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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm & Petra Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm (112) Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “rosy copper metallic shimmer.” It shifts between a soft, coppery peach and a more genuine rose gold–I found it to be a chameleon and really a color that changed depending on the angle, amount of light, and the color of the lighting. The finish was heavily frosted and metallic, so the dry down had some shine but a top coat would be recommended for a really great finish. There were a few, very, very subtle brush strokes that I could detect, but only if I looked closely and there was a lot of light. It was very nearly opaque after two coats. I went through other copper, orange, and peach-hued polishes that I’ve reviewed in the past, but I couldn’t find anything that was similar.

Petra (140) Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “dirty bronze metallic shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, purplish-gray taupe with copper and bronze metallic shimmer. I didn’t detect any brush strokes no matter the angle or lighting situation with this one, and it was fully opaque after two coats. If I was a normal person and reach for a color over and over again, I could easily see this becoming a go-to for fall/winter (I might, in fact, make it my go to for my toes this season at least!). I thought Illamasqua Facet (LE, $17.00) might be similar but it is lighter and warmer in a way. See comparison swatches.

So far, I’ve had good luck with Marc Jacobs’ formula in regards to wear–lasting between seven and ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping–but almost no formula chips on me. It did seem to wear slightly longer than the average polish did on me.  Both polishes had a nice consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so both applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t pool along the edges.  The more metallic finish also helped both shades dry faster than the average polish.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer Le Charm (112)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer Petra (140)
Petra (140)
Petra (140)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Makeup Geek Twilight, Sensuous, Last Dance, Drama Queen Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Twilight Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Twilight Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Twilight Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale shimmery muted purple.” It’s a soft, pinky-mauve with subtle warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. I saw very faint signs of fading after eight hours of wear. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Sensuous Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery purple with flecks of silver.” It’s a medium-dark plummy purple with warm, brown udnertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable, though it felt a smidgen dry–like it didn’t bind together as smoothly as other shades, but it was still rather easy to work with. I saw very faint signs of fading after eight hours of wear. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is somewhat lighter. Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fig (P, $30.00) is more intense. See comparison swatches.

Last Dance Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium to deep plummy brown [with a satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. I saw very faint signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Sugar Plum (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Smoky Mauve (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is less frosted. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is warmer, more frosted. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Drama Queen Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “densely dark purple with a shimmery finish.” It’s a deepened plummy purple with burgundy micro-shimmer and a frost finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It is more muted than Last Dance and has a less frosted finish. I saw very faint signs of fading after eight hours of wear. LORAC Deep Purple (P) is slightly more muted. Fyrinnae Alchemist’s Curse (P, $6.80) is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE) is lighter. MAC Young Punk (P, $21.00) is darker, purpler. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Twilight
Twilight
Twilight
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Sensuous
Sensuous
Sensuous
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Last Dance
Last Dance
Last Dance
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Drama Queen
Drama Queen
Drama Queen
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Cult Nails Grunge, Wack Slacks, Feedback Nail Lacquers

Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “military green creme.” It’s a light-medium, muted green with subtle, almost cool, undertones and a cream finish. It’s incredibly pigmented–it was almost totally opaque in a single coat. It dried down to a lightly shiny finish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. If every polish was like this, our wallets would be doomed–it’s so, so well-formulated. Zoya Gemma (P, $8.00) is darker. Zoya Bevin (P, $8.00) is less green, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Wack Slacks Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold blue creme.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with a purple tinge and a cream finish. Like Grunge, this was incredibly pigmented–this was opaque in one coat, but I did two coats for the swatches. The consistency was nicely balanced, not too thick or too thin, and spread evenly across the nail without streaking. It might be one of the best cream polishes I’ve ever used. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is bluer, brighter. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is similar. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (LE, $19.00) is sheerer, slightly bluer. See comparison swatches.

Feedback Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft gold, pink, orange mylar flakes.” It’s as described: a mix of gold, pink, and orange flakes that shimmer and reflect as the light hits them. The consistency of the polish is very, very thick–almost gel-like–and the best application seemed to be pushing and pulling the polish into place. One coat has enough flakes that only one coat is necessary for topping your favorite nail color. I haven’t used a lot of flakey top coats like this, but so far, I haven’t been a big fan. Cult Nails Walk of Shame (P, $12.00) doesn’t have flakes and looks darker overall. Cult Nails Happy Ending (LE, $12.00) is multi-colored but is similar with respect to the shapes. See comparison swatches.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Grunge
Grunge
Grunge
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Wack Slacks
Wack Slacks
Wack Slacks
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Feedback
Feedback
Feedback
C+

Permanent

7
Product
10
Pigmentation
6
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
78%
Total

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Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Charming Ombres Matelassees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a limited edition five-pan eyeshadow palette described as “soft beige to rich purple, matte and pearlized shadows.” Chanel’s holiday collection has been out for a month or so, but the eyeshadow palette was slow to arrive and as soon as I saw it pop up on Nordstrom, I purchased mine. For someone who likes soft, neutral eyeshadows, it’s a nice palette that leans towards the darker end of the neutral shade, so it’s a rather smoky, sultry combination of colors. It’s not a particularly unique set of shades, but I can see some really loving and reaching for it often. The formula has such a silky-soft texture that it can be a little powdery, though it blends beautifully and lies well on the skin (so it doesn’t look powdery or caked on when applied), but you may want to tap your brush slightly to minimize excess powder. Also, this palette is a lot more product than the last version; this palette contains 0.32 oz. whereas Pearl River had 0.21 oz.

Charming #1 is a light, peachy-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled, albeit a smidgen powdery. Too Faced Bubbly (LE) is similar. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) is a smidgen pinker. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Peace (P) is warmer, a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Charming #2 is a medium brown with a subtle gray tinge on the top, while the undertone is still on the warm side. It had a matte finish, and it was very, very soft–a little powdery as a result. MAC Caramel Sundae (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is a touch darker. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Charming #3 is a medium, warm-toned bronze with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery to the touch. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is darker.Too Faced Chestnut (LE) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Dart (P) is similar, a touch darker. Too Faced Gangsta (LE) is similar. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $16.00) is a cream product. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is warmer, darker. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Savannah #2 (LE) is slightly more golden. See comparison swatches.

Charming #4 is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade felt very soft but didn’t stick together well, so it seemed sheer when swatched. When I applied it to the lid, it was a more buildable, layerable color that took two to three layers to really get the color to hold. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Brown Down (P, $15.00) is also warmer. Benefit Quick, Look Busy (P, $20.00) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Charming #5 is a cool-toned taupe with a purplish cast and a matte finish. Again, it had fairly good color payoff and is a more buildable shade as the texture was so soft that it was a little powdery. MAC Keep Your Cool (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Exhale (P) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (P) is darker. bareMinerals Vow (P) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Hot Stone (LE, $29.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Charming
Charming
Charming
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Charming #3

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5 Shades of Bright, Metallic Silver

As someone with a warmer complexion, I always go gold during the holidays, but I would be remiss if I didn’t consider the opposite–silver–which can work well to brighten and reflect just as nicely as gold!

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum — a bright, metallic silver
  2. NARS Interstellar — a frosted, metallic silver cream
  3. Urban Decay Cuff — a brightened silver eyeliner–perfect for brightening up a smoky eye
  4. Inglot #447 — an extremely bright silver with a highly metallic finish in powder form
  5. Zoya Electra — silver tinsel with a holographic finish to make any nail color festive

What’s your favorite silver-hued beauty product?

Round-up: MAC Nocturnals Collection

MAC Nocturnals Collection
MAC Nocturnals Collection

This post signifies the conclusion of our coverage of MAC’s Nocturnals collection! 🙂 This collection is available online now and in-stores on November 7th.   You can also see our round-ups for MAC’s holiday color collection, Divine Nights, and their kits/palettes collection, Stroke of Midnight.

MAC Nocturnals Collection
MAC Nocturnals Collection

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