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Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

01/07

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit

Gradient

Anastasia Gradient Blush Kit ($30.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with four blushes for the holiday season. Unfortunately, it was a miss–the formula just did not work well for blending, and when it comes to a cheek color, I imagine getting an even layer with diffused, gradual edges is really a must for most. Something about splotchy, patchy blush with harsh lines says, “no, thank you” in my mind.

Per the brand, it’s a “full pigment formula for buildable coverage,” which I interpret as that it is buildable to full coverage. It is also a “finely milled formula for seamless blending,” which is where I had more trouble typically–these were unforgiving when applied over bare skin or damp foundation. I had to have skin powdered heavily in order to get decent blendability out of most shades in the Blush Kits, though some were decent without extra tricks.

Gradient
Gradient
4
Product
9
Pigmentation
5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
1.5
Application
62%
Total

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I find that, by and large, they do not work well on their own–they need a glitter adhesive, so my complaint is more that this should be stated. Most brands
market them as usable on their own when it’s just so rarely true. There are a few, though, that work well on their own (at least, most of the time) – like UD Moondusts or Stila’s liquid Glitter & Glow.

— Christine

MAC Snow Ball / So Obsessed Mini Lipstick Set Now Available

MAC Snow Ball Kits & Sets for Holiday 2017
MAC Snow Ball Kits & Sets for Holiday 2017

The Details

A kit of 12 crowd-favourite mini Lipsticks, each in colour-matched special deco.

Now online for Select Members

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So Obsessed Mini Lips, $69.50 U.S. / $83.50 CAD (Limited Edition)

  • Diva Intense reddish burgundy (Matte)
  • Ruby Woo VIvid matte vivid blue red (Matte)
  • Mangrove Hot bright red (Matte)
  • Little Darling Clean light nude (Matte)
  • Velvet Teddy Deep-tone beige (Matte)
  • Whirl Dirty rose (Matte)
  • Stone Muted greyish taupe brown (Matte)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Matte)
  • Flat Out Fab Bright plum (Matte)
  • Good Kisser Mid-tone fuchsia (Matte)
  • Please Me Muted rosy-tinted pink (Matte)
  • Party Commencing Clean, matte, light neutral pink (Matte)

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Sephora Holiday 2017 Sets | Exclusive Early Access

NARS Love Triangles
NARS Love Triangles

The Details

Sephora launched exclusive sets for their app today, though I’ve pulled the links to each product to view on any device — see links below or use the widget below.

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Sephora Exclusive Holiday Sets, $Varies (Limited Edition)

  • Becca Bronze, Blush, & Illuminate Kit ($60.00, $100.00 Value) Full-sized Bronzed Bondi, Snapdragon; mini Opal @ Sephora
  • Benefit Tints to Tease ($18.00, $27.00 Value) 0.13 oz. x Benetint, Posietint, Chachatint @ Sephora
  • Boscia Travel. Detox. Repeat Essentials ($25.00, $58.00 Value) Deep Pore Buffing Brush, 0.7 oz. Luminizing Black Mask, 0.5 oz. Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel, 1.7 oz. Detoxifying Black Cleanser @ Sephora
  • Buxom Plum Gone Wild ($20.00, $30.00 Value) 0.03 oz. Nude Exposure Gel Lipstick, 0.07 oz. Blushing Margarita Lip Cream, 0.07 oz. Sandy Lip Polish @ Sephora
  • Dr. Jart+ Skin Treats to Go ($22.00, $32.00 Value) 0.5 oz. Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment, 1.5 oz. Firm Lover Rubber Mask @ Sephora
  • Drunk Elephant B-Hydra + Virgin Marula Oil Duo ($20.00, $28.00 Value) Includes 0.27 oz. of each @ Sephora
  • First Aid Beauty One Upon a Prime ($14.00, $20.00 Value) 10 x Facial Radiance Pads, 0.75 oz. Priming Moisturizer @ Sephora
  • Givenchy Le Rouge Mini Duo ($25.00) Rose Dressing, Framboise Velours Le Rouge Minis @ Sephora
  • Huda Beauty Nude Love Minis ($33.00) 4 x 0.064 oz. Liquid Mattes in Crush, Girlfriend, Wifey, Sugar Mama @ Sephora
  • IGK 3D Kit ($25.00, $43.00 Value) 6 oz. 2-in-1 Shampoo & Texturizer, 1.7 oz. Rich Kid Gel, 0.5 oz. Hydrating Hair Balm @ Sephora
  • Kopari The Coconut Hookup ($22.00, $30.00 Value) 2.5 oz. Coconut Melt, 0.33 oz. Coconut Lip Love @ Sephora
  • Living Proof Hair Favorites ($25.00, $34.00 Value) 1 oz. PhD Shampoo, 1 oz. PhD Conditioner, 0.5 oz. Restore Spray, 1 oz. TBD Multi-Tasking Styler, 1.8 oz. PhD Dry Shampoo @ Sephora
  • Make Up For Ever Eye Basics ($25.00, $56.00 Value) 0.28 oz. Excessive Lash, 0.84 oz. Sens’Eyes, 0.02 M-10 Aqua XL @ Sephora
  • Make Up For Ever Long Lasting Complexion Set ($37.00, $52.00 Value) 0.5 oz. Step 1 Hydrating Primer, 0.07 oz. HD Pressed Powder, 1 oz. Mist & Fix @ Sephora
  • Milk It’s All a Blur ($30.00, $64.00 Value) Bag, 1 oz. Natural Dry Shampoo, 0.04 Girl Mini Lip Color, 0.33 oz. Mini Face Mist, 0.25 oz. Ubame Mascara, 0.1 Mini Highlighter, 1 Wipe @ Sephora
  • Murad Environmental Shield Favorites Kit ($10.00, $16.00 Value) 1.5 oz. Essential-C Cleansiner, 0.25 oz. Rapid Age Spot Serum @ Sephora
  • NARS Love Triangles ($24.00, $34.00 Value) Minis Hot Sand/Rita or Deep Throat/Barbara @ Sephora
  • NARS Love Triangles ($24.00, $34.00 Value) Deep Throat/Barbara @ Sephora
  • NEST 5-Piece Spray Collection ($49.00, $135.00 Value) 5 x 0.32 oz. EdP Travel Sprays in Midnight Fleur, Citrine, Dahlia & Vines, Indigo, White Sandal wood @ Sephora
  • Peter Thoomas Roth Little Skin Musts ($15.00, $21.00 Value) 0.5 oz. FIRMx Peeling Gel, 2 oz. Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel @ Sephora
  • philosophy Amazing Grace & Pure Grace Mini Set ($20.00, $32.00 Value) 0.33 oz. of Amazing Grace EdT Dabber, 0.33 oz. Pure Grace EdT Rollerball @ Sephora
  • philosophy Pure as Snow ($12.00, $19.00 Value) 2 oz. Purity Made Simple Cleanser, 2 oz. Snow Angel Shower Gel @ Sephora
  • Sephora Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar ($45.00) Includes 24 small gifts @ Sephora
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Minis ($22.00, $50.00 Value) 3 x 0.08 oz. Primrose, Safe Word, Screen Queen @ Sephora
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal Minis ($22.00, $50.00 Value) 3 x 0.17 oz. Crimson Chrome, Foiled Brat, Mauve Squad @ Sephora
  • Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Beauty Voyage ($32.00, $39.00 Value) Travel-sizes of Bum Bum Cream & Fragrance Mist @ Sephora
  • Stila Dynamic Duo Stya All Day Bundle ($22.00) 0.016 oz. and 0.08 oz. Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner @ Sephora
  • Tatcha Touchups to Go ($22.00, $32.00 Value) 0.40 oz. Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, 30 x Blotting Papers @ Sephora
  • Too Faced Sexy Lashes Rain or Shine ($23.00, $35.00 Value) 0.27 oz. Better Than Sex Mascara, .17 oz. Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara @ Sephora
  • Urban Decay Most Wanted Brush Set ($38.00 Smoky Smudger/Tapered Crease, Detailed Tightline/Shadow, Blending/Large Blending @ Sephora
  • Wander Secret Escape Kit ($36.00, $99.00 Value) 2.02 oz. Glow Getter Mist, 0.16 oz. Sangria Beach Balm, 0.176 oz. Champagne Liquid Shadow @ Sephora
  • Youth to the People Superfood Moisture Duo ($35.00, $41.00 Value) 0.5 oz. Cream, 0.25 oz. Eye Cream @ Sephora

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

01/03

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set

Honey, Honey

Clinique Honey, Honey Ornament Set ($15.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a simple set that includes two, miniature-sized Almonst Lipsticks in Pink Honey and Black Honey. The Almost Lipstick is described as having “transparent pigment [that] merges with the unique, natural tone of your lips” with a “sheer, glossy, emollient-rich, and very lightweight” formula. The description is fairly apt–enough pigmentation that they do alter the natural lip color but are still sheer that the natural lip color comes through. What I liked about the formula was that they still applied evenly and didn’t sink into my lip lines much while having decent wear (three hours) that was hydrating.

Value

A full-sized Almost Lipstick retails for $17.50 and contains 0.07 oz. or costs $250.00/oz. The set contains $20.00 worth of product.

01/06

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Pink Honey Almost Lipstick

Pink Honey

Pink Honey is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It lightened my natural lip color and gave it a lighter, pinker look while still allowing my natural lip color to come through, which was as described. The texture was lightweight, emollient but not overly slippery, and comfortable to wear. There was just a smidgen of color in my deeper lip lines that wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The lipstick stayed on well for three hours and was moisturizing.

01/06

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

Black Honey

Black Honey is a muted, medium plum with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across the lips. The texture was soft, lightly emollient, and comfortable to wear. Despite being sheer and emollient, it did not pull into my lip lines. This shade wore well for three hours on me and was hydrating.

Kat Von D Super Sonic Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

01/08

Kat Von D Super Sonic Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Super Sonic Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Super Sonic Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Super Sonic Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Super Sonic Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Super Sonic Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Super Sonic Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Super Sonic Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Super Sonic

Kat Von D Super Sonic Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, red undertones and flecks of green and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage in a single layer on its own, and it was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was thin and felt watery going on, but it dried down to a transfer-resistant stain (but the product breaks down in water). The base definitely leaves a strong stain behind, even as the color wore away over a 10-hour period. The formula was a bit drying over time.

This was an “Everlasting Flash” shade, so it was released for 48-hours, and I’m not certain if or when it will be returning (the brand just says “limited edition” and that it was “only” going to be available during the flash sale).

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.18 oz. - $122.22 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “24-hour wear” with a “liquid stain base” that “feels like nothing” on the lips that can be worn “on its own” or layered “as a veil” over another lip color. There’s a lot to like about the formula, and I think as far as the concept of “lip toppers” go, it offers the versatility of actually being easy enough to apply to wear on its own but still be useful layered over other products for a shimmering effect. The doe-foot applicator worked well with the formula, as it spread the color and sparkly bits across the lips quite evenly. The coverage ranged from shade to shade with most having medium, buildable coverage in a single layer, which was in line with the description. They dried down and were transfer-resistant (until eating/drinking/licking of lips) but still had a great shimmering effect that made them look wet, even when they dried. They were more comfortable to wear than I anticipated–lightweight and just a little drying.

One of the bigger downsides is that it’s not going to wear 24 hours. Just about every single shade (all but Thunderstruck) stained my lips intensely, which helped prolong the wear, but the product breaks down with water, just plain water, and of course, it is removable by a slew of removers, including oil which one might encounter during a meal. I found deeper shades stained well but removed unevenly and left behind stained lines and patches on my lips that did not dissipate for almost 24-hours post wear. I didn’t notice that the lip color did not take well to water initially, as I didn’t see any transfer on my glasses, but when I rinsed after I brushed my teeth (where I cup water in my hands, so less elegant than drinking from a glass), I had lip color running like crazy.

This led me to pay even more attention the next time I wore the formula, and sure enough, color lifted with just a sip of water and transferred onto things like paper (but not glassware) and the back of my hand. Some shades made it through meals better than others with the worst offenders lifting more noticeably from the center of the lips. The formula survives some eating and drinking, but the more you drink, the less it survives, and even careful eating/drinking yielded noticeably faded wear between eight and twelve hours of wear. I don’t think a brand would advocate 24-hour wear but expect you not to eat, drink, or even brush your teeth! I would consider it long-wearing in the grand scheme of things with solid six to ten hour wear depending on the shade. They do stain significantly less when layered over something like the brand’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks but can seep through more emollient lipstick formulas.

Browse all of our Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
4.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total