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Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

01/09

Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter

Amrezy

Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light-medium, champagne gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The consistency felt smooth to the touch with a denser, firmer texture that ensured there was no excess product kicked up when used, but it wasn’t stiff to work with, so it picked up well on feathery brushes and blended out easily on my skin. It had a strong shine on my cheeks but did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

It seemed to very similar (and the ingredient lists are extremely similar) to the brand’s Illuminators, which I believe have been discontinued, but it isn’t an exact dupe for any of the four shades I have from it (So Hollywood is definitelyd arker and more orange-based).

Ingredients

CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, SQUALANE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, GLYCERIN, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN) EXTRACT, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, POLYSORBATE 20, SILICA, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TIN OXIDE, XANTHAN GUM, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): MICA, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

Amrezy
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Kat Von D Misfit, Muneca, Bow ‘n’ Arrow Studded Kiss Crème Lipsticks

01/07

Kat Von D Misfit Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Misfit Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Misfit Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Misfit Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Misfit Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Misfit Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Kat Von D Misfit Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick

Misfit

Kat Von D Misfit Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, coppery red with warm undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was good, though not quite opaque in a single layer. The lipstick had a smooth consistency, but it was rather dense, which resulted in some tugging during application. It did not feel clingy, and it only started to feel uncomfortable after four hours of wear, as it felt drying at that point. The color stayed on nicely for six hours.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.12 oz. - $158.33 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the new formula is supposed to be "the creamiest, most cushiony and unbelievably pigmented lipstick to ever cross your lips" that is "comfortable" to wear. I don't know if the brand has actually tried the plethora of other lipsticks on the market, because I can tell you that after swatching all 40 shades back-to-back, these are nowhere near "the creamiest" or "most cushiony" or even "unbelievably pigmented." They were, on average, much creamier than the original formula, but a fair number of shades were firm and dense enough that short strokes was better for application otherwise there was noticeable tugging. Some shades were pigmented, some shades were uneven or sheer. The mid-tone shades seemed to be the best overall in terms of application, pigmentation, and how they looked on the lips, whereas the shimmery shades were often sheerer, gritty, and drying while the deeper, vampy shades were lacking pigmentation and could apply streakily.

They seemed to have longer wear than most lipsticks (five to eight hours) but have been lightly to intensely drying, depending on the shade, and I found that wearing them back-to-back made the drying aspect more pronounced. They had a strong, sweet, burnt sugar kind of scent that was noticeable when initially applied, but I didn't detect during wear.

I did not review all shades in the original Studded Kiss formula as it wasn't feasible for me to purchase all of those at the time, and after trying what I did purchase, they weren't promising (often very dry, stiff, and painful to use with a drying formula). From what I can tell, some are better (see: LUV (Original) vs. LUV (New); Coven (Original) vs. Coven (New)), some are worse (see: Gold Blooded (Original) vs. Gold Blooded (New); Poe (Original) vs. Poe (New)). The shimmery shades seemed worse for the reformulation, and the glittery shades are like the grittiest sandpaper across one's lips; I felt like I was ripping my lips off when applying both Gold Blooded and Piaf with Poe not being far behind.

Browse all of our Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Misfit
Misfit
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

01/12

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Soft Glam

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new, warm-toned neutral palette with mix of mattes and s himmers. There are several shades repeated from the permanent line (Orange Soda, Dusty Rose, Sienna, Noir as well as the Modern Renaissance palette (Tempera, Burnt Orange, Cyprus Umber), so those who have a more extensive stash of the brand’s neutral shades may find there’s quite a bit overlap. I expect that it will work well as a go-to palette for some and others will find too many dupes within their collections already.

The quality was good–not a slam dunk–and most of the issues were minor or improved over a primer (e.g not 100% opaque but buildable, shimmers that were better over primer or with a dampened brush, and so forth). The shimmers were weaker than I expected on their own–they weren’t as dense or as creamy as some of the brand’s more recent shimmer eyeshadow releases.

Soft Glam
Soft Glam
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Sephora Spring Break, Hot in Havana, Off-Limits Lipstories Lipsticks

01/06

Sephora Spring Break (36) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Spring Break (36) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Spring Break (36) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Spring Break (36) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Spring Break (36) Lipstories Lipstick

Sephora Spring Break (36) Lipstories Lipstick

Spring Break (36)

Sephora Spring Break (36) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick had opaque pigmentation in a single layer and applied evenly and smoothly across my lips. It had a lightweight, creamy texture with some slip, but it adhered well to my lips and stayed on for four and a half hours. It was lightly hydrating while worn.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage. The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular. Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

Browse all of our Sephora Lipstories Lipstick swatches.

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

01/07

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Monarch

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is light, icy lavender with multi-colored sparkle and pearl. This shade had a sheerer base but seemed to be very illuminating on the skin and looked almost opaque–a little went a long way. It had a thin, watery texture that dried down quite fast, so I had to work quickly, and it clumped a bit in places and emphasized my skin’s natural texture at times. The finish was sparkling and almost metallic, but it did not have as much dimension from a normal viewing distance, just occasionally when I looked close-up and tilted my face. It was a bit more apparent when layered over something pink or purple (like a blush).

Like others in this formula, it could not be touched after it dried down without resulting in product lifting away swiftly (and it would take any base products underneath it!, too). If left alone after it was applied and dried, it stayed on well for nine hours with minimal sparkles that had traveled to other areas of my face.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.20 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

The brand says it's supposed to be a "complexion-enhancing formula [that] contains a sheer base with a multicolor mix of pearls and visible flecks of glitter." It can be used alone or layered over other products. The brand reiterated that the Highlighter formula is "not pigmented" compared to their Glitter & Glow Eye Shadows, which I appreciate. Similarly, the brand clearly stated that these should not be used on the eyes due to sizes of the glitter used in the cheek highlighter. I find this to be an odd product that I expect to work for a few but largely, it didn't work as described.

The do have sheer bases with light-to-moderate amounts of glitter; some are chocked-full of glitter and others are sparser. The ones with less sparkle and glitter did not work well alone; they looked more like random bits of grit on the face rather than a highlighter as it illuminated nothing. The ones with lots of sparkle and glitter could be used alone. They seemed to be better layered, but the effect that these added was rather minimal.

The more glitter there was, the more prone to migration/traveling, and these absolutely have to go on last and cannot be blended with a brush or else most of it comes off and goes wherever it is destined to go (nose, chin, trapped in one's brush). The formula was thin and more watery, though it did not take too long to dry down. It was more challenging to apply as the glittery bits tended to adhere a bit too easily to my fingertips while a sponge absorbed the wetness quickly and then the glitter dried more on my sponge than on my skin.

They're a bit larger (but more expensive) than the Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows, which run $24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz.; the Glitter & Glow Highlighters are $30.00 for 0.20 oz. or $150.00/oz. My advice is to opt for one of the eyeshadows, where some of them are sheerer and often can be sheered out if desired, and could be used on the eyes OR the cheeks as a more glittery highlighter.

Browse all of our Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glycerin, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Bis-C16-20 Isoalkoxy TMHDI/PEG-90 Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

Monarch
Monarch
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total

Milani Rose Glow Stellar Lights Highlighter Palette

01/03

Milani Rose Glow Stellar Lights Highlighter Palette

Milani Rose Glow Stellar Lights Highlighter Palette

Milani Rose Glow Stellar Lights Highlighter Palette

Rose Glow

Milani Rose Glow Stellar Lights Highlighter Palette ($13.00 for 0.42 oz.) contains a light, white gold, rich gold, and coppery orange with shiny to metallic finishes. As long as a bit of mess in the palette isn’t a deal-breaker, it’s decent. Where it shines (ha, ha) is in how blendable the powders were on my skin, but they could have been a bit more pigmented (per the brand’s description) and had smoother, less dry textures.

Rose Glow
Rose Glow
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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