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I use a small brush to apply a moderately emollient concealer (after foundation) on top (usually my acne is a bit drier, but if it wasn’t, then I’d go with something more matte) and pat the concealer in place to minimize sheering it out.

— Christine

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Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

01/13

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes 20, never-before-seen eyeshadows in a brand new formula. The new formula was developed to “bump up the foiled effect” and have a “velvety feel” with “insane color payout and shiny metallic effects” that ‘blends like a dream.”

First Impressions

The formula felt different than the average Urban Decay eyeshadow, as they were denser and more firmly pressed in the pans than has been typical for the brand, but the formula still feels like a powder eyeshadow, so I didn’t feel like there was a learning curve to working with it. The finishes ranged from pearly to metallic with a few having larger sparkles as well. Except for Angelfire, they were quite pigmented, and Angelfire was more of a glitter-bomb eyeshadow and felt like it had less of a powder base. I haven’t had any issues blending or applying the eyeshadows overall, though there were a couple of more metallic shades that tended to work better with denser brushes over fluffy ones. I would expect that this palette’s impact would be maximized by combining it with your favorite mattes and satins rather than using only the shades in the palette, as they are all shimmery.

The packaging is certainly different from a lot of palettes, though it felt unnecessarily wide due to the mirror sandwiched between the two panels of eyeshadow.

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette

The Best & Worst of Too Faced Peaches & Cream Blushes/Bronzers

Too Faced Peaches & Cream Blushes
Too Faced Peaches & Cream Blushes

Too Faced Peaches & Cream Collection launched six new blushes, two bronzers, and a highlighter. The blushes, one bronzer, and highlighter have a cream-to-powder formula, while one bronzer is a traditional powder, though it had quite a bit of overspray, and even after using a paper towel to remove it, it still seemed to have some shimmer.

On the cream-to-powder products, their consistency felt creamy to the touch, but it also felt a little powdery. It had a candy-coated shell initially–very shiny–but after one or two uses, the texture looked more matte and felt a lot drier. It seemed almost as if it was drying out over time, so ultimately, it felt more like a powder going on most of the time. The texture was thinner and while it was no trouble to diffuse the product across the skin, it did not do so that evenly, and I noticed a lot of color that seemed to sit in my pores (like dots of deeper color). The coverage was more buildable when applied with a fingertip, but it was a challenge to get more coverage that was still blended as the color seemed to disappear as I blended it out (even just a little).

The only way I could manage decent application was patting color on the apples of the cheeks with fingertips and lightly pressing to blend, and then going back with a bit of foundation actually blend out the edges. The wear was short end on bare skin at six to seven hours. Over foundation, they were worse, as they lifted liquid foundations a lot, which resulted in uneven coverage and some unevenness in overall texture, too, as the cream-to-powder formula caused clumping with my liquid foundations (I tried three different ones with this blush formula).

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The Best & Worst of Make Up For Ever Artist Face Colors

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Colors - Blushes
Make Up For Ever Artist Face Colors – Blushes

Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is available in three types–Highlighter, Sculpting, and Blush–with a total of 34 shades available. The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “long-lasting finish.” The range is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the “matte” shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the “mattes” a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

NARS x Man Ray Fetishized Blush

01/07

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush

Fetishized

NARS Fetishized Powder Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark pinky coral with warm, orange undertones and a pearly sheen. The finish was particularly lovely on this blush, as it appeared luminous and glowy without being visibly sparkly or so metallic that it emphasized my skin’s texture.

It had rich, opaque color payoff in a single layer, and it was the type of pigmentation level where a little went a long way so I recommend using a lighter hand to start and build up coverage as desired. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being powdery or dusty in the pan. It was easy to apply and lasted for eight and a half hours.

Week in Review | October 7th through October 13th

Happy Saturday! I always enjoy seeing what makes up the week’s top ten highest-reviewed products, so I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well! 🙂

What was your week in review like?

My skin tone/coloring:

Favorite look you worn:

Most used product of the week:

Any new beauty discoveries:

Week in Review

01

Make Up For Ever B306

PPermanent. $23.00/0.17 oz.

Make Up For Ever B306 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

Wishlist
Vanity
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

02. Make Up For Ever B200

Make Up For Ever B200 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A

03. NARS Charlotte

Charlotte is a medium-dark, burgundy red with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer. Read full review.

A

04. MAC Pink Desire

MAC Pink Desire Powder Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia wit cool, blue undertones and a smattering of fine, fuchsia pearl. Read full review.

A

05. MAC Self Esteem

MAC Self Esteem Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A

06. NARS Double Take

NARS Double Take Overexposed Glow Highlighter ($42.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

A

07. Make Up For Ever B206

Make Up For Ever B206 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A

08. Make Up For Ever B216

Make Up For Ever B216 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a rich, medium magenta with cool undertones and a satin sheen. Read full review.

A

09. Tom Ford Beauty Carolyn

Tom Ford Beauty Carolyn Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheer ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and fine, multi-colored pearl (dominated by gold and copper, though). Read full review.

A-

10. Colour Pop Summer Solstice

ColourPop Summer Solstice Super Shock Shadow Quad ($18.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes four, full-sized cream eyeshadows in an assortment of copper and brown hues. Read full review.

A-

Breakdown |
Oct 7, 2017 — Oct 13, 2017

85%

Average Score
A
31
B
31
C
9
D
4
F
4

Total Reviews (79) — Brands Reviewed (8)