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5 Stunning Metallic Ruby Reds

What is a holiday season without highlighting some of my current set of favorite ruby red-hued beauty products? I’m always on the hunt for more metallic reds, so I look forward to reading your favorites!

  1. OCC Black Metal Dahlia — a deep, dark burgundy-red with ruby red metallic shimmer
  2. Hourglass Siren — no list is complete without Siren, a fiercely metallic, opaque gloss
  3. OCC Role Play — a ruby red with a metallic finish and cool undertones
  4. Inglot #450 — a deepened, cool-toned reddish-berry with a metallic sheen
  5. Milani Cherry Crave — a warm, metallic red

What are your personal favorites?

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rms beauty Living Luminzer

rms beauty Living Luminzer
rms beauty Living Luminzer

rms beauty Living Luminzer ($38.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as an “ultra sheer, glowing, luminizer with a translucent, satin-pearl finish.” It’s a pale, champagne beige–a warmer, more golden beige–with a soft, frosted sheen that blends out to a barely-there glow (no frost) when applied to the skin. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is warmer, shinier. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is more frosted. See comparison swatches. MAC Strobe Cream, when mixed with moisturizer, also has a similar effect on the skin.

If you’re someone who feels like they’ve tried dozens of highlighters and they all feel over-the-top, pore-emphasizing, too frosted, too shiny, and just too much, you may find the Living Luminizer is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Subtle is the name of the game here. It mimics an illusion of glowing, healthy skin, which may be too subtle for some or just right for others. It doesn’t emphasize pores, dryness, or skin imperfections. When my skin is drier, and I’m not wearing any other base makeup, this is a nice way to add a little natural-looking luminosity onto my skin without wearing foundation and powder. If I apply a light-medium coverage foundation with a more luminous finish, I get similar results–I can’t really tell that I’ve applied the Living Luminizer in that instance. If you have a more matte-finish foundation, it will help to breathe life back into it so it’s not as flat all-over. The consistency is creamy, a little thick, but blendable and does melt on contact with the skin. It doesn’t feel tacky, but it never fully sets or dries down. On me, it lasted five hours on cheeks, four hours on the bridge of the nose, and five hours on the cupid’s bow.

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KBShimmer Rollin’ with the Chromes & Kringle All the Way Nail Lacquers

KB Shimmer Rollin' with the Chromies Nail Lacquer
KB Shimmer Rollin’ with the Chromies Nail Lacquer

KBShimmer Rollin’ with the Chromies Nail Lacquer ($8.75 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cyan, to blue, to red orange, to burgundy, and more multi-chrome linear holo.” It’s incredibly multi-faceted as it shifts from pinkish-purple to copper to gold to blue. The finish is a high-shine, metallic foil. It looks different at all times–always interesting, spectacular, and dazzling. I used two coats, and it was fully opaque, though it turns out, the recommendation is for three coats or one coat over black. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.

KBShimmer Kringle All the Way Nail Lacquer ($8.75 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a charitable polish that gives $4 from each bottle sold through the end of today to purchase toys for Toys for Toys. The polish is supposed to contain “circle glitters … from small to large … in red, green, and silver.” It has a mix of small, medium, and large ruby red, emerald green, and silver (which almost has a holographic sheen to it) glitters. The glitters are suspended in a very thick, clear base. I didn’t care for the consistency on this at all; it was incredibly thick, almost goopy, and it took a lot of pushing, pulling, and dabbing to get the glitters to somewhat disperse, but they really didn’t want to move much–especially the larger circle glitters. At least, even the larger glitters came out of the bottle–sometimes you have to fish for larger shapes just to get any on the nail, but the larger glitters did apply along with the rest.  I applied one coat over L’Oreal’s I Like It Chunky, and two coats of it on its own on the thumb nail.

Most of the glitter was pretty flat, but there were a few of the larger circular glitters that curled very, very slightly.  This can be annoying as it can catch on fabrics and the like, but because it can catch, it also reduces the longevity of the polish as they can catch and rip off, taking a chunk of polish with them.  I’m a huge fan of KB Shimmer, but I was really disappointed in this polish.

Updated @ 12/14/13:  I just wanted to update this post to let readers know that the owner of KBShimmer did reach out and both offered additional application tips as well as to send a replacement bottle.  If I have a better experience with the replacement bottle, I’ll be sure to update again to let you know if that happens or if it remains the same.  As a fan of KBShimmer in general, I appreciate that they read and acknowledge criticism in reviews and then strive to address it or in this case, offer a replacement in case there was a one-off issue with mine.

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Limited Edition

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Limited Edition

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8.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
2.5
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69%
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Z Palette (Large, Pro, 4U, Small, Dome) Reviews & Photos

Z Palette
Z Palettes

Z Palettes are freestyle, magnetic palettes to store your favorite makeup products, making them portable, travel-friendly, and space-saving. They come in an assortment of sizes and colors, so you can choose the ones that make the most sense for your stash. Depending on what products you have, you might have to spend sometime depotting products, which is the process of removing the pan of product from the compact or container it is normally in. Some brands just pop out (like Make Up For Ever eyeshadows), some are sold in pan-form (like permanent MAC eyeshadows), and others are held in by glue. Koren (EnKoreMakeup has a few great tutorials on the various methods to depot products, but you can also do a search for “depotting” on YouTube, and you’ll get dozens upon dozens of helpful results.

Each Z palette includes round metal stickers that you can apply to any products you have that come in plastic pans or non-magnetic metal pans. Anything that is already housed in a magnetic metal pan will not need one. Each Z-palette has a clear cover and is made from recyclable materials (seems like very heavy duty cardboard with something wrapped around it to give it a sleeker appearance. You can also fold the cover completely underneath the bottom portion.

I’ve been using mine for almost a year now (in various sizes), and I haven’t had any issues with wear or tear.  I can’t say I travel extensively, but they’ve held up being tossed in makeup bags, overnight bags, as well as just sitting in drawers and being opened periodically. They have a good sturdiness to them, just enough heft so it doesn’t feel cheap but not so much that they’re actually heavy even when empty–so you can carry many and not feel bogged down.  I really like the Small and 4U sizes for more standard-sized eyeshadows.  If you’re going to be putting an assortment of pan sizes in a single palette, I recommend going for the Pro or Large. I haven’t used the Dome palette, as I’ve yet to depot a domed product (I haven’t depotted in years, to be honest! no time), but it feels as well-made as the others I have used.

These are the following sizes of Z Palettes available:

The Large Palette has interior dimensions of 7.44″ x 4.13″ x 0.25″. The large palette holds approximately 28 standard eyeshadows (MAC, Urban Decay, Makeup Geek). It is available in black, hot pink, leopard, zebra, and crocodile-prints.

Pro Palette has interior dimensions of 7.44″ x 4.69″ x 0.25″. The Pro palette holds 33 standard eyeshadows (MAC, Urban Decay, Makeup Geek). It is wider by about 0.5″ compared to the Large palette, so it can accommodate slightly more product. It is available in black, leopard, and zebra-prints.

Dome Palette ($25.00) has interior dimensions of 7.44″ x 4.69″ x 0.44″ and is designed to accommodate the many baked blushes, eyeshadows, and otherwise domed-shaped products that are typically too tall to work in other palettes. It is available in black.

4U Palette ($17.00) has interior dimensions of 5.56″ x 3.25″ x 0.25″ and is considered the “mid-size” of their palettes. It can hold 15 standard eyeshadows (MAC, Urban Decay, Makeup Geek). It is available in black or crocodile-prints.

Small Palette ($14.00) has interior dimensions of 3.18″ x 3.18″ x 0.25″ and looks like a slightly over-sized quad. It can hold 9 standard eyeshadows (MAC, Urban Decay, Makeup Geek). It is available in black, hot pink, leopard, and zebra-prints.

You can also take your favorite loose products and press them, as Z Palette offers metal pans as well as additional metal stickers for all of your depotting, depanning, pressing, and otherwise space-saving needs.

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Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige gold.” It’s a pale, champagne gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke and built up nicely. The consistency was lightly creamy–enough to glide across lids without skipping but it didn’t take forever to set. Once set, it stays in place and wore well for eight hours. This is particularly nice for highlighting the inner corner of the eye to brighten. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is darker, powder. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is yellower, power. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is slightly warmer, yellower, and powder. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is powder, slightly yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, coppery undertones and bronze and copper shimmer that give it a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was creamy enough that it didn’t skip or tug at the eyelid during application, and the shade wore well for eight hours. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter, powder. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $16.00) is warmer. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is very similar, powder. MAC Sizzlin’ Diva (LE, $16.50) is similar. Buxom Mutt (P, $18.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

As a note, I couldn’t find a single retailer that still carried Bronze online–not a one–so if it’s something on your must-have list, I would recommend calling a local counter (even the nearest to you, as many retailers will ship to you) to see if they have it.

Tuxedo Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as the “blackest black.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned black with a matte finish. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, though it was only semi-opaque in a single stroke. The consistency was stiffer, drier than the other two, and I found it skipped and tugged at the lid a bit. It worked better and more comfortably as an eyeliner. On the lid (or lash line, for that matter), it wore well without creasing or fading for eight hours. NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is a gel formula but similar in color. Make Up For Ever #0E (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Candlelight & Pure Gold High Shimmer Lipglosses

Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne glitter.” It’s a pale, golden beige with gold, champagne, and copper shimmer and sparkle. On lips, it adds a very subtle warmth, but it is primarily adding a glossy shine and a moderate amount of shimmer. It wears three hours on me and is lightly hydrating. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Pleasure Principle (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Phiff (LE, $20.00) is also warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pure Gold High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden yellow shimmer.” It has a gold-tinged base that leans yellow and then is full of pale gold, medium gold, and copper shimmer and sparkle. On lips, it adds warmth, but again, primarily adds gold and copper shimmer/sparkle, plus a glossy shine. It wears just under four hours on me and was nicely hydrating while worn. I know you’re all wondering how similar is this to Canary (P, $24.00)? There is a difference between the two, to a degree, and the difference is more obvious when you look at the two tube-by-tube or swatch-by-swatch, but applied? Pure Gold just looks like a sheer application of Canary, and that sheerness is the primary difference: Pure Gold has finer shimmer and less of it; and yes, it is noticeably yellower overall, but when it is sheered out, you really can’t tell. I wouldn’t get Pure Gold; I love Canary and highly recommend that, so if you want a shimmery gold gloss, that’s the one I’d go for. See comparison swatches.

The High Shimmer Lipgloss formula is a long-time favorite–it sparkles, dazzles, and glimmers as the light reflects against it the most spectacular way.  It has a lightweight feel that’s comfortable, hydrating, and surprisingly long-wearing given that many are mostly shimmer without a lot of color.  The consistency is non-tacky, and the formula is mint-scented.  Both of these have less sparkle than some of the other shades, and it’s that high-sparkle content that does make these special and standout against other glosses.

Bobbi Brown also released Rose as part of the Old Hollywood collection, which I don’t have at the moment but purchased earlier this week–looks like it doesn’t show up until sometime next week, but when it does, you can bet I’ll be testing it!