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Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

01/08

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush

Happy Glow

Guerlain Happy Glow Meteorites Blush ($54.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and silver sparkle. The pink powder seemed like a soft matte–not really shimmery but not so matte that it appeared flat on the skin–but there were distinct sparkles on the skin.

It’s a new, limited edition pressed blush from the brand that’s supposed to work as a “blush and a highlighter.” The formula is supposed to “lightly sculpt and illuminate” the complexion, which I suspect is code for not-the-most-pigmented-blush-ever. It comes in a soft pink compact, which seemed a little lighter and “cheaper” to me than their usual compacts (but it seemed sturdy and functional), and the powder has the brand’s signature violet scent. It had sheer, buildable coverage (up to medium) that was incredibly blendable, as the consistency was soft, finely-milled, and smooth to the touch.

Between the coverage level and the lightness of the color itself, it is going to be more suitable for lighter complexions and someone who doesn’t want a lot of shine from their highlighter but doesn’t mind visible sparkle. I’m light-medium in skin tone, and I get only a hint of pink on my skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Guerlain Meteorites Blush Happy Glow
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
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Makeup Geek Plain Jane, Bossy Lady, Beauty Queen Plush Lip Mattes

01/06

Makeup Geek Plain Jane Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Plain Jane Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Plain Jane Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Plain Jane Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Plain Jane Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Plain Jane Plush Lip Matte

Plain Jane

Makeup Geek Plain Jane Plush Lip Matte ($12.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation with a very creamy, velvet texture that spread easily across the skin, but the formula did not feel properly mixed as there was some graininess to it as well. The color sank noticeably into my lip lines after I applied it, unfortunately, and it worsened over time. This shade wore for five hours, left a pinkish stain behind, and my lips felt raw after wearing it.

The formula is supposed to be a “cross between a cream and a mousse” that is “highly pigmented” with a “soft matte” finish. The consistency has an incredibly velvety, creamy feel without being slippery or wet, so it felt very smooth going on the lips and lightweight. I liked the way it felt on the lips for an hour or so of wear, but after testing about half of the range, they did not wear down well with an uneven fade and significant color in lip lines. While traditional liquid lipstick can dry and look “cracked,” I noticed that despite feeling quite forgiving, the finish often was not as lip color settled into and separated away from lip lines. The formula wasn’t designed to dry down to a flat, matte finish, and it does not, so the transfer was similar to that of a traditional, satin-finished tube lipstick for me. On me, the liquid lipsticks have lasted between four and six hours on me. They seem mostly non-drying on but seemed more drying as I wore them, particularly if I wore two in a row, which would leave my lips feeling raw. Just a heads up, each tube contains a surprisingly small amount of product (0.06 fl. oz.) relative to a lot of popular liquid lipstick formulas (Kat Von D contains 0.22 fl. oz., Anastasia contains 0.11 fl. oz., Smashbox contains 0.13 fl. oz., Stila contains 0.10 fl. oz., MAC contains 0.17 fl. oz.).

Makeup Geek Plush Lip Matte Plain Jane
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Lancome Magnetic Mauve, Rouge Magma, Meteoric Violet Le Metallique Lip Lacquers

01/06

Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer

Magnetic Mauve (04)

Lancome Magnetic Mauve (04) Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer ($22.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium rose pink with warm undertones and lighter pink and gold pearl. It had medium coverage, so it fell rather short of its full coverage claim. The texture was tacky, light-medium to medium in weight (definitely noticeable on), but it didn’t slide around. The gloss stayed put for five hours and maintained its glossy shine throughout the wear. It was moisturizing over time as well.

The Le Metallique formula is supposed to have “full-coverage” with a “rich, creamy texture” that is hydrating and long-wearing. First and foremost, if you do not like tacky gloss, you’ll want to stay far away from these; the formula is very tacky and is a thicker, denser formula. They are longer wearing as a result, though, and most shades fell within four to six hours of wear for me and retain a really high-shine, high-gloss finish that almost looks wet and lasts throughout the wear time. Most shades were semi-opaque to opaque, but as the formula was thicker, I would hesitate to add more product to get more coverage. They seemed to have no discernible scent or taste to me.

Lancome Le Metallique Metallic Lip Lacquer Magnetic Mauve (04)

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Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Palette

01/10

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Palette Look | View Breakdown

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Palette Look | View Breakdown

Royal Peach

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Kyshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in a range of hues (all warm-toned except the blue) and finishes. The palette also has a fluffy brush, which I did not find particularly useful for applying other than diffusing transition shades in or around the crease (just too fluffy for lid color application for my application style).

What you might not know about the Kyshadow formula is that they are supposed to have “medium buildable coverage and a velvety smooth texture.” It’s unusual to see a brand proclaiming anything less than opaque coverage, and most of the eyeshadows were actually quite pigmented. I didn’t realize that until after I had scored the palette based on the eyeshadows needing to be pigmented, so I happen to know that score–83%–but when I re-rated based on the pigmentation claim, it still ended up coming to 83% (as the sheerer shades were boosted and the opaque shades were lowered). I liked the shimmer formula, but I didn’t care for the more sparkly shades (Duchess, North Star), as they had fallout and poorer application. The mattes were easy to use, blendable, and mostly buildable.

The palette is supposed to be restocked today at 3PM PST.

Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow Eyeshadow Palette Royal Peach
B

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

01/08

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

#004

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is deeper reddish bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had a much stronger red undertone and an almost rosy overtone, so it did not appear as orange or as warm-toned as some bronzy shades can. The powder was soft, smooth, and blendable and was easy to apply to the face. It was richly pigmented, and even though it had a high-shine finish, it did not seem to emphasize my skin’s natural texture when I wore it. The highlighter started to fade after eight hours of wear.

The Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is designed to highlight, and it’s supposed to have a “highly-concentrated formula” with a “virtually imperceptible texture.” Each shade comes with a velvet pouch and mini kabuki brush. The brush was decent, but it was dense and larger than most highlighting brushes, so it was hard to apply the product precisely with it. The formula is comparable a lot of the recent highlighting powders that are denser, smooth without being powdery, and high-shine in finish.

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer #004
#004

MAC Simply Smoked, Esspresso, Lady-Be-Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours

01/06

MAC Simply Smoked Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Simply Smoked Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Simply Smoked Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Simply Smoked Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Simply Smoked Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

MAC Simply Smoked Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Simply Smoked

MAC Simply Smoked Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, though I would recommend a second layer or a lip liner for full opacity. The consistency was thinner than it should have been, as it did not apply as evenly as the best shades in the range have (but it was not the worst and looked decent after it dried down). On me, the lipstick wore well for six and a half hours, while the formula was somewhat drying.

The Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour formula is supposed to be pigmented, last eight hours, and be “non-feathering.” They are typically pigmented and long-wearing, but the quality of the formula is all over the place–some shades wear down evenly, aren’t too drying, and apply well, while other shades are patchy, streaky, or prone to flaking (and also terribly drying!).

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Simply Smoked
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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