NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick

NYX Fortune Cookie Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmery bronzed beige. It appears much lighter and whiter on my lips–it’s a very, very frosted finish. The shade reminded me of MAC Pretty Please, which is a little pinker; MAC Tanarama, which is more golden; and MAC Bubbles, which is whiter and pinker.

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NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Fortune Cookie
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
81%

Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush

It’s a finely-milled powder, so it feels silky smooth to the touch, and it blends easily against the skin so it has more of a natural finish and can easily be buffed or blended if you prefer a lighter blush. This one didn’t have any powderiness, though, which was nice. It doesn’t look too frosted against the skin, though there is a healthy amount of shimmer-sheen in the finish. When I wore this to run errands, it still looked good eight hours later–no fading or movement.

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Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush
Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Blush Parasol
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
94%

Dior Coral Crystal (345) Serum de Rouge

Dior crams a lot of claims into this particular product, as it is supposed to be a lip treatment product in addition to being a lip color. I’m not prepared to give up lip swatching or reviewing other lipsticks for thirty days to test whether these will improve my lips’ condition over time (and to be frank, my lips are typically well-hydrated and exfoliated, so I don’t think they need much improvement!). It has a really soft, creamy consistency that makes it easy to apply (and overapply) but feels very lightweight. I only get two hours or so of wear, though. While it’s on, it’s hydrating and not drying, and I’ve wore this and reapplied two or three times over the course of the day to see if the formula is drying, but it wasn’t–my lips still felt good (and no desire for lip balm) after ten hours of regular wear of this formula.

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Dior Coral Crystal (345) Serum de Rouge
Dior Serum de Rouge Luminous Color Lip Treamtent SPF 20 Coral Crystal
B-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
4
Total
82%

Nails Inc. Porchester Place Nail Lacquer

The polish applied opaque in two coats, and it had nice consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed evenly across the nail without pooling around the sides. There was no bubbling or streaking during application either. So far, I’ve had good luck with Nails Inc.’s formula; it wears a week with minor tip wear and no chipping. This is standard for me (I couldn’t tell you a formula that does chip on me other than more finicky finishes like mattes without a top coat!), though.

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Nails Inc. Porchester Place Nail Lacquer
Nails Inc. Nail Polish Porchester Place
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
92%

Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is murky olive-brown with a sooty, blackened appearance. I think it will be nice paired with hazel or green eyes, because it will look warmer and more green that way. MAC Buried Treasure is the closest dupe I could think of, but it’s not as opaque and has a whole lot of shimmer in comparison.

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Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner Blackened Olive
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%

Tarte Blissful Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte says that these have a twelve-hour wear time, which I haven’t yet experienced, but some of the darker shades tend to do better than the lighter ones. For instance, Blissful wore for eight hours well, and though it was faded, I could still detect some on after ten hours. I like that the blush is really silky soft in texture, which makes it easy to blend, but it is also soft enough that a brush easily dislodges the powder so you can easily get too much product on your brush with some of the more intense shades like Blissful. I’d recommend a stippling brush or tapping off the excess if you prefer a light look.

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Tarte Blissful Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Blissful
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
89%