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Anastasia Rock Sand, Trouble, Starfish Liquid Lipsticks

01/06

Anastasia Trouble Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Trouble Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Trouble Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Trouble Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Trouble Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Trouble Liquid Lipstick

Trouble

Anastasia Trouble Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a flat, matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, thinner texture that spread evenly across my lips but took a bit longer to dry down. I felt like it was a bit too fluid, so I had to take extra care along the edges of my l ips. On me, the color wore well for six and a half hours and was slightly drying.

Ingredients

ISODODECANE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, BORON NITRIDE, NYLON-12, OZOKERITE, MINERAL OIL/PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/HUILE MINERALE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, BUTYLENE/ETHYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER, ETHYLENE/PROPYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER, ISOHEXADECANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM MAGNESIUM SILVER PHOSPHATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TRIPEPTIDE-1, XANTHAN GUM, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 6 (CI 15850), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), RED 22 LAKE (CI 45380), RED 27 LAKE (CI 45410), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

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Guerlain Gold Palette (Holiday 2017)

01/09

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette | Look Details

Guerlain Gold Palette | Look Details

Gold Palette

Guerlain Gold Palette Holiday 2017 Palette ($80.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a new, limited edition eye and cheek palette that contains six eyeshadows and two blushes. Per the brand, the eyeshadows can be used dry for a “natural finish” or wet for a “lustrous result.” The brand specifically mentioned that “the golden shadow can be applied alone or as a topcoat.” They did not call out any of the other eyeshadows, and there was another exceptionally sheer shade (golden beige). The two matte shades did not work well damp (seemed to darken the pan permanently), so I would only advise using the shimmery shades with a dampened brush unless dampening the brush after picking up the powder. The blushes need to have their oversprays removed or else they feel gritty; the underlying powders were fine after that. It’s not the worst palette I’ve tested, and if you’re someone who uses your shimmery eyeshadows damp already, then it might work well for you. If you prefer using your eyeshadows dry, then this one was a real mess to use and wear.

Dior Precious Rocks DiorBlush

01/08

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush

Precious Rocks (864)

Dior Precious Rocks (864) DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder Blush ($45.00 for oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. There was fine gold sparkle on top of the powder, but it did not go all the way through. The texture was dry with a very chalky base that was difficult to pick up evenly with a brush, blend out. The coverage was sheer, though the brand described it as a “sheer peach.” The issue I had with this was just how poorly it applied–it was patchy and uneven, as the powder seemed to grab onto the skin and not want to move. It lasted for a mere four hours on me before fading noticeably.

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Dior Precious Rocks Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

01/08

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer

Precious Rocks (001)

Dior Precious Rocks (001) Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($57.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, peachy beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, but the consistency was incredibly smooth, velvety, and finely-milled, so it was easy to sheer out if desired. The powder sat well on the skin and yielded a smooth, luminous sheen–somewhere between subtle and moderate in terms of reflectiveness. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

01/15

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 Palette | Look Details

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette | Look Details

Heavy Metals

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday offering that includes 20 eyeshadows. 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.”

Overall, the eyeshadows felt a bit denser and smoother with less powderiness/excess product kicked up in the pan compared to the average Urban Decay eyeshadow but not like so far removed that they don’t feel like shimmery, powder eyeshadows. I only found one shade to be truly disappointing, which was Angelfire, as it was more like a semi-sheer glitter-bomb than a standalone eyeshadow. There were a few others that had room for improvement but most were quite nice and easy to work with.

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. It’s just not going to be a standalone palette for anyone who typically uses mattes in their looks.

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. I found it to feel cumbersome, and the slickness of the packaging itself made it harder to hold, so I’m not even sure how practical the mirror being in the middle actually ended up being (for me).

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Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
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91%
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NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

01/07

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow

NARS x Man Ray | Look Details

NARS x Man Ray | Look Details

Montparnasse

NARS Montparnasse Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes a warm gold and a medium, plummy brown. The left side was lovely–pigmented, easy to use, long-wearing–but the right side had a disastrous texture: stiff, firm, and required jabbing and pushing to get powder to dislodge from the surface. Given the price point and that it only contains two shades, I couldn’t recommend this one.

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