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  • Haul: BH Club Tropicana/Carli Bybel Palettes arrived along with Becca’s Light Chaser Highlighters and Liquid Crystal Glow Glosses. It’s actually been a quieter week for me re: purchases.
  • Weekend plans: So, I bought a doggy pool for Mellan yesterday, which means that’s really the main event for today and the weekend… I’ve tried it once before, and he seemed more confused than entertained.
  • What’s your favorite way to stay cool in hot weather?: Stay inside with AC, LOL!
    Other than that: HYDRATE! I always feel better in hot weather when I’m drinking a lot of water.

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NYX Temptress, Audrey, Natural Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick

Temptress

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warmer undertones and a semi-matte finish. This shade had a stronger white base, which seemed to make the lipstick appear lighter on the lips than initially swatched or in the tube. The texture was lightly creamy, comfortable to apply, and did not slide around over time. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly with just a bit of color that settled into my lip lines after two and a half hours of wear. This shade lasted for four hours and was non-drying.

The Matte Lipstick is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “velvety, non-glossy” finish. In general, the formula has semi-opaque to opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that glides on without tugging but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the lipstick won’t slide around while worn. The formula varied from non-drying to moderately drying with wear times that ranged from four to over six hours (deeper, reddish shades lasted quite long). It has a mint scent and no discernible taste. I noticed that the packaging had a tendency to twist up the lipstick too easily (even barely holding it) and sometimes would twist down as I would apply it directly from the tube.

NYX Matte Lipstick Temptress
Temptress
Temptress
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Audrey

Permanent
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Natural

Permanent
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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Eyeshadow Palette

01/25

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Rainforest of the Sea Palette

Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes nine warm-toned, neutral eyeshadows with all but one being highly shimmery/metallic in finish. As the majority of shades were packed with shimmer, most of them appeared lighter in practice than they looked in their respective pans.

Of the three volumes released thus far, the formula in Vol. 3 is incredibly dense and contains rather chunky sparkle. It was harder to work with and would be better used with a slightly dampened brush, which helped to smooth and spread the eyeshadows, or else applied with fingertips, where the warmth of the fingertip seemed to help make the eyeshadows more maneuverable (which the brand recommended). Fingertips were good for spreading the product over the lid, but it seemed to waste a lot of product as it did not transfer as much product onto the lid as with a brush (it was stuck to the fingertip). With this type of denser formulation, I tend to use flat, synthetic brushes (like MAC 242), which I find does a better job of picking up and applying the formula than very soft brushes.

The formula was a lot less versatile, and the shade range was more limited here–the palette’s composition seemed lacking in contrast–and will be most suitable for someone who likes very shimmery, light neutrals and likes this type of dense formula.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Palette Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 3
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell & Opal Flashes Jade Light Chaser Highlighters

01/07

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter

Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell

Becca Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell Light Chaser Highlighter ($34.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light pink with a luminous sheen and subtle, warm undertones. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dry but did not seem as finely-milled as Becca’s more popular highlighting powder formula. This shade was a more subtle shade in the range (though I would classify it as a moderate highlighter in the grand scheme of all that is highlighting), as it did not have the high-shine finish, and it definitely did not have anything like a duochrome shift. This shade lasted for eight hours on me.

The Light Chaser Highlighter formula is supposed to be “more than a highlighter” and have a combination of “kaleidoscopic color and light” that makes it “shift as you move.” There are six shades in the range, and a few of them have more of a visible shift in person (less so in photos) while others just seemed like a typical highlighter. From the brand that seemed to put highlighters back on the market with their Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed formula, the formula lacked the finesse in texture and blendability I would have expected from Becca. The texture varied from shade to shade with some being drier, looser, and less blendable to smoother, more blendable, and fairly good as a tinted highlighter/subtle blush.

Becca Light Chaser Highlighter Rose Quartz Flashes Seashell
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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