Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) is a muted, rosy pink set of shades, one lighter and one darker. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” I think that this particular duo was one of the better-applying shades and required slightly less effort to apply, but it still had a drier, chalkier consistency that made it hard to get more than semi-sheer color out of it. That drier texture seemed to give me trouble when blending, as the color would stick on some places more noticeably than others, but it would be hard to diffuse or blend, even when I reached for a really dense, buffing brush. The blush is actually easier to use when mixed, because the more powdery (but less chalky) consistency of the light shade helps the darker shade to blend out, while the darker color gives a little more oomph to the color overall such that it is easier to see on more complexions.

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Kat Von D Piaf + Poe Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Piaf + Poe
F
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
4
Total
54%
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Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo

Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.317 oz.) features a cool-toned set of shades in a very light pink and a darker pink. The blush formula is supposed to “stay vibrant for a full 24 hours of wear” with “silky powders” that “blend effortlessly into skin for a flawless, buildable finish.” The texture of both shades left something to be desired as they were thin, chalky, and difficult to blend. The pigmentation is sheer and only buildable to semi-sheer after three to six layers of product. The marketing makes it unclear what level of pigmentation these should be on Sephora, but per the brand’s Instagram, they are “highly pigmented.” These are some of the worst powders I’ve have ever tested from Kat Von D, and it’s a real disappointment–and a surprise–after the success of the Shade + Light palettes as well as her recent eyeshadows. Both shades lasted no longer than seven hours; not even in the realm of “full 24 hours of wear.”

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Kat Von D Bonnie + Clyde Shade + Light Blush Duo
Kat Von D Shade + Light Two Tone Blush Duo Bonnie + Clyde
F
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
4
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3
Application
3.5
Total
46%
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Clinique Cream Pop, Aqua Pop, Surf Pop Lid Pops

Clinique Cream Pop Lid Pop ($17.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a firmer, drier texture that was harder to get out of the pan. It sheered out somewhat on the skin and couldn’t be built-up more than 85% opacity on bare skin (you have to use a good primer/base). It lasted for six hours before fading. LORAC Black #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Bonifacio (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S516 Sand (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Naked (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Kitten (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #10 (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced New Romantic (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Grain (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Suede (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Eclosion #3 (P) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Presto (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Clinique Cream Pop Lid Pop
Clinique Lid Pop Cream Pop
C+
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
77%
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Bite Beauty Pastille, Red Velvet, Rosehip Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Pastille Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was one of the more matte shades in the six for spring shades. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a lightly velvety consistency that applied evenly and didn’t tug on the lips during application. The color wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tarte Fomo (P, $20.00) is cooler, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Clinique Plum Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pussycat (04) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Lust for Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Contempo (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Private Party (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Backtalk (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon Pastille
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light peach with a hint of rose tones and a luminous sheen. NYX Narcissistic (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Iridescent Strobe Light
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Ex-Girlfriend, Phone Call, Firebird 24/7 Lip Pencils

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Ex-Girlfriend 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “nude rose.” It’s a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on evenly and only clung somewhat. The texture was still less waxy than I’m used to from this formula, but it was easier to use than most of the other shades in the spring launch. It wore for six hours before fading. MAC Staunchly Stylish (P, $19.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Nice 'n' Spicy (P, $19.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Deep (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Morning Coffee (P, $19.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil Ex-Girlfriend
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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