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Week in Review | April 15th through April 21st

Happy Saturday! I always enjoy seeing what makes up the week’s top ten highest-reviewed products, so I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well! 🙂  I didn’t get to use much that wasn’t for testing this week, but more recently, I have been enjoying Tom Ford’s Nude Dipp quite a bit. I took that quad along with Chanel’s Empreint du Desert and put them in my vanity as go-tos (when the mood strikes, when I need something foolproof for a big group of blush/lip photos). I’m pretty sure I found a way to wear MAC Fairly Precious and Estee Lauder Naked Truth into at least one look this week, too.

What was your week in review like?

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  • Most loved product of the week:
  • Most used product of the week:
  • Any new beauty discoveries?:

Week in Review

01

MAC Wrapped Candy

PPermanent. $27.00/0.22 oz.

MAC Wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is rich, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and cooler, violet and pink pearl. Read full review.

Wishlist
Vanity
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

02. Tarte Island Life

Tarte Island Life Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A+

03. MAC Hard to Get

MAC Hard to Get Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pink sheen. Read full review.

A

04. MAC Into the Pink

MAC Into the Pink Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium pink with very subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.

A

05. Tarte Surf's Up

Tarte Surf's Up Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, reddish plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A

06. Viseart Nuance #6

Nuance #6 is a rich, coppery red with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, and the eyeshadow went on smoothly and evenly over bare skin. Read full review.

A

07. MAC Hushed Tone

MAC Hushed Tone Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish copper with warm undertones and soft pink and gold pearl. Read full review.

A

08. MAC Gabriel Zamora

MAC Gabriel Zamora Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

09. MAC Telling Glow

MAC Telling Glow Extra Dimension Blush ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, medium orange-coral with warm, red undertones and gold shimmer. Read full review.

A

10. Tarte Salt Lyfe

Tarte Salt Lyfe Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium pinky mauve with neutral undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

Breakdown |
Apr 15, 2017 — Apr 21, 2017

87%

Average Score
A
28
B
19
C
3
D
4
F
1

Total Reviews (55) — Brands Reviewed (9)

Becca Bali Sands & Bronzed Bondi Sunlit Bronzers

01/07

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Bali Sands

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, light-medium brown with warm, golden undertones and a fine, gold pearl. It had good pigmentation, though the consistency was slightly dusty, so it sheered out a bit when initially applied. The texture was very soft, silky, and finely-milled, which made it easy to work with and blend out on my skin. This was one of the less shimmery and luminous shades in the line-up, but the fine gold pearl gave it a soft, satin sheen. I expect this to work well for lighter skin tones who want a warm, more golden/yellow-toned bronzer. The powder wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

The formula is supposed to have a “silky texture” with a “natural warmth.” It’s a powder bronzer that’s available in five shades–from a light-medium brown to a deeper copper-red. Overall, the texture of the formula was soft, smooth, and blendable with a couple of shades being dusty and others being well-balanced between soft and firm. The coverage was mostly opaque to opaque, so a little went a long way but the softer powder made it easy to diffuse and blend out for sheerer coverage, if desired. The formula wore from seven and a half to eight hours on me.

Becca Sunlit Bronzer Bali Sands
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Also In This Review

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LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

01/06

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

Pirates of the Caribbean

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette ($30.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes three highlighters and three blushes. The palette features the brand’s Light Source Illuminating Highlighter and Color Source Buildable Blush formulas. The highlighter formula is supposed to be buildable and luminous, but my experience with them was that they were quite pigmented–soft enough to blend them out or use a bit less for sheerer coverage, just not what I’d actually describe as buildable. As you might guess from the name, the blush is supposed to be buildable, though two of the three shades were rather pigmented and one was more medium and buildable. The palette’s more amped up pigmentation was why it was rated lower, but if you’re the type of person who wants more pigmented highlighters and blushes, then it should work well for you.

LORAC Cheek Palette Pirates of the Caribbean
B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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B+

Fortune

Limited Edition
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B

Lost Soul

Limited Edition
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B+

Destined

Limited Edition
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B+

Caribbean

Limited Edition
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B+

Star Reader

Limited Edition
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B+

Bold Spirit

Limited Edition
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Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

01/06

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Ablaze

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Per the description, the bronzer is actually listed as “sheer bronzer,” which is good, given it was quite sheer. For reference, the blush formula is also a “sheer to fuller coverage” product–sheer but buildable. I have found that Viseart’s more matte/satin cheek powders apply a lot better than they look on my arm. Ultimately, they apply better in thinner, more gradual layers than applied more heavily and then blended out. If you aren’t a fan of sheerer blushes and bronzers, I don’t think that the Viseart formula is ideal for you, even though they are certainly buildable.

Viseart Theory Cheek Palette Ablaze
Ablaze
Ablaze
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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I use mostly pencil eyeliner, so I typically will apply to my lower lash line.
I find myself looking down slightly into a mirror and trying not to blink, haha! I do the same for lining my lower waterline,
which I don’t do quite as often. I like using eyeshadow to blow out the lower lash line and use pencil brushes to do so.

— Christine

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