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Zoya Solange Nail Lacquer

Zoya Solange Nail Lacquer
Zoya Solange Nail Lacquer

Zoya Solange Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold metal foil sparkle.” It’s a medium yellow gold with gold shimmer/sparkle and a matte, sparkle finish. (It’s part of the PixieDust formula, which is a textured formula that mimics the look of sparkling sugar.) I don’t have any suggestions for dupes that have the same textured finish. In regards to color, China Glaze Champagne Bubbles was the closest I could think of, but obviously, the finish is quite different (and it has silver micro-glitter, so it doesn’t look the same even when you apply a top coat over Solange).

Zoya states that this is an opaque polish, and that with the PixieDust formula, it may take one to three (thin) coats to achieve full opacity and to see the effect of the textured formula. It is recommended to wait up to ten minutes for each coat to dry but once dry, it should be “long-lasting, matte, and ultra-glittery.” It was opaque for me after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so thin coats are possible. I applied it as I would any regular polish and didn’t have trouble with the application.  If desired, you could totally apply a top coat to get a glossy finish and a smoother feel.

I’ve been wearing Solange for nearly seven days (I’m a few hours short), and I’ve had no chips and just minor tip wear. I was quite surprised, because matte polishes don’t have a great reputation for wear, but Zoya’s wore really well (and I’ve tested a few shades from the original PixieDust launch, which yielded similar results). Worth mentioning, however, is that very little chips on me (unfortunately, for testing), so hopefully those who have tried this themselves can also chime in with how it has worn in their experience!

Zoya Nail Lacquer Solange
Solange
Solange
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a pink-mauve with gold shimmer. MAC Comfort & Joy has more shimmer, so it appears a bit lighter and more mauve. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum is darker, more plum.

The color is very similar to my natural lip color, so when applied to my lips, it brightens, emphasizes the pink tones, and adds shimmer while not altering the overall color too much. If you look at my lip freckle, you’ll notice that it’s actually rather hidden–there’s a hint of it coming through, so I’d classify this as a semi-sheer to semi-opaque gloss.  Guerlain described the pigmentation of the formula to vary from sheer to more opaque, which means it’ll depend on the shade.

The consistency is very lightweight with a gel-like texture that’s non-sticky and doesn’t slide around. La Petite Robe Noir lasted for three and a half hours, which is on the longer end for such a thin gloss, but about average for gloss (in my experience) overall. It was hydrating, though, and it’s definitely one of the more hydrating glosses I’ve tried. The gloss has a light floral scent and comes in a clear, flat tube with a doe-foot applicator.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine La Petite Robe Noir
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Bioelements Ray Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Review & Photos

Bioelements Ray Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
Bioelements Ray Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Bioelements Ray Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($42.00 for 4 fl. oz.) is described as a “hydrating broad spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer to protect skin.” It contains several active ingredients so that there is protection from both UVA and UVB rays (to help remember which is which, I think of “A” for aging and “B” for burning, but you want a broad spectrum sunscreen!).

It has more of a cream consistency, so it is thicker, but it doesn’t feel heavy on. This does make it easier to apply the amount you need for good protection. The spreadability is fairly good, though I do prefer to do half the face at a time to ensure even coverage. It doesn’t feel oily once applied, but it doesn’t fully set for fifteen to twenty minutes. The cream seems white initially but after spreading and working the moisturizer into the skin, the white cast disappeared.

Despite the thicker consistency, the hydration seems appropriate for normal, slightly dry, and slightly oily skin.  It didn’t give me quite enough moisture when I had a couple of drier areas on my face during the time I used this (I occasionally get dry areas from over-swatching, especially on cheeks and eyes), but it worked well for most of the time I’ve been using it.  It does smell like sunscreen (not coconut and sunscreen or the beach, just sunscreen), which lingers for an hour or so.  I had no trouble with applying makeup over this, and it didn’t seem to interfere with the wear of any of the foundations I used.  However, if this gets in my eyes, it is painful, so I wouldn’t wear this if I was going to be active outdoors (enough to sweat on the face) or heading into water (pool, ocean, lakes, etc.).

Overall, I liked it, and I think it works well:  it gives broad spectrum protection and hydrates the skin.  I only wished it absorbed faster, because I can imagine that if you were layering this on and needing to apply makeup right after before heading off to work or school, it could be a deal-breaker.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone 2.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 7.0%, Oxybenzone 5.0%

Inactive: Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Cyclopentailoxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycol Distearate, Isohexadecane, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Stearyl Alcohol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water (Aqua, Eau)

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Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss Quick

Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl oz.) is described as “clear,” and it is exactly that. There is no color or shimmer, just glossiness and shine once applied. It’s lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and glides on with a gel-like consistency. It has a sweet, fruity scent with a healthy shine that lasts about an hour and a half on me.  If you’re going for a clear gloss, the one thing I like to look out for are the larger-sized tubes of them, like this one, but it ultimately depends on how and how often you’re planning to use it.  I wish Icebreaker lasted longer, though.

Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss Icebreaker
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a yellowy, medium-dark brown with a dirty champagne sparkle/shimmer. I don’t quite see taupe–I think it’s too warm-toned, too golden and brown to be a true taupe. It’s yellower than Bobbi Brown Cement. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar is browner. MAC Cactus Thorn is similar in color but has a more pearled finish. Dior Golden Savannah #1 is darker and has a satin finish. Urban Decay Suspect is browner and darker.

I like Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle formula, because it doesn’t have as much fall out as other sparkly eyeshadows, though it is not immune to it. Taupe has minor fall out where there are some detectable stray sparkles underneath the lid, but not enough that the person standing next to you would ask, “What’s that on your face?” The texture is smooth and almost feels wet to the touch, but it glides on well and the sparkles bind and adhere with the underlying color. It has good color payoff, and it wore for eight hours with minor fall out but no fading or creasing.

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow Taupe
Taupe
Taupe
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush Quick

Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush
Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush

Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “dusty pink.” It’s a softened, medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. NARS Mata Hari is a bolder, brighter version. MAC Prom Princess is darker and cooler-toned. MAC Subtle Breeze is a smidgen cooler-toned.

It’s supposed to be a “silky-sheer powder blush that … gives cheeks a … natural-looking pop of color” with a matte finish and long-wear. It can be applied as a veil of sheer color, and in fact, does better when applied that way, but it is buildable to heavier color. Pink Rose had a stubborn texture; dry, stiff, and difficult to work with. It was challenging to dislodge enough product to get even, consistent color, and the powder didn’t want to blend easily on the cheeks, either. I really felt like I had to jab at the surface to get any color payoff or product out of the pan. It’s a shame as the color cold be very workable on both cool and warm-toned skin as a subtler, everyday kind of shade but also as something more dramatic once built up. The product managed to wear mostly intact for about eight hours, but it was hard to determine, as it looked patchy initially (so, so difficult to blend!).

Bobbi Brown Blush Pink Rose
Pink Rose

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