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Hare Polish Party Palace Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Party Palace Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Party Palace Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Party Palace Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia jelly with small hot orange hexes, white squares, fuchsia micro-glitter, and blue shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, blue-based fucshia pink with white square-shaped glitter, orange hexagonal-shaped glitter, blue and white shimmer all suspended in a squishy, jelly base. I don’t have anything similar to the polish overall; Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee is similar to the base color, and Illamasqua Obsess is also similar but has no shimmer/sheen at all.

It’s very nearly opaque in two coats but there’s a very subtle translucency that allows it to retain its jelly finish and composition. It’s bold, bright, and complex with multi-sized particles and colors. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed well over the nail without bubbling or pooling along the edges. All of the components of the polish dispersed evenly across the nail and didn’t require any pushing or pulling to distribute. I get a week of wear out of Hare’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Hare will be restocking their spring collection in the next couple of weeks, so my goal is to get reviews for the new collection out before that happens ūüôā This was the very first shade that caught my eye but more to come!

Hare Polish Party Palace Nail Lacquer

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Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pinky-taupe matte.” It’s a pinky beige with mostly neutral undertones and a matte finish. You may already have this shade if you have the Vice palette. Inglot #344 is several shades darker. MAC Bloom On is slightly lighter and pinker. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac is darker.

Laced was one of my favorite shades from the Vice palette, because it’s not a shade that I have half a dozen similar shades of, and it’s a very versatile neutral. ¬†How it might be used depends on your skin tone and what you pair it with, but it can be used as an all-over lid shade to even out the tone, to mattify any frost, to help in blending out another shade, as a highlighter, or as a softly defined crease for those with really pale complexions. ¬†The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth–not at all powdery–and easy to blend and apply. The color payoff is true-to-pan, and it’s fully pigmented. ¬†I wore alongside¬†Easy Baked and¬†Desperation, and it lasted a full nine hours without fading or creasing.

Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow

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Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “grayish taupe brown matte-satin.” It’s a darkened gray with brown undertones and a dusting of teal micro-shimmer with satin finish. This shade was in the Vice palette, but this seemed to apply a bit darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #5 is slightly browner. Benefit Holy Smokes is similar in color but a cream product. bareMinerals Undercover is lighter. MAC Nebula is a touch browner. MAC Keep Your Cool is browner. Urban Decay Pistol is warmer, lighter.

At first glance, it appears to have a satin finish, but the more it is blended out, the more matte the finish becomes. The sheen of the slight pearl included in it is very, very subtle. I was thrown by Urban Decay’s “matte-satin” description initially, but it really does make sense. The texture of this shade was slightly dry, so it tends to apply better with a fluffier brush and with light, feathery strokes. ¬†Desperation had good color payoff, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color on the lid. ¬†It’s good, just not perfect; the slightly drier texture made the payoff less intense and not as easily blended as the best of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows.

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

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Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light bronze shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, golden copper with a frosted finish. Urban Decay Moonflower is a smidgen more orange/brown. Jasmine Cosmic is more metallic. Urban Decay Penny Lane is very similar–slight more orange. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is comparable. Urban Decay Half Baked is a touch darker, more golden.

The texture is lovely: buttery, creamy, and dense, which yielded rich, opaque color coverage and so little product required to achieve that kind of result. It smooths out beautifully on the lid and blends out easily. ¬†Easy Baked¬†feels like the very best of the brand’s formula; not so soft that it turns powdery (or crumbly) but soft enough that it just works well and sits nicely on the skin with excellent pigmentation. ¬†I wore it yesterday, and it lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Easy Baked
Easy Baked
Easy Baked
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher
Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “light pearly pink.” It’s a light pink with a pearly, frosted finish and subtle, warm yellow undertones. It actually reminded me of MAC Veronica’s Blush, only in a cream form. NARS New Order is cooler-toned. MAC Flower Fantasy is slightly darker.

It’s going to work more as a cream highlighter on light-medium and darker complexions than as a blush, because it’s just a very pale, light color. Lightly tapped and patted on the higher planes of the face, it creates a glossy, high-shine look and reflection. For anyone who prefers subtler highlighters, I wouldn’t recommend this, but for those who want a more dramatic highlighter, this works nicely. ¬†It does slightly emphasize pores in low light, but with more lighting or when you’re outdoors, it reflects so well that you don’t see the pores. ¬†When I trialed it,¬†Lies wore for eight hours without fading (or melting or sliding around).

It looks like it’s out of stock at Sephora at this very moment, but it’s part of the permanent range so it should be restocked For our international readers, it is also available directly from Illamasqua.

Illamasqua Cream Blusher Lies
Lies
Lies
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a steely gray with gold and silver sparkle. It’s like a silvered pewter with a lot of sparkle and shine. Chanel Epatant is warmer, greener. Inglot #454 is warmer, less sparkly. Maybelline Audacious Asphalt is grayer, darker.

I can’t tell you how utterly fascinating this color is, only to be supremely disappointed at the quality of the product as a whole. It sparkles, dazzles, shimmies and dances in the light. It is so brilliant on the skin when I swatched it. On the lid, it is a mess; spotty color payoff, uneven color and texture, and looks creased from the get-go. The application is gritty, chunky, and never looks smooth. It made my lids look heavy and wrinkled. The disappointment didn’t stop there, though, because the fall out from this as it flaked off my lid throughout the day was painful and messy. ¬†I tried finger-tips, sponge-tip applicators, a variety of brushes, and nothing worked even decently. ¬†The only good thing I can say about the product is the color and way it sparkles is beautiful, but you never really get to see or enjoy it because it just doesn’t work well in practice.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint Steel
Steel

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