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Dior Lady (039) Diorific Lipstick

Dior Lady Diorific Lipstick
Dior Lady Diorific Lipstick

Lady’s Just a Little Less Diva

Dior Lady (039) Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is lightened coral-red with a natural sheen. And yes, it does look a lot like Dior Diva, which is just slightly darker. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is redder. Guerlain Habit Rouge is darker. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is sheerer and a smidgen lighter. MAC Cockney has golden shimmer. Chanel Cambon is a bit less warm.

This formula is supposed to be long-wearing with rich color payoff delivered in a single pass.  Lady is incredibly pigmented and yields opaque color coverage in one pass, just as advertised.  The texture is creamy enough to enable the lipstick to glide across lips without tugging or dragging, but it doesn’t feel heavy or slide over itself once it is applied.  When I tried Lady, it lasted for eight hours, and my lips felt lightly hydrated even after that time period.  Like other Dior lipsticks, this does have a light floral scent.

Dior Diorific Lipstick Lady
Lady

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Dior Ceremony Red (774) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss

Dior Ceremony Red (774) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss
Dior Ceremony Red (774) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss

More Red Than You Bargained For!

Dior Ceremony Red (774) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a gold-shimmered medium red with subtle blue undertones. MAC Totally Fab is less blue-toned. MAC Send Me Sailing is darker. Chanel Triomphal is darker, pinker, and has pink shimmer. YSL Golden Red is orange-toned.

The formula is described as “delivering a sheer wash of catwalk color” while being hydrating and highly reflective.  This is the other new and limited edition color for the holidays, and it’s much more pigmented than Lame Gold. This has semi-opaque color coverage; there’s a noticeable translucency to the overall color, but there is quite a bit of pigmentation packed into the tube.  It’s definitely more color than a “sheer wash of … color.”  So, that gain might be your gain, or it might be a deal-breaker depending on your preference in opacity for gloss!

The texture of Dior’s Ultra Glosses is really lovely and comfortable to apply and wear.  It’s not thin, but it’s not heavy either; it feels cushion-y and gel-like on the lips.  When I tested Ceremony Red, it wore for four hours, and it was nicely hydrating during that period.  It’s also non-sticky, and the brush applicator doesn’t leave streaks behind.

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Ceremony Red

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo
Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo

Take a Getaway to Too Faced’s Fantasy Island

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo ($17.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “peacock” and “gilded lime.”  I picked up several of Too Faced’s duos when they were on sale at HauteLook, and while they’re not quite as deeply discounted, they are on sale on Too Faced right now.

The left side is a blue-based teal with a subtle golden iridescent shimmer-sheen. Too Faced Neptune is actually a bit similar, but the finish is different–more of a sheen than a traditional frost; it also read a bit greener against my skin tone. Urban Decay Minx is a bit greener and has glitter. MAC Shimmermoss is slightly greener. L’Oreal Endless Sea is bluer. Inglot #413 is similar.

The right side is a pale gold with a dirty, green-ish tinge; it keeps it from being too yellow or too warm. It has a frosted, slightly metallic finish. bareMinerals Wicked is greener. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is just slightly more mint-like, less yellowy. Inglot #364 is matte and greener. MAC Valiant is similar, slightly less green.

Too Faced describes the formula as being “pigment-drenched [and] long-wearing.”  Both shades had excellent color payoff, and the textures were soft, dense, and buttery.  They were a dream to use–they applied true-to-pan on the lid without having to pack them on, and I didn’t experience any fall out, creasing, or fading while I wore the two shades for eight hours (without a primer).  The finely-milled powder made these a cinch to blend, too!

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo

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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
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NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

One Vibrant Fuchsia in Pencil Form

NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a vibrant fuchsia-red with the barest flecks of iridescent blue sparkle that just peek through the color. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac is less matte and has no sparkle. MAC Moxie is similar, but it is completely matte and less blue-based. Illamasqua Atomic is extremely comparable–it even has the iridescent shimmer; it appears to have more of it.

NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is supposed to combine the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick . The formula is meant to be rich in color, long-wearing, non-drying, and have a “velvety matte finish.” It can be used for lining, all-over lip color, or paired with another lip product.  It has opaque color coverage, and the finish is definitely matte–there’s a tiny sheen from the sparkle, but it really looks rather matte on.  I found this particular shade a wee bit drying.  It wore for six hours on and left behind a slight stain, but my lips were parched after wearing it.  The pencil itself did tug and pull at lips during application, so getting even color took more effort than your typical lipstick would have.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil 413 BLKR
413 BLKR

Wet ‘n’ Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore Nail Lacquer

Wet 'n' Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore Nail Lacquer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore Nail Lacquer

This Cobalt Stopped Me in My Tracks!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore Nail Lacquer ($3.99 for 0.29 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium-dark navy blue with a mega-sized dose of shimmer in light blue, blue, and silver. The only color that really came to mind was Zoya Twila, which is really quite different–it has horizontal bar glitter, so they don’t really look alike, but they had a similar depth of blue.

After applying the polish to just one nail, I was blown away.  The richness of the hue was incredible, and I only needed one coat for completely opaque color–the swatches show one coat.  It dries down quickly (faster than the average polish, probably because of the metallic finish), and it did dry to a shiny finish.  I wore this polish for wear, since I’ve never tried this particular formula, and it lasted a full week without chipping on me with average tip wear.  I will, of course, remind you that not much does chip on me.  The formula was a real beauty; not thick but not thin, and it applied like a dream with so much color and even color at that.

Also worth mentioning is that this is a rather small bottle of polish as far as compared to most–it’s only 0.29 fl. oz. compared to 0.50 fl. oz.  Though, high-end polishes tend to fall between 0.34 and 0.50, it is pricey compared to the rest of the brand’s range ($1.99 for 0.50 fl. oz. is usually what you expect and see).

Wet ‘n’ Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore Nail Lacquer

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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
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Chanel Intrigue Glossimer

Chanel Intrigue Glossimer Lipgloss
Chanel Intrigue Glossimer Lipgloss

Chanel Intrigue Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “red-brown.” It’s a medium-dark, subdued red–it’s warm, brown-hued, and shimmer-less. MAC Pret-a-Papier is a bit redder and has lots of shimmer. Chanel Braise has shimmer and is slightly more plum. MAC Looks Like Sin is similar. MAC Whoops is brighter, more coral.

Intrigue is very comfortable to wear, because the consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, so it feels lightweight on lips but still has a cushion-y feel.  The texture is non-sticky as well.  This shade wore for four hours on me with semi-opaque color coverage, minimal settling into lip lines, and even color overall.  It has a delightfully high-shine finish that gives lips an illusion of fullness.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Intrigue
Intrigue
Intrigue
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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