Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

More than Cream: Maybelline Goes Metallic with Barely Branded

Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, creamy beige with a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Dazzlelight is whiter, less yellow/warm. MAC Brule reminded me of it, just matte and powder. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical was the closest in color–fairly close–but is a powder product. I think MAC Bare Study is whiter, less warm-toned.

I see this shade being very versatile and easily becoming a go-to eyeshadow base for a good portion of people. The shimmer when it sheers out is nice, and what I liked more about it was that it sheered out evenly so it could be easily used as a wash of color for when you’re pressed for time. The best news of all, of course, is that it did in fact wear for a full twelve hours without creasing or fading when I tested it.  It had a nice creamy consistency that made for quick and easy application, and it built up color well–I’d say use less for sheer color, because it is was nicely pigmented. I was able to get opaque color in one layer using a flat, firm brush (like MAC’s 249).  I picked it up at my local Walgreens, but it IS available online NOW! (YAY!) at ULTA. ULTA also has a deal for $10 off any $60 purchase with code 89776.

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Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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I see this shade being very versatile and easily becoming a go-to eyeshadow base for a good portion of people. The shimmer when it sheers out is nice, and what I liked more about it was that it sheered out evenly so it could be easily used as a wash of color for when you're pressed for time.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

China Glaze Angel Wings Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Angel Wings Nail Lacquer

Take Flight in These Angel Wings

China Glaze Angel Wings Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “delicate gold dust glitter.” It consists of fine gold glitter with what looks to be some holographic glitter, too–there are little prisms of color throughout that dance and catch the light. All of the glitters are suspended in a clear base. Ozotic #904 has a different texture and isn’t holographic–it just had a (somewhat) familiar look at a glance. China Glaze I’m Not Lion has a similar texture and composition–it’s just a lighter, paler gold. Milani 3D is similar, as it has holographic glitter along with gold shimmer, but it’s more opaque and the gold comes from the shimmer/base color.

This shade has really good coverage; it is mostly opaque after two coats on its own, and it yielded quite a bit of coverage in a single pass layered over China Glaze Merry Berry.  It wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t feel bumpy.  All of the glittery particles spread out evenly without problems.  I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula.

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Angel Wings

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If you prefer your glitter polishes to be more opaque, this is definitely a shade to check out!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

China Glaze Merry Berry Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Merry Berry Nail Lacquer

Let’s Get Merry with Berry!

China Glaze Merry Berry Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich berry red creme.” It’s a deep red–perhaps with a hint of berry–that for all its darkness, remains dark and almost muted, which is interesting to see in a shade so clearly red. Essie Size Matters is similar. Dior Graphic Berry is more berry-colored. China Glaze City Siren is a touch darker.

It’s opaque in two coats, and it has a beautiful flow and consistency that’s not too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly across the nail without streaking or pooling along the edges of the nail.  Merry Berry is a very classic, deep red cream–you may have something like it in your stash, and if not, a worthwhile version to own.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Merry Berry

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Merry Berry is a very classic, deep red cream--you may have something like it in your stash, and if not, a worthwhile version to own.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

Deck the Halls with Winter Holly

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold-flecked dazzling green glitter.” It’s a mix of fine gold and emerald green glitter suspended in a clear base. When applied, there appears to be a few flecks of other colors as well, but it is predominantly gold and green glitter particles. I couldn’t think of a dupe (but we’re definitely building up the glitter polish gallery!). Even when it’s layered over black, it’s quite different compared to last year’s Glittering Garland.  It seems simple at first, but depending on the breadth of your glitter polish stash, comes across as more complex when applied.

I applied two coats of it alone on my index and ring finger, and I layered one coat over one coat of black polish (Illamasqua Boosh).  It’s a shade best for layering, and I think it’s going to be a color that looks superb over dark creams.  The consistency was thin but not watery, so even layering three or four coats with this shade is possible without resulting in a thick sandwich of polish.  For layering, it packs a good amount of glitter in a single coat, and the glitter spreads evenly across the nail without any trickery.  If you’ve been hesitant about glitters because of thicker bases or having to maneuver bits and pieces around, this is a great glitter to start with.

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Winter Holly

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If you've been hesitant about glitters because of thicker bases or having to maneuver bits and pieces around, this is a great glitter to start with.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, December 17th, 2012

China Glaze Def Defying Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Def Defying Nail Lacquer

A Beautiful, Creamy Chartreuse by China Glaze

China Glaze Def Defying Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lime green” with a cream finish. It’s a brightened chartreuse green with a cream finish. Dior Lime is a few shades darker. Sinful Colors Innocent is yellower. NYX Lime is shimmery. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is yellower. Illamasqua Radium is similar but does have fine shimmer in it, too.

This is a beautiful representation of when China Glaze nails a polish.  Def Defying is fully opaque in two coats, and the consistency is flawless–not too thick or too thin–so it coats evenly, fluidly, and doesn’t streak or bubble.  It dries down in the average amount of time, but it is forgiving if you apply a second coat too quickly.  China Glaze’s formula typically lasts a week on me without chipping (just minor tip wear).

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Def Defying

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This shade applied flawlessly and was fully opaque in two coats. It even dried down to a naturally glossy finish!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, December 16th, 2012

L'Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss

A Sparkling, Shimmery Pink of a Gloss

L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 MSRP for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with fuchsia and silver shimmer and sparkle. Burberry Hibiscus is similar in color but has no shimmer at all. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is lighter and has finer shimmer (and less of it). MAC Radiant Jewels is redder with less sparkle. MAC Electric Fuchsia is lighter.

The Infallible Lipgloss formula is supposed to offer eight-hour wear with sheer, luminous color. I wish they wouldn’t make such an extravagant claim, because eight-hours of shiny, glossy wear? is not something you find often, if at all. This shade wears well for five hours, but the glossiness fades after three and a half hours, though the sparkle does not travel. After eight hours, there are still a few bits of shimmer but the color is gone. The texture is thin but incredibly sticky. Dazzle Me is semi-sheer in color with enough sparkle to give lips a good shimmer and shine.

I have such a love/hate relationship with this gloss formula, because the shimmer they use sparkles beautifully, but the thin consistency means you can feel the grit of the sparkle. I noticed the grit of the sparkle less so in this shade than I have in others, and the scent was sweet and fruity but not medicinal (some of them are that way).  It comes with a tapered, angled doe-foot applicator (similar to Lancome’s Color Fever Glosses).

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Dazzle Me

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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