MAC Nude Model Art Library Palette ($48.00 for 0.6 oz.) is a new, limited edition neutral-hued palette that leans slightly more mauve/plum than overtly warm-toned. Of the three palettes launched in the Art Library collection, this has the most repeated shades (past releases and/or permanent shades). If you feel like a lot of matte eyeshadows are too powdery, you may you enjoy MAC’s formula, which tends to be firmer, a little stiffer and better for gradually building color with little to no fallout. Most of the mattes were blendable, but the darker shades–Sugar Plum and Dance in the Dark–could have been easier to soften along the edges. LES Artiste had some fallout and a tendency to emphasize my lid texture, so I’d recommend using fingertips or a wet brush to apply it, and I felt like Nude Model was overly slippery.
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Clinique On the Glow Cheek Pop Palette ($29.50 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of cheek colors–a highlighter, blush, and bronzer–in the brand’s popular Cheek Pop formula. The blush, Ginger Pop, is part of the permanent range, while the other two are new (at least to me). All three shades were consistent with the Cheek Pop formula: a gel-powder formula that feels smooth, lightly creamy to the touch and sits well on skin because there’s no powderiness (also no excess kicked up in the pan!). You’ll want to use a moderately dense, more rounded brush to pick up product as more feathery (think a fan brush) don’t pick up product well with this type of formula. It’s a good value if they’re shades you’d use, but I would have loved to see the brand release a second trio with more depth to cover more skin tones.
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I love sponges for giving lighter coverage and working with more matte formulas, as I find the dampness helps stretch and spread them better. My biggest “issue” with sponges is just how much time they can take to really clean!
Bobbi Brown Ruby Crushed Lip Color ($24.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a natural finish. It had buildable color coverage from to mostly opaque (two layers). The texture was lightweight, thin without being clingy, and glided on without tugging but never felt slippery or really cream-like. I appreciated how the color went on evenly and seemed to smooth out most of my lip lines. It stayed on nicely for five hours, left a barely-there stain behind, and was non-drying.
- Makeup Geek Plain Jane (P, $12.00) is less glossy (90% similar).
- NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is less glossy (90% similar).
- MAC Devoted to Chili (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar).
- NYX Alabama (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
- YSL Chili Tunique (80) (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
- Sephora Matinee (30) (P, $8.00) is glossier (85% similar).
- Bite Beauty Crushed Chili (LE, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar).
- Dior Ultra Crave (843) (P, $37.00) is more muted (85% similar).
- Chanel Rouge Vie (58) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar).
- Charlotte Tilbury Dangerous Liaison (P, $34.00) is darker (85% similar).
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$29.00/0.11 oz. - $263.64 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to have "high color payoff" with a "blotted-down stain effect" that "glides on comfortably" and keeps lips "hydrated." It's also supposed to be long-wearing and is buildable from "blotted-down" in one layer to "intense color payoff" in two to three layers. The majority of the shades in the range have medium to semi-opaque coverage in one layer, and they were buildable from there with two to three layers. A few shades applied less evenly than others, though most went on well enough.
The consistency was more like a firmer, harder balm, as it glided easily across my lips, but it didn't feel wet, emollient, or oily, more waxy like a traditional lipstick but very lightweight. Some shades pulled into my lip lines and a few emphasized my natural lip texture, while others were more smoothing and flattering in finish/texture. The wear typically lasted between three and six hours with some of the richer/darker shades leaving subtle stains behind. The formula was more non-drying to lightly hydrating, but it wasn't hydrating enough that I'd put it in that category (hydrating lipstick). They had a faint, lemon-meets-wax scent that sometimes wasn't noticeable at all (depended on the shade).
All swatches are with two layers.
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Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Lanolate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, Cetyl Lactate, Paraffin, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire D'Abeille, Nylon-12, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Fragrance, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 27 (Ci 45410), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Carmine (Ci 75470), Red 21 (Ci 45380), Orange 5 (Ci 45370), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)]
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Inspired by the spotlights, rock stars, and dancers Charlotte partied with in Ibiza, these multicolored, multiuse eyeshadows glide across eyes, lips, and cheeks like silk-satin, molten light. The rich textures can be used wet as well as dry. Pop them on with a wet brush for a divine, super-smooth, silk finish with beautiful color.