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China Glaze Desert Sun Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Desert Sun Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Desert Sun Nail Lacquer

Enjoy a Day in the Desert Sun Without the Heat!

China Glaze Desert Sun Nail Lacquer ($7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “delicious caramel.” It’s a burnt orange–but lightened, not rusty–very much caramel-colored, though a little warmer. China Glaze Orange You Hot is more orange and has shimmer. Zoya Arizona is lighter, brighter. Sinful Cloud 9 is brighter, more tangerine. China Glaze Papaya Punch is more orange, brighter.

This was another high quality shade from China Glaze’s On Safari collection! It’s opaque in two coats–almost one–and dried down a little faster than average and had a naturally glossy shine. It had a beautiful consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed easily across the nail without pooling or bubbling. I usually get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s lacquers with no chips and minor tip wear.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Desert Sun
A

Limited Edition

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

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Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Lipstick Meant for Layering

Guerlain Altoum (700) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “gold with tone-on-tone sparkle” and is supposed to be used to illuminate lips with a veil of sparkle or used as a layering base/top coat with another lip product. The base is mostly clear, perhaps just enough to give it a warm tone, but it is predominantly composed of lots and lots of gold sparkle and shimmer ranging from medium to micro in size. MAC Ruffian Gold is similar, slightly less yellow-y. Dior Or Etoile paler and more uniform in the size of the shimmer (which is fairly fine). I was also reminded of Bobbi Brown Canary, which is a gloss.

I love that Guerlain made sure to describe this exactly as it is:  a sheer veil of shimmer that’s designed more as a layering shade than a standalone shade in the Shine Automatique line–a range that is typically semi-opaque to opaque in color.  It has a healthy dose of sparkle, and I like using it as a base shade rather than a top coat, only because it tends to be easier to apply that way. I’ll apply Altoum first, and then I’ll apply a more opaque lipstick on top.  If you use a lip brush, then I like using Altoum second, since you can pat it on.

As sheer shades often wear off quickly, I wasn’t all that surprised to find that this shade didn’t last as long as other Shine Automatique shades: four hours overall, but there were a few pieces of shimmer that lingered for longer.  It was slightly hydrating but not as moisturizing as other shades.  I could also feel the texture of the sparkle from the get-go.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lip Color Altoum
Altoum
Altoum
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder
Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder

Chanel Reverie Natural Finish Loose Powder ($52.00 for 1.0 oz.) is described as a “rosy golden beige.” I think Chanel missed a vital component of the description, though: LOTS AND LOTS OF SPARKLING BITS AND BOBS. The base color is a soft, candlelit beige with a hint of warmth and pinkness that features flecks of sparkle. It seems less sparkly compared to last holiday’s Feerie (which I don’t own but saw briefly). If you’re not a fan of loose sparkle in your face powders, I’d pass on this. It’s a finishing powder that mattifies and sets makeup, but it also had noticeable bits of sparkle everywhere I applied it. I barely patted it on, and there was a healthy blanket of sparkle all over my face (well, the half I applied it to).

The good and bad news is that you can’t really see it in the photos. You can definitely see it in person, though. We were waiting for some to-go food when I was testing it, and my husband looked at me strangely and said, “You have glitter all over your face.” Why, yes, yes, I did! I’d describe the particle size to be more that of sparkle, so noticeably smaller than glitter but larger than shimmer and more reflective. It’s not so densely-packed with sparkle that every inch of your skin is sparkly, but it’s definitely apparent.

I’m not keen on it as a finishing powder; I think the random sparkles take away from the mattifying, finishing effect of the powder itself. I’d rather grab one of the flesh-toned shades (although, this is really quite transparent on, as finishing powders are designed to be) that do just that but do not have any sparkle. However, The Muse loves it, so give her a review a look-see for some balance. With the amount of sparkle in this, I thought it was better suited for holiday glitz on shoulders and decolletage. It would even work well on legs and arms. Now that I think of it that way, it reminds me of an old Benefit powder that was a sparkly powder that came with an elegant, over-sized pouf to apply, which was quite fun and pretty for body.

The powder itself does mattify and finish off foundation quite well, and it helps keep my foundation in place and to last longer by extending the wear an hour or two hours. I don’t think it hides imperfections, though, because the sparkle draws attention to them.  It’s extremely finely-milled and feels truly like silk against the skin.  It’s lightweight, doesn’t look cakey, and should work well on many complexions.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder Reverie
Reverie
Reverie
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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Revlon Tutti Frutti Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Tutti Frutti Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Tutti Frutti Colorburst Lip Butter

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Tutti Frutti

Revlon Tutti Frutti Colorburst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a pop of tangerine orange with a glossy sheen. MAC Saigon Summer is more orange. Clarins Sunset Rouge is lighter and shimmery. Chanel Sari d’Eau is more orange, more vibrant. Guerlain Orange Euphorique is lighter and shimmery. Chanel Sari Dore is a bit lighter. Chanel Exotic is close but more opaque. Cle de Peau #26 is a touch lighter.

Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter formula is supposed to have “sheer to medium color” with a shiny finish and be ultra-hydrating on lips.  Tutti Frutti is semi-opaque with noticeable translucency, and this translucency actually makes it look redder on my lips than it appears in the swatch (which makes it look quite orange).  The natural pink hues in my lip color seem to dial down the orange of the shade.  The consistency is smooth, creamy, and glides on easily without tugging or pulling.  Tutti Frutti lasted for two and a half hours, but it was moisturizing.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Tutti Frutti
Tutti Frutti
Tutti Frutti
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Zoya Song Nail Lacquer

Zoya Song Nail Lacquer
Zoya Song Nail Lacquer

Song is a Polish That Really Sings

Zoya Song Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold, vibrant medium primary blue with silver and blue glittery metallic sparkle.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with brighter blue and silver sparkle and shimmer. China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve is similar but has purple sparkle. Illamasqua Force is a bit more violet-tinted and has no shimmer. Butter London Blagger is close in color but has no shimmer. SpaRitual Twinkle is a bit darker and has finer shimmer.

This shade was almost opaque in a single coat, but two were necessary for full color coverage. The composition of Song is so very lovely; it has rich, vibrant color with a lot of depth and nuance. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, and the consistency of the formula was fluid and easy to maneuver on the nail.  I typically get a week of wear with Zoya’s formula–just minor tip wear but no chipping!

Zoya Nail Lacquer Song
Song
Song
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer

Are You Red-y for This Adventure?

China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer ($7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid red.” It’s a medium-dark red cream with some depth and richness; if it had shimmer, it would read very holiday. MAC Stage Red is very comparable. China Glaze Winter Berry is a bit darker. MAC Get Noticed is a smidgen darker. Butter London Pillar Box Red is brighter. MAC Obey Me is comparable. Rescue Beauty Lounge Glamourpuss is a touch darker. Zoya Burke is similar.

It was opaque in two coats but nearly opaque in one. The consistency was amazing; fluid, not too thick or too thin, and flowed without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges of the nail.  Adventure Red-y is a shining example of China Glaze at their best.  I typically get a full week of wear with no chipping and minor tip wear.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Adventure Red-y
A

Limited Edition

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

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