Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “beige.” It’s a pale, gilded beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single pass, but it’s only semi-opaque and buildable to about semi-opaque, even though I tried to layer it. It’s sufficient for brightening the eye, and it can be evened out with a brush to blend the eyeliner together. NARS Rue Bonaparte is matte. MAC Gilded White is very similar, perhaps a touch whiter. Other champagne eyeliners are warmer, more beige. See comparison swatches.

Roof Top Party Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “gunmetal.” It’s an olive brown; a murky, dirty brown with a hint of green and subtle shimmer. The color payoff was good in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color with two or so passes of the eyeliner. Urban Decay Stash is richer–darker and more intense. MAC Forever Green is greener. bareMinerals 10AM is darker, more intense. See comparison swatches.

I liked both of these, but they weren’t as intense on the eye as they looked in the pencil–it was almost as if the consistency was a little too waxy so the color didn’t build up to full intensity as a result. Though, the waxiness enabled both shades to glide across the skin easily–no skipping or dragging. Both shades wore well for eight hours on me with very minimal thinning but no smudging or migrating.

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Blonde Ambition

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It had good color payoff in a single pass, but it's only semi-opaque and buildable to about semi-opaque, even though I tried to layer it. It's sufficient for brightening the eye, and it can be evened out with a brush to blend the eyeliner together.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Roof Top Party

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The color payoff was good in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color with two or so passes of the eyeliner.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush
Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush

Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush ($11.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a warm, light-medium coral-pink with a soft, sparkling sheen. MAC Simmer is more intense, darker. Edwared Bess Secret Affair is more orange. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker, less shimmery. NARS Deep Throat is a bit darker. MAC Supercontinental is warmer, less pink. MAC Legendary is lighter. MAC Flaming Chic is less shimmery. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is a bit warmer, brighter.
See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to give a “soft iridescence to highlight contour and add radiance to cheeks.” It had good color payoff that was buildable from sheer to semi-opaque but it may get lost on medium-dark to darker complexions. The texture was soft and smooth, and it was easy to blend it on the skin. It had a sparkling finish, so there were a few visible bits of sparkle, but it is rather fine so it didn’t seem to emphasize pores on my skin. It wore well for eight hours when I tested it, and it started to fade just before nine hours of wear. The powder is scented with violet, but I didn’t notice it once applied, only in the pan.

It comes in four shades, and I plan to review Natural as well, but I haven’t tested that one yet. But I did take photos, and between the two, there is not a major difference. If you have cooler undertones, I expect you’ll see a more notable difference, because Natural is warmer with less pink, but on my warmer, medium skin tone, it was hard to tell the difference between the two on (so just a heads up–I will do a full review of Natural once I’ve had a chance to wear it!).

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Warm

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Revlon Berry Couture Super Lustrous Lipstick
Revlon Berry Couture Super Lustrous Lipstick

Revlon Berry Couture Super Lustrous Lipstick ($7.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a cool-toned, fuchsia-berry with a soft shine. The color was buildable from sheer to semi-opaque–it looked a bit like a lip stain, because of how thin the formula is, as it looks a lot like my natural lip; not heavy-looking at all. This particular shade wore for three and a half hours on me, which is shy of average, but for something with as much slip as this does going on, it was good wear. Revlon Sorbet is warmer. MAC Lickable is slightly brighter. Dior Lucky is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Fuchsia Shock Super Lustrous Lipstick ($7.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a cool-toned fuchsia pink with iridescent fuchsia shimmer. It had sheer to semi-opaque color that was buildable and never felt heavy or thick on the lips. It lasted two and a half hours on me. MAC Midnight Mambo is brighter, cooler-toned. Revlon Lollipop is darker. Chanel Extatique is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Lover’s Coral Super Lustrous Lipstick ($7.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a softened, coral-red with warm undertones and a soft shine. This shade didn’t apply as evenly as the other two, but it had the same thin, your-lips-but-better finish that had a light sheen and sat well on the lips. It wore for two hours. NYX Haute Melon is more muted. Guerlain Nahema is more pigmented, shimmery. Chanel Coquette is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever Folk is similar. See comparison swatches.

It has a “Shine” finish, which delivers “lightweight color and moisturizing shine” with “buildable color payoff.” The formula is supposed to be moisturizing with a shiny finish. I didn’t detect any scent in any of the ones I bought at all, though I certainly stuck my nose close enough to get pink on the tip of it!  These three all felt moderately hydrating on me, but the hydration only lasts as long as they do, so it’s not as hydrating as a separate lip balm.

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Berry Couture

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Fuchsia Shock

B+

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9/10

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10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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5/5

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Lover's Coral

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

6/10

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

MAC Coppertone Blush
MAC Coppertone Blush

MAC Coppertone Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “peach brown [with a matte finish].” It’s a medium, muted orange with brown undertones and a matte finish. I get the “peach brown” description, though. NARS Gina is a touch lighter. MAC Seasonal Appeal is less warm. MAC Eternal Sun is a bit darker. MAC Barefaced is more shimmery. Chanel Espiegle is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Coppertone has a soft, smooth texture that applies evenly on the skin.  It’s blendable, and the color goes on slightly darker once applied than it looks in the pan (I think the matte finishes tend to do this; like the natural oils on the skin tend to darken them once applied).  The color is buildable, though it’s fairly pigmented so I would advise using a lighter hand on fairer complexions and gradually building the color up to see how it works for you.  It lasted seven and a half hours well on me, and it started to fade shortly after eight hours.

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Coppertone

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Coppertone has a soft, smooth texture that applies evenly on the skin with nice pigmentation that's buildable and blendable.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Hare Polish Bisbee 2.0 Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Bisbee 2.0 Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Bisbee 2.0 Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “turquoise jelly, accented with bright yellow-golden hexes and squares … plus gold shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, aqua blue turquoise with square and hexagon-shaped gold shimmer (that turns almost green when it gets covered with the base color) and a fine dusting of gold shimmer. I applied two coats of polish, as the brand advised, and it was semi-opaque and had that signature squishy, slightly translucent jelly look. I couldn’t think of any dupes (not even just a turquoise jelly!).

Leap Light Year Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.)is described as a “bright, squishy cherry red jelly, silver squares in two different sizes and smaller silver hexes.” It’s a brightened, pinky-red jelly base with silver-hued, square-shaped glitters in medium and small size, plus small silver hexagon-shaped glitters. The brand applied three thin coats in their preview swatches, so I followed suit on my ringer finger and did two more medium coats on the rest of my nails, and a third coat would give you a squishier look, though opacity is still very much as expected for a jelly with two regular coats–slightly translucent with good glitter dispersion and coverage. It looks a bit pinker, whereas it becomes a juicier red with three thin coats. Neither of these are dupes, but they were the closest that I could think of: L’Oreal The Queen’s Might doesn’t have glitter and isn’t a jelly (but it has a similar pink-red coloring) and Cult Nails Captivated has gold glitter. See comparison swatches.

Star Tropics Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, squishy blue jelly, silver squares in two different sizes and smaller silver hexes.” It’s a darkened, medium-dark navy blue jelly base with large and medium, silver, square-shaped glitters and then smaller hexagon-shaped silver glitters. The brand showed three thin coats in their preview swatches, which is what I did with my ring and pinky fingernails, and then two medium coats on my middle finger, and finally, two thin coats on my index finger (so hopefully you have a good idea of the coverage!). The blue looks its densest and richest with three thin coats, and it definitely looks squishier that way, too. There was good glitter coverage every which way I tried, and it was easy to apply. I don’t know of any polishes (from what I’ve seen, of course!) that is like this, but these were all shades that were similar to the base color (but not so much the jelly finish): MAC Blue Gaze, MAC Breezy Blue, Illamasqua Force, China Glaze Manhunt, and Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like. See comparison swatches.

All three had consistency that were typical for jelly finishes–slightly thicker than the average polish but not too thick or goopy.  I noticed that Bisbee 2.0 was slightly thicker than the other two.  They applied without pooling along the edges, and I found the glitter was actually very easy to apply, as it dispersed evenly as I normally applied the polish–I didn’t have to push and prod it into place to get it across the nail. Star Tropics can look a little uneven if it’s too sheer, though it didn’t seem actually streaky, but I think with the way the glitter is suspended in the polish, it gives that look. From the Hare Polishes I’ve tried thus far, they’ve lasted a week with minor tip wear.

These three in particular will be restocked shortly, and for those who’ve wanted to try out Hare, they’ve also done a major restock of the rest of their range, too, in their Etsy shop.

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9/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) has finishes that “range from matte to satin to shimmer,” with a “smudge-proof formula [that] can be applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results.”  Overall, it’s a good palette with an interesting mix of colors and textures.  When trying it out, the green shade wasn’t as smooth or as easy to use as the other three shades, as it had an almost sparkly finish that made it less inclined to smooth out and bind together.  I didn’t encounter this issue with the other shades, though, and they applied more smoothly and were easier to blend.  I wore all four shades together, and the green one was very slightly creased after eight hours, while the rest held up without creasing and had only minor fading after nine hours of wear.

Delicatesse #1 is a neutral, light-medium gray-green with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and applied damp, it is more opaque and has a stronger metallic sheen. Chanel Jade Shore is greener, warmer. MAC Lady Grey is darker, less shimmery. Lancome Enduring Vert is lighter. Chanel Riviere is slightly lighter less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #2 is a pale white with a green sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff when applied dry and then took on a more metallic sheen with opaque color payoff when applied damp. MAC Zestful is greener. Lancome Fashion Forward is paler. Chanel Promesse #4 is similar. Sugarpill Lumi is bluer. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #3 is a warm, pink-coral with a soft, pearly sheen. Applied dry, it still had good color but was softer overall. Applied damp, it’s smoother and brighter. Chanel Pink Lagoon is darker. Urban Decay Scratch is darker. MAC Pink Frontier is similar. Chanel Rose de Mai is less shimmery. bareMinerals Page Six is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #4 is a warm-toned, medium-dark plum. Applied dry or damp, the color payoff was pretty good, and the texture was soft, smooth, and lightly frosted. I really didn’t see much of a difference between the two applications. Disney Master is cooler-toned. MAC Festive Delight is less shimmery. MAC Brazenly is bolder. See comparison swatches.

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Delicatesse

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Overall, it's a good palette with an interesting mix of colors and textures. The green shade was the only one I had any big issues with, but even that was more minor than it was major.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Delicatesse #1

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Delicatesse #2

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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