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NYX Apricot HD Blush

NYX Apricot HD Blush
NYX Apricot HD Blush

NYX Apricot HD Blush

NYX Apricot HD Blush ($16.50 for 0.25 oz. ) is medium-dark coral-red with a soft, satiny shimmer-sheen. The color initially reminded me of Chanel Rouge, which is certainly redder and more intense–with a light hand, they’re comparable. It also reminded me of the original MAC Posey and MAC Mighty Aphrodite. Benefit Bella Bamba is pinker.

What I’ve loved most about NYX’s line of HD blushes is their soft, super finely-milled powders; they’re silky, blendable, and fairly buildable. It’s a formula that makes it difficult to overdo it on; you have to be deliberate about greater intensity if that’s the color you desire, but it’s not difficult to achieve a more pigmented cheek. The downside to these blushes is the wear time, which is around six hours, at which point I start noticing it fade.

For an in-depth commentary on the packaging, please see my original review.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Blush Apricot
Apricot
Apricot
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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Illamasqua Violate Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Violate Sheer Lipgloss
Illamasqua Violate Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Violate Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Violate Sheer Lipgloss (£13.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “dark green shimmer.” The brand’s Sheer Lipgloss is rather self-explanatory–it’s a sheerer gloss that adds shine. This is definitely not as opaque as the Intense Lipglosses, but I’d say it’s more pigmented than it is sheer. I initially thought it was an Intense Lipgloss that suffered from unevenness in application, because it runs semi-opaque.

It’s a dark, forest green shimmer with a really cool, blue-based tone to it, so it almost looks like a teal-green than a true green. The shimmer is layered with a black-brown color base. I don’t have anything like this, and I expect the general reaction will be similar to Kontrol Lipstick. You’ll either love it or hate it. It’s not a color you’d describe as universally wearable and palatable, but again, it’s nice to have options.

The overall darkness in the hue means that any unevenness becomes more apparent, even from afar, but I did keep in mind this is supposed to be a sheer gloss (and deducted a point because it’s more than “sheer wash”). I just don’t think that works so well with really deep, dark shades if you want to avoid obvious lip lines, unevenness, and the like. It didn’t bleed or feather, which was nice, and it wore for five hours before needing to be reapplied. The formula had no scent and didn’t feel tacky.  To get a more even appearance, try layering a black lipstick underneath.

Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss Violate
Violate
Violate
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
88%
Total

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo
Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition offering from the Modern Mercury collection.  The combination is classic, though for many of us, superfluous; it’s a set of dark, smoky hues that would work well to smoke out any look.  I liked how there are two textures presented.

On the left, there is a dark black with a semi-matte finish–just a hint of sheen–that has soft but dry texture. The color payoff is good, without being too chalky, and it doesn’t skip and drag. It’s similar to several other blacks like MAC Carbon and Inglot #391.  It does, however, perform better during application than swatched directly on an arm; the fluffiness of brush bristles seems to enhance some of the drier eyeshadow formulas.

Next to the black eyeshadow, there is a dark gray with multi-colored shimmer–I detected teal, silver, and green mostly. The pigmentation could use some improvement; it’s decent to good, but it’s a little sheer. The texture is soft, so it does apply smoothly overall. It reminded me of Bobbi Brown Black Sparkle. Urban Decay Gunmetal appears similar, too!

The Pure Color Eyeshadow formula is actually designed to be long-wearing without creasing or fading.  When I wore this color combination alone on the eye (without primer!), it performed well overall, but I did see very slight fading at eight hours but no creasing.  It certainly didn’t disappear, though, and I’d say to the average onlooker, they wouldn’t say, “Wow, use a primer!”  I have normal-to-dry eyelids, so for those with oilier lids, you may still want to use a primer underneath these.

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

LUSH Holiday 2011 Products (Stocking Stuffers!)


LUSH Holiday 2011 Offerings

Last Christmas, a handful of very lucky LUSHies were sent off around the globe to gather inspiration – food, fresh ingredients, traditions, colors, music, decorations – anything they could get their hands on! Take their global finds, combine them with LUSH’s wild and wonky product inventors and POOF our Christmas products were born! Feast your eyes on the world of LUSH innovation and wonder, all here for a limited time only so snap them up before Santa’s elves do!  Now available at lush.com.

Candy Cane Soap ($6.95)

Inspired by all the candy shops in New York City, Candy Cane soap is everything you could ever want from a bar of soap. Fragranced with peppermint, Candy Cane will have your hands smelling detectibly sweet, and keep them beautifully clean. Vegan

Angels Delight Soap ($5.95)

This yummy pink soap is adorned with stars, moons and all things glittery. Tangerine oil, orange oil and gardenia oil provide the sweet fragrance and also really work to cleanse, refresh and detox the skin. Vegan

Snow Globe ($6.95)

Imagine yourself inside a snow globe – snow fluttering all around and feeling refreshed, revitalized and uplifted. Well, this soap will make you feel all of the above, with a citrusy lemon myrtle, grapefruit and lemongrass blend that will bluster your senses and wake you up on cold winter mornings. The whole soap is in the shape of a snow globe, with white circles to imitate the snowflakes. Vegan

Northern Lights ($6.95)

Don’t fear if you’ve never seen the Northern Lights in person, for a limited time they’ll be making your appearance in your shower! Pine and cypress oils calm the mind, while lime oil works well on congested skin and cellulite. Vegan

Snowcake ($6.95)

You’ll always have a white Christmas with a snowy slice of Snowcake, and all of its creamy, almondy deliciousness. Christmas just wouldn’t be a Christmas without this marzipan and rose scented fan favorite! Vegan

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