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Clinique Eyelet, Gauzy, Romanced Even Better Lip Colour Foundation Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Clinique Eyelet (01) Even Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation ($19.50 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium peach with strong, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium color coverage that applied fairly evenly, but there was some product that separated along my lip lines. The texture felt lightweight, thin, and velvety, rather than traditionally creamy. It stayed on decently for three and a half hours and felt hydrating over time. FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance…

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Clinique Sable & Mink Even Better Lip Colour Foundation Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Clinique Sable (27) Even Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation ($19.50 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a natural sheen. It had good color payoff in a single layer, though it wasn’t quite opaque, and it did not build up as readily due to the more emollient quality of the texture. The lipstick felt lightweight, lightly creamy with moderate slip, which made it comfortable to apply, but it didn’t adhere quite as readily…

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NABLA Cosmetics Coral Cutie Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Coral NABLA Cosmetics Coral Cutie Palette ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new, permanent six-pan palette that featured two matte shades, three metallic shades, and one more satin shade. All six shades were pigmented, long-wearing, and were easy to work with. The shimmer shades had a creamier, more emollient texture but weren’t too slippery applied and still worked well with brushes. The brand could be clearer about which shades were Pressed Pigments (and why) because they were marked as “Face”…

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Urban Decay Party Favor Moondust Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Party Favor Urban Decay Party Favor Moondust Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.102 oz.) is a limited edition palette that debuted late in the holiday season (but is still available). It includes six new, exclusive Moondust shades, which is the brand’s more sparkly eyeshadow formula (and these do not contain any plastic glitter). For someone looking for sparkling, pigmented, and foolproof shades, I don’t think this is it, but for someone who loves sparkly, layering shades or lid shades, it would…

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NABLA Cosmetics Nude Cutie Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Nude NABLA Cosmetics Nude Cutie Palette ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new, permanent six-pan palette with three shimmery shades and three “Latex Matte” shades. The Latex Matte finish is quite interesting and complex while actually… working well. It has more of a cream-powder base that looks almost vinyl-like–not quite matte and a bit like the subtle sheen a cream product might produce paired with flaky sparkle. Because of the creamier texture, those flaky sparkles actually bind with the underlying…

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Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Enchanted Mysteries Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Enchanted Mysteries Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Enchanted Mysteries Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.88 oz.) is a limited edition palette that came out in the later part of the holiday season but is still available for purchase. The palette included four shades that could be used dry for a “sheer and delicate look” or used wet to “maximize the payoff and the intensity.” The “issue” I had was that only Serein was actually sheer applied dry; the other three were quite pigmented…

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Natasha Denona Naya, Nati, Lala Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Naya (4B) Natasha Denona Naya (4B) I Need a Nude Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with more toned down, but still warm, undertones and a cream finish. It had excellent pigmentation in a single stroke, which adhered evenly to my lips and applied comfortably as it didn’t tug or drag. The consistency was lightweight, velvety, and creamy enough to glide over my lips but didn’t slide around during wear. It wore well for five and…

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ColourPop A Flutter Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

A Flutter Colour Pop A Flutter 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features Pressed Powder Shadows (8), Pressed Glitters (2), and Pressed Pigments (2). The latter two formulas are “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” The palette is a warmer-toned affair with a stronger leaning toward orange, but the shades also were a bit richer and brighter. Most of the shades have been released before, whether in…

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NABLA Cosmetics Dreamy II Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Dreamy II NABLA Cosmetics Dreamy II Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows across an assortment of finishes–this brand might have the most finishes I’ve ever seen!–with two glitters, two sparkling mattes, three mattes, and five shimmers. Most shades were pigmented and longer-wearing, but some had light fallout during application and/or while worn. Note: REM and Libertine both contain plastic glitter, and, in the US, it typically would come with a warning (though there are US brands who…

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NABLA Cosmetics Glimmer Light Cheek Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Glimmer Light NABLA Cosmetics Glimmer Light Cheek Palette ($26.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a new, glittering trio of blushes. This is a palette for sparkle and glitter lovers, though they buff nicely into the skin and leave a very shiny, luminous finish that’s sparkling but doesn’t look like “dirt” at any angle (that I could detect, at least). I think that they appear more sparkly initially, but the sparkles are fine and flat enough that they sit well on skin.…

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ColourPop Gimme Butterflies Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Gimme Butterflies Colour Pop Gimme Butterflies 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features a mix of new and repromoted shades. At a glance, it was a warmer-toned palette, but the inclusion of richer reds and pinks gave it more of a mixed tone in practice. Aside from the Pressed Glitters, the remaining shades were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing with little to critique. If they’re the type of colors you’d wear…

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Fresh Icon Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Icon Fresh Icon Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium red with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to medium) that delivered a noticeable tint to my natural lip color. The texture was emollient with a true balm-like feel that melted slightly as the product warmed up against my lips during application. The tint applied evenly without emphasizing my lip lines, and the product itself was very lightweight…

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ColourPop Flying Hi Super Shock Shadow Trio Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Flying Hi Super Shock Trio Colour Pop Flying Hi Super Shock Trio Colour Pop Flying Hi Super Shock Trio Flying Hi Colour Pop Flying Hi Super Shock Trio ($15.00 for 0.2 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio that features two Super Shock Shadows and one Super Shock Glitter (which does include plastic glitter that is not intended for use on the eyes). All three shades were pigmented and longer-wearing with the more traditional eyeshadows being easiest to…

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ColourPop Butter Me Up Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Butter Me Up Colour Pop Butter Me Up 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that’s available at Ulta. While the color story is new, the majority of shades have been released before, so those with larger ColourPop stashes will want to check for overlap. The palette contains an assortment of Pressed Shadows (8), Pressed Pigments (3), and Pressed Glitters (2). The latter two formulations are “not intended for use in the…

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ColourPop On Da Fly Super Shock Shadow Trio Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Colour Pop On Da Fly Super Shock Trio ($15.00 for 0.2 oz.) is a new, presumably limited edition trio that features two Super Shock Shadows and one Super Shock Glitter (which does contain plastic glitter and is not for use on the eyes). The two eyeshadows were pigmented and long-wearing, while the glitter performed in line with expectations: medium “coverage” in a translucent base that spread fairly well and had light fallout overall. Pledge Class is a light-medium brown with…

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ColourPop x Becky G Traviesa Lip Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Traviesa Colour Pop Traviesa Lip Duo ($11.00 for 0.15 oz.) includes a deep purple matte, liquid lipstick and a deep purple lip pencil. The liquid lipstick was workable on its own, while the lip pencil was best paired with the liquid lipstick rather than worn as a standalone product (as some like to do). The liquid lipstick layered over the lip pencil definitely improved the overall application and opacity of the end result. We hope you’ll consider supporting Temptalia by…

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ColourPop LA Pressed Powder Bronzer Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

LA Colour Pop LA Pressed Powder Bronzer ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium-dark, rusty brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a matte finish. The powder had a silky texture that was smooth, velvety, and blendable, but there was moderate powderiness; I’d use a lighter hand when picking up the product to avoid over-applying the color. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading visibly. Top Dupes…

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ColourPop x Becky G Payasa Lip Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Payasa Colour Pop Payasa Lip Duo ($14.00 for 0.15 oz.) contains a matte, liquid lipstick and matching lip pencil. The two performed similarly, so unfortunately, the liner didn’t entirely solve the liquid lipstick’s problems when the two were used together. Both had good coverage, but not opaque in one layer, and they did not apply as evenly as they should have. The two together were better than either alone, but I’d opt for a better lip pencil (something creamier and…

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Anastasia Holiday 2019 Mini Lipstick Set Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Anastasia Holiday 2019 Mini Lipstick Holiday Vault Anastasia Holiday 2019 Mini Lipstick Holiday Vault Anastasia Holiday 2019 Mini Lipstick Holiday Vault Holiday 2019 Anastasia Holiday 2019 Mini Lipstick Holiday Vault ($59.00 for 0.455 oz.) is a new, limited edition set that features 10 new shades of lipstick, which includes primarily shimmery/metallic (more “matte metallic”) shades. They are miniature in size, but I didn’t have any issues with them breaking during application (despite some having firmer formulas, too!). If you’re someone…

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ColourPop Bare Necessities Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Bare Necessities Colour Pop Bare Necessities 30-Pan Shadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.92 oz.) is a new, mega-palette featuring a slew of neutrals from pale beige to soft black and a range of cooler and warmer-toned neutrals between those. It’s a nice palette overall for those who are still on the hunt for just the right neutral palette, and I’d say this one favors mattes over shimmers. The undertones run warmer on average, but there were several rosier and more neutral…

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Anastasia Holiday 2019 Lip Gloss Set Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Holiday 2019 Anastasia Holiday 2019 Lip Gloss Holiday Vault ($65.00 for 1.6 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of 10 full-sized Lip Glosses. Two shades are cream-based, while the other eight have shimmer to some degree. Four shades are new, which left six as repromotes (mostly recent releases). The gloss formula is smooth, plush, and mostly non-sticky, so it’s comfortable and hydrating to wear. The pigmentation ranged from sheer to opaque, and while the line was originally touted as…

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Tom Ford Badass (01) Eye Color Quad Extreme Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Badass (01) Tom Ford Beauty Badass (01) Eye Color Quad ($88.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a new eyeshadow quad that features four shimmery shades: soft taupe, eggplant, dark gray, and deep black. The formula in the palette felt different than past iterations from the brand, even the more baked variety (which has a similar, raised edge in the pans). Instead, the eyeshadows in the quad have more slip, felt more cream-like, than past releases, which gave them a denser, thicker…

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Sydney Grace Paris Skies Blush Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Christine | Updated: 12/08/19December 08, 2019 Paris Skies Sydney Grace Paris Skies Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, medium mauve with cooler undertones and warmer, pale golden shimmer throughout. It straddled the line between pink and lavender to me (and the two merged gives me more mauve-vibes as a result). The warmer, but contrasting, shimmer gave it the effect of a two-in-one product where there was a distinctive, golden highlight but a definite, mauve blush tone below.…

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ColourPop Hey Big Spender Lux Lipstick Kit Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Hey Big Spender Colour Pop Hey Big Spender Lux Lipstick Kit ($12.00 for 0.155 oz.) includes a satiny, blue-based red lipstick with a matte, very blue-based red lip pencil. When layered, the end result was more semi-matte and seemed about as cool-toned as the lipstick was on its own. Both shades were quite pigmented and long-wearing, while the lipstick was–unsurprisingly–more comfortable to wear on its own and was somewhat hydrating. We hope you’ll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our…

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Chantecaille Eclat Brilliant Face Powder Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Eclat Brilliant Chantecaille Eclat Brilliant Face Powder ($92.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a light-medium gold with strong, warm yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. The texture was smooth to the touch, more firmly-pressed into the pan without being stiff to work with, and it felt consistent with similar, gel-powder like formulations. These type of formulas work better with moderately dense brushes for initially picking up product, while their major advantages are that the powder itself tends to “melt” more when…

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ColourPop Butterfly Pressed Shadows Reviews & Swatches (Part 2 of 2) – Beauty Article

Colour Pop What’s Your Sign Pressed Powder Shadow Colour Pop What’s Your Sign Pressed Powder Shadow What’s Your Sign ColourPop What’s Your Sign Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, peachy beige with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. There were faint sparkles that didn’t bind with the underlying powder, so they disappeared during application. The eyeshadow had a moderately powdery texture, which made it more prone to light fallout and some sheering out. It…

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ColourPop Put on the Ritz Lux Lipstick Kit Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Put on the Ritz Colour Pop Put on the Ritz Lux Lipstick Kit ($12.00 for 0.155 oz.) includes a deeper pink with a cream lipstick paired with a more mid-tone, warmer pink pencil liner. The lipstick layered well over the lip pencil, but the color of the lipstick dominated (unsurprisingly) while the pencil mattified the finish slightly. Both products performed consistently with past releases within their respective formulas; they were both pigmented and long-wearing, and the lipstick applied well while…

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ColourPop Butterfly Pressed Shadows Reviews & Swatches (Part 1 of 2) – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Friendly Pressed Powder Shadow Colour Pop Friendly Pressed Powder Shadow Friendly ColourPop Friendly Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish.  It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied well to bare skin and blended out easily without sheering out too readily.  The texture was soft, lightly powdery in the pan, so I’d recommend using a lighter hand to avoid too much product on…

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ColourPop Go for Bold Lux Lipstick Kit Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Go for Bold Colour Pop Go for Bold Lux Lipstick Kit ($12.00 for 0.155 oz.) is aptly named as it is a richer, deeper set of burgundy hues. The lip liner was a little drier and less pigmented, so it worked better for getting crisp edges or adding a layer of product for the lipstick to grab onto, but it had some unevenness on its own. The lipstick was fantastic, and it didn’t need a liner underneath it to keep…

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ColourPop Good as Gold Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Good as Gold Colour Pop Good as Gold 12-Pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($18.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, gold-themed palette featuring four matte shades, two Pressed Glitters, and the remaining shades were shimmers. I believe that 24K is a Super Shock Shadow (cream-to-powder formula) based on performance and feel. Aside from the glitters, the eyeshadows performed fairly well; they were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing with two mattes having a slightly thinner/firmer press but applied without difficulty. One shimmer,…

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