Sheer Matte Showdown: ColourPop Blotted Lip vs. Glossier Generation G

I've owned two Glossier Generation G lipsticks, Jam and Cake, for over a year now, and I wear both pretty regularly. They have their flaws (enumerated in the reviews I've linked), but I love the ease and subtlety of the sheer matte finish. So when I heard that ColourPop was releasing a new lipstick formula … Continue reading Sheer Matte Showdown: ColourPop Blotted Lip vs. Glossier Generation G

Pinks for Winter: Revlon Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights and Lip Butter in Lollipop

I was planning to wait until spring to buy these two bright pinks, but I had a $7-off-$17 coupon for Revlon burning a hole in my wallet, and there were no other Revlon products I really wanted. So here we are: my first Moisture Stain, Barcelona Nights, and my sixth Lip Butter, Lollipop. (Seventh, if … Continue reading Pinks for Winter: Revlon Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights and Lip Butter in Lollipop

Lipstick Chronology #25: Maybelline Vivids, Pt. 1 (Vivid Rose and Brazen Berry)

Names: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in Vivid Rose (875) and Brazen Berry (905) Dates Purchased: May and June 2013 Grades: A, A- Notes: Since I don't have all my lipsticks with me in San Francisco, I'm writing my Vivids reviews slightly out of chronological order. I bought one of my five Vivids, Fuchsia Flash, … Continue reading Lipstick Chronology #25: Maybelline Vivids, Pt. 1 (Vivid Rose and Brazen Berry)

Beauty Abroad, Part 2: Barry M Nail Paints in Sugar Apple and Shocking Pink

Sorry for the infrequent posting recently! No sooner had I recovered from jet lag and returned from my conference in York than I was felled by a bad cold. It's now been six days; the fever is long gone, but the hacking cough and general malaise remain. We went to Oxford yesterday, my first time … Continue reading Beauty Abroad, Part 2: Barry M Nail Paints in Sugar Apple and Shocking Pink

Milani Spring 2014 Reviews: Pink Rave and Sweet Grapefruit

Let's just get it out of the way: this liquid lipstick looks like a vibrator, right? Buying cruelty-free makeup is more difficult than it should be, especially when you're on a budget. Recently, though, I've been making more of an effort to do so. I'm a vegetarian for ethical reasons; I feel like a hypocrite … Continue reading Milani Spring 2014 Reviews: Pink Rave and Sweet Grapefruit

Lipstick Chronology #12: Revlon Raspberry Pie

Name: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie Date of Purchase: Summer 2012 Grade: B+ Remember the rapturous hype when Revlon released its Lip Butters in late 2011? More moisturizing than a lip balm! More pigmented than a sheer lipstick! Burn all your other lipsticks in a colossal auto-da-fé, these are the only ones you … Continue reading Lipstick Chronology #12: Revlon Raspberry Pie

Lipstick Chronology #6: Revlon Cherries in the Snow

Name: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow Date of Purchase: August 2011 Grade: A Notes: It’s snowing! I didn’t plan for this post to intersect with Winter Storm Janus, but isn’t it nice how that worked out? (Addendum, a month after writing the post: If I'd reposted it on blogspot yesterday, or … Continue reading Lipstick Chronology #6: Revlon Cherries in the Snow

Lipstick Chronology #4: A Tale of Two Undertones, Part 1 (Revlon Colorburst Fuchsia)

Name: Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Fuchsia Date of Purchase: May 2011 Grade: A Notes: Just over a year ago, I went into town for some post-Thanksgiving shopping. I was wearing one of my first high-end beauty purchases: YSL Glossy Stain in Rouge Gouache, a bright pink-based red. A middle-aged saleswoman with a Jersey accent complimented … Continue reading Lipstick Chronology #4: A Tale of Two Undertones, Part 1 (Revlon Colorburst Fuchsia)