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MAC x Nicki Minaj Easy Babe, Gossamer Wing, Japanese Maple Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

Easy Babe

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy–just enough to glide on without tugging but not add slip or shine. On me, it stayed on well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.10 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying. Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying. The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Ozokerite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Paraffin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina / Cire Microcristalline, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cera Carnauba / Cire De Carnauba, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Vanillin, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 21 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005).

Easy Babe
Easy Babe
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Gossamer Wing

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Japanese Maple

Limited Edition
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Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

01/03

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

Written in the Stars

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains three, miniature-sized glitter-tastic liquid eyeshadows (they’re about half the size of a full-sized shade). All three are also available individually in the permanent line-up, and the three here were fairly consistent with my full-sized versions; to manage the holiday deluge, I did not re-test these for wear. I love that the brand put out a set of these, as cream/liquid products typically expire faster than powders, so it can be hard to justify or partake in lots of shades at full-sized quantities and have any hope of finishing one. The three shades included seem to be good, more “universal” kind of shades, though they will be best for layering over other base colors or spread over the lid as an all-over wash of glitter. I really enjoy the effect of this formula for layering, but if you’re after them as a standalone product, you may be less enamored with them.

Value

A full-sized Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow retails for $24.00 and contains 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz. The set contains $33.60 worth of product.

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I love the concept of it, especially the coverage levels, but I tend to find them harder to blend and less forgiving on dry areas.

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Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

01/16

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Saint + Sinner

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.96 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for the holidays. It’s a large palette that features 24 eyeshadows split into two families–Saint (“wearable, romantic” hues) and Sinner (“bold color pops”)–to mimic the look of stained glass windows. The larger size of it made it feel bulky and felt less travel-friendly, and I know that the seemingly jumbled shade arrangement has made it look less cohesive to some, but I’ll say that after creating looks with it, I think the shades do come together. I think that it is a little heavier on the warm-toned side of things and could have used at least one or two cooler/more mid-tone transition type of shades, but I didn’t feel like I was at a loss for creating combinations with it.

The quality was consistent with Kat Von D’s typical eyeshadow formula (so not the Metal Crush formula but what’s used elsewhere). The mattes are soft, a touch powdery at times, but fairly pigmented and otherwise are buildable with a shade like Exodus being thin enough to be prone to sheering out/faster fading but other mattes were easy to work with. I found that the weaker mattes were best applied over a lightly tacky base or patted/packed on with less sweeping motions. The “shimmering pearls” were smooth, soft, and blendable with good pigmentation and solid wear. The “electrifying metallics” were denser, pigmented, and wore fairly well with some being more blendable than others.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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