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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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Comic Cute Nail Lacquer
MAC Comic Cute Nail Lacquer

MAC Archie’s Girls Nail Lacquers ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include four shades: Comic Cute (bright coral), Double Trouble (deep navy), Past Curfew (deep berry), and Pep Pep Pep (light peach nude). As an important note: they do NOT have any designs on the actual bottle; the caps are white but that’s it (promo images showed Betty/Veronica on the glass itself).  I purchased these, so it’s not a problem with an early run or anything like that.

Comic Cute is a pop of medium pink with yellow undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency was slightly thick. MAC Please Me is a touch darker. OCC Extravaganza is darker and has shimmer.

Double Trouble is a deep, dark, navy blue with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some underlying translucency. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, but it was a bit streaky when I first applied it. shu uemura Bleu Splendor is similar. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is lighter. ORLY La Playa is very similar.

Past Curfew is a darkened red with hints of berry and pink in it with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it was the best-applying shade out of the four. China Glaze Merry Berry is redder. MAC Dangerously Fun is much redder. Dior Graphic Berry is very similar. Essie Size Matters is also very comparable.

Pep Pep Pep is a pale peach with a cream finish. It was somewhat opaque after two coats, but it was a little streaky and uneven. The consistency was very thick and almost gloppy. MAC Life & Beth is just a touch darker.

MAC’s brush continues to be problematic and exacerbate any formula issues a shade has, because the bristles are very roughly cut and stiff. Two of the bottles had some splayed bristles as well. At $17.50 (and for 0.34 fl. oz.!), you can’t have those kinds of issues!  I know–broken record–but the price point of MAC’s polishes is absolutely killer and the quality is frequently not there.  The only shade that was worth thinking about was Past Curfew, except a berry-red cream is very, very dupable. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with MAC’s formula, which is the most consistent thing about them.

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I know--broken record--but the price point of MAC's polishes is absolutely killer and the quality is frequently not there. The only shade that was worth thinking about was Past Curfew, except a berry-red cream is very, very dupable.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MAC Hangin' Loose Nail Lacquer
MAC Hangin’ Loose Nail Lacquer

MAC Apres Chic: Hangin’ Loose

MAC Hangin’ Loose Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dirty pink nude.” It’s a light-medium beige with subtle warm undertones and a sprinkling of fine creamy white shimmer. OCC Kava Kava is somewhat similar but metallic. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani is also similar in color but has a metallic finish.

This shade is fairly sheer after two coats; there is visible nail line as well as the rest of the nail comes through a bit. Some might like the sheerness, but it is a streaky little polish at one and two coats. I think a third one could help hide a lot of the troublesome streaks, but at two, it’s noticeably streaky and uneven.  The consistency was a little thick but manageable.  I normally get a week of wear out of MAC’s polishes, with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Some might like the sheerness, but it is a streaky little polish at one and two coats. At this price point, it's hard to make justifications and excuses for a polish that falls in at just average.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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