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Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish


Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish

Illamasqua DWS Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “cement grey” with a cream finish. It’s a gorgeous shade of gray that doesn’t lean brown–it’s that perfect shade of gray skies. There’s a tinge of blue in it, but it’s very subtle and only picked up in really bright, direct light. Zoya’s Dove was the closest shade I could think of, but it leans browner–less blue.

The formula was exactly what I expect of Illamasqua: excellent. It’s thick without being goopy, so it delivers amazing color coverage–almost opaque in a single coat, though I did two here. It flows evenly across the nail without bubbling or streaking. I typically get a week of wear without minimal tip wear with Illamasqua’s polishes.

DWS
DWS
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Nick of Time

bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Chance and Kismet. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Chance is a creamy, pale beige with flecks of flaky glitter that virtually disappears when the product is used (even swatched). If you look at the swatch, you’d never even think there was any shimmer in the pan. It’s slightly lighter than MAC Blanc Type and less peach compared to Inglot #353. The texture is so lovely with a dense, buttery feel that delivers opaque color.

Kismet is plummy brown with a satiny sheen. It’s like a much, much darker (and plummier) MAC Malt. It’s not quite as rich (or as shimmery) as Chanel Ebloui. The shadow is smooth as silk with excellent color payoff.

bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo

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Color Club Holiday 2011 Collection: Beyond the Mistletoe


Color Club Holiday 2011 Collection: Beyond the Mistletoe

What makes us happy: mistletoe, Santa Claus, candy canes, sparkle, having the best manicure at the company Holiday party. From New York-based Color Club, the new Beyond the Mistletoe holiday collection—bright sparkly fine glitter nail polishes that are sure to dazzle everyone on your holiday list – naughty or nice – and even those who are not. From glittery turquoise to pink and gold—each color perfectly captures the holiday spirit. Seven formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and paraben-free shades celebrate the holiday season with names including: Sugarplum Fairy, Beyond the Mistletoe, Holiday Splendor, Jingle Jangle, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread (as shown below left to right).

  • Sugarplum Fairy Lilac glitter
  • Beyond the Mistletoe Turquoise glitter
  • Holiday Splendor Green glitter
  • Jingle Jangle Blue glitter
  • Candy Cane Pink glitter
  • Gingerbread Gold glitter

availability: September/October 2011, Color Club

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OCC Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate


OCC Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Fall 2011: Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Jubilee Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “pastel blue with intense green/yellow shimmer,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. These are “lightweight, ultra-refined, densely pigmented powders” that can be used on the eyes, face, and body.

Jubilee is so much more than it is described. From straight-on, it’s an airy, pastel blue with a silvery-white shimmer and sheen with subtle pale gold shimmer. It has a very frosted finish that becomes metallic when the product is used damp/wet. Color coverage is sheer when applied dry (but it would be fantastic for layering), while color coverage is much more opaque when it is used damp/wet.

The color isn’t just blue, though, and I’m so happy to have been able to capture at least a fraction of that in a swatch! It’s a duochrome that flashes pale blue, pale green, and iridescent purple. It’s quite lovely, which is why this shade is perfect for layering and changing the dimensions of anything worn underneath.

Giorgio Armani #10 is reminiscent in the pastel blue shade, but it doesn’t have the duochrome sheen. It reminds me more of Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie, which is a nail polish, but it has a lot of the same twists and turns in the shimmer.

Jubilee performs best wet, if you want a really dense color, but because of the way it looks and acts, it’s a worthy layering shade–kind of like a glitter top coat for nails.  The powder is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly.

Jubilee
Jubilee
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total