Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

L'Oreal Never Lacque-ing Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Never Lacque-ing Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Never Lacque-ing Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a gray-tinged, light beige with a cream finish. This was a rather streaky polish, and the best application results were with three coats–two thinner coats and then one really thick coat at the end, though drying time was quite long with that method. I applied two coats on my pinky and middle fingers, and three coats on my index and ring fingers in the swatches. I normally get a week of wear out of L’Oreal’s lacquers. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Endless Night (LE, $16.00) is darker. Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is darker. Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty (P, $12.00) is darker, rubber finish. See comparison swatches.

L’Oreal The Matte Velvet Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a mattifying top coat. It mattifies any color you apply it over, and it does so quickly, easily, and without trouble. If you dig the matte nail trend, I highly recommend picking up a mattifying top coat, as it makes any color you already have into a matte finish, and the wear is substantially longer! Though L’Oreal’s matte nail color formula chips away within a day on me, the mattifying top coat over a L’Oreal polish lasts almost a week with minor tip wear but no chipping. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I found one thin-to-medium coat perfect for getting a streak-free matte finish.

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Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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10/10

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Longevity

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Saturday, October 5th, 2013

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Amber Rush Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Amber Rush Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, reddish copper with orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had great color payoff both wet and dry, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well fourteen hours, and I didn’t see any signs of creasing, only very slight fading. Dior Meteore (661) (P, $30.00) is browner. LORAC Garnet (P) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $40.00) is pinker. NARS California (P, $24.00) is darker, less metallic. MAC In the Sun (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. MAC Mythical (LE, $15.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Cosmic (P, $24.00) is darker, a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Iced Latte Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, champagne beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It is semi-sheer when applied dry, and then it is semi-opaque when applied wet. This shade is best applied with a damp brush patted on in two to three layers. It wore well for nine hours, and it was somewhat faded and slightly creased after ten hours of wear. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is similar. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.99) is a cream product. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product, less metallic. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $20.00) is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

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It had great color payoff both wet and dry, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well fourteen hours, and I didn't see any signs of creasing, only very slight fading.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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It is semi-sheer when applied dry, and then it is semi-opaque when applied wet. This shade is best applied with a damp brush patted on in two to three layers. It wore well for nine hours, and it was somewhat faded and slightly creased after ten hours of wear. If you wear it over a primer, it's still worth considering.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

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Sunday, September 29th, 2013

L'Oreal Matte-r of Fact Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Matte-r of Fact Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Matte-r of Fact Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a blue-teal with a matte finish. It’s a new and limited edition shade for fall, which I’ve just wrapped up testing, because testing took all of 24 hours–it chips like crazy. Matte polish, in general, does tend to chip on me far faster than regular polish (especially since regular polish almost never chips on me), but there were chips on every nail after a day. It’s opaque in two coats, and like most matte formulas, it dries down very quickly. I would recommend a ridge-filling coat prior, as you can see some ridges from my natural nails. MAC Screening Room is glossy, but it is the closest I could think of in terms of color. See comparison swatches.

L’Oreal The True Diamond Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a clear base with a lot of fine silvery-white shimmer and sparkle. It’s designed to be used as a top coat, and one coat has great coverage for a top coat–you’ll get plenty of shimmer across the nail. I used one coat over Matte-r of Fact, and a second would have been totally unnecessary. I used two coats of it alone on my thumb nail, just so you could see what the top coat looked like on its own. The top coat extended the wear of Matte-r of Fact by two days before there was noticeable chipping. I generally have no problems with chipping when I’ve used L’Oreal’s Colour Riche formula–it wears well and long for me (week)–and would expect this to be just fine over more normally-wearing polishes. I don’t personally have anything similar to this, so I didn’t have any dupes in mind.

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Even though it's pigmented, dries quickly, and the consistency wasn't too thick or too thin, it is entirely chipped within a day, which I would expect to be a deal-breaker for most. I also had some staining after only wearing it for a day (since it chipped so badly!).

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5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

1/10

Application

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It's designed to be used as a top coat, and one coat has great coverage for a top coat--you'll get plenty of shimmer across the nail.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

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Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Autumn makes me think of the changing colors of the leaves, rain, and a lingering dampness and crispness in the air–which always makes me think of earthiness. One of my favorite earth tones is greens, and this post is inspired by them; murky, mossy, and dirty greens that are beautiful to wear.

  1. Inglot #419 — a subtly warm-toned, dirty green with a frosted finish
  2. OCC Ripley — a gorgeous, gold-sparkled mossy green with threads of metallic shimmer for your nails
  3. Urban Decay Stash — a classic olive-green eyeliner that’s richly pigmented and glides on easily
  4. Make Up For Ever #84 — a muted, darkened green with neutral-cool undertones
  5. L’Oreal Golden Emerald — a richly pigmented, slightly warm-toned gold-shimmered forest green

What are your top favorites?

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

I love weathered blues; which I interpret as blues that are dusty, muted, gray-tinged, stormy, and such. There’s just a faded quality to them, but there’s still depth and interest in the color. My very favorite of all-time is Urban Decay Strip, which was discontinued quite awhile ago.

  1. Urban Decay Shattered — a shimmering, muted blue with green and gold shimmer
  2. L’Oreal Infinite Sky — a gorgeous, glimmering stormy blue with a hint of gray
  3. Zoya Skylar — a muted, gray-tinged blue with gold sparkle
  4. Inglot #336 — slightly brightened and richer, but still a rather muted, navy blue with a matte finish
  5. Zoya Sunshine — a sparkling, muted navy blue polish

What’s your favorite shade of a weathered blue?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

September is the beginning of all things autumn for me. The temperatures have already started to cool down by me, though it’s still warm overall, the nights are cooling down. I’ve always been partial to September, as I am a September baby :) Usually, the real start of fall begins with my first sip of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, but they already brought it back (and it was delicious!). By this point, I’ve typically reviewed several fall color collections, which is perfect timing so I can include some of those favorites while they can still be purchased. This month’s Tempting 10 features more recently released shades from the fall collections, but I still wanted to highlight a few favorites that you can find all year-long.

  1. Dior Millenium — a shimmering warm-toned, pewter in a cream formula that can be used as a sheer wash or built up for more intensity.
  2. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette — it is such a perfect mix of deep, smoky shades for fall with excellent color payoff across the board.
  3. Color Club Beyond – a deep, warm, smoky gray-black with holographic shimmer–like ash from a crackling fireplace with dancing, fiery bits of shimmer.
  4. Urban Decay Vice — a rich, plummy purple polish with a soft, shimmering pearl.
  5. Milani Purr-fect Purple – a vibrant, rich purple eyeshadow with shimmer–perfect for accenting the eye!
  6. Tom Ford Love Lust – it’s a warmer, more muted coral, so it’s a lovely transition shade from summer to fall
  7. Guerlain Madame Batifole — creamy, hydrating, incredibly pigmented, and long-wearing makes this a rich, fuchsia-shimmered berry-red a true joy to wear.
  8. Tom Ford She-Wolf — it’s pricey, but not only is it a palette I could easily see myself reaching for time and time again, it was a palette that readers gravitated towards. It was easily one of the most viewed products from all fall color collections!
  9. Benefit Rockateur — a rose gold blush is subtle, wears well, and reminds me of the colors of autumn; rusty in a way, but still warm and inviting.
  10. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette — ten glorious shades of bold, bright, eye-catching shadows with buttery, soft, and smooth textures and excellent color payoff.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for September in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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