Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a blue-based, cotton candy pink with a soft, frosted finish. OCC Digitalis is lighter. MAC Saint Germain is lighter, less pink. MAC Pink Nouveau is very comparable. MAC Snob is grayer. MAC Naughty Saute is also similar but glossier.

Pink Pop had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was a slight translucency–I would expect those with redder natural lips may find this darkens somewhat on them as a result.  This had a slightly thicker, creamier consistency compared to other shades I’ve tested in this range; I wouldn’t by a lot but enough to be noticeable.  It is comfortable to wear, was lightly hydrating during the five hours it lasted on me, and faded evenly.  I did notice that if you press your lips together, sometimes it would create lines, but luckily, they didn’t seem too apparent from a distance.

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This is a nice, budget-friendly way to try out the cotton candy pink lip color that we see released year after year. Some love it, some hate it, but now, everyone can try it!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter
Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter

Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter ($72.00 for 0.56 oz.) is described as a “plearly white gold” and “matte beige.” The center shade is a lightened gold with warm, yellowy undertones and a frosted shimmer. bareMinerals The Shining Moment is darker. Chanel Routes des Indes is yellower. Guerlain Terracotta in the Sun is slightly yellower and more metallic. The outer ring is a light-medium orange tan with a satiny sheen–it didn’t look quite matte to me, even after trying to brush away at it. MAC Double Definition is a bit darker and browner. Illamasua Writhe is a stronger gold sheen. Swirled together, you end up with a golden, medium orange-tan with a soft, frosted sheen. Chanel Sable Beige is browner. Urban Decay Gilded is darker. NARS Satellite of Love is slightly darker and more sparkly.

I applied the center shade as a highlighter on the top of my cheekbone, while then applying the bronzer shade below the cheekbone and slightly below to contour. The highlighter is very similar to my skin tone, but it seemed to be true-to-pan in color though slightly translucent. The bronzing shade had good color payoff and applied smoothly on the skin. Both shades had a soft, velvety feel with a finely-milled texture that made it easy to blend the powder on the skin. I noticed a very, very slight emphasis of the skin’s natural texture with the highlighter shade. Terra Ora wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight, there was a little fading. The powder comes in a wooden compact with a magnetic closure, and it has a powdery, floral scent that’s moderate in strength.

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Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder & Contrast Highlighter

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This is best suited for light to medium skintones with warm undertones. It has a really soft, finely milled texture that blends well on the skin.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 14th, 2013

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair ($29.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as an “orange” and “navy.” Each nail lacquer duo comes in a “shoebox” with a NARS dustbag. The individual polishes don’t have names, but one is labeled as “Left” and the other as “Right” (building off the inspiration, which was Pierre Hardy’s spring shoe collection). However, each bottle is a full-sized bottle (0.50 fl. oz.), like regular NARS’ polishes, which retail for $19.00 normally–so the set is priced at $29.00 but has a value of $38.00. I typically get a week of wear out with very minor tip wear and no chipping with NARS’ formula.

Ethno Run (Left) is a bright, bold medium orange with a cream finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats (faraway, there’s a slight lightening where my nail line starts), and it applied easily without streaking or pooling along the edges. NARS Madness is a bit darker and has a more jelly-like finish–but the two are rather similar. NARS TV Party is darker with stronger red undertones. Illamasqua Gamma is also darker and has a stronger red undertone.

Ethno Run (Right) is a deep, dark navy blue with a cream finish that’s almost a little jelly-like. It has a thinner–almost watery–consistency, and it looked a bit like watercolor paints on the nail–like some areas seemed nearly black and others seemed bluer, so it was a bit streaky. MAC Double Truoble is lighter. Essie Bobbing for Baubles is more subdued. Essie Cynthia is tealer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is much lighter. China Glaze First Mate is also quite a bit lighter. NARS Midnight Express seemed really quite close–perhaps marginally lighter.

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Both shades were not fully opaque after two coats, and depending on your preference, three would get you to full opacity. The orange shade was easy to apply, but the navy blue was a little watery so it was a bit streaky.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, April 14th, 2013

NARS Easy Walking Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Easy Walking Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Easy Walking Nail Lacquer Pair ($29.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose gold” and “camel.” Each nail lacquer duo comes in a “shoebox” with a NARS dustbag. The individual polishes don’t have names, but one is labeled as “Left” and the other as “Right” (building off the inspiration, which was Pierre Hardy’s spring shoe collection). However, each bottle is a full-sized bottle (0.50 fl. oz.), like regular NARS’ polishes, which retail for $19.00 normally–so the set is priced at $29.00 but has a value of $38.00.  I typically get a week of wear out with very minor tip wear and no chipping with NARS’ formula.

Easy Walking (Left) is a metallic, shimmering champagne beige with warm undertones. It shows up as a bit yellower than traditional rose gold, but it’s certainly not a true yellow gold and is one of the closer shades to rose gold I’ve come across. It was opaque in two coats, and it was a little on the thicker side. The major issue I had was that it has a lot of brush strokes, and they weren’t easy to control–it definitely dries really quickly and the less passes you make with the brush, the better. I had my best results with my pinky nail, because I can almost get away with just one pass of the brush. China Glaze Swanky Silk is darker and sheerer. Dior Diorling is sheer and sparkly. Guerlain Altoum is lighter. China Glaze Jingle Bells is a few shades darker.

Easy Walking (Right) is a warm-toned, yellowy tan with a cream finish. Camel, indeed, is exactly what I thought of when I saw it. This polish applied beautifully: no streaking, bubbling, or pooling, as the consistency was not too thick or too thin. It fully covered the nail in two coats. I don’t have too many shades like this, but Barielle Aura Angora is slightly darker, less warm-toned, while China Glaze Desert Sun is much more orange and warm-toned.

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Easy Walking (Left) is the troublemaker here, while Easy Walking (Right) performed extremely well, the metallic shade had a lot of visible brush strokes and was difficult to apply.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 12th, 2013

MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “pastel pink with iridescence” and “soft brick with light shimmer.” When swirled together, the resulting color is a darkened orange with reddish undertones and a pinky shimmer-sheen. The lighter color, on its own, is a warm-toned beige with a shimmery finish. The darker color is a darkened orange with red undertones and a frosted finish. NARS Gina is lighter. MAC Fiery Impact is redder, while MAC Blazing Haute is lighter and more orange–if you mixed the two together, you would get close to this (but not as shimmery). Illamasqua Expose is similar in color but is matte in finish. The lighter shade is a bit darker and warmer than NARS Nico. While the darker shade is more shimmery than MAC Fiery Impact but lighter and less red than NARS Liberte.

Of the three Skinfinishes, Shape the Future was the least frosted/metallic, which was a good thing, because it meant that it didn’t emphasize pores as much as the other two did.  There is still some emphasis, but it is subtle and not as noticeable.  Both colors of the product are very pigmented, so there will be no fear for darker complexions on whether it will show up or not.  Lighter skin tones, especially those who tend to fear reddish blushes, may want to use a light hand or stippling brush to apply the color with more control.  The texture is slightly dry but doesn’t appear dry on; and it blends and buffs into the skin nicely.  It lasted eight and a half hours on me (though it is supposed to last for ten) when I tested it.

P.S. — MAC still lists it as coming soon, while Nordstrom will let you order it now but it is backordered (approximate ship date of 4/19).

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This shade emphasized pores the least out of the three limited edition Skinfinishes, but it wasn't the most flattering blush/highlighter we've seen. It's very pigmented, though, and it is easy to blend.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick
MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light white blue pink [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium blue-based pink with a soft sheen. OCC Digitalis is lighter, bluer. MAC Snob is slightly darker/grayer. MAC Saint Germain is a touch purpler. MAC Pink Nouveau is brighter, pinker. MAC Naughty Saute is brighter, pinker, glossier. MAC All Styled Up is slightly pinker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was creamy enough that the lipstick glided across the lips without pulling or tugging but not so creamy that it felt thick or was prone to creating lines of demarcation once applied.  Raspberry Swirl lasted four hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating (but this is an improvement, as many Cremesheens are a bit drying on me).  It definitely felt creamier than other Cremesheens I’ve tried.  I noticed that this color did pull the yellow out of my teeth, which this kind of color can sometimes do.  I think that MAC does this color quite a bit, some are closer to this than others, but there are many variations of it and most of them are by MAC.

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I think that MAC does this color quite a bit, some are closer to this than others, but there are many variations of it and most of them are by MAC. It does have a very "raspberry sorbet" kind of feel.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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