Wednesday, December 17, 2014

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Eyes Dark Circle Skin-Evening Corrector Review, Swatches and Photos

La Roche Posay's (LPR) new eye cream, Pigmentclar Eyes is part of their skincare line designed to target uneven pigmentation and dull skin. According to LRP, this product "visibly reduces the look of blue circles due to poor circulation and brown circles caused by melanin overproduction." This product contains concentrated "PhE-Resorcinol + caffeine" as well as light-reflecting pigments.



Although I don't suffer from hyperpigmentation in my eye area, I do naturally (and unnaturally) have dark circles caused genetically by thin under eye skin and bad habits such as staying up way too late, not getting enough sleep, drinking too much coffee and stress.

I tested Pigmentclar Eyes for four weeks, and used it both morning and evening with my regular skincare routine. The cream has a gel cream texture which melts into the skin and comes with a metal angled lipgloss style applicator which provides a cooling massage when you are applying the product.

Though I cannot comment on the pigment evening properties of this product because I don't suffer from hyper pigmentation in my eye area, I can say that the cream left my under eye area looking refreshed, dewy and less tired. The light reflecting pigments gave my dark circles a lift and the light, moisturizing texture proved to be an excellent, smooth base for concealer.

I would recommend this product for anyone looking for an eye cream that helps with tiredness, dullness and pigmentation. As well, I think this product would be great for people with oily eye lids as the texture is moisturizing but not greasy.

Pigmentclar Eyes retails for $49.00 CA and is available from retailers such as London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Grade: A

J

*This product was provided to Beauty Squared by La Roche Posay for consideration.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Vice Review, Photos and Swatches


The holiday season is all about decadence, right? OK, maybe not ALL about decadence, there's some joy and love and peace and let's not forget about the stress and frustration, and OK, it's a lot about decadence. Because we need self-care to get through the bad stuff! Happy Holidays!



Speaking of Decadence, let's talk about Illamasqua's Vice for a second. It's a berry colour with an abundance of red to it. And it's got a rubber finish. A rubber polish has a finish somewhere in between the standard glossy nail polish finish, and a matte finish. It's a glossy finish that's been muted but not to the point of having no shine. 

I'd never tried Illamasqua's rubber polishes before, and I was intrigued, so I grabbed Vice during the Illamasqua clearance sale at Bay stores a few months ago. Vice is a discontinued polish, according to the Illamasqua website, so you might have trouble finding it. 


Illamasqua polishes are fantastic, some of the best out there in terms of the quality of the polish and the selection of colours and textures they have. They're a highly creative brand so if you're like me and like unique polish shades, this is a brand you'll want to check out. 


Here's Vice - pretty, right? It's a fairly standard berry toned nail polish, but it's got some depth to it. It's reddened nature hints almost at the colour of blood. 


Illamasqua nail polishes are highly pigmented, creamy, and the perfect consistency to apply quickly to the nails. It typically takes two coats to get opaqueness Vice, however, takes three coats.

Below is three coats of Vice on my nails. Because of the rubber finish, you can't wear top coat without making it a shiny finish, so the wear time of Vice is lessened. 

Also, I found with Vice that you need to let each coat dry completely before applying another. The rubber finish shows texture very readily, so any drags of the brush across not-yet-dry polish will show. As will any texture left by your base coat. This is a high maintenance nail polish finish!


As you can see, the rubber finish gives it a slightly-less-than-glossy finish, almost like rubber. Think of a pair of brand new black wellington boots. Or, as I'm sure Illamasqua was going for with the rubber finish, something like this.

I love the colour of Vice and the rubber finish, I just wish it lasted longer on me. I found that it lasted better than most polishes do with a top coat, but there were still chips and tip wear after a few days. I would likely forgo the rubber finish and put a top coat on to wear this. 

Grade B-

C.

Other Illasmasqua nail varnishes reviewed on Beauty Squared:

Viridian
Stance

Thursday, December 11, 2014

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Bloodline Review, Photos and Swatches


CND Vinylux is a Canadian brand of nail polish, from the creators of the shellac manicure. CND Vinylux is a weekly polish, that when used with the special CND Vinylux top coat is meant to last a week. The weekly polishes actually strengthen your nails, unlike regular nail polish which weakens and dries your nails. 

At IMATS Toronto this year, I picked up three colours of CND Vinylux. They were on sale for $6 each. Regularly they are about $10-$12 each. 


This is Bloodline, it's a true blood-red that reads red in bright light (such as with the camera flash in the photos below), but in regular light it's more of a burgundy. 



Texture-wise, this is a very creamy polish, just the right consistency though I did find it went on a little on the sheer side. I used three coats in the below photos, but still could see some sheerness. 




With the other CDN Vinylux polishes I've tried (links below) I've noticed tip wear after 3-5 days, with Bloodline it was after a day.

Below is a photo of my right hand showing tip wear on my pinky, ring finger and middle finger, the day after I applied it. While this could be due to my not applying the top coat properly, I am pretty convinced that this may be just the way Bloodline wears on me. Disappointing.




While the colour is great, and the shine and application are very good, I'm disappointed with the wear time of Bloodline. I'm also disappointed in the staining left behind when I removed it. 



With all the other CND Vinylux polishes, they removed easily and left nothing behind. Not with Bloodline. While my nails felt strong and healthy, they were stained. Anywhere where there was roughness or lines or crevices, the red lingered. As it did along my cuticles and try as I might I could not remove it with nail polish remover. 

Grade C


A couple of final thoughts on CND Vinylux weekly polishes: 

I should note too with all the CND Vinylux polishes I've tried that while there's good shine on my manicure after 4-5 days, it does tend to look scratchy and faded. If I wasn't always at the point of removing it after 4-5 days (if not before), a reapplication of top coat would fix that up. 

While the CND Vinylux polishes may not live up to their claim of a perfect manicure for a full week, it is an impressive polish. Most polishes wouldn't last as long and as well as CND Vinylux polishes do on me (Bloodline expected). And I do love how strong and healthy my nails feel when these polishes are removed.

As a note, I've tried wearing a base coat with CND Vinylux polishes (CND Vinylux recommends not using base coat) and it seems to lessen the wear time of my manicure considerably. I haven't noticed any ill effects in my nails from not wearing a base coat, so I'd recommend following CND Vinylux's instructions.

Other CND Vinylux polishes I've reviewed:

Dark Dahlia
Daring Escape
Steel Gaze 



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Steel Gaze Review, Photos and Swatches


CND Vinylux is a Canadian brand of nail polish, from the creators of the shellac manicure. CND Vinylux is a weekly polish, that when used with the special CND Vinylux top coat is meant to last a week. The weekly polishes actually strengthen your nails, unlike regular nail polish which weakens and dries your nails. 

At IMATS Toronto this year, I picked up three colours of CND Vinylux. They were on sale for $6 each. Regularly they are about $10-$12 each. 


Steel Gaze is a sparkly silver-gold-bronze shade that looks different depending on the light. When I bought this I expected it to read more silver, since the name is Steel Gaze. But it actually read more gold.


This is a great shade if you like metallics because it's gold, it's silver and it's bronze AND it's sparkly. 



This would be a great colour for a holiday manicure. But it's also quite edgy and would work anytime of the year if you want something that's sophisticated and edgy.

It applies well - all the CDN Vinylux polishes I've tried do - and I used three coats. You could go with one or two to get a sheerer effect. This polish is meant to be a little on the sheer side. 

The CDN Vinylux polishes are meant to last a week without chipping. I found that, as with the other CDN Vinylux polishes I've tried, I noticed wear at the tips of my nails after five days. But it stayed shiny and my nails were strong and healthy when I removed it.

Grade A

C. 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Poison Nail Lacquer Review, Photos and Swatches


Another day, another green nailpolish. I reviewed Illamasqua's Viridian a few weeks ago and this week, I have OCC's Poison. Poison is part of OCC's Unknown Pleasures Fall 2014 collection as is the shade Technopagan, which I reviewed here. Poison is a metallic, smoky, silver-ivy green shade. 


I've found that all the OCC polishes I've tried are a good consistency - not too thick and not too thin. They tend to apply evenly and are opaque with two coats, though I tend to do three just to be sure.


I love this colour. It's green, but it's got some smokiness to it, so it's muted. The metallic silver sheen of it is pretty too. It makes it sophisticated and edgy at the same time. Compare it to Illamasqua's Viridian and the two are very similar in tone, but Poison is smokier, muted and silvery. 

Poison made me think of autumn for some reason. Like grass and leaves with a touch of frost on them.


Wear-wise, Poison lasted on me about a week before I removed it. It had average wear-time, no less and no more than most other polishes. 

I'm a huge fan of OCC polishes. I wish they were sold in Canadian Sephoras like the lip tars are!

Grade A

C.

Other Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquers reviewed by Beauty Squared:

Technopagan
Zoom Zoom



Sunday, December 7, 2014

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Daring Escape Review, Photos and Swatches


CND Vinylux is a Canadian brand of nail polish, from the creators of the shellac manicure. CND Vinylux is a weekly polish, that when used with the special CND Vinylux top coat is meant to last a week. The weekly polishes actually strengthen your nails, unlike regular nail polish which weakens and dries your nails. 

At IMATS Toronto this year, I picked up three colours of CND Vinylux. They were on sale for $6 each. Regularly they are about $10-$12 each. 



Here is the CND Vinylux shade Daring Escape, which is a medium blue-green with silver sparkle and shimmer. This shade makes me think of summer, it's bright and shimmery and almost tropical. But it's muted, not overly bright. 



All the CND Vinylux polishes apply beautifully. They're slightly on the thick side but enough so that they are easy to control going on and are opaque with only two coats.

This is two coats of Daring Escape plus the CND Vinylux top coat on top.  




Daring Escape wore on me for about a week, though I saw a bit of wear especially on my right hand after about 4-5 days.

I think CND Vinylux are great polishes, particularly if you find that nail polish tends to chip quickly on you or if it dries out and weakens your nails. Or if you like wearing nail polish and don't want to have to change it every few days.

One thing about CND Vinylux's selection is that they don't have a lot of textures. Most of them are solid, without shimmer. That's why I snapped up Daring Escape and Steel Gaze at IMATS. 

I really like this shade. It's bright and shimmery but isn't too dramatic.

Grade A

C.

Other CND Vinylux Weekly Polishes I've tried:

Dark Dahlia
Steel Gaze (coming soon)
Bloodline (coming soon)

Beauty Squared Round-Up - December 7, 2014

Good morning and a happy Sunday to you.
We hope you are having a good weekend and that you'll find the links we've gathered for you this week to be interesting, informative and entertaining.

  • Yves St. Laurent beauty counters at Bay stores in Toronto and Montreal are featuring Google Glass makeup applications. What happens is the YSL MUA wears Google Glass while doing your makeup so you can watch the video recorded later and see exactly what makeup was used and how it was applied so you can recreate the look at home. Here's Janine of Beauty Geeks talking about her experience with this.
  • Three ways to make your lipstick last, no matter what you're eating and drinking or who you're kissing.
  • XOVain takes a look at the makeup and hair of the 1940s, when American women took active roles in the war effort and beauty was seen as patriotism.
  • How to apply liquid eyeliner quickly and easily.
  • Alle of XOVain shows us her minimal makeup routine