Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Nail Lacquers
MAC A Novel Romance Nail Lacquers

MAC Before Dawn Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “green grey.” It’s a muted, smoky green with a subtle, cool undertone. There’s a very fine lighter green shimmer running through it, but it is hard to see most of the time. It was fully opaque after two coats, but it was almost opaque after one. The consistency was slightly thicker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Poison (LE, $10.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Cult Nails Grunge (P, $12.00) is lighter. MAC Fatigues (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Midnight Ocean Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark royal blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark navy blue with very fine, lighter blue micro-shimmer. It was nearly opaque after one coat, but I applied two coats to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Again, the shimmer is ultra-fine, so it looks mostly like a cream except in very bright light. Formula X Beacon (P, $12.50) is more shimmery. Chanel Magic (LE, $27.00) is warmer, less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness (LE, $3.99) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Double Trouble (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Chanel Blue Rebel (LE, $27.00) is more muted, less shimmery. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm (LE, $20.00) is darker. China Glaze Manhunt (LE, $7.50) is brighter, less shimmery. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is darker, less shimmery. Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Midnight Sky Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep charcoal.” It’s a dark, smoky gray with very fine lighter gray micro-shimmer and cool undertones. Because the shimmer is so fine, it is hard to see except under brighter lighting conditions. It was almost full coverage after one coat, but I still applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too smooth, so it was easy to apply. NARS Galion (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Steel (LE, $27.00) is darker. Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’ll have a review for the other three polishes up soon! :) As a reminder, these are from MAC’s upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores on August 21st.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

OCC Covet, Dangerous, Pagan Nail Lacquers
OCC Covet, Dangerous, Pagan Nail Lacquers

OCC Covet Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden buff neutral.” It’s a medium-dark, muted peachy-beige with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats and applied well without streaking or bubbling. It dried down to a high gloss finish. The consistency was slightly thick but not difficult to use. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with the brand’s formula. I don’t have anything that has as much brown in it that’s not actually brown, but these were the closest I could think of: NARS Wind Dancer (LE, $20.00) is brighter, more orange. Chanel June (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more orange. China Glaze Desert Sun (LE, $7.50) is more orange, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Dangerous Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque, true grey.” It’s a medium, neutral-to-cool-toned gray with a cream finish. This shade was very pigmented and was almost opaque in one coat, though I used two coats just to be sure. It had a slightly thick consistency, but it was easy to work with and didn’t streak or pool along the edges. Illamasqua DWS (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy (LE, $20.00) is very similar. Zoya Dove (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Pagan Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened purple.” It’s a deep, dark–but still rich, slightly brightened–purple with cool undertones and a jelly-cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a very slight translucency to it (which is what made it look like a jelly-cream hybrid). NARS Fury (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS New York Dolls (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Rain of Flowers (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune (LE) is more shimmery. Essie Bobbing for Baubles (LE, $8.00) is more muted, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These launch online August 5th and will be in select stores on September 19th.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

OCC Technopagan, Poison, Distortion Nail Lacquers
OCC Technopagan, Poison, Distortion Nail Lacquers

OCC Technopagan Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened purple with blue pearl.” It’s a brightened, violet purple with cool, blue undertones and blue micro-shimmer for a more metallic finish–it seems finer than a typical metallic finish but more shimmery than mere pearl. It had some visible brush strokes, unfortunately, though it was very pigmented. The consistency was slightly thick. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear (but no chipping) with OCC’s formula. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Zoya Neve (P, $9.00) is darker. Guerlain Riviera (LE, $23.00) is similar. SpaRitual Blue Moon (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker, bluer. China Glaze Want My Bawdy (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Poison Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmer ivy green.” It’s a smoky, neutral-to-cool-toned green with threads of fine, green metallic shimmer running through it. The color was fully opaque after two coats (almost in one), and there were almost no visible brush strokes with this shade. Zoya Cassedy (P, $9.00) is more sparkly. NARS Night Porter (LE, $20.00) is brighter, less metallic. Chanel Black Pearl (LE, $27.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Distortion Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep shimmering navy.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter navy blue metallic shimmer. It was fully opaque after two coats, though it was almost pigmented enough to be a one-coater. There were almost no visible brush strokes in the resulting finish once it dried down. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin. NARS Night Flight (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Color Club First Looks (P) is more complex. China Glaze Little Drummer Boy (LE, $7.50) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These launch online August 5th and will be in select stores on September 19th.

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

NARS Zakynthos, Ithaque Nail Polishes
NARS Zakynthos, Ithaque Nail Polishes

These are the last two shades of NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) that I have to review! :) There are a total of 43 permanent shades, and today (July 15th) is the official launch day. Both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Zakynthos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige.” It’s a medium beige with subtle, rosy undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly evenly, though it was somewhat streaky initially, leveled quite a bit, but there was still some unevenness. The consistency was on the thinner side, and the brush on this shade was very splayed/uneven. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is similar. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/product/rescue-beauty-lounge-nail-lacquer/sheer-nude”>Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude (LE, $20.00) is warmer. China Glaze Dress Me Up (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Ithaque Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a sheer, milky, light pink with a glossy, creamy finish. I wish NARS had thought to include “sheer” in the description, because after two coats, it’s semi-sheer. It was slightly streaky but leveled quite a bit while drying down. MAC Ke Ai (LE, $16.00) is warmer, has shimmer. MAC Delicate (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Confectionary (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Cult Nails Enticing (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

NARS Torre del Oro, Shameless Red, Blow-up Nail Polishes
NARS Torre del Oro, Shameless Red, Blow-up Nail Polishes

Here are three bold, bright shades of NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.), which will have a total of 43 permanent shades. The official launch is July 15th, and both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Torre del Oro Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cherry red.” It’s a bright, medium-dark, blue-based red with a cream finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats of the polish. The consistency was slightly thin but not watery or difficult to work with. It dried down to a glossy finish. This type of red is always beautiful, but it is also quite common: see comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Shameless Red Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink flamingo.” It’s a brightened, pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it applied evenly, smoothly, and without streaking. Chanel Tutti Frutti (P, $27.00) is lighter. Chanel Tapage (605) (P, $27.00) is redder. Chanel Elixir (589) (P, $27.00) is more muted. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Vivid Effect (LE, $16.00) is more orange. MAC Impassioned (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more orange. Guerlain A La Parisienne (P, $23.00) is redder. Chanel Fracas (LE, $27.00) is very similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Extravaganza (P, $10.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Blow-up Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mandarin orange.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, reddish undertones and a cream finish. It was richly pigmented and had opaque coverage in two coats. It dried down to a high-gloss finish without the need of a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied easily. MAC Bougainvillea (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Libertango (LE, $20.00) is similar. NARS Lal Mirchi (LE, $20.00) is slightly redder. MAC Oriele Orange (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is redder. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is redder. Chanel Holiday (LE, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, July 13th, 2014

NARS Thasos, Ikiru, Kalymnos Nail Polishes
NARS Thasos, Ikiru, Kalymnos Nail Polishes

Today, I have three of the more pastel-hued polishes from the newly reformulated NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.), which will have a total of 43 permanent shades. The official launch is July 15th, and both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Thasos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mint green.” It’s a light-medium, sea foam green with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency of the polish wasn’t too thick or too thin. It was really close to being opaque after one coat, which was impressive, but what was even more impressive was the lack of streakiness even on that initial coat. This shade lasted for seven days with minor tip wear. MAC In the Limelight (LE, $16.00) is bluer. Illamasqua Nomad (P, $17.00) is darker, brighter. China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On (LE, $7.50) is greener, warmer. Zoya Wednesday (P, $9.00) is darker. Butter London Fiver (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Ikiru Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light blue.” It’s a softened, light-medium blue with a cream finish. It had full color coverage after two coats, and the polish applied evenly and smoothly without issue. The formula was slightly thick but not problematic. Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle (P, $12.00) is lighter. NARS Koliary (LE, $20.00) is brighter. Chanel Coco Blue (LE, $27.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Kalymnos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac.” It’s a muted, grayish lavender with a cream finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats. The formula was slightly thick in consistency but applied evenly without streaking or pooling along the edges. Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck (P, $8.00) is warmer. Essie Full Steam Ahead (P, $8.00) is warmer, brighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Forgiveness (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid (P, $12.00) is darker. Zoya Marley (P, $9.00) is a touch lighter. Essie Cocktail Bling (LE, $8.00) is darker. Essie Bangle Jangle (LE, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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