Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) Le Rouge
Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) Le Rouge

Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a bold, brightened pink-coral with a luminous shine and a creamy finish. MAC Elegant Accent is warmer, less pink. MAC Watch Me Simmer is very similar. MAC Hear to Heart is slightly pinker. MAC Force of Love is pinker. Guerlain Giulette is lighter, more shimmery. Chanel Phoenix is glossier. See comparison swatches.

Le Rouge is supposed to have a semi-matte finish, be long-wearing, and have rich color. It’s fully opaque in one stroke, and it has a lightweight, creamy consistency that’s comfortable to wear and hydrating while worn. Rose Dressing lasted five and a half hours on me. There’s a very faint scent that’s supposed to be mimosa and black currant, but I was hardly able to detect it in the tube and definitely not when applied.

One of its “features” is the leather wrapped around the tube, which while it looks nice, feels thin and prone to scratches and tears. Because of how thin it felt, and I would be afraid to toss it in a bag, because I could leave imprints and scratch it with my nails alone (I tested it).

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Rose Dressing (202)

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A+

The consistency is amazing: creamy with just enough slip to never tug or pull at lips, plus it's packed with pigment and delivers one-stroke color.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a rich, warm-toned red with a cream finish. MAC Vivid Effect is slightly lighter and less orange. MAC Oriele Orange is similar. MAC Kid Orange is very similar. MAC Ablaze is a smidgen darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy is slightly redder and has fine shimmer. China Glaze Life Preserver is similar. Essie Meet Me at Sunset is redder/darker. See comparison swatches.

Nahema is fully opaque in two coats of polish, though it was nearly opaque in just one.  The wider brush (similar to Dior’s) makes it easy to apply, because it spans the whole nail well.  I didn’t have any issues with streaking, bubbling, or the polish pooling along the edges, as the consistency was slightly thin but not watery.  It dried down to a high gloss finish, so no top coat is necessary (but a top coat can still be used if desired).  I get just over a week of wear with very minor tip wear with Guerlain’s formula.

The brush was wonky–like the plastic had melted outside of the mold, because it was curved and bumpy. I’m going to be exchanging this next time I’m at Nordstrom because of the defect, but I haven’t had this issue with any of the other shades I’ve purchased.  Since I haven’t had this issue with any of the other shades I bought (like seven of them or so), I didn’t let this defect impact the rating as it appears to be a one-off.

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Nahema

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, May 27th, 2013

Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned orange with a cream finish. Chanel Lilis is a bit lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi is very similar. MAC Oriele Orange is a bit redder. MAC Morange is similar. MAC Kid Orange is darker, redder. MAC Ablaze is redder. Chanel Holiday is a touch darker. China Glaze Life Preserver is redder.
See comparison swatches.

There is not a single thing to complain about here–Ay Poppy is a brilliant, glossy finish after it dries down, so a top coat isn’t necessary. It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency is just right; not too thick or too thin. The polish applied beautifully over the nail without streaking or bubbling. Cult Nails’ has a great formula that wears a full week with very minor tip wear in my experience.

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Ay Poppy

A+
Another fantastic shade from Cult Nails from the consistency to the dry down to the color payoff.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is very similar–it doesn’t read quite as glossy but you don’t need both. MAC Scarlet Ibis is close in color but matte in finish. MAC Sail La Vie is mostly matte and a touch lighter. OCC Psycho is a bit more orange and matte. See comparison swatches.

Whew, boy! Orange Edge is incredibly pigmented in a single swipe; you’ll have no trouble getting full color coverage with this shade.  It is similar enough to Vibrant Mandarin (which is permanent) that if you can’t find this particular shade locally, I’d consider opting for the permanent shade instead.  The consistency was creamy with some slip and slickness, so it glided easily across the lips without tugging or pulling.  It also applied with even, smooth color coverage, and it felt comfortable to wear.  Orange Edge lasted six hours well on me and left a reddish stain for another hour.

As a note:  the packaging of this one was off; the bullet twisted up very, very slowly and wasn’t normal at all but not totally broken.

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Orange Edge

A+
It is similar enough to Vibrant Mandarin (which is permanent) that if you can't find this particular shade locally, I'd consider opting for the permanent shade instead. Orange Edge was slightly better in quality, though - but they are very minor improvements.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is an orange-toned red with a glossy, luminous finish. MAC Everyday Diva is lighter.MAC Ruffian Red has gold shimmer. MAC Red Racer is more neutral. MAC Must Be Red is less bright. MAC Cockney isn’t quite as opaque but is very close in color. Guerlain Genna is slightly more orange.  See comparison swatches.

It was rich in color with opaque color coverage. The consistency is lightly creamy with some slip, so it glided across lips easily and distribued even, opaque color well. Because of the creaminess, it leaves behind a slightly glossy finish.  Despite the slip, it still wears quite well, as Infra-Red lasted six hours on me and left behind a noticeable stain that lingered for another hour and a half.  I found the formula lightly hydrating during the time I wore it.  It has a lightly fruity scent but no discernible taste.

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Infra-red

A+

If you love your warmer reds, definitely keep an eye out for Infra-red at your local drugstores, as it is part of Maybelline's limited edition spring/summer collection.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick
Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, berry wine with cool, pink undertones and a luminous finish. MAC Rebel is more berry, less red. NARS Palais Royal is redder. NARS Valparaiso is lighter, less red. MAC Red Dwarf is lighter, pinker. MAC Endless Drama is browner. MAC What Joy is darker. Guerlain Gigolo is a bit darker, less berry-hued. Guerlain Bee is purpler, lighter. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker. See comparison swatches here.

Burberry’s lipstick formula is always a joy to test, because it’s very consistent (which always makes it easier!) in quality: long-wearing, lightly hydrating, rich color, and is comfortable to wear. Bright Plum is mostly opaque with rich, even color that applies evenly and smoothly. The consistency of the lipstick is lightly creamy, so it glides across lips without pulling or tugging, but it’s not so slippery that it will bleed or feather while it’s worn. With this shade, it lasted six and a half hours rather well, and then it started to fade and left behind a strong stain for another hour or so. It does have a slight floral scent but no discernible taste.

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Bright Plum (15)

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Burberry's lipstick formula is always a joy to test, because it's very consistent (which always makes it easier!) in quality: long-wearing, lightly hydrating, rich color, and is comfortable to wear.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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