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AVEDA Petal Essence Eyeshadows (Papyrus, Bare Bellis, Lantana, Cinnamon Bark)

Aveda Papyrus Eyeshadow
Aveda Papyrus Eyeshadow

For spring/summer, Aveda Eyeshadow ($14.00 for 0.04 oz.) released several shades, and I’m reviewing four of them in this post. The Petal Essence eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “non-fading,” “flower wax-infused,” “silky,” and “both color-true and crease-resistant.”  Two of the shades I tried were powdery, while the other two were soft and smooth.  The color payoff varied between good and great, but I noticed that these had a tendency to fade after seven hours of wear (without a primer), with Cinnamon Bark being the lone shade that lasted for a full eight hours without fading or creasing.  All four shades were blendable during application.

Papyrus is described as a “satiny, budding green.” It’s a warm, chartreuse green with a satiny sheen. It had decent color payoff, but the color looked slightly faded applied. The texture was soft and a bit powdery. Dior Peacock #1 is lighter and more shimmery. Buxom Shish Tzu is darker and a cream product. Dior Garden Pastels #1 is darker and more frosted. MAC Juxt is lighter.

Bare Bellis is described as a “satiny, baby pink.” It’s a rosy beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was so soft that it was also powdery. Cinderella Midnight Hour is more beige and frosty. Urban Decay Laced is matte and slightly more beige. MAC Love Spice is more frosted.

Lantana is described as a “satiny, fresh coral.” It’s a softened, peachy brown with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff and wasn’t powdery. Chanel Eclosion is more frosted.

Cinnamon Bark is described as a “satiny, rich mahogany.” It’s a rich, burgundy red with a satiny finish and strong, warm undertones.  The texture was soft and smooth but not powdery, and the pigmentation was rich and intense. Chanel Eclosion #4 is purpler, less warm-toned. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is more burgundy and frosted. MAC Festive Delight #4 is similar. MAC Cranberry is more frosted. Inglot #452 is more frosted as well.

Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Color Papyrus
Papyrus
Papyrus
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Color Bare Bellis
Bare Bellis
Bare Bellis
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Color Lantana
Lantana
Lantana
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Color Cinnamon Bark
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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OCC Androgyne, New Wave, Voyeur Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Androgyne Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Androgyne Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Androgyne Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “psychedelic orange gel.” It’s a brightened tangerine orange with strong yellow undertones and a glossy sheen. It’s like the color of an orange popsicle. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam is sheerer and darker, more red-toned. MAC Sounds Like Noise is very similar in color, but it is a lipstick, so it isn’t glossy. OCC Banjee is yellower, lighter.

New Wave Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “glassy neon pink.” It’s a brightened, pinky-red with subtle cool undertones and a glossy shine. Clarins Grenadine is slightly lighter and has shimmer. MAC Impassioned is similar, slightly pinker. MAC Gimme That! has iridescent shimmer. Illamasqua Petulant is less red.

Voyeur Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “yellow glaze [that] creates a peach neutral.” It’s a warm yellow in the tube, and when applied, it will definitely change and adapt based on your natural lip color–it turns into a light yellow-orange on me. OCC Banjee is a bit bolder, but it is similar in color applied–it’s the only shade I could think of that came anywhere close to this.

The consistency of the Lip Tar Stained Glosses is lightweight, thin, and neither hydrating nor drying.  I’ve had fairly consistent wear with these as well; Androgyne and Voyeur lasted five hours, while New Wave lasted six and a half hours.  New Wave left behind a stain for longer than the other two, which wasn’t surprising, given how bold and deep the color was.  The glossiness lasts for about two-thirds of the wear time of each shade, and it then reduces to a soft sheen.  I think they’re easier to use than Lip Tars, and they look very jelly-like on lips (but with a much thinner consistency, so it does not feel jelly-like!).

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss Androgyne
Androgyne
Androgyne
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss New Wave
New Wave
New Wave
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss Voyeur
Voyeur
Voyeur
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

Cult Nails Love at First Sight Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Love at First Sight Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Love at First Sight Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Love at First Sight Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. 0z.) is described as a “bright pastel influenced purple.” It’s a light-medium lavender-pink with a warmer undertone and a cream finish. OCC Pansy is pinker. Essie Nice is Nice is lighter and less pink. NARS Pokerface has shimmer and is purpler. Zoya Perrie is a touch darker but is quite close.

Love at First Sight was opaque after I applied two coats of polish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was easy to apply–I didn’t have any issues with the polish bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges of the nail. It even dried a bit faster than the average polish, and the final dry down is shiny and glossy. I think you could skip the top coat if you only add it for shine, but it will still look lovely (and just a bit glossier, depending on the top coat) if a top coat is added. I typically get a week of wear out of Cult Nails’ formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Love at First Sight
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Nakizzle's Shizzle Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. 0z.) is described as a “bright take on a traditional pastel blue.” It’s a brightened, light-medium sky blue with a cream finish. Deborah Lippmann On the Beach and NARS Koliary are both darker blues. NARS Kutki is much lighter. Chanel Coco Blue is not as bright, almost subdued/gray. OCC Pool Boy isn’t quite as true blue–it has some aqua in it. Nubar Blue Hydrangea is the same way, where it is isn’t quite as blue and looks slightly aqua in comparison.

Nakizzle’s Shizzle applied nicely with a really lovely consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed evenly and smoothly across the nail.  It was fully opaque in two coats, but there was some streakiness when I applied the initial coat that the second coat fully covered and evened out.  For a pastel blue, it was one of the least streaky formulas I’ve encountered.  It dried down slightly faster than the average nail polish, and the finish is naturally glossy and shiny.  I typically get a week of wear out of Cult Nails’ formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Nakizzle's Shizzle
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a violet purple with pink undertones and a frosted sheen. Urban Decay Vice is darker, less pink-toned. Urban Decay Freakshow is much darker. Make Up For Ever #26 is slightly pinker and a cream product. MAC Butterfly Party is more frosted. MAC Violet is similar. Inglot #441 is lighter, brighter.

The newer Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow formula can be used wet or dry, depending on the intensity you desire. Applied dry, Lilas Mitzah was actually rather pigmented–nicely opaque with a soft, silky-smooth texture that applied evenly and blended out with ease. I haven’t had great luck across this range with the brighter pops of color, but Lilas Mitzah was a winner.  The texture has that soft feel you really look and expect from high-end brands.  When I tested the wear, it lasted well for eight hours, and then I noticed some slight fading after nine hours (without a primer).

Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow Lilas Mitzah (176)

Burberry Peony Rose (302) Lip Velvet

Burberry Peony Rose (302) Lip Velvet
Burberry Peony Rose (302) Lip Velvet

Burberry Peony Rose (302) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a softened, rosy pink with a matte finish and warm undertones. NARS Tolede is warmer. Tom Ford Indian Rose is pinker. Revlon Pink Truffle is glossier and slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is darker. NARS Montego Bay is very similar but a touch pinker.

Burberry’s Lip Velvet is one of my favorite matte lipstick formulas, because it’s rich in color payoff, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. The consistency is creamy enough that it glides on easily without tugging or pulling on the lip, but it stays put and doesn’t slide around. This also helps it stay on better and for longer–Peony Rose lasted nearly six hours on me and was somewhat hydrating while worn. It doesn’t feel heavy or thick, but it has full color coverage.

Burberry Lip Velvet Peony Rose (302)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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