Saturday, August 6th, 2011

MAC Turquatic (Rollerball)
MAC Turquatic (Rollerball)

MAC Turquatic (Rollerball)

MAC Turquatic (Rollerball) ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is housed in a slim, glass tube with a gradient of yellowed chartreuse to greenish-teal. The fragrance is inspired by the sea with a “crisp and energizing” feel. The notes, as included in the press release, are: mineral water, anemone, lotus, orris, and Corsican blue cedar.

It’s a fresh scent with a musky floral vibe–it dries down on me and smells heavier than one expect for a “crisp” fragrance. The sillage is low, which means the scent kisses the skin but doesn’t waft, so it ends up being a subtler scent that you can smell but others will barely notice. There is a light, watery element that keeps it from becoming too heady, sexy, or otherwise categorized as more of a musky scent, but there’s still an inkling of something darker lying beneath the surface. For me, the lotus and blue cedar dominate, but they work well together. If you have Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue, this might smell familiar.

Turquatic’s scent doesn’t turn on me as it wears, but it only lasts a few hours (three to four) before being nearly indetectable on the skin. For a scent that already wears as close to the skin as it does, having to reapply it two or three times a day is not particularly palatable. Rollerballs are all about convenience–and you’ll pay for it–but contain little product inside. MAC has priced Turquatic where many other brands have priced theirs.

It will launch on August 11th and become part of the permanent range.  It is also available in 20ml ($27.50) and 50ml ($49.50) bottles–I will have photos of the latter up soon.

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Saturday, August 6th, 2011

NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Bourbon Street Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($23.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as “purple.” It’s a subtly red-based, medium purple with a very fine misting of reddened purple shimmer. It has a rather faded look to it, overall, because the pigmentation is not as dense as it looks in the pencil. The shade is more of an eggplant purple than a violet or blue-based purple, so it will complement hazel and brown eyes quite well. It’s less plum than many of my other comparable eyeliners, so I wasn’t able to find any that I felt were that similar.

It’s creamy enough that it glides easily across the lash line without tugging or pulling, and the color (even though it’s not as rich as it looks) deposits fairly evenly. In testing NARS’ new eyeliner, I don’t quite get the stellar 12-hour wear as touted, but they wear well for a solid eight to ten hours. It’s still on at the 12-hour mark, but it has worn away noticeably. Make sure to check out my original review, which goes much more in-depth about the formula.

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Bourbon Street

B-
The eyeliner performs well, and while it doesn't last a full 12-hours, it does last for awhile, so it will depend on what your needs are. The color itself is not as pigmented or as opaque as I'd like to see.

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8/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 6th, 2011

NARS Galion Nail Lacquer
NARS Galion Nail Lacquer

NARS Fall 2011: Galion Nail Lacquer

NARS Galion Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “stormy grey.” It’s a rich, creamy navy-tinged, blackened gray. I achieved opaque color in just two coats, and there was no streaking, bubbling, or difficulty in applying the shade onto my nails. The formula flowed evenly without being too thick or thin. This shade looks really crisp on the nails, and despite my nails being too long, it still seems to work on me.  I typically get a week of wear with NARS’ nail polishes.

It’s a little bluer-based (but still very similar) to China Glaze Concrete Catwalk. The way it looks is reminiscent of Zoya Kelly, but they are not dupes–Kelly is much lighter but of the same hue.

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Galion

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This is a very appropriate shade for fall, and it will work well in winter, too. It's such a deep, dark gray without looking black.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, August 5th, 2011

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue with lots of electric blue micro-glitter.” It’s a dark, navy blue with lots of blue micro-glitter (more shimmer-like than glitter-like). It has a subtle sheen in its finish.

This is one of the less impressive shades I’ve tried by Urban Decay–it lacks all the hallmarks of why Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are famous. It’s not buttery, soft, or smooth–it’s gritty and stiff to work with. It’s not richly pigmented; instead, it’s patchy, dry, and applies unevenly. The micro-glitter is the least concerning characteristic, even though there is some fall out, it’s not too troublesome–it’s really the poor texture and color payoff that make this shade worth passing on. Try Make Up For Ever #81 is a much better alternative!

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Goddess

D+
Between poor color payoff, patchy, uneven color, and an overall disappointing texture, it's a shade I'd skip. Urban Decay has many great shades to choose from, but this one was a miss for me.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, August 5th, 2011

Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow
Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow

Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow

Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “metallic shimmered black.” It’s part of Lancome’s permanent range of Color Design Eyeshadows (which is their individual range). Color Design Eyeshadows have varying finishes, but all of them are supposed to deliver “long-lasting, pigment-packed color [that] stays true for daylong wear.”

It’s a rich, dark black with blue undertones and silver micro-glitter. I did a quick wash of this color on the lid (without primer), and it wore for eight hours before subtly creasing. Over a primer, it wears for twelve hours without any issues.  The texture is smooth, and the color payoff is really true-to-pan–it’s a dark black, and it doesn’t drag or go on patchily, as some blacks do. The glitter is embedded in the powder itself well, but there are the occasional pieces that fall out.

This shade reminded me of Chanel Mirifique, though The New Black has a stronger blue-base. I imagine it’s also similar to MAC Black Tied but more pigmented.

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The New Black

B+
For as heavy on the shimmer/glitter as this shade is, it has very little fall out, but it does have some, so it isn't perfect. The intensity of the pigment is definitely the best part about this shade!

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Guerlain Apres l'Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is an opaque rosy pink with subtle champagne-gold micro-shimmer. The finish is frostier than many of the other shades of Rouge Automatique, but it’s still not a full-frost finish. I was quite surprised with how opaque this color ended up being, because it’s a rather light shade when you glance at it. While I tend to get longer wear out of this formula, this shade wears about five hours on me.

The formula is creamy without being thick or heavy, and it is actually a moisturizing formula. It’s soft and feels like silk when applied. I find these comparable to the Rouge G lipstick, though not as thick or as opaque, but still similar enough. They’re $11 cheaper than the Rouge Gs, and the colors still have the same depth and nuanced shade range that makes Guerlain lipstick always standout to me. To see more photos of the packaging, check out this post. I did not have any issues with the slider of this particular shade!

It’s a bit pinker than NARS Mayflower but not quite as red as Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink. MAC Craving is a touch more plum.

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Apres L'Ondee

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It's more than a my-lips-but-better shade because it's opaque, but it's the same kind of shade--neutral, everyday, easy-to-wear.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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