spring 2020

MAC Dazzleshadow Extreme Reviews & Swatches (Part 2) – Beauty Article

MAC Dazzleshadow Extreme Reviews & Swatches (Part 2) Incinerated MAC Incinerated Dazzleshadow Extreme ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense and more firmly-pressed into the pan, so it needed a firmer hand or a denser brush to pick up product well (e.g. a pencil brush picked up product fairly well but a fluffy brush was difficult to use with it). It had…

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Essence Beloved The Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Essence Beloved The Blush Review & Swatches Beloved Essence Beloved The Blush ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a deep pink with moderate, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The powder looked nearly matte to my eye, but applied and blended out, it looked like it had a more natural finish–still matte and not at all noticeably shimmery.It had rich color coverage, so I’d recommend using a light-to-moderate hand to pick up product if one wanted to build up color (as…

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NARS Hammered, Naked City, Riding High Powerchrome Eye Pigments Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

NARS Hammered, Naked City, Riding High Powerchrome Eye Pigments Reviews & Swatches Hammered NARS Hammered Powerchrome Loose Eye Pigment ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deep, coppery red with subtle, warm undertones and flecks of sparkle over a pearly base. It had opaque pigmentation applied with fingertips as well as with a dry or dampened brush, though dampened application gave it a smoother finish overall.The texture was loosely-pressed into the pot, though it was more pressed than it was loose…

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YSL Pink Bass & Gold Track Rouge Volupte Rock’N Shine Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

YSL Pink Bass & Gold Track Rouge Volupte Rock’N Shine Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches YSL Pink Bass (10) Rouge Volupte Rock’N Shine Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is muted, medium-dark pink with moderate, warm undertones and a luminous sheen with a very faint amount of pearl. The texture was smooth, balm-like–emollient but thin and lightweight–that glided easily across my lips but didn’t settle into my lip lines, thankfully.It had medium to semi-opaque, buildable coverage that stayed on well for three…

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ColourPop Just Cuddle, Overnight, Slow Motion Lux Glosses Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

ColourPop Just Cuddle, Overnight, Slow Motion Lux Glosses Reviews & Swatches Just Cuddle Colour Pop Just Cuddle Lux Gloss ($8.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light peach with moderate, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had medium coverage in a single layer, which seemed as described, but the application was poor–the color was uneven, streaky, and settled into my lip lines very noticeably. While the gloss itself felt smooth, comfortable, and plush to wear, it just did sit well…

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Giorgio Armani Mahogany (601) Lip Maestro Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Giorgio Armani Mahogany (601) Lip Maestro Review & Swatches Giorgio Armani Mahogany (601) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a deep burgundy with neutral-to-warm undertones and barely-there pearl strewn through a more cream-like finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which went on fairly evenly and wasn’t noticeably in my lip lines–I couldn’t see the settling in person but I can see it in the close-up photo. It could have been more pigmented and applied a bit more evenly overall,…

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Chanel Rosy Light Drops Le Blanc Highlighting Fluid Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Chanel Rosy Light Drops Le Blanc Highlighting Fluid Review & Swatches Rosy Light Drops Chanel Rosy Light Drops Le Blanc Highlighting Fluid ($50.00 for 1 oz.) is a pale pink with very fine, pearl throughout that had a lightly dewy, luminous sheen for its finish. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-sheer to medium at best, but it was described as a “sheer liquid highlighter” so it lived up to expectations.The brand said that the liquid…

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ColourPop x Sailor Moon Cat’s Eye Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

ColourPop x Sailor Moon Cat’s Eye Blush Review & Swatches Cat’s Eye Colour Pop Cat’s Eye Pressed Powder Blush ($12.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium pink-coral with a satin finish. It had very faint, golden pearl strewn through it that seemed to help it blend better on my skin but also gave it a subtle sheen–more of a “natural” finish than true matte but not overly shimmery. The texture was soft, blendable, and a little powdery in the pan,…

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Melt Cosmetics Crushed Glitter Lip Glosses Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Melt Cosmetics Crushed Glitter Lip Glosses Reviews & Swatches Sucker Melt Cosmetics Sucker Crushed Glitter Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) has a very sheer, milky base with flecks of small and larger pieces of opalescent glitter pieces. Of the four glosses, this one actually had more semi-sheer “coverage” from glitter and had better dispersion of that glitter, so it covered more evenly and was somewhat visible in person.The larger, “irregular” shaped glitter didn’t always lay flat (as they were…

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Pat McGrath Divine Rose Launches February 13th – Beauty Article

Pat McGrath Divine Rose Launches February 13th Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership VII Palette launches tomorrow, February 13th, at 9AM ET for those who’ve signed up for early access (you can sign up here) and 10AM ET for everyone.  You can find my review here!We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or…

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ColourPop ILYSM Super Shock Cheek Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

ColourPop ILYSM Super Shock Cheek Duo Review & Swatches Colour Pop ILYSM Super Shock Cheek Duo Colour Pop ILYSM Super Shock Cheek Duo Colour Pop ILYSM Super Shock Cheek DuoILYSM Colour Pop ILYSM Super Shock Cheek Duo ( for 0.3 oz.) is a new, limited edition cream blush duo that–apparently!–sold out quite quickly online but is available in-store (my local stores showed it in stock), so if it catches your fancy, you’ll likely want to check with your local Ulta.…

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MAC Postmodernist Peach Extra Dimension Skinfinish Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

MAC Postmodernist Peach Extra Dimension Skinfinish Review & Swatches Postmodernist Peach MAC Postmodernist Peach Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($37.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a smooth, luminous sheen. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, though the firmer (not stiff) texture made it easier to pick up less product by using less pressure or a more feathery brush.The consistency was smooth to the touch and worked best with a moderately dense…

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ColourPop Drop a Hint Lux Liquid Lipstick Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

ColourPop Drop a Hint Lux Liquid Lipstick Duo Review & Swatches Colour Pop Drop a Hint Lux Liquid Lip Duo Colour Pop Drop a Hint Lux Liquid Lip Duo Colour Pop Drop a Hint Lux Liquid Lip DuoDrop a Hint Colour Pop Drop a Hint Lux Liquid Lip Duo ($14.00 for 0.34 oz.) contains two warm-toned pinks; one in a light-medium depth and the other in a more medium-level depth. Both shades were more pigmented than marketed, which may be…

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Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches (2020) – Beauty Article

Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches (2020) The Rebel (2020) Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel (2020) Eyeshadow Quad ($53.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a new, permanent quad that replaces the original “The Rebel” quad (totally different color story!). The formula was more comparable to the recent 12-pan palettes and a nice upgrade from the original quad formula. The shimmers were smoother, creamier, and richer overall with better coverage and adherence. All four shades were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing…

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NARS Orgasm X Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

NARS Orgasm X Blush Review & Swatches Orgasm X NARS Orgasm X Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink-coral base with fine, golden shimmer throughout that gave it a more luminous finish. It was significantly warmer, deeper, and had a smoother sheen compared to the original Orgasm blush.The consistency felt slightly drier to the touch, almost papery (and I mean that in a neutral way), but it was incredibly easy to pick up with a brush–without…

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Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio Review & Swatches Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss TrioRed Opulence Pat McGrath Red Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trio ($25.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of lip glosses with two shades from the existing gloss range and one new shade (with a new…

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