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Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “medium beige tan.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium beige-tan with a mostly matte finish. Urban Decay Beware is darker and matte. Too Faced Marzipan is lighter. MAC One to Watch is very similar in color. MAC Tete-a-tint is warmer and matte.

Sand Dune will work well as a more neutral base as well as a brightening lid color (depending on your skin tone).  It tends to give my natural lid a more even, warmer look without being too drastically different from the skin tone (and I have a medium complexion with warm undertones).  The consistency is creamy and glides on well over the lid without pulling or tugging, and the color deposits evenly and with opaque color.  Though still creamy, it was just slightly drier compared to some of the other shades. It dried down fast enough not to gather into the creases but gave me enough time to blend and work it into the lid.  It wore well for a full eight hours, though I went as far as ten hours and still didn’t have problems with creasing or fading.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Sand Dune
Sand Dune

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Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “watermelon rose.” It’s a darkened rose red with a muted quality and subtle warm undertones. Chanel Taffeta Rose is pinker. Elizabeth Arden Perfect Tulip is a touch pinker.  I really wasn’t able to think of many similar shades, and both of the ones I did think about were noticeably pinker.

This shade had full color coverage and great color payoff (though Clinique intended only medium coverage).  The pencil felt balanced between creamy and waxy, so it glided on readily but didn’t feel heavy or apply thickly.  The color stayed put on my lips for four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. I think Roomiest Rose is one of the most wearable shades in the Intense range for all skin tones. It’s not too warm- or cool-toned, and it’s not too bright or too muted.  Against fairer skin, it may be a bolder shade, but the general color is still very every day–with oomph.

Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense

A-
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Illamasqua Speckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Speckle Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Speckle Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Speckle Nail Varnish ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “speckled lilac.” It has a soft, pale lilac cream base with flecks of small black glitter and larger hexagon-shaped black glitter. I don’t know of any dupes in particular for this shade (Deborah Lippmann also has speckled polish but nothing in lilac). If you have a top coat with black glitter already, you might try using Essie Bangle Jangle, MAC Little Girl Type, Nubar Purple Aster, or Zoya Marley has a base color, as they are similar.

It was fully opaque in color after two coats, and I was surprised at just how close it was to opaque after a single coat. For a pastel, too, it had minimal streaking on the initial coat and a second coat completely smoothed out the color so everything looked lush and even. There was something about the consistency and look of this polish, because though it seems like a creamy color, it almost had a jelly-like finish.  The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well over the nail, and I didn’t have any trouble applying it.  Illamasqua’s formula is one of the longest-wearing in my experience–I can get anywhere from ten to fourteen days of wear with minimal tip wear.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Speckle
Speckle
Speckle
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Clinique Fuller Fudge Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Fuller Fudge Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Fuller Fudge Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Fuller Fudge Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bronze brown.” It’s a rich, warm bronze with strong red undertones and a frosted finish. Chanel Intuition #4 is a bit browner. MAC Antiqued is more shimmery. Inglot #421 is darker. Giorgio Armani #5 is lighter.

Clinique’s Chubby Stick Shadow Tints are supposed to be a “sheer wash of lightweight, creamy colour.” It’s supposed to be “layerable” and long-wearing, too. Fuller Fudge can be used as a sheer wash of color, but it is absolutely layerable to mostly opaque color. The consistency isn’t wet or slick, but it glides on well enough with little pulling or tugging at the lid. I don’t know that I would describe it was creamy–perhaps almost waxy–because it does smooth on but there’s no real slip or wetness to it.  The formula could be slightly creamier, because then it would be more blendable on the lid and apply more comfortably.  It wore well for ten hours on me; after twelve hours, there was some faint creasing.  The shadow twists-up, so there’s no need for sharpening, which means no waste!

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Fuller Fudge

Benefit Call My Buff Longwear Powder Shadow

Benefit Call My Buff Longwear Powder Shadow
Benefit Call My Buff Longwear Powder Shadow

Benefit Call My Buff Longwear Powder Shadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “pale shell.” It’s a pale, warm-toned beige with a soft, shimmery finish. Urban Decay Illusion is more frosted. Jasmine Ali Ababwa is matte. MAC Dazzlelight is a touch lighter and more frosted. MAC Vanilla is more satiny. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is slightly more frosted. Also, if you have the Most Glamorous Nudes or Easiest Nudes Ever palettes, you’ll find this shade is included in it (and the palette is $30 and includes 4x 0.04 oz. eyeshadows plus 2x 0.11 oz. Creaseless Cream eyeshadows).

This was one of the first shades I tested out, and it was my first experience with Benefit’s new eyeshadow formula (I had not tried the palettes). Call My Buff had good color payoff, and it had a very soft, finely-milled texture and feel. That softness did come along with some powderiness, but it did not seem to translate on the lid, and it was easy to blend on the skin. I wore it initially on the brow bone, and then later wore it on the lid as well, and found it wore well for about seven and a half hours–after eight hours, there was some fading.

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow Call My Bluff
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is bold, brightened orange with hints of red in it along with a frosted, matte finish and warm undertones. Hourglass Muse is more coral, redder. MAC Scarlet Ibis is darker, redder. Estee Lauder Wild Fire is redder and luminous. YSL Blood Orange is glossier and sheerer.

This is the final shade I tried out in the formula, and it fell in the middle of the spectrum; not the worst, not the best. I’m still surprised that Estee Lauder didn’t put out a better formula, because the brand has better lipsticks in their house, not to mention the numerous lipstick formulas across other brands under the Estee Lauder umbrella.  Rock Candy has excellent pigmentation–full, opaque color coverage–but the consistency is a bit dry and not creamy enough, so it does tug on the lips when you apply it.  The other issue I had was that it is drying.  It wasn’t the most drying lipstick I’ve tried, but it was more than just a little drying after wearing it for six full hours.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick Rock Candy

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