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Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss, Golden Kiss, Peach Kiss Skin Kiss Highlighters

01/08

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Ice Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss ($9.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a bright white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had chunkier shimmer and a very strong, metallic sheen on the skin. It had medium, buildable color coverage, though the texture was incredibly dense and thick that it took some trial and error to find the right brush to work with this product. It blended out without trouble, and the finish emphasized my pores slightly but did so less than I expected (based on how it swatched). When I tested it, the highlighter lasted for seven hours on me before breaking down.

The Skin Kiss formula is described as a “crushed pigment highlighter” that “adds a natural touch of illumination.” I feel like brands that give too little information often make it hard to know what to expect (or not expect). In the case of Skin Kiss, it’s an incredibly dense texture, almost so dense that it felt like a hybrid between powder and cream. It takes a heavy hand or a denser brush (like a blush brush or even a flat, foundation brush) to get product onto the brush. It’s also a more metallic, chunkier highlight that is more like boom! highlight! than a “natural touch.” With enough buffing and blending, the effect can be moderate to heavy but I’d never call it natural. The compact is also massive, so you’re getting plenty for your money, but it’s in that territory where it is more likely to be overkill for many.

Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss Ice Kiss
Ice Kiss
Ice Kiss
C+

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

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Kat Von D K-Dub Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

01/07

Kat Von D K-Dub Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D K-Dub Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D K-Dub Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D K-Dub Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D K-Dub Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D K-Dub Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D K-Dub Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

K-Dub

Kat Von D K-Dub Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, magenta purple with subtle, warmer pink undertones and a flat, matte finish. It had nearly opaque coverage in a single layer, and it took long enough to dry that adding extra product was doable (the swatch shows a single layer). The consistency was thin, fluid, and smooth without being watery, so I had no trouble controlling and spreading the product on my lips when it was wet. It dried down in two minutes and did not “crack” when I smiled. The color stayed on well for over eight hours and did not show any signs of uneven fading. The formula only started to feel drying after six and a half hours of wear.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick K-Dub
K-Dub
K-Dub
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

LORAC I Love Brunch Alter Ego Lipsticks

01/08

LORAC Brunch Queen Alter Ego Lipstsick

LORAC Brunch Queen Alter Ego Lipstsick

LORAC Brunch Queen Alter Ego Lipstsick

LORAC Brunch Queen Alter Ego Lipstsick

LORAC Brunch Queen Alter Ego Lipstsick

LORAC Brunch Queen Alter Ego Lipstsick

LORAC Brunch Queen Alter Ego Lipstsick

LORAC Brunch Queen Alter Ego Lipstsick

Brunch Queen

LORAC Brunch Queen Alter Ego Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium lavender with cooler undertones and a cream finish. It had good pigmentation–though not opaque–that applied evenly across the lips. The consistency was creamy, smooth, and had moderate slip, which gave the finish some shine. There was a touch of color that pulled into my lip lines but was less than I would have expected given the texture and lightness of the color. It wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating.

The Alter Ego Lipstick formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “satin finish.” For pastels, the I Love Brunch shades are surprisingly good–they did not sink into lip lines as badly as most pastel-hued lip colors do (especially given how much slip these had) and applied fairly evenly. They weren’t perfect, but they were better than I would have expected.

LORAC Alter Ego Lipstsick Brunch Queen
B

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Bite Beauty #032, 034, 036 Lip Pencils

01/06

Bite Beauty #032 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #032 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #032 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #032 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #032 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #032 The Lip Pencil

#032

Bite Beauty #032 The Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied decently all-over lips, though I felt like lightly pressing and rubbing my lips together was the easiest way to ensure more even coverage (which is not usually the best method for evening out a lip liner). The texture was thin, clingy but not drying, and comfortable to apply to the lips as it tugged just a bit (when filling in). This shade stayed on well for six hours. Bite Beauty recommends wearing this particular shade with Chai, Verbena, or Honeycomb; I think it would work well with Rhubarb (lighter) or Pepper (warmer) — see comparison swatches.

The Lip Pencil formula is supposed to have “perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage” with a lightweight feel. I think the formula worked exceptionally well for lining the edges of the lips and keeping color on longer and more within the lines (e.g. a lipstick feathers on its own wouldn’t feather when layered over one of the lip pencils). Some shades worked well for filling in the lips for all over color, but some applied more unevenly or were less comfortable to fill in with. The consistency was soft, just barely creamy–almost more velvety than creamy–and oddly spreadable, as I found the best way to “even” out the coverage was to press my lips together, and while there was a touch of tackiness, the color almost always appeared more even after that than if I kept trying to maneuver and push the color around with the pencil itself. They do feel lightweight, and they lasted anywhere from five to six hours on their own. They weren’t spectacularly long-wearing as a standalone lip product, but they extended the wear of lipsticks by two to four hours.

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil #032
#032
#032
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

01/08

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Hoola Lite

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder ($29.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s designed to be a lighter version of the original Hoola bronzer with the same matte finish. The original is described as being “ideal for fair complexions,” so I was puzzled to see a Hoola Lite and not a Hoola Deep released (it would also make more sense to me to release a lighter and deeper shade). I consider myself to be light-medium (most “true” medium foundations are too dark for me, and I’m typically one or two shades lighter than that), and this barely showed up on me, so I’d expect this to be more useful on very fair to light skin tones. (Note: the color blending in my skin tone does not impact the rating, as it is not an issue of pigmentation.)

The consistency was incredibly smooth, a little powdery in the box but did not appear dry or dusty on my skin. I found the powder to be incredibly blendable and easy to use, and for fair and light skin tones, it should be hard to overdo. I could see it being used more all-over for light and light-medium complexions, though it had a stronger yellow undertone so it may not work for those with very pink or olive undertones. From what I could judge, it seemed to wear for seven and a half hours on me before starting to break down and look less matte on my skin.

Benefit Box o’ Powder Hoola Lite
Hoola Lite
Hoola Lite
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

01/06

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

Banc de Sable

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette ($49.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes three highlighters that go from light to light-medium to medium in depth with all three being warmer in tone and fairly shimmery. They’re not listed as part of the Dual Intensity formula, though they felt a lot like it (firmer but not stiff, a little dry to the touch but very blendable and don’t appear dry or dusty on the skin), and the description of the formula was similar–use dry for “shimmering veil of second-skin color” or wet for a “high-impact glow.” All three shades were quite shimmery applied dry, and they were metallic when applied with a damp brush. I’d disagree with these being “sheer shimmer” or “second-skin color” in any way dry–all three were mostly opaque to opaque dry, which is where the palette fell “short.”

I think this palette will work best for someone who likes a more intense highlight and stronger underlying pigmentation. All three shades are very shimmery to metallic, warm-toned, and do complement each other well.

NARS Highlighter Palette Banc de Sable

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