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NARS Vent Glace Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Vent Glace Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Vent Glace Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fall 2012: Vent Glace Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Vent Glace Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “platinum” and “silver smoke.” It’s new for fall but will stay in the permanent range.  NARS’ eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented, long-wearing, and crease-resistant.”

The first shade is a pale silvery white with a shimmery, frosted finish. It has so-so color payoff, which does improve slightly when applied to the lid, but I did pack it on to get an opaque layer. If you like sheerer eye color, you’d like the way this applies, as it’s a general all-over sheerness, rather than patchy. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is a smidgen lighter. Dior Garden Pastels is slightly green-tinted. MAC Misty is darker and more metallic.

The second shade is a dirty beige-shimmered brown with a hint of gray. It’s an interesting color and hard to describe, though it gets lost against my skin tone so it might sing better on a lighter or deeper complexion. The pigmentation is good, and the texture is soft without being powdery. It reminded me of a much lighter theBalm Selfish. MAC Vex has a duochrome and is grayer, less brown. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is similar but slightly frostier. MAC Patina is darker, browner. MAC Hazy Day is much darker.

I wore the duo with the lighter shade all over the lid and just into the inner crease and applied the darker shade into the crease with a fluffy brush.  I highlighted the brow bone with my trust Burberry Trench and lined the lower lash line with Tarina Tarantino Ammunition Eyeliner.  I didn’t have any fall out during application or later on while I wore the products.  Over a primer, there wasn’t any creasing and only a little fading of the crease color after eight hours.  Without a primer, I did get faint creasing and more noticeable fading after eight hours.

NARS Vent Glace Eyeshadow Duo

B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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NARS Exhibit A Blush

NARS Exhibit A Highlighting Blush
NARS Exhibit A Blush

NARS Exhibit A Blush

NARS Exhibit A Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “matte vivid red.” It’s a brightened medium-dark orange-red with a mostly matte finish. MAC Out for Fun is lighter, less red. MAC Modern Mandarin is lighter, more orange, less red. Benefit Cha Cha is more orange, slightly lighter. NARS Liberte is darker, rustier–not as bright.  On the cheeks, it can look as bright as the pan, or if applied more softly, you’ll get kind of a orange-coral look almost.

Exhibit A is famous for its pigmentation–it is wow! in the pan, because it’s truly a fiery sight to see in stores, but it’s just as intense when used. Using this shade absolutely requires a feather-light touch and the proper tools (I like a fan brush) as a result, particularly if you are really light in coloring.  Because of its excellent pigmentation, it will show up as readily on darker complexions as it will on lighter ones. Even though NARS describes it as red, there’s a lot of orange and not as much red in it as you’d expect.  Still, there’s red, there’s orange, but there’s not a lot of yellow–it’s only barely warm in tone.

I think what really makes this shade sing is the texture.  It’s soft, silky, and applies smoothly; it’s not too soft that it becomes powdery, but it’s not too dry that it becomes a pain in the behind to blend. It strikes a balance between softness and blendability that is really required with a shade like this.  I wore Exhibit A to see how well it would wear, and it lasted a full eight hours and started looking a bit faded after just under nine hours.

NARS Powder Blush Exhibit A
Exhibit A

Cult Nails Untamed Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Untamed Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Untamed Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Untamed Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Untamed Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bubblegum pink sheer jelly polish with subtle multi-colored shimmer.” It’s a light-medium cotton candy pink with subtle blue undertones and light glitter (looked mostly white to me). MAC Saint Germain is a bit lighter and has a cream finish. MAC Vagabondage is a bit lighter as well and also has a cream finish. Zoya Rory looks a bit lighter because it has a ton of shimmer in it–cooler-toned, too. Zoya Lara is much darker. MAC Ice Cream Cake is a smidgen bluer-based and has a cream finish. MAC Galore Pink is less blue-based and has no shimmer.

It has that squishy, plush look of a jelly finish, and it is designed to be sheer, though it’s mostly opaque after two coats. If you wanted opaque color, I would recommend doing three coats. The consistency is just shy of being on the thicker side but typical to jelly finishes. Untamed isn’t dominated by the glitter, so it still looks mostly like a pink jelly polish more than anything else.  It does dry down to a naturally glossy finish and does so faster than the average polish. I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Untamed
Untamed
Untamed
A+

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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China Glaze Love’s a Beach Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Love's a Beach Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Love’s a Beach Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Love’s a Beach Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Love’s a Beach Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sizzling hot pink.” It sizzles, all right! It’s a brightened neon pink with subtle yellow undertones and fine white shimmer. MAC Girl About Town is darker, blue-based, and has no shimmer. Zoya Reagan is purpler, cooler-toned, and has a cream finish. MAC Toco Toucan is darker and bluer. Essie Super Bossa Nova is more fuchsia and a bit darker. Urban Decay Woodstock is similar but a cream finish. Illamasqua Collide is a cream finish and doesn’t have shimmer–so it doesn’t look as pink.

It was fully opaque after two coats, though the consistency was surprisingly on the thick side (as were many of the shades from this collection–at least the ones I’ve swatched so far). Not so thick that it’s really gloppy and unmanageable, but thick enough where you do have to be more concerned about pooling around the edges. I didn’t experience it with this shade, partially because I was more aware of the potential for it. It took a bit longer than average for each coat to dry, and I really recommend waiting between coats to avoid drag.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Love's a Beach
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

Guerlain Luxure Rouge G L’Extrait

Guerlain Luxure Rouge G L'Extrait
Guerlain Luxure Rouge G L’Extrait

Guerlain Luxure Rouge G L’Extrait

Guerlain Luxure Rouge G L’Extrait ($48.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as “deeper red for lust.” Luxure is an orange-toned red with a mostly matte finish. MAC Red Racer is brighter and has less orange, more yellow in its base. Guerlain Habit Rouge is a little lighter. Make Up For Ever #44 is very similar. MAC Ruffian Red is a little brighter, less darkened. Guerlain Geisha has a stronger orange base and orange-gold shimmer.

This is a new product for Guerlain, and it’s best described as a liquid lipstick. It has the consistency, feel, and wear of a liquid lipstick. Creamy without being too thick, but not at all thin, and extremely opaque. It dries down to that mostly matte finish–there’s a subtle, natural sheen as a result.  Even after wearing the formula several times, I’m undecided on whether I love it or not.  Luxure hung on for eight hours no problem, and of course, the color after eight hours wasn’t exactly the same as the initial application, but it was still at 90% or so, after eating and drinking. It’s even moisturizing.  Matte lip color that is long-wearing and hydrating? Hard to come by.

There’s a lot of transfer, which is the characteristic that put me on the fence. For a matte, long-wearing lip color, there was a surprising amount of transfer for hours after initial application.  It doesn’t seem to have an affect on the wear, though, and it never feathered or bled around the edges, which you might have expected with a product that never fully dries down.  Don’t kiss your honey with this on (not that most lip colors are kiss-proof).  It doesn’t say transfer-resistant or -proof in the press release, but I think the matte finish had me thinking it would have less transfer (because this felt like more than usual–more in keeping with a gloss!).

It’s more matte and creamier compared to Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laque formula. They’re not the same; it’s hard to describe the differences, but when you apply, they’re not the same. I’d describe Chanel’s formula as slicker, while Guerlain’s is creamier, maybe a touch thicker. Not as glossy as Korres’ Liquid Lipsticks, not as thick as NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams, thicker than Bare Minerals’ Pretty Amazing Lipcolors.

Ultra-pigmented, long-wearing, hydrating, doesn’t feather or bleed, and easy to remove.  It does everything it’s supposed to do and does it excellently.  I think the consistency could be marginally thinner, because it’s easy to over-apply the product.  You’re almost better off using a separate lip brush so you get just the amount you actually need.

The lip color is packaged in a silver metallic tube (shaped just like the Rouge G lipsticks, just longer, so it also has the flip mirror), and you pull the top outwards and then twist to open. It has a doe-foot applicator.  I did really like that Guerlain added a little plastic piece that’s the same color as the plastic insert to indicate the color of the gloss. It’s such a pain trying to read the small printed name on the back of the tubes.  I give kudos to Guerlain for using higher-end packaging to go with their higher-end prices, rather than plastic, which a lot of competing brands use.  Of course, metal packaging holds fingerprints, so it’s kind of a draw.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain L’Extrait Luxure
Luxure
Luxure
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
97%
Total

Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base & Glitters

Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base
Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base

Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base & Glitters Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base ($22.95 CAN for 30 ml) is like a magic trick–for every single glitter product you ever wanted to love but loathed using for fear of endless fall out, far too much clean up, and generally requiring more effort than you really wanted to put in. I love the way glitter looks, but it’s always been such a pain to use. Clearly Liquid is so easy to use, a little goes a long way, and it really does keep the glitter adhered wherever you applied it all day long.  The bottle you get is rather large (I seriously question whether one would run out of it!), so I poured a little into a sample jar so I could dip my brush into a smaller amount.  I dip my brush into the liquid, then into the glitter, and apply it to the skin.

I’ve been wearing glitter mostly on the lash line, but I also tested it on the lid. The adhesive base doesn’t feel tacky or thick–looks and feels like water–but it instantly picks up the glitter you want to apply and places it wherever you put the brush. (I used a MAC eyeliner brush, though Lit has brushes available, too.) I didn’t have any fall out during application or at any point during the day; and I’ve worn glitter in their base for as long as twelve hours.  What’s really fantastic is that it works with any loose glitter or chunky eyeshadow, so if you, like me, have a bunch of glitter products sitting around that you love to stare at but never wear, this product could change all that. It’s clear and always stays that way.

To remove, all you need is water and a washcloth.  After a few removals, I found that I preferred to use a cotton pad and some makeup remover to do one pass to remove the majority of the glitter (and the rest of my eye makeup, which is why I went with makeup remover).  It ensured that I didn’t have any loose glitter go amok while washing the rest of my face.

Lit’s glitters are all cosmetic-grade, which means you don’t have to worry about the glitter scratching your eyes (and this is why you want to stay away from using craft-grade glitters on the eyes!). The stack I received contained Beach Baby (golden champagne), Elton John (medium blue), Roxy Rolla (pink burgundy), Solar Blast (coral and neon orange), and Yoda (green-teal).

Lit has various kits you can purchase, which are cheaper than buying products individually. Your best bet is to purchase a multi-stack kit, which includes a full-sized Clearly Liquid Glitter Base and 3, 4, or 5 colors of your choice. Each glitter is $12.95 CAN. Their glitters come in four sizes (1 through 4) and four textures (shimmers, solids, metallics, and electrics). They have a massive range of glitters available. For U.S. customers, keep in mind that the website lists prices in Canadian dollars! As of when I checked, the exchange rate was almost one for one.

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