Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “brilliant lime green … vibrant green and gold shimmer top a lush green base.” It’s a vibrant lime green with a golden pearl shimmer-sheen finish that’s part metallic, part frost. Sephora Apple Mojito is more matte and chartreuse. Sugarpill Acidberry is lighter, more matte. Illamasqua Pivot is matte. MAC Lucky Green is yellower, while MAC Swimming is a bit darker. Make Up For Ever #304 is much yellower–more of a chartreuse hue.

I applied it dry as well as layered over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy; when applied in either fashion, the results are mostly opaque with full opacity occurring when it was applied over Pixie Epoxy. It also holds together and smooths out better over Pixie Epoxy. The eyeshadow is very, very soft; I recommend using a light touch when picking up the product, because a little goes along way. It has a pressed texture, but it acts and almost feels like a loose eyeshadow that’s just been barely solidified. I tested it both over Pixie Epoxy as well as over bare lids, and both resulted in eight hours of wear without creasing or fading. My experience with Pixie Epoxy is it tends to prolong wear only just slightly but as it is not a primer (which is stated on Fyrinnae’s website), I would recommend applying your favorite primer, then Pixie Epoxy on top, if you have oilier lids.

If you prefer your eyeshadows loose, this shade began its life as one, and you can purchase it in loose form as well. The pressed eyeshadows should be restocked soon, per Fyrinnae’s website.

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It's a vibrant, perfect-for-summer kind of color that shimmers and reflects a golden warmth that's very pretty in person.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, April 1st, 2013

Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a medium brown with very fine white shimmer and subtle warm undertones. Urban Decay Glinda is similar–slightly more metallic. Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather is darker, more mauve. Revlon Rosegold is more mauve. Dior Intimate Bronze has gold shimmer.

It has semi-opaque color coverage–there’s translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through–but enough color that it hides the majority of my lip freckle. The consistency is thin, non-sticky, and lightweight; it hardly feels like you’re wearing much at all. Browny Clap wears three and a half hours on me, which is shy of my four-hour average. This shade has more of a pearly finish, so it’s not as sparkly/shimmery as Cherry Swing, and it isn’t quite as shiny. The formula is hydrating and always leaves my lips feeling better than they did when I initially applied the gloss.

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Browny Clap is a very wearable color and will work well on a variety of complexions. I wish it wore a little longer and had a touch more shine.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Guerlain Cherry Swing (467) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Cherry Swing (467) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Cherry Swing (467) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and plenty of gold and pink shimmer and sparkle. MAC Astral is redder and less shimmery. Korres #54 is similar but less shimmery.

On my lips, it noticeably darkens and turns my lips almost a coral-red-pink with gold and pink shimmer/sparkle. Cherry Swing has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; I would describe the underlying base color as semi-sheer but the amount of shimmer and sparkle takes it up to semi-opaque.  The new gloss formula is supposed to be hydrating, have “varying degrees of coverage and pigment intensity,” and gives “lips a shimmering, radiant and plumping finish.” Cherry Swing has a thin, featherweight consistency that’s gel-like and never sticky. For a thin gloss that doesn’t have any tack, it does wear rather well. It’s hydrating, comfortable to wear, and the shimmer and sparkle don’t travel. It has a high-shine finish that gives lips a fuller appearance.

This is really a product you have to try on to appreciate, because it sparkles and shimmers like glistening, shimmering water. If you’re a fan of shimmery lipglosses (think Chanel Glossimers, Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipglosses, and so on), this shade is right up your alley.  It’s packaged in a long, widened tube with a black cap and a contoured doe-foot applicator. The scent is like Guerlain’s lipsticks–floral. It actually contains more than the average lipgloss (0.20 fl. oz.); and it is 25% more than Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Gloss (0.20 fl. oz.) (and somehow, it costs $2 less). Just to put it all in perspective, one of the popular sparkling lipglosses is MAC’s Dazzleglass, is one of the worst in terms of value ($333/oz.; this Guerlain gloss is $120/oz.).

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This is really a product you have to try on to appreciate, because it sparkles and shimmers like glistening, shimmering water. If you're a fan of shimmery, sparkle, and high-shine gloss, Guerlain's latest launch is right up your alley.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Roach Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy metallic brown.” It’s a burgundy-tinted brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. I want to call it burgundy, but there is a lot of brown present. bareMinerals Euphoria is very similar in color; it is less metallic in finish, though. Cinderella Rococo is purpler. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is less frosted but similar in color. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is warmer, redder.

Roach had fantastic color payoff, and it applied very smoothly and evenly.  I felt like I hardly needed to pass the brush across the pan to get the full color coverage I expected from the shade.  The texture was so soft and buttery, but it was a smidgen powdery–like the tiniest bit but still felt it was worth mentioning. I didn’t see any fall out during application or later on during wear, though.  The color was easy to blend out and mix with other eyeshadows.  It lasted eight hours quite well, and after nine, there was a hint of fading.

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Roach is easy to use and incredibly pigmented, so it is a good pick for anyone on the hunt for a warm-toned, dark brown eyeshadow with a frosted finish.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Silly Lipstick
MAC Silly Lipstick

MAC Silly Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright pink cream.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with a barely-there sheen that turns mostly matte after a half hour of wear. It has subtle blue undertones but doesn’t pull too cool-toned such that it borders on lavender. Chanel Kensington is darker and more luminous. NYX Pink Lyric is also darker and has a glossier shine. MAC Divine Choice is lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau is cooler-toned–bluer. MAC Naughty Saute is also bluer-based.

Silly has opaque color coverage that looks even and smooth. There’s a subtle sheen after it is initially applied, but it definitely fades away quickly and leaves behind a very matte finish. It has a lightly creamy consistency that made it so the color didn’t drag when I applied it, but it doesn’t feel heavy when worn and it clings to lips (but not in a drying, clingy kind of way) to help the color adhere better and longer. I plan to test this shade late this afternoon (I just put on the Lipglass), so I’ll update with a specific wear time after I’ve finished testing it, but based on prior experience with MAC’s formula and this finish, I would expect five hours of wear or so.

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For those who find MAC's brighter pinks too cool-toned or bordering on lavender/lilac, you may appreciate Silly's subtler cool undertone.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer
MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer

MAC Embrace Me Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia cream.” It’s a medium-dark pink with a little plummy coloring and cream finish. It’s slightly cool-toned. MAC Girl About Town is brighter, pinker, less plum. MAC Toco Toucan is also brighter and pinker. Zoya Areej is similar but more plum in color, more subdued.

Embrace Me was opaque in two coats, but it was quite pigmented in a single coat.  The consistency is on the thinner side, but it isn’t watery, so two coats is really necessary if you don’t use a ridge-filling base coat or if your nails aren’t perfectly smooth.  Two coats also gives is a plusher look, as it does have a slightly glossy finish.  I had no issues with the polish streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges when I applied it.  I thought it was going to be more dupable, but it turns out that darkened aspect of it–what makes it almost like a plummy shade–is what makes it stand out from potential dupes.  I usually see a week of wear with MAC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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I thought it was going to be more dupable, but it turns out that darkened aspect of it--what makes it almost like a plummy shade--is what makes it stand out from potential dupes.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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