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Christian Louboutin Loubichrome Nail Colours

01/08

Christian Louboutin Beaute Loubichrome I Loubichrome Mini Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Beaute Loubichrome I Loubichrome Mini Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Beaute Loubichrome I Loubichrome Mini Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Beaute Loubichrome I Loubichrome Mini Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Beaute Loubichrome I Loubichrome Mini Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Beaute Loubichrome I Loubichrome Mini Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Beaute Loubichrome I Loubichrome Mini Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Beaute Loubichrome I Loubichrome Mini Nail Colour

Loubichrome I

Christian Louboutin Loubichrome I Nail Colour ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright lemony chartreuse–it only has a touch of green–paired with fine threads of metallic pearl. It had nearly opaque coverage after two coats, and the consistency was smooth, spreadable without pooling along the edges of my nails, and went on fairly evenly. Of the three, this shade was the only one that could have applied better. It wore well for seven days on me with minor tip wear.

The limited edition bottles and shades are inspired by Specchio, which is a “laminated leather with a mirror-like quality.” The polishes themselves are not holographic; they are merely chrome-like with respect to the finish–so high shine, fine shimmer that gives them a more metallic look overall. I think the packaging holds the most allure, as the handles have the signature, stiletto handle with a metallic, rainbow finish–they are stunning and look even better in person than the effect looks in press photos. All three shades from the miniature launch applied fairly well to well, were mostly opaque to opaque in pigmentation, and lasted a full week on me.

For some reason, I’ve found the $30 price point–even for a mini–more palatable than the $50 price point for a full-sized bottle; perhaps it’s because I’ve never come close to finishing a bottle of polish… Nonetheless, keep that in mind as they are miniature (0.20 fl. oz.) and I’m sure there are dupes across many brands for those more interested in the color than the packaging.

Christian Louboutin Beaute Loubichrome Mini Nail Colour Loubichrome I
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Urban Decay XX Vintage Nail Colors (Part 2)

01/08

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Urban Decay Bruise Nail Color

Bruise

Urban Decay Bruise XX Vintage Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a deep, purplish brown base with green-to-teal pearl that shifts. The shimmer was rather fine, and I did have some trouble smoothing out the pearl and polish so that it looked like an even, shimmery finish–looked a little more like threads of shimmer, unfortunately! The consistency was thicker and did not self-level as it dried down. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it lasted for seven days on me with minor tip wear.

Urban Decay Nail Color Bruise
Bruise
Bruise
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Plague

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NARS Thousand Worlds Audacious Lip & Nail Set

NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set
NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set

NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set ($49.00 for 0.66 oz.) includes two miniature sized Audacious Lipsticks (both brand new shades) and two miniature sized Nail Polishes (also new shades). I’m so bummed about this set, because both polishes were problematic and lacking (and for high-end polish, it really should perform, given how many excellent options exist at lower price points), while the Audacious Lipsticks were fantastic–and new shades at that! This was one of the few sets that had more distinctive packaging, too, and it had a frosted plastic clamshell with a staggered edge that opened to reveal the products.

Value

  • Audacious Lipstick: $32.00 for 0.14 oz. or $228.57/oz.
  • Nail Polish: $20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz. or $40.00/oz.
  • Set Contains: $36.57 worth of Audacious Lipstick, $20.00 worth of Nail Polish
  • Total Value: $56.57

Codie is a muted, medium-dark orange-red with warm, rusty undertones and a creamy finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was light-to-medium in weight but didn’t slide around easily, so it lasted for five and a half hours. The formula felt lightly hydrating to me. Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C406 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $25.00) is less glossy, brighter (95% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is less glossy, warmer (95% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (90% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is less glossy, warmer, darker (90% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Dior Lady (LE, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is warmer, less pigmented, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is less glossy, warmer (85% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is less glossy, warmer, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (P, $7.49) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is warmer, brighter, darker (85% similar). Too Faced 90210hhh (P, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Shiseido Toffee Apple (RD308) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Project Chimps (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, warmer, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eva is a deep, reddish burgundy with neutral-to-cool undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The texture had more slip than Codie, but it didn’t lose its intensity, as it was very nearly opaque on me. The color applied with smooth, even coverage that sat well on the lips. I didn’t experience feathering with this shade, but it was more emollient than the majority of the Audacious range. It lasted for six and a half hours, and it left behind a stain. The formula was moisturizing over time. Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Shirley (P, $32.00) is less glossy, warmer, lighter (85% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is less glossy, warmer, lighter (85% similar). NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is less glossy, lighter (85% similar). MAC Such Flare (LE, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is less glossy, lighter (85% similar). MAC Perfect Score (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, lighter (85% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is less glossy, lighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Red Velvet (P, $24.00) is less glossy, lighter (80% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

La Dame En Blanc is a light-medium beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency was thicker, but it also seemed runny and prone to pooling along the edges. It took longer to dry down, and I really felt like I had to keep my hand totally flat against a table to help the polish dry more evenly (something that I don’t typically find myself doing). It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats, but there was a bit of noticeable streaky. I typically get a week of wear out of NARS’ formula. Zoya Farah (P, $9.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Frenzy (P, $28.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Endless Night (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sebastian (P, $10.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). YSL Beige Gallerie (39) (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is warmer (90% similar). Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Quiet Time (P, $12.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Coffee Break (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

La Dame En Noir is a medium-dark reddish burgundy with cooler undertones and a jelly-like finish, though it was lacking the gel-like quality of a true jelly. It had more of the translucency and shine of a jelly polish to me. The formula was thin, watery, and prone to streaking, which was especially noticeable on the first layer. I expected the second layer to help smooth and even out the finished result, but it did not help entirely–there were areas with more coverage and areas that looked sheerer. It had semi-opaque coverage after two layers. Butter London Blowing Raspberries (P, $15.00) is better quality, cooler, lighter (95% similar). MAC Underfire (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). China Glaze Winter Berry (LE, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Get Noticed (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay XX Vintage Nail Colors (Part 1)

Urban Decay Nail Color
Urban Decay Nail Color

Urban Decay Pallor Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a light, pinkish white with iridescent opal shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two coats, but it seemed too pigmented to be used as a layering shade, as the white base was rather strong and looked very streaky when applied over a more opaque base polish. The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it didn’t pool along the edges, but I had trouble with this shade bubbling as it was drying down. Dior Perle (187) (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Girl Trouble (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Asphyxia Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium pinky-lavender with warm undertones and threads of fine, lavender shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two layers of product, but it was a little uneven with some areas appearing almost opaque and others appearing a touch streaky. The texture was thinner, a little watery, and I couldn’t prevent brush strokes from appearing. Formula X Equinox (P, $12.50) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Scorching Haute (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Uzi Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a dark gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and fine silver shimmer that looked like threads of shimmer running through the polish. The consistency was thin, a little too liquidy, so I had to take greater care to ensure I didn’t load the brush up with too much product or else I would get pooling along the edges. There were some visible brush strokes, even after it dried down. It was fully opaque in two coats. MAC Grey Friday (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Formula X Metamorphic (P, $12.50) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Wrong Turn (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Oil Slick Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a grayish black with cool undertones and silver shimmer. It was fully opaque in two coats, though it was quite pigmented even in one layer. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, which made it an easy shade to apply. I had no issues with the color bubbling or pooling along the edges, and it dried down to a smooth, shiny finish. Color Club Show Time (P) is darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is darker (95% similar). China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (LE, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). Cult Nails Ignite (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Cosmic (LE, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Mildew Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a medium, olive green with warm undertones and lighter, greenish-gold shimmer. It had a more metallic finish, but that also meant that there were much more visible brush strokes as the thicker consistency made it harder to apply the color in really smooth, fluid strokes. It had full color coverage after two layers of product. Cult Nails In a Trance (DC, $12.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Zoya Yara (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley (P, $10.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). Formula X Borealis (P, $12.50) is warmer, darker (80% similar). China Glaze Agro (LE, $7.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Smog Nail Color ($10.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a blackened brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and fine burgundy and bronze shimmer. It was intensely pigmented with nearly opaque coverage in just one coat, though I did two just to be sure. The consistency was on the thinner side but did not seem to run when applied to the nail. I saw one or two visible brush strokes, but the majority disappeared as the polish dried and self-leveled. Cult Nails Swanbourne (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Cavaliere (526) (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Roach (LE, $15.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Other Side (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Farida (P, $50.00) is warmer (85% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I typically get seven days of wear out of Urban Decay’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping (with no base or top coat). This is normal wear for me with most formulas, though. I tested four of the twelve shades for wear, and the wear was consistent with my past experience with the brand’s formula (seven days).

Urban Decay Nail Color Pallor
Pallor
Pallor
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Asphyxia
Asphyxia
Asphyxia
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
77%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Uzi
Uzi
Uzi
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Oil Slick
Oil Slick
Oil Slick
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Mildew
Mildew
Mildew
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Urban Decay Nail Color Smog
Smog
Smog
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Cavaliere, Canotier, Espadrilles Le Vernis

Chanel Cavaliere (526) Le Vernis
Chanel Cavaliere (526) Le Vernis

Chanel Cavaliere (526) Le Vernis ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a rich, deep brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine, golden brozne micro-shimmer. It had opaque coverage after two coats, though it was nearly opaque after one coat. The consistency wasn’t too thin or too thick, and it spread well across the nail. The polish had a good plushness to it, and the ridge on my ring finger was easily covered (without need of a ridge-filling base coat). Chanel’s formula typically wears seven days on me with minor tip wear, and the newer formula is comparable to that in wear time, but I find the newer formulation loses its shininess more quickly (after four or five days); I tested this particular shade for wear, and it came in at seven days with minor tip wear (which is pretty much the norm for me, so if you typically have polish that chips in three days, take my wear time with an extra dose of salt!). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Smog (LE, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Roach (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Farida (P, $50.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Canotier (532) Le Vernis ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a subdued, light-medium gold with threads of fine, metallic shimmer. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats, and while the color wasn’t really streaky, the metallic finish was really hard for me to avoid brush strokes. It dried down faster than the other two shades, but about half of the brush strokes remained visible even after dry down (sometimes they self-level). Chanel’s formula typically wears seven days on me with minor tip wear, and the newer formula is comparable to that in wear time, but I find the newer formulation loses its shininess more quickly (after four or five days). Marc Jacobs Beauty Patsy (164) (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Revlon Spun Sugar (P, $4.99) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). China Glaze Midnight Kiss (LE, $7.50) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Diwali (LE, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Screaming Bright (P, $12.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Swinger (P, $17.00) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Gold Viper (LE, $20.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Espadrilles (534) Le Vernis ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a slightly bright, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque coverage after two coats (almost in opaque in just one) with a smooth, shiny finish that was even and plush-looking. The polish’s texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail without overflowing along the sides. Chanel’s formula typically wears seven days on me with minor tip wear, and the newer formula is comparable to that in wear time, but I find the newer formulation loses its shininess more quickly (after four or five days). Chanel Holiday (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Nahema (P, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Blow-up (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). China Glaze Life Preserver (LE, $7.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Lal Mirchi (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cult Nails Ay Poppy (DC, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is cooler, brighter, darker (90% similar). MAC Bougainvillea (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Essie Meet Me at Sunset (LE, $8.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Kid Orange (P, $16.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Le Vernis (2016) Cavaliere (526)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis (2016) Canotier (532)
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis (2016) Espadrilles (534)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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YSL Peace Green & Love Pink La Laque Couture

YSL La Laque Couture
YSL La Laque Couture

YSL Peace Green La Laque Couture ($28.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a light-medium aqua green with warm undertones and fine, pearly shimmer that shifts from warmer copper to light pink. It was a thicker, but watery, polish that was hard for me to apply evenly, as the polish would pull to the edges and create an uneven surface, even if I laid my hands flat to try and help the polish level. It had semi-opaque coverage, and I didn’t notice the shimmer create visible lines/streaks. It lasted for seven days with minor tip wear. Cult Nails Thrive (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On (LE, $7.50) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Liberty (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

YSL Love Pink La Laque Couture ($28.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with fine, gold shimmer that shifts from a warmer, orange-gold to a lighter, paler gold. The consistency was thick but running, and the polish tended to pool along the edges without self-leveling as it dried down. It was hard to get streak-free coverage as the shimmer created fine lines that were sometimes visible–depended on the light. Two coats of polish yielded mostly opaque coverage, but you can see some of the nail line coming through. It wore for seven days with minor tip wear on me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Gemma (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer Peace Green
YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer Love Pink
Love Pink

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