Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush
Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush

Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “shimmering bright pink coral.” It’s a pinky-coral with a very subtle golden champagne shimmer. When it’s blended out, you’ll get more of a coral effect out of the hue, but when it’s used more heavily, it turns pinker. It’s pinker and more intense version of Feather, but the two are certainly similar more than they are dissimilar, especially when they’re blended out. It looks slightly pinker but unless you wear it more heavily, the differences are minute. Like Feather, it is also similar to Benefit CORALista (not as pink) and MAC Hipness (not as pink). I would say it is not really a dupe of shades like NARS Orgasm, just because it lacks the golden shimmer/sheen of those types of shades.

It’s a finely-milled powder, so it feels silky smooth to the touch, and it blends easily against the skin so it has more of a natural finish and can easily be buffed or blended if you prefer a lighter blush. This one didn’t have any powderiness, though, which was nice. It doesn’t look too frosted against the skin, though there is a healthy amount of shimmer-sheen in the finish. When I wore this to run errands, it still looked good eight hours later–no fading or movement.

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Parasol

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If you're a fiend for corals, it's certainly one worth taking a look at. For deeper skin tones who thought Feather might be too light, you may find Parasol a much better fit.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Dior Coral Crystal (345) Serum de Rouge
Dior Coral Crystal (345) Serum de Rouge

Dior Coral Crystal (345) Serum de Rouge

Dior Coral Crystal (345) Serum de Rouge ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a peachy tangerine that looks more like a soft peach when worn–it’s certainly not as vibrant as it looks in the tube or swatched against my lips (which have a natural corpse-like color, so it may have muted some of the vibrancy). The color coverage is semi-opaque but translucent. MAC Fashion City is darker and more opaque. NARS Love Devotion is similar but a bit more translucent.

Dior crams a lot of claims into this particular product, as it is supposed to be a lip treatment product in addition to being a lip color. I’m not prepared to give up lip swatching or reviewing other lipsticks for thirty days to test whether these will improve my lips’ condition over time (and to be frank, my lips are typically well-hydrated and exfoliated, so I don’t think they need much improvement!). It has a really soft, creamy consistency that makes it easy to apply (and overapply) but feels very lightweight. I only get two hours or so of wear, though. While it’s on, it’s hydrating and not drying, and I’ve wore this and reapplied two or three times over the course of the day to see if the formula is drying, but it wasn’t–my lips still felt good (and no desire for lip balm) after ten hours of regular wear of this formula.

Oddly enough, Sephora looks like they’ve pulled all but one shade from their stock, so I don’t know if these are possibly being discontinued. Dior’s website still has the full range available, as do other retailers, but it was curious to see these practically MIA at Sephora.

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Coral Crystal

B-
As creamy and as comfortable as this formula is to wear, I never have good luck with the wear time! A few of the darker shades wear a bit better, but lighter shades like Coral Crystal seem to disappear within two hours.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Nails Inc. Porchester Place Nail Lacquer
Nails Inc. Porchester Place Nail Lacquer

Nails Inc. Porchester Place Nail Lacquer ($9.50 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright tangerine.” It’s a vibrant orange with a hint of peach, and it has a cream finish. The hue is softer than shades like Illamasqua Gamma and SpaRitual Solaris.

The polish applied opaque in two coats, and it had nice consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed evenly across the nail without pooling around the sides. There was no bubbling or streaking during application either. So far, I’ve had good luck with Nails Inc.’s formula; it wears a week with minor tip wear and no chipping. This is standard for me (I couldn’t tell you a formula that does chip on me other than more finicky finishes like mattes without a top coat!), though.

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Porchester Place

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This could be a really nice summer shade! I like that it's a more vibrant orange, but it's not a dark or neon orange, so it may be more wearable on cooler complexions. It has good pigmentation and consistency.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is murky olive-brown with a sooty, blackened appearance. I think it will be nice paired with hazel or green eyes, because it will look warmer and more green that way. MAC Buried Treasure is the closest dupe I could think of, but it’s not as opaque and has a whole lot of shimmer in comparison.

Estee Lauder’s new eyeliner formula is supposed to be long-wearing, richly pigmented, creamy, and wearable on the inner rim of the eyes. Blackened Olive is extremely creamy in consistency; it glides on effortlessly, depositing good color coverage in a single pass. It’s not quite as pigmented or as creamy as Electric Teal, but it comes close. The wear is good on the waterline but better on the lower lash line for me; it wears between four and six hours on the waterline, depending on if have watery eyes during the day, but on the lower lash line, it makes it almost to ten hours without any fading or smudging.

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Blackened Olive

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It's a very dark black-brown with just a hint of olive in it! There's no shimmer, so it has more of a matte/creamy look to it when applied. I think it would pair well with hazel and green eyes.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, December 9th, 2011

Tarte Blissful Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Blissful Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Blissful Amazonian Clay Blus ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “warm peach,” but it’s more like an intense coral-pink on me! It’s more pink than coral, but it’s not truly pink. The brightness and strength of the pink will make it a wearable coral even on cooler complexions. The hue reminded me of Smashbox Blushing/Peony, which is a touch pinker and is a cream. It’s also similar to theBalm Frat Boy. Make Up For Ever #6 is a bit lighter, less pink.

Tarte says that these have a twelve-hour wear time, which I haven’t yet experienced, but some of the darker shades tend to do better than the lighter ones. For instance, Blissful wore for eight hours well, and though it was faded, I could still detect some on after ten hours. I like that the blush is really silky soft in texture, which makes it easy to blend, but it is also soft enough that a brush easily dislodges the powder so you can easily get too much product on your brush with some of the more intense shades like Blissful. I’d recommend a stippling brush or tapping off the excess if you prefer a light look.

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Blissful

B+
Better wear than the previous two shades I've reviewed, but it doesn't quite meet the twelve-hour claim, so wear is still where this product falls short! The pigmentation is plentiful, and the texture is silky soft, though it almost gets powdery.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 9th, 2011

Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow
Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “muted taupe-grey” with a shimmer finish. It’s a great variation on taupe–a cool-toned brown with a grayish overcast and has more of a satiny sheen than an overt shimmer finish, but it doesn’t deliver on full color coverage. As far as similar shades, theBalm Selfish and NARS Grand Palais are close in color but much more shimmery. MAC Satin Taupe is much more intense and deeper.

Unfortunately, the color payoff is somewhat lacking; it deposits decent color, and I discovered it performed a little better applied on the eye, but it’s just not as good as it could (or should) be and definitely requires some packing and pressing of the color onto to the lid to get decent payoff. The texture is soft without being powdery or too fragile. The formula is designed to be long-wearing with “pigment-packed color” that “stays true for daylong wear.” As expected, the wear is not perfect without a primer–I get around eight hours, after that point there is very subtle creasing–but have no issues when it is applied over a primer.

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Volcano

C+
It's really too bad about the color payoff--I was really hoping to add another fantastic taupe to the list, as sometimes finding the right shade of taupe can be a challenge, especially one that nails it on texture, pigmentation, and color.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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