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Sponge Applicators

For the face, I think sponge applicators are still really useful, especially if they’re more durable so you can get more than a few uses out of them. Ones for the eyes I find less useful in a day-to-day routine, since they are harder to use (too large for me/the sponge often pulls away from the plastic holder) to really get a nuanced eye look.

-- Christine

Dior Shock, Cruise, Diorosphere Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

Dior Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

Dior Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss ($30.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) was recently reformulated and released in several shades, some familiar from past formulations (Dior seems to update their lip ranges every couple of years). The formula is supposed to be sheer, hydrating, glossy, and plumping using “hyaluronic acid spheres that capture and retain surrounding water … [so lips] appear full with lasting moisture.” I can’t really tell the difference between this formula and past ones in the range; it’s a semi-sheer to semi-opaque formula (from what shades I bought) with a very smooth, lightweight texture that is comfortable to wear, lightly hydrating, and shiny. The non-sticky texture and smooth, gel-like feel are the two highlights of the formula, as they’re just easy to wear and throw on. The formula wore between three and four hours for me. I didn’t notice any scent or taste. They come in three types–sparkling, watery, and iridescent–with varying levels of shimmer and color.

Dior Shock (465) Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss ($30.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a sheer, pink-tinged base with light pink and silver sparkle. It has a “sparkling” finish according to the brand. It accentuated the natural pink tones of my lips while adding evenly dispersed sparkle and glossy shine. The gloss was comfortable to use and wear, though it lasted for two and a half hours. The formula was lightly hydrating while worn. Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Charming (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Pagoda (P, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Cruise (676) Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss ($30.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and fine, pink pearl. It has a “watery” finish. The color payoff was semi-sheer–a noticeable amount of color (at least on my lips) but not enough to fully cover, so your natural lip color may alter the way this looks compared to how it looks on me. The texture was a little thinner and didn’t leave my lips looking as smooth as some of the other shades did. This shade wore for three hours on me but was hydrating. Chanel Pinctada (214) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Vibrant Vibe (P, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Hollywood (688) (P, $35.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Mystical Magenta (610) (P, $8.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Glossy Pink (16) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Diorsphere (996) Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss ($30.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy purple with light pink and silver sparkle. It has a “sparkling” finish. The coverage was semi-sheer with enough tint to be noticeable but let a lot of the natural lip color come through. It applied evenly and had a smooth, lightweight consistency that was comfortable to wear. This shade wore for three and a half hours and was moisturizing. Sephora Pretty Princess (LE, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Dior Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss (2016) Shock (465)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
89%
Dior Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss (2016) Cruise (676)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
Dior Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss (2016) Diorosphere (996)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%

Anastasia Sateen, 10K, Blazing, Comfort Eyeshadows

Anastasia Eyeshadow

Anastasia Sateen Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium, golden peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that was very blendable without fall out, despite being a smidgen on the drier side. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably on me. Smashbox Crisp (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Sunset Blvd. (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cherish (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Orangerie (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Champagne (P) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia 10K Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a muted, medium gold with brown tones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a thin, dusty texture that tended to sheer out when applied without a primer or base for it to latch onto. It was very blendable, but again, it would always sheer out and getting true-to-pan color was difficult. On me, it lasted for six and a half hours before fading. Tarte Mermaid (LE) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Studly (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Bananas (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Vicuna (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Beaded (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Montaigne (P) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #5 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Blazing Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff with a silky-smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. The color started to fade slightly after eight hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M738 Auburn (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Wrath (P) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Comfort Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with opaque, even coverage that diffused easily and adhered well to bare skin. On me, the color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Guerlain Petrouchka #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Maroon (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Boy Band (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Pretty (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bella Bronze (24) (P, $4.49) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow Sateen
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
Anastasia Eyeshadow 10K
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
70%
Anastasia Eyeshadow Blazing
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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This Week’s Sales for April 25th, 2016

Saks Fifth Avenue

Cash Back/Rebates

When you join one of the below websites, you can earn cash back on orders made at thousands of retailers. For example, if you place a $50 order at a retailer with 10% cash back, you’ll receive $5 in cash back. Below you’ll find the best beauty-related retailers to earn cash back this week:

  • EbatesPUR (10%), Joyus (10%), Verseo (9%), Saks (8%), BH Cosmetics (7.5%), ends 4/30.
  • Mr. RebatesProactiv (35%), WEN (35%), Oscar Blandi (15%), BH Cosmetics (10%), Murad (10%), Saks (8%), ends 4/30.

Flash Sales/Deals

Flash sales/deals sites offer a limited selection of products from particular brands, sometimes recently discontinued or excess stock from limited edition items, and occasionally, you’ll find popular gems that are part of the current/permanent line. These sites typically have more flash sales on fashion and home than beauty, but below you’ll find beauty-related sales noted for the week:

  • HautelookHynt Beauty (4/25), Osmotics (4/25), PUR Cosmetics (4/26), Vanity Planet Beauty (4/27), Mirenesse (4/28), ends 4/30.

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  • Algenist$30 off $150 with code SPRING30; $50 off $250 with code SPRING50, $100 off $500 with code SPRING100; $250 off $1000 with code SPRING250, ends 4/25.
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  • Clarins (Canada)Up to 30% off a selection of exclusive items, ends 4/29.
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  • ShiseidoReceive your choice of a complimentary Sun Umbrella or Tote, plus a sample of Ultimate Sun Protection Cream with purchase of 2 suncare products, ends 4/30.
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  • UltaFree Spring Bag with any Fragrance Purchase of $40 or more, ends 5/08.
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Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush

Becca Camellia Shimmering Skin Perfector Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, frosted finish. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Stunner (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Boba (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Smile (Right) (LE, $52.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This formula is supposed to have “just the right balance of color and light” that can be worn alone or “as a blush topper.” It seemed like it is supposed to be somewhere between sheerer like a highlighter and more pigmented like a blush (hence why it can also be layered), which is the best I can surmise from their marketing (there’s a lot of use of subtle as well, which at least indicates, to me, that they’re not saying it’s ultra pigmented). I noticed that layering is best with a very, very light hand and a feathery brush or else the original blush can get overshadowed, as the formula runs semi-opaque. Much like the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, a little can go a long way. Camellia had rich color payoff with a lightly dry, dusty texture that was soft and blendable, but it was harder to control so I found a smaller, more precise blush brush easier to avoid going overboard in application. It was just shy of emphasizing pores on me, and I think if I had layered it a bit more, I would have found it emphasizing. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush Camellia
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%