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Make Up For Ever H108 Artist Face Color (Highlighter)

01/06

Make Up For Ever H108 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H108 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H108 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H108 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H108 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H108 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

H108

Make Up For Ever H108 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) light yellow with a semi-matte finish. The color applied lighter than it appeared in the tube and with a stronger, truer yellow tone. It would likely be used more like banana powder, which can be used as a setting powder or to neutralize dark under eye circles.

I think if you want it for setting, you’d be better off with traditional loose banana powder, as the texture was dense and smooth but just doesn’t feel like the right type of texture to adequately set without going back for a lot of product. It might work for someone who only sets key areas, though, as it does allow for precision. I liked it for setting under eye concealer, and for the purposes of photos, I applied it more as a highlighter on my cheeks, and I thought it brightened nicely (but I am warmer-toned). It had excellent pigmentation with consistency that blended well but would be best used with a moderately dense brush. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours on me.

Overview of the Formula

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “long-lasting finish.” The range is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the “matte” shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the “mattes” a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color – Highlighter H108
H108
H108
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Anastasia Insomniac, Cobalt, Midnight Matte Lipsticks

01/07

Anastasia Insomniac Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Insomniac Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Insomniac Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Insomniac Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Insomniac Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Insomniac Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Insomniac Matte Lipstick

Insomniac

Anastasia Insomniac Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, greenish-teal with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, but it had a bit more slip than other shades and gravitated toward my lip lines. The consistency was still on the firmer side, and while it did not skip, it did tug on my lips as I pulled it across them. It wore well for five hours but did not fade as evenly and more color pulled into my lip lines over time, though the formula felt non-drying.

The formula is supposed to have “full-pigment” with a “smooth, ultra-matte finish.” Since the description was a little light, I also watched the brand’s video, where the formula is also supposed to be comfortable to apply and not settle in lip lines. The best aspects of the formula are how lightweight it felt on–almost like nothing on, so despite being more matte and denser, not heavy or clingy–and that most shades have been non-drying (so far).

There has been some transfer, and the finish is mostly matte but not “ultra-matte” (certainly not as flat or matte as their liquid lipsticks, as an example). Some shades have emphasized my lip lines from a texture standpoint or due to color settling into them, but it depended on the shade. The wear has ranged from four and a half hours to eight hours, and some of the richer shades can survive a moderate meal and definitely drinking coffee. I found the texture to be the drawback; the lipstick is incredibly firm and dense with little to creaminess, which resulted in an application that tugged and pulled on the lips. It was also the type of texture that caught on flakes, so regular exfoliation is key. There were a few shades that were creamier and thicker on the lips, which were more comfortable to apply, but the majority were quite firm. (They also did not get softer with use.)

Anastasia Matte Lipstick Insomniac
Insomniac
Insomniac
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

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B

Cobalt

Permanent
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Midnight

Permanent
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ColourPop Fem Rosa She Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

01/09

Colour Pop She 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop She 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop She 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop She 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop She 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop She 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop She 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop She Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

ColourPop She Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

She

ColourPop She Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($16.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a warm-toned palette featuring shades of peach, pink, and plum with pops of coral and copper. A few of the more shimmery shades were drier and looser and had sheerer coverage than is typical with ColourPop, and then there was one shade (Gal) that was so glittery that it was very difficult to use it without an adhesive base. The color scheme certainly worked, though I longed for more contrast or better lighter tones to mix with the more mid-tone shades.

Colour Pop 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette She
She
She
B-

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total
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Make Up For Ever B500 Artist Face Color (Blush)

01/06

Make Up For Ever B500 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B500 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B500 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B500 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B500 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B500 Artist Face Color – Blush

B500

Make Up For Ever B500 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a pinky plum with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nearly full color payoff in a single layer, but the denser consistency made it easier to use it with a lighter hand as it did not have a bunch of powder that kicked up with use. The intensity of the shade did seem to lend to more difficulty blending it out, even when I used it with a lighter hand. It also seemed to darken slightly and appeared less rosy on me (almost cooler in tone after I blended it out).

I think it would take a few uses to find the balance in tool and pressure for easier blending. The denser texture of the formula does not work so well with really fluffy or airy brushes like a fan brush, and I found the best technique was a tapered highlighting brush and then lightly patting it along the cheek bone and using a clean, larger buffing brush to diffuse and blend. The color stayed on well for nine hours, though.

Overview of the Formula

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “long-lasting finish.” The range is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the “matte” shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the “mattes” a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color – Blush B500
B500
B500
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

Cle de Peau Red Carpet & Water Lily Lipsticks

01/06

Cle de Peau Red Carpet Lipstick

Cle de Peau Red Carpet Lipstick

Cle de Peau Red Carpet Lipstick

Cle de Peau Red Carpet Lipstick

Cle de Peau Red Carpet Lipstick

Cle de Peau Red Carpet Lipstick

Red Carpet

Cle de Peau Red Carpet Lipstick ($65.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark pinky red with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had good pigmentation, though it did not have full coverage and was not buildable to full coverage. The consistency was incredibly smooth, silky, and creamy without being heavy or thick–it looked almost like a gloss with just how smooth it made my lips appear. You can noticeably see the difference between the texture of my lips with this shade on and Water Lily (below), which goes to show just how effective the formula can be. It wore well for five and a half hours,, left a slight stain behind, and was moisturizing.

The formula is supposed to have “ultra-vibrant, luminous HD color and rich lasting moisturie” that has a “silk, semi-matte finish lasting for 8 hours.” Under “Key Benefits,” they repeat that it has a “long-lasting finish for up to 8 hours” and “delivers lasting moisture for up to 4 hours” (I swear, that seems like it’s switched–it would really make more sense for it to last for four hours but keep lips hydrated for longer than the color itself lasted). The consistency was lightweight, creamy with a more emollient feel as it applied that had a lightly tacky feel afterward. Color coverage varied from medium and buildable to mostly opaque with light to moderate shine. Some shades applied more smoothly across the lips and made my lips appear smoother and plumper but not all shades did so. The wear was four to six ours with some of the deeper, richer shades (like reds) wearing longer. I found the formula very hydrating and comfortable to wear. I did not notice any taste but they had a subtle, rosy scent.

Cle de Peau Lipstick Red Carpet
Red Carpet
Red Carpet
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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B-

Water Lily

Limited Edition
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Hourglass When I’m Alone, If I Could, I Hide My Confession Lipsticks

01/06

Hourglass When I'm Alone Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass When I'm Alone Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass When I'm Alone Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass When I'm Alone Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass When I'm Alone Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass When I'm Alone Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

When I'm Alone

Hourglass When I’m Alone Confession Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a deep plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had good pigmentation, though it wasn’t full coverage, with a smooth, even color application. The consistency was lightweight, creamy without being slippery, and it sat well on the lips. The lipstick never tugged on the lips, and the color did not feather over time but had a miniscule amount of color that settled into my deepest lip line after a couple of hours of wear (but I could smooth it back out if desired). On me, this shade stayed on well for six hours and left a subtle stain behind while being somewhat moisturizing.

The formula is supposed to have “creamy, saturated, longwearing color with a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium thick formula that was typically opaque with a lightly creamy texture that glided on without tugging but did not slide around while worn. The majority of shades had a natural to satin finish, and they lasted anywhere from four to seven hours with light hydration. The best performing shades were light to dark while the lightest and deepest shades weren’t quite as consistent.

The lipstick can be purchased with the full packaging/applicator for $34 or as a refill-only for $22. The refill packaging is substantial enough that it is usable on its own, as there’s a detachable base that the refillable cap clicks onto (with an audible click), but they are very slim–and that’s not a surprise given they only contain 0.03 oz. making them one of the smaller lipsticks on the market. Slim lipsticks typically contain around 0.07 oz. of product and are usually smaller than the average standard lipstick tube (which tends to be between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.).

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick When I'm Alone
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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