Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre ($7.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich, velvety dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones, and a soft shine. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $49.00) is a touch brighter and warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is also a bit warmer, slightly brighter.MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen brighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is more matte. Guerlain Luxure (P, $49.50) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre
Fyrinnae Lip Lustre Winter Romance
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
91%

NYX Cosmo & Sunrise Mega Shine Lipgloss

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a shimmering rose gold–a lovely mix of pale pink, copper, and light copper. Applied, it looked lighter, softer, and not as warm-toned–more pink than copper came through. The finish was nearly metallic; incredibly sparkling and reflective.  It had semi-sheer coverage in terms of color, but there was so much shimmer in it, that the end result was more semi-opaque. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying.  As this one is so shimmer-packed, I do feel little bits of shimmer towards the end of wear.  Dior Paradise (732) (P, $29.50) is more coral, darker. Revlon Rosegold (DC, $7.49) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked is more pearly, less shimmery, pinker. (P, $19.00) MAC Social Light (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Blessedly Rich (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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NYX Cosmo Lipgloss
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss Cosmo
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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Maybelline Signature Scarlet, Mauve Mystique, Couture Color Elixir Lipglosses

Today, I have three more shades from Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) range. It’s a new and permanent formula introduced this winter, and it’s supposed to have rich color payoff with a plush feel, hydration, and high-gloss shine. Some shades are nice, others apply somewhat streakily, as the consistency is more medium to medium-thick. Sometimes, if you press your lips together, you can see a “line” appear where the color has moved and bunched up. The gloss is non-sticky when first applied, but it does develop a slight tackiness while worn–it never becomes really sticky, though. It has a sweet, creme brulee scent and a perfume-y taste. I notice the taste more with the brighter and darker shades than the lighter ones. They are moderately moisturizing.

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Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Signature Scarlet (020)
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%
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Wet ‘n’ Wild Fergie Holiday 2013 Nail Lacquers

Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer ($3.49 for 0.42 fl. oz.) is a deepened–but still bright–navy blue with faint navy blue micro-shimmer. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency was easy to work with, though on the thinner side. The dry down left a nice shine, too, but you may want a top coat to give it that plush finish. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $19.00) doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Double Trouble (LE, $16.00) is a cream. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

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Wet 'n' Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer
Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Nail Color Mazel Tov Madness
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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Makeup Geek Bada-Bing, Beaches and Cream, Bleached Blonde, Bling Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Bada-Bing Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep brown with flecks of gold.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a satin sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Makeup Geek Bada-Bing Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Bada-Bing
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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China Glaze Mingle with Kringle, Be Merry Be Bright, All Wrapped Up, Your Present Required Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fierce gold with aluminum-like mirror finish.” It’s a vibrant, rich yellow gold with a metallic, foil-like finish and larger copper flecks of sparkle. It was fully opaque after applying two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too then, so the polish applied evenly and smoothly without pooling along the edges. Zoya Kerry (P, $8.00) is yellower. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mingle with Kringle
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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