Monday, September 10, 2012

Review: Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Lacquer in Penny Talk

I was hopeful that my search for a stellar copper (or better yet, rose gold) nail polish had come to an end when I saw Essie's new Mirror Metallics line.  Penny Talk in particular looked stunning.

This is a difficult review to write because I feel like there are so many pluses and minuses to this polish.

First off, the application was awful.  This is a thick, gloopy polish.  It does not apply smoothly.  It tends to just sit on the nail and when you brush through the product to smooth it out, it tends to remove the polish you've already applied.  It drags and bunches.  No bueno.

It's a little streaky and uneven.  This could probably be fixed by applying another coat, but because this polish is so thick, I didn't want to apply more than one coat.  And it's not that it isn't opaque.  Because it is opaque.  But it's just very uneven.

The color is lovely.  I've worn this polish for about a week at this point and I have to say I am really fond of the color and finish.  As the name Mirror Metallics would suggest, it is a very reflective polish.  I don't think the color is anywhere near as coppery as it looks in the bottle.  It looks different depending on the lighting and shifts between a gold and a pinky brown.

The wear time was surprisingly good.  After three days I have some wear on the tips, but no chipping or peeling.

So the application is a huge pain, but the final product is pretty good.  Whether you love or hate this polish will probably depend on how willing you are to deal with the fussy application.  With some babying and long dry times I think you could get absolutely stellar results in the end - but you will have to work for it.

Essie polishes contain .46 oz. and retail for about $8 wherever Essie is sold.  I picked mine up at Target.

Overall: 5/10

Friday, September 7, 2012

Review: Revlon Nail Enamel in Posh Pink

I picked up the Revlon Nail Enamel in Posh Pink because I heard it was a dupe for Chanel's May.  Revlon retails for around $6, a far cry from Chanel's current price of $26, so I was willing to give the Revlon a try and see how it looked.

I searched locally for Revlon's posh pink, but I never could find it so I ended up ordering it from Ulta.

I don't own Chanel's May, so I can't compare them head to head.  Looking at the May swatches from Temptalia, I think the polishes are close, but not identical.  There is definitely some iridescence to Posh Pink complements of what looks like some very fine white and blue microglitter.

Because of the shimmer, this is a chameleon shade.  The base to Posh Pink is definitely on the warmer side of neutral.  It's not coral, but there is definitely a bit of a peachy tint to the pink.  However, with the white/blue irridescence depending on the light, this can look like a very cool pink.

The texture of this polish was just awful.  I don't know if perhaps I just got an old bottle or what, but it was absolutely terrible. 

I tried three different times to apply this polish and always with the same results.  It was thick, uneven and gloopy.  It was also a bit sheer, so you need multiple coats to get opaque coverage.  It pulled and bubbled during application.  I absolutely babied this polish and still, the results were less than stellar.

This is a nice pink color.  I would like it so much more if it didn't have the iridescence to it.

Overall: 6/10

Thursday, September 6, 2012

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #13

I have a couple of Make Up For Ever products that I received as 500 point perks from Sephora (Smoky Lash mascara, HD powder, Lab Shine lip gloss), but the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in number 13 is the first MUFE product I've purchased outright.

MUFE describes number 13 as "warm beige" - Sephora describes it as "warm beige - champaigne shimmer" which is probably more apt.  This particular color is formulated for eyes and cheeks (as opposed to lips and cheeks).

As you can see from the swatch on my skintone this shade is mostly shimmer/highlight.  The formula is very long wearing and is waterproof - and even an oil based makeup remover took some doing to completely get rid of it.

The effect is similar to the Urban Decay 24/7 shadow pencil in Sin or the Milani ShadowEyez pencil in Champagne Toast though both of those colors are decidedly pink where this is solidly beige.

I really adore products like this.  They are easy to apply and have great wear times.  The colors are subtle, but the sheen really gives it a dramatic pop.  I wore this all day with no creasing and minimal fading.

MUFE Aqua Creams contain 6 grams of product and retail for $23.

Overall:  10/10

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Review: Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in French Roast

I will fully admit that I was drawn to the Revlon Colorstay nail polish in French Roast because it reminded me of a non-matte version of ManGlaze's Santorum (here is a link to PinkSith's fantastic review of that polish).

French Roast is a dark brown with a good bit of red and blue glitter.  While the glitter shows up nicely in flash photographs, I have to say on the nails it is nearly invisible.  The end result is that on the nails, French Roast tends to look like a generic dark brown polish.

French Roast was a bit of a pain to apply.  I found it to be far thicker and more uneven than any of the other Revlon Colorstay polishes I've reviewed.  I definitely needed two coats to get it even and three to get the best results.

This polish didn't wear particularly well either.  I had significant wear on the tips and even a bit of chipping after two days.  I do realize that the darker the polish, the less forgiving wear can be - you can't hide anything.

Again, the glitter is visible under bright lights or with a flash, but to the naked eye - not so much.

Overall, I am unimpressed with this polish.  The quality is very lacking when compared to the rest of the Revlon Colorstay line.

Revlon Colorstay Long Wear Nail Enamels contain .4 oz and retail for $5 - $8 wherever Revlon polishes are sold.

Overall: 4/10