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Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper Review & Photos

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper
Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper ($165.00 for 1.6 fl. oz.) is supposed to hydrate skin while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. According to Guerlain, after 30 hours, 72% hydration and 27% reduction in wrinkles were apparent. It is also supposed to be a lighter version (in terms of texture) of their Super Aqua-Serum, so it is more suitable for normal to combination skin types.

In the late spring and summer, my skin tends to be closer to normal than normal-to-dry (just as in the winter, it is drier rather than normal), so I reached for this when I needed something in the evening. I liked it a lot, and a lot of what I loved came from two things: 1) the fine lines around my eyes (which are, at present, my “major” signs of aging) look softer the next morning after using this on a consistent basis, and 2) the texture is incredibly lightweight and thin but not watery or runny. The texture is thin, like a lotion, and absorbs very quickly (within a minute of applying).

It is actually very hydrating–so hydrating that I really didn’t need to use a moisturizer afterwards, but you may find you can stretch a bottle further by using and applying it as a serum (so less, or only on some areas) and following up with moisturizer. I also tried it as more of as-needed product for near fine lines, around my nose, and the tops of my cheeks (all areas I tend to be a bit drier), and it worked nicely as a spot hydrator.  It doesn’t top my go-to for dry spots, but Guerlain’s has a nicer texture and faster absorption (and will work better under makeup).  It has a floral fragrance–not the strongest I’ve come across, but it’s not light; it’s on par with Guerlain’s skincare range in general and strong enough that there is a lingering scent even after it has absorbed.

The benefits last about as long as you keep using the product, but it’s not correcting signs of aging, just camouflaging them by “plumping” the lines so they look less visible.  It worked well for me, and it did all the things it was supposed to, and it did them with a really lovely, quick-absorbing texture while still delivering great hydration.  That being said, a good smoothing primer (usually something with silicones in it) can also work well for smoothing out fine lines–at least for a few hours (as compared with a day or so with this). While I liked it, I’m not sure it’s the one and will continue to see what else is out there before committing to this price point. (I’m also not very bothered by the fine lines I do have, so naturally, I’m less inclined to pay a lot to minimize something I don’t notice often.)

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Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “platinum.” It’s a metallic taupe with a champagne sheen. Urban Decay Mushroom is grayer. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is browner and a powder. Urban Decay Rehab is browner. MAC Antique Diamond is grayer. Guerlain Callipgraphy #2 is slightly grayer and a powder product. bareMinerals Magnetism is a powder eyeshadow but close in color. See comparison swatches.

Moon River has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, depending on if you layer it. It delivered a “shimmering veil” of color just as Chanel described. It’s kind of long-wearing in some aspects, as it didn’t fade or crease on me, but I did substantial fall out of shimmering sparkles underneath my eyes. The consistency was very wet-like, cool to the touch, and creamy, so it glided on well and applied even color as it slid across the lid. Though it feels wet when applied, it doesn’t slip or slide around on the lid. Mine arrived broken at the tip, but the other two I purchased were fine, and Chanel has always been great about makeup returns based on my experience.

Moon River
Moon River
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Morning Glory Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is an “eye-catching shade of magenta that dries to a perfect wax finish.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia with a wax finish, so it has a vinyl-like look that’s mostly matte but has a slight sheen.  MAC Toco Toucan is similar but dries to a shiny finish. MAC Girl About Town is very similar but isn’t a wax finish. MAC Embrace Me is cooler-toned and shiny. L’Oreal Members Only is lighter and shiny. China Glaze Love’s a Beach is shimmery and shiny. China Glaze Escaping Reality is lighter. Essie Super Bossa Nova is iridescent and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

It was opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly, but the wax finish definitely isn’t forgiving if your nails aren’t perfectly smooth.  I would recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to help create a more even surface from the get go.  The drying time is faster than average, and it’s important to let each coat fully dry before applying a second coat to prevent the second coat from tugging at the previously-applied coat.  When I tried Morning Glory for wear, it lasted seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping, but it did have more tip wear than I normally see with Cult Nails’ other shades (with a glossier finish). If you’re not a fan of the wax finish, you can apply a top coat and get a shiny finish that way.

A-

Discontinued

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer

Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer
Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer

Color Club Cosmic Fate Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is warm-toned, peachy beige with holographic shimmer. I didn’t have any dupes for this, and while I still tried to find similar shades at least in color (but not the holographic effect), I didn’t have any strong contenders. These were the closest, but they’re just not very similar at all. China Glaze Knotty was the closest, but it was darker, sheerer, and of course, no holographic shimmer.

I loved how strong the holographic effect was; it’s not subtle–you don’t have to hold your nails at just the right angle under just the right light to see it.  It dances in all lights and at all angles.  The formula is perfection, as it is not too thick or too thin, flows fluidly across the nail and applies beautifully.  Cosmic Fate was opaque in two coats.  I normally get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with this formula.

Cosmic Fate
Cosmic Fate
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Chanel Amant Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Amant Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Amant Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Amant Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, coral-red with subtle warm undertones and a natural sheen. MAC Must Be Red is brighter, warmer. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is less pigmented, lighter. Guerlain Coque d’Or is more shimmery. Dior Lady is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

This is one of five shades in chanel’s Avant-Premiere collection, which are all new and part of the permanent range. The Rouge Coco formula is supposed to glide on, be hydrating and moisturizing, and provide full coverage color. Amant was opaque, and the consistency was lightweight, creamy, and applied even, smooth color without pulling or tugging on the lips. This shade lasted five and a half hours on me, and it did leave a light stain behind. I found it moderately hydrating while I wore it, but what really stood out to me was just how smooth the color looked applied to lips. It really looked like it had melted and combined my natural lips so it never looked heavy.

Amant

Zoya PixieDust for Fall 2013


The best-selling, revolutionary matte, textured, sparkling Zoya PixieDustTM formula returns for Fall with six spot-on trend colors for the season.

  • Tomoko Glowing silver
  • Chita Emerald green
  • Sunshine Van Gogh blue
  • Carter Regal purple
  • Arabella Rich fuchsia
  • Dhara Dazzling copper

Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE – all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects. For BEST RESULTS apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. No base coat and top coat required. Zoya Get Even base coat can be used if desired.