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NARS Pussy Control, Dolce Vita, Pop Life Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

01/06

NARS Pussy Control Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Pussy Control Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Pussy Control Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Pussy Control Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Pussy Control Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Pussy Control Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Pussy Control

NARS Pussy Control Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, warmer pink undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff, though it was not quite opaque without building up the color in layers. The consistency was smooth, velvety, and glided on easily, while the lip color sat fairly well on the lips but some texture was emphasized. This shade wore for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating.

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Pussy Control

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B+

Pop Life

Permanent
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LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

01/12

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

California Dreaming

LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 0.34 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in both matte and shimmer finishes. The palette runs warmer, but it seemed more like a neutral palette with pops of rose and mauve accents. The formula felt looser and drier overall; sort of like LORAC’s “filler” formula, when they put together more affordable palettes but aren’t part of their Pro collection (which always has a silkier, more refined feel). I find that this formula can be better or worse depending on the shades and finishes. The downsides of the formula tend to be that they are prone to fading more quickly and sheering out, so a good primer is an absolute must-have to make this palette wear and perform well.

LORAC Eyeshadow Palette California Dreaming
C+

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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Tom Ford Beauty Tantalize Shade & Illuminate Lips

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Tantalize Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Tantalize Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tantalize

Tom Ford Beauty Tantalize Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a light-medium orange-coral and a bright, coral-red. Both shades performed fairly well, though the deeper shade performed exceptionally well as it was incredibly pigmented and applied beautifully.

Shade & Illuminate Lips is a lipstick duo that features a formula that is supposed to have “rich color” and “adherence” with a “velvet matte finish.” The duos are designed to have a lighter shade and a darker shade, and they can be worn alone, mixed, or as an ombre lip look. There was also a dual-ended applicator–a sponge on one end and a brush on the other–but the sponge really did not work well to apply the color, as it yielded sheer coverage and seemed to suck all the emollient qualities out of the formula and left behind a drier, almost powdery texture on the lips. The lip brush worked, but for me, the tiny applicator was harder to control and took me three to four times as long to apply compared to a traditional lip brush (which has a longer handle). The actual formula felt like there was a powderiness to it that is not present in any of Tom Ford’s other lipstick ranges, though the formula felt lightly creamy, thin but not too thin, and smooth. Once I applied the color and actually wore it for a few minutes, I did not notice the powderiness that was there when I was initially applying the lipstick.

Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate Lips Tantalize
Tantalize
Tantalize
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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B+

Tantalize (Left)

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Tantalize (Right)

Limited Edition
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MAC Red-Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette

01/07

MAC Red-Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Red-Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Red-Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Red-Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Red-Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Red-Hot Times Nine | Look Breakdown

MAC Red-Hot Times Nine | Look Breakdown

Red-Hot Times Nine

MAC Red-Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes nine, dime-sized eyeshadows. For the types of colors and finishes included in the palette, it was actually not bad. I’d definitely suggest using this with a primer to improve blendability and pigmentation across the palette, though.

MAC Eyeshadow x 9 Palette Red-Hot Times Nine
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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