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Tarte Exposed & Sparkler Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighters

01/06

Tarte Exposed Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Exposed

Tarte Exposed Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.56 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable color payoff that was mostly opaque after three layers.

It’s a liquid highlighter in a squeeze-tube format that’s supposed to be buildable “from sheer to intense” with a more “hybrid gel-cream” texture that can be applied on its own or mixed in with base products. It had a creamier consistency–much denser and more gel-like compared to many highlighters–that stretches out well on the skin. It took a little longer to dry down, but it did set and did not feel tacky or wet afterward. I liked the versatility in coverage, as the more gel-like texture made it easy to spread, diffuse, and sheer out but did not sheer out too quickly (where building up would have become difficult). The highlighter worked well mixed with the two foundations I tried (Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea and Lancome Teint Idole) and did not overly warm them, just made them look a little dewier. It wore well for eight hours as a cheek highlighter.

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter Exposed
Exposed
Exposed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Sparkler

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Makeup Geek Quickstep, Waltz, Flamenco Showstopper Crème Stains

01/07

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Crème Stain

Quickstep

Makeup Geek Quickstep Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a muted, light-medium rosy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium color coverage, which was slightly buildable to semi-opaque coverage, but I found that layering tended to amplify how patchy/uneven it looked. It did take three pulls of product to get enough product to yield a single layer as the packaging seemed to wipe away a lot of product from the applicator. It gathered in my lip lines and looked more pronounced as I smiled. It applied unevenly but only had a couple of visible streaks. This shade lasted for three hours and was just slightly drying.

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offers effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Makeup Geek Showstopper Crème Stain Quickstep
Quickstep
Quickstep
D+

Limited Edition

6
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
2.5
Application
67%
Total

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Waltz

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Flamenco

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Estee Lauder Tiger Eye, Tender Trap, Hot Kiss Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks

01/06

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Tiger Eye

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye On Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is medium-dark copper with strong, warm orange undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had medium to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that went on fairly evenly. The consistency was smooth, lightly emollient, and comfortable to apply, though I could feel the texture of the shimmer slightly after a couple hours of wear (never felt rough or scratchy, just that yes, there was shimmer on my lips). It wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing.

The formula is supposed to have medium coverage with a lustrous finish. It takes the Pure Color Envy formula and adds shimmer to it with the end result varying from lightly pearlized to more frosted and near-metallic. The shimmer was finer in size, so the lipsticks did not feel gritty on the lips, and the particles didn’t migrate as the lipstick wears down. The coverage was more semi-opaque to opaque, though a lighter hand could achieve medium coverage. It was lightly creamy with some slip that became more noticeable as the formula warmed up against the lips. The wear ranged from four to six hours and was typically hydrating. The formula featured a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

Estee Lauder Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick Tiger Eye
Tiger Eye

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Stellar Beauty Eclipse Cosmic Blush

01/08

Stellar Beauty Eclipse Cosmic Blush

Stellar Beauty Eclipse Cosmic Blush

Stellar Beauty Eclipse Cosmic Blush

Stellar Beauty Eclipse Cosmic Blush

Stellar Beauty Eclipse Cosmic Blush

Stellar Beauty Eclipse Cosmic Blush

Stellar Beauty Eclipse Cosmic Blush

Stellar Beauty Eclipse Cosmic Blush

Eclipse

Stellar Eclipse Beauty Cosmic Blush ($25.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a muted, coppery brown with warm undertones and fine shimmer. The shimmer translated into a more luminous sheen rather than obvious shimmer particles once blended on the skin. It seemed as if the powder “melted” on the skin as it did not appear as dusty on my cheeks as it did swatched initially.

The formula is supposed to have a “translucent wash of pigment” that has a “subtle glow” and “long-wear” that “builds easily to a strong, lustrous finish.” There are only three shades in the range presently, and the pigmentation was more medium in coverage, buildable with a very soft texture–but so soft that there was a ton of excess powder kicked up in the pan even with a light touch and a soft brush. They have a luminous finish on the skin, but they only last six to seven hours on me, which is shorter than average. Eclipse was consistent with the other two–medium coverage, buildable, and dusty and drier in the pan, but it applied and blended out nicely. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading.

Stellar Beauty Cosmic Blush Eclipse
Eclipse
Eclipse
B-

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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