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Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

 

After being blown away by Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage eyeshadow quad, I knew it was only a matter of time before I had to get my hands on another quad. I purchased Orchid Haze on a whim whilst swatching and sniffing my way around DJs with some other bloggers post lunch – I was impressed with the texture of the eyeshadows in Orchid Haze quad overall, but the main clincher for me with this quad is that amazing buttery matte aubergine. From the Tom Ford palettes I own (Cocoa Mirage, Orchid Haze, and She Wolf trio), I’ve noticed that Tom Ford does matte shadows incredibly well. Buttery,  darker mattes that blend easily and evenly are notoriously difficult to find, and Tom Ford dark mattes are amongst the best in this respect.

There are some aspects of the performance of the product that is less than perfect (I’ll elaborate in my review below), but overall I’m quite fond of Orchid Haze.

 

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

Colour and texture

Shade #1 (top left of quad) is a frosty cool toned champagne with medium pigmentation and a buttery smooth texture. It’s an excellent cool toned champagne that I like as an inner corner highlight.

Shade #2 (top right) is a light satin brown taupe with soft mauve shimmer- it has medium pigmentation and smooth texture. This looks gorgeous layered over the top of shade #4 (matte aubergine), and gives you a beautifully dimensional complex colour.

Shade #3 (bottom left) is a dusty rose mauve with subtle pinkish shimmer. Pigmentation is medium and texture is smooth. Rosey mauve shades always looks like ass on my eyes (makes me look sick and/or sad), I’ve accepted that and moved on. It would look amazing on cooler toned ladies.

Shade #4 (bottom right) is a stunning deep ashy aubergine with a buttery matte finish and excellent pigmentation. Reminds me of MAC Blackberry eyeshadow, but far, FAR superior in texture and pigmentation. It’s probably the smoothest, most pigmented deep purple shade I own- so easy to blend on the eye and easily buildable without getting patchy when layering (some reviewers have noticed patchiness but I personally haven’t).

I have swatched the eyeshadows #1-4 is swatched left to right below. Orchid Crush in action below- top EOTD look uses shade #1 and #4; bottom EOTD uses shade #1 #2 and #4 (as labelled on the images).

I’ve got FOTDs using this quad drafted and scheduled to go live in a few days- watch this space!

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Posted by on Apr 15th, 2014 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Autumn Nails: Kester Black Buttermilk and Uslu Airlines NMA

I was recently given the chance to try some nail polishes from Kester Black and Uslu Airlines by Australian retailer Outergold.com - who specialise in niche beauty and lifestyle products.

Prior to this I hadn’t tried either brands before, although I had heard great things about Kester Black from Swatchgirl.com. I was very impressed by the formula of both polishes- they both applied so evenly and lasted an incredible 3-5 days before any noticeable chipping.

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Kester Black ‘Buttercream’ nail polish looks just like what you would expect from it’s name. Buttercream is a beautiful neutral milk coffee nude, which is almost opaque in two layers- as shown in swatch above (there is a slight translucency to the colour), and completely opaque in 3. The colour applies evenly with no streaking. I’m always overjoyed when I find a nude polish that doesn’t streak.

Kester Black is an Australian niche nail polish brand. All their polishes are  ’Five Free’ (no toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin); cruelty free; and vegan.

Price: $17/ 15 mL

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Uslu airlines is a Berlin based high end beauty company. Their products are named after airport destinations (I love this idea), and the shade  NMA is named after the Namangan airport in Uzbekistan.

I chose this shade because a deep burgundy colour is my staple nail polish shade- so I’m always on a lookout for a good burgundy that has the sophistication of Butter London La Moss (but with a faster dry time and better chip resistance). This one is beautifully formulated – holds up much better than the Butter London one, and is a gorgeous shade.

Price: $29/ 11mL

Posted by on Apr 10th, 2014 in Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


Face of Australia Screen Siren Nail Polish: Review and Swatches

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From left: Some Like It Hot, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, Isn’t It Delicious, Monroe, Travilla, Bombshell, Platinum 

This is probably one of my favourite Face Of Australia nail polish collections to date: the collection is inspired by Marilyn Monroe, and the names of the polishes take after significant parts of her career and personal life. I’m really digging opaque nude cremes lately, and the collection has 4 of them- with some fun brights thrown in. For those who like matte finishes on their nails, there is also a matte top coat in the collection (Platinum). Matte nails look terrible on me, sadly. 

My two must have picks from this collection are Travilla (opaque pale-milk-coffee nude – index finger on image below), and Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (hot pink pigmented jelly- see swatches below). Travilla is the PERFECT autumn nail colour, my new ‘little black dress’ for nails lately. ‘Diamonds’ is a rare example of a fuschia that looks good on me- I think it’s the slightly translucent quality that makes it a bit special. These two have the best formula of the bunch with quick drying, smooth application, and good chip resistance. The formula of these are better than many of my OPIs and Essies.

Shades that didn’t work for me were the bright tangerine ‘Some Like It Hot’ (I adore the colour, but the product was so gluggy and I couldn’t for the life of me get an even application- was it just my bottle? I hope so); and ‘Monroe’ (index finger in the swatch below- the shade blended into my skin tone too much, giving me mannequin hands. Would probably work with darker skinned folk)

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Index finger: Monroe, middle finger: Bombshell, index finger: Travilla, Pinky: No Angel 

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Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Availability: Priceline, Big W and fashionaddict.com.au.

Price: $4.95 AUD

Note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration. For more info see my editorial policy in the PR tab. 

Posted by on Apr 7th, 2014 in Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches, Uncategorized | 1 comment

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Illamasqua Glamore: Glissade and Soaked Lipsticks Reviewed

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TRUE GLAMOUR NEVER DIES. IT EVOLVES.
TIME TO CELEBRATE THE CLASSIC.
REDEFINE YOUR OWN BRAND
OF GLAMOUROUS.

 

Glissade and Soaked Lipsticks from the new Illamasqua Glamore collection are  satin finish lipsticks with high colour payoff- the formula in these is new, and distinct from the rest of the (mostly matte) Illamasqua line. The lasting power of both Glissade and Soaked is an incredible 8+ hours (up there with the longest wearing lippies I’ve tried) through drinking and eating- mostly due to the tenacity of the colour stain on skin. If you apply these, and change your mind at the last minute about wearing it- too bad: you’re stuck with it all day (beauty bloggers note that you can only do one lip swatch per day for this formula).

I found these to be neither moisturising nor drying. They do apply evenly, with no catching on dry patches or settling into lip lines- so they are very wearable when your lips are in less than perfect condition(*waves*) .

Illamasqua Soaked lipstick is a bold tangerine orange with full opacity in one swipe. It is similar in colour to Illamasqua Ignite lipstick- Soaked is more opaque and is slightly more creamy coloured.

Illamasqua Glissade lipstick  is grape- fuschia pink with medium to full opacity in one swipe, opaque in two. It is similar toned to Illamasqua Magnetism (and similar texture and colour payoff), but lighter and pinker.

Illamasqua Glamore: Glissade and Soaked Lipsticks Swatches   Illamasqua Soaked Lipstick Swatch Glamore Collection

Illamasqua Glissade Lipstick Swatch Glamore Collection

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Posted by on Mar 29th, 2014 in Illamasqua, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


NARS Eye Paint Iskandar and Mozambique: Review and Swatches

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I purchased the NARS Eye Paints at the end of last year because I loved how Mozambique and Iskandar looked on swatches I had seen on Temptalia. The colours were so saturated and opaque, and different from anything I had in my cream eyeshadow collection. After using these for the past few months I’m undecided as to whether it was a worthwhile investment.

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Mozambique (25 USD, 40AUD) is a yellow toned matte green that reminds me of army combat apparel. Such a stunning, unique colour, and very intensely pigmented-t was love at first swipe. The wear time and fade/budge/crease resistance is out of this world too. FYI you will need an oil based cleanser and some elbow grease to remove this at the end of the day- it really is war paint.

However. After a few weeks of opening, the product had gone from beautifully creamy and easy to apply, to very thick and almost impossible to blend evenly on the eye unless you’re working with a very small area closest to the lashline (the EOTD pictures below were taken with the first few days of opening the product) It’s still usable if you layer a small amount on top of a similarly coloured shadow so the patchiness is less obvious- but it’s a lot of work. I still use this from time to time, because the colour is so gorgeous and longevity is so good. I use my index finger to apply cream shadows. If anyone has tricks to revive dry cream shadows I’d love to hear it!

Iskander (25 USD, 40AUD)  is a sheer-ish true gold. I find that this works best applied as a thin layer of golden shimmer on top of another eyeshadow- if you try and layer it to achieve better opacity I find that it just gets patchy and flaky (as shown in my EOTD attempt below, which was 3 layers of Iskander). This is a bit disappointing because I purchased this under the impression that it was an opaque molten gold, like I had seen in swatches and in the NARS promo images. The texture is creamy and easily blendable and the shimmer is gorgeous, but god knows I don’t need yet another sheer gold cream eyeshadow in my collection.  if you’re in the market for a semi-sheer true gold and don’t mind dropping the $$ for a cream eyeshadow, then this might be for you.

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