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Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre
Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre ($7.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich, velvety dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones, and a soft shine. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $49.00) is a touch brighter and warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is also a bit warmer, slightly brighter.MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen brighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is more matte. Guerlain Luxure (P, $49.50) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

The Lip Lustre formula is supposed to be “non-sticky lipcolour, nearly as solid as a lipstick, leaving rich colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness.” They come in lipgloss tubes, but they’re more like a liquid lipstick than a gloss. They can also be purchased as in a trial size (1.5ml vs. 8ml) for $2.00, which, honestly, is plenty of product given how pigmented the shades can be! Winter Romance had mostly opaque color, but there was an all-over translucency that enabled some of the natural color to peek through. It applied evenly, and the color looked smooth on the lips. The consistency is lightweight, lightly creamy, and comfortable to wear. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a stain that continued going for another two hours. However, after four hours of wear, it started to settle into lip lines somewhat. It was neither drying nor hydrating when worn. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Nuit Magique Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic & Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel’s Nuit Magique Collection includes two limited edition shades of polish, which released this past Monday. I was underwhelmed by Cosmic, as it’s a shade that we’ve seen several times in the past couple of years, though with larger sparkle, but with the finer, sparser sparkle in Cosmic, it’s hard to see it except under a lot of light or at an angle. Magic was more unique (based on what I’ve reviewed and swatched myself), and it also applied beautifully.

Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “black sparkling with blue and silver pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with fine flecks of navy blue and silver shimmer. The shimmer is somewhat sparse and fine, so from afar, it tended to look more like a black cream. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, but in some ways, it seemed watery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) has larger sparkle. NARS Night Breed (LE, $19.00) also has larger sparkle. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition (LE) has more sparkle. L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is similar. Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) has more sparkle, larger sparkle. Color Club Show Time (P) has more sparkle. China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “daybreak blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue cream; it’s not too cool-toned, and it’s brighter and lighter than navy blue. This shade was incredibly pigmented and was fully opaque after two coats. The consistency was slightly thin, but I didn’t have any application issues. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is the shade I could think of that is most similar in color, but it has a totally different finish. NARS Superstar (LE, $19.00) is less blue. Chanel Blue Rebel (LE, $27.00) is darker. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is a bit darker. Essie Go Overboard (LE, $8.00) is greener. See comparison swatches.

Cosmic
Cosmic
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Magic
Magic
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Palette (Quick)

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette
Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette ($25.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes eleven eyeshadows, one blush, one bronzer, and an iPhone 5 case.  It has a good mix of neutrals, pops of color, mattes and frosts, and it’s very self-contained. The price is right, and I could see it easily as a stocking stuffer, though the quality is just okay on the whole.  The iPhone case is a cute touch, though obviously the recipient would need an iPhone 5 to take advantage of it. This is a quick review, so I’ve provided dupes but haven’t gone into depth on a shade-by-shade basis. Overall, the quality is decent to good with most shades having fairly good payoff, soft and smooth textures, along with solid wear (eight hours for most).

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #1 is a sooty, medium-dark black with navy blue sparkle. It was dry, stiff, and didn’t have great color payoff. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 is a sparkling, slightly glittery, light beige with warm, golden undertones. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but I didn’t experience fall out with this shade. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 is a medium-dark, coppery brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 is a warm, golden, medium-dark brown with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texturew was fairly soft and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #5 is a cool-toned, medium pink with blue undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly overall. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 is a medium-dark purple with neutral-to-cool undertones and a pearly finish. It was somewhat dry, so the color payoff was on the sheerer end of the spectrum. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 is a coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was quite soft but a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 is dark, slightly cool-toned, brown with golden sparkle. It was on the powdery side, so the color payoff was semi-opaque. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #9 is a cool-toned, bluish-teal with a frosted sheen and teal sparkle. The sparkle did have some fall out, though a lot of the sparkle seemed to get caught in the brush. The color payoff was decent. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 is a cool-toned ivory with a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable but just a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #11 is a soft, neutral-to-warm beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Bronzer is a medium, coppery orange with a golden, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. The finish, however, did emphasize pores somewhat. It lasted almost eight hours on me. See comparison swatches.

Jingle All the Way Blush is a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with blue undertones and silver sparkle/frost. It had good pigmentation, and it blended well on the skin. The texture did somewhat emphasize pores on me, and the color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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NARS Loves Miami Gift Set for Holiday 2013


NARS Loves Miami Gift Set

For Holiday 2013, NARS debuts a new limited edition gift set, based on the exciting, sensual city’s top-selling shades. Elevate any look with four evocative Eyeshadow hues, and the brand’s iconic Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzing Powder paired with cult favourite Nail Polish and Lip Gloss shades. The set retails for $75.00.

Eye & Cheek Palette

  • Orgasm (Blush) Peachy pink with golden shimmer
  • Fathom (Single Eyeshadow) Pink tulle with shimmer
  • Kalahari (Eyeshadow Duo, Right) Sugared cocoa
  • Daphne (Single Eyeshadow) Matte deep violet
  • Cordura (Eyeshadow Duo, Right) Shimmering sooty dark brown
  • Laguna (Bronzing Powder) Brown with golden shimmer

Nail Polish & Lip Gloss

  • Orgasm (Nail Polish) Peachy pink with shimmer
  • Orgasm (Lipgloss) Peachy pink with shimmer

Availability: The NARS Hearts Miami Gift Set is currently available at Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton, Nordstrom (West Palm Beach, Dadeland, Aventura Mall, Boca), Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour.  $75, limited edition.

NYX Cosmo & Sunrise Mega Shine Lipgloss

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss
NYX Cosmo Lipgloss

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a shimmering rose gold–a lovely mix of pale pink, copper, and light copper. Applied, it looked lighter, softer, and not as warm-toned–more pink than copper came through. The finish was nearly metallic; incredibly sparkling and reflective.  It had semi-sheer coverage in terms of color, but there was so much shimmer in it, that the end result was more semi-opaque. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying.  As this one is so shimmer-packed, I do feel little bits of shimmer towards the end of wear.  Dior Paradise (732) (P, $29.50) is more coral, darker. Revlon Rosegold (DC, $7.49) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked is more pearly, less shimmery, pinker. (P, $19.00) MAC Social Light (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Blessedly Rich (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sunrise Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a medium, warm-toned red with coppery gold micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it adds plenty of color to lips, but there is some translucency where the natural lip color comes through. I had some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but in general, it’s not easily noticed. It lasted well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is sheerer, less shimmery. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is also sheerer. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

The Mega Shine Lip Gloss formula is supposed to “[deliver] shine, moisture and softness and [envelop] lips with glistening color.” It has a light-medium-weighted consistency that spreads evenly and easily across the lips. The texture is mostly non-sticky with some very light tackiness developing over time. I find that the scent of the formula varies from tube to tube, as some arrive with no scent, some smell almost like plastic, and then some smell like cherry cough syrup.  I didn’t notice the scent once the gloss is applied, only when I smelled the applicator or the product in the tube, and there wasn’t any noticeable taste.

Cosmo
Cosmo
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Sunrise
Sunrise
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Kissing Lipstick (£23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium coral-pink with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating when worn.  Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is lighter. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is a bit darker, less matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) has a golden shimmer. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Underground Kissing Lipstick (£23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, brightened fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and it applied and wore beautifully for a solid six and a half hours, plus it left behind a stain that lingered for a couple more hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating while worn; it seemed slightly moisturizing initially but at the four-hour mark, it just seemed neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $15.00) is more matte, redder. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. NARS Carthage (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Moxie (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Impassioned (P, $15.00) is slightly redder. MAC Girl About Town (P, $15.00) is a touch bluer-based. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to have rich, buildable color, not feather or bleed, and leave lips “soft, pert, soothed and hydrated.”  Both shades were lightly creamy–just enough to allow the lipstick to glide over the lips without catching or tugging and still keep the finish on the more satin side.  The finish of Coachella Coral was more of a true satin, where there was a soft sheen but still had a matte-ness to the look, whereas Velvet Underground was a more luminous satin but did become a truer satin after two hours of wear.  I didn’t find it to be a very hydrating formula, though it was not drying.  The formula is lightly scented with sweet vanilla but neither had a discernible taste when I wore them.