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What is your current evening skincare routine?

I was just finishing up using Biossance’s Cleansing Oil and switched to Farmacy Green Clean and Oskia Cleansing Gel for removing makeup/cleansing.
I use Biologique Recherche PIGM400, Differin, and Drunk Elephant LaLa. I have normal-to-dry skin (mostly normal with occasional dry areas). I don’t find that LaLa is as hydrating as I’d prefer (my skin started to feel less hydrated within a week of moving to LaLa in the evening over Shiseido Benefiance, which was what I finished up previously).

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MAC Love Weapon, Crowned, Atomized Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

01/06

MAC Love Weapon Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Love Weapon Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Love Weapon Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Love Weapon Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Love Weapon Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

MAC Love Weapon Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic

Love Weapon

MAC Love Weapon Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Metallic ($21.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish berry with cool undertones and flecks of sparkle. This did not look very metallic on; it seemed more matte with some sparkle thrown in. The coverage was medium, buildable with a second or third layer. The texture was rather watery, took longer to dry, and was harder to control on the lips as it wanted to move too readily across my lips. This shade wore well for six and a half hours, left a stain behind, and was somewhat drying.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.17 oz. - $123.53 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "pure matte metallic colour" that "lasts and lasts" for eight hours. Most of the shades were quite pigmented--semi-opaque to opaque--and applied evenly, though there were a few misses that had more watery textures that either lacked in pigmentation or went on patchily. I'd say about half the range felt non-drying over time but some were noticeably drying. They were vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste.

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NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

01/06

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush

Free Soul

NARS Free Soul Highlighting Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. It had an incredibly shiny, smooth, and reflective finish that was aptly described as a “highlighting blush.” It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, but it was easy to sheer out or build up more gradually if desired.

The consistency was smooth to the touch and felt like it had the slip of a cream blush (I almost did a double-take and had to check that it was, in fact, a powder blush!). I was worried that the creamier texture wouldn’t apply as well with brushes, but the powder applied beautifully to the skin and picked up well with soft, feathery brushes, so my worries were unfounded. It blended out with ease and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. On me, it lasted for eight and a half hours.

CoverFX Magic, Moonstone, Soleil Shimmer Veils

01/08

Cover FX Magic Shimmer Veil

Cover FX Magic Shimmer Veil

Cover FX Magic Shimmer Veil

Cover FX Magic Shimmer Veil

Cover FX Magic Shimmer Veil

Cover FX Magic Shimmer Veil

Cover FX Magic Shimmer Veil

Cover FX Magic Shimmer Veil

Magic

Cover FX Magic Shimmer Veil ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light, peachy pink with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. The consistency was a little more gel-like and fluid compared to other shades, though it was easy to work patted over the lips, cheeks, or as a one-and-done shade on the lid but took a little more coaxing when used with a brush on the eyelid. It produced a beautiful, luminous sheen on cheeks that stayed on well for nine hours. On eyes, it was brightening on its own and emphasized my lid texture slightly when I applied it at semi-opaque or greater levels, but the wear was solid at eight and a half hours. As a lip product, it was the most forgiving and least emphasizing of the six shades but still had quite a bit of shine, and it wore well for four and a half hours on my lips.

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.14 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "customizable" coverage that delivers a "high-impact finish" that can be used on "eyes, lips, and beyond." These are very sparkling, shimmering, and metallic shades with a thin, lightly mousse-like consistency that dries down quickly and seems to last quite well, even on eyes. I had some trouble diffusing and blending out the edges as nicely as I wanted as they dried down too fast when I worked with brushes (it was easier to blend in time when just applying one shade all over the lid). On the eyes, they worked and applied best patted over another eyeshadow to do a glittery accent, halo eye, or placed onto the lid in a cut-crease look, but I struggled using more than one shade together (as a single eye look) and found they were a little thick and more prone to emphasizing lid texture if applied more heavily or into the crease. I didn't have any issues with the formula flaking or creasing on the eyes, though.

On the lips, they tended to apply with medium to semi-opaque coverage and spread evenly across the lips with little work (I used my fingertip to do so). They dried down to a transfer-resistant finish that felt "matte" in the sense of being flat/not glossy, but the finish itself was more metallic and sparkling overall. They didn't feel as clingy, dry, or as tight as I expected, though on their own, they didn't feel the most comfortable. They were most comfortable, on the lips, when patted over a more matte lip product or topped with clear balm or gloss. I found that creamier lipsticks tended to "eat" the shimmer and cover it up rather than letting it come through. The wear was between four and five hours.

On the cheeks, they spread easily over the skin and diffused gradually along the edges both over bare skin as well as patted over liquid foundation (without lifting up the base). It dried down and looked sparkly without looking chunky, dirty, or gritty on the skin. I was surprised to find it to be rather versatile formula--I could get moderate glow or get really intense, shiny, sparkly results depending on how much I applied. They lasted eight to nine hours on my cheeks.

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Ingredients

Aqua (WATER), MICA,CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, ISOPENTYLDIOL, PROPANEDIOL, HYDROXYPROPYL METHYLCELLULOSE, GLASS BEADS, HYDROXYACETOPHENONE, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE STARCH, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PECTIN, XANTHAN GUM, TIN OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77510 (FERRIC FERROCYANIDE)

Magic
Magic
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Soleil

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