Monday, October 15th, 2012

China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer

Are You Red-y for This Adventure?

China Glaze Adventure Red-y Nail Lacquer ($7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid red.” It’s a medium-dark red cream with some depth and richness; if it had shimmer, it would read very holiday. MAC Stage Red is very comparable. China Glaze Winter Berry is a bit darker. MAC Get Noticed is a smidgen darker. Butter London Pillar Box Red is brighter. MAC Obey Me is comparable. Rescue Beauty Lounge Glamourpuss is a touch darker. Zoya Burke is similar.

It was opaque in two coats but nearly opaque in one. The consistency was amazing; fluid, not too thick or too thin, and flowed without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges of the nail.  Adventure Red-y is a shining example of China Glaze at their best.  I typically get a full week of wear with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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Adventure Red-y

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Adventure Red-y is a shining example of China Glaze at their best. Excellent color payoff, beautiful consistency, and easy application.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, October 15th, 2012

Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Holiday Pink That Sparkles

Guerlain Lou-Ling (760) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “enchanting plum set off with a golden sparkle.” It’s a pop of raspberry pink with a subtle shimmer-sheen finish. There is noticeable fuchsia and gold sparkle within the color. Tarina Tarantino Floriculture is similar, slightly pinker. Revlon Raspberry Pie is less red, pinker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Girly is redder. MAC Quite the Thing is cooler-toned and more fuchsia. MAC Scandelicious is similar but doesn’t have the sparkle.

It looked rather sheer when swatched, but applied to lips, the color opacity is nearly opaque–it was a little surprising, actually!  Shine Automatique is a long-wearing and hydrating with “bold” coverage.  Lou-Ling wore for six hours and left behind a light stain, and while there’s noticeable sparkle, it didn’t travel during the time I wore it but there was an ever-so-noticeable grit after three hours of wear.  It was comfortable to wear and apply–creamy and slick enough to glide on without pulling or tugging but no feathering or bleeding–and my lips felt hydrated during and post-wear.  It is scented with Guerlain’s signature violet fragrance.

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If you aren't ready for a holiday red, or you want something different, Lou-Ling is a holiday pink with just enough brightness to pop but not read neon.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

Seche Opulent Nail Lacquer
Seche Opulent Nail Lacquer

True One-Coat Color from Seche

Seche Opulent Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep fuchsia creme.” It’s a vibrant fuchsia-red with a cream finish. NARS Anardana is brighter, warmer. MAC Toco Toucan is bluer-toned. China Glaze 108 Degrees has shimmer. Zoya Dana is a smidgen lighter.

Seche is set to launch 33 shades of their new Fast Dry One Coat nail colors at Ulta this month (they might already be in stores, but I didn’t see it online yet).  These shades are supposed to deliver full color opacity in just one coat and dry quickly and down to a naturally shiny finish.  When I read that, I was like, “Oh, boy!” because that is a tall order and a whole lot of promises

Opulent carries out those promises rather well.  In one coat, there’s very nearly opaque color coverage; only at certain angles and under certain lighting conditions is a shadow of visible nail line apparent.  It dries down faster than the average polish, and it does dry down to a very shiny finish.  I tested Opulent for wear, and it wore seven days without chipping and had minor tip wear for me (with and without a base/top coat).  The consistency was a little thick but not goopy, just on the thicker side.

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Seche Opulent Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's an impressive nail formula--it's great for someone who doesn't have a lot of time or patience when it comes to applying nail color.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner
Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “deepest black.” I’d argue it’s a dark black, but it’s not the richest, darkest black eyeliner I’ve come across. It’s not soft, and it’s a bit darker than medium black. There is a whole host of other black eyeliners that are comparable; most notably MAC Black Black, MAC Smolder, and Bobbi Brown Black. I promise: updated eyeliner comparisons are on my to-do list!

Long-time readers will remember that Tarina Tarantino’s Hyperliners have been my new favorite since the brand revamped their packaging and product range. I’ve been missing one shade for awhile, and I finally bought it a few weeks ago–just prior to learning about the brand’s exit from Sephora–but it’s still available and at the sale price of $9.  I’m a fan of the formula first and foremost because of the stellar wear and color payoff, and the price point and color range has made it my go-to for several months now.  

Tommy Jet wears for eight hours without fading, smudging, or migrating.  The color payoff of this particular shade is decent to good; it’s not as rich in a single stroke as some of the other shades, but it is buildable.

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If this was just a bit more pigmented in one pass, it'd be a perfect medium-dark black eyeliner to opt for. It's still a great choice, and at the price point, hard to beat.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

A Dark, Somber Fall Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette ($88.00 for 0.43 oz.) is a glossy black compact that features a light face powder to illuminate skin “with the signature ‘Armani Glow’” and three eyeshadows–two matte shades with “intense hues” and a satin-finished illuminator. This is one of two palettes released for fall; the second one seems to be a little warmer (from the descriptions, as I haven’t seen it).

The face powder is described as “ultra-fine, “transparent,” and listed as “sheer beige.” After reading the official description, it made a lot more sense to me–and I’m glad that the brand described the product as it actually was. It is a pale, neutral-cool beige with a very subtle satiny sheen. It will best suit light to medium complexions, but it is very finely-milled and sheer that it could be used on a variety of skin tones. The base color isn’t ashy or chalky, so even darker complexions can use it as a setting powder or the like. The finely-milled texture allows this to sit beautifully on the skin–very naturally–as it melts against the complexion. MAC Baby Don’t Go is pinker.

The first eyeshadow is supposed to be the “satinized illuminator,” which Armani describes as “soft beige.” It’s a warm, golden champagne with a frosted finish. The color payoff is really as described, which is decent to good, but it illuminates as it is supposed to. It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies very smoothly. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is very similar, a smidgen lighter. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar, a bit cooler-toned. MAC Femme-Fi is close.

The second eyeshadow is a medium-dark warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish, but there is a smatternig of fine golden shimmer strewn throughout–you don’t really notice when it is applied. It had a slightly stiff texture, though certainly finely-milled, which resulted in so-so pigmentation. Dior Golden Savannah is similar but more pigmented, so it appears a bit darker. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer, richer.

The third eyeshadow is a deep, dark matte black. There are a few bits of shimmer, but like a lot of other shades in this family, the shimmer isn’t noticeable on. The texture was soft and smooth, with rich color payoff. It similar to shades like Le Metier de Beaute Fin, Urban Decay Blackout, and Milani Pitch Black.

The double-decker palette is sleek and convenient to use, and the four shades in the palette coordinate and complement each other well.  I would have loved to see the bottom compartment feature only eyeshadow, rather than two tiny sponge-tipped applicators, though.  It would make the palette a better value.  Overall, the quality of the products included is good–the only shade that fell short was the brown eyeshadow, which could have been a little denser, more buttery, or else more pigmented.  When I wore the eyeshadows, they wore for eight hours without creasing or fading (with or without a primer), and the face powder lasted eight hours and helped reduce late afternoon shine.

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#1 Fall Collection 2012

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It's a basic but travel-friendly palette of colors. If you have a larger stash already, you likely have shades similar enough not to merit picking this palette up.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit
Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit

A Palette Inspired by the French Cinema

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95.00 for 0.49 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows inspired by “the spark present throughout the French cinema New Wave.” The colors can be worn alone or layered over each other (part of the brand’s methodology).

Nouvelle is described as a “sheer mink negative.” It’s a warm peach with a frosted finish and a kiss of pink. The color payoff is rich and opaque, not quite the sheer color they described it as (so for some, this is probably a good thing!). It had a lovely soft, finely-milled texture that felt buttery and smooth. Chanel Complice is similar but less reflective, a smidgen darker. theBalm Stubborn is warmer, less pink. Urban Decay Scratch is fairly close, though a little pinker.

Gamine is described as a “satin pink celluloid.” It is a blue-based cotton candy pink with a soft frosted finish. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 is sheerer, less frosted. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is similar, a smidgen darker. MAC for Miss Piggy is sheerer, less frosted. MAC Feather Pink is cooler-toned, almost lilac.

Icon is described as a “silky matte Parisian mauve.” It’s a soft pink-tinged mauve with a matte finish. It had a soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that yielded rich color. Inglot #399 is frosted. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is similar but satiny. MAC Neo Nebula is shimmery. Urban Decay Bordello is darker and frosted.

Fin is described as a “smoldering black carbon.” It’s a rich, deep, dark black with a fine dusting of multi-colored shimmer (which you don’t really notice when it is applied). The pigmentation in this is so, so rich. The texture is soft, smooth, and not a bit powdery. As far as comparably rich in pigment black eyeshadows go, Urban Decay Blackout is similar but has a more matte finish; Milani Pitch Black is also similar; and Make Up For Ever #4 is entirely matte and has no shimmer at all.

The palette is high quality from top to bottom, and really, the only reason it lost any points was because of Nouvelle, which was described as sheer but is, in fact, quite pigmented–for most, this will be received as great news.  When I tested these shades for wear, they wore for eight hours with no fading or creasing.

Each eyeshadow is just over 0.12 oz., which is double the size of most eyeshadows.   To put it into perspective, a MAC quad is the equivalent of paying $200/oz., and the Kaleidoscope is $194/oz.  Note:  my packaging is sample packaging, while retail versions are packaged in the brand’s signature black; the packaging rating reflects the retail packaging.

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Nouvelle Vague

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It's a fantastic palette, and while it's worth it from both a quality and value stand point, it is quite the investment! Rich in color, soft, blendable textures, and great wear make this palette hard to resist.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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