Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. 0z.) is described as a “blackened, antique olive-gold [with a metallic finish].” At a glance, it’s exactly what comes to my mind when I think of “black gold.” More descriptively, it’s a blackened olive base with golden olive green shimmer with a metallic finish. China Glaze Agro is slightly greener, not as metallic (smaller shimmer). Cult Nails in a Trance is less blackened, more shimmered than metallic. NARS Mash is much greener.

This polish had flawless, opaque color coverage with two coats, but it was nearly opaque in a single coat! The consistency was on the thicker side, but it didn’t have an impact on the application, as I didn’t have any issues with the polish streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail. It dried down rather quickly, and it had a slightly shiny finish but a top coat would give it a really glossy look–it’s more foil-like without a top coat. Despite the very metallic finish, brush strokes were just barely noticeable, and at a distance, not distinguishable. I normally get a week of wear out of OCC’s formula with no chipping and only minor tip wear.

The Glossover

P
product

Ripley

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Aveda Papyrus Eyeshadow
Aveda Papyrus Eyeshadow

For spring/summer, Aveda Eyeshadow ($14.00 for 0.04 oz.) released several shades, and I’m reviewing four of them in this post. The Petal Essence eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “non-fading,” “flower wax-infused,” “silky,” and “both color-true and crease-resistant.”  Two of the shades I tried were powdery, while the other two were soft and smooth.  The color payoff varied between good and great, but I noticed that these had a tendency to fade after seven hours of wear (without a primer), with Cinnamon Bark being the lone shade that lasted for a full eight hours without fading or creasing.  All four shades were blendable during application.

Papyrus is described as a “satiny, budding green.” It’s a warm, chartreuse green with a satiny sheen. It had decent color payoff, but the color looked slightly faded applied. The texture was soft and a bit powdery. Dior Peacock #1 is lighter and more shimmery. Buxom Shish Tzu is darker and a cream product. Dior Garden Pastels #1 is darker and more frosted. MAC Juxt is lighter.

Bare Bellis is described as a “satiny, baby pink.” It’s a rosy beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was so soft that it was also powdery. Cinderella Midnight Hour is more beige and frosty. Urban Decay Laced is matte and slightly more beige. MAC Love Spice is more frosted.

Lantana is described as a “satiny, fresh coral.” It’s a softened, peachy brown with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff and wasn’t powdery. Chanel Eclosion is more frosted.

Cinnamon Bark is described as a “satiny, rich mahogany.” It’s a rich, burgundy red with a satiny finish and strong, warm undertones.  The texture was soft and smooth but not powdery, and the pigmentation was rich and intense. Chanel Eclosion #4 is purpler, less warm-toned. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is more burgundy and frosted. MAC Festive Delight #4 is similar. MAC Cranberry is more frosted. Inglot #452 is more frosted as well.

The Glossover

P
product

Papyrus

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
P
product

Bare Bellis

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
P
product

Lantana

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Click to Reveal More Glossovers!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

OCC Androgyne Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Androgyne Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Androgyne Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “psychedelic orange gel.” It’s a brightened tangerine orange with strong yellow undertones and a glossy sheen. It’s like the color of an orange popsicle. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam is sheerer and darker, more red-toned. MAC Sounds Like Noise is very similar in color, but it is a lipstick, so it isn’t glossy. OCC Banjee is yellower, lighter.

New Wave Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “glassy neon pink.” It’s a brightened, pinky-red with subtle cool undertones and a glossy shine. Clarins Grenadine is slightly lighter and has shimmer. MAC Impassioned is similar, slightly pinker. MAC Gimme That! has iridescent shimmer. Illamasqua Petulant is less red.

Voyeur Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “yellow glaze [that] creates a peach neutral.” It’s a warm yellow in the tube, and when applied, it will definitely change and adapt based on your natural lip color–it turns into a light yellow-orange on me. OCC Banjee is a bit bolder, but it is similar in color applied–it’s the only shade I could think of that came anywhere close to this.

The consistency of the Lip Tar Stained Glosses is lightweight, thin, and neither hydrating nor drying.  I’ve had fairly consistent wear with these as well; Androgyne and Voyeur lasted five hours, while New Wave lasted six and a half hours.  New Wave left behind a stain for longer than the other two, which wasn’t surprising, given how bold and deep the color was.  The glossiness lasts for about two-thirds of the wear time of each shade, and it then reduces to a soft sheen.  I think they’re easier to use than Lip Tars, and they look very jelly-like on lips (but with a much thinner consistency, so it does not feel jelly-like!).

The Glossover

P
product

Androgyne

A
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

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
P
product

New Wave

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
P
product

Voyeur

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

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.

The Glossover

P
product

Nakizzle's Shizzle

A
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

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

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).

The Glossover

P
product

Lilas Mitzah (176)

A
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

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

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.

The Glossover

P
product

Meta

A
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

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →