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2018 Editor’s Choice Awards | Winners Announced

2018 Editor's Choice Awards
2018 Editor’s Choice Awards

2018 Editor’s Choice Awards are now live, so for those curious about my all-time favorite formulas, you’ll want to check out the list of winners. There are awards for “Best of the Year,” which exclusively consider the releases from the previous year (2017), whereas all the other categories (like “Best Eye Products“) consider all products I’ve ever tested that are still presently available.

Psst, don’t forget to cast your vote in our Readers’ Choice Awards! 🙂

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #427

Happy Friday!

Each week, we share our beauty hauls, talk weekend plans and learn a little about each other.

Let's Chat!

Share your own answers in the comments!

  • Haul: Bite Prismatic Multisticks, Farmacy Green Clean, belief Cleansing Oil, Tatcha The Deep Cleanse, Sol de Janeiro Hand Cream
  • Weekend plans: I’m terribly behind on the blog right now (well, more so than usual), so I’m trying to tackle that before I’m totally drowning!
  • What’s your favorite thing to do on a winter day?: Well, since winter here isn’t snow, I do enjoy going for a walk when it gets cool enough to feel crisp outside!

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Makeup Revolution Liquid Champagne Liquid Highlighter

01/04

Makeup Revolution Liquid Champagne Liquid Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Liquid Champagne Liquid Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Liquid Champagne Liquid Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Liquid Champagne Liquid Highlighter

Liquid Champagne

Makeup Revolution Liquid Champagne Liquid Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had a soft, yellow base that made it appear lighter than Liquid Luminous Gold on the skin. The finish had noticeably shiny and shimmery but was more buildable in its intensity overall. The coverage was only buildable from sheer to medium coverage on me. It had a lightweight consistency that spread easily across my skin (whether bare or with foundation) and diffused without issue along the edges. The texture felt lightly emollient and more watery as it was rather thin overall. The highlighter stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$9.00/0.60 oz. - $15.00 Per Ounce

It's supposed to be a "buildable" liquid highlighter that is available in seven shades. They have a thin consistency that has a little more slip to it than water (almost an oiliness without being a true oil), which helped it spread more evenly on the skin without lifting base products or sheering out too readily. I had no trouble mixing the formula into liquid foundations, primers, or moisturizers or patting onto bare skin (or made-up skin) as a standalone highlighter. The effect of the highlighter was subtle to moderate, depending on application, amount applied, and whether it was layered. Most shades were buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, though I noticed that they looked lighter and more similar applied than they did in the bottles. (Example: Liquid Lustre Gold appears as a darker copper when swatched but looked like a light pink on my cheeks.)

Browse all of our Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Styrene / Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Caprylyl Dimethicone Ethoxy Glucoside, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Propylparaben, BHT, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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If my prior skincare routine was already hitting the right notes for me, then I look for that to keep going with the new product (e.g. if my skin was hydrated, then if it started to feel less hydrated, that’d be an issue) or is improving my skin overall by whatever it’s supposed to. I typically test products until I finish them unless a product that doesn’t stay on the skin long (like cleansers, scrubs, etc.). If I feel an extremely strong reaction within a week that’s negative, I might discontinue use (an example would be a moisturizer and my skin tightening and drying noticeably) unless that’s a potential short-term,
side effect.

— Christine

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Fenty Beauty Candy Venom, Ma’damn, Spanked Mattemoiselle Lipsticks

01/06

Fenty Beauty Candy Venom Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Candy Venom Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Candy Venom Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Candy Venom Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Candy Venom Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Candy Venom Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Candy Venom

Fenty Beauty Candy Venom Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had good pigmentation–just shy of truly opaque coverage–that applied evenly across the lips, but the more emollient quality of the lipstick made it more prone to getting into my lip lines. I didn’t notice the settling much from a normal viewing distance, due to the color being rather bright and rich. This was one of the more slippery shades in the range, though it certainly felt comfortable to apply and to wear. On me, it wore well for over six hours, left a stain behind, and was neither drying nor hydrating.

Formula Overview

$18.00/0.06 oz. - $300.00 Per Ounce

It's supposed to have a "petal-soft matte finish" with "mega rich color" that is long-wearing and will not bleed or feather. They are creamy, smooth, and velvety without being heavy. The majority of shades applied evenly across the lips, never skipped, and didn't get into my lip lines. I do not normally experience feathering/bleeding, and I did not experience either with this range. Most of the shades were very pigmented with true, one-stroke pigmentation, which was particularly impressive for some of the more non-traditional shades in the line-up. They're a soft matte--matte without being flat but not truly glossy or shiny--and have good wear time (four to eight hours, depending on the shade) and were mostly non-drying.

Worth noting is that these are in a slim-style bullet, which means that they don't contain as much as traditional lipsticks do--these contain 0.06 oz. and retail for $18.00, which yields a cost of $300.00/oz. If you're not someone who tends to finish their lipsticks, paying less is often a better "value" than paying more and not using what you paid for. A few comparisons: NARS Audacious Lipstick ($242.86 oz., $34.00/0.14 oz.), Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($173.33/oz., $26.00/0.15 oz.), Pat McGrath Matte/LuxeTrance Lipstick ($271.43/oz., $38.00/0.14 oz.), Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme ($250.00/oz., $30.00/0.12 oz.). Fenty's slimmer tube seems to contain less than the average slim-style tube, too (typically 0.07 oz. to 0.09 oz. but rarely below 0.07 oz.).

Browse all of our Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Mica, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl Ppg-20 Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Water, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide. May Contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499, Ci 77492, Ci 77491), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985).

A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Dior Holo Gold DiorSkin Nude Air Luminizer

01/10

Dior Holo Gold (002) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Holo Gold (002) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Holo Gold (002) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Holo Gold (002) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Holo Gold (002) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Holo Gold (002) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Holo Gold (002) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Holo Gold (002) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Holo Gold (002) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Holo Gold (002) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Holo Gold (002)

Dior Holo Gold (002) DiorSkin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a dirty, medium gold with warm, peach-to-pink shifting sparkle and shimmer. There were slightly larger sparkle particles strewn throughout, though I would not go as far as to call them glittery. The resulting shine was much stronger and more reflective than past iterations by Dior, so the formula would be ideal for someone who prefers a strong highlighter. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied evenly and blended out nicely. The powder was soft to the touch with just a bit of the dryness from having larger sparkle/shimmer in it but never felt rough or truly dry. It wore well for eight hours and a half on me before fading noticeably.