Ulta’s reps are patient on the phone, but their solutions are just dismal – if a product is broken, I have to send it back before getting a refund (no other retailer/brand has made me do this). Neiman Marcus overnighted a Louboutin polish trio ($90 or something like that) after my order arrived broken without having to be asked for that solution, whereas Ulta makes it a pain to deal with an eyeshadow arriving broken that was $1.99, which is due to poor packaging – a bunch of compacts in a box with no padding or bubble wrap!
-- Christine

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Sneak Peek: MAC x Star Trek Collection Photos & Swatches

MAC x Star Trek Collection
MAC x Star Trek Collection

I have a sneak peek of a sneak peek featuring MAC x Star Trek Collection, as I received a few pieces from the launch, but there are several more products releasing (about double what you see here) that I don’t have. I’m waiting to get official promotional imagery, and once I have that, I’ll post info about all the shades, but the pertinent details are: pre-sale for attendees of Comic Con right now, available online August 25th and in-stores September 1st (North America) at select locations. The collection features matte black packaging with a metallic silver Star Trek logo with the same style for the boxes.

MAC x Star Trek Collection

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Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a white gold with strong, yellow-gold shimmer. Sephora Stardust (01) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Ritualistic (P, $9.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Marshmallow (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Subsolar (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Left) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Summer (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Stole the Show (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder
Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Golden Lights
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
86%
Permanent

Saks Extra 10% Off Sitewide | Including Beauty & Fragrance July 22nd through July 24th

Saks Fifth Avenue

SAKS is offering 10% off sitewide, which includes beauty and fragrance, now through July 24th with code SAKS5A. (There are some designer exclusions.)  Below you’ll find what I’ll personally be picking up along with some of my higher-end favorites–for 10% off, I typically focus on brands that almost never go on sale (like Cle de Peau or Tom Ford) or just-released items that aren’t available elsewhere yet (speaking of which, just saw a few of Dior’s fall collection pop online this morning)! What do you have your eye on?

On my list…

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