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Zoya Chita & Sunshine Nail Lacquers

Zoya Chita Nail Lacquer
Zoya Chita Nail Lacquer

Zoya Chita Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “forest green in a matte, textured, sparkling finish.” It’s a medium-dark green with cool undertones and warmer, champagne-gold sparkle. It has a matte, textured finish, as described, and some sparkle. I felt like the texture seemed to take away from the sparkle, and it was less dazzling as some of the other Pixie Dust shades have been. It was mostly opaque after two coats (and Zoya rates it as a four, with five being fully opaque). None of the following shades are that similar, given they lack the finish of Chita. Illamasqua Kink has a rubber finish, no shimmer. China Glaze Glittering Garland is warmer, not textured. Zoya Ray is darker. Zoya Logan is cooler-toned. Essie Going Incognito is a cream. See comparison swatches.

Sunshine Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “Van Gogh navy blue in a matte, textured, sparkling finish.” It’s a medium-dark blue with blue and silver sparkle and a matte, textured finish. There’s a slight violet/purple tint to it. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and like Chita, Zoya listed it as four for opacity (five is fully opaque), so it is what it’s supposed to be. This shade sparkled a bit more, but it still seemed flatter than other Pixie Dusts. I couldn’t think of anything like this, and all that I could were two creams with a similar blue coloring (but they appear darker and more violet-tinted since they have no shimmer): MAC Blue Gaze and Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of both shades wasn’t too thick or too thin, though they run thinner than the average Zoya polish. The Pixie Dust formula wears really well; a nice seven-days of wear without chipping and very minor tip wear (which looks more like the sugary granules were sanded down on the edges).

Zoya Nail Lacquer Chita
Chita
Chita
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Zoya Nail Lacquer Sunshine
Sunshine
Sunshine
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Rouge G Lipstick ($49.50 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a medium-dark, berry red with cool, blue undertones and a pearly micro-shimmer. Urban Decay Venom is purpler. Guerlain Liu is darker, redder. NARS Valparaiso is purpler, matte. MAC Love Goddess is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Bee is purpler. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is purpler, darker. Burberry Bright Plum is matte, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

I feel like it’s been awhile since Guerlain has released any new/limited Rouge Gs, so I’m happy to see three releasing as part of the fall collection. I received this one yesterday, and I bought the other two from a Neiman Marcus store (but they’re shipping them here, so I’m not sure exactly when it will arrive–hopefully soon!). It’s incredibly pigmented and nearly opaque in a single pass. The consistency is lightly creamy but not heavy. It wears well for six and a half hours, and it leaves a stain that lingers for another two and a half hours. It’s nicely hydrating, and it is very comfortable to wear. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding while wearing the color. The lipstick is scented with violets.

This shade will be releasing online and in-stores this month, and Neiman Marcus stores seem to have the collection in-store already as well as online.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Madame Batifole (860)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep and intense fuchsia.” It’s a rich, medium-dark raspberry red cream with cool, blue undertones. MAC Get Noticed is darker, redder, less pink. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is brighter. Dior Graphic Berry is purpler. Chanel Suspicious is a smidgen brighter but similar. Butter Londo Blowing Raspberries is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

It was opaque in one coat, though I used two for swatches, because two coats gives it a really rich, lush look on the nail–almost like a jelly finish because of how glossy the finish is without a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it spread beautifully across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges.  Guerlain’s lacquer formula is very impressive, with a lot of it due to its extremely glossy finish after it dries down.  It has a wider, tapered brush that works well to spread the color in one stroke, rather than multiple ones, but depending on how narrow or wide your natural nails are, it may be too wide (it is almost too wide for my pinky nail).  I typically get a full week of wear out of Guerlain’s lacquers with very minor tip wear.

Madame Batifole makes its debut online and in-stores this August.

Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Madame Batifole (860)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Dekadent & Mein Herr Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Dekadent Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Dekadent Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Dekadent Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “translucent crushed blueberry.” It’s a pink-tinged violet–much like what you’d see if you did in fact crush blueberries. On my lips, this translated to a cool-toned, medium-dark pink color with a subtly glossy finish. It has a thinner texture than the average gloss, but it’s not too thin. It’s non-sticky and a little gel-like on. This shade wore for well for four hours, but it didn’t have any real, long-lasting stain. Unlike other shades in the Lip Tar Stained Gloss range, this one is very sheer (just as described), so depending on what you’re looking for, this may be more or less your style than the rest of the range. This type of sheerness always seems to leave my lips looking somewhat splotchy and uneven. Revlon Sugar Violet is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet has shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Mein Herr Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “creme fraiche beige.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with subtle warm undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this shade settled into every lip line. From afar, it isn’t as noticeable, because the color is more opaque than not and glossy, but it’s there and I wish that it wasn’t. This is an issue that tends to happen with paler beige glosses. It lasted four hours. MAC Calypso Beat is pinker. Chanel Zephyr is shimmery. MAC Liquid Passion is similar. NARS Buenos Aires is shimmery, less warm-toned. MAC Ready or Not is more opaque. MAC Peachstock is similar. MAC Fashion Whim is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Both shades will be available at Sephora on August 27th.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss Dekadent
Dekadent
Dekadent
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss Mein Herr
Mein Herr
Mein Herr
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total

Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-tinged gray with bronze, mauve, and gold shimmer. It has a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #1 is purpler. Urban Decay Rehab is a cream product, browner, darker. MAC Fashion Fix is matte. MAC Hypnotizing is purpler. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige is grayer. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was decent but could have been more intense. The texture was powdery and a little grainy, so the color sheered out all-too-easily on the lid. If you like sheer washes of color, then it’s right up your alley, but if you’re looking for true-to-pan goodness, you may find this lacking. Applied on bare lids, it was somewhat sheer, faded after six hours, and had quite a bit of fall out when worn. I’d recommend a slightly tacky or creamy primer when wearing this to minimize both the fading and fall out. This was probably the one item from Chanel’s fall collection that I was, personally, quite interested in seeing, but it was a let-down.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Gri-Gri (101)
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total

Maybelline Never Fade Jade, Pink Rebel, & Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a bluish-teal with a satin finish. It’s beest applied with a damp brush, as it is semi-sheer and slightly patchy when applied dry. It is also easier to blend out when it is damp, as it tended to stick when I tried to apply it dry. Fyrinnae Gender Bent is lighter. Fyrinnae Sleepy Holllow is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is more shimmery, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is greener, cream. MAC Cool Heat is bluer. Inglot #338 is matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and iridescent fuchsia shimmer. This one was quite sparkly. Applied dry, it’s very sheer and more like a barely-there wash of color. Applied damp, it was more semi-opaque. CoverGirl Fired Up Pink is brighter, less cool-toned. Urban Decay Noise is less sparkly, darker. MAC Infra-violet is similar, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with subtle warm, plum undertones. Applied dry, it was sheer and uneven, and applied damp, it was more pigmented but still patchy. It was difficult to blend on the skin. Disney Snarfblat is cooler-toned. Dior Lilas Mitzah is similar. Urban Decay Vice is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Though they seemed incredibly pretty in their pots, I did not care for these in practice, because they stain the skin in such an over-the-top way and for all their staining power, fade within hours. I felt like my experience with these three was very opposite of what I experienced with the first three I tried. I experienced major staining with Never Fade Jade and Pink Rebel; my eyes were a murky, moldy green paired with “have you been crying?” pink for THREE (!) days. With a primer, it seemed to prevent most of the staining from Pink Rebel, but Never Fade Jade ate right through the primer and left an unholy stain of pain.

All three of these faded very, very quickly; like by the time you went to apply color on the other eye, everything appeared noticeably faded and washed out. I used these damp on bare lids, and then I used them damp over a primer, and they really couldn’t be helped over bare lids and absolutely needed a primer to manage decent color. I still had significant fading after a mere four hours with primer, and there was also a fair amount of fall out. Pink Rebel seemed to be responsible for the majority of the fall out (it was very iridescent!). I had originally tried three of the more neutral shades, and I remember Musings of a Muse didn’t like these much, so I was confused as I loved the neutrals, but after I tried these three, I knew exactly what she was talking about (and we texted about the differences between the shades).

Definitely not 24-hours of wear; not even four hours of decent wear with a primer (which has generally seen me through many an eyeshadow formula to at least eight hours of wear!). The staining is to such a degree that it can actually interfere with wearing makeup the next day or even the day after that. The staining left behind is sheer and uneven, so one would be hard-pressed to argue that was 24-hour wear. It’s not “powerful color intensity” that “stays put up to 24 hours.”  Some of the shades in this range are absolutely a dream to use, but these three were nightmarish.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Never Fade Jade
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
2
Longevity
3
Application
62%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Pink Rebel
Pink Rebel
Pink Rebel
5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
2
Longevity
3.5
Application
60%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Potent Purple
5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
2
Longevity
3.5
Application
58%
Total

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