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Benefit Lollibop Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Lollibop Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Lollibop Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Lollibop Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” Squeezed from the tube, it’s a creamy, medium-dark pink with cool undertones. On lips, it’s a barely-there wash of pink; it brightens my natural lip color while amplifying any pink tones to it, but it doesn’t dramatically alter the color. Urban Decay Flushed is slightly more pigmented and more neutral. Guerlain Cherry Pink is slightly pinker and has sparkle. Chanel Pink Pulsion is cooler-toned, more fuchsia. Dolce & Gabbana Candy is comparable–slightly more milky-looking in appearance.

I think this gloss really pushes the boundaries of “sheer” and still describing it as “hot pink.” Benefit says, “from crystal clear to hot pink,” as if the range offers a variety of color/coverages–and this is just so barely-there. It would be clearer and better for customers to see this described as a “sheer hot pink.” I don’t have pigmented lips naturally, but the effect of this gloss is my-lips-but-better balm. Because the formula is only lightly hydrating, this wouldn’t be my first choice for something with such a subtle effect.

I like the consistency of the Ultra Plush formula, because it is not too thin or too thick and feels like a gel-balm hybrid.  It’s slick, lightweight, and comfortable to wear.  It’s moderately glossy, but the glossiness tends to fade within an hour down to a more natural sheen.  The whole product, though, disappears in record time: two hours at the very most, but it tends to wear between an hour and an hour and a half.

Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss Lollibop
Lollibop
Lollibop
7
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
5
Longevity
4.5
Application
72%
Total

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Dior Pareo (644) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Pareo (644) Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Pareo (644) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Pareo (644) Mono Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.07 oz.) is tangerine orange with a subtle golden shimmer. It’s just bright enough to be a bolder shade, but it’s muted enough that it isn’t a neon orange. Dior Aurora #5 is darker, more shimmery. MAC Fresh Daily is a touch more copper. Milani Orange Primary Runway Eyes is more shimmery. NARS Ramatuelle is darker and more muted.

The eyeshadow had good color payoff, and while the texture was soft and finely-milled, it was noticeably powdery both in the pan and applied.  It’s really vital that you remember to lightly tap your brush against your forearm or over the pan to minimize fall out during application.  The color is also better patted on, rather than swept, and though pigmented, has a tendency to blend out very, very quickly.  I like applying it, then working the rest of the colors into the look, and then going back to add more color and blend it with the rest of the shades.  When I wore it, Pareo lasted seven hours but was noticeably faded after eight hours (no primer).

Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow Pareo
Pareo

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale ($45.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a “golden coral.” It’s comprised of four shades: shimmering beige, shimmering champagne, gold-shimmered orange, and shimmering peach-orange. Together, they create a muted, gold and peach-shimmered orange with a frosted finish. MAC Warmth of Coral is a touch lighter and more matte. MAC Melba is more matte and a touch dustier. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach is less frosted and less orange. Becca Damselfly is a smidgen darker. Make Up For Ever #153 is more frosted with a higher sheen.

The concept behind this product is that the shades coordinate with each other to sculpt and highlight the face, so they can be used together or individually on the cheeks and eyes. While there are four distinct colors, the pan is not that large, so if you wanted to use a single shade on cheeks, you’d have to grab an eye brush, which would fit into each color better. I don’t think it’s practical to use a blush brush and grab only one of the shades; the only shade you could really do that with would be the largest one (bottom right). You can, however, concentrate your brush on different sections, which would allow you to get lighter/darker color.

Monte Carlo has an incredibly smooth texture that feels buttery and creamy at the same time.  It’s a delicate, finely-milled powder.  The texture is every inch what you’d expect from a luxury blush like this.  It’s soft without being powdery, and the pigmentation is fantastic; no stubbornness or sheerness to worry about here.  The color is buildable and blendable, so you can go for a very soft, barely-there peachy blush or apply a heavier, more orange-hued shade. It wore well for nine full hours, and after ten hours, there was slight, but noticeable, fading.

Edward Bess Quad Royale Monte Carlo
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Sephora Curacao Punch (13) Eyeshadow

Sephora Curacao Punch (13) Eyeshadow
Sephora Curacao Punch (13) Eyeshadow

Sephora Curacao Punch (13) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright aquamarine with silver glitter.” It’s a bright, medium blue with a hint of teal and silver glitter. The underlying color has a metallic finish. NARS South pacific #1 is a touch muted in comparison and has no glitter. Urban Decay Electric is bluer and matte. Make Up For Ever #83 is very similar but has no glitter.

The color payoff was just so-so when applied dry, but it was incredibly pigmented and intense when applied using a dampened brush. The glitter also adhered better initially when the product was applied to the lid with a wet brush, because when it is used dry, there is a ton of glitter fall out during the application process. Unsurprisingly, the big downfall to Curacao Punch was the glitter fall out during wear–which was lots and lots–and was noticeable after five hours or so of wear. The actual blue color lasted eight and a half hours well, and it looked a bit faded after a full ten. I noticed some very slight staining when I wore this shade without primer. It feels soft, despite the heavy glitter content, and smoothes out nicely on the skin.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Curacao Punch (13)
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

Bobbi Brown Golden Pink Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Golden Pink Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Golden Pink Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Golden Pink Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink peach.” It’s a shimmering peach with a golden champagne sheen and warm undertones. Estee Lauder Pink Zinc is rather similar, perhaps a bit more pink-toned. MAC Sweet Heat is darker, pinker. MAC Fusion Gold is lighter. Chanel Emerveille is comparable.

The new Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks are supposed to wear for eight hours, have good color payoff, and a glide-on consistency.  Golden Pink has a fantastic texture and feel; it’s creamy enough to apply evenly and with full color coverage without tugging or pulling on the lid, but it stays put and doesn’t crease while you wait for it to dry down.  It sets quickly, but you have enough time to blend and smooth out any edges if you wear it as an eyeshadow or alone.  The lighter color gives it added versatility, as it can be used as an eyeshadow base to add warmth and increase vibrancy of other eyeshadows.  Golden Pink wore a full eight hours on me with no creasing, fading, or smudging; it was still in very good shape after ten hours.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Golden Pink

Sephora Green Tea Time (12) Eyeshadow

Sephora Green Tea Time (12) Eyeshadow
Sephora Green Tea Time (12) Eyeshadow

Sephora Green Tea Time (12) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering light teal.” It’s a bright green-teal with a soft, frosted finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #4 is bluer, darker. MAC Fashion Circuit is darker. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is similar. NYX Seafoam Green is a bit darker. MAC Partylicious is a touch darker and brighter.

It had decent pigmentation applied dry, but it was more intensified and closer to full color coverage when applied wet. I had an odd problem with this shade: it applied in a very crumbly, uneven fashion. I would apply it–even damp!–and it would just… ball up on itself in a way. It looked patchy, a little faded, and it took a lot of packing on of the color to get mostly even color. It was an unusual experience, and it’s definitely not something I experience often with powder eyeshadows.  The texture, in the pan, felt soft, smooth, and dense, but it just didn’t apply that way.  When I wore it, there was some signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear (no primer).

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Green Tea Time (12)
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
78%
Total

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