theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.33 oz.) contains nine matte eyeshadows named after theBalm’s favorite Matts. It includes a small, dual-ended bristle brush, which is usable and better than sponge-tipped brushes that are often included in these kinds of palettes, but it wouldn’t replace full-sized brushes for me. The palette is small, square-ish, and made out of heavy-duty cardboard. It flips open and has a mirror under the lid.

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
90%

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

It looked a bit pale and pastel when swatched, but it should flatter a wider range of skin tones once it is applied, because it’s not fully opaque and lets the natural lip color shine through, which will, inevitably, alter the way the color looks based on your natural lip color. This formula is supposed to be extremely hydrating (purportedly “for eight hours after application”). The color applies with quite a bit of pigmentation, but there’s that soft, slightly transparent-nature of this type of finish that makes it less heavy. Although, the press release says the formula “provides translucent shine with sheer yet radiant color,” and this applies rather opaque.

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Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick #N40
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette Launches


Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette Launches

On May 18th, Sugarpill will launch the final palette in their Heart series, which features four new matte eyeshadow shades, which include:

  • 2am Matte purple with a slightly pearl sheen
  • Acidberry Perfect vibrant green, matte with a slightly pearl sheen
  • Mochi Matte mint seafoam with a slightly pearl sheen
  • Velocity Vibrant matte royal blue

The palette will retail for $34.00.

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Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a taupe-pewter with a metallic finish. This was a really hard color to describe; it’s golden, smoky, pewter, and kind of taupe-ish. Chanel Delight is more copper. China Glaze Swing Baby is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Superfreak is more golden. MAC Soiree has more copper shimmer. Dior Timeless Gold is more pewter. China Glaze Jingle Bells is very gold in comparison. Chanel Quartz is grayer, almost green-tinted. Zoya Jules is lighter and less warm-toned.

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Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer Silver Smoke
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
88%

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “matte bright yellow.” This is a vibrant, bright sunshine yellow–it has a lot of warmth. There’s a slightly goldenrod tone to it. It’s not as warm or as dark as MAC Goldenrod, but it is nearly identical to Inglot #323.  Other shades of yellow I think of are either more neutral or cool-toned or else have a lot of shimmer.

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Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow Hype
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
89%

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencils

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencils ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) come in six shades: Black Navy (deep midnight), Black Plum (rich eggplant), Hunter (deep emerald green), Jet (blackest black), Mahogany (rich brown), and Smoke (charcoal grey). The formula is supposed to wear for twelve hours, glide on smoothly, be waterproof, and not smudge or smear. Each pencil comes with a sharpener.

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Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencils

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
92%