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L’Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer

A Stunning, Multi-Faceted Polish for $6

L’Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, smoky blue-gray with hints of teal and silver shimmer in a metallic base. There was not a single color that came to mind that even resembled this in a meaningful way. Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal is a creamy, dark blue-based teal, but there’s none of the gray, smokiness or the multi-faceted shimmer. If you have a dupe in mind, I’d love to hear it!

This is one cool polish–there’s a lot of dimension to the color and finer nuances that make it really interesting. It kind of reminds me of some eyeshadows like MAC Club, MAC Blue Brown pigment, Too Faced Label Whore, etc., but it’s bluer with less brown coming through.  There are visible brush strokes in the finish, and they look like threads of shimmer–they applied fairly straight and evenly, actually. They’re most pronounced under really bright light (e.g. diffused flash) and hardly visible in natural light (e.g. studio light).

The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin; it was a good balance between the two, so it helped the polish apply fluidly across the nail without gathering along the sides.  I didn’t experience any streaking or bubbling, and two coats was plenty to produce opaque color coverage.  The brush was easy to use, not too wide or narrow, and enough flexibility to move around but not so much that it became floppy.  Worth noting is that it contains 20% less polish than most polishes (0.39 fl oz. vs. 0.50 fl. oz.).  I did do a wear test with this particular shade, and I was able to get seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping–it’s supposed to last for 10 days, which I haven’t tested with this shade specifically and will do so with the next L’Oreal shade (I typically only test for seven days; didn’t realize they claimed 10 days!).  Keep in mind, of course, that next to nothing chips on me, whether I use a base/top coat or nothing but the polish itself.

P.S. — This is currently buy one, get one 50% off at drugstore.com.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer VIP Status
VIP Status
VIP Status
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Chanel Eclaire Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Eclaire Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Eclaire Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Eclaire Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “sheer gold.” It’s a pale yellow gold with a soft, frosted metallic sheen. theBalm Snobby is similar but a smidgen yellower. Bare Escentuals Aspire is more orange. theBalm Wild Child is lighter. Urban Decay Eldorado is a hair yellower. Buxom Poodle is lighter. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is a bit more orange-toned. Giorgio Armani #18 is similar but a bit paler.

Gah! Chanel! Of all the shades you label as “sheer,” this one? It’s not sheer! What kind of madness are you trying to create? Furtif was sheer. This is pigmented! Opaque! Rich in color! It might be a soft shade, but there’s not much underlying sheerness. The texture is silky-smooth, ultra-finely milled, so you could certainly sheer it out, but it packs a a fair dosage of color without having to pack it on. On the lid, it’s pretty pigmented; not totally opaque, but it’s close. It blends out easily, because it’s so soft, resulting in a smidgen of powderiness.

When I wore it, there was very light fading after eight hours along the lash line and outer edge, but it was mostly intact and there was no creasing to be seen.  It has the same look, feel, and resulting shimmer/sparkle of Complice, which was a beautiful color for all over the lid.  If Chanel hadn’t used the word “sheer” to describe this, it’d be just as good. It’s a little too pigmented to be sheer–you shouldn’t have to barely touch the pan of color to get sheer color!

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Eclaire
Eclaire
Eclaire
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

Would You Say Auburn is Universally Flattering?

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “auburn.” It’s a medium orange-brown with a glossy sheen. It’s like a lighter terracotta. NARS Hopi is less brown, sheerer, and shimmery. MAC Hot Spell is less orange and has shimmer. MAC Tea Ceremony is lighter. NARS Casablanca is more orange, less brown. Cle de Peau Just Joey is lighter.

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils are supposed to be lightweight, have great shine, feel hydrating, and be easy to apply. More is a new shade for fall, but it is being added to the permanent collection. When I wore it last week, it lasted for four and a half hours, which is good; above average.  It yields opaque color coverage, and the color applies evenly.  This shade felt less shiny compared to other pencils I’ve tried in the range, though it’s definitely a stronger sheen than the Velvet Matte range!   I found it neither moisturizing nor drying, just kind of there (better that than drying).  It does have a creamy, lightweight texture that seems thin but applies easily.

I’m not a fan of this type of packaging, especially because the pencil is on the softer, creamier side, so it can easily get stuck inside a pencil sharpener.  Readers have advised freezing the pencil prior to sharpening to help minimize waste, which definitely helps but hasn’t fully eliminated the problem (there’s still some waste).

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Clarins Fall 2012 Collection – Ombre Minerale


Clarins Fall 2012 Collection – Ombre Minerale

Face Palette ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

A compact comprised of luminous, ultrafine powders for an evenly matte yet radiant complexion or a natural pink glow.

Ombre Minerale Eyeshadow

Pure, lasting eyeshadows shade, define, highlight and line in the season’s most fashionable colors. Glide on wet for high-intensity color or apply dry for a subtle finish. The ultra-soft, mineral formula blends easily, won’t crease, fade or settle into fine lines. Available in 16 matte, satin and pearlized finishes.

  • Aubergine
  • Auburn
  • Black Sparkle
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Golden Rose
  • Lavender Tea
  • Lingerie
  • Nude
  • Petal
  • Platinum
  • Silver Green
  • Slate Blue
  • Taupe
  • Tea Rose
  • Vibrant Violet
  • White Sparkle

3 Dot Liquid Liner ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

A new generation liquid liner. Dab the three-pronged tip against the lash line for a precise line every time.

Rouge Prodige Lipstick ($24.50) Limited Edition)

  • Dark Cherry
  • Fig
  • Orchid Pink
  • Spiced Orange

Instant Definition Mascara ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Intense Plum

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Falling in Love Once More with Eyes to Kill Intense

Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a blackened olive with olive gold and soft copper shimmer. It kind of looks green at certain angles. Bare Escentuals Speaker Box is greener. Estee Lauder Cyber Green is cooler-toned, darker. theBalm Wocka, Wocka is more olive. Inglot #419 is greener, less brown. Bobbi Brown Black Gold is browner, cooler-toned, with no green. Urban Decay Cobra is less intense and less shimmery. Urban Decay Darkhorse is browner but seemed the closest overall. If you want to compare this against other shades of Eyes to Kill Intense, check out this gallery. It was like a darker, blackened version of #14 to me.

The first time I tried this formula, I was beyond impressed. I fell in love! While there are lots of products I love and like, I don’t fall head-over-heels-in-love with formulas all. the. time. I’m one of those people who find it hard to pick favorites! Anyway, huge fan of the formula, love lots of shades, but a few of the more recent released shades have left me a little cold. Not that they were awful, they just weren’t as excellent.

Ahh, but #24 kicks off the new set of six Eyes to Kill Intense shades with a bang! It’s decidedly complex with a delicious mix of khaki, olive, green, brown, copper, and brown. It’s a shade that will change based on what you pair it with; pair it with strong greens, it’ll pull out the green tones, but pair it with a bronze, and you’ll see the copper shimmer surface.  I was thrilled that I was finally seeing a more nuanced shade.  I think the formula is fantastic, but the price point is painful, so the more original the color, the softer that blow to the wallet is.

I tested #24 for sixteen hours, and it was pristine. I wore a few of these in Vegas, in 110-115 degree heat, walking around, no primer, and they were still immaculate–no fading, creasing, fallout, or the like. This particular shade has excellent color payoff wet and really good pigmentation dry; it takes on a more metallic finish and looks more green than brown when it is used damp/wet.  The texture is soft, finely milled, but buttery and dense. It’s tightly compacted loose powder that almost feels like it still has some moisture in it.  For those who haven’t seen past posts, the texture and feel are similar to L’Oreal Infallibles (L’Oreal also owns Giorgio Armani, FYI!) – the color ranges have seemed to be more different than the same, which is great if you love the formula – more shades to have!

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow #24
#24
#24
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Make Up For Ever @ Miami Swim Week 2012 – The Looks & Giveaway!


Make Up For Ever @ Cia.Maritima / Getty Images

Make Up For Ever @ Miami Swim Week 2012 – The Looks & Giveaway!

MAKE UP FOR EVER was hard at work creating the looks at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami.  To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Make Up For Ever to host this amazing giveaway of their bestselling Aqua products that were used during the shows (valued at $186!).

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Backstage @ Cia.Maritima

Make Up For Ever Alliance artist, James Vincent, served as key make up artist for the Cia.Maritima fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. James created an easy yet elegant look that would be suitable for either a chic beach day or an exquisite evening out.

  • Face: James applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body Foundation to even out skin tone while keeping the coverage sheer. To give a glow that flushes through the skin, he used MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Blush #4 on the apples of the cheeks and MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Blush #6 at the high point of the cheekbones for warmth underneath the foundation. He finished by adding MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Bronze to any areas on the face that the sun would hit.
  • Eyes: James kept the brows simply groomed and brushed MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #13 in warm beige with a spoolie brush through them to create a beautiful ombre effect. For the lids, James applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Shadow #28E in pearly beige and #20E in pearly taupe, and finished with a touch of MAKE UP FOR EVER Star Powder #940 in the center of the eye for a soft and open look. For the lashes, he applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Individual Faux Lash #9 along the lash line and MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash #3 in deep brown to keep the look young and fresh.
  • Lips: James used MAKE UP FOR EVER Lab Shine in sheer bright peach and pink shades to polish the pout.

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