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13 Emerald Greens to Covet

01.

01. British Racing Green Butter London

Butter London

PPermanent. $15.00/0.4 oz.

A+

Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a "dark hunter green." It's a rich, luxuriously dark...

Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a "dark hunter green." It's a rich, luxuriously dark...

02.

02. Logan Zoya

Zoya

PPermanent. $9.00/0.5 oz.

A

Zoya Logan Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a "yellow-toned forest green with dense, foil-like yellow-gold and blue-green duochrome shimmer."

Zoya Logan Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a "yellow-toned forest green with dense, foil-like yellow-gold and blue-green duochrome shimmer."

03.

03. Iggy Kat Von D

Kat Von D

DCDiscontinued. $21.00/0.1 oz.

A

Kat Von D Iggy Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "pearlescent mermaid green." It's a lightly brightened, medium-dark...

Kat Von D Iggy Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "pearlescent mermaid green." It's a lightly brightened, medium-dark...

04.

04. Go For a Ride Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $10.00/0.04 oz.

A

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a "dark green." It's a rich, medium-dark cool-toned green with a pearly...

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a "dark green." It's a rich, medium-dark cool-toned green with a pearly...

05.

05. ME304 Emerald Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever

DCDiscontinued. $21.00/0.08 oz.

A

Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned green-teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had really good color...

Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned green-teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had really good color...

06.

06. Green Safari Milani

Milani

PPermanent. $6.49/0.1 oz.

A

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez ($6.99 for 0.10 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle yellow undertones. MAC Fresh Flare is yellower.

Milani Green Safari Shadow Eyez ($6.99 for 0.10 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle yellow undertones. MAC Fresh Flare is yellower.

07.

07. Pre-nup Buxom

Buxom

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

A

BUXOM Pre-nup Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "shimmering emerald." It's a softened, medium-dark emerald green with cool undertones...

BUXOM Pre-nup Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "shimmering emerald." It's a softened, medium-dark emerald green with cool undertones...

08.

08. Emeraude (04) Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

PPermanent. $39.00/0.22 oz.

A

Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bold, deepened emerald green with cool undertones and a satin sheen.

Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bold, deepened emerald green with cool undertones and a satin sheen.

09.
A

OCC Cosplay Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a "teal-toned green." It's a muted, medium-dark green with very subtle, cool undertones...

OCC Cosplay Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a "teal-toned green." It's a muted, medium-dark green with very subtle, cool undertones...

10.

10. D306 Bottle Green Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever

DCDiscontinued. $21.00/0.08 oz.

A-

Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green Artist Shadow Make Up For Ever I412 Wheat Artist Shadow ($19.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, buttery yellow with a frosted sheen.

Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green Artist Shadow Make Up For Ever I412 Wheat Artist Shadow ($19.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, buttery yellow with a frosted sheen.

11.

11. Kush Urban Decay

Urban Decay

PPermanent. $19.00/0.05 oz.

A-

Urban Decay Kush Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05. oz.) is described as a "grass green shimmer with gold micro-glitter." It's a medium-dark, grassy green...

Urban Decay Kush Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05. oz.) is described as a "grass green shimmer with gold micro-glitter." It's a medium-dark, grassy green...

12.

12. Risque NYX

NYX

PPermanent. $6.00/0.15 oz.

A-

NYX Risque Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a rich, emerald green with metallic green shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and again,...

NYX Risque Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a rich, emerald green with metallic green shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and again,...

13.

13. Empire Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $5.00/0.07 oz.

B+

ColourPop Empire Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "fiercely rich emerald green." It's a medium-dark, emerald green with...

ColourPop Empire Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "fiercely rich emerald green." It's a medium-dark, emerald green with...

Long-time readers will probably find this no surprise… but I love emerald green when it comes to makeup! Whether it’s for nails, eyes, or lips. Here are 13 favorites — from deeper to brighter, warmer to cooler! 🙂

  1. Butter London British Racing Green — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  2. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  3. Kat Von D Iggy — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  4. Sephora Go For a Ride — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  5. Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  6. Milani Green Safari — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  7. Buxom Pre-nup — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  8. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  10. Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  11. Urban Decay Kush — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  12. NYX Risque — A Cool Green with a Metallic finish.
  13. Colour Pop Empire — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.

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5 Pops of Silver to Rock the New Year

01.

01. Static Age Kat Von D

Kat Von D

DCDiscontinued. $21.00/0.1 oz.

A-

Kat Von D Static Age Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "metallic silver." It's a bright, light silver with a metallic...

Kat Von D Static Age Metal Crush Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "metallic silver." It's a bright, light silver with a metallic...

02.

02. Cosmo Zoya

Zoya

PPermanent. $10.00/0.5 oz.

A-

Cosmo is described as a "silver crystal sparkle." It's a light-medium, warm-toned silver with iridescent gand holographic glitter.

Cosmo is described as a "silver crystal sparkle." It's a light-medium, warm-toned silver with iridescent gand holographic glitter.

05.

05. S&M Urban Decay

Urban Decay

PPermanent. $19.00/0.05 oz.

A

Urban Decay S&M Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05. oz.) is described as a "steel grey shimmer with subtle taupe shift." It's a light-medium gray with a...

Urban Decay S&M Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05. oz.) is described as a "steel grey shimmer with subtle taupe shift." It's a light-medium gray with a...

When it comes to thinking of New Year’s Eve looks, I always think gold, silver, and GLITTER! Today’s edition of Five Ways features a few fun shades of silver 🙂

  1. Kat Von D Static Age — A Cool Silver with a Metallic finish.
  2. Zoya Cosmo — A Warm Silver with a Glitter finish.
  3. Lit Cosmetics Tinsel Town — A Cool Silver with a Glitter finish.
  4. NARS Interstellar — A Cool Silver with a Metallic finish.
  5. Urban Decay S&M — A Neutral Silver with a Metallic finish.

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5 Shades of Serenity

01.

01. Prance Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $6.00/0.11 oz.

B+

ColourPop Prance Creme Gel Colour ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a "bright periwinkle blue." It's a bright, medium cornflower blue with a matte...

ColourPop Prance Creme Gel Colour ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a "bright periwinkle blue." It's a bright, medium cornflower blue with a matte...

02.

02. Earl Grey NYX

NYX

PPermanent. $6.00/0.15 oz.

B

NYX Earl Grey Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium cornflower blue--a purplish-blue--with a luminous finish.

NYX Earl Grey Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium cornflower blue--a purplish-blue--with a luminous finish.

03.

03. I212 Periwinkle Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever

DCDiscontinued. $21.00/0.08 oz.

A

Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a satiny sheen.

Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a satiny sheen.

Here’s the second shade chosen for Color of the Year, “Serenity.” It’ll be interesting to see this color incorporated into just about every mainstream brand’s releases in 2016, because it’s a difficult color to do well. Pastels in general can be tricky, and shades of this kind of periwinkle blue are no different. Anyone else hoping for an interpretation of this as a highlighter? Like an iridescent bluish sheen? Please?

  1. Colour Pop Prance — A Cool Blue with a Matte finish.
  2. NYX Earl Grey — A Cool Blue with a Satin finish.
  3. Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle — A Cool Blue with a Satin finish.
  4. Zoya Skylar — A Cool Blue with a Frost finish.
  5. Inglot #429

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5 Shades of Rose Quartz

01.

01. Feather Boa Buxom

Buxom

PPermanent. $12.00/0.05 oz.

B

BUXOM Feather Boa Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "matte pastel pink." It's a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a matte finish.

BUXOM Feather Boa Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a "matte pastel pink." It's a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a matte finish.

03.

03. Desirable Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

PPermanent. $32.00/0.12 oz.

B+
04.

04. Rue Zoya

Zoya

PPermanent. $9.00/0.5 oz.

A

Rue Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a "boudoir blush cream." It's a light-medium, muted pink with subtle neutral-to-cool...

Rue Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a "boudoir blush cream." It's a light-medium, muted pink with subtle neutral-to-cool...

Not one but two shades were selected as “Color of the Year” by Pantone for 2016. Their decision of choosing two hues, a pastel blue and pink, commonly associated as gender-specific colors, was explained as, “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.” That’s what I like to hear! Here are five existing shades that line-up with the concept of Rose Quartz, which is a “warmer embracing rose tone.”

  1. Buxom Feather Boa — A Warm Pink with a Matte finish.
  2. NYX French Kiss — A Warm Pink with a Natural finish.
  3. Estee Lauder Desirable — A Warm Pink with a Natural finish.
  4. Zoya Rue — A Neutral Pink with a Cream finish.
  5. Inglot #356

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Zoya Remy, Sansa, Yuna Nail Lacquers

Zoya Remy, Sansa, Yuna Nail Lacquers
Zoya Remy, Sansa, Yuna Nail Lacquers

Zoya Remy Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “indigo with copper and gold liquid metal.” It’s an inky, blackened navy blue with lighter blue and teal sparkle. It seems like the “copper and gold” turns into a lighter, bluish-teal with the blue polish over/mixed with it. This was so pigmented–it was pretty much opaque in one coat, but the swatches show two. It was slightly thin but not particularly problematic to apply. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, smaller shimmer. Color Club First Looks (P) is darker, smaller shimmer. China Glaze Little Drummer Boy (LE, $7.50) is darker, smaller shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Samsa Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deepest eggplant with gold liquid metal.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with gold and copper flecks of sparkle and shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and dried down to a shiny finish. The consistency was a little thin, but it didn’t run to the edges, thankfully. Chanel Taboo (LE, $27.00) is darker, different colored shimmer. Cult Nails Spontaneous (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Cult Nails Enigmatic (LE, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery. Zoya Neeka (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned, less sparkly. Butter London Marrow (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Yuna Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey with copper and gold liquid metal.” It’s a dark gray with subtle warm undertones and a yellowed sparkle. It had very nearly opaque color coverage after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk (LE, $7.50) and Zoya Evvie (P, $9.00) have no shimmer, so they’re not very similar overall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Remy
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Sansa
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Yuna
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Zoya India, Teigen, Autumn Nail Lacquers

Zoya India, Teigen, Autumn Nail Lacquer
Zoya India, Teigen, Autumn Nail Lacquers

Zoya India Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, luxurious red with a gold liquid metallic shimmer.” It’s a deep, blackened reddish wine with gold sparkle that looks more like a mix of gold and copper, depending on the angle and lighting. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it applied smoothly and evenly. I didn’t notice any brush strokes, but the consistency did run a little thick. It didn’t seem to impede application. Essie Toggle to the Top (P, $8.00) has much larger sparkle/glitter. Chanel Malice (LE, $27.00) is much darker with finer shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $10.00) is darker with finer shimmer. Illamasqua Charisma (P, $17.00) has finer shimmer. Dior Apparat (LE, $24.00) has finer shimmer. China Glaze Sugar Plums (LE, $7.50) is less shimmer, larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Teigen Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned cranberry with a copper liquid metal.” It’s a pinkish-red with gold sparkle and subtle, cool undertones. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but I found the consistency to be a little watery, which resulted in sheerer coverage. Chanel Rouge Moire (LE, $27.00) has finer shimmer, warmer. Zoya Bobbi (P, $9.00) is pinker, lighter. Urban Decay Hot Mess (LE) is less golden, darker. SpaRitual Break of Dawn (LE, $10.00) is similar. Zoya Reva (P, $9.00) is slightly darker. Zoya Blaze (P, $9.00) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Autumn Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “varnished copper liquid metal.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish copper with flecks of gold and copper shimmer. It was fully opaque after two coats with a slightly thicker consistency. There were very subtle brush strokes that I could see, but only under brighter lighting conditions. MAC Styleseeker (LE, $16.00) is darker, with finer shimmer. Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road (LE, $10.00) is darker. China Glaze Harvest Moon (LE, $7.50) is browner, more golden. Zoya Tanzy (P, $9.00) is lighter, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

India
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Teigen
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Autumn
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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