Thursday, July 28th, 2011


NYX English Rose HD Grinding Blush

NYX English Rose HD Grinding Blush

NYX English Rose HD Grinding Blush ($16.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pretty-in-pink shade of cotton candy pink, which leans a little blue, and applies sheerly. It can be built to about medium intensity, but it’s not overly pigmented or intense. It is, overall, a lighter shade, and it has a subtle sheen that’s neither frosty or too reflective (so it does not emphasize pores). It is similar to MAC Briar Rose but a touch pinker. It is a little lighter than Illamasqua Chased. I imagine it is similar to MAC Well-Dressed as well.

My favorite part about the HD Grinding Blushes is how smooth and soft they are, without being powdery–they are finely milled and don’t poof! a puff of dust when you go to use them. The softness lends itself to effortless application, because it blends out easily and never looks overdone–but you have to trade-off color payoff for that. I only get around six hours of good wear with this product–by the seventh hour, it’s hardly visible any more.

Please consider reading my original review of NYX HD Grinding Blush for more, in-depth commentary on the packaging.

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Surprisingly, despite its shortcomings, there is something about this product I like. It's a product I would reach for, but I recognize that it's below-average wear is a major issue. The packaging is less functional than it seems, and it's likely you're paying part of the higher price tag for that.

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9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a pink-laced raspberry red with red glitter and a frosted finish. This is my least favorite Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadow I’ve tried from the brand, because the texture is gritty when used dry and still a touch uneven (from the glitter) when used damp. This shade worked best when applied damp, because it allowed the product to bind together and give a smooth finish with opaque color. When applied dry, it is sheer, a little dry, and there is some fall out.

In the past, I’ve been very pleased with Le Metier de Beaute’s eyeshadows–they have a really smooth texture with a rich and buttery feel and excellent color payoff whether they are used dry or wet. Here, Fire Lily seems to be lacking in all of those characteristics in some way. It applies more smoothly when applied damp, but it still has some of the unevenness in the texture due to the glitteryness of the shade itself.

It is redder than MAC Cranberry. It’s only a touch redder and darker compared to Inglot #450. It’s must pinker compared to Urban Decay Gash. It’s closest to MAC Quartz Fusion, slightly less red, and the texture is better than MAC’s.

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It's a good eyeshadow when used wet, and an inferior one when used dry, so it averages out to something in-between--average, perhaps--so if it's something you see yourself only using wet, then it will be of more value to you.

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7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Guerlain Rouge d'Enfer (121) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (121) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (121) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (121) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich ruby red with a subtle sheen. The color coverage is nearly opaque, and it has delicate layer of micro-fine ruby shimmer strewn through the color. It’s a blue-based red, but there is a hint of pink in the base, too, which keeps it from leaning too far on the cooler-toned end of the spectrum. Rouge d’Enfer wore for six solid hours and made it fairly well to the seventh hour, too.

The formula is creamy without being thick or heavy, and it is actually a moisturizing formula. It’s soft and feels like silk when applied. I find these comparable to the Rouge G lipstick, though not as thick or as opaque, but still similar enough. They’re $11 cheaper than the Rouge Gs, and the colors still have the same depth and nuanced shade range that makes Guerlain lipstick always standout to me. To see more photos of the packaging, check out this post. I did not have any issues with the slider of this particular shade!

Chanel Byzantin is similar but a touch pinker. Burberry Hibiscus is quite similar but perhaps a little lighter.

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Guerlain Rouge d'Enfer (121) Rouge Automatique Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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Rouge Automatique is a top-notch formula, because the creaminess of the texture enables it to glide on, making for an easy application, but it's lightweight and never slippery, so it stays on and wears for hours.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow
Lancome Designer Eyeshadow

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow

Lancome Designer Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “metallic, golden khaki-green.” It’s part of Lancome’s permanent range of Color Design Eyeshadows (which is their individual range). Color Design Eyeshadows have varying finishes, but all of them are supposed to deliver “long-lasting, pigment-packed color [that] stays true for daylong wear.”

Designer is a murky, olive green with a subtle hint of khaki-gold sheen. It has a metallic finish, so it has a more reflective sheen than frosted appearance, despite the healthy dose of shimmer packed into the color. The color payoff is lovely–dense, opaque color–and the texture is soft to the touch, smooth, and blendable. Subtle shades of green that tend to lean a little brown work well for a softer smokier eye, because it’s not as stark as gray or black. It’s very earthy, so it tends to complement many skin tones. I like it paired with champagne-beiges for a softer look and grassy greens for something more vibrant.

It has less brown (and much more shimmer and sheen!) compared to Laura Mercier Pine Bronze. MAC Greensmoke is similar but cooler in tone. Inglot #419 looked similar initially, but it has a much browner base with less green overall.

Worn alone (with no primer), Designer wears well for eight hours. By the ninth hour, there is a subtle creasing and fading. It’s noticeable to someone who’s waiting and watching for it, but it’s not so noticeable that bystanders would point and giggle! Over a primer–unsurprisingly–it wears just fine for twelve hours with no fading or creasing.

The packaging feels a little bulky, given the size of the actual eyeshadow compared to what holds it, but I like the clear lid, and it’s still lightweight.  The clear lid slides open, which is easier on the nails, at least!

How do you feel about khaki-greens?

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Soft, smooth, and blends easily when applied with excellent color payoff makes Designer worth checking out. It even lasted for a full eight hours without a primer!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Illamasqua Jo'mina Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Jo’mina Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Jo’mina Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Jo’mina Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric lilac.” It’s a bright lilac purple with a hint of pastel lilac but closer to a light-medium purple with subtle pink-red undertones. It’s opaque in two coats for me, and I didn’t have any issues with the formula–it was creamy without being thick, so it spread evenly across the nail. Despite some of the pastel-feel of this color, I didn’t encounter any streakiness during application.

With a warmer skin tone, I often find that lilacs and pastel-like purples do not work on my skin tone, but I like Jo’mina a lot, and I think it’s the underlying redness around the edges that makes it more complementary against my particular skin tone.  I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one–NARS Pokerface is much, much lighter and pinker, while Nubar Treasure has such a different finish that they don’t end up looking very similar.

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It's certainly a solid addition to my stash, since I wasn't able to find anything very close to it, though that doesn't say none exist! If you haven't been able to find a complementary purple for warmer skin, you might like this one!

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011


MAC Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Neutrals (Part 2)

More neutral MAC Eyeshadows! There will be one more set of neutrals, and then I only have the grays/blacks after that.

Grain is a soft, warm beige with a satin finish. It’s like a lighter version of MAC Arena.
Orb is a soft, pink-peach with a satin finish. It is pinker than Urban Decay Virgin. It is similar to Inglot #397, but it has a softer look and therefore looks darker/more pigmented.
Naked Lunch is a warm, peach-beige with a frost finish. Chanel Emerveille is similar in color.
Hush is a peach-pink with a subtle iridescence and frost finish.
Jest is a light-medium peach with a frost finish. theBalm Luscious Lani is a touch lighter.
Say Yeah is an apricot pink with a golden shimmer-sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish, and it was a limited edition shade.
Ricepaper is a soft, warm yellow champagne with a frost finish. Inglot #393 is the closest but it has a more reflective finish.
Retrospeck is a paled gold with a lustre finish. It has a slightly gritty texture. Milani Beach Sand is slightly similar.
Femme-fi is a warm, yellow-toned white with a veluxe pearl finish. theBalm Devilish Danielle is similar, slightly more reflective.

Hush has sheerer color than one would expct, while Retrospeck has glitter in it, so it has a grittier texture and is prone to fall out. The other shades were true-to-color with good color payoff and smooth textures overall.

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Like I mentioned last time, MAC has a solid range of neutrals--lots of variations on beige, nude, and peach--that are worth checking out.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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