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Hare Holiday Hoopla Nail Lacquer

Hare Holiday Hoopla Nail Lacquer
Hare Holiday Hoopla Nail Lacquer

So, What’s All the Hoopla Over the Holidays, Anyway?

Hare Holiday Hoopla Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “festive assortment of red squares [and] hexes in several sizes, satin pale pink hexes, gold glitter, and gold shimmer” suspended in a clear base designed as a glitter top coat. It’s a mix of medium-sized red squares, smaller red hexagons, and medium-sized pale pink hexagons that make up the more noticeable shapes and colors, while there is both gold glitter and smaller gold shimmer in the background that helps to fill in the composition. The colors are similar to China Glaze Electrify, but Holiday Hoopla has much more variance in size/shape (plus the pale pink hexes) so Electrify ends up looking almost one-dimensional in comparison. (In the same vein, China Glaze Pure Joy is a mix of small red glitter and then just slightly larger gold glitter, but it is less dense and very unlike this one in shape/size.)

I layered two coats of Holiday Hoopla alone on my index and ring fingers, and then I layered one coat over Illamasqua Boosh (black cream) on my middle finger. Alone, it’s semi-to-mostly opaque in two coats–I think it’s quite wearable as a standalone shade. One coat for layering worked well to deliver plenty of glitter and shimmer coverage without losing the base color. All of the bits and bobs laid completely flat, and there really wasn’t much texture before a top coat, but a top coat definitely gives it a better overall finish. The consistency was amazing: not thick at all, and dare I say, almost thin, but all of the glitters spread evenly across the nail just dragging the brush across. No pulling or tugging required–it was one of the easiest glitter top coats I’ve applied.

This is the shade I chose to test for wear (I will also be testing Swanky Soiree specifically but at a later date), and it’s going four days strong. Of course, next to nothing chips on me, so you’ll have to take my wear experiences with a grain of salt. Most polishes last seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping; particularly excellent formulas will have very minor tip wear and may last up to ten days. It has been my experience that glitter top coats/layering polishes tend to as long as whatever is underneath them. If by some (horrible) miracle, this falls outside of the average wear, I’ll be sure to update this post to reflect that.

I bought mine from Hare’s Etsy shop, and they’re all sold out now, but Llarowe still has some in stock.

Hare Holiday Hoopla Nail Lacquer

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Hare Swanky Soiree Nail Lacquer

Hare Swanky Soiree Nail Lacquer
Hare Swanky Soiree Nail Lacquer

Will You Be Attending a Swanky Soiree?

Hare Swanky Soiree Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium grey jelly with a mixture of red [and gunmetal] hexes and squares and silver shimmer.” It is a mid-tone gray (that leans perhaps just slightly cool-toned, but it has a very cement-like coloring) with metallic gray square and hexagonal glitter along with bright red square and hexagonal glitter; the red definitely stands out against the gray base more so than the gray bits and bobs. Finally, there is a healthy dose of silver shimmer to fill in the rest of the polish.

Swanky Soiree is semi-opaque after two coats–it typifies the jelly finish, which tends to be just slightly translucent and has a squishy appearance. It has a lush thickness to it that reads “squish me.” Hare recommended using a gray polish (like China Glaze Recycle) to boost opacity if desired. I layered one coat over Illamasqua Boosh, which is a pure black, for contrast over my middle finger, and then two layers of Swanky Soiree on its own on my index and ring fingers. There is a good dispersion of the glitters, and I didn’t have to pull or play with them to get them into place or to look “even.” Each coat yielded a good amount of glitter, too, so it did not seem like an endless layering process. The consistency was on the thicker side, about as thick as most jelly finishes and less thick than some of the really thick glitter polishes I’ve come across, but it didn’t pool along the edges. The glitter laid fairly flat across each nail, so it wasn’t too bumpy, though a thicker top coat is still recommended.

Now, I’ve heard a lot of great things about Hare Polish, so I started to follow them on Facebook, which is typically the best way to find out about upcoming restocks, shipments, and the like. I kid you not, but 100 bottles of Swanky Soiree sold out in ten minutes or less in their Etsy shop. Like other indie polishes I’ve reviewed, you may or may not be able to purchase a particular shade, but I hope to “introduce” brands as I can and hopefully help you decide whether it’s a brand that interests you and worth following. I had a good experience ordering from Hare via Etsy–I received my order lightning fast (I think two or three days after I ordered, they arrived).

Oh, and check back in a bit, because I have a giveaway for a set of their limited edition holiday shades (this one and Holiday Hoopla, which I’ll have a review up for shortly).

Hare Swanky Soiree Nail Lacquer

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Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (501) Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (501) Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (501) Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Wants You to Embrace Purples for Spring

Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (501) Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as “mauve, violet, white, and purple.” It’s a mix of purples, really, with varying finishes from iridescent to frosted to satin (no mattes here, though). I wore the lightest shade as an inner corner highlight, then used the mauve shade on the inner half of the lid with the lavender shade on the outer half of the lid, and used the darkest purple shade to define the crease.

The first shade (left) is a pale, icy mauve with an iridescent, frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff; it is buildable, but it does have some sheerness. Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac is more mauve.

The second shade (top, middle) is a frosted, metallic cool-toned white. This shade, too, had some translucency but performed better on the lid than it swatched. It is really similar to any number of metallic white eyeshadows, but MAC Crystal Avalanche (less metallic) and Cinderella Midnight Hour (slightly brighter) were quite similar.

The third shade (bottom, middle) is a medium-dark, red-toned purple with a satiny shimmer and sheen. It had excellent color payoff, but it was slightly powdery. This shade was particularly impressive when applied, because it blended out so easily and well. Urban Decay Freakshow is a bit darker. MAC Grape is very similar in color–more metallic. MAC Plush is more muted, less red-toned.

The fourth shade (right) is a pink-lavender with a subtle cool undertone and a satiny finish. It had good pigmentation and was very soft and finely-milled. Inglot #346 is slightly purpler and has a matte finish. OCC Datura is lighter, more metallic. Benefit Fancy Pansy is a touch purpler.

The best part of this palette is how well the four shades coordinated with each other–they just naturally went together in a rather effortless kind of a way.  The white wasn’t so stark or cool-toned that it looked odd against the pinker purples, but it was still bright and shimmery enough to highlight/contrast.  On my skin tone, it is too bright to be used as a brow bone highlight, so I only used it on the inner corner and along the lower half of my lash line.  The darker purple was the best-performing shade in the palette; it had fantastic color payoff and blended well.  All four shades lasted for eight hours without creasing or fading both with and without a primer.  Two of the four shades had some sheerness, though, and the darker purple shade did kick up some excess powder when used.

I’m hoping Coup de Foudre is better–I just purchased it this weekend online from Nordstrom, so hopefully I get it sometime this week!

Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (501) Eyeshadow Palette

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Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

A Warm, Rosy Shade for Spring

Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm-toned, rosy coral with a frosted finish. Applied, it seems to take on a rosier appearance (less coral) due to the natural pink tones in my lip color. Chanel Orchidee is redder. Revlon Pink Truffle is comparable in color but has a glossier, less frosted finish. Thierry Mugler Feeling is brighter. NARS Mayflower has less frost and is a touch redder. Rimmel Latino is less warm-toned.

Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique formula is supposed to be comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and a “burst” of color. Most of the Rouge Automatiques deliver a fair amount of color with translucency, so the natural lip color peeks through; this has the effect of a more natural lip color, because it doesn’t look like something else layered on your lips as a more opaque cream finish might. Ballade is semi-opaque with that subtle translucency. It has a creamy, glide-on consistency that doesn’t feel too thick or too thin, and it wears for five hours and is hydrating while worn. The lipstick range is violet-scented but has no discernible taste, and it is packaged in a tube that opens with a slider.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Ballade
Ballade
Ballade
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Bold Shade for Spring

Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a fuchsia-berry with iridescent fuchsia shimmer. Clinique Grandest Grape is redder and doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Rebel is nearly identical in color but doesn’t have the fuchsia shimmer. Guerlain Guet-Apens is redder, less berry. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is a bit darker, redder, less shimmery.

The Shine Automatique formula is supposed to be long-wearing, hydrating, and contain “pearl particles to give lips discreet yet exceptional shine.” Flirt is mostly opaque on lips, and it has a thin, balm-like consistency that glides easily across lips and never pulls or drags.  The thinner texture, though, means the sparkle is very slightly noticeable after a few hours of wear.  It deposits even color that lasted for six and a half hours on me. I didn’t have any issues with the dark berry color feathering or bleeding along the edges of my lips.  The formula is comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and moisturizing both during and after wear.  It is violet-scented but has no discernible taste, and it comes in a slide-up tube.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lip Color Flirt
Flirt
Flirt
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder

Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder
Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder

I Want to Go to Paradise, But I Took a Wrong Turn

Guerlain Perles du Paradis Meteorites / Illuminating Sparkling Powder ($70.00 for 1.86 oz.) consists of six different colored pearls, ranging from pale pink, peachy-pink, icy pink, medium pink, dark pink, and silver.   The mix of pearls is supposed to brighten, reflect, add radiance, and generally “light up” and “instantly awaken” the face.  The pearls are violet-scented as well and larger than the regular-sized Meteorites. It comes with a pink pouf designed to be used for application.

Meteorites are regularly sized at 1.05 oz., so this is quite a bit more; to compare, they are regularly $55.24/oz. and this jumbo-sized version is $37.63/oz. Of course, at this price point, it may be more of a question of whether you will finish a tin at all! I’ve drank from the Guerlain-aid (or would that be Guerlinade?); I get Meteorites. I wear them, love them, and regularly incorporate them into my routine. I find myself being disappointed with this spring’s version–because I can’t see it at all. It’s not giving me the subtle radiance that looks natural, luminous, and effortless on the skin.

I used it all over the left side (your left, that is) of my face, and then concentrated it on the cheek bone as a highlighter. Even swatched on my arm, I could barely see anything; no sparkle, no shimmer, no barely-there sheen, until I layered it. You can see this past holiday’s Perles du Dragon–there is so much more going on there; you can see the little reflections from the ultra-fine shimmer as well as the larger sparkles.  Only when I more heavily layered it was I able to get the effect.  It is not the signature effortless radiance that has become associated with Guerlain’s Meteorites range (whether in pearl-form or pressed).

The pearls themselves are no doubt super soft. Where I was able to visibly see (and thus, measure) the Meteorites placed was on my cheek bone (like a highlighter), the subtle sheen lasted all day long–a full eight hours with no signs of fading. I had the best luck when I used a dense blush brush and patted in on in sections–when I used the pouf, I expected it to pack quite a wallop, but it didn’t seem to transfer much at all onto the skin.

I was also disappointed to discover that the container is made up of mostly cardboard–heavy duty, definitely–but not metal, which is what Guerlain switched to in the past year or so.  There are bits of metal (maybe plastic?) that line the edge of the tin and it’s wrapped in shiny something-rather on the exterior, but at this price point, I anticipated something more in line with Guerlain’s luxury compacts (which are typically metal).

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Perles du Paradis
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

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