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Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann On the Beach Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich riviera blue” with a cream finish. It’s a medium blue with an almost jelly-like finish; it doesn’t have the same milkiness that I’d anticipate with a cream finish but more of the squishy look of a jelly finish. NARS Koliary is brighter, a little lighter, and distinctly a cream finish. Zoya Phoebe is darker and matte. Zoya Robyn is a little lighter.

On the Beach was a little fussy to work with; the consistency was on the watery side, slightly runny. The initial coat I applied went on streaky, though the second coat was better and hid most of the streaky finish of the first one. With the way it came out after two coats, I’d opt for three for more opaque, even results. Deborah Lippmann’s formula typically wears a full week on me with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “light silvery glitter.” The description is rather accurate: it’s a light silver glitter with large, chunky particles. There’s really no underlying color, just silver glitter that’s suspended in an almost clear base. The closest dupe I could think of was Bobbi Brown Tinsel.

Sometimes Bobbi Brown knocks it out of the park with her Sparkle eyeshadows (like here), but other times, they can fall flat and translate into high glitter, little payoff, and poor adherence. This particular hue is from the Brightening Nudes collection–ah, lo and behold, press release to save the day when the brand’s website has a poor product description–“Sparkle Eye Shadow is a featherweight formula that instantly lights up eyes with a unique combination of shimmering pearls and glitter in a translucent base. Creamy-soft powder shadow glides on smoothly and clings to lids for crease-free, long-lasting wear. The Brightening Nudes Collection includes four new, beautifully sheer pastel shades in pink, silvery white, grey and soft gold that illuminate eyes with subtle shimmer and shine.”

Silver Moon didn’t have a lot of fall out during application, but I did have residual fall out throughout the day to a noticeable, slightly annoying degree–not the worst offender when it comes to the glitter category, but it didn’t adhere as well as other shades have in the past.  The consistency almost feels wet, though it’s definitely a powder, which enables it to apply really smoothly, despite the glitter content. It doesn’t feel too gritty, and it doesn’t have any rough feel when applied to the lid. Though the texture is similar to past Sparkle eyeshadows, the color intensity is not; it is supposed to be sheer and suspended in a translucent base. Honestly, it’s hard to detect any creasing because these are sheer and there’s no color base, just lots of sparkle, so there’s no opaque layer or really distinct area where it is and isn’t.

P.S. — I’m not pleased to see the price tag hiked to $28 and the product amount pulled down to 0.09 oz. — the last time I reviewed a Sparkle eyeshadow, which was about a year and a half ago, it was $24 and 0.13 oz. $28 seems rather close to designer high-end lines like Chanel, Dior, and the like.  Most of Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadows retail for $21.

Most Overrated & Underrated Liquid Foundation

Over & Under: Most Overrated & Underrated Liquid Foundation

There are always products that receive endless raves, but they don’t always live up to our expectations or work out as well as they do for others.  Share your picks for most overrated and underrated LIQUID FOUNDATIONS.  Don’t forget to share your whats and whys as to your choices!

  • Most Overrated: [answer]
  • Most Underrated: [answer]

My Picks

  • Most Overrated: Nothing is coming to mind — I really like a lot of the popular ones, and none of them have felt like they were unduly praised, even if they weren’t my HG, they were still good!
  • Most Underrated: My favorites are Guerlain Parure Gold and Lingerie de Peau, though I don’t know if I’d really say they’re underrated so much as they’re pricey, so not as many people are willing to try them!

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