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Cle de Peau Cranberry & Pale Fig Cream Blushes

01/05

Cle de Peau Cranberry Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Cranberry Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Cranberry Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Cranberry Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Cranberry Cream Blush

Cranberry

Cle de Peau Cranberry Cream Blush ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. The more blended out the color, the less shimmery it appeared on the skin–more like a natural sheen than overtly shimmery. The consistency was thin with enough slip to blend easily but it dried down quickly and set in place for a solid eight hours on me. It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage.

The formula is supposed to have “the perfect touch of sheer luminous color” that can be applied with fingertips or a brush. The consistency is firmer in the pot; it’s definitely a cream-based product, but only a little comes away from the surface and dries down within twenty seconds of being applied to the skin. The coverage was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage. I liked applying these with either a small, synthetic stippling brush or my fingertips, though my preferred method was using a brush to initially apply the color and then lightly patting the edges with my fingertips. On me, the blushes lasted between seven and nine hours on my normal-to-dry skin. The formula is rose-scented, and I get a faint hint of it when worn.

Cle de Peau Cream Blush Cranberry
Cranberry
Cranberry
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Smashbox Pink Drank, Rose B4 Bros, Bad B, Mauve Wife Be Legendary Liquid Lip

01/08

Smashbox Pink Drank Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Pink Drank Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Pink Drank Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Pink Drank Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Pink Drank Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Pink Drank Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Pink Drank Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Smashbox Pink Drank Be Legendary Liquid Lip

Pink Drank

Smashbox Pink Drank Be Legendary Liquid Lip ($24.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth-feeling gloss that spread comfortably across the lips. It applied fairly evenly with almost no streaking, but there was a bit of color that gathered in my lip lines. The texture was light-medium in thickness, not heavy, and moderately tacky. The hybrid lipstick/lipgloss lasted for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating.

The formula is supposed to have “the full coverage a lipstick” with “the high shine of a gloss” in “a single coat” and is available in two finishes (metallic and vinyl). To me, it felt more like a gloss than a lipstick overall, as it had the plushness and glossiness I’d associate with a gloss. The coverage was typically mostly opaque to fully opaque across the range, and they went on fairly evenly and smoothly. I noticed that a lot of shades emphasized the lines on my lips up-close, but I couldn’t tell just looking in a regular mirror, as there was such a strong shine. The wear ranged from five to seven hours, which I suspect is partially due to the slightly thicker, moderately tacky texture.

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip Pink Drank
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Chanel Sparkling Red, Amuse Bouche, Chilli Rouge Coco Glosses

01/06

Chanel Sparkling Red Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Sparkling Red Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Sparkling Red Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Sparkling Red Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Sparkling Red Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Sparkling Red Rouge Coco Gloss

Sparkling Red

Chanel Sparkling Red Rouge Coco Gloss ($30.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a muted, raspberry red with pink and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage–enough that there was a noticeable tint to the lips but the natural lip color came through quite a bit. The shimmery bits were definitely along the size of true sparkle, so I did feel them slightly as I wore the gloss, and there was a smidgen of color visible in my deeper lip lines (not truly noticeable from a normal viewing distance). The gloss portion felt smooth overall, though, and it was comfortable to wear over the three hours it lasted on me. The formula also seemed hydrating to me.

Editor’s Note: Sparkling Red appears not to exist in the Rouge Coco Gloss range. I’ve sent an email to Chanel to find out if Sparkling Red is a future shade or not the final name (and if not, then what is the final name).

The formula is supposed to have “intense shine, hydration” with a “gel-like texture” with shades that vary from “sheer to opaque” in coverage. The consistency has a smooth, lightweight texture that can feel more like a gel-like texture with some of the sheerer shades and more like a cream and gel hybrid with more opaque shades. It’s a formula that’s comfortable to wear with light tackiness that lasts anywhere from two to four hours and is hydrating over time. There was a strong, mirror-like shine across the shades that was very reminiscent of the prior Glossimer formula. There was a faint floral scent, and with some shades, I got a subtle taste of perfume. The doe foot applicator was more unique (at least, to me) with a very curved edge that was great for my bottom lip while flipping it gave me a more paddle-shaped edge that worked better for my top lip. I would love to see Chanel introduce color descriptions on their retail website, especially for a formula like this where there can be such a huge difference in pigmentation (and finish) from one shade to the next that isn’t obvious from a product photo.

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Sparkling Red
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Estee Lauder Naked Truth, Flash Nude, Languid Love Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Naked Truth

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brighter, medium pink-coral with a golden, frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips without dragging. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, clingy without being drying or uncomfortable, and didn’t slide around. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was moisturizing.

The formula is supposed to have medium coverage with a lustrous finish. It takes the Pure Color Envy formula and adds shimmer to it with the end result varying from lightly pearlized to more frosted and near-metallic. The shimmer was finer in size, so the lipsticks did not feel gritty on the lips, and the particles didn’t migrate as the lipstick wears down. The coverage was more semi-opaque to opaque, though a lighter hand could achieve medium coverage. It was lightly creamy with some slip that became more noticeable as the formula warmed up against the lips. The wear ranged from four to six hours and was typically hydrating. The formula featured a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Naked Truth

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Lancome Amber Lights & Pink Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluids

01/04

Lancome Amber Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Amber Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Amber Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Amber Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Amber Lights

Lancome Amber Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid ($23.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dirty, medium gold with brownish undertones and a luminous finish. It seemed a little like an antique gold, though it seemed warmer and brighter than a true antique gold to my eye. The consistency was smooth, lightweight, a little mousse-y but still more like a liquid than anything else. It had semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage that blended decently but had a tendency to look patchy (I tried using a few different blushes as well as fingertips and always saw the same, slightly uneven results). It lasted for eight hours on me.

The formula is described as buildable, though it is designed to give skin a “barely-there shimmer” and a “natural-looking glow.” It has a more unique, foamy, sponge-tipped applicator to disperse and apply the product, which I wasn’t in love with (did not seem to do well at blending, building, or doing anything other than transferring product from the interior to my face) and seemed to soak up quite a bit of product. The formula wasn’t as thin as a typical liquid highlighter, though it wasn’t thick or heavy either; almost like a watery mousse. I had the best luck blending with fingertips, which maneuvered and spread the product without lifting it. They dried down within a minute or so, and the wear time was between seven and eight hours. I’d describe the glow as light to moderate as the coverage was buildable from sheer to semi-sheer. Worth noting, the pen delivery system does not contain that much product, particularly when we’re talking about liquid highlighters.

Lancome Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid Amber Lights

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Tom Ford Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact

Soleil Afterglow

Tom Ford Soleil Afterglow Soleil Contouring Compact ($108.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer housed in a white compact, which contains a ton of product (as it should, I suppose, at this price point!). Per the brand, all three are supposed to provide “sheer to medium coverage.” The only one that was true to the idea of “sheer to medium” was the bronzer, whereas the highlighter and blush were rather pigmented.

Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Contouring Compact Soleil Afterglow
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
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