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Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips

Possession

Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a bright, medium pink and a darker, fuchsia pink. The lighter shade could have been a bit more pigmented, while both shades could have applied more evenly. The darker shade was bright enough that its shortcomings in texture weren’t as noticeable. I would recommend using a lip liner with this duo to maximize its potential, though.

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 Possession
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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ColourPop Meant to Be Pressed Powder Eye Duo

01/06

Colour Pop Meant to Be Pressed Powder Eye Duo

Colour Pop Meant to Be Pressed Powder Eye Duo

Colour Pop Meant to Be Pressed Powder Eye Duo

Colour Pop Meant to Be Pressed Powder Eye Duo

Colour Pop Meant to Be Pressed Powder Eye Duo

Colour Pop Meant to Be Pressed Powder Eye Duo

Meant to Be

ColourPop Meant to Be Pressed Powder Eye Duo ($10.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains a shimmering, peachy-orange and a vibrant pink-coral. The lighter shade is very shimmery, and the texture was denser and had more substance to it compared to the darker coral, so they didn’t quite layer as well together as I would have liked. If I diffused the shimmery shade enough, it was workable, especially if I layered the darker coral over it rather than trying to get the shimmer to layer over the coral. This duo is limited edition and part of the brand’s Valentine’s Day collection, but ColourPop is releasing them as singles today.

Colour Pop Pressed Powder Eye Duo Meant to Be
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Chanel Rouge, Nude, Rose Clair Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs

01/06

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur

Nude

Chanel Nude Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs ($37.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a soft, medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly, but some of the color slipped into my lip lines. The consistency was smooth, creamy, wet but not too slippery, and comfortable to wear, as it was quite hydrating. This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me.

The formula is supposed to have “rich colour in a single stroke” with a “satiny” finish. The lipstick pencil twists-up (no sharpening required), and the consistency is incredibly creamy, soft, and smooth. The coverage varied from mostly opaque to opaque, depending on the shade, and the wear time ranged between three to five hours with some shades (like the reds and fuchsias) leaving a stain behind. It was a very hydrating and comfortable formula to wear, but they’re so soft that I felt like it was easy to over-apply the product when there isn’t much product in each tube (0.04 oz. compared to a standard Chanel lipstick, which is 0.12 oz.). Twist-up pencils usually contain less product than a twist-up tube of lipstick, but I wish these had a little more (like 0.08 oz.) or else not quite as pricey. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur Nude
Nude
Nude
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Rouge

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NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/04

NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Crystal Glare

NYX Crystal Glare Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and fine, pearly sheen. The shimmer read as a luminous glow than overt shimmer on the skin, even when layered. It had semi-sheer to opaque, buildable coverage (two to three layers for more opaque coverage, though!). The consistency was thin, water-like but dried down after I blended it onto the skin. This shade would be ideal for someone who wants subtle warmth and sheen without a metallic finish. While it could absolutely be mixed in with base products, like a primer or foundation, the wand makes it most practical for dabbing onto the face. The highlighter wore nicely for seven and a half 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 Crystal Glare
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Years ago, they subtly influenced me – perhaps I’d wear less of that in front of them if they did not like it, or I’d reevaluate whether xyz color was flattering on me (not always someone saying, “Wow, that’s not flattering on you!” as it could have been a color I did not like on me that someone else did). In the last two or three years, I’d say that I rarely take them into account and just enjoy what I’ve decided to put on at a given moment.

— Christine

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