Friday, March 9th, 2012

Urban Decay Underground Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Underground Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Underground Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Underground Deluxe Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “medium fawn.” It’s a medium-dark gray-tinted brown; it’s rather taupe to me, though not as cool-toned as some taupes can be. The finish has a frosted appearance with a hint of metallic sheen. MAC Caviar Dreams has a similar color but different finish. Benefit Dandy Brandy is much more of a red-toned brown than taupe. Tarina Tarantino Delightful has a warmer base. MAC Magical Mist is a bit lighter. Bare Escentuals A-Ha has a redder undertone. MAC Aloha has a redder undertone and a more metallic finish.

When I tested out the wear of Underground alone, it adhered really nicely to the lid, so I didn’t have any creasing or fading after eight hours, which is impressive for an eyeshadow without a primer! I love the texture of the Deluxe Eyeshadows, because it’s so soft, buttery, and dense. The color payoff is lovely with a smooth, even finish. These eyeshadows are also almost twice as big as the regular ones for just a buck more.

The plastic part of the lid tends to fall off, though, and it’s a problem I’ve had consistently with the Deluxe Eyeshadows, unfortunately. The lid itself consists of the actual lid mechanism and lid, but there’s a clear plastic lid that clicks over that to protect the design (which is printed on paper), and that is the piece that falls off–so your shadow stays intact, but it’s still frustrating.

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Urban Decay Underground Deluxe Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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Another beautiful taupe brown that will work well in a more dramatic, smoky eye as well as a neutral shade for easy, go-to looks.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 9th, 2012

Ozotic #505 Nail Lacquer
Ozotic #505 Nail Lacquer

Ozotic #505 Nail Lacquer

Ozotic #505 Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a multi-chromatic polish that shifts green, pink, cyan, and blue. It is more of a layering polish than anything else–you can see the color alone, but in order for the multi-chromatic effect to really pop, a darker underlayer works best. I applied two coats of it alone on my index and middle fingers, and then I applied one coat of it over a black polish on my ring finger. Alone, there are bits of silvery blue, fuchsia purple, and blue-purple that seem to catch the light. Over black, it looks like teal, forest green, fuchsia purple, and bluish-purple.

The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied easily without streaking or bubbling.  It actually had surprising coverage on its own–just shy of being opaque with a hint of visible nail line after two coats.

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Ozotic #505 Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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Ozotic definitely knows how to make a duochrome/multi-chrome polish, and if you're really in the market for one--don't waste money on imitations; Ozotic is a surefire way to get the results you want with an excellent formula.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer
NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft plum with silver glitter.” It’s a pink-plum with silver glitter–but the way the glitter sits against the pink-plum makes it appear almost like a really pale, silvered lilac. I couldn’t think of any good dupes for it, but Nubar Treasure Nail (darker purple) and Milani Hi-Res (holographic, darker) were the closest–I wouldn’t say they’re close, though.

Night Rider is opaque in two coats and requires no patience at all during application, because the formula balances consistency with pigmentation, so it applies evenly, fluidly, and without a hitch.  I typically get a week of wear out of NARS’ formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.  I’m not unforgiving to my nails, but I don’t make any attempts to preserve a manicure, so I definitely use my nails as tools!

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Night Rider

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If you loved the way the other Night shades looked but felt they were just too dark, Night Rider gives you the same fun finish and nuance with a more spring-friendly color.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “glistening gold.” It’s a rich, luxurious yellowed gold with hints of antique gold and a softly frosted finish. NARS Paramaribo is darker, more burnished. Make Up For Ever #11 is cooler-toned, less yellowed. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is browner, less golden. Inglot #404 is more coppery. Inglot #430 is brighter but the closest.

It’s part of Urban Decay’s Deluxe Eyeshadow range, which has a denser, softer texture compared to their regular formula, so it feels very buttery. The pigmentation is excellent, and it requires very little product to achieve smooth, even results. When worn alone, it adheres well and lasts for eight hours without creasing or fading. Over a primer, I have no wear issues for as long as twelve hours. Bonus: this is almost double the size of Urban Decay’s regular formula but at almost the same price!  The only downside is I find the packaging of the Deluxe Eyeshadows to be flimsy–the plastic lid tends to pop off the top of the compact easily.

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Urban Decay Honey Deluxe Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's a beautiful color that will flatter hazel and green eyes immensely--it will also work other eye colors, too, but those two especially. It's a warm, almost dirty, gold, that pairs well with other browns, warm coppers, and olive greens.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “edgy granite” with a cream finish that was created with Narciso Rodriguez. It’s a dark blue-based gray cream. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk is less blue-based. NARS Galion is similar in tone but darker. Chanel Steel is much darker, almost black. Zoya Kelly is just a smidgen lighter but very, very close.

Stormy Weather applied beautifully–the color was rich in pigment (just two coats for opaque results!) and the consistency was fluid.  The polish flowed across the nail evenly without bubbling or pooling around the edges.  It has a slightly shiny look when it dries, but I’d still use a top coat for a really glossy finish.  Deborah Lippmann’s formula wears well on my nails–there is very minimal tip wear even after a week of wear, and I’ve never experienced chipping.

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Stormy Weather

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This is a beautiful gray that really does have that storm-is-a-brewin' kind of vibe to it. I think it's that blue undertone that runs to it, which gives it a very cool, foreboding feel.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 4th, 2012

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer
NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Porter Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “black with green pearls.” The base is definitely very dark, more like deep, dark forest green, but there is a lot of emerald green, olive green, and copper-gold shimmer, so it ends up looking like a very dark, sleek forest green with multi-colored shimmer. China Glaze Glittering Garland is more of an emerald green with more yellow undertones. Zoya Edyta is similar but has more of a metallic finish. Nubar Verde is similar but, again, has a metallic finish, which gives it a much more reflective sheen. The shimmer in the previously two mentioned shades is larger, not as fine as in Night Porter.

Like the other shades in the series, Night Porter is richly pigmented–almost opaque in one coat–and needs two coats for full color coverage.  It does dry down to a semi-matte finish, so I’ would recommend using a shiny top coat to achieve that glossy finish.  NARS’ polishes typically wear a week on me with minor tip wear and no chipping.  I was so impressed with how fluidly Night Porter applied; the polish glided across the nail surface and gave great, even coverage.

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Night Porter

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I was so impressed with how fluidly Night Porter applied; the polish glided across the nail surface and gave great, even coverage. The color is beautiful, and there's this cool-warm vibe to it, so I think it would look good on both warm and cool complexions.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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