Too Faced Everything Nice Palette

Too Faced Everything Nice Palette ($56.00 for 1.76 oz.) contains twenty eyeshadows and four bronzer/blushes. It comes with a glittery, pink pouch, three short-handled brushes, and a deluxe-sized Better Than Sex Mascara. It’s new and limited edition for the holidays. It’s slim with a variety of neutrals and jewel-tones, matte and frosts, which makes it a more versatile, travel-friendly palette (though Too Faced could use more satin/pearl finishes in the range).

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Too Faced Everything Nice Palette
Too Faced Holiday 2014 Eye & Face Palette Everything Nice
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette

Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette ($34.00 for 0.55 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, two bronzers, and a lip gloss. You may recognize the eyeshadows from Too Faced’s The Chocolate Bar. Both bronzers have routinely been featured in other palettes and are available individually as well. The lipgloss is a new formula called “La Creme Lip Gloss” that will officially debut next spring. The palette has a strong, chocolaty scent, so if you don’t dig sweet chocolate smells, you may want to look at other Too Faced offerings this holiday.

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Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette
Too Faced Eyeshadow & Bronzer Palette Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a trio of Hourglass’ blushes, including one shade (Incandescent Electra) that’s exclusive to the palette. Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure were very similar to the individual, permanent versions I have, though they varied slightly as is the nature of the product (swirled, so yours may be lighter or darker, depending on how much the blush and illuminator portions are). The Mood Exposure in the trio has more of the illuminator showing, but the general composition, look, feel, and so forth, are in the line with the standalone shades. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes have a very soft, finely-milled feel that’s silky and a little powdery in the pan, but they don’t look powdery applied. They have good color payoff that’s buildable as well as blendable, so you can always take it down a notch if you prefer or go for full-coverage.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Ambient Lighting Blush (2014)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura (308) Eyeshadow Quad

Clé de Peau Cosmic Aura (308) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of four shades that run cooler-toned with a purple bent. I knew I had to see just how well (or poorly) the brand could do purples, as this is a color range that many brands under-deliver on. Unfortunately, this quad did fall short: two of the purple-hued shades were slightly powdery in texture as well as weaker in pigment. This is a more unique set of shades, relative to Stellar Gaze (307) that I reviewed earlier, though the second shade is one that a few brands do.

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Clé de Peau Cosmic Aura (308) Eyeshadow Quad
Cle de Peau Eyeshadow Quad Cosmic Aura (308)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze (307) Eyeshadow Quad

Clé de Peau Stellar Gaze (307) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of four, warm-toned autumnal shades that range from gold to plum. The texture of the eyeshadows is soft, velvety, lightly creamy and silky, while being incredibly blendable. They feel smooth to the touch, and the finishes are particularly flattering on the eyelid–think a luminous, glowy highlighter that adds life but doesn’t accentuate pores–this is in the same vein, just for the eyes. All four shades lasted for eight and a half hours, and the first three shades had really nice color payoff, but the last–the plum–shade was a little less pigmented. Overall, it’s a nice quad, though the shades are more dupable than not, so it may not be particularly interesting to some unless it’s a go-to combination.

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Clé de Peau Stellar Gaze (307) Eyeshadow Quad
Cle de Peau Eyeshadow Quad Stellar Gaze (307)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Eyeliner Set

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set ($39.00 for 0.08 oz.) includes four, double-ended eyeliners. Each side is 0.01 oz., so it’s really the equivalent of 2 full-sized eyeliners, though you’re getting eight shades for the price of two. These are all previously released shades with two being brought back in this set (Black Market and Tornado) and the others are permanent. Urban Decay’s formula is long-wearing on me (eight to ten hours), and it is a waxy, glide-on formula that doesn’t tug at the lash line, but some shades require two to three passes for full color coverage.

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Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Double-Ended Set for Holiday 2014 Black Magic
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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