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L’Oreal Too Dimensional? & Pop the Bubbles Gold Dust Nail Lacquers

L'Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer

Today, I have two shades from L’Oreal’s Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour range, which has now popped online, so I’m not sure if they’re still limited edition or not, but I’m erring on the side of limited edition for now.  These have a matte, textured finish that mixes matte color with sparkling glitter and sequin-shaped glitters.  I get a week of wear with no chipping, just minor wear as the edges grind away over the week.  I found the consistencies of the formula to be on the thicker side, so application can take some getting used to, and the drying time is about ten to fifteen minutes per coat.

L’Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, amethyst purple with champagne gold glitter and sequin-shaped glitter. It’s a textured polish, so it’s matte but sparkly. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some unevenness during the application so some areas of the nail looked less than opaque.  The texture was on the thicker side, so it takes a little patience to apply. China Glaze All Wrapped Up (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned and doesn’t have gold sequins. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is not as cool-toned and doesn’t have any gold glitter. See comparison swatches.

Pop the Bubbles (142) Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a lightened, aqua teal with silver glitter and larger silver sequin-shaped glitter. It has a textured, matte finish, so it doesn’t feel smooth to the touch, and then it has sparkling, reflective glitters.  The consistency was also a little thick with this shade, but it was easier to apply, and the color was fully opaque after two coats.   L’Oreal Now You Sea Me (P) is similar in color but is a cream, so it is quite different. See comparison swatches.

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YSL Gloss Volupte

YSL Grenade Pepite (15) Gloss Volupte
YSL Grenade Pepite (15) Gloss Volupte

YSL Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new, recently released gloss formula that’s supposed to be “lightweight, non-sticky” with a unique applicator for “intense glossy colour.” The gloss is available in three finishes: Golden, Iridescent, and Pure, with Pure being the most difference as it has no shimmer, whereas the differences between Golden and Iridescent are much smaller–Iridescent has more iridescent/more prominent shimmer. YSL describes the Golden shades has having a “warm glimmer of gold flecks,” while the Iridescent shades have “tone-on-tone, pearlescent flecks.” The Pure finish is described as “sheer, mirror-like.”

The gloss is lightweight, smooth, and comfortable to wear. It really glides and smooths over the lips effortlessly but doesn’t feel too slippery, a little gel-like but not a full-on gel texture. They wear two and a half to four hours on me, depending on shade, color, and texture. I notice the texture of the sparkle about two-thirds of the way into wear, as the gloss begins to fade, but it is subtle and not to a bothersome level. The color coverage varies quite a bit from shade to shade, and I wouldn’t describe the Golden shades of them as “intense glossy colour,” but Pure seems to have the right level of color (“sheer”).  They’re not all super sheer, barely-there glosses, but they aren’t opaque glosses either. They have a sweet, mango-scent and are nicely hydrating. Golden Glosses have larger and more prominent sparkle, and the texture is a little thicker.

Grenade Pepite (No. 15) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, pink-coral with gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage; noticeable, rich color but not fully opaque so the natural lip color will come through. It had some sparkle but was not over-the-top or loaded with it. It wore well for four hours. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is warmer. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Chanel Reflexion (71) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is warmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Nude Carat (No. 20) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a peachy-beige with gold sparkle and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage with some sparkle. It had a tendency to settle into lip lines somewhat, and though it applied more evenly than a lot of similarly-colored glosses, it wasn’t completely even. On me, the gloss lasted for three hours. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is warmer, more opaque. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Paper Lantern (LE, $20.00) is also similar. Hourglass Imagine (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Corail Trapeze (No. 204) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, orange with a creamy, glossy finish–no shimmer/sparkle. It had semi-sheer, even color coverage, and over my natural lip color, it looked more like a warmer, pink-coral but not an orange-y shade at all. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is slightly pinker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is brighter, more pigmented. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Ravishing (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is warmer, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Round-up: Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Reviews

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

With Cheek Pop Blush, Clinique hit a home run. Every single shade has been high quality, richly pigmented, and effortlessly blendable. They’re all fantastic, and I can recommend them each equally–it’s a matter of your preference on color, but you can’t go wrong formula-wise. It’s not often that a brand puts out a new formula that’s as impressive as this offering but to be consistent across the shades? so infrequent.

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes

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Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Plum Pop (04) Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned, plummy pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. It is lighter, less pink, and cooler-toned compared to Berry Pop, though applied they look more similar than dissimilar! Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream blush and has less of a sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is more shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is lighter, more matte. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter, matte. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is brighter, darker, and a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Plum Pop has an incredibly soft but smooth, even color application, and it delivers color as intense or as sheer as your heart desires. Deeper skin tones won’t feel like they’re spending ten minutes to layer on the product while fairer complexions can easily use a lighter touch/brush and blend and sheer away the product with ease. The finish is luminous, glowy, but very natural; it looks like a cream blush when applied–never powdery–and applies like one, as the way it blends and smooths over the skin is incredible. Plum Pop lasted well for eight hours on my skin before starting to fade away along the edges.

I’ve spotted them online at Nordstrom as well as Sephora.

YSL Nude Beige, Lingerie Pink, Fetish Pink Rouge Volupte

YSL Nude Beige (1) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks

After discovering that one of the most popular posts (in the top twenty) from last year was my review of YSL’s Rouge Voluptes from 2008 (!), I wanted to go back and bring the post up-to-date. Luckily, all but one shade of Rouge Volupte that I’ve reviewed previously is still available. I’ve always dreamed of being able to redo swatches from years ago, and though time will not permit me to do such things in general, it seems like it makes sense to update posts that are still popular, even after six years!

Rouge Volupte is still one of the more popular lipstick formulas on the market, and it’s a range that YSL has continued to expand and release additional shades for since it initially launched. (And fun tidbit, they haven’t changed price at all in six years.) The formula is very creamy with a high degree of slip, is medium-weight and slightly thick compared to the average lipstick, and is typically opaque on lips. Because of their creaminess, full color coverage is possible in one stroke with many shades. The finish is glossy and shiny, which gives lips a smoother appearance. One of the primary traits of the formula is that lips look drenched in color and very, very smooth–almost plumper. The formula is moderately hydrating, and the wear time is about average, but it can depend on the shade.

YSL Nude Beige (1) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “creamy neutral beige.” It’s a pinky-beige with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage and lasts three and a half hours on me. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is darker, pinker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is more beige, less pink. MAC 3N (LE, $16.00) is more beige, darker. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is less pink. See comparison swatches.

Lingerie Pink (7) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light creamy pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it lasted for three hours on me. This one can take some patience to get even, as the thicker formula makes it easy for the color to overlap onto itself and show lines. MAC Vivid Image (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Fetish Pink (8) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a luminous shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four hours. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is less blue-based, more muted. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Steady Going (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Playtime (LE, $16.00) is darker. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is not as glossy but very similar in color. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is sheerer. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Just as an FYI, YSL’s own e-commerce website seems to have the largest selection of shades.

Hakuhodo G5515, G5520, G5522 Eyeshadow Brushes Reviews & Photos

Hakuhodo G5515 Pointed Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo G5515 Pointed Eyeshadow Brush

Hakuhodo G5515 Pointed Eyeshadow Brush ($15.00) is a tiny, pointed pencil brush made out of horse hair. It’s a mere 5.5mm in length, 3mm in width, and 3mm in thickness. The total length of the brush is just over 6.5 inches or 14.5 centimeters with a rounded ferrule. I thought it might work really well for applying eyeshadow to the lower lash line in a thin line, but I find that I feel the pointed edge, which feels somewhat sharp, even when I’m holding (or at least, trying to) the brush horizontally to use the edge. I could use it for more detailed work on the face, and it didn’t feel sharp, but on the lash line and along the eyelid, it just wasn’t that comfortable to use. I don’t think I have any other pointed brushes this tiny!

Hakuhodo G5520 Pointed Eyeshadow Brush ($21.00) is a small, pointed pencil brush made out of blue squirrel and horse hairs. The brush head is 9mm in length, 4mm in width, and 4mm in thickness. It had a total length of 5.75 inches or just over 14.5 centimeters. This brush was more comfortable to use, as it is denser, larger, and the edge is softer. It’s comparable to MAC 219 ($25), which isn’t quite as pointed.

Hakuhodo G5522 Tapered Eyeshadow Brush ($28.00) is a large, tapered crease brush made out of blue squirrel and goat hairs. The brush head is 21mm in length, 9mm in width, and 9mm in thickness. It has a total length of inches a little over 6 inches or just over 15.5 centimeters. This brush was fantastic for diffusing color in the crease, blending, or laying down a transition color. It is a larger brush, so it’s something I tend to use with a softer look, or to really diffuse a deeper shade. It’s soft but springy, dense but not firm. It is more tapered than MAC’s 224 ($32) and Make Up For Ever #17S (discontinued).

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