NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette ($25.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a set of four highlight powders and four contour powders. All of the shades included in the palette can be purchased individually, and the palette is refillable, so shades can be removed or rearranged. The only downside is that they don’t sell the palette empty, and there are two additional highlight powder shades (Bone, Soft Peach) and two additional contour powder shades (Sienna, Saddle) available as singles (each single is $5.00). I liked that two of the four highlighters had some shimmer to them, so for those who like a little sheen to their highlight, you’ll have those options, and you can always tamp down the satiny sheen by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top to stretch out the others if you like less shimmer. The contours all had a semi-matte to satin finish, so none were totally matte, and they looked natural on the skin without looking too shimmery or too flat. I had some trouble blending out the contour shades at times, and I had the best luck by applying with a more feathery brush to lay down the general outline of the contour, and then going back to darken as needed. The highlight shades are soft and smooth but powdery.

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NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

ColourPop Succulent & Mars Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

ColourPop Succulent Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, tomato red with warm, orange undertones and a very matte finish. It had nice color coverage that applied fairly evenly, though it is slightly thinner and dries down quickly, there is enough payoff that the streaking is very subtle (but there’s some on my upper lip, as working around the curves of the upper lip takes a little more time than the lower lip for me). The color wore for ten hours before I took it off, and it was fairly intact but had some fading from the center after a meal and loses a lot of its transfer-resistant quality as soon as you eat/drink (even just coffee). Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter, glossier. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Mangrove (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is glossier. Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is better quality, more muted, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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ColourPop Succulent Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Succulent
A-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Maybelline Rich Ruby, All Fired Up, Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lip Colors

Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that covered the lips for the most part, but there is a very light translucency to it overall. The texture was lightweight, velvety, and smooth and applied evenly to the lips. It was really comfortable to wear and wasn’t drying over the six hours it lasted, and I didn’t experience feathering or bleeding either. Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is darker. NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is darker. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Charlotte (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Besame Besame Red 1920 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Besame American Beauty 1945 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color Rich Ruby
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
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Maybelline Just a Glimmer, A Wink of Pink, Fuchsia Flicker, Lilac Lumi Baby Gloss Lipglosses

Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a new formula that’s supposed to be shiny, non-sticky, and hydrating for four hours with twelve shades divided into three finishes. I’m reviewing them based on finish, so this post features the four shimmery shades. They’re lightweight, mostly non-sticky (a very slight tackiness develops after two to three hours of wear), wear for one to three hours, and are comfortable and hydrating. The formula has a sweet, fruity-floral scent that tastes like perfume-y soap during the entire length of wear; I could taste it just talking to someone, and it ruined anything I ate or drank. The shimmer in these shades is noticeable in texture, though they are fine enough not to feel particularly gritty, but the thinner consistency made them apparent on the lips. They were comfortable to wear, though, and they don’t feel heavy and keep and maintain hydration going for an hour or two after most of the gloss has worn away. The formula is sheer with a lot of shades looking the same once applied, but they may vary wildly from person to person due to much of it being dependent on your natural lip color.

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Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss
Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss Just a Glimmer
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
86%
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L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminators

L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a liquid highlighter that can be used as a specific highlighter (like on cheek bones) or all-over (likely mixed in with a base product, like foundation or moisturizer). The biggest con to these is that they have a very, very short working window as they dry down almost immediately, and they dry down and don’t want to move much and instead the shimmer/sheen flakes off than diffuses or blends out. The texture is liquid but thicker than your typical liquid-based highlighter (which are often a little watery or thin) and is viscous enough to hold its shape in a dollop when you squeeze it out. The squeeze-tube offers a good amount of control over how much you get per use, which is nice. The liquid highlighters seemed to have less visible sparkle/glitter than the powders did, though there are a few bits. It gave the skin a metallic sheen that’s by no means subtle, but it didn’t seem to emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. They can be mixed with a base product, but you’ll want to use something with a thinner consistency to help this spread out. The shimmer is larger and may be too intense when mixed in for all-over use, but it will depend on your preferences.

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L'Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator Ice
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
88%
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Maybelline Burgundy Blush, Nude Nuance, Clay Crush Creamy Matte Lip Colors

Maybelline Burgundy Blush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish burgundy with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly but had a slightly drier consistency compared to most of the range. The texture was lightweight and slightly drying over time, but I only felt the drying quality kick in after four hours of wear, while the color lasted for closer to six in all. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Runner (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Studded Kiss (P, $16.00) is lighter. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Tulle (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter, warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Maybelline Burgundy Blush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color Burgundy Blush
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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