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Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden shimmer pewter.” This is a sparkling purply taupe with golden copper, dark copper, and purple sparkle. Giorgio Armani #4 is much darker, more taupe. Chanel Illusoire is smokier, grayer. NARS Lhasa is similar but without the sparkle. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is lighter and doesn’t have the sparkle. Bare Escentuals Romp is purpler. MAC Shale is a bit browner and doesn’t have the sparkle.
The texture of Smoky Topaz isn’t as smooth as some of the other recently released shades, because it has more of a sparkle finish, which means the finish comes out more metallic, more frosted. It can be sheered down quite a bit, so it can look like a delicate dusting of sparkle without a whole lot of color once you blend out the color (I like fingertips or a fluffy brush for this). It’s really pretty when layered, as that is when the purply taupe hue becomes noticeable. Smoky Topaz had a wetter texture, more slip, compared to the other shades, too.
Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. When I tested Smoky Topaz, it wore for about seven hours without creasing but there was some fading after eight hours and a few flecks of fallout, without a primer. With a primer, it was a little better, but there was still a touch of fading after eight hours.
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China Glaze® nail lacquer invites you to take an exotic expedition with its Fall 2012 collection, On Safari. Be captivated by the earthy tones, rich plums and celestial sparkles that make up this adventurous assortment of polishes.
Availability: At fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in July 2012; individual polishes retail for $7.00
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Cult Nails Princess Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Princess Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a light-medium dusty blue with a subtle pink-copper shimmer. Chanel Coco Blue is darker, bluer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle is darker, grayer. Butter London Lady Muck is darker, grayer, and has silver shimmer. Chanel Riva is lighter, less blue. None of these comes close, though–not even in the base color–let alone having the coppery shimmer. A lot of times you’ll find something that has a similar base color, but I couldn’t think of anything that was even close to being a dupe.
I’m definitely a fan of the Cult Nails brand, particularly because Maria keeps coming out with shades where I get to say, “I couldn’t think of a dupe for this!” as part of my review. It’s tough to be original in such an over-saturated industry, so it is very much appreciated. The formula is long-wearing–a full seven days or longer–with very minor tip wear and no chipping. Princess was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it had good flow and wasn’t too thick or too thin.