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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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer
Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer

Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer

Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer ($1.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a bright tangerine orange with gold-tangerine shimmer. I don’t have a shade that looks quite like this with shimmer, but China Glaze Papaya Punch is just a bit darker, while China Glaze Sun Worshipper is closer (though lighter) but lacks the shimmery element of Cloud 9–and I think the shimmer is what makes it stand out. China Glaze Riveting is much more of a fiery orange-red.

The color coverage wasn’t quite opaque after two coats, but it was close enough that I would not feel a third coat was necessary. I only get visible nail line in some lighting at certain angles. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I really liked the application on this shade–a very happy thing after the frustration of Sinful HD Nails. I do get a week of wear out of Sinful’s formula, though there is minor to noticeable tip wear after seven days (but no chipping!).

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Sinful Cloud 9 Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Perfect for adding some warmth into your winter! It's bright, fun, and plays with the light well. The downside is the slightly sheer color after two coats, so you may want to do three coats for totally opaque coverage.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Video Review: MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows for 2012 – First Impressions & Swatches

These are new and permanent (well, some are repromotes!), as part of MAC’s Mineralized Eyeshadow displayer. MAC rotates in new shades every 6-12 months, and these are the latest shades to become available.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Revlon Raspberry Pie ColorBurst Lip Butter
Revlon Raspberry Pie ColorBurst Lip Butter

Revlon Raspberry Pie ColorBurst Lip Butter

Revlon Raspberry Pie ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium-dark raspberry pink with a naturally glossy shine. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is redder and brighter. Estee Lauder’s Wild Violet is redder. MAC Scandelicious is just a bit redder but has a very similar finish. Dolce & Gabbana Orchid is a hint darker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, which may be what you’re looking for, but Revlon describes the coverage of their Lip Butter formula as sheer to medium. If you were looking for a hint of color with a balmy texture, this may not be your best bet, because it really does pack a punch with its color payoff. Raspberry Pie glides onto lips easily and has a wet look and feel that makes it have more slip but not too much that it bleeds.

The slip does contribute to a slightly below average wear time; I typically get four hours with the average lipstick, and with a more fuchsia shade like this, five to six hours, but I was only able to wear this shade for three hours. The formula is hydrating while you wear it, and the hydration lingers for a bit after you’ve removed it. It doesn’t replace a really good lip balm for real, long-lasting moisture, but it is a fantastic example of what a moisturizing lipstick should be.

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Raspberry Pie

A-
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters are definitely one of the best mass lipsticks on the market right now--the only downsides are the shorter wear times and that it was too pigmented (based on how Revlon positioned the product)--but at least the latter may be a bonus for some.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Nubar Sun Gold Nail Lacquer
Nubar Sun Gold Nail Lacquer

Nubar Sun Gold Nail Lacquer

Nubar Sun Gold Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a fiery orange-red with golden orange shimmer. This is a duochrome finish, so depending on the viewing angle, the polish can look more like a pink-red that fades to orange or more of a gold, orange, and tangerine quality. The strength of the duochrome is nice–you can definitely see it and have fun with it in all types of lighting. I could not think of a dupe for this one! The duochrome really does make it a more unique shade. Nubar Pink Flame was the only thing that came to mind, but it is very different (though it is a duochrome), because it is much, much redder.

Nubar has an excellent formula that wears well–a full week with very minimal tip wear and no chipping–and is one of my favorites. The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, which enables the polish to apply evenly without streaking. Sun Gold was opaque in two coats.  This kind of shade will naturally flatter those with warmer, yellower undertones, but I think the play of pink and red in it may still make it wearable even on cooler skin tones.

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Nubar Sun Gold Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
This kind of shade will naturally flatter those with warmer, yellower undertones, but I think the play of pink and red in it may still make it wearable even on cooler skin tones.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Burberry Devon Sunset Lip Cover Lipstick
Burberry Devon Sunset Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Devon Sunset Lip Cover Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft coral with warm, peachy undertones. MAC So Vain is very similar, perhaps with a very subtle pink tint. Lancome Stylistia is similar but pinker. YSL Peach Passion is lighter, less pink.  It has just enough pink in Devon Sunset to make it a wearable warm coral on both cool and warm complexions.

There is a very delicate shimmer that translates into a luminous finish.  It has a nice level of shine and sheen so it makes lips look fuller and smoother.  The color coverage is opaque, and the texture is soft, smooth, and creamy so it applies beautifully. I love the lightweight texture, because it’s easy to wear, hangs on for four hours, and feels hydrating while you wear it. Burberry did a nice job with the packaging, too, as it has a magnetic cap that will swivel the lipstick cap back into place, ensuring closure.

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Devon Sunset

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It has just enough pink in Devon Sunset to make it a wearable warm coral on both cool and warm complexions. The formula is creamy, moisturizing, and wears evenly, while the color is opaque.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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