Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “the color of an oil base that floats on water with rainbow sparkles.” It’s a dirty, olive bronze with multi-colored shimmer and threads of khaki-bronze metallic shimmer. Though I held my nails every which way, in both natural light, artificial light, and direct sunlight, it didn’t shift much. The edges darkened and green tones came through at severe angles, rather than the dirty bronze/khaki coloring. The consistency was thinner than the average RBL, which means the consistency is not too thick or too thin. It had good color coverage with two coats. OCC Ripley is greener and doesn’t have the multi-colored shimmer. SpaRitual Lithophonic is darker, less shimmery. Dior Czarina Gold is much darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches. I wouldn’t consider any of those real dupes for this shade. This shade sold out before the pre-sale was even half-over, but it will be back later on this fall season, so if it’s up your alley, you’ll have another chance to snag it.

Liberty Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as the “image of the majestic Lady Liberty gleaming with reflective glass-flecks.” It’s a pale, pastel green with soft white flecks of shimmer. On me, it doesn’t read cool enough to be a true mint green, but on cooler complexions, it may turn more mint green. The formula was slightly thick, and I had good results overall, but one needs to be careful to apply medium coats, as thin tended to look streaky (I tried two thinner coats on my pinky nail, and it was slightly streaky). Illamasqua Mottle has a similar base color but has black glitter. China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On is slightly lighter. Butter London Fiver is lighter, more mint green. See comparison swatches.

I typically get seven days of wear with very minor tip wear but no chipping with Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula. They tend to have a thicker formula that takes a bit longer to dry than the average polish.  Liberty should be available to the public next week.

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This shade sold out before the pre-sale was even half-over, but it will be back later on this fall season, so if it's up your alley, you'll have another chance to snag it.

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The color was interesting, and the flecks of shimmer are visible even in low light, so they add extra dimension. I just wish it wasn't so thick.

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Chanel Affinite (65) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Affinite (65) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Affinite (65) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as an “intense blue pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones, and a saitn finish. Edward Bess Bed of Roses is a touch lighter, powder. NARS Mata Hari is darker, powder. NARS Angelika is lighter, bluer-based, powder. MAC Whole Lotta Love is a powder. MAC Weekend Getaway is slightly less blue-based. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches.

This is a new formula that launched for fall, and there are six shades in total–two are limited edition and four are permanent (this is one of the latter). (Although, Chanel’s website lists all six shades as limited edition, the press release only listed two.) I have the other five shades to test, which I’ll be doing throughout the week, so stay tuned for those reviews. Yesterday, I started my testing with Affinite.

Chanel describes it as a “powder-cream formula” with “sheer yet vibrant pigments for instant luminosity” and a “long-wear satin finish.” The texture is interesting; it feels like a cream blush with a thin, emollient texture that’s not at all tacky or gooey. The surface was hard, yet the cream itself was soft–but it was “hard” in a way where you only disturb the top-most layer with a brush or fingertip, rather than the whole pan. As soon as it makes contact with the skin, it starts to turn into a powder. It doesn’t quite look like a powder, but it feels more like a powder than a cream as you blend the product into the skin. It’s a very blendable, buildable formula, and a little goes a long way with Affinite. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me and started looking slightly faded after nine and a half hours.

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Monday, July 15th, 2013

Inglot #123R Rainbow Eyeshadow Pan
Inglot #123R Rainbow Eyeshadow Pan

Inglot #123R Rainbow Eyeshadow Pan ($8.00 for 0.09 oz.) consists of three hues of orange ranging from muted, tangerine-ish orange to a deep, reddened orange. All three shades had nice color payoff, and the texture was consistent throughout–soft, finely-milled, not powdery, and easy to blend out on the lid.  When I wore the three together, they lasted well for seven and a half hours.  After eight and a half hours, I saw some minor fading.  Over a primer, I had no trouble with all the shades maintaining their vibrancy for as long as ten hours of wear.

#123R Top is a brightened, medium orange with a satiny finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Ablaze is redder. Dior Pareo is similar. See comparison swatches.

#123R Middle is a medium-dark orange-red with a satin finish. The pigmentation was true-to-pan and very rich, while the texture was blendable and soft. NARS Persia is darker. MAC Red Brick is matte. MAC Orange is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#123R Bottom is a deeper orange-red with a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, finely-milled feel. NARS Persia is darker. MAC Orange is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, July 12th, 2013

bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows with a neutral color-scheme. They’re part of the bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow range, which means they’re supposed to have rich color with 12-hour long-wear. I wore several shades from the palette, and they wore well for ten hours, but after a full twelve hours, there was some very slight fading. Generally, all of the eyeshadows had good color payoff and were very soft and smooth to the touch–so a couple of shades were just a smidgen powdery but did not look that way on the lid or sheer out too easily.

Boss Lady is described as a “shimmer bronze.” (That’s what the website says, but I think it’s a mistake.) It’s a pale, light peachy-beige with a satin finish and subtle warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. theBalm Matt Smith is less shimmery. L’Oreal Promiscuous Pearl is more shimmery. theBalm Adagio is more matte. Urban Decay Anonymous is similar. MAC Phloof is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is more shimmery. bareMinerals Serendipitous is warmer. Inglot #352 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Moneymaker is described as a “dusty olive.” It’s a deepened but subdued khaki brown with the merest hint of green and a mostly matte finish. The color payoff was nice, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Snare is grayer, more shimmery. Dior Khaki Design #1 is darker. Burberry Khaki is warmer, lighter. bareMinerals Utopia is much greener. Make Up For Ever #47 is also much greener. Make Up For Ever #148 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Schmooze is described as a “bronze sheen.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with a subtle warm, golden champagne shimmer and sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture had a really soft, buttery feel. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 is warmer. theBalm Stand-offish is lighter. Urban Decay Spotlight is similar. MAC Cactus Thorn is warmer. Burberry Pale Barley is similar. See comparison swatches.

Boardroom is described as a “deep chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with subtle red undertones and a matte finish. This was the “worst” shade in the palette, as it was a bit dry and stiff compared to the others. The color payoff, as a result, was only so-so, but it does apply better with a fluffier brush and wasn’t difficult to blend out with a brush. Urban Decay Muse is more shimmery. MAC Midnight Flurry is similar. MAC Dance in the Dark is darker. MAC Showstopper is not as warm-toned. MAC Diamond Dove is similar. bareMinerals Foreshadow is also similar. Inglot #363 is lighter. Inglot #326 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Exec is described as a “polished slate.” It’s a medium taupe with a satin-matte finish–there’s a very hint of sheen but it’s so subtle that it ends up looking more matte. It had nice pigmentation and felt very smooth and soft. MAC Bossa Blue is darker, warmer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is darker. Disney Kill Joy is similar. Urban Decay Mushroom is darker, more shimmery. MAC Electroplate is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Payday is described as a “light granite.” It’s a pale beige with a gray cast and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. MAC Rainy Season is very similar. Inglot #350 is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Suspense is darker. See comparison swatches.

Magnate is described as a “nude peach.” It’s a warm-toned, beige-peach with a satin finish. It’s warmer than Boss Lady and slightly darker. Kat Von D Vespertine is brighter. Urban Decay ABC Gum is darker. NARS Night Star is similar. NARS Biarritz is more beige. bareMinerals Stealth is slightly darker and more orange. Inglot #390 is similar, slightly more beige. See comparison swatches.

Get Ahead is described as a “rustic taupe.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. Kat Von D Wolf is darker. Urban Decay Bewitch is also darker. Urban Decay Faint is more yellow-toned. NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 is redder in tone. Make Up For Ever #17 is warmer, richer. Inglot #360 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Stone is very comparable. See comparison swatches.

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For those looking for a neutral palette that doesn't run too warm-toned and has more matte/satin finishes, you may really enjoy this one.

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Friday, July 12th, 2013

Milani Sweet Nectar Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Sweet Nectar Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Sweet Nectar Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as an “orange cream.” It’s a medium-dark orange with subtle red tones and a satiny finish. MAC Good to Go is slightly darker. MAC Fashion Nomad is very similar. MAC Morange is similar. MAC Neon Orange is also similar. Illamasqua Flare is more matte. Maybelline Electric Orange is also similar. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, full color coverage when applied. The consistency is lightly creamy and glided evenly across lips without pulling or dragging. It’s touted as an opaque, hydrating formula. I found it to be lightly hydrating, but only for the first two to three hours. Sweet Nectar lasted five and a half hours when I wore it. There’s a sweet, somewhat synthetic, fruity scent that felt a bit cloying.

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder ($34.00 for 0.26 oz.) is supposed to be a “silky, weightless finishing powder with a luminous, demi-matte Naked finish.” It’s designed to set your makeup and reduce shine, so it can be used after you’ve applied your foundation initially as well as later on during the day as a touch-up powder.

Urban Decay recommends Light for shades 0.5 through 3.0; Medium Light for shades 2.0 through 4.0; Medium for shades 4.5 through 6.5; Medium Dark for shades 6.0 through 8.0; and Dark for shades 8.0 through 12.0. I used Medium over 4.0 in the photos, for reference. I applied it using Urban Decay’s Good Karma Finishing Brush. The texture is soft, incredibly finely-milled, and feels like a silky powder as it goes onto the skin. Applied over Urban Decay’s Naked Liquid Foundation, it made the resulting finish more matte and definitely more “blurred.”

It boosted the wear of the liquid foundation by another hour, so I was able to get eight and a half hours of wear before my t-zone started to show some fading, which started to be noticeable after nine and a half hours of wear. If used to touch-up, then the foundation looks mostly intact even after eleven hours of wear. I liked how well it softened the look of the skin without appearing powdery, but I did miss some of the subtle luminosity of the liquid foundation, so I might opt to use this more as a touch-up powder a few hours into wear (personally).  The powder was supposed to have a luminous and demi-matte finish, but it read rather matte when I tested it.

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