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The Best of Chanel Spring 2018 Collection

01/08

Chanel Affresco Les 9 Ombres Multi-Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Affresco Les 9 Ombres Multi-Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Affresco Les 9 Ombres Multi-Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Affresco Les 9 Ombres Multi-Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Affresco Les 9 Ombres Multi-Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Affresco Les 9 Ombres Multi-Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Affresco Palette | Look Details

Chanel Affresco Palette | Look Details

Chanel Neapolis: New City Collection is new for spring and features a nine-pan eyeshadow palette along with new lip colors, eyeliners, blush, and polishes (not purchased). I’ve just finished reviewing all of the products I purchased from the collection, so now we can see how everything rated from best to worst!

I was definitely most impressed by the Affresco Eyeshadow Palette, and I thought it was a fun, brighter offering for a season where we typically see more muted and washed out shades for. There were several lovely lip colors but all in the same shades I’ve seen Chanel do quite a few times, so they didn’t make my heart go pitter-patter. I’ve found Mare-Chiaro to work well for brightening up any springy eye look, but I do have a fondness for green eyeliner!

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Best & Worst Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaGlo Liquid Highlighters

01/01

Wet 'n' Wild MegaGlo Liquid Highlighter  

Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaGlo Liquid Highlighters ($5.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is supposed to have “buildable” coverage that is “hydrating” and will help “smooth out the skin’s texture.” The doefoot applicator made it practical to apply the highlighter onto the face for spot highlighting, but for those who prefer to mix a liquid highlighter into other products (like primer, moisturizer, and foundation), it may not be as useful as a dropper, though I think you can get enough product off the doefoot applicator for mixing if desired.

The highlighter was thin enough to feel like a liquid, work for spot highlighting or mixing in with other products, but still had medium pigmentation. It spread beautifully over the skin with a brush or fingertips, though I prefer fingertips when working over a base (like foundation) to gently pat and spread the product and using the edges of my fingertip to diffuse the highlighter. The formula did exceptionally well over foundation and never lifted mine up (and I used some drier, more matte formulas with it). The highlighters lasted between eight and nine hours on me.

I was surprised that the product actually came in a glass bottle, as I would have expected plastic, and in a way, I might have preferred plastic for fear of the glass breaking in a bag, though it’s not uncommon for liquid highlighters to come in a glass bottle.

Most Disappointing Beauty Products | 2017

Worst of 2017
Most Disappointing Products

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the products I’ve reviewed during the past year and share with you my personal favorites… but this post is all about the duds, the disappointments, the products that had me scratching my head or made me deeply concerned about the direction the brand was going in for the year.

I’m a strong believer that so-called “negative” reviews (to me, they’re just reviews that still take a pro/con approach and may end up with more cons than pros) are important to any influencer’s or reviewer’s body of work.  Without them, I find it is hard to understand how a reviewer accesses products, what types of products don’t work for them, and the like.  Without them, everything looks overwhelmingly positive and ultimately, suspicious, even if they are really truthful.

It’s also important to see where brands fall short as most brands have some point of weakness or simply products they do better than others–and that’s okay–there are thousands of products and hundreds of brands.  There’s no reason to settle for disappointing any more when there are so many options to choose from!

With respect to this post, disappointing doesn’t always mean that the product received an F rating; it means exactly that: something that was extremely disappointing, which could be exceptionally poor quality to a brand with a good reputation producing a mediocre product, even if not an F.

For example, I think this was a lackluster year for Anastasia as a brand; from the debacle and saga that was Subculture to the disappointing quality of their Blush Kits and Liquid Glows, they did not live up to the reputation they had earned in years prior.

On the other hand, Too Faced’s White Chocolate Bar palette was as bad as last year’s mini-version, and while terrible even for Too Faced, nobody was that surprised.  I was also disappointed (and surprised) that both Urban Decay and Makeup Geek couldn’t put out a decent liquid lipstick formula when the market is saturated with better formulas.  Oh, and don’t forget the travesty that was Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham’s London Palette with a soul-crushing $75 price tag to boot!  More disappointments await you below…

What products disappointed you this year? What brands let you down? Share your experiences below in the comments!

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The Best & Worst of ColourPop Pressed Powder Blushes

ColourPop Glass Slipper Pressed Powder Blush
ColourPop Glass Slipper Pressed Powder Blush

ColourPop Pressed Powder Blush ($8.00 for 0.21 oz.) 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.