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What do you like about Urban Decay? What don't you like?

What do you like about Urban Decay? What don't you like?

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Urban Decay

When they’ve expanded their core ranges, I’ve found that they often become my favorite products, but they do very limited, repeated seasonal collections–like I feel like we’ve seen the same “new” eyeliner shades over and over again with very subtle tweaks. That leads me to my next point, which is they’re a brand that takes a good idea and regurgitates it to the point where you wish they’d innovate again.

— Christine

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What do you like about ColourPop? What don't you like?

What do you like about ColourPop? What don't you like?

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ColourPop

They have a lot of high-quality product formulas, and with everything at an affordable price point, it is a great brand to reference for anyone on a budget. The downside is that they dupe themselves frequently, so it’s key to learn–and learn quickly!–that it’s not a brand one “collects.” I also wish they would stop including pressed glitters in their eyeshadow palettes.

— Christine

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What do you like about MAC Cosmetics? What don't you like?

What do you like about MAC Cosmetics? What don't you like?

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MAC Cosmetics

I love the Viva Glam charitable initiative–it is still one of the best charities in beauty. They have some great formulas in their core line, but they really don’t expand/extend the line (or refresh in places) as often as I would expect!

— Christine

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What do you like about setting powder? What don't you like?

What do you like about setting powder? What don't you like?

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Setting Powder

I love how it can really lock my base in place, and it’s also a nice way to help get everything to come together in the end, whether to get an even finish or to help soften a harsher blush/bronzer. There are a few that can cause flash back in photos, and sometimes formulas can look quite dry on the skin!

— Christine

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What do you like about cream bronzer? What don't you like?

What do you like about cream bronzer? What don't you like?

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Cream Bronzer

They’re really lovely to work with when I’m doing a lighter makeup day–like if I just wanted to add some warmth and definition all-over the face but wasn’t planning on setting my makeup or having a ton of blush/eyeshadow. They are also nice for layering underneath powder bronzer for greater longevity. I like the finish of cream bronzers, too, and they’re more forgiving.

— Christine

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What do you like about matte bronzer? What don't you like?

What do you like about matte bronzer? What don't you like?

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Matte Bronzer

I like that you can get more depth and true-to-pan color when applied over the right base products. Like most matte powders, they can darken noticeably when applied to bare skin or anything that it’s really dry/matte already, so they’re not as versatile, can be harder to blend, and then require adding more product on top make it look skin-like again.

— Christine

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What do you like about shimmery bronzer? What don't you like?

What do you like about shimmery bronzer? What don't you like?

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Shimmery Bronzer

I often wear bronzer as a subtle blush – a bit of defining and color without wearing an actual blush shade – so I tend to like some shimmer. I also love highlighter, so I can roll with a matte bronzer as much as a shimmery one… though I find shimmery powders are easier to blend out (generally)!

— Christine

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What do you like about highlighter/blush duos? What don't you like?

What do you like about highlighter/blush duos? What don't you like?

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Highlighter/Blush Duos

I love them! I love duos because they’re easier to make work together, and if a brand has two or three duos, they can cater more specifically by depth or undertone so you don’t end up with a palette of six shades and only love half of them. The only time I’m not keen is when they’re in the same pan!

— Christine

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What do you like about full coverage foundation? What don't you like?

What do you like about full coverage foundation? What don't you like?

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Full Coverage Foundation

I know that I tend to prefer more medium, buildable coverage than full coverage out of the gate! Full coverage can be unforgiving when it comes to shade matching, too, so you have to nail down your match well for it to look good.

— Christine

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What do you like about beauty sponges? What don't you like?

What do you like about beauty sponges? What don't you like?

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Beauty Sponges

These days, I tend to use beautyblenders if I reach for a sponge, but I still reach and use brushes in most instances. I like using a beautyblender for final touches or to tamp down a bit of powderiness if I don’t want to use a setting spray/mist over everything. They’re such a pain to clean–I just feel like it takes so much water to do so–compared to brushes for me.

— Christine

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