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MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer

MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer
MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer

MAC RiRi Woo Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “matte cool red [with a Cream finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It was extremely pigmented–almost totally opaque in one coat–and was fully opaque in two coats. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread across the nail easily and didn’t pool along the edges. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish–usually where MAC polish goes downhill is with the consistency or application, but RiRi Woo applied well and looked great.  Because it is a red cream, it’s easier to dupe, though.  Chanel Cinema (P, $27.00) is similar. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first 🙂

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Chanel La Precieuse (317) & La Desiree (327) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipsticks

Chanel La Precieuse (317) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick
Chanel La Precieuse (317) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick

Chanel La Precieuse (317) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark blue-based red with a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the color glided on evenly and smoothly fairly well. It wore well for seven and a half hours, but it was drying on me. MAC Glam (DC, $15.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is also darker. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 (LE) is pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is similar. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches.

La Desiree (327) Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deeper, medium-dark red with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly with just slight drag. It lasted seven and a half hours, but like La Precieuse, I did find it rather drying. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is a touch brighter. (LE, $15.00) See comparison swatches.

This is one of my least favorite formulas, because I find it quite drying over time. Many readers have had great experiences with this formula, and others have had some issues with how drying it is. Chanel touts it as “non-drying” (but not hydrating!), but it’s one of the more painful formulas to test for me. Though both shades wore very long, I can’t wear anything after testing one of these for about a day after–I need a lot of extra TLC to get my lips back into shape after wearing one of these!

LUSH Holiday 2013 Bath Bombs, Bubble Bars, and Gifts Reviews & Photos

Lush Holiday 2013
Lush Holiday 2013

For the holidays, Lush has plenty of offerings to tempt you. Here’s a quickie overview of some of the products I recently tried:

Melting Snowman ($5.95 for 2.1 oz.) is a bath melt, which are supposed to be used either in halves or wholes and tossed into the tub as you fill it with warm water. They’re supposed to add a hydrating element to your soak. He smells of chocolate, cinnamon, and orange. The “chocolate chip” eyes don’t fully melt and tend to float and smear on the tub (not so sexy to look at), and I did find myself needing to scrub those bits away post-bath. It’s definitely hydrating and makes the skin feel softer afterward.

Cinders ($4.95) is a bath bomb that also has “crackling vegan candies,” so you’ll actually hear it crackle and pop a bit once the majority of the bath bomb has fizzed away (about a minute). It smelled like spiced cider, not too sweet or too spicy, and it really was like splashing around in a vat of cider. You can hear the candies crackling here and there for about five to ten minutes. This was my favorite of the bath bombs I tried this season. It turned the water yellow, and I think this might have worked better if it turned the water orange or tangerine? in terms of aesthetics.

The Christmas Penguin ($7.45 for 3.5 oz.) is a bubble bar shaped like a penguin–and he’s a rather pricey bath bomb as a result! Crumble his little penguin body into a hot bath for some bubble action. When used, it will turn the bath water a light blue. It had a slightly tart, slightly sweet mix of citrus going on–a little fizzy and lemon-lime like.

Golden Wonder ($6.95 for 7.8 oz.) is a larger bath bomb that has a treat inside–if you shake it around, you’ll here something rattling inside. It’s golden and has gold glitter on the exterior, and it fizzes away in about a minute and a half. It had a very strong, somewhat synthetic, sweet orange. I didn’t love it–it didn’t give me a really fresh orange fragrance, more cloying and syrupy sweet. Spoiler alert: the portion inside is a vibrant turquoise-blue and did leave some bluish residue along my tub, so be sure to scrub and wash down accordingly.

Luxury LUSH Pud ($6.95 for 7 oz.) is supposed to be a lavender-scented bath bomb. When placed in a hot bath, it turned the water a muted, magenta pink with some foaminess. It took about two minutes for the entire bath bomb to fizzle away. It smelled like a mix of sweet vanilla and lavender.

Sandy Santa ($9.95 for 4.5 oz.) is a body buffer in the shape of Santa. It uses sand and sugar to exfoliate dead skin sells, plus it’s in solid form, so it also contains coconut oil and shea butter for softening and hydration. I wouldn’t say it hydrated all that much, and it really melts very, very quickly. I highly recommend breaking off just a small piece, going over the skin lightly, but then rubbing what you’ve melted off in with your hands, not the bar itself, as you’ll just waste most of it. It smelled primarily of orange oil with a little lemon, and for me, it read synthetic. Breaking him into pieces, I was able to get three scrubs worth of mostly legs and arms but not much else. I was surprised at the price point, given how few uses I was able to get out of him.

Let the Good Times Roll ($12.95 for 3.5 oz.) originally launched for the holidays but made it into the permanent range due to its popularity. It smells like incredibly sweet sugar cookies with a very, very subtle cinnamon spice. It contains maize flour and corn meal, so it is a gentle exofliator with fine bits that leave skin feeling soft but never raw, dry, or red. As a gentler exfoliant, I really liked it, and I’ve been feeling like there’s a void in exfoliators/scrubs in my routine lately, so this has been filling that void nicely. Of all the products I tried this holiday season, this was the only one I’d consider buying.

Celebrate ($29.95 for 7.7 oz.) smells of champagne and citrus–primarily orange–and has a slightly whipped consistency that makes it seem lighter than it is, but it is a rather rich product, because even after two hours of my legs dangling (open to the air!), my legs still felt greasy and slippery. I ended up toweling off what wasn’t absorbing so I could go to bed. I tried it again, and I used the smallest amount possible, and I still felt somewhat greasy after an hour. I would actually say it could make a nice massage lotion, since it never seems to really absorb, so there’s a lot of slip, which is great for massaging! I will also mention that my husband really didn’t like this scent–he found it overwhelming (and he can barely smell, I swear). Like his reaction is encompassed by this scenario: I take one step into his office, and then he says, “What is that smell?” with this face that says, “Please step back.” It had an almost medicinal quality to the orange/citrus in it for me.

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Chanel Surprenante (129) & Etonnante (131) Rouge Allure Lipsticks

Chanel Suprenante (129) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Surprenante (129) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Surprenante (129) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, peony pink with soft, warm yellow undertones and a slightly frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and though the lipstick glided on without tugging on the lips, that light frost finish wasn’t as flattering on lips as the regular Rouge Allures are–it just made lips seem a little dry. This shade lasted four and a half hours on me, and it was neither hydrating nor drying. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is less frosted. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is less frosted. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is warmer. Burberry Rose Pink (307) (P, $30.00) is darker, bolder. See comparison swatches.

Etonnante (131) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark coral-orange with a frosted finish. It had opaque color coverage, but the frost finish made lips look a little dry–almost like it exaggerated the natural texture of the lips. Normally, Rouge Allures leave lips looking smoother and healthier, but that was definitely not the case with this newer finish for me. This shade wore well for four and a half hours, and it was a smidgen on the drying side for me. Guerlain Pamplelune (P, $35.00) is less frosted. Guerlain Quand Vient l’Ete (P, $35.00) is similar. Chanel Teheran (P, $34.00) is a touch brighter. See comparison swatches.

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Floriculture Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.72 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows inspired by flowers. Each eyeshadow contains 0.09 oz., which is almost double the size of the average full-sized eyeshadow (at 0.05 oz.). The shades can be used wet or dry, though the pigmentation is very good across all the shades, so it didn’t seem necessary to use any of these with a damp brush. Overall, the eyeshadows are soft, finely-milled, long-wearing, nicely pigmented, and easy to use. It’s been awhile since I’ve played with the brand’s eyeshadows, but testing this reminded me of just how amazing the brand’s powder products are–the texture really sells them.  Even without a primer, all of the shades wore for nine full hours without creasing or fading.

Hollyhock is described as a “pearlized brown.” It’s a medium brown with a satin finish and neutral-warm undertones–there’s an almost gray overcast to the shade, but it read slightly warm on my skin tone. It had nice color payoff and the texture was soft and smooth. Too Faced Woolen Mittens (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Patina (P, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Golden Savannah #1 (LE) is warmer. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is warmer, lighter. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #3 (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #2 (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Chino (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Trumpette is described as a “golden apricot.” It’s a brightened, light-medium orange peach with golden orange shimmer and a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff with an incredibly silky smooth texture. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is more matte. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (P, $6.99) is a cream product, more orange. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Night Hopper is described as a “pearlized taupe.” It’s a medium taupe–a mix of brown and gray–with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer (P, $28.00) is a cream product/ CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is similar. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is darker. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $16.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, cream product. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is browner. NARS Flowers 3 #3 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Aurora (LE, $21.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Taurella is described as a “creamy vanilla.” It’s a pale white gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to blend, though this shade wasn’t quite as pigmented as the other shades in the palette. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less metallic. Chanel Mystere #2 (LE) is less metallic. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is more golden. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is slightly yellower. Guerlain Calligraphy #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Secret Pond is described as a “mossy green.” It’s a light-medium, golden green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation and applied smoothly with a soft, blendable consistency. Too Faced Very Merry (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches.

Deep Dahlia is described as a “deep purple.” It’s a cool-toned, deep plum with strong purple and red tones and a satin finish. It’s actually really, really pigmented, but the texture is a little dry, so it tended to sheer out, but when I was applying it, a little goes a long, long way. bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is similar. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Poppycock is described as a “shimmery bright purple.” It’s a medium, cool-toned purple with soft, lavender-pink tones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is similar. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. Sugarpill Hysteric (P, $12.00) is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Tiny Pansie is described as a “pearlized dusty rose.” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach with a soft, pearly sheen. It had really nice color payoff, though it is similar to my skin tone so it may look otherwise, with a soft, smooth consistency. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) is less pearly. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is less pearly. MAC Perky (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Bare Minimum (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Peace (P) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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