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5 Lipglosses Fit for Valentine’s Day

Not so into lipstick? Or maybe you’re looking for a gloss for your Valentine’s Day lipstick? These are my five picks for this upcoming Valentine’s Day…

  1. Milani Flashy — darkened fuchsia pink
  2. MAC Driven by Love — rich red with ruby red shimmer
  3. Clarins Grenadine — coral-pink with gold shimmer
  4. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — pink and gold shimmered plum
  5. NARS Bougainville — berry

What lipglosses remind you of Valentine’s Day?

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Sephora Girls Night Out (03) Eyeshadow

Sephora Girls Night Out (03) Eyeshadow
Sephora Girls Night Out (03) Eyeshadow

Sephora Girls Night Out (03) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “metallic dark gold.” It’s a rich, molten yellow gold with bronzy brown undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. NARS Paramaribo is much less metallic, more golden, less warm-toned. Inglot #404 is more coppery. Inglot #430 is much yellower. MAC Amber Lights is browner and more coppery.

The color payoff of Girls Night Out is insane–it’s super, super pigmented with a rich, buttery texture that almost feels like a slick, cream eyeshadow. It is a softer eyeshadow, though, and when I used it, I did get some excess powder kicked up on the pan. On the eye, the color adhered well, so I didn’t see any fall out during application or later on while I wore the eyeshadow. I also expected that this was going to be dupable, but it doesn’t have enough copper/orange or gold/yellow to be close to a lot of expected shades.  Girls Night Out also wore phenomenally  it delivered on Sephora’s 10-hour wear claim with no fading or creasing after being worn for 10 hours (no primer).

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Girls Night Out (03)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Sephora Snakeskin Dress (02) Eyeshadow

Sephora Snakeskin Dress (02) Eyeshadow
Sephora Snakeskin Dress (02) Eyeshadow

Sephora Snakeskin Dress (02) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering golden khaki.” It’s a warm, olive green with a golden olive shimmer-sheen. It has a frosted finish and brown undertones. Urban Decay Jealous is lighter and greener. Urban Decay Mildew is greener and less golden. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion is very similar in color but less frosted. Inglot #419 is more olive, less green/yellow. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is more olive, way less green.

Applied dry, it has a more frosted finish and is a touch powdery, but the overall color payoff is good. Applied damp, it went on more smoothly and resulted in a softer frost finish with a stronger sheen. It seemed about as pigmented use either way. I tested this shade yesterday, and it wore well for a full ten hours–no fading or creasing–without primer, which is the time Sephora claimed. The texture was soft, smooth, and just a smidgen powdery.  Snakeskin Dress applied well with good color payoff, easy blending, and looked even and smooth on the lid.

The new, reformulated Sephora eyeshadows are also designed to be used in palettes, and each compact has a small indent where a key fits into it in order to lift out the pan and place it into the palette. It’s easy to get the pans in and out without nicking the edges, and the palettes have the same indentation, so you can transfer to and from with the same level of ease. I think these are a bit higher priced than I’d expect, though you get more eyeshadow than the average pan (0.07 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.).  I wish they sold the pans separately, too, because then for those who don’t care about having a pot, they wouldn’t have to pay for it either.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Snakeskin Dress (02)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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5 Lipsticks Fit for Valentine’s Day

Here’s a little mix of my picks for Valentine’s Day-themed lipsticks that range from light pink to vibrant red!  I’d love to hear your picks!

  1. MAC Lickable — bright pink
  2. Giorgio Armani #503 — rich red
  3. NARS Dragon Girl — blue-based matte red
  4. OCC Femme — light-medium pink
  5. Revlon Lollipop — glossy fuchsia pink

What lipsticks remind you of Valentine’s Day?

Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow

Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow
Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow

Sephora Animal Instinct (01) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky khaki with gold glitter.” It’s a deep, dark charcoal-y brown with subtle warm undertones and olive gold sparkle (felt finer than glitter to me). Tarte Volcanic Ash is cooler-toned. bareMinerals VIP is very similar but has a finer shimmer. Cinderella Cinders is similar in color but has shimmer rather than glitter. Too Faced Licorice Latte is more matte. MAC Legendary Black is grayer and has less sparkle.

This formula is supposed to be pigmented, wear for 10 hours, and can be used wet or dry. The color payoff is good but a little under-pigmented whether I used it wet or dry.  It has a soft, thin texture (almost like a drier matte formulation), so I think it actually applies more smoothly and evenly when applied dry than wet.  I wore it yesterday (along with a few other shades from the range), and it lasted a nine hours without creasing or fading; after a full ten hours, it was a touch faded around the edges (no primer).  I did, however, experience some sparkle fall out.  The texture was soft enough to be blendable on the eye but not powdery.

I don’t remember the original formula of Sephora’s Mono Eyeshadows (I’m not sure that I ever tried it), so I can’t speak on how the reformulation compares to the original formula. It was previously priced at $12 and also contained 0.07 oz. The packaging is also a bit different–ever so slightly–as there is a small indent in the outer rim of the interior of the compact, which allows for Sephora’s palette “key” to be inserted to lift out the pan of eyeshadow. This allows you to pop it into a 3-pan or 6-pan palette (or, if you like, whatever magnetized palette system you’re using). The key is included in every empty palette.

The price point seems a little high, though it’s in line with the formula it’s replacing. Sephora’s in-house brand has mostly mid-point prices ($22 face powder, $14 jumbo eyeshadow pencils, $14 blush, etc.), so I still think it would be an easier product to say yes to at $10 or so. I do really like how they worked the palette system into this, as it is really easy to lift the pans out of the individual pots as well as the palettes. Make Up For Ever has a similar, but less intuitive, system, where you can pop the magnetized pans out by inserting a needle through the bottom of the individual pot.

P.S. — I have many more to review (as well as photograph/test), and this is one of the lesser shades from what I’ve tested so far.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Animal Instinct (01)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Benefit Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “brushed chrome.” It’s a warm, bronzy brown with a hint of gray; that tint is really only apparent when it is worn at full opacity, but the sheerer you wear it, the warmer and browner it appears. bareMinerals First Class is very similar in color but is a powder product. Urban Decay Muai Wowie is lighter, more golden (and a powder product, to boot!). Make Up For Ever #15 is much redder in tone.

I confirmed with Benefit yesterday that the Creaseless Cream Shadows were repackaged but not reformulated–but I did compare with new and old, and I didn’t notice any differences in texture or color.  Birthday Suit is kind of a my-lid-but-better kind of shade, for those with neutral to warm undertones. I think this is going to appear slightly more taupe-like in cooler complexions.   It had good color payoff without having to build up the color, but the consistency was thin and creamy, which allowed for very easy blending and sheering out of the color, if desired.  When I wore Birthday Suit on the lid, it lasted for ten hours well, and there was some slight fading after twelve hours of wear (no primer).

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner Birthday Suit
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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