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What’s this? A sale on Nonie Creme Colour Prevails?

This morning when I was in my local Walgreens to grab two or three or ten SinfulColors nail polishes for 99 cents each, I happened to notice that the Nonie Creme Colour Prevails display right next to the cosmetics checkout counter had everything at 20% off.

Now, I don’t know if this was just my store or what.  I haven’t read of a NCCP sale in general, so I’ll say be careful and that prices and participation may vary.  But if you’ve been wanting to try Colour Prevails, a new Walgreens-exclusive brand, this might be a good time.  I picked up a lipstick/lip gloss combo that I hope to review soon.

Links to reviews I’ve done of Colour Prevails products:

This isn’t the big news I hinted at this morning on my Facebook page.  Stay tuned for that tomorrow morning!  Big news.  Big big news.  Big McLargeHuge news.

A cool sale and a S-Cool polish

Disclosure:  This polish and one comparison polish were provided by SinfulColors for review.  One comparison polish was supplied previously by Zoya for review.

I’ve got a quick Sunday swatch for you, and want to let you know about a great sale.

Walgreens is having its wonderful 99-cent sale on SinfulColors polishes again!  I was surprised to see that in their Sunday flier this morning, since they just had this sale a few weeks ago.  But we’ll take it; am I right?  Before you head out to stock up I wanted to show you one more color from their Class Act  collection.  I’ve  swatched a demi-matte and a glitter topper from the collection, plus a great shimmer.

Summer S-Cool is a new creme and I was excited to get this one.  Seems like SinfulColors does a good job with blues and teals.  Summer S-Cool had a better than average formula and covered well in two coats.  Under indirect bright sunlight and then the flash:

Summer S-cool

Summer S-cool flash

Great color for all the summer that’s left, or for back-to-school, whatever you choose.  Comparisons?  But of course.

Summer S-cool comps

Summer S-Cool is more blue than SinfulColors’ very popular Mint Apple, and it’s lighter and less shimmery than the recent Sky Tree.

If you want to hit the Walgreens 99-cent sale and wonder what are some of my other favorite SinfulColors polishes, just use the search box to the right and put in Sinful.  That’ll bring up lots of posts.  These sales tend to be very popular and the polishes get picked over quickly, so I’m heading over in the morning.  Today would be even better.  Happy weekend!

Disclosure:  This polish and one comparison polish were provided by SinfulColors for review.  One comparison polish was supplied previously by Zoya for review.

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EDIT:  Update with another comparison.  Summer S-Cool compared to Zoya’s Rocky.  Rocky is darker and bluer, Summer S-Cool is lighter and has a slight teal tone.

Summer S-cool comps2

Happy National Lipstick Day!

In the parade that is silly and obscure holidays — National Peanut Butter Fudge Day, anyone? (November 20th, if you’re curious) — today is National Lipstick Day.  How did you celebrate it, did you wear lipstick?  Buy it?  Covet it?

If you need another fix, here are some quick swatches of a quality lipstick that was my favorite price, free.  A few weeks ago I got a postcard in the ol’ snail mail from Ulta.  One of my member benefits was that if I took the card into an Ulta store, I’d get a free Clinique lipstick.

Yep, that was it.  Didn’t have to buy anything, didn’t have to take a survey, nothing.  And it was a full-sized lipstick, not a miniscule travel size.  Let’s look!

My Ulta sales associate reached into her Box o’ Freebies and pulled out the shade All Heart.  There were other colors but I was very content with All Heart.  I no longer see it on Ulta’s web site, but it’s from the relatively inexpensive line called Long Last Lipstick and comes in the familiar Clinique light green case.

All Heart case

All Heart label

I don’t see the weight marked on the label, and as you can see it’s stamped “Not For Individual Sale.”  However, I think this line of lipsticks usually costs about $8 U.S.

All Heart is a beautiful shade of darker-than-pink-lighter-than-red, which I love.  It has a very faint shimmer that keeps it from being a plain creme, but it’s by no means glittery.  What I love most about it is how it feels.  When I was applying it, it felt so light that if I hadn’t been looking in a mirror, I wouldn’t have been able to tell any of it was getting on my lips.  Honest, it’s that weightless, yet the pigmentation is great.  It wore well for hours (went out to dinner so I eventually wiped most of it off) and left a very light stain after removal.  It has virtually no smell or taste.

Here’s an All Heart swatch under indirect outdoor light, with the flash, and under artificial indoor light:

All Heart outd

All Heart flash

All Heart indoor

Can you see how different it looks in each light?  And even though that last lighting makes my skin looks like I have malaria, the lipstick still looks great!

More… you guessed it… fall news

It’s been a week of fall news and nothing but.  Now watch — in a couple of weeks I’ll have nothing and be back to my boring self.  Without further ado, Color Club’s fall collection called Cabin Fever:

CC Cabin Fever

CC Cabin Fever bottles 2

CC Cabin Fever bottles

All photos from the Color Club web site.  The colors appear much more vibrant in the third picture than they do in the second one.

In the synchronicity that is the polish world, the collection’s theme sounds super-close to China Glaze’s Fall 2015 set, The Great Outdoors.  That one even has a polish named Cabin Fever.  Sigh.

These all appear to be cremes and frankly it’s hard to work up any enthusiasm.  I don’t see anything I must have.  Another mauve-pink?  Yawn.  The yellowish ones Leaf Me Alone and Oh Deer look maybe a little different but yellows look dreadful on me.

$8.50 each at Color Club

How ’bout a little Arm Candy?

I haven’t talked about Butter London for a while for several reasons.  One, there have been few new polishes.  Two, the ones that have been released haven’t grabbed me.  Three, the SRP for BL polishes is $15 and that’s become unreasonable to me most of the time, considering what other brands and quality is out there.  Unless they come out with something unique — Scuppered, I’m lookin’ at you — then I’ll pass.

Nevertheless, I’ve liked/loved most of their polishes I’ve tried, and I do like to point out new collections.  The latest one is called Arm Candy and is a collaboration with Allure (the magazine, I presume).

BL Allure banner

BL Allure

Left to right:

  • It’s Vintage — opaque rust creme
  • I’m On the List — rose gold metallic
  • Lust or Must? — opaque charcoal brown creme
  • Statement Piece — opaque orange-red creme
  • Disco Nap — charcoal glitter
  • Nude Stilettos — sheer pink-nude creme

There will also be a four-piece mini-set, with completely different colors and an SRP of $30:

BL Allure mini

  • Violet’s Revenge — blue-purple creme
  • The Sweet Spot — dusty pink creme
  • So Major! — loden green shimmer
  • Front Row — wine creme

I can’t say that any of the colors are grabbing me.  Really, out of ten polishes, three of them are nudey-pinks?  Yawn.  I want something else for fall… but don’t know what it is yet!

Orly In the Mix — fall collection preview

It’s July, which means that fall collection news is starting to trickle out, and soon the trickle will become a deluge.  I’ve already seen a few fall nail polish collections, makeup palettes, and so forth.  You know that pretty soon all the stores will be having back-to-school sales.

For those of you who hate to rush the season, I apologize.  But I try to post news as soon as possible, otherwise it would be called “olds.”

A quick perusal today of Orly’s six-polish set for this fall, called In the Mix.

Orly In the Mix set

Fall?  Really?  In what world or hemisphere?

There are five cremes and one multicolored glitter.

Orly In the Mix drops

It looks like more of a summer set to me.  Call me a stick in the mud, but as I’ve said many times, fall to me means apple red, cinnamon brown, pumpkin orange, and rust…. rust.  The dark plum of Off Beat is a beautiful color in the second photo, but in the first photo it looks so much lighter, more of a berry color, that I know I have dupes.

Tentative release date of August

Blurred Lines… not THAT Blurred Lines!

Disclosure:  This product was supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Continuing my week of testing with items from the new company Colour Prevails (CP), today I have a CC creme.  It’s just what the doctor ordered for these hot summer days.

CP Blurred Lines

It’s called Blurred Lines.  Not THIS “Blurred Lines,” hey hey hey!

Colour Prevails Blurred Lines CC Creme is a product that combines light coverage with sunscreen.  Here’s the Walgreens web site description:

All-In-One Creme

    Promotes Even Coverage
    Helps Hydrate Skin
    Oil-Free Formula

All-in-one creme in a convenient pump dispenser that delivers coverage that’s soft, even, natural; virtually undetectable.  Skin conditioning ingredients and emollients to hydrate the skin and improve its appearance.  Antioxidants and broad spectrum sunscreen that protect the skin from environmental damage caused by the sun and pollution.

This product is not tested on animals.

Made in Italy

Apply with fingertips starting in the center of the face.  Blend well.

Apply generously 15 minutes before sun exposure.  Children under 6 months of age:  Ask a doctor.  Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.  Reapply at least every 2 hours.

CC cremes can be confusing, as can BB cremes.  I first talked about them here.  Many companies claim to have BB or CC cremes but they’re really nothing more than tinted moisturizers, which, if that’s what you want, fine.  But don’t tell me something has a dozen benefits when it doesn’t.  CheapbrandsImlookinatyou.

The CC in CC cremes usually stands for “color correcting,” but not in the sense that green cancels redness or purple hides sallowness.  It’s more to do with evening out skin tone due to its priming, moisturizing, and sunscreen properties.  Let’s look at the active and inactive ingredients for Blurred Lines (click on any photo for a larger view).

CP Blurred Lines info

CP Blurred Lines info2

It seems to lean heavily towards being a sunscreen and has both chemical sunscreens (the octinoxate, octocrylene, and avobenzone) and physical or more traditional ones (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide).  Some people refuse to wear anything with the chemical sunscreens which is their right.  I’ve used them for years especially on my hands via Neutrogena products and am OK with them.  FYI, I have zero sun spots/age spots on my hands.  There are arguments both for and against these ingredients but it’s up to the consumer.

Note that first inactive ingredient is good ol’ water, for moisturizing.  I believe dimethicone is a silicone-based smoothing agent, and it’s in many cosmetics.  I’ve used skin primers that had so much silicone in them that my face felt like a piece of plastic.  Not Blurred Lines.  Right after application and many hours later, my skin felt moisturized and smooth but not artificial, to the point that I kept patting my own face.  I know, I know; I shouldn’t do that!  But it felt so nice.

I have normal-to-dry skin so don’t know how it would perform on oily skin.  I’ve used a couple of Korean BB cremes in the past year and I liked them well enough although they smelled odd and had a grayish cast to them.  That tone was not working for me this summer since I’ve gotten a little more color in my face.

Here’s the Blurred Lines dabbed on the back of Ye Olde Hand and then blended in, under artificial indoor light.

CP Blurred Lines ind light

CP Blurred Lines blended ind light

Can you tell a difference?  It’s subtle.  After all, this is not a full-coverage foundation.

After using it, I’d call it “Blurred Pores.”  Seriously, after using this and then my current favorite finishing powder, Mineral Veil from Bare Minerals, the appearance of my facial pores was really reduced.

Blurred Lines CC Creme, like other Colour Prevails products, is a Walgreens exclusive and comes shrink-wrapped for safety.  It dispenses via a pump top, another feature that keeps the product clean.  It’s $16.00 US for 1 oz/30 mL and only you know if the price is right for you.  Honestly?  If I didn’t know anything about this I probably wouldn’t have bought it, but if I’d been given a tiny sample I would buy it after wearing it just once.

For comparison, here are some random CC cremes and their prices today on Walgreens.com; all are 1 ounce:  L’Oreal $12.99, Revlon $14.49, Almay $10.49.  At Ulta.com here are some prestige brand CC cremes, again 1 ounce:  It Cosmetics (1.08 oz.) $38.00, Smashbox $42.00, Pur Minerals $38.00.

Blurred Lines presently only comes in three colors:  Light, Medium, and Medium-Dark.  Fortunately I was sent Light, which I’d actually call more of a light-medium.  There’s no very fair/porcelain shade nor one that is very dark.  But perhaps in the future, if the company is successful, there will be more colors.  One caveat — the only place on my tube that listed the color as Light was on the shrink-wrapping, so when I tossed that I lost the label.  Not a problem if you only have one around anyway, but just letting you know.

Stay cool out there!

Disclosure:  This product was supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

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