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Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer

A Splash of Gold for Your Nails

Guerlain Altoum Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.38 fl. oz.) is described as a “gleaming gold for precious glow.” It’s a pale golden beige with a metallic finish. I don’t have anything quite like it in my stash, so I’d love to hear if you know of any potential dupes. China Glaze White Cap is more of a white gold and has chunkier sparkle/glitter. China Glaze Fast Track is much, much darker and browner. Zoya Minka is more beige and much lighter.

The color coverage is opaque after two coats, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, which enabled the polish to flow easily over the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges. Because of the metallic finish, there are visible brush strokes. I found them to be easily controlled, so they go on fairly straight, rather thank wonky has some polishes do. I get a full week of wear out of Guerlain’s polish with minor tip wear and no chipping. It dried faster than average.

Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Altoum
Altoum
Altoum
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
92%
Total

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OCC Heroine Lip Tars – Black Dahlia, Lydia, Marion, Psycho, Starling, Sybil


OCC Fall Lip Tars

OCC Heroine Collection: 6 New Lip Tars

OCC Fall 2012 Lip Tars ($16.00 for 0.33 oz.) sees the launch of six new shades: Black Dahlia (blackened red), Lydia (darkroom plum), Marion (deceitfully dirty rose), Psycho (dripping with blood red), Starling (deeply rusted red), and Sybil (midnight brownout). The six shades are inspired by the brand’s favorite horror movie heroines.

Black Dahlia is a blackened red with a touch of brown-burgundy. It has a very lip stain-like appearance on the lips. It doesn’t quite get opaque without over-applying the product. It’s fairly even, and at a distance, it definitely looks even. This shade wore eight hours and stained for another two. MAC Soulfully Rich is less red. MAC Prince Noir is less red, darker. Chanel Maniac is darker. Milani Black Cherry is lighter. MAC Media is browner, redder, and lighter.

Lydia is a medium-dark pink plum with even, opaque color coverage. I’d say this is the most “wearable” of the six and rather universally flattering. It lasted for seven hours on my lips. MAC Hot Gossip is lighter, pinker. MAC Plumful is pinker, sheerer. MAC Flaunting It is more purple, sheerer. Make Up For Ever is frosty.

Marion is a lightened peach-brown with opaque color coverage. It needed very little product for full, even color. This wore for seven hours. Burberry Heather Rose is darker. CoverGirl Delish is a touch pinker. Guerlain Gracieuse is similar but has shimmer.

Psycho is a bright orange-red–very fiery–with opaque color payoff. It applies evenly and smoothly It lasted for eight hours on my lips.. MAC Sail la Vie is similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis is redder. Giorgio Armani #405 is more orange and has shimmer. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer is glossier.

Starling is a rusted, reddened brown. It yielded full color coverage and went on evenly. This shade wore for seven hours. Cle de Peau Danse de Feu is lighter and has shimmer. Make Up For Ever #20 is a bit redder.

Sybil is a deep, dark chocolate brown with subtle reddish undertones. This shade lasted for eight hours.  It was extremely pigmented and applied opaquely and evenly. MAC Chestnut is not quite as dark/rich. MAC Seeds of Desire is redder. MAC Film Noir is lighter, warmer.

Beginning today, Sephora will be carrying the new six shades, but more noteworthy, is that Lip Tars sold through Sephora will be sold in an eco-friendly vinyl bag along with instructions and a mini precision lip brush–just to help newcomers to all that is Lip Tar learn the ropes a little more easily! Lip Tars are best applied with a brush and with very, very little product. As in a dot or two of product, not a dollop or glob. It’s not a gloss, and it’s way, way more pigmented than the majority of liquid lipsticks on the market. If you over-apply, the product may bleed/feather, and it will easily get onto teeth, too.

Lip Tars are extremely pigmented, long-wearing, and dry down to a satin-matte finish with just a slight sheen.  They’re not drying, and I don’t find that they bleed or feather on me, but very few products do, so take that with a grain of salt.  They are mint-scented and come in small, squeeze tubes but are meant to be applied with a lip brush. Black Dahlia was the only shade that wasn’t opaque, and overall, had a slightly different texture (and definitely a different look) than the majority of OCC’s Lip Tar range.

OCC Heroine Lip Tars – Black Dahlia, Lydia, Marion, Psycho, Starling, Sybil

A
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
97%
Total

Too Faced Juicy Melons La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Juicy Melons La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Juicy Melons La Creme Lipstick

Go Right Ahead and Bite Into This Juicy Melon!

Too Faced Juicy Melons La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “pink coral.” It’s a strawberry pink with a strong yellow undertone, so I could see it looking to coral–I think it’s a smidgen on the pinker side. This is like a much tamer variation of MAC Force of Love. Chanel Hyde Park is brighter and less yellow-toned. Guerlain Giulette is a bit brighter and has a gold sheen, but it is similar. MAC Sunny Seoul is a touch lighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Peony is quite comparable, perhaps a touch darker.

The formula is described as having “rich, creamy color” with “hydrating moisturizers.” It actually says “pigmented-saturated, one-swipe formulas drench lips with sexy, pure color.” Juicy Melons has a creamy consistency that looks and feels rather balm-like as it glides across lips easily and never, ever drags or tugs.  The color is mostly opaque and has a noticeable sheen from the finish.  It wore for three and a half hours, and when I wore it over an eight hour span (reapplying twice), I did find it hydrating! The one thing I noticed is that because it has a thicker consistency, if you press your lips together, lines are sometimes created.

Too Faced Juicy Melons La Creme Lipstick

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

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Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color (Blush)

Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color
Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color

Ooh! You’ll Need a Pair of Sunglasses for This One!

Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a subtle fuchsia-pink sheen. NARS Desire is more blue-based and lighter (but if you use it lightly, they look more alike). MAC Florida is more magenta. Tarte Amused is a touch lighter. MAC Her Blooming Cheek is more fuchsia. Make Up For Ever #3 is similar. Make Up For Ever #75 is more magenta.

This shade is deliciously bright! It’s rich in color, incredibly saturated, and bright without being neon. It’s bold, dramatic, and buildable. It’s a very pigmented shade, so you will need to use a light-hand if you want softer, sheerer color. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth, which aids blending; it easily softens and diffuses with a flick or two of your brush. If you only use it lightly, there are definitely similar shades on the market; if you want to use it so it looks more true-to-pan, then you’ll see the differences start jumping out at you. When worn softly, it almost looks like a plum-kissed raspberry pink. I wore this shade last week, and it lasted a full ten hours on me without any fading.

Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color Narcissist
Narcissist
Narcissist
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

NARS Madly Blush

NARS Madly Blush
NARS Madly Blush

Are You Mad for Madly?

NARS Madly Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “warm soft-focus seashell pink.” It’s a medium brown with a hint of orange and peach gold shimmer that translates as mostly a sheen when applied. I didn’t really detect pink in it–perhaps if you have pink undertones, it may be more noticeable.  MAC Peachtwist is less brown, redder. MAC Soft Sand is a bit browner. Illamasqua Writhe is browner and has a stronger sheen.

It has a silky, finely-milled texture that’s not too stiff or too soft, so it’s not powdery or difficult to get color onto the brush and then onto the skin.  The color is buildable to true-to-pan color should you desire such payoff.  It adds a soft warm glow to cheeks on my skin tone when applied moderately.  If used more heavily, it will start to give my complexion a bronzed look. This does have very warm undertones, so cooler skin tones might find it’s too orange for their liking.  The shimmer yields a lovely sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or imperfections of the skin’s natural texture.  When I trialed this, it lasted for eight hours and had some noticeable fading along the edges but didn’t separate.

NARS Powder Blush Madly
Madly

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Video Review: Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette


Will Urban Decay Be Your New Vice?

A look at Urban Decay’s new Vice eyeshadow palette! If you missed yesterday’s written reviews, you can check out part one and part two 🙂

Makeup Breakdown

On eyes: Urban Decay Provocateur Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Rapture Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Occupy Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Echo Beach Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Anonymous Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD (125), Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites, Milani Bellissimo Bronze Blush. On lips: Chanel Pimpante Rouge Allure Lipstick.

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