Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Chanel Spring 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Spring 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Paradisio (645) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearly pale green.” It’s a very light, warm white with a green-ish tint and metallic shimmer. It had some visible brush strokes, and it had semi-opaque color coverage. I wish it applied more evenly, and it’s a polish that might be better with three coats, though it has a medium-thick consistency so I don’t know about the wear/feel of three coats. Dior Pampille (192) (LE, $24.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is whiter. Essie Absolutely Shore (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery. Butter London Fiver (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tenderly (641) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy mauve with warm undertones and a cream-jelly finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation after two coats, and it dried down to a naturally shiny finish without the need of a top coat. It was easy to apply and self-leveled. Zoya Odette (P, $9.00) is lighter. Formula X Perfection (P, $12.50) is grayer. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is darker. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is darker, cooler-toned. Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Desirio (643) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense magenta.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry-pink with a cream finish. It had almost opaque coverage after a single coat, but I used two in swatches to be sure. It dried down to a high-shine finish and was incredibly easy to apply. Chanel Coup de Coeur (P, $27.00) is more muted, warmer. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) is brighter. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Paradisio (645)

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6.5/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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5/5

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10/10

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer
MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer

MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale beige.” It’s a light, warm beige with a jelly-cream finish. There’s a plushness to it, while it’s still a milkier color. It had semi-sheer color coverage after two coats (and the polish is thick enough that I don’t think a third will work easily). It’s a little streaky and doesn’t level out completely, unfortunately. I typically get good wear out of MAC’s formula–a week with minor tip wear–but the application on this shade was tricky. Chanel Secret (625) (P, $27.00) is more opaque. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is more opaque. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker. Chanel Beige Petale (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Movement Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “pale lavender.” It’s a a muted, pink-tinged lavender with a little gray cast and a cream finish. It had opaque pigmentation, but the consistency was slightly thick and not fully self-leveling. The first coat was streaky, but the second covered the majority of streaks. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Vapid (P, $10.00) MAC Inert (LE, $16.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Lightness of Being

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Product

7.5/10

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7.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

9/10

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8/10

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10/10

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8/10

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9/10

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4.5/5

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Christian Louboutin Ni Toi Ni Moi Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Ni Toi Ni Moi Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Ni Toi Ni Moi Nail Colour ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “mint green.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark green-teal with a cream finish. Essie Naughty Nautical (LE, $8.00) is brighter, lighter. YSL Vert d’Orient (36) (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Salad Dressed (LE, $16.00) is bluer. MAC Ocean Dip (LE, $16.00) is greener. Illamasqua Venous (LE, $17.00) is similar. China Glaze Exotic Encounters (LE, $7.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was mostly opaque after two coats, though there was a hint of nail line coming through at certain angles (I almost thought I was imagining it due to it being that subtle). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed really well across the nail without streaking or pooling along the edges. It dried down to a very glossy, plush-looking finish (almost like a jelly-cream hybrid) and didn’t need a top coat. I felt like this applied exactly as it should–with great ease–and it lasted longer than the other two shades I’ve tested from the range. This shade had minor tip wear, but no chipping, after ten days of wear.

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Ni Toi Ni Moi

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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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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Gold No. 447

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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4/5

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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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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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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