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Smashbox Girl, Please, Brick Trick, Bad Apple, Crush It Be Legendary Liquid Lip

01/08

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Girl, Please

Smashbox Girl, Please Be Legendary Liquid Lip ($24.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is medium-dark brown with strong, warm undertones and very fine peach pearl. It had opaque color coverage in one coat, as described, and the color spread evenly across the lips without streaking. There was noticeable color in my lip lines when I looked up-close, though it was less apparent at a full view as the finish was quite shiny. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me and was somewhat hydrating.

The formula is supposed to have “the full coverage a lipstick” with “the high shine of a gloss” in “a single coat” and is available in two finishes (metallic and vinyl). To me, it felt more like a gloss than a lipstick overall, as it had the plushness and glossiness I’d associate with a gloss. The coverage was typically mostly opaque to fully opaque across the range, and they went on fairly evenly and smoothly. I noticed that a lot of shades emphasized the lines on my lips up-close, but I couldn’t tell just looking in a regular mirror, as there was such a strong shine. The wear ranged from five to seven hours, which I suspect is partially due to the slightly thicker, moderately tacky texture.

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip Girl, Please
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

01/06

NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

Laguna

NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light-medium brown with warm, golden undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer color payoff that was buildable up to medium coverage (two to three layers). The powder was firmer in the pan, and as a result, a dense brush and a heavier touch were necessary to get enough product to transfer onto the brush to apply to my skin. While some firmer powders can be difficult to blend, I had no trouble applying and diffusing the bronzer. This shade just barely shows on me (I think it was slightly more noticeable in person), so I expect this would be ideal for those fairer than I. The bronzer started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

The new formula is supposed to have a “matte finish” with a “sheer pigments” that look like “second-skin warmth.” There are four shades, and going from light to dark (per the brand), they are: Seaside, Laguna, Casino, and Falaises. The formula felt smoother and firmer compared to the brand’s Dual-Intensity formula (which has a similar pattern on it). The formula had sheer to medium coverage with some shades being more buildable than others. I had to use a denser brush and heavier hand to ensure product transferred onto my brush, so they would be hard to overdo.

NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer Laguna
Laguna

Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadows (Part 2)

01/04

Stila Smoldering Satin Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Smoldering Satin Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Smoldering Satin Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Smoldering Satin Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Smoldering Satin

Stila Smoldering Satin Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a rich bronze with warm, reddish undertones and larger, silver and brown flecks of glitter. The base color was nearly opaque, and there was a moderate amount of glitter that sat on top, so it was dazzling and wearable on its own (or as a lid color) with very slight unevenness. It dried down fast enough that I didn’t stress about keeping my eyelid taut to avoid creasing. This shade had minimal fallout over an eight-hour period.

Stila says that it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, sparkle eye shadow” in a “water-infused texture” that “dries down smoothly” with “minimal fallout.” There’s a lot to be impressed by with the formula, but there was some inconsistency in opacity and overall wateriness between shades so not all shades were equally impressive. When they’re good, they were pigmented, dried down evenly without creasing, and were long-wearing with minimal fallout. When they’re less impressive, they are more watery, semi-sheer to semi-opaque, prone to creasing as they dry down, though the wear is similar across all shades. I felt like there was less fallout with the less blending done with them, e.g. applying directly to lid and only minimally working along the edges yielded the least fallout compared to diffusing and blending out the color with a brush. If I accidentally rubbed an eye, it seemed to interfere with the integrity of the wear completely–it was like a downhill avalanche of glitter that could not be stopped. They were easiest to use as the last step in a look, patted over eyeshadow with fingertip or swiped on with the sponge applicator for more of a “cut crease” kind of effect, or used along the lash line as eyeliner (I liked using a thin, liquid eyeliner brush to get a thinner line). They removed fairly well, but it was hard to get every last bit of glitter off the skin, though it was never painful or uncomfortable to remove them.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Smoldering Satin
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stains Photos & Swatches

Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain
Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain

Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a new, limited edition formula that’s “highly pigmented that offers effortless, buildable coverage” and “long-lasting.” These launch March 23rd! Here are swatches:

Showstopper Creme Stain

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

01/06

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

Falaises

NARS Falaises Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer, buildable coverage where three or four layers built up to mostly opaque coverage. The consistency was rather firm in the pan, so while it felt smooth swirling a fingertip against it, getting product onto a brush took more pressure and a denser brush. The powder itself was nicely blendable on the skin, and the finish was exactly in line with the brand’s promise–natural-looking bronzer that wasn’t “flat matte” but not shimmery either. The bronzer wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

The new formula is supposed to have a “matte finish” with a “sheer pigments” that look like “second-skin warmth.” There are four shades, and going from light to dark (per the brand), they are: Seaside, Laguna, Casino, and Falaises. The formula felt smoother and firmer compared to the brand’s Dual-Intensity formula (which has a similar pattern on it). The formula had sheer to medium coverage with some shades being more buildable than others. I had to use a denser brush and heavier hand to ensure product transferred onto my brush, so they would be hard to overdo.

NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer Falaises
Falaises

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion, Pretty Lucky, Sweet Sinner Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Intense Emotion

Estee Lauder Intense Emotion Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, pinky red with cool, blue undertones and a barely-there ruby red pearl. It had nearly opaque coverage–definitely greater than medium coverage–in a single layer, so for sheerer coverage, I’d recommend applying to the bottom lip and then pressing to blend the color onto the top lip. The consistency was smooth, creamy with just enough slip to be comfortable to apply and to wear. This shade lasted for over six hours on me, left a stain behind, and was hydrating.

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 Intense Emotion

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