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MAC Local Wares Fluidline

MAC Local Wares Fluidline
MAC Local Wares Fluidline

Not Quite Black, Not Quite Brown Eyeliner

MAC Local Wares Fluidline ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty olive with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a muted dark brown with a gray tinge and subtle gold sparkle. The sparkle isn’t really noticeable once it is applied. It reminded me of CoverGirl Brown, without the shimmer. This collection seems to lean on the warmer side, but this eyeliner reads cooler on me–it actually looks almost gray when I tried it out.

Fluidline is a gel eyeliner that’s supposed to be long-wearing and smudge-proof. It comes inside a clear glass jar with a black screw-top lid. Local Wares has a creamy, pliable texture that glides on and goes on mostly opaque (I used MAC’s 263 brush to apply to my lower lash line), though I did need to go back to get a fully opaque line.  There was no skipping or dragging, because it has a delightfully creamy consistency.  It wore for eight hours without smudging, migrating, or fading when I tested it yesterday.

This collection also includes Dark Diversion, which I’ve reviewed previously, and Rich Ground, which I did buy as well since I can’t remember reviewing it before–though Rich Ground is part of the permanent range.

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China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer

China Glaze I'm Not Lion Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer

I’d Be Lion if I Said This was Easy to Remove

China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glistening gold and multi-colored glitter.” It’s a predominantly pale, antique gold glitter with an assortment of smaller glitter particles. The base color really seemed clear to me. The inclusion of multi-colored glitter makes it look different from a lot of the other antique gold shades we’ve been seeing (think Illamasqua Swinger, Revlon Gold Coin, and Chanel Diwali). The closest color I could come up with was China Glaze Medallion, which is darker gold, chunkier glitter all around.

It’s almost opaque after two coats–there’s a hint of visible nail line at certain angles.  Because it’s full of glitter, this takes longer to remove, but it doesn’t have to be challenging.  Brooke discovered an excellent way to remove polishes like these, which is really just soaking nails in nail polish remover, but she discovered these nifty devices to use (and they’ll cost you about $3 shipped). Two minutes and you’ll be set!  The texture is just barely rough, because the glitter is fine and the consistency is on the thicker side, so it tends to immerse the glitter in the base.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s formula.  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).


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Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick

Another Summer Hue Just in Time for Fall

Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm coral-pink with a little hint of red. It has almost imperceptible pearl; there’s a minor reflection and sheen but no obvious shimmer particles. MAC Watch me Simmer is much lighter. MAC Force of Love is pinker and lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is a smidgen lighter but close. Make Up For Ever #38 is less pink but a little brighter. OCC Trollop is lighter and pinker. MAC Fusion Pink is redder and has a pink iridescent sheen. Chanel Phoenix is a bit lighter and has noticeable pink shimmer.

Bright and bold with full color coverage and a natural finish, Gracy is more summer than fall, even if it is part of the fall release.  The color glides on and hugs lips without feeling clingy, while the formula itself wears for six and a half hours and keeps lips well-hydrated the entire time.  I did not experience any feathering or bleeding lip color.

Like the rest of the range, there is a perfume-like scent attached to these but no discernible scent. Each is packaged in a hefty silver metal case that has a flip mirror. I appreciate the sleek design of the case, and it feels very luxe to hold, but from a practical purpose, they’re kind of heavy to keep your bag, and there’s no great way to store them (the top and bottom are curved), and they do hold fingerprints.

Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick


Sephora Experts Await You in Sephora’s Beauty Studio + COLORVISION Makeovers!

Sephora’s Beauty Studio gives you exclusive, one-on-one access to Sephora’s experts. The talented people in the Beauty Studio offer complimentary, in-store Express Services to help you achieve different looks–from a classic smoky eye to an easy, every day look–in a few minutes.  The Express Services are available in-store and are quick and easy to take advantage of–no appointment or minimum purchase required!  Each of these walk-in Express Services gives customers a complimentary, step-by-step tutorial led by trained Sephora makeup artists. If you’re not sure how to wear one of the latest trends, you can check out the trend Express Services, which highlight three major trends from the current season. Among the core Express Services, learn how to deal with liquid eyeliner, false eyelashes, concealing, and flawless foundation.

Make an appointment for a 60-minute dedicated makeup session where an expert artist will create a look for you and help you learn how to re-create it (free with minimum purchase of $50) or opt for a 90-minute private session with a Personal Beauty Advisor who will help you refresh your entire beauty routine along with an expert makeup application (free with minimum purchase of $125).

And if you don’t have time to stop by in-person, the Beauty Studio has plenty of how-to videos that you can watch from home!  In the above video, Sephora PRO team member Eric Soto demonstrates just how important blush and bronzer can be to enhancing the complexion.  One great tip he mentioned is that a subtle highlight above the brow can help give it an instant lift–without the painful surgery!  He recommends powder blushes for all skin types, cream blushes for drier skin types, and cheek stains for normal to oily skin types.  If you have a cool undertone, Soto suggests using a rose, pink, or berry color.  If you have a warm undertone, he recommends using a blush in the peach or apricot family.

Get a COLORVISION Makeover!

Starting now, go to the Sephora Beauty Studio any day of the week for a complimentary lesson in how to wear the season’s hottest colors.  Or, during special event weekends, like this upcoming weekend (August 17th through 19th) and next weekend (August 24th through 26th), join makeup artists from your favorite brands, like Givenchy, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Stila, Dior, Givenchy, Hourglass, and Sephora’s makeup artists.

During your complimentary makeover you will learn how to create some of fall’s hottest looks from the brands you love and take away a special gift following your consultation (while supplies last).  Take your pick from three different looks, including Crimson Velvets, Blackest Blacks and Nouveau Purples, and let Sephora help you put your best face forward this fall! Find a store holding an event near you!

Not sure which look is for you?  Consider perusing our latest high-res galleries featuring Sephora’s COLORVISION!