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Behind the Scenes with Illamasqua’s Human Fundamentalism Collection


Behind the Scenes with Illamasqua’s Human Fundamentalism Collection

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism is such a gorgeous campaign with really dramatic, artistic looks and costumes. I’m so pleased to be able to share several photos from behind-the-scenes that Illamasqua has provided! I’ve also included additional campaign imagery, because it’s truly stunning and inspiring!

Illamasqua also recently relaunched their website, and they’re one of the few brands that really takes the time to create real swatches shown on real people. I mean, seriously — check out their moving skin swatches! They’ve also launched an interactive Socialise aspect that includes how-tos, swatches, and more.  I know that they’re going to be posting a ton of extras for their recent collection on the Socialise section!

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Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor

Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor
Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor

Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor

Maybelline Very Cherry Color Sensational Lipcolor ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is is a brightened blue-based red with a subtle sheen. When I saw Maybelline use this during Fashion Week in February, it looked like it might be a dupe for Chanel Dragon. It’s not a dupe, though they’re both blue-based reds with deeper ruby tones, so there are definitely similarities worth noting. MAC Runaway Red is a touch brighter and less blue-based. MAC Ruby Woo is cooler toned. Guerlain Garconne is more of a neutral red in comparison.

The Color Sensational range is supposed to deliver rich color with a creamy consistency. While their frostier finishes have a tendency to cling, the subtler finish of Very Cherry allows the formula to shine–it’s much creamier, so it applies evenly, easily, and doesn’t cling. It’s creamy but overly so, which means it doesn’t feel thick or heavy on the lips, and it won’t slip around while you wear it–this leads to excellent wear of six hours that can be stretched to eight hours as the red does stain the lips slightly. The scent of this range is rather synthetic and syrup-y sweet, which is the quality I like least about the formula, but the scent seems to disappear after six months of opening (without having to do anything).

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor Very Cherry
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Deborah Lippmann Billionaire Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Billionaire Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Billionaire Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Billionaire Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Billionaire Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “moody hunter green” with a cream finish. This is a really murky, blackened green with more black than green. There’s a hint of olive-brown in the base, which contributes to the forboding look of the color. Chanel Khaki Brun has similar qualities, but it’s much, much lighter, so it appears green, rather than nearly black. Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne is closer in the overall color, but the shimmer in its finish makes it quite different. I couldn’t think of an exact dupe or even a shade that came close to it.

Like the other shades from the fall collection (yes, fall), Billionaire has an excellent formula that’s neither thick or thin.  It applies fluidly and evenly without bubbling, pooling, or streaking.  The color is opaque in two coats, though it’s nearly opaque in one.  One of Deborah Lippmann’s strengths is the wear of the polish; I typically get a week of wear with minimal tip wear and no chipping.

Billionaire applies flawlessly; it really has an amazing formula that’s not too thick or too thin, wonderfully pigmented, and applies without bubbling, streaking, or pooling. There’s a natural shine when it dries, though I advise a top coat for a glossy finish. I’ve had excellent wear with Deborah Lippmann’s formula–typically a week with very minimal tip wear with no chipping.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Billionaire
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

5 Mean Green Nail Polishes for St. Patrick’s Day

5 Mean Green Nail Polishes for St. Patrick’s Day

There are a lot of fantastic green shades to choose from–seriously!  I tried to pick a variety of colors/finishes within the green family, but feel free to peruse the green nail polish gallery for more 🙂

  1. Illamasqua Radium — bright, neon chartreuse green
  2. Butter London British Racing Green — deep, dark blue-based green
  3. NARS Night Porter — blackened green with multi-shaded green shimmer
  4. Zoya Holly — rich emerald green
  5. Essie Pretty Edgy — grassy green with a cream finish

What’s your favorite green nail polish?

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