Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

L'Oreal The Statement Piece Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Statement Piece Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Lacquers ($6.99 for 0.40 fl. oz. each) is a limited edition formula for the holidays. There are nine shades available, and I have four to share with you in this post (I don’t have the rest, and I’ve yet to spot these locally). The Gold Dust formula is a textured polish, so it dries to a matte finish with a “luminous and sandy finish.” I haven’t spotted them online (most of the limited edition mass products don’t!), but they are supposed to be available at your local drugstores. The texture of these is slightly thick, and the brush is on the wider side; if you have narrower nail beds, I think these might be somewhat frustrating to use. For me, it was only troublesome when I applied the polish to my pinky nail. Two were fine with just two coats, and then two could have used three thin coats as there were some areas that were sparse. I tested The Statement Piece for wear, and it lasted seven days with some tip wear but no chipping (I rarely get chipping, though, just as a note!).

The Statement Piece is a pale, champagne gold with a sandy, glittery texture and silver sequin glitters. This one sparkled nicely, applied well, and was totally opaque in two coats. None of the following mentions have the textured finish, but the colors are similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cruising (P, $10.00) is yellower. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The Reign of Studs is a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver sparkle and silver sequins. It was nicely opaque after two thin-to-medium coats and dried down quickly. This one was really lovely on–very sparkly and dimensional. Zoya Carter (P, $8.00) has a textured finish, but it’s a red-toned purple. China Glaze Skyscraper (LE, $8.00) is bluer and not textured. See comparison swatches.

Rough Around the Edges is a matte black with a sandy, sugary texture with silver sparkle. It was mostly opaque with two coats, though I’d do three thinner coats to get fuller opacity with this particular shade. I didn’t have anything that really looked quite like this when it was dry. Shades like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) and Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) are black with silver sparkle, but they’re glossy.

Hidden Gems had a blackened, sandy base with teal shimmer and silver sequin glitter. This shade took unusually long to dry, and it didn’t dry evenly–I sat around fifteen between between coats, then another thirty after the second coat, and the camera picks up where it’s still slightly wet (anything that seems shinier/wetter). I think this one really needs at least three thin coats. I don’t have a lot of textured polishes, so I don’t have a dupe for this, though the composition reminded me of L’Oreal VIP Status (DC), which is metallic/shimmery (traditional polish). See comparison swatches, just for fun.

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Purr Lemonade Lip Scrub
Puur Lemonade Lip Scrub

Purr Lemonade Lip Scrub ($5.00) tastes like sweet lemonade as the sugar granules gently exfoliate away any dead skin from the lips. It works, and it smells and tastes delicious, but the consistency is on the looser side, so I find that is very, very easily spreads so that it doesn’t seem as effective exfoliating as thicker lip scrubs. The sugars just disperse and run a bit across the mouth and just outside of it. To that end, it is gentler as there are less sugar granules in motion at once.

As a quick note, I’m not entirely sure how much product my jar contains, as it doesn’t say on my jar. The listing I purchased it from said it was 1 oz., but it was also supposed to be contained in a glass jar. As far as I can tell, my jar is plastic and a white plastic cap (not a brassy metal one), and the labeling is on the top of the lid (not around the jar). The ingredients listed on my label are as follows: “sugar, hemp butter, sunflower oil, essential oil.” The listing also included olive oil, avocado oil, and beeswax, none of which are listed on my label, under materials.

Puur Pumpkin Spice Body Butter ($7.00 for 4 oz.) is an extremely thick, not-quite-solid body butter used to provide intense hydration to the skin. It’s supposed to smell like a “maple bar and brown sugar, with hints of pumpkin spice.” In the jar, there are bits of pumpkin spice and brown sugar, but there’s a very noticeable waxy/plastic-y note in it, and on, it smells like an old lipstick–I don’t get any of the sweetness or pumpkin spice after a half hour.  The consistency is just very lightly whipped but more solid (more like butter!).  It was also a little stringy (maybe

This also took forever to absorb! I would take a shower, apply this, and sit in shorts–two to three hours later, it would still feel oily and have a faint sheen. I tried using less and less as I continued to test it, and using as little as possible, it seemed to mostly absorb after an hour.  Ultimately, though it certain seems like it should be hydrating, I felt like a lot of the product was never absorbed and ended up on my bedding or clothing, so I did not feel like my skin looked or felt moisturized after using this.

Again, there was a packaging discrepancy, as it was pictured and described as being in an amber glass jar, and mine is just a glass jar. I really don’t have an issue with how either product arrived to me, but I don’t like that they aren’t as pictured. There were no ingredients listed on my jar, but the listing has these under materials: “raw ivory shea butter, olive oil, soy wax, arrowroot powder, fragrance.”

I might be the odd one out, as this is an Etsy shop with over 4,000 reviews.  If you’ve tried Puur, I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)

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Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Revlon Indulgent Parfumerie Set
Revlon Indulgent Parfumerie Set

Revlon Indulgent Parfumerie Set ($10.00 for 2 x 0.40 fl. oz.) includes two Parfumerie polishes–a full range of this style of scented polish will be making its way into Revlon’s permanent range, though I’ve yet to see a display locally. I think every store I’ve been into just has aisles of holiday gift sets and kits, mostly cologne and perfume, so maybe they’re holding back some of the other new products. They’re packaged like miniature-sized perfume bottles with plastic, slightly rubberized, rounded tops. Each bottle contains 0.40 fl. oz. of product, and then they are scented. The scent isn’t supposed to be noticeable until it dries down, and the scent lasts about eight hours on me. I was only able to smell it if I put my nose to my nails, otherwise it’s rather subtle and almost not there.

Spun Sugar is a metallic, light pewter–a mix of gold and silver and gray–with threads of metallic shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there were very visible brush strokes. The consistency was a little thick but manageable. I noticed the polish dried down rather quickly (not totally unexpected, given it’s a metallic). I tested this shade for wear, and it managed seven days but had a fair amount of tip wear (more than average for me). I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one based on past polishes I’ve reviewed! It has a sweet, sugary scent.

Bordeaux is a reddish plum with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency was on the thinner side, but it wasn’t problematic during application. When I wore it, this shade didn’t chip for seven days but had more tip wear than I usually see after a week. It has a very fruity, grape candy scent–very synthetic and jammy. Dior Graphic Berry (LE, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. China Glaze Traffic Jam (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $23.00) is slightly brighter. Chanel Suspicious (P, $27.00) is pinker. Butter London Blowing Raspberries (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

I found this set at my local Walgreens, but I don’t think they’re available online, and I didn’t see the polishes sold alone online yet.

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Makeup Geek Lemon Drop Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Lemon Drop Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Lemon Drop Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery bright lemon yellow.” It’s a bright pop of medium, sunshine yellow with a frosted, almost metallic, finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery–a smidgen powdery. A little of this goes a long, long way on the eye! Fyrinnae Banana Mochi (P, $6.80) is lighter. It wore well for nine hours without fading or creasing. Sephora Collection Banana Split (05) (P, $13.00) is very similar. NARS Flowers 1 #5 (LE, $24.00) is less metallic. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Bright Sunshine (P, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Make Up For Ever #24 (P, $23.00) is a cream product. Inglot #323 (P, $6.00) is matte. See comparison swatches.

Pixie Dust Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery lime green.” It’s a yellowed, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, while it had excellent pigmentation. It lasted just over eight and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is greener. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is greener. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is more matte, greener. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Brilliantly Lit (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Appletini Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery apple green with flecks of gold.” It’s a medium-dark green with almost cool undertones and a warmer, muted gold sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was on the more powdery side, so it sheered out somewhat when blended. It wore well for almost eight hours. Fyrinnae Dragon’s Wing (P, $6.80) is less golden. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter. MAC Wondergrass (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Guacamole (LE, $15.00) is similar, not as shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Foxfire (P, $14.00) is more metallic, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Tipsy (P, $12.00) is brighter, more intense. See comparison swatches.

Shimmermint Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic mint green with gold shimmer.” It’s a muted, pale meadow green with soft gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable but slightly powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is a bit darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #34 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Poolside Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright shimmery teal with specks of gold.” It’s a bold, slightly aqua-leaning blue with fine sparkle. It’s listed as “specks of gold,” but it looked more silver to me. It had good pigmentation, though it is a shade that applies better over a base and patted on, because it was powdery. It was slightly faded at almost eight hours of wear. Disney by Sephora Blue Lagoon (LE) is similar. Sephora Collection Surfin’ USA (14) (P, $13.00) is brighter, more metallic. MAC Blue Calm (P, $15.00) is bluer, darker. MAC Parrot (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is bluer, lighter. NARS South Pacific #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Yellow Brick Road Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery pale yellow.” It’s a more muted, paler yellow with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It’s a lot less intense and over-the-top compared to Lemon Drop, and it has a less metallic/frosted finish. The texture is soft but a touch powdery at times, but the color payoff was fairly good. It wore well for eight hours. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #1 (LE) is lighter, more matte. MAC Bright Yellow (P, $15.00) is matte, brighter. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, November 16th, 2013

PCApothecary Pumpkin Macchiato Body Butter
PCApothecary Pumpkin Macchiato Body Butter

PCApothecary Pumpkin Macchiato Body Butter ($6.50 for 4 oz.) is described as a “creamy spiced pumpkin blended with aromatic coffee and cream.” It’s a heavily-spiced moderately sweetened, creamy pumpkin with the roasted, nuttiness of coffee. The spices I get are nugmet, allspice, cinnamon, and a little clove–a lot like pumpkin spice mix if you’ve ever used it in baking. The consistency is creamy but airy, like a whipped body butter, and so it spreads easily across the skin. The body butter absorbed quickly on the skin–within a few minutes–and didn’t feel greasy or oily afterward. I’m a big fan of more whipped body butters, as you get the richness and luxurious texture of body butters without some of the heaviness on the skin. The scent lingers for six hours on me, and it tended to be less “pumpkin spice latte” and more pumpkin spice with an emphasis on cinnamon/allspice towards the end.

While I went shopping for lip scrubs on Etsy a couple of weeks ago, I also had a craving for some sort of autumnal-scented body butter. As a long-time Starbucks fan (or addict, however you’d like to label it!), fall means pumpkin spice lattes, caramel apple spices, and salted caramel hot chocolates. The calorie counts for all are hard to justify (I reduce the pumps of pumpkin spice in any latte/frappuccino I get, but a grande light frappuccino I can get away with a mere 1.5 pumps, whereas a hot drink needs at least three), a body butter version that might embody the flavors of my favorite fall drinks would be a lot easier to enjoy more often without the guilt!

You can visit their scent catalog, which has descriptions of the core collection of scents available all in one place. Pumpkin Macchiato is a seasonal scent, so it’s only available this fall/winter. If you’re interested in trying the formula but don’t know what scent (or just want a variety), they also offer samplers in mini sizes (0.5 oz.). Otherwise, you can purchase full-size (4 oz.) or mega jar (8 oz.) for $6.50 and $12.50 respectively.

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The consistency is creamy but airy, like a whipped body butter, and so it spreads easily across the skin. The body butter absorbed quickly on the skin--within a few minutes--and didn't feel greasy or oily afterward. The scent lingers for six hours on me, and it tended to be less "pumpkin spice latte" and more pumpkin spice with an emphasis on cinnamon/allspice towards the end.

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Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow

It took me a few years, but I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate neutrals quite a bit!  In fact, I’m more likely to opt for neutrals than bright colors on the rare day I’m not testing something (often special occasions, which might disadvantage brights!).  I recently wore these four Makeup Geek Eyeshadows together, and I thought they came together nicely.   Creme Brulee and Cocoa Bear both wore well for over eight hours, while Frappe and Brown Sugar were slightly faded by the eight-hour mark.  All four were very blendable, though, and had good color payoff across the board.

Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium sand color with a soft matte finish.” It’s a light-medium brown with warm, peach undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth–but not at all powdery. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE) is browner, less warm-toned. MAC Layin’ Low (P, $18.50) is very similar but is a cream product. MAC Indie Spirit (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is less warm-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

Frappe Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium maple brown matte.” It’s a warm-toned, caramel brown with a satin-matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery–very blendable. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE) theBalm C4 is slightly darker. (LE, $16.00) is browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Indie Spirit is warmer. (LE, $15.00) MAC One to Watch is more shimmery. (P, $21.00) MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches.

Cocoa Bear Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte reddish brown.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a matte finish. The pigmentation was excellent–really rich and opaque–while the texture was soft, smooth, and velvety. Anastasia Sienna (LE) is warmer, lighter. MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Brown Script (P, $15.00) is a little darker. See comparison swatches.

Brown Sugar Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “warm shimmery copper brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had subtle warm undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, though a little dry. Anastasia Truffle (LE) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is more frosted. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is grayer. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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