Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Make Up For Ever Folk Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick
Make Up For Ever Folk Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Make Up For Ever Folk Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Make Up For Ever Folk Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “iridescent red coral.” It’s a soft, semi-opaque coral-red with a natural sheen.  There is a very subtle iridescence.   Guerlain Nahema is similar but more opaque and has gold shimmer. Guerlain Chamade is darker, redder, and more opaque. Make Up For Ever #4 is pinker, rosier. Chanel Coquette is similar, perhaps a little lighter. NARS Niagara is pinker. MAC Crosswires is more orange. Laura Mercier Tangerine is less pink.

It’s a new, limited edition shade in a new, coming-soon formula. Make Up For Ever has taken their Rouge Artist formula but given it a softer, sheerer color and finish.  Folk wore for three and a half hours, which is just a little below average (four hours).  It has a lighter texture compared to Rouge Artist, and it seems a slightly more hydrating, though I wouldn’t describe it as a moisturizing lipstick.  It has a slicker consistency that gives it a bit more glide across the lips thank Rouge Artist, which has a creamier texture.  I think it’s great the the brand is branching out with the formula and going for something that still has color but isn’t as creamy or as dense as their Rouge Artist range.

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B+
It's comfortable to wear--while it's not moisturizing, it's not drying either--and yields noticeable color that doesn't feel bright or overwhelming. This is a really lovely shade of coral for spring.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Tom Ford Lavender Palm Eau de Parfum
Tom Ford Lavender Palm Eau de Parfum

What makes perfume such an interesting subject is really how personal and intimate it is. Not only do we all have our personal scent preferences, but our body chemistry can alter the way a scent develops. Our associations of smell and memory also play a major role. As I’ve discussed before, I love lavender. I love it in earthy, herbaceous forms as much as I do in sweeter, more vanilla-laced ways. When I spied Tom Ford Lavender Palm Eau de Parfum ($195.00 for 1.7 oz.) at Nordstrom a few weeks ago, I knew I had to try it. Tom Ford’s Private Blend scents have worn really well on me (anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, depending on the scent), and it’s lavender-based, so it really had my name on it :)

Herbaceous. Clean. Stylish. This sparkling Eau de Parfum is Tom Ford’s take on the free-spirited ethos and chic elegance that evokes California. The seductive interplay of two varieties of Lavender forms the heart of this captivating fragrance. Bright citrus notes layered with a moist palm leaf accord, clary sage, sensual woods, and smooth tonka bean brilliantly elevate the earthy Lavender note into a surprisingly refined star.

When I first spritzed it on my wrist, I loved the combination of earthy lavender and lemon with an underlying leafy green note.  As Lavender Palm develops, it becomes more sensual and smoother. There’s lavender, but it’s not as present as it was in the beginning, vetiver, and a little sweetness tempered by the citrus notes. A hint of incense dances lightly in the very background, just barely there. It’s not earthy lavender, but it’s not sweet, vanilla-and-lavender. It fits somewhere in between.  Lavender Palm has little sillage so it wears rather close to the skin, and on me, it remains highly detectable on the skin for six hours or so, and then it continues to be detectable but to a lesser degree for up to ten hours.

It feels like a surprisingly straightforward scent; it’s not the most complex, but as a fan of lavender, it works for me. I tend to gravitate towards rich, heady, sultry scents, and sometimes, they do feel heavy for daytime wear.  It’s a unisex scent, though I have heard several sales associates say this is better on men than it is on women.  I couldn’t say I agree, only because I almost love it on me (I really, really like it, but I need more time to determine if it’s true love), and if I can convince the Tech Guy, I’ll get him to try it (he already steals Oud Wood).

I have been continually reaching for it since it first arrived and sometimes wear it before bed.  There’s a lighter quality to it compared to other scents in the Private Blend collection that makes so wearable and fresh–so perfect for spring.  At this price point, this should be a scent you love and reach for often.  It should do something to you, for you; should make you feel beautiful, powerful, lovely, or bring you back to a most cherished memory.  If you like to wear lavender, this is worth testing.  I love sites like The Perfume Court, where you can purchase small samples of scents to try or for scents you enjoy wearing but perhaps not enough to own a whole bottle. I didn’t see this scent up there yet, though.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Tarte Dollface Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Dollface Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Dollface Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a brightened light pink with blue undertones and a natural sheen. The hue reminded me of recently reviewed Bobbi Brown Nude Pink, which has more of amatte finish. NYX English Rose offers a barely-more-affordable dupe with a touch less brightness. Urban Decay Quickie is similar but in cream form. MAC So Sweet, So Easy is lighter. MAC Well-Dressed seems like it would be lighter, not quite as bright.

The texture of Tarte’s Amazonian blushes is so, so soft, though it tends to kick up excess powder, so use a lighthand and look at the pan before you over-swirl!  It’s very finely-milled, which allows for superb blending and naturalness in the finish.  Dollface wore for just over eight hours, and there was certainly some hanging around after ten hours, it was noticeably faded.

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A-
I wish Tarte wasn't so specific about their 12-hour claim! It's a really nice formula overall, with the exception of the wear, which I've yet to achieve a full 10 hours of, let alone 12. This is an excellent shade for an everyday blusher for cooler complexions.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “glistening gold.” It’s a rich, luxurious yellowed gold with hints of antique gold and a softly frosted finish. NARS Paramaribo is darker, more burnished. Make Up For Ever #11 is cooler-toned, less yellowed. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is browner, less golden. Inglot #404 is more coppery. Inglot #430 is brighter but the closest.

It’s part of Urban Decay’s Deluxe Eyeshadow range, which has a denser, softer texture compared to their regular formula, so it feels very buttery. The pigmentation is excellent, and it requires very little product to achieve smooth, even results. When worn alone, it adheres well and lasts for eight hours without creasing or fading. Over a primer, I have no wear issues for as long as twelve hours. Bonus: this is almost double the size of Urban Decay’s regular formula but at almost the same price!  The only downside is I find the packaging of the Deluxe Eyeshadows to be flimsy–the plastic lid tends to pop off the top of the compact easily.

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Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
It's a beautiful color that will flatter hazel and green eyes immensely--it will also work other eye colors, too, but those two especially. It's a warm, almost dirty, gold, that pairs well with other browns, warm coppers, and olive greens.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “edgy granite” with a cream finish that was created with Narciso Rodriguez. It’s a dark blue-based gray cream. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk is less blue-based. NARS Galion is similar in tone but darker. Chanel Steel is much darker, almost black. Zoya Kelly is just a smidgen lighter but very, very close.

Stormy Weather applied beautifully–the color was rich in pigment (just two coats for opaque results!) and the consistency was fluid.  The polish flowed across the nail evenly without bubbling or pooling around the edges.  It has a slightly shiny look when it dries, but I’d still use a top coat for a really glossy finish.  Deborah Lippmann’s formula wears well on my nails–there is very minimal tip wear even after a week of wear, and I’ve never experienced chipping.

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Stormy Weather

A+
This is a beautiful gray that really does have that storm-is-a-brewin' kind of vibe to it. I think it's that blue undertone that runs to it, which gives it a very cool, foreboding feel.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 4th, 2012

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer
NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “black with green pearls.” The base is definitely very dark, more like deep, dark forest green, but there is a lot of emerald green, olive green, and copper-gold shimmer, so it ends up looking like a very dark, sleek forest green with multi-colored shimmer. China Glaze Glittering Garland is more of an emerald green with more yellow undertones. Zoya Edyta is similar but has more of a metallic finish. Nubar Verde is similar but, again, has a metallic finish, which gives it a much more reflective sheen. The shimmer in the previously two mentioned shades is larger, not as fine as in Night Porter.

Like the other shades in the series, Night Porter is richly pigmented–almost opaque in one coat–and needs two coats for full color coverage.  It does dry down to a semi-matte finish, so I’ would recommend using a shiny top coat to achieve that glossy finish.  NARS’ polishes typically wear a week on me with minor tip wear and no chipping.  I was so impressed with how fluidly Night Porter applied; the polish glided across the nail surface and gave great, even coverage.

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Night Porter

A+
I was so impressed with how fluidly Night Porter applied; the polish glided across the nail surface and gave great, even coverage. The color is beautiful, and there's this cool-warm vibe to it, so I think it would look good on both warm and cool complexions.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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