Giorgio Armani Blush (500) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Blush (500) Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a hint of mauve. In the tube, it looks more mauve than when swatched and applied–it definitely has a rosier hue on. MAC Shanghai Spice is warmer, less pink. MAC Flamingo is sheerer, pinker. NARS Montego Bay is a bit warmer. Cle de Peau #124 is shimmery and sheerer. Lancome Voile de Rose is similar.

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Giorgio Armani Blush (500) Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Blush (500)
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

China Glaze Glitz-Bitz ‘n’ Pieces Collection

China Glaze Glitz-Bitz ‘n Pieces ($8.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) includes six shades that each have 3D glitter with black “bitz ‘n pieces.” All six shades include black horizontal bar glitter, small black glitter, and larger black hexagon-shaped glitter; and then each shade has additional colored hexagons and glitter.

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China Glaze Bling It On Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Glitz-Bitz ‘n’ Pieces Collection

A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%

MAC Strength Collection Lipsticks

Update: MAC has restocked Pink Pigeon and Party Parrot lipsticks and blushes from Strength! All are available as of 1/8 at 6:26 PM PST.

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MAC Absolute Power Lipstick

MAC Strength Collection Lipsticks

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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
96%

Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish (£13.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale opal green iridescent.” It’s a pale pink-red at one angle, then it turns into a pale, yellowed green shimmer at another angle, while the base color is a pale beige with a hint of pink overall. It’s definitely duochrome, and it is a strong one at that. There are a few green duochromes on the market, but I don’t have one that shifts pink-green (or such a yellowy green at all).

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Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy mauve pink.” It’s a very rosy pink when swatched, but it turns a little more strawberry pink with a hint of mauve/plum on the lips. MAC Curvaceous is less pink, plummier. Illamasqua Move is cooler-toned, brighter. Neither of those shades is all that similar, so I don’t think I have a dupe for this shade.

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Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Lip Junkie Flushed
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
91%

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer ($22.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is–to me–one of the big deal lacquers in indie polish history. It contains a mix of black and white glitter an assortment of sizes that range from small, medium, large, and shapes that range from bar, circular, hexagonal, and square. This was the shade that made me sit up and take notice of niche polish, and it was as impressive in person as it was in photos after I received it. But I remember how in demand it was; how hard it was to get it; and it’s amazing to think how far indie nail polish has come since then.

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Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%