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Tom Ford Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color

01/09

Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color

Paradiso

Tom Ford Paradiso Cream & Powder Eye Color ($62.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes a sparkling, powder eyeshadow and a cream eyeshadow. I’m a huge fan of Tom Ford’s Cream Color for Eyes formula, as it is typically very pigmented, easy to work with, and long-wearing, but the sparkling Eye Color I’m often less enthusiastic over. The two products worked well together, but I would have preferred a more contrasting powder eyeshadow to pair with the cream eyeshadow to make it a more versatile duo. The cream eyeshadow was excellent–pigmented, long-wearing, blendable–while the powder eyeshadow was decent but could have been more pigmented and had less fallout over time.

Tom Ford Beauty Cream & Powder Eye Color Paradiso
Paradiso
Paradiso
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Paradiso (Cream)

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Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator & Illuminating Stick

01/10

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Diamond Dust

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a grayish-white base with strong shift to pink-violet paired with a luminous sheen. It had rich color payoff, which was easily blended and diffused for sheerer coverage, if desired. The consistency was smooth, blendable but not so soft that it was powdery in the pan. The brand actually described the formula as a “translucent wash of luminous color,” and while with a very, very light touch and barely-there application, that effect was achievable, the reality was this was a pigmented highlighter–which may not be a deal-breaker for many. On my warmer skin tone, the cooler base made it easier for me to wear layered on top of blush, but the shift was noticeable on its own or layered. This shade wore well for nine hours on me.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Diamond Dust
9
Product
6
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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B

Diamond Dust

Limited Edition
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Tarte Berry Mojito, Yachting, High Dive Color Splash Hydrating Lipsticks

01/07

Tarte Berry Mojito Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Berry Mojito Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Berry Mojito Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Berry Mojito Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Berry Mojito Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Berry Mojito Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Berry Mojito Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Berry Mojito

Tarte Berry Mojito Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, reddish burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and barely-there pearl. The finish was glossier compared to most shades in the range, and I expect that was due to the higher amount of slip. While I didn’t personally experience feathering with the shade, this would be one that I’d recommend wearing with a lip liner if feathering is an issue for you. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which applied fairly evenly and smoothly across the lips. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind while also being hydrating.

The formula is supposed to be “long-wearing,” “full coverage,” and hydrating. The consistency has an incredibly smooth, creamy feel to it and has enough substance and thickness to it that it adheres well to the lips and usually doesn’t pull into lip lines. I felt like the formula felt slightly more emollient initially and “dried” a bit to more of a satin-to-cream finish after a few minutes (but not a true dry down, as it wasn’t transfer-resistant!). The majority of shades were very pigmented, easy to apply, comfortable to wear with light to moderate hydration over time, and lasted between four and seven hours on me. A few of the lightest and darkest shades weren’t as pigmented or were less flattering on the lips compared to more of the medium shades. There did not seem to be any added fragrance to it (smelled slightly waxy), and I didn’t notice any taste.

Tarte Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick Berry Mojito
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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B+

Yachting

Permanent
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B+
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Laura Geller Ballerina & Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminators Reviews, Photos, Swaatches

01/07

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Ballerina

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.85 oz.) is a soft, medium rose gold with warm undertones and fine, golden pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which was only opaque just-squeezed out of the applicator, but the watery texture made it impossible for it to actually stay that way once I started to blend the product out. I tried applying a second layer on top with minimal success. As long as the product was blended on the skin, it dried down for the most part. I don’t recommend applying with the sponge applicator, especially if you use any base products, as it will absolutely pick up foundations and concealers, which then muddies the highlighter a bit. It had a subtle sheen that was more noticeable in person than in photos (almost looked like nothing was on my cheeks in photos) with little color (against my skin tone). The faint glow lasted for seven hours on me.

It’s supposed to be “sheer” liquid version of the brand’s powder highlighters. There’s a sponge applicator on the end, and you squeeze the product out onto it, which was the aspect of this product I liked least. I think a simple squeeze tube would have made more sense and been just as practical–it would have worked well for getting product out for highlighting key areas of the face as well as for mixing with base products. It’s much harder to mix with base products that way it is packaged. It was fairly sheer on the skin (as marketed), but it might have been in that range of “too sheer” for some. It also worked well as a base for powder highlighters or mixed with base/foundation products.

Laura Geller Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator Ballerina
Ballerina
Ballerina
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

01/13

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC x Pirates of the Caribbean Look | Look Breakdown

LORAC x Pirates of the Caribbean Look | Look Breakdown

Pirates of the Caribbean

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes 18 eyeshadows with a mix of shimmers and mattes. The formula did feel a lot like their PRO formula (which it is supposed to be), though some shades seemed thinner and just as dusty/powdery as the original PRO formula can be, so I still had trouble applying the shades without a primer underneath. An eyeshadow primer helped but some shades still fell short even over primer (they would still sheer out and look more faded on than they did in their pans).

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Eyeshadow Palette Pirates of the Caribbean
B-

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

Tarte Colada, Siesta, 5 O’Clock Color Splash Hydrating Lipsticks

01/07

Tarte Colada Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Colada Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Colada Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Colada Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Colada Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Colada Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Colada Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Colada

Tarte Colada Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is muted, medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was shy of being full coverage, that went on evenly and smoothly. The lipstick was slightly more emollient than others in the range, and I had a touch of color that pulled into my lip lines as a result, though I did not feel it was noticeable from a normal viewing distance (only in the close-up photos). This shade wore nicely for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn.

The formula is supposed to be “long-wearing,” “full coverage,” and hydrating. The consistency has an incredibly smooth, creamy feel to it and has enough substance and thickness to it that it adheres well to the lips and usually doesn’t pull into lip lines. I felt like the formula felt slightly more emollient initially and “dried” a bit to more of a satin-to-cream finish after a few minutes (but not a true dry down, as it wasn’t transfer-resistant!). The majority of shades were very pigmented, easy to apply, comfortable to wear with light to moderate hydration over time, and lasted between four and seven hours on me. A few of the lightest and darkest shades weren’t as pigmented or were less flattering on the lips compared to more of the medium shades. There did not seem to be any added fragrance to it (smelled slightly waxy), and I didn’t notice any taste.

Tarte Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick Colada
Colada
Colada
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Siesta

Permanent
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