Monday, April 1st, 2013

NARS Super Orgasm Blush
NARS Super Orgasm Blush

NARS Super Orgasm Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink with gold glitter.” It’s a golden-shimmered, warm pink with gold glitter. It is Orgasm with glitter particles. I think that this appears slightly lighter with a stronger sheen, though. As a result, all the dupes for Orgasm apply to Super Orgasm–minus the glitter. bareMinerals The Natural High is slightly warmer in its base color (less pink). Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire is slightly deeper and pinker. Benefit Sugarbomb is much, much lighter (and sheerer). Rock & Republic Call Me is slightly less pink. Milani Dolce Pink is more frosted/sparkly. Tarte Glisten is similar–slightly darker.  MAC Springsheen is also similar.  This older post is a good comparison reference for coral blushes.

I’m not a fan of NARS’ glittery blushes (or their eyeshadows). In general, while glitter is absolutely fun, it needs to be something that stays in its place, rather than heading for parts unknown. Unfortunately, the glitter in Super Orgasm does just that: gets everywhere else after you’ve applied it to your cheeks. The glitter doesn’t stick or adhere to the powder, so it is like applying loose glitter to your cheeks. A lot of the glitter does seem to get trapped in the brush or disperse in the air, but I did get some on the cheeks. The texture of the blush is slightly gritty, given the glitter content, but the underlying color is soft and smooth. It seemed to have a higher frost content, though, and it did emphasize pores just slightly. Super Orgasm wore for seven hours well but was slightly faded after eight.

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Super Orgasm

B-

Between Super Orgasm and Orgasm, I'd go with the latter, because the glitter added to the blush really doesn't add anything positive.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains a of muted browns, yellow, and white. The formula of the eyeshadows is supposed to be long-lasting with “vibrant color in a color-true finish.” One shade is “an illuminating base,” while two shades are more like regular eyeshadows, and one shade is designed to work more as an eyeliner.

Pale Nude #1 is a meduim-dark, golden brown with a satin finish. It had lovely color payoff and was very true-to-pan. The texture was soft and finely-milled but slightly powdery. Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is darker. theBalm Allegro is more matte. Dior Golden Savannah is more frosted, slightly darker. MAC Moleskin is lighter, less warm-toned.

Pale Nude #2 is a light-medium beige-brown with a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation but had a slightly powdery texture–it is not as buttery or as smooth as Burberry’s single eyeshadows. Too Faced Marzipan is lighter. Urban Decay Tease is darker, grayer. Chanel Beige Lame has more sparkle but is very similar.

Pale Nude #3 is a pale, lightly warmed-up yellow with a pearly finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly for the most part. NARS Misfit #1 is darker. Make Up For Ever #102 is slightly darker and matte.

Pale Nude #4 is a shimmering, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. It was semi-sheer, but it had a soft feel and no powderiness to it. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #2 is similar. Cinderella Ball Gown is also similar. MAC Crystal Avalanche is cooler-toned.

The quality of the palette, overall, is not as good as individual shades within the Burberry eyeshadow range. What makes Burberry’s single eyeshadows so compelling is how soft, smooth, and velvety they feel; the textures are buttery and dense, and the powders apply so smoothly and evenly. They melt against the skin and always lie beautifully on the lid. Here, three of the four shades had a powderiness to the texture. When I wore the palette, it wore well for seven and a half hours and there was some slight fading just after eight hours. This is a combination of colors that would best suit paler complexions, and though I would say neutral to warm complexions would find this most flattering, the cooler white eyeshadow is either out of place or may be harder to use.

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Pale Nude (03)

B-
This is a combination of colors that would best suit paler complexions, and though I would say neutral to warm complexions would find this most flatterig, the cooler white eyeshadow is either out of place or may be harder to use.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Silly Nail Lacquer
MAC Silly Nail Lacquer

MAC Silly Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink cream.” It’s a light-medium pink with neutral undertones–it looks almost warm-toned against my skin tone–and a cream finish. MAC Vagabondage is bluer-based. MAC Saint Germain is also bluer-based. MAC Snob is warmer and slightly darker. MAC Pinkly Fresh is cooler-toned. OCC Femme has a similar coloring but has shimmer.

This was the let down of the four polishes, because it was very streaky and milky on the nail. The first coat was extremely streaky, but a second, even thicker coat did not hide the streaking entirely. It had a thick consistency, so it made getting thinner coats difficult to do and had a tendency to pool along the edges. I had to be really careful to keep my nails level so that the polish didn’t bulge on the edges. It was mostly opaque after two coats. I typically get a week of wear with MAC’s polish formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Silly

B-
This was the let down of the four polishes, because it was very streaky and milky on the nail. I felt like the bristles of the brush were really coarse/sharp and made the streaking worse.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “soft matte pink.” It’s a pale pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. Urban Decay Heartless is shimmery. NARS Bouthan #1 is very similar. bareMinerals Giddy is warmer. Inglot #319 is cooler-toned, brighter.

It had beautiful pigmentation when I swatched it initially, and on the lid, it was still good, but due to the very matte, slightly powdery texture, it tended to stick and absorb (like a blotting powder might). For that reason, the texture does better over a primer. Without a primer, it tends to look noticeably faded (and slightly darkened) after six hours.  I didn’t experience any creasing, even after eight hours of wear, though.

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Easiest Nudes Ever Palette–I make a point to mention that, because the palette itself is $30 but contains three other eyeshadows along with two Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows; more or less, unless you really hate the other products, it’s hard to justify $20 for one eyeshadow when you could be paying $30 and receiving six different products.

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Pinky Swear

B-

I wish this shade wore better and didn't fade/darken on the skin. For a long-wearing eyeshadow, it's not successful.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Shoot Intense Lipgloss (£14.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “leaf green.” It’s a brightened, medium grass green with warm, yellowy undertones and a creamy finish. It will surprise absolutely no one that I don’t have a laundry list of dupes for this shade. That, in fact, I have none to recommend to you. OCC’s Chlorophyll is much more of a teal shade. (And their newer Power Plant shade is more teal as well.)

Shoot is a high-maintenance color, because it’s in gloss form, it has a lot of slip and will move around a lot. I found this particularly problematic in maintaining and achieving opaque color throughout. It just looked uneven more often than not. To get really opaque color, you have to apply a fair amount of product, but with that much on, it is somewhat uncomfortable–just has a thick, heavy kind of feel. Luckily, it is non-sticky, so it doesn’t feel gummy, even with more product applied. I tried applying it from the tube with its brush-type applicator as well as with a separate lip brush. The results seen in photos are used with a separate lip brush, which gave me the best results but not great results.  It lasts well for four hours, and there is still a noticeable green tinge to my lips for another hour or so after.  It had a sweet, fruity scent.  I’m still noticing that every tube I’ve received of Illamasqua’s Intense Lipgloss with the brush applicator has had significantly splayed bristles.

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Shoot

B-
It's not an easy to use shade; the color doesn't want to stay opaque and ends up looking streaky and uneven for the majority of the time it is worn. It's an interesting, unique color for lipgloss, which is really the best thing about.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color
Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color

Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “baby pink.” It’s a soft peachy-pink with warm undertones and a natural, creamy finish with some shine. MAC To the Future is more subdued, less warm-toned. MAC Pure Zen is a touch pinker. Bobbi Brown Miami Coral is pinker and darker.

The Creme Smooth Lip Color formula is supposed to have “medium to full coverage with a semi-lustrous finish,” wear for six to eight hours, glide without skipping, and hydrate lips while it’s being worn. Now, that’s a rather tall order! Arabesque didn’t nail all of those on the head, unfortunately, though I still remain hopeful on other shades, because most of its problems are ones I see often in lighter, creamier shades like this one.

The texture is medium in weight and very creamy; it definitely glides on and doesn’t drag across the lips. It deposits mostly even color coverage, but the lighter shade made lines of lip color show up if you pressed your lips together. The color settled a bit after initial application, and as it wore away, more seemed to gather there. It wore for four hours, which is average for lipsticks on me in general, and slightly above average for colors like this. The color coverage was mostly opaque, though, and it did have a noticeable sheen to its finish, and this is where the lipstick did the best.  It was lightly hydrating while I wore it.  Bonus: it is one of the larger high-end lipsticks on the market.

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Laura Mercier Arabesque Creme Smooth Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
It's a decent lipstick, but the formula has a lot of claims behind it, and Arabesque just didn't live up to a lot of them, particularly in wear.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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