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BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana Foil Eyes Palette

01/08

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana 28-Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana 28-Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana 28-Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana 28-Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana 28-Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana 28-Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana 28-Color Eyeshadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana 28-Color Eyeshadow Palette

Club Tropicana

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana Foil Eyeshadow Palette ($12.50 for 1.16 oz.) is a collection of brighter pops of color in the brand’s more shimmery formula. I’ve reviewed the Original Foil Eyes and more recent Foil Eyes 2 palettes in the past, and I find that the original is the easiest to work with across the palette, but Club Tropicana was the worst/hardest to use as-is. I think if you’re someone who enjoys very shimmery, sparkly, or metallic shades and typically works with a dampened brush or an adhesive base, you’ll find this palette useful and easier to use. There were just several shades that required a dampened brush to help improve binding and adhesion (for evenness) to the lid, and for me, traditional eyeshadow primer doesn’t do much as the issue was more texture/formula than a matter of pigmentation or longevity.

One thing I noticed was that the two previous Foil Eyeshadow Palettes contained 1.58 oz./1.60 oz. of product, whereas this one only contained 1.16 oz. The ingredient list was the same between Club Tropicana and Foil Eyes 2 (but the Original has a slightly different list/order of ingredients), so I’m not sure what accounted for such a dramatic decrease in weight. Even at 1.16 oz., it works out to be 0.04 oz. per shade, which is close to the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

BH Cosmetics 28-Color Eyeshadow Palette Club Tropicana
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
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J. Cat Beauty White Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

01/06

J. Cat Beauty White Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty White Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty White Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty White Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty White Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty White Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

White Goddess

J. Cat Beauty White Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a light, white gold with a cooler, whitish base paired with warmer, greenish-gold shimmer. The white base was more powdery, but it did not seem to be as present when blended and buffed onto my skin, though it may suit fairer complexions better due to the stronger white base.

The formula is described as a “multi-dimensional baked formula” that has “all day long” wear with an “intense shimmer pigment.” It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin and yielded a fairly metallic finish on the skin, though I did not feel like it emphasized my skin’s natural texture. The texture was powdery with a drier quality that made the shimmer seem like it separated from the powder itself. This shade wore well for six and a half hours on me.

(I know they have a “Pink Goddess” shade, but I feel like the current name wasn’t quite thought out and wish they had gone with “Pearl” or “Gold Goddess.”)

J. Cat Beauty You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter White Goddess
B-

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

NYX Whipped Caviar, Sierra, Shy Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

Whipped Caviar

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was smooth, creamy without being too slippery so it adhered well to the lips evenly. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and lasted for four and a half hours. The formula was comfortable to wear and neither drying nor hydrating.

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 Whipped Caviar
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Sierra

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C+

Shy

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J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

01/06

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

Twilight

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium gold with warm, brown undertones and a sparkling finish. There were larger bits of sparkle strewn throughout the powder, which made for a rougher texture overall.

The formula is described as a “multi-dimensional baked formula” that has “all day long” wear with an “intense shimmer pigment.” It had medium, buildable pigmentation that blended out surprisingly well, given the chunks of sparkle in it. I noticed a moderate amount of the sparkles on my cheeks, so this might not be suitable for anyone averse to glitter. It had a more metallic sheen overall, but it did emphasize my pores slightly. This shade wore well for seven hours before fading.

J. Cat Beauty You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter Twilight
Twilight
Twilight
B-

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

NYX Alabama, Merlot, Aria, Siren Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

Alabama

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that glided on without tugging on the lips and delivered even coverage. The color wore well for over six hours and left a slight stain behind, though the formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

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 Alabama
Alabama
Alabama
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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A

Merlot

Permanent
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C+

Aria

Permanent
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B+

Siren

Permanent
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Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

01/06

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter

Molten Gold

Maybelline Molten Gold MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a brighter, medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s supposed to have a “chrome effect” that can be applied “lightly for a subtle glow” or built up for a “bold melted metal look.”

It was quite pigmented in a single layer, though the consistency was soft and pliable, so it was easy to control the amount of product picked up on a brush to get sheerer coverage. The texture was smooth to the touch, soft enough that it was a touch powdery in the pan, but it did not look dry or powdery on the skin. On the cheekbones, it had a noticeable glow that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. If you wanted really over-the-top, traffic-stopping glow, just spritz your brush (after picking up the product) with a bit of water or facial mist; I found that the texture of this shade was particularly workable damp but is often a trick that can be used with a slew of powder highlighters. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Maybelline MasterChrome Metallic Highlighter Molten Gold
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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