Guerlain Perles de Nuit Meteorites

Guerlain Perles de Nuit Meteorites ($56.00 for 1.05 oz.) is a limited edition highlighter that uses a mix of “pearls” in five different shades to “correct, illuminate, and even out the skin.” The mix contains pink “to capture light,” white to “illuminate the complexion,” gold to “reflect light,” orange to “boost radiance,” and silver to “add shimmer without whitening the skin.”

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Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Sparkle Powder Perles de Nuit
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10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
4
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96%

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush

Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush ($67.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a limited edition is primarily a luminating product, but it can also deposit a faint hint of color on cheeks. It has a peacock-themed design with a good amount of details that actually survive past the first use (or three). The powder has four distinct colors: pale white, bluish-teal, pinked coral-red, and pale peach-beige. It’s subtle, soft, and sheer. I was quite surprised at how well the design stood up to heavy swatching and lots and lots of passes with a brush–all done in hopes of destroying it–and I dug up a bit of the first feather to see if the colors ran all the way through (it appears to be so, and the brand’s description seems to confirm that as well).

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Guerlain Pressed Powder & Blush Parure de Nuit
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10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
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96%

Illamasqua Obsess Nail Varnish

Illamasqua’s formula is three-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, or toulene), and it wears a full week on me with very minor tip wear (and no chipping). The consistency of Obsess is phenomenal; perfectly balanced between thin and thick that it flows to the edges of the nail with ease and does so evenly. It’s opaque in nearly one coat (I used two for swatches).

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Illamasqua Obsess Nail Lacquer
Illamasqua Nail Varnish Obsess
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
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100%

OCC Femme Nail Lacquer

OCC Femme Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “shimmering flamingo pink.” It is designed to match Femme Lip Tar. It’s a softened yellow-toned pink with pearly white shimmer. The finish ends up slightly metallic with minor brush strokes that look like strands of shimmer pulled through the color. Femme appears warmer and contains shimmer when compared to China Glaze EmpowermentChanel Mistral is a closer dupe, but it has larger, but sparsely placed, sparkles.

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OCC Femme Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Femme
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
89%

Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream

I’m a big fan of Aqua Creams, because they really stay on well. The formula is all about bringing “rich color payoff” with long-lasting wear that does not crease or smudge. These have a creamy consistency that applies easily and smoothes out beautifully, but they do have a quicker dry down time–and once they set, they’re set for the rest of the day. I’ve worn numerous shades since they originally launched, and I’m never disappointed. The wear is truly phenomenal!

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Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream

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9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
94%

OCC Poison Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Poison Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as “primordial forest green.” It launches tomorrow as part of the brand’s fall/winter collection. Poison is a sultry, smoked out forest green with a dark, blackened base with hints of brown around the edges all finished in a frosted, metallic shimmer-sheen. Whether it’s used wet or dry, I had great results: rich color payoff and a smooth application. I absolutely love with a loose eyeshadow works as well dry as it does wet; to me, that is the mark of a truly excellent formula and overall product.  The closest colors I could think of were Inglot #414 (lighter, appears almost teal-tinged) and Make Up For Ever #80 which is closer in color but less metallic.

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OCC Poison Loose Colour Concentrate
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate Poison
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
4
Total
92%