Illamasqua Queen of the Night Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Queen of the Night Pure Pigment (£15.50 for 0.04 oz.) is a limited edition shade launched to celebrate the brand’s first fragrance, Freak. It’s described as a “blackened plum shimmer,” which is an apt description! It’s a dark plum with a hint of brown underlying all the plummy purple goodness wrapped in a frosted finish. It’s sheerer when applied dry–the brown is more prevalent–and much more intense (and better!) when applied damp. The product binds together better with a little liquid, which yields a much more opaque, smoother color result. Bare Escentuals Romp is lighter, less blackened, and frostier–that was the only shade I felt came close, but it’s not a dupe.

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Illamasqua Pure Pigment Queen of the Night
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
88%

shu uemura Bleu Splendor Mini Nail Duo

shu uemura Bleu Splendor Mini Nail Duo ($32.00 for 2 x 0.168 fl. oz.) is a set of polishes that can be used together or alone. The first shade is a rich, midnight blue cream that’s opaque in two coats. It has just a hint of purple, making it nearly royal blue. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is lighter but similar in hue. Orly La Playa is a bit darker but similar as well. The second shade is a multi-colored glitter with large, hexagonal glitter suspended in a clear base. It similar to China Glaze Snow Globe and MAC Unconditionally Fabulous. Together, the two are stunning–multi-colored glitter with larger, hexagonal glitter over such a rich backdrop? It was designed to be lovely.

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shu uemura Bleu Splendor Mini Nail Duo

shu uemura Bleu Splendor Mini Nail Duo

A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
92%

China Glaze Eye Candy Collection for Holiday 2011


China Glaze Eye Candy Collection for Holiday 2011

Forget diamonds! This winter China Glaze introduces a nail industry first: utilizing 3-D glitters in its new “Eye Candy” collection. Inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her timeless allure, this innovative new glitter technology provides a knock-your-eyes-out, super sparkly effect to your manicure. Multi-sized and differently shaped glitter particles are cleverly combined to create a sexy, super decadent, 3-D finish in six bright, eye-popping shades. Whether you prefer gleaming gold or glamorous smoky grey, China Glaze’s “Eye Candy” collection adds a dazzling finish to your holiday look with a glimmer that is sure to catch everyone’s eye! Colors in this collection include:

  • Love Marilyn Vivacious red with shimmering silver particles
  • Blonde Bombshell Glistening multi-dimensional gold flecks
  • Lorelei’s Tiara Sterling silver infused with blue sprinkles
  • Material Girl Posh pink with holographic bubblegum glitter
  • Some Like It Haute Graphite gray with holographic glitter
  • Marry a Millionaire Alluring amethyst with multi-tonal fibers

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Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliners Swatches, Photos, Reviews

I actually reviewed Glamorous Thief and Amethyst Android when these originally launched here, and I liked them then–and I really love the Eye Dream Hyperliners generally, after trying several shades for the past few weeks. I’ve been digging Locket Book and Sparkling Ammunition for a defined eye that’s not as stark as black. These are so, so smooth.   They have the same softness and smooth application as Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liners, actually, which wasn’t how I felt originally.  They deliver a fair amount of pigmentation in a single pass, though I’d probably use the same back-and-forth method I typically use with eyeliners for a really rich, opaque line of color. They hold up well without budging, fading, or smudging. I’ve worn them during a shower (the easiest and quickest way to test out “waterproof” claims–plus, humidity!) and had no issues there.

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Tarina Eye Tarantino Dream Hyperliners

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliners Swatches, Photos, Reviews

A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
96%

Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss

In my experience, Illamasqua’s Intense Lipgloss is opaque, long-wearing, non-sticky, and scent- and taste-free. Facade doesn’t last as long as a lot of the other shades I’ve tried within the range, but it does last four hours (and it’s not marketed as a long-wearing gloss).

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Illamasqua Facade Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Façade
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
96%