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Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft, but bright, yellow with a perfect finish.” It’s a buttery, warm yellow with a creamy finish–and very true that it’s bright yet not neon and there is a softness to the color as a result. There is a subtle pearl shimmer to it, but it’s nearly impossible to see. NARS 15 Minutes is lighter. NARS Amchoor is darker, brighter. MAC Al Fredo is darker and sheer. Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road is also a bit darker and sheer. Deborah Lippmann Yellow Fever is a bit darker and warmer.

The formula of this was impressive; it was not perfect, but it was nearly so, and for a yellow cream, both noteworthy and much-welcomed. The initial coat was a little streaky, but the second coat covered the streakiness entirely and left behind a beautiful, smooth, and even result. It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the texture wasn’t too thick or too thin–just right. The polish flowed well across the nail without bubbling or pooling along the edges. It dried to a naturally shiny finish as well, so you could skip the top coat. I usually get a full seven days of wear out of Cult Nails’ formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer You're My Dandy Lion
A

Discontinued

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Aveda Hibiscus Petal Essence Face Accents

Aveda Hibiscus Petal Essence Face Accents
Aveda Hibiscus Petal Essence Face Accents

Aveda Hibiscus Petal Essence Face Accents ($24.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “nude highlighter to soft coral to bright coral.” Together, the blush swirls to create a subtly pink-tinted coral with a soft, beige-champagne shimmer-sheen finish and warm undertones. Tarte Curious is pinker. Too Faced Sweethearts is lighter and pinker. bareMinerals The Natural High has a stronger gold sheen. MAC Fleet Fast is darker. NARS Deep Throat is similar. Because this is a split-pan blush, it can be applied lighter/darker depending on how you swirl your brush. The individual shdaes consist of a deep, rich orange-red with a satin finish; light-medium rosy beige with a satin finish; and champagne beige with a champagne sheen.

This blush is easiest to use altogether or concentrating on two of the three shades, because each strip of color just isn’t wide enough to accommodate most blush brushes. It is supposed to ve scented with lavender, though I couldn’t really smell it in the pan or on. All three individual shades were very, very pigmented, so when applied together, the result is just as rich in color payoff, but the texture is very soft and smooth. It can be sheered out to a lighter color or built up for something more intense. It has a delicate satin finish, so there’s just barely enough shimmer to give cheeks a natural glow but nothing frosted or metallic, which means pores are not emphasized either. Hibiscus lasted eight and a half hours on me, and I saw signs of fading after nine hours of wear.

Aveda Petal Essence Face Accents Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a gilded, golden medium brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar is slightly darker. Urban Decay Chase is darker. Urban Decay Suspect is browner. Dior Couture Gold #5 is a touch more golden. bareMinerals Cognac is darker. MAC Woodwinked is darker, redder in tone.

Now, this is a Benefit eyeshadow I can get behind! I haven’t had the greatest luck with their relaunch of the eyeshadow range, but Thanks a Latte definitely reminds me of the Benefit eyeshadows I fell in love with. It looks a lot darker in the pan than it does applied or swatched, which I expect is due to how reflective the finish is. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, and it applied the same way. It adhered and sat well on the lid, and it lasted better than a lot of the other shades did, too. I was able to get a full nine hours of wear with no fading or creasing.

This shade can also be found in Benefit’s Easiest Nudes Ever Palette, which contains four eyeshadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows for $30.00 (the eyeshadows are 0.04 oz. each, and the cream eyeshadows are 0.11 oz. each, but it’s still a way better deal than buying this eyeshadow on its own unless you LOVE this one and loathe all the others).

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow Thanks a Latte
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of summery shades that certainly bring to mind the colors of a lagoon as it is filled with blue, green, and teal. It contains five eyeshadows housed within a plastic compact with two dual-end sponge-tip applicators and a full-size mirror inside.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 is a light-medium, pastel sky blue with a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, and because of its pastel nature, it looked almost chalky against my skin tone–when paired with the deeper tones in the palette, it worked better. Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise is darker. Dior Swimming Pool #3 is a touch darker but similar. NYX Cool Blue is darker. MAC Styledriven is extremely similar in color but slightly more satiny. bareMinerals Illusion is lighter.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #2 is a pale, iridescent pastel sea foam green. It’s really rather translucent and sheer; it seemed more like something you’d apply over another shade to add iridescence. Giorgio Armani #10 seemed similar but much more intense/opaque.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #3 is a depened, smoky blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. theBalm Bossy Bobbi is a touch darker. MAC Bold Babe is very comparable. MAC Parisian Skies is bluer. MAC Pre-packaged is deeper, richer. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #1 is darker. Urban Decay Unhinged is lighter.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #4 is a gold-shimmered, dusty blue with a hint of aqua/green and a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky. L’Oreal Endless Sea is a bit darker but similar. MAC Sky is very comparable. Urban Decay Aquarius is more frosted.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 is a pale, pastel yellow-green with a frosted finish. It looks like a mint green in the pan, but swatched and applied, it is much lighter and more like a yellow-green tinted white. It had good pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly. Fyrinnae Jade Ghost and MAC Zestful are both similar but more intense. Lancome Fashion Forward is a bit greener.

You know me, I’m a total glutton for all things teal and tropically-inspired, so when I first saw this quad, I was like, “Oh yeah!” It yielded a much softer look when used than it looked in the pan.  It didn’t look like it was going to be neon brights, but everything was more muted applied.  Two of the eyeshadows (#2 and #5) applied significantly more white-based than they looked in the pan, so they lost some of their differentiation and actual color.

The worst performer was the first eyeshadow (light blue), because it was a little powdery, didn’t apply evenly, and didn’t have great color payoff.  The best performer was #3 (dark blue) in the center, as it had good color payoff and blended out evenly.  I also liked #4 (dusty aqua/teal), but it was a little powdery. Though all of the eyeshadows had soft, silky textures, the palette on the whole was somewhat powdery and missed on the pigmentation.  I had some slight fading after eight hours of wear. For someone who doesn’t like the idea of bright blues, this might be a nice option, but for someone who really wanted the colors as seen in the pan, I think you’ll be disappointed.

Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette

C+
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

Giorgio Armani #402 (Chinese Lacquer) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #402 (Chinese Lacquer) Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #402 (Chinese Lacquer) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #402 (Chinese Lacquer) Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, orange-toned red with a semi-matte finish. Guerlain Genna has a satin finish. Hourglass Raven is matte and a bit brighter. MAC Ruffian Red isn’t as orange. Clarins Red Prodige is sheerer. MAC Strut Your Stuff is slightly shimmery. OCC Stalker is a touch darker.

I love Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro; it’s so comfortable but incredibly long-wearing. The texture is a mix of gel and velvet, and it definitely feels like there are silicones in it (and there are), so it sits well on the lips without settling, and the lip color applies evenly and smoothly. It’s fully opaque in color, and it takes very little product to get there. This shade lasted eight hours on me, and it did leave a light stain behind. Even over an eight hour period, my lips never felt dry and at the end, they felt lightly hydrated still. It has a light, natural sheen initially, but it fades after an hour and settles into a matte finish that’s modern.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #402
#402
#402
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia pink.” It’s a bold, magenta pink with a jelly-cream finish. It is similar to the base color of Hare Polish Party Palace. NARS Ratin Jot is a bit less magenta (pinker). Illamasqua Obsess seemed really similar to me; perhaps a little purpler and lighter (and this has a true cream finish). If you have Obsess, I’d skip this (unless you’re a die-hard fan of Illamasqua’s formula, wear this kind of color all the time, or really want the jelly finish this has), because they are very, very similar. Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee is similar but has a shimmer finish.

The formula is everything I’ve come to expect from Illamasqua: perfection. It’s not too thick or too thin, so it applies beautifully without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edge of the nail. It flows well across the nail and is opaque in two coats. The finish is more of a hybrid between jelly and cream; it didn’t look as squishy as a typical jelly is, and this shade was more opaque than a lot of jelly polishes I’ve seen have been. Illamasqua’s formula lasts seven days on me with very minor tip wear, but it easily extends to ten to fourteen-day wear if I let it go that long.

Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish

A+
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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