Friday, April 15th, 2011

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls ($13.95 for 0.28 oz.) is designed to give skin a luminous glow using multi-colored pearls that add glow and help to even out the skin tone. The “Real Mineral Pearl Extract” is supposed to blur imperfectoins and protect/condition skin with “antioxidant properties.”

At first glance, it looks a lot like Guerlain’s Meteorites that they launched in pressed form a year or so ago (which are no longer available). If you’ve never worn Guerlain’s Meteorites, you might think this is a perfect substitute. I don’t think it is–which isn’t to say Light Bronze Pearl isn’t a good product, but I don’t think it’s a substitute for Meteorites. The effect of the Mineral Glow Pearls is more pronounced, colored, and shimmery. Meteorites are soft, subtle, and more of a sheen than overt shimmer. I just knew the comparison would be made, and while it’s there in the design of the powder, I don’t think it extends to the way it looks on the face.

I think if you like MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, you’ll like Physicians Formula’s Mineral Glow Pearls. They have enough shimmer and sheen to add lots glowiness to the skin. I did find that it seemed to accentuate my pores just a bit, but it was very slight. The texture itself was soft and smooth, and it didn’t have really chunky glitter in it at all. Light Bronze Pearl is a medium copper bronze with a champagne-bronze sheen. It did add both a bronzed color and sheen to my cheeks when applied. It wore well throughout the day (lasted until I removed, which was after twelve hours).

I like the design of the powder itself, but I’m not keen on the pearl they glued on top of the case. Mine was already a little loose, so I have a feeling it may disappear sooner rather than later. I also disliked it because it made storing it less efficient, because it added half an inch to the compact’s height. There is an included brush, but it was rather rough. The clear lid kept popping off; it’s not well-secured into place, so it seems to easily displace with very little effort (and sometimes even just a light knock on the back of the compact will loosen it).

There are three other variations available as well: Beige Pearl, Bronze Pearl, and Translucent Pearl.

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Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
I think this is a nice alternative to MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes and similar products. It has a noticeable sheen, deposits some color (though not too much in the case of Light Bronze Pearl), and it wears all day (12+ hours). This particular shade is best for warmer skin tones. It seems better than a B product to me, but the packaging is below average, dropping it to a B.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Gray's Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color
Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color

Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color

Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color ($1.99 for 0.46 fl. oz.) is a semi-sheer duochrome featuring both a murky, grayish green and an iridescent but played down violet. Under flash, it photographed as a purple polish and didn’t come across as sheer. In natural light, the grayish-green cast is more noticeable while the violet takes a backseat. The duochrome is there, but it isn’t as strong as it could be, due to the sheerness of the formula. I see this working better as a layering shade than alone. I did three coats and it wasn’t anywhere near opaque.

Wet ‘n’ Wild, however, claims that their Fast Dry Nail Color formula will dry in sixty seconds, are “vivid,” and “apply smooth for streak-free, even coverage.” It takes a few minutes to dry between coats (I’d say between two and three), which is two to three times the claimed drying time–two minutes is great, but it’s not sixty seconds. Based on the brand’s description of the range, I can’t assume they meant for Gray’s Anatomy to be a lone ranger and designed to be sheer.

I liked the brush, which has a slightly rouded tip, but it seemed a little wider than the average brush, but I think those with narrower nail beds should still be fine, because it did not seem unwieldy. The formula was a little runny and almost watery, which definitely didn’t help opacity issues I had with this color. It did wear well–just under a week with minor tip wear and no chips (I used Zoya Anchor/Armor as my base and top coats).

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Wet 'n' Wild Gray's Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color Review, Photos, Swatches

C
It's a fun color, and for layering purposes, more fun that way. I'm disappointed it's not quite like the color in the bottle, which looks really stunning. I really wish somewhere on Wet 'n Wild's website said that this was supposed to be a layering polish, so I could give it a higher rating.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.25 oz.) contains six eyeshadows–three with matte finishes and three with frost finishes. Vanity is a warm-toned palette with a mix of browns and golds. You can see a look I did with this palette here.

The three matte finished shades are: a soft, barely-there beige, dirtied light-medium tan brown, and deep, dark brown with burgundy-red undertones. These mattes were much better than the ones found in the recently launched spring palettes–much smoother, more pigmented, and applied better. I felt they swatched better than they applied, but they still applied decently. The beige shade is surprising, because for as light as it is, it wasn’t chalky at all.

The three frost finished shades are: a pale whitish-gold, bright yellow gold, and rich chocolate bronze. I found the pale gold to be rather sheer, and it easily disappeared when applied, so it did not apply evenly. The pigmentation and texture of the gold and bronze, though, is much nicer–both have good color pay off and are pretty soft, while the bronze is the best in the palette overall.

Vanity is housed in standard fare packaging for Wet ‘n’ Wild; a clear flip top with a black base. It’s sturdy enough for keeping at home, but it might not travel as well (if it’s tossed around a lot). It should stand up to some wear and tear. What I liked most was how well it secured closed. I didn’t find the included brushes to be worth using; they were scratchy and rather splayed.

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Wet 'n' Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B
I think it's a nice palette, and for something that doesn't break the bank, it's definitely a good option for warmer neutrals. I found blending to be a little more time-consuming with these eyeshadows than is par for the course, which is in part due to the texture. These work best layered directly over a base but less so when layered on top of each other--that is when blending is more difficult.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

NYX Eyeshadow Base
NYX Eyeshadow Base

NYX Eyeshadow Base:  Skin Tone

NYX Skin Tone Eyeshadow Base ($6.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a creamy, flesh-toned product designed to provide a base for eyeshadow to grab onto and stay on all day. It’s $6.99 on ULTA (which I liked, because NYX is sold-out of this shade) normally, but at the time of this review, it was $4.19. NYX’s Eyeshadow Base is also available in White and Pearl. The Skin Tone shade is a light-medium peach.

This is one of my favorite budget friendly bases, because one pot lasts forever, and the product itself keeps eyeshadow on all day long without fading or creasing. It has a nice level of creaminess that makes it easy to apply and blend out to cover the entire lid area, but it dries down quick enough that it doesn’t crease before you get a chance to apply your eyeshadow on top of it. Skintone is more of an opaque base, though, which is particularly good for those who want a product that also evens out lids.

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Skin Tone

A-
If you're looking for an affordable eyeshadow base, NYX is definitely one of the best I've come across. It holds its own against higher-end bases, too--you're not sacrificing quality for price here.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 21st, 2011


Revlon Carnation (025) ColorBurst Lipstick

Revlon Carnation ColorBurst Lipstick

Revlon Carnation (025) ColorBurst Lipstick ($8.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, blue-based pink with a soft, frosted finish and subtle fuchsia-magenta shimmer. It’s nearly opaque in color, and it doesn’t feel heavy to wear, despite the creaminess and pigmented formula.

my thoughts on the formula: Revlon’s ColorBurst lipsticks glide on easily, have decent color pay off (inevitably, pigmentation does vary from shade to shade–some are semi-sheer, others more opaque), and are scent-free. They are comfortable to wear without clinging to lips, though I don’t find them moisturizing. The biggest downside is they only last two to three hours (lipsticks wear an average of four hours on me), so the wear time could be improved.

The lipstick is packaged in a matte black case with a quilted pattern on the front and the Revlon logo/print embellished on the lipstick itself.  I like the matte finish, because it doesn’t hold fingerprints, and because it’s not rubberized (like NARS), it doesn’t hold onto dust and powder remnants either.

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Carnation

B-
I wish these wore a little longer!  The length of wear is the most glaring downside to the product, and it's a shame, because I love how these are unscented (no cloying, synthetically sweet scent that so often plagues more affordable lipstick brands).  I will admit that I personally had trouble shelling out $8.99 for one, though.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 18th, 2011

NYX HD Studio Foundation
NYX HD Studio Foundation

NYX HD Studio Foundation

NYX HD Studio Foundation ($15.00 for 1.26 oz.) is described by the brand as a foundation that reflects light to give skin a smoother appearance and reduce the appearance of pores. It also includes “tri-peptides infused to promote collagen generation, reduce wrinkles, and rejuvenate skin.” I’ve only used tihs foundation for a week, so I’m not going to even touch that last part.

The HD Studio Foundation delivers light-medium to almost medium coverage. The consistency is thin overall, but not runny or watery, so it spreads and blends out easily but applies more sheerly. It is a buildable product, so for those who want heavier coverage (up to medium), simply apply more or apply more to the areas where you need it. The foundation dries down quickly and has a velvet matte finish–not ultra matte but not too dewy. I did about twenty lip swatches with this foundation on, and it photographed quite nicely, which is ultimately one of the major marketing points for it.

I’m NC25/NC30 in MAC, 140 in Make Up For Ever, #02/03 in Guerlain, and I found #04 Sand Beige to be a fairly good match. It did have a strong yellow tone, though, so I would only recommend this shade match for those with medium skin tones with warm (yellow) under tones.

I used one pump for my entire face, and for me, my primary concern is evening out my skin–I have some blotchiness in my cheeks and my forehead is a little darker than the rest of my face (always fun to deal with!). At the time of review, I did not have much in the way of major active acne or post-acne marks.

It compares well with Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation, but NYX’s coverage seems slightly less buildable and ends up being sheerer overlal. There’s a subtle but noticeable chemical-like scent when I used NYX’s but it seemed to dissipate after being applied. NYX’s shade range is inferior to Make Up For Ever’s (8 vs. 25), and it seems like the lightest and darker complexions will have trouble finding a match within the existing range.

I was surprised at how well it wore–it wears nicely for six to eight hours before sheering out (for me, that means on my forehead, which is where I get a little oily by the end of the day). I get a little longer with Make Up For Ever–eight to ten hours–but NYX’s HD Studio Foundation hangs out respectably even past its initial wear period and doesn’t disappear at lightning speed.

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NYX HD Studio Foundation Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
It's one of the better budget-friendly foundations I've tried.  I can definitely see myself reaching for it when I'm taking a lot of photos, because it applies easily, has a photo-friendly finish, and works well.  Unlike other products in NYX's HD Studio line, this one fits the price range of the line.  It's cheaper than the HD Grinding Powder by $10!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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