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Illamasqua Scarce Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Scarce Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Scarce Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Scarce Nail Varnish ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “speckled pink.” It starts off with a creamy, light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones base layered with small pieces of black glitter and larger hexagon-shaped pieces of black glitter. The way it’s all mixed together makes some pieces appear blacker/grayer. I couldn’t think of a similar base color; Nubar Pink Lily is lighter and cooler-toned, while Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie is more beige, less pink. Deborah Lippmann has shade that has pink with black glitter debuting in April.

It was fully opaque in two coats, but it was very nearly opaque in a single coat. The truly remarkable feature of the formula is how evenly it applies; I found that this shade was almost streak-free on the first coat. A second coat completely evened out what little streaking there was so that the end result was creamy, smooth color. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the drying time was average. I typically get at least a full week of wear with minimal tip wear but no chipping with Illamasqua’s formula, but I’ve tested some shades and have had no chipping for as long as two weeks (which is extraordinary, even for me).

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Scarce
Scarce
Scarce
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette (by Sephora)

Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette
Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette

Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four shades: Carpet (glitter lavender), Wonder by Wonder (glittery violet), Splendid (glittery peachy pink), and Diamond Sky (deep turquoise).

Carpet is a warm-toned, pink-plum with a soft, frost finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly and evenly. I can’t say that I detected any glitter in the shade at all. Giorgio Armani #27 is darker, more plum than pink. MAC Universal Appeal is a smidgen darker. MAC Pink Union #1 is very similar in color though more frosted in finish.

Wonder by Wonder is a blackened purple with violet micro-glitter/sparkle. On the lid, it read mostly as a blackened purple–I couldn’t really make out the sparkle (and definitely not at a distance). The color payoff is just so-so; I felt like you could load up the brush and get decent color, but it sheers out quickly when you go to blend it. This shade was the one that looked noticeably faded after eight hours of wear, while the rest were intact. L’Oreal Smoldering Plum is darker and less red-toned. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is lighter. Giorgio Armani #2 is much, much darker–but part of that is how intense in payoff it is.

Splendid is a warm, golden peach with a bright, frosted sheen. It had great pigmentation, and the texture was soft (a little powdery, actually) and highly blendable. bareMinerals Stealth is similar in color but has a satiny finish. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 is more beige, not as warm-toned. theBalm Luscious Lani is pink-tinted.

Diamond Sky is a subdued blue with a hint of teal (more blue than teal) with a frosted finish and cool undertones. The color payoff was fantastic, and this was the easiest shade to work–no problem achieving rich color on the lid, and the texture was soft enough to be easy to blend but not so soft that it was powdery.  Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is slightly more teal. Urban Decay Unhinged is similar but more subdued–not as bright. Urban Decay Deep End is a smidgen darker and more teal in color. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is very similar. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is very comparable. Urban Decay Haight is darker and bluer.

Though three of the four shades are described as glittery, I only saw any glitter (and it was micro-glitter at that, possibly even sparkle, which is even smaller) in Wonder by Wonder, but it did not translate on the lid.  I didn’t see it when applied, but I also didn’t see any bits and pieces during application underneath the eye or later on, after wearing the shade for eight hours.  Shimmery/frosty, absolutely, but I wouldn’t describe any of the shades are glittery (which is probably good news for most!).  I was disappointed in the color payoff of Wonder by Wonder, as it tended to look a bit faded even when initially applied.  Diamond Sky is the best-performing shade in the palette, though both Carpet and Splendid were good (just not perfect).  I only experienced noticeable fading after eight hours of wear with Wonder by Wonder, while the other shades wore without creasing or fading for eight hours.

Disney Jasmine Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette (by Sephora)

B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “light apricot.” It’s a peachy-brown with strong warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. MAC Peachstock is more beige. MAC Sheer Mandarin is more orange and darker. Cle de Peau Just Joey is darker and browner.

The color payoff was amazing! It applied completely opaque, and it took very little product to achieve full color coverage. The consistency is lightly creamy, so the pencil glided over the lips with ease and never tugged or pulled. It was comfortable to wear without clinging, but the texture is still lightweight and thin, so it doesn’t slide around the lips either. Floralies wore just over four hours on me, which is about average and not what I’d describe as a long-wearing formula (which without a specific time, I look for six to eight hours). It was somewhat moisturizing while I wore it, though, and it is one of the more hydrating shades from the formula that I’ve tested.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Floralies
Floralies

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sci-Fi Lullabies Collection for Spring 2013


Introducing SCI-FI LULLABIES, OCC’s newest colour collection for Spring 2013! Spring has always been a time for transformation, and this season we explore the dichotomy between two realities: What is truth and what is fantasy. Showcased alongside Ready- To-Wear shades are fantasias of Couture Colors designed to transport you to your idyllic designation, whether it’s firmly planted on the Earth or exists only on an unexplored off-world colony. Inspired by the Science Fiction Genre, this collection of metallic shades will make on-lookers question if you are human…or more human than human.

Lip Tar ($18.00)

  • Pris Palest champagne metallic
  • Lovecraft Iridescent pink/lilac metallic
  • Zhora Pale peach, pink/red metallic
  • Batty Midnight black/gunmetal metallic
  • Clockwork Rich terracotta with an orange undertone
  • Annika Pale neutral peach

Nail Lacquer ($10.00)

  • batty Midnight black with silver glitter (Glitter)
  • Ripley Blackened antique gold (Metallic)
  • Pond True royal blue (Satin)
  • Leeloo Vibrant orange with gold shimmer (Metallic)
  • Videodrome Greyed, vaguely teal blue (Satin)
  • Electric Sheep Pale lavender with silver shimmer (Metallic)

Availability: March 15th @ OCC

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Bark Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmer eggplant.” It’s a dark, shimmering plum with red undertones and subtle plum, red, and violet shimmer. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is a touch less red-toned but otherwise is very comparable. Urban Decay Tornado is a powder eyeshadow, and it’s a bit purpler. I was surprised not to find more similar shades.

It has semi-opaque color coverage, but I was not able to build up the color to get fully opaque color, and compared to the other shades, the pigmentation in a single stroke was noticeably sheerer.  The color applied evenly, which is important, because uneven, sheer color is something that can look off even from a distance.  I did experience some very light creasing after eight hours, though it did not seem to worsen too much more when I checked at the ten-hour mark.  The consistency was creamy enough that it glided on and didn’t pull at the lid, and it didn’t take too long or too little time to set.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Violet Plum

NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “garnet.” It’s a deeper red with cool, blue undertones and a subtle, natural-looking sheen. Rimmel #111 is more orange-toned. MAC Runaway Red is darker. MAC Eden Rouge is slightly brighter. MAC Russian Red is more matte and a bit darker. NARS Mascate is deeper and darker.

It had great pigmentation that applied with opaque , even color.  Majella wore well for a full six hours, and being that it’s a red, it did leave behind a stain that was rather potent for another hour or so.  Even after eight hours, my lips still looked redder than normal.  It was slightly hydrating though not quite as moisture-packed as NARS described, but it did last for awhile and didn’t dry out lips.  I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding of the color, and I didn’t see the color settle into lip lines over time or as it wore away.  It had a lightweight, thin consistency despite the actual feel of the product–it is soft, almost as if it were melting, when it touched my lips.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Majella
Majella

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