Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Quadrille (537) Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) consists of a plummy mauve, golden beige, pink-coral, and dark brown. It’s generally warm-toned with a range of light to dark shades, and it certainly brings to mind the theme of spring. Every single eyeshadow has an incredibly soft, finely-milled texture that feels like silk, but they were also a little powdery as a result–you’ll find excess is easily lifted as you tap and press your brush to each pan (and the palette gets quite messy). I’d recommend lightly tapping excess off your brush to minimize any initial fall out, as well as pressing/patting the brush against the lid. If you use a dampened brush, it minimizes some of that powderiness while amplifying the pigmentation. When textures get more powdery, they don’t wear as long or as well on me, so I did notice signs of fading after seven hours of wear, even with some shades applied with a dampened brush (doesn’t live up to the “smudge-proof long wear” claim).

This is how Chanel describes the color payoff of the quad: “dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color.” If you like subtle, sheer colors on the eyes, then this quad achieves that result easily when used dry, as the shades are prone to sheering out. If you want more intense color payoff, you’ll need to use the shades damp.  I don’t think the majority of the shades get to fully, opaque color–I certainly wouldn’t describe them as rich or intense–but they do get more opaque/pigmented with a damp brush for application and somewhat less powdery but doesn’t fully resolve the powderiness. I think you’ll still need some sort of base to apply them dry, as they really do sheer out considerably (with the dark brown shade being the exception)!

Quadrille #1 is described as a “lavender grey.” It’s a muted, warm-toned, plummy mauve with a satin finish. Apply dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more opaque though not fully opaque in color (and still a little powdery). Makeup Geek Last Dance (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, less pink. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) has a higher sheen but is close. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) has a stronger golden shimmer. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) also has a bit of a golden shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #2 is described as a “golden ivory.” It’s a warm-toned, ivory beige with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it’s fairly sheer and powdery enough that it will be more of a barely-there wash, and then applied with a dampened brush, it’s more semi-opaque with some noticeable sheerness (less powdery!). bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is similar. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is more metallic. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is less warm-toned. MAC Sahara Dust (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #3 is described as a “rosy apricot.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-coral with a satin to matte finish. Applied dry, it looks less pink, is semi-sheer, and more matte, and then applied with a dampened brush, it has a subtle satin sheen and appears pinker, as well as it is more pigmented. MAC Rose (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sushi Flower (P, $15.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is a bit warmer but close. Chanel Rose Favorite (LE, $28.50) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Quadrille #4 is described as an “intense brown.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, dark brown with reddish-burgundy undertones and a mostly matte finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque and was the least powdery shade of the four. Applied damp, it was more opaque and a bit darker/more intense. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE) is darker. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) has a stronger sheen. LORAC Espresso (P) is a bit darker. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is less red-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Quadrille (537)

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If you like subtle, sheer colors on the eyes, then this quad achieves that result easily when used dry, as the shades are prone to sheering out. If you want more intense color payoff, you'll need to use the shades damp. This is in line with how Chanel describes the color payoff of the quad: "dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color."

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Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara
Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara

Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as a “glamorous sparkling mascara top coat that adds a beautiful shimmer to lashes … the gel based formula allows for easy, even application.” It’s not shimmer, it’s glitter–it’s definitely larger and chunkier, which is really a good thing as shimmer would be harder to see, but in case you were thinking, “oh, fine shimmer!” it’s really glitter-sized particles. It’s also a top coat, which means it can be used over mascara, not just bare lashes, and it will perform better over mascara (more to cling to).
The formula is very wet, not too thick or too thin, but wet. When the glitter gets caught on a lash, it does adhere, and it doesn’t fall out during wear, but the glitter applies in a scattered, sparse way. If you apply it similarly to mascara, where you’re running the wand through the lashes, you’ll need three coats or more to get visible sparkle. Now, the problem with this, is it has a tendency to clump and pull lashes together, so you’ll also need a lash comb or clean spoolie to help bring back definition and lash separation. It’s a lot easier to just use the glitter that’s on the tip of the wand to sort of tap and press and slide through the lashes, as you’ll get a denser application and minimize how much of the gel base on lashes.

The major upside of this product was once on, it stayed put, but the downside was in the application and lack of density of the glitter. I had better results with this formula than I did with Chanel’s glitter top coat, though you can get similar results using a liquid glitter eyeliner and dabbing or combing through lashes.

Just as a note (this had no impact on the rating), but you might concentrate the glitter on the tips of lashes, rather than the whole lash, as I saw pops of blurred sparkle throughout the day, which might be distracting for some!

Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “gold shimmer.” It’s true, metallic gold glitter particles suspended in a clear base. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner, and it is a paler, less yellow gold. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Glare Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “bronze shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, gold and copper mix of glitter suspended in a clear base.

Silver Gaze Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “silver shimmer.” It contains light-medium, metallic silver glitters suspended in a clear base. Urban Decay Glamrock (P, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner but is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Silver Gaze

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8/10

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Monday, December 9th, 2013

China Glaze Just Be-Claws Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Just Be-Claws Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Just Be-Claws Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “red with an aluminum-like mirror finish.” It’s a medium-dark, rich ruby red with subtle, cool undertones and a high-shine, metallic finish. There is a lot of depth to this color–China Glaze really knocked this one out of the park. It was mostly opaque after one coat, but I applied two coats to be sure, and you’ll find there’s a richness to the finish with two. The consistency of the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it spread evenly and without bubbling or pooling along the edges. Cult Nails Annalicious (LE, $12.00) is warmer but similar in the finish. China Glaze Cranberry Splash (LE, $7.50) is very similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Put a Bow on It Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “magenta glitter.” It’s a sparkling, muted pink-shimmered purple micro-glitter. It has a sandy, sparkly texture, and it dries to a mostly matte finish (the sparkle isn’t totally matte). This shade was mostly opaque after two coats. The consistency was on the thinner side. I don’t have any dupes for this shade, especially because of the finish; the only shade I considered was Zoya Carly (P, $8.00), which is darker and has a totally different finish (they’re not dupes at all).

This is Tree-mendous Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “green with fine gold glitter.” It’s a mix of light-medium, yellow-toned green, emerald green, and light gold micro-shimmer and micro-glitter. It has that sandy, sparkly texture that’s mostly matte but still sparkles here and there. The consistency of the formula was thinner and a little watery, and the color payoff was still noticeably sheer after two coats. Ironically, I think it’s too dense, though, to work better as a top coat, as it will cover a lot of the underlying polish, but using a green or gold polish underneath for one coat would help this look more opaque with less coats. The only other green sand-textured shade I have is Zoya Chita (P, $8.00), which is several shades darker and less warm-toned.

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Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Makeup Geek Duchess Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Duchess Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Duchess Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte cool purple.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish–you can see a sprinkling of micro-shimmer at times, but it’s not apparent on the lid. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, not powdery, and easy to blend out on the skin. It lasted eight full hours on me before showing signs of fading. Disney by Sephora Mystical Wonder (LE) is shimmery, lighter. MAC Illegal Cargo (LE, $15.00) is similar from I can tell, but it’s so sheer it’s hard to say 100%! Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is a bit brighter. See comparison swatches.

Envy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic green.” It’s a darkened, forest green with cool undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had so-so pigmentation–the texture was on the drier side, so the color payoff wasn’t as intense as you’d expect. It can be layered and patted on for better coverage. It wore almost eight hours before showing signs of fading. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is very similar. MAC Dark Indulgence (LE, $21.00) is greener/richer. Make Up For Ever #80 (P, $20.00) is lighter. Inglot #414 (P, $6.00) is a touch warmer, more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Galaxy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic gunmetal.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, dense, and buttery. It blended beautifully when applied to the skin. It wore well for a full eight hours before it showed signs of wearing away. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is lighter. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is similar. Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Slate (P) is bluer-tinged. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Duchess

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9/10

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) Nail Color
Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) Nail Color

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Nail Colors ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) include five limited edition shades.  Two are glitter top coats, while the other three are colors.  The formula was decent to good, while the consistency wasn’t too thick or thin across the board.  I tested Midnight Purple for wear and saw seven days with some tip wear–a little more than usual but no chipping.  The selection of shades lacks some originality; the red and silver glitters just seem underwhelming with the plethora of glitter top coats on the market now.  Note, each bottle contains 0.27 fl. oz., which is half the size of most polishes (often 0.50 fl. oz., though there are certainly ones that are smaller).  It was somewhat awkward applying the polish due to the decorative handle, though I’m sure if you love Minnie Mouse that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker!

Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, violet purple with fuchsia and blue-violet shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly well. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. This was the shade I tested for wear, and it lasted seven days with some tip wear–a little more tip wear than average for me but no chipping (though few formulas chip on me). Zoya Neve (P, $8.00) is darker. Guerlain Riviera (LE, $23.00) is more metallic. SpaRitual Blue Moon (LE, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Neon Pink (300) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with subtle blue undertones and iridescent fuchsia shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency was nicely balanced–not too thick or too thin–and flowed well across the nail. Cult Nails Untamed (LE, $12.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel May (P, $27.00) is lighter. Essie Off the Shoulder (LE, $8.00) has no shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Passion Red (400) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) consists of large circular red glitter and small red micro-glitter, both suspended in a clear base. I applied one coat over Neon Pink, and then two coats of the glitter top coat on its own on my thumbnail. You do need to push and pull at the glitters to get them in place, as they don’t spread evenly across the nail. Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy (LE, $19.00) is less circular but is red glitter in a clear base–it is more packed with glitter. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Snow White (002) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a semi-opaque, warm white with iridescent micro-shimmer and larger silver glitter. The consistency wasn’t too thick, so it applied well, and though it wasn’t opaque, it was fairly even. There were some visible brush strokes, though. MAC Much Adored (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse Stardust Silver (001) Nail Color ($16.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is silver micro-glitter suspended in a clear base. I applied two coats of it on its own on my thumb nail, and then I applied one coat over Snow White. It applied evenly for the most part, and one coat had a nice density so that it added an effect to the nail but didn’t overwhelm the base color. NYX Ice Glitter (P, $4.00) is more holographic and has glitter in multiple sizes. See comparison swatches.

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Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200)

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9/10

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Maybelline Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent!) gloss from Maybelline. It’s supposed to yield “hyper-saturated color,” an “ultra cushiony feel,” and “glass shine.” They’re a really lovely lipgloss to enter the market, and there are many things to like: nicely hydrating, a variety of colors, comfortable to wear, and last well (for a gloss). They’re not “hyper-saturated,” the pigmentation varies from shade to shade, with some being more opaque and others being semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Whether that’s a deal-breaker is a matter of preference, but the other issue I had with several of these is they had a tendency to apply streakily (not evenly as Maybelline says). Because of the medium-thick consistency, often when I would press my lips together, you could see a line where the color moved/lifted–the color does slip and move. It’s non-sticky initially, and after three to four hours, it gets slightly tacky. Some shades apply better than others (noted below). If you tend to wear gloss over lipstick, then the unevenness should be less of an issue. The formula has a sweet, creme brulee scent and slight perfume-y taste.

Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with white sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, applied mostly evenly, and lasted for four hours on me. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Dashing Orchid (035) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned plum with very fine fuchsia and pink micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a noticeable level of translucency, so the natural lip color will come through. It applied evenly for the most part, and this shade wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is ery similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Hibiscus Haven (085) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium, blue-based pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque to nearly opaque color, but this was a shade that did not apply evenly. Even when it was finally into place, a mere pressing of the lips once moves the color around yet again. It lasted four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler, darker. NYX Addis Ababa (P, $5.99) is brighter. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

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