Monday, November 12th, 2012

shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick
shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

Something Beige and Coral for the Holidays

shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a warm-toned, light-medium orange with a soft beige tint. It has a glossy finish and subtle shimmer running through it. Burberry Devon Sunset is pinker. Bobbi Brown Guava is similar, slightly more muted. MAC Jazzed is lighter. MAC In a Heartbeat is noticeably lighter.

The Rouge Unlimited formula is supposed to have “rich moisture and long lasting comfort” with “high color payoff and fidelity.” It has such a slick consistency–like a lipstick-lipgloss hybrid–yet delivers nearly opaque color coverage. There’s a subtle translucency that keeps it from looking too thick or heavy. The creaminess enables it to apply to glide on effortlessly, and it is a very hydrating formula. It doesn’t last longer than three hours on my lips (an hour shy of my typical four-hour average), which wasn’t completely unexpected, given the slickness of the formula. It’s lightweight, though, and it is comfortable to wear.

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shu uemura Celebrity Beige Rouge Unlimited Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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Celebrity Beige glides on easily, feels comfortable to wear, and is very hydrating while it is worn. Not your expected shade for the holidays but not everyone wants to wear red and berry!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, November 12th, 2012

China Glaze Manhunt Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Manhunt Nail Lacquer

On a Manhunt for Bold Blue

China Glaze Manhunt Nail Lacquer ($7.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold cobalt blue.” It’s a rich, bold cobalt blue. It has more of a jelly finish from what I can tell, as it’s not quite a cream, but perhaps not a full-on jelly finish either. Though very shimmery in finish, Zoya Song is similar in boldness and overall blue hue. China Glaze Ride the Waves is much lighter (and sheerer). Illamasqua Force is similar but a little more muted. Butter London Blagger is more true blue than cobalt.

It was very nearly opaque after two coats, but there is a faint shadow of my nail line coming through both in natural (studio) light as well as under flash (more apparent there).  The squishy look of the polish makes me think it’s a jelly finish, while the slight sheerness supports that, too.  The consistency was a good balance between thick and thin, so it flowed evenly across the nail and wasn’t streaky or prone to bubbling.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping and only minor tip wear.

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Manhunt

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So long as you don't mind slight sheerness after two coats or needing three coats for full opacity, Manhunt is a very rich, bold blue with a great consistency and flow.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Wet 'n' Wild Sparkle 'Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette

Sparkle ‘Til Morning with Wet ‘n’ Wild

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.30 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows, and it’s a limited edition holiday palette. I found mine at CVS about two weeks ago, and there were only two in the display–both had one eyeshadow broken. I did my best to clean it up and re-press the broken eyeshadow, but you can definitely see that about half was not salvageable.

The first shade is a pale yellowed gold with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and it was soft, smooth, and not powdery when used. Guerlain Calligraphy is similar. Cinderella Charming is more frosted but close in color. Buxom Poodle is close–more metallic. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is yellower, less shimmer. MAC Femme-Fi is lighter.

The second shade is a soft copper with a subtle frost finish. It had solid pigmentation and applied very smoothly. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone is brighter, more golden. Bare Minerals Golden Iris is less orange.

The third shade is a medium-dark copper with a frosted finish. The color payoff was excellent, and it was a dream to work with; very soft, smooth, and buttery. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is very comparable–a hair darker. MAC Brash has a stronger red undertone. MAC Double Feature 8M is similar.

The fourth shade is a blue-teal with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen. The pigmentation was decent to good, but this shade was a little powdery. I felt like I needed to layer in order to maintain the color intensity on the lid as seen in the pan. MAC Fashion Circuit is darker. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is similar, a touch greener. NYX Seafoam Green is greener. MAC Shimmermoss is a smidgen darker.

The fifth shade is a warm champagne-shimmered beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had lovely color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. Dior Fairy Golds is pinker. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is lighter. NARS Delphes is comparable.

The sixth shade is an orange-copper with a sparkly, frosted finish. This one did have some powderiness/looseness such that it didn’t bind together completely. It’s a mix of the second and third shades within this palette, in case it seemed familiar! Urban Decay Penny Lane is a little softer. Guerlain Calligraphy is more orange. Tarina Tarantino Amber is comparable. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is very similar. NARS Isolde is darker, more orange. theBalm Manic Maribel is rather close. I think you get the picture–there are a ton of shades that are comparable to this one! (Nearly every brand seems to have its version, which isn’t a bad thing, but you might have something like it already!)

The seventh shade is a soft, golden medium brown with a satiny sheen. It was a touch powdery, but it had good color payoff. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone had a shade that seemed similar, but it’s darker and browner–less orange tones. Cinderella Drizella is more shimmery. Dior Golden Savannah is darker.

The eighth shade is a deep, dark brown with warm red undertones and a sparkling of burgundy shimmer over a pearly finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it was easy to use on the eye. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone, again, had something similar but not quite–it’s cooler-toned, more of a black-burgundy. MAC Carbonized is more frosted. Urban Decay Busted is more burgundy.

Overall, Sparkle ‘Til Morning is a lovely palette, and at the price point, easily forgiven for being a little powdery in places.  All in all, the pigmentation was true-to-pan across the board, and all of the shades were soft and easily blended during application.  When I wore the palette to test the wear, they lasted for eight hours without fading or creasing over a primer, and then seven hours without creasing but noticeable fading without a primer.

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Wet 'n' Wild Sparkle 'Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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The texture of these eyeshadows was a bit powdery, which did impact the application overall, as well as the payoffs of a few shades.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, November 10th, 2012

L'Oreal The Bigger the Better Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Bigger the Better Nail Lacquer

A Splatter of Black Glitter

L’Oreal The Bigger the Better Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) contains black and silver glitter suspended in a clear base.  The silver glitter appears to be in one size, while the black glitter comes in multiple sizes, which makes it look a lot like black paint splatter. It looks super, super dark in the bottle–so much so that it also looks a lot like The Queen’s Ambition, but it’s completely different. I don’t have anything like this, and the only polish that reminds me of the effect is China Glaze Tinsel Town, which is black with silver glitter.

I layered this over a silver polish so you could see it layered, and the other two nails show the polish on its own with two coats. It’s best used as a layering polish, especially since the base color is clear. The glittery bits and bobs spread evenly across the nail and didn’t get too clumped up.  I picked this up from a holiday display, though I haven’t spotted it online yet, but it was at my local CVS.   L’Oreal’s Colour Riche line has worn really well on me from the half-dozen I’ve tested thus far–a full week of wear with no chipping and very minor tip wear.

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The Bigger The Better

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It's a very cool effect, but I can see people hating it (and loving it), so it's going to come down to personal preference. To keep the splattered effect, it should be layered or used with one or two coats.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo
Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo

A Duo Featuring Coral and Plum

Guerlain Pink Punk Blush Duo ($50.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains a vibrant coral-pink with a mostly matte finish and subdued plum with a mostly matte finish.

If you have a cooler complexion with natural pink undertones, I suspect the brighter pink shade will look pinker, not quite as coral-like, on you. It looked pinker in the pan but on my skin, it was less so. Burberry Blossom is more orange. MAC Fleet Fast is similar but more subdued, plus it has gold shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is very comparable in color. Tarte Blissful is also very similar–perhaps a bit pinker (even on my skin tone). This shade was very, very pigmented. It has a dry but finely-milled texture that is best when used with a brush. I used the included brush to apply, and while I can’t say I prefer it to my full-sized brushes (I am partial to both the shapes and the longer handles!), it is soft and works well to apply and blend out the color. When I trialed for wear, it lasted eight hours without fading.

The plum shade seemed sheer when I swatched it, but with a blush brush (the one included), it was more pigmented than it seemed initially. It is not nearly as intense as the brighter coral shade, though. MAC The Perfect Cheek is more subdued, pinker, less warm-toned. Tarte Exposed is more neutral. Burberry Cameo is less pink, more plum. Chanel Rose Temptation is a touch darker and more plum. It had the same finely-milled, dry texture that wore well (eight hours).

Finally, when the two shades are mixed, it becomes a rosy plum with a matte finish. It ended up looking very similar to NARS Amour. NARS Deep Throat is pinker, lighter, and has a golden sheen.  I wore the two shades layered together, and they lasted a full eight hours without any signs of fading.  If you’re a fan of Guerlain’s matte eyeshadows, you’ll like the texture and feel of the blushes, as they’re very similar.  If you prefer a softer, denser, more buttery texture, you may find these too dry/firm for your liking.

The Glossover

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Pink Punk

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If you're a fan of Guerlain's matte eyeshadows, you'll like the texture and feel of the blushes, as they're very similar. If you prefer a softer, denser, more buttery texture, you may find these too dry/firm for your liking.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

NARS Mitzi Lipstick
NARS Mitzi Lipstick

One Sheer, Shimmery Lipstick Coming Right Up!

NARS Mitzi Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer muted strawberry pink with soft shimmer.” It’s a soft, rosy brown with a natural sheen. Chanel Superstition looks similar on the lips, though it more golden-shimmered and less pink-toned. Clarins Rosewood is more opaque. MAC Viva Glam V is pinker. Guerlani Rose Ensoleille is darker, pinker.

This shade is part of NARS’ Sheer lipstick range, which is designed as sheer color with long-wear and has a hydrating formula. Mitzi is lightweight, sheer, and wears three and a half hours on me, which isn’t bad for such a sheer shade. This particular lipstick imparts more shimmer than actual color, so the more pigmented your lips are, the less you’ll notice your lip color changing, but you will see a soft, frosted sheen/shimmer on them instead. It was lightly hydrating but not a full-on moisturizing lipstick; after wearing it twice in a row, I needed lip balm an hour later.  It is scent- and taste-free.

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Mitzi

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Depending on your natural lip color, this might be a great everyday shade or may just get lost.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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