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Bobbi Brown Pink Seashell Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Pink Seashell Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15
Bobbi Brown Pink Seashell Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Pink Seashell Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale peachy pink.” It’s a soft pink-tinted coral that’s just slightly warm-toned. MAC Razzledazzler looks almost exactly the same–I’d say slightly more opaque, perhaps less pink. Burberry Devon Sunset is more orange. MAC So Vain is darker and more orange. NARS Niagara is pinker, brighter, and more opaque.

Bobbi Brown’s Treatment Lip Shines are a really lovely, comfortable formula to wear, because it’s lightweight, hydrating, and sits well on the lips.  It has a soft, balm-like texture that’s just a bit slippery, so it glides easily across the lips.  It’s scent- and taste-free–no taste of sunscreen or the like.  Pink Seashell wears about three hours on me, which is a little below the average lipstick, but not wholly surprising given the amount of slip of the texture.  The major downside is that there’s not a lot of product here–it’s about half the size of a lipstick–but the amount of product is about as much as most brands provide when they come out with this type of product, especially in this type of a tube.

Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine Pink Seashell
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate
OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz. / 2.5 grams) is described as a “sleek, regal gold.” It’s a rich, vibrant shade of yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The metallic finish comes out more strongly when it is applied damp/wet. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver is less metallic, less yellow. NARS Paramaribo is darker. Bare Escentuals Remix is less yellow. MAC Goldmine is more orange. Inglot #430 is slightly darker. Urban Decay Honey is very similar but less metallic.

I’m all over this kind of color.  Urban Decay’s Honey is one of my all-time favorite golds, and it’s been discontinued, so having a dupe is excellent.  The texture is so, so soft–the powder of OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrates is extremely finely-milled.  It applies well both wet and dry, and it gets a little smoother and more metallic when applied wet as compared to the dry application.  This shade is lovely with warm browns, coppers, and burgundies.  Triptych wears really well, too, without primer–a solid eight hours without creasing or fading.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate Triptych
Triptych
Triptych
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

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China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright sky blue shimmer.” This is a brightened medium sky blue with fine, pale white-blue shimmer. It’s a very swimming pool-inspired blue, I’d say. It’s not quite bright enough to be called a neon, but it’s certainly not subdued. I thought this would be readily duped, but out of all these blues, nothing came close enough. At a glance, China Glaze Blue Iguana seemed like a possibility, but upon closer inspection, it’s much, much darker, and it has purple shimmer. I’d love to hear from you if you have any dupe possibilities!

The color was opaque after two coats, but the formula was on the thicker side, so I actually had some pooling polish along the edges of the nail.  I haven’t had this issue very often, so I’ll clarify so we’re all on the same page:  I’m certain there’s a textbook definition of “pooling,” but here goes:  when the polish seems to gather along the edges of the nail, so it looks thick and rounded.  A good visual is thinking of slime or sludge as it covers more and more surface area.  It’s not a good thing.  I did two coats for swatches, and it took a long time for the initial coat to dry enough to apply the second coat, and a surprisingly long time for it to dry after that.  Neon shades typically dry incredibly quickly, but this one took its sweet time.  Once it did, it did dry to a mostly matte finish–you’ll want a really shiny top coat to get a glossy finish (I used Seche Vite).

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Splish Splash
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
6
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
79%
Total

5 Rich Brown Eyeshadows to Savor

5 Rich Brown Eyeshadows to Savor

I think richness isn’t just a really dark shade–I think it has more to do with intensity, vibrancy, and how much depth a shade can have.  These shades look so luxe to me!

  1. NARS Surabaya — two rich browns–one more yellow-toned, one more red-toned
  2. Make Up For Ever #14 — dark brown with coppery-red undertones
  3. MAC Embark — deep, dark matte red-toned brown
  4. Inglot #409 — deep brown with a golden-bronze sheen
  5. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy — deep, dark chocolate brown with ruby and gold sparkle

What’s your favorite rich brown eyeshadow?

I think there’s a too young–I don’t think it’s appropriate for a five year old to be wearing makeup on a regular basis. I totally get playing dress-up, recitals, and the like, but it’s something that has to be monitored carefully and not over-indulged. It is very easy to get caught up in looking good with the help of makeup and lose sight of how beautiful we are naturally at any age, but when we’re young, we can be especially vulnerable.

— Christine

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