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Month in Review | January 2017

Here’s a look at the top 25 products reviewed in the month of December, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂

I think it’d be fun to go through what we used, purchased, resisted, and so forth each month, here are some questions:

  1. What were your favorites from the last month?
  2. What didn’t impress you?
  3. Did you return anything you purchase?
  4. Or successfully resist temptation?
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The Best & Worst | Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “complete coverage in one coat” and “nondrying wear” that is “comfortable” and “waterproof.” The majority of the Metallized shades are not even close to one-coat coverage–maybe three or four or coats!–and did not layer evenly, plus they had a tendency to lose sparkle/glitter through wear. Whenever a shade wasn’t opaque in one coat, it often looked streaky or uneven. There were some shades that had fantastic, one-coat coverage, while others featured more medium, buildable coverage but several applied uneven, patchy, and didn’t level or improve after drying down even with a second layer.

The consistency of the formula was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to apply, but the dry down was lengthy and some shades never fully felt dry (instead, lightly tacky). There was a learning curve to applying and wearing these, too, as they were unforgiving if you accidentally press your lips together before the formula has dried down–the formula is quite tacky as it dries down and pressed lips together results in color lifting away. The wear varied from shade to shade (and between finishes) from four to eight hours, and so far, most were true to the nondrying claim, at least. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with them. They were difficult to remove compared to most products; I had the best luck saturating a cotton pad with eye or lip makeup remover (Neutrogena, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.), yet curiously were not that long-wearing on me (relative to liquid lipsticks)–they seemed to develop a little tackiness with any meal or drink (even just water) and degraded from there. Overall, the formula was extremely disappointing after the successful Vice lipstick launch last year.

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Week in Review | February 4th through February 10th

Here’s a look at the top 10 products reviewed in the last week, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂 What’s been in your rotation the most this week? What caught your eye?

01

Hourglass Liberator

PPermanent. $32.00/0.08 oz.

Hourglass Liberator GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark berry with reddish undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

Wishlist
Vanity
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

02. Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter)

Going Native (Highlighter) is a soft pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth, cream-like consistency that blended easily and didn't emphasize my skin's natural texture. Read full review.

A

03. Anastasia #10 (Vol. 1)

#10 (Vol. 1) is a medium-dark reddish berry with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the lipstick had a creamy texture that wasn't too thick or too thin on the lips. Read full review.

A

04. Anastasia Primary #5 (Vol. 1)

Primary #5 (Vol. 1) is a vibrant, dark cobalt blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had intense, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly on the lips. Read full review.

A

05. MAC Digging It

MAC Digging It Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a rich, mahogany brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

06. Make Up For Ever Praline (109)

Make Up For Ever Praline (109) Artist Liquid Matte ($20.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

07. Kat Von D Hawkwind

Kat Von D Hawkwind Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

08. NYX Crushed Bloom

NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is muted, medium-dark peach with warmer, yellow undertones and a pink-to-gold shift paired with a soft, pearl finish. Read full review.

A

09. Make Up For Ever Rosewood (105)

Make Up For Ever Rosewood (105) Artist Liquid Matte ($20.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

10. Anastasia #2 (Vol. 1)

Primary #2 (Vol. 1) is a deep black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the lipstick was lightly creamy, easy to apply, and comfortable to wear. Read full review.

A

Breakdown |
Feb 4, 2017 — Feb 10, 2017

85%

Average Score
A
32
B
29
C
11
D
3
F
2

Total Reviews (77) — Brands Reviewed (9)

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