Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Chanel Cinema Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Cinema Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Cinema Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is subtly cool-toned, brightened medium-dark red with a creamy, almost jelly-like, finish. MAC Touch of Red is similar. MAC Russian Red is darker. MAC Flaming Rose is a few shades darker. Dior Marilyn is similar. Chanel Suspicious is darker, cooler. Cult Nails Evil Queen is brighter. China Glaze Hey Sailor is similar. Zoya Sooki is darker. Essie Silken Cord is cooler. See comparison swatches. It applied beautifully–no streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. It was opaque in two coats, and the polish dried to a naturally glossy finish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was easy to apply and control.

Paparazzi Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, plummy brown with copper pearl. I couldn’t think of anything that really came close to this–SpaRitual Quartz is much more orange, rather than plum. Chanel April is cooler-toned, pinker, and shimmer-free. See comparison swatches.  Not only was it a more unique color (relative to what I’ve seen), it had great color payoff, a lovely consistency, and was a breeze to apply.  It was opaque in two coats, and I didn’t have any trouble with the formula streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges because it wasn’t too thick or too thin.  I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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It was opaque in two coats, and the polish dried to a naturally glossy finish. The consistency wasn't too thick or too thin, so it was easy to apply and control.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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Paparazzi

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Not only was it a more unique color (relative to what I've seen), it had great color payoff, a lovely consistency, and was a breeze to apply.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Chanel Ce Soir Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Ce Soir Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Ce Soir Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted plum with pink tones, subtle warm undertones, and a natural sheen. NARS Casablanca is darker, less pink. NARS Falbala is sheerer, more shimmery. NARS Mayflower is sheerer. MAC Craving is pinker, cooler. Chanel Bel Ami is warmer, less pink. Chanel Etole is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.  The consistency was lightly creamy without being too slick or too wet, and it felt lightweight and comfortable applied–no heaviness or thickness from the creamy texture.  It was fully opaque, and Ce Soir wore for five hours and was lightly hydrating during that time.

Le Baiser Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink with subtle warm undertones (it seems to lean just slightly warm) and a soft, frosted finish. MAC Heart to Heart is warmer. MAC Force of Love is lighter. Chanel Enjouee is warmer, more coral. Guerlain Gourmandise is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches.  The texture of Le Baiser was only somewhat creamy–it was noticeably stiffer/drier compared to Ce Soir–which I expect is from the frost content in it.  It doesn’t tug or pull at lips; it’s just not as creamy.  The color applied with nearly opaque color (there is a very faint outline of my lip freckle coming through, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from afar).  It lasted five and a half hours, but it wasn’t hydrating (luckily, it wasn’t drying either).

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Ce Soir

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It was fully opaque, and Ce Soir wore for five hours and was lightly hydrating during that time.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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The texture of Le Baiser was only somewhat creamy--it was noticeably stiffer/drier compared to Ce Soir--which I expect is from the frost content in it. It doesn't tug or pull at lips; it's just not as creamy.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner
Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner

Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner ($37.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a mostly matte, medium-dark black with neutral undertones.  It’s slightly darker than the average black eyeshadow but not as intense as the blackest black eyeliners–see comparison swatches. It doesn’t seem creamy initially, but the pencil tip glides across skin evenly and smoothly without dragging or skipping. One single pass delivered quite a bit of product, and of course, going back and forth yielded fully opaque color. It applied really well to the waterline, as well as the lash line. When worn on the water line, it lasts between six and eight hours for me (six being if my eyes are somewhat watery). On the lower lash line, it lasted eight to ten hours well and had some slight smudging after ten hours of wear.

If it’s any comfort to your wallet, you’re getting almost twice as much as your standard pencil eyeliner (0.04 oz., and this is 0.07 oz.). Guerlain says it can be used as an eyeshadow, too, if desired. It comes as a long, tapered tip with a widge base, and really, my big concern with this product is how easy it will be to used as you wear down the tip, because it’s not a pencil you can use in your normal pencil sharpener.

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One single pass delivered quite a bit of product, and of course, going back and forth yielded fully opaque color. It applied really well to the waterline, as well as the lash line.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 3rd, 2013

theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer
theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer

theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer ($18.00 for 0.40 oz.) is a translucent eyeshadow primer that has a medium-thick, spreadable consistency that applies evenly and smoothly. It’s supposed to help amplify your favorite eyeshadows as well as improve their staying power. It comes in a squeeze-tube with a needle nose applicator, so you can easily get just what you need out. The consistency was a bit thicker than I anticipated (thicker than Too Faced Shadow Insurance or Urban Decay Primer Potion), but it smooths out well so that it feels weightless once blended and spread over the lid. It feels a bit like a silicone-based face primer but not as heavy on the silicones. It takes a few seconds to dry down and “set,” and once set, it feels like almost nothing on the lid. One thing I loved was that this product didn’t separate as some tube-based primers can, so I didn’t have to worry about what I’d get upon first squeeze.

I nave normal-to-dry lids, but my eyelids are by no means impervious to products creasing or fading on me. Some products last all day without a primer, others start to crease or fade between six and eight hours into wear. As much as possible, I like to test eye products both with and without primer to get a better idea of how it wears overall, so I’ve been using this on and off for the past month. It’s easy to blend powder eyeshadows on top of it, and they don’t “stick” so you can soften and fade or blend with the shadow next to it. It also doesn’t mute my eyeshadow. For a weaker eyeshadow, it definitely helps it look more intense and apply more evenly. It seemed to prolong eyeshadows that would crease on me for an added two to three hours (so twelve to fourteen hours of wear, total). For cream eyeshadows, it only added an extra hour or two of wear (ten to twelve hours of wear, total).

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Put a Lid On it

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It's one of my new favorite primers--the only thing is I wish it performed as well for cream products as it did for powder, but it's pretty good all-around, and the texture really helps to smooth out the texture of the lid.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine
Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine

Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is brightened, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a glossy shine. Chanel Amant is more matte, brighter. MAC Hibiscus is shimmery. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is less pigmented. Guerlain Chamade is cooler. Guerlain Bal de Mai is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The Lip Color Shine formula is Tom Ford’s way of giving you lighter-weight, sheerer color with an ultra-hydrating formula. Willful actually packed quite a bit of color with mostly opaque color that had some translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through slightly. For those who found other shades of the range too sheer for the price point, you might like the opacity of this one. It lasted just over four and a half hours well on me before starting to fade. It was very hydrating and comfortable to wear with a creamy consistency that felt slightly slick but not too wet, so it didn’t bleed or settle into lip lines.

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Willful

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For those who found other shades of the range too sheer for the price point, you might like the opacity of this one.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Dior Diablotine (643) Nail Lacquer
Dior Diablotine (643) Nail Lacquer

Dior Diablotine (643) Nail Lacquer ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling poppy red.” It’s a bold, bright red with warm, orange undertones and soft flecks of sparkle. MAC Vivid Effect is less shimmery and lighter. Dior Merveille is slightly darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy is redder, darker. Essie Too Too Hot is redder. See comparison swatches.

It has rich, intense color payoff and yielded full color coverage in two coats. The consistency was nicely balanced and wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed well across the nail and never streaked, bubbled, or pooled along the edge. Dior’s wider brush makes it easier to apply one coat smoothly and evenly, and it minimizes any chance of brush strokes (no visible ones here). The finish is amazing; it is subtle but sparkling–perfect for summer–and shiny without needing a top coat. I usually get a week of wear with no chipping, just minor tip wear, with Dior’s formula.

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The finish is amazing; it is subtle but sparkling--perfect for summer--and shiny without needing a top coat.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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