Sunday, November 4th, 2012

OCC Super NSFW Lip Tar
OCC Super NSFW Lip Tar

So Red Hot, It’s (Super) NSFW

OCC Super NSFW Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “true red with a golden metallic flourish.” It’s a vibrant cherry red with golden shimmer, which gives it a warmer tone overall. The sheen is more noticeable from a normal viewing distance than up close. CoverGirl Burn is darker. CoverGirl Captivate is more berry. Dolce & Gabbana Ruby is more orange. Hourglass Siren is similar but glossier (it is a gloss!).

Richly pigmented, it yielded opaque color in very little product–if you’ve never used a Lip Tar before, I warn you use the smallest amount possible, like one or two millimeters of product squeezed out of the tube.  Lip Tars are best applied with a brush and because they can easily be over-applied, less rather than more, then layered if you need additional product.  This shade stained mildly after I removed it, but it wasn’t as prone to staining as I anticipated (better in my book, but it’s more of a personal preference).  I managed to squeeze in six hours of wear yesterday of this before needing to remove it, and it was still going strong at that point. Based on my experience with Lip Tars, I would say the color would have lasted another two to four hours easily.

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Excellent color coverage, and it's a very holiday-esque red that wears well without drying my lips out. It's just a little warm, so I think it would work on a variety of complexions.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012

OCC Triptych Lip Tar
OCC Triptych Lip Tar

OCC Triptych Lip Tar

OCC Triptych Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “true 24K metallic gold.” It’s a molten honey gold with a metallic shimmer-sheen. Shocking, I’m sure, but I don’t have a dupe for this. Back in June, I reviewed Triptych in its Loose Colour Concentrate form (and it was amazing), and as a lip color–oh, la la! If you have that, you could try mixing it with clear gloss to achieve a similar color.

It’s mostly opaque, and it has a very lightweight feel once applied. As always, Lip Tars are best applied with a lip brush and with very, very little product. OCC says that you need even less of these than you do of the regular Lip Tars, as too much can minimize the metallic finish. There’s a light mint scent but no taste.As soon as these arrived yesterday, I ripped into the package and photographed straight away so I could get to testing them, as they are typically long-wearing, so I needed all the time I could get! This was the first shade I tested the wear of, and it wore brilliantly (there’s a pun in there somewhere)–just under eight hours.

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If you ever wanted full-on gold lips, Triptych has you covered! Not so sure about opaque gold? It also works well patted on top of your favorite berry and red lipsticks.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Zoya Evvie Nail Lacquer
Zoya Evvie Nail Lacquer

A Smoky Green for Fall

Zoya Evvie Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “dark smoky grey cream with strnog teal green undertones.” It’s a dark, smoky green with a hint of blue/teal. Essie School of Hard Rocks is lighter, slightly bluer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Diddy Mow is lighter and greener. MAC Fatigues is much greener.

I think smoky colors like Evvie tend to have a lot of depth.  It’s dark, luxurious, but it’s not vampy; it’s also not bright, either.  Evvie was opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.  It flowed evenly across the nail without pooling, streaking, or bubbling during application.  I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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I don't have anything quite like this shade (so I'd love to hear any dupes you know of!), and I think it's a great shade for fall. The formula is top notch!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, October 29th, 2012

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark red with ruby red shimmer. Guerlain Lou-Ling is similar in the base color, but it doesn’t have the same ruby shimmer. MAC Gadabout Girl is darker, no shimmer. MAC Vintage Vamp is browner and has no shimmer. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies has a similar base color but is a cream. China Glaze Velvet Bow also is similar to the base color but doesn’t have any shimmer. Illamasqua Scarab is redder, warmer.

Malice is a stunner in person. It’s so rich and dark, but it doesn’t lose its color to black–it’s definitely a burgundy-red with a little wine-tint to it. Then there’s the ruby shimmer that catches light so well.  Chanel nailed this polish; the consistency was a dream to work with, as it flowed across the nail without pooling, streaky, or bubbling.  It wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was fully opaque after two coats (one is almost enough).  It even had a slightly glossy shine to it naturally, though I’d still recommend a top coat to get the most out of this polish.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Chanel’s formula.

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Sometimes Chanel does amazing color in their lacquer range, and sometimes, the formula isn't quite there; here, Chanel knocks it out of the park with a flawless formula, enchanting color, and a hue that is utterly perfect for the holidays.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Highlight with a Whisper of Gilt

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “light soft white gold with shimmery sheen.” It’s a lightly warmed-up champagne gold with yellow undertones and a very gilded sheen. Shimmery and high-shine, it’s not quite metallic (unless used damp/wet), the finish will highlight easily. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel is yellower. Guerlain Terracotta in the Sun is darker, yellower.

I reviewed Whisper of Gilt when it originally launched earlier this year in March. For a more in-depth review, I’d encourage you to read this post. I wanted to roll out improved photos, since I know this is a rather anticipated repromote. All of the photos and swatches are of the most recently released version (that came out with Glamour Daze), which is exactly the same as the originally released version. I also re-tested this shade for wear, and it wore for eight hours with some visible light fading along the edges.

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If you love shimmery, high-shine highlighters, you'll like enjoy MAC's Extra Dimension Skinfinishes. They are comparable in formula to Estee Lauder's Illuminating Gelees as well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Illamasqua Noble Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Noble Nail Varnish

Fall In Love: It’s the Noble Thing to Do

Illamasqua Noble Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “turquoise blue.” (Sephora has it listed as “robin egg blue.”) It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a hint of turquoise in it, which gives it that robin’s egg blue hue. It has a cream finish with a naturally glossy shine. Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Faraway is bluer, darker, and has shimmer. SpaRitual Ebb & Flow is more turquoise. Deborah Lippmann On the Beach is bluer, less bright. Zoya Robyn is a smidgen darker, bluer.

Noble is a limited edition, U.S. exclusive shade.  It’s fully opaque after two coats (and mostly opaque after one).  The consistency was just slightly thicker than the usual for Illamasqua.  It didn’t pool along the sides or bubble during application, though, so it did not impede application.  The drying time was about average (maybe slightly faster), but it had a really glossy finish without need for a top coat (photos are without a top coat).  I typically see between seven and ten days of incredible wear with Illamasqua’s formula–the most minor of tip wear and no chipping.

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Another hit by Illamasqua! If you love glossy creams and blue hues, you may fall in love with Noble yourself!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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