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Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon
Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is an intense black with brown undertones. It looks pure black in person, but as is often the case with photos, blacks will either lean brown or black, depending on their actual undertone. Urban Decay Perversion is still a little more intense and has better color payoff in a single stroke. It’s also comparable to MAC Black Black, though this has less of a sheen.

This formula is approved for usage on the lower inner rim of the eye (also known as the water line), which is important to note. It’s also long-wearing, smudge-proof, and budge-proof–once it sets. Because it is Kajal, it is smudge-able for about thirty seconds, but once it sets, it stays put all day long on the lower lash line. On the lower water line, it lasts between six to seven hours. The consistency is very creamy and smooth against the skin, but the pencil itself feels and seems hard–though there’s absolutely no tugging or pulling at the lid whatsoever. I recommend swatching it against your hand once, just to get past the initial sharpness of the point when you first receive it.

It’s fairly opaque in a single pass, though it could use a wee bit more pigment to be truly opaque in one go. It builds up and layers with itself nicely, so it enables even, opaque color coverage with two passes or so.

Color Club Take Wing Collection for Summer 2012


Color Club Take Wing Collection for Summer 2012

Color Club, the New York based nail color company announced today the debut of Take Wing, a new nail color collection of bright, shimmer-infused shades inspired by vibrant butterflies and spring metamorphosis. Fly high with color and soar to sparkling new heights with this new collection featuring six unique shades. Aptly named WingFling, Sparkle and Soar, Metamorphosis, Fly with Me, Sky High and Daisy Does it, this new vegan, formaldehyde, toluene and DBP-free collection is a completely new way to experience the metamorphosis of Spring.

  • WingFling Red/pink shimmer
  • Sparkle and Soar Orange shimmer
  • Sky High Blue shimmer
  • Metamorphosis Turquoise green shimmer
  • Fly with Me Lime green shimmer
  • Daisy Does It Yellow shimmer

availability: Color Club’s Take Wing Collection will be available in April 2012. All Color Club products are made in the USA and are not tested on animals. Products are available at shopcolorclub.com and retial at $8.00 each.

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Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “indigo” and it has a “3D holographic” finish. It’s a rich, deep blue-purple that really does rather close to indigo, though perhaps it’s a little closer to violet. It has holographic flakes that are really well-mixed with the base color. The holographic flakes shift from green to orange to copper to red, though it’s a subtler shift–it tends to look more coppery-red overall. I don’t know of a polish that has both this base color with the holographic flakes in it. SpaRitual Illume has the closest base color, but it is purpler, less blue-toned. ORLY Lunar Eclipse is more of a blue-violet hue, but it’s so much brighter that it looks very different in comparison. SpaRitual Twinkle is also a bit similar, though it’s bluer, and richer–it doesn’t have the jelly-like quality of Ray of Light that makes it look a bit muted. You could try a violet/indigo base color and a holographic top coat perhaps. You won’t quite get the really integrated, smooth look of this shade, but you will probably come close.

Ray of Light was opaque after two coats of polish, though the consistency was a little thicker than ideal and thicker than Deborah Lippmann’s polishes in general. I was surprised it didn’t pool around the edges given the consistency, but it applied fairly easily and evenly.  I wish the formula was a little closer to perfection at this price point, but at least the shade isn’t one I can think of five cousins right away.  A little thinner would likely help the consistency, if you have it on hand.  Deborah Lippmann’s formulas wear really well on me–I get a week of wear with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

Beautiful Beginnings with Wet ‘n’ Wild

Beautiful Beginnings with Wet ‘n’ Wild

What was the first Wet ‘n’ Wild 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 Wet ‘n’ Wild product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  Truthfully, I can’t rightly remember the first product I tried by Wet ‘n’ Wild–no doubt it was something prior to starting this blog.   The first product I reviewed on the blog were their MegaChrome Eyeliners, which I didn’t like at all, but then I tried and liked their Silky Finish Lipsticks and upgraded eyeshadow formula (Color Icon).  When they came out with the Color Icon eyeshadows, I really felt like they hit their stride.  It felt like a brand becoming more consistent.

Share your first time experiences with Wet ‘n’ Wild in the comments! 🙂