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Estee Lauder Rebel Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rebel Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rebel Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rebel Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a cool-toned, rosy medium-dark pink with a frosted sheen. MAC Pink Pearl is more muted, glossier. NARS Never Say Never is purpler. NYX Rose is lighter. Chanel Belgravia is very close in color but less frosted.

Estee Lauder described the color as “rich, satiny color” with an emphasis on how lightweight and lustrous the finish and feel are. The press release actually states “highly pigmented shades” with a “creamy, lightweight matte formula [that] exudes a sheer and satin finish.” So, “sheer” in the product name is not in relation to the color payoff–just so we’re clear! The formula is also supposed to “add moisture and hydrate.”

Rebel provided mostly opaque color coverage, but it clung and felt like it was sucking all the moisture out of my lips only moments after applying. I wore this, and it wasn’t pleasant; it lasted for five and a half hours (yay!) but was terribly drying.  It was a stiffer consistency, not really the creamy texture they seemed to be going after, and as I applied it, the lipstick tugged and dragged on my lips.  The lipstick comes in a slim twist-up container in the color of the lipstick inside.

Estee Lauder Rebel Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

D
3
Product
9
Pigmentation
5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total

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Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “polished copper.” It’s a muted copper-bronze with a bronze-shimmered frosted finish. Estee Laudewr Chained is similar–slightly warmer. MAC Cactus Thorn is browner. Dior Golden Savannah is less warm. Urban Decay Chase has less copper coloring. bareMinerals Cognac is darker, browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #3 is darker, browner.

It had excellent color payoff, and a fantastic consistency that lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. I had no problems getting opaque color on the lid, and it didn’t fade or crease, even after twelve hours.  It’s amazing how two shades can perform so differently, even when applied side-by-side! What’s interesting about this shade is that the more opaque you opt for, the less overtly copper/warm-toned it seems; it gets this golden brown coloring that’s soft and muted.  When it’s blended out, the copper-brown coloring comes forth.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner My Two Cents
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Estee Lauder Pink Zinc Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Pink Zinc Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Pink Zinc Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Pink Zinc Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm-toned, peach with a hint of beige and a frosted, metallic finish. bareMinerals Custom is very similar but more metallic. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is lighter and pinker. Chanel Emerveille is a touch darker.

It had good color payoff, and it didn’t require layers and layers of product to get opaque color. The consistency is lightweight and creamy, and it glides on and smooths over the lid with ease. On the lid, it dried down fairly quickly, and once it set, the color didn’t crease at all over a twelve-hour period. I noticed some minor fall out, and the color seemed slightly faded after twelve hours but had been totally intact after ten hours.  The consistency and feel of Estee Lauder’s Shadow Paints are interesting, because they feel very dry, almost as if they’d flake off, with a high shimmer/sparkle content, so they look lovely from afar.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint Pink Zinc
Pink Zinc

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Benefit A-Lister Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit A-Lister Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit A-Lister Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit A-Lister Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bubblegum pink.” It’s a pale, milky pink-beige with white shimmer. MAC Warm Embrace is pinker and darker. Chanel Allegorie is less shimmery and sheerer. Urban Decay Obsessed is much pinker. Chanel Caprice is darker and pinker.

The texture is very gel-like; thicker than some glosses but not in a heavy, goopy way, but in a creamy, gel kind of way. It’s non-sticky from the get-go and stays that way throughout the wear. With A-Lister, the wear wasn’t too impressive–a mere two and a half hours. You can definitely move it around on the lips, which is likely why it doesn’t hold on as long as some other glosses do. For as milky as the color is, it didn’t settle too noticeably into lip lines and yielded rather even coverage overall. It was semi-opaque in color; enough that it substantially altered my natural lip color but still allowed it to come through. The formula was lightly hydrating–no replacement for a true lip balm but a great daytime alternative that gives some color.

The gloss also has a sweet, fruity scent–I did notice a bit initially after applying, and I’m not particularly sensitive to scents, so if you aren’t a fan of that type of scent, you might want to sniff it in store, first.  It comes in a squeeze-tube with a slanted-tip applicator.

Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss A-Lister
A-Lister
A-Lister
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright pop of medium-dark pink with subtle blue undertones and a satin-like finish–just a dusting of shimmer. Urban Decay Noise is cooler-toned (more fuchsia) and frosted. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 is very nearly the same in color but has more of a matte finish. MAC Tease with Ease is slightly cooler-toned.

It’s not yet released stateside but should be popping up in the next few weeks (several of the more neutral shades are already available). Bow had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft, finely-milled, and smooth. It was a touch powdery, but since the formula can also be applied wet, then dampening the brush prior to applying would help alleviate the slight powderiness. The pigmentation was the same both wet and dry, though it is easier to sheer out when applied dry.  On the lid, it blends easily, and it can be sheered out or patted on for more opaque color payoff. When I wore this shade, it lasted for eight hours without creasing, and there was faint signs of fading after nine hours (no primer).

Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow Bow (887)
Bow (887)

Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “beige plum.” It’s a muted, reddish plum with a natural sheen–not frosted or shimmery but enough of luminosity that it doesn’t look matte. Tom Ford Casablanca is rosier. NARS Christina is darker, less warm-toned, and shimmery. MAC Brick-o-la is a touch browner. Chanel Etole is very similar in color. Chanel Rouge Orage is less plum.

One of my favorite features of Clinique’s Chubby Stick range is that they’re twist-up pencils, so there is no need to sharpen–which means there is no wasted product being sharpened off of the point! No need to freeze, just twist and go. Broadest Berry has very nearly opaque color coverage; which is great if that’s what you prefer, but the Intense range is only supposed to have medium coverage (“not quite sheer, not quite opaque–just the perfect happy medium,” according to Clinique).  Broadest Berry wore five hours on me, and it was lightly moisturizing during that time.

Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense

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9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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