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Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

01/10

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls

Gold Pearl

Guerlain Gold Pearl Meteorites Pearls ($65.00 for 0.88 oz.) is a translucent, light beige powder with warmer undertones and flecks of larger, light gold sparkle. The effect was slightly smoothing with stray, visible sparkles on my skin. The latter effect is not something evreyone is going to appreciate, so keep the sparkle factor in mind if noticeable shimmer or glitter on the skin is a deal-breaker!

Per Guerlain, the limited edition holiday version of Meteorites is supposed to “warm up the complexion and fight dullness” with “reflect[ing] light.” I actually felt like this year’s powder did a lot less to smooth and blur my skin’s natural texture and pores than past releases, and it did not seem to do much in the way of brightening or warming up my skin tone, though I am warmer in tone and light-medium in color, so the latter wasn’t a surprise (it’s lighter than my skin tone). Over the years, I’ve often found that the subtle effect is something I can tell in person but is less noticeable in photos, but this version definitely doesn’t do as much as past Meteorites Pearls (of which I am normally a fan). There was a slight effect, but we’re taking what was already subtle to a very subtle level. If Meteorites were on your radar, the permanent iteration does a better job.

This year’s version is also a bit smaller than past iterations at 0.70 oz.

Ingredients

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MAC Beetroot, Noblesse, Fire Roasted Liptensity Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Beetroot Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Beetroot Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Beetroot Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Beetroot Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Beetroot Liptensity Lipstick

MAC Beetroot Liptensity Lipstick

Beetroot

MAC Beetroot Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, purply plum with warm, pink undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips. The consistency was firmer in the tube and melted upon contact with the lips, so it took a second or two to warm up and really glide effortlessly across my lips. It wore well for six hours, left a slight stain behind, and was lightly hydrating.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.12 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying.

The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better.

The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

Browse all of our MAC Liptensity Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Polybutene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Styrene / Methyl Styrene / Indene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina / Cire Microcristalline, Diisostearyl Malate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isopropyl Myristate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Propylene Carbonate, VP / Hexadecene Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Vanillin. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), 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).

Beetroot
Beetroot
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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ColourPop Golden State of Mind Shadow Palette at Sephora on 10/31

ColourPop Golden State of Mind Shadow Palette
ColourPop Golden State of Mind Shadow Palette

The Details

Inspired by the place ColourPop calls home, Golden State of Mind features 15 exclusive Pressed Powder Shadows. This unique formula gives multidimensional luster and shine to the eyes with one-stroke metallic intensity.

10/31

Golden State of Mind Shadow Palette, $26.00 (Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive)

  • Pay the Piper Icy blue
  • Girlfriend Pink with violet glitter
  • Uptight Rose gold
  • Sparkler Silvry bronze
  • Can’t Stop Icy champagne ivory
  • Golden Egg Pinky beige with turuqoise glitter
  • Unsupervised Pink champagne
  • Lust in Time Medium cool rose
  • Zero Clue Vibrant warm yellow
  • Mind Tricks Icy blackened purple
  • Watch Out Golden ivory with pink glitter
  • Wing Woman Red brown with green and gold glitter
  • Heads or Tales Icy cranberry
  • Drizzle Icy baby pink
  • Tinker Time Blackened antique gold with blue glitter

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

01/14

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Palette | Look Details

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Palette | Look Details

Fenty Beauty Galaxy & Viseart Grande Pro | Look Details

Fenty Beauty Galaxy & Viseart Grande Pro | Look Details

Fenty Beauty Galaxy & Viseart Grande Pro | Look Details

Fenty Beauty Galaxy & Viseart Grande Pro | Look Details

Galaxy

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) contains 14 glittering eyeshadows housed in a sleek, multi-chrome compact. (The only downside is the compact attracts fingerprints like crazy!) Fenty says that the palette contains a mix of “sheer, glittering topcoats” and “smoky, shimmer-drenched hues.” When it comes to application advise, the brand says to “wear eye shadows solo for a sheer-to-smoky multidimensional effect” or to “layer topcoats over any eye shadow.” The “pro tip” is to “wet your brush” if you want a “more intense look.”

Here’s the crux of the problem: this is a drier, powder-based glitter eyeshadow formulation, and since there’s no real revolutionary technology behind the formula… guess what? They don’t work very well dry, while some shades are more workable with a dampened brush and others need to be layered over a creamy or tacky base. I felt that there were some eyeshadows that had little fallout (especially when you take into account how much glitter they had!) when applied with a dampened brush, but in general, I would recommend using something like MAC Fix+ (not quite as strong as a true glitter adhesive but worked well for getting smoother application and minimizing fallout over time with this formula) or a glitter adhesive for anyone wanting to encrust their lids with sparkles.

What I would have preferred to see from the brand was releasing a glitter adhesive/base as a companion to the palette, whether that was including a sample size with the palette and having a full-sized version available for purchase. Per the brand, the following shades were intentionally made sheer: Oh-Zone, Sublime, Cosmic Ocean, Meteor Crush, and Mars on Fire. All swatches are shown dry (left) and damp with just water (right). I tested all shades dry, dampened with pure water, and applied using a dampened brush with MAC Fix+ (light adhesive), but for the purposes of rating the palette, only the first two methods were included in longevity ratings.

This palette will work best for someone looking for glittering accent eyeshadows to incorporate into their looks. It’s less of a cohesive/all-in-one palette since all of the eyeshadows are quite glittery and there aren’t too many deeper, more contrasting shades. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to pull out multiple palettes to use together, then think carefully whether you’d go the extra step for this one. I also think that only those willing to use fingertips, adhesive bases, or the like will find this most satisfying. If you were looking for a glitter eyeshadow that could be applied on its own without any aids, you’ll be disappointed by the formula.

Galaxy
Galaxy
B-

Limited Edition

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

Urban Decay x Nagel Vice Lipstick Palettes for Holiday 2017

Urban Decay x Nagel Vice Lipstick Palettes
Urban Decay x Nagel Vice Lipstick Palettes

The Details

We’re bringing you a serious case of nostalgia with this trio of Vice Lipstick Palettes featuring some of Nagel’s most iconic prints. These are more than lip palettes; they’re mini works of art you can carry in your bag! Each one pays homage to Patrick Nagel, whose works were influenced by the fashion and music of the ’80s and portrayed strong, badass women—always wearing bold lipstick. You’ll be hard pressed to choose just one palette, so why settle? Snag ’em all! These babies are only around for a short time—and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.

Each palette holds five shades of Vice Lipstick, from cult favorites to exclusive shades you won’t find anywhere else. We carefully curated the lineup for each palette— including a range of shades from neutral to bright, dark to light, and multiple finishes. Each one features a mix of cult-favorite Vice shades and at least one exclusive. This is the Vice Lipstick formula you know and love, just poured into a palette. Our proprietary Pigment Infusion System™ gives each shade its super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion. Yummy Butter Blend comforts, hydrates and enhances, leaving lips soft and conditioned, never dry.

Perfect for on-the-go use, our ultra-compact design is as cute as it is practical. We even loaded each palette with a lip brush that’s perfect for layering and mixing the shades to create your own custom lip looks. We designed the wells with a special stair-step effect that’s perfect for wiping any excess lipstick off the brush (and keeping the lipstick in its compartment, not all over the palette). When you’re done applying, flip the attached cover on top of the lipstick wells to keep the shades protected and the compact free of messes.

About the artist: An ’80s icon, Nagel heralded a new wave of illustration that challenged the status quo of traditional poster art. Shaped by the birth of MTV, the popularity of music videos like Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film,” and the emergence of the supermodel, his style defined and influenced a generation. Robert Palmer even immortalized the iconic Nagel woman in his videos for “Addicted to Love” and “Simply Irresistible.” Perhaps best known for his illustration for Duran Duran’s second album, Rio, Nagel’s work paid tribute to the rise of confident, powerful women who weren’t afraid to go after what they wanted. Descended from art deco and pop art, his stylized images featured sharp lines and a geometric simplicity that’s still influential today.

Now online

Nagel Vice Lipstick Palette, $22.00 (Limited Edition, UrbanDecay.com Exclusive)

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