Dior Nocturne (961) Rouge Dior Lip Color

Dior Nocturne (961) Rouge Dior Lip Color ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new and limited edition holiday shade that is “infused with a golden powder.” The Rouge Dior formula is designed to be moisturizing, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. More to come, but Dior’s holiday collection is a lovely surprise; quality and glamour without being too much or over-the-top. You get your metallics and golds and sparkles but everything has a luxe edge to it. It’s somewhat expected but there is something about it that really appealed.

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Dior Nocturne (961) Rouge Dior Lip Color
Dior Rouge Dior Lip Color Nocturne
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
97%

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder

Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder ($72.00 for 0.46 oz.) is an intricately embossed illumatinating powder that “gently highlights the skin with a sheer blend of tender pink and pearlescence.”  Of all the products I purchased from the holiday collection, I figured this was the one readers would be most interested in.

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Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder
Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
80%

Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.27 oz.) is filled with warm browns and golds. The general look and feel of the palette reminded me of Lancome Bronze Amour, though there are some differences.

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Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette

Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette

B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
87%

Illamasqua Beguile Pure Pigment

I love, love, loved the idea of Beguile. Like NYX Ice Glitter Nail Polish, this twinkles and looks phenomenal in person, because it needs movement to really come alive. Unfortunately, the texture makes it harder to apply. It’s definitely not something you could apply dry without some sort of adhesive base; it winds up all over your face and just doesn’t stick without something more.  Even when I used a mixing medium, I still had some fall out during the day. I’d also recommend using it over another color (even if it’s neutral, like a beige), because it doesn’t create a solid base color easily.

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Illamasqua Beguile Pure Pigment
Illamasqua Pure Pigment Beguile
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
6
Application
3
Total
71%

NYX Ice Glitter (209) Salon Formula Nail Polish

NYX Ice Glitter (209) Salon Formula Nail Polish ($4.00 for 0.52 fl. oz.) is a holographic glitter polish with small particle glitter and larger hexagonal particles all suspended in a clear base. It looks almost silver, but then the particles give off a rainbow reflection. I wish the photos turned out better, because it’s so stunning in person–it dazzles and shimmers and shines. The effect is gorgeous!

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NYX Ice Glitter (209) Salon Formula Nail Polish
NYX Salon Formula Nail Polish Ice Glitter
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
89%

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer

This shade could be used for layering, but I really liked it alone. It was fun and whimsical; not your most obvious choice for holidays, but it has a wintry vibe to it. I could see it seeming more appropriate for spring, because of some of the overall lightness in color, but I just keep thinking “winter wonderland.”

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Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Stairway to Heaven
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
9
Application
3
Total
80%