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Make Up For Ever #52L Aqua Eyes Liner

Make Up For Ever #52L Aqua Eyes Liner
Make Up For Ever #52L Aqua Eyes Liner

Make Up For Ever #52L Aqua Eyes Liner ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “blue-green sheen.” It’s a green-tinged teal with a little undertone of blue and a subtle pearled sheen. If you have Urban Decay Covet, this may be too similar; Covet is ever-so-slightly greener and darker, while Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (you can see me wearing it here) is very nearly a dupe for this (at a certain angle, #52L appears to have a slightly greener tone, but it’s hard to tell and would, personally, call them 100% dupes). MAC Minted is darker, greener. MAC Float on By is slightly lighter.

This is a new and limited edition shade for summer, which is a bummer, because it’s a truly gorgeous shade, and it’s no wonder–I’m obsessed with Tarina Tarantino’s Spark of Envy, so it was no surprise that the moment I applied this, I was all “Oooh, ahhh,” about the color, but for some, Make Up For Ever is more accessible and easier to purchase.  It’s also a good alternative to the recently discontinued Covet by Urban Decay.

It had really good pigmentation in a single pass, and it was very easy to build it to fully opaque color in one and a half to two passes of the pencil across the lash line. The pencil glided on without tugging or pulling at the lash line, and it was a mix of waxy and creamy so it was easy to apply but still stayed put. It lasted nine hours well on my lash line without smudging.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner #52L
#52L
#52L
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Chanel Bel-Argus (667) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Bel-Argus (667) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Bel-Argus (667) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Bel-Argus (667) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic blue.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with a metallic finish. It has a lot of dimension and gets lighter and darker depending on the angle you hold your nails and what kind of lighting there is. I could only come up with one shade that was similar, but it is surprisingly similar: China Glaze Blue Bells, which ends up having a more foil-like finish, while Bel-Argus is very metallic.

It was opaque in two coats, and unlike my experience with Azure, brush strokes were subtle and tended to fade away from sight when the light hit the polish. This is more of that brushed metal finish, rather than just a streaky finish, and they were fairly controllable so they follow in a straight line. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed well across the nail. I normally get about a week of wear with Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Bel-Argus (667)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

Chanel Eden (437) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Eden (437) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
Chanel Eden (437) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Eden (437) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “translucent raspberry.” It’s a shimmer-free pink-tinted gloss. On lips, it gave my lips a slightly pinker tint (and looked very much like Evolee once applied, but there’s a decrease in the warmth added). There is a number of sheer glosses that are similar to this.  I wish Chanel would consider releasing a better variety in intensity/opacity within a collection.

Again, sheer glosses are one person’s best friend and another’s nightmare. At least with Eden, Chanel made it clear what to expect: not just sheer but a translucent kind of color. The effect of this gloss is primarily adding a glossy, high-shine finish to lips, rather than adding sparkle or color. My lips looked pinker and less washed-out with this applied, but there’s no arguing about how subtle it is. It was rather difficult to assess how long this gloss lasted on me, but I noticed that at least half the glossiness had disappeared after two hours. There was some subtle sheen that I could still detect after three hours, but by four hours, my lips felt naked. The texture is slightly thin, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear. I wore this back-to-back, and it was lightly hydrating during that time.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Eden (437)
Eden (437)
Eden (437)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Chanel Envolee (427) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Envolee (427) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
Chanel Envolee (427) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Envolee (427) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral.” In the tube, it appears like a warm coral-red with shimmer, but swatched on the skin, it takes on a much softer, lighter color–more soft orange with gold shimmer than coral. On lips, it adds warmth and maybe tints them to something slightly darker, but it’s very minimal and the shimmer is hard to spot (it is not a very sparkly shade).  There is a number of sheer glosses that are similar to this.

Sheer gloss should have a more visible impact than a clear gloss would. On my lips, this shade makes my lips look glossy and adds more pinkness to them (you can see that my lips almost look a bit washed out when they have nothing on them). Because the effect is subtle, it makes this gloss more readily duped–there’s nothing particularly notable about this shade. It wears three hours on me, and the consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, doesn’t get tacky, and is comfortable and lightly hydrating while worn. But I recognize that many readers need some special oomph to merit splashing out this much on a gloss, and if that’s you, keep going and don’t look back on this one.

We will always see and hear the debate between clear, sheer, and opaque gloss and what is or isn’t worth it and what does and doesn’t make it worth it. If you prefer opaque gloss, Glossimers (generally) aren’t going to be your number one go-to. Sometimes they have semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, and more frequently (in the past couple of years), many of them are very sheer. The press release described Envolee as just “coral,” whereas Eden, another shade, is described more aptly as a “translucent raspberry”–so this should be more pigmented than Eden, but it is not.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Envolee (427)
8.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total

Chanel Zephyr (377) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Zephyr (377) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
Chanel Zephyr (377) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Zephyr (377) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige with shimmer.” It’s a warm, orange-peach with peach and gold shimmer. MAC Summer Sweetneart is very similar in color but has no shimmer. MAC Pure Flattery is warmer. MAC Kiss Me Softly is similar. MAC Poetic License is warmer.

It’s one of the creamier-finished glosses within the range, so it doesn’t have as much sparkle as the sparkliest Glossimer and has a milkier finish on the lips. Because of the milky quality of the color, it does settle into lip lines somewhat. The high-gloss finished paired with the shimmer does help distract the eye from the settling so it is not as noticeable. I wish Zephyr applied more evenly, as it constantly would show “lines” if I pressed my lips together.  It lasted four hours, which was good and around average, and it was lightly hydrating while worn.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, felt comfortable when applied, and wasn’t sticky.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Zephyr (377)
Zephyr (377)
Zephyr (377)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

Dior Samba Summer Nail Duo

Dior Samba Summer Nail Duo
Dior Samba Summer Nail Duo

Dior Samba Summer Nail Duo ($29.00 2 x 0.23 fl. oz.) contains two miniature-sized polishes from Dior’s summer collection, Bird of Paradise. They look just like Dior’s full-size polishes in exterior packaging, but they have a regular brush (compared to their wider, more tapered brush) that is wider than a normal brush, but it is not tapered.

Samba (794) is described as a “metallic peacock green.” It’s a bold, shimmering green-teal with an almost warm tone (from the green) and has a metallic finish. It was fully opaque in two coats, and while there were visible brush strokes, they were subtler and less distracting from the color/finish–they were also more easily controlled (so they look straight, rather than wonky). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Chanel Azure is darker, more of a duochrome, and ultimately, looks bluer and not nearly as bright as this. I think that you might prefer one over the other, but they’re not dupes. China Glaze Deviantly Daring is much bluer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Teal or No Teal is bluer. ORLY Haley’s Comet is more glittery, darker.

Samba (402) is described as a “cool turquoise.” It’s a darkened mint green cream. It was opaque for the most part after two coats, but the polish was somewhat streaky in places, so there were some patches that did not look quite opaque. Essie Turuquoise & Caicos is darker, less warm-toned. It reminded me a lot of Illamasqua Nomad. China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint is lighter. Essie First Timer is also similar–slightly greener.

For two Dior polishes, it’s almost a deal.  Normally, Dior’s polishes retail $23 for 0.33 fl. oz., which is $69.70/oz., while this kit is $63.04/oz., as you get 0.46 fl. oz. for $29.  If you have larger hands or longer fingers, you might find the smaller bottles harder to hold and use.

Dior Vernis Samba (402)
Samba (402)
Dior Vernis Samba (794)
Samba (794)

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