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Make Up For Ever M206 & M502 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

01/07

Make Up For Ever M206 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M206 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M206 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M206 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M206 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M206 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M206 Artist Rouge Lipstick

M206

Make Up For Ever M206 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark mauve with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that glided across the lips with ease and never felt clingy. I actually felt like it seeemed a lot creamier than past mattes–more like a hybrid between the Cream and Matte formulas (see my original overview). The formula wore well for five and a half hours and was non-drying while worn.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M206
M206
M206
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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M502

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Make Up For Ever B316 Artist Face Color (Blush)

01/06

Make Up For Ever B316 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B316 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B316 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B316 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B316 Artist Face Color – Blush

Make Up For Ever B316 Artist Face Color – Blush

B316

Make Up For Ever B316 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium pinky coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The matte finish never looked flat or dry on the skin and seemed to look natural but not shimmery or shiny on the skin. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to the skin and blended out with ease. Worth noting, the denser formula tends to accommodate heavier handed folks or moderately dense blush brushes but feathery brushes (like a fan brush) do not pick up product as well and often applies product unevenly. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading slightly.

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 B316
B316
B316
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Cle de Peau Chinoiserie, China Doll, Pillow Book Lipsticks

01/06

Cle de Peau Chinoiserie Lipstick

Cle de Peau Chinoiserie Lipstick

Cle de Peau Chinoiserie Lipstick

Cle de Peau Chinoiserie Lipstick

Cle de Peau Chinoiserie Lipstick

Cle de Peau Chinoiserie Lipstick

Chinoiserie

Cle de Peau Chinoiserie Lipstick ($65.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a natural sheen. It had good color payoff in a single layer, but it was not completely opaque on the lips. The lipstick had a smooth, creamyt exture that was lightweight with some slip, but it did not slide around as much on the lips as I thought it would, possibly as it had a bit of tackiness to it. The color went on very evenly across the lips and there was a touch of color in my deeper lip lines but all my lip lines still were softer and smoother. This shade lasted for four hours and was moisturizing over time.

The formula is supposed to have “ultra-vibrant, luminous HD color and rich lasting moisture” 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 Chinoiserie
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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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

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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Midnight

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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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