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Hmm, good skincare is worth splurging on, but there are effective products at lower price points, too – but if what worked for my skin was $100, I wouldn’t compromise on it just to save money (I’d cut back elsewhere) unless I absolutely could not afford it, of course. I like natural hair brushes, and it is hard to get quality natural hair at a lower price point (the material just costs more), so I think I could safely say I wouldn’t skimp there. (If I wanted more affordable brushes, I would opt for synthetics.)

— Christine

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NYX Whipped Caviar, Sierra, Shy Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

Whipped Caviar

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was smooth, creamy without being too slippery so it adhered well to the lips evenly. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and lasted for four and a half hours. The formula was comfortable to wear and neither drying nor hydrating.

The Matte Lipstick is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “velvety, non-glossy” finish. In general, the formula has semi-opaque to opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that glides on without tugging but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the lipstick won’t slide around while worn. The formula varied from non-drying to moderately drying with wear times that ranged from four to over six hours (deeper, reddish shades lasted quite long). It has a mint scent and no discernible taste. I noticed that the packaging had a tendency to twist up the lipstick too easily (even barely holding it) and sometimes would twist down as I would apply it directly from the tube.

NYX Matte Lipstick Whipped Caviar
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Sierra

Permanent
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C+

Shy

Permanent
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Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color Topcoats

01/07

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Cyber Opal

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat ($30.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a pale, pinkish white with fine pink and lavender pearl that shifts from pink to peachy-gold. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer. The gloss had a really milky quality to it, which made it prone to noticeable settling into every lip line I had, though the moderate shine and fine pearl helped distract from it when viewed at a normal distance. The consistency was light-medium in thickness–thicker than the average gloss but not goopy–with a slightly tacky texture. It was one of the lighter-weight glosses that have come out in the metallic finish lately.

The formula is described as a “comfortable long-wearing topcoat that compliments any lipstick color” that can “also be worn alone.” It lasted for four hours on me, which wasn’t terrible but not beyond the average gloss. The lipgloss did feel comfortable on as it was moderately hydrating. I would recommend dabbing it onto the center of lips over another lip color but using far less than a single pull of product as the base is too opaque and white-based to work well over a lot of other products (causes them to streak or become uneven and dramatically alters the color).

Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color Topcoat Cyber Opal
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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B+

Hakuhodo S127Bk, S133Bk, S5523BBk, & S5521BBk Brushes Reviews & Photos

01/06

Hakuhodo S127Bk Eye Shadow Brush  

Hakuhodo S127Bk Eye Shadow Brush  

Hakuhodo S127Bk Eye Shadow Brush  

Hakuhodo S127Bk Eye Shadow Brush  

Hakuhodo S127Bk Eye Shadow Brush  

Hakuhodo S127Bk Eye Shadow Brush  

S127Bk Eye Shadow Brush

Hakuhodo S127Bk Eye Shadow Brush ($38.00) is a medium, flat eyeshadow brush with a tapered edge. It is made out of Canadian squirrel, and the brush head is 15.20mm in height, 11.25mm in width, and 4.50mm in depth with a total length of 15.70cm. Unsurprisingly, it was incredibly soft and smooth, and I could use it any direction and never feel the point of an individual bristle. It washed well and held its shape upon drying, though it is not recommended to wash this brush frequently due to the type of hair.

Against my eye, it ended up being rather large, so it did not find its way into my personal must-haves, but it is a great brush for all-over lid color application, especially for those who prefer medium, buildable pigmentation than true-to-pan, one layer opacity. It also worked well for diffusing edges and gently layering one eyeshadow over another when they had more powdery textures. The flatter shape, which had no fluffiness, did work best for laying down color over blending. I liked it for patting on loose powder underneath my eyes (over concealer), though I would likely reach for a larger brush normally.

This brush would be best for someone with medium or larger eyes (particularly someone who has a lot of lid space) and wants something incredibly smooth and soft to the touch for laying down sheer to medium coverage powders.

Hakuhodo   S127Bk Eye Shadow Brush
A+

15
Product
15
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
100%
Total

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J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

01/06

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter

Twilight

J. Cat Beauty Twilight You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium gold with warm, brown undertones and a sparkling finish. There were larger bits of sparkle strewn throughout the powder, which made for a rougher texture overall.

The formula is described as a “multi-dimensional baked formula” that has “all day long” wear with an “intense shimmer pigment.” It had medium, buildable pigmentation that blended out surprisingly well, given the chunks of sparkle in it. I noticed a moderate amount of the sparkles on my cheeks, so this might not be suitable for anyone averse to glitter. It had a more metallic sheen overall, but it did emphasize my pores slightly. This shade wore well for seven hours before fading.

J. Cat Beauty You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter Twilight
Twilight
Twilight
B-

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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