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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #413

Happy Friday!

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

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  • Haul: Pat McGrath eyeshadow palettes (though they’re not here yet – they have yet to even ship, so who knows when they’ll be here!)
  • Weekend plans: More photographing/swatching/writing reviews – I think I am almost keeping up with the barrage of holiday releases. It’s becoming glaringly obvious that I did a decent job reviewing individual products this year as so many have made appearances in sets, haha!
  • What album (music) have you been enjoying?: Demi Lovato “tell Me You Love Me” and Kesha “Rainbow.”

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Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

01/04

Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Starstruck

Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick ($25.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light, pinky beige with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was thin, more powder-like than cream as soon as product was put onto a fingertip or a brush. I liked applying it better with a fingertip, as I felt the warmth was needed to blend out the product on my skin to avoid disturbing base products or getting a patchy look. There was noticeable sparkle to this shade, and it could emphasize my skin’s natural texture slightly if I was not careful. On me, it wore well for eight hours.

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.

Browse all of our Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick swatches.

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, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

Starstruck
Starstruck
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Fenty Beauty Sinamon Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

01/04

Fenty Beauty Sinamon Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Sinamon Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Sinamon Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Fenty Beauty Sinamon Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

Sinamon

Fenty Beauty Sinamon Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick ($25.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture seemed lightly creamy initially but seemed to get drier the longer I owned the product, which made it harder to blend out on the skin without it looking slightly uneven, almost patchy. It had opaque coverage, and it was possible to diffuse (or apply less) to get less coverage. The color lasted for seven and a half 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.

Browse all of our Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick swatches.

Ingredients

MICA, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE, C20-40 ALCOHOLS, PARAFFIN, TRIBEHENIN, 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, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

Sinamon
Sinamon
B

Permanent

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern Caviar Stick Set

01/05

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set

Mode to Modern

Laura Mercier Mode to Modern 4-Piece Caviar Stick Set ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition set featuring four, miniature-sized jumbo eyeshadow pencils. All four shades can be purchased individually if that is preferred. The Caviar Stick formula is supposed to have “easy application with “long-lasting color” that “blends and layers beautifully onto the lids with rich pigment-payoff.” This year’s set includes two matte shades and two shimmers. All our shades were richly pigmented and long-wearing with textures being creamy and non-tugging.

Value

A full-sized Caviar Stick retails for $29.00 and contains 0.05 oz. or costs $580.00/oz. This set contains $69.60 worth of product.

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Tom Ford Lily, Lena, Carine Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheers

01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Lily Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Lily Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Lily Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Lily Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Lily Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Beauty Lily Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer

Lily

Tom Ford Beauty Lily Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light, silvery white with cool undertones and a fine pearl finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage (up to medium coverage) with a lightly creamy, thin, and emollient texture. The color went on somewhat evenly but was prone to settling into my lip lines. It lasted for two and a half hours but was hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$36.00/0.07 oz. - $514.29 Per Ounce

The Lip Color Sheer formula is supposed to have a "semi-sheer effect" with a "creamy" and "hydrating" formula. They are a sheerer lip color, which may or may not be one's cup of tea; if you are looking for pigment, look elsewhere, but if you're someone who likes sheerer coverage, lightweight, hydrating textures, then it might be a formula for you. There are several shades in the range that have a more transformative effect, as they contain a lot of shimmer/sparkle or have a more duochrome or iridescent-like finish. There are others, typically deeper, richer hues (reds, berries, etc.) that are more medium coverage. The wear ranged a lot from as short as two hours to as long as five hours but most wore around three hours. The formula is lightly hydrating with a very lightweight feel on the lips. They are vanilla scented but have no discernible taste.

Browse all of our Tom Ford Beauty Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer swatches.

Ingredients

RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL , CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE , EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAXCANDELILLA CERACIRE DE CANDELILLA , BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 , CETYL ACETATE , BEESWAXCERA ALBACIRE D'ABEILLE , SILICA , POLYETHYLENE , OLEYL OLEATE , COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA CIRE DE CARNAUBA , FRAGRANCE (PARFUM) , BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER) , HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE , LANOLIN OIL , POLYGLYCERYL-3 DIISOSTEARATE , SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE , CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER OIL , ACETYLATED LANOLIN ALCOHOL , TOCOPHERYL ACETATE , ACRYLATES COPOLYMER , ASCORBYL PALMITATE , ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE , CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE , POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE , CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE , BARIUM SULFATE , VANILLIN , ALUMINA , TIN OXIDE , PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE , [+/- MICA , TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) , IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) , COPPER POWDER (CI 77400) , RED 6 (CI 15850) , MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742) , YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140) , RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) , RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) , CARMINE (CI 75470) , BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163) , YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985) , RED 33 LAKE (CI 17200) , BRONZE POWDER (CI 77400) , RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410) , BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090)]

Lily
Lily
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total

Also In This Review

B+

Lena

Limited Edition
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B-

Carine

Limited Edition
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