Foundation, mascara, and bronzer. I’d rather just have a few foundations I love than a lot of opened ones in general (I’d just be better about returning shades/formulas that didn’t work for my skin tone/type). I’d also just buy less mascara, use some up, then replace (either with the same thing or something new). I so rarely wear bronzer that I am definitely someone who could just have a few (like a matte, satin, and maybe a deeper/redder one).
-- Christine

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.16 oz.) consists of eight, new shades of the Moondust Eyeshadow formula housed in a “glittery” plastic compact. It looks like silvery glitter, but it doesn’t feel like loose glitter (so you won’t get a bunch of glitter shedding over time but can appreciate the look of it!). The Moondust formula is specifically designed to be over-the-top sparkly with “minimal fallout” and sheerer coverage dry, more “intense color payout” when applied wet. I like using flat, synthetic brushes (or fingertips, as the brand suggests) that have been slightly dampened by a spritz of just water. If you want extra-long hold, I would still recommend a glitter adhesive, but I get pretty good wear with little fall out without any primers or adhesive, as the formula has a smoother, almost wet consistency. They work better combined with other eyeshadows than using several at once, and they tend to look more impressive in person than in still photos.

Specter is a light pink with warm undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. The texture was soft, lightly loose in the pan, and blended out with only a little bit of fall out when applied dry but had no fall out when patted on with a damp brush.
MAC Pastelluxe #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). YSL Paris #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Rose Riot (140) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Claretluxe #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Charmed (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay SWF (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Noble Descent (LE, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Dust (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Halo (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Element is a medium-dark, coppered red with warm undertones and chunky glitter and light pink sparkle. It had a drier, looser texture in the pan, which resulted in more “powdery” application (glittery, really). This one was better applied with a damp brush and patted on, which I found to minimize the looseness, as dry application sheered out easily and resulted in some fall out. It lasted for eight hours both wet and dry, but the wet application had almost no fall out while the dry application had a little (nothing major, though, and certainly impressive for a glittery eyeshadow).
Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Glitter (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sonic (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Magnetic is a medium purple with warmer undertones and a sparkling, glittery finish. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry and was opaque when applied damp. The consistency was soft, blendable, but a little loose in the pan, which resulted in chunky bits getting dislodged, so I had the best luck when I applied in thinner layers with a dampened brush. The color lasted for eight hours both wet and dry, though dry had a little fall out (which is as described). Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is darker (85% similar). MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette Moondust
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Week in Review | July 16th through July 22nd

Here’s a look at the top 10 products reviewed in the last week, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂

What’s been in your rotation the most this week? What caught your eye?

01

Anastasia Warm Bronze

Permanent.

Anastasia Warm Bronze Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish-copper with warm undertones and fine, lighter gold pearl.

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%
A+

02. Anastasia Fudge

Anastasia Fudge Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a muted, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A

03. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #5

Foil Eyes #5 is a light-medium, pewter gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the powder's texture was smooth, buttery, and very blendable on the skin. Read full review.

A

04. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #13

Foil Eyes #13 is a bright, medium copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, creamy consistency that blended out effortlessly on the skin. Read full review.

A

05. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14

Foil Eyes #14 is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture felt soft to the touch and blended well on the skin. Read full review.

A

06. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #9

Foil Eyes #9 is a medium-dark taupe-gray with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that applied easily and wore well for eight hours. Read full review.

A

07. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #12

Foil Eyes #12 is a medium, golden green with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had great color payoff that was totally opaque and applied smoothly and evenly to bare skin. Read full review.

A

08. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16

Foil Eyes #16 is a medium, taupe brown with warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the texture had a soft, smooth, lightly creamy feel. Read full review.

A

09. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #25

Foil Eyes #25 is a bright pop of medium blue with cool undertones and a metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that blended easily on the skin without losing its intensity. Read full review.

A

10. Anastasia Tara

Anastasia Tara Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

Breakdown |
Jul 16, 2016 — Jul 22, 2016

91%

Average Score
A
48
B
20
C
2
D
0
F
0

Total Reviews (70) — Brands Reviewed (10)

Clinique Bronze Glow Uplighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Bronze Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder

Clinique Bronze Glow Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder ($27.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $68.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Casino (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Firebrush (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Happy Hour (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Bronze Me (LE, $8.00) is darker (80% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Up-Lighting Illuminating Powder is supposed to be a “sheer illuminating powder” that gives skin a “candle-lit, radiant glow” that can be used alone, as a finishing powder, or as a highlighter. Like Golden Glow, it is far from sheer–in fact, it is pretty opaque! If you like your highlighters/bronzers pigmented, that might be a happy “con.” The texture was soft, smooth, and easy to blend and work with on my cheeks. It didn’t emphasize pores and gave a soft sheen. I think this one could be used as a finishing powder on deeper skin tones as well. This shade lasted for eight hours before fading noticeably.

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Clinique Uplighting Illuminating Powder Bronze Glow
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
84%

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Destiny (61) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer, glossier (90% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). While it is part of the blush range, it could also be used as a bronzer, as it will (obviously!) add warmth to the skin. The texture was finely-milled with a silky, smooth feel to the touch, which translated into easier application and blending on the skin. It had excellent pigmentation, but that softer consistency made it versatile and more buildable depending on how much you applied. The reformulated version is slightly darker and richer than the original shade. The blush wore well for just over eight hours on me when I tried it out.

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Makeup Geek Blush Infatuation
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%