Month in Review | April 2016

Here’s a look at the top 25 products reviewed in the month of April, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! :)
01

Colour Pop Wattles

Limited Edition. $5.00/0.07 oz.

ColourPop Wattles Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "dusty beige pink." It's a light-medium, rosy beige with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer.

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
A+

02. Colour Pop Vanity Fair

ColourPop Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "cool-toned silvery taupe." Read full review.

A+

03. Colour Pop Molly

ColourPop Molly Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a "mid-tone plum lilac." Read full review.

A+

04. Urban Decay Iracebeth

Urban Decay Iracebeth Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a "bright red matte." Read full review.

A+

05. Viseart Cashmere #2

Cashmere #2 is a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff with a rich, cream-like, and smooth consistency that was very finely-milled and easy to use on the skin. Read full review.

A+

06. Viseart Cashmere #6

Cashmere #6 is a dark taupe-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was moderately dense. Read full review.

A+

07. Viseart Minx #4

Minx #4 is a light-medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was cream-like with a very smooth, buttery feel that glided on the lids easily and blended out beautifully. Read full review.

A+

08. Colour Pop The Golden Child

ColourPop The Golden Child Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a "soft, coppery gold." Read full review.

A

09. LORAC Daylight

LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

A

10. Colour Pop Luckfully

ColourPop Luckfully Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "bright cobalt blue." It's a medium-dark blue with strong, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Read full review.

A

11. Colour Pop Brooklyn

ColourPop Brooklyn Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a "bright hot pink." Read full review.

A

12. Colour Pop Knight

ColourPop Knight Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a "soft, silky black." It's a medium-dark black with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

13. Colour Pop Littlestitious

ColourPop Littlestitious Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a "pastel dusty pink." Read full review.

A

15. Viseart Cashmere #4

Cashmere #4 is a bright, light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, lightly loose but didn't fall apart when applied or blended out--it retained its rich color payoff and almost "melted" against the lid. Read full review.

A

16. MAC Vermillion Vee

MAC Vermillion Vee Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "clean, true red [with a Matte finish]." Read full review.

A

17. Anastasia Comfort

Anastasia Comfort Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted finish. Read full review.

A

18. LORAC Moonlight

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

A

19. Viseart Cashmere

Cashmere #6 is a dark taupe-brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that was moderately dense. Read full review.

A

20. Viseart Minx #3

Minx #3 is a deep, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was very intense and richly pigmented, while the texture was smooth but denser and seemed to "melt" when applied to the lid. Read full review.

A

21. Viseart Chroma #3

Chroma #3 is a deep black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented, and a little went a long way, but luckily, the texture was blendable and forgiving. Read full review.

A

22. Viseart Chroma #6

Chroma #6 is a dark, charcoal black with warmer undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, blendable consistency that felt soft to the touch. Read full review.

A

23. Colour Pop Botanical

ColourPop Botanical Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a "neon peachy coral." Read full review.

A

24. MAC Forever Darling

MAC Forever Darling Versicolour Lip Stain ($24.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) id described as an "intense orange red." Read full review.

A

25. MAC It's Never Ending

MAC It's Never Ending Versicolour Lip Stain ($24.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a "deep raspberry." Read full review.

Breakdown |
Apr 1, 2016 — Apr 30, 2016

86%

Average Score
A
126
B
137
C
33
D
9
F
6

Total Reviews (311) — Brands Reviewed (21)

This Week’s Sales for May 2nd, 2016

Neiman Marcus

Cash Back/Rebates

When you join one of the below websites, you can earn cash back on orders made at thousands of retailers. For example, if you place a $50 order at a retailer with 10% cash back, you’ll receive $5 in cash back. Below you’ll find the best beauty-related retailers to earn cash back this week:

  • EbatesSkinStore (up to 12%), PUR (10%), Macy's (8%), Sephora (8%), Saks (8%), Avon (8%), ends 5/08.
  • Mr. RebatesProactiv (40%), WEN (40%), Oscar Blandi (15%), BH Cosmetics (12%), Murad (12%), L'Occitane (10%), Stila (10%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), Marc Jacobs Beauty (8%), Sephora (8%), ends 5/08.

Flash Sales/Deals

Flash sales/deals sites offer a limited selection of products from particular brands, sometimes recently discontinued or excess stock from limited edition items, and occasionally, you’ll find popular gems that are part of the current/permanent line. These sites typically have more flash sales on fashion and home than beauty, but below you’ll find beauty-related sales noted for the week:

  • HautelookBioelements (5/2), Penhaligon's London (5/3), ends 5/08.

Retailer Sales/Deals

  • AvonFREE Floral Oversized Scarf On Orders $50+ with code INBLOOM, ends 5/02.
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    • 20% off Anastasia Beverly Hills orders $60 or more with code 20ABH, ends 5/04.
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    • 20% off GlamGlow orders $60 or more with code 20GLAMGLOW, ends 5/04.
  • bareMinerals UKGet on the beauty list and we’ll give you 10% off your next purchase, ends 1/26.
  • Beauty.comGet your sweetheart the perfect gift and get $15 off all orders over $75 with code BEAUTY15, ends 8/27.
  • Benefit (UK)Free delivery on any order over £40 at Benefit, ends 10/03.
  • Bergdorf GoodmanFree Shipping and Returns, every day, ends 10/01.
  • BH CosmeticsExtra 10% OFF any palette from the Forever Nude Collection. with code FNC10, ends 5/09.
  • BirchboxJoin Birchbox's email list and get 10% off your first purchase of $35+, ends 11/17.
  • BlissGet a Free Beauty Bag with your Purchase of $100 or More with code MOMGIFT, ends 5/07.
  • bluemercuryReceive a FREE Mask Brush from Darphin with any purchase of a Darphin Stimulskin Plus Multi-Corrective Serumask with code BRUSH, ends 5/15.
  • Bobbi BrownGet ready for Mother’s Day with Free Overnight Shipping when you order by 3pm EST + Mini Glow Duo with $65 order with code JUSTFORMOM, ends 5/04. Enjoy 15% off your first purchase using code WELCOME15, ends 11/06.
  • Bobbi Brown (UK)4-Piece Travel Set with any £70+ order, ends 5/02.
  • Bumble and Bumble10% off + 3 free travel sizes + free shipping with $40 orders with code BBSOCIAL, ends 7/01.
  • City Color10% off with code TEMPTALIA, ends 12/31.
  • ClarinsGet a 6pc gift (including bag) and Free Shipping with any order over $125 with code GIFT16, ends 5/08.
  • Clarins (UK)Three free body trials with all orders over £40 with code BODY16, ends 5/14.
  • Clarisonic
    • Receive FREE 2-day shipping on your order of $99 or more with code MOM2DAY, ends 5/03.
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  • Cle de PeauGet a complimentary mystery sample ($16 value) plus, Free Shipping with any concealer purchase., ends 5/07.
  • CliniqueReceive a free 7 Piece Gift with any purchase of $27, plus, receive a Happy mini spray and DDML+ with any $50 purchase with code MORE, ends 5/07. Receive a free 7 Piece Gift with any purchase of $27 with code VIP, ends 5/07.
  • DermStoreSave 20% when you spend $150+ with code AFSPRING, ends 5/04.
  • Estee LauderWake up beautiful with 3 favorites, Advanced Night Repair, Revitalizing Supreme and New Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam, free with $50 purchase with code NIGHTPOWER, ends 5/04.
  • Folica25% Off Sitewide with code HAIRSTEALS, ends 5/04.
  • Giorgio Armani BeautyReceive a full sized Maestro Cream Compact Foundation in Shade #5.5 with any purchase with code MAESTRO, ends 5/21. Sign up for the Giorgio Armani Beauty Newsletter to Receive 10% off Your First Purchase, ends 1/01.
  • GlossierFREE TOTE BAG with purchase of Phase 1 Set, ends 1/12.
  • Kat Von D BeautyFree 2-day shipping on $50+ orders, ends 5/08.
  • Kate Somerville10% off plus a Complimentary 1oz. Exfolikate Cleanser with $50+ Purchase with code MOMSDAY16, ends 5/09.
  • Kerastase20% Off Mousse Volumifique – Volumizing Mousse for Fine Hair with code VOLMOUSSE20, ends 6/30. 20% Off Short Mania - Hair Sculpting Paste with code SHORT20, ends 6/30.
  • Kiehl'sEnjoy express shipping on your order of $50+ with code MOTHERSHIP, ends 5/03. Receive 2 deluxe samples with any PSLRC purchase with code POWER, ends 5/25.
  • Kiehl's (Canada)Enjoy FREE Express Shipping on all orders $50+ with code MOM, ends 5/04.
  • LancomeEnjoy 4 samples and free shipping on your order of $49 or more with code FLOWERS, ends 5/30.
  • Lancome (Canada)Get 7 Best-Selling minis + a Cosmetic Bag ($158 value) FREE when you spend $65+ with code VISIONNAIRE, ends 5/11.
  • Lord & Taylor20% Off Regular-Priced & Sale Items with code MOM, ends 5/02.
  • Marcelle10% off your 1st Korean cosmetics purchase with code 101SMILES, one time use only, ends 12/31.
  • NARSReceive a complimentary NARS gift box & mini Orgasm Lip Gloss with $30 purchase with code MOTHERS, ends 5/08.
  • Neiman MarcusReceive a gift with purchase tote filled with Beauty samples with your $100+ spend, ends 5/08.
  • NordstromChoose your free gift with $35+ Estee Lauder purchase ($130 value), ends 5/10.
  • OriginsSpend $50, get a free anti-aging value pack (a $50 value) with code NEWYOUTH, ends 5/03.
  • Paula's Choice15% Off Everything + Free Shipping on $50+, ends 5/04. 20% Off + Free Shipping with code PRBHA16, ends 5/30.
  • Paula's Choice (UK)Get your trial size BHA for £7.50 + Free shipping, ends 5/31. 10% Off all SPF products, ends 5/31.
  • REN10% off your first order, starts 10/31 and ends 12/31.
  • Sephora
    • Receive a FREE Benefit Cosmetics Dew the Hoola Bronzer deluxe sample with code HOOLAGIRL, ends 5/15.
    • Receive a FREE Algenist POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Eye Serum deluxe sample with code POWEREYE, ends 5/15.
    • Choose a Mother's Day Fragrance Sample Bag with any $25 purchase with code SCENTME, ends 5/15.
    • Receive a First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanswer with Red Clay deluxe sample with code REDCLAY, ends 5/15.
    • Receive a Tarte Tanning Deluxe sample with code BRAZILLIANCE, ends 5/15.
    • Choose Your Mask deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code LETSMASK, ends 5/24.
    • Receive a Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Industrial-Strength Full Coverage Concealer deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code BOICRAZY, ends 5/24.
    • Receive a FRESS CLINIQUE Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick deluxe sample with code INTHENUDE (Canada), ends 5/30.
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  • SmashboxEnjoy Free 2-Day Shipping with any $50+ purchase with code FORMOM, ends 5/04.
  • The Body ShopBuy 3 Get 3 Free + Free Shipping Any Purchase, ends 5/02.
  • UltaFree Spring Bag with any Fragrance Purchase of $40 or more, ends 5/08.
  • Urban DecayAlice Through the Looking Glass available at ULTA now; available for Canadians at UD Canada; for int'l, Selfridges has it!, ends 5/30.
  • WalgreensExtra 20% OFF Beauty & Personal Care with code 20MAMA, ends 5/07. 15% off $50+ orders for new customers with code HAPPYHEALTHY, ends 5/28.
  • WEI Beauty$20 off $100 + orders with code 20SPRING, ends 5/25.

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Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo

Guerlain Pause d'Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo

Guerlain Pause d’Ete Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo ($82.00 for 0.60 oz.) swirls together to create a warmer, medium orange-brown hue with a frosted shimmer. The gold is an overspray (which I tried to remove, but a bit of it lingered), while the browner shade is a medium-dark, golden brown, and the center shade was a light-medium coral-orange. Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Esoteric (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is housed in a wooden compact where the top lifts off completely and is held on by magnets. If you have a very small, tapered face brush, you could use the two shades separately, but it will be hard to avoid dipping into the other shade if you use an average-sized cheek brush. The powder is fragranced with “notes of orange blossom, tonka bean, vanilla, and white musk,” and it is heavily scented, but it wasn’t that noticeable applied. The texture of the bronzer was a little firmer but smooth, while the center shade softer and looser, so I felt like when I swirled my brush in the pan, I always got more of the center shade on the brush than the bronzing component. The powder applied well, blended nicely, and was easy to use; the shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. On me, it wore for eight hours.

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Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Duo 2016 Pause d'Ete
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%

Community Faves | April 24th through April 30th

Here’s a look at our community’s favorites from the past week! :) Any new favorites that you discovered this week?

Most Loved Products

A

01. MAC Hot Chocolate

MAC Hot Chocolate Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

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02. MAC Lion Babe

MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Liner ($21.00 for 0.084 fl. oz.) is described as a "shimmering gold." Read full review.

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03. Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate

Laura Mercier Iced Pomegranate Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

Most Wanted Products

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01. MAC Hot Chocolate

MAC Hot Chocolate Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

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02. MAC Lion Babe

MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Liner ($21.00 for 0.084 fl. oz.) is described as a "shimmering gold." Read full review.

B+

03. Urban Decay Mad Hatter

Urban Decay Mad Hatter Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a "bright purple shimmer." Read full review.

Most Loved Looks

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Sticks (Part 2)

MAC At the Beach Pro Longwear Colour Stick

MAC At the Beach Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a light, peachy beige with a pearly sheen and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy texture that made it one of the more blendable shades in the launch. It lasted for over ten hours with no fading or creasing. LORAC Beige (P) is more shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Overdressed (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Truth (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Arena (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Crème-filled Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque coverage at most that applied fairly evenly. The texture was slightly more emollient than the more matte shades, but it still sets nearly instantly after being applied, so there isn’t a lot of room to diffuse and blend out the edges if that is desired. Once it place, it doesn’t budge, smudge, or flake. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P) is warmer (100% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Galore (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain White Sand (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00)(95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Presto (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Supermodel (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Bleached Out Beige (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #2 (LE) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Bleached Out Beige Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a light beige with warm, golden undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, but the drier texture made it hard to layer without the color becoming uneven as some color would lift or would layer more intensely over some parts and not at all on other areas. Once in place, it was difficult to blend out at all, but it had bulletproof wear. bareMinerals Air (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Rain Dove (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Ginger Sugar (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black #2 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Fashion Beat (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Crème-filled (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Tabby Pro Longwear Colour Stick ($22.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was slightly creamy so it didn’t tug when used as a lower lash eyeliner, but it wasn’t creamy enough to really maneuver easily over the lid itself without tugging moderately. It had semi-opaque coverage that was somewhat buildable to greater intensity, though it was never full coverage. It did apply well to the waterline, and it lasted for six hours well and I could still see bits of it remaining after eight hours. As a lower lash liner/lid color, it wore for ten hours without issue. Laura Mercier Bone (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Lace (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Vintage Lace (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Undressed (P) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Cozy Sweater (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Flounder (LE) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Hope (P) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick At the Beach
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Crème-filled
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
87%
MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Bleached Out Beige
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
83%
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