Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 (Part 1)

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 ($64.00) is a limited edition makeup palette slated for a September launch. It contains 16 eyeshadows (0.03 oz. each), one Liquid Eyeliner (0.058 fl. oz.), Original Primer Potion (0.13 fl. oz.), and Supercurl Mascara (0.18 fl. oz.). The palette also contains a mini-speaker along with QR codes so that one can watch video tutorials designed for the palette. The value breakdown goes like this: $163.20 worth of eyeshadow, $18.00 worth of liquid eyeliner, $6.68 worth of Primer Potion, and $12.00 worth of mascara. Though you cannot purchase the items separately even if you wanted to, it amounts to the equivalent of $199.88.

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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 (Part 1)

B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
84%

Nails Inc. Connaught Square Nail Lacquer

By the nature of the polish, it has a rough, uneven texture–which is essentially by design, hence the “3D effect”–the texture has more to it than a single-sized particle glitter polish, because that tends to have a more uniform unevenness, while this one has more of a bumpy feel. It doesn’t bother me, and again, it’s what Nails Inc. was going for with these polishes.

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Nails Inc. Nail Polish Connaught Square
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
3.5
Total
86%

Giorgio Armani #402 Gloss d’Armani

Gloss d’Armani is supposed to last for eight hours (without fading), be moisturizing, and have a smooth, non-sticky texture. Color payoff is indeterminant, because on one hand, Giorgio Armani says “concentrated, high definition color” but then later describes some shades as “sheer chiffon.” For a more in-depth review of Gloss d’Armani, please read my original review here.

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Giorgio Armani Gloss d’Armani #402
B+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
87%

bareMinerals Truth Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four shades: Serendipitous, Magnetism, Fate, and Apropos. This quad launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos (which have the same formula for pressed eyeshadows) for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

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bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Truth Eyeshadow Quad

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

Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss

Dior launched a new gloss for summer, and it actually prompted today’s question about sheer lipgloss. Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss ($27.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly gloss” that is “lightly tinted in vivid summer shades for shiny, radiant lips.” The “vinyl texture” is supposed to deliver volume to lips along with long-lasting hydration. There are four shades, two are translucent (Sweet Peach and Sweet Rose) while two are sparkling (Luminescent Peach and Luminescent Rose).

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Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss

Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss

C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
73%