Friday, October 5th, 2012

Dior Lame Gold (424) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss
Dior Lame Gold (424) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss

For Fans of Sheer, Lightly-Shimmered Gloss

Dior Lame Gold (424) Dior Addict Ultra Gloss ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm wash of goldenrod with gold and copper shimmer and sparkle. It is mostly a clear gloss base with a dose of shimmer. Le Metier de Beaute orange Juiced is somewhat similar but has less sparkle. MAC Rising Sun has more color in its base.

The formula is described as “delivering a sheer wash of catwalk color” while being hydrating and highly reflective.  It’s a new and limited shade for the holidays, and I suspect this shade is best for layering over red and berry-hued lipsticks to add a little shimmer and warmth.  It’s a wash of color/shimmer, and the finish is extremely glossy and shiny.  Lame Gold wore for three hours, which was surprising, because of the sheerness.

It comes with a brush-type applicator in a clear, square tube.  The consistency is thick without being gloppy, heavy, or sticky.  It has an almost gel-like, cushion-y feel on the lips.  It was lightly moisturizing when I wore it back-to-back for six hours.  After two hours, I did notice a very slight grit from the glitter/sparkle, but it wasn’t overly noticeable.

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Lame Gold

B+
You have to love the formula and be willing to pay for that for a sheer gloss, because sheer glosses, while they have their place and are great for layering, are easier to dupe at all price points.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, October 5th, 2012

China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer

A Not-So-Rare, but Radiant Shade

China Glaze Rare & Radiant Nail Lacquer ($4.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “extraordinarily rich gold.” It’s a dirty, yellowy gold with antique gold/brown and green. It flashes from a dirty, antique gold to grass green. As I mentioned earlier this week, Color Club Editorial is very comparable, as they both are similar to Chanel Peridot. Though not quite as similar, Ozotic #507 is worth mentioning–it just shifts more to blue than to green.

It’s mostly opaque after two coats, but I would advise applying three, because the formula is a bit thinner and slightly sheerer than other China Glaze polishes. There are noticeable brush strokes in the finish  and they apply straight overall, but they are there. This shade dried down a bit faster than other China Glaze polishes, and it did have a naturally shiny finish. I recommend waiting between coats, because it will drag if you apply a second or third coat too soon. I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula but do not have any chipping, just minor tip wear.

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Rare & Radiant

B+
I wish it was more opaque, but I love that it dries down a little faster than the norm and you could do without a top coat. This type of shade has been replicated across many brands, though it's certainly gorgeous every time.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “warm baby pink.” It’s a light-medium strawberry pink with subtle blue undertnoes against my skin tone. It looked a little cool-toned in the pan, too. The finish was mostly matte. MAC Stay Pretty is lighter. NARS Angelika is a smidgen darker and bluer-toned. MAC Weekend Getaway is similar but cream. Tarte Dollface is lighter.  It seemed darker than the original Pretty Pink that came in a palette previously.

The texture of Pretty Pink was on the dry side, but it is plenty pigmented; you can get true-to-pan color if desired, but not so much gets picked up on the brush that you can’t get a subtler look if that’s what you prefer.  I recommend building up the layers, because the drier texture made this blush less blendable than ideal once applied to the skin.  I liked that it seemed to melt against the skin, though, and the finish looked wonderfully natural on.  Pretty Pink wore well for seven hours, and after eight, there was some slight fading around the edges.

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Pretty Pink

B+
It's a pop of pink that doesn't look too bubblegum-pink on, so it will work on yellow undertones as well as on pink undertones (because it's really not very warm, if at all).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Milani Dolce Pink Blush
Milani Dolce Pink Blush

A Glowing Pink for Your Cheeks

Milani Dolce Pink Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with gold shimmer. Tom Ford Frantic Pink has a similar look, but it is more matte. MAC Stunner is a bit cooler-toned and has less shimmer. MAC Mighty Aphrodite has a similar coloring to the underlying pink color but not the golden shimmer. NARS Outlaw is darker, more plum. NARS Orgasm is similar.

Milani’s Baked Blush is supposed to have a silky smooth application with a luminous finish.  I think the formula is fairly comparable to MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula, so if you like that formula or you’ve always wanted to try it but haven’t wanted to pay MAC prices, you might try this range.  Dolce Pink has a fair amount of gold shimmer, and it is soft and applies fairly smoothly.  The shimmer does accentuate the size of pores a little bit (and I find this is true with MAC’s Mineralize range), but it gives a nice glow from the golden shimmer that looks more like a sheen when applied.  Dolce Pink wore for six hours well, and after seven, there was some noticeable fading along the edges.

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Dolce Pink

B+
It's a glowy, warm-toned pink that can be used wet or dry and wears for just over six hours before there is noticeable fading (based on my experience). It is very similar in feel and wear to MAC's Mineralize Blushes.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl

Old Standbys Get a New Outfit

MAC Marilyn Monroe Eye Kohls ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) sees the promotion of two permanent shades: Fascinating (intense matte white) and Smolder (intense black). If you purchase from the collection, the pencils you’ll receive come in a glossy black box and are packaged in a glossy black pencil, compared to the matte black packaging of the permanent shades. They cost exactly the same, and while online is listing these as 0.05 oz. (or 1.45g), my pencils say 0.048 oz. (or 1.36g), making them the same size as the permanent ones as well.

  • Fascinating is a bright white with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation in a single pass. Dolce & Gabbana white is similar but a bit brighter, not as cool-toned. MAC Pure White is also similar but more of a neutral white.
  • Smolder is a dark black with a near-matte finish. It had good color payoff in one stroke. It’s a basic black eyeliner, so it has many dupes available.

The Eye Kohl formula is supposed to be a soft pencil eyeliner that delivers rich color along with a smooth finish.  Smolder was really creamy and glided on easily, while Fascinating was a bit drier, but it still applied evenly and didn’t pull or tug on the lash line.  Smolder remains smudge-able for awhile and eventually sets, but I did see some additional smudging after wearing it for eight hours on my lower lash line.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

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MAC Fascinating + Smolder Eye Kohls Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B+
I don't get the best wear with these, so for me, they're not my go-to pick for eyeliner. I'd rather use MAC's Chromagraphic Pencil formula (which is PRO) or their Technakohl range.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC Forever Marilyn Beauty Powder
MAC Forever Marilyn Beauty Powder

Best Suited for Pale Beauties

MAC Forever Marilyn Beauty Powder ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “sheer pale peach highlighter.” It’s a very light pink-tinged peach. In the pan, it looked rather peachy, but when swatched on my arm as well as applied to my cheek, it looked a bit pink. MAC Play It proper is similar but pinker in the pan. MAC Lightscapade is lighter, yellowy. MAC Light Sunshine is more shimmery.  The color is as described; it’s sheer, though somewhat buildable.

The texture of this is soft, but it is chalky and a little powdery. On my medium skin tone (about NC30), it looked ashy and ghostly.  I think this is a shade that is going to work best on those with paler, lighter complexions.  Lightly dusted, it can work as a finishing powder or very subtle highlighter.  I’m not keen on the overall chalkiness coupled with the powderiness, but I think it will be less noticeable on lighter complexions.  When I tested the wear of this, it lasted six hours before starting to fade.  It’s packaged in a glossy black compact with Marilyn Monroe’s image on the front, and it is not a sticker, thankfully! There is a mirror inside.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

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Forever Marilyn

B+
I'm not keen on the overall chalkiness coupled with the powderiness, but I think it will be less noticeable on lighter complexions. The wear was disappointing. Because it does look a bit dry on, it will look better on normal-to-oily complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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