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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium (almost medium-dark), subtly cool-toned red cream with a high gloss finish. NARS Torre del Oro (P, $20.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Trophy Wife (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Lost Red (LE, $20.00) is brighter. Chanel Cinema (P, $27.00) is more muted. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Stage Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is slightly pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is modeled after the iconic red sole of Louboutin’s shoes. I can’t weigh in on how close of a match of it, as I do not own any Louboutin shoes myself. From the bottom of the bottle to the very top of the handle, it measured exactly eight inches (as intended to match the tallest shoe ever designed by Louboutin, the Ballerina Ultima). The long-handled cap is also supposed to be “perfectly weighted to ensure the utmost ergonomic comfort and control.” The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented, chip-proof” with a “brilliantly shiny finish that mimics the reflection of patent leather.” It comes in a small, square box that the cap comes out of (so nothing keeps the cap boxed in, just the glass portion).

It was nearly opaque after one coat, though it looks more pinkish-red at times with only one coat. I applied two coats for swatches (except the one as noted, to show you opacity after one). I think it lives up to the highly pigmented claim, and it has a high shine finish without the need of a top coat. It dries down faster than the average polish, though you can still dent it if you’re not careful for about a half hour to forty-five minutes after application. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was well-balanced, easy to apply, and didn’t streak, bubble, or pool along the edges.

Everything about the actual formula was quite nice (aside from wear, which I’m testing), but I didn’t really like the brush or the way the handle/cap felt in my hands. I didn’t find it ergonomic, and it made applying polish with my non-dominant hand even more tedious than usual. It is rather weighty, and I found myself having to hold it nearest to the base (closest to the brush itself), and the thickness of the cap at that point is large, which I think is why it seems less comfortable. The brush itself is shorter and seems almost narrower than some, which I didn’t have any issues with other than it does take more strokes to get an even coat of polish across the entire nail, but that will depend on the width of your nails. If the brand has any more metallic shades in their line-up, I will be curious to see if it is problematic applying those finishes and managing brush strokes. The “is it worth it” question is really personal–there are plenty of red creams on the market, so if it’s the color you’re after, there are other options, but if Louboutin makes your heart sing, it might be right up your alley.

This is part sneak peek, part review, as the wear test will take take as long as ten days (really depends on what it looks like after seven). I’ll update this post after wearing it with a full rating, but the clock has started!  I bought mine from Sephora, but it seems like most places are out of stock and/or on backorder (Nordstrom, Saks).

Update: For the most part, I had a decent amount of tip wear after seven days of wear. It is actually more tip wear than is normal for me with most polishes, but I also had chipping on my right index finger that started after five days, while the left index finger was also in worse shape compared to other shades. It’s very rare that I get chipping, so I was really disappointed to see it here. For reference, I didn’t use any base or top coat, and I used two coats of the polish (this is the same way I wear other polish to test wear). I didn’t have any staining, and it was easy to remove.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad ($79.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains four shades of warm-leaning neutrals that go from golden champagne to dark brown. If you remember Emerald Lust or Enchanted, that ultra soft, buttery, richly pigmented formula is back in this new, limited edition quad for fall. The eyeshadows go on so easily and nearly blend themselves; they work and transition into each other in a way that’s effortless. It’s a well-done set of shades, but they’re all dupable, so whether it’s a must-have will depend on your desire to have them in a palette and what you already have in your stash. You’ll also have to love shimmer, as there is quite a bit a frost in this, with all being high-shine except for one, which is more of a satin.

Nude Dip #1 is a brightened, golden champagne with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff that went on well both wet and dry, though it was a smidgen more pigmented and metallic when applied damp. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Elektron (P) is similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is cooler-toned. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude Dip #2 is a muted, medium copper with a hint of rose and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation applied wet or dry, and the texture turned slightly more metallic with a damp application. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery and applied beautifully. The color stayed on without creasing or fading for nine hours. LORAC Unbelievable (P) is browner. bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is warmer, less shimmery. bareMinerals Rose Gold (P, $14.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is brighter, warmer. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $40.00) is a cream product. MAC Temperature Rising (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude Dip #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff applied wet and dry, and it was so soft, smooth, and easily blended on the lid. The color wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. LORAC Mocha (P) is warmer. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is lighter, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is a touch cooler-toned. MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude Dip #4 is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fantastic pigmentation regardless of application method. The texture was soft, smooth, ultra finely-milled but not powdery. When I wore it, the color didn’t show any signs of creasing until after ten hours of wear. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is similar. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is a touch lighter. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — I saw this up briefly for pre-order at Saks, but it’s no longer there, so I’m not sure if Saks already ran through their online stock or not. It’s due out in late August/early September, but with Tom Ford’s launches, they tend to spring up erratically online and in-store.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Choose or Lose


Which area do you apply makeup to first?

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Thanks to Daniel for today’s question!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The Container Store is doing 15% off sitewide with code HUG15, ending 8/17. If you live near a store, you can order online to take advantage of the discount and then do Click & Pickup at your local store (this is what I do to avoid paying shipping if I can make it to the store!). If you’re an organization junkie like me, then you know how infrequently discounts are at The Container Store.

Here are some of the items I use to organize my own stash:

  1. Linus Deep Drawer Organizers (see how I use mine )
  2. Linus Drawer Organizers (see how I use mine )
  3. Drawer Liners

Some ideas:

  1. Drawer Carts/Desktop Drawers
  2. Acrylic Modular System
  3. Cosmetic Organizers
Friday, August 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Stroked Contouring Cheek Color Duo
Tom Ford Stroked Contouring Cheek Color Duo

Tom Ford Stroked Contouring Cheek Color Duo ($77.00 for TBA oz.) is supposed to create “sculpted cheekbones” by using the “lighter, pearlescent shade to highlight” and the “deeper, matte shade to add definition and structure.” Long-time readers may be well-acquainted with my love for Tom Ford’s Cheek Color formula, so I’ve been eager (but anxious) about the arrival of the new, limited edition duos. The illuminating powder is impressive with a really soft, buttery consistency that sits on the skin beautifully. The blush-like color had a slightly thinner texture in comparison and could have used a wee bit more pigment, though it was still a soft, finely-milled, blendable blush. I’m definitely going to buy the other duo whenever I see that available online!

Highlighter is a peachy beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and so smooth. Applied, it illuminates the skin without emphasizing pores. I would consider this a higher-sheen highlighter, so if you prefer more subdued finishes, this might be too glowy in comparison. On me, the highlighter wore well for almost ten hours before breaking down. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is similar. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a touch lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Contour is a muted, medium orange-brown with a satin-matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it was slightly thinner/less dense. It had good, buildable pigmentation, though it wasn’t as pigmented as the blush formula typically is. It was easy to apply, and it was very blendable on the skin. The color lasted well for ten hours before fading gradually. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, less red. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is slightly darker, more muted. MAC Coppertone (P, $21.00) is similar. Burberry Tangerine (P, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: bareMinerals Foaming Cleanser (for my hubby), LUSH Shark Week soap, Dreamwash, African Paradise
  • Weekend plans: Didn’t make it to the farmers’ market last weekend, so maybe this one…
  • Favorite warm dessert: Apple crisp!

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