Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer
Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer

Add This Duochrome to Your Nail Portfolio

Color Club Port-folio Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple duochrome.” It flashes from violet purple to aqua-green. The duochrome is incredibly present and noticeable. I don’t have it, but Zoya Adina seems like it would be similar, perhaps a bit lighter. Initially, my mind went to Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie, but it’s definitely a pinker purple with more of a blue shimmer.

It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the formula was a breeze to work with; not too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly and fluidly without overflowing along the edges. I tested this shade specifically for wear, and it wore for a fully seven days with minor tip wear but no chips. There are some visible brush strokes in the finish, which is as anticipated, but may be a deal-breaker for you.  I think the strength of the duochrome might sway you, though ;)

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This is a duochrome combination that I haven't seen half a dozen times or more, and the duochrome itself is particularly strong and noticeable with this shade. It's also opaque in two coats, and it had a great consistency.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d'Armani Lipstick
Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick

Tread Lightly Into Fall with #526

Giorgio Armani #526 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is medium-dark plummy rose with subtle warm undertones. Chanel Caractere is more plum. Benefit I Think I Love You is similar but has more shimmer. MAC Oh Oh Oh has gold shimmer. Chanel Fetiche is similar.

It has mostly opaque color coverage (I’d say 95%) and a subtle sheen. The consistency is lightweight but very creamy, so it glides on easily without dragging or tugging on the lip and deposits even color. This shade wore just over six hours on me, which is great for a lipstick, but this formula touts eight hours, so it is a little short. Otherwise, it was moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and wore away evenly. It’s scent- and taste-free, and it is packaged in a black lacquered tube with a magnetic closure.

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#526 is wearable and universally flattering across skin tones; it has just enough color to be noticeable and more than your natural lip color, but it won't wash you out or draw all the attention to your lips.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright coral with pearl.” It’s an orange-coral base with pink, gold, and silver shimmer. MAC Strictly Plutonic gives similar color but has no shimmer. NARS Viva is more opaque and has no shimmer. MAC Dynasty at Dusk is lighter and less sparkly. Chanel Coral Reef is pinker.

Citrus wore for four and a half hours, and I’ve probably worn it half a dozen times since photographing it a few weeks ago.  I recently added it to the other two Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipglosses I keep in my purse for on-the-go color.  It tints my natural lip color a darker coral color; it’s not really opaque such that it masks my natural lip color, but it does significantly alter mine by darkening and brightening it.  It has a high shimmer content that makes it less see-through.  Overall, I’d say it’s closer to being semi-sheer than semi-opaque, but the shimmer masks some of that sheerness.  The range varies from sheer to semi-sheer bordering on semi-opaque.  It’s moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and not gritty (nor does the sparkle travel).

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For a semi-sheer sparkling coral gloss, Citrus is a great pick. It wears well, is hydrating, and the sparkle won't travel all over your face while you wear it!

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10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Color Club Editorial Nail Lacquer
Color Club Editorial Nail Lacquer

The Beauty of Duochromes

Color Club Editorial Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “peridot duochrome.” It’s a yellowy, dirty gold with brown and green in it that flashes from gold to grass green. It is, not surprisingly, a dupe for Chanel Peridot. The also recently-released China Glaze Rare & Radiant is rather similar as well (to be reviewed). Ozotic #507 is a bit darker, more green to blue than gold to green.

The formula on this was just right–not too thick or too thin–and it waso paque after two coats.  It has a frosted, metallic finish, so there are some minor brush strokes visible under brighter light.  They are the type that tends to add to the finish, rather than take away.  They apply straight and don’t go all wonky.  This was actually one of the shades from the fall launch that I test-drove for wear, and it lasted a full seven days without chipping and only had minor tip wear.  This was true whether I used a base/top coat or just applied to bare nails.  I will warn you that next to nothing chips on me, though.

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If you've always wanted Chanel's Peridot, this is a more affordable alternative that wears and applies just as nicely.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, October 1st, 2012

Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L'Extrait
Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L’Extrait

A Stunning Berry That Wears All Day

Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L’Extrait ($48.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “plum.” What a pedestrian description! This shade is so much more complex. It’s a rich, deepened scarlet red with ruby red micro-shimmer. There’s just a hint of berry in the overall color, especially from afar. While it is not a dupe, it’s a cooler-toned, more berry-hued version of Chanel Dragon. MAC Good to Be Bad is browner and has no shimmer. MAC What a Joy! is more berry-hued. Guerlain Gigolo is deeper, darker, but it is rather close.

The way Rouge G L’Extrait feels on the lips is hard to describe; it’s not quite a full-on second-skin feel, which I always think of as a lip color that clings, almost like cling wrap. This has more movement in a way; you can press your lips together and you don’t feel them sticking together. Orgueil wore for eight hours and was still wearable for another hour or so. It can be reapplied, because it doesn’t flake off or wear away unevenly like some other long-wearing formulas can. This formula has more transfer than those, so there are trade-offs. I can wear it for eight hours, and my lips aren’t dry at all. The color is very pigmented, and a little goes a long way.

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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.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Get Whisked Away to Tropical Paradise with Tom Ford

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette ($75.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette contains an eyeshadow formula that can be used both wet and dry. It contains four shades in a rather tropical combination.

The first shade is a white-silver with a high frost finish. There’s a residual warmth that makes it more like platinum than anything else. MAC Misty is cooler-toned. Guerlain Les Aquas is a bit cooler-toned. Chanel Infini is similar.

Next, there’s a subdued green with a hint of blue and a very strong frost-metallic finish. It’s more frosted when applied dry and more metallic when applied wet. MAC Sweet & Sour is similar but warmer. Dior Garden Pastels is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is less frosted.

The bottom left shade is a medium-dark blue with the barest hint of green, just enough to make it less than true blue. The finish is fairly metallic both wet and dry. Urban Decay Unhinged is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is barely darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is less blue. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is similar.

The last shade is a dark navy blue with lighter blue shimmer. It looks more blackened navy blue when used dry. When applied damp, it is much bluer, less black. This shade had decent to good color payoff when used dry but was better applied wet/damp. Guerlain Les Gris is a smidgen teal. MAC Thru the Night is a bit bluer. theBalm Risque Renee is darker. Make Up For Ever #81 is similar.

The formula in this palette (as well as Enchanted) is very different from the brand’s core range of palettes. I haven’t been in love with previous palettes I’ve tried, but this I love. The pigmentation is good across the board, and the texture is soft, buttery, and incredibly smooth. Though you can use them wet as well as dry, all four shades had good color payoff even dry. Using them wet tended to bring out a metallic finish and made them apply even smoother.

These have a a high frost content, and when applied with a damp brush, they tend to be very metallic.  Using all four is a very bright, shimmered, and metallic look, so it may be overkill for some.  When I tried out these eyeshadows, I wore them for nine hours without creasing or fading on bare lids, as well as for ten hours without creasing or fading over a primer.  The texture was what made this palette sing, though–so soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, it was easy to blend and apply.

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Emerald Lust

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It's nice to see the brand experimenting with their seasonal collection--and I hope we see this formula used again in upcoming launches as well.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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