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Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, metallic finish. NARS California is browner. MAC Star Myth is very similar. MAC In the Sun is darker, browner. MAC Red Hot Copper is slightly redder. MAC Brasuh is slightly more orange. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is redder. See comparison swatches.

The color is gorgeous, and the payoff is rich and intense–a little goes a long way–and it is incredibly finely-milled so it applies smoothly and evenly while being easy to blend. It lasted a full nine hours without creasing or fading. My issue with the project is the horrible packaging. It’s the same type of packaging that bareMinerals uses for their High Shine Eyecolors, and the problem is that as you unscrew the cap, it nearly springs open, and so much product gets loosened and pulled out with the sponge-tip applicator along the rim as well as just strewn outside of the tube.  Trying to apply with the sponge-tipped applicator is messy and ends up using a lot of product that you just don’t need.  I use a separate eyeshadow brush and lightly pat it against the applicator to get only as much as I need, and this also allows for more precise and controlled application.

It’s one of the worst types of packaging I’ve ever come across, and it was so disappointing to see Guerlain opt for this. I think the packaging is so poor and wasteful that on that alone, I wouldn’t purchase it–with a mere 0.02 oz. of product for $35, there’s not much to waste. (And it’s a shame, because there’s one other shade, which looks far more interesting/less dupable, but the packaging is making it so hard to pull the trigger.)  There’s no packaging-specific component for the Glossover any more, but I do take into account packaging that actually affects the overall quality of the product or application.

Cuivre Ora
Cuivre Ora
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
92%
Total

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Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire Review, Photos, Swaatches

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire
Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-tinged coral with a gold shimmer. Tom Ford Flush is slightly less pink, less shimmer. theBalm Don’t You Want Me is lighter. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker. Burberry Hibiscus is warmer. NARS Deep Throat is similar but more shimmered. MAC Supercontinental is slightly lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is darker. MAC Flaming Chic is pinker. Dior Pink Glow is more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is more shimmery. Burberry Blossom is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Secret Affair has good color payoff that is buildable and blendable, so you can adjust the intensity depending on your preference and what suits a particular eye/lip combination. The texture is soft, very finely-milled, and smooth. It has a light golden shimmer that buffs into a very luminous sheen the more you blend it into the skin. It did not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It lasted eight hours well on me and had some minor, but noticeable, fading after nine hours of wear.

Secret Affair
Secret Affair
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Nahema Vernis Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a rich, warm-toned red with a cream finish. MAC Vivid Effect is slightly lighter and less orange. MAC Oriele Orange is similar. MAC Kid Orange is very similar. MAC Ablaze is a smidgen darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy is slightly redder and has fine shimmer. China Glaze Life Preserver is similar. Essie Meet Me at Sunset is redder/darker. See comparison swatches.

Nahema is fully opaque in two coats of polish, though it was nearly opaque in just one.  The wider brush (similar to Dior’s) makes it easy to apply, because it spans the whole nail well.  I didn’t have any issues with streaking, bubbling, or the polish pooling along the edges, as the consistency was slightly thin but not watery.  It dried down to a high gloss finish, so no top coat is necessary (but a top coat can still be used if desired).  I get just over a week of wear with very minor tip wear with Guerlain’s formula.

The brush was wonky–like the plastic had melted outside of the mold, because it was curved and bumpy. I’m going to be exchanging this next time I’m at Nordstrom because of the defect, but I haven’t had this issue with any of the other shades I’ve purchased.  Since I haven’t had this issue with any of the other shades I bought (like seven of them or so), I didn’t let this defect impact the rating as it appears to be a one-off.

Nahema

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Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel Review & Photos

Illamasqua Hydra Veil  Rehydrating Gel
Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel ($40.00 for 1.0 oz.) is a cross between a primer and a moisturizer, so perhaps it’s best categorized as a moisturizing primer, as it is not a skincare product (e.g. no long-term hydration benefits are claimed). It’s really supposed to help by providing instant hydration, smooth the skin, and prolong the wear of your base makeup.

It has a thick, jelly-like consistency that looks and feels that way. It jiggles in the pot and is just slightly less solid in comparison to Jell-o. It comes with a small, spoon spatula that hooks to the interior lid for more hygenic removal of the product. Once you disturb the surface of the product, it can look crumbly, but it reforms and looks pristine the next time you open it. You don’t need a lot, but it did seem like a small quantity when I first opened up the jar, though one ounce is about average for a primer. It feels cool when applied, and it spreads easily and doesn’t feel greasy or heavy. It absorbs and dries down quickly. I’ve been using a flat foundation brush (MAC’s 190) to apply and spread it over the skin after my moisturizer but prior to foundation.

One thing I noticed was that sometimes it did give me a light stinging sensation some of the time that I used the product. I’ve used it for a week now, and out of those seven tries, I’d say three of those times had a mild stinging sensation on the drier areas of my face for about thirty seconds or less (in contrast, when I applied it to Shaun’s face, and he didn’t experience any stinging at all, and he has an oilier skin type). It did leave behind a smoother surface, and my foundations (I tried MUFE HD, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer, and Giorgio Armani Maestro) seemed to apply better than they would over the skin alone but not dramatically improved over dry patches.  For me, I didn’t notice particularly better or prolonged wear out of my foundations–an extra half hour at best but nothing dramatic.

I had really hoped for a life-changing product with Hydra Veil, because I often get dry patches along the tops of my cheeks and around my nose, so having an added boost prior to applying foundation can go a long way to giving me a more flawless finish.   It was the product I was most excited for in the new collection, but it wasn’t a good fit for my skin type.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Niacinamide, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Fragrance, Methylisothiazolinone, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Potassium Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, BHT, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Sodium Chloride, Tocopherol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene.

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Dior Paradise (732) Addict Gloss

Dior Paradise (732) Addict Gloss
Dior Paradise (732) Addict Gloss

Dior Paradise (732) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a coral-red with pink and gold sparkle. Revlon Papaya has a similar coral coloring but doesn’t have the sparkle. Guerlain Frizzy Mango is a bit lighter and has finer shimmer. Guerlain Candy Stripe is slightly warmer and doesn’t have the same sparkle. Burberry Cameo Pihnk is pinker and has finer sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Paradise is a happy comprise for those who want color but still like to layer their glosses. The color payoff is semi-opaque but definitely not sheer; between the tinted base color and the healthy dose of sparkle, there’s plenty of oomph to make it wearable on its own. There’s still translucency, though, so it can be layered over another lip product to create something slightly different (and certainly, sparklier). The texture is almost gel-like; not too thin or too thick, not at all sticky, and even better: all of that sparkle doesn’t travel to parts unknown. Paradise lasted four hours on me, which is about average, and was nicely hydrating during the time I wore it.

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Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Ay Poppy Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned orange with a cream finish. Chanel Lilis is a bit lighter. NARS Lal Mirchi is very similar. MAC Oriele Orange is a bit redder. MAC Morange is similar. MAC Kid Orange is darker, redder. MAC Ablaze is redder. Chanel Holiday is a touch darker. China Glaze Life Preserver is redder.
See comparison swatches.

There is not a single thing to complain about here–Ay Poppy is a brilliant, glossy finish after it dries down, so a top coat isn’t necessary. It’s fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency is just right; not too thick or too thin. The polish applied beautifully over the nail without streaking or bubbling. Cult Nails’ has a great formula that wears a full week with very minor tip wear in my experience.

Ay Poppy
Ay Poppy
A+

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10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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