Fenty Beauty Chill Owt Collection had really impressive campaign visuals–some of the more inspiring for me, personally–but the products within the collection left something to be desired. I had no luck with the Eye + Lip Pencils, while the lipstick trios were decent but a mixed bag (and likely will come down to personal preference in coverage/texture). The Mattemoiselle 10/10 Set performed the best, but hopefully, we’ll see the shades released individually (the brand confirmed they were coming but no date was given).
Here’s a look back at how well the new NARS Holiday 2018 Collection rated now that all the products to review have been reviewed! I really enjoyed the new Sheena Audacious Lipstick, along with the Rita/Mona mini set, with the Hot Tryst Cheek Palette and Provocateur Eye Palette being fun to play with.
Huda Beauty Precious Stones Obsessions Palettes
For the fall/winter, five new variations in the Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette ($27.00 for 0.45 oz.) range launched in a collection dubbed “Precious Stones.” Each palette is inspired by a stone, and the color scheme of each palette is reflected by that. I loved the concept but found the execution to be more hit and miss than the brand’s permanent Obsessions palettes, which I’ve enjoyed. The shimmers used throughout are denser and thicker compared to past iterations–creamier and more silicone-heavy but in a way that doesn’t play as well with brushes or more diffused/blended application (but will swatch great with fingertips). The mattes seemed a bit drier and thinner with pigmentation being more medium to semi-opaque (often buildable).
MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to feel “weightless” with a “blur of effortless soft-focus color.” Per the brand, the formula “provides immediate and long-term hydration” while “blur[ring] lines and smooth[ing] lips” and having “zero-shine.” They have a bit of shine and slip; I wouldn’t call them zero-shine so much as very smooth and more like a natural or soft matte finish. Like any finish with slight shine, they did wear down to a more, flat matte finish within an hour or so of wear. The consistency was lightweight, thin, and velvety with a bit of slip (a little like a silicone primer to me) and was comfortable to wear with a non-drying to lightly hydrating feel.
The pigmentation ranged from semi-opaque to opaque with deeper shades having more coverage. There were a few very light shades, which did not apply as evenly and had a tendency to catch on any imperfections on my lips, whereas the deeper shades went on more smoothly and looked more flattering on as they were less likely to emphasize texture. They lasted between two and a half and six hours with deeper shades, unsurprisingly, lasting longer than the ultra-light ones.
I personally found the scent of these to be noticeably different, both that it was sweeter and less vanilla-based but I also got a strong rubber scent that came through. The scent did not linger for long, so it wasn’t something that I detected throughout the wear, but it had a strong, sweet taste that was present until it was gone. Other readers who have smelled the formula in person did not catch any rubber/off-putting scent (my husband thought it smelled weird, not bad per se, but couldn’t be more specific), and when I went back to double check each shade, each one of mine still had that rubbery note.
Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Lip Balm ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is designed to have a “tease of color” with a “lightweight veil of hydration.” The balm has a smooth consistency that glided across my lips without tugging but did not feel overly slippery or wet like some balm-like formulations can. I felt like this made it easier to apply them evenly and had them wear decently–anywhere from two to four hours–and I found that a couple of them stained my lips lightly (most notably, Passion Flower looked significantly pinker on my lips, and it also stained my hand pink when I tried swatching it again to verify!). I found the formula to be moderately moisturizing with coverage that ranged from sheer to medium with the deeper shades having more noticeable color and coverage. I didn’t detect any scent or taste to these.