Essie Cocktail Bling Collection

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection ($8.00 for 0.46 fl. oz.) is comprised of six shades: Brooch the Subject (creamy cashmere cameo), Cocktail Bling (precious pale gray jewel), Bangle Jangle (lavender amethyst), School of Hard Rocks (midnight malachite), Bobbing for Baubles (deepest darkest sapphire), and Size Matters (blazing hot ruby red).

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Essie Cocktail Bling Collection

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

Bobbi Brown Electric Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Electric Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink with violet pearl.” It’s a semi-opaque medium-dark pink with fuchsia-pink shimmer and a glossy shine. It’s a little cooler-toned (more fuchsia) compared to MAC Dare to Dare, so MAC If It’s Pink comes a bit closer but still pinker. MAC Totally Bang is also similar but darker.

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Bobbi Brown Electric Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Electric Violet
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
96%

Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

The top shade is a grayish lavender with a strong, white frosted finish. It’s super shimmery, but the texture is soft and smooth–vrey dense–and yields good color payoff. It reminded me of a more pigmented MAC Silverwear.

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Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

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

Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

The top shade is a dirty, almost mint-esque, green. The color payoff is good, and the texture is soft and smooth when applied. None of the many, many green eyeshadows I’ve come across seemed to compare. Make Up For Ever #302 came the closest, buit it’s much more of a teal, whereas this one is still fairly green.

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Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

A
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
93%

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.09 oz.) is an ocean blue with a soft, frosted finish. What I love about this particular shade of blue is the overall soft, muted quality to it, but it hasn’t diminished the quiet vibrancy of the color at all. It’s like a mix of MAC Freshwater and MAC Deep Truth. MAC Pure Creation is a bit similar, too.

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NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow
NYX Eyeshadow Kiss in Casablanca
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
90%

Benefit Saucy Full-Finish Lipstick

Benefit Saucy Full-Finish Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling tangerine.” This is a lovely brightened coral-orange with peach and copper shimmer. It delivers mostly opaque color coverage. CoverGirl Rapture is similar in the base color, though a bit more orange. MAC Drive Me Wild is like a much deeper, redder version, but it has the same coppery shimmer. Milani Cora Bora Bora is frostier but the colors are similar–just no gold shimmer in this one. Dior Coral is in the same vein but with subtler shimmer. It’s a bit pinker but reminded me of Guerlain Gems.

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Benefit Saucy Full-Finish Lipstick
Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick Saucy
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
96%