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shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick
shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

Something Beige and Coral for the Holidays

shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a warm-toned, light-medium orange with a soft beige tint. It has a glossy finish and subtle shimmer running through it. Burberry Devon Sunset is pinker. Bobbi Brown Guava is similar, slightly more muted. MAC Jazzed is lighter. MAC In a Heartbeat is noticeably lighter.

The Rouge Unlimited formula is supposed to have “rich moisture and long lasting comfort” with “high color payoff and fidelity.” It has such a slick consistency–like a lipstick-lipgloss hybrid–yet delivers nearly opaque color coverage. There’s a subtle translucency that keeps it from looking too thick or heavy. The creaminess enables it to apply to glide on effortlessly, and it is a very hydrating formula. It doesn’t last longer than three hours on my lips (an hour shy of my typical four-hour average), which wasn’t completely unexpected, given the slickness of the formula. It’s lightweight, though, and it is comfortable to wear.

shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

A-
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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China Glaze Manhunt Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Manhunt Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Manhunt Nail Lacquer

On a Manhunt for Bold Blue

China Glaze Manhunt Nail Lacquer ($7.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold cobalt blue.” It’s a rich, bold cobalt blue. It has more of a jelly finish from what I can tell, as it’s not quite a cream, but perhaps not a full-on jelly finish either. Though very shimmery in finish, Zoya Song is similar in boldness and overall blue hue. China Glaze Ride the Waves is much lighter (and sheerer). Illamasqua Force is similar but a little more muted. Butter London Blagger is more true blue than cobalt.

It was very nearly opaque after two coats, but there is a faint shadow of my nail line coming through both in natural (studio) light as well as under flash (more apparent there).  The squishy look of the polish makes me think it’s a jelly finish, while the slight sheerness supports that, too.  The consistency was a good balance between thick and thin, so it flowed evenly across the nail and wasn’t streaky or prone to bubbling.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping and only minor tip wear.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Manhunt
Manhunt
Manhunt
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

bareMinerals The Rare Find Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Rare Find Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Rare Find Eyeshadow Quad

A Dream in Earth Tones

bareMinerals The Rare Find Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four shades: Lost for Words (neutral beige), Surreal (shimmering pale gold), Eureka (metallic moss), and Frisson (rusty auburn).

Lost for Words is a neutral medium beige with a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, and while finely-milled and soft to the touch, it was a smidgen powdery. MAC Arena is darker, warmer, and shimmery. Urban Decay Naked is darker, browner. MAC Brule is lighter.

Surreal is a yellowed gold with a metallic, frosted finish. The shade had lovely, full coverage color, and it was very soft, buttery, and smooth. L’Oreal Gold Imperial is less orange. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is comparable. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold is similar. Bare Minerals Remix is less orange. Chanel Blazing Gold is yellower.

Eureka is an olive green with a frosted finish. It was insanely pigmented–so much lush color–and was soft, smooth, and buttery. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is darker, less frosted. theBalm Wocka, Wocka is more olive. bareMinerals Spectacular is lighter and has more of a sheen. MAC Sumptuous Olive is lighter. Inglot #433 is more golden. Inglot #419 is darker, greener.

Frisson is a rusted brown-red with orange undertones and a satiny-matte finish. The pigmentation was out of this world, so a little goes a long way. theBalm Racy Kacy is darker and shimmery. MAC Soft Brown is lighter, less red-toned. Guerlain Les Fauves is more orange. Guerlain Turandot is very similar, less matte.

If you’ve been on the hunt for an earthy palette of colors, The Rare Find is an excellent option!  It’s a very warm-toned set of shades, so it will be particularly flattering on complexions with yellow undertones.  All four shades had stellar color payoff, and the only downside was that Lost for Words was just a tiny bit powdery in texture, which did not inhibit the wear or pigmentation.  I wore the four shades together, and they lasted eight hours without a primer–no creasing or fading at all!

The texture of bareMinerals’ Ready formula is incredibly soft, finely-milled, and dense.  It feels like butter, because it’s so smooth.  Every time a new palette comes out and I try it, I’m impressed all over again, which is a very, very rare find indeed.

bareMinerals The Rare Find Eyeshadow Quad

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Sparkle 'Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette

Sparkle ‘Til Morning with Wet ‘n’ Wild

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.30 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows, and it’s a limited edition holiday palette. I found mine at CVS about two weeks ago, and there were only two in the display–both had one eyeshadow broken. I did my best to clean it up and re-press the broken eyeshadow, but you can definitely see that about half was not salvageable.

The first shade is a pale yellowed gold with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and it was soft, smooth, and not powdery when used. Guerlain Calligraphy is similar. Cinderella Charming is more frosted but close in color. Buxom Poodle is close–more metallic. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is yellower, less shimmer. MAC Femme-Fi is lighter.

The second shade is a soft copper with a subtle frost finish. It had solid pigmentation and applied very smoothly. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone is brighter, more golden. Bare Minerals Golden Iris is less orange.

The third shade is a medium-dark copper with a frosted finish. The color payoff was excellent, and it was a dream to work with; very soft, smooth, and buttery. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is very comparable–a hair darker. MAC Brash has a stronger red undertone. MAC Double Feature 8M is similar.

The fourth shade is a blue-teal with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen. The pigmentation was decent to good, but this shade was a little powdery. I felt like I needed to layer in order to maintain the color intensity on the lid as seen in the pan. MAC Fashion Circuit is darker. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is similar, a touch greener. NYX Seafoam Green is greener. MAC Shimmermoss is a smidgen darker.

The fifth shade is a warm champagne-shimmered beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had lovely color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. Dior Fairy Golds is pinker. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is lighter. NARS Delphes is comparable.

The sixth shade is an orange-copper with a sparkly, frosted finish. This one did have some powderiness/looseness such that it didn’t bind together completely. It’s a mix of the second and third shades within this palette, in case it seemed familiar! Urban Decay Penny Lane is a little softer. Guerlain Calligraphy is more orange. Tarina Tarantino Amber is comparable. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is very similar. NARS Isolde is darker, more orange. theBalm Manic Maribel is rather close. I think you get the picture–there are a ton of shades that are comparable to this one! (Nearly every brand seems to have its version, which isn’t a bad thing, but you might have something like it already!)

The seventh shade is a soft, golden medium brown with a satiny sheen. It was a touch powdery, but it had good color payoff. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone had a shade that seemed similar, but it’s darker and browner–less orange tones. Cinderella Drizella is more shimmery. Dior Golden Savannah is darker.

The eighth shade is a deep, dark brown with warm red undertones and a sparkling of burgundy shimmer over a pearly finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it was easy to use on the eye. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone, again, had something similar but not quite–it’s cooler-toned, more of a black-burgundy. MAC Carbonized is more frosted. Urban Decay Busted is more burgundy.

Overall, Sparkle ‘Til Morning is a lovely palette, and at the price point, easily forgiven for being a little powdery in places.  All in all, the pigmentation was true-to-pan across the board, and all of the shades were soft and easily blended during application.  When I wore the palette to test the wear, they lasted for eight hours without fading or creasing over a primer, and then seven hours without creasing but noticeable fading without a primer.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette

A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Zoya Logan Nail Lacquer

Zoya Logan Nail Lacquer
Zoya Logan Nail Lacquer

Slip Into a Glittering Forest

Zoya Logan Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “yellow-toned forest green with dense, foil-like yellow-gold and blue-green duochrome shimmer.” It’s a dark forest green with emerald green and gold shimmer and sparkle. China Glaze Glittering Garland is more yellow-toned. Zoya Holly has much finer shimmer, is lighter, and more emerald green. Zoya Ivanka is lighter and yellower.

It’s opaque after two coats, and it is densely-packed with shimmer.  At some angles, it seems more golden, and at other angles, more cool-toned, like a bluish-green.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it’s consistent with Zoya’s formula (a little thicker than the average polish but not in a bad way).  It applied evenly and fluidly across the nail.  I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula without chipping.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Logan
Logan
Logan
A

Permanent

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

NARS Skin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer Review

NARS Skin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer
NARS Skin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer

Lightweight, Quick-Absorbing – Better for Oily Skin Types

NARS Skin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer ($58.00 for 1.8 oz.) is described as a “aqua-rich gel-cream that hydrates, revitalizes, and fortifies the skin.” It’s supposed to improve water retention, keep skin feeling supple, and soften fine lines. It is “synthetic fragrance-, paraben-, alcohol-, and oil-free,” according to NARS.

In the past, I’ve used the previous version of the Aqua Gel, and I really liked it and found it hydrating enough for my skin type (normal-to-dry; more normal when I was testing this, as it was during the summer). It was actually a go-to product for when my skin was getting dry.  A lot of what was great about the original is true here:  it’s lightweight, feels and glides on like a gel-based moisturizer, and it sinks into skin quickly.  There is a little tackiness, though, even if it doesn’t look or feel oily/greasy.  It has a pleasant smell, though it is hard for me to articulate the scent; it’s not quite herbal, but it seems natural enough–not perfume-y or anything like that.  During the summer, it was lovely against the skin, because it felt cool when applied.

This moisturizer is much more suitable for combination to oily skin types; it was not hydrating enough for me with normal skin.  I would use it at night, but my skin really need more moisture.   NARS says it is ideal for normal to combination/oily skin types, but it was not hydrating enough for when my skin was normal. I went through the jar in a month, only using it at night time.   I didn’t notice an impact on minimizing or softening fine lines.

Ultimately, this is a lightweight, quick-absorbing gel moisturizer that will be most suitable for oilier complexions.

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