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Fenty Beauty Midnight Wasabi, Ya Dig, Clapback Mattemoiselle Lipsticks

01/06

Fenty Beauty Midnight Wasabi Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Midnight Wasabi Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Midnight Wasabi Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Midnight Wasabi Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Midnight Wasabi Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Midnight Wasabi Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Midnight Wasabi

Fenty Beauty Midnight Wasabi Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark green with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented and delivered even, smooth coverage in a single pass. The lipstick was lightweight, creamy without being heavy or thick, and never tugged on my lips as I applied the product. I had a bit of color sink into my deeper lip lines initially, which worsened as time went on, though I could barely detect the settling after five hours of wear from a normal viewing distance. It was neither drying nor hydrating on me.

Formula Overview

$18.00/0.06 oz. - $300.00 Per Ounce

It's supposed to have a "petal-soft matte finish" with "mega rich color" that is long-wearing and will not bleed or feather. They are creamy, smooth, and velvety without being heavy. The majority of shades applied evenly across the lips, never skipped, and didn't get into my lip lines. I do not normally experience feathering/bleeding, and I did not experience either with this range. Most of the shades were very pigmented with true, one-stroke pigmentation, which was particularly impressive for some of the more non-traditional shades in the line-up. They're a soft matte--matte without being flat but not truly glossy or shiny--and have good wear time (four to eight hours, depending on the shade) and were mostly non-drying.

Worth noting is that these are in a slim-style bullet, which means that they don't contain as much as traditional lipsticks do--these contain 0.06 oz. and retail for $18.00, which yields a cost of $300.00/oz. If you're not someone who tends to finish their lipsticks, paying less is often a better "value" than paying more and not using what you paid for. A few comparisons: NARS Audacious Lipstick ($242.86 oz., $34.00/0.14 oz.), Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($173.33/oz., $26.00/0.15 oz.), Pat McGrath Matte/LuxeTrance Lipstick ($271.43/oz., $38.00/0.14 oz.), Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme ($250.00/oz., $30.00/0.12 oz.). Fenty's slimmer tube seems to contain less than the average slim-style tube, too (typically 0.07 oz. to 0.09 oz. but rarely below 0.07 oz.).

Browse all of our Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Polyethylene, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Isohexadecane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Mica, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl Ppg-20 Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Water, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide. May Contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499, Ci 77492, Ci 77491), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985).

A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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B+

Ya Dig

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A-

Clapback

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CoverFX Mirage Glitter Drops

01/05

Cover FX Mirage Glitter Drops

Cover FX Mirage Glitter Drops

Cover FX Mirage Glitter Drops

Cover FX Mirage Glitter Drops

Cover FX Mirage Glitter Drops

Mirage

Cover FX Mirage Glitter Drops ($44.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a light, white gold with a sparkling, glittery finish. The base seemed to be fairly sheer/translucent, but there was plenty of buildable coverage in the form of sparkle and glitter. I was incredibly impressed by how even the sparkles applied and distributed as I blended them onto my cheeks as a standalone highlighter–it looked even, reflective, and shiny without ever looking gritty on my skin. It has a more watery, thin feel, but it played so well with my base products (including over powdered skin) and mixed in with creams/primers. The coverage was buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque (in two to three layers), and it definitely felt true to the brand’s adjustable claim. The highlighter dried down quickly and stayed in place for nine hours with minimal glitter migration over time.

Formula Overview

$44.00/0.50 oz. - $88.00 Per Ounce

The Glitter Drops formula is supposed to have buildable coverage that has a "high impact, light-reflective finish" that can be used on its own or layered over or under other products on "face and body." It is, if the name didn't make it obvious, a glittery product and would be most suitable to someone who enjoys noticeable sparkles on the skin. The consistency has a thinner, more watery feel compared to the original Illuminating Drops, but the formula has a quick dry down and leaves behind a sparkling finish that has a noticeable color and reflective quality but did not look gritty or sand-like (which would be my primary concern). It did not feel tacky after it dried down, and it stayed in place well with minimal migration over time left alone. The liquid was easy to spread across the lips using patting and tapping motions with my fingertips, and it worked well on bare skin but also over liquid foundation, as it did not lift my base when I spread and blended out the edges. They wore between eight and nine hours on me.

Browse all of our Cover FX Glitter Drops swatches.

Ingredients

HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, SILICA, HYDROGENATED POLYCYCLOPENTADIENE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, HYDROGENATED STYRENE/ISOPRENE COPOLYMER, ISODODECANE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, MICA, TIN OXIDE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77491), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742)

Mirage
Mirage
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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Sponsored: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Photos & Swatches

01/07

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer  

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer  

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer  

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer  

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer  

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer  

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer  

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is an award-winning (it’s even taken home several Temptalia Readers’ Choice Awards over the years!), liquid concealer available in 22 shades from an ultra light, neutral-to-yellow toned shade (Chantilly) to a deep dark, neutral-to-cool-toned shade (Dark Coffee).  They just added six new shades, and you’ll find updated swatches below with where they fall within the range.  The formula is described as “lightweight” with “medium to high buildable coverage” that’s “hydrating” and “long-wearing and crease-proof.”

Make Up For Ever Bronzes & Plums Artist Color Shadows

01/07

Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite Artist Color Shadow

Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite Artist Color Shadow

Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite Artist Color Shadow

Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite Artist Color Shadow

Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite Artist Color Shadow

Make Up For Ever Bronze, Pink, & Plum Look | Look Details

Make Up For Ever Bronze, Pink, & Plum Look | Look Details

I544 Pink Granite

Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite Artist Color Shadow ($17.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark mauve with strong, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t too dense nor was it too soft or powdery in the pan. It applied evenly to bare skin and was easy to work with. The color wore well for 10 hours on me before fading noticeably. The color, however, was completely different compared to the previous formula (see side-by-side comparison).

Formula Overview

$17.00/0.08 oz. - $212.50 Per Ounce

The original Artist Shadow formula had a creamier, slightly softer, and thicker feel for finishes like Metallic, Iridescent, and Satin, while I felt the original Diamond finish was denser/thicker (heavier almost) and the Matte finish was more powdery but similar in softness and pigmentation (I did not find the original Mattes to be ultra pigmented across the board--semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, which you can see in my original swatches here). By and large, I found the formula to be easy to work with and did not have to spend a lot of time blending or fussing with the shades on the lid.

The new Matte formula has a smoother consistency that has more slip to the touch with less powderiness in the pan, but the pigmentation did seem slightly weaker on average compared to the original formula. The pigmentation of the new Matte formula was still semi-opaque to opaque and buildable but I felt like there were just more shades that were closer to semi-opaque than to opaque. However, shades like M402 Mimosa showed improvement, as it used to be a Satin (see here) and not as easy to work with due to the denser texture. A lot of the shades were similar in color between the formulas, but there were a few that were not (M546 Dark Purple Taupe was a shade with more significant changes; the new version is warmer and lighter). Overall, I did not have any issues applying most of the matte shades to the lid, blending them out, or building up coverage. They lasted between nine and ten hours on me, which was actually a bit longer (on average) compared to the original formula, where the mattes tended to wear between seven and eight hours on me (without primer).

The new Satin formula was the most different; it had weaker pigmentation, felt denser and drier with less give and creaminess. In practice, I did not feel like application was harder or noticeably different other than feeling like more of the shades required two layers for more opaque coverage, though some of the more neutral shades were fairly pigmented in a single layer. I also noticed that this particular finish seemed to be the most culled; there weren't that many shades in it, and I wonder if they did not sell well or something about the finish is harder to produce. There were significant differences in color (and/or undertone) between shades in the new formula and old formula (with the same names) within this finish, too, where most were different rather than only a handful being different. The pigmentation of the new Satin formula was typically semi-opaque and buildable, while they applied evenly, blended out without much effort, and lasted between eight and ten hours (without primer).

The new Iridescent formula was the second most different and more comparable to the Satin finish in terms of overall feel and performance, just with larger shimmer/micro-sparkle. The new formula has a denser consistency (almost "drier" and with less slip) and didn't feel as cream-like, but the powder seemed to pickup better with most brushes and was more consistent in the actual finish--pearly with sparkle--whereas the original formula varied more heavily between pearly and metallic, sparkle and finer shimmer. There were, however, more substantial color and undertone differences between old and new within this formula, like I saw with the Satin formula. Overall, I did not experience any significant issues applying most of the shades to the lid--they were semi-opaque to opaque, fairly buildable, blendable, and long-wearing (eight to ten hours).

The new Metallic formula was the most consistent between old and new for overall feel, performance, and color. There were, of course, a few shades that seemed lighter/darker, cooler/warmer compared to the previous versions, and all those notes will be made within the respective shade's review. I think the new Metallic finish has a more flattering look on the lid, as the consistency wasn't quite as thick, which should make it apply and appear smoother on the lid for more people. There were several shades that seemed slightly deeper or less reflective, while others were as reflective as past versions. The majority of the shades of this finish were very pigmented with a moderately dense, lightly creamy texture that blended out well on the lid and wore between nine and ten hours on me.

The new Diamond finish was noticeably less dense/thick, particularly on the lid, which did make it easier to spread across a larger area and easier to pickup with more types of brushes. I was worried that there would be more fallout, but I haven't noticeable much fallout with the new Diamond shades over the eight to ten hours they last for. Most of them had good pigmentation, though there were a few that were weaker (medium to semi-opaque coverage); a shade like D410 Gold Nugget was a weaker shade before and still is while D326 Lagoon Blue is significantly less pigmented in the new formula.

As I typically do with new eyeshadow formulas, I tested a few shades from each finish over various primers, as I like to see how new formulas interact with different types of primers and if there are any unexpected consequences of using primers (I felt that some of the more silicone-heavy Artist Shadows from before actually applied better without primer). I didn't notice any ill effects of using primers like Smashbox 24-Hour, Marc Jacobs Coconut Eye Primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, or Urban Decay Primer Potion. They all seemed to just help with wear, and with some of the shades that felt drier or had weaker pigmentation, the use of primer seemed to improve initial coverage levels, too.

Browse all of our Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Makeup Revolution Liquid Rose Gold Liquid Highlighter

01/04

Makeup Revolution Liquid Rose Gold Liquid Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Liquid Rose Gold Liquid Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Liquid Rose Gold Liquid Highlighter

Makeup Revolution Liquid Rose Gold Liquid Highlighter

Liquid Rose Gold

Makeup Revolution Liquid Rose Gold Liquid Highlighter ($9.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, red undertones and a metallic sheen. The base color seemed to sheer out quite a bit when used on its own, even when I patted the product into place initially and appeared more like a light-medium, warm pink. There was subtle color but not intense nor opaque despite trying to pat on a second and third layer. The consistency was lightweight, thin but not too watery, and easy to blend and spread on the skin. It did not lift up base products but sat well on both bare skin as well as made-up skin. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$9.00/0.60 oz. - $15.00 Per Ounce

It's supposed to be a "buildable" liquid highlighter that is available in seven shades. They have a thin consistency that has a little more slip to it than water (almost an oiliness without being a true oil), which helped it spread more evenly on the skin without lifting base products or sheering out too readily. I had no trouble mixing the formula into liquid foundations, primers, or moisturizers or patting onto bare skin (or made-up skin) as a standalone highlighter. The effect of the highlighter was subtle to moderate, depending on application, amount applied, and whether it was layered. Most shades were buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, though I noticed that they looked lighter and more similar applied than they did in the bottles. (Example: Liquid Lustre Gold appears as a darker copper when swatched but looked like a light pink on my cheeks.)

Browse all of our Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Styrene / Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Caprylyl Dimethicone Ethoxy Glucoside, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Propylparaben, BHT, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

B+

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total