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Sephora Dusk Golden Hour Highlighting Powder

01/07

Sephora Dusk Golden Hour Highlighting Powder

Sephora Dusk Golden Hour Highlighting Powder

Sephora Dusk Golden Hour Highlighting Powder

Sephora Dusk Golden Hour Highlighting Powder

Sephora Dusk Golden Hour Highlighting Powder

Sephora Dusk Golden Hour Highlighting Powder

Sephora Dusk Golden Hour Highlighting Powder

Dusk

Sephora Dusk Golden Hour Highlighting Powder ($16.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft pink with warm undertones and golden shimmer. It has a luminous finish–glowing but not metallic or too reflective.

The formula is supposed to have a “soft, luminous glow with a sheer wash of color” that can be “worn alone or layered.” It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable to full coverage. On very, very fair skin tones, it might show some visible color, but on my skin tone it was more like a true highlighter. The consistency was very smooth without being dusty or powdery in the pan–it almost feel like a really dense cream–but it yielded in the pan and was easy to blend out on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Sephora Golden Hour Highlighting Powder Dusk
Dusk
Dusk
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette

01/13

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Editorial

Sephora Editorial PRO Eyeshadow Palette ($68.00 for 1.12 oz.) contains 28 eyeshadows in vibrant hues and varying textures. This palette is definitely more of a complementary palette than a standalone one; it will work best paired with more cohesive palettes (like the Cool or Warm palettes), though of course, it can be used on its own. It will just be a lot more versatile when used alongside other palettes! I think that this palette is usable with primer and is best with a very light or white base to ensure the truest color payoff and intensity for the majority of brighter matte shades.

Also, I was surprised at some of the brightness/richness in the hues in the palette, as I have only typically seen that vibrancy in shades that were, consequently, labeled as not safe for the “eye area” in the U.S. (typically allowed in Canada and the EU). I reviewed the ingredient list for this one, and my understanding is that “Yellow 6 Lake” is D&C Yellow No. 6 AI Lake, which is listed as “No” for use on the “Eye Area.” This was true with Red 28 Lake (D&C Red No. 28 AI Lake), Red 7 Lake (D&C Red. No. 7), and Red 6 Lake (D&C Red No. 6). These ingredients may be found in these shades: Chris, Porcelain, Tangerine, Amy, Jeffery, Eliza D, Helen P, Tiila, Myiesha, Shawn, and ELectric Violet. You can find color additive information from the FDA here. I could not find any information on my Sephora palette, the included insert that walked through looks (that included instructions to use some of those shades specifically on the eye area), or online. The palette is specifically referenced as a “deluxe eyeshadow palette” and a “PRO eyeshadow palette.” I think that brands should more clearly label or include warnings so that consumers can make an informed decision for themselves. If it’s a non-issue for one person but a deal-breaker for the other, I’m good either way, just as long as the information is there.

The formula is supposed to feature “high pigment, high performance” with long wear and better adhesion. The matte shades were often powdery with some seeming chalky–I had a lot of looks turn a bit gray or muddy along the edges after using a shade above the crease or on the brow bone. The shimmers varied from smooth, creamy, and dense (with noticeable silicone) or drier, looser, and there were some glitter shades that felt more like loose sand than usable product. The latter was barely salvage with a glitter adhesive, but they could not be solved with fingertips or a damp brush.

I know there has been a lot of buzz about the new Sephora PRO palettes, but I did not find the eyeshadow formula to be that easy to work with as quality varied too much between shades, they applied lighter/darker than they appeared in the pan, and there was considerable fallout (and yes, I did tap off excess product prior to applying!). Even when I tried the formula over a primer, I was less impressed; sometimes, I felt like the eyeshadows were easier to control over bare skin! I’ve actually been a fan of Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadows since they released them several years ago, including the reformulation, but these are substantially different (which some may prefer).

$68 is a higher price point for palettes, but for most mid-end brands, it seems in line with the size of the palette–each shade is almost as much the average single, full-size eyeshadow. Sephora’s house brand isn’t high-end, and it sometimes comes in lower than mid-end with respect to product pricing, but it seems to float around there. Using Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow (different formula) as a point of comparison, each shade retails for $10.00 and contains 0.07 oz. or $142.86/oz. The palette retails for $68.00 and contains 1.12 oz. or $60.71/oz. Here are some other pricing comparisons of a few mid-end/high-end palettes:

Sephora PRO Eyeshadow Palette: $68.00 for 1.12 oz. or $60.71/oz.
Too Faced Natural Love: $59.00 for 0.90 oz. or $65.56/oz.
Tarte Tarteist Palette: $53.00 for 0.70 oz. or $75.71/oz.
Ciate Pretty, Fun, & Fearless: $42.00 for 0.52 oz. or $80.77/oz.
Too Faced Sweet Peach: $49.00 for 0.54 oz. or $90.74/oz.

Sephora PRO Eyeshadow Palette Editorial
Editorial
Editorial
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Anastasia Fall 2017 Launches

Anastasia Fall 2017 Launches
Anastasia Fall 2017 Launches

The Details | Launch Dates

Anastasia’s launching a new eyeshadow palette, lipsticks, and liquid highlighters.

7/25 on Anastasia, 8/1 online at retailers, 8/15 in stores

Subculture Eyeshadow Palette, $TBA (Limited Edition)

  • Cube
  • Dawn
  • Destiny
  • Adorn
  • All Star
  • Mercury
  • Axis
  • Roxy
  • Electric
  • Fudge
  • New Wave
  • Untamed
  • Edge
  • Rowdy

Lipstick, $18.00 (Permanent)

Full shade range not yet known; revealed shades below.

  • Brandy
  • Buff
  • Cobalt
  • Dread
  • Dusty Mauve
  • Griffin
  • Insomniac
  • Midnight
  • Orchid
  • Peachy
  • Plumeria
  • Rage
  • Resin
  • Rogue
  • Rosewood
  • Ruby
  • Smoke
  • Stargazer
  • Stevie

Liquid Glow, $25.00 (TBA)

  • Peach Fizz
  • Oyster
  • Bronzed
  • Perla

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NYX Bloody Mary, Perfect Red, Eden Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Bloody Mary Matte Lipstick

NYX Bloody Mary Matte Lipstick

NYX Bloody Mary Matte Lipstick

NYX Bloody Mary Matte Lipstick

NYX Bloody Mary Matte Lipstick

NYX Bloody Mary Matte Lipstick

Bloody Mary

NYX Bloody Mary Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-red with very strong, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with a half a layer more on top. The lipstick had more of a velvety feel and was slightly firmer in the tube compared to others in the range, and it seemed to cling more noticeably on. This shade wore well for over six hours, left a stain behind, but was moderately drying to me.

The Matte Lipstick is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “velvety, non-glossy” finish. In general, the formula has semi-opaque to opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that glides on without tugging but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the lipstick won’t slide around while worn. The formula varied from non-drying to moderately drying with wear times that ranged from four to over six hours (deeper, reddish shades lasted quite long). It has a mint scent and no discernible taste. I noticed that the packaging had a tendency to twist up the lipstick too easily (even barely holding it) and sometimes would twist down as I would apply it directly from the tube.

NYX Matte Lipstick Bloody Mary
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Bite Beauty Infuse & Marsala Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks

01/06

Bite Beauty Infuse Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Bite Beauty Infuse Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Bite Beauty Infuse Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Bite Beauty Infuse Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Bite Beauty Infuse Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Bite Beauty Infuse Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Infuse

Bite Beauty Infuse Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish with moderate shine. It was richly pigmented and covered the lips with even color in a single layer. The consistency was lightweight, smooth, and creamy enough to spread easily but did not slide around. It was just a touch tacky but never felt thick or goopy on the lips. The formula was lightly hydrating over the six hours this shade lasted for.

The Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick is supposed to be “moisture-rich, high-pigment” in a “liquified” consistency that has a “creamy, comfortable application.” It’s a lightweight, fluid consistency that was neither runny nor thick on the lips. It does not dry down and feels mostly like a liquid-form of a lipstick (and not so much like a gloss). The majority of the range was incredibly pigmented and spread evenly across the lips. Some shades had a bit of color that sat in my lip lines, which was noticeable from a normal viewing distance with a few but not all. It had a lightly tacky feel on the lips, which helped to adhere as none of the shades I have tested have feathered on me. The formula was lightly hydrating, wore for four to seven hours, and had a light, herbal, lemony scent but no discernible taste.

If you’ve been following Bite for awhile, you might remember the Cashmere Lip Creams from a few years ago, which were also a liquid formula. Unfortunately, I had a couple leak on me and ended up tossing all of them out of fear, so I couldn’t do a true comparison, but from my memory, it was slightly thicker and less tacky while both had a more natural shine after initial application.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick Infuse
Infuse
Infuse
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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B+

Marsala

Permanent
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Wet ‘n’ Wild Blossom Glow MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

01/08

Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Blossom Glow

Wet ‘n’ Wild Blossom Glow MegaGlo Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a very pale, whitish pink with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It almost read beige on my skin tone at times, and I thought it might have had a duochrome shift but not so much.

The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with a “silky smooth” texture that is “easy-to-blend.” It had a smoother consistency that wasn’t quite silky but never felt rough or too loose in the pan. I felt like it looked smoother on the skin than it felt in the pan, and I had no trouble blending or diffusing the highlighter on my cheek bones. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation but was forgiving enough, as the texture was moderately dense, to simply use less to achieve a sheerer effect if desired. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight hours.

Wet 'n' Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder Blossom Glow
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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