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Beautiful Beginnings with Essie

Beautiful Beginnings with Essie

What was the first Essie product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: The first Essie product I ever tried was their Spring 2008 collection! The older I get, the more I really enjoy the brand for its overall color range. They do some really fantastic creams in particular!

Share your first time experiences with Essie in the comments! 🙂

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Bobbi Brown Slate Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Slate Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Slate Eyeshadow

Contour with a Clean Slate

Bobbi Brown Slate Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “medium grey.” It’s a softened gray-tinged taupe brown with a matte finish. MAC Omega is lighter, warmer. theBalm Celebrational is darker and has a satiny sheen. Bare Escentuals Vow is a few shades darekr and has a strong red undertone. MAC Twilight Falls is frosted and darker. MAC EarthlyM is a little browner and has a shimmery finish. Inglot #360 is a bit darker and less gray, but it was the closest I could think of.

This hue is part of Bobbi Brown’s permanent matte eyeshadow range.  The pigmentation is true-to-pan, but it looks soft, almost sheer, but not really.  I think the matte finish, combined with the soft texture and muted color, might give off that impression.  This kind of shade works well as a contouring shade (great for defining the crease or layered to add definition over another crease color) on light to medium-dark skin tones.  Darker complexions may like this has a general lid shade but will not see as much contouring with it as it starts to blend in more with the skin color on the darker end of the spectrum.

It has a soft texture that’s not too dense or buttery but not horribly dry and stiff and firm. There are two distinct matte formulas:  one is softer, more buttery/dense (but often can be powdery) and the other is firmer, drier, but so long as it’s soft and not stiff, it will work quite nicely and deliver great color payoff, blendability, and wear.  The same is true for eyeshadows, but I’ve noticed the distinction is much stronger within the matte category.  Slate is dry but soft, so it isn’t powdery and blends out easily–but not so easily that you have to go back and add more color.  It wore for eight hours (without a primer as well as with a primer) without creasing or fading.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Santa Fe Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Santa Fe Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Santa Fe Nail Lacquer

Take a Seat and Enjoy the Hues of Santa Fe

Rescue Beauty Lounge Santa Fe Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “an aerial view of Santa Fe; the baked earth tones of ocher with shimmering, glistening ubiquitous dotted greens.” It’s a slightly subdued, terracotta-tinged medium orange with light-medium orange-gold shimmer. Though the description mentions dotted greens, there’s nothing that really represents that concept in the polish itself (the brand’s descriptions are often more inspirational than they are one-for-one descriptions, at least with this launch). I don’t have anything in my stash that seems to look this–it’s definitely orange, but it’s not really bright, and there’s no red in it. Zoya Myrta is darker and red-orange. Nails Inc. Porchester Place is more orange, brighter. Illamasqua gamma comes the closest, but it’s brighter–reads more Halloween orange than desert orange. I’d love for you to suggest any potential dupes!

The consistency of Santa Fe wasn’t too thick or too thin, though if I had to say it leaned one way or the other, it would be just barely thick.  It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and I didn’t experience any bubbling, streaking, or pooling of the polish along the edges of the nail.  The micro-shimmer in this shade definitely shows up in natural light as well as brighter light, so I really thought it added more depth to the base color.  There were very slight brush strokes visible under brighter light (like diffused flash).  I typically get a full week of wear with Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula and very minimal tip wear (but no chipping).

Santa Fe
Santa Fe
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Launches


This August: Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Launches

This Fall, Estée Lauder and Tom Pecheux dare you to play in a world of bold, luminous and impactful color with new Pure Color Vivid Shine – the latest wave of shades that dazzle eyes, lips and nails with sparkling shine and chromatic color. This modern spectrum of color features new finishes and textures. Eyes are heightened with hyper metallics that accentuate and entice, lips come alive with amplified, vivid color in lustrous shades that offer unprecedented shine, and
nails sparkle with alluring chromatic hues to complete the look. Whether it’s to create a striking and dramatic or soft and luminous effect, Pure Color Vivid Shine is a collection of bold shades for women and makeup artists who want to indulge their love of color.

Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadows bring color to life in two weightless, incredibly smooth finishes:

  • Limited-Edition Vivid Shine Finish: In the collection there are 6 Vivid Shine shadows that feature a unique blend of specially treated glow and metallic pearl duo complex. This luminous finish catches and reflects light, creating the purest levels of multidimensional color illumination for unforgettable eyes that glow!
  • Cyber Metallic Finish: These 10 shimmering Cyber Metallic shades transform eyes to a hyper-metallic, futuristic look.

Vivid Shine Eyeshadow ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Magenta Pink-purple
  • Electric Orchid Purple
  • Fire Sapphire Blue
  • Ultra Marine Teal
  • Lights Out Black
  • Pop Pistachio Green

Cyber Metallic Eyeshadow ($24.00) (Permanent)

  • Cyber Pink Light pink
  • Cyber Ruby Burgundy
  • Cyber Ice Platinum (Limited Edition)
  • Cyber Silver Silver
  • Cyber Lilac Purple
  • Arctic Sky Pale blue (Limited Edition)
  • Cyber Gold Gold
  • Cyber Copper Copper
  • Cyber Teal Teal
  • Cyber Green Green

Vivid Shine Lipstick ($25.00) (Permanent)

  • Power Pink Pink (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Voltage Coral
  • Pink Riot Pink coral
  • Magnetic Magenta Fuchsia
  • Mauve Struck Plum brown (Limited Edition)
  • Electric Mauve Plum
  • Violet Electra Violet
  • Rebel Raspberry Dark pink
  • Brilliant Bare Nude brown (Limited Edition)
  • Copper Flash Warm brown
  • Spiked Toffee Caramel nude
  • Spiced Cocoa Brown (Limited Edition)
  • Hot Corraline Light coral
  • Fireball Orange-red
  • Poppy Love Dark red
  • Forbidden Apple Deep red
  • Pearlescent Luminizer Pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Gunmetal Luminizer Gunmetal (Limited Edition)
  • Foil Luminizer Foil (Limited Edition)
  • Lame Luminizer Gold (Limited Edition)

Vivid Shine Nail Color ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Purple Velvet Pink
  • Dressed to Kill Deep red
  • Black Turquoise Blackened teal

Availability: August 2012

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No, not usually. I have a hard time just sitting there, and my eyes blink like crazy when other people do my makeup. I’ve only liked a handful of makeovers, most notably when Nicholas Lujan @ the Vegas MUFE boutique did my makeup. I like it when the people are really knowledgeable, and the majority of the ones I’ve had have been people just selling and selling to me and telling me how much makeup I need to cover all of my supposed flaws. Having a salesperson tell you that your natural eye color is awful and you absolutely must use the following eyeshadows to make them look decent is not my idea of fun!

— Christine

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Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer

Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer
Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer

A Little Cotton Candy for a Summer Treat

Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.46 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy, sweet dusty pink.” It’s a light-medium cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a cream finish. Not quite Pepto pink, but it gives me similar vibes. You know, it’s funny: MAC makes a LOT of the blue-based, cotton candy pinks in the world (and not just nail color); all of the closest shades to this are by MAC. MAC Saint Germain is slightly pinker, less cool-toned. MAC Vagabondage is a smidgen lighter. MAC Ice Cream Cake is a fraction darker. Zoya Rory is somewhat similar in color, but it has a very shimmery finish, so they aren’t really dupes.

This color was totally opaque in two coats, and they were two beautiful coats at that. The formula was not too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly, fluidly, and I didn’t have problems with it pooling along the sides of the nail or bubbling.  I’m a huge fan of Essie’s creams; they’re just really easy to use, because they have a good consistency and excellent pigmentation.  I typically get a full week of wear without chips and minor tip wear with the brand’s formula.

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