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Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

Hemlock You’ll Want to Wear

Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish (£13.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale opal green iridescent.” It’s a pale pink-red at one angle, then it turns into a pale, yellowed green shimmer at another angle, while the base color is a pale beige with a hint of pink overall. It’s definitely duochrome, and it is a strong one at that. There are a few green duochromes on the market, but I don’t have one that shifts pink-green (or such a yellowy green at all).

After two coats of Hemlock, there’s still some visible nail line.  With three coats, you should get fully opaque color, if that’s your aim.  It’s sheer enough in one coat to work as a layering polish as well.  I appreciate the versatility of the color in that respect, but since this is definitely less pigmented compared to nearly every other Illamasqua shade I’ve come across, I wish they’d mention that it was sheer (or semi-sheer) in the description.  There are nearly no visible brush strokes, despite the threads of metallic shimmer running through the base color.  It also has a strong, obvious duochrome in a shift I don’t think I’ve come across before.  Illamasqua’s polishes typically wear seven to ten days on me without chipping–just very minor tip wear.

Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

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Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie

Are You Flushed With Milky Pinks?

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy mauve pink.” It’s a very rosy pink when swatched, but it turns a little more strawberry pink with a hint of mauve/plum on the lips. MAC Curvaceous is less pink, plummier. Illamasqua Move is cooler-toned, brighter. Neither of those shades is all that similar, so I don’t think I have a dupe for this shade.

It’s semi-opaque; it covers my lip freckle somewhat, but there’s a slight translucency that enables the natural lip color to peek through. If you have naturally redder lips, I would expect this to turn redder, too. This shade applied evenly, and it just barely settled into lip lines but the settling wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It was comfortable to wear, lightly hydrating, and lasted for four hours. The texture was non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, and had a good glide on the lips. Urban Decay’s Lip Junkies are mint-scented and -flavored.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Flushed
Flushed
Flushed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Launches


Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Effortless and high impact—that’s the essence of NEW Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick. This do-it-all formula glides on tug-free and can be used to shade, define, smoke up and highlight eyes. In subtle to eye-popping shades that last for up to 8 hours without creasing, flaking or fading, it’s a stroke of genius.

Exceptional Wear, Intense Color A unique blend of oils, waxes and film formers, gives this water-resistant formula superior 8 hour wear. Color rich emollients provide intense pigment in one easy swipe without flaking or creasing. Supremely Smooth, Lightweight Feel Antioxidant Vitamins C and E protect the delicate eye area while skin conditioners help create a smooth, comfortable and lightweight feel that is not oily or tacky.

Katie Holmes is wearing Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Violet Plum and Bark.

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00)

  • Vanilla
  • Golden Pink
  • Sand Dune
  • Iced Blue
  • Forest
  • Shadow
  • Bark
  • Violet Plum

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, on-counter February 2013

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Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer
Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

It’s Part of History: Lynnderella Connect the Dots

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer ($22.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is–to me–one of the big deal lacquers in indie polish history. It contains a mix of black and white glitter an assortment of sizes that range from small, medium, large, and shapes that range from bar, circular, hexagonal, and square. This was the shade that made me sit up and take notice of niche polish, and it was as impressive in person as it was in photos after I received it. But I remember how in demand it was; how hard it was to get it; and it’s amazing to think how far indie nail polish has come since then.

I applied one coat of it over Essie Navigate Her, and then two coats of it alone on my thumb nail to show opacity of the glitter. One coat has good coverage as a layering shade, and I was able to get all of the different shapes, colors, and sizes out of the bottle without having to play go fish or dab or push the pieces into place. This is one of my favorite Lynnderellas, though at this time, there are more than few dupes and alternatives (including Sticks ‘n Stones by Ninja Polish, Sephora Chaotic, and China Glaze Whirled Away–some are closer than others).  The consistency is thin, quick to dry, and doesn’t feel too bumpy, though a thick top coat is highly recommended to lock the glitter into place.

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

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China Glaze Tranzitions Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

Six Stages of Transitions

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer ($8.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) includes six shades of color-changing shades.  I’m not aware of any other polishes that change color with the addition of a top coat, so none of these have dupes.

  • Altered Reality is a shimmering teal with a metallic finish. When a top coat is applied, it turns bluish-teal. This one doesn’t have a lot of color shift.
  • Duplicity is an aqua-tinted turquoise with a creamy, mostly matte finish. When a top coat is applied, it turns to a darker, blue-toned teal.
  • Metallic Metamorphosis is a silvered gray with a metallic finish. When you layer a top coat on top, it turns to a darker, gunmetal gray. This one was the best-applying of the six.
  • Modify Me is periwinkle blue with a metallic finish. This one was a bit streaky. When layered with a top coat, it turned darker and bluer.
  • Shape Shifter is a dark, purple-tinged gray with a metallic finish. With a top coat layered on top, it turned into a dark royal purple.
  • Split Perso-nail-ity is a light-medium pink with a cream finish. When you applied a top coat on top, it turned into a dark pink.

China Glaze gave out a how-to for applying these, which is how I attempted to swatch these. I found that two coats was ridiculous–the polish has a really thick consistency and is opaque in one coat. Without fail, with two coats of color, drying time was on the longer end of the spectrum and I’d get bubbling. I ended up with one coat of polish for each swatch; I did a diagonal pass of top coat on the index finger, no top coat on the middle finger, and a full layer of top coat on the ring finger. I applied one coat, waited fifteen minutes for it to dry, and then applied the top coat.

I really didn’t like the formula. I feel like saying, “Interesting idea, bad execution.” The polish on its own (no top coat) has a semi-matte finish–there’s a sheen to it, but it looks flat. I used a regular base coat for all of the swatches, but I’d recommend a ridge-filling base coat, because all six shades were unforgiving–you could see every little nook and cranny on my nail and then some.

With a top coat, it was a swirling, streaking mess. From a distance, it almost looked like a marbled effect, but it was really just streaky. I used China Glaze’s Fast Forward top coat on all of the shades, and I had numerous problems from a little bubbling, streaking, blobs, and swirls and jets of color. It was just a mess. There was also a graininess to the polish itself that wouldn’t go away no matter how much I rolled the bottle.

All six changed color when a top coat was applied with some changing more than others. Altered Reality was the least changing.  I wore Duplicity and Shape Shifter for wear, and I did experience above average tip wear when worn without a top coat. There was some light staining behind, and I think these may be prone to staining (though I did not test all six for wear). Nails with a top coat lasted seven days with normal tip wear but no chipping. In all honesty, I think it would have been easier to take two individual polishes and work with them.

China Glaze Tranzitions Nail Lacquers

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