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Zoya Liberty Nail Lacquer

Zoya Liberty Nail Lacquer
Zoya Liberty Nail Lacquer

Zoya Liberty Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue sugary sparkle” witha Pixie Dust finish. It’s a medium, lightly brightened blue with sugary sparkle and a textured, matte finish. I don’t have anything like this in my stash that I can think of, due to the textured finish. The color reminded me a bit of Zoya Phoebe, which has a matte finish, but it isn’t raised or “sugary.” China Glaze Blue Iguana has a similar blue coloring and also has larger shimmer, but it’s not as sparkly or as textured as Liberty (they are not dupes, but they’re more alike when you apply a top coat over Liberty).

Liberty was mostly opaque after two coats, and it honestly looked fully opaque to my eyes when I was photographing it, but lo and behold, it wasn’t quite.  There is some visible nail line at certain angles and when held further away.  I learned after taking my initial set of swatches that Zoya recommends three thin coats for full opacity with the Pixie Dust polishes, which I think would get you to full opaque color here.  Compared to the other shades I reviewed recently, the consistency of Liberty seemed thinner, almost watery, but it didn’t pool or slide around the nail.  It did seem to take a bit longer to dry, though.  The Pixie Dust formula wears really well; a nice seven-days of wear without chipping and very minor tip wear (whichlooks more like the sugary granules were sanded down on the edges).

Zoya Nail Lacquer Liberty
Liberty
Liberty
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “forest green metallic with gold micro-glitter.” It’s a darkened, forest green with subtle yellow-olive undertones and cool-toned, forest green and khaki shimmer. It can also be found in the (somewhat) recently released Book of Shadows Vol. 4. Sugarpill Junebug is more metallic. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is warmer, more frosted. OCC Poison is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Humid is warmer. Make Up For Ever #310 is more frosted. Inglot #418 is greener, lighter.

Bender is incredibly rich in color–it has amazing color payoff.  The texture is soft, smooth, and buttery, which helps it yield so much pigment in a single swipe, but it also helps with making this a cinch to blend.  It just applies so well, blends easily, and goes on with true-to-pan color.  Bender has all the characteristics that made Urban Decay’s eyeshadows famous.  When I wore it, the shade lasted nine hours without creasing or fading.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Bender
Bender
Bender
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick
MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte cool red [with a retro matte finish].” It’s a deep, medium-dark red with strong cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC Ruby Woo is absolutely similar–it’s very, very similar. RiRi Woo is inspired by Ruby Woo, but the difference is very slight–there’s a noticeable difference in darkness and undertone when the two are swatched side-by-side, but applied, it is incredibly difficult to tell.

Other possible dupes include: MAC Ronnie Red is pinker, has more of a sheen. Rimmel #111 is not as blue-based and has a glossier sheen. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is pinker. MAC Runaway Red is similar in darkness but it is slightly brown in comparison. NYX Chic Red has a slight sheen but it is somewhat similar. NARS Mascate is darker and brown-toned in comparison. NARS Dragon Girl is cooler-toned.

The retro matte finish is drier and stiff; it’s the type of texture that I think you can apply best with a lip brush, because it allows you better control and precision.  Because it can be stiff, it will tug/pull on the lip while you’re applying it, which means you may use too much force and it will easily jag outside the lip.  The color is incredibly pigmented, though; one swipe and you will see fully opaque color coverage.  RiRi Woo has Rihanna’s signature etched around the side of the lipstick itself, but there was nothing on the packaging or exterior packaging.  The color is a classic, retro red with cool undertones, but if you have Ruby Woo, RiRi Woo will feel redundant.  This just arrived about an hour ago, so I haven’t worn it for long, but so far it feels much like Ruby Woo, so I would expect six to eight hours of wear, some staining, and possibly be slightly drying over time.

P.S. — Watch for a giveaway of RiRi Woo soon! I purchased mine, but I received a press sample this morning, so I’ll be giving away the one I purchased here on the blog.

MAC Lipstick RiRi Woo
RiRi Woo
RiRi Woo
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder

MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder
MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder

MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder ($25.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with fine gold pearl.” It’s a yellowy, medium-dark tan brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Illamasqua Disobey is a browner and has no shimmer. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is warmer, more orange, and matte.

As I mentioned in my review for MAC’s Refined Golden, there were some serious texture issues (oddities?) with the regular bronzing powders in this collection. A few readers chimed in and said they had similar issues with past limited edition releases of the normally-permanent shades. That, of course, worries me, because I was originally chalking it up to being one-off, because the permanent versions have a normal, powder-like texture. The texture of Soft Sand almost felt like plastic–almost like a very stiff cream bronzer that didn’t give much payoff at all. I took a paper tough and just went to town getting the first few layers off, and that seemed to help quite a bit. I was able to get it to pick up on my brush after that and had it show up well on my skin. It lasted just under eight hours well without fading.  I had issues with the texture of last year’s Soft Sand, too; there were very similar issues but this felt even worse and even harder to get to work.

MAC Bronzing Powder Soft Sand
Soft Sand
Soft Sand
5
Product
4
Pigmentation
3
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
52%
Total

Make Up For Ever Launches New Shades for Summer 2013

Make Up For Ever for Summer 2013
Make Up For Ever for Summer 2013

Make a splash this summer with bright, beautiful, long-lasting colors from the award-winning Aqua range by MAKE UP FOR EVER. With bold new smudge-proof hues for eyes and lips, dressing up your warm weather wardrobe has never been so easy.

Aqua Rouge ($24.00)

With five new vibrant shades in #16 Fuchsia  #19 Pomegranate Pink, #20 Baby Pink, #17 Bright Coral, and #18 Coral, this long-wear lip color is perfect for the summer months. Use the highlypigmented liquid lip color alone or top it with the clear gloss to create beautiful, non-transferable, kiss-proof, and smudge-proof lips. A combination of high molecular weight polymers and volatile oils work to lock color on lips while providing full coverage.

  • #19 Pomegranate Pink
  • #16 Fuchsia
  • #20 Baby Pink
  • #17 Bright Coral
  • #18 Coral

Aqua Lip ($19.00)

Prep your lips with the perfect complement to Aqua Rouge in two eye-catching new shades. Aqua Lip will brighten your lip color and lock in smudge-proof properties. Using evaporating silicone emollients that allow the pigment to glide onto the skin and set, this creamy, matte lip pencil can be used to outline or fill in lips for your desired look.

  • #19C Pomegranate Pink
  • #20C Baby Pink

Aqua Cream ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

For intense color that lasts through even the warmest days, Aqua Cream offers crease-free, smudge-proof color for the eyes. MAKE UP FOR EVER introduces three new shades in #52 Pearly Green Lagoon, #53 Pearly Pastel Green, and #54 Pearly Mauve that will create a multitude of fresh looks for every occasion. Evaporating oils and a special filmogen polymer work together to set pigments and keep moisture out.

  • #52 Pearly Green Lagoon (Limited Edition)
  • #53 Pearly Pastel Green (Limited Edition)
  • #54 Pearly Mauve (Limited Edition)

Aqua Eyes ($19.00)

Define your eyes with two versatile shades that won’t run or smudge. Aqua Eyes delivers long-lasting color that stays put, and glides on easily for precise application. Using a combination of evaporating silicone emollients and microcristallin waxes, this formula sets on the eyelid and improves pigment adhesion to the skin.

  • #25L Matte Brown
  • #52L Pearly Green Lagoon (Limited Edition)

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MAC Temperature Rising Lipglasses

MAC Liquid Passion Lipglass
MAC Liquid Passion Lipglass

MAC Temperature Rising Lipglasses ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) come in four shades: Liquid Passion (creamy nude), Rhythm (vivid magenta violet with pearl), Soft Serenade (mid-tone neutral pink with pearl), and Underdressed (bronze plum with multidimensional pearls).

Liquid Passion is a warm-toned, medium peach with beige and has a creamy finish. It has mostly opaque color payoff, but it does settle into lip lines somewhat–it is surprisingly even for this kind of color and finish, though. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Peachstock is similar but thicker, glossier. MAC Naked Space is shimmery and more yellow-beige in tone. MAC Ready or Not! is a touch darker.

Rhythm is a magenta-fuchsia with fine shimmer and sparkle. It mostly tints the lips pink and adds some sparkle. I can see this working well as a quick and easy go-to gloss during the summer. The shimmer is very fine but still has a lot of sparkle. This shade wore well for four hours. MAC Astral is more opaque. Benefit Kiss You is similar in color but not shimmery. Burberry Hibiscus is darker, less shimmer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is cooler-toned. MAC Aleydis is cooler-toned, more fuchsia. Urban Decay Jilted is similar but has fuchsia shimmer.

Soft Serenade is a soft beige-brown with beige shimmer and sparkle. It has semi-sheer color payoff and evens out my lip color while adding warmth and shimmer. It lasted four hours on me when I wore it. MAC Deliciously Demure is lighter, more frosted. Bobbi Brown Becah is darker, browner. Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather is also browner.

Underdressed is a darkened brown with a hint of plum and gold and copper sparkle/shimmer. This is the sparkliest of the four, and I think it’s the prettiest on. It’s semi-sheer with lots of shimmer, and the base color darkens the natural lip color but doesn’t cover it. This gloss lasted just over four hours on me when I tested it for wear. Dior Ambre Lumiere has much finer shimmer but is close. MAC Spree is cooler-toned. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir is sheerer, less brown.

With the exception of Liquid Passion, the consistency of these seemed thinner, not quite as thick as normal Lipglass. They had finer shimmer, too, and didn’t appear as frosted on the lips. I didn’t feel any grit to the sparkle, either, even as they wore away. I actually see them being big hits for anyone who likes the Lipglass formula (because it is rather tacky, which is a deal-breaker for some) as a sparkling lip color for summer. They performed much like Lipglass in terms of wear; they lasted about average and were neither hydrating nor drying.

MAC Lipglass Liquid Passion
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
MAC Lipglass Rhythm
Rhythm
Rhythm
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Lipglass Soft Serenade
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Lipglass Underdressed
Underdressed
Underdressed
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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