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As the weather gets colder, where does your skin first show the effects?

As the weather gets colder, where does your skin first show the effects?

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Meow Cosmetics’ Crystalline Cat Opal glow powder

Meow Cosmetics’ Crystalline Cat Opal glow powder

Friday at 10:15 AM: I don’t see the flashes of blue and green and gold that I normally associate with opals (or, well, fire opals)...but there is the pale pink, almost milky base color with a faint shimmer. (All told, that’s a much better look for a glow powder.) I don’t know how well this glow powder would work on the deepest skintones - it might dull your skin, rather than adding subtle highlights. I’ve experimented a few times with using this as a…

NYX Cosmetics’ Jumbo Lip Pencil in Narcisse

NYX Cosmetics’ Jumbo Lip Pencil in Narcisse

Friday at 7:15 AM: Vampy - definitely a deep, vampy color. I can’t wear the color as-is on my lips, I have to blot significantly. It’s just too dark for me to wear easily. Blotted…it’s a litle bit uneven, but not too much. And if I’m able to wear a lip primer, the color does stay in place for quite a while (or, if no lip primer, I get a stain which goes nicely under one of my Buxom lip polishes.)

BareMinerals’ Satin Plum

BareMinerals’ Satin Plum

Thursday at 10:15 AM: A softer purple - not quite “bleached” or “sunfaded”, just…softened. This works as a wash of color, and it blends out very nicely. They color payoff is nice and solid - no fading, or problems with semitransparency. (And yet it was the velvet-finish shadows that BE added to their line and made available for individual purchase. Not the satins.)

Mattese Elite’s Navy

Mattese Elite’s Navy

Thursday at 7:15 AM: This is the brightest of the “Navy” named eyeshadows that I own. I’m sure part of that is due to the sparkle finish; but BE’s French Navy is a deeper, almost blackened blue. BFTE’s Navy…

Color Club’s Rule Breaker

Color Club’s Rule Breaker

Wednesday at 10:15 AM: A really gorgeous, very saturated shade - almost a “scarab-beetle green.” The finish picks up a faint hint of the brushstrokes, but I think that’s just something endemic to these metallic-frost finish polishes. The coverage…

CND’s Vinylux Tartan Punk (196)

CND’s Vinylux Tartan Punk (196)

Wednesday at 7:15 AM: This polish has the brightest shine I’ve seen on any of the Vinylux cremes. It’s a brighter red, almost a “candied” red but not quite that bright. You can see that I slopped a bit…

Shiro Cosmetics’ Flash Ignite collection

Shiro Cosmetics’ Flash Ignite collection

Tuesday at 10:15 AM: The latest collection from Shiro, full of brighter colors (though there are a few softer shades.) I ended up liking more of these colors than I thought I would…so once I’d swatched most of the…

BareMinerals’ Perfect Black Bag kit

BareMinerals’ Perfect Black Bag kit

Tuesday at 7:15 AM: This isn’t the first “grand” kit released through the QVC/BE partnership. That would probably have to go to either the 2000 or 2001 Grand kits. I haven’t been able to find price or cost info…

BareMinerals’ Willow Matte

BareMinerals’ Willow Matte

Monday at 10:15 AM: This is supposed to be a matte. So what’s it doing with a very visible pearl-ish finish in both wet and dry application? It’s a pretty enough color, but I wish that it didn’t pearl…

Silk Naturals’ Clutch

Silk Naturals’ Clutch

Monday at 7:15 AM: Near metallic finish with a base color that leans red-brown or red-purple, depending on - I suppose - lighting, surrounding colors, and planetary alignment. It’s a good “raisin-red” shade with decent coverage. The adhesion isn’t…



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