Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

The notes of Shalimar are bergamot, lemon, jasmine, rose, May rose, iris, incense, opopanax, tonka bean, and vanilla. It opens with an intense burst of the bergamot where the crisp citrus gives it a very cool feel, but it warms up quickly with a heady smokiness that’s marked by spice and leather. As it progresses, the final scent on me is a sweetened, spicy vanilla with the warmth and coziness of amber and sandalwood. It’s not the sweetened vanilla of a dessert, but richer, deeper, less sugary and cloyingly sweet. It is rather powdery on me, more notably in the earlier hours of the scent and decreases over time until it’s all but vanished by the third hour.

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Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum

Nubar Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer

Nubar Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer ($7.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a duochrome-finished shade. It shifts from blue to gold to pink, while the polish itself is very sheer. I swatched showing three coats, and there is still a lot of visible nail line. The base color is more of a robin’s egg blue while the shimmer is pink, copper, and almost gold. The base color isn’t as opaque or as intense as Nubar Blue Hydrangea but bluer than Chanel Riva. I don’t have anything like this, because of the duochrome finish.

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Nubar Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer
Nubar Nail Lacquer Midnight Glory
B-
Product
9
Pigmentation
5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
81%

Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder

This is actually the shade that Nick Lujan patted onto the center of the lid in this look. The texture is very, very finely milled; it practically melts against the skin because of how silky smooth it is. #940 is particularly useful for layering over other eyeshadows to add more dimension to the shade, though it can be used alone just as easily.  It can be applied dry or damp, and the metallic sheen will be more pronounced if it applied damp.

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Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder
Make Up For Ever Star Powder #940 Star Powder
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
91%

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) contains a gilded gold, violet, and softened copper.  It’s decent, but where it disappoints, it really disappoints.  At this price point, for two good colors, it’s still worth considering, of course.  Sometimes it makes you wonder what happened, though!  I can see this color combination working well together, but I don’t expect most to use it as each shade is labeled.

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection features three new and limited edition shades of lacquer (each retailing for $29.00 and containing 0.4 fl. oz., which is $4 more than the polishes are normally). Blue Boy (deep, rich blue denim), Blue Rebel (dark wash jeans), and Coco Blue (muted blue) make up the collection of blue-hued lacquers.

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Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
83%

Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad Swatches, Photos, Review

Just in time for fall, Dolce & Gabbana’s Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.16 oz.) offers a seemingly perfect mix of hues for the cooler temps and falling leaves.   The first shade is soft peachy beige with a matte finish. It has a slightly powdery texture that may not work so well with drier skin types and lends itself to a sheerer application overall. The shade reminded me of Inglot #328 (which is a touch darker) and, to a lesser degree, Inglot #330 (which is lighter).  To the right of that is a medium-dark orange with a matte finish. It has a similar feel and texture as the peach shade, which is a little powdery and sheer in places. MAC Rule is similar but has better color payoff.

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Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad Swatches, Photos, Review

C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
3.5
Total
79%