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L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a berry-tinted pink with a soft, frosted finish. When applied dry, it has a slightly more subdued, redder appearance–it’s not quite opaque. When applied damp, it takes on a pinker hue and the frosted finish is more pronounced, and the color itself is opaque. At a glance, you’d think it was similar to MAC Cranberry, but it’s not at all–Cranberry is much, much darker, more of a burgundy (so it has more brown in it than pink). MAC Moon Rose is pinker. Milani Pink Twice is pinker as well.

If you’re familiar with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, these are very similar. I found the biggest difference between the two was in the texture of the formula and the overall appearance of the colors–L’Oreal Infallibles are more one-dimensional, less nuanced, whereas you’ll see an interplay of colors with the Eyes to Kill Intense. L’Oreal owns both brands, so I imagine there was some trickle-down effect in the technology once Giorgio Armani rolled it out.  It’s not really a negative that these are more what-you-see-is-what-you-get in color.  The Eyes to Kill Intense shades can look really stunning in the pot and look a little less complex when swatched.

The texture of Glistening Garnet is soft, smooth, and finely-milled.  It’s a compacted loose powder–you could break it up if you really wanted to, but it arrives already pretty solid, and there’s a little topper inside that you can use to press and compact the powder should it loosen over time.  It can be used wet or dry, though the payoff was significantly better when used wet–but other shades in the line-up were better dry than this one, so it seemed like it fell a little short as far as pigmentation went for dry use.

I originally tested a few shades of the formula that the lovely ladies at Beaut.ie sent me from Ireland, because these weren’t available in the states at the time (and L’Oreal told me they weren’t going to be released here). A few months later, L’Oreal did end up releasing them state-side. I had some trouble with the original shades I tried, so I can’t say that all of the shades perform consistently or as well as this shade did.

Glistening Garnet, however, did perform well, and I didn’t have any trouble using it. Even after 16 hours (without primer!), I didn’t have any creasing, though there was some slight, but noticeable, fading along the outer corner. The only thing I have to note is that I needed to use it wet to make an impact; if you use it over a primer, you might be able to skip that step, but I still preferred applying with a damp brush. I used a small eyeshadow brush (like the MAC 239) to apply it to the lid.

L’Oreal does state that these are supposed to wear for up to 24-hours, which is the same claim Giorgio Armani made. I’m not really comfortable wearing makeup that long personally, so it will take me some time before I work up the courage to test it for that long! The longest I’ve tested these has been 16 hours.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Glistening Garnet
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
93%
Total

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Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Midnight Bloom Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “true Hollywood red.” It’s a blue-based, brightened medium red with a subtle glossy sheen to an otherwise creamy finish. Guerlain Vega is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani #404 is slightly brighter and has ruby shimmer. Chanel Lover is similar.

Midnight Bloom is very, very rich in color–you hardly need any product to get nearly opaque color payof. The texture is incredibly creamy, not thin but it doesn’t feel heavy and thick–somewhere between there, though you’ll definitely know you’re wearing lipstick. My lips felt nicely hydrated both during and after I wore this shade, which was a good thing, because this red hue lasted eight hours! Red lipsticks do typically last longer on me than lighter shades (same is true with berries and really intense, vampy shades), but eight hours is still a long time. The texture is fairly slick, though, so you can feel the color move around, and if you over-apply (which is not difficult to do), it can get onto teeth quite easily.

Edward Bess’ lipsticks are packaged in glossy black tubes and contain more 0.13 oz. each, while the average lipstick has between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.  I didn’t notice any taste while I wore Midnight Bloom, but there was a soft fig scent I could smell in the tube.

I bought this a month or so ago as a shade to try out from Edward Bess’ lipstick range, and it’s already disappeared from Sephora. I am loathe to review discontinued products, but I was able to find it on Zuneta. If you do some poking around, you’ll also see it appears on discount retailers like StrawberryNet (for $22.50). Sephora does have several other shades, including Roulette Rouge, which is another red (I haven’t seen it, so I couldn’t tell you how it compares).

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick Midnight Bloom
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Highlighting Blush
NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Blush

NARS Amour Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a darkened pink-tinted coral. It doesn’t read peachy-pink to me, which tends to be a lighter, warmer color. The finish is matte. Illamasqua Dixie is brighter, less pink. Tarte Blissful is more orange, slightly lighter/softer. theBalm Frat Boy is slightly lighter. MAC Posey is very close, perhaps pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is more coral and has golden orange shimmer. On my cheeks, it looks more pink than coral, but it’s not strictly pink.

The texture of this is drier, stiffer–not really difficult to work with, it just has a thinner, drier texture, so it’s not a really dense blush. You wouldn’t describe it as buttery, for instance. Some powders are really buttery and dense, others are still soft and finely-milled, but they’re thin and feel drier. Amour is the latter.  It packs plenty of pigment, so you can go from subtle tint to full-on color with a tap of the brush, but you won’t have to worry about applying too much too quickly (not like Exhibit A).  The drier texture does mean that you need to spend a little more time blending the color, and because of the matte texture, it can be easier to apply over completely dry foundation (if you’re using liquid).  When I tested Amour to see how long and well it would wear, I was able to get seven hours of good wear; after eight hours, there was some fading along the tops of my cheeks.

NARS Amour Blush

B+
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Pink Seashell Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Pink Seashell Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15
Bobbi Brown Pink Seashell Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Pink Seashell Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale peachy pink.” It’s a soft pink-tinted coral that’s just slightly warm-toned. MAC Razzledazzler looks almost exactly the same–I’d say slightly more opaque, perhaps less pink. Burberry Devon Sunset is more orange. MAC So Vain is darker and more orange. NARS Niagara is pinker, brighter, and more opaque.

Bobbi Brown’s Treatment Lip Shines are a really lovely, comfortable formula to wear, because it’s lightweight, hydrating, and sits well on the lips.  It has a soft, balm-like texture that’s just a bit slippery, so it glides easily across the lips.  It’s scent- and taste-free–no taste of sunscreen or the like.  Pink Seashell wears about three hours on me, which is a little below the average lipstick, but not wholly surprising given the amount of slip of the texture.  The major downside is that there’s not a lot of product here–it’s about half the size of a lipstick–but the amount of product is about as much as most brands provide when they come out with this type of product, especially in this type of a tube.

Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine Pink Seashell
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate
OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz. / 2.5 grams) is described as a “sleek, regal gold.” It’s a rich, vibrant shade of yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The metallic finish comes out more strongly when it is applied damp/wet. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver is less metallic, less yellow. NARS Paramaribo is darker. Bare Escentuals Remix is less yellow. MAC Goldmine is more orange. Inglot #430 is slightly darker. Urban Decay Honey is very similar but less metallic.

I’m all over this kind of color.  Urban Decay’s Honey is one of my all-time favorite golds, and it’s been discontinued, so having a dupe is excellent.  The texture is so, so soft–the powder of OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrates is extremely finely-milled.  It applies well both wet and dry, and it gets a little smoother and more metallic when applied wet as compared to the dry application.  This shade is lovely with warm browns, coppers, and burgundies.  Triptych wears really well, too, without primer–a solid eight hours without creasing or fading.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate Triptych
Triptych
Triptych
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright sky blue shimmer.” This is a brightened medium sky blue with fine, pale white-blue shimmer. It’s a very swimming pool-inspired blue, I’d say. It’s not quite bright enough to be called a neon, but it’s certainly not subdued. I thought this would be readily duped, but out of all these blues, nothing came close enough. At a glance, China Glaze Blue Iguana seemed like a possibility, but upon closer inspection, it’s much, much darker, and it has purple shimmer. I’d love to hear from you if you have any dupe possibilities!

The color was opaque after two coats, but the formula was on the thicker side, so I actually had some pooling polish along the edges of the nail.  I haven’t had this issue very often, so I’ll clarify so we’re all on the same page:  I’m certain there’s a textbook definition of “pooling,” but here goes:  when the polish seems to gather along the edges of the nail, so it looks thick and rounded.  A good visual is thinking of slime or sludge as it covers more and more surface area.  It’s not a good thing.  I did two coats for swatches, and it took a long time for the initial coat to dry enough to apply the second coat, and a surprisingly long time for it to dry after that.  Neon shades typically dry incredibly quickly, but this one took its sweet time.  Once it did, it did dry to a mostly matte finish–you’ll want a really shiny top coat to get a glossy finish (I used Seche Vite).

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Splish Splash
C+

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
6
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
79%
Total

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