Friday, December 21st, 2012

bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit
bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit

Quick Review: bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit

bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit ($18.00 for 0.05 fl. oz. x 5) includes five mini-sized shades of bareMinerals’ Primer Shadow: Sundance (sunlit peach), Bronzed Twig (iced chocolate), Gold Nugget (radiant gold), Gunmetal (midnight silver), and Sandalwood (golden taupe). Though this was a kit from last year’s holiday collection, it’s still available for purchase!

  • Bronzed Twig is a warm, chocolate bronze with a soft shimmer-sheen finish.
  • Gold Nugget is a coppery gold with a metallic sheen.
  • Gunmetal is a silvered gray with a hint of brown.
  • Sandalwood is a bronzy gold with a metallic finish.
  • Sundance is a golden-orange shimmered peachy-orange with a metallic finish.

I have reviewed three of the five shades in-depth here. The Prime Time Shadow formula is supposed to be crease-proof and water-proof while delivering “rich, vivid metallic color” with a “creamy, lightweight texture.” This formula dries down very quickly (fifteen seconds or so), and once they’re set, they don’t budge at all. I’ve worn some shades for as long as twelve hours without creasing, fading, or smudging. The only downside to these is the amount you get in the full-sized version at $18 a pop–I just checked both Beauty.com and bareMinerals.com, and the full-sized versions are discounted to $12, but this little kit is a good value, since you get five shades and twice the amount you would in a single full-sized tube at $18. (Here, you’re getting 0.25 fl. oz. for $18.00.)

** A Note on Quick Reviews:  In an effort to be more on-the-ball for 2013, I’m digging through my photo folders and getting as much posted as I can. These are not full-length, in-depth reviews, and instead, I’m writing brief reviews. For dupes, I highly suggest checking out The Swatch Gallery; it’s my first stop whenever I am looking for possible dupes. All of the swatches in this post are automatically added to the gallery, so you can compare them for yourself.

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bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

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This formula dries down very quickly (fifteen seconds or so), and once they're set, they don't budge at all. I've worn some shades for as long as twelve hours without creasing, fading, or smudging.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

Chanel Fracas Le Vernis / Nail Colour
Chanel Fracas Le Vernis / Nail Colour

Chanel Fracas Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink.” It’s a brightened, reddened pink with warm undertones and a light dusting of golden shimmer. The shimmer is incredibly fine, though, and even under flash, I could hardly see it. Dior Pasteque is a bit brighter, no shimmer. NARS Anardana is pinker and has no shimmer. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is redder. Illamasqua Collide is brighter and pinker, less red.

This shade was incredibly rich in pigment–it was very nearly opaque in a single coat, but I used two for swatches (I think two would still be best, unless you did a thicker single coat).  Fracas was interesting, because it doesn’t look as bright and neon in natural light as it does in fuller/brighter light, so it is a bit of a chameleon.  I wish the shimmer was more visible, because as is, it looks more like a cream than anything else.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the color flowed beautifully across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking.  I usually see a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Chanel’s nail formula.

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Fracas

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It's a surprising pop of color within a subtler, more subdued spring collection. It's very summery, because of how bright it is, so it will work well during both seasons.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick
MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright pink” with a matte finish. It’s a neon, blue-based pink with a matte finish. MAC Pink Pigeon is pinker, not as bright. MAC Show Orchid has iridescent shimmer and is a bit darker. MAC Quick Sizzle is pinker. OCC Nylon is similar–it’s a bit brighter, though. MAC Dear Diary touch less bright.

It’s definitely a show-stopping shade that is bound to get attention. I have reviewed it here previously, but here are some swatches I did of it today. It has a matte finish, so it applies more opaquely. It is creamy enough not to tug on lips or feel like a really dry matte (think Ruby Woo). This shade always stains my lips, and it usually wears for six to eight hours. While not hydrating, it wasn’t at all drying, and it was a very comfortable matte to wear. It is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste.

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches (2012)

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Now that it's permanent, you'll be able to check it out in-store at your leisure if you're not sure you want something quite as bright. And, if you always wanted to blind people with pink lips, now you can--without having to stalk all night.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

bareMinerals Eyeliner
bareMinerals Seize the Day Eyeliner Set

It’s Time to Seize the Day!

bareMinerals Seize the Day Round the Clock Eyeliner Set ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes five shades: 10AM (golden sage), Noon (deep navy), 1PM (deep marine), 3PM (deep brown shimmer), and 5PM (deep plum). The formula is supposed to be smooth, bold, long-wearing, and waterproof.

  • 10AM is an olive green with soft khaki shimmer. It had great pigmentation in a single go.
  • Noon is a shimmered navy blue with cool undertones. It had decent pigmentation in one pass.
  • 1PM is a bluish-teal with a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented.
  • 3PM is a warm, copper-shimmered medium-dark brown with orange undertones. It had so-so color payoff in a snigle pass but was buildable.
  • 5PM is a blackened plum with subtle red-brown undertones. This shade was very pigmented.

5PM is full-sized at 0.04 oz., while the other four shades are half-sized at 0.02 oz. each.  Overall, the pigmentation across the pencils was very good–several shades were fully opaque in one pass along the lash line, which isn’t always the case.  Most eyeliners are buildable, but shades like 10AM, 1PM, and 5PM don’t need building at all.  These have a very creamy consistency that enables them to glide across the lash line or lid without pulling, tugging, or skipping.  I’d qualify this formula as one of the softest I’ve come across–which is great in many ways, except for sharpening, where they’re best sharpened after putting them in the freezer for a few minutes.

I did fret over the creaminess when I swatched them, because I feared smudgy, migrating wear, but I didn’t experience that at all.  In fact, these wore incredibly well.  I tested several shades across time periods as long as twelve hours, and since these are supposed to be waterproof, I did shower with them on, too.  They wear and wear without smudging, fading, or migrating.  Between this set and The Night Vision, I think this one is less dupable and is of better quality, due to the majority of the shades having great pigmentation.

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bareMinerals Seize the Day Eyeliner Set Review, Photos, Swatches

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The consistency is incredibly creamy and soft, which can make sharpening more of a challenge than other pencils, but it does make getting more color in a single pass easier.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, December 17th, 2012

China Glaze Def Defying Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Def Defying Nail Lacquer

A Beautiful, Creamy Chartreuse by China Glaze

China Glaze Def Defying Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lime green” with a cream finish. It’s a brightened chartreuse green with a cream finish. Dior Lime is a few shades darker. Sinful Colors Innocent is yellower. NYX Lime is shimmery. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is yellower. Illamasqua Radium is similar but does have fine shimmer in it, too.

This is a beautiful representation of when China Glaze nails a polish.  Def Defying is fully opaque in two coats, and the consistency is flawless–not too thick or too thin–so it coats evenly, fluidly, and doesn’t streak or bubble.  It dries down in the average amount of time, but it is forgiving if you apply a second coat too quickly.  China Glaze’s formula typically lasts a week on me without chipping (just minor tip wear).

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Def Defying

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This shade applied flawlessly and was fully opaque in two coats. It even dried down to a naturally glossy finish!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, December 16th, 2012

bareMinerals Eyeliner
bareMinerals The Night Vision Eyeliner Set

These Visions Last the Night

bareMinerals The Night Vision Round the Clock Eyeliner Set ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes five shades: 11PM (dark charcoal), Midnight (blackout), 4AM (blue teal), 5AM (metallic champagne), and 6AM (royal purple). The formula is supposed to be smooth, bold, long-wearing, and waterproof.

  • 11PM is a darkened gray. It builds well, but in one pass, it had rather weak pigmentation.
  • Midnight is a rich black with brown undertones. It is incredibly pigmented in a single go.
  • 4AM is a light-medium sky blue with a touch of silver micro-shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation in a single glide but was buildable.
  • 5AM is a silver-gold-champagne-pewter. It changes depending on the angle–at one, it looks pewter, then the next, it looks almost golden. This is the one shade I have nothing that even comes close to.
  • 6AM is a red-toned purple with subtle shimmer and a metallic finish. It was the least pigmented of the five, and it wasn’t as creamy as the other shades.

Midnight is full-sized at 0.04 oz., while the other four shades are half-sized at 0.02 oz. each. All of the shades, except 5AM, are definitely dupable. 5AM is nothing like anything else I have in my stash, and it’s intriguing and versatile, because of how much of a chameleon it is. I hope that bareMinerals makes it part of their permanent range at some point.

The texture of bareMinerals’ Round the Clock Eyeliners is very, very creamy and incredibly soft. They almost feel as if they’re melting into the skin, because they have a texture that’s a bit like softened butter. I expected that the creaminess paired with the softness would result in poor wear, but these actually stayed on and on and on, through showers and over a twelve-hour time period. They even managed eight hours or longer on my water line.  Frankly, it was a bit like magic, because these are so creamy and buttery–definitely one of the softest eyeliners I’ve used so go easy on the pressure, because you don’t need much to deposit even color that just glides right no. I will note that sharpening these is best performed slowly or after leaving them in the freeze for a few minutes!

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bareMinerals The Night Vision Eyeliner Set Review, Photos, Swatches

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The consistency is incredibly creamy and soft, which can make sharpening more of a challenge than other pencils, but it does make getting more color in a single pass easier.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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