Essie Nail Polish in Jump In My Jumpsuit, swatch

Essie — Jump In My Jumpsuit (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie Winter 2014

Jump In My Jumpsuit (890) is described by Essie as a “jubilant juicy red”, which, frankly, doesn’t tell you a whole lot! This quite unfortunately-named polish is a midtoned red, but perhaps on the deeper side of that range. The color is a slightly muted, rich mulled wine. The main undertone is a pink berry, but I also feel that it has some gentle warm undertones, and it’d really be flattering on a wide variety of skintones.

mulled wine
Image: bbcgoodfood.com

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A England Nail Varnish in Let Me In

A England — Let Me In (Nail Varnish) Swatch & Review

Collection: A England 2015 Winter, To Emily Brontë

A little over two weeks ago, I posted about British brand A England’s new collection inspired by Emily Brontë and her sole novel, Wuthering Heights. That book is one of my all-time favorites, and I immediately ordered two of the holographic polishes from the collection. Yesterday, I reviewed Spirit of the Moors, and today I’m reviewing Let Me In.

A England describes Let Me In as a “dark red berry holo full of depth and passion”. It’s a really well-balanced jewel-toned color, right in between red and pinked berry. Like in Spirit of the Moors, the holographic shimmer is on the subtle side, and looks silvery-cranberry in most light/angles.

The name of the polish comes from a supernatural quote from the novel:

I muttered, knocking my knuckles through the glass, and stretching an arm out to seize the importunate branch; instead of which, my fingers closed on the fingers of a little, ice-cold hand! The intense horror of nightmare came over me: I tried to draw back my arm, but the hand clung to it, and a most melancholy voice sobbed,
“Let me in—let me in!”

Kate Bush, “Wuthering Heights”, 1978

However, the name also reminds me of Let the Right One In, a stunning 2008 Swedish movie that transcends the vampire/horror genre: it’s beautiful, dark, romantic, and heartbreaking.

Let the Right One In, movie poster

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L’Oréal — Meant to Be (Extraordinaire Gel-Laque Gel-Color) Swatch & Review

Brand: L’Oréal

Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque is drugstore stalwart L’Oréal’s foray into “gel-like” nail polish. It’s part of a three-step system including base coat (“primer”), nail color, and top coat (“glaze”) for long-lasting performance.

Right off the bat, I’m letting you know that I am only reviewing the nail color, not the 3-step system. I didn’t buy the 1st and 3rd step products.

I actually wasn’t at all interested in this line, until I spotted the display in-store and for some reason, the shade Meant To Be (706) called to me like crazy. I didn’t even buy it on sale (~CA$7.99): that’s how much it appealed to me.

It’s an intense, deep cranberry sauce red that seems to glow in the bottle. I’m a big red lover, and this bottle instantly jumped into my shopping basket.

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Revlon — Super Lustrous Lipstick (Pearl) Megapost

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks are my favorite drugstore lip products, and I have many of them thanks to the occasional CA$3.99 sales that pop up at my local drugstores. They come in four finishes: Crème, Pearl, and the newer Matte and Shine finishes. I do not own any of the Matte ones, yet. Today’s post is for the Pearl finish, which ranges from shimmery to frosty. Some are sheerer and others are more opaque, as well.

This post contains swatches of 22 Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks (Pearl) in Abstract Orange, Blushed, Blushing Mauve, Cherry Blossom, Coffee Bean, Copperglow Berry, Fuchsia Fusion, Goldpearl Plum, Iced Amethyst, Icy Violet, Peach Me, Pink Pearl, Plum Baby, Plumalicious, Red Lacquer, Rose & Shine, Rosedew, Smoky Rose, Softsilver Rose, Spicy Cinnamon, Violet Frenzy, and Wine With Everything (Pearl).

Any future Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks (Pearl) I swatch will be added to this post. Reviews will also be added.

Please note that Revlon have strangely included some slightly shimmery shades (e.g., Blushing Nude and Demure) in the Crème category, rather than place them under the Pearl label. On the other side of the coin, Red Lacquer is included here even though it basically has no shimmer.

Packaging:

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
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Revlon — Super Lustrous Lipstick (Shine) Megapost

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks are my favorite drugstore lip products, and I have many of them thanks to the occasional CA$3.99 sales that pop up at my local drugstores. They come in four finishes: Crème, Pearl, and the newer Matte and Shine finishes. I do not own any of the Matte ones, yet, but I will have swatch posts coming out soon for the other three finishes. Today’s post is for the Shine finish, which is sheer and glossy.

This post contains swatches of eight Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks (Shine) in Berry Couture, Carnival Spirit, Foxy Lady, Lovers Coral, Pink Sizzle, Plum Velour, Rich Girl Red, and Terra Copper.

Any future Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks (Shine) I swatch will be added to this post. Reviews will also be added.

Packaging:

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
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Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose

Milani — Plumrose (Color Statement Lipstick) Swatch & Review

I’ve heard all the gushing over Milani’s revamped cosmetics line (they most recently did this around 2013, I think), and while I already love the Baked Blushes, I still hadn’t tried their well-reviewed Color Statement Lipsticks.

Milani occasionally goes on sale at Well.ca, the only source of Milani that is currently easily accessible to me. When that happened again recently, I picked up yet another Milani blush (one of the new Rose Blushes!) and Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose.

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Givenchy Le Rouge Lip Color in Framboise Velours

Givenchy — Framboise Velours (Le Rouge Lip Color) Swatch & Review

From my earlier review of NARS Audacious Lipstick in Vera:

I was on a plummy/berry lipstick kick over the last year, and simultaneously bought NARS Vera and Givenchy Le Rouge in Framboise Velours. They turned out to be nearly the same lipstick color. I have to do a little more research, next time!

I slightly prefer the Audacious Lipstick over this Le Rouge, partly because Vera suits me a bit better due to its warmer tone, but also because I feel the Audacious formula is slightly superior.

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