that hold it back are the packaging and the scent. Although I love the formula, overall I liked it about the same as MAC. (neutral Duchess points)

Would I pay $39 CAD for another one?
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Yes, I would. I think the Armani Rouge Ecstasy is a high-end lipstick worthy of the splurge. 1/1 Duchess points

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy total: 11/14

The Armani tied for second place with Guerlain and Estee Lauder.

High-End Lipstick Comparisons Chart

I am having such a fun time doing this series! I have lots more that I want to try and review, including brands like Dior, YSL, Rouge Bunny Rouge, and many others, so there will be plenty more posts in this series over the coming months. But when I wrap it up I’m going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)!

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
Burberry Lip Cover
NARS Lipstick (original)

Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Thanks for reading
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Review: New Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick

New Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks

New Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks

Hi everyone and Happy Friday the 13th! Do you think of Friday the 13th as unlucky? Some people believe its an unlucky day to travel or start a new project, and others think its actually a day that brings good luck. I certainly didn’t have much luck with these new Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks, although I don’t think I can blame the calendar.

I typically love Revlon lip products, especially the Super Lustrous Lipsticks, Lip Butters (I have about 9 or 10 of these at last count), Kissable Balm Stains (I just got a new Adore, my fav shade), and Colorstay Moisture Stain. I was soo excited about the Ultra HD Lipsticks! Apparently they were released last fall, but they only just appeared where I live. Advertised as having “revolutionary wax-free gel technology for true color clarity in one smooth swipe”, I instantly fell in love with the look of the packaging, which is the same as the Lip Butters, but with a smooth, untextured, see-through cap with a  top that looks like a clear jewel. I didn’t even read any reviews (spoiler alert: this was a mistake).

I picked mine up at Target. As you have likely already heard, all of the Target stores in Canada are closing in what’s being described as the biggest corporate bankruptcy in Canadian history. Sales are beginning, and last week, all makeup went on sale for 30% off so I thought this would be a great time to purchase some of the new Ultra HD Lipsticks. At Target they were regularly $8.99 CAD. With the discount, I paid $6.29 for each.

My first disappointment came when I saw the shades in real life. Although there are 20 shades, I had a difficult time finding ones I liked – the opposite of my experience with the Lip Butters. There were a lot of bright pinks, orangey shades, and browns (like full on 1990s browns). Target didn’t have any testers either. I eventually settled on HD Primrose and HD Rose (all the shades are named after flowers).

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Primrose and HD Rose

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Primrose and HD Rose

Revlon HD Rose and HD Primrose

HD Rose and HD Primrose

HD Rose is a soft, muted, more cool-toned pink. I have since seen it swatched on other blogs looking like a much prettier purple-toned pink, but on me it looked more peachy-corally pink. HD Primrose is a darker shade, a rosey brownish-pink.

Swatches: Revlon Ultra HD Primrose and HD Rose

Swatches: HD Primrose and HD Rose

Once I got these home I experienced more disappointments. Ugh – the packaging! Having read other reviews now, I know I’m not alone in my frustration. A lipstick that doesn’t retract all the way + a clear cap = huge mess. You can’t avoid nicking the lipstick with the cap when you close it.

Ugh – the formula! You can even see in the swatch, these lipsticks don’t go on smoothly or evenly. “One smooth swipe”? Um, nope. HD Rose looked just awful. It was patchy and settled into any little lines in my lips. HD Primrose just sat on top of my lips blandly with a dull finish. I didn’t like the way either shade looked on me. They also felt thick and drying and uncomfortable.

Ugh – the scent! The worst and most disappointing thing of all was the overwhelming, sickly sweet, cherry cough drop scent that hit me as soon as I removed the cap. Ick! And you can really taste it when you’re wearing it. Bleck!

What was Revlon thinking with these? They are a real miss for me.

Have you tried them?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Feeling Marsala at MAC

MAC Haul Marsala

Goodies from the MAC Store in the Eaton’s Centre, Toronto

I just got back from Toronto where I had to attend some meetings and present at a conference. It was so cold and dry there! It was about -22 C (which is about -8 F I believe). Since I’ve been back, we’ve also had the worst weather! My university had two snow days this week. On the up-side: sleeping in! On the down-side: shoveling. Here’s a shot of my driveway yesterday morning after we got over a foot of snow. Thankfully my finance and our amazing neighbours helped me out.

snow day

My poor car buried under 1.5 feet of snow that fell overnight

Anyway, the best part of being in Toronto in the middle of a freezing Canadian winter was definitely getting to go to the MAC Store. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t actually have a MAC where I live. I think I must have been in a “marsala” sort of mood, because I was totally drawn to all of the red-brown earthy shades. I had 6 empty containers, so I did a “back-to-MAC” for a free lipstick (wah00!), and also picked up a second lipstick and a lipliner.

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Absolutely It

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Absolutely It

Absolutely It is a brownish, burgundy wine lip pencil that the SA suggested to me to bring out the marsala in any other lip shades you might already own. Don’t you love that? I also picked up two Lustre finish lipsticks, which is my all time favourite type of MAC lipstick.

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up!

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up!

Sophisto looks quite different in the bullet than it does applied. Although it initially appears more brown, its really a sheer, berry plum with some warm brown undertones going on (or as MAC describes it “dewy rose plum with gold”). In the bullet it almost looks like it might be shimmery, but this does not show up at all swatched or on your lips, so no repeat of my Naked Paris experience. Sophisto is a unique shade that I think you could play around with to get different looks depending on which lip liner you use with it. I’m really enjoying it. It is sheer though, so if you have quite pigmented lips or prefer a more opaque lipstick, it might not be for you.

Spice It Up! is described as “mulled brown berry” which I think is very accurate. Its a beautiful brownish-red. If you are into the 90s lip trend that has made a major come back, then you totally need Spice It Up!

Swatches: Absolutely It, Sophisto, and Spice It Up

Swatches: Absolutely It, Sophisto, and Spice It Up

I also got another blush – I really love the MAC blushes, especially the matte finish blushes. I had Mocha on my list for a while, a muted plum-toned pink matte blush that is a apparently a favourite of the very fair-skinned Dita Von Teese.

MAC Mocha blush

MAC Mocha blush

swatch: MAC Mocha blush

swatch: MAC Mocha blush

Finally, I also picked up another MAC 239 eye shadow brush. I’ve tried others from MAC, Real Techniques, Make Up Geek, and I just don’t like any other brush for applying eye shadow as much as the 239. So I got a second one.

MAC 239

Best eye shadow brush ever!

Hope you enjoyed my MAC shopping escapades and liked my ideas for “marsala” lipsticks!


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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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MAC Capricious Dupe!

MAC Capricious dupe

Revlon Super Lustrous Mauvy Night VS MAC Capricious

I’m such a huge fan of MAC’s Capricious lipstick. I just bought another one. This lustre finish lipstick is the perfect rosy plum (and also the shade worn by Evil Queen Regina on Once Upon a Time). It may just be my all time favourite MAC lipstick.

I recently did a post on my Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick collection and my favourite Revlon shade is without a doubt the beautifully plum, Mauvy Night (with the recently discovered Plumilicious a very close second). It suddenly hit me that the two shades are quite similar. Although they don’t initially appear to be dupes in the tube, I tried side-by-side swatches and it turns out that Mauvy Night may just be a dupe for MAC Capricious! and probably why I love them both so much.

Swatch Revlon Mauvy Night VS MAC Capricious

Left: Mauvy Night Right: Capricious

I would say that Capricious is a bit more pigmented and slightly glossier than Mauvy Night, but otherwise they are extremely similar. MAC lipsticks are $19.00 CAD and Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are only $9.99 CAD, so Mauvy Night is a pretty great drugstore alternative if you’re on a budget.

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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Burberry

Burberry Lip Cover

Burberry Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick

Burberry makeup isn’t sold in Canada except for a few select Burberry Stores in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. I visited the Toronto Burberry Store on Bloor Street and they had very little makeup in stock. The only other way to buy Burberry makeup is online from Saks Fifth Avenue where a Burberry lipstick will set you back $41.45 CAD plus $18.32 shipping* and $7.85 “duties & taxes” for a whopping total of $67.62 CAD!

*free shipping is offered on orders of $100+

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

I was actually able to pick up this lipstick while I was in England at the Burberry Store on Regent Street for 22 pounds 50, which is roughly $41 CAD. I had a lovely experience shopping there. I was really drawn to shade No. 23, English Rose, sort of a neutral, rosy pink with brown undertones.

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

Swatch: Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

English Rose swatched

Packaging
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Burberry, like Tom Ford or Chanel, has totally nailed high-end packaging. The substantial, square silver tube engraved with the classic Burberry pattern is gorgeous. It has the magnetic closure too. I also love that the lipstick itself has the Burberry diamond check pattern. 3/3 Duchess points

Formula

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I liked the formula of this lipstick. Is not my favourite of all time or anything, but I do like it. Its quite creamy and feels very comfortable on the lips. I found it a bit opaque and it almost had a heavy, traditional “lipstick” sort of formula if you know what I mean, but overall not bad. 2/3 Duchess points.

Wear
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I kind of feel the same way about the wear as I do the formula – its ok. Not my favourite, but not the worst either. It stays on well, but has a tendency to wear off a little unevenly and unflatteringly. Its one of those lipsticks that can gather around the inside corners of your lips. At least on me it does. 1/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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The scent of a lipstick has such a big impact on whether or not I enjoy it. I generally just prefer unscented lip products. I’m not a big fan of the scent of the Burberry lipstick. I was actually really shocked to discover it has that old-fashioned “makeupy” smell like your grandmother’s makeup would have. Not exactly what I was expecting from Burberry. Even less enjoyable is that it also has a bit of an old-fashioned soapy taste when first applied. 1/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
Despite the icky scent/taste, I don’t believe the Burberry has irritated my lips at all. I haven’t had any sort of reaction to it. (Neutral Duchess points)

MAC Test
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I definitely don’t like this lipstick as much as my MAC lipsticks. -1 Duchess point

Would I pay $42+ CAD for another one?
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Especially considering the shipping and duties/taxes I’d have to pay to even order another Burberry lipstick, I have to go with no. I am not in love with this lipstick, mostly due to the scent, but also the formula. -1 Duchess point

Burberry Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick total: 5/14

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At the end of the series, I’m going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
NARS Lipstick (original)

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Two Plum Lipstick Discoveries from the Drugstore

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolour 340

CoverGirl LipPerfection 340 “Entwined” and Revlon Super Lustrous 465 “Plumalicious”

good plum drugstore lipsticks

Spoiler alert: One of these lipsticks was a hit, and one was a bit of a fail. Keep reading to find out which one was which 🙂

I’m so obsessed with plum lipsticks right now. My Mom and I went on a mission to our local drugstore to find her some good plums and, of course, I ended up with a few too. She found some really beautiful shades in the Milani Color Statement lipsticks: 20 Uptown Mauve, 21 Sangria (deep purple berry), and 24 Black Cherry (a dark, vampy wine). I just can’t get past the watermelon scent of these, but my Mom loves them and says they are creamy and lovely. I must say I really liked the shades.

Milani Uptown Mauve, Sangria, Black CherryI picked up another Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Plumalicious. Its a berry plum that’s a little on the reddish-brown side but with enough purpleness to keep it in the plum family. Its fairly dark on me, but is a wearable shade and the pearl finish keeps it from being too vampy. Its slightly sheer and a little bit glossy. I totally love it.

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

I decided to be brave and try another drugstore brand lippie, although I’m generally not a big fan of anything else besides the Revlon lip products, mainly due to the scents. The scent of the Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolour didn’t seem too objectionable; a not overly strong cotton-candy scent. I really, really, loved the shade Entwined, a cooler-toned, deep mauvey plum.

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

This shade looked rich and lovely and had crazy intense staying power. Here’s where it all went awry though: It really stains your lips. The problem is it didn’t stain my lips a flattering berry shade. It stained my lips orange! I have no idea how to explain it, but the colour left behind was a weird orangey-red like when you’re a little kid and you’ve just had a brightly coloured popsicle. And I couldn’t get it off! It was still on the next day. So the Covergirl LipPerfection was a bit of a fail for me. It looks great when you first put it on, but I’m not a fan of the weird staining effect.

In Canada, Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are about $7.50-9.99 CAD and the Covergirl LipPerfection lipsticks about $8.50-9.99 CAD depending where you buy them.

And in case you’re wondering – I would love to hear recommendations for more good plum lipsticks!

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Love,
NerdyLibrarianGirl ❤

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MAC Lipstick Fail

MAC Naked Paris lipstick

MAC “Naked Paris”: A gritty, glittery mess

It hardly ever happens, but sometimes every now and then MAC gets it so wrong. I was going through my lipstick collection and found this sad little unused one. I had such high hopes for Naked Paris when I ordered it online a couple of years ago.

I thought it would be right up my alley:  a lustre (my fav), in the brown/pink family, “shimmery”…what could go wrong? As soon as I opened it I was like:

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I have never seen a glittery MAC lipstick before, but “glitter bomb” would be how I’d describe Naked Paris. It has so much glitter in it, you can actually feel the chunks of sparkle scraping across your lips when you apply it. You can see by the swatch, Naked Paris actually looks ok when first applied. But its so deceptive. Within half an hour, there is none of that pretty colour left on your lips, but there is tons and tons of glitter.

MAC Naked Paris swatch

Looks pretty at first, then quickly fades leaving nothing but chunks of glitter behind

I have never had a MAC lipstick wear off in such an unflattering way. This is one of the worst lipsticks of any brand I have ever tried.

Thankfully, MAC has discontinued Naked Paris, sparing others from its awfulness. I guess I will just back-to-MAC this one.

Have you ever had a MAC lipstick fail?

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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-End Lipstick Review Series: Tom Ford

Tom Ford Lip Color Spanish Pink

Tom Ford Lip Color

Oh has there ever been a lipstick as hyped as Tom Ford? It seemed like people just went bananas over them when they first came out. The fact that I couldn’t get them in Canada made them seem even more elusive and desirable, so while on a trip to England last year, I couldn’t resist picking one up. Its still practically impossible to buy Tom Ford makeup in Canada except for a few select Holt Renfrew stores, where they retail for an almost unbelievable $55 CAD.

I got the shade Spanish Pink, which I think really shouldn’t have “pink” in the name because this shade is more of a peachy coral and looks very peach on me. Its one of those Bridget Bardot 1960s type of shades that I really, really want to work on me, but honestly, its not the best colour for me 😦

Tom Ford Lip Color in Spanish Pink

Tom Ford Lip Color in “Spanish Pink”

Tom Ford Lip Color Spanish Pink Swatch

“Spanish Pink” Swatch

Let’s see how Tom Ford Lip Color does in my high-end lipstick comparison series…

Packaging
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Spectacularly luxurious. The heavy square tube, the black and gold – Its definitely one glamorous looking lipstick. I love the little “TF” engraved in the top of the lipstick itself. The Tom Ford packaging is up there with Chanel or Guerlain in fully living up to all of your expectations of a high-end lipstick. 3/3 Duchess points

Formula
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The Tom Ford lipstick doesn’t have the type of formula that I typically like. Although it claims to have “Rare and exotic ingredients, including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil” to “create an ultra-creamy texture”, its not a hydrating lipstick. I find it drying to wear. There’s also something about the finish that I’m not a fan of. Maybe its too matte for me or too opaque? It doesn’t make my lips look “yummy”. Every time I dig this out I think, I’m going to like this lipstick this time…but it just never happens. 1/3 Duchess points

Wear
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This lipstick does stay on well but isn’t the most comfortable to wear. I always feel like I want to apply lip balm after I’ve had it on a while. 2/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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To me, the Tom Ford lipstick smells almost identical to a MAC lipstick. It has that light vanilla scent. 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
Besides drying them out a bit, I don’t think this lipstick has irritated my lips at all. I haven’t had any reaction to it, so no Duchess points deducted.

MAC Test
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I definitely do not like this lipstick as much as MAC, so it gets the scary negative Duchess point!

Would I pay $55 CAD for another one?
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Nope. Another scary negative Duchess point!

Tom Ford Lip Color Total: 7/14

high-end lipstick review chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the series, I’m going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
NARS Lipstick (original)

Thanks for reading
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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