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Marni Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Marni Eau de Parfum
Marni Eau de Parfum

Marni Eau de Parfum ($50.00 to $155.00, depending on size) consists of top notes of bergamot, pepper, ginger, and pink peppercorn; heart notes of cardamom, rose, and cinnamon bark; and bottom notes of patchouli, incense, vetiver, and cedarwood.  When I initially opened up the box and tested it (on a whim, really, because I hadn’t even photographed it), I had no idea what to expect, but I was so very pleasantly surprised to find it an intriguing, nearly unisex scent that delivers on its promise.

Overall, the scent is driven by rose and smoky, dry woods. It opens with a burst of pepper and something fresh–a little green and I almost get a hint of citrus–that gives way to spicy cinnamon, ginger, and rose. As it dries down, the warmth of the cedarwood comes forth along with a darker, powdery rose. It’s not too heavy; on my skin, I really noted the ginger and spices that gave it a brightness that made it seem lighter, more wearable. But it was still warm, woody, a little smoky, and spicy. Everything seemed incredibly well-blended and done in moderation, and accordingly, it wears close to the skin with minimal sillage but did last for eight hours noticeably on my skin, and then lingered for as long as twelve if I really looked for it.

Another thing I also liked was that it comes in a few sizes: purse spray (0.34 fl. oz./$50.00), which actually comes with a doll; and then the more traditional sizes of 2.2 fl. oz./$105.00 and 4.0 fl. oz./$155.00 were all listed at Saks, though Marni’s own website also lists a 1.0 fl. oz. and 0.33 oz. (“gift box”). No matter how much you love a product, if you don’t use it regularly, it can be hard to finish–true for perfume and makeup (though the former tends to have a much longer shelf life!). Nonetheless, fragrance can have a high investment cost per bottle, so it’s nice when you can still enjoy the scent and its bottling aesthetic in a smaller size.  It comes in a glass bottle with translucent polka dots and a bright, shiny red cap.

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China Glaze Strap On Your Moon Boots Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Strap On Your Moon Boots Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Strap On Your Moon Boots Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Strap On Your Moon Boots Nail Lacquer ($14.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight sky blue.” It’s a darkened, stormy blue with linear, holographic shimmer. I couldn’t come up with any dupes, though, even for something similar in color (but without holographic shimmer).

This looks many times more interesting in the photos than it ever looked in person. I found it difficult to detect the holographic effect under indoor light, because it is very, very subtle. My camera did a far better job picking up the holographic shimmer than my own two eyes did! In brighter light, like sunlight, it is somewhat more obvious, but it’s not a strong holographic effect (definitely not the “strong linear finish” they noted in the press release) and at double the price, disappointing to see (or not see, in this case).

I had no trouble applying Strap On Your Moon Boots, though.  It dries down faster than the average polish, and as a result, it’s important to wait for the first coat to dry before applying a second as it will pull at the polish if it is still drying.  I used two coats for completely opaque color coverage.  I tested this particular shade for wear, and it lasted five days with minor tip wear but after seven days, the tip wear was more than my norm for both China Glaze and polish in general (and if you’re not familiar with my reviews, most polishes wear a week on me and chipping is very rare).

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Strap On Your Moon Boots
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

KBShimmer Pastel Me More Nail Lacquer

KBShimmer Pastel Me More Nail Lacquer
KBShimmer Pastel Me More Nail Lacquer

KBShimmer Pastel Me More Nail Lacquer ($8.75 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rainbow of pastel colors from pink to periwinkle” with “several different sizes of hex glitters.” It’s a fun confetti-like mix of light blue, copper, pink, periwinkle, and yellow in medium hexagon-shapes as well as small and smaller glitters. The effect–but only at a glance–reminded me of Cult Nails Happy Ending, but Happy Ending is shredder glitter and not quite the same in composition.

KBShimmer recommends applying one coat of this over a base color, as it is listed as a glitter top coat. It had good coverage in a single coat, which I applied over China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On. I did apply two coats of the top coat alone on my thumb nail so you could see the effect/opacity–it’s definitely a shade that’s best used as recommended: as a top coat. It could have dispersed the glitters more evenly across the nail, so you might need to do some pushing to get a more even look if that’s what you’re after. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t take too long to dry or feel really thick on the nail.

KBShimmer Pastel Me More Nail Lacquer

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

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NARS Sin Blush

NARS Sin Blush
NARS Sin Blush

NARS Sin Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “berry with gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered plum with a frosted finish. It’s less red, more plum compared to NARS Oasis. MAC Plum Foolery is lighter but similar. MAC Vintage Grape is purpler. theBalm Cabana Boy is similar–perhaps a smidgen lighter.

Sin is like a plummy version of NARS Orgasm, because both of a golden shimmer/sheen that alters the underlying base color. It’s slightly cool-toned, but the golden shimmer adds warmth and makes it appear almost neutral in tone on the skin. It had great pigmentation, so it should show up well on most skin tones. The texture was soft and finely-milled. The finish is softly frosted on the skin after it is applied and blended out. There was a very, very slight emphasis of pores but it was hardly noticeable and the resulting glowy sheen was luminous without being oily. Sin wore just over eight hours well but started to fade after nine hours on my skin.

NARS Powder Blush Sin
Sin

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “soft lilac.” It’s a lightened, pinked lilac with a satin finish (and it almost looks matte, but there’s a very fine shimmer to it). Urban Decay Heartless is lighter, more firmly in the pink-colored camp. NARS Bouthan #1 has a matte finish, so it’s a bit closer, but it is lighter and pinker.

It seemed promising when I swatched it initially, because the color payoff was fairy good, but the texture was so soft that it turned dusty/powdery. The result when I applied it to the lid was that it was very, very prone to disappearing; it would sheer out too quickly and my lid just seemed to absorb the color. I’ve had this happen with eyeshadows that apply thinly and have a lot of powderiness to them; I feel like they act a bit like blotting powder on my eyelids! Over a primer, it was marginally better, but I still couldn’t get the color to look like it did on the pan–it looked faded and generally lighter. Without a primer, the wear was dismal–noticeable fading after a mere six hours.

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Sexiest Nudes Ever Palette–I make a point to mention that, because the palette itself is $30 but contains three other eyeshadows along with two Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows; more or less, unless you really hate the other products, it’s hard to justify $20 for one eyeshadow when you could be paying $30 and receiving six different products.

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow Pause for Applause
6
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
66%
Total

Urban Decay Secret Service Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Secret Service Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Secret Service Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Secret Service Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft cool brown matte.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-tinged brown with a matte finish. It’s a brown-leaning taupe, but it has a fair amount of brown in it. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #3 is slightly darker. MAC Omega is much lighter. Bobbi Brown Hot Stone is darker. Urban Decay Faint is a few shades lighter.

The texture was a little dry, and the resulting color payoff was good but not excellent; when I applied it to the lid with a fluffy crease brush, I had less trouble getting better color payoff, but it did need a second layer of product to really get true-to-pan color.  I wish it had been just a bit denser/more buttery, because it was also somewhat dusty, so it was prone to fading.  There was some noticeable fading of the color when I wore it, though no creasing, starting at the seven hour mark.  With a really fluffy brush, it works well enough, but it took extra work to blend it out if used with a firmer brush (say for applying to the lid, rather than the crease).

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Secret Service
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

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