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Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini

01/08

Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini

Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini

Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini

Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini

Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini

Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini

Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini

Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini

Vanilla Quartz

Becca Vanilla Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini ($19.00 for 0.085 oz.) is a pale, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. The highlighter had excellent color payoff in a single layer with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that made it easy to apply to the skin and diffuse along the edges. It was soft without being dusty or powdery, which made it controllable–I could apply less and get sheerer coverage if desired. The finish on this particular shade was slightly less intense compared to the average Becca pressed highlighter but still a moderate highlighter when worn at medium or greater coverage. It felt a touch looser in the pan compared to most of the brand’s highlighters but sat well on the skin and lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.09 oz. - $211.11 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "high-shine" finish that "doesn't look glittery" and is blendable with an "intense highlight." The Minis were similar in color and performance to the full-sized shades, but the texture of the Minis seemed ever-so-slightly looser and not as cream-like to the touch. I just didn't feel like that discrepancy wasn't meaningful when I went to apply, blend out, or as the powders wore on the skin throughout the day. They were pigmented, easy to blend out, and had luminous to metallic finishes.

In terms of value, the full-sized highlighters retail for $38.00 and contain 0.28 oz. or cost $135.71/oz., so the minis contain $11.54 worth of product. On the other hand, a mini costs half the price of a full-sized; always keep in mind your usage habits and whether you're someone who will, in fact, use the full highlighter or whether you'd rather spend half the money and still get year(s) of use out of the mini.

Browse all of our Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isostearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Silica, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Tin Oxide. May Contain [+/-]: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 75470 (Carmine).

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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MAC x Nicki Minaj Easy Babe, Gossamer Wing, Japanese Maple Lipsticks

01/06

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick

Easy Babe

MAC Easy Babe Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy–just enough to glide on without tugging but not add slip or shine. On me, it stayed on well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.10 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying. Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying. The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Browse all of our MAC Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Ozokerite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Paraffin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina / Cire Microcristalline, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cera Carnauba / Cire De Carnauba, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Vanillin, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 21 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005).

Easy Babe
Easy Babe
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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B-

Gossamer Wing

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Japanese Maple

Limited Edition
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Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

01/03

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio

Written in the Stars

Stila Written in the Stars Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains three, miniature-sized glitter-tastic liquid eyeshadows (they’re about half the size of a full-sized shade). All three are also available individually in the permanent line-up, and the three here were fairly consistent with my full-sized versions; to manage the holiday deluge, I did not re-test these for wear. I love that the brand put out a set of these, as cream/liquid products typically expire faster than powders, so it can be hard to justify or partake in lots of shades at full-sized quantities and have any hope of finishing one. The three shades included seem to be good, more “universal” kind of shades, though they will be best for layering over other base colors or spread over the lid as an all-over wash of glitter. I really enjoy the effect of this formula for layering, but if you’re after them as a standalone product, you may be less enamored with them.

Value

A full-sized Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow retails for $24.00 and contains 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz. The set contains $33.60 worth of product.

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Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

01/16

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner | Look Details

Saint + Sinner

Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.96 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for the holidays. It’s a large palette that features 24 eyeshadows split into two families–Saint (“wearable, romantic” hues) and Sinner (“bold color pops”)–to mimic the look of stained glass windows. The larger size of it made it feel bulky and felt less travel-friendly, and I know that the seemingly jumbled shade arrangement has made it look less cohesive to some, but I’ll say that after creating looks with it, I think the shades do come together. I think that it is a little heavier on the warm-toned side of things and could have used at least one or two cooler/more mid-tone transition type of shades, but I didn’t feel like I was at a loss for creating combinations with it.

The quality was consistent with Kat Von D’s typical eyeshadow formula (so not the Metal Crush formula but what’s used elsewhere). The mattes are soft, a touch powdery at times, but fairly pigmented and otherwise are buildable with a shade like Exodus being thin enough to be prone to sheering out/faster fading but other mattes were easy to work with. I found that the weaker mattes were best applied over a lightly tacky base or patted/packed on with less sweeping motions. The “shimmering pearls” were smooth, soft, and blendable with good pigmentation and solid wear. The “electrifying metallics” were denser, pigmented, and wore fairly well with some being more blendable than others.

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

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

01/05

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set

Holiday 2017

Bite Beauty Holiday 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set ($22.00 for 0.28 ofl. z.) contains four, miniature-sized liquid lipsticks from Bite. All four shades are available individually in the permanent line. The set’s versions felt consistent to me compared to the permanent versions, which I reviewed earlier this year when they initially debuted, so for the purposes of the review, I did not re-test for wear time but did go through things like pigmentation, texture, and so forth solely based on the set’s versions. I think it’s an excellent holiday set for someone in the market for Bite’s liquid lipstick–just do keep in mind that they are not a matte, dry-down kind of formula; they are liteally a liquid version of a traditional lipstick.

Value

A full-sized Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick retails for $24.00 and contains 0.25 fl. oz. or $96.00/oz. The set contains $26.88 worth of product.

A

Limited Edition

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

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Whip

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Braised

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Flambé

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Marc Jacobs Cat’s Meow Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

01/08

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat's Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection

Cat's Meow

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat’s Meow 5-Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection ($45.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of five, miniature-sized lipsticks (just less than half the size of a full-sized shade). Each shade is part of the permanent range, so they can be purchased individually at any time as well. They come inside a zippered, rectangular-shaped container with a pink leopard print design. The big downside to the set is that the brand makes a very industrious claim of 10-hours for wear, which none of the lipsticks lived up to (and that is consistent with my past experience in using this formula), so that dropped the ratings quite a bit.

Value

A full-sized Lip Creme retails for $30.00 and contains 0.12 oz. or $250.00/oz. The set contains $62.50 worth of Lip Cremes.

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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