Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascaras

Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as a “glamorous sparkling mascara top coat that adds a beautiful shimmer to lashes … the gel based formula allows for easy, even application.” It’s not shimmer, it’s glitter–it’s definitely larger and chunkier, which is really a good thing as shimmer would be harder to see, but in case you were thinking, “oh, fine shimmer!” it’s really glitter-sized particles. It’s also a top coat, which means it can be used over mascara, not just bare lashes, and it will perform better over mascara (more to cling to).
The formula is very wet, not too thick or too thin, but wet. When the glitter gets caught on a lash, it does adhere, and it doesn’t fall out during wear, but the glitter applies in a scattered, sparse way. If you apply it similarly to mascara, where you’re running the wand through the lashes, you’ll need three coats or more to get visible sparkle. Now, the problem with this, is it has a tendency to clump and pull lashes together, so you’ll also need a lash comb or clean spoolie to help bring back definition and lash separation. It’s a lot easier to just use the glitter that’s on the tip of the wand to sort of tap and press and slide through the lashes, as you’ll get a denser application and minimize how much of the gel base on lashes.

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Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara
Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara Golden Eyes
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
10
Application
3.5
Total
81%
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Maybelline Celestial Coral, Amethyst Potion, Glistening Amber Color Elixir Lip Colors

This review is featuring Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.), which is a formula I’ve been working my way through! I have three more shades for you today, and I’m hoping to wrap up testing the last three shortly. A quick overview of the formula, with more shade-related thoughts below: medium-weight feel, mostly non-tacky (starts off non-sticky, develops slight stickiness over time), and generally, not nearly as opaque as marketed. They’re typically semi-opaque with noticeable color, but they’re rarely opaque. They have a sweet, creme brulee scent but a sometimes perfume-like taste. It is a moisturizing formula overall with average wear of four hours.

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Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Celestial Coral (010)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Revlon Provocateur (135) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Provocateur (135) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a brightened, medium red with light, warm undertones and a soft sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $49.00) and Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) are darker, slightly browner. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is very similar. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is a touch warmer. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Revlon Provocateur (135) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Provocateur (135)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%

Fyrinnae Winter 2013 Eyeshadow Collection

Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “firey, warm blend of hues with a metallic finish.” It’s a deepened, molten orange with hints of brown with a coppery-gold metallic sheen. It’s like two colors layered with each other. When applied dry, it takes on more of that rusty orange coloring with a semi-matte to satin finish, but when applied damp or patted over Pixie Epoxy, you see that metallic sheen come through. It’s absolutely stunning, but I will say that this shade is not quite as easy to apply and get 100% amazing results every time–it can be a little more finnicky, though the extra effort might be worth it in this case! Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Fireside Interlude
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
93%
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Fyrinnae Because Cats, Boot Season, Frostbytes Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Because Cats Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “wine-grape layered on a dark base, sprinkled with rainbow sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with blue, violet, and fuchsia micro-shimmer. It had a frosted finish. Applied dry, it takes on a softer, more muted appearance and is semi-opaque. Applied damp or over Pixie Epoxy (second swatch), it’s much more opaque and appears richer and darker. It wore well for eight hours on the lid over Pixie Epoxy (which isn’t a primer, just as a reminder!), and I had no fall out; when worn applied damp to the lid, I had good wear for almost eight hours and very minimal fall out. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is warmer. Too Faced Badass (LE) is more muted. MAC Thunder and Rain #2 (LE, $21.00) is somewhat similar. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is darker, less blue. MAC Banafsaji (LE, $15.00) is bluer. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #2 (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Fyrinnae Because Cats Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Because Cats
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a newer lip color release from Revlon. I picked up a couple of shades from my local drugstore a few weeks ago, but it seems these are permanent as they’re available online. There are ten shades in total. The formula is supposed to have “high shine with balm-like moisture.” They are twist-up jumbo-sized pencils, so no sharpening is required. Though they seemed almost semi-sheer when swatched on the skin, they’re actually quite pigmented on the lips. They have a moderate level of shine, and they feel like a lighter-weight lip balm. I found both shades I tried to be somewhat hydrating–not quite as hydrating as the best lip balm but comfortable to wear. They had a mint scent and slight mint flavor.

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Revlon Whimsical (115) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm Whimsical (115)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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