Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a bluish-teal with a satin finish. It’s beest applied with a damp brush, as it is semi-sheer and slightly patchy when applied dry. It is also easier to blend out when it is damp, as it tended to stick when I tried to apply it dry. Fyrinnae Gender Bent is lighter. Fyrinnae Sleepy Holllow is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is more shimmery, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is greener, cream. MAC Cool Heat is bluer. Inglot #338 is matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and iridescent fuchsia shimmer. This one was quite sparkly. Applied dry, it’s very sheer and more like a barely-there wash of color. Applied damp, it was more semi-opaque. CoverGirl Fired Up Pink is brighter, less cool-toned. Urban Decay Noise is less sparkly, darker. MAC Infra-violet is similar, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with subtle warm, plum undertones. Applied dry, it was sheer and uneven, and applied damp, it was more pigmented but still patchy. It was difficult to blend on the skin. Disney Snarfblat is cooler-toned. Dior Lilas Mitzah is similar. Urban Decay Vice is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Though they seemed incredibly pretty in their pots, I did not care for these in practice, because they stain the skin in such an over-the-top way and for all their staining power, fade within hours. I felt like my experience with these three was very opposite of what I experienced with the first three I tried. I experienced major staining with Never Fade Jade and Pink Rebel; my eyes were a murky, moldy green paired with “have you been crying?” pink for THREE (!) days. With a primer, it seemed to prevent most of the staining from Pink Rebel, but Never Fade Jade ate right through the primer and left an unholy stain of pain.

All three of these faded very, very quickly; like by the time you went to apply color on the other eye, everything appeared noticeably faded and washed out. I used these damp on bare lids, and then I used them damp over a primer, and they really couldn’t be helped over bare lids and absolutely needed a primer to manage decent color. I still had significant fading after a mere four hours with primer, and there was also a fair amount of fall out. Pink Rebel seemed to be responsible for the majority of the fall out (it was very iridescent!). I had originally tried three of the more neutral shades, and I remember Musings of a Muse didn’t like these much, so I was confused as I loved the neutrals, but after I tried these three, I knew exactly what she was talking about (and we texted about the differences between the shades).

Definitely not 24-hours of wear; not even four hours of decent wear with a primer (which has generally seen me through many an eyeshadow formula to at least eight hours of wear!). The staining is to such a degree that it can actually interfere with wearing makeup the next day or even the day after that. The staining left behind is sheer and uneven, so one would be hard-pressed to argue that was 24-hour wear. It’s not “powerful color intensity” that “stays put up to 24 hours.”  Some of the shades in this range are absolutely a dream to use, but these three were nightmarish.

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

MAC Black Grape Pressed Pigment
MAC Black Grape Pressed Pigment

MAC Pressed Pigments ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) are back for fall with a few limited edition shades, some repromotes, and then a few permanent additions to the existing shade range. The formula is described as “an intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish.” It can be applied dry for a sheerer, high-shine finish or applied on damp skin for a more dramatic, wet look.

The Pressed Pigments are incredibly pretty with their sparkling, light-reflecting ways. They’re seductive at a glance for anyone who gets excited about all things shimmering and glimmering. If you use an adhesive base and don’t mind some fall out, they’re an interesting product you may fall in love with (these seem to very much be a love it or hate it kind of product). Applied dry, the fall out is never-ending and horrendous. In the past when I’ve tested, my eyes have been irritated throughout the day when I’ve worn these without some sort of extra base/adhesive product to minimize the fall out.

That being said, I wore Vanilla Diamond (inner lid), Summer Honey (middle of lid), Pink Pepper (outer lid), and Damson (outer crease) yesterday. There was fall out during application, which is as expected, and is the reason I would apply these first, then foundation, so you can really clean up underneath the eyes. I applied all four shades damp with MAC’s 249 brush to the lid, and after eight hours, there was noticeable fall out, but the sparkle used in the those four shades was much finer than previous shades in the range (though there has always been some variance), so it didn’t look like big bits of glitter (that can sometimes look like dirt, when it’s not catching the light). My eye didn’t feel all that irritated either, which was a very, very happy surprise, so all in all, I would definitely say there was less fall out than previous shades I’ve tried. So yes, I think these are improved–to a degree–with the fineness of the shimmer/sparkle used as well as the texture. These all felt creamy and slightly wet, but if you nick at them, they dislodge like a powder product. The biggest improvement was that, generally, you didn’t need to crush up the product as much to get it to smooth out on the skin.

If you’re not into fussy eyeshadows, adhesive bases, and the like, I would continue to skip these. If you already own an adhesive base like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, Too Faced Glitter Glue, etc., and you love yourself some glittery fun, you may want to consider trying a shade or two. I’ll be testing these a bit more over the next few days (the other four shades, specifically, as well as trying a few over an adhesive base). They just don’t work well on their own due to major fall out. There’s definitely a part of me that loves these. I swatch them and go, “ooh, ahh!” and then I wear them, and I’m always less impressed.

Black Grape is described as a “deep aubergine with multi-pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, silver-shimmered purple with plummy-mauve undertones. The base is lightly warmed-up, while the shimmer is cooler-toned, which gives it an overall cooler color. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and applied damp, it is mostly opaque. The consistency isn’t chunky, but this is not the finest shimmer of the new shades. theBalm Lavish Latoya is less shimmery. Milani Purr-fect Purple is less shimmery, slightly lighter. MAC Grand Galaxy is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Encore is similar in color but not as sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is permanent.)

Damson is described as a “deep brown with gold pearl.” It has a plummy-brown base color with a muted, golden bronze shimmer/pearl that gives it a warmer, golden bronze coloring overall. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. Blended out, it looks more and more plum and less and less bronze. MAC Smokeluxe #3 is darker but very similar. Urban Decay Nevermind is similar to the golden bronze coloring but doesn’t have a plum tone to it at all. MAC Universal Appeal when applied sheer actually looks similar, as it is a mix of brown and plum, but applied wet it is much more plum. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Lime Ice is described as a “seafoam green.” It’s a pale, lightly yellowed green with a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was very sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-sheer. The consistency of this one was chunkier, more like past Pressed Pigments, so I would expect this to be more prone to fall out. It doesn’t smooth out as nicely and should be “crushed” with an applicator (whether fingers or brush or something else). Chanel Delicatesse #1 is darker, less metallic. MAC Fresh & Mint #1 is darker. MAC Lucky in Love is less warm-toned, darker. MAC Zestful is warmer. Lancome Fashion Forward is less sparkly. Chanel Promesse #4 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Sensational is less sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Moth is described as a “mauve with silver pearl.” It’s a soft, muted pink-mauve with a frosted, metallic finish. The consistency is slightly chunky/gritty, and it is quite sheer applied dry and then semi-sheer applied damp. MAC Tendersmoke is much darker, as is MAC Circa Plum. See comparison swatches. (This shade is permanent.)

Pink Pepper is described as a “deep coral with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, coral-orange with a gold sparkle and metallic finish. This was one of the more pigmented shades in the bunch; still semi-sheer applied dry, but mostly opaque applied damp. MAC Caribbean is darker, more orange. L’Oreal Cherie Merie is darker, more orange, less sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Rock Candy is described as a “mid-tone fuchsia.” It’s a light-medium pink with a very frosted, glittery finish. This was the chunkiest shade out of the new shades that I tried. It seemed to have faint yellow undertones. It applied semi-sheer dry and then more opaque damp, but it does really need to be buffed, pressed, and worked into skin to get a smoother look. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is similar, not as bright. MAC Supersweet #2 is cooler-toned in the base color. MAC Cheryl Chic is less sparkly, a bit lighter. MAC Love Power is lighter, cream. MAC Rose Light is more muted. See comparison swatches. (This shade is permanent.)

Summer Honey is described as a “pastel coral.” More like a soft, peachy-beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It is very sheer applied dry and then semi-sheer applied damp. This one had finer shimmer/sparkle. MAC Pastelluxe #2 is more golden and metallic. Disney Midnight Hour #2 is darker, less sparkly. Urban Decay Sellout is a smidgen lighter. NARS Delphes #1 is less sparkly. MAC Light Touch is more beige, lighter. Chanel Raffinement #2 is less sparkly. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

Vanilla Diamond is described as a “warm yellow beige.” It’s a pale, champagne with subtle warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It was sheer applied dry, and then semi-sheer applied damp. It has a finer sparkle/shimmer compared to the formula overall. MAC Smokeluxe #1 is smoother. Disney Sea Shells is more opaque. MAC Dazzlelight is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Bone is similar. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition.)

* Note: Midnight is another new (and permanent) shade that is listed as “coming soon” online, so I haven’t been able to purchase it. I will review it when I am able to do so.

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild I'm Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) consists of a lime green, medium-dark blue, and a pink-plum. It’s one of six limited edition trios that will be popping in drugstores this July. The Color Icon formula is described as “high-pigmentation” that “lasts and lasts.”

This palette was an exercise in hope, frustration, and utter disappointment. When Wet ‘n’ Wild first launched the Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios, they were amazing and made a believer out of me of highly pigmented eyeshadow for under $5. I remember paying $10 for each trio on eBay because they sold out so quickly locally, and even at $10, they were totally worth it. So, when I first saw all the beautiful bright and bold colors Wet ‘n’ Wild was launching for summer, I truly couldn’t wait to swatch. Look at the trio: it’s like POW! color! and it screams summer. I swatched, and I deflated a little: everything was so soft that it crumbled and disintegrated into a semi-loose powder, but the pigmentation seemed manageable.

On the lid, it was the stuff of nightmares. It’s not a color combination I’d think of, but I was determined to at least try them together, and so I did. Over bare lids, over NARS’ Smudge Proof, over Wet ‘n’ Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer, over Urban Decay Primer Potion, and over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and it was disappointing across the board. I tried an arsenal of brushes as well as sponge-tip applicators (including the ones that came in the palette). The consistency was just so powdery that it needed a slightly tacky, creamy base to adhere, bind, and build. Otherwise, the product wouldn’t stick, and you’d pack and pack the color on until you had more underneath your eye than on it, and by the time you did the other eye, it looked faded and uneven. I felt so defeated that I thought, “It’s the color combination. It just doesn’t work. Let me try it with Inglot eyeshadows…” and in two minutes–really just throwing it on as an experiment–and it was like, “No, it’s not me, it’s you!” Because Inglot was pigmented, even, and the colors could actually be used together without turning into a muddy, powdery mess.

I’m Seeing Triples Browbone is a warm-toned, lime green with a satin finish. It had a slightly powdery texture but was the least powdery of the three. It had semi-opaque color payoff. Sephora Apple Mojito is slightly darker, less warm-toned. Sugarpill Acidberry is brighter. MAC Lucky Green is more shimmery. Illamasqua Pivot is more matte. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Dream of Greenie has a lime green shade that’s a bit more neon and shimmery but better performing. See comparison swatches.

I’m Seeing Triples Crease is a medium-dark blue with a nearly matte finish. It’s actually an interesting blue, because there’s a little cobalt in there, that gives it a cooler tone and look, and it is more unique than not. It seemed to have really nice color payoff, but it was very powdery, so it has to be patted on the lid with very minimal blending or else it sheers out a lot. Urban Decay Radium is darker, more muted, shimmery. MAC Winkle is lighter. Inglot #369 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

I’m Seeing Triples Eyelid is a pinky-plum with a nearly matte finish–if you can get it to be opaque, you’ll see more of the satin finish come out. This one was noticeably sheer even swatched, and it was the hardest to apply on the lid. Disney Sha La La is more berry-ish. Sugarpill 2AM is cooler-toned, purpler. MAC Vibrant Grape is deeper. MAC Plum Dressing is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Is there any redemption? It’s $2.99. With a sufficiently tacky base (I’m thinking NYX Milk would be an excellent budget-friendly option that many already have in their stashes), it could be worth playing around with. I tried just the green and blue shades over Milani’s Winter White Shadow Eyez (eyeshadow pencil), which is shimmery so it amplified the finish of both eyeshadows, and the difference is dramatic–it doesn’t even look like the same product. They both applied better, and they wore longer, too–about eight hours before there looked to be fading (though the Shadow Eyez last around ten hours or better on me alone) but no creasing. The wear of the eyeshadows over regular primer didn’t cause creasing, but the shadows looked sad and faded after six hours. On bare lids, all three had completely disappeared after four hours (it did not “last and last” as promised).

I have a few of the other trios to test still, and I’ve only worn one other one, which wasn’t as bad as this one (not particularly impressive), so I’m still holding out hope that I just happened to start with the worst of the trios this time around.  Cross your fingers for me! :)

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.37 oz.) contains eight shades with “heathery neutrals and dusty pinks designed to flatter all skin tones.”

Overall, this palette was a disappointment due to poor color payoff and drier, powdery textures that were common across far too many shades.  The worst offenders were Barely There, Heather Brown, and Black Chocolate; but then IvoryPale RosePink Lily, and Dusty Lilac were all rather powdery and none of the shades were without flaws.  I think the closest to good was Stormy Grey, but it was a nightmare using on the lid–it’s just too stiff to apply with much color.

Because of the lack of color payoff, I really don’t see this working well on medium or darker complexions; very fair skin tones may find that it’s just enough color for an easy-to-use neutral palette, but I find the textures to be lacking.  When I wore the palette, the whole thing looked faded from the beginning and was all one color after eight hours of wear–quite a bit of fading had occurred.  I felt like I had to really jab and stab at the eyeshadow to dislodge enough product to use for application.  There are too many other neutral palettes on the market to settle for something so below-average.

  • Ivory is a pale, cool-toned beige with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff but was powdery.
  • Pale Rose is a subtly warm-toned taupe with a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was powdery. (I also did not detect any pink in it.)
  • Pink Lily is a frosted, shimmering light pink with subtle cool undertones. It had so-so color but was very powdery and almost chunky. I experienced major fall out with this shade.
  • Stormy Grey is a gray-tinged, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation but was dry and stiff to work with.
  • Barely There is a slightly warm-toned champagne beige with a soft, shimmerys heen. The payoff was horrible with this shade; I had to scrape off layers of product just to get anything to show up. The texture was very dry/stiff.
  • Heather Brown is a medium champagne-shimmered brown with slightly warm undertones. Again, a dry texture that resulted in subpar color payoff.
  • Dusty Lilac is a rosy mauve with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation but was very powdery to work with, so it was prone to fading and sheering out as soon as you went to blend it.
  • Black Chocolate is a cool-toned black-brown with a mostly matte finish. It was dry and stiff–very hard to blend when I used it–but the color payoff was decent.

If you’re interested in a dupe, consider looking through the Swatch Gallery to find a shade that you feel is close enough. I recommend starting in brown eyeshadows and beige eyeshadows! :) Otherwise, feel free to ask and if you have any specific brands/price points in mind, please note that.

Long-time readers will remember that towards the end of the year, I try to kick out some quick reviews, because I have a horrible tendency to over-photograph, over-swatch, and over-test products to the point where I have thousands of unused photos and hundreds of products tested but not reviewed. I’d like to try and write more of these quick reviews throughout the year for certain products that I don’t think need full, in-depth reviews for one reason or another. Remember, these aren’t replacing normal reviews but are in addition to; e.g. an extra review–a cherry on top.  Let me know if this is still useful and/or if you’d rather only in-depth reviews. Thank you!

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Friday, December 28th, 2012

MAC Amethyst Pressed Pigment
MAC Amethyst Pressed Pigment

MAC Pressed Pigments Part Deux

MAC Pressed Pigments ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) includes nine new shades: Amethyst (purple with silver undertone), Angelic (off white), Blonde Streak (light cream), Blue Willow (light icy blue), Enlightening (deep silver), Flicker (pastel yellow), Jet Couture (charcoal black), Smoky (deep silver blue), and Sweet Acting (mid-tone pink). There are three repromoted shades: Day Gleam (high pearl powder in NC30 shade), Deeply Dashing (high pearl powder in NW55 shade), and Light Touch (high pearl powder in W10 shade). I reviewed those three shades just three months ago when they originally debuted.

Amethyst is a pale lavender with a metallic, sparkling finish. It’s sheer when used damp, more opaque when used wet. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels has a similar coloring but appears darker, as it does not have a metallic finish. MAC Light Violet is a darker lavender.

Angelic is a cool-toned white with a hint of silver. It has a frosted, metallic finish. It is a bit smoother and more metallic than it is sparkly–compared to other shades. The payoff dry is fairly sheer, while damp is better but not fully opaque. MAC She’s Got Class is very similar. shu uemura Smoky Velvet #3 is also similar.

Blonde Streak is a silver-shot off-white; it almost looks creamy at one angle, then looks silvered at another. It has a frosted, metallic finish. shu uemura Smoky Velvet #3 is whiter. MAC She’s Got Class is less metallic. Bobbi Brown Bone is yellower.

Blue Willlow is a bluish-green tinted white with a frosted, metallic finish. This one had a chunkier finish, and it never quite smoothed out, even when applied damp. The payoff was about the same whether used dry or damp. Giorgio Armani #10 is very similar in color.

Enlightening is a light-medium silver with a bright metallic sheen. This had a chunkier texture, so it did not lay down as smoothly as other shades did. Tarte Silver Burst is lighter, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Tinsel is lighter. MAC Misty is a touch lighter. Giorgio Armani #12 is a bit lighter.

Flicker is a yellow-tinged white, but it almost has this silver-ish sparkle. The color payoff was semi-sheer both wet and dry. This didn’t have a really gritty texture but did have a lot of sparkle. Bobbi Brown Bone is warmer. Too Faced Spun Sugar is darker. Tarina Tarantino Elektron is more metallic, less sparkly. Dior Khaki Design #4 is less metallic.

Jet Couture is a dark black with brown undertones and coppery-gold sparkle. It had fair pigmentation when used dry, and it was more intense when used damp. It applied more smoothly than some of the other shades. The only similar shade I cuold think of was Cinderfella, which has a silver sparkle instead.

Smoky is a muted, darkened blue with lots of silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation both dry and wet, though the wet version was smoother. MAC Love Cycle is darker, richer. theBalm Sensational is richer, deeper. MAC Moon’s Reflection is slightly brighter. Urban Decay Mary Jane is more metallic, darker.

Sweet Acting is a light-medium pink with yellow undertones. This one felt the grittiest/chunkiest in texture to me out of the nine new shades. It had decent color payoff both dry and wet, though, with wet making the pink appear darker. MAC Rose Light is a bit darker, less sparkly. Dior Fairy Golds #4 is lighter. MAC Love Power is darker, pinker. Giorgio Armani #7 is darker, more mauve.

I double-checked my press materials, and these are listed as “limited edition,” but the MAC website indicates they are permanent. I did a Live Chat with MAC online, and I was told that the Pressed Pigments are permanent. More interestingly, both the press release and the description online says, “Gorgeous eyes, from sheer and ethereal for day to intense and illuminating for evening.” It is further described as an “intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence.” It can be applied dry “for a high shine” or dampened “for a dramatic wet look.”

They’re less of an utter and abject failure as a for-eyes-only product, than when they launched as the highlighter counterpart to MAC’s contouring Sculpting Creams. Some of these shades work better than others, and ultimately, it comes down to how smoothly they can be pressed into submission. The grittier, sparklier the shade, the worse it performs. With a really tacky base, you can absolutely get these to cooperate better. Dry, they’re a catastrophe of glitter fall out. I’m pretty sure more ends up below my eye than on it, no matter whether I’ve taken the 215 brush (which is what is sold alongside these shades) and done my utmost to “crush” and “press” the pigments on a separate stainless steel palette. The only way I can get the color to apply and transfer to some degree is with a fairly damp brush.

For testing, I used Blonde Streak on the inner lid and (lightly) on brow bone, Smoky on the middle of the lid, and Jet Couture on the outer lid. These are definitely products to be applied prior to foundation, because clean-up is absolutely necessary! I found that the fall out really need to be fully wiped away (I used Lancome Bi-Facil on a cotton round), rather than lightly dusted off. Throughout the day, over the course of eight hours, there was fall out. My eye was watering a lot while I wore these to test, because the fall out was getting into my eyes (or onto my lashes, and then into my eye). By the time I removed these, my eyes were bloodshot and a bit irritated.

If I use a glitter adhesive, it will hold on better and help to minimize the fall out, so if the finish of these is up your alley, I’d recommend doing something like that, rather than wearing it as MAC states–dry or damp–because neither work well. (But that is the criteria that I am rating on.) This is the type of product that is more specialized and will be loved by some, hated by others; I think they could be marketed better–and now would be a great time to make Mixing Medium available across counters and stores as a great side product. (Even with MAC opening Pro products online, it is not actually available to regular customers online at this time.) Though, Mixing Medium, from my experience, isn’t tacky enough with these guys–I like Lit Cosmetics, LA Splash, or lash glue better. You really need something wet and tacky that says, “COME TO MAMA!” to holds that glitter tight.

Loose glitter is rarely designed to be applied all on its own–this product just needs help in the form of major adhesion. A lot of glitter is like that but let’s call a spade a spade! But as is, these remain on my naughty list.  I love glitter and sparkle, especially on the eyes, but I want it to remain there!  I don’t want to find sparkle in my nose. The better performing shades were Angelic and Smoky, as they bound better and applied more smoothly; Jet Couture was the most unique.

P.S. — Does anyone else wonder what makes MAC decide to make a new formula permanent? Sometimes you’ll hear almost nothing but major raves for a new formula but you’ll never see it again… then a product like this, which is polarizing, is made permanent three months after it first launches (which likely means it was decided earlier on, though).

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Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Wet 'n' Wild Dutchess Fergie Nail Lacquer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Dutchess Fergie Nail Lacquer

Whoa! Ease Up on the Brush!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dutchess Fergie Nail Lacquer ($3.49 for 0.42 fl. oz.) consists of small, medium blue glitter and larger, circular violet purple glitter suspended in a clear base. Nails Inc. Connaught Square is extremely similar, just denser. Zoya Twila has some similarity in how textured it looks on, but it has horizontal bar glitter and is all blue.

It’s semi-opaque after two coats; you can see the underlying nail, but it’s not just a sheer coat of glitter.  This polish was extremely thick–almost goopy–that I don’t think three or coats would be do-able.  It took a long time just for two coats to dry.  If left without a top coat, it dries to a slightly flat finish.  The brush is huge; it’s wider and longer than Dior’s, which is fairly wide from my experience across polish brushes.  It was larger than the width of my pinky nail!  The thicker consistency, paired with the large brush, made it extremely easy to get a big glob of polish on the nail.

You know how I’ve mentioned that very few polishes chip on me (and I can’t really recollect anything in particular)?  This one started to peel on me on the fourth day, almost half of the polish on one nail lifted off.  By the seventh day, there was peeling/lifted color on all four other nails.  It happened on two nails that I did not use a base/top coat on, and on three nails that I had a base/top coat on.

P.S. — It is, in fact, spelled Dutchess; that was not a mistake on my part, as it ties to Fergie’s The Dutchess album.

The Glossover

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Wet 'n' Wild Dutchess Fergie Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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I was so enchanted by this polish when I saw it in the store! It's such a shame that the consistency was so thick and the wear so poor.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

2.5/5

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