Tom Ford Lip Shimmer

Tom Ford Lip Shimmer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new formula released in two, limited edition shades for summer. These are supposed to give a “glimmering effect” or “veiled over [lipstick] to add radiant shimmer,” and the formula is supposed to be hydrating as well. If you’re not into sheer, shimmery color, you’ll want to just skip this post entirely; both shades are on the sheer side–mostly shimmer without a lot of color. I did not find the formula moisturizing; I actually felt like it was somewhat drying, and the high frost/shimmer content was a little uncomfortable to wear. Initially, it feels very slick and emollient–like a glaze–but it dries down and all that glossy goodness disappears and all that is left is shimmer, which has a noticeable texture once the shine is gone. I also tried the gold shade as a highlighter, but it’s somewhat tacky on the skin and doesn’t sit as well on the skin as a true liquid or cream highlighter does.

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Tom Ford Solar Gold Lip Shimmer
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Shimmer Solar Gold
C-
Product
5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
72%
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MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadow

MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and silver eyeshadows with a plum eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The eyeliner shade was poor, oh so sad, with its incredibly sheer color payoff and dry, stiff texture–it was so challenging to even get a smidgen of color to show up. I had better luck with the eyeshadows, but they weren’t great; still on the powdery side with varying pigmentation. The wear, though, has been rather consistent, as this one clocked in at eight hours before there was noticeable fading.

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MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eggplant Blend
C-
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
71%
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MAC Playland Pigments

The MAC Playland Collection features four shades of MAC Pigments ($21.00 for 0.15 oz.). Two shades are part of the permanent PRO range, while one is part of the permanent range.

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MAC Playland Pigments
MAC Pigment Ever So Yellow
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. It’s an interesting mix of shades, but they do work together. One of my favorite aspects to trying out a NARS duo is seeing how the two work together, because you can discover combinations you never thought about before. I was less enamored with this duo as I was Tropical Princess, as the texture was more powdery in both shades here. The left side wasn’t as powdery as the right side, and the left side still applied more smoothly, evenly, and had better color payoff than the right side. I found the right side to be powdery, a little chalky, and a shade that really needs a base underneath to help it hold. The left side lasted for almost eight hours, while the right side was noticeably faded after six hours.

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NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Duo Eyeshadow Lost Coast
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Color Elixirs

For spring, Maybelline released six new and limited shades of their Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) gloss. I picked up four of the six shades (the other two were tampered with), and the two shades I’m missing are Polished Petal (105) and Radiant Bloom (110). My local Walgreens just put out the display for this collection last week, and the glosses definitely move more slowly compared to the limited edition Color Tattoos. I’ve reviewed the formula in the past, so here’s a recap of the formula: it’s non-sticky for the most part (gets a little tacky after three hours of wear), has a creme brulee scent and somewhat perfume-y taste (can be a deal-breaker if you’re more sensitive to off-tastes or if you do a lot of drinking/eating with your gloss on!), and is hydrating. Maybelline pushes the gloss as having “high impact” color, the coverage tends to be more semi-opaque.

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Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) Color Elixir
Maybelline Color Elixir (Spring 2014) Sandy Sensation (115)
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
76%
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MAC Go for Girlie, Innocent, Revved Up Patentpolish Lip Pencils

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula that’s available online now and will debut at stores and counters on April 3rd. The formula is described as having “the colour and shine of a gloss, the precision of a lip pencil.” You can “[achieve] a luscious shine with a single swipe.” There are twelve shades in total (and I will review all as I finish wearing them!), and each is housed in a twist-up jumbo-sized pencil. Keep in mind that most jumbo pencils contain less product than your average lipstick, and the same is true here; each has 0.08 oz. whereas a full-sized MAC lipstick is 0.10 oz.

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MAC Go for Girlie Patentpolish Lip Pencil
MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil Go for Girlie
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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