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Essie Toggle to the Top, Shearling Darling, Warm & Toasty Turtleneck Nail Lacquers

Essie Toggle to the Top Nail Lacquer
Essie Winter 2013 Collection

Essie Toggle to the Top Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling crushed garnet red.” It has a deepened, burgundy red base with ruby red micro-glitter/sparkles. To really smooth out this polish, I highly recommend a thicker, gel-like top coat so that you don’t feel the glitter. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $10.00) is metallic, no glitter.MAC Vintage Vamp (P, $16.00) has no glitter. Le Metier de Beaute Anatolia (LE, $10.00) is lighter. China Glaze Sugar Plums (LE, $8.00) is the closest, but it is a bit more plum. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) lacks the glitter. See comparison swatches.

Shearling Darling Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich, plush ebony red.” It’s a deep, dark maroon with warm, red undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats, though the consistency was a little thin. MAC Vintage Vamp (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Underfire (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Accessoire (P, $27.00) is very similar. China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $8.00) is also similar–slightly cooler-toned. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Warm & Toasty Turtleneck Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “wisteria pink angora.” It’s a pale, pink-tinged lavender with a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly and smoothly–no streaking. Essie Full Steam Ahead (P, $8.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Cult Nails Love at First Sight (P, $12.00) is brighter. Essie Nice is Nice (LE, $8.00) is sheerer, lighter. Essie Bangle Jangle (LE, $8.00) is a bit lighter and grayer. See comparison swatches.

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Anastasia Lavish Set (Quick)

Anastasia Lavish Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Lavish Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Lavish Set ($38.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows (0.031 oz. each), brow pencil (0.013 oz.), black eyeliner (0.01 oz.), dual-ended brush, and tweezers. It definitely offers plenty of product for your money. This review is focused primarily on the eyeshadows, but I did really like the tweezers–good grip, spring, and squeeze mechanisms so tweezing was easy, in addition to the eyeshadows. Overall, the really high-frost, high-shimmer shades were nice–soft, buttery, and nicely pigmented. The more matte shades were a little powdery but had good payoff generally. When I wore the eyeshadows, they wore well for almost eight hours and showed slight fading after eight hours of wear.

Cream is a pale, peachy beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and not too powdery. See comparison swatches.

Antique is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with a frosted finish. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, while the pigmentation was right on the money. See comparison swatches.

Rum Cake is a muted, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had a soft, smooth texture that applied very evenly and with excellent color payoff. See comparison swatches.

Moss is a medium-dark, olive green with a golden chartreuse sheen that’s slightly frosted. The consistency of this one was on the drier side, which resulted in color payoff that was just so-so. See comparison swatches.

Truffle is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a pearly finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it had a fairly soft and smooth texture–it was just a tiny bit drier than the best shades in this palette. See comparison swatches.

Ballet is a warm-toned, peachy-pink with a mostly matte finish–it’s really a matte finish for the actual color, and then there are very tiny silver micro-sparkles that lay on top but really get dusted/blended away as soon as it is applied. It had decent to good color payoff, but it was a bit sheer at times. The texture was somewhat powdery, which meant it was prone to fading and blending away. See comparison swatches.

Orange Soda is light-medium orange with warm, yellow and orange undertones and a matte finish. This was the most powdery shade in the palette, and it had good pigmentation but had a tendency to sheer out when applied due to the powdery texture. See comparison swatches.

Sienna is a medium-dark, reddish, coppery brown with a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and not powdery. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sapphire is a medium-dark plum with a subtly warm-toned coppery-brown undertone and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had really good pigmentation, and the texture was buttery and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Black Diamond is a medium-dark brown with warm, brown undertones and a smattering of very, very fine emerald green and gold shimmer (it looks mostly matte applied). It had decent color payoff, but the texture was somewhat dry and not as blendable as I’d like to see. See comparison swatches.

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Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy Cheek to Chic Blusher (£30.00 for 0.28 oz.) consists of an exterior shade that’s a warm, coral-orange with a soft, frosted finish, and then an interior shade that’s a pink-coral with gold shimmer. Tilbury recommends applying the exterior shade across the cheeks in a larger sweep while concentrating the interior shade more on the apples of the cheek. Together, they create a warm, coral-orange with a satiny finish. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Blush (LE, $21.00) is sheerer. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is very similar. Aveda Hibiscus (LE, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is darker. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches.

The texture is very soft, silky, and finely-milled, though it can be slightly powdery at times as it is a more delicate powder overall. It does blend beautifully on the skin, though, and it almost melts as you swirl it onto cheeks. The soft shimmer in the finish gives cheeks a glowy, luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. The color payoff was good–the interior shade could have used a little more pigmentation. Ecstasy wore well for seven and a half hours, but it was noticeably faded and somewhat patchy after eight hours, which shorter wear (on me, on average). Normally, I see some slight fading but most blushes don’t turn too patchy. I’ll also reiterate that while the two shades can be used separately to a degree, you’ll need smaller tools or else you’ll find some of one or the other also on the brush.  I found it more practical to use altogether.  My favorite aspect to the product was really the texture, which felt incredibly soft.

Note, I can’t personally recommend purchasing through Selfridges without a warning–you can read about my experience here so you know what you could (potentially) be getting into. I fervently hope to see the brand launch in the U.S. sometime next year.

Ecstasy
Ecstasy

YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain

YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain
YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain

YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain ($36.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia magenta–there are hints of purple to it but once applied to lips and it settles in, it looks more fuchsia and less purple. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is shimmery. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is less magenta. MAC Full Speed Ahead (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is pinker, shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Violine Surrealiste was mostly opaque on lips, and it was mostly even, but there were some areas that weren’t as well-covered as others.  From a normal viewing distance, it wasn’t noticeable, but in the close-ups, you can see it more pronounced.  It wore for a staggering seven and a half hours.  The consistency feels water-like when it is initially applied, but give it a minute or two, and then it becomes more gel-like, lightly tacky, and has a smoother shine.  It stains very quickly, and if you swatch it on the skin, it stains almost instantaneously–and it’s not washing off easily (if I swatch Glossy Stains, I can’t swatch anything else for at least 24 hours!).  It has a floral-grape kind of scent, one I really dislike personally, but once it sets in place, I don’t notice it.

Essie Mind Your Mittens, Parka Perfect, Sable Collar Nail Lacquers

Essie Mind Your Mittens Nail Lacquer
Essie Mind Your Mittens Nail Lacquer

Essie Mind Your Mittens Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, double diamond black teal.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, blackened teal with a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage in two coats. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied evenly without streaking or bubbling. Essie’s formula typically wears a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping. NARS Superstar (LE, $19.00) is bluer, lighter. MAC Deep Sea (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Cult Nails Awakening (LE, $12.00) is a bit lighter. Essie School of Hard Rocks (LE, $8.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Parka Perfect Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “serenely shimmering alpine gray.” It’s more like a muted, dusty sea foam green with very fine white shimmer. The consistency was on the thicker side, and though opaque after two coats, it was streaky and looked thicker in places (didn’t level at all). L’Oreal Now You Sea Me (P) is brighter, darker. Zoya Wednesday (P, $8.00) is brighter. MAC Hyperion (LE, $16.00) is lighter, no shimmer. China Glaze Sea Spray (LE, $8.00) is very similar. Zoya Bevin (P, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sable Collar Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “luxurious pearlescent cocoa plum.” It’s a cool-toned, plummy brown with lighter, warmer plum micro-shimmer running through it. It was fully opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. There were very, very minor visible brush strokes–most of the time, I could not detect them. Guerlain Sulfurous (LE, $23.00) is much darker. Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is less plum. Le Metier de Beaute Urban Dweller (LE, $10.00) is darker and has larger shimmer (but it’s the closest of the three). See comparison swatches.

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Sable Collar
Sable Collar
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