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OPI Peace & Love & OPI Nail Polish Review, Photos, & Swatches

OPI Peace & Love & OPI

I have never purchased a mini nail polish set before, mainly because I usually find only one or two colors appealing.  However, the set for OPI’s San Francisco collection contains four deep colors-perfect for fall!  I will review each shade separately and then give an overview of the set.

OPI Peace & Love & OPI (price and quantity for full size: $9.00 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.) is described by the brand as a “holographic sage and eggplant.”  It has a medium charcoal gray base with violet and bright, sage green shimmer.  The shimmer gives the polish a duochrome look-depending on the angle in which you look at the polish, different colors will appear.  In darker lighting the charcoal base is more visible and in decent to bright lighting, you will see flashes of medium, eggplant purple and sage green.

Despite the small brush, Peace & Love & OPI applies evenly and opaquely in two coats.  The texture is not too thick or too thin.  It dries down quickly, which is common for metallic polishes, and lasted six days without chipping.  I usually get at least a week of wear from OPI polishes with just minor tip wear, so I deducted points to reflect the longevity.  I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor for my base and top coats.

The only drawback to duochrome polishes, or metallic polishes in general, is they can show brush strokes and any imperfections of the nail.

Important Note: The grade for this nail polish is based on the mini size, not the full-sized version.  I suspect the full-sized version would yield a smoother application and finish due to the larger brush size.  



The Final LAB Report for OPI Peace & Love & OPI


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Chanel Emerveille (#82) Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches


Chanel Emerveille (#82) Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Is It a Cream?  Is It a Gel?  Is It a Sponge?  What Is It?

However you decide to describe the texture, one thing is for sure: Chanel Emerveille (#82) Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36 for 0.14 oz./4 g.) is full of glorious shimmer and micro glitter!  It is a light peach with light, gold sparkle and multi-colored, micro shimmer.

Chanel describes this eyeshadow as an ” intensely shimmering long-wear eyeshadow [that] offers true versatility. An innovative gel texture that is both soft and cushiony allows it to be worn as eyeshadow or eyeliner. Includes a specially designed shadow/liner brush, developed specifically for this unique formula.”

The texture is mind-boggling to me, as is not your typical gel or cream eyeshadow, but looks more like a pretty putty-quite malleable.  If it had a lower price point, I would most likely scoop it out and roll it into a ball, or some type of figurine.  Emerveille is smooth and creamy feeling, but a little finicky when it comes to application.  It did not adhere well to a synthetic brush (I tried MAC’s 242) and when I scooped some of the product out with a small spatula, it did not adhere well either, and simply flaked off.  It is best applied using your fingers-the warmth helps transform the shadow into a cream-like texture.  If you want to use a brush, which will yield sheerer pigmentation, I suggest using a natural bristled brush (l used MAC’s 239).  When using as an eyeliner, I suggest a small angled brush and layering on the color, making sure not to grab too much product at a time or the it will start to flake off.

This had really nice pigmentation and I did not experience any fallout when I applied this with my fingers.  Some of the sparkles did migrate under my eye after several hours of wear.

As Chanel states, this is a long-wearing eyeshadow that was still going strong after 12 hours of wear.  I did not experience any fading or creasing (no base).

Although this product performed well, and I love the color, I am not certain if I would repurchase it.  The makeup artist within me does not like sticking fingers into jars in order to apply products; it’s too unsanitary.  I am curious to see how other shades in this line behave (they may be a little creamier), so I might try one or two more to determine if this is a product I personally like.



The Final LAB Report for Chanel Emerveille (#82) Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow


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