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What’s the best way to travel with makeup?

For palettes and anything similar that is breakable, I like to wrap in clothes, like pajamas (in case everything shatters, I wouldn’t be devastated if my pajamas were stained). I usually carry-on, but if I checked my luggage, I’d also put in a slim foam layer underneath the lids of plastic and metal compacts, especially freestyle palettes. Everything else is rather sturdy!
-- Christine

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I think anything over three or four shades starts to be hard to use evenly. The larger the palette, the more variations in color/undertone there might be, and not everyone wants to use every color for blush. They can also get quite large! I prefer trios that are smaller than full-sized but have pans large enough that can be used with most blush/highlighter brushes.

-- Christine

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette

Too Faced x NikkieTutorials The Power of Makeup Palette ($56.00 for ) contains a slew of products for the eyes and cheeks. It’s a decent palette, but the eyeshadows have room for improvement, as they are not consistent. They also need to be applied over a primer in order to have decent or better pigmentation, to last at least eight hours, and for blending as some of the shades are drier and tended to sheer out when applied. Without primer, they have a more faded appearance and most of the shades lasted six to seven hours. I think the brand should have included their Glitter Insurance, instead of their standard Eyeshadow Primer (but worth reiterating is that Too Faced touts their eyeshadows as highly pigmented and long-wearing as a formula), because three of the eyeshadows, plus the glitter, absolutely need an adhesive base or else it is a one-way ticket to Fallout City.

As a lot of readers have noted in the initial launch post, the palette looks a lot like every other holiday palette Too Faced has released. I struggled a bit myself trying to pair the shades together, as it didn’t feel as cohesive as you might have expected, and the drier, more crumbly textures of the metallic shades didn’t blend well with the thinner matte shades. The two blushes and bronzers are permanent shades, though Justify My Love is a much darker, brighter, and cooler-toned shade in the palette than my single (by a lot). The highlighter, Champagne Truffle, is actually an eyeshadow from another palette, so you might have that already in your stash.

Ivy is a pale, muted white with a matte finish. It had a very smooth, finely-milled consistency with some excess powder that would kick up in the pan. It is chalky against my skin tone, for reference, and I tried to mix it with Painkiller to make it a workable brow bone highlight on my skin tone. On fairer skin tones, it should work better. It lasted six hours on me before disappearing. LORAC White (P, $19.00)(100% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party #1 (LE, $2.29) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Extra Creamy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Gesso (P, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Smashbox Snow (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced White Christmas (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Ivoire (P) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Liberatus (P) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Coated is a light pink with warmer undertones paired with a frosted finish and silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was drier and tended to sheer out on its own. The glittery bits blended away from the base color, so this shade would need an adhesive base to perform well. The color lasted seven hours before creasing and had fallout. MAC Pink Freeze (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Garden Pastels #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Pink Pearl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Whimsical (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Rose Garden #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Delightful (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Too Faced NikkieTutorials Palette The Power of Makeup
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NARS Stripped, Unlaced, Playpen Velvet Lip Glides

NARS Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium beige with a hint of pink paired with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and while it didn’t appear streaky, the color settled into lip lines noticeably. This was one of the worst performers in the range as a result, even though it felt comfortable to wear over the three and a half hours it lasted. Chanel Insouciance (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Art of Seduction (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied without streaking, but some of the color gathered into lip lines. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and non-sticky. The color lasted for three hours on me, but there was more color visible in my lip lines at that point as well. Maybelline Life's a Peach (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Odalisque (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Hella (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Pink-a-boo (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Rose Reve (189) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Creamsicle (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Boy Bait (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Ideale (22) (LE, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and spread easily across the lips. The formula was hydrating, comfortable on the lips, and lasted for four hours on me. There was a slight amount of visible color in lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Snitch (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Nebulous (LE, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Candy Coral (P) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Maui (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a hybrid between lipstick and lipgloss that is hydrating, richly pigmented, and comfortable to wear. They have stronger color payoff, a non-tacky consistency, and a smoothness to their consistency that is a lot like a good lipstick, while they have a plusher, thicker texture that gives lips a plumper, fuller look along with a glossy sheen that is more like a gloss. The wear varied between three and five hours for me, which is more like a gloss than a lipstick. They develop a more “velvety” finish, which is code for “less shine” after two to three hours, and at that point, they tend to look more like a natural finish lipstick than a gloss. Some of the lighter shades settled into lip lines, but it varied from shade to shade. Overall, the formula was lightly to moderately hydrating and comfortable to wear. I would classify the formula more as a pigmented gloss than a glossy lipstick, if I had to put it firmly in one box. The formula has a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste to me.

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This Week’s Sales for August 29th, 2016

Retailer Sales/Deals

  • b-glowing20% off Makeup Category orders $60 or more with code 20MAKEUP, ends 8/31. 20% off GlamGlow orders $60 or more with code 20GLAMGLOW, ends 8/31.
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  • Benefit (UK)Free delivery on any order over £40 at Benefit, ends 10/03.
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  • BH CosmeticsExtra 10% off any 10-color blush palette with code BLUSHING, ends 8/31.
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  • Clarins (UK)Clarins launches its first beauty box, the Parisienne Box, ends 8/31.
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