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Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

01/13

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Palette | Look Details

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Palette | Look Details

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Palette | Look Details

Lustrous

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains 12 eyeshadows in a mix of mattes and shimmers (actually, only three shimmers, which is a big deal for the brand’s pre-made palettes!). It’s new and limited edition for the holiday season, and as I noted in my sneak peek post, the brand made several mentions of the formula being new: “newest innovation” and “unique formula” and “formulated with 25 percent more pigment” and “be the first to try this new formula.” Reading through ingredient lists, the ingredient lists for M100 (matte black) and ME512 (gold) differed enough that it did seem like a new formula. I received confirmation via email from Make Up For Ever that the palette does feature a new formula that we will see in the future but no other details were shared at this time.

The colors, generally, lined up with the shades of the same number in the current Artist Shadow range, but there were new shades here and then the brand snuck in two shades that are actually blushes (matte red and plum). The three shimmery shades did not seem to be as silicone-heavy–not as dense, not quite as creamy–but they seemed easier to pickup with a greater number of brushes and a little more foolproof to apply to the lid if one is unfamiliar with the denser, more silicone-heavy textures. The mattes were slightly drier but more substantial, so they worked better on bare skin and tended to be more pigmented in a single pass (without sheering out) compared to the original formula, which I found better at building up color, but both were similarly easy to blend out for me.

The brand claimed that the formula features “intense color payoff, superior blendability, and unprecedented 12-hour wear.” They were quite pigmented, blendable (not sure about “superior” but most shades blended without major issues), and long wearing, though the wear for me ranged between nine and ten hours. I imagine if some found the metallic formula in the original range to be too firm/dense, they’ll prefer the newer shimmer formula. Similarly, if you prefer more buildable, silkier mattes, then you may find this drier, more substantial formula to be a miss. Functionally, I did not feel like it was a struggle by any means to use or to apply the eyeshadows in practice, but based on this sampling, it seemed like they were slightly below the performance of the Artist Shadow range has been in the past.

The packaging will likely be a miss for most; the eyeshadows are held inside a foam insert, which does slide within the tin, so it doesn’t seem as secure, though the brand has used foam inserts in the past, so I’m not surprised to see it again in this year’s holiday release.

Value

Going off of the pricing structure for their current Artist Shadow, which retails for $21.00 and contains 0.08 oz. or costs $262.50/oz. (I would expect any replacement formula to be similar in pricing unless the brand makes adjustments to the size, which they could definitely do, so please consider this a mere estimate of value.) The palette contains $157.50 worth of product.

Lustrous
Lustrous
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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ColourPop I Think I Love You Eyeshadow Palette

01/11

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

Colour Pop I Think I Love You 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

ColourPop I Think I Love You | Look Details

ColourPop I Think I Love You | Look Details

ColourPop I Think I Love You | Look Details

ColourPop I Think I Love You | Look Details

I Think I Love You

Colour Pop I Think I Love You Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($16.00 for 0.36 oz.) contains 12 eyeshadows in warmer, neutral hues, plus a deep black, in a variety of finishes, though the palette runs frosted-to-metallic overall. I think the color story of this palette isn’t quite as versatile as other pre-made palettes from the brand, but the performance was still good overall with a few shades having a bit of fallout or weren’t quite as pigmented as the rest.

B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Tarte Blush Bliss Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

01/05

Tarte Blush Bliss 4-Pan Blush Palette

Tarte Blush Bliss 4-Pan Blush Palette

Tarte Blush Bliss 4-Pan Blush Palette

Tarte Blush Bliss 4-Pan Blush Palette

Tarte Blush Bliss 4-Pan Blush Palette

Blush Bliss

Tarte Blush Bliss 4-Pan Blush Palette ($39.00 for 0.80 oz.) has four shades of warmer-toned blushes–two peach/corals and two pink-based shades. The palette had two really lovely blushes while the other two were less pigmented and shorter wearing, so it was a bit of a mixed bag. I imagine if one doesn’t mind more buildable coverage (while simultaneously enjoying pigmented blush!), then the downsides won’t be deal-breakers. I wish there was more differentiation between the shades, since there are only four; it would have nicer to see perhaps a mid-tone coral, deep copper-brown, muted plum, and a vibrant pink.

Value

A full-sized Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush retails for $29.00 and contains 0.20 oz. or costs $145.00/oz. The palette contains $116.00 worth of blush.

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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C+

Genuine

Limited Edition
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C

Breathtaking

Limited Edition
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A-

Graceful

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A-

Lovable

Limited Edition
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Burberry Holiday 2017 Liquid Lip Velvet Set

01/04

Burberry Holiday 2017 Liquid Lip Velvet Set

Burberry Holiday 2017 Liquid Lip Velvet Set

Burberry Holiday 2017 Liquid Lip Velvet Set

Burberry Holiday 2017 Liquid Lip Velvet Set

Holiday 2017

Burberry Holiday 2017 Liquid Lip Velvet Set ($45.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes four, miniature-sized liquid lipsticks. I’m a huge fan of the formula–it’s pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. The “downside” is the brand claims they last for eight hours, and they tend to last between six and eight hours on average. I found the formula of the shades included in the set to be consistent with their full-sized counterparts that I’ve reviewed in the past (so I did not retest for wear time but ratings reflect the set’s versions for pigmentation, texture, and so forth). Keep in mind, the formula does not have a flat, matte dry down–they have a light sheen that wears down to a satin-to-matte finish after a few hours of wear.

Value

A full-sized Liquid Lip Velvet retails for $34.00 and contains 0.20 fl. oz. or costs $170.00/fl. oz. The set contains $88.40 worth of product.

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Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette

01/17

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One | Look Details

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One | Look Details

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One | Look Details

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One | Look Details

The Wild One

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Wild One Eye-Conic 20-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($99.00 for 0.56 oz.) contains 20 eyeshadows housed in an oversized compact (it was actually harder to open than I expected due to the way the clasp and palette are sized!). Overall, there were a lot of good shades in the palette, and the only real dud was a glittery shade that needs an adhesive/tacky base to work well (not at all a surprise). I liked how the color combination wasn’t the typical one we have seen in palettes, so it made it fun to use and encouraged creativity when I attempted to stay within the palette for looks.

Value

The brand’s 7-pan palette retails for $49.00 and contains 0.21 oz. or costs $233.33/oz. The palette contains $130.67 worth of eyeshadow at that cost per ounce.

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

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Artist Rouge Lipstick Set

01/03

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Artist Rouge Lipstick Set

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Artist Rouge Lipstick Set

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Artist Rouge Lipstick Set

Lustrous

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Artist Rouge Lipstick Set ($35.00 for 0.16 oz.) is new, limited edition set for the holidays that features four miniature-sized lipsticks from the brand’s permanent offerings. The first downside was that C211 looked little like the permanent version I have–in depth but also strongly differed in undertone. Color discrepancies are frustrating, since one might fall in love with the shade but upon a repurchase, discover it has changed. Three of the four shades were quite pigmented with all wearing at least four hours, but two were slightly drying (both mattes) and one could have been more pigmented (C407).

Value

A full-sized Artist Rouge Lipstick retails for $22.00 and contains 0.12 oz. or costs $183.33/oz. The set contains $29.33 worth of product, which was a bit surprising–would have figured it to have a $30 price tag in that instance.

Lustrous
Lustrous
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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B+

M100

Permanent
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A

M401

Permanent
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B+

C407

Permanent
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