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OCC Triptych Lip Tar

OCC Triptych Lip Tar
OCC Triptych Lip Tar

OCC Triptych Lip Tar

OCC Triptych Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “true 24K metallic gold.” It’s a molten honey gold with a metallic shimmer-sheen. Shocking, I’m sure, but I don’t have a dupe for this. Back in June, I reviewed Triptych in its Loose Colour Concentrate form (and it was amazing), and as a lip color–oh, la la! If you have that, you could try mixing it with clear gloss to achieve a similar color.

It’s mostly opaque, and it has a very lightweight feel once applied. As always, Lip Tars are best applied with a lip brush and with very, very little product. OCC says that you need even less of these than you do of the regular Lip Tars, as too much can minimize the metallic finish. There’s a light mint scent but no taste.As soon as these arrived yesterday, I ripped into the package and photographed straight away so I could get to testing them, as they are typically long-wearing, so I needed all the time I could get! This was the first shade I tested the wear of, and it wore brilliantly (there’s a pun in there somewhere)–just under eight hours.

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

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Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow

A Sparkling Wash of Taupe for Lids

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “grey beige sparkle.” It’s a light-medium taupe brown with bits of silver, brown, and reddish-brown sparkle. I don’t know of anything quite as sparkly, but there are some shades that are similar in color (just not in finish). MAC Romance Me is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is a bit darker. MAC Superwatt is browner. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is grayer. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is very similar in color.

I love the idea and concept of glittery, sparkling eyeshadows, but they don’t always translate well on the lid.  One of the biggest problems is the fall out that occurs while you wear it, so by the end of the day, half of it (and sometimes all of it!) is beneath your eye instead of on it. Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle formula is hit or miss for me, but Cement worked well (as far as this type of finish goes).  It wore for eight hours without creasing, but more importantly, the fall out was minimal.  There were a few stray, fallen sparkles, but not enough where it would be noticeable to the casual onlooker.

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow

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

Sephora + Disney Cinderella Midnight Hour Eyeshadow Palette

Cinderella Midnight Hour Eyeshadow Palette
Cinderella Midnight Hour Eyeshadow Palette

What Will You Be Wearing at the Midnight Hour?

Cinderella Midnight Hour Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 0.196 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows and is part of a limited edition collaboration collection between Sephora and Disney. The shades are described as “pearl shimmer,” “champagne nude,” “grey pearl,” and “charcoal shimmer glitter.”

The first shade is a bright white with a very subtle gray tinge. It has a high-frost finish that’s almost metallic. The texture was soft, buttery, and yielded good color payoff. Maybelline Too Cool is very similar. theBalm Sassy is also close. MAC Forgery is a bit grayer. Inglot #453 is more metallic.

The second shade is a darkened beige-peach with a champagne sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft. Chanel Complice is a touch lighter. theBalm Stubborn is pinker. Chanel Emerveille is similar. MAC Darling Coquette is a touch darker. Urban Decay Sellout is lighter.

The third shade is a medium gray with a silver sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was drier than the other shades, so it was stiffer in texture. Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away is a soft frost. Guerlain Les Gris is cooler-toned. MAC Evening Grey is darker.

The last shade is a dark gray that turns rather brown when I swatched it. It was dry, a bit stiff, and had the least color payoff of the four–a little sheer and uneven. MAC Moody is darker. Urban Decay Black Market is much darker.

I like the palette, and certainly, it performed better than I anticipated (but I was, admittedly, rather cynical when I approached this collection), but it didn’t knock it out of the park like the larger eyeshadow palette did.  This set of shades is interesting, and I will say that the warmer beige/peach shade is an odd choice.  I didn’t feel like it complemented the other three cooler-toned shades.  Perhaps it could have used a silvery-blue or really inky black.  When I wore the shades, they lasted almost eight hours over a primer, and without a primer, there was noticeable fading after eight hours.

Disney by Sephora Eyeshadow Palette Midnight Hour
B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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NARS Mitzi Sheer Lipstick

NARS Mitzi Lipstick
NARS Mitzi Lipstick

One Sheer, Shimmery Lipstick Coming Right Up!

NARS Mitzi Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer muted strawberry pink with soft shimmer.” It’s a soft, rosy brown with a natural sheen. Chanel Superstition looks similar on the lips, though it more golden-shimmered and less pink-toned. Clarins Rosewood is more opaque. MAC Viva Glam V is pinker. Guerlani Rose Ensoleille is darker, pinker.

This shade is part of NARS’ Sheer lipstick range, which is designed as sheer color with long-wear and has a hydrating formula. Mitzi is lightweight, sheer, and wears three and a half hours on me, which isn’t bad for such a sheer shade. This particular lipstick imparts more shimmer than actual color, so the more pigmented your lips are, the less you’ll notice your lip color changing, but you will see a soft, frosted sheen/shimmer on them instead. It was lightly hydrating but not a full-on moisturizing lipstick; after wearing it twice in a row, I needed lip balm an hour later.  It is scent- and taste-free.

NARS Sheer Lipstick Mitzi
Mitzi

Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette

Bon Bons That Won’t Go to Your Hips

Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00) includes Shadow Insurance Candlelight Eyeshadow Primer (0.17 oz.), full-sized Lashgasm Mascara (0.40 oz.), and twelve eyeshadows: Vanilla (matte bone), Cut the Cake (heathered mist), Framboise (no description), Coffee Bean (matte coffee), Peach Fuzz (peachy gold), Hot Cocoa (chocolate), Candy Rose (pink sparkle), Lovey Dovey (sable brown), Nude Beach (nude peach), Cinnamon Sugar (no description), Marzipan (no description), and Licorice Latte (black with bronze sparkle). Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz. for a total of 0.36 oz. of eyeshadow.

Vanilla is a pale ivory with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that wasn’t powdery. MAC Laundry Daze has more shimmer. Bobbi Brown Ivory is similar. Inglot #351 is a bit cooler-toned.

Cut the Cake is a soft lavender with a hint of cool undertones. The pigmentation was nice, and the texture was smooth and blendable. MAC Creative Whim is pinker and darker. OCC Datura is more iridescent. MAC Dynamic Duo 2 is similar. theBalm Curtain Call is pinker.

Framboise is a dark, smoky plum with a shimmery sheen and finish. It had so-so color payoff–it could have used more pigment. Urban Decay Rapture has more red in it. Urban Decay Rockstar is darker, mroe intense. MAC Joy & Laughter is more subdued. MAC Hypnotizing is lighter. MAC Winterized is close but less sparkly.

Coffee Bean is a cool-toned gray-brown (but I wouldn’t call it taupe). The more you blend it, the browner it becomes. It had good color payoff, though it was a bit stiff in texture. MAC Bad Lieutenant is similar in color. Urban Decay Back Door is very similar. MAC Dance in the Dark is a little more red-brown.

Peach Fuzz is a pink-tinged peach with golden sparkle. The golden sparkle doesn’t bind well with the pink base color, so it tends to blend away as fall out on the eye. It had good pigmentation but was slightly powdery. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is more beige and has no sparkle. Buxom Cocker Spaniel is lighter.

Hot Cocoa is a medium brown with a champagne sheen and golden orange tones. The pigmentation was nice, and the texture was easy to work with. MAC Magical Mist is a bit less red-toned. NARS Flowers 3 is warmer and has less of a sheen. Urban Decay YDK is richer.

Candy Rose is a light-medium pink with yellow undertones and a matte finish. It has silver sparkle that you can see in the pan, but it dusts away very quickly and doesn’t bind with the color itself. This shade had nice color payoff and a soft, just barely powdery, texture.

Lovey Dovey is a medium-dark bronze brown with orange undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. MAC Mulch is very similar. MAC Electric Coil is more coppered. Dior Aurora is more subdued. Buxom Golden Retriever is similar.

Nude Beach is a golden beige with gold micro-glitter. This shade was sheer, and it was the sheerest of the twelve. I did have problems with fall out from the micro-glitter both during application and while I wore it. Cinderella Charming is similar without the glitter. Dior Couture Gold is slightly paler.

Cinnamon Sugar is a golden, light-medium bronze-brown with a metallic finish. The color payoff was nice, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. Urban Decay Chase is darker, richer. Buxom Mutt is browner, less golden. Urban Decay Suspect is a smidgen darker.

Marzipan is a light-medium orange-brown with a mostly matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and it was a little stiff to work with, but it was still blendable. Inglot #337 is darker. MAC Moleskin is darker and browner. Chanel Beige Lame is less orange, browner, and has shimmer/sparkle.

Licorice Latte is a blackened brown with bronze sparkle. It had good color payoff, and while it was a dry kind of matte, it was still soft and blendable. Cinderella Cinders is warmer. Dior Night Golds is browner, less black. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is warmer, redder-toned. Bobbi Brown Black Gold has more sparkle. MAC Legendary Black is similar.

Overall, Bon Bons is a solid eyeshadow palette, and at $42, it’s more than worth a peek.  It’s a mostly neutral palette with a few purples/pinks thrown in.  I like that they have a variety of finishes from matte to satins to frosts.  The only shade I didn’t care for was Nude Beach, because it was sheer and had fall out throughout the day. The mascara lengthened well without clumping and did not flake on me–if you need any thickening and volumizing, this isn’t the right mascara. Some of the more matte shades leaned on the powdery side, but none of the shades were really powdery to a point where it was detrimental to application.  When I tested out the wear of the eyeshadows, they wore eight hours without fading or creasing over the Candlelight base, and without any base, there was some minor but noticeable fading after eight hours.

The palette is an excellent value, even for the eyeshadows alone, but you also get an eyeshadow primer and full-sized mascara to complete the look.  I like that both of those things fit inside the palette, since they’re of substantial enough size that they’ll last longer than few uses.  You could always put in a gloss or eyeliner in those slots, too, as time went on.

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow Cement
Cement
Cement
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Orly Flare Nail Lacquer

Orly Flare Nail Lacquer
Orly Flare Nail Lacquer

Orly Flare Nail Lacquer

Orly Flare Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.60 fl. oz.) is a frosted, metallic gold with a strong yellow undertone. Chanel Gold Fingers has flecks of sparkle but is similar in color. SpaRitual Solstice is darker, more orange-gold. SpaRitual Golden Gleam is more orange, metallic.

It was mostly opaque after two coats, but it did apply unevenly and would drag if you didn’t wait for the first coat to dry entirely. The consistency was a little thick, and it didn’t level out fully. I’m usually impressed by Orly, but Flare was somewhat disappointing. I normally get a week of wear with very minor tip wear with Orly’s polish.

ORLY Nail Lacquer Flare
Flare
Flare
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
82%
Total

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