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Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie

Are You Flushed With Milky Pinks?

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy mauve pink.” It’s a very rosy pink when swatched, but it turns a little more strawberry pink with a hint of mauve/plum on the lips. MAC Curvaceous is less pink, plummier. Illamasqua Move is cooler-toned, brighter. Neither of those shades is all that similar, so I don’t think I have a dupe for this shade.

It’s semi-opaque; it covers my lip freckle somewhat, but there’s a slight translucency that enables the natural lip color to peek through. If you have naturally redder lips, I would expect this to turn redder, too. This shade applied evenly, and it just barely settled into lip lines but the settling wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It was comfortable to wear, lightly hydrating, and lasted for four hours. The texture was non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, and had a good glide on the lips. Urban Decay’s Lip Junkies are mint-scented and -flavored.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Flushed
Flushed
Flushed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer
Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

It’s Part of History: Lynnderella Connect the Dots

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer ($22.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is–to me–one of the big deal lacquers in indie polish history. It contains a mix of black and white glitter an assortment of sizes that range from small, medium, large, and shapes that range from bar, circular, hexagonal, and square. This was the shade that made me sit up and take notice of niche polish, and it was as impressive in person as it was in photos after I received it. But I remember how in demand it was; how hard it was to get it; and it’s amazing to think how far indie nail polish has come since then.

I applied one coat of it over Essie Navigate Her, and then two coats of it alone on my thumb nail to show opacity of the glitter. One coat has good coverage as a layering shade, and I was able to get all of the different shapes, colors, and sizes out of the bottle without having to play go fish or dab or push the pieces into place. This is one of my favorite Lynnderellas, though at this time, there are more than few dupes and alternatives (including Sticks ‘n Stones by Ninja Polish, Sephora Chaotic, and China Glaze Whirled Away–some are closer than others).  The consistency is thin, quick to dry, and doesn’t feel too bumpy, though a thick top coat is highly recommended to lock the glitter into place.

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

China Glaze Tranzitions Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

Six Stages of Transitions

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer ($8.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) includes six shades of color-changing shades.  I’m not aware of any other polishes that change color with the addition of a top coat, so none of these have dupes.

  • Altered Reality is a shimmering teal with a metallic finish. When a top coat is applied, it turns bluish-teal. This one doesn’t have a lot of color shift.
  • Duplicity is an aqua-tinted turquoise with a creamy, mostly matte finish. When a top coat is applied, it turns to a darker, blue-toned teal.
  • Metallic Metamorphosis is a silvered gray with a metallic finish. When you layer a top coat on top, it turns to a darker, gunmetal gray. This one was the best-applying of the six.
  • Modify Me is periwinkle blue with a metallic finish. This one was a bit streaky. When layered with a top coat, it turned darker and bluer.
  • Shape Shifter is a dark, purple-tinged gray with a metallic finish. With a top coat layered on top, it turned into a dark royal purple.
  • Split Perso-nail-ity is a light-medium pink with a cream finish. When you applied a top coat on top, it turned into a dark pink.

China Glaze gave out a how-to for applying these, which is how I attempted to swatch these. I found that two coats was ridiculous–the polish has a really thick consistency and is opaque in one coat. Without fail, with two coats of color, drying time was on the longer end of the spectrum and I’d get bubbling. I ended up with one coat of polish for each swatch; I did a diagonal pass of top coat on the index finger, no top coat on the middle finger, and a full layer of top coat on the ring finger. I applied one coat, waited fifteen minutes for it to dry, and then applied the top coat.

I really didn’t like the formula. I feel like saying, “Interesting idea, bad execution.” The polish on its own (no top coat) has a semi-matte finish–there’s a sheen to it, but it looks flat. I used a regular base coat for all of the swatches, but I’d recommend a ridge-filling base coat, because all six shades were unforgiving–you could see every little nook and cranny on my nail and then some.

With a top coat, it was a swirling, streaking mess. From a distance, it almost looked like a marbled effect, but it was really just streaky. I used China Glaze’s Fast Forward top coat on all of the shades, and I had numerous problems from a little bubbling, streaking, blobs, and swirls and jets of color. It was just a mess. There was also a graininess to the polish itself that wouldn’t go away no matter how much I rolled the bottle.

All six changed color when a top coat was applied with some changing more than others. Altered Reality was the least changing.  I wore Duplicity and Shape Shifter for wear, and I did experience above average tip wear when worn without a top coat. There was some light staining behind, and I think these may be prone to staining (though I did not test all six for wear). Nails with a top coat lasted seven days with normal tip wear but no chipping. In all honesty, I think it would have been easier to take two individual polishes and work with them.

China Glaze Tranzitions Nail Lacquers

C-
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
72%
Total

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

An Orange Blush that’s Happy to See You

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a mix of medium peach and orange-brown. Together, they create a coppery, orange-brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. NARS Luster is less brown, more orange. MAC Alpine Bronze is more subdued, less shimmery. MAC Glorify is browner. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is browner, darker.

This will tend to be more flattering on warmer complexions and deeper skin tones. I think many will find it too orange, though it is more flattering than an orange-toned bronzer/brown blush, because this is more orange than brown, so it adds color, warmth, and glow without potentially turning ruddy.  The frosted, metallic finish did emphasize pores and imperfections in skin texture.  It is a baked product, so you could use it wet or dry, though the pigmentation was true-to-pan when used dry.  When applied wet, you’ll get an even more metallic finish.  The texture is soft, more finely-milled than a lot of baked products, but not as finely-milled as most powder blushes. Rose Golden Goddess lasted just over six hours on me, and after seven, it looked patchy. It’s on par with the majority of baked products and how long they wear on me, so if you normally get longer wear out of your baked products, this might wear similarly.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

B+
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss La Creme Lipstick

A Rosy Pink for a Perfect Transition from Winter to Spring

Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “spiced brown.” It’s a subdued, rosy pink with a natural sheen. There’s none of the brown that you’d expect to see in “spiced brown,” but I would say that there’s a neutral element, like a beige or brown, that darkens and mutes the rosy color overall. Guerlain Ballade is redder, less pink, shimmery. Revlon Pink Truffle is less pink and more translucent. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is lighter. MAC Glamourdaze is redder. MAC Offshoot is less pink, darker.

Cinnamon Kiss is opaque with very little product needed for full coverage. The consistency of the lipstick is smooth, creamy, and it glides on easily without pulling or tugging on the lips during application. This particular shade wore for five hours, which is really fantastic for smoething with as much slip as La Creme has. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was comfortable to wear but didn’t bunch up or create lines if I pressed my lips together (I’ve had this happen with a few other shades from the formula). It was nicely hydrating during wear, and the hydration extended beyond just the wear of the lipstick.

Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss La Creme Lipstick

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

Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow

Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow
Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow

An Eternal Gold from Lancome

Lancome Eternal Gold (101) Color Design Infinite Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering gold.” It’s a medium yellowed gold, muted by a hint of brown, with a frosted, metallic finish. L’Oreal Gold Imperial is nearly identical. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is very similar–perhaps a touch warmer.

I’ve had the best luck with Eternal Gold when it comes to Lancome’s Infinite Eyeshadows–the other two I tried were disappointing. The pigmentation is fully opaque both wet and dry, and when dry, it looks a bit more intense and less frosted (more metallic). It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly and evenly. I tested wear for twelve hours, and I didn’t experience any fading, creasing, or fall out.

Lancome’s Infinite formula is definitely comparable, generally, to Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows–all three companies are owned by L’Oreal. What I’ve noticed primarily is that Giorgio Armani’s shades are much more nuanced and complex in comparison to Lancome and L’Oreal. Lancome offers several shades, but of the three I’ve tried, they are composed like L’Oreal’s as all solid colors.  The only difference I could find was that Eternal Gold is just a little smoother/finer compared to Gold Imperial but the color and wear are the same, though the latter is a limited edition shade for the holidays, so if you want to get the same color for a lot less, you’ll need to track it down sooner rather than later.

Lancome Color Design Infinite 24H Eternal Gold

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