Monday, November 5th, 2012

Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer
Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer

A Galaxy of Color

Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full coverage, holiday black with a high concentration of micro-fine diamond holographic glitter.” It’s a rich, inky black cream with holographic sparkle. The shimmer and sparkle look multi-sized to me, and almost like flecks for some of the colors. While it seems similar to Illamasqua Creator, this shade doesn’t have any of the holographic shimmer, so it is just silver sparkle and shimmer–the effect is similar but if you really want the holographic aspect, you won’t find it there. The same is true with NARS Night Breed. Cult Nails I Got Distracted is closer, but it has large green-teal flecks as well.

This shade was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied beautifully!  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t experience any bubbling or pooling of the polish along the edges of my nails.  There’s plenty of shimmer, and it disperses and spreads evenly.  I typically get a week of wear with Zoya’s polish with no chipping and just minor tip wear.

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Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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I think it's actually the richness and depth of the black base that really makes the holographic shimmer and flecks sing!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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Monday, November 5th, 2012

OCC Authentic Lip Tar
OCC Authentic Lip Tar

A More Wearable Lip Tar, But It Still Has Pizzazz!

OCC Authentic Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “full strength copper metallic.” It’s a rich orange-shimmered copper-brown with red-orange undertones. LUSH Vibrance has a similar orange shimmer, but the base color is less brown. MAC Look at Her! is more red-based. NYX Sparkling Beige is less orange, browner, and has more of a champagne sparkle.

Authentic is completely opaque and so, so smooth.  It has such a beautiful consistency that still yields that rich, metallic sheen that characterizes the latest launch of Lip Tars.  It’s warm-toned, but it has a very rusted tone, and it’s almost muted (but the metallic sheen means it will never play a background role!).  This is another shade that would work well to add a coppery shimmer/sheen to other shades, like reds.  I tested this yesterday, and it lasted eight hours, including dinner and tea (my nighttime drink).

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Authentic

Temptalia Recommends
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This shade embodies all that is beautiful about autumn--cozy fires and the changing colors of leaves--while being incredibly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012

OCC Yaoi Lip Tar
OCC Yaoi Lip Tar

A Bright, Metallic Pink to Steal the Show

OCC Yaoi Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “perfectly pink perlescence.” It’s a vibrant hot pink with blue undertones and a lighter pink shimmer-sheen. I thought it was a bit like OCC Nylon when I saw it in the tube, but it seems a bit darker, not quite as neon. Chanel Extatique is much more subdued. MAC Candy Yum Yum is cooler-toned, a bit brighter, and has no shimmer. MAC Quick Sizzle doesn’t have the shimmer, so it is a bit darker. MAC Show Orchid is them ost comparable, though it isn’t quite as vibrant and the shimmer is finer–less metallic. Milani Flashy is slightly lighter, but it has a similar finish–grittier, though.

This shade is bright and opaque with a shimmering, metallic finish. It has a lot of that sheen you’d expect in a gloss but with the lightweight feel of Lip Tar, which are really liquid lipsticks (with a vengeance). You definitely don’t want to over-apply these, because it will lose its metallic sheen if you put too much on. Like other Lip Tars, you don’t need much to get opaque color. The texture of this one is just a smidgen less-smooth than other Lip Tars–it’s really something you wouldn’t even notice if the others weren’t so smooth. I’ve been wearing this shade since just after six this morning, so we’re closing in on eight hours at the writing of the review–I ate breakfast as well as drank two cups of coffee, and it’s 90% intact.

P.S. — I have to perform wear tests for the remaining three shades, so I won’t have those reviews up until tomorrow and/or the next day :)

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Yaoi

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If red isn't your thing, or you find it too warm-toned for your liking, Yaoi might be a better pick from the Metallurgy launch. It's cool-toned, still bright and metallic, and performs well.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012

OCC Super NSFW Lip Tar
OCC Super NSFW Lip Tar

So Red Hot, It’s (Super) NSFW

OCC Super NSFW Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “true red with a golden metallic flourish.” It’s a vibrant cherry red with golden shimmer, which gives it a warmer tone overall. The sheen is more noticeable from a normal viewing distance than up close. CoverGirl Burn is darker. CoverGirl Captivate is more berry. Dolce & Gabbana Ruby is more orange. Hourglass Siren is similar but glossier (it is a gloss!).

Richly pigmented, it yielded opaque color in very little product–if you’ve never used a Lip Tar before, I warn you use the smallest amount possible, like one or two millimeters of product squeezed out of the tube.  Lip Tars are best applied with a brush and because they can easily be over-applied, less rather than more, then layered if you need additional product.  This shade stained mildly after I removed it, but it wasn’t as prone to staining as I anticipated (better in my book, but it’s more of a personal preference).  I managed to squeeze in six hours of wear yesterday of this before needing to remove it, and it was still going strong at that point. Based on my experience with Lip Tars, I would say the color would have lasted another two to four hours easily.

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Excellent color coverage, and it's a very holiday-esque red that wears well without drying my lips out. It's just a little warm, so I think it would work on a variety of complexions.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012

OCC Triptych Lip Tar
OCC Triptych Lip Tar

OCC Triptych Lip Tar

OCC Triptych Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “true 24K metallic gold.” It’s a molten honey gold with a metallic shimmer-sheen. Shocking, I’m sure, but I don’t have a dupe for this. Back in June, I reviewed Triptych in its Loose Colour Concentrate form (and it was amazing), and as a lip color–oh, la la! If you have that, you could try mixing it with clear gloss to achieve a similar color.

It’s mostly opaque, and it has a very lightweight feel once applied. As always, Lip Tars are best applied with a lip brush and with very, very little product. OCC says that you need even less of these than you do of the regular Lip Tars, as too much can minimize the metallic finish. There’s a light mint scent but no taste.As soon as these arrived yesterday, I ripped into the package and photographed straight away so I could get to testing them, as they are typically long-wearing, so I needed all the time I could get! This was the first shade I tested the wear of, and it wore brilliantly (there’s a pun in there somewhere)–just under eight hours.

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Triptych

Temptalia Recommends
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If you ever wanted full-on gold lips, Triptych has you covered! Not so sure about opaque gold? It also works well patted on top of your favorite berry and red lipsticks.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Zoya Evvie Nail Lacquer
Zoya Evvie Nail Lacquer

A Smoky Green for Fall

Zoya Evvie Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “dark smoky grey cream with strnog teal green undertones.” It’s a dark, smoky green with a hint of blue/teal. Essie School of Hard Rocks is lighter, slightly bluer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Diddy Mow is lighter and greener. MAC Fatigues is much greener.

I think smoky colors like Evvie tend to have a lot of depth.  It’s dark, luxurious, but it’s not vampy; it’s also not bright, either.  Evvie was opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.  It flowed evenly across the nail without pooling, streaking, or bubbling during application.  I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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Evvie

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I don't have anything quite like this shade (so I'd love to hear any dupes you know of!), and I think it's a great shade for fall. The formula is top notch!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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