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Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo
Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo ($19.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains a “bright copper” and a “bright champagne.”

Both shades have a really soft, dense, almost creamy texture that’s buttery and smooth as silk.  Amber is nicely pigmented, while Elektron could use just a wee bit more pigmentation, though it seems to perform better on the eye than merely swatched on the skin.  The two work together nicely, but I think I’d have preferred to have seen Elektron with a less metallic finish–then it could work really well as both a brightening shade on the lid as well as a highlighter. Using it as both with Amber in the crease comes off very metallic.  When I wore this duo, both shades last a full eight hours without creasing or fading–whether they were over a primer or applied to bare lids.

It’s a good bang for your buck; you’re getting two full-sized eyeshadows, which are over double the size of the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.13 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.). The two shades offer what a brand offers in a quad!  Of course, then we have to consider whether one would use up either shade and whether such a high amount is really a value.

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Duo Amber/Elektron
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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Tom Ford Blush Nude Lip Color

Tom Ford Blush Nude Lip Color
Tom Ford Blush Nude Lip Color

Tom Ford Blush Nude Lip Color ($48.00 for 0.10 oz.) is an opaque, soft pink beige with a creamy consistency and a barely-there sheen. It has warm, subtly yellow undertones. MAC Playing Koi is pinker. Estee Lauder Wild Blossom is more beige. Chanel Ming is less beige, pinker. MAC Myth is lighter, paler–Blush Nude is more wearable. MAC Innocence, Beware! is lighter, pinker, less warm. MAC Woo Me is a bit darker and glossier. MAC Naked Bliss is a smidgen darker and more beige. Maybelline Born With It is very close, slightly sheerer.

There are a lot of similar shades on the market–I find this to be true with a lot of Tom Ford’s lipsticks, which makes it harder to justify such an extravagant price tag. It doesn’t take away from the quality of the product itself, of course. The formula is good: creamy, opaque, comfortable to wear, and lasts a good while (Blush Nude wore for five hours).  It’s somewhat moisturizing, but it’s not the most hydrating lipstick on the market (though it wears longer than most more moisturizing formulas).  There is a lightly sweetened vanilla scent but no taste. The lipstick is housed in a brown and gold, square-shaped tube with the logo carved into the slant of the bullet.

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Blush Nude
Blush Nude
Blush Nude
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich riviera blue” with a cream finish. It’s a medium blue with an almost jelly-like finish; it doesn’t have the same milkiness that I’d anticipate with a cream finish but more of the squishy look of a jelly finish. NARS Koliary is brighter, a little lighter, and distinctly a cream finish. Zoya Phoebe is darker and matte. Zoya Robyn is a little lighter.

On the Beach was a little fussy to work with; the consistency was on the watery side, slightly runny. The initial coat I applied went on streaky, though the second coat was better and hid most of the streaky finish of the first one. With the way it came out after two coats, I’d opt for three for more opaque, even results. Deborah Lippmann’s formula typically wears a full week on me with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer On the Beach
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
82%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “light silvery glitter.” The description is rather accurate: it’s a light silver glitter with large, chunky particles. There’s really no underlying color, just silver glitter that’s suspended in an almost clear base. The closest dupe I could think of was Bobbi Brown Tinsel.

Sometimes Bobbi Brown knocks it out of the park with her Sparkle eyeshadows (like here), but other times, they can fall flat and translate into high glitter, little payoff, and poor adherence. This particular hue is from the Brightening Nudes collection–ah, lo and behold, press release to save the day when the brand’s website has a poor product description–“Sparkle Eye Shadow is a featherweight formula that instantly lights up eyes with a unique combination of shimmering pearls and glitter in a translucent base. Creamy-soft powder shadow glides on smoothly and clings to lids for crease-free, long-lasting wear. The Brightening Nudes Collection includes four new, beautifully sheer pastel shades in pink, silvery white, grey and soft gold that illuminate eyes with subtle shimmer and shine.”

Silver Moon didn’t have a lot of fall out during application, but I did have residual fall out throughout the day to a noticeable, slightly annoying degree–not the worst offender when it comes to the glitter category, but it didn’t adhere as well as other shades have in the past.  The consistency almost feels wet, though it’s definitely a powder, which enables it to apply really smoothly, despite the glitter content. It doesn’t feel too gritty, and it doesn’t have any rough feel when applied to the lid. Though the texture is similar to past Sparkle eyeshadows, the color intensity is not; it is supposed to be sheer and suspended in a translucent base. Honestly, it’s hard to detect any creasing because these are sheer and there’s no color base, just lots of sparkle, so there’s no opaque layer or really distinct area where it is and isn’t.

P.S. — I’m not pleased to see the price tag hiked to $28 and the product amount pulled down to 0.09 oz. — the last time I reviewed a Sparkle eyeshadow, which was about a year and a half ago, it was $24 and 0.13 oz. $28 seems rather close to designer high-end lines like Chanel, Dior, and the like.  Most of Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadows retail for $21.

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow Silver Moon
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser


Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser

Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser ($60.00 for 125ml) is a quicker, almost like a lightweight, version of Eve Lom’s signature Cleanser, which I reviewed earlier here. Unlike the original, this one doesn’t require such a regimented cleansing routine: you don’t need to rinse multiple times, and there’s no nuslin cloth required. The idea is that you don’t need quite as heavy of a product in the morning as you would in the evening (to get rid of the daily dirt and grime, as well as makeup). The brand advises to warm a dab of cleanser between your hands and massage onto dry skin with circular movements, then leave on for two minutes, and finally rinse with water.

I think of all things to note with this product is the scent: it does not have mass appeal. I’m in the “I like herbal” scents camp, so overall, it’s tolerable, and I’m not bothered by it–but I probably have a much higher scent tolerance than others. So long as I can’t smell it for the rest of the day, it’s not a deal-breaker. I want to describe the scent as cloves, fruitcake, and grapes over a lightly medicinal backdrop. I only notice the scent when I’m applying it, but it doesn’t linger once I’ve rinsed the product off.

The consistency is thick and not quite greasy but there’s a oiliness that gives it good spreadability; feels almost like what you’d expect out of a mask product or slightly less thick compared to a balm. It’s not as thick or as heavy as the original Cleanser, but it’s definitely thicker and less viscous compared to your typical gel cleanser. There are papaya enzymes in the formulation, which help to gently exfoliate the skin (and this seems really, really mild, so it also seems in line with being appropriate for daily use). The Morning Time Cleanser does not have any small grains (which the original version has).

It does what it advertises: it’s a gentle, lightweight cleanser that refreshes the skin and leaves it feeling soft and ready for the next step in your routine. I wouldn’t recommend it as a substitute for the original Cleanser if you wanted it to remove heavier things like makeup, because what I noticed when I was using it was that it had a tough time cutting through sunscreen. I’ve been playing tennis in the morning, which means I don’t take a shower and get into my morning skincare routine until post-game, but I slather on a generous helping of thick sunscreen. This cleanser and that sunscreen (Shiseido SPF 55 Face Cream) were like oil and water: turned it to sludge and just did not want to cut through it at all.  On the other hand, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, which is also a gentle cleanser, cuts through the majority of it with little effort.

On days when I didn’t play tennis, I used this and enjoyed the way it made my skin feel. It always left my skin feeling almost lightly moisturized, which was such a lovely effect when I used this during the early spring.  While it was nice to use, there wasn’t enough about it that would make me repurchase it at this price point.  I’d rather leave more room in the budget for serums, creams, and the like, rather than a cleanser that’s not on the skin for very long and gets rinsed off.

The packaging is nifty: it comes in an opaque squeeze-tube, but the cap locks and unlocks the cleanser, so a dollop of cleanser will be squeezed out of a single hole if you twist it one way. It makes for a much more travel-friendly cleanser! Note, however, that when you lock it in place, it will push out additional product, so it’s best to lock it back into place and then swiping what’s been squeezed out for use.

Ingredients

HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE, LANOLIN OIL, STEARYL ALCOHOL, CETEARETH 20, PHENOXYETHANOL, PAPAIN, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER OIL, HUMULUS LUPULUS (HOPS) EXTRACT, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) LEAF OIL, EUGENOL, LIMONENE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ETHYHEXYLGLYCERIN, DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT) SEED OIL, DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT) ROOT EXTRACT, BETA-CAROTENE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE.

NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “siren red.” This is an extremely intense, vibrant cherry red with pink undertones and a blue base. It’s very cool-toned and equally bright. It’s bluer than Maybelline Very Cherry. It’s more vibrant than Giorgio Armani #406. CoverGirl Hot has a similar brightness level but not the same blue undertones. Chanel Rouge Byzantin is darker. MAC Ruby Woo is redder and darker.

The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil formula is designed to allow you the precision of a lip pencil with the ease of all-over application like a lipstick. It’s supposed to be opaque, matte, creamy, long-wearing, and non-drying. Dragon Girl wears and wears and wears; its strongest suit is in how well and long it wears–a full six hours of excellent coverage and looks good enough not to need a reapplication until eight hours. It hardly transfers, so it lasts through a cup of coffee with ease. It’s not moisturizing, but it isn’t drying; you’ll want to properly moisturize and prep lips in advance (or just have a good lip health routine), since it’s not adding any moisture over the course of the day.

Dragon Girl has to be one of my favorites within the range, because it applies evenly and easily without tugging or pulling on the lip, so there’s just enough glide and waxiness in the base to get that even, opaque color, but it clings to lips so it wears a long time (not in a bad clingy way, though). It has a matte finish, but it appears so bright that it almost has a sheen.

The Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are large, jumbo-sized crayons, and you’ll need to sharpen them periodically. You will lose some product, but because the texture of this is fairly dry and firm, there is less product loss than from the brand’s Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils. Many readers have suggested freezing a pencil briefly prior to sharpening to help minimize waste.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dragon Girl
Dragon Girl

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