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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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Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

01/06

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Bronze Burst Color Harmony Blush Palette

Bronze Burst

Milani Bronze Burst Harmony Blush Palette ($13.00 for 0.30 oz.) swirled together to create a medium, orange-copper with warm, red undertones and a faint, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation that was fairly blendable on the skin. When I used all the shades together, the wear time was eight hours.

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 Bronze Burst
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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ColourPop x Summer 2017 Super Shock Shadows

01/04

Colour Pop Banana Daiquiri Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Banana Daiquiri Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Banana Daiquiri Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Banana Daiquiri Super Shock Shadow

Banana Daiquiri

ColourPop Banana Daiquiri Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, medium bluish-teal with cooler undertones and warmer flecks of pale gold sparkle. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that maintained its vibrancy after it dried down. The consistency was smooth, blendable, and lightly emollient but not too thick or too wet, so it was easy to apply to bare skin without losing its intensity. The edges diffused nicely, while the color applied evenly. This shade stayed on well for over 10 hours on me with no signs of creasing.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Banana Daiquiri
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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A

As You Wave

Limited Edition
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A

Deep Dive

Limited Edition
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ColourPop x Summer 2017 Pressed Powder Shadows (Part 2)

01/04

Colour Pop Lil' Boat Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Lil' Boat Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Lil' Boat Pressed Powder Shadow

Colour Pop Lil' Boat Pressed Powder Shadow

Lil' Boat

ColourPop Lil’ Boat Pressed Powder Shadow ($5.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and almost cream-like as there was more substance there, which helped it stay true-to-color on the lid. This shade started to fade on me after eight hours of wear.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Shadow Lil' Boat
Lil' Boat
Lil' Boat
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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B+

Board Shorts

Limited Edition
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A

Rose All Day

Limited Edition
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A

Tiny Tangerines

Limited Edition
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D

Muscle Beach

Limited Edition
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A-

Two Piece

Limited Edition
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Sneak Peek: BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette Photos & Swatches

01/08

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition 21-Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition 21-Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition 21-Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition 21-Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition 21-Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition 21-Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition 21-Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition 21-Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette ($22.50 for 1.06 oz.) includes 15 eyeshadows and six highlighters. It’s a new, limited life palette that is also available at Ulta. It will be available for a year, and then it will be removed from the line-up after that. I don’t expect to review this immediately, since it is not as urgent as several other palettes I have on my to-review list at the moment but hope to review it in the near future.

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette

Sneak Peek: BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana Foil Eyes Palette Photos & Swatches

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

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana Foil Eyes Palette ($12.50 for 1.16 oz.) contains 28 eyeshadows in vibrant pops of color; the brand describes them as “intense jewel tones, saturated pastels and glimmering neutrals.” It’s new and limited edition, and as always, I’ll try to review as soon as I can, but it is a larger palette, which can take longer (both in terms of actual testing as well as writing out the review/adding dupes) and I’m in palette overload! I did want to point out that the weight (quantity) is quite different–1.16 oz. compared to 1.60 oz. in Foil Eyes 2–and the formula felt looser/drier with more sparkle content in Club Tropicana so that they did not have the same creamy consistency as a lot of shades in the original Foil Eyes and Foil Eyes 2 palettes.

BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana Foil Eyes Palette

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