Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

Like last year’s palette, the only value is in whether you like the idea of getting five shades for less than the cost of two or three full-sized Hourglass Ambient Lighting products (which range from $38 to $50 in price). There’s only $53.30 worth of product in the palette, so it’s obviously not a value-packed palette. This is something that will be best for someone who wants everything in a single palette and will wear at least three of the five shades often. This year’s palette is marginally better in value than last year’s (which was $48.05 in product value at the same $80.00 price point), but their palettes prior to that were significantly better in value.

Surreal Light is a light, yellowed beige with fine gold shimmer over a matte finish. This is the original Ambient Lighting Powder, which is a finishing powder, so it is something applied after setting powder, at the very end (hence “finishing!”) to “diffuse” and “soften the look of the skin.” It added very subtle warmth and made my skin appear smoother and more matte, but this particularly iteration had very subtle shimmer, which added a little bit of light all-over but was only noticeable in certain lighting in person. The texture was soft, a little dusty and prone to kicking up excess product in the pan, but it applied well and dispersed easily. It was sheer, as promised (and as you would expect for a finishing powder). Tarte Filtered Light (P) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Glow is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, which is in line with the brand’s promise of “buildable color.” It does not deliver the “otherwordly glow” much, as it is more satiny and just keeps the blush from appearing totally flat. The texture was soft, a little dry and dusty, but it blended well and was impossible to overdo on my skin tone as it barely showed up (that’s a warning for those with similar skin tones!). I think this color would be better on fairer complexions. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. NARS Silent Nude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette ($95.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains six, shimmery eyeshadows that feature a wet/dry powder formula. I think if you like more pigmented eyeshadows that are blendable and wear well, you will enjoy this palette. That being said, there was not much of a difference between wet and dry for most shades; a couple of shades became more metallic and one had better color payoff applied damp. The formula was soft, smooth, and finely-milled and felt almost velvety to the touch, as it didn’t kick up powder but wasn’t really dense or cream-like either.

The compact itself has heft and has a very solid clasp. The black-hued portion is not plastic, and it has a softer, slightly plush feel–like leather (or pleather), but I’m not certain if it’s real leather or not, and it is carried through all of the collection’s compact products.

Fired Sapphire is a bright, medium blue with cooler undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque and wasn’t as pearlized as it was when it was applied damp, where the shimmer was more noticeable and gave the color a brighter look overall (and it was totally opaque). The consistency was soft, blendable, and silky, so it was easy to work with on bare skin and did not need a primer to perform well at all! This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. MAC Freshwater (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #426 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Holy Ghost (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Stormer (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Blue Moon (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME216 Electric Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Nile (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Beehive Blue (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Weirdly Wonderful (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Wishful Thinking (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Nile (LE) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Stila Lapis (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). City Color It's a Boy (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #12 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Milani Bella Cobalt (25) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blonde Cumin is a light-medium gold with warm, brown undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was richly pigmented both applied dry and damp, while damp application made the shimmer appear smoother and more reflective. The texture was soft, smooth, and easy to work with on the lid as the color blended out easily without losing its intensity. On me, it wore for eight hours before I noticed subtle fading. Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Bananas (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Peach Sorbet (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC My Fantasy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Sugar Frost (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Yellow Topaz (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Standing O (P) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Montaigne (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Eye Palette Original
A-
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
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Sephora Favorites Sets for Holiday 2016

Sephora Favorites for Holiday 2016
Sephora Favorites for Holiday 2016


From the Editor: Sephora Favorites has just launched several new kits for the holidays, including the Give Me Some Bold Lip Set and Lashstash.

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Sephora Favorites: Give Me Some Bold Lip | $28.00 ($75 Value) | Limited Edition

This set includes full-size and deluxe lip essentials for every occasion. It features Bite Beauty’s Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Aubergine to Ciaté London’s Liquid Velvet in Head Over Heels for audacious lip looks.

  • 0.03 oz/ 1 g Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Aubergine
  • 0.06 oz/ 2 mL Ciaté London Liquid Velvet in Head Over Heels
  • 0.10 oz/ 3 mL Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned
  • 0.12 oz/ 3.6 g Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in An Affair
  • 0.03 oz/ 1 g SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Cream in #49 Belly-Dancing
  • 0.10 oz/ 3 mL tarte tartiest™ Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Yaassss

Sephora Favorites: Glow For It | $30.00 ($75 Value) | Limited Edition

Shine a light on your features with these glowing oils, creams, a powder, and liquid formulas for a subtle radiance, strobing, or anything in between. This kit includes five deluxe everyday essentials, including one full size and five deluxe size luminizers for the perfect glow. The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Liquid perfects the skin with light-reflecting pearls for a dewy, natural-looking finish. Benefit Cosmetics’ Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter creates a delicate, champagne glow with a soft-focus effect. Use the Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops in C+ Lemongrass – Radiance, a vitamin-rich concentrate that can be used alone to hydrate and treat the skin, or infuse it into any product in your beauty regimen for the benefits of a potent, super-strength, hydrating serum. Hourglass Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder is designed to sculpt the face with light, creating depth and dimension for a refined, natural-looking highlight. A buildable cream highlighter, Lancôme Glow Subtil Silky Crème Highlighter has light-diffusing particles that deliver a natural-looking, soft-focused glow. Use MILK MAKEUP Sunshine Oil has an easy, portable rollerball pen so you can achieve hydration from head to toe.

  • 0.68 oz/ 20 mL Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Moonstone
  • 0.08 oz/ 2.5 g Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter in Champagne
  • 0.10 oz/ 3 mL Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops in C+ Lemongrass Radiance
  • 0.049 oz/ 1.4 g Hourglass Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent Strobe Light
  • 0.14 oz/ 3.9 g Lancôme Glow Subtil Silky Crème Highlighter in Glowing Lights 06
  • 0.1 oz/ 3.4 mL MILK MAKEUP Sunshine Oil

Sephora Favorites: Trending - Beauty's Most Coveted | $75.00 ($219 Value) | Limited Edition

Explore different beauty trends with these 12 bestsellers, including a luminizer, kohl, lipstick, liquid liner, and makeup sponge. This set features full and deluxe sizes of top-selling products in a collectible box. From the beautyblender® nude to Becca Cosmetics’ Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, to The Estée Edit The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in 01 Black Viper, this set has everything you need for gorgeous makeup looks.

  • beautyblender beautyblender Nude
  • 0.08 oz/ 2.51 mL Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
  • 0.03 oz/ 0.88 mL Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow! in Shade 3
  • 0.17 oz/ 5.02 mL Cover FX Enhance Click in Bubbly
  • 0.04 oz/ 1.44 mL The Estée Edit The Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in 01 Black Viper
  • FOREO LUNA™ Play in Fuchsia
  • 0.3 oz/ 8.87 mL Glamglow® Supermud®
  • 0.02 oz/ 5.91 mL Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  • 0.33 oz/ 9.75 mL Laura Mercier Travel Size Translucent Loose Setting Powder + Puff
  • 0.04 oz/ 1.41 mL NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard
  • 0.24 oz/ 7 mL Tarte Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist
  • 0.11 oz/ 3.25 mL Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 714

Sephora Favorites: Lashstash | $45.00 | Limited Edition

This wardrobe of ten mascaras features formulas that stretch, volumize, and enhance, and wands that curl, lift, and define lashes, including the Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer, and two full size mascaras: Yves Saint Laurent’s Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll and the Estée Edit The Edgiest Up & Out Double Mascara. These mascaras come in an on-trend, reusable box for the season. 

  • 0.1 oz/ 2.9 mL Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Black
  • 0.1 oz/ 2.9 mL Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
  • 0.2 oz/ 5.91 mL Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black
  • 0.34 oz/ 10.05 mL Estée Edit The Edgiest Up & Out Double Mascara in 01 Black (full size)
  • 0.10 oz/ 2.95 mL NARS Cosmetics Audacious Mascara in Black Moon
  • 0.14 oz/ 4.14 mL Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer
  • 0.10 oz/ 2.95 mL Tarte tarteist lash Paint Mascara in Black
  • 0.13 oz/ 3.84 mL Too Faced Cosmetics Better Than Sex Mascara in Black
  • 0.13 oz/ 3.84 mL Urban Decay Perversion Mascara in Black
  • 0.169 oz/ 4.9 mL Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Babydoll in Fetish Black (full size)

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Sponsored | Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection Photos & Swatches

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection

With exclusive early access to the Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham collaboration, we’ve partnered with Bergdorf Goodman to bring you photos and swatches of several products from the recent launch.  The collection has been moving quickly, but the following pieces are still available:  Eye Palette, Charred Emerald Eye Metal Eyeshadow (mine arrives tomorrow), Java Sun Bronzer, Moroccan Heat Lip Gloss, and Chilean Sunset Lipstick.

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P.S. — I posted the look I’m wearing throughout the swatches here 🙂

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham

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Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set for Holiday 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set for Holiday 2016
Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set for Holiday 2016


Fall in love with an exclusive lineup of Kat Von D’s bestselling Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. The eight high-pigment shades give you the perfect spectrum of statement pops and everyday neutrals, featuring an exclusive preview of two new shades—Plath, a deep russet red, and Roxy, a bright grape color. Mix and match to create one-of-a-kind lip looks, or wear them on their own for a pure matte lip look that won’t wear off.

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Everlasting Mini Liquid Liquid Lipstick Set | $49.00 | Limited Edition

  • Plath Deep russet red
  • Santa Sangre Poison apple
  • Mother Dusty mauve pink
  • Lovesick Mauve nude
  • Backstage Bambi Vivid hot pink
  • L.U.V. Rich violet
  • Roxy Bright grape
  • Echo Satin navy blue