Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Cult Nails Nakizzle's Shizzle Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. 0z.) is described as a “bright take on a traditional pastel blue.” It’s a brightened, light-medium sky blue with a cream finish. Deborah Lippmann On the Beach and NARS Koliary are both darker blues. NARS Kutki is much lighter. Chanel Coco Blue is not as bright, almost subdued/gray. OCC Pool Boy isn’t quite as true blue–it has some aqua in it. Nubar Blue Hydrangea is the same way, where it is isn’t quite as blue and looks slightly aqua in comparison.

Nakizzle’s Shizzle applied nicely with a really lovely consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed evenly and smoothly across the nail.  It was fully opaque in two coats, but there was some streakiness when I applied the initial coat that the second coat fully covered and evened out.  For a pastel blue, it was one of the least streaky formulas I’ve encountered.  It dried down slightly faster than the average nail polish, and the finish is naturally glossy and shiny.  I typically get a week of wear out of Cult Nails’ formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Nakizzle's Shizzle

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I loved how perfectly blue it is; not too dark, not too light and not gray or aqua. It's very much a blue! I also love how high-shine the finish is without a top coat.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a violet purple with pink undertones and a frosted sheen. Urban Decay Vice is darker, less pink-toned. Urban Decay Freakshow is much darker. Make Up For Ever #26 is slightly pinker and a cream product. MAC Butterfly Party is more frosted. MAC Violet is similar. Inglot #441 is lighter, brighter.

The newer Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow formula can be used wet or dry, depending on the intensity you desire. Applied dry, Lilas Mitzah was actually rather pigmented–nicely opaque with a soft, silky-smooth texture that applied evenly and blended out with ease. I haven’t had great luck across this range with the brighter pops of color, but Lilas Mitzah was a winner.  The texture has that soft feel you really look and expect from high-end brands.  When I tested the wear, it lasted well for eight hours, and then I noticed some slight fading after nine hours (without a primer).

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Lilas Mitzah (176)

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Lilas Mitzah had good color payoff, a lovely blendable and soft texture, and wore well when applied. The shade isn't too bright or dark, and it's a warmer purple for those who prefer more pink-toned violets than blue-based ones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

OCC Meta Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Meta Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Meta Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “red orange shellac.” It’s a bold, brightened orange-toned red with a luminous sheen. Dior Ceremony Red is bluer-based and shimmery. Chanel Exces is sheerer but similar in color (not as bright). OCC Harlot is similar in color (but a true Lip Tar). Illamasqua Fume isn’t quite as warm-toned.

It has a really lightweight feel and thin texture, and for the first three to four hours, there’s a natural sheen–not full-on glossy shine but still rather luminous. After, it has a subtler sheen and looks like a lip stain. The color coverage is much like a stained glass window; translucent enough that the natural lip color comes through somewhat but still a lot of color density. Meta lasts for six and a half hours well, and the stain lingers for another hour or so. It’s neither hydrating nor drying.

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Meta

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It's incredibly long-wearing and delivers the stained glass look and color as promised. I wish it was hydrating, because of how long it wears!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, May 13th, 2013

Zoya Hazel Nail Lacquer
Zoya Hazel Nail Lacquer

Zoya Hazel Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.” is described as a “full-coverage, blue green foil metallic.” This is a silvery-blue foil metallic with flakes of dirty gold in it. I don’t have anything quite like it, and the only polish that even was reminiscent of it was Zoya Crystal with is much bluer.  I always love when I come across a color that I haven’t see done before (or, even if only done a few times).

Hazel was fully opaque in two coats of polish, and the finish was metallic and foil-like.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t streak, pool, or bubble during application.  It was incredibly easy to apply, and the drying time was somewhat faster than average.  All in all, this was a superb polish and really Zoya at their best.  I normally get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Hazel

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All in all, this was a superb polish and really Zoya at their best. It's even better because the color is unique (to me), which makes it harder to dupe.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color ($58.00 for 1.0 oz.) is described as a “natural, radiant glow.” It’s a warm-toned, pink bronze with a glowing, illuminating sheen. Of the two shades for summer, this is the most dupable, as it doesn’t add a lot of color, just sheen. It’s not as warm-toned as the other illuminator, Fire Lust, which has a liquid consistency, and the form of this one makes it easier to apply in specific spots, rather than mixed with foundation or moisturizer.

Bronzed Amber ($58.00 for 1.0 oz.) is described as a “natural, bronzed glow.” It imparts a warm, bronzy sheen and barely-there shimmer to wherever it is applied. It only adds very slight warmth to my medium complexion, so I think it wouldn’t be too strong on pale complexions and then on deeper skin tones, it will be more of a gleam than added color.

The Illuminating Cheek Color is a solid, creamy stick of color designed to illuminate the skin. These reminded me of NARS’ The Multiples, though the texture of this formula is creamier, less waxy, and glides on better. It also seems to be more flattering against my skin (in terms of texture), because it blends out more readily and easily. I would guess that Orgasm would be somewhat similar to Blush Guilt (I think Orgasm might be a bit pinker), while Bronzed Amber would be somewhat similar to Palm Beach (you can see some really old group swatches of The Multiples here). I think these are sheerer, and designed to be that way given they’re illuminators, compared to some of the Multiple shades available (think more in the style of Copacabana).

The texture is emollient without being too slippery or slick, so it blends and spreads easily across the skin, while not becoming oily looking throughout the day.  Blush Guilt seemed to last (I was judging how glowy the area looked) for seven hours well but was mostly faded after nine hours.  Bronzed Amber wore slightly better and was visible well into the eighth hour but was half-gone by nine hours.  I think Bronzed Amber is more versatile, as it can add some color/definition (it’s not too warm-toned and not an orange-toned bronzer) as well as a sheen.

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Blush Guilt

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Blush Guilt seemed to last (I was judging how glowy the area looked) for seven hours well but was mostly faded after nine hours.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Bronzed Amber

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I think Bronzed Amber is more versatile, as it can add some color/definition (it's not too warm-toned and not an orange-toned bronzer) as well as a sheen.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Essie First Timer Nail Lacquer
Essie First Timer Nail Lacquer

Essie First Timer Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “adorable newbie green.” It’s a more vibrant take on mint green–there’s a little green and aqua mixed together to create something deeper and richer than your typical pastel mint green, but it’s not neon or a medium-colored shade either. Dior Samba is a bit darker, not quite as bright. Illamasqua Nomad is similar, perhaps a bit less green.

The consistency was slightly thicker than average but the thickness did not impede application. First Timer applied beautifully with full color coverage in two quotes, no streaking or bubbling, and the polish didn’t pool along the edges. The drying time was average and had a slightly shiny finish when all was said and done. I normally get a week of wear out of Essie’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — And if my bottle looks tiny, it’s because I bought the mini version since you and I both know I’ll never finish a full-sized bottle so I thought the minis would suffice for review purposes! :)

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First Timer

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I liked that it's a more vibrant take on mint green; it's brighter and bolder, but it's not neon or dark.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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