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Tarte Toasted Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette

01/09

Tarte Toasted Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette

Tarte Toasted Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette

Tarte Toasted Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette

Tarte Toasted Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette

Tarte Toasted Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette

Tarte Toasted Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette

Tarte Toasted Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette

Tarte Toasted Palette | Look Details

Tarte Toasted Palette | Look Details

Toasted

Tarte Toasted Tartelette Amazonian Clay Palette ($46.00 for 0.64 oz.) contains 12 shades of warm neutrals with a mix of mattes and metallics. I wish there was more variety in the shimmery shades–three are variations on medium copper!–and that the gold shade was more finely-milled and had a firmer press. The eyeshadows performed decently, but the powderiness of the mattes made them the type of texture that needed a primer to do well.

Toasted
Toasted
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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Kat Von D Hilda & Julia Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

01/08

Kat Von D Hilda Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hilda Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hilda Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hilda Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hilda Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hilda Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hilda Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Hilda Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Hilda

Kat Von D Hilda Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. The consistency was creamy, a little thicker than other shades, and it applied easily and evenly with intense, opaque coverage in one stroke. I loved the way it felt and applied, but the dry down didn’t appear as forgiving on the lips and looked a bit dry and “cracked” when I smiled. It wore well for seven and a half hours and was lightly drying after five hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.22 oz. - $90.91 Per Ounce

It is supposed to be a “long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.” Of the liquid lipsticks on the market that go and have a full dry-down, Kat Von D’s formula remains my favorite, as it is the easiest to apply with the kindest learning curve and lasts awhile.

Some shades are more drying than others, but typically they don’t get drying until after five to six hours of wear. They often wear anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on what you’ve had to eat or drink during the day. This formula is thin but not watery, has a longer dry down than most liquid lipsticks (but I noticed some of the newer shades dried to a mostly dry finish faster), and layers better than most (you can touch-up or add a second layer for more coverage).

It takes about a minute for it to mostly set, but it will remain a little tacky in places for up to three minutes so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together if it doesn’t seem totally dry initially. There isn’t a noticeable scent or taste. If you don’t mind the trade-off between very long, near-pristine wear and being drying, it’s worth checking out. As a bonus, these also come with one of the most generous amounts of products within the realm of liquid lipsticks!

Browse all of our Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick swatches.

Hilda
Hilda
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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B+

Julia

Limited Edition
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Giorgio Armani Holiday 2017 Lip Maestro Mini Set

01/03

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2017 Lip Maestro Mini Set

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2017 Lip Maestro Mini Set

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2017 Lip Maestro Mini Set

Holiday 2017

Giorgio Armani Holiday 2017 Lip Maestro Mini Set ($55.00 for 0.45 fl. oz.) contains four miniature-sized Lip Maestros. This was another set that was devoured by the end of Sephora’s recent sale! I already had everything ready to go, and luckily, all the shades in the kit are available individually, so hopefully, the reviews can be of some help for anyone looking for specific shades rather than the set (and I’ve definitely made mental notes to cover the high-end lip sets earlier next year). The Lip Maestro formula is supposed to have a “luminous matte” finish with “8 hours of wear” and “high pigment.” All those things are pretty much on the nose–the finish has a noticeable sheen for the first few hours and eventually gets down to a mostly matte finish, and they are very pigmented and typically wear between six and eight hours on me. Most of the shades leave stains behind, but some of the very light ones don’t seem to stain.

Value

A full-sized Lip Maestro retails for $38.00 and contains 0.22 fl. oz. or costs $172.73/oz. The set contains $77.73 worth of product. Each tube contains quite a bit of product, and given how pigmented the formula is, the smaller sizes were perfect.

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Tom Ford Satin Chic, Devore, Autoerotique Lip Colors

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Satin Chic Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Satin Chic Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Satin Chic Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Satin Chic Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Satin Chic Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Satin Chic Lip Color

Satin Chic

Tom Ford Beauty Satin Chic Lip Color ($54.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light peach with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a very creamy consistency that felt slippery on the lips (during wear) and was hard to control during application. It had noticeable streaks and pulled into my lip lines from the get-go and worsened over the next two and a half hours. It was hydrating while worn, though.

Formula Overview

$54.00/0.10 oz. - $540.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed have an "ultra-creamy texture" with "smooth application" that will deliver "pure color." The lipstick tends to have semi-opaque to opaque coverage with a natural to luminous finish with some shades with very fine pearl and others with more metallic shimmer. The consistency is typically creamy, lightweight, and has moderate slip, which makes it comfortable to wear and to apply but is not the most long-lasting lipstick formula. The wear tends to range between four and six hours with some shades performing above and below that range. There's a vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

Browse all of our Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color swatches.

Ingredients

7
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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B-

Devore

Permanent
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Kat Von D Bruno & Thumbelina Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

01/08

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Bruno

Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a vibrant, deep cobalt blue with cool undertones and a fine, metallic shimmer strewn throughout the lipstick. It had opaque color coverage in one layer. The consistency was smooth, thin without being watery, and it dried down quickly but gave me enough time to maneuver along the edges and go back to spread out the product in places. It dried down comfortably and did not feel clingy nor did it emphasize the texture of my lips. On me, the color stayed on well for nine hours and was slightly drying after six hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.22 oz. - $90.91 Per Ounce

It is supposed to be a “long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.” Of the liquid lipsticks on the market that go and have a full dry-down, Kat Von D’s formula remains my favorite, as it is the easiest to apply with the kindest learning curve and lasts awhile.

Some shades are more drying than others, but typically they don’t get drying until after five to six hours of wear. They often wear anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on what you’ve had to eat or drink during the day. This formula is thin but not watery, has a longer dry down than most liquid lipsticks (but I noticed some of the newer shades dried to a mostly dry finish faster), and layers better than most (you can touch-up or add a second layer for more coverage).

It takes about a minute for it to mostly set, but it will remain a little tacky in places for up to three minutes so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together if it doesn’t seem totally dry initially. There isn’t a noticeable scent or taste. If you don’t mind the trade-off between very long, near-pristine wear and being drying, it’s worth checking out. As a bonus, these also come with one of the most generous amounts of products within the realm of liquid lipsticks!

Browse all of our Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick swatches.

Bruno
Bruno
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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A-

Thumbelina

Limited Edition
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Too Faced White Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette

01/14

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Over primer: Exotica, Raspberry Rose, Sugared Raisin, Chocolate Syrup, Cookie Dough, Glaze

Over primer: Exotica, Raspberry Rose, Sugared Raisin, Chocolate Syrup, Cookie Dough, Glaze

White Chocolate Bar

Too Faced White Chocolate Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that is available for Rouge/VIB members from 11/21 to 11/22 and then releases for everyone on at 11/23. It’s one of Too Faced’s worst palettes, and it’s still a mediocre, not-worth-$5 palette used over their own primer. The formula used in this palette is so dry that shades are often dusty, chalky, or powdery (or some mix) with many shades applying with little pigmentation, sheering out as soon as they’re touched, and have little wear time (even over primer!).

This palette was a head-scratcher: I have no idea why Too Faced would release this palette when their White Chocolate Chip Palette from last year was one of the brand’s worst palettes… ever (my review here). Even retailer reviews on it were pitiful, 37% of Sephora reviewers rated it 1-star with 64% rating it 3-stars or below; and it’s rare to see such low average ratings (2.7/5 for last year’s White Chocolate Chip) on any products on Sephora–the infamous Anastasia Subculture is rated 3.7/5.

The palette shares the bulk of its shades with last year’s palette, and there was little to no room for improvement from palette to palette, so this seemed like it was just a waste of time and money for all involved. It’s actually more frustrating to see a brand completely disregard customer feedback. It makes me feel like the brand doesn’t care, takes no pride in their products, and has no desire to improve their products.

4.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
3
Application
59%
Total