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Tom Ford Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

01/07

Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

Solar Exposure

Tom Ford Solar Exposure Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes four eyeshadows, one highlighter, and one blush. If you’re normally a fan of Tom Ford’s eyeshadow quads (the regular kind), then I’d expect you would likely find the eyeshadows similar in quality. The deepest shade was sheerer but buildable, but it would be best over a primer. The cheek products are nice enough but are not quite as dense or as silky as the original powder blush formula but aren’t quite as thin as the current blush formula

Tom Ford Beauty Eye & Cheek Palette Solar Exposure
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Tarte Metallics Shadows (Summer 2017) (Part 2)

01/08

Tarte Revel Metallic Shadow

Tarte Revel Metallic Shadow

Tarte Revel Metallic Shadow

Tarte Revel Metallic Shadow

Tarte Revel Metallic Shadow

Tarte Revel Metallic Shadow

Tarte Metallic Shadows | Look Breakdown

Tarte Metallic Shadows | Look Breakdown

Revel

Tarte Revel Metallic Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color coverage–just shy of opaque–that applied evenly and smoothly on the lid. The texture was soft, a smidgen loose so there was some excess product kicked up in the pan, but it was easy to work with as it was blendable and adhered well to bare skin. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

The Metallic Shadow formula is supposed to have “smooth payoff” that have “lasting vibrancy with no fallout” and are “ultra-pigmented.” They are also designed to be removable, so you can easily put them into an empty palette. The original set of shades were released in plastic compacts, but the most recent release featured them in cardboard compacts. The formula is typically very pigmented, smooth, and blendable with good wear (around eight hours). They work well and are easy to work with, and I’m glad to see that they brand has continued to expand their color selection in this formula.

Tarte Metallic Shadow Revel
Revel
Revel
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Pop Rock

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A-

Clueless

Permanent
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A-

Vintage

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Jaded

Permanent
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Urban Decay Fever, Ritual, Circuit Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

01/10

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Fever Topcoat over Bittersweet Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fever Topcoat over Bittersweet Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fever Topcoat over Bittersweet Vice Lipstick

Fever

Urban Decay Fever Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, coral-orange with warm undertones (a mix of red and orange) paired with pink and silver sparkle. The consistency was thin, not watery but could have easier to spread across the lips (may have been unnecessary hindered by the terrible choice in applicator, though). Of the shades in the line-up, I actually felt like this one looked pretty good alone, as there was enough overall sheen to make it look even while still adding plenty of sparkle. I tried layering it over a Vice Lipstick, and it did not go on as well; it seemed to dry down and “crack” the underlying lipstick and create a tackiness that lifted color after I pressed my lips together (barely!). On its own, Fever wore well for four hours but was somewhat drying. Go figure that one that worked well on its own would have trouble layering, right?

The brand describes the formula as a “shade-shifting topcoat” that can be used over their “cream, metallized, and matte shades” of Vice Lipstick or any of the Vice Liquid Lipsticks, but–wait for it–“or wear these shades alone.” They’re supposed to be a “comfortable, gel-cream formula that dries down quickly and provides long-lasting wear that never feels sticky” while also creating a “water-resistant barrier that seals in the color underneath.” The brand also warns that your lips might “feel tingly just after applying.”

As a topcoat, I think they perform the best; it can be hit or miss depending on the underlying shade, and some topcoats are more versatile than others (sheerer ones tended to work well with anything, more opaque ones could be hard to apply). I did not feel like they truly locked the underlying lipstick in, as they transferred and still lasted about as long as the lipstick did on its own. I also felt that it was lightly tacky, and it varied, but a few shades would lift color in places. The tingling effect was least pronounced when layered. In general, layering over very light shades was often where they missed and any unevenness became much more visible.

On their own, they often struggled to go on evenly. The application over bare lips was similar to trying to apply some of the darker topcoats over very light or dissimilar colors, which just made any application shortcomings highly visible (compared to say, blue shimmer over a blue lipstick). They had a very strong, lingering tingle where my lips felt like they do after being numbed (like from the dentist)–almost too big, swollen, and a mixture of tingling, cooling, burning. This effect lasted between two to three minutes before subsiding. I wouldn’t say it’s water-resistant, as it seemed to transfer after drinking water, but if I did not drink anything, it was fairly transfer-proof. The wear has been between two and four hours and drying.

The packaging on these doesn’t make sense to me; they have a very thin, brush-type applicator that is terrible for spreading product across the lips, but the formula was often sheerer so getting crisp lines with the included applicator seemed like an exercise in futility. I think a squeeze-tube or more typical doe-foot applicator would have worked here, but I like the idea of a squeeze tube, which would “force” one to use a separate applicator would make more sense, as using it directly on top of another lipstick would result in lipstick transfer to the wand and back into the tube.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Fever
Fever
Fever
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

01/09

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick

Mornin' Sunshine

Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had semi-sheer color that looked more like a lip stain than a lipstick applied.

It’s supposed to give a “wash of happy color” (which is described as “Yellow [that] turns to sheer coral on the lips”) that is “super moisturizing and long-lasting.” The consistency was lightweight, thin without feeling clingy, and glided across the lips without tugging. It was comfortable to wear, moderately hydrating, and lasted for four and a half hours on me.

Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick Mornin' Sunshine
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Essence Satin Coral & Satin Love Satin Touch Blushes

01/06

Essence Satin Coral Satin Touch Blush

Essence Satin Coral Satin Touch Blush

Essence Satin Coral Satin Touch Blush

Essence Satin Coral Satin Touch Blush

Essence Satin Coral Satin Touch Blush

Essence Satin Coral Satin Touch Blush

Satin Coral

Essence Satin Coral Satin Touch Blush ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. The more I blended and buffed the color on my skin, the more luminous the finish appeared.

It’s supposed to be a “silky-soft, highly pigmented powder,” and it is only available in two shades presently–I really hope they add more shades to it, though! The powder was smooth, soft, and a little powdery in the pan, but it applied beautifully to the skin and never looked dusty or chalky. It was a denser powder, too, so I felt like it was not prone to sheering out and was blendable while still retaining its intensity and coverage. The product had rich pigmentation that went on evenly and lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Essence Satin Touch Blush Satin Coral
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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A-

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder Blush

01/08

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

GALifornia

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder ($29.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a fine, golden pearl. The finer shimmer translated into a luminous finish that was glowing but not frosted or pore-emphasizing.

Benefit does not say much about the actual product, other than it features a “soft, blendable formula” and is scented with “notes of pink grapefruit and vanilla” (and heavily scented at that). The formula felt slightly denser than some of the long-standing shades in the range but not as dense as the Rockateur formula. It was smooth, blendable, and easy to work with on the skin, despite being a bolder, brighter shade. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that was easy to apply less of for more medium coverage, if desired. The blush wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Benefit Box o’ Powder GALifornia
GALifornia
GALifornia
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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