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Disney’s Ariel Collection will make its debut exclusively at Sephora soon!  It will be online in June 2013, in-stores in August 2013.  Looks like we’ll see an eyeshadow palette, eyeshadow quad, six Sephora X polishes, compact mirror, perfume (both bottle and rollerball), and four squeeze-tube lipglosses.


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Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer

Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer
Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer

Guerlain A La Parisienne Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is an intense coral-red with a cream finish. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is pinker, cooler. Dior Merveille is more shimmery. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy is more shimmery, warmer. China Glaze Hey Sailor is cooler. Essie Too Too Hot is similar. Essie Silken Cord is cooler. See comparison swatches.

It’s incredibly pigmented and nearly opaque in one coat, but you’ll need two for full color coverage. It dries down a bit faster than the average polish, and it dries to a high gloss finish–no need for a top coat. The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish spread well across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges and was very easy to control during application. I only see very minor tip wear after wearing Guerlain’s polish for a week.

Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer A La Parisienne
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Rescue Beauty Lounge Become One, Smile, Thank You Nail Lacquers

Rescue Beauty Lounge Become One Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Become One Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Become One Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described an “opaque green” inspired by “young, verdant leaves in spring.” It’s a medium green cream with warm, yellow undertones. This was really rich in pigment and was nearly opaque in one coat, though I still found two to work best for full opacity. The consistency is slightly thick but not to the point where it hurts application, just makes the drying time a bit longer. It flowed well across the nail without pooling along the edges, bubbling, or streaking. I typically get a full week of wear with very minor tip wear with Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula. Cult Nails Feelin’ Froggy is cooler-toned, more shimmery. China Glaze Starboard is slightly darker and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Smile ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dazzling red … a neutral red … full of sunny, shimmery goodness.” It’s a brightened, pink-red with barely-there gold pearl and warm undertones. I really couldn’t detect the gold pearl well; normally, even fine pearl will catch the light in photos, despite a lower impact in real life, but here, it’s hard to see at all. I was disappointed with that, because Rescue Beauty’s subtle, but noticeable, pearl is often a characteristic that they excel at but is uncommon in other brands. The consistency and application were both great, though, and I had no issues with opacity, as it was opaque in two coats. OCC Extravaganza is lighter, more shimmery. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is brighter, darker, more shimmery. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is pinker, brighter. Chanel Fracas is lighter. Zoya Kimber is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Thank you ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bare, neutral nude, [with] a cast of beatific opalescent pink shimmers.” It’s a pale, subtly warm-toned beige with opalescent pearl. No matter how thin or thick my coats were, I couldn’t manage to apply this shade without noticeable streaking and unevenness. The consistency of the polish was slightly thick, which may have hurt the application. I applied two coats, and it had semi-opaque color coverage. MAC Undercover Nude is less shimmery, less pigmented. Chanel Island is more shimmery, lighter. Essie Sand Tropez is darker, cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Become One
Become One
Become One
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Smile
Smile
Smile
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Thank You
Thank You
Thank You
C+

Limited Edition

6
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
77%
Total

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Revlon Sorbet and Wild Watermelon Colorburst Lip Butters

Revlon Sorbet Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Sorbet Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Sorbet Colorburst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a cool-toned, fuchsia pink with a luminous finish.
NARS Jardin des Plantes is brighter, redder. MAC Lickable is similar in color. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is brighter, more pigmented. Revlon Raspberry Pie is a bit darker, less bright. Revlon Lollipop is less red, not as bright. See comparison swatches.

Wild Watermelon Colorburst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with a luminous finish. There’s surprisingly little warmth in this color–there’s some, but it doesn’t turn orange. Maybelline Shocking Coral is brighter, more opaque. MAC Fusion Pink has an iridescence to it. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Both shades had buildable color coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. There’s a noticeable translucency, which is as expected for the formula (they’re not designed to be full coverage), so the natural lip color will come through. If you have naturally redder lips, I expect both shades will appear redder as a result. The consistency is lightly creamy with a fair amount of slip, so they feel more like a lip balm than a traditional lipstick and feel that way, too. They will slide around the lips somewhat, but I don’t have issues with the color fading or feathering–mostly that the wear time is on the shorter end. Sorbet lasted three and a half hours, which is good for a Lip Butter, but short for shades like this (normally, I’d get five to six hours). Wild Watermelon lasted three hours. They were lightly hydrating but only while worn.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Sorbet
Sorbet
Sorbet
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Wild Watermelon
B+

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Kat Von D Ladybird True Romance Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows and one travel-sized eyeliner. All of the shades (including the eyeliner) are matte. The eyeshadows are supposed to be intensely pigmented, long-wearing and won’t crease, smudge, or fade. The eyeliner is also supposed to be long-wearing and should glide on easily.

Fur Elise is a subtly cool-toned, purpled burgundy with a matte finish. The texture was a smidgen dry, but it will perform better with a fluffier brush. theBalm Sexy is warmer, darker. theBalm Moderato is cooler-toned, darker. theBalm Alice Copper is more shimmery. bareMinerals Nightcap is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Vespertine is a warm-toned, light peach with a matte finish. It had a soft, buttery texture and rich color payoff. Urban Decay Foxy is yellower, less peach. NARS Night Star is slightly darker. bareMinerals Stealth is very comparable. See comparison swatches.

Renholder is a neutral-warm, gray-tinted, medium-dark brown with a matte finish. It seems a little too brown to be a true taupe. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled without being powdery. theBalm Matt Gallagher is pinker. Urban Decay Wreckage is darker, more shimmery. Urban Decay Naked 2 is lighter. MAC Magical Mist is more shimmery. bareMinerals Namaste is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Slate is darker. Bobbi Brown Chino is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Siouxsie-sioux is a darkened, gray-black with a satin finish–it looks mostly matte applied, but there seemed to be a faint shimmer in the pan. It was nicely pigmented and had a good, soft and blendable texture. Urban Decay Spell #2 is more shimmery. theBalm Sexy Stacey is cooler-toned. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome is lighter. Estee Lauder Black Chrome #2 is lighter. Urban Decay Gunmetal is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Unrequited is a light-medium, muted, peach-orange with a matte finish. The color payoff was true-to-pan, and it had a soft, buttery feel. Urban Decay Moonflower is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Ramatuelle #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Tete-a-Tint is darker. MAC Bare Minimum is cooler, more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Terracotta is darker. See comparison swatches.

Harlow is a warm-toned, medium brown with a yellowish tone and a matte finish. It had good payoff, but the texture was slightly stiff so it is best applied with a fluffier brush. Bobbi Brown Praline is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #2 is cooler. MAC Moleskin is slightly warmer. MAC Wedge is darker. theBalm Allegro is similar. theBalm Sultry is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Wolf is a dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff overall, but it was slightly stiff to work with. Urban Decay Bewitch is more shimmery. NARS Surabaya #2 is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Swiss Chocolate is slightly warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Pumped is warmer, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #17 is warmer, lighter. Inglot #363 is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Cleopatra is a muted copper with hints of brown and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation, and it had a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and smoothly. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 is darker. NARS Self Portrait 3 #2 is browner. MAC Body Conscious is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Immortal Love is a dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to opaque color with a creamy, glide-on consistency. It lasted eight hours with some minor, but noticeable, fading. Make Up For Ever #25L is lighter. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is darker. Urban Decay Whiskey is lighter. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer. MAC Seasonally Spicy is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Overall, this was a good palette, and for a matte palette, definitely an exceptional one that I’ve come across.  It’s not too warm-toned, though I would say it leans slightly warm as most of the neutrals are warm-toned.  Fur Elise and Siouxsie-sioux were the cooler-toned shades and the non-neutrals as well.  When I tested the palette for wear, I was able to get eight hours of wear, and I started to see some minimal fading after nine hours.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette Ladybird
Ladybird
Ladybird
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pots (Lime Light, Turquoise Glow, Sapphire Flare)

CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow
CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow

CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish and slight sparkle. AVEDA Lemongrass is lighter, cooler. AVEDA Papyrus is less shimmery. Dior Peacock #1 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #304 is brighter. MAC Lucky Green is darker. MAC Juxt is more muted. Inglot #412 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Turquose Glow (325) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a cool-toned, aqua with subtle green tones and a metallic, sparkling finish. Make Up For Ever #53 is a cream product and lighter. MAC Lucky in Love is very similar. See comparison swatches.

CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle. Urban Decay Radium is slightly darker. NYX Kiss in Casablanca is darker. Make Up For Ever #167 is brighter. MAC Freshwater is slightly brighter. Inglot #426 is slightly bolder. See comparison swatches.

This is a new formula that I found at my local Walgreens this past weekend. I haven’t spotted it available online, but CoverGirl does list it on their website. Interesting enough, the pots themselves didn’t have any names on them (just numbers), and heads up–there were no safety seals on these at all. The formula is supposed to have “vivid color,” be “blendable,” and have a “glittery and sparkly effect.”

All three were slightly powdery and would apply better with flat, firm brushes or sponge-tip applicators rather than fluffy brushes, which will just exacerbate the powdery surface. I used them wet, though, because they seemed to have the kind of texture that would respond well to a damp brush, and it seemed to minimize some of the powderiness. There’s a noticeable grit to the texture if you blended the color against your skin; like the powder isn’t finely-milled enough.

Aside from the texture, good color payoff was possible.  I had a noticeable amount of fading after six and a half hours of wear, which continued for the next few hours I wore them for.  Over a sticky primer, the results were better, and I was able to see the wear extend to eight hours without fading.  Depending on what primers and potions you already have, you may be able to make these work.  Lime Light was the best-performer, as it was barely faded after eight hours.  Turquoise Glow had the most powdery texture of the three, and it was noticeably grittier, too.  There was some sparkle fall out after eight hours, too, but it was less concerning compared to the fading.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Lime Light (310)
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Turquoise Glow (325)
C-

Limited Edition

7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Sapphire Flare (315)
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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