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YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain

YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain
YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain

YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain ($36.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia magenta–there are hints of purple to it but once applied to lips and it settles in, it looks more fuchsia and less purple. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is shimmery. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is less magenta. MAC Full Speed Ahead (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is pinker, shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Violine Surrealiste was mostly opaque on lips, and it was mostly even, but there were some areas that weren’t as well-covered as others.  From a normal viewing distance, it wasn’t noticeable, but in the close-ups, you can see it more pronounced.  It wore for a staggering seven and a half hours.  The consistency feels water-like when it is initially applied, but give it a minute or two, and then it becomes more gel-like, lightly tacky, and has a smoother shine.  It stains very quickly, and if you swatch it on the skin, it stains almost instantaneously–and it’s not washing off easily (if I swatch Glossy Stains, I can’t swatch anything else for at least 24 hours!).  It has a floral-grape kind of scent, one I really dislike personally, but once it sets in place, I don’t notice it.

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Essie Mind Your Mittens, Parka Perfect, Sable Collar Nail Lacquers

Essie Mind Your Mittens Nail Lacquer
Essie Mind Your Mittens Nail Lacquer

Essie Mind Your Mittens Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, double diamond black teal.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, blackened teal with a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage in two coats. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied evenly without streaking or bubbling. Essie’s formula typically wears a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping. NARS Superstar (LE, $19.00) is bluer, lighter. MAC Deep Sea (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Cult Nails Awakening (LE, $12.00) is a bit lighter. Essie School of Hard Rocks (LE, $8.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Parka Perfect Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “serenely shimmering alpine gray.” It’s more like a muted, dusty sea foam green with very fine white shimmer. The consistency was on the thicker side, and though opaque after two coats, it was streaky and looked thicker in places (didn’t level at all). L’Oreal Now You Sea Me (P) is brighter, darker. Zoya Wednesday (P, $8.00) is brighter. MAC Hyperion (LE, $16.00) is lighter, no shimmer. China Glaze Sea Spray (LE, $8.00) is very similar. Zoya Bevin (P, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sable Collar Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “luxurious pearlescent cocoa plum.” It’s a cool-toned, plummy brown with lighter, warmer plum micro-shimmer running through it. It was fully opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. There were very, very minor visible brush strokes–most of the time, I could not detect them. Guerlain Sulfurous (LE, $23.00) is much darker. Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is less plum. Le Metier de Beaute Urban Dweller (LE, $10.00) is darker and has larger shimmer (but it’s the closest of the three). See comparison swatches.

Essie Nail Lacquer Mind Your Mittens
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Essie Nail Lacquer Parka Perfect
6.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
79%
Total
Essie Nail Lacquer Sable Collar
Sable Collar
Sable Collar
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit
Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit ($50.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes three eyeshadows (0.10 oz. total) and a full-sized lipstick (0.14 oz.). The eyeshadows are housed within a bow-shaped, red-hued palette with black detailing, with a dual-ended applicator (sponge-tipped and brush)–you might think it’s four, but the silver shade is just repeated. The lipstick is full-sized and comes in a decorated, round tube with the lipstick bullet in the shape of Minnie Mouse (more or less). The lipstick was the best part of the set, and the eyeshadows were just so-so; the colors are, of course, very basic so many will have similar shades in their stash, but the color payoff was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than richly pigmented. The three-way split pan is also rather small, and an eyeshadow brush (like MAC’s 239) just barely fits within. The tin, though, is nice, and it’s roomy and easily reused for whatever you desire. I was worried that while the aesthetic was appealing that the actual products wouldn’t be quite as impressive, and unfortunately, that was the case.

Pearl White is a pale white with a soft, frosted finish–almost cool-toned but not quite. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft but a little powdery. This is a staple shade, so there are a lot of really, really similar shades — see comparison swatches.

Ice Silver is a light-medium silver gray with a soft, frosted finish. It was sheer, and the texture could have been a little silkier–it felt a bit dry or stiff. There are plenty of similar shades to this one, but I will note that it is the softer frost that makes this slightly different as many silvers run frosted/metallic. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is more metallic. Kat Von D Holy Bible (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Too Faced Jailbird (LE) is darker. NARS Ramatuelle #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC White as Snow (LE, $32.50) is more sparkly. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Diamond Blue is a medium blackened blue with medium-dark blue micro-sparkle. The texture of this one was drier, somewhat stiff, and the resulting color payoff showed that–as it was semi-opaque but noticeably more muted/softer than as it appeared in the pan. Applied, it looks mostly black (as this type of finish often loses its shimmer when applied!). Too Faced Starry Night (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE) is also darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) is similar. Sugarpill Stella (P, $12.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse (01) is a brightened, orange-red with warm undertones and a lightly luminous sheen. It reads a lot like a poppy red. The texture of the lipstick was creamy and lightweight, while the formula was comfortable wear, lasted for five and a half hours (plus a stain), and was lightly hydrating. It was mostly opaque, but it had a translucency that gave it a very lightweight look–not like a heavy, opaque cream–though it entirely covered my lip freckle! MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is similar. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is more matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder, brighter. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Cockney (P, $15.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Genna (LE, $49.50) is slightly more orange. See comparison swatches.

Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Makeup Kit Rock It
Rock It
Rock It
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
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Lit Champagne Wishes & Tinsel Town Lit Kits

Lit Champagne Wishes Glitter
Lit Champagne Wishes Glitter

Lit Lit Kits ($19.95 for 0.28 oz.) have launched at Sephora, and they come in two varieties–silver and gold–with each kit containing one full-sized glitter (0.14 oz.) and a miniature-sized Clearly Liquid Glitter Base (0.14 oz.), plus a miniature-sized brush for application. I reviewed Lit and its glitters and adhesive base a little over a year ago here, and I’m excited that they’re going to become more accessible as they roll out more fully on Sephora.

Lit’s glitters are available in four sizes (1 through 4) and four textures (shimmers, solids, metallics, and electrics). , so depending on the finish you want, you can select from an assortment. Their online catalog is quite extensive, though right now Sephora only has two Lit Kits available–but I know they’ll be adding more to Sephora over the next few months. These kits are a great way to try the brand, though. I really love both their adhesive base as well as their glitters. What I like about the adhesive base is that it’s thin, like water, a little goes a long way, it’s long-wearing, and it’s very easy to remove. It rinses off with water, and the glitter removes really, really cleanly if you splash or rinse your face with water. Otherwise, I would recommend a clean cotton pad to remove the majority, and then a second (clean) one to remove any residual bits left on the skin.

Champagne Wishes is described as a “light beige gold with floating translucent rainbow bubbles.” It’s a light, yellow-y gold glitter base with floating (who would have thought!) pastel glitters in lavender, pink, mint green, and aqua blue. The gold glitter seems very fine, while the more multi-colored glitter seems slightly larger. This is listed as a size 2 glitter.

Tinsel Town is described as a “pure silver sparkle highlighted by multi-halo reflections.” It’s a pale, metallic silver with floating pastel glitters in pink, lavender, aqua blue. It seemed like it has the same multi-colored floating effect as Champagne Wishes but with a silver glitter base. Again, the silver glitter seemed a bit finer than the multi-colored bits, but all in all, it’s a finer glitter. It is listed as a size 2 glitter.

I don’t have any dupes for either shade in my stash, but I don’t have an extensive collection of loose glitters to compare to 🙂

Lit Cosmetics Glitter Champagne Wishes
0
Product
0
Pigmentation
0
Texture
0
Longevity
0
Application
0%
Total
Lit Cosmetics Glitter Tinsel Town
Tinsel Town
Tinsel Town
0
Product
0
Pigmentation
0
Texture
0
Longevity
0
Application
0%
Total

Cult Nails Disillusion & Lamestain Nail Lacquers

Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black jelly base [with] magenta mylar shreds.” It is a black jelly base with medium to large fuchsia mylar flakes/shreds suspended within it. I don’t have anything quite like it, but NYX Dark Glitter (P, $4.00) contains red glitter suspended in a black jelly base, so it’s possible they have one like that but with fuchsia (but they are not mylar shreds). See comparison swatches.

One of my favorite aspects of smaller businesses, particularly nail lacquer brands, is that they often tell you more about the application and coverage of their polishes, as Cult Nails did here. Maria, the founder, noted two to three coats for it on its own but also recommended one coat over a black polish, but the key is to wait for each coat to dry. In the swatches, my index and middle finger are with two coats, and my ring and pinky have three coats–but it wasn’t fully opaque even with three for me. The very last photo is one coat of Disillusion over Ms. Conduct (not quite black). It’s really, really thick after three full coats, so I would agree/recommend it layered over a black cream for easiest application.  The consistency is thick, even for a jelly, and almost watery but not quite.

Cult Nails Lamestain Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich, deep, ox blood creme.” It’s a very deep, dark burgundy with cool, pinkish undertones and a cream finish. Urban Decay Wrecked (LE) is similar in color. MAC Purple Majesty (LE, $16.00) is also similar in color. MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Color Club Fashion Moment (P) is similar. China Glaze Naughty & Nice (LE, $8.00) is purpler. Zoya Anja (P, $8.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

It had a fair amount of shine when it dried down, and it was totally opaque after two coats. The consistency was on the thinner side, both compared to the average polish as well as to Cult Nails’ creams in general, and I think I might have gone three here for more depth/thickness or use a thicker top coat to give it a plusher look. Cult Nails’ formula wears great on me–at least a week with very minor tip wear.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Disillusion
Disillusion
Disillusion
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Lamestain
Lamestain
Lamestain
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher (£30.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, peachy brown with a satin finish and warm undertones–when blended together. The outer shade is a lighter, peachy-beige with a pearly sheen, while the interior shade is a muted, rosy brown with a mostly matte finish. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is browner. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is warmer, more golden, more shimmery. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, slightly warmer. MAC Seasonal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Margin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, rosier. MAC Barefaced (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The texture is very, very finely-milled, smooth, and silky to the touch.  The center shade was just slightly powdery, but the blush didn’t look powdery at all once applied to the skin; in fact, the powder came together and blended beautifully against the skin.  Both shades individually had good color payoff, and the pigment was still rather buildable on–it could be applied lightly, more normally (medium coverage), or heavily.  The blush wore just over seven hours on me, and it was noticeably faded and a little patchy after eight hours of wear on me.  I liked it, and the texture is really, really lovely, but I wish the wear was a bit longer.  The compact was also surprisingly lightweight–could use a bit more heft to feel like a luxe product.

According to the brand, the product is supposed to be applied in two steps, where you apply the outer shade first across along the cheek bone (“to structure the face”), and then apply the interior shade to the apples of cheeks. I wish the compact was split in the middle or horizontally, because it’s not as practical to use them separately as it is together, and to a degree, they are really layered with the two-step technique, but the outer shade is meant to more defining, while the center shade does more of the blushing, I suppose. You will likely get a little bit of both on your brush, though, unless you use smaller-than-average blush brushes.

Note on purchasing: I bought mine at Selfridges online, and I will say that it took almost two weeks for my order to clear customs, where I was on the phone with DHL almost every other business day for ten to twenty minutes (probably forty minutes for the first call). Selfridges claimed they’d handle all customs paperwork and the like, but I can’t say that was my experience.  I had to give a lot of very, very private information to DHL/FDA as well as prepare documents to show packaging, ingredients, etc. DHL was polite, but it was extremely time-consuming and it took so long that even if it didn’t clear, I’d be out of luck because I’d miss the date to return to sender and it would have been destroyed.  I was also disappointed that Selfridges put a couple of sheets of tissue paper around all the products and that’s it–and so the products had a lot of room to shift around. For an international package, I’d expect more protection–I’m just glad nothing broke.  I don’t know if I would ever order internationally again for cosmetics from Selfridges as a result of my experience, so just a heads up.  Hopefully we’ll see the line here in the states next year.

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher First Love
First Love
First Love
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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