Thursday, June 27th, 2013

L'Oreal Mint Ice Colour Riche Le Gloss
L’Oreal Mint Ice Colour Riche Le Gloss

L’Oreal Mint Ice Colour Riche Le Gloss ($7.95 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a subtly gold-shimmered mint green. I couldn’t think of any dupes from products I’ve reviewed, and the only sheer, green-tinged gloss that came to mind was MAC’s Spring Bean, which I believe is a little yellower (I haven’t had it in sometime, but I do remember it looking kind of yellow-y applied, plus shimmery). When I saw this at Walgreens, I had to pick it up; green gloss? C’mon, so fun! Alone, it’s a sheer dusting of gold and green micro-shimmer that give lips a glossy shine, but there’s no real green coloring of the lips.

Though the Colour Riche Le Gloss formula tends to be more pigmented than it is sheer, Mint Ice is incredibly sheer, so there’s no need to fear the color in the tube if it was worrisome. Of course, if you wanted a real pop of green you’re going to have to look elsewhere. My guess is L’Oreal made this deliberately sheer, though it’s still very, very sheer–it really doesn’t even change my natural lip color at all, just adds shimmer and shine–and given the permanent’s range opacity, it should be more pigmented.

The texture is slightly thick, kind of like jelly, non-sticky, and this shade lasts an hour and a half, tops, on me, which was disappointing.  It feels nice on, but it just doesn’t last (good thing there’s a lot of it in the tube).  It had a sweet vanilla-like scent but no discernible taste.  I wore it a few times back-to-back to get a better feel of how well it hydrated, and it was nicely moisturizing overall.

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Mint Ice

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It doesn't feel like a C- gloss on the lips, but it's very, very sheer and wears away quickly. If you like the idea of seeing a green gloss in your stash, but are just in the market for a shimmery, mostly clear gloss--and don't mind frequent application--it's still a nice formula in terms of how it feels on the lips.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

4/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Cult Nails Dance All Night Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Dance All Night Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Dance All Night Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mixture of green and turquoise glitter with duochrome yellow-orange micro-glitter suspended in a clear base.” It is a mix of large emerald green and sapphire blue hexagon-shaped glitter particles with smaller yellow-orange micro-glitter held in a clear base. The only shade I could think of that was remotely similar was Revlon Radiant, which has similar shaped larger glitters, but it has larger and is more densely-packed with micro-glitter. See comparison swatches.

I wore one coat of this over Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle, and two coats of the polish alone on my thumbnail. I found the consistency incredibly thick and gel-like, but very, very thick that it made it difficult to apply a reasonably thick (or thin) layer so that it didn’t pool along the edges. I had to reapply this a few times, because of the drying time, and I’d, inevitably, move my hands, and the polish would slide to the edge like ooze. I’m usually very impressed by Cult Nails’ formula, but this was one of the hardest ones to apply that I’ve come across. (And surprising, because Center of Attention was amazing.) The amount of glitter in each coat also varied quite a bit, and I had to do a lot of tugging and pushing with the brush to try and even out the glitter so it didn’t clump up in one area.

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Dance All Night

C-
I'm usually very impressed by Cult Nails' formula, but this was one of the hardest ones to apply that I've come across.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Thursday, June 6th, 2013

CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow
CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow

CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish and slight sparkle. AVEDA Lemongrass is lighter, cooler. AVEDA Papyrus is less shimmery. Dior Peacock #1 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #304 is brighter. MAC Lucky Green is darker. MAC Juxt is more muted. Inglot #412 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Turquose Glow (325) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a cool-toned, aqua with subtle green tones and a metallic, sparkling finish. Make Up For Ever #53 is a cream product and lighter. MAC Lucky in Love is very similar. See comparison swatches.

CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle. Urban Decay Radium is slightly darker. NYX Kiss in Casablanca is darker. Make Up For Ever #167 is brighter. MAC Freshwater is slightly brighter. Inglot #426 is slightly bolder. See comparison swatches.

This is a new formula that I found at my local Walgreens this past weekend. I haven’t spotted it available online, but CoverGirl does list it on their website. Interesting enough, the pots themselves didn’t have any names on them (just numbers), and heads up–there were no safety seals on these at all. The formula is supposed to have “vivid color,” be “blendable,” and have a “glittery and sparkly effect.”

All three were slightly powdery and would apply better with flat, firm brushes or sponge-tip applicators rather than fluffy brushes, which will just exacerbate the powdery surface. I used them wet, though, because they seemed to have the kind of texture that would respond well to a damp brush, and it seemed to minimize some of the powderiness. There’s a noticeable grit to the texture if you blended the color against your skin; like the powder isn’t finely-milled enough.

Aside from the texture, good color payoff was possible.  I had a noticeable amount of fading after six and a half hours of wear, which continued for the next few hours I wore them for.  Over a sticky primer, the results were better, and I was able to see the wear extend to eight hours without fading.  Depending on what primers and potions you already have, you may be able to make these work.  Lime Light was the best-performer, as it was barely faded after eight hours.  Turquoise Glow had the most powdery texture of the three, and it was noticeably grittier, too.  There was some sparkle fall out after eight hours, too, but it was less concerning compared to the fading.

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Lime Light (310)

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It is a brightened, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish and slight sparkle.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Turquoise Glow (325)

C-
Turquoise Glow is a cool-toned, aqua with subtle green tones and a metallic, sparkling finish.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sapphire Flare (315)

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It's a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “grayish blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a gray cast and a frosted finish. Chanel Destination is slightly lighter (but also a cream product). Giorgio Armani #22 is lighter, more silvery, and a powder. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is less gray, bluer. Urban Decay Strip is lighter, more metallic, and a powder. Urban Decay Occupy is darker and a powder. Urban Decay Crystal is lighter and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Clinique Massively Midnight Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a navy blue with a subtle, pearly finish. Make Up For Ever #81 is darker, more muted, and a powder. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 is also darker, not quite as muted as #81 but more so than Massively Midnight, and is a powder. MAC Lunar is very similar in color but is a powder. Maybelline Electric Blue is comparable, slightly brighter. NARS Dark Rite is lighter. Urban Decay Evidence is similar but a powder. Chanel Metamorphose #4 is slightly brighter and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Big Blue was a big pain, because it had a tendency to clump during application–it didn’t smooth out evenly and created thicker, chunky patches on the lid, which only made my lid look wrinkled. The texture was on the drier side, and it did tug and pull at the lid while I tried to lay down the color. I didn’t see creasing really, but it wasn’t readily apparent given it already looked patchy from the initial application. This one skipped while applying, too!

Massively Midnight was much better; it was creamier and less dry, so it applied more smoothly and evenly. It had mostly opaque color in a single pass, so getting a sheer wash of color was actually more difficult than I expected, as it’s just not very blendable. While it wears like iron (twelve hours no creasing or fading, no primer!), it doesn’t budge from the get-go; it’s difficult to fade the edges, blend to sheer it out, and the like as a result. If I heated up the pencil with a blow dryer, it became more blendable.

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Big Blue

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Massively Midnight

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Maybelline Precious Pearl Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Maybelline Precious Pearl Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Precious Pearl Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm ivory with a frosted shimmer and finish. It looks more golden in the pot, but swatched and applied, it looked closer to white (and I have warm undertones, so those would normally bring out the warmth in a shade like this). MAC Angelic is cooler-toned. MAC She’s Got Class is slightly cooler-toned. MAC The Cool Elite is more of a pure white. Dior Fairy Golds #3 is similar. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #2 is warmer. Guerlain Terra Azzura #1 is similar but a powder.  See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Icy Mint Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is an iridescent, cool-toned, blue-aqua with a frosted finish. bareMinerals Sensational is greener. Benefit Blue My Mind is less iridescent. Buxom Husky is bluer. MAC Blue Willow is more silvered. Dior Swimming Pool #4 is comparable but a powder product. Giorgio Armani #10 is more metallic, less blue, and a powder product. L’Oreal Dive Right In is more aqua and a powder product. See comparison swatches here.

Both of these looked better in the pot than applied, because both were sheerer, a little streaky, and were difficult to apply evenly. Precious Pearl was easier, and the color itself is far more forgiving with a sheer, slightly uneven application. Icy Mint, because it does have a tint of bluish-aqua to it, does look odd with as much streakiness as there is. The texture of both shades was slick and creamy, so they glided on well but didn’t seem to smooth out quite as nicely. They are very blendable, though, and they took a bit longer to set than other Color Tattoos I’ve worked with.

As an eyeshadow base, they worked better than they did alone, as the unevenness gets covered by other eyeshadows. I tried applying sheer, thin layers and allowing them to dry before applying another layer, but it didn’t help (just slid the product around or caused it to look clumpy). Icy Mint creased noticeably after six hours of wear, and Precious Pearl had light creasing after eight hours of wear.

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Precious Pearl

C+

Precious Pearl was easier to work with, and the color itself is far more forgiving with a sheer, slightly uneven application. Though I wasn't very impressed by it, if you're only looking for a sheer wash of color, it would be worth considering.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Icy Mint

C-

Icy Mint had a sheer, uneven application that made it look unflattering when worn, as you could see streaks and unevenness even at a distance. It also creased much more quickly compared to other Color Tattoos I've worn.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer
MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer

MAC Pistachio Creme Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light teal mint [with a cream finish].” It’s a pastel, bluish aqua with a cream finish. Cult Nails Manipulative is a couple of shades darker. Chanel Riva is bluer. Zoya Wednesday is several shades darker, slightly greener. MAC Mischievous Mint is greener but similar.

It’s a very spring-themed color, and mint is certainly a trendy color at the moment, too, but MAC ruins the color with an awful, streaking formula. The consistency was slightly watery, and the formula applied streaky from the first coat, but even a second coat applied with visible streaking. I even tried applying a few different ways and times, even trying three coats, but nothing made it look better (the swatches show two coats, for reference). The color coverage seemed like it would be mostly opaque if not for the streaks and watery patches. This polish did want to pool along the edges, so you really have to make sure to keep your fingertips level.

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Pistachio Crème

C-
It's a very spring-themed color, and mint is certainly a trendy color at the moment, too, but MAC ruins the color with an awful, streaking formula.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

2/5

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