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5 Sparkling Blue Hues

I tried to pull a good variety in blues, from cobalt, purplish blues to sky blues to your bold, bright blues–and not just eyeshadows! I had to pick an eyeliner, because it’s a great way to add a bold pop of color without going full-on blue. If you want to see my picks together, the comparisons.

  1. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a pop of cobalt blue for the lash line
  2. OCC Pond — Tardis blue for your nails
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Lapis — a beautiful, medium-dark blue with shimmer
  4. Color Club Over the Moon — a shimmering, holographic blue
  5. Inglot #426 — a brightened, medium blue

What’s your favorite blue-hued beauty product?

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5 Reds to Set Off Fireworks

Will you be wearing your red, white, and/or blue on July 4th? I’m most likely going to sport a red lip, at the very least! Here are five of my picks for a little red-themed inspiration, and it was quite hard to narrow it down, because there are so many awesome red lipsticks and polishes in particular. So think of this as just a moment in time – surely if I picked a week from now, it would be different 🙂

  1. Fyrinnae Hitched — a bold, warm red with a beautiful satiny sheen
  2. Zoya Blaze — a deeper, cool-toned red with sparkle
  3. Maybelline Very Cherry — rich, cherry red with a matte finish for under $10
  4. Make Up For Ever #99 — pure matte red for those who dare to go big
  5. Guerlain Garconne — classic, sumptuous deepened red

And for fun, I pulled ’em all up to compare here.

What’s your favorite red-hued product?

Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a softly warmed-up, pale gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It has hints of yellow, but it’s not a strong, true yellow gold–it is muted and not quite neutral but close. MAC Greenluxe #2 is more metallic. Disney Charming is lighter. Disney Sand in the Glass is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #18 is similar. NARS Hollywoodland is darker. MAC Retrospeck is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is darker, yellower. Lancome Eternal Gold is darker, yellower. Chane lApparence is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

It’s a new and limited edition shade exclusive to Chanel.com, and later on, Nordstrom.   Fans of Chanel’s cream eyeshadow formula will love the way this looks and feels on the lid, because it’s soft, smooth, sparkling, and easy to apply.  It also had buildable coverage that could go from sheer to mostly opaque, as it layered well, but it was easily blended out, too.  I didn’t have any issues with fall out or creasing over a nine hour period (without a primer), and it has the type of finish that’s sparkling, shimmering, and eye-opening.  I can definitely see it working as a one-and-done shadow that gets patted on as you’re walking out the door.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Convoitise (90)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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NARS Launches Brow Gel and Brow Perfector


NARS Brow Gel ($22.00)

NARS is excited to introduce Brow Gel — a glossy, easy gliding gel to tame and groom eyebrows. Achieve new levels of artistry with a simple brush of the brows from this innovative new category offering.

Keep brows in place with a unique precision-tapered brush that adds shape and definition to every angle while creating a fuller, smoother brow look to perfectly set the symmetry of the face.

  • Oural Clear
  • Athens Blond
  • Piraeus Medium brown
  • Kinshasa Dark brown

Brow Perfector ($22.00)

NARS debuts Brow Perfector—a velvety eyebrow pencil for seamless definition of the eyebrows with precision and ease. This highly-anticipated addition to the brand’s brow category offering helps beauty lovers achieve even, elegant brows and every desired angle of arch.

A propel/repel pencil allows you to reshape, fill, and design brows for a full and flawless, natural matte finish, while an innovative oval shape gives complete control over brow shape, angle, and size. Natural ingredients ensure brows are nourished, soft, and smooth.

  • Salzbourg Blonde
  • Caucase Brown
  • Kalamata Light brown
  • Suriname Black

Availability: July 15th at NARS Boutiques and online at NARScosmetics.com

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Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet

Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet
Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet

Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy red with a matte finish and warm undertones. Chanel Scenario is lighter. Chanel Grace is lighter. MAC Glamourdaze is more plum. Chanel Baroque is similar. Chanel Imperial is glossier. Buxom Runaway is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Redwood had rich color payoff and applied with mostly opaque color coverage (you can see a faint bit of my lip freckle coming through up close but not at a distance).  The consistency is lightly creamy with a nice glide-on feel that doesn’t tug or pull at lips, but it doesn’t feel heavy or feather.  It wore for six and a half hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it, which is remarkable for a matte-finished lipstick.

Burberry Lip Velvet Redwood (304)
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (Fatal Apple, Fuchsia Finery, Pinkissimo)

Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss
Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss

Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm red with no shimmer and subtle orange undertones. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, and the way it applied and sits on the lips makes it look more like a lip stain than a gloss. There is some minor settling into lip lines, but it’s not too noticeable from afar due to the general evenness of the color. While it looks bolder in the tube, applied, it is more muted from the translucency.  Fatal Apple wore for two and a half hours on me.  NARS Hollywoodlawn is more opaque, darker. Chanel Exces is slightly redder. See comparison swatches.

Fuchsia Finery Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a blue-based, medium bubblegum pink with no shimmer. This shade didn’t apply as evenly as Fatal Apple, as the color seemed to concentrate on the middle of my upper and lower lips!  Fuchsia Finery lasted two and a half hours on me. Revlon Berry Allure is slightly darker. Urban Decay Crush is cooler-toned and more opaque. MAC Style Packed is lighter, more opaque. MAC Call Me Gorgeous is more opaque. Chanel Pink Pulsion has shimmer and is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is less pink, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Pinkissimo Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm, yellow-toned, light-medium pink with white shimmer. On lips, it adds a warmer, pink tint along with lots of shimmer.  Pinkissimo wore for two hours when I tested it. NARS Candy Says is warmer, not as pink. MAC Out for Glamour isn’t quite as pink. See comparison swatches.

If you’re curious about how the new formula compares to the original formula, please see this post.  The formula is lightweight, on the thinner side, mostly non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.  I notice a slight tackiness develops after about two hours of wear, but it’s subtle and not enough to be described as sticky.  The biggest downside is how quickly they wear away, so frequent reapplication is necessary to maintain the color and glossiness throughout the day.  With the average gloss, I see between three and four hours of wear, and exceptionally long-wearing glosses last six hours or so in my experience, so you can see these fall short of average. For all of these, I wore them twice (back-to-back), and all three were lightly hydrating.  I couldn’t detect any scent/flavor when I tested them, and each comes in a large, rounded tube with a slanted, doe-foot applicator.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (2013) Fatal Apple
Fatal Apple
Fatal Apple
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (2013) Fuchsia Finery
B-

Permanent

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (2013) Pinkissimo
Pinkissimo
Pinkissimo
B+

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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