NOTW: Rococo Deadly Nightshade Luxe.

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Rococo Deadly Nightshade Luxe in full sun!

Rococo Nail Apparel Deadly Nightshade Luxe:

This week I have reverted back to my dark, dismal, and daring self…alla True Blood style!!  The nail della settimana (Italiano miei amici) is from Rococo Nail Apparel in Deadly Nightshade Luxe.  The company is owned and operated by the London-based sister duo of Ange and Vernice Walker.  Rococo’s polishes are $16.50 US/.5 fl oz.  This is the standard size for nail polish, unlike Estee Lauder which is $20 US/.3 fl oz., Dior $24 US/.33 fl oz., and Chanel $27 US/.4 fl oz. (some colors are worth it, but overall….criminal!!).

The Formula:

Deadly Nightshade Luxe (DNL) has a luminous sheen; it is comprised of a dark blue/purple base mixed with a sapphire pearl.  Gorgeous!!  The consistency of this polish is not too thick or thin.  It applies fluidly and reaches exquisite opacity in two coats!  Wear time varies, depending on one’s daily activities.  For me, DNL lasts 4 days before any noticeable chipping.

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L-R: Dior’s brush vs. Rococo’s brush

The Pros:

What I love most about this polish brand is the brush!!  Since nail beds vary in width, nail companies are always trying come up with the ideal brush size to accommodate everyone’s needs.  Dior recently redesigned their nail polish brush heads by widened the brush head and cutting/tapering the tip to fit around the nail cuticle more precisely.  This may work if someone else is applying the polish, but if you are accustomed to doing your own nails it can be quite awkward!  Rococo’s brush splays out beautifully when the polish is being applied; the classic three stroke method can be easily utilized on most widths!  People with narrow/short nail beds can get away with using only one stroke.  Rococo’s brush is uniformly wider from base to tip and feels more comfortable in the hand without an edgy shaped tip.  OPI’s brush head is longer than Rococo’s brush, which may hinder control.

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Brush comparison: OPI, Chanel, Dior, Rococo, Deborah Lippmann

All of Rococo’s polishes come housed in their own mini sarcophagus-like boxes; very nice touch.  Rococo is sold at Space NK  check your locations for availability to buy this shade separately (I did), Beauty.com, and cultbeauty.co.uk

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The Makeup Gods agree. This is a well made polish!

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?  

Makeup would strongly suggest you take a look at these beautifully formulated polishes.  Rococo nail polishes are a better value than the standard high-end polishes.  Their formula, selection (44 shades) and overall design will not disappoint!  Will Deadly Nightshade Luxe catapult me into True Blood’s Bon Temps, Louisiana to battle the forces of evil with Sookie?  Nah..I rather ruffle some feathers with Eric and look Bad A** in the process.  Oh wait…that’s not my life…..I’ll look BA while taking the kids to soccer practice!   Be well and stay safe..

FYI:  True Blood season 6 starts June 16th..

-M-

 

 

Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronze review and swatch.

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Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush and Bronze:

Do you see this beauty?  Do I even need to elaborate past this sentence?  Can you predict what my thoughts will be on this product?  Well here goes…Introducing Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush and Bronze ($36US/9.50 g).   This stunner is part of the Folklore Collection Spring/Summer 2013.  According to LM website, Ritual is comprised of 5 different colors and baked to “provide the perfect, natural color for cheeks and face.”   I would have to say that description is spot on.   This is a very pigmented, dark rosy brown shade with a slight pink shimmer that works surprisingly well as a bronzer.

Multiple uses for Ritual:

The pink veining in the product does make it usable as a blush.  If used as a blush tread lightly.   Did I say Ritual is dark and pigmented?  This product does not contain any orange undertone what so ever!!  Bare Minerals Faux tan is similar, in that they both are on the reddish side of the bronzer spectrum.   Bronzers that fall in this realm are regarded as mimicking the natural effects of the sun!!   Ritual’s powder is finely milled and applies smoothly, it does not come off as a shimmery mess on the skin.   Instead Ritual subtly highlights the areas in which it is applied.  It gives off the “glow” we often hear about in the beauty community.  I also use this beauty as an all over eyeshadow or crease/blend out color.   Ritual lasted on my face for a solid 6 hours with noticeable fading on the cheek area.  In all fairness, this can be attributed to my annoying habit of always resting my hand on my face when I read.  Hey ho, I still LOVE the color…I will endure!!

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Laura Mercier Ritual swatched heavily and blended out.

As much as I love this product, it maybe too dark for someone with a fair complexion.  Could it work?  Sure anything can work on anyone, however proceed with caution.  Use a fluffy bronzer brush or even a stippling brush to apply Ritual AS A BRONZER.  To my eye this would be catastrophic if used as a blush for the fairest in the land.   I have a fair complexion (NW20/25), however because I have such dark (hair, eyes, and brows) and strong features, Ritual works for me in all regards (lucky duck).  Below are a few popular bronzer comparisons.

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Top row: LM Ritual, Bare Minerals Faux Tan, Bobbi Brown Medium
Middle row: Edward Bess Daydream, Too Faced Chocolate, Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Bottom Row: Dior Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon

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LM Ritual, BM Faux Tan, BB Medium, EB Daydream, Too Faced Chocolate, Chanel, Dior.

Application:

I use my Tom Ford bronzer brush to apply Ritual as a bronzer followed by my RMK blusher brush to apply Ritual as a blush.  If you are not familiar with a RMK brush, it is very similar to the Suqqu blush brush, as both are very soft and designed to give light application with pigmented products.  Any STIPPLING  brush from any line sill suffice.  Sonia Kashuk makes an affordable version that can be acquired from your local Target.

Laura Mercier Ritual is available for purchase at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf, Sakes, LauraMercier.com, etc..

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Laura Mercier Ritual used as a bronzer, blush and crease color (triple treat…oh yes).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

It would tell you to go to the counter and see “my Precious” in person.  Picture me with Gollum’s voice (Lord of the Rings dude) stroking my Ritual compact against my face and repeatedly chiming,  “Precious, oh my precious please become a permanent item in LM line”.   You are getting a sizable amount for a reasonable price compared to other lines (Guerlain I’m looking at you with your Terracotta bronzer ($75) that smells like my Grandmother).  It would be wise to go see Ritual in person (have I stressed that enough?) because there is only one color offered and some may not find this suitable for their complexion.  Makeup also says,  “remember, it’s only makeup, you don’t likey you don’t keep!!!”     Be well and stay safe!

-M-

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Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronze ingredient list.