Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint
Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint

Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is warm, coral-orange with a satiny sheen. It can be worn on both lips as well as cheeks, and what I like most about the formula is that it’s just as nice as a cream bluash as it is as a lipstick–and very few cheek/lip products work well on both areas (usually, one of them has to give). The consistency is very soft and creamy; it almost seems like it’s partially melted. The product blends out well on the skin, doesn’t feel sticky or greasy, and wears well.

As a blush, it appears as a soft coral with slight orange/red tones. It has a dewy finish that’s perfect for summer, as it gives the skin a fresh, glowy finish but doesn’t slide around the face. I’ve had this product for a year now (yes, that’s how long my backlog is), and I originally tested this product prior to moving, but I wanted re-test as well as re-shoot the photos for the blush swatch. In the summer heat, I had no trouble with it lasting eight hours with minimal signs of fading. MAC Ripe for Love is a powder product and has a stronger frost finish. NARS Gilda is darker and a powder. MAC Stereo Rose is pinker, more frosted, and a powder. MAC Something Special is pinker. Illamasqua Rude is more orange. Burberry Blossom is a powder and slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Coral is less shimmery and a powder. See comparison swatches.

As a lipstick, it has opaque color coverage, and it applies smoothly and evenly. It lasted four hours when I wore it. MAC Sweet & Sour is similar. MAC Reel Sexy is pinker. MAC Razzledazzler is darker. MAC Ever Hip is pinker. Burberry Pink Apricot is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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What I like most about the formula is that it's just as nice as a cream bluash as it is as a lipstick--and very few cheek/lip products work well on both areas (usually, one of them has to give).

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Sadist Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “matte bright royal blue.” It’s a rich, deep, medium-dark blue–there’s a little indigo/purple that tints it so it looks very cool-toned. It had a matte finish, and the color payoff was quite good. The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery–yet still blendable and had a lot of pigmentation. It lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, but there was some residual staining after I removed it. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans is shimmery and darker. Sugarpill Velocity is similar but slightly lighter. Urban Decay Chaos is similar in color but has some shimmer. NARS Rated R #2 is much lighter. NARS Outremer is darker. Sugarpill Royal Sugar is a touch brighter and shimmery. Inglot #388 is darker, less blue. See comparison swatches.

Vulgar Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright flame orange, matt finish.” It’s a brightened, slightly lightened medium orange with a matte finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had really nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was lovely; soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, and still it was easy to apply and blend out on the lid. Vulgar wore well for eight hours–no fading or creasing–and after nine hours, I noticed some slight fading. Disney Rajah is more shimmery, slightly darker. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a bit lighter and a cream product. MAC Rule is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #10 is darker, bolder, and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

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The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery--yet still blendable and had a lot of pigmentation.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

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The texture was lovely; soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, and still it was easy to apply and blend out on the lid.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush
theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “petal pink.” It’s a bubblegum pink–a light-medium, blue-based pink–with a matte finish. NYX English Rose is more shimmery, darker. MAC Stay Pretty is warmer. MAC I’m the One is brighter. Chanel Pink Explosion is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, true-to-pan color payoff. It packs quite a punch, so I’d recommend using a light hand to build up the color to your desired intensity. The texture is soft, finely-milled but not powdery. It blends well if you use a light touch, but I noticed that it has a tendency to stick where it’s placed once it is buffed into the skin to a degree. Argyle lasted well without fading or becoming patchy for a solid ten hours, so it is indeed long-wearing. It removed easily, though, with makeup remover, whereas a traditional stain would still leave something behind, so I wouldn’t describe this as a cheek stain, but it was an exceptionally long-wearing powder blush.

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Argyle

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It's exceptionally long-wearing and incredibly pigmented! It can be a little tricky to apply and blend out to just the right intensity, especially if you want to wear it as a softer wash of color.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Sephora Black Lace Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Black Lace Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Black Lace Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “black.” Just as described, it’s a dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color in a single stroke, and it is buildable to opaque color. There are so, so many black eyeliners on the market. This is one of the darker ones, so it’s an intense version of black, more like the likes of these, but they really don’t differ much between each other. (My guess is that Clubbing Stilettos is the softer black in the range.)

Good Mood Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “jade.” It’s a darkened green-teal with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke but was buildable to mostly opaque color on the lash line. Make Up For Ever #4K is less shimmery. MAC Dark Envy is a gel version. Make Up For Ever #20L is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I just bought these and tried them out yesterday, alongside the Ariel palette. They both have a really smooth, creamy consistency that glides on well and deposits a good amount of product in a single pass.  I tried Black Lace on the lower lash line as well as the water line, and it didn’t last for more than a couple of hours on the water line, but it did wear well for just over eight hours.  I started to see some shrinkage, so it looked like an even line of color, just thinner than before, after nine hours of wear.  Good Mood wore similarly for a solid eight and a half hours of good wear and then diminished wear from that point forward.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Good Mood

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Urban Decay ABC Gum Eyeshadow
Urban Decay ABC Gum Eyeshadow

Urban Decay ABC Gum Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale peach matte.” It’s a warm-toned peach with a matte finish. The texture is soft, finely-milled, albeit a bit powdery, but it blends really well and sits nicely on the skin (doesn’t look powdery). Kat Von D Vespertine is more orange. Urban Decay Freestyle is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Skimp is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Orb is pinker. bareMinerals Peace is darker, more shimmery. bareMinerals Stealth is slightly warmer. Inglot #390 is cooler. See comparison swatches.

Asphyxia Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “hyacinth shimmer with blue shift.” It’s a light-medium, pink-lavender with an iridescent, blue sheen. The texture was soft, slightly powdery, and applies best with a moderately firm brush. The color payoff was so-so, but it is buildable to mostly opaque color payoff; applied over a base, and true-to-pan opacity is possible. MAC Stars ‘n Rockets is a bit darker. Urban Decay Grifter is less pink, more shimmery. Urban Decay Tainted is less shimmery, purpler. L’Oreal With a Twist is slightly purpler. See comparison swatches.

Haight Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “mermaid blue shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a hint of green (but it’s not enough to make it teal) and has a frosted finish. The color payoff is lovely and rich, while the texture is soft, smooth, and buttery. It’s easy to use and blend out on the lid. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is tealer. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is similar. Urban Decay Junkie is darker, greener. Urban Decay Unhinged is slightly lighter. Guerlain Les Aquas #3 is darker. See comparison swatches.

When I wore these shades, Asphyxia had some fall out after six hours or so but didn’t fade or crease, while the other two eyeshadows wore well for nine hours without fading or creasing (no primer).

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ABC Gum

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This would work well for brightening lids, possibly concealing redness, as well as a brow bone highlighter or layering shade to mute frosted shades.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Asphyxia

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The color is more complex and interesting than other shades, but it does have some texture issues that give it a powdery, somewhat crumbly, feel that hinders application and wear.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

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I love the slightly muted quality of Haight--it makes it a bit different than your standard medium blue.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 10th, 2013

Zoya Amy Nail Lacquer
Zoya Amy Nail Lacquer

Zoya Amy Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, red orange foil metallic.” It’s a bold, bright red-toned, medium-dark orange with molten gold sparkle. MAC Styleseeker is more metallic, darker. China Glaze Riveting has finer shimmer. Zoya Tanzy is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Amy is nearly opaque in two coats; there’s a very faint nail line that comes through at a distance when the light comes through the nail, but it’s hard to tell. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed well across the nail. The polish didn’t bubble, streak, or pool along the edges. It was easy to apply, and the dry down seemed a bit faster than the average polish.

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Amy

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This is such a perfect color for summer, and to an extent, fall, as it has such a glowing, molten quality to it that it's bold, vibrant, and a real showstopper of a color.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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