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Tarte Stunner Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/06

Tarte Stunner Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Stunner Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Stunner Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Stunner Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Stunner Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Stunner Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Stunner

Tarte Stunner Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.56 oz.) is a champagne gold with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling sheen. The coverage was buildable from semi-sheer to opaque, but for totally opaque results, I would recommend applying a semi-sheer layer, allow it to set, and then go back with a little more but would just pat it over the areas you want to intensify the most and do minimal blending to avoid lifting any base products.

It’s a liquid highlighter in a squeeze-tube format that’s supposed to be buildable “from sheer to intense” with a more “hybrid gel-cream” texture that can be applied on its own or mixed in with base products. It had a creamier consistency–much denser and more gel-like compared to many highlighters–that stretches out well on the skin. It took a little longer to dry down, but it did set and did not feel tacky or wet afterward. It was fairly easy to use on bare skin, with foundation, or applied on top of liquid foundation or over loose powder. Used on its own as a cheek highlighter, it wore well for eight hours on me.

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter Stunner
Stunner
Stunner
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Chanel Fragola, Confusion, Caractere Rouge Coco Glosses

01/06

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Fragola

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss ($30.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is muted, medium coral-red with warm undertones and a jelly-like finish. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage that went on decently, but it could have been a touch more even. The gloss felt very smooth, gel-like, and plush on the lips. This shade lasted for three hours and was hydrating over time.

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 Fragola
Fragola
Fragola
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Urban Decay Monarchy, Reverb, Seether Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

01/10

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Monarchy

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, sparkling purple with blue and purple glitter. It had larger and finer particles, so the result was slightly metallic with visible sparkle. Alone, it looked a little rough, as the formula clung to lips as it dried down and made them appear slightly shriveled. It had semi-sheer coverage that deepened my lip color while adding shine and sparkle. This was a shade that applied best over richer, brighter, or darker shades (like fuchsia, raspberry pink, purple, black). It lasted three hours on its own and was moderately drying.

The brand describes the formula as a “shade-shifting topcoat” that can be used over their “cream, metallized, and matte shades” of Vice Lipstick or any of the Vice Liquid Lipsticks, but–wait for it–“or wear these shades alone.” They’re supposed to be a “comfortable, gel-cream formula that dries down quickly and provides long-lasting wear that never feels sticky” while also creating a “water-resistant barrier that seals in the color underneath.” The brand also warns that your lips might “feel tingly just after applying.”

As a topcoat, I think they perform the best; it can be hit or miss depending on the underlying shade, and some topcoats are more versatile than others (sheerer ones tended to work well with anything, more opaque ones could be hard to apply). I did not feel like they truly locked the underlying lipstick in, as they transferred and still lasted about as long as the lipstick did on its own. I also felt that it was lightly tacky, and it varied, but a few shades would lift color in places. The tingling effect was least pronounced when layered. In general, layering over very light shades was often where they missed and any unevenness became much more visible.

On their own, they often struggled to go on evenly. The application over bare lips was similar to trying to apply some of the darker topcoats over very light or dissimilar colors, which just made any application shortcomings highly visible (compared to say, blue shimmer over a blue lipstick). They had a very strong, lingering tingle where my lips felt like they do after being numbed (like from the dentist)–almost too big, swollen, and a mixture of tingling, cooling, burning. This effect lasted between two to three minutes before subsiding. I wouldn’t say it’s water-resistant, as it seemed to transfer after drinking water, but if I did not drink anything, it was fairly transfer-proof. The wear has been between two and four hours and drying.

The packaging on these doesn’t make sense to me; they have a very thin, brush-type applicator that is terrible for spreading product across the lips, but the formula was often sheerer so getting crisp lines with the included applicator seemed like an exercise in futility. I think a squeeze-tube or more typical doe-foot applicator would have worked here, but I like the idea of a squeeze tube, which would “force” one to use a separate applicator would make more sense, as using it directly on top of another lipstick would result in lipstick transfer to the wand and back into the tube.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Monarchy
Monarchy
Monarchy
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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Seether

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MAC Extra Dimension Extensions for Summer 2017

MAC Extra Dimension Collection for Summer 2017
MAC Extra Dimension Collection for Summer 2017

Our fan-favorite, incandescent M∙A∙C Extra Dimension formula is amping up the innovation with new permanent shades of Extra Dimension Blush. From soft pastels to corals and plums, it delivers textures that reflect light, leaving a smooth second-skin finish. Also back and here to say is Extra Dimension Skinfinish, with its renowned shimmering high-shine effect, in three bestselling shades — Oh, Darling is back!

Availability

April 6th online and in-stores

The Details

Extra Dimension Blush | $28.00 U.S. / $33.00 CAD | Permanent

  • Into the Pink Soft pastel pink
  • Sweets for My Sweet Mid-tone yellow pink
  • Rosy Cheeks Mid-tone muted blue fuchsia
  • Hushed Tone Neutralized pink peach
  • Just a Pinch Apricot
  • Cheeky Bits Mid-tone pinky coral
  • Wrapped Candy Plum
  • Fairly Precious Light pinky champagne
  • Telling Glow Bright coral
  • Hard to Get Warm burgundy brown

Extra Dimension Skinfinish | $33.00 U.S. / $38.00 CAD | Permanent

  • Oh, Darling Metallic gold
  • Glow With It Soft peachy nude with multi-dimensional shimmer
  • Superb Patina bronze

Brush | Permanent

  • 127 Split Fibre Face ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CAD)
  • 128 Split Fibre Cheek ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CAD)

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