Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Zoya Song Nail Lacquer
Zoya Song Nail Lacquer

Song is a Polish That Really Sings

Zoya Song Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold, vibrant medium primary blue with silver and blue glittery metallic sparkle.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with brighter blue and silver sparkle and shimmer. China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve is similar but has purple sparkle. Illamasqua Force is a bit more violet-tinted and has no shimmer. Butter London Blagger is close in color but has no shimmer. SpaRitual Twinkle is a bit darker and has finer shimmer.

This shade was almost opaque in a single coat, but two were necessary for full color coverage. The composition of Song is so very lovely; it has rich, vibrant color with a lot of depth and nuance. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, and the consistency of the formula was fluid and easy to maneuver on the nail.  I typically get a week of wear with Zoya’s formula–just minor tip wear but no chipping!

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Song

Temptalia Recommends
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What a beautiful color for the autumn/winter seasons! The color itself has a lot of depth, richness, and detail. It really shimmers and sparkles delightfully in person!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, October 13th, 2012

SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer
SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer

Would You Like a Little Rock with Your Polish?

SpaRitual Quartz Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “earthy red creme infused with rhyolite.” It’s a rusty orange-red with flecks of blackened brown. It looks so… earthy on; there’s no other way to describe it. The finish was really unique, and it should, since rhyolite is “igneous, volcanic rock, of felsic composition” (according to Google). I couldn’t think of anything in my stash that was similar. Even when I tried to find something similar to the base color, I could only come up with MAC Styleseeker, which is much more orange.

It was very nearly opaque after two coats with a shadowy outline of the nail line on my index finger, but the other two nails seemed just fine.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed beautifully across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking.  SpaRitual has a nice ergonomic, rubberized handle, which makes applying and opening the bottle a cinch.  I typically get a full week of wear with SpaRitual’s formula with very minor tip wear.

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Quartz

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Quartz is very cool, something unique (to me), and is also pigmented and applies well.

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10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede Rich Lip Color ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a medium-dark reddish plum-brown with a naturally glossy sheen. It’s darker than Bobbi Brown Uber Nude, but they have a similar tone. MAC Shitaki is a bit more subdued. CoverGirl Smolder is redder. Bobbi Brown Moonlight Rose is sheerer and shimmery.

The plummy coloring of this particular shade of brown makes it wearable and more modern; and because it’s not a deep brown, it’s versatile and will wear well across complexions.  Uber Suede is opaque in color coverage, easy to apply because of the creamy, glide-on consistency, and wore for six hours when I test drove it.  The formula itself is lightly hydrating and didn’t leave my lips dry after wear. It’s also scent- and taste-free, which is great for those more sensitive to scents.

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Uber Suede

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The plummy coloring of this particular shade of brown makes it wearable and more modern; and because it's not a deep brown, it's versatile and will wear well across complexions.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a fiery orange-red with enough depth and richness from the red tinge to keep it from looking neon. Clarins Red Prodige is glossier and lighter. MAC Strut Your Stuff is brighter. Estee Lauder Extravagant Red is similar. Chanel Excessive is similar, slightly redder and brighter–almost a poppy red. Cle de Peau Red Abundance is very comparable. Guerlain Genna is rather similar.

The new Rouge Allure formula is supposed to have “concentrated, ultra thin pigments” for full color coverage with a satin finish and “lasting comfort.” The latter from “special hydrating agents” that “leave lips supple and protected.”  Coromandel is richly pigmented with full color coverage that is finished with a natural, satiny sheen.  It applies evenly without effort, and the color slides on easily, though the formula isn’t so creamy that it feels or looks heavy applied.  The color sits comfortably on the lips.

Truthfully, I didn’t notice any difference between the new formula and the original.  I feel like saying, “It seemed a little creamier…” is pulling at straws; the effect of knowing that they’re different but not feeling that difference.  It’s not a bad thing, as the original formula was quite good.  This particular shade wore for six hours and was lightly hydrating during that time period.

Chanel’s Rouge Allure packaging is head-to-toe luxury; it has a black lacquered metal exterior case that closes with a satisfying click. Inside, it’s a gold metal tube with Chanel imprinted on the side of the lipstick itself.

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Coromandel

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Coromandel is a warm-toned orange-red, but I think it's just the right balance of orange and red that it will work on a variety of complexions.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Dior Marilyn Diorific Lipstick
Dior Marilyn Diorific Lipstick

Light Up the Night with Marilyn

Dior Marilyn (040) Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pinky-red with a subtle, natural sheen for its finish. MAC Love Goddess is much pinker, less red-based. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is darker, redder. Guerlain Pour Troubler is pinker. NARS Dragon Girl is darker, cooler-toned. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue is darker, almost berry-ish. Giorgio Armani #406 isn’t as bright.

The texture of the Diorific range is really incredible; creamy enough not to tug or pull at the lips during application but not so creamy that it slips and slides around.  I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding of the color while I wore it for eight hours.  It feels comfortable, lightweight, and hydrating when worn.  There’s a light floral scent that I can detect in the tube, but I don’t notice it when it is on my lips.  The color payoff is exactly as marketed: super rich and saturated.

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Marilyn

A+
Rich in color, long-wearing, hydrating, and comfortable to wear are just four reasons why this lipstick formula is amazing!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo
Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo

Take a Getaway to Too Faced’s Fantasy Island

Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo ($17.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “peacock” and “gilded lime.”  I picked up several of Too Faced’s duos when they were on sale at HauteLook, and while they’re not quite as deeply discounted, they are on sale on Too Faced right now.

The left side is a blue-based teal with a subtle golden iridescent shimmer-sheen. Too Faced Neptune is actually a bit similar, but the finish is different–more of a sheen than a traditional frost; it also read a bit greener against my skin tone. Urban Decay Minx is a bit greener and has glitter. MAC Shimmermoss is slightly greener. L’Oreal Endless Sea is bluer. Inglot #413 is similar.

The right side is a pale gold with a dirty, green-ish tinge; it keeps it from being too yellow or too warm. It has a frosted, slightly metallic finish. bareMinerals Wicked is greener. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is just slightly more mint-like, less yellowy. Inglot #364 is matte and greener. MAC Valiant is similar, slightly less green.

Too Faced describes the formula as being “pigment-drenched [and] long-wearing.”  Both shades had excellent color payoff, and the textures were soft, dense, and buttery.  They were a dream to use–they applied true-to-pan on the lid without having to pack them on, and I didn’t experience any fall out, creasing, or fading while I wore the two shades for eight hours (without a primer).  The finely-milled powder made these a cinch to blend, too!

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Too Faced Fantasy Island Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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Two excellent eyeshadows in one pan! They coordinate well with each other, but more importantly, they're both amazing--rich in color with beautiful, to-die-for textures.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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