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

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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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NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

01/06

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

Seaside

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was firm and dense in the pan, and I was worried it would be difficult to blend, but it was rather easy to diffuse and even out on the cheeks. I’d recommend using a denser brush with the powder, though, for even semi-sheer application. The powder had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

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 Seaside
Seaside

Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Photos & Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat
Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a new product launching later this month that is designed to work as a top coat or worn alone to create “special effects.” There are twelve shades, and I have eleven to share with you today. Be sure to click on the shade’s name to see it layered over a Vice Lipstick – every shade was shown alone as well as over a Vice Lipstick (different ones) to show the effect of layering. My suspicion is that these will work best layered, rather than alone. The brand warns that lips will “feel tingly” as the special effect “locks” in–my lips felt tingly for minutes when worn these alone but was less bothersome when layered.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

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NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

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NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Loaded Palette | Look Breakdown

NARS Loaded Palette | Look Breakdown

Loaded

NARS Loaded Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features twelve eyeshadows in varying shades of warmer neutral tones. The palette will launch March 22nd at NARS and March 28th at other retailers. Some shades were nice, some shades were less impressive, but the majority of them would benefit greatly from an eyeshadow primer–both for longer wear as well as greater color payoff.

NARS Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette Loaded
Loaded

Sneak Peek: Tarte Metallics Shadows (Summer 2017) Photos & Swatches

TARTE
Metallics Shadows

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Eleven new shades were added to the Tarte Metallics Shadows ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) range last week. I bought them through Tarte, but unfortunately, 8 of the 11 arrived broken, so apologies for the messier photos! (Tarte said they would refund me, and I’ll be repurchasing them but want to go through Ulta/Sephora, in case it happens again, so I can just deal with it in-store. There was no damage to the package, and it was packed fine, so I’m not sure what led to the damage.) Nevertheless, here are photos and swatches:

Metallics Shadows

Cle de Peau Persimmon & Perfect Peach Cream Blushes

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Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush

Persimmon

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. I felt like it looked more coral the more I blended out, whereas initially it appeared more orange-toned. It had sheer to medium, buildable coverage that applied evenly to the skin. The texture was smooth, thin, lightweight, and just a bit emollient initially but felt more like a powder once it hit my skin. The color wore well for eight hours on me.

The formula is supposed to have “the perfect touch of sheer luminous color” that can be applied with fingertips or a brush. The consistency is firmer in the pot; it’s definitely a cream-based product, but only a little comes away from the surface and dries down within twenty seconds of being applied to the skin. The coverage was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage. I liked applying these with either a small, synthetic stippling brush or my fingertips, though my preferred method was using a brush to initially apply the color and then lightly patting the edges with my fingertips. On me, the blushes lasted between seven and nine hours on my normal-to-dry skin. The formula is rose-scented, and I get a faint hint of it when worn.

Cle de Peau Cream Blush Persimmon
Persimmon
Persimmon
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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