Monday, January 9th, 2012

NYX Orange Eyeshadow
NYX Orange Eyeshadow

NYX Orange Eyeshadow

NYX Orange Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is tangerine orange with a lighter peach-orange shimmer. The finish is more of a frosted, but it doesn’t read heavy. It’s a very wearable orange because of the softness in the color. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find a dupe among all of these orange eyeshadows. Givenchy Candide Garden was the closest but still darker. Most shades that were in similar in lightness had a pink-tone or really gold sheen (think MAC Melon).

The color is true-to-pan and opaque on the skin, while the texture is dense, buttery, and very soft without being powdery or loose (which is probably the most common issue of NYX’s eyeshadow line–but many shades are just fine, such as this one).  Without a base, this shade wore for seven hours, but with a base, I had no wear problems after eight hours.  This is definitely one of the better NYX eyeshadows I’ve tried, and personally, I’m always in awe when I can’t think of dupes for a shade!

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This is definitely one of the better NYX eyeshadows I've tried, and personally, I'm always in awe when I can't think of dupes for a shade!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Zoya True
Zoya Nail Lacquers in Cho, Farah, and Bevin

Zoya Spring 2012: True

Zoya’s True Collection include six spring-time shades: Cho (full coverage, vanilla shimmer metallic), Farah (full coverage, latte beige cream), Bevin Full coverage, pale sage green cream), Tru (full coverage, gilded purple orchid metallic), Lotus (full coverage, light lotus purple metallic), and Skylar (full coverage, silvered slate blue metallic).

  • Cho is a warm, light beige with very subtle shimmer. It looks almost like a cream finish in natural light. It was opaque in two coats. Zoya Minka was the only similar shade I could think of, but it is warmer and a bit darker.
  • Farah is a neutral-cool light beige with a cream finish. At a glance, it seems similar to Cho, but it doesn’t have shimmer and lacks the warmth. It was opaque in two coats. Essie Sand Tropez is warmer, almost pink-tinted in comparison. Rescue Beauty Lounge Jane is a touch darker and has subtle shimmer.
  • Bevin is a cool-toned green–kind of like seafoam green to me but a couple of steps darker–with a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats. I couldn’t think of any dupes–Essie Sew Psyched is much, much darker and greener while Rescue Beauty Lounge Diddy Mow is grayer and much darker.
  • Skylar is a purpled blue with silver shimmer (the shimmer is almost more like sparkle–it’s not as fine as the other metallics in the collection). It was opaque in two coats. The texture reminded me of Essie Smooth Sailing (which also–initially–seemed like something similar, but it’s much darker and purpler). The color is a bit bluer compared to Zoya Caitlin.
  • Tru is a rich red-toned eggplant purple with copper-red shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. Zoya Kieko was the closest shade I could think of, but it is lighter.
  • Lotus is a dusty, medium-dark purple with pink-red shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. Rescue Beauty Lounge Insouciant is grayer, less purple.

The creams were a little thick; I really felt like I had to wipe off excess color more than I do normally with polishes, because it was easy to overapply color and get too thick of a coat. There’s really no need for really thick coats with this polish, because they were all really opaque, and semi-opaque in a single coat at that.  The metallics had a better consistency and applied easily without any concerns.  The color coverage is really good, though, which is great, since Zoya describes all six as “full coverage.”    I’m always surprised when I’m unable to quickly find dupes of polishes; it’s just totally unexpected that there are still original shades to be made sometimes (and I suppose that goes with all color cosmetics).  It’s very spring-esque without being perfectly pastel; there is a soft, muted quality to all of the hues in the collection, but they aren’t washed out.

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Zoya True Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

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I'm always surprised when I'm unable to quickly find dupes of polishes; it's just totally unexpected that there are still original shades to be made sometimes (and I suppose that goes with all color cosmetics). It's very spring-esque without being perfectly pastel; there is a soft, muted quality to all of the hues in the collection, but they aren't washed out.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MAC Subtle Breeze Mineralize Blush
MAC Subtle Breeze Mineralize Blush

MAC Naturally: Subtle Breeze Mineralize Blush

MAC Subtle Breeze Mineralize Blush ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “blue-pink.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based pink with a subtle pink glow. NYX English Rose is a bit lighter. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink is less blue-based. MAC Briar Rose looks similar on cheeks, though a bit cooler-toned.  Though it does lean cool, I found it very wearable on my warmer complexion.  It has good color payoff without being too intense, so it’s buildable but workable without having to use a very light hand.

The texture is soft like silk without being powdery, so it’s easy to apply, extremely blendable, and the finish is incredibly natural and glowy. It’s not high-shine or lots of sheen and shimmer. I tested out Subtle Breeze from this collection for wear, and it lasted for around six hours before it started to look noticeably faded on my normal-to-dry skin. I’ve never had good luck with getting MAC’s mineralize products to wear all day on me, unfortunately.

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Subtle Breeze

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It has such a beautiful texture that looks even more beautiful when worn--I just wish it would wear longer than six hours! The color payoff is nice but the powder is blendable, so you can get the concentration of color you prefer with ease.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MAC Early Morning Mineralize Blush
MAC Early Morning Mineralize Blush

MAC Naturally: Early Morning Mineralize Blush

MAC Early Morning Mineralize Blush ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” There’s not much peach in this, to be honest; it doesn’t seem to come through at all! Instead, it’s more like a medium-dark coral-pink with hints of red. It’s not as pink as theBalm Frat Boy or as orange as Chanel Tweed Brun Rose.  The pigmentation is nice, but it’s soft enough that it can be easily diffused and blended out for a softer look.  You don’t need an exceptionally light hand to work with it either, which makes it more user-friendly.

The texture of this collection’s Mineralize Blushes is really lovely; beyond finely-milled, so the powder is soft, smooth, and feels like silk against the skin. With a very natural finish (think barely-there glow), the color lies beautifully against the skin. It’s really the way these feel and look on the skin that make them sing. I tested out Subtle Breeze from this collection for wear, and it lasted for around six hours before it started to look noticeably faded on my normal-to-dry skin. I’ve never had good luck with getting MAC’s mineralize products to wear all day on me, unfortunately.

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Early Morning

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It has such a beautiful texture that looks even more beautiful when worn--I just wish it would wear longer than six hours! The color payoff is nice but the powder is blendable, so you can get the concentration of color you prefer with ease.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Chanel May Le Vernis
Chanel May Le Vernis

Chanel Spring 2012: Chanel May Le Vernis

Chanel May Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense pink.” It’s a lovely clean, almost neutral pink. It leans just barely cool toned in the bottle and against my skin in certain lighting, but at a glance, it almost reads neutral against my yellow undertones. I suspect if you have cooler undertones, you’ll see it appear a bit bluer overall. MAC Ice Cream Cake is much more magenta and bluer. China Glaze Empowerment is lighter. Chanel Mistral is lighter and more yellow-toned.

I used two coats for opaque color coverage with May, and it was fluid enough to apply evenly and settle across the nail without bubbling or pooling at the sides. It does have a slightly longer drying time, and you really do need to let each coat set before applying the next, or else you will find it drags/pulls enough to be noticeable. It’s a little on the thick side but entirely manageable (I didn’t have to experiment with application technique at all). My experience with Chanel’s formula has been good; I don’t experience chipping (but I also can’t think of a formula that does, so long as I use a base and top coat) and am able to wear their shades for a week with minor tip wear.

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May

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Infinitely appropriate for spring--soft, feminine, elegant--and fairly office-friendly, too. I don't have an exact dupe for it in my stash, but if you own lots of pink cremes, you might be able to find something similar in yours.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 23rd, 2011

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow
NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.09 oz.) is an ocean blue with a soft, frosted finish. What I love about this particular shade of blue is the overall soft, muted quality to it, but it hasn’t diminished the quiet vibrancy of the color at all. It’s like a mix of MAC Freshwater and MAC Deep Truth. MAC Pure Creation is a bit similar, too.

The eyeshadow has a really soft, powdery quality that can result in fall out if you aren’t aware of it (I also think you end up with more product than you need for application, because a little goes a long way). It has great color payoff and melts against skin for a really smooth result. NYX says these will wear “for many hours,” though I will say they tend to look faded after six or seven hours if used without a base. This particular shade I didn’t have any fading issues with when I used it over an eyeshadow base.

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Kiss in Casablanca

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All in all, this is a really nice budget-friendly blue that packs plenty of color! If you're a fan of blues, this is worth a look, because I think that slightly soft color is hard to find.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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