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China Glaze Def Defying Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Def Defying Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Def Defying Nail Lacquer

A Beautiful, Creamy Chartreuse by China Glaze

China Glaze Def Defying Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lime green” with a cream finish. It’s a brightened chartreuse green with a cream finish. Dior Lime is a few shades darker. Sinful Colors Innocent is yellower. NYX Lime is shimmery. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is yellower. Illamasqua Radium is similar but does have fine shimmer in it, too.

This is a beautiful representation of when China Glaze nails a polish.  Def Defying is fully opaque in two coats, and the consistency is flawless–not too thick or too thin–so it coats evenly, fluidly, and doesn’t streak or bubble.  It dries down in the average amount of time, but it is forgiving if you apply a second coat too quickly.  China Glaze’s formula typically lasts a week on me without chipping (just minor tip wear).

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Def Defying
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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bareMinerals The Love Affair Luminizer

bareMinerals The Love Affair Luminizer
bareMinerals The Love Affair Luminizer

Is This a Love Affair Waiting to Happen?

bareMinerals The Love Affair Luminizer ($26.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “pink nectar glow.” It’s a light, pink-tinged beige with a champagne-gold shimmer-sheen. Against my skin tone, it does seem a little warmer than it looks in the pan–but even in the pan, it does read warm. It reminded me of Bobbi Brown Rose Gold, when all blended together, though it had a frostier finish with less gold in it. MAC Porcelain Pink is lighter but comparable.

This shade is offered alongside The Shining Moment, which is a yellow-y gold hue.  If that shade was too warm for you, I think this would work better, though it will still add a warm glow to the skin.  It has a soft, finely-milled texture that blends out to a beautiful sheen with little shimmer, so it gives that lit-from-within effect once applied to the skin. The sheen over shimmer finish means it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture, so it actually helps diffuse those things instead. It had great pigmentation, and it doesn’t have a white base, so it shouldn’t turn ashy on darker complexions. When I tested this for wear, The Love Affair wore for nine hours without fading.

bareMinerals READY Luminizer The Love Affair
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

bareMinerals The Night Vision Eyeliner Set

bareMinerals Eyeliner
bareMinerals The Night Vision Eyeliner Set

These Visions Last the Night

bareMinerals The Night Vision Round the Clock Eyeliner Set ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes five shades: 11PM (dark charcoal), Midnight (blackout), 4AM (blue teal), 5AM (metallic champagne), and 6AM (royal purple). The formula is supposed to be smooth, bold, long-wearing, and waterproof.

  • 11PM is a darkened gray. It builds well, but in one pass, it had rather weak pigmentation.
  • Midnight is a rich black with brown undertones. It is incredibly pigmented in a single go.
  • 4AM is a light-medium sky blue with a touch of silver micro-shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation in a single glide but was buildable.
  • 5AM is a silver-gold-champagne-pewter. It changes depending on the angle–at one, it looks pewter, then the next, it looks almost golden. This is the one shade I have nothing that even comes close to.
  • 6AM is a red-toned purple with subtle shimmer and a metallic finish. It was the least pigmented of the five, and it wasn’t as creamy as the other shades.

Midnight is full-sized at 0.04 oz., while the other four shades are half-sized at 0.02 oz. each. All of the shades, except 5AM, are definitely dupable. 5AM is nothing like anything else I have in my stash, and it’s intriguing and versatile, because of how much of a chameleon it is. I hope that bareMinerals makes it part of their permanent range at some point.

The texture of bareMinerals’ Round the Clock Eyeliners is very, very creamy and incredibly soft. They almost feel as if they’re melting into the skin, because they have a texture that’s a bit like softened butter. I expected that the creaminess paired with the softness would result in poor wear, but these actually stayed on and on and on, through showers and over a twelve-hour time period. They even managed eight hours or longer on my water line.  Frankly, it was a bit like magic, because these are so creamy and buttery–definitely one of the softest eyeliners I’ve used so go easy on the pressure, because you don’t need much to deposit even color that just glides right no. I will note that sharpening these is best performed slowly or after leaving them in the freeze for a few minutes!

bareMinerals The Night Vision Eyeliner Set

A
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Lacquistry Wattle Over With That Stuffing Nail Lacquer

Lacquistry Wattle Over With That Stuffing Nail Lacquer
Lacquistry Wattle Over With That Stuffing Nail Lacquer

Did Someone Say Stuffing?

Lacquistry Wattle Over With That Stuffing Nail Lacquer ($8.75 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “warm shimmering sand tones with golden flecks and deep green with a whisper of brown for seasoning.” The smallest bits are golden copper, along with a few silver pieces. Then there are squares of champagne and small and large hexagons of emerald green and copper.

Two coats resulted in semi-opaque coverage–there is some visible nail peeking through wherever it’s mostly the smaller copper glitter (Lacquistry showed in their preview two coats where it was mostly opaque). I used one coat alone on my thumb (I meant to do two!) and two coats alone on my pinky, and then I layered one coat over Deborah Lippmann’s Through the Fire. I thought I had done two coats on my thumb, but upon re-doing two coats while writing the review, I definitely only did one!

The consistency of this shade was really good; thick enough to hold all the various shapes and sizes of glitter but not so thick that it was difficult to apply or pooled along the edges. All of the glitter particles spread well across the nail just applying it as you would a normal polish. I didn’t have to play tug o’ war to get an even look. I haven’t tested this particular shade, but I have tested four Lacquistry glitters for wear, both alone and layered over various other polishes, and on me, they last seven days without chipping or flaking off. This one wasn’t too gritty/bumpy, but I’d still recommend a thicker top coat. Lacquistry will be re-stocking her holiday shades sometime next week (per their Facebook).

Lacquistry Wattle Over With That Stuffing Nail Lacquer

A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss

L'Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss

A Sparkling, Shimmery Pink of a Gloss

L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 MSRP for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with fuchsia and silver shimmer and sparkle. Burberry Hibiscus is similar in color but has no shimmer at all. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is lighter and has finer shimmer (and less of it). MAC Radiant Jewels is redder with less sparkle. MAC Electric Fuchsia is lighter.

The Infallible Lipgloss formula is supposed to offer eight-hour wear with sheer, luminous color. I wish they wouldn’t make such an extravagant claim, because eight-hours of shiny, glossy wear? is not something you find often, if at all. This shade wears well for five hours, but the glossiness fades after three and a half hours, though the sparkle does not travel. After eight hours, there are still a few bits of shimmer but the color is gone. The texture is thin but incredibly sticky. Dazzle Me is semi-sheer in color with enough sparkle to give lips a good shimmer and shine.

I have such a love/hate relationship with this gloss formula, because the shimmer they use sparkles beautifully, but the thin consistency means you can feel the grit of the sparkle. I noticed the grit of the sparkle less so in this shade than I have in others, and the scent was sweet and fruity but not medicinal (some of them are that way).  It comes with a tapered, angled doe-foot applicator (similar to Lancome’s Color Fever Glosses).

L'Oreal Infallible 8-HR Le Gloss Dazzle Me
Dazzle Me
Dazzle Me
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

White Eyeliners: Swatches, Dupes, and Comparisons

White Eyeliners
White Eyeliners

White Eyeliners: Your Guide

In my stash, I had four matte white eyeliners and three shimmery/metallic white eyeliners, and I’ve compared them in this post.  The finding? The matte white eyeliners are completely dupes of each other across all four shades, while the metallic white eyeliners are nearly dupes of each other, with one being minutely less bright.  I like using white eyeliner to lighten other colors or to act as a base color when using eyeshadow on the lower lash line.

  1. DOLCE & GABBANA WHITE is a bright, creamy white. It is similar to the three other matte white pencils I have: MAC Pure White, MAC Fascinating, and NARS Santa Monica Blvd.
  2. MAC PURE WHITE is a crystal clear creamy white. It is similar to the three other matte white pencils I have: Dolce & Gabbana White, MAC Fascinating, and NARS Santa Monica Blvd.
  3. MAC FASCINATING is a bright white with a matte finish. It is similar to the three other matte white pencils I have: Dolce & Gabbana White, MAC Pure White, and NARS Santa Monica Blvd.
  4. NARS SANTA MONICA BLVD. is a pure white a matte finish. It is similar to the three other matte white pencils I have: Dolce & Gabbana White, MAC Pure White, and MAC Fascinating.
  5. URBAN DECAY YEYO is a silvery-white — it’s not 100% white on me, there is a little bit of silver sheen to it, but it’s close. It is very similar to Tarina Tarantino Crystal Gun; a touch starker compared to MUFE #14L.
  6. MAKE UP FOR EVER #14L is a brightened, metallic white. It is not quite as stark/bright compared to both UD Yeyo and Tarina Tarantino Crystal Gun–but realistically, the difference is nearly imperceptible when applied.
  7. TARINA TARANTINO CRYSTAL GUN is a bright, metallic-finished white.  It is exactly like UD Yeyo and a touch brighter compared to MUFE #14L.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #2 (wears the best), #5 (most pigmented, balanced between creamy/soft)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

What’s your favorite white eyeliner? How do you like to use it?

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