Saturday, September 10th, 2011

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer
OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer

OCC Cruising Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “brassy gold shimmer.” It is supposed to coordinate with Cruising Loose Colour Concentrate. It’s a warmed-up yellow-tinted gold glitter mixed with brassier gold glitter particles. In lower light conditions, it looks warmer, more gold against my skin tone (which has yellow undertones), but under brighter light, it has a brassier look (more like the loose eyeshadow). The color reminded me most of China Glaze Midnight Kiss, except Cruising is the glitter version of it.

OCC’s formula is four-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, toulene, or formaldehyde resin), and it wears a full week on me with minor tip wear (but no chipping). Cruising has a glitter finish, so it will dry down really quickly–which is lovely–but you’ll pay for it later with removal (just as you would with any glittery polish). I find that pressing a soaked piece of felt or cotton against the nail for 15-20 seconds and then repeating on the other shades works well. I press and hold for each finger, and when I’ve done that for all ten, I go back to the first and actually go to pull and remove the polish off the nail. The coverage is noteworthy for two coats of polish, too–nearly opaque.  The consistency of this polish stood out to me; it was a great balance in thickness that allowed for opaque color and even glitter distribution.

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Cruising

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It's opaque enough on to wear on its own, but it could also be used as a layering shade. It has a great dry down time, but make sure you give yourself a good chunk of time for removal!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, September 9th, 2011

Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky Eyeshadow
Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is an incredibly deep, dark navy blue with soft frost finish. It almost seems like navy blue sheen over a blackened-blue base, because the level of darkness is so high, but it doesn’t read blackened blue at all.  It looks a bit like MAC Blue Sheen used dry–but Midnight Sky is so much darker and opaque. Make Up For Ever #81 seems the closest but leans a touch purple.

The formula is buttery and almost creamy (but it is a powder) because of its denser texture. It applies smoothly and the color distributes evenly across the skin. I found it worked well both dry and wet with no real distinguishable difference between the two methods.

P.S. — I swear, I didn’t already review this, but I did review Lapis, which is a medium blue–but the two really are several shades away from each other!

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Midnight Sky

A+
When Le Metier de Beaute gets it right, they really get it right. Midnight Sky has excellent color payoff, a silky smooth texture, and it wears beautifully.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, September 9th, 2011


Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a creamy white with a hint of yellowy beige billowing through the shade. It’s streaky and semi-sheer after three coats. My issue with this polish was how streaky it was. It applied unevenly and looked like a big streaky mess even after three coats. You have to let each coat dry completely, because the next count will pull and create bald spots and patches.

The concept of this color is nice, but the actual application was far too frustrating. The photos in this post are of my third attempt to apply this color. Third time wasn’t the charm, but three strikes and you’re out for me. I know that some of you have far more patience than I do and will be willing to work for the color, but I can’t recommend an $18 polish with this many problems.

I had the best results with one really thick coat (as thick as you can get it), but the drying time becomes exceptionally long with that technique, so don’t attempt it right before bed!

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Medium White

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It's a shame the formula is such a pain to work with and it takes quite a bit of finagling to even get a decent application, let alone a good one (which I was not able to achieve), because the color could work well on several skin tones.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

2.5/5

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

OCC Palare Nail Lacquer
OCC Palare Nail Lacquer

OCC Palare Nail Lacquer

OCC Palare Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “deep fuchsia with blue/violet duochrome.” If you love eyeshadows like MAC Stars ‘n Rockets or Urban Decay Fishnet, you’ll love this polish version. It’s a fuchsia pink with iridescent violet and fuchsia shimmer that becomes more or less pronounced depending on the angle of the nail and the lighting conditions. The duochrome is definitely there, but it is on the subtler side.

OCC’s formula is four-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, toulene, or formaldehyde resin), and it wears a full week on me with minor tip wear (but no chipping). I wasn’t sure if Palare would apply as well as it did, because the consistency is on the thinner side, but it is surprisingly pigmented and mostly opaque in two coats. The shimmer distributes well and is plentiful without resulting in visible brush strokes.

It seems odd to say this about an OCC polish, but it’s a muted version of Deborah Lippmann’s Makin’ Whoopee, which has so much brightness that it nearly radiates; it also runs cooler i tone and more of a purpled-fuchsia base color. Essie Bossa Nova is several shades darker and more red-based, but it has a similar feel.

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Palare

A-
Palare is a fun color! The duochrome is present but downplayed, which may be good or bad, depending on your preference. It applied well, and the drying time was shorter than average.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette
Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette

Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette

Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes shades of silver, teal, navy blue, and black. Three of the shades have shimmery finishes, while one shade has a matte finish and can be used also as an eyeliner. It’s a limited edition palette from Guerlain’s holiday collection.

The first shade (on the left) is a silvered pewter with a hint of gray. It has a shimmery finish and a sheerness to it that makes it seem partially like a layering shade. The only possible dupe I could think of was MAC Vex, which can look similar… or very, very different, given its duochrome finish. In the middle towards the top, there’s a bluish-teal with a frosted finish.

It has good color payoff, but the shade is rather muted by nature (even in the pan, it is not an in-your-face kind of teal!). Urban Decay’s Aquarius seemed similar but is less blue.

Underneath the teal shade is a navy blue with a blackened-blue base and a hint of purple. The color payoff is nice with a really soft, smooth application. It is reminiscent of Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here and Make Up For Ever #81.

The final shade is a dark black with brown tone (as compared to a blue tone) in a matte finish. I honestly was expecting this shade to swatch challky and unevenly, particularly because the texture wasn’t very buttery–it was very soft and silky, but not dense and buttery. It’s rich in color and very easy to blend. It is similar to Make Up For Ever #4.

I like it, but I’m not head-over-heels in love with it. The color combination works, and it’s a lovely cool-toned, almost midnight kind of mix. It’s smoky eyes with a touch of color but not a punch. The textures here are soft and silky-smooth and wear well all on their own. The look I posted yesterday was created and worn without an eyeshadow primer or base, and I had no issues over the twelve hours I wore it.

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Les Ombres de Nuit

A-
I like it, but I'm not head-over-heels in love with it. The color combination works, and it's a lovely cool-toned, almost midnight kind of mix. It's smoky eyes with a touch of color but not a punch

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

MAC Mattenes
MAC Mattenes

MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes (Sneak Peek)

Debuting on September 15th (for North America), Posh Paradise also features ten new and limited edition hues of Mattene Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.08 oz. each). I have four of them to share with you today. They are: Delectable (orange-beige), Deliciously Forbidden (mid-tone berry), Eden Rouge (bright blue-red), and Legendary (mid-tone brick red).

  • Delectable is a darkened peach with a healthy dose of orange, but it’s surprisingly not too warm or orange. It has a semi-matte finish with a light sheen. The lighter coloring does make it so it emphasizes any imperfections of the natural lip. It is similar to Cle de Peau Calliope, MAC Imagine This (which is touch darker), and MAC Peachstock (which is a tough lighter).
  • Deliciously Forbidden is a pinky-red berry with a semi-matte finish. It has opaque color coverage. It’s similar to Milani Sexy Rose, MAC Rebel (which is darker, redder, more vibrant),
  • Eden Rouge is a vibrant blue-based red with nearly opaque color coverage (you can still see my lip freckle peeking through) and a semi-matte finish. It is similar to so many reds. It’s a nice red, but keep an eye out on the reds you already own, because it is a more dupeable shade.
  • Legendary is a brownish red with subtle gold micro-shimmer and a satiny shine. I found this one to have a more pronounced sheen compared to the other three shades I tried. This was also the most opaque. It is similar to Shiseido Mystery, MAC Underworld (which is several shades darker and browner), Bobbi Brown Blackberry, MAC Dark Deed (which is redder), and MAC Kittenish (which is lighter, less brown).

This is only part of a larger selection of new shade varieties of the Mattene formula, but these felt creamier, with better slip and comfort, than previous iterations of Mattenes (I think the last time we saw them was with Style Black).  I wore Delectable on half of my lips (half of the upper/half of the lower) with Eden Rouge on the other side, because I like to test shades from both the lighter and darker ends of the spectrum to get a handle on the length of wear.  Delectable wore off within three hours, while Eden Rouge wore about five.  I think the increased slip and creaminess of the formula has reduced the wear time by a bit–at least in these shades.

I didn’t see anything in the marketing/press release on these about them being long-wearing but did glean that they are supposed to be soft enough to glide-on with semi-matte finishes, intense color, and moisturizing. They’re far more moisturizing than the average matte lipstick.  After wearing the two I tested for wear, I did want balm, but I didn’t feel like my lips were cracking or dry. These are packaged in slim tubes with matte black on the outside and a shiny rim around the middle.  They only contain 0.08 oz., which is less than their regular lipsticks, which are 0.10 oz.

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MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes Swatches, Photos, Review (Sneak Peek)

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I'm surprised the Mattenes aren't being added the permanent range, just because from the four I've seen, it's a rather basic, core range of colors that you would likely see added to a permanent line rather than made limited edition.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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