Chanel French Toffee & Friandise Aqualumiere Glosses

Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a warm, champagne-shimmered, golden beige. The base color really doesn’t do much–at best, adds a little warmth–but it does have a noticeable amount of very fine beige and gold shimmers, plus a very glossy shine. MAC Soft Serenade is warmer. Revlon Peach is slightly darker. MAC Sublime Shine is similar. MAC Satin Slip is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss
Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss French Toffee (83)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
5
Total
87%
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Essie Naughty Nautical & More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark green-teal with soft, white sparkle. MAC Ocean Dip is darker, no shimmer. Illamaqua Venous is more muted, no shimmer. Zoya Zuza is more shimmery. See comparison swatches. The formula was good; the color was mostly opaque after two coats with the barest bit of the nail line coming through when there was a lot of light in the room. It dried down to a glossy shine, and the sparkles are still somewhat visible even at a distance. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have any trouble applying even layers of the polish. I normally get seven days of wear with minor tip wear with Essie’s formula.

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Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Nail Lacquer Naughty Nautical
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Eyeshadows ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) come in six shades. All six are limited edition.  If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ll know that MAC Mineralize and I, generally, don’t get along.  I love the way they look in their pots, and photographing the Mineralize collections is always fun–everything looks spectacular.  I’m always disappointed by their performance, as they never look as pretty applied as they do in their pots.  This is particularly true with the eyeshadows, and this year’s seemed worse to me than some of the more recent releases.  More or less, the formula seems to have gotten better over the years (finer, smoother, less powdery), but the texture on these, overall, felt like Mineralize Eyeshadows from three or four years ago–drier, kind of powdery.  Color payoff was an issue (even used with a damp brush), and then later on, wear, as all of these looked noticeably faded well before eight hours.

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MAC Bossa Blue Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Bossa Blue
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Cremesheen Glasses ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) come in four shades: Calypso Beat, Fever Isle, Japanese Spring (repromote), and Narcissus (repromote). All four are limited edition.  If you love the Cremesheen Glass formula, you’ll no doubt love at least three of the four here. I’m not the biggest fan of the formula due to how quickly it wears away coupled with how little is actually in the tube (0.09 fl. oz. vs. 0.17 fl. oz. in Lipglass), so one tube can go rather quickly.  The other is that they tend to be milky or creamy and settle into lip lines, which these do to an extent but a much lesser extent (except for Japanese Spring) than ones in the past have.  The formula is almost creamy but not terribly thick (not like Lipglass), vanilla-scented, and non-sticky.

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MAC Calypso Beat Cremesheen Glass
MAC Cremesheen Glass Calypso Beat
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Chanel Ingenue & Interlude Rouge Coco Shines

Chanel Ingenue Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, yellow tangerine with a glossy shine. On lips, it looked like gold-shimmered peach, and because it was semi-opaque, my natural lip color seemed to mute some of the brightness of the color. Because of the lightness of this shade, it didn’t look as even applied as some of the other shades I’ve tried. It lasted three and a half hours, which is short of average, but was slightly moisturizing while I wore it. Chanel Sentiment is similar but less glossy. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower is warmer, more opaque. MAC Shy Girl is less warm-toned. MAC In a Heartbeat is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Chanel Ingenue Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Ingenue
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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