Sunday, April 14th, 2013

NARS Easy Walking Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Easy Walking Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Easy Walking Nail Lacquer Pair ($29.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose gold” and “camel.” Each nail lacquer duo comes in a “shoebox” with a NARS dustbag. The individual polishes don’t have names, but one is labeled as “Left” and the other as “Right” (building off the inspiration, which was Pierre Hardy’s spring shoe collection). However, each bottle is a full-sized bottle (0.50 fl. oz.), like regular NARS’ polishes, which retail for $19.00 normally–so the set is priced at $29.00 but has a value of $38.00.  I typically get a week of wear out with very minor tip wear and no chipping with NARS’ formula.

Easy Walking (Left) is a metallic, shimmering champagne beige with warm undertones. It shows up as a bit yellower than traditional rose gold, but it’s certainly not a true yellow gold and is one of the closer shades to rose gold I’ve come across. It was opaque in two coats, and it was a little on the thicker side. The major issue I had was that it has a lot of brush strokes, and they weren’t easy to control–it definitely dries really quickly and the less passes you make with the brush, the better. I had my best results with my pinky nail, because I can almost get away with just one pass of the brush. China Glaze Swanky Silk is darker and sheerer. Dior Diorling is sheer and sparkly. Guerlain Altoum is lighter. China Glaze Jingle Bells is a few shades darker.

Easy Walking (Right) is a warm-toned, yellowy tan with a cream finish. Camel, indeed, is exactly what I thought of when I saw it. This polish applied beautifully: no streaking, bubbling, or pooling, as the consistency was not too thick or too thin. It fully covered the nail in two coats. I don’t have too many shades like this, but Barielle Aura Angora is slightly darker, less warm-toned, while China Glaze Desert Sun is much more orange and warm-toned.

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NARS Easy Walking Nail Lacquer Pair Review, Photos, Swatches

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Easy Walking (Left) is the troublemaker here, while Easy Walking (Right) performed extremely well, the metallic shade had a lot of visible brush strokes and was difficult to apply.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, April 12th, 2013

MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “pastel pink with iridescence” and “soft brick with light shimmer.” When swirled together, the resulting color is a darkened orange with reddish undertones and a pinky shimmer-sheen. The lighter color, on its own, is a warm-toned beige with a shimmery finish. The darker color is a darkened orange with red undertones and a frosted finish. NARS Gina is lighter. MAC Fiery Impact is redder, while MAC Blazing Haute is lighter and more orange–if you mixed the two together, you would get close to this (but not as shimmery). Illamasqua Expose is similar in color but is matte in finish. The lighter shade is a bit darker and warmer than NARS Nico. While the darker shade is more shimmery than MAC Fiery Impact but lighter and less red than NARS Liberte.

Of the three Skinfinishes, Shape the Future was the least frosted/metallic, which was a good thing, because it meant that it didn’t emphasize pores as much as the other two did.  There is still some emphasis, but it is subtle and not as noticeable.  Both colors of the product are very pigmented, so there will be no fear for darker complexions on whether it will show up or not.  Lighter skin tones, especially those who tend to fear reddish blushes, may want to use a light hand or stippling brush to apply the color with more control.  The texture is slightly dry but doesn’t appear dry on; and it blends and buffs into the skin nicely.  It lasted eight and a half hours on me (though it is supposed to last for ten) when I tested it.

P.S. — MAC still lists it as coming soon, while Nordstrom will let you order it now but it is backordered (approximate ship date of 4/19).

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Shape the Future

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This shade emphasized pores the least out of the three limited edition Skinfinishes, but it wasn't the most flattering blush/highlighter we've seen. It's very pigmented, though, and it is easy to blend.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick
MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light white blue pink [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium blue-based pink with a soft sheen. OCC Digitalis is lighter, bluer. MAC Snob is slightly darker/grayer. MAC Saint Germain is a touch purpler. MAC Pink Nouveau is brighter, pinker. MAC Naughty Saute is brighter, pinker, glossier. MAC All Styled Up is slightly pinker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was creamy enough that the lipstick glided across the lips without pulling or tugging but not so creamy that it felt thick or was prone to creating lines of demarcation once applied.  Raspberry Swirl lasted four hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating (but this is an improvement, as many Cremesheens are a bit drying on me).  It definitely felt creamier than other Cremesheens I’ve tried.  I noticed that this color did pull the yellow out of my teeth, which this kind of color can sometimes do.  I think that MAC does this color quite a bit, some are closer to this than others, but there are many variations of it and most of them are by MAC.

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Raspberry Swirl

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I think that MAC does this color quite a bit, some are closer to this than others, but there are many variations of it and most of them are by MAC. It does have a very "raspberry sorbet" kind of feel.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “complex mixture of satin pastels in several different shades, juxtaposed with gunmetal grey, black, and gold [with gold shimmer in a clear base].” There is an assortment of size, shape, and color in this one–there is quite a bit going on! The colors include shades of pink, yellow, gray, and black, plus the gold shimmer in the background. The shapes range from small shimmer and glitter to larger squares and hexagons. All of the glitter and shimmer is suspended in a clear base.

The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have trouble with the polish applying and then pooling along the edge. It disperses somewhat evenly but does require some pulling and tugging to get more even coverage so there aren’t any bald patches. I applied two coats of the top coat alone over my thumb nail and then one coat layered over Color Club Kismet. It had good opacity in a single coat for a layering polish; enough that you could tell it was on and were able to get all the different shapes, sizes, and colors on each nail. I normally see seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Hare’s formula.

P.S. — The brand will be restocking their shop with the spring range soon!

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Hare Polish Own Your Opulence Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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I don't have anything like this, and it seemed like a rather unusual mix of colors. It gave me a very modern spring vibe--pastel but the introduction of black and gray gave it an edge. I'm still struggling to figure out what it would layer best over as a result!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “slightly shimmery pale white-green … “an iridescent glow of light green shimmer and a touch of subdued sparkle.” It’s a pale, aqua green with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen. I don’t really have anything quite like this in my stash. Lancome Fashion Forward is the closest, but it is bluer and less golden. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 is greener, less aqua/pastel.

Jade Ghost has a very soft texture that really starts breaking away the moment your brush hits the surface, so be careful not to swirl your brush too much in it, as you won’t need to in order to get the powder onto your brush. It is slightly powdery as a result. When applied over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy, it loses all trace of powderiness, and the powder smooths out. Applied dry, it is ever-so-slightly powdery but still has good color payoff. It is prone to sheering out when used dry, though. I tried it without any base, and then I also wore it over Pixie Epoxy, and with no base, it lasted seven hours well but had some fading after eight hours, while over Pixie Epoxy, it lasted eight hours without creasing or fading. Pixie Epoxy is not a primer, but it is so commonly used with Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows that I felt it imperative to test it underneath the eyeshadow.

If you prefer your eyeshadows loose, this shade began its life as one, and you can purchase it in loose form as well. The pressed eyeshadows should be restocked soon, per Fyrinnae’s website.

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Fyrinnae Jade Ghost Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's slightly powdery, which was its major drawback. It requires just a bit more patience and application techniques to get it just right.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Hare Polish Dauphine of Decadence Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Dauphine of Decadence Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Dauphine of Decadence Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mixture of gold glitter in several sizes of hex & square glitter, with a sprinkling of pale mint green hexes as a subtle accent [with] striking gold shimmer [in a clear base].” It is a mix of multi-sized bits and pieces of gold glitter, from hexagon to square to circular-shaped. Decadence is a very apt word to use in the name of this shade, because it’s right-on (and when I initially swatched it, I thought, “Opulence,” so I was on the right track!).

As it is designed to be used as a top coat, I layered one coat over Color Club Beyond, and then to show the look of the glitter itself, so you can think about other base colors to use it over, I applied two coats alone on my thumb nail. What I liked most about this was the small gold shimmer and glitter that helped to fill in the “background,” in a way. The smaller particles were very easy to spread across the nail without worrying about too much in one place. This top coat does need a little pulling and tugging to get some of the larger glitter pieces into place to ensure there are no parts of the nail that look bare. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it dried down fairly quickly. I typically get a week of wear out of Hare’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping. Hare will be restocking their shop soon with the spring collection!

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Hare Polish Dauphine of Decadence Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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What I liked most about this was the small gold shimmer and glitter that helped to fill in the "background," in a way. The smaller particles were very easy to spread across the nail without worrying about too much in one place.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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