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shu uemura OB Dream Orange Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine

shu uemura OB Dream Orange Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine
shu uemura OB Dream Orange Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine

shu uemura OB Dream Orange Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine ($30.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a softened orange with warm, peach and tangerine shimmer and a glossy finish. Clarins Sunset Rouge is a bit darker, less opaque. Chanel Sari Dore is a bit brighter, redder in tone. Guerlain Orange Euphorique is also redder in tone. I think Chanel La Pausa comes the closest–if you applied gloss over it.

For as creamy and lightweight as this feels and as glossy as this looks, it was very pigmented. It covered most of my natural lip color with just a hint of translucency. The texture is slick and creamy, but it has a tendency to settle somewhat into lip lines. This formula is supposed to have “high color pay-off” with a “double moisture system for supreme moisture.” They nailed the color payoff, and it’s an incredibly rich and hydrating lipstick. It actually felt more like a thin gloss applied but with the color more expected of a lipstick. The only downside was the wear time was two and a half hours, which is shy of my average of four with lipstick, as this slips around more.

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine OB Dream Orange
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Zoya Liberty Nail Lacquer

Zoya Liberty Nail Lacquer
Zoya Liberty Nail Lacquer

Zoya Liberty Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue sugary sparkle” witha Pixie Dust finish. It’s a medium, lightly brightened blue with sugary sparkle and a textured, matte finish. I don’t have anything like this in my stash that I can think of, due to the textured finish. The color reminded me a bit of Zoya Phoebe, which has a matte finish, but it isn’t raised or “sugary.” China Glaze Blue Iguana has a similar blue coloring and also has larger shimmer, but it’s not as sparkly or as textured as Liberty (they are not dupes, but they’re more alike when you apply a top coat over Liberty).

Liberty was mostly opaque after two coats, and it honestly looked fully opaque to my eyes when I was photographing it, but lo and behold, it wasn’t quite.  There is some visible nail line at certain angles and when held further away.  I learned after taking my initial set of swatches that Zoya recommends three thin coats for full opacity with the Pixie Dust polishes, which I think would get you to full opaque color here.  Compared to the other shades I reviewed recently, the consistency of Liberty seemed thinner, almost watery, but it didn’t pool or slide around the nail.  It did seem to take a bit longer to dry, though.  The Pixie Dust formula wears really well; a nice seven-days of wear without chipping and very minor tip wear (whichlooks more like the sugary granules were sanded down on the edges).

Zoya Nail Lacquer Liberty
Liberty
Liberty
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “forest green metallic with gold micro-glitter.” It’s a darkened, forest green with subtle yellow-olive undertones and cool-toned, forest green and khaki shimmer. It can also be found in the (somewhat) recently released Book of Shadows Vol. 4. Sugarpill Junebug is more metallic. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is warmer, more frosted. OCC Poison is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Humid is warmer. Make Up For Ever #310 is more frosted. Inglot #418 is greener, lighter.

Bender is incredibly rich in color–it has amazing color payoff.  The texture is soft, smooth, and buttery, which helps it yield so much pigment in a single swipe, but it also helps with making this a cinch to blend.  It just applies so well, blends easily, and goes on with true-to-pan color.  Bender has all the characteristics that made Urban Decay’s eyeshadows famous.  When I wore it, the shade lasted nine hours without creasing or fading.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Bender
Bender
Bender
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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LATHER Sofian Lavender Whipped Body Creme Review & Photos

LATHER Sofian Lavender Whipped Body Creme
LATHER Sofian Lavender Whipped Body Creme

LATHER Sofian Lavender Whipped Body Creme ($22.00 for 4.0 oz.) is a Bulgarian lavender-scented body cream that comes in a squat, round plastic pot.  I’ve been using this body cream for the past couple of weeks before I slip into my pajamas and go to bed, and I really love how fast it absorbs.  It has a lighter weight to it, being a whipped cream, than a heavier body butter, but it’s not loose like a lotion.  It’s an airy body butter or cream, so it spreads well and doesn’t stick.  It absorbs quickly, and it doesn’t turn sticky.  The cream hydrates my scaly, dragon skin well (I’m horrible at committing to hydrating my body parts–face, I never skip, the rest… well…) and generally, I feel like it’s been improving the texture of my skin overall, not just when I use it.

Long-time readers will know that I love lavender-scented body products.  It’s my go-to scent for when I want to (try to) relax.  I love it on my skin, on my bed sheets, and on my pillow at night.  I don’t like it to smell too medicinal, but I don’t want it to smell too sweet or perfume-y.  I still want a natural, herbaceous quality to come through.  The lavender in this body cream is perfect; soft, elegant, and natural.  There’s no sweetness from added vanilla, but it doesn’t smell medicinal at all.  It lingers on the skin but doesn’t project, so it’s something I can smell when I’m tucked away in bed, but nobody else will smell if they come near me.

Ingredients

water (aqua), glycerin, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, stearic acid, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, phospholipids, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, ascorbyl palmitate, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, dimethicone, sodium polyacrylate, tetrasodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene glycol, triethanolamine, carbomer.

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick
MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte cool red [with a retro matte finish].” It’s a deep, medium-dark red with strong cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC Ruby Woo is absolutely similar–it’s very, very similar. RiRi Woo is inspired by Ruby Woo, but the difference is very slight–there’s a noticeable difference in darkness and undertone when the two are swatched side-by-side, but applied, it is incredibly difficult to tell.

Other possible dupes include: MAC Ronnie Red is pinker, has more of a sheen. Rimmel #111 is not as blue-based and has a glossier sheen. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is pinker. MAC Runaway Red is similar in darkness but it is slightly brown in comparison. NYX Chic Red has a slight sheen but it is somewhat similar. NARS Mascate is darker and brown-toned in comparison. NARS Dragon Girl is cooler-toned.

The retro matte finish is drier and stiff; it’s the type of texture that I think you can apply best with a lip brush, because it allows you better control and precision.  Because it can be stiff, it will tug/pull on the lip while you’re applying it, which means you may use too much force and it will easily jag outside the lip.  The color is incredibly pigmented, though; one swipe and you will see fully opaque color coverage.  RiRi Woo has Rihanna’s signature etched around the side of the lipstick itself, but there was nothing on the packaging or exterior packaging.  The color is a classic, retro red with cool undertones, but if you have Ruby Woo, RiRi Woo will feel redundant.  This just arrived about an hour ago, so I haven’t worn it for long, but so far it feels much like Ruby Woo, so I would expect six to eight hours of wear, some staining, and possibly be slightly drying over time.

P.S. — Watch for a giveaway of RiRi Woo soon! I purchased mine, but I received a press sample this morning, so I’ll be giving away the one I purchased here on the blog.

MAC Lipstick RiRi Woo
RiRi Woo
RiRi Woo
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder

MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder
MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder

MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder ($25.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with fine gold pearl.” It’s a yellowy, medium-dark tan brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Illamasqua Disobey is a browner and has no shimmer. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is warmer, more orange, and matte.

As I mentioned in my review for MAC’s Refined Golden, there were some serious texture issues (oddities?) with the regular bronzing powders in this collection. A few readers chimed in and said they had similar issues with past limited edition releases of the normally-permanent shades. That, of course, worries me, because I was originally chalking it up to being one-off, because the permanent versions have a normal, powder-like texture. The texture of Soft Sand almost felt like plastic–almost like a very stiff cream bronzer that didn’t give much payoff at all. I took a paper tough and just went to town getting the first few layers off, and that seemed to help quite a bit. I was able to get it to pick up on my brush after that and had it show up well on my skin. It lasted just under eight hours well without fading.  I had issues with the texture of last year’s Soft Sand, too; there were very similar issues but this felt even worse and even harder to get to work.

MAC Bronzing Powder Soft Sand
Soft Sand
Soft Sand
5
Product
4
Pigmentation
3
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
52%
Total

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