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Tom Ford Beauty Impulse Shade & Illuminate Lips

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Impulse Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Impulse Shade & Illuminate Lips

Impulse

Tom Ford Beauty Impulse Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) 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. The lighter shade in this duo wasn’t quite full coverage and settled into lip lines, while the deeper shade applied more evenly and had better coverage. The finish appeared to be more like a true cream–a noticeable shine–and did not appear “matte” until halfway through their wear.

Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate Lips Impulse
Impulse
Impulse
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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ColourPop Two to Tango Pressed Powder Eye Duo

01/04

Colour Pop Two to Tango Pressed Powder Eye Duo

Colour Pop Two to Tango Pressed Powder Eye Duo

Colour Pop Two to Tango Pressed Powder Eye Duo

Colour Pop Two to Tango Pressed Powder Eye Duo

Two to Tango

ColourPop Two to Tango Pressed Powder Eye Duo ($10.00 for 0.10 oz.) contained a shimmering purple and a deep plum. The two shades complemented each other well, though neither was particularly standout in terms of quality. This duo definitely needed a primer and some extra effort to work well. This duo is limited edition and part of the brand’s Valentine’s Day collection. Some of the duos are sold out, and I really hope ColourPop will consider releasing the shades individually, at the very least.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Eye Duo Two to Tango
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Double Date

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Two Much

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Tom Ford Beauty Scintillate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Scintillate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Tom Ford Beauty Scintillate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Scintillate

Tom Ford Beauty Scintillate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks ($80.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes a cream highlighter and cream blush. You get plenty of product in the compact, but the product itself is just that type of product that for someone will be essential and for many others, totally unnecessary and almost am “I don’t get it” kind of product. Both shades are sheer and barely-there with a dewy finish that never sets or dries down, and as a result, the wear was between three to four hours. The formula is, however, touted as “super sheer,” so the coverage level is as described. Despite never setting, they didn’t feel tacky, just a little emollient to the touch, and can handle a powder being patted on top (though the dewiness went away completely). I think this will be best for someone who doesn’t need their makeup to last long, has drier skin (perhaps it would last longer), and/or wants a sheerer base for their powder blushes.

Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate Cheeks Scintillate
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
3.5
Longevity
5
Application
76%
Total

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Chanel Rouge Corail, Framboise, Fuchsia, Carmin Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs

01/06

Chanel Rouge Corail Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Rouge Corail Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Rouge Corail Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Rouge Corail Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Rouge Corail Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Rouge Corail Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Rouge Corail

Chanel Rouge Corail Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs ($37.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, medium coral-red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had rich color payoff–was one of the most pigmented shades in the line-up–paired with a creamy, smooth, and soft texture that melted on the lips. The formula was very moisturizing but still long-wearing (five hours). There was a slight, reddish stain that it left behind as well.

The formula is supposed to have “rich colour in a single stroke” with a “satiny” finish. The lipstick pencil twists-up (no sharpening required), and the consistency is incredibly creamy, soft, and smooth. The coverage varied from mostly opaque to opaque, depending on the shade, and the wear time ranged between three to five hours with some shades (like the reds and fuchsias) leaving a stain behind. It was a very hydrating and comfortable formula to wear, but they’re so soft that I felt like it was easy to over-apply the product when there isn’t much product in each tube (0.04 oz. compared to a standard Chanel lipstick, which is 0.12 oz.). Twist-up pencils usually contain less product than a twist-up tube of lipstick, but I wish these had a little more (like 0.08 oz.) or else not quite as pricey. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur Rouge Corail
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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LORAC I Love Brunch Eyeshadow Palette

01/16

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC I Love Brunch Collection | Look Breakdown

LORAC I Love Brunch Collection | Look Breakdown

LORAC I Love Brunch Collection | Look Breakdown

I Love Brunch

LORAC I Love Brunch Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes 16 eyeshadows with a mix of matte and shimmer finishes, cool and warm-toned shades that are centered around a pastel theme. This palette will be best for someone who normally uses an eyeshadow primer (or even a white-based/cream-colored base), likes softer colors, and prefers their pigmentation to be medium and buildable rather than intensely pigmented. The formula felt comparable to LORAC’s typical Pro palettes, but these felt denser and had more substance to them, so there was less excess product kicked up in the pan, and some shades lasted longer (without primer) than is typical.

LORAC Spring 2017 Eyeshadow Palette I Love Brunch
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

Urban Decay Blackmail & Time Vice Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Liquid Lipstick

Blackmail

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a deep purple with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied decently, but there was certainly room for improvement. The texture was thinner, though not so thin that it was really difficult to use, but as a result, the color did not go on as evenly as it could have. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and was non-drying.

The Vice Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be “intensely pigmented” with “complete coverage in one coat” and “nondrying wear” that is “comfortable” and “waterproof.” The majority of the Metallized shades are not even close to one-coat coverage–maybe three or four or coats!–and did not layer evenly, plus they had a tendency to lose sparkle/glitter through wear. Whenever a shade wasn’t opaque in one coat, it often looked streaky or uneven. There were some shades that had fantastic, one-coat coverage, while others featured more medium, buildable coverage but several applied uneven, patchy, and didn’t level or improve after drying down even with a second layer.

The consistency of the formula was smooth, lightweight, and comfortable to apply, but the dry down was lengthy and some shades never fully felt dry (instead, lightly tacky). There was a learning curve to applying and wearing these, too, as they were unforgiving if you accidentally press your lips together before the formula has dried down–the formula is quite tacky as it dries down and pressed lips together results in color lifting away. The wear varied from shade to shade (and between finishes) from four to eight hours, and so far, most were true to the nondrying claim, at least. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with them. They were difficult to remove compared to most products; I had the best luck saturating a cotton pad with eye or lip makeup remover (Neutrogena, Lancome, Shiseido, etc.), yet curiously were not that long-wearing on me (relative to liquid lipsticks)–they seemed to develop a little tackiness with any meal or drink (even just water) and degraded from there. Overall, the formula was extremely disappointing after the successful Vice lipstick launch last year.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick Blackmail
Blackmail
Blackmail
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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