Dior Rosy Nude (534) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rosy Nude (634) Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of two new (and possibly limited edition–I’m still trying to get confirmation either way) quints, and they are part of this summer’s Electric Tropics Collection.

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Dior Rosy Nude (534) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Rosy Nude (534) Eyeshadow Palette

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
4
Total
91%

Urban Decay Gilded Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Baked Bronzer ($26.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as “bronze shimmer with veins of gold.” It’s a baked powder with swirls of gold and bronze within a warm, orange-peach base. Gilded is a gold shimmered orange-tan.

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Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer
Urban Decay Baked Bronzer Gilded
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
81%

TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted moisturizers are great for days when you want a little coverage but not a lot of makeup. Hallmarks of a great tinted moisturizer are sheer coverage, creamy consistency, and hydrating. BalmShelter provides enough coverage to even out my skin tone (especially around the cheeks, where I am a bit blotchy) and helping to give my face a uniform color (I’m darker around my hair line than anywhere else). It has a natural finish, so it’s not matte but not too dewy. I did find it more dewy than not, and if you have oilier skin, you may find it even more necessary to finish with a setting powder. I do, normally, set even tinted moisturizer with powder, though.

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TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer

TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer

B
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%

Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze Nail Lacquer ($19.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a shimmering, red-enriched bronze with subtle metallic threads running through an otherwise copper and bronze shimmered finish. I used two coats for complete opacity, and it applied easily. The polish flowed without being too thick or thin, and each coat was nicely pigmented. I have no problem achieving a full week’s worth of wear out of Estee Lauder’s formula (with a proper base/top coat, of course). For swatches, I used Zoya’s Anchor and Armor for my base and top coats.

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Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer Shimmering Bronze
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
91%

Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

There are some high-stakes claims, too — Giorgio Armani says to expect, “Twenty four hour color wear, crease proof, flake proof, waterproof and sweat-proof, Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadows slide on, stay on, but wipe off in an instant.”  It hits every single one of these claims and does it with effortless grace.  I’ve been beauty blogging for five years this October, and I’ve been a beauty addict connoisseur for even longer (has it really been seven years?), but I was incredibly impressed by the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow line.

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Giorgio Armani Khaki Pulse (6) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow #6
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

Estee Lauder Pink-Teal Shadowstick Duo

The teal side is a green-teal, while the pink side is more of a peach-pink with a frosted, golden sheen.  The pink side reminded me of NARS Orgasm–just pinker.  It’s actually a really lovely lid color for something quick and easy when you just want to swipe one color on the lid and go.  I also tested these as an eyeshadow base (check out the look), and they were flawless–no creasing or fading, and they helped to keep my eyeshadows looking their best from beginning to end.  I wore both shades as my eyeshadow base for twelve hours.

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Estee Lauder Pink-Teal Shadowstick Duo

Estee Lauder Pink-Teal Shadowstick Duo

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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
3.5
Total
90%