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Cult Nails Grunge, Wack Slacks, Feedback Nail Lacquers

Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “military green creme.” It’s a light-medium, muted green with subtle, almost cool, undertones and a cream finish. It’s incredibly pigmented–it was almost totally opaque in a single coat. It dried down to a lightly shiny finish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. If every polish was like this, our wallets would be doomed–it’s so, so well-formulated. Zoya Gemma (P, $8.00) is darker. Zoya Bevin (P, $8.00) is less green, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Wack Slacks Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold blue creme.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with a purple tinge and a cream finish. Like Grunge, this was incredibly pigmented–this was opaque in one coat, but I did two coats for the swatches. The consistency was nicely balanced, not too thick or too thin, and spread evenly across the nail without streaking. It might be one of the best cream polishes I’ve ever used. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is bluer, brighter. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is similar. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (LE, $19.00) is sheerer, slightly bluer. See comparison swatches.

Feedback Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft gold, pink, orange mylar flakes.” It’s as described: a mix of gold, pink, and orange flakes that shimmer and reflect as the light hits them. The consistency of the polish is very, very thick–almost gel-like–and the best application seemed to be pushing and pulling the polish into place. One coat has enough flakes that only one coat is necessary for topping your favorite nail color. I haven’t used a lot of flakey top coats like this, but so far, I haven’t been a big fan. Cult Nails Walk of Shame (P, $12.00) doesn’t have flakes and looks darker overall. Cult Nails Happy Ending (LE, $12.00) is multi-colored but is similar with respect to the shapes. See comparison swatches.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Grunge
Grunge
Grunge
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Wack Slacks
Wack Slacks
Wack Slacks
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Feedback
Feedback
Feedback
C+

Permanent

7
Product
10
Pigmentation
6
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
78%
Total

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Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a limited edition five-pan eyeshadow palette described as “soft beige to rich purple, matte and pearlized shadows.” Chanel’s holiday collection has been out for a month or so, but the eyeshadow palette was slow to arrive and as soon as I saw it pop up on Nordstrom, I purchased mine. For someone who likes soft, neutral eyeshadows, it’s a nice palette that leans towards the darker end of the neutral shade, so it’s a rather smoky, sultry combination of colors. It’s not a particularly unique set of shades, but I can see some really loving and reaching for it often. The formula has such a silky-soft texture that it can be a little powdery, though it blends beautifully and lies well on the skin (so it doesn’t look powdery or caked on when applied), but you may want to tap your brush slightly to minimize excess powder. Also, this palette is a lot more product than the last version; this palette contains 0.32 oz. whereas Pearl River had 0.21 oz.

Charming #1 is a light, peachy-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled, albeit a smidgen powdery. Too Faced Bubbly (LE) is similar. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) is a smidgen pinker. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Peace (P) is warmer, a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Charming #2 is a medium brown with a subtle gray tinge on the top, while the undertone is still on the warm side. It had a matte finish, and it was very, very soft–a little powdery as a result. MAC Caramel Sundae (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is a touch darker. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Charming #3 is a medium, warm-toned bronze with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery to the touch. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is darker.Too Faced Chestnut (LE) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Dart (P) is similar, a touch darker. Too Faced Gangsta (LE) is similar. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $16.00) is a cream product. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is warmer, darker. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Savannah #2 (LE) is slightly more golden. See comparison swatches.

Charming #4 is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade felt very soft but didn’t stick together well, so it seemed sheer when swatched. When I applied it to the lid, it was a more buildable, layerable color that took two to three layers to really get the color to hold. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Brown Down (P, $15.00) is also warmer. Benefit Quick, Look Busy (P, $20.00) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Charming #5 is a cool-toned taupe with a purplish cast and a matte finish. Again, it had fairly good color payoff and is a more buildable shade as the texture was so soft that it was a little powdery. MAC Keep Your Cool (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Exhale (P) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (P) is darker. bareMinerals Vow (P) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Hot Stone (LE, $29.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Charming
Charming
Charming
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Charming #4

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Charming #5

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5 Shades of Bright, Metallic Silver

As someone with a warmer complexion, I always go gold during the holidays, but I would be remiss if I didn’t consider the opposite–silver–which can work well to brighten and reflect just as nicely as gold!

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum — a bright, metallic silver
  2. NARS Interstellar — a frosted, metallic silver cream
  3. Urban Decay Cuff — a brightened silver eyeliner–perfect for brightening up a smoky eye
  4. Inglot #447 — an extremely bright silver with a highly metallic finish in powder form
  5. Zoya Electra — silver tinsel with a holographic finish to make any nail color festive

What’s your favorite silver-hued beauty product?

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Round-up: MAC Nocturnals Collection

MAC Nocturnals Collection
MAC Nocturnals Collection

This post signifies the conclusion of our coverage of MAC’s Nocturnals collection! 🙂 This collection is available online now and in-stores on November 7th.   You can also see our round-ups for MAC’s holiday color collection, Divine Nights, and their kits/palettes collection, Stroke of Midnight.

MAC Nocturnals Collection
MAC Nocturnals Collection

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Pink Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Pink Set
MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Pink Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Pink Set ($32.50 for 4 x 0.08 fl. oz. or 0.32 fl. oz.) contains one Dazzleglass and three Cremesheen Glasses. Both Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass a pricey formula, because they don’t contain a lot of product (0.06 oz. and 0.08 oz. respectively), but the holiday kits are an excellent way to snag them for much, much less than they would be individually. The Dazzleglass in the set actually contains 33% more (0.08 oz. compared to 0.06 oz.), so the value of that shade alone is $26.67, while the three Cremesheen Glasses are, essentially, full-sized and are a value of $60. The tubes are slightly wider and shorter than the full-sized versions. All of the shades in this set are repromotes (meaning they’ve been released previously in some capacity).

Dressed to Dazzle is described as a “pink tinted with silver sparkle.” It’s a pale, neutral-cool light pink with lighter pink and pale gold sparkle. On lips, it was semi-sheer and tended to lighten lips and give a milky quality to the color. It did apply fairly evenly and wore for three and a half hours.  MAC Demure (LE, $20.00) is similar. Guerlain Rose in Bloom (LE, $32.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Bellini (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Fashion Scoop is described as a “clear pink.” It’s a pale, light-medium pink with very fine white shimmer. It was semi-sheer when applied, and it had a milky quality that made it slightly uneven at times (especially if you pressed your lips together). It lasted less than two hours.  It’s part of the permanent range. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is very similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is a touch cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Fresh Air (LE, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Imaginaire (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Petite Indulgence is described as a “bright blue-pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned, blue-based pink cream. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and this shade tended to “bunch” up so it was hard to keep even once applied It wore for just over two hours.. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is similar. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) MAC Petite Indulgence (P, $20.00) is less blue-based, more opaque. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned/lighter. See comparison swatches.

Colour Saturation is described as a “dark cool wine creme.” It’s a cool-toned, berry-red with a cream finish. It settled slightly into lip lines but yielded semi-opaque color coverage. It’s not an easy color to keep even at all. It lasted three hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, redder. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is shimmery, less red. See comparison swatches.

MAC Nocturnals (2013) Nocturnals Lipgloss/Pink
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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Dressed to Dazzle

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Fashion Scoop

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Petite Indulgence

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Colour Saturation

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MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Nude Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Nude Set
MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Nude Set

MAC Nocturnals Lipgloss/Nude Set ($32.50 for 4 x 0.08 fl. oz. or 0.32 fl. oz.) contains one Dazzleglass and three Cremesheen Glasses. Both Dazzleglass and Cremesheen Glass a pricey formula, because they don’t contain a lot of product (0.06 oz. and 0.08 oz. respectively), but the holiday kits are an excellent way to snag them for much, much less than they would be individually. The Dazzleglass in the set actually contains 33% more (0.08 oz. compared to 0.06 oz.), so the value of that shade alone is $26.67, while the three Cremesheen Glasses are, essentially, full-sized and are a value of $60. The tubes are slightly wider and shorter than the full-sized versions. All of the shades in this set are repromotes (meaning they’ve been released previously in some capacity).

Phiff! is described as a “light beige nude.” It’s a pale, peachy beige with gold and white sparkle/glitter. It’s sheer on the lips and adds a hint of warmth and moderate sparkle. The consistency is on the thicker side, and this shade wore for two and a half hours.  I also felt some of the grit of the sparkle as it wore away.  Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) has finer shimmer. MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches.

Boy Bait is described as a “light neutral beige with pearl.” It’s a pale, light-medium peach with subtle warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage and applied mostly evenly with light settling into lip lines. It wears short of two hours.  This is part of the permanent range. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker. Bobbi Brown Air Kiss (LE, $19.00) is sheerer. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Over Indulgence is described as a “neutral brown.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-brown with a cream finish and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage with minimal settling into lip lines (seemed more prone to it on my upper lip than my bottom). It applied smoothly and evenly, though. It wore well for two and a half hours. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Strictly Plutonic (LE, $20.00) is a bit darker. MAC Kiss Don’t Tell (LE, $20.00) is browner. Chanel Impertinence (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Richly Revered is described as a “vampy blue red.” It’s a muted, dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy, slightly creamy, finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it did settle into lip lines somewhat. It managed to wear for almost three hours. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Nocturnals (2013) Nocturnals Lipgloss/Nude
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
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Phiff

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Boy Bait

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