Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder
Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder

Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder

Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder ($70.00 for 0.51 oz.) is a “highlighting bronzer for the face and body.” It combines a “highlighting beige and a pink bronze” to “enhance the complexion while warming the skin with an iridiescent glow.”

It’s an oversized bronzer housed in a wooden compact that slides open (held together by three magnets). It has all of the hallmarks of luxury with engraved detailing on the outer cover with the Guerlain initials and logo, along with the intricate design of the bronzer itself. The center of the bronzer is a muted gold, while the outer portion is a rose-tinted bronzy brown. Together, they create a soft tan bronze with a golden metallic sheen. It’s more of a sheen than shimmer, but it’s not a very subtle sheen–I mention this because many of Guerlain’s products have a softer shimmer and sheen, but this powder has more sheen than Meteorites or the like. The powder has a soft, smooth, very refined texture that feels like silk moving across the skin.

Worn, it imparts a glowy sheen (I wore it on the tops of cheeks and softly brushed around the temples) that’s a soft, golden bronze. It worked well paired with a blush, too, though it could be worn alone for something very bronzy. It also has fantastic wear; it stayed glowy and smooth for eight hours before starting to fade away. The compact itself is done very well, though it’s not the most secure packaging and wouldn’t be my favorite item to travel with. For $70, at least they give you half an ounce of bronzer, though–not many will get through that!

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Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's a nice highlighter-bronzer mix for those wanting a very glowy, golden beachy bronze coloring. If you prefer a more natural bronzer, you might consider the regular Terracotta line, which has more matte finishes.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire (7) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire (7) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

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Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire (7) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, rosy pink with a metallic sheen.  It’s a much more wearable pink than you often seen, because it is less vibrant and reflects more of the natural pink found in the skin.  I did feel like the color in the pot didn’t match the result when used–it looks pinker, less rosy, so it is a little misleading.

This is a product that lives up to its claims–it wears all day without budging, creasing, or fading–and blends as well on its own as it does with other eyeshadows (or on top of an eyeshadow base). Giorgio Armani describes the Eyes to Kill Intense formula as neither powder nor cream but a hybrid that creates a “smooth, lasting color film” that can be applied wet or dry.  Giorgio Armani explains, “Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye … Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.”

The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow.  It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look using #6).  It’s almost like a really dense loose powder that’s been pressed down, because if you dig at it, it loosens.

Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price).  The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).

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If the color in the pot matched the actual color swatched, it would have been a higher rated product, so take that into consideration--if the softer pink is more your style, then it works out for you!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

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Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Butter London Blagger Nail Lacquer
Butter London Blagger Nail Lacquer

Butter London Blagger Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “striking cobalt blue.” That description is dead-on — this is such a rich, decadent blue. It’s royal blue, but even richer, and not quite as dark. Butter London’s impeccable cream formula shines here; rich color in two coats (but honestly, one coat is nearly opaque), smooth, even flow of the polish as you apply. I typically get a week’s worth of wear with Butter London’s formula.

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Blagger is such a gorgeous blue. Luxuriously rich, deep, and dark.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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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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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!

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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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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!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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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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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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