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Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner

Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner
Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner

Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner ($37.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a mostly matte, medium-dark black with neutral undertones. ┬áIt’s slightly darker than the average black eyeshadow but not as intense as the blackest black eyeliners–see comparison swatches. It doesn’t seem creamy initially, but the pencil tip glides across skin evenly and smoothly without dragging or skipping. One single pass delivered quite a bit of product, and of course, going back and forth yielded fully opaque color. It applied really well to the waterline, as well as the lash line. When worn on the water line, it lasts between six and eight hours for me (six being if my eyes are somewhat watery). On the lower lash line, it lasted eight to ten hours well and had some slight smudging after ten hours of wear.

If it’s any comfort to your wallet, you’re getting almost twice as much as your standard pencil eyeliner (0.04 oz., and this is 0.07 oz.). Guerlain says it can be used as an eyeshadow, too, if desired. It comes as a long, tapered tip with a widge base, and really, my big concern with this product is how easy it will be to used as you wear down the tip, because it’s not a pencil you can use in your normal pencil sharpener.

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Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Kiss My Rose Bush Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a “classic pink … [with] a modern twist … [with a] wax finish.” It’s a medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a wax finish–so it’s mostly matte, almost squishy-looking (like vinyl, rubber, etc.) but has a slight sheen. MAC Snob is shinier. MAC Silly is lighter and shinier. Rescue Beauty Lounge Pepto Pink is darker, shinier. Essie Off the Shoulder is darker, shinier. See comparison swatches here.

I found the consistency of this shade to be a little on the thick side, and it was harder to apply smoothly and evenly. I felt like it was almost sticking to the nail and was rather streaky on the first coat. The second coat covered a lot of the streaking but not all. Because of the wax finish, I do recommend using a ridge-filling base coat to smooth out the surface. The wear I get with the wax finish formula gives me more tip wear after seven days than the cream/shimmer formula from Cult Nails. I didn’t have any issues with chipping, though.

B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) Le Rouge

Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) Le Rouge
Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) Le Rouge

Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a bold, brightened pink-coral with a luminous shine and a creamy finish. MAC Elegant Accent is warmer, less pink. MAC Watch Me Simmer is very similar. MAC Hear to Heart is slightly pinker. MAC Force of Love is pinker. Guerlain Giulette is lighter, more shimmery. Chanel Phoenix is glossier. See comparison swatches.

Le Rouge is supposed to have a semi-matte finish, be long-wearing, and have rich color. It’s fully opaque in one stroke, and it has a lightweight, creamy consistency that’s comfortable to wear and hydrating while worn. Rose Dressing lasted five and a half hours on me. There’s a very faint scent that’s supposed to be mimosa and black currant, but I was hardly able to detect it in the tube and definitely not when applied.

One of its “features” is the leather wrapped around the tube, which while it looks nice, feels thin and prone to scratches and tears. Because of how thin it felt, and I would be afraid to toss it in a bag, because I could leave imprints and scratch it with my nails alone (I tested it).

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer

theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer
theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer

theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer ($18.00 for 0.40 oz.) is a translucent eyeshadow primer that has a medium-thick, spreadable consistency that applies evenly and smoothly. It’s supposed to help amplify your favorite eyeshadows as well as improve their staying power. It comes in a squeeze-tube with a needle nose applicator, so you can easily get just what you need out. The consistency was a bit thicker than I anticipated (thicker than Too Faced Shadow Insurance or Urban Decay Primer Potion), but it smooths out well so that it feels weightless once blended and spread over the lid. It feels a bit like a silicone-based face primer but not as heavy on the silicones. It takes a few seconds to dry down and “set,” and once set, it feels like almost nothing on the lid. One thing I loved was that this product didn’t separate as some tube-based primers can, so I didn’t have to worry about what I’d get upon first squeeze.

I nave normal-to-dry lids, but my eyelids are by no means impervious to products creasing or fading on me. Some products last all day without a primer, others start to crease or fade between six and eight hours into wear. As much as possible, I like to test eye products both with and without primer to get a better idea of how it wears overall, so I’ve been using this on and off for the past month. It’s easy to blend powder eyeshadows on top of it, and they don’t “stick” so you can soften and fade or blend with the shadow next to it. It also doesn’t mute my eyeshadow. For a weaker eyeshadow, it definitely helps it look more intense and apply more evenly. It seemed to prolong eyeshadows that would crease on me for an added two to three hours (so twelve to fourteen hours of wear, total). For cream eyeshadows, it only added an extra hour or two of wear (ten to twelve hours of wear, total).

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine

Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine
Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine

Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is brightened, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a glossy shine. Chanel Amant is more matte, brighter. MAC Hibiscus is shimmery. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is less pigmented. Guerlain Chamade is cooler. Guerlain Bal de Mai is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The Lip Color Shine formula is Tom Ford’s way of giving you lighter-weight, sheerer color with an ultra-hydrating formula. Willful actually packed quite a bit of color with mostly opaque color that had some translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through slightly. For those who found other shades of the range too sheer for the price point, you might like the opacity of this one. It lasted just over four and a half hours well on me before starting to fade. It was very hydrating and comfortable to wear with a creamy consistency that felt slightly slick but not too wet, so it didn’t bleed or settle into lip lines.

Willful
Willful
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick
Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned coral with subtle golden copper shimmer. NARS Beautiful Liar is warmer, more orange. MAC Lady at Play is lighter. MAC Hibiscus is brighter. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is redder. Guerlain Nahema is lighter. Guerlain Chamade is similar. Guerlain Bal de Mai is darker. Burberry Pink Amber is pinker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is slick, slightly tacky, and has a natural sheen but nothing too shiny or glossy (but not totally matte). It feels somewhat thin, and it applies and looks a bit like a lip stain/lipstick hybrid. The color was semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Initially, I was loving the texture, feel, and look of this product, but after wearing it for a few hours, I was less enamored. The major problem with the formula is that it sucked the moisture right out of my lips (which were hydrated and smooth prior to application), and the drier my lips became, the more uneven and flaky the lip color started to look. It managed to last for about five hours, though it became progressively unflattering over the last two hours of wear. The formula is, unfortunately, touted as long-wearing with lots of hydration.

6
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total