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ColourPop x Disney Designer Beauty and the Beast Set Review & Swatches

Beauty and the Beast Colour Pop Beauty and the Beast Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo ($18.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes a soft, satiny pink blush paired with a muted, coral liquid lipstick. The blush was more pigmented than marketed–nearly opaque rather than buildable–while the liquid lipstick was just slightly more pigmented than marketed. Both products applied evenly, were easy to work with, and had good longevity. These products c...
Tags: Blushes, Cheek Products, ColourPop, Lip Products, Lipstick, Makeup Palette/Set, Makeup Palettes, Holiday 2019 Gift Sets, Christine


ColourPop x Safiya Nygaard Berry Me in Lipsticks & Fred Lux Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Berry Me in Lipsticks Colour Pop Berry Me in Lipsticks Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a lightly shiny, cream finish. It had rich color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly across my lips without tugging. The texture was lightweight, creamy without being too slippery, and comfortable to wear. The only issue I had was that the product separate...
Tags: ColourPop, Lip Products, Lipstick, Holiday 2019 Gift Sets, Christine


Best Eyeshadow Palettes (2019) | Editor’s Top Picks

There is an endless supply (seemingly, at least) of eyeshadow palettes hitting the market at any given point, and last year, I was excited to see a few new, permanent palettes get released, but I’m even more excited for our guide to Best Eyeshadow Palettes — 2019 Edition because there were so many permanent palettes launched this year alone! ColourPop’s nine-hued monochromatic palettes released frequently throughout the year, and while a lot of them are quite nice, I’ve selected the best of the ...
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Tom Ford Courchevel Soleil Glow Stick Review & Swatches

Courchevel (04) Tom Ford Beauty Courchevel (04) Highlighter & Blush Glow Stick ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) features a soft, coppery highlighter and a richer, plummy blush. The highlighter had so-so coverage, while the blush was more pigmented. Both shades applied evenly, blended out without issue, and had nine-hour wear. ...
Tags: Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Tom Ford, Holiday 2019 Gift Sets, Christine


Pat McGrath Ritualistic Rose Blitz Astral Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

Ritualistic Rose Pat McGrath Ritualistic Rose Blitz Astral Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.2 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features four shimmering shades: a light-medium gold, duochrome peach-pink, sparkling plum, and a soft bronze. All four shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, applied evenly, blended out without issue, and had good wear (around 10 hours!). Three of the four had a fair amount of sparkles but f...
Tags: Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Eyeshadows, Makeup Palettes, Pat McGrath, Holiday 2019 Gift Sets, Christine


This Week in Dupes, Vol. 060

Did a product catch your eye this week? Check out dupes for the most loved and most wanted products between October 8th and October 14th before you buy! Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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Giorgio Armani Redwood (415) Lip Maestro Review & Swatches

Redwood (415) Giorgio Armani Redwood (415) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a rich, coppery-red with warmer undertones and barely-there, ultra-fine gold pearl strewn throughout. The consistency was creamy, spreadable, and velvety–not overly “wet” in feel but dispersed well across my lips for an even lay down of color. The only place for improvement with this product and formula was that it could have smoothed out my lip lines ...
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Are there certain brands you only purchase when they’re on sale?

If it’s not something I feel like I need immediately for review, then I will definitely wait to purchase, especially any brands that routinely hold sales or are often discounted–say Physicians Formula at Ulta. — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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Tom Ford Ondine, Sterling, Mario Boys Lip Colors Reviews & Swatches

Ondine Tom Ford Beauty Ondine Lips & Boys Soft Matte Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark coral-orange with strong, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had sheer to semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which was buildable to medium coverage. The product applied fairly evenly, but it seemed to highlight imperfections of my lip texture, especially on my upper lip, though it didn’t seem to highlight my ...
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ColourPop x Disney Designer Once Upon a Dream Set Review & Swatches

Once Upon a Dream Colour Pop Once Upon a Dream Disney Designer Cheek & Lip Duo ($18.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes a soft, pink-peach highlighter paired with a bright, pinky red liquid lipstick. The two products can be purchased individually as well! The highlighter was a bit firmer than ideal, but it applied well enough and had good wear. The liquid lipstick was slightly more pigmented than marketed but applied evenly and lasted for ...
Tags: Disney, Beauty, Lipstick, Mica, Christine, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, Lip Products, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Lake CI, Makeup Palette/Set, Holiday 2019 Gift Sets, Phillip Prince Phillip


What do you like about Charlotte Tilbury? What don’t you like?

Tell us what you love and hate about... Charlotte Tilbury I don’t find myself all that drawn to Charlotte Tilbury products off the bat; like I don’t hear about a new release and get particularly excited, but some of my very favorite products are by Charlotte Tilbury (Hollywood Flawless Filter, Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Hollywood Light Wands). The brand has a tendency to release everything in the same wheelhouse, though, and I think they could do a substantially better job releasing colo...
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Tom Ford Fleur Neige Cream & Powder Eye Color Review & Swatches

Fleur Neige Tom Ford Beauty Fleur Neige Cream & Powder Eye Color ($62.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo that features a sparkling, white gold powder eyeshadow and a creamy, pearly taupe cream eyeshadow. With the powder eyeshadow layered on top of the cream eyeshadow, the color created was a light-medium, sparkling pewter with warmer undertones. Both products performed consistently with past duos released by the brand,...
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Community Favorites, Looks & Color Stories, Vol. 011

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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Pat McGrath Ritualistic Rose + Chromeluxe Hi-Lite Swatches

Here are swatches of the new Pat McGrath Ritualistic Rose Blitz Astral Eyeshadow Quad and Chromeluxe Hi-Lite Creams ($30.00 each). Pat McGrath Obsessive Opulence Gallery Options Products Swatches ...
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NARS Star Scene Holiday 2019 Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

Star Scene NARS Star Scene Wet/Dry Cheek Trio ($42.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio that features a warm, peachy-gold highlighter and two coral blushes. All three shades hare semi-opaque to opaque coverage, which was the “downside” to the product as they’re supposed to be “sheer-to-buildable” and can be used wet for a “high-impact effect” (though the latter seemed more with respect to the finish, e.g. the glow). As ...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, NARS Cosmetics, Cheek/Face Palette, Holiday 2019 Gift Sets


Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Palettes – Swatches

Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Palettes ($29.00 for 0.34 oz.) introduces three new, “nude” palettes that are available in Nude Rich, Nude Medium, and Nude Light with the idea being that you can find the right shade of “nude” for your skin tone. Here are swatches of the three palettes! Nude Obsessions Palettes Gallery Options Products ...
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Holiday 2019 Swatches – Lip Sets by Bite, Bobbi Brown, Givenchy, Urban Decay

Whew! Here are some swatches of various holiday lipstick sets. They’re swatched in the order the sets are listed below, and hopefully, you’ll be able to use the group shot as your guide to indicate where each set begins. The sneak peek was designed for same-brand collections/releases rather than a multi-brand extravaganza! Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Supercharged Lipstick Set ($21.00) (press sample, I purchased the other three sets!) Bobbi Brown Major Crush Crushed Liqu...
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MAC Holiday 2019 Collection – Starring You (Updated 10/12)

Release Date + About the Launch This holiday, M·A·C plays with a classic symbol of the celebratory season, taking the twinkling star in all-new directions – on packaging, in a glittering lineup of products and kits, and in dazzling new looks. More than just the inspiration behind shimmering hues, the star is YOU. A legendary lineup for eyes, lips and face encourages everyone to create, make a name for th...
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Holiday 2019 Swatches – Eye Sets by Charlotte Tilbury, Laura Mercier, Urban Decay

Next up.. Here are some swatches of various holiday eye sets that I photographed yesterday. As I mentioned in the sneak peek for lip sets posted earlier today, the sets featured in this post are listed below, and please use the group shot to indicate where the next set begins! The sneak peek was designed for same-brand collections/releases rather than a multi-brand extravaganza! Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Pops Quad ($53.00) Charlotte Tilbury Celestial Eyes Quad ($...
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Kim Chi Chic Beauty Launches October 16th!

Release Date + About the Launch Serial entrepreneur Toni Ko announced her return to the beauty industry with the launch of her newest company, Bespoke Beauty Brands, LLC. This is the latest chapter for Ko, who graced the cover of Forbes “Richest Self-Made Women” issue in 2016. After starting affordable beauty brand NYX Cosmetics in 1999, she then sold it to L’Oréal in 2014, as one of the largest beauty a...
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Anastasia Norvina Pro Pigment Palettes from Best to Worst

Now that I’ve managed to thoroughly review all three volumes of the Anastasia Norvina Pro Pigment Palette series, here’s a short ‘n’ sweet ranking of them from best to worst. It’s a bit more like a ranking from workable to mediocre as Vol. 1 reviewed the best with a B-rating, which ended up to be consistent with my experience across the other two volumes. The matte pink/red/orange shades seemed to apply better than other colors, like green and blues. The matte eye...
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Are you an impulse buyer or serious planner?

Impulse in the sense that I purchase a lot of just-released products for review, so I don’t wait for reviews or anything like that, but they aren’t wholly unplanned, you know? I don’t do serious planning within the beauty space, but for larger purchases in other areas of my life, I definitely... — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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Tom Ford Deborah, Andrea, Jackie Lips & Girls Lip Colors Reviews & Swatches

Deborah Tom Ford Beauty Deborah Lips & Girls Soft Shine Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deeper berry with cooler undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. It had medium color payoff in a single pass, which was as described. The texture felt lightly emollient, so it glided across my lips comfortably but didn’t feel slippery during wear nor did it feather or bleed past my lip line. The color went on evenly for the most part, but the...
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Charlotte Tilbury Lucky Diamonds & Pillow Talk Diamonds Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Lucky Diamonds Charlotte Tilbury Lucky Diamonds Pillow Talk Diamonds Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium, coppery base with lots of gold, copper, and pink sparkle and glitter particles paired with a high-shine finish. The base was more translucent–sheer as described–with a moderate dosage of sparkle and larger glitter pieces. The product applied fairly evenly with a good dispersion of the sparkles and glittery bits, but it...
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What are your top three tips for resisting the temptation of a new product?

1.) Unsubscribe/unfollow any brand or people you find particularly too tempting too often–I think this works well for marketing emails or fast brands (like ColourPop) so that you don’t feel inundated with new, new, new or buy, buy, buy. There are some people who may post a good mix of content... — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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Estee Lauder Oblivious, Knockout Nude, Secret Life Pure Color Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Oblivious Estee Lauder Oblivious Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a lighter, rosy beige with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied fairly evenly, but it was one of the less-flattering shades in the formula I’ve tried. The color sank into my lip lines a bit, and the product seemed more prone to highlighting imperfections of my lip texture. The lipstick ...
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What do you find most helpful in a makeup tutorial?

I really appreciate when people explain why they do something in particular; it’s not necessarily the motion or the what but the explanation on why they’re doing that and how it furthers the technique/getting to the goal. — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
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Pat McGrath Holiday 2019 Collection (Updated 10/10) + 10% Off Code!

Release Date + Where to Buy Mother debuts Blitz Astral Quads! These hybrid formulations combine the best features of powder, cream, and fluid textures delivering high pick up with an opulent payoff for eye looks that beam with iconic illumination. Succumb to extravagant makeup artistry with this exquisite array of finishes that deliver radiant color and sparkling shine. Get early access + 10% off the hol...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Pat McGrath, Year: 2019 Launches, Holiday 2019, Sephora Pat McGrath Products, ChromaLuxe Hi Light Cream, Limited Edition Nocturnal Nirvana Elson Flesh


Tom Ford Soleil Neige Soleil Glow Stick Review & Swatches

Soleil Neige (02) Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Neige (02) Highlighter & Blush Glow Stick ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes a pearly highlighter on one shade and a creamy blush on the other. The product twists up from the respective ends. It’s a very emollient formula with a high-shine, dewy finish that doesn’t seem to dry down or set, yet it manages to wear beautifully for nine hours (without moving around). The highlighter had more semi-...
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Tom Ford Soleil d’Hiver Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

Soleil d'Hiver (03) Tom Ford Beauty Soleil d’Hiver (03) Eye Color Quad ($88.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a new, limited edition neutral-hued quad that features a sparkling, golden peach, medium pink-peach, light bronze, and chocolaty brown. All four shades were shimmery with the first shade having larger sparkles and sheerer coverage as a result of its stiffer consistency. The other three eyeshadows had good pigmentation, were easy to appl...
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