Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brighteneed, medium-dark orange with warm, reddish undertones and a subtle sheen. We’ve definitely seen this kind of orange from several brands, but this is a more budget-friendly version. MAC Fashion Nomad is more matte. MAC Morange is perhaps a touch lighter. MAC Neon Orange is not as glossy. Illamasqua Flare is matte. Clarins Clementine has a faint shimmer.

It had very nearly opaque color coverage with the merest hint of the natural lip color coming through, but it was only noticeable at a very close range. The effect of that is really that the color doesn’t look heavy on–there’s a lightness to it, even if it is bright orange!  I think that’s one of the most appealing aspects of the formula is how it doesn’t look or feel as heavy as many more matte/cream-finish shades are.  Electric Orange lasted for five and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it.  The formula had a moderately creamy consistency that enabled good glide without sliding around all over the place once applied.

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Electric Orange

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I think one of the most appealing aspects of the formula is how it doesn't look or feel as heavy as many more matte/cream-finish shades are.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “pearly white.” It’s a neutral white with a pearly, metallic finish. There are a lot of similar white eyeshadows, but here were a few that I thought I’d mention specifically: Urban Decay Polyester Bride has a similar finish but is a touch less stark; bareMinerals Silhouette is less metallic; and NARS Self Portrait 2 is cooler-toned.

It had very good pigmentation, and it applied mostly opaquely when I was testing it, both on my arm as well as on the lid.  This shade had a really lovely, buttery and creamy consistency that helped it apply smoothly over the skin.  The finish is on the more metallic side, and frostier shades tend to be easier to blend, as this one was.  Depending on your skin tone, the metallic finish, combined with rich color payoff, may make this too stark, but the neutral undertone will help.  It lasted eight hours well on the lid, and after nine hours, there was very faint creasing (without a primer).

This shade can also be found in Benefit’s Sexiest Nudes Ever Palette, which contains four eyeshadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows for $30.00 (the eyeshadows are 0.04 oz. each, and the cream eyeshadows are 0.11 oz. each, but it’s still a way better deal than buying this eyeshadow on its own unless you LOVE this one and loathe all the others).  I love the idea behind the palettes, and I think it’s great that they’re available individually, but the pricing/quantity is presenting an argument that’s difficult to ignore.

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Benefit Milk It Longwear Powder Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you like this shade, I'd consider opting for the Sexiest Nudes Ever palette instead, because you'll get three more powder eyeshadows, plus two cream eyeshadows for only $10 more.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

Maybelline Brazen Berry ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Brazen Berry ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Brazen Berry ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a creamy, fuchsia magenta with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-glossy finish. MAC Heroine is darker and purpler–plus nearly matte. MAC Seductive Intent is a bit more magenta but closer than Heroine. MAC Spitfire is similar. MAC Style Curve is also similar but has violet shimmer. MAC Love Forever is pinker. Dolce & Gabbana Violet is purpler and lighter. MAC Night Blooming is slightly brighter. Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 is a touch more magenta.

It has semi-opaque color payoff, enough that it adds substantial color to the lip, but there’s a translucency that enables the natural lip color to peek through. The consistency of this shade was very, very slick and creamy–it did not apply quite as evenly as other shades I’ve tried have. Brazen Berry was moisturizing, wore well for six hours (and left a stain behind), and was comfortable to wear. You may get lines if you press your lips together, so it’s important to apply just enough for even coverage but not so much that there’s excess product. Because the color is brighter and bolder, the lines that do get created are harder to see.

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The highlight of this product is how comfortable and hydrating it is when worn. The color payoff is good, as is the texture, even if they aren't 100% perfect, they're both quite good.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

Cult Nails Let's Get Dirty Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “wax finish taupe.” It’s a mauve-ish taupe with a very faint shimmer that is barely visible if the polish is applied on its own, and then the shimmer is more noticeable if a top coat is applied. It has a waxy or rubbery finish–mostly matte but not a chalky, flat matte. Chanel Frenzy is browner and a cream, so it doesn’t have the wax finish. Barielle Belly Dance is very similar if Let’s Get Dirty has a top coat layered over it.

Let’s Get Dirty is opaque after two coats of polish, and it had a slightly thick consistency, but thanks to the wax finish, the drying time is quicker than the average nail lacquer. It can pool a bit along the edges if you aren’t careful, due to the thicker formula. I like that it has a versatile finish, because a top coat really does bring out the shimmer and gives it a different look. I usually get a full week of wear with very minor tip wear and no chipping with Cult Nails’ formula.

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Let's Get Dirty

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It's a fun finish, and it works well with a top coat for those who prefer a shinier finish over something more matte. I also appreciated that the more matte finish did not emphasize ridges or my nails' natural texture.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette
Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette

Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette ($88.00 for 0.37 oz.) contains a bronzer on the top level, and then three eyeshadows on the lower level, which are all housed inside a black compact with a full-sized mirror underneath the lid.

Summer 2013 Bronzer a medium-tan with warm, golden orange undertones and a faint golden shimmer bronzer on the top level. It is soft, finely-milled, and incredibly blendable. It sits beautifully on the skin while adding a glowing sheen but not emphasizing pores. Much of the shimmer/metallic finish seen is an overspray, while the underlying bronzer is much subtler.  It lasted for eight and a half hours on me, and after nine and half, there was very slight fading. MAC Double Definition is darker, browner, more frosted. Guerlain Terra Nerolia is slightly darker. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is more matte. Burberry Summer Glow is browner.

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #1 is a warm, golden white with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff but was very soft and smooth, and when I applied it to the lid, it was more buildable to opaque color (two layers). There is no shortage of similar shades, as it is a more basic color (versatile, lovely in many ways, but dupable), including: Tarte Bellini, which is slightly yellower; bareMinerals Carte Blanche, which is white; Guerlain Calligraphy #1 is more frosted; and Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic #2 is very comparable (from last fall).

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #2 is a peachy orange with a pearly finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled (but a touch powdery). It blended out well on the lid and sat well on the skin. bareMinerals Peace is lighter, pinker. Urban Decay Moonflower is warmer, browner. bareMinerals Nirvana is lighter, more orange.

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #3 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had fantastic pigmentation and was true-to-pan in color. The texture was soft and smooth, and it applied and blended easily on the lid. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is very similar. Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning is a smidgen lighter. Dior Godlen Savannah #2 is a touch darker.

This summer’s palette delivers on texture in a supremely divine fashion–every shade is blendable, melts against skin, and works together.  The downside is really that this palette is dupable, so you may have something similar.  It makes for a great basic, warm, bronzy palette if you have need for one.  If you’re not interested in the bronzer, but you like the warmer look of the eyeshadows, you might consider Giorgio Armani’s #10 Eyes to Kill Palette which will deliver a similar look but only contains eyeshadow (so it costs $59, rather than $88).   The eyeshadows lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, without a primer, which was a happy surprise.

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Summer 2013

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If you have nothing like this and are looking for a warmer palette, it's one I'd recommend, but it is rather dupable so it may be hard to justify in that instance.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Milani Perfect Purple Liquid Eye Pencil
Milani Perfect Purple Liquid Eye Pencil

Milani Perfect Purple Liquid Eye Pencil ($6.99 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright purple with shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned purple with violet and silver shimmer. It is very similar to MAC Designer Purple, but it has smaller sparkle. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister is similar in color but has more of a satin finish.

From what I can tell, Liquid Eye is really Liquif’Eye just renamed and probably underwent some reformulation, but I really couldn’t tell the difference between the two in regards to texture (even the numbering of the shades is the same). What’s even better is that a good purple eyeliner can be a challenge to find, but Milani nailed this one. It’s intensely pigmented with fantastic color payoff even in a single stroke.  The consistency is creamy and glides on beautifully, and once it sets, it stays put.

Now, Milani says that it’s “smudge-proof” and “long-lasting,” and according to Milani, long-lasting means “up to 24 hours.” I didn’t and don’t plan on testing this for 24 hours any time soon (the thought of going to bed with makeup always makes me uncomfortable!), but I did wear this for 16 hours, and it did well overall–there was a slight thinning of the line but no smudging below the liner or migration into the outer or inner corners. So, it wasn’t perfect wear over a 16-hour time period, but for most people, I think the wear will be fantastic for the time they need.  It was impeccable after eight hours, just for reference. Based on the thinning I saw between eight and 16 hours, I would expect this to still look decent after 18-20 hours. (But I really wish products weren’t marketed with 24-hour wear!)

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Perfect Purple

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If it weren't for the 24-hour claim, this eyeliner would be scored an A+, so keep that in mind if you aren't wedded to the idea of 24-hour wear! It's very much worth checking out if you love a good purple eyeliner.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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