Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “complex mixture of satin pastels in several different shades, juxtaposed with gunmetal grey, black, and gold [with gold shimmer in a clear base].” There is an assortment of size, shape, and color in this one–there is quite a bit going on! The colors include shades of pink, yellow, gray, and black, plus the gold shimmer in the background. The shapes range from small shimmer and glitter to larger squares and hexagons. All of the glitter and shimmer is suspended in a clear base.

The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have trouble with the polish applying and then pooling along the edge. It disperses somewhat evenly but does require some pulling and tugging to get more even coverage so there aren’t any bald patches. I applied two coats of the top coat alone over my thumb nail and then one coat layered over Color Club Kismet. It had good opacity in a single coat for a layering polish; enough that you could tell it was on and were able to get all the different shapes, sizes, and colors on each nail. I normally see seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Hare’s formula.

P.S. — The brand will be restocking their shop with the spring range soon!

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Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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I don't have anything like this, and it seemed like a rather unusual mix of colors. It gave me a very modern spring vibe--pastel but the introduction of black and gray gave it an edge. I'm still struggling to figure out what it would layer best over as a result!

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “slightly shimmery pale white-green … “an iridescent glow of light green shimmer and a touch of subdued sparkle.” It’s a pale, aqua green with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen. I don’t really have anything quite like this in my stash. Lancome Fashion Forward is the closest, but it is bluer and less golden. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 is greener, less aqua/pastel.

Jade Ghost has a very soft texture that really starts breaking away the moment your brush hits the surface, so be careful not to swirl your brush too much in it, as you won’t need to in order to get the powder onto your brush. It is slightly powdery as a result. When applied over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy, it loses all trace of powderiness, and the powder smooths out. Applied dry, it is ever-so-slightly powdery but still has good color payoff. It is prone to sheering out when used dry, though. I tried it without any base, and then I also wore it over Pixie Epoxy, and with no base, it lasted seven hours well but had some fading after eight hours, while over Pixie Epoxy, it lasted eight hours without creasing or fading. Pixie Epoxy is not a primer, but it is so commonly used with Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows that I felt it imperative to test it underneath the eyeshadow.

If you prefer your eyeshadows loose, this shade began its life as one, and you can purchase it in loose form as well. The pressed eyeshadows should be restocked soon, per Fyrinnae’s website.

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Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's slightly powdery, which was its major drawback. It requires just a bit more patience and application techniques to get it just right.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Hare Polish Dauphine of Decadence Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Dauphine of Decadence Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Dauphine of Decadence Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mixture of gold glitter in several sizes of hex & square glitter, with a sprinkling of pale mint green hexes as a subtle accent [with] striking gold shimmer [in a clear base].” It is a mix of multi-sized bits and pieces of gold glitter, from hexagon to square to circular-shaped. Decadence is a very apt word to use in the name of this shade, because it’s right-on (and when I initially swatched it, I thought, “Opulence,” so I was on the right track!).

As it is designed to be used as a top coat, I layered one coat over Color Club Beyond, and then to show the look of the glitter itself, so you can think about other base colors to use it over, I applied two coats alone on my thumb nail. What I liked most about this was the small gold shimmer and glitter that helped to fill in the “background,” in a way. The smaller particles were very easy to spread across the nail without worrying about too much in one place. This top coat does need a little pulling and tugging to get some of the larger glitter pieces into place to ensure there are no parts of the nail that look bare. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it dried down fairly quickly. I typically get a week of wear out of Hare’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping. Hare will be restocking their shop soon with the spring collection!

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Hare Polish Dauphine of Decadence Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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What I liked most about this was the small gold shimmer and glitter that helped to fill in the "background," in a way. The smaller particles were very easy to spread across the nail without worrying about too much in one place.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Triple Impact Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Triple Impact Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Triple Impact Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “opalescent lavender with violet pearl.” It’s a cool-toned lavender with a frosted finish and lavender shimmer. MAC Amethyst is warmer and much more sparkly. OCC Datura is very similar in color but has a smoother sheen. MAC Light Voilet is pinker and has larger sparkles.

This shade had sheer color when applied dry, and when applied damp, the color was buildable to semi-opaque payoff–noticeably translucency but a fair amount of color. With enough patting and packing on of the color, mostly opaque color is possible. It had a slightly dry consistency, and I actually felt this shade was not as soft or as blendable as the others–it tended to stick in places, especially when I used it damp. If I applied it dry, then it was more blendable, but it was so sheer that it was hard to get really even color. When I wore Triple Impact, it wore for six hours well, but it was slightly faded after seven hours (but it’s only marketed as six-hour wear).

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MAC Triple Impact Extra Dimension Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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I wish this had a softer, more blendable texture, because it's a sheerer shade and really needs to have that blendability. Plus, the iridescent quality makes it a shade you'd be inclined to layer over other products, where you definitely want to be able to blend it in!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “seafoam green.” It’s a cool-toned, seafoam green with a matte finish. I don’t have too many mint/aqua eyeliners, but NARS Parrot Cay (which I always loved the look of but the wear left a lot to be desired) and Korres #12 are both similar–slightly lighter I would say.

The Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner is supposed to last for twelve hours without smudging or budging, and the formula is supposed to yield “rich, intense color.” It’s also a twist-up pencil with a built-in sharpener. In the past, I’ve found that many shades wear well for eight hours on the lash line, but twelve hours is pushing it–there is usually noticeable fading at that point (where the line of color looks thinner).

Barrow Street had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to more opaque color on the lash line. It actually wore incredibly well and may be one of the better-wearing shades I’ve tried; after eight hours, there was still the majority of the color on my water line, and my lash line remained the same. I’ll be testing it again for a full twelve-hours (I only had eight yesterday, and I forgot these are marketed as twelve-hour pencils!), so the longevity rating is tentative (it’s based on prior experience and yesterday’s wear compared to other shades). It can be a bit chalky, though, because of its light but bright base, and it tends to be the nature of the beast (err, this kind of color). I think from afar, it’s rather brightening and eye-opening, and it doesn’t read chalky.  It is lightly creamy, enough that it didn’t feel like it tugged or pulled when I applied it, but it could stand to be slightly softer/creamier.

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Aqua eyeliner is a great option for brightening the eye using a pop of color, rather than a champagne/nude shade. I liked this one a lot better than NARS' own Parrot Cay!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, April 4th, 2013

MAC Daydreaming Eyeshadow
MAC Daydreaming Eyeshadow

MAC Daydreaming Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “frosted mid-tone coral [with a] veluxe pearl [finish].” It’s a brightened, coral-red with a smooth, frosted sheen and warm, orange-y undertones. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is lighter, less intense. Urban Decay Free Love is lighter and has a golden sheen. MAC Raving Mad is more subdued, less warm-toned. MAC Spicy Smoke is darker, redder, and it is most similar when blended out.

Daydreaming is an online-exclusive from the MAC x Hayley Williams collaboration, which is supposed to launch on April 9th (but hardcore fans may want to start stalking a little earlier). It had good color payoff, and it blended to a smooth finish, but the texture was slightly dry (and not quite as buttery/dense as the very best of the veluxe pearl formula). Based on my experience with MAC eyeshadows, they typically wear around eight hours with no creasing and little to no fading (and shades like this tend not to fade; it’s only the more powdery, sheerer shades that sometimes do).

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Daydreaming

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The texture could be a smidgen softer/smoother from the get go, but it does blend out and apply well.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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