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Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned orange with a cream finish. Chanel Lilis is a bit lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi is very similar. MAC Oriele Orange is a bit redder. MAC Morange is similar. MAC Kid Orange is darker, redder. MAC Ablaze is redder. Chanel Holiday is a touch darker. China Glaze Life Preserver is redder.
See comparison swatches.

There is not a single thing to complain about here–Ay Poppy is a brilliant, glossy finish after it dries down, so a top coat isn’t necessary. It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency is just right; not too thick or too thin. The polish applied beautifully over the nail without streaking or bubbling. Cult Nails’ has a great formula that wears a full week with very minor tip wear in my experience.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Ay Poppy
Ay Poppy
Ay Poppy
A+

Discontinued

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Illamasqua Paranormal Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Paranormal Eyeshadow Palette
Illamasqua Paranormal Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Paranormal Eyeshadow Palette ($46.50 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to have four waterproof eyeshadows that “[feel] like a cream” but “[delivers] waterproof washes of color with long-lasting hold.” The formula feels like a hybrid between a mousse and cream, and then it somewhat dries down to a powder finish, but I did experience noticeable creasing across all four shades by the eighth hour of wear. They didn’t start smudging the minute water hit them, but if you rub, they do move somewhat. The texture did make it ease to blend these shades across the lid, both with each other and across the skin for an even layer of color. I was able to build to semi-opaque to mostly opaque color coverage, but none of the four shades were totally opaque.

Paranormal is a warm-toned, coral-pink with pink and gold shimmer. It had good color payoff and went on smoothly. MAC Gameela is similar in color but is matte and a powder eyeshadow. Sugarpill Decora is not as coral/warm-toned and is a loose powder. See comparison swatches.

Aura is a copper-shimmered, medium-dark orange. It had good pigmentation and blended out smoothly. MAC Magnetic Attraction is pinker, less orange. MAC Body Conscious is browner. MAC Ablaze has no shimmer and is a powder product. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is slightly pinker and a powder eyeshadow. Make Up For Ever #5 is lighter and matte. See comparison swatches.

Possession is a yellowy green with cool-toned emerald green shimmer. The color payoff was so-so, but it applied evenly overall. It’s an interesting color because the base is warm-toned but the shimmer makes it appear more cool-toned. MAC Swimming is warmer. MAC Wondergrass is rather similar but a powder product. MAC Hajar Karim is darker and matte. MAC Feeling Fresh is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Fledgling is matte, darker, and cooler-toned. OCC Foxfire is not as yellow-toned. Sugarpill Tipsy is more intense. Make Up For Ever #91 is similar but matte.
See comparison swatches.

Trance is a medium-dark purple with cool, pink undertones and a fine silver and purple shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation but applied smoothly and was easy to blend. Urban Decay Omen is a bit cooler-toned, less pink. Sugarpill Hysteric is more metallic and pinker. Inglot #441 is brighter. L’Oreal With a Twist is lighter, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Eyeshadow Quad Paranormal
Paranormal
Paranormal
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total
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Edward Bess Bed of Roses Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Bed of Roses Blush Extraordinaire
Edward Bess Bed of Roses Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Bed of Roses Blush Extraordinaire ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pink with a mostly matte finish. NYX English Rose is shimmery and slightly lighter. NARS Angelika is slightly bluer-based and has some glitter. MAC Divine Desire is shimmery. MAC Pink Tea is lighter and shimmery. MAC Weekend Getaway is a bit darker and a cream product. Chanel Rose Initiale is warmer. Bobbi Brown Pretty in Pink is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is very similar. See comparison swatches.

During Sephora’s most recent sale, I bought Bed of Roses, because one of the things I love about high-end is the textures you’ll find. I liked Edward Bess’ other powders, so blush was next on my list to try. The texture is soft, velvety, and silky-smooth but not powdery. It applies well with color coverage that’s buildable and blendable, so you can control the intensity but will still show up on darker complexions. While the finish is mostly matte, the more the powder is worked into the skin, the more luminous it becomes with a subtle, satin sheen. It lasted eight hours with light fading becoming noticeable after nine hours of wear, which was impressive.

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire Bed of Roses
Bed of Roses
Bed of Roses
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is very similar–it doesn’t read quite as glossy but you don’t need both. MAC Scarlet Ibis is close in color but matte in finish. MAC Sail La Vie is mostly matte and a touch lighter. OCC Psycho is a bit more orange and matte. See comparison swatches.

Whew, boy! Orange Edge is incredibly pigmented in a single swipe; you’ll have no trouble getting full color coverage with this shade.  It is similar enough to Vibrant Mandarin (which is permanent) that if you can’t find this particular shade locally, I’d consider opting for the permanent shade instead.  The consistency was creamy with some slip and slickness, so it glided easily across the lips without tugging or pulling.  It also applied with even, smooth color coverage, and it felt comfortable to wear.  Orange Edge lasted six hours well on me and left a reddish stain for another hour.

As a note:  the packaging of this one was off; the bullet twisted up very, very slowly and wasn’t normal at all but not totally broken.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Orange Edge
Orange Edge
Orange Edge
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Zoya Rikki Nail Lacquer

Zoya Rikki Nail Lacquer
Zoya Rikki Nail Lacquer

Zoya Rikki Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, fern green foil metallic.” It’s a sumbdued, medium green with almost cool undertones paired with muted, golden shimmer. It has a foiled, metallic finish. China Glaze Unpredictable is metallic but also a duochrome so it flashes from green to bluish-teal. Zoya Apple is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Rikki was opaque after applying two coats of the polish. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was easy to work with and apply without encountering streaking, bubbling, or the polish pooling along the free edge of the nail. It dries faster than the average polish and has a noticeble shine even when it is fully dried, but a top coat will make it sing. The metallic finish didn’t leave behind any visible brush strokes and is very reflective. I normally get a week of wear with Zoya’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Rikki
Rikki
Rikki
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Giorgio Armani Fatal (12) #4 Eyes to Kill Palette

Giorgio Armani Fatal (12) Eyes to Kill Palette
Giorgio Armani Fatal (12) Eyes to Kill Palette

Giorgio Armani Fatal (12) Eyes to Kill Palette ($59.00 for 0.0.21 oz.) consists of four shades is part of the Shimmer palette series.  The quad is supposed to contain “iridescent, eye-catching colors with electric shine and shimmer.”  Something I’ve noticed with Giorgio Armani palette is that they always come together better on the lid and applied than they initially seem just swatched.  The texture has something to do with that, I imagine, as they’re very soft and velvety–easy to blend and work well together. When I wore the palette together, the shades lasted well for eight hours but had slight fading that was noticeable after nine hours.

Fatal #1 is a cool-toned, plummy brown with a pearly finish. It had good color payoff, but it could have been a bit more pigmented for really true-to-pan intensity. theBalm Just This Once Jamie is a little lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog is browner. MAC Universal Appeal is more plum. MAC Daylight is lighter. Chanel Raffinement #1 is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Fatal #2 is a pale, cool-toned pink-tinted white with a pearled finish. It was semi-sheer and slightly powdery. There is no shortage of similar shades to this. Shades like Tom Ford Enchanted #1, MAC Fresh & Mint #2, MAC Fresh Ice, Dior Garden Pastels #3 are all slightly cooler-toned, more lavender than pink. Then shades like NARS Douce France #1 (matte), MAC Stratus (darker), MAC Let’s Skate (cream), MAC Seedy Pearl, MAC Radial Pink (lighter), MAC Maribu (more frosted), and Dior Aurora #3 are all close. See comparison swatches.

Fatal #3 is a soft, medium-dark lavender purple with gold shimmer. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly to the lid. This almost appears warm-toned, which isn’t common to see in a lavender. Urban Decay Tainted is pinker. Urban Decay Grifter is more frosted. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2013 #1 is lighter, cooler-toned. Benefit Fancy Pansy is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Fatal #4 is a dark, cool-toned purple with a nearly matte finish. It had good pigmentation but was a bit powdery. The shade blended out easily, though, as a result. theBalm Lavish Latoya is more frosted, less purple. Urban Decay Gravity is more shimmery. NARS High Society #3 isn’t as cool-toned. MAC Dynamic Duo #4 #12 is darker, less purple.  MAC Drawn to Drama is cooler-toned. MAC Ron Ron Run is slightly darker. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #4 isn’t as cool-toned. See comparison swatches here.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette Fatal (12)
Fatal (12)
Fatal (12)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Fatal #1

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Fatal #4

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