Saturday, June 16th, 2012

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar
OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-tinged lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based pink with a soft purple tint. MAC Saint Germain is similar but a little lighter. MAC Naughty Saute is much darker but has a similar coloring. MAC All Styled Up is pinker.  Though the color is on the lighter side, it’s a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face.

It’s totally opaque, and when it dries down, it has a satin matte finish that’s not at all glossy but not totally matte. Lip Tars are extremely pigmented, and I can’t emphasize that enough–a little goes a long way. It’s a really good idea to use a lip brush to apply them, because it’s easier to control how much gets applied without overdoing it (I applied using fingers, and I ended up overapplying a bit). Despite the lightness of the shade, it wears eight hours on me, and it’s not drying at all. It is mint-scented and comes in a squeeze-tube with a long nozzle.

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Though the color is on the lighter side, it's a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face. If you're looking for a satin finish, long-wearing lipstick, definitely check out OCC's Lip Tars!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 15th, 2012

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez
Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez ($6.99 for 0.10 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle yellow undertones. MAC Fresh Flare is yellower. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here is similar, a little more muted. Urban Decay Graffiti is very close, perhaps a smidgen lighter. Inglot #385 is matte and darker. MAC Jealousy Wakes is darker, more teal.

Milani’s Shadow Eyez formula is touted to last for twelve hours and be water-resistant and crease-proof. Green Safari was the first shade I tested wear on, and it lasted for ten hours really, really well; after twelve hours, there was minor creasing that was barely noticeable. The texture is creamy enough to enable easy application without tugging or pulling on the skin of the lid, but it’s obviously not so creamy that it slips and slides and gathers in the creases.

The color is buildable and doesn’t turn or feel waxy as you go back and forth to ensure a really even layer of color. It has good pigmentation in one pass, and it can be opaque without much effort or product.  It sets in about twenty seconds, and it’s blendable enough that you don’t have to feel super hurried to get the job done.

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If you've been looking for an affordable jumbo eye pencil, Milani Shadow Eyez just might be one worth checking out. Green Safari packs a lot of pigment, wears well for hours (though not quite the twelve promised), and applies easily.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “brown shimmer berry.” It’s a burgundy-shimmered plum with red undertones. When it’s sheered out, it has a redder, browner look, and the plummy tones disappear. If you apply more color or build up the intensity, you’ll see it turns more purple. There were a surprising number of cream-based products like this that were very similar in color! NARS Calabria is comparable to the more opaque swatch. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is slightly redder. Make Up For Ever #17 is a smidgen lighter. MAC Rich Core is similar but a powder formula. Chanel Eclosion is more intense. Make Up For Ever #311 is a bit darker.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. The brand recommends using a short brush (like the Cream Shadow Brush) to apply or use fingertips to blend out shade for a sheerer effect.  I prefer blending it out with fingertips or a fluffy brush, but initial application works well with her Cream Shadow Brush, which is just a flat, firm brush.  It takes 15-20 seconds to set in place, and once it dries down, it doesn’t budge. I don’t have any creasing and only very, very minor fading issues after eight hours when I’ve worn it over bare lids (and over a primer works the same!).

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If you like dark plums, berries, or wines, you might like this shade. Because it does have stronger red undertones, it can sometimes make the eye look bruised, depending on your undertones and how sheer/opaque the application.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar
OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “ultra, ultra violet.” It’s purple–it’s a brightened medium-dark purple with subtle pink-red undertones. Not unsurprisingly, I could not think of any dupes out of these purple lipsticks. Illamasqua Fierce was the closest I could come up with, but it looks tame in comparison (ha, ha).  When I tested this shade for wear, it hung on for a very impressive eight hours, and it still looked pretty good then but noticeably worn.

It’s a liquid lipstick that is very, very pigmented! It may take a couple of applications to get used to just how much pigment is packed into this product. I like these applied best with a brush, because you can ensure you don’t over-apply the product (which isn’t what I did in the swatches–I applied with fingertips, so I did apply a bit more than I needed to). Lip Tars dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish, and it depends on how much you apply–I usually find that I get a slight sheen for fifteen to thirty minutes after application, but then it dries down to the satiny finish. If you apply just a sheer layer, you’ll have more of that semi-matte/satin finish from the get-go.

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Always wanted a fierce, totally purple lipstick? Belladonna is an excellent option! Super pigmented and long-wearing, it's bold, bright, and beautiful.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “violet sheen.” This is a rich, vibrant red-toned violet purple with a satiny sheen. When it’s sheered out, it has a much pinker appearance (but still very purple), while when it’s applied more opaquely, it’s a rich violet. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is less red-toned. MAC Plush is less violet. MAC Violet is purpler, lighter. MAC Shock-a-holic is fairly close. Urban Decay Purple Haze resembles the sheer swatch. Inglot #439 is slightly purpler.

I was extremely surprised at how pigmented this shade was, because purple eyeshadows are absolutely notorious for poor color payoff! It doesn’t matter the brand–so many of them are lacking, but #26 is incredibly rich in pigment. You don’t need a lot of product to get opaque color, and if you want a really sheer layer of color, it’s possible–just make sure to use the barest amount and blend out.  Like other shades in the Aqua Cream formula, it dries pretty quickly, so I advise working one eye at the time when it comes to blending out harsh edge.  Once it sets, it’s there for good–I’ve had shades wear for as long as fourteen hours (I don’t usually test a single product that long).  #26 wore for a full eight hours when I tested it alone on bare lids.

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#26

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This will make an awesome base for all of your favorite purple eyeshadows, especially any shade that suffers from sheerness! The Aqua Cream formula is great for a long-wearing cream eyeshadow or liner.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 11th, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “seafoam splendor.” It has a “glittered shimmer” finish. It’s a green-gold shimmered aqua-blue base with larger blue glitter. I don’t have anything similar to this to my recollection. The mixture of shimmer and glitter makes it rather different.  It was extremely pigmented; I actually thought it was a one-coater, so the swatches are done with a single coat of polish. While editing, I could see that at least one nail would have benefited from a second coat, so I’d say two coats is best unless you’re really good and get it done in one.

The texture of the polish on the nail is chunky/gritty; you’ll need a really thick top coat (or two layers of top coat) if you’re bothered by the feel of the glitter/shimmer.  As far as the consistency went, it applied pretty evenly and fluidly without pooling against the sides. It’s not “thick” in the traditional way, but it’s densely packed with both pigment and shimmer/glitter. I really liked how evenly the glitter spread–I didn’t have to finagle the pieces around at all.  I typically get a week of wear with very minimal tip wear with Deborah Lippmann’s formula.

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As far as I know, this is a really unique shade, texture, and overall look--so I'm totally in love with it for those things alone! It's incredibly pigmented, so it's easy to apply--plus, it dries down pretty quickly, too!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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