Saturday, July 6th, 2013

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “crimson red.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark red with a matte finish. It’s bold, bright, and very opaque. The consistency is just waxy enough that it glides across the lips without tugging or pulling while still delivering full color in a single stroke.  It wore for six hours and was slightly drying overall. Maybelline Infra-red is glossier. NARS Majella is browner, darker. Hourglass Raven is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “pink chiffon.” It’s a slightly cool-toned, light pink with an iridescent shimmer, so it looks frosted on the lips. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but between the light color and frosted (but matte) finish, it wasn’t very flattering or forgiving on the lips. It seemed to apply easily enough and did so evenly, despite it not being opaque.  It wore for two hours and was slightly drying after wearing twice in a row! MAC Beauty is lighter, more opaque. MAC Fun Finds is warmer. MAC Mlle is more opaque. Guerlain Rose Innocent is glossier. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, July 5th, 2013

Essie The Girls Are Out Nail Lacquer
Essie The Girls Are Out Nail Lacquer

Essie The Girls Are Out Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, fuchsia pink with soft white/silver sparkle suspended in it. It almost looks like a jelly finish, but it wasn’t completely squishy-looking. The color was fully opaque after two coats were applied. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed easily over the nail without streaking or bubbling.  I normally get a week of wear out of Essie’s formula with minor tip wear. Dior Bahia (667) is lighter. NARS Ratin Jot is similar but a cream finish. L’Oreal Members Only is warmer. China Glaze Beach Cruise-r is cooler-toned–more magenta. Essie Bossa Nova is darker, more fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

Full Steam Ahead Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a soft, light-medium lavender with subtle cool undertones and a subtle white pearl. The consistency on this shade was slightly thick, and it didn’t level out for me, so it looked a little streaky and uneven after two coats. I tried applying this a few different ways from using thinner coats to using one thin, one thicker, and then two more medium coats, but the results were all rather similar. I normally get a week of wear out of Essie’s formula with minor tip wear. Zoya Julie is lighter. Essie She’s Picture Perfect is darker, cooler-toned. Essie Nice is Nice is slightly pinker. Essie Bangle Jangle is more muted. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad
Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad ($68.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains four eyeshadows in a “smooth, long-wearing formula” with textures that range from “soft matte to high pearl.” The palette was really nice in terms of quality, but it could have used more contrast, depending on your skin tone. I think fairer complexions may notice the subtleties between each shade more so than medium and darker skin tones. For example, on my medium complexion, it definitely runs together and loses something.  I wore all shades, and they lasted eight hours well and were a little faded before the ninth hour.

Cosmic Bliss #1 is a light-medium beige with warm, caramel undertones and a matte finish. It looked a lot lighter in the pan than it did swatched. It had a soft, buttery texture and had great color payoff. NARS Biarritz is lighter. MAC Call Me Bubbles is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Grain is more shimmery. MAC Bisque is lighter. Chanel Beige Lame is warmer, darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Cosmic Bliss #2 is a warm, golden-shimmered, medium-dark brown with a frosted sheen. The texture was a bit drier compared to the first shade, and the resulting color payoff was good but not as easy to blend out. MAC Bronze is darker. MAC Woodwinked is warmer. MAC Soba is darker. Dior Golden Savannah #1 is less shimmery. Benefit Thanks a Latte is more metallic. bareMinerals Cognac is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Cosmic Bliss #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was really soft and smooth. Urban Decay Stray Dog is darker. Urban Decay Lost is much darker. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rehab is a cream product. Chanel Topkapi #2 is similar. Chanel Raffinement #1 is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Cosmic Bliss #4 is a medium-dark bronze brown with a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture so it applied smoothly and evenly. Bobbi Brown Bronze is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Deeper is slightly darker. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze is browner. MAC Buckwheat is redder. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #421 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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The quality is nice, but the colors run together a bit when applied, so it really depends on how you intend to use the palette and if you really like the idea of something with a very gradual gradient when used together. I felt like it could have used a little more contrast between the shades.

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Hare Polish Bisbee 2.0 Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Bisbee 2.0 Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Bisbee 2.0 Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “turquoise jelly, accented with bright yellow-golden hexes and squares … plus gold shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, aqua blue turquoise with square and hexagon-shaped gold shimmer (that turns almost green when it gets covered with the base color) and a fine dusting of gold shimmer. I applied two coats of polish, as the brand advised, and it was semi-opaque and had that signature squishy, slightly translucent jelly look. I couldn’t think of any dupes (not even just a turquoise jelly!).

Leap Light Year Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.)is described as a “bright, squishy cherry red jelly, silver squares in two different sizes and smaller silver hexes.” It’s a brightened, pinky-red jelly base with silver-hued, square-shaped glitters in medium and small size, plus small silver hexagon-shaped glitters. The brand applied three thin coats in their preview swatches, so I followed suit on my ringer finger and did two more medium coats on the rest of my nails, and a third coat would give you a squishier look, though opacity is still very much as expected for a jelly with two regular coats–slightly translucent with good glitter dispersion and coverage. It looks a bit pinker, whereas it becomes a juicier red with three thin coats. Neither of these are dupes, but they were the closest that I could think of: L’Oreal The Queen’s Might doesn’t have glitter and isn’t a jelly (but it has a similar pink-red coloring) and Cult Nails Captivated has gold glitter. See comparison swatches.

Star Tropics Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, squishy blue jelly, silver squares in two different sizes and smaller silver hexes.” It’s a darkened, medium-dark navy blue jelly base with large and medium, silver, square-shaped glitters and then smaller hexagon-shaped silver glitters. The brand showed three thin coats in their preview swatches, which is what I did with my ring and pinky fingernails, and then two medium coats on my middle finger, and finally, two thin coats on my index finger (so hopefully you have a good idea of the coverage!). The blue looks its densest and richest with three thin coats, and it definitely looks squishier that way, too. There was good glitter coverage every which way I tried, and it was easy to apply. I don’t know of any polishes (from what I’ve seen, of course!) that is like this, but these were all shades that were similar to the base color (but not so much the jelly finish): MAC Blue Gaze, MAC Breezy Blue, Illamasqua Force, China Glaze Manhunt, and Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like. See comparison swatches.

All three had consistency that were typical for jelly finishes–slightly thicker than the average polish but not too thick or goopy.  I noticed that Bisbee 2.0 was slightly thicker than the other two.  They applied without pooling along the edges, and I found the glitter was actually very easy to apply, as it dispersed evenly as I normally applied the polish–I didn’t have to push and prod it into place to get it across the nail. Star Tropics can look a little uneven if it’s too sheer, though it didn’t seem actually streaky, but I think with the way the glitter is suspended in the polish, it gives that look. From the Hare Polishes I’ve tried thus far, they’ve lasted a week with minor tip wear.

These three in particular will be restocked shortly, and for those who’ve wanted to try out Hare, they’ve also done a major restock of the rest of their range, too, in their Etsy shop.

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a softly warmed-up, pale gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It has hints of yellow, but it’s not a strong, true yellow gold–it is muted and not quite neutral but close. MAC Greenluxe #2 is more metallic. Disney Charming is lighter. Disney Sand in the Glass is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #18 is similar. NARS Hollywoodland is darker. MAC Retrospeck is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is darker, yellower. Lancome Eternal Gold is darker, yellower. Chane lApparence is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

It’s a new and limited edition shade exclusive to Chanel.com, and later on, Nordstrom.   Fans of Chanel’s cream eyeshadow formula will love the way this looks and feels on the lid, because it’s soft, smooth, sparkling, and easy to apply.  It also had buildable coverage that could go from sheer to mostly opaque, as it layered well, but it was easily blended out, too.  I didn’t have any issues with fall out or creasing over a nine hour period (without a primer), and it has the type of finish that’s sparkling, shimmering, and eye-opening.  I can definitely see it working as a one-and-done shadow that gets patted on as you’re walking out the door.

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I can definitely see it working as a one-and-done shadow that gets patted on as you're walking out the door.

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet
Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet

Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy red with a matte finish and warm undertones. Chanel Scenario is lighter. Chanel Grace is lighter. MAC Glamourdaze is more plum. Chanel Baroque is similar. Chanel Imperial is glossier. Buxom Runaway is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Redwood had rich color payoff and applied with mostly opaque color coverage (you can see a faint bit of my lip freckle coming through up close but not at a distance).  The consistency is lightly creamy with a nice glide-on feel that doesn’t tug or pull at lips, but it doesn’t feel heavy or feather.  It wore for six and a half hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it, which is remarkable for a matte-finished lipstick.

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