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Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

01/08

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Happy Glow

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush ($54.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and silver sparkle. The pink powder seemed like a soft matte–not really shimmery but not so matte that it appeared flat on the skin–but there were distinct sparkles on the skin.

It’s a new, limited edition pressed blush from the brand that’s supposed to work as a “blush and a highlighter.” The formula is supposed to “lightly sculpt and illuminate” the complexion, which I suspect is code for not-the-most-pigmented-blush-ever. It comes in a soft pink compact, which seemed a little lighter and “cheaper” to me than their usual compacts (but it seemed sturdy and functional), and the powder has the brand’s signature violet scent. It had sheer, buildable coverage (up to medium) that was incredibly blendable, as the consistency was soft, finely-milled, and smooth to the touch.

Between the coverage level and the lightness of the color itself, it is going to be more suitable for lighter complexions and someone who doesn’t want a lot of shine from their highlighter but doesn’t mind visible sparkle. I’m light-medium in skin tone, and I get only a hint of pink on my skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Guerlain Meteorites Blush Happy Glow
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
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Guerlain Coque d’Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs (Eyeshadow Palette)

01/06

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Coque d'Or (03) Palette 5 Couleurs

Coque d'Or (03)

Guerlain Coque d’Or (03) Eyeshadow Palette ($69.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of beige, gold, bronze, brown, and green. This was one of the better performing palettes that Guerlain released, though I think the colors are more dupable than not, so at this price point, I would expect near perfection. It was a mix of textures, most of them underwhelming, but a few shades had better pigmentation. The wear was still problematic with shorter wear times than average.

Guerlain Palette 5 Couleurs Coque d'Or (03)
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total

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Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs (Eyeshadow Palette)

01/06

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Palette 5 Couleurs

Rose Barbare (01)

Guerlain Rose Barbare (01) Eyeshadow Palette ($69.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a pink and purple themed palette that contains five shades. I’m beyond disappointed in the formula that Guerlain created for their more recently released eyeshadow palettes; it is just so powdery, dusty, dry, and hard to use. I used it over primer, and it was still a total pain to apply and looked uneven, patchy, and faded. I felt like primer just made the mess wear longer, but it did little to make it look better, and I did try several types of primer. The only base that worked decently was a tackier, slightly wet base, which gave the powdery formula more to cling to.

Guerlain Palette 5 Couleurs Rose Barbare (01)
6
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
62%
Total

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The Holiday Kiss Collection for Sephora | Holiday 2016

Sephora Kiss Collection for Holiday 2016
The Holiday Kiss Collection for Sephora | Holiday 2016

Limited edition cases and shades created exclusively for Sephora.

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The Details

Holiday Kiss Collection | $17.00 to $56.00 | Limited Edition

  • NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick ($32.00)
  • Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick ($20.00)
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks ($21.00) Double Dare, Lolita II, Mother
  • Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick ($17.00)
  • Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte ($21.00)
  • Bite Beauty Mistletoe Amuse Bouche ($26.00)
  • Marc Jacobs Bad Behavior Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00)
  • Tarte Bestie Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint ($20.00)
  • BUXOM White Russian Full-On Lip Cream ($20.00)
  • Guerlain Rouge Saphir Rouge G ($56.00)
  • Make Up For Ever M400 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00)
  • Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Lipstick ($21.00)

Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Lipsticks | 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 lipstick formulas I’ve tried:

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have “bold, creamy color” with “extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.” The majority of the range is very pigmented–typically opaque with one pass–with a few shades being semi-opaque but usually buildable. The majority of the shades I’ve tested have been lightly hydrating to non-drying and fairly comfortable to wear for the long-haul. They wear longer than average, from four to eight hours, depending on the intensity and propensity of the shade to stain. The range is rather extensive with over 30 shades, so you may find our top 15 best Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks list useful. Some of my favorite shades are: Pickled Ginger, Kale, Sour Cherry, and Spritzer.

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Guerlain Shalimar Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($46.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a limited edition set of shades for the holiday season. Guerlain’s weakness seems to be eyeshadows, unfortunately, and the holiday duo left much to be desired. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” with “multiple metallic reflections.” The consistency of the top shade was dry, slightly gritty, and extremely difficult to blend, while the bottom shade was looser and easier to work with but had fall out (and is, between the two, quite dupable).

Shalimar (Top) is a medium-dark, grape-hued plum base with lighter navy blue shimmer. It had a firmer press, which made getting color payoff difficult, and I could not build up the color with multiple layers, as it just didn’t stick to itself well. When I tried to blend out the color, it looked patchy, uneven, and draggy around the edges. It started to crease after six hours of wear. There was really not much to like about this shade, besides the color it was attempting to be! Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Freakshow (LE, $19.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Kauai #2 (P, $25.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Dance Party (LE, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Highly Charged (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is warmer, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay ACDC (P, $19.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shalimar (Bottom) is a brighter, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It is the more traditional holiday gold you’d see during the season, so while it performed better than the top shade, it is easily duped with other products rather than acquiring one dud and one decent shade for the price of $46. The texture of this shade was softer, smoother, and more blendable on the skin, but it had some fall out issues over time. It had was mostly opaque in coverage, and it lasted for seven hours before creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Indian Gold (44M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Metal (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Patina (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Shalimar
Shalimar
Shalimar
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total
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