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Buxom Luvitate True Hue Blush

NARS Lovejoy Highlighting Blush
Buxom Luvitate True Hue Blush

Come Back to Earth After Trying Luvitate

Buxom Luvitate True Hue Blush ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “shimmering nude.” It’s a beige-apricot with a golden shimmer-sheen. It reminds me of shades like NARS Orgasm but with a more neutral base. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane is matte in finish and a bit browner. The shimmering shade in Guerlain Peach Boy is noticeably pinker. Chanel In Love is darker with a subtler gold shimmer. Overall, when applied, it still reads a little coral-ish, but with some beige thrown in.

Buxom’s True Hue formula is supposed to be “silky, sheer, and ultra-buildable.” Surprisingly, I found the texture to be stiffer and on the drier side. It wasn’t silky or soft or all that smooth.  The color payoff is as described–sheer–and it is buildable, though it will take some layering if you have a medium to dark complexion. It’s do-able, and it’s not too many layers, but the blendability of this is lacking.  I suspect the drier texture is playing a role in making this harder to blend and appear rather patchy on the cheeks.  This has a fair amount of shimmer and sheen in the finish, too, which does make pores more noticeable.  The wear of Luvitate was decent–seven hours with light but some fading after eight hours.

Buxom Luvitate True Hue Blush

C+
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

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China Glaze Jungle Queen Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Jungle Queen Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Jungle Queen Nail Lacquer

All Hail the Jungle Queen

China Glaze Jungle Queen Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “smoky violet.” It’s a dusty, subdued plum-brown with soft violet shimmer. Dior Shadow is redder and has brighter, red-copper shimmer. MAC Festive Finery is lighter and has a cream finish. Cult Nails Enigmatic is similar but a smidgen browner with silver/white shimmer. China Glaze Below Deck is much lighter. This is very similar to Chanel Paradoxal, except Chanel seems a little grayer.

I have to admit: after reviewing several of China Glaze’s summer hues, I was worried about the formula, which was more problematic. I hoped it was a problem with neons in general, rather than the brand, and I’m so happy that it seems to be so!  The fall collection is much, much better and more like what I expect from one of my favorite polish brands.  Jungle Queen is opaque in two coats, and it’s not too thick or too thin–just enough thickness to be pigmented and flowing, but not so thick that it pools.  I normally find that China Glaze polishes do not chip on me and wear well for a week (with minor tip wear).  Their polish retails for $7, but you can easily find bottles for $3-4 at various e-tailers.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Jungle Queen
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

NARS Gina Blush

NARS Gina Highlighting Blush
NARS Gina Blush

Fresh-Squeezed with Gina

NARS Gina Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “true tangerine.” It’s a softened orange with a satiny sheen. It’s not vibrant, not an intense orange, but it’s much more orange and richer than peach (hm, I am amused that all descriptions are fruit-related!). This is actually one of the closest shades I’ve seen to Illamasqua Expose, which is darker, richer–but when worn softly, they look nearly the same. Illamasqua Lover is lighter, brighter. MAC Solar Ray is more shimmery and golden-tinged.

I really liked the texture of this shade, as it was so soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being powdery.  The color was true-to-pan, and it’s a buildable blush.  A light tap of product gives a warm cloak of color, while a swirl of the brush in the blush (say that five times fast!) yields full color.  The softness lends to effortless blending on the skin, and the subtle sheen is both glowy and natural so it doesn’t emphasize pores.  The lightness inherent in the shade keeps it from looking red-toned or burnt on the cheeks.  Gina wore well for eight hours and started to have noticeable fading after nine hours.

NARS Powder Blush Gina
Gina

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Cult Nails Happy Ending Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Happy Ending Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Happy Ending Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Happy Ending Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) contains shredded multi-colored flakes suspended in a clear base. There’s aqua-blue, copper, gold, and lavender from what I can see–I swear I see a hint of green, but I think it might be the gold. I don’t have anything like this, and I’m not even sure if I have more than one or two shredded polishes on hand. Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday is the closest I could think of, but it’s multi-sized glitter particles (squares and hexagons) with a lot of green in it. Even though the sizes/shapes are different, I think the two yield at least a comparable feel: a big ol’ glitter-party on your nails.

The consistency of Happy Ending is on the thicker side–if you have a lot of glitters in clear bases, it definitely has a sort of gel-like consistency that gives it a thicker feel and look.  It does help suspend and keep the glitter shards in it, though, which means you don’t have to try and grab the pieces out of the bottle. They do need to be pushed around to get an even (sort of) layer of shredded glitter.  I dabbled a blob of it on the center of the nail and then pushed and maneuvered the pieces around.  It’s unique enough to be worth the trouble, but it’s not something I’d reach for often, just because it takes patience and some skill to use.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Happy Ending
C+

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
78%
Total

China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer

China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer

Copper Glitter? I Herd That!

China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “brilliant copper glitter.” It’s a mix of light gold, copper gold, and copper glitter in what appears to be a mostly clear base. It’s that mix of colors that makes it different from other gold polishes that I’ve reviewed before. For a similar “feel,” you might consider SpaRitual Solstice, which is a molten gold with chunky glitter/sparkle. China Glaze Electrify isn’t as opaque and has much larger pieces of glitter, but it has a similar feel–again because it is a mix of gold and red glitter.

I was really excited to see that this was mostly opaque after two coats.  It’s always a fun time when you find an opaque glitter–then it’s even more versatile, because you can use it for layering or on its own (and without having to use five coats!).  There’s a very faint sheerness that’s there but hardly noticeable, but it’s something I still had to mention.  The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the glitter distributed evenly.  The drying time was average.  I usually get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.  The polish retails for $7, but you can find it at various e-tailers for under $4 (the one linked in the post sells this shade for $3).

China Glaze Nail Lacquer I Herd That
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

Chanel Riviere Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Riviere Illusion d'Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow
Chanel Riviere Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Riviere Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale shimmering green with subtle golden shimmer. A warmer, seafoam green, if you will. I couldn’t think of any shades that really were that similar. Urban Decay Money is darker, bluer. MAC Fresh & Mint is cooler-toned, almost bluish. Dior Garden Pastels was darker, more intense.

This formula is supposed to be shimmering and long-wearing with a soft, cushion-y gel texture. It can be worn as an eyeshadow or as an eyeliner.  Riviere is sheer to semi-opaque–I wasn’t able to build-up the color enough so that it was fully opaque.  Every shade I’ve come across within this range, except for Fantasme, has been opaque.  I also had some trouble getting an even layer of color, as this had a tendency to bunch up on itself, which would make it look uneven on the lid.  Whether or not a color is sheer or opaque, you still want an even layer of color.  The texture is soft, bouncy–definitely that “cushion-y” texture coming into play.  I was worried about the wear, given the problematic application, but it looked exactly as it did when initially applied ten hours later.

P.S. — This was originally a Nordstrom exclusive (that’s where I bought mine), but it has since been removed from Nordstrom–luckily, Chanel released it as an online exclusive to their own website as well, which is where you can purchase it at present.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Riviere
Riviere
Riviere
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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