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Beautiful Beginnings with Guerlain

Beautiful Beginnings with Guerlain

What was the first Guerlain product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Guerlain product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  The first Guerlain products I ever tried were their KissKiss Glosses, which I really liked–it was moisturizing, longer lasting, and had a very pretty shimmer. The next product after that was a Meteorites Pressed Powder (not the compact one, but it was a little larger). I remember I really loved their Exotic Paradise collection that came out in spring 2009. Guerlain is one of my favorite brands, because they put out small, edited launches that usually knock it out of the park. I don’t find too many flops within this brand!

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Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color

Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color
Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color

Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color

Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft raspberry pink with a rosy pink shimmer and sheen. For better or for worse, Tom Ford’s blush range (from the three shades I’ve seen so far) is very core, which means the shades themselves are more basic, so you may have similar shades in your stash already. At the same time, they’re the kind of shades that become go-tos, because they work with a variety of looks. Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Weekend Getaway (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Young at Heart (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Flash (P, $38.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Please Yourself (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE, ) is less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Adoration (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

More and more, as a reviewer as well as a consumer, I really, really appreciate consistency. I’d rather a consistently poor performing product than one that is sometimes good but other times downright awful–and the very best is when you find a product range that is consistently excellent. Right now, I’m finding this to be true with Tom Ford’s blush range. First with Lovelust, now with Wicked. It has that same soft, smooth, buttery texture that’s dense and ultra finely-milled, so it melts against the skin and looks effortlessly natural. That silky smooth texture enables superior blending–you won’t need to worry about buffing for days; feather-light strokes will gently soften the edges of any application. I love that it can be applied softly or more intensely, but it’s never a shade you have to pack on.

The real reason that I am truly in love with Tom Ford’s blush formula is how well and long it wears. I thought perhaps it was a fluke or restricted to the shade, but Wicked wears a solid ten hours and looks nearly immaculate. I can’t think of a blush that wears longer at the moment! The texture, color, blendability, and wear are all fantastic. I don’t even know if there is room for improvement with the formula–it’s that good.

A little disclaimer or note, as this is a luxury brand and product: each person has their own rationalization process to justify whether something is worth it or not. What is affordable to you may be a luxury for someone else and vice versa. Price never affects quality; it affects whether it’s worth buying to you, but price doesn’t indicate a higher or lesser degree of quality (in an ideal world, it might), which is why the rating system specifically excludes it.

Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color Wicked (Discontinued)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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China Glaze – Crackle Glitters Collection for Summer 2012


China Glaze – Crackle Glitters Collection for Summer 2012

Sparkle all summer long with China Glaze®’s new Crackle Glitters collection. Once again taking crackle technology to the next level, this third-generation polish pairs the edgy innovation of crackling nail lacquer with glamorous glitters. The China Glaze® Crackle Glitters features four shimmering shades. The China Glaze® Crackle Glitters collection will be available as open stock colors and four-piece counter display. Individual polishes retail for $9 MSRP and will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in May 2012.

  • Luminous Lavender Luscious light purple
  • Jade-d Radiant bright green
  • Glam-More Bold fuchsia
  • Gleam Me Up Bright sky blue

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Spoiled by Wet ‘n’ Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer

Spoiled by Wet 'n' Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer
Spoiled by Wet ‘n’ Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer

Spoiled by Wet ‘n’ Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer

Spoiled by Wet ‘n’ Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer ($1.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a bright sunshine yellow with slight orange tones and a cream finish. I think the color is so appropriate for the upcoming summer season, but you will need to be a little patient. The polish has a tendency to pull if you do not wait for each coat to completely dry before putting on another coat. Some polishes are more forgiving in this aspect, but with this one, you’ll be waiting about five to ten minutes between coats before you can go for the second. The color coverage is nearly opaque in two coats, but you can see a hint of visible nail line. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I think you should be able to do a third coat to get totally opaque color and help hide any application issues.

Yellows are known for being notoriously difficult to apply–it’s hard to find a really excellent yellow that doesn’t suffer from at least some streaking or lack of pigmentation. For instance, MAC Al Fredo and Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road are both sheerer, more jelly-like yellows (and both are less orange-based compared to this shade). The best yellow I’ve come across has been Rescue Beauty Lounge Yellow Fever, which is just a little streaky on the initial coat, but the second coat goes on beautifully–it is very similar in color to Designated Driver except it does have subtle shimmer.

I actually used Designated Driver as one of the shades to test from this formula for wear, since I have never used this brand before.  I can’t really think of a formula that does chip on me, with the exception of matte polishes without a top coat, and Spoiled’s formula held up for a week with minor tip wear but no chipping.  Despite using a base coat, there was some very subtle staining after those seven days (not totally unexpected for a yellow hue).

Spoiled by Wet ‘n’ Wild Designated Driver Nail Lacquer

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