Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Nubar Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer
Nubar Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer

Nubar Duochromes: Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer

Nubar Midnight Glory Nail Lacquer ($7.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a duochrome-finished shade. It shifts from blue to gold to pink, while the polish itself is very sheer. I swatched showing three coats, and there is still a lot of visible nail line. The base color is more of a robin’s egg blue while the shimmer is pink, copper, and almost gold. The base color isn’t as opaque or as intense as Nubar Blue Hydrangea but bluer than Chanel Riva. I don’t have anything like this, because of the duochrome finish.

Nubar’s polishes are formaldehyde-, toluene-, and phtalate-free. The rubberized cap is one of my favorites, because it’s very comfortable to hold and provides good grip for more precise application. I typically get a week of wear with minimal tip wear from Nubar’s polishes–they’re some of my favorites. The formula on Midnight Glory is on the thinner side, which fits given the sheerness overall.

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Midnight Glory

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Nubar does not provide much of a description for this shade, so I don't know if it was designed to be particularly sheer (many of the other duochromes are opaque!). If you like layering shades, it's certainly worth checking out!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, September 17th, 2011

MAC Fall Colour Lipglasses
C-Thru, Good Times, Orange Tempera, Pink Fade

MAC Fall Colour: Lipglasses

MAC Fall Colour Lipglasses ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) includes four shades: C-Thru (peachy beige with shimmer), Good Times (pale mauve), Orange Tempera (pale peach), and Pink Fade (pale pink). These are part of the MAC Fall Colour Collection, which debuts in North America on September 29th, 2011 and rolls out internationally in October. C-Thru is part of the permanent collection, the other three are limited edition.

  • C-Thru is a milky beige-nude with pale beige-white shimmer. IT’s semi-opaque and does settle a bit into lip lines. This is a permanent shade. MAC on the Scene is similar. Urban Decay Max is a little more opaque and peach-tinted.
  • Good Times is a pale, creamy mauve-pink with nearly opaque color coverage. There is enough milkiness that it does settle into lip lines but the more opaque color hides some of it. Good Times is more opaque than MAC Going Casual but less pink than MAC Splashing. FYI, it just came out with MAC Me Over.
  • Orange Tempera is a soft, light-medium peach with a creamy look. There is some settling into lip lines but it is on the more opaque side and applies fairly evenly. It is lighter than MAC Illicit.
  • Pink Fade is a really cool-toned, blue-based pale pink with a creamy milkiness that encourages settling into lip lines. The coverage is mostly opaque and applies fairly evenly. It is lighter than MAC Viva Glam Gaga. It is a little cooler-toned than MAC Enchantee.

I’m not a big fan of the way MAC’s creamier lipglasses look on lips–they tend to settle into lip lines and apply unevenly. The thickness of the lipglass texture can make it harder to get even color coverage because it doesn’t glide as easily as a thinner gloss would. Lipglass is a sticky formula with a vanilla scent that typically wears three to fours on me. I don’t find the moisturizing, but I don’t usually find them drying either. I recommend creamier shades like these over a lip liner or lipstick.

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C-Thru

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These all settle into lip lines, which can be a difficult look to pull off! I recommend using a lip liner or lipstick underneath, which should minimize settling and give a more even appearance overall.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, September 17th, 2011

MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Fall Colour: Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.*) is described as a “soft pinky coral with gold veining.” It is limited edition, but it has previously launched. It is part of the MAC Fall Colour Collection, which debuts in North America on September 29th, 2011 and rolls out internationally in October. Mineralize Skinfinishes are more akin to highlighters than anything else, but depending on the shade of the product and your skin tone, it may be used as a bronzer, blush, or highlighter. Though Porcelain Pink does have a touch of color, it looks like a highlighter on me.

It’s a coral-pink base color with a peachy-gold shimmer and sheen. I find it powdery and the shimmer to be a little on the larger side (especially compared to Lightscapade). It looks more noticeable on the skin, though honestly it looks nearly the same as Lightscapade does on my skin. Porcelain Pink has more obvious shimmer and consequently, it appears to reflect more light. I don’t find that the mineralize blushes or skinfinishes wear all day; I usually notice some fading around six hours (and I have normal-to-dry skin). On someone with much paler skin, I could see them extracting a bit more color out of this product.

Note: I am using Porcelain Pink which launched a couple of years ago (manufacturing date was in 2009), so while I anticipate the color should be the same (as much as it can, given the nature of veining of this product that can create slight color variation), there is possibility that the powder is more refined/softer. A lot of the more recent mineralize skinfinishes have seemed more finely milled, but I can’t say for sure since the one I have is older.

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MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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I'm not a big fan of the texture of Porcelain Pink; it's just not finely milled enough to give it a really refined appearance on the skin. The shimmer is almost chunky, too, so it looks more obvious when worn.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 15th, 2011


MAC Optical Bronzer

MAC Art of Powder: Optical Bronzer

MAC Optical Bronzer ($38.00 for 0.31 oz.) is one of three limited edition specially designed compacts from the Art of Powder Collection, which launches on September 29th, 2011 (North America) and October 2011 (International, at select locations). It contains a good amount of product, and it will take quite some time to get through it.

If you’re not feeling the neon pink, you’re in luck: it doesn’t go all the way through. It’s thicker than your typical overspray, but it definitely does not go all the way through (video is forthcoming with much excavation!). The product is the golden tan you see protruding from the compact. I gouged a chunk out of the corner, and you can see how the pink is only on the surface I also used a small shadow brush to brush back-and-forth against a line of pink and eventually it disappeared and revealed pure golden tan underneath.

The color this bronzer is a warmed-up, medium tan with a very subtle golden sheen. The sheen is almost too faint, actually! It doesn’t impart much of a glowy sheen applied, because the sheen is so subtle–which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your preference. The pigmentation is decent, but the color is on the lighter side. On my medium skin tone, it’s subtle and soft. I expect this is better suited for lighter skin tones. It does have an orangeness to it that may not work well with pinker or naturally red complexions, because it may turn ruddy.

It has a really finely-milled, soft texture, which makes it extremely easy to blend on the skin but there is some powdery dust because of the overall softness. The subtle sheen means it doesn’t emphasize pores or imperfections on the skin. The texture is almost as soft as the Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Bronzers but I find those to be softer overall (but more pigmented, and if you want something foolproof, Optical Bronzer is that).

I wore it on one cheek (had the highlighter on the other–that’s called multi-tasking!), and it wore well for about six hours before starting to fade, which is shy of good (eight hours). It’s decent but not better than MAC’s regular bronzing line-up or various limited edition releases they’ve done every couple of months. The mix of pink and tan could have made for an interesting mix or take on bronzer in general (think Chanel’s Soleil Bronzers) but was not the case here.

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Optical

B-
It's a little powdery, but it may suit lighter skin tones who are looking for a very subtle, barely shimmered bronzer--the only potential issue is it does have an orange tone to it, which may not work with those with pink undertones. The wear is below average (and I have normal to dry skin).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, September 2nd, 2011


Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) doesn’t have much in the way of an official description, but I suppose with a name like Pepto Pink, is it really necessary? It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink with a thin consistency that’s a little streaky on the first and second coats. It needs a third coat to bring it together, though I still had some visible nail line after three. The formula didn’t do it for me, which was disappointing, because the RBL formula is often worth shelling out for, but it wasn’t here.

It’s not currently available, but since RBL has now instituted “Bring It Back,” if it is a shade that calls to you, vote for it and you may see it make a return. I picked this up when the brand had its massive 50% off sale – I’ve been slowly going through what I’ve purchased for swatching, and unfortunately, sometimes I reach for a shade that is–of course–sold out. It’s so hard for me to let the photos go to waste, though!

As far as potential dupes are concerned, I first thought about MAC Ice Cream Cake, but it much cooler in tone. Zoya’s Jolene is more neon pink. MAC Galore Pink was the closest, but it is a little brighter. Feel free to share possible dupes in the comments! :)

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Pepto Pink

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RBL polishes wear like iron on my nails, but the formula here makes that point rather irrelevant. It's fussier than it should be, because it needed three coats to combat both streaking and opacity issues.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2011


Cult Nails Awakening Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection is now available, and Temptalia readers can take $5 off $40+ orders with code TEMPTALIA, good through 8/31. There are four shades in the fall collection, and each bottle contains 0.5 fl. oz. and costs $10. The shades include: Awakening (dusty teal), Enigmatic (purple base with a brown hue), Hypnotize Me (sheer green jelly with glitter), and In a Trance (olive green to muted gold).

  • Awakening is a dark, smoked teal-blue with a cream finish. I needed three coats for opaque color, because the consistency is on the thinner side. It has a dustier appearance (so it looks more muted, less intense) compared to MAC Deep Sea and Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal. It’s like a teal version of MAC Blue India.
  • Enigmatic is a plum purple with hints of brown and red flecked with silver and plum shimmer. I needed two coats for opaque color. The brown hues of the shade disappear under brighter light. China Glaze Urban Night is a bit lighter and doesn’t have any shimmer.
  • Hypnotize Me is a very barely green-tinted base with iridescent blue and green glitter. It’s supposed to be sheer, and if you want a more cohesive result, it’s probably best as a layering shade. The texture is extremely thick–it’s very much like jelly or jam or even like hair gel (thick of the type in a tub). Because of the overall thickness of the formula, you have to be careful applying the color. I only did two coats, because I didn’t want to go too thick.
  • In a Trance is a olive green with tarnished gold shimmer. It was opaque in two coats, and the formula was just right–not too thick or too thin. To me, this was the standout shade of the four, particularly because of how easy it was to apply. The base color is similar to Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War. It’s not quite as bright or as green as China Glaze Peace on Earth.

In a Trance had the best formula, while Awakening was a little sheer (needed three coats) and Hypnotize Me is extremely thick (not gloppy necessarily, but it truly has the texture of a gel).  I like the concept of Hypnotize Me but would appreciate a thinner consistency overall. In the past, I’ve tested out several shades from Cult Nails, and the wear is great–a good week with minor tip wear (with a proper base/top coat).

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Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
In a Trance is lovely, and it's definitely better than a B-, but shades like Awakening and Hypnotize Me brought down the overall score.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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