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China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer

China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer

Copper Glitter? I Herd That!

China Glaze I Herd That Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “brilliant copper glitter.” It’s a mix of light gold, copper gold, and copper glitter in what appears to be a mostly clear base. It’s that mix of colors that makes it different from other gold polishes that I’ve reviewed before. For a similar “feel,” you might consider SpaRitual Solstice, which is a molten gold with chunky glitter/sparkle. China Glaze Electrify isn’t as opaque and has much larger pieces of glitter, but it has a similar feel–again because it is a mix of gold and red glitter.

I was really excited to see that this was mostly opaque after two coats.  It’s always a fun time when you find an opaque glitter–then it’s even more versatile, because you can use it for layering or on its own (and without having to use five coats!).  There’s a very faint sheerness that’s there but hardly noticeable, but it’s something I still had to mention.  The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the glitter distributed evenly.  The drying time was average.  I usually get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.  The polish retails for $7, but you can find it at various e-tailers for under $4 (the one linked in the post sells this shade for $3).

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Riviere Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Riviere Illusion d'Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow
Chanel Riviere Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Riviere Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale shimmering green with subtle golden shimmer. A warmer, seafoam green, if you will. I couldn’t think of any shades that really were that similar. Urban Decay Money is darker, bluer. MAC Fresh & Mint is cooler-toned, almost bluish. Dior Garden Pastels was darker, more intense.

This formula is supposed to be shimmering and long-wearing with a soft, cushion-y gel texture. It can be worn as an eyeshadow or as an eyeliner.  Riviere is sheer to semi-opaque–I wasn’t able to build-up the color enough so that it was fully opaque.  Every shade I’ve come across within this range, except for Fantasme, has been opaque.  I also had some trouble getting an even layer of color, as this had a tendency to bunch up on itself, which would make it look uneven on the lid.  Whether or not a color is sheer or opaque, you still want an even layer of color.  The texture is soft, bouncy–definitely that “cushion-y” texture coming into play.  I was worried about the wear, given the problematic application, but it looked exactly as it did when initially applied ten hours later.

P.S. — This was originally a Nordstrom exclusive (that’s where I bought mine), but it has since been removed from Nordstrom–luckily, Chanel released it as an online exclusive to their own website as well, which is where you can purchase it at present.

Riviere
Riviere
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

NEW SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Fall Collection and Giveaway!

Coming together for an enchanting collaboration, SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE take this fall’s most exciting shades and have turned them into colors you can wear in a new collection: The Alchemy of Color. Colors are inspired by precious prisms and gemstones that become even more luminous when paired with moody darks. This newest collaboration takes fall’s color forecast to the next level by creating shades that embody a powerful, modern magic stemming from color and texture.

 

They began with a sentiment expressed by Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” This created the desire to take the concept of ancient rituals and magic and combine them with the latest advances in technology. There is an interplay of color and texture: glowing jeweled tones that are lush and sumptuous paired with lavish sparkle, a metallic and glossy sheen, and new effects. Alchemy of Color gives you the ability to play with the feel and attitude of your look with a myriad of color and textural options. It can be modern, mysterious, or entrancing–every look exudes radiance as you play with light and shadow in dynamic, luminous tones of this fall’s radiant jewels.

Tone on Tangerine Tango

Take inspiration from warm, rich tones that will bring fall’s most beautiful hues to the forefront with a lip in tangerine tango, Pantone’s color of the year, that takes center stage! Begin by blending a golden shadow from lash lines to creases for a smooth base. Next, swoosh a mahogany shade into the creases, gently blending from the inner to the outer edges for dimension. To finish the eyes, curl lashes and apply mascara to the upper lashes. For a luminous cheek, apply a luminizing bronzer over forehead and cheeks using circular motions and then swirl a pink blush over the apples of the cheek. Now, for the key part of the look, apply a glowing tangerine lipstick over the lips.

Chiseled Bronze

Opt for a luminous, defined face with a hint of warmth and looks natural and effortless. Begin by illuminating the skin with a pearlescent primer, concentrating the coverage on the highest planes of the cheekbones and forehead, as well as on the bridge of the nose. Brush a soft wash of bronzer in circular motions into the hollows of the cheeks, then blend up towards the hairline. Sweep a highlighter over cheekbones and along the bridge of the nose for added luminosity. Lightly dab blush onto the apples of the cheeks, temples, tip of the nose, and chin to add warmth to the skin. Swirl a golden shadow over lids, blending up toward the creases to further enhance the sculpted bronze look. Polish lips with a touch of pink gloss for a soft finish.

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Bobbi Brown Twilight Night Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Twilight Night Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Bobbi Brown Twilight Night Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Twilight Night Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “black plum and golden pearl.” It’s a blackened purple with flecks of gold sparkle. When it’s sheered out, it tends to look grayer and almost brown-ish with only a hint of purple. MAC Ash Violet is much lighter and more of a real purple hue. Make Up For Ever #6L is lighter, more red-toned, no gold shimmer. MAC Added Goodness is similar–perhaps a little browner.

This shade is new for fall but has been added to the permanent range, so there’s no rush to grab it before it sells out. Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner formula is supposed to be long-wearing, water-resistant, and crease- and smudge-proof. There’s a reason why this formula is a cult favorite, and that’s simply because it’s good–it wears for hours and hours and doesn’t move until you remove it. It sets fairly quickly; fast enough that you don’t feel like you’re waiting for it to set in place. It’s housed in a small glass jar with a black screw-top lid. I’ve had some for years, and I haven’t encountered any that have dried out over time.

I will note that nearly all variations with shimmer in them are not quite as top notch as the cream-based ones. They’re still really good, high-quality eyeliners, though. The slight difference is the pigmentation is typically not as rich. Here, with Twilight Night, it’s nicely pigmented but doesn’t apply fully opaque in a single stroke (I’d say you get to about 90 to 95% as you pull your brush across the lash line). The shimmer doesn’t travel, though. When I tested the wear, it managed to stay intact without fading or smudging for a full eight hours.