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Deborah Lippmann Brick House Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Brick House Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Brick House Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Brick House Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Nail Brick House Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering rust” with–obviously–a shimmer finish. It’s a copper-shimmered, deep orange-red. The color is very rich and holds a lot of depth, which I think is why it comes together so nicely. Nubar Bronzo is much more orange but still retains the same level of depth and richness in color. I used only two coats for opaque color coverage, and when I met Deborah Lippmann at Cosmoprof earlier this month, she said she designs her polishes to be two-coaters.  The way the shimmer is threaded through the polish allows some brush strokes to show.  Typically, I get a week of wear out of her polishes–it’s a really solid formula and never chips on me.  Brick House’s formula was a good balance between thick and thin to allow for even coverage without pooling at the cuticle.

FYI, the bottle I received was chipped and fractured, which is why I photographed the bottle over bubble wrap.   The majority of the polish was intact, so I was still able to swatch it, but while attempting to save it, more glass broke off, and it was a lost cause! The bottles weren’t individually bubble-wrapped, so they were allowed to clink against each other. I receive a lot of polishes this way, but surprisingly, I’ve only had a handful (I can only distinctly remember two) break–go figure. I swear, if I ever shipped nail polish that way, everything would arrive shattered!

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Brick House
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo

New for October, bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) features pressed eyeshadows in Aspire and Vow. The new pressed eyeshadow formula has SeaNutritive Mineral Complex for a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It also supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested several combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve been able to get ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

Aspire is a warm, orange-tinted yellow–less sunshine yellow, because of the underlying orange tint. It has a frosted finish with high sheen and shimmer. The color is reminiscent of Urban Decay Blunt, which is a little yellower. It’s not as yellow (nor does it have the pink duochrome) of MAC Motif or as dark as MAC Goldmine. It’s less gold compared to Milani Drenched in Gold.

Vow is gray-casted brown with a red undertone and a matte finish. There is a little sheerness to this color, so it applies uneven in places, if you aren’t careful. The color itself reminds me of a browner and matte version of MAC Shale. Inglot #363 is a touch redder, but it is similar.

bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo

B+
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo

New for October, bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a neutral-hued compact that features Guru and Namaste. Bare Escentuals’ pressed eyeshadow formula contains SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that gives the shadow a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It’s supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested various combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve happily achieved ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

Guru is a soft, neutral light brown with only a hint of warmth–more of a champagne-beige warmth than truly golden. The finish has subtle shimmer, giving it a satin-like appearance. It’s only a couple of shades darker than my forearm (which is around NC20 I’d say). It reminds me of a yellower MAC Patina. The texture was soft and smooth without being powdery.

Namaste is a light-medium, cool-toned brown with a near-matte finish. It was a silky-smooth feel with great color payoff. It’s a bit darker than Burberry Almond and less warm compared to MAC Wedge.

bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo

A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color for Fall 2011


Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color for Fall 2011

Inspired by Dick Page’s photography and travels around the globe, the NEW Shiseido Makeup Shimmering Cream Eye Color glides over eyelids creating a luxurious and deeply pigmented look in an instant. There is no need to apply an eye shadow base or powder shadow on top as the Shimmering Cream Eye Color delivers strong color definition with maximum performance as well as unprecedented luster and lasting brilliance.

These lightweight, long-wearing cream shadows maintain a smudge-free and dewy finish that won’t crease or fade for up to 16 hours. Each shade can be worn separately or blended together for a variety of looks and effects.

With light-capturing power to outshine jewels, these shadows are smooth, blendable and remain stunning all day long using a combination of unique technologies including:

  • Jewel Reflecting Powder – a shimmering powder that reflects different colors from every angle, emitting an intense radiance.
  • Smooth Fit Base – uses Shiseido’s exclusive patent-pending emulsification technology to quickly remove excess oil and water after application, leaving only the essential reflective pearl and moisturizing ingredients behind on lids. This exceptional adhering quality is what gives the shadow its strong resistance to creasing and fading.
  • Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE – a Shiseido-original ingredient that moisturizes and improves dryness to give eyes a fresh look all day long.

Shimmering Cream Eye Color ($26.00)

  • Mist (WT901) Soft pearly white
  • Magnolia (PK302) Fresh bright pink
  • Techno Gold (GD803) Brilliant yellow gold
  • Meadow (BE204) Warm, glowing beige
  • Purple Dawn (VI305) Intense violet
  • Leather (BR306) Rich, reddish brown
  • Patina (GR707) Lustrous metallic bronze
  • Moss (GR708) Vibrant bright green
  • Sable (BR709) Luxurious taupe
  • Tin (SV810) Rich silver
  • Angel 9BL711) Deep, teal-toned blue
  • Caviar (BK912) Glossy, shimmering black

availability: August 2011 at all Shiseido counters, online at macys.com, bloomingdales.com, nordstrom.com, saks.com, sephora.com

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