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Clarins Chocolate Prodige Lip Gloss

Clarins Chocolate Prodige Lip Gloss
Clarins Chocolate Prodige Lip Gloss

A Wearable Shade of Brown Lipgloss

Clarins Chocolate Prodige Lip Gloss ($20.00 for fl. oz.) is a reddened brown full of light pink and white micro-shimmer. Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet is more berry-hued. MAC Fancy Cat is browner, less red-toned. MAC Gertruyd is redder, less brown. MAC A Different Groove is darker and has gold shimmer.

According to Clarins, this gloss formula is supposed to have “intense color, mirror-like shine, and long-lasting hold.” Chocolate is mostly opaque, and it applied very evenly and stayed that way throughout the wear. It wore for five and a half hours, and while it initially felt non-sticky, it develop a very light tackiness after an hour and a half (but it never became sticky). It has a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste. It comes with a long sponge applicator that’s contoured on both sides, which makes it really easy to apply. The formula is lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear overall.

Clarins Chocolate Prodige Lip Gloss

A-
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Color Club Fashion Moment Nail Lacquer

Color Club Fashion Moment Nail Lacquer
Color Club Fashion Moment Nail Lacquer

Too Many Dupes to Put Up with Streaks

Color Club Fashion Moment Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, eggplant, shade of purple.” It’s a deep, dark burgundy with hints of purple. China Glaze Urban-Night is lighter, purpler. Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche is cooler-toned, purpler. Guerlain Lou-Ling is lighter. MAC Blueblood is very comparable. China Glaze Velvet Bow is redder. MAC Purple Majesty is very similar. Urban Decay Wrecked is also similar. Zoya Anja is a smidgen lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter is lighter.

The color was mostly opaque after two coats, but the application was streaky, so without a really thick second coat, you could still see some of the streaks (like on my middle finger).  The formula was a little thin in consistency, though I did not have problems with it bubbling or pooling.  I typically see a week of wear with Color Club’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping (without a base/top coat).  Sometimes one might be willing to put up with a less-than-stellar application for a more unique color, but Fashion Moment is incredibly dupable, so it’s hard to overlook.

Color Club Nail Lacquer Fashion Moment
B-

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
82%
Total

Lucy Blaire Handmade Makeup Bags


Lucy Blaire Makeup Bags

Fun Makeup Bags!

Lucy Blaire Handmade Makeup Bags ($12.00 to $62.00) are available in five sizes: small, medium, large, purse pouch, and pencil case. Her bags are made out of oilcloth, which is cotton-backed vinyl. Why it makes sense to use it on makeup bags is because it is waterproof and stain resistant. I fully blame Dustin Hunter for this review, because after seeing him share his, I bought three in the Blue Bloom pattern!  There are several other patterns available.

Pencil Case ($12.00) is 8″ x 4″ with a zipper down the middle and handle at one end. It worked well for holding anything long and fairly flat–not surprisingly, eyeliners were what I was anticipating using it for. I grabbed a handful of eyeliners (just over 20), and all of them fit in the pouch with room to spare. Brushes under 8″ could also fit in here.

Small Makeup Bag ($14.00) is 6″ x 3″ x4″ with a zipper down the middle of the top end and a strap handle on one edge. I put in ten MAC eyeshadow quads (the newer ones, which are thicker/bulkier than the original quads), and I could have fit two more along the edge and some stuff on top. This would be ideal to house glosses, lipsticks, foundations, blushes, and the like. It’s the kind of size that’s incredibly useful. I prefer smaller makeup bags and having two or three of them, because it’s easier to organize what I’m bringing so I’m not rooting through an epic bag of stuff.

Medium Makeup Bag ($16.00) is 7″ x 4″ x 5″ with a zipper down the middle of the top end with a strap handle on one edge–it’s just like the small bag, just larger (one inch larger in each dimension). Like I mentioned, I prefer an assortment of smaller bags over one large bag, so for me, I’m totally covered between these three. The medium holds larger face brushes incredibly well. I took nearly all my face makeup brushes (I couldn’t even hold them all in my two hands)–around thirty or so in total–and they all fit beautifully in the bag with room to spare. In case, you know, you actually tote around thirty brushes in one fell swoop! If I bring a lot of brushes with me, I will use a brush roll, but for quick weekend trips, I’ll toss the few I need into my larger makeup bags. Naturally, this bag can fit a whole smorgasbord of beauty products in it.

Because the bags are made out of oil cloth, they can wiped down and cleaned easily. I haven’t had mine for long, but Dusty has had his for two years and highly recommended them (which is how I got here; the power of a trustworthy recommendation!). You can purchase bags individually or in sets (you’ll save a bit by doing the set). She shipped quickly (placed my order on the 18th, received it on the 24th), and everything was exactly as described. I look forward to traveling, just so I can use these. They’re so bright and cheery to look at! All three bags fold quite flat, so they’re easy to store when you’re not using them.

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Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer

Interesting Color, But Brush Strokes Rain on the Parade

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering rich brown graphite.” It’s a deep blackened-brown with a hint of plum and fine threads of shimmer. Chanel Strong came to mind, but it is more burgundy–quite a bit redder in shimmer; and Bobbi Brown Twilight is a lot like Strong, so it’s not much like this one. Chanel Vertigo is a bit grayer, and it has less shimmer. China Glaze Bogie is more red-toned.

The color was fully opaque after two coats, but there were visible brush strokes in both natural and brighter lighting, which may or may not be a deal-breaker for you. It had a great consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed beautifully across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chips with Bobbi Brown’s formula.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Nail Lacquer Black Pearl
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($27.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains six full-sized eyeshadows: Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (very light yellow/beige matte), Walk of Shame (very light pinky nude matte), Naked 2 (rosy taupe matte), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte), and Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte).

You’ve been pleading with Urban Decay to release a matte version of the Naked palette, and Naked Basics is their answer. You may be familiar with shades like Foxy (available individually, also in Naked 2) and Walk of Shame (exclusive to Build Your Own Palette), which have shown up in other palettes.

Venus is a white-shimmered creamy white. It’s not a full-on frost, but it is more than a satin on me. When I used this on the brow, it added quite a bit of sheen against my skin tone. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. Urban Decay Kinky is matte. bareMinerals Silhouette is more metallic.

Foxy is a yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft and smooth to work with. Urban Decay Booty Call is a frosted version–a little more orange. bareMinerals Serendipitous is frosted. MAC Brule is more beige.

Walk of Shame theBalm Adagio is less pink. Urban Decay Virgin is frosted. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine is comparable. theBalm Matt Smith is similar. Inglot #390 is more beige.

Naked 2 is a soft taupe–a little brown, a touch of gray–with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige is shimmery. MAC Omega is darker. MAC Camo is browner, darker.

Faint is a medium-dark brown with a hint of warmth and a matte finish. The pigmentation was perfect, and it was very soft to the touch. theBalm Sultry has a satiny sheen. bareMinerals Namaste is similar, slightly grayer. MAC Wedge is warmer.

Crave is a dark black with brown undertones and a matte finish. It was very soft, smooth, and nicely pigmented. Le Metier de Beaute Fin has micro-shimmer, which isn’t very visible applied. Giorgio Armani #1 is very similar. MAC Dark Dare has micro-shimmer.

The palette itself feels and looks tiny. It’s minimalistic (and I don’t think I’ve ever described any packaging by Urban Decay as such!) and perfect for travel. It could fit in your wallet–it’s delightfully compact and lightweight. I couldn’t believe there were full-sized eyeshadows in it. The soft, almost rubberized (but not quite like NARS’ packaging) case should hold up well to travel abuse, and it is easy to wipe down.

Now, the only warning I have is if you already have both Naked palettes, you have one shade exactly, and then Crave is similar enough to Blackout (2), while Venus is similar to Bootycall (2) and Naked 2 is a tiny bit darker/grayer than Naked (1) and Faint is a bit darker than Buck (1). See individual shade descriptions above for dupes. There are also three light shades in the palette, though they each have a different tone so they’ll work differently for cool, warm, and neutral looks but can feel repetitive.

If you’re a fan of neutrals, OR you know someone who loves (or perhaps, has to wear) neutrals, this is a must-have palette. The texture of these eyeshadows is phenomenal; silky, smooth, finely-milled, but not even a smidgen powdery. They’re densely pigmented with true-to-pan color payoff.  I test-drove them over the weekend, and they lasted eight hours without fading and stretched into the ninth hour the same way–without a primer.

Urban Decay Basics Eyeshadow Palette Naked Basics
Naked Basics
Naked Basics
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Venus

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Foxy

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Naked 2

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Faint

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B+

Crave

Permanent
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bareMinerals The Shining Moment Luminizer

bareMinerals The Shining Moment Luminizer
bareMinerals The Shining Moment Luminizer

For Just One Shining Moment You’ll Glow

bareMinerals The Shining Moment Luminizer ($26.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “golden champagne.” It’s a light-medium yellow gold with a pearly sheen. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel is extremely similar. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City is darker, more orange-gold.

On warmer complexions, this will be incredibly complimentary. On cooler complexions, I think it will still work, but there’s a chance it might turn orange-y so you may want to try before you buy. It read true yellow gold without any orange/red tones when I swatched it and looked at it in the pan.  The texture is similar to the Ready eyeshadows, though this felt not quite as dense/buttery.

It was very finely-milled, soft to the touch, and blended beautifully on the skin.  It gave a glowing sheen, and it didn’t emphasize pores or the texture of the skin.  The payoff was true-to-pan, so depending on your application, it could be applied heavily or lightly, because it would smooth and even out easily.  It lasted nine hours without fading when I tested the wear. bareMinerals continues to impress me with their Ready range; the wear is impeccable, rich in pigmentation, and extremely blendable and easy to use.

bareMinerals READY Luminizer The Shining Moment
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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