Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sea foam green.” It’s a pale, sea foam green (or aqua green, if you prefer) with very fine white micro-shimmer. Butter London Fiver is the closest shade I have to this, but Fiver is a cream finish (no shimmer) and a touch lighter. MAC In the Limelight is bluer, darker, and a cream.

The formula was slightly on the thicker side but still rather manageable, so it wasn’t troublesome to work with when I applied it. Keep Calm, Paint On was full opaque in color after two medium coats of polish. Despite its pale coloring, I didn’t have issues with streaking, which tends to be something that pastels are prone to.  It applied fairly evenly and smoothly, and it didn’t bubble or pool along the edges.  The drying time seemed a bit faster than the average polish with this color.  I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s formula.

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Keep Calm, Paint On

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I didn't have a lot of sea foam-hued polishes in my stash, so it was more unique to me. It applied better than many pastels, too, which was nice!

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rose pink.” It’s a softened, muted rose with a hint of red and a frosted finish. It has warmer undertones, and when applied, looks less pink on. Revlon Pink Truffle is creamier, darker, less warm-toned. MAC Shanghai Spice is lighter. MAC Gem of Roses is slightly more plum. Guerlain Cherry Blossom is pinker. Rimmel Latino is cooler-toned.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, but compared to other shades in the range, it’s slightly less pigmented–it’s more of a buildable color. The texture is creamy to the touch–when you apply it, it melts against the warmth of your lips, and it delivers a thin, even layer of color that doesn’t feel heavy. It definitely feels creamier than it looks. Rikugien was neither drying nor hydrating, and it lasted for four and a half hours (which I’d say is short of long-wearing, as the average lipstick lasts four hours on me).  I’m not overly surprised, as frostier shades tend to be less hydrating compared to their creamier counterparts.

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Rikugien is one of the easier shades to wear in the new line-up, as it isn't too pale or too bold. If you love corals but have been wanting to try something new, this rosy pink might work for you.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “watermelon rose.” It’s a darkened rose red with a muted quality and subtle warm undertones. Chanel Taffeta Rose is pinker. Elizabeth Arden Perfect Tulip is a touch pinker.  I really wasn’t able to think of many similar shades, and both of the ones I did think about were noticeably pinker.

This shade had full color coverage and great color payoff (though Clinique intended only medium coverage).  The pencil felt balanced between creamy and waxy, so it glided on readily but didn’t feel heavy or apply thickly.  The color stayed put on my lips for four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. I think Roomiest Rose is one of the most wearable shades in the Intense range for all skin tones. It’s not too warm- or cool-toned, and it’s not too bright or too muted.  Against fairer skin, it may be a bolder shade, but the general color is still very every day–with oomph.

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Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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I think Roomiest Rose is one of the most wearable shades in the Intense range for all skin tones. It's not too warm- or cool-toned, and it's not too bright or too muted. Against fairer skin, it may be a bolder shade, but the general color is still very every day--with oomph.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, March 4th, 2013

Clinique Fuller Fudge Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Fuller Fudge Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Fuller Fudge Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bronze brown.” It’s a rich, warm bronze with strong red undertones and a frosted finish. Chanel Intuition #4 is a bit browner. MAC Antiqued is more shimmery. Inglot #421 is darker. Giorgio Armani #5 is lighter.

Clinique’s Chubby Stick Shadow Tints are supposed to be a “sheer wash of lightweight, creamy colour.” It’s supposed to be “layerable” and long-wearing, too. Fuller Fudge can be used as a sheer wash of color, but it is absolutely layerable to mostly opaque color. The consistency isn’t wet or slick, but it glides on well enough with little pulling or tugging at the lid. I don’t know that I would describe it was creamy–perhaps almost waxy–because it does smooth on but there’s no real slip or wetness to it.  The formula could be slightly creamier, because then it would be more blendable on the lid and apply more comfortably.  It wore well for ten hours on me; after twelve hours, there was some faint creasing.  The shadow twists-up, so there’s no need for sharpening, which means no waste!

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Fuller Fudge

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The formula could be slightly creamier, because then it would be more blendable on the lid and apply more comfortably.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush
NARS Nico Blush

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “natural glow.” It’s a lightly warmed-up, pale beige with a subtle sheen. When I tried thinking of potential dupes, I wasn’t finding any. The closest I could come up with was theBalm Solid Gold, which is really much yellower and frosted.

I actually think Nico was one of the first few NARS products I ever purchased, and it may have been one of my first NARS blushes. It was recommended to me as a brow highlighter, actually, and as a light wash of color for lids. As a blush, it doesn’t quite work on my skin tone. Nico is a shade that you’ll love or never have a use for, and it’s really going to depend on your skin tone and how you want to use it. It’s categorized as a blush, but I think it might be better suited as a NARS “Highlighting Blush.”  As you can see on my skin tone, it’s very nearly my skin tone–just with a sheen, so it does give me a slight “glow” when worn on the cheeks.  I do prefer it (on me) as a brow bone highlighter, because I feel like you can see it better, and it sometimes looks a bit powdery when I’ve worn it on cheeks.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and I’d recommend using softer bristles with it, as it can be powdery with a denser blush brush (the “scratchier” the brush feels on your skin, the more powder gets dislodged from the pan).  Nico lasts seven hours on my cheeks, and then it starts to look a bit patchy towards the eight-hour mark.  I’ve worn this of and on throughout the years, and when my cheeks are more normal, it can be quite nice, but it definitely isn’t as flattering if my cheeks have any dryness. I think for those with oilier skin types, it might work well as a highlighter as it shouldn’t look too dewy or glowy (which can sometimes make oilier skin types look oilier).  The sheen does not emphasize pores, which is the best part about it, though–it’s all sheen, no shimmer or frost.

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The texture is on the powdery side, which can make it look less flattering on drier skin types as well as be easy to over-apply. It is soft and very blendable, so if you apply too much (and it looks powdery), it can be smoothed and blended away.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “raspberry pink.” It’s a bright, bold raspberry pink with a natural sheen. Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia is darker, redder. MAC Impassioned is brighter. Guerlain Gigi is very comparable.

It has full color coverage, and the pencil has a great consistency–just creamy enough to apply evenly and smoothly but not thick, so it adheres well and doesn’t feather or bleed. I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: this range is very much an opaque one, though Clinique describes the coverage as “perfectly in between” sheer and opaque. The other issue I’ve had is that these aren’t that moisturizing (some better than others). Plushest Punch was moderately hydrating, and of the ones I’ve tried thus far, it was the most hydrating. It wore long and well, though, topping five hours with a very subtle residual stain that lingered for the next hour.

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Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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Plushest Punch was moderately hydrating, and of the ones I've tried thus far, it was the most hydrating. It wore long and well, though, topping five hours with a very subtle residual stain that lingered for the next hour.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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