Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Giorgio Armani #300 Rouge d'Armani Lipstick
Giorgio Armani #300 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

Giorgio Armani #300 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm-toned, orange-red with a luminous sheen. It’s a lovely shade, but there are so many similar shades to this from all brands and price points, so whether this one captures your heart is really a matter of how many others have already done so. MAC Tomango is matte. Urban Decay Bang is similar. Maybelline Orange Edge is slightly redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is also slightly redder. Maybelline Electric Orange is less red. MAC Sail La Vie is similar. MAC Morange is less red, more orange. Buxom Rogue is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of #300 is lightly creamy, so it doesn’t tug or pull at lips, and the color glides on in a single pass with even, opaque color. There’s a light sheen that makes lips appear smoother and almost fuller. The Rouge d’Armani formula is touted as long-wearing (eight hours) without fading or feathering, hydrating, and comfortable to wear. I found this shade to be nicely hydrating over the six and a half hours it wore (it did not make it to eight for me). The case is exceptional with a magnetic enclosure that closes with a soft click, and the bullet itself is 0.14 oz., which makes it one of the best high-end lipsticks by value per ounce (most lipsticks range between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.). This is the only shade I have to review from the fall set, but there are five other shades available with the collection as well.

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The consistency of #300 is lightly creamy, so it doesn't tug or pull at lips, and the color glides on in a single pass with even, opaque color. There's a light sheen that makes lips appear smoother and almost fuller. It is long-wearing, generally, but it doesn't wear for eight hours as advertised.

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Monday, August 5th, 2013

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “lush, metallic golden green with a touch of green sparkle throughout.” It’s a rich, medium-dark molten gold with strong yellow and brown undertones and a subtle green micro-shimmer. It was mostly opaque applied with a damp brush or applied over Pixie Epoxy. Fyrinnae Aztec Gold is more metallic and slightly greener. Too Faced Instigator is more golden. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #5 is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 is glittery. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. NARS Paramaribo #1 is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is warmer, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is a cream product, lighter. Inglot #433 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Wicked Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep, dark purple with turquoise shimmer.” It’s a rich, dark pink-toned purple base with teal shimmer. It’s very interesting and complex, and I don’t have anything quite like this that I can recall. The downside is that it feels somewhat dry, and it didn’t apply as smoothly or as evenly as many other Fyrinnae eyeshadows have for me. It seemed to be an eyeshadow that applied differently every time I tried it.

Biker Chic Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “turquoise-blue sparkle on a deep black base.” It’s a cool-toned, dark black base color with blue-teal shimmer. Applied dry, it is blacker with only a smattering of shimmer, but applied over Pixie Epoxy, then the shimmer is much more apparent. The texture is very finely-milled, but it’s definitely a shade that it is easier blended when it is dry than wet or used over Pixie Epoxy, as it tends to stick slightly. I thought it was best when applied over Pixie Epoxy to maximize the shimmer, and then going over it the edge lightly with dry product to blend. Sephora Midnight Swim isn’t black-based. Milani Mix It Up is greener. MAC Magic Spell is darker, less blue/teal. See comparison swatches.

When I wore these three together, I had had slight fading with Wicked after seven hours but the other shades did not show any signs of wear (no primer but over Pixie Epoxy). Over a primer (and Pixie Epoxy), I still saw some fading with Wicked, but it wasn’t until eight and a half hours, while the other shades continued to remain strong and crease-free.

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Monday, August 5th, 2013

Guerlain Madame Flirte (861) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Madame Flirte (861) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Madame Flirte (861) Rouge G Lipstick ($49.50 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fruity red.” It’s a medium-dark, coral-red with a soft, pearly finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. It lightly stains as it wears away. The consistency was lightly creamy and easy to apply. Chanel Dialogue is redder, darker. Revlon Wild Watermelon is very similar. Maybelline Shocking Coral is pinker, brighter. MAC Fusion Pink is iridescent. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is redder. Guerlain Chamade is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Madame Reve (862) Rouge G Lipstick ($49.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and pearly finish. It had a soft sheen that gave it a luminous look. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and this shade lasted four and a half hours on me and was moisturizing while worn. .  I sent an inquiry over to see if we can get clarification on this.  MAC Pleasurefruit is brighter. Urban Decay Turn On is lighter, cool-toned. MAC Speak Louder is darker. MAC Plumful is less pink. See comparison swatches.

Updated @ 10:49AM PST: The third fall color is indeed Madame Reve (862) and not Madame Fascine (863) (which does not exist).

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It's a medium-dark, coral-red with a soft, pearly finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn.

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It had a soft sheen that gave it a luminous look. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and this shade lasted four and a half hours on me and was moisturizing while worn.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion
Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion

Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion ($38.00 for 3.4 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “l’ightweight tinted body lotion to give legs a touch of sun without the use of a self-tanner.” This is a very temporary product that’s really a one-and-done after a day, as it washes off with water (which means it is not waterproof, it’s not even water-resistant).  It’s not what you’d reach for if it was rainy, you were heading to the beach or pool, and so forth.

I am absolutely not an expert on self-tanner, as I’ve used less than half a dozen in my lifetime, and I’m just not motivated to rush out and try them all. I just don’t look at my skin color and feel wanting of a tan or deeper or more golden color all-over, or else maybe there are so many other wants (acne-free skin for eternity, brows that never need tweezing, and so on) that this one is a low priority. Frankly, I’m still struggling to apply an all-over body moisturizer still on a regular basis! When I received this, I figured I’d photograph it and give it a whirl–it looked pretty, wasn’t a real commitment, and if I hated it, I could wash it off right away. (I am forever scarred from The Wedding Planner scene where a bride comes in with self-tanner gone wrong on her face.)

Divine Legs is warm, golden, and has slight yellow-red undertones. It has soft copper and gold pearl in it, which is very fine, so they don’t look like chunks of glitter or large sparkle on the skin and instead give off a subtle sheen. My arm is light-medium (about NC20), and you can see that it definitely deepens, darkens, and warms up my skin by three or four shades. What I liked most was that it was very quick to dry down (it’s nearly instant), and it didn’t feel tacky at any point during the wear.  I applied it all over my legs with my hands, and I didn’t see any streaking, even around knees and ankles. The consistency is thin, but not quite watery, so it spreads out easily, but it does have quite a tint.

I feel like it’s a good fit for someone who doesn’t want to commit to a real tan for long but would like their legs (or another body part) to match the rest of their body for a special occasion. It’s expensive, given it’s a one-time use lotion, so at this price point, a true self-tanner might be a better investment and more practical, especially if you would use this regularly. I must admit, I do like the way warms up my coloring, but personally, I’d want something with less tint and isn’t quite as yellow-toned. (Any recommendations?)  It lasts until I shower, and I didn’t have any transfer on clothes.

It is scented with Caudalie’s signature Divine, which is described as “grapefruit, rose, pink pepper, vanilla, cedar, and white musk.” I must be the only person on the planet who doesn’t like it, as the Divine Oil’s scent is much revered. It’s a warm, woody floral; slightly sweet from the vanilla, then peppery and warm and woody (the cedar). All notes that should sing to me, but it just doesn’t for me (I think peppery sweetness doesn’t do it for me)–the scent is strong enough that I can smell it when I’ve only applied the lotion to my legs. It doesn’t have a lot of projection, so your neighbor down the street won’t catch whiffs of it, but if you’re sensitive to scents, it may be too strong for you. It does continue to linger for six hours or so on me.

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It's really easy to apply, doesn't streak, and feels foolproof to apply (because I am a beginner myself, and I didn't have any trouble!). There's only one shade available, and it may lean too dark or too warm for some, but it washes off with water and doesn't require any scrubbing to remove, so its a nice temporary way to add color to the body.

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10/10

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Zoya Chita Nail Lacquer
Zoya Chita Nail Lacquer

Zoya Chita Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “forest green in a matte, textured, sparkling finish.” It’s a medium-dark green with cool undertones and warmer, champagne-gold sparkle. It has a matte, textured finish, as described, and some sparkle. I felt like the texture seemed to take away from the sparkle, and it was less dazzling as some of the other Pixie Dust shades have been. It was mostly opaque after two coats (and Zoya rates it as a four, with five being fully opaque). None of the following shades are that similar, given they lack the finish of Chita. Illamasqua Kink has a rubber finish, no shimmer. China Glaze Glittering Garland is warmer, not textured. Zoya Ray is darker. Zoya Logan is cooler-toned. Essie Going Incognito is a cream. See comparison swatches.

Sunshine Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “Van Gogh navy blue in a matte, textured, sparkling finish.” It’s a medium-dark blue with blue and silver sparkle and a matte, textured finish. There’s a slight violet/purple tint to it. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and like Chita, Zoya listed it as four for opacity (five is fully opaque), so it is what it’s supposed to be. This shade sparkled a bit more, but it still seemed flatter than other Pixie Dusts. I couldn’t think of anything like this, and all that I could were two creams with a similar blue coloring (but they appear darker and more violet-tinted since they have no shimmer): MAC Blue Gaze and Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like. See comparison swatches.

The consistency of both shades wasn’t too thick or too thin, though they run thinner than the average Zoya polish. The Pixie Dust formula wears really well; a nice seven-days of wear without chipping and very minor tip wear (which looks more like the sugary granules were sanded down on the edges).

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vibrant, gleaming green with a hint of turquoise.” It’s a medium-dark, forest green with gold and teal shimmer and a frosted finish. Applied damp, it is fairly opaque, and patted over Pixie Epoxy it is fully opaque and slightly smoother. It’s part of the Arcane Magic range, so at a certain angle or closer to a light source, it is supposed to take on a “deep pink color, almost magenta.” It’s very, very subtle when it does catch the light at just the right angle and distance. Sephora Walk on the Wild SIde is similar but lacks the brown-ish base. Sephora Rolling in the Grass is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Zodiac is warmer, browner. NARS Night Porter is darker. See comparison swatches.

Banana Mochi Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow with a touch of shimmer.” It’s a light-medium yellow with a pearly finish; applied damp over bare skin gave it a more satin-like finish, and patted over Pixie Epoxy brought out the shimmer and gave it more of a pearly/frosted finish. It had full color payoff for both applications. MAC Bright Yellow is matte. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 is slightly warmer. MAC Colour Added is a bit yellower. MAC Bright Sunshine is brighter. Inglot #370 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Dragon’s Wing Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “shimmery bright medium green with a slight aqua highlight.” It’s a light-medium, subtly warm-toned green with a fine gold and aqua shimmer. It’s so finely-milled that this one did have more noticeable fall out during application, even when tapping the brush to remove excess and patting over Pixie Epoxy. Illamasqua Possession is a cream product. MAC Wondergrass is warmer, less shimmery. OCC Foxfire is a bit darker, not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

All three eyeshadows applied smoothly over the lid, and the texture across the three was very finely-milled Over a primer and Pixie Epoxy, I did not experience any issues with wear after nine hours (no creasing, fading, or the like).  Fyrinnae doesn’t indicate their eyeshadows are long-wearing (their recommendation is to layer a primer under Pixie Epoxy, actually), but I do test them without a base and apply them with a damp brush; I had some fading after seven hours with Dragon’s Wing but the other two shades wore without fading or creasing for a full eight hours.

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Are You My Mummy?

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Applied damp, it is fairly opaque, and patted over Pixie Epoxy it is fully opaque and slightly smoother.

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It's a light-medium yellow with a pearly finish; applied damp over bare skin gave it a more satin-like finish, and patted over Pixie Epoxy brought out the shimmer and gave it more of a pearly/frosted finish.

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