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Zoya Dream, Mosheen, Payton Nail Lacquers

Zoya Dream Nail Lacquer
Zoya Dream Nail Lacquer

Zoya Dream Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep space blue halo.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark blue with an assortment of sparkle and shimmer, both in color and in size. The consistency is not quite watery, but it’s thinner, and with two coats, I still had some visible nail line. Sometimes I noticed it, other times it seemed opaque, but it depended on the lighting and angle. I didn’t have any blue nail lacquers that were similar, because the composition of the shimmer/sparkle in Dream was missing from other blues I’ve reviewed previously.

Mosheen Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “astro ice blue topper.” It’s an iridescent layering top coat filled with bar glitter that goes from blue to green to pink, bits of copper, purple, and blue sparkle. This is described as a layering product, so while it can be worn however you like, it is designed to be applied over your favorite polish. For swatches, I layered it over Dream. It had good layering coverage in one coat (which is what I applied over Dream), and it has a cool look when applied as two coats by itself. It appears very wintry, because it has a very light coloring when applied on the nail alone. It goes on mostly even but you may need to push a few bits into place. Not a dupe really, but Zoya Maisie has a shifting flake glitter in it, which did remind me of this, but it is definitely more dominantly green-to-blue shift. Zoya Electra has larger bar glitter, and the bar glitter tends to look silver half the time.

Payton Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “galactic cranberry halo.” It’s a rich, deep eggplant purple with cool, berry-pink undertones, and a mix of cranberry, copper, and violet shimmer and sparkle. After two coats, it was mostly opaque and appeared nearly full coverage most of the time, but when I held my nails away, you could see that it wasn’t fully opaque. The consistency was similar to Dream, so it was thinner and not quite watery, but a part of me wanted to call it watery. It applied evenly and easily, and it had a soft shine to its natural dry down. Urban Decay Vice is similar in color but lacks the sparkle and slight shift. Chanel Taboo is darker, purpler, less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping. These shades will debut October 1st! 🙂

Zoya Nail Lacquer Dream
Dream
Dream
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Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Zoya Nail Lacquer Mosheen
Mosheen
Mosheen
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Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
Zoya Nail Lacquer Payton
Payton
Payton
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Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a mix of burgundy, beige, rose gold, and brown. It’s a really nice palette of wearable shades, and the quality is good overall. I think Chanel fans will be pleased, and any one who tends to find pigmentation lacking in them will find this a surprise. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, and as a result, some shades can feel almost powdery as the powder loosens from the solid pan very easily. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and of course, that ultra soft texture means these blend like a dream. Luckily, that softness didn’t mean that the shades sheered out when applied/blended, and it didn’t result in shorter wear. I wore all four shades yesterday, and they lasted eight hours without fading or creasing (no primer).

Seduction #1 is a medium-dark, reddened burgundy with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Festive Delight is less shimmery. MAC Cranberry is very similar. MAC Brazenly is darker. is darker. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #2 is a pale, gray-tinged beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and silky, though a little powdery. MAC Winterscape is cooler-toned. MAC Star Crystal is pinker. MAC Creamy Bisque is less frosted. MAC Her Cocoa #1 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #3 is a medium-dark, pinky-brown with a hint of peach. It reminded me of rose gold but darker and not as metallic. The finish was more like a satin. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky. MAC Pink Pepper is more sparkly. MAC Caribbean is darker, redder. MAC Expensive Pink is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #4 is a deepened brown with subtle bronze and copper shimmer with a satin finish. It had subtle warm undertones, great pigmentation, and a soft, finely-milled texture. MAC Constructivist is a cream product. Urban Decay Bewitch is lighter. MAC Life’s Luxury is a cream product. Milani Rich Java is similar. MAC Carbonized is darker. Guerlain Turandot #4 is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Seduction (42)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector
Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector ($38.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a warm-toned, light-medium peach-brown with rose, gold, and copper shimmer. Urban Decay Glint is lighter. MAC Soft & Gentle is lighter, more beige. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper is lighter. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is pinker. Not a dupe but because it does come to mind, Benefit Rockateur is significantly pinker. See comparison swatches.

This is a new–and limited edition!–shade for the holidays, and it also has a raised pattern/design in the pan. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable. It gives a noticeable but not over-the-top glow to the skin when dusted lightly over it–the finish doesn’t turn metallic. On my skin tone, there’s almost no visible color, but on fairer complexions, I would expect to see some warmth and color, not just a sheen. Like Moonstone, it’s not a totally foolproof highlighter, because it is incredibly pigmented, so it can be easy to over-apply and get a finish that emphasizes pores. I had the best luck applying with a fan brush across the high planes of the face. Rose Gold wore well, though, and stayed on my skin for eight and a half hours and only started to show signs of fading after nine hours of wear.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Rose Gold
Rose Gold
Rose Gold
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

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Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, red-orange with a shiny, luminous finish. There’s really no shortage in high-voltage oranges on the market, so you can really pick the formula and price point that best suits you. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception is browner. MAC Dangerous is matte. Urban Decay Bang is less red. Maybelline Orange Edge is similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis is more matte. MAC Sail La Vie is similar. MAC Lady Danger is matte. Buxom Rogue is similar. See comparison swatches.

Dior recently released the latest Rouge Dior Lipstick range, which is supposed to have “luxurious, full-coverage lip color” with a “satiny finish.” It’s a lightweight, lightly creamy, moderately hydrating, and easy to apply formula. Trafalgar was richly pigmented and almost had full coverage in a single stroke. It applied smoothly, evenly, and didn’t bleed or feather outside my natural lip lines. It lasted well for six hours, and it left behind a warm, reddish stain that lingered for another hour or so.

Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care Lipstick Trafalgar (844)

Sephora Pro Angled Blush Brush (#49) & Pro Fan Brush (#65) Reviews & Photos

Sephora Pro Angled Blush Brush (#49)
Sephora Pro Angled Blush Brush (#49)

Sephora Pro Angled Blush Brush (#49) ($32.00) is medium-large, rounded, angled brush. Sephora calls it a blush brush, but it could just easily apply bronzer, contouring colors, and so on. The brush head is 34mm in length, 35mm in width (at its widest point), and 20mm in thickness. It has a lightly pinched, metal ferrule and a total brush length of 8.25 inches or 21 centimeters. It works well for applying blush, bronzer, and contouring powders, which were the most frequent ways I used it. If you tend to apply your blush a bit lower and less on the apples, it’s quite nice to fit just along the cheek bone and then feathering the blush upwards over the bone (towards the apples). It also fits nicely into the hollows of the cheek, along the jaw line, and around the edges of the face for contouring. If you have a smaller face, it may be too thick, though.

It’s much denser and less fluffy than MAC 168 ($35). I picked up Hakuhodo J511 ($33) as an angled brush, but it’s significantly smaller–it is also fluffier (like the MAC 168); Hakuhodo has the J531/S106 ($87/$120), both of which are longer (45mm) but thinner (12.5mm)–note, I do not have either of those, but they were both slightly angled. There was also the B512 ($60), which has the same length but is only 10.5mm in thickness. Make Up For Ever #150 is significantly smaller, but it has a similar density–though it is thinner.

Sephora Pro Fan Brush (#65) ($27.00) is a large, fluffy fan brush. The brush head is 38mm in length, 70mm in width, and 7mm in thickness. It has a metal ferrule that’s pinched and overlays part of the base of the bristles. It has a total brush length of almost 8 inches or 20 centimeters. It’s a very fluffy, somewhat splayed brush. I wish it kept its shape just a bit more along the edges, but given the way I tend to apply using this, it doesn’t really impact the application. I typically use fan brushes for very light application of highlighters and blushes; if you’re working with an intensely pigmented blush that you only want a subtle look from, a fan brush (or stippling brush) works well. Fan brushes do the same for an overly frosted or too pigmented highlighter so you can get a glowing look without emphasizing pores. It can, of course, be used however you so desire and with a variety of powder products. It could be used with cream products, but I think it’s a little large so it doesn’t offer as much precision as I’d like when working with creams.

It is much wider and a bit thicker compared to MAC 184 ($24). Hakuhodo J4004 ($26) is more like MAC 184, so it is also narrower, and it is also a thinner, more feathery brush overall.  These two brushes are slightly softer, though, but I wouldn’t describe the Sephora brush as scratchy–just not as soft.

Also, one thing I noticed with Sephora’s Pro brushes is that they’re easily some of the longest-handled brushes relative to a variety of brands, from MAC to Make Up For Ever to NARS to Tom Ford.

Sephora   #49 Pro Angled Blush Brush
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Sephora   Pro Fan Brush (#65)
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Le Metier de Beaute Whisper Radiance Powder Rouge

Le Metier de Beaute Whisper Radiance Powder Rouge
Le Metier de Beaute Whisper Radiance Powder Rouge

Le Metier de Beaute Whisper Radiance Powder Rouge ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft, peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. It has definite warm undertones, and the finish isn’t subtle. Urban Decay Glint is lighter. bareMinerals The Love Affair is more beige. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is pinker. See comparison swatches.

After swatching, I was quite worried that this was going to be frost-overload applied and make every single pore I had (and ones I didn’t even know I had) stand out like beacons in the night. I was completely wrong–the resulting finish was just right; glow-y without being too oily, a luminous sheen that wasn’t metallic. The texture was soft, buttery, finely-milled, and a little powdery (the surface of the pan was very soft, so if your brush is stiffer or “scratchy,” it can cause excess product to come loose). On the skin, it wore well for eight hours, and after just under nine hours of wear, I saw some light fading. If you have fairer skin, you may notice this adds warmth as well as sheen, but on more medium and darker complexions, it will be primarily sheen.

Le Metier de Beaute Radiance Powder Rouge Whisper
Whisper
Whisper
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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