LA Colors Power Outage NOTD, Swatch & Review!

LA Colors Power Surge

LA Colors Power Outage

Hi! Today’s NOTD is from a brand that is quickly becoming a favourite, LA Colors! A local store has them on for 2 for $3, which is hard to pass up considering how impressed I was with their other offerings (like Sparkling Diamonds!) I liked Sparkling Diamonds so much I had to grab a backup, and I grabbed this bright shade that caught my eye as well.

LA Colors Power Outage is a purple leaning, very blue based red with pretty blue and red micro glitter. The formula is a jelly that looks good after two coats but three adds a nice depth and dimension. It dried surprisingly quickly even at three coats! Although it photographs fairly red, in person it is far more purpleish, but too dark to be a fuchsia. Reminds me of ripe cherries and raspberries! A bright magenta, I would say. This shade has a gorgeous luminescence that I couldn’t seem to capture on camera. Some swatches!

LA Colors Power Surge

LA Colors Power Outage

LA Colors Power Surge

LA Colors Power Outage

LA Colors Power Surge

LA Colors Power Outage

Photos do not do this justice. If you ever come across it, it is well worth the odd $1-2 to try it out! You won’t be disappointed! Although I have a lot of reds, purples, and even a few paler fuchsias, I didn’t have a true magenta until this one and I am very glad to have found it, especially at that price! I can’t stop looking at it.

The only Magenta more fabulous than this one!

Magenta from Rocky Horror

Magenta from Rocky Horror

Rimmel Violet Metal NOTD!

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

I wasn’t planning on doing a NOTD today, but when I got home this afternoon I saw a comment on my recent post on a new textured nail polish I tried from L’Oreal called Too Dimensional. The comment was from eleobel regarding a polish she had once used (Catrice Berry Potter and Plumbledore), and as I had never heard of it before, I looked it up. It immediately reminded me of this one from Rimmel, and old favourite! I was inspired! 🙂

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Violet Metal is one I’ve had for a while. It’s a red based purple with tons of blue micro glitter throughout that flashes in certain lights. The combination gives the shade a kind of luminescent glow, it’s a pretty unique effect. I only have a handful of polishes from this line but I really like the formula and wider brush. I had a hard time photographing it as I was in a rush to take the pics while the sun was going down but I did my best in the time I had!

Two coats!

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

 

Three coats and a topcoat!

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

I think you can see the purple/blue the best in the top picture when it was brightest while I was chasing the sun. Try it if you get the chance, it’s lovely!

Have a good week!

Essence Oh My Glitter NOTD – With Extra Glitter!

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

For today’s nails of the day, I picked a fresh spring like medium lavender shade. It is a very blue leaning cool toned purple. Essence Oh My Glitter also has tiny blue and red micro glitter inside. The name made me think the glitter would show more prominently in the finished dry result, which was a nice, but not glittery. Essence Oh My Glitter covered well in 2 coats and did dry very quickly to a shiny, slightly rubbery feeling finish.

Essence Oh My Glitter

Essence Oh My Glitter Swatch

Essence Oh My Glitter Swatch

Essence Oh My Glitter Swatch

Essence Oh My Glitter Swatch

Essence Oh My Glitter Swatch

Missing the glitter, I added a couple coats of NYC Color in a Minute Big City Dazzle which is full of purple, red, blue and silver glitter. Even with multiple coats it still dried pretty quickly! This looked even far more sparkly in person. Shiny!

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

Essence polishes are made in France, the NYC is made in the US. Both of these are available in Canada for around $2!

Nicole by OPI Smile for the Glam-era NOTD Swatch & Review!

Nicole OPI Smile for the Glam-era!

Nicole OPI Smile for the Glam-era!

Today’s NOTD is something that has a bit of everything I like in a favourite polish! It’s dark, shimmery, purple and vampy! Nicole by OPI Smile for the Glam-era is from a “Kolor Kollection” whose name I will not ever mention here and has redeemed itself with both it’s lovely colour and formula.

Smile for the Glam-era is a deep, dark plummy aubergine purple with purple and golden micro glitter that shimmers in the sun. In a dim room, it transforms into a dark purple-burgundy, non shimmery creme look. Reminiscent of the family this collection was named for, it is all sparkles and shines for the flash of the camera, with a darker mysterious secret side behind closed doors. The formula goes on smoothly and covers in 2 coats, however I used 3 for the pictures for extra depth. Dry time was pretty good even at 3 coats. Swatches below have a top coat as well. Here’s way too many pictures in various lighting!

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Nicole_OPI_Smile_for_the_Glam-era_Swatch

Nicole_OPI_Smile_for_the_Glam-era

 

Absolutely an instant favourite! This is even more beautiful in person!
EDIT: This polish reminded me of something and I couldn’t put my finger on what, no pun intended. Today it finally came to me, Nicole Smile for the Glam-era is a possible dupe for OPI Black Cherry Chutney. Perhaps the slightest bit more purple rather than a blackened red. Gorgeous, no wonder I like it so much!

Nicole by OPI Polishes are big 3 free. I found this at my local Dollarama for $3 or less.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

Wet n Wild Night Prowl Swatch & Review!

Wet n Wild Night Prowl

Wet n Wild Night Prowl

Just a super quick post today for a couple pictures of something much more my style! Wet n Wild Night Prowl is a dark, blackish jelly base full of purple micro glitter! The pictures are 3 coats to make it smoother but if you are more talented than myself you could have this looking lovely in 2 coats. There is also a coat of Revlon Colorstay top coat. This is right up my alley and exactly what I needed as a palette cleanser from my so-so baby pink manicure from the weekend! I Love looking at it in the sun!

Wet n Wild Night Prowl

Wet n Wild Night Prowl

Wet n Wild Night Prowl

Wet n Wild Night Prowl

Wet n Wild Night Prowl

Wet n Wild Night Prowl

Wet n Wild Night Prowl Ingredients

Wet n Wild Night Prowl Ingredients

Wet n Wild Night Prowl cost me all of $1.47 at Superstore. I’d have considered other shades but the display was pretty well picked over, they aren’t to great about making sure products are stocked at Superstore. Wet n Wild polishes are big 3 free!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, Swatch, Review & Dupe Info!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Another post to continue documenting my ongoing passionate affection for purples and Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel, today’s nails of the day is Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry! This shade could easily be included in my theme posts of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid as well!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry is a bright, intense, sparkle free purple leaning fuchsia. The formula is like a cross between a jelly and a cream and applies smoothly and beautifully. If you had steady hands you could get away with 1 coat, but I need 2 to make it even. The brush is the wider, flatter type which i find suits my nails well. The swatches shown on nail are in shade, then sun and are the just Rich Raspberry alone, no base or top coat. Sorry about the rough cuticles, I’m healing up from a hangnail issue and have been doing some rough work around the house this weekend.

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

This shade is reputed to be a dupe for OPI Dim Sum Plum. I don’t own that one  so I can’t compare side by side, however I did study several pictures, and it appears to my eye that Dim Sum Plum is just the slightest bit dustier, which brings me to the picture below…

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, NYC MOMA

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, NYC MOMA

NYC Color in a Minute in MOMA is also, to my eye, just the slightest bit dustier. Technically this would make the NYC MOMA a better dupe for OPI Dim Sum Plum than the Revlon Rich Raspberry, but I still felt it was worth sharing. Another purple Revlon Colorstay/NYC nailpolish dupe I recently reviewed can be found here!

Other notable polishes this reminds me of include Our Fuchsia’s Looking Bright from Nicole for OPI (which is a bit pinker), OPI Florentine Fuchsia (which is a bit redder), OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries (unbelievably adorable name!) and OPI Kinky in Helsinki (same intensity, but with added beautiful shimmer).

And apparently because I can’t help myself, I ended up slapping a coat of Essie As Gold As It Gets on top!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, Essie As Gold As It Gets

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, Essie As Gold As It Gets

 

Enjoy your week!

Revlon ColorStay in Bold Sangria, Swatches & Dupe Info!

Revlon Bold Sangria

Revlon Bold Sangria

Far and away my favourite nail polish formula is Revlon’s ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel, in it’s current and even former incarnations. Been waiting for a sale (half price woohoo!) to finally grab the one I am reviewing today, Revlon Bold Sangria! I’ve gone on before about how I prefer my nail colours to be of the deeper, darker, moody and broody variety and this one manages to be all these things while remaining elegant and feminine.

 

Revlon Bold Sangria is a deep, dark purpley plum. I love this contrast against my pale skin (NC20/25 for reference). The formula is smooth, takes 2 coats for an even finish, and didn’t seem to take too long to dry to me. The brush is of the wider, flatter variety which I do prefer for my nails. The bottle is the standard simple, utilitarian and tidy round bottle and brush handle.

Here it is on my nails in shade from sun!

Revlon Bold Sangria Swatch

Revlon Bold Sangria Swatch

And in indoor lighting under flash!

Revlon Bold Sangria

Revlon Bold Sangria

 

Now when I looked up this product, I was made aware that Revlon Bold Sangria has been said to be a dupe for OPI Siberian Nights. I don’t have this one to compare, but online the pictures do look mighty close to me, so if you are looking for a less expensive or more available (in some areas) drugstore dupe, this one appears to make the cut. If you are looking for an even thriftier drugstore option, might I recommend NYC Color In A Minute in Battery Park Purple! I completely forgot I had this one, and want to show you how similar they are!

Revlon Bold Sangria, NYC Battery Park Purple

Revlon Bold Sangria, NYC Battery Park Purple

 

Bottles and swatches with flash below!

Revlon Bold Sangria and Battery Park Purple Swatch with Flash

Revlon Bold Sangria and NYC Battery Park Purple Swatch with Flash

 

Bottles and swatches without flash!

Revlon Bold Sangria and NYC Battery Park Purple without Flash

Revlon Bold Sangria and NYC Battery Park Purple without Flash

 

Close right? Those colours are pretty well dead on to my eye. Of course there will be a difference in formula, the NYC ones do in fact dry very quickly, which I love for a super speedy manicure that will last a day or two, but for longer lasting more reliable wear, the Colorstay is the way to go. NYC polishes retail for about $2-3 tops.

Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel retails for around $10 Canadian, contain 0.4Oz/11.7mLs, and are big 3 free.

Revlon Bold Sangria

Revlon Bold Sangria

I love this stuff! Have a favourite purple?

Rimmel Dark Signature Glam’Eyes Quad Eye Shadow Swatch and Review, Radiant Orchid Theme Continued!

Continuing on with my series of purple eye shadow swatch and reviews in honor of Pantone’s Color of the Year Radiant Orchid, today’s subject is Rimmel Glam’Eyes Quad Eye Shadow in 017 Dark Signature. The label on the back says it “Complements Green Eyes”, which I’m sure may be true but I just went ahead and ignored that advice.

 

Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

 

The shades are quite pretty, and are listed 1 through 4 for application as shown on the back.

1) a pale greyish lavender. They want you to apply this in the middle of the lid. My favourite of the quad. Mostly matte.
2) the closest to the “Radiant Orchid” shade itself, a brightened medium purple shade, undertones leaning red. They want you to apply this on the inner and outer corner. Slight amount of microglitter.
3) a frosted white shimmery shade. They want you to apply this on your brow bone.
4) a deep dark brown based purple. They want you to apply this to your outer V/corner. Slight amount of microglitter.

Rimmel Dark Signature Swatch Outdoor Light

Rimmel Dark Signature Swatch Outdoor Light

Rimmel Dark Signature Swatch Indoor Light

Rimmel Dark Signature Swatch Indoor Light

I did apply as instructed on the back as I was curious as to how it would look. Pigmentation is slightly better than average for drugstore makeup, there was some fallout but it blended and brushed away easily.

I applied this near a window for better outdoor lighting. It looked very purple when going on, and I loved it. I did notice however when walking around the house and checking in regular indoor lighting that it quickly seemed to fade to shades of greys and browns. The texture still looked nice, the dimension was still there, but it certainly wasn’t purple under an incandescent bulb. When I checked over back in outdoor light, the purple was still visible but not quite as intense as it was upon application. What bothered me most about this was no longer being able to see shade 2, the brightened medium purple, on the inner and outer corner as they had advised for application, as it did look pretty interesting. Some swatches on eye in various lighting below. Also wearing Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara, Milani Liquif’Eye black liner on waterline and the black shade from Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel Cream Liner for Hazel Eyes. I’ll probably go ahead and review that set on it’s own, it’s wonderful! (Edit: probably discontinued…sad).

 

Rimmel Dark SIgnature

Rimmel Dark SIgnature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Overall, good texture, pigment ok as long as you don’t mind it looking dulled in indoor light, or if you plan on being outside in the sun while wearing it. It blended well and didn’t seem to crease very quickly. If you don’t mind your colours looking different in different lighting, then this is a decent purchase. I find Rimmel to be very reasonably priced especially on sale. The medium and darker purple remind me a lot of 2 shades in a purple Annabelle trio that I plan on trying soon as well. I have higher hopes for the pigments in that one.

If I were to use this one again for a purple look, I’d eliminate the frosty white highlight shade on inner tear duct and brow bone and use a matte cream shade, something more like the one in the purple Almay palette reviewed earlier. Would probably also try an additional base over my foundation, I have a purple cream eyeliner from the same set as the Physician’s Formula cream liner mentioned above that might do the trick, smudged lightly over the lid to enhance the purple shades.

Rimmel is available at mass retailers (in Canada) and averages from $4-10 for items across the entire brand. This Rimmel Glam’Eyes Quad Eye Shadow is 0.148oz/4.2g and I probably paid around $5 for it. I’m definitely interested in trying a few more of these quads, probably some of the more neutral/lighter ones now that I know how the pigment behaves in different lighting. Perhaps Romantic Cool, Smokey Purple, English Breakfast!

 

Pantone’s Color of the Year Radiant Orchid and Purple Eye Shadow, Almay Edition!

Pantone's Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid

Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid

I was walking by Sephora the other day and they had a huge display about Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. And when I say I was walking by Sephora I mean I went on in and grabbed a couple of perfume samples. Not sure who gets to make these decisions or how they manage to do so, but happy to see that the color of the year is a shade of PURPLE! I love purple. This gives me a lovely reason to use up more of my purple eye shadows, and I’ve got a half dozen quads or trios that I can think of off the top of my head. I decided to do a series on them with quick swatches, an eye look and review. I’ll try to make them each a bit different.

 

Almay intense i-color bold nude

Almay intense i-color bold nude

 

Today’s edition will be with a product I find to be oddly named: Almay intense i-color bold nudes kit in bold nudes for browns,  numbered as 411. Unsure how purple is a nude, also unsure why only brown eyes gets to wear purple eye shadows so it’s a good thing I ignore that advice.

 

This Almay “bold nudes” trio of purple eye shadows which are in no way nude are decently pigmented and seem to wear fairly well on my oily eyelids. I’ve been wearing their shadows for years with respectable results. They are packaged in a white, reasonably sturdy compact with the shades arranged from top to bottom as they would expect you to apply it on your eye. It also has instructions as to the same on the back of the package. I found the line of eyelashes on the outside of the compact matching up with the base lid shade to be a cute detail.

 

ALmay intense i-color bold nudes

Almay intense i-color bold nudes

 

It includes:

 

  1. Base shade, (bottom) a medium lavender shade with grey undertones, also the color fades on the grey side when it does fade. I prefer my lavenders to lean grey instead of pink, I find it to be more flattering to my cool toned skin. The instructions on the back want you to apply this shade all over the lid. I find this to be the best pigmented of the three.
  2. Crease shade, (middle) a deep purple with brown undertones and tiny microscopic blue and red glitter that you can only see in very bright sun. The instructions on the back tell you to blend this shade into the crease. Needs building for full pigment.
  3. Highlight shade, (top) is a slightly shimmery cream shade, just the tiniest bit chalky. It does lean a bit frosty, but its a warm rather than cool toned frosty. The instructions on the back tell you to sweep it on to your brow bone to highlight.

 

Almay intense i-color bold nudes swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes swatch

 

I promptly ignored each of these instructions although what they have described would also look nice. I like to do a smoky eye with trios such as this, starting with the deepest shade on my lid, the medium one to blend it out into the crease, and the lightest in the corner of my eye and a small bit on the brow bone. Also included in this look are Maybelline’s gel eye liners in Eggplant along the top lid and Black along the inner rim and NYC’s City Curls mascara. The first 3 pictures are in late aftermoon outdoor light, and the last in indoor light for reference.

 

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch indoor light

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch indoor light

 

These Almay eye shadow compacts come in a wide variety of shades, contain 0.12Oz/3.4g of product and retail for around $10-12 CA in my area. I only buy them on sale and find them to be a pretty good value for performance, quality and quantity.

Cover Girl Lip Perfection in Euphoria 360 and Embrace 335, Review & Swatch

EDIT: I have added a few new pictures in better lighting that I think represent these shades more accurately. You can find them at the bottom of the post. Thanks for visiting!

It’s March and its snowing. I dislike snow. We didn’t have it most of the winter and suddenly it decides to show up now, later than his welcome and with a snotty attitude, like a guy who shows up with their rowdy friends after the bar’s already done last call and everyone’s packing up to leave and move on to spring. Go home, late winter. You’re drunk.

As a tiny silver lining in this deviant snow cloud, I will use the extended cold and snow as an excuse to continue enjoying the deeper berry toned lip shades I picked up for this winter. I would still wear them year round on a braver, bolder day but I feel that they are easier to pull off this time of year.

I like my berry tones to lean a bit on the purple side, as I have a cooler skin tone. This winter I picked up a couple from Cover Girl’s newer lipstick line, Lip Perfection: Euphoria 360 and Embrace 335. They average about $8-10 CA in drugsrores.

Cover Girl Lip Perfection, Embrace, Euphoria

Cover Girl Lip Perfection, Embrace, Euphoria

I really like the packaging. They are square and stack and store well. The tube is a bronzed purpley colour and seems sturdy enough to last the life of the lipstick. My favourite part is the bottom! It clearly lists the name and number of the shade with a perfect match of the lipstick colour covering the bottom centimeter or so, so you can see what you’re grabbing right away without having to dig around, providing you store them that end up of course.

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I notice a few brands have been doing this with their lipstick packaging (Nyx and Sephora  come to mind) and I think it’s a small but ingenious detail. With the colour easy to see  and grab, it means you reach for it more often, thereby using it up faster, and  subsequently rebuying more of the same. And that’s just good business. Nice to see  these companies have some good people in their product development and marketing.  Keep it up!

I had some troubles getting the shades to come up true on camera, I’ll go ahead and blame the lighting on this grey dreary day. I’ll try to grab better shots when we finally get some sun!

Cover Girl Lip Perfection, Embrace top, Euphoria bottom With Flash

Cover Girl Lip Perfection, Embrace top, Euphoria bottom With Flash

Cover Girl Lip Perfection, Embrace top, Euphoria bottom, Without Flash

Cover Girl Lip Perfection, Embrace top, Euphoria bottom, Without Flash

Embrace: looks very blue based purple in the tube, and can build to almost the same intensity on the lips. I prefer to apply with a lighter hand, leaving a brightened reddish purple berry tone. Application is slightly drier than Euphoria but still smooth. Noted as a dupe for Mac Violetta.

Euphoria: looks like a deep purpley red in tube and applies to a rich, deep wine red tone. Still a blue based berry red. Applied lightly, it shows as a more subtle rosier berry shade. Application is smooth and moisturizing.

These lipsticks last about a well as any other, and Embrace in particular *stains*. It doesn’t stay its deep, vibrant purple, however. It fades down to a bright, vivid hot pink fuchsia shade. Below are them both applied lightly for a more sheer shade.

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These lipsticks have a soft, sweet vanilla type scent, although you can still smell the typical lipstick smell underneath. If you hate fragrance or vanilla, that could be a deal breaker but I like it.

I’ve just been reminded that it’s Oscar night. Not really my thing, but if it’s yours, wear your deepest, classiest berry lip for the show! Me, I just look forward to the makeup blogs of what the stars are wearing! 🙂

Cover Girl Euphoria & Embrace

Cover Girl Euphoria & Embrace

Cover Girl Euphoria & Embrace

Cover Girl Euphoria & Embrace

Cover Girl Euphoria & Embrace Swatch

Cover Girl Euphoria & Embrace Swatch

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