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Sneak Peek: Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set Photos & Swatches

01/03

Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set

Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set

Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set

Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes six shades of liquid eyeshadow with three shades being part of the Shimmer & Glow finish and three from the Glitter & Glow finish.

First Impressions

Only one of the shades is a shade I’m familiar with–Smoldering Satin–so I don’t have too much food for thought at the moment. Peachy Sheen ran sheer and would definitely be better for adding glitter on top of something else rather than attempting to build it up (which does not always go well in this formula due to the amount of glitter). The three Shimmer & Glow shades seemed fairly pigmented and smooth, and they have more of a pearly-to-metallic finish so I am curious how well they’ll sit on the lid but haven’t had the chance to try them yet.

Stila Eye for Elegance Set

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Urban Decay Little Vices Vice Lipstick Set

01/06

Urban Decay Little Vices Holiday 2017 Vice Lipstick Set

Urban Decay Little Vices Holiday 2017 Vice Lipstick Set

Urban Decay Little Vices Holiday 2017 Vice Lipstick Set

Urban Decay Little Vices Holiday 2017 Vice Lipstick Set

Urban Decay Little Vices Holiday 2017 Vice Lipstick Set

Urban Decay Little Vices Holiday 2017 Vice Lipstick Set

Little Vices

Urban Decay Little Vices Lipstick Kit ($25.00 for 0.15 oz.) contains five travel-sized lipsticks with two exclusive shades (Double Crossed and Mad) and one just-released shade (Love Drunk). The three shades that have been released before were consistent with their full-sized versions. Mad was the weakest in the set, as it was sheer and patchier, and would be most suitable for use as a layering shade as a result. I liked the set overall and think that if the shades appeal, but the Metallized shades still under-performed (consistent with the permanent line).

Value

Full-sized Vice Lipsticks retail for $17.00 for 0.11 oz. or $154.55/oz. The set contained 0.15 oz. worth of lipsticks or $23.18 worth of product–I was actually surprised it wasn’t priced at $20 (Urban Decay is usually pretty reliable for value-packed sets). On the flip side, for less than the cost of two full-sized lipsticks, you would be getting five shades, and as long as you’re not someone who tends to finish lipsticks quickly, the set would still be worth checking out.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Temptalia Asks You

For something that I’ll use up, sure, absolutely. I’ve learned over time that it’s just very, very hard to finish most cosmetics for me (even when I wasn’t blogging as much!) that I don’t buy backups much for anything color-wise. I’ve done so with discontinued holy grails like Chanel Dragon or Burberry Trench. I’ll purchase backups of certain skincare products or basics (like foundation, brow gel, etc.) when there’s a good sale but try to limit to just one backup… except lip balm, since I go through that often enough!

— Christine

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Natasha Denona Lila Eyeshadow Palette

01/13

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Lila Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Lila Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Lila Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Lila Palette | Look Details

Lila

Natasha Denona Lila 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($129.00 for 1.20 oz.) is a new, permanent palette with 15 eyeshadows that span matte to metallic textures and pale pink to cool purple shades. There were a few shades that could have been better–more pigmented, less sparkly–but most were easier to work with when used with a dampened brush, which I know many have no issue using with their high-shine shimmers, so those things might not be deal-breakers in that instance. Most of the eyeshadows were pigmented and blenable with eight-hour wear.

An observation (but not something that impacted the rating) I had was that it was not the most cohesive palette on its own; the colors could certainly be used together, but there were a lot of intensely shimmery shades and only a few mattes. The mattes could have been in more readily usable shades to coordinate with some of the tones of the shimmery shades as well. It felt like a palette that I wanted to use to complement other palettes than as a standalone palette for me.

Lila
Lila
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

01/06

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Holiday 2017

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette ($62.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three new, limited edition highlighters that can be used wet or dry. The brand described the formula as “formulated with intensely concentrated, multifaceted pearl particles” to give “the most reflective glow.” It’s supposed to have a “velvety texture.” These seem to be an intensified version of the brand’s Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders, but this formula is not presently available individually. The Metallic variation has a lot more pearl and is aptly described as “metallic.”

The powders had a soft, lightly dusty texture in the pan, but they blended out nicely on the skin and were definitely high-shine, intense highlighters on the skin (both dry and damp). They were fairly pigmented with coverage ranging from medium, buildable to full depending on the shade and whether it was used dry or damp with damp application always yielded more coverage and a shinier finish. The highlighters wore well for seven and a half to eight hours on me.

Value

The formula is not available as a standalone product at this point in time, but it seems most comparable to the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders, which retail for $38.00 and contain 0.16 oz. each or $237.50/oz. Based on that, the palette contains $71.25 worth of powder.

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Fenty Beauty Unicorn Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

01/04

Fenty Beauty Unicorn Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Unicorn Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Unicorn Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Unicorn Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Unicorn

Fenty Beauty Unicorn Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick ($25.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a muted, medium lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. Applied to my skin, it seemed to go on a bit lighter overall with how it reflected light.

The texture was thin, definitely cream-to-powder where it felt more powder-like as soon as I started to apply it to the skin. It had just a bit of slip but needed to be warmed up for best application or else it did not apply as evenly or lifted up base products (if applied on top of them). The product definitely was most foolproof to use over bare skin, but it was workable over base with fingertips or a stippling brush, though it was harder to get even, pigmented coverage with a brush. This shade lasted for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.25 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be long-wearing with a “light-as-air,” “blendable” texture that “lives to be layered” and has "buildable, creaseproof" coverage. They twist-up and are medium-sized with a domed edge. I found that applying to my fingertips worked better than direct application, as it enabled me greater control over coverage level as well as placement, and if you tend to apply over foundation, then this will help keep the Match Stix cleaner, too. The texture was thin, and it did seem to go from a “cream” in the tube to a more powder-like product once on the skin. They were fairly blendable with a few being more sparkly with less visible base color, which may not be for everyone, and others had a more pearl-like sheen that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. Most shades applied and blended out without lifting up foundation or pulling into pores (over bare skin), but the ones that did tended to have larger particles in them. They lasted between six and eight hours on me.

A problem I had throughout just swatching each shade on my cheeks for photos was that whatever was exposed was a bit dry, more powdery to the touch, and I felt like I had to really warm the product up and/or swipe it back and forth on the back of my hand to refresh the texture. This is not uncommon with drier, cream-based formulas, but it's still a downside and an area that could be improved upon. Some shades were very pigmented, others were medium and buildable, and a couple were sheerer.

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Ingredients

MICA, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE, C20-40 ALCOHOLS, TRIBEHENIN, PARAFFIN, POLYETHYLENE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHEROL, ISOSTEARYL ALCOHOL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, MALIC ACID, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090).

Unicorn
Unicorn
B

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total