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Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark warm, yellowy green with pale chartreuse micro-shimmer. There wasn’t anything I could think of that felt like a genuine dupe, but the best I could come up with was Butter London Dosh, which is lighter, more chartreuse, and has much larger shimmer particles. Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War is much more of an olive green. Chanel Khaki Vert is more muted, less yellow-toned, very murky. China Glaze Peace on Earth is more olive green with gold shimmer.

Abi was opaque in two coats, and the formula runs on the thicker side but not at all problematic for it. It feels and almost looks like a cream, but there is gorgeous micro-shimmer that’s so very fine and delicate but noticeable and there. It’s been awhile since I’ve used any RBLs, but applying Abi reminded me why I keep buying them.  I don’t think I’ve missed any collections in some time, but they’re usually sold out by the time I get a chance to swatch them so then I don’t bother–I tried to start on these as soon as my order arrived.  I’ve always had great wear with the brand’s formula; it usually wears a full week with very minimal tip wear.

Abi
Abi
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Highlighting Blush
NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Blush

NARS Douceur Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “soft pink brown.” It’s a subtly warm-toned light-medium brown with a pinky sheen. It does look a bit pinker in the pan than on my skin tone (which has yellow undertones), so if you have pink undertones, you might see those pink undertones come through on you more than they did on me. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane is similar, though a bit more pigmented and matte in finish. MAC Pressed Amber is darker, browner. MAC Darkly My Dear is darker, slightly more plum. Tarte Exposed is pinker. MAC Her Own Devices is lighter, kind of peach. MAC Prim & Proper is darker and more plum.

Douceur is best for light to medium skin tones, as it seems like it will disappear on darker complexions. It might work as a subtle highlight or all-over powder on some deeper skin tones.  I’m a huge fan of this type of blush, because it gives natural color and contour to the cheek in a subtle way.  I often reach for Korres Natural for this purpose, and Douceur can be used in the same fashion.  Finding a blush color like this that works for your skin tone can be challenging, because like a my-lips-but-better color, one size doesn’t fit all (or even most).

This is certainly a softer color. It’s one of the sheerer NARS blushes I’ve swatched so far.  The color isn’t easily buildable; there’s no need to be careful with this one–you don’t need a light-hand at all. It is very easy to use because of that, making it one of the more foolproof blushes.  On lighter complexions, this could be used as a contouring color.  The texture is soft and blendable on the skin, but I did feel like I had to pile it on a bit to get it to show up on my skin tone. The color payoff is on the sheerer side.  Douceur wore six and a half hours on me when I was trialing it, and it was noticeably faded after seven hours.

P.S. — I did write review Douceur previously (two years ago–wow, I swear this came out “recently!”  Time really does fly!

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Dolce & Gabbana Lace Collection for Summer 2012


Dolce & Gabbana Lace Collection for Summer 2012

This provocative scene symbolizes a never ending contradiction, encapsulating the extremities of immaculate and intimate, pure and passionate. An enduring inspiration to Dolce & Gabbana and a recurrent theme in many of the Designers’ collections over the years, lace inspires the delicate drama of the Dolce & Gabbana Intenseyes new mascara which is the hero of the Lace Collection, offering a powerful sense of seduction tempered with intensely feminine beauty.

Intenseyes ($31.00)

  • Black Intensity

Intense Nail Lacquer ($22.00)

  • Pink (100)
  • Nude (210)
  • Perfection (220)

Ultra-Shine Lipgloss ($32.00)

  • Shimmer (55)
  • Honey (137)
  • Perfection (133)

Sicilian Lace Bronzer ($57.00)

  • Desert (20)

Lace Brush Set ($110.00)

  • Mini Brush Collection

Availability: Dolce & Gabbana intenseyes mascara and Lace Collection are on counter from July 2012 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and Saks.com.

Primers are always good, and then using a product that’s long-wearing is another good step to take. From there, you can either approach makeup as layers, or you can try to use less rather than more. Sometimes I’ll tote around pressed powder to help fix foundation when it’s really hot (and I’m actually outdoors for long enough stretches of time where it impacts my makeup).

— Christine

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Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow

Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow
Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow

Burberry Midnight Blue Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a dark, navy blue with a satiny sheen and a barely-there purple tint. There are a few shades that are very similar, like MAC Naval Blue, MAC Blue Storm, and Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx.  There weren’t any distinguishable differences between those three and Midnight Blue, other than it’s pressed (unlike the two MAC products, which are loose pigments) and better quality than Bobbi Brown’s variation.  For those who are afraid of blues, I think purple-tinted blues make it less in-your-face blue and give the color a smokier effect.

The texture of Midnight Blue is a little on the drier side, though it’s still surprisingly blendable and easy to apply.  It has a soft, finely-milled feel, so it smooths out well and doesn’t have any problems with fall out or skipping.  It has good color payoff, but it could be a little more opaque–it applies best with a fluffier brush. The formula works well with and without a primer; when I tested out this shade, I had no problems getting eight hours of wear–no creasing or fading.  The eyeshadow is larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.088 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.) and comes in a gunmetal container with a mirror and sponge-tipped applicator inside.