Illamasqua Swinger Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Swinger Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “platinum gold.”  Yeah, I’d buy that.  To use my own words, I’d describe it as a champagne-gold with a little grit and dirt in it–it’s not a yellowy gold really, but it’s not quite dark and green-tinged enough to be an antique gold. Too gold to be a real pewter, but it’s all somewhere in there.  Revlon Gold Coin is a smidgen lighter and perhaps not as warm-toned, but they’re really quite close. Chanel Diwali is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Superfreak is lighter. Dior Timeless Gold is very similar. The only shade that I think is less similar is Diwali, which has a lot of warm undertones in comparison. Between the others, I don’t think one would really notice the difference if you weren’t really, really looking for them. Dior’s has the least amount of visible brush strokes (next to none), while Illamasqua and Revlon are tied with a few but hardly any really. I think Chanel shows the most out of the similar shades.

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Illamasqua Swinger Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Nail Varnish Swinger
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10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
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99%

Giorgio Armani Fall 2012 Collection & Acqua Collection


Giorgio Armani Fall 2012 Collection

This fall, Giorgio Armani reinvents texture; his unique vision of color and shapes play a masculine aesthetic against elegant femininity. Perfectly harmonized shades are revisited in a neo-classic way to add a sultry decadence to eyes.

Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($30.00)

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Yeux Teint Face & Eye Palette ($88.00)

  • Neo Black Ideal for creating a highly sophisticated look. The easy to wear, sheer, beige blush illuminates the complexion for a naturally highlighted, incandescent complexion any time of day. Includes three, coordinating eyeshadows.
  • Neo Brown For a glamorous look that plays on nature’s palette of autumnal tones. The sheer rose blush is ideal for shaping the complexion with a luminous veil of rosy pink. Includes three coordinating eyeshadows.

Giorgio Armani Acqua Collection

Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

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Eyes to Kill Waterproof Liner ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

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Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

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Revlon Gold Coin Nail Lacquer

Revlon Gold Coin (925) Nail Lacquer ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a dirty champagne-gold foil with a metallic shimmer-sheen. The most recent iteration of this that I reviewed was Chanel Diwali, which is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Superfreak is lighter. Dior Timeless Gold is very similar. And while I haven’t yet reviewed, I do have Illamasqua Swinger now swatched, and it is rather similar–marginally darker and warmer at best. Timeless Gold has the least amount of visible brush strokes (next to none), while Diwali has the most visible brush strokes.  Gold Coin and Swinger are tied for having just a few noticeable ones under really bright light.

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Revlon Gold Coin Nail Lacquer
Revlon Nail Enamel Gold Coin
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9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
96%

Beautiful Beginnings with CoverGirl

Beautiful Beginnings with CoverGirl

What was the first CoverGirl product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: I can’t remember if I had tried anything prior to the blog, though I feel like I must have. The first product I reviewed was the Smoky ShadowBlast. I remember being most impressed by their LiquilineBlast eyeliners, though. Those were really fun!

Share your first time experiences with CoverGirl in the comments! 🙂

MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow (Part 2)

The last six shades of MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($18.50 for 0.07 oz.) that we’re going to go through are: Highly Charged (rich purple with pink pearl), Infra-violet (mid-tone pink violet with blue pearl), Love Power (soft shimmering rose), Pure Flash (pale champagne), Superwatt (light shimmering taupe), and Switch to Blue (rich cobalt). Please read my review for how these feel, wear, etc.

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MAC Highly Charged Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow Infra-violet
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8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
3
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81%

MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow (Part 1)

The first six shades of MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($18.50 for 0.07 oz.) that we’re going to go through are: Blacklit (black with multi-dimensional pearl), Brilliantly Lit (bright acid yellow green), Coil (copper bronze), Dynamo (mid-tone coral), Electroplate (cool gunmetal grey), and Fashion Circuit (bright kelly green). Please read my review for how these feel, wear, etc.

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MAC Blacklit Electric Cool Eyeshadow

MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow (Part 1)

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Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
3
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81%