Monday, March 18th, 2013

Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four eyeshadows. The Complete Eye Palettes are supposed to contain “an illuminating base, two blendable shades, and a liner to define.” Each palette comes in a velvet pouch along with three sponge-tip applicators.

Dark Spice #1 is a warm-toned black with a satin finish–just a touch of sheen, so it’s not quite matte. It had good color payoff, but it’s not the most intense black I’ve come across, and the texture was slightly dry. It’s a basic kind of shade, so it’s likely that you have something similar in your stash already. Shades like Make Up For Ever #04 and MAC Carbon are similar in color but more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Fin is similar but more intense.

Dark Spice #2 is a warm-toned, bronze-shimmered brown with a pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, but the texture was slightly dry. Chanel Pearl River #5 is a bit darker. MAC Bronze is more golden. Laura Mercier Cedar is very similar, slightly more matte. Inglot #421 is warmer, not as brown.

Dark Spice #3 is a warm-toned, chestnut brown with strong red undertones and has a soft, satiny finish. It had great color payoff, but like the other shades, there was a very slight dryness to the texture. Clinique Fuller Fudge is more coppery. MAC Ever Elegant is more metallic, so it appears lighter. Tom Ford Illicit is a cream product but close in color. MAC Antiqued is similar in color but more metallic in finish.

Dark Spice #4 is a soft orange with a satin finish–it’s almost like goldenrod but more orange. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery–it had the best feel of the four. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #4 is darker, more orange. Chanel Pearl River #4 is brighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 is more frosted and orange. MAC Chessa is brighter and shimmery. Chanel Tigerlily is a touch lighter.

The major drawback of this palette is the texture, which is slightly dry, though the dryness doesn’t inhibit the color payoff by much (it only seemed to come into play with the black eyeshadow) or the wear, as when I wore the palette, I had no trouble with the colors lasting a full nine hours without any creasing or fading.  Burberry’s single eyeshadows, though, have a very soft, buttery texture, and these all felt slightly less buttery, not quite as soft or as smooth. Good but not as fantastic as the singles tend to be, so from that perspective, I was disappointed.  The colors go well together, and for those with warmer complexions, this could be an easy, everyday kind of palette.  I just wish the feel was like the singles.

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Dark Spice

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The colors go well together, and for those with warmer complexions, this could be an easy, everyday kind of palette. I just wish the feel was like the singles.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, March 17th, 2013

NARS Sex Appeal Blush
NARS Sex Appeal Blush

NARS Sex Appeal Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a pale, subtly warm-toned peach with a satin finish. Buxom Swept Away is pinker. MAC Stay By Me is a touch darker. MAC Peaches is darker and more orange.

It is absolutely a color and product that will work better on very, very pale skin tones. On my medium complexion, it just barely shows up, and it may turn chalky/ashy on deeper skin tones because of the light base color. For lighter skin tones, though, especially those with natural redness occurring in their cheeks, this will work quite nicely. The importance here is that the pigmentation is still good, as it appears true-to-pan; it’s just that the color won’t show itself to its full potential on my complexion. (Pale readers who’ve tried this, speak out!)

From what I could tell, the color lasted around six to seven hours on me, but it was even harder to see after eight hours (it’s so much harder to see wear when it’s barely visible to begin with!).  The texture is very soft, finely-milled, and a smidgen on the powdery side but it lies nicely on the skin–it doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and if you buff it into the skin, it turns just slightly luminous from that satin finish.

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NARS Sex Appeal Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is a blush that will work best on lighter complexions, and it can help to reduce the appearance of redness from the peachy coloring.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Tom Ford Abandon Lip Shine Color
Tom Ford Abandon Lip Shine Color

Tom Ford Abandon Lip Shine Color ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a peachy brown with warm undertones and a natural, slightly glossy finish. MAC Freckletone is very similar–more color coverage. MAC Posh Tone is a bit more beige but very similar in color. MAC Fashion City is lighter and less peach.

The formula wears well for something that is as hydrating as this is, but also for something that has a very high slip amount in its initial application. Within an hour or so, it feels and looks more like a lipstick than a lip balm or gloss, but initially, it starts off with some glossiness. I would say it’s more like a lipstick than a lip balm, though the amount of moisture it imparts and locks in is very nice and more like a lip balm. The color is semi-sheer with noticeable translucency, which is in line with the coverage the formula is supposed to provide.  Abandon lasted three and a half hours on me.  There was very slight settling of the color into lip lines, but it was only visible in close-up photos and not so much at a normal viewing distance.

For some, this new lip color range is going to be too pricey for sheer color while others will go through tubes of it as it is comfortable to wear, hydrating, and the shade range is very wearable. The more natural pigmentation you have in your lips, the less impact you’re going to see from these.

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Abandon

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For some, this new lip color range is going to be too pricey for sheer color while others will go through tubes of it as it is comfortable to wear, hydrating, and the shade range is very wearable. The more natural pigmentation you have in your lips, the less impact you're going to see from these.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sea foam green.” It’s a pale, sea foam green (or aqua green, if you prefer) with very fine white micro-shimmer. Butter London Fiver is the closest shade I have to this, but Fiver is a cream finish (no shimmer) and a touch lighter. MAC In the Limelight is bluer, darker, and a cream.

The formula was slightly on the thicker side but still rather manageable, so it wasn’t troublesome to work with when I applied it. Keep Calm, Paint On was full opaque in color after two medium coats of polish. Despite its pale coloring, I didn’t have issues with streaking, which tends to be something that pastels are prone to.  It applied fairly evenly and smoothly, and it didn’t bubble or pool along the edges.  The drying time seemed a bit faster than the average polish with this color.  I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s formula.

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Keep Calm, Paint On

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I didn't have a lot of sea foam-hued polishes in my stash, so it was more unique to me. It applied better than many pastels, too, which was nice!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rose pink.” It’s a softened, muted rose with a hint of red and a frosted finish. It has warmer undertones, and when applied, looks less pink on. Revlon Pink Truffle is creamier, darker, less warm-toned. MAC Shanghai Spice is lighter. MAC Gem of Roses is slightly more plum. Guerlain Cherry Blossom is pinker. Rimmel Latino is cooler-toned.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, but compared to other shades in the range, it’s slightly less pigmented–it’s more of a buildable color. The texture is creamy to the touch–when you apply it, it melts against the warmth of your lips, and it delivers a thin, even layer of color that doesn’t feel heavy. It definitely feels creamier than it looks. Rikugien was neither drying nor hydrating, and it lasted for four and a half hours (which I’d say is short of long-wearing, as the average lipstick lasts four hours on me).  I’m not overly surprised, as frostier shades tend to be less hydrating compared to their creamier counterparts.

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Rikugien

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Rikugien is one of the easier shades to wear in the new line-up, as it isn't too pale or too bold. If you love corals but have been wanting to try something new, this rosy pink might work for you.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “watermelon rose.” It’s a darkened rose red with a muted quality and subtle warm undertones. Chanel Taffeta Rose is pinker. Elizabeth Arden Perfect Tulip is a touch pinker.  I really wasn’t able to think of many similar shades, and both of the ones I did think about were noticeably pinker.

This shade had full color coverage and great color payoff (though Clinique intended only medium coverage).  The pencil felt balanced between creamy and waxy, so it glided on readily but didn’t feel heavy or apply thickly.  The color stayed put on my lips for four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. I think Roomiest Rose is one of the most wearable shades in the Intense range for all skin tones. It’s not too warm- or cool-toned, and it’s not too bright or too muted.  Against fairer skin, it may be a bolder shade, but the general color is still very every day–with oomph.

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Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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I think Roomiest Rose is one of the most wearable shades in the Intense range for all skin tones. It's not too warm- or cool-toned, and it's not too bright or too muted. Against fairer skin, it may be a bolder shade, but the general color is still very every day--with oomph.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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