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Maybelline Nocturnal Rose & Cruel Ruby ColorSensational Powder Matte Lipsticks

01/06

Maybelline Nocturnal Rose ColorSensational Powder Matte Lipstick

Maybelline Nocturnal Rose ColorSensational Powder Matte Lipstick

Maybelline Nocturnal Rose ColorSensational Powder Matte Lipstick

Maybelline Nocturnal Rose ColorSensational Powder Matte Lipstick

Maybelline Nocturnal Rose ColorSensational Powder Matte Lipstick

Maybelline Nocturnal Rose ColorSensational Powder Matte Lipstick

Nocturnal Rose

Maybelline Nocturnal Rose ColorSensational Powder Matte Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a tolerably firm texture; it took extra pressure to apply the product, but it was thicker and more forgiving so it actually applied product fairly evenly. There was a chalkiness to the formula, though, that make it emphasize my lip lines over time as color pulled away and settled in them. On me, it wore well for four and a half hours but had noticeable settling by the third hour of wear. The formula was somewhat drying overall.

Formula Overview

$7.49/0.15 oz. - $49.93 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a "pure matte" lipstick that "glide[s] onto lips." It is designed as a more matte version of the brand's Creamy Matte Lip Color, which was also described as a "burst of bold lip color." It has the feel of an old school lipstick to me--drying, tugging but more matte than a lot of today's matte lipsticks (well, traditional bullet-style lipsticks). They take a lot of pressure just to drag them across the lips, and the evenness of the coverage suffered noticeably for some shades as a result. The formula lasted between four and six hours but was on the drying side. The formula had a sweet, floral scent and no discernible taste to me.

Browse all of our Maybelline ColorSensational Powder Matte Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Kaolin, Paraffin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire, Microcristalline, Silica, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille, Helianthus Annuus Seed Cera / Sunflower Seed Wax, Aluminum Hydroxide, Aqua / Water / Eau, Phenoxyethanol, Shorea Robusta Resin, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Cera / Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Alumina, Benzyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Parfum / Fragrance. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 77120 / Barium Sulfate, CI 15850 / Red 6, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake.

7
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

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ColourPop Main Chick Pressed Powder Blush

01/05

Colour Pop Main Chick Pressed Powder Blush

Colour Pop Main Chick Pressed Powder Blush

Colour Pop Main Chick Pressed Powder Blush

Colour Pop Main Chick Pressed Powder Blush

Colour Pop Main Chick Pressed Powder Blush

Main Chick

Colour Pop Main Chick Pressed Powder Blush ($8.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a rich, medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. The texture was rather powdery–you can even see it in the swatch (that only shows up when it’s very powdery!), which meant a lot of excess product kicked up in the pan when I used it but also made it difficult to control the amount of product on the brush. It was quite pigmented and was difficult to diffuse or sheer down significantly once on the skin, so I would highly recommend using a feathery brush and an ultra-light touch then tapping of the surface of the brush, tapping away excess, and then applying. The powder blended out decently but took some effort to even out on the skin as it seemed to adhere unevenly initially. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.21 oz. - $38.10 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to go on "smoothly" and have a "natural and healthy flush" that has "long wear" and "can be layered to your desired intensity." It is a lightly to moderately powdery powder blush with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. The consistency has a drier, thinner feel and though it feels silky to the touch, I found it the type of powder blush can be tricky to blend out evenly on the skin, depending on one's skin type or base preferences. The drier the skin/base, the better the formula would blend, but any natural oils or slip caused the blush to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend out. The wear was between seven and eight hours on me on average.

Browse all of our Colour Pop Pressed Powder Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Nylon-12, Magnesium Myristate, Ptfe, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Octocrylene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Mica (Ci 77019), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

C-

Permanent

6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total

Maybelline Purple (100) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

01/08

Maybelline Purple (100) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Purple (100) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Purple (100) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Purple (100) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Purple (100) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Purple (100) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Purple (100) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Purple (100) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Purple (100)

Maybelline Purple (100) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a sparkling, pale white base with lavender sparkle and glitter. It had a soft, loosely pressed consistency that was noticeably sparkly/glittery. The flecks adhered decently to bare skin but a fair amount of them disappeared as I blended and spread the product across my cheekbones. It looked more subtle than I expected, but there were moments where it seemed to sparkle quite a bit. I found that it did not really look glittery or shiny until layered over a more contrasting color (like a mid-tone or deeper blush). On me, it was hard to judge wear since it was a lot of sparkle and not much in the way of color, but it seemed to last around six hours but there was noticeably less glitter on my cheekbones then than when I had applied.

Ingredients

Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Diisostearyl Malate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Dimethicone, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide.

6
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
5
Longevity
3
Application
67%
Total
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ColourPop Parakeet Pressed Powder Blush

01/05

Colour Pop Parakeet Pressed Powder Blush

Colour Pop Parakeet Pressed Powder Blush

Colour Pop Parakeet Pressed Powder Blush

Colour Pop Parakeet Pressed Powder Blush

Colour Pop Parakeet Pressed Powder Blush

Parakeet

Colour Pop Parakeet Pressed Powder Blush ($8.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage–not what I would consider buildable!–with a smooth, silky consistency that had some powderiness in the pan but did not appear dry applied to the cheeks. Even with a light hand a mere tap of my brush into the pan yielded a lot of coverage quickly, so the blush would be more suitable for someone who wants higher coverage out of their blushes. The texture seemed creamier and was easier to diffuse along the edges, and I did not struggle with unevenness in the initial application as I have with other shades in the formula. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.21 oz. - $38.10 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to go on "smoothly" and have a "natural and healthy flush" that has "long wear" and "can be layered to your desired intensity." It is a lightly to moderately powdery powder blush with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. The consistency has a drier, thinner feel and though it feels silky to the touch, I found it the type of powder blush can be tricky to blend out evenly on the skin, depending on one's skin type or base preferences. The drier the skin/base, the better the formula would blend, but any natural oils or slip caused the blush to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend out. The wear was between seven and eight hours on me on average.

Browse all of our Colour Pop Pressed Powder Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Nylon-12, Magnesium Myristate, Ptfe, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Octocrylene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Mica (Ci 77019), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Parakeet
Parakeet
B-

Permanent

8
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

ColourPop Holiday 2017 Super Shock Shadows

01/09

Colour Pop Bouncy Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Bouncy Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Bouncy Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Bouncy Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Bouncy Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Bouncy Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop Bouncy Super Shock Shadow

Kat Von D Fawn + ColourPop Dusk 'Til Dawn | Look Details

Kat Von D Fawn + ColourPop Dusk 'Til Dawn | Look Details

Bouncy

Colour Pop Bouncy Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and pink and olive pearl. It had a smooth, moderately emollient consistency so it felt wet to the touch and was a little too slippery on the lid, so it did not have fully opaque coverage in one layer and took a little more work to diffuse and blend out. It wore well for 10 hours on me without fading or creasing.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.07 oz. - $71.43 Per Ounce

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow is a cream-based formula that comes in a multitude of shades and finishes. The more metallic shades have the most slip to them (they have a “wetter” feel), while the more matte ones have a firmer, more clay-like consistency. Almost every shade I’ve tried from ColourPop has been exceptionally long-wearing (10+ hours of wear, usually there until I remove, even 14 hours later). The pigmentation can vary from shade to shade, but the average shade is quite pigmented.

From feedback I’ve seen from readers, many love them but some don’t like them at all. They aren’t a traditional cream eyeshadow, as they are denser (more sponge-like), and they apply best with flat, firm, synthetic brushes (I like the MAC 242 and 249) for me. The brand recommends using fingers for the most pigmented application, but I’ve only felt that fingers were necessary on a few shades (usually the super glittery ones).

The more matte shades can be on the drier side and vary from medium to opaque in coverage, though they're often buildable.  They can be a little hard to diffuse the edges of, though some are lovely to work with.

The more glittery shades have been the weakest to me, as they can be sheerer or harder to apply.  Sometimes, they are more pigmented and work like the other finishes in the formula, but often, they are sheerer and only function well patted on top of more pigmented eyeshadows to add glitter.  They do, however, tend to have little fallout over time with the occasional shade having a more moderate amount of fallout (but still less fallout than most powder eyeshadows with glitter).

Browse all of our Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Isododecane, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tin Oxide, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Bouncy
Bouncy
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Maybelline Opal (050) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

01/08

Maybelline Opal (050) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Opal (050) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Opal (050) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Opal (050) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Opal (050) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Opal (050) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Opal (050) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Maybelline Opal (050) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter

Opal (050)

Maybelline Opal (050) Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a pale white base with silver to lavender sparkle. It had a glittery, metallic finish with a noticeable texture from the amount of sparkle–there wasn’t a strong base powder, just lots of glittery bits and pieces. It had some shine but it had more of a sparkle that I could see in person. It pressed and patted against the skin, it was fairly pigmented, but as soon as I started to diffuse and blend out the edges, it sheered out quite a bit. It worked best applied over another product, as it seemed to need a more contrasting base to really shine (pun intended, I suppose). The powder felt soft, loose without being too powdery, and it applied fairly evenly. On me, there was a fair amount of glitter that had fallen off or traveled during the six hours it lasted for.

It’s a fun product to play with if you love glitter and don’t mind the pitfalls of it, and the adherence could be improved by patting it on over damp foundation, using it with a dampened brush, or patting over a cream base.

Ingredients

Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Diisostearyl Malate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Dimethicone, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide.

Opal (050)
Opal (050)
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
5
Longevity
3
Application
69%
Total