Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Dior Destin (382) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Destin (382) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Destin (382) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a metallic, warm-toned taupe. It’s a warm, gray-ish brown with threads of white metallic shimmer. To that end, there are visible brush strokes. The color itself was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Dior’s wider brush did help minimize the brush strokes and how wonky they may have looked with a skinnier brush. Both Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble and Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty are lighter, less brown, less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Galaxie (992) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a deepened, plummy berry with deep pink shimmer. This shade applied better with very minimal brush strokes; it is slightly metallic but not as metallic as Destin. It was opaque after two coats. Illamasqua Vice has no shimmer and has a wax finish. Illamasqua Charisma is warmer, redder. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised is similar in color but has no shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Dior’s polishes have a wide, rounded brush, which can be a blessing or curse, depending on your natural nail width.  For me, it works well for all but  my pinky nail, which I have to be a little more careful of and be sure not to splay the brush at all.  I think it helps to apply the color more fluidly and minimize unevenness and brush strokes (particularly ones that swerve).  I typically get a week of wear with Dior’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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8.5/10

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Galaxie (992)

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Friday, July 19th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Smoldering Eye Bag
MAC Illustrated Smoldering Eye Bag

MAC Illustrated Smoldering Eye Bag ($46.50) includes three full-sized products: a Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo, Eye Kohl, and False Lashes Mascara. The duo is worth $21, pencil is worth $16, and mascara is worth $20, so the total value of the set is $57, plus a full-sized makeup bag. The bag is actually the same size as the Illustrated bags that were released alone, and those retailed at $36, so the maximum possible value would be $93. The bag seemed to be made out of the same material as the Illustrated standalone bags. Keep in mind, This or That came out in 2011, and the eyeliner and mascara are both part of the permanent range.

This and That #1 is a warm, creamy white with a satin finish. It had good color payoff applied dry, and it had great color payoff applied damp. MAC Chill is cooler-toned, matte. MAC Mylar is yellower. See comparison swatches.

This and That #2 is a warm, pale golden peach with a frosted, metallic finish. It had so-so color payoff applie dry, and when applied damp, the pigmentation remained the same but the texture was smoother. Disney Splendid is similar. Buxom Collie is a cream and more golden. See comparison swatches.

Smolder is a rich black with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the consistency was lightly creamy and glided across the skin well. This is part of the permanent range. I’ve reviewed this in the past, and it has numerous dupes since it is a black eyeliner and many brands make them (see black eyeliner comparisons)./

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This or That

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Constellation (864) Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a purple-themed palette that consists of five eyeshadows with star patterns on four of the five shades. It’s part of the fall collection, Mystic Metallics, and is limited edition and exclusive to Nordstrom.  Overall, the palette was fairly good, with the center shade (the pink one) being the “worst” performer as just a so-so eyeshadow, as the color payoff was sheerer.  If you like your purples slightly warmer, this might be a palette that will interest you.  My favorite shade was #1 (upper left corner), as it’s a shade that isn’t readily duped, and it’s a versatile color.  I wore #3 on the inner third of the lid, #2 in the middle of lid, #4 on the outer lid, #1 in the crease and above the crease, and #5 directly in the crease.  All five eyeshadows lasted eight hours well (no primer), and there was only some slight fading after nine hours.

Constellation (864) #1 is a cool-toned, gray-tinged purple with a satin finish. It had nice color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture. MAC Tropica is brighter, less gray. Tom Ford Enchanted #3 is warmer. NARS Flowers 1 #2 is slightly darker. MAC Look at the Eyes is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Constellation (864) #2 is a sparkling, golden pewter with a metallic finish. It is the sparkliest shade out of the five, but it binds well together and applies smoothly without causing fall out. MAC Greenluxe #2 is lighter, more golden. MAC Antique Diamond is darker, cream. See comparison swatches. I thought it was going to be easier to dupe, but shades I thought would be similar were much darker.

Constellation (864) #3 is a subtly warm-toned, iridescent pale pink with a metallic finish. It had decent to good color payoff and applied smoothly. MAC Joy & Laughter #1 is more frosted. MAC Seedy Pearl is pinker. MAC Young Venus is similar. MAC Maribu is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Constellation (864) #4 is a medium-dark, shimmery purple with hints of plum and pink. It had fairly good color payoff, and while the texture had a metallic dryness to it, it was still blendable and buildable on the lid. Urban Decay Tornado is darker. theBalm All the Way Annie is less pink. MAC Plush is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Freakshow is a touch brighter. Urban Decay Vice is similar. MAC Highly Charged is less shimmery, cream. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 is similar, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Constellation (864) #5 is a muted, gray-mauve with a pearly finish–there is a very fine dusting of rose gold micro-shimmer that gives it a slight glow. It had nice pigmentation and had a soft, smooth feel. Clinique Lavish Lilac is cooler-toned, cream. Tom Ford Enchanted #3 is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is darker. Urban Decay Rapture is purpler, darker. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is similar. MAC Tendersmoke is similar. MAC Joy & Laughter #2 is grayer. MAC Smoky Mauve is pinker. Giorgio Armani #27 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, the palette was fairly good, with the center shade (the pink one) being the "worst" performer as just a so-so eyeshadow, as the color payoff was sheerer.  If you like your purples slightly warmer, this might be a palette that will interest you.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Constellation (864) #1

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It is a cool-toned, gray-tinged purple with a satin finish. It had nice color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture.

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Constellation (864) #2

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It is a sparkling, golden pewter with a metallic finish. It is the sparkliest shade out of the five, but it binds well together and applies smoothly without causing fall out.

Product

9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

OCC Fragmented Metallic Lip Tar
OCC Fragmented Metallic Lip Tar

OCC Fragmented Metallic Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic acid green shade.” It’s a brightened, chartreuse green with gold and lime shimmer and a metallic finish. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but I don’t know of any other lip color like this–the best I could suggest would be to take a loose eyeshadow or crumble up a pressed one in a chartreuse hue and pat onto lips. You could add a little gloss to help it mix together.  MAC Spring Bean is somewhat similar, but it is a gloss and is sheer.

The sheerness of this may make it more “wearable” for more people, and according to OCC, it’s supposed to have a glaze finish to be in line that’s almost gauzy–so it’s not designed to be opaque.  The consistency had more slip than other Metallic Lip Tars, and it felt a bit like the Stained Gloss Lip Tars but with a metallic finish because of the glossier, higher slip feel. I applied two thin layers to get semi-sheer color that was still even; more than that, and it started to look uneven and noticeable color settled into lip lines.  Fragmented lasted for five hours when I wore it.

It will be available at Comic Con in San Diego, but it will make its full debut in August at Sephora and OCC.

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Fragmented

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The sheerness of this may make it more "wearable" for more people, and it would be an easier shade to use over and under your favorite lipsticks and glosses.

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9/10

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10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator
Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator

Laura Mercier Spellbound Face Illuminator ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft rose-gold.” It’s a warm, champagne-shimmered copper–it doesn’t really look pink on me, like a rose gold, it’s a little warmer, more orange. On cooler skin tones, the rosiness may be more apparent. NARS Luster is more orange, more pigmented. MAC Poised is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Barefaced is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Light Year is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Spellbound is supposed to highlight the face with “buildable long-wearing color.” It has a soft, smooth texture that makes blending a breeze. The color just diffuses and softens with ease and doesn’t look on uneven on the skin. It does have buildable color, so if you have a medium or lighter complexion, you’ll see some warmth and color added as well as a reflective sheen. I have normal-to-dry skin, and it does emphasize pores slightly when I used it on my cheeks, which wasn’t surprising, given the finish has such a high-shine. If used very lightly (like with a fan brush) just over the high planes of the cheeks, then I didn’t see any emphasis, so it will depend on how much you apply, where, and so on. It lasted eight hours well on my cheeks, and after nine hours, it started to look a bit faded and patchy.

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9/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Chanel Icone (55) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Icone (55) Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Icone (55) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a peach-brown with a golden shimmer and a soft, pearly finish. It had mostly opaque color and lasted four and a half hours on me. NARS Peloponesse is more matte, darker. NARS Isola Bella is lighter, satin. MAC Posh Tone is lighter, less shimmery/ MAC Delectable is less shimmery. MAC Freckletone is less shimmery. MAC Cozy Up is lighter, satin.
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Mystique (57) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “apricot.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium coral with a hint of reddish-pink. The finish is a noticeable sheen and reflective quality. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and it wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Liar is darker, pinker. Chanel Interlude is slightly softer. MAC Style Surge is more opaque, brighter. MAC Razzledazzler is slightly pinker. Burberry Devon Sunset is more muted. See comparison swatches.

The Rouge Coco formula is lightly creamy, somewhat hydrating, and wears about average. They’re supposed to have “full-coverage” with finishes that vary from “matte to pearl to soft shimmer.” Both of these were mostly opaque, but there was a slight translucency that was apparent. It’s actually what gave them a lighter look once applied. These shades are new (and permanent!) for fall.

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Icone (55)

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It's a peach-brown with a golden shimmer and a soft, pearly finish.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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