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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

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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

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

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Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “antique bronze.” It’s a deep bronze with subtle warm undertones and a copper and bronze shimmer. The finish is subtly shimmery; not as frosted or as metallic as some of the other shades in the range. MAC Venetian Tarnish is similar–a bit less red-toned. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze is lighter and more metallic. Urban Decay Smog is lighter and warmer, plus it is a powder. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #8 is darker and less bronze, and it is also a powder product.

It has a thin, creamy consistency that makes it really easy to apply to the lid. The color can be applied at full strength and opaque color, or it can easily be blended out to a sheer wash of color. My one problem with Bronze Have More Fun was that it faded unevenly and looked patchy after six hours or so, and then it continued down that path for the rest of the time I wore it (full twelve hours in total). Admittedly, from afar, I don’t think anyone would point it out and spot it, but it’s there and shouldn’t be (and others that I’ve already reviewed haven’t had this problem). I didn’t get any creasing or smudging, but I was disappointed with the way it wore overall.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner Bronze Have More Fun
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Sephora Apple Mojito (06) Eyeshadow

Sephora Apple Mojito (06) Eyeshadow
Sephora Apple Mojito (06) Eyeshadow

Sephora Apple Mojito (06) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright chartreuse with gold glitter.” It’s a brightened lime green with subtle yellow undertones; the finish to the color itself is mostly matte, and then there’s a sprinkling of gold micro-glitter. Sugarpill Acidberry is similar in color but has a faint sheen. lllamasqua Pivot has no micro-glitter but the colors are nearly the same. Make Up For Ever #91

This one applied better dry than it did damp, as applying it damp made it less blendable and, on occasion, made it look uneven. I think the more matte-like finish was the reason this was occurring. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, but there was powderiness and an underlying sheerness that was present. Apple Mojito was noticeably faded after a mere eight hours, while other shades have worn better for longer (closer to the full ten hours Sephora claims). Over a good, creamy eyeshadow base, I think the powderiness would go away and the color would have more punch (and better wear).

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Apple Mojito (06)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

Sephora Banana Split (05) Eyeshadow

Sephora Banana Split (05) Eyeshadow
Sephora Banana Split (05) Eyeshadow

Sephora Banana Split (05) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering yellow.” It’s a brightened, sunshine yellow with warm, golden tones and a pearly finish–some shimmer but not a full-on frost. NARS Flowers 1 #5 is not quite as bright. Illamasqua Hype is matte. Make Up For Ever #24 is a cream product. MAC Bright Sunshine is lighter, more frosted.

It has a soft, smooth texture that’s incredibly pigmented and blends easily on the lid.  The powder is just a touch powdery, but I didn’t notice it as a major problem during application (e.g. so powdery that the pigment would sheer out if you attempted to blend it).  The color payoff was about the same both wet and dry, but it had a more shimmery finish when applied damp.  I wore Banana Split on the inner third of my lid, and it lasted for nine hours well and was just a bit faded after ten hours (no primer).

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Banana Split (05)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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