Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a new and limited shade from the Iconic/Ironic Collection. It’s described as “a purplish dark brown.” I almost re-took the photos for this polish, because on my desk, it looked rather brownish when I peeked at it from the corner of my eye, but upon closer inspection, it does have this purpled murkiness.

It looks like muddied eggplant purple in the bottle, but on nails, it’s much more sophisticated than that. The subtle red undertones seemed to pull out quite a bit for me, despite my warmer skin tone, but it gave it a brightened quality that added interest. It’s a smoky, blackened eggplant with a little red, little brown.

my thoughts on the formula: These are richly pigmented lacquers that have nuances in both the color and finishes. Each color is well-thought out, and I’ve yet to come across a poor performer in the brand’s color range. I used two coats for opaque coverage.

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche Nail Lacquer

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I think this is a great dark shade for spring, because there is a little dustiness within the smoky purple that makes it less intimidating as your traditional vamp.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, April 4th, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge Iconoclast Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Iconoclast Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Iconoclast Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Iconoclast Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a new and limited shade from the Iconic/Ironic Collection. It’s described as “a richly pigmented ebony with layers of fine glitter, giving it depth and a metallic, mica-like finish.” Iconoclast is an inky black with moments of purple and blue, depending on just how the light hits the lacquer and the strength of the light. In natural light, you can clearly see the micro-shimmer but the iridescence and play of color doesn’t really come through until you’re in the sunlight–then the multi-colored shimmers reflect and shine.

my thoughts on the formula: These are richly pigmented lacquers that have nuances in both the color and finishes. Each color is well-thought out, and I’ve yet to come across a poor performer in the brand’s color range. I used two coats for opaque coverage.

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Iconoclast

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In natural light, you can clearly see the micro-shimmer but the iridescence and play of color doesn’t really come through until you’re in the sunlight–then the multi-colored shimmers reflect and shine.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011

MAC Quite Cute Nail Lacquers
Ice Cream Cake, Little Girl Type, Mischievous Mint

MAC Quite Cute Collection: Nail Lacquers

MAC Quite Cute Collection ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) features three light shades of limited edition nail lacquer. They include: Ice Cream Cake (creamy blue pink), Little Girl Type (creamy pale lavender), and Mischievous Mint (creamy pale blue mint).

  • Ice Cream Cake is a darkened cotton candy pink with a strong blue base with a cream finish. I used two coats. It is similar to Essie’s Splash of Grenandine–slightly more blue-based.
  • Little Girl Type is a light lavender with a cream finish. I used two coats. It is similar to China Glaze’s Light as Air.
  • Mischievous Mint is a bluish mint green with a cream finish. I used two coats. It is bluer but similar in lightness to China Glaze’s Re-Fresh Mint. This is much, much lighter than last year’s Peppermint Patti, and it is a blue-based mint green.

my thoughts on the formula: The consistency was thick but watery–not terribly so, but noteworthy nonetheless. I used two coats on all, because it was difficult to get thin to medium-thin coats because of how the brush splayed out. In all three polishes, the bristles of each brush were a bit wonky, which made it more difficult to get really clean, even coats. I recommend being patient, because the slight wateriness in the formula will cause streaking if you apply before the coat dries down.

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MAC Quite Cute Nail Lacquers Swatches, Photos, Review

B-
The formula wasn't too difficult to work with, but it could be improved. Make sure you roll these before applying, because these definitely needed some mixing to minimize the watery consistency.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Urban Decay Rollergirl Nail Kit
Urban Decay Rollergirl Nail Kit

Urban Decay Rollergirl Nail Kit

Urban Decay Rollergirl Nail Kit ($28.00 for 6 x 0.17 fl. oz.) features six miniature-sized nail polishes. It includes these shades: Fame (champagne shimmer), Love Train (opalescent shimmer), Miss T (bright orchid fuchsia), Superfreak (gold shimmer base with gold micro-glitter), Woodstock (hot pink), and Xanadu (sheer purple base with purple glitter). Each polish is 0.17 fl. oz, so the total amount of polish in the kit is the equivalent of 1.02 fl. oz, or about two full-sized nail polishes.  I used Zoya’s Anchor & Armor as my base/top coats unless otherwise specified.

  • Fame is a soft champagne with subtle pink undertones and white shimmer. I used three coats and still had a hint of visible nail line. China Glaze Hybrid is a bit darker and more opaque but similar.
  • Superfreak is a tarnished gold with micro-glitter and a metallic finish. It dries to a matte metallic finish (I didn’t use a top coat in the photos, to show you the natural finish). It is very similar to Dior Timeless Gold–maybe a smidgen lighter but they’re quite close. This shade was nicely pigmented so I only needed two coats.
  • Xanadu is a fuchsia-tinted jelly base with violet and fuchsia glitter. I used three coats, and it still had a sheerness in the base color, but it was expected based on the description (it is not meant to be opaque).  It’s like a red-toned version of Illamasqua Boo.
  • Miss T is a vibrant fuchsia magenta with subtle fuchsia micro-shimmer strewn through the base.  Essie’s Bermuda Shorts was the closest I could think of, but it is pinker (not as magenta).
  • Woodstock is a neon hot pink, and it dries to a matte finish–almost like patent leather. I used two coats–the flash photo is taken without a top coat to show the finish.  Zoya’s Gilda is similar in color but not in finish.  China Glaze Rich & Famous also seems similar but perhaps a bit darker.
  • Love Train is a sheer, muted white with subtle opal iridescence and micro-shimmer. Think Chanel Pearl Drop but cool-toned.

my thoughts on the formula: The formula on these was really easy to work with–it applied smoothly, evenly, and nothing took too long to dry. Both Xanadu and Love Train are sheerer shades but the descriptions say exactly that–can’t fault them there–while Superfreak, Miss T, and Woodstock have excellent color pay off.

I love the concept of miniature-sized nail polishes, because you get to try a variety of shades without committing to the price tag of full bottles.  However, as someone with longer fingers and bigger hands, it can take some getting used to holding the small-sized caps, even though the brush applicator is full-sized (thankfully!).

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Urban Decay Rollergirl Nail Kit Swatches, Photos, Review

A-
It seems like this year is bringing out quite a few cool-toned collections, and the new Rollergirl Nail Kit from Urban Decay definitely leans cool, but what I like about it is the finishes and vibrancies make them easy to wear against warmer skin tones, too.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 28th, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge Decorous Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Decorous Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Decorous Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Decorous Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a new and limited shade from the Iconic/Ironic Collection. It’s described as “if a cup of chai latte had a baby with a malted milkshake … A shimmery cocoa to add a chic suede finish to any outfit.” This is a very shifting color–on my warmer skin tone, it seems more like a warm-toned polish, but it looks neutral to neutral-cool in the bottle. It’s a medium-dark muted cocoa with subtle micro-shimmer.

my thoughts on the formula: These are richly pigmented lacquers that have nuances in both the color and finishes. Each color is well-thought out, and I’ve yet to come across a poor performer in the brand’s color range. I used two coats for opaque coverage.

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Decorous

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Even though it frustrates me when a color is difficult to describe, it also means it is harder to replicate and more likely a shade we don’t see all the time.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 25th, 2011


Electric Pineapple, Blue Iguana, Senorita Bonita

China Glaze Island Escape Swatches, Photos, Reviews

For summer, China Glaze’s Island Escape presents six colorful shades perfect for the season. I’m actually quite in love with this launch–it’s gorgeous and the colors are fun. They may not be the most unique, but I think they’re well-done overall. The shades include: Papaya Punch (crème based vivid orange), 108 Degrees (flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter), Senorita Bonita (passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter), Blue Iguana (bold and daring sparkly blue), Cha Cha Cha (vivacious shimmer green), and Electric Pineapple (high intensity crème based lime green).

  • 108 Degrees is a deep raspberry red shimmered with white and fuchsia micro-shimmer. There is a touch of gold micro-shimmer, too, but it is less apparent when applied than it looks in the bottle. I needed two coats for this shade. It’s redder than Zoya Alegra.
  • Papaya Punch is a yellowed tangerine cream. I used two coats on this one. It’s more orange than China Glaze’s Sun Worshipper but it has a similar feel.
  • Cha Cha Cha is a bright, grassy green with chartreuse micro-shimmer. I used three coats with this shade and there is still some visible nail line. It’s brighter and greener than NARS Platoon. Zoya’s Midori looks most similar, perhaps a little darker.
  • Electric Pineapple is a really yellowed chartreuse–it’s not quite yellow but not a true chartreuse either–cream. It seems like Zoya’s Bekka but opaque and with a cream finish. I did use three coats here and impatience more than anything led to some unevenness.
  • Blue Iguana is a medium-dark blue with blue and fuchsia-violet micro-shimmer. I used three coats but found this shade to be rather sheer. It reminded me of a less intense version of Orly’s Lunar Eclipse.
  • Senorita Bonita is a magenta purple with red undertones and flecks of fuchsia and gold sparkle. It doesn’t feel like a glitter but the particles don’t quite look like shimmer either. I used two coats, but three would have been better. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one.

my thoughts on the formula: Overall, these were on the sheerer side and most required three coats. They apply really smoothly and evenly, though. I used Zoya’s Anchor and Armor on base/top coats on all swatches. China Glaze polish typically lasts a full week on me with minor tip wear.

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China Glaze Island Escape Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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These are classic summer shades–some a bit dupeable, but they’re still beautiful.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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