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Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow

Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow
Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow

An Eternal Gold from Lancome

Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering gold.” It’s a medium yellowed gold, muted by a hint of brown, with a frosted, metallic finish. L’Oreal Gold Imperial is nearly identical. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is very similar–perhaps a touch warmer.

I’ve had the best luck with Eternal Gold when it comes to Lancome’s Infinite Eyeshadows–the other two I tried were disappointing. The pigmentation is fully opaque both wet and dry, and when dry, it looks a bit more intense and less frosted (more metallic). It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly and evenly. I tested wear for twelve hours, and I didn’t experience any fading, creasing, or fall out.

Lancome’s Infinite formula is definitely comparable, generally, to Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows–all three companies are owned by L’Oreal. What I’ve noticed primarily is that Giorgio Armani’s shades are much more nuanced and complex in comparison to Lancome and L’Oreal. Lancome offers several shades, but of the three I’ve tried, they are composed like L’Oreal’s as all solid colors.  The only difference I could find was that Eternal Gold is just a little smoother/finer compared to Gold Imperial but the color and wear are the same, though the latter is a limited edition shade for the holidays, so if you want to get the same color for a lot less, you’ll need to track it down sooner rather than later.

Lancome Color Design Infinite 24H Eternal Gold

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Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss
Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss

Pale, Shimmering Beige Offers a Warm Glow

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a warm, peachy beige with pale champagne and gold micro-shimmer. MAC Lightly Prancing has a similar composition but the gold shimmer is larger. MAC Viva Glam V is also similar, slightly warmer. MAC Devilishly Stylish has white shimmer.

The Luminizing Lipgloss formula is supposed to be “intense, pure moisture” — really hydrating, in other words, with a non-sticky texture and “long-lasting color and natural luminosity.” I’ve been meaning to check out other shades in this formula, because Shiseido owns Cle de Peau, which makes one of my favorite glosses of all time (#2, for those curious) and the packaging and descriptions are similar for both glosses. So, on a whim, I added this to my Nordstrom order.

There’s a slight milkiness to the color that gives it more color coverage than anticipated–you can see how faded my lip freckle looks, despite the gloss having transparency. It adds mostly warmth and gold shimmer and ultimately evens out my lip color.  The formula is non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, comfortable to wear, but most importantly, hydrating.  It’s definitely one of the most moisturizing gloss formulas on the market from what I have tried.  This shade lasted just over three hours on my lips, which is a bit shy for average on gloss for me though on par with similar shades (light shades like these always seem to wear away faster).

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer

Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer
Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer

A Very Berry Glitter

Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer ($8.75 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a mix of “fine, extra-fine raspberry and charcoal with raspberry mini-hex and raspberry holo mini-hex with gunmetal and holo gunmetal mini- and medium-hex glitter in a clear base.” It has medium-dark pink shimmer in an assortment of sizes going as large as small hexagon-shaped glitter particles, and then some glitters look redder than others, along with some black and silver hexagons. Some pieces are holographic, so they look like rainbow when tilted/angled.

I applied two coats of it on its own on my thumb and pinky nails, and then one coat layered over Color Club’s Fashion Moment, which is a reddish burgundy cream color. I thought it worked well over burgundy, and I think it would be really nice over black, too.  The formula is on the thicker side, but it ends up being a good base as the glitters spread evenly across the nail without having to dab or pull at them, and what you see in the bottle makes it onto the nail. Some care is needed, though, to avoid over-applying from the thickness. It’s semi-opaque in coverage after two coats, and you might get nearly opaque coverage with three coats.  I typically get a week of wear without chipping or peeling with Lacquistry’s formula.

Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Lancome In Love Collection for Spring 2013


Lancome In Love Collection for Spring 2013

Blush In Love ($49.00)

  • Peche Joue-Joue (10) Peach
  • Pommettes D (20) Pink

Baume in Love ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rose In Love (100) Baby pink
  • Urban Ballet (110) Satin bright pink
  • Coral Electric (120) Bright orange
  • Midnight Rose (130) Lavender violet

Vernis in Love ($15.00)

  • Peach Melodie Orange
  • Rose Macaron Fuchsia
  • Sugar Rose Pink

Khol in Love ($25.50)

  • Deepwater Blue (401) Dark blue
  • Chocolate Affair (101) Brown
  • Jade Crush (501) Dark green

Color Design Infinite 24H ($24.50)

  • Boundless Blue Dark blue
  • Evermore Lilac Light violet
  • Persistent Peach Peachy pink
  • Tremendous Turquoise Bright blue

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Lynnderella Angel Food Nail Lacquer

Lynnderella Angel Food Nail Lacquer
Lynnderella Angel Food Nail Lacquer

Would You Wear Sheer Glitter By Itself?

Lynnderella Angel Food Nail Lacquer ($22.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as containing “semi-sheer white squares and hexagonal glitter with iridescent blue glitter, pink shimmer, and fuchsia micro-glitter in a translucent lavender-pink base.” It’s a pale lilac-pink with larger white squares, medium hexagonal glitters, small pink shimmer, and some fuchsia micro-glitter. I don’t have any dupes for this shade, but the base color did remind me of Cult Nails Enticing and Essie French Affair.

I tried layering this over a darker pink (Chanel Fracas), and it ended up looking really milky and uneven when applied over a pink. I thought it worked better on its own, where it was semi-sheer after two coats with a fair amount of glitter. There was good dispersion of the glitter/shimmer across the nail when applied normally (no dabbing or pulling necessary). The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, though it was a bit thicker than a lot of Lynnderellas I’ve tried.  I’ve worn five or so of Lynnderella’s glitters for wear now, and all five have lasted for a full seven days with no chipping or peeling.

Lynnderella Angel Food Nail Lacquer

B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer

Black and Silver Meet Again

L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a creamy black with silver-gray shimmer. It has less shimmer when compared to Illamasqua Creator and NARS Night Breed. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition is closer to the other two dupes I mentioned, as the shimmer is larger and more noticeable.

The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, and the coverage was fully opaque after two coats.  I’ve been getting a full seven days with no chipping, just minor tip wear, with L’Oreal’s Colour Riche formula.  This is a limited edition holiday shade, which I’ve still spotted in stores as late as last week, but I haven’t seen it available online.  I think because the shimmer is smaller, it gets a little lost in the black base (it also seems grayer/more subdued in color), so I’d grab The Queen’s Ambition over this between the two.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer Drop Dead Gorgeous
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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