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Make Up For Ever #50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
Make Up For Ever #50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Going Basic Black with Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever #50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a semi-matte black. It’s black–that’s really all it is–no subtle nuances of black but a real, dark black. To get well-defined edges, use a lip brush or even line with black eyeliner prior to lipstick application (which will also provide better wear). The only area I had trouble keeping the color in place was in the center of my lips, where the area tends to fleshier and sits more inside the mouth.

my thoughts on the formula: The Rouge Artist Intense formula is typically opaque, and while it’s not a moisturizing lipstick, it’s not a drying one either, though it does not feel creamy against the lips (it may take a little more pressure to apply than your average lipstick). With lighter shades, I see four hours of wear, but with darker shades, I get around five to six hours of wear.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick #50
#50
#50
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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Wet ‘n’ Wild 909D Mega Last Lip Color

Wet 'n' Wild 909D Mega Last Lip Color
Wet ‘n’ Wild 909D Mega Last Lip Color

Wet ‘n’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color: 909D

Wet ‘n’ Wild #909D Mega Last Lip Color ($2.99 for 0.11 oz.) is a long-wearing formula designed to last four hours while providing full color coverage in one stroke in semi-matte, cream finishes. #909D is a rich coral-orange that leans far more orange than it does coral, but it’s not quite a true orange. It did deliver true, opaque color in a single pass.  I do wish they would include the actual names, rather than just the number, on the label.

my thoughts on the formula: It has a smooth, glide-on texture that’s not really creamy but doesn’t drag. The finish itself is semi-matte with a very soft sheen but no shimmer. Based on this shade, I didn’t detect any scent or taste, which is actually quite welcome–all too often less expensive brands have very synthetic or waxy scents. This shade wears four hours before fading. It is not moisturizing and only a touch drying; those with drier lips may want to prep with balm first.

Wet 'n' Wild MegaLast Lip Color #909D
#909D
#909D
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as “an opaque navy, the same fathomless blue as the Gulf of Naples at dusk.”  It’s a really rich, deep dark navy blue.  I used two coats in the swatches, but I almost got away with one–it’s such an intensely pigmented formula that not much product is needed at all.

my thoughts on the formula: These are richly pigmented lacquers that have nuances in both the color and finishes. Each color is well-thought out, and I’ve yet to come across a poor performer in the brand’s color range. I needed two coats for opaque coverage.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer Dead Calm
Dead Calm
Dead Calm
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
98%
Total

Wet ‘n’ Wild Spoiled Brat Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet 'n' Wild Spoiled Brat Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Spoiled Brat Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio: Spoiled Brat

Wet ‘n’ Wild Spoiled Brat Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) includes a frosted light-medium silver, dark matte black with silver sparkle, and fuchsia pink with a satin-frost finish.

I had major issues with the crease shade, because I really had to pack on the color to even get a somewhat solid swatch (the image included in this post is about four layers of product).  Even in the swatch, the silver sparkles are nearly invisible. To make matters worse, the black shade fades within a few hours of wear (not that it started out particularly intense). Wet ‘n’ Wild can do frost finishes pretty well, but more matte shades like the black shade in this palette really leave something to be desired.

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this trio is, unfortunately, a bit of a mixed bag. The silver and fuchsia shade are soft, smooth, and pigmented. The black (crease) shade fades after a few hours of wear in addition to lacking pigmentation and being chalky, stiff, and difficult to work with.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Spoiled Brat Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

B
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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