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Cle de Peau Persimmon & Perfect Peach Cream Blushes

01/05

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush

Persimmon

Cle de Peau Persimmon Cream Blush ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. I felt like it looked more coral the more I blended out, whereas initially it appeared more orange-toned. It had sheer to medium, buildable coverage that applied evenly to the skin. The texture was smooth, thin, lightweight, and just a bit emollient initially but felt more like a powder once it hit my skin. The color wore well for eight hours on me.

The formula is supposed to have “the perfect touch of sheer luminous color” that can be applied with fingertips or a brush. The consistency is firmer in the pot; it’s definitely a cream-based product, but only a little comes away from the surface and dries down within twenty seconds of being applied to the skin. The coverage was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage. I liked applying these with either a small, synthetic stippling brush or my fingertips, though my preferred method was using a brush to initially apply the color and then lightly patting the edges with my fingertips. On me, the blushes lasted between seven and nine hours on my normal-to-dry skin. The formula is rose-scented, and I get a faint hint of it when worn.

Cle de Peau Cream Blush Persimmon
Persimmon
Persimmon
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Chanel Melted Honey, Noce Moscara, Caresse Rouge Coco Glosses

01/06

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss

Melted Honey

Chanel Melted Honey Rouge Coco Gloss ($30.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a light gold with light gold and medium gold pearl. The base color of the gloss had semi-sheer coverage that lightened and warmed up my natural lip color. For such a light shade, it actually applied rather evenly and had just a smidgen of settling on my lower lip. The texture was smooth, comfortable to wear, and hydrating with just a touch of tackiness. It lasted for three hours on me.

The formula is supposed to have “intense shine, hydration” with a “gel-like texture” with shades that vary from “sheer to opaque” in coverage. The consistency has a smooth, lightweight texture that can feel more like a gel-like texture with some of the sheerer shades and more like a cream and gel hybrid with more opaque shades. It’s a formula that’s comfortable to wear with light tackiness that lasts anywhere from two to four hours and is hydrating over time. There was a strong, mirror-like shine across the shades that was very reminiscent of the prior Glossimer formula. There was a faint floral scent, and with some shades, I got a subtle taste of perfume. The doe foot applicator was more unique (at least, to me) with a very curved edge that was great for my bottom lip while flipping it gave me a more paddle-shaped edge that worked better for my top lip. I would love to see Chanel introduce color descriptions on their retail website, especially for a formula like this where there can be such a huge difference in pigmentation (and finish) from one shade to the next that isn’t obvious from a product photo.

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Melted Honey
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadows (Part 1)

01/04

Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Diamond Dust

Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a platinum silver with lots and lots of silver and gold glitter. This one had less of a base “color” and was just chocked full of glitter with a more watery base. I liked this one best patted over another eyeshadow or over/under eyeliner, as it added sparkle but could look more uneven without something under it. The more watery consistency made it take slightly longer to dry down, and so I had to be careful to keep my eyelid shut to avoid creasing. Once it dried down, it lasted well for eight hours with slight fallout but impressively little for a glitter eyeshadow.

Stila says that it’s supposed to be a “long-wearing, sparkle eye shadow” in a “water-infused texture” that “dries down smoothly” with “minimal fallout.” There’s a lot to be impressed by with the formula, but there was some inconsistency in opacity and overall wateriness between shades so not all shades were equally impressive. When they’re good, they were pigmented, dried down evenly without creasing, and were long-wearing with minimal fallout. When they’re less impressive, they are more watery, semi-sheer to semi-opaque, prone to creasing as they dry down, though the wear is similar across all shades. I felt like there was less fallout with the less blending done with them, e.g. applying directly to lid and only minimally working along the edges yielded the least fallout compared to diffusing and blending out the color with a brush. If I accidentally rubbed an eye, it seemed to interfere with the integrity of the wear completely–it was like a downhill avalanche of glitter that could not be stopped. They were easiest to use as the last step in a look, patted over eyeshadow with fingertip or swiped on with the sponge applicator for more of a “cut crease” kind of effect, or used along the lash line as eyeliner (I liked using a thin, liquid eyeliner brush to get a thinner line). They removed fairly well, but it was hard to get every last bit of glitter off the skin, though it was never painful or uncomfortable to remove them.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Diamond Dust
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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I love matte eyeshadows for the crease, above the crease, and brow bone, though I don’t tend to wear it on the lid (I like shimmer there). I wish matte eyesahdows were–on the whole–easier to blend out and to use. I feel like it’s a lot harder to get a great matte eyeshadow than it is a frosty/shimmery one.

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Lancome Gold Lights & Rosegold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluids

01/09

Lancome Gold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Gold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Gold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Gold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Gold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Gold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Gold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Gold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Lancome Gold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid

Gold Lights

Lancome Gold Lights Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid ($23.00 for 0.08 oz.) is light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer to semi-sheer coverage that applied without issue to the skin, though I felt like it was easiest and fastest to work with fingertips for blending over a brush. The consistency was thin, a little mousse-y, and dried down so the wear was longer (seven and a half hours) but gave me enough time to work with it first.

The formula is described as buildable, though it is designed to give skin a “barely-there shimmer” and a “natural-looking glow.” It has a more unique, foamy, sponge-tipped applicator to disperse and apply the product, which I wasn’t in love with (did not seem to do well at blending, building, or doing anything other than transferring product from the interior to my face) and seemed to soak up quite a bit of product. The formula wasn’t as thin as a typical liquid highlighter, though it wasn’t thick or heavy either; almost like a watery mousse. I had the best luck blending with fingertips, which maneuvered and spread the product without lifting it. They dried down within a minute or so, and the wear time was between seven and eight hours. I’d describe the glow as light to moderate as the coverage was buildable from sheer to semi-sheer. Worth noting, the pen delivery system does not contain that much product, particularly when we’re talking about liquid highlighters.

Lancome Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid Gold Lights

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