Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Spring 2013: Cythere

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “soft metallic rose.” It’s a beige-brown with a rainbow shimmer. I’m not sure where NARS is seeing rose, as it yields a very metallic champagne/beige/brown kind of color both swatched and applied. The shimmer reminded me a lot of the kind found in Illamasqua Opulent, but the color of Opulent isn’t like Cythere. MAC Straight to the Head has a lot more glitter. Lancome Amande is browner.

The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is supposed to provide hydration, shine, and feel comfortable to wear. Cythere has mostly opaque color coverage along with a high-shine finish; not super glossy but very metallic and reflective. The texture is lightly tacky, creamy, and on the thicker side. This shade lasted four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it.  The color applied evenly and smoothly, but sharpening this formula can be a bit of a pain, as it is a very soft, creamy consistency that can get stuck and smeared all over your sharpener.  It’s better to put the pencil in the freezer for a bit, then sharpen, to minimize mess and waste.

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A nice variation on the idea of nude by darkening and adding some brown, plus beautiful rainbow shimmer, that won't wash a lot of complexions out.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, January 11th, 2013

Butter London Trout Pout Nail Lacquer
Butter London Trout Pout Nail Lacquer

A Little Pout for Your Trout

Butter London Trout Pout Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque cantaloupe.” It is a pale coral cream with a faint hint of pink. China Glaze Pink Plumeria is darker, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler is more orange/peach. Essie Haute as Hello is very comparable, as is Essie Tart Deco.

After two coats, the color is fully opaque.  It has a slightly thicker consistency, but I did not have any problems with the polish pooling along the edges or bubbling.  The first coat was somewhat streaky, but a second coat completely hid the initial coat and didn’t look streaky at all.  I noticed the drying time was a little longer than average, and the second coat will drag and pull at the first coat if you don’t let it dry first (some formulas/shades are more forgiving in that aspect).  I typically get a full seven days of wear out of Butter London’s formula with little tip wear but no chipping.

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Trout Pout

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Trout Pout is a pretty pink-tinged coral cream that will work well both in spring and summer, because it has a light and bright coloring. With two coats, it looks really good and come together, but the first coat was streaky.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Zoya Piaf Nail Lacquer
Zoya Piaf Nail Lacquer

A Shimmery Yellow That’s Not Quite Gold

Zoya Piaf Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fresh forsythia yellow metallic.” It’s a subdued, sunshine yellow with pale gold shimmer and sparkle. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles was the closest color I could think of, but it’s darker, yellower–more gold than yellow–and has micro-glitter. What makes Piaf different is that it’s more yellow than gold, and then it’s a lighter yellow with shimmer, so it’s not like some of the creamy yellows I’ve seen.

Piaf is opaque after two coats of polish, just as described (full coverage), and there are no metallic threads or visible brush strokes in the finished color.  It also has a naturally glossy shine when it dries down.  The consistency was a bit thicker than the average polish and still thicker even compared to the average Zoya consistency, so you’ll want to take care for each coat that you apply so that there isn’t any excess polish that shifts to the side while it dries.   With Zoya, I usually find it wears with minor tip wear but no chipping over seven days.

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Piaf

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It's a little thick, so you'll want to apply more carefully and consciously use thinner coats so that there are no problems with the final look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 10th, 2013

bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush
bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush

I’m Plum Out of Indecent Proposals

bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described simply as a “dusty plum.” It is a darkened plum with subtle red undertones and a very fine dusting of gold micro-shimmer (just barely noticeable when blended out). MAC Stratus is a more intense version–also has a stronger sheen. MAC Notable is more subdued.

Last year, bareMinerals released a pressed version of blushes–as part of the Ready range–after the success of their eyeshadows. I like their blushes, but I’m not as in love with the blush formula as I am with the eyeshadow one. I find the texture of the Ready blushes to be a little stiffer, less dense (lacks that buttery consistency of the eyeshadows). The texture is a smidgen powdery, though finely-milled and soft to the touch. When I wore this, I ended up pushing it to sixteen hours of wear (we took a trip down to Monterey!), and it lasted well for a full ten and looked noticeably faded after sixteen. It’s advertised as “up to eight hours,” so it certainly lives up to that claim and then some.

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The texture could be a bit more blendable and yield more pigmentation without having to build it up so much.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie

Are You Flushed With Milky Pinks?

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy mauve pink.” It’s a very rosy pink when swatched, but it turns a little more strawberry pink with a hint of mauve/plum on the lips. MAC Curvaceous is less pink, plummier. Illamasqua Move is cooler-toned, brighter. Neither of those shades is all that similar, so I don’t think I have a dupe for this shade.

It’s semi-opaque; it covers my lip freckle somewhat, but there’s a slight translucency that enables the natural lip color to peek through. If you have naturally redder lips, I would expect this to turn redder, too. This shade applied evenly, and it just barely settled into lip lines but the settling wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It was comfortable to wear, lightly hydrating, and lasted for four hours. The texture was non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, and had a good glide on the lips. Urban Decay’s Lip Junkies are mint-scented and -flavored.

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Flushed

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It was comfortable to wear, lightly hydrating, and lasted for four hours. The texture was non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, and had a good glide on the lips.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer
Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer

A Very Berry Glitter

Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer ($8.75 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a mix of “fine, extra-fine raspberry and charcoal with raspberry mini-hex and raspberry holo mini-hex with gunmetal and holo gunmetal mini- and medium-hex glitter in a clear base.” It has medium-dark pink shimmer in an assortment of sizes going as large as small hexagon-shaped glitter particles, and then some glitters look redder than others, along with some black and silver hexagons. Some pieces are holographic, so they look like rainbow when tilted/angled.

I applied two coats of it on its own on my thumb and pinky nails, and then one coat layered over Color Club’s Fashion Moment, which is a reddish burgundy cream color. I thought it worked well over burgundy, and I think it would be really nice over black, too.  The formula is on the thicker side, but it ends up being a good base as the glitters spread evenly across the nail without having to dab or pull at them, and what you see in the bottle makes it onto the nail. Some care is needed, though, to avoid over-applying from the thickness. It’s semi-opaque in coverage after two coats, and you might get nearly opaque coverage with three coats.  I typically get a week of wear without chipping or peeling with Lacquistry’s formula.

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Lacquistry Ashberry Frease Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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This has a lot of coverage for a glitter polish, and the particles lie flat and apply evenly--all great things. The only downside is the consistency is on the thicker side.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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