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MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

01/05

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

Power Hungry

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette ($39.50 for TBA oz.) is a set warm, light and mid-tone neutrals–there’s nothing particularly new or groundbreaking here, but it’s a solid neutral palette for someone with fair to medium skin and likes a softer, shimmery look (could easily have used another matte or two!). The palette features a new eyeshadow formula with four finishes–Satin Shine, Smooth Pearl, Foiled Shadow, and Creamy Matte–that are supposed to have a “creamy, silky texture with superior colour payoff” along with a powder highlighter that’s described as “lightweight” and has “just the right amount of pearl and pop.”

Overall, the formula isn’t night and day from the brand’s standard powder eyeshadow (and did not seem like they reinvented powder eyeshadow!), but it was noticeably softer, more finely-milled, and the Foiled finishes were denser and very sparkly–almost like an amped up take on their Lustre eyeshadows. The Creamy Matte finish seemed to have more pigmentation and blendability than of the brand’s firmer mattes have had. Unfortunately, the quality of each shade varied enough that it was not a slam dunk formulation, but I liked the direction of the formula but would like to see better consistency.

MAC MAC Girls Personality Palette Power Hungry
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Anastasia Honey, Peachy, Buff Matte Lipsticks

01/07

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Honey

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly on the lips, despite tugging noticeably as I had to apply much firmer pressure to get the bullet to spread over the lips. The texture was very lightweight but seemed to pull away at my lip lines and made the color appear “cracked.” This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was non-drying.

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 Honey
Honey
Honey
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Buff

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Make Up For Ever 1 Frozen Silver Star Lit Powder

01/05

Make Up For Ever 1 Frozen Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 1 Frozen Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 1 Frozen Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 1 Frozen Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 1 Frozen Silver Star Lit Powder

1 Frozen Silver

Make Up For Ever 1 Frozen Silver Star Lit Powder ($21.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a light, bright silver with cooler undertones and a frosted sheen. I’m not entirely sure why they went with the “Frozen” label here, as all of the other “Frozen” shades were duochromes but this one wasn’t. It does, though, brighten well as it was lighter and brighter in hue. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, which was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, and then opaque coverage when applied with a dampened brush (just using water). The consistency was soft, blendable, and easy to work with on the skin and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

The Star Lit Powders can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” with an “ultra-fine loose powder” that can be used “wet or dry to customize coverage intensity and luminosity.” While checking the weight on these, I noticed that the weight differs from shade to shade; this one had a mere 0.02 oz. while others ranged from 0.03 oz. to 0.09 oz. I also noticed that it appears the brand identifies what area you can use a shade on by listing an icon on the back of the jar in the shape of a pair of lips, an eyeball, and then a face (presumably for cheeks).

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder 1 Frozen Silver
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Pat McGrath Unlimited Core | The Permanent Collection for Fall 2017

Pat McGrath Unlimited Core | The Permanent Collection for Fall 2017
Pat McGrath Permanent Collection for Fall 2017 | WWD

The Details

Obsession. Inspiration. Addiction. Those words became my guiding principles, my manifesto as I brought this brand to life over the past 25 years. I wanted to capture, in a triptych of exquisite palettes, 40 legendary lipsticks, a divine dozen eye liners, five fetish-worthy lip pencils and one magnificent mascara, all emblazoned with my Hallmarks of Excellence, The Power of Transformation, The Power of Beauty; The Power of Makeup. This is the golden age of makeup. #patmcgrathlabs Unlimited Edition is my Golden Revolution.

WWD has an exclusive interview and write-up with more details about the permanent collection (not behind a paywall).

9/16 on PatMcGrathLabs.com, 10/6 at Sephora

Mothership Eye Palette, $125.00 (New, Permanent)

3 palettes, each sold separately.

  • Subliminal: Ritual Rebellion
  • Sublime: Iconic Illumination
  • Subversive: Obsessive Opulence

MatteTrance Lipstick, $38.00 (New, Permanent)

9 shades.

LuxeTrance Lipstick, $38.00 (New, Permanent)

31 shades.

PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil, $25.00 (New, Permanent)

5 shades.

PermaGel Ultra Glide Lip Pencil, $25.00 (New, Permanent)

11 shades.

Dark Star Mascara, $28.00 (New, Permanent)

1 shade.

Chanel City Lights Eyeshadow Palette

01/08

Chanel City Lights Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel City Lights Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel City Lights Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel City Lights Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel City Lights Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel City Lights Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel City Lights Quad | Look Details

Chanel City Lights Quad | Look Details

City Lights

Chanel City Lights Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for fall that features three neutrals and a soft, pale pink. As much as I liked the idea of this, the shades did not mesh as well together as I expected based on past experience with Chanel’s quads. I can see it working well for someone who tends to use one or two shades but found the undertones to be a little competing instead of harmonious when using three or four shades together, personally (this subjective observations had no impact on rating). The quality of three shades was quite nice–pigmented, easy to use, long-wearing–while the light pink was rather sheer.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow City Lights
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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A

City Lights #1

Limited Edition
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C-

City Lights #2

Limited Edition
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City Lights #3

Limited Edition
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B+

City Lights #4

Limited Edition
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