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China Glaze Just Be-Claws, Put a Bow on It, This is Tree-mendous Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Just Be-Claws Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Just Be-Claws Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Just Be-Claws Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “red with an aluminum-like mirror finish.” It’s a medium-dark, rich ruby red with subtle, cool undertones and a high-shine, metallic finish. There is a lot of depth to this color–China Glaze really knocked this one out of the park. It was mostly opaque after one coat, but I applied two coats to be sure, and you’ll find there’s a richness to the finish with two. The consistency of the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it spread evenly and without bubbling or pooling along the edges. Cult Nails Annalicious (LE, $12.00) is warmer but similar in the finish. China Glaze Cranberry Splash (LE, $7.50) is very similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Put a Bow on It Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “magenta glitter.” It’s a sparkling, muted pink-shimmered purple micro-glitter. It has a sandy, sparkly texture, and it dries to a mostly matte finish (the sparkle isn’t totally matte). This shade was mostly opaque after two coats. The consistency was on the thinner side. I don’t have any dupes for this shade, especially because of the finish; the only shade I considered was Zoya Carly (P, $8.00), which is darker and has a totally different finish (they’re not dupes at all).

This is Tree-mendous Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “green with fine gold glitter.” It’s a mix of light-medium, yellow-toned green, emerald green, and light gold micro-shimmer and micro-glitter. It has that sandy, sparkly texture that’s mostly matte but still sparkles here and there. The consistency of the formula was thinner and a little watery, and the color payoff was still noticeably sheer after two coats. Ironically, I think it’s too dense, though, to work better as a top coat, as it will cover a lot of the underlying polish, but using a green or gold polish underneath for one coat would help this look more opaque with less coats. The only other green sand-textured shade I have is Zoya Chita (P, $8.00), which is several shades darker and less warm-toned.

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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
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Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain

Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain
Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain

Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain ($30.00 for 0.42 fl. oz.) is described as a “candy-orchid tint.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender with blue undertones and a satin sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is a powder, lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is shimmery, powder. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is powder, lighter. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches. (Note, I couldn’t think of any dupes that mimiced the lip stain aspect.)

Lollitint applied to lips was horrific; my lips looked shriveled and terribly dry (I spared you the close-up–it was a total train-wreck). It’s something that I think could be worn as a base, but you’d need something nicely hydrating on top to bring back moisture and smoothness to the lip. It almost had a slightly stinging sensation for the first half a second it was applied, and I tried it on two separate occasions and had the same feeling and end results. It applied somewhat evenly, but it doesn’t stain the lips evenly–it absolutely stains, though. I don’t recommend swatching this on an area you don’t want pink-tinted for the next two days! On lips, the stain aspect seems to last four hours or so. It was unbearably drying, unfortunately. I’m not sure why, but the wear and feel of Benefit’s stains totally varies from shade to shade when it comes to wearing them on lips.

On cheeks, it was infinitely better, both in terms of application as well as the final result. It has a very thin consistency, but it’s not so thin that it’s water-like. You’ll want to work one cheek at a time, as it dries down fairly quickly and doesn’t remain blendable for long. I liked fingertips best for blending and maneuvering the color on the skin. It does apply more easily over bare skin, but I was still able to pat and blend over foundation. You can also apply this more heavily onto bare skin, then apply your foundation and use only light coverage on cheeks–the color will still come through! If you have a liquid foundation that takes a bit longer to dry, it’s particularly nice to apply this when your foundation is still slightly wet. It wore well for ten hours on bare cheeks–at the very least–and that was with a light-handed application.

NARS Maldives The Multiple

NARS Maldives The Multiple
NARS Maldives The Multiple

NARS Maldives The Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink champagne.” It’s a soft, muted pink-shimmered beige with a luminous finish. On the skin, it’s like a veil of lightly warmed-over champagne sheen. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is a powder but similar in color. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is very comparable. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is somewhat warmer. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is more frosted. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $42.00) is also more frosted, powder. See comparison swatches.

NARS describes the formula as a “multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body” that gives “sheer color” that can be blended for “shimmering accents; contours or dynamic highlights.” The suggested application method is with fingers, as the heat will warm up the product and enable it to be more easily blended. NARS’ The Multiples and I have an interesting relationship, because while I like them (at least, some of the time) on cheeks and eyes, I don’t like them on lips (uneven application, tends to drag and pull during application, and drying), so they’re always a disappointment in one of the three areas it’s designed to be used. Maldives didn’t work well on lips, but it did work excellently on cheeks, eyes, and decolletage. The finish is incredibly flattering–glowy, luminous, dewy but not oily or pore-emphasizing–and the wear is about seven and a half hours on cheeks and brow bone (on the lid, it creases within five hours).  It applies and blends beautifully on the cheeks as a highlighter.

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Makeup Geek Duchess, Envy, Galaxy Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Duchess Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Duchess Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Duchess Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte cool purple.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish–you can see a sprinkling of micro-shimmer at times, but it’s not apparent on the lid. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, not powdery, and easy to blend out on the skin. It lasted eight full hours on me before showing signs of fading. Disney by Sephora Mystical Wonder (LE) is shimmery, lighter. MAC Illegal Cargo (LE, $15.00) is similar from I can tell, but it’s so sheer it’s hard to say 100%! Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is a bit brighter. See comparison swatches.

Envy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic green.” It’s a darkened, forest green with cool undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had so-so pigmentation–the texture was on the drier side, so the color payoff wasn’t as intense as you’d expect. It can be layered and patted on for better coverage. It wore almost eight hours before showing signs of fading. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is very similar. MAC Dark Indulgence (LE, $21.00) is greener/richer. Make Up For Ever #80 (P, $20.00) is lighter. Inglot #414 (P, $6.00) is a touch warmer, more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Galaxy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic gunmetal.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, dense, and buttery. It blended beautifully when applied to the skin. It wore well for a full eight hours before it showed signs of wearing away. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is lighter. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is similar. Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Slate (P) is bluer-tinged. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Duchess
Duchess
9
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8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
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Envy
Envy
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8
Pigmentation
8
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8
Longevity
4.5
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81%
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Galaxy
Galaxy
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10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
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Makeup Geek Corrupt, Country Girl, Dirty Martini Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as an “intense matte black with very subtle sparkle.” It’s a deep, dark, intense black with a mostly matte finish–there is a very, very fine multi-colored sparkle, but it’s really not visible when you apply and blend out the product. It had nice pigmentation, and it wore well for eight and a half hours. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P) is similar. theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is totally matte. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is fully matte. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) is also fully matte. NARS Night Breed (LE, $24.00) has more sparkle. MAC Carbon (P, $15.00) is all matte, warmer in tone. Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #13 (P, $33.00) is less matte. Make Up For Ever #04 (P, $20.00) has no sparkle/shimmer at all. See comparison swatches.

Country Girl Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery pink brown.” It’s a medium, rose-tinged brown with warm, orange undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It wore well for eight hours. NARS Naiade (P) is browner. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is browner. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Dirty Martini Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte olive green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was soft and blendable. This shade lasted eight hours on me. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. NARS Mozambique (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Burberry Khaki (08) (P) is browner. Make Up For Ever #47 (P, $20.00) is richer. See comparison swatches.

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Corrupt
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10
Pigmentation
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Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
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Country Girl
Country Girl
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Longevity
5
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97%
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89%
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Paul & Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) Lipstick CS

Paul & Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) Lipstick
Paul & Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) Lipstick

Paul & Joe Beaute Lipstick CS ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to be incredibly hydrating with vibrant color and is sold as refills. You can choose your case design, which is colored cardboard with a pattern over it, and the cases cost $5 each (mine is encased with the 009 design). The formula was lightweight, moderately moisturizing, and has a rosy scent.

Once Upon a Time (081) is described as a “bright and bold pumpkin shade, reminiscent of Cinderella’s carriage.” It’s a slightly lightened medium orange with warm, yellow and orange undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for four and a half hours. This type of orange is actually harder to dupe, because it has strong yellow undertones and doesn’t lean red at all. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Saigon Summer (LE, $15.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Banjee (P, $18.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

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9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
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