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Rant & Rave: Non-Sticky Lipgloss

This Week’s Topic: NON-STICKY LIPGLOSS!

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

my answer: I love the texture and feel of a non-sticky lipgloss, but they tend to wear off so quickly, so you have to reapply. I’m not too keen on that–I’m kind of lazy when it comes to reapplying a gloss.

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bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Azure Iris (prismatic lavender) and Golden Iris (illuminating amber). 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.).

Azure Iris is a subdued lavender with a very, very faint golden sheen. I wouldn’t describe it as prismatic. While it’s not as interesting on the surface, I don’t really have anything like it. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is brighter and frostier. MAC Beautiful Iris is a little more vibrant and cooler in tone. The texture is soft to the touch, and it applies smoothly against the skin.

Golden Iris is a light-medium tangerine orange with a golden orange shimmer-sheen. It has good color payoff and applies very smoothly. Chanel Tigerlily is darker, more orange. bareMinerals Nirvana is lighter, almost pink-tinted. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is more copper. Milani Bronze Doll is darker.

The texture of both shades is a little thinner, drier compared to most of the other duos in the range. As a result, they are slightly on the powder side–so be gentle with your brush when you go to use these so you don’t kick up a lot of excess powder.  Both shades are nicely pigmented and extremely easy to blend.  When I tested the wear of the duo, these lasted for eight hours with minor fading along the edges without a primer, and then a full eight hours with no noticeable fading with a primer.

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo

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Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Today Was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silvery blue starlight” with a glitter finish. It has a blue-tinted gray color base with silver hexagonal and smaller glitter particles. The closest dupe I could think of was China Glaze Tinsel Town, which is finer and has a lot more color coverage (plus, the base color is black). The base color reminded me of Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather, which is far more opaque. Based on how Deborah Lippmann’s has described her glitter polishes, I would expect some sheerness, but this is a lot.

This kind of polish is really best used as a layering shade, which is why I layered it over a black cream. I don’t like the way it looks on its own–I applied two coats in the swatches–because it has a very uneven, sheer gray base that just doesn’t seem to work. The glitter looks a little lost within the murky background, actually. It has a thicker consistency, more akin to a jelly finish, so I didn’t want to do more than two coats to see how opaque it was on its own. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Deborah Lippmann’s formula.

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Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmer eggplant.” It’s a dark, smoky purple with subtle red undertones and purple, burgundy, and gold micro-shimmer. MAC Deceit is darker, browner. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac is more silver-shimmered, not as red-toned. Urban Decay Rockstar is the closest, but it’s a little darker.

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. The brand recommends using a short brush (like the Cream Shadow Brush) to apply or use fingertips to blend out shade for a sheerer effect.

The texture of Black Violet was a little stiffer than other shades I’ve tried from this range–not that it doesn’t have some creaminess, it’s just a little thin and less creamy. I had some trouble building up the color payoff; it didn’t want to get more than semi-opaque when I tried it on the lid. I still had good wear when I tried this alone; eight hours with no creasing and some fading around the edges when used without a primer, and then very similar results over a primer, just a smidgen less fading.