Friday, March 30th, 2012

MAC In the Dark... Purple Nail Lacquer
MAC In the Dark… Purple Nail Lacquer

MAC Reel Sexy Nail Lacquers

MAC Reel Sexy Nail Lacquers ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include these three shades, all of which are creams: In the Dark… Purple (vivid violet), Screening Room (bright mid-tone teal), and Vivid Effect (vivid orange coral).

I’m still recovering from the shock of MAC polishes now being–permanently–available at a whopping $16 a pop.   They were $14 just a year ago.  A lot of brands increase prices every 12-18 months, and the increase can be as little as $0.50 to as much as $4-5, depending on the base price of the product.  MAC has historically raised prices on just about every product once a year, and on products at this price point, it has been $0.50–e.g. lipsticks, eyeshadows, and the like have gone up $0.50 a year, not $2 a year.  There’s only 0.34 fl. oz. of polish in the bottle!  C’mon!  Price aside…

In the Dark… Purple was streaky; it was still a little streaky with a thicker second coat yet not fully opaque after that either.   Screening Room was also on the streaky side, though it recovered mostly by the second coat.  Vivid Effect was not streaky, and it was opaque in two coats, so that was the best performer of the three shades.  It is the most dupeable, though.  I don’t have wear issues with MAC’s polish formula; I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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MAC Reel Sexy Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

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MAC needs to make sure their formula is on point if they're going to increase their polish prices by $2 every year. These are not the worst offenders in the past year, but they do not apply flawlessly and do take some patience and effort to ensure a streak-free finish.

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “creme beige” with a frost finish. It’s a warm light-beige with threads of pale white shimmer–so there are some brush strokes. It reminded me of URban Decay Fame, which is more neutral in tone. Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude is more opaque and a little more peach-hued. Zoya MInka is more opaque and a bit lighter, almost yellow-tinted. I think Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani is the closest–it has shimmer but no metallic threads.

OCC described it as opaque, but with two coats, it’s still sheer. A third coat will get you closer to opaque results, but there will still be some underlying sheerness. This shade was my least favorite out of the six for spring/summer, and part of that is because of the formula, which was watery and a bit thin.  It appeared almost streaky because of the sheerness and metallic shimmer.  I’m normally a fan of OCC’s formula, but this one disappointed.  I typically get a week of wear out of OCC’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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I would pass on this one--there are better shades in the OCC range, and there are better nudes on the market. The sheerness would be one thing to deal with (and sometimes a sheer nude can be lovely, even if isn't what OCC described it as), the formula deficiencies are harder to overlook.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Dior St. Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Dior St. Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Saint-Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Saint-Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) launched quite awhile ago, but it was extremely limited and sold out faster than I could review it! Now, you may be wondering, “What changed?” While browsing Nordstrom’s last night, I saw a very pretty teal-like Dior polish, and lo and behold, St. Tropez is being repromoted in Dior’s upcoming summer collection (which I’m still awaiting permission to post–this is the only item Nordstrom had up).  You may also see it called Saint-Tropez (which is actually how the bottom of the bottle is labeled, but online it is abbreviated).

Saint-Tropez is an aqua-blue–it’s almost a teal, but it’s probably a bit too blue to be a true teal. Depending on the light and your skin tone, you may find it looks closer to teal than aqua. It’s very reminiscent of vacations spent on the beach, though. MAC Salad Dressed is a bit darker and greener. Zoya Wednesday is much lighter, a touch greener. Zoya Zuza is greener, darker, and has shimmer. Chanel Nouvelle Vague is greener and has shimmer. On the same note, China Glaze For Audrey is the closest but a little greener (which results it in looking more like a teal).

This shade was opaque in two coats (but one coat is surprisingly opaque–the index finger I left with just one coat to show you) and I didn’t have any issues during application–no streaking, pooling, or bubbling here.  It applied fluidly and evenly, and the drying time was average.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.  Dior’s lacquers have a wider, more tapered brush, which I actually like, as it makes it easier to apply the color in one or two strokes (depending on the size of the nail).  When I tested the wear of Saint-Tropez, it wore for a full week with very minor tip wear and no chipping.

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St. Tropez

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If you're a fan of aqua-blues, blue-teals, and other beach/ocean-inspired shades, you'll probably enjoy this one. I know when it initially debuted, it sold out very quickly. I anticipate that they made more for this launch (as it has a wider distribution), but it should still sell well.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant teal/green” that is opaque and has a satin finish. It’s being repromoted with OCC’s spring/summer Garden collection, but it has already been part of the permanent range for some time. It’s a really green-teal with a finish that looks like a cream to me. MAC Ocean Dip is much more of a blue-teal. Essie Turquoise & Caicos is closer but lighter.  There was nothing that I could think of that came close enough to this to even be considered similar, let alone a dupe.

Chlorophyll was opaque in two coats, though it was almost opaque in one for me.  It has a balanced consistency–not too thick or too thin–that allowed for even, streak-free application without bubbling or pooling.  OCC’s formula wears a week on me with minor tip wear and no chipping.  Of the shades launching for their upcoming collection, Chlorophyll was one of my favorites.

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Chlorophyll

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Of the shades launching for their upcoming collection, Chlorophyll was one of my favorites. The color is vibrant and perfect for summer, and I don't have anything quite like it.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mint green metallic.” According to OCC, it should be opaque and has a metallic finish. It’s a green-teal with lots of metallic shimmer that is opaque in two coats. I could see this leaning a little tealer on cooler complexions, but against my warmer complexion, I can see the green in it. I went hunting for dupes, but I could not find anything that’s quite like this in products I’ve reviewed. China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses is so green in comparison, while Zoya Bevin is lighter, not as intense, and has no shimmer. It’s like I saw hints of Chimera in other shades, but nothing came close enough.

I like the recent bottle change–it’s very sleek, and the benefit to this type of packaging is they store really efficiently and easily.  You can still see the color along the “shoulders” of the bottle when they’re standing up, which is great.  This had a thinner consistency than I’m used to, but it still applied opaque in two coats, and while it seemed a touch watery, it wasn’t runny.  It applied evenly and easily, and the metallic shimmer made dry down quicker than regular shimmer/cream polishes.  When I wore Chimera to test out the wear, it wore for seven days without chipping and had only minor tip wear.

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Chimera

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It's an interesting shade -- I always like it when it's difficult to find dupes or even slightly similar shades to a product! It just means it's more unique than not.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


Zoya Surf Collection

Zoya Surf Collection

Zoya’s Surf Collection will make its official debut on April 1st, and each shade retails for $8.00 for 0.50 oz. All six shades have a foil metallic finish: Carly (thalia purple foil metallic), Kimber (magenta pink foil metallic), Rory (lotus pink foil metallic), Myrta (coral orange foil metallic), Meg (mermaid green foil metallic), and Zuza (aquamarine foil metallic).

  • Carly is a rich eggplant purple with strong magenta-red undertones and magenta-pink and violet shimmer. It was almost opaque in one coat, but I used two for swatches. SpaRitual Shooting Star is actually very similar, but the shimmer is sparser and more golden. Milani Hot Metal is purpler, lighter. MAC So Rich So Pretty is less shimmered and purpler.
  • Kimber is a coral-red with warm orange-gold shimmer. It’s opaque in two coats, though almost a one-coater. SpaRitual Lustress is similar but has pink shimmer. It reminded me of Zoya RIca, but it has a lot less gold shimmer, so the two do not look so much alike as they would seem. OCC Extravaganza is several shades lighter.
  • Rory is a silver-shimmered cotton candy pink with strong blue undertones. It was opaque in two coats. The only previously reviewed shade that is similar is MAC Ice Cream Cake, which is darker and has no shimmer. Zoya’s Shelby from this launch would also be close but without shimmer.
  • Myrta is a medium-dark orange with lighter orange shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. There’s a slightly dusty quality to this shade that isn’t present in a lot of other orange polishes. China Glaze Riveting is much brighter. MAC Oriele Orange is similar in base color, though a bit more intense, but it lacks shimmer. MAC Kid Orange is a bit darker and has no shimmer. Zoya Tanzy has a lighter orange base and way more gold shimmer. China Glaze Life Preserver is a bit darker and has no shimmer.
  • Meg is a warm, lightened grassy green with chartreuse shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. This shade reminded me a lot of MAC’s Swimming eyeshadow. I couldn’t think of great dupes for this shade–it’s green, not chartreuse, and a lot of shades that might be similar ended up being chartreuses. Chanel Peridot will hint this shade at certain angles. Milani Hi-Tech is the closest I could think of, but it’s a bit lighter and has multi-colored shimmer. Nubar Meadow Sparkle is a bit darker and more translucent–more like a glitter top coat.
  • Zuza is a blue-based aqua with silver shimmer. It was almost opaque in one coat, but I used two coats for swatches. Like Meg, this also reminded me of a MAC eyeshadow–Aquadisiac (though way better). MAC Salad Dressed is similar but less bright. MAC Ocean Dip is deeper, less blue-based.

The foil metallic finish is always fun, because it dries down faster than your average polish. It does dry down to a more matte finish, though, so you’ll want a shiny top coat to finish it off.  Like the Beach collection, the pigmentation on these was excellent.  You could almost get away with one coat on some of these shades, though all swatches are with two.  These were not as thick as the Beach collection; not watery (because it wasn’t streaky or sheer), but the consistency was thin.

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Zoya Surf Collection Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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Gorgeous shades for summer! These all had fantastic color payoff--all were opaque in two coats--and application was so easy. I loved that the drying time on these is a little quicker, too!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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