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Tarte Beach Waves, Boardwalk, Shades Color Splash Hydrating Lipsticks

01/07

Tarte Beach Waves Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Beach Waves Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Beach Waves Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Beach Waves Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Beach Waves Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Beach Waves Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Tarte Beach Waves Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

Beach Waves

Tarte Beach Waves Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, dark plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency was smooth, creamy without being too slippery, and seemed to be thinner than other shades in the range, as it emphasized my lip texture a little bit. It was richly pigmented, and the color applied evenly and never tugged on the lips. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and was slightly hydrating.

The formula is supposed to be “long-wearing,” “full coverage,” and hydrating. The consistency has an incredibly smooth, creamy feel to it and has enough substance and thickness to it that it adheres well to the lips and usually doesn’t pull into lip lines. I felt like the formula felt slightly more emollient initially and “dried” a bit to more of a satin-to-cream finish after a few minutes (but not a true dry down, as it wasn’t transfer-resistant!). The majority of shades were very pigmented, easy to apply, comfortable to wear with light to moderate hydration over time, and lasted between four and seven hours on me. A few of the lightest and darkest shades weren’t as pigmented or were less flattering on the lips compared to more of the medium shades. There did not seem to be any added fragrance to it (smelled slightly waxy), and I didn’t notice any taste.

Tarte Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick Beach Waves
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Shades

Permanent
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Dior #003 and #004 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serums

01/06

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum

#003

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum ($53.00 for 1.00 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium golden copper with warm undertones and faint pink and gold pearl. It was very sheer on its own, and when blended, I could barely detect any shimmer or sheen on my skin. It blended out decently but still had a tendency to lift and turn patchy if applied over any foundation (bare skin was fine, as there was nothing to disturb or lift)! When I tried to mix it in with my foundation, it seemed to cause it to separate more and break down faster (by about two hours) but had such barely-there effect that I would reach for so many other products in lieu of it or else use a dewier foundation. On its own, it seemed to last around six hours.

The formula is supposed to be a “highlighter serum” that be used alone, with foundation, and applied all-over the face. There are four shades (I only purchased two–I only saw two when I picked them up at Selfridges!) that seem to correspond with the Diorskin Nude Air powder highlighters in terms of the shade range. The formula has a thin, watery feel with a lot of slip that was harder to blend out without it blending out to almost nothing. It was also heavily scented with a powdery, floral fragrance that was overwhelming and noticeable for hours on the face.

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum #003
#003

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#004

Limited Edition
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Kat Von D Lovecraft, Malice, Miss Argentina Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

01/07

Kat Von D Lovecraft Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Lovecraft Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Lovecraft Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Lovecraft Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Lovecraft Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Lovecraft Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Lovecraft Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Lovecraft

Kat Von D Lovecraft Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips. The consistency was thin without being watery, and it spread easily over the lips for even coverage. It dried down to a flat, matte finish that didn’t appear “cracked” when I smiled. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours and was lightly drying after six hours of wear.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Lovecraft
Lovecraft
Lovecraft
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Sneak Peek: Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection Photos & Swatches

01/11

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay The Vault Jean-Michel Basquiet Collection

Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection just launched with two eyeshadow palettes, one blush palette, three lipsticks, three eyeliners, and a few makeup bags (which I think may be all sold out). There is (was?) also a Vault edition, which included all of the products (except the makeup bags) within a box. Each of the palettes (along with the Vault itself) is designed to be hung on the wall and has a cut-out on the back for hanging. I just received everything late yesterday and finished editing photos mere moments ago, but I will do my best to get reviews up ASAP!

While Basquiat’s state approached Urban Decay to create the collection, the collection is not without concerns from those who have been drawn in and inspired by Basquiat’s work. Some of the artist’s supporters have expressed concern over the commercialization of the artist’s work (generally) and the lack of a model of color in the collection’s campaign, both said to be inconsistent with some of the themes shown throughout Basquiat’s body of work. A third issue raised is with respect to Urban Decay’s usage of drug-related names (like Junkie, Druggie, Bump, etc.) when Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at 27 years old and how those two can be reconciled. Others who enjoy Basquiat’s work are excited for the collaboration and the acknowledgment of the artist’s influence, along with the possibility of making his work more widely known. As always, we invite thoughtful and critical discussion and debate but ask everyone to be respectful.

Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat

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