Friday, May 10th, 2013

L'Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral-orange with a soft, frosted finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff–it had some color but looked softer, muted, and then applied with a damp brush, the color intensified and smoothed out better to deliver more opaque color payoff. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled. MAC Daydreaming is similar but more reflective in finish. Jasmine Arabian Sunset is slightly more orange. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 is more orange. bareMinerals Smash Hit is less shimmery and muted.

L’Oreal Strawberry Blonde Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is an iridescent pale pink. It’s sheer whether applied dry or damp, but it’s almost worst when applied damp because it gets very, very clumpy. It gives my lids a very scaly, crinkled look. I’d actually recommend applying this with fingertips or a sponge-tipped applicator; something where you can really crush the powder. MAC Opalesse is similar but smoother, slightly cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Party is more lavender. Dior Aurora #3 is very similar. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 is also comparable.

L’Oreal With a Twist Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a pink-toned lavender with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff; enough punch to be noticeable but not as intense and rich-looking as when applied damp. It was a little clumpy, though, when dampened, so press firmly against the lid to minimize this transferring onto the lids. Make Up For Ever #54 is purpler, less pink (and a cream product). Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 is lighter. Urban Decay Grifter is slightly pinker. NARS Marie-Galante #1 is similar in color but is sheerer so it’s not quite a dupe. Benefit Fancy Pansy is cooler-toned.

Cherie Merie was the top performer from these three, while Strawberry Blonde was pretty in the pot, it was a pain to use and very unflattering on the lid.  With a Twist fell somewhere between the two as it was easier to apply and use than Strawberry Blonde but not as easy to apply as Cherie Merie.  I wore the three together, and they lasted twelve hours well, but I did see some very slight fading with Cherie Merie and fall out from Strawberry Blonde.

P.S. — These have been a pain to find locally, but I was able to obtain press samples for review–I’ve looked for weeks and haven’t spotted them at any of the drugstores near me.

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Cherie Merie

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Cherie Merie was the top performer from these three. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Strawberry Blonde

C+

Strawberry Blonde was pretty in the pot, it was a pain to use and very unflattering on the lid.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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With a Twist

A-

With a Twist fell somewhere between the two as it was easier to apply and use than Strawberry Blonde but not as easy to apply as Cherie Merie.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, May 6th, 2013

Revlon Rose Gold Chroma Chameleon Nail Enamel
Revlon Rose Gold Chroma Chameleon Nail Enamel

Revlon Rose Gold Chroma Chameleon Nail Enamel ($8.49 for 0.29 fl. oz.) is a gold to pink duochrome with a metallic finish. I felt like it was rather similar to China Glaze Swanky Silk–both in terms of color and even to a degree, formula.

The duochrome is noticeable but not strong, and it’s probably one that would be best over black or layered than on its own. The formula was thin and a bit watery, and two coats definitely wasn’t opaque–I’d recommend at least three. The drying time was average, and the brush strokes didn’t disappear after it dried down, so if you aren’t a fan of visible brush strokes, you won’t like this formula. I have to admit that I had some sticker shock over the price per ounce ($29.27/oz. vs. $19.97/oz. for Colorstay vs. $9.98/oz. for regular), because the bottles were rather small! The quality of the formula and the subtlety of the duochrome were not worth the major increase in cost. The good news is that it wore for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping (which is par for the course for me).

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Rose Gold

B
The quality of the formula and the subtlety of the duochrome were not worth the major increase in cost.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a blue-based, cotton candy pink with a soft, frosted finish. OCC Digitalis is lighter. MAC Saint Germain is lighter, less pink. MAC Pink Nouveau is very comparable. MAC Snob is grayer. MAC Naughty Saute is also similar but glossier.

Pink Pop had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was a slight translucency–I would expect those with redder natural lips may find this darkens somewhat on them as a result.  This had a slightly thicker, creamier consistency compared to other shades I’ve tested in this range; I wouldn’t by a lot but enough to be noticeable.  It is comfortable to wear, was lightly hydrating during the five hours it lasted on me, and faded evenly.  I did notice that if you press your lips together, sometimes it would create lines, but luckily, they didn’t seem too apparent from a distance.

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Pink Pop

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This is a nice, budget-friendly way to try out the cotton candy pink lip color that we see released year after year. Some love it, some hate it, but now, everyone can try it!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brighteneed, medium-dark orange with warm, reddish undertones and a subtle sheen. We’ve definitely seen this kind of orange from several brands, but this is a more budget-friendly version. MAC Fashion Nomad is more matte. MAC Morange is perhaps a touch lighter. MAC Neon Orange is not as glossy. Illamasqua Flare is matte. Clarins Clementine has a faint shimmer.

It had very nearly opaque color coverage with the merest hint of the natural lip color coming through, but it was only noticeable at a very close range. The effect of that is really that the color doesn’t look heavy on–there’s a lightness to it, even if it is bright orange!  I think that’s one of the most appealing aspects of the formula is how it doesn’t look or feel as heavy as many more matte/cream-finish shades are.  Electric Orange lasted for five and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it.  The formula had a moderately creamy consistency that enabled good glide without sliding around all over the place once applied.

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Electric Orange

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I think one of the most appealing aspects of the formula is how it doesn't look or feel as heavy as many more matte/cream-finish shades are.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Milani Raspberry Rush Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Raspberry Rush Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Raspberry Rush Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “raspberry metallic.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-shimmered pink-red with a frosted, metallic finish. NARS Jardin des Plantes is redder and less iridescent. Estee Lauder Demure is pinker, less iridescent. MAC Lickable has a similar base color but lacks the frosted finish and iridescence. MAC Quite the Thing is a touch more berry-hued. NYX Chloe is similar. Illamasqua Atomic is similar but matte. MAC Full Fuchsia is also similar in color but not as shimmery.

The lipstick was fully opaque–not quite in a single stroke (that’s how it’s advertised), but it doesn’t take too much to get there. It looks fairly good applied, but the texture is noticeably dry and stiff, so it doesn’t apply as well as I’d like. It just tugs and drags on the lips, so it takes several passes to even out the color and get full coverage. Because of the drier texture, it does settle and feel a bit clingy (not the clingiest texture I’ve come across, though), but the upside is it wears well and lasted six hours on me (and left a stain behind).  It has a very strong, sweet, fruity scent.

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Raspberry Rush

B
I really wish Milani's metallic lipsticks were creamier--just enough that they'd apply more evenly and smoothly without a lot of work, and so they wouldn't feel so clingy when worn.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

Maybelline Brazen Berry ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Brazen Berry ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Brazen Berry ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a creamy, fuchsia magenta with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-glossy finish. MAC Heroine is darker and purpler–plus nearly matte. MAC Seductive Intent is a bit more magenta but closer than Heroine. MAC Spitfire is similar. MAC Style Curve is also similar but has violet shimmer. MAC Love Forever is pinker. Dolce & Gabbana Violet is purpler and lighter. MAC Night Blooming is slightly brighter. Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 is a touch more magenta.

It has semi-opaque color payoff, enough that it adds substantial color to the lip, but there’s a translucency that enables the natural lip color to peek through. The consistency of this shade was very, very slick and creamy–it did not apply quite as evenly as other shades I’ve tried have. Brazen Berry was moisturizing, wore well for six hours (and left a stain behind), and was comfortable to wear. You may get lines if you press your lips together, so it’s important to apply just enough for even coverage but not so much that there’s excess product. Because the color is brighter and bolder, the lines that do get created are harder to see.

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Brazen Berry

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The highlight of this product is how comfortable and hydrating it is when worn. The color payoff is good, as is the texture, even if they aren't 100% perfect, they're both quite good.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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