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OCC Femme Nail Lacquer

OCC Femme Nail Lacquer
OCC Femme Nail Lacquer

OCC Femme Nail Lacquer

OCC Femme Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “shimmering flamingo pink.” It is designed to match Femme Lip Tar. It’s a softened yellow-toned pink with pearly white shimmer. The finish ends up slightly metallic with minor brush strokes that look like strands of shimmer pulled through the color.¬†Femme¬†appears warmer and contains shimmer when compared to¬†China Glaze Empowerment.¬†Chanel Mistral¬†is a closer dupe, but it has larger, but sparsely placed, sparkles.

I used two coats of polish for swatches, and there is a hint of visible nail line showing. I don’t typically like the way brush strokes look (sometimes it can be well-done–like brushed metal), but this reminds me of cotton candy; there is an airiness to the color and interplay between the micro-shimmer and larger shimmer particles.

OCC’s formula is four-free (it does not include DBP, formaldehyde, toulene, or formaldehyde resin), and it wears a full week on me with minor tip wear (but no chipping). Femme had a good consistency, where it wasn’t watery but it wasn’t too thick, so it flowed easily across the nail during application.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Femme
Femme
Femme
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft copper shimmer.” It’s a rich copper with a heavy metallic sheen. Being a copper. it has a reddish orange tone to it, so it tends to suit warmer complexions more than cooler ones. Though it’s a cream, it is similar in color to these powder eyeshadows: theBalm Meep Meep, Urban Decay Baked, MAC Amber Lights, and Giorgio Armani Gold Blitz.

I’m a big fan of Aqua Creams, because they really stay on well. The formula is all about bringing “rich color payoff” with long-lasting wear that does not crease or smudge. These have a creamy consistency that applies easily and smoothes out beautifully, but they do have a quicker dry down time–and once they set, they’re set for the rest of the day. I’ve worn numerous shades since they originally launched, and I’m never disappointed. The wear is truly phenomenal!

Make Up For Ever #12 Aqua Cream

A
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

OCC Poison Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Poison Loose Colour Concentrate
OCC Poison Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Poison Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Poison Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as “primordial forest green.” It launches tomorrow as part of the brand’s fall/winter collection. Poison is a sultry, smoked out forest green with a dark, blackened base with hints of brown around the edges all finished in a frosted, metallic shimmer-sheen. Whether it’s used wet or dry, I had great results: rich color payoff and a smooth application. I absolutely love with a loose eyeshadow works as well dry as it does wet; to me, that is the mark of a truly excellent formula and overall product. ¬†The closest colors I could think of were Inglot #414 (lighter, appears almost teal-tinged) and Make Up For Ever #80 which is closer in color but less metallic.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate Poison
Poison
Poison
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
92%
Total

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  • HAUTELOOK: ¬†MOR Cosmetics & Skincare (9/5), Barielle (9/5), Chaacoca Hair & Skincare (9/6), Michael Todd Cosmetics (9/6), TanTowel (9/7), Paula Dorf (9/7), Being True Cosmetics (9/8), LORAC (9/9), Dr. Brandt (9/9)
  • IDEELI: ¬†M LAB (9/6)
  • EBATES: ¬†The Body Shop (10%), Pur Minerals (10%), DermStore (7.5%), Lancome (7%), Clarins (7%), YSL (7%), Beauty.com (6%), Drugstore.com (6%)
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