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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Maya Silver Lining and a Comparison with Illamasqua Raindrops


Good morning! This morning I have another gorgeous Maya Cosmetics polish to show you - Silver Lining. And because I've already been asked a few times, I'm including a comparison with Illamasqua Raindrops at the end.


First, Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining. This polish is a blue-based grey shimmer with silver shimmer and blue, purple and pink micro-flakes. I used two coats for full opacity and no top coat for the photos. No issues at all with formula or application.



Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining

Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining

Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining

Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining

Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining

Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining

Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining

Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining

Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining

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And now, how does Silver Lining compare to Illamasqua Raindrops? Well, they're not dupes for one thing. Silver Lining has more blue in the base, which actually makes it work better with my skin-tone. Silver Lining is more opaque. It needs only 2 coats while Raindrops, alone, requires 3 to 4 coats for opacity.  Raindrops doesn't seem to have the shimmer and the micro-flakes are more sparse and a tad larger. The first two photos show 3 heavy coats of Raindrops alone and the third photo shows 2 coats of Raindrops over Zoya Dove as a base. Two coats and no top coat for the Silver Lining.



Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining vs Illamasqua Raindrops

Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining vs Illamasqua Raindrops

Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining vs Illamasqua Raindrops

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So what do you think of Maya's Silver Lining? Are you satisfied that it's not a dupe of Raindrops? Do you prefer it over Raindrops? Me? I actually prefer the Maya over Raindrops for 2 reasons: 1) opacity in 2 easy coats and 2) the touch more blue in the base makes it more wearable with my pale skin.

Maya Cosmetics polishes can be purchased from their shop here and be sure and follow them on Facebook here and Twitter here to stay up-to-date on restocks, availability, new releases, etc. Also be sure to check out their blog for more information and swatches.







*PR Samples provided for my honest review

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