Thursday, July 26th, 2012

L'Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer

A Stunning, Multi-Faceted Polish for $6

L’Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, smoky blue-gray with hints of teal and silver shimmer in a metallic base. There was not a single color that came to mind that even resembled this in a meaningful way. Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal is a creamy, dark blue-based teal, but there’s none of the gray, smokiness or the multi-faceted shimmer. If you have a dupe in mind, I’d love to hear it!

This is one cool polish–there’s a lot of dimension to the color and finer nuances that make it really interesting. It kind of reminds me of some eyeshadows like MAC Club, MAC Blue Brown pigment, Too Faced Label Whore, etc., but it’s bluer with less brown coming through.  There are visible brush strokes in the finish, and they look like threads of shimmer–they applied fairly straight and evenly, actually. They’re most pronounced under really bright light (e.g. diffused flash) and hardly visible in natural light (e.g. studio light).

The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin; it was a good balance between the two, so it helped the polish apply fluidly across the nail without gathering along the sides.  I didn’t experience any streaking or bubbling, and two coats was plenty to produce opaque color coverage.  The brush was easy to use, not too wide or narrow, and enough flexibility to move around but not so much that it became floppy.  Worth noting is that it contains 20% less polish than most polishes (0.39 fl oz. vs. 0.50 fl. oz.).  I did do a wear test with this particular shade, and I was able to get seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping–it’s supposed to last for 10 days, which I haven’t tested with this shade specifically and will do so with the next L’Oreal shade (I typically only test for seven days; didn’t realize they claimed 10 days!).  Keep in mind, of course, that next to nothing chips on me, whether I use a base/top coat or nothing but the polish itself.

P.S. — This is currently buy one, get one 50% off at drugstore.com.

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VIP Status

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A stunning shade that's unique to me with an excellent formula that comes in at less than $10? All over it! Definitely worth a look-see next time you're at the drugstore.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Revlon Gold Coin Nail Lacquer
Revlon Gold Coin Nail Lacquer

A Metallic Gold for Every Budget

Revlon Gold Coin (925) Nail Lacquer ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a dirty champagne-gold foil with a metallic shimmer-sheen. The most recent iteration of this that I reviewed was Chanel Diwali, which is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Superfreak is lighter. Dior Timeless Gold is very similar. And while I haven’t yet reviewed, I do have Illamasqua Swinger now swatched, and it is rather similar–marginally darker and warmer at best. Timeless Gold has the least amount of visible brush strokes (next to none), while Diwali has the most visible brush strokes.  Gold Coin and Swinger are tied for having just a few noticeable ones under really bright light.

As of this morning, it’s actually buy one, get one 50% off at drugstore.com.  I picked up several Revlon polishes a couple of months ago on a whim, and a reader mentioned Gold Coin being a dupe for Diwali, so when I realized I had it in the to-be-swatched bin, I knew I had to check it out.  It’s opaque in two coats, and the formula was a nice balance of thick and thin.  The polish applied easily, evenly, and fluidly across the nail without pooling along the sides, bubbling, or streaking.  The dry down was a little quicker than the average, and it does dry to a semi-shiny finish–there’s a lot of sheen but it’s not glossy.  I tested the wear of Gold Coin, and it wore for a full seven days without chipping and had minor tip wear.

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Gold Coin

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If you love the look of champagne-gold with a foil finish but haven't been willing to pay the high price tags of the likes of Chanel and Dior, Revlon makes an excellent version that's just as good.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Truffle ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a warm rosy pink with subtle white micro-shimmer and a naturally glossy finish. MAC Venus is pinker. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is a little rosier. Thierry Mugler Feeling is redder and more frosted. Guerlain Cherry Blossom is similar in color but has a frosted finish, so it appears a smidgen lighter.  It’s a nice everyday-appropriate shade with a little more oomph–still, natural-looking and the finish only adds to how effortless it looks.

The color coverage is mostly opaque, though there is some translucency to the color, as you can still see my lip freckle peeking through. This formula is supposed to have sheer to medium color coverage, so this is a wee bit over but not by much.  Lip Butters have a divine consistency that’s really creamy, slick, and easy to apply, but it often comes at the expense of wear.  Pink Truffle was one of the longer-wearing shades I’ve tested from this range–three hours–which is only a little shy of my more typical four hour average for lipsticks. It contains a little less product than the average lipstick (typically 0.10 to 0.12 oz.) and requires more frequent reapplication, but it is a more moisturizing formula.

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Pink Truffle

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It's a nice everyday-appropriate shade with a little more oomph--still, natural-looking and the finish only adds to how effortless it looks. I also had much better luck with the wear with this particular shade--a solid three hours!

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.11 oz.) is a warmed over medium brown with a golden bronze shimmer and sheen. As gorgeous as this shade is, there are several shades that are similar to it (but you can’t beat the price point of Milani!). Urban Decay Chase is slightly more orange-toned. MAC Love Connection is less brown, more red. Buxom Golden Retriever is similar but darker, less golden/shimmered. Urban Decay Suspect is pretty close, though not as warm.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Milani, because they’ve been one of the more reliable budget-friendly brands for years, not just recently, though they’ve been churning out some impressive products in the past year.  Their new range of pressed powder eyeshadows is fantastic overall, and Caramel Brown is no exception.  The texture is soft, buttery, and dense and blends beautifully and melts against the skin like butter.  Milani says they’re crease-proof, “super pigmented,” and blendable; they’re everything and more–but when I test drove Caramel Brown, I did experience some fading along the edges after eight hours (which is still really good–the majority of formulas have some fading after eight hours without aid of a primer), but absolutely no creasing.

I’m drawn to this shade like you wouldn’t believe–I think it’s the balance of warmth, gold, brown, bronze, and shimmer. It’s lovely against warmer complexions, as it brightens without dominating. It can easily be worn on the lid or in the crease, but I really like it softly on the lid with not much else.  Naturally, the strong warm undertones in this hue will flatter warmer complexions overall.  I’m a believer that you can wear anything and everything–it’s all about confidence and how you wear it!

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Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's lovely against warmer complexions, as it brightens without dominating. It can easily be worn on the lid or in the crease, but I really like it softly on the lid with not much else. Naturally, the strong warm undertones in this hue will flatter warmer complexions overall. I'm a believer that you can wear anything and everything--it's all about confidence and how you wear it!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

L'Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a darkened violet purple with subtle red undertones and a multi-colored shimmer.  When applied dry, it’s sheer, slightly browner, less violet.  When it’s applied damp/wet, it’s much more intense with a strong violet purple coloring and opaque color payoff. MAC Young Punk is blacker and less violet. Dior Garden Roses is lighter and pinker. MAC Plush is lighter, more red-toned. Urban Decay Delinquent is a little brighter. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister is very similar, slightly brighter.

L’Oreal says that these wear for up to 24 hours and are long-wearing and intensely pigmented. They’re a hybrid pressed and loose powder; it’s like a very, very finely-milled loose powder that’s been sat on (and in essence, that’s true, because each pot contains a plastic stopper that you can use to press the powder to further compact it). You get the blendability of a loose powder with the ease and convenient of a pressed powder.

I believe this shade is known as Purple Obsession internationally. I have it, and it was actually one of the first shades I tested (many months ago), and I set it aside because it did not work well for me–it did not want to apply evenly at all on the lid, and it was creasing and fading like you wouldn’t believe. When I recently tried Perpetual Purple (and I didn’t know they were the same), I had a similar experience. It fades surprisingly quickly, and when I wore it alone (just by itself), I did have significant creasing after a mere six hours. When I used it in the crease with other Infallible Eyeshadows, it didn’t crease.  The texture of Perpetual Purple was also on the dry side, so it wasn’t as easy to blend or apply.

For a comparison against Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, please see this post. As a quick summary, L’Oreal’s colors can be less nuanced/have less depth, and then the wear is can be inconsistent with L’Oreal (some wearing fantastic, others creasing/fading more rapidly). The way I look at it (assuming you wear primer, because then the wear is usually fine), the more the merrier!

Edited:  The picture that showed the wear was MISSING! Now it’s there in all of its disappointing glory.

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Perpetual Purple

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Thankfully, L'Oreal's Infallible Eyeshadow range includes more than just this shade (and I wish this hadn't been my first experience with them, because I would have made these more of a priority to begin with), because this one is definitely disappointing. Poor wear: fading, creasing, and poor color payoff.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

4/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012

L'Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) silvery-gray with a purple tint and a frosted finish. When it’s dry, it’s rather sheer, and when you apply it wet, the finish becomes more metallic and the color payoff is much improved. MAC Hold That Pose! is browner. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit is less metallic, browner. MAC Idol Eyes is somewhat similar, but the payoff is so terrible, it’s hard to be sure! What I liked about this shade was that it doesn’t seem to be readily dupeable (at least nothing I could think of). It’s a much more nuanced shade than much of the rest of the color range.

L’Oreal says that these wear for up to 24 hours and are long-wearing and intensely pigmented. They’re a hybrid pressed and loose powder; it’s like a very, very finely-milled loose powder that’s been sat on (and in essence, that’s true, because each pot contains a plastic stopper that you can use to press the powder to further compact it). You get the blendability of a loose powder with the ease and convenient of a pressed powder. With Liquid Diamond, I had minor creasing after ten hours, which didn’t seem to worsen really, even after sixteen hours (see photo below). The color didn’t fade, either, over that sixteen hour time period–all without primer.  When I used primer, the results were better, and I didn’t have any creasing problems.

The way I feel about this product is that the color is unique enough to make sure to use over primer.  Generally, the more unique/appealing a color is to me, the more leeway I’ll give it everywhere else in how much I’m willing to pay, how hard I’m willing to work for it, etc. This opinion/philosophy is not included in the rating, but I thought I’d share.  My recommendation is to use this over a primer and with a damp brush to bring out the color and require less color packing.  I really appreciated that I didn’t have any fall out when I used this wet, even though it’s rather shimmery and didn’t go on as smoothly as some of the other shades in the range.

For a comparison against Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, please see this post. As a quick summary, L’Oreal’s colors can be less nuanced/have less depth, and then the wear is can be inconsistent with L’Oreal (some wearing fantastic, others creasing/fading more rapidly). The way I look at it (assuming you wear primer, because then the wear is usually fine), the more the merrier!

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Liquid Diamond

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The creasing was very minor and probably not noticeable to anyone but the wearer, and you can solve that problem by wearing a primer underneath (but these are marketed as having up to 24-hour wear, without a primer). It's one of the more nuanced and original shades in the range!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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