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Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick
Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an opaque magenta-fuchsia with a cream finish. It has the barest of a sheen, which does wear away after a couple of hours and results in a more matte finish. MAC Zen Rose is similar, glossier. Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 is comparable, slightly purpler. MAC Pink Pigeon is brighter, pinker. MAC Love Forever is purpler. MAC Something New is pinker. NARS Schiap is pinker, slightly brighter.

The Colour Core Moisture Stain is designed to be both a lip stain and lipstick with full color coverage and a moisturizing formula. It’s also supposed to be long-wearing without bleeding or feathering. The texture is soft, barely creamy, but somehow still manages to glide across lips easily and deposits opaque color with little product.  Paris wore for six and a half hours, and there was a residual stain that lingered noticeably for another hour after that. My lips felt hydrated both during and after wear.

I also want to note something I’ve found common with these lipsticks: more often than not, the tip of the lipstick is slightly smooshed upon arrival. It might be an overfilling problem that occurs during manufacturing, but it’s not just one but more like every other one where this problem occurs.

Le Metier de Beaute Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick Paris
Paris
Paris
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Cult Nails Evil Queen Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Evil Queen Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Evil Queen Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Evil Queen Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant cherry red with subtle blue/pink undertones. There are several shades that are similar: MAC Touch of Red is slightly darker, MAC Russian Red is darker, China Glaze Poinsettia is a little warmer, Essie Too Too Hot is richer, and China Glaze Hey Sailor is pretty close.

It’s nearly opaque in one coat, but two are needed for full opacity. It dries down to a fairly shiny finish, and it looks really rich and intense on the nail. The consistency is not too thick or too thin, so it flowed flawlessly across the nail. This was really a dream to use–application was so, so easy. Cult Nails’ formula wears like iron–I get a full seven days with very minor tip wear but no chips. If you’ve been holding out for just the right red cream polish, this is one of the best I’ve come across.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Evil Queen
Evil Queen
Evil Queen
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar
OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-tinged lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based pink with a soft purple tint. MAC Saint Germain is similar but a little lighter. MAC Naughty Saute is much darker but has a similar coloring. MAC All Styled Up is pinker.  Though the color is on the lighter side, it’s a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face.

It’s totally opaque, and when it dries down, it has a satin matte finish that’s not at all glossy but not totally matte. Lip Tars are extremely pigmented, and I can’t emphasize that enough–a little goes a long way. It’s a really good idea to use a lip brush to apply them, because it’s easier to control how much gets applied without overdoing it (I applied using fingers, and I ended up overapplying a bit). Despite the lightness of the shade, it wears eight hours on me, and it’s not drying at all. It is mint-scented and comes in a squeeze-tube with a long nozzle.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Digitalis
Digitalis
Digitalis
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
97%
Total

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Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez
Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez ($6.99 for 0.10 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle yellow undertones. MAC Fresh Flare is yellower. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here is similar, a little more muted. Urban Decay Graffiti is very close, perhaps a smidgen lighter. Inglot #385 is matte and darker. MAC Jealousy Wakes is darker, more teal.

Milani’s Shadow Eyez formula is touted to last for twelve hours and be water-resistant and crease-proof. Green Safari was the first shade I tested wear on, and it lasted for ten hours really, really well; after twelve hours, there was minor creasing that was barely noticeable. The texture is creamy enough to enable easy application without tugging or pulling on the skin of the lid, but it’s obviously not so creamy that it slips and slides and gathers in the creases.

The color is buildable and doesn’t turn or feel waxy as you go back and forth to ensure a really even layer of color. It has good pigmentation in one pass, and it can be opaque without much effort or product.  It sets in about twenty seconds, and it’s blendable enough that you don’t have to feel super hurried to get the job done.

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 HR Wear Green Safari
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

bareMinerals The Last Call Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Last Call Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Last Call Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Last Call Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Last Call Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: On the Rocks (blueberry) and Shaken Not Stirred (jeweled navy). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

On the Rocks is a vibrant purple-blue with a blue iridescence. The finish is mostly matte, aside from the subtle iridesent shimmer. It’s a pretty spectacular color–I don’t really have anything like it that I can think of. MAC Cobalt is darker, bluer, which is the same issue with MAC Royale–so much darker, much bluer. The texture of this shade was silky soft, and it applied smoothly, evenly, and had good color payoff.

Shaken Not Stirred is a blackened navy blue with subtle navy blue shimmer. MAC Lunar is a little lighter/bluer. MAC Shop & Drop is similar but has finer shimmer. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx is very similar in color. The texture was a bit drier than the formula is in general, but it wasn’t too dry. It yielded good color payoff.

I can’t get over the awesomeness that is On the Rocks; it’s so vibrant! It’s blue, it’s purple, it’s iridescent–such a complex, lovely color to see.  The navy blue of Shaken Not Stirred certainly complements On the Rocks, so the two can be worn together for a bright, navy smoky eye.  Both shades wear really well; a solid eight hours over bare lids (but some fading after nine hours), and absolutely no problems even after ten hours when worn over a primer.  Shaken Not Stirred could be a little bit softer/denser in texture, to make it a real knock out, but it applies intensely and blends out fairly easily despite the drier texture.

bareMinerals The Last Call Ready Eyeshadow Duo

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “candied pink” and has a “3D holographic” finish. It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with gold-to-orange flakies. It has a jelly-like finish and look to it. I don’t have anything that looks like this, but if you had a brightened pink jelly and a flakie top coat, you could probably dupe it that way. Zoya Lara is similar in color but has a cream finish. OCC Palare is slightly bluer in tone and doesn’t have a jelly-like finish.

The color coverage is mostly opaque after two coats, but there’s some translucency from the jelly-like finish. It is a thicker polish (and I’d say thicker than a lot of jelly finishes), though it didn’t seem to have any real problems applying smoothly and evenly. It did seem to take longer than usual to dry, though.  I tested out the wear of Sweet Dreams, and it wore well for seven days without chipping, though there was minor tip wear, which is on par for what I normally see when I wear one of Deborah Lippmann’s polishes.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Sweet Dreams
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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