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Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coats

01/04

Natasha Denona Bronze Chroma Crystal Top Coat

Natasha Denona Bronze Chroma Crystal Top Coat

Natasha Denona Bronze Chroma Crystal Top Coat

Natasha Denona Bronze Chroma Crystal Top Coat

Bronze

Natasha Denona Bronze Chroma Crystal Top Coat ($28.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single layer when applied with a fingertip (which was how the brand advised for “intense payoff,” whereas a brush would yield a “more sheer effect.” The texture was dense, and while I could feel some of the cream-powder hybrid qualities of the formula, it felt more like a dried down cream eyeshadow. There needed to be more slip in the formula to help improve application and blendability, as it took a little more effort to even out the color and diffuse the edges. It lasted for eight hours before it started to crease with light fallout.

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.08 oz. - $350.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a "multipurpose sparkling topcoat" that can be worn on "bare eyelids, as an eye shadow topper, or top of a lipstick for a dazzling shimmer effect." The brand recommended to apply with a fingertip for "intense payoff" and a brush for a "more sheer effect." The product is supposed to "glide on easily and set in seconds" for "all-day, crease-proof wear." The formula needed more slip overall--they just weren't that blendable and had a tendency to go on unevenly or patchy on their own. The pigmentation was mostly opaque to fully opaque when applied with fingertips and sheerer, but buildable, with brushes. It was long-wearing enough to get through most of the day, but I did get faint creasing after eight hours of wear and slight to some fallout over time.

Browse all of our Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat swatches.

Bronze
Bronze
7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

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Nude

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Chanel Urban & Memory Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadows

01/06

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow

Urban

Chanel Urban Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a blackened navy with cooler undertones and fine lighter blue and silver pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but the more emollient consistency made it difficult to build up coverage. The problem with such a deep shade having a cream base and being less than full coverage was that it always looked patchy and uneven. This might work as a base under other deeper shades or more shimmery eyeshadows, but on its own, it looked disastrous on the lid. That disaster lasted for a solid 14 hours on me and looked the same across that length of time, but it lacked the blendability necessary to m ake this type of color work as a standalone product.

Formula Overview

$36.00/0.14 oz. - $257.14 Per Ounce

Chanel describes the formula as a “smooth-textured cream shadow [that] glides on effortlessly” and is “long-wearing.” Overall, the consistency has moderate slip–emollient but not greasy or overly wet in feel–and feels more like a traditional cream eyeshadow than Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres. They go on as a thin layer but have fairly good pigmentation. The formula dried down quite quickly leaving little time for blending or diffusing edges, even when working one eye at a time, which was where I struggled. I think some of them tended to work better as lid colors and using something else for a more diffused/blended out crease color. They did, however, wear impeccably for as long as fourteen hours on me–no creasing, fading, or flaking.

Browse all of our Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

Urban
Urban
6
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
2.5
Application
74%
Total

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Milk Makeup Silent Disco & Mermaid Parade Eye Pigments

01/03

Milk Makeup Silent Disco Eye Pigment

Milk Makeup Silent Disco Eye Pigment

Milk Makeup Silent Disco Eye Pigment

Silent Disco

Milk Makeup Silent Disco Eye Pigment ($24.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a blackened plum with warm, brown undertones and flecks of plum and pink sparkle. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it was hard to control the coverage and evenness on the lid except if I used a fingertip to sheer it out (but then it looked blotchy as this type of color often does at sheerer coverage levels). The larger sparkles seemed to impede the application and made the product lift from the area whenever I tried to even it out. It did not build up well, as it made the dried down texture uneven and chunky-looking. It lasted decently for nine hours but some larger pieces of product started to flake off.

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented cream eyeshadow” that is “long-wearing” with a “soft, silky texture” that will dry “quickly without creasing” but is still “easily blendable.” I bought five shades (there are 11 in the range) and had good luck with three of them and found two to be more troublesome to use. It seemed like the more pearly shades were easier to use than the ones with larger sparkles. I wasn’t sure if the squeeze tube format was going to work, but it was fairly easy to dispense product without getting too much at once but product can get dried out and clog the opening.

The texture was smooth, creamy, and emollient enough to spread easily across the lid. They dried down quickly but I did not feel too rushed (I would still work one eye at a time, though). I noticed that they felt a bit heavier on the lids and had a tendency to cling and emphasize any texture on my lids (most noticeable on the inner portion of my lids). They lasted between nine and eleven hours on me with one of the more glittery shades crumbling over time. I applied mine using a flat, synthetic brush (like MAC 242) as well as fingertips, though I personally prefer brushes so that is what I reached for most of the time.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Polyethylene, Synthetic Fluophlogopite, Polyester-4, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trihydroxystearin, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Water, Propylene Carbonate, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Chromium Oxide Greens, Carmine.

D+

Permanent

6
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
2
Application
68%
Total

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Milk Makeup Hotel Lobby, Gig, Peep Show Eye Pigments

01/03

Milk Makeup Hotel Lobby Eye Pigment

Milk Makeup Hotel Lobby Eye Pigment

Milk Makeup Hotel Lobby Eye Pigment

Hotel Lobby

Milk Makeup Hotel Lobby Eye Pigment ($24.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a light, champagne gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was creamy enough to spread easily across the lid but did not feel overly wet or slippery, so it applied with rich, opaque coverage. I felt like this shade was very, very pigmented and a little went a long way (out of all five that I tried). I had no trouble applying this on the lid with a brush, but it worked well as an all over lid color applied with fingertips. On me, the color was still going strong after twelve hours of wear.

The formula is supposed to be a “highly pigmented cream eyeshadow” that is “long-wearing” with a “soft, silky texture” that will dry “quickly without creasing” but is still “easily blendable.” I bought five shades (there are 11 in the range) and had good luck with three of them and found two to be more troublesome to use. It seemed like the more pearly shades were easier to use than the ones with larger sparkles. I wasn’t sure if the squeeze tube format was going to work, but it was fairly easy to dispense product without getting too much at once but product can get dried out and clog the opening.

The texture was smooth, creamy, and emollient enough to spread easily across the lid. They dried down quickly but I did not feel too rushed (I would still work one eye at a time, though). I noticed that they felt a bit heavier on the lids and had a tendency to cling and emphasize any texture on my lids (most noticeable on the inner portion of my lids). They lasted between nine and eleven hours on me with one of the more glittery shades crumbling over time. I applied mine using a flat, synthetic brush (like MAC 242) as well as fingertips, though I personally prefer brushes so that is what I reached for most of the time.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Polyethylene, Synthetic Fluophlogopite, Polyester-4, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trihydroxystearin, Synthetic Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Water, Propylene Carbonate, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Chromium Oxide Greens, Carmine.

A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Bite Cava Multistick

01/08

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick

Cava

Bite Beauty Cava Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, pinky mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a smooth, creamy, and velvety feel that glided across the lips and skin easily. As a cheek color, whether dabbed on or used with a brush to apply, it had buildable coverage from medium to opaque. If swiped directly from the tube, it had more opaque coverage. It felt lightweight as a cream blush, which lasted for almost ten hours on me, and as a lip product, it had a more powdery, thicker feel on the lips but was non-drying and stayed on for five hours. When I wore it as a cream eyeshadow, it had faint creasing within an hour and a half of wear.

It’s a new shade addition to the Multistick range, which I’ve reviewed extensively in the past (see this extensive overview). It 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. 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. 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 largely on the shade), and as an eye product, it was a total miss for me due to poor wear.

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.

Browse all of our Bite Beauty Multistick swatches.

Ingredients

Triisostearoyl Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate*, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate*, Squalane*, Silica*, Coconut Alkanes*, C10-18 Triglyceride*, Cera Albla (Beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Jojoba Esters*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Mica*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Wax, Bismuth Oxychloride*, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables*, Flavour, Stearoyl Glutamic Acid*, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate*, Tocopherol*, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax*, Polyglycerin-3*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil. (+/-) may contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*, Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742)*.

Cava
Cava
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer ’17 Eye Tint

01/05

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer '17 Eye Tint

Spring-Summer '17

Giorgio Armani Spring-Summer ’17 Eye Tint ($42.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and fine, lighter and darker blue pearl. It had medium coverage, which was buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation with two layers but a third layer did not go as well, as it seemed to cause the whole thing to appear uneven, thicker, and made it the product more prone to flaking off.

The Eye Tint formula is supposed to have “16 hour wear” in a “buildable liquid eyeshadow” format. (The “buildable” part is new to me compared to the description I have from 2015–Sephora still shows the description I remember from before.) With just one or two layers, it lasted for 14 hours before creasing slightly. The consistency was thin, watery initially, but it dried down and felt more like a powder product that was still a bit blendable along the edges.