Sunday, October 21st, 2012

SpaRitual Conglomerate Nail Lacquer
SpaRitual Conglomerate Nail Lacquer

Shimmer, Glitter, and Rock, Oh My!

SpaRitual Conglomerate Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “charcoal rock glitter infused with rhyolite.” This has a murky gray base with olive green shimmer and circular black and light gray flecks. It’s the mixture of shimmer and glitter that makes this unlike other polish I own. I don’t even know of what I could mix that would yield this result, even if I layered products. I’d love to hear any possible dupes if you’ve come across anything!

Conglomerate was opaque after two coats.  The consistency was slightly on the thicker side, but it wasn’t difficult to apply.  I didn’t experience any streaking, pooling, or bubbling during application.  You will want to be careful to maneuver any glitter particles off the free edge if any gets there.  I tested this particular shade for wear, and it lasted for a full seven days with very minor tip wear but no chipping.  I love SpaRitual’s rubberized handle; it’s comfortable to hold and easy to grip.

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I love when I come across something unique! It can be hard to be innovative in the industry, so I appreciate it when I see something that I haven't seen half a dozen times before--especially when it works well!

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9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

9.5/10

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10/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Burberry Earthy Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Earthy Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Earthy Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium brown with subtle warm tan undertones. It has the barest sheen in its finish; not matte but not satin. Giorgio Armani #1 is similar but more beige. NARS Madly is darker, more orange. Burberry Russet is darker, redder. MAC Baby Don’t Go is lighter, less warm.

On my skin tone, Earthy is a light dusting of warmth and natural color; it’s a shade I can use as a light bronzer or as a contour. On lighter complexions, it could be used similarly, but it will be more noticeable as a blusher if desired. It will have a tendency to look invisible on darker complexions, because the color itself will be too similar to the natural pigmentation, but it might work as a finishing powder or as a highlighter on deeper skin tones. It doesn’t have an ashy base color, so it won’t look chalky on darker skin tones.

Burberry’s blush stands out for its incredibly soft, silky-smooth, and finely-milled texture.  It’s like crushed pearls to the touch.  It’s one of the softest blushes on the market, and it’s not even a smidgen powdery.  Those qualities enable it to apply beautifully and lay naturally against the skin.  It doesn’t look caked on no matter how much you apply, and it blends effortlessly.  It has good color payoff, but it’s buildable color, too.  Earthy lasted eight hours and had signs of fading after nine hours.

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Earthy will be most versatile on light to medium complexions. I'd recommend Russet for darker complexions to get more out of their blush.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L'Extrait
Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait

There’s Avarice in Your Heart

Guerlain Avarice Rouge G L’Extrait ($48.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as “beige.” It’s a warm rose with a hint of beige-brown in it. It’s neutral, but there’s a healthy dose of pink in the color. Again my complexion, it almost reads as a subdued coral. Cle de Peau Comtesse de Cayla is lighter and shimmery. MAC So Vain is lighter and pinker. Guerlain Jicky is similar but much sheerer. MAC Spice is browner. Guerlani Galante is darker, redder.

Rouge G L’Extrait is such an interesting formula, because it has a lot of the components of long-wearing, liquid lipstick, but it doesn’t have the same dry-down.  It clings, but it doesn’t develop a full on second-skin as do other products in the category.  As a result, it doesn’t flake away but wears away evenly over time.  The flaking is one of the problems with long-wearing, liquid lipstick, which can make reapplication difficult, as it needs to be fully removed before reapplying.  However, there is a trade-off:  this formula isn’t transfer-free or even transfer-resistant.  It certainly wouldn’t pass a kiss-test!  Avarice wore for a lengthy eight hours, and it’s hydrating both during and after it fades away.  It’s opaque in a single pass, and you’ll want to use less product than you’d expect, because you don’t need much for full coverage.

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Intensely pigmented, ultra long-wearing, and there's no flaking of color despite it having a long-wearing, almost-second-skin texture, this is a great lip color formula for someone who wants their lip color to be on all day long.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette
Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette

This is Better Than a Fairy Tale

This is part two of the review for the  Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.70 oz.), which focuses on the next ten eyeshadows in the palette.  To read a review of the palette overall as well as the wear, read part one.

Gus Gus is described as a “gold shimmer.” It’s a bright sunshine yellow with a golden shimmer and sheen–the finish is fairly frosted. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was smooth and soft. OCC Triptych is darker. Urban Decay Honey is darker, more molten. Bare Escentuals Remix is not as yellow. MAC Goldmine is a smidgen more orange.

Charming is described as a “nude pearl.” It’s a warm champagne with a hint of yellow and a frosted, metallic finish. The pigmentation was right-on, and this shade was soft and smooth. Make Up For Ever #101 is not quite as warm. MAC Nylon is similar. MAC Femme-fi is a little less frosted. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is similar but less metallic.

Chateau is described as a “brown shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark red-toned brown with a frosted sheen. The payoff was excellent and true-to-pan, while the texture was smooth and finely-milled. NARS Flowers 3 is more matte. Urban Decay Stray Dog is less warm. Illamasqua Focus is similar. Benefit Dandy Brandy is similar, not quiet as red-toned. Urban Decay YDK is very close.

Palace is described as a “rose gold shimmer.” It’s a soft brown-ish beige with a frosted sheen. Again, the color payoff here was true-to-pan, while the texture was smooth and soft. Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon is less warm. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is similar. theBalm Stand-offish is barely lighter. Chanel Beige Lame is more matte. Giorgio Armani #9 is more metallic.

Drizella is described as a “medium brown golden shimmer.” It’s a coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was lovely, and the texture felt like silk. This shade is fairly dupeable by shades like Tarina Tarantino Amber, Urban Decay Half Baked, Make Up For Ever #12, and MAC Amber Lights.

Cinders is described as a “black with gold glitter.” This is a dark brown-toned black with gold sparkle. The finish is satiny. When I tested this on the eye, it was incredibly pigmented–a light hand is recommended! Bobbi Brown Black Gold is similar. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar but has more coppered shimmer. MAC Legendary Black is softer. Milani Melange has more gold shimmer.

Jaq is described as a “mauve matte gold shimmer.” It’s a burgundy-tinged brown with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied easily and smoothly. Urban Decay Muse is more matte. Urban Decay Barlust is more red-toned. MAC Twilight Falls is grayer. theBalm Caught in the Act Courtney is more burgundy.

Midnight is described as a “midnight blue with light blue glitter.” It’s a blackened navy blue with blue shimmer and sparkle. It had good color payoff and was fairly smooth to apply. Urban Decay Occupy is bluer, lighter. theBalm The Stroke is more matte. Bare Escentuals Shaken Not Stirred is darker. Make Up For Ever #147 is similar.

A Wish is described as a “cream pearl.” It is a soft beige with a satiny finish. The color is true-to-pan and applied smoothly. Urban Decay Anonymous is warmer. theBalm Adagio is similar but matte. MAC Brule is also similar but matte. Urban Decay Kinky is very similar, but it does have a matte finish.

Rococo is described as a “plum with multi-glitter.” It is a plummy burgundy with a satiny sheen. While I saw sparkle in the pan, it did not seem to translate to the swatch or the eye. The color was nicely pigmented, and it wasn’t powdery. Chanel Ebloui is more shimmery. Bare Escentuals Kismet is browner. Bare Escentuals Most Requested is less plum. theBalm Moderato is more matte. theBalm Sexy is darker.

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Disney Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette (by Sephora) Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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Well worth the price of admission, Sephora's collaboration with Disney for a Cinderella-inspired collection has been done well and without gimmicks, which makes it all the more impressive.

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9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette
Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette

This is Better Than a Fairy Tale

Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes 20 shades of fairytale-inspired eyeshadows. This is a palette created by Sephora in collaboration with Disney. The review is split into two posts (10 eyeshadows in each), but the rating reflects the palette as a whole.

Maiden is described as a “glittery magenta.” It’s a medium-dark magenta pink with subtle blue undertones and silver micro-glitter. It’s almost fine enough to be shimmer or sparkle, not so much micro-glitter even. The color payoff was good, and I didn’t experience fall out problems with this shade. Estee Lauder Violet Underground is brighter, pinker. L’Oreal Glistening Garnet is lighter, more metallic/frosted. MAC Moon Rose is very similar, but it doesn’t have glitter. NARS Caravaggio is darker, pinker. Make Up For Ever #52 is more purple.

All Aglow is described as a “shimmering tan.” It’s a warm-toned, amber gold–a little brown, subdued copper, with a golden shimmer-sheen. The finish is very frosted, and it had good color payoff and applied smoothly. Clarins Enchanted is more golden. Bobbi Brown Pink Chandelier is similar, slightly browner. Urban Decay Half Baked is similar, a little yellower. Bare Escentuals Louder is comparable. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is a bit darker.

Destined is described as a “light blue pearl.” It’s a subdued, almost gray-ish blue with a green-gold shimmer-sheen. It’s one of those extremely versatile colors that will lean one way or the other depending on what is applied next to it. MAC Sky yields a similar effect, but it’s much, much darker. Giorgio Armani #10 is lighter and very metallic.

Cinderelly is described as a “sea foam green matte.” It’s a soft sea foam green, though it’s almost like a meadow-y green, because the yellow undertone is a bit stronger than what I’d expect in a sea foam green shade. The finish is mostly matte. The pigmentation was good, and the texture was silky-soft and smooth. MAC Guacamole is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is lighter. Make Up For Ever #34 is a bit darker.

Pumpkin Coach is described as a “cream gold.” It’s a soft peach-orange with a dusting of gold sparkle. It had decent color payoff, but this was one of the sheerer shades in the palette and had some powderiness in the texture. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is lighter. Inglot #328 is a bit more beige.

Ball Gown is described as a “pearl white gold.” It’s a soft white with a frosted finish. There’s only a hint of warmth that keeps it from looking like a stark white, but it doesn’t read gold or yellow-y. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. theBalm Sassy is similar. theBalm Envious Erin is warmer, yellower.

Kill Joy is described as a “shimmering taupe.” It’s a frosted taupe–it’s gray, it’s brown, and it’s cool-toned. The color payoff was excellent, and it applied smoothly and evenly. Urban Decay Mushroom is darker. Buxom Pug is a smidgen grayer. MAC Cloudy Afternoon is a bit browner. Urban Decay Bust is less shimmery.

Fairy Godmother is described as a “periwinkle.” It’s a blue-tinged, icy purple. It’s too purple to be periwinkle, which I think would have more blue in it. However, that actually makes it more unique. It had excellent color payoff and a very soft, smooth application. MAC Blue Orbit is darker, more purple. Other than that, I couldn’t think of another potential dupe!

Glass Slipper is described as a “light blue shimmer.” It’s a pale, but bright, bluish white with a frosted sheen. Buxom Husky is bluer. MAC Vellum is lighter. Bare Escentuals Bravo is darker.

Royal is described as a “matte bright blue.” It’s a brightened medium blue with a matte finish. The color payoff was really lovely initially, but when I applied it to the lid, it was somewhat powdery and required some patience. I had to pat it on and be careful to only blend out the edges or else it would look faded. Milani Olympian Blue is comparable. MAC Blue Candy is lighter. MAC Electric Eel is a smidgen darker. Inglot #322 is similar. Make Up For Ever #72 is also quite similar.

The palette is fairly impressive, and it holds its own against other high-end palettes at the same price point.  It’s not perfect, but it’s extremely close.  The fussiest shade was Royal, which was somewhat powdery and had a tendency to fade when applied and during wear (noticeably but not entirely).  The mattes, generally, were very soft and as a result, a smidgen powdery, but none of them were problematic to apply other than Royal.  The shimmers in the palette were nicely pigmented, applied smoothly, and blended out easily.  

The color composition of the palette is just right; neutrals, colors, cool tones, and warm tones.  There is also a healthy variety in finishes from matte to shimmer to satin.  When I tested out the palette for wear, I experienced eight hours without fading when used over a primer, and without a primer, I saw eight hours of good wear with some very slight fading of some of the lighter, more matte colors (like Destined, Cinderelly, and Pumpkin Coach).

I thought the packaging for the palette was rather well-done. The artwork is true to the theme and movie, and what I like is I feel it’s done in a sophisticated, grown-up kind of way that will likely appeal to a wider age group than if they had gone more cartoon-ish. It’s made out of sturdy, durable cardboard with a pull out drawer that houses the eyeshadows. The eyeshadows are all placed in an insert, which is removable, and underneath reveals a hidden velvet-lined drawer for storing eyeliners, small brushes, or, at some later point, jewelry.

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Well worth the price of admission, Sephora's collaboration with Disney for a Cinderella-inspired collection has been done well and without gimmicks, which makes it all the more impressive.

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9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

China Glaze Desert Sun Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Desert Sun Nail Lacquer

Enjoy a Day in the Desert Sun Without the Heat!

China Glaze Desert Sun Nail Lacquer ($7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “delicious caramel.” It’s a burnt orange–but lightened, not rusty–very much caramel-colored, though a little warmer. China Glaze Orange You Hot is more orange and has shimmer. Zoya Arizona is lighter, brighter. Sinful Cloud 9 is brighter, more tangerine. China Glaze Papaya Punch is more orange, brighter.

This was another high quality shade from China Glaze’s On Safari collection! It’s opaque in two coats–almost one–and dried down a little faster than average and had a naturally glossy shine. It had a beautiful consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed easily across the nail without pooling or bubbling. I usually get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s lacquers with no chips and minor tip wear.

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I don't have a shade quite like Desert Sun--everything I could think of was brighter--the subdued quality of this makes it perfect for fall.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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