Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher ($26.00 for 0.18 oz.) is described as a “dusky rose.” It’s a medium-dark, muted raspberry pink with a satin finish. Chanel Fantastic is brighter. MAC Hot Nights is powder, darker. NARS Mata Hari is brighter, powder. MAC Mocha is less pink, powder. MAC Restores Dazzle is darker. Illamasqua Seduce is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Illamasqua Peaked Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Velvet Blusher Peaked
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
97%

Illamasqua Facet & Hemlock Nail Varnishes

Illamaqua Facet Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey crystal.” It has a taupe (mix of brown and gray) base color with flecks of copper and molten gold sparkle and shimmer. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the polish flowed well across the nail without pooling along the edges or streaking. It looked opaque most of the time, but sometimes the light would catch underneath and you could see the nail line slightly.
Urban Decay Gunmetal is darker, less shimmer. Urban Decay Barlust is warmer, browner. Essie Hot Coco is warmer, cream. See comparison swatches.

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Illamasqua Facet Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Nail Varnish Facet
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
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Hare Polish The Tropics are Calling Collection

Hare Polish The Tropics are Calling Collection features five shades inspired by, you guessed it, the tropics. I received about a week ago, and I wanted to wait until today to share them with you, because Hare will be restocking their Etsy shop at 11AM PST today. They will also be launching their fall collection, The Coin Operation (I don’t have swatches, but the brand has shared theirs). Hare Polish retails for $10.00 and each bottle contains 0.50 fl. oz. I applied each shade as recommended by Hare (one of the benefits of indie brands!), which I’ve noted by each shade.

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Hare Polish Neon Palm Nail Lacquer
Hare Polish Nail Lacquer Neon Palm
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
93%
Limited Edition
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Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow

Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow
Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow

Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mossy grey.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark taupe–a mix of brown and gray–with a frosted finish. Disney Jaq is darker. Urban Decay Stray Dog is lighter. Urban Decay Lost is similar. See comparison swatches.

It had excellent color payoff that was true-to-color. The consistency was incredibly soft, silky, and finely-milled, so the eyeshadow applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was just ever-so-slightly powdery, but it was very minor.  Dusk blended beautifully on the lid, and it could also be softened and sheered out to wear more as a wash of color as well. Without a primer, it wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight and a half, I could see some light fading and very faint creasing.

Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow Dusk
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
94%

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Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner (Part 1)

Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a recently released formula that’s supposed to “glide on like a gel” and wear for 14 hours. The formula is also supposed to be waterproof, transfer- and smudge-proof. I’ve been wearing these eyeliners on and off for the past few weeks, and I really like the formula. I wouldn’t say it delivers fully on a full 14 hours of wear, but they are long-wearing (great wear for first ten hours, then there is fading–where the eyeliner appears thinner but not smudged). There is definitely visible color there 14 hours later, though, but it’s not at the same intensity or thickness as originally applied. The color payoff is good overall, but it does vary from shade to shade. The pencils had a creamy, glide-on consistency that didn’t skip or tug on the lash line.

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Buxom Call Me Hold the Line Eyeliner
Buxom   Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush

Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster ($11.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with strong, warm undertones–it’s not quite coral, but it’s warm enough that it starts to approach that territory. It had a soft, luminous finish that’s glow-y without being frosty. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 is darker, less shimmery. Physicians Formula Warm is actually very similar to this; it is just slightly warmer. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is lighter. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is less pink, more coral. See comparison swatches.

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Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster