Nails Inc. Nail Polish in Rainbow Wishes (Sparkle Like a Unicorn Duo), swatch

Nails Inc. — Rainbow Wishes (Sparkle Like a Unicorn Nail Polish Duo) Swatch & Review

It’s Friday the 13th!

Bit of trivia: I have never seen a Friday the 13th movie! (Well, unless you count the crossover movie Freddy vs. Jason.) I think this month, I should catch up on my classic slasher films. I haven’t watched any horror movies this October, at all!

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Collection: Nails Inc. 2017 Spring, Sparkle Like a Unicorn

Anyway, today’s polish is as far as you can get from horrifying. It’s from Nails Inc.’s Sparkle Like a Unicorn Nail Polish Duo. Pretty much everyone has jumped onto that shiny unicorn bandwagon, these days! I can’t say I hate it: I love me some iridescent nail polish, and purple and rainbows and stuff. Also, it’s produced My Little Pony makeup collaborations (yes, I have a mini set of the China Glaze MLP polishes, and I have the ColourPop MLP palette on order), so you’ll hear no complaints from me.

[Also, I woke up this morning to news from Nails Inc.: they’ve introduced another unicorn collection, Dirty Unicorns! (And my database link.)]

Today’s polish, Rainbow Wishes, is described by Nails Inc. as a “soft rainbow sheen.”

It is a very shimmery pearl that flashes blue, lavender, and pink.

Nails Inc. Nail Polish in Rainbow Wishes (Sparkle Like a Unicorn Duo)

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Deciem The Ordinary Colours Serum & Coverage Foundations in 2.0YG

DECIEM — The Ordinary Coverage Foundation (2.0YG) Review

Before I go into the review, Toronto-based DECIEM came out with some big news yesterday—they’ve sold a stake in the company to Estée Lauder.

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The very very big thing has happened. It will change everything and yet nothing will change at all! @esteelaudercompanies (a really really big company behind really really big brands) has today acquired a minority stake in DECIEM. The ELC team embraced us like a loving family from the very first meeting to the emotional hugs at closing. Instead of trying to control things like big companies sometimes do, ELC insists that we continue to be who we are. We are really emotional today because we know that, together with ELC, we are going to lead innovation in beauty and bring you more and more of very good things (and less and less of very bad delays). We are here today because of your support and love for us along our journey in the past few years. We promise that every step we take will be one to continue to recognize your support. (PS1- No, we won’t change who we are in any way; PS2- Brandon is and will still be the CEO; PS3- Yes, we have a lot of money now to invest in big infrastructure so we can serve you very promptly; PS4- Yes, we will have many more stores in many more places; PS5- We never have and will not test on animals. ; PS6- No, we won’t raise the prices of products we sell to you; PS7- ELC may seem like a big conglomerate, but please believe us when we say that it has a big soul and a team of truly loving people; PS8- The release is here: elc.deciem.com) 🙈🐒🐒🐒❤️❤️❤️

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The very very big thing has happened. It will change everything and yet nothing will change at all! @esteelaudercompanies (a really really big company behind really really big brands) has today acquired a minority stake in DECIEM. The ELC team embraced us like a loving family from the very first meeting to the emotional hugs at closing. Instead of trying to control things like big companies sometimes do, ELC insists that we continue to be who we are. We are really emotional today because we know that, together with ELC, we are going to lead innovation in beauty and bring you more and more of very good things (and less and less of very bad delays). We are here today because of your support and love for us along our journey in the past few years. We promise that every step we take will be one to continue to recognize your support. (PS1- No, we won’t change who we are in any way; PS2- Brandon is and will still be the CEO; PS3- Yes, we have a lot of money now to invest in big infrastructure so we can serve you very promptly; PS4- Yes, we will have many more stores in many more places; PS5- We never have and will not test on animals. ; PS6- No, we won’t raise the prices of products we sell to you; PS7- ELC may seem like a big conglomerate, but please believe us when we say that it has a big soul and a team of truly loving people; PS8- The release is here: elc.deciem.com) 🙈🐒🐒🐒❤️❤️❤️

The optimist in me wants to say good for them! And that this new injection of money will seriously improve their production and distribution, particularly considering the issues they had upon the recent launch of their first colour cosmetics.

The pessimist in me realizes that The Estée Lauder Companies is one of the world’s largest cosmetic conglomerates, with brands like Clinique, MAC, Too Faced, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, Becca, Origins, Smashbox, La Mer, Aveda, Jo Malone, Le Labo and more under its umbrella. It seems possible that formulations might become altered, prices may start to increase, and some of the things that I personally liked about the company will change: being local, cruelty-free (Estée Lauder is not cruelty-free), and the values they claimed to have about honesty in skincare.

Each box DECIEM mails out has ABNORMAL BEAUTY COMPANY emblazoned on it in bold, sans-serif letters. It rings a bit false now that there’s a beauty behemoth behind the scenes.

Deciem box

In any case, Brandon Truaxe will remain DECIEM’s CEO (he has previous with launching a company only to sell it, and was also a founder of Indeed Labs). The company’s fans, including myself, will have to hope that this move allows DECIEM to grow comfortably, without losing sight of what made them so very popular in the first place.

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This week, I test drove Canadian skincare brand DECIEM’s first foray into color makeup with one of their two new foundations.

In April, they released a Serum Foundation and a Coverage Foundation under one of their brands, The OrdinaryI picked up both in the color 2.0YG (Light Medium, Yellow Undertones with Gold Highlights) for my NC25–30 skintone.

Deciem The Ordinary Colours Serum & Coverage Foundations in 2.0YG, bottles

Deciem The Ordinary Colours Serum & Coverage Foundations in 2.0YG, color labels

Last week, I reviewed the Serum Foundation, and I wasn’t a huge fan.

Today, I’m reviewing the Coverage Foundation, which, obviously, is meant to provide more coverage. It claims a light cream texture, full coverage, higher pigmentation than the Serum Foundation, and a semi-matte finish. The shade I got, as indicated by the “G” in the name, has additional subtle gold highlights mixed in.

Sounds good to me!

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Deciem The Ordinary Colours Serum & Coverage Foundations in 2.0YG

DECIEM — The Ordinary Serum Foundation (2.0YG) Review

This week, I test drove Canadian skincare brand DECIEM’s first foray into color makeup with one of their two new foundations.

In April, they released a Serum Foundation and a Coverage Foundation. I picked up both in the color 2.0YG (Light Medium, Yellow Undertones with Gold Highlights) for my NC25–30 skintone.

Deciem The Ordinary Colours Serum & Coverage Foundations in 2.0YG, bottles

Deciem The Ordinary Colours Serum & Coverage Foundations in 2.0YG, color labels

Today, I’m reviewing the Serum Foundation, which is the more lightweight version. It claims a light serum texture, medium coverage, excellent pigmentation, and a semi-matte finish. The shade I got, as indicated by the “G” in the name, has additional subtle gold highlights mixed in.

The formula is fairly liquid and serum-like, and it is indeed well-pigmented.

Deciem The Ordinary Colours Serum & Coverage Foundations in 2.0YG, swatch

This foundation also has SPF15, though it can only be claimed in the EU:

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Marcelle Face Powder, Translucent

Throwback Thursday! Marcelle — Face Powder (Translucent) Review, Plus a Massive Loose Powder Cost Comparison Chart

For non-Canadians, Marcelle is a Canadian cosmetic brand that has been around for a very, very long time.

Marcelle and Annabelle are the mass market cosmetic lines owned by Québec-based Groupe Marcelle, and they are practically ubiquitous in Canadian drugstores. Groupe Marcelle, also very recently acquired Lise Watier, a luxury Canadian cosmetic brand, to add to their drugstore lineup.

While Annabelle is better known for makeup (I even remember their squat little oval nail polish bottles from the ’90s, though sadly, I never purchased any), Marcelle is probably best known for skincare and the product I’m reviewing today: their Translucent Face Powder, which has been around for ages.

Marcelle as a brand never appealed much to me—probably because they don’t sell nail polish, ha! Jokes aside, their face products always seemed a little too pink-toned for my warm-toned skin, and while their popular eye makeup remover works well and is well-priced, I’d rather pony up a little bit more for something better. Their makeup packaging is also decidedly ho-hum and a bit lost in the ’90s, and reminiscent of Almay’s stodgier sister.

However, at the end of 2014, I was in the market for a new loose face powder and I picked up Marcelle’s Face Powder in Translucent. It was a total whim, since I didn’t even wait for it to go on sale. Of course, I paid CA$14.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart, and then it went on sale the week after.

I can’t say it wasn’t worth full price, though. The tub is gargantuan.

It holds 2.4 oz / 70 g. Do you know how much loose face powder that is?!

Loose Powder Cost Comparison Chart

Because I have insomnia, I compiled a table of loose powder prices by weight. Note that this Marcelle powder can be found at Well.ca and some drugstores for $14.99, though Marcelle’s website lists it at $15.95. I’m using the cheaper price since that’s what I see in drugstores, where one is more likely to buy it. (But even at $15.99, it still ranks as the best value on this list.)

Then, this morning, I went and scoped out a couple others in-store (Joe Fresh, Quo, and Iman).

All of the following 85 (yep) loose powders are available in Canada, and prices are listed in $CA. [2017-10-28 EDIT: This chart is now being updated on the Product Value: Loose Powder page.]

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tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Neutral

tarte — Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation (Light Neutral) Review

Last month, I jumped on tarte’s Custom Beauty Kit deal and chose their Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation as part of my set.

From tarte:

A poreless, full coverage gel foundation with skin-smoothing hyaluronic acid.

tarte only offered a limited number of foundation shades as part of the deal (which strikes me as very odd, as wouldn’t you want as many people as possible to be able to try out your foundation during such a sale?). Luckily, I was able to find what I thought would be a good match in Light Neutral, which is described as light with pink and yellow undertones.

I’m about an NC25–30, but there was no Light-Medium Neutral, and Medium Neutral looked too deep. Normally I would also have gone with Light Sand instead, which is light with yellow undertones, but I found myself having issues with too-yellow foundations of late, so I went with the neutral shade, instead. I can’t remember whether Light Sand was one of the sale options, either.

So, before the foundation arrived, I was worried that Light Neutral might be too light (as I often find myself in between the Light and Light-Medium shades of foundations) and too pink/peach.

tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Neutral

I swatched it when it arrived, and on the back of my hand, it did appear a bit too beige for my skintone (though happily, not too pink nor too peach):

tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Neutral, swatch

I had to remind myself, however, that my hands have gotten a bit tanner now that it’s spring/summer, and also a little more yellow-toned than my face.

Here it is spread out a little more on my hand:

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Adesse Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl, swatch

Adesse — Surfer Girl (Organic Infused Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Adesse

I just got my first Adesse New York nail polish in this month’s Ipsy bag, and I was really looking forward to reviewing it, even though a more interesting duochrome shade was given out a few months ago, which I sadly did not receive.

Adesse states of their Organic Infused Nail Lacquer (also described on the website as “Gel Effect Polish”):

A revolutionary long-wearing, fast drying nail polish that gives your nails the “plump” look of a gel manicure without a UV or LED lamp.

We infuse our polish with organic bamboo extract, argan and shea oils to soothe and rejuvenate your nails. Our organic mica, minerals and pigments deliver high-definition color and super shiny finish that won’t chip or scratch. Our specially designed self-leveling brush delivers the right amount of polish each time.

Gel Effect polish is 5 Free, Cruelty Free, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Petrochemical Free, GMO Free, Triclosan Free, Vegan and Made in New York.

It kind of peeves me that Adesse described their “mica, minerals and pigments” (er, mica is a mineral) as organic, because some of these are inherently inorganic substances. In chemistry, anything containing carbon is organic. Mica, for example, does not contain carbon. Then, organic products are those that are produced via organic agriculture, and ain’t nobody’s growing rocks using fertilizers. It’s like companies that claim their vegetables are gluten-free. Well, like, duh.

Anyway, Surfer Girl is a sprightly, summery shade of whitened turquoise that leans more blue than green. The website describes it as “[C]ool, sophisticated and wearable with a hint of light reflecting sparkle.”

This is a cream finish. There is no sparkle. The most I can say is that it has the vaguest hint of a pearly finish, so I don’t doubt that perhaps there is verrrry fine shimmer that gives it that pretty look. It’s super-crazy subtle, though, not like the “invisible shimmer” (which is slightly visible) in some Chanel and Zoya polishes.

I am reminded of Alfred Hitchcock’s and Winston Churchill’s instructions for a martini (respectively: “five parts gin and a quick glance at a bottle of vermouth” and “with ice-cold gin, and a bow in the direction of France“). I like vermouth so I don’t know what their problem is, but how they feel about vermouth is about how much shimmer shows up in this polish.

Adesse Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl

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Deco Miami Nail Lacquer in Rosé All Day, swatch

Deco Miami — Rosé All Day (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Deco Miami

Last November, I spotted Deco Miami‘s beautiful, jewel-like bottles of nail polish on Ashley’s blog (Short Nail Swatcher), and immediately placed my own order. Like, the next day.

Deco Miami Nail Lacquers

Deco Miami Nail Lacquers in Black Like My Soul,
Brickell Blue, Champagne Mami, Rosé All Day, & Tied Down.

Just. Look. At. Them.

Russell Crowe Gladiator entertained meme, are these not the cutest little things

So yes, I bought five of them all in one go and haven’t played with them until last month! The packaging was just so spring-y to me that I buried them all winter…but now it’s time for them to come out and play!

I’ll do a little review here of Deco Miami’s online store, too. Ordering was super easy, and they delivered to Canada, no problem (US$12.99 for my five polishes). They arrived in about a week, and included was a surprise free glass file with Swarovski crystals! Yay! I think it may have been because I bought five, because right now there’s a promo on their site for a set of five Winter 2016 polishes that comes with a free glass file.

fivezero's haulage, Deco Miami Nail Lacquers

Deco Miami Nail Lacquers + Glass File with Swarovski Crystals

Each polish comes in an adorable, illustrated triangular box, making it perfectly giftable.

Deco Miami Nail Lacquer, box unfolded

Here’s a box unfolded!

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