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What recent trend has captured your attention?

Well, I think the term “lip topper” (or “blush topper”) is frustrating to hear since layering products has been around forever, it’s always been something I’ve loved to do. One of my favorite things to do when I first started wearing full makeup was coming up with different lip combinations of lipstick and gloss. It’s also very hard for me to wear a single cheek color – I am often mixing and matching blush/highlighter!

— Christine

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Kat Von D The Saint Everlasting Flash Lip Set

01/02

Kat Von D Saint Everlasting Flash Lip Set

Kat Von D Saint Everlasting Flash Lip Set

Saint

Kat Von D The Saint Everlasting Flash Lip Set ($38.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a limited edition set that was available for 48 hours. Now, normally the Everlasting sets seem to be a way to preview shades that will be released in full later on, but per the brand’s Facebook, they stated it was “an exclusive shade that won’t be available after the flash sale is over.” It seems bizarre, since the set was to celebrate the relaunch of the brand’s Saint and Sinner fragrances, and it would seem fitting to have coordinating liquid lipsticks. I thought it was going to come back, so I tested it as soon as my order arrived, but I guess this post just serves to provide dupes…

The set also came with samples of Saint and Sinner fragrances, but I’ve excluded them from the set for review purposes (fragrance doesn’t get rated on a rubric like lip colors are!).

Kat Von D Everlasting Flash Lip Set Saint
Saint
Saint
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

01/05

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Iridescent (100)

Maybelline Iridescent (100) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a pale pink with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had medium, buildable coverage in a single layer, which could also be spread and thinned out for sheerer coverage.

The formula is supposed to have a “micro-pearl liquid” texture that can be used “alone, [mixed] with primer, [mixed] with foundation, or [as a] spotlight” on the face. It had a smooth, lightweight feel on the skin with a thin consistency that wasn’t runny nor was it really thick, but it was thicker than the average liquid highlighter that I’ve come across (especially for anyone who wants to mix with their liquid foundation). The shimmer particles seemed larger, too, compared to most liquid highlighters, which may or may not work for one, depending on personal preferences.

I had no trouble getting a moderate sheen when patted on top of cheeks as a spot highlighter, and it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I didn’t have any too much trouble blending it out when worn on top of liquid foundation, but it did apply best over bare skin. Worn alone, it lasted for seven and a half hours on me. When I tried mixing it with liquid foundation, it took more product to feel like everything was well mixed prior to applying, and it seemed like a lot of noticeable shimmer all over the face. I think the texture ran too thick and the particle size too large to work as well as an all-over highlighter.

Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter Iridescent (100)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Peach & Nearly Neon Orange Amuse Bouche Lipsticks

01/08

Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Peach Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Peach Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Peach Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Peach Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Peach Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Peach Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Peach Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Peach Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Nearly Neon Peach

Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Peach Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brighter, peachy coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was fantastic–opaque as described–and applied fairly evenly, though it seemed to emphasize the texture of my lips a bit more than other shades as there was very slight color in my lip lines. The texture was lightweight, slightly firmer in the tube, but it didn’t tug or drag on the lips. It wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating while worn.

The formula is supposed to have “extreme moisture” with “bold” color. The majority of the range is very pigmented–typically opaque with one pass–with a few shades being semi-opaque but usually buildable. The consistency is very lightly creamy to lightly creamy with some shades requiring light-medium pressure and can pull the lip a bit when gliding it across the lips, though the color doesn’t appear ragged and the bullet itself doesn’t feel stiff (while other shades applied without tugging, so check individual shade reviews!) The majority of the shades I’ve tested have been lightly hydrating to non-drying and fairly comfortable to wear for the long-haul. They wear longer than average, from four to eight hours, depending on the intensity and propensity of the shade to stain.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Nearly Neon Peach
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette for Fall 2017

Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette for Fall 2017
Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette for Fall 2017

The Details

Kat Von D revolutionized the art of contouring once again with the Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette—a unique way to contour with not only shadow and light, but eye-catching dimension.

Experience the same neutral tones from the original bestselling Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette reimagined in four wearable finishes that build in intensity. Organized into neutral, cool, and warm-toned quads, this palette features shimmering satin base shades, pearlized metallic contour hues, and reflective glitter tones. Define shades and special effect glimmer top coats—bringing light-catching dimension to any look.

Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette allows you to seamlessly build a look within the palette by layering different levels of dimension to achieve eye-opening effects, or pair glimmer shades with the original matte eye contour palette for endless possibilities. Each velvety powder is blendable and buildable, and features Kat Von D’s signature high-performance, long-wear eyeshadow formula—for glimmering looks that shift and sparkle with every movement.

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Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette, $49.00 (New, Limited Edition)

  • Porcelain Satin nude
  • Dusk Satin taupe
  • Dune Satin peach
  • Copper Metallic fawn
  • Cinder Metallic chestnut
  • Rust Metallic rust
  • Bronze Espresso with gold glitter
  • Onyx Jet black with silver glitter
  • Jasper Chocolate with gold glitter
  • Sterling White gold special effect glimmer
  • Glacier Platinum special effect glimmer
  • Quartz Rose gold special effect glimmer

Glimmer Effect Eye Brush, $24.00 (New, Permanent)

Unleash your boldest glimmer eye looks with one effortless sweep of a brush. This brush design features fluffy, medium density bristles to effectively pickup and apply the three Special Effect Glimmer Topcoat shades from the Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette: Sterling, Glacier, and Quartz. The fluffy density of the brush optimizes the dispersion of glitter on the eye for maximum glimmer and minimum fallout in one easy, even application. Although it’s designed to be used with the Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette, the #50 Glimmer Effect Eye Brush is perfect for any pressed or loose glitters.

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