Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review: OPI Liquid Sand Nail Lacquer in Get Your Number

Hello everyone! No reviews lately, due to setting up my new computer. Here's a quick one!



The nail lacquer comes in the typical OPI bottle, with a decorated cap. 

Liquid Sand is a new finish introduced in the Mariah Carey collection, where this comes from. OPI's description of the texture: "... Liquid Sand, OPI's newest innovation in texture, these dazzling hues dry to a textured matte finish infused with reflective glints of light." It's sort of a jelly finish, with glitter throughout. It dries to, indeed, a sand texture, and fairly quickly at that, which is matte with glitter mixed in... Total contradiction! Opaque after about 2 coats.

Swatch time!


The color is a medium-dark blue, with silver and blue glitter mixed in. If you zoom in on a picture of the bottle, you can even see some teal and purple. It's sort of an interesting color you don't see very often, when blue nail polish is so common. I really like it!

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫
Average for a nail polish. About a week to a week and a half.

Value: ♫♫♫
I've never really found the $9/15 mL (60 cents per mL) price was really fair. (I get nail polishes on a salon discount.) I probably would not pay full price for it.

Quality: ♫♫♫♫♫
Amazing quality as usual from OPI!

Pigmentation: ♫♫♫♫♫
1-2 coats reaches opacity, and it's not streaky whatsoever.

Would I buy it again?: I reeeally want the color Stay the Night!


You can pick these up on Ulta, in salons, salon stores, etc. Thanks for reading!
-<3 Angie

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review: NYX Gel Liner & Smudger in Betty

Hola! Today I bring you a fairly unreviewed product as far as the internet goes and the fruit of a recent Ulta haul, NYX's Gel Liner & Smudger in Betty!


It comes in a small box, which is nice, considering most NYX products aren't packaged in anything special. There's a photo of how to use the product on the sides of the box.


As most gel liners do, it comes in a glass jar with a plastic top. (I've always wondered if that helped preserve it or if it was for looks...)  It's pretty solid. The jar is a bit small, but I'm alright with it.


This is the jar without its top. As you can see due to my odd fingerprint, it's a bit hard to stick my finger in without getting the nail. Small, but, again, I don't really mind it. Looks like about .5g, the size of my Starry liner.

Swatch time!

L-R: NYX Gel Liner using Real Techniques Fine Liner brush, NYX Gel Liner swatched with finger

(excuse the remnants of the NYX Crystal Liner in the middle!)

NYX describes this liner with the following sentence: "NYX Gel Liner & Smudger is a matte gel pigment that creates intense, attention-grabbing liner and shadow looks." This liner is super creamy, but it dried quickly enough for my standards. It does not tug at all and is very smooth on the skin. Matte as can be and very opaque. The only issue is the "smudger" claim. NYX wants you to use this as a "smudger", or eyeshadow base, which I could see being an issue, because it blends out just a little too much. However, you could definitely layer up as needed. As for a liner, it's nice. Not to mention, it's incredibly long-wearing. The only flaw really is that when you wash it off it goes EVERYWHERE, which can be hard to deal with. (Moreso for me, because when I'm taking off my makeup, I'm usually half asleep and worn out.)

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫♫
Stained my wrist after swatching for a very long time. When I wore it out, it gave me a good 8 hours of wear over a primer.

Value: ♫♫♫
.5g/.16 oz of product for $8 feels a little steep to me. In comparison, MAC's gel liners are 3g/0.1 oz for $16. That's 6 times the amount of product for just double the price, which I don't think is a bad comparison. However, I got this on sale for $4.79.

Quality: ♫♫♫♫
Feels smoother than the average drugstore liner. However, it flakes when you wipe it off.

Pigmentation: ♫♫♫♫♫
Opaque, dark, and super black in 1-2 swipes!

Would I buy it again?: Kind of want to buy the teal (Danielle) and blue (Samantha) colors if the sale lasts long enough...


And that's all, folks! You can pick up this liner on NYX's website or Ulta's. Ulta is currently having a sale on all NYX products, so I definitely suggest going there!

Enjoy!
-<3 Angie

Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Amused + Blush Brush


Hello my gorgeous little beauty fiends! I've been absent for a bit. I hope you all enjoyed your Zombie Day/Easter and the week following! Without further adieu, Tarte!

I purchased the brush and the blush together.


First things first, the brush, oh god, the brush. This is my favorite of any brush I've ever owned. It's extremely sturdy. The handle is Tarte's signature deep purple color and feels wooden. The brush itself is attached with a little piece of gold-painted metal, and the brush itself... I can't recommend it enough. It's the softest thing ever - like rubbing a kitten on your face. (Of course, Tarte is completely cruelty free, so it's not actually anything like that. It's just a super soft synthetic brush.)

To the blush! The blushes all come in simple circular compacts with the Tarte flower inlay on the front. The color matches the blush inside depending what color you get.


The back displays the name of the color, the products, etc. on a clear sticker.


The blush itself has the Amazonian River stamped into it, which, I have to say, has not decayed one bit over the 2 months I've used this blush daily. (Now, go to swatch it in Sephora, and that's a different story...) The other side of the compact has a large, clear mirror, which is not pictured.

The blush's feel is a little dryer than formulas like MAC's Mineralize Blushes or NARS' powders, but not in a bad way. The powder is extremely soft and finely-milled as well. The blush is extremely pigmented. Because of all these things, I advise you're careful about how much you put on. I tried to swoosh and swirl my brush in it when I first got it, and I looked like a clown! (Not the cool Slipknot kind, either) The feel of the blush tricks you into thinking it might not be as pigmented as it really is, but it's extremely easy to overdo it. In my opinion, because of all of this, I think it's an awesome formula. Super easy to blend and apply.

Swatch time!
(taken in natural light, on bare skin)


L-R: Amused blended out with brush, Amused swatched heavily with finger

Amused is described as "bright pink" on Tarte's website. Oh my gosh, this color is beautiful. It seems to adapt to the skintone wearing it. On a lot of swatches I saw, it leans a lot more pastel. I describe it as a Barbie pink. It still leans Barbie in the swatch, but on my cheeks, it's more of a true bright, hot pink. At the end of the day, it ends up as a beautiful color and a nice, natural flush, but still bright and noticeable.

Roundup time!
(all ratings are out of 5)

Staying Power: ♫♫♫♫♫
The blush lasts 12 hours and then some. I apply my makeup at 6:30 a.m. and, when I remove it around 10pm, it's still completely there. (N/A for brush)

Value: ♫♫♫
While the blush is amazing, some people don't want to drop $26 on a blush, myself included, which is why I bought it during the free brush promotion. The brush is every bit worth $28, but I don't know if I could blow that much money on a brush myself. Bottom line, lots of product, but not many people want to spend this much money at once on one product.

Quality: ♫♫♫♫♫
The feel is a smooth but not overly buttery formula that I love.

Pigmentation: ♫♫♫♫♫
This stuff is bright, man.

Would I buy it again?: Ask me in a few weeks and I might be holding Tipsy or Blissful as well...


And that's all, man! You can purchase these from SephoraUlta, or Tarte's website!

-<3 Angie