Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright silver with a metallic finish. Urban Decay Oz is darker and a powder product. Buxom Chihuahua is a bit darker. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is darker.

Silver Strike applies very smoothly and evenly; it has a a really creamy consistency that enables really good spread and application of the product without having to layer it or worry about it catching on itself.  It goes on mostly opaque, but it didn’t build up to full opacity. When I tested it, the color lasted for a full twelve hours without fading or creasing (no primer).  Because this has a creamier consistency, it can also be sheered out easily, if that is your desired look.  The more opaque it is, the more metallic and reflective it becomes.

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Silver Strike applied much better than Gold Rush, and part of that is due to its creamier consistency and lack of sparkle. Silver Strike is pure, metallic silver.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, January 28th, 2013

Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss
Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, warm, orange-toned red with a matte finish. Chanel Coromandel is more orange. Guerlain Callipgrahy Eye & Lip Palette #6 is very similar. Guerlain Genna is a bit more orange. CoverGirl Hot is less orange.

It has mostly opaque color coverage (you can see just a shadow of my lip freckle coming through), and of the three shades I picked up of this formula, this one was the best-performing and had the better texture, though it was still a little off to me. The scent of this was very waxy, while the others had a kind of fruity scent. It was creamy enough to apply, but not so creamy that it was prone to bleeding or feathering while worn or that it would slip around. This shade wore for five and a half hours, and then it left behind a stain, so while I did experience a slight ring of color on the outer portion of my lips, it wasn’t as noticeable because of the residual stain.

I only bought three shades of this formula, but because there’s an odd graininess in the formula and an uncomfortable feel on the lips, I don’t anticipate buying more for review.  At the price point, if a shade catches your eye, it may be worth trying, and you do get more than the average lipstick (0.14 oz.).  The graininess combined with the drying formula is such a shame, because the shade range, thus far, has been spectacular.

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Rimmel #111 (Kiss of Life) Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss Review, Photos, Swatches

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The graininess combined with the drying formula is such a shame, because the shade range, thus far, has been spectacular.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss
Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, medium-dark pink with a creamy, matte finish. MAC Sunny Seoul is a bit warmer and shimmery. MAC Pink Pearl Pop is closer, but it is also shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is a touch lighter.

It is incredibly pigmented, and it has even, opaque color coverage when initially applied. I wish I could say the texture was different from #107, but this shade had an odd graininess to the texture that made it not-quite-comfortable to wear. It has enough creaminess that you can apply the color to the lips in full, but it feels like it’s just sitting on lips as a layer of product. As it fades away, it fades from the center first, leaving behind a ring of color along the outer edges of the lips. #103 lasted five hours, and it was somewhat dehydrating during that time. On the upside, it contains 0.14 oz. of product, which is more than most lipsticks. I grabbed mine from Walgreens, but I haven’t seen them online yet.

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Rimmel #103 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
The whole time I wore it, I wanted to love it, but there's just something about the way it sits on the lips that feels a little heavy, slightly grainy, and not-quite-right. Depending on how you feel about texture, it might still be worth checking out.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Rimmel #107 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss
Rimmel #107 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss

A Berry-Red by Rimmel London/Kate Moss

Rimmel #107 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep berry-red with cool undertones and a modern matte finish. Guerlain Orgueil has shimmer. MAC Hang Up is darker. MAC What Joy! is a touch more berry-colored. Guerlain Gigolo is a smidgen darker.

The lipstick is incredibly pigmented; you really don’t need more than a swipe to yield opaque color payoff, and the color itself will stain lips quickly. The texture is somewhat creamy, and the overall thickness was a bit heavy. It had this odd, almost grainy, texture that made it hard for me to reconcile the great color payoff with. I noticed that as the color faded, it did have a tendency to leave a ring of color (where it fades from the center and the outer edges of the lips are last to go). This doesn’t usually happen to me, but Lipglossiping also had the same fading issue. Though the color itself wore for five hours well, and then after six and a half, there was noticeable color missing from the center area of the lips.

The color itself is rich and should flatter many skin tones, because of its deep color and slightly undertones. The whole time I wore it, I wanted to love it, but there’s just something about the way it sits on the lips that feels a little heavy, slightly grainy, and not-quite-right. Even writing this review, I’m sad, because this is such a chic berry shade. It was lightly drying (not the most drying matte formula I’ve tried by a long shot), had a fruity scent, and comes in a matte red tube. It even contains 0.14 oz., which is on the larger end of the spectrum for lipsticks. I bought mine at Walgreens about two weeks ago, but I haven’t spotted them online.

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Rimmel #107 Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
The whole time I wore it, I wanted to love it, but there's just something about the way it sits on the lips that feels a little heavy, slightly grainy, and not-quite-right. It looks fantastic but feels off, so depending on how you feel about texture, it might still be worth checking out.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 19th, 2013

NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer
NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer

Red Glitter, Black Jelly

NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer ($4.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “black with red flecks.” It looks like a black jelly with large, hexagon-shaped red glitter and smaller bits of red glitter. The finish is interesting, because it has the squishy look of a jelly, but it’s such a dark color that it almost doesn’t seem right!  The one dupe that I know of is Deborah Lippmann’s Ruby Red Slippers–there are really barely-there differences that you’ll likely only find in amount/composition under intense scrutiny.

After two coats, it’s mostly opaque, but there’s that signature translucency you find with jelly polishes.  The polish has a slightly thicker consistency–true to jelly finishes, however–and is nicely packed with glitter, as there is no shortage of it getting on the nail. It did seem just a touch streaky/uneven in a couple of places, but it was hard to really see/tell from more than a few inches away. I really like NYX’s Salon formula, because it applies and wears rather well.  I get a good week of wear with just minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Dark Glitter

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If you ever wanted a budget-friendly alternative to Deborah Lippmann's Ruby Red Slippers, this is definitely one to check out!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, January 14th, 2013

Maybelline Gold Rush Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Gold Rush Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

A Very Sparkling Rush of Gold

Maybelline Gold Rush Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a sparkling gold with strong yellow tones and a metallic finish. Chanel Vision has a similar texture but it is a browner gold, less yellowed. Cinderella Gus Gus is less metallic and a powder product. OCC Triptych is slightly darker, more metallic, and a powder. MAC Goldmine is also similar in color but a powder eyeshadow.

This shade sets itself a part in finish from pretty much every other Color Tattoo I’ve come across, because it has a heavy sparkle effect that changes the texture of the product as a whole. There’s a slight grittiness to the touch, and it doesn’t blend smoothly or look even on the lid. It tended to make my eyelid look a bit crepe-like and wrinkled. Because of the sparkle, it seemed to bunch up in places, no matter if I used a fingertip, sponge-tipped applicator, or brush to blend and/or apply the product. I did get some fall out during the twelve hours I wore Gold Rush for, though it did not seem to really fade or crease.

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Gold Rush

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I'm not keen on the gritty, sparkly texture, because it seems to interfere with the blendability and smoothness of the formula, so it looks uneven, makes the eye have an unnatural texture, and has some problems with fall out during wear.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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