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Divergent Collector’s Kit (Quick)

Divergent Collector's Kit
Divergent Collector’s Kit

Divergent Collector’s Kit ($59.50) includes fifteen eyeshadows, two blushes, one bronzer, one highlighter, four lipglosses, and a double-ended eye/cheek brush. I’ve been waiting to hear back from Sephora regarding the Lipglosses to get names (mine weren’t labeled–thank you readers Denise & Thu for your help!), but now the palette is listed as out of stock! I’m not entirely sure it’s going to be back in stock, and as it is listed as only available online, you can’t track it down in stores. Reader Erica, who works at Sephora in Pittsburgh, said stores will have them. (Could this launch be any more confusing–VIB rouge, then VIB, no everyone! online! no, maybe stores, too?!) I’m going to share my overall thoughts on the kit along with full photos and swatches, but I’m not going to consider going as in-depth as I typically would unless it becomes available again.

Overall, it’s actually a decent kit, and you get a lot of product for your money. The eyeshadows were fairly pigmented, soft (sometimes powdery, a couple were dry), and wore well for seven to eight hours. The cheek products were a little powdery but blendable and buildable, and those wore seven to eight hours applied as well. The lipglosses were mostly non-sticky, lightweight, glossy, and sheer to semi-sheer, while they wore two to three hours on average. It performed better than expected, but the colors are more dupable than not.

There is something about the set that feels very familiar, particularly in regards to the lipglosses, which mimic Hourglass’ gloss packaging (and it might be generically available packaging, rather than uniquely made for Hourglass) and the cheek palette feels like they’ve attempted to dupe NARS’ blushes (Orgasm, Amour, Laguna, Albatross), but the blushes aren’t really true dupes for the NARS’ ones that came to mind.

Cheek Palette

Obscure Coral is a medium-dark, coral-red with a golden sheen. See comparison swatches.

Misty Rose is a muted, dusty rose pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. See comparison swatches.

Gleaming Pearl is a cool-toned, white base with a glowing, golden sheen–almost green-tinged, very metallic. See comparison swatches.

Intelligent Bronze is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with a golden sheen. See comparison swatches.

Eyeshadow Palettes

Transform is a sheer, silver glitter that feels almost wet to the touch. See comparison swatches.

Bold Espresso is a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a satin-matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Intrepid Moss is a warm-toned, olive green with a frosted finish. See comparison swatches.

Golden Honesty is a bright, light-medium yellow gold with a metallic finish. See comparison swatches.

Altruistic Almond is a light-medium, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Choose is a golden beige with warm undertones and a glitter finish. See comparison swatches.

Burnt Mahogany is a red-toned, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. See comparison swatches.

Radiant Initiation (which appears to be spelled wrong on the palette) is a cool-toned, medium taupe brown with a satin-matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Peaceful Shimmer is a brightened, coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. See comparison swatches.

Humble Sheen is a light, peachy-beige with a frosted finish. See comparison swatches.

Diverge is a dark, taupe-brown with a golden glittery sheen. See comparison swatches.

Dauntless Ink is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Abnegation Stone is a cool-toned, taupe with a frosted sheen. See comparison swatches.

Erudite Sapphire is a cool-toned, navy blue with a pearly finish. See comparison swatches.

Serene Vanilla is a light beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. See comparison swatches.

Lipglosses

Natural Virtue is a light-medium, muted peachy-orange with warm undertones. It looks milky applied, settles into lip lines tremendously. See comparison swatches.

Supreme Ritual is a light, gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones. See comparison swatches.

Temptation’s Choice is a muted orange with bronze and tangerine shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Fear Not is a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with gold shimmer. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Thank you to readers Denise & Thu for helping with the lipgloss’ naming situation! Kits bought through Sephora should have labels on the back (mine was a press sample).

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0
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0
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0
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Formula X Free Fall, Photoelectric, Prismatic Nail Lacquers

Formula X Nail Lacquers
Formula X Nail Lacquers

Formula X Free Fall Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “light blue textured glitter.” It’s a pale, sky blue with a sugary, textured finish. It’s matte but shimmery, and this is one of the more textured polishes I’ve come across–it’s rough and almost gritty without being sharp. The color is really interesting, but the application and coverage were difficult and uneven. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one, due to the more unique finish. When I tested this shade for wear, it did last for eight days with minor tip wear (almost as if the edge “sanded” away).

Formula X Photoelectric Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple and blue micro glitter in sheer bright blue.” It’s a vibrant, just-shy-of-neon blue with green-ish undertones with blue and purple micro-glitter. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly evenly. Surprisingly, I wasn’t able to find any similar shades from what I’ve reviewed in the past (not to say there aren’t any, just that I don’t have any to share!). I typically get a full week of wear with very, very minor tip wear with this formula.

Formula X Prismatic Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “emerald micro-glitter in sheer emerald.” It’s a muted, dusty, cool-toned green with lighter green and medium green micro-glitter. It was noticeably sheer with visible nail line after two coats. It didn’t apply as evenly as it should have. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Man by Man (P, $10.00), Zoya Giovanna (P, $9.00), and Dior Samba (794) (LE, $24.00) are all darker and brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chimera (P, $10.00) is less cool-toned. Zoya Zuza (P, $9.00) is still brighter. See comparison swatches.

Free Fall
Free Fall
B-

Permanent

6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
80%
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Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
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Prismatic
Prismatic
B

Permanent

7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
83%
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Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette

Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette
Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette

Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.41 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows (0.03 oz. each), miniature-sized Caviar Stick in Cocoa, (0.03 oz.) and miniature-sized Full Blown Volume Mascara in Black (0.20 oz.). It’s a nice palette overall, and if you’re a fan of more neutral, muted colors with matte and satin finishes, you’ll probably get a lot of use out of this one. The downside is that if you don’t love or use the included minis, then this palette is significantly less value-packed than the last two editions of it. The only overlap with holiday’s palette is with Guava and African Violet. Generally, the eyeshadows had good color payoff, soft, smooth textures, and wore eight and a half hours before fading or creasing.

During the holidays, when Laura Mercier released the holiday Artist Eyeshadow Palette, it sold out quickly and was difficult to track down. It’s not at all a surprise that this is still around over a month later, because the $80 price tag of spring’s palette, compared to the holiday palette’s price of $48, makes it difficult to justify–even if Laura Mercier wants us to feel like we’re getting our value because they’ve included a miniature-sized Caviar Stick and Mascara. Laura Mercier says that the palette has a value of $120. Based on what’s included, the set includes $92.00 worth of eyeshadow, $10.40 worth of Caviar Stick, $12.00 worth of mascara, which is $114.40–shy of $120. I think it was a very shortsighted move to significantly increase the price of the palette and tossing in two minis, because the palette is the star attraction–the other two items are just bonuses, and at the end of the day, I don’t think they justify the $32 price hike, because you’re really not getting more value, you’re just buying more products and paying that price for them. If they had made the palette closer to $60 and included both minis, I think it would have sold better. Make no mistake: you are paying real money to get those minis, they’re not just toss-ins; it ends up looking like a way of justifying that $80 price tag to customers.

Noir is described as a “deepest black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it could have been a bit more pigmented. The texture was soft and blendable, and the color lasted well for eight and a half hours. There are many black eyeshadows just like it — see comparison swatches.

Deep Night is described as a “deep black navy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened navy that leans almost purple with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, though it could have been more intense. It was more buildable, though, so you could achieve truer-to-pan color with a few layers. The color wore well for just over eight and a half hours. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is less pigmented. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is slightly bluer. NARS Kamchatka (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Coffee Ground is described as a “cool charcoal brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is darker. MAC Brun (P, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) is very similar. Bobbi Brown Hot Stone (LE, $22.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Cafe au Lait is described as a “neutral caramel beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and silky. It wore well for nine hours. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is warmer. Chanel Charming #2 (LE) is very similar. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $22.00) is lighter. LORAC Taupe (P) is very similar. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is more shimmery. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Ginger is described as a “light neutral peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a soft, light-medium orange with a matte finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and easy to blend. The color wore well for almost eight and a half hours. Anastasia Orange Soda (LE) is more orange. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Terracotta (LE, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Buttercream is described as a “light neutral yellow [with a Matte finish].” It’s a pale, neutral-to-warm beige with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and silky, though it almost looked chalky on my medium complexion (should be fine on fairer skin tones). It wore well for eight hours. It’s another basic shade, so there are plenty of similar shades out there — see comparison swatches.

Diamond Pink is a brightened, pinky-white with a metallic finish. This is a limited edition shade (exclusive to the palette) and has a Luster finish, officially. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft but not quite as smooth as other shades in the palette. I noticed a smidgen of fall out over time with this color but not too much, otherwise the wear was eight and a half hours. This shade is surprisingly common to see, so there are quite a few that are very close (with minor differences, like a fraction lighter/darker/more metallic) — see comparison swatches.

Guava is described as a “peach stucco [with a Sateen finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a soft, golden sheen. The texture was incredibly soft and smooth, while the color payoff was good. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Too Faced Ringleader (LE, $16.00) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is less golden. See comparison swatches.

Sable is described as a “cool grey taupe [with a Sateen finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned taupe with a soft, pearly finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was a little stiffer than the other shades in the palette, though it lasted for almost nine hours applied to the lid. Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Lhasa (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is darker. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

African Violet is described as a “violet copper shimmer [with a Luster finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark plum with a golden shimmer-sheen. The texture was a little drier with larger shimmer particles, so it didn’t apply as smoothly. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is darker. Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $8.25) is darker. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches.

Violet Steel is a cool-toned, purplish-taupe with a frosted sheen. It has a Luster finish, officially, and is limited edition/exclusive to this palette. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade wore well for nine hours. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is grayer. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, grayer. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Rich Cocoa is a dark, warm-toned brown with bronze shimmer and a satin finish . It has a Sateen finish, officially. It had so-so color payoff, but the consistency was dry and powdery, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as the other shades. Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is more shimmery. Burberry Dark Spice #2 (P) is darker. Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Cocoa (Caviar Stick) is a medium-dark, chocolate brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, applied smoothly, and wore well for nine hours without creasing or fading. Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker, powder. LORAC Sable (P) is slightly darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is very similar. MAC Dark Brew (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, powder. See comparison swatches.

Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara is supposed to thicken, lengthen, curl, and sculpt lashes. For me, it did all those things about average or a little better–a good mascara but not life-changing. I would say it does more to thicken than it does to lengthen. I didn’t have any smudging or flaking, and it was easy enough to remove.

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Physicians Formula Natural Nude Wear Nude Glow Blush

Physicians Formula Natural Nude Wear Nude Glow Blush
Physicians Formula Natural Nude Wear Nude Glow Blush

Physicians Formula Natural Nude Wear Nude Glow Blush ($12.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft sheen. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $43.00) is darker, more matte. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is much darker, more luminous applied. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is darker. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Stunner (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Easy Manner (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to provide a “beautiful bare skin effect” with a “skin-glowing finish.” It’s a product that is best for light-medium or fairer complexions, as I really had to layer it several times to even get any visible color to show up in photographs on my medium complexion. The texture is very soft and velvety, but it was somewhat powdery–almost chalky at times–yet not dry or really difficult to work with, but it was dense and powdery. It was contradictory, as it felt lovely in one sense but yet had that powdery, chalky feel as well. On drier skin, I think it will actually look powdery if applied with more than a sheer layer. It looked almost matte applied to the skin; it was surprisingly less luminous/glowy than described or even when you look at it when swatched. It kind of delivers on its promise, but it seems to fall a little short–it’s really not bringing out the natural luminosity of bare skin. On me, it wore well for seven hours but had completely faded after eight and a half hours (nothing was left). To be clear, the color payoff is in line with the description, but I think it lacks the right finish/texture to give it that “skin-glowing finish,” and instead looked more powdery than anything.

Natural
Natural
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
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Illamasqua Fatale Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Fatale Eyeshadow Palette
Illamasqua Fatale Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Fatale Eyeshadow Palette ($46.50 for 0.20 oz.) includes four shades of warmer, shimmery colors that include copper, berry, purple, and taupe. The color scheme really works well together, and there are various combinations one can create with just the four shades included. There’s a good mix of shades that can contrast against each other. For those who prefer more satin or matte finishes, this palette may feel like frost-overload. It’s a good palette, but two shades could have been more pigmented.

Bronx is described as a “bronzed gold.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned coppery ornage with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is a shade that we’ve seen a lot, so there’s no shortage of dupes, but it’s a nice color to have in your arsenal if you don’t have it already. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is darker, less shimery. Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE) is more metallic, yellower. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. LORAC Gold (P) is very similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is slightly darker. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Ensnare is described as a “sultry berry shimmer.” It’s a brightened, pinky-berry with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but it was a little dry and didn’t apply as smoothly as Bronx. This shade started to show signs of fading just after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Pink Pepper (LE, $21.00) is glittery, lighter. MAC Caribbean (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Daydreaming (LE, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Charm is described as a “seductive violet shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink-violet with a soft, frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t quite as pigmented as you’d expect from Illamasqua’s formula. It wore well though and lasted a full eight hours. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #2 (P) is darker. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is darker. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Mystify is described as a “chestnut brown.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned taupe brown with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky-smooth. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to show signs of fading. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Fatal #1 (P) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Fatale
Fatale
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
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Illamasqua Perfuzzi Nail Varnish

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, sunshine yellow gold with gold micro-glitter and glitter. Zoya Kerry (P, $9.00) is metallic. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned. China Glaze Lighthouse (LE, $7.50) is similar but sheerer. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (LE, $7.50) is less glittery. Zoya Solange (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

This shade is exclusive to Bloomingdale’s, and it’s supposed to have a “Shattered Stars” formula/finish, but it was like glue. I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered such a thick polish before. I was more than a little surprised that it didn’t look like gluey, gloppy awfulness on the nails, as it actually looked half-decent, but it was noticeably thick. It was fairly opaque in a single coat but two are necessary for fully opaque color. It’s a gorgeous color, but something went very awry with the consistency, which made application more difficult, and you have to be really, really careful with how you place your hand as you wait for it to dry (which takes forever). I typically get a week or more out of Illamasqua’s formula.

Perfuzzi
Perfuzzi
4
Product
10
Pigmentation
3
Texture
9.5
Longevity
3
Application
66%
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