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NARS x Man Ray Deep Throat/Barbara Love Triangle

01/03

NARS Deep Throat/Barbara Man Ray Love Triangle

NARS Deep Throat/Barbara Man Ray Love Triangle

NARS Deep Throat/Barbara Man Ray Love Triangle

Deep Throat/Barbara

NARS Deep Throat/Barbara Man Ray Love Triangle ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains two shades from NARS’ permanent line in miniature-sizes — a pink-coral blush and a rosy beige lipstick. Both were nice and consistent with full-sized versions that I have tried in the past.

Value

A full-sized blush retails for $30.00 and contains 0.16 oz. or costs $187.50/oz. A full-sized Audacious lipstick retails for $34.00 and contains 0.14 oz. or costs $242.86/oz. The set contains $15.00 worth of blush and $19.43 worth of lipstick for a total value of $34.43.

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B+

Barbara

Permanent
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MAC Pink Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit

01/05

MAC Pink Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit

MAC Pink Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit

MAC Pink Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit

MAC Pink Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit

MAC Pink Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit

Pink

MAC Pink Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit ($29.50 for 0.15 oz.) includes a pale, shimmery pink, medium pink, and vibrant pink-red. One shade was sheer and didn’t last long, while the other two were quite pigmented and long-wearing.

Value

A full-sized MAC lipstick retails for $17.50 and contains 0.10 oz. or costs $175.00/oz. The set contains $26.25 worth of lipstick.

Pink
Pink
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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D

Tease Maker

Limited Edition
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A-

Love Buddy

Limited Edition
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Ciate x Chloe Morello Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Makeup Set

01/15

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set

Ciate Holiday 2017 Palette | Look Details

Ciate Holiday 2017 Palette | Look Details

Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II

Ciate Pretty, Fun, Fearless Volume II Beauty Haul Makeup Set ($49.00 for 1.24 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for the holidays. It includes 20 eyeshadows along with a full-sized liquid liner (not reviewed here), miniature-sized liquid lipstick, and mascara (not reviewed here). The eyeshadows are supposed to be “packed full of gorgeous pigment” and have “ultimate blendability and massive color payoff.”

I had higher hopes for this palette, but there was a dryness present in several shades that made it a struggle to use, even when I tried a few of those disappointing shades over an eyeshadow primer (I even used a creamier one by Marc Jacobs Beauty). Some shades were lovely, but a lot of them were under-pigmented, needed to be built up, had fallout due to poor adhesion and binding, and were just generally far harder to work with than many other eyeshadow palettes at this price point.

7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
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Chanel Trait de Caractere Eyeshadow Palette

01/06

Chanel Trait de Caractere Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Trait de Caractere Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Trait de Caractere Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Trait de Caractere Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Trait de Caractere Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Trait de Caractere Eyeshadow Palette

Trait de Caractere

Chanel Trait de Caractere Eyeshadow Palette ($70.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a smoky, earthy set of shades housed in a black compact. I wanted to like it, as it was a more unusual set of shades for the holiday season, but the formula is just so powdery, prone to sheering out, and short-wearing that it left me incredibly disappointed. More often than not, Chanel’s 5-pan palettes are unimpressive, and it always makes me wonder why they didn’t just make a quad instead, where the formula is stronger.

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MAC Gold Snow Ball Eye Compact

01/06

MAC Gold Snow Ball Eye Compact

MAC Gold Snow Ball Eye Compact

MAC Gold Snow Ball Eye Compact

MAC Gold Snow Ball Eye Compact

MAC Gold Compact | Look Details

MAC Gold Compact | Look Details

Gold

MAC Gold Snow Ball Eye Compact ($29.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that includes six eyeshadows. They are nearly full-sized (the Dazzleshadow shades are slightly less at 0.04 oz. but the other four are actually 0.05 oz. each, which is full-sized). The palette left something to be desired, as they were not the most usable or blendable on their own. This was a palette that required primer and/or a glitter adhesive to work well.

Gold
Gold
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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B+

Frosted Fizz

Limited Edition
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D+

Spun from Gold

Limited Edition
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A-

Evening Light

Limited Edition
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C
C+

Cinder

Limited Edition
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Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette

01/09

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette

Vice Metal Meets Matte

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Vice Lipstick Palette ($35.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains 12 lipsticks–six shimmery shades, six mattes–with a mix of new, exclusive shades and ones from the permanent range. It includes a retractable lip brush. I think it’s a nice way to try a lot of shades from the Vice formula, but I recommend thinking critically about how you use your lip products–some use a lip brush regularly and won’t mind that step while others like to keep their lip color on them throughout the day and carrying around a whole palette may or may not be feasible. The formula, overall, feels a little less dense and creamy compared to the full-sized versions (when available) but have similar coverage, wear, and application.

Value

A full-sized Vice Lipstick retails for $17.00 and contains 0.11 oz. or costs $154.55/oz. The palette contains $37.09 worth of product.