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ColourPop Contessa & Polished Ultra Glossy Lip

01/06

Colour Pop Contessa Ultra Glossy Lip

Colour Pop Contessa Ultra Glossy Lip

Colour Pop Contessa Ultra Glossy Lip

Colour Pop Contessa Ultra Glossy Lip

Colour Pop Contessa Ultra Glossy Lip

Colour Pop Contessa Ultra Glossy Lip

Contessa

ColourPop Contessa Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00 for 0.085 fl. oz.) is a medium copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of gold and pink sparkle. It is supposed to be a “transparent gloss with a hint of colour” as it is part of the Sheer finish, and it definitely had sheer coverage. It added warmth to my natural lip color, moderate shine, and some sparkle but was less sparkly than it seemed in the tube or swatched. It lasted for two and a half hours and was lightly hydrating, but I could feel the texture of the sparkle throughout wear, which may bother some individuals.

Colour Pop Ultra Glossy Lip Contessa
Contessa
Contessa
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Anastasia Peach Fizz & Perla Liquid Glow Highlighters

01/04

Anastasia Peach Fizz Liquid Glow Highlighter

Anastasia Peach Fizz Liquid Glow Highlighter

Anastasia Peach Fizz Liquid Glow Highlighter

Anastasia Peach Fizz Liquid Glow Highlighter

Peach Fizz

Anastasia Peach Fizz Liquid Glow ($25.00 for 0.68 fl. oz.) is is a deep brown with warm undertones and fine gold and pink pearl. It looked a lot like Bronzed but applied more evenly as it seemed to have less of a base color to it, though there was a very subtle tint to my skin overall. The glow was subtle to light in intensity; I would not have described it as “intense” at all. It was somewhat buildable from sheer to medium coverage applied in layers. The texture was spreadable, not too thick or to thin, and it dried down fully and felt lightweight. I did struggle to use this shade effectively over base products (bare skin was okay), as it did lift some foundation, though not as noticeably as Bronzed or Oyster. On me, the highlighter lasted for seven hours.

It’s supposed to be a “weightless liquid highlighter” that will give “an intense glow” that can be worn “separately on face and body.” The formula was smooth, fluid, and not too thin that it felt overly watery or spread unevenly. I tested it over bare skin for wear, and it did the best there, as it was easier to spread the product out evenly. It dried down fully (no wetness/stickiness) and lasted for a solid seven hours on me before breaking down. The disappointment came when I tried to layer it on top of liquid foundation, as it lifted and moved my foundation quite a bit (I tried it over Tarte Rainforest of the Sea and Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, as well as over lightly set foundation). I also tried mixing it into my liquid foundation for an all-over dewiness, and it definitely added some dewiness.

I watched the brand demo this product after initially applying and getting a very subtle effect, as I had used fingertips for my initial application and they demoed using brushes. I tried using a similar-shaped brush and still saw subtle glow, and I very much tried to mimic the amount that the brand explained was necessary (a little dab!). When I tried to layer and build up the coverage/intensity on bare skin, it was totally doable, but over foundation, it was impossible as it just smeared around, looked clumpy, and lifted my foundation off wherever I applied it. The best application was with a slightly dampened sponge applicator (like a beautyblender) and a soft touch, as it seemed to move the product around the least.

Anastasia Liquid Glow Highlighter Peach Fizz
5
Product
4
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
60%
Total

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Anastasia Cool Brown, Dusty Mauve, Rust Matte Lipsticks

01/06

Anastasia Cool Brown Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Cool Brown Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Cool Brown Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Cool Brown Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Cool Brown Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Cool Brown Matte Lipstick

Cool Brown

Anastasia Cool Brown Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, dark brown with subtle, rosy undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, and the color applied evenly to the lips, even though it did tug as I glided the lipstick across my lips. It had a firm, dense consistency but managed not to drag or apply raggedly, and this particular shade was even firmer/stiffer than others in the line-up. My lips were fairly smooth but this seemed to emphasize the texture of my lips when there was so little to emphasize. On me, it lasted for five hours and was non-drying but felt very lightweight.

The formula is supposed to have “full-pigment” with a “smooth, ultra-matte finish.” Since the description was a little light, I also watched the brand’s video, where the formula is also supposed to be comfortable to apply and not settle in lip lines. The best aspects of the formula are how lightweight it felt on–almost like nothing on, so despite being more matte and denser, not heavy or clingy–and that most shades have been non-drying (so far).

There has been some transfer, and the finish is mostly matte but not “ultra-matte” (certainly not as flat or matte as their liquid lipsticks, as an example). Some shades have emphasized my lip lines from a texture standpoint or due to color settling into them, but it depended on the shade. The wear has ranged from four and a half hours to eight hours, and some of the richer shades can survive a moderate meal and definitely drinking coffee. I found the texture to be the drawback; the lipstick is incredibly firm and dense with little to creaminess, which resulted in an application that tugged and pulled on the lips. It was also the type of texture that caught on flakes, so regular exfoliation is key. There were a few shades that were creamier and thicker on the lips, which were more comfortable to apply, but the majority were quite firm. (They also did not get softer with use.)

Anastasia Matte Lipstick Cool Brown
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

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Make Up For Ever H100 Artist Face Color (Highlighter)

01/06

Make Up For Ever H100 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H100 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H100 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H100 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H100 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H100 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

H100

Make Up For Ever H100 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright ivory with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It appeared a bit darker in the pan than when swatched, where it had a starker, brighter look overall. It did apply noticeably on my skin, despite being so light, and it will appeal to those who prefer highlighting with matte to satin finishes over more shimmery ones that we have seen a lot of in the last year. I tried using it a few different times paired with other products to see the highlighting effect more, but it had a tendency to look unblended even though it seemed diffused to my eye in photos; it definitely looked better in person as a result. The cconsistency was smooth, dense but not stiff or difficult to apply, and it had opaque coverage. The highlighter lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

Overview of the Formula

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “long-lasting finish.” The range is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the “matte” shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the “mattes” a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color – Highlighter H100
H100
H100
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Anastasia Dead Roses, Rogue, Latte Matte Lipsticks

01/07

Anastasia Dead Roses Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Dead Roses Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Dead Roses Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Dead Roses Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Dead Roses Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Dead Roses Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Dead Roses Matte Lipstick

Dead Roses

Anastasia Dead Roses Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer with a featherweight feel on the lips. The consistency was dense and firm, so there was slight tugging on the lips as I glided the lipstick across my lips, though it still applied the color evenly. Despite the firmness of the formula, it was comfortable to wear and non-drying over the five and a half hours it lasted for.

The formula is supposed to have “full-pigment” with a “smooth, ultra-matte finish.” Since the description was a little light, I also watched the brand’s video, where the formula is also supposed to be comfortable to apply and not settle in lip lines. The best aspects of the formula are how lightweight it felt on–almost like nothing on, so despite being more matte and denser, not heavy or clingy–and that most shades have been non-drying (so far).

There has been some transfer, and the finish is mostly matte but not “ultra-matte” (certainly not as flat or matte as their liquid lipsticks, as an example). Some shades have emphasized my lip lines from a texture standpoint or due to color settling into them, but it depended on the shade. The wear has ranged from four and a half hours to eight hours, and some of the richer shades can survive a moderate meal and definitely drinking coffee. I found the texture to be the drawback; the lipstick is incredibly firm and dense with little to creaminess, which resulted in an application that tugged and pulled on the lips. It was also the type of texture that caught on flakes, so regular exfoliation is key. There were a few shades that were creamier and thicker on the lips, which were more comfortable to apply, but the majority were quite firm. (They also did not get softer with use.)

Anastasia Matte Lipstick Dead Roses
Dead Roses
Dead Roses
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Latte

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Anastasia Bronzed & Oyster Liquid Glow Highlighters

01/04

Anastasia Bronzed Liquid Glow Highlighter

Anastasia Bronzed Liquid Glow Highlighter

Anastasia Bronzed Liquid Glow Highlighter

Anastasia Bronzed Liquid Glow Highlighter

Bronzed

Anastasia Bronzed Liquid Glow ($25.00 for 0.68 fl. oz.) is a deep copper with warm, red undertones and fine gold and bronze pearl. The sheen was subtle with semi-sheer coverage applied to the skin and had noticeable sparkle (though it seemed quite fine, not chunky or glittery and did not add texture to my skin). The subtle glow did not translate well on camera, though I could see a faint sheen in person.

Unfortunately, this shade applied unevenly to the skin, regardless of whether I applied directly onto bare skin or skin with foundation on top. I applied with a brush as well as patted with a fingertip (in an attempt to minimally distribute the product and only blend along the edges to try to maximize the coverage). The texture was thin, spreadable, and dried down fully so it did not feel wet or sticky on the face. It lasted for seven hours on me before it seemed to break down.

It’s supposed to be a “weightless liquid highlighter” that will give “an intense glow” that can be worn “separately on face and body.” The formula was smooth, fluid, and not too thin that it felt overly watery or spread unevenly. I tested it over bare skin for wear, and it did the best there, as it was easier to spread the product out evenly. It dried down fully (no wetness/stickiness) and lasted for a solid seven hours on me before breaking down. The disappointment came when I tried to layer it on top of liquid foundation, as it lifted and moved my foundation quite a bit (I tried it over Tarte Rainforest of the Sea and Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, as well as over lightly set foundation). I also tried mixing it into my liquid foundation for an all-over dewiness, and it definitely added some dewiness.

I watched the brand demo this product after initially applying and getting a very subtle effect, as I had used fingertips for my initial application and they demoed using brushes. I tried using a similar-shaped brush and still saw subtle glow, and I very much tried to mimic the amount that the brand explained was necessary (a little dab!). When I tried to layer and build up the coverage/intensity on bare skin, it was totally doable, but over foundation, it was impossible as it just smeared around, looked clumpy, and lifted my foundation off wherever I applied it (and in the brand’s videos, it seemed like the models were wearing foundation). The best application was with a slightly dampened sponge applicator (like a beautyblender) and a soft touch, as it seemed to move the product around the least.

Ultimately, it worked more like the typical liquid highlighter, which tends to be a subtler delivery system for glow (and in that case, the product quantity was a bit below standard as those subtler liquid highlighters tend to have around 1 fl. oz. of product).

Anastasia Liquid Glow Highlighter Bronzed
Bronzed
Bronzed
4
Product
6
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
2
Application
61%
Total

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