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L’Oreal Endless Pearl, Dive Right In, Infinite Sky Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Endless Pearl 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Endless Pearl 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Endless Pearl In 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it has the kind of texture that works best dry, as it tends to crumble and stick to itself when applied wet (so it doesn’t apply as smoothly).  Dry, it can be somewhat powdery and may look chalky on darker complexions.  This is a shade you’ll find across brands, but it’s a great basic shade that works well as a highlighter on lighter complexions or as a neutralizing color to sweep over the lid to even out their color. Bobbi Brown Ivory, MAC Shroom (warmer, satiny), Urban Decay Walk of Shame, Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #5, Urban Decay Anonymous (satiny), theBalm Adagio, and MAC Brule are all rather similar.

Dive Right In is an iridescent aqua blue with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff when applied dry and was semi-opaque when applied damp–it was smoother when applied damp as well. This shade creased on me noticeably after eight hours of wear (no primer). This is a limited edition shade, so you’ll likely have to find it at a local drugstore (I received this as a press sample; the other two shades I purchased myself). Giorgio Armani #10 is more silvered. Make Up For Ever #150 is bluer, less iridescent. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #3 is much darker.

Infinite Sky is a cool-toned, medium-dark silver-shimmered blue. Applied dry, it is sheerer, while it intensifies when applied damp–and the frosted sheen becomes more pronounced as well. MAC Dimensional Blue is a smidgen lighter. MAC Moon’s Reflection is a touch darker. Urban Decay Mary Jane is bluer.

I didn’t have any wear issues with either Endless Pearl or Infinite Sky, but Dive Right In did crease noticeably after only eight hours of wear (and these are 24-hour wear, technically). I tested all three shades for a total of fourteen hours, and the other two looked about the same as when I had applied them (no fading or creasing). The texture of the three were consistent; soft, finely-milled, and mostly smooth. Endless Pearl has such a matte finish that wet application didn’t go well compared to a lot of the shimmery shades in the range (and this wasn’t unexpected–a lot of products with matte finishes don’t turn out well if applied wet).

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Endless Pearl
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Dive Right In
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
4
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Infinite Sky
Infinite Sky
Infinite Sky
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Cult Nails Faded Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Faded Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Faded Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Faded Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. 0z.) is described as a “light grey with subtle blue undertones.” It’s a pale, cement gray with a subtle cool undertone (read more neutral on me, but it looked more cool-toned in the bottle) and a cream finish. MAC Inert is warmer, more taupe-like. Nubar Earthen is very comparable (but needs a top coat to have similar shine). China Glaze Pelican Grey is darker and has shimmer.

Faded was fully opaque after two coats of polish.  It had a fantastic formula that flowed fluidly across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail.  It dried down to a glossy finish (you could skip a top coat).  I liked that it didn’t get too dark or cool-toned, so it appeared as a lighter, airy kind of gray, rather than a stormy color.  I typically get a week of wear out of Cult Nails’ formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Faded
Faded
Faded
A+

Permanent

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

Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark chocolate brown.” It’s a medium-dark chocolate brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. If it looks familiar, you may be familiar with it when it was launched as a limited edition shade named Gypsy. Now, it’s part of the permanent range of Aqua Eyes. Chanel Brun-Teak is similar but less red-toned. MAC Brownborder is also similar. Urban Decay Corrupt is browner with less red. Tarina Tarantino Locket Book is warmer, more golden, less red. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer is closer but shimmery and not as dark.

It felt, looked, and wore the same as Gypsy did, so if that was a favorite for you (or you missed out), you can have the same experience with #25L.  It’s fairly opaque in one stroke, and it’s very buildable without getting patchy or looking uneven.  The pencil has a slightly waxy and creamy consistency that allows it to glide on evenly and easily without pulling or tugging on the lash line.  I recently tested this, and it lasted for ten hours without smudging or migrating; there was some faint thinning of the lie, but it seemed fully intact at the eight-hour mark.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner #25L
#25L
#25L
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. 0z.) is described as a “blackened, antique olive-gold [with a metallic finish].” At a glance, it’s exactly what comes to my mind when I think of “black gold.” More descriptively, it’s a blackened olive base with golden olive green shimmer with a metallic finish. China Glaze Agro is slightly greener, not as metallic (smaller shimmer). Cult Nails in a Trance is less blackened, more shimmered than metallic. NARS Mash is much greener.

This polish had flawless, opaque color coverage with two coats, but it was nearly opaque in a single coat! The consistency was on the thicker side, but it didn’t have an impact on the application, as I didn’t have any issues with the polish streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail. It dried down rather quickly, and it had a slightly shiny finish but a top coat would give it a really glossy look–it’s more foil-like without a top coat. Despite the very metallic finish, brush strokes were just barely noticeable, and at a distance, not distinguishable. I normally get a week of wear out of OCC’s formula with no chipping and only minor tip wear.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Ripley
Ripley
Ripley
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

Dior No Angel (353) Addict Gloss

Dior No Angel (353) Addict Gloss
Dior No Angel (353) Addict Gloss

Dior No Angel (353) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a subtle, warm-toned, peach-pink with multi-colored pearl (mostly ranging from copper and peach). MAC Summer Sweetheart is warmer, creamy, and shimmer-less. MAC Warm Embrace is similar but more opaque applied. MAC Floating Lotus is slightly pinker.

Applied, it adds warmth, shimmer, glossy shine, and lightens my natural lip color just slightly. The color itself appears semi-sheer, so it’s the kind of shade that will look different applied depending on your natural lip color. I could see this complementing a lot of the richer coral lipsticks on the market. The formula is supposed to feel featherweight, contain Hyaluronic spheres that “keep lips smooth and moisturized,” and also has “mirror-like micropearls [that] reflect light.” It is very comfortable to wear with a thin, lightweight consistency that is lightly hydrating and never feels gritty. The shimmer doesn’t travel during wear, though the wear time could be improved upon–I was only able to get wear of a mere two and a half hours with this particular shade.

Dior Addict Gloss No Angel (353)

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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