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Entries for Thursday, August 31 2017

Shiro Cosmetics’ Tarzan Swing with the Garden Hose

Shiro Cosmetics’ Tarzan Swing with the Garden Hose

Posted on Thursday, at

I thought this color might be a little darker…but this complements my eyes better and works better than a darker gilded-olive shade would.

Entries for Wednesday, August 30 2017

CND’s Vinylux Mercurial (253)

CND’s Vinylux Mercurial (253)

Posted on Wednesday, at

Going just by the official artwork, this should be a little bit more gold-toned. I think that I see some gold flashes at certain angles, like a pale gold-ish duochrome. But…it’s not an all-over thing, and it isn’t very strong, so it could easily be my brain trying to make allowances for what should be there…but manifestly is not. What this polish is, is a good-quality, even-spreading, durable bright-pewter foil. It could almost be a one-coater,...

Entries for Tuesday, August 29 2017

Shiro Cosmetics’ A Collection of Calamitous Cosmetics collection

Shiro Cosmetics’ A Collection of Calamitous Cosmetics collection

Posted on Tuesday, at

This color palette didn’t really interest me too much when it originally came out, but good neutrals are great additions to any collection, and Shiro makes some of the best eyeshadows I’ve ever tried. So eventually, I bought myself a sample set and started swatching.

Entries for Monday, August 28 2017

LaurEss’ Intuition

LaurEss’ Intuition

Posted on Monday, at

Solid coverage, touches of blue tones, and a softenee satin finish. (I wish I had bought more LaurEss! Actually, I wish they were still operating. Intuition was a shade that sat in my backlog for almost two years before I got around to swatching it.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ Tears of the Sun

Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ Tears of the Sun

Posted on Monday, at

A softer near-neutral that would make a great solid-coverage shade…if it did, in fact, have solid coverage. It’s buildable. And it’s not whisper-sheer. But I would have loved this to have better color payoff. (I thought this was part of one of Femme Fatale’s old collections…but that memory isn’t correct.)

Entries for Friday, August 25 2017

NYX Cosmetics’ Simply Nude lip cream in Exposed

NYX Cosmetics’ Simply Nude lip cream in Exposed

Posted on Friday, at

This near-neutral shade pulls just a bit warm, so it isn’t one that I’ve ended up reaching for often. The coverage is good, it’s just not the best color on me. It’s similar to Tarte’s Lipsurgence in Exposed, but Tarte’s shade is a bit deeper and a little cooler.

Entries for Thursday, August 24 2017

Fyrinnae’s Debonair

Fyrinnae’s Debonair

Posted on Thursday, at

I’ve seen this described as a “warm lilac”, which is confusing to me…because I’m not seeing this as warm. (Then again, it’s not a strongly cool purple, either.) It’s almost Easter-candy bright without being too bright.

My Pretty Zombie’s C’mon Doll Boy, Dance!

My Pretty Zombie’s C’mon Doll Boy, Dance!

Posted on Thursday, at

Bright blue with a slightly deeper purple-blue base. I have a few eyeshadows that are similar, but no exact matches. (A lot more have a stronger base, or the blue isn’t as bright.)

Entries for Wednesday, August 23 2017

Zoya’s April

Zoya’s April

Posted on Wednesday, at

This shade was…such a disappointment. I was hoping for another good solid neutral, but slightly brighter. Instead I got a near-bright neutral that was barely opaque after three coats. It was also very uneven, and didn’t self-level worth a damn. I don’t know if I got a bottle from a bad batch - I must have, because I see other blogs showcasing a lovely, solid 2-coat manicure. But…ugh. This did absolutely nothing for me. I’m...


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