Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Zoya Giovanna Nail Lacquer
Zoya Giovanna Nail Lacquer

Zoya Giovanna Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “emerald green metallic.” It’s a rich, vibrant green-leaning teal with metallic shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Dior Samba is similar. Zoya Zuza has a different finish, is lighter. Butter London Thames is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Mason Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “red violet metallic.” It’s a rich, metallic fuchsia-shimmered plummy red. It was opaque in two coats, and it applied smoothly and evenly. L’Oreal The Mystic’s Future is slightly purpler, less pink. Illamasqua Charisma is redder. Zoya Izzy is pinker. Zoya Carly is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Neve Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sapphire blue metallic.” It’s a rich, bluish-purple with violet, blue, and fuchsia micro-shimmer and a metallic finish. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency was just slightly on the thicker side. MAC Blue Gaze and MAC Breezy Blue are both creams. SpaRitual Blue Moon is less metallic. China Glaze Want My Bawdy is lighter, less blue. See comparison swatches.

All three had very slightly visible brush strokes, and the degree to which they’re noticeable depends on just how strong the light is when it hits the nail. If you’re very sensitive to them, I’d stay away, but if you don’t mind minor to moderate brush strokes, these are lovely. All three shades were very rich and decadent, and they had a lot of depth on the nail. I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s polish formula.

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It's a rich, vibrant green-leaning teal with metallic shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn't too thick or too thin.

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Mason

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It's a rich, metallic fuchsia-shimmered plummy red. It was opaque in two coats, and it applied smoothly and evenly.

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Neve

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It's a rich, bluish-purple with violet, blue, and fuchsia micro-shimmer and a metallic finish. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency was just slightly on the thicker side.

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9/10

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10/10

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Monday, August 5th, 2013

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “lush, metallic golden green with a touch of green sparkle throughout.” It’s a rich, medium-dark molten gold with strong yellow and brown undertones and a subtle green micro-shimmer. It was mostly opaque applied with a damp brush or applied over Pixie Epoxy. Fyrinnae Aztec Gold is more metallic and slightly greener. Too Faced Instigator is more golden. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #5 is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 is glittery. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. NARS Paramaribo #1 is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is warmer, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is a cream product, lighter. Inglot #433 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Wicked Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep, dark purple with turquoise shimmer.” It’s a rich, dark pink-toned purple base with teal shimmer. It’s very interesting and complex, and I don’t have anything quite like this that I can recall. The downside is that it feels somewhat dry, and it didn’t apply as smoothly or as evenly as many other Fyrinnae eyeshadows have for me. It seemed to be an eyeshadow that applied differently every time I tried it.

Biker Chic Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “turquoise-blue sparkle on a deep black base.” It’s a cool-toned, dark black base color with blue-teal shimmer. Applied dry, it is blacker with only a smattering of shimmer, but applied over Pixie Epoxy, then the shimmer is much more apparent. The texture is very finely-milled, but it’s definitely a shade that it is easier blended when it is dry than wet or used over Pixie Epoxy, as it tends to stick slightly. I thought it was best when applied over Pixie Epoxy to maximize the shimmer, and then going over it the edge lightly with dry product to blend. Sephora Midnight Swim isn’t black-based. Milani Mix It Up is greener. MAC Magic Spell is darker, less blue/teal. See comparison swatches.

When I wore these three together, I had had slight fading with Wicked after seven hours but the other shades did not show any signs of wear (no primer but over Pixie Epoxy). Over a primer (and Pixie Epoxy), I still saw some fading with Wicked, but it wasn’t until eight and a half hours, while the other shades continued to remain strong and crease-free.

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

OCC Black Metal Dahlia Metallic Lip Tar
OCC Black Metal Dahlia Metallic Lip Tar

OCC Black Metal Dahlia Metallic Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “blackened burgundy with red pearl.” It’s a deep, burgundy red with ruby red and berry shimmer. The finish is rather metallic. The color coverage was semi-opaque, and this looked somewhat splotchy/uneven applied. After three and a half hours, I did feel the slight grit from all of the sparkle, but the color was holding strong and none of the sparkles had migrated. It wore well for five and a half hours, and then it was still quite noticeable, just not as intense–more of a stain–for another two hours. I found it slightly drying. MAC Soulfully Rich doesn’t have the metallic shimmer and is browner. MAC Dominate is purpler, less red. OCC Black Dahlia is similar in color but not finish (as it should be!). See comparison swatches.

Role Play Metallic Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep maroon with red pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned red with a slight metallic finish. It’s actually the least metallic shade I’ve tried in the range–it’s definitely still shimmery, but it’s more of a sheen. It had fully opaque color payoff and applied evenly. It wore well for five hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Majella is brighter. NARS Amsterdam is browner. NARS Mascate is cooler-toned. NARS Dressed to Kill is somewhat similar, more muted. MAC Prolong is similar. MAC Runaway Red is darker. MAC Deeply Adored is similar, more matte. Guerlain Luxure is slightly browner. Dior Diorling is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) come in twelve different shades, and this post features three of them. These are the first three I grabbed to try, and they happened to coordinate rather well together, which was a nice bonus! I really liked all three, as they had a very soft, finely-milled texture with nice pigmentation. Maybelline touts 24-hour wear (which is one of my least favorite claims for any product to make), and I’m not overly comfortable wearing makeup for that long, but I did wear all three shades for sixteen hours. I had some creasing after nine hours, and it was noticeably faded and fairly creased by sixteen hours. When worn over a primer, I didn’t have any issues until fourteen hours (some fading but no creasing).

The one thing I did notice was that these don’t contain a ton of product; loose eyeshadows are all over the map in regards to sizing, with generous sizes above 0.15 oz. and some around this size.   The jar seemed large, so I was surprised to see how much it actually contained. I think that it has plenty of product to last you quite awhile, but for those who are concerned about price per ounce, it might be something to consider.

I plan to review a few more shades from the range, and the next three I have planned, I can tell you that these are not created equal at all.  Though they did not live up to the 24-hour claim, they did wear well for a over half a day, so I suspect that for most, the wear is long enough–or at least not a deal-breaker.  I did experience more issues with some of the other shades, which I will get into after I finish up testing them.

Barely Brazen is a warm, shimmering champagne beige with a frosted finish. It applied with mostly opaque color dry, and then was fully opaque when applied wet. MAC Mooncake is a cream product. MAC Summer Haze is more frosted, lighter. MAC All That Glitters is similar. See comparison swatches.

Breaking Bronze is a warm, coppery brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and then it was fully pigmented applied with a damp brush. Disney Cosmic is less warm. theBalm Manic Maribel is less metallic. MAC Bare My Soul is less shimmery. Urban Decay Penny Lane is similar. NARS Isolde #1 is less metallic. bareMinerals Bragging Rights is similar. See comparison swatches.

Downtown Brown is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. It had opaque color both wet and dry. bareMinerals Schmooze is less metallic. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 is similar, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Bronze is darker. Urban Decay Suspect is cooler-toned. MAC Woodwinked is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Barely Brazen

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There are a lot of good things to say about this shade--nice color payoff, soft and smooth texture, and blends out easily--and the only downside is that it only lasts decently for 10 hours or so but definitely not 24!

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9/10

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Breaking Bronze

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Like Barely Brazen, the major downside to this shade was just that it didn't hit the 24-hour wear time that Maybelline claimed.

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Downtown Brown

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Downtown Brown had fantastic color payoff whether applied wet or dry, but it did not last a full 24 hours as claimed. For most, this isn't going to be a deal-breaker.

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9/10

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10/10

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) comes in twelve shades, and during Sephora’s preview sale, I bought two shades. It’s supposed to be “an effervescent, plumping lipgloss with ultimate shine” that comes in both full coverage and sheer coverage shades. My guess is that shades in the 200s are full coverage, while shades in the 300 range are sheer.

The formula is slick, not too thin or too thick, and feels comfortable on. There’s a cooling sensation that’s more minty-fresh than bee-stung (and I’m fairly reactive–not in a good way–to lip plumping); I always feel like I’ve just brushed my teeth after I’ve applied either shade. There is a sweet, fruity scent (maybe grape?) that I know some won’t like, but I can’t detect scent once applied, just in the tube and on the wand. The applicator is a flexible doe-foot wand that’s slightly indented in the middle and hugs the curve of the lip well. It has a very high-shine finish that gives lips a very plump, full look from the get-go.

After an hour or so of wear, there is the tiniest grit of the sparkle if I really press my lips together, but I don’t really notice the texture of the shimmer until three or four hours into the wear. It’s completely non-tacky when applied, but after three or so hours of wear, it does have some tackiness. Both shades were nicely hydrating each time I wore them.

All in all, a nice formula–not the best but good–and I’m curious to see how the creams work out when the line launches fully on August 9th. The only thing I didn’t like was that the sparkle had a noticeable texture while worn at times.

Heart Shaped (308) is described as a “shimmering baby pink.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with pale golden shimmer. It has warm undertones and semi-sheer color coverage. This shade wore three hours on me, which is slightly below average. Revlon Pango Peach is warmer, less pink. Revlon Papaya is more opaque, less shimmery. Guerlain Frizzy Mango is similar. See comparison swatches.

Studded Kiss (310) is described as a “shimmering berry lavender.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered berry-red with cool undertones. It applied fairly evenly, though it does settle into lips (but it’s not very noticeable from a normal viewing distance, only if you have your nose to the mirror), and has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, as it was somewhat buildable. This shade wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Big Bang is purpler. Urban Decay Adrenaline is brighter. NARS Penny Arcade is less shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation is similar but less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Heart Shaped (308)

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It's a light-medium, pink-coral with pale golden shimmer. It has warm undertones and semi-sheer color coverage. This shade wore three hours on me, which is slightly below average.

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10/10

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9/10

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It applied fairly evenly, though it does settle into lips (but it's not very noticeable from a normal viewing distance, only if you have your nose to the mirror), and has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, as it was somewhat buildable.

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9/10

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC SO Supreme Supreme Lipsticks

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) has been launched again with the So Supreme collection, and there are five limited edition shades and one repromoted shade (that is also part of the permanent range).  All of the shades felt consistent with the Sheen Supreme formula, except Pret-a-Pretty, which had a drier consistency and a lot less glossiness/shine.  The formula tends to be comfortable to wear with a fair amount of slip and creaminess, and they’re not drying but not particularly hydrating in my experience.  I typically get between three to four hours of wear with this formula, with brighter or deeper shades lasting four hours or slightly longer, and then very pale or pastel-like shades lasting around three hours. I’ll be testing these shades for wear over the week and will update with exact times, so the  ratings are subject to change, but I would not expect drastic changes.

Candy Apple is described as a “midtonal warm plum.” It’s a brightened, muted reddish plum with a glossy finish. You might say there’s a little plum in it, which gives it that muted feel, but it’s still rather red and vibrant. Urban Decay Manic is deeper, redder. Chanel Dialogue is redder. Revlon Wild Watermelon is a bit brighter. Guerlain Chamade is redder. See comparison swatches.

Gotta Dash! is described as “pale clean coral.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with very subtle pink tones–but it is more peach than it is a pink-coral. If you have really pink lips naturally, I expect this to be closer to coral on you. It had mostly opaque color coverage.  The lighter color paired with the higher slip consistency does mean little lines can be created if you press your lips together. This shade is part of the permanent range. MAC Naked Proof is less glossy. Chanel Sentiment is similar but less glossy. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour is more matte, lighter. MAC Reel Sexy is more matte, pinker,. Burberry Pink Apricot is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Playtime is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and fine shimmer. It had mostly full color coverage. OCC Lovecraft is metallic. NYX Pink Lyric is darker, pinker. Maybelline Pink Pop is lighter, as is MAC Divine Choice. MAC Outrageously Fun is a touch more magenta. MAC Naughty Saute is cooler-toned, lighter. OCC Narcissus is purpler. See comparison swatches. Long-time MAC fans may remember Slimshines, which is a formula I compared to this formula when it originally came out (they’re not quite similar), and Kissable was one of the few I had–and this shade immediately reminded me of it; Kissable is glossier with more shimmer and is, perhaps, a smidgen lighter, but they are comparable.

Pleasurefruit is described as a “bright warm pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with subtle warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Revlon Sorbet is similar. MAC Lickable is cooler-toned. MAC Impassioned is more matte, brighter. Guerlain Gigi is redder. See comparison swatches.
collection, and there are five shades and one repromoted shade (that is also part of the permanent range).

Pret-a-Pretty is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a pale, pink-tinged beige with a satin finish. Though it is the Sheen Supreme formula, it actually was quite a dull sheen rather than the shinier, glossier finish the others had. This one was the least forgiving, as it tended to settle into lip lines and emphasize any imperfections. It was mostly opaque but there was noticeable sheerness. MAC Of Beauty is pinker. MAC You’re Perfect Already is pinker, darker. MAC Fun Finds is more beige. MAC Myth is similar. MAC Innocence Beware is less pink, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Grenadine is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a slightly muted orange with a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency. Of all the shades, it had the thinnest consistency and sat best on the lips. MAC Tart & Trendy is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Candy Apple

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It's a brightened, muted red with a glossy finish. You might say there's a little plum in it, which gives it that muted feel, but it's still rather red and vibrant.

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Gotta Dash!

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It's a light-medium, peachy-orange with very subtle pink tones--but it is more peach than it is a pink-coral. If you have really pink lips naturally, I expect this to be closer to coral on you.

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Playtime

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It's a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and fine shimmer. It had mostly full color coverage.

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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