Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette
Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette

This is Better Than a Fairy Tale

This is part two of the review for the  Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.70 oz.), which focuses on the next ten eyeshadows in the palette.  To read a review of the palette overall as well as the wear, read part one.

Gus Gus is described as a “gold shimmer.” It’s a bright sunshine yellow with a golden shimmer and sheen–the finish is fairly frosted. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was smooth and soft. OCC Triptych is darker. Urban Decay Honey is darker, more molten. Bare Escentuals Remix is not as yellow. MAC Goldmine is a smidgen more orange.

Charming is described as a “nude pearl.” It’s a warm champagne with a hint of yellow and a frosted, metallic finish. The pigmentation was right-on, and this shade was soft and smooth. Make Up For Ever #101 is not quite as warm. MAC Nylon is similar. MAC Femme-fi is a little less frosted. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is similar but less metallic.

Chateau is described as a “brown shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark red-toned brown with a frosted sheen. The payoff was excellent and true-to-pan, while the texture was smooth and finely-milled. NARS Flowers 3 is more matte. Urban Decay Stray Dog is less warm. Illamasqua Focus is similar. Benefit Dandy Brandy is similar, not quiet as red-toned. Urban Decay YDK is very close.

Palace is described as a “rose gold shimmer.” It’s a soft brown-ish beige with a frosted sheen. Again, the color payoff here was true-to-pan, while the texture was smooth and soft. Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon is less warm. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is similar. theBalm Stand-offish is barely lighter. Chanel Beige Lame is more matte. Giorgio Armani #9 is more metallic.

Drizella is described as a “medium brown golden shimmer.” It’s a coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was lovely, and the texture felt like silk. This shade is fairly dupeable by shades like Tarina Tarantino Amber, Urban Decay Half Baked, Make Up For Ever #12, and MAC Amber Lights.

Cinders is described as a “black with gold glitter.” This is a dark brown-toned black with gold sparkle. The finish is satiny. When I tested this on the eye, it was incredibly pigmented–a light hand is recommended! Bobbi Brown Black Gold is similar. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar but has more coppered shimmer. MAC Legendary Black is softer. Milani Melange has more gold shimmer.

Jaq is described as a “mauve matte gold shimmer.” It’s a burgundy-tinged brown with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied easily and smoothly. Urban Decay Muse is more matte. Urban Decay Barlust is more red-toned. MAC Twilight Falls is grayer. theBalm Caught in the Act Courtney is more burgundy.

Midnight is described as a “midnight blue with light blue glitter.” It’s a blackened navy blue with blue shimmer and sparkle. It had good color payoff and was fairly smooth to apply. Urban Decay Occupy is bluer, lighter. theBalm The Stroke is more matte. Bare Escentuals Shaken Not Stirred is darker. Make Up For Ever #147 is similar.

A Wish is described as a “cream pearl.” It is a soft beige with a satiny finish. The color is true-to-pan and applied smoothly. Urban Decay Anonymous is warmer. theBalm Adagio is similar but matte. MAC Brule is also similar but matte. Urban Decay Kinky is very similar, but it does have a matte finish.

Rococo is described as a “plum with multi-glitter.” It is a plummy burgundy with a satiny sheen. While I saw sparkle in the pan, it did not seem to translate to the swatch or the eye. The color was nicely pigmented, and it wasn’t powdery. Chanel Ebloui is more shimmery. Bare Escentuals Kismet is browner. Bare Escentuals Most Requested is less plum. theBalm Moderato is more matte. theBalm Sexy is darker.

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Disney Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette (by Sephora) Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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Well worth the price of admission, Sephora's collaboration with Disney for a Cinderella-inspired collection has been done well and without gimmicks, which makes it all the more impressive.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette
Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette

This is Better Than a Fairy Tale

Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes 20 shades of fairytale-inspired eyeshadows. This is a palette created by Sephora in collaboration with Disney. The review is split into two posts (10 eyeshadows in each), but the rating reflects the palette as a whole.

Maiden is described as a “glittery magenta.” It’s a medium-dark magenta pink with subtle blue undertones and silver micro-glitter. It’s almost fine enough to be shimmer or sparkle, not so much micro-glitter even. The color payoff was good, and I didn’t experience fall out problems with this shade. Estee Lauder Violet Underground is brighter, pinker. L’Oreal Glistening Garnet is lighter, more metallic/frosted. MAC Moon Rose is very similar, but it doesn’t have glitter. NARS Caravaggio is darker, pinker. Make Up For Ever #52 is more purple.

All Aglow is described as a “shimmering tan.” It’s a warm-toned, amber gold–a little brown, subdued copper, with a golden shimmer-sheen. The finish is very frosted, and it had good color payoff and applied smoothly. Clarins Enchanted is more golden. Bobbi Brown Pink Chandelier is similar, slightly browner. Urban Decay Half Baked is similar, a little yellower. Bare Escentuals Louder is comparable. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is a bit darker.

Destined is described as a “light blue pearl.” It’s a subdued, almost gray-ish blue with a green-gold shimmer-sheen. It’s one of those extremely versatile colors that will lean one way or the other depending on what is applied next to it. MAC Sky yields a similar effect, but it’s much, much darker. Giorgio Armani #10 is lighter and very metallic.

Cinderelly is described as a “sea foam green matte.” It’s a soft sea foam green, though it’s almost like a meadow-y green, because the yellow undertone is a bit stronger than what I’d expect in a sea foam green shade. The finish is mostly matte. The pigmentation was good, and the texture was silky-soft and smooth. MAC Guacamole is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is lighter. Make Up For Ever #34 is a bit darker.

Pumpkin Coach is described as a “cream gold.” It’s a soft peach-orange with a dusting of gold sparkle. It had decent color payoff, but this was one of the sheerer shades in the palette and had some powderiness in the texture. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is lighter. Inglot #328 is a bit more beige.

Ball Gown is described as a “pearl white gold.” It’s a soft white with a frosted finish. There’s only a hint of warmth that keeps it from looking like a stark white, but it doesn’t read gold or yellow-y. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. theBalm Sassy is similar. theBalm Envious Erin is warmer, yellower.

Kill Joy is described as a “shimmering taupe.” It’s a frosted taupe–it’s gray, it’s brown, and it’s cool-toned. The color payoff was excellent, and it applied smoothly and evenly. Urban Decay Mushroom is darker. Buxom Pug is a smidgen grayer. MAC Cloudy Afternoon is a bit browner. Urban Decay Bust is less shimmery.

Fairy Godmother is described as a “periwinkle.” It’s a blue-tinged, icy purple. It’s too purple to be periwinkle, which I think would have more blue in it. However, that actually makes it more unique. It had excellent color payoff and a very soft, smooth application. MAC Blue Orbit is darker, more purple. Other than that, I couldn’t think of another potential dupe!

Glass Slipper is described as a “light blue shimmer.” It’s a pale, but bright, bluish white with a frosted sheen. Buxom Husky is bluer. MAC Vellum is lighter. Bare Escentuals Bravo is darker.

Royal is described as a “matte bright blue.” It’s a brightened medium blue with a matte finish. The color payoff was really lovely initially, but when I applied it to the lid, it was somewhat powdery and required some patience. I had to pat it on and be careful to only blend out the edges or else it would look faded. Milani Olympian Blue is comparable. MAC Blue Candy is lighter. MAC Electric Eel is a smidgen darker. Inglot #322 is similar. Make Up For Ever #72 is also quite similar.

The palette is fairly impressive, and it holds its own against other high-end palettes at the same price point.  It’s not perfect, but it’s extremely close.  The fussiest shade was Royal, which was somewhat powdery and had a tendency to fade when applied and during wear (noticeably but not entirely).  The mattes, generally, were very soft and as a result, a smidgen powdery, but none of them were problematic to apply other than Royal.  The shimmers in the palette were nicely pigmented, applied smoothly, and blended out easily.  

The color composition of the palette is just right; neutrals, colors, cool tones, and warm tones.  There is also a healthy variety in finishes from matte to shimmer to satin.  When I tested out the palette for wear, I experienced eight hours without fading when used over a primer, and without a primer, I saw eight hours of good wear with some very slight fading of some of the lighter, more matte colors (like Destined, Cinderelly, and Pumpkin Coach).

I thought the packaging for the palette was rather well-done. The artwork is true to the theme and movie, and what I like is I feel it’s done in a sophisticated, grown-up kind of way that will likely appeal to a wider age group than if they had gone more cartoon-ish. It’s made out of sturdy, durable cardboard with a pull out drawer that houses the eyeshadows. The eyeshadows are all placed in an insert, which is removable, and underneath reveals a hidden velvet-lined drawer for storing eyeliners, small brushes, or, at some later point, jewelry.

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Well worth the price of admission, Sephora's collaboration with Disney for a Cinderella-inspired collection has been done well and without gimmicks, which makes it all the more impressive.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

China Glaze Desert Sun Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Desert Sun Nail Lacquer

Enjoy a Day in the Desert Sun Without the Heat!

China Glaze Desert Sun Nail Lacquer ($7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “delicious caramel.” It’s a burnt orange–but lightened, not rusty–very much caramel-colored, though a little warmer. China Glaze Orange You Hot is more orange and has shimmer. Zoya Arizona is lighter, brighter. Sinful Cloud 9 is brighter, more tangerine. China Glaze Papaya Punch is more orange, brighter.

This was another high quality shade from China Glaze’s On Safari collection! It’s opaque in two coats–almost one–and dried down a little faster than average and had a naturally glossy shine. It had a beautiful consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed easily across the nail without pooling or bubbling. I usually get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s lacquers with no chips and minor tip wear.

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Desert Sun

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I don't have a shade quite like Desert Sun--everything I could think of was brighter--the subdued quality of this makes it perfect for fall.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, October 15th, 2012

China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer

Are You Red-y for This Adventure?

China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer ($7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid red.” It’s a medium-dark red cream with some depth and richness; if it had shimmer, it would read very holiday. MAC Stage Red is very comparable. China Glaze Winter Berry is a bit darker. MAC Get Noticed is a smidgen darker. Butter London Pillar Box Red is brighter. MAC Obey Me is comparable. Rescue Beauty Lounge Glamourpuss is a touch darker. Zoya Burke is similar.

It was opaque in two coats but nearly opaque in one. The consistency was amazing; fluid, not too thick or too thin, and flowed without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges of the nail.  Adventure Red-y is a shining example of China Glaze at their best.  I typically get a full week of wear with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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Adventure Red-y

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Adventure Red-y is a shining example of China Glaze at their best. Excellent color payoff, beautiful consistency, and easy application.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, October 15th, 2012

Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Holiday Pink That Sparkles

Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “enchanting plum set off with a golden sparkle.” It’s a pop of raspberry pink with a subtle shimmer-sheen finish. There is noticeable fuchsia and gold sparkle within the color. Tarina Tarantino Floriculture is similar, slightly pinker. Revlon Raspberry Pie is less red, pinker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Girly is redder. MAC Quite the Thing is cooler-toned and more fuchsia. MAC Scandelicious is similar but doesn’t have the sparkle.

It looked rather sheer when swatched, but applied to lips, the color opacity is nearly opaque–it was a little surprising, actually!  Shine Automatique is a long-wearing and hydrating with “bold” coverage.  Lou-Ling wore for six hours and left behind a light stain, and while there’s noticeable sparkle, it didn’t travel during the time I wore it but there was an ever-so-noticeable grit after three hours of wear.  It was comfortable to wear and apply–creamy and slick enough to glide on without pulling or tugging but no feathering or bleeding–and my lips felt hydrated during and post-wear.  It is scented with Guerlain’s signature violet fragrance.

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Lou-Ling

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If you aren't ready for a holiday red, or you want something different, Lou-Ling is a holiday pink with just enough brightness to pop but not read neon.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

Seche Opulent Nail Lacquer
Seche Opulent Nail Lacquer

True One-Coat Color from Seche

Seche Opulent Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep fuchsia creme.” It’s a vibrant fuchsia-red with a cream finish. NARS Anardana is brighter, warmer. MAC Toco Toucan is bluer-toned. China Glaze 108 Degrees has shimmer. Zoya Dana is a smidgen lighter.

Seche is set to launch 33 shades of their new Fast Dry One Coat nail colors at Ulta this month (they might already be in stores, but I didn’t see it online yet).  These shades are supposed to deliver full color opacity in just one coat and dry quickly and down to a naturally shiny finish.  When I read that, I was like, “Oh, boy!” because that is a tall order and a whole lot of promises

Opulent carries out those promises rather well.  In one coat, there’s very nearly opaque color coverage; only at certain angles and under certain lighting conditions is a shadow of visible nail line apparent.  It dries down faster than the average polish, and it does dry down to a very shiny finish.  I tested Opulent for wear, and it wore seven days without chipping and had minor tip wear for me (with and without a base/top coat).  The consistency was a little thick but not goopy, just on the thicker side.

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Seche Opulent Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's an impressive nail formula--it's great for someone who doesn't have a lot of time or patience when it comes to applying nail color.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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