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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

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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

bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Remix: The Wild Thing

bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a limited edition palette for spring that features these shades: Sensational (iridescent aqua), Icon (electric chartreuse), Elitist (bronzed taupe), and Controversy (deep marine blue).

Sensational is a pale aqua–that leans a little sea foam green–with an iridescent gold sheen. It had pretty good pigmentation, and it was very soft. It seemed like it might be a smidgen powdery when I swatched it, but I didn’t have any fall out or powderiness when I applied it to my lid. Chanel Riviere is darker, grayer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #2 is lighter. Lancome Fashion Forward is very comparable.

Icon is a yellowed chartreuse with a satiny finish. It had great color payoff and applied smoothly. MAC Brilliantly Lit is a touch brighter (and a cream product). Dior Garden Pastels is darker, greener. NARS Rated R is greener–brighter, less yellow-toned. MAC Bitter is a bit lighter and matte in finish.

Elitist is a subdued khaki brown with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It was finely-milled, smooth when applied, and nicely pigmented. MAC Soba is similar but more matte. theBalm Schitzo is more golden. Giorgio Armani #26 is similar–a bit browner. Dior Golden Savannah is warmer, lighter. (This shade was also in The Star Treatment.)

Controversy is a darkened blue with a frosted, metallic finish. This shade was a bit powdery, but I didn’t encounter any powdery fall out when applied to the lid. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #4 is darker, more of a navy blue. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #1 is a touch greener in its base. MAC Pre-packaged is a bit brighter. bareMinerals Water is similar in color but has more of a satiny finish.

The color composition gave me a summery vibe, but from questions we’ve asked here, most readers don’t seem bound by colors on a season-by-season basis.  The four shades work well together, and Elitist makes it more approachable as a way to tone down some of the colors in it.  When I wore all four shades together, they lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing (no primer required).  I did experience a very slight powderiness in Sensational and Controversy when I swatched them, but it didn’t impact application as there was no powdery fall out or difficulty in achieving smooth, opaque color.

bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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bareMinerals The Natural High Blush

bareMinerals The Natural High Blush
bareMinerals The Natural High Blush

bareMinerals Remix: The Natural High

bareMinerals The Natural High Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden petal peach.” It’s a peachy-gold shimmered rosy pink; a little coral-pink but still more pink than coral even on my warmer skin tone. It’s a shade a lot of us have in our stash, in some variation, as many, many brands make this shade–most notably NARS Orgasm. NARS Deep Throat is darker, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is redder, less shimmery. Tarte Glisten is comparable.

It’s soft to the touch (softer, denser than other Ready blush shades I’ve tried), finely-milled, and nicely pigmented. It’s buildable, blendable, and wore for a full eight hours (exactly as long as bareMinerals’ lists the wear as). The shimmer-sheen finish doesn’t accentuate pores or imperfections in the skin texture, so it ends up being a flattering sheen and glow on the cheeks, along with the rosy flush.  If you already have other peachy-shimmered corals, it’s not a must-have, but the formula worked well and the payoff was true-to-pan, so if you don’t have it, this is a good candidate for consideration.

bareMinerals The Natural High Blush

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder Launches


NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder

For Spring 2013, NARS introduces an innovative new mineral setting powder, available in both loose and pressed formulas. Light Reflecting Setting Powder helps skin “shine through makeup,” enhancing the look of foundation and extending makeup wear – all without
a trace of color.

Containing NARS’ exclusive Light Reflecting Complex, this translucent powder optimizes light reflection on the skin, optically fading fine lines, wrinkles, and pores as skin is visibly smoothed. Vitamin E and glycerin help guard against dryness and provide a luminous soft matte finish. Ideal for touch-ups, regulating shine, and seamlessly setting foundation. Paraben-free. Fragrance-free. Non-Comedogenic.

Loose Powder ($34.00)

Available January 15th at NARS 413 BLKR boutique and narscosmetics.com

Pressed Powder ($34.00)

Available February 1st at Sephora and sephora.com, March 15th at narscosmetics.com

Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie

Are You Obsessed With Milky Pinks?

Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy baby pink.” It looks like a brightened, blue-based bubblegum pink in the tube and when you squeeze it out, but on lips, it is more subdued–more of a milky, light-medium pink with subtle blue undertones. MAC Going Casual is a bit cooler-toned. NARS International Velvet is very similar. MAC Pagoda is a touch cooler-toned and has shimmer. Tom Ford Sugar Pink is warmer.

It’s semi-opaque; there’s a lot of milkiness and creaminess, and you can see how it significantly diffuses and fades the look of my lip freckle (but doesn’t cover it completely). For something as milky as this shade, I was surprised at how well it applied–the color deposited mostly evenly, there wasn’t too much settling into lip lines. When I pressed my lips together, the product didn’t bunch up nor were little lines of product created. Obsessed wore for three hours, and it was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. Lip Junkies are mint-scented and flavored.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Obsessed
Obsessed
Obsessed
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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