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bareMinerals Amped Pink Loud & Clear Lip Sheer

bareMinerals Amped Pink Loud & Clear Lip Sheer
bareMinerals Amped Pink Loud & Clear Lip Sheer

Just a Sheer Tint of Color

bareMinerals Amped Pink Loud & Clear Lip Sheer ($15.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer fuchsia pink.” When swatched, it was a sheer medium pink–it read neutral, almost yellow-toned, even though it certainly looked fuchsia in the tube. On lips, it made my lips look brighter, pinker, and generally kept the corpse-lip look at bay. It has a soft shine to finish it off. NARS Beverly Hills is slightly darker.

The formula has a really nice glide-on texture that’s not sticky, too wet/slick, and is very comfortable to wear. It adds hydration to lips not just during wear but beyond it, too, and after wearing it for half a day or longer, I can get away with not reaching for another lip balm for at least as long. As described, the color is sheer and just a tint of color, so it acts as a lip stain/lip balm hybrid. Amped Pink wore for three hours on me. There is a noticeable sweet, orange scent and flavor, though the flavor is less noticeable.

bareMinerals Loud & Clear Lip Sheer Amped Pink
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer

A Creative Fantasy in Purple Jelly

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer ($3.25 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “grape neon.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with red undertones and jelly finish. I was very surprised that I wasn’t able to find anything that was really close in color, but in particular, nothing that was close in color and in texture within the purple polishes I’ve reviewed previously. Illamasqua Jo’mina (much, much lighter, more of a lavender) and Illamasqua Poke (closer in color but has shimmer and no jelly texture/finish) were the only shades that came close to the same tone of the color.

I applied two coats, and the color coverage was semi-opaque; there was visible nail line and some translucency across the entire nail–pretty much the kind of translucency you’d expect (and what tends to define) a jelly finish.  It did have an interesting finish when dried down, as it wasn’t fully matte, but it wasn’t really glossy; I’d fully recommend a top coat to get this to look like a jelly if desired.  My biggest gripe with this was that it was very streaky, even after two coats. It didn’t level or help itself while it was drying, unfortunately, which left a part-streaky, part-marbled look in the end.  The consistency was on the thinner side but not watery.  I tend to get seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s polish

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Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Someone Turned the Electricity Off

Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a navy blue with a fine, frosted finish. When sheered out, it has a darker, truer navy blue coloring, while when layered more heavily, it appears bluer. Urban Decay Evidence is less blue. MAC Naval Blue is similar but a powder product. Chanel’s Apparition is darker and less blue.

This shade didn’t apply evenly or layer well. I think this product would work just fine as an eyeshadow base, but it’s not something that I’d use on its own as a cream eyeshadow.  I experienced some very light fading after twelve hours, which isn’t the norm for me when it comes to Color Tattoos.  It wasn’t much, but it was there.  The consistency of the product is thin, creamy, lightweight, and dries down quickly but not so quickly that you can’t blend out the color if you desire.  This is a shade that is very, very common as a powder eyeshadow, so I’d probably opt for one of the many navy blue eyeshadows on the market, as many perform incredibly well.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hour Eyeshadow Electric Blue
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total

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Zoya Blu Nail Lacquer

Zoya Blu Nail Lacquer
Zoya Blu Nail Lacquer

A Blu for Spring

Zoya Blu Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lucky hyacinth blue cream.” It’s a pale sky blue with a cream finish. There’s a real softness to the color, and there’s also an almost indigo-tint that makes it less overtly blue. NARS Kutki is bluer, slightly darker. Cult Nails Princess is much, much darker and has shimmer, but the tone of the blue is similar. Chanel Coco Blue is much darker. Chanel Riva is more aqua.

The consistency of Blu is incredible; for such a pale, pastel-colored polish, you’d normally get a streaky finish–at the very least, with the first coat.  Blu is beautiful even with the first coat, and it’s so, so pigmented.  It was very nearly opaque after one coat, but I found two to be perfect for fully opaque, smooth color.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or thin, though it’s slightly thicker than the average polish, which many Zoya creams are.  I didn’t experience bubbling or pooling of the polish along the edges of my nails, and this polish self-leveled nicely, too.  I typically find that Zoya’s polish wears for a week with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Blu
Blu
Blu
A

Permanent

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

bareMinerals Berry Remix Loud & Clear Lip Sheer

bareMinerals Berry Remix Loud & Clear Lip Sheer
bareMinerals Berry Remix Loud & Clear Lip Sheer

A Tint for Natural Beauty

bareMinerals Berry Remix Loud & Clear Lip Sheer ($15.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer ripe berry.” When swatched, it looks like a sheer, glossy berry pink. Applied, it tints my lip color to a slightly darker pink, but it still looks sheer and natural. It looked similar to NARS Beverly Hills or NARS Cadaques (or really, a mix).

bareMinerals’ Loud & Clear Lip Sheers are supposed to have translucent color, soft shine, and hydrating properties (from shea butter and jojoba seed oil), which is all put into a gel-based formula. Berry Remix is the most “pigmented” shade out of three available; this is the one that had a particularly visible effect of staining my lips. It’s still a very sheer effect, just as bareMinerals described. If you have naturally pigmented lips and hoped to see some tint, this is the one I’d recommend of the three.

The consistency is slick, gel-like, and non-sticky. It glided on easily, and it didn’t drag or pull at the lips. When I applied the Lip Sheer, it almost felt like it melted against my lips. There is a fairly heavy, sweet orange and a slight orange flavor to the product. The stain lasts for three hours or so, and the formula is nicely hydrating and lasts for a short period of time beyond the wear of the product. For someone who wants just a tint of color that looks like they’re not wearing any lip color, except for a little balm for a natural shine, this is right up your alley.

bareMinerals Loud & Clear Lip Sheer Berry Remix
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

China Glaze Bend Over Backwards Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Bend Over Backwards Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Bend Over Backwards Nail Lacquer

This Polish is on Fire!

China Glaze Bend Over Backwards Nail Lacquer ($8.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pepper red shimmer.” It’s a rich, molten orange-red with fine red shimmer running through it. The finish is almost metallic but very… fluid. Cult Nails Annalicious has more gold shimmer but is very close–perhaps a litle less orange-toned. Milani Melt With U has larger shimmer. Essie Braziliant is more orange, less shimmery.

The finish is interesting, because you can almost see brush strokes, but it’s so reflective and naturally glossy that it almost just looks reflective. I’d describe it as having very subtle brush strokes in places that were fairly easy to control and get to look straight. Bend Over Backwards has full, opaque color coverage after two coats but was mostly opaque after one. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly and fluidly across the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges. I typically get seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s polishes.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Bend Over Backwards
A

Limited Edition

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

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