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Dior Lady Diorific Vernis

Dior Lady Diorific Vernis
Dior Lady Diorific Vernis

The Lady in White

Dior Lady Diorific Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a bright, neutral white with metallic shimmer. Urban Decay Love Train is slightly pink-hued. MAC Frayed to Order is also pink-toned and dries to a matte finish. Chanel Pearl Drop is yellow-hued. Nubar Organza is very similar. China Glaze Frosty is similar in base color but it has silvery-white sparkle, so it does not have the metallic finish (or resulting brush strokes).

The most concerning drawback about Lady is its streaky, brush-stroke-riddled finish.  It has a slightly thicker consistency, which doesn’t help matters, as it makes for a rather uneven application as the polish had a tendency to dribble to the edges of the nail.  There was some leveling but not enough.  It’s semi-opaque after two coats but some places looked more semi-sheer.  It took a bit longer to dry, and it’s a formula that you need to wait for the first coat to really dry down before applying the next, as it will pull and drag the first coat otherwise.  I typically get a week of wear out of Dior’s formula with no chipping, just minor tip wear.

P.S. — I know a few readers asked for brush photos, and I’m working on it, but this is what (usually) happens: I take too long and the review doesn’t go up. So, hoping to snap one next photo/swatch session, but until then, the ever-lovely Musings of a Muse has some! 🙂

Dior Diorific Vernis Lady
Lady

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Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette

This’ll Make You Do a Double Take

Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition palette for the holidays that consists of five shades of eyeshadow. It will be available in October.

The first shade is a warm, subdued white-beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and was very soft, smooth, and finely-milled. This shade was a little stark as a highlighter against my medium-colored skin (no effect on rating, just a note). MAC White Frost is similar but not as warm-toned. theBalm Tempting Tara is more metallic. theBalm Envious Erin is a smidgen golden. Tarina Tarantino Lovely is similar.

Next (on the upper right), there is a light-medium copper-shimmered bronze with a strong metallic finish and larger shimmer particles. It almost looks wet when applied and smoothed out. It had decent to good pigmentation. When I applied it on the lid, I didn’t experience any post-application fall out and only had some fall out during application. Urban Decay Penny Lane is more orange, slightly darker. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is darker and more orange. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is darker. Bare Escentuals Louder is a touch more bronze.

The center shade is a rich, burgundy-tinged deep brown with flecks of champagne sparkle. The color was very intense and easy to apply, and it went on smoothly. Guerlain Emilio Pucci is a bit darker, richer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is browner, less burgundy. Urban Decay Busted is a bit lighter. Dior Couture Gold had a shade that looked similar but performed much worse. NARS Ponderosa is similar but a cream. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is more purple. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is similar. MAC Smut is a touch blacker.

The fourth shade (on the lower left) is a lightened yellowy gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was soft, buttery , and it applied smoothly with excellent color payoff. MAC Sweet & Sour is a bit darker. Dior Couture Gold is similar. Urban Decay Blunt is similar, perhaps a touch lighter.

The last shade (on the lower right) is a pale champagne-bronze with a metallic finish. It looks almost taupe-like in the pan, but it doesn’t seem to have much gray in it when swatched. It had a soft, finely-milled texture that translated into a nicely pigmented shade. Dior Couture Gold is darker. Bobbi Brown Bronze is more antique gold-hued. Urban Decay Echo Beach is darker, less golden. Dior Couture Gold is more yellow/orange. Bobbi Brown Desert Sand is similar.

All in all, this palette is definitely similar to last year’s Couture Gold — dupe for dupe? No, not exactly, but there are certainly some overlapping shades and similarities. At a glance, the only difference is instead of a sparkly light gold, there’s a sparkly copper. I like this year’s better, as the quality across the five shades is much higher across the board with none of these shades having problems.  When I tested the palette on the eye, it wore for eight hours with no creasing or fading.

Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Zoya Holiday 2012: 18K Gold Top Coat + Ornate Collection


Zoya Holiday 2012: 18K Gold Top Coat + Ornate Collection

The Gilty Pleasures velvet gift box features Zoya Gilty*, the 18k Real Gold Flake Topcoat (0.5oz) Plus, two long wearing, full-size (0.5oz), colors to cover in gold as a bonus… Zoya Raven (black) and Zoya Purity (white). $30.00 for the set; not sold individually.

  • Gilty 18k gold flake top coat
  • Purity Bright, stark, perfectly clean pure white with glossy creme finish
  • Raven Intense satiny black balanced by very subtle silver shimmer

The NEW Zoya Ornate Collection is the perfect to decorate your nails with stunning jewel tone colors and special effect pigments this season. Featuring six stunning, glittering, crystal shades in our new Power Pigment Full Coverage Formula. Superior coverage and dynamic color in one. All in the long-wearing, toxin free (BIG5FREE) formula you love… Each one is as beautiful as the next. $8.00 each.

  • Blaze Cranberry glitter glam crystal
  • Electra Holographic tinsel special effect (layering shade)
  • Ziv Gold foil glitter crystal
  • Storm Black with multi-color crystal shimmer
  • Aurora Plum with multi-color crystal shimmer
  • Logan Green foil glitter crystal

Availability: Zoya; pre-order now for Gilty Pleasures, pre-order starting for Ornate on September 24th, 2012

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Chanel Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection – Eclats du Soir de Chanel


Chanel Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection – Eclats du Soir de Chanel

Intrigued by the alchemy of precious metals, Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, debuts a resplendent Holiday 2012 Collection, ÉCLATS DU SOIR DE CHANEL. Gold and bronze shade harmonies dust eyes with festive
shimmer, while soft beige, pinks and deep reds set face, lips and nails aglow.

Regard Signe de Chanel / Quadra Eyeshadow ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Harmonie du Soir  Bronze gold, taupe, violet-plum, pink

Ombre Contraste Duo / Eyeshadow Duo ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Nuit-Claire Rosy beige, deep black

Illusion d’Ombre / Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Apparence Gold bronze

Joues Contraste / Powder Blush ($43.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Star Dust Shimmering soft pink

Poudre Universelle Libre / Natural Finish Loose Powder ($52.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Reverie Rosy golden beige

Levres Scintillantes / glossimer ($29.50)

  • Allegorie Sheer shimmering pink (Limited Edition)
  • Mystery Fresh rosewood
  • Intrigue Red-brown

Rouge Allure Velvet / Luminous Matte Lip Colour ($32.50) (Limited Edition)

  • L’Impatiente Deep red-black

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Malice Deep red-black

Availability: October 2012 at chanel.com, Nordstrom, other department and specialty stores

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Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush

Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush
Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush

Fair Maidens Get Swept Away with Buxom

Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a pale peach with a hint of pink and a subtle sheen. MAC Stay By Me is actually a bit similar. NARS Sex Appeal is a bit more peach, less pink.  It has a lot in common with Sex Appeal, as it’s the kind of shade that isn’t universal but works really well for some.

Buxom’s True Hue formula is supposed to be “silky, sheer, and ultra-buildable.” It’s both sheer and very, very light in color, period, which means it’s not really an appropriate shade for my coloring (it’s just hard to see it!). From what I was able to see and gather from trying it out was that it’s mostly buildable, but it did seem to be just shy of true-to-pan color even when layered heavily. This was actually more likely due to the slightly dry texture, which made getting color more difficult than had it had a softer, creamier texture. Applied to my skin, it worked more as a highlighter; there was a soft, barely-there shimmer-sheen–nice and glowy–without much color. It looked nice, and the glowy sheen lasted a full eight hours on me. I would only recommend this shade for fairer complexions, though.

Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush

B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lip Color

Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick
Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lip Color

Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lip Color ($48.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright pop of blue-based medium-dark pink that has a subtle sheen in its finish. MAC Moxie is matte and slightly redder. NARS Carthage is bluer-based. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is redder. MAC Full Fuchsia is very similar, slightly more shimmer. Tom Ford Pure Pink is only a little lighter. NARS Funny Face is redder.

It’s a high-quality lipstick formula–opaque in one pass, long-wearing (six hours), hydrating, and doesn’t bleed or feather on me. It’s comfortable to wear and easy to apply, as it’s very nice on and wears well and fades evenly. It is lightly scented with a sweetened vanilla (very similar to MAC’s) but has no detectable taste. Is it gorgeous? Absolutely. Is it dupeable? Yes, definitely. Whether the formula is worth the luxury price tag is up to you, but if the color appeals to you and the price makes you cringe, there are several permanent dupes available (listed above).

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Aphrodisiac
Aphrodisiac
Aphrodisiac
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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