Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink coral.” It’s a medium, rosy coral with silver and copper micro-glitter. It was mostly opaque with two coats of polish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I had no issues applying it. It almost looked like a jelly when I initially applied it, but it doesn’t retain the squishy look as it dries. I wish the glitter was denser, because it looks mostly like a cream at a normal viewing distance. Essie Sunday Fun Day is very similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile is darker, redder. Dior Diablotine is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

NailsandNoms Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange with periwinkle, pink, and orange shimmer.” It’s a tangerine orange with pink and orange shimmer. It dries to an almost wax-like finish–not quite matte, but a little squishy-looking and satin-like. The polish was mostly opaque after two coats. I didn’t have any problems applying it as it wasn’t too thick or too thin, though the drying time was a little long. The only thing I’d say is that I really couldn’t see much of the shimmer if there wasn’t a ton of direct light hitting the nail. Zoya Beatrix is much sparklier, lighter. MAC Riot Gear is lighter, cream. Dior Mango is yellower, lighter, cream. China Glaze Orange you Hot is yellower. China Glaze Papaya Punch is a ocream. Zoya Arizona is a cream. See comparison swatches.

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The consistency wasn't too thick or too thin, and I had no issues applying it. It almost looked like a jelly when I initially applied it, but it doesn't retain the squishy look as it dries.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

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It dries to an almost wax-like finish--not quite matte, but a little squishy-looking and satin-like. The polish was mostly opaque after two coats.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow

Edited: Fyrinnae discontinued Parental Advisory (Loose) in 2011 and reformulated it in 2012, and the current version is closer to the pressed version. (Additionally, from their description of the loose color: “Reformulated in 4-2012 but very close to the original.”) Mine is from 2011–will grab the reformulated version next time I order from Fyrinnae to compare. I unfortunately did not connect the dots that mine was pre-reformulation, so my deepest apologies!

Fyrinnae Parental Advisory Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vivid shimmery royal purple.” It’s a vibrant, bluish purple with sparkling shimmer. It has strong, blue undertones but still comes out as more purple than blue. Applied damp, it is a slightly softer, less blue purple, and then applied dry over Pixie Epoxy produces a more intense, deeper purple.  The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and a little goes a long way. It wasn’t difficult to blend, but it wasn’t easy as some of Fyrinnae’s other shades. Applied on bare lids, it lasted seven hours well and had some minor fading after eight as well as some noticeable fall out; applied over Pixie Epoxy, and it looked as-applied even after nine hours with no fall out.   I don’t have anything quite like this color; anything with similar brightness is much, much bluer (like Sugarpill Royal Sugar).

Parental Advisory Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “vivid shimmery royal purple.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with subtle cool undertones and a warmer, lavender shimmer. Maybelline Painted Purple is cooler-toned, cream. MAC Pink Union #2 is slightly darker. Inglot #441 is warmer, pinker. See comparison swatches. It was actually just discontinued (as in, yesterday, due to being too fragile in pressed form), but I thought since I already photographed and tested it, I might as well add it into this post as a comparison against the loose formula. The loose eyeshadow is actually more complex and less readily duped, and it has a much cooler, bluer tone to it overall. I walked all around my house to look at the two side-by-side under different lighting, and they really were surprisingly different.  The texture of this one was very soft and smooth, and it was easy to blend and apply on the lid. It lasted eight hours with minor fading but no fall out without any primer, and layered over Pixie Epoxy, it lasted the same length of time.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow
Sugarpill @#$%! Eyeshadow

Sugarpill @#$%! (Red) Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vampy pearl red with silver metallic sheen.” It’s a bold, slightly blue-based red with silver shimmer. The color payoff is incredibly rich and decadent–true-to-pan, vibrant, and totally opaque. It can stain the skin, though. Sugarpill Love+ is not as blue-based, matte. Make Up For Ever #99 is matte. Make Up For Ever #158 is darker. Inglot #382 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Asteria ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “brilliant, metallic golden coral.” It’s a warm-toned, coppery orange with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it’s opaque and deeper. The texture is very, very finely-milled.  On the lid, it wears well for nearly eight hours and shows some signs of fading just before nine hours of wear.  NARS California is browner, darker. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 is more muted. MAC Star Myth is browner. MAC Hot Paprika is less shimmery. MAC Brash is slightly darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are limited edition and have been difficult to secure unless you’ve been a regular at the local trade shows and expos, and now, for a mere thirteen hours, both will be available for purchase online. Sugarpill will also be offering their 12-color pro palette (10% off, making it $90) and expo editions of their Burning Heart, Heart Breaker, and Sweetheart palettes (10% off, making them $30.60). All of these items go up for sale July 24th at 11AM PST.  You can preview the sale here.

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@#$%! (Red)

Temptalia Recommends
A+

It's incredibly pigmented, and the texture is soft, buttery, and blendable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Applied dry, it's semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it's opaque and deeper. The texture is very, very finely-milled.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge An Accidental Interloper Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver with an edge faceted by multi-shimmer hues.” It’s a darkened, charcoal gray shot through with silver shimmer and lots of it. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency was not too thick or too thin (but thinner compared to the average polish by the brand). The formula applied fairly well and had minimal noticeable brush strokes as it self-leveled nicely. MAC Grey Friday is the only shade I have that is remotely similar, but it is more of a blackened gray with silver shimmer, but not metallic shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Fashion Polish Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black base with gold and red glitters.” It’s a medium-dark black with a brownish edge and pinky-red and gold micro-glitter. There also seemed to be some green micro-glitters in the mix. This shade definitely needs a thicker top coat, because the micro-glitter makes the surface quite bumpy as the black base is actually quite thin. Three coats would probably be better, too, for really dense, inky color, though two coats made it opaque. Illamasqua Creator has silver glitter. Dior Diva has shimmer instead of glitter but is surprisingly similar–it isn’t as densely-packed with shimmer/glitter, though. Color Club Show Time has silver shimmer. See comparison swatches.

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An Accidental Interloper

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The formula applied fairly well and had minimal noticeable brush strokes as it self-leveled nicely.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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This shade definitely needs a thicker top coat, because the micro-glitter makes the surface quite bumpy as the black base is actually quite thin. Three coats would probably be better, too, for really dense, inky color, though two coats made it opaque.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Revelation (63) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “shimmering soft pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satiny finish, though it looks like a healthy matte. MAC Royal Sunset is a powder and is lighter, warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale is powder and not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

This is the last of the Chanel blushes that released this fall, and I’m so happy to find that it’s just as high quality as the other five shades I’ve tested. There’s not a dud within the range, and I think Chanel did an excellent job with this new formula. Revelation is nicely pigmented with color that is true-to-pan but can be applied as a soft, sheer layer or more heavily for richer, more opaque color coverage. I love that they’re versatile in pigmentation, so they can work for fairer complexions as well as deeper skin tones. The consistency is lightly creamy in the pan but quickly turns to powder once it touches the skin. It remains blendable, though, and it doesn’t turn powdery. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours but was noticeably faded after eight and a half hours, which is slightly shorter wear than other shades in the formula.

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Revelation (63)

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Revelation is nicely pigmented with color that is true-to-pan but can be applied as a soft, sheer layer or more heavily for richer, more opaque color coverage. I love that they're versatile in pigmentation, so they can work for fairer complexions as well as deeper skin tones.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden khaki.” It’s a warm-toned, golden-shimmered olive green with threads of metallic shimmer. It’s warmer, more yellow-toned, than a true olive green. I used two thicker coats to minimize streakiness (thin coats produced quite a bit of that), and while it self-leveled somewhat, there was still a good deal of visible brush strokes with this shade. OCC Ripley is much darker, more blackened and less green.  The consistency seemed a little watery. Cult Nails in a Trance has less shimmer, so it appears darker. China Glaze Peac eon Earth is more metallic, warmer. China Glasze Agro is much darker. See comparison swatches.

Elixir (589) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “milky pink.” Not sure where milky pink comes from, but it’s a warm-toned, strawberry pink with a cream finish. This shade was almost fully opaque in one coat, but I still applied two for consistency (and sometimes, it looks opaque in person but the macro version will show visible nail line). It applied well, too, with even, fluid color and no pooling or streaking. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile has slight pearl and is a touch brighter/redder. MAC Vivid Effect is warmer. MAC Impassioned is slightly lighter. Chanel Fracas is pinker and lighter. Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun is warmer, more orange. See comparison swatches.

Mysterious (601) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep khaki.” It’s a deep, dark olive green with a cream finish. It applied evenly and easily with full color coverage in two coats. MAC Fatigues is lighter/ Dior Amazonia is very similar. Chanel Khaki Brun is greener, lighter. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

Both Elixir and Mysterious were quite nice and exactly what one would want from a high-end polish: richly pigmented, easy to apply, and a natural shine.  Alchimie was more troublesome and requires a very patient, steady hand to minimize streakiness and to keep the brush stroke from going wonky (I lack the steady hand, unfortunately!).  I typically get a week out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Alchimie (591)

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I used two thicker coats to minimize streakiness (thin coats produced quite a bit of that), and while it self-leveled somewhat, there was still a good deal of visible brush strokes with this shade.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Elixir (589)

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This shade was almost fully opaque in one coat. It applied well, too, with even, fluid color and no pooling or streaking.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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Mysterious (601)

It's a deep, dark olive green with a cream finish. It applied evenly and easily with full color coverage in two coats.
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