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Cult Nails Disillusion & Lamestain Nail Lacquers

Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Disillusion Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black jelly base [with] magenta mylar shreds.” It is a black jelly base with medium to large fuchsia mylar flakes/shreds suspended within it. I don’t have anything quite like it, but NYX Dark Glitter (P, $4.00) contains red glitter suspended in a black jelly base, so it’s possible they have one like that but with fuchsia (but they are not mylar shreds). See comparison swatches.

One of my favorite aspects of smaller businesses, particularly nail lacquer brands, is that they often tell you more about the application and coverage of their polishes, as Cult Nails did here. Maria, the founder, noted two to three coats for it on its own but also recommended one coat over a black polish, but the key is to wait for each coat to dry. In the swatches, my index and middle finger are with two coats, and my ring and pinky have three coats–but it wasn’t fully opaque even with three for me. The very last photo is one coat of Disillusion over Ms. Conduct (not quite black). It’s really, really thick after three full coats, so I would agree/recommend it layered over a black cream for easiest application.  The consistency is thick, even for a jelly, and almost watery but not quite.

Cult Nails Lamestain Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich, deep, ox blood creme.” It’s a very deep, dark burgundy with cool, pinkish undertones and a cream finish. Urban Decay Wrecked (LE) is similar in color. MAC Purple Majesty (LE, $16.00) is also similar in color. MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Color Club Fashion Moment (P) is similar. China Glaze Naughty & Nice (LE, $8.00) is purpler. Zoya Anja (P, $8.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

It had a fair amount of shine when it dried down, and it was totally opaque after two coats. The consistency was on the thinner side, both compared to the average polish as well as to Cult Nails’ creams in general, and I think I might have gone three here for more depth/thickness or use a thicker top coat to give it a plusher look. Cult Nails’ formula wears great on me–at least a week with very minor tip wear.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Disillusion
Disillusion
Disillusion
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Lamestain
Lamestain
Lamestain
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury First Love Cheek to Chic Blusher (£30.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, peachy brown with a satin finish and warm undertones–when blended together. The outer shade is a lighter, peachy-beige with a pearly sheen, while the interior shade is a muted, rosy brown with a mostly matte finish. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is browner. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is warmer, more golden, more shimmery. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, slightly warmer. MAC Seasonal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Margin (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, rosier. MAC Barefaced (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The texture is very, very finely-milled, smooth, and silky to the touch.  The center shade was just slightly powdery, but the blush didn’t look powdery at all once applied to the skin; in fact, the powder came together and blended beautifully against the skin.  Both shades individually had good color payoff, and the pigment was still rather buildable on–it could be applied lightly, more normally (medium coverage), or heavily.  The blush wore just over seven hours on me, and it was noticeably faded and a little patchy after eight hours of wear on me.  I liked it, and the texture is really, really lovely, but I wish the wear was a bit longer.  The compact was also surprisingly lightweight–could use a bit more heft to feel like a luxe product.

According to the brand, the product is supposed to be applied in two steps, where you apply the outer shade first across along the cheek bone (“to structure the face”), and then apply the interior shade to the apples of cheeks. I wish the compact was split in the middle or horizontally, because it’s not as practical to use them separately as it is together, and to a degree, they are really layered with the two-step technique, but the outer shade is meant to more defining, while the center shade does more of the blushing, I suppose. You will likely get a little bit of both on your brush, though, unless you use smaller-than-average blush brushes.

Note on purchasing: I bought mine at Selfridges online, and I will say that it took almost two weeks for my order to clear customs, where I was on the phone with DHL almost every other business day for ten to twenty minutes (probably forty minutes for the first call). Selfridges claimed they’d handle all customs paperwork and the like, but I can’t say that was my experience.  I had to give a lot of very, very private information to DHL/FDA as well as prepare documents to show packaging, ingredients, etc. DHL was polite, but it was extremely time-consuming and it took so long that even if it didn’t clear, I’d be out of luck because I’d miss the date to return to sender and it would have been destroyed.  I was also disappointed that Selfridges put a couple of sheets of tissue paper around all the products and that’s it–and so the products had a lot of room to shift around. For an international package, I’d expect more protection–I’m just glad nothing broke.  I don’t know if I would ever order internationally again for cosmetics from Selfridges as a result of my experience, so just a heads up.  Hopefully we’ll see the line here in the states next year.

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher First Love
First Love
First Love
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Marc Jacobs Beauty Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “cherry red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark blue-based red with a luminous, slightly glossy, finish. It’s cherry red all day long. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $49.00) is less glossy, has some shimmer. MAC Glam (DC, $15.00) is pinker, more matte. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is not quite as bright. MAC Eden Rouge (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC MAC Red (P, $15.00)is matte. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is slightly bluer-bbased but very similar. See comparison swatches.

This is a great formula for someone who likes their lipsticks more hydrating, somewhat glossy, but still long-wearing, comfortable, and vibrant. The consistency is lightweight, slightly slick, and gel-like but still intensely pigmented with full color coverage in a single pass. It has a lightly sweetened vanilla scent but no discernible taste. What I really like about this formula, especially this shade, is how lush and plump lips look–smoother and fuller–due to that high-shine finish. Neo-Noir wore well for six and a half hours and left a residual pinkish-red stain behind, and during and after wear, it was somewhat hydrating.

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Neo-Noir (126)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “terracotta red.” It’s a warm, true coral with a creamy, glossy finish. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is not quite as bright. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is shimmery, sheerer. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Whoops (P, $19.50) is darker, browner. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is pinker. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

This is one of the full coverage shades within the formula’s range, and it’s incredibly pigmented. It definitely yielded rich, full color coverage from the get-go. The finish is plush and glossy–it makes lips appear smoother and fuller as a result. It was lightly hydrating during the four and a half hours it wore for. The consistency is non-sticky (except towards the very end of wear, then it is very lightly tacky), medium in weight (almost gel-like), and all in all, a comfortable gloss to wear. I noticed a very slight sweet and minty flavor/scent to the formula.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Paint It (202)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Clarins Forest Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

Clarins Forest Eye Quartet Mineral Palette
Clarins Forest Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

Clarins Forest Eye Quartet Mineral Palette ($42.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a series of “autumn hues” of “khaki, satiny taupe, intense bronze, and pale gold.” The formula can be used wet or dry, depending on the intensity one desires. Three of the four shades had very nice color payoff, while one shade had more of a glimmering, metallic consistency and look, so it was sheerer (the press release actually calls it a “beige illuminator,” so sheerness would make sense here). The darkest shade felt like a cream eyeshadow–did not feel like a powder at all. All four shades wore without fading or creasing for almost eight hours, and the glittery shade had minor fall out over time. Worth noting, the palette seems like it has plenty of product, but by weight, it’s a mere 0.10 oz.–which is about half of what you’d expect spread across four eyeshadows.

Forest #1 is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was silky-smooth and blendable. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is warmer. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is very similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is greener. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is more frosted. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #148 (P, $20.00) is more olive. See comparison swatches.

Forest #2 is a glittering golden beige with a metallic finish. It had sheer color payoff, and this is the shade the press release describes as a “beige illuminator.” It’s not much of an eyeshadow–best worn alone as an all-over wash or layered on top of something more opaque to change the texture. I noticed a little bit of fall out over time with this shade. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is lighter. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is yellower. Guerlain Crazy Paris #2 (LE) is slightly warmer. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Bone (LE, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Forest #3 is a deep, dark, murky blackened green with warm, khaki undertones and a sprinkling of bronze shimmer. It’s almost gray. The texture of this felt like a cream–there was nothing powder-like about it!–and blended and applied like one. I didn’t have any creasing with it, though, which is what I was most worried about. It’s incredibly pigmented–a little goes a long way. Too Faced Chocolate Moon (LE) is blacker. Urban Decay Cobra (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Forest #4 is a golden taupe with warm, brown undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had very nice color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, and buttery. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is similar. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is less golden. Urban Decay Suspect (LE, $18.00) Burberry Pale Barley (P) is similar. Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Clarins’ Friends & Family sale is currently in progress and ends on 11/13. They have a tiered system, so if you purchase one item, it’s 15% off; two items, 20%, 3 items or more, 25% off with code CLARINSFF13.

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette Forest
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Dior Minuit Diorific Lipstick

Dior Minuit Diorific Lipstick
Dior Minuit Diorific Lipstick

Dior Minuit Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sparkling cool red.” It’s a lightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a pink tinge, along with a soft, metallic shimmer. The shimmer is faint, so it has more of an overall effect of giving it a frosted sheen than over-the-top shimmer. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is redder. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $15.00) is more matte. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is slightly redder. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $15.00) is a touch pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is quite similar–just a little darker/redder. See comparison swatches.

The Diorific formula is lightly creamy, richly pigmented, and comfortable to wear. The texture is creamy enough that it won’t pull or drag on the lips, but it stays put and doesn’t bleed or feather outside the natural lip line. Minuit is long-wearing, topping in at seven hours of wear, plus it leaves behind a residual reddish stain. It’s somewhat hydrating while worn, and it’s a really nice formula overall. It is lightly floral scented but has no discernible taste. I wish it wasn’t so close to last year’s holiday release Marilyn, though!

Dior Diorific Lipstick Minuit
Minuit

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