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Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Burnished Rouge Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, browned garnet with fine ruby shimmer. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies is similar but redder, less brown, and it has a cream finish. Dior Apparat is redder. Illamasqua Scarab is very close, though slightly less brown.

This shade applied the best out of the three metallic finished polishes I tried from Tom Ford. It was also fully opaque after two coats.  The consistency was thin but not watery, and the polish flowed fluidly across the nail without bubbling or pooling along the sides.  There were very minimal brush strokes in the end result, too, that were only really noticeable under bright lights.  I didn’t test the wear of this shade specifically, but I did test the wear of Silver Smoke and Burnt Topaz, which have the same finish. Both shades wore for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. I do warn that I don’t generally experience chipping no matter the brand or whether I use a top coat/base coat.

P.S. — My bottle arrived with the corner chipped off of it, but luckily, the glass is thick enough that it didn’t break into the actual well.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

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Beautiful Beginnings with Milani

Beautiful Beginnings with Milani

What was the first Milani product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Milani product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  Some of the first Milani products I tried were some old, old eyeshadows. Before they did the baked ones and the recently released pressed powder ones. The ones that were known dupes for some famous MAC shades. Here on the blog, some of my first Milani reviews included their amazing Liquif’Eye eyeliners and holographic nail polishes!

Share your first time experiences with Milani in the comments! 🙂

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OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar
OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “ultra, ultra violet.” It’s purple–it’s a brightened medium-dark purple with subtle pink-red undertones. Not unsurprisingly, I could not think of any dupes out of these purple lipsticks. Illamasqua Fierce was the closest I could come up with, but it looks tame in comparison (ha, ha).  When I tested this shade for wear, it hung on for a very impressive eight hours, and it still looked pretty good then but noticeably worn.

It’s a liquid lipstick that is very, very pigmented! It may take a couple of applications to get used to just how much pigment is packed into this product. I like these applied best with a brush, because you can ensure you don’t over-apply the product (which isn’t what I did in the swatches–I applied with fingertips, so I did apply a bit more than I needed to). Lip Tars dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish, and it depends on how much you apply–I usually find that I get a slight sheen for fifteen to thirty minutes after application, but then it dries down to the satiny finish. If you apply just a sheer layer, you’ll have more of that semi-matte/satin finish from the get-go.

Belladonna
Belladonna
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
97%
Total

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “violet sheen.” This is a rich, vibrant red-toned violet purple with a satiny sheen. When it’s sheered out, it has a much pinker appearance (but still very purple), while when it’s applied more opaquely, it’s a rich violet. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is less red-toned. MAC Plush is less violet. MAC Violet is purpler, lighter. MAC Shock-a-holic is fairly close. Urban Decay Purple Haze resembles the sheer swatch. Inglot #439 is slightly purpler.

I was extremely surprised at how pigmented this shade was, because purple eyeshadows are absolutely notorious for poor color payoff! It doesn’t matter the brand–so many of them are lacking, but #26 is incredibly rich in pigment. You don’t need a lot of product to get opaque color, and if you want a really sheer layer of color, it’s possible–just make sure to use the barest amount and blend out.  Like other shades in the Aqua Cream formula, it dries pretty quickly, so I advise working one eye at the time when it comes to blending out harsh edge.  Once it sets, it’s there for good–I’ve had shades wear for as long as fourteen hours (I don’t usually test a single product that long).  #26 wore for a full eight hours when I tested it alone on bare lids.

#26
#26
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
96%
Total

MAC Nail Lacquer Collection for Summer 2012


MAC Nail Lacquer Collection for Summer 2012

M·A·C’s first permanent Nail Lacquer collection delivers in 31 colours and 3 finishes. Go dark and cool with Deep Sea and Nocturnelle. Dark Angel and Formidable! are a sultry complement to the poppy-inspired shades of Fiestaware and Morange. Screaming Bright and Discothèque go big with glitter, and sultry Soirée charms with champagne shimmer. Keep it nice and neutral with Skin and Faint of Heart. From trendy to timeless, scorching to sweet, there’s a shade for every mood.

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • Overlacquer Clear topcoat
  • Faint of Heart Palest milky nude (Cream)
  • Delicate Pale sheer ballet pink (Cream)
  • Skin Light peach beige (Cream)
  • Quiet Time Beige nude (Cream)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Cream)
  • Saint Germain Light cool pink (Cream)
  • Fiestaware Mid-tone orange coral (Cream)
  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Cream)
  • Morange Bright cream orange (Cream)
  • Steamy Bright mid-tone blue pink (Cream)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Cream)
  • Shirelle Classic bright red (Cream)
  • Flaming Rose True red (Cream)
  • Coffee Break Mid-tone cool taupe (Cream)
  • Spirit of Truth Navy blue (Cream)
  • Deep Sea Deep teal (Cream)
  • Rougemarie Dark blue red (Cream)
  • Vintage Vamp Rich deep wine (Cream)
  • Dark Angel Dark grape (Cream)
  • Nocturnelle Rich true black (Cream)
  • Discothéque Super glitter silver (Pearl)
  • Screaming Bright Super glitter gold (Pearl)
  • Soirée Sparkly light bronze gold (Frost)
  • Girl Trouble Super glitter pink (Pearl)
  • Mean & Green Purple with teal multi changing pearl (Pearl)
  • Anti-Fashion Mid-tone dirty purple with pearl (Frost)
  • Formidable! Teal green with pink multi changing pearl (Pearl)
  • Midnight Tryst Dark cool grey steel with pearl (Frost)
  • Nightfall Blackened frosty gunmetal (Frost)
  • Sparks On Screen Super glitter red (Pearl) (Online Exclusive)

Availability: July 5th, 2012 at Nordstrom, August 2nd, 2012 at all other MAC locations; September 2012 for International

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