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bareMinerals Crystallized Collection (Quick)

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection
bareMinerals Crystallized Collection

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection (was $54.00, now $38.00) is a holiday set that’s already on sale, so I guess the timing of this review still works out since now you can get it for even more of a steal than before! It contains eight products, and most of them are full-sized. Everything is in silver-hued packaging. The standsout in the kit are definitely the Eyeshadow Duo (but I’m such a huge fan of the formula, that’s not a surprise) and lipstick.

Presto is described as an “almond satin.” It’s a pale, golden beige with a frosted, almost metallic, sheen. It also had flecks of fine copper sparkle that didn’t seem to combine well with the base color (they seemed to sit on top). I wouldn’t have described the finish as satin at all. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches.

Abracadabra is described as a “shimmering slate.” It’s a medium-dark gray with a frosted, metallic sheen. The color payoff was good, and the consistency was soft and smooth. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches.

Mesmerized is described as a “dark charcoal.” It’s a dark, warm-toned gray with a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry or wet. It lasted eight and a half hours before fading slightly on my lash line. See comparison swatches.

Steam is described as a “silver shimmer.” It’s a brightened, silvery white with golden edges and a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation and lasted eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches.

Golden Gate is a soft, rosy plum with a frosted, sparkling finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was finely-milled and velvety. It wore well for seven hours, and it did somewhat emphasize pores. See comparison swatches.

Hypnotist is described as a “holographic violet-peach.” It’s a color-shifting shade of pink that goes from pink to violet to coral. It looks almost like it’s a pink flame. However, this only looks that way sometimes; it shifts other times to a pale, millky pink. It’s a chameleon, and for that reason, I don’t have dupes for this one. The formula was light-medium in weight, non-sticky, and lightly hydrating for the two hours it lasted. It had sheer color coverage, which is in line with how it’s marketed (bareMinerals says it has “sheer, pure color”).

Break Away is described as a “luscious mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, rosy plum with a satin-matte finish. It had full, opaque color coverage. The texture was lightly creamy, easy to apply without it tugging on the lips, and wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches.

The kit also includes a full-sized Lash Domination mascara and Dual-Ended Shade and Line Brush (works all right, nothing special, nothing horrible).

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

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Mesmerized

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Steam

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Hypnotist

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Break Away

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5 Glittering Golds for the Holidays

Glittering golds… a go-to for New Year’s Eve, at the very least, but surely just as lovely throughout the winter–if only to brighten up some of those chilly days!

  1. Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous — a holographic, glittering gold
  2. Zoya Kerry — bright, true yellow gold with glitter and sparkle
  3. Bobbi Brown Canary — a sparkling gold glitter gloss to be worn alone or layered
  4. Revlon Gold Coin — an almost-cool-toned metallic gold (or for a high-end, Illamasqua Swinger)
  5. Sugarpill Goldilux — a brightened, metallic, true yellow gold

What are your favorite glittery, sparkly, or metallic gold-hued shades?

Maybelline Intoxicating Spice, Captivating Carnation, Petal Plush Color Elixir Lip Colors

Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) Color Elixir Lip Color

As promised, here are the final three Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Colors ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) that I have to review!  It’s a non-sticky (it does get a little tacky after three hours of wear), creme brulee-scented (with a somewhat perfume-y taste at times), and hydrating formula.  The color payoff, while touted as high impact, is more typically semi-opaque–noticeable but not fully opaque. You can find all of the shades I’ve reviewed here.

Intoxicating Spice (070) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, reddish-plum with a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; there was a fair amount of translucency, though the color applied evenly overall with minor settling into lip lines. It lasted for four hours and was moderately hydrating while worn. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is redder. MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is a bit darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Captivating Carnation (080) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it did apply slightly unevenly. It wore well for four hours, though, and it was hydrating while worn. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is shimmery, slightly lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is a touch less pink, but the two are surprisingly similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is warmer. Revlon Pink Pop (P, $7.99) is brighter. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is shimmery, lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Petal Plush (100) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium with pale white pearl and subtle cool undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and as it was a milkier gloss, it did settle into lip lines somewhat and was difficult to apply evenly. It wore well for three hours and was lightly moisturizing during that time. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is similar, less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is less pigmented. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) has no shimmer. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Bait (LE, $15.00) is more neutral. See comparison swatches.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascaras

Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara
Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara

Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as a “glamorous sparkling mascara top coat that adds a beautiful shimmer to lashes … the gel based formula allows for easy, even application.” It’s not shimmer, it’s glitter–it’s definitely larger and chunkier, which is really a good thing as shimmer would be harder to see, but in case you were thinking, “oh, fine shimmer!” it’s really glitter-sized particles. It’s also a top coat, which means it can be used over mascara, not just bare lashes, and it will perform better over mascara (more to cling to).
The formula is very wet, not too thick or too thin, but wet. When the glitter gets caught on a lash, it does adhere, and it doesn’t fall out during wear, but the glitter applies in a scattered, sparse way. If you apply it similarly to mascara, where you’re running the wand through the lashes, you’ll need three coats or more to get visible sparkle. Now, the problem with this, is it has a tendency to clump and pull lashes together, so you’ll also need a lash comb or clean spoolie to help bring back definition and lash separation. It’s a lot easier to just use the glitter that’s on the tip of the wand to sort of tap and press and slide through the lashes, as you’ll get a denser application and minimize how much of the gel base on lashes.

The major upside of this product was once on, it stayed put, but the downside was in the application and lack of density of the glitter. I had better results with this formula than I did with Chanel’s glitter top coat, though you can get similar results using a liquid glitter eyeliner and dabbing or combing through lashes.

Just as a note (this had no impact on the rating), but you might concentrate the glitter on the tips of lashes, rather than the whole lash, as I saw pops of blurred sparkle throughout the day, which might be distracting for some!

Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “gold shimmer.” It’s true, metallic gold glitter particles suspended in a clear base. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner, and it is a paler, less yellow gold. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Glare Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “bronze shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, gold and copper mix of glitter suspended in a clear base.

Silver Gaze Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “silver shimmer.” It contains light-medium, metallic silver glitters suspended in a clear base. Urban Decay Glamrock (P, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner but is similar. See comparison swatches.

Golden Eyes
Golden Eyes
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total
Bronze Glare
Bronze Glare
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total
Silver Gaze
Silver Gaze
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total

Maybelline Celestial Coral, Amethyst Potion, Glistening Amber Color Elixir Lip Colors

Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) Color Elixir Lip Color

This review is featuring Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.), which is a formula I’ve been working my way through! I have three more shades for you today, and I’m hoping to wrap up testing the last three shortly. A quick overview of the formula, with more shade-related thoughts below: medium-weight feel, mostly non-tacky (starts off non-sticky, develops slight stickiness over time), and generally, not nearly as opaque as marketed. They’re typically semi-opaque with noticeable color, but they’re rarely opaque. They have a sweet, creme brulee scent but a sometimes perfume-like taste. It is a moisturizing formula overall with average wear of four hours.

Celestial Coral (010) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a pinky-coral with warm undertones and a glossy shine. On lips, it looked pinker than it did simply swatched on the skin. It was semi-opaque, but the natural lip color comes through noticeably so those with more natural pigmentation to their lip color will see that come through. It wore well for four hours and was hydrating when worn. Revlon Pink Pop (P, $7.99) is similar. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is brighter, darker, more opaque. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Amethyst Potion (045) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, subtly cool-toned berry with a hint of bluish-violet micro-shimmer. The shimmer is very, very subtle–it hardly is visible to the eye (you can see a couple of bits of shimmer in the close-up, which is larger than real life!). The color coverage was semi-opaque and somewhat uneven, but it didn’t settle into lip lines too much. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating during that time. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is shimmery, less glossy. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, shimmery. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches

Glistening Amber (055) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, yellow-toned light-medium orange with lighter gold shimmer. Applied, it takes on more of a peachy-orange color, leaning more orange to be sure, with noticeable shimmer and sparkle It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque and applied mostly evenly. It wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Rising Sun (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Natural Flare (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Imperial Light (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Burberry Cameo (P, $27.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

5 Stunning Metallic Ruby Reds

What is a holiday season without highlighting some of my current set of favorite ruby red-hued beauty products? I’m always on the hunt for more metallic reds, so I look forward to reading your favorites!

  1. OCC Black Metal Dahlia — a deep, dark burgundy-red with ruby red metallic shimmer
  2. Hourglass Siren — no list is complete without Siren, a fiercely metallic, opaque gloss
  3. OCC Role Play — a ruby red with a metallic finish and cool undertones
  4. Inglot #450 — a deepened, cool-toned reddish-berry with a metallic sheen
  5. Milani Cherry Crave — a warm, metallic red

What are your personal favorites?