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Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

01/06

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette

Pearl

Smashbox Pearl Spotlight Palette ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three highlighters: a pale yellow, peachy brown, and golden peach. Smashbox describes the palette as having three finishes–subtle glow, moderate, and super sparkle–and that the texture is “ultra-blendable, velvety smooth.” The first two highlighters were better performing than the third, which had a drier, stiffer texture that made it harder to apply and much less pigmented compared to the other two shades.

Smashbox Spotlight Palette Pearl
Pearl
Pearl
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

01/08

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres | Look Breakdown

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres | Look Breakdown

Jardins de Lumieres

Chanel Jardins de Lumieres Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a more muted, smoky shades of deep olive green, golden peach, mid-tone gray, and dark plum. It’s a new, limited edition palette for spring/summer that uses Chanel’s “vibrant, pigment-rich formula” that is “long-lasting” and has a “soft, smooth texture.” The color combination was interesting, and it’s one I’d wear again, but I wish the shades were more pigmented and stayed more true-to-color applied to the lid.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Jardins de Lumieres
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Tom Ford Clutch-Size Lip Balms (Part 2)

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Beauty Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm

Fathom

Tom Ford Fathom Clutch-Size Lip Balm ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, pinky-red with subtle, cool undertones and a moderate sheen. It darkened my natural lip color and, to my eye, it seemed to make them look a little warm-toned–sort of like a very sheer, neutral-to-warm reddish stain to my eye. It had sheer, even coverage that applied easily as the texture was smooth, thin but not clingy, and comfortable to wear. The shine lasted for an hour and a half, while the appearance of the tint lasted for two and a half hours on me. It was lightly hydrating.

It’s a new, limited edition formula for summer, which is supposed to have a “jelly-like” feel that is hydrating, tinted (described as “subtle shades to enhance your natural lip color”), and shiny. This is the type of product that I’ve found some readers love–quick, easy for every day, and comfortable–and others can’t see paying this much for something that is sheerer. The formula was thin, slightly shiny, somewhat hydrating, and tinted; some shades had a more noticeable tint than others, but it was very much like a lip stain or tinted balm, where a lot of the natural color came through. They wore down within one to three hours, but some of the deeper shades left behind a subtle stain afterward. I did not find the formula to be all that hydrating (the brand’s regular, squeeze-tube Lip Balm is a favorite for me). They had a very subtle vanilla scent and are similar in size to the brand’s Lips & Boys Lip Colors.

Tom Ford Beauty Clutch-Size Lip Balm Fathom
Fathom
Fathom
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

01/06

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette

Gold

Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette ($35.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three powder highlighters that are golden in tone/hue. Smashbox describes the palette as having three finishes–subtle glow, moderate, and super sparkle–and that the texture is “ultra-blendable, velvety smooth.” The first two shades are better in quality, while the last shade had a firmer, drier texture and was more sparkle than powder. Whether one prefers or steers clear of sparkle is one matter, but this type of sparkle did not apply well to the skin, as it was looser and did not spread evenly.

Smashbox Spotlight Palette Gold
Gold
Gold
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

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Chanel Jardins Eclatants Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

01/08

Chanel Jardins Eclatants Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins Eclatants Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins Eclatants Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins Eclatants Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins Eclatants Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins Eclatants Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Jardins Eclatants | Look Breakdown

Chanel Jardins Eclatants | Look Breakdown

Jardins Eclatants

Chanel Jardins Eclatants Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a warm-toned, neutral palette that featured a pink-peach, peach, warm brown, and deep, coppery brown. It’s a new, limited edition palette for spring/summer that uses Chanel’s “vibrant, pigment-rich formula” that is “long-lasting” and has a “soft, smooth texture.” The colors are definitely dupable, so I see this working best for someone who prefers Chanel’s formula, is looking for an all-in-one quad, or uses these types of shades often. The palette had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, seven to eight hour wear, and was very easy to apply and blend out.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Jardins Eclatants
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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NARS Bait, Disruptor, Impossible Red, Suck Velvet Lip Glides

01/07

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide

Bait

NARS Bait Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly. There were very slight “lines” that were visible if my lips pressed together as well as from when I moved the applicator along the edges of my lips. The consistency was smooth, gel-like but not too dense, and comfortable to wear. It lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating.

The Velvet Lip Glide formula is supposed to have high coverage without being “drying or feeling sticky” while applying like a gloss but looks like a lipstick. They have stronger color payoff, a non-tacky consistency, and a smoothness to their consistency that is a lot like a good lipstick, while they have a plusher, thicker texture that gives lips a plumper, fuller look along with a glossy sheen that is more like a gloss. They develop a more “velvety” finish, which is code for “less shine” after two to three hours, and at that point, they tend to look more like a natural finish lipstick than a gloss. I would classify the formula more as a pigmented gloss than a glossy lipstick, if I had to put it firmly in one box. The formula has a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste to me.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Bait
Bait
Bait

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