Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.11 oz.) is supposed to be “incredibly long-wearing” with “12 hour” wear paired with an “ultra-comfortable” feel and “high-pigmentation.” First and foremost, no, it doesn’t last 12 hours, and most shades don’t come close–they last between four and six hours typically. There were a few, like deeper reds, that still had some product remaining after eight hours, but the lighter shades never made it through the meal. They have a very creamy consistency, balm-like, and within 30 to 45 seconds, they develop a slight cling, almost like a film, but it wasn’t actually clingy or uncomfortable–I could just tell that there was a texture change as it “set.” However, the “setting” of this formula just has that feeling, but the product would still transfer onto a glass or disappear during a meal.
Most of the shades were semi-opaque to opaque and applied evenly and smoothly across my lips without tugging or dragging. Some shades were more smoothing than others, but most shades looked flattering over my natural lip texture. The formula was lightweight, comfortable, and lightly to moderately hydrating over time. They had a heavy, powdery, floral scent that was noticeable for the first half hour of wear, though I didn’t notice any taste.
ColourPop Jelly Much Eyeshadow ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a new, water-based eyeshadow that is supposed to have “high impact” in a “single swipe” that’s longwearing, “won’t crease, fade or transfer” and “dries down to a powder finish with zero fall out.” These are water-based, so they feel wet and cooling when initially applied, but the reality is that so little product is needed to get coverage on the lid that I didn’t feel it was watery or thin when I actually patted it onto my lid with a brush.
I would recommend using less than you think you’ll need, and while fingertips can be used to apply, I liked the control of flat, synthetic brushes gave me as fingertips (for me!) applied far more product than needed. If you over-apply, it can feel wet and take longer to dry down, and it ends up taking too long and can pull into creases/fine lines on the lid. If I used about what I needed (there was some wiggle room), it dried down quickly and set to a transfer-resistant/crease-resistant finish. It was harder to blend out once dry, though, and if I wasn’t careful, more vigorous blending could disturb and cause the eyeshadow to flake slightly.
They are easier to use than they look, and I think they’re quite good overall, though a couple of shades were less stellar. They have a high-shine finish, though I think the more metallic powder and cream eyeshadows give a similar look that I wasn’t convinced that the finish on these was above and beyond products that might be easier to use/more user-friendly. I’m not sure that the pot was the best way to go, as the product dries out extremely quickly; to the point where I would advise closing the product after you’ve taken product out of it, don’t let it sit open while you’re applying the rest of your makeup–you will see and feel parts of it dry out.
I found the packaging to be rather messy, and I have bits of product along the edge of the jar, along the rim, and it’s fiddly to move the stopper from the opening to the lid and back again. I wonder if a squeeze tube might be less messy and make it easier to control the amount of product picked up while also preventing the product from drying out too readily.
Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a new, permanent powder eyeshadow formula that released recently, and I’ve wrapped up reviews on all the shades available, so let’s recap! The formula promises “12 hours” of wear with “high-impact, crease-resistant color.” The matte shades were very smooth and finely-milled that they felt almost cream-like, though they were definitely a powder. They were pigmented and most shades blended out easily over bare skin with eight to nine hour wear. The shimmery shades were creamier, a bit more silicone-like by touch, but they weren’t too dense or too thick, so they didn’t emphasize my lid texture and still applied well with brushes. They lasted between eight and nine hours on me and were typically quite pigmented.
This past month, MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) saw the release of 10 more shades, which I’ve just wrapped up reviewing and can share with you the winners and losers… The formula is described as “packed with iridescent pearls” and have a “refreshing cooling sensation that makes lips feel instantly fuller.” They’re pretty glosses, as long as opaque coverage and non-sticky aren’t requirements; they’re more medium to semi-opaque, have some tackiness, but go on smoothly and are comfortable to wear. They have a minty taste and subtle tingle (for about 15-20 minutes), which isn’t the typical scent for MAC (vanilla is). They wore between four and five hours typically.