Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a mix of neutrals with a few pops of color, but the contents aren’t nearly as bright as the exterior packaging, which is a vibrant chartreuse. The packaging is very much the same as Vice3. I thought the formula felt different in Vice LTD compared to Vice3 but also compared to Urban Decay’s formula (since reformulation) in general. The eyeshadows felt a bit firmer in their pans (not in a bad way), less powdery in general. The more colorful shades seemed weaker in color payoff, and I didn’t have as much luck with some shades applying to bare skin as I have in the past with the brand’s formula, so wear time was shorter on average. I liked it more than Vice3, though, by a bit. Disco, Heat, Floss, Hoodoo, and Roadstripe are shades new-to-me (I believe Roadstripe existed many, many moons ago), while the other shades have been released in various palettes over the years (noted by the shade itself).

It will be re-releasing exclusively on ULTA on January 25th.

Nameless is described as a “medium taupe satin.” It’s a golden brown with a hint of gray on top with a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to blend and work with. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade was in the Shattered palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Backdoor is described as a “cool dark brown matte. It’s a dark, charcoal brown with cool, gray undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a soft but thin consistency, which could have blended more readily. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade was in the Smoked palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deeper is described as a “medium metallic bronze.” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frost finish. It had great pigmentation that went on easily and blended well, which lasted for eight hours on me. It was in the 15th Anniversary palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Disco is described as a “pale metallic gold with iridescent glitter.” It’s a slightly muted, light-medium gold with warm undertones and silver micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t adhere with the base color, so most of it gets lost or trapped in a brush, rather than applied. What few glittery bits make it to the lid do fall off later (I didn’t see any glitter by the end of the day). The base color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heat is described as a “bright metallic copper.” It’s a bright, gold-shimmered copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was excellent, while the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay did have a Heat eyeshadow in their deluxe range once upon a time, but it was a red-based shade, so this is different. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crystal is described as a “icy metallic blue shimmer.” It’s a silvery, light-medium silvery-blue with a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, but the texture was drier and thinner, which made it somewhat powdery and prone to fading on the lid after seven hours of wear. It was in Book of Shadows Vol. 4. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Goddess is described as a “deep smoky blue with micro-glitter.” It’s a slightly brightened, navy blue with fine blue shimmer and larger micro-glitter. It was sheer, patchy, and a generally difficult eyeshadow to use in practice, as it was harder to blend or achieve decent payoff on the skin. It was faded after six hours. It was previously available in their original eyeshadow range but didn’t make the cut when they reformulated. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vaporize is described as a “medium metallic gray-taupe.” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish with micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t bind with the eyeshadow, so it is mostly metallic, and the underlying color was nicely pigmented. The texture was a little dry, but it seemed improved from when it was in the Anarchy palette. It wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Floss is described as a “deep metallic emerald with micro-glitter.” It’s a very rich, intense emerald green with a blackened-brown base and a metallic finish and silver micro-glitter. I wanted to fall in love with this one, but the texture was so soft that it was almost crumbly and a little dry to work with. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “soft black matte.” It’s a softened, medium black with a mostly matte finish. The texture was thin, a little dry, but fairly blendable on the skin. It had decent to good pigmentation, though it was buildable. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. It was in the Book of Shadows Vol. 3. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Provocateur is described as a “icy metallic pink with micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, pink with warm undertones and coppery-pink micro-glitter. It was semi-sheer with a lot of glittery bits, which made it harder to work with. This shade really needs an adhesive base to work decently. The underlying color lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was some fall out. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hoodoo is described as a “medium metallic violet with pink shift.” It’s a muted, medium purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff that seemed to be hurt by the drier, slightly powdery consistency of the shadow itself. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freakshow is described as a “bright purple satin.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, fairly blendable texture that wore well for seven and a half hours. It was previously available in the deluxe eyeshadow formula but was not included in the reformulated eyeshadow range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Junkshow is described as a “bright pink satin.” it’s a vibrant, fuchsia-pink with cool undertones and iridescent micro-shimmer. It was a thinner, somewhat powdery shade that had signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. It was in the 15th Anniversary palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blitz is described as a “bright metallic gold.” It’s a bright, metallic gold with warm, yellow undertones. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, blendable consistency (one of the best shades in the palette). This shade wore well for eight hours on me. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chase is described as a “soft metallic bronze.” It’s a golden bronze with warm undertones and a very metallic finish. This shade had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that I had no issues using on bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last Sin is described as a “pale champagne shimmer.” It’s a peachy beige with a hint of pink and a frosted finish. It was drier and more crumbly, which made it harder to apply (lots of fall out during application). On me, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. This shade was also in Vice3. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roadstripe is described as a “iridescent white with blue-violet shift.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned white with an iridescent blue sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery consistency. I had to really layer and pack it on to get the intensity on bare skin. It also showed signs of fading after six and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Anonymous is described as a “pale peachy cream matte.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great color payoff with a very silky, soft texture that made it easy to apply to the skin. This sahde wore well for seven and a half hours. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Laced is described as a “soft pink-nude matte.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that was blendable, smooth, and silky. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. This is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.175 oz.) is an interesting mix of neutrals with two pops of bolder color–a coppery-orange and a bluish-teal. The new formula is supposed to be long-wearing, “crease-resistant,” and “richly-pigmented.” Though I am a fan of Hourglass and often think they put out excellent products, I wasn’t too impressed by this eyeshadow palette. The matte shades, while incredibly soft and finely-milled, are extremely powdery to work with. There is an excessive amount of powder kicked up just touching the brush to the surface, and even after tapping that excess off the brush, there is still fall out during application. The mattes didn’t wear well, and they were harder to blend on the skin for me.

The shimmery shades are not quite as prone to powderiness, but there is still some powder fall out during application. These shades can also be used wet or dry, and I had the best luck using them damp, as it prevented fall out and helped maintain intensity without having to build up the colors in layers. Wear was all over the place, so the eyeshadow formula on the whole seemed rather inconsistent. It is particularly disappointing, because Hourglass’ previous powder eyeshadow formula was one of the softest, most buttery and well-done, period. Here’s hoping the other palettes perform better, and this was just a one-off.

The two palettes I received as press samples were damaged on the top. I bought the four other palettes, so if those have any issues, I’ll be sure to note those things in the relevant review. A reader mentioned hers (that she purchased) also had scratches on the lid, which is an issue when you price your product at $58.

Graphite #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very dusty and was difficult to apply to the skin; it just didn’t want to stay on well, and it was faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #2 is described as a “copper gold.” It’s a brightened, copper with a warm, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was very sheer and dry, even though the powder itself was incredibly fine. Unfortunately, it was only usable when applied with a damp brush and really pressed and smoothed over the skin, and then I was able to get rich, opaque color. Applied dry, it was a total mess; I could only see it working dry over a slightly tacky base. Dry, it was faded within a few hours, but applied damp, it lasted for almost seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #3 is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, but the consistency was also powdery with a dryness to it that made it harder to blend on the skin. It just seems to stick wherever it initially lands without wanting to really diffuse or soften. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #4 is described as a “gun metal.” It’s a steely gray with a hint of blue and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but less blendable. Applied dampened, it was more opaque and deeper, and it was easier to apply to the lid and use, though it dried back down quickly and became harder to blend out the edges. It wore longer–almost eight hours–compared to other shades, at least. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #5 is described as a “silver.” It’s more of a pewtery gold with subtle, warmer undertones with a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer in coverage, and it did intensify to mostly opaque pigmentation when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, blendable, but it was somewhat powdery. This was the only shade I liked in the palette. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, January 12th, 2015

Guerlain Les Nuees (18) Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Nuees (18) Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Nuees (18) Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new, limited edition cooler-toned set of shades. I felt like the color combination really needed another mid-tone or medium-dark shade, because the three lighter shades tended to muddy together, while the navy blue was almost too dark and harsh in comparison. The color payoff varied from shade to shade, and none of the shades wore particularly well on me as most were prone to fading.

Les Nuees #1 is described as a “shimmering navy.” It’s a blackened navy blue with very fine, lighter navy blue shimmer. The shimmer is fine enough that when applied, the eyeshadow takes on a more satin-like finish. It had decent color payoff with a soft, but dry, texture, which made it harder to blend on the lid. I found it looked patchy the more I blended it, so it’s an eyeshadow that would definitely benefit from primer. On me, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #2 (LE, $2.29) is darker. Disney by Sephora Midnight (LE) is more muted. MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Nuees #2 is described as a “white.” It’s a bright, cool-toned white with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was very soft but a little crumbly, so it didn’t apply as evenly as you might expect. It had fairly good color payoff but could have been more intense. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. This type of shade is easily duped. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Nuees #3 is described as a “soft sky blue.” It’s a cool-toned, light lavender–an almost iridescent white rather than a sky blue–with a pearly sheen. The color payoff was decent, but it didn’t apply evenly on the lid and required layering to achieve decent intensity. The shade seemed prone to fading and only lasted for seven hours when I tested it. Kat Von D Gravitron (LE) is darker, warmer. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is lighter. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P) is similar. Urban Decay Aura #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 2 #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Crystal (DC, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Nuees #4 is described as a “delicate pink.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones, even though it may look pink in the pan, it seems to have a very strong white base. As a result, it loses a lot of the color. The finish is more pearly to frost, while the color payoff was semi-sheer. Unfortunately, this shade is too similar to the white shade, which made it hard to get a variety of looks out of the palette as there wasn’t enough contrast. Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery, warmer. Colour Pop Onai (P, $5.00) is a cream product. LORAC Vanilla (LE) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Ivory (01) (P, $3.99) is warmer. Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Famous in a Small Town (P, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Champagne Truffle (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is mix of pinks and neutrals with most shades running slightly warm, though two are cooler-toned. There are two mattes, while the other five are more frosted/metallic. I liked them individually more than I liked them together, personally (I think there are perhaps too many mid-tones for my liking), and I felt like they worked better if one only used two or three shades at a time. There were no duds in the palette at all, and that is always an impressive feat for a palette that goes over four or five shades. I had no issues getting good pigmentation to show up on bare skin, even with the more matte shades, which made it easy to use.

The Enigma #1 is described as a “matte caviar black.” It’s a deep, dark black with a matte finish. It seems to have a subtle warm undertone but appears mostly neutral applied (from what I can tell!). It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too powdery and remained blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. It is a basic shade, so there are plenty of similar shades out there that you may already have. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #2 is described as a “deep gray pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with a frosted, silver-ish sheen with very fine teal micro-shimmer (it gives it an almost bluish cast at times). It had nice color coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use and lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #3 is described as a “metallic slate green.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-leaning pewter–more silver than gold, but there’s a golden sheen that gives it a more pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and almost creamy to the touch. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #4 is described as a “peony pearl with gold glitter.” It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. I don’t know where they get the glitter part of the description from, because in the pan and when swatched, I don’t see it. If it’s there, it’s in such a minuscule quantity (but normally you’d see it in the pan!). It lasted for eight hours well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #5 is described as a “soft pink matte.” It’s a brightened, pastel pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Despite the lightness, it didn’t look or feel chalky at all, and instead, it was soft, smooth, and silky with excellent color payoff. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #6 is described as a “metallic taupe with iridescent shimmer.” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It’s not what I would describe as taupe (far too warm, even in the pan, it doesn’t look very gray-tinged). The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was buttery and rich. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #7 is described as a “rosy champagne pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, medium peach-brown with a metallic sheen. The consistency was soft and smooth, while it blended beautifully on the lid and had excellent pigmentation. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.58 oz.) is new palette for spring that includes ten eyeshadows and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer. It’s new and permanent with an official release date of January 15th. It’s the same size (but in terms of the palette itself and amount of product you get) as the original, which is always nice to see. On the back of the packaging, it states that the “Shimmer Eye Shadows can be used wet,” whereas I think LORAC typically describes their eyeshadow formula (as a whole) is as a wet/dry one. I actually appreciate the distinction as many matte formulas don’t play well with water (the surface will harden). The really metallic shades definitely apply more smoothly with a dampened brush, but there’s a delicate balance in application with them due to their really soft, dense consistencies. If you over-apply damp, it can look almost wrinkled on the skin, and when you apply dry, the metallic shades almost crumble at times if you try to apply like a regular eyeshadow–use less than you think you need.

When you have the two palettes side-by-side, the original is distinctly pink-toned, while Gold is just that, gold–warmer, more coppery/brown. Here are the shades I thought were most similar to each other, but they weren’t really dupes:

  • Unreal (Original) | Unpredictable (Gold) — the latter is more metallic and has a stronger peachiness to it, and it looks more like a duochrome (that peachy-pink that we often see) whereas Unreal has less nuance to it and is more beige. (See side-by-side comparison.)
  • Unreal (Original) | Uninhibited (Gold) — the two appear more similar when you look at the pans, with Uninhibited clearly lighter and warmer (less rosy beige), but Uninhibited swatches significantly lighter than it appears, which makes it even more dissimilar to Unreal in practice. (See side-by-side comparison.)
  • Undiscovered (Original) | Unleashed (Gold) — the latter is brighter, richer, deeper and more metallic, while Undiscovered is softer, more faded/muted. (See side-by-side comparison.)

Undressed is a light, yellowed beige with a matte finish. The pigmentation was nice, while the texture was soft, silky, and smooth without being powdery or dusty. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Uninhibited is a warm-toned, golden beige with yellow undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer to semi-opaque; I felt like each time I used it, the color payoff varied (I even swatched just on my arm multiple times and had similar, varying results!). When I applied it with a dampened brush, it was more consistent and was closer to full coverage. This shade wore well without fading for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unpredictable is a brightened, peachy-coral with a gold frost/metallic sheen. The texture is incredibly soft, but buttery and dense, and it seems to apply and look chunky when used dry, as dry application almost gets too much product onto the brush in a single go. I found it easier to control using a dampened brush, as you could get smoother (but still opaque) color with less fuss. It does work dry, but be mindful of the texture, as it can bunch up! On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undeniable is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that was easy to blend on the skin. The color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unedited is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft, but it was on the powdery side, so though it seemed really pigmented (and it will be, if you use a primer or base with it), it doesn’t stick as well to bare skin and results in it looking less opaque. On me, this shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unlocked is a brightened, white gold with a frosted, metallic finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color payoff when applied dry, but it looked more frosted rather than metallic, as it did when it was applied damp. The consistency was very soft and smooth, buttery and dense. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unlimited is a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was so soft and dense that it almost crumbled at times and didn’t go on as smoothly as you’d think it would. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unleashed is a brightened, rich molten copper with a metallic finish. It had rich color payoff both wet and dry, but the damp application gave it a brighter sheen, and it also made the product apply thicker. The consistency feels almost like a cream to the touch, but it was one of the shades that could be over-applied and in turn, bunch up on itself, with a damp application. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. There are so many similar shades to this, so chances are, you probably have something close already. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unwind is a medium, taupe-brown with warm, yellow-ish tones (almost ocher-like) and a mostly matte finish. It had really had nice color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, and with its very soft, smooth texture, it blended well during application. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unafraid is a deep, rich brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen–it’s not truly metallic unless really buffed into the skin. It had intense color payoff both wet and dry, and there was very little difference between the two application methods. This shade wore well for almost nine hours. I thought it was the best shade in the entire palette, as far as quality goes. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set ($30.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes a palette of four blushes (each is 0.105 oz.) and a full-sized lipstick (0.12 oz.). The blushes had good color payoff with soft, silky consistencies–the mattes could be a little dusty to work with but didn’t look powdery on the skin–and lasted between eight and nine hours on me. They layer and mix well with each other, so you can adjust the warmth/coolness of your look as well as the shimmer level. This is a limited edition, ULTA exclusive for spring (I don’t have an exact release date yet).

I didn’t even realize initially that it came with a lipstick, and I thought the price point was great for four blushes, but the lipstick itself is a $16 value (LORAC states it’s a “$116 value” all-in-all) since it is full-sized (the shade included is also part of the permanent range, should you fall in love and finish it). I’m not in love with the Alter Ego lipstick formula, as I find it can be on the chalky side, though at least it isn’t a stiff or dry formula to apply. It is a thicker consistency, so there is some drag, and the edges always look dry/dragged, so it’s a formula that benefits greatly from applying with a brush or using a brush to blend out those edges (fingertip would work, too, but it can be less precise).

Underrated is a lightly muted, medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a very silky, smooth consistency that could sometimes feel dusty and kick up excess powder, but it sits well on the skin and doesn’t look dry at all. It blends easily and lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unashamed is a bright, light-medium blue-based pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. This one seemed to darken on the skin, as some mattes do, if the skin has any natural oil to it (so if you have really dry skin, you may not notice any darkening). It had rich color payoff (a little goes a long way!), but the texture was more powdery than Underrated to work with, so it requires more patience during application. The texture still feels silky and smooth, and it blends fairly easily on the skin. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unapologetic is a medium-dark brown with a warm, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that made it really easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before it seemed to start breaking down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unimaginable is a brightened, light-medium pink-peach with a white frost running through it. The color payoff was good, while the texture was soft, blendable, and forgiving–it didn’t emphasize pores at all, despite its more frosted finish. On deeper skin, this may look more like a highlighter with little color impact, as on my medium complexion, it yielded noticeable, but subtle, color and sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Girl Next Door is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage right out of the tube, but the consistency was thicker and seemed almost chalky when applied. It’s comfortable to wear for the most part, though it is somewhat drying over the last hour or so of wear. On me, the color stayed on well for five and a half hours but some color pulled into lip lines after three and a half hours. It is vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste for me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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