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China Glaze Want My Bawdy Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Want My Bawdy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Want My Bawdy Nail Lacquer

Do You Dare to Be Deviant?

China Glaze Want My Bawdy Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “sexy sapphire blue.” It’s a blue-shimmered violet-blue with a metallic finish. Guerlain Riviera is more purple. SpaRitual Blue Moon is darker, less metallic. ORLY Lunar Eclipse is similar in color but slightly more purple. MAC Hyper is bluer. Le Metier de Beaute Noble Passion is similar.

The formula was mostly opaque after two coats, but if you tend to do really thin coats, you’ll probably need three.  The consistency was not too thick or too thin, and the polish spread evenly and smoothly across the nail.  I noticed it’s very unforgiving you don’t let each coat dry, because it will drag a bit.  Drying time was average, and the finish had a slight shine but needed a top coat for a glossy finish.  It has very noticeable brush strokes, though.  I typically get a full week of wear with China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Want My Bawdy
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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Clarins Grenadine (05) Gloss Prodige Lipgloss

Clarins Grenadine (05) Gloss Prodige Lipgloss
Clarins Grenadine (05) Gloss Prodige Lipgloss

Add a Splash of Grenadine to Your Pout

Clarins Grenadine (05) Gloss Prodige Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a warm, strawberry pink with gold shimmer. MAC Forever Rose is less pink, more coral, has no shimmer. MAC Star Quality is lighter and has no shimmer. Revlon Strawberry is a touch redder and doesn’t have gold shimmer (but has white and pink sparkle). MAC Galaxy Rose is a bit darker and doesn’t have the same shimmer.

Gloss Prodige is supposed to have “intense color, mirror-like shine, and long-lasting hold.” It has nearly opaque color coverage with some lingering translucency, but it covers very well and–more importantly–evenly. The texture isn’t too thick or too thin, and it feels lightweight on. It has a high gloss shine, and while not a gloss I’d describe as particularly sticky, there is some mild tackiness after an hour or two. Grenadine lasted five hours on me. It has a sweet, fruity scent–almost like a watermelon Sour Patch Kid, there’s a tanginess to it–but it’s a stronger scent.  It’s lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear, but I did notice the texture of the sparkle after the gloss wore away–no traveling, though.

Clarins Grenadine (05) Gloss Prodige Lipgloss

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

Video: Mid-Week in Review – MAC Office Hours

Video: Mid-Week in Review, Vol. 004

We spent the majority of the beginning of the week taking a look at MAC’s Office Hours Collection, which hits stores today. Don’t forget to subscribe! 🙂

Products mentioned:

Makeup Breakdown

On eyes: Hourglass Suede Eyeshadow Duo (beige), Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo (burgundy), Inglot #452 Eyeshadow, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Mascara. On face: Guerlain Parure Gold (02 and 03), Guerlain Les Voilettes (03), Buxom Swept Away. On lips: Guerlain Bee Rouge G Lipstick.

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Milani Star Flash Haute Flash Lipgloss

Milani Star Flash Haute Flash Lipgloss
Milani Star Flash Haute Flash Lipgloss

How Bright Will Your Star Flash?

Milani Star Flash Haute Flash Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.18 oz.) is bright pop of fuchsia pink with multi-colored sparkle. MAC Dare to Dare is more yellow-toned and sheerer. MAC Eelctric Fuchsia is bluer-toned, lighter. MAC Preppy is lighter but comparable.

The Haute Flash formula is supposed to be “full coverage,” “highly pigmented, “extra glossy,” “non-tacky, and “anti-feathering.” This shade is almost opaque–so close, but not quite. There’s noticeable translucency, though when the shimmer catches the light, it nearly tricks you. The finish is high-shine in a metallic kind of way, but it’s not really glossy, as it looks a bit more like a lipstick than a gloss. Milani Flashy was thicker and a little gritty as time went on, but this shade was thinner, and less gritty–just a little texture as it faded away. If you remember MAC Dare to Wear Lipglass, this formula is very comparable. Star Flash wore for four hours, but it did become noticeably gritty as it faded away.

Milani Star Flash Haute Flash Lipgloss

B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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NARS Luster Blush

NARS Luster Blush
NARS Luster Blush

Add New Luster to Your Blush Routine

NARS Luster Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “sheer golden apricot.” It’s a tangerine orange with golden orange sheen. MAC Solar Ray is lighter. MAC Center of the Universe is similar but has less of a golden sheen. MAC Paradise has more red in it.

The texture feels soft like silk, and it’s one of the denser, creamier blushes I’ve come by from NARS (and this seems consistent with their eyeshadows–the more shimmery ones tend to have the same buttery texture).  The color payoff can be sheer if you like, but it can be built up to more true-to-pan color, which makes it something that both paler and deeper complexions can use.  The sheen is noticeable but is just that, a sheen, rather than heavily shimmered.  It did not emphasize my pores or natural imperfections on my skin.  Luster lasted just over seven hours on my skin before I saw noticeable fading.

NARS Powder Blush Luster
Luster

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Tom Ford Jardin Noir – Cafe Rose, Jonquil de Nuit, Lys Fume, Ombre de Hyacinth Reviews & Photos


The gist of Tom Ford’s newest Private Blend launch (which contains four scents) is about revealing the “forbidden sides” of four flowers: rose, narcissus, lily, and hyacinth. None of the scents struck a forbidden chord with me; I didn’t envision clandestine meetings near the ivy at midnight. Each seemed to be a different take on some of the usual ways these flowers are presented, so they may be darker, but they just didn’t resonate as truly rich and dark and forbidden.

Cafe Rose ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) contains notes of saffron, black pepper, Rose de Mai, Turkish rose, Bulgarian rose, coffee, incense, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli. It begins with a strong dose of rose with a peppery edge that transitions into more and more rose over a backdrop of amber and coffee–almost reminded me of something chocolaty.  If you are looking for a real coffee or cafe presence, it’s not quite there. It’s rather subtle.  It evokes an image of sitting in an elegant rose garden after you’ve sipped your morning coffee and are just now getting up and preparing to go to work.  There’s a natural sweetness from the rose that prevails throughout the wear of the scent, a hint of spiciness that begins and ends after a few hours, while amber, patchouli, and rose remain most potent until the very end. On me, Cafe Rose lasts for eight to ten hours. It wears close to the skin for the first hour, then seems to become more present, but finally returns to a closer wear for the last couple hours.

Jonquille de Nuit ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) contains notes of Wild Alpine cyclamen, acacia and angelica seeds, Egyptian violet leaf, bitter orange leaf, narcissus, orris, and amber. You may know narcissus by its more common name, daffodil. The former sounding far more in sync with the concept behind the range/scent! Of the four scents, this was the most dominated by its floral; this is narcissus over and over again. There’s a crispness with a subtle citrus–like the rind of an orange–in the beginning; it reminds me of spring gardens after a fresh rain. Within a half hour, though, it sweetens and smells like a mix of narcissus and jasmine, even if it’s not listed, that’s what I’m detecting. It loses a lot of its intriguing character once it dries down on the skin. This fragrance was particularly strong, both in its sillage and wear. The wear was still going strong after twelve hours, and even by morning (so almost twenty-four hours), I could still detect it. At that point, it was an nondescript, sweet floral.

Lys Fume ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) contains notes of Italian mandarin, pink peppercorn, nutmeg, turmeric, white lilies, ylang ylang, davana, rum, vanilla, labdanum, amber, styrax, and oakwood. It’s warm, lightly sweetened and somewhat musky; it’s lily and nutmeg with a touch of pepper–it reads oriental to me. All that spice and warmth just envelop me like a soft blanket on a cool autumn evening.  Slowly, it becomes a patch of soft lilies over a background of rum, pepper, and amber. In its final stage, there’s the ylang ylang and lily playing together to create a pleasing but soft floral with the warmth of amber and the sweetness of vanilla rounding it out. Of the four, this was the “darkest” scent to me. I don’t think I’d really describe it as a dark scent overall, though. This was my personal favorite, but I tend to gravitate towards scents with amber and vanilla. The wear was around eight hours, and it wore closely to the skin.

Ombre de Hyacinth ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) contains notes of galbanum, violet leaf, magnolia leaf orpur, olibanum, hyacinth, pink peppercorn, jasmine, benzoin, and musk. The opening is intriguing–it’s sharp, crisp, and green–all hyacinth and gardening with dirt on your elbows and knees. It’s grassy and earthy and a little bitter. Then I catch jasmine and more jasmine, but it softens, and the whole scent becomes less sharp, less bitter. Finally, it’s floral and musk in a way that’s not spectacular but not displeasing. There’s a lingering greenness to the fragrance that persists throughout the development and wear that makes it appeal to me. This scent was a bit stronger, so it wore longer (twelve hours) and was more noticeable when worn.

I’m not actually drawn to most floral fragrances. I’m picky about them, as too often it’s dominated by the flower of choice and translates as”springtime allergies” in my brain. By that measure, the scents I enjoyed the most were Cafe Rose and Lys Fume.  All four scents seemed a little… tame, or perhaps, restrained, is a better way to describe these.  Ombre de Hyacinth was more interesting than Jonquille de Nuit, which tended to get more generic as it wore on, while Ombre de Hyancinth managed to keep some interest with the ever-present green note–it’s a scent that, while floral, may be more polarizing. All four scents are also available in 8.4 fl. oz. bottles ($495 each).

Because Tom Ford is by no means an affordable fragrance range, one might consider decants or samples. The way they open seems to be more complex and enchanting than some of the dry downs, so I recommend at least wearing and seeing how they read on you first.  As always, fragrance is quite personal, not only because different scents trigger our own personal memories but with the way the scent interacts with one’s body chemistry.

What’s your favorite floral scent?

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