Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Dior Bahia (792) Vernis
Dior Bahia (792) Vernis

Dior Bahia Vernis Duo ($29.00 for 2 x 0.23 fl. oz.) is a duo of polishes that is described as a “deep lagoon blue” and “hibiscus pink.” Both bottles are slightly smaller (about one-third less of the size — 0.34 fl oz. vs. 0.23 fl. oz.) of full-size Dior polishes.

Bahia (792) is a medium-dark, muted blue with a cream-jelly finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some visible nail line coming through. The finish seemed almost jelly-like in some ways. The polish’s consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have issues with it pooling along the edges, and it applied fairly well. Illamasqua Muse is darker, less blue. Zoya Breezi is slightly darker, more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Bahia (667) is a bright, medium pink with cool undertones. This shade was opaque after applying two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. OCC Palare is more shimmery. NARS Ratin Jot is a bit darker. L’Oreal Members Only is darker. China Glaze Escaping Reality is warmer. China Glaze Beach Cruise-r is cooler. Zoya Lara is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “taupe … [with] pink, blue, and lavender shimmers.” It’s a warm, muted, light-medium mauve with fine pink and lavender pearl (I couldn’t really pull out the blue). It applied well and was opaque in two coats. The formula is on the thicker side but the consistency didn’t affect the performance or application. Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty is slightly pinker and warmer, but it is similar and the only shade I could think of that was similar (it also has a wax finish, so you’ll need a top coat to replicate the shine of Be Humble). See comparison swatches.

Forgiveness Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “[opaque] … dove-lavender.” It’s a muted, neutral lavender with a creamy finish. It was opaque in two coats, and it flowed well across the nail without pooling along the edges or streaking. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid is slightly cooler. Zoya Lotus is much darker. Essie Cocktail Bling is cooler-toned. Essie Bangle Jangle is warmer, brighter. See comparison swatches.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint
Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint

Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is warm, coral-orange with a satiny sheen. It can be worn on both lips as well as cheeks, and what I like most about the formula is that it’s just as nice as a cream bluash as it is as a lipstick–and very few cheek/lip products work well on both areas (usually, one of them has to give). The consistency is very soft and creamy; it almost seems like it’s partially melted. The product blends out well on the skin, doesn’t feel sticky or greasy, and wears well.

As a blush, it appears as a soft coral with slight orange/red tones. It has a dewy finish that’s perfect for summer, as it gives the skin a fresh, glowy finish but doesn’t slide around the face. I’ve had this product for a year now (yes, that’s how long my backlog is), and I originally tested this product prior to moving, but I wanted re-test as well as re-shoot the photos for the blush swatch. In the summer heat, I had no trouble with it lasting eight hours with minimal signs of fading. MAC Ripe for Love is a powder product and has a stronger frost finish. NARS Gilda is darker and a powder. MAC Stereo Rose is pinker, more frosted, and a powder. MAC Something Special is pinker. Illamasqua Rude is more orange. Burberry Blossom is a powder and slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Coral is less shimmery and a powder. See comparison swatches.

As a lipstick, it has opaque color coverage, and it applies smoothly and evenly. It lasted four hours when I wore it. MAC Sweet & Sour is similar. MAC Reel Sexy is pinker. MAC Razzledazzler is darker. MAC Ever Hip is pinker. Burberry Pink Apricot is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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What I like most about the formula is that it's just as nice as a cream bluash as it is as a lipstick--and very few cheek/lip products work well on both areas (usually, one of them has to give).

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “matte bright royal blue.” It’s a rich, deep, medium-dark blue–there’s a little indigo/purple that tints it so it looks very cool-toned. It had a matte finish, and the color payoff was quite good. The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery–yet still blendable and had a lot of pigmentation. It lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, but there was some residual staining after I removed it. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans is shimmery and darker. Sugarpill Velocity is similar but slightly lighter. Urban Decay Chaos is similar in color but has some shimmer. NARS Rated R #2 is much lighter. NARS Outremer is darker. Sugarpill Royal Sugar is a touch brighter and shimmery. Inglot #388 is darker, less blue. See comparison swatches.

Vulgar Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright flame orange, matt finish.” It’s a brightened, slightly lightened medium orange with a matte finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had really nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was lovely; soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, and still it was easy to apply and blend out on the lid. Vulgar wore well for eight hours–no fading or creasing–and after nine hours, I noticed some slight fading. Disney Rajah is more shimmery, slightly darker. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a bit lighter and a cream product. MAC Rule is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #10 is darker, bolder, and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

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The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery--yet still blendable and had a lot of pigmentation.

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9.5/10

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The texture was lovely; soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, and still it was easy to apply and blend out on the lid.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush
theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “petal pink.” It’s a bubblegum pink–a light-medium, blue-based pink–with a matte finish. NYX English Rose is more shimmery, darker. MAC Stay Pretty is warmer. MAC I’m the One is brighter. Chanel Pink Explosion is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, true-to-pan color payoff. It packs quite a punch, so I’d recommend using a light hand to build up the color to your desired intensity. The texture is soft, finely-milled but not powdery. It blends well if you use a light touch, but I noticed that it has a tendency to stick where it’s placed once it is buffed into the skin to a degree. Argyle lasted well without fading or becoming patchy for a solid ten hours, so it is indeed long-wearing. It removed easily, though, with makeup remover, whereas a traditional stain would still leave something behind, so I wouldn’t describe this as a cheek stain, but it was an exceptionally long-wearing powder blush.

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It's exceptionally long-wearing and incredibly pigmented! It can be a little tricky to apply and blend out to just the right intensity, especially if you want to wear it as a softer wash of color.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Sephora Black Lace Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Black Lace Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Black Lace Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “black.” Just as described, it’s a dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color in a single stroke, and it is buildable to opaque color. There are so, so many black eyeliners on the market. This is one of the darker ones, so it’s an intense version of black, more like the likes of these, but they really don’t differ much between each other. (My guess is that Clubbing Stilettos is the softer black in the range.)

Good Mood Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “jade.” It’s a darkened green-teal with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke but was buildable to mostly opaque color on the lash line. Make Up For Ever #4K is less shimmery. MAC Dark Envy is a gel version. Make Up For Ever #20L is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I just bought these and tried them out yesterday, alongside the Ariel palette. They both have a really smooth, creamy consistency that glides on well and deposits a good amount of product in a single pass.  I tried Black Lace on the lower lash line as well as the water line, and it didn’t last for more than a couple of hours on the water line, but it did wear well for just over eight hours.  I started to see some shrinkage, so it looked like an even line of color, just thinner than before, after nine hours of wear.  Good Mood wore similarly for a solid eight and a half hours of good wear and then diminished wear from that point forward.

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