Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver with an edge faceted by multi-shimmer hues.” It’s a darkened, charcoal gray shot through with silver shimmer and lots of it. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency was not too thick or too thin (but thinner compared to the average polish by the brand). The formula applied fairly well and had minimal noticeable brush strokes as it self-leveled nicely. MAC Grey Friday is the only shade I have that is remotely similar, but it is more of a blackened gray with silver shimmer, but not metallic shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Fashion Polish Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black base with gold and red glitters.” It’s a medium-dark black with a brownish edge and pinky-red and gold micro-glitter. There also seemed to be some green micro-glitters in the mix. This shade definitely needs a thicker top coat, because the micro-glitter makes the surface quite bumpy as the black base is actually quite thin. Three coats would probably be better, too, for really dense, inky color, though two coats made it opaque. Illamasqua Creator has silver glitter. Dior Diva has shimmer instead of glitter but is surprisingly similar–it isn’t as densely-packed with shimmer/glitter, though. Color Club Show Time has silver shimmer. See comparison swatches.

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The formula applied fairly well and had minimal noticeable brush strokes as it self-leveled nicely.

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9/10

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10/10

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This shade definitely needs a thicker top coat, because the micro-glitter makes the surface quite bumpy as the black base is actually quite thin. Three coats would probably be better, too, for really dense, inky color, though two coats made it opaque.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “shimmering soft pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satiny finish, though it looks like a healthy matte. MAC Royal Sunset is a powder and is lighter, warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale is powder and not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

This is the last of the Chanel blushes that released this fall, and I’m so happy to find that it’s just as high quality as the other five shades I’ve tested. There’s not a dud within the range, and I think Chanel did an excellent job with this new formula. Revelation is nicely pigmented with color that is true-to-pan but can be applied as a soft, sheer layer or more heavily for richer, more opaque color coverage. I love that they’re versatile in pigmentation, so they can work for fairer complexions as well as deeper skin tones. The consistency is lightly creamy in the pan but quickly turns to powder once it touches the skin. It remains blendable, though, and it doesn’t turn powdery. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours but was noticeably faded after eight and a half hours, which is slightly shorter wear than other shades in the formula.

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Revelation is nicely pigmented with color that is true-to-pan but can be applied as a soft, sheer layer or more heavily for richer, more opaque color coverage. I love that they're versatile in pigmentation, so they can work for fairer complexions as well as deeper skin tones.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden khaki.” It’s a warm-toned, golden-shimmered olive green with threads of metallic shimmer. It’s warmer, more yellow-toned, than a true olive green. I used two thicker coats to minimize streakiness (thin coats produced quite a bit of that), and while it self-leveled somewhat, there was still a good deal of visible brush strokes with this shade. OCC Ripley is much darker, more blackened and less green.  The consistency seemed a little watery. Cult Nails in a Trance has less shimmer, so it appears darker. China Glaze Peac eon Earth is more metallic, warmer. China Glasze Agro is much darker. See comparison swatches.

Elixir (589) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “milky pink.” Not sure where milky pink comes from, but it’s a warm-toned, strawberry pink with a cream finish. This shade was almost fully opaque in one coat, but I still applied two for consistency (and sometimes, it looks opaque in person but the macro version will show visible nail line). It applied well, too, with even, fluid color and no pooling or streaking. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile has slight pearl and is a touch brighter/redder. MAC Vivid Effect is warmer. MAC Impassioned is slightly lighter. Chanel Fracas is pinker and lighter. Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun is warmer, more orange. See comparison swatches.

Mysterious (601) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep khaki.” It’s a deep, dark olive green with a cream finish. It applied evenly and easily with full color coverage in two coats. MAC Fatigues is lighter/ Dior Amazonia is very similar. Chanel Khaki Brun is greener, lighter. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

Both Elixir and Mysterious were quite nice and exactly what one would want from a high-end polish: richly pigmented, easy to apply, and a natural shine.  Alchimie was more troublesome and requires a very patient, steady hand to minimize streakiness and to keep the brush stroke from going wonky (I lack the steady hand, unfortunately!).  I typically get a week out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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I used two thicker coats to minimize streakiness (thin coats produced quite a bit of that), and while it self-leveled somewhat, there was still a good deal of visible brush strokes with this shade.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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This shade was almost fully opaque in one coat. It applied well, too, with even, fluid color and no pooling or streaking.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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It's a deep, dark olive green with a cream finish. It applied evenly and easily with full color coverage in two coats.
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Saturday, July 20th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag
MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag

MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag ($39.50) contains a full-sized Lipstick, Lipglass, and Lip Pencil, plus a medium-sized makeup bag. The value of the color products is $45, while the bag is very similar in size and material to the recently released Illustrated bags that retailed for $36, so the total (maximum) value is $81.  The gloss merely lightens Girl About Town, but it’s very subtle, so I don’t know if it’s really the best pairing, especially as the thickness of Picture Pink gives the finished look a very thick, almost goopy, finish.

Girl About Town is described as a “bright blue-fuchsia [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bold, fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish. It has rich, opaque color coverage, and it wore six hours well on me and left behind a stain. MAC Pink Poodle is lighter. MAC Rare Exotic is similar. Buxom Exhibitionist is brighter/lighter. See comparison swatches. (This is part of the permanent range.)

Picture Pink is described as a “clear pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with a creamy consistency and finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it settled into lines and looked uneven. It’s the type of gloss that is best applied over another lip product (like a lipstick or lip pencil), because on its own, it’s a mess. It wore for four hours on me. MAC likes their milky pinks, so there is no shortage of dupes. MAC Infinitely Likeable is more neutral. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter. MAC Stay Sweet is very similar. MAC Pink Fade is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Scoop is sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Embrace Me is described as a “vivid fuchsia.” It’s a vibrant, nearly neon, fuchsia with a matte finish. It had rich, full color coverage. I reviewed this in March here. Its strength is longevity and color payoff, but it’s a bit dry and is drying when worn alone. Urban Decay Anarchy is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, July 20th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Nude Lip Bag
MAC Illustrated Nude Lip Bag

MAC Illustrated Nude Lip Bag ($39.50) contains a full-sized Lipstick, Lipglass, and Lip Pencil, plus a medium-sized makeup bag. The value of the color products is $45, while the bag is very similar in size and material to the recently released Illustrated bags that retailed for $36, so the total (maximum) value is $81.  This set was actually quite interesting, because the lipstick and lipgloss aren’t similar in color, so they can be mixed in varying degrees to get several different variations on a warmer coral.

Naked Proof is described as a “neutral pink-beige [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a warm-toned, pink-tinged coral with a satiny finish and light sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore for four hours. It was very slightly drying on me, which is my typical experience with the Cremesheen finish, so if you find them normally hydrating, this should be fine for you. Chanel Interlude is darker. MAC Reel Sexy is lighter, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler is similar. Burberry Devon Sunset is similar. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition and exclusive to this set.)

Drawn to Chic is described as a “bright warm pink.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-coral with a glossy sheen and no shimmer. It had opaque color coverage, and it didn’t settle into lip lines very noticeably. It lasted four and a half hours on me. The consistency was slightly thick and tacky. MAC Fever Isle is shimmery. Revlon Papaya is slightly sheerer. MAC Star Quality is pinker. Hourglass Nectar is similar. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition and exclusive to this set.)

Boldly Bare is described as a “reddish brown.” It’s a rosy, peach-brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied fairly well–it isn’t particularly flatterong on lips alone, but it works well as a base for lipstick to adhere to. MAC’s Lip Pencils usually last five to seven hours on me alone. Urban Decay Deep is darker, browner. See comparison swatches. (This shade is part of the permanent range and can be purchased separately if desired.)

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Naked Proof

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

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9/10

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Longevity

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) Le Rouge
Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) Le Rouge

Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant lavender fuchsia.” It’s a fuchsia-magenta with a creamy finish and a soft sheen. It had strong, blue undertones. Urban Decay Anarchy is much brighter. Revlon Lollipop is darker, shimmery. NYX Pink Lyric is lighter. Maybelline Hot Plum is brighter. MAC Zen Rose is more muted, purpler. MAC Dish It Up is more muted. Le Metier de Beaute Paris is less shiny. See comparison swatches.

It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the consistency was creamy with more slip than other shades in the Le Rouge range. Because it had more slip, when I pressed my lips together, I could see slight lines forming because of the lipstick bunching up on itself. The formula was still hydrating, though, and it lasted five and a half hours and left behind a soft, pinky stain.  Croisiere Fuchsia is part of the limited edition summer collection, so it is packaged with a thin layer of white leather around the tube rather than black leather (as the permanent range is).

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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