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Sydney Grace Eyeshadows (“Bright, Tropical Look”)

01/04

Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow
Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow

Sunbeam

Sydney Grace Sunbeam Shimmer Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark yellow with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the consistency was smooth, lightly creamy and adhered evenly to my lid. It blended out easily and stayed on well for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. - $83.33 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn't have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Shimmer Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Silk Powder, Allantoin, Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Carmine, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol))

Sunbeam
Sunbeam
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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2019 Readers’ Choice Awards: Nominate Your Favorites Now!

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time to nominate your favorite products and brands from 2018 as well as your all-time favorite formulas. We have tried to make it easier for readers as well as on our end when it comes to compiling nominees. You can start typing your favorite brand or product, and it will suggest what you’re looking for using our product database, but as always, you can write-in your favorites as well. All of the nominations will be compiled and the top 10-15 (depending on how many ties there are) will make the voting ballot. You do not have to nominate for every category; fill in as many categories as you wish to participate in.

  • Nominations: January 16th, 2019 through January 22nd, 2019 10AM PST.
  • Voting: January 23rd, 2019 through January 29th, 2019 10AM PST.
  • Results: February 6th, 2019

Best of the Year

Nominate your favorites based on what happened in 2018 (either what the brand did or what products were released!). If you don't see your favorite auto-suggested, just write it in, and we'll manually include it in the nominations!

What was the high-end brand that most impressed you during 2018?
What was the budget brand that most impressed you during 2018?
What was the most innovative brand during 2018?
What was the most underrated during 2018?
What was the niche brand that most impressed you during 2018?
What was your favorite new product that came out during 2018?
What was your favorite eyeshadow palette that released during 2018?

Best Eye Products

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ColourPop Fake Love, Sorry Not Sorry, Alchemist Velvet Blur Lux Lipsticks

01/06

Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick
Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick

Fake Love

Colour Pop Fake Love Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, neon fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was medium in one layer, and it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage in three layers. The lipstick had a thin consistency that felt velvety and smooth, but it was prone to separating along my lip lines rather than smoothing them out (as it was supposed to do). It wore well for five hours, left a bit of a pinkish stain behind, and was slightly drying to me.

Formula Overview

$7.00/0.12 oz. - $58.33 Per Ounce

It's supposed to have a "soft focus, blurring effect" with "buildable" color that can deliver "high impact colour" with a "silky, velvet soft texture" that "smooths over fine lines and imperfections" without "drying out your lips." They have a velvety slip to them, as they're packed with silicone, and so they have that smooth feel as they go over the lips but have a lightweight, almost powder-like finish that makes me think of a "soft matte." From a normal viewing distance, like at a glance in a mirror or another person viewing you while having a face-to-face conversation, as opposed to checking one's lips close-up in the mirror, I saw the "blur" effect--soft, slightly understated color with a matte finish. The lack of opacity in some of them gave them a "softer" appearance to my eye.

That being said, I didn't experience any smoothing, and I haven't personally found that the more silicone-heavy lipstick formulas go that far in smoothing my lip lines; I'd actually feel like they're more likely to emphasize imperfections as the lipstick caught on flakes and settled into lip lines. There were some shades that applied more unevenly and were more prone to settling noticeably in my lip lines than others, and there were a few that applied evenly and were flattering with respect to texture on me as well. As always, I do my best to ensure that I exfoliate my lips regularly and keep my lips hydrated when not testing lip products (at night and the like) to try and have a "good" canvas for lip colors.

The coverage varied from shade to shade with most shades offering medium, buildable coverage, though some of the deeper and more vivid shades were more semi-opaque to nearly opaque in a single layer. The color faded a bit more readily from the center of my lips compared to the outer edges but was fairly even in how they wore down. Only the very deepest/more red-toned shades stained my lips (and only slightly) after wearing them. They seemed mostly non-drying but a few felt a little more drying to me. The formula has a sweet, burnt sugar scent but no discernible taste.

Browse all of our Colour Pop Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Zeolite, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrated Silica, Flavor, Saccharin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract; MAY CONTAIN: Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

Fake Love
Fake Love
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Wet ‘n’ Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer

01/08

Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer
Wet 'n' Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer

What Shady Beaches

Wet ‘n’ Wild What Shady Beaches Color Icon Bronzer ($4.99 for 0.38 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer more. The texture was denser, though smooth and definitely in that “gel-powder” family–almost like a cream but still velvety and more powder-like when the product was applied to skin. I would recommend using a denser brush, though, as more feathery brushes did not pick up product as well. The bronzer adhered evenly to my cheeks and blended out nicely. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$4.99/0.38 oz. - $13.13 Per Ounce

The formula was more like a cream-powder hybrid, as the powder had a lot of slip and felt very smooth to the touch without being powdery, and it was on the denser side. It applied best with a circular, small-to-medium buffer brush or an otherwise moderately dense brush as it picked up product more evenly and dispersed it well. The product had medium to opaque coverage, depending on the shade, but they were buildable if they were not opaque in one layer. They blended out fairly well, but they can be tricky to blend over damp foundation--they seemed more reactive to residual moisture/oiliness on the skin compared to the average powder bronzer. I'd recommend lightly dusting translucent powder over your complexion products if they do not dry down to a semi-matte or matte finish.

Browse all of our Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Bronzer swatches.

Ingredients

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Boron Nitride, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Water/Eau, o-Cymen-5-ol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Mica, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total