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Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

01/06

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette

Smokey Eye Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty Instant Look in a Palette ($75.00 for 0.77 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two blushes, and a highlighter. For the right person, the color scheme and quality-level might work out, but I think the palette itself is a little disjointed–it’s warm-toned but then two of the eyeshadows are more muted and neutral. I also think the jump from the mid-tone brown to the black eyeshadow is quite a bit and felt like I desperately needed more shades in-between to make the palette work cohesively on my coloring (this did not impact the rating–just detailing my personal experience using the palette overall). I think going for light-medium and medium-to-dark neutrals and then having the black might have made it more versatile.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette

01/06

Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette

Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette

Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette

Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette

Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette

Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette

Opulence

Zoeva Opulence Blush Palette ($16.80 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, holiday cheek palette that features a highlighter and two blush shades. All three shades were pigmented and longer wearing with good blendability. They were housed in a slim, cardboard palette.

Opulence
Opulence
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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B+

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush

01/09

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush

In Too Deep

Ciate In Too Deep Glow-To Illuminating Blush ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, pinky mauve with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation (up to semi-opaque) that applied evenly to bare skin. The powder was smooth to the touch without being too dense (or stiff) nor was it so soft that it felt powdery. It was easy to diffuse the edges on the cheeks, and the more I blended the powder, the more refined and smooth the glow looked. This shade would be more ideal for lighter complexions, as it just barely showed up on my skin tone with a heavier application. It wore well for eight hours on before fading.

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.14 oz. - $185.71 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have buildable pigmentation from “barely-there” color to “intense color” with long-wear. It had a smooth consistency with a firmer press, but it was not stiff or difficult to pickup color. From the four shades I purchased, the pigmentation varied from medium to semi-opaque, and they were certainly buildable to full coverage, though the formula itself was forgiving enough that the color could be sheered out as desired (and the powder was conducive to simply picking up less product as well). The swirled nature of the highlighter-and-blush concept did make the color vary a bit, and sometimes it appeared more shimmery than others (though the brand noted that each compact contains 50% of each).

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Ingredients

Mica, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Dicalcium Phosphate, PTFE, Dimethicone, Squalane, Glycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Carrageenan (Chondrus Crispus), Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick

01/09

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick

Mauvember 2017

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium, rosy mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It appeared more matte in finish as I blended and buffed out the product but had a subtle sheen to it when initially applied (particularly when worn at higher coverage).

As a lip color, it applied evenly and smoothly to the lips with opaque coverage when applied directly from the tube or a lip brush, and then had more semi-sheer, buildable coverage if applied using fingertips. The consistency is a bit thicker and denser, so I find fingertips to be the easiest to work with when it came to applying this as a cheek color, as it blended out a bit more readily with the heat of my fingertips, though it wasn’t as blendable as I would have wanted. I have not had good luck with respect to wear time using the Multisticks on the eyes–this one creased on me within a half hour–but the wear on lips and cheeks (six hours and nine hours, respectively) was fantastic.

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.17 oz. - $141.18 Per Ounce

Bite Beauty Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a cream formula that can be worn on eyes, lips, and face, and it is supposed to be “blendable, breathable, and buildable” with a “soft focus finish.” In general, it has a more cream-like feel than powder-like, even after it “dries.” The consistency is medium in thickness–more noticeably thick when used on the lips, as it is quite dense–and is quite blendable across the majority of shades. They don’t have a true cream-to-powder dry down, as the Bite formula does not dry down completely. I did notice that the exposed portion of the bullet itself (like the flat top) gets drier and firmer after each use as if it dried out a bit on the exterior, but a light swipe on the skin reveals a much creamier interior. When I’ve used it directly from the tube on the lips, I can sense that “35% powder” part of the formula as well. I really liked the formula as a cream blush, as it was blendable, buildable, and long-wearing. As a lip product, it was decent to good (the performance depended a lot on the shade), and as an eye product, it was a total miss for me due to poor wear.

As an eyeshadow: The texture was blendable around the edges, while the thicker consistency and buildable coverage enabled me to get better coverage that didn’t just sheer out immediately. The issue I had with wearing the formula on my eyes was that I could not get the formula to wear well on eyes, as they continuously settled into creases within minutes of applying; I would smooth the color back out after the initial creasing, but it would just happen again after another five to ten minutes. I tried using the formula over different primers (Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC 24-Hour Prep + Prime Eye) as well as dusting with translucent powder, but the wear was only improved to a couple of hours of wear before creasing occurred (instead of minutes).

As a cheek color: The formula has performed the best as a cream blush (or bronzer/contour). The were very much as described–blendable and buildable–and could be worn as true-to-tube color if desired, but it was easy to diffuse and blend out the blush on the cheeks. I liked to use a synthetic blush brush to swirl on the color and then used my fingertips to blend out the edges. While the formula didn’t dry down completely, it yielded a natural sheen that was glowy in a subdued way (and without shimmer), and it didn’t seem to result in wear issues, as the shades I have tested have all lasted between nine and ten hours as a cheek color. If I patted lightly at the blush on my skin, there would be immediate transfer onto my fingertip and a missing splotch of color on my skin. It set well with translucent powder but does lose its sheen (no transfer if I set it).

As a lip color: I was surprised to find that the formula wore about as well as an average lipstick on the lips, and the formula wasn’t drying at all. If you apply it directly from the tube like a regular lipstick, it’s very, very pigmented and totally opaque, but if you apply with fingertips or use a lip brush, it is more buildable. You can also apply directly from the tube to the center of lips and then use a fingertip/brush to blend and diffuse to the rest of the lips for sheerer coverage. It is most comfortable and flattering worn at a higher opacity, as the denser texture seems to help lips look smoother without emphasizing lip lines. Some of the lighter shades settled into lip lines while worn (after an hour or two), while others didn’t have such issues. Some shades were also more prone to fading more noticeably from the center of lips. What I was most impressed by was the fact that they did not feel dry or clingy on the lips, and the formula itself wasn’t drying at all, even after six hours of wear. Bite’s Amuse Bouche formula is a far superior lipstick formula, but these were absolutely wearable as a lipstick. It took as long as four hours before the color would start to look more matte, but it never felt truly powdery or dry.

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Ingredients

Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Triisostearoyl Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate, Squalane, Silica, Coconut Alkanes, C10-18 Triglycerides, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Mica, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Aroma (Flavor), Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopherol, Stearoyl Glutamic Acid, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Resveratrol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyglycerin-3, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

Tom Ford Violet Argente Eye & Cheek Palette

01/07

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Violet Argente Palette | Look Details

Tom Ford Violet Argente Palette | Look Details

Violet Argente

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Eye & Cheek Palette ($155.00 for 0.45 oz.) contains four eyeshadows and two cheek colors. Two of the eyeshadows are nice enough, and the highlighting shade was excellent, but the rest were nowhere the quality level one would expect of a luxury brand or at this price point.

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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NARS x Man Ray Orgasm/Orgasm Love Triangle

01/02

NARS Orgasm/Orgasm Man Ray Love Triangle

NARS Orgasm/Orgasm Man Ray Love Triangle

Orgasm/Orgasm

NARS Orgasm/Orgasm Man Ray Love Triangle ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains the brand’s ever-popular Orgasm blush and its more recently released Orgams lipstick. I had initially skipped this duo, as I’ve reviewed the blush umpteen amount of times, and the lipstick was just released, but then I noticed on Sephora it said “Mini Audacious Lipstick in Orgasm,” and I nearly jumped for joy… but it was a lie–it’s just the regular lipstick. If you’re a fan of the golden-shimmered pink that is Orgasm, the duo might be right up your alley!

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B+

Orgasm

Permanent
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Orgasm

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