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OCC Skin: Conceal (Concealer)


OCC Skin: Conceal

OCC Skin: Conceal (Concealer)

OCC Skin: Conceal ($20.00 for 8.5 grams) recently launched with twelve shades (which is impressive for a concealer range). There are six yellow-based shades and six red-based shades. Each concealer is packaged in a clear plastic screw-top jar, and inside is the concealer. The concealer is in a hardened block, but it’s creamy to the touch and as you dip your brush in it. The texture isn’t too creamy, which can lead to a lot of settling or sliding around during the day, but it isn’t so dry that it’s difficult to blend out. It has amazing opaque coverage; it will hide just about anything, and it never feels heavy, looks cakey, or requires a lot of product. Just a quick pat of concealer on any area will conceal most imperfections.

Y2 was a good match for me and most of my face; if I want to be really perfect in color, I mix a little of Y1 in, but usually, Y2 is very, very close. I’ve been reaching for this a lot in the past few weeks, because it’s quick, easy to use, and lasts all day. It doesn’t slide around, separate, or crease during the day. I very rarely use concealer, though I’ve been reconsidering as the older I get, the less sleep I get (I wake up 3-4 times a night and get about 3-4 hours total), I have found it has impacted my under-eye areas. I’ve used this underneath the eyes, but I’ve primarily been using this to conceal little imperfections on the skin before running to the store. I love that it looks as natural as my real skin, because I’m not wearing any foundation or tinted moisturizer – just the concealer patted on the areas I needed and out the door.

My preferred application method is definitely fingertips. It warms up the product just a wee bit, and it helps blend the product in effortlessly. I have used OCC’s Concealer Brush (which is what is recommended by the brand), and it works well, but the brush itself sometimes feels too big. I like smaller, more precise brushes for concealer work myself, and then I like a fluffier brush to blend out the concealer (something like MAC’s 217). One thing about application is less is so much more; a little goes a long way–and I’m serious!–use much less than you think. Even if you use fingertips, and you hardly see any on your finger, go with it. You’d be surprised!

I really appreciate OCC’s commitment to their customer base (both professional and consumer) and quality; these concealers took two years to develop to be David’s (the founder) “perfect” concealer. It’s not too creamy, lasts all day long, doesn’t crease, and works even when my skin is a little dry. The coverage is fantastic; totally opaque but can be sheered out if you need lighter coverage.

Shades as described by OCC:

  • R0 is the palest red-based skin tone.
  • R1 is a pale red-based skin tone.
  • R2 is a medium-light red-based skin tone.
  • R3 is a medium-dark red-based skin tone.
  • R4 is a dark red-based skin tone.
  • R5 is the darkest red-based skin tone.
  • Y0 is the palest yellow-based skin tone.
  • Y1 is a pale yellow-based skin tone.
  • Y2 is a medium-light yellow-based skin tone.
  • Y3 is a medium-dark yellow-based skin tone.
  • Y4 is a dark yellow-based skin tone.
  • Y5 is the darkest yellow-based skin tone.

OCC Skin: Conceal (Concealer)

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Cult Nails Charming Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Charming Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Charming Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Charming Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a smoky lilac with subtle pink undertones and a very fine iridescent fuchsia-purple shimmer. NARS Pokerface is pinker. Illamasqua Faux Pas is darker, but has a similar smoky/muted quality. Zoya Lotus has a lot of red in it.  I couldn’t think of a close dupe for this shade.

I had trouble with the application of this one. Even though the consistency doesn’t feel thick, it’s not super thin–it has a jelly-like consistency to me, it had a tendency to pull to the sides when I was applying it, which left the middle of the nail sheerer than the rest. With really bright light (like flash), you can see some brush strokes, though they weren’t apparent under regular lighting (like my office). It’s a sheer polish, which is what it is described as, so I was expecting that. It’s sheer but buildable – I did two coats of polish in the swatches, and there’s visible nail line but you could get away with three coats for mostly opaque color. The drying time was good, though, faster than the average formula.  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 Charming
Charming
Charming
B+

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
88%
Total

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.11 oz.) is a warmed over medium brown with a golden bronze shimmer and sheen. As gorgeous as this shade is, there are several shades that are similar to it (but you can’t beat the price point of Milani!). Urban Decay Chase is slightly more orange-toned. MAC Love Connection is less brown, more red. Buxom Golden Retriever is similar but darker, less golden/shimmered. Urban Decay Suspect is pretty close, though not as warm.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Milani, because they’ve been one of the more reliable budget-friendly brands for years, not just recently, though they’ve been churning out some impressive products in the past year.  Their new range of pressed powder eyeshadows is fantastic overall, and Caramel Brown is no exception.  The texture is soft, buttery, and dense and blends beautifully and melts against the skin like butter.  Milani says they’re crease-proof, “super pigmented,” and blendable; they’re everything and more–but when I test drove Caramel Brown, I did experience some fading along the edges after eight hours (which is still really good–the majority of formulas have some fading after eight hours without aid of a primer), but absolutely no creasing.

I’m drawn to this shade like you wouldn’t believe–I think it’s the balance of warmth, gold, brown, bronze, and shimmer. It’s lovely against warmer complexions, as it brightens without dominating. It can easily be worn on the lid or in the crease, but I really like it softly on the lid with not much else.  Naturally, the strong warm undertones in this hue will flatter warmer complexions overall.  I’m a believer that you can wear anything and everything–it’s all about confidence and how you wear it!

Milani Caramel Brown Powder Eyeshadow

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss
Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss ($22.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and a cool white shimmer. The only gloss that seemed remotely similar was MAC Preppy, which is much, much sheerer and less vibrant. NYX Rose has a similar finish, though it’s a lipstick, and is a much more muted of a pink.

This new (but limited edition) formula is supposed to have a high shine, long-lasting wear, and be non-sticky.  It’s kind of a ridiculous gloss–totally over-the-top, in the best way possible. Sure, it’s not going to be the finish for everyone, but it’s incredibly fun to play and wear.  The gloss is on the thicker side, which definitely accounts for its opaque color payoff.  Not totally non-sticky, as there is some tackiness to it, especially as the day goes on, but not enough that I would have described it as sticky.  It’s lightly hydrating over the five hours this wears.  Each gloss is scented with the traditional fig of Estee lauder’s line–kind of a sweet, fruity scent–but no taste.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Sequin Finish Gloss Cosmic Pink

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glimmering fuchsia grape.” It’s a vibrant fuchsia magenta with a very fine white shimmer that’s barely visible in natural light. SpaRitual Color Trip is slightly darker, more jelly-like. SpaRitual Imaginarium is also similar, perhaps a smidgen pinker. Illamasqua Obsess is a hint more on the magenta side and has a cream finish. Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee is a little more fuchsia but has a similar fine shimmer.

Beach Cruise-r is fully opaque after two medium-thick (not too thick, not too thin) coats of polish.  The formula on this one was better than Splish Splash, as it wasn’t as thick.  It flowed easily across the nail during application, which resulted in a bubble/pooling-free experience.  It dries to a semi-matte finish, so you’ll want a good top coat if you prefer a shiny finish.  The drying time was about average, though I’d say considerably shorter than a lot of neon polishes (which always seem to dry quickly).

It’s a really fun pop of pink for summer that’s very cool-toned but so bright that the undertone doesn’t matter, because it’ll contrast nicely against all skin tones, light to dark, cool to warm. Beach Cruise-r has a color that’s perfect for summer with its near-neon vibrancy and subtle shimmer.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Beach Cruise-r
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a darkened violet purple with subtle red undertones and a multi-colored shimmer.  When applied dry, it’s sheer, slightly browner, less violet.  When it’s applied damp/wet, it’s much more intense with a strong violet purple coloring and opaque color payoff. MAC Young Punk is blacker and less violet. Dior Garden Roses is lighter and pinker. MAC Plush is lighter, more red-toned. Urban Decay Delinquent is a little brighter. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister is very similar, slightly brighter.

L’Oreal says that these wear for up to 24 hours and are long-wearing and intensely pigmented. They’re a hybrid pressed and loose powder; it’s like a very, very finely-milled loose powder that’s been sat on (and in essence, that’s true, because each pot contains a plastic stopper that you can use to press the powder to further compact it). You get the blendability of a loose powder with the ease and convenient of a pressed powder.

I believe this shade is known as Purple Obsession internationally. I have it, and it was actually one of the first shades I tested (many months ago), and I set it aside because it did not work well for me–it did not want to apply evenly at all on the lid, and it was creasing and fading like you wouldn’t believe. When I recently tried Perpetual Purple (and I didn’t know they were the same), I had a similar experience. It fades surprisingly quickly, and when I wore it alone (just by itself), I did have significant creasing after a mere six hours. When I used it in the crease with other Infallible Eyeshadows, it didn’t crease.  The texture of Perpetual Purple was also on the dry side, so it wasn’t as easy to blend or apply.

For a comparison against Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, please see this post. As a quick summary, L’Oreal’s colors can be less nuanced/have less depth, and then the wear is can be inconsistent with L’Oreal (some wearing fantastic, others creasing/fading more rapidly). The way I look at it (assuming you wear primer, because then the wear is usually fine), the more the merrier!

Edited:  The picture that showed the wear was MISSING! Now it’s there in all of its disappointing glory.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Perpetual Purple
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
4
Longevity
3.5
Application
69%
Total

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