Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Giorgio Armani Purpura (3) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Purpura (3) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

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Giorgio Armani Purpura (3) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a metallic, silver-threaded plum purple with multi-colored shimmer that is dominated by indigo, violet, and gold flecks.  It was sheerer when I used it dry and really intense when applied wet.

The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow.  It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look using #6).  It’s almost like a really dense loose powder that’s been pressed down, because if you dig at it, it loosens.

Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price).  The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).

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I thought the way the multi-colored shimmer reflected and sparkled against the plummy background worked really well. I wish it was just a bit more pigmented when used dry, though!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “watery pale blue.”  It’s really a soft, pale blue with a smidgen of green that looks squishy on.  From everything I’ve read on this polish, it is a sheer shade, so it’s not expected to be opaque nor designed to be worn that way.  I wore two coats in the swatches, and I think it works best with two.  It’s not streaky like some pastels, but it will start to look uneven if you don’t let each coat dry before the next and go to three or four coats.  I think a ridge filler would be helpful here, too, to really get a flawless, sheer look.

I didn’t find this formula to be as flawless as Rescue Beauty Lounge’s other shades; it’s just not as easy to apply.  I felt like you do need to work with it and be patient, because the way it overlaps can make the color look uneven or patchy if you are not careful.  I also had some color pull up from the base, because the first coat had not dried enough.  The drying time was a little long.  I typically get a full week of wear with RBL’s formula.

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Bikini Bottom

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I feel like the odd one out, because this was such a hit with the RBL customer base and brought back by popular vote, but it just doesn't hit a home run for me.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Giorgio Armani Blast of Blue (1) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Blast of Blue (1) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

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Giorgio Armani Blast of Blue (1) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of violet-meets-indigo blue and medium-dark, metallic gold that creates a blend of a dusty, bluish purple with a gold-tinged sheen and sprinkling of gold shimmer.   When I applied it dry, the gold seemed to shimmer more, while when I applied it wet, the purple dominated.  As soon as this popped up on the website, I knew I had to order it–so glad I did!

The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow.  It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look using #6).  It’s almost like a really dense loose powder that’s been pressed down, because if you dig at it, it loosens.

Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price).  The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).

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#1

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This shade is really interesting, because it ends up being an unexpected mix of the two colors--but you can still see flecks of each.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Living Water Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Living Water Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blue jelly polish with ice blue and emerald green glitter inspired by the phosphorescent sea-water.” It’s a really blackened blue color base (more black than blue, even with flash) with pale blue, emerald green, and teal micro-glitter.

If you prefer a smooth finish, be sure to use a thicker top coat like Seche Vite (I took all the natural light photos without a top coat so you could see the natural finish) so you won’t feel the slight texture of the micro-glitter. I needed two coats to get opaque color, and the formula dries quickly but almost needs to set before going for a second coat.

For me, it dries to a semi-matte finish on the first coat, but the second coat held more shine (without a top coat), though I’d still recommend a shiny top coat for best results.  I did a wear test with this shade, since I haven’t tested enough of the brand’s shades to make any generalizations, and it wore for a week with minimal tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — They’re actually have a buy three, get one free sale through Tuesday, just use code NEVERFORGET! :)

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Living Water

A-
It says it's a deep blue, but I really couldn't find a way to pull the blue out - perhaps those with bluer undertones will be able to! The micro-glitter gives it nice reflection but makes a thicker (and shiny) top coat a must!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, May 27th, 2011

Cult Nails Iconic Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Iconic Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Iconic Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep berry creme with gorgeous red flakes and hidden gold shimmer throughout.” It’s a medium-dark berry red that’s dark without being vampy with ruby red reflective flakes and gold shimmer. The flakes give it more dimension and depth, and though you might think they’d make the polish uneven or bumpy, they don’t. I couldn’t feel them at all; the surface was still smooth. I used two coats to get opaque color, and the formula was the right consistency that allowed for even flow of the polish over the nail without getting too much or little polish on it. I tested Iconic out for wear, and it lasted a full week with minor tip wear.

Cult Nails was created by Maria, a nail blogger at R3daily. There is definitely a story behind the brand, and with it being in its beginning stages, it’s so easy to fall in love. It’s like supporting your local grocer, farmers’ market, or corner store. Their passion for their new brand is infectious, and I’m so glad that the brand created and rolled out a well-executed formula that really cinches it for me.

Part of the brand’s philosophy is creating a green company, so all polishes are big-three-free (no toulene, formaldehyde, or dibutyl), but they also exclude phthalate and camphor. They list all of their polish as vegan-friendly, along with repurposing or using recycled supplies for shipping and packaging. The brand began with four shades (of which I will be swatching the other three), and more recently launched an addition five shades (all limited), but I haven’t seen those yet, though they are tempting!

P.S. — They’re actually have a buy three, get one free sale through Tuesday, just use code NEVERFORGET! :)

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Iconic

A+
I always love finding really amazing products created by people passionate about their products. There is just something about really seeing the care, energy, and love that goes into their creations that makes their products even more enjoyable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, May 27th, 2011

Milani Melange Baked Eyeshadow
Milani Melange Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Metallic Eyeshadow: Melange

Milani Melange Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a mix of smoldering, blackened brown, khaki gold, bronze, and silvered white. When applied, it’s very much a black gold–it has that really dark black-brown color base with khaki and bronze shimmer on top. This shade applies much sheerer when used dry, while applied wet, it has much more intense color pay off.

Milani advertises these as luminous (marketing for soft/sheerer color–more like a wash) when used dry, so it’s actually as described. (Many of the other shades were closer in payoff, though.) I did find that this shade had a faint amount of fall out when used dry; it seemed to have a lot more shimmer than some of the other shades, and the shimmer sat on top of the color more than weaved within it.

I do wish they’d ditch the sponge/brush applicator, though, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.

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Melange

B+
I think this kind of color is harder to come by, which might excuse the fallout that occurs for some. I do find this is a shade I have to use wet to get the best results, though.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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