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Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

01/04

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Rock Candy

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes six, miniature-sized lipsticks in the brand’s Studded Kiss formula. Each lipstick is 0.035 oz., and a full-sized Studded Kiss Lipstick is 0.10 oz. The set contains $44.10 worth of lipstick, so it’s not a value-packed set in terms of the amount of product, but for those who do not typically finish a lipstick, it is like getting six shades for a little more than the cost of two full-sized lipsticks. The formula on these felt creamier than usual for the Studded Kiss range, which made them easier to apply and more comfortable, but the slightly thicker texture seemed to make them prone to sinking into my lip lines as well.

The Studded Kiss formula is supposed to have “lasting wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet-touch comfort.” I have found that newer releases of the formula have been better than the original shades in the line-up, which were often dry, stiff, and prone to dragging and applying unevenly, though they were certainly long-wearing. The more recent releases have felt more velvety with more slip but not a lot of wetness–dimethicone was the second ingredient in the set’s list–so they glide on better and do not drag as much (or at all). Most shades are very pigmented and wear five to eight hours, though the formula is usually on the drying side overall. The lipsticks in the set were heavily scented with a sweet, caramel and vanilla scent–very, very strong and much more noticeable than past releases in this formula.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set Rock Candy
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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ColourPop The Knockout Pressed Powder Face Duo

01/06

Colour Pop The Knockout Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop The Knockout Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop The Knockout Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop The Knockout Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop The Knockout Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop The Knockout Pressed Powder Face Duo

The Knockout

ColourPop The Knockout Pressed Powder Face Duo ($16.00 for 0.52 oz.) features two large face powders–a blush and highlighter–housed in a cardboard palette with an interior mirror. The blush formula is supposed to have “long-wear” with a “soft” and “silky” feel that “can be layered for your desired intensity.” The highlighter formula is supposed to have “high-shine” with a “buttery-soft” feel that has “high colour intensity.” The two shades coordinated well with each other, and despite the difference in textures, actually layered nicely.

In general, ColourPop’s powder blush formula is thinner and can feel a little dusty or powdery, depending on the shade, and has sheerer, more buildable coverage, while the powder highlighter formula is much denser, almost to the point where a dense brush is required to pick up a modicum of product. The upside is the denser quality of the highlighter makes it harder to overdo it from the get-go, so the highlighter has a more buildable glow. I wish their blushes had more of the substance that their matte eyeshadows have, which would give them better adherence and overall coverage.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Face Duo The Knockout
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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ColourPop Done Deal Pressed Powder Face Duo

01/06

Colour Pop Done Deal Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop Done Deal Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop Done Deal Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop Done Deal Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop Done Deal Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop Done Deal Pressed Powder Face Duo

Done Deal

ColourPop Done Deal Pressed Powder Face Duo ($16.00 for 0.52 oz.) features two large face powders–a blush and highlighter–housed in a cardboard palette with an interior mirror. The blush formula is supposed to have “long-wear” with a “soft” and “silky” feel that “can be layered for your desired intensity.” The highlighter formula is supposed to have “high-shine” with a “buttery-soft” feel that has “high colour intensity.” The blush had sheerer coverage that was buildable, but the texture was very dusty and prone to making a mess inside the palette, while the highlighter worked better on the skin than anticipated.

In general, ColourPop’s powder blush formula is thinner and can feel a little dusty or powdery, depending on the shade, and has sheerer, more buildable coverage, while the powder highlighter formula is much denser, almost to the point where a dense brush is required to pick up a modicum of product. The upside is the denser quality of the highlighter makes it harder to overdo it from the get-go, so the highlighter has a more buildable glow. I wish their blushes had more of the substance that their matte eyeshadows have, which would give them better adherence and overall coverage.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Face Duo Done Deal
Done Deal
Done Deal
B+

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

01/16

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Too Faced Natural Love | Look Breakdown

Too Faced Natural Love | Look Breakdown

Too Faced Natural Love | Look Breakdown

Too Faced Natural Love | Look Breakdown

Natural Love

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.90 oz.) includes 30 eyeshadows in varying shades of pinks, golds, and various neutral tones with some mattes and many shimmers. It’s housed in a large, cardboard palette and includes several shades from past neutral palettes they’ve released along with “brand new” shades.

It’s not the worst Too Faced palette I’ve encountered, but it’s not their best work–there are highlights and total misses within the palette, which is unsurprising as the brand’s track record with these larger palettes has been disappointing over the last couple of years. I think if you use primer, aren’t terribly concerned with having rich coverage in one layer, and like your neutrals, it’s not the worst way to spend your money. Too Faced’s formula–even when better–has always been the type (thin, a little powdery) that works significantly better over primer for coverage, blendability, and longevity.

Too Faced Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection Natural Love
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

ColourPop Double Play Pressed Powder Face Duo

01/06

Colour Pop Double Play Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop Double Play Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop Double Play Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop Double Play Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop Double Play Pressed Powder Face Duo

Colour Pop Double Play Pressed Powder Face Duo

Double Play

ColourPop Double Play Pressed Powder Face Duo ($16.00 for 0.52 oz.) features two large face powders–a blush and highlighter–housed in a cardboard palette with an interior mirror. The blush formula is supposed to have “long-wear” with a “soft” and “silky” feel that “can be layered for your desired intensity.” The highlighter formula is supposed to have “high-shine” with a “buttery-soft” feel that has “high colour intensity.” If you prefer your blushes buildable, then you might like the blush in this palette, but if you want true-to-pan color and coverage in one layer, I’d skip the duo. The highlighter had a more metallic finish with some sparkle but a lighter touch can get more subdued results.

In general, ColourPop’s powder blush formula is thinner and can feel a little dusty or powdery, depending on the shade, and has sheerer, more buildable coverage, while the powder highlighter formula is much denser, almost to the point where a dense brush is required to pick up a modicum of product. The upside is the denser quality of the highlighter makes it harder to overdo it from the get-go, so the highlighter has a more buildable glow. I wish their blushes had more of the substance that their matte eyeshadows have, which would give them better adherence and overall coverage.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Face Duo Double Play
B

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8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

01/07

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Medium-Deep

CoverFX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.38 oz.) includes two powder highlighters and two cream highlighters housed in a cardboard palette. The cream formula is supposed to have a “dewy, radiant glow,” while the powder highlighters have a “silky, luminous finish.” The tones are definitely warm and run slightly redder overall, as three of the four shades have more of a brown/red mix of undertones than yellow. The cream highlighters could have worn longer, but if you like a dewy, subtle sheen, the formula might be up your alley. Both of the powder highlighters can be purchased individually, but should you prefer them in a palette, the colors are consistent but the quality is better in the individual versions for me.

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette Medium-Deep
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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