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Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact

Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact
Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact

Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact ($35.00 for 0.70 oz.) is described as “three sheer sun-drenched powders in a chic compact.” Swirled together, they created a warm, golden tan with a subtle golden, satiny sheen–but very, very subtle on the sheen/shimmer. It almost looks matte overall–the only shimmer is coming from the very center color. Burberry Copper Glow is lighter. MAC Refined Golden is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth. Applied on skin, it buffs into the skin nicely without looking powdery or cake-y. The color is buildable from a soft, golden brown to a deeper, warmer tan (but I wouldn’t call it sheer as Clarins’ described it). It’s a nice bronzer, particularly for medium to dark complexions as there is plenty of color to go around, and for the $35 price tag, you sure get a ton of bronzer. (A lot of blushes are 0.20 oz. or less, and bronzers are often larger, but this is 0.70 oz., which is huge!) When I wore this earlier this week, it lasted eight hours well with some minor fading becoming noticeable just before the nine-hour mark.

Clarins Summer Bronzing Compact Splendours
Splendours

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Burberry Rose Pink (307) Lip Velvet

Burberry Rose Pink (307) Lip Velvet
Burberry Rose Pink (307) Lip Velvet

Burberry Rose Pink (307) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly warm, deep pink with a matte finish. Tom Ford Indian Rose is much lighter. MAC Speak Louder is cooler-toned. MAC Plumful is less pigmented, cooler. Guerlain Grenade is warmer. Chanel Taffeta Rose is brighter. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is cooler. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly without pulling or tugging at the lip. The consistency is just creamy enough to glide on but not slide around the lip, so it stays in place well and lasted me six and a half hours when I wore it. If you love matte finishes for your lipsticks but find a lot of formulas drying or unforgiving, Burberry’s Lip Velvet is one of the better ones I’ve come across. It’s really comfortable to wear and doesn’t dehydrate my lips.

Burberry Lip Velvet Rose Pink (307)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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L’Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a muted, aqua blue cream. Estee Lauder Teal Topaz is much darker, more of a teal. Dior St. Tropez is brighter. Cult Nails Manipulative is less blue, lighter. China Glaze Sea Spray is bluer, lighter. Zoya Wednsday is warmer, greener. See comparison swatches.

I’ve been really impressed with L’Oreals new Colour Riche lacquer formula, but Now You Sea Me was disappointing–it was very streaky, and I wasn’t able to cover all of the streakiness with a thicker second coat. It seemed like it would be opaque in two coats, if it weren’t for the streaks that still were visible. It dried down to a slightly glossy finish, and the drying time was about average. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I was surprised to find it difficult to apply. I normally get a week of wear with L’Oreal’s lacquer.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer Now You Sea Me
6.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
3
Application
82%
Total

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Illamasqua Sadist & Vulgar Eyeshadows

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “matte bright royal blue.” It’s a rich, deep, medium-dark blue–there’s a little indigo/purple that tints it so it looks very cool-toned. It had a matte finish, and the color payoff was quite good. The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery–yet still blendable and had a lot of pigmentation. It lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, but there was some residual staining after I removed it. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans is shimmery and darker. Sugarpill Velocity is similar but slightly lighter. Urban Decay Chaos is similar in color but has some shimmer. NARS Rated R #2 is much lighter. NARS Outremer is darker. Sugarpill Royal Sugar is a touch brighter and shimmery. Inglot #388 is darker, less blue. See comparison swatches.

Vulgar Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright flame orange, matt finish.” It’s a brightened, slightly lightened medium orange with a matte finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had really nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was lovely; soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, and still it was easy to apply and blend out on the lid. Vulgar wore well for eight hours–no fading or creasing–and after nine hours, I noticed some slight fading. Disney Rajah is more shimmery, slightly darker. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a bit lighter and a cream product. MAC Rule is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #10 is darker, bolder, and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow Sadist
Sadist
Sadist
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow Vulgar
Vulgar
Vulgar
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection for Summer 2013

RiRi Hearts MAC Summer
RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection

This is more than summer love. Rihanna and M∙A∙C strike a chord with an online-exclusive colour collection created by the global superstar. Bronze and cool coral combine for a Powder Blush Duo in the unforgettable Hibiscus Kiss, while Retro Matte Lipsticks in RiRi Boy, Heaux and the instant classic RiRi Woo make a statement against sheer, shimmering skin highlighted with rose gold Lustre Drops.
Exclusively online.

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

  • RiRi Woo Matte cool red (Retro Matte)
  • RiRi Boy Matte vivid lavender (Retro Matte)
  • Heaux Matte berry (Retro Matte)

Powder Blush Duo ($26.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Hibiscus Kiss Cool coral blush and matte neutral bronze duo

Lustre Drops ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Barbados Girl Rose gold bronzer

Availability: North America June 18, 2013 at www.maccosmetics.com at NOON EST, 1.800.588.0070; International June 2013 at www.maccosmetics.com, 1.800.588.0070.

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