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China Glaze Mingle with Kringle, Be Merry Be Bright, All Wrapped Up, Your Present Required Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fierce gold with aluminum-like mirror finish.” It’s a vibrant, rich yellow gold with a metallic, foil-like finish and larger copper flecks of sparkle. It was fully opaque after applying two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too then, so the polish applied evenly and smoothly without pooling along the edges. Zoya Kerry (P, $8.00) is yellower. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Be Merry, Be Bright Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-magenta purple glitter.” It consists of violet and fuchsia glitter in three sizes ranging from small to medium and hexagon in shape. The glitter is suspended in a clear base, so it is best as a layering top coat. I applied two coats of the polish alone on my thumb nail to show the density of the glitters, and then I applied one coat over Mingle with Kringle. It does need to be tugged into place to a degree, as the glitters sometimes concentrate in one area. KBShimmer Would Jubilee It? (P, $8.75) is the only one I have that is similar, but it also has light blue and navy blue glitter in it. See comparison swatches.

All Wrapped Up Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight purple and blue glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with lighter purple and silver micro-glitter. It had a textured finish, though not as “sandy” as some. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t seem troublesome when I applied it, but there are a few areas that look bald. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is less blue-based. China Glaze Skyscraper (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Your Present Required Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-sized and multi-colored glitter.” It’s a mix of light blue, medium blue, navy blue, lavender, copper, and gold glitters in small and medium and in circular and hexagon shapes. It could have used more density, as even two coats of it alone was rather sparse. I ended up needing to apply two coats to all nails to get a better effect. China Glaze Pizzazz (LE, $8.00) is finer and brighter. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chips.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mingle with Kringle
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Be Merry, Be Bright
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total
China Glaze Nail Lacquer All Wrapped Up
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Your Present Required
6.5
Product
6
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total

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Arabian Oud Kalemat Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Arabian Oud Kalemat Eau de Parfum
Arabian Oud Kalemat Eau de Parfum

Arabian Oud Kalemat Eau de Parfum ($59.99 for 3.4 fl. oz.) is described as having the following notes: top — bilberry and anise; middle — rosemary and Kashmir wood; base — musk, sweet amber, honey leaves. I bought this scent-un-smelled on a recommendation from Kafkaesque, though the recommendation was stronger for my husband than for me. It is one of the most elegantly packaged perfumes I’ve personally come across, as it is packaged in a large, rectangular box made to resemble a book. Once opened, with a pull of the brow nribbon, it opens again to reveal the perfume itself.

Initially, right as it was first sprayed and started to dry on the skin, it was a burst of sweet berry jam, which immediately transitioned into a blend of lightly sweetened honey and smoke and some rose. Over the next hour and a half, everything seemed very well-blended; there were few notes that really stood out–a blend of barely-sweetened florals with bits of woodiness, spice, and a sly hint of greenness. It made me think of honeycombs set in a lush garden during late fall, as I still detected the underpinning of smoke, more tobacco-like than incense-like. There was a general sweetness and rosiness that was most notable for the first few hours of Kalemat with a little spiciness and woodiness. After four hours or so, it became a softened blend of amber, woods and musk with honey drizzled on top with a flourish. It’s such a cozy, warm, perfect-for-winter scent. Less heady than some of my other go-tos but not a subtle scent either–it’s a very comforting and warming.

On me, it had moderate sillage for two hours, and then stayed close to the skin for the next ten hours. My husband quite enjoyed it, and he said it was “near the top” of his perfume list, and for him, he also found that the projection wasn’t too large and didn’t project for long, as it wore more closely for him as well.

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Nail Colors

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) Nail Color
Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) Nail Color

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Nail Colors ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) include five limited edition shades.  Two are glitter top coats, while the other three are colors.  The formula was decent to good, while the consistency wasn’t too thick or thin across the board.  I tested Midnight Purple for wear and saw seven days with some tip wear–a little more than usual but no chipping.  The selection of shades lacks some originality; the red and silver glitters just seem underwhelming with the plethora of glitter top coats on the market now.  Note, each bottle contains 0.27 fl. oz., which is half the size of most polishes (often 0.50 fl. oz., though there are certainly ones that are smaller).  It was somewhat awkward applying the polish due to the decorative handle, though I’m sure if you love Minnie Mouse that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker!

Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, violet purple with fuchsia and blue-violet shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly well. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. This was the shade I tested for wear, and it lasted seven days with some tip wear–a little more tip wear than average for me but no chipping (though few formulas chip on me). Zoya Neve (P, $8.00) is darker. Guerlain Riviera (LE, $23.00) is more metallic. SpaRitual Blue Moon (LE, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Neon Pink (300) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with subtle blue undertones and iridescent fuchsia shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency was nicely balanced–not too thick or too thin–and flowed well across the nail. Cult Nails Untamed (LE, $12.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel May (P, $27.00) is lighter. Essie Off the Shoulder (LE, $8.00) has no shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Passion Red (400) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) consists of large circular red glitter and small red micro-glitter, both suspended in a clear base. I applied one coat over Neon Pink, and then two coats of the glitter top coat on its own on my thumbnail. You do need to push and pull at the glitters to get them in place, as they don’t spread evenly across the nail. Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy (LE, $19.00) is less circular but is red glitter in a clear base–it is more packed with glitter. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Snow White (002) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a semi-opaque, warm white with iridescent micro-shimmer and larger silver glitter. The consistency wasn’t too thick, so it applied well, and though it wasn’t opaque, it was fairly even. There were some visible brush strokes, though. MAC Much Adored (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Stardust Silver (001) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is silver micro-glitter suspended in a clear base. I applied two coats of it on its own on my thumb nail, and then I applied one coat over Snow White. It applied evenly for the most part, and one coat had a nice density so that it added an effect to the nail but didn’t overwhelm the base color. NYX Ice Glitter (P, $4.00) is more holographic and has glitter in multiple sizes. See comparison swatches.

Anna Sui Nail Color Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Anna Sui Nail Color Minnie Mouse Neon Pink (300)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Anna Sui Nail Color Minnie Mouse Passion Red (400)
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
78%
Total
Anna Sui Nail Color Minnie Mouse Snow White (002)
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
Anna Sui Nail Color Minnie Mouse Stardust Silver (001)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Givenchy Beige Mousseline, Beige Plum, Brun Createur Le Rouge Lipsticks

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full, opaque color coverage, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for four hours and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is browner. MAC Yash (P, $15.00) is more matte, browner. MAC Wholesome (LE, $15.00) is less peach. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $15.00) is similar. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Beige Plume (102) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “peachy beige.” It’s a light-medium, coral with beige and a natural finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency of this shade had more slip than others, so it didn’t apply as evenly as others. This shade lasted four hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is less pink. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Peregrina (P, $34.00) is darker, shimmery. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Coral Bliss (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Brun Createur (103) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a medium, warm-toned rose–almost like a rosy, but muted, coral–with a satin finish. This applied beautifully with full color coverage that made lips look smooth and full. It wore well for five and a half hours and was nicely moisturizing.  Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is similar. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Mousseline (101)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Plume (102)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Brun Createur (103)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent!) gloss from Maybelline. It’s supposed to yield “hyper-saturated color,” an “ultra cushiony feel,” and “glass shine.” They’re a really lovely lipgloss to enter the market, and there are many things to like: nicely hydrating, a variety of colors, comfortable to wear, and last well (for a gloss). They’re not “hyper-saturated,” the pigmentation varies from shade to shade, with some being more opaque and others being semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Whether that’s a deal-breaker is a matter of preference, but the other issue I had with several of these is they had a tendency to apply streakily (not evenly as Maybelline says). Because of the medium-thick consistency, often when I would press my lips together, you could see a line where the color moved/lifted–the color does slip and move. It’s non-sticky initially, and after three to four hours, it gets slightly tacky. Some shades apply better than others (noted below). If you tend to wear gloss over lipstick, then the unevenness should be less of an issue. The formula has a sweet, creme brulee scent and slight perfume-y taste.

Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with white sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, applied mostly evenly, and lasted for four hours on me. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Dashing Orchid (035) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned plum with very fine fuchsia and pink micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a noticeable level of translucency, so the natural lip color will come through. It applied evenly for the most part, and this shade wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is ery similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Hibiscus Haven (085) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium, blue-based pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque to nearly opaque color, but this was a shade that did not apply evenly. Even when it was finally into place, a mere pressing of the lips once moves the color around yet again. It lasted four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler, darker. NYX Addis Ababa (P, $5.99) is brighter. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Breathtaking Apricot (005)
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Dashing Orchid (035)
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Hibiscus Haven (085)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
82%
Total

L’Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal The Statement Piece Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Statement Piece Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Lacquers ($6.99 for 0.40 fl. oz. each) is a limited edition formula for the holidays. There are nine shades available, and I have four to share with you in this post (I don’t have the rest, and I’ve yet to spot these locally). The Gold Dust formula is a textured polish, so it dries to a matte finish with a “luminous and sandy finish.” I haven’t spotted them online (most of the limited edition mass products don’t!), but they are supposed to be available at your local drugstores. The texture of these is slightly thick, and the brush is on the wider side; if you have narrower nail beds, I think these might be somewhat frustrating to use. For me, it was only troublesome when I applied the polish to my pinky nail. Two were fine with just two coats, and then two could have used three thin coats as there were some areas that were sparse. I tested The Statement Piece for wear, and it lasted seven days with some tip wear but no chipping (I rarely get chipping, though, just as a note!).

The Statement Piece is a pale, champagne gold with a sandy, glittery texture and silver sequin glitters. This one sparkled nicely, applied well, and was totally opaque in two coats. None of the following mentions have the textured finish, but the colors are similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cruising (P, $10.00) is yellower. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The Reign of Studs is a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver sparkle and silver sequins. It was nicely opaque after two thin-to-medium coats and dried down quickly. This one was really lovely on–very sparkly and dimensional. Zoya Carter (P, $8.00) has a textured finish, but it’s a red-toned purple. China Glaze Skyscraper (LE, $8.00) is bluer and not textured. See comparison swatches.

Rough Around the Edges is a matte black with a sandy, sugary texture with silver sparkle. It was mostly opaque with two coats, though I’d do three thinner coats to get fuller opacity with this particular shade. I didn’t have anything that really looked quite like this when it was dry. Shades like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) and Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) are black with silver sparkle, but they’re glossy.

Hidden Gems had a blackened, sandy base with teal shimmer and silver sequin glitter. This shade took unusually long to dry, and it didn’t dry evenly–I sat around fifteen between between coats, then another thirty after the second coat, and the camera picks up where it’s still slightly wet (anything that seems shinier/wetter). I think this one really needs at least three thin coats. I don’t have a lot of textured polishes, so I don’t have a dupe for this, though the composition reminded me of L’Oreal VIP Status (DC), which is metallic/shimmery (traditional polish). See comparison swatches, just for fun.

L'Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour The Statement Piece
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
L'Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour The Reign of Studs
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
L'Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour Rough Around the Edges
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
L'Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour Hidden Gems
Hidden Gems
Hidden Gems
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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