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Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “seafoam splendor.” It has a “glittered shimmer” finish. It’s a green-gold shimmered aqua-blue base with larger blue glitter. I don’t have anything similar to this to my recollection. The mixture of shimmer and glitter makes it rather different.  It was extremely pigmented; I actually thought it was a one-coater, so the swatches are done with a single coat of polish. While editing, I could see that at least one nail would have benefited from a second coat, so I’d say two coats is best unless you’re really good and get it done in one.

The texture of the polish on the nail is chunky/gritty; you’ll need a really thick top coat (or two layers of top coat) if you’re bothered by the feel of the glitter/shimmer.  As far as the consistency went, it applied pretty evenly and fluidly without pooling against the sides. It’s not “thick” in the traditional way, but it’s densely packed with both pigment and shimmer/glitter. I really liked how evenly the glitter spread–I didn’t have to finagle the pieces around at all.  I typically get a week of wear with very minimal tip wear with Deborah Lippmann’s formula.

bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Stealth (apricot chiffon) and Undercover (glistening granite). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

Stealth is a soft, pastel orange (very much the apricot they describe) with a satiny finish. The texture is soft, dense, and buttery, which resulted in excellent color payoff. MAC Orb is more beige. Inglot #330 is lighter, yellower. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is slightly darker. bareMinerals Nirvana is more orange and frosted.

Undercover is a dark, steely taupe–very gray with a hint of brown and almost plum undertones. The texture is still soft but not as dense as Stealth. It has great pigmentation. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 is similar, slightly darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is darker and browner. MAC Keep Your Cool is very similar. Giorgio Armani #4 is browner. Chanel Illusoire is more frosted.

It’s an interesting color combination; Stealth is very warm-toned, while Undercover has strong gray tones, so it is a cooler color. They can work together, but it’s not as classic of a combination (which isn’t a bad thing!).  Both shades applied beautifully, and they were easy to blend on the eyes.  When I tested the wear, I was able to get eight hours of wear with and without a primer; there was some minor fading around the very edges after nine hours when worn without a primer.  bareMinerals’ duos are some of the best eyeshadows on the market.

bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Ready Eyeshadow Duo

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Lancome Dress-up Teal (401) Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner

Lancome Dress-up Teal (401) Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner
Lancome Dress-up Teal (401) Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner

Lancome Dress-up Teal (401) Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner

Lancome Dress-up Teal (401) Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner ($24.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described simply as “turquoise.” It’s a very subtly green-tinted blue, less than what I’d envision teal being (which is a perfect–and hard to achieve–balance of blue and green). If you’re familiar with bluer turquoise gem stones, the color is reminiscent of those. There is a faint teal shimmer throughout. Urban Decay Flipside is a little more teal. It looks like it does in the pot, which is fairly blue, but the name says “teal,” so I was a bit disappointed to see it apply as more of a blue hue.

The texture is creamy, smooth, and has a slightly thicker consistency than a lot of other gel eyeliners I’ve come across. I used MAC’s 266 to draw a line across my lid, and it applied evenly, opaquely, and didn’t skip or tug. Lancome states that the formula is long-wearing (up to twelve hours), smudge-proof, and waterproof. After six hours of wear, there was some transfer of the liner to my crease. I also wore on my lower lash line, and it appeared to wear better, but there was some faint smudging and fading after eight hours. I can’t say I cried a river when testing these, so I ran some water over the swatch and blotted lightly with a tissue, and the swatch was still intact and looked fairly good.

It’s packaged in a (mostly) clear glass pot with a shiny black screw-top lid.  It contains slightly less product than other popular gel eyeliners (both Bobbi Brown and MAC’s contain 0.10 oz. compared to Lancome’s, which has only 0.07 oz.), which is a bit of a bummer.