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Best Lipglosses | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Lipglosses | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at the best lipgloss formulas I’ve tried:

Anastasia Lipgloss

Anastasia Lipgloss

Anastasia Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “opaque” with “high-shine” that’s “non-drying.” It is one of the more pigmented lipglosses out there that has a smoother, more cushion-y consistency that typically spreads well across the lips. My experience from wearing the formula is that they are often lightly to moderately hydrating and wear three to five hours. Check out our list of the top 15 Anastasia Lipglosses, plus here are of my favorite shades are: Weekend Barbie, Purple Rain, Orchid, and Warm Bronze.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “lip stain with an ultra-glossy finish” that has “intense, vibrant color” and “long-lasting high shine.” The formula feels lightweight, almost watery, when initially applied but thickens and feels more like a moderately tacky gel after thirty to forty seconds. It has great staying power with the glossiness lasting for six hours and the color itself still going strong eight to ten hours later (after two meals and coffee)–by the end of the day, it has more of a natural sheen to it (like a lip stain) but looked even. It does stain as well. I would forget that I was wearing it, which is a testament to how comfortable and hydrating it is for all-day wear. The coverage is nearly opaque but has that slight translucency that you would expect to see in a lip stain. Some of my favorite shades are: Infamy and Red Corset.

Availability

Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

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Best Highlighters | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Highlighters | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing highlighters useful 🙂

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a luminous, powder highlighter that strikes the right balance between being noticeable without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The shimmer is fine, while the powder is silky and smooth. There are only three shades at the moment, and the one I use the most is Starlight, which works as a highlighting blush on my skin tone.

Availability

Sephora, Nordstrom, Beautylish, Neiman Marcus,

Cle de Peau #15, 17, 18, 16 Radiant Liquid Rouge

Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge
Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge

Cle de Peau Fast Lane (15) Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark magenta purple with warm, pink undertones and a creamy, almost jelly-like finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly, but this was one of the less pigmented shades in the range and did not have the same evenness in the application I had come to expect from the formula. The color wore well for just over five hours and was hydrating, though. MAC Dilly Dazzle (P, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Love You Big Time (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Snuggle Up (LE, $20.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC How Chic is This (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Lancome Meteoric Violet (06) (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau Bugatti Red (17) Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a bright, bold medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it applied very evenly and smoothly. The texture was gel-like on the lips, but it was lightweight and made my lips appear smoother. This shade wore for over six hours and was moisturizing over time. NARS No. 54 (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Carla (-, $16.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred (P, $38.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Anastasia Neon Apple (-, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Bad Apple (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $19.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty No Vacancy (P, $52.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Disruptor (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Stolen Cherry (P, $52.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Altressa (P, $85.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau Lempicka Red (17) Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish-berry with subtle, cool undertones and a shiny finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which looked like a true stain, as it was translucent but still very visible in color. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, and gel-like, where it made lips appear plumper and smoother. The color wore well for over six hours and felt hydrating on me. Anastasia Carla (-, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Chanel Crushed Cherry (DC, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Revlon HD Carnelian (545) (P, $8.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Gash (P, $26.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Red Corset (P, $52.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Courting Chic (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau Deco (16) Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a medium, coral-orange with warm, reddish undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. The texture was thinner and did not seem as glossy or as gel-like as other shades in the range, so it wasn’t as flattering or as smoothing on the lips. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly, at least, and it still wore better than most glosses at five hours. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Nahema Smack (P, $30.00) is warmer (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tattoo My Heart (P, $24.00) is brighter, cooler, lower quality (90% similar). Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Never Say Never (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Cosmic (656) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Hibiscus (-, $16.00) is brighter (85% similar). Maybelline Glistening Coral (525) (P, $8.99) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Sirocco (604) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Neon Carnival (-, $16.00) is brighter (85% similar). Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #402 (P, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is brighter (85% similar). Becca Watermelon/Opal (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Barbecue (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Can't Stop, Won't Stop (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing “glossy stain” that give lips a “shiny, vinyl look” with “rich color.” The consistency is smooth, lightweight, and like a watery cream when initially applied, but it develops into a lighter weight gel texture after a few minutes. Most of the shades have medium or greater coverage, long-wearing, high-shine, and are hydrating while worn. There is a subtle floral scent to the formula, but I did not notice it except in the tube and did not encounter any taste. They look more like a stain than they actually behave like one, as I only found the darkest shades to leave behind any trace of color after it had worn away. There is a slight tackiness after an hour or so, but it never turned truly sticky.

Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Fast Lane (15)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Bugatti Red (17)
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Lempicka Red (18)
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Deco (16)
Deco (16)
Deco (16)
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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Cle de Peau #11, 12, 13, 14 Radiant Liquid Rouge

Cle de Peau Lingerie Radiant Liquid Rouge
Cle de Peau Lingerie Radiant Liquid Rouge

Cle de Peau Lingerie (11) Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy coral with warm undertones and a cream-like finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied smoothly, but some of the color settled into lip lines noticeably, particularly on my bottom lip. I was surprised at how it did not leave “lines” when I pressed my lips together as it is such a light shade. The texture was smooth, comfortable to wear, and felt hydrating over the five hours it lasted. MAC Artful (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Mystery (P, $30.00) is lighter, less pigmented, lower quality (95% similar). Chanel Super Nude (137) (LE, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Fleur d'Eau (192) (LE, $30.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). NYX Tres Leches (P, $5.99) is lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Peach-sicle (P, $19.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Bliss (181) (LE, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau Chenille (12) Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a cream-like finish and lots of shine. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture was lightweight, gel-like as it “set,” and was very comfortable to wear. This shade wore well for six hours and was hydrating. MAC Hyper-Fabulous (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Intrigue (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Beautifully Bare (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Audace (20) (LE, $34.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Tuned In (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (DC, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau Flushed (13) Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a fine, silver pearl. It was very pigmented, though just shy of being full coverage, and the color went on smoothly and evenly without streaking or looking patchy. The formula had a gel-like consistency that was comfortable to wear, as it wasn’t clingy or too tacky. I was able to wear this color for just over five and a half hours, and it was moisturizing while worn. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Frenemy (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia St. Tropez (-, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Fast Life (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Lancome Polished Rose (01) (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau Sequin (14) Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a bright, peony pink with warm, yellow undertones and a fine silver pearl. It had richer color payoff than the others, but the texture was thicker overall as well, which made it a little harder to apply and keep from welling up in my lip lines. The color wore well for just over four and a half hours, and it was nicely hydrating. Chanel Innocent (14) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Sephora Pink Dahlia (14) (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hoop (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Blushing (-, $16.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Little Miss Mischief (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Lancome Polished Rose (01) (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing “glossy stain” that give lips a “shiny, vinyl look” with “rich color.” The consistency is smooth, lightweight, and like a watery cream when initially applied, but it develops into a lighter weight gel texture after a few minutes. Most of the shades have medium or greater coverage, long-wearing, high-shine, and are hydrating while worn. There is a subtle floral scent to the formula, but I did not notice it except in the tube and did not encounter any taste. They look more like a stain than they actually behave like one, as I only found the darkest shades to leave behind any trace of color after it had worn away. There is a slight tackiness after an hour or so, but it never turned truly sticky.

Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Lingerie (11)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Chenille (12)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Flushed (13)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Sequin (14)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Collection for Holiday 2016

Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Collection for Holiday 2016
Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles Collection for Holiday 2016

Clé de Peau Beauté specially commissioned Ashley Longshore to create distinctive package art that celebrates the willful women who redefined the world’s perception of femininity. A modern artist, entrepreneur and gallery owner with many celebrity fans, Ashley Longshore draws upon pop culture to express her artistic vision.

A collection as lavish as the holidays…Inspired by an extravagant soiree during the Roaring Twenties. Singularly stunning, yet collectively hypnotic, the women glitter like stars in winter’s midnight sky. A magical season begins…

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The Details

Eye Color Palette | $125.00 | Limited Edition

A limited edition collection of shadows in elegant shades from shimmering to matte, inspired by the spellbinding glittering beauty of a woman. An array of colors and textures highlight and define eyes.

Lip Color Palette | $65.00 | Limited Edition

A limited edition lip color palette in rich lipstick shades paired with a shimmering gloss for lips that dazzle with sensual beauty and elegance. Contains one shimmery lip gloss and two shades of long-lasting rouge a lévres lipstick: one lipstick shade in velvet texture and one lipstick shade in silk texture for lips with spellbinding luminosity. Available in two shades: 01 and 02.

Sneak Peek: Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge Photos & Swatches

Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge
Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge

Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge ($48.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing glossy stain that hydrates for “four hours.” There are eight shades, and I bought seven of the eight (inadvertently, I had purchased three from one retailer and forgot I had done so and then bought six at another retailer with two overlapping and one missing, LOL!), so here are swatches!

Cle de Peau Radiant Liquid Rouge

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