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Cult Nails Deal With It Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Deal With It Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Deal With It Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Deal With It Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lime green loaded with gold shimmer.” It’s an electric lime green with subtle yellow undertones and golden chartreuse shimmer. The closest dupe I could think of was China Glaze Cha Cha Cha, which isn’t quite as bright, and it is definitely less pigmented–it also has more shimmer (almost more metallic-like). China Glaze Kiwi Cool-ada gets the level of brightness, but it’s a much lighter and less yellow-toned green.

This color is wicked; there is just so much brightness coming through. It’s neon but it has more dimension than a lot of the neon creams do. I wish it was a wee bit more pigmented, because there was some visible nail line after two coats. The formula isn’t too thick or too thin, so a third coat is totally do-able if you want really opaque results. Most of Cult Nails’ lacquers dry to a fairly shiny finish, this one is a little more matte (I suspect because of the neon qualities, as most neons dry semi-matte or matte), but it does dry nice and quick relative to most polishes. I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes.

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Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Rant & Rave: Green Eyeshadow

This Week’s Topic: GREEN EYESHADOW!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about green eyeshadow. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: I’m a huge fan of green eyeshadow–it’s definitely one of my go-tos, particularly because I think it’s more flattering against my skin tone. I do hate how they can sometimes stain the skin, though!

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NARS Dolce Vita Blush

NARS Dolce Vita Highlighting Blush
NARS Dolce Vita Blush

NARS Dolce Vita Blush

NARS Dolce Vita Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “matte dusty rose.” It’s a dark berry rose-red. It’s red, but it’s not red-red; it’s pink, but it’s not your average pink–there’s a muted quality, but there’s still depth. MAC Supernova is pinker, less red. MAC Mocha is a bit lighter, but it’s similar, especially when worn. NARS G-Spot is more orange/warm.  I kind of feel like Dolce Vita is a very underrated NARS blush; it’s one of my favorites, because it’s low-key but dramatic. It’s everyday with a twist.  It can be a barely-there rosy blush with a flick of the brush or kind of a plummy-berry-rosy-red shade when built up.

The color payoff is rich and you can true-to-pan color with little product, but it doesn’t feel like you have to be as careful as you have to be with some other blushers. It’s a bit more foolproof.  Dolce Vita has a supremely flattering finish, because it has a subtle sheen that’s not shimmery or frosty, but it doesn’t give a flat look because it’s too dusty or matte.  If you love your skin-but-better, this is that type of finish.  I think the color is suitable across skin tones and under tones, and the only comment I’d make about wearability is that those with a lot of natural redness in cheeks might find this accentuates it.

It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly against the skin, and it is beautifully blendable with a fluffy or stippling blush brush. I didn’t have any stiffness or difficulty diffusing and blending out the color once I applied the initial payoff.  When I tested out Dolce Vita for wear, it managed eight hours well with some minor fading along the edges after eight and a half hours.

 

NARS Dolce Vita Blush

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5 Soft Brown Eyeshadows to Be Sweet On

5 Soft Brown Eyeshadows to Be Sweet On

Rich browns are absolutely gorgeous to wear and especially to look at, but softer, lighter browns can be beautiful, too! Soft and light enough that they’re not rich or dark, but not so light that they become more beige than brown.

What’s your favorite soft brown eyeshadows?

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