Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette ($45.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes six shades of blushes from a pop of pink to a matte bronze. The Afterglow formula is supposed to last for eight hours, sheer coverage. The funny thing about the Afterglow formula is that I don’t really think it’s sheer; it’s more of a medium, buildable coverage formula, which I imagine is something that a lot of people like about it, but just keep in mind that that is how pigmentation is judged from: sheer coverage. The products performed well overall with the only “flaw” being that pigmentation tended to be semi-opaque to opaque rather than sheer. The palette contains $61.04 worth of Afterglow blush.

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette
Urban Decay Blush Palette Gwen Stefani
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow

Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) features a light, white gold paired with a gold-shimmered pink. The warmer shimmer dominates against my skin tone, but I think it’ll pull a little cooler (the base color will be stronger) on fairer and cooler complexions. The texture of both powders was nice, though the right side was shimmery enough to emphasize pores.

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Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow
Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo Rosy Glow
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set ($28.00 for 0.84 fl. oz.) includes six lipglosses. They’re supposed to be “playful pastels” that give “high-shine color payoff in a single stroke” with “deep hydration and conditioning.” They’re pretty subpar lipglosses; they’re the kind of product that gives house brands/drugstore brands a bad name. They’re uneven, lightly tacky, not moisturizing, and come off in an hour or two. The applicator is rough and barely flocked, so it feels a little sharp at times, and hardly any gloss gets on the applicator. I’m trying to understand the concept of “high-shine color payoff in a single stroke” when the gloss is neither pigmented nor high-shine; these are less shine than some lip balms at times. Though I’m not entirely surprised that a range of pastels ended up sheer and applied dismally, I know Sephora can do better (one of my favorite gloss formulas is by Sephora!).

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2016 Lipgloss Set Modern Watercolors
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
3.5
Total
50%
Limited Edition
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NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition neutral-hued duo for spring (January 15th at NARS, February 1st at all other retailers). It’s a nice set of shades that performs well, though they’re more dupable than not.

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NARS Hammamet Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Duo Eyeshadow Hammamet
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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Dior Blue Garden Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a mix of white, silver, gray, blue, and orange. The orange is an interesting addition (certainly makes it more unique), but whether that’s a good addition or not is quite subjective. I couldn’t find anything online that described this as a wet/dry formula, but it felt like that to me, so I did swatch it both dry (left) and damp (right) for your viewing pleasure. The ratings are based solely on performance dry, though, which was disappointing across the board.

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Dior Blue Garden (031) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette Blue Garden (031)
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
76%
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Bite Beauty Cafe/Pepper Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bite Beauty Cafe/Pepper Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a dual-ended lipstick, so there is a lipstick shade on each side. For reference, Pepper is part of the permanent range. This duo features a lighter, warm pink paired with a darker, warm plum. It is sold out online presently but may still be available in stores.

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Bite Beauty Cafe/Pepper Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo Café/Pepper
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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