Monday, December 24th, 2012

Hare Swanky Soiree Nail Lacquer
Hare Swanky Soiree Nail Lacquer

Will You Be Attending a Swanky Soiree?

Hare Swanky Soiree Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium grey jelly with a mixture of red [and gunmetal] hexes and squares and silver shimmer.” It is a mid-tone gray (that leans perhaps just slightly cool-toned, but it has a very cement-like coloring) with metallic gray square and hexagonal glitter along with bright red square and hexagonal glitter; the red definitely stands out against the gray base more so than the gray bits and bobs. Finally, there is a healthy dose of silver shimmer to fill in the rest of the polish.

Swanky Soiree is semi-opaque after two coats–it typifies the jelly finish, which tends to be just slightly translucent and has a squishy appearance. It has a lush thickness to it that reads “squish me.” Hare recommended using a gray polish (like China Glaze Recycle) to boost opacity if desired. I layered one coat over Illamasqua Boosh, which is a pure black, for contrast over my middle finger, and then two layers of Swanky Soiree on its own on my index and ring fingers. There is a good dispersion of the glitters, and I didn’t have to pull or play with them to get them into place or to look “even.” Each coat yielded a good amount of glitter, too, so it did not seem like an endless layering process. The consistency was on the thicker side, about as thick as most jelly finishes and less thick than some of the really thick glitter polishes I’ve come across, but it didn’t pool along the edges. The glitter laid fairly flat across each nail, so it wasn’t too bumpy, though a thicker top coat is still recommended.

Now, I’ve heard a lot of great things about Hare Polish, so I started to follow them on Facebook, which is typically the best way to find out about upcoming restocks, shipments, and the like. I kid you not, but 100 bottles of Swanky Soiree sold out in ten minutes or less in their Etsy shop. Like other indie polishes I’ve reviewed, you may or may not be able to purchase a particular shade, but I hope to “introduce” brands as I can and hopefully help you decide whether it’s a brand that interests you and worth following. I had a good experience ordering from Hare via Etsy–I received my order lightning fast (I think two or three days after I ordered, they arrived).

Oh, and check back in a bit, because I have a giveaway for a set of their limited edition holiday shades (this one and Holiday Hoopla, which I’ll have a review up for shortly).

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Hare Swanky Soiree Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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Swanky Soiree is semi-opaque after two coats--it typifies the jelly finish, which tends to be just slightly translucent and has a squishy appearance. It has a lush thickness to it that reads "squish me."

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder ($68.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “sheer highlighting powder” that creates a “soft pink powder” that can be used to “reflect light with a delicate luminosity.” It’s a pale beige with a soft hint of pink and a golden shimmer-sheen. As described, it’s a soft, sheer powder that works best when dusted over the high planes of the face. Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose is significantly pinker and has a finer shimmer/sheen.
MAC Lightscapade is whiter, cooler-toned. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is more frosted. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees is more frosted/metallic but close in color.

Poudre Signee de Chanel is lightly warmed-up, but it has a little pink and beige mix that makes it slightly different than the recent highlighters I’ve reviewed, which have been really pink or really beige in comparison.  It gives skin a soft, warm glow that’s not too shimmery, frosted, or metallic.  The powder itself is finely-milled with a shimmer-sheen finish, so it’s not completely subtle, but it’s not so shimmery that it emphasizes pores.  It sits well on the skin and is easy to blend out and apply to the skin.  When I wore this, it lasted seven hours at full-power but looked a little faded after eight hours of wear.

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Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

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It's a very nice highlighter with a finely-milled powder and soft, refined shimmer and sheen. The lighter base of this shade may turn ashy on darker complexions.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Chanel Emprise Le Vernis / Nail Colour
Chanel Emprise Le Vernis / Nail Colour

Chanel Emprise Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “natural rosy beige.” It’s a warm, not-quite-peachy, beige with very, very fine shimmer. The shimmer only becomes apparent under a lot of light, like flash. There’s a hint of rosiness to the color, too, and I suspect on pinker complexions, it will become more obvious. MAC Style Tip is a touch darker and has no shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude is more beige and has no shimmer. MAC Hangin’ Loose is lighter. Chanel Tendresse is similar–creamier, no shimmer, almost jelly-like. Chanel Peche Nacree is a little darker, warmer.

Emprise is opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.  The one thing I did notice was that the first coat of color would get pulled a bit (and then look streaky) if you didn’t wait for the first coat to dry down fully.  It didn’t bubble or pool along the sides, and it flowed easily across the nail.  I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s lacquers with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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It's an easy-to-wear beige--there's a very fine dusting of shimmer that gives it more interest than a pure cream, but it's so fine that it's hard to see most of the time.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Lacquistry Wattle Over With That Stuffing Nail Lacquer
Lacquistry Wattle Over With That Stuffing Nail Lacquer

Did Someone Say Stuffing?

Lacquistry Wattle Over With That Stuffing Nail Lacquer ($8.75 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “warm shimmering sand tones with golden flecks and deep green with a whisper of brown for seasoning.” The smallest bits are golden copper, along with a few silver pieces. Then there are squares of champagne and small and large hexagons of emerald green and copper.

Two coats resulted in semi-opaque coverage–there is some visible nail peeking through wherever it’s mostly the smaller copper glitter (Lacquistry showed in their preview two coats where it was mostly opaque). I used one coat alone on my thumb (I meant to do two!) and two coats alone on my pinky, and then I layered one coat over Deborah Lippmann’s Through the Fire. I thought I had done two coats on my thumb, but upon re-doing two coats while writing the review, I definitely only did one!

The consistency of this shade was really good; thick enough to hold all the various shapes and sizes of glitter but not so thick that it was difficult to apply or pooled along the edges. All of the glitter particles spread well across the nail just applying it as you would a normal polish. I didn’t have to play tug o’ war to get an even look. I haven’t tested this particular shade, but I have tested four Lacquistry glitters for wear, both alone and layered over various other polishes, and on me, they last seven days without chipping or flaking off. This one wasn’t too gritty/bumpy, but I’d still recommend a thicker top coat. Lacquistry will be re-stocking her holiday shades sometime next week (per their Facebook).

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Lacquistry Wattle Over With That Stuffing Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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This glitter had a good consistency that wasn't too thick or too thin, and the glitter spread evenly and didn't require any pulling or tugging to get the glitter to lie flat or look even across the nail.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss

A Gold Lipgloss for the Season

Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a dirty, antique gold with a green-ish tinge and warmer, bronzy gold shimmer. It’s probably a shock to no one that I don’t have a laundry list of dupes for this shade–in fact, I couldn’t think of anything all that similar. MAC Liquid Lurex had a similar coloring in the tube, but it’s very sheer and glittery. OCC Triptych is warm, yellow-y gold. It’s different, and it’s certainly not a shade for everyone, but I’m really glad I picked it up. I think you can lightly dab it over various lipsticks/glosses to add a metallic shimmer if wearing it on its own isn’t your style.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly overall.  The Intense Lipgloss formula is designed to give rich color with a high shine finish.  It’s supposed to have a non-sticky texture, and there was no tack in the gloss to speak of.  It delivered a lot of color (and a ton of shimmer), and the finish was a bit glossy but very metallic.  Stranger lasted five hours on me, which is longer than average for a gloss. While worn, it was neither drying nor hydrating. The only downside is that ever since Illamasqua switched to brush-type applicator, nearly all of mine have had wonky, splayed brushes.

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For those who longed for a metallic, antique gold lip color, Illamasqua has your number. If you want to make it more wearable, mix it with your favorite red gloss or pat it lightly over a red lipstick.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, December 7th, 2012

Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense

What is a Hefty Hibiscus Anyway?

Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is an orange-coral with hints of red. It has a subtle glossy sheen. MAC Scarlet Ibis is brighter and redder. Tom Ford True Coral is lighter and brighter. YSL Blood Orange is similar but sheerer. MAC Sail la Vie is more orange. Urban Decay 5150 is a touch redder. MAC Hibiscus is a touch lighter and pinker.

This winter, Clinique launched a more pigmented version of their Chubby Sticks, which are supposed to be a moisturizing lip balm. This richer version is described as a “nourishing tinted balm halfway between sheer and opaque.” The color of Heftiest Hibiscus is mostly opaque with some translucency where the natural lip color comes through–if you have naturally redder lips, this will turn redder on you as a result. It has a creamy, balm-like consistency that enables easy glide-on application and feels comfortable to wear.  This shade lasted four hours on me, and it was hydrating while worn. What I like best about the Chubby Sticks, both these and the original ones, is the twist-up packaging–no sharpening required (so, no waste).

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Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's fairly opaque, rather than the "happy medium" Clinique described the opacity as, which can be easily overlooked by those eager for richer color payoff from their Chubby Sticks.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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