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Estee Lauder Vain Vanilla, Naked Desire, Stripped Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Vain Vanilla Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Vain Vanilla Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Vain Vanilla Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Vain Vanilla Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Vain Vanilla Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Vain Vanilla Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Vain Vanilla

Estee Lauder Vain Vanilla Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy brown with strong, warm yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, though it wasn’t opaque in one stroke, that was buildable to opaque coverage. The texture had more slip in it than some shades in the range, so there was a touch of color that gathered in my deepest lip lines. It was comfortable and hydrating to wear while it also lasted for five and a half hours on me.

The Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick formula is supposed to have “high-intensity color” that hydrate lips with six-hour wear. It’s one of my favorite formulas, as the majority of the shades are creamy, smooth, pigmented, hydrating, and long-wearing (four to seven hours). They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Vain Vanilla

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Tom Ford Inhibition & Gratuitous Cheek Colors (2017)

01/08

Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Inhibition Cheek Color

Inhibition

Tom Ford Inhibition Cheek Color ($60.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft, medium rosy brown with warm, peachy undertones and a satin sheen. There was very fine gold pearl in the finish that added a subtle glow to the skin as it was buffed and blended on my skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation. The consistency was soft, velvety, and slightly dusty in the pan, though it applied beautifully and blended easily. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to fade on me.

For 2017, Tom Ford reformulated this powder blush formula, and the new formula is described as “layers of possibility, from a sexy glow to a more dramatic, color-rich look” (that sounds like “buildable”) that is supposed to apply “with the comfort of a cream.” Overall, the texture is thinner, finely-milled but drier than the original formula, and the shimmer has become finer and less apparent through many of the new-old shades. The formula was still fairly blendable to very blendable and particularly long-wearing with semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation.

Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color Inhibition
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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B+

Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

Nikita

Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a bold, medium red and a reddish-burgundy. The red applied nicely, and it wore well, but the burgundy had a lot of slip and feathered on me.

Shade & Illuminate Lips is a lipstick duo that features a formula that is supposed to have “rich color” and “adherence” with a “velvet matte finish.” The duos are designed to have a lighter shade and a darker shade, and they can be worn alone, mixed, or as an ombre lip look. There was also a dual-ended applicator–a sponge on one end and a brush on the other–but the sponge really did not work well to apply the color, as it yielded sheer coverage and seemed to suck all the emollient qualities out of the formula and left behind a drier, almost powdery texture on the lips. The lip brush worked, but for me, the tiny applicator was harder to control and took me three to four times as long to apply compared to a traditional lip brush (which has a longer handle). The actual formula felt like there was a powderiness to it that is not present in any of Tom Ford’s other lipstick ranges, though the formula felt lightly creamy, thin but not too thin, and smooth. Once I applied the color and actually wore it for a few minutes, I did not notice the powderiness that was there when I was initially applying the lipstick.

Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate Lips Nikita
Nikita
Nikita
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Nikita (Left)

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Coloured Raine Spring 2017 Shimmer Eyeshadows

01/04

Coloured Raine Birthday Suit Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Birthday Suit Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Birthday Suit Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Birthday Suit Eyeshadow

Birthday Suit

Coloured Raine Birthday Suit Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.064 oz.) is a soft, light-medium peach with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was soft, blendable, and smooth without being too powdery or too firm in the pan. It had great color payoff that applied evenly to the skin and lasted for eight hours on me.

Coloured Raine Eyeshadow Birthday Suit
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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B+

S'mores

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NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/04

NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Moon Glow

NYX Moon Glow Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a pale white with neutral-to-cool undertones and a very fine pearl. This was one of the least “shimmery’” shades, though it still gave the skin a subtle sheen. It seemed to be more watery than most shades, which may have accounted for its sheerer coverage that was only buildable to medium coverage. It dried down quickly but still gave me enough time to work with the product and blend it out evenly. The highlighter lasted for just over seven and a half hours on me.

The Away We Glow formula is a liquid highlighter that has buildable coverage “from soft to intense.” The brand recommends to “dab and blend” on skin for “irresistible illumination.” There are nine shades available, and the shimmer varied from shade to shade: fine pearl to chunkier sparkle. The formula has a watery, thin feel from the tube, and I liked getting a bit on the back of my hand and then dabbing with fingertips or a stippling brush onto the cheeks and high planes of the face for highlighting. It did dry down after a minute or so, and the wear ranged from seven to eight hours.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter Moon Glow
Moon Glow
Moon Glow
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm & Sugar Lip Scrub Reviews & Photos

01/04

Bite Beauty Original Agave Lip Balm

Bite Beauty Original Agave Lip Balm

Bite Beauty Original Agave Lip Balm

Bite Beauty Original Agave Lip Balm

Original

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm ($18.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to be a hydrating, restorative lip balm that comes in a twist-up tube. The texture was firmer in the tube, and there was some tugging until the balm started to melt against my lips. I also went through a tube in three weeks–an entire tube!–as it seemed to wear down quickly. The original Lip Mask lasts all night for me, but the Lip Balm only stayed on for two hours, tops. It felt more like a film of product on the lips than something imparting real moisture or nourishment to my lips.

While I’m a huge fan of the brand’s original Agave Lip Mask, this fell short for me. It just did not seem to keep my lips hydrated or restored; my lips felt dry and never seemed in good condition during the three weeks I used this for. As soon as I stopped using it, within a few days of going back to my normal routine (Jack Black Lip Balm during the day, Clarins Lip Balm at night unless it was a lip-swatching-bonanza kind of day, then Bite’s Agave Lip Mask), and my lips felt and looked so much better.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm Original
Original
Original
6
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
74%
Total

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