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Dior Samba Summer Nail Duo

Dior Samba Summer Nail Duo
Dior Samba Summer Nail Duo

Dior Samba Summer Nail Duo ($29.00 2 x 0.23 fl. oz.) contains two miniature-sized polishes from Dior’s summer collection, Bird of Paradise. They look just like Dior’s full-size polishes in exterior packaging, but they have a regular brush (compared to their wider, more tapered brush) that is wider than a normal brush, but it is not tapered.

Samba (794) is described as a “metallic peacock green.” It’s a bold, shimmering green-teal with an almost warm tone (from the green) and has a metallic finish. It was fully opaque in two coats, and while there were visible brush strokes, they were subtler and less distracting from the color/finish–they were also more easily controlled (so they look straight, rather than wonky). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Chanel Azure is darker, more of a duochrome, and ultimately, looks bluer and not nearly as bright as this. I think that you might prefer one over the other, but they’re not dupes. China Glaze Deviantly Daring is much bluer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Teal or No Teal is bluer. ORLY Haley’s Comet is more glittery, darker.

Samba (402) is described as a “cool turquoise.” It’s a darkened mint green cream. It was opaque for the most part after two coats, but the polish was somewhat streaky in places, so there were some patches that did not look quite opaque. Essie Turuquoise & Caicos is darker, less warm-toned. It reminded me a lot of Illamasqua Nomad. China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint is lighter. Essie First Timer is also similar–slightly greener.

For two Dior polishes, it’s almost a deal.  Normally, Dior’s polishes retail $23 for 0.33 fl. oz., which is $69.70/oz., while this kit is $63.04/oz., as you get 0.46 fl. oz. for $29.  If you have larger hands or longer fingers, you might find the smaller bottles harder to hold and use.

Dior Vernis Samba (402)
Samba (402)
Dior Vernis Samba (794)
Samba (794)

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Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic blue green.” It’s a brightened, bluish-teal with a metallic finish. It seems to shift a bit from blue to teal to green, depending on the angle and how the light hits the color. The color itself is interesting and complex. I’ll be reviewing it soon, but Dior’s Samba isn’t an exact dupe for this–it is more of a true teal with less shift and more warmth. China Glaze Deviantly Daring is similar when Azure is in its blue stages, but it doesn’t have the same green-teal shift. Zoya Charla has a very different finish (more glitter/sparkle) and is a darker, bluer polish overall.

It’s fully opaque in two coats, and the drying time is about average, but it’s important to wait for each coat to dry before applying another as it will pull/drag if not fully dry. There are also a lot of noticeable brush strokes to the finish, even after it has dried down (sometimes they fade and blend away once the polish is dry, but not in this case). I wish this was slightly less metallic or wasn’t as prone to showing the brush strokes, because I think it takes away from the application and end result. The consistency was slightly thin but was fine to work with. I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Azure (657)
Azure (657)
Azure (657)
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
86%
Total

Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner

Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner
Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner

Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “turquoise blue.” It’s a light-medium blue with silver and blue sparkle and shimmer. It doesn’t look teal or have any real flash of green to make a turquoise kind of color. This blue eyeliner comparison post features swatches of a lot of shades that compare with this one, most notably YSL #9 (more turquoise), bareMinerals 4AM (more opaque, so it appears bluer), and then Make Up For Ever #7L/Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi/Urban Decay Electric (all brighter blues).

This pencil was a painful, frustrating experience in why high-end doesn’t always equate to better. The consistency of the pencil is very, very dry and stiff. It tugged, pulled, and was incredibly difficult to apply with even, opaque color (and I would have settled for sheer but even). It almost feels like it’s scraping along the lash line. When you swatch an eyeliner on your arm, the amount of pressure you find yourself using is often much more than you would to the lash line (whether lower or upper), and I couldn’t even get it to build up well in a swatch. I should know better than to buy this, given how disappointed I was with Or Rose in December–but I am a SUCKER! for blues and teals in eyeliner form. On the upside, it wears well; doesn’t seem to fade, smudge, or budge from where it gets applied–it just never, ever looks even, smooth. It always looks jagged and dry.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner True Blue (57)
3
Product
5
Pigmentation
1
Texture
8.5
Longevity
2
Application
43%
Total

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Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette exclusive to Chanel.com from their summer collection. It features four shades of eyeshadows in varying finishes that can be “applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results.” Outside of the U.S., this quad and its formula will be very familiar, while those within the U.S. will note that the shape, texture, and feel of the formula is different. This is, essentially, the baked formula, compared with the traditional power eyeshadow that we typically see in the quads here in the U.S.

Metamorphose (44) #1 is a medium-dark, cool-toned green with a hint of blue/teal and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp, but it could have applied more evenly and smoothly. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is a touch darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is greener. Dior Garden Pastels #5 is very slightly warmer/greener. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is cooler-toned.

Metamorphose (44) #2 is a cool-toned, green-tinged, pale gray. It looks more like a mint green in the pan, but it comes off rather grayish when I applied it. The color payoff is very sheer when used dry, and then it is decent to good in opacity when applied damp. Giorgio Armani #10 is more metallic. Dior Cruise is similar. is a bit darker (and a cream product).

Metamorphose (44) #3 is a lightly warmed-over yellowy-green with a frosted sheen. It was sheer to semi-sheer when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied damp. Too Faced Fantasy Island #2 is more metallic but very close in color. bareMinerals Wicked is more intense, greener. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #6 is much darker, greener. MAC Juxt is brighter and much warmer. MAC Valiant is very similar.

Metamorphose (44) #4 is a deep navy blue with cool undertones and a satiny finish. It had decent pigmentation when applied dry, but it was much more intense when applied damp. Urban Decay Evidence is a more pearled sheen. MAC Naval Blue is more frosted. MAC Lunar is darker. bareMinerals Climax is more pearled. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 is darker–more blackened. Make Up For Ever #81 is darker.

Generally, the baked eyeshadow quads are less intense and pigmented than the regular powder eyeshadow quads. To an extent, I would agree. These really have to used damp to see decent color payoff, as when they are applied dry, they are subtle and on the powdery side. From my own experiences, I tend to prefer the powder eyeshadows over baked ones as well for both blending, wear, and color payoff. Metamorphose had faded noticeably when I checked at the eight-hour mark.  The texture was always on the drier, powdery side, and when applied damp, it didn’t blend out as easily as Chane’s best eyeshadows do.

P.S. — 0.04 oz.? Ouchhh! I know that baked eyeshadows tend to weigh less, but whoa does that seem crazy small. They look like a normal-sized eyeshadow, all domed and the like, but the weight is (somewhat) concerning.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Metamorphose (44)
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
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OCC Jealous Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Jealous Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Jealous Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Jealous Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “popsicle pink/red.” It’s a bright pop of warm red with a glossy, jelly-like finish. MAC Strawberry Malt is pinker. MAC Strut Your Stuff is slightly more orange but similar in color. Illamasqua Fume is redder. MAC Russian Red is slightly darker. Illamasqua Temper is a touch more orange but similar in the way it looks.

Stained Gloss is a take on Lip Tar with a glossier finish, more translucent quality to the color, and a color that will stain and isn’t sheer but is reminiscent of stained glass windows. Yes, stained glass windows certainly come to mind! They have just a little translucency that gives them a lighter look, almost jelly-like, while still yielding the kind of pigment that made Lip Tars famous in the first place. Jealous had a thinner consistency that was lighter in weight and in appearance. I actually feel like the new formula may appeal to those who find the original Lip Tars too much, too pigmented, or felt like they took too much work.

The glossy finish lasts three to four hours, while the lip color lingers on for much longer (another four, for a total of eight hours of wear). It also stains, so there is still even color beyond eight hours, but it looks more like a stain and less rich/intense as it did when initially applied. It was neither drying nor hydrating while I wore it, and it started to feel more like a regular Lip Tar once the glossiness wore away (I’d say the later couple of hours of Lip Tar’s wear). I do wish they were hydrating, though, because as they wear so long, that added moisture would be a treat.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss Jealous
Jealous
Jealous
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

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Revlon Rose Gold Chroma Chameleon Nail Enamel

Revlon Rose Gold Chroma Chameleon Nail Enamel
Revlon Rose Gold Chroma Chameleon Nail Enamel

Revlon Rose Gold Chroma Chameleon Nail Enamel ($8.49 for 0.29 fl. oz.) is a gold to pink duochrome with a metallic finish. I felt like it was rather similar to China Glaze Swanky Silk–both in terms of color and even to a degree, formula.

The duochrome is noticeable but not strong, and it’s probably one that would be best over black or layered than on its own. The formula was thin and a bit watery, and two coats definitely wasn’t opaque–I’d recommend at least three. The drying time was average, and the brush strokes didn’t disappear after it dried down, so if you aren’t a fan of visible brush strokes, you won’t like this formula. I have to admit that I had some sticker shock over the price per ounce ($29.27/oz. vs. $19.97/oz. for Colorstay vs. $9.98/oz. for regular), because the bottles were rather small! The quality of the formula and the subtlety of the duochrome were not worth the major increase in cost. The good news is that it wore for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping (which is par for the course for me).

Revlon Chroma Chameleon Nail Enamel Rose Gold
Rose Gold
Rose Gold
B

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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