Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer
Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer

Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) Is described as a “full-coverage, soft, wisteria purple metallic”. It’s a light-medium lavender with neutral undertones and a delicate white shimmer. Essie Bangle Jangle is darker and grayer, plus it is a cream. Essie Nice is Nice is pinker and a cream. MAC Little Girl Type is lighter and cooler-toned, and it is also a cream. Nubar Purple Aster is grayer and has very fine shimmer. Zoya Marley is also grayer and has very fine shimmer.

This shade applied beautifully–no streaking, bubbling, or pooling–and there was no trouble with brush strokes showing, despite its metallic finish. It was mostly opaque in two medium coats of polish, and the shimmer distributed evenly. The consistency of the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin (consistent with Zoya’s formula, which is slightly thicker than average).  Julie seemed to have a slightly quicker drying time compared to the average polish. I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s polish with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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I love the way the shimmer/sparkle was suspended in the base color, because it looked almost as if it was floating. The effect was rather lovely on!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 18th, 2013

Maybelline Fuchsia Flash ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Fuchsia Flash ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Fuchsia Flash ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, bold, and electric magenta pink with strong blue undertones and a glossy sheen. MAC Pink Pigeon is very similar in color but has more of a satin finish. Both OCC Nylon and MAC Candy Yum Yum are brighter and a touch lighter. MAC Dear Diary is a touch more magenta. MAC Show Orchid has fuchsia iridescence and is darker.

Well, if you’ve ever had one of those electric pink lipsticks catch your eye and you’ve thought to yourself, “I don’t know if I’d wear it,” and as a result, you haven’t justified buying one of the (many) higher-end versions of it, you’re in luck! Maybelline’s Fuchsia Flash is very much on-trend and is rather similar to popular neon pink favorites.  The biggest way that Fuchsia Flash differs is that it has a glossier finish from the get-go, which does, inevitably, tone down and become more satiny as the color wears (two to three hours after application).

It has a creamier, almost gel-like, consistency when applied from the tube, and it applies evenly and smoothly with mostly opaque color coverage.  The texture is a bit wet/slick, so it can create subtle lines of demarcation if you press your lips together (noticeable if you’re really looking, not noticeable from afar).  Fuchsia Flash lasted a full six hours on my lips, and it was hydrating while I wore it!  It is scented with a sweet, fruity aroma, which I didn’t find too strong or cloying but it is there.

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Well, if you've ever had one of those electric pink lipsticks catch your eye and you've thought to yourself, "I don't know if I'd wear it," and as a result, you haven't justified buying one of the (many) higher-end versions of it, you're in luck! Maybelline's Fuchsia Flash is very much on-trend and is rather similar to popular neon pink favorites

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Butter London Jasper Nail Lacquer
Butter London Jasper Nail Lacquer

Butter London Jasper Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque bright pastel yellow creme.” It’s a lightened, warm, buttery yellow with a glossy, creamy finish. NARS 15 Minutes is only slightly darker, but the two are very similar in color (application was easier with Jasper).

Yellow polishes are notorious for streaky color, and often, they can be weak in pigmentation, too.  Jasper was one of the easiest yellow creams I’ve I’m applied and rather remarkably easy to apply for a pastel shade at that.  My best advice is to ensure you’ve waited for your first coat to dry before applying the second coat, because it isn’t terribly forgiving and will pull if you apply your second coat too quickly.  It was opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. I didn’t have problems with it bubbling, pooling, or streaking. I typically get a week of wear out of Butter London’s formula with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Jasper was one of the easiest yellow creams I've I'm applied and rather remarkably easy to apply for a pastel shade at that.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer
Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer

Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “emerald green, teal mix.” It is primarily a mix of emerald green and teal glitter, but there are also some bits of blue and red pieces, too. While the glitter nail polish gallery is certainly growing, it is by no means comprehensive, and so I don’t have any dupes to suggest for this.

Linna had good density and opacity; I used one coat over a chartreuse green cream (L’Oreal New Money), and then I also did two coats over my thumbnail and three on pinky nail of the glitter polish alone. Two coats were pretty good but three would be best for full opacity (which is what the brand recommended to me for full opacity when I asked prior to even receiving product).  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the glitter dispersed and spread evenly across the nail without pooling along the edges and didn’t take long to dry.  I’ve tested two shades (and Linna was one of those) for wear, and I saw seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. I do warn you that most polishes wear well on me, so even more so than usual, your mileage may vary!  I would recommend wearing a thick top coat on top to give a smoother, glossier finish.

The creatrix behind Shimmer is Cindy, and you can read more about how she got started and her philosophy on lacquer here, but I really love how she names her polishes after someone in her life that is important to her. It is an excellent way to acknowledge someone’s impact on your life. Per her website, she recommends two to three coats on her polishes for a “foil-like” finish. She has a good amount of stock and is available via Etsy, and the first is certainly something I look for in indie brands!

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I loved that the consistency wasn't too thick, so it wasn't problematic to apply the glitter, and even though it wasn't thick, it still spread evenly and easily.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 15th, 2013

Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pale, light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC Stay Pretty is slightly darker and cooler-toned. MAC Rosy Outlook is lighter and warmer. Illamasqua Naked Rose is similar but darker. MAC Launch Away is a touch lighter. MAC Oh So Fair is slightly warmer-toned.

The texture is incredibly soft and velvety–finely-milled, smooth, and sits nicely on the skin without being powdery or emphasizing imperfections. It’s blendable, and buildable, but it is a lighter shade, so it is better suited for light to light-medium complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is very subtle and adds a faint rosiness. It wore well for eight hours, and it started to fade after nine hours.  The texture and feel of Burberry’s blushes is amazing, but this color is less universal compared to some of the other shades in their catalog so medium and darker complexions may want to look to another shade.

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The texture and feel of Burberry's blushes is amazing, but this color is less universal compared to some of the other shades in their catalog so medium and darker complexions may want to look to another shade.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 15th, 2013

Maybelline Vivid Rose ColorSensational Vivids Lipcolor
Maybelline Vivid Rose ColorSensational Vivids Lipcolor

Maybelline Vivid Rose ColorSensational Vivids Lipcolor ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark pink with rosy red undertones and a natural sheen. NARS Jardin des Plantes has a slight shimmer and is a touch brighter. Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining is sheerer, so it appears more subdued. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is pinker/cooler-toned. MAC Scan-delicious is a touch pinker. MAC Gesina is close but a bit redder.

Maybelline wasn’t kidding about this being a vivid color–it’s intense, bright, and bold–and it had nice color coverage being very nearly opaque (there’s a slight shadow of my lip freckle coming through). What’s nice about the coverage, though, is that it’s rich without feeling heavy. It also applied beautifully and evenly without settling into lip lines, and while I wore it, I didn’t have trouble with the color feathering or bleeding. Vivid Rose wore for six hours well, and then a stain lingered for another hour or so. It has a sweet, fruity scent that I didn’t find overwhelming. It was neither drying nor hydrating, and the consistency was just creamy enough so it didn’t pull or tug at the lips but didn’t feel slick.

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Maybelline wasn't kidding about this being a vivid color--it's intense, bright, and bold--and it had nice color coverage being very nearly opaque!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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