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Stila Holiday 2017 Collection

Stila Holiday 2017 Collection
Stila Holiday 2017 Collection

The Details

New holiday gift sets from Stila.

Now at Stila, coming soon to other retailers

Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set, $45.00 ($72.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

These shadows feature a water-infused formula that is lightweight and glides on effortlessly. It dries down smoothly and comfortably. The unique combination of varying sizes of pearl and glitter offer maximum sparkle with minimal fallout.

  • 6 x 0.07 oz Liquid Eyeshadows in Kitten, Grace, Twig, Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

Star-Studded Eight Stay All Day Set, $45.00 ($96.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Lavish lips with this decadent, deluxe-size set of comfortable, long-lasting, full coverage, and creamy lip color. It features a mix of six iconic matte shades plus a preview of two shades of new Shimmer Liquid Lipstick, making its debut in the Spring.

  • 0.05 oz/ 1.5 mL Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina Shimmer, Beso Shimmer, Perla, Patina, Aria, Chianti, Rubino, Sagno

Big Shots HUGE Extreme L, (Limited Edition)

With an easy-glide, quick-dry eyeliner and a mascara formulated with a blend of soft, malleable waxes, these iconic big shots are the best in beauty for a perfect lined and defined eye look.

Glitterati Lip Top Coat, $22.00 (Limited Edition)

This ultra-sparkle top coat is specially designed to wear over matte liquid lipstick. Its innovative, bi-phase formula contains ultra-fine pearls in a clear water base, so it washes over lips to impart an original, matte finish.

  • Ignite Transparent berry sparkle

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Help Me Help You! :) Holiday Coverage Feedback Requested!

Morning! With the holiday season right around the corner (at least, you know, when it comes to beauty!), I wanted to check in with you on whether I should readjust any of my review practices for the holiday season.  It is by far the busiest, most difficult season to cover, and it’s pretty much an endurance race from September through late November.  I’d like to find out what aspects are useful and important to you when it comes to holiday sets and palettes (not standalone products like lipsticks).

Here’s some background on how I prioritized and handled last holiday season (you can check out what I managed to cover for 2016 here):

  • Post sneak peek swatches
  • Test smaller palettes/sets at a higher priority
    • one eye might be shades from a larger palette but ensuring faster turnaround of reviews by simultaneously testing smaller sets instead of using all available face space for a larger palette for 2-4 days consecutively)
  • Alternate testing of larger sets/palettes with standalone, new-for-holiday shades and products
  • Prioritize larger palettes/sets from key brands with higher chance of selling out
    • Examples:  such as more popular, consistent brands like Anastasia, Becca, Bite, Kat Von D, NARS, Urban Decay, etc.
  • Reduce priority of larger palettes/sets that seem mediocre from initial tests
    • Especially if it has been performing consistently with how it swatched (e.g. sheer, powdery swatches -> poor wear on the eye, no surprises there)
    • Or from brands that tend to release several mega palettes/sets and are known for sub-par performance in those releases

For desktop users, the survey should display below, but for mobile users or if the survey below doesn’t display, click here to take the survey directly.  Thank you so much for your time!

Win It! 1 of 10 Lit Cosmetics Lit Kits!

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Bloomingdale’s just launched Glowhaus, which is a new makeup and skincare boutique that features “all things dewy, sparkly and bright,” like Lit Cosmetics.  If you’re unfamiliar with Lit Cosmetics, the first thing that you must know is that their Clearly Liquid Glitter Base has been a long-time, go-to glitter adhesive for me, and from there, it just rains glitter and sparkle.   Each of their kits come with a loose sparkle shade, liquid adhesive, and a brush.  What’s also neat about the brand is that they offer different sizes of a lot of their shades, so you can get a finer or larger sparkle depending on your needs.

To celebrate Lit’s launch at Bloomingdale’s, we’re giving away 10 of their Lit Kits:

  • Glitter Kits: Hello Sunshine, California Soul S3, Barbie Shops S3, Superfly S2, Cher S2
  • Metal Kits: Addicted + Silver, Crave + Silver, Glisten + Gold, Magnetic + Silver, Smolder + Gold

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Best Plum Blush | Top 10 & Share Your Recommendations

Urban Decay Rapture Blush
Urban Decay Rapture Blush

Today, I’m asking for your go-to, plum blushes (specific shades, please!).  The 10 most recommended plum blushes are listed below, and the list will automatically update as more recommendations are made!

You can view all recommendations here, where you can also refine recommendations by things like price, skin type, skin tone, etc. and share your own recommendations. If you think you might be making recommendations often, consider registering and filling out your profile as the form will pre-fill with your profile information for you each time!

Thank you for taking the time to add your recommendations to our database! 🙂

10 Most Recommended Plum Blushes

Recommendations Wanted For…

You can also browse all of our recommendations here! 🙂

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Anastasia Subculture Eyeshadow Palette Dupes with MAC, Makeup Geek, ColourPop, Make Up For Ever

There’s something afoot when it comes to Anastasia’s Subculture Palette.  The reviews range from “I don’t have any issues” to “worst palette” and unusable, and many of the people who are finding it unusable are by no means novices.  These reviews come from consumers, readers here, and influencers across platforms.  Mine fell somewhere in-between–it was workable with lighter pressure and using smaller brushes but I have swirled and swirled with the powderiness getting nowhere near the levels of those who have had extreme problems with theirs.

I was messaging with a YouTube friend, Leesha/xSparkage, because I saw how bad her palette was and couldn’t believe it.  She showed me a short video of her just tapping the shade Dawn a few times and it looked like the eyeshadow was disintegrating.  I used a similar brush, tapped a few times, and showed her the level of powderiness I had–a little in the pan but it wasn’t snowing peach.  She sent me a photo of her attempt to apply Axis on the outer lid/crease where it wouldn’t stick (it looked like 10% stayed on), and then I hurriedly applied Axis all over my lid using a fluffy brush and had a whole lid full of it.  She couldn’t believe it–she asked if it stayed on if/when I blended it, so I sent her a video of me furiously blending (far more vigorous than I’d ever normally do) and how it stayed there with no fallout.  We don’t review products the same way and sometimes we agree, sometimes we don’t, but I don’t think she and I have ever had such different experience–and it’s so clear that the starting point (actual, physical eyeshadows) alone is night and day so it’s no wonder that experiences are just as opposite.

Perhaps more disappointing is the brand’s attitude of it just being user error due to a softer press.  That might feasibly explain some powderiness or fallout but when people have loved your eyeshadows previously, have worked with them before, and then all of a sudden can’t get it apply to the lid or touch their brush to a pan few times and the entire eyeshadow dissolves into dust, that’s not just a softer press. It doesn’t explain highly-skilled people who certainly know how to apply eyeshadow finding the palette unusable. As in my review, the formula itself has a completely different ingredient deck than past Anastasia mattes, and I’m sure there’s blame within the formula composition but what could explain the drastic differences in the physical composition, firmness, and quality of palettes to the degree that we’re seeing? It doesn’t make sense. As of around 9:30AM PST this morning, Norvina from Anastasia tweeted out that they are working on a response, and I’ll update if/when there’s more clarity on that. I also purchased two from Sephora this morning and have one from Beautylish on the way.

Updated @ 8/1/2017 at 4:00PM PST:  Regardless of whether the brand is ultimately going to press eyeshadows harder, reformulate, or whatever they might do, they are still selling through existing stock and certainly seem to have no plans to halt the launch until they’ve finished figuring it out.

Updated @ 8/5/2017 at 12:00PM PST:  I received and worked through testing the three other Subculture, and you’ll find my process, my thoughts, and the like on the original review post here. I do not expect to write about Subculture again unless the brand makes an official change/announcement that is newsworthy.

I went through some of the more mainstream brands who offer a wider range of permanent singles and lined them up the best I could (some are very similar, some are more “functionally” similar). You can also see the all dupes for Subculture here, along with a refined version of the results for dupes under $15 that are listed as permanent, which list actual dupes that I’ve pulled and compared from when I wrote the original review. These are, again, the closest shades within the brands and may not always be actual dupes.  For the official list of dupes (all shades that I pulled when I published the original review that are closest, regardless of brand, price, or availability), please click any of the links to see that shade’s full list:


Anastasia Subculture Dupes
MAC Eyeshadow

Below, you’ll find the closest MAC dupes I could find (permanent, pan refills) — any major differences noted below.  View swatches here.

Anastasia Subculture Dupes
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Below, you’ll find the closest Makeup Geek dupes I could find (permanent, pan refills) — any major differences noted below. View swatches here.

Anastasia Subculture Dupes
ColourPop Eyeshadow

Below, you’ll find the closest ColourPop dupes I could find (that were still available) — any major differences noted below. View swatches here.

Anastasia Subculture Dupes
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow

Below, you’ll find the closest Make Up For Ever dupes I could find (permanent, pan refills) — any major differences noted below. View swatches here.