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Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “classic red.” It’s a medium-dark, warmer red with brown-ish undertone and a glossy shine. It’s a warmer red that doesn’t go orange, as the warmth is coming from a brown undertone. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is darker, less brown. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is similar but more matte. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is metallic. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is more matte. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is brighter, less brown. See comparison swatches.

This is a new shade for the holidays, and it’s specially packaged in a shimmering, ruby red case. The case is plastic, but it had a lot of depth–it definitely caught my eye. If it had a little more heft, I could see it looking and feeling quite luxe. Showstopper is incredibly glossy; it seemed glossier than other shades in the range even. The color was richly pigmented and applied with opaque color coverage in a single stroke. The consistency was lightweight, emollient, and gel-like–it glides on like butter, as if the color was just melting onto the lips, but I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding with this shade. It wore well for five and a half hours and left behind a residual reddish stain. The formula was nicely hydrating while worn.

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Showstopper (134)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Formula X for Sephora Nail Lacquer

Formula X A+ Nail Lacquer
Formula X A+ Nail Lacquer

Formula X for Sephora Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz. each) launched in October, and it did so with quite a splash as it launched with over 200 shades. Since it was a new formula, I tested three of the shades for wear (the ones in this post) over the past month and a half. Of course, keep in mind that almost nothing chips on me, and I get extraordinary wear out of most formulas. Formula X held up well on me with very, very minor tip wear by the seventh day, and I wore A+ for a full ten days with minor tip wear (I had more nail growth than I did tip wear) but no chipping. The natural shine–that is, without a top coat–dulls a bit by the fifth day. After playing with these, I ended up caving on the 22-polish set during the VIB sale, but I’ll be breaking up the set and reviewing as I can (since they’re all part of the permanent range!)–so more to come eventually.

A+ Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz. each) is described as a “raspberry.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark, blue-based pink cream. It had a really high-shine, glossy finish when it dried down, and it’s very, very pigmented. On my ring finger, I applied only one coat (the rest all have two). Two coats definitely give the color a really plush look–made it look almost jelly-like. The consistency was well-balanced between thick and thin, so it didn’t pool along the edges. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $16.00) is bluer-based. L’Oreal Members Only (P) is pinker.See comparison swatches.

Chaotic Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz. each) is described as “black and white confetti.” It’s a glitter top coat that consists of black and white hexagon-shaped glitters in multiple sizes, plus black bar glitter, all suspended in a clear base. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin (I’d say on the thinner side for a glitter top coat), and one coat had good coverage and spread evenly without having to pull or tug the glitter into place–other than if a bar glitter landed on the edge of the nail, then you might need to tug at it so it doesn’t hang off the edge of the nail. I applied one coat over A+, and then I applied two coats of it on its own on my thumbnail. China Glaze Glitz ‘n’ Pieces (LE, $8.00) is a mix of silver and black. See comparison swatches. This particular shade was also available in a previous Sephora polish range (same name).

Perfection Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz. each) is described as a “smoky violet.” It’s a muted, gray-ish mauve with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency was slightly thick but workable and didn’t take too long to dry down. It did dry down to a really high-gloss finish, though. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $8.00) is darker. Zoya Jana (P, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Formula X Nail Lacquer A+
A+
A+
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Formula X Xplosive Top Coat Chaotic
Chaotic
Chaotic
A

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Formula X Nail Lacquer Perfection
Perfection
Perfection
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Illamasqua Fusion & Perseid Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Fusion Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Fusion Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Fusion Nail Varnish (£14.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “khaki gold glitter.” It’s a deepened, muted, olive brown with golden olive shimmer and sparkle. It was mostly opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. It dried a little faster than average, but it still had a naturally shiny finish without a top coat. Chanel Mysterious (601) (P, $27.00) has no shimmer and is greener. Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley (P, $10.00) is lighter, greener. SpaRitual Lithophonic (LE, $10.00) has green shimmer, is greener overall. See comparison swatches.

Perseid Nail Varnish (£14.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “galactic black glitter.” It’s a blackened purple with green-teal micro-shimmer and larger holographic, hexagon-shaped glitters. It’s nearly opaque after two coats of polish, but the consistency is quite thick. It’s a polish that tends to pool along the edges. About half of the glitter seems caught underneath the polish, so it gives the finish a more uneven/bumpy look. It took two thick coats of top coat to smooth it out, and it still didn’t seem entirely smooth. I think this polish looks very interesting in the bottle, and on the nails, less so, but I only saw some of the dimension on the nails when I was outside and the sun was shining–otherwise it looked very black and lost a lot of the character.  The good news is that I don’t have anything like it, so it is a more unique shade from what I can tell–but the formula needs work.

Illamasqua’s Nail Varnish formula wears as long as ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping–it’s one of the longest-wearing formulas I’ve come across.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Fusion
Fusion
Fusion
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
Illamasqua Nail Varnish Perseid
Perseid
Perseid
6
Product
9
Pigmentation
6
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
76%
Total

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PCApothecary Pumpkin Macchiato Body Butter Review & Photos

PCApothecary Pumpkin Macchiato Body Butter
PCApothecary Pumpkin Macchiato Body Butter

PCApothecary Pumpkin Macchiato Body Butter ($6.50 for 4 oz.) is described as a “creamy spiced pumpkin blended with aromatic coffee and cream.” It’s a heavily-spiced moderately sweetened, creamy pumpkin with the roasted, nuttiness of coffee. The spices I get are nugmet, allspice, cinnamon, and a little clove–a lot like pumpkin spice mix if you’ve ever used it in baking. The consistency is creamy but airy, like a whipped body butter, and so it spreads easily across the skin. The body butter absorbed quickly on the skin–within a few minutes–and didn’t feel greasy or oily afterward. I’m a big fan of more whipped body butters, as you get the richness and luxurious texture of body butters without some of the heaviness on the skin. The scent lingers for six hours on me, and it tended to be less “pumpkin spice latte” and more pumpkin spice with an emphasis on cinnamon/allspice towards the end.

While I went shopping for lip scrubs on Etsy a couple of weeks ago, I also had a craving for some sort of autumnal-scented body butter. As a long-time Starbucks fan (or addict, however you’d like to label it!), fall means pumpkin spice lattes, caramel apple spices, and salted caramel hot chocolates. The calorie counts for all are hard to justify (I reduce the pumps of pumpkin spice in any latte/frappuccino I get, but a grande light frappuccino I can get away with a mere 1.5 pumps, whereas a hot drink needs at least three), a body butter version that might embody the flavors of my favorite fall drinks would be a lot easier to enjoy more often without the guilt!

You can visit their scent catalog, which has descriptions of the core collection of scents available all in one place. Pumpkin Macchiato is a seasonal scent, so it’s only available this fall/winter. If you’re interested in trying the formula but don’t know what scent (or just want a variety), they also offer samplers in mini sizes (0.5 oz.). Otherwise, you can purchase full-size (4 oz.) or mega jar (8 oz.) for $6.50 and $12.50 respectively.

PCApothecary Body Butter Pumpkin Macchiato
-

Limited Edition

0
Product
0
Pigmentation
0
Texture
0
Longevity
0
Application
0%
Total

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Makeup Geek Creme Brulee, Frappe, Cocoa Bear, Brown Sugar Eyeshadows,

Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow

It took me a few years, but I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate neutrals quite a bit!  In fact, I’m more likely to opt for neutrals than bright colors on the rare day I’m not testing something (often special occasions, which might disadvantage brights!).  I recently wore these four Makeup Geek Eyeshadows together, and I thought they came together nicely.   Creme Brulee and Cocoa Bear both wore well for over eight hours, while Frappe and Brown Sugar were slightly faded by the eight-hour mark.  All four were very blendable, though, and had good color payoff across the board.

Makeup Geek Creme Brulee Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium sand color with a soft matte finish.” It’s a light-medium brown with warm, peach undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth–but not at all powdery. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE) is browner, less warm-toned. MAC Layin’ Low (P, $18.50) is very similar but is a cream product. MAC Indie Spirit (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is less warm-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

Frappe Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium maple brown matte.” It’s a warm-toned, caramel brown with a satin-matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery–very blendable. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE) theBalm C4 is slightly darker. (LE, $16.00) is browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Indie Spirit is warmer. (LE, $15.00) MAC One to Watch is more shimmery. (P, $21.00) MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches.

Cocoa Bear Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte reddish brown.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a matte finish. The pigmentation was excellent–really rich and opaque–while the texture was soft, smooth, and velvety. Anastasia Sienna (LE) is warmer, lighter. MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Brown Script (P, $15.00) is a little darker. See comparison swatches.

Brown Sugar Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “warm shimmery copper brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had subtle warm undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, though a little dry. Anastasia Truffle (LE) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is more frosted. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is grayer. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Frappe
Frappe
Frappe
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Cocoa Bear
Cocoa Bear
Cocoa Bear
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Essie Toggle to the Top, Shearling Darling, Warm & Toasty Turtleneck Nail Lacquers

Essie Toggle to the Top Nail Lacquer
Essie Winter 2013 Collection

Essie Toggle to the Top Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling crushed garnet red.” It has a deepened, burgundy red base with ruby red micro-glitter/sparkles. To really smooth out this polish, I highly recommend a thicker, gel-like top coat so that you don’t feel the glitter. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $10.00) is metallic, no glitter.MAC Vintage Vamp (P, $16.00) has no glitter. Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia (LE, $10.00) is lighter. China Glaze Sugar Plums (LE, $8.00) is the closest, but it is a bit more plum. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) lacks the glitter. See comparison swatches.

Shearling Darling Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich, plush ebony red.” It’s a deep, dark maroon with warm, red undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats, though the consistency was a little thin. MAC Vintage Vamp (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Underfire (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Accessoire (P, $27.00) is very similar. China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $8.00) is also similar–slightly cooler-toned. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Warm & Toasty Turtleneck Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “wisteria pink angora.” It’s a pale, pink-tinged lavender with a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly and smoothly–no streaking. Essie Full Steam Ahead (P, $8.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Cult Nails Love at First Sight (P, $12.00) is brighter. Essie Nice is Nice (LE, $8.00) is sheerer, lighter. Essie Bangle Jangle (LE, $8.00) is a bit lighter and grayer. See comparison swatches.

Essie Nail Lacquer Toggle to the Top
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Essie Nail Lacquer Shearling Darling
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Essie Nail Lacquer Warm & Toasty Turtleneck
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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