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Chanel Rouge, Nude, Rose Clair Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs

01/06

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Nude

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs ($37.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a soft, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly, but some of the color slipped into my lip lines. The consistency was smooth, creamy, wet but not too slippery, and comfortable to wear, as it was quite hydrating. This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me.

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

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NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/04

NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Crystal Glare

NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and fine, pearly sheen. The shimmer read as a luminous glow than overt shimmer on the skin, even when layered. It had semi-sheer to opaque, buildable coverage (two to three layers for more opaque coverage, though!). The consistency was thin, water-like but dried down after I blended it onto the skin. This shade would be ideal for someone who wants subtle warmth and sheen without a metallic finish. While it could absolutely be mixed in with base products, like a primer or foundation, the wand makes it most practical for dabbing onto the face. The highlighter wore nicely for 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 Crystal Glare
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

NYX Lavender Steel Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

01/07

NYX Lavender Steel Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Lavender Steel Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Lavender Steel Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Lavender Steel Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Lavender Steel Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Lavender Steel Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

NYX Lavender Steel Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder

Lavender Steel

NYX Lavender Steel Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is an iridescent, lavender with a pale, grayish beige base. It looked more like a very light lavender applied to the skin that appeared deeper in color as I moved around. Mine arrived broken (it’s not an Ulta order unless at least one thing arrives broken), so it was a little harder to discern the true texture, but it seemed a touch drier overall to me and not quite as smooth. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that blended out with ease and sat well on the skin (no emphasis of pores!). On me, the highlighter started to fade after eight hours of wear.

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder Lavender Steel
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection

01/14

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Too Faced Ultimate Eye Collection Better Together

Ultimate Eye Collection

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection ($65.00 for 0.71 oz.) includes two palettes that “lock” together magnetically. Each palette has six eyeshadows, and the set of palettes also came with a black liquid eyeliner and full-sized black mascara. The palette was decent, but the shades released by both brands are the kind that we have definitely seen before so if you’re already a fan of both brands, you might have palettes with these shades already.

Too Faced Better Together Ultimate Eye Collection
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set

01/09

Kat Von D Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set Better Together

Kat Von D Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set Better Together

Kat Von D Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set Better Together

Kat Von D Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set Better Together

Kat Von D Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set Better Together

Kat Von D Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set Better Together

Kat Von D Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set Better Together

Kat Von D Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set Better Together

Kat Von D Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set Better Together

Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set ($38.00 for 0.29 oz.) includes a lipstick, liquid lipstick, blush, and highlighting powder that come with a heart-shaped makeup bag. The bag itself is fairly small and very flat, so it was hard to use.

Kat Von D Better Together Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Sublimate

Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks ($80.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes a cream highlighter and cream blush. The formula is touted as “super sheer,” and that’s what you get: incredibly sheer, almost translucent color. 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. 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 wish they lasted longer, but as they have such short wear, it’s not a very practical product for most. 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 Sublimate
Sublimate
Sublimate
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
4
Longevity
5
Application
77%
Total

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