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Burberry My Burberry Blush Palette

01/11

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

Burberry My Burberry Blush Blush Palette

My Burberry Blush

Burberry My Burberry Blush Palette ($68.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in one layer but was a more forgiving blush that could be diffused or used with a lighter hand for less coverage if desired. The gold in the background of the powder was just an overspray; all swatches were done after removing the overspray.

The formula is supposed to have a “soft-as-silk” texture that yields a “blendable powder formula [that] can be layered for custom intensity.” I would describe it as a fairly pigmented blush–medium to semi-opaque coverage if used with a light hand or feathery brush–that had a more forgiving texture, so it could easily be sheered out for less coverage or intensity. The finish became more luminous the more blended and diffused the powder was on the skin, but it never appeared noticeably shimmery so it never accentuated the skin’s natural texture. The texture was smooth, moderately dense, but I had no trouble picking up product with softer brushes (like SUQQU’s Cheek). On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

Burberry Blush Palette My Burberry Blush
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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The Best & Worst of Cle de Peau Lipsticks

01/02

Cle de Peau Lipstick  

Cle de Peau Lipstick  

Cle de Peau Lipstick ($65.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a newly released formula that is available in 12 permanent shades, plus two limited edition hues. The formula is supposed to have “ultra-vibrant, luminous HD color and rich lasting moisture” that has a “silk, semi-matte finish lasting for 8 hours.” Under “Key Benefits,” they repeat that it has a “long-lasting finish for up to 8 hours” and “delivers lasting moisture for up to 4 hours” (I swear, that seems like it’s switched–it would really make more sense for it to last for four hours but keep lips hydrated for longer than the color itself lasted).

The consistency was lightweight, creamy with a more emollient feel as it applied that had a lightly tacky feel afterward. Color coverage varied from medium and buildable to mostly opaque with light to moderate shine. Some shades applied more smoothly across the lips and made my lips appear smoother and plumper but not all shades did so. The wear was four to six ours with some of the deeper, richer shades (like reds) wearing longer. I found the formula very hydrating and comfortable to wear. I did not notice any taste but they had a subtle, rosy scent.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham for Fall 2017

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham for Fall 2017
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham for Fall 2017

The Details

“My second makeup collection with Estée Lauder is coming soon! Preview all the products from the new range [here] before they go on sale this September 1st.” — VB

Polished and powerful. A strong navy eye with sexy liner that flows from edge to edge. The look is balanced by a softer nude lip that shimmers with gloss, echoing the bright lights of the city. This look is worn by Victoria in the collection campaign.

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Eye Palette, $75.00 (Limited Edition)

This is a palette of four eye shadows. Blanc; a sheer white pearl with a shimmer finish, Gris; a translucent grey with a matte finish, Noir; a soft black with a matte finish and Bordeaux; a deep wine with a shimmer finish. Lush and soft to the touch, these gel-creme powders can be worn alone or combined for a smouldering smoky eye.

  • London Blanc, Gris, Noir, Bordeaux

Eye Foil, $40.00 (Limited Edition (Repackaged))

Molten metal shine. This liquid eyeshadow creates a brilliant vinyl-like finish, even after it is dry. Sparkling pearls look like flecks of gold for a liquid-metal effect. This best seller is now available as a shadow pot for easy use with a brush or fingertips.

  • Burnt Anise Black
  • Blonde Gold White gold

Lip Gloss, $36.00 (Limited Edition)

A high-shine lip-gloss. Can be worn alone or over the Victoria Lip Pencil or Lipstick. Now in a new sleek vial.

  • Fired Crystal Iridescent gloss
  • Desert Heat Brown

Aura Gloss, $45.00 (Limited Edition)

This high-shine gloss, infused with gold pearl shimmer, catches the light, defines features, and creates dimension. Wear it as a glossy spotlight for cheekbones, bridge of nose and lips for a wet-shine finish. Glossy effect helps blur the look of pores.

  • Honey Sparkling gold

Eye Metals, $45.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Blonde Gold White gold

Eye Matte Duo, $60.00 (Limited Edition)

Directional shade pairings for a cool, graphic eye look. Two intensely pigmented matte shadows in unexpected color combinations.

  • Noir/Vanille Black/beige
  • Saphir/Orange Navy/orange
  • Bleu Electric Blue / beige

Skin Perfecting Powder, $85.00 (Limited Edition)

This is a luxuriously soft, lightweight and comfortable skin perfecting powder. It comes in one universal shade with a subtle yellow undertone that brightens and awakens all complexions.

Cheek Creme, $60.00 (Limited Edition)

This lightweight creme blush creates a dewy, flushed look for cheeks. Using fingertips or a brush, touch it onto the center of your bare lips for a natural-looking highlight, or over lipstick.

  • Blonde Mink Nude rose

Eye Kajal, $38.00 (Limited Edition)

This double-ended, exceptionally soft and creamy eyeliner offers both a potent black pencil and an eye-opening nude for a smudgy, “imperfect” look.

  • Black Saffron Vanille
  • Saphir Vanille
  • Java Vanille

Matte Lipstick, $50.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Victoria Nude
  • Burnished Rose Soft rose
  • Black Cassis Deep bordeaux

Repromotes,

  • Modern Mercury Highlighter ($75.00)
  • Saffron Sun Bronzer ($65.00)
  • Black Myrrh Eye Ink Shadow ($45.00)
  • Bitter Clove Eye Metal ($45.00)
  • Java Sun Bronzer ($65.00)
  • Morning Aura Illuminating Creme ($95.00)

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Kat Von D Thunderstruck & Wizard Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipsticks

01/08

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Thunderstruck

Kat Von D Thunderstruck Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and fine pink sparkle and larger gold glitter. It had semi-sheer coverage in a single layer, which was buildable semi-opaque coverage with a second layer (I felt a third layer started to feel thicker and uneven on the lips and was more prone to flaking off in chunks). The sheerer quality made it better for layering compared to some of the more pigmented shades in the range. This also had the least noticeable stain–slightly pinky but very subtle on my natural lip color. The texture was thin, almost watery, but it dried down quickly, though it could have applied a bit more evenly overall. It lasted for eight hours before fading too noticeably and needing a reapplication but did not feeling drying to me.

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to have “24-hour wear” with a “liquid stain base” that “feels like nothing” on the lips that can be worn “on its own” or layered “as a veil” over another lip color. There’s a lot to like about the formula, and I think as far as the concept of “lip toppers” go, it offers the versatility of actually being easy enough to apply to wear on its own but still be useful layered over other products for a shimmering effect. The doe-foot applicator worked well with the formula, as it spread the color and sparkly bits across the lips quite evenly. The coverage ranged from shade to shade with most having medium, buildable coverage in a single layer, which was in line with the description. They dried down and were transfer-resistant (until eating/drinking/licking of lips) but still had a great shimmering effect that made them look wet, even when they dried. They were more comfortable to wear than I anticipated–lightweight and just a little drying.

One of the bigger downsides is that it’s not going to wear 24 hours. Just about every single shade (all but Thunderstruck) stained my lips intensely, which helped prolong the wear, but the product breaks down with water, just plain water, and of course, it is removable by a slew of removers, including oil which one might encounter during a meal. I found deeper shades stained well but removed unevenly and left behind stained lines and patches on my lips that did not dissipate for almost 24-hours post wear. I didn’t notice that the lip color did not take well to water initially, as I didn’t see any transfer on my glasses, but when I rinsed after I brushed my teeth (where I cup water in my hands, so less elegant than drinking from a glass), I had lip color running like crazy.

This led me to pay even more attention the next time I wore the formula, and sure enough, color lifted with just a sip of water and transferred onto things like paper (but not glassware) and the back of my hand. Some shades made it through meals better than others with the worst offenders lifting more noticeably from the center of the lips. The formula survives some eating and drinking, but the more you drink, the less it survives, and even careful eating/drinking yielded noticeably faded wear between eight and twelve hours of wear. I don’t think a brand would advocate 24-hour wear but expect you not to eat, drink, or even brush your teeth! I would consider it long-wearing in the grand scheme of things with solid six to ten hour wear depending on the shade. They do stain significantly less when layered over something like the brand’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks but can seep through more emollient lipstick formulas.

Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick Thunderstruck
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
3.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total

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Hourglass I’m Addicted, No One Knows, I’ve Kissed Confession Lipsticks

01/06

Hourglass I'm Addicted Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I'm Addicted Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I'm Addicted Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I'm Addicted Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I'm Addicted Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I'm Addicted Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

I'm Addicted

Hourglass I’m Addicted Confession Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a soft, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was nearly opaque, and the lipstick applied the coverage evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightweight, creamy without being heavy or too emollient, and was easy to apply. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was lightly moisturizing over time.

The formula is supposed to have “creamy, saturated, longwearing color with a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium thick formula that was typically opaque with a lightly creamy texture that glided on without tugging but did not slide around while worn. The majority of shades had a natural to satin finish, and they lasted anywhere from four to seven hours with light hydration. The best performing shades were light to dark while the lightest and deepest shades weren’t quite as consistent.

The lipstick can be purchased with the full packaging/applicator for $34 or as a refill-only for $22. The refill packaging is substantial enough that it is usable on its own, as there’s a detachable base that the refillable cap clicks onto (with an audible click), but they are very slim–and that’s not a surprise given they only contain 0.03 oz. making them one of the smaller lipsticks on the market. Slim lipsticks typically contain around 0.07 oz. of product and are usually smaller than the average standard lipstick tube (which tends to be between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.).

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick I'm Addicted
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Make Up For Ever H106 Artist Face Color (Highlighter)

01/06

Make Up For Ever H106 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H106 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H106 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H106 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H106 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H106 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

H106

Make Up For Ever H106 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is brilliant, blinding medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a very smooth, almost cream-like texture that was moderately dense but easily blended out on the skin. The powder diffused nicely along the cheeks, and the more I blended it out, the less metallic it became. At full coverage, it did emphasize my skin’s natural texture just slightly, though. On me, this highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours.

Overview of the Formula

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “long-lasting finish.” The range is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the “matte” shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the “mattes” a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color – Highlighter H106
H106
H106
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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