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NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo

01/03

NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo
NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo
NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo
NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo
NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo
NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo
NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo
NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo
NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo

Chaos

NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Duo ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) includes two full-sized jumbo-sized lip pencils in dusty coral and deep berry hues. Depending on one’s tolerance for slightly non-drying to slightly drying products, the set may or may not be worth putting on the wish list. I think that these two are not the best of the brand’s formula, though they are not the worst.

A full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencil retails for $27.00 and contains 0.08 oz., so this set contains two full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencils giving it a total value of $54.00.

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Decibel

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Zipped

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Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

01/09

Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Lucky Star

Dior Lucky Star High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday palette featuring gold, orange, and brown with four shades being rather shimmery and one being more satin to matte. This palette was more of a mixed bag, though none of the shades were total misses, so I think it would be more about expectations, application style, and preferences on whether this is a winner or not.

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Lucky Star #1

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Lucky Star #2

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C-

Lucky Star #3

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Lucky Star #4

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B

Lucky Star #5

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MAC Shocking Revelation & Burning Love Powder Kiss Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick
MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick

Shocking Revelation

MAC Shocking Revelation Powder Kiss Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a rich, pin-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered my lips evenly and smoothly in a single layer. The texture was lightweight with moderate slip, which made it comfortable to apply and to wear, as it was thin but did not look or feel clingy. It wore well for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time and didn’t leave much of a stain behind despite its red color.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.10 oz. - $190.00 Per Ounce

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to feel "weightless" with a "blur of effortless soft-focus color." Per the brand, the formula "provides immediate and long-term hydration" while "blur[ring] lines and smooth[ing] lips" and having "zero-shine." They have a bit of shine and slip; I wouldn't call them zero-shine so much as very smooth and more like a natural or soft matte finish. Like any finish with slight shine, they did wear down to a more, flat matte finish within an hour or so of wear. The consistency was lightweight, thin, and velvety with a bit of slip (a little like a silicone primer to me) and was comfortable to wear with a non-drying to lightly hydrating feel.

The pigmentation ranged from semi-opaque to opaque with deeper shades having more coverage. There were a few very light shades, which did not apply as evenly and had a tendency to catch on any imperfections on my lips, whereas the deeper shades went on more smoothly and looked more flattering on as they were less likely to emphasize texture. They lasted between two and a half and six hours with deeper shades, unsurprisingly, lasting longer than the ultra-light ones.

I personally found the scent of these to be noticeably different, both that it was sweeter and less vanilla-based but I also got a strong rubber scent that came through. The scent did not linger for long, so it wasn't something that I detected throughout the wear, but it had a strong, sweet taste that was present until it was gone. Other readers who have smelled the formula in person did not catch any rubber/off-putting scent (my husband thought it smelled weird, not bad per se, but couldn't be more specific), and when I went back to double check each shade, each one of mine still had that rubbery note.

Browse all of our MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick swatches.

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NARS Heartbreaker Cheek Palette

01/06

NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio
NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio

Heartbreaker

NARS Heartbreaker Holiday 2018 Cheek Trio ($42.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes three blushes from the brand’s permanent range. Oddly, the brand’s often-released Orgasm blush fell short here; it was firm and stiff to work with, heartbreaking really… Luster was dustier in the palette than it has been in its standalone format but was easy to work with, just not quite the same in finish. Amour seemed fairly consistent with the last version I have, though.

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Luster

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Orgasm

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Amour

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The way I feel about products in general, including beauty tools, is it’s better to purchase what works, not just what’s expensive or what’s cheap. I do find that I quite enjoy makeup brushes to the point where I definitely splurge there regularly, but I don’t buy too much in the way of hair tools or skincare tools as I know myself… I’ll never use ’em so it’s not worth the money for me usually.

— Christine