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Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer

Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer
Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer

Pop of Pink to Keep Your Summer Bright

Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “a bold hot pink.” It’s a brightened medium pink with subtle cool undertones with a cream finish. Cult Nails Untamed is similar but has a jelly finish and contains shimmer. MAC Pink Nouveau is darker. Chanel May is several shades lighter and more yellow-toned. MAC Ice Cream Cake is much, much cooler-toned. MAC Galore Pink is a smidgen lighter. Zoya Jolene is brighter.

What a happy, perfect-for-summer pink cream!  It has an immaculate formula, too–naturally glossy, full color coverage in two coats, and applies evenly without a fuss. I didn’t experience any bubbling, streaking, or pooling of the polish along the edges of the nail. I typically get a full week of wear with Essie’s formula with some minor tip wear but no chipping to speak of.  When I was swatching through some Essies last week, I was reminded of how much I love their cream formula.

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Product
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Texture
9.5
Longevity
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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #142

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  I ordered some of the items from Chanel’s Nordstrom exclusive collection, but they’re not here yet.
  • Weekend plans:  Since Shaun assembled the grill, we need to get a propane tank, and then figure out what we should grill first!
  • What was your favorite cartoon growingup?:  Hmm, probably a toss-up between Care Bears and My Little Pony!

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Mellan looming over all (okay, just some) of his toys!

Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.24 oz.) consists of four shades, which the brands describes as “taupe brown, tender pink, beige, and intense black.”

The first shade is a lightly gray-tinted medium-dark brown with subtle coppery-brown micro-shimmer over a satiny sheen. It has good color payoff, and it applies smoothly and evenly. MAC Superwatt is similar but more metallic, lighter, and warmer. MAC Omega is a smidgen lighter. theBalm Celebrational is grayer. Inglot #342 is grayer, darker, and matte. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is more shimmery.

Beside the taupe shade, there’s a pale, light pink with subtle yellow undertones and decent color payoff–but it’s powdery. It blends out easily but almost to nothing, so you have to pack it on and then only blend out the edges with care. This color barely shows up on me (I’m about medium in color). MAC Sugar Snack is a several shades darker. NARS Douce France is a smidgen whiter. Bare Escentuals Giddy is a little darker.

Next, we have a pale golen peach with a satiny sheen. It has decent pigmentation but also has some powderiness, like the pink shade, that made it easy to blend but it was also easy to make it disappear. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is similar but matte. Inglot #328 is identical as far as I can tell. Inglot #330 is lighter.

The final shade is a dark black with a subtle cool-brown base and a matte finish. It has good color payoff, and it is rather intense. I used it very, very lightly with an extremely fluffy brush so that it would not overwhelm the other shades in the quad. The color compares favorably with blacks like theBalm Serious and MAC Carbon.

I love a good neutral quad. Chanel’s Kaska Beige and Beiges de Chanel are two of my favorites. I was kind of hoping that this might be in that vein; something gorgeous and subtle and neutral but effortlessly flattering. I think on some complexions, this might sing a bit louder than it did for me. It just washes together, and the textures were more powdery than anticipated. It has something to do with the two pale shades in the quad being paired with something nearly black that makes it a lot more stark and less simple to use.  I wore all four shades together, and they were mostly intact after eight hours; the two lighter colors were a little faded, but the darker shades looked the same as they did initially.

Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad

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Typically, by brand, then by product, then alphabetized (when possible, and this usually doesn’t last long!). Some products I organize by product – I know I have lots of glosses by multiple brands all in one container. Same with eyeliners!

— Christine

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L’Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer

A Stunning, Multi-Faceted Polish for $6

L’Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, smoky blue-gray with hints of teal and silver shimmer in a metallic base. There was not a single color that came to mind that even resembled this in a meaningful way. Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal is a creamy, dark blue-based teal, but there’s none of the gray, smokiness or the multi-faceted shimmer. If you have a dupe in mind, I’d love to hear it!

This is one cool polish–there’s a lot of dimension to the color and finer nuances that make it really interesting. It kind of reminds me of some eyeshadows like MAC Club, MAC Blue Brown pigment, Too Faced Label Whore, etc., but it’s bluer with less brown coming through.  There are visible brush strokes in the finish, and they look like threads of shimmer–they applied fairly straight and evenly, actually. They’re most pronounced under really bright light (e.g. diffused flash) and hardly visible in natural light (e.g. studio light).

The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin; it was a good balance between the two, so it helped the polish apply fluidly across the nail without gathering along the sides.  I didn’t experience any streaking or bubbling, and two coats was plenty to produce opaque color coverage.  The brush was easy to use, not too wide or narrow, and enough flexibility to move around but not so much that it became floppy.  Worth noting is that it contains 20% less polish than most polishes (0.39 fl oz. vs. 0.50 fl. oz.).  I did do a wear test with this particular shade, and I was able to get seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping–it’s supposed to last for 10 days, which I haven’t tested with this shade specifically and will do so with the next L’Oreal shade (I typically only test for seven days; didn’t realize they claimed 10 days!).  Keep in mind, of course, that next to nothing chips on me, whether I use a base/top coat or nothing but the polish itself.

P.S. — This is currently buy one, get one 50% off at drugstore.com.

VIP Status
VIP Status
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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
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