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How the Language of Beauty Needs to Change

The language we use is important and has consequences.  Adjusting our language (or being aware of the impact of language) is a way we can reduce harm as individuals on an on-going basis. By being aware of how the word choices we make and whether there’s room for improvement, we really can make the beauty space more inclusive, respectful, and kinder. Let’s Use Specific Descriptions Is there any product that’s universally loved? Any?  Regardless of product category, p...
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Kosas Tropic Equinox High Intensity Color & Light Palette Review & Swatches

Tropic Equinox (High Intensity) Kosas Tropic Equinox (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) consists of a medium, orange-brown blush paired with a golden copper highlighter. The blush was more blendable and easier to work with over both bare skin as well as over foundation compared to the highlighter, which was a little tackier and occasionally lifted up base products a bit. Both shades were quite pigmented...
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NARS Quirimba Matte Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches

Quirimba NARS Quirimba Matte Bronzing Powder ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was a totally flat, matte finish, so it seemed to darken a bit when applied over bare skin (you’ll want to apply it over matte or set skin). I’ve noticed that mattes that darken are often a little drier and more difficult to blend out. I had the best luck applying with a fluffi...
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Survey Says… June 3rd, 2020

Happy Wednesday! Here's this week's survey, which you can copy and paste and share as a comment. Your skin tone/coloring: What’s your favorite limited edition blush? What blush do you wish would be re-released? What was the last blush you hit pan on (or finished)? Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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What research do you do before purchasing a product?

It depends on if it’s a brand I regularly review or not. For brands I often review, then it’s just a matter whether the product is new and is the kind of product I test (e.g. I don’t review a lot of brow product, so I purchase an entire brow gel range). For brands I review occasionally from or... — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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What products are you least critical of? Why?

On a personal level, I think I’m most forgiving of highlighters – like I don’t care if it emphasizes skin texture, it’s fine if they’re more or less pigmented, etc. I love all the finishes, and I don’t mind building up coverage for cheek colors (in general). Again, personal-level – I... — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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MAC Out of This Pearl & Summer Chromance Lipglasses Reviews & Swatches

Out of This Pearl MAC Out of This Pearl Lipglass ($18.50 for 0.1 oz.) has a clear base with flecks of gold and copper sparkle. It was actually described as “clear with gold pearl” (finally!), so the resulting sheer coverage (in the form of shimmer/sparkle) was as expected. The gloss had a smooth, moderately sticky consistency that minimized my lip lines and didn’t settle into them. It lasted well for four hours and felt moisturiz...
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Sydney Grace Pumpkin Spice Latte Loose Highlighter Review & Swatches

Pumpkin Spice Latte Sydney Grace Pumpkin Spice Latte Loose Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light orange with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, though the loose format makes it a little harder to tell how pigmented is pigmented as readily as with a pressed formula! I didn’t feel like I had to be extra careful to get the smallest amount for coverage, but I didn’t need ...
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This Week in Dupes, Vol. 093

Did a product catch your eye this week? Check out dupes for the most loved and most wanted products between May 26th and June 1st before you buy! Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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MAC Too Cool for Pool & Would Rather Lounge Lipglasses Reviews & Swatches

Too Cool for Pool MAC Too Cool for Pool Lipglass ($18.50 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark coral-red with moderate, warm undertones and light gold pearl throughout. It had semi-sheer color coverage that could have applied a bit more evenly, though it didn’t look so bad from a normal viewing distance. The texture was light-medium in thickness, moderately tacky, but it didn’t feel heavy or glue-like on my lips. It wore well for four a...
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What products are you most critical of? Why?

I feel like I’ve tried a lot of eyeshadow and lipstick in my time, so as a result, I can spot more nuances between shades and formulas, which I find makes one a little more critical. — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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MAC Foiled Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

Sunphoria (Feminine Wiles) MAC Sunphoria (Feminine Wiles) Foiled Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light lavender with subtle, warm undertones and a bright, metallic finish that was slightly more sparkly than other shades in the same formula. The texture was soft, lightly creamy, and blendable without being too firmly or too softly pressed into the pan, though it wasn’t quite as creamy as other shades in the line. It had good p...
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What do you like about sheer lipsticks? What don’t you like?

Tell us what you love and hate about... Sheer Lipstick I prefer medium coverage or higher as I find sheer coverage often emphasizes the natural unevenness in my lip color and that they aren’t that long-wearing. Like I don’t mind if it doesn’t wear like iron, but I don’t want to feel like I need to reapply every couple of hours! — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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Community Favorites, Looks & Color Stories, Vol. 044

First and foremost, if you’re not part of the lovely community, consider registering for an account.  This will allow you to take full advantage of all of the features available on the site! Now, let’s dive into readers’ most loved and most wanted products from this past week along with recently shared looks and color stories. Most Loved ...
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MAC Cote d’Amour, Set to Sizzle, & Wham Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Cote d'Amour MAC Cote d’Amour Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a brighter, raspberry pink with subtle, cool undertones and a natural sheen with very, very faint pearl–the kind that adds luminosity but not overt shimmer. The consistency was lightly emollient, wet without being too slippery, and felt lightweight, which made it comfortable to apply in a single layer as it didn’t drag or tug on my lips. It had good color coverage tha...
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MAC Beige-ing Beauty Radiant Matte Bronzing Face Powder Review & Swatches

Beige-ing Beauty MAC Beige-ing Beauty Radiant Matte Bronzing Face Powder ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light brown with muted, warm yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation (it was described as sheer-to-buildable) that took three layers to get to more near-opaque coverage. The texture was soft, silky, and blendable without being too powdery nor too firmly pressed into the pan. I felt like the colo...
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What was the last brand that impressed you?

Fenty’s Cheeks Out Collection was impressive–really love the new cream blush and bronzer formulas! — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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Charlotte Tilbury Desert Haze + Airbrush Bronzer Swatches

Last week, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer ($55.00 for 0.56 oz.) launched in four shades along with a new, all-matte eyeshadow quad. I had some (unresolved) issues applying and blending out Tan and Deep (what’s published is my second and third attempts respectively), so I have to dive into that a bit more. The other two are so light that it was harder to tell if they had similar issues, so I’ll be looking more closely at those as wel...
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This or That: Coral Blush Edition

This week, I shared my breakdown of how to make more critical comparisons between two products when you’re choosing between two options, whether you’re in decluttering mode or considering a new purchase or have been tempted by something new and shiny! Here are those methods applied to some of the recommendations I made in my A to Z Guide to Coral Blush. In that post, I included a variety of shades from light to dark, matte to shimmer, cooler to warmer and so on across different brands and price...
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What was the last brand that disappointed you?

Not a massive disappointment, but Guerlain’s Matte Rouge Gs just rarely apply as smoothly or as flatteringly as I’d expect based on marketing and past experience with the Rouge G range. — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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MAC A La Plage & Cannes Do! Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

A La Plage MAC A La Plage Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a soft, peachy-pink with moderate, warm undertones and fine, gold and pink pearl throughout. It had a Lustre finish, which is designed to have sheerer coverage; I found it had semi-sheer coverage that built up to medium or slightly higher. The consistency was lightweight, thin without feeling clingy, and there was a bit of product that sank into my deeper lip lines, which ...
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What finish do you prefer in your bronzer?

I like something that’s more semi-matte to satin–a little bit of a sheen/glow but not overtly shimmery. — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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MAC Totally Taupeless Radiant Matte Bronzing Face Powder Review & Swatches

Totally Taupeless MAC Totally Taupeless Radiant Matte Bronzing Face Powder ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium brown with moderate, warm undertones and a satin finish. As the powder was buffed and blended onto my skin, the satin finish became more prominent. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage, though it was marketed as being “sheer-to-medium buildable coverage.” The texture was silky and finely-milled without being powdery, bu...
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This or That | Critical Comparisons for Mindful Purchases

Have you ever seen two products and thought it was impossible to decide between the two of them? Do you have two similar shades in your stash but haven’t been able to explain why one stands out to you over the other? There are more obvious ways to compare between two products, like looking at the price, size, whether the brand is accessible (or desirable to have or purchase), and so on.  There are also more nuanced ways of really looking at how you use your products, what you like the best, wha...
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MAC Bronze Collection Swatches

MAC Bronze Collection released earlier this month at Ulta, and a lot of it sold out (go figure!), but the collection is supposed to launch on MAC’s website on June 1st, so here are swatches for your perusal! As a FYI, the five Foiled Eyeshadows are actually previously-released shades but with new names–which is really odd for MAC as they repromote but usually use the same name! For reference: Sunphoria = Feminine Wiles (slightly cooler this time around), White Haute ...
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Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer Swatches (x11)

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00) is a high-shine gloss and lip stain hybrid that’s supposed to have “maximum shine, intense color and lasting hydration.” I fear these might be getting discontinued as they are disappearing from some retailers, and there’s a newly-released gloss by the brand that sounds very similar (but has a new name). At $38 a pop, I figured I should swatch the ones I already bought before it’s a total loss! And yes, Daybreak REALLY applied ...
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Kosas Velvet Melon Color & Light Palette Review & Swatches

Velvet Melon Kosas Velvet Melon Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) is the sheerer version of the duo and featured a peachy blush with a peachy-beige highlighter. The highlighter appeared darker in the pan than applied–it definitely seemed a fair bit lighter in practice but some of the depth might be more apparent on someone of a very light skin tone. Both products applied well and delivered the pigmentation they were ma...
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Sydney Grace Bronzed Radiance Loose Highlighter Review & Swatches

Bronzed Radiance Sydney Grace Bronzed Radiance Loose Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with moderate, warm orange undertones and warmer, golden shimmer and micro-sparkle. It had an intense glow–both metallic but also more sparkly and visibly shimmery–with rich color coverage in a single layer. The loose format does make it easy to pick up quite a bit of product, but you definitely don’t need much for f...
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Estee Lauder Immortal, LA Noir, Speak Out Pure Color Envy Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Immortal Estee Lauder Immortal Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark orange-red with strong, warm undertones and a natural sheen. The lipstick yielded good color coverage in a single stroke, which built up to full coverage with less than a second layer. The texture felt lightweight, lightly creamy without being too slippery, and adhered evenly to my lips and didn’t emphasize my lip lines. It st...
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Survey Says… May 27th, 2020

Happy Wednesday! Here's this week's survey, which you can copy and paste and share as a comment. Your skin tone/coloring: Three products you couldn’t put down this month? Favorite cheek products this month? Favorite base products this month? Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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