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China Glaze Escaping Reality Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Escaping Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Escaping Reality Nail Lacquer

Not So Keen on Winter? Escape Reality with Neon Pink

China Glaze Escaping Reality Nail Lacquer ($7.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon raspberry pink.” It’s a vibrant medium-dark pink with a cream finish. There is definitely a neon element to the color, as it is very bright, and it has the signature quick dry down of neons and the semi-matte finish. China Glaze Love’s a Beach is very similar in color, but it has shimmer in it. NARS Anardana is darker, redder. MAC Girl About Town is a darker pink. Zoya Lolly is more matte and not quite as neon.

It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the formula was easy to work with.  It wasn’t too thick or too thin (consistent with China Glaze’s formula overall), provided even coverage, and flowed well across the nail without streaking or bubbling once on.  I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula with no chipping, just minor tip wear.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Escaping Reality
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Too Faced Marshmallow Bunny La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Marshmallow Bunny La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Marshmallow Bunny La Creme Lipstick

A Pale, Warm Pink Not to Be Missed

Too Faced Marshmallow Bunny La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “marshmallow pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones. A lot of lighter pinks like this one tend to have cool undertones, so it’s nice to see one with some warmth. MAC Vivid Imagination is darker by several shades. MAC Angel is less warm–almost gray-ish in comparison. Cle de Peau #106 is a smidgen lighter.

Too Faced’s La Creme formula is supposed to be rich in color, creamy, and hydrating.  It definitely nails the creamy part; it is so slick and wet, that it almost feels like a lipstick-balm hybrid.  Despite the slick texture, it wears rather well for this type of texture:  three and a half hours.  It is nicely hydrating both during and post-wear, too.  The one downside is it has a thicker feel on the lips, so it can easily bunch up or show lines if you press your lips together.  Bunny was opaque on lips with a soft frosted sheen.

Too Faced Marshmallow Bunny La Creme Lipstick

A-
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette
shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette

Karl for Shu – The Smoky Velvet Palette

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00 for 0.245 oz.) consists of two silky smooth eyeshadows, three pressed eyeshadows, and one glow-on blush.

1 is described as a “glitter black” and comes in the “silky smooth eyeshadow formula.” It’s a soft black with very small silver glitter particles. It had a creamy but a very thin consistency–it was soft and just barely creamy, enough that it felt more like a really thin, cream eyeshadow than a powder one. It had good color payoff despite the thin consistency. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome is a bit softer, less glittery. Buxom Black Lab is similar but has multi-colored sparkle.

2 is described as a “deep khaki” and comes in the “silky smooth eyeshadow formula.” It’s an olive green with a soft, olive shimmer. This shade was creamier than #1, but it had a similar lightweight and thin feel. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is darker, greener. Lancome Designer is darker. MAC Sumptuous Olive is warmer, browner.

3 is described as an “elegant light silver” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a sparkling silver-tinged white with a glittery, sparkly content that gives it a very sheer appearance. Cinderella Midnight Hour is less metallic. MAC She’s Got Class is similar both in color and texture. MAC Forgery is also quite similar.

4 is described as an “mint green” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a pale green with soft yellow undertones and a smattering of gold micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture. Cinderella Cinderelly is darker. Too Faced Fantasy Island is yellower. bareMinerals Wicked is also yellower. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is very similar.

5 is described as an “glitter beige” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a pale, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. The color payoff was so-so. Buxom Poodle is less yellow. Giorgio Armani #18 is similar, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Gold is yellower. MAC Treasure Hunt is similar but has more of a sheen.

6 is described as an “dusty rose” and is part of the “glow-on blush formula.” It’s a brightened, dark pink with gold shimmer. It packs plenty of pigment, so it can be used on all skin tones. The texture is incredibly finely-milled, so it is extremely blendable on the skin, so even pale complexions will be able to adjust the intensity to their liking. MAC Supernova is a bit redder. Tom Ford Wicked is pinker, more blue-based. Worth noting is it’s a pain to apply as a blush, since the pan is the size of an eyeshadow.

The palette is remarkable for its texture; the two cream eyeshadows had a beautiful, velvety-creamy consistency that felt like butter and silk came together, while the blush was finely-milled and easy to blend, despite its rich color.  The really sparkly white eyeshadow, though, while soft, did not apply as smoothly. I found it was best applied as a layering shade over another eyeshadow.  I experienced some fall out when applied alone, and significantly less (but still a little) fall out when patted over one of the cream eyeshadows. Shu can do incredible glitter eyeshadows sometimes, but the white in this palette wasn’t quite it. The gold shade was way, way less sparkly (and better bound together), so I didn’t have problems with that shade.  The cream eyeshadows wore well for six hours, but after eight full hours, they was some faint creasing.  The blush lasted eight hours without fading.

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette

B-
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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Ozotic #904 Nail Lacquer

Burberry Pink Apricot Lip Velvet
Ozotic #904 Nail Lacquer

Sugar That Goes to Your Tips and Not Your Hips

Ozotic #904 Nail Lacquer (AU $12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) looks like lemon drops in the bottle, but the way it looks applied really just depends on what you apply it over. On its own, it’s a light-medium, yellow. When I layered it over a purple, you could see the sparkle shift from golden yellow to green. I haven’t reviewed a lot of duochrome/tri-chrome kind of polishes, so I couldn’t think of a dupe. The duochrome is a lot like China Glaze Rare & Radiant, Color Club Editorial, and Chanel Peridot–with a stronger start on the golden end of the spectrum. None of those are dupes, since those are full-color polishes and not shimmer/micro-glitter.

I applied this shade with two coats on its own, and then one coat layered over L’Oreal The Mystic’s Future, which is a fuchsia, eggplant-purple. It’s semi-opaque after two coats, but it didn’t apply evenly. The polish had a rather thick, almost gel-like consistency, which made getting thin, even coats more difficult to do. It’s possible, but there was a little learning curve with this shade! This shade is designed to be used as a layering shade. I tested this polish (worn alone, not layered) for wear, and it lasted a full seven days without chipping on me; there was just minor (but no more than average) tip wear.  The texture is somewhere between micro-glitter and glitter but very flat.

Ozotic #904 Nail Lacquer

B
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

Burberry Pink Amber (306) Lip Velvet

Burberry Pink Apricot Lip Velvet
Burberry Pink Amber (306) Lip Velvet

Burberry Pink Amber (306) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with brightness that’s vibrant without being neon or too intimidating. It has warm undertones, but it doesn’t turn orange. Chanel Enjouee is pinker. Guerlain Gracy is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Chamade is a smidgen pinker, and it has a glossier finish (it looks a bit different on). Guerlain Bal de Mai has gold shimmer. Chanel Flamboyante is redder. Burberry Blush is more muted, less vibrant, and pinker.

The new Lip Velvet formula is touted as long-wearing, having a velvet-matte finish, comfortable to wear, and providing hydration while worn.  It’s one of the most comfortable matte formulas I’ve come across.  Pink Amber wore for six and a half hours, and it was comfortable the entire time and never left my lips feeling dry.  There’s a perfect amount of glide in the consistency; it has a good base that it glides on lips and deposits an even amount of color without pulling or tugging.  It doesn’t feel thick or heavy on, so it doesn’t move around easily, but it doesn’t feel like it’s clinging on, either.  It has a sweet, fruity scent but no taste.

Burberry Lip Velvet Pink Amber (306)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick

NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick
NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick

In Other News: NARS Can Be Beautiful

NARS Beautiful Liar Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer spiced coral.” It’s a vibrant coral-orange with coppered gold shimmer and a soft, frosted sheen. CoverGirl Temptation is more orange. Guerlain Bal de Mai is several shades pinker. MAC Hibiscus is brighter. MAC Drive Me Wild has more gold shimmer. Dior Belle de Nuit is redder, darker.

It’s semi-opaque on lips (doesn’t quite cover my lip freckle entirely) with a glide-on consistency that’s just creamy enough to deposit an even layer of color but not so creamy that it feels thick or moves around easily. The formula is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and Beautiful Liar lasted five and a half hours on my lips.  It was just a wee bit hydrating but definitely not drying.  The lipstick was scent- and taste-free.

Now, the only “downside” is that this is a lot more pigmented than described.  The hue is part of NARS’ Sheer Lipstick range, and while some shades are sheer and translucent as described, Beautiful Liar isn’t the only one that’s far more pigment-packed than you’d expect.  So, for those who prefer more opaque lipsticks, you’re in luck.  If you’re on the hunt for a sheer coral, you’ll want to keep looking.

NARS Sheer Lipstick Beautiful Liar

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