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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)

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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

Bite Beauty #008, 010, 012 Lip Pencils

01/06

Bite Beauty #008 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #008 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #008 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #008 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #008 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #008 The Lip Pencil

#008

Bite Beauty #008 The Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, peachy coral with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had good color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture was velvety but not actually wet, creamy, or emollient, and it was thinner overall, so it clung to lips. I didn’t feel like it was drying, nor was it uncomfortable to wear, but it did emphasize my lip lines a bit on its own. It lasted for five hours by itself and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bite Beauty recommends wearing this particular shade with Meringue; I think it would work well with Sorbet (brighter, pinker), Rhubarb (darker), Meringue (lighter, slightly warmer), or Fig (darker, cooler) — see comparison swatches.

The Lip Pencil formula is supposed to have “perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage” with a lightweight feel. I think the formula worked exceptionally well for lining the edges of the lips and keeping color on longer and more within the lines (e.g. a lipstick feathers on its own wouldn’t feather when layered over one of the lip pencils). Some shades worked well for filling in the lips for all over color, but some applied more unevenly or were less comfortable to fill in with. The consistency was soft, just barely creamy–almost more velvety than creamy–and oddly spreadable, as I found the best way to “even” out the coverage was to press my lips together, and while there was a touch of tackiness, the color almost always appeared more even after that than if I kept trying to maneuver and push the color around with the pencil itself. They do feel lightweight, and they lasted anywhere from five to six hours on their own. They weren’t spectacularly long-wearing as a standalone lip product, but they extended the wear of lipsticks by two to four hours.

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil #008
#008
#008
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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#010

Permanent
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#012

Permanent
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Sneak Peek: Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadows Photos & Swatches

Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadow
Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) are glitter-tastic liquid eyeshadows. I picked up three when they initially launched, wasn’t particularly impressed, but they started to get more buzz recently so I thought maybe I just picked three of the worst shades. We shall see! In the meanwhile, here are swatches:

Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadow

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