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Coloured Raine Neutral Eyeshadows

01/04

Coloured Raine Who Me Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Who Me Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Who Me Eyeshadow

Coloured Raine Who Me Eyeshadow

Who Me

Coloured Raine Who Me Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.064 oz.) is a deep coppery bronze with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. The consistency was soft, dense without being firm or stiff in the pan, and very blendable on the lid. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied well without primer and lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing.

Coloured Raine Eyeshadow Who Me
Who Me
Who Me
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Make Up For Ever 3 Gold Champagne Star Lit Liquid

01/06

Make Up For Ever 3 Gold Champagne Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 3 Gold Champagne Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 3 Gold Champagne Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 3 Gold Champagne Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 3 Gold Champagne Star Lit Liquid

Make Up For Ever 3 Gold Champagne Star Lit Liquid

3 Gold Champagne

Make Up For Ever 3 Gold Champagne Star Lit Liquid ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a light, champagne gold with warmer undertones paired with copper, gold, pink, and silver glitter. This one read warmer on the skin compared to the first two shades in the range, as it had noticeable copper glitters (and it seemed more dominated by gold glitter overall). This one seemed to have more of the finer particles that made it slightly easier to use as well.

The Star Lit Liquid formula is described as a “lightweight, multi-use, pearlescent formula” that is a “sheer, water-based formula” that is buildable and won’t feel sticky on the skin. If you like a subtle highlighter, this formula is not for you. And if you don’t like glitter, this formula is definitely not for you! If you like glittery highlighters, I think this might be up your alley. The consistency was thin, water-like, and felt cool going on. The applicator is a lot like a nail polish brush, and it’s okay for getting initial color onto an area, but it is not practical to use it as a blending tool or anything like that. I had the best luck using my fingertip to pat and spread the glitter on the skin (cheeks or eyes) as a sheer wash.

3 Gold Champagne was very similar to the other shades that I’ve tested–a thin, water-like consistency that goes on wet and cool to the touch but dries down within five to seven seconds to a non-sticky, fully dry finish. I recommend working one section at a time, and as it is a sheer product, I liked fingertips for spreading for the most control. The formula was somewhat buildable, but we’re talking sheer to medium coverage, at the most, or else it felt really thick and didn’t dry down as evenly (particularly so on the eyes, as it can had a tendency to crease as it was drying).

When I tried it as a highlighter on my cheeks, the product wore decently for eight hours, but there had been some glitter that had migrated through the day to other areas of my face (like above my lip, nose). As an eye product, it creased after seven hours of wear and had minor fallout. If I were to use this on the lids (just normally, not for testing specifically), I’d pat it over another powder eyeshadow and just keep it on the mobile lid.

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Liquid 3 Gold Champagne
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Makeup Geek Rare, Offbeat, Naive, Gullible Iconic Lipsticks

01/06

Makeup Geek Rare Iconic Lipstick

Makeup Geek Rare Iconic Lipstick

Makeup Geek Rare Iconic Lipstick

Makeup Geek Rare Iconic Lipstick

Makeup Geek Rare Iconic Lipstick

Makeup Geek Rare Iconic Lipstick

Rare

Makeup Geek Rare Iconic Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium taupe brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was smooth, velvety and was comfortable to apply, as it glided across the lips with ease. It had good color coverage that went on evenly, but it felt a little clingy after an hour of wear. I felt like the texture had a tendency to emphasize my lip lines, and it sunk into them over time. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

Makeup Geek Iconic Lipstick Rare
Rare
Rare
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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B+

Offbeat

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Naive

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Gullible

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Wayne Goss The Artist Brush Review & Photos

01/13

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush  

The Artist Brush

Wayne Goss The Artist Brush ($150.00) is a limited edition face brush with an extra-long, wooden handle. The brush head is made out of a mix of gray squirrel and Sokoho goat hair, and the handle is listed as being made out of hand-carved, hard maple wood. The brush is supposed to apply a “soft halo of seamless color.” The brush head was 55mm in length, 33mm in width and depth at its widest point. It is long and comes to a tapered, rounded point. The brush had a total length of 9.85 inches / 25.00 centimeters.

The brush had moderate softness, is full and dense but not quite as dense as a buffer or kabuki brush. I was surprised that it did not feel softer or smoother against the skin. The brush head itself is on the longer side, so there was a little more floppiness at the base than I expected. I used it with loose and pressed powder, bronzer, blush, and highlighter, and I think the results for colored products was the best. It is a brush that seemed to pick up products just fine, but what it laid down was softer coverage, even when I used a more pigmented product. The only way I found it usable was sweeping forward and backward in one fluid motion, but it did not work well for swirling, light buffing, or quick back-and-forth motions. It seemed to bend unnaturally and did not splay well for much else.

As it just debuted (but is limited edition), I haven’t had it for long enough to know how it would hold up over time. There was nothing about the brush that suggested low quality, and my other Wayne Goss brushes have held up beautifully over time. The brush head seemed well-constructed with an even edge, no stray bristles, and no shedding. I haven’t noticed any dye bleeding from washing yet either.

I think that this is ideal for someone who enjoys the overall look and appearance of the brush or prefers an incredibly long handle that is still lightweight. For the price point, there are a lot of other face brushes I’d opt for first, whether from a softness standpoint or to get a more versatile shape.

Wayne Goss   The Artist Brush
B+

13
Product
12
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
88%
Total

Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette

01/06

Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette

Matte

Smashbox Matte Cover Shot Eye Palette ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a small, travel-friendly palette that features all matte eyeshadows in warmer, neutral hues. The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with a “beyond blendable” texture. The mattes in the palette are decent to good, but they definitely beg for a primer to perform well; without, they had a tendency to sheer out, apply a bit unevenly, and had moderate fallout during wear. The wear time varied from shade to shade–six to seven hours–but all eight had softer textures and none felt firm/stiff in the pan.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette Matte
Matte
Matte
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple Star Lit Powder

01/07

Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple Star Lit Powder

5 Frozen Purple

Make Up For Ever 5 Frozen Purple Star Lit Powder ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is an iridescent lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had less of a shift as it did a very strong iridescence and sheen, so it could still be used as a transforming powder on top of other products.

It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage applied dry, which was buildable; I didn’t feel like it wasn’t pigmented when I used a blush brush to apply to my cheeks, but it was definitely more intense and took less product to get greater coverage with a damp brush. The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and sat well on the skin and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I noticed that the finish was really quite reflective, but only at an angle; if I looked at my husband straight-on, it was subtle, but as soon as I turned my head, it was like, “Whoa!” On the cheeks, it wore well for eight hours on me, and on the eyes, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

The Star Lit Powder is supposed to be an “ultra-fine” loose powder that can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” either wet or dry to “customize intensity and luminosity.” The powder was finely-milled, smooth, and very soft across all the shades I tried in the range, and the pigmentation was mostly opaque even dry, though damp application made it more concentrated and adhere strongly to wherever it was initially applied. Overall, I felt a little went a long way, so even though there was not much product in the container, it would still take many uses to finish it.

It took a few applications to figure out the best way to apply it as a highlighter on cheeks, as the opening is rather small and the product quite concentrated, so I often found myself with very strong, distinct stripes of highlight across the cheekbones that took some buffing to blend and diffuse out. It was better to lightly tap the brush in the opening, and then dab it in the interior of the lid, which had the effect of diffusing and dispersing the loose powder better throughout the brush. This yielded a glowing effect that still produced higher coverage but took the work out of blending it out. On the eyes, it was easier to get full distribution onto a brush, as eye brushes are smaller, but if you wanted a sheer wash of color, I would recommend the same technique as I used for applying it as a cheek highlighter with a fluffy eye brush.

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder 5 Frozen Purple
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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