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Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold coral-red with a luminous finish and warm undertones. Laura Mericer Hydrangea is lighter. Maybelline Vivid Rose is redder, darker. MAC Impassioned is pinker, less red-toned. MAC Party Parrot is a bit brighter and more intense, but it has more of a matte finish, too. Make Up For Ever #37 is warmer, less red.

It is rich in color with very nearly opaque color coverage (the way it lies on lips gives it a subtle translucency that keeps the color from looking heavy on the lips).  There’s a slight glossiness to the color because of its lightweight, creamy consistency that has some slip to it.  It glides evenly over the lips without pulling or dragging.  Shocking Coral wore for six hours, and it did leave behind a soft stain for another hour or so.  The lipstick was comfortable to wear, and it was lightly moisturizing when I wore it.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Shocking Coral
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml) begins with an initial blast of spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove, followed by sweetened vanilla bean, and rum–warm, boozy, and fragrant. There’s an undercurrent of chocolate after about forty-five minutes of wear while, for me, a blend of vanilla and spice continues to be the main event. I felt as if there was a general haziness to the scent, which gave it a darker element, but it didn’t smell smoky or incense-like; more unsmoked pipe tobacco. I very much had the impression that I was breathing in the aromas from a freshly-made vanilla Chai tea latte–there’s a milky creaminess that really made me feel like cozying up by a fire with a good book.

Tobacco Vanille is not a scent that I would have thought would appeal to me. I tend to like heavier, amber-rich scents that are often masculine, but I do like the pairing of vanilla and amber, and here, with Tobacco Vanille, I love how well the spices and vanilla that play with the ginger, fruity tartness, and tobacco notes. On me, it’s not a complex perfume, but for all of its simplicity, it is exactly as described:  a potent mix of spice, tobacco, and vanilla.  It wore close to the skin, and three sprays lasted around fourteen hours.  I think if you like rummy, boozy scents, spices like cinnamon and cardamom, and vanilla, this perfume might interest you.

Fragrance can be a difficult category to cover, because smell is so intrinsically linked to personal preference, our memories, and our associations. Even a quality perfume may be held in contempt by one person while revered by another. Long-time reader Kafka urged me to hone my “nose” and dive into the world of perfume, and forty some-odd sample vials later, the scent that captured my attention was Tobacco Vanille (after reading her review, linked above).  It is no secret that I’m a fan of Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection (Oud Wood, Amber Absolute, and Bois Marocain are staples for me; Lavender Palm my night time accompaniment). I tried several other houses but this is the scent that I felt inspired to put on paper (well, post)–for now. I think, perhaps, it is a nice counterpoint to the scents I love.

Have you tried Tobacco Vanille?  Is there a house that you always find your favorites from?

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Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow

Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow
Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow

Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale cotton candy pink shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a pale, light-medium pink with a frosted finish and, supposedly, silver micro-glitter. NARS Bouthan is a matte version, and it runs a bit cooler. Urban Decay Heartless has a smoother finish and is slightly gray-tinged, but the two are similar–it was actually what prompted me to see if I could get my hands on SWF for comparison! Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is warmer. MAC Love Power is more metallic. bareMinerals Giddy is matte and yellower. Inglot #431 is more metallic in finish but similar in color (though the reflective sheen makes it appear somewhat lighter at certain angles).

I could see the micro-glitter in the pan, but it didn’t translate when I swatched it on my skin or later on when I applied it to the eye. This is great with respect to application and wear, because I didn’t have any issues with fall out–I could not find the bits of silver glitter, period! It does mean that there’s some missing “pigment,” since it’s not translating at all. So, if you wanted glitter, you’re out of luck, and if you didn’t, you may, in fact, escape unscathed. The texture is soft, buttery, and dense; it applied smoothly and evenly, and it adhered really well. I had no trouble having it last a full nine hours without creasing or fading (no primer). It was a cinch to blend, and the color applied opaque without having to pack it on.

Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow

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Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer

Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer
Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer

Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) Is described as a “full-coverage, soft, wisteria purple metallic”. It’s a light-medium lavender with neutral undertones and a delicate white shimmer. Essie Bangle Jangle is darker and grayer, plus it is a cream. Essie Nice is Nice is pinker and a cream. MAC Little Girl Type is lighter and cooler-toned, and it is also a cream. Nubar Purple Aster is grayer and has very fine shimmer. Zoya Marley is also grayer and has very fine shimmer.

This shade applied beautifully–no streaking, bubbling, or pooling–and there was no trouble with brush strokes showing, despite its metallic finish. It was mostly opaque in two medium coats of polish, and the shimmer distributed evenly. The consistency of the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin (consistent with Zoya’s formula, which is slightly thicker than average).  Julie seemed to have a slightly quicker drying time compared to the average polish. I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s polish with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Julie
Julie
Julie
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Maybelline Fuchsia Flash ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Fuchsia Flash ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Fuchsia Flash ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Fuchsia Flash ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, bold, and electric magenta pink with strong blue undertones and a glossy sheen. MAC Pink Pigeon is very similar in color but has more of a satin finish. Both OCC Nylon and MAC Candy Yum Yum are brighter and a touch lighter. MAC Dear Diary is a touch more magenta. MAC Show Orchid has fuchsia iridescence and is darker.

Well, if you’ve ever had one of those electric pink lipsticks catch your eye and you’ve thought to yourself, “I don’t know if I’d wear it,” and as a result, you haven’t justified buying one of the (many) higher-end versions of it, you’re in luck! Maybelline’s Fuchsia Flash is very much on-trend and is rather similar to popular neon pink favorites.  The biggest way that Fuchsia Flash differs is that it has a glossier finish from the get-go, which does, inevitably, tone down and become more satiny as the color wears (two to three hours after application).

It has a creamier, almost gel-like, consistency when applied from the tube, and it applies evenly and smoothly with mostly opaque color coverage.  The texture is a bit wet/slick, so it can create subtle lines of demarcation if you press your lips together (noticeable if you’re really looking, not noticeable from afar).  Fuchsia Flash lasted a full six hours on my lips, and it was hydrating while I wore it!  It is scented with a sweet, fruity aroma, which I didn’t find too strong or cloying but it is there.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Fuchsia Flash
Fuchsia Flash
Fuchsia Flash
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

L’Oreal New Money Colour Riche Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal New Money Colour Riche Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal New Money Colour Riche Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal New Money Colour Riche Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a creamy chartreuse–a mix of yellow and green–that’s bright and bold but not quite neon. China Glaze Def Defying is slightly darker. Sinful Colors Innocent is a touch yellower. NYX Lime is shimmery. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is very similar in color. Illamasqua Radium is similar but slightly greener, and it has shimmer.

Released for spring, this shade is very appropriate for the current season, but it holds plenty of brightness that it seems just as (if not more) appropriate for summer. Though it’s bright, it doesn’t turn neon, so the formula doesn’t act like a neon, either; it dries to a glossy shine. In two coats, New Money was fully opaque, and the formula was easy to work with. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I didn’t have any trouble with bubbling, streaking, or the lacquer pooling along the edges of the nail. I typically get a full week of wear with very minor tip wear with L’Oreal’s Colour Riche formula.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer New Money
New Money
New Money
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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