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MAC Hypnotizing Holiday Shadeshifter Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

Behind the Curtain MAC Behind the Curtain Shadeshifter Duochrome Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a silvery lilac with a sparkling, metallic sheen that shifted from cooler, more silvery lilac to warmer pink. The texture was incredibly emollient, which helped the larger sparkle particles transfer and adhere to skin without lots of fallout. I found that I had to take care and do gentle blending to avoid excessive fallout, though, an...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Bobbi Brown, Pat McGrath, Stila, Natasha Denona, Eye Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, Linda Hallberg, MAC Cosmetics Ulta Nordstrom Saks, Anastasia Barb LE


MAC Step Bright Up/Alche-me Hyper Real Glow Duo Review & Swatches

Step Bright Up/Alche-me MAC Step Bright Up/Alche-me Hyper Real Glow Duo ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium gold with warmer, more orange undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation–the brand wasn’t particularly helpful on pigmentation, which they described as “luminous payoff”–that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The powder was incredibly soft and smooth to the touch without being powdery at al...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Temptalia, LE Limited Edition, Alché, Natasha Denona Tan, MAC Cosmetics Ulta Nordstrom Saks, Holiday 2021


MAC Fortune Teller/Blizzard Wizard Hyper Real Glow Duo Review & Swatches

Fortune Teller/Blizzard Wizard MAC Fortune Teller/Blizzard Wizard Hyper Real Glow Duo ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) swirls together to create a light-medium, rosy copper with soft, warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. I don’t know in what world it makes sense to use the shades independently–the audacity to even give them separate names even!!–because the only way to do that would be to use very small eyeshadow brushes! It had a very ...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Pat McGrath, Laura Mercier, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Temptalia, MAC Cosmetics Ulta Nordstrom Saks, Holiday 2021, Melt Cosmetics Pink Moon LE, Fortune Teller Blizzard Wizard LE Limited Edition


Fenty Beauty Triple Dip Diamond Bomb Diamond Veil Palette Review & Swatches

Triple Dip Fenty Beauty Triple Dip Diamond Bomb Diamond Veil Palette ($42.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes three, sparkling highlighters with two new shades and one previously-released shade (Fenty Glow). The key takeaways one needs to know about this formula is that it is high-sparkle with a sheerer base and a consistency that can be fussy (ha, ha) to work with. I find fingertips to work the best for getting product from the compact to my s...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Laura Mercier, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, Carmine CI, Cheek/Face Palette, Temptalia, Fenty Beauty, BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition, LE Limited Edition, Huda Beauty Topaz, All Dupes Clionadh Phoenix Embers


Melt Cosmetics Brunet Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Brunet Melt Cosmetics Brunet 8-Pan Eyeshadow PaletteMelt Cosmetics Brunet 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.58 oz.) includes five matte eyeshadows and three shimmer eyeshadows. I had higher expectations for this, as it did have quite a few matte shades, which Melt tends to do better than their shimmers, but there was inconsistency across the board that made it an underwhelming, under-performing palette containing shades we have ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Aurora, Pat McGrath, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, Melt Cosmetics, Tan Tan, Natasha Denona Safari


MAC House of Petunia Mineralize Skinfinish Review & Swatches

House of Petunia MAC House of Petunia Mineralize Skinfinish ($34.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium gold with strong, warm, almost peachy undertones with a smooth, metallic sheen and faint copper micro-sparkle that was more randomly strewn through. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with two to three layers. The texture was smooth to the touch, soft and yielding without being too powd...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Christine, Mac Cosmetics, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Polysorbate, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Becca Opal, Temptalia, LookFantasticMAC CA MAC UK Sephora, MAC Cosmetics Ulta Nordstrom Saks, MAC House of Petunia Mineralize Skinfinish, Ingredients Mica Talc Nylon


Natasha Denona Palette 07 Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Palette 07 Natasha Denona Palette 07 Eyeshadow Palette 5 ($48.00 for 0.4 oz.) is a cool-toned palette featuring two grays, a matte teal, a brighter blue, and a mid-tone taupe. Four of the five shades were shimmery, though two had a lower-level sheen to them. While it used a more updated formula than the original 28-pan palettes had, there were still areas for improvement for all but one shade. ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Robin, Christine, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Carmine CI, Kat Von, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills, Kat Von D Bukowski, Temptalia, Kat Von D Hyperballad LE


Melt Cosmetics She’s in Parties Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

She's in Parties Melt Cosmetics She’s in Parties 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.58 oz.) is a new, likely-permanent palette that takes the brand’s original stack (which included four shades) and extends the color story with four new shades in a slim, rectangular palette form. I felt like all of the original shades were improved here to some degree, and the additional shades were well done. They were pigmented, blendable, lo...
Tags: Beauty, Chile, Sydney, Christine, Pat McGrath, Laura Mercier, Stila, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Carmine CI, Kat Von, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, MAC Heritage Rouge, Temptalia


Clinique Sable & Mink Even Better Lip Colour Foundation Reviews & Swatches

Sable (27) 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 ap...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Fraser, Clinique, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Sable, Temptalia, Holiday 2019 Gift Sets, Int l Retailers Clinique UK FeelUniqueHouse, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom Neiman Marcus, Giorgio Armani Acajou


Clinique Velvet Kisses & Velour Even Better Lip Colour Foundation Reviews & Swatches

Velvet Kisses (29) Clinique Velvet Kisses (29) Even Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation ($19.50 for 0.13 oz.) is a darker, chocolaty brown with warmer, red undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one layer, which didn’t build up too well due to the more emollient, slippery texture. The product seemed to get pushed around and became more uneven if I tried to build up the color with a second layer. The consi...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Fraser, Clinique, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Pat McGrath Divine Brown, Int l Retailers Clinique UK FeelUniqueHouse, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom Neiman Marcus, MAC Modern Temptress LE, Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation


Estee Lauder Unrequited, Unshakable, Burn It Pure Color Envy Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Unrequited Estee Lauder Unrequited Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, which applied evenly and fluidly over my lips without dragging or tugging on them. The consistency was creamy, lightweight, and had moderate slip–enough to glide on but not to feel slippery during wear–and seemed t...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Estee Lauder, Christine, Revlon, Frenchie, LORAC, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Sephora CA Sephora, Jaclyn Cosmetics Independent DC, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom Neiman Marcus, MAC Smoked Almond DC


Estee Lauder Pretty Vain, Power Trip, Excite Pure Color Envy Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Pretty Vain Estee Lauder Pretty Vain Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had a bit more of a sheen and glow about it than other shades in the range, which tend to look glossier. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly on my lips, but the actual consistency wasn’t as smoothing nor as flattering o...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Estee Lauder, Christine, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy, Sephora CA Sephora, Chanel Camelia Rouge, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom Neiman Marcus, FeelUniqueHarvey Nichols UK House of Fraser


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...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Estee Lauder, Tom, Christine, Bobbi Brown, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Givenchy Corail Backstage, Sephora CA Sephora, Summer 2020, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom Neiman Marcus


Estee Lauder Peerless, Truth Talking, Undefeated Pure Color Envy Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Peerless Estee Lauder Peerless Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had excellent pigmentation that applied evenly and comfortably across my lips as it did not drag or tug. The texture felt lightweight with enough slip to glide on but didn’t feel slippery while worn and smoothed out some of my lip lines. It lasted well for five hours ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Los Angeles, Chicago, Beauty, Lipstick, Estee Lauder, Christine, Bobbi Brown, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sephora CA Sephora, MAC Brick Dust DC, Giorgio Armani Dolce


Becca Own Your Light Highlighter Review & Swatches

Own Your Light Becca Own Your Light Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium, yellowy-peach base with peach-to-pink shifting shimmer that gave it a luminous finish. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, which adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out easily along the edges for a seamless finish that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The finish seemed slightly less intense–in on...
Tags: Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Sephora, Christine, Becca, Bobbi Brown, Stila, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Carmine CI, Becca Cosmetics, Sephora Ulta Nordstrom, Sephora PL Space NK UK, Smashbox Prismatic Petal LE, Summer 2020


NARS Orgasm Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

Orgasm NARS Orgasm Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a new, limited edition quad that is inspired by the brand’s Orgasm and Orgasm X blushes. It’s a very light-leaning quad, so it was hard to get diverse looks out of it. I’d say it’s more suitable for someone who likes lighter tones and tends to work with one or two shades per look. The dustiness of the matte coral only made it harder to get contrast using the four shades. ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Sydney, NARS, Lune, Bismuth, Christine, Makeup Palettes, NARS Cosmetics, Smashbox, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows


NARS San Juan Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches

San Juan NARS San Juan Powder Bronzer ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light, peachy brown with strong, warm undertones and a fine, golden pearl throughout. When applied and blended out, the finish was more satin-like with a subtle sheen but not overtly shimmery. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to full opacity with a second layer if desired. The texture felt smooth and velvety to the touch with light ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, San Juan, Christine, Laguna, Cheek Products, Bronzers, NARS Cosmetics, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Kevyn Aucoin, Temptalia, Bronzing Powder, Sephora CA Sephora, BeautyFeelUniqueHarvey Nichols


Natasha Denona Retro Mini Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Retro Natasha Denona Retro Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, seemingly-permanent mini five-pan that includes two intense shimmers, two mattes, and one softer shimmer. All five shades performed well with good pigmentation, blendability, and solid wear (eight to nine hours). I think that for some skin tones, this may not produce enough contrast and depth, so it may need to be paired with another palette to make ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Tom Ford, Lune, Christine, Bobbi Brown, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, LORAC, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, Galaxia


Fenty Beauty Peach (5) Snap Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Peach (5) Fenty Beauty Peach (5) Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains three shimmery shades and three matte shades that ranged from gold-shimmered coral to matte, orange-coral. The texture of the mattes was a little powdery, but I only had issues with the lightest one, which was more prone to sheering out. Hi Pumpkin had too much slip in it, so it was less foolproof to work with compared to the ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Dc, Sephora, Christine, Fenty, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, MAC Gingerluxe, Sephora Sephora, Fenty Beauty, Carouse


MAC Dazzleshadow Extreme Reviews & Swatches (Part 2)

Incinerated MAC Incinerated Dazzleshadow Extreme ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense and more firmly-pressed into the pan, so it needed a firmer hand or a denser brush to pick up product well (e.g. a pencil brush picked up product fairly well but a fluffy brush was difficult to use with it). It had good color coverage in a si...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Onyx, Christine, Mac Cosmetics, Natasha Denona, LORAC, Eye Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Natasha Denona Deep Teal, Eyeshadows, Kevyn Aucoin, Kat Von D Moonshine LE, Temptalia


Fenty Beauty True Neutrals (1) Snap Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

True Neutrals (1) Fenty Beauty True Neutrals (1) Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm-toned, neutral palette that had three shimmery shades and three matte shades. It was a mixed bag–nothing bad enough to be a real miss but there’s no shortage of neutral palettes on the market, so it not having more consistent, higher performance is surprising. ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Dc, Sephora, Christine, Pat McGrath, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, LORAC, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Laura Mercier Rosegold, Sephora Sephora


MAC Dazzleshadow Extreme Reviews & Swatches (Part 1)

Celebutante MAC Celebutante Dazzleshadow Extreme ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brighter, medium berry pink with subtle, warm undertones and cooler pink and violet shimmer. It had a smoother, lightly metallic finish, and the more the color was buffed and blended out, the less intense the finish was. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer that was difficult to apply evenly with a dry brush. A lightly dampened brush helped to ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Egypt, Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Bao Bao, Mac Cosmetics, Natasha Denona, Eye Products, Carmine CI, Kat Von, Pigmentation, Objet, Eyeshadows


Fenty Beauty Deep Neutrals (3) Snap Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Deep Neutrals (3) Fenty Beauty Deep Neutrals (3) Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains four matte eyeshadows and two shimmer eyeshadows to create a deeper, richer take on neutrals. As has been true of most of the shades in the brand’s palettes, the mattes performed best with good pigmentation that blended out well and had solid wear. The shimmers were better in this palette than some of the oth...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Sephora, Christine, Pat McGrath, Laura Mercier, Makeup Palettes, LORAC, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Sephora Sephora, MAC Pink Sensibilities, Temptalia


Tom Ford Baby & Lovesick Lip Sparks Reviews & Swatches

Baby Tom Ford Beauty Baby Lip Spark ($55.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a light pink with cooler undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish that also had a high-shine to it. Applied, it looked more silvery and almost lavender-like because of how cool-toned some of the shimmer/sparkle was. The texture was fairly smooth with just a bit of texture from all of the sparkles in it coming through but not in a painful way at all. It was emollient and...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Tom Ford, Christine, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sephora Nordstrom, Tom Ford Beauty Rocco, FordViolet Grey Int l Retailers House of Fraser, Spring 2020, Tom Ford Baby Lovesick Lip Sparks


Tom Ford Destroy & Risk Lip Sparks Reviews & Swatches

Destroy Tom Ford Beauty Destroy Lip Spark ($55.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a mix of finer, ruby red shimmer and larger ruby sparkle. The texture was creamy without being too slippery, so it glided easily across my lips and felt comfortable to wear. The color applied evenly and the shimmer/sparkle distributed well, too. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single layer, which wore ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Tom Ford, Christine, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sephora Nordstrom, Kat Von D Adora, Sephora Nordstrom Neiman Marcus, Sephora Metallic Cherry, FordViolet Grey Int l Retailers House of Fraser


Tom Ford Throb & Synthetica Lip Sparks Reviews & Swatches

Throb Tom Ford Beauty Throb Lip Spark ($55.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, light-medium orange with moderate, warm undertones and flecks of gold and pink sparkle throughout. It had a more glittery finish with a high-shine to it, but it wasn’t as glitter-packed as other shades in the formula. The texture was lightweight, creamy, and had moderate slip, but there were a few areas where I felt like the sparkle/shimmer added and created ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Tom Ford, Christine, Pierce, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Kat Von, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sephora Nordstrom, Sephora Metallic Cherry, FordViolet Grey Int l Retailers House of Fraser, Spring 2020


Tom Ford Commando & Starstruck Lip Sparks Reviews & Swatches

Commando Tom Ford Beauty Commando Lip Spark ($55.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a soft, light-medium copper with moderate, warm undertones paired with multi-colored pearl (leaned slightly more gold/pink in pearl to my eye) that gave it a high-shine, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly across my lips. From the bullet, I didn’t feel the texture from the pearl/sparkle, and of t...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Tom Ford, Christine, Lip Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Sephora Nordstrom, Anastasia Bellini, FordViolet Grey Int l Retailers House of Fraser, Spring 2020, Commando Tom Ford Beauty Commando Lip Spark, Carolyn LE


Fenty Beauty Pastel Frost (8) Snap Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Pastel Frost (8) Fenty Beauty Pastel Frost (8) Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new, permanent all-shimmer palette that proved disappointing. The newer Fenty palettes were inconsistent, but the matte eyeshadows tended to be more workable and easier to use all-around, while the shimmers were all over the place. These were some of the worst as they were thicker and stiffer in texture, which yiel...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Marc Jacobs, Sephora, Christine, Pat McGrath, Fenty, Stila, Natasha Denona, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Kevyn Aucoin, Sephora Sephora


MAC Cheeky Devil Glow Play Blush Review & Swatches

Cheeky Devil MAC Cheeky Devil Glow Play Blush ($30.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light pink with moderate, warm undertones and a subtle, satin sheen. It had buildable coverage from sheer to semi-sheer applied with a brush and semi-sheer to medium coverage applied with fingertips. The blush felt smooth to the touch without the traditional wetness you’d find from a true cream-based formula, and it quickly felt powder-like as soon as t...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Christine, Mac Cosmetics, Blushes, Cheek Products, Carmine CI, Pigmentation, Temptalia, LookFantasticMAC CA MAC UK Sephora, Spring 2020, MAC Cosmetics Ulta Nordstrom Saks, MAC Cheeky Devil Glow Play Blush Review Swatches


MAC Heat Index Glow Play Blush Review & Swatches

Heat Index MAC Heat Index Glow Play Blush ($30.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque with a brush and more medium and buildable when applied with fingertips (the latter being my preferred application method as it was faster, more efficient, and more foolproof for lay down and blending). The consistency...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Christine, Mac Cosmetics, Blushes, Cheek Products, Carmine CI, Temptalia, LE Limited Edition, LookFantasticMAC CA MAC UK Sephora, Spring 2020, MAC Cosmetics Ulta Nordstrom Saks, MAC Heat Index Glow Play Blush Review Swatches



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