Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Apres Chic: Porcelain Pink Returns!

MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “soft pinky coral with gold veining.” It’s a light pink with warm undertones and a dusting of gold sparkle and shimmer. It looks more coral in the pan than it does when swatched. Chanel Pink Cloud is pinker, less golden. MAC Rhapsody in Two is a touch pinker. Benefit Sugarbomb is a darker pink and less metallic.

The version of Porcelain Pink that I had previously was made in 2009, and though I opted not to purchase a new one when it re-released last year, I thought it might be high time to try again and see if MAC had refined the texture at all! Like I mentioned in my Stereo Rose review, there is variation across the Mineralize Skinfinishes, due to the random veining. The one I bought this year seems to be pinker than my 2009 one, which is almost a bit peachy in comparison.

Porcelain Pink has a high frosted, slightly metallic finish. The texture felt marginally finer and softer, but I think it’s more the nature of the veining that gives it a slightly powdery, not-quite-gritty but not-quite-smooth feel. It wore for around six hours but was slightly faded along the edges, and then it started to look a bit patchy after seven hours. Mineralize face products tend to fade on me more quickly than MAC’s regular powder products, just as a warning.

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Porcelain Pink

B-
Not enthused about the texture, which is a little gritty from the sparkle, and also a bit powdery. It will be more of a highlighter on light-medium and darker complexions, while fairer skin tones may be able to use it as a natural blusher, too.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, December 9th, 2012

China Glaze Pizzazz Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Pizzazz Nail Lacquer

Add a Little Pizzazz to Your Holiday Nails

China Glaze Pizzazz Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend.” It’s a mix of light blue, green, orange, yellow, fuchsia, and pink medium-sized glitter particles. It’s definitely not too similar to Glitter all the Way. This is a bit more pastel, and the size is more confetti-like as well as more are uniform. I couldn’t think of a dupe, so I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have!

It’s glitter suspended in a clear base, so it’s best used as a layering polish; particularly because it’s really sparse. I layered one coat over China Glaze Blue Bells Ring, and then I did two coats of the glitter on its own on my thumb nail so you could see the coverage. It’s not a glitter that ever gets close to being opaque.  There was something about this polish that didn’t translate well no the nail–I think the thicker, almost gel-like consistency wasn’t helping, because the glitter didn’t spread evenly, which resulted in almost bald-looking spots in areas.  This shade required some pushing and pulling and patting to get the glitter to space out evenly.

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Pizzazz

B-
I wasn't keen on the application--it was just extra thick, even for a glitter-in-clear-polish. It didn't apply evenly with ease, so it wasn't the best layering glitter I've come across. Sometimes the glitter composition can be worth the extra effort, but that is definitely going to come down to the individual.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, December 3rd, 2012

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette
shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette

Karl for Shu – The Smoky Velvet Palette

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00 for 0.245 oz.) consists of two silky smooth eyeshadows, three pressed eyeshadows, and one glow-on blush.

1 is described as a “glitter black” and comes in the “silky smooth eyeshadow formula.” It’s a soft black with very small silver glitter particles. It had a creamy but a very thin consistency–it was soft and just barely creamy, enough that it felt more like a really thin, cream eyeshadow than a powder one. It had good color payoff despite the thin consistency. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome is a bit softer, less glittery. Buxom Black Lab is similar but has multi-colored sparkle.

2 is described as a “deep khaki” and comes in the “silky smooth eyeshadow formula.” It’s an olive green with a soft, olive shimmer. This shade was creamier than #1, but it had a similar lightweight and thin feel. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is darker, greener. Lancome Designer is darker. MAC Sumptuous Olive is warmer, browner.

3 is described as an “elegant light silver” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a sparkling silver-tinged white with a glittery, sparkly content that gives it a very sheer appearance. Cinderella Midnight Hour is less metallic. MAC She’s Got Class is similar both in color and texture. MAC Forgery is also quite similar.

4 is described as an “mint green” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a pale green with soft yellow undertones and a smattering of gold micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture. Cinderella Cinderelly is darker. Too Faced Fantasy Island is yellower. bareMinerals Wicked is also yellower. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is very similar.

5 is described as an “glitter beige” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a pale, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. The color payoff was so-so. Buxom Poodle is less yellow. Giorgio Armani #18 is similar, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Gold is yellower. MAC Treasure Hunt is similar but has more of a sheen.

6 is described as an “dusty rose” and is part of the “glow-on blush formula.” It’s a brightened, dark pink with gold shimmer. It packs plenty of pigment, so it can be used on all skin tones. The texture is incredibly finely-milled, so it is extremely blendable on the skin, so even pale complexions will be able to adjust the intensity to their liking. MAC Supernova is a bit redder. Tom Ford Wicked is pinker, more blue-based. Worth noting is it’s a pain to apply as a blush, since the pan is the size of an eyeshadow.

The palette is remarkable for its texture; the two cream eyeshadows had a beautiful, velvety-creamy consistency that felt like butter and silk came together, while the blush was finely-milled and easy to blend, despite its rich color.  The really sparkly white eyeshadow, though, while soft, did not apply as smoothly. I found it was best applied as a layering shade over another eyeshadow.  I experienced some fall out when applied alone, and significantly less (but still a little) fall out when patted over one of the cream eyeshadows. Shu can do incredible glitter eyeshadows sometimes, but the white in this palette wasn’t quite it. The gold shade was way, way less sparkly (and better bound together), so I didn’t have problems with that shade.  The cream eyeshadows wore well for six hours, but after eight full hours, they was some faint creasing.  The blush lasted eight hours without fading.

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shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
The fall out from the two glittery shades along with the faint (but still there) creasing from the two creamier shades really hurt this palette overall. I'm still amazed by the textures of the products, but I wish the wear was better.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Color Club Fashion Moment Nail Lacquer
Color Club Fashion Moment Nail Lacquer

Too Many Dupes to Put Up with Streaks

Color Club Fashion Moment Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, eggplant, shade of purple.” It’s a deep, dark burgundy with hints of purple. China Glaze Urban-Night is lighter, purpler. Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche is cooler-toned, purpler. Guerlain Lou-Ling is lighter. MAC Blueblood is very comparable. China Glaze Velvet Bow is redder. MAC Purple Majesty is very similar. Urban Decay Wrecked is also similar. Zoya Anja is a smidgen lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter is lighter.

The color was mostly opaque after two coats, but the application was streaky, so without a really thick second coat, you could still see some of the streaks (like on my middle finger).  The formula was a little thin in consistency, though I did not have problems with it bubbling or pooling.  I typically see a week of wear with Color Club’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping (without a base/top coat).  Sometimes one might be willing to put up with a less-than-stellar application for a more unique color, but Fashion Moment is incredibly dupable, so it’s hard to overlook.

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Fashion Moment

B-
Sometimes one might be willing to put up with a less-than-stellar application for a more unique color, but Fashion Moment is incredibly dupable, so it's hard to overlook.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

MAC Passionately Tempted Blush
MAC Passionately Tempted Blush

Start Your Blending Engines!

MAC Passionately Tempted Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone magenta” with a satin finish. It’s a reddish plum with a barely-there sheen. MAC Restores Dazzle is redder. MAC Vintage Grape is more plum, more muted. MAC Magenta is redder, more vibrant.

The pigmentation is incredibly rich and intense, but the biggest drawback is how dry the texture is, because it makes blending much more difficult. The blush applied unevenly and looked splotchy when I used MAC’s 116 brush (very lightly!), and I had to use my foundation brush (with excess liquid foundation on it) to buff around the edges, because it wasn’t evening out easily. It wore for eight hours with minor fading along the edges.  Excellent color payoff is typically a desirable trait, but in a blush, it is imperative that it is also blendable, and that is where this blush falls short.

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Passionately Tempted

B-
Excellent color payoff is typically a desirable trait, but in a blush, it is imperative that it is also blendable, and that is where this blush falls short.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Orly Flare Nail Lacquer
Orly Flare Nail Lacquer

Orly Flare Nail Lacquer

Orly Flare Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.60 fl. oz.) is a frosted, metallic gold with a strong yellow undertone. Chanel Gold Fingers has flecks of sparkle but is similar in color. SpaRitual Solstice is darker, more orange-gold. SpaRitual Golden Gleam is more orange, metallic.

It was mostly opaque after two coats, but it did apply unevenly and would drag if you didn’t wait for the first coat to dry entirely. The consistency was a little thick, and it didn’t level out fully. I’m usually impressed by Orly, but Flare was somewhat disappointing. I normally get a week of wear with very minor tip wear with Orly’s polish.

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Flare

B-
Not the best quality Orly polish I've come across, and I think you could get something similar to this color in a better formula, so I'd skip this.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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