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Sneak Peek: Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Collection Photos & Swatches

Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Collection
Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Collection

Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Collection released last week and promptly sold out before the day was over, but it’ll be restocked sometime in September, and I’m sure I’ll have no trouble getting full reviews out before then 🙂 For now, though, please enjoy these swatches:

Desi x Katy

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Kat Von D Rocker & Dazzle Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipsticks

01/08

Kat Von D Rocker Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Rocker Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Rocker Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Rocker Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Rocker Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Rocker Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Rocker Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Rocker Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Rocker

Kat Von D Rocker Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and flecks of larger gold, copper, and red sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly, though the shimmer/sparkle could have distributed more evenly across the lips. The consistency was thin, almost watery, but it dried down quickly but did not feel clingy. The lip color stayed on well for nine hours before there was more significantly fading of sparkle and some color from the center of the mouth that it needed to be reapplied. There was less of a noticeable stain that was left behind after I removed it, and what was left was fairly even/meshed with my natural lip color that it wasn’t obvious.

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to have “24-hour wear” with a “liquid stain base” that “feels like nothing” on the lips that can be worn “on its own” or layered “as a veil” over another lip color. There’s a lot to like about the formula, and I think as far as the concept of “lip toppers” go, it offers the versatility of actually being easy enough to apply to wear on its own but still be useful layered over other products for a shimmering effect. The doe-foot applicator worked well with the formula, as it spread the color and sparkly bits across the lips quite evenly. The coverage ranged from shade to shade with most having medium, buildable coverage in a single layer, which was in line with the description. They dried down and were transfer-resistant (until eating/drinking/licking of lips) but still had a great shimmering effect that made them look wet, even when they dried. They were more comfortable to wear than I anticipated–lightweight and just a little drying.

One of the bigger downsides is that it’s not going to wear 24 hours. Just about every single shade (all but Thunderstruck) stained my lips intensely, which helped prolong the wear, but the product breaks down with water, just plain water, and of course, it is removable by a slew of removers, including oil which one might encounter during a meal. I found deeper shades stained well but removed unevenly and left behind stained lines and patches on my lips that did not dissipate for almost 24-hours post wear. I didn’t notice that the lip color did not take well to water initially, as I didn’t see any transfer on my glasses, but when I rinsed after I brushed my teeth (where I cup water in my hands, so less elegant than drinking from a glass), I had lip color running like crazy.

This led me to pay even more attention the next time I wore the formula, and sure enough, color lifted with just a sip of water and transferred onto things like paper (but not glassware) and the back of my hand. Some shades made it through meals better than others with the worst offenders lifting more noticeably from the center of the lips. The formula survives some eating and drinking, but the more you drink, the less it survives, and even careful eating/drinking yielded noticeably faded wear between eight and twelve hours of wear. I don’t think a brand would advocate 24-hour wear but expect you not to eat, drink, or even brush your teeth! I would consider it long-wearing in the grand scheme of things with solid six to ten hour wear depending on the shade. They do stain significantly less when layered over something like the brand’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks but can seep through more emollient lipstick formulas.

Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick Rocker
Rocker
Rocker
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
4
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total

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Hourglass I Want, I Woke Up, If Only Confession Lipsticks

01/06

Hourglass I Want Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I Want Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I Want Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I Want Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I Want Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I Want Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

I Want

Hourglass I Want Confession Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin sheen. It was richly pigmented and yielded opaque, even coverage in a single layer. The texture felt lightweight, creamy enough that it glided on with ease but did not slide around when worn. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and felt lightly hydrating.

The formula is supposed to have “creamy, saturated, longwearing color with a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium thick formula that was typically opaque with a lightly creamy texture that glided on without tugging but did not slide around while worn. The majority of shades had a natural to satin finish, and they lasted anywhere from four to seven hours with light hydration. The best performing shades were light to dark while the lightest and deepest shades weren’t quite as consistent.

The lipstick can be purchased with the full packaging/applicator for $34 or as a refill-only for $22. The refill packaging is substantial enough that it is usable on its own, as there’s a detachable base that the refillable cap clicks onto (with an audible click), but they are very slim–and that’s not a surprise given they only contain 0.03 oz. making them one of the smaller lipsticks on the market. Slim lipsticks typically contain around 0.07 oz. of product and are usually smaller than the average standard lipstick tube (which tends to be between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.).

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick I Want
I Want
I Want
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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A

If Only

Permanent
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NARS Blissful Blush

01/08

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

NARS Blissful Powder Blush

Blissful

NARS Blissful Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm, rose undertones and flecks of gold, plum, and teal shimmer that yielded a luminous sheen. It might be one of the more complex blushes that NARS has released in awhile. According to the brand, while it’s new for fall, it wasn’t marked limited edition so we should expect to see it as part of the permanent line going forward.

From NARS’ website, their blush formula is described as “beautifully pigmented” and “soft [and] blendable.” Blissful was fairly soft–it could have been more finely-milled–but had good pigmentation that was semi-opaque in a single layer but buildable to full coverage with a second layer, which I tend to find makes for a more versatile cheek color and gives the user more control over application. There were finer and larger flecks of shimmer but they stayed largely in place throughout the day. The blush blended out well on the skin, and the shimmery finish did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

NARS Aya, Dayle, Kirat Audacious Lipsticks

01/06

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick

Aya

NARS Aya Audacious Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, chocolatly brown with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy finish paired with a soft sheen. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly across the lips and never tugged. The lipstick felt moderately creamy, not too thin or too thick, and sat fairly well on the lips, though there was enough slip that it was noticeable on the lips. I did not experience any feathering over the five and a half hours this shade wore for, and the formula was lightly hydrating overall.

Formula Overview

For fall, NARS released six new shades of NARS Audacious Lipstick, one of their more luxurious, but bestselling, formulas. For those unfamiliar with the range, the lipstick is supposed to have “full-coverage, creamy wear” that’s “long-lasting” and hydrating. I tend to find most of those claims to be true except that not all shades are hydrating (usually lightly hydrating to non-drying) and wear has been between four and eight hours depending on the shade with richer reds and the like wearing longest.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Aya
Aya

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A

Dayle

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A-

Kirat

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ColourPop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

01/06

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter

Angel Food

ColourPop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is as soft, light-medium pink with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, soft consistency that was moderately dense but not difficult to apply or to blend out on the skin–it was dense enough just to avoid powderiness in the pan. On my skin tone, a lot of the pinkness seemed to get lost as I diffused and blended it out, but on fairer complexions, I suspect it could also be worn as a shimmering blush. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

Formula Overview

The powder highlighter is supposed to have a “high-shine” finish with “high colour intensity.” In general, ColourPop’s pressed highlighter powders have a smooth, moderately dense texture that was soft enough to be picked up easily by a brush but not kick up any powder in the pan. The formula was semi-opaque to opaque but easily sheered out for less shine and coverage if desired. There were a few shades within the range that emphasized my skin’s natural texture slightly but most did not. The wear ranged from seven and a half hours to nine hours. View swatches of all shades.

Also: the compacts do not have the shade name printed on the label, but if you pop the physical pan out, there is a label on the back of the pan–but I hope they take note and print the names on the labels going forward.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Highlighter Angel Food
Angel Food
Angel Food
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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