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Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo

Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo
Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo

A Duo Featuring Coral and Plum

Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo ($50.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a vibrant coral-pink with a mostly matte finish and subdued plum with a mostly matte finish.

If you have a cooler complexion with natural pink undertones, I suspect the brighter pink shade will look pinker, not quite as coral-like, on you. It looked pinker in the pan but on my skin, it was less so. Burberry Blossom is more orange. MAC Fleet Fast is similar but more subdued, plus it has gold shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is very comparable in color. Tarte Blissful is also very similar–perhaps a bit pinker (even on my skin tone). This shade was very, very pigmented. It has a dry but finely-milled texture that is best when used with a brush. I used the included brush to apply, and while I can’t say I prefer it to my full-sized brushes (I am partial to both the shapes and the longer handles!), it is soft and works well to apply and blend out the color. When I trialed for wear, it lasted eight hours without fading.

The plum shade seemed sheer when I swatched it, but with a blush brush (the one included), it was more pigmented than it seemed initially. It is not nearly as intense as the brighter coral shade, though. MAC The Perfect Cheek is more subdued, pinker, less warm-toned. Tarte Exposed is more neutral. Burberry Cameo is less pink, more plum. Chanel Rose Temptation is a touch darker and more plum. It had the same finely-milled, dry texture that wore well (eight hours).

Finally, when the two shades are mixed, it becomes a rosy plum with a matte finish. It ended up looking very similar to NARS Amour. NARS Deep Throat is pinker, lighter, and has a golden sheen.  I wore the two shades layered together, and they lasted a full eight hours without any signs of fading.  If you’re a fan of Guerlain’s matte eyeshadows, you’ll like the texture and feel of the blushes, as they’re very similar.  If you prefer a softer, denser, more buttery texture, you may find these too dry/firm for your liking.

Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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L’Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Gold?

L’Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a metallic, yellow gold. There’s a slightly subdued quality to the overall color–by a little brown–that keeps it from being a yellow/orange kind of gold. This is why it’s not the same as L’Oreal’s Eternal Sunshine,, though if you rarely wear gold, one will do; or, if you find that Eternal Sunshine turns orange-y, you might prefer Gold Imperial. Chanel Apprence is browner. Urban Decay Blitz is very similar–less metallic. MAC Sweet & Sour is yellower.

If you love sparkling, shimmering, and high-shine finishes, Gold Imperial is exactly that. It’s really a dead-on holiday kind of finish; all glitz and glam.  One of the best things about this product is that for as sparkly as it is, I didn’t have problems with fall out.  It applies mostly opaque, and after twelve hours of wear, I didn’t spot any creasing or fading–and that was on its lonesome (no primer).   Because of its high-frost, high-shine finish, it can emphasize any imperfections on the skin where you apply it, including dry areas and lines.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Gold Imperial
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser Review


NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser

A Truly Gentle Cleanser

NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser ($29.00 for 4.2 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “gentle, non-drying cream cleanser with a luxurious lather designed to pamper the skin while washing away makeup and surface impurities.” NARS says it is best for normal, dry, and seasonally dry skin, and it is “synthetic fragrance, paraben, and alcohol” free.

I’ve been using this for the past two and a half months as my morning cleanser (though I have also used in the evenings on occasion). It’s lightweight, incredibly gentle, non-drying, and a little goes a long way. I don’t even think I’m half-way through the tube, even though I consistently use it every morning. It lathers up quickly, but it’s not at all drying. I tend to have normal-to-dry skin, which is more normal than not during the spring/fall, but it gets drier as we head into winter. What I like most about the cleanser is really how genuinely gentle it is; there’s no stinging or burning sensations if this gets into your eyes at all. It doesn’t cloud your eyes or anything like that either.

It cleans well, and for something marketed as “gentle,” it is surprisingly effective at removing makeup. It won’t get long-wearing products off fully, but it did break down my liquid foundation well.  I like how it leaves my skin post-cleanse, which is soft and supple–my skin never feels stripped or dried out. Given how long I’ve been using it, and how much is left, the price tag stretches out a bit.

I have one complaint, though, and for me, it’s enough to look for something else:  the packaging.  It looks sleek, and just looking at it, everything seems in order.  Using it, however, is another matter.  It leaks cleanser, mostly into the cap, but unscrewing the cap will leave you with half an inch of cleanser just sitting inside the cap.  More leaks out as you unscrew the cap, so then the cleanser runs over and down the sides.  A little goes a long way, and it’s hard to get just a little out, because it has such a fluid consistency.   I feel like a lot of cleanser has gotten washed down the drain as a result, and it keeps the tube perpetually slippery and sudsy.  It might be better with a pump or if you could stand it on the opposite side (the tapered end).

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed the cleanser itself, but the packaging made it hard to use and wasted product.

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OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar

OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar
OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar

Have You Met My Electric Grandma?

OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “electrified true, classic coral.” It’s a brightened orange with tangerine shimmer and a slight pink tinge. Guerlain Orange Euphorique is more subdued. Chanel Sari d’Eau is darker. guerlain Gil is darker, redder. Guerlain Gipsy is darker and redder with less shimmer. MAC Vegas Volt is pinker.  I was actually surprised that I didn’t find anything more similar to this, but the brightness paired with the less-obvious orange-tones made it tough to dupe.

It applies fully opaque with very little product, and the consistency is smooth and looks that way on lips, while still giving off that metallic sheen it’s supposed to have.  When I wore this, it lasted eight hours–through afternoon coffee and dinner–and still looked 75% intact.

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

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creams Soiree Review & Photos

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creams Soiree
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creams Soiree

Will You Part With Any One of These?

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creams Soiree ($65.00 for 10 oz.) contains 10 one-ounce hand creams in a variety of scents. There are two regular Shea Butters, then one each of: Shea Date Bouquet, Lavender, Cherry Blossom, Rose 4 Reines, Fleur Cherie, Shea Mango Flower, Pivoine Flora, and Shea Rose Petals. The set also includes two gift bags–perfectly for breaking up the set and sharing the love with friends and family.

One of my favorite aspects of L’Occitane’s Hand Creams is how quickly they dry down. It’s one of the more important features of a hand cream that I’m always on the lookout for, because I want to apply it and then be able to resume doing whatever it is shortly after!  Though it feels like a cream, so it has a thicker, heavier consistency, it dries down quickly and feels lightweight on and never greasy.  The formula is effective and keeps my hands hydrated throughout the day.

I’ve only tried the regular, Date Bouquet, Lavender, and Mango Flower versions so far, but it’ll be fun to work through the rest of the scents.  (I have used both the regular and Lavender versions previously.) The versions with 20% seem thicker and richer to me, very cream-like, while ones that aren’t marked with that seem a bit lighter weight and almost like a gel-cream hybrid in consistency.

When I saw this set, I thought it was adorable, and after seeing it in person, it absolutely is. It’s a great kit to receive for sure, but it would also work incredibly well as stocking stuffers. I love the 1 oz. size, because then I can stash these all over the house, in my bag, the car, and travel-friendly.  You can purchase 1 oz. tubes of several of these versions separately, and those retail for $10 a pop, so the kit contains $100 worth of tubes (but they do offer larger sizes for some of the scents, too, and it is less-per-ounce with the larger sizes).

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Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer

Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer
Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer

Tinsel Town, Here We Come

Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “micro-fine diamond holographic glitter mixed with large silver holographic bar tinsel in a clear base.” It has holographic micro-glitter along with holographic bar glitter, which looks like silver tinsel on the nail, until you angle it just right or the light catches it, and then you get the holographic effect. I don’t have anything like this myself, and all I could think of was Zoya’s holiday collection last year, which featured pink, green, and blue horizontal bar glitter polishes.

Zoya lists the opacity as three, which is in the middle of sheer (one) and opaque (five). That’s a very accurate assessment; after two coats, it has a fair amount of coverage, but you’d really need three to get mostly opaque coverage. I layered it over Zoya Storm first, and then over Zoya Blaze.  What I appreciated most about Electra was the fluidity and how well the bars dispersed across the nail.  I didn’t feel like I had to push and pull the glitter into place.  I typically see a full week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Zoya’s formula.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Electra
Electra
Electra
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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