butter LONDON Pillar Box Red Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a cherry red with a decadent cream finish. It’s nearly pigmented enough to use only one coat, though I swatched with two. This is only a slightly pink-based red but it’s much closer to a true red than blue or orange-based. Though I’ve never seen a pillar box in real life, as far as I can tell, this seems quite similar in color!
my thoughts on the formula: This cream finished polish has such a smooth, maneuverable formula–nicely pigmented (needed only two coats) and applies beautifully without bubbling or streaking. It wore for a full seven days without chipping. The formula was thin without being watery and made for really easy application.
Benefit is offering customers a free brow arch service on their birthday–all you need to do is show them a valid government issued photo ID with your date of birth and you’re good to go. You can locate your nearest Benefit Brow Bar here.
Mellan wholeheartedly approved of the birthday hat they sent along with the announcement of the new birthday offer–plus I think he quite enjoyed the musical card, too!
Dolce & Gabbana Amethyst Lipgloss ($29.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a deepened burgundy berry with soft violet and burgundy micro-shimmer. It’s semi-opaque with decent color pay off and definitely gives lips a darker, vampier look, but my natural lip color does peek through. What I really liked about this gloss though was how despite the deeper color, it did not settle into lip lines.
my thoughts on the formula: Dolce & Gabbana Lip Glosses are moisturizing, and they fade really well when they wear away. With this particular shade, I was able to get a solid four hours of wear. These glosses are heavily rose-scented but don’t seem to have any taste. With just 0.13 oz. in a tube (compared to 0.20 oz. for other high-end brands like Chanel, Guerlain, and YSL), these are pricey.
Cle de Peau #112 Eyeshadow ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a pale, icy blue with a soft, frosted finish. It applies really beautifully on the lid, because the pigmentation is decent and the texture very smooth. The eyeshadow itself holds together incredibly well and doesn’t leave any fall out or powdery mess behind at all.
my thoughts on the formula: These feel like a buttery cream when applied, because they’re so soft, silky, and finely milled that they very nearly feel like a cream eyeshadow, even though they are most definitely a pressed powder. True to their claim, these eyeshadows do wear all day without a base, though I do prefer the security of a base myself (especially since I often pair it with other brands’ who don’t wear well without a base).