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Cult Nails Spontaneous Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Spontaneous Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Spontaneous Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Spontaneous Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark, deep, dusty purple creme with vibrant purple glitter.” It’s dusty eggplant purple with red undertones and scattered violet micro-glitter. MAC Festive Finery is more muted, less purple, smokier, and has no shimmer. Cult Nails Enigmatic is much darker and browner, less purple. China Glaze Urban Night is redder, more wine-colored.

It’s opaque after two coats, and though the glitter is sparse, it disperses evenly–you don’t have to wobble around the brush just so in order to spread out the glitter. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, though it was on the thinner side. It dried down fairly quickly and has a naturally shiny finish, but I’d use a top coat for a smooth, ultra-shiny finish. I didn’t have any trouble during application; the polish didn’t bubble, streak, or pool to the sides. I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Spontaneous
A

Discontinued

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone True Colour Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone True Colour Eyeshadow
Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone True Colour Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone True Colour Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone True Colour Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is burnt goldenrod–a sort of rusty medium brown with orange undertones and a yellow gold shimmer-sheen. Dior Aurora has a shade that’s very similar with less of a sheen and a slightly more orange base. Chanel Tigerlily is more orange, less shimmer/sheen. MAC Juiced has a similar color, but it has less warmth. MAC Goldmine is lighter, more gold-like. Inglot #404 is more bronze.

The color payoff was excellent; really rich in color that required no layering or building to achieve true-to-pan color. It has a sublime texture that’s soft, silky-smooth and melts against the skin. It’s almost buttery, but it doesn’t have a really dense quality to it, yet the way it looks and feels is more in line with a nearly-creamy, buttery texture. The powder is finely-milled and blends effortlessly on the lid.  Goldstone wears impeccably on the eye, too, with or without a primer–I was able to get a full eight hours of wear without creasing or fading both over and without a primer.

Each True Colour Eyeshadow comes in a circular, rubberized compact with a mirror inside, and they’re almost triple the size of the average eyeshadow–0.13 oz. compared to 0.05 oz. It might ring up at a higher-than-palatable price tag, but you get every bit of your money’s worth here, both in terms of quality as well as quantity.

Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow Goldstone
Goldstone
Goldstone
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark warm, yellowy green with pale chartreuse micro-shimmer. There wasn’t anything I could think of that felt like a genuine dupe, but the best I could come up with was Butter London Dosh, which is lighter, more chartreuse, and has much larger shimmer particles. Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War is much more of an olive green. Chanel Khaki Vert is more muted, less yellow-toned, very murky. China Glaze Peace on Earth is more olive green with gold shimmer.

Abi was opaque in two coats, and the formula runs on the thicker side but not at all problematic for it. It feels and almost looks like a cream, but there is gorgeous micro-shimmer that’s so very fine and delicate but noticeable and there. It’s been awhile since I’ve used any RBLs, but applying Abi reminded me why I keep buying them.  I don’t think I’ve missed any collections in some time, but they’re usually sold out by the time I get a chance to swatch them so then I don’t bother–I tried to start on these as soon as my order arrived.  I’ve always had great wear with the brand’s formula; it usually wears a full week with very minimal tip wear.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Abi
Abi
Abi
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

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NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Highlighting Blush
NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft pink brown.” It’s a subtly warm-toned light-medium brown with a pinky sheen. It does look a bit pinker in the pan than on my skin tone (which has yellow undertones), so if you have pink undertones, you might see those pink undertones come through on you more than they did on me. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane is similar, though a bit more pigmented and matte in finish. MAC Pressed Amber is darker, browner. MAC Darkly My Dear is darker, slightly more plum. Tarte Exposed is pinker. MAC Her Own Devices is lighter, kind of peach. MAC Prim & Proper is darker and more plum.

Douceur is best for light to medium skin tones, as it seems like it will disappear on darker complexions. It might work as a subtle highlight or all-over powder on some deeper skin tones.  I’m a huge fan of this type of blush, because it gives natural color and contour to the cheek in a subtle way.  I often reach for Korres Natural for this purpose, and Douceur can be used in the same fashion.  Finding a blush color like this that works for your skin tone can be challenging, because like a my-lips-but-better color, one size doesn’t fit all (or even most).

This is certainly a softer color. It’s one of the sheerer NARS blushes I’ve swatched so far.  The color isn’t easily buildable; there’s no need to be careful with this one–you don’t need a light-hand at all. It is very easy to use because of that, making it one of the more foolproof blushes.  On lighter complexions, this could be used as a contouring color.  The texture is soft and blendable on the skin, but I did feel like I had to pile it on a bit to get it to show up on my skin tone. The color payoff is on the sheerer side.  Douceur wore six and a half hours on me when I was trialing it, and it was noticeably faded after seven hours.

P.S. — I did write review Douceur previously (two years ago–wow, I swear this came out “recently!”  Time really does fly!

NARS Powder Blush Douceur
Douceur

Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow

Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow
Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow

Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a dark, navy blue with a satiny sheen and a barely-there purple tint. There are a few shades that are very similar, like MAC Naval Blue, MAC Blue Storm, and Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx.  There weren’t any distinguishable differences between those three and Midnight Blue, other than it’s pressed (unlike the two MAC products, which are loose pigments) and better quality than Bobbi Brown’s variation.  For those who are afraid of blues, I think purple-tinted blues make it less in-your-face blue and give the color a smokier effect.

The texture of Midnight Blue is a little on the drier side, though it’s still surprisingly blendable and easy to apply.  It has a soft, finely-milled feel, so it smooths out well and doesn’t have any problems with fall out or skipping.  It has good color payoff, but it could be a little more opaque–it applies best with a fluffier brush. The formula works well with and without a primer; when I tested out this shade, I had no problems getting eight hours of wear–no creasing or fading.  The eyeshadow is larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.088 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.) and comes in a gunmetal container with a mirror and sponge-tipped applicator inside.

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Midnight Blue
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails I Got Distracted Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black jelly polish with holographic glitter interrupted by intense green glitter.” It’s an inky black base color with green-teal micro-glitter and holographic shimmer. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this one (not to say there may not be some–I would love your input!), and the closest I could come up with was NARS Night Breed, which is similar in composition, but it’s all silver shimmer/glitter.

Of all the shades, this is probably the one that catches your eye the most. There’s something about that intense, deep dark black base color and the holographic shimmer that grabs you! When I first swatched it, I had to post a quick picture of it on Instagram. It’s even more impressive in person, because you can see the way it really sparkles. It’s nearly opaque in one coat, though I did two swatches in the photos just to be sure (sometimes what looks opaque to me in person is almost opaque in photos!). The polish is on the thicker side, though.

It actually has an interesting finish without a top coat. I took the diffused flash photo with it dry but without a top coat (the other swatches have a top coat). The polish has some texture, so you’d want a thicker top coat for a smooth finish. I thought it looked like asphalt in a very pretty way. It’s shiny on its own, but it doesn’t look as smooth without a top coat. I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes. I’ve had this shade on my nails for the past five days with almost no noticeable tip wear.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer I Got Distracted
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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