Sneak Peek: Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops Photos & Swatches

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a liquid formula that is available in four highlighting shades and two bronzing shades. They’re designed to be mixed in with your favorite liquid product (foundation, primer, moisturizer, and so forth) or used alone. I just received them a few days ago but almost all the shades have been sold out online for a couple of weeks now. Last I heard, there may be a restock in late August/early September. I’ll be reviewing these sometime in August in anticipation of restock but focusing on a few other things more readily available in the next couple of weeks – so I figured swatches would be useful for the time being.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops

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MAC x Star Trek Kling It On & Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipsticks

MAC Kling It On Lipstick

MAC Kling It On Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep purple with fine glitter [with a Frost finish].” It’s a blackened purple with subtle, warmer undertones and multi-colored shimmer and micro-glitter. The texture was fairly smooth, with just a bit of grit from the glitter come through (but it wasn’t sharp or rough to apply). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that applied evenly but had some color settle into lip lines over the four hours it lasted. MAC Firm Form (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Nayeon (P, $21.00) is darker, more pigmented (85% similar). MAC Black Night (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink with gold pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a medium, pinky-plum with subtle cooler undertones paired with warmer, gold pearl. It had semi-sheer coverage, which is as expected given the Lustre finish, that went on evenly and smoothly. It lasted for three hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Otranto (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Plum Dandy (P, $17.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Drake (P, $35.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Capricious (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NYX Power (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Guerlain Leather Blazer (013) (P, $32.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Star Trek collection will be available online on August 25th and in-stores September 1st (North America). There are two more shades–The Enemy Within (neutral gold shimmer, Frost) and LLAP (icy rose champagne, Frost) that will be released as well.

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MAC Lipstick Kling It On
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
76%
MAC Lipstick Where No Man Has Gone Before
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
88%

Anastasia Bronzed, Kristen, Undressed Lip Glosses

Anastasia Bronzed, Kristen, Undressed Lip Glosses

Anastasia Bronzed Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a lot of larger copper and gold sparkle. This shade isn’t consistent with the brand’s formula at all, as it is lighterweight, more emollient, and very sheer. It added primarily sparkle with some warmth against my natural lip color, but it may vary a lot from person to person due to its sheerness. The gloss was comfortable to wear, hydrating, and lasted for three and a half hours. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Blessedly Rich (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Revlon Rosegold (DC, $7.49) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Kristen Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips with smooth, even, and opaque coverage. The texture was almost gel-like and cushion-y on the lips without being heavy. It did seem to emphasize the texture of my lips just slightly, but it didn’t settle very much at all, which was a surprise. This shade lasted well for four and a half hours on me. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker, more muted, warmer (95% similar). MAC Pamela (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Toffee (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Caramel (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Over Indulgence (P, $20.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Undressed Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had good color payoff, but the gloss was unforgiving to apply, as it had some visible streaks, but it also settled into lip lines, which I felt worsened over time. The gloss still wore for a good four hours, and the formula was hydrating and comfortable to wear, but it didn’t sit well on lips at all. MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Spanking Haute (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is lighter (85% similar). Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Anastasia Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is supposed to be “opaque” with “high-shine” that’s “non-drying.” It is one of the more pigmented lipglosses out there that has a smoother, more cushion-y consistency that typically spreads well across the lips. Some shades gather in lip lines, and some shades apply streaky; it seems more common with lighter shades and milkier colors. The formula is non-sticky initially and develops slight tackiness over time. My experience from wearing the formula is that they are often lightly to moderately hydrating and wear three to five hours. They have a vanilla scent that isn’t too overpowering nor does it linger once applied (I notice it mostly in the tube).

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Anastasia Lip Gloss Bronzed
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
4
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
72%
Anastasia Lip Gloss Kristen
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
Anastasia Lip Gloss Undressed
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
3
Total
81%
Foundation, mascara, and bronzer. I’d rather just have a few foundations I love than a lot of opened ones in general (I’d just be better about returning shades/formulas that didn’t work for my skin tone/type). I’d also just buy less mascara, use some up, then replace (either with the same thing or something new). I so rarely wear bronzer that I am definitely someone who could just have a few (like a matte, satin, and maybe a deeper/redder one).
-- Christine

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.16 oz.) consists of eight, new shades of the Moondust Eyeshadow formula housed in a “glittery” plastic compact. It looks like silvery glitter, but it doesn’t feel like loose glitter (so you won’t get a bunch of glitter shedding over time but can appreciate the look of it!). The Moondust formula is specifically designed to be over-the-top sparkly with “minimal fallout” and sheerer coverage dry, more “intense color payout” when applied wet. I like using flat, synthetic brushes (or fingertips, as the brand suggests) that have been slightly dampened by a spritz of just water. If you want extra-long hold, I would still recommend a glitter adhesive, but I get pretty good wear with little fall out without any primers or adhesive, as the formula has a smoother, almost wet consistency. They work better combined with other eyeshadows than using several at once, and they tend to look more impressive in person than in still photos.

Specter is a light pink with warm undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied damp. The texture was soft, lightly loose in the pan, and blended out with only a little bit of fall out when applied dry but had no fall out when patted on with a damp brush.
MAC Pastelluxe #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). YSL Paris #3 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Rose Riot (140) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Claretluxe #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Charmed (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay SWF (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Noble Descent (LE, $19.50) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Dust (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $32.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Halo (P, $12.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Rose Light (LE, $32.50) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Element is a medium-dark, coppered red with warm undertones and chunky glitter and light pink sparkle. It had a drier, looser texture in the pan, which resulted in more “powdery” application (glittery, really). This one was better applied with a damp brush and patted on, which I found to minimize the looseness, as dry application sheered out easily and resulted in some fall out. It lasted for eight hours both wet and dry, but the wet application had almost no fall out while the dry application had a little (nothing major, though, and certainly impressive for a glittery eyeshadow).
Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Glitter (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sonic (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Magnetic is a medium purple with warmer undertones and a sparkling, glittery finish. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry and was opaque when applied damp. The consistency was soft, blendable, but a little loose in the pan, which resulted in chunky bits getting dislodged, so I had the best luck when I applied in thinner layers with a dampened brush. The color lasted for eight hours both wet and dry, though dry had a little fall out (which is as described). Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is darker (85% similar). MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette Moondust
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Week in Review | July 16th through July 22nd

Here’s a look at the top 10 products reviewed in the last week, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂

What’s been in your rotation the most this week? What caught your eye?

01

Anastasia Warm Bronze

Permanent.

Anastasia Warm Bronze Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish-copper with warm undertones and fine, lighter gold pearl.

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%
A+

02. Anastasia Fudge

Anastasia Fudge Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a muted, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A

03. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #5

Foil Eyes #5 is a light-medium, pewter gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the powder's texture was smooth, buttery, and very blendable on the skin. Read full review.

A

04. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #13

Foil Eyes #13 is a bright, medium copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, creamy consistency that blended out effortlessly on the skin. Read full review.

A

05. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14

Foil Eyes #14 is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture felt soft to the touch and blended well on the skin. Read full review.

A

06. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #9

Foil Eyes #9 is a medium-dark taupe-gray with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that applied easily and wore well for eight hours. Read full review.

A

07. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #12

Foil Eyes #12 is a medium, golden green with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had great color payoff that was totally opaque and applied smoothly and evenly to bare skin. Read full review.

A

08. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16

Foil Eyes #16 is a medium, taupe brown with warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the texture had a soft, smooth, lightly creamy feel. Read full review.

A

09. BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #25

Foil Eyes #25 is a bright pop of medium blue with cool undertones and a metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that blended easily on the skin without losing its intensity. Read full review.

A

10. Anastasia Tara

Anastasia Tara Lip Gloss ($16.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

Breakdown |
Jul 16, 2016 — Jul 22, 2016

91%

Average Score
A
48
B
20
C
2
D
0
F
0

Total Reviews (70) — Brands Reviewed (10)