Buxom Nudist & Hooligan Full-Bodied Lipsticks

Buxom Nudist Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a pale, warm-toned beige with a soft beige shimmer. It had semi-opaque color but was noticeably translucent, and it was a tad streaky–you could see little lines here and there. This was actually my least favorite of the entire range, because it just didn’t have the same luminous, rich look of the rest of the range. It lasted well for four hours, which is about average, and was marginally hydrating. MAC Pret-a-pretty is paler. Tom Ford Blush Nude is somewhat darker. MAC Innocence, Beware is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

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Buxom Nudist Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Nudist
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
84%
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Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow & Loose Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow ($9.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink-purple with gold shimmer and sparkle highlight.” It’s a plummy purple with gold shimmer and sparkle. It had good color payoff applied dry as well as over Pixie Epoxy. The texture was fairly soft, though it had quite a bit of sparkle, so it wasn’t perfectly smooth. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 is darker, more plum. Buxom Schnauzer is similar, slightly more muted. OCC Overlook is darker. Inglot #445 is similar but less gold shimmer. See comparison swatches.

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Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Meerkat (Pressed)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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theBalm Down Boy Blush

theBalm Down Boy Blush ($21.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “baby pink.” It’s soft, light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. MAC Pure Femininity is darker, less blue-based. theBalm Argyle is warmer. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One is similar, slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is similar. See comparison swatches.

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theBalm Down Boy Blush
theBalm Shadow/Blush Down Boy
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%

Zoya Carter & Tomoko Nail Lacquers

Zoya Carter Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “regal purple.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with pink-violet sparkle and shimmer. It has a Pixie Dust finish, so it has a matte, sparkling finish (and the sparkle always looks prettier in person than in a static image). It was mostly opaque after three thin coats of polish (I applied per Zoya’s PixieDust instructions). I felt like this one was less sparkly, though, than other shades. It seemed dull in comparison. I didn’t have anything similar to this shade in my stash, but if you’ve discovered a similar shade, please share it in the comments!

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Zoya Carter Nail Lacquer
Zoya Nail Lacquer Carter
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
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Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “an intense semi-matte lipstick” with “long-lasting” wear. The formula is incredibly pigmented and creamy; it glides on effortlessly never pulling or tugging at the lip, and it really does deliver opaque color in a single pass. The finish isn’t fully matte, more of a satiny sheen–definitely less shine than the regular Le Rouge range.  The formula is not as hydrating as the regular range, as I found Rose d’Exception to be neither drying nor hydrating and Rouge d’Exception only slightly hydrating.  It is floral-scented (too strong for my preference; felt like I was eating perfume when I was applying, but I’m particularly sensitive to florals!) and is housed in a leather-wrapped case. The leather is very thin, and it doesn’t feel particularly luxe for me; I could have done just as well as a regular metal tube.

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Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) Le Rouge
Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick Rose d'Exception (206)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
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Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher

Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher ($26.00 for 0.18 oz.) is described as a “dusky coral.” It’s a medium-dark coral with a hint of pink and subtle warm undertones; there is a dusty/muted element to it, which may make it a great coral for anyone who has tended to shy away from the brighter releases. MAC Passion for Colour is lighter, powder. NARS Soulshine is powder. Chanel Presage is more orange. Edward Bess Secret Affair is powder. Tom Ford Flush is pinker, brighter, powder. Aveda Hibiscus is a powder. Burberry Blossom is a powder. Dior Coral Glow is a touch darker, powder. See comparison swatches.

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Illamasqua Sleek Velvet Blusher
Illamasqua Velvet Blusher Sleek
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
97%