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Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette

Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette
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.

I think they could have chosen a more versatile set of shades, as I found the three odd to combine; the matte didn’t play as well with the shimmery shades, and when I tried to layer, it tended to look a little powdery/chalky. I think perhaps a more satiny finish for the lightest shade would have helped for combining the three, and if the darkest shade was darker, you could get more versatility out of these three. I just don’t love the way this is done, though the quality is good with the exception of the lip gloss, which was a total miss for me.

White Chocolate is a pale, light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a soft, silky consistency that had good color payoff without being powdery. However, when it layers or blends with the more shimmery shades like Creme Brulee and Haute Chocolate, it seems to make them appear a little chalky at times. I think the thinner texture (in comparison to the other two shades) also makes it less easily blended with them. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Creme Brulee is a brightened, medium-dark gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It is a little drier and thinner compared to the version in the Chocolate Bar, though the pigmentation was still good. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Haute Chocolate is a meidum-dark, bronzy brown with a frosted sheen and warm, reddish undertones. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable, though it wasn’t as buttery or as dense as the version in the Chocolate Bar. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Soleil (Bronzer) is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Snow Bunny (Bronzer) is a warm, light-medium gold with orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had a slightly thinner texture, but it was still smooth and blendable on the skin. The more frosted sheen did emphasize pores somewhat, so that may be a deal-breaker. I like it better dusted lightly over Chocolate Soleil as a highlighter, as that lighter application helps to minimize how much gets emphasized on the skin. It wears seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Naked Dolly (La Creme Lip Gloss) is a pink-peach with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it settled into lip lines and applied unevenly. The texture was somewhat thick, and it was tacky on the lips. The gloss lasted two hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Eyeshadow & Bronzer Palette Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss
Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink oyster.” It’s a milky, warm-toned pink with an iridescent pink-to-peach sheen. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) has a lesser duochrome that shifts to more of a green-ish-mauve. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) has no duochrome. Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is lighter, less pink. Revlon Orchid (P, $7.49) is similar on but has no duochrome. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is similar, less duochrome. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It looks more like a duochrome at times, but often, it just looks like a light pink. I always get excited for these types of glosses but find they have a very limited range of viewing/angles where it really looks as cool in person as it does swatched on your arm/hand (probably because you can really move and angle your arm/hand a lot more than your face!). It has a light-to-medium-weight consistency that feels creamy and comfortable to wear without being tacky. It had semi-sheer color coverage where the natural lip color is visible and will alter how this looks if you have more pigmented lips. It lasts for four and a half hours, and I never felt the shimmer while applying or as it wore away. It was lightly hydrating. The gloss is on the milkier side, so there is a little bit of settling, and if you press your lips together, it can create “lines” as the product moves around.

Again, it appears that Illamasqua is no longer available at any U.S. retailers, which means the only way to purchase their products is through their website. The press release I received for the Once… collection is for the US, and the pricing reflected what we saw in stores, but converting to “$ USD” on their website changes the price on this to $26.77 (but you will pay in £ at checkout). On non-polish and fragrance orders, shipping is free over £50.

Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss Exquisite
Exquisite
Exquisite
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Hot Berry, Lady Ruba, Watermelon Lip Colors

Bobbi Brown Hot Berry Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Hot Berry Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Hot Berry Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright, pink berry.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and violet iridiescent shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a smidgen of translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through (this may turn red on those with more natural red pigment in their lip color). The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply and didn’t have any issues on or when I pressed my lips together (a problem with some of the other shades in the range). It wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is brighter, warmer. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is slightly brighter. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is redder. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more matte, no shimmer. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright, reddish coral.” It’s a bold, orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was incredibly pigmented and yielded full color coverage in a single stroke. The consistency was light-to-medium in weight but applied smoothly and stayed even throughout the wear. It lasted for six hours on me, though it was neither hydrating nor drying. This is a very common color–there are a lot of extremely similar shades to it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Watermelon Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright orange, pink.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. On me, it almost looks cool-toned, but it is a warmer pink. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the formula felt comfortable to wear, creamy, while it applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $35.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is similar. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Lip Color Hot Berry
Hot Berry
Bobbi Brown Lip Color Lady Ruba
Lady Ruba
Bobbi Brown Lip Color Watermelon
Watermelon

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Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre
Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre ($7.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright magenta with gold shimmer and highlight.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia pink with gold shimmer. The layer of gold shimmer seems to be a more defining characteristic of this shade, as it made it harder to dupe. Kat Von D Lullabye (P, $21.00) is more matte, no gold shimmer. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is a gloss, redder, less shimmery. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is less golden. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, lacks the gold shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lip Lustres are supposed to be “non-sticky lipcolour, nearly as solid as lipstick, leaving rich colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness.” It had intense color payoff that yielded full color coverage. The color went on evenly and smoothly for a forgiving finish that was lightly shiny but not glossy (indeed, more like a liquid lipstick). The consistency is more liquid-like, but it isn’t runny as it has a denser, drier texture that is more comfortable applied than it seems initially, but it isn’t drying (nor hydrating). It also non-sticky as described. On me, the color lasted for five and a half hours before fading, and it left behind a slight stain. There was no discernible taste or smell.

Fyrinnae Lip Lustre Sexy Nerd
Sexy Nerd
Sexy Nerd
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Blush, Pink Kiss, Pink Nectar Lip Colors

Bobbi Brown Blush Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Blush Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Blush Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink, flesh tone.” It’s a dusty, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy formula that glided across lips easily without tugging on the lip. It was light-to-medium in weight, and while it was mostly even, it was thick enough that if you pressed your lips together, sometimes you could see slight lines (but they were faint). This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Flirt (144) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is warmer. NARS Montego Bay (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Coral Bliss (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pastel pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. The formula was lightly creamy and applied without dragging, but it was a creamier, thicker consistency (though not thick or heavy) that it created “lines” that made the color less even. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for four hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is more matte. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is glossier. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is brighter, glossier. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is more shimmery. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy coral.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coral with a hint of rosy pink and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, while the formula had a good glide that worked well to deposit even color during application. It had the same problem where if you pressed your lips together, there were very faint lines. In general, they’re not noticeable to the casual observer, only if you look at your lips close-up. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was neither hydrating nor drying when I wore it. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is darker, more orange. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is slightly more muted. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more matte. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Lip Color Blush
Blush
Blush
Bobbi Brown Lip Color Pink Kiss
Pink Kiss
Pink Kiss
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Bobbi Brown Lip Color Pink Nectar
Pink Nectar

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MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cool mauve with red frost.” It’s a sheer, gray-ish tinted gloss with iridescent pink and silver shimmer and sparkle. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is pinker, finer. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) is finer shimmer. MAC Vacant (LE, $15.00) is more lavender. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more silvered. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The base is almost clear, though there’s a general cool/gray vibe that translates onto lips by giving them a more muted, toned down look. Otherwise, it is primarily shimmer/sparkle that gets noticed. I wish MAC had thought to include/indicate that it was a sheer gloss in the description or else amped up the pigmentation to actually fit the description. I think it’s a shade that is best for layering, as it adds a pretty sparkle over anything you may layer it over. It’s thinner than the average Lipglass but still tacky and thicker on. The color lasted three hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. This shade will be available for the next six months, and it comes with a metallic red, rubberized cap instead of a glossy black one. Viva Glam is one of the best charitable causes in beauty, as every cent of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.

MAC Lipglass Viva Glam Rihanna 2
8.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
79%
Total

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