Best & Worst of NARS Sheer Lipsticks (2019) – Beauty Article

NARS Sheer Lipsticks Swatches (x20) I’m pleased to report that I’ve now reviewed all of the new (and reformulated) shades in the NARS Sheer Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) range. There are 20 shades, which are listed from best to worst below. There’s a myriad of ratings in this set, and for some shades, they were “too pigmented” relative to how they were described (sheer)–like Dolce Vita and Tanganyka. What to Know About NARS Lipsticks, Sheer Finish The sheer finish…

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Best & Worst of ColourPop Peach Collection – Beauty Article

ColourPop Peach Collection is a short ‘n’ sweet launch–at least as far as new shades go–featuring an eyeshadow palette and three cheek colors. There were also some specially-packaged sets released but all contained recently-reviewed shades. I know I feel like a broken record, but I definitely wish ColourPop (and they’re not the only brand guilty of it these days) would give the Pressed Glitters a skip in these pre-made palettes. If someone wants to buy Pressed Glitter, they’re sold individually,…

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Best & Worst of Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadows – Beauty Article

Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadows ($7.50 to $14.50 for 0.07 oz.) come in an assortment of shades these days across three finishes. The standard range retails for $7.50, while the Arcane Magic shades (often duochromes) retail for $8.50, and the Exquisite shades (often multichromes) typically retail for $14.50. The shades are listed in the same order as they appear in the palette photographed above. Here’s a recap of all of the shades I recently reviewed (though not every single shade in their…

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Best & Worst of MAC Love Me Lipsticks – Beauty Article

The new MAC Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have a “lighter-than-air texture” with “all-day moisturization” paired with “intense color and soft shine.” They had semi-opaque to fully opaque color coverage in a single layer, and most of the shades applied evenly and smoothly to my lips without emphasizing lip texture or sinking noticeably into my lip lines. The texture was very lightweight, lightly creamy without too much slip, yet there was a distinctive shine to…

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Best & Worst of NARS High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliners – Beauty Article

NARS High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a new, permanent range of eyeliners available in 16 shades, which are ranked from best to worst. The formula is supposed to have “12-hour wear” that is “humidity” and “sweat-proof” while also being “water-resistant” and “transfer-resistant.” The texture definitely felt a bit gel-like, as intended, as the product glided across my skin without tugging or dragging, and the pigmentation seemed a bit inkier and richer. They’re creamier–but not too creamy–than previous…

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Best & Worst of ColourPop Lippie Stix – Beauty Article

Whew! It took a bit, but I’ve finally finished reviewing all of the shades in the ColourPop Lippie Stix ($6.00 0.035 oz.) range that were released in the Big Box of Lippie Stix (which seemed to be the existing range of permanent shades). You’ll find the top 25 shades ordered from best to worst below. The formula is supposed to have “full coverage” with a “long-wearing, ultra comfortable” feel. Because there are quite a few finishes in the range, some…

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Best & Worst of ColourPop Just a Tint Lip Pencils – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Just a Tint Lippie Tint   ColourPop Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “the perfection sheer wash of colour in the comfiest, lightweight, super moisturizing formula.” Here’s the big takeaway… they are not that sheer; they’re not a wash of color. They have medium to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a few shades being more true medium in coverage; I just wouldn’t say they’re sheer nor just a wash. That medium to semi-opaque…

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The Best & Worst of ColourPop x Halo Top – Beauty Article

ColourPop x Halo Top Super Shock Pigment Duos ($12.00 each) are a new, collaborative release for National Ice Cream month. Each duo includes two Super Shock Pigments housed in a pint-shaped (flattened) carton. They were cuter in their packaging than I think they ended up in practice; they were less impressive and often fell shy of the high expectations I had given my experience with this formula in the past. 01. 01. Strawberry Colour Pop Colour Pop LELimited Edition…. This…

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Best & Worst of Melt Cosmetics Blushlights – Beauty Article

Melt Cosmetics Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to be buildable and can be worn alone or layered with other blushes. I’d consider it a more pigmented blush formula; a few shades are soft and yielding enough to be used with a lighter hand or less-dense brush for sheerer, more buildable application, but most shades were semi-opaque to opaque in one layer. The texture ranged from smooth, lightly creamy to soft and slightly powdery (though finely-milled and silky to…

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Best & Worst of Sydney Grace Highlighters – Beauty Article

Sydney Grace Highlighters ($12.00 for 0.25 oz.) are a pressed, powder highlighters available as single pans. I reviewed several shades a few months ago, but I never did a round-up; why now? Because they’re on sale today for $7 (beginning at 9AM PT). The highlighters are supposed to be “smooth and pigmented” that “blend like a dream” and “last all day long.” The majority of the shades in the range are incredibly pigmented with a creaminess to the texture that…

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Best & Worst of Sydney Grace Cream Shadows – Beauty Article

Sydney Grace Cream Shadow   Sydney Grace Cream Shadow   Sydney Grace Cream Shadow   Sydney Grace Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) will be on sale today for $5 a pop, so while I originally had this slated for Sunday’s round-up post, today is far more timely! They have over 40 shades, of which I reviewed all 18 of the shades I have. I imagine I’ll review more shades in the future. Their blushes will also be $5…

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Best & Worst of ColourPop Blush Stix – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Blush Stix   This week, ColourPop Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a new, cream blush in a twist-up format, which launched in 18 different shades. The formula is supposed to “blend effortlessly” with a “natural, skin-like finish” that can be layered or applied on bare skin. The brand recommends applying directly from the tube for heavier coverage and using a brush to pick up product for less coverage, though the coverage “easily builds colour to your…

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Best & Worst of Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Lipsticks – Beauty Article

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Lipsticks ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes five shades from the KISSING formula and five shades from the Matte Revolution formula for a total of 10 new shades. They’re now sold in refillable packaging and can be purchased as refills, too, though I haven’t seen the case sold separately. Shades like Glowing Jen and In Love with Olivia show the KISSING formula at its best–creamy, luminous color that’s comfortable and flattering to wear, while Angel Alessandra…

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Best Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes of All Time (Updated: July 2019) – Beauty Article

The Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palettes have started to stack up, and I thought for Saturday’s round-up, I’d look back at past palettes released by the brand–both limited edition and permanent–and see how they’ve performed overall. They’re some of the palettes I find myself reaching for if I need something to pair with one-off eyeshadows (say a few single, super metallic eyeshadows or some cream eyeshadows) or for fun. I’m very excited about the mini 15-pan palettes (Sunrise), and I hope…

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Best & Worst of ColourPop Lite Stix – Beauty Article

Colour Pop Lite Stix   ColourPop Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is one of the newer formulas released by the brand; it’s a cream highlighter in a stick format available across eight shades. There’s definitely lots of room for some more variety in the shade range, as most shades are on the golden, warmer side of things, and knowing ColourPop, I’m sure that plenty more shades are in the works! Per the brand, they’re intended to be most pigmented…

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Best & Worst of Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipsticks (Summer 2019) – Beauty Article

Here’s a quick recap on the nine new shades of Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) that launched earlier this month. They’re available in a new finish, creme, with a “fierce flash of shimmer” (as opposed to the more glittery/sparkly BlitzTrances we saw originally), so the shimmer is finer, while the finish has some luminosity and a creamier, very pigmented base. 01. 01. Flesh 3 Pat McGrath Pat McGrath PPermanent. $38.00/0.13 oz. … This is only a snippet of…

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Best & Worst of MAC Electric Wonder Collection – Beauty Article

Here’s a brief summary of how the products from the new MAC Electric Wonder Collection reviewed!  It’s a typical release from the brand with hits and misses, and as it features more neutral hues, it may be very redundant for some.  The item I enjoyed the most was the Ignite Wonder palette, which had a creamier, smoother feel than most of MAC’s powder blushes.  Rock Starz is also a pretty gloss if you enjoy MAC’s formula (I do!). Did you…

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Best & Worst of Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer & Matte Eyeshadow Trios – Beauty Article

Kaja Beauty Shimmer & Matte Beauty Bento Eyeshadow Trios ($21.00 for 0.09 oz.) are new for summer! Each trio contains two matte eyeshadows and one shimmer shade, which is in contrast to their original, all-shimmer trios. It’s a pleasure to report that all four trios performed well, and they performed consistently with the original shimmer-only trios!  The mattes were incredibly silky and smooth but weren’t powdery or prone to fallout, which ensured they maintained pigmentation but were still blendable.  The…

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Best & Worst of Fenty Beauty Poutsicle Lipsticks – Beauty Article

Fenty Beauty Poutsicle Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is supposed to have “bold” color with a “juicy, satin finish.” They’re bright, bold, and fairly pigmented (some being opaque, a couple being a bit under) with a smooth, creamy consistency that feels like a cross between a lipstick and a lip balm with a touch of tackiness but feels quite lightweight on. They have a bit of slip, so those who may find feathering to be a frequent issue may still…

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Best & Worst of Ciate Marbled Metals Metallic Glitter Eyeshadows – Beauty Article

Ciate Marbled Metals Metallic Glitter Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be “highly-blendable” with “full-metal coverage” that has “long-lasting, three-dimensional shine.” They are recommended to be applied with “fingertips for effortless, one-swipe application. They were intensely pigmented with a smooth, more cream-powder consistency that applied well with fingertips but also did nicely with eyeshadow brushes. I tried them wet as well, and it didn’t make a difference–I’d say it stretched the pigment and made them go on ever-so-slightly…

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Best & Worst of Urban Decay Sparkle Out Loud Collection – Beauty Article

Urban Decay Sparkle Out Loud Collection is for glitter lovers first and foremost (duh!).  The 24/7 Eyeliners and Hi-Fi Lip Glosses were my favorites to work with, as they were pretty true to form and consistent with how they’re marketed.  The Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners are fun to use as top coats over your favorite eyeliner or eyeshadow, and they’re a finer, smaller particle sized glitter compared to the Heavy Metal Glitter Gels, so they were less irritating for me…

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