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Make Up For Ever H102 Artist Face Color (Highlighter)

01/08

Make Up For Ever H102 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H102 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H102 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H102 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H102 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H102 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H102 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

Make Up For Ever H102 Artist Face Color – Highlighter

H102

Make Up For Ever H102 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is very pale, pinkish white with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. The highlighter was quite opaque from the get-go and had a fairly metallic finish as a result. It was blendable, so it could be sheered out and the finish was more moderate and luminous, but at fuller coverage, it was more metallic. The texture was smooth, soft to the touch, and moderately dense but not stiff or difficult to pickup. It wore well for eight hours on me.

Overview of the Formula

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “long-lasting finish.” The range is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the “matte” shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the “mattes” a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color – Highlighter H102
H102
H102
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Chanel Lost & Highway Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colours

01/08

Chanel Lost Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Chanel Lost Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Chanel Lost Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Chanel Lost Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Chanel Lost Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Chanel Lost Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Chanel Lost Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Chanel Lost Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Lost

Chanel Lost Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a soft, medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a natural sheen. This particular shade seemed to apply (or at least, look) much lighter on my lips than swatched, and that might have had something to do with the medium coverage of the formula. It did not apply as well as I had hoped, as the color gathered in my lip lines and made my lips appear slightly more textured as a result. This shade wore well for three and a half hours but was comfortable to wear.

The formula is supposed to be a “long-lasting” liquid lipstick that “glides on like a gloss and sets with a luminous, velvet-like finish” and is hydrating. In my experience, they had semi-opaque to opaque coverage, while the wear time was between four and six hours (about the same as similarly hued-lipsticks) but was comfortable to wear and definitely non-drying. What I liked most about the product was actually the applicator, which was very smooth and easy to work with on the lips, as it had enough flex to maneuver naturally across the lips and made it easy to get crisp lines on the edges with it.

These are not for someone who likes a truly matte, flat finish that wears all day long, doesn’t budge or transfer, because these never quite dry down. They take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes to “set” to a velvety finish–a light sheen but not glossy–and aren’t transfer-proof; I get closer to transfer-proof wear after several sips of coffee or blotting it down (which is true with the majority of lip products) but will not make it through a meal fully intact. They do reapply well, and they wear down evenly, so for someone who likes a semi-matte finish, longer wearing lip products, and finds traditional matte, liquid lipstick formulas too drying, these might be worth checking out. They are housed in a frosted glass tube with a glossy black cap and are lightly scented with rose (I’ll say it is subtler than usual for Chanel). All swatches were taken 30 minutes after initial application.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour Lost
Lost
Lost
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total

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MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

01/05

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette

Power Hungry

MAC Power Hungry MAC Girls Personality Palette ($39.50 for TBA oz.) is a set warm, light and mid-tone neutrals–there’s nothing particularly new or groundbreaking here, but it’s a solid neutral palette for someone with fair to medium skin and likes a softer, shimmery look (could easily have used another matte or two!). The palette features a new eyeshadow formula with four finishes–Satin Shine, Smooth Pearl, Foiled Shadow, and Creamy Matte–that are supposed to have a “creamy, silky texture with superior colour payoff” along with a powder highlighter that’s described as “lightweight” and has “just the right amount of pearl and pop.”

Overall, the formula isn’t night and day from the brand’s standard powder eyeshadow (and did not seem like they reinvented powder eyeshadow!), but it was noticeably softer, more finely-milled, and the Foiled finishes were denser and very sparkly–almost like an amped up take on their Lustre eyeshadows. The Creamy Matte finish seemed to have more pigmentation and blendability than of the brand’s firmer mattes have had. Unfortunately, the quality of each shade varied enough that it was not a slam dunk formulation, but I liked the direction of the formula but would like to see better consistency.

MAC MAC Girls Personality Palette Power Hungry
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

Anastasia Honey, Peachy, Buff Matte Lipsticks

01/07

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick

Honey

Anastasia Honey Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly on the lips, despite tugging noticeably as I had to apply much firmer pressure to get the bullet to spread over the lips. The texture was very lightweight but seemed to pull away at my lip lines and made the color appear “cracked.” This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was non-drying.

The formula is supposed to have “full-pigment” with a “smooth, ultra-matte finish.” Since the description was a little light, I also watched the brand’s video, where the formula is also supposed to be comfortable to apply and not settle in lip lines. The best aspects of the formula are how lightweight it felt on–almost like nothing on, so despite being more matte and denser, not heavy or clingy–and that most shades have been non-drying (so far).

There has been some transfer, and the finish is mostly matte but not “ultra-matte” (certainly not as flat or matte as their liquid lipsticks, as an example). Some shades have emphasized my lip lines from a texture standpoint or due to color settling into them, but it depended on the shade. The wear has ranged from four and a half hours to eight hours, and some of the richer shades can survive a moderate meal and definitely drinking coffee. I found the texture to be the drawback; the lipstick is incredibly firm and dense with little to creaminess, which resulted in an application that tugged and pulled on the lips. It was also the type of texture that caught on flakes, so regular exfoliation is key. There were a few shades that were creamier and thicker on the lips, which were more comfortable to apply, but the majority were quite firm. (They also did not get softer with use.)

Anastasia Matte Lipstick Honey
Honey
Honey
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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