Friday, August 17th, 2012

MAC On the Hunt Eyeshadow Duo
MAC On the Hunt Eyeshadow Duo

Continuing on the Hunt for Fall Eyeshadows

MAC On the Hunt Eyeshadow Duo ($27.50 for 0.09 oz.) contains two shades: Star Myth (bronzed violet) and Raving Mad (bronzed red).  Very fall-like with these two shades; reminded me of leaves as they change colors.

Star Myth is a coppery brozne with a high frost finish. It has a veluxe pearl finish. The color payoff was good, but it was not perfectly smooth–there was a very minor level of grit from the amount of sparkle in the shade. I did not see fall out from this post-application, though. MAC Brash is more copper. NARS California is slightly darker. MAC Mythology is browner. Urban Decay Chopper has less red/orange tones.

Raving Mad is a burnt but muted red with a little hint of orange. It has a subtle sheen in its finish, though it is listed as a frost. The color payoff is so-so; it’s definitely not as pigmented as it looks in the pan, and you have to build it up to get a decent level of color, which I suspect is because the texture is a little stiff/dry. Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a new Realm has less orange in it. Milani Primary Runway Eyes is similar when used dry. MAC Spicy Smoke is more shimmery but close in color. Milani I Heart You has a more metallic finish but is similar in color.

The wear of both of these shades was nice; a full eight hours without primer and no signs of creasing or fading.  I didn’t experience fall out with Star Myth, which was a potential worry. Raving Mad requires more patting of color to retain some of the color you see in the pan, but it is workable. On the whole, while neither shade is a slam dunk, they both are easier to work with than the one less-stellar shade in the previous duos I’ve posted about today.

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MAC On the Hunt Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
On the whole, while neither shade is a slam dunk, they both are easier to work with than the one less-stellar shade in the previous duos I've posted about today. I'd recommend Amber Lights or Antiqued paired with Cranberry for something similar but better in quality.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 17th, 2012

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

Not So Hidden Blushes with This Treasure

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “rich burnt red.” It has a velvet finish, according to the back, though the press release had originally listed it as a satin. The color is a dark rusted red with a very subtle sheen, no detectable shimmer or the like, and a warm, red-orange undertone. MAC Ring of Saturn is lighter and has more of a golden sheen–it would still look very similar if used lightly. Tom Ford Savage is lighter, more muted, less red. NARS Liberte is more orange, less red.

The texture is just slightly dry, though it packs plenty o’ pigment–you’ll absolutely want to use a light hand with this blush (and might I also recommend a stippling brush, like MAC’s 187 or 188?).  Since it’s a little drier, it doesn’t blend out as effortlessly as some other blushes. It does take more time and effort to get a soft, faded edge.  I think this blush will look exceptionally beautiful on darker skin tones, because it has great depth and color.  I tested the wear of this shade, and it wore for a full eight hours and was just slightly faded along the edge.

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Hidden Treasure

B+
Despite the marginally dry texture, I think this is a worthwhile blush to check out if you have a medium-dark to dark skin tone--it will read really nicely against the skin. Lighter complexions will be able to wear this, but because blending is not a cinch, it may be more of a challenge to use without looking like you're suffering from sunburn!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012

China Glaze I'm Not Lion Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer

I’d Be Lion if I Said This was Easy to Remove

China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glistening gold and multi-colored glitter.” It’s a predominantly pale, antique gold glitter with an assortment of smaller glitter particles. The base color really seemed clear to me. The inclusion of multi-colored glitter makes it look different from a lot of the other antique gold shades we’ve been seeing (think Illamasqua Swinger, Revlon Gold Coin, and Chanel Diwali). The closest color I could come up with was China Glaze Medallion, which is darker gold, chunkier glitter all around.

It’s almost opaque after two coats–there’s a hint of visible nail line at certain angles.  Because it’s full of glitter, this takes longer to remove, but it doesn’t have to be challenging.  Brooke discovered an excellent way to remove polishes like these, which is really just soaking nails in nail polish remover, but she discovered these nifty devices to use (and they’ll cost you about $3 shipped). Two minutes and you’ll be set!  The texture is just barely rough, because the glitter is fine and the consistency is on the thicker side, so it tends to immerse the glitter in the base.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s formula.  The polish retails for $7, but you can find it at various e-tailers for under $4 (the one linked in the post sells this shade for $3).

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I'm Not Lion

B+
I love the opacity, though I wish it was a little thinner, because it started to border on gel-like with the thickness of the consistency. This shade really sparkles, though, and it catches light all the time.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Zoya Daul Nail Lacquer
Zoya Daul Nail Lacquer

I’d Haul Daul If It was More Opaque

Zoya Daul Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium red-toned purple base with heavy purple and gold iridescent metallic sparkle.” It’s a medium violet purple with red undertones and plenty of pale gold sparkle. The sparkle particles are fairly large, bordering on micro-glitter but flatter and smoother. Zoya Tru has a similar base color but less shimmer and copper-red-colored shimmer at that. Zoya Dannii is lighter, more lavender.

It’s supposed to be fully opaque (Zoya lists it as intensity five, which is the equivalent of opaque). After two swatches, it’s semi-opaque but there is a lot of visible nail line and an underlying sheerness for the majority of the nail bed as well. It would take at least three coats for opaque color. I think it has a really cool reflective sheen, and it did dry to a naturally shiny finish with some metallic shimmer/sheen, though the texture isn’t completely smooth because of the larger-sized shimmers.

The formula wasn’t not too thick or too thin, and it applied fluidly and fairly evenly–definitely no streaking or pooling along the edges.  I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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Daul

B+
If you don't mind using three or four coats, you might still like the finish and color enough to make it worth the effort. The lack of pigmentation is bothersome, and I'm surprised to see it as a problem, since Zoya's usually quite good about color payoff.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Twilight Nail Lacquer
Bobbi Brown Twilight Nail Lacquer

Bobbi Brown Twilight Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is described as a “black chocolate plum.” It’s a deep burgundy-tinted brown with flecks of burgundy, red, and violet shimmer. The finish is just slightly metallic (and some brush strokes are visible under bright light). Rescue Beauty Lounge Atame is redder, less plum, no shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Moulin Rouge is browner, no shimmer. Chanel Vertigo is grayer, less red-tones. Cult Nails Enigmatic is lighter. Estee Lauder Extravagant Night is very similar but has much chunkier sparkle–Twilight is subtle, Extravagant Night is over-the-top.

I can’t remember Bobbi Brown doing nail polish before–not as long as I have been following the brand. Does anyone else remember? The formula is on the thicker side, though it’s not so thick that it’s goopy or problematic. The thicker consistency allows for nearly opaque color coverage with just one coat, but I needed two for full opacity, which is what the swatches show. It dries to a noticeably shiny finish; a top coat would still be necessary for a high-gloss finish, though.  Since this formula is new-to-me, I tested out the wear of Twilight, and my results were a full week with no chipping and just minor tip wear; these results were the same whether I used a base/top coat or just applied to nails alone.

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Twilight Night

B+
It's a color that I don't have many dupes for, so I like it from that aspect. It's certainly appropriate for fall and will take you into the cooler temperatures of winter, too. The formula is good, but it's not perfect.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, August 10th, 2012

China Glaze Orange You Hot? Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Orange You Hot? Nail Lacquer

Why, Yes, It’s Positively Scorching in here!

China Glaze Orange You Hot? Nail Lacquer ($3.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange with attention-grabbing gold glimmer.” It’s a bright tangerine orange with very fine gold shimmer. Honestly, that shimmer is nearly imperceptible under most lighting conditions. It’s there, and it has a subtle effect to add depth, but it’s not “attention-grabbing.” Zoya Arizona is lighter, more subdued, and a cream finish. Sinful Cloud 9 is a bit darker and has larger gold shimmer. China Glaze Papaya Punch has a cream finish and looks a shade darker. China Glaze Sun Worshipper is a bit brighter but also has a cream finish.

This shade was very nearly opaque after two coats, but at some angles, there’s a hint of visible nail line coming through. I liked the consistency on this shade better than several other shades in this collection, though it still seemed a bit thicker than the norm for China Glaze. It flowed a lot better, though, and I didn’t have trouble with it pooling along the sides. There were some noticeable brush strokes under bright light. I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula–no chips, just minor tip wear.

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Orange You Hot

B+
I think it would be a little better if the gold shimmer was more noticeable--it fades away quite a bit, so it almost makes the nail look textured and not necessarily in a good way.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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