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CoverGirl Charcoal (335) & Blazing Purple (340) Flamed Out Shadow Pots

CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot
CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot

CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium gray with a frosted sheen. It had good decent to good color payoff applied dry, and then it was smoother and more even when applied damp. Disney Midnight Hour is a touch lighter. MAC Frozen Blue is similar. Bobbi Brown Sterling is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Blazing Purple (340) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a pinky lavender with a pearly finish. It’s slightly iridescent. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, and this shade actually applies really smoothly and binds together well. I might say this is the best of the shades I’ve tried. L’Oreal With a Twist is purpler. Urban Decay Tainted is less shimmery. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Charcoal had a slightly grainy, powdery consistency, but applied wet, it did smooth out and apply better. I had minimal fall out with it as well, so that was a big plus since I’ve experienced much more noticeable fall out with several other shades. Blazing Purple, however, didn’t have that grainy texture, and it also didn’t have any fall out. Both shades lasted without fading or creasing for eight hours.

B-

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Essie Sunday Fun Day & Rock the Boat Nail Lacquers

Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer
Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer

Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright, tangerine-crush coral with soft shimmer.” It is a warm-toned, coral-orange with flecks of white sparkle. It was mostly opaque afer two coats of polish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was easy to apply. Dior Diablotine is darker, redder. Chanel Lilis is more orange. MAC Vivid Effect is less warm-toned, cream. See comparison swatches.

Rock the Boat Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “French blue with a hint of periwinkle.” It’s a cool-toned, lavender-blue with a subtle silvery shimmer. I tried applying this three times, and it was uneven and streaky each time I tried, which was a real shame since this is a rather unique color from what I’m aware of. The consistency was on the thicker side, and it didn’t flow evenly across the nail. I thought it might self-level but no suck luck. Chanel Sky Line is metallic. Cult Nails Princess is bluer. Zoya Skylar is much darker. See comparison swatches.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
73%
Total

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden pink bronze.” It’s a rosy bronze with a champagne shimmer. , which looks almost plummy. Because it’s just a wash of color, all of the shades that are similar are much more pigmented and are also powder blushes. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach (a powder) is very similar but matte. NARS Lovejoy is more plum. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is also more plum. See comparison swatches.

Based on the actual tint of this, it’s not going to be particularly useful on medium or deeper complexions–it gets completetely lost on my skin tone, which is just a smidgen lighter than true medium. Instead, what you see is mostly a dewy sheen but no visible color. On a fairer complexion, I think you’ll see a glorious tint of plummy bronze–should be quite lovely–but be wary of the wear time, especially if you have an oilier skin type (I’m normal-to-dry). The sheen (and I could see some of the shimmer bits upclose) lasted a mere four hours, and it’s best applied over bare skin. It didn’t play well with liquid foundation after a few hours and caused it to look a bit patchy.

All in all, I love the concept. The consistency is gel-like and glides on so well without skipping, and being sheer and just a tint, it’s impossible to overdo and effortless to blend. It would be nice if it was slightly more buildable, so it could be usable for a variety of skin tones, and it could use improvement on wear time, as I felt like it never set–it was always a bit wet and slightly tacky.

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NARS Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusives (2013)


Baiser de Feu Lip Bag ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Damage Lipstick (Full-sized) (Permanent)
  • Como Larger Than Life Lipgloss (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Tote Bag (Limited Edition)

Some Like It Hot Lip Bag ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pago Pago Lipstick (Full-sized) (Permanent)
  • Gold Digger Larger Than Life Lipgloss (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Bettina Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (Mini) (Permanent)
  • Tote Bag (Limited Edition)

Voulez Vous Cheek & Eye Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Molokai (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Antananarivo (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Rangoun (Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Lhasa (Eyeshadow) (Permanent)
  • Deep Throat (Blush) (Permanent)
  • Dolce Vita (Blush) (Permanent)

Availability: Early access for Nordstrom Cardholders now, July 19th, exclusively at Nordstrom

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MAC Illustrated Collection for Fall 2013 (Nordstrom Exclusive)


M·A·C presents kits  featuring exclusive illustrations by witty fashion designer Rebecca Moses.

Illustrated Face Kit — Plum ($49.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Mocha Plum pink (Matte, Blush) (Permanent)
  • Yogurt Soft, pale pink (Matte, Eyeshadow)
  • Plum Reduction Light satin brown (Satin, Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Romance Me Warm plum with gold-tone pearl (Lustre, Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Heather Belles Intense black (Satin, Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition, Repromote)
  • Syrup Cloudy pink (Lustre, Lipstick)
  • Blankety Soft pink beige (Amplified, Lipstick)

Illustrated Face Kit — Brown ($49.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Melba Soft coral peach (Matte, Blush) (Permanent)
  • Orb Soft peachy satin (Matte, Eyeshadow) (Permanent)
  • All That Glitters Beige with gold tones (Lustre, Eyeshadow) (Permanent)
  • Smoked Sepia Rich brown (Satin, Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition)
  • Showstopper Dark brown (Matte, Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition, Repromote)
  • Ravishing Light peachy coral (Cremesheen, Lipstick) (Permanent)
  • Myth Light, neutral nude (Satin, Lipstick) (Permanent)
  • Dual-Ended Brush 275SE / 316SE

Illustrated Eye Bag — Smoldering ($46.50) (Limited Edition)

  • This and That Frosty beige-rose/satiny beige (Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo) (Limited Edition, Repromote)
  • Smolder Intense black (Kohl Eye Pencil) (Permanent)
  • False Lashes Mascara Black (Permanent)

Illustrated Eye Bag — Sultry ($46.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Thunder and Rain Frosty blue-purple and satin grey (Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo) (Limited Edition, Repromote)
  • Feline Rich black (Kohl Power) (Permanent)
  • Haute & Naughty Mascara Black (Permanent)

Illustrated Lip Bag — Pink ($39.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Girl About Town Bright blue-fuchsia with an amplified finish (Lipstick) (Permanent)
  • Picture Pink Clear pink (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Embrace Me Vivid fuchsia (Lip Pencil)

Illustrated Lip Bag — Nude ($39.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Naked Proof Neutral pink-beige (Lipstick) (Limited Edition)
  • Drawn to Chic Bright warm pink (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Boldly Bare Reddish brown (Lip Pencil)

Illustrated Brush Kit ($49.50) (Limited Edition)

  • All Over Brush Kit 168SE, 287SE, 224SE, 219SE, 266SE, Brush Roll
  • Face Brush Kit 129SE, 188SE, 190SE, 195SE, Brush Roll

Availability: Early access for Nordstrom Cardholders now, July 19th, exclusively at Nordstrom

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Bobbi Brown Air Kiss & Bronzed Pink Tube Tints

Bobbi Brown Air Kiss Tube Tint
Bobbi Brown Air Kiss Tube Tint

Bobbi Brown Air Kiss Tube Tint ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude.” It’s a warm, light-medium peach with a hint of pink. There’s no shimmer in this one, just a jelly-ish consistency and look. On my lips, it’s mostly just something that adds shine and an illusion of fuller, smoother lips but not a lot of color–but note how it makes my lip freckle look faded, so there’s “coverage” but my natural lip color is so close that it doesn’t really look like it. The thicker consistency helped prevent this from settling into lip lines as many milky glosses do. Shades like Dior No Angel and Chanel Zephyr are similar in color but have shimmer. Shade slike MAC Summer Sweetheart, MAC Kiss Me Softly, and MAC Boy Bait are closer. See comparison swatches.

Bronzed Pink Tube Tint ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden bronze pink.” It’s a gold and copper-shimmered bronze with warm, golden undertones. This shade tinted my lips a brownish-gray color but just slightly, and most noticeably, added a healthy amount of shimmer. It was hard to keep even, though. Dior Etincelante is more shimmery. Revlon Rosegold is similar. Dior Lame Gold is sheerer. Chanel Attirance is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Canary is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Tube Tints are supposed to be aa gloss with just a “hint-of-color,” which coordinates with Bobbi Brown’s Nude Beach collection. If you’re just looking for some shine and sheer color, it’s worth checking out because it comes with so much product–a lot of gloss in squeeze tubes have two or three times gloss that comes in a round tube, and this formula is no exception. The texture is thick (like a balm in a squeeze-tube) but not a goopy, syrupy thick, non-sticky, and both shades wore three hours on me. They had a very faint hint of vanilla but no taste. They’re also nicely hydrating both during wear but also left my lips hydrated a few hours after they had worn off.

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