China Glaze Jungle Queen Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Jungle Queen Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “smoky violet.” It’s a dusty, subdued plum-brown with soft violet shimmer. Dior Shadow is redder and has brighter, red-copper shimmer. MAC Festive Finery is lighter and has a cream finish. Cult Nails Enigmatic is similar but a smidgen browner with silver/white shimmer. China Glaze Below Deck is much lighter. This is very similar to Chanel Paradoxal, except Chanel seems a little grayer.

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China Glaze Jungle Queen Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Jungle Queen
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10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
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98%

NARS Gina Blush

NARS Gina Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “true tangerine.” It’s a softened orange with a satiny sheen. It’s not vibrant, not an intense orange, but it’s much more orange and richer than peach (hm, I am amused that all descriptions are fruit-related!). This is actually one of the closest shades I’ve seen to Illamasqua Expose, which is darker, richer–but when worn softly, they look nearly the same. Illamasqua Lover is lighter, brighter. MAC Solar Ray is more shimmery and golden-tinged.

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NARS Gina Highlighting Blush

Cult Nails Happy Ending Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Happy Ending Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) contains shredded multi-colored flakes suspended in a clear base. There’s aqua-blue, copper, gold, and lavender from what I can see–I swear I see a hint of green, but I think it might be the gold. I don’t have anything like this, and I’m not even sure if I have more than one or two shredded polishes on hand. Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday is the closest I could think of, but it’s multi-sized glitter particles (squares and hexagons) with a lot of green in it. Even though the sizes/shapes are different, I think the two yield at least a comparable feel: a big ol’ glitter-party on your nails.

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Cult Nails Happy Ending Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Happy Ending
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7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
9
Application
3
Total
78%
Limited Edition

Le Metier de Beaute Fall 2012 – Nouvelle Vague Collection


Coming Soon: Nouvelle Vague

Sixties Parisian-chic meets contemporary classic. Bold and bodacious, Nouvelle Vague, Le Métier de Beauté’s Fall 2012 Color Collection, intermixes playful, opulent shades to create a modern look that is utterly effortless.

“I was tremendously inspired by the visionary spirit of avant-garde European film directors such as, Jean-Luc Godard, Otto Preminger, and Francois Truffaut,” says Mikey Castillo, Director of Color for Le Métier de Beauté. “Their radical style reset the button on social convention (and good taste)!”

Often called the ‘French New Wave,’ the films of Nouvelle Vague brought to life revolutionary style, iconic imagery and the perfect backdrop for our Fall 2012 collection. Blending mischief and flare, Nouvelle Vague sets the stage with this season’s most note-worthy shades.

Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95.00)

An interweave of livelihood, opulence and pop, each hue in Le Métier de Beauté’s Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit reflects the spark present throughout the French cinema New Wave. When combined, the colors provoke a look of dare and elegance for a jaw-dropping eye. Shades from top to bottom include Nouvelle, a sheer mink negative, Gamine, a satin pink celluloid, Icon, a silky matte Parisian mauve and Fin, a smoldering black carbon.

  • Nouvelle Sheer mink negative
  • Gamine Satin pink celluloid
  • Icon Silky matte Parisian mauve
  • Fin Smoldering black carbon

Breathless Kaleidoscope Lip Kit ($95.00)

A carefully crafted fusion of fall’s must-have crimson and red tones, the Breathless Kaleidoscope Lip Kit will literally do just that – take your breath away. Blending classic Hollywood glam and ravishing 60’s edge, the sumptuous shades leave you seeing red and craving more (from top to bottom): Cinema, a velvety, ultra-rich true red, Existential, sparkling mauve with rose effervescence, Beau, deep berry crimson with matte finish and Celluloid, a glimmering, creamy flushed red.

  • Cinema Velvety, ultra-rich true red
  • Existential Sparkling mauve with rose effervescence
  • Beau Deep berry crimson with matte finish
  • Celluloid Glimmering, creamy flushed red

Availability: October 2012 at Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com, Bergdorf Goodman, bergdorfgoodman.com, select Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, select Saks stores and Saks.com.

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China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer

China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “brilliant copper glitter.” It’s a mix of light gold, copper gold, and copper glitter in what appears to be a mostly clear base. It’s that mix of colors that makes it different from other gold polishes that I’ve reviewed before. For a similar “feel,” you might consider SpaRitual Solstice, which is a molten gold with chunky glitter/sparkle. China Glaze Electrify isn’t as opaque and has much larger pieces of glitter, but it has a similar feel–again because it is a mix of gold and red glitter.

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China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Nail Lacquer I Herd That
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9.5
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9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
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91%

Chanel Riviere Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Riviere Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale shimmering green with subtle golden shimmer. A warmer, seafoam green, if you will. I couldn’t think of any shades that really were that similar. Urban Decay Money is darker, bluer. MAC Fresh & Mint is cooler-toned, almost bluish. Dior Garden Pastels was darker, more intense.

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Chanel Riviere Illusion d'Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Riviere
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Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4
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90%