Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Chanel Ce Soir Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Ce Soir Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Ce Soir Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted plum with pink tones, subtle warm undertones, and a natural sheen. NARS Casablanca is darker, less pink. NARS Falbala is sheerer, more shimmery. NARS Mayflower is sheerer. MAC Craving is pinker, cooler. Chanel Bel Ami is warmer, less pink. Chanel Etole is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.  The consistency was lightly creamy without being too slick or too wet, and it felt lightweight and comfortable applied–no heaviness or thickness from the creamy texture.  It was fully opaque, and Ce Soir wore for five hours and was lightly hydrating during that time.

Le Baiser Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink with subtle warm undertones (it seems to lean just slightly warm) and a soft, frosted finish. MAC Heart to Heart is warmer. MAC Force of Love is lighter. Chanel Enjouee is warmer, more coral. Guerlain Gourmandise is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches.  The texture of Le Baiser was only somewhat creamy–it was noticeably stiffer/drier compared to Ce Soir–which I expect is from the frost content in it.  It doesn’t tug or pull at lips; it’s just not as creamy.  The color applied with nearly opaque color (there is a very faint outline of my lip freckle coming through, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from afar).  It lasted five and a half hours, but it wasn’t hydrating (luckily, it wasn’t drying either).

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Ce Soir

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It was fully opaque, and Ce Soir wore for five hours and was lightly hydrating during that time.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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Le Baiser

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The texture of Le Baiser was only somewhat creamy--it was noticeably stiffer/drier compared to Ce Soir--which I expect is from the frost content in it. It doesn't tug or pull at lips; it's just not as creamy.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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4.5/5

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “platinum.” It’s a metallic taupe with a champagne sheen. Urban Decay Mushroom is grayer. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is browner and a powder. Urban Decay Rehab is browner. MAC Antique Diamond is grayer. Guerlain Callipgraphy #2 is slightly grayer and a powder product. bareMinerals Magnetism is a powder eyeshadow but close in color. See comparison swatches.

Moon River has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, depending on if you layer it. It delivered a “shimmering veil” of color just as Chanel described. It’s kind of long-wearing in some aspects, as it didn’t fade or crease on me, but I did substantial fall out of shimmering sparkles underneath my eyes. The consistency was very wet-like, cool to the touch, and creamy, so it glided on well and applied even color as it slid across the lid. Though it feels wet when applied, it doesn’t slip or slide around on the lid. Mine arrived broken at the tip, but the other two I purchased were fine, and Chanel has always been great about makeup returns based on my experience.

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Moon River

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I wish there wasn't so much fall out, because it's not just a few stray bits and bobs, it's a crescent moon of sparkle that just makes my under eyes look even more tired!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is an “eye-catching shade of magenta that dries to a perfect wax finish.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia with a wax finish, so it has a vinyl-like look that’s mostly matte but has a slight sheen.  MAC Toco Toucan is similar but dries to a shiny finish. MAC Girl About Town is very similar but isn’t a wax finish. MAC Embrace Me is cooler-toned and shiny. L’Oreal Members Only is lighter and shiny. China Glaze Love’s a Beach is shimmery and shiny. China Glaze Escaping Reality is lighter. Essie Super Bossa Nova is iridescent and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

It was opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly, but the wax finish definitely isn’t forgiving if your nails aren’t perfectly smooth.  I would recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to help create a more even surface from the get go.  The drying time is faster than average, and it’s important to let each coat fully dry before applying a second coat to prevent the second coat from tugging at the previously-applied coat.  When I tried Morning Glory for wear, it lasted seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping, but it did have more tip wear than I normally see with Cult Nails’ other shades (with a glossier finish). If you’re not a fan of the wax finish, you can apply a top coat and get a shiny finish that way.

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Morning Glory

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I would recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to help create a more even surface from the get go.  The drying time is faster than average, and it's important to let each coat fully dry before applying a second coat to prevent the second coat from tugging at the previously-applied coat.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, May 31st, 2013

MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer
MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer

MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone orange coral [with a cream finish].” It’s a light-medium orange with a cream finish and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque in two coats (there’s a little visible nail line coming through at a distance). The consistency was not too thick or too thin. Nails, Inc. Porchester Place is darker. Butter London Trout Pout is pinker. MAC Ravishing is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Ke Ai ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink frost [with a frost finish].” It’s a soft, pale pink with silver sparkle. It’s semi-opaque with two coats, and it’s the type of polish that seems like it’s supposed to be a sheer but MAC didn’t say it’s sheer (and they have used this as a descriptor in the past). It was slightly thick but had minimal brush strokes and applied fairly well. OCC Femme is darker. NARS Trouville is more pigmented, less shimmery. MAC Confectionary is lighter, less shimmery. Illamasqua Pink Raindrops is more muted, more pigmented.Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie is more pigmented, has no shimmer. Essie Kisses & Bisses is iridescent. See comparison swatches.

Morange ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright cream orange [with a cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark orange with red undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats and applied fairly well. Cult Nails Ay Poppy is more muted. NARS TV Party is slightly lighter. NARS Madness is brighter. Illamasqua Gamma is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Pop ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach cream [with a cream finish].” It’s a light peachy orange with a cream finish. It was slightly thin in consistency, and it was streaky during application. What makes it stand out from other peaches is it has a strong orange and yellow tone to it. MAC Riot Gear is darker, more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep is less orange, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Fiestaware

A-

It's a light-medium orange with a cream finish and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque in two coats (there's a little visible nail line coming through at a distance).

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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Ke Ai

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It's semi-opaque with two coats, and it's the type of polish that seems like it's supposed to be a sheer but MAC didn't say it's sheer (and they have used this as a descriptor in the past).

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Morange

A

It's a medium-dark orange with red undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats and applied fairly well.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013

MAC Immortal Flower Blush
MAC Immortal Flower Blush

MAC Immortal Flower Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright peach [with a Satin finish].” It’s a soft, pink-coral with a subtle, satin sheen. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is more shimmery, pinker. Guerlain Blush G is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental is darker, pinker. MAC Legendary is pinker. MAC Flaming Chic is darker and pinker. MAC Shell Pearl is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Immortal Flower had nice, buildable color that seemed to apply pinker on the skin than it looked in the pan (where it looked mostly peach/orange). The texture is soft, almost powdery but not quite, and feels finely-milled and goes on smoothly. It does have a tendency to sheer out, so medium and darker complexions will need to build in layers and be careful not to over-blend. It looks mostly matte on the skin, but as the powder is buffed into the skin, the glowy sheen starts to come through. I’ll be testing this blush for wear today, but I generally get between seven and eight hours of wear with MAC’s satin finish blushes.

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Immortal Flower

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The texture is soft, almost powdery but not quite, and feels finely-milled and goes on smoothly. It does have a tendency to sheer out, so medium and darker complexions will need to build in layers and be careful not to over-blend.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick
MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick

MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone coral cream [with a satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, peach-orange with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had rich, opaque color, and the consistency was creamy, medium-weight, and lasted four hours on me. NARS Lodhi is darker but similar in tone. NARS Isola Bellla is lighter, less orange. MAC Style Surge is darker and pinker. Burberry Pink Apricot is more beige, less orange. See comparison swatches.

Sweet & Sour is described as a “soft peach cream [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a lightened, pink-tinted peach with a creamy, natural sheen. It is rich in color with full color coverage, and it was creamy, medium-weight, and lasted four and a half hours when I tested it earlier today. NARS Bolero is more matte and pinker. NARS Biscayne Park is warmer, more peach/orange. MAC Shy Girl is sheerer but similar. MAC Reel Sexy is pinker. MAC In a Heartbeat is slightly darker. MAC Ever Hip is pinker. Estee Lauder Naked is more matte, slightly pinker. Burberry Pink APricot is a bit darker, slightly browner. See comparison swatches.

Tangerine Dream is described as a “warm orange cream [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a brightened, yellow-orrange with a soft sheen. It’s mostly opaque, even though it’s a Lustre, but there is some translucency to the color overall. It wore three and a half hours on me, which is good as far as Lustres go. It was slightly drying, though. MAC Sheer Mandarin is a bit lighter, not as bright. MAC Sounds Like Noise is darker, more rorange. OCC Banjee is very similar–slightly yellower. See comparison swatches.

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Sushi Kiss

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It's a light-medium, peach-orange with warm undertones and a natural sheen.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sweet & Sour

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It's a lightened, pink-tinted peach with a creamy, natural sheen.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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Tangerine Dream

B+

It's a brightened, yellow-orrange with a soft sheen.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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