Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a gilded, golden medium brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar is slightly darker. Urban Decay Chase is darker. Urban Decay Suspect is browner. Dior Couture Gold #5 is a touch more golden. bareMinerals Cognac is darker. MAC Woodwinked is darker, redder in tone.

Now, this is a Benefit eyeshadow I can get behind! I haven’t had the greatest luck with their relaunch of the eyeshadow range, but Thanks a Latte definitely reminds me of the Benefit eyeshadows I fell in love with. It looks a lot darker in the pan than it does applied or swatched, which I expect is due to how reflective the finish is. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, and it applied the same way. It adhered and sat well on the lid, and it lasted better than a lot of the other shades did, too. I was able to get a full nine hours of wear with no fading or creasing.

This shade can also be found in Benefit’s Easiest Nudes Ever Palette, which contains four eyeshadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows for $30.00 (the eyeshadows are 0.04 oz. each, and the cream eyeshadows are 0.11 oz. each, but it’s still a way better deal than buying this eyeshadow on its own unless you LOVE this one and loathe all the others).

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Thanks a Latte

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Now, this is a Benefit eyeshadow I can get behind! I haven't had the greatest luck with their relaunch of the eyeshadow range, but Thanks a Latte definitely reminds me of the Benefit eyeshadows I fell in love with.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Giorgio Armani #402 (Chinese Lacquer) Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #402 (Chinese Lacquer) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #402 (Chinese Lacquer) Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, orange-toned red with a semi-matte finish. Guerlain Genna has a satin finish. Hourglass Raven is matte and a bit brighter. MAC Ruffian Red isn’t as orange. Clarins Red Prodige is sheerer. MAC Strut Your Stuff is slightly shimmery. OCC Stalker is a touch darker.

I love Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro; it’s so comfortable but incredibly long-wearing. The texture is a mix of gel and velvet, and it definitely feels like there are silicones in it (and there are), so it sits well on the lips without settling, and the lip color applies evenly and smoothly. It’s fully opaque in color, and it takes very little product to get there. This shade lasted eight hours on me, and it did leave a light stain behind. Even over an eight hour period, my lips never felt dry and at the end, they felt lightly hydrated still. It has a light, natural sheen initially, but it fades after an hour and settles into a matte finish that’s modern.

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#402

A+
Lip Maestro's one of my favorite long-wearing products, because it isn't drying, lasts a long time, and is so comfortable to wear. #402 is perfection in red!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Superstition Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia pink.” It’s a bold, magenta pink with a jelly-cream finish. It is similar to the base color of Hare Polish Party Palace. NARS Ratin Jot is a bit less magenta (pinker). Illamasqua Obsess seemed really similar to me; perhaps a little purpler and lighter (and this has a true cream finish). If you have Obsess, I’d skip this (unless you’re a die-hard fan of Illamasqua’s formula, wear this kind of color all the time, or really want the jelly finish this has), because they are very, very similar. Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee is similar but has a shimmer finish.

The formula is everything I’ve come to expect from Illamasqua: perfection. It’s not too thick or too thin, so it applies beautifully without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edge of the nail. It flows well across the nail and is opaque in two coats. The finish is more of a hybrid between jelly and cream; it didn’t look as squishy as a typical jelly is, and this shade was more opaque than a lot of jelly polishes I’ve seen have been. Illamasqua’s formula lasts seven days on me with very minor tip wear, but it easily extends to ten to fourteen-day wear if I let it go that long.

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Superstition

A+

I wish it was just a tiny bit squishier in appearance--to really make it absolute perfection. The formula in all other ways is fantastic.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, April 26th, 2013

Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (441) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (441) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (441) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a bold, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a hint of gold shimmer. MAC Ablaze is redder, brighter. MAC Electric Edge is a smidgen darker. MAC Riviera Life is more shimmery. MAC Morange is brighter.

If you were crossing your fingers that some of the shades in the new formula were going to be opaque, you’re in luck–this one is very nearly opaque with just a smidgen of translucency. The gloss has such a thin, non-sticky texture that still spreads really well, so the color still applies evenly and with good color payoff. Tangerine Vlam lasted for five and a half hours on me, which is better than the average gloss (four hours). It never turns sticky, and it’s nicely hydratnig and always leaves my lips feeling better after than they did when I first applied.

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Tangerine Vlam

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It's nearly featherweight, non-sticky, and had mostly opaque color--something that is hard to find in a gloss. It's also long-wearing and hydrating!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Pause Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Pause Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Pause Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-violet silky shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark grape purple with violet shimmer and pearl. China Glaze Creative Fantasy is more like a jelly, so it has no shimmer, and it is also warmer/pinker. Illamasqua Poke has subtle shimmer, but the color is pinker and lighter–not as dark as Pause.

This polish was fully opaque in two coats.  It had a slightly thicker consistency, but it did not seem to impede application at all, as it applied beautifully.  I didn’t have issues with the formula bubbling, streaking, or pooling, though it did seem to take longer to dry than the average polish. When it dries, it does so with a naturally shiny finish (but I think a top coat helps give it a plusher, even glossier look, so I’d still recommend it).  I usually get a full week of wear out of Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula with very minor tip wear and no chipping–it’s one of the longer-wearing formulas I’ve come across.

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Pause

A+
If you love purple, and you're a fan of Rescue Beauty Lounge's subtle shimmer, you'll probably fall in love with Pause!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Turn It Around Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark mossy green pond [with] a vivid, glittering cast of copper shimmer.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, olive green with flecks of copper shimmer and sparkle. I felt like my yellow undertones pulled the warmth out of this polish a bit, and if you have a cooler complexion, it may not look as warm-toned. I couldn’t think of any shades that really came close to this one. SpaRitual Lithophonic is darker, not as warm-toned, and doesn’t have copper shimmer (it has green). Cult Nails In a Trance has a similar green base color but different shimmer (both in size and color). Both China Glaze Westside and Zoya Dree are creamy, olive-ish greens, with Dree being closer in tone but lighter overall–neither have shimmer so I suggest these as a base option if perhaps you have a coppery top coat you want to try pairing it with. Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War is a cream polish (no shimmer), and its base color is a little lighter and more olive.

It’s fully opaque after two coats, and if you do thinner coats, you’ll probably need three. The consistency was a little on the thin side, but the polish still applied fluidly, evenly, and smoothly. I didn’t have any trouble with it streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail when I applied it. It dries down to a naturally shiny finish, and the polish feels smooth to the touch. The drying time was about average. Rescue Beauty’s formula wears very, very well on me with a full seven days of wear with very minor tip wear.

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Turn It Around

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Turn It Around is certainly unique within the polishes that I've come across, which is always a plus! It applies well, had good color payoff, and generally, I get excellent wear out of the brand's formula.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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