Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Lynnderella Gingerbread Hearts Nail Lacquer
Lynnderella Gingerbread Hearts Nail Lacquer

A Slice of Gingerbread for Your Nails

Lynnderella Gingerbread Hearts Nail Lacquer ($22.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as containing “metallic gingerbread coloured glitter decorated with flat colour red, white, blue, pink and green glitter in a clear base.” It has small, medium, and large square gold glitters, plus large diamond-shaped white glitter, along with multi-sized orange and green hexagons. All of the glitters are suspended in a clear base.

Two coats of this alone yielded some coverage but still a lot of base nail came through, so it’s best as a layering shade (I used it over Chanel Emprise), as I can’t see opaque results forthcoming even after three coats. The concept was cute, but I wasn’t able to get all of the glitter sizes and shapes to come out. After doing three layering coats (one coat over a base color) and then two coats on two other nails (pinky and thumb) of this alone, I couldn’t manage to get a single heart-shaped glitter to come out. I also wasn’t seeing a lot of pink or blue pieces coming out–I was getting primarily the gold particles. This polish did require some dabbing, pushing, and pulling to maneuver the glitter into place so it didn’t all get bunched up in one place. The consistency of the clear polish itself was thin, which made it easy to apply, and it is definitely easier to get away with multiple coats with the thinner formula. I typically get a week of wear out of Lynnderella’s formula with no peeling or chipping, just minor tip wear.

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Lynnderella Gingerbread Hearts Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

B
The concept was cute, but I wasn't able to get a lot of the glitter sizes and shapes to come out, so it was something that looked more interesting and more gingerbread-like in the bottle than applied.

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8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, January 14th, 2013

Maybelline Gold Rush Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Gold Rush Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

A Very Sparkling Rush of Gold

Maybelline Gold Rush Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a sparkling gold with strong yellow tones and a metallic finish. Chanel Vision has a similar texture but it is a browner gold, less yellowed. Cinderella Gus Gus is less metallic and a powder product. OCC Triptych is slightly darker, more metallic, and a powder. MAC Goldmine is also similar in color but a powder eyeshadow.

This shade sets itself a part in finish from pretty much every other Color Tattoo I’ve come across, because it has a heavy sparkle effect that changes the texture of the product as a whole. There’s a slight grittiness to the touch, and it doesn’t blend smoothly or look even on the lid. It tended to make my eyelid look a bit crepe-like and wrinkled. Because of the sparkle, it seemed to bunch up in places, no matter if I used a fingertip, sponge-tipped applicator, or brush to blend and/or apply the product. I did get some fall out during the twelve hours I wore Gold Rush for, though it did not seem to really fade or crease.

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Gold Rush

B-
I'm not keen on the gritty, sparkly texture, because it seems to interfere with the blendability and smoothness of the formula, so it looks uneven, makes the eye have an unnatural texture, and has some problems with fall out during wear.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, January 14th, 2013

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer

A Creative Fantasy in Purple Jelly

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer ($3.25 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “grape neon.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with red undertones and jelly finish. I was very surprised that I wasn’t able to find anything that was really close in color, but in particular, nothing that was close in color and in texture within the purple polishes I’ve reviewed previously. Illamasqua Jo’mina (much, much lighter, more of a lavender) and Illamasqua Poke (closer in color but has shimmer and no jelly texture/finish) were the only shades that came close to the same tone of the color.

I applied two coats, and the color coverage was semi-opaque; there was visible nail line and some translucency across the entire nail–pretty much the kind of translucency you’d expect (and what tends to define) a jelly finish.  It did have an interesting finish when dried down, as it wasn’t fully matte, but it wasn’t really glossy; I’d fully recommend a top coat to get this to look like a jelly if desired.  My biggest gripe with this was that it was very streaky, even after two coats. It didn’t level or help itself while it was drying, unfortunately, which left a part-streaky, part-marbled look in the end.  The consistency was on the thinner side but not watery.  I tend to get seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s polish Continue reading →

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Someone Turned the Electricity Off

Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a navy blue with a fine, frosted finish. When sheered out, it has a darker, truer navy blue coloring, while when layered more heavily, it appears bluer. Urban Decay Evidence is less blue. MAC Naval Blue is similar but a powder product. Chanel’s Apparition is darker and less blue.

This shade didn’t apply evenly or layer well. I think this product would work just fine as an eyeshadow base, but it’s not something that I’d use on its own as a cream eyeshadow.  I experienced some very light fading after twelve hours, which isn’t the norm for me when it comes to Color Tattoos.  It wasn’t much, but it was there.  The consistency of the product is thin, creamy, lightweight, and dries down quickly but not so quickly that you can’t blend out the color if you desire.  This is a shade that is very, very common as a powder eyeshadow, so I’d probably opt for one of the many navy blue eyeshadows on the market, as many perform incredibly well.

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Electric Blue

B-
This is a shade that is very, very common as a powder eyeshadow, so I'd probably opt for one of the many navy blue eyeshadows on the market, as many perform incredibly well.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, January 11th, 2013

bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance
bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance

There’s Nothing Secret About This Radiance

bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance ($19.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer radiant sheen” that gives a “radiant glow” with a “natural-looking luminosity.” It’s a light-medium golden champagne with a strong gold shimmer-sheen and warm, yellow undertones. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City is more golden. Chanel Empreinte de Chanel is more orange. Chanel Shimmering Tweed is a touch more golden.

It is plenty pigmented, and the texture is super soft, finely-milled, and it blends out easily. This is not a product I’d use all-over, because it’s very, very frosted and metallic–I applied it very, very lightly all-over face and then buffed it into the skin, and it was still a rather metallic effect; instead of giving me a natural, luminous lit-from-within glow, I looked oily (and I have normal-to-dry skin). I applied it more heavily along my upper cheek bones as a highlighter, and it’s the kind of frosted/metallic finish that will emphasize pores if not used very, very slightly.

So for me, it didn’t work well as an all-over powder, and it didn’t work well as a more targeted highlighter. I think it’s better as a highlighter than anything else, though with as many highlighters as there are on the market, this would not be my first choice. This lasted six and a half hours on me, and by eight hours, it looked slightly patchy.

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Secret Radiance

B-
I think it's better as a highlighter than anything else, though with as many highlighters as there are on the market, this would not be my first choice.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 28th, 2012

MAC Fireside Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Fireside Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Apres Chic: Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Apres Chic Mineralize Eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) includes five new (and limited edition) shades: Fireside (deep plum with purple veining), Frost at Midnight (deep blue/grey with grey veining), Ice (light peach base with white veining), Silver Birch (grey base with peach veining), and Winter Pursuit (copper base with grey veining).

Fireside is a reddish-brown base with a bluish-teal duochrome. The color payoff dry is lackluster, so I’d recommend using it with a damp or wet brush, where it is more pigmented. This color is one of the more popular shades that brands seem to have–MAC has two within the permanent range (Blue Brown pigment, Club eyeshadow). Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #8 has a very similar shade with a stronger duochrome. bareMinerals Mirage is a bit darker but similar. MAC Double Feature #5 included a similar shade. Urban Decay Lounge is very similar–same amount of red in the base color as well as duochrome. Of all of those, I prefer bareMinerals’ formula with Urban Decay’s as a second-place finish.

Frost at Midnight is a navy blue with a purplish tint. It has a frosted finish, and the pigmentation is better wet than dry, where it is rather sheer and faded. This shade had the worst pigmentation out of the five; it was still lacking in intensity when used damp. MAC Hint of Sapphire is darker, grayer. Inglot #434 is more muted, less blue. Cinderella Midnight is darker.

Ice is a warm, pale champagne-shimmered peach with a very high-frost, high-metallic finish. It had so-so pigmentation when used dry, but it has some powderiness and fall out problems if you use it wet, compared to damp, where it binds together better. MAC A Natural Flirt is warmer, pinker. NARS Ramatuelle is less metallic. bareMinerals Mixologist is very similar–more metallic than frosted.

Silver Birch is a dirty pewter; it has gray, gold, and brownish-black in it. This shade had the most nuance to it, out of the five, but the payoff was weak when used dry. When applied damp, it was nicely pigmented and applied more smoothly. MAC Modern Pewter is lighter, warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is lighter, more golden.

Winter Pursuit is a warm, medium-dark copper that has a rosy-red tint that gives it a more muted appearance–not so orange-copper. It has a very frosted, metallic-like finish. This shade had the best color payoff of the five–it could be used both wet and dry, though dry is so-so in payoff. MAC Star Myth is more orange. MAC Magnetic Attraction is redder. MAC Mythical is a bit redder.

Long-time readers will know that I LOVE looking and photographing Mineralize Eyeshadows, but I’m not a fan of them in practice. They tend to have fall out problems, and they usually fade more quickly, with or without a primer. The Mineralize Eyeshadows we’ve seen over the past couple of years are definitely improved compared to the initial release, but I still have both problems. These shades gave me the same two problems, though fall out was less than usual. When I use these wet, as I did with all of the shades I wore (Ice, Silver Birch, and Frost at Midnight), there was noticeable fading within three hours. Frost at Midnight looked mostly gray by eight hours, while the lightest shade, Ice was barely visible.  Finally, Silver Birch had faded but was still visible.

Silver Birch was the most interesting/unique out of the five. At a glance, Fireside seems really interesting, and the color is beautiful and lovely, but it’s a commonly produced shade by a variety of brands. As always, if you don’t have the wear problems I encounter with the Mineralize Eyeshadows, then the biggest drawback of these becomes the weak color payoff when used dry (so omitting wear, these would be more like a B-rated product). The texture was soft but some shades were less smooth, as the sparkle was more noticeable.

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MAC Apres Chic Mineralize Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B-
As always, if you don't have the wear problems I encounter with the Mineralize Eyeshadows, then the biggest drawback of these becomes the weak color payoff when used dry (so omitting wear, these would be more like a B-rated product).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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