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These are a few items that caught my eye in the past week or so. I’m a regular (online) window shopper of all the usual suspects’ “what’s new” sections. Has anyone tried these? Would love your thoughts!
bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo
Debuting at the beginning of October, bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a neutral-hued compact that features Mixologist and Cognac. The new pressed eyeshadow formula has a SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that gives the shadow a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It’s supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested various combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve happily achieved ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.
Mixologist is a really pale, orange-peach with a metallic sheen. It has a silky smooth texture, but it doesn’t translate as well when worn–it does go on uneven in places. I’m being nitpicky, because it’s not a big deal at all, but I wanted to point it out. The level of shimmer and sheen makes this look a lot lighter on than it does in the pan (where it retains more of its peachy color). Inglot #393 is yellower, while Inglot #353 is matte.
Cognac is bronzy brown with a metallic-frost finish that has a bright sheen. There is a subtle red-brown undertone. The texture is phenomenal–super smooth, buttery, and dense–and the color payoff is even better, with really rich, opaque color. It is similar to MAC Woodwinked and Inglot #406.
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation; near and dear to Illamasqua’s heart
First: For those on the east coast, stay and keep safe!! I have a long to-do list of things I want to get done before the red carpet starts for the MTV VMAs, which I will indeed cover. Before I get into all of that, though, we’ll head to the farmers’ market to pick up a few fresh fruits and veggies, and maybe a hazelnut chocolate croissant… or two.
I don’t! The only thing I’ve ever done was mix shades or use a darker shade to contour.
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Deborah Lippmann Brick House Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Nail Brick House Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering rust” with–obviously–a shimmer finish. It’s a copper-shimmered, deep orange-red. The color is very rich and holds a lot of depth, which I think is why it comes together so nicely. Nubar Bronzo is much more orange but still retains the same level of depth and richness in color. I used only two coats for opaque color coverage, and when I met Deborah Lippmann at Cosmoprof earlier this month, she said she designs her polishes to be two-coaters. The way the shimmer is threaded through the polish allows some brush strokes to show. Typically, I get a week of wear out of her polishes–it’s a really solid formula and never chips on me. Brick House’s formula was a good balance between thick and thin to allow for even coverage without pooling at the cuticle.
FYI, the bottle I received was chipped and fractured, which is why I photographed the bottle over bubble wrap. The majority of the polish was intact, so I was still able to swatch it, but while attempting to save it, more glass broke off, and it was a lost cause! The bottles weren’t individually bubble-wrapped, so they were allowed to clink against each other. I receive a lot of polishes this way, but surprisingly, I’ve only had a handful (I can only distinctly remember two) break–go figure. I swear, if I ever shipped nail polish that way, everything would arrive shattered!
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