The product itself has to be high quality, and then it has to include mostly shades I’d use and enjoy using together. I know that I will not look for one palette and pick the one eyeshadow out of 20 in it to use with another set of eyeshadows, so being able to use the palette together (perhaps bringing in a brow bone shade, crease/transition shade, etc.) is part of what I like to see.
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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 1.02 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Each Shimmer Brick has five shades, so the color that you get can vary depending on where you concentrate your brush. All three shades have been released before, though only Bronze is part of the permanent range from what I could tell! It’s a powder highlight that features five colors, which are designed to be used together (though you can concentrate your brush in areas as well, or if you have an eye brush, you can use them individually) and applied to the face to highlight.

The three included in the palette all highlight the skin and add noticeable color on my light-medium complexion, so they be even more blush-like on fairer complexion and will likely show up on deeper skin tones with subtler tints. The texture of Gold and Bronze was smoother and more finely-milled with less overt sparkle, whereas Wild Rose was drier and seemed to have larger chunks of sparkle, which were more prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. They were easy to apply, wore for about eight hours, and are well-worth a look for someone who likes a more intense, noticeable highlight. They’re the type of highlighter where a little can go a long way to adding luminosity, so they can definitely be too intense for some people’s preferences.

If Wild Rose was better, I would have given this my full recommendation, because I really liked the palette overall, and I think it offers great value for those who don’t already have a good stash of highlighters in their arsenal.  On the flip side, while the value proposition is high, it is a lot of product and will be tough to really make a dent in as you don’t need much each time to begin with!

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones paired with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. I did not find that it emphasized my skin’s natural texture, but it does have a strong sheen to its finish. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette (Holiday 2016) Bobbi to Glow
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Community Faves | September 18th through September 24th

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

Most Loved Products

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01. Bite Beauty Pepper

Pepper is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was rich and covered the lips with even, smooth color. Read full review.

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02. Bite Beauty Nori

Nori is a dark, reddish burgundy with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It was glossiest of the four shades in this particular set. Read full review.

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03. MAC Marsala

MAC Marsala Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish berry with subtle, cool undertones and satiny sheen. Read full review.

Most Wanted Products

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01. Bite Beauty Pepper

Pepper is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was rich and covered the lips with even, smooth color. Read full review.

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02. Bite Beauty Nori

Nori is a dark, reddish burgundy with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It was glossiest of the four shades in this particular set. Read full review.

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03. Clinique Pink Honey Pop

Clinique Pink Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. Read full review.

Most Loved Looks

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Coor Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 10 blushes housed in a circular compact that opens and reveals five blushes on each side (there is no mirror as a result). Each pan is a decent size at 0.084 oz. a pop with a wide enough diameter that most blush brushes fit easily in them. The pans did not appear removable (I tried three pans with tweezers, and I didn’t feel any give). It would be a travel-friendly way to take so many blushes with you without taking up a lot of space.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Overall, the quality was consistent with the full-sized Tarte blushes I’ve tried with only one shade having a firmer, stiffer texture. I think they could have varied the colors used in the palette a bit more, but at least there is some variety in undertones and finishes. If you have a few blush palettes from Tarte, you may find that there is a lot of overlap, even if shades are not exact dupes, as the brand is prone to repeating itself each holiday! I think this a wish list worthy option for someone who is a big fan of Tarte’s formula or needs to have an instant blush stash.

Crafty is a light peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. This will work more as a highlighter than a blush for most skin tones, though it has a whiter base, so deeper skin tones may want to layer it over another cheek color. The texture was soft, blendable, and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture when applied. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Concept is a muted, medium-dark rosy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation paired with a soft, blendable texture that was a bit thin and dusty, so it sheered out noticeably when applied to the cheeks. Luckily, it could be built up to greater intensity. This shade wore for nine hours before starting to fade on me. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is darker (85% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tarte Holiday 2016 Blush Palette Color Wheel
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
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Total
88%
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Pre-order @ Saks

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection

As I was doing my morning stalking across retails for new products, I saw that Saks has all of the items from the Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection available for pre-order.  (Swatches are here.)  I don’t normally make multiple availability announcements, except when collections are selling out, which this one is (at least, some of the items).

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LORAC Mega PRO 3 Palette for Holiday 2016

LORAC Mega PRO 3 Palette for Holiday 2016
LORAC Mega PRO 3 Palette for Holiday 2016


Go PRO with Lorac Mega PRO Palette 3! This limited edition PRO artistry palette is packed with 32 eye shadows in all the matte and shimmer shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from Hollywood. Lorac’s velvety smooth shadows are ultra pigmented with maximum payoff to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.

Availability

October 2nd, 2016 online/in-stores; one-day early access for Ulta Platinum members September 25th

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Mega Pro 3 Palette | $59.00 | Limited Edition, Ulta Exclusive

  • Mattes: Pink Cream, Tan, Pecan, Walnut, Dusty Mauve, Violet Gray, Eggplant, Dark Navy, Crepe, Toffee, Mist, Vintage, Hickory, Maple, Bark, Jet Black
  • Shimmers: Snow, Cava, Cider, Bellini, Brown Sugar, Sequoia, Glacier, Deep Fog, Tulle, Pink Bronze, Rust, Rose Quartz, Olive, Dark Roast, Pomegranate, Licorice