Friday, December 14th, 2012

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder
Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder

Underneath the Moon, You’ll Glow Pink

Lancome Moonlight Rose Illuminating Powder ($42.00 for 0.18 oz.) is supposed to “give the skin a light-reflecting, luminous glow.” It’s a pale, warm-toned pink with a fine, frosted shimmer that sheers out easily when applied. If applied with a damp brush, it will take on a more metallic finish. Chantecaille Les Petales de Rose has a finer shimmer that turns to a sheen, so it is subtler on the skin; there’s also a slight golden tint that Lancome’s dosen’t have. Guerlain Cruel Gardenia is slightly warmer, but it’s incredibly similar. MAC Light Sunshine is less shimmery, paler.

It has a soft, finely-milled texture that makes for effortless blending during application.  Though very soft and the shimmer is fine, it did emphasize the pores on my cheeks very slightly.  I think the luminous, lit-from-within result is worth the trade-off, as the emphasis is subtle.  Moonlight Rose wore well for seven hours, and after eight hours, there was a touch of fading along the inner edge where I applied it.  This shade should work well across many skin tones, because it does not have a white base, even though it is a lighter color.  For paler complexions, it might show up as a very soft tinge of pink as well.

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Moonlight Rose

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This shade should work well across many skin tones, because it does not have a white base, even though it is a lighter color.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012

China Glaze Running in Circles Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Running in Circles Nail Lacquer

Hey, Emerald! It’s Going to Be Your Year!

China Glaze Running in Circles Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cilantro green shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, brightened emerald green with light and dark emerald green glass flecks of shimmer/sparkle. Zoya Holly is darker. Sinful Colors HD Nails is similar in color, just sheerer and it has much finer shimmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sagreena the Teenage Witch is a bit darker and has finer shimmer.

Heavy on the shimmer, Running in Circles had an interesting finish–there was something about the base color that almost looked jelly-like.  It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it applied evenly without streaking or pooling along the edges.  This shade is definitely fitting for the holiday season, but it’ll also work on other occasions, because of its brightness.  Plus, it is the color of the year for 2013, so you can be on-trend before the 31st!  I’m sure by this time next year, we’ll all have half a dozen emerald green polishes and may even start looking a little green around the cuticles :)

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Running in Circles is sparkling and shimmery, so it really catches the light well. It is nicely pigmented and applies well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense

The Grandest Grape is the Sweetest

Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is berry-red with a glossy sheen. NARS Afghan Red is a touch lighter, less red. MAC Rebel is more fuchsia. Guerlain Guet-Apens is lighter. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is darker. Guerlain Bee is purpler.

This shade yielded semi-opaque color coverage; there was enough translucency that my natural lip color was still a bit visible, and my lip freckle was very much visible still (always a good measure of opacity!). This shade wore exceptionally well–five hours–and it left a soft stain behind. It was hydrating both during wear, as well as even as it wore off and a couple of hours afterward–my lips were in better shape after I wore it than when I initially applied it. The consistency was creamy, balm-like, and applied easily.

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Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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Great semi-opaque color coverage that applies evenly, smoothly, and lasts for hours while still being comfortable to wear and infusing lips with hydration.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, December 8th, 2012

China Glaze Blue Bells Ring Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Blue Bells Ring Nail Lacquer

Let Blue Bells Ring

China Glaze Blue Bells Ring Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “icy blue shimmer.” It’s an electric cobalt blue with metallic shimmer and foil-like finish. The finish reminded me of Wet ‘n’ Wild Grew Up in Cobalt-imore a bit, but it’s bluer, less cool-toned. China Glaze Ride the Waves has a similar blue coloring, but it is a jelly-finish, so it looks very different. Zoya Song is much, much darker.

If every polish was like this, I’d own nothing but polish! It was fully opaque in one coat (and swatches are of one coat), dried down very quickly, and had a natural sheen (but not a glossy shine). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied smoothly, evenly, and without streaking or bubbling.  I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Blue Bells

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I couldn't get over how flawless this applied and how rich the pigmentation was! It's so rare to find one-coat polish.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, December 7th, 2012

shu uemura Blackish Satin Purple Painting Liner
shu uemura Blackish Satin Purple Painting Liner

Try a Shimmering Eggplant Eyeliner with a Neutral Eye

shu uemura Blackish Satin Purple Painting Liner ($25.00 for 0.098 oz.) is a darkened eggplant purple with very fine purple and burgundy micro-shimmer. In pencil form, Urban Decay Crash and Urban Decay Rockstar are both similar. Bobbi Brown Black Plum is a bit darker. Maybelline Plum is a dead-on dupe.

It’s creamy and has good pigmentation, so a single pass of product (I used MAC’s 208 brush to apply) yielded mostly opaque color coverage without skipping or tugging.  When I tested it, the shade lasted eight hours without fading or migrating. It might seem a little intimidating, because it does have red in it, but there’s a lot of purple, some darkness, and that faint shimmer that makes it easier to wear than other red-toned purples.  I think it works particularly well with neutral eyes or to accent gold or copper eyeshadows.

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shu uemura Blackish Satin Purple Painting Liner Review, Photos, Swatches

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Blackish Satin Purple is nicely pigmented, creamy, and long-wearing--all the desirable traits of a gel eyeliner delivered in one Mon Shu-decorated pot.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer

Your Fingertips Drenched in the Reddest Rubies

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “ruby red shimmer.” It’s a rich, ruby-shimmered red that has almost metallic-like shimmer and subtle blue undertones.  Cult Nails Annalicious has larger shimmer and is a warmer red. Chanel Rouge Carat is very comparable. Nubar Pink Flame is a duochrome, so it sort of has a similar red, but it also has a flash of orange. Zoya Carrie Ann is a bit darker and has larger shimmer.

Oh, these kinds of reds always make my heart go pitter-patter.  In the bottle, I’m not swayed, but after the first coat is pulled across the nail? I’m swooning.  It’s bright but has depth, and the metallic ruby red shimmer flashes and dances underneath the light.  The polish was fully opaque after two coats, and the formula was trouble-free, as it applied evenly without streaking or bubbling.  There were some very minor brush strokes under very bright light that became visible (mostly around the edges).  I typically get a full week out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping but minor tip wear.

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Cranberry Splash

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The only downside is that there are some visible brush strokes under brighter light, but overall, it is a very pigmented, well-formulated polish.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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