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Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette
Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

The Secret to No Makeup Makeup is Makeup

Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette ($39.00 for 0.65 oz.) includes a bronzer, cream blush, powder blush, concealer, luminizer, and brightener.

Bronzing Veil is a beige-brown with a soft shimmer; it’s definitely not even close to being orange. For very fair complexions, it’ll be well-received. For medium to dark, it will hardly show up (better as a highlighter than anything else). It has a soft, finely-milled feel, but it is a little powdery. On its own, it wore for six and a half hours. MAC Sun Dipped is warmer and browner.

Creme Blush is a cool-toned, blue-based cotton candy pink with a semi-matte finish. There’s very little sheen/shimmer in this, so it looks natural on the cheeks, and it does blend out well. The cream blush only lasted four hours on me, and I have normal-to-dry skin (and I was on the drier side at the time of testing). MAC I’m the One is darker and powder-based. NARS Gaiety is a touch bluer and powder-based. MAC Peony Petal is darker and powder-based.

Blush is a cool-toned, bule-based cotton candy pink with a light dusting of silver shimmer over a matte finish. It is very, very close in color to the cream blush in the palette. The pigmentation was good, and it blended well on the skin. It wore for seven and a half hours. MAC I’m the One is darker. NARS Gaiety is a touch bluer. MAC Peony Petal is darker.

Conceal is a light beige with subtle warm undertones. It’s very creamy and wet, and it’s thin with semi-sheer coverage. The dry down time was a little long, and it tended to get caught in fine lines and settle there. For anyone who regularly uses concealer, I don’t think this will be your go-to; if you rarely use concealer or only in emergencies, it might work. Because of the lighter shade, it will be better for lids and under eyes for more complexions, whereas light-medium complexions may find it works all over.

Luminize is a shimmering beige. It’s very, very sheer and more of a faint, dustnig of sheen/shimmer. I tried wearing it on cheeks as well as on the brow bone–you couldn’t really see the brow bone getting highlighted. It seemed a little better on the cheek.

Brighten is a pink-toned, very pale beige. It has a thin, creamy consistency. I used this lightly on the lid and patted over the concealer (that I used beneath my eye). This had more impact on brightening/covering my under eye area more than the concealer.

This is a palette that would be best suited for lighter complexions; I think darker skin tones will find the bronzer to be better as a highlighter, while the concealer and brightener may not be useful at all. Similarly, if you don’t like cool-toned blushes on you, both are very, very blue-based. As a comment for all, I wasn’t overly impressed by the concealer, luminizer, or brightener–I think there are definitely better standalone products on the market that will do a lot more for your complexion. Sometimes palettes knock it out of the park because you get a ton of fantastic products for the price of just a few, and other times, palettes perform decently, but individual products out-perform them. With staples like concealer, brighteners, and the like–I would spend my money on the right shades for your skin tone in excellent formulas.

Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

B
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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Guerlain Rendez-vous (762) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rendez-vous (762) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Rendez-vous (762) Shine Automatique Lipstick

A Spring Rendez-vous with Guerlain

Guerlain Rendez-vous (762) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium pink with blue undertones and a soft, pearly pink shimmer-sheen. MAC Love Long Distance is cooler-toned. Guerlain Rose Piquant is less cool-toned, milkier. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake is much cooler-toned, almost lavender in comparison. Chanel Charme is a touch lighter. MAC Cheers All Around is a bit warmer.

I thought this color was going to be easily duped, but I couldn’t find many that had the same level of coolness to it; potential similar shades were either much cooler-toned with a stronger blue base, or else they were more fuchsia/brighter.  Rendez-vous has mostly opaque color coverage, but there is a very light translucency and a shimmer-sheen finish that reflects light and gives off shine but doesn’t look too frosted.  It lasted for four hours on my lips, wore away evenly, and was lightly hydrating while I wore it. The formula is supposed to be long-lasting, so four hours is a bit short (I average four hours with regular lipstick formulas; six hours with long-wearing ones).  It had a lightly creamy, glide-on texture that helped during application.  There’s no discernible taste, but it is violet-scented as many Guerlain products are.

Guerlain Shine Automatique Lip Color Rendez-vous
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Lynnderella Gingerbread Hearts Nail Lacquer

Lynnderella Gingerbread Hearts Nail Lacquer
Lynnderella Gingerbread Hearts Nail Lacquer

A Slice of Gingerbread for Your Nails

Lynnderella Gingerbread Hearts Nail Lacquer ($22.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as containing “metallic gingerbread coloured glitter decorated with flat colour red, white, blue, pink and green glitter in a clear base.” It has small, medium, and large square gold glitters, plus large diamond-shaped white glitter, along with multi-sized orange and green hexagons. All of the glitters are suspended in a clear base.

Two coats of this alone yielded some coverage but still a lot of base nail came through, so it’s best as a layering shade (I used it over Chanel Emprise), as I can’t see opaque results forthcoming even after three coats. The concept was cute, but I wasn’t able to get all of the glitter sizes and shapes to come out. After doing three layering coats (one coat over a base color) and then two coats on two other nails (pinky and thumb) of this alone, I couldn’t manage to get a single heart-shaped glitter to come out. I also wasn’t seeing a lot of pink or blue pieces coming out–I was getting primarily the gold particles. This polish did require some dabbing, pushing, and pulling to maneuver the glitter into place so it didn’t all get bunched up in one place. The consistency of the clear polish itself was thin, which made it easy to apply, and it is definitely easier to get away with multiple coats with the thinner formula. I typically get a week of wear out of Lynnderella’s formula with no peeling or chipping, just minor tip wear.

Lynnderella Gingerbread Hearts Nail Lacquer

B
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
83%
Total

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm
Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

More of a Base than a BB Cream

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm ($34.00 for 1.18 oz.) is described as a “beauty balm that minimizes pores, lines, wrinkles, and redness instantly” plus “significantly firmer, more-lifted skin in eight weeks.” This is really not a tinted moisturizer, sheer foundation, or the like; the coverage is described as “translucent” once it dries down. Instead of tinting, it’s supposed to “[diffuse] light with high-tech pigments.”

Muse has an excellent write-up for this, and the best takeaway from her review is, “Put aside what you know about traditional Asian BB Creams because this is not a BB Cream formula that would be comparable to those.” She is my personal go-to for all things BB Cream, because she’s tried them extensively (and not just what we see in the states as marketed as BB Creams!).

Straight out of the tube, it looks like a light-medium peachy-beige; definitely warm-toned, and almost orange-y. Blended out, it matched my forearm (about NC20), and when I applied it to my face, matched me there–well, more like you couldn’t really see it. It kind of looks, feels, and acts more like a primer than anything else when I used it. The way it looks is my normal-to-dry skin just a little better–yes, everything is just a bit softened overall. There’s no real coverage, so any redness, spots, and the like doesn’t really get evened out or covered, but otherwise, it definitely minimizes the look of “pores, lines, [and] wrinkles,” just as described (but misses on redness, at least for me). I can’t weigh in re: “firmer, more-lifted skin,” since I haven’t used it for eight weeks and won’t be doing so.

The texture is lightweight, creamy, and thin (but not runny). It didn’t feel tacky on the skin, and it was easy to blend, but I found it spread best in small areas, rather than in larger areas, because it dried down quickly. I did feel like I needed to apply a fair amount to cover my entire face in the product, not because I was trying to achieve coverage (as in covering up my skin), but as a result of the quick-to-dry texture that just wouldn’t really spread from say, forehead to nose or chin. It is also mint-scented; I didn’t notice it when I wore it, but when I swatched it on my arm, and then put my nose to my arm, I could definitely smell it–so depending on how sensitive you are to scents, you may or may not notice it.

If you have good skin naturally, it might be worth checking out if you’re looking to diffuse the look of lines and pores. On its own, the diffusing effect seemed to last for six to seven hours.  It feels and acts a bit like a primer, but when I wore it as a primer, it didn’t extend the wear of my foundation/blush, and I felt like it made blending my foundation on top of it more difficult (not by a lot, just noticeably a different application experience). On my end, because my biggest skin concern is evening out my skin tone (and if I’m going to wear a face product, I want a little coverage otherwise I’ll just go bare-faced), I haven’t found a way that I’d personally incorporate it into my routine.

NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer

NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer
NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer

Red Glitter, Black Jelly

NYX Dark Glitter (NPS 217) Nail Lacquer ($4.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “black with red flecks.” It looks like a black jelly with large, hexagon-shaped red glitter and smaller bits of red glitter. The finish is interesting, because it has the squishy look of a jelly, but it’s such a dark color that it almost doesn’t seem right!  The one dupe that I know of is Deborah Lippmann’s Ruby Red Slippers–there are really barely-there differences that you’ll likely only find in amount/composition under intense scrutiny.

After two coats, it’s mostly opaque, but there’s that signature translucency you find with jelly polishes.  The polish has a slightly thicker consistency–true to jelly finishes, however–and is nicely packed with glitter, as there is no shortage of it getting on the nail. It did seem just a touch streaky/uneven in a couple of places, but it was hard to really see/tell from more than a few inches away. I really like NYX’s Salon formula, because it applies and wears rather well.  I get a good week of wear with just minor tip wear but no chipping.

NYX Salon Formula Nail Polish Dark Glitter
Dark Glitter
Dark Glitter
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

Guerlain Cherry Pink (870) Kiss Kiss Gloss

Guerlain Cherry Pink (870) Kiss Kiss Gloss
Guerlain Cherry Pink (870) Kiss Kiss Gloss

A Subtly, Sparkled Pink

Guerlain Cherry Pink (870) Kiss Kiss Gloss ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and silver sparkle. Urban Decay Flushed has no sparkle and is a touch more plum. Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle is similar, perhaps a touch lighter. MAC Fabulous Fun is more fuchsia. Benefit Back to the Fuchsia has fuchsia sparkle.

Between this and Frizzy Mango, the latter is more interesting. It is sparser on the sparkle (I’m thinking it is the “gloss effect” finish, which yields a “subtle sparkling finish”), so you get lots and lots of shine that naturally helps give an illusion of fuller, plumper lips–juicy almost. The color coverage is somewhere between semi-sheer and semi-opaque; my lip freckle is muted noticeably, but there’s translucency to the overall color is the natural lip color will still show through. When I tried it on, Cherry Kiss lasted four hours, and it was incredibly hydrating both during and after wear (no desire to race for the balm).

As advertised, Kiss Kiss Gloss is non-sticky, moisturizing, and has a thicker, cushion/gel-like consistency that doesn’t feel or look heavy on the lips, but it’s not a thin gloss. It comes with a brush-type applicator, and all of the glosses have a sweet, fruity scent. If you’re familiar with Dior’s Ultra Gloss or Hourglass’ Extreme Sheen, both have a similar texture to Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss. Depending on your preference for sheer/opaque gloss and subtle/sparkle-tastic gloss, this may or may not be interesting. Myself, I tend to prefer a really sparkling finish in my gloss, but for every sparkle fiend there is a creamy fiend right around the corner 🙂

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss Cherry Pink
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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