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Orly Flare Nail Lacquer

Orly Flare Nail Lacquer
Orly Flare Nail Lacquer

Orly Flare Nail Lacquer

Orly Flare Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.60 fl. oz.) is a frosted, metallic gold with a strong yellow undertone. Chanel Gold Fingers has flecks of sparkle but is similar in color. SpaRitual Solstice is darker, more orange-gold. SpaRitual Golden Gleam is more orange, metallic.

It was mostly opaque after two coats, but it did apply unevenly and would drag if you didn’t wait for the first coat to dry entirely. The consistency was a little thick, and it didn’t level out fully. I’m usually impressed by Orly, but Flare was somewhat disappointing. I normally get a week of wear with very minor tip wear with Orly’s polish.

ORLY Nail Lacquer Flare
Flare
Flare
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
82%
Total

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Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette

Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette
Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette

Full of Product and Quality

Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette ($79.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of three eyeshadows, one eyeshadow/eyeliner (can be used wet or dry), two lipsticks, and two dual-ended brushes. The palette contains 0.19 oz. worth of eyeshadow and 0.16 oz. worth of lipstick. It’s almost the equivalent of four full-sized eyeshadows (average is 0.05 oz.) and about one and a half lipsticks (average is 0.10 oz.).

The first shade is a pale gold with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and it was very soft and smooth to apply. Cinderella Charming is very comparable. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is not as yellow. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is a bit browner. MAC Femme-fi is similar. MAC Nylon is yellower.

Below, the second shade is a light-medium copper orange with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture that went on smoothly. Urban Decay Penny Lane is lighter, less orange. MAC Lantern Light has more red tones. MAC Chessa is more orange.

The third shade is a subdued taupe–a very gray-tinted brown–with a dark champagne shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to apply to the lid. NARS Vent Glace is lighter. theBalm Selfish is darker, grayer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is lighter.

The fourth shade is a dark black with a hint of brown. This shade can actually be used wet or dry. It has a matte finish, and it actually delivered quite a bit of color payoff–it was finely-milled and soft, but it was dry in a sense. It didn’t have a really soft, buttery feel, so there was no powderiness yet nice pigmentation. Estee Lauder Violet Underground has a similar colored black. Le Metier de Beaute Fin is darker, richer.

The first lipstick is a blue-based, medium red with a fair amount of brightness and a satiny finish–a little sheen and pearl but not frosted. It was rich in color, and it wore for seven hours, plus left a stain behind. Dior Marilyn is a smidgen darker. NARS Dragon Girl is more matte. NYX Chic Red is a touch darker.

The second lipstick is an orange-red–very tomato red–with a satiny sheen. It is also fully opaque on lips and wore for six and a half hours. There was a light stain left behind. Chanel Coromandel is more orange. Guerlani Genna is a little more orange-hued. Chanel Excessive is a smidgen brighter.

Overall, it’s a very fine palette; well-made with a sleek, glossy black packaging and includes high-quality eyeshadows and lipsticks that wear well.  I think the shades are more dupeable than not, but they’re all really good.  I didn’t have issues with any of them!  When I wore the eyeshadows together, they lasted for eight hours without a primer and had no signs of creasing or fading.  The lipsticks both wore for over six hours (not a total surprise–they are reds!) and weren’t drying.

Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer

Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer
Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer

A Dance Through an Evergreen Forest

Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “dark blackened pine green with smooth, delicate silver and green frost shimmer.” It’s a deep forest green with great depth and enough vibrancy to ensure it looks more-green-than-black. It has silver threads of micro-shimmer running through it. NARS Night Porter is warmer. Butter London British Racing Green is similar in color but it has sparse shimmer. Illamasqua Kink is a bit lighter, duller, and has a rubbery finish. MAC Jade Dragon is a bit darker and has larger teal shimmer.

The inky darkness of Ray makes it so appealing, but the noticeable brush strokes from the metallic shimmer (I know it says frost) take away from it to degree. The brush strokes are subtle but there, so it really depends on your tolerance for them.  It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it flowed easily across the nail.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin (seemed a little thinner than the average Zoya, which is neither a pro or con, just an observation), and I didn’t have any problems with bubbling, streaking, or pooling.  I typically get a full week of wear with minor tip wear (but no chipping) with Zoya’s formula.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Ray
Ray
Ray
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set

MAC Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set
MAC Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set

A Mix of Cool-Toned Glosses for the Holidays

MAC Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set ($32.50) includes four shades: Demure (warm pink with blue pearl), Going Casual (no description), Colour Saturation (no description), and Boys Go Crazy (deep amethyst).

Each Dazzleglass contains 0.09 oz., while each Dazzleglass Creme/Cremesheen Glass contains 0.07 oz. Of all MAC’s holiday products, their lipgloss sets are one of the best in terms of value. The Dazzleglasses in the kits are larger (in quantity) than the full-sized versions. In this set, there is $29.25 worth of Dazzleglass, $34.13 worth of Cremesheen Glass, and $15.17 worth of Dazzleglass Creme, which is a total of $78.55 in lipgloss.

Demure is a pale, cool-toned milky pink with iridescent blue sparkle. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage and some settling into lip lines, though the sparkle distracts from that. It wore for two hours on me. MAC Pagoda is darker. MAC Going Casual is similar but doesn’t have the same kind of shimmer–a little more pigmented. MAC Cultureclash is similar.

Going Casual is pale, blue-based cotton candy pink with very subtle shimmer. It is mostly a cream finish, and it was hard to apply it evenly–it had a tendency to slide over itself and create lines. This shade is a repromote. This shade wore two hours on me. MAC Long Love Love is more opaque, lighter. MAC Snob is lighter and cooler-toned. MAC Angel is warmer.

Colour Saturation is a rich red-berry with a creamy, glossy finish. It is semi-opaque and though some settles into lip lines, it is not noticeable. This is a repromote. This shade lasted three hours on me. MAC Galaxy Rose is softer. MAC Rebel is more berry and darker. Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant is similar, a little darker. MAC Indigo Pink is shimmery. NARS Bougainville is redder.

Boys Go Crazy is a semi-opaque purple-berry with purple, violet, and blue sparkle. It was a bit of a pain to apply evenly, and as soon as I pressed my lips together, it was uneven again. This shade is a repromote. This color lasted four hours on my lips. MAC Spanking Rich is a lot lighter and sheerer. MAC Flight of Fancy is much darker, redder.

All four glosses are vanilla-scented, but the Dazzleglasses have a brush-type applicator, while the Cremesheen Glasses have a doe-foot applicator. Cremesheen is a lighter-weight, non-sticky formula, while Dazzleglasses are thicker and have a tacky texture. Dazzleglasses tend to wear longer on me as compared to Cremesheen Glasses, which is a formula that is lucky to last two hours on me (I normally get three to four with glosses!)

MAC Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set

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

MAC Cocktail Coral Lip Gloss Set

MAC Cocktail Coral Lip Gloss Set
MAC Cocktail Coral Lip Gloss Set

A Set of Warm-Toned Glosses for the Holidays

MAC Cocktail Coral Lip Gloss Set ($32.50) includes four shades: On the Scene (peach with pink and white pearl), Sublime Shine (clean yellow pink with red pearl), Geo Pink (no description), and Out for Glamour (clean yellow pink with red pearl).

Each Dazzleglass contains 0.09 oz., while each Dazzleglass Creme/Cremesheen Glass contains 0.07 oz. Of all MAC’s holiday products, their lipgloss sets are one of the best in terms of value. The Dazzleglasses in the kits are larger (in quantity) than the full-sized versions. In this set, there is $29.25 worth of Dazzleglass, $34.13 worth of Cremesheen Glass, and $15.17 worth of Dazzleglass Creme, which is a total of $78.55 in lipgloss.

On the Scene is a soft, warm, light peach with a hint of pink with semi-opaque color coverage. There is some settling into lip lines, and this shade is a repromote. This shade wore for just over an hour on me. MAC Illicit is darker. MAC Peachstock is a touch darker. NARS Odalisque is similar.

Sublime Shine is a muted tangerine orange with orange and gold sparkle. It has semi-sheer color payoff. This is also a repromote, and it lasted for two hours on me. MAC Pure Flattery is lighter. MAC Celestial Kiss is also lighter. Revlon Sunset Peach is darker.

Geo Pink is a rose-tinged orange with gold and white micro-shimmer. This is also a repromote. The color coverage is semi-opaque, and this shade wore for three hours. Chanel Calypso is more orange. MAC So Bad is similar but more vibrant.

Out for Glamour is a light-medium pink with yellow undertones and pink and silver sparkle. It is sheer with mostly sparkle, and it lasted for two and a half hours on me. MAC Sweet Bean has more shimmer/sparkle. MAC Asian Butterfly has more color. Bobbi Brown Pastel is a touch lighter.

All four glosses are vanilla-scented, but the Dazzleglasses have a brush-type applicator, while the Cremesheen Glasses have a doe-foot applicator. Cremesheen is a lighter-weight, non-sticky formula, while Dazzleglasses are thicker and have a tacky texture. Dazzleglasses tend to wear longer on me as compared to Cremesheen Glasses, which is a formula that is lucky to last two hours on me (I normally get three to four with glosses!)

MAC Cocktail Coral Lip Gloss Set

B-
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors Collection


Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors Collection

  • After Glow Copper infused with a subtle pink shimmer
  • Bitten Raspberry glass flecked polish
  • Disciplined Sheer but buildable soft grey with purple, pink and blue shimmer
  • Flushed True Blurple (blue/purple) buildable sheer with an intense purple/pink shimmer effect that appears to glow through the polish
  • Coveted Jelly deep green with metallic green flakes and subtle green shimmer.

Availability: Cult Nails; preview sales November 9th through November 15th ($40 for the set); official launch is November 16th ($10 each)

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