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Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss
Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss

Pale, Shimmering Beige Offers a Warm Glow

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a warm, peachy beige with pale champagne and gold micro-shimmer. MAC Lightly Prancing has a similar composition but the gold shimmer is larger. MAC Viva Glam V is also similar, slightly warmer. MAC Devilishly Stylish has white shimmer.

The Luminizing Lipgloss formula is supposed to be “intense, pure moisture” — really hydrating, in other words, with a non-sticky texture and “long-lasting color and natural luminosity.” I’ve been meaning to check out other shades in this formula, because Shiseido owns Cle de Peau, which makes one of my favorite glosses of all time (#2, for those curious) and the packaging and descriptions are similar for both glosses. So, on a whim, I added this to my Nordstrom order.

There’s a slight milkiness to the color that gives it more color coverage than anticipated–you can see how faded my lip freckle looks, despite the gloss having transparency. It adds mostly warmth and gold shimmer and ultimately evens out my lip color.  The formula is non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, comfortable to wear, but most importantly, hydrating.  It’s definitely one of the most moisturizing gloss formulas on the market from what I have tried.  This shade lasted just over three hours on my lips, which is a bit shy for average on gloss for me though on par with similar shades (light shades like these always seem to wear away faster).

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer

Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer
Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer

A Very Berry Glitter

Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer ($8.75 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a mix of “fine, extra-fine raspberry and charcoal with raspberry mini-hex and raspberry holo mini-hex with gunmetal and holo gunmetal mini- and medium-hex glitter in a clear base.” It has medium-dark pink shimmer in an assortment of sizes going as large as small hexagon-shaped glitter particles, and then some glitters look redder than others, along with some black and silver hexagons. Some pieces are holographic, so they look like rainbow when tilted/angled.

I applied two coats of it on its own on my thumb and pinky nails, and then one coat layered over Color Club’s Fashion Moment, which is a reddish burgundy cream color. I thought it worked well over burgundy, and I think it would be really nice over black, too.  The formula is on the thicker side, but it ends up being a good base as the glitters spread evenly across the nail without having to dab or pull at them, and what you see in the bottle makes it onto the nail. Some care is needed, though, to avoid over-applying from the thickness. It’s semi-opaque in coverage after two coats, and you might get nearly opaque coverage with three coats.  I typically get a week of wear without chipping or peeling with Lacquistry’s formula.

Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Lynnderella Angel Food Nail Lacquer

Lynnderella Angel Food Nail Lacquer
Lynnderella Angel Food Nail Lacquer

Would You Wear Sheer Glitter By Itself?

Lynnderella Angel Food Nail Lacquer ($22.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as containing “semi-sheer white squares and hexagonal glitter with iridescent blue glitter, pink shimmer, and fuchsia micro-glitter in a translucent lavender-pink base.” It’s a pale lilac-pink with larger white squares, medium hexagonal glitters, small pink shimmer, and some fuchsia micro-glitter. I don’t have any dupes for this shade, but the base color did remind me of Cult Nails Enticing and Essie French Affair.

I tried layering this over a darker pink (Chanel Fracas), and it ended up looking really milky and uneven when applied over a pink. I thought it worked better on its own, where it was semi-sheer after two coats with a fair amount of glitter. There was good dispersion of the glitter/shimmer across the nail when applied normally (no dabbing or pulling necessary). The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, though it was a bit thicker than a lot of Lynnderellas I’ve tried.  I’ve worn five or so of Lynnderella’s glitters for wear now, and all five have lasted for a full seven days with no chipping or peeling.

Lynnderella Angel Food Nail Lacquer

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

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L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer

Black and Silver Meet Again

L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a creamy black with silver-gray shimmer. It has less shimmer when compared to Illamasqua Creator and NARS Night Breed. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition is closer to the other two dupes I mentioned, as the shimmer is larger and more noticeable.

The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, and the coverage was fully opaque after two coats.  I’ve been getting a full seven days with no chipping, just minor tip wear, with L’Oreal’s Colour Riche formula.  This is a limited edition holiday shade, which I’ve still spotted in stores as late as last week, but I haven’t seen it available online.  I think because the shimmer is smaller, it gets a little lost in the black base (it also seems grayer/more subdued in color), so I’d grab The Queen’s Ambition over this between the two.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer Drop Dead Gorgeous
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Remix: The Wild Thing

bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a limited edition palette for spring that features these shades: Sensational (iridescent aqua), Icon (electric chartreuse), Elitist (bronzed taupe), and Controversy (deep marine blue).

Sensational is a pale aqua–that leans a little sea foam green–with an iridescent gold sheen. It had pretty good pigmentation, and it was very soft. It seemed like it might be a smidgen powdery when I swatched it, but I didn’t have any fall out or powderiness when I applied it to my lid. Chanel Riviere is darker, grayer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #2 is lighter. Lancome Fashion Forward is very comparable.

Icon is a yellowed chartreuse with a satiny finish. It had great color payoff and applied smoothly. MAC Brilliantly Lit is a touch brighter (and a cream product). Dior Garden Pastels is darker, greener. NARS Rated R is greener–brighter, less yellow-toned. MAC Bitter is a bit lighter and matte in finish.

Elitist is a subdued khaki brown with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It was finely-milled, smooth when applied, and nicely pigmented. MAC Soba is similar but more matte. theBalm Schitzo is more golden. Giorgio Armani #26 is similar–a bit browner. Dior Golden Savannah is warmer, lighter. (This shade was also in The Star Treatment.)

Controversy is a darkened blue with a frosted, metallic finish. This shade was a bit powdery, but I didn’t encounter any powdery fall out when applied to the lid. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #4 is darker, more of a navy blue. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #1 is a touch greener in its base. MAC Pre-packaged is a bit brighter. bareMinerals Water is similar in color but has more of a satiny finish.

The color composition gave me a summery vibe, but from questions we’ve asked here, most readers don’t seem bound by colors on a season-by-season basis.  The four shades work well together, and Elitist makes it more approachable as a way to tone down some of the colors in it.  When I wore all four shades together, they lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing (no primer required).  I did experience a very slight powderiness in Sensational and Controversy when I swatched them, but it didn’t impact application as there was no powdery fall out or difficulty in achieving smooth, opaque color.

bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad

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

bareMinerals The Natural High Blush

bareMinerals The Natural High Blush
bareMinerals The Natural High Blush

bareMinerals Remix: The Natural High

bareMinerals The Natural High Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden petal peach.” It’s a peachy-gold shimmered rosy pink; a little coral-pink but still more pink than coral even on my warmer skin tone. It’s a shade a lot of us have in our stash, in some variation, as many, many brands make this shade–most notably NARS Orgasm. NARS Deep Throat is darker, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is redder, less shimmery. Tarte Glisten is comparable.

It’s soft to the touch (softer, denser than other Ready blush shades I’ve tried), finely-milled, and nicely pigmented. It’s buildable, blendable, and wore for a full eight hours (exactly as long as bareMinerals’ lists the wear as). The shimmer-sheen finish doesn’t accentuate pores or imperfections in the skin texture, so it ends up being a flattering sheen and glow on the cheeks, along with the rosy flush.  If you already have other peachy-shimmered corals, it’s not a must-have, but the formula worked well and the payoff was true-to-pan, so if you don’t have it, this is a good candidate for consideration.

bareMinerals The Natural High Blush

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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