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Color Club Over the Moon Nail Lacquer

Color Club Over the Moon Nail Lacquer
Color Club Over the Moon Nail Lacquer

Color Club Over the Moon Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is brightened, medium blue with holographic shimmer. Milani Cyberspace was the closest shade I could think of, as it does have holographic shimmer and is blue, but it’s a darker, almost grayish blue in comparison–and has a larger sparkle/shimmer finish overall.

This is a fun polish to play with and do some hand dancing with, because it lightens and darkens as the light hits the nail, along with the holographic shimmer that gets more and less pronounced, depending on the angle and lighting. It has a strong holographic finish, though, that’s noticeable even in low light, so you don’t have to hold your nails at just the right angle under bright sunlight to appreciate it. The coverage was totally opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. It was a breeze to apply–no pooling or bubbling, and the polish didn’t accentuate the natural texture of the nails like some holographic polishes can. I usually get a week of wear out of Color Club’s formula with minor tip wear but no chips.

Color Club Nail Lacquer Over the Moon
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Guerlain Terra Nerolia Tan-Enhancing Bronzer

Guerlain Terra Nerolia Tan-Enhancing Bronzer
Guerlain Terra Nerolia Tan-Enhancing Bronzer

Guerlain Terra Nerolia Tan-Enhancing Bronzer ($69.00 for 0.67 oz.) is described as a mix of “shimmering peach, bronze, and gold shades.” The center ring is a warm-toned, peachy orange with a nearly matte finish. NARS Sex Appeal is lighter and pinker. MAC Cream Soda is similar but slightly pinker (not as orange). MAC My Highland Honey is darker and more orange. The outer ring is a medium-dark tan brown with a satiny finish. MAC Double Definition is browner with a stronger sheen. Burberry Summer Glow is very similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnival in Rio is darker.

When I was playing with the product, the gold shimmer seemed like an over-spray, so I dusted it away with a large, fluffy brush, and the majority of it disappeared. There were some residual shimmer particles that remained over the entire surface, but after scraping away some of the bronzer shade later on, it looked nearly matte.

I applied the center color like a blush onto the apples of cheeks, and then I applied the darker, bronzer shade as more of a contour and darkening shade. The center shade had good color payoff, but it’s the kind of color that is going to show up better on fairer complexions than mine–if you mix it as a way to lighten or soften the darker ring of color, the combination would show up on medium skin tones.

The darker color also had good pigmentation, and it can be lightened by mixing it with the center shade. The powder as a whole had a smooth, velvety feel–very finely-milled and blendable without being powdery. Terra Nerolia wore eight hours well on me, and then after nine hours, there was some light fading. This powder is heavily scented with Guerlain’s tiare flower scent (like the Terracotta line), which is a very strong floral fragrance to me. I don’t smell it as much when it is applied, but it wafts from the compact quite noticeably. This is also a huge compact filled with bronzer, so it will last you quite awhile (maybe a lifetime?).

Guerlain Terra Nerolia Tan-Enhancing Bronzer

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

Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter

Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter
Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter

Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter ($72.00 for 0.56 oz.) is described as a “plearly white gold” and “matte beige.” The center shade is a lightened gold with warm, yellowy undertones and a frosted shimmer. bareMinerals The Shining Moment is darker. Chanel Routes des Indes is yellower. Guerlain Terracotta in the Sun is slightly yellower and more metallic. The outer ring is a light-medium orange tan with a satiny sheen–it didn’t look quite matte to me, even after trying to brush away at it. MAC Double Definition is a bit darker and browner. Illamasua Writhe is a stronger gold sheen. Swirled together, you end up with a golden, medium orange-tan with a soft, frosted sheen. Chanel Sable Beige is browner. Urban Decay Gilded is darker. NARS Satellite of Love is slightly darker and more sparkly.

I applied the center shade as a highlighter on the top of my cheekbone, while then applying the bronzer shade below the cheekbone and slightly below to contour. The highlighter is very similar to my skin tone, but it seemed to be true-to-pan in color though slightly translucent. The bronzing shade had good color payoff and applied smoothly on the skin. Both shades had a soft, velvety feel with a finely-milled texture that made it easy to blend the powder on the skin. I noticed a very, very slight emphasis of the skin’s natural texture with the highlighter shade. Terra Ora wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight, there was a little fading. The powder comes in a wooden compact with a magnetic closure, and it has a powdery, floral scent that’s moderate in strength.

Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Dior Bird of Paradise Collection for Summer 2013


In Christian Dior’s early years as a designer, he was keen on exploring the visual and cultural magnificence beyond Europe, and Latin America became a source of inspiration for years to come. His global interests were evident in his designs. Vibrant colors, sophisticated fabrics like organza and silk, and ornamented details (often featuring feathers) exuded an exotic femininity and glamour. Drawing from nature’s tropical paradises, Dior takes a journey through Latin America once again to evoke the intoxicating aura of fresh greenery, glistening waters, and exotic creatures.

The Bird of Paradise collection embraces the vibrancy of nature and translates to versatile, wearable color for summer. Lips are inspired by tropic temperatures, while eyeshadow palettes feature a spectrum of luminous, marine blues, bamboo greens, and subtle accents of soft yellow for dramatic, shimmering lids inspired by the plumage of an exotic bird. A combination of bright pigments and rich textures celebrate summer’s energetic mix.

Nude Tan BB Creme ($44.00)

Dior has infused its original BB Crème with a natural bronzing agent. The exclusive Tan Beautifier complex works in combination with the sheer Complexion Corrector to enhance and prolong a natural healthy glow. In addition, Diorskin Nude BB Tan Crème features hydrating ingredients including jisten, mauve and hibiscus, as well as green, red, and white tea extracts to offer the same skin-illuminating effects as the original Diorskin Nude BB Creme, now with the added benefits of SPF 15. Available in two universal shades: 001 and 002.

Jelly Lip Pen ($26.00)

  • Copacabana (516)
  • Carioca (636)
  • Gaia (656)

Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Blush Duo ($56.00)

This summer, Dior introduces a multi-faceted product that provides all the tools for achieving fresh-faced beauty. A unique hybrid of bronzing powder and high-pigment blush, Dior’s signature cannage patterned compact holds a quartet of bronzy shades and bright tones ideal for illuminating the complexion and sculpting cheekbones. The iridescent harmonies blend seamlessly to create a multi-dimensional effect, while complementary light and dark shades provide subtle highlighting and define the natural contours of the face.

  • Pink Glow (001)
  • Coral Glow (002)

Dior Addict Lipstick ($31.00)

  • 751
  • 771

Diorshow Waterproof Eyeliner ($29.00)

  • Aqua Green (348)

Vernis Nail Duos ($29.00)

  • Samba (001)
  • Bahia (002)

Paradise Summer Blush Brush ($55.00)

5-Couleurs Eyeshadow ($60.00)

  • Blue Lagoon (347)
  • Peacock (434)

Availability: May 2013 at Dior counters nationwide, Now @ Nordstrom

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NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush
NARS Taos Blush

NARS Taos Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “desert rose with shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, burnt rose with a subtle golden shimmer/sheen. Illamasqua Allure is more muted, not quite as red. MAC Hidden Treasure is darker. Tom Ford Savage is lighter, less red/more brown. MAC Fleet Fast is lighter, less reddened.

Taos is incredibly pigmented–a little goes a long way–so a light hand and a feathery brush are must-haves if you want a subtle look. It has a soft, silky-smooth, and very finely-milled texture that sits well on the skin and blends out as desired. The delicate gold shimmer, once blended, looked like a satiny, golden sheen that didn’t emphasize pores.  It lasted nine hours well, and I didn’t notice any fading until ten hours, so Taos is one of the longest-wearing blushes I’ve tried from NARS.

NARS Powder Blush Taos
Taos

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “purple metallic.” It’s a rich, red-toned violet magenta with violet shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Heroine has no shimmer, so it is a bit darker and purpler. MAC Seductive Intent is very similar in color but has no shimmer. MAC Violetta is slightly purpler (not as red/magenta) but also has shimmer–but it is smaller so it doesn’t appear metallic.

Milani recently revamped and released their lipstick range, and one of the first shades I tried was Violet Volt (because who doesn’t love seeing a new purple lipstick?). The new formula is supposed to have “one stroke, full coverage application” with a “lightweight, creamy formula [that] contains vitamins A, C, and E to moisturize and nourish lips.”  It has mostly opaque color payoff, though it takes a little more than one stroke to get it there, but my biggest issue with it was how dry the lipstick felt.  I imagine part of that is due to the high frost content in this, as I could almost feel all the bits of shimmer as I applied it.  It definitely tugs and pulls at the lips, so “one stroke” is hard to achieve from a technical standpoint.  Unsurprisingly, the dryness does mean it wears like iron–no problem getting this color to last six hours (and it will stain).  It was neither drying nor hydrating, which was surprising, given how it felt on, I expected it to be drying.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Violet Volt
Violet Volt
Violet Volt
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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