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Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish

Purple Makes a Cameo in This Blue

Illamasqua Cameo Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cornflower blue.” (Sephora has it listed as “periwinkle blue.”) It’s a dusty, cornflower blue that leans noticeably purple. It almost more purple than blue, but it’s not true purple. Which, I suppose, tells you how complex and confusing this color family can be! I couldn’t think of a dupe–Essie Lapis of Luxury was too blue, while Essie Smooth sailing was too purple (and shimmery, too). I’d love to hear from you if you know of any dupe possibilities!

The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was opaque after two coats. ¬†It dried down to a glossy finish without the need of a top coat (shown without a top coat). ¬†The glossiness is really impressive; it’s just so shiny and glossy; it just looks really elegant and polished. ¬†I typically get anywhere from a week to a week and a half of wear out of Illamasqua’s formula. ¬†It wears¬†exceptionally¬†well in my experience and is a go-to formula when I travel, because it never chips on me.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Cameo
Cameo
Cameo
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Eyelash Curler Review & Photos

Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Eyelash Curler
Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Eyelash Curler

How Many Eyelash Curlers Does One Person Need?

Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Eyelash Curler ($24.00) is shu’s famous eyelash curler with a vibrant red curling pad and mon shu charm attached to the handle. The charm is completely removable, and I’d recommend doing so–but shu said as much saying to “take this lovelyc harm along in your favorite bag.” If the red curling pad and the charm don’t do it for you, the original curler is $4 less. Either way, I’m a huge fan of shu uemura’s curler, and I have been for years! I’ve given it an award for being the best for the past three years.

What I like is the way the handles are shaped, so the grip is comfortable, while the curler is wide and gently curved to fit around all my lashes. It doesn’t pinch the skin, and it doesn’t crimp my lashes either. ¬†While I can’t vouch for¬†this particular unit, I’ve owned two shu’s in my lifetime, and the only reason I bought the second was because I needed the curling pads. ¬†They’re well-made, and I’ve never felt that the spring has lots its power over time.

Eyelash curlers may be the most fun product to photograph, if only because they always look a bit like torture devices. ¬†And I’m sure to anyone who hasn’t been around one or used one often, they¬†do look strange. ¬†No torture here, just prettily curled lashes, which make eyes appear larger and more awake.

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Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Mini Brush Set Review & Photos

Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Mini Brush Set
Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Mini Brush Set

A Travel Set of Exquisitely Soft Brushes

Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Mini Brush Set ($69.00) includes a silver brush case that includes four short-handled brushes. The largest is the cheek brush, which is made out of pony/squirrel hair. Then, there are two eyeshadow brushes, one is made out of nylon and the other out of sable. The last brush is a lip or eyeliner brush, which is made out of sable. The four brushes were made in Japan.

I’ve been using these brushes for a couple of days, and for a travel set, they’re really quite nice. The blush brush is dense and soft against the skin; it doesn’t feel scratchy at all. It does a nice job of both applying and blending out cheek color. The nylon eyeshadow brush works well for cream eyeshadows, while the sable eyeshadow brush is better for applying powder products. I thought the latter brush was a little large and would have preferred a squatter brush. I used the smallest brush for both applying lip color as well as applying shu’s Painting Liner, and it worked nicely for both applications. I liked it a bit more for lining around the eye, just because it felt a smidgen too small against my lips (but would be nice for someone with thinner lips).

All four brushes have been washed twice now, and I haven’t had any problem with dye bleeding, funny smells, or the like. ¬†The blush brush hasn’t had any shedding problems either. ¬†As far as the bag goes, it will get the job done; I think it’s a little thin overall. ¬†I liked the way each brush had its own pocket, and there’s enough room in it to stick a couple more brushes in there if you want (or a few other products).

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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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