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Dior Darling (653) and Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Darling (653) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark pink cream with cool, blue undertones. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. The formula applied evenly without pooling along the edges or streaking. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, though a top coat would give it extra glossiness. Formula X A+ (P, $10.50) is a touch darker. Cult Nails Morning Glory (P, $12.00) is matte. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is bluer-based. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $16.00) is also bluer-based. L’Oreal Members Only (P) is very similar. See comparison swatches

Trafalgar (657) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark orange-red with a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented and fully opaque after two coats. The formula was easy to work with, and I didn’t have any issues with it streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. The consistency was slightly thinner than average but worked well. NARS Tomorrow’s Red (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Kid Orange (P, $16.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Ablaze (LE, $16.00) is similar. Guerlain Nahema (P, $23.00) is lighter. Chanel Holiday (LE, $27.00) is more orange. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy (LE, $20.00) has pearl. China Glaze Life Preserver (LE, $7.50) is similar. Essie Meet Me at Sunset (LE, $8.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Both shades applied well to the nail, and I didn’t have any issues with achieving smooth, even, rich color. If you want to invest in excellent basic shades, you couldn’t go wrong here. On the other hand, if you prefer to purchase more unique shades at this price point, then these two are easily skipped–there are numerous dupes and similar shades on the market. I normally get seven days of wear with very minor tip wear with Dior’s formula. The brush is wider, slightly domed, so if you have narrower nail beds, it may feel too wide. Whenever I use it, I find it to be very easy to use, and the only nail that I have to watch a bit more is my pinky, but it still fits well there.

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Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette Launches December 6th at Sephora, Beauty.com, Ulta

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay’s Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette now has an official online launch date of December 6th, 2013 for retailers (U.S./Canada). The in-store launch date for Sephora is December 12th (U.S./Canada/Mexico). You can read my review and see comparison swatches. The official information regarding this palette can be found here.  This date has been confirmed via Urban Decay through their Facebook page.  Urban Decay is currently listing December 16th for Europe, December 20th for UK.  February 2014 for Brazil.

Updated @ 12/5 at 8:50PM PST:  Sephora and Ulta have Naked3 available for purchase NOW!

Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette (Quick)

Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette ($48.50 for 0.22 oz.) contains six eyeshadows with finishes that range from matte to sparkle.  Overall, it’s just a so-so palette.  If you like your colors sheerer, then you may still want to consider it.  If you’re looking for a more intense smoky eye palette, you’ll want to keep looking.

Ivory is a pale, cool-toned white with a matte finish. This shade is part of the permanent range (and has been in a lot of Bobbi Brown’s palettes, too). It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, slightly powdery, but blendable. Here are several see comparison swatches for white eyeshadows.

Graphite is a pale, muted peach-brown with silver sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff. It has a “Sparkle” finish, which tends to be a sheerer product that’s very sparkly. I didn’t have fall out issues with this shade, though! bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is more frosted. Too Faced Cheers! (LE) is lighter, more frosted. MAC Rubenesque (P, $18.50) is darker, warmer, cream. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is less sparkly. Maybelline Barely Brazen (P, $6.99) is less sparkly, more metallic. Chanel Beige Lame (LE, $28.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Smokey Grey is a slightly warm-toned, taupe with a soft, frosted finish. The texture was a little dry, and the color payoff was semi-opaque. It has a “Shimmer Wash” finish, which means it’s supposed to be “sheer, lightly pearlized.” Anastasia Antique (LE) is less frosted. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is grayer. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is also grayer. MAC Satin Taupe (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Truffle is a pale, rose-tinted beige with a matte finish. It is very similar to my skin tone, so it might be hard to gauge pigmentation, but when I noted it, the color was mostly opaque but the texture was somewhat powdery. Urban Decay Habit (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is very similar. Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $18.00) is warmer. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Platinum is a pale, golden beige with a frosted sheen. It was semi-sheer, and it is also a “Sparkle” finish, which again, all tend to run sheer (but sparkly). This had more of a sparkly sheen than full-on sparkle or glitter, and I didn’t notice any fall out with this shade. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter. Clarins Forest #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Tenderly (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is also similar. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Bone (LE, $28.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches.

Caviar is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It actually has quite intense color payoff, but it is easily sheered out as it is on the powdery side. If patted on over a primer, it is more opaque, but it needs that extra boost. See comparison swatches.

Also In This Review

B+

Ivory

Permanent
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B

Graphite

Limited Edition
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B-

Smokey Grey

Limited Edition
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B+

Truffle

Limited Edition
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B

Platinum

Limited Edition
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B-

Caviar

Limited Edition
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Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Powder Blush

Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Powder Blush
Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Powder Blush

Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Powder Blush ($6.50 for 0.21 oz./6 grams) is described as a “vibrant pinky-peach blush.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-tinged peach with a barely-there satin finish. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is more shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE) is less pink. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter, pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker, a cream product. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is similar. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is slightly pinker. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches.

You may have seen this when I reviewed Winter Romance yesterday, and since so many of you asked about it, I tested it straight away. It’s a new shade for their winter collection, and it’s available in full-size or sample size ($1.75), and I bought just the sample size, which should yield plenty of uses. Also, worth noting, it is listed as lip-safe but not eye-safe. The finish is incredibly well-done; it’s almost matte but has just enough luminosity that it looks like the skin’s natural dewiness when applied. The more you buff and blend the blush into the skin, the more it comes out. It’s quite pigmented, and I preferred to lightly tap out some of the loose blush color into the lid, and then pick up the color with my brush from there. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. It wore well for almost eight hours on me.

Nordic Angel
Nordic Angel
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Givenchy Magnolia Organza, Mandarine Bolero, Carmin Escarpin Le Rouge

Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright reddish pink.” It’s a bright, bold, medium-dark pink with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous sheen. The color payoff was incredibly rich and yielded full color coverage in a single stroke. It wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is darker, slightly warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Force of Love (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Gracy (LE, $49.50) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Mandarine Bolero (304) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “muted red orange.” It’s a muted, coral-orange with a luminous sheen. It had smooth, opaque color coverage, and the consistency applied evenly. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is somewhat pinker. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $16.00) is more orange. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Carmin Escarpin (306) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm poppy red.” It’s a orange-red with warm undertones and a soft, luminous shine. The consistency was lightly creamy, easy to apply, and applied evenly. The color coverage was very nearly opaque, and the lipstick lasted six hours and left behind a soft stain and was nicely hydrating. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is slightly redder. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is more orange. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is similar. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is also similar. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $15.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Collection Launches December 5th

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Collection
MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 Collection

The collection launches online  at maccosmetics.com in North America December 5th, 2013 at 12PM EST.  It will be available in-stores on December 12th.  It will be online for Australia/Korea on December 6th, UK/Europe on December 10th, Japan on December 12th.  For official information about the launch, please see our original launch post here.

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