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NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer

NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer
NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer

Red Glitter, Black Jelly

NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer ($4.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “black with red flecks.” It looks like a black jelly with large, hexagon-shaped red glitter and smaller bits of red glitter. The finish is interesting, because it has the squishy look of a jelly, but it’s such a dark color that it almost doesn’t seem right!  The one dupe that I know of is Deborah Lippmann’s Ruby Red Slippers–there are really barely-there differences that you’ll likely only find in amount/composition under intense scrutiny.

After two coats, it’s mostly opaque, but there’s that signature translucency you find with jelly polishes.  The polish has a slightly thicker consistency–true to jelly finishes, however–and is nicely packed with glitter, as there is no shortage of it getting on the nail. It did seem just a touch streaky/uneven in a couple of places, but it was hard to really see/tell from more than a few inches away. I really like NYX’s Salon formula, because it applies and wears rather well.  I get a good week of wear with just minor tip wear but no chipping.

NYX Salon Formula Nail Polish Dark Glitter
Dark Glitter
Dark Glitter
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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Guerlain Cherry Pink (870) Kiss Kiss Gloss

Guerlain Cherry Pink (870) Kiss Kiss Gloss
Guerlain Cherry Pink (870) Kiss Kiss Gloss

A Subtly, Sparkled Pink

Guerlain Cherry Pink (870) Kiss Kiss Gloss ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and silver sparkle. Urban Decay Flushed has no sparkle and is a touch more plum. Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle is similar, perhaps a touch lighter. MAC Fabulous Fun is more fuchsia. Benefit Back to the Fuchsia has fuchsia sparkle.

Between this and Frizzy Mango, the latter is more interesting. It is sparser on the sparkle (I’m thinking it is the “gloss effect” finish, which yields a “subtle sparkling finish”), so you get lots and lots of shine that naturally helps give an illusion of fuller, plumper lips–juicy almost. The color coverage is somewhere between semi-sheer and semi-opaque; my lip freckle is muted noticeably, but there’s translucency to the overall color is the natural lip color will still show through. When I tried it on, Cherry Kiss lasted four hours, and it was incredibly hydrating both during and after wear (no desire to race for the balm).

As advertised, Kiss Kiss Gloss is non-sticky, moisturizing, and has a thicker, cushion/gel-like consistency that doesn’t feel or look heavy on the lips, but it’s not a thin gloss. It comes with a brush-type applicator, and all of the glosses have a sweet, fruity scent. If you’re familiar with Dior’s Ultra Gloss or Hourglass’ Extreme Sheen, both have a similar texture to Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss. Depending on your preference for sheer/opaque gloss and subtle/sparkle-tastic gloss, this may or may not be interesting. Myself, I tend to prefer a really sparkling finish in my gloss, but for every sparkle fiend there is a creamy fiend right around the corner 🙂

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss Cherry Pink
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Guerlain Frizzy Mango (849) Kiss Kiss Gloss

Guerlain Frizzy Mango (849) Kiss Kiss Gloss
Guerlain Frizzy Mango (849) Kiss Kiss Gloss

More Appetizing than a Frizzy Mango

Guerlain Frizzy Mango (849) Kiss Kiss Gloss ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a warm coral with gold sparkle. It seemed to have a good balance of pink and orange to create the coral coloring, but if pressed, I would say it leaned orange (more so in the tube than on, given the natural pink tone in most natural lip colors). Bobbi Brown Citrus is a bit darker and has more sparkle. Dior Pink Veil is pinker with silver shimmer. Chanel Coral Reef is comparable, perhaps a bit lighter.

It’s being repromoted with Guerlain’s spring collection, though it has been out prviously, but I’ve only just purchased it myself. Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Gloss is supposed to have a non-sticky, water-resistant texture along while being moisturizing while worn. It comes with a brush-type applicator. From what I’ve been able to gather, these glosses are meant to accent Guerlain’s lipstick range and add lots and lots of shine and radiance (which is just a fancy way to say these aren’t full coverage–if you are looking for more opaque gloss, Guerlain’s KissKiss Essence de Gloss would be a better fit).

Frizzy Mango has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; it delivers a healthy dose of gold sparkle and shimmer, and the base color is visible but still somewhat translucent such that it enables your natural lip color to come through. I would expect this to look a bit redder and more vibrant against those with a naturally redder lip color. Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Gloss formula is very cushion-y; not quite gel-like, but it has a thicker consistency, though it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. It has a sweet, fruity scent (Guerlain describes it as “subtle vanilla, violet, and red fruit.” It lasted four hours on my lips, and it was very, very hydrating both during and post wear. I could feel a very slight bit of the sparkle after it wore for four hours, but I didn’t notice any sparkle had traveled.

It’s pretty little sparkling coral number, sure to be flattering on a range of skin tones and certainly spring-appropriate. Coral is a very popular shade, so while I don’t have any specific dupes (Revlon Rosegold is more subdued, more brown-based, which was the only one that came to mind), I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some very budget-friendly options available. Guerlain doesn’t often add shades to the Kiss Kiss Gloss range, so I don’t wear them as regularly as some other formulas, but I’m always impressed by just how comfortable and hydrating the formula is when I test a new shade.  If you like formulas such as Dior’s Ultra Gloss and Hourglass’ Extreme Sheen, you’ll like this one.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss Frizzy Mango
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

A Sweetheart for Your Sweet Cheeks

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($29.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “rose pink shimmer,” “soft coral pink,” and “peachy pink shimmer.” It’s supposed to be used altogether or with an emphasis on one or more shades for your own “custom flush or highlight.” It is touted as a baked formula, buildable in color, and appropriate for all skin tones.

The pink shade is a pop of light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a soft, shimmery finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft though a touch dry. MAC I’m the One is cooler-toned, more magenta. MAC Pink Tea is fairly comparable. MAC Lovecloud is a touch lighter. Tarte Dollface is very similar.

The coral shade is a coral-orange with a barely-there sheen, but the color itself is low in pigment and was stiff to work with. It was odd, because the other two shades had a much better, softer texture, whereas this shade was hard. NARS Gilda is darker. MAC Modern Mandarin is more orange. Bobbi Brown Coral is a touch darker. Burberry Blossom is darker. MAC Supercontinental is similar.

The peach shade is more of a pinky-peach with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff, and it had the best texture of the there shades. Guerlain Peach Boy is less frosted.

Together, everything comes together as a soft, light-medium pink with a subtle shimmer-sheen finish. It’s a tiny bit warm-toned against my skin, but depending on your undertone and how much of the cooler pink shade you grab on your brush, it may become more neutral or cool-toned. Tarte Curious is more coral. MAC Immortal Flower is less shimmery.

I see those with light to light-medium skin tones really loving this; and if you have a medium complexion, if you like subtle, you may love it, too. Deeper complexions I think will find it lacking in pigmentation. The underlying base color doesn’t seem to read chalky or ashy, so it may still be worth a try, but I wasn’t able to build up the color at all on my cheeks beyond what you see in the photos.  I don’t usually have great luck with wear when it comes to baked products, and Sweethearts lasted a solid seven hours, which was good, but the wear did fall short of some of the better-wearing blushes I’ve come across (my average is closer to eight hours of wear).  

The blush sat well on the skin without looking powdery or emphasizing pores, so the texture translated well onto the skin.  I wish the middle shade had a better texture on its own, because I felt like it did not influence the altogether-color much as a result. You’ll need a smaller blush brush if you want to use them individually; they’re not impossibly small strips of color, but it’s more practical to use two strips at a time.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush

Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush
Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush

Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty: Tease

Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush ($40.00 for TBA oz.) is a highlighting powder and blush with “soft color” that “builds to a high sheen.” It’s a soft pink with a hint if plum and slight cool undertones with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It’s very much in the same vein (as far as finish goes) as other iterations of the formula. MAC Flower Fantasy was the closest color I could think of, but it’s a bit lighter. Lancome Moonlight Rose has a similar finish, but it’s much, much lighter. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is warmer, less pink, more beige.

The pigmentation on Tease is excellent; it’s a very buildable product, but it doesn’t require careful application to avoid getting too much pigment. It should work well for really pale complexions as well as much deeper ones. It has a beautiful, finely-milled consistency and soft, smooth texture that applies and blends well on the skin. There is a very slight emphasis of pores and skin texture, but it’s at a level where the glow it yields seems like a good trade-off and is not noticeable from afar. On my medium skin tone, it added both soft color and sheen. It lasted for eight full hours without fading.  If you are a fan of this type of powder product, I think this one is definitely worth checking out.

I’m not sure how much product this contains (the back of mine has sample labeling), but I know that previous versions of the Illuminating Powder Gelees have been 0.15 oz. and 0.17 oz. The size of this compact is the same, so I would expect it to be of similar size. There definitely seems to be plenty of product in the pan.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush Tease
Tease

bareMinerals Tangerine Trance Loud & Clear Lip Sheer

bareMinerals Tangerine Trance Loud & Clear Lip Sheer
bareMinerals Tangerine Trance Loud & Clear Lip Sheer

Tint Your Lips with Tangerine this Spring

bareMinerals Tangerine Trance Loud & Clear Lip Sheer ($15.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer citrus orange.” It’s a sheer, warm orange when swatched. Applied, it tints my lips a noticeable warm tangerine–not too red, not too orange. It’s the least like my natural lip color, but from a normal distance, it really looks natural and not at all like I’m wearing a lip color. Benefit Cha Cha is similar in color, but it has a very different formula.

With a comfortable, buttery balm-like consistency and texture, it doesn’t feel sticky or too slick that it slides around and disappears within an hour.  Tangerine Trance lasted three hours as a stain, but the moisture it added continued to be felt for another two hours after it was long gone.  It’s lightweight, orange-scented and -flavored with the former being particularly strong and noticeable.  I don’t notice the scent after it’s been on for a half hour or so.

bareMinerals Loud & Clear Lip Sheer Tangerine Trance
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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