Smashbox Always Sharp Liner

Smashbox Always Sharp Liner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a “waterproof kohl eyeliner that glides on and self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off.” There’s also a 3D formula, which as far as I can tell, differs primarily by the inclusion of shimmer. The original (or regular) formula is waterline safe as well. The self-sharpening mechanism is great for anyone who needs more precision when using their pencil eyeliner, and it definitely works! The consistency of the pencils was soft enough that it glided on without tugging on the lash line. The three shades I tried yielded more opaque color coverage in a couple of layers. The formula noticeably faded and thinned out after six to seven hours, and the teal shade migrated into the outer edge of my lash line, so wear was less than ideal. It seemed waterproof, as it didn’t run or smudge when it came into contact with water.

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Smashbox 3D Orchid Always Sharp 3D Liner
Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner 3D Orchid
C
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
74%
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Givenchy Rose Dentelle & Prune Taffetas Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows

These are the last of the Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) shades I have to review! You can check out previously reviewed shades here. :) The brand describes them as “creamy, waterproof, [and] long-lasting.” It’s a cream-to-powder formula, so it feels like a cream initially but dries down to a powder finish. Givenchy actually states that this lasts for 16 hours, which is quite a tall order and one that I haven’t found any shade to live up to (or even last close to that).

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Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow Rose Dentelle (3)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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MAC x Sharon Osbourne Patentpolish Lip Pencils

The upcoming MAC x Osbournes Collection features four shades of Patentpolish Lip Pencils, which were a new (and limited edition) formula that released at the end of March of this year. Two of the shades are repromotes, so since I just tested them two months ago, I didn’t re-test them for wear, but the shades are the same in regards to texture/color/application. The Patentpolish Lip Pencil formula is supposed to have “the colour and shine of a gloss, the precision of a lip pencil.” They come housed in a jumbo-sized, twist-up lip pencil and contain slightly less product than a lipstick (0.10 oz.). The two new shades in this collection are actually better than many shades I tried when the formula initially launched, as both applied evenly and lasted a bit longer.

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MAC x Sharon Osbourne Patentpolish Lip Pencils
MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil French Kiss
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
84%
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MAC Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer

MAC Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with a touch of fine shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium golden brown with a soft, golden shimmer and satin finish. It had warm, yellow undertones. Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is warmer, darker. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is darker, browner. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is a touch darker. MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Aphrodite's Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Extra Dimension Bronzer Aphrodite's Shell
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
73%

Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) just debuted on the brand’s website and will be available at all the other retailers later this month/early June. I’m not in love with the texture that Urban Decay has in their cheek palettes, as there’s always something off about them. Strip didn’t impress me, as two shades were problematic. The best shade was the bronzer, but if you aren’t a fan of more shimmery bronzers, that will likely make this an automatic pass.

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Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Cheek Palette Strip
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
73%
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Dior Atlantique (344) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Atlantique (344) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition, cool-toned palette that features three blue-hued eyeshadows, a shimmery silver, and a medium brown (that is very warm-toned, so it seems out of place). The good news is this wasn’t as bad as Rivage, which made any blue eyeshadow lover instantly tear up. It’s still not a hit, and it’s hard to forgive major errors at this price point. The darkest blue is incredibly powdery, dusty, and sheer. The silver shade is mostly silver shimmer, and the light blue is so-so. The best performer was the medium blue, followed by the brown, which was still a little powdery. On the lid, wear time varied dramatically depending on shade, so if that’s a deal-breaker, I’ve noted the wear times with each shade below.

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Dior Atlantique (344) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Atlantique (344)
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
74%
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