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Now that I’ve reviewed all of Sephora’s Contour Eyeliners (one of my favorite formulas, period, with the bonus of being $10 a pop), I thought I’d share my five favorite pops of color from the range as a way to wrap up. (Tomorrow, I’ll share my favorite neutrals/basics, so stay tuned!) What are your favorite budget-friendly eyeliner formulas?
- Sephora Love Affair — a deepened plum with a pearly finish–it plays well with so many eyeshadow combinations
- Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a rich blue with a hint of purple
- Sephora Surfer Babe — a blue with a hint of teal and a pearly sheen
- Sephora Good Mood — a green-teal with a pearly sheen and subtle gold shimmer
- Sephora Go For a Ride — a dark forest green with a pearly sheen
MAC Toxic Tale Lipstick
MAC Toxic Tale Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a vibrant, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage that glided on smoothly and delivered even color that wore well for five hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. This shade is a repromote. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is pinker. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is similar. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is glossier, slightly pinker. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
MAC 5 Alarm Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft orange-red [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with warm, orange undertones and very fine gold shimmer with a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage, consistent with the Lustre finish, which lasted for three hours. On me, it was somewhat drying over time, which tends to be my experience with this finish, unfortunately. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is more orange. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
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IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose Vitality Cheek Stain
IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.136 oz.) is a rosy plum with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted, luminous sheen. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is lighter. theBalm Pinstripe (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
The blush has a soft, silky consistency that makes it incredibly blendable on the skin, despite being richly pigmented. It’s the kind of pigmentation where a little goes a long way, but thankfully the formula is forgiving enough that softening and diffusing color (even if you’ve over-applied!) is easily achieved. What I find neat about the product is that it looks a lot like a cheek stain once applied, but the texture is definitely powder. The finish seems like it might emphasize pores, but it gives a really soft, luminous finish that isn’t frosty once buffed and blended on the skin. For me, this shade lasted for almost ten hours before it faded slightly.
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LORAC Royal Collection for Holiday 2014
Mega Pro Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition)
GO PRO with LORAC Mega PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this limited edition PRO artistry palette is double the size of the original PRO Palette and packed with 16 Shimmer and 16 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’s velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO. Mega PRO Palette Contains 32 Eye Shadows for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have! Exclusively at LORAC and Amazon.com on October 7th.
- 16 Matte Shades: Cream (from the PRO Palette), Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso (from the PRO Palette), White (From the PRO Palette), Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black (from PRO Palette and PRO Palette 2)
- 16 Shimmer Shades: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo, Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar.
The Royal Pro Eye Collection ($28.00) (Limited Edition)
LORAC rules this season with The Royal PRO Eye Collection. Give your eyes the Royal treatment and go PRO with an exclusive Royal Pocket PRO Eye Shadow Palette, Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner, and PRO Mascara that are fit for a Queen. The Royal Pocket PRO includes Gold from the original PRO Palette, Cocoa from the PRO Palette 2, and an exclusive PRO shade in Ivory, all in our velvety-smooth, long-lasting formula. Own the throne with The Royal PRO Eye Collection!
The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set ($25.00) (Limited Edition)
LORAC rules this season with The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set. Give your lips the Royal treatment with our luxuriously creamy and delightfully smooth Lip Glosses that are loaded with antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins A,C & E to help protect and soothe your luscious, regal pout. This Royal family of Lip Lustre Cremes comes complete with 6 magnificent, high-shine shades that are fit for a Queen. Own the throne with The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set! Shades include Empress, Princess, Enchanted, Reign, Crown Jewel, Tiara.
The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set ($28.00) (Limited Edition)
LORAC rules this season with The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set. Give your eyes the Royal treatment with our pastel, princess-inspired, long-lasting, shimmering top coat in Opal, 24K, Rose Quartz, and Amethyst. These shades can be applied over eye shadow or worn individually on eyes and cheeks for luminous, prismatic, 3-Dimensional sparkle and shine. Own the throne with The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set!
The Royal Eye Shadow Collection ($38.00) (Limited Edition (ULTA Exclusive)
Give your eyes the Royal treatment with these luxuriously rich, velvety-smooth eye shadows that are fit for a Queen. This Royal family of jewel-toned, velveteen palettes contains 16 exclusive, long-lasting, highly-pigmented eye shadow shades to create any eye look you desire for all your affairs. Own the throne with the Royal Eye Shadow Collection!
Party Palette ($24.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)
Get the party started with LORAC’s Party Eye Shadow Palette! This eye-catching, sparkling palette is filled with 8 vibrant shimmer eye shadows plus 2 over-sized highlighter shades, perfect for adding sparkle and shine to your fashionable days and party nights. Be the life of the party and keep all eyes on you with LORAC. Available December 26th.
Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette ($12.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)
Black Friday Exclusive. Recreate all your favorite Hollywood classics. The beautifully packaged Sultry Starlet palette contains five ultra-pigmented shimmer Eye Shadows perfect for an everyday look. The Vintage Vixen Matte Eye Shadow Palette contains 5 ultra-pigmented matte Eye Shadows perfect for an every day natural look. Available November 28th.
- Sultry Starlet
- Vintage Vixen
Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette ($15.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)
Make your eyes pop with the LORAC Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette! This exclusive ultra-luxe palette is packed with seven nude-inspired shimmering Eye Shadow shades that are perfect for any celebration. Cheers to the endless possibilities! Available December 1st.
The Royal Full Face Collection ($40.00) (Limited Edition (Kohl’s Exclusive)
Give yourself the Royal treatment with this luxuriously magnificent collection for eyes, cheeks, and lips that is fit for a Queen. Includes 4 Eye Shadows, 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, Cobra Mascara, Blush, Alter Ego Lipstick, and Lip Lustre Gloss.
Royal Eye Shadow Palette ($35.00) (Limited Edition)
This exclusive and lavish trio contains three ultra-rich, color-coordinated eye shadow quads designed to create three Royal looks that are fit for a queen. Includes three quads: Plum Velvet, Gold Satin, Silver Silk.
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Lavanila Vanilla Lavender The Healthy Deodorant
Lavanila Vanilla Lavender The Healthy Deodorant ($14.00 for 1.7 oz.) is described as an “aluminum-free deodorant that is 100 percent natural, safe, and effective.” I’ve always been curious about this product, but I didn’t buy it until recently, as my underarm area started feeling itchy (and it never has before), so I decided to switch-up my deodorant and see how this one would work. It has a sweetened, lavender scent, though it leans more herbal than overly sweet. The consistency is thin, lightweight, non-sticky, and glides on easily, but it does feel cool and almost wet initially (more like a gel deodorant, though it is a white solid). It is white, but it absorbs and doesn’t leave behind any white residue once it dries down. It dries down within a few minutes, and it provides moderate protection against odor. It won’t keep odor at bay if you’ve really worked up a sweat (e.g. exercised), but for a day at the office, light errands, and so on, it does the job and leaves my underarm area smoother and better hydrated.