Thursday, April 4th, 2013

NARS Taj Mahal Blush
NARS Taj Mahal Blush

NARS Taj Mahal Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “blazing burnt orange with golden shimmer.” It’s a bold, vibrant orange with a hint of red and a golden shimmer-sheen. Wet ‘n’ Wild Golden Goddess is more subdued, browner. MAC Center of the Universe is also more muted and browner. MAC My Paradise is more coral/red. Jasmine Rajah (which is an eyeshadow) is very similar but has a subtler golden sheen.

Oh, this is a bold, vibrant shade of blush. There’s no shying away from that! It’s undeniably warm-toned and just brings forth every image of summer. With a very, very light hand, it works as a golden orange gleam, and the more color you use, the deeper and more reddened the color gets.  The pigmentation is insane; incredibly rich that deeper complexions will not need to build up the color to see it show up on their skin tones, while fairer complexions will have to use feathery touches and, perhaps, a stippling brush, to yield softer color.  Taj Mahal had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied smoothly and blended out easily.  This blush wore for nine hours without fading–which makes it one of the best NARS’ blushes I’ve tried.

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Taj Mahal

A+
It's one of the best-performing blushes by NARS. Taj Mahal has intense color payoff, long-wear, and a beautiful texture.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light bronze shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, golden copper with a frosted finish. Urban Decay Moonflower is a smidgen more orange/brown. Jasmine Cosmic is more metallic. Urban Decay Penny Lane is very similar–slight more orange. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is comparable. Urban Decay Half Baked is a touch darker, more golden.

The texture is lovely: buttery, creamy, and dense, which yielded rich, opaque color coverage and so little product required to achieve that kind of result. It smooths out beautifully on the lid and blends out easily.  Easy Baked feels like the very best of the brand’s formula; not so soft that it turns powdery (or crumbly) but soft enough that it just works well and sits nicely on the skin with excellent pigmentation.  I wore it yesterday, and it lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing.

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Easy Baked

A+
Easy Baked has a fantastic texture that's silky smooth and finely-milled paired with true-to-pan color payoff.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Guerlain Rouge d'Enfer (121) Le Vernis
Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (121) Le Vernis

Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer (121) Le Vernis ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is bold, brightened medium red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. Cult Nails Evil Queen is cooler-toned. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy has a pearly shimmer and is more orange. China Glaze Poinsettia is as warm-toned. Essie Meet Me at Sunset is a touch more orange.

Like Champs-Elysees, Rouge d’Enfer performed extraordinarily well. It applied flawlessly with rich, opaque color in two coats (I used just one on my pinky nail, and it looks opaque there, too). The formula isn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed well across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail. It dried down faster than the average polish, and the resulting finish is incredibly glossy and shiny without a top coat. I’ve only fully tested one shade from the latest release of colors, but I’m in the process of testing another shade (one of the shimmery ones). I had no trouble getting to a full seven days with very minor tip wear (but no chipping) with Champs-Elysees.

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Rouge d'Enfer

A+
It is a classic shade of warm red, so while lovely in so many ways, it is also a shade you may already have in your stash.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, April 1st, 2013

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Daemon Eyeshadow (£15.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright scarlet red.” It’s a bold, medium red with subtle orange undertones–it’s almost neutral but does appear slightly warm-toned against my warmer complexion. Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm #3 is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #158 is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #99 is cooler-toned and darker.

This eyeshadow had rich, intense color payoff that was very true-to-pan, and you really didn’t need much to get opaque color. It has a phenomenal texture that’s soft but not powdery, buttery and dense, and blends out easily. This shade will stain if you apply it directly to the lid or over a thin base, so I’d recommend layering a cream eyeshadow on first, then applying this shade, if you are concerned about staining. Though for testing, I wore it alone, and it lasted for eight hours without creasing or fading.

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Daemon

A+
If you've been on the hunt for a bold, pigmented red eyeshadow, Illamasqua's Daemon is an excellent option to consider.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Guerlain Champs-Elysees (165) Le Vernis
Guerlain Champs-Elysees (165) Le Vernis

Guerlain Champs-Elysees (165) Le Vernis ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a bright, warm-toned reddish-coral with a cream finish. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is slightly lighter and shimmery. Chanel Suspicious is just a smidgen pinker but very close. Cult Nails Evil Queen is redder. Essie Too Hot is redder and warmer. China Glaze Hey Sailor is redder.

There were three major observations I had shortly after applying: 1) it is insanely pigmented–one coat is very nearly opaque (I used two coats, though, but my pinky nail is just one coat); 2) it dried down faster than the average polish; and 3) it has a high, glossy shine. I just wrapped up doing a wear test of this particular shade, and it lasted for a full seven days with very minor tip wear–it seemed to wear even better than Guerlain’s prior nail lacquers that they released last year. I was most impressed by the shine, though, as a cream color like this is typically rather pigmented, but it has such a glossy, plush look to it. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the polish did not streak, bubble, or pool along the edges.

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Champs-Elysees

A+
I was most impressed by the shine, though, as a cream color like this is typically rather pigmented, but it has such a glossy, plush look to it.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 18th, 2013

L'Oreal New Money Colour Riche Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal New Money Colour Riche Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal New Money Colour Riche Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a creamy chartreuse–a mix of yellow and green–that’s bright and bold but not quite neon. China Glaze Def Defying is slightly darker. Sinful Colors Innocent is a touch yellower. NYX Lime is shimmery. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is very similar in color. Illamasqua Radium is similar but slightly greener, and it has shimmer.

Released for spring, this shade is very appropriate for the current season, but it holds plenty of brightness that it seems just as (if not more) appropriate for summer. Though it’s bright, it doesn’t turn neon, so the formula doesn’t act like a neon, either; it dries to a glossy shine. In two coats, New Money was fully opaque, and the formula was easy to work with. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I didn’t have any trouble with bubbling, streaking, or the lacquer pooling along the edges of the nail. I typically get a full week of wear with very minor tip wear with L’Oreal’s Colour Riche formula.

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New Money

A+
Released for spring, this shade is very appropriate for the current season, but it holds plenty of brightness that it seems just as (if not more) appropriate for summer.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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