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Zoya Darcy and Rocky Nail Lacquers

Zoya Darcy Nail Lacquer
Zoya Darcy Nail Lacquer

Zoya Darcy Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, sunny yellow cream.” It’s a bright, sunshine yellow with a cream finish. It was one of the better-applying yellow polishes I’ve come across, though it wasn’t flawless. There was some minimal streaking still apparent after two coats of polish, but it was hard to see at a distance. It was opaque in two coats. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion is slightly lighter. NARS Amchoor is similar. Chanel Mimosa is lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Yellow Fever is similar. See comparison swatches.

Rocky Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, serene blue cream.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, light-medium blue with a cream finish. It’s a muted take on sky blue. It was fully opaque in two coats. The consistency was slightly thick but not so thick that it pooled along the edges. I had some minor streaking with this shade as well, unfortunately. OCC Pool Boy is cooler. NARS Koliary is darker. Illamasqua Noble is darker, brighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway is darker, brighter, more shimmery. Deborah Lippmann On the Beach is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Darcy
Darcy
Darcy
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
Zoya Nail Lacquer Rocky
Rocky
Rocky
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #400 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #400 Flash Lip Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #400 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #400 Flash Lip Lacquer ($29.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a is a bold, bright red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy shine. (I expect this to look cooler-toned on cooler complexions, as it comes off more neutral against my warmer tones.) NARS Norma is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Driven By Love is darker, more shimmery. MAC Send Me Sailing is less pigmented. MAC Russian Red is similar. Dior Ceremony Red is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Chanel Fatale is less pigmented. See comparison swatches.

This shade had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was some translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through but very subtly. It has a high-shine, glossy finish that wears and lasts well, plus the color wears even beyond that. When I tested it, the glossiness lasted four and a half hours, and then it was a duller shine (but not totally matte) that continued on for another two hours (six hours total of good wear). The consistency is medium-weight, has a gel-like feel so it molds and clings to lips but not in a bad way, and has a light tackiness. It’s very comfortable to wear and nicely hydrating.  At a very, very close range, there is some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but it isn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance.

Giorgio Armani Flash Lip Lacquer #400
#400
#400
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Zoya Amy Nail Lacquer

Zoya Amy Nail Lacquer
Zoya Amy Nail Lacquer

Zoya Amy Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, red orange foil metallic.” It’s a bold, bright red-toned, medium-dark orange with molten gold sparkle. MAC Styleseeker is more metallic, darker. China Glaze Riveting has finer shimmer. Zoya Tanzy is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Amy is nearly opaque in two coats; there’s a very faint nail line that comes through at a distance when the light comes through the nail, but it’s hard to tell. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed well across the nail. The polish didn’t bubble, streak, or pool along the edges. It was easy to apply, and the dry down seemed a bit faster than the average polish.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Amy
Amy
Amy
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Aveda Jade Vine Petal Essence Eye Definer

Aveda Jade Vine Petal Essence Eye Definer
Aveda Jade Vine Petal Essence Eye Definer

Aveda Jade Vine Petal Essence Eye Definer ($16.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “matte, bright, grass green.” It’s a yellow-toned, medium green with a matte finish. MAC Emerald Sea is less pigmented. Make Up For Ever #16L is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Landscape Green is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

It had decent to good color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color after a few passes back and forth. However, I wasn’t able to achieve this kind of payoff on the lash line, because the consistency of the pencil was rather waxy and stubborn, so it didn’t glide on easily. It tended to drag and skip, and it ended up looking rather subtle when I tried to apply it. The wear was so-so, as the eyeliner (that I managed to apply) lasted six hours well and started to smudge after that.

Aveda Petal Essence Eye Definer Jade Vine
Jade Vine
Jade Vine
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
2.5
Application
59%
Total

Chanel Suspense and Synopsis Rouge Coco Shines

Chanel Suspense Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Suspense Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Suspense Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is brightened, fuchsia pink with a luminous sheen and cool undertones. It had mostly opaque color with some very light translucency. Suspense lasted just under four hours on me, which is longer than the average Rough Coco Shine and just under average for lipsticks in general (on me). Revlon Sorbet is a smidgen lighter, less pigmented. Too Faced So Berry Sexy is cooler-toned, less fuchsia. MAC Lickable is less red. Guerlain Gigi is brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is darker. See comparison swatches.

Synopsis Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a softly, warmed-up medium brown with faint shimmer. Once applied, it looks less brown and warmer and slightly rosy (because of the natural pink tones in my lip color). It had semi-opaque color payoff with some translucency, and it lasted for three hours on me. shu uemura Dream Orange is lighter. MAC Glamour Era is less shimmery. MAC Mellowarm is similar. Guerlain Gracieuse is lighter. Guerlain Brun Satin is less pigmented. Benefit Saucy is warmer. See comparison swatches.

These are two more of eight new shades being added to the Rouge Coco Shine formula range, and the new shades are specifically designed to be more pigmented (“colour-rich”), as the Rouge Coco Shine formula normally has sheer color (by choice).  The consistency is lightweight, thin, and very emollient, as they feel like a lip balm/lipstick hybrid.  Suspense was moderately hydrating on me, while Synopsis was lightly hydrating.   Both shades lasted longer than the sheerer shades wear on me, but they are still a bit short compared to regular lipsticks so be prepared for more frequent reapplication.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Suspense
Suspense
Suspense
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Synopsis
Synopsis
Synopsis
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) Le Rouge

Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) Le Rouge
Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) Le Rouge

Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright, cool-toned fuchsia with red tones and a satin sheen. NARS Carthage is slightly less bright. MAC Rare Exotic is cooler. MAC Lickable is lighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is redder. See comparison swatches.

I’m really quite enamored with the Le Rouge formula, and I suspect that next time Sephora has a sale going on, I’ll pick up a few more shades (assuming I can hold off until then!). Fuchsia Irresistible had rich, opaque color in nearly a single pass. The color was lightweight, comfortable, and wore for ages–nearly seven hours, plus left a residual stain. The consistency is creamy but doesn’t have too much slip, so it doesn’t bleed or feather. The formula looks lovely on the lips and really seems to give lips a smoother appearance overall, and it is hydrating when worn and for a couple of hours after it’s worn away.There’s a very faint scent that’s supposed to be mimosa and black currant, but I was hardly able to detect it in the tube and definitely not when applied.

Givenchy Le Rouge Fuchsia Irresistible (205)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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