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Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips

Saboteur

Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a bright, magenta purple and a deep, reddish burgundy. This was another duo where one shade applied well (the purple), while the darker (burgundy) shade fell short due to having a ton of slip to its texture, which caused it to slide around and feather.

Shade & Illuminate Lips is a lipstick duo that features a formula that is supposed to have “rich color” and “adherence” with a “velvet matte finish.” The duos are designed to have a lighter shade and a darker shade, and they can be worn alone, mixed, or as an ombre lip look. There was also a dual-ended applicator–a sponge on one end and a brush on the other–but the sponge really did not work well to apply the color, as it yielded sheer coverage and seemed to suck all the emollient qualities out of the formula and left behind a drier, almost powdery texture on the lips. The lip brush worked, but for me, the tiny applicator was harder to control and took me three to four times as long to apply compared to a traditional lip brush (which has a longer handle).

Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate Lips Saboteur
Saboteur
Saboteur
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/04

NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Rose Quartz

NYX Rose Quartz Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark reddish copper with warm undertones and gold and copper pearl. It had sheer coverage, which was buildable to medium coverage–it looked a bit like a cheek stain on me, as it was translucent but provided some visible color (when layered). The texture was watery, thin, and spreadable across the skin, but it dried down and lasted for eight hours on me.

The Away We Glow formula is a liquid highlighter that has buildable coverage “from soft to intense.” The brand recommends to “dab and blend” on skin for “irresistible illumination.” There are nine shades available, and the shimmer varied from shade to shade: fine pearl to chunkier sparkle. The formula has a watery, thin feel from the tube, and I liked getting a bit on the back of my hand and then dabbing with fingertips or a stippling brush onto the cheeks and high planes of the face for highlighting. It did dry down after a minute or so, and the wear ranged from seven to eight hours.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter Rose Quartz
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

There are products, like eyeshadow, that even though they’ll take awhile to finish in the most common size (0.05 oz.), I don’t know if they would be that practical if they were smaller as they might break more easily or simply be so small in physical size as to make it hard to use. For other things, like highlighters, blushes, and bronzers, I think that they are often far larger than they need to be (from both a functional and usable perspective).

— Christine

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Urban Decay WSM Vice Liquid Lipstick

01/06

Urban Decay WSM Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay WSM Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay WSM Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay WSM Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay WSM Vice Liquid Lipstick

Urban Decay WSM Vice Liquid Lipstick

WSM

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which would have been opaque with a second layer. The consistency was thin, almost watery, but it spread well across the lips and applied the color evenly. It dried down to a mostly matte finish, though if I pressed my lips together, there was a barely-there tackiness. This shade wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick WSM
WSM
WSM
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayons (Part 1)

01/03

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon

(Earth)quake

Marc Jacobs (Earth)quake Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a deep brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had intense color coverage in just one pass, while the eyeliner had a smooth, creamy texture that glided across the skin without tugging or dragging. The color wore well for nine hours on my waterline and twelve hours on my lower lash line.

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with “12-hour longwear” with a “bold matte finish” that is supposed to be waterproof and “well-suited” for the waterline. The majority of the shades are very pigmented with mostly opaque to fully opaque coverage in a single pass, while the texture is creamy but dries down within ten to fifteen seconds. They wear shorter on the waterline (six to nine hours) and longer on the lower lash line (nine to twelve hours). The formula is fantastic for lining, but the one thing that makes me hesitate is that the past iterations of the liners have dried out in as little as one year (with some lasting two years or longer), though I have noticed the more shimmery shades are first to dry out.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon (Earth)quake
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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