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NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

01/07

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS x Man Ray | Look Details

NARS x Man Ray | Look Details

Montparnasse

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes a warm gold and a medium, plummy brown. The left side was lovely–pigmented, easy to use, long-wearing–but the right side had a disastrous texture: stiff, firm, and required jabbing and pushing to get powder to dislodge from the surface. Given the price point and that it only contains two shades, I couldn’t recommend this one.

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Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

01/07

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Gradient

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit ($30.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with four blushes for the holiday season. Unfortunately, it was a miss–the formula just did not work well for blending, and when it comes to a cheek color, I imagine getting an even layer with diffused, gradual edges is really a must for most. Something about splotchy, patchy blush with harsh lines says, “no, thank you” in my mind.

Per the brand, it’s a “full pigment formula for buildable coverage,” which I interpret as that it is buildable to full coverage. It is also a “finely milled formula for seamless blending,” which is where I had more trouble typically–these were unforgiving when applied over bare skin or damp foundation. I had to have skin powdered heavily in order to get decent blendability out of most shades in the Blush Kits, though some were decent without extra tricks.

Gradient
Gradient
4
Product
9
Pigmentation
5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
1.5
Application
62%
Total

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I find that, by and large, they do not work well on their own–they need a glitter adhesive, so my complaint is more that this should be stated. Most brands
market them as usable on their own when it’s just so rarely true. There are a few, though, that work well on their own (at least, most of the time) – like UD Moondusts or Stila’s liquid Glitter & Glow.

— Christine

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MAC Snow Ball / So Obsessed Mini Lipstick Set Now Available

MAC Snow Ball Kits & Sets for Holiday 2017
MAC Snow Ball Kits & Sets for Holiday 2017

The Details

A kit of 12 crowd-favourite mini Lipsticks, each in colour-matched special deco.

Now online for Select Members

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So Obsessed Mini Lips, $69.50 U.S. / $83.50 CAD (Limited Edition)

  • Diva Intense reddish burgundy (Matte)
  • Ruby Woo VIvid matte vivid blue red (Matte)
  • Mangrove Hot bright red (Matte)
  • Little Darling Clean light nude (Matte)
  • Velvet Teddy Deep-tone beige (Matte)
  • Whirl Dirty rose (Matte)
  • Stone Muted greyish taupe brown (Matte)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Matte)
  • Flat Out Fab Bright plum (Matte)
  • Good Kisser Mid-tone fuchsia (Matte)
  • Please Me Muted rosy-tinted pink (Matte)
  • Party Commencing Clean, matte, light neutral pink (Matte)

Sephora Holiday 2017 Sets | Exclusive Early Access

NARS Love Triangles
NARS Love Triangles

The Details

Sephora launched exclusive sets for their app today, though I’ve pulled the links to each product to view on any device — see links below or use the widget below.

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Sephora Exclusive Holiday Sets, $Varies (Limited Edition)

  • Becca Bronze, Blush, & Illuminate Kit ($60.00, $100.00 Value) Full-sized Bronzed Bondi, Snapdragon; mini Opal @ Sephora
  • Benefit Tints to Tease ($18.00, $27.00 Value) 0.13 oz. x Benetint, Posietint, Chachatint @ Sephora
  • Boscia Travel. Detox. Repeat Essentials ($25.00, $58.00 Value) Deep Pore Buffing Brush, 0.7 oz. Luminizing Black Mask, 0.5 oz. Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel, 1.7 oz. Detoxifying Black Cleanser @ Sephora
  • Buxom Plum Gone Wild ($20.00, $30.00 Value) 0.03 oz. Nude Exposure Gel Lipstick, 0.07 oz. Blushing Margarita Lip Cream, 0.07 oz. Sandy Lip Polish @ Sephora
  • Dr. Jart+ Skin Treats to Go ($22.00, $32.00 Value) 0.5 oz. Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment, 1.5 oz. Firm Lover Rubber Mask @ Sephora
  • Drunk Elephant B-Hydra + Virgin Marula Oil Duo ($20.00, $28.00 Value) Includes 0.27 oz. of each @ Sephora
  • First Aid Beauty One Upon a Prime ($14.00, $20.00 Value) 10 x Facial Radiance Pads, 0.75 oz. Priming Moisturizer @ Sephora
  • Givenchy Le Rouge Mini Duo ($25.00) Rose Dressing, Framboise Velours Le Rouge Minis @ Sephora
  • Huda Beauty Nude Love Minis ($33.00) 4 x 0.064 oz. Liquid Mattes in Crush, Girlfriend, Wifey, Sugar Mama @ Sephora
  • IGK 3D Kit ($25.00, $43.00 Value) 6 oz. 2-in-1 Shampoo & Texturizer, 1.7 oz. Rich Kid Gel, 0.5 oz. Hydrating Hair Balm @ Sephora
  • Kopari The Coconut Hookup ($22.00, $30.00 Value) 2.5 oz. Coconut Melt, 0.33 oz. Coconut Lip Love @ Sephora
  • Living Proof Hair Favorites ($25.00, $34.00 Value) 1 oz. PhD Shampoo, 1 oz. PhD Conditioner, 0.5 oz. Restore Spray, 1 oz. TBD Multi-Tasking Styler, 1.8 oz. PhD Dry Shampoo @ Sephora
  • Make Up For Ever Eye Basics ($25.00, $56.00 Value) 0.28 oz. Excessive Lash, 0.84 oz. Sens’Eyes, 0.02 M-10 Aqua XL @ Sephora
  • Make Up For Ever Long Lasting Complexion Set ($37.00, $52.00 Value) 0.5 oz. Step 1 Hydrating Primer, 0.07 oz. HD Pressed Powder, 1 oz. Mist & Fix @ Sephora
  • Milk It’s All a Blur ($30.00, $64.00 Value) Bag, 1 oz. Natural Dry Shampoo, 0.04 Girl Mini Lip Color, 0.33 oz. Mini Face Mist, 0.25 oz. Ubame Mascara, 0.1 Mini Highlighter, 1 Wipe @ Sephora
  • Murad Environmental Shield Favorites Kit ($10.00, $16.00 Value) 1.5 oz. Essential-C Cleansiner, 0.25 oz. Rapid Age Spot Serum @ Sephora
  • NARS Love Triangles ($24.00, $34.00 Value) Minis Hot Sand/Rita or Deep Throat/Barbara @ Sephora
  • NARS Love Triangles ($24.00, $34.00 Value) Deep Throat/Barbara @ Sephora
  • NEST 5-Piece Spray Collection ($49.00, $135.00 Value) 5 x 0.32 oz. EdP Travel Sprays in Midnight Fleur, Citrine, Dahlia & Vines, Indigo, White Sandal wood @ Sephora
  • Peter Thoomas Roth Little Skin Musts ($15.00, $21.00 Value) 0.5 oz. FIRMx Peeling Gel, 2 oz. Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel @ Sephora
  • philosophy Amazing Grace & Pure Grace Mini Set ($20.00, $32.00 Value) 0.33 oz. of Amazing Grace EdT Dabber, 0.33 oz. Pure Grace EdT Rollerball @ Sephora
  • philosophy Pure as Snow ($12.00, $19.00 Value) 2 oz. Purity Made Simple Cleanser, 2 oz. Snow Angel Shower Gel @ Sephora
  • Sephora Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar ($45.00) Includes 24 small gifts @ Sephora
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Minis ($22.00, $50.00 Value) 3 x 0.08 oz. Primrose, Safe Word, Screen Queen @ Sephora
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal Minis ($22.00, $50.00 Value) 3 x 0.17 oz. Crimson Chrome, Foiled Brat, Mauve Squad @ Sephora
  • Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Beauty Voyage ($32.00, $39.00 Value) Travel-sizes of Bum Bum Cream & Fragrance Mist @ Sephora
  • Stila Dynamic Duo Stya All Day Bundle ($22.00) 0.016 oz. and 0.08 oz. Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner @ Sephora
  • Tatcha Touchups to Go ($22.00, $32.00 Value) 0.40 oz. Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, 30 x Blotting Papers @ Sephora
  • Too Faced Sexy Lashes Rain or Shine ($23.00, $35.00 Value) 0.27 oz. Better Than Sex Mascara, .17 oz. Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara @ Sephora
  • Urban Decay Most Wanted Brush Set ($38.00 Smoky Smudger/Tapered Crease, Detailed Tightline/Shadow, Blending/Large Blending @ Sephora
  • Wander Secret Escape Kit ($36.00, $99.00 Value) 2.02 oz. Glow Getter Mist, 0.16 oz. Sangria Beach Balm, 0.176 oz. Champagne Liquid Shadow @ Sephora
  • Youth to the People Superfood Moisture Duo ($35.00, $41.00 Value) 0.5 oz. Cream, 0.25 oz. Eye Cream @ Sephora

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

01/03

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

Honey, Honey

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set ($15.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a simple set that includes two, miniature-sized Almonst Lipsticks in Pink Honey and Black Honey. The Almost Lipstick is described as having “transparent pigment [that] merges with the unique, natural tone of your lips” with a “sheer, glossy, emollient-rich, and very lightweight” formula. The description is fairly apt–enough pigmentation that they do alter the natural lip color but are still sheer that the natural lip color comes through. What I liked about the formula was that they still applied evenly and didn’t sink into my lip lines much while having decent wear (three hours) that was hydrating.

Value

A full-sized Almost Lipstick retails for $17.50 and contains 0.07 oz. or costs $250.00/oz. The set contains $20.00 worth of product.

01/06

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Pink Honey

Pink Honey is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It lightened my natural lip color and gave it a lighter, pinker look while still allowing my natural lip color to come through, which was as described. The texture was lightweight, emollient but not overly slippery, and comfortable to wear. There was just a smidgen of color in my deeper lip lines that wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The lipstick stayed on well for three hours and was moisturizing.

01/06

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Black Honey

Black Honey is a muted, medium plum with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips. The texture was soft, lightly emollient, and comfortable to wear. Despite being sheer and emollient, it did not pull into my lip lines. This shade wore well for three hours on me and was hydrating.