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China Glaze Deviantly Daring Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Deviantly Daring Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Deviantly Daring Nail Lacquer

Do You Dare to Be Deviant?

China Glaze Deviantly Daring Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “adventurously bold peacock teal.” it’s a rich blue-based teal with a subtle shift to a slightly greener-teal and tends to darken around the edges. Urban Decay Mars is greener. Wet ‘n’ Wild Teal or No Teal is lighter. ORLY Haley’s Comet has chunkier shimmer/sparkle. Illamasqua Viridian is darker and greener.

It is, unfortunately, one of those shades that looks majestic in the bottle, but it’s less interesting on the nail. The richness of the color makes it look lovely on, but I don’t think it has the kind of shift you’d expect. I re-read the press release to get a better handle on what exactly the collection was about. If you’re looking for a strong duochrome finish, you’ll be disappointed. The shift in this one is subtle; there but not obvious. There were some noticeable brush strokes in brighter light.

Deviantly Daring is opaque in two coats, and the formula was really good–not too thick or too thin–and didn’t pool along the sides of the nail or streak.  The drying time was faster than average, and it did dry down to a fairly shiny finish.  China Glaze’s formula typically wears a full week on me with no chipping but has minor tip wear.  Their polish retails for $7, but you can easily find bottles for $3-4 at various e-tailers.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Deviantly Daring
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
94%
Total

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NARS Lovejoy Blush

NARS Lovejoy Highlighting Blush
NARS Lovejoy Blush

Celebrate the Joy of Love with NARS!

NARS Lovejoy Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmering bronzed rose.” It’s rosy-red with a little brown thrown in paired with a golden shimmer-sheen. MAC Ring of Saturn is more orange-red, brighter–the two look a little more similar if used softly. Tom Ford Savage is similar but seems a smidgen lighter and has a mostly matte finish. MAC Buddy Up seems fairly close but doesn’t have the golden sheen. MAC Stratus is darker, a little redder.

The finish is noticeably sparkly and has a bit more shimmer than some of the more recent shades we’ve looked at. It did emphasize pores just slightly; not enough where it was too noticeable or really took away from the finish. Though there is a subdued quality to the overall color, there is enough red in it that it may give some skin tones a sunburned look. It had a slightly dry texture, but the color payoff was still good, and the color was blendable and buildable during application. This shade wore for seven full hours and started to have noticeable fading after eight hours.

NARS Powder Blush Lovejoy
Lovejoy

Tom Ford Beauty for Fall 2012


Tom Ford Beauty for Fall 2012

Lip Color ($48.00)

  • Aphrodisiac Plum
  • Black Orchid Dark purple

Ultra Shine Lip Gloss ($45.00)

  • Naivete Dark plum

Cheek Color ($55.00)

  • Narcissist Pink

Eye Creme Color ($35.00)

  • Plum Absolute Plum

Lip & Cheek Stain ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tainted Love Red

Eye Defining Pencil ($35.00)

  • Exotic Teal Teal

Nail Lacquer ($30.00)

  • Dominatrix Smoky purple
  • Minx Smoky brown

Eye Color Quad ($75.00)

  • Emerald Lust Teals
  • Enchanted Neutrals

Availability: Now @ Saks, will also be at Neiman Marcus

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Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick

Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick
Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick

This Will Draw You in Like a Magnet

Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep raspberry pink.” It’s a raspberry pink-red with a natural glossy sheen. NARS Afghan Red is softer, more of a sheen than a glossy finish. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is pinker. Hourglass Nocturnal is less intense. Guerlain Pour Troubler is redder.

The finish on Magnetism is a first for me, because I remember previous Illamasqua lipsticks I’ve tried as having a matte finish (or even an iridescent but still mostly matte finish). Magnetism has quite the sheen, and as a result, actually feels very unlike the brand’s formula overall. It has a much creamier, more glide-on consistency and feel that doesn’t tug or pull at all, and it’s comfortable and hydrating to wear.  It was really easy to apply the color, but it had a tendency to create lines if you pressed your lips together.  This shade wore five and a half hours and left behind a faint stain. The color coverage was opaque.

Illamasqua Lipstick Magnetism
Magnetism
Magnetism
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

MAC & Carine Roitfeld Collection for Fall 2012


MAC & Carine Roitfeld Collection for Fall 2012

Carine Roitfeld elevated the smoky eye to an art form. For her M·A·C collaboration, Carine edits her look into a collection of chic colours and tools for recreating her aesthetic. Full Face Kit contain four Eye Shadows and Cremeblend Blush, Eye Brows in Brunette, Kohl Power Eye Pencil, Fluidline, 49 Lash and two Mascaras. Tropical Mist Lipstick, Face and Body Foundation, Mineralize Concealer, Nail Lacquer and Brushes create the perfect backdrop for dramatic eyes.

Jungle Camouflage Full Face Kit ($44.00 U.S. / $52.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Dew Soft creamy beige (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Camo Muted grayish taupe (Satin)
  • Bad Lieutenant Blackened deep brown (Matte)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte)
  • Bootcamp Bronze Soft sheer chestnut

Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit ($44.00 U.S. / $52.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Sahara Dust Light neutral beige (Satin)
  • Cactus Thorn Mid-tone brown bronze (Frost)
  • Desert Shimmering warm taupe (Satin)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte)
  • Sand Storm Soft sheer warm caramel

Lipstick ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Tropical Mist Sheer translucent nude

Kohl Power Eye Pencil ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Feline Black

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

  • Brunette Grey brown

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

  • Blacktrack Black

Brow Set ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Clear Clear

Mascara ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Studio Fix Boldblack Lash Black
  • Zoomfast Black Lash Black

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 ($27.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • NC30 Medium, warm

Mineralize Concealer ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • NC33 Medium, warm

Face & Body Foundation ($27.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN) (Permanent)

  • C4 Medium

Accessories

  • Good Luck Star Stencil ($18.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
  • 49 Lash Lashes ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)
  • Tweezer/Slant Slanted tweezers ($33.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN) (Permanent)
  • Full Lash Curler Eyelash curler ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Permanent)

Nail Lacquer ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Undercover Nude Sheer clear nude (Cream)
  • Underfire Red Deep blood red (Cream)

Brushes

  • 266 Small angle ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Permanent)
  • 275 Medium angled shading ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (Permanent)
  • 191 Square/Foundation ($33.00 U.S. / $39.50 CDN) (Permanent)

Availability: Online – August 30th; North America – September 6, 2012 at all M·A·C locations; International – October 2012 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com

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Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

Dress Your Lips in Opulence

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “rainbow beige.” It’s a golden-beige with multi-colored shimmer (almost holographic but not quite) that reads mostly champagne, gold, copper, and pink once applied. NARS Albatross looks a bit lighter on the lips. MAC Bubble Lounge is lighter, less beige. MAC Luxure has a similar sparkle but is more silvered.

Now, the tube I have (which is a sample) indicates this is a Sheer Lipgloss, but online, Illamasqua has it listed as an Intense Lipgloss and again on their Facebook (when they posted promos)–so I’m going to go off of their websites. Intense Lipglosses are supposed to be rich in color, non-sticky, and have a high-shine finish.  The color coverage is semi-sheer to semi-opaque; there’s noticeable sheerness in the color, but there is enough sparkle that it still delivers a noticeable change in lip color. I didn’t initially feel the glitter/sparkle, but after a half hour, there was a definite grittiness and I could feel the edges of the sparkles.  Opulent wore for four hours, which was good and consistent with most glosses. The texture was non-sticky, and the finish had plenty of glossy shine.

With Generation Q, I noticed that Illamasqua has changed the packaging on their lipglosses. They used to be slanted, squeeze-tubes, but now they’re clear plastic with a black screw-top that twists and reveals a brush-type applicator. Both of the glosses I receive with this type of applicator had several splayed bristles, which made application more difficult. The bristles could be a little softer, as they seemed to be a touch scratchy against the lips as well as created some brush strokes. I’m not sure if I just happened to get two exceptionally messed-up brushes or if a lot of them are going to be that way. For now, we’ll assume that because these were samples, they were an early run, and perhaps not pristine, but I don’t think the applicator is ideal for this gloss formula–a regular doe-foot would be easier to maneuver around the lips and be less likely to cause visible brush strokes. I also detected a fruity scent.

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

B
9
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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