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Kat Von D Bruno & Thumbelina Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

01/08

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Bruno

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a vibrant, deep cobalt blue with cool undertones and a fine, metallic shimmer strewn throughout the lipstick. It had opaque color coverage in one layer. The consistency was smooth, thin without being watery, and it dried down quickly but gave me enough time to maneuver along the edges and go back to spread out the product in places. It dried down comfortably and did not feel clingy nor did it emphasize the texture of my lips. On me, the color stayed on well for nine hours and was slightly drying after six hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.22 oz. - $90.91 Per Ounce

It is supposed to be a “long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.” Of the liquid lipsticks on the market that go and have a full dry-down, Kat Von D’s formula remains my favorite, as it is the easiest to apply with the kindest learning curve and lasts awhile.

Some shades are more drying than others, but typically they don’t get drying until after five to six hours of wear. They often wear anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on what you’ve had to eat or drink during the day. This formula is thin but not watery, has a longer dry down than most liquid lipsticks (but I noticed some of the newer shades dried to a mostly dry finish faster), and layers better than most (you can touch-up or add a second layer for more coverage).

It takes about a minute for it to mostly set, but it will remain a little tacky in places for up to three minutes so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together if it doesn’t seem totally dry initially. There isn’t a noticeable scent or taste. If you don’t mind the trade-off between very long, near-pristine wear and being drying, it’s worth checking out. As a bonus, these also come with one of the most generous amounts of products within the realm of liquid lipsticks!

Browse all of our Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick swatches.

Bruno
Bruno
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Thumbelina

Limited Edition
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Too Faced White Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette

01/14

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Over primer: Exotica, Raspberry Rose, Sugared Raisin, Chocolate Syrup, Cookie Dough, Glaze

Over primer: Exotica, Raspberry Rose, Sugared Raisin, Chocolate Syrup, Cookie Dough, Glaze

White Chocolate Bar

Too Faced White Chocolate Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that is available for Rouge/VIB members from 11/21 to 11/22 and then releases for everyone on at 11/23. It’s one of Too Faced’s worst palettes, and it’s still a mediocre, not-worth-$5 palette used over their own primer. The formula used in this palette is so dry that shades are often dusty, chalky, or powdery (or some mix) with many shades applying with little pigmentation, sheering out as soon as they’re touched, and have little wear time (even over primer!).

This palette was a head-scratcher: I have no idea why Too Faced would release this palette when their White Chocolate Chip Palette from last year was one of the brand’s worst palettes… ever (my review here). Even retailer reviews on it were pitiful, 37% of Sephora reviewers rated it 1-star with 64% rating it 3-stars or below; and it’s rare to see such low average ratings (2.7/5 for last year’s White Chocolate Chip) on any products on Sephora–the infamous Anastasia Subculture is rated 3.7/5.

The palette shares the bulk of its shades with last year’s palette, and there was little to no room for improvement from palette to palette, so this seemed like it was just a waste of time and money for all involved. It’s actually more frustrating to see a brand completely disregard customer feedback. It makes me feel like the brand doesn’t care, takes no pride in their products, and has no desire to improve their products.

4.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3
Application
59%
Total
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ColourPop Boy Next Door Pressed Powder Highlighter

01/06

Colour Pop Boy Next Door Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Boy Next Door Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Boy Next Door Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Boy Next Door Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Boy Next Door Pressed Powder Highlighter

Colour Pop Boy Next Door Pressed Powder Highlighter

Boy Next Door

ColourPop Boy Next Door Pressed Powder Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was incredibly soft and loosely pressed, which resulted in a lot of product coming away from the pan at once with a tendency to clump up as it was still a creamier, thicker powder.

I found that using a denser face brush and tapping picked up product the most evenly without over-doing it. This way, when I applied it to the skin, I was able to get good coverage and a smooth, even application that blended nicely around the edges. It wore well for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.23 oz. - $34.78 Per Ounce

The powder highlighter is supposed to have a "high-shine" finish with "high colour intensity." In general, ColourPop's pressed highlighter powders have a smooth, moderately dense texture that was soft enough to be picked up easily by a brush but not kick up any powder in the pan. The formula was semi-opaque to opaque but easily sheered out for less shine and coverage if desired. There were a few shades within the range that emphasized my skin's natural texture slightly but most did not. The wear ranged from seven and a half hours to nine hours.

Browse all of our Colour Pop Pressed Powder Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

BORON NITRIDE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, PTFE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, SILICA, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, DIMETHICONOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TIN OXIDE, BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Best Black Friday Beauty Deals 2017

Welcome to the holiday sale madness that is Black Friday & Cyber Monday! Below are all the deals that I have received and can be shown (some are under embargo until they start) — so there are tons of additional deals that will go live between now and Cyber Monday (27th), so check this post frequently! It will update automatically, and when deals expire, they’ll get crossed out. (I’ll also be adding more deals as I hear about them!) Happy shopping!

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Tarte Black Friday 2016

Black Friday Shopping Tips

  • Make your list! (And check it twice!)  It’s better to go into a plethora of sales having a game plan of what items you’ve been looking for, what you need for yourself or as gifts for others.  This also helps to avoid impulse purchases or getting sidetracked by a good deal on something you didn’t really want!
  • Compare offers!  Products can be purchased from brands directly, which is often the best deal, but sometimes retailers have better incentives, lower free shipping thresholds, and the like.  You’ll also want to check Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday offers when brands have revealed both, since sometimes one is better than the other!
  • If it’s too good to be true… prepare to cyber-camp for the deal.  If you’re hours late to the deal, things can get sold out or picked through quite a bit, so if you have your list ready, and you’re ready to go when the deal goes live, it shouldn’t be too frustrating!
  • Mark your calendar!  Most brands and retailers run on EST, and a lot of deals go live midnight EST but occasionally brands launch at PST (Sephora is often one, and Ulta runs on CST).  When in doubt, try at midnight EST and if nothing launches, then it’s likely midnight PST.

If your brand has a deal, or you know of one that isn’t listed below, just comment below 🙂

Tom Ford Magnetic Attraction, Paper Doll, Night Mauve Lip Colors

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Magnetic Attraction Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Magnetic Attraction Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Magnetic Attraction Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Magnetic Attraction Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Magnetic Attraction Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Magnetic Attraction Lip Color

Magnetic Attraction

Tom Ford Beauty Magnetic Attraction Lip Color ($54.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly across the lips. With the lightly glossy finish, it appeared translucent and more like a lip stain than a lipstick on the lips. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and thin with moderate slip. I was surprised that it didn’t pull heavily into my lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$54.00/0.10 oz. - $540.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed have an "ultra-creamy texture" with "smooth application" that will deliver "pure color." The lipstick tends to have semi-opaque to opaque coverage with a natural to luminous finish with some shades with very fine pearl and others with more metallic shimmer. The consistency is typically creamy, lightweight, and has moderate slip, which makes it comfortable to wear and to apply but is not the most long-lasting lipstick formula. The wear tends to range between four and six hours with some shades performing above and below that range. There's a vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

Browse all of our Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color swatches.

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