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Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette
Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette ($59.00 for 0.212 oz.) is a warm-toned palette that features four shades of shimmery eyeshadows. The brand describes them as “iridescent, eye-catching colors” that are “crease-proof.”

#10 #1 is a light-medium beige with copper and champagne shimmer. It has subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. Jasmine Sultana is less warm-toned. Cinderella Midnight Hour is lighter. L’Oreal Blinged & Brilliant is more metallic, slightly more beige. Chanel Eclosion #3 is browner. It has good color payoff, and the texture is soft and silky smooth.

#10 #2 is a warm-toned, light-medium gold with a frosted finish. Chanel Pearl River #2 is lighter. Tarte Bellini is somewhat lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #1 is a few shades lighter, less orange-y. Dior Couture Gold #2 is more metallic. It had good pigmentation and had a finely-milled texture.

#10 #3 is a softened, copper-shimmered orange with brow undertones and a frosted finish. Guerlain Turandot #1 is a touch lighter. Milani Gold Dust is very similar. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 is more metallic. The color payoff was good, but the texture was a little powdery, even though it felt very soft.

#10 #4 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a soft golden pearl.  Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is somewhat warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #7 is more golden. MAC Mulch has a redder tone. Urban Decay Deeper is darker. It had so-so color payoff, which did appear to have better pigment when I applied it to the lid, but it was powdery as it was so, so soft.

This is a palette that performs better applied to the lid than it seems like it would when just swatched.  The texture is very soft across the board, and as a result, two of the shades seemed a little powdery, but on the lid, there was no powderiness, excess product, or chalkiness.  Everything looked soft, smooth, and almost as if it had melted to the lid.  Those soft textures made blending effortless, and the shades blended into each other so easily.  The palette coordinates well, and with the warmer toned shades, would tend to flatter warmer complexions the most (but there’s no reason cooler complexions who normally like golds and coppers on themselves should avoid it).  When I wore the palette, all four shades lasted nine hours without creasing or fading (no primer), which was impressive.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette Mirage (10)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Hare Polish Return to Nature Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Return to Nature Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Return to Nature Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Return to Nature Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige/khaki crelly (creme-jelly) with a mixture of small gold and silver glitters, plus a dusting of small white squares pwith gold shimmer.” It’s a subtly warm-toned beige jelly finish with white, square-shaped glitters, gold and silver glitters–the gold glitter tends to look more subdued and yellowy within the base color. I couldn’t think of any dupes, and China Glaze Fast Track was the only glitter, plus beige, shade that came to mind.

It’s semi-opaque after two coats, as anticipated with the jelly finish, but very even and smooth. The glitter dispersed incredibly evenly across the nail without needing to be pulled into place at all. I loved the consistency on Return to Nature; not too thick or too thin, and very easy to manage–thinner to the average jelly polish–so there was no pooling along the edges or streakiness. I normally get a week of wear with Hare’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Hare Polish Return to Nature Nail Lacquer

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer

Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blend of matte teal hexes and squares, rich red hexes and squares in varied sizes [with] silver shimmer.” It’s a mix of large, bright blue and red square and hexagon-shaped glitter with smaller silver shimmer in the background–and all suspended in a clear base.  It’s such a cheery mix of colors–and I think it could work over a lot of different base colors.

I applied two coats of the glitter top coat alone on my thumbnail so you can have a better idea of the density and composition of the top coat, and then one coat layered over Revlon Rose Gold. One coat (layered) has quite a bit of glitter, and the glitter distributed fairly evenly and easily despite the larger glitter pieces–I didn’t have to fish them out or anything–and I felt like there was a good balance of blue/red. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t pool along the edges.  I usually get a week of wear out of Hare’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

P.S. — The brand will be restocking their shop with the spring range soon!

Hare Polish Married to the Monarchy Nail Lacquer

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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MAC Flaming Chic Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Flaming Chic Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Flaming Chic Extra Dimension Blush

MAC Flaming Chic Extra Dimension Blush ($25.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink.” It’s a coral-pink with subtle, warm undertones, and a satiny finish. Burberry Coral Pink is much, much darker. MAC Whole Lotta Love is cooler-toned. Chanel Rose Initiale is a smidgen pinker. MAC Immortal Flower is lighter and a touch warmer. Tarte Blissful is warmer, more coral. Tarina Tarantino Parasol is similar but shimmery. theBalm Frat Boy is slightly warmer.

The texture had a light dryness to it that didn’t seem to inhibit blending or payoff, but there’s a noticeable dryness to the power (and if you’re familiar with the Extra Dimension formula, it’s consistent with the rest of the line, and also a bit like Mineralize products). It had good color payoff, but I did notice that there was a waxy film on it that needed to be rubbed away before it worked well. I didn’t notice it on the other shades, but this one did. It has a subtle sheen in its finish, and it’s very flattering on the skin–natural and a bit glowy but not metallic of frosted; and it didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. Flaming Chic wore for seven hours before looking a bit faded after eight hours, though MAC only states these have six-hour wear.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush Flaming Chic
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

NARS Tolede Lipstick

NARS Tolede Lipstick
NARS Tolede Lipstick

NARS Tolede Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink rose.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, rosy pink with a soft, satiny finish. Giorgio Armani Blush is warmer. Tom Ford Indian Rose is slightly more plum. Becca Valentina is more plum. Bobbi Brown nude Rose is darker. MAC Gem of Roses is a touch more plum.

The color payoff is mostly opaque with a very faint translucency. It had a lightly creamy, glide-on texture that applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t pull or tug on the lips. Tolede lasted for four and a half hours, just above average, and was actually lightly hydrating during the time I wore it.  While several pieces from NARS’ summer collection are rather bright and bold, Tolede is a great everyday shade that I see working on many skin tones. I think it’s a bit of a sleeper–not as eye-catching as other products in the launch but something you may reach for often.

NARS Lipstick Tolede
Tolede

NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink flamingo.” It’s a bright, creamy coral-red. Guerlain Candy Stripe is more orange and has slight shimmer. MAC Forever Rose is pinker. Revlon Papaya is slightly pinker and has shimmer. Hourglass Nectar is very close in color. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi/a> is lighter, less pink. MAC Exxxhibitionist is lighter. Illamasqua Mistress is more orange.

The Larger Than Life formula is supposed to have “high shine” with “intense color” and be both “long-lasting” and “nourish[ing].” The color is nearly opaque, and what’s really incredible is how it doesn’t settle into lip lines at all–it really just smooths over the entire lip and makes lips look very juicy and glossy. It has a thinner consistency that wasn’t tacky, and it was comfortable to wear for the five hours it lasted on my lips. Paris Follies was moderately hydrating while I wore it.  The only thing I don’t like about NARS’ gloss here is the teeny, tiny applicator–I need five or six pulls just to get enough product to cover my lips. I find that I always end up feeling the edge of the plastic portion of the applicator scraping against my lips, because the brush is so stubby.

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Paris Follies

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