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Sneak Peek: LORAC Mega Pro 4 Palette Photos & Swatches

01/16

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro 4 | Look Details

LORAC Mega Pro 4 | Look Details

LORAC Mega Pro 4 | Look Details

LORAC Mega Pro 4 | Look Details

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Palette ($59.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for the holiay season, though the color scheme is certainly not typical for the holidays! To my eye, it gave a more springtime vibe to me due to the more muted quality of a lot of the colors.

First Impressions

While I have always appreciated the blendability of LORAC’s Pro formula, I have often struggled to wear it well on bare skin due to how powdery/soft they are, as the colors often sheer out or go on unevenly (as they seem more prone to absorbing the natural oils on my skin). This palette had some shades that were dusty and thin, and those sheered out very easily and were hard to keep intense/opaque. There were others that were quite pigmented and seemed to go on well (or that they would). The more powdery formula often wears shorter on me than the average powder eyeshadow, and the eyeshadows in the palette felt similar to past releases so nothing says that the wear would be improved but we’ll see.

LORAC seems to like to reuse names, as there were several shades in the palette with the same names as past releases but the colors were completely different (not just in a way that might occur from a different batch). I have no idea why a warm beige is called “Cool Taupe” at all given the shade existed previously (and was more taupe-like!).

LORAC Mega Pro 4 Palette

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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

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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