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Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pretty pewter.” It’s a dirty taupe brown with a sprinkling of champagne shimmer and a metallic sheen. It runs slightly cool-toned on the skin and in the pot; it may look even cooler-toned on those with naturally cool complexions. MAC Silver Birch is lighter, grayer. MAC Modern Pewter is much lighter.

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NARS Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush (2013)

NARS Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush
NARS Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush

NARS Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft, shimmering peach.” It’s a soft, subtly warm-toned peach with hints of beige (that keep it from being too warm) with sparkle and very luminous finish. bareMinerals The Love Afair is more golden and has a soft sheen for a finish, rather than sparkles. MAC Superb has a similar color on, but it is a bit darker and browner. MAC How Beautiful! is slightly more beige and has no sparkle.

This is a shade I’ve reviewed in the past (here), but I have a horrible compulsion to redo things after about a year. Miss Liberty is going to appeal to those who love shimmer and sparkle; it’s by no means a subtle highlighter or sheen. It’s sparkle-city, but it has a really cool, almost wet-like sheen on the skin beyond the sparkle (and if you aren’t keen on sparkle, you can buff them mostly away).  There is some emphasis of the skin texture and pores–that very slick, radiant sheen might be worth the cost to some, and to others, unforgivable.

Unlike NARS’ regular blush range, the Highlighting Blushes are “made with transparent pigments to avoid heaviness on the skin,” and are, generally, rather sheer/subtle. It’s no Taj Mahal!  There’s no chalkiness or powderiness to the peachy color, so it should work, as NARS states, across skin tones.  If you have any redness, the peach coloring of Miss Liberty should help reduce the appearance of it.  I re-tested the wear of this shade, and I still only experienced seven hours of good wear but much had faded away after eight hours.

NARS Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush (2013)

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Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow

Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow
Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow

Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “emerald green with silver glitter.” It’s a darkened, aqua green with silver and aqua glitter and metallic finish. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is darker, less green. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl is bluer. Becca Luella is a touch darker.

This shade applied better with a dampened brush, because the color was weak dry, and there was a ton of glitter fall out if the eyeshadow was patted on dry. Unfortunately, while applying it damp helped to improve color payoff and minimize fall out, it did not apply evenly or smoothly; it looked patchy and faded from the get-go. With this particular shade, I think the only way to really get the color to come through is by layering it over a green/teal (or white) colored base.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Break the Bank (11)
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
66%
Total

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Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Moon Rendezvous Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “faded slate-blue shimmer.” It’s a muted, cool-toned blue shot through with silver and icy blue shimmer. There’s a definite gray-ish cast to it that gives it that “slate-blue” coloring as described. I thought the finish was more metallic than shimmer, though. Butter London Lady Muck has a completely different finish, and it looks a bit bluer because it has less shimmer/sheen. Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle is a cream, but it has a similar gray-blue coloring.

I couldn’t think of another polish that I’ve covered that has this color with this kind of finish.  It has a very metallic finish, and as a result, there are brush strokes or threads of metallic shimmer that are visible even in muted, natural light. On the plus side, it has a faster drying time than the average polish, which tends to be true of metallic finishes as well.  The consistency wasn’t thick or really thin, but there was a slight wateriness to the formula that took some getting used to.  I was going to redo these swatches, but I’m short on time (and long on polishes to review) and I know Deborah Lippmann’s spring shades are going fast.  I had no trouble getting full, opaque color coverage in two coats, though.  I recommend waiting for each coat to dry, because it is unforgiving if you try to apply the next coat too soon–it will pull.  I typically get a week of wear out of Deborah Lippmann’s polishes.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Moon Rendezvous
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “beige plum.” It’s a subtly warm-toned coral brown–there’s some orange and a smidgen of rosiness to brighten the brown coloring of this shade. It has a soft, luminous finish. Bobbi Brown Guava is slightly lighter. Chanel Pimpante is brighter, warmer. Cle de Peau R9 is pinker and shimmery. Burberry Devon Sunset is pinker.

This shade had mostly opaque color coverage with a very light translucency overall.  The pencil is creamy enough to apply evenly and easily without tugging or pulling at the lip, but it’s not so creamy that it slides around on the lip, so the wear time is good, too–a nice four and a half hours.  It’s lightly hydrating while worn and doesn’t leave you wanting to make a mad dash for your lip balm after it wears away.  Clinique’s Chubby Sticks all twist-up, so there’s no need to sharpen.

Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense

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Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “cool emerald green.” It’s a deep, dark, smoldering emerald green with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Sephora Walk on the Wild Side is greener, lighter, and a powder product. Urban Decay Loaded is bluer and a powder eyeshadow. bareMinerals Max Volume is slightly darker. OCC Poison is greener, less teal. theBalm Jealous Jordana is the most comparable.

Bobbi Brown claims that her new Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks should last “eight hours without creasing, flaking, or fading.” Forest had good color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable enough to get mostly opaque color, though there was some very slight sheerness if you looked really closely. From afar, I doubt anyone could tell. As an eyeliner, it is easier to apply it with enough pressure to get really opaque color, but the tip of this is a bit bigger than a regular pencil eyeliner. What I liked about the consistency was that it didn’t tug or pull on the eyelid, and it didn’t take too long or too little time to set–there was enough time to work the product in or blend it out, but I didn’t have to sit there and close my eyes waiting for the seconds to tick by for fear of it creasing before it set.

I also think that the brand was rather reasonable with their long-wear claim, only going for eight hours, rather than more ambition 12-, 16-, or even 24-hour wear.  Forest lasted well for eight hours; it was after ten hours that I saw some very faint creasing only on the innermost corner (I wore it all over the lid for testing).  I didn’t have any trouble with flaking, fading, or smudging, though.  All in all, Forest was impressive; not too creamy that it would take awhile to set but not so dry that it didn’t glide easily over lids.

Also, if you were ever a fan of MAC’s Shadesticks, I felt that these were rather comparable in feel and formula, though perhaps a smidgen creamier and more refined–like an improved Shadestick.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Forest
Forest

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