Friday, June 15th, 2012

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez
Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez ($6.99 for 0.10 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle yellow undertones. MAC Fresh Flare is yellower. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here is similar, a little more muted. Urban Decay Graffiti is very close, perhaps a smidgen lighter. Inglot #385 is matte and darker. MAC Jealousy Wakes is darker, more teal.

Milani’s Shadow Eyez formula is touted to last for twelve hours and be water-resistant and crease-proof. Green Safari was the first shade I tested wear on, and it lasted for ten hours really, really well; after twelve hours, there was minor creasing that was barely noticeable. The texture is creamy enough to enable easy application without tugging or pulling on the skin of the lid, but it’s obviously not so creamy that it slips and slides and gathers in the creases.

The color is buildable and doesn’t turn or feel waxy as you go back and forth to ensure a really even layer of color. It has good pigmentation in one pass, and it can be opaque without much effort or product.  It sets in about twenty seconds, and it’s blendable enough that you don’t have to feel super hurried to get the job done.

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If you've been looking for an affordable jumbo eye pencil, Milani Shadow Eyez just might be one worth checking out. Green Safari packs a lot of pigment, wears well for hours (though not quite the twelve promised), and applies easily.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Revlon Creme Brulee Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Creme Brulee Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Creme Brulee Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Creme Brulee ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a sheer light-medium brown with peach shimmer and subtle warm undertones. Guerlain Ne M’oubliez Pas is more opaque, slightly darker. NARS Pago Pago is pinker. MAC Lush Amber is very similar.

It’s a rather translucent color, which means that it will often look different depending on the natural coloring of your lips. For instance, if you have a lot more natural pigmentation, this will look less pale/light. On me, it adds some warmth and makes my lip color look more even, but it doesn’t add a whole lot of color. If you like the idea of a “nude” in the sense of a soft way to de-emphasize your natural lip color while adding warmth, this would be a good pick.

Creme Brulee is a wearable, everyday kind of shade, and the texture is creamy and has a lot of slip, so it glides across lips easily and leaves behind a glossy sheen. Unfortunately, the slip also contributes to a very short wear time–a mere hour! I typically get four hours of the average lipstick (that isn’t touted as long-wearing). It contains a little less product than the average lipstick (typically 0.10 to 0.12 oz.) and requires frequent reapplication, but it is a more moisturizing formula.

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If you like the idea of a "nude" in the sense of a soft way to de-emphasize your natural lip color while adding warmth, this would be a good pick. Of course, you have to be willing to reapply frequently!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

4/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, May 25th, 2012

Revlon Rosegold ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine
Revlon Rosegold ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine

Revlon Rosegold ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine

Revlon Rosegold ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a semi-opaque pink-bronze with gold and pink shimmer. MAC Blessedly Rich is browner. Bobbi Brown Beach doesn’t have pink shimmer and appears a bit darker. Bobbi Brown Canary only contains gold sparkle. Bobbi Brown Raspberry is similar but not as bronzed. Revlon Sunset Peach is more orange, less shimmery.

The ColorBurst formula is supposed to feel lightweight, have a high-shine finish, and yield rich color. It’s also designed to be moisturizing. Rosegold has semi-opaque color coverage, and it wore for four hours on me when I tested out the wear. The texture of the gloss is thin, non-sticky, and lightweight and comfortable. It’s slightly moisturizing, and it has a vanilla scent. The applicator is paddle-shaped, so it tapers and is fairly wide with a flexible tip.

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Rosegold

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Rosegold has semi-opaque color coverage, and it wore for four hours on me when I tested out the wear. The texture of the gloss is thin, non-sticky, and lightweight and comfortable.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, May 11th, 2012

NYX Be Jeweled Nail Lacquer
NYX Be Jeweled Nail Lacquer

NYX Be Jeweled Nail Lacquer

NYX Be Jeweled Nail Lacquer ($4.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a blue-teal with teal and gold sparkle that shifts from green to gold. Wet ‘n’ Wild Teal or No Teal is similar in the base color but doesn’t have the same sparkle. ORLY Haley’s Comet is darker, more densely packed with glitter. NYX Paradise has a similar duochrome, but the color is more metallic. Zoya Charla is also similar but is a bit darker and doesn’t seem to shift quite as much.

I fell in love with this color the very first time I used it (which was actually, for once, not for swatches but as a manicure color as I was heading on a trip). I love that it’s very nearly opaque after two coats (there is the slightest hint of visible nail line at certain angles).  It really sparkles in a lovely way that’s hard to capture in a still photo, so if you have the opportunity to see it in person, it’s not to be missed!  The consistency was on the thicker side but not too thick and didn’t impede application.  The glitter distributes evenly overall, but you may need to do a couple of pushes with the brush around the edges. When I wore this on my trip, it lasted a full week with no chips and minor tip wear.  NYX’s bottle design is very similar to Deborah Lippmann’s, except the handle is shiny plastic.

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It really sparkles in a lovely way that's hard to capture in a still photo, so if you have the opportunity to see it in person, it's not to be missed! For a glitter, it has great color coverage, though it isn't fully opaque after two coats.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Revlon Cupcake Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Cupcake Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Cupcake Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Cupcake ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, yet brightened, lilac pink with cool, blue undertones and a naturally glossy sheen. MAC Snob is a bit paler, not as vibrant, and more opaque. MAC Saint Germain is paler, more opaque. MAC Pink Nouveau is more vibrant, opaque, and pinker. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake is less lilac, almost gray-ish (in comparison), and more opaque. MAC Pink Popcorn is darker, pinker. MAC Naughty Saute is more opaque and slightly pinker. MAC Dress It Up is less lilac, more opaque. MAC All Styled Up is a little lighter and more opaque. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is pinker, lighter.

The sheerness of the formula (and this range is supposed to be sheer to medium in coverage) actually makes this type of color infinitely more wearable than its opaque counterparts! It has a thin, slick consistency that glides easily onto lips, but it does wear away quickly–Cupcake only managed to stay on my lips for an hour and a half (as opposed to the average lipstick lasting four hours on me). It contains a little less product than the average lipstick (typically 0.10 to 0.12 oz.) and requires frequent reapplication, but it is a more moisturizing formula.

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It wears away a little too quickly, but otherwise, it's a great product--so if you don't mind reapplying every hour or so, then it might still be a formula you'd enjoy. If you've ever wanted to rock a lilac pink but found more opaque versions to be too much, this is a nice alternative.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Milani Pitch Black Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Pitch Black Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Pitch Black Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Pitch Black Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.11 oz.) is an intense dark black with a matte finish–though there appears to be a very, very faint sheen, it doesn’t translate on the lid or from afar. It also seems to have very subtle blue undertones (rather than brown), but it’s hard to tell–it’s that close to neutral. Urban Decay Blackout is just slightly richer. Tarina Tarantino Lovely is a little softer. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit is similar. Inglot #391 is not quite as dark.

The formula is supposed to be “super pigmented, easily blendable, creaseproof, [and] silk-like.”  This is the second shade I’ve tried from the line-up, and I’m not disappointed.  I think the texture is a little drier than Shocking Pink, but it’s very intense and pigmented.  It’s soft, finely-milled, and doesn’t look chalky when applied.  It blends out fairly easily, though it could be just a little softer and denser.  The good news is that it’s not powdery, so you don’t end up with lots of excess product underneath your lid during application as you might with a more powdery formula.  This particular shade is closer in texture to MAC’s mattes, but it’s not quite as dry.  When I trialed Pitch Black on the bare lid, it wore for eight hours with some slight fading around the edges but no creasing.

It will be available exclusively at select CVS stores this May. I’ve linked to Milani’s website for the time being, as it’s a good starting point for tracking down where Milani is sold near you.  These are packaged in a clear-cover plastic compact and contain over double the amount of product as the average eyeshadow (0.11 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.).

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Pitch Black

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It's definitely one of the better budget-friendly blacks--I love that it doesn't have a super dry, chalky texture, and it actually goes on as intense as it looks in the pan.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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