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Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “luminous gold.” It’s a medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and warm undertones. NARS Corcovado is brighter, yellower. Maybelline Gold Rush is darker, more molten. MAC Goldmine is less frosted and a powder. Chanel Pearl River #3 is similar but a powder. Chanel Blazing Gold is very similar but a powder. OCC Triptych is darker and also a powder. bareMinerals Remix is browner. Make Up For Ever #10 is yellower, less orange. Inglot #403 is yellower. See comparisons swatches.

This is a new formula for Chanel, and it’s described as lightweight, long-wearing, and designed to “[highlight] eyes with gleaming color” as well as “[create] a shimmering veil on lids.” I bought three when the collection initially launched, and Cool Gold was the first one I tried putting to the test. Swatched on skin, it had semi-opaque color when layered and semi-sheer when applied in a single pass, which seemed to align with the idea of a veil of shimmer on the lids. It’s a very soft, shimmery look. The consistency is soft and silky, and it feels water-like when applied; it even feels cool and has a lot of slip, but it doesn’t actually feel that movable on the lid. It blends well, but it doesn’t slide around–not even initially when creamier products can sometimes instantly settle into the creases. After eight hours of wear, it held up decently, but there was noticeable fall out (which was unexpected) and some light creasing on the inner lid (but not in the outer crease).

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Cool Gold
Cool Gold
Cool Gold
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer

Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer
Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer

Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, rose gold foil metallic.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark pink base color with metallic, coppery-gold shimmer. Zoya Rica was the only shade that I could think of that was similar, and it is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Tinsley was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some faint sheerness throughout. You could see the visible nail line coming through at certain angles (in particular, it is noticeble in photos from further away). The formula was good, though, as it wasn’t too thick or too thin, flowed well across the nail with even coverage and no streakingn or bubbling. It dried down slightly faster than the average polish, and there were no issues with visible brush strokes. I normally get a week of wear with Zoya’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Tinsley
Tinsley
Tinsley
A-

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, metallic finish. NARS California is browner. MAC Star Myth is very similar. MAC In the Sun is darker, browner. MAC Red Hot Copper is slightly redder. MAC Brasuh is slightly more orange. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is redder. See comparison swatches.

The color is gorgeous, and the payoff is rich and intense–a little goes a long way–and it is incredibly finely-milled so it applies smoothly and evenly while being easy to blend. It lasted a full nine hours without creasing or fading. My issue with the project is the horrible packaging. It’s the same type of packaging that bareMinerals uses for their High Shine Eyecolors, and the problem is that as you unscrew the cap, it nearly springs open, and so much product gets loosened and pulled out with the sponge-tip applicator along the rim as well as just strewn outside of the tube.  Trying to apply with the sponge-tipped applicator is messy and ends up using a lot of product that you just don’t need.  I use a separate eyeshadow brush and lightly pat it against the applicator to get only as much as I need, and this also allows for more precise and controlled application.

It’s one of the worst types of packaging I’ve ever come across, and it was so disappointing to see Guerlain opt for this. I think the packaging is so poor and wasteful that on that alone, I wouldn’t purchase it–with a mere 0.02 oz. of product for $35, there’s not much to waste. (And it’s a shame, because there’s one other shade, which looks far more interesting/less dupable, but the packaging is making it so hard to pull the trigger.)  There’s no packaging-specific component for the Glossover any more, but I do take into account packaging that actually affects the overall quality of the product or application.

Guerlain Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow Cuivre Ora
Cuivre Ora
Cuivre Ora
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
92%
Total

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MAC All About Orange Collection for Summer 2013

MAC All About Orange Collection
MAC All About Orange Collection

Orange. Its vibrant energy and modern edge ignites fashion and beauty big time in Korea, Asia and the world. It’s one of the new global super shades that pops with sizzle and cool sophistication. M•A•C loves a colour with international impact and has translated the trend into a makeup collection for face, lips and nails. From Nail Lacquer in Sweet Pop to sizzling Tangerine Dream Lipstick – it’s an homage to orange.

Lipstick ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Razzledazzler Light cream peach (Lustre) (Repromote)
  • Sweet & Sour Soft peach cream (Cremesheen)
  • Tangerine Dream Warm orange cream (Lustre)
  • Flamingo Light milky bright coral (Lustre) (Repromote)
  • Sushi Kiss Mid-tone coral cream (Satin)
  • Tart & Trendy Bright neutral orange cream (Lustre)
  • Neon Orange Bright clean orange (Amplified) (Permanent)

Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 U.S. / $23.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Double Happiness Frosted light nude (Repromote)
  • Imperial Light Frosted light peach (Repromote)
  • Rising Sun Frosted bright orange (Repromote)

Rainy Season Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Arctic Grey Frosted mid-tone gray (Lustre)
  • Courtly Grey Matte cool gray (Matte)
  • Typographic Asphalt black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Rainy Season Light warm gray frost (Satin)

Powder Blush ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Honey Jasmine Soft warm coral (Satin)
  • Royal Sunset Soft cool peach (Satin)
  • Immortal Flower Bright peach (Satin) (Repromote)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fiestaware Mid-tone orange coral (Cream) (Repromote)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Cream) (Repromote)
  • Ke Ai Soft pink frost (Frost)
  • Sweet Pop Peach cream (Cream)

Availability: North America June 6, 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com. Asia June 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com. International Ex. Asia June 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire Review, Photos, Swaatches

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire
Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-tinged coral with a gold shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is slightly less pink, less shimmer. theBalm Don’t You Want Me is lighter. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker. Burberry Hibiscus is warmer. NARS Deep Throat is similar but more shimmered. MAC Supercontinental is slightly lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is darker. MAC Flaming Chic is pinker. Dior Pink Glow is more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is more shimmery. Burberry Blossom is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Secret Affair has good color payoff that is buildable and blendable, so you can adjust the intensity depending on your preference and what suits a particular eye/lip combination. The texture is soft, very finely-milled, and smooth. It has a light golden shimmer that buffs into a very luminous sheen the more you blend it into the skin. It did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted eight hours well on me and had some minor, but noticeable, fading after nine hours of wear.

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire Secret Affair
Secret Affair
Secret Affair
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a rich, warm-toned red with a cream finish. MAC Vivid Effect is slightly lighter and less orange. MAC Oriele Orange is similar. MAC Kid Orange is very similar. MAC Ablaze is a smidgen darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy is slightly redder and has fine shimmer. China Glaze Life Preserver is similar. Essie Meet Me at Sunset is redder/darker. See comparison swatches.

Nahema is fully opaque in two coats of polish, though it was nearly opaque in just one.  The wider brush (similar to Dior’s) makes it easy to apply, because it spans the whole nail well.  I didn’t have any issues with streaking, bubbling, or the polish pooling along the edges, as the consistency was slightly thin but not watery.  It dried down to a high gloss finish, so no top coat is necessary (but a top coat can still be used if desired).  I get just over a week of wear with very minor tip wear with Guerlain’s formula.

The brush was wonky–like the plastic had melted outside of the mold, because it was curved and bumpy. I’m going to be exchanging this next time I’m at Nordstrom because of the defect, but I haven’t had this issue with any of the other shades I’ve purchased.  Since I haven’t had this issue with any of the other shades I bought (like seven of them or so), I didn’t let this defect impact the rating as it appears to be a one-off.

Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Nahema
Nahema
Nahema
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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