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ColourPop Slow Dance & C’mon Clover Velvet Blur Lux Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Slow Dance Colour Pop Slow Dance Velvet Blur Lux Lipstick ($7.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark reddish-copper with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly across my lips without dragging. The consistency was velvety, lightweight, and dense but didn’t seem thick at all, so it was comfortable to wear. I’ve had some issues with this formula emphasizing my lip texture or getting into my lip…

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NABLA Cosmetics Privilege Skin Glazing Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Privilege NABLA Cosmetics Privilege Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a soft peach with a hint of pink but was a warmer-toned shade paired with a luminous finish. It had buildable pigmentation from semi-opaque to opaque, while the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on my skin. The actual pan of product was more firmly-pressed into the pan, so it had a more solid feel to it, which worked better with moderately-dense brushes as opposed to something…

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Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Gel Liners Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Inmortal Melt Cosmetics Inmortal Gel Liner ($19.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a deep black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had a longer dry down time, so for those who want a more smudgeable product or something that has enough fluidity to work as both a gel eyeliner as well as a base product, this is definitely in that vein. The texture was moderately emollient, gel-like (lighter-weight than a true cream), and applied evenly. It had opaque color…

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Fenty Beauty Ruby Richez Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Ruby Richez Fenty Beauty Ruby Richez Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter ($36.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, while the texture had a smooth, creamier feel but was a bit thinner than most of the Killawatt range. The finish seemed more pearly initially but seemed to intensify and looked shinier once blended out. It seemed to have some slip, too, so it worked better over…

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Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte Darling Easy Eye Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Charlotte Darling Colour Pop Love Bird 9-Pan Pressed Powder Palette ($12.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes six shades that have been pulled from Bella Sofia (previously The Dolce Vita) and the Love Eyes/Happy Eyes trios from the Stars in Your Eyes palette. All six shades performed well; they were pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with and lasted eight to nine hours on me. I don’t think it’s the same as the Easy Smokey Eye Palette that launched earlier this year…

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Sonia G. Designer Pro Brush Review & Photos – Beauty Article

Sonia G Designer Pro   Sonia G Designer Pro   Sonia G Designer Pro   Sonia G Designer Pro   Designer Pro Sonia G. Designer Pro Brush ($46.00) is a small-to-medium-sized cheek and face brush that’s a bit flatter but still dense, plush, and rounded along the edge. Per the brand, it is supposed to work with “blush, blush toppers, highlight, sculpting” and “performs in a more airbrushed way” but avoids “harsh edges” and is better at “diffusing” and “blending.”…

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NABLA Cosmetics Lucent Jungle Skin Glazing Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Lucent Jungle NABLA Cosmetics Lucent Jungle Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium, reddish-copper base with warmer, golden copper shimmer throughout. It had rich color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with ease. I found that the reddish undertone was more prominent applied to cheeks (because of the way light hits and the curvature of the face vs. my forearm), so that might be something to keep in…

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NABLA Cosmetics Ozone Skin Glazing Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Ozone NABLA Cosmetics Ozone Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a pale champagne beige with moderate, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It was one of the lightest shades in the six-piece line-up. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer more. The texture was smooth to the touch, firmly-pressed into the pan but not stiff, so a moderate brush worked best to…

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Melt Cosmetics Vida Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Vida Melt Cosmetics Vida 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.66 oz.) is a new palette that features two shimmer shades and eight mattes housed cardboard palette. Some shades were really nice, while other shades were harder to work with with Sarape being one of the worst eyeshadows I’ve ever used. Sarape was so firmly pressed into the pan yet dry as a bone, so it was difficult to pick up without scraping it off the surface of the pan (effectively…

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Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Liquid Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Monarca Melt Cosmetics Monarca Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a bright, medium orange with warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation after it had dried down, which was a real surprise as it looked like an atrocity when initially applied. I pressed my lips together gently as it was drying down to try and even out the initial application, which was splotchy, and that actually seemed to work decently. The texture was extremely…

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Chanel Rouge Carmin & Rouge Grenat Rouge Coco Glosses Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Rouge Carmin (824) Chanel Rouge Carmin (824) Rouge Coco Gloss ($30.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a rich, ruby red with a cream finish and moderate shine paired with neutral-to-cool undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied fairly evenly to my lips and smoothed out most of my lip lines. The texture was lightweight, non-sticky, and spreadable, though it could have been a bit less fluid as I felt like it was hard to get crisp edges…

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Melt Cosmetics Muerte Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Muerte Melt Cosmetics Muerte 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.66 oz.) is a new, seemingly permanent palette that features an assortment of hues from aqua to navy blue to burgundy across shimmers and mattes. This palette officially launches on November 29th! Two of the shimmers were total disappointments, while one was decent, but it’s hard for me to understand how the other two shimmer formulas made it through testing; like I have no idea what the benefit/reasoning would be behind…

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Melt Cosmetics Iluminacion Digital Dust Highlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Iluminacion Melt Cosmetics Iluminacion Digital Dust Highlight ($39.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a sparkling, light-medium peach base with pink-topeach shifting sparkle and pearl. It had more of a transparent base but plenty of “coverage” in the form of very fine shimmer and larger sparkle and micro-sparkle. If you loathe even the hint of a glitter highlight, this might contain too-large particles, but the resulting effect is very shiny and wet-like; it never looked like random glittery bits! The consistency was…

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NABLA Cosmetics Amnesia Skin Glazing Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

11/16/19November 16, 2019 Amnesia NABLA Cosmetics Amensia Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light-medium gold with stronger, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It was buildable in its intensity–up to metallic–if layered or applied with a dampened brush. It had opaque pigmentation that could easily be applied with a lighter hand or diffused for sheerer coverage if preferred. The texture was smooth to the touch, more firmly-pressed in the pan but not stiff or difficult to…

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ColourPop Shell We Dance Just a Tint Lippie Tint Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

11/16/19November 16, 2019 Colour Pop Shell We Dance Lip Duo Colour Pop Shell We Dance Lip Duo Colour Pop Shell We Dance Lip Duo Shell We Dance Colour Pop Shell We Dance Lip Duo ($11.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains twist-up lipstick/lip balm hybrids in a medium peach and a coppery brown. Island Time was sheer as described but didn’t apply as well as desired, whereas Nude Beach applied perfectly but was nearly opaque (rather than a wash of color!). We…

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ColourPop Going Coconuts Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Going Coconuts Colour Pop Going Coconuts 9-Pan Pressed Shadow Palette ($12.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, muted neutral palette featuring a mix of mattes and shimmers (and no Pressed Glitters!). The palette ranged more muted with neutral to neutral-warm undertones compared to very rosy or more orange-toned neutrals. The eyeshadows had opaque pigmentation, soft and blendable textures, and lasted between eight and nine hours on me. We hope you’ll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!…

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ColourPop Talk to the Palm Pressed Powder Bronzer Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Talk to the Palm Colour Pop Talk to the Palm Pressed Powder Bronzer ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied fairly evenly to bare skin and blended out nicely. The texture was incredibly soft to the touch, but it was also very powdery with an excessive amount of product that kicked up and sat on the pan’s surface even with…

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ColourPop Coconut Kiss Just a Tint Lippie Tint Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Coconut Kiss Lip Duo Colour Pop Coconut Kiss Lip Duo Colour Pop Coconut Kiss Lip Duo Coconut Kiss Colour Pop Coconut Kiss Lip Duo ($11.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes twist-up lipstick-lip balm hybrid pencils in a soft brown and a muted coral. Both shades had more medium, buildable coverage with moderate wear and a hydrating formula, though Shaka could have applied more evenly. Their big “downside” was that they have more pigmentation than a “wash” of color (as…

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Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Divine Rose Pat McGrath Divine Rose Mothership Palette ($125.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a new, surprise release from the brand that debuted exclusively on Selfridges’ app for a hot minute (hour, probably) and then launched at Sephora Australia.  It is now (11/15, 9AM ET) available in the US on Pat McGrath’s website for early access using code ROSE10, and you can also use code ROSE10 at checkout for 10% off (while supplies last). All of the shades had semi-opaque or better…

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Bobbi Brown Major Crush Crushed Liquid Lip Color Set Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Bobbi Brown Major Crush Crushed Liquid Lip Color Set Bobbi Brown Major Crush Crushed Liquid Lip Color Set Bobbi Brown Major Crush Crushed Liquid Lip Color Set Major Crush Bobbi Brown Major Crush Crushed Liquid Lip Color Set ($45.00 for 0.68 oz.) includes four, full-sized glossy, liquid lipsticks. Two shades–Mango Mood and Smoothie Move–are part of the permanent range, while the other two are new (as far as I’m aware). They retail for $27 each normally, so the set contains…

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ColourPop Call Me on My Shellphone Super Shock Shadow Trio Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Call Me on my Shellphone Super Shock Shadow Trio Colour Pop Call Me on my Shellphone Super Shock Shadow Trio Colour Pop Call Me on my Shellphone Super Shock Shadow Trio Colour Pop Call Me on my Shellphone Super Shock Shadow Trio Call Me on my Shellphone Colour Pop Call Me on my Shellphone Super Shock Shadow Trio ($15.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new trio from the Coconuts collection, which launched this week. The three shades have…

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Chanel Rouge Majestueux & Rouge Noble Rouge Allure Lip Colours Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Rouge Majestueux (847) Chanel Rouge Majestueux (847) Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, pinky-red with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen. The lipstick had good color payoff (though not full coverage) that adhered well to my lips in a smooth, fluid stroke. The texture felt smooth, velvety, and thin but wasn’t clingy, so it was comfortable to apply and to wear. It wore well for five hours and was moisturizing while worn.…

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ColourPop Coconut Beach Pressed Powder Bronzer Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Coconut Beach Colour Pop Coconut Beach Pressed Powder Bronzer ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a muted, light-medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer with a very, very powdery texture, so one small tap of the brush yielded excess product on the surface of the product. I’d actually recommend using a slightly fluffier brush with this and a gentle handle, as I find denser brushes pick up an excessive amount…

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ColourPop x Disney Anna Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Anna Colour Pop Anna 9-Pan Pressed Shadow Palette ($15.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features a mix of shimmers and mattes, along with a Pressed Glitter. The mattes were a little drier and/or more powdery (see below for specifics), so they weren’t as pigmented or as finely-milled as I’ve come to expect from the brand, though they were buildable and easy enough to work with as blending wasn’t an issue. The palette launches November 15th!…

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Chanel Rouge Delicieux & Rouge Splendide Rouge Allure Lip Colours Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Rouge Delicieux (807) Chanel Rouge Delicieux (807) Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly across my lips without tugging. The texture was very lightweight and looked more emollient and shiny than you’d expect based on the feel of it–more velvety without the true slip of a cream finish. It wore well…

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NABLA Cosmetics Adults Only Skin Glazing Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Adults Only NABLA Cosmetics Adults Only Skin Glazing Highlighter Powder ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a deep, coppery red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, moderately dense texture that felt firm to the touch but was not stiff or difficult to work with on my skin, as the product blended out easily along the edges. I’d recommend using a moderately denser brush and gentle pushing motions to pick up this product based…

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ColourPop x Disney Elsa Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Elsa Colour Pop Elsa 9-Pan Pressed Shadow Palette ($15.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette featuring a mix of shimmers and mattes that ranged from lavender to coral to burgundy. It’s one of the “cooler”-toned palettes the brand has released, and those who like their shifty shades, three are noticeable duochromes.  The products performed consistently with the ColourPop formula; they were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing with Water being the only eyeshadow shade that had real room for improvement.…

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Chanel Rouge Magniqifique & Rouge Spectaculaire Rouge Allure Lip Colours Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Rouge Magnifique (827) Chanel Rouge Magnifique (827) Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium orange-red with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly across my lips in a fluid stroke. The texture was lightweight, thin without being clingy, and went on effortlessly but didn’t feel “wet” as it went on. The color stayed on well for five hours and…

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ColourPop x Disney Free Spirit Lip Gloss & Going North Lux Lipstick Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Free Spirit Colour Pop Free Spirit Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a translucent, light-medium, peachy orange gloss that added a noticeable, warmer tint to my lips but was still very much on the sheer side. It is intended to be sheer and have just a tint, so it was on the mark for coverage. The texture was smooth, non-sticky, and gel-like, so it spread well across my lips and smoothed out some of my lip lines. It…

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ColourPop x Disney Mythic Journey Lip Gloss & Little Snow Lux Lipstick Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Mythic Journey Colour Pop Mythic Journey Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) has a clear base and flecks of multi-colored sparkle and pearl. At a glance, it seemed to have a stronger mix of gold, silver, and lavender, but it read truly multi-colored at most angles. It had a lightweight consistency that had no tackiness, was smoothing and comfortable to wear as it softened my lip lines. It had sheer coverage (in the form of shimmer), which is in…

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