Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is an “eye-catching shade of magenta that dries to a perfect wax finish.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia with a wax finish, so it has a vinyl-like look that’s mostly matte but has a slight sheen.  MAC Toco Toucan is similar but dries to a shiny finish. MAC Girl About Town is very similar but isn’t a wax finish. MAC Embrace Me is cooler-toned and shiny. L’Oreal Members Only is lighter and shiny. China Glaze Love’s a Beach is shimmery and shiny. China Glaze Escaping Reality is lighter. Essie Super Bossa Nova is iridescent and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

It was opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly, but the wax finish definitely isn’t forgiving if your nails aren’t perfectly smooth.  I would recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to help create a more even surface from the get go.  The drying time is faster than average, and it’s important to let each coat fully dry before applying a second coat to prevent the second coat from tugging at the previously-applied coat.  When I tried Morning Glory for wear, it lasted seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping, but it did have more tip wear than I normally see with Cult Nails’ other shades (with a glossier finish). If you’re not a fan of the wax finish, you can apply a top coat and get a shiny finish that way.

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Morning Glory

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I would recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to help create a more even surface from the get go.  The drying time is faster than average, and it's important to let each coat fully dry before applying a second coat to prevent the second coat from tugging at the previously-applied coat.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, May 31st, 2013

MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer
MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer

MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone orange coral [with a cream finish].” It’s a light-medium orange with a cream finish and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque in two coats (there’s a little visible nail line coming through at a distance). The consistency was not too thick or too thin. Nails, Inc. Porchester Place is darker. Butter London Trout Pout is pinker. MAC Ravishing is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Ke Ai ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink frost [with a frost finish].” It’s a soft, pale pink with silver sparkle. It’s semi-opaque with two coats, and it’s the type of polish that seems like it’s supposed to be a sheer but MAC didn’t say it’s sheer (and they have used this as a descriptor in the past). It was slightly thick but had minimal brush strokes and applied fairly well. OCC Femme is darker. NARS Trouville is more pigmented, less shimmery. MAC Confectionary is lighter, less shimmery. Illamasqua Pink Raindrops is more muted, more pigmented.Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie is more pigmented, has no shimmer. Essie Kisses & Bisses is iridescent. See comparison swatches.

Morange ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright cream orange [with a cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark orange with red undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats and applied fairly well. Cult Nails Ay Poppy is more muted. NARS TV Party is slightly lighter. NARS Madness is brighter. Illamasqua Gamma is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Pop ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach cream [with a cream finish].” It’s a light peachy orange with a cream finish. It was slightly thin in consistency, and it was streaky during application. What makes it stand out from other peaches is it has a strong orange and yellow tone to it. MAC Riot Gear is darker, more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep is less orange, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Fiestaware

A-

It's a light-medium orange with a cream finish and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque in two coats (there's a little visible nail line coming through at a distance).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Ke Ai

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It's semi-opaque with two coats, and it's the type of polish that seems like it's supposed to be a sheer but MAC didn't say it's sheer (and they have used this as a descriptor in the past).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Morange

A

It's a medium-dark orange with red undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats and applied fairly well.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013

MAC Immortal Flower Blush
MAC Immortal Flower Blush

MAC Immortal Flower Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright peach [with a Satin finish].” It’s a soft, pink-coral with a subtle, satin sheen. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is more shimmery, pinker. Guerlain Blush G is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental is darker, pinker. MAC Legendary is pinker. MAC Flaming Chic is darker and pinker. MAC Shell Pearl is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Immortal Flower had nice, buildable color that seemed to apply pinker on the skin than it looked in the pan (where it looked mostly peach/orange). The texture is soft, almost powdery but not quite, and feels finely-milled and goes on smoothly. It does have a tendency to sheer out, so medium and darker complexions will need to build in layers and be careful not to over-blend. It looks mostly matte on the skin, but as the powder is buffed into the skin, the glowy sheen starts to come through. I’ll be testing this blush for wear today, but I generally get between seven and eight hours of wear with MAC’s satin finish blushes.

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Immortal Flower

A-

The texture is soft, almost powdery but not quite, and feels finely-milled and goes on smoothly. It does have a tendency to sheer out, so medium and darker complexions will need to build in layers and be careful not to over-blend.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick
MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick

MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone coral cream [with a satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, peach-orange with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had rich, opaque color, and the consistency was creamy, medium-weight, and lasted four hours on me. NARS Lodhi is darker but similar in tone. NARS Isola Bellla is lighter, less orange. MAC Style Surge is darker and pinker. Burberry Pink Apricot is more beige, less orange. See comparison swatches.

Sweet & Sour is described as a “soft peach cream [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a lightened, pink-tinted peach with a creamy, natural sheen. It is rich in color with full color coverage, and it was creamy, medium-weight, and lasted four and a half hours when I tested it earlier today. NARS Bolero is more matte and pinker. NARS Biscayne Park is warmer, more peach/orange. MAC Shy Girl is sheerer but similar. MAC Reel Sexy is pinker. MAC In a Heartbeat is slightly darker. MAC Ever Hip is pinker. Estee Lauder Naked is more matte, slightly pinker. Burberry Pink APricot is a bit darker, slightly browner. See comparison swatches.

Tangerine Dream is described as a “warm orange cream [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a brightened, yellow-orrange with a soft sheen. It’s mostly opaque, even though it’s a Lustre, but there is some translucency to the color overall. It wore three and a half hours on me, which is good as far as Lustres go. It was slightly drying, though. MAC Sheer Mandarin is a bit lighter, not as bright. MAC Sounds Like Noise is darker, more rorange. OCC Banjee is very similar–slightly yellower. See comparison swatches.

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Sushi Kiss

A-

It's a light-medium, peach-orange with warm undertones and a natural sheen.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sweet & Sour

A-

It's a lightened, pink-tinted peach with a creamy, natural sheen.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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Tangerine Dream

B+

It's a brightened, yellow-orrange with a soft sheen.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, metallic finish. NARS California is browner. MAC Star Myth is very similar. MAC In the Sun is darker, browner. MAC Red Hot Copper is slightly redder. MAC Brasuh is slightly more orange. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is redder. See comparison swatches.

The color is gorgeous, and the payoff is rich and intense–a little goes a long way–and it is incredibly finely-milled so it applies smoothly and evenly while being easy to blend. It lasted a full nine hours without creasing or fading. My issue with the project is the horrible packaging. It’s the same type of packaging that bareMinerals uses for their High Shine Eyecolors, and the problem is that as you unscrew the cap, it nearly springs open, and so much product gets loosened and pulled out with the sponge-tip applicator along the rim as well as just strewn outside of the tube.  Trying to apply with the sponge-tipped applicator is messy and ends up using a lot of product that you just don’t need.  I use a separate eyeshadow brush and lightly pat it against the applicator to get only as much as I need, and this also allows for more precise and controlled application.

It’s one of the worst types of packaging I’ve ever come across, and it was so disappointing to see Guerlain opt for this. I think the packaging is so poor and wasteful that on that alone, I wouldn’t purchase it–with a mere 0.02 oz. of product for $35, there’s not much to waste. (And it’s a shame, because there’s one other shade, which looks far more interesting/less dupable, but the packaging is making it so hard to pull the trigger.)  There’s no packaging-specific component for the Glossover any more, but I do take into account packaging that actually affects the overall quality of the product or application.

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Cuivre Ora

A-

It comes in one of the worst types of packaging I've ever come across, and it was so disappointing to see Guerlain opt for it. I think the packaging is so poor and wasteful that on that alone, I wouldn't purchase it--with a mere 0.02 oz. of product for $35, there's not much to waste.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink with golden sheen.”
Chanel Abstraction is warmer, almost coral-like in comparison. Urban Decay Scratch is warmer, doesn’t have a golden sheen, and is a powder product. Lancome Kitten Heel is lighter but has a golden sheen, and it is also a powder eyeshadow. Make Up For Ever #24E is very comparable. MAC Da BLing doesn’t have the same golden sheen and is a powder eyeshadow. See comparison swatches here.

Clinique Lavish Lilac Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “medium lilac.” It’s a smoky plum with a metallic sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. BareMinerals Chroma Violet is warmer, purpler. bareMinerals Romp is very similar but a powder product. MAC Round Midnight is darker and a powder eyeshadow. MAC Joy & Laughter #2 is slightly lighter and a powder product. MAC Winterized is a smidgen darker and a powder product. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is lighter and a powder eyeshadow. Urban Decay Rapture is purpler and a powder product. See comparison swatches here.

Pink and Plenty was semi-sheer in one stroke, and on the lid, it was a crumbly, flaky mess that was very unflattering on the lid! It made the lid look dry and crepe-y. It tugged at the lid, and in an attempt to even out the color, it clings to itself and doesn’t smooth out well. I wish this was easier to blend, because I could definitely see someone using this as a one-and-done wash of color that adds color and brightens. It “lasted” during the twelve hours I wore it without (further) creasing/fading, but it started off so patchy that it was hard to tell–I just went back the fact it looked exactly the same initially and twelve hours later.

Lavish Lilac was mostly opaque in a single pass, and it applied smoothly and evenly on the lid. The consistency of the pencil is somewhat dry but waxy, so it glides across the lid without tugging too much, but it’s not the creamiest or most comfortable pencil shadow I’ve come across. Like others in the range, it’s also not very blendable–it tends to stay and stick where you’ve applied it, so fading out the edges can take some elbow grease. One trick is to heat up the pencil with a blow dryer or used a similar-colored powder eyeshadow to help diffuse the edges. I didn’t experience any creasing or fading with this shade over the twelve hours I wore it.

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Pink and Plenty

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Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Lavish Lilac

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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