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L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal The Queen's Ambition Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition Nail Lacquer

Bold and Black — The Queen’s Ambition

L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark black with silver glitter in multiple sizes. It is very similar to Illamasqua Creator, though Creator photographers more warm-toned on me. It is also comparable to NARS Night Breed, though The Queen’s Ambition is smoother.

It’s completely opaque after two coats, but one coat was almost enough for total opacity.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied very fluidly and evenly across the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the sides.  If you couldn’t bring yourself to pay the price for Creator, this makes for a more budget-friendly version that is incredibly close.  I don’t think you could tell the difference!  I haven’t tested the wear of this specific shade, but I have done wear tests for six or so of L’Oreal’s Colour Riche line, and they’ve worn very well; a full week without chipping, just very minor tip wear.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer The Queen's Ambition
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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L’Oreal The Bigger the Better Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal The Bigger the Better Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Bigger the Better Nail Lacquer

A Splatter of Black Glitter

L’Oreal The Bigger the Better Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) contains black and silver glitter suspended in a clear base.  The silver glitter appears to be in one size, while the black glitter comes in multiple sizes, which makes it look a lot like black paint splatter. It looks super, super dark in the bottle–so much so that it also looks a lot like The Queen’s Ambition, but it’s completely different. I don’t have anything like this, and the only polish that reminds me of the effect is China Glaze Tinsel Town, which is black with silver glitter.

I layered this over a silver polish so you could see it layered, and the other two nails show the polish on its own with two coats. It’s best used as a layering polish, especially since the base color is clear. The glittery bits and bobs spread evenly across the nail and didn’t get too clumped up.  I picked this up from a holiday display, though I haven’t spotted it online yet, but it was at my local CVS.   L’Oreal’s Colour Riche line has worn really well on me from the half-dozen I’ve tested thus far–a full week of wear with no chipping and very minor tip wear.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer The Bigger The Better
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Chanel Vision Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Vision Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Vision Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Vision Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “gold.” It’s a bright, yellow gold with a glittery, metallic finish. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is softer. L’Oreal Gold Imperial is similar but not as dark or as yellow. Giorgio Armani #1 is similar but more orange, less metallic. OCC Triptych is yellower. Inglot #404 is a bit darker but comparable in color.

The texture of this felt smooth when really sheered out, but if you make an attempt to layer or go for opaque color, it does not apply smoothly no matter how much I tried to coax it. The best way to wear it is really as a wash, just a sheer bit of color, because it minimizes its tendency to ball up into chunks on the lid.  I recommend applying prior to foundation, too, as quite a few sparkles will get elsewhere.  I had some minor fall out during wear, but by and large, it stayed put.  After wearing this for eight hours, again, there was some fall out, but it hadn’t creased.  It isn’t yet out, but it is part of the soon-to-be-released Les Expressions de Chanel collection.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Vision
Vision
Vision
8.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
79%
Total

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Chanel Intuition Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Intuition Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Intuition Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Intuition Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a warm-toned palette that features shades of “light pink, gold, chocolate brown, and brown-grey.” It will be released sometime this month online and at Chanel retailers, and it joins the permanent range (according to the press release).

The first shade is a soft pink-beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and it was fairly smooth. Urban Decay Freebird is pinker. Bobbi Brown Black Sparkle is similar in color but has a sparkly finish. MAC Hush is more matte but close in color. Urban Decay Sin is more metallic.

The second shade is a yellowed gold with gold sparkles. You could and feel the glittery bits in this shade, which gave it a sheerer appearance, and it made it difficult to apply. I had a great deal of fall out during application as well as during wear with this shade. Cinderella Gus Gus is brighter, yellower, less orange. Milani Gold Dust is more orange. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold is slightly less orange. Bare Escentuals Remix is yellower. Chanel Blazing Gold is a smidgen yellower. MAC Goldmine is more metallic.

The third shade is a subtly warm-toned dark brown with bronze shimmer. It had good color payoff, though the texture was a touch dry. Cinderella Jaq is darker. Urban Decay Muse is darker and more red-toned. Make Up For Ever #15 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is similar.

The fourth shade is a warm-toned, copper-brown with a shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was a smidgen powdery but applied really smoothly on the eye. MAC Mulch is a touch lighter. MAC Havana is similar, perhaps a little darker (when used wet). Benefit Dandy Brandy is similar. MAC Roasted Chestnut is comparable.

The gold is particularly troublesome, and at this price point, harder to accept as-is; the sparkly finish resulted in noticeable fall out during wear, and it made application more difficult, as it had to be packed on and worked into the skin to smooth it out.  Both the darker brown shades are lovey, though together they can get a little lost.  I like it, but I don’t love it.  If the gold shade was improved, it would be more versatile and easier to use.

Chanel Intuition Eyeshadow Quad

B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “peach rose.” It looks very coral-pink in the pot, slightly pinker when swatched, but on my lid, it looked closer to the color you see in the pot–more coral-pink than anything else. Certainly warm-toned with coppery-gold and pink sparkle. MAC Love Spice is less pink. Urban Decay Free Love is much more coral and vibrant. MAC Quartz Fusion is redder.

It isn’t yet out, but it is part of the soon-to-be-released Les Expressions de Chanel collection.  When applied dry, it has sheerer payoff, such that it is a smattering sparkles and less metallic.  When applied damp, it has better pigmentation, though not quite opaque.  The color is buildable and after two or three layers, you’ll find mostly opaque coverage.   It’s not as smooth as the best Illusion d’Ombres, but it’s definitely not chunky or gritty or glittery.  It’s more shimmery, almost sparkly.  I wore it alone all over the lid, and it lasted for twelve hours without creasing or fading.  There was minimal, but noticeable, fall out–the kind that you notice but won’t look like a disco ball from across the room.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Abstraction
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

MAC Taste Temptation Collection for Winter 2012


MAC Taste Temptation Collection for Winter 2012

Powder Blush in Passionately Tempted set the stage for a dark late-night show. Eye Shadow Quad blends dramatic shades for a smoky gaze intensified by Fluidline and False Lashes Extreme Black. Apply Blush with 129 Powder/Blush Brush and add Liner with 211 Pointed Liner Brush for maximum impact. Mattene Lipstick in Nocturnal Instincts layered with Lipglass in Revenge is Sweet and, as a final touch, nails go nocturnal with Blue Gaze Nail Lacquer.

Taste Temptation Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Looka t the Eyes Light violet (Frost)
  • Naval Navy blue (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Stay Sultry Deep navy (Satin)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte) (Permanent)

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

  • Nocturnal Instincts Mid-tone greyed lavender
  • Night Blooming Mid-tone blue pink
  • Seductive Intent Vivid purple

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

  • Perky Mid-tone shimmering lilac
  • Revenge is Sweet Vivid purple (Repromote)
  • Good Times Pale mauve (Repromote)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

  • For Fun Rich clean purple
  • Blue Gaze Dark periwinkle

Fluidline ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Macroviolet Deep smoked violet with red pearl
  • Waveline Navy blue with low level gold pearl

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

  • Unconventional Pale shimmering lavender (Frost)
  • Passionately Tempted Mid-tone magenta (Satin)

Availability: Available exclusively at M·A·C Macy’s counters as a Black Friday preview, November 23rd 12 midnight – 4am only; December 6th online at maccosmetics.com; in-stores on December 13th (North America)

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