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Entries for Friday, June 29 2012

Tarte’s Lipsurgence in Exposed

Tarte’s Lipsurgence in Exposed

Posted on Friday, at

Not my favorite shade ever. It isn't too yellow for me to wear - always a concern with “nude” lip shades - but I just don't love how it looks on me. It's got a very faint hint of pink, so it's not a straight tan. I just prefer something like Hope, when I want to sport a nude-lip look. This is one of the matte Lipsurgences, so it stays in place pretty well. It also has no shimmer at...

Entries for Wednesday, June 27 2012

Zoya’s Farah

Zoya’s Farah

Posted on Wednesday, at

This color ended up being a bit more greyed than Cho, but still…too yellow to work well for me. I may use this for stamping, but not as an all-over color. I'll stick with Shay and Pandora, whose undertones work much better for me - I don't look like I've got lobster-hands when wearing either of those colors! Application was fine, nice and smooth, full even coverage in two coats. I just don't love the color on me.

Zoya’s Holly

Zoya’s Holly

Posted on Wednesday, at

A nice brighter holiday-green. (Though, I must admit, I liked China Glaze's holiday greens a little better. The colors were less bright, but just as saturated.) This polish will show imperfections in the nail, but not quite as much as other polishes. It spreads well and evenly, not holding any brushstrokes. I haven't tried using this as a stamping polish - this would look striking as a leaf or vine pattern over the top of a dark brown, black, or...

Entries for Tuesday, June 26 2012

Fyrinnae’s Blush collection

Fyrinnae’s Blush collection

Posted on Tuesday, at

I don’t remember accurately; but I think that these might have been temporarily unavailable for about nine months, most of 2011. (But like I said, I don’t remember.) All I know for sure is: these were available in 2012; and there were Fyrinnae blushes available in previous years but I don’t know the names or prices of the earlier collections, or if they differed from what was available beginning in 2012.

Tarte’s The Romantics Lipsurgence kit

Tarte’s The Romantics Lipsurgence kit

Posted on Tuesday, at

This isn’t available for purchase any longer; but it was one of the better ways to pick up a good selection of matte Lipsurgence colors. The mattes have the best staying power, in my opinion; and you can always jazz them up by adding a layer of your favorite gloss or lip polish. Since the Lipsurgences cost $22 apiece, getting three full-size Lipsurgences for $10 more is an excellent deal - even if one of them, Exposed, is not precisely my...

Entries for Monday, June 25 2012

TKB Trading’s True Coral

TKB Trading’s True Coral

Posted on Monday, at

I don't know if this color doesn't have the same color payoff as True Green, or if it just seems that way…either way, this color is closer to a slightly orange red, than what I personally envision when I think of “coral.” Pigmentation level is decent, just more in line with what I'd expect of a straight mica. It also requires a base or primer to stay in place - wet or dry. If your coloring and skintones are...

Persephone Minerals’ Rock On Rudolph

Persephone Minerals’ Rock On Rudolph

Posted on Monday, at

I really love this color of red. It's rich, it's not orange-ish, it's not bright or garish, but it's not dark or verging onto burgundy. It's -=red=-. The pigmentation level is great, and while it doesn't have tons of shimmer, it does have some. But mostly I love this for the color! I have many red eyeshadows. They range from pink-red to fuchsia-red to orange-red to brown-red to cabernet-red. Color payoff varies from semisheer to fully opaque. But...

Aromaleigh v2’s Pass the Glogg

Aromaleigh v2’s Pass the Glogg

Posted on Monday, at

Ever since I missed my chance to get Infernal Chaos, from one of Aromaleigh v1's final collections, I keep looking for a dupe. I find some nearly-there colors, but nothing exact. I didn't know if Pass the Glogg would be similar, or if it would be too bright. I suspected that it was less greyed than Infernal Chaos was, but it looked like a nice muted pink-rose. The color is actually a little bit deeper than Infernal Chaos -...

Entries for Sunday, June 24 2012

Concrete Minerals’ Mineral Eyeshadow collection

Concrete Minerals’ Mineral Eyeshadow collection

Posted on Sunday, at

When Concrete Minerals debuted their Pro Matte line of highly-pigmented eyeshadows, they created the “Mineral” collection for their previous eyeshadows. The colors all debuted in 2010 and ‘11; the collection wasn’t grouped as such until spring 2012. It didn’t contain any new colors when it was introduced, and if CM’s history is any indication, new colors will be added sporadically and in small amounts.

Entries for Friday, June 22 2012

NYX Cosmetics’ Jumbo Lip Pencil in Rose Brown

NYX Cosmetics’ Jumbo Lip Pencil in Rose Brown

Posted on Friday, at

I don't often define things as a “frost” unless it's fairly obvious. Well…this is a frost. Or a shimmer-with-a-white-overlayer, if you prefer. The shade is a light brown with gold highlights and mauve undertones. The gold and brown are most visible when it's applied, but the hints of rose are there. I don't love how this color looks on me; but if I had more golden undertones or if I tanned during the summer this might look better.


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