Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer
Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer

Tinsel Town, Here We Come

Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “micro-fine diamond holographic glitter mixed with large silver holographic bar tinsel in a clear base.” It has holographic micro-glitter along with holographic bar glitter, which looks like silver tinsel on the nail, until you angle it just right or the light catches it, and then you get the holographic effect. I don’t have anything like this myself, and all I could think of was Zoya’s holiday collection last year, which featured pink, green, and blue horizontal bar glitter polishes.

Zoya lists the opacity as three, which is in the middle of sheer (one) and opaque (five). That’s a very accurate assessment; after two coats, it has a fair amount of coverage, but you’d really need three to get mostly opaque coverage. I layered it over Zoya Storm first, and then over Zoya Blaze.  What I appreciated most about Electra was the fluidity and how well the bars dispersed across the nail.  I didn’t feel like I had to push and pull the glitter into place.  I typically see a full week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Zoya’s formula.

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Whether you layer it or wear it alone, Electra is a fun holiday lacquer that will add a bit of glitz and glam to any manicure.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette

The Star Treatment is Packed with Value and Quality

bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows:  VIP (gold flecked black), Connoisseur (golden copper), Carte Blanche (icy ivory), Ritzy (shimmering cocoa), Kudos (golden gray), Bragging Rights (shimmering rose gold), Elitist (glistening olive), and Extravagance (golden glow). It also includes a 0.05 oz. (half the size of the full-sized version) of Prime Time Eye Primer.

Each eyeshadow is 0.035 oz., as compared to the average full-sized eyeshadow, which is 0.05 oz. (and bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadows in the duos and quads are 0.05 oz.). In duos, they’re $20/0.10 oz.; quads are $30/0.17 oz., and 8-pan palettes are $40/0.28 oz.–which breaks out to $200/oz., $176/oz., and $143/oz. I love that they give you a little more as you buy larger palettes. Just to put those prices in context, MAC single eyeshadows are $300/oz., while their duos are $275/oz. and quads are $210/oz.

VIP is a dark black with brown undertones and gold sparkle. It had excellent pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. Too Faced Licorice Latte is not quite as dark. Cinderella Cinders is similar. Dior Night Golds is lighter, browner. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar but has a stronger red-tone. Bobbi Brown Black Gold is similar–more shimmer.

Connoisseur is a deep, molten golden-copper. This shade was insanely pigmented; so smooth, buttery, and densely packed with color. bareMinerals Pret-a-Porter is lighter. Inglot #404 is lighter, less coppery. Inglot #430 is yellower, lighter. Dior Aurora is lighter, more orange. While not at all similar in color, MAC Campfire had a similar molten, metallic look and feel.

Carte Blanche is a cool-toned white with a golden shimmer-sheen, which gives it a mostly warm-toned appearance. It had great color payoff and applied very smoothly and evenly. Make Up For Ever #101 is very similar. Bare Minerals One Hit Wonder is less warm-toned–the color is more like the base color without the sheen. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is warmer, yellower.

Ritzy is a warm bronze brown with a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly rich, while the texture was soft, dense, and smooth. Urban Decay Deeper is very similar. Urban Decay Snakebite is less warm. Bare Minerals Cognac is lighter. MAC Woodwinked is also lighter. MAC Bronze is comparable–perhaps a bit warmer. Inglot #406 is a touch lighter, more reflective.

Kudos is a pale beige-brown with an olive green shimmer-sheen. It has a really subtle, but cool, duochrome. I was like, “ooh! look!” when I initially swatched it. The first thing it reminded me was Illamasqua Bacterium, which is a nail polish. MAC Jaunty is a bit lighter, no duochrome. Becca Quartz is similar in color without the green sheen. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is similar (again, no sheen).

Bragging Rights is a medium-dark orange-copper with a frosted sheen. The color payoff was nice, while the texture was soft and smooth. Guerlain Calligraphy is a bit more orange and not as coppery. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is darker. NARS Isolde is similar, a bit darker.

Elitist is a subdued khaki brown with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff and was very, very smooth. This is one of the “cooler” shades in the palette, though it is still on the warm side. MAC Soba is similar but more matte. theBalm Schitoz is more golden. Giorgio Armani #26 is similar–a bit browner. Dior Golden Savannah is warmer, lighter.

Extravagance is a frosted orange-gold. This shade was really soft and buttery in one sense, but it was almost so soft that it became a bit crumbly. This was the only shade I had any problems with; the color payoff was fantastic, but it did have extra fall out during application. Guerlain Turandot is more orange. Milani Gold Dust is noticeably more orange. MAC Sweet & Sour is yellower. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone is darker, more orange.

There was only one miss, which was Extravagance, and it’s mostly problematic during application, because it had a fair amount of fall out while you apply it.  I recommend lightly tapping off excess product before applying it to the lid and then patting, rather than sweeping, it on to minimize fall out.  I didn’t have trouble with fall out during wear, so after cleaning up initially, I didn’t have to worry about it.  Worth noting and an area for improvement, but it’s a minor infraction.

If you like your colors warm-toned, fairly neutral, and shimmery, this is your palette from start to finish. When I tested out the palette for wear, they wore like iron–full ten hours without fading or creasing without a primer (with a primer, I had the same results). I wish there was one or two more matte finishes in the palette, though, and overall, the palette is a bit dupeable, depending on your stash of course.

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The Star Treatment

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If you like your colors warm-toned, fairly neutral, and shimmery, this is your palette from start to finish.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, November 5th, 2012

bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette

The September Issue is Packed with Value and Quality

bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows: Couture (glimmering clove), Silhouette (antique white), Statement (vibrant orchid), Pret-a-Porter (sunbaked gold), Tres Chic (apricot cream), Editor’s Pick (metallic teal), Glitterati (shimmering pink), and Ensemble (deepest eggplant).

Each eyeshadow is 0.035 oz., as compared to the average full-sized eyeshadow, which is 0.05 oz. (and bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadows in the duos and quads are 0.05 oz.). In duos, they’re $20/0.10 oz.; quads are $30/0.17 oz., and 8-pan palettes are $40/0.28 oz.–which breaks out to $200/oz., $176/oz., and $143/oz. I love that they give you a little more as you buy larger palettes. Just to put those prices in context, MAC single eyeshadows are $300/oz., while their duos are $275/oz. and quads are $210/oz.

Couture is a neutral-cool dark brown with a subdued bronze shimmer-sheen. It had really good color payoff and was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. Girogio Armani #24 is a bit darker. Dior Golden Savannah is warmer, a touch more golden. NARS Paramaribo is more red-toned. Urban Decay Snakebite is much warmer, browner. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy has more red in its undertone.

Silhouette is a pale, warm white with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. Dior Night Golds is frostier. Too Faced Vanilla has more beige in it. Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse is similar but more frosted.

Statement is a fuchsia-magenta with a matte finish. It is a smidgen powdery, but it has good color payoff and does apply evenly and smoothly on the eye. MAC Infra-violet is pinker, lighter, and has shimmer. Sugarpill 2AM is similar but has very, very fine shimmer. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet is a touch more purple. Urban Decay Purple Haze is more purple. Urban Decay Fishnet is shimmery and iridescent.

Pret-a-Porter is a molten honey gold with strong yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it was a cinch to work with: super smooth and soft. OCC Triptych is yellower, less orange-toned, and has a metallic finish. Urban Decay Honey is less orange-toned. NARS Paramaribo is more antique-y. Inglot #404 is less yellow.

Tres Chic is a subdued peach with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was soft, smooth, and not at all powdery. Chanel Premier Regard is similar. Cinderella Pumpkin Coach is yellower. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is lighter. Inglot #328 is a touch lighter.

Editor’s Pick is a deep green-teal with an almost blackened base and a frosted finish. Urban Decay Hijack is bluer. Illamasqua Android is darker, smidgen bluer. Milani Mix It Up is brighter. Urban Decay Loaded is less frosted, darker (blacker base). Bare Escentuals Max Volume is pretty similar.

Glitterati is a light pink with a golden shimmer-sheen. It had good pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly. MAC radial Pink is lighter, less golden. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is darker, no golden sheen. MAC Invicible Light is a yellower pink without the golden sheen.

Ensemble is a dark burgundy-brown with a matte finish. This shade swatched unevenly, but applied to the eye, it performed better. It was very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. The texture was slightly powdery. theBalm Presto is similiar but warmer. Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart is darker, blacker. MAC Midnight Flurry is comparable in color. MAC Embark is redder, warmer. Inglot #378 is similar.

Quite honestly, bareMinerals’ Ready range is an eyeshadow formula I could use and use exclusively and not feel like I was missing out. It is a truly excellent formula with a wide range of colors and finishes. They are consistently top notch in quality, but I love that they really reach across the spectrum of color. You have pops of color plus a strong neutral range. I’ve been a huge fan of the Ready eyeshadow range since it debuted, and I continue to be impressed by the recent releases.

The September Issue is a Sephora-exclusive, and it’s an interesting mix of colors, from color to neutral and warm to cool shades.  There were two shades (Statement and Ensemble) that were a bit powdery, though they were both very soft, finely-milled mattes. The other six shades performed incredibly well.  I wore several of the shades in a look, and I had no problems getting a full eight hours of wear without creasing or fading without a primer.

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The September Issue

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It's a fantastic palette from start to finish with a good selection of colors and neutrals. It's not warm or cool-toned, so it should work well across skin tones.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, November 5th, 2012

Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer
Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer

A Galaxy of Color

Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full coverage, holiday black with a high concentration of micro-fine diamond holographic glitter.” It’s a rich, inky black cream with holographic sparkle. The shimmer and sparkle look multi-sized to me, and almost like flecks for some of the colors. While it seems similar to Illamasqua Creator, this shade doesn’t have any of the holographic shimmer, so it is just silver sparkle and shimmer–the effect is similar but if you really want the holographic aspect, you won’t find it there. The same is true with NARS Night Breed. Cult Nails I Got Distracted is closer, but it has large green-teal flecks as well.

This shade was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied beautifully!  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t experience any bubbling or pooling of the polish along the edges of my nails.  There’s plenty of shimmer, and it disperses and spreads evenly.  I typically get a week of wear with Zoya’s polish with no chipping and just minor tip wear.

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I think it's actually the richness and depth of the black base that really makes the holographic shimmer and flecks sing!

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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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Monday, November 5th, 2012

OCC Authentic Lip Tar
OCC Authentic Lip Tar

A More Wearable Lip Tar, But It Still Has Pizzazz!

OCC Authentic Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “full strength copper metallic.” It’s a rich orange-shimmered copper-brown with red-orange undertones. LUSH Vibrance has a similar orange shimmer, but the base color is less brown. MAC Look at Her! is more red-based. NYX Sparkling Beige is less orange, browner, and has more of a champagne sparkle.

Authentic is completely opaque and so, so smooth.  It has such a beautiful consistency that still yields that rich, metallic sheen that characterizes the latest launch of Lip Tars.  It’s warm-toned, but it has a very rusted tone, and it’s almost muted (but the metallic sheen means it will never play a background role!).  This is another shade that would work well to add a coppery shimmer/sheen to other shades, like reds.  I tested this yesterday, and it lasted eight hours, including dinner and tea (my nighttime drink).

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Authentic

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This shade embodies all that is beautiful about autumn--cozy fires and the changing colors of leaves--while being incredibly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012

OCC Yaoi Lip Tar
OCC Yaoi Lip Tar

A Bright, Metallic Pink to Steal the Show

OCC Yaoi Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “perfectly pink perlescence.” It’s a vibrant hot pink with blue undertones and a lighter pink shimmer-sheen. I thought it was a bit like OCC Nylon when I saw it in the tube, but it seems a bit darker, not quite as neon. Chanel Extatique is much more subdued. MAC Candy Yum Yum is cooler-toned, a bit brighter, and has no shimmer. MAC Quick Sizzle doesn’t have the shimmer, so it is a bit darker. MAC Show Orchid is them ost comparable, though it isn’t quite as vibrant and the shimmer is finer–less metallic. Milani Flashy is slightly lighter, but it has a similar finish–grittier, though.

This shade is bright and opaque with a shimmering, metallic finish. It has a lot of that sheen you’d expect in a gloss but with the lightweight feel of Lip Tar, which are really liquid lipsticks (with a vengeance). You definitely don’t want to over-apply these, because it will lose its metallic sheen if you put too much on. Like other Lip Tars, you don’t need much to get opaque color. The texture of this one is just a smidgen less-smooth than other Lip Tars–it’s really something you wouldn’t even notice if the others weren’t so smooth. I’ve been wearing this shade since just after six this morning, so we’re closing in on eight hours at the writing of the review–I ate breakfast as well as drank two cups of coffee, and it’s 90% intact.

P.S. — I have to perform wear tests for the remaining three shades, so I won’t have those reviews up until tomorrow and/or the next day :)

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If red isn't your thing, or you find it too warm-toned for your liking, Yaoi might be a better pick from the Metallurgy launch. It's cool-toned, still bright and metallic, and performs well.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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