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Maybelline Hot Lava, Copper Rose, Molten Bronze Matte Metallics Lipsticks

01/06

Maybelline Hot Lava Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick

Maybelline Hot Lava Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick

Maybelline Hot Lava Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick

Maybelline Hot Lava Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick

Maybelline Hot Lava Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick

Maybelline Hot Lava Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick

Hot Lava

Maybelline Hot Lava Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is vibrant, medium orange-red with strong, warm undertones and fine red pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied decently, but it could have distributed color more evenly. The lipstick felt smooth, lightweight, and had a more waxy consistency that was really comfortable to apply but made it harder to build up coverage. The color wore well for five hours on me and was non-drying.

The Matte Metallics is the newest finish in the Color Sensational range, and it’s supposed to pigmented, metallic, matte, and have a “comfortable creamy” feel. The formula had a smooth, waxy feel to me–it glided across the lips with ease but was thinner and did not lay down as much color in a single layer. Most of the shades were semi-opaque with some being slightly sheerer or more pigmented, but they were typically buildable. The lipstick was comfortable to wear and lasted between three and five hours on me with some shades being lightly hydrating and others were non-drying. There was a subtle, sweet scent but was significantly subdued compared to other Maybelline lip products.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick Hot Lava
Hot Lava
Hot Lava
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

01/06

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Milani Coral Beams Color Harmony Blush Palette

Coral Beams

Milani Coral Beams Harmony Blush Palette ($13.00 for 0.30 oz.) is supposed to be a “high-impact, buildable blush” that “blends easily” but simultaneously has “richly pigmented shades” that can be used alone or together. The top three sections are larger, but only the top section (the one that often has more shimmer) is truly large enough to accommodate the average blush brush. I think it would be more practical to use two or three shades at a time, rather than only one.

The quality of the powder varied a lot from shade to shade, palette to palette, with some shades being softer and more pliable and others being more firmly pressed and yielded sheerer coverage. The way they are described on Milani’s website is contradictory (at least, in the order/way they said it), but on the back of the compact itself, it says “four pigment-rich and ultra blendable blush tones” and so I am holding the blushes to that: “pigment-rich.” The coverage varied from medium to opaque with most shades within the palettes being blendable. A few shades darkened on me a few minutes after initial application (which was the point where I took photos, so you could see the result). The wear ranged from seven to eight and a half hours on me.

Coral Beams swirled together to create a brighter, medium coppery orange hue with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied easily and blended out without issue. When I used all the shades together, the blush color stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading on my cheeks.

Milani Color Harmony Blush Palette Coral Beams
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Wayne Goss The Face Set (2017) Review & Photos

01/02

Wayne Goss Brush Set  

Wayne Goss Brush Set  

Brush Set

Wayne Goss The Face Set ($250.00) includes six brushes, which have been updated–some more than others–and released a couple of months ago. The set returns this morning, along with the ability to purchase brushes from the set individually. Long-time readers will know that I prefer to spend some time with new brushes to get to know them best, see how they fit and perform in my routine, and how they hold up to multiple washings and uses.

One thing that I can appreciate about the Wayne Goss brush range is the choice of shapes is often smart; they are often multi-functional and not too small or too large. The brushes are of good quality with useful shapes that did not shed during or after washes nor during application. There is no advantage to purchasing the brushes as a set, as purchasing them individually also adds up to $250.00, so unless you’d use all of the brushes in the set, it would make more sense to purchase the ones you’d actually use individually.

The brush that is completely different is the Brush 10, which is now a small, lightly tapered, dome-shaped brush, whereas the previous Brush 10 was a flat-topped stippling brush–the two styles of brushes serve completely different purposes. (For clarity, I think using different numbers would have just been easier, especially if someone searches for “Brush 10.”) The second major difference was that the new set uses undyed, goat hair instead of dyed goat hair (undyed is often softer). Hakuhodo has a good guide to brush hair for those who would like to learn more. For the other brushes, the new set feels denser overall but the shapes are very similar.

Wayne Goss   Brush Set
Brush Set
Brush Set
14.5
Product
14.5
Fitness
5
Durability
4.5
Construction
96%
Total

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Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

01/05

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Pink Sand

Huda Beauty Pink Sand 3D Highlighter Palette ($45.00 for 1.10 oz.) includes one cream highlighter and three powder highlighters housed in a slim, cardboard palette (no mirror). Each highlighter has quite a bit of product–it’s a substantial size for a cheek palette. The brand released two versions (the other is Golden Sand), though I was surprised they weren’t more dissimilar. The Pink Sand version is supposed to be lighter skin tones with the Golden Sand version for medium and dark skin tones.

The cream highlighter had more pigmentation than the average cream highlighter, but the formulation was incredibly dense, thick, and difficult to blend out or use; it was extremely challenging to use it over any base products as it caused it them to break down and move around a lot. The powder formula was smooth but dense, and they needed a heavier hand or a denser brush to get even coverage and color onto the skin.

The cream formula is described as a “pearlescent creamy formula” that will create a “flawless, lit-from-within canvas” and is ideal for layering with powders, though it can also be used “on its own for [a] dewy and natural” effect. The powder highlighters can be used alone or together and are merely described as “light-catching.” The palette is designed so you can build the level of luminosity from subtle to over-the-top. I felt like the cream highlighter definitely gave a more natural sheen, but the three powder highlighters were all quite frosted to metallic and layering any over the cream base made them just as shimmery, if not more so.

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Pink Sand
Pink Sand
Pink Sand
B-

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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F

Capri

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B+

Santorini

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A-

Azores

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B

Ibiza

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Maybelline Royal, Major, Slay It Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Glosses

01/06

Maybelline Royal Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss

Maybelline Royal Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss

Maybelline Royal Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss

Maybelline Royal Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss

Maybelline Royal Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss

Maybelline Royal Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss

Royal

Maybelline Royal Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss ($7.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a cream finish. It had medium coverage, which was somewhat buildable but not practical–it felt overwhelming with more than one layer, as the gloss itself was thicker and heavier. One layer was comfortable, as it developed into a more gel-like feel that did not slide around, but two layers made it seem more slippery to me. The gloss pulled into my lip lines and applied unevenly overall. It did wear awhile at six hours, was lightly hydrating, and left a fuchsia stain behind.

The formula is supposed to have “full coverage” that won’t “feather or migrate” paired with a “high-impact glossy finish.” The formula is light-medium in thickness–by no means a thin, featherweight gloss but not shy of being totally goopy or heavy-feeling–with moderate tackiness. I find that it initially went on feeling like a thicker, creamy gloss with a lot of slip, but it developed into more of a gel-like consistency that adhered better and did not slide around after 20 to 30 seconds. I did not experience feathering or migration with any shades tested so far (and I went for the deeper shades first!). The wear has ranged from four to six hours with a non-drying to lightly hydrating effect. The formula had a subtle, sweet scent but did not taste soapy or linger as long as I have experienced with Maybelline lip products in the past.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss Royal
Royal
Royal
6
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
2.5
Application
70%
Total

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Major

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B+

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L’Oreal 24HR Infallible Eyeshadows (Part 1)

01/05

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

Amber Rush

L’Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry and more opaque coverage damp. The consistency was soft, loosely packed in the jar but more like a pressed eyeshadow than a loose one overall. It applied evenly to bare skin, blended easily along the edges, and stayed in place for 10.5 hours on me before starting to fade, though there was minimal fading from that point to 16 hours (when I removed it).

The formula is supposed to have “24-hour” wear with “intense, maximized color” and a “powder-cream texture.” They are absolutely long-wearing, but testing for 24 hours is more than I’m happy to do more than very, very occasionally, though most showed some sign of wear between 12 and 14 hours of wear, so I used that to help determine an approximate wear time. The majority of the shades in the range are semi-opaque to opaque, buildable when not fully opaque, and soft, blendable, and easy to work with. The more shimmery shades tended to be the best and easiest to use while more matte and satin finish shades were not as consistent. You can view swatches of all shades here. I have applied them dry (left) and damp (right) as well.

P.S. — I have reviewed most of these in the past, but it was years ago, and I felt like as one of the better drugstore powder eyeshadows on the market, it was time to repurchase them (to get the latest and greatest versions), re-photograph and swatch, retest, and re-review.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Amber Rush
Amber Rush
Amber Rush
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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