Revlon Elusive & Rich Nail Enamels

Revlon Elusive Nail Enamel ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is satin-matte black cream with fine bluish-teal glitter and larger bluish-teal hexagon-shaped glitter. It dries down to a semi-matte finish–a little sheen but still quite flat. There will be some noticeable texture due to the larger glitters without a top coat. It was opaque after two coats, and there was good dispersion of the glitters as I applied each coat. I didn’t have to pull or tug the glitters into place. The consistency was slightly thick, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply overall. Cult Nails Living Water (LE, $12.00) is the only one I could think of that was even similar, but it doesn’t have any larger-sized glitters. See comparison swatches.

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Revlon Elusive Nail Enamel
Revlon Nail Enamel Elusive
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Revlon Adorned, Bejeweled, Embellished Colorburst Lipglosses

Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, bright fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and fuchsia shimmer. It’s incredibly pigmented with rich, full color coverage in a single pass. It lasted for five hours and was moderately hydrating when worn. This is one of the best glosses I’ve ever come across–it is spectacularly pigmented, wears well, and is comfortable to wear to boot. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is more muted. Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is more metlalic. See comparison swatches.

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Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Adorned
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%
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Top 10 of 2013: Best Drugstore/Budget Lipsticks and Lipglosses

Here is a compilation of my favorite budget-friendly lipsticks and lipglosses that I’ve tested over the past year! I’m really excited to have found an affordable, high-quality lip scrub this year. Bonus points for being an indie brand to boot! It does seem like 2013 was the year of bright lipstick–fuchsia, red, and orange!

What were your favorite budget-friendly lipsticks and lipglosses from the past year?

5 Glittering Golds for the Holidays

Glittering golds… a go-to for New Year’s Eve, at the very least, but surely just as lovely throughout the winter–if only to brighten up some of those chilly days!

  1. Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous — a holographic, glittering gold
  2. Zoya Kerry — bright, true yellow gold with glitter and sparkle
  3. Bobbi Brown Canary — a sparkling gold glitter gloss to be worn alone or layered
  4. Revlon Gold Coin — an almost-cool-toned metallic gold (or for a high-end, Illamasqua Swinger)
  5. Sugarpill Goldilux — a brightened, metallic, true yellow gold

What are your favorite glittery, sparkly, or metallic gold-hued shades?

Revlon Provocateur (135) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Provocateur (135) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a brightened, medium red with light, warm undertones and a soft sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $49.00) and Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) are darker, slightly browner. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is very similar. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is a touch warmer. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Revlon Provocateur (135) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Provocateur (135)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a newer lip color release from Revlon. I picked up a couple of shades from my local drugstore a few weeks ago, but it seems these are permanent as they’re available online. There are ten shades in total. The formula is supposed to have “high shine with balm-like moisture.” They are twist-up jumbo-sized pencils, so no sharpening is required. Though they seemed almost semi-sheer when swatched on the skin, they’re actually quite pigmented on the lips. They have a moderate level of shine, and they feel like a lighter-weight lip balm. I found both shades I tried to be somewhat hydrating–not quite as hydrating as the best lip balm but comfortable to wear. They had a mint scent and slight mint flavor.

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Revlon Whimsical (115) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Whimsical (115)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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