Monday, November 4th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm (112) Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “rosy copper metallic shimmer.” It shifts between a soft, coppery peach and a more genuine rose gold–I found it to be a chameleon and really a color that changed depending on the angle, amount of light, and the color of the lighting. The finish was heavily frosted and metallic, so the dry down had some shine but a top coat would be recommended for a really great finish. There were a few, very, very subtle brush strokes that I could detect, but only if I looked closely and there was a lot of light. It was very nearly opaque after two coats. I went through other copper, orange, and peach-hued polishes that I’ve reviewed in the past, but I couldn’t find anything that was similar.

Petra (140) Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 oz.) is described as a “dirty bronze metallic shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, purplish-gray taupe with copper and bronze metallic shimmer. I didn’t detect any brush strokes no matter the angle or lighting situation with this one, and it was fully opaque after two coats. If I was a normal person and reach for a color over and over again, I could easily see this becoming a go-to for fall/winter (I might, in fact, make it my go to for my toes this season at least!). I thought Illamasqua Facet (LE, $17.00) might be similar but it is lighter and warmer in a way. See comparison swatches.

So far, I’ve had good luck with Marc Jacobs’ formula in regards to wear–lasting between seven and ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping–but almost no formula chips on me. It did seem to wear slightly longer than the average polish did on me.  Both polishes had a nice consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so both applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t pool along the edges.  The more metallic finish also helped both shades dry faster than the average polish.

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Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Grunge Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “military green creme.” It’s a light-medium, muted green with subtle, almost cool, undertones and a cream finish. It’s incredibly pigmented–it was almost totally opaque in a single coat. It dried down to a lightly shiny finish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. If every polish was like this, our wallets would be doomed–it’s so, so well-formulated. Zoya Gemma (P, $8.00) is darker. Zoya Bevin (P, $8.00) is less green, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Wack Slacks Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bold blue creme.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with a purple tinge and a cream finish. Like Grunge, this was incredibly pigmented–this was opaque in one coat, but I did two coats for the swatches. The consistency was nicely balanced, not too thick or too thin, and spread evenly across the nail without streaking. It might be one of the best cream polishes I’ve ever used. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is bluer, brighter. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is similar. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (LE, $19.00) is sheerer, slightly bluer. See comparison swatches.

Feedback Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft gold, pink, orange mylar flakes.” It’s as described: a mix of gold, pink, and orange flakes that shimmer and reflect as the light hits them. The consistency of the polish is very, very thick–almost gel-like–and the best application seemed to be pushing and pulling the polish into place. One coat has enough flakes that only one coat is necessary for topping your favorite nail color. I haven’t used a lot of flakey top coats like this, but so far, I haven’t been a big fan. Cult Nails Walk of Shame (P, $12.00) doesn’t have flakes and looks darker overall. Cult Nails Happy Ending (LE, $12.00) is multi-colored but is similar with respect to the shapes. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, October 28th, 2013

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Pigment
Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Pigment

Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) are available in fifteen shades, and they’re, at their essence, loose eyeshadows that can be used dry or wet (depending on the intensity and finish you seek). They’re supposed to be “high-impact,” “finely milled” and “wont crease or fade.” I’ve been playing with these for the past couple of weeks, and here are my thoughts on three of them (I’ll have a few more to share with you soon), but overall, I’m really happy with the quality, color payoff, and wear of the formula!

The only downside is that the jars come very filled (the brand even mentions they over-fill over what is labeled, so you’re usually getting more than 0.05 oz.), and there is no sifter, so they can be quite messy when opening and closing.  To that end, I know that they are currently working on tweaking the packaging to make them less messy to use, so I look forward to seeing how that turns out.  Until then, I recommend opening over the sink or a paper towel to minimize the mess.

Liquid Gold is described as a “true metallic gold.” It’s a deep, molten gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. It has a very dark, intense base that gives it a lot of depth. Whether you apply it dry or wet, it’s incredibly pigmented, very finely-milled (just melts together when you smooth it over the skin), and wore nine hours without creasing or fading on me. Too Faced Twinkle (LE) is yellower. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product, lighter. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is similar–slightly less metallic.Fyrinnae Aztec Gold (P, $8.25) is similar but slightly green-tinged. Too Faced Instigator (LE) is yellower. Urban Decay Stargazer (P, $20.00) is green-tinged and glittery. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon (P, $30.00) is lighter, more muted. Sugarpill Goldilux is yellower, warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches

Kryptonite is described as a “metallic moss green.” It’s a medium-dark, brown-ish green with a gold and emerald micro-shimmer and a golden olive sheen. The texture is soft, a little dry in a way, and is best applied with a damp brush for maximum color payoff and smooth, even color. Applied dry, it tends to look more khaki/olive, and I would recommend only applying dry over a primer. It wore well for eight and a half hours with creasing or fading, then started to fade by nine hours of wear. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is lighter–similar when applied dry. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is darker, browner. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Vintage Coin (LE) is a cream product. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is lighter. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is not quite as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Insomnia is described as a “dark chocolate brown duochrome with blue/teal reflects.” It has a medium-dark reddish brown base with a bluish-teal duochrome finish, so it looks more/less teal depending on the angle. The texture isn’t quite as fine as Liquid Gold, but it comes together nicely when applied, especially if used with a slightly dampened brush. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is less metallic. It lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. Too Faced Girly (LE) is browner. MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, bluer. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is bluer. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is very similar. I don’t have a post on it, but MAC Blue Brown Pigment would also be similar to this, as would Too Faced Label Whore. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Giorgio Armani #505 Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #505 Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #505 Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and an almost neon brightness. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Speak Louder (P, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Belgravia (LE, $34.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

I really love the Lip Maestro formula for something that’s very comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and really, really pigmented. #505 is fully opaque in a single pass of the doe-foot wand, which is slightly slanted and maneuvers around the lip easily. The consistency is not too thick or too thin, but it smooths over the lip evenly. It feels velvety, creamy, and the formula is unscented. This shade wore well for almost seven hours and left a light stain behind.  It’s an interesting shade to see in a holiday collection–definitely reads and feels like summer galore.

Now, the one thing I’m very confused about is why Giorgio Armani has so much inconsistency with product naming.  Nordstrom lists this as “Pink Poodle,” whereas on Giorgio Armani’s website, it’s listed as “#502 Eccentrico,” yet the press release lists it as “#505 Eccentrico,” and the bottom of the tube corresponds with #505.  ”#502 Art Deco” is part of the permanent range and is listed as such on Giorgio Armani’s website.

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Monday, October 21st, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag/Nude
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag/Nude

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Nude Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a small, zippered bag that contains a Paint Pot ($20.00 value), Fluidline ($16.00 value), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara ($21.00 value), and a double-ended brush (approximately $10-15 value). The value of the color products is $57 alone, so you’re definitely getting more for your money by purchasing everything as a set; there is also the value of the bag and the double-ended brush that would bring the value to at least $67. Even if you’re just digging the Paint Pot and Fluidline, together they’re $36, so it’s not too bad if the other products are less interesting.

Past Twilight is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a deep, dark plummy brown with a mostly matte finish. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it had a creamy, easy-to-apply consistency. It wore well without smudging or fading over a twelve-hour period. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is browner. MAC Dark Diversion (LE, $16.00) is a bit lighter but still quite similar. bareMinerals 5PM (P, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Utterly Becoming is described as a “creamy beige.” It’s a light-medium rosy beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was lightly creamy and easy to spread and blend on the skin. It had opaque color coverage, and it wore well for twelve hours without fading or creasing. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is a powder product. MAC Inner Strength (LE, $15.00) is a powder product. See comparison swatches. I don’t have it swatched (and I’m not sure I have it at all), but I believe Painterly is grayer/cooler-toned.

The bag seems sturdy and practical enough, and it’s wider than the zipppered Lip Bags, so it can accommodate more products. The dual-ended brush is a toss-in for me; it’s not bad, it’s not great–MAC’s full-sized versions are both better in feel and consistency of the density/shape of the brush heads.  In Extreme Dimension mascara separates and defines, but sometimes it seems to pull out a lot of product on the wand, which needs to be removed so that lashes don’t enter Clump City. I didn’t see a lot of length or volume with the mascara.  I didn’t have any flaking/smudging, though!

P.S. — I did not purchase the Gold or Violet Eye Bags, as they both contain products I’ve reviewed in the past.

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Friday, October 18th, 2013

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder ($69.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, pearlescent pink-tinged translucent powder. It brightens and adds a subtle luminosity to the skin all-over. It also extended the wear of my foundation by an hour and a half, though that’s more of a bonus, as the brand’s description says nothing about improving wear.  The pan uses a combination of pink, beige, lavender, and mint green, but the effect of the color swirled is a pale, cool-toned pink. I think the effect is comparable to Hourglass Mood Light, perhaps a bit more luminous.

Technically, Guerlain labels this as a “Radiance Powder” for the face, whereas past iterations of the pressed Meteorites formula are “Exceptional Pressed Powder.” This even contains significantly more product at 0.35 oz., as compared to 0.26 oz. for the Meteorites Voyage / Exceptional Pressed Powders. I really couldn’t detect any difference in texture or effect between the two formulas. Except the most obvious: more bang for your buck, because the permanent Mythic will cost you $55 just for the pan ($170 for the compact and pan). It brightens, softens the look of skin, and adds back a natural luminosity that gives skin a natural look. It works all-over, and on my medium complexion, it didn’t look chalky despite its cooler pink tone. Like other Guerlain powders, it is violet-scented.

I bought this when it popped up late last week on Nordstrom, because ever since falling in love with Wulong (last year’s Meteorites compact) and finding Mythic (part of the permanent range) equally impressive, I knew that there would be no way I’d skip this year’s. I’m glad I didn’t, because here’s why Meteorites are addictive: when I walked by my husband after applying this all over my face, he said, “Hey, you look really beautiful right now.” This after having passed him a dozen or more times, and all I had on was foundation and then used the Crazy Meteorites all-over to set and finish (no eyeshadow, blush, or lip color). I kid you not, as I was working through other swatches, he came over so he could look upon my beauty. So yes, Crazy Meteorites might make people go crazy around you.

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