Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Cult Nails Alter Ego Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Alter Ego Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails is having a “warehouse clearance” sale of colors that have been discontinued. This post features photos and swatches of shades that are available for $5, 6, or 7 a pop that I haven’t reviewed previously (just got these this week!).  I’ve also included links to all previous shades that are discontinued that I’ve reviewed before.  There are three–Blaze, Mazo, and Party Time–that I don’t have, but I did order them and if I get them before they’re sold for good, I’ll be happy to post.

Baker is described as a “rich butterscotch/tan creme with gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, yellow peach with soft gold sparkle. It was semi-opaque after two coats, and application was very slightly streaky at times. See comparison swatches.

Blackout is described as a “deepened slate grey creme.” It’s a deep, dark, soft black–a gray black, if you will–with a cream finish and a glossy shine. It was fully opaque after applying two coats. See comparison swatches.

Swanbourne is described as a “deep, alluring brown creme laced with flashes of golden shimmer.” It’s a rich, chocolate brown with subtle warm, reddish undertones and copper-bronze flecks of shimmer. It was fully opaque in two coats and was a dream to apply and work with. See comparison swatches.

Tulum is described as a “luxurious milk chocolate creme … with gold shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, muted beige-brown with golden micro-sparkle. It was opaque after two coats of polish, and it applied fairly evenly and smoothly. See comparison swatches.

Doppelganger is described as a “sheer top coat that transforms your existing polish by giving it a ‘dusty’ feel while adding a familiar multi-colored shimmer.” It adds a layer of bluish-white cloudiness plus multi-colored shimmer–almost looks like a nebula applied over black with a very thin coat. The consistency was on the thicker side, so it can apply too heavily for a layered look. It’s quite pretty on its own, too–reminded me of bridal nails with more oomph.

Alter Ego is described as a “sheer top coat that will cast a gold and green tinge over your polish.” It transforms into a fine shimmer of oiled bronze when layered over another color. I applied one coat over Nevermore, Cult Nails’ black cream.

Deception is described as a “sheer top coat that lays a pink/purple sheen over your existing polish.” Layered over another polish, it adds a fine violet shimmer. I applied one coat over Nevermore, Cult Nails’ black cream.

Two Timer is described as a “sheer top coat that enhances your existing color by casting a beautiful emerald shimmer over it.” It transforms into a fine shimmer of emerald green when layered over another color. I applied one coat over Nevermore, Cult Nails’ black cream.

Additional Discontinued Shades: (Shades I’ve reviewed are linked) Ay Poppy!, Blaze, Center of Attention, Dance All Night, Feelin’ Froggy, Hypnotize Me, In a Trance, Let Me Fly, Mazo, Morning Glory, Party Time, Spontaneous, Walk of Shame, You’re My Dandy Lion

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Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright reddish pink.” It’s a bright, bold, medium-dark pink with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous sheen. The color payoff was incredibly rich and yielded full color coverage in a single stroke. It wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is darker, slightly warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Force of Love (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Gracy (LE, $49.50) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Mandarine Bolero (304) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “muted red orange.” It’s a muted, coral-orange with a luminous sheen. It had smooth, opaque color coverage, and the consistency applied evenly. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is somewhat pinker. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $16.00) is more orange. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Carmin Escarpin (306) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm poppy red.” It’s a orange-red with warm undertones and a soft, luminous shine. The consistency was lightly creamy, easy to apply, and applied evenly. The color coverage was very nearly opaque, and the lipstick lasted six hours and left behind a soft stain and was nicely hydrating. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is slightly redder. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is more orange. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is similar. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is also similar. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $15.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, November 29th, 2013

Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “plum brown.” It’s a warm-toned, rosy brown with a smooth, satin finish. The color coverage was opaque with one pass, and the consistency was lightly creamy but not so much so that it slipped around once applied. I thought Brun Cachemire left lips looking smoother and softer than they actually were. It wore well for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating when worn. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is browner. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is also lighter. Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is rosier. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches.

Rose Taffetas (201) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pink coral.” It’s a warm-toned, medium pink with a lightly glossy, luminous finish. It had opaque color coverage, and the formula on this shade felt somewhat more emollient/had more slip compared to other shades in the range, which gave it a shinier finish. It applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely moisturizing during that time. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is more muted. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Hyde Park (LE, $34.00) is brighter. MAC Hoop is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Rose Dentelle (203) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a rosy coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich pigmentation and yielded full color coverage when applied to the lips. It was moderately creamy and applied smoothly and evenly. It’s definitely a formula that makes lips appear healthier, fuller, and softer. It wore well for five hours on me and was nicely hydrating during that time. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more matte. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is also a bit lighter. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full, opaque color coverage, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for four hours and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is browner. MAC Yash (P, $15.00) is more matte, browner. MAC Wholesome (LE, $15.00) is less peach. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $15.00) is similar. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Beige Plume (102) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “peachy beige.” It’s a light-medium, coral with beige and a natural finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency of this shade had more slip than others, so it didn’t apply as evenly as others. This shade lasted four hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is less pink. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Peregrina (P, $34.00) is darker, shimmery. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Coral Bliss (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Brun Createur (103) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a medium, warm-toned rose–almost like a rosy, but muted, coral–with a satin finish. This applied beautifully with full color coverage that made lips look smooth and full. It wore well for five and a half hours and was nicely moisturizing.  Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is similar. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Buxom Serial Kisser Set
Buxom Serial Kisser Set

Buxom Serial Kisser Set ($32.00 for 5 x 0.04 oz.) includes five shades of miniature-sized Full-Bodied Lipsticks. Two of the five shades are part of the permanent range, while three are limited to this set (as far as I know). A full-sized lipstick contains 0.13 oz. of product and retails for $21. The set is pretty much a value of $32 in lipstick, but the benefit is you get five shades instead of one and a half–so for less the price of two individual shades, you get five to play with. I like the idea of variety, as most of us don’t know what it’s like to finish a lipstick (at least not very often!). After trying these, one thing I didn’t love was how skinny the actual lipstick was, as it made application not as easy as when it’s using the full-sized bullet. They’re just really long and skinny, and I was worried they would break, but none of them did after using them, so at least that went okay! The formula is consistent with the permanent range.

Menace is described as a “rich wine.” It’s a rich, brightened berry-red with cool undertones and very fine ruby red shimmer. It had mostly opaque color with a barely-there translucency that kept it looking more lightweight in comparison to other shades in this formula. The finish was still glossy and luminous, though. It wore well for six hours, and it left behind a berry-ish stain. When I wore it, the formula of Menace was somewhat hydrating. Guerlain Gigolo is a bit darker. Guerlain Orgueil is similar. Giorgio Armani #408 is more muted. Burberry Bright Plum is similar. See comparison swatches.

Provocateur is described as a “true red.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium red with very subtle pink undertones and that leans slightly blue. When I swatch it, I see slight blue undertones, but when applied–against my skin tone–it looks slightly warm-toned. It was opaque and wore for six and a half hours. Urban Decay F-Bomb is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion is slightly muted. MAC Ronnie Red is bluer. Guerlain Garconne is darker. Dior Diorling is darker, more matte. Buxom Scoundrel is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Mistress is a slightly warm-toned, medium pink with a luminous sheen. It had rich, opaque color payoff and wore well for just over four hours. This shade was nicely hydrating and applied evenly and smoothly. MAC Hoop (DC, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Centerfold is a pinky-mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It applied with mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency seemed a bit more emollient with more slip compared to the other shades. It lasted four hours on me, which is about average, while being incredibly moisturizing. MAC Plumful (P, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Rendez-vous (LE, $35.00) is shimmery. Chanel Paradis (P, $34.00) is shimmery. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Moonlighter is a fuchsia-shimmered, cool-toned berry with a pearly shimmer. It was semi-opaque, but it had a noticeable translucency, and in that sense, it was similar to Menace. It wore well for five hours, and then it had a stain that lingered for another hour or so. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is not quite as shimmery. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is richer. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $49.00) is purpler. MAC Rebel (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. NARS Valparaiso (P, $26.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder
Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder

Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder ($56.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as an “ultra-absorbent blend [that] perfectly sets makeup and adorns skin in a matte veil.” It’s a sheer, tinted powder that mattifies the skin–my skin looks like the smoothest velvet after applying over foundation. The texture is incredibly finely-milled, silky smooth, and blends easily across the skin.  I used shade Medium, and it only comes in four shades–Light, Intense, and Dore are the other three.

I’ve used it primarily with Guerlain Tenue de Perfection, and it increased the longevity of that foundation by two to three hours. The most stunning aspect of this powder is really how much smoother and pore-less the skin looked after applying a light veil of product. This powder is a touch darker than my skin tone, but as the foundation I often used it with was slightly too light for me, the two worked perfectly together to give me a really nice shade match. (This is also something I’ve done in the past with Guerlain’s Les Voilettes loose powder.) It’s a very close match to my arm when I swatched it, so it may be difficult to see it there, but I think you can easily just how smooth and velvety this makes the skin look in the photos below, which is really what its purpose.

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It's a sheer, tinted powder that mattifies the skin--my skin looks like the smoothest velvet after applying over foundation. The texture is incredibly finely-milled, silky smooth, and blends easily across the skin. It photographs exceptionally well, too.

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