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I gently curl my lashes first, working the curler from the base to the tips of my lashes.
After that, I apply one coat of mascara to my upper lashes on one side, then the other side, and then I go back with a second coat but in reverse (e.g. left/right and then right/left). I take what’s remaining on the brush and do my lower lashes after my upper lashes have tried; if it’s a drier mascara (or older), I might go back and do a second coat on my lower lashes as well. I usually do the “wiggle” method and try to get to the base of my lashes, then slowly wiggle the mascara wand up and out.

— Christine

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Viseart Amethyst Theory Palette

01/08

Viseart Amethyst Theory Palette

Viseart Amethyst Theory Palette

Viseart Amethyst Theory Palette

Viseart Amethyst Theory Palette

Viseart Amethyst Theory Palette

Viseart Amethyst Theory Palette

Viseart Amethyst Palette | Look Breakdown

Viseart Amethyst Palette | Look Breakdown

Amethyst

Viseart Amethyst Theory Palette ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes six eyeshadows–three matte, three shimmer–in a mix of pink, mauve, and purple. I was surprised that the mattes were less pigmented than past palettes, though they were fairly buildable. The texture of the first two matte eyeshadows was looser and dustier, while the third shade was better and more buildable/blendable (than it looked). The shimmery shades were better but still not quite as good as past Viseart eyeshadows have been in my experience.

Viseart Theory Palette Amethyst
Amethyst
Amethyst
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Kat Von D Coven & Roxy Everlasting Lip Liners

01/07

Kat Von D Coven Everlasting Lip Liner

Kat Von D Coven Everlasting Lip Liner

Kat Von D Coven Everlasting Lip Liner

Kat Von D Coven Everlasting Lip Liner

Kat Von D Coven Everlasting Lip Liner

Kat Von D Coven Everlasting Lip Liner

Kat Von D Coven Everlasting Lip Liner

Coven

Kat Von D Coven Everlasting Lip Liner ($18.00 for 0.009 oz.) is a brighter, medium lavender with subtle, cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, but the fine tip and the thinner texture made it hard to apply evenly and opaquely across my lips as a standalone shade. It would work fine for lining the edges, but I had a lot of trouble getting it to adhere and apply to the center of my lips. The texture was lightly creamy but still pulled on my lips a bit as I used it. The color lasted nowhere near 24 hours; it had started to break down noticeably after six hours of wear. It was darker than the Coven Studded Kiss Lipstick.

The Everlasting Lip Liner is supposed to have “24-hour wear” with “water-resistant wear and weightless color” that has the “ultimate pigmentation.” It was created to be paired with Kat Von D’s liquid and regular lipstick ranges but also “worn on its own.” The formula has been fairly creamy, which made it easy to line the edges of my lips, but the skinnier pencil made it less practical for really filling in the lips. I also felt like that, while creamy, some shades still skipped when I attempted to fill in my lips. The texture was more of a soft matte initially, which enabled me to press my lips together and even out some of the product before it fully dried down. It was water-resistant, and I had no trouble drinking water or coffee, but I’ve yet to try one that actually made it through a meal particularly well–they all wore substantially away from the center of the lips and turn patchy by the end of a meal. The Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks tend to wear longer on me, actually. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating. Some were more wearable (in terms of evenness) on their own than others.

Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner Coven
Coven
Coven
6
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
2.5
Longevity
3
Application
61%
Total

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Hourglass Brilliant Nude & Incandescent Electra Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes

01/07

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush

Brilliant Nude

Hourglass Brilliant Nude Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush ($38.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a soft peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen–glowing but not overtly shimmery. The standalone version ended up looking a few shades lighter than the one I have in a palette, due to the difference in marbling, so it may be lighter or darker depending on the particular pan. It just barely shows up on my skin tone–more like a gently warming highlighter–but would be an easy, everyday kind of color on fairer complexions. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and very blendable, though just a smidgen dusty in the pan. It had medium, buildable pigmentation (up to semi-opaque) that wore well for eight hours on me.

The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is designed to have the “illuminating effects” of their Strobe Lighting Powder with “vivid cheek colors.” The formula features “buildable color” with a “natural-looking, radiant finish.” The texture of the powder is very, very silky and finely-milled, which can result in noticeable powder that gets kicked up in the pan, though they apply beautifully to the skin and never look dry or dusty actually applied (which is where it counts!). One of the things I have noticed over the years is that the depth of color can vary dramatically depending on the marbling of the powders; some have more of the “Strobe” shade and others have more of the “blush” shade.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Brilliant Nude
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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MAC Morange, Lychee Luxe, Rambunctious, Impassioned Lipglasses

01/06

MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass

MAC Morange Lipglass

Morange

MAC Morange Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied without streaking, but there was a creaminess to the finish where some color spread into my lip lines. The finish was incredibly glossy, though, and the gloss stayed on well for five and a half hours while being hydrating.

The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness. I find that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.

MAC Lipglass Morange
Morange
Morange
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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