Week in Review | August 20th through August 26th

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

Shiseido Bloodstone (RD503)

Permanent. $28.00/0.14 oz.

Shiseido Bloodstone (RD503) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep red with subtle, warm undertones and fine, ruby red pearl.

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
A+

02. IT Cosmetics No. 322 Velvet Luxe Plush All-Over Shadow Brush

IT Cosmetics No. 322 Velvet Luxe Plush All-Over Shadow Brush ($26.00) is touted as an eye brush for sweeping eyeshadow all over the lid. Read full review.

A+

03. Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715)

Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. Read full review.

A

04. Shiseido Poppy (RD312)

Shiseido Poppy (RD312) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

A

05. Shiseido Real Ruby (RD502)

Shiseido Real Ruby (RD502) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm, brownish undertones and a fine pearl. Read full review.

A

06. Shiseido Red Queen (RD716)

Shiseido Red Queen (RD716) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, medium-dark pinky-plum with warm undertones and a soft sheen. Read full review.

A

07. Kat Von D Project Chimps

Kat Von D Project Chimps Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a "rusty red." Read full review.

A

08. Shiseido Rouge Rum Punch (RD504)

Shiseido Rouge Rum Punch (RD504) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy-berry with cooler undertones and a soft sheen. Read full review.

A

09. Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush

Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush ($34.00) is meant for applying and blending liquid and cream foundations while getting into the contours of the face. Read full review.

A

10. IT Cosmetics No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush

IT Cosmetics No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush ($38.00) is designed as a "flat but wide" brush for cream and liquid foundation application. Read full review.

Breakdown |
Aug 20, 2016 — Aug 26, 2016

88%

Average Score
A
42
B
25
C
5
D
3
F
0

Total Reviews (75) — Brands Reviewed (13)

MAC Pick Me Pick Me, Model Behavior, On and On, Pink You Think? Lipsticks

MAC Lipstick

MAC Pick Me, Pick Me Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is an icy, smoky lavender with cool undertones and a sparkly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which wasn’t part of the description. It may work better as a layering shade, though the shimmer spread across the lips evenly, which made it wearable as a standalone shade. The color lasted for two and a half hours on me but was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Unicorn Tears (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Cultive (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Pervette (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Model Behavior Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark magenta purple with warm, pink undertones and fine violet shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though there was a bit of streaking around the edges. The texture was thin, emollient so it did not tug, but it was a bit drying after four and a half hours of wear. Urban Decay Mad Hatter (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Violetta (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Milani Raving Matte (08) (LE, $8.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Speedball (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Strange & Unusual (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Own the Look (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandal (226) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC On and On Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and duochrome sparkle that shifted from green-gold to bluish-teal. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, but the consistency was fairly slippery, which resulted in patchier coverage and color that settled into lip lines. The color lasted for almost four hours, so that was an upside, but it just looked bad on its own. This is a deeper, more conventional base shade, so it would work well with a lot of lip liners for added coverage while still getting the uniqueness of the shimmer to come through. MAC Musky Amethyst (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Mercy (P, $21.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Pre-Raphaelite (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Kween (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Devil's Food (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Milani Chilled Brandy (P, $5.49) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Dominate (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pink, You Think? Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and lighter magenta shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though some of the shimmer didn’t spread as easily across the lips. The texture had a noticeable feeling from the sparkle, but it wasn’t uncomfortable to apply or to wear. On me, this shade lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Francesco (LE, $35.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Hot Berry (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). Milani Raspberry Rush (P, $5.49) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty John (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Sexer (P, $21.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Mesmerizing Magenta (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rocco (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Full Fuchsia (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop The Rabbit (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pink Bangle (064) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Firebird (LE, $18.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Kingston (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lipstick Pick Me, Pick Me
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
76%
MAC Lipstick Model Behavior
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
83%
MAC Lipstick On and On
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
8
Application
3
Total
69%
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Viseart Highlight/Sculpt (01) Highlight and Sculpt Palette

Viseart Highlight/Contour (01) Blush Palette

Viseart Highlight/Contour (01) Blush Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a six-pan blush palette that is the same size (and contains the same amount) as the eyeshadow palettes. It comes in a black plastic compact with a clear lid. The highlighting shades are on the left, while the contouring shades are on the right. The formula used for the highlighters is really nice–dense, buttery, and blendable–and feels similar to their shimmery eyeshadows, while the formula used for the contour powders is more like the powder blush formula. The formula is supposed to “apply seamlessly” and have “sheer to fuller coverage.” Generally, the pigmentation was buildable from medium coverage, fairly blendable, and long-wearing (eight to nine hours); I only had issues with the two deeper contour shades, as they weren’t as easily blended and diffused on the skin as the other four shades. Unfortunately, that accounts for 1/3 of the palette being problematic, and at this price point, that’s likely to be a deal-breaker.

Highlight #1 is a light beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had medium coverage that was buildable to opaque coverage, while the consistency was soft enough that it could be diffused and blended out for sheerer coverage, if desired. The texture felt smooth to the touch, blended easily, and sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours. Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Highlight #2 is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic sheen. The consistency was dense, creamy, and easy to work with on the skin as it blended out beautifully. The coverage was buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque (within two to three layers). This shade started to fade after nine hours of wear. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Rose Gold (LE, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz (P, $46.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Highlight #3 is a medium, coppery-brown with warm, gold and orange shimmer. It had semi-sheer to opaque, buildable coverage, which was easy enough to layer without it looking heavy or emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The consistency, though, was a little drier and felt looser in the pan, so it had a tendency to sheer out initially and took some extra effort to even out. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Bronze (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Viseart Highlight and Sculpt Palette Highlight/Sculpt (01)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Bite Beauty Biscotti Multistick

Bite Beauty Biscotti Multistick

Bite Beauty Biscotti Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Sin (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C211 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Tea Petal (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Offshoot (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fastplay (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Mascarpone (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Mehr (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Rhubarb (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Ravenswood (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. The texture was slightly more emollient than other shades in the range, though it was not slippery or what I’d consider to be wet or problematic. I had no trouble applying and blending out the color on eyes, lips, or cheeks as it diffused easily and evenly. The coverage is best described as buildable, as the only way to get truly opaque coverage is by applying directly from the tube, which will yield opaque coverage. If applied by dabbing onto the cheeks, or if you use a brush or fingertips, you’ll come away with a more buildable level of coverage.

It wore best as a cheek color, as it held on for a solid ten hours, had a natural sheen that wasn’t too dewy or too matte, and blended out nicely. It performed well as a lip color, though it isn’t quite as hydrating or as comfortable to wear as the brand’s Amuse Bouche range. The texture felt a little thicker and heavier on the lips than the average satin formula, but it was still relatively comfortable to wear and, better yet, it was not drying over the five and a half hours it wore for. As an eyeshadow, it was easy enough to apply and blend out, but I had noticeable creasing within thirty minutes (which is actually better than other shades I’ve tested up until this point!), which is only marginally improved by primer; the best is to set with translucent powder, which extended wear into a few hours.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

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Bite Beauty Multistick Biscotti
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
92%
Thanks to Aquacool for today's question!

For makeup, where you skimp? Where you splurge?

I don’t think I actually do skimp, ha, ha, based on the volume I buy in. If I take off my blogger hat, then I would say I’d be more likely to skimp on nail lacquer, liquid eyeliner, maybe mascara. I find myself more into buying products that are really good, so if it was cheaper, awesome, but if it was more expensive, I’d likely still buy it over a lesser performing cheaper product.
-- Christine

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Sneak Peek: Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color Extensions (Fall 2016) Photos & Swatches

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color Extensions
Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color Extensions

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) has added several new shades to the range. I believe there are 9 that I did not cover before (a few that are listed as new were previously exclusive to Sephora). Full reviews to come, of course, but here’s a look at swatches for now!

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color Extensions

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