Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Too Faced Melted Berry Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Berry Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Berry Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened, dark, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a lightly glossed finish. It had insanely rich color payoff–a little goes quite a long way. The consistency is lightweight and very easy to apply for even coverage as it begins as a liquid. This shade lasted for eight hours well, and then a very long and lingering stain persisted for hours after. It was neither hydrating nor drying. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is lighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is warmer. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Fig Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a purpled pink with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a glossy finish. It had fully opaque color coverage in a single pass, and it had a lightly glossy finish. This shade lasted for six and a half hours, and it left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Goddess of the Sea (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Romantically Inclined (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is brighter, purpler. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is brighter, purpler. MAC Bust Out (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Flaunting It (LE, $18.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Marshmallow Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a softly glossed finish. It also had rich, intense color payoff like the other two shades. The consistency made it easy to apply and spread out the color for an even, smooth result. This shade wears for five and a half hours on me, but it settles slightly into lip lines after three hours of wear. It was neither hydrating nor drying to wear. MAC Sweet Experience (LE, $16.00) is more matte. YSL Frivolous Pink (19) (DC, $34.00) is similar. MAC Vivid Image (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014

NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polishes
NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polishes

Here are three more shades from the upcoming nail collaboration between 3.1 Phillip Lim and NARS (official info here). If you missed the first three, check this post. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

NARS Anarchy Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “angora.” It’s a light, buttery beige with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. For this type of color, it applied quite well, but there was slight streakiness, even after two coats, though the color was opaque in general after two coats. The consistency leaned on the thicker side but didn’t pool along the edges of the nail. MAC Near Beth Experience (LE, $16.00) is yellower, brighter. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Gold Viper Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light-medium, muted tarnished gold with a metallic finish. It had very lightly visible brush strokes, but the wider brush helped apply them in a straight line, rather than have them look wobbly. The polish had good coverage and was opaque after one coat, but I applied two coats for swatches. The formula on this shade dried down fairly quickly. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler-toned. Illamasqua Swinger (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. China Glaze Midnight Kiss (LE, $7.50) is more gold. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Insidious Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black bronze.” It’s a deep, dark olive brown with murky gold and bronze pearl. It was intensely pigmented and was nearly opaque in one coat, though I applied two for swatches. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied beautifully and didn’t streak, bubble, or pool along the edge of the nails. I don’t think this looks like NARS Mash, which is much greener, less olive/brown, but it was a shade I had in mind initially. Chanel Mysterious (601) (P, $27.00) has no shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Czarina Gold (LE, $24.00) has larger shimmer. SpaRitual Lithophonic (LE, $10.00) is greener. China Glaze Midtown Magic (LE, $7.50) is browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Cult Nails Spring Radiance Collection
Cult Nails Spring Radiance Collection

Cult Nails Radiance Collection includes three, limited edition shades. They can be purchased individually for $12.00 each, or you can use code TEMPTALIA12 to buy all three for $24. Alluring and Radiance were both nice shades that were easy to apply and had great end results, but Thrive’s thick consistency made it difficult to work with. It was the shade I was most excited about (personally–I love all things mint green at the moment), and as pretty as it can be, it requires a lot of effort and patience.

Cult Nails Alluring Nail Lacquer is described as a “mauve, leaning neutral, with the most subtle green shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It was totally opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. The formula went on beautifully and dried down to a high-shine finish (without a top coat!). Zoya Rue (P, $9.00) is lighter. Zoya Brigitte (P, $9.00) is similar. Illamasqua Pink Raindrops (LE, $17.00) is sparkly. Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cult Nails Radiance Nail Lacquer is described as a “one coat, purple-berry.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark raspberry magenta with a cream finish. As described, it was intensely pigmented in a single coat, and the consistency was just slightly thick, which worked for one-coat application, as it gave it that plush, glossy finish that two coats often yields. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. Zoya Areej (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cult Nails Thrive Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “slightly textured mint pastel green.” It’s a brightened, mint green with iridescent green-teal shimmer and pearl. It dries down to a semi-matte finish–there’s a slight sheen, but there is a subtle sparkly texture to it without a top coat. The consistency was very thick, unfortunately, and it seems almost sticky as I applied it. It had mostly opaque color after two coats, but it didn’t apply evenly. Rescue Beauty Lounge Liberty (LE, $20.00) is greener, warmer, darker. Essie First Timer (P, $8.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, cream. Illamasqua Mottle (LE, $17.00) has black sparkle/glitter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom (LE, $20.00) is bluer, less shimmery. China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On (LE, $7.50) is lighter, cream. Butter London Fiver (P, $15.00) is much lighter, brighter, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, June 21st, 2014

NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polishes
NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polishes

This July, NARS is releasing a collection of nail polishes in collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim (official info here). With these, NARS has introduced a wider brush (compared to the last polish I tried from NARS, which was in April), though the bottle size and shape have stayed the same. The bottles for this collection have the designer’s logo printed on the front as well. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

NARS Hell-Bent Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lacquer red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had full color coverage after nearly one coat, but I did apply two just to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail without pooling along the edges. It dried down a bit faster than the average polish. Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $32.00) is similar. Zoya Tamsen (P, $9.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Other Side Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bitter chocolate.” It’s a blackened brown with subtle maroon undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque in almost one coat, though two were needed for complete opacity. The polish wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was easy to apply–no streakiness or bubbling. Essie Shearling Darling (P, $8.00) is lighter. Cult Nails Lamestain (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Accessoire (P, $27.00) is lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Color Club Fashion Moment (P) is cooler-toned. China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $7.50) is lighter. Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Crossroads Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “African violet.” It’s a deepened, muted purple with a smokiness to it. It had a cream finish. The consistency was slightly thin, though it had full coverage after two coats, but it showed the texture of my natural nails just slightly (I have slightly ridged nails), so you’ll want to use a base coat or ridge-filling base coat if you have similar natural nails. It applied without streaking, and it dried down to a naturally shiny finish. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Essie Smokin’ Hot (LE, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “tangerine.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more muted. YSL Orange Fougueux (04) (P, $40.00) is redder. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is powder. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is lighter, shimmery, powder. NARS Rotonde (LE, $41.00) is lighter, powder, matte. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is redder. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The HD Blush formula is a soft, creamy, lightweight, and extremely blendable. You need that blendability because it is also a highly pigmented formula, but it can easily be applied with a light hand for sheer color or built up for true-to-pan color. The texture feels creamy initially but dries down to a powder as you apply and blend it into the skin, but the powder dry down is still blendable, so you never feel like you have to hurry. #515 wore well for nine hours on me before starting to fade slightly. This is the last shade I had to review, and you can read all my past reviews for other shades here.

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Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) Le Rouge
Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) Le Rouge

Last up, three new coral shades in the Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) formula. It’s a very creamy, lightweight, long-wearing lipstick that is hydrating, comfortable to wear, rose-scented, and is typically very pigmented. Some of the lighter shades don’t apply quite as flawlessly as medium and dark shades, but they’re particularly flattering on lips as they make lips appear smoother.

Givenchy Corail Decolette (303) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink-toned coral.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had rich, full coverage color that applied beautifully without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is pinker, more muted. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is more muted. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is a touch pinker. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is darker, pinker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is warmer. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Rouge Egerie (305) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “coral red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had intense, full color payoff that applied easily and evenly onto the lips. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is pinker. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is more orange, shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Corail Signature (317) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “coral orange.” It’s a medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the consistency was creamy and helped it apply smoothly to the lips. This shade wore well for almost five hours on me. It’s a more muted shade of orange with less red in it than the average orange lipstick. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is sheerer. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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