Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

China Glaze Angel Wings Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Angel Wings Nail Lacquer

Take Flight in These Angel Wings

China Glaze Angel Wings Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “delicate gold dust glitter.” It consists of fine gold glitter with what looks to be some holographic glitter, too–there are little prisms of color throughout that dance and catch the light. All of the glitters are suspended in a clear base. Ozotic #904 has a different texture and isn’t holographic–it just had a (somewhat) familiar look at a glance. China Glaze I’m Not Lion has a similar texture and composition–it’s just a lighter, paler gold. Milani 3D is similar, as it has holographic glitter along with gold shimmer, but it’s more opaque and the gold comes from the shimmer/base color.

This shade has really good coverage; it is mostly opaque after two coats on its own, and it yielded quite a bit of coverage in a single pass layered over China Glaze Merry Berry.  It wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t feel bumpy.  All of the glittery particles spread out evenly without problems.  I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula.

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If you prefer your glitter polishes to be more opaque, this is definitely a shade to check out!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

China Glaze Merry Berry Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Merry Berry Nail Lacquer

Let’s Get Merry with Berry!

China Glaze Merry Berry Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich berry red creme.” It’s a deep red–perhaps with a hint of berry–that for all its darkness, remains dark and almost muted, which is interesting to see in a shade so clearly red. Essie Size Matters is similar. Dior Graphic Berry is more berry-colored. China Glaze City Siren is a touch darker.

It’s opaque in two coats, and it has a beautiful flow and consistency that’s not too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly across the nail without streaking or pooling along the edges of the nail.  Merry Berry is a very classic, deep red cream–you may have something like it in your stash, and if not, a worthwhile version to own.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Merry Berry is a very classic, deep red cream--you may have something like it in your stash, and if not, a worthwhile version to own.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a palette of “rich mauve, pearly pink beige, shimmering lilac, and deep eggplant.”  It’s a new for spring but will be joining the permanent range.

The first shade (top, left) is a medium-dark brown with hints of plum/mauve and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. Chanel Variation has a darker brown. MAC Smut is a richer version of this shade. Urban Decay Stray Dog is similar, perhaps a bit warmer.

The second shade (top, right) is a pale, peachy beige with a frosted sheen and subtle warm undertones. The pigmentation was lovely, and it applied nicely. MAC A Natural Flirt is warmer, more shimmer. MAC Double Feature #5 is similar but less frosted. Urban Decay Sellout is similar–a little darker. Illamasqua Slink is a touch warmer.

The third shade (bottom, left) is a medium-dark cognac brown–a little orange-red to it but very, very subtle and slight, so it doesn’t take on an overly warm coloring. It had fantastic color payoff, and it was really soft, finely-milled, and smooth when applied. Too Faced Hot Cocoa is lighter. Illamasqua Focus is a cream product, and it is redder. Tom Ford Platinum is similar but a cream product. Urban Decay Wreckage is less red-toned.

The fourth shade (bottom, right) is a deep, dark reddened brown with a satiny sheen–just a step or two above matte. This shade packed quite the punch of pigment; really don’t need much to define the crease at alL! It blended out easily, which is absolutely necessary with anything that’s very pigmented and/or dark in color. Make Up For Ever #162 is matte, slightly richer/more intense. theBalm Presto is a bit darker. MAC Embark is matte and browner. Chanel Ebloui is more shimmery, a touch lighter, and a cream. It compares favorably with Tom Ford Enchanted.

I can see some looking at this quad and going, “Borrrrring!” and others reaching for it all the time. That’s the problem with basics and essentials–they tend to be kind of boring, but they work well and are still shades that most core collections have. I think it is wearable on both cooler and warmer complexions, and the colors offer a good range of light/dark for contrast.  The depth and richness of the darkest shade makes this quad as wearable for work as it does for evening, because it’s so rich, it can really add definition, darkness, and general smokiness for an evening look.

The quality of the quad is lovely, with all four shades having great color payoff, soft, smooth textures, and tip-top wear of eight hours (without a primer) and no signs of fading or creasing.  There was only a very, very slight excess of powder in a couple of shades but so slight–it’s really being nit-picky. All in all, while dupable, a very wearable, easy-to-use quad that will be a nice travel pick as well as a go-to for anyone who is need of more work-friendly shades.

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All in all, while dupable, a very wearable, easy-to-use quad that will be a nice travel pick as well as a go-to for anyone who is need of more work-friendly shades.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, December 24th, 2012

Hare Holiday Hoopla Nail Lacquer
Hare Holiday Hoopla Nail Lacquer

So, What’s All the Hoopla Over the Holidays, Anyway?

Hare Holiday Hoopla Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “festive assortment of red squares [and] hexes in several sizes, satin pale pink hexes, gold glitter, and gold shimmer” suspended in a clear base designed as a glitter top coat. It’s a mix of medium-sized red squares, smaller red hexagons, and medium-sized pale pink hexagons that make up the more noticeable shapes and colors, while there is both gold glitter and smaller gold shimmer in the background that helps to fill in the composition. The colors are similar to China Glaze Electrify, but Holiday Hoopla has much more variance in size/shape (plus the pale pink hexes) so Electrify ends up looking almost one-dimensional in comparison. (In the same vein, China Glaze Pure Joy is a mix of small red glitter and then just slightly larger gold glitter, but it is less dense and very unlike this one in shape/size.)

I layered two coats of Holiday Hoopla alone on my index and ring fingers, and then I layered one coat over Illamasqua Boosh (black cream) on my middle finger. Alone, it’s semi-to-mostly opaque in two coats–I think it’s quite wearable as a standalone shade. One coat for layering worked well to deliver plenty of glitter and shimmer coverage without losing the base color. All of the bits and bobs laid completely flat, and there really wasn’t much texture before a top coat, but a top coat definitely gives it a better overall finish. The consistency was amazing: not thick at all, and dare I say, almost thin, but all of the glitters spread evenly across the nail just dragging the brush across. No pulling or tugging required–it was one of the easiest glitter top coats I’ve applied.

This is the shade I chose to test for wear (I will also be testing Swanky Soiree specifically but at a later date), and it’s going four days strong. Of course, next to nothing chips on me, so you’ll have to take my wear experiences with a grain of salt. Most polishes last seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping; particularly excellent formulas will have very minor tip wear and may last up to ten days. It has been my experience that glitter top coats/layering polishes tend to as long as whatever is underneath them. If by some (horrible) miracle, this falls outside of the average wear, I’ll be sure to update this post to reflect that.

I bought mine from Hare’s Etsy shop, and they’re all sold out now, but Llarowe still has some in stock.

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Hare Holiday Hoopla Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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No pulling or tugging required--it was one of the easiest glitter top coats I've applied.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, December 24th, 2012

Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

A Warm, Rosy Shade for Spring

Guerlain Ballade (600) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm-toned, rosy coral with a frosted finish. Applied, it seems to take on a rosier appearance (less coral) due to the natural pink tones in my lip color. Chanel Orchidee is redder. Revlon Pink Truffle is comparable in color but has a glossier, less frosted finish. Thierry Mugler Feeling is brighter. NARS Mayflower has less frost and is a touch redder. Rimmel Latino is less warm-toned.

Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique formula is supposed to be comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and a “burst” of color. Most of the Rouge Automatiques deliver a fair amount of color with translucency, so the natural lip color peeks through; this has the effect of a more natural lip color, because it doesn’t look like something else layered on your lips as a more opaque cream finish might. Ballade is semi-opaque with that subtle translucency. It has a creamy, glide-on consistency that doesn’t feel too thick or too thin, and it wears for five hours and is hydrating while worn. The lipstick range is violet-scented but has no discernible taste, and it is packaged in a tube that opens with a slider.

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It has a creamy, glide-on consistency that doesn't feel too thick or too thin, and it wears for five hours and is hydrating while worn.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Bold Shade for Spring

Guerlain Flirt (761) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a fuchsia-berry with iridescent fuchsia shimmer. Clinique Grandest Grape is redder and doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Rebel is nearly identical in color but doesn’t have the fuchsia shimmer. Guerlain Guet-Apens is redder, less berry. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is a bit darker, redder, less shimmery.

The Shine Automatique formula is supposed to be long-wearing, hydrating, and contain “pearl particles to give lips discreet yet exceptional shine.” Flirt is mostly opaque on lips, and it has a thin, balm-like consistency that glides easily across lips and never pulls or drags.  The thinner texture, though, means the sparkle is very slightly noticeable after a few hours of wear.  It deposits even color that lasted for six and a half hours on me. I didn’t have any issues with the dark berry color feathering or bleeding along the edges of my lips.  The formula is comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and moisturizing both during and after wear.  It is violet-scented but has no discernible taste, and it comes in a slide-up tube.

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For those who are less enthused by pastel lip colors for spring, Guerlain's Flirt will be a nice alternative.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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