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The Best & Worst of NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadows

01/01

NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow  

NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow  

NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow  

NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be “packed with pigment” with a “soft and smooth” texture for “seamless blending.” Most shades had decent to good pigmentation with most being semi-opaque but buildable. The textures were soft, a little drier and dusty, but blendable. They applied better over eyeshadow primer as they had a tendency to sheer out a little too readily on bare skin. On me, most of the eyeshadows lasted between six and eight hours before fading noticeably.

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The Best of Glossier Cloud Paints

Glossier Haze Cloud Paint
Glossier Haze Cloud Paint

Glossier Cloud Paint ($18.00 for 0.33 oz.) is supposed to have a “pillowy, gel-cream” texture that is “seamless, sheer, and buildable” that is designed to be applied with fingertips to the cheeks for a “healthy, flushed-from-within-glow.” Their strength is in their airy, gel-like texture that’s ultra-lightweight but more substantial than a runnier, watery cheek color, so I felt like it was a bit easier to spread the color onto my cheek area and get an even application of color early on. They were easy to work with on bare skin, and the texture worked well without any makeup as it sat naturally on the skin and let my natural skin texture and finish come through.

They worked fairly well over foundation but creamier foundations that don’t set as well did not seem to play as well with it as some (I had great results layering the formula over Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea but less stellar results over ColourPop’s No Filter Foundation). I liked application with fingertips or a stippling brush, but I tend to prefer fingertip application as it seems to allow me to cover a greater area with less possibility of disturbing my base products, though for blending more dried down color, a brush is better.

The coverage was as described–sheer and buildable–but they’re going to be best suited for someone who prefers the look of a cheek stain over more opaque or pigmented color. They absolutely had a natural finish; they did not feel tacky after application, but they never looked flat or matte to me. They’re buildable with the respect of getting slightly more coverage and a deeper, less watercolor-esque application with two to three layers. I preferred to build up in layers for best improvement in coverage as applying more seemed to end up with product across a larger area than more intense coverage. The blushes lasted between seven and nine hours on me.

I didn’t love the packaging, because I felt like too often a small squeeze pushed out more product than necessary and often seemed to squeeze a little more out even after I had released pressure.

Best & Worst of MAC Oh, Sweetie Lipcolours

01/03

MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour  

MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour  

MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour  

MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour  

MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour  

MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour  

MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour  
MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour  
MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour  

MAC Oh, Sweetie Lipcolour ($17.50 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition liquid lipstick formula that is supposed to have “lasting colour” for “eight hour” wear that’s “hydrating” and “non-feathering” that comes in “frosted opaque hues.”

There are 15 shades in the range, and each one has its own distinct scent–tied to its name–and most of the scents were pretty dead-on but I could see those with more sophisticated noses finding some scents a little cloying or synthetic. I didn’t notice the scents lingering for long after I applied the respective shade, and I didn’t notice any tastes. The coverage ranged from semi-opaque to opaque, while the application was inconsistent, and I think it’ll come down to how one wants to wear a particular shade (layered or alone) whether the application pitfalls (settling into lip lines, unevenness) of some shades will be deal-breakers.

The finish on most shades was very shiny and metallic with an initial glossiness that took an hour to three to wear down; most shades felt like a lipstick and gloss hybrid but I can see why MAC has it listed as a lipstick. Once the glossiness goes away, the remaining color and finish look a lot more like a lipstick than a gloss, and it felt clingier (some more than others) and seemed to adhere better. The texture is lightweight, smooth, and mostly non-sticky, so there was more slip and creaminess compared to something like Lipglass, and it didn’t have the dry down of a Retro Matte Lipcolour.

They definitely did not wear for eight hours–that claim felt really over-the-top to me–and most shades lasted between four and six hours with a few deviating from that range. There’s enough product in an application that a good amount of color comes through after drinking a coffee or glass of water (despite transfer). They were lightly hydrating at best but some seemed more non-drying over time. One upside was that getting colors in this finish (metallic/pearl with some shine) and opacity level (even when they weren’t opaque) made them less dupable, though I looked for dupes across lipstick and gloss options.

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The Best of Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighters

01/03

Morphe High Impact Highlighter  

Morphe High Impact Highlighter  

Morphe High Impact Highlighter  

Morphe High Impact Highlighter  

Morphe High Impact Highlighter  

Morphe High Impact Highlighter  

Morphe High Impact Highlighter  
Morphe High Impact Highlighter  
Morphe High Impact Highlighter  

Morphe Lit High Impact Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new, powder highlighter that’s available in six shades (at least, as of June ’18). I hope the brand will continue to extend the range with some cooler-hued highlighters and richer ones, too. A few shades (like Extra, Spark, and Stardust) had a softer sheen–more shine than shimmer–that I think might appeal to some, while other shades are intensely metallic and much more shimmery on the skin (like Mirage and Boom). The texture of the ones that weren’t quite as shimmery felt smooth, firmer and denser, but not stiff to work with, and I didn’t have any trouble applying or blending them out. The more shimmery shades felt creamier and denser but less firmly pressed in the pan, so it was even easier to pickup product with a typical, tapered highlighter brush. They wore well for eight to nine hours on me before fading.

Best & Worst of Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadows

01/04

Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  

Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  

Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  

Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  

Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  

Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  

Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  

Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  

Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  
Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  
Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  
Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow  

Dose of Colors Block Party Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a new formula that’s “packed with tons of reflects” for an “ultra-dazzling finish.” It is recommended that they be applied with fingertips for maximum intensity (and the swatches thus use fingertips), but they can be used “using your preferred brush” for softer coverage. Some shades are softer and more cream-like than others, as there were a few that were drier and stiffer, which made them harder to apply with anything other than a fingertip. The product is definitely most pigmented and typically opaque when applied with fingertips, and I think if that’s not something you’re keen on, I’d skip the formula and look for a more traditional powder product in a similar hue or try patting on something more glittery over an existing shade you own.

There was slight to moderate fallout, depending on the shade, during application, and this was intensified whenever I used a brush. I didn’t experience tons of fallout during wear, though. They tended to wear around eight hours before fading or creasing. They have a slightly thicker consistency that made them harder to diffuse and blend into other textures (like Dose of Colors’ matte eyeshadows). I can see these working well for someone who likes to have a spotlight of glitter and shimmer on the center of the lid or who does more cut creases. Overall, some of them are lovely and easy enough to work with, but there were definitely some misses that take patience and effort/additional bases or tools.

There did seem to be similarity to the formula Dose of Colors used in the Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Quad, though it seemed like a lot of the Block Party shades also had dimethicone in them (about mid-way through the ingredient list).