ColourPop x iluvsarahii Through My Eyes Collection launched at the end of 2018 with a 16-pan eyeshadow palette and three lip colors, which I’ve rounded up below. I’m a big fan of ColourPop’s eyeshadow formula, so I’m happy that they’ve released another winning palette, but I can see why some fans are feeling the palette fatigue as Through My Eyes has overlap with Rendezvous and Salvaje (also released in the last two months). They share some similarities with some shades being very close but often the way they came together, because of how the pops of color ended up being less similar (green vs. teal, cooler vs. warmer), while the warmer neutrals and coppers tended to run together more.
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Bite Beauty Crystal Crème Shimmer Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.06 oz.) is supposed to offer shimmer and bold color that’s “long-wearing” and “smooth-gliding.” The majority of the shades have semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation in one stroke. The texture is typically smooth and velvety without feeling wet or particularly cream-like, but they don’t drag as I used them for all-over color. They have more of a semi-matte to matte finish in terms of shine, but obviously they have quite a bit of shimmer ranging from fine shimmer to shimmer with slight to moderate sparkle. They did manage to keep everything feeling quite smooth, as I didn’t notice the shimmer when I pressed my lips together. The formula was comfortable to wear and lasted between four and six hours on me. They had a slight, lemony scent with a very subtle, almost sweet taste (but I barely detected the taste).
They are inspired by the brand’s Matte Creme Lip Crayons, which are creamy, highly-pigmented larger pencils that have more of a satin to semi-matte finish. In comparison, the Shimmer Lip Crayons have a similar glide and comfort going on my lips, but they have less creaminess and no satin sheen. They don’t feel quite as hydrating as the Matte Creme Lip Crayons, and thus far, the Shimmer finish tends to wear slightly shorter in time.
Make Up For Ever Star Lit Diamond Powders ($26.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a new, loose formula that can be used on eyes and face that is described as “an ultrafine, sparkling powder.” It’s more sparkly than the original Star Lit Powders, but likely much finer than the Star Lit Glitters (which I don’t have and haven’t tried before… because they look like loose glitter).
The big takeaway from these is that the ratings are lower because they are supposed to be usable alone, and some of them are more usable than others as-is but all of them significantly benefited from being used with a wet brush, tacky base, or adhesive primer/glitter glue. If you anticipate using them with some sort of fixative, I think you’ll enjoy them! Some of them have decent base pigment, so they can be layered as well as used as a more standalone product, too.
Worst of 2018
Most Disappointing Products
As we close out 2018, it’s fun to reflect on some of the better and more interesting products that have been released and reviewed over the past year, but I also like to think about what products let me down during the year, too. When I think about the worst of the year, it’s more about expectation levels and what was released; it isn’t necessarily that it was the worst in quality but was it super hyped up and then fell totally short? The list below is a mix of products that are disappointing because of quality (with some being devastatingly bad) and others because these brands can or have done better.
For example, I don’t feel like Wet ‘n’ Wild improved their Color Icon Eyeshadow formula. The mattes seem a little more pigmented and blendable, but they don’t wear as well. The shimmers are often much worse than they were before. I miss the old Comfort Zone palette. Sephora reformulated their Colorful Eyeshadow range, which I deeply regret purchasing “all the shades” of based on past experience (I didn’t even end up testing them all as reader interest waned so thin after several dismal ratings and reviews!).
What’s noteworthy about this year’s list is that brands that have had very high notes in this year and past years have spots on my list. Fenty Beauty has four products on my list: Rose on Ice (much better in the pot now!), Moroccan Spice palette (not bad but should be so much better!), Killawatt Foil Palette (packaging is a let-down, formula wasn’t as good as it could be), and the awful, awful Metallic Eye & Lip Crayons.
Luxury-priced Tom Ford earned four spots on my list of 20 with the lackluster Private Shadows (for $30+ singles, they should be consistent AND high quality), more dismal Shadow Extremes, ho-hum Soleil d’Ambre, and the more recently disappointing experience I had with the dual-ended eyeliners. I have some long-time favorites from Tom Ford from over the years but this year, I’ve been less and less impressed by the offerings and consistency in quality.
It’s not much of a surprise when some of the more packaging-focused launches by MAC make it onto my list, like the Nicopanda kits and the Lo-Fi mega-palette. What is a surprise is to find that Viseart’s Petit Pro 02 was such a departure from the quality I expect from the brand. Similarly, I expect and know Urban Decay can do better, which is why this year’s newest Naked Palette, Naked Cherry, finds it way onto my list.
Did you have any product flops this year? Products that disappointed you?
ColourPop x Becky G Collection is a short and sweet collection featuring five liquid lipsticks, two loose highlighters, and an eyeshadow palette. My personal favorite was the Salvaje eyeshadow palette, which worked beautifully on the lid and was a fun mix of colors to play with.