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Ciate Baby Doll & Summer Love Glow-To Illuminating Blushes

01/08

Ciate Baby Doll Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Baby Doll Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Baby Doll Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Baby Doll Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Baby Doll Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Baby Doll Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Baby Doll Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate Baby Doll Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Baby Doll

Ciate Baby Doll Glow-To Illuminating Blush ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with subtle, cooler undertones paired with warmer, golden shimmer. It had a luminous sheen that was pronounced on the skin but stopped just short of emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It had buildable color payoff from medium to opaque that applied easily to bare skin and blended out almost effortlessly. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and not at all powdery or dusty in the pan but very easy to pickup with a brush. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading slightly.

The formula is supposed to have buildable pigmentation from “barely-there” color to “intense color” with long-wear. It had a smooth consistency with a firmer press, but it was not stiff or difficult to pickup color. From the four shades I purchased, the pigmentation varied from medium to semi-opaque, and they were certainly buildable to full coverage, though the formula itself was forgiving enough that the color could be sheered out as desired (and the powder was conducive to simply picking up less product as well). The swirled nature of the highlighter-and-blush concept did make the color vary a bit, and sometimes it appeared more shimmery than others (though the brand noted that each compact contains 50% of each).

Ciate Glow-To Illuminating Blush Baby Doll
Baby Doll
Baby Doll
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette

01/12

Natasha Denona Sunset Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Sunset Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Sunset Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Sunset Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Sunset Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Sunset Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Sunset Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Sunset Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette | Look Details

Sunset

Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette ($129.00 for 1.20 oz.) includes 15 eyeshadows in various warm-toned hues–a lot of red/orange-toned coppers, oranges, and browns–with a mix of matte, shimmer, and sparkle finishes. I think it is actually one of the best Natasha Denona palettes that has been released with respect to cohesiveness and quality. I also feel like 15 is a solid number of shades to create a curated, cohesive, and useful palette from, and for the brand, while still pricey, still a more palatable price compared to the larger 28-pan palettes. The more sparkly shades included in this palette were a serious improvement from the Star palette as well, though I would still recommend using them damp for maximum performance. The majority of the eyeshadows also wore better without primer on me this time around than they have in the past.

It’s a real shame that this palette is limited edition–I think the brand should consider adding it to the permanent line-up or else doing a major re-release. I know that some retailers that carried this palette are working on a limited restock, but I have not heard anything solid or a confirmed date yet. Alternatively, an excellent palette with a similar vibe (very warm-toned) is Viseart Warm Mattes, which I would then supplement with shimmers within one’s stash or some of these single eyeshadows or BH Foil Eyes, which has a lot of frost/metallic shades.

Edit: As of 2:54PM PST, Sephora has it back in stock.

Natasha Denona Summer 2017 Eyeshadow Palette Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Anastasia Pink Passion Blush Trio

01/05

Anastasia Pink Passion Blush Trio

Anastasia Pink Passion Blush Trio

Anastasia Pink Passion Blush Trio

Anastasia Pink Passion Blush Trio

Anastasia Pink Passion Blush Trio

Pink Passion

Anastasia Pink Passion Blush Trio ($30.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes three coordinated blushes in medium-sized compact. Pink Passion had buildable coverage from medium to semi-opaque that lasted between eight and nine hours on me with two shades being blendable and one that was prone to sheering out on the skin.

The blush formula is supposed to be “finely-milled” and “full-pigmented” for “buildable intensity with a seamless finish.” It seemed to say that it was buildable up to full coverage. The coverage varied from shade to shade but was typically medium to semi-opaque and buildable. The consistency was thinner, though typically not dusty or powdery, but I would recommend applying over powdered skin or allowing any liquid/cream bases to dry down considerably as I found that applying this formula over a dewier base made it hard to blend as the color stuck and did not spread well. It was surprisingly forgiving over bare skin (I’m normal-to-dry), even though it was a thin formula. There are five trios available. They are presently available through Anastasia directly and will be available online at other retailers on June 13th and in stores on June 23rd.

Anastasia Blush Trio Pink Passion
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Urban Decay Skywalk Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

01/06

Urban Decay Skywalk Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Skywalk Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Skywalk Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Skywalk Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Skywalk Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Urban Decay Skywalk Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

Skywalk

Urban Decay Skywalk Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a sheer, bluish white with fine, iridescent pearl. As described, it was sheer and only buildable to semi-sheer coverage and the key was to let the initial layer dry down before adding any more on top. The consistency was thin, more water-like, and fluid over the skin. I was able to pat it over my cheeks and blend out with my fingertips on bare skin as well as over liquid foundation, but I did have to be careful not to disturb any powder products I layered it over due to the wateriness of the formula. On its own, the highlighter lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

The Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid is supposed to be a “sheer, weightless formula” that gives skin a “dewy, lit-from-within look.” I think one of the key takeaways from the brand’s description is that it is “sheer,” “subtle,” and “never overdone” — it is a subtle highlighter, and they tend to look more similar than not applied (at least, on me). They had sheer to medium, buildable coverage with a very fluid, thin texture (not quite watery) and were blendable on the skin, whether bare or over liquid foundations. If I was too vigorous blending out the product, it did cause some separation of my base products if I had powder on top, but it was fine with gentle blending (fingertips or stippling brush). The formula dried down and wasn’t tacky on the skin, and they lasted between seven and a half and eight hours on me. You can view swatches all of the full line here.

The brand posted some video demos that included using it alone as well as mixed with foundation. I think that the smaller amount is less conducive to regular mixing with base products but is a sufficient amount for a spot highlighter. If you wanted something more for mixing, similar products with similar subtly often contain at least 0.50 fl. oz., if not more.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid Skywalk
Skywalk
Skywalk
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

MAC x Steve J. & Yoni P. Blushes

01/09

MAC Peony Petal Powder Blush

MAC Peony Petal Powder Blush

MAC Peony Petal Powder Blush

MAC Peony Petal Powder Blush

MAC Peony Petal Powder Blush

MAC Peony Petal Powder Blush

MAC Peony Petal Powder Blush

MAC Peony Petal Powder Blush

MAC Peony Petal Powder Blush

Peony Petal

MAC Peony Petal Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a firmer, stiffer consistency. This shade has been released in the past, but the version I received to review for this launch was noticeably harder to use due to the firmly pressed powder. I was able to apply and blend it out enough for fairly even coverage, but it was not easy to use. On me, the color started to fade after eight hours of wear.

The Steve J. and Yoni P. Collection will be available in select stores and online on June 1st.

MAC Powder Blush Peony Petal
Peony Petal
Peony Petal
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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A-

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Anastasia Summer 2017 Eyeshadows (Part 1)

01/07

Anastasia Enchanted Eyeshadow

Anastasia Enchanted Eyeshadow

Anastasia Enchanted Eyeshadow

Anastasia Enchanted Eyeshadow

Anastasia Enchanted Eyeshadow

Anastasia Summer 2017 | Look Details

Anastasia Summer 2017 | Look Details

Enchanted

Anastasia Enchanted Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a deep, violet purple with cooler undertones and a frosted finish. The consistency was rather dense, almost thick compared to most of the brand’s formulas (including other frost/metallic shades) but is incredibly pigmented. I would recommend using a flat synthetic brush or medium dome-shaped eyeshadow brush (I used MAC’s 239 just fine with this). If you’re familiar with the more recent silicone-heavy eyeshadows that have released lately, you’ll enjoy the formula as it has that same creamy, smooth feel. The eyeshadow adhered beautifully to bare skin, still blended out, and stayed on for nine hours on me.

The new single eyeshadows will be available at online retailers on June 13th and in stores on June 23rd but are available through Anastasia now.

Anastasia Eyeshadow Enchanted
Enchanted
Enchanted
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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