Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmer bronze brown.” It’s a deepened, chocolate brown with warmer, bronze shimmer for a more metallic finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is quite similar, just slightly redder. Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is darker. Dior Exquis (LE, $24.00) is more muted. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Like many others, I picked up another shade of Christian Louboutin’s polish during Sephora’s sale (almost every shade sold out during the sale). I was disappointed in the way this dried down, as it bubbled in places–it had bits of texture to it–and just didn’t look smooth. It had great color coverage, as it was almost opaque in a single coat, though I still applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the wear came in at seven days with minor tip wear and no chipping (better than Rouge Louboutin). It had minor visible brush strokes from the more metallic finish, but they weren’t too noticeable at a normal viewing distance–only under bright lights and if I brought my fingertips closer to my eyes.

In the spirit of Starlight, I was inspired to take some extra Swarovski crystals I had on hand and bedazzle part of the bottle. I happened to have several leftover of Crystal AB Swarovski crystals, so I probably would have chosen a different colored stone if I was starting from scratch. It’s a really easy DIY project, but it can be time consuming, depending on how many of the crystals you want to apply. The brand says there are 1,500 on Starlight–I think the Siam shade might look particularly stunning on Rouge Louboutin, because they seem to reflect almost red-black (like the bottle). Depending on the size, 1,500 will run you around $50-90 in Swarovski crystals. I recommend sizes 5, 7, 9, 10, and possibly 12ss, if you like a larger stone, but I would stay in the 7 and 9 range for the majority of the work. I used 5, 9, 10, 12, and 14ss since that’s what I had on hand. It took me about 15 minutes to do apply the amount you’ll see in the photos.

  • Supplies: E6000 (glue), crystals of your choice, applicator, syringe, sorting trays

How-to:

  1. Pour your crystals into sorting trays and arrange by size
  2. Fill the syringe with a small amount of glue–E6000 dries pretty quickly, so you don’t want too much, and a little goes a long way.
  3. Apply 2-3 “dots” or dabs of glue to the working area. You don’t want to apply glue to a large area; you want to work quickly and not have the glue dry before you get to that space. I like using a palette knife to smooth the glue across the glass surface, but it’s not necessary.
  4. Using your applicator (I used the Crystal Katana, which did work really well, but you can use a wax stick), apply the crystals in whatever pattern/arrangement you want. I used multiple sizes, but you can also do a more uniform design using all the same sizes–the world is your oyster!
  5. Make sure that none of the crystals sit over the edge of the bottom, so that the bottle will stay stand straight.
  6. Let dry (24-48 hours) and enjoy!

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7/10

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10/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Burberry Gold No. 447 Iconic Colour Nail Polish
Burberry Gold No. 447 Iconic Colour Nail Polish

Burberry Gold No. 447 Iconic Colour Nail Polish ($22.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a muted, yellowed beige with warm undertones and faint gold pearl shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it wasn’t too thick or too thin to work with. This one bubbled slightly on me (and I tried applying it twice, just to be sure), unfortunately, so that was a real disappointment. Zoya Taylor (P, $9.00) has no shimmer. Cult Nails Mazo (DC, $12.00) is warmer, sheerer. L’Oreal The Statement Piece (LE, $6.99) is more glittery. Zoya Tomoko (P, $9.00) is more glittery. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $25.00) is metallic. China Glaze Fast Track (LE, $7.50) is darker. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is a cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Oxblood No. 303 Iconic Colour Nail Polish ($22.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a deep, reddish burgundy cream. It’s fully opaque after two coats and dries to a high-shine finish (no need for a top coat, unless you want it for sustained wear/shine). The consistency was on the thinner side, so I recommend being generous for applying each coat or else use a good base coat to smooth out the natural nail. This shade is part of the permanent range, but it will be in the standard packaging. NARS Chinatown (P, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Vintage Vamp (P, $16.00) is similar. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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7.5/10

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9/10

Texture

9/10

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9/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Butter London Two Fingered Salute Nail Lacquer
Butter London Two Fingered Salute Nail Lacquer

Butter London Two Fingered Salute Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted, patinaed green cream with copper micro glitter.” It’s a dirty, aqua-green with a hint of cooler, blue tones to it with very fine, copper sparkle strewn through it. I wanted to try this shade after readers suggested it as a possible dupe for Illamasqua Melange (which is hard to get in the U.S.), but Melange is a much warmer, medium grassy green more with more golden shimmer/micro-glitter. Cult Nails Grunge (P, $12.00) is very similar in the base color but is a cream. China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On (LE, $7.50) is a lighter cream. Zoya Bevin (P, $9.00) is bluer and has a cream finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. The consistency seemed thinner than average, but it wasn’t problematic. The polish dries down faster than average and had a flatter finish that wasn’t matte but lacked glossiness, so I would recommend a top coat if you wanted a plusher look to the end result. I typically get a full week of wear out of Butter London’s formula with very minor tip wear and no chipping.

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Two Fingered Salute

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer
Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal and purple metallic.” It’s a steely gray that leans slightly teal along the edges and shifts to a muted violet. It has more of a metallic shimmer running through it. MAC Submerged (LE, $16.00) is much bluer. KBShimmer Rollin’ with the Chromies (LE, $8.75) is more shimmery. Color Club Portfolio (P) is purpler. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the bottle, I thought it might be a possible dupe (or at least, similar to!) for Chanel Sweet Star, but it’s not (way, way darker). The duochrome is strong and noticeable, which is always a treat, though there are some visible brush strokes from the more metallic shimmer/finish. It dried down to a naturally high-shine finish, so it doesn’t need a top coat to shine. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a hint of the nail line coming through depending on the type of lighting/angle of my nails.

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Infamous

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a very light, muted rose gold with a metallic, foil-like finish. It’s almost like a rosy silver-pewter kind of color. It was opaque after two coats, and it had minimal visible brush strokes (but there were a few). It dried down quickly and applied easily. NARS Pastorale (P, $20.00) is darker. MAC Shimmerfish (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Chanel Rose Moire (LE, $27.00) is darker. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire (P, $25.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Patsy (164) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, pewter–pale gold micro-glitter over a dirty golden taupe base with a metallic finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a slight translucency. The polish was slightly thin but dried down faster than the average polish. Formula X Alchemy (LE, $12.50) is warmer. Revlon Rich (P, $4.99) is greener. MAC Sinfully Sweet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Quartz (LE, $27.00) is less foil-like. SpaRitual Slate (LE, $10.00) is darker. Zoya Jules (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cora (170) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a depened, reddish-brown with lighter rose micro-glitter and shimmer. It was fully opaque in nearly one coat, though I applied two for swatches. This one applied beautifully and evenly. It dried to a flatter finish than the other two, though there was still some shine. Zoya India (P, $9.00) is redder, glossier. Essie Toggle to the Top (P, $8.00) is redder. Le Metier de Beaute Urban Dweller (LE, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic silver … [with] an iridescent glow.” On the nail, it’s a deepened gray with a green and blue cast–it gives off a greener, more pewter-ish hue along the center of each nail, while the edges are smokier with a bluish-purple hue. At an angle, it can turn almost bluish-silver. NARS Disco Inferno (LE, $20.00) is less metallic, sheerer. MAC Ascension (LE, $16.00) is greener. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is cooler-toned, less silver, more violet with green edges. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had a very metallic finish, and while many of the visible brush strokes faded as the polish dried down, there were still quite a few noticeable ones in the end result. The coverage was mostly opaque after two coats, and the polish’s consistency was slightly thin but not difficult to use. I didn’t have any issues with the color dragging or going on unevenly. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, but a glossy top coat might give it extra oomph to make it look plusher. I get seven days of wear out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear and no chipping, which is the average for me on most polish formulas.

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Sweet Star

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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