Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Someone Turned the Electricity Off

Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a navy blue with a fine, frosted finish. When sheered out, it has a darker, truer navy blue coloring, while when layered more heavily, it appears bluer. Urban Decay Evidence is less blue. MAC Naval Blue is similar but a powder product. Chanel’s Apparition is darker and less blue.

This shade didn’t apply evenly or layer well. I think this product would work just fine as an eyeshadow base, but it’s not something that I’d use on its own as a cream eyeshadow.  I experienced some very light fading after twelve hours, which isn’t the norm for me when it comes to Color Tattoos.  It wasn’t much, but it was there.  The consistency of the product is thin, creamy, lightweight, and dries down quickly but not so quickly that you can’t blend out the color if you desire.  This is a shade that is very, very common as a powder eyeshadow, so I’d probably opt for one of the many navy blue eyeshadows on the market, as many perform incredibly well.

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Electric Blue

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This is a shade that is very, very common as a powder eyeshadow, so I'd probably opt for one of the many navy blue eyeshadows on the market, as many perform incredibly well.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, January 12th, 2013

China Glaze Bend Over Backwards Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Bend Over Backwards Nail Lacquer

This Polish is on Fire!

China Glaze Bend Over Backwards Nail Lacquer ($8.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pepper red shimmer.” It’s a rich, molten orange-red with fine red shimmer running through it. The finish is almost metallic but very… fluid. Cult Nails Annalicious has more gold shimmer but is very close–perhaps a litle less orange-toned. Milani Melt With U has larger shimmer. Essie Braziliant is more orange, less shimmery.

The finish is interesting, because you can almost see brush strokes, but it’s so reflective and naturally glossy that it almost just looks reflective. I’d describe it as having very subtle brush strokes in places that were fairly easy to control and get to look straight. Bend Over Backwards has full, opaque color coverage after two coats but was mostly opaque after one. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly and fluidly across the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges. I typically get seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s polishes.

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Bend Over Backwards

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I love how much depth this shade has--the effect of the shimmer and brightness of the shade really make it look like molten fire; like it's glowing.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, January 10th, 2013

L'Oreal Members Only Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Members Only Nail Lacquer

You’ll Want to Join L’Oreal’s Members’ Only Club

L’Oreal Members Only Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones all wrapped up in a cream finish. China Glaze Escaping Reality is brighter, more of a neon pink. MAC Girl About Town is a smidgen darker. MAC Toco Toucan is very similar.

This shade is fully opaque after two coats, but it was nearly solid in a single pass of polish! The consistency was fantastic; not too thick or too thin, but very easy to maneuver and flowed evenly across the nail.  It’s not a particularly unique shade, but it is a great color to have in your stash, so if you haven’t found one like it that you love, this is a budget-friendly version that is quality all around.   I typically get a full seven days (I’ve tested a few shades up to ten days with minor tip wear) of wear with very, very minor tip wear with L’Oreal’s formula. It’s one of the longer-wearing formulas I’ve come across.

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Members Only

A+
It's not a particularly unique shade, but it is a great color to have in your stash, so if you haven't found one like it that you love, this is a budget-friendly version that is quality all around.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 7th, 2013

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

Six Stages of Transitions

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer ($8.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) includes six shades of color-changing shades.  I’m not aware of any other polishes that change color with the addition of a top coat, so none of these have dupes.

  • Altered Reality is a shimmering teal with a metallic finish. When a top coat is applied, it turns bluish-teal. This one doesn’t have a lot of color shift.
  • Duplicity is an aqua-tinted turquoise with a creamy, mostly matte finish. When a top coat is applied, it turns to a darker, blue-toned teal.
  • Metallic Metamorphosis is a silvered gray with a metallic finish. When you layer a top coat on top, it turns to a darker, gunmetal gray. This one was the best-applying of the six.
  • Modify Me is periwinkle blue with a metallic finish. This one was a bit streaky. When layered with a top coat, it turned darker and bluer.
  • Shape Shifter is a dark, purple-tinged gray with a metallic finish. With a top coat layered on top, it turned into a dark royal purple.
  • Split Perso-nail-ity is a light-medium pink with a cream finish. When you applied a top coat on top, it turned into a dark pink.

China Glaze gave out a how-to for applying these, which is how I attempted to swatch these. I found that two coats was ridiculous–the polish has a really thick consistency and is opaque in one coat. Without fail, with two coats of color, drying time was on the longer end of the spectrum and I’d get bubbling. I ended up with one coat of polish for each swatch; I did a diagonal pass of top coat on the index finger, no top coat on the middle finger, and a full layer of top coat on the ring finger. I applied one coat, waited fifteen minutes for it to dry, and then applied the top coat.

I really didn’t like the formula. I feel like saying, “Interesting idea, bad execution.” The polish on its own (no top coat) has a semi-matte finish–there’s a sheen to it, but it looks flat. I used a regular base coat for all of the swatches, but I’d recommend a ridge-filling base coat, because all six shades were unforgiving–you could see every little nook and cranny on my nail and then some.

With a top coat, it was a swirling, streaking mess. From a distance, it almost looked like a marbled effect, but it was really just streaky. I used China Glaze’s Fast Forward top coat on all of the shades, and I had numerous problems from a little bubbling, streaking, blobs, and swirls and jets of color. It was just a mess. There was also a graininess to the polish itself that wouldn’t go away no matter how much I rolled the bottle.

All six changed color when a top coat was applied with some changing more than others. Altered Reality was the least changing.  I wore Duplicity and Shape Shifter for wear, and I did experience above average tip wear when worn without a top coat. There was some light staining behind, and I think these may be prone to staining (though I did not test all six for wear). Nails with a top coat lasted seven days with normal tip wear but no chipping. In all honesty, I think it would have been easier to take two individual polishes and work with them.

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China Glaze Tranzitions Nail Lacquers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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I really didn't like the formula. I feel like saying, "Interesting idea, bad execution." I think if used sparsely, then the top coat color change might work, but when used in a larger area, it comes out looking very streaky.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

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Monday, January 7th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

An Orange Blush that’s Happy to See You

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a mix of medium peach and orange-brown. Together, they create a coppery, orange-brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. NARS Luster is less brown, more orange. MAC Alpine Bronze is more subdued, less shimmery. MAC Glorify is browner. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is browner, darker.

This will tend to be more flattering on warmer complexions and deeper skin tones. I think many will find it too orange, though it is more flattering than an orange-toned bronzer/brown blush, because this is more orange than brown, so it adds color, warmth, and glow without potentially turning ruddy.  The frosted, metallic finish did emphasize pores and imperfections in skin texture.  It is a baked product, so you could use it wet or dry, though the pigmentation was true-to-pan when used dry.  When applied wet, you’ll get an even more metallic finish.  The texture is soft, more finely-milled than a lot of baked products, but not as finely-milled as most powder blushes. Rose Golden Goddess lasted just over six hours on me, and after seven, it looked patchy. It’s on par with the majority of baked products and how long they wear on me, so if you normally get longer wear out of your baked products, this might wear similarly.

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Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This will tend to be more flattering on warmer complexions and deeper skin tones. I wish I saw better wear out of the formula, though, because then it would be a killer deal.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, January 5th, 2013

L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer

Black and Silver Meet Again

L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a creamy black with silver-gray shimmer. It has less shimmer when compared to Illamasqua Creator and NARS Night Breed. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition is closer to the other two dupes I mentioned, as the shimmer is larger and more noticeable.

The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, and the coverage was fully opaque after two coats.  I’ve been getting a full seven days with no chipping, just minor tip wear, with L’Oreal’s Colour Riche formula.  This is a limited edition holiday shade, which I’ve still spotted in stores as late as last week, but I haven’t seen it available online.  I think because the shimmer is smaller, it gets a little lost in the black base (it also seems grayer/more subdued in color), so I’d grab The Queen’s Ambition over this between the two.

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Drop Dead Gorgeous

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I think because the shimmer is smaller, it gets a little lost in the black base (it also seems grayer/more subdued in color), so I'd grab The Queen's Ambition over this between the two.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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