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MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick
MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light white blue pink [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium blue-based pink with a soft sheen. OCC Digitalis is lighter, bluer. MAC Snob is slightly darker/grayer. MAC Saint Germain is a touch purpler. MAC Pink Nouveau is brighter, pinker. MAC Naughty Saute is brighter, pinker, glossier. MAC All Styled Up is slightly pinker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was creamy enough that the lipstick glided across the lips without pulling or tugging but not so creamy that it felt thick or was prone to creating lines of demarcation once applied.  Raspberry Swirl lasted four hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating (but this is an improvement, as many Cremesheens are a bit drying on me).  It definitely felt creamier than other Cremesheens I’ve tried.  I noticed that this color did pull the yellow out of my teeth, which this kind of color can sometimes do.  I think that MAC does this color quite a bit, some are closer to this than others, but there are many variations of it and most of them are by MAC.

MAC Lipstick Raspberry Swirl
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette
Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette ($59.00 for 0.212 oz.) is a warm-toned palette that features four shades of shimmery eyeshadows. The brand describes them as “iridescent, eye-catching colors” that are “crease-proof.”

#10 #1 is a light-medium beige with copper and champagne shimmer. It has subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. Jasmine Sultana is less warm-toned. Cinderella Midnight Hour is lighter. L’Oreal Blinged & Brilliant is more metallic, slightly more beige. Chanel Eclosion #3 is browner. It has good color payoff, and the texture is soft and silky smooth.

#10 #2 is a warm-toned, light-medium gold with a frosted finish. Chanel Pearl River #2 is lighter. Tarte Bellini is somewhat lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #1 is a few shades lighter, less orange-y. Dior Couture Gold #2 is more metallic. It had good pigmentation and had a finely-milled texture.

#10 #3 is a softened, copper-shimmered orange with brow undertones and a frosted finish. Guerlain Turandot #1 is a touch lighter. Milani Gold Dust is very similar. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 is more metallic. The color payoff was good, but the texture was a little powdery, even though it felt very soft.

#10 #4 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a soft golden pearl.  Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is somewhat warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #7 is more golden. MAC Mulch has a redder tone. Urban Decay Deeper is darker. It had so-so color payoff, which did appear to have better pigment when I applied it to the lid, but it was powdery as it was so, so soft.

This is a palette that performs better applied to the lid than it seems like it would when just swatched.  The texture is very soft across the board, and as a result, two of the shades seemed a little powdery, but on the lid, there was no powderiness, excess product, or chalkiness.  Everything looked soft, smooth, and almost as if it had melted to the lid.  Those soft textures made blending effortless, and the shades blended into each other so easily.  The palette coordinates well, and with the warmer toned shades, would tend to flatter warmer complexions the most (but there’s no reason cooler complexions who normally like golds and coppers on themselves should avoid it).  When I wore the palette, all four shades lasted nine hours without creasing or fading (no primer), which was impressive.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette Mirage (10)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “complex mixture of satin pastels in several different shades, juxtaposed with gunmetal grey, black, and gold [with gold shimmer in a clear base].” There is an assortment of size, shape, and color in this one–there is quite a bit going on! The colors include shades of pink, yellow, gray, and black, plus the gold shimmer in the background. The shapes range from small shimmer and glitter to larger squares and hexagons. All of the glitter and shimmer is suspended in a clear base.

The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have trouble with the polish applying and then pooling along the edge. It disperses somewhat evenly but does require some pulling and tugging to get more even coverage so there aren’t any bald patches. I applied two coats of the top coat alone over my thumb nail and then one coat layered over Color Club Kismet. It had good opacity in a single coat for a layering polish; enough that you could tell it was on and were able to get all the different shapes, sizes, and colors on each nail. I normally see seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Hare’s formula.

P.S. — The brand will be restocking their shop with the spring range soon!

Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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Hare Polish Return to Nature Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Return to Nature Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Return to Nature Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Return to Nature Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige/khaki crelly (creme-jelly) with a mixture of small gold and silver glitters, plus a dusting of small white squares pwith gold shimmer.” It’s a subtly warm-toned beige jelly finish with white, square-shaped glitters, gold and silver glitters–the gold glitter tends to look more subdued and yellowy within the base color. I couldn’t think of any dupes, and China Glaze Fast Track was the only glitter, plus beige, shade that came to mind.

It’s semi-opaque after two coats, as anticipated with the jelly finish, but very even and smooth. The glitter dispersed incredibly evenly across the nail without needing to be pulled into place at all. I loved the consistency on Return to Nature; not too thick or too thin, and very easy to manage–thinner to the average jelly polish–so there was no pooling along the edges or streakiness. I normally get a week of wear with Hare’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Hare Polish Return to Nature Nail Lacquer

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blend of matte teal hexes and squares, rich red hexes and squares in varied sizes [with] silver shimmer.” It’s a mix of large, bright blue and red square and hexagon-shaped glitter with smaller silver shimmer in the background–and all suspended in a clear base.  It’s such a cheery mix of colors–and I think it could work over a lot of different base colors.

I applied two coats of the glitter top coat alone on my thumbnail so you can have a better idea of the density and composition of the top coat, and then one coat layered over Revlon Rose Gold. One coat (layered) has quite a bit of glitter, and the glitter distributed fairly evenly and easily despite the larger glitter pieces–I didn’t have to fish them out or anything–and I felt like there was a good balance of blue/red. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t pool along the edges.  I usually get a week of wear out of Hare’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

P.S. — The brand will be restocking their shop with the spring range soon!

Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Hare Polish Hooky at the Hamlet Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Hooky at the Hamlet Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Hooky at the Hamlet Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Hooky at the Hamlet Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright shamrock green jelly … with white glitter in different shapes, sizes, and textures, along … glowing-blue hexes and very subtle purple shimmer.” It’s a brightened bluish-teal with white square and hexagon-shaped large glitter pieces and then finer white glitter, blue hexagons, and bluish-purple shimmer. Zoya Zuza has a similar coloring but doesn’t have the white glitters. MAC Ocean Dip is cream (no glitter at all).

The consistency was a little thick–thicker than the average jelly finish–and it took a bit longer to dry down (I actually ended up squishing slightly into my pinky nail with my ring fingernail). The glitters dispersed mostly evenly, but some of them did pull towards the top of my nails on the second coat. It is semi-opaque, as a jelly finish is supposed to be, and if you wanted more opaque color, I’d go with three coats or use a teal base color. I typically get a week of wear out of Hare’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping. The brand should be restocking their spring range within the next week or so!

Hare Polish Hooky at the Hamlet Nail Lacquer

B+
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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