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Dior Precious Rocks Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

01/08

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Precious Rocks (001)

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($57.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, peachy beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, but the consistency was incredibly smooth, velvety, and finely-milled, so it was easy to sheer out if desired. The powder sat well on the skin and yielded a smooth, luminous sheen–somewhere between subtle and moderate in terms of reflectiveness. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

Ingredients

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Pat McGrath Sextrology & Beautiful Creature LuxeTrance Lipsticks

01/08

Pat McGrath Sextrology LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Sextrology LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Sextrology LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Sextrology LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Sextrology LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Sextrology LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Sextrology LuxeTrance Lipstick

Pat McGrath Sextrology LuxeTrance Lipstick

Sextrology

Pat McGrath Sextrology LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. It had good pigmentation–just shy of full coverage–with a creamy, lightweight texture that slid across the lips without tugging and applied even, smooth coverage. This shade had a bit more slip compared to others that I tried, and it was one of the “weaker” shades but by no means a weak lipstick. It wore well for five hours and had a touch of color that had sunk into my deeper lip lines after four hours of wear. The formula was lightly hydrating.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.14 oz. - $271.43 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a "intense color payoff" with "comfort" and "rich hydration" that has a "satiny sheen." Of the shades I've tried, they are richly pigmented, long-wearing, incredibly comfortable to wear from start to finish, hydrating, and generally flattering on the lips. The texture was smooth, velvety, and creamy enough to glide across the lips with ease but never felt slippery or too clingy. Most shades performed exceptionally well, and while pricey, they at least lived up to a lot of the claims. There was no discernible scent or taste.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipstick swatches.

Sextrology
Sextrology
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

01/15

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Heavy Metals

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday offering that includes 20 eyeshadows. The new formula was developed to “bump up the foiled effect” and have a “velvety feel” with “insane color payout and shiny metallic effects” that ‘blends like a dream.”

Overall, the eyeshadows felt a bit denser and smoother with less powderiness/excess product kicked up in the pan compared to the average Urban Decay eyeshadow but not like so far removed that they don’t feel like shimmery, powder eyeshadows. I only found one shade to be truly disappointing, which was Angelfire, as it was more like a semi-sheer glitter-bomb than a standalone eyeshadow. There were a few others that had room for improvement but most were quite nice and easy to work with.

I would expect that this palette’s impact would be maximized by combining it with your favorite mattes and satins rather than using only the shades in the palette, as they are all shimmery. It’s just not going to be a standalone palette for anyone who typically uses mattes in their looks.

The packaging is certainly different from a lot of palettes, though it felt unnecessarily wide due to the mirror sandwiched between the two panels of eyeshadow. I found it to feel cumbersome, and the slickness of the packaging itself made it harder to hold, so I’m not even sure how practical the mirror being in the middle actually ended up being (for me).

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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Tom Ford Katherine, Joan, Sophia Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Colors

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Katherine Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Katherine Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Katherine Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Katherine Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Katherine Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Color

Tom Ford Beauty Katherine Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Color

Katherine

Tom Ford Beauty Katherine Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium beige with subtle, warm rosy undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly. The texture had moderate slip, felt thin but not clingy, and was comfortable to apply and to wear. There was a smidgen of color that went into my lip lines, though. It lasted for three and a half hours on me but was still hydrating.

Formula Overview

$36.00/0.07 oz. - $514.29 Per Ounce

The Ultra-Rich Lip Color formula is supposed to have "full-coverage" and "high-shine" that "moisturizers lips instantly." The majority of the range had semi-opaque coverage with a few being sheerer and some with more full coverage. The finish was more luminous--shiny but not glossy or heavy--which meant they had moderate slip, so they tended to wear around four hours on me. There were some of the deeper shades (like reds) that lasted longer and left subtle stains behind. I found the formula to be lightly to moderately hydrating over time. They are vanilla scented but have no discernible taste.

Browse all of our Tom Ford Beauty Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Color swatches.

Ingredients

RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL , CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE , EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAXCANDELILLA CERACIRE DE CANDELILLA , BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 , CETYL ACETATE , BEESWAXCERA ALBACIRE D'ABEILLE , SILICA , POLYETHYLENE , OLEYL OLEATE , COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA CIRE DE CARNAUBA , FRAGRANCE (PARFUM) , BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER) , HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE , LANOLIN OIL , POLYGLYCERYL-3 DIISOSTEARATE , SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE , CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER OIL , ACETYLATED LANOLIN ALCOHOL , TOCOPHERYL ACETATE , ACRYLATES COPOLYMER , ASCORBYL PALMITATE , ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE , CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE , POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE , CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE , BARIUM SULFATE , VANILLIN , ALUMINA , TIN OXIDE , PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE , [+/- MICA , TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) , COPPER POWDER (CI 77400) , RED 6 (CI 15850) , MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742) , YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140) , RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) , RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) , CARMINE (CI 75470) , BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163) , YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985) , RED 33 LAKE (CI 17200) , BRONZE POWDER (CI 77400) , RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410) , BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090)]

Katherine
Katherine
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Joan

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Sophia

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NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

01/07

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

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Montparnasse

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes a warm gold and a medium, plummy brown. The left side was lovely–pigmented, easy to use, long-wearing–but the right side had a disastrous texture: stiff, firm, and required jabbing and pushing to get powder to dislodge from the surface. Given the price point and that it only contains two shades, I couldn’t recommend this one.

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Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

01/07

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Gradient

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit ($30.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with four blushes for the holiday season. Unfortunately, it was a miss–the formula just did not work well for blending, and when it comes to a cheek color, I imagine getting an even layer with diffused, gradual edges is really a must for most. Something about splotchy, patchy blush with harsh lines says, “no, thank you” in my mind.

Per the brand, it’s a “full pigment formula for buildable coverage,” which I interpret as that it is buildable to full coverage. It is also a “finely milled formula for seamless blending,” which is where I had more trouble typically–these were unforgiving when applied over bare skin or damp foundation. I had to have skin powdered heavily in order to get decent blendability out of most shades in the Blush Kits, though some were decent without extra tricks.

Gradient
Gradient
4
Product
9
Pigmentation
5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
1.5
Application
62%
Total

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Vegas

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Dusk

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Chocolate

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Blackberry

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