Sunday, March 24th, 2013

China Glaze Strap On Your Moon Boots Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Strap On Your Moon Boots Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Strap On Your Moon Boots Nail Lacquer ($14.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight sky blue.” It’s a darkened, stormy blue with linear, holographic shimmer. I couldn’t come up with any dupes, though, even for something similar in color (but without holographic shimmer).

This looks many times more interesting in the photos than it ever looked in person. I found it difficult to detect the holographic effect under indoor light, because it is very, very subtle. My camera did a far better job picking up the holographic shimmer than my own two eyes did! In brighter light, like sunlight, it is somewhat more obvious, but it’s not a strong holographic effect (definitely not the “strong linear finish” they noted in the press release) and at double the price, disappointing to see (or not see, in this case).

I had no trouble applying Strap On Your Moon Boots, though.  It dries down faster than the average polish, and as a result, it’s important to wait for the first coat to dry before applying a second as it will pull at the polish if it is still drying.  I used two coats for completely opaque color coverage.  I tested this particular shade for wear, and it lasted five days with minor tip wear but after seven days, the tip wear was more than my norm for both China Glaze and polish in general (and if you’re not familiar with my reviews, most polishes wear a week on me and chipping is very rare).

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Strap On Your Moon Boots

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The holographic effect is very subtle and only visible under really bright sunlight. It applied well, and the polish as a whole had good color coverage.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 21st, 2013

 

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick ($42.00 for 0.40 oz.) is described as “bright pink, golden pink, and icy pink pearl pigments.” It’s a cool-toned, rosy pink with a frosted, shimmer-sheen finish. Estee Lauder Tease is surprisingly similar, though it has a single color throughout; it is marginally more pink-hued, but the finish and effect on cheeks makes it hard to tell the difference. MAC Flower Fantasy is also similar in color but has less of a frosted finish. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is warmer on me, less pink/lilac, and more beige/brown, but because both are on the subtler side regarding color, the sheen isn’t largely different–the resulting cool/warm undertone difference will be more visible if you have really warm or really cool undertones in your skin.

Though everything seemed to swatch well initially, this Shimmer Brick is more sheen than it is color. Other Shimmer Bricks deliver both a highlighting sheen as well as some color, but this one works primarily as a highlighter on medium and deeper complexions; on fairer skin tones, I think it may work as a subtle blusher, too. The texture of the Shimmer Brick is soft and smooth, but it is very frosted–even for a Shimmer Brick–and I did notice that my pores were emphasized when I applied this on my cheeks. It seemed sparkly and frosty, so the sheen was not as smooth and reflective.   Lilac Rose lasted eight hours well on me, and by nine hours, there was some light fading along the edges.

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Lilac Rose

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It's not my favorite Shimmer Brick; I don't think it's as versatile as some of the other variations released (both past and present). The finish isn't as kind to the skin, which may or may not be a deal-breaker for you.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Benefit Nude Swings Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Nude Swings Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Nude Swings Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a warm beige with a hint of peach and a champagne sheen. I expect that it may look more like a rose gold, as listed, on those with pink undertones–against my warmer undertones, it loses the pink, but I do see a pink tinge to the color when I look at it in the pan. Cinderella Midnight Hour is less metallic and slightly pinker. L’Oreal Blinged & Brilliant is very similar but more metallic. MAC Naked Lunch is less metallic.

It had good pigmentation, though it could have been a bit denser and more buttery, so it could be a more versatile shade. As is, it forms a very thin layer that is mostly opaque. It does apply smoothly and evenly, and it sits nicely on the skin. It’s not quite metallic, but it has a high sheen to its finish, so it works well to brighten lids.
The color payoff is decent but not fully opaque. It had a slightly drier texture compared to other shades I’ve reviewed from the range, so it doesn’t apply as smoothly. It is, however, still soft to the touch and easy to blend out on the lid. When I wore Nude Swings, it lasted for seven hours well but was slightly faded and starting to crease after eight hours (no primer).

And good (bad?) news–this shade doesn’t appear to be included in any of Benefit’s World Famous Neutrals’ palettes, so it is only available individually.

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Nude Swings

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Nude Swings is a good, solid neutral eyeshadow with warm undertones. I expect it may look a bit pinker on cooler complexions, but on warmer ones, the pink seems to disappear.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Benefit It's Complicated Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit It’s Complicated Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit It’s Complicated Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “golden peach.” It’s a warm-toned, medium pinky-peach with a gold shimmer-sheen finish. Chanel Complice has no golden shimmer. MAC Say Yeah is darker. Urban Decay Freebird is pinker. Lancome Kitten Heel has the golden sheen but is pinker. MAC Expensive Pink is darker, redder.

The pigmentation of this shade was on the weaker side, and I found that at best, I could build up the color to semi-opaque but it wanted to be semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It’s disappointing, because most of the shades that are similar tended to be darker, so this would have offered a subtler way to achieve the color–and on cooler skintones, would be less prone to looking orange. It’s Complicated had a soft texture that was finely-milled and was easy to blend out on the lid. It lasted seven hours well on me, but after nine hours, I did see some faint creasing.

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Most Glamorous Nudes Ever Palette–I make a point to mention that, because the palette itself is $30 but contains three other eyeshadows along with two Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows; more or less, unless you really hate the other products, it’s hard to justify $20 for one eyeshadow when you could be paying $30 and receiving six different products.

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It's Complicated

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I wish this shade had better color payoff--it's hard to build up the color on the lid, unfortunately. It also creased on me, so it's not as long-wearing as it should be.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 11th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Bark Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmer eggplant.” It’s a dark, shimmering plum with red undertones and subtle plum, red, and violet shimmer. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is a touch less red-toned but otherwise is very comparable. Urban Decay Tornado is a powder eyeshadow, and it’s a bit purpler. I was surprised not to find more similar shades.

It has semi-opaque color coverage, but I was not able to build up the color to get fully opaque color, and compared to the other shades, the pigmentation in a single stroke was noticeably sheerer.  The color applied evenly, which is important, because uneven, sheer color is something that can look off even from a distance.  I did experience some very light creasing after eight hours, though it did not seem to worsen too much more when I checked at the ten-hour mark.  The consistency was creamy enough that it glided on and didn’t pull at the lid, and it didn’t take too long or too little time to set.

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Violet Plum

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I was not able to build up the color to get fully opaque color, and compared to the other shades, the pigmentation in a single stroke was noticeably sheerer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains five eyeshadows that range from white to brown designed to “[recall] the luminous beauty of Hong Kong, refleted in the China Sea.”

Pearl River #1 is a pale, warm white with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was on the sheer side. It was buildable, but it wasn’t densely pigmented. The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled, though; one of the softest textures I’ve seen from Chanel. There is no shortage of frosted, white eyeshadow, so it’s highly likely that you have something similar in your stash. Giorgio Armani Open is not as warm-toned. Tarte Macaroon is similar but even less pigmented. bareMinerals Silhouette is more pearl-like in finish. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #1 is also similar.

Pearl River #2 is a warm-toned, light-medium gold with soft yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and smooth. Jasmine Sand in the Glass is more metallic. Tarte Bellini is less frosted. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #1 is less warm-toned. MAC Femme-fi has a more reflective sheen. (This shade, though certainly pretty, is very, very dupable–nearly ever shade I mentioned above is 90% similar in regards to color.)

Pearl River #3 is a warm, orange-toned gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had so-so color payoff, and I found I really needed to use it wet to get smooth, even color applied to the lid. I wasn’t sure if you could use these wet, but I didn’t have any residual effects on the pan of product where I used it damp. Lancome Eternal Gold is less warm-toned. Tarte 24 Karats is less frosted. Cinderella Gus Gus is yellower. bareMinerals Remix is a touch less orange. Chanel Blazing Gold is very similar in color.

Pearl River #4 is a tangerine orange with warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had great pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly. MAC Chessa is a touch warmer. OCC Mimosa is a smidgen lighter. MAC Fresh Daily is darker. Chanel Tigerlily is yellower.

Pearl River #5 is a rich, deep dark brown with warm, red undertones and a very fine burgundy-bronze micro-shimmer. The color payoff was absolutely fantastic; it was incredibly rich and smooth–the best shade of the palette. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #8 is a hair lighter but not by much. Urban Decay Busted is less red-toned. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #5 is darker, almost blackened.

I liked the palette, but the color payoff overall could have been better. If you prefer lighter, sheerer washes of colors, you may still enjoy the palette. The texture of all of the shades is phenomenal; that’s the standout feature: beautifully soft, velvety eyeshadows that go on and sit so well on the lid. All five eyeshadows also blended well and only needed a feathery touch to diffuse. The other downside to the palette is that it is rather dupable (and of course, this depends on your stash), but I felt like there were far too many really, really close shades to a few of the ones in the palette. The “most unique” shade in the palette was the darker brown. The eyeshadows wore well, though, and lasted nine hours without fading or creasing (no primer), but I did have a touch of fall out.

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Pearl River

B
The palette lacked pigmentation in a few shades, though the textures were very soft, finely-milled, and looked good on the eye. There was some minor fall out at the end of the day.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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