Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Cult Nails Captivated Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Captivated Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Captivated Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral jelly polish packed with intense gold and coral glitter.”  It’s a pink-coral jelly base with molten gold and coral glitter that spreads really evenly and easily over the nail.  It’s best to wait for each coat to dry so that you don’t disturb the existing glitter.  I used three coats for a more opaque look, but it has a nice translucence when done with two coats–it’s truer to the squishy, jelly finish with two coats.   The formula is very thick; it reminded me of the consistency of hair gel, actually.

Captivated is a limited edition shade, and I know that Maria (creator and founder of Cult Nails) let me know that quantities were dwindling when she sent these for review.  I wore Captivated for a week without chipping, and removal is on par with other glitter polishes–it’s best to let your remover soak on the nail for a little bit and then removing.  I just use felt soaked in Zoya Remove+ and press it against the nail for 5-10 seconds, and then I do one pull.

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Captivated

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This shade totally screams summer--coral, pink, gold, and lots of glittery fun. I didn't think the thicker, gel-like formula would work, but it actually made application easy and the glitter spread evenly.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 18th, 2011


Inglot #328 Eyeshadow

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #328, 353, 355, 351, 323 (Beiges & Yellow)

Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range has a fair amount of peaches/beiges (they seem to have more peach than beige) — plus a bright yellow to cheer the whole group up, since it sits in the last slot of this palette.

  • 328 is a soft, peach beige with a matte finish.
  • 353 is a soft, warmed-up, ultra light peach-beige. with a matte finish
  • 355 is a soft beige with a hint of peach and a matte finish. This is so close to #353, it’s hard to tell them apart.
  • 351 is an ivory with a matte finish.
  • 323 is a bright, medium-dark yellow with a matte finish.

These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch.  They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush.  A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows).  The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these.  The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.

I did find that #323 was the “worst” of the bunch; it did have some payoff issues, where it applied unevenly and seemed to disappear was I blended it out.   #353 and 355 are really similar, as well, and I don’t think one would need both; #353 is just a little warmer.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #328, 353, 355, 351, 323 (Beiges & Yellow

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#323 brings down the overall scores for each metric, just because it isn't consistent with the formula--a little patchy, not as pigmented, and sheers out easily.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 17th, 2011


MAC One-Off, MAC Jealousy Wakes, MAC Emerald Green, MAC Gulf Stream

MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Jealousy Wakes Comparison Swatches

Now, I have no problems comparing Jealousy Wakes to other products, because it’s the shade I created and it doesn’t bother me to share comparisons with all of you.  Part of me hoped to find something comparable, but the other part wanted to find nothing, just because that was the whole point! :)

  • MAC One-Off is more of a green–it has a stronger yellow undertone, less teal/blue (this shade was limited edition).
  • MAC Emerald Green is significantly yellower. This was one of the inspiration pieces for Jealousy Wakes, but I knew I wanted something with less yellow. This is a PRO pigment (and one of my favorites!).
  • MAC Gulf Stream is a blue-teal, so it doesn’t end up being comparable–it almost seemed like it would be when I saw it in the pan.  This was limited edition.
  • Urban Decay Graffiti is a much lighter, brighter green with a yellow undertone. Would be pretty with Jealousy Wakes!
  • MAC Humid is really nothing like it, but I had a few readers ask how close it was.
  • MAC Shimmermoss ends up looking so much bluer compared to all the green shades. Again, not at all comparable!

I haven’t tried it, but you may be able to get rather close with MAC Teal and Emerald Green pigments – a little mix of both just might get you there.  I’ll play around with it later on this week to see.

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Friday, June 17th, 2011


MAC Jealousy Wakes Eyeshadow

MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Eyeshadows Swatches, Photos

Available online only for U.S./Canada on June 21st, here are photos and swatches of the four eyeshadows included in the collection. Each will retail for $14.50 and be available for a limited time. For official information, please check out the launch post. Please understand that I am not going to rate or review this collection, because of my involvement, as I do not think it would be right. I will provide comparison swatches for Jealousy Wakes very soon!

  • Jealousy Wakes is an emerald green with teal and gold shimmer. It has a veluxe pearl finish.  This is the shade I created, and if you want to learn more about the creation process, check out this post.
  • Parisian Skies is a dusty, medium-dark blue with a subtle sheen. It has a satin finish.
  • Hocus Pocus is a dark, brown-tinged gray with green and gold shimmer. It has a satin finish.
  • Sparkle Neely, Sparkle is a medium-dark, warm brown with subtle gold sparkle (not quite micro-glitter but larger than shimmer).

Please feel free to discuss similar shades and dupes amongst yourselves, but I would prefer only to provide my color descriptions, photos, and swatches. The Swatch Gallery should help you find possible dupes and allow you to compare on your own for this particular collection :)  (I know that the eyeshadow section is not fully up, but I do hope it will help.)  I hope you understand.

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Friday, June 17th, 2011


Evolution Revolution, Caqui, Sonoran Rain, Nitro:licious 2046, All My Purple Life

MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Lipglasses Swatches, Photos

Available online only for U.S./Canada on June 21st, here are photos and swatches of the five lipglasses included in the collection. Each will retail for $14.50 and be available for a limited time. For official information, please check out the launch post.  I am not reviewing or rating this collection because I do not feel it would be the right thing to do.

  • Evolution Revolution is a sheer, milky peach with pink shimmer and purple micro-glitter.
  • Caqui is an opaque, dark orange with a hint a red and has a cream finish.
  • Sonoran Rain is an opaque, orange-red with fuchsia, ruby red, and gold shimmer.
  • Nitro:licious 2046 is a semi-opaque, medium-dark, blue-based red.
  • All of My Purple Life is a semi-opaque, dark purple with silvery-white shimmer.

Please feel free to discuss similar shades and dupes amongst yourselves, but I would prefer only to provide my color descriptions, photos, and swatches. The Swatch Gallery should help you find possible dupes and allow you to compare on your own for this particular collection :) I hope you understand.

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Friday, June 17th, 2011

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Dashiki Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 1)

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m going through a lot of permanent eyeshadows from various brands so that we can add more swatches to the Swatch Gallery.  Here are eleven Urban Decay eyeshadows (with no real rhyme or reason), and going through all of the pots yesterday made me wish Urban Decay would sell their permanent range in refills.  It would be so much more convenient and take up less space!

  • Dashiki is a medium, brightened blue with a frosted sheen. It seems like it would be comparable to MAC’s Freshwater.
  • Free Love is a medium-dark coral-orange with a golden shimmer and sheen.
  • Haight is a medium-dark blue with a hint of teal and blue shimmer.
  • Lounge is a reddened brown with a teal shimmer and flash. It’s more of a duochrome. At first glance, it seems similar to MAC’s Club, and it is, but it has a lot more red in its base (also more pigmented).
  • Mary Jane is a steely gray-blue with a silver sheen.
  • Psychedelic Sister is a dark violet purple with subtle red undertones and a shimmered sheen.
  • Rush is a darkened gold-bronze with antique gold shimmer and a frosted sheen. It’s similar to Illamasqua Ore but less multi-faceted.
  • S&M is a medium-dark silver shimmered gray with a frosted finish.
  • Shakedown is a muted, played-down mushroom brown with a matte finish. It’s a browner version of Burberry Taupe Brown; matte version of Inglot #402.
  • Urb is an olive green with a golden sheen and antique gold micro-glitter. This a less-than-stellar shade because of the glittery finish; it doesn’t apply evenly and can have a lot of fall out during application.
  • Woodstock is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with soft pink shimmer and a pearled sheen.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows are some of my favorites–they are typically very pigmented, smooth, buttery, and blendable.  The only shades to watch for are any that have the word “glitter” or “sparkle” in the description, because they tend to have a micro-glitter that just doesn’t bind with the color base, which means it either disappears between brush and lid (best case scenario) or you end up with a sparkly under eye (worst case scenario).  (Urb is the shade that brings down the overall rating on these.)  Their matte finishes are soft and finely milled, but a note on application, these are so blendable that it’s easy to overdo it.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 1)

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With the exception of Urb, these are all really easy to use, blendable, and nicely pigmented eyeshadows. Urb lacks color payoff, has a grittier texture, and suffers from fall out.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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