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Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

01/07

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

#002

Dior #002 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, light pink with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented–you really do not need much to obtain a noticeable glow!–with a smooth, blendable consistency that wasn’t powder or dusty at all. It was incredibly easy to apply, and while it the finish was nearly metallic, it did not emphasize my skin’s texture unless applied very heavily. The highlighter lasted for eight hours before fading on me.

The Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer is designed to highlight, and it’s supposed to have a “highly-concentrated formula” with a “virtually imperceptible texture.” Each shade comes with a velvet pouch and mini kabuki brush. The brush was decent, but it was dense and larger than most highlighting brushes, so it was hard to apply the product precisely with it. The formula is comparable a lot of the recent highlighting powders that are denser, smooth without being powdery, and high-shine in finish.

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer #002
#002
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Makeup Geek Daredevil, Party Girl, Bachelorette Plush Lip Mattes

01/06

Makeup Geek Daredevil Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Daredevil Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Daredevil Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Daredevil Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Daredevil Plush Lip Matte

Makeup Geek Daredevil Plush Lip Matte

Daredevil

Makeup Geek Daredevil Plush Lip Matte ($12.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentatin one layer, but it would be buildable to opaque coverage with two layers (the consistency would get slippery, though). The texture felt very smooth, velvety, and spread across the lips with ease, but it did my lip lines no favors and appeared “cracked” around them. This shade lasted for four and a half hours, left a fuchsia stain behind, and did not feel drying while worn.

The formula is supposed to be a “cross between a cream and a mousse” that is “highly pigmented” with a “soft matte” finish. The consistency has an incredibly velvety, creamy feel without being slippery or wet, so it felt very smooth going on the lips and lightweight. I liked the way it felt on the lips for an hour or so of wear, but after testing about half of the range, they did not wear down well with an uneven fade and significant color in lip lines. While traditional liquid lipstick can dry and look “cracked,” I noticed that despite feeling quite forgiving, the finish often was not as lip color settled into and separated away from lip lines. The formula wasn’t designed to dry down to a flat, matte finish, and it does not, so the transfer was similar to that of a traditional, satin-finished tube lipstick for me. On me, the liquid lipsticks have lasted between four and six hours on me. They seem mostly non-drying on but seemed more drying as I wore them, particularly if I wore two in a row, which would leave my lips feeling raw. Just a heads up, each tube contains a surprisingly small amount of product (0.06 fl. oz.) relative to a lot of popular liquid lipstick formulas (Kat Von D contains 0.22 fl. oz., Anastasia contains 0.11 fl. oz., Smashbox contains 0.13 fl. oz., Stila contains 0.10 fl. oz., MAC contains 0.17 fl. oz.).

Makeup Geek Plush Lip Matte Daredevil
Daredevil
Daredevil
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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ColourPop x Amanda Steele Super Shock Shadows

01/04

Colour Pop Steele Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Steele Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Steele Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Steele Super Shock Shadow

Steele

ColourPop Steele Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a very pale pink with lavender and silver glitter. It had semi-sheer coverage, which was not buildable, and the consistency felt drier than average so it did not blend out as easily. I had the best luck using my fingertip to blend out the color (I think the warmth of my skin helped). The color lasted for nine hours before creasing subtly.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Steele
Steele
Steele
C

Limited Edition

6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total

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Burberry Brilliant Violet & Bright Plum Liquid Lip Velvets

01/06

Burberry Brilliant Violet Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Brilliant Violet Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Brilliant Violet Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Brilliant Violet Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Brilliant Violet Liquid Lip Velvet

Burberry Brilliant Violet Liquid Lip Velvet

Brilliant Violet

Burberry Brilliant Violet Liquid Lip Velvet ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark berry plum with cooler undertones and a cream finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips. The texture was ultra lightweight with a more whipped, mousse-like consistency that spread easily and did not look streaky. Though it did not have a “dry down” like some liquid lipsticks, it was still long-wearing at nearly eight hours (plus a fuchsia stain was left behind) and started to look mostly matte after four to five hours of wear. The formula was comfortable to wear, as I often forgot I even had it on, and it wasn’t drying at all.

The Liquid Lip Velvet formula is described as having “rich pigment, smooth application” and a “velvet finish that lasts up to eight hours” that is “non-drying.” Overall, the formula is fantastic for those who want the fluidity of a liquid product without the drying aspect of more traditional liquid lipsticks while not sacrificing wear time. The formula does not dry down completely, so there will be transfer, but the product is so pigmented that the color lasts awhile. I’ve found the colors to wear between six and eight hours and easily survive a solid meal. The liquid lipstick has a smooth, velvety consistency that is almost weightless (I forget I’m wearing it) that was never drying and always comfortable to wear. A pleasant surprise was that the formula was unscented (with no discernible taste either), which is not the norm with Burberry’s products.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Brilliant Violet
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box (Palette)

01/12

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay - Nocturnal - Palette

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box

Nocturnal

Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in a slim, cardboard palette with a dual-ended eye brush. The shades include “eight must-haves” from the permanent line along with “four exclusives from past sets.” I liked the palette overall; it was more consistent with the brand’s permanent range with respect to quality, though shades like Fireball (not as pigmented as the permanent version), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (glitter fallout), and Heroine (sheer) could be better. The eyeshadows were, overall, pigmented, long-wearing (seven to eight hours), and blendable. It wasn’t hard to use them together, and I didn’t feel like it was a struggle to apply and blend them out.

If you’ve picked up any Urban Decay palettes in the last couple of years, this palette might be totally redundant. I think that this palette is most suitable for someone looking to try the brand’s formula or likes this specific color combination and would like it for traveling. It’s a smaller palette, though it is thicker than you’d expect as each eyeshadow only contains 0.01 oz. (a full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadow contains 0.05 oz.). It’s still a value-packed palette compared to purchasing individual shades, but it is not quite the deal that some of the larger palettes (like Afterdark, Naked, etc.) are. The palette is exclusive to Ulta and should launch today (if it hasn’t yet!) online, and it will be available in stores on January 22nd.

Urban Decay Shadow Box Nocturnal
Nocturnal
Nocturnal
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Urban Decay Nocturnal Vice Lipsticks

01/08

Urban Decay Fireball Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fireball Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fireball Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fireball Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fireball Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fireball Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fireball Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Fireball Vice Lipstick

Fireball

Urban Decay Fireball Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a soft, tangerine orange with iridescent pink pearl. It’s listed as a “Metallized” finish, but it seemed more like a Sheer Shimmer to me. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a lightweight, thinner texture that had noticeable slip. The color gravitated towards my lip lines, as it seemed thinner and lacked some of the gel-like quality of other shades in the range to keep the color from settling. Of course, it’s a pretty shade on as it has a subtle pink-to-peach shift in person, but it might be better layered over other shades or used with a lip primer. This shade lasted for three hours and was hydrating.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Fireball
Fireball
Fireball
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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