Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Butter London Lady Muck Nail Lacquer
Butter London Lady Muck Nail Lacquer

Butter London Lady Muck Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “powdery periwinkle blue, slightly on the grey side and infused with pearl pigment for a soft, sexy sheen.”  Whew, talk about a description!  It’s a dusty, gray-blue with pale silver-white shimmer.  It seemed most comparable to Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Concrete Jungle–but Lady Muck has pale silver shimmer.  (You can compare this shade against other blues in the Swatch Gallery.)

It was opaque in two coats, and it had a natural sheen to it, though I think the majority will still prefer a shiny top coat on top.  Butter London’s formula on this one has a really even flow, smooth application, and drying time wasn’t long at all.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

I’ve always thought of periwinkle as something a little deeper, with more purple in the mix, compared to this dusty, grayed blue.  Googling showed a lot of results, some more to what I always imagined as periwinkle, but there were a few variations that leaned bluer, closer to Lady Muck.  Don’t you wish there was some standardized language we beauty enthusiasts could converse in?  Butter London negates a lot of the traditional view of periwinkle, because it adds powdery, blue, and grey on top of it, which really does seem like what Lady Muck is all about (so no points taken off for color inaccuracy).

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Lady Muck

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This kind of blue works well for those who want something with more color but without the brightness of a lot of blue shades.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011


Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in Inglot #446, 445, 440, 420, 439, 441 (Purples)

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range is certainly expansive! They don’t quite fit into two 20-pan palettes neatly (there are two that overflowed into a third, plus one I know I’m missing). There are also a fair amount that seem to only be available in individual pots, rather than refills (which I do not have).

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadows have a very fine shimmer with a brighter, pearly sheen.   I had a good experience with these six eyeshadows–they were easy to work with, nicely pigmented, and had the soft, smooth textures I’ve come to expect from Inglot’s Pearl eyeshadows.  #440 is the only one that I felt wasn’t true-to-pan in color; it was a few notches lighter, because of the heavy white pearl.

  • 446 is a rich, jewel-toned plum purple with red undertones in a pearl finish.
  • 445 is a softened, medium-dark plum with a pearl finish.
  • 440 is a frosted, cool-toned lilac with a pearl finish. Like some of the other lighter pearl shades, the white pearl really reflects and comes through, almost washing the shade out.
  • 420 is a grayish mauve with a pearl finish–it almost looks metallic.
  • 439 is a rich, jewel-toned violet purple with a pearl finish.
  • 441 is a medium-dark violet with a pearl finish.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in Inglot #446, 445, 440, 420, 439, 441 (Purples)

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If you're a fanatic for purple eyeshadows, Inglot certainly has more than a few to satisfy you! It's a good mix of red- and blue-based purples, too.

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10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 13th, 2011

theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer
theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer

theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer Bronzer

It seems like every brand has put out a new and (for the most part) awesome bronzer this year, and theBalm is no different. theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer ($24.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as “a silky smooth pressed powder that can be used as a bronzer, eye shadow, and all-over shimmer.” It’s supposed to diffuse light while providing subtle warmth to the skin.

Betty Lou-Manizer is a dirty bronze with a warm, golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is incredibly fine, while the sheen is glowy and reflective. If you’ve tried out theBalm’s other powder products, you’ll find the texture is consistent–silky smooth with rich color payoff. It has such a fine texture that it applies well to skin, because it practically melts onto the skin and looks natural and never powdery.

It’s packaged well, too. The compact is a nice size with a mirror on the inside, and the compact itself is sturdy and fits well in the hand. The ingredients are also listed on the back of the compact, which is a nice touch, because I know that I don’t keep the boxes around for long (straight to the recycling bin!).

I actually found the effect to be quite comparable to Guerlain’s Terracotta Mosaic Powder. theBalm’s has a more noticeable shimmer/brighter sheen, while Guerlain’s is a little softer, more orange with less brown, but on the cheeks, the differences are minimized.

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Betty-Lou Manizer

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I see this working best on warmer skin tones, and this is a bronzer that should work well for darker skin tones, too. The golden sheen will provide the warmth and glow, while the actual color will give that sunkissed effect.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 13th, 2011


Inglot #413

Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #413, 428, 426, 415, 429 (Blues)

To finish out the palette, we have five blue shades from Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range.   Remember, the palette is completely customizable from the shades you fill it with to the size itself.

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadows have a very fine shimmer with a brighter, pearly sheen.   #428 exemplifies what makes an excellent eyeshadow, and it’s one of the best of Inglot’s line from what I’ve tried so far–super rich in color and the way the base color and shimmer play together makes it glow.   All five shades featured in this post had a soft and smooth texture, rich color pay off, and were incredibly blendable.

  • 413 is a muted blue with a silvery-white sheen and pearl finish.
  • 428 is an intense, jewel-tone of violet-blue with a pearl finish. The intensity of this shade makes it glow!
  • 426 is a medium blue with a pearl finish.
  • 415 is an aqua-tinted blue with a flashy yellowed sea foam green duochrome and pearl finish. I didn’t expect to see anything akin to a duochrome in Inglot’s line, but I felt like this one is. The duochrome is subtle, but it’s definitely there–more noticeable in person.
  • 429 is a purple-leaning periwinkle with a high white metallic sheen, though it has a pearl finish.

For more information about pricing, please check out this post.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #413, 428, 426, 415, 429 (Blues)

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What seemed like a surprisingly amount of blues initially ends up showing how varied blue can be. You have the richness of #428 with the duochrome of #415, and then there is the mix of purple and blue of #429.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 13th, 2011


Inglot #430

Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #430, 403, 414, 418, 412 (Golds/Greens)

Next up, golds and greens of Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range.  (And the next set to follow, obviously, will be blues!)   #400 isn’t available in pan form, so I don’t have it, but I’m curious to see if it’s more of a true yellow, as both #430 and 403 are more gold than yellow.

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadows have a very fine shimmer with a brighter, pearly sheen.   I had a good experience with these five eyeshadows–they were easy to work with, nicely pigmented, and had the soft, smooth textures I’ve come to expect from Inglot’s Pearl eyeshadows.

  • 430 is a darkened yellow gold with a pearl finish that borders on metallic. I don’t have it to compare, but it seems like it would be similar to Urban Decay’s Honey eyeshadow.
  • 403 is a paled yellow gold with a pearl finish. This shade felt the slightest bit powdery, made more noticeable by the perfection of a lot of other shades I would say.
  • 414 is a blackened teal-green with a pearl finish. It has a blackened-brown base. It’s not as complex as shades like theBalm’s Jealous Jordana.
  • 418 is a medium-dark forest green with a black-brown base and pearl finish. It seems like it may be a little darker than MAC’s Humid but comparable.
  • 412 is a pale, yellowed chartreuse with a golden metallic sheen, though it has a pearl finish.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #430, 403, 414, 418, 412 (Golds/Greens)

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The richer gold of #430 will work well on warmer skin tones, while the paleness of #403 should make it a more workable yellow for warmer skin tones. #414 will make a great shade for smoky lash lines and creases, while #418 and 412 work well together for a nice gradient of green.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, June 12th, 2011


Inglot #397

Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #397, 407, 393, 395 (Oranges)

These are some of the more orange/peach shades from Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range. I wish Inglot would add color descriptions for their eyeshadows online, because I think it would enhance the buying experience and–at the very least–give us some indication of what to expect!

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadows have a very fine shimmer with a brighter, pearly sheen. The pearl finish is probably my favorite of Inglot’s finishes, because it has the right mix of color payoff and texture. It’s soft, smooth, and very blendable. These four shades are true-to-formula, though I did find that #393 and 395 were much lighter swatched than they appeared in the pan.

  • 397 is a warm, peachy beige with a pearl finish.
  • 407 is a orange-coral with peachy gold sheen with a pearl finish. It’s like a much more orange version of NARS Orgasm or MAC Melon pigment. This shade has more dimension than the majority of Inglot’s line, just because it’s more of a mix of two colors. It is one of my favorite shades I’ve swatched thus far!
  • 393 is a pale yellowed peach with a pearl finish. It looks more orange in the pan, but when swatched, it’s much yellower. It has a very noticeable white sheen, which is what seems to give it that lighter, more yellowed look.
  • 395 is the palest of orange, because it has a high white shimmer/sheen so it looks really, really light. It’s more like white with a hint of peach-orange. Like #393, it looks more orange in the pan.

For more information about pricing, please check out this post.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in #397, 407, 393, 395 (Oranges/Peaches)

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A couple of these shades really emphasize the importance of swatching before buying (or looking for swatches online), because pan color might not be exactly the swatch color (which may be good or bad, depending on what you wanted!). Shades like #407 will work really well on warmer skin tones, while the other three are more universally flattering.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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