Product Reviews by hisquiggle

Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Satin Lipstick - Retro

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Aug/19/2015

Retro is a really unique color and a beautiful, versatile neutral for medium to tan skintones. I'm around an NC35-40 with pigmented reddish pink lips, and on me, Retro is a reddish, peachy terracotta brown with a hint of plum. It's a really interesting color because the mix of red and brown make Retro both bold and neutral. It's slightly deeper than my natural lip color so it gives …Read more

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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Matte Lipstick - Velvet Teddy

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Jun/17/2015

I got Velvet Teddy a few months ago and it's already become one of my all time favorites. The color is a muted, warm mix of brown, pink, and peach, and it has a soft matte finish that's not totally flat like MAC Ruby Woo. MAC's matte finish can be variable in quality, and, thankfully, this lipstick is one of the good ones. It's creamy, comfortable, and light on the lips, and …Read more

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Polishes - Essie - Butler Please

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Feb/06/2015

I'm not sure if I got a good bottle, if Essie reformulated this polish, or if I just have low standards, but to me Butler Please isn't that hard to work with. It gives opaque coverage in two coats, and the color is true to bottle, maybe even a bit more vibrant. The main problem I have with Butler Please is that it's not self-leveling at all, so it always dries with ridges and …Read more

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Lip Gloss - Unlisted Brand - Armour Beauty Lip Gloss - 'Diana' #14

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Feb/02/2015

I'm NC30 with pigmented reddish pink lips, and Diana is the perfect my lips but better color I've been hunting for! It's a medium rose pink with semi-sheer coverage that subtly deepens my lip color and brightens my complexion. The gloss is shiny but not obnoxiously so, and it's very smoothing so my lips look plumper and my lip lines basically disappear. Armour Beauty's …Read more

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Bronzers - theBalm Cosmetics - Betty-Lou Manizer

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Feb/02/2015

This bronzer is pretty when I get it right, but it requires a very light hand and patience, which I do not have. Betty Lou-Manizer is a medium bronze with strong golden shimmer, and it's definitely a good quality product. It has a soft, buttery texture, it's pigmented, and the shimmer is fine so it creates a sheen rather than sparkles. The problem is that although the shimmer is fine …Read more

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Polishes - Unlisted Brand - Cirque Colors - Memento Mori

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Feb/02/2015

Memento Mori is by far the best black nail polish I've ever tried. It's completely opaque after one thin coat, and it dries to a very smooth and glossy finish. The formulation is self-leveling, extremely pigmented, and really easy to apply. Black nail polishes are a must in my stash to use as a base or in nail art, and being able to use one coat of a polish when layering saves time and …Read more

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Brows - Hourglass Cosmetics - Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette

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Dec/28/2014

This is my favorite brow product! I have black hair and brows, and while this pencil doesn't totally match my brow hairs, it's still ashy and dark enough to blend in seamlessly. Dark Brunette is a dark taupe that's more grey than brown, and when blended into my black brow hairs it results in a charcoal color that's slightly lighter than my natural hair color, which I like …Read more

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Polishes - Butter London - Tea with the Queen

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Dec/23/2014

As someone who prefers loud colors and finishes on my nails, I'm only just venturing into nude polishes despite having worn and collected nail polishes for a decade or so. Tea with the Queen is probably the second nude polish I've ever put on my fingers, and I'm surprised by how much I enjoy the elegantly understated effect. TwtQ is a medium tan with lots of pink and a hint of …Read more

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Polishes - Butter London - Goss

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Dec/23/2014

This polish is absolutely gorgeous! It's a lovely rose gold color with a hint of silver, which makes it really versatile because it has both warm and cool tones. The finish is a smooth, reflective chrome that's very forgiving with brushstrokes as long as you're careful with application. The formula is opaque but doesn't like fussing around or touch ups, so the best way …Read more

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Mascara - Lancôme - Grandiose Mascara

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Nov/04/2014

This mascara lengthens, volumizes, and separates lashes really well, but most importantly for me it holds a curl! I have eyelashes that are average in length and fullness, but are straight, stick out straight forward, and easily lose their curl with an unsuitable mascara. I use the Shu Uemura curler to lift and shape my lashes, and one coat of this mascara sets the curl and adds length and volume …Read more

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