Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a “classic pink … [with] a modern twist … [with a] wax finish.” It’s a medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a wax finish–so it’s mostly matte, almost squishy-looking (like vinyl, rubber, etc.) but has a slight sheen. MAC Snob is shinier. MAC Silly is lighter and shinier. Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink is darker, shinier. Essie Off the Shoulder is darker, shinier. See comparison swatches here.

I found the consistency of this shade to be a little on the thick side, and it was harder to apply smoothly and evenly. I felt like it was almost sticking to the nail and was rather streaky on the first coat. The second coat covered a lot of the streaking but not all. Because of the wax finish, I do recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to smooth out the surface. The wear I get with the wax finish formula gives me more tip wear after seven days than the cream/shimmer formula from Cult Nails. I didn’t have any issues with chipping, though.

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Kiss My Rose Bush

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I found the consistency of this shade to be a little on the thick side, and it was harder to apply smoothly and evenly.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, May 31st, 2013

MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer
MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer

MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone orange coral [with a cream finish].” It’s a light-medium orange with a cream finish and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque in two coats (there’s a little visible nail line coming through at a distance). The consistency was not too thick or too thin. Nails, Inc. Porchester Place is darker. Butter London Trout Pout is pinker. MAC Ravishing is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Ke Ai ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink frost [with a frost finish].” It’s a soft, pale pink with silver sparkle. It’s semi-opaque with two coats, and it’s the type of polish that seems like it’s supposed to be a sheer but MAC didn’t say it’s sheer (and they have used this as a descriptor in the past). It was slightly thick but had minimal brush strokes and applied fairly well. OCC Femme is darker. NARS Trouville is more pigmented, less shimmery. MAC Confectionary is lighter, less shimmery. Illamasqua Pink Raindrops is more muted, more pigmented.Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie is more pigmented, has no shimmer. Essie Kisses & Bisses is iridescent. See comparison swatches.

Morange ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright cream orange [with a cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark orange with red undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats and applied fairly well. Cult Nails Ay Poppy is more muted. NARS TV Party is slightly lighter. NARS Madness is brighter. Illamasqua Gamma is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Pop ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach cream [with a cream finish].” It’s a light peachy orange with a cream finish. It was slightly thin in consistency, and it was streaky during application. What makes it stand out from other peaches is it has a strong orange and yellow tone to it. MAC Riot Gear is darker, more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep is less orange, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Fiestaware

A-

It's a light-medium orange with a cream finish and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque in two coats (there's a little visible nail line coming through at a distance).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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Ke Ai

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It's semi-opaque with two coats, and it's the type of polish that seems like it's supposed to be a sheer but MAC didn't say it's sheer (and they have used this as a descriptor in the past).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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Morange

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It's a medium-dark orange with red undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats and applied fairly well.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 31st, 2013

MAC Double Happiness Cremesheen Glass
MAC Double Happiness Cremesheen Glass

MAC Double Happiness Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “frosted light nude.” It’s a warm-toned, milky peach with white and pale peach shimmer. Applied, it’s semi-sheer; it adds noticeable milkiness that gives lips a lighter coloring along with white and peach shimmer. It does settle into lip lines somewhat. Chanel Zephyr is very similar. MAC On the Scene is more opaque, less shimmery. MAC Kiss Me Softly is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Imperial Light ($20.00 for 0.097 oz.) is described as a “frosted light peach.” It’s a medium orange with gold shimmer. On lips, it darkens and adds shimmer and warmth with semi-sheer color payoff. This shade didn’t settle into lip lines like Double Happiness did. Chanel Envolee is less pigmented, less shimmery. MAC Ravishing is more pigmented, less shimmery. MAC Pure Flattery is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Strictly Plutonic is redder, less shimmery. MAC Geo Pink is darker, more pigmented.
See comparison swatches.

Rising Sun ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “frosted bright orange.” It’s a lightened, medium orange with gold shimmer–it’s lighter and brighter than Imperial Light. It gives lips a brighter, warmer look with added golden shimmer. Chanel Envolee is less pigmented, less shimmery. MAC Pure Flattery is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Geo Pink is more pigmented. Burberrry Coral is more pigmented, more shimmery. See comparison swatches

I’m not a big fan of the Cremesheen Glass formula for a few reasons: 1) they’re touted as moisturizing but they’re usually barely hydrating or neutral (neither drying nor hydrating); 2) they last one to two hours on me, while the average gloss lasts between three and four hours; and 3) there is so little product in the tube–a mere 0.09 fl. oz. (Lipglass has 0.17 fl. oz.!). Since these are all repromotes, I re-tested all three shades ahead of the launch. Double Happiness lasted for two hours, Imperial Light for one and a half, and Rising Sun for just under two hours. The texture of all three are lightly creamy, thin but not too thin, non-sticky, and vanilla-scented.

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Double Happiness

B-

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Imperial Light

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8.5/10

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5/10

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5/5

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Rising Sun

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013

MAC Razzledazzler Lipstick
MAC Razzledazzler Lipstick

MAC Razzledazzler Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light cream peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a lightly pink-tinted, light-medium coral with a luminous sheen. It has mostly opaque color payoff but there is an underlying translucency and slight sheerness that is more Lustre-like. This lasted two and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Frolic is warmer, sheerer. MAC Style Surge is brighter, warmer. MAC Reel Sexy is lighter, pinker. MAC In a Heart Beat is lighter. MAC Cut a Caper is pinker. MAC Coral Bliss is slightly lighter. MAC So Vain is similar. Estee Lauder Naked is lighter and more matte. Burberry Devon Sunset is less pink. See comparison swatches.

Tart & Trendy ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright neutral orange cream [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a brightened, medium orange with a luminous finish and warm, slightly yellow undertones. It had mostly opaque color payoff with just a bit of sheerness–but it was definitely more pigmented than the average Lustre (which may be a happy accident for some!). I started my morning off wearing this, and it lasted three and a half hours on me. It felt somewhat drying (which is my typical experience with Lustres, so if you usually find them moisturizing, then we have opposite experiences, on average). Maybelline Electric Orange is redder in tone and a bit darker. MAC Booyah is slightly darker and more red-toned. MAC Good to Go has a strong red undertone and is darker. MAC Fashion Nomad is bit brighter/more intense. MAC Sounds Like Noise is lighter, yellower. MAC Saigon Summer is more muted and sheerer (which contributed to how much more muted it looked in comparison). MAC Morange is darker and redder. See comparison swatches.

Neon Orange ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright clean orange [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bold, medium orange with strong, warm red undertones and a natural sheen. It had full, opaque color coverage, and it was lightly creamy. This shade is permanent at PRO stores (and regular customers now have access to the majority of the PRO range online). I’ve had this on for nearly four hours, and it’s still going strong. Shades like Maybelline Orange Edge, Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin, MAC Good to GoMAC Morange, and OCC Psycho are all rather comparable to each other. Shades like Maybelline Electric Orange, MAC Booyah, and MAC Fashion Nomad are a bit lighter, less reddened. Then, shades like MAC Scarlet ibis and MAC Sail La Vie are slightly redder and appear a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

Flamingo ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light milky bright coral [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pink-tinged coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slight, underlying translucency that gave it a lighter look applied to the lips (not as heavy-looking as an opaque, creamy shade). This shade is a bit of a chameleon, and it will really go pinker/more coral depending on your natural lip color.  It lasted just over two and a half hours on me.  theBalm Strawbery is pinker, darker. NYX Stella is a bit pinker. MAC Blossom Culture is slightly darker. MAC Sunny Seoul is darker and pinker. MAC Cut-a-Caper is warmer. MAC Coral Bliss is lighter, less pink. MAC Betty Bright is brighter. Guerlain Rose Desir is warmer, less pink. Chanel Flirt is more muted. See comparison swatches.

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Razzledazzler

B-

It has mostly opaque color payoff but there is an underlying translucency and slight sheerness that is more Lustre-like.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tart & Trendy

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It had mostly opaque color payoff with just a bit of sheerness--but it was definitely more pigmented than the average Lustre (which may be a happy accident for some!).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Neon Orange

A

It had full, opaque color coverage, and it was lightly creamy. This shade is permanent at PRO stores (and regular customers now have access to the majority of the PRO range online).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013

MAC Rainy Season Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Rainy Season Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Rainy Season Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes these four shades: Arctic Grey (frosted mid-tone gray, Lustre), Courtly Grey (matte cool gray, Matte), Typographic (asphalt black, Matte2), and Rainy Season (light warm gray frost, Satin).  This quad is, for as gray and smoky as it is, more neutral than it is cool or warm-toned.  I think on cooler complexions, it will turn cooler-toned, but on my warmer complexion, it looked slightly warm-toned overall when applied to the lid.  I wore all four shades together, and they lasted fairly well over an eight-hour period–I had some minor (but not as bad as expected) fall out from Arctic Grey but didn’t have any issues with the shades fading.

Rainy Season is a subtly, warmed-up, pale gray-beige with a satiny finish. The texture was slightly powder, but it had fairly good color payoff. I didn’t have to pack it on to get it to show up on my lid, but it is the kind of the shade that can get lost on lighter complexions. Urban Decay Midnight 15 is more shimmery, as is Urban Decay Verve, which is also darker. Urban Decay Polyester Bride is lighter. MAC Vex has a duochrome, but at certain angles, they are somewhat similar. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 is more golden and shimmery. Giorgio Armani #19 is more shimmery and warmer. bareMinerals Daydream is more beige. bareMinerals Suspense is darker. See comparison swatches.

Arctic Grey is a frosted, beige-gray with more beige than gray. It is a more golden and shimmery version of Rainy Season really. It had decent pigmentation, but it has a Lustre finish, so it also has larger sparkles that were prone to becoming fall out during application as well as during wear. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 is more metallic. Giorgio Armani #19 is lighter, more metallic. MAC Vex is grayer. See comparison swatches.

Courtly Grey is a medium, neutral gray with a matte finish. The texture is somewhat powdery, and the color payoff is so-so–it sheers out easily, so it needs to be patted and packed on for best results. You’ll want to avoid blending it too much, because then it looks really faded. NARS Delphes #2 is darker. MAC Gentle Fume is darker and has sparkle. MAC Fabulous Fit is slightly darker. MAC All Woman is somewhat darker. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 is darker and more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Sterling is a bit lighter and shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Typographic is a gray-black with a matte finish. It has a very soft, silky texture that can be a little powdery but doesn’t look it once applied. It’s not quite a black, but it’s a very dark gray so it can look like a faded or softened black at times. theBalm Serious is darker. Milani Pitch Black is blacker. MAC Gravel is warmer. MAC Heather Belles is a smidgen lighter. Guerlain Les Gris #1 is a touch lighter. Estee Lauder Black Chrome #2 is shimmery. Chanel Premier Regard #4 is a bit darker. bareMinerals Amnesia is slightly grayer. bareMinerals Lights Down is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Rainy Season

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I wore all four shades together, and they lasted fairly well over an eight-hour period--I had some minor (but not as bad as expected) fall out from Arctic Grey but didn't have any issues with the shades fading.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Rainy Season

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Arctic Grey

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Friday, May 24th, 2013

Illamasqua Posture Lipstick
Illamasqua Posture Lipstick

Illamasqua Posture Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cool mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-tinted lavender with a matte finish. MAC Nocturnal Instincts is pinker, not as cool-toned/gray. MAC Fresh Amour is more opaque, cooler-toned. MAC Lavender Whip is pinker. OCC Digitalis is also pinker. See comparison swatches here.

The good news is that this wasn’t nearly as dry as ESP! It has mostly opaque color payoff, and the color applied fairly evenly and smoothly. The consistency of the formula is a bit dry and stiff, so it will tug a bit at the lip, but it doesn’t drag or catch to the point where application is really difficult or the resulting coverage is patchy. The drier texture does cling somewhat to lips, but it didn’t actually seem drying over the five and a half hours it lasted on my lips. I didn’t see this listed on Sephora’s website, so I’m not sure if it will be launching at Sephora with the rest of the Paranomal collection or not, but it is available on Illamasqua’s website.

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Posture

B
The texture was on the drying side in terms of feel, but it didn't dry out my lips when I wore it. It's an interesting color, so you may be more willing to work with this in exchange for the more unique coloring. I'd recommend lighting dabbing a balm on top or underneath to make it easier to wear and work with.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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