Thursday, April 11th, 2013

MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer
MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer

MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light blue pink [with a cream finish].” It’s a pale, pastel pink with a neutral-cool undertone and a creamy finish. MAC Delicate has barely-there shimmer, but it is similar. Cult Nails Enticing is slightly pinker and has white micro-shimmer. Nubar Pink Lily is a touch pinker but very close.

Streaks, ahoy! This was a troublemaker of a polish; it was all streaks and nothing but. Two coats and there was still so much visible streaking–it wasn’t just the first coat that was being difficult. The color coverage was semi-opaque, as the nail line still comes through quite a bit, even if you overlook the streaky application. It’s such a shame, because I could see someone really loving the delicate look of pale pink–and the sheerness would give it a very soft look. (Of course, it’s not described as sheer.)  The consistency was just a bit watery but didn’t pool along the edges.  I usually get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish with minor tip wear, which is the most consistent characteristic I’ve experienced with the polish.

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It's such a shame, because I could see someone really loving the delicate look of pale pink--and the sheerness would give it a very soft look. (Of course, it's not described as sheer.)

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

2/5

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Monday, April 8th, 2013

Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft lavender purple.” It’s a light-medium lavender purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. There are several lavender eyeshadows that I’ve come across, but I haven’t seen anything this cool-toned. The closest shade I could think of was MAC Water & Ice #2 which is more silvered and very frosted.

Creep had decent to good color payoff, but it didn’t yield full, opaque color.  The texture was very soft and finely-milled, but it was noticeably powdery, so it was prone to sheering out during application and tended to fade while worn.  Because the powderiness, it would work better over a slightly creamy or tacky base, because it would give the powder something to adhere to, so it would appear more pigmented and wear better.  It lasted six hours well but looked significantly faded after eight hours of wear.

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The powdery texture resulted in sheerer color payoff and color that was prone to fading while worn.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Urban Decay Space Cowboy Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Space Cowboy Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Space Cowboy Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light champagne with bright silver sparkle.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium brown base with lighter champagne and beige shimmer and sparkle. bareMinerals Kudos is less sparkly and almost has a little duochrome. shu uemura P Soft Beige 832 has a pearly finish. MAC Summer Haze is warmer–a little peachy. MAC Sweet Satisfaction has a satin finish.

Space Cowboy had similar color payoff used both dry and wet; applying it damp did intensify the underlying base color ever-so-slightly. Even the finish is the same: sparkly, metallic, but it doesn’t smooth down as fully as other shades in the range. It retains a more frosted finish. This shade gave me more problems with fall out compared to the others–it just didn’t seem to bind/adhere as well. It worked best when really pressed against the lid using a sponge-tip applicator. Within the shade range, this is the most “everyday” kind of color–the kind where you can just sweep it on and go (well, technically, not practically!). It wore seven hours but lightly creased by eight hours. For a comparison to their Stardust eyeshadows, please read this review.

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This shade creased slightly after eight hours, and it had even more fall out compared to the other shades. It was not as buildable either, so it was missing the marks all around.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, March 25th, 2013

Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad
Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad

Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad ($9.98 for 0.21 oz.) consists of four shades: peach, bronze, dark brown, and taupe.  It’s my first experience with the brand, which is exclusively available at Walmart (I bought mine online).

Foxy Browns #1 is a pale, warm-toned peach with a hint of pink and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, but it is powdery and while very easy to blend, it also sheers out quickly if you sweep it on (so pat and pack!). Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is warmer, less pink. MAC Double Feature #5 #1 is lighter. Inglot #354 is very similar but matte in finish.

Foxy Browns #2 is a warm bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with warm, golden undertones and a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. Benefit Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy is darker, redder toned. Clinique Fuller Fudge is redder (and a cream product). Tarte Brilliant Bronze is more frosted. MAC Mulch is similar, slightly less golden. Milani Caramel Brown is lighter, more metallic. Inglot #421 is much deeper/richer.

Foxy Browns #3 is a darkened, cool-toned brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but as a result of that super finely-milled texture, it was difficult to achieve full opacity because it always wanted to look faded and sheered out. MAC Diamond Dove is grayer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 is darker and grayer. MAC Charcoal Brown is a touch grayer. MAC Brown Down is slightly warmer.

Foxy Browns #4 is a slightly warm-toned taupe with a subtly shimmered finish. It had so-so color payoff, but it was so powdery! This was the most powdery shade out of the bunch. Too Faced Hot Cocoa is rosier, warmer. Bobbi Brown Chino is similar but matte. MAC Magical Mist is darker. MAC Era is similar.

The texture is both amazing and annoying; it is one of the softest eyeshadows I’ve come across but one of the most powdery textures I’ve used. It’s almost as if you’re using a loose product, because it just comes apart with the slightest touch of an applicator. I’d actually recommend using sponge-tip applicators here, because they seemed to disturb the surface the least, so there was less excess product kicked up. I feel like I’m in such a quandary, because it’s all, “Ooh, velvety, smooth, oh, is this silk?” initially but applied, lots and lots of excess product falls underneath the lid. You really have to pat and pack on the product and be careful when blending, as each shade was prone to sheering out very quickly.

I was only able to get six hours of good wear with this without a primer, as by eight hours, it had disappeared. With a primer (NARS Smudge Proof), it was better, but it was still faded after eight hours. I’ve found that really powdery eyeshadows tend to fade faster on me. I would recommend applying this over a stickier, creamier primer–something like a cream eyeshadow or the like–because it would help it adhere and stick better. I have several other products I bought from the range that I’ve yet to test, so here’s hoping I have better luck with those!

Also: when I bought this quad, it was my first time ordering from Walmart online, and everything was thrown into a large box with no bubble wrap or padding; I was utterly surprised nothing was broken (especially given how delicate the eyeshadows are), but I wanted to give you a heads up.

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The powdery nature of the eyeshadows is what hurt this palette across the board! The color payoff was off because the color sheered out quickly, was hard to layer/build, and then the shades were prone to fading when worn.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3/5

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush
NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer highlighter with golden shimmer.” It’s a pale, cool-toned, blue-based pink with golden sparkle and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Veronica’s Blush is warmer, less sparkly. NARS Undress Me is a grayer pink and has silver sparkle (that is more like glitter in particle size).

Despite NARS’ great success with Albatross, their other Highlighting Blushes have a high dosage of sparkle and shimmer that doesn’t bind with the underlying powder/blush color, so a lot of the sparkle gets lost, looks unflattering on the skin, and sometimes travels for parts unknown. New Order has a powdery, almost gritty, texture, as a result of all the sparkle that just seems to sit on top at all times. If this had no sparkle but just a level of golden sheen, I think it would work better.

The pigmentation is as described–sheer–and will add some pink on lighter complexions (like a blush) while perhaps brightening on deeper complexions.  When it blends out, it’s mostly just sparkle/shimmer and the pink coloring fades away.  This shade wore six and a half hours, and then I only saw remnants of sparkle.  This is my second pan of New Order, and while the texture was still on the powdery side, it wasn’t nearly as dry as my original New Order.

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If this had no sparkle but just a level of golden sheen, I think it would work better. Instead, it tends to read "disco ball," rather than glowing or luminous. It highlights... imperfections, unfortunately.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque white.” It’s a bright, white cream–not too cool-toned, not really warm. It doesn’t look quite as stark as say, corrector, no the nails; I didn’t get that vibe. NARS Ecume is slightly brighter. MAC Vestral White is also a bit brighter. China Glaze Snow is a cooler-toned white.

Chanel touts their lacquer as “long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant” while applying “evenly without streaking.” Eastern Light doesn’t apply evenly, and it is riddled with streakiness. It’s one of the better-applying white cream polishes I’ve tried, but it’s not, by any stretch of the imagination, streak-free. The consistency is just slightly on the thicker side, and it self-leveled to an extent but not completely. After two coats, it was mostly opaque, except where areas of heavy streakiness, then the second coat did not cover it entirely. I think three coats would hide the underlying streakiness, but it does get a little thick to wear and will take awhile to dry down fully. It has a great high-gloss finish, but the streaks make this a major no-go–not at $30.

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There was a slight thickness to the formula that made it a less-than-ideal consistency, but the real downfall was that it was still a streaky white polish. Whites are notorious for streaking, and unfortunately, Chanel's version doesn't break that trend. It streaks less than some other whites I've tried, but there's still need for improvement.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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