Monday, May 13th, 2013

Chanel Crushed Cherry Glossimer
Chanel Crushed Cherry Glossimer

Chanel Crushed Cherry Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a bold, berry-red with a glossy shine. MAC Plum Fun is more plum and has shimmer. MAC Lasting Achievement is much darker and has shimmer. MAC Rebel is purper. NARS Bougainville is slightly more berry-hued. NYX Burgundy is not quite as red and has shimmer.

It was such a happy moment to apply this shade, because it’s a very opaque Glossimer, and I feel like we haven’t seen enough of these in recent history (to balance out all of the ultra sheer shades). It’s also an interesting shade as it has no shimmer, just semi-opaque color with a high shine finish. The consistency is lightweight, medium in thickness, and applies incredibly evenly for something this deep. There is very faint settling of the color into lip lines, but at a distance, it is hardly noticeable. Crushed Cherry wore for five and a half hours for me, and it was lightly hydrating during that time.

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It was such a happy moment to apply this shade, because it's a very opaque Glossimer, and I feel like we haven't seen enough of these in recent history (to balance out all of the ultra sheer shades). It's also an interesting shade as it has no shimmer, just semi-opaque color with a high shine finish.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, May 13th, 2013

Urban Decay Snatch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Snatch Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Snatch Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale peach shimmer with gold glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, peachy-pink with gold glitter and a frosted finish. Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #1 is lighter and less frosted. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is slightly less pink and has no glitter. Urban Decay Scratch is a touch warmer, slightly darker.

There are a lot of things to love about Snatch, but long-time readers likely know that the micro-glitter is the one aspect of this eyeshadow that brings it down a notch.  I love glitter, but it has to stick if it’s going to be put into a product like this.  Or else the brand needs to fess up and tell us it needs to be used with XYZ product to make the glitter stay put (rather than saying it won’t fall out on its own).  The little glittery bits in this eyeshadow do fall out both during application and later on during wear.  It’s not full of glitter, so it’s a more manageable quantity, and it’s slight enough that I’d still wear this eyeshadow and not worry much over it.  It is, though, annoying.  The underlying color is rich in color, buttery and smooth in texture.  It applies smoothly, evenly, and stays on for the nine hours I tested it without fading or creasing.

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The underlying color is rich in color, buttery and smooth in texture.  It applies smoothly, evenly, and stays on for the nine hours I tested it without fading or creasing, but the glitter fall out may be a deal-breaker for some.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Chanel Pygmalion (467) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Pygmalion (467) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Pygmalion (467) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “raspberry.” This is a warm, coral-pink with a soft, barely-there shimmer-sheen with a glossy shine. If I had to describe it as a fruit, I would call it more of a watermelon shade–not raspberry. Maybelline Shocking Coral is much bolder/brighter and mor eintense in color but is related. MAC Lady at Play is more orange/coral. MAC Ablaze is more orange and matte. Guerlain Nahema has more shimmer. MAC Hibiscus is redder. MAC Ultra Darling is comparable.

It had semi-opaque color payoff, where it deposited enough color to change my lip color to something else but there was still translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through. Pygmalion wears three hours on me, which I wouldn’t call “lasting” wear, but the consistency of the formula is very emollient, slick, and water-like, so for something with that kind of texture, it is better than average. It was lightly hydrating while I wore it, and it was comfortable to wear.

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Pygmalion

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It's a very summer-appropriate shade, and as a pink-coral, I think it'll be a favorite for those who like Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine--and if you don't like how sheer a lot of the range is, then you may like this semi-opaque shade.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Tom Ford Pink Lust Lip Lacquer
Tom Ford Pink Lust Lip Lacquer

Tom Ford Pink Lust Lip Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light pink with golden pearl.” It’s a warm, peachy-beige with pink, gold, and champagne micro-shimmer. Revlon Sunset Peach is more orange. MAC Pure Flattery is also more orange. Guerlain Sable Show is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold is similar but slightly pinker. Hourglass Imagine is more golden. MAC Nymphette is slightly pinker and more frosted. Cle de Peau #2 has a stronger golden sheen.

This feels and acts like a lipgloss-balm hybrid product but, on the upside, comes with the amount more typical of a balm (0.50 fl. oz., whereas a lot of glosses are around 0.20 fl. oz.), which makes this a “good deal,” as far as Tom Ford Beauty products go. It’s an easy-to-wear color that blends with the natural pink tones to the lip and adds a frosted shimmer and subtle sheen to reflect light. The coverage is semi-sheer to semi-opaque; there’s enough shimmer that it helps to disguise my lip freckle but not so much coverage that it will mask the natural lip color. (And if you have more pigmented lips, I would expect this to adapt and look more like your natural lip color slightly lightened with shimmer.) It’s lightweight, emollient, and wears two to three hours on me (I normally see an average of three to four hours for gloss). It was nicely hydrating, though, which was a nice benefit.

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Pink Lust

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It's an easy-to-wear color that blends with the natural pink tones to the lip and adds a frosted shimmer and subtle sheen to reflect light.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 10th, 2013

L'Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral-orange with a soft, frosted finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff–it had some color but looked softer, muted, and then applied with a damp brush, the color intensified and smoothed out better to deliver more opaque color payoff. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled. MAC Daydreaming is similar but more reflective in finish. Jasmine Arabian Sunset is slightly more orange. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 is more orange. bareMinerals Smash Hit is less shimmery and muted.

L’Oreal Strawberry Blonde Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is an iridescent pale pink. It’s sheer whether applied dry or damp, but it’s almost worst when applied damp because it gets very, very clumpy. It gives my lids a very scaly, crinkled look. I’d actually recommend applying this with fingertips or a sponge-tipped applicator; something where you can really crush the powder. MAC Opalesse is similar but smoother, slightly cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Party is more lavender. Dior Aurora #3 is very similar. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 is also comparable.

L’Oreal With a Twist Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a pink-toned lavender with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff; enough punch to be noticeable but not as intense and rich-looking as when applied damp. It was a little clumpy, though, when dampened, so press firmly against the lid to minimize this transferring onto the lids. Make Up For Ever #54 is purpler, less pink (and a cream product). Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 is lighter. Urban Decay Grifter is slightly pinker. NARS Marie-Galante #1 is similar in color but is sheerer so it’s not quite a dupe. Benefit Fancy Pansy is cooler-toned.

Cherie Merie was the top performer from these three, while Strawberry Blonde was pretty in the pot, it was a pain to use and very unflattering on the lid.  With a Twist fell somewhere between the two as it was easier to apply and use than Strawberry Blonde but not as easy to apply as Cherie Merie.  I wore the three together, and they lasted twelve hours well, but I did see some very slight fading with Cherie Merie and fall out from Strawberry Blonde.

P.S. — These have been a pain to find locally, but I was able to obtain press samples for review–I’ve looked for weeks and haven’t spotted them at any of the drugstores near me.

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Cherie Merie

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Cherie Merie was the top performer from these three. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Strawberry Blonde

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Strawberry Blonde was pretty in the pot, it was a pain to use and very unflattering on the lid.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

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With a Twist

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With a Twist fell somewhere between the two as it was easier to apply and use than Strawberry Blonde but not as easy to apply as Cherie Merie.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Chanel Bel-Argus (667) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Bel-Argus (667) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Bel-Argus (667) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic blue.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with a metallic finish. It has a lot of dimension and gets lighter and darker depending on the angle you hold your nails and what kind of lighting there is. I could only come up with one shade that was similar, but it is surprisingly similar: China Glaze Blue Bells, which ends up having a more foil-like finish, while Bel-Argus is very metallic.

It was opaque in two coats, and unlike my experience with Azure, brush strokes were subtle and tended to fade away from sight when the light hit the polish. This is more of that brushed metal finish, rather than just a streaky finish, and they were fairly controllable so they follow in a straight line. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed well across the nail. I normally get about a week of wear with Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Bel-Argus (667)

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I liked Bel-Argus a lot more than Azure, because the brush strokes were much subtler and the color was easier to apply overall.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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