NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Palette

NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes four, limited edition powder blushes (one is more of a highlighter shade for most skin tones). The three blushes shades are richer shades, and two of the shades are quite deep, so I can see this working on a variety of skin tones. When working with the formula dry, I find it easy to apply and blend out, and they perform well overall. Damp application is harder to work with on my skin, as it doesn’t blend out as easily; it is better patted on with a damp fingertip or on bare skin (something about the damp brush/powder seems to disturb any base products more often than not for me). The wear ranged from seven to nine hours for me with damp application lasting longer overall.

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NARS Summer 2016 Dual-Intensity Blush Palette
NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Palette Summer 2016
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a new, limited edition nine-pan eyeshadow palette with several neutral shades and a few pops of color. One of the selling points is that the palette has a soft pink exterior that was designed for you to decorate with stickers, which are included. (If you purchased directly from Too Faced, you’ll get an additional sticker sheet.) I wish I could say it was a decent palette, but I actually found it surprisingly difficult to apply, even when I used it with Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance Primer. The difference in application with primer was minor, while the longevity was the most improved by primer. The mattes were thinner, and they didn’t blend as well with the denser, metallic shades. The standout shades were Clover and Storm Cloud, but shades like Shooting Star, I Love TF, and Meow! were more time-consuming to use.

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Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Eye Shadow Collection Totally Cute
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Makeup Atelier Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Atelier Nude (T01S) Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00 for 0.44 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. The color combination seemed more unique than not, as it combined warmer and cooler tones together, which resulted in an combination I don’t think I’ve ever worn before. The formula ran thin, sometimes a little dusty, but they were blendable and fairly easy to apply to bare skin. They tended to fade or crease within seven hours of wear for me. I’m not sold on the formula yet, but I have six more palettes to try!

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Makeup Atelier Nude (T01S) Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Atelier 5-Colors Eye Shadow Palette Nude (T01S)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
Permanent
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Anastasia Summer 2016 Mini Lip Gloss Set

Anastasia Summer 2016 Lip Gloss Set ($28.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes six, travel-sized glosses in hues from rosy brown to berry. All six shades are new and limited edition. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-smooth” and “weightless” with the “intensity of a stain” and “the mirror-like shine of a gloss.” If you love really pigmented gloss, Anastasia’s is well-worth trying, as many apply well, have full coverage, last a good awhile, are comfortable, and are mostly non-sticky. There are a few misses in the range, but for the most part, I’ve been impressed. I really hope they’ll release a few of these individually into the permanent range! The set contains $42.00 worth of gloss (full-size is 0.16 fl. oz. for $16.00), for reference.

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Anastasia Lip Gloss
Anastasia Mini Lip Gloss Set Summer 2016
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit

Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four ultra-shimmery highlighters in warmer hues. The formula is consistent in the palette and also consistent with the other two, previously-released Glow Kits. I wish they had gone darker on both of the lighter shades–Summer and Moonstone–and differentiated better between the two, as they look quite similar even heavily applied but almost the same when diffused/sheered out (more like how typical highlighters are applied).

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Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit
Anastasia Glow Kit Sun Dipped
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.64 oz.) contains three cheek colors and nine eyeshadows. The formula on some of the more matte shades was very, very silky and soft, but they kicked up a lot of excess powder in the pan and often sheered out when blended–more so than some of Tarte’s past palettes. I noticed that some of the darker shades seemed to become more muted just a few minutes after applying, so it felt like I had to really pat and pack on some shades to get definition and depth out of them. I think the colors complement each other well, and I liked that there were some plummy hues thrown in with warmer, more orange-toned shades. I also felt like the cheek colors actually worked with the palette and its different color combinations, so the scheme is very cohesive. The palette is slated to be fully released on June 6th!

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Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Summer 2016 Palette Swamp Queen
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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