Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Chanel Accessoire Le Vernis / Nail Colour
Chanel Accessoire Le Vernis / Nail Colour

Chanel Accessoire Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep red brown.” It is a deep, red-toned brown with a cream finish. It’s almost a perfect balance of red and brown, so it yields something very rich and lush but deep and dark all the same. MAC Dim the Lights is browner. Barielle Wool You Marry Me is a smidgen darker but very comparable. Rescue Beauty Lounge Atame is much darker and more red-toned. Rescue Beauty Lounge Moulin Rouge is a bit darker.

Oh, Accessoire was head-to-toe luxury–fantastic formula with opaque color in two coats (nearly in one!) with a consistency that was balanced between thick and thin. The polish flowed beautifully across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges.  It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, too.  I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula with no chipping (just minor tip wear). It’s absolutely the kind of shade that makes up a core color range, so you may, in fact, have something already like it, but if you don’t, consider it a color (whether this particular Chanel or a lookalike) to add to your color wardrobe.

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It's absolutely the kind of shade that makes up a core color range, so you may, in fact, have something already like it, but if you don't, consider it a color (whether this particular Chanel or a lookalike) to add to your color wardrobe.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road Nail Lacquer
Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road Nail Lacquer

Quick Review: Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road Nail Lacquer

Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic, bronzed copper.” It’s a rich, darkened copper with coppery-orange shimmer and a metallic finish. When I quickly looked for a good dupe, I came up empty-handed, because the majority of copper shades I’ve reviewed in the past are brighter, less brown-based.

Silk Road is fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency was naturally thin but not watery.  This one had threads of metallic shimmer that ran through it, which look a bit like brush strokes under brighter light (like flash), but they’re very subtle and barely-there.  For a metallic finish? particularly minimal visible brush strokes.  Le Metier de Beaute, generally, has a lovely formula and interesting shades.  Now, they have full-sized bottles, but in the past, they released small bottles.  These smaller bottles can make for a more challenging application if you have longer fingers or larger hands, since the caps are so small.  It contains just over a fourth of a full-sized polish (average size of full-sized polish is 0.50 fl. oz.) but is priced at $10, which is more palatable than say Dior or Chanel’s $20+ price tags (and you get around 0.34 to 0.40 fl. oz. with those).  I typically get a week of wear out of the brand’s formula with no chipping and very minor tip wear.

** A Note on Quick Reviews: In an effort to be more on-the-ball for 2013, I’m digging through my photo folders and getting as much posted as I can. These are not full-length, in-depth reviews, and instead, I’m writing brief reviews. For dupes, I highly suggest checking out The Swatch Gallery; it’s my first stop whenever I am looking for possible dupes. All of the swatches in this post are automatically added to the gallery, so you can compare them for yourself.

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This one had threads of metallic shimmer that ran through it, which look a bit like brush strokes under brighter light (like flash), but they're very subtle and barely-there.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “luminous apricot.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with just a hint of pink to give it an “apricot” coloring. The finish is mostly matte, but there is a touch of barely-there sheen that translates as “natural” when applied–you can see the tiny golden sheen in the blended out swatch. Buxom Euphoria is lighter and more orange. MAC Modern Mandarin is redder, less orange, more shimmery. NARS Gilda is redder. Guerlain Peach Boy is redder, less orange. MAC Optimistic Orange is a touch more orange (and it is a cream blush). Make Up For Ever is a touch darker and more red-toned.

It is as intense as you’d like it to be; it can be as rich and bright as it looks in the pan, or it can be blended and applied more sheerly for a softer color. Darker complexions should have no trouble getting enough color to show up on them, while paler complexions can rest easy knowing that it has an exquisite, finely-milled texture that makes blending a cinch. The powder is so, so soft but not powdery. It looks luminous and subtly glowy on the skin without emphasizing pores. Frivole wore for seven hours well, and after eight, there was very slight fading along the edges.

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Beautiful, soft texture that looks natural and luminous on the skin, combined with excellent color payoff makes for a blush that will work across skin tones. It is very warm-toned, so those who tend to find orange blush less flattering may want to pass.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit
bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit

Quick Review: bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit

bareMinerals Strike It Rich Primer Shadow Kit ($18.00 for 0.05 fl. oz. x 5) includes five mini-sized shades of bareMinerals’ Primer Shadow: Sundance (sunlit peach), Bronzed Twig (iced chocolate), Gold Nugget (radiant gold), Gunmetal (midnight silver), and Sandalwood (golden taupe). Though this was a kit from last year’s holiday collection, it’s still available for purchase!

  • Bronzed Twig is a warm, chocolate bronze with a soft shimmer-sheen finish.
  • Gold Nugget is a coppery gold with a metallic sheen.
  • Gunmetal is a silvered gray with a hint of brown.
  • Sandalwood is a bronzy gold with a metallic finish.
  • Sundance is a golden-orange shimmered peachy-orange with a metallic finish.

I have reviewed three of the five shades in-depth here. The Prime Time Shadow formula is supposed to be crease-proof and water-proof while delivering “rich, vivid metallic color” with a “creamy, lightweight texture.” This formula dries down very quickly (fifteen seconds or so), and once they’re set, they don’t budge at all. I’ve worn some shades for as long as twelve hours without creasing, fading, or smudging. The only downside to these is the amount you get in the full-sized version at $18 a pop–I just checked both Beauty.com and bareMinerals.com, and the full-sized versions are discounted to $12, but this little kit is a good value, since you get five shades and twice the amount you would in a single full-sized tube at $18. (Here, you’re getting 0.25 fl. oz. for $18.00.)

** A Note on Quick Reviews:  In an effort to be more on-the-ball for 2013, I’m digging through my photo folders and getting as much posted as I can. These are not full-length, in-depth reviews, and instead, I’m writing brief reviews. For dupes, I highly suggest checking out The Swatch Gallery; it’s my first stop whenever I am looking for possible dupes. All of the swatches in this post are automatically added to the gallery, so you can compare them for yourself.

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This formula dries down very quickly (fifteen seconds or so), and once they're set, they don't budge at all. I've worn some shades for as long as twelve hours without creasing, fading, or smudging.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

Chanel Fracas Le Vernis / Nail Colour
Chanel Fracas Le Vernis / Nail Colour

Chanel Fracas Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink.” It’s a brightened, reddened pink with warm undertones and a light dusting of golden shimmer. The shimmer is incredibly fine, though, and even under flash, I could hardly see it. Dior Pasteque is a bit brighter, no shimmer. NARS Anardana is pinker and has no shimmer. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might is redder. Illamasqua Collide is brighter and pinker, less red.

This shade was incredibly rich in pigment–it was very nearly opaque in a single coat, but I used two for swatches (I think two would still be best, unless you did a thicker single coat).  Fracas was interesting, because it doesn’t look as bright and neon in natural light as it does in fuller/brighter light, so it is a bit of a chameleon.  I wish the shimmer was more visible, because as is, it looks more like a cream than anything else.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the color flowed beautifully across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking.  I usually see a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Chanel’s nail formula.

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It's a surprising pop of color within a subtler, more subdued spring collection. It's very summery, because of how bright it is, so it will work well during both seasons.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick
MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright pink” with a matte finish. It’s a neon, blue-based pink with a matte finish. MAC Pink Pigeon is pinker, not as bright. MAC Show Orchid has iridescent shimmer and is a bit darker. MAC Quick Sizzle is pinker. OCC Nylon is similar–it’s a bit brighter, though. MAC Dear Diary touch less bright.

It’s definitely a show-stopping shade that is bound to get attention. I have reviewed it here previously, but here are some swatches I did of it today. It has a matte finish, so it applies more opaquely. It is creamy enough not to tug on lips or feel like a really dry matte (think Ruby Woo). This shade always stains my lips, and it usually wears for six to eight hours. While not hydrating, it wasn’t at all drying, and it was a very comfortable matte to wear. It is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste.

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches (2012)

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Now that it's permanent, you'll be able to check it out in-store at your leisure if you're not sure you want something quite as bright. And, if you always wanted to blind people with pink lips, now you can--without having to stalk all night.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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