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J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

01/06

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

Pink Goddess

J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm, brown undertones and flecks of larger gold sparkle over a more frosted sheen. The looser sparkle did not translate too noticeably on the skin, and after buffing and blending, it had a luminous sheen that was shy of being metallic (which also meant it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture!).

The formula is described as a “multi-dimensional baked formula” that has “all day long” wear with an “intense shimmer pigment.” I liked it more once I got a chance to apply it to cheeks, as the texture was drier and felt almost rough from the sparkles/looser feel of the powder on the skin. I had no trouble blending out and diffusing the edges of the powder highlighter on my cheeks, and it had a beautiful finish after it was applied. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that stayed on well for six and a half hours.

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

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total
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ColourPop Candy Floss, Drip, Brain Freeze, Bee’s Knees Blotted Lips

01/06

Colour Pop Candy Floss Blotted Lip

Colour Pop Candy Floss Blotted Lip

Colour Pop Candy Floss Blotted Lip

Colour Pop Candy Floss Blotted Lip

Colour Pop Candy Floss Blotted Lip

Colour Pop Candy Floss Blotted Lip

Candy Floss

ColourPop Candy Floss Blotted Lips ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a medium, peachy brown with warm, orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had medium to nearly opaque pigmentation–it was definitely one of the more pigmented shades in the line-up. The lipstick applied evenly and smoothly with a slightly creamier texture compared to other shades, which might have been responsible for the less matte finish as well. There was a smidgen of color that pulled into my deeper lip lines. It wore well for four hours and was non-drying.

The Blotted Lip formula is described as a “sheer matte lipstick” that has “buildable” coverage that ranges from “light to medium” and has a “lightweight” feel. The formula had an interesting texture–firmer, waxy but velvety like a more silicone-heavy formula would feel–so it glided on with ease after it warmed up against the lips but initially felt quite firm in the tube. They look more like a lip stain than lipstick on the lips, as the consistency is thin and adheres well to lips–without emphasizing the texture of them–and the semi-sheer to medium coverage reinforces the stain-like appearance. The wear was average (usually around four hours) but was non-drying.

Colour Pop Blotted Lip Candy Floss
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Colors (Part 2)

01/06

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Electric Orange

Maybelline Electric Orange ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to the lips. The lipstick was lightly creamy with moderate slip but did not slide around while worn. I did notice a subtle amount of color that had settled into my lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing over time.

I’ve reviewed this formula (and I believe the majority of shades released) before, but it’s one of my favorite drugstore lipstick formulas and wanted to update swatches. I was dismayed to see how many shades were discontinued, though, as there are only seven in the current range. The Vivids formula is supposed to have “vibrant color” and a hydrating feel. I repurchased the seven shades still available, and I re-tested them (and re-swatched/photographed!). Overall, the Vivids formula has a very smooth, creamy consistency that has moderate slip and a luminous sheen and semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation. They felt hydrating to me over time and were comfortable to wear. They have a moderate, sweet, floral scent but no discernible taste.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Electric Orange
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Colors (Part 1)

01/06

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Pink Pop

Maybelline Pink Pop ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, but there was a bit of color that sunk into my deeper lip lines. The texture was lightweight, thin but not clingy, and had a fair amount of slip. The lipstick stayed on well for four hours on me and was lightly moisturizing.

I’ve reviewed this formula (and I believe the majority of shades released) before, but it’s one of my favorite drugstore lipstick formulas and wanted to update swatches. I was dismayed to see how many shades were discontinued, though, as there are only seven in the current range. The Vivids formula is supposed to have “vibrant color” and a hydrating feel. I repurchased the seven shades still available, and I re-tested them (and re-swatched/photographed!). Overall, the Vivids formula has a very smooth, creamy consistency that has moderate slip and a luminous sheen and semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation. They felt hydrating to me over time and were comfortable to wear. They have a moderate, sweet, floral scent but no discernible taste.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Pink Pop
Pink Pop
Pink Pop
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Milani Pink Play Color Harmony Blush Palette

01/06

Milani Pink Play Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Pink Play Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Pink Play Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Pink Play Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Pink Play Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Pink Play Color Harmony Blush Palette

Pink Play

Milani Pink Play Harmony Blush Palette ($13.00 for 0.30 oz.) swirled together to create a soft, light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out without issue. The consistency was slightly dusty to the touch but sat well on my skin. The blush lasted for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

The formula is supposed to be a “high-impact, buildable blush” that “blends easily” but simultaneously has “richly pigmented shades” that can be used alone or together. The top three sections are larger, but only the top section (the one that often has more shimmer) is truly large enough to accommodate the average blush brush. I think it would be more practical to use two or three shades at a time, rather than only one. The way they are described on Milani’s website is contradictory (at least, in the order/way they said it), but on the back of the compact itself, it says “four pigment-rich and ultra blendable blush tones” and so I am holding the blushes to that: “pigment-rich.”

The quality of the powder varied a lot from shade to shade, palette to palette, with some shades being softer and more pliable and others being more firmly pressed and yielded sheerer coverage. The coverage varied from medium to opaque with most shades within the palettes being blendable. A few shades darkened on me a few minutes after initial application (which was the point where I took photos, so you could see the result). The wear ranged from seven to eight and a half hours on me.

Milani Color Harmony Blush Palette Pink Play
Pink Play
Pink Play
7.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total

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NYX Temptress, Audrey, Natural Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

Temptress

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. This shade had a stronger white base, which seemed to make the lipstick appear lighter on the lips than initially swatched or in the tube. The texture was lightly creamy, comfortable to apply, and did not slide around over time. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly with just a bit of color that settled into my lip lines after two and a half hours of wear. This shade lasted for four hours and was non-drying.

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 Temptress
Temptress
Temptress
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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B+

Audrey

Permanent
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B+

Natural

Permanent
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