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Essie Go Overboard Nail Lacquer

Essie Go Overboard Nail Lacquer
Essie Go Overboard Nail Lacquer

Let’s Go Diving with Essie’s Go Overboard

Essie Go Overboard Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “a limitless sea blue.” It’s a deep, almost inky, blue with subtle hints of teal–you might call it a very blue teal or a teal-tinged navy blue. MAC Deep Sea is greener and much, much darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal is a bit darker and greener. Illamasqua Viridian is more of a teal.  Nothing I could think of was close; everything that was even remotely similar was significantly darker.

What I liked about Go Overboard was the blue is very apparent; it’s not so dark that it loses its color in natural light. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied fluidly and evenly across the nail without bubbling or pooling along the sides.  I only needed two coats for opaque color, though it was rather opaque after one.  I typically get very good wear out of Essie’s formula; a full week with no chipping and minimal tip wear.

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

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Rant & Rave: Jelly Nail Polishes

This Week’s Topic: JELLY NAIL POLISHES!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about jelly nail polishes. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: I love how squishy they look! I’m not a huge fan of sheer polish overall, though some shades I like, so I love jelly finishes that are more opaque.

Chanel Furtif Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Furtif Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Furtif Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Furtif Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “silver-grey.” It has a light-medium gray base with a silverish shimmer-sheen; it almost looks a little brown-toned. Guerlain Les Gris is similar, perhaps more metallic. Giorgio Armani #22 is more metallic. Tarina Tarantion Mr. Silver is lighter. MAC Electra has more of a satin finish but is similar in color.

I wish I could say Furtif was better than Infini, but it’s only marginally so and infinitely worse compared to Complice. It’s noticeably sheer swatched, and it acts the same way when applied to the lid, with or without a base, wet or dry. It adheres better than Infini, and it doesn’t make the lid look dry almost by clumping up in places, but you have to pack on the color, and if you blend it, it easily fades to oblivion. It wears for about six and a half hours, and after seven hours, there’s noticeable fading.

There’s one more shade for fall, Eclaire, which I’m in the process of testing, so it is with fingers crossed that it fairs better than the last two!

Furtif

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NARS Amsterdam Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Amsterdam Pure Matte Lipstick
NARS Amsterdam Pure Matte Lipstick

A Deep Red Lip for Fall Courtesy of NARS

NARS Amsterdam Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “garnet red.” It’s a medium-dark red with burgundy-brown undertones and a natural matte finish, which means there’s the barest of sheen but it doesn’t look flat. MAC Rocker is slightly darker, cooler-toned. MAC Runaway Red is brighter. shu uemura Rouge Luster is similar but has shimmer. MAC Such Flare is slightly redder and brighter. MAC Extended Play is a bit browner. NARS Mascate is cooler-toned and brighter. Make Up For Ever #48 is sheerer and a bit more intense. MAC Dark Side is similar but has a glossier finish.

NARS’ Pure Matte formula is supposed to be matte, ultra pigmented, long-wearing, moisturizing, and comfortable to wear.  Amsterdam is an excellent example of matte done superbly. The color coverage is fully opaque, and you don’t need a lot of product to yield full color coverage.  It has that mostly matte finish without being flat, or worse, terribly drying. It’s lightly moisturizing (it certainly won’t replace your favorite balm!) and fairly forgiving on the lips, even if your lips are slightly dry.  I wore this shade last week, and Amsterdam hung on for an impressive six and a half hours.

If you often find that reds look too bright, too bold, you might like Amsterdam. There’s a muted quality to the color that keeps it from being vampy, but there’s enough burgundy/brown in it to keep it from looking too red.

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