Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

One of my favorite colors of all-time is emerald green. It has so much depth, and I love that it can be cooler or warmer and be so, so different.

  1. Zoya Logan — a very cool-toned, glittering emerald green polish
  2. Milani Green Safari — an amazing emerald green cream eyeshadow that can be used as eyeliner or as a base
  3. Illamasqua Violate — because I can’t have a list that doesn’t include an emerald green lip color
  4. Zoya Holly — vibrant, warm-toned emerald green
  5. Make Up For Ever #80 — a smoky, slightly blackened emerald green eyeshadow

Have you worn any emerald green beauty products before?

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara
Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara

Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as a “glamorous sparkling mascara top coat that adds a beautiful shimmer to lashes … the gel based formula allows for easy, even application.” It’s not shimmer, it’s glitter–it’s definitely larger and chunkier, which is really a good thing as shimmer would be harder to see, but in case you were thinking, “oh, fine shimmer!” it’s really glitter-sized particles. It’s also a top coat, which means it can be used over mascara, not just bare lashes, and it will perform better over mascara (more to cling to).
The formula is very wet, not too thick or too thin, but wet. When the glitter gets caught on a lash, it does adhere, and it doesn’t fall out during wear, but the glitter applies in a scattered, sparse way. If you apply it similarly to mascara, where you’re running the wand through the lashes, you’ll need three coats or more to get visible sparkle. Now, the problem with this, is it has a tendency to clump and pull lashes together, so you’ll also need a lash comb or clean spoolie to help bring back definition and lash separation. It’s a lot easier to just use the glitter that’s on the tip of the wand to sort of tap and press and slide through the lashes, as you’ll get a denser application and minimize how much of the gel base on lashes.

The major upside of this product was once on, it stayed put, but the downside was in the application and lack of density of the glitter. I had better results with this formula than I did with Chanel’s glitter top coat, though you can get similar results using a liquid glitter eyeliner and dabbing or combing through lashes.

Just as a note (this had no impact on the rating), but you might concentrate the glitter on the tips of lashes, rather than the whole lash, as I saw pops of blurred sparkle throughout the day, which might be distracting for some!

Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “gold shimmer.” It’s true, metallic gold glitter particles suspended in a clear base. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner, and it is a paler, less yellow gold. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Glare Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “bronze shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, gold and copper mix of glitter suspended in a clear base.

Silver Gaze Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “silver shimmer.” It contains light-medium, metallic silver glitters suspended in a clear base. Urban Decay Glamrock (P, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner but is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
product

Golden Eyes

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
LE
product

Bronze Glare

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
LE
product

Silver Gaze

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

What is a holiday season without highlighting some of my current set of favorite ruby red-hued beauty products? I’m always on the hunt for more metallic reds, so I look forward to reading your favorites!

  1. OCC Black Metal Dahlia — a deep, dark burgundy-red with ruby red metallic shimmer
  2. Hourglass Siren — no list is complete without Siren, a fiercely metallic, opaque gloss
  3. OCC Role Play — a ruby red with a metallic finish and cool undertones
  4. Inglot #450 — a deepened, cool-toned reddish-berry with a metallic sheen
  5. Milani Cherry Crave — a warm, metallic red

What are your personal favorites?

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Milani Chilled Brandy Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Chilled Brandy Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Chilled Brandy Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pearl red mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark burgundy with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for five and a half hours, though it was just slightly drying. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $15.00) is darker, less metallic. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is purpler. MAC Musky Amethyst (LE, $15.00) is slightly purpler. Make Up For Ever #13 (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Hot Pink Rage Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bright pink rose.” It’s a vibrant, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without tugging on the lip. It wore for almost six hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is not quite as blue-based. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is more matte, slightly bluer-based. Chanel Kensington (LE, $34.00) is more muted. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is slightly more blue-based. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

P
product

Chilled Brandy

B+

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
P
product

Hot Pink Rage

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Milani Bronze Beauty Lipstick
Milani Bronze Beauty Lipstick

Milani Bronze Beauty Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bronze shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper with lighter copper frost and a warm, reddish undertone. It had mostly opaque color coverage, wore well for five hours, and was just a smidgen drying overall. MAC Who’s That Chick (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less red. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is less frosted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Cherry Crave Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “red pearl metallic.” It’s a bright red with subtle warm undertones and metallic red shimmer. This shade had full color coverage, and it wore for six and a half hours, plus a residual stain was left behind. It felt a little drying towards the end of the wear. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play (P, $18.00) is a bit darker. Guerlain Pour Troubler (P, $35.00) is pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Super NSFW (P, $18.00) is similar but warmer-toned. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

P
product

Bronze Beauty

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
P
product

Cherry Crave

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

I shared my favorite oranges yesterday for Halloween, so of course, the other side of the coin is rich, inky blacks! Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Illamasqua Creator — a deep, dark black with silver flecks and sparkle with a glossy, high-shine finish
  2. Chanel Mirifique — a sparkling, creamy, deep dark black
  3. Urban Decay Perversion — a cult favorite; deep, dark, inky matte black for the lash line
  4. Milani Pitch Black — a deep, dark black eyeshadow with a matte finish for under $10
  5. Sugarpill Stella — a deep, dark black loose eyeshadow with teal, violet, pink, and emerald green micro-shimmer

What are your favorite black-hued beauty products?