Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blend of matte teal hexes and squares, rich red hexes and squares in varied sizes [with] silver shimmer.” It’s a mix of large, bright blue and red square and hexagon-shaped glitter with smaller silver shimmer in the background–and all suspended in a clear base.  It’s such a cheery mix of colors–and I think it could work over a lot of different base colors.

I applied two coats of the glitter top coat alone on my thumbnail so you can have a better idea of the density and composition of the top coat, and then one coat layered over Revlon Rose Gold. One coat (layered) has quite a bit of glitter, and the glitter distributed fairly evenly and easily despite the larger glitter pieces–I didn’t have to fish them out or anything–and I felt like there was a good balance of blue/red. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t pool along the edges.  I usually get a week of wear out of Hare’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

P.S. — The brand will be restocking their shop with the spring range soon!

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Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you like your glitter top coats to have more density (but still be in a clear base), this is one to consider. I also liked the consistency and dispersion I was able to get with this shade.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Flaming Chic Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Flaming Chic Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Flaming Chic Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink.” It’s a coral-pink with subtle, warm undertones, and a satiny finish. Burberry Coral Pink is much, much darker. MAC Whole Lotta Love is cooler-toned. Chanel Rose Initiale is a smidgen pinker. MAC Immortal Flower is lighter and a touch warmer. Tarte Blissful is warmer, more coral. Tarina Tarantino Parasol is similar but shimmery. theBalm Frat Boy is slightly warmer.

The texture had a light dryness to it that didn’t seem to inhibit blending or payoff, but there’s a noticeable dryness to the power (and if you’re familiar with the Extra Dimension formula, it’s consistent with the rest of the line, and also a bit like Mineralize products). It had good color payoff, but I did notice that there was a waxy film on it that needed to be rubbed away before it worked well. I didn’t notice it on the other shades, but this one did. It has a subtle sheen in its finish, and it’s very flattering on the skin–natural and a bit glowy but not metallic of frosted; and it didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. Flaming Chic wore for seven hours before looking a bit faded after eight hours, though MAC only states these have six-hour wear.

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Flaming Chic

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This color will be suitable for a greater spectrum of skin tones compared to some of the other shades, so if you have a darker complexion and have been looking for one to consider, you might like this one. It is a bit dupable, though.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

NARS Tolede Lipstick
NARS Tolede Lipstick

NARS Tolede Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink rose.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, rosy pink with a soft, satiny finish. Giorgio Armani Blush is warmer. Tom Ford Indian Rose is slightly more plum. Becca Valentina is more plum. Bobbi Brown nude Rose is darker. MAC Gem of Roses is a touch more plum.

The color payoff is mostly opaque with a very faint translucency. It had a lightly creamy, glide-on texture that applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t pull or tug on the lips. Tolede lasted for four and a half hours, just above average, and was actually lightly hydrating during the time I wore it.  While several pieces from NARS’ summer collection are rather bright and bold, Tolede is a great everyday shade that I see working on many skin tones. I think it’s a bit of a sleeper–not as eye-catching as other products in the launch but something you may reach for often.

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While several pieces from NARS' summer collection are rather bright and bold, Tolede is a great everyday shade that I see working on many skin tones. I think it's a bit of a sleeper--not as eye-catching as other products in the launch but something you may reach for often.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink flamingo.” It’s a bright, creamy coral-red. Guerlain Candy Stripe is more orange and has slight shimmer. MAC Forever Rose is pinker. Revlon Papaya is slightly pinker and has shimmer. Hourglass Nectar is very close in color. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi/a> is lighter, less pink. MAC Exxxhibitionist is lighter. Illamasqua Mistress is more orange.

The Larger Than Life formula is supposed to have “high shine” with “intense color” and be both “long-lasting” and “nourish[ing].” The color is nearly opaque, and what’s really incredible is how it doesn’t settle into lip lines at all–it really just smooths over the entire lip and makes lips look very juicy and glossy. It has a thinner consistency that wasn’t tacky, and it was comfortable to wear for the five hours it lasted on my lips. Paris Follies was moderately hydrating while I wore it.  The only thing I don’t like about NARS’ gloss here is the teeny, tiny applicator–I need five or six pulls just to get enough product to cover my lips. I find that I always end up feeling the edge of the plastic portion of the applicator scraping against my lips, because the brush is so stubby.

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Paris Follies

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I love how creamy, smooth, and glossy the color looks on the lips--it is really quite lovely! I only wish the applicator was easier to use.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Fiery Impact Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “burnt red bronze.” It’s a burnt orange–a little redness to it–with a subdued quality so it doesn’t appear too red or intense–and a barely-there satin sheen. Chanel Frivole is bolder and more matte. Guerlain Peach Boy is brighter and redder. NARS Gilda is redder.

It had buildable color coverage from sheer to true-to-pan color, which is deep and dark enough to work on deeper complexions but still be an easier shade to apply for even fair skin tones. The texture has the dryness present in the formula, but this dryness doesn’t seem to contribute to a powdery look on the skin or difficulty in blending out the product. Instead, the product applies evenly and easily, blends out well, and the finish gets more and more natural the longer you work it into the skin. Fiery Impact wore for eight hours–quite impressive given the wear of other shades and that MAC states these have a six-hour wear time–and didn’t look faded at all.

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Fiery Impact

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It had buildable color coverage from sheer to true-to-pan color, which is deep and dark enough to work on deeper complexions but still be an easier shade to apply for even fair skin tones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Blazing Haute Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “dirty peach.” It’s a warm-toned tangerine orange with a golden peach shimmer-sheen. MAC Fresh Honey is a touch brighter and more orange. MAC My Highland Honey is more matte and a touch darker. Illamasqua Lover is matte and more orange.

It had better pigmentation compared to the last two shades I’ve tested; it is more buildable and true-to-pan. Also a plus is that because it’s a brighter and more pigmented shade, it will work across more skin tones. The shimmer in the finish of this shade was a bit stronger/more shimmery than others, but it still was rather subtle once blended and buffed on the skin and didn’t emphasize pores or any imperfections in the skin’s texture. It lasted for seven hours well, which was a nice plus, since it is only listed as having a six-hour wear time by MAC. The texture is slightly dry, but this did not seem to interfere with the application.

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Blazing Haute

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It had better pigmentation compared to the last two shades I've tested; it is more buildable and true-to-pan. Also a plus is that because it's a brighter and more pigmented shade, it will work across more skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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