Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “baby pink.” It’s a soft peachy-pink with warm undertones and a natural, creamy finish with some shine. MAC To the Future is more subdued, less warm-toned. MAC Pure Zen is a touch pinker. Bobbi Brown Miami Coral is pinker and darker.
The Creme Smooth Lip Color formula is supposed to have “medium to full coverage with a semi-lustrous finish,” wear for six to eight hours, glide without skipping, and hydrate lips while it’s being worn. Now, that’s a rather tall order! Arabesque didn’t nail all of those on the head, unfortunately, though I still remain hopeful on other shades, because most of its problems are ones I see often in lighter, creamier shades like this one.
The texture is medium in weight and very creamy; it definitely glides on and doesn’t drag across the lips. It deposits mostly even color coverage, but the lighter shade made lines of lip color show up if you pressed your lips together. The color settled a bit after initial application, and as it wore away, more seemed to gather there. It wore for four hours, which is average for lipsticks on me in general, and slightly above average for colors like this. The color coverage was mostly opaque, though, and it did have a noticeable sheen to its finish, and this is where the lipstick did the best. It was lightly hydrating while I wore it. Bonus: it is one of the larger high-end lipsticks on the market.
Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color
Clinique Whopping Willow Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Whopping Willow Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “golden sage green.” It’s a subtly warm-toned olive green with strong olive/khaki tones and a soft, shimmery finish. MAC Vintage Coin is much darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is a powder product and greener. Sephora Snakeskin Dress is a touch greener and a powder product. MAC Sumptuous Olive has a stronger brown undertone and is also a powder eyeshadow. Inglot #433 is ever-so-slightly warmer but is very similar–definitely the closest–though it is a powder product.
I would describe the payoff of Whopping Willow as rather opaque, but it is easy enough to get just a sheer wash of color, but if you were to just do one stroke of the pencil against your arm, it would be semi-opaque. It builds up color very well, as it doesn’t bunch up on itself, so it goes on smoothly, evenly, and can be built to opaque color. The consistency is more waxy than it is creamy, which helps it apply color smoothly, but it did tug just a bit at the lid. Whopping Willow lasted just over ten hours on me, and there was faint creasing after twelve hours. It comes in a twist-up pencil so there’s no sharpening required.
Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer
Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “emerald green, teal mix.” It is primarily a mix of emerald green and teal glitter, but there are also some bits of blue and red pieces, too. While the glitter nail polish gallery is certainly growing, it is by no means comprehensive, and so I don’t have any dupes to suggest for this.
Linna had good density and opacity; I used one coat over a chartreuse green cream (L’Oreal New Money), and then I also did two coats over my thumbnail and three on pinky nail of the glitter polish alone. Two coats were pretty good but three would be best for full opacity (which is what the brand recommended to me for full opacity when I asked prior to even receiving product). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the glitter dispersed and spread evenly across the nail without pooling along the edges and didn’t take long to dry. I’ve tested two shades (and Linna was one of those) for wear, and I saw seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. I do warn you that most polishes wear well on me, so even more so than usual, your mileage may vary! I would recommend wearing a thick top coat on top to give a smoother, glossier finish.
The creatrix behind Shimmer is Cindy, and you can read more about how she got started and her philosophy on lacquer here, but I really love how she names her polishes after someone in her life that is important to her. It is an excellent way to acknowledge someone’s impact on your life. Per her website, she recommends two to three coats on her polishes for a “foil-like” finish. She has a good amount of stock and is available via Etsy, and the first is certainly something I look for in indie brands!
Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer
The classic 1960’s pin-up girl is more than just a pretty face—she is witty, elegant, playful and secretive all at once. She is incomparably charming and has perfectly mastered the art of femininity. A reflection of her era, the 1960’s pin-up girl embodies bold originality. In homage, Guerlain presents Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine, a collection of lip glosses and nail lacquers as sensational as the era which inspired it. Just like the 60’s pin-up girl herself, Maxi Shine is playful, provocative, ravishing, and irresistible at first glance.
Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00) (New & Permanent)
The 20 shades of Gloss D’enfer guarantee lips a shimmering, radiant and plumping finish. Maxi Shine’s oil composition creates a moisturizing barrier to ensure an intense softness. The ergonomic applicator allows for easy lip definition, more effectively evoking the hint of a smile. Additionally, each shade presents varying degrees of coverage and pigment intensity. The perfect partner for a desirable, appealing smile, Maxi Shine offers tailor-made effects for beautifully enhanced lips.
- 400 Gold Tchlack
- 401 Praline Blop
- 402 Browny Clap
- 403 Brun Buzz 465 Bubble Gum
- 420 Rouge Shebam
- 421 Red Pow
- 440 Coral Wizz
- 441 Tangerine Vlam
- 460 Rose Splatch
- 461 Pink Clip
- 462 Rosy Bang
- 463 La petite Robe Noir
- 464 Guimauve Vlop
- 466 Dragée Bomp
- 467 Cherry Swing
- 468 Candy Stripe
- 469 Fuchsia Ding
- 470 Magenta Waouh
- 471 Prune Zip
Le Vernis ($23.00) (New & Permanent)
Guerlain’s 10 newest nail lacquers are indispensable allies for accomplished femininity. These ultra-vibrant shades incorporate adhesive resins to offer a perfectly even sheen that lasts for days. The new collection also contains a base and top coat, designed with a silicone derivative to strengthen, reinforce, and protect the nail. Using each shade’s extra-flat and widened brush, Le Vernis creates a shiny, daring and immaculate nail with ease.
- 00 Lingerie
- 64 Gemma
- 121 Rouge d’Enfer
- 125 Vega
- 143 Nahema
- 165 Champs- Elysées
- 168 L’Heure Bleue
- 280 Jardins de Bagatelle
- 263 À la Parisienne
- 463 La Petite Robe Noire
- High Shine Top Coat
- Protective Base Coat
Availability: April 2013 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine will be available at select locations of Sephora beginning May 2013.
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Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pale, light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC Stay Pretty is slightly darker and cooler-toned. MAC Rosy Outlook is lighter and warmer. Illamasqua Naked Rose is similar but darker. MAC Launch Away is a touch lighter. MAC Oh So Fair is slightly warmer-toned.
The texture is incredibly soft and velvety–finely-milled, smooth, and sits nicely on the skin without being powdery or emphasizing imperfections. It’s blendable, and buildable, but it is a lighter shade, so it is better suited for light to light-medium complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is very subtle and adds a faint rosiness. It wore well for eight hours, and it started to fade after nine hours. The texture and feel of Burberry’s blushes is amazing, but this color is less universal compared to some of the other shades in their catalog so medium and darker complexions may want to look to another shade.