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Butter London Trout Pout Nail Lacquer

Butter London Trout Pout Nail Lacquer
Butter London Trout Pout Nail Lacquer

A Little Pout for Your Trout

Butter London Trout Pout Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque cantaloupe.” It is a pale coral cream with a faint hint of pink. China Glaze Pink Plumeria is darker, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler is more orange/peach. Essie Haute as Hello is very comparable, as is Essie Tart Deco.

After two coats, the color is fully opaque.  It has a slightly thicker consistency, but I did not have any problems with the polish pooling along the edges or bubbling.  The first coat was somewhat streaky, but a second coat completely hid the initial coat and didn’t look streaky at all.  I noticed the drying time was a little longer than average, and the second coat will drag and pull at the first coat if you don’t let it dry first (some formulas/shades are more forgiving in that aspect).  I typically get a full seven days of wear out of Butter London’s formula with little tip wear but no chipping.

Butter London Nail Lacquer Trout Pout
Trout Pout
Trout Pout
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance

bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance
bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance

There’s Nothing Secret About This Radiance

bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance ($19.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer radiant sheen” that gives a “radiant glow” with a “natural-looking luminosity.” It’s a light-medium golden champagne with a strong gold shimmer-sheen and warm, yellow undertones. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City is more golden. Chanel Empreinte de Chanel is more orange. Chanel Shimmering Tweed is a touch more golden.

It is plenty pigmented, and the texture is super soft, finely-milled, and it blends out easily. This is not a product I’d use all-over, because it’s very, very frosted and metallic–I applied it very, very lightly all-over face and then buffed it into the skin, and it was still a rather metallic effect; instead of giving me a natural, luminous lit-from-within glow, I looked oily (and I have normal-to-dry skin). I applied it more heavily along my upper cheek bones as a highlighter, and it’s the kind of frosted/metallic finish that will emphasize pores if not used very, very slightly.

So for me, it didn’t work well as an all-over powder, and it didn’t work well as a more targeted highlighter. I think it’s better as a highlighter than anything else, though with as many highlighters as there are on the market, this would not be my first choice. This lasted six and a half hours on me, and by eight hours, it looked slightly patchy.

bareMinerals All-Over Face Color Secret Radiance
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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L’Oreal Members Only Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal Members Only Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Members Only Nail Lacquer

You’ll Want to Join L’Oreal’s Members’ Only Club

L’Oreal Members Only Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones all wrapped up in a cream finish. China Glaze Escaping Reality is brighter, more of a neon pink. MAC Girl About Town is a smidgen darker. MAC Toco Toucan is very similar.

This shade is fully opaque after two coats, but it was nearly solid in a single pass of polish! The consistency was fantastic; not too thick or too thin, but very easy to maneuver and flowed evenly across the nail.  It’s not a particularly unique shade, but it is a great color to have in your stash, so if you haven’t found one like it that you love, this is a budget-friendly version that is quality all around.   I typically get a full seven days (I’ve tested a few shades up to ten days with minor tip wear) of wear with very, very minor tip wear with L’Oreal’s formula. It’s one of the longer-wearing formulas I’ve come across.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer Members Only
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Zoya Piaf Nail Lacquer

Zoya Piaf Nail Lacquer
Zoya Piaf Nail Lacquer

A Shimmery Yellow That’s Not Quite Gold

Zoya Piaf Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fresh forsythia yellow metallic.” It’s a subdued, sunshine yellow with pale gold shimmer and sparkle. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles was the closest color I could think of, but it’s darker, yellower–more gold than yellow–and has micro-glitter. What makes Piaf different is that it’s more yellow than gold, and then it’s a lighter yellow with shimmer, so it’s not like some of the creamy yellows I’ve seen.

Piaf is opaque after two coats of polish, just as described (full coverage), and there are no metallic threads or visible brush strokes in the finished color.  It also has a naturally glossy shine when it dries down.  The consistency was a bit thicker than the average polish and still thicker even compared to the average Zoya consistency, so you’ll want to take care for each coat that you apply so that there isn’t any excess polish that shifts to the side while it dries.   With Zoya, I usually find it wears with minor tip wear but no chipping over seven days.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Piaf
Piaf
Piaf
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush

bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush
bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush

I’m Plum Out of Indecent Proposals

bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described simply as a “dusty plum.” It is a darkened plum with subtle red undertones and a very fine dusting of gold micro-shimmer (just barely noticeable when blended out). MAC Stratus is a more intense version–also has a stronger sheen. MAC Notable is more subdued.

Last year, bareMinerals released a pressed version of blushes–as part of the Ready range–after the success of their eyeshadows. I like their blushes, but I’m not as in love with the blush formula as I am with the eyeshadow one. I find the texture of the Ready blushes to be a little stiffer, less dense (lacks that buttery consistency of the eyeshadows). The texture is a smidgen powdery, though finely-milled and soft to the touch. When I wore this, I ended up pushing it to sixteen hours of wear (we took a trip down to Monterey!), and it lasted well for a full ten and looked noticeably faded after sixteen. It’s advertised as “up to eight hours,” so it certainly lives up to that claim and then some.

bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush

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

Guerlain Mythic Meteorites Voyage Powder

Guerlain Mythic Meteorites Voyage Powder
Guerlain Mythic Meteorites Voyage Powder

Instant Photoshop for Your Skin

Guerlain Mythic Meteorites Voyage Powder ($55.00/$170.00 for 0.26 oz.) consists of a “blend of matte and pearly shades … mixture of six correcting or light-enhancing colors to deliver the purest radiance.” When blended and applied together, they create a pale pink powder with subtle shimmer/sparkle. Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose is more shimmery with a warmer golden sheen. MAC Lightscapade is more shimmery. MAC Light Sunshine has a bit more of a sheen and powderiness to it.

So, after discovering the majesty of Wulong over the holiday season, I knew I had to see whether the always-available Mythic was similar/comparable (because Wulong is limited edition, and while you can refill the compact, it would have to be with Mythic). One of the reasons I wanted to find out about their similarities is because you can purchase the pan without the compact–the pan will run you $55, whereas the whole kit ‘n’ caboodle with cost you $170.

Initially, I thought, “This is going to be different,” but as is the nature of the product, no, not really (and that’s not a bad thing). What I noticed more with Mythic is that it’ll be a better mattifying product, because it has more of a matte, powdered base color with a very subtle sheen and a dusting of delicate micro-shimmer. Wulong reads slightly more as a barely-there sheen with less of a mattifying texture. In the pan, Mythic appears cooler-toned, but on, I don’t notice any coolness at all, because it is designed to be a transparent finishing powder over all else. For those who couldn’t bear the price of Wulong, if you have an existing compact or an empty palette to store it in, Mythic is something worth checking out instead. I measured, and the diameter of the pan appears to be 55mm.

Guerlain’s Meteorites Voyage Powders are really a pressed version of their famous Meteorite with less emphasis on shimmer, more on radiance, brightening, and creating an illusion of better skin.  That’s really what these powders do for me:  give me the effect of Photoshop in real life. They’re a subtle something-rather that no one can point to and say, “Oh, nice highlighter!’ but instead say, “Hey, are you doing something different with your skin today?”  As a finishing powder, it’s the very last step in the routine, right after setting powder, but honestly, I regularly use this (and Wulong) as both my setting and finishing powder–I have normal-to-dry skin, so I imagine that’s part of why I can get away with it–but I have noticed it still extends the wear of my base makeup by about an hour.

This is the kind of product that either makes it into your everyday routine or you’ll never understand how anyone on earth could shell out money for something they can’t (or barely) see. It’s okay to feel either way; what’s most important is that you enjoy your makeup. I’ve used either this or Wulong since getting Wulong (and prior to that, I was using Guerlain’s Illuminating & Mattifying Pressed Powder, which is also a worthwhile alternative), but I have been using this specifically for the past two weeks.  For me, it is absolutely part of my everyday routine.  If you asked me to choose, I would say Wulong–but that is because it is limited edition, because I like the look of the compact, and I’m just a little warm.

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Powder Mythic
Mythic
Mythic
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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