Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Guerlain L'Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (901) Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a clear top coat with gold leaf suspended in it. It’s a top coat that you have to dab and pat on, fish a little bit, and manipulate to get enough flakes on the nail without them overlapping. I showed one coat applied with minimal fussing on my pinky nail, so you can see how poor that went. Dior Golden Shock (001) (LE, $28.00) is very similar–at most, slightly smaller pieces. Cult Nails Feedback (P, $12.00) is more than just gold. Cult Nails Walk of Shame (DC, $12.00) has holographic shimmer in it, too. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Coque d’Or (400) Vernis Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a softened, light-medium gold with a metallic shimmer running through it. It was semi-opaque with visible nail coming through. The consistency was slightly thick, but it didn’t pool along the edges. It did dry down to a very nice, glossy finish.
Dior Gold Equinoxe (241) (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Milos (P, $20.00) is slightly cooler. MAC Magnificent Feast (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $23.00) is lighter. Dior Or Divin (LE, $24.00) is yellower. Dior Diorling (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. China Glaze Swanky Silk (LE, $7.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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L'Oiseau de Feu (901)

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8/10

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9/10

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Coque d'Or (400)

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner
Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner

Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a twist-up, mechanical eyeliner available in four shades (I have two to review). The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “waterproof” with “exceptional colour release.” There’s a built-in sharpener as well. The two I tried were fairly pigmented in one stroke, and they’re just creamy enough not to be painful to use, but it’s not a formula I’d describe as soft or creamy. There’s a firmness to the pencil overall, but it isn’t dry or stiff.

Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two passes. The pencil applied without tugging, and it started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. It appeared to be waterproof–I took a shower with it on and didn’t find it running or smearing afterwards.
Urban Decay Lush (P, $20.00) is darker. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is very similar. Sephora Collection Diving in Malaysia (18) (P, $9.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is similar. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Photogravure (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. MAC Stubborn Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Coffee (P, $16.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Burberry Pale Grape No. 04 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a blackened plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke but was better with two layers. The consistency is just creamy enough not to drag, and the color holds onto the lash line well. I was able to get eight and a half hours of wear out of the shade, and it seemed to be waterproof (I took a shower with it on, and it didn’t smear or run). Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals 5PM (P, $15.00) is less purple. Bobbi Brown Black Plum (P, $24.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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Chestnut Brown No. 02

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Pale Grape No. 04

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel ($49.00 for 1.45 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, two bronzers, two blushes, and a travel-sized Better than Sex Mascara. What’s neat about this particular set is that the container holds five separate palettes and then the mascara in its own box. It’s perfect for giving and getting–a little for you, a little for a friend–or easily broken up and given as stocking stuffers. The back of each of the palettes actually have “to” and “from” lines, so they’re ready to gift. The set is a great value, and overall, it’s nice–not A+ territory, but it’s decent to good. The majority of the eyeshadows were nicely pigmented, wore for eight hours, and were easy to apply–there were a few (noted below) that had fall out due to more glittery textures or were lacking in pigmentation. The cheek products, except the matte bronzer, were rather frosted, so there was some emphasis of pores and skin imperfections.

Luminous Peach is a softened, medium orange with a golden orange frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me, but the frost slightly emphasized pores. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sun Bunny #1 is a medium-dark, yellowed brown with a frosted finish. It emphasized pores somewhat, but it had good color payoff and a blendable texture. It is the darker half of the Sun Bunny bronzer duo, which is part of Too Faced’s permanent range. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Who’s Your Poppy is a medium, warm-toned pink with a frosted, golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, though the texture was noticeably powdery. It didn’t emphasize pores too much, which was a surprise. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutcracker is a bright, cool-toned white with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude Beach is a golden peach with a metallic finish and large, gold glitter. The underlying color applied fairly well, but the glitter gets everywhere. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Boxes & Bows is a brightened, warm pink with a gold, metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff and applied evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Plum Fairy is a deepened, eggplant purple with subtle, cool undertones and bluish-silver sparkle. The sparkle tended to fall out over time, though the base color was nicely pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frost is a medium, cool-toned white with a sparkly, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was dryer and more crumbly, and there was fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tin Soldier is a dark, metallic silver with cool undertones. It had a fairly soft, buttery consistency with nice pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christmas Tree is a cool-toned, emerald green with a subtle olive undertone and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was nice, but the texture, while smooth, had a drier consistency that made it a little harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Santa’s Boots is a neutral-toned black with subtle silver sparkle. The sparkle isn’t noticeable on the lid, because most of it never arrives, so the result is really a matte black. It’s semi-opaque but dusty to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tufted Suede is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied beautifully. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Angel Hair is a muted, golden brown with a hint of copper and a soft, frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture was a smidgen powdery, but it applied better on the eye than it swatched. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Chocolate is a rich, deepened bronze with a metallic finish and warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was really soft and buttery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yule Log is a dark, chocolate brown with copper flecks of sparkle over a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was drier and there was some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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La Belle Carousel

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Luminous Peach

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Sun Bunny #1

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10/10

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Dior Gold Rain (164) Addict Gloss
Dior Gold Rain (164) Addict Gloss

Dior Gold Rain (164) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a sheer, white gold with light-medium gold shimmer and sparkle. It lasts for two and a half hours, though the lightweight, non-sticky, creamy consistency meant it was very comfortable and nicely hydrating during that time. The formula is supposed to be a sheerer, lightweight, hydrating, and high-shine gloss, and Dior delivers–it’s a matter of whether sheer is your thing (or not). MAC Pussywillow (LE, $15.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Rose (LE, $24.00) is less golden. Guerlain Gold Tchlack (P, $30.00) has a clearer base. Dior Lame Gold (LE, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Pink Excess (663) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with pink and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but this one had more impact applied than Gold Rain, as it did noticeable tint the lips and add sparkle. It wasn’t quite as glossy, though. It lasted for three hours on me and was very hydrating over time. Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is more orange. Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is more pigmented. Josie Maran Timeless Coral (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is pinker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more pigmented, finer shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Gold Rain (164)

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Pink Excess (663)

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9/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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7.5/10

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Top Coat ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a clear top coat with gold leaf. It’s certainly fun and festive, but it requires fishing and some maneuvering to get the gold flakes to appear just-so on the nails. The cap on the Diorific polishes makes this a little more difficult, but the degree of difficulty will depend on how large your fingers are. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Mirror (022) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a pale, white gold with warm undertones and a very fine, metallic shimmer. Alone, it has a more pearly, white gold effect. I tried it layered over Shock (a warm red), and it made the pearl look more orange. It’s semi-sheer average two coats and has a moderately shiny dry down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Gold Equinoxe (241) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark gold with hints of brown and fine, gold metallic shimmer. It didn’t apply evenly, and it was only semi-opaque. The consistency of this was thin, and it seemed to dry as I was applying, even though it isn’t a foil finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Shock (762) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium red with subtle, warm undertones (almost neutral, I’d say) and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it dried down to a glossy finish without need for a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and this was the best-performing shade out of the five. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Smoky (990) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark, blackened purple berry with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque, but it was somewhat streaky (which was a surprise!), possibly due to the more watery formula. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Golden Shock (001)

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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4/5

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Gold Equinoxe (241)

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7/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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4/5

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Monday, October 27th, 2014

NYX Coconut Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Coconut Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, cool-toned white with a creamy, satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but due to the really creamy, slippery consistency, it didn’t go on as evenly as one would want. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and wasn’t drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Iced (P, $18.00) is very shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Black Sesame = Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned gray with a creamy, satin finish. This shade was opaque, and it applied very well with even, smooth color. The texture of the lipstick was still creamy and emollient, but it didn’t prove to make application problematic. The color wore well for five hours on me and wasn’t drying nor hydrating. I don’t have any dupes for this one!

NYX Chambord Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, dark black with neutral undertones and a glossy sheen. Despite having a high slip, very creamy texture, it applied fairly well. There was enough pigmentation that what little unevenness there was managed to to recede into the background for the most part. This shade lasted for six hours when I tested it and wasn’t drying nor hydrating. If you prefer a matte finish, you could lightly dust a matte black eyeshadow on top or translucent powder. Kat Von D Slayer (P, $21.00) is more matte, sheerer, lighter. MAC Hautecore (LE, $16.00) is very similar in color. Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is the same in color. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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9/10

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