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Illamasqua Noble Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Noble Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Noble Nail Varnish

Fall In Love: It’s the Noble Thing to Do

Illamasqua Noble Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “turquoise blue.” (Sephora has it listed as “robin egg blue.”) It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a hint of turquoise in it, which gives it that robin’s egg blue hue. It has a cream finish with a naturally glossy shine. Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Faraway is bluer, darker, and has shimmer. SpaRitual Ebb & Flow is more turquoise. Deborah Lippmann On the Beach is bluer, less bright. Zoya Robyn is a smidgen darker, bluer.

Noble is a limited edition, U.S. exclusive shade.  It’s fully opaque after two coats (and mostly opaque after one).  The consistency was just slightly thicker than the usual for Illamasqua.  It didn’t pool along the sides or bubble during application, though, so it did not impede application.  The drying time was about average (maybe slightly faster), but it had a really glossy finish without need for a top coat (photos are without a top coat).  I typically see between seven and ten days of incredible wear with Illamasqua’s formula–the most minor of tip wear and no chipping.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Noble
Noble
Noble
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Lancome Enduring Vert Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow

Lancome Enduring Vert Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow
Lancome Enduring Vert Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow

Enduring Vert is Long on Wear, Short on Color

Lancome Enduring Vert Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow ($24.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “satin pastel green.” It’s a muted sea foam green with a frosted, metallic finish. I thought Chanel Riviere was a dupe, but it’s a lot softer and lighter. MAC Sweet & Sour is greener. Dior Garden Pastels is similar. Lancome Fashion Forward is lighter. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard is greener, slightly darker.

The Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow is supposed to “stray true for 24 hours without creasing” with a “powder-to-cream texture.” If they sound familiar, they should. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows are both iterations of this type of formula, and it’s not surprising that the three have more in common than not when they’re all owned by L’Oreal (parent).

Enduring Vert is sheer when applied dry, but it’s not much more pigmented when applied damp/wet.  I was able to pack it on and get more opaque color, so it’s possible, but it took several passes of color.  The texture was a little chunky, and it looked like it on the lid.  It just didn’t have a smooth finish once on.  It did, however, wear without creasing or fading for twelve hours.  There was some minor fall out that I noticed during wear.

Lancome Color Design Infinite 24H Enduring Vert

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dutchess Fergie Nail Lacquer

Wet 'n' Wild Dutchess Fergie Nail Lacquer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Dutchess Fergie Nail Lacquer

Whoa! Ease Up on the Brush!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dutchess Fergie Nail Lacquer ($3.49 for 0.42 fl. oz.) consists of small, medium blue glitter and larger, circular violet purple glitter suspended in a clear base. Nails Inc. Connaught Square is extremely similar, just denser. Zoya Twila has some similarity in how textured it looks on, but it has horizontal bar glitter and is all blue.

It’s semi-opaque after two coats; you can see the underlying nail, but it’s not just a sheer coat of glitter.  This polish was extremely thick–almost goopy–that I don’t think three or coats would be do-able.  It took a long time just for two coats to dry.  If left without a top coat, it dries to a slightly flat finish.  The brush is huge; it’s wider and longer than Dior’s, which is fairly wide from my experience across polish brushes.  It was larger than the width of my pinky nail!  The thicker consistency, paired with the large brush, made it extremely easy to get a big glob of polish on the nail.

You know how I’ve mentioned that very few polishes chip on me (and I can’t really recollect anything in particular)?  This one started to peel on me on the fourth day, almost half of the polish on one nail lifted off.  By the seventh day, there was peeling/lifted color on all four other nails.  It happened on two nails that I did not use a base/top coat on, and on three nails that I had a base/top coat on.

P.S. — It is, in fact, spelled Dutchess; that was not a mistake on my part, as it ties to Fergie’s The Dutchess album.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dutchess Fergie Nail Lacquer

D-
5
Product
8
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
2.5
Application
61%
Total

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Lancome Always Fuchsia Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow

Lancome Always Fuchsia Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow
Lancome Always Fuchsia Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow

It’s Not Always Love With This Fuchsia

Lancome Always Fuchsia Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow ($24.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “metallic pink plum.” It’s a pinky purple with a metallic finish. The amount of pink in this shade is what makes it less dupeable. MAC Butterfly Party is darker, more purple. NYX Violetta is darker. Shades like Urban Decay Fishnet is cooler-toned and more fuchsia.

The Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow is supposed to “stray true for 24 hours without creasing” with a “powder-to-cream texture.” If they sound familiar, they should. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows are both iterations of this type of formula, and it’s not surprising that the three have more in common than not when they’re all owned by L’Oreal (parent).

Always Fuchsia is more one-note in color, which makes it more like the Infallible range. I expected the formula to be nearly flawless, but the color payoff when used dry is incredibly sheer. It really needs to be used damp or wet to achieve even, full color coverage (which is how I applied it to the lid, no base used).  When used dry, even when pressed, it doesn’t seem to bind together well, so it ends up sheer and harder to apply.  There was some fall out during application either way.  It wears well, though–I tested Always Fuchsia for twelve hours, and I didn’t experience any creasing or fading (both over and without a primer).   The texture wasn’t quite as finely-milled as some of the best shades from the Eyes to Kill Intense and Infallible ranges; it was a little chunky to me.

I was personally more than a little disappointed, and I’m wondering if I happened to receive samples of two of the poorer performing shades (because I also tried Enduring Vert, which I’ll review next, and my experience was similar there).  I’m definitely going to see if I can try some of the other shades to see; I hope this one is just one of the misses and the rest are hits (like what Perpetual Purple was for Infallibles).

Lancome Color Design Infinite 24H Always Fuchsia

China Glaze Swanky Silk Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Swanky Silk Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Swanky Silk Nail Lacquer

Drape Yourself in Swanky Silk

China Glaze Swanky Silk Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “brilliant beige with peach undertones.” At one angle, it’s a brilliant champagne gold, and when tilted, it gets a little bronzy, almost pink-bronze. The shift is subtle, though–don’t expect a serious duochrome here. I don’t have any other similar shades that have a little shift like this one does. Chanel Delight is a bit darker, less golden. MAC Soiree has a similar story–a little darker, not so golden. China Glaze Jingle Bells has a similar golden coloring.

It seems like a common theme throughout the New Bohemian collection: sheerer color, heavy on the brush strokes. I thought the brush strokes in this particular shade looked more like subtle metallic threads, and they applied rather straight compared to some of the other shades. The consistency was just barely on the thin side, and the color was semi-opaque after two coats.  I usually see a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s formula.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Swanky Silk
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “cream sparkle.” It’s a pale, golden ivory with lots of sparkle and shine.  What’s really crazy is that it looks very yellow in the pan, but it’s not really yellow (just lightly warm and cream-colored) swatched and applied. Cinderella Ball Gown is similar, whiter. Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra is also a bit whiter. Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse is similar. theBalm Tempting Tara is more metallic.

The Sparkle Eyeshadow formula is the brand’s take on glitter with “shimmering pearls and fine glitter” that is crease-free and long-lasting.  Bone is nicely pigmented with a good base color along with plenty of sparkle.   The sparkle felt well-embedded within the eyeshadow, so fall out during application and throughout wear was minimized.  There was some noticeable fall out that occurred throughout the eight hours I wore this, and I did have faint creasing after eight hours of wear (without a primer).

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow Bone
Bone
Bone
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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