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Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

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Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

Nikita

Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a bold, medium red and a reddish-burgundy. The red applied nicely, and it wore well, but the burgundy had a lot of slip and feathered on me.

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 Nikita
Nikita
Nikita
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Nikita (Left)

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Coloured Raine Spring 2017 Shimmer Eyeshadows

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Coloured Raine Birthday Suit Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Birthday Suit Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Birthday Suit Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Birthday Suit Eyeshadow

Birthday Suit

Coloured Raine Birthday Suit Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.064 oz.) is a soft, light-medium peach with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was soft, blendable, and smooth without being too powdery or too firm in the pan. It had great color payoff that applied evenly to the skin and lasted for eight hours on me.

Coloured Raine Eyeshadow Birthday Suit
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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S'mores

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NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

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NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Moon Glow

NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a pale white with neutral-to-cool undertones and a very fine pearl. This was one of the least “shimmery’” shades, though it still gave the skin a subtle sheen. It seemed to be more watery than most shades, which may have accounted for its sheerer coverage that was only buildable to medium coverage. It dried down quickly but still gave me enough time to work with the product and blend it out evenly. The highlighter lasted for just over seven and a half hours on me.

The Away We Glow formula is a liquid highlighter that has buildable coverage “from soft to intense.” The brand recommends to “dab and blend” on skin for “irresistible illumination.” There are nine shades available, and the shimmer varied from shade to shade: fine pearl to chunkier sparkle. The formula has a watery, thin feel from the tube, and I liked getting a bit on the back of my hand and then dabbing with fingertips or a stippling brush onto the cheeks and high planes of the face for highlighting. It did dry down after a minute or so, and the wear ranged from seven to eight hours.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter Moon Glow
Moon Glow
Moon Glow
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

The Best & Worst | Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur
Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur ($37.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a lipstick pencil that twists-up (no sharpening required) and has a consistency that is incredibly creamy, soft, and smooth. The coverage varied from mostly opaque to opaque, depending on the shade, and the wear time ranged between three to five hours with some shades (like the reds and fuchsias) leaving a stain behind. It was a very hydrating and comfortable formula to wear, but they’re so soft that I felt like it was easy to over-apply the product when there isn’t much product in each tube (0.04 oz. compared to a standard Chanel lipstick, which is 0.12 oz.). Twist-up pencils usually contain less product than a twist-up tube of lipstick, but I wish these had a little more (like 0.08 oz.) or else not quite as pricey. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

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