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Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Lip Set

01/06

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Holiday 2017 Lip Set

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Holiday 2017 Lip Set

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Holiday 2017 Lip Set

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Holiday 2017 Lip Set

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Holiday 2017 Lip Set

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Holiday 2017 Lip Set

Champagne Discovery

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Holiday 2017 Lip Set ($35.00 for 0.36 oz.) contains a lipgloss, lip pencil, and a multi-use cream stick (can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks). All three shades are part of the brand’s permanent offerings, so they can be purchased individually as well. They are full-sized products, so the set has a great value at $65 worth of products.

I did notice some issues with packaging, though, as my Multistick had a fault twist mechanism and damaged stick (cosmetic damage, only) and my lip pencil had no point so I had to sharpen to expose product and there was a tip of wax after sharpening. If any readers pick up the trio, I’d love to hear if there were any discrepancies in packaging, as it struck me as odd. The products themselves were consistent with the permanent versions that I have reviewed previously. Edit: I wanted to update and let you know that Bite reached out to get batch codes for the Multistick and Lip Pencil so they can look into it 🙂

B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Cashew

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#036

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette Review, Phtoos, Swatches

01/09

Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe | Look Details

Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe | Look Details

Frivoluxe

Marc Jacobs Beauty Frivoluxe Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0. oz.) features an assortment of pale peach, mauve, violet, purple, and taupe. I think the color combination was rather unique relative to most palettes, so I really was quite disappointed by its performance, though I was not entirely surprised, given grays and purples are often hard to do well. The palette was workable but lacked pigmentation in some shades with inconsistent textures with one being exceptionally stiff and others being smooth and silky.

Frivoluxe
Frivoluxe
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

01/12

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk | Look Details

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk | Look Details

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk | Look Details

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk | Look Details

Desert Dusk

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.89 oz.) is a 18-pan palette that features eight mattes, six “Pressed Pearls,” three “Duo-Chrome Toppers,” and one “Pure Glitter.” It’s a story of hits and misses, and I think that there will be some who really enjoy it and others that will find the better shades too dupable and the more interesting shades needing too much work and/or improvement to be “worth” it. This palette will be best suited for someone who likes using their shimmers with a dampened brush, fingertips, and/or adhesive base and prefers their mattes to be thinner (and does not care about how they feel in the pan, only about how they perform on the lid).

The mattes are supposed to be “highly-pigmented” and “butter-smooth.” The formula has a chalkier, drier feel to them–almost sandpapery in a way–with a thin texture that has slight to moderate powderiness in the pan. I did not find these shades to be that prone to fallout; I did not feel like I had to take great care to minimize fallout and ultimately had little fallout after producing looks from this palette. Something I noticed was that while the matte shades looked fairly matte on the lid, most of them had very tiny, almost imperceptible micro-pearl in them. The pigmentation varied but most were pigmented and fairly blendable to very blendable. They wore anywhere from seven to eight hours on me.

The “Pressed Pearls” are supposed to be “rich” and “add depth and intensity” and can be used alone or layered over the mattes. The consistency of the formula was creamier and slightly denser, but the eyeshadows never felt stiff or difficult to pickup on a brush. These were the ones that applied well with a brush, though I noticed a couple did not appear as metallic after blending as they did initially. They were also quite pigmented and wore between seven and eight hours.

The “Duo-Chrome Toppers” are “ever-changing illusions” so the colors are designed to shift. The brand recommends blending these “into the base shadow with a brush or apply with finger to maximise the reflection.” They are not as chunky as last year’s Rose Gold eyeshadows, and they definitely bind together better on the lid, but they were not very usable dry, even when I used a fingertip. I tried patting on top of other eyeshadows with my fingertip, and the majority of product just stuck to my fingertip with little transfer and visible shift over the base eyeshadow. I also tried the same layering technique using a brush and had better results but they were still subpar. The best technique I found was using a flat, synthetic brush dampened or even using a light adhesive on the brush. By the name and limited description, they seemed design to be layerable, e.g. not fully opaque.

The “Pure Glitter” is described as a “ready-to-go formula” that can be “dabb[ed] on with a flat brush.” The idea that it is a “Pure Glitter” is an odd way to put it, as pure glitter seems like it would just be glitter/sparkle and nothing else, but the ingredient list for Cosmo is as long as all the rest of the eyeshadows. The idea of it being “ready-to-go” and the recommended application not mentioning adhesive or even dampening the brush also suggests that it can be used as-is. Well, not really–there is a creaminess to it, but it is half-loose, half-pressed, and moves around easily in the pan. It doesn’t fly away like a truly loose glitter would when applied directly onto skin or over a powder eyeshadow, but it does not stay in place for long at all. To use this, I would recommend using an adhesive base or patting over a cream product.

The palette will be available September 18th.

Desert Dusk
Desert Dusk
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
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Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

01/15

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes | Look Details

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes | Look Details

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes & Sweet Peach | Look Details

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes & Sweet Peach | Look Details

Just Peachy Mattes

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, 12-pan eyesahow palette with 11 matte finishes and one satin finish. According to the brand, the eyeshadows have “intense color payoff that’s beyond blendable.” To the touch, the formula–in general–had a drier, slightly chalky texture, and was firmer with a lot less powderiness compared to past eyeshadow releases from the brand. While they did not feel as velvety nor as finely-milled, I found them easier to work with in practice as they blended better without blending away to nothingness and were buildable when I wanted buildability.

What I did find was that a few shades–Peach Meringue, Peach Butter, Just Peachy, and Peaches and Cream–had stronger white bases and had a tendency to turn darker shades–like Peach Tart, Just Ripe, Chocolate Dipped–grayish. This was a bummer, as the majority of the palette is quite warm in undertone, so having darker shades go gray makes those shades look a lot less true-to-color.

I also noticed that those more white-based shades did not work as well on the inner corner of my eye as any wateriness seemed to travel and cause severe fading (almost erasure of the eyeshadow) shortly after, and by no means am I referring to extremely watery eyes… just a normal day and my eyes never felt like they were watering, but I could tell that they must have at some point as eyeshadow started to go missing and there was a harsher edge where it had gone missing over time. I have seen it happen on occasion with some matte eyeshadows but never as bad as with these. It did not matter if I wore Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance under those shades or not; the same thing happened.

The eyeshadows had a sweet, peachy scent to them, but I did not find it as strong or as prone to lingering compared to the Sweet Peach palette, which seemed sweeter, peachier, and I could smell that scent when I applied the eyeshadows, whereas I did not smell anything when working with Just Peachy.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham London Eye Palette

01/09

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette

With Smashbox 24HR Primer + Packed On (4+ layers) + Shimmery shades used Damp

With Smashbox 24HR Primer + Packed On (4+ layers) + Shimmery shades used Damp

London

Estee Lauder London Victoria Beckham Eye Palette ($75.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a deflating release from a collaboration that was known for its higher quality–that while incredibly expensive, the majority of products delivered on their promises, but this was a total and utter disappointment.

The eyeshadows did not apply well, nor did they stay on for longer than three hours, without primer. I had to use primer just to get enough product to show up visibly on the lid to give you an idea of the “look” one could create from the palette, and even then, it still turned out poorly with unevenness, patchiness, fading within mere minutes. The “look” above is using as much as eight layers of product, packed on, and pressed on with fingertips or with the product used damp over primer (Smashbox 24HR). I have dents in my pans from jabbing and scraping at the surfaces in an attempt to get something usable out of it.

Now, one thing to keep in mind is that Blanc was supposed to be “sheer” and Gris was described as “translucent” so the lack of coverage not entirely unexpected, but the formula itself was also described as “buildable” and “blends easily” and “smooths on evenly.” Unfortunately, regardless of whether one prefers sheer or more pigmented eyeshadow, the quality of the application, blendability, texture, and wear of all four shades was dismal. None of them were worth the money, and none of them were even worth the words I’m wasting my time writing here.

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Blanc

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Gris

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Bordeaux

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Noir (London)

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Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

01/10

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette

The Girls

Dose of Colors The Girls Desi x Katy Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains four sparkling, metallic powder eyeshadows housed in a slim compact with a shimmering fabric exterior. Noli is the only shade that did not say it needed to be applied with a finger for best color payoff; Suz and Harpoon need to be used with a dampened finger. I’m not personally a fan of using my fingertips for application, since I find there’s no precision based on my fingertip to lid size ratio, so I did try using brushes to see how that went in addition to testing with fingertips (and the latter is the only application method reflected in the ratings) for the three shades listed for use with fingers.

They were fairly pigmented and long-wearing, but some shades weren’t quite as blendable as I would have liked, and there was a slight learning curve to get the right amount of dampness to make Suz and Harpoon work smoothly on the lid. I appreciate that the brand noted how each shade should be used, and more importantly, they included that information with the product, though the card is easily lost! The label on the back of the physical palette, though, is backwards (well, compared to how most labels for palettes are printed) as Suz is on the left and Noli is on the right, but when you read the label, it shows Noli on the left and Suz is on the right.

The Girls
The Girls
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Suz

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Noli

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B+

Turbosan

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B-

Harpoon

Limited Edition
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