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China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer

A Not-So-Rare, but Radiant Shade

China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer ($4.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “extraordinarily rich gold.” It’s a dirty, yellowy gold with antique gold/brown and green. It flashes from a dirty, antique gold to grass green. As I mentioned earlier this week, Color Club Editorial is very comparable, as they both are similar to Chanel Peridot. Though not quite as similar, Ozotic #507 is worth mentioning–it just shifts more to blue than to green.

It’s mostly opaque after two coats, but I would advise applying three, because the formula is a bit thinner and slightly sheerer than other China Glaze polishes. There are noticeable brush strokes in the finish  and they apply straight overall, but they are there. This shade dried down a bit faster than other China Glaze polishes, and it did have a naturally shiny finish. I recommend waiting between coats, because it will drag if you apply a second or third coat too soon. I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula but do not have any chipping, just minor tip wear.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Rare & Radiant
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “warm baby pink.” It’s a light-medium strawberry pink with subtle blue undertnoes against my skin tone. It looked a little cool-toned in the pan, too. The finish was mostly matte. MAC Stay Pretty is lighter. NARS Angelika is a smidgen darker and bluer-toned. MAC Weekend Getaway is similar but cream. Tarte Dollface is lighter.  It seemed darker than the original Pretty Pink that came in a palette previously.

The texture of Pretty Pink was on the dry side, but it is plenty pigmented; you can get true-to-pan color if desired, but not so much gets picked up on the brush that you can’t get a subtler look if that’s what you prefer.  I recommend building up the layers, because the drier texture made this blush less blendable than ideal once applied to the skin.  I liked that it seemed to melt against the skin, though, and the finish looked wonderfully natural on.  Pretty Pink wore well for seven hours, and after eight, there was some slight fading around the edges.

Bobbi Brown Blush Pretty Pink

Dior Diorling Diorific Lipstick

Dior Diorling Diorific Lipstick
Dior Diorling Diorific Lipstick

A Holiday Red That Wears and Wears

Dior Diorling (037) Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant cherry red with subtle blue undertones and finished with a natural sheen. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is a bit lighter, almost pink-tinged in comparison. Guerlain Luxure is less vibrant. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is brighter. MAC Red Racer is lighter. MAC Runaway Red is similar. Guerlain Vega is a bit less red. Chanel Dragon is deeper and has shimmer. Guerlain Garconne is similar in color.

It’s full formula name is “Rouge Haute Couleur Longue Tenue” or “Long-Wearing True Color Lipstick.”  Both are very true; this is a highly pigmented, long-wearing lipstick that feels as good as it looks.  Diorling wore for seven hours on me with residual staining getting me to eight hours without feeling compelled to reapply.  It will last through drinking and a light meal as well.  It’s lightly moisturizing, so my lips didn’t feel parched after I removed it.  The color itself was fully opaque and very little product was needed to achieve full color coverage.  It had a creamy, glide-on consistency that didn’t tug or pull at lips and deposited color evenly.  Diorling is one of four shades for the holidays and is packaged in limited edition, vintage gold packaging.

Dior Diorific Lipstick Diorling
Diorling

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Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer

Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer
Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer

Add This Duochrome to Your Nail Portfolio

Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple duochrome.” It flashes from violet purple to aqua-green. The duochrome is incredibly present and noticeable. I don’t have it, but Zoya Adina seems like it would be similar, perhaps a bit lighter. Initially, my mind went to Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie, but it’s definitely a pinker purple with more of a blue shimmer.

It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the formula was a breeze to work with; not too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly and fluidly without overflowing along the edges. I tested this shade specifically for wear, and it wore for a fully seven days with minor tip wear but no chips. There are some visible brush strokes in the finish, which is as anticipated, but may be a deal-breaker for you.  I think the strength of the duochrome might sway you, though 😉

Color Club Nail Lacquer Portfolio
Portfolio
Portfolio
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

China Glaze Unpredictable Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Unpredictable Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Unpredictable Nail Lacquer

How Much Do You Like a Duochrome Polish?

China Glaze Unpredictable Nail Lacquer ($4.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-dimensional gorgeous green.” It’s a seafoam-like green that flashes from true seafoam green to darker, almost forest green (but there’s still some aqua to it that it’s not true forest green). The only similar shade I could think of was OCC Chimera, which matches the darker green color you see at an angle. If you know of a dupe, please share it with us!

The consistency of this one was a little thin, and it wasn’t as pigmented as other shades in the collection or China Glaze’s polishes in general. After two coats, there was a very slight translucency in places, because it was somewhat streaky when applied. I would recommend going with three coats on this shade to get full color coverage. There are noticeable brush strokes, and they were fairly easy to control. I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Unpredictable
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d'Armani Lipstick
Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

Tread Lightly Into Fall with #526

Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is medium-dark plummy rose with subtle warm undertones. Chanel Caractere is more plum. Benefit I Think I Love You is similar but has more shimmer. MAC Oh Oh Oh has gold shimmer. Chanel Fetiche is similar.

It has mostly opaque color coverage (I’d say 95%) and a subtle sheen. The consistency is lightweight but very creamy, so it glides on easily without dragging or tugging on the lip and deposits even color. This shade wore just over six hours on me, which is great for a lipstick, but this formula touts eight hours, so it is a little short. Otherwise, it was moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and wore away evenly. It’s scent- and taste-free, and it is packaged in a black lacquered tube with a magnetic closure.

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick #526
#526
#526
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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