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Guerlain Gold Palette (Holiday 2017)

01/09

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette | Look Details

Guerlain Gold Palette | Look Details

Gold Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette ($80.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a new, limited edition eye and cheek palette that contains six eyeshadows and two blushes. Per the brand, the eyeshadows can be used dry for a “natural finish” or wet for a “lustrous result.” The brand specifically mentioned that “the golden shadow can be applied alone or as a topcoat.” They did not call out any of the other eyeshadows, and there was another exceptionally sheer shade (golden beige). The two matte shades did not work well damp (seemed to darken the pan permanently), so I would only advise using the shimmery shades with a dampened brush unless dampening the brush after picking up the powder. The blushes need to have their oversprays removed or else they feel gritty; the underlying powders were fine after that. It’s not the worst palette I’ve tested, and if you’re someone who uses your shimmery eyeshadows damp already, then it might work well for you. If you prefer using your eyeshadows dry, then this one was a real mess to use and wear.

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Dior Precious Rocks DiorBlush

01/08

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Precious Rocks (864)

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush ($45.00 for oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. There was fine gold sparkle on top of the powder, but it did not go all the way through. The texture was dry with a very chalky base that was difficult to pick up evenly with a brush, blend out. The coverage was sheer, though the brand described it as a “sheer peach.” The issue I had with this was just how poorly it applied–it was patchy and uneven, as the powder seemed to grab onto the skin and not want to move. It lasted for a mere four hours on me before fading noticeably.

Ingredients

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

01/07

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Gradient

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit ($30.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with four blushes for the holiday season. Unfortunately, it was a miss–the formula just did not work well for blending, and when it comes to a cheek color, I imagine getting an even layer with diffused, gradual edges is really a must for most. Something about splotchy, patchy blush with harsh lines says, “no, thank you” in my mind.

Per the brand, it’s a “full pigment formula for buildable coverage,” which I interpret as that it is buildable to full coverage. It is also a “finely milled formula for seamless blending,” which is where I had more trouble typically–these were unforgiving when applied over bare skin or damp foundation. I had to have skin powdered heavily in order to get decent blendability out of most shades in the Blush Kits, though some were decent without extra tricks.

Gradient
Gradient
4
Product
9
Pigmentation
5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
1.5
Application
62%
Total

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Vegas

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Dusk

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Chocolate

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Blackberry

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Becca Apres Ski Glow Face Palette

01/09

Becca Apres Ski Glow Glow Face Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Glow Face Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Glow Face Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Glow Face Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Glow Face Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Glow Face Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Glow Face Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Glow Face Palette

Becca Apres Ski Glow Glow Face Palette

Apres Ski Glow

Becca Apres Ski Glow Glow Face Palette ($54.00 for 0.54 oz.) contains two blushes, one bronzer, and three highlighters. Two shades–Icicle and Winter Berry–are new and exclusive to the palette, while the rest are available individually. I do not think that the quality of the powders in the palette is the same as the full-sized range; some perform worse but they felt different: drier, more papery. It’s always a shame when a brand changes up their formulas when they put them in a palette for the worse.

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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B

Icicle

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Winter Berry

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A-

Opal

Permanent
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NARS x Man Ray Fetishized Blush

01/07

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

Fetishized

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark pinky coral with warm, orange undertones and a pearly sheen. The finish was particularly lovely on this blush, as it appeared luminous and glowy without being visibly sparkly or so metallic that it emphasized my skin’s texture.

It had rich, opaque color payoff in a single layer, and it was the type of pigmentation level where a little went a long way so I recommend using a lighter hand to start and build up coverage as desired. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being powdery or dusty in the pan. It was easy to apply and lasted for eight and a half hours.

NARS Intensely Blush

01/07

NARS Intensely Powder Blush

NARS Intensely Powder Blush

NARS Intensely Powder Blush

NARS Intensely Powder Blush

NARS Intensely Powder Blush

NARS Intensely Powder Blush

NARS Intensely Powder Blush

Intensely

NARS Intensely Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, light-medium orange with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was a lot more yellow based compared to most orange blushes on the market.

It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage by patting a touch more on top. The blush had a soft, silky texture that was a bit thin but not dusty in the pan. I had no trouble applying or blending out the powder on my cheeks, but I noticed that the color looked a bit less matte applied as it seemed to absorb some of my skin’s natural oils. On me, the color started to fade slightly after eight hours of wear.