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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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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)

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Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Eyeshadow Palettes | 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 eyeshadow palettes helpful!

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes 14 eyeshadows that come in a mix of warmer neutrals and pops of pink/red. For a mostly matte palette, it actually applied quite well to bare skin, and I didn’t have issues blending out the majority of the shades. The eyeshadows adhered exceptionally well to bare skin without sheering out or becoming patchy. The majority of the shades were pigmented and wore for seven to eight hours.

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Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette ($19.00 for 1.58 oz.) contains 28, metallic eyeshadows. I picked this up a couple of months ago, because it was getting a lot of buzz, and I’ve been really impressed by the quality overall. Only a few shades had issues, and they were fairly minor (slightly less pigmented, could apply better with primer or with a dampened brush). The majority of the eyeshadows were very pigmented, applied beautifully on bare skin, blended out easily, and lasted for seven to nine hours on me (without primer). As they are all shimmery, it may not work as well as an all-in-one-look palette, though. If you like your high-shimmer, metallic eyeshadows, it’s well worth checking out!

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BH Cosmetics

Best Eyeshadows | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Blushes | 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 eyeshadow formulas useful 🙂

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) still remains my very favorite powder eyeshadow formula. I’m particularly fond of their more shimmery and satin finishes, though their mattes are nice (but they aren’t as dense, and I love a denser, creamier eyeshadow). Their are over 200 shades to choose from, so you can imagine it is hard to pick favorites, but here are swatches of some of my must-haves!

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Sephora

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new formula that debuted this year, and I was able to confirm with Tarte that they anticipate these being part of the permanent range, at least for the next year…. so here’s hoping they will make a stronger commitment to the formula by adding more shades next year! The formula on the Metallics range is soft, smooth, blendable, and almost cream-like as they have a denser, richer feel to them. They are pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to use. Some of my favorite shades are Sinful, Pokerface, and Dame.

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Sephora, Ulta, Tarte

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Kat Von D Everlasting Obsession Liquid Lipstick Collector’s Edition Now Online

Kat Von D Everlasting Obsession Liquid Lipstick Collector's Edition
Kat Von D Everlasting Obsession Liquid Lipstick Collector’s Edition

Feast your eyes on the ultimate set to of Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. This collectible vault features 15 full-size Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, hand-picked by Kat Von D herself, including two never-before-seen exclusive shades: Devils, a siren red color, and Lovecraft, a beloved nude from the Studded Kiss Lipstick collection—now in Everlasting’s liquid formula. A sleek envelope clutch design with magnetic closure functions as a carrying case for the collection, opening to reveal the standing lipsticks and original artwork by Kat.

Everlasting Liquid Lipstick gives lips long-lasting wear and high-pigment color. Its creamy, color-rich formula glides over the lips like a gloss but dries to a true matte finish. It’s infused with natural comfort-enhancing ingredients, including vitamin E and sunflower seed so you can flaunt lasting matte color that leaves lips feeling comfortable.

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Everlasting Obsession Liquid Lipstick Collector's Edition | 240.00

A one-of-a-kind, collector’s edition of top-selling, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in 13 favorite shades—including two exclusives. Editor’s note: The value is $300 worth of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick.

  • Ayesha
  • Susperia
  • Bauhau5
  • Bachelorette
  • Backstage Bambi
  • Mother
  • Beloved
  • Double Dare
  • Lovecraft (New)
  • Noble
  • A-Go-Go
  • Devils (New)
  • Outlaw
  • Nahz Fur Atoo (previously Nosferatu)
  • Damned

Kat Von D Shade + Light Obsession Collector’s Edition Now Online!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Obsession Collector's Edition
Kat Von D Shade + Light Obsession Collector’s Edition

A once-in-a-lifetime limited-edition set of Kat Von D’s Shade+Light contour collection, plus a hand-signed note from Kat.

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Shade + Light Obsession Collector's Edition | $200.00 | Limited Edition

The Shade + Light Obsession Collector’s Edition Contour Set* is filled with everything you need to transform your face and eyes through the art of contouring. Unzip the coffin-shaped carryall case, embossed with the KVD monogram, to unveil six of the most coveted contour products on earth. Each Shade + Light Obsession includes an autograph from Kat Von D herself, right next to a print of the portrait she sketched that inspired the collection.

  • Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
  • Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad (Plum, Smoke)
  • Shade + Light Contour Palette
  • Shade + Light Eye Contour Brush
  • Shade + Light Contour Brush
  • Personally signed letter from Kat Von D

Kat Von D Double Dare, Lolita II, Mother Studded Kiss Lipsticks

Kat Von D Double Dare Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Double Dare Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Double Dare Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark coral rose with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage with a slightly firm consistency that tugged on the lips when applied but did not drag painfully. It seemed to get creamier after a few users as well. The lipstick wore for six hours and started to feel drying after four hours of wear. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Double Dare (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Sellout (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Glace (P, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sweet Cream (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Lolita II Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly, though the consistency was firmer and dragged a bit on the lips. It felt clingy, though it had longer-than-average wear at six hours. The formula was moderately drying after four hours of wear. Kat Von D Lolita II (P, $20.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C108 (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) (P, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spice (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Verbena (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bumble (P, $6.00) is brighter (85% similar). Tarte Bestie (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (80% similar). NARS Indecent Proposal (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Taupe (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Chai (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). MAC Strip Me Down (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Mother Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly. The consistency was firmer and stiffer in the tube, so it required extra pressure and tugged on the lips as I applied the color to my lips. It had a clingier feel, which may be uncomfortable for some, but the color lasted for over seven hours and left a stain behind. The formula was somewhat drying over time. Tom Ford Beauty Thomas (P, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Mother (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Never Say Never (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty #002 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #12 (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Fanny (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to have “bold color” with “long-lasting wear and luxe comfort.” I reviewed several of these shades when they were first released, and a lot of them were so dry that they were stiff to the point of dragging, tugging, and were nearly painful to apply, though not all. Some of the more recently released shades were surprisingly creamy, comfortable to apply, and really felt like a major departure from a lot of the ones I had tried from the initial release–they were pigmented, easier to apply, and were non-drying to drying. It seems like performance can really vary from shade to shade, unfortunately.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Double Dare
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Lolita II
Lolita II
Lolita II
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Mother
Mother
Mother
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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