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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!

A quick Blind Date

I recently picked up another Colour Prevails nail polish.  Colour Prevails, as I’ve blogged numerous times in the past month, is a relatively new brand that is a Walgreens exclusive.  The polish has an unusual ergonomic wing-like handle, and I talked about it fully here.

Last trip to Wags, I allowed myself one new polish.  What should it be?  I was sorely tempted by Cocky or All Nighter, because of the gorgeous swatches here from Beauty Geeks.  I picked up and put down more bottles than I can count, and finally settled on Blind Date, a pinkish-purple with a dash of shimmer.  The Walgreens web site calls it mauve but I say no way; it’s too bright for that.

Blind Date had a good formula and an average polish smell.  The first coat was streaky but the second covered well, and it dried quite shiny.  Under indirect outdoor light it looks rather plummy:

Blind Date outd

But with the flash you can really see the shimmer.  It’s neither glittery nor frosty.  Brushstrokes didn’t show at all.

Blind Date flash

Now, Blind Date is gorgeous, and I love purples, but as soon as I put it on I had déjà vu.  I knew the color looked familiar.  Was it Blyss from Zoya?  Fig from SinfulColors?

No.  Yes.

Blyss is lighter and pinker, but Fig is a dead-on dupe.  Here are some swatch sticks, and excuse my poor handwriting, something that’s always been a struggle for me.

Blind Date comps

Up close:

Blind Date comps closeup

Blind Date and Fig are the same color and also have the same light amount of shimmer, so if you have one you don’t need the other.  Pricewise, Blind Date is $8.00 for 0.32 oz/9.5 mL, and Fig is $1.99 for 0.5 oz/15 mL.  All Colour Prevails products come shrink-wrapped and have that ergonomic handle.

I’m not sorry I bought Blind Date, though, as my bottle of Fig is old and so I might play around with it and do some frankenpolish experiments in my lab crafts room.

Another duo from Colour Prevails, this one for eyes

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

We’re on the last day of a whole week of reviews of Nonie Creme Colour Prevails (CP) products, a new cosmetics company that’s a Walgreens exclusive.  Hope you’ve enjoyed the lip color/liner duos, the CC creme, the nail polish, and the eye shimmer powder.

Today I’ve got another two-in-one item, the Eye Design Shadow/Liner Duo.  The packaging is identical in size and shape to the lip color/liner duos, and like that one, one end has a liner and the other a color, in this case an eye shadow.

CP eye duo

The ends are securely covered with clear removable caps, and both pencils/crayons are soft and twist up, no sharpening required.

CP eye duo 1

CP eye duo 2

Sorry the inside of the liner end looks a little messy; that happened in shipment and the weather here is horribly hot.

The Eye Design Shadow/Liner Duo comes in twelve color combos; the first one is the shadow and the second is the liner:

  • Rose/Black
  • Pearl/Black
  • Wine/Black
  • Peach/Brown
  • Royal Purple/Brown
  • Nude Frost/Navy
  • Mocha/Hunter Green
  • Mocha/Purple
  • Gunmetal/Olive
  • Gunmetal/Purple
  • Silver/Grey
  • Lavender/Grey

I think it’s great that the liners come in more colors than just black or brown.

As you can see, I received Rose/Black.  The black liner gives a very precise line and is true black, not rusty or grayed out.  The shadow is a shimmery, buildable rose pink.  On my inner arm under indirect bright outdoor light:

CP eye duo swatch

The liner applied smoothly with no tugging or skipping, and both it and the shadow removed easily with drugstore eye makeup remover.  I have some other liner pencils that are pretty but are such a bear to remove that I don’t wear them very often.  The shadow also applied softly and smoothly and had good wear with no noticeable creasing.

I tried another shimmer pink eye shadow crayon before from a Korean vendor but it was such a glitter bomb that it looked silly on me and I gave it away.  You can see a swatch of it here.  In different lighting it had chunks of almost-holographic glitter.

As with the lip duo, the SRP is $12.00 US and it would make a versatile product for your travel bag.

So, thoughts overall about Colour Prevails?  I mostly love what I’ve tried so far from the company and plan to buy more for myself.  Have a great weekend, everybody!

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

Multitask with a lip color & lip liner duo from Colour Prevails

Disclosure:  These products were supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Ooh, I haven’t reviewed a lip product in a while since nothing new has grabbed me in months.  But thanks to Nonie Creme Colour Prevails (CP), a new Walgreens-exclusive brand, I’ve got a cool 2-in-1 product to test.

It’s the Lip Design Sheer Colour/Liner Duo, and it comes in twelve shades:

  • Nude Beige
  • Antique Pink
  • Fig
  • Cherry
  • Dusky Pink
  • Coral
  • Grape
  • Wine
  • Red Apple
  • Rosewood
  • Watermelon
  • Burnt Pink

CP lip color liner duos

These colors are, top to bottom, Dusky Pink, Red Apple, Coral, and Antique Pink.  (Guest appearance by Anthocharis damone out of my craft supply stash.)  As always, click on any of my photos for a larger view.

Why a lip color/liner duo?  Why lip liner at all?  I don’t think we see or hear as much about lip liner as we used to years ago, perhaps because liners have become less obvious.  Remember the horrible trend of lining one’s lips in a much darker color than one’s lipstick?  And overlining, a horrible attempt to make one’s lips look fuller than they are??  Shudder.

To show you what I mean and without offending anyone, take a look at this post from blogger Vampy Varnish who showed us what NOT to do.  Thanks, VV!

Lip liners still have their place, especially as we get older.  With age we tend to get tiny lines and wrinkles on and around our lips.  These can act as tiny channels for lipstick to migrate outwards, leading to a look that is described as “feathering.”  A liner creates a barrier to keep the lipstick in place.

But what color to use?  You can try to find a liner that matches your lipstick, use a clear one for everything, or…. wait for it…. have a company match a lip color and liner for you.  Voilà!

This duo from Colour Prevails has a sheer lip color on one end that’s a smaller diameter than a standard lipstick, and an even smaller lip liner at the other end, both with clear caps.  Both twist up and do not require sharpening.  The SRP is $12.00 US and for a quality dual product I think that’s quite reasonable.

Here are both ends of Antique Pink up close:

CP lip Antique Pink

CP lip Antique Pink liner

I debated the best way to swatch these for you.  Draw a little lip shape on my arm with the liner and fill it in with the lipstick?  I decided to draw simple lines with each product so you can clearly see the colors.

Antique Pink is a cool-toned medium pink.  Coral is, no surprise, an orange-toned coral.  Under indirect outdoor light and then under artificial indoor light:

CP lip swatches 1 outd

CP lip swatches 1 ind

Red Apple is not nearly as dark as it appears in the tube and is a nice light red.  Dusky Pink is the darkest of the four colors I have and is a dark rose.  All four shades have a subtle amount of shimmer, but are not glittery.  Also under indirect outdoor light and then artificial indoor light:

CP lip swatches 2 outd

CP lip swatches 2 ind

As you can see, the liner is actually a tad darker than the corresponding lip color so I would recommend using a very light hand with the liner.  Actually you need to use a light hand with the liner anyway because it’s a thin, soft pencil, not a hard one, and you don’t want to break it.  And remember, you don’t want your lips looking outlined.  I think there’s a tad too much difference between the liner color and the lip color of Coral but think the other three are closely matched.

The lip color is sheer but buildable, a formula that I love since I hate heavy opaque lipsticks.  On my lips it felt light and wasn’t drying.  The finish was my favorite, a slightly glossy satin, neither matte nor glassy/wet-looking, and it stayed that way with no additional lip gloss or other product.  Wear was good and I saw no feathering but I can’t put a certain number of hours to it as I tried the different colors throughout the day.

I like that all four colors I received were mid-tone ones since I don’t wear super dark lip colors, bright purple, etc.  However, if you have been wanting to try a purple-toned lipstick without going bizarre, the shade Grape might be a way to experiment, since these lip colors are sheer.  On me (light to medium Caucasian cool-toned skin, brown eyes, dark brown & white hair) my favorite color was Red Apple, which surprised me as I don’t think I would have chosen it in the store, thinking it was too dark.  It’s a great light red, not too intense at all.  Coral was too orange for me but warmer skin tones could rock it.

Colour Prevails has several other new lip products.  There’s a combo lipstick and lip gloss…

CP Vintage Rose lipstick and gloss(Vintage Rose)

a lip balm…

CP Berry Wash lip balm(Berry Wash)

and even a matte lip product with a clear top coat as an option.

CP Tangerine matte lip color and topcoat(Tangerine)

I don’t wear matte lip products but I plan to get my mitts on that lipstick/matching lip gloss.

Disclosure:  These products were supplied by Nonie Creme Colour Prevails for review.

Oh, let me be your Teddy Bear

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

Exciting times here at The Silver Nail.  May I gush a little?  I have just received my first samples directly from a makeup company for review.  So thank you to Colour Prevails for flying with us over-40 gals.  We love our pretties!

And I might as well repeat myself, but please know that my reviews and opinions will always be my own.  If I like something, I say so, and if I don’t like it then I let you know that too, whether I bought it myself or received it free.

Nonie Creme Colour Prevails aka Colour Prevails (CP) is a new cosmetics company that is a Walgreens exclusive.  The products are more expensive than, say, Wet n Wild or Maybelline, but less costly than Urban Decay, Dior, etc.  Sometimes these in-between lines are called “masstige,” a hybrid of “mass market” and “prestige.”

The products are available at Walgreens.com and in many but not all stores.  For example, my Walgreens just a few blocks away has the full line but the store 15 miles away doesn’t carry them at all.  Yet.

I’ve already bought some CP items and my review of two nail polishes is here, plus an in-depth review of one of their three eye shadow palettes is here.  I loved the ergonomic handle on the nail polish bottles.

So!  New stuff!  I plan to blog all week about Colour Prevails but don’t fret that it’ll be repetitive because I have a variety of products to show you.  Today let’s look at something very new to me, the Eye Shimmer Powder.

It comes in a bottle identical in size and shape to the nail polish ones but the butterfly on the handle (also ergonomic) is a different color.  Stock photo from Walgreens’ site in the color Ruby Rust:

CP Ruby Rust

You can see all twelve colors at the Walgreens site:

  • Copper
  • Pewter
  • Ruby Rust
  • Proper Purple
  • Emerald
  • Grey
  • Gold
  • Autumn Olive
  • Teddy Bear
  • Sapphire
  • Bronze
  • Rose Gold

Here’s the description:

Pure, Shimmering Color to Light up Your Eyes

    Promotes Long-Lasting Wear
    With Precision Painter
    With Shimmering Mica

The patented, ergonomically designed applicator will improve your results beyond belief!  Gorgeous, shimmering mica for pure color and light adheres like magic to the eyelids for long-lasting wear.  Specially designed Precision Painter applies just the right amount of powder shadow with no mess.  The range of shades from subtle to bold begs to be played with, mixed and blended for custom looks.  Wear alone or layer with liner, powder or creme eye shadows.

Made in USA

Apply directly around the eye area with the Precision Painter.  Can be used as an eye shadow or liner.  Blend with fingertip or with a brush for a sheerer look.

Before opening, please note the bottle is shrink-wrapped, as are all CP products, for safety and cleanliness.

CP Teddy Bear shrinkwrapped

With the shrink-wrap removed:

CP Teddy Bear shrwrp removed

Teddy Bear is a muted medium golden brown, neither yellow- nor orange-toned.  I haven’t used an eye shadow quite like this before so it takes some getting used to.  It’s like paint for your eyes.  The applicator wand has a short stem and doesn’t bend or wobble and the applicator is a small, precise sponge tip.  As with the nail polish, you can pop off the “winged” handle part if you want.

CP Teddy Bear open

CP Teddy Bear open cap

The product itself is neither a loose powder nor a liquid.  I’ve tried loose eye shadow powders before and find them too messy and too prone to settle into lines.  This Eye Shimmer Powder feels like a pressed powder during application, actually.

The ergonomic handle felt more natural to me when I was using it for nail polish than it did with this eye shadow but I think that I merely need practice.  On my inner arm under indirect outdoor light and then under artificial indoor light.

CP Teddy Bear swatch outd light

CP Teddy Bear swatch artif ind light

I swatched it both over eye primer and without, and think it actually looked better and less patchy without primer (the top half of the swatch).  It’s blendable at first, and after letting it set for a minute I did a swipe test and very little rubbed off on my finger, and it didn’t smear.  It removed easily and without shimmer residue with drugstore eye makeup remover.

I tried it both as an eye shadow and an eye liner, per the web site blurb above.  Didn’t really work as liner for me because I couldn’t get the dark precise line I prefer.  I do like it as eye shadow though, and think this shade Teddy Bear would be flattering for all eye colors.  Haven’t worn it all day yet but when I do I’ll post an edit with the wear report.

Overall,  I like the Eye Shimmer Powder although would probably not wear an all-shimmer eye look.  Still, it’s fun to try something different.  I look forward to using it as a highlight with one of my matte eye shadows, since I wear a lot of neutral tones.

SRP is $10.00 for 0.12 oz.

Colour Prevails on the web and social media:

P.S.  Regarding the title of my post, yes,  I now have the Elvis song stuck in my head!


EDIT 6/25/15 — Having played with and worn Teddy Bear Eye Shimmer Powder for a couple of days, here are my thoughts:

Wear is very good. One day I wore it on my whole eyelid without primer, and after ten hours there was some creasing but it was minimal.  I had to look very closely to see the creasing at all.

Blending the powder out with a brush yields a much prettier and less shimmery look than the big swatch I put on my arm for the above photo.

I’ve found that I much prefer using the product without the “butterfly wing” ergonomic handle, even though I prefer using CP nail polish with the handle.  I think it’s because I’m so extremely nearsighted that I have to be super close to a mirror  when applying makeup, and the larger handle is in my way.  Using the larger handle would be my preferred method if I was putting the shimmer on someone else.

I plan to buy ‘n’ try another color in the line, although I wish there was a really dark brown or dark plum.  All the colors seem to be in the middle when it comes to color value — nothing real dark or real light.  This may be because it’s a new product and it’s safest to start with “middle” shades.

For Colour Prevails eye shadow, I prefer the palette I bought and feel it’s a better monetary value, eight shadows for $19 instead of one Eye Shimmer Powder for $10; however, this is true for any brand, that a palette is cheaper per shadow than a single.

The Eye Shimmer Powder has some advantages in that I think it has more of a fun or cool factor, would make a very cute gift or party favor or stocking stuffer, and I also think I would love to throw this in my travel bag instead of some single eye shadows whose lids sometimes come open.  I like that it’s shimmery but not glittery and can be layered with other shadows.

Hope you don’t think I’ve analyzed this to death!  Since it’s a new brand and a new-to-me product, I wanted my review to be extremely thorough.  Thanks for reading!

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

A triple dose of good news

Disclosure:  This polish was provided by SinfulColors for review.

Who doesn’t love good news?  Got some for ya.  First of all, SinfulColors has graciously begun providing me with media samples so I can show you more of their polishes than I already do.

Secondly, I have some of their brand new colors to show you this coming week, with one debuting today even though I don’t normally post on Sundays.  I just couldn’t wait!

Thirdly — and this is always good news on my radar — Walgreens is starting one of its 99-cent SinfulColors sales today.  Yep, the polishes are usually a budget-friendly $1.99 anyway for a full-sized 0.5 oz/15 mL bottle, but at 99 cents (with Walgreens member card, no charge for enrolling), you better believe I stock up.

The other day I posted the news release about a big collection from SinfulColors called Street Fusion.  The promo picture of the polishes is so pretty, but I realized that six of the colors are not shown but are described in the text:

  • Cherry Blossom
  • Fuji Fiji (say that ten times fast!)
  • Keira Blu
  • Otaku Anime
  • Pink Ansen
  • Sky Tree

I have Cherry Blossom to show off today and will have the gorgeous Keira Blu and Sky Tree as well, plus others.

Cherry Blossom is a petal pink fleck/shimmer.  I thought it might be quite sheer but it’s not and I could almost get away with two coats but I used three.  It applied well although I did notice a bit of shrinkage from my nail tips on the first coat, so I wrapped the tips (extended the polish along the ends of my fingernails and a little underneath).  It dried very shiny.

Under indirect bright outdoor light and with the flash:

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom flash

I love Cherry Blossom.  It’s a bright pink but not a bubblegum or Barbie shade, and it’s neutral enough — not orange- or purple-toned — that I think it would look great on a variety of skin tones.

If you’re new to SinfulColors, the polish is inexpensive yet of very good quality; it’s my favorite ultra-budget brand.  And I’m not the only one who thinks so.  Read about a news item here that took the polish world by storm.

Now, get to that Walgreens sale!  (Hint:  The new Keira Blu?  If you love shimmery blue polish, you want it.)

All things SinfulColors on the web and on social media:





Disclosure:  This polish was provided by SinfulColors for review.

Why you need shower curtain rings

Wait!  Don’t go!  Don’t back out!  You haven’t accidentally stumbled onto a blog about bathroom decoration.  I’m a nail polish blog, honest.  Well, nail polish and makeup and skin care.  Bear with me here.

I recently decided to switch from swatching my nail polishes on white nail wheels…

Nail wheel

… to individual clear swatch sticks.  Several reasons for this:

It was difficult to compare one polish to another when they weren’t next to each other on the wheel.  I wasn’t happy with how I had some of my colors categorized.  I wanted to switch from white to clear for a reason that I’ll explain in a minute.

Couldn’t find any swatch sticks locally so I ordered them on Amazon from a seller in China and they arrived promptly considering they came from the other side of the world.  I started swatching my new polishes on these sticks and, thanks to a tip I read from many different bloggers, I put the polish on the underside of the sticks.

Fingernails and fingernail-shaped tips have two sides, a convex (top) and a concave (bottom or underside).

Convex concave

The natural way to apply polish — and the way you have to do it with white nail sticks or wheels — is to put it on the top or convex side.  But hey!  If you apply your polish to the underside or concave side and your stick or wheel is clear, then when you turn it over it looks like there’s a shiny top coat from the clear plastic!

Works like a dream.  A shiny top coat look without the extra step.  Obviously, if I didn’t want the polish to look shiny, like if it was a matte or satin one, I would apply the swatch on the top of the stick.

As I said, this idea was not mine.  But I did have an idea that as far as I know is original, although really, there’s nothing new under the sun.  I needed something to store the swatch sticks on, some kind of holder.  They came with a long straight screw but I didn’t want to use that because once you get a lot of sticks on there, if you want to take one off then you have to also remove all the other ones between the one you want and the end.

So I went to the hardware store looking for large, easy-open key rings, the kind that opens like a hinge, not the split ones whose main purpose in life is to break and ruin your fingernails.  I found the rings I wanted but they were too expensive considering I wanted at least a dozen.  What to do?

I ended up buying a package of cheap metal shower curtain rings.  One package of twelve cost less than two of the large key rings, and I love using them.  They open with just a squeeze, you can put the swatch sticks on and take them off easily, and they’re lightweight.  Although I’m sure you know what I mean, here’s a picture with one ring open and one closed.

Rings for swatch sticks

Are they the sturdiest hardware in the world?  No, but they don’t have to be.  Hope this tip helps some folks out there.

Now, get out and have a wonderful summertime weekend!


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