Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

L'Oreal Something Shiny Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Something Shiny Infallible Lipgloss

A Barely-There, Sheer Gold-Shimmered Gloss

L’Oreal Something Shiny Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is sheer, gold-shimmered gloss. There is a very slight yellow tint to the otherwise clear base color. MAC Phiff is similar, just has larger sparkle particles. Bobbi Brown Bare has a colored mix of sparkle.

Something Shiny adds a modicum of shimmer, but it primarily adds shine.  It also seemed to warm up my natural lip color (giving it a warmer undertone, which is nice, given my natural lip color is corpse-like!).  Because the formula is slightly drying, it’s better layered over a lipstick to add a healthy dose of high-gloss shine.  The gloss has a thin consistency and gritty, tacky texture.  This particular shade smelled mostly sweet and fruity without the medicinal quality that some of the other shades have had.  When I tried wearing Something Shiny, the shine lasted for three hours, and the shimmer had vanished by the fourth hour–not quite the eight-hour wear promised.

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Something Shiny

C
Pretty in the tube than on, it doesn't deliver much in the way of color or sparkle, just shine. Unfortunately, with the drying nature of the formula, it's hard to wear alone (or justify the drying quality without more shimmer/color).

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

L'Oreal Pretty Precious Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Pretty Precious Infallible Lipgloss

A Sparkling Beige Best for Layering

L’Oreal Pretty Precious Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a soft pink-beige with white and silver shimmer and sparkle. Bobbi Brown Firefly has pink iridescence. NARS Albatross/ has gold shimmer instead of silver. MAC Jana has gold sparkle.

It’s a rather subtle gloss on, and while it can be worn alone, it is a nice way to add a layer of sparkle to your favorite lip color. It will work well with berries and pinks. On my lips, it’s semi-sheer; it lightens my natural lip color by adding a ton of white/silver shimmer. Pretty Precious lasted four and a half hours on my lips when I wore it, which was above average for a gloss in this kind of color/sheerness–just keep in mind that L’Oreal says you’ll get eight-hour wear.

The Infallible Lipgloss formula is thin, tacky, and a little drying. The way the sparkles catch the light is what makes these glosses really lovely to look at, though I’m not a fan of the overall way they feel and wear. The thinner texture means the sparkle feels gritty on the lips. I wish the scent was more pleasing; it’s a medicinal but sweet, fruity aroma that does linger a bit.

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Pretty Precious

B
I think these look spectacular on; the way the shimmer sparkles and catches the light is really lovely. The wear isn't as long as advertised, but it wears longer than most glosses. The grit of the sparkle, combined with the thin, sticky, and slightly drying texture, make it hard to love.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, November 19th, 2012

L'Oreal Primped & Precious Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Primped & Precious Infallible Eyeshadow

Here’s a Silver Lining for the Holidays

L’Oreal Primped & Precious Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a metallic silver-gray. Giorgio Armani #22 is similar–a smidgen darker (less pigmented, actually!). Buxom Chihuahua is similar but is a cream shadow. MAC Silver Sleet is darker, more intense. Inglot #448 is a touch darker.

To complement Gold Imperial, Primped & Precious is the cool-toned, silver equivalent.  It’s just bright enough to be silver, but there’s enough gray in the color to keep it from being too stark or metallic.  When applied dry, it is a bit sheer and crumbly.  When applied damp, it binds together much better and delivers richer payoff.  When I wore this, it lasted for ten hours without fading, creasing, or suffering from fall out.  (I did have some fall out during application when I tried using it dry.)

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Primped & Precious

B+
Of the three new (and limited edition) holiday Infallible Eyeshadows, this one was the weakest. Silver is not an uncommon color, so you might want to opt for a stronger formula.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, November 18th, 2012

L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss

A Budget-Friendly Sparkling Red Gloss for the Holidays

L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a bright red with gold and ruby red shimmer and sparkle. The underlying color is blue-based, but the addition of fiery gold shimmer makes it appear almost orange-toned at times. Dior Ceremony Red is bluer-based. MAC Ready to Roam is redder. MAC Totally Fab is more orange-toned. YSL Golden Red is similar but more orange-toned.

This is a new and limited edition shade for the holidays, which I grabbed at my local CVS a couple of weeks ago. I have a love/hate relationship with L’Oreal’s Infallible Lipglosses, because initially, I love, love them. They’re delightfully sparkly and pretty on, but they’re thin and have a tendency to feel gritty because of the thinness and high sparkle content. I feel like I fuss with my lips a bit more whenever I test one of these. There’s also this medicinal smell that sometimes reads “something sweet and fruity” or like menthol (honestly, it gives me an Icy/Hot kind of vibe, just more muted).

Sparkle Frenzy is semi-opaque and went on fairly evenly.  The tapered applicator holds a lot of product and allows for precision along the edges of the lip and the cupid’s bow.  This shade wore well for six hours, and it was in need of a touch-up after seven hours.  It can handle some drinking, but it won’t make it through a meal.  I love the way it looks, but I’m not keen on how it feels on: gritty, sticky, and a bit drying. While it wears well compared to the average gloss, L’Oreal advertises these as having eight-hour wear.

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Sparkle Frenzy

B
I think these look spectacular on; the way the shimmer sparkles and catches the light is really lovely. The wear isn't as long as advertised, but it wears longer than most glosses. The grit of the sparkle, combined with the thin, sticky, and slightly drying texture, make it hard to love.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, November 10th, 2012

L'Oreal The Queen's Ambition Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition Nail Lacquer

Bold and Black — The Queen’s Ambition

L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark black with silver glitter in multiple sizes. It is very similar to Illamasqua Creator, though Creator photographers more warm-toned on me. It is also comparable to NARS Night Breed, though The Queen’s Ambition is smoother.

It’s completely opaque after two coats, but one coat was almost enough for total opacity.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied very fluidly and evenly across the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the sides.  If you couldn’t bring yourself to pay the price for Creator, this makes for a more budget-friendly version that is incredibly close.  I don’t think you could tell the difference!  I haven’t tested the wear of this specific shade, but I have done wear tests for six or so of L’Oreal’s Colour Riche line, and they’ve worn very well; a full week without chipping, just very minor tip wear.

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The Queen's Ambition

Temptalia Recommends
A+
If you couldn't bring yourself to pay the price for Creator, this makes for a more budget-friendly version that is incredibly close. I don't think you could tell the difference!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, November 10th, 2012

L'Oreal The Bigger the Better Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Bigger the Better Nail Lacquer

A Splatter of Black Glitter

L’Oreal The Bigger the Better Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) contains black and silver glitter suspended in a clear base.  The silver glitter appears to be in one size, while the black glitter comes in multiple sizes, which makes it look a lot like black paint splatter. It looks super, super dark in the bottle–so much so that it also looks a lot like The Queen’s Ambition, but it’s completely different. I don’t have anything like this, and the only polish that reminds me of the effect is China Glaze Tinsel Town, which is black with silver glitter.

I layered this over a silver polish so you could see it layered, and the other two nails show the polish on its own with two coats. It’s best used as a layering polish, especially since the base color is clear. The glittery bits and bobs spread evenly across the nail and didn’t get too clumped up.  I picked this up from a holiday display, though I haven’t spotted it online yet, but it was at my local CVS.   L’Oreal’s Colour Riche line has worn really well on me from the half-dozen I’ve tested thus far–a full week of wear with no chipping and very minor tip wear.

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The Bigger The Better

A-
It's a very cool effect, but I can see people hating it (and loving it), so it's going to come down to personal preference. To keep the splattered effect, it should be layered or used with one or two coats.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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