Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sky blue confetti” with a sheer finish. It’s a sheer, milky pastel blue (it’s very, very light–there is only a hint of blue) with light-medium blue and pink glitter of various sizes. As described, the color coverage is sheer, and it looks a bit like a jelly to me.

Much of the concept and color was inspired by Pink’s performance of Glitter in the Air at the 2010 Grammy Awards, and I think the color came out exactly as Lippmann intended–whether it’s something that draws you in is a different story. I showed swatches with three coats, which is as heavy as I would go with this polish, because it has a thicker, jelly-like consistency. I don’t think it would be opaque in four, so those looking for a more opaque look would not find this to their liking. It could be used for layering as well. I typically get at least a week of wear (with minor tip wear) with no chipping with Deborah Lippmann’s polishes.

The key to applying glitter polishes like these–ones where the glitter isn’t packed into the polish–is dabbing bits of polish on the nail and pulling out lightly for even coverage, and then you want to wait for each layer to fully dry. By waiting, you’ll avoid dragging glitter particles from the first coat when you do a second (or third).

It’s not the most eye-catching or unique shade–I think if you were going to splurge on one of Deborah Lippmann’s glitter polishes, you’d be better off looking at some of the others.

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Glitter in the Air

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The application will take more patience and effort than your average polish, so it's harder to use overall. The consistency of the formula is on the thicker side, too.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, August 13th, 2011


OCC Banjee Lip Tar

OCC Fall 2011: Lip Tars

OCC Lip Tars ($13.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) see the addition of six new shades with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. I reviewed Butch previously (blue can’t help but be an individual, y’know), so this post includes these five: Banjee (freshly sliced mango), Femme (pale flamingo pink), Narcissus (creamy pink/lavender), Pretty Boy (deep, true fuchsia), and Queen (screaming neon red).

If you have any experience with Lip Tars, the best advice anyone can give is: a little goes a very, very long way. You really need much less than you’d think. It’s also much easier to use a lighter hand and add more as needed. You can apply straight from the tube (and the angled applicator works well to maneuver around the natural curves of the lips) or with a lip brush (OCC recommends their #009 brush).

  • Banjee is a vibrant, light-medium orange with opaque color and a subtly glossy sheen. I couldn’t think of any similar shades (you would think with all of these orange lipsticks, there would be something!) because this is lighter and less of a dark orange or true orange–there is a yellowness to Banjee.
  • Femme is a softened, pastel pink with subtle blue undertones. The color coverage is opaque. It’s similar but a touch pinker than MAC Royal Azalea, bluer than MAC Overtime, pinker than MAC All Styled Up, similar in hue but lighter than YSL Fetish Pink, and a tad lighter than MAC Viva Glam Gaga I.
  • Narcissus is a medium, fuchsia-lavender with a subtle sheen. It delivers opaque color coverage. It is lighter and pinker than MAC Love Forever, very similar to MAC Asian Flower, and lighter but similar in color to MAC Petals & Peacocks.
  • Pretty Boy is a dark, blue-based fuchsia pink with a subtle shine and opaque color coverage. It’s cooler toned than NARS Carthage, which leans redder. Illamasqua Welt is similar in coolness but lighter overall.
  • Queen is a neon pink-red with a soft shine and really rich, opaque color. Guerlain Shalimar is pinker, while MAC Insanely It has fuchsia shimmer and is less vibrant. MAC Gesina is similar, a touch redder and less neon.

Femme is one of the nicer pastel pinks I’ve seen on me, which is due, in part, to the opacity as well as the subtle blue-base–so if you’re warm-toned and have always wanted a pastel pink, this one might work better for you than many of the alternatives.  There are some similarities with MAC’s recently released Sheen Supreme lipsticks (Azalea Blossom and Asian Flower), but I think OCC does them better–the texture and formula are more flattering to the lips and give them a more even appearance.

Lip Tars are very creamy; they’re very much a liquid lipstick, and as such, they’re extremely rich in pigment.  As stated earlier, you only need a tiny dab for total coverage.  They can be mixed with other Lip Tars for your own custom combination (which is how the Lip Tars were initially, but now they have many shades that are great as-is).  The richness in color makes these long-wearing, too–I usually get six hours, sometimes as long as eight.  Shades like Pretty Boy and Queen do stain over time, so sometimes they wear even longer than eight.

They are mint-scented (from the inclusion of peppermint oil), and I don’t find them drying, but if I wear one color for eight hours, I do need to pat on some lip balm, because I don’t find these very moisturizing on their own.  I don’t have issues with these bleeding, but it will happen if you apply a thicker layer, so you may want to wear a lip liner with some of the darker shades.

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OCC Fall 2011 Lip Tars (Banjee, Femme, Narcissus, Pretty Boy, Queen) Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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These shades are great to wear as-is; they're more "normal" colors than others in OCC's Lip Tar range, but this doesn't mean they can't still be mixed! You may even find these colors inspire you to mix Lip Tars you already own to see what you might come up with.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 13th, 2011


Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “cement grey” with a cream finish. It’s a gorgeous shade of gray that doesn’t lean brown–it’s that perfect shade of gray skies. There’s a tinge of blue in it, but it’s very subtle and only picked up in really bright, direct light. Zoya’s Dove was the closest shade I could think of, but it leans browner–less blue.

The formula was exactly what I expect of Illamasqua: excellent. It’s thick without being goopy, so it delivers amazing color coverage–almost opaque in a single coat, though I did two here. It flows evenly across the nail without bubbling or streaking. I typically get a week of wear without minimal tip wear with Illamasqua’s polishes.

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DWS

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It's a permanent shade in their line-up, but it would work so well for fall, as we gear up for cooler weather, cloudier skies, and settle into some of the more muted but lush shades of the season.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, August 13th, 2011

bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Nick of Time

bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Chance and Kismet. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Chance is a creamy, pale beige with flecks of flaky glitter that virtually disappears when the product is used (even swatched). If you look at the swatch, you’d never even think there was any shimmer in the pan. It’s slightly lighter than MAC Blanc Type and less peach compared to Inglot #353. The texture is so lovely with a dense, buttery feel that delivers opaque color.

Kismet is plummy brown with a satiny sheen. It’s like a much, much darker (and plummier) MAC Malt. It’s not quite as rich (or as shimmery) as Chanel Ebloui. The shadow is smooth as silk with excellent color payoff.

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The Nick of Time

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On one hand, the disappearance of the glitter in the lighter shade means less worry about fall out during application, but on the other, where does it go? If it doesn't adhere to the powder, then it's missing something it should have. This combination of colors would work well to create an office-friendly look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 12th, 2011


OCC Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Fall 2011: Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “pastel blue with intense green/yellow shimmer,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. These are “lightweight, ultra-refined, densely pigmented powders” that can be used on the eyes, face, and body.

Jubilee is so much more than it is described. From straight-on, it’s an airy, pastel blue with a silvery-white shimmer and sheen with subtle pale gold shimmer. It has a very frosted finish that becomes metallic when the product is used damp/wet. Color coverage is sheer when applied dry (but it would be fantastic for layering), while color coverage is much more opaque when it is used damp/wet.

The color isn’t just blue, though, and I’m so happy to have been able to capture at least a fraction of that in a swatch! It’s a duochrome that flashes pale blue, pale green, and iridescent purple. It’s quite lovely, which is why this shade is perfect for layering and changing the dimensions of anything worn underneath.

Giorgio Armani #10 is reminiscent in the pastel blue shade, but it doesn’t have the duochrome sheen. It reminds me more of Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie, which is a nail polish, but it has a lot of the same twists and turns in the shimmer.

Jubilee performs best wet, if you want a really dense color, but because of the way it looks and acts, it’s a worthy layering shade–kind of like a glitter top coat for nails.  The powder is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly.

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Jubilee

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Fans of duochrome finishes should be smitten with Jubilee! The possibilities are endless, because it can be layered over your favorite eyeshadow for a transformative iridescence and sheen.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 12th, 2011


OCC Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Fall 2011: Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “brassy gold shimmer,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. These are “lightweight, ultra-refined, densely pigmented powders” that can be used on the eyes, face, and body.

The description is rather apt–it’s a brassy gold with a very shimmery, metallic finish. It’s a brownish gold with a hint of green flash (it almost looks a little olive in the pot). Swatched dry, it’s less metallic but still produces good color payoff, while swatched dry, it’s more opaque, smoother, and the finish turns more metallic. It’s more metallic and less yellow than Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon and Urban Decay Rush.

Cruising has a soft feel, and it applies smoothly. It can be used dry without lots of fall out, but you’ll want to pat it on, rather than sweep, to initially apply the color–then you can use sweeping motions to blend it out better. I do prefer using loose colors damp or over a stickier base, just because the overall nuances of the colors tend to come out better this way.  It has a three-holed sifter, and it works well.  I had to do quite a lot of work to get as much product out and onto the main level for photography purposes.

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OCC Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate Review, Photos, Swatches

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I love when loose colors work well even when they are used dry! It is better when applied damp (or mixed with their Mixing Medium) but it's still quite good dry. The texture is finely milled, so the product applies smoothly.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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