Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set

Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes three shimmery takes on three of the brand’s La Creme Lip Creams. Each is full-sized, so the set contains $66 worth of lipstick. The glittering pink mini bag it comes doesn’t feel particularly well made, and it flakes glitter everywhere. The formula is supposed to be like their La Creme (highly pigmented, hydrating, smooth), just with shimmer. They’re not as thick or as creamy, and with two shades, you can feel some of the shimmer–not gritty or really rough, but you can feel it when applying. They have more of a semi-matte finish from a normal viewing distance, despite the shimmer.

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Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set
Too Faced Lip Trio Holiday 2014 Under the Mistletoe
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Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
77%
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MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cool mauve with red frost.” It’s a sheer, gray-ish tinted gloss with iridescent pink and silver shimmer and sparkle. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is pinker, finer. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) is finer shimmer. MAC Vacant (LE, $15.00) is more lavender. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more silvered. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass
MAC Lipglass Viva Glam Rihanna 2
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
79%

Kat Von D Lovecraft Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Lovecraft Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Lovecraft Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Lovecraft Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte mauve pink nude.” It’s a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is glossier, slightly warmer. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is warmer. MAC Till Tomorrow (DC, $18.00) is glossier, darker, cooler-toned. MAC Mehr (P, $16.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade wore a lot like L’Ecole des Femmes. The texture wasn’t really creamy, but it was pliable enough that I was able to get an even layer of color out of it with some tugging but at least the color went on evenly. It had nearly opaque color coverage, and the color lasted for seven hours. I found it lightly drying over time, though it looks drier and feels clingy enough that I was surprised it wasn’t more drying. It doesn’t last the 10-hours as claimed, but it is longer-wearing the most shades in this type of a hue. It does wear away somewhat unevenly from the center first. This is the last shade in the range I bought to review, so expect a round-up soon!

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Lovecraft
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
78%

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Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic berry.” It’s a deepened, berry-red with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, metallic shimmer. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier, no shimmer. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is darker, no shimmer. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) has less shimmer. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. Milani Chilled Brandy (P, $5.49) is much warmer. Make Up For Ever #13 (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Wolvesmouth
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Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
77%

Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in an assortment of a slightly earthy set of more neutral shades. The eyeshadow formula is described as “luxe,” “long-lasting,” and “high-intensity” that “deliver rich color with a luxurious satin finish.” They can be used wet or dry, but I wouldn’t use the majority with a damp brush, because it creates a stiffer, hardened surface on the top that you’ll have to remove if you want to use the eyeshadow again. I was able to use the more frosted shades with a damp brush without issues later on. The frosts, in general, perform better than the other shades, as they have a denser texture, but they still tend to be powdery. The mattes have a thinner, drier consistency that feels soft in the pan but just doesn’t translate as intensely on the skin. It is a huge improvement from Body, but there’s still a lot of powdery shades with hit or miss pigmentation. I feel like it’s a palette that absolutely requires a primer to do the heavy-lifting and/or a damp application (in the case of the frosts) to be workable. At this price point, though, there are too many misses.

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Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Eyes are the Windows Eyeshadow Palette Soul
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Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner ($45.00 for 3 x 0.002 oz.) is described as an “ultra black.” It’s a dark black with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. There are plenty of similar-hued black eyeliners on the market. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner
Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner Obsidian
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Product
6.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
5
Total
79%