Saturday, May 21st, 2011

bareMinerals High Shine Eyecolors
Gold Medal, Flash, Meteorite, Vapor

New bareMinerals High Shine Eyecolors!

bareMinerals High Shine Eyecolors ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) just saw the release of six new shades: Gold Medal (pale gold), Flash (iced lilac), Meteorite (iced mocha), and Vapor (gunmetal gray), which are shown in this post, along with Ice (frosted pink) and Rose Gold (antique golden mauve).

I love the texture and color pay off of this product, but I still find the packaging a huge let down. I first reviewed these here. These apply really smoothly with insane pigmentation and a fun, foil-like finish. These wear well alone (eight hours, no creasing) as well as over a base, with other shadows, or over other eyeshadows.

  • Gold Medal is a muted, antique gold with a metallic finish.
  • Flash is a softened lilac with a silvery-white sheen.
  • Meteorite is a cool-toned brown with subtle burgundy tones.
  • Vapor is a bluish gray with a smooth, metallic sheen.

These are beautiful from first swatch to application, but there is a major drawback to this product line. The applicator/tube is a total no-go! However they managed it, when you pull the applicator out of the tube (which is a large sponge-tipped applicator), it also pulls a ton of product onto the edges. In essence, it pulls out far too much product on the applicator itself as well as leaves a lot along the rim of the tube (which just falls on your floor, lap, or wherever!).

I would recommend dumping the color into a jar or else cutting the applicator off — because it seems like the larger sponge-tip does pull much of the excess to the rim, so if you just snipped it off entirely (and used a separate brush to apply), you could leave it in the tube. (Ironically, they tout the applicator as a “convenient, quick-draw wand [that] allows for easy, on-the-go application.”) I wouldn’t recommend any kind of QUICK-DRAW with this unless you wanted it all over your sink.

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bareMinerals High Shine Eyecolors for Summer Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's such a great product bottled in such a horrific way. There's just not that much excess product in the tube that you'd want to risk wasting it with the current packaging. The colors are amazing, as is the formula itself!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, May 20th, 2011

Essie Summer 2011 Collection
Essie Nail Lacquers: Too Too Hot, Meet Me at Sunset, Braziliant

Essie Braziliant Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Essie’s Braziliant Collection includes six new shades for summer: Too Too Hot (sizzling rich red coral), Meet Me at Sunset (vibrant deep orange), Brazilliant (hot orange with a touch of shimmer), Absolutely Shore (soft sea foam green), Super Bossa Nova (upbeat bright fuchsia), and Smooth Sailing (breezy lavender blue with a reflection of pearl).

  • Too Too Hot is really more red than red-coral. It has a cream finish, and it was almost opaque in one coat, though I used two for swatches. The red definitely dominates here, though. It reminds me of a deeper Rescue Beauty Lounge Bangin’, less red Zoya Sooki.
  • Meet Me at Sunset is a orange-red; kind of like a tomato red to me. It’s very vibrant and has a cream finish. I used two coats. It’s darker than Essie Vermillionaire. Zoya Lana seems like it would come the closest but has shimmer.
  • Braziliant is a rich, darkened orange with white shimmer. I used two coats, but it was nearly opaque in one. MAC Imperial Flower is similar, though the shimmer is chunkier and gold.
  • Absolutely Shore is a whitish green with a cream finish. I used two coats, but it does have a streakier base, so take your time with this one. It’s a little less yellow-based than Nubar Sprout.
  • Super Bossa Nova is a brightened, dark pink with fuchsia shimmer. I swatched with two coats, but it was really pigmented in one. China Glaze 108 Degrees is very similar, though the base pink is redder.
  • Smooth Sailing is cornflower blue with hints of purple and chunkier silver shimmer. I used two coats. I couldn’t find a dupe for this – I don’t have anything quite like it in my stash from what I can tell!

The formula for Essie’s summer shades was excellent overall. I only had a little trouble with Absolutely Shore, which required some patience and a more precise application (aka pay attention)–the first coat will look a little streaky, so I recommend a thinner initial coat followed by a medium-thick second coat. Despite being a lighter shade, though, it is nearly opaque in just two coats. The other five were impeccable: dense pigmentation, not too thick or thin, even flow, and just easy to work with. I typically get a week’s worth of wear out of Essie’s polishes.

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Essie Braziliant Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's a fun collection of summery shades; the first three are more typical of summer, while the latter three are a little more unique. Overall, these were nice to work with and had great color pay off. Smooth Sailing seems the most unique!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, May 19th, 2011

MAC Surf Baby Lipglasses
MAC Surf Baby Lipglasses

MAC Surf Baby: Lipglass

MAC Surf Baby Lipglases ($15.50 for 0.17 oz.) include four shades: Girl on Board (pale white gold), Good Lovin’ (soft peachy pink), Krazy Kahuna (warm mid-tone brown), and Strange Potion (soft coral pink).

  • Girl on Board is a semi-opaque white shimmered gloss. I see this working better for layering than on its own, though. It’s similar to Almondine (Spring Colour Forecast, ’10). The closest permanent dupe would probably be Underage, which leans a little pink.
  • Good Lovin’ is a sheer, beige-y nude with a little rosiness and beige and champagne shimmer.  It seems similar to Prrr.
  • Krazy Kahuna is a reddened terracotta with very subtle flecks of white shimmer. It is nearly opaque on my lips. I can’t think of a dupe for this shade in the permanent range.
  • Strange Potion is a lightly pink shimmered, soft pinky-coral that’s semi-opaque in coverage. This was originally launched with Venomous Villains (’10). Pink Lemonade would be the closest dupe in the permanent range, but it is pinker.

MAC Lipglasses are vanilla-scented but taste-free. They are sticky glosses (some of the stickiest on the market) with a thicker consistency than your typical gloss, but they do wear a solid four hours on me as a result of the tackier formula. Pigmentation ranges from sheer to opaque, but all three of these shades are more pigmented than the average lipglass–even Girl on Board, which is more shimmer than color, covers my natural lip color a good deal.

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MAC Surf Baby Lipglasses Swatches, Photos, Reviews

A-
Shades like Girl on Board and Strange Potion are really easy to wear across skin tones, though Girl on Board will be more flattering for most when layered than worn alone.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 19th, 2011

MAC Lipstick
MAC Lipstick

MAC Surf Baby: Lipsticks

MAC Surf Baby Lipstick ($15.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes four shades: Bust Out! (dirty mid-tone violet), Hibiscus (bright orange coral), Mocha (peachy yellow-brown), and Naturally Eccentric (creamy white nude). Mocha is permanent and Naturally Eccentric (Naturally Eccentric, ’05) is a repromote.

  • Bust Out! is a semi-sheer to semi-opaque pinked purple with a lustre finish. It’s darker and less glossy compared to Playtime (Quite Cute, ’11). It’s darker, purpler, less fuchsia in comparison to Style Curve (Stylishly Yours, ’10). It seems a little pinker than Up the Amp (permanent).
  • Hibiscus is a brightened, medium-dark red-coral with soft gold shimmer. It has a cremesheen finish.  It’s like a richer, deep version of Viva Glam Cyndi.  It’s a little redder than Coral Polyp (Dame Edna, ’08). It’s a touch less bright than Toxic Tale, and the finish makes it appear a little different, too.
  • Mocha is a warm, medium-dark brown with yellow undertones. It has a satin finish, so the coverage is really opaque and the finisy very creamy.
  • Naturally Eccentric is a semi-opaque, really light nude which leans a little pink on me. It has a lustre finish. It’s a little less pink than Hue. I think the lustre finish gives it a slightly uneven look that’s less than lovely.

MAC lipsticks are vanilla scented but taste-free. Lustre finishes, like Bust Out! and Naturally Eccentric, are designed to be sheer with a slightly glossy finish, so the pigmentation on both is as expected. Mocha, as a satin finish, is creamy and opaque, as it should be. I typically get two to three hours of wear out of lustre finishes, with four to five hours of wear out of satin finishes.

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MAC Surf Baby Lipsticks Swatches, Photos, Reviews

B
Naturally Eccentric seems like the hardest color in the collection wear--it is really, really light. I imagine it will wash out a lot of people, while Hibiscus will probably draw a lot of people in (corals always seem to do well).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 19th, 2011

MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers
MAC Surf Baby Nail Lacquers

MAC Surf Baby:  Nail Lacquers

MAC Surf Baby is right around the corner–the full collection hits stores on May 26th (PRO stores should put it out a week earlier) and should start popping up online as early as the 23rd. There are two Nail Lacquers ($13.50 for 0.4 fl. oz.) coming out: Hangin’ Loose (dirty pink nude) and Ocean Dip (mid-tone creamy aqua).

  • Hangin’ Loose is a pale, peachy nude with soft white shimmer. It looks more peach, less nude in natural light than it does in brighter light. I used three coats and was able to achieve opaque color, but two coats does get close to opaque. Formula flowed easily over the nail and applied well.
  • Ocean Dip is a creamy bluish teal. I used two coats to get opaque color coverage. Even after I rolled it a few times, the formula was on the watery side.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC polishes always wear a full week for me, with no chipping, and minor tip wear.  The formula isn’t as consistent as I’d like, though, as some shades are thin, some thick, and a couple of them are watery.  Though recently I’ve had some issues with splayed applicators, both were perfect in these two bottles.

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Ocean Dip

B+
I found Ocean Dip to seem like a less dupeable shade, just because of the intensity of the color and the way it leans bluer, rather than green, as many teal/aqua shades do. Hangin' Loose has a better formula, though.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Bare Minerals Purely Nourishing Cream
BareMinerals Purely Nourishing Cream

Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Purely Nourishing Cream

Bare Escentuals Purely Nourishing Cream for Dry Skin ($28.00 for 1.7 oz.) worked so well with my normal-to-dry skin in the spring. I used it as my evening cream for about two months (which I finished at that point), though I definitely doubled up on usage a few times and used this as my morning moisturizer on days when I knew I was staying home.

It’s thick and creamy, feels rich without being heavy, but absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any greasy feel behind.  My skin felt hydrated and lush; like it had a little extra spring in it because it was fully moisturized.  Like the rest of the new skincare range, it has a very subtle herbal-ish scent; a little lavender, a little earthiness.  It’s not a fragrance, though; it seems like the ingredients coming through but nothing added.   It’s always interesting when you try out a product, finish it, switch to something else, and that is when you realize just how much it had done for your skin.

I’m seriously this close to buying another jar, because the combination of products I’m using right now isn’t cutting it with California’s wacky weather and my skin is dying for some real hydration.  I’m rotating in their Purely Nourishing Lotion with SPF 15 in this week, so I’m hoping for good results from that since I’ve been suitably impressed with the line so far.  The price is right, quantity is good, and the product itself is excellent.  Sure, I’d love an airless pump, but otherwise, there’s nothing I don’t like about it.

ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Glycerin, Sorbitan Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Dimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Propanediol, Soil Minerals, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbityl Laurate, Jojoba Alcohol, Isopropyl Jojobate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Jojoba Esters, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract (Viola Tricolor), Xanthan Gum, Linseed Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Hydroxide, Trisodium Edta, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Glycine Soja), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (Persea Gratissima), Citric Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera), Punica Granatum Seed Oil (Punica Granatum), Lavandula Hybrida Oil (Lavandula Hybrida), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter (Simmondsia Chinensis), Linalool, Salicornia Herbacea Extract (Salicornia Herbacea), Butylene Glycol, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract (Fagus Sylvatica), Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Tocopheryl Acetate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Anthemis Nobilis), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract (Averrhoa Carambola).

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