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NARS Altiplano, Naxos, Sorrento Kohliners

01/03

NARS Altiplano Kohliner

NARS Altiplano Kohliner

NARS Altiplano Kohliner

Altiplano

NARS Altiplano Kohliner ($26.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a muted, medium gold with warm, brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one layer, which built up to nearly full coverage with a second layer. The pencil had a smooth, lightly creamy texture that felt more waxy than wet or creamy, and it glided across the lash line without tugging as a result. It lasted for five hours on my waterline and eight hours on my lower lash line.

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.02 oz. - $1300.00 Per Ounce

The Kohliner formula is supposed to be a “creamy eyeliner that is “buildable” and “blendable” that can be used on the lash line as well as on the waterline. The description seemed rather apt, and I like that they described it as buildable. It was definitely an eyeliner that could be smudged if done so shortly after applying (I would apply it to one eye at a time, if you wanted to smudge or diffuse the edges). On me, the color wore well for six hours on my waterline and eight hours on my lower lash line.

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Ingredients

Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Synthetic Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Silica, Polybutene, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Trimethylsiloxysilicate/Dimethiconol Crosspolymer, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Silica Silylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

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Naxos

Permanent
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B+

Sorrento

Permanent
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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

Limited Edition
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A

Noli

Limited Edition
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B+

Turbosan

Limited Edition
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B-

Harpoon

Limited Edition
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Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

01/05

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder

26 Old Silver

Make Up For Ever 26 Old Silver Star Lit Powder ($21.00 for 0.02 oz.) is muted, medium silvery lavender with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had sheer coverage, which was buildable to medium coverage. Applied damp, it had opaque pigmentation that was still blendable and easy to work with. On the cheeks, it definitely worked as a highlighter but added some cooler coloring, too, and on my complexion, would be better suited when paired with a blush to help give it more depth and dimension but could be quite lovely on cooler skin tones on its own. It had a more metallic sheen that seemed quite smooth to my eye and did not accentuate the texture of my skin. On me, the powder wore well for eight hours.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.02 oz. - $1050.00 Per Ounce

The Star Lit Powders can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” with an “ultra-fine loose powder” that can be used “wet or dry to customize coverage intensity and luminosity.” While checking the weight on these, I noticed that the weight differs from shade to shade; this one had a mere 0.02 oz. while others ranged from 0.03 oz. to 0.09 oz. I also noticed that it appears the brand identifies what area you can use a shade on by listing an icon on the back of the jar in the shape of a pair of lips, an eyeball, and then a face (presumably for cheeks).

Browse all of our Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder swatches.

Ingredients

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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NARS Hydra & Titania Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

01/06

NARS Hydra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Hydra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Hydra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Hydra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

A Gold & Teal Eye | Look Details

A Gold & Teal Eye | Look Details

Hydra

NARS Hydra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, smoky teal with subtle, warm undertones and a pearl-to-metallic finish. It had medium coverage when applied with a dry brush with a more pearlized finish, and then the coverage ramped up to completely opaque with a more metallic finish when applied with a dampened brush.

The Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula is a wet/dry one where dry application is supposed to have sheerer coverage (and that’s typically true) and damp application is supposed to have opaque coverage (again, typically true). Hydra is one of two limited edition shades for fall (the other is Titania, which follows in this review). The eyeshadow had a soft texture that was a touch dry in the pan but was fairly blendable on the eye, but I noticed that it had a tendency to look a little patchy as if it darkened from the natural oils on my eye and not so much from issues with blending. On me, the color stayed on well for eight hours both dry and damp.

Also In This Review

B

Titania

Limited Edition
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Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

01/07

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder

A Pink & Copper Look | Look Details

A Pink & Copper Look | Look Details

17 Antic Gold

Make Up For Ever 17 Antic Gold Star Lit Powder ($21.00 for 0.02 oz.) is muted, medium-dark gold with warm, olive undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation applied dry, which was amplified to more opaque coverage with a stronger sheen when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled to the point that the loose powder combined well when applied to the skin. I did find it easier to use on the lid than on the cheeks, as it seemed to emphasize my skin’s texture just a bit as a cheek highlighter. It wore well for eight hours on me.

The Star Lit Powders can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” with an “ultra-fine loose powder” that can be used “wet or dry to customize coverage intensity and luminosity.” While checking the weight on these, I noticed that the weight differs from shade to shade; this one had a mere 0.02 oz. while others ranged from 0.03 oz. to 0.09 oz. I also noticed that it appears the brand identifies what area you can use a shade on by listing an icon on the back of the jar in the shape of a pair of lips, an eyeball, and then a face (presumably for cheeks).

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.03 oz. - $700.00 Per Ounce

The Star Lit Powders can be used to “highlight eyes, lips and cheeks” with an “ultra-fine loose powder” that can be used “wet or dry to customize coverage intensity and luminosity.” While checking the weight on these, I noticed that the weight differs from shade to shade; this one had a mere 0.02 oz. while others ranged from 0.03 oz. to 0.09 oz. I also noticed that it appears the brand identifies what area you can use a shade on by listing an icon on the back of the jar in the shape of a pair of lips, an eyeball, and then a face (presumably for cheeks).

Browse all of our Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder swatches.

Ingredients

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

MAC Fashion Fanatic MAC Girls Personality Palette

01/07

MAC Fashion Fanatic MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Fashion Fanatic MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Fashion Fanatic MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Fashion Fanatic MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Fashion Fanatic MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Fashion Fanatic Palette | Look Details

MAC Fashion Fanatic Palette | Look Details

Fashion Fanatic

MAC Fashion Fanatic MAC Girls Personality Palette ($39.50 for TBA oz.) contains an assortment of shades that ranged from peachy coral to lavender to raspberry pink to deep purple. The palette features a new eyeshadow formula with four finishes–Satin Shine, Smooth Pearl, Foiled Shadow, and Creamy Matte–that are supposed to have a “creamy, silky texture with superior colour payoff” along with a powder highlighter that’s described as “lightweight” and has “just the right amount of pearl and pop.”

Overall, the formula isn’t night and day from the brand’s standard powder eyeshadow (and did not seem like they reinvented powder eyeshadow!), but it was noticeably softer, more finely-milled, and the Foiled finishes were denser and very sparkly–almost like an amped up take on their Lustre eyeshadows. The Creamy Matte finish seemed to have more pigmentation and blendability than of the brand’s firmer mattes have had. Unfortunately, the quality of each shade varied enough that it was not a slam dunk formulation, but I liked the direction of the formula but would like to see better consistency.

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