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Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer
Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “self-assured aqua azure.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a hint of aqua in it with a cream finish. The color reminds me of swimming pools! OCC Pool Boy is bluer but was the only possible dupe I could think of.

This was a little streaky on the initial coat, and the second covered and smoothed out the majority of the polish, but there were a couple places I could see issues with at a distance. It was mostly opaque after two coats, except where the streaks were not covered entirely. The polish itself was somewhat thick, so it was a bit harder to control the thickness to get even coats of the shade. The drying time was slightly longer than average due to the thicker consistency. I typically get a week of wear out of Essie’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — And if my bottle looks tiny, it’s because I bought the mini version since you and I both know I’ll never finish a full-sized bottle so I thought the minis would suffice for review purposes! ūüôā

Essie Nail Lacquer In the Cab-ana
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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MAC Golden Elixir Strobe Liquid

MAC Golden Elixir Strobe Liquid
MAC Golden Elixir Strobe Liquid

MAC Golden Elixir Strobe Liquid ($31.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, bronze and gold-shimmered tan brown. I don’t know of any specific dupes, as I’m not as familiar with the liquid illuminator category, so I haven’t reviewed many products previously. NARS Maldives is somewhat similar, but it is more pigmented and in stick-form, but NARS does have a liquid illuminator range, so my guess would be that this would be somewhat similar to Laguna. The thing with illuminators like this, though, is that they are very subtle once applied so while Tom Ford Fire Lust doesn’t look similar when swatched, when applied, they seemed to both offer the same effect.

The formula is described as a thin liquid that “produces a soft, radiant light on the skin … by providing a natural-looking glow.” It’s supposed to spread smoothly and absorb quickly. MAC has Strobe Liquid (the original) available year-round, while this is a bronzy take on the formula. This type of product can be applied in many ways (and as with any beauty product, apply however you wish! the possibilities are endless!), but the common ways are mixed with moisturizer, foundation, and patted along the high planes of the face. The consistency is thin, almost water-like, and it seemed sheerer and thinner than even original Strobe Liquid (but it’s been a long time since I’ve used it, so I might be remembering incorrectly).

Golden Elixir seemed to add a smidgen of warmth to my skin while giving it a radiant finish, which some might find too dewy that it looks oily, and I think on camera, it can look too reflective, but in person, it’s quite lovely and natural-looking. A light dusting of setting powder will bring it down and make it photo-ready, though. I didn’t have any trouble with it interfering with the wear of my foundation when I wore it mixed with it (I used Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau as my base). When I wore it as a spot highlighter, it lasted six hours well and then seemed to slide around a bit.

MAC Strobe Liquid Golden Elixir
Golden Elixir
Golden Elixir
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Chanel Crushed Cherry Glossimer

Chanel Crushed Cherry Glossimer
Chanel Crushed Cherry Glossimer

Chanel Crushed Cherry Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a bold, berry-red with a glossy shine. MAC Plum Fun is more plum and has shimmer. MAC Lasting Achievement is much darker and has shimmer. MAC Rebel is purper. NARS Bougainville is slightly more berry-hued. NYX Burgundy is not quite as red and has shimmer.

It was such a happy moment to apply this shade, because it’s a very opaque Glossimer, and I feel like we haven’t seen enough of these in recent history (to balance out all of the ultra sheer shades). It’s also an interesting shade as it has no shimmer, just semi-opaque color with a high shine finish. The consistency is lightweight, medium in thickness, and applies incredibly evenly for something this deep. There is very faint settling of the color into lip lines, but at a distance, it is hardly noticeable. Crushed Cherry wore for five and a half hours for me, and it was lightly hydrating during that time.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Crushed Cherry
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Urban Decay Snatch Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Snatch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Snatch Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Snatch Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale peach shimmer with gold glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, peachy-pink with gold glitter and a frosted finish. Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #1 is lighter and less frosted. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is slightly less pink and has no glitter. Urban Decay Scratch is a touch warmer, slightly darker.

There are a lot of things to love about¬†Snatch, but long-time readers likely know that the micro-glitter is the one aspect of this eyeshadow that brings it down a notch. ¬†I¬†love glitter, but it has to stick if it’s going to be put into a product like this. ¬†Or else the brand needs to fess up and tell us it needs to be used with XYZ product to make the glitter stay put (rather than saying it won’t fall out on its own). ¬†The little glittery bits in this eyeshadow¬†do fall out both during application and later on during wear. ¬†It’s not full of glitter, so it’s a more manageable quantity, and it’s slight enough that I’d still wear this eyeshadow and not worry much over it. ¬†It is, though, annoying. ¬†The underlying color is rich in color, buttery and smooth in texture. ¬†It applies smoothly, evenly, and stays on for the nine hours I tested it without fading or creasing.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Snatch
Snatch
Snatch
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Zoya Hazel Nail Lacquer

Zoya Hazel Nail Lacquer
Zoya Hazel Nail Lacquer

Zoya Hazel Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.” is described as a “full-coverage, blue green foil metallic.” This is a silvery-blue foil metallic with flakes of dirty gold in it. I don’t have anything quite like it, and the only polish that even was reminiscent of it was Zoya Crystal with is much bluer. ¬†I always love when I come across a color that I haven’t see done before (or, even if only done a few times).

Hazel was fully opaque in two coats of polish, and the finish was metallic and foil-like. ¬†The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t streak, pool, or bubble during application. ¬†It was incredibly easy to apply, and the drying time was somewhat faster than average. ¬†All in all, this was a superb polish and really Zoya at their best. ¬†I normally get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Hazel
Hazel
Hazel
A

Permanent

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

Chanel Pygmalion (467) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Pygmalion (467) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Pygmalion (467) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Pygmalion (467) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “raspberry.” This is a warm, coral-pink with a soft, barely-there shimmer-sheen with a glossy shine. If I had to describe it as a fruit, I would call it more of a watermelon shade–not raspberry. Maybelline Shocking Coral is much bolder/brighter and mor eintense in color but is related. MAC Lady at Play is more orange/coral. MAC Ablaze is more orange and matte. Guerlain Nahema has more shimmer. MAC Hibiscus is redder. MAC Ultra Darling is comparable.

It had semi-opaque color payoff, where it deposited enough color to change my lip color to something else but there was still translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through. Pygmalion wears three hours on me, which I wouldn’t call “lasting” wear, but the consistency of the formula is very emollient, slick, and water-like, so for something with that kind of texture, it is better than average. It was lightly hydrating while I wore it, and it was comfortable to wear.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Pygmalion
Pygmalion
Pygmalion
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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