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Makeup Geek Mambo, Electric Slide, Twerk Showstopper Crème Stains

01/06

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Mambo

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a rich, raspberry pink with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It was one of the more pigmented and easier-to-apply shades with minimal streaking, just “cracking” when I smiled where it was clear the color was pulling away at my lip lines. It had semi-opaque coverage, though it required three pulls of product just to get enough product on the lips for one layer. The consistency was thin, quick-drying, and lightly tacky after it dried down. It lasted for four hours before there was noticeable fading along the center of the lips, and it was drying after three hours of wear. (Surprisingly, it did not leave behind stain.)

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offer effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick than a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Makeup Geek Showstopper Crème Stain Mambo
Mambo
Mambo
C

Limited Edition

7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
74%
Total

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F

Electric Slide

Limited Edition
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F

Twerk

Limited Edition
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Estee Lauder Lure Me On, Plum Bite, Lies & Kisses Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Lure Me On

Estee Lauder Lure Me On Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich berry with cooler undertones and violet pearl. It had medium coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly across the lips and never tugged during application. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and clingy without being uncomfortably clingy (nor was it drying). The color wore well for six hours, left a stain behind, and was moisturizing.

The formula is supposed to have medium coverage with a lustrous finish. It takes the Pure Color Envy formula and adds shimmer to it with the end result varying from lightly pearlized to more frosted and near-metallic. The shimmer was finer in size, so the lipsticks did not feel gritty on the lips, and the particles didn’t migrate as the lipstick wears down. The coverage was more semi-opaque to opaque, though a lighter hand could achieve medium coverage. . It was lightly creamy with some slip that became more noticeable as the formula warmed up against the lips. The wear ranged from four to six hours and was typically hydrating. The formula featured a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Lure Me On

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Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

01/09

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Spellbound Glow

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light, golden pink with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. If you keep more toward the left side, it will appear warmer and less pink, and if you keep more toward the right side, it will appear cooler and less golden.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighter that’s supposed to impart an “ethereal, rainbow highlight” and can be used swirled together or more concentrated on a particular shade. Each strip is fairly narrow (think better suited for an eye brush), so swirled is the most practical way, and of course, you could lean a little warmer or a little cooler. It’s supposed to be long-wearing and pigmented. The consistency was rather dense but was smooth and blendable on the skin. The pigmentation was great, and it had a strong sheen, so despite the dense texture, a typical highlighting brush worked fine for moderate, buildable coverage. When I applied this at higher coverage, it did emphasize my skin’s natural texture a bit. It wore well for eight hours on me.

Tarte Rainbow Highlighter Spellbound Glow
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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MAC x Beauty Gurus for Spring/Summer 2017

MAC Collab
Row 1: Alessandra, Caro Daur, Fleur de Force, The Real Fouz, Gabriel Zamora;
Row 2: LarLarLee, Marie, Nikkia Joy, Samantha Ravndahl, Vic Ceridono

April 20th for LarLarLee and Gabriel Zamora lipsticks (North America). April 19th 2017 for Fleur de Force (UK), Alessandra (UK) lipsticks. April 2017 for Samantha Ravndahl (Canada) lipsticks. May 2017 for Marie (France). June 2017 for Caro Daur (Germany), The Real Fouz (Middle East). July 2017 for Vic Ceridono (Brazil), Nikkia Joy (Australia).

Availability

April through July 2017 (dates vary by region)

The Details

Lipstick | $17.00 U.S. / $21.00 CAD | Limited Edition, Regional Launch

Lipsticks will only be sold in the region they are released in, e.g. U.S. in U.S., UK in UK. I will not have samples (and therefore no reviews, photos, or swatches) of shades outside of the U.S.

  • #MACxAlessandra Neutral pink (Matte) (UK)
  • #MACxCaroDaur Muted pinky-beige brown (Matte) (Germany)
  • #MACxFleurdeForce Cool beige (Cremesheen) (UK)
  • #MACxTheRealFouz Dirty rose (Matte) (Middle East)
  • #MACxGabrielZamora Malty warm brown (Satin) (North America)
  • #MACxLarLarLee Muted beige (Matte) (North America)
  • #MACxMarie Creamy neutral beige (Glaze) (France)
  • #MACxNikkiaJoy Grapefruit pink (Matte) (Australia)
  • #MACxSamanthaRavndahl Light shell pink (Cremesheen) (Canada)
  • #MACxVic Ceridono Deep berry red (Matte) (Brazil)

OCC St. Sebastian, Spike, Devotee, Wish Lip Tars

01/06

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW

St. Sebastian

OCC St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW ($17.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purplish taupe with cooler undertones and a metallic shimmer. It had mostly opaque coverage, but more of my natural lip color came through and amplified the purple tones as a result. The color went on evenly with very minimal color that settled into my deeper lip lines. The consistency was smooth, comfortable to wear, and easy to work with. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me and was non-drying.

The formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “long-lasting, opaque coverage” with “moisturizing hemp and peppermint oils.” The majority of shades are very pigmented where a little can go a long way, and they’re a lot easier to apply from the tube now that they come with a doe-foot applicator. They are often long-wearing at over six hours, some lasting nearly eight hours, with some shades being slightly drying and others being non-drying. They are mint-scented but have no discernible taste.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW St. Sebastian
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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A

Spike

Limited Edition
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B+

Devotee

Limited Edition
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A-

Wish

Limited Edition
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Sneak Peek: Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

01/16

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love | Look Breakdown

Too Faced Natural Love | Look Breakdown

Too Faced Natural Love | Look Breakdown

Too Faced Natural Love | Look Breakdown

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.90 oz.) includes thirty eyeshadows–some we’ve seen before in past releases, both permanent and limited edition and some that are supposed to be new. It’s house in a large, cardboard palette with a large mirror. Here are swatches:

Too Faced Natural Love Palette

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