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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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Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

01/03

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

Honey, Honey

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set ($15.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a simple set that includes two, miniature-sized Almonst Lipsticks in Pink Honey and Black Honey. The Almost Lipstick is described as having “transparent pigment [that] merges with the unique, natural tone of your lips” with a “sheer, glossy, emollient-rich, and very lightweight” formula. The description is fairly apt–enough pigmentation that they do alter the natural lip color but are still sheer that the natural lip color comes through. What I liked about the formula was that they still applied evenly and didn’t sink into my lip lines much while having decent wear (three hours) that was hydrating.

Value

A full-sized Almost Lipstick retails for $17.50 and contains 0.07 oz. or costs $250.00/oz. The set contains $20.00 worth of product.

01/06

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Pink Honey

Pink Honey is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It lightened my natural lip color and gave it a lighter, pinker look while still allowing my natural lip color to come through, which was as described. The texture was lightweight, emollient but not overly slippery, and comfortable to wear. There was just a smidgen of color in my deeper lip lines that wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The lipstick stayed on well for three hours and was moisturizing.

01/06

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Black Honey

Black Honey is a muted, medium plum with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips. The texture was soft, lightly emollient, and comfortable to wear. Despite being sheer and emollient, it did not pull into my lip lines. This shade wore well for three hours on me and was hydrating.

Anastasia Holiday 2017 Mini Liquid Lipstick Trio

01/03

Anastasia Holiday 2017 Mini Liquid Lipstick Trio

Anastasia Holiday 2017 Mini Liquid Lipstick Trio

Anastasia Holiday 2017 Mini Liquid Lipstick Trio

Holiday 2017

Anastasia Holiday 2017 Mini Liquid Lipstick Trio ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains three, miniature-sized liquid lipsticks with two shades being new and exclusive to the set. They performed in line with the brand’s more recently released liquid lipsticks–pigmented, long-wearing, a bit drying–so if you’ve wanted to try the formula or typically enjoy it, the set is certainly worth considering as it offers a good amount of product for the price.

Value

A full-sized liquid lipstick retails for $20.00 and contains 0.11 fl. oz. or costs $181.82/oz. This set contains $43.64 worth of product.

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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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NARS x Man Ray Love Game Eyeshadow Palette

01/11

NARS Love Game Man Ray 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Love Game Man Ray 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Love Game Man Ray 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Love Game Man Ray 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Love Game Man Ray 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Love Game Man Ray 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Love Game Man Ray 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Love Game Man Ray 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Love Game Man Ray 12-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Love Game Palette | Look Details

NARS Love Game Palette | Look Details

Love Game

NARS Love Game Man Ray Eyeshadow Palette (£45.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette exclusively for international retailers (non-US). It’s supposed to launch officially today, and I’ve spotted it on SpaceNK (UK) thus far. There were two shades in the palette that were disappointing, though one was more workable than the other; the rest were quite good and one of NARS’ better eyeshadow palette offerings. I definitely wish this one was making its way to the US, too!

MAC x Rossy de Palma Colours on the Verge Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

01/07

MAC Colours on the Verge Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Colours on the Verge Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Colours on the Verge Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Colours on the Verge Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Colours on the Verge Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Colours on the Verge Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Colours on the Verge Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

Colours on the Verge

MAC Colours on the Verge Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette with five, shimmery shades ranging fro minty green to deep black.

Per MAC, the formula is supposed to be “long-wearing [for] 8 hours’ that is “crease-proof” and “fade-proof.” The eyeshadows “can be used wet or dry” and have “flexible coverage.” The eyeshadows tended to be semi-sheer to semi-opaque when applied dry and then intensified to semi-opaque to opaque coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The textures were soft, somewhat powdery in the pan, so using them with a dampened brush usually yielded the best results–more even coverage, richer coverage, smoother textures, and a better overall look.

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