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Zoya’s Mary

01/17/2018 09:15:00 AM

The formula was a little thick. I don’t know if I got an older bottle (that’s my guess) or one from an off batch (equally possible.) One coat was too uneven for a final manicure; two coats took a long time to fully cure. It’s a nice

TKB Trading’s Girl Next Door collection

01/16/2018 09:15:00 AM

Several neutrals and near-neutrals with two stronger, vivid colors. Pink Coral can work as a blush on lighter skintones; Calliope might be a bit heavy as a blush on deeper skintones, even with the lightest touch used; but buffing some of the ...

Shiro Cosmetics’ Every Blanket in the House

01/15/2018 12:15:00 PM

Not really a shimmer finish…unless you compare this to the other Cozy and Bright colors. Then, yeah, it just edges over into “shimmer” finish. As a highlighter, it’s very very subtle. I’ve used it as a subtle inner-vee highlighter, ...

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Magic Circle

01/15/2018 09:15:00 AM

The color isn’t quite dark enough to provide great eyeliner-definition on deeper skintones, but on medium-deep to fair, it’s a nice liner or even crease shade. This doesn’t change color quite as dramatically as Dream Catcher does, but ...

NYX Cosmetics’ Simply Pink lip cream in French Kiss

01/12/2018 09:15:00 AM

This isn’t “hot pink”, but it’s definitely intense. The color doesn’t stain, but sadly it doesn’t stay in place very long, either. It’s attractive, and I like it as a summer shade. I just wish that it had a little more longevi ...

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Pretty as a Peacock

01/11/2018 12:15:00 PM

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Almost Quiet

01/11/2018 12:15:00 PM

This was described as being a bit more bronzey. I don’t see that in this shade. It’s an almost-mustardy yellow that I can wear as a gold-leaning brown. It also looks a little dusty when applied dry.

Color Club’s Don’t Kale My Vibe

01/10/2018 09:15:00 AM

Not too much colorshifting in this one. There’s some, but it’s fairly faint. For the most part, this is a midtone metallic green. The copper and pink are faint, and appear as “suggestions” rather than strongly visible shifts in the color. ...

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Chrome collection

01/09/2018 09:15:00 AM

This is an older collection, described as having some colorshifting properties. The finishes are almost uniformly smooth metallic, and I do see a little bit of colorshifting in some of the shades, but I don’t see strong multichrome or even ...

Everyday Minerals’ My Place

01/08/2018 12:15:00 PM

The pearl finish blocks most of the underlying base color. This works best with an extremely subtle look, where some brightening is needed but no shimmer or sparkle need apply.

Shiro Cosmetics’ Two Hands Means Two Mugs of Cocoa

01/08/2018 09:15:00 AM

Good lighter-weight neutral with minimal shimmer, if any. When using as an eyeshadow, it doesn’t love blending too much, so the other shade(s) will have to be the better blenders. As a face color, for me (NC20/NC25 ish) it works nicely as ...

RIP foiling brush

01/07/2018 10:00:00 AM

Up until now I’ve had one brush for dry application, one for foiling, and one for heavier swatches of blushes and highlighters. (That last is the only brush-type that I don’t use in regular application. I wanted to better show the color ...

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix in Cookie

01/05/2018 09:15:00 AM

Shiro Cosmetics’ I Feel Like Dancing

01/04/2018 12:15:00 PM

This color was exlusive to Femme Fatale. It’s a softer shade with a pretty strong interference shimmer layer that shows up best only at certain lights, but not really at all when the color is applied dry.

My Pretty Zombie’s 43

01/04/2018 09:15:00 AM

MPZ’s 2017 anniversary color. I think that this is mostly the interference color - which is pretty strong.

CND’s Vinylux Radiant Chill (260)

01/03/2018 09:15:00 AM

Not quite a rose-gold…it’s just barely not red enough. But it’s in the ballpark. The formula is fairly good, but it’s also a little thick. It shows streaks and wouldn’t spread evenly. This is an absolutely fantastic color (and formula) ...

Shiro Cosmetics’ Great British Makeup Box: Technical

01/02/2018 09:15:00 AM

For Thanksgiving 2017, Shiro released three makeup kits based on the Great British Bakeoff. One of them had too many blue eyeshadows in it for my preferences (I know, I was shocked at that realization, too.) The other two…well, this is the ...

Shiro Cosmetics’ Champagne Fuelled Dance Off

01/01/2018 12:15:00 PM

Very pale near-white tan base color, with a multicolor shimmer finish. I’ve been able to use this as a subtle highlighter shade or as a very light brown eyeshadow.

Sugarpill’s Decora

01/01/2018 09:15:00 AM

The color is attractive, but it doesn’t behave well when mixed with water. It sheers out and won’t really build.

Urban Decay’s Vice lipstick in Firebird

12/29/2017 09:15:00 AM

BareMinerals’ Sun

12/28/2017 12:15:00 PM

An older color that I’ve had for a bit, but just…never got around to swatching. It’s a pumpkin-orange with a softened pearl finish.

BareMinerals’ Amazed

12/28/2017 09:15:00 AM

Zoya’s Erika

12/27/2017 09:15:00 AM

Good basic pink base shade with a strong-but-not-overpowering gold shimmer finish. The base shade is a bit on the sheer side, and it didn’t spread out nicely on its own. Then again, this is an older color and it sat for quite a while - I may ...

BareMinerals’ Buxom Lips Off Leash kit

12/26/2017 09:15:00 AM

Similar to previous larger holiday kits, this was split between the semisheer lip polishes and the more opaque lip creams. All of the lip polishes are minis of existing full-size colors. While most of the lip cream colors were ostensibly new, ...

BareMinerals’ Wonderment

12/25/2017 12:15:00 PM

BareMinerals’ Marvel

12/25/2017 09:15:00 AM

This is definitely a frost finish. The base color is a little more visible when I apply this dry over primer, but it’s still lessened a bit.

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix in LBB

12/22/2017 09:15:00 AM

I think this was actually one of the first Lippie Stix that I bought. I’ve worn it a few times, but I am still not personally comfortable with super-bold lip shades. This one does want a liner, but the color itself is very even and it seems ...

Shiro Cosmetics’ An Unexpected Party

12/21/2017 12:15:00 PM

A nice midrange brown, but with some sallow undertones. Wear it with the right colors (greenish or yellowed neutrals), and the yellow and green are great accents. The coverage is a little better when applied dry.

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Fantastical

12/21/2017 09:15:00 AM

This one’s a bit like Enchanting, in that most of its colorshifting happens within two adjacent colors (as opposed to Ravishing, Magical, or Mystical.)

CND’s Vinylux Viridian Veil (255)

12/20/2017 09:15:00 AM

I love the shade…the formula, a little less so. It’s thick, but it doesn’t spread out and smooth once applied, so brushstrokes are highly visible.

TKB Trading’s Beloved Blushes collection

12/19/2017 09:15:00 AM

Six red or pink colorants, usable as eyeshadows or blushes. Angel Wings is a little pale for a blush, for my preferences; and it doesn’t have a ton of shimmer, so you’d have to add that to get Angel Wings to work as a glow powder…but ...

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Dream Catcher

12/18/2017 12:15:00 PM

I think this may have the same colorshifting pigments as Enchanting, since I see blue or purple depending on the light angle. The color is mostly blue, with occasional changes to violet or teal. The color is a little lighter-weight than the ...

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Enchanting

12/18/2017 09:15:00 AM

One of the smaller spectrums of colorshift in the Premiums collection (the smallest is Captivate, that’s just…different colors of blue.) It definitely looks better when foiled! The finish is smoother, and the colorshift is a bit more vi ...

NYX Cosmetics’ Simply Vamp lip cream in Temptress

12/15/2017 09:15:00 AM

This was one of the first of these that I had - because it was in the set that I bought on sale. The application is about on par with the rest of the “vamp” colors - it can be a little bit uneven, and because it’s such a

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Magical

12/14/2017 12:15:00 PM

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Ravishing

12/14/2017 09:15:00 AM

The orange and red dominate this one, but the colorshift through to gold is definitely there. I like this one because it’s autumnal, where the others are (mostly) “winter jeweltone” shades. This was one of the first colors from the Premiums ...

Zoya’s Giada

12/13/2017 09:15:00 AM

This is such a wonderfully smooth metallic finish…there’s very little visible graininess or texturing at all, it’s just shiny and light-reflecting. The color is very rich but not so dark it’s almost black (Zoya’s done a few of tho ...

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ The Premiums collection

12/12/2017 09:15:00 AM

I love multichromes! I get so excited about multichrome eyeshadows or nail polishes…and then get so let down when they turn out to be sheer, need four coats to see the multichromatic effects, or need a certain product to make the colorshifts ...

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Mystical

12/11/2017 12:15:00 PM

Mystical covers the cool end of the spectrum pretty thoroughly. The purple shows up more strongly at extreme angles, and when it shows up it’s a rich violet.

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Alluring

12/11/2017 09:15:00 AM

This colorshift combination has been tried a lot of times as a nail polish…and somehow, it rarely works. It works VERY well in this eyeshadow, though! I think the reason that it works is because the shift doesn’t stop at gold, but moves ...

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix in Rocket

12/08/2017 09:15:00 AM

This color is a little more orange and a little less pink than it appeared on the vendor-site photos. Still…it’s not so orange that I can’t wear it. The formula on this one was pretty good - I got very little feathering, and it went on ...

Fyrinnae’s Wicked

12/07/2017 12:15:00 PM

Sobe Botanicals’ Insomnia

12/07/2017 09:15:00 AM

Ended up being a bit softer than I thought it would be; but it’s a nice quasi-neutral. I would have preferred a shimmer or satin finish to pearl - buffing down the finish loses me quite a bit of the base color.

Zoya’s Oceane

12/06/2017 09:15:00 AM

This is a very intense, saturated, lovely color of blue. On the site, it looks more teal-ish and is described as “turquoise”. Well..some turquoise does come in this shade of blue, though most is a little grenner (because of the exact mineral ...

BareMinerals’ Box of Wonders kit

12/05/2017 09:15:00 AM

The “massive sampler” holiday kit (there is no kit comparable to Wealth of Beauty or Bells and Whistles, both of which had fullsize items.) This can be a good gift for someone who wants to try out BareMinerals. It may not be a great gift ...

TKB Trading’s Up The Hill

12/04/2017 12:15:00 PM

An autumnal accent that looks warm-leaning, but isn’t so warm-leaning that I (neutral-cool coloring) have trouble wearing it. It has orange tones, so it complements and intensifies my blue-grey eye color.

Shiro Cosmetics’ Salmon Beef Style Chicken Bottom

12/04/2017 09:15:00 AM

This color looks more like a purple shimmer in the vendor photos. There are definite purple tones to it at certain angles - but the purple recedes or softens a bit at other angles. I’ve been able to use this as a near-neutral accent shade ...

Urban Decay’s Vice lipstick in Nonsense

12/01/2017 09:15:00 AM

The color’s a little deeper than the mauve-roses I reach for…which is good, because I need some more-saturated colors that are just a little darker than my go-to shade. There’s even what looks like very faint hints of gold highlights or ...

Shiro Cosmetics’ Cognitive Recalibration

11/30/2017 12:15:00 PM

Shiro Cosmetics’ Crimm Grunk Garlic Cleas

11/30/2017 09:15:00 AM

More charcoal than navy-sparkle. This is not a glitterbomb, though. (It probably can be, if you pack it on/apply it over a sticky base.) I haven’t figured out the best way to use this yet, in looks that I generally wear…but I like the blue-green ...

Color Club’s Cash Only

11/29/2017 09:15:00 AM

For whatever reason or series of reasons, this polish was the easiest to find available from etailers and even Color Club itself, a full year after the release of the collection. (This worked out well for me, because it’s my favorite polish ...

Meow Cosmetics’ Evergleam collection

11/28/2017 09:15:00 AM

Meow’s Evergleam and Shiro’s Cozy and Bright have a lot of overlap. I don’t think it’s conscious, other the fact that the overall color palette is something that’s been done before (obviously, because Meow pulled their inspiration ...

Love Hues’ Mystery

11/27/2017 12:15:00 PM

The description for this seemed to indicate that it would be more of a purplish-brown. It’s a fairly straightforward medium-light base shade with a fairly strong pearl finish. I try and use colors like this - both this color-weight and the ...

TKB Trading’s Gemma

11/27/2017 09:15:00 AM

Based off of the color Gemini, but eye-safe and ready-to-wear. (The MyMix colors are not just mica.) The color’s a little deeper, and the gold shimmer is softened a bit. It’s definitely still visible, just a little less front-and-center ...

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix in Konnichiwa

11/24/2017 09:15:00 AM

One of the two lippie stix shades from the Hello Kitty collab. This is a fairly straightforward pink with some salmon undertones. I think I’ve seen nearly this shade of pink - minus the nude/salmon undertones - in nearly every lipstick line ...

My Pretty Zombie’s Homemade Death

11/23/2017 12:15:00 PM

Sugarpill’s Starling

11/23/2017 09:15:00 AM

Vibrant turquoise-teal! I guess this was a limited-edition color…or was it merely discontinued because it wasn’t quite on-trend any more? At any rate, I’m very glad I got some of this. It’s almost too bright for me to reach for on a ...

CND’s Vinylux Mystic Slate (258)

11/22/2017 09:15:00 AM

I liked this color the instant I saw it in the promo photos! It’s a greyed blue that, to me, looks like a color you might find in someone’s beach house. A solid color, clear, and aged rather than worn down. The color is darker than the ...

Shiro Cosmetics’ Cozy and Bright collection

11/21/2017 09:15:00 AM

These were formulated as eyeshadows, but they also work as highlighters. The palette is almost a range of neutrals…but not quite. There’s a mix of finishes. When I swatched them, I found that most were opaque enough for eyeshadows, though ...

Scaredy Cat Cosmetics’ Artifact

11/20/2017 12:15:00 PM

The frost finish makes this color almost a pale brown-white, on application. When not in direct light, it looks a bit closer to its base color…but the finish still lightens it quite a bit.

TKB Trading’s Soft Pink

11/20/2017 09:15:00 AM

The pearl finish moves this more toward the “pastel-ish” end of the rose spectrum. The finish doesn’t buff or blend away too much - I don’t get the color that I see in the pot, no matter what I try. It is nice to have a softer pink, ...

NYX Cosmetics’ Simply Red lip cream in Knock Out

11/17/2017 09:15:00 AM

A little bit warm, but not really red-orange. I got this color on sale, and while it isn’t quite as interse a shade as Candy Apple, it’s close. Not sure how often I will wear this shade, though if I go over it with finishing powder that ...

TKB Trading’s Matte Purple Pop

11/16/2017 12:15:00 PM

This is such a great color! It’s almost indigo, but isn’t quite blue enough. It’s got a very solid color payoff. There is a little staining, but you can avoid that by using a cream base or primer.

TKB Trading’s Matte Blue Pop

11/16/2017 09:15:00 AM

Halfway between “pool-queue chalk” and a cool sapphire. This does stain a bit, so make sure you use a base, like a cream shadow or shadow pencil. Like all of the Pop colors, it has ingredients to increase longevity and make application easier, ...

Zoya’s Eastyn

11/15/2017 09:15:00 AM

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics’ Divas and Dramas collection

11/14/2017 09:15:00 AM

The Dramatica colors (which are apparently repromotes from a previous year’s Halloween collection) remind me a bit of Aromaleigh’s old Bete Noire colors: they’re very definitely blackened, and make amazing eyeliners. The final six colors ...

LaurEss’ Remembrance

11/13/2017 12:15:00 PM

This is almost a neutral brown. The frost finish isn’t quite smooth enough to be a pearl finish, but it doesn’t really block too much of the base shade. I don’t know that I have too many other browns like this, even with all of the br ...

TKB Trading’s Red Oxide

11/13/2017 09:15:00 AM

I got this kind of on a whim. I knew that any oxide - that is, pure colorant either minimally adulterated by other ingredients or not diluted at all - would have extremely good color payoff. I wasn’t sure how good its staying power would be, ...

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix in Bossy

11/10/2017 09:15:00 AM

My Pretty Zombie’s Rabbit’s Foot

11/09/2017 12:15:00 PM

This one softens and loses a lot of its intensity when you apply it. It doesn’t layer all that easily, either. On the upside, if you want a neutral-cool purple that’s a little softer but not completely pale, this works fairly well.

TKB Trading’s Coral Reef Blue

11/09/2017 09:15:00 AM

I got this because I wanted to see how it compared to Aquarius and Pisces Blue micas. This is definitely a turquoise, almost green. The color payoff is good, but since this is straight mica without any additives, it can be a little patchy at ...

Nails Inc’s Dream Dust

11/08/2017 09:15:00 AM

The second half of Nails Inc.‘s Unicorn duo. This is almost a one-coat polish, even without deliberately applying it thicker. Two coats (for me) sees the gold overwhelming the fuchsia-rose base color. A third coat…pretty much was a sparkly ...

Shiro Cosmetics’ Into the Unknown collection

11/07/2017 09:15:00 AM

I'm only guessing, but I think I know what Shiro's color-pixies were working on, when they created the colors that eventually ended up in Recipes for Human Food. A lot of these shades look similar to shades in that collection. (That's my explanation ...

Everyday Minerals’ Flourish

11/06/2017 12:15:00 PM

This shade isn’t as saturated as other blackened browns, so it’s a softer-looking liner shade. Another advantage of not being so saturated: using it as a contour shade doesn’t automatically mean having a quasi-smoked-out eyeshadow ens ...

TKB Trading’s Matte Red Pop

11/06/2017 09:15:00 AM

This might be a neutral red…or I might just be fooling myself. Either way, it’s great to get a ready-to-wear red! (Like all the various Pop colors, this has additional ingredients to help with application. This isn’t just pure coloran ...

Urban Decay’s Vice lipstick in Fireball

11/03/2017 09:15:00 AM

I got this in a kit, paired with its lipliner. I wanted something that leaned a little orange-red. I didn’t do much crosschecking, though, or I might have learned that this was a sheer color and skipped it. (Sheer deep or bold colors work ...

Shiro Cosmetics’ Beasy Mist

11/02/2017 12:15:00 PM

Sobe Botanicals’ Goodnight

11/02/2017 09:15:00 AM

A pretty enough color, but this formula was a bit patchy in some areas. I have other similar shades from other indie vendors, and while those didn’t have much or any sparkle (except one), they performed better and lasted longer.

Zoya’s Wyatt

11/01/2017 09:15:00 AM

I picked this up during the Earth Day 2017 promo - for nearly three years there weren’t any Zoya collections that made me sit up and take notice (and I was very pleased with CND’s Vinylux polish for application and longevity) but when I ...

BareMinerals’ Buxom Purrfectly Plump kit

10/31/2017 09:15:00 AM

One of the holiday sets from BareMinerals/Buxom. All of these are softer shades, and all of them are established colors in the Lip Polish collection. On the upside, this is a fairly nice “introductory” collection for someone who’s wanted ...

TKB Trading’s Bronzed Gold

10/30/2017 12:15:00 PM

I have a few other similar shades, but not too many exact matches. This is a warmer brown than I usually reach for, but it isn’t so warm that I have to struggle to find colors that I can wear with it. It applies very smoothly and evenly - ...

TKB Trading’s Calliope

10/30/2017 09:15:00 AM

I think this was the color I was looking for years ago when I asked people for a true blue-red eyeshadow. (Except I’m not entirely sure that this mica was available…or if it was, it definitely wasn’t under this name.) This is a blue-red, ...

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix in Boa

10/27/2017 09:15:00 AM

Love the color! Not so wild about the finish or texture, though. If it were a satin, I’d be wearing this as often as I could get away with it. This is almost - ALMOST - the same color as Revlon’s long-discontinued Darling, which is my absolute ...

My Pretty Zombie’s Toxacara

10/26/2017 12:15:00 PM

I actually forgot that I bought this color…it’s been sitting in my backlog that long. There are some largeish sparkle particles, but they’re sparse enough to be more like accidental highlights, than a sparkle or even shimmer finish. The ...

Shiro Cosmetics’ Crockpot Cold Water

10/26/2017 09:15:00 AM

A nice color that could make a good liner. Just beware of the finish’s tendency to be a little bit patchy, and either layer it, or compensate in some other fashion. This shadow was just slightly hydrophobic, so perhaps using a mixing medium ...

Girly Bits’ The Room Where It Happens

10/25/2017 09:15:00 AM

The base shade is multichrome…somewhat. It sticks to the cool end of the color spectrum, and is overall muted, so while the colorshift is present, it isn’t the forefront of the polish. I needed three coats to get full opacity, but three ...

TKB Trading’s Rhyme collection

10/24/2017 09:15:00 AM

A nice trio, though Jill isn’t an easy color to use - it doesn’t work too well as a highlighter, because it doesn’t adhere easily. All three are micas, so you’ll need to take extra steps to apply these colors evenly and keep them in ...

LaurEss’ Illusion

10/23/2017 12:15:00 PM

Another very nice neutral that I almost didn’t get a chance to pick up! I bought it during the final days of LaurEss’ closedown. There have been other similar shades from other companies - including big-name corporations - and while I have ...

TKB Trading’s Jack

10/23/2017 09:15:00 AM

Almost a “holiday” red: not overly saturated, not overly bright, but to me it’s halfway between “autumnal” and “Christmassy.”

NYX Cosmetics’ Simply Vamp lip cream in Aphrodisiac

10/20/2017 09:15:00 AM

TKB Trading’s Pink Blue Violet

10/19/2017 12:15:00 PM

Rockeresque Beauty’s Tear Drop

10/19/2017 09:15:00 AM

I tend to get this shade a lot. I mean…A LOT a lot. I think I’ve bought this shade from almost every indie company that I’ve bought shadows from. The version from Rockeresque was decent - about average pigmentation, about mid-range in ...

Zoya’s Mae

10/18/2017 09:15:00 AM

I like the color, but I kind of wish that it wasn’t microglass fleck. That means I’m not able to use it for stamping, nail art, or much of anything else. (Not that I do those all the time, but…one likes to have options.) The coverage ...

CND’s Vinylux Glacial Illusion collection

10/17/2017 09:15:00 AM

I’m always interested to see another Vinylux collection come out! And for once, I was interested in the nail art that CND displayed using this collection. (Most of them are also things that I can learn relatively easily…except the embossing. ...

Shiro Cosmetics’ Chocolate Chunks and Chocolate Chips

10/16/2017 12:15:00 PM

I can’t tell if this is a very dark brown, or a blackened brown…there’s no residue when I remove it, so maybe it’s just a very dark, rich base color. For me, this makes a better liner or under-contour shade than an all-over or accent ...

My Pretty Zombie’s Ham

10/16/2017 09:15:00 AM

Almost a version of Brisket - but with a much lighter gold shimmer. I’ve had this sitting in my back log for a LONG time - it’s been nearly six years since this color’s initial release! I think that there are similar shades for the base ...

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix in I Heart This

10/13/2017 09:15:00 AM

This color is a bit brighter than I personally care to wear

Shiro Cosmetics’ That Man is Playing Galaga

10/12/2017 12:15:00 PM

Not an original combination…but one of the better formulations I’ve used. The glitter isn’t so thick that fallout is an issue, but it’s not an easily-blended-away component of the shadow.

Fyrinnae’s Forest Dragon

10/12/2017 09:15:00 AM

Medium evergreen with good coverage and adhesion. The gold is definitely a hint rather than one of the main things you see. It’s not quite the shade that I personally would use as a liner - I’d want something deeper - but it’s got very ...

Sally Hansen’s Pink Punk (165)

10/11/2017 09:15:00 AM

I have more than a few colors that are similar to this one…but the color looks good on me, so it’s not as if they’ll all sit unused and unloved. If you’re in a hurry, this CAN be a one-coat polish. The coverage is good, it