Caked Makeup Lip Fondant Swatches

As promised, here are the Caked Lip Fondant Swatches. Not a fan of the packaging, and these do have a distinct chemical smell meant to imitate vanilla. But they perform above and beyond their counterparts. Just as much coverage as Dose of Colors, without the drying. They are head and shoulders above Beauty Bakerie and Kat Von D in terms of feel. Those two make me want to peel my lips off after about an hour because they are so dry. These go on like a lipstick, and dry to a soft finish. There is minimal to no transfer once they are set. They are easily removed with makeup remover or an oil based cleanser.caked lip fondant 2

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Cheap packaging aside, these are definitely keepers. I hope they come out with more colors because I’m so here for it. If they get rid of that horrible smell (although it fades after a few minutes), I’ll be even happier.

Lip Service: Ben Nye Lipstick

Now, lets say you don’t feel  like shelling out (or waiting for) a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick. Ben Nye is here to the rescue, with a selection of highly pigmented colors that give its more expensive counterparts a REAL run for the money.

There are about 20 colors, for just about any skin tone. I ended up with 5. At $10 a pop, these lipsticks are a steal.

Plum:

I know. Doesn’t look Plum to me either.

Wild Violet:

Red Coat:

Magenta:

Coral:

The pigmentation of all of these lipsticks is off the charts. You can use them as a stain (using just your fingers), sheer them out with gloss, or lay them full on from the tube. They are AWESOME. I highly recommend these. Not only is the price point attractive, but the performance is Professional Grade.

You can find out more about Ben Nye Lipsticks HERE.

Lip Service: Tory Burch Lip Color

I’m not really sure who to fuss at about this. Tory Burch for the lovely ‘on paper’ presentation but lackluster reality, or Nordstrom for the horrid … cheap… display of this makeup brand.

I had to be led to the Tory Burch display so I could take a look at it… past the gorgeous shiny displays for Giorgio Armani, MAC (naturally), and Chanel. sitting in the midst of all the lovely photos and amazing layouts is this little plastic ‘bin’ looking thing, with one of each item from the Tory Burch makeup collection sitting on top of it.

Just raggedy.

I ‘dig’ through the display to see what’s what. The lovely bronzer, that looks so pigmented in pictures, lacks any real color payoff… except perhaps on the palest skin tones. But the lipsticks are a different story. They look to be stronger in the tube than on the lips, and apply more like a shiny gloss (think, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine). So I end up with the darkest color (that’s not really dark at all), and a fabulous orangey coral color.

See how beautiful the tubes look? Classic Tory Burch pattern and color. And the gold is raised, which is nice. But the tube is nearly weightless, and that’s problematic. Think of the weight that a standard tube of Chanel, or even Hourglass (my hands down favorite presentation) lipsticks have. These tubes lack such weight… any weight actually, and the translation is ‘cheap.’

Knock on Wood:

This color reminds me a LOT of Clinique’s Black Honey Lip Color. It’s strong in the tube, but slick and sheer on the lips. A wide range of skin tones can wear this color with no issue. Initially, I was worried about it going goth, but it’s actually a very warm and inviting color.

Smack Dab:

This is my favorite of the two. Smack Dab is a warm, juicy orange based coral. The color is sheer, so the effect is flattering, not garish. If you don’t have Tom Ford’s Firecracker, this is a decent compromise for a little less money. You won’t get the presentation or pigmentation of Tom Ford, but you won’t be paying nearly $50 for it either. 🙂

These lipsticks are not bad, but I do feel that not much thought was put into this makeup line overall. It just seems to be done by committee, with no real thought about how customers might react to a $32 lipstick that feels and performs more like a $5 counterpart. I’m not sure who the audience is for this makeup line, but I think it’s fair to say that I’m not a part of that audience. I like for my makeup to make a statement from presentation to performance, and this makeup sort of gets lost in translation.

You can find out more about Tory Burch Beauty HERE.

Lip Service: Burberry Lip Cover in Oxblood

Burberry got it right. Most companies who try to release a dark maroon lipstick always end up going too far one way or the other. The color is either too light, or way too dark and goth looking. But Oxblood rides the fence between the two, making for a very wearable lipstick.

I kept the rest of the face very simple, to really let the lip color shine. This formula is highly moisturizing and wears pretty much all day. I reinforced the lip line with Chanel’s lip pencil in Rouge. The colors are almost identical. This is such a comfortable formula, and the pigmentation level is fabulous. The color is balanced enough to suit a wide range of skin tones. I’d say that unless you are uber pale and not a fan of dark lips, pretty much anyone can wear this color.

Love.

You can find out more about Burberry Lip Cover in Oxblood HERE.

Lip Service: Marc Jacobs Lipstick (Showstopper)

‘Tis the season for rich, bold colors… especially in the lipstick department. Marc Jacobs got the the Holiday Party started a little early this year, with the introduction of a beautiful red shade, appropriately named Showstopper. Instead of the classic black tube, this special edition lip color comes in a shiny candy red tube. Very ‘holidayesque.’

Like all the Marc Jacobs lipsticks, the hydration level in this little tube is amazing. You can put this lipstick on with no prep and end up with full, luscious color.

The other really awesome thing about this lipstick is that you can sheer it out to a tint, or layer it for full color. I absolutely love it. You can find out more about Marc Jacobs Lip Gel (lipstick) in Showstopper HERE.

 

Lip Service: Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss (Controversy)

Chanel released a tiny new collection (as they are apt to do, in an attempt to separate you from every single penny) in anticipation of the big Holiday Collection. The little bundle consists  primarily of lip colors, with a nail color thrown in for good measure.

I saw the collection recently, and decided that the only real standout was the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Controversy.

The strong berry-purple color is part chic, part goth. I think it’s perfect for the Autumn/Winter season, and I love that you can manipulate the color with liners to bring out either a cool or warm result.

I feel like there’s just enough brown in there to keep it from going totally goth on me. This color translates well on my warm skin, and wears more like a deep rusted berry.

You can find out more about Controversy HERE.

Lip Service: MAC Retro Matte

MAC released a series of matte pencils and lipsticks that … with the exception of one lip-liner, are all permanent. That means… no feeding frenzy of ‘collectors’ who absolutely MUST have six of every color. There’s enough for everyone. And when they run out, they’ll just make more. 😉

There are 8 lipsticks, and 8 lip liners. The limited edition liner, Fashion Boost, is most likely a must have for MAC fans. I imagine that when it’s gone, it’ll be gone forever… or until MAC repromotes it at some future date.

I ended up with two Lipsticks (Flat Out Fabulous and Fixed On Drama), and the Fashion Boost Lip Liner.

Flat Out Fabulous:

Fixed On Drama:

Fashion Boost Lip Pencil:

To say that the lipsticks are highly pigmented is an understatement. Like Ruby Woo (the original… and also present in this collection), the lipsticks wear a true matte, and can actually be layered for intensity. I used Lisa Eldridge’s tip of patting it on with my finger for a ‘stain’ recently, and it worked wonderfully.

I’ve seen Fashion Boost Lip Pencil compared to MAC Heroine (which sold out in a ridiculously short amount of time), and I have to say… it’s pretty darn close. So if you missed out on Heroine (I did), then you  might want to get this one as an alternative.

MAC Retro Mattes are currently on sale on the MAC website.