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Sneak Peek: Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes Photos & Swatches

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes
Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes ($29.00 for 0.27 oz.) recently had an early access, one-day release but will be released again shortly (12/2 on Smashbox’s website at the very least) and are part of spring’s launches. There are seven variations, and they are a slim, compact palette (they actually contain more than it seems like they would, given their size). I’ll be working through them and hope to have some reviews sooner rather than later.

Check out swatches of ALL seven palettes!

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Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes for Spring 2017

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes for Spring 2017
Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes for Spring 2017

Cover Shot: Eye Palettes swipe on highly pigmented, beyond blendable color for endless eye looks. Smashbox popped in two bigger base shades so you won’t run out of basics before you’ve used all the high-impact accent colors. You’ll be obsessed with the velvety, wearable quality of these shadows—not to mention the hot new eye looks they inspire.

Spring 2017

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The Details

Cover Shot: Eye Palette, $29.00 (Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive)

  • Golden Hour Finishes range from matte to sparkle, and the sultry, golden shades are rich and creamy
  • Ablaze Captures the warmth of the desert in a range of sun-drenched shades
  • Bold Highly-pigmented, myriad of saturated, standout shades.
  • Metallic Shades of gold, rose gold, bronze, copper, and pewter
  • Softlight Champagne and rosé-inspired colors to highlight the eyes with low-level shimmer
  • Smoky Mid-to-darker tones amp up intensity with a blend of matte, low-shimmers, and high-shimmer
  • Matte Shades in warm nudes, cool mauves, and a deep, dramatic black

Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Lipstick

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Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Black Cherry

Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep berry with a hint of cool, red undertones and a natural sheen. There was very, very fine shimmer throughout, but it was sparse and only gave it greater luminosity but did not make it appear pearly, frosted, or metallic. It had semi-opaque, even coverage, which gave it a lip-stained-like appearance as the translucency was noticeable but even.

The texture felt moderately emollient with some slip, a light-medium thickness, and didn’t tug or pull on the lips when applied directly from the tube. This shade wore well for five and a half hours, left a soft stain behind, and was lightly hydrating over time. I liked it overall, and I think the translucency and finish will be right up someone’s alley, though it isn’t quite the most “pigment-loaded” shade I’ve tried from the range.

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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
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The Holiday Kiss Collection for Sephora | Holiday 2016

Sephora Kiss Collection for Holiday 2016
The Holiday Kiss Collection for Sephora | Holiday 2016

Limited edition cases and shades created exclusively for Sephora.

Now online

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The Details

Holiday Kiss Collection, $17.00 to $56.00 (Limited Edition)

  • NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick ($32.00)
  • Anastasia Allison Liquid Lipstick ($20.00)
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks ($21.00) Double Dare, Lolita II, Mother
  • Urban Decay Troublemaker Vice Lipstick ($17.00)
  • Too Faced Candy Cane Melted Matte ($21.00)
  • Bite Beauty Mistletoe Amuse Bouche ($26.00)
  • Marc Jacobs Bad Behavior Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00)
  • Tarte Bestie Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint ($20.00)
  • BUXOM White Russian Full-On Lip Cream ($20.00)
  • Guerlain Rouge Saphir Rouge G ($56.00)
  • Make Up For Ever M400 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00)
  • Smashbox Black Cherry Be Legendary Lipstick ($21.00)

Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Lipsticks | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at the best lipstick formulas I’ve tried:

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to have “bold, creamy color” with “extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.” The majority of the range is very pigmented–typically opaque with one pass–with a few shades being semi-opaque but usually buildable. The majority of the shades I’ve tested have been lightly hydrating to non-drying and fairly comfortable to wear for the long-haul. They wear longer than average, from four to eight hours, depending on the intensity and propensity of the shade to stain. The range is rather extensive with over 30 shades, so you may find our top 15 best Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks list useful. Some of my favorite shades are: Pickled Ginger, Kale, Sour Cherry, and Spritzer.

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Smashbox Light It Up Be Legendary Lipstick Set

Smashbox Light It Up Be Legendary Lipstick Set
Smashbox Light It Up Be Legendary Lipstick Set

Smashbox Light It Up Be Legendary Lipstick Set ($29.00 for 0.64 oz.) includes six miniature lipsticks and a miniature Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer. I liked the set overall; I think it is a great value, and I like the addition of the Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer, which adds more versatility to the kit. Insta-Matte feels like a more slippery silicone-based face primer but for lips, which dulls the finish of whatever you already have on your lips to something more satin to matte. It did make whatever I had on slide a bit more initially, though it eventually seemed to wear down and feel more comfortable to wear. I’m a fan of the Be Legendary formula overall; it is typically pretty pigmented, comfortable to wear, and wears four to six hours, so getting six shades for this price point is great–it has just tremendous value, and the price is low, period, for mid-to-high-end makeup. I can easily see these being great for gifts to friends, especially as the shade range has some variety to it–neutral, cool, warm.

The Be Legendary Lipstick formula is supposed to be a creamy, long-wearing, and richly pigmented that feels lightweight and moisturizing. The Creams have a consistency that is light-medium in thickness–not thin but not heavy–that sits well on the lips and adheres for four to seven hours comfortably. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to fully opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. Some shades were nicely hydrating while others were lightly moisturizing but none of the Cream shades were drying. There was a very, very faint vanilla scent to them (I could only detect when the entire tube is untwisted) but no discernible taste.

Value

  • Be Legendary Lipstick: $21.00 for 0.10 oz. or $210.00/oz.
  • Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer: $24.00 for 0.34 oz. or $70.59/oz.
  • Set Values: $100.80 worth of lipstick, $11.29 worth of Insta-Matte
  • Total Value: $112.09

Famous is a muted, medium peachy-pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, though some color seemed to gather in my lower lip lines. The texture was lightly creamy, thin without being clingy, and was comfortable to wear. This shade lasted for four hours on me and was hydrating over time. Tom Ford Beauty Katherine (LE, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Kitty (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Koi Coral (P, $17.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Silk Scroll (P, $65.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Believer (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Shy Girl (P, $17.50) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Jubilee (P, $17.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Snitch (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Le Nu (70) (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Burberry Dusty Pink (406) (P, $35.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Lili Doree (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Razzledazzler (P, $17.50) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fig is a medium-dark, slightly muted, plum with subtle, warm undertones and ultra-fine pearl paired with a glossy finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied with smooth, even coverage. The consistency was moderately emollient and had a glossier finish as a result, so it had some slip and slide when worn. I did not personally experience feathering or bleeding, though. This shade wore well for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (2016) (P, $36.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Queen (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Infuse (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Heavy Petting (LE, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Crush It (P, $24.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Dark Wine (P, $0.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Merlot (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Party Line (P, $17.50) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Backstab (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Spicy (LE, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Pat McGrath Sorry Not Sorry (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Bruise (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Spice It Up! (P, $17.50) is warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Make Me (Lip Color) (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass If I Could (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Shoegazer (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia #5 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is less glossy (90% similar). Laura Mercier Tutti Frutti (P, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Burberry Oxblood (53) (P, $34.00) is darker (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Bon Bon (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Inspiration is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertone and a luminous shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy, emollient texture that glided on without tugging. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. Bite Beauty #002 (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Lickable (P, $17.50) is darker (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson (LE, $17.50) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Fanny (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C208 (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Girl About Town (P, $17.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Zelda (LE, $36.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Menace (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Thrill Seeker (420) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy (DC, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Neon Pumps (065) (P, $32.00) is less pigmented (85% similar). Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Milan Mode (P, $17.50) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Hollywood Cerise (LE, $17.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Legendary is a bright, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with smooth, even color. The consistency was lightweight, comfortable to wear, and had moderate slip but did not slide around or feather on me. This shade wore well for almost six hours and was moisturizing over time. Givenchy Rouge Insomnie (12) (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Cherry Frost (P, $0.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Authentic Red (LE, $17.50) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Christmas Kiss (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Cherry Frost (P, $0.99) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alain (P, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emma (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Revlon Flirtatious (125) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) (LE, $58.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty #009 (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Vivien (LE, $26.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Smashbox Red Rage (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bloodstone (LE, $17.50) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Tony (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (P, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop JujuRouge (LE, $5.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Naomi (LE, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Russian Doll (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Primrose is a soft, medium rose pink with warm, yellow undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. The pigmentation was almost full coverage–you can see my lip freckle barely peeking through, though. The lipstick was lightly creamy so it applied evenly and did not tug on the lips, but it was comfortable to wear and was hydrating. I noticed that some of the color pulled into lip lines, but this did not seem to worsen over time. This shade lasted for four hours on me. NARS Anita (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Inescapable (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Wrong Number (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC I'm In (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Apoline (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Cle de Peau Dusk (238) (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Last Tango (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Belle-ieve (LE, ) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Pat McGrath Sextrology (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Fling It On (Lip Color) (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Rose Nocturne (06) (P, $34.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass I Woke Up (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Bare (P, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals XOX (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Peach Blossom (P, $17.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Éclair (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tabloid is a bright, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, though this shade had more slip and showed “lines” if I pressed my lips together. The color wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind, while the formula itself felt hydrating to me. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $17.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Willful (248) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (DC, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Love Potion (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Foiled Rose (LE, $17.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Stylist's Tip (LE, $17.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Dose of Colors Dark Secret (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Heroine (P, $17.50) is darker (85% similar). MAC Night Blooming (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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