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The Best of Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighters

01/03

Morphe High Impact Highlighter  

Morphe High Impact Highlighter  

Morphe High Impact Highlighter  

Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new, powder highlighter that’s available in six shades (at least, as of June ’18). I hope the brand will continue to extend the range with some cooler-hued highlighters and richer ones, too. A few shades (like Extra, Spark, and Stardust) had a softer sheen–more shine than shimmer–that I think might appeal to some, while other shades are intensely metallic and much more shimmery on the skin (like Mirage and Boom). The texture of the ones that weren’t quite as shimmery felt smooth, firmer and denser, but not stiff to work with, and I didn’t have any trouble applying or blending them out. The more shimmery shades felt creamier and denser but less firmly pressed in the pan, so it was even easier to pickup product with a typical, tapered highlighter brush. They wore well for eight to nine hours on me before fading.

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NABLA Cosmetics Eyeshadows (Mattes)

01/06

NABLA Cosmetics Fahrenheit Super Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Fahrenheit Super Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Fahrenheit Super Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Fahrenheit Super Matte Eyeshadow

NABLA Cosmetics Eyeshadows | Look Details

NABLA Cosmetics Eyeshadows | Look Details

Fahrenheit

NABLA Cosmetics Fahrenheit Super Matte Eyeshadow ($8.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium red with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture that was still blendable and easy to work with, just didn’t feel the best by touch. The color wore well for eight hours on me before fading on me.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.09 oz. - $88.89 Per Ounce

The brand has a few different powder eyeshadow formulations, and because they don't just differ in finish but in price, they're listed as individual formulas on Temptalia, but for ease, I wanted to keep the same overview available so it's easy to get a big picture overview of their powder eyeshadows generally!

Super Matte Eyeshadows are "highly pigmented, completely opaque" with a "full, velvety" finish. The Super Mattes have a more finely-milled, velvety, and more substantial texture compared to the brand's Soft Matte eyeshadows, and I also found that they were much more pigmented than the Soft Mattes, too. There was more fallout during application if I wasn't careful due to the Super Matte shades being so pigmented, though. If one prefers building up coverage, the Soft Mattes would be more suitable. The eyeshadows in this finish tended to wear seven to eight hours on me.

Top Coat Wet & Dry Eyeshadows are supposed to give a "wet effect" and can be used wet or dry but are suggested to be used by "dabbing them on with your fingers" or "trying it wet." I found that these varied--some were really soft, blendable, and extremely pigmented with more fleck-like sparkle and others were drier and firmer with a thinner texture that was stiffer to work with. Most of them did apply best with fingertips or with a dampened brush over a dry brush. This finish is more interesting than the others, but I'd pay attention to the specific shades as there was some inconsistency. The wear time ranged from six to eight hours and slight to moderate fallout.

Satin Eyeshadows are supposed to have a "gentle sheen" with "the finest pearls" that will have "excellent adhesion" and be "long-lasting." They can also be applied wet or dry, and some shades did apply more smoothly or had better pigmentation when applied with a dampened brush, but the majority were easy to work with dry. The texture was smooth, firm but not too dense, and most shades blended out easily as the formula wasn't stiff to work with. Most shades lasted seven to eight hours.

Soft Matte Eyeshadows are supposed to give a "soft and delicate" effect while blending "easily." While the brand mentions "soft and delicate," the swatches they provided of the shades in this finish were showing opaque coverage in one layer, so the expectation would be for true, full color coverage, but a lot of the shades in the finish seemed more muted (which could be interpreted as "soft and delciate"). My experience was that the pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque but most shades were buildable, and I felt like buildable, matte eyeshadows are much needed and quite versatile--there's a huge difference in a poorly pigmented eyeshadow and one that can be pigmented, just requiring two layers--the latter gives one a lot of control over how it can appear in a look. The shades in this finish seemed to fade a little faster on me with six to seven hour wear on average.

Pearl Eyeshadows are supposed to "apply evenly, blend well" with "excellent skin adhesion" and "long-lasting" wear with high pigmentation. These are your m re typical shimmery, powdery eyeshadow formula with light creaminess, moderately dense textures, and are usually quite easy to blend out. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that lasted between seven and eight hours on me. Some shades were very metallic and others were a soft frost.

Browse all of our NABLA Cosmetics Super Matte Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

mica · talc · squalane · diisopropyl sebacate · zinc stearate · silica · capryloyl glycine · undecylenoyl glycine · tocopherol · tin oxide · cocos nucifera (coconut) oil · gardenia tahitensis flower · hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract · alumina [+/− (may contain): ci77491, ci 77492, ci 77499, ci 77891, ci 77742, ci 77007, ci 77510, ci 15850, ci 77400, ci 77000]

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Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty P(r)each & One Mauve Time Enamored Hydrating Lip Glosses

01/07

Marc Jacobs Beauty P(r)each Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss

Marc Jacobs Beauty P(r)each Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss

Marc Jacobs Beauty P(r)each Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss

Marc Jacobs Beauty P(r)each Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss

Marc Jacobs Beauty P(r)each Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss

Marc Jacobs Beauty P(r)each Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss

Marc Jacobs Beauty P(r)each Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss

P(r)each

Marc Jacobs Beauty P(r)each Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm, orange undertones and a glossy, pearly sheen. It had sheer coverage that applied fairly evenly with minimal settling in my lip lines (but there was some). The texture was lightweight, creamy with a moderate amount of slip, which made it easy to apply, but I could easily over-apply this if I wasn’t paying attention as a result. The lipstick felt like it was melting against my lips almost immediately–just to give an idea of how soft it can feel. It wore well for two and a half hours and was hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.07 oz. - $400.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "the shine of a gloss" with the "nourishing" prowess of a "tinted lip balm" paired with a "mint scent." They have a very soft, creamy texture that has a balm-lipstick feel to it but with a lot of slip, which makes them easy to over-apply as they skate across the lips like melting butter. The coverage ranged from sheer to semi-sheer with fairly even application, but sometimes product gathered in my lip lines. It had a glossy finish that helped minimize the appearance of the product settling in my lip lines from afar. They were hydrating and comfortable to wear, but they only lasted between two and four hours on me. They were mint scented but I didn't notice any taste.

Browse all of our Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss swatches.

Ingredients

Diisostearyl Malate, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Mica, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Simethicone, Tocopherol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caryodendron Orinocense Seed Oil, Tin Oxide, BHT, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

P(r)each
P(r)each
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Dior Universal (001) Backstage Glow Face Palette

01/07

Dior Universal (001) Backstage Glow Face Palette

Dior Universal (001) Backstage Glow Face Palette

Dior Universal (001) Backstage Glow Face Palette

Dior Universal (001) Backstage Glow Face Palette

Dior Universal (001) Backstage Glow Face Palette

Dior Universal (001) Backstage Glow Face Palette

Dior Universal (001) Backstage Glow Face Palette

Universal (001)

Dior Universal (001) Backstage Glow Face Palette ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) contains two highlighters (first row) and two blushes (bottom row) with all four shades having a shimmery finish that’s supposed to be “easy-t-blend” and “highly-concentrated” that can be “worn alone or blended together.”

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Most of the major brands I’ll buy from without quibbling over will it or won’t it be decent. I have started to hold back on buying full lines of certain types of products that seem like they might not be worth reviewing every single shade for (because they’ll fail based on metrics, e.g. 24-hour wear times, the colors all look about the same, like a super sheer gloss, or the price point is too high and is only worth weighing in on from an overall perspective and not for every shade).

— Christine