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Kat Von D Proud Peacock Waterproof Autograph Pencil

Kat Von D Proud Peacock Waterproof Autograph Pencil
Kat Von D Proud Peacock Waterproof Autograph Pencil

Kat Von D Proud Peacock Waterproof Autograph Pencil ($10.00 for 0.028 oz.) is described as a “deep gray green.” It’s a smoldering, blackened green-tinted teal with a pearly sheen. Make Up For Ever #20L is similar in color but less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #4K is matte and less blackened. Urban Decay Loaded is darker. Urban Decay Invasion is less green and more matte. MAC Dark Envy is a gel eyeliner, but it is similar in color–slightly greener. See comparison swatches.

During Sephora’s sale earlier this year, I saw this formula and loved that they came in smaller sizes because the price tag was also smaller–and you know me, I love all things teal. It was surprisingly a let-down, because the texture was waxy but stubborn so it tugged and pulled at the lash line. Then, the color payoff was uneven and semi-opaque. I really couldn’t build-up the color well enough to get rich, opaque color. It’s supposed to last eight hours and be waterproof, too, and on me, it lasted six hours well, and it had migrated to the outer corners somewhat by the eighth hour. It seemed water-resistant but did smudge slightly when I rubbed at it with water.

Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencil Proud Peacock
Proud Peacock
Proud Peacock
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total

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Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “luminous gold.” It’s a medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and warm undertones. NARS Corcovado is brighter, yellower. Maybelline Gold Rush is darker, more molten. MAC Goldmine is less frosted and a powder. Chanel Pearl River #3 is similar but a powder. Chanel Blazing Gold is very similar but a powder. OCC Triptych is darker and also a powder. bareMinerals Remix is browner. Make Up For Ever #10 is yellower, less orange. Inglot #403 is yellower. See comparisons swatches.

This is a new formula for Chanel, and it’s described as lightweight, long-wearing, and designed to “[highlight] eyes with gleaming color” as well as “[create] a shimmering veil on lids.” I bought three when the collection initially launched, and Cool Gold was the first one I tried putting to the test. Swatched on skin, it had semi-opaque color when layered and semi-sheer when applied in a single pass, which seemed to align with the idea of a veil of shimmer on the lids. It’s a very soft, shimmery look. The consistency is soft and silky, and it feels water-like when applied; it even feels cool and has a lot of slip, but it doesn’t actually feel that movable on the lid. It blends well, but it doesn’t slide around–not even initially when creamier products can sometimes instantly settle into the creases. After eight hours of wear, it held up decently, but there was noticeable fall out (which was unexpected) and some light creasing on the inner lid (but not in the outer crease).

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Cool Gold
Cool Gold
Cool Gold
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer

Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer
Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer

Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, rose gold foil metallic.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark pink base color with metallic, coppery-gold shimmer. Zoya Rica was the only shade that I could think of that was similar, and it is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Tinsley was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some faint sheerness throughout. You could see the visible nail line coming through at certain angles (in particular, it is noticeble in photos from further away). The formula was good, though, as it wasn’t too thick or too thin, flowed well across the nail with even coverage and no streakingn or bubbling. It dried down slightly faster than the average polish, and there were no issues with visible brush strokes. I normally get a week of wear with Zoya’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Tinsley
Tinsley
Tinsley
A-

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, metallic finish. NARS California is browner. MAC Star Myth is very similar. MAC In the Sun is darker, browner. MAC Red Hot Copper is slightly redder. MAC Brasuh is slightly more orange. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is redder. See comparison swatches.

The color is gorgeous, and the payoff is rich and intense–a little goes a long way–and it is incredibly finely-milled so it applies smoothly and evenly while being easy to blend. It lasted a full nine hours without creasing or fading. My issue with the project is the horrible packaging. It’s the same type of packaging that bareMinerals uses for their High Shine Eyecolors, and the problem is that as you unscrew the cap, it nearly springs open, and so much product gets loosened and pulled out with the sponge-tip applicator along the rim as well as just strewn outside of the tube.  Trying to apply with the sponge-tipped applicator is messy and ends up using a lot of product that you just don’t need.  I use a separate eyeshadow brush and lightly pat it against the applicator to get only as much as I need, and this also allows for more precise and controlled application.

It’s one of the worst types of packaging I’ve ever come across, and it was so disappointing to see Guerlain opt for this. I think the packaging is so poor and wasteful that on that alone, I wouldn’t purchase it–with a mere 0.02 oz. of product for $35, there’s not much to waste. (And it’s a shame, because there’s one other shade, which looks far more interesting/less dupable, but the packaging is making it so hard to pull the trigger.)  There’s no packaging-specific component for the Glossover any more, but I do take into account packaging that actually affects the overall quality of the product or application.

Guerlain Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow Cuivre Ora
Cuivre Ora
Cuivre Ora
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
92%
Total

MAC All About Orange Collection for Summer 2013

MAC All About Orange Collection
MAC All About Orange Collection

Orange. Its vibrant energy and modern edge ignites fashion and beauty big time in Korea, Asia and the world. It’s one of the new global super shades that pops with sizzle and cool sophistication. M•A•C loves a colour with international impact and has translated the trend into a makeup collection for face, lips and nails. From Nail Lacquer in Sweet Pop to sizzling Tangerine Dream Lipstick – it’s an homage to orange.

Lipstick ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Lustre) (Repromote)
  • Sweet & Sour Soft peach cream (Cremesheen)
  • Tangerine Dream Warm orange cream (Lustre)
  • Flamingo Light milky bright coral (Lustre) (Repromote)
  • Sushi Kiss Mid-tone coral cream (Satin)
  • Tart & Trendy Bright neutral orange cream (Lustre)
  • Neon Orange Bright clean orange (Amplified) (Permanent)

Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 U.S. / $23.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Double Happiness Frosted light nude (Repromote)
  • Imperial Light Frosted light peach (Repromote)
  • Rising Sun Frosted bright orange (Repromote)

Rainy Season Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Arctic Grey Frosted mid-tone gray (Lustre)
  • Courtly Grey Matte cool gray (Matte)
  • Typographic Asphalt black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Rainy Season Light warm gray frost (Satin)

Powder Blush ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Honey Jasmine Soft warm coral (Satin)
  • Royal Sunset Soft cool peach (Satin)
  • Immortal Flower Bright peach (Satin) (Repromote)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fiestaware Mid-tone orange coral (Cream) (Repromote)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Cream) (Repromote)
  • Ke Ai Soft pink frost (Frost)
  • Sweet Pop Peach cream (Cream)

Availability: North America June 6, 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com. Asia June 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com. International Ex. Asia June 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire Review, Photos, Swaatches

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire
Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-tinged coral with a gold shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is slightly less pink, less shimmer. theBalm Don’t You Want Me is lighter. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker. Burberry Hibiscus is warmer. NARS Deep Throat is similar but more shimmered. MAC Supercontinental is slightly lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is darker. MAC Flaming Chic is pinker. Dior Pink Glow is more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is more shimmery. Burberry Blossom is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Secret Affair has good color payoff that is buildable and blendable, so you can adjust the intensity depending on your preference and what suits a particular eye/lip combination. The texture is soft, very finely-milled, and smooth. It has a light golden shimmer that buffs into a very luminous sheen the more you blend it into the skin. It did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted eight hours well on me and had some minor, but noticeable, fading after nine hours of wear.

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire Secret Affair
Secret Affair
Secret Affair
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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