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MAC Gold Pearl, Green Pearl, Pink Pearl Top Coat Nail Lacquers

MAC Green Pearl over Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer
MAC Green Pearl over Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer

MAC Gold Pearl Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer gold pearl transformer.” It’s a sheer, gold-shimmered polish with a warm, yellow-tinged base and fine, gold pearl shimmer. It makes nails look almost metallic, because the shimmer is quite fine and creates “threads” of shimmer that are somewhat visible (depends on the angle). The consistency is slightly thick but manageable during application. I tried one coat over Impassioned, which is a bright coral, and it warmed it up, lightened the color, and added shimmer. The way the two worked together was nice–it didn’t look like an overlay of shimmer, it was as if the two were really one, which is a great effect. It’s not much of a duochrome, as it is just gold and golder, though it almost looks a bit like a duochrome in the bottle.

MAC Green Pearl Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer green pearl transformer.” This shade is much more nuanced and more of a duochrome top coat, as you can see the shimmer goes from golden green to emerald green to plum. On its own, you lose a lot of the nuances to the shift, and it seemed best layered over darker, cooler-toned polishes (I tried Nocturnelle). The shimmer is very fine, but the result is almost metallic so there are slightly visible brush strokes. The wider brush helps, as you can get it to splay out and almost cover the nail in single pull, which helps brush strokes to look even and become more camouflaged. I tested this shade, and it showed minor tip wear after seven days.

MAC Pink Pearl Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer pink pearl transformer.” It shifts from a medium gold-orange to pink to pink-red. It seemed to have less shimmer compared to the other two, but this one applied better with less visible brush strokes. It does add a slight warmth when layered over another polish as well (I tried Shirelle), though it is primarily adding shimmer/pearl. The texture was also a bit thinner compared to the other two so it was easier to work with.

I haven’t come across too many top coats like these, so I don’t have any dupes to suggest based on experience, but if you have any suggestions, please share in the comments! Thank you!

Gold Pearl
Gold Pearl
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Green Pearl
Green Pearl
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Pink Pearl
Pink Pearl
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush

Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush
Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush

Makeup Geek Honeymoon Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light pink with mauve undertones and silver flecks.” It’s a muted, rosy peach with a frosted finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is more mauve. MAC Light Year (LE, $30.00) is slightly pinker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was designed more of a highlighting blush, per Makeup Geek’s video preview of the range, and it definitely depends on your skin tone how it might look. The texture is a little drier compared to other shades, though still soft and blendable during application. On fairer complexions, this could easily be an everyday, shimmery blush, but with the right brush (like a fan brush), it could be a dusting of shimmer as well. I’m more medium in complexion, and it is primarily a highlighter that adds slight warmth but mostly shimmer. I was nervous that this was going to emphasize pores, because of the silver flecks in it, but it ended up having a subtler sheen once applied. It wore well for just over eight hours before breaking down slightly.

Honeymoon
Honeymoon
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polish

NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polishes
NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polishes

This July, NARS is releasing a collection of nail polishes in collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim (official info here). With these, NARS has introduced a wider brush (compared to the last polish I tried from NARS, which was in April), though the bottle size and shape have stayed the same. The bottles for this collection have the designer’s logo printed on the front as well. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

NARS Hell-Bent Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lacquer red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had full color coverage after nearly one coat, but I did apply two just to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail without pooling along the edges. It dried down a bit faster than the average polish. Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $32.00) is similar. Zoya Tamsen (P, $9.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Other Side Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bitter chocolate.” It’s a blackened brown with subtle maroon undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque in almost one coat, though two were needed for complete opacity. The polish wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was easy to apply–no streakiness or bubbling. Essie Shearling Darling (P, $8.00) is lighter. Cult Nails Lamestain (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Accessoire (P, $27.00) is lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Color Club Fashion Moment (P) is cooler-toned. China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $7.50) is lighter. Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Crossroads Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “African violet.” It’s a deepened, muted purple with a smokiness to it. It had a cream finish. The consistency was slightly thin, though it had full coverage after two coats, but it showed the texture of my natural nails just slightly (I have slightly ridged nails), so you’ll want to use a base coat or ridge-filling base coat if you have similar natural nails. It applied without streaking, and it dried down to a naturally shiny finish. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Essie Smokin’ Hot (LE, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches: Peach

MAC Peach Eyeshadow Swatches

Arena is described as a “soft gold-peach with pearl [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium peach with a hint of beige, warm undertones, and a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bamboo is described as a “light beige with peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium peach with subtle beige tones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jest is described as a “soft peach with icy shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach with a frostoed sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Naked Lunch is described as a “minimal pink with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light, pink-peach with a pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bonus

These shades have been discontinued, but I’ve included some potential dupes for reference!

Samoa Silk is a brightened, peach-orange with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Say Yeah is a gold-shimmered, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tete-a-tint is a light-medium, muted orange brown with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

Chanel Secret, Atmosphere, Orage Le Vernis Nail Colours

Chanel Atmosphere (629) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Atmosphere (629) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Secret (625) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a light-medium, softened, peach-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage after two coats of polish, but some visible nail line is apparent. Application is trickier, as the formula is streaky; the first coat was quite streaky, and I used a second, slightly thicker, coat and very lightly dragged it across the surface of the nail to try to minimize streakiness, but there were still some troublesome areas. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Essie Brooch the Subject (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Atmosphere (629) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent pearl.” It’s a semi-sheer, pearly duochrome that shifts from a gold to pink to a murky green. It is much like Songe. It had a pearly, slightly metallic, finish that had minimal visible brush strokes, but it wasn’t brush stroke-free. I tried layering it over Secret as well as over Orage, but the thicker consistency of Atmosphere made it more difficult to apply as a top coat. The duochrome did become more pronounced when applied over Orage, though. NARS Disco Inferno (LE, $19.00) is darker, larger shimmer, cooler-toned. MAC Ascension (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented, greener. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is cooler-toned, more violet. Essie Kisses & Bisses (LE, $8.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Orage (631) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey blue.” It’s a deep, dark, smoky blue that’s so dark that it leans like a softened, bluish black in most lighting. Sometimes it appears bluer, but most of the time, it’s a softer variation on black. It was opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency was on the thinner side. It was slightly streaky on the first coat, but it evened out well after a second coat was applied. Drying time was average, and it dried down to a high shine finish. Cult Nails Blackout (DC, $12.00) is grayer. NARS Storm Bird (LE, $19.00) is lighter. NARS Galion (LE, $19.00) is similar. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk (LE, $7.50) is greener. Zoya Cynthia (P, $9.00) is brighter. Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather (LE, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Becca Fig Beach Tint

Becca Fig Beach Tint
Becca Fig Beach Tint

Becca Fig Beach Tint ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “tea rose pink.” It’s a muted, neutral brown with a hint of rosiness and a saitn finish. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is warmer, powder. MAC Peachtwist (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is similar but more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For a more detailed overview of the Beach Tint formula, check out my previous review here. To summarize, the formula is supposed to be a cheek-and-lip stain with sheer, natural-looking color. The formula separates inside the tube, so you can get an almost oily-like clear liquid squeezed out either with the color or before the color, so it needs to be mixed up. I like to turn it upside down and right-side-up, leaving it in each direction for about five minutes. This is, however, frustrating to deal with every time I squeezed product out (five separate occasions). It has a sweet, fruity scent that is strong while the product dries down, but it dissipates once dry. It is better as a cheek stain as a lip stain, as it is thin and clingy on the lips, looks dry, and emphasizes every imperfection on the lips. On cheeks, it has a much more natural finish that adds glowiness without being oily or dewy. Fig is a color I would recommend to fairer complexions than mine, as it takes three layers to get visible color to show on my skin tone (it’s just too close to my natural skin tone, it seems like it has the right pigmentation, but it’s the wrong color for my skin tone). The consistency is thin, liquid-like, almost watery but not quite. On lips, the product is noticeably tacky, though not thick, so at least it doesn’t feel glue-y, and lasts for three hours. On cheeks, it dries down after two to three minutes and has almost no tackiness once it sets, and the color wore well for seven hours on me.

Fig
Fig
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total