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Tough as Taupe
Maybelline

Reviewed on June 9, 2013

I like to use this as an eyeshadow base because it enhances the colour and increases the staying power of the eyeshadows. I tend to use it with a brush because I generally find it hard to get my fingers into this sort of container (I have long nails), and it also helps to get the best application and coverage. The colour is easy to make opaque, or…

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Blackground
MAC

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

This particular shade is perfect for when I want to do a black smokey eye because it works so well as a base. Once applied there is enough time to blend it out, and then it sets to prevent any creasing. It's great when used under black eyeshadows to intensify them and make them longer-lasting. I find that even though it contains a slight shimmer I…

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Phenomena
Illamasqua

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

A really nice true silver that applies opaquely without having to use a lot of product. It also smells amazing, as it has a really sweet vanilla scent (once you have it on you can't smell it anymore). I love the way it feels, it's really smooth and creamy and not at all thick. It has a really wonderful metallic finish, so it really stays true to…

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Electrum
Illamasqua

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

A really nice yellow gold that applies opaquely without having to use a lot of product. It also smells amazing, as it has a really sweet vanilla scent (once you have it on you can't smell it anymore). I love the way it feels, it's really smooth and creamy and not at all thick. It has a really wonderful metallic finish, so it really stays true to…

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Deluxe Shadow Box
Urban Decay

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

This palette contains a really wonderful selection of eyeshadows with the 'deluxe' formula. This formula means the eyeshadows are VERY soft (almost to the point of being too soft, as a little crumbling does occur) and apply really nicely, and comfortably. The brights are the best part of the palette for me, particularly 'Peace' and 'Graffiti',…

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Buttercupcake
Sugarpill

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

It's a highly pigmented and easy to apply bright yellow, which wipes the floor with a lot of other colourful mattes brands have brought out. It's smooth so application is easy, opacity is not hard to achieve, and it blends wonderfully. My only complaint is that it's slightly chalky/powdery in texture, but not so much that it would be a problem.

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Flamepoint
Sugarpill

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

Of the Sugarpill eyeshadows I have used, Flamepoint is the absolute most pigmented of them all. They are all extremely high quality as it is, but in particular Flamepoint applies with full opacity in no time at all, and with very little effort. It seems almost too good to be true, but I really recommend you try it out for yourself, and you will…

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Love+
Sugarpill

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

It's difficult to find red eyeshadows, especially ones that are so highly pigmented, smooth and easy to apply. This particular shadow ticks all the boxes for me. Because it's so highly pigmented it's easy to achieve full opacity, and despite being matte it's also easy to blend. Another bonus is that Sugarpill eyeshadows are huge, so unless you use…

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Deep Truth
MAC

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

This is SUCH a beautiful colour! It's easy to apply so it goes on really opaquely without much effort, and stays bold without fading over time. It's versatile, as it can be used to create a blue smokey eye, and can also be used in various ways in combination with other shades (i.e. to deepen the crease, on the undereye) depending on the look. I've…

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Nylon
MAC

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

A really great staple shade that can be used to highlight the inner corners and brow bone, as well as on the lid. I personally LOVE this as a highlight, it really opens up the eyes. It's a great smooth texture so application could not be easier, and it's also buildable so you can wear it as a lid colour. You can apply it quite sheerly so you don't…

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Tempting
MAC

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

A great shade that will suit a lot of different people. It's a really nice balance of gold and bronze so it can be paired with quite a wide range of other eyeshadows depending on the desired look. It's really nice for darker more dramatic looks, too. It's so pretty just to look at, and applies opaquely without having to work particularly hard.…

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Humid
MAC

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

A highly pigmented and smooth eyeshadow that needs very little building for full opacity. There is absolutely no 'skipping' or pulling on the eyelid because it goes on so softly. As a shimmer it's very easy to blend out, and also looks really beautiful when used to deepen the crease. The colour is just so pretty, and versatile. It's dark enough to…

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Apocalips
Illamasqua

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

I would love to give this lipstick a higher rating because the colour is so amazing! But unfortunately the formula doesn't allow for even or easy application because it's so dry it pulls on the lips. If you can find a similar colour of eyeliner to use as a lip liner then the application will look a lot nicer, and you'll be able to achieve a good…

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Glister
Illamasqua

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

This is a really pretty, and quite unusual shade for a liquid eyeliner. It is a fleshtone shade (if you are fair skinned) with various shades of glitter through it. My favourite thing about it is probably the colour because it looks so stunning, and I imagine it would look lovely on darker skin tones because it would stand out well (it disappears…

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Naked
Urban Decay

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

I really like this gloss as a more neutral shade because it has just enough colour to warm up the face, but not so much that you're limited in terms of what eye make up you can wear it with. These glosses on the whole are wonderful in texture because they are not remotely sticky, but actually feel really pleasant when you rub your lips together.…

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Air Guitar
Urban Decay

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

A very pretty light blue glitter that is great to use to liven up any eyeshadow look from very basic to more dramatic. They're extremely easy to use because it's not obvious when it's applied with a less practiced or steady hand. I really recommend it for someone wanting to add a bit of sparkle to their looks if their budget will allow it.…

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Sealing Gel
Illamasqua

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

This product is great when mixed with loose pigments/shadows and glitters to work as either an adhesive or to 'make' an eyeliner when used with a liner or angled brush. It does exactly what it's meant to, and the packaging is pretty cool because it has a sort of alchemy vibe to it. My only complaint is that it costs £12.50 (in the UK). You do get…

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Hoochie
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

It's easy to see why OCC's lip tars get such rave reviews because they are a wonderful creation! Provided you use a lip brush (so important!) they apply perfectly - both smoothly, opaquely and evenly. They are great value because you get a lot of product and barely need to use any each time. Plus if you have more than one you can create further…

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Slapper
Butter London

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

I love the packaging, it's a really great size and shape to store, and there's something special about the 'double lid' with the bird on the inner lid. In terms of this particular shade I think it's quite unique, and really pretty. When I saw all the colour options I had to pick the one I hadn't seen other brands do. Application is pretty…

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Cute Ster
MAC

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

I won't write too much since this was limited edition, but it's one of my favourite lipsticks ever. If I had known I would love it so much I would have bought several. It's a really smooth and comfortable consistency so it applies really nicely. It has a gorgeous gloss and subtle sparkle that makes it such a pretty neutral with something extra.…

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Prince Noir
MAC

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

I love this lipstick! Matte finishes are my absolute favourite, and the darker the better! Such a beautiful shade the honestly doesn't seem all that intimidating to wear out of the house. It's just the right amount of vampy without appearing too gothic, for those who aren't going for that look. Forever gutted that it isn't permanent, but so happy…

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Shanghai Spice
MAC

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

I have such a personal struggle to find light/nude lipstick shades that suit me, so I feel particularly strongly about this lipstick because it is the PERFECT nude shade for me. I notice the product is listed as limited edition, but I've seen it on the MAC website for at least the last 6 months, so I really recommend it to anyone who finds…

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Poison Plum
Sugarpill

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

The best matte purple eyeshadow I have ever used. It's soft, smooth and highly pigmented. I never experience any problems with application - the shadow is buildable to achieve full opacity, and it also nicely blendable. One of the things I love about this eyeshadow is that when you blend it out it has quite a natural fade to pink, which means you…

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Clarity
MAC

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

One of my very favourite eyeshadows not only by MAC, but on the whole. It is extremely pigmented, which is wonderful because the colour is amazing. As someone who loves wearing bright coloured matte eyeshadows it's great to discover ones that apply really easily and aren't an effort to build or blend. Naturally blending is a little harder than if…

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Crème de Violet
MAC

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

One of the few MAC eyeshadows that unfortunately does not meet the standards I'm used to from them. I can't really think of much positive to say about it other than the colour looks quite pretty in the pan and the glitter particles don't fall out a whole lot. That does tend to misguide me into trying it out again only to be disappointed once more.…

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It Girl
Revlon

Reviewed on June 7, 2013

Tagged As: Buildable, Creamy, Smooth, Dry, Easy to apply, Long-wearing, Drying, Great value, Travel-friendly

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