Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

bareMinerals The Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Scenic Route

bareMinerals The Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Breathtaking aned Spectacular. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Breathtaking is a pale, creamy white with a golden shimmer and sheen. The color payoff is amazing with a really dense, buttery texture. It’s similar in color to Givenchy Lune and theBalm Envious Erin, but it has a more noticeable golden sheen. MAC Nylon is much yellower, so it is more comparable to MAC Manila Paper.

Spectacular is a green-tinted tarnished gold–it’s a little bronzy, but there is a hint of green there. It has a metallic-like finish, so it is more reflective than shimmery. The texture is very smooth and soft to the touch, while the pigmentation is solid. It is more metallic but similar in color to Make Up For Ever #148. It is greener compared to OCC Cruising, but it is not as green as MAC Sumptuous Olive. It is most similar to Inglot #433.

This is one of the best (quality-wise) duos I’ve reviewed so far from Bare Escentuals’ new pressed line of eyeshadows.  Both shades knock it out of the park.  Generally, the duos have been good and impressive, but this one really stands out.

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bareMinerals Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
This is the first Bare Escentuals duo where both eyeshadows have been fantastic--the texture is buttery, soft, and applies smoothly, while the color payoff is rich and opaque.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, August 15th, 2011


OCC Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter

OCC Fall 2011: Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter

OCC Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “disco-era silver with rainbow reflections,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. OCC’s Cosmetic Glitters are not for use in an airbrush machine and not recommended for use in the immediate eye area. They are micronized metallic glitter for face and body art, and they recommend applying over OCC Ink (before it dries) for long-lasting wear.

Mirrorball is a silvery-blue base of color with a multitude of iridescence. It really is a rainbow of reflections, because there are so many visible colors reflecting, but it is dominated by green, blue, and violet–though there are red, orange, yellow shimmers as well. Swatched dry, it tends to look more like colored sand, but when applied wet (I used water, though for real application, I would use a mixing medium–something with a more adhesive base), it comes together better.

The glitter feels very fine, though it certainly has more of a gritty texture than OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrates–which is as expected. Again, these are not recommended for use in the immediate eye area. Some ways to use glitter: mixed in nail polish, strewn over wet polish, in hair, mixed with lipstick/gloss, mixed with a body oil–just to name a few ways.

I decided not to use the Glossover rating system to grade this product (which does not work for all beauty products–e.g. hair, skincare, etc.), because ultimately, it’s going to depend on how you use it. It’s not a product that really stands on its own–it is designed to be mixed with something.  The very nature of the product doesn’t enable it to stay on without some type of base (like a sticky cream) or adhesive element (like a mixing medium).  It’s a nice glitter–it’s not chunky or gritty, and it comes together well when used with other mixtures.  There are lots of pretty reflections and iridescence, just as one would want in a glitter.

On an overall basis, I rate the product an A.  The packaging is just like the Loose Colour Concentrates, and again, I really had to tap and bang around the pot to get as much glitter to show as I did for photography purposes.  The three-holed sifter gives you enough product to work with but not too much.

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Monday, August 15th, 2011


Bite Beauty Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick

Bite Beauty Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick

Bite Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” Rose is a vibrant pink with a hint of coral, but it’s like a nearly-neon watermelon pink. The color coverage is opaque, and the finish is cream, so there is a slight shine to the end result.

It is pinker than MAC Full Speed, which looks more coral, and it has a little more oomph compared to Dolce & Gabbana Splendid. It’s remarkably similar to VS Be Mine, both in color and in texture. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is darker and more coral, as is Make Up For Ever #37.

Bite Beauty is all about better ingredients, so their Luminous Creme Lipstick touts resveratrol and food-grade ingredients (supposedly “healthy enough to eat”). The lipstick is also supposed to be long-lasting and moisturizing. The texture is creamy but on the thicker side, which helps yield better color payoff, but it is not as weightless as some other formulas (even when they have opaque color). With a bright shade like Rose, I had good wear for around four hours, but by the sixth hour, I was in desperate need of reapplication. I didn’t find the formula to be long-lasting on me–four hours is the average I get from the hundreds of lipsticks I’ve tried.

It was moisturizing while I wore it, and I didn’t feel an immediate need to slather my lips in lip balm post-wear, which is always a sign of a lipstick that actually imparts moisture while it is worn. The lipstick has a lot of slip, as the creaminess of the texture allows it to slide around for the first hour or so before it seems to settle into place. I could see this making some of the darker shades more prone to bleeding. There is a faint scent of lemons but no taste.

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Bite Beauty Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
I wish it lasted longer, as it claimed! Those who prefer more opaque color out of their lipsticks and like cream finishes are most likely to enjoy this lipstick range.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, August 15th, 2011


NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow

NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow

NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black with silver glitter” and that is an apt description. It has a matte, black base with silver micro-glitter strewn through the color. The way it’s placed makes it noticeable but not shimmery or over-the-top. It’s a dark black, though not quite the most intense black, but it certainly does not venture near soft blacks. Lancome The New Black is more intense, but it also has more silver flecks, and even the base has more of a satiny look in comparison.

NARS Eyeshadows are described as “ultra pigmented, long-wearing, [and] crease-resistant” that can be applied wet or dry. I get around eight hours of wear before I notice subtle creasing, so I would still wear an eyeshadow primer if I wanted all-day wear. The packaging is slim and compact with matte black rubberized packaging that absorbs impact better than a harder plastic. There is a mirror inside the compact as well.

The formula of Night Breed is nice, but the flecks of micro-glitter don’t always show up on the lid.  If you want the glitter to appear, make sure to pat on the product and use a stiffer brush, because fluffy brushes tend to catch the glitter between bristles rather than depositing them on the lid.  Night Breed has a soft, smooth texture that’s silky and easy to blend.  There is very little chalkiness and drag with this shade, which can be issues for matte textures.

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NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
The intensity of the black is a nice balance between soft and intense. The silver flecks are interesting but don't always translate to the eye in a meaningful way.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Lancome Zip Me Up Eyeshadow
Lancome Zip Me Up Eyeshadow

Lancome Zip Me Up Eyeshadow

Lancome Zip Me Up Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “metallic eggplant purple.” It’s part of Lancome’s permanent range of Color Design Eyeshadows (which is their individual range). Color Design Eyeshadows have varying finishes, but all of them are supposed to deliver “long-lasting, pigment-packed color [that] stays true for daylong wear.”

It’s a subtly cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a hint of burgundy-red. The color payoff is average at best but more along the lines of mediocre, because it’s patchy and uneven. The poor pigmentation is the result of a dry, stiff texture that has a slightly rough consistency. I’ve worn several of Lancome’s metallic-finished eyeshadows to test out the wear (but not this particular one), and I typically get eight hours of wear (without a primer) before there is subtle creasing.

Bare Escentuals Encore is brighter., while Milani Purr-fect Purple is slightly lighter, and theBalm All the Way Annie is more vibrant.

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Zip Me Up

D+
This is one of the poorest performing Lancome eyeshadows I've come across! They have a lot of excellent eyeshadows with nice color payoff and smooth textures, so it was disappointed to find this one to be such a dud.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sky blue confetti” with a sheer finish. It’s a sheer, milky pastel blue (it’s very, very light–there is only a hint of blue) with light-medium blue and pink glitter of various sizes. As described, the color coverage is sheer, and it looks a bit like a jelly to me.

Much of the concept and color was inspired by Pink’s performance of Glitter in the Air at the 2010 Grammy Awards, and I think the color came out exactly as Lippmann intended–whether it’s something that draws you in is a different story. I showed swatches with three coats, which is as heavy as I would go with this polish, because it has a thicker, jelly-like consistency. I don’t think it would be opaque in four, so those looking for a more opaque look would not find this to their liking. It could be used for layering as well. I typically get at least a week of wear (with minor tip wear) with no chipping with Deborah Lippmann’s polishes.

The key to applying glitter polishes like these–ones where the glitter isn’t packed into the polish–is dabbing bits of polish on the nail and pulling out lightly for even coverage, and then you want to wait for each layer to fully dry. By waiting, you’ll avoid dragging glitter particles from the first coat when you do a second (or third).

It’s not the most eye-catching or unique shade–I think if you were going to splurge on one of Deborah Lippmann’s glitter polishes, you’d be better off looking at some of the others.

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Glitter in the Air

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The application will take more patience and effort than your average polish, so it's harder to use overall. The consistency of the formula is on the thicker side, too.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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