Friday, October 26th, 2012

MAC Endless Night Nail Lacquer
MAC Endless Night Nail Lacquer

A Grab Bag of Holiday Polish

MAC Glamour Daze Nail Lacquers ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include four shades: Endless Night (pale grey pink with iridescent pearl), Everything That Glitters (black with super multidimensional glitter), Girl Trouble (super glitter pink), and In the Limelight (mid-tone creamy mint).  Because of the white-colored labeling (instead of black), MAC has tacked on $1.50 to the cost of each polish.

Endless Night is a cool-toned, light-medium beige with iridescent pink micro-shimmer. It’s not quite opaque after two coats.  The consistently was a little watery. MAC Quiet Time is darker, no shimmer. Essie Topless & Barefoot is just a smidgen lighter, has no shimmer, and leans slightly pink. Cult Nails Cruisin’ Nude would be similar, though it’s a bit darker–it has the same pink shimmer.

Everything That Glitters is a dark black with multi-colored micro-glitter–lots of blue, pink, and green predominantly. It’s opaque after two coats, and the glitter particles disperse evenly. It is very similar to Butter London The Black Knight from what I can tell.

Girl Trouble is a metallic, cool-toned pink with silver micro-glitter. It is part of the permanent range. The consistency was a little watery. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it dried down faster than the other three shades. China Glaze Encouragement is similar in color but not metallic. NARS Night Rider is darker.

In the Limelight is a cool-toned, mint green with a cream finish. This was very, very streaky. After I applied one coat, I attempted to apply a second coat, and it was a big mess. The only way I could get it to look half-decent was to glob on a second coat and maneuver my hands by waving them around to get the polish to level out without using the brush.   Illamasqua Nomad is much darker, greener. China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint is greener. Zoya Wednesday is darker. MAC Mischievous Mint is very similar.

Everything That Glitters was the best performing shade, because it was opaque after two coats, and the consistently wasn’t too thick or thin, so it applied evenly.  Endless Night is a little sheer, and with this kind of color, some might prefer it that way.  Girl Trouble will drag if you move too quickly on a second coat, and it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like.  In the Limelight was a nightmare to apply, and in order to get even results, it took over an hour before I could really move my hands, and even then, I took a smudged off a chunk of it just by lightly brushing another finger against it.  It doesn’t level well, so be very, very careful when you apply your second coat.

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MAC Glamour Daze Nail Lacquer Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B
In the Limelight is the big loser here, because of the thicker consistency and streaky performance. Everything That Glitters was the easiest to work with out of this bunch.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

MAC I'm the One Blush
MAC I’m the One Blush

Is This Pink the One for You?

MAC I’m the One Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone blue pink.” Like I’m the One, this shade darkened the minute it touched the skin. It looks lighter in the pan, but swatched (and applied!), it is a lightened, medium pink with strong blue undertones–it almost has a lilac-edge to it, but it’s still very much pink first. It has a satin finish, so there is a very subtle natural sheen that’s most apparent the more blended out it is. NARS Gaiety is incredible similar on–swatched, it appears marginally lighter (and for darker complexions, it is more pigmented). MAC Peony Petal is darker, slightly more magenta but the difference is negligible on.

The color payoff was good, but medium complexions or darker, you’ll find that you need to go back at least once, if not twice more, to get enough color to show up on the cheeks–I used MAC’s 116 brush to apply and blend. This blush works well with really heavy, cool-toned smoky eyes as well as cool-toned complexions in general.   The texture is firm, but it is still soft and easy to blend out when applied.  When I trialed this shade, it lasted seven hours and was slightly faded after a full eight hours.

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I'm the One

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It requires some layering to achieve true-to-pan color; it's an overall, sheerer blush, so it might be a happy accident for those who prefer subtle blush on their lighter complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

MAC Kohl Power
MAC Kohl Powers

Power That Builds

MAC Glamour Daze Kohl Powers ($16.50 for 0.04 oz.) are available in four shades: Feline (intense black with black pearl), Mystery (intense black with green pearl), Orpheus (intense black with gold pearl), and Raven (intense black with red pearl).

Feline has been reviewed previously here. As of the last one I purchased (back in 2010), it was still a lovely rich, intensely pigmented black eyeliner with a smooth, creamy texture that stayed put.

I purchased the recently released versions of the other three eyeliners, even though all of them are repromotes. The colors are all exactly the same, but the texture seemed a little drier with the new versions. Not a lot drier, just somewhat, and they’re not as creamy as Feline (so if you hated how creamy Feline was, you may prefer these). It is interesting to see your own evolution, because I remember loving the Kohl Power formula in general (being particularly taken with Feline), but I’m not really into these. They require a lot more building to yield good color payoff. They also have a tendency to look uneven if you don’t, because it’s like the color isn’t actually mixed–it’s black and then pearl, and it mixes as you move the pencil back and forth.

  • Mystery is a blackened teal. I couldn’t think of a possible dupe for this one. I imagine you could try to apply a black eyeliner and then apply a brighter teal eyeliner over it to yield something similar.
  • Orpheus is a dirty gray-brown with antique gold. MAC Uniform is a bit greener–more olive than brown/gray. MAC Black Line is blacker.
  • Raven is a dark burgundy-brown. Urban Decay Rockstar has more purple, less red in it.

Mystery was the least impressive; it was a bit drier than the other two, and it required some pressure and several passes to build up the color. It’s definitely possible, but after being exposed to a number of more impressive formulas, it could use greater intensity in a single go.  The formula remains smudgeable for a few minutes after applying, but set down and on me, they wear good to great.  They make it to eight hours, though with Mystery I could see some had disappeared after eight hours.  Raven and Orpheus lasted a full eight hours.

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MAC Glamour Daze Kohl Powers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B
The best part of these is the colors themselves, which have a sultry, smoky edge to them because they are all black-based with colored pearl to bring out a hint of color. I liked that they're not too dark--you can see that each one is different when applied.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, October 22nd, 2012

China Glaze Swanky Silk Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Swanky Silk Nail Lacquer

Drape Yourself in Swanky Silk

China Glaze Swanky Silk Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “brilliant beige with peach undertones.” At one angle, it’s a brilliant champagne gold, and when tilted, it gets a little bronzy, almost pink-bronze. The shift is subtle, though–don’t expect a serious duochrome here. I don’t have any other similar shades that have a little shift like this one does. Chanel Delight is a bit darker, less golden. MAC Soiree has a similar story–a little darker, not so golden. China Glaze Jingle Bells has a similar golden coloring.

It seems like a common theme throughout the New Bohemian collection: sheerer color, heavy on the brush strokes. I thought the brush strokes in this particular shade looked more like subtle metallic threads, and they applied rather straight compared to some of the other shades. The consistency was just barely on the thin side, and the color was semi-opaque after two coats.  I usually see a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s formula.

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Swanky Silk

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Not my favorite collection or shade by China Glaze; it's not nearly as pigmented or as flawless as their formula can be.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “cream sparkle.” It’s a pale, golden ivory with lots of sparkle and shine.  What’s really crazy is that it looks very yellow in the pan, but it’s not really yellow (just lightly warm and cream-colored) swatched and applied. Cinderella Ball Gown is similar, whiter. Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra is also a bit whiter. Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse is similar. theBalm Tempting Tara is more metallic.

The Sparkle Eyeshadow formula is the brand’s take on glitter with “shimmering pearls and fine glitter” that is crease-free and long-lasting.  Bone is nicely pigmented with a good base color along with plenty of sparkle.   The sparkle felt well-embedded within the eyeshadow, so fall out during application and throughout wear was minimized.  There was some noticeable fall out that occurred throughout the eight hours I wore this, and I did have faint creasing after eight hours of wear (without a primer).

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Bone

B
For an eyeshadow that's as loaded up with sparkle as this one is, the fall out was surprisingly little, but there was some, which couldn't be overlooked.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

One Vibrant Fuchsia in Pencil Form

NARS 413BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a vibrant fuchsia-red with the barest flecks of iridescent blue sparkle that just peek through the color. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac is less matte and has no sparkle. MAC Moxie is similar, but it is completely matte and less blue-based. Illamasqua Atomic is extremely comparable–it even has the iridescent shimmer; it appears to have more of it.

NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is supposed to combine the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick . The formula is meant to be rich in color, long-wearing, non-drying, and have a “velvety matte finish.” It can be used for lining, all-over lip color, or paired with another lip product.  It has opaque color coverage, and the finish is definitely matte–there’s a tiny sheen from the sparkle, but it really looks rather matte on.  I found this particular shade a wee bit drying.  It wore for six hours on and left behind a slight stain, but my lips were parched after wearing it.  The pencil itself did tug and pull at lips during application, so getting even color took more effort than your typical lipstick would have.

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413 BLKR

B
The consistency was on the drier side, and the formula itself was somewhat drying when I tested it. It wears long, and it has good color payoff, it just doesn't feel as comfortable to wear or as easy to use as expected.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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