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bareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette

This Palette is One of the Finer Things

bareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows:  Penthouse (black glitz), Custom Made (pink quartz pearl), Chateau (slate stone), Truffle (glistening chestnut), First Class (light silver sheen), Upgrade (hazy lilac), Five Star (white light), and Private Isle (cobalt sheen). It also includes a 0.05 oz. (half the size of the full-sized version) of Prime Time Eye Primer.

Each eyeshadow is 0.035 oz., as compared to the average full-sized eyeshadow, which is 0.05 oz. (and bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadows in the duos and quads are 0.05 oz.). In duos, they’re $20/0.10 oz.; quads are $30/0.17 oz., and 8-pan palettes are $40/0.28 oz.–which breaks out to $200/oz., $176/oz., and $143/oz. I love that they give you a little more as you buy larger palettes. Just to put those prices in context, MAC single eyeshadows are $300/oz., while their duos are $275/oz. and quads are $210/oz.

Penthouse is deep matte black with subtle silver sparkle. It has really intense pigmentation, but it’s very blendable. I used the lightest dab of product to darken my crease when I was testing out the eyeshadows, which was plenty! If you tend to be a fiend for black eyeshadows, you probably have something similar, since it is a rather basic color (see the black eyeshadow swatch gallery). I noticed that the silver sparkles translated a bit more on the lid with this shade than they typically do (a lot of times they just get lost).

Custom Made is soft peach with a metallic sheen and a hint of pink to keep it from turning orange. As far as undertones go, this is almost cool-toned, which is hard to do in a peachy shade! It had rich color payoff, though the texture was a smidgen powdery. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is less metallic, so it appears darker. theBalm Stubborn is more satin-y. MAC Nubile is more beige. Urban Decay Scratch is pinker.

Chateau is a medium-dark gray with a mostly matte finish. There are hints of brown in the color, but it’s not a taupe. The pigmentation was good, and it blended out easily. Urban Decay Desperation is a bit more red-toned. MAC Moody has more burgundy/plum in it. Urban Decay Asphalt is darker. Urban Decay Ace is darker.

Truffle is a coppery brown with a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was very soft and smooth. This color is one that we have seen often, though, so you may have something like it already. Cinderella Drizella is more subdued. Dior Golden Savannah is browner, darker. Tarina Tarantino Amber is lighter. MAC Campfire is brighter, more orange. Make Up For Ever #12 is a bit richer. theBalm Meep Meep is very similar. MAC Amber Lights is a bit more orange.

First Class is a cool-toned pewter-gold with a soft frosted sheen. You might call it a dirty gold or platinum. It had good pigmentation, and it had a very smooth, finely-milled feel. Chanel Apprence is more golden. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is a touch yellower, lighter. Giorgio Armani #14 is darker, greener. Bare Minerals Chart Topper is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is cooler-toned, grayer.

Upgrade is a subdued burgundy-mauve with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a silky-smooth feel. Inglot #423 is much darker. MAC Stolen Moment is darker and more purple. MAC Satin Taupe is quite a bit darker.

Five Star is a pale white with a satin finish. The pigmentation was spot-on, and the texture was soft without being powdery. Bare Minerals Cheers is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown White is a bit cooler-toned and matte. MAC Crystal Avalanche is more shimmery.

Private Isle is a medium-dark blue with a very small tinge of purple. It has a satin-like finish, though there are very fine micro-shimmers (barely noticeable on). It had great color payoff, and it had a soft, smooth texture. This is an odd blue, because of the subdued nature of it and that it’s not full-onblue, which makes it hard to dupe. theBalm Sensational is lighter, bluer. Inglot #336 is kind of subdued, but it just looks so different. NARS Mandchourie has a similar vibe but ultimately looks unlike this.

bareMinerals has created a quality, cool-toned (overall) holiday palette that features a mix of neutrals paired with few hints of color. Custom Made seemed a little powdery initially, but I didn’t have problems with it once I used it on the eye. Chateau wasn’t as pigmented as it should be or as the rest of the palette, but it was only a little shy of that. When I wore the eyeshadows without a primer, they lasted a full ten hours without fading or creasing; with the Prime Time primer, they lasted ten hours again without creasing or fading.

bareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal The Mystic's Fortune Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune Nail Lacquer

Walk the Runway with a Fortune on Your Hands

L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune Nail Lacquer ($6.29 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a deep, inky blue-based purple with blue and violet shimmer. SpaRitual Blue Moon is lighter and a bit bluer. ORLY Lunar Eclipse has such a different finish, and it’s much brighter. MAC Rain of Flowers is more violet. Zoya Mimi has chunkier shimmer/sparkle. China Glaze First Class Ticket is very similar, though a little more subdued.

It was fully opaque after two coats, and it wasn’t too thick or too thin (though it leaned on the thicker side), so I didn’t have any application problems. There were no bubbles, streaks, or pools of polish gathered along the edges of my nails.  I tested out the wear of this shade in particular, and it lasted a full seven days without chipping and had very minor tip wear.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer The Mystic's Fortune
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo

Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo
Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo

A Duo Featuring Coral and Plum

Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo ($50.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a vibrant coral-pink with a mostly matte finish and subdued plum with a mostly matte finish.

If you have a cooler complexion with natural pink undertones, I suspect the brighter pink shade will look pinker, not quite as coral-like, on you. It looked pinker in the pan but on my skin, it was less so. Burberry Blossom is more orange. MAC Fleet Fast is similar but more subdued, plus it has gold shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is very comparable in color. Tarte Blissful is also very similar–perhaps a bit pinker (even on my skin tone). This shade was very, very pigmented. It has a dry but finely-milled texture that is best when used with a brush. I used the included brush to apply, and while I can’t say I prefer it to my full-sized brushes (I am partial to both the shapes and the longer handles!), it is soft and works well to apply and blend out the color. When I trialed for wear, it lasted eight hours without fading.

The plum shade seemed sheer when I swatched it, but with a blush brush (the one included), it was more pigmented than it seemed initially. It is not nearly as intense as the brighter coral shade, though. MAC The Perfect Cheek is more subdued, pinker, less warm-toned. Tarte Exposed is more neutral. Burberry Cameo is less pink, more plum. Chanel Rose Temptation is a touch darker and more plum. It had the same finely-milled, dry texture that wore well (eight hours).

Finally, when the two shades are mixed, it becomes a rosy plum with a matte finish. It ended up looking very similar to NARS Amour. NARS Deep Throat is pinker, lighter, and has a golden sheen.  I wore the two shades layered together, and they lasted a full eight hours without any signs of fading.  If you’re a fan of Guerlain’s matte eyeshadows, you’ll like the texture and feel of the blushes, as they’re very similar.  If you prefer a softer, denser, more buttery texture, you may find these too dry/firm for your liking.

Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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L’Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Gold?

L’Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a metallic, yellow gold. There’s a slightly subdued quality to the overall color–by a little brown–that keeps it from being a yellow/orange kind of gold. This is why it’s not the same as L’Oreal’s Eternal Sunshine,, though if you rarely wear gold, one will do; or, if you find that Eternal Sunshine turns orange-y, you might prefer Gold Imperial. Chanel Apprence is browner. Urban Decay Blitz is very similar–less metallic. MAC Sweet & Sour is yellower.

If you love sparkling, shimmering, and high-shine finishes, Gold Imperial is exactly that. It’s really a dead-on holiday kind of finish; all glitz and glam.  One of the best things about this product is that for as sparkly as it is, I didn’t have problems with fall out.  It applies mostly opaque, and after twelve hours of wear, I didn’t spot any creasing or fading–and that was on its lonesome (no primer).   Because of its high-frost, high-shine finish, it can emphasize any imperfections on the skin where you apply it, including dry areas and lines.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Gold Imperial
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser Review


NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser

A Truly Gentle Cleanser

NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser ($29.00 for 4.2 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “gentle, non-drying cream cleanser with a luxurious lather designed to pamper the skin while washing away makeup and surface impurities.” NARS says it is best for normal, dry, and seasonally dry skin, and it is “synthetic fragrance, paraben, and alcohol” free.

I’ve been using this for the past two and a half months as my morning cleanser (though I have also used in the evenings on occasion). It’s lightweight, incredibly gentle, non-drying, and a little goes a long way. I don’t even think I’m half-way through the tube, even though I consistently use it every morning. It lathers up quickly, but it’s not at all drying. I tend to have normal-to-dry skin, which is more normal than not during the spring/fall, but it gets drier as we head into winter. What I like most about the cleanser is really how genuinely gentle it is; there’s no stinging or burning sensations if this gets into your eyes at all. It doesn’t cloud your eyes or anything like that either.

It cleans well, and for something marketed as “gentle,” it is surprisingly effective at removing makeup. It won’t get long-wearing products off fully, but it did break down my liquid foundation well.  I like how it leaves my skin post-cleanse, which is soft and supple–my skin never feels stripped or dried out. Given how long I’ve been using it, and how much is left, the price tag stretches out a bit.

I have one complaint, though, and for me, it’s enough to look for something else:  the packaging.  It looks sleek, and just looking at it, everything seems in order.  Using it, however, is another matter.  It leaks cleanser, mostly into the cap, but unscrewing the cap will leave you with half an inch of cleanser just sitting inside the cap.  More leaks out as you unscrew the cap, so then the cleanser runs over and down the sides.  A little goes a long way, and it’s hard to get just a little out, because it has such a fluid consistency.   I feel like a lot of cleanser has gotten washed down the drain as a result, and it keeps the tube perpetually slippery and sudsy.  It might be better with a pump or if you could stand it on the opposite side (the tapered end).

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed the cleanser itself, but the packaging made it hard to use and wasted product.

OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar

OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar
OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar

Have You Met My Electric Grandma?

OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “electrified true, classic coral.” It’s a brightened orange with tangerine shimmer and a slight pink tinge. Guerlain Orange Euphorique is more subdued. Chanel Sari d’Eau is darker. guerlain Gil is darker, redder. Guerlain Gipsy is darker and redder with less shimmer. MAC Vegas Volt is pinker.  I was actually surprised that I didn’t find anything more similar to this, but the brightness paired with the less-obvious orange-tones made it tough to dupe.

It applies fully opaque with very little product, and the consistency is smooth and looks that way on lips, while still giving off that metallic sheen it’s supposed to have.  When I wore this, it lasted eight hours–through afternoon coffee and dinner–and still looked 75% intact.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Metallic Lip Tar Electric Grandma
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
97%
Total

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