I don’t think I’ve ever replaced one! I’ve only repurchased a brush so I could have multiples of a certain type of brush. It would be time if a brush seemed to apply product differently than before – perhaps density lessened (as bristles fell out), loss in shape, or a loose ferrule.
China Glaze Island Escape Collection for Summer 2011
Take an exotic island escape with China Glaze this summer with a tropical, shimmering rainbow of brilliant bright colors! Mix and match these hot hues to add a candy-like pop to that summer manicure and pedicure. Colors in the collection include:
Papaya Punch Crème based vivid orange.
108 Degrees Flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter.
Senorita Bonita Passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter.
Blue Iguana Bold and daring sparkly blue.
Cha Cha Cha Vivacious shimmer green.
Electric Pineapple High intensity crème based lime green.
The China Glaze Island Escape collection will be available as open stock colors, 6 piece box collection, 6 piece counter display, 12 piece counter display and 36 piece rack. Approximately April 2011.
Illamasqua Radium Nail Varnish(£13.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “acidic lime, shimmer finish” shade, which is new for the Toxic Nature collection. It’s a beautiful neon chartreuse green with yellow undertones and iridescent green and chartreuse micro-shimmer. Though currently only available through Illamasqua directly, it should make its way to Sephora next month.
my thoughts on the formula: Illamasqua’s formula is richly pigmented, smooth, and easy to apply. It’s a thicker formula but not gloppy. I did notice very slight brush strokes in the finish under really bright light. Radium is almost opaque in one coat, though I swatched with two for good measure. I get a full week of wear with Illamasqua Nail Varnishes with minimal tip wear and no chips.
theBalm Curvy Cami Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “plum shimmer with gold flecks.” It’s a medium-dark plum with subtle red-mauve undertones and even subtler gold shimmer. I love how it is a red-based purple without being obvious, which makes it easier to wear and more universally suitable.
my thoughts on the formula: Curvy Cami has a very soft, silky texture, but it is a touch powdery and doesn’t seem as pigment-packed as other theBalm eyeshadows I’ve tested. It is easy to blend because of the soft texture. Worth noting, too, is individual eyeshadows come with 0.12 oz., which is just over double the average eyeshdaow–and at a rather affordable price tag.
my thoughts on the formula: The formula itself is moisturizing, long-wearing (six to eight hours), and comfortable to wear. It’s not clingy nor heavy, and there’s enough slip to give it that creamy look where the color nearly melts against your lips. Rouge d’Armani Lipsticks are also scent- and taste-free (and no waxy scent, either!). It comes in a sleek, glossy black case with a magnetic enclosure to ensure your lipstick is closed at all times.