Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “edgy granite” with a cream finish that was created with Narciso Rodriguez. It’s a dark blue-based gray cream. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk is less blue-based. NARS Galion is similar in tone but darker. Chanel Steel is much darker, almost black. Zoya Kelly is just a smidgen lighter but very, very close.

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Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Stormy Weather
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

Beautiful Beginnings with Butter London

Beautiful Beginnings with Butter London

What was the first Butter London product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Butter London product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  The first time I tried Butter London was during the 2008 holiday season with Chancer, which is a glittery red.  The next time I tested out the brand it was with their Fall 2010 collection, which featured four shades (Marrow and Victoriana pictured above).  I liked their square bottles, and the colors were always impressive.  I really liked the wear that I was able to get out of the formula without chipping and just minor/minimal tip wear.

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NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “black with green pearls.” The base is definitely very dark, more like deep, dark forest green, but there is a lot of emerald green, olive green, and copper-gold shimmer, so it ends up looking like a very dark, sleek forest green with multi-colored shimmer. China Glaze Glittering Garland is more of an emerald green with more yellow undertones. Zoya Edyta is similar but has more of a metallic finish. Nubar Verde is similar but, again, has a metallic finish, which gives it a much more reflective sheen. The shimmer in the previously two mentioned shades is larger, not as fine as in Night Porter.

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NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer
NARS Nail Polish Night Porter
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

5 Bright, Daring Pink Blushes

5 Bright, Daring Pink Blushes

Don’t let bright pinks scare you! First, they can always be worn as soft and as sheer as you’d like; it’s all about application and the tools you use–opt for a stippling brush and a lighthand, and you’ll get subtler results. Second, you can let your cheeks become the focal point of the look by going lighter on eyes and lips!

  1. Tarte Amused — bright fuchsia pink
  2. Make Up For Ever #3 — bright, darkened fuchsia pink
  3. MAC Full Fuchsia — bright red-pink
  4. Make Up For Ever #75 — bright, dark pink
  5. Make Up For Ever #85 — brightened pink

What’s your favorite bright pink blush?

MAC In Extra Dimension Collection for Spring 2012


MAC In Extra Dimension Collection

availability: April 5th, 2012 (North America), April 2012 (International)

Introducing a new liquid-powder hybrid formula with prismatic reflections thatinstantly sculpts, highlights and models the face to the desired effect – extra dimension. Two formulasto try: the three shades of Extra Dimension Skinfinish and the ten shimmering tints of ExtraDimension Eye Shadow. This cool, creamy, silky, near-fluid formula creates a luminous, visually arresting,well-defined finish. With the flawless, deft application of the 234 Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush andthe 128 Split Fibre Cheek Brush, these are your mediums. SHARE YOUR FUTURE.

Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Whisper of Gilt Light, soft white gold with shimmery sheen (Metallic)
  • Superb Soft peachy nude with multi-dimensional shimmer (Metallic)
  • Glorify Copper with golden shimmer (Metallic)

Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Warm Thunder Dirty silver grey (Metallic)
  • Blue Orbit Light iridescent purple (Metallic)
  • Grand Galaxy Dirty mid-tone violet (Metallic)
  • Lunar Royal blue (Metallic)
  • Havana Dirty copper brown (Metallic)
  • Sweet Heat Bright peach champagne (Metallic)
  • Modern Pewter Dirty olive gold (Metallic)
  • Rich Core Dirty aubergine (Metallic)
  • Dark Dare Charcoal black (Glow)
  • Young Venus Pale white pink (Metallic)

Brush

  • 128 Split Fibre Cheek Brush ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN)
  • 234 Split Fibre Blending Brush ($22.50 U.S. / $27.00 CDN)

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Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer

Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer
Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer

Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer

Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer ($1.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a bright tangerine orange with gold-tangerine shimmer. I don’t have a shade that looks quite like this with shimmer, but China Glaze Papaya Punch is just a bit darker, while China Glaze Sun Worshipper is closer (though lighter) but lacks the shimmery element of Cloud 9–and I think the shimmer is what makes it stand out. China Glaze Riveting is much more of a fiery orange-red.

The color coverage wasn’t quite opaque after two coats, but it was close enough that I would not feel a third coat was necessary. I only get visible nail line in some lighting at certain angles. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I really liked the application on this shade–a very happy thing after the frustration of Sinful HD Nails. I do get a week of wear out of Sinful’s formula, though there is minor to noticeable tip wear after seven days (but no chipping!).

Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer

B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
87%

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