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Dior Toile de Jouy Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Toile de Jouy (429) Dior Toile de Jouy (429) 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new(er) warmer neutral color story that included a mix of finishes that ranged from matte to sparkle. This palette suffered from a general powderiness/dryness across the board compared to most of the brand’s eyeshadows. Most shades had semi-opaque or better coverage, and they were blendable, but they absolutely required a prime...
Tags: Dior, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Eyeshadows, Makeup Palettes, Christine


ColourPop So-Called Blush Stix Review & Swatches

So-Called ColourPop So-Called Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark berry with strong, cool blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation, as marketed, that applied well to bare skin and layered well over foundation as it wasn’t prone to lifting up my base. The texture was smooth, creamy, and emollient with good glide, which helped it apply well with fingertips as well as brushes. ...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Ulta, Blushes, Cheek Products, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Top Dupes Formula Overview Top, Natasha Denona Bloom, Fall 2021


ColourPop Teen Spirit & Beverly Hills Fresh Kiss Lip Cremes Reviews & Swatches

Teen Spirit ColourPop Teen Spirit Fresh Kiss Lip Crème ($8.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and a cream finish. It had rich color payoff in a single layer, which applied fairly evenly and smoothly across my lips, but it settled a little bit into my lip lines–not quite noticeable in person, though. The texture was smooth, velvety, and lightweight with an airy quality to it, which ensured comfort during...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Beverly Hills, Christine, Bobbi Brown, Lip Products, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Julia Le, Pat McGrath Profumo, Tom Ford Beauty Johnny, MAC Sugar Sweet Cameo LE, Fall 2021


Giorgio Armani Cool Brown (20) Neo Nude Melting Color Balm Review & Swatches

Cool Brown (20) Giorgio Armani Cool Brown (20) Neo Nude Melting Color BalmGiorgio Armani Cool Brown (20) Neo Nude Melting Color Balm ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff applied with a fingertip and more semi-sheer, buildable coverage applied with a brush. The texture was smooth, more velvety in its glide and feel, which made it clay-like–dr...
Tags: US, Beauty, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm Bronze LE, Nordstrom Saks Selfridges Where, HarrodsHarvey Nichols UK House of Fraser UK, Fall 2021, Giorgio Armani Cool Brown, BalmGiorgio Armani Cool Brown


Clinique Red Hot & Red-Handed Pop Reds Lipstick Review & Swatches

Red Hot Clinique Red Hot Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipstick ($19.50 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that applied well to my lips with even color that softened my lip lines, so it was quite flattering to wear. The texture was lightweight, thin, and comfortable with light slip but not enough to feel like it was moving around while worn. It wore ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Fraser, Maybelline, Clinique, Chanel Rouge, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Pat McGrath Elson, SephoraSephora Ulta Nordstrom Saks, Fall 2021, Clinique Red Hot Red Handed Pop Reds


ColourPop Winona Forever Blush Stix Review & Swatches

Winona Forever ColourPop Winona Forever Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with moderate, warm undertones and a luminous finish. The texture was lightweight, emollient, and gel-like, as it glided comfortably across my skin and wasn’t prone to lifting up base products. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that dabbed on easily with fingertips or patted on with a stippling brush and blended out with ease. It wore w...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Ulta, Blushes, Cheek Products, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Lisa Eldridge, Top Dupes Formula Overview Top, ColourPop Blush Stix, Lisa Eldridge Dante, Fall 2021, Winona Forever ColourPop Winona Forever Blush Stix, Winona Forever LE Limited Edition


MAC Rose Gold Glow Strobe Face Glaze Review & Swatches

Rose Gold Glow MAC Rose Gold Glow Strobe Face Glaze ($28.00 for 0.5 oz.) appears as a darker, reddish-coral base with cooler, iridescent pink pearl throughout, but it was translucent and very sheer, as marketed, so the end result resulted in a barely-there, warmer pink tint on my skin tone. It had a slightly thicker, somewhat tacky consistency that had a high-gloss finish that never dried down, which achieved a certain look but was a ...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Tom Ford, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Pigmentation, Temptalia, MAC Cosmetics Ulta Nordstrom Saks, Kevyn Aucoin Rose Cliff, Fall 2021


Huda Beauty Rich Glow Obsessions Mini Face Palette Review & Swatches

Rich Huda Beauty Rich Mini Glow Obsessions Face PaletteHuda Beauty Rich Mini Glow Obsessions Face Palette ($29.00 for 0.22 oz.) includes four shimmery shades of different takes on copper–they were more similar than they needed to be! The texture of the formula was where the palette fell short; it was firmer, denser, and thicker overall, which made it harder to pick up product evenly with a brush. In order to do so, I typically had to...
Tags: US, Beauty, Sydney, Sephora, Christine, Gabrielle, Laura Mercier, Westman, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, Huda Beauty, Pigmentation, Cheek/Face Palette, Temptalia, Mario Bronzite


MAC Burnished Beige & On a Petal-Still Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Burnished Beige MAC Burnished Beige Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a light-medium, yellowed peach with muted, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, which applied evenly and comfortably across my lips. The texture was lightly creamy, slightly stiffer in the tube but not to the point where it was uncomfortable to apply. There was a bit of product that settled into my deeper lip lines that ...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Lipstick, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Alessandra, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Bobbi Brown Bellini, Lustres, Per Ounce MAC Lipstick, Natasha Denona Liron, Jaclyn Cosmetics Hustle DC, Lake Ci 15850 Red 21 Lake Ci, MAC Cosmetics Ulta Nordstrom Saks


ColourPop Baby Doll & The Rachel Fresh Kiss Lip Cremes Reviews & Swatches

Baby Doll ColourPop Baby Doll Fresh Kiss Lip Crème ($8.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium brown with moderate, warm undertones and a cream finish. The texture was smooth, spreadable, and more velvety with less “wetness” going on, but it still was easy to work with. This particular shade seemed a little thicker, and as a result, was prone to settling into my lip lines. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single layer, which was mor...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Ulta, Lip Products, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Pat McGrath LaBeija, Jaclyn Cosmetics Tipsy DC, Tom Ford Beauty Benedetta, Fall 2021, Chanel Beige Confidentiel, Rachel Fresh Kiss Lip Cremes, Baby Doll ColourPop Baby Doll Fresh Kiss Lip Crème, Rachel ColourPop


Sydney Grace Black Hole & Forest Floor Cream Shadows Reviews & Swatches

Black Hole Sydney Grace Black Hole Cream Shadow (2020) ($8.00 for 0.34 oz.) has a darker gray base with flecks of larger silver sparkle over a more metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied at its best and most evenly when worn at high coverage. I found it harder to apply and blend out the edge without getting some fallout (initially) and the base didn’t appear as even. The texture was smooth, thin, and spread...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Eye Products, Cream Eyeshadow, Cetyl Alcohol, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Neige, Sydney Grace, Natasha Denona Full Metal Black LE, Mica Mica, Summer 2021, ColourPop Revenge Misunderstood LE, Black Hole Sydney Grace Black Hole Cream


Lancome Coquette, Exotic Orchid, Berry Noir L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Coquette (326) Lancome Coquette (326) L’Absolu Rouge Hydrating Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with moderate, warm undertones and fine gold and pink pearl that gave it a more metallic finish. The texture was lightweight, slightly thin but not clingy, and had just enough creaminess to glide across my lips without tugging, but it didn’t slide around during wear. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that wor...
Tags: John Lewis, US, Beauty, Lipstick, Lancome, Christine, Pavlova, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Tom Ford Beauty Scott, MAC Marsala DC, SephoraSephora Ulta Nordstrom Saks, Smashbox Jam, DODECYL GLYCOL COPOLYMER POLYGLYCERYL, EscentualFeelUniqueHarrodsHarvey Nichols, UK Lancome CA


Give Me Glow Matte Shadows Reviews & Swatches (Round 2, Part 5 of 5)

Limeade Give Me Glow Limeade Matte Pressed Shadow ($7.00 for 0.105 oz.) is a bright, lime green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was quite powdery, drier, and thin with a tendency to apply unevenly and be difficult to blend out. I also had a fair amount of fallout when I tried to build up the color from its more semi-sheer to medium coverage to anything higher. It stained my lids but lasted for around eight...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Blue Lake, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, Yellow Lake, MAC Les Portes Bleus, Natasha Denona Laguna LE, ColourPop Rowdyruff Boys LE, Give Me Glow, Ingredients Mica Magnesium Myristate Nylon


Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans, T-Rex, Flirting Game, Love Affair Contour Eye Pencils Reviews & Swatches (2021)

My Boyfriend's Jeans (29) Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans (29) 12-Hour Contour Eyeliner Pencil (2021)Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans (29) 12-Hour Contour Eyeliner Pencil (2021) ($11.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a rich, cobalt blue with strong, cool undertones with a subtle, pearl shimmer throughout. The texture was smooth, creamy without being too wet, so it had more of a velvety glide that made it comfortable to use on the lash line. It had semi-op...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Arctic, Marc Jacobs, Sephora, Christine, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eye Liners, Temptalia, Majorelle Blue P, NARS Ocean Drive, Fall 2021, Lake Polyglyceryl


ColourPop Strike a Pose & Alt Rock Fresh Kiss Lip Cremes Reviews & Swatches

Strike a Pose ColourPop Strike a Pose Fresh Kiss Lip Crème ($8.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a darker pink with moderate, warm undertones and a cream finish, which took an hour or so to develop into a more soft matte finish. The color payoff was opaque in a single layer, so I’d recommend using only one side of the applicator to get sheerer coverage if desired. The texture felt smooth, more velvety and lightweight, which ensured it was comfortab...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Isabella, Christine, Bobbi Brown, Pat McGrath, Ulta, Vivien, Natasha Denona, Lip Products, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Lisa Eldridge, Revlon Pink, Becca Melon


Huda Beauty Medium Glow Obsessions Mini Face Palette Review & Swatches

Medium Huda Beauty Medium Mini Glow Obsessions Face PaletteHuda Beauty Medium Mini Glow Obsessions Face Palette ($29.00 for 0.22 oz.) includes two gold highlighters and two copper highlighters (or blushes). The texture of the formula was where the palette fell short; it was firmer, denser, and thicker overall, which made it harder to pick up product evenly with a brush. In order to do so, I typically had to use my brush to push upwar...
Tags: US, Beauty, Sydney, Sephora, Christine, Laura Mercier, Westman, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, Huda Beauty, Pigmentation, Becca Opal, Cheek/Face Palette, Temptalia


MAC Barococoa Strobe Face Glaze Review & Swatches

Barococoa MAC Barocococa Strobe Face Glaze ($28.00 for 0.5 oz.) has a translucent base with fine, copper and bronze pearl throughout a high-shine, glossy base. The formula is supposed to give the “dewiest, flushed glow” what is “translucent” and “oil-slicked” in look. It’s best thought of as a tinted, glossy balm for the face with a hint of pearl and a lot of shine/glossiness–just as marketed. As you might expect, it does attract fly...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, MAC Cosmetics Ulta Nordstrom Saks, Fall 2021, Becca Luna, MAC Barococoa Strobe Face Glaze Review Swatches, Barococoa MAC Barocococa Strobe Face Glaze, Barococoa LE Limited Edition


Charlotte Tilbury Cover Star & Catwalking Matte Revolution Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Cover Star Charlotte Tilbury Cover Star Matte Revolution Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, golden peach with warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, somewhat buildable coverage, but the texture had more slide and slip, which resulted in the product not adhering evenly to my lips and getting pushed around. This also seemed to cause more product to get into my deeper lip lines, which was noticeable in person from ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Charlotte Tilbury, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Lisa Eldridge, Gabriel Zamora, Jamie Genevieve, Natasha Denona Claudia, US Int l Retailers Charlotte Tilbury UK Cult, BeautyFeelUniqueHarrodsHarvey Nichols


ILNP Revival, Black Orchid, Bulletproof Symphony Nail Polishes Reviews & Swatches

Revival ILNP Revival Ultra Holographic Nail Polish ($10.00 for 0.4 oz.) has a deep black base with a generous amount of holographic shimmer and sparkle along with copper-red shifting shimmer that was sort of in the background behind all the holo! It applied particularly smoothly and never showed brush strokes, and it had a decent amount of shine on its own. Per the brand, it has its maximum coverage in two to three coats. In the swatc...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Pigmentation, Hands & Nails Products, Nail Polishes and Treatments, Temptalia, ILNP, ILNP Amazon, ILNP Revival Ultra Holographic Nail, Deborah Lipmann Gel Lab Pro, ILNP Black Orchid Holographic Nail


Dior Pink Glow Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Pink Glow (619) Dior Pink Glow (619) 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pink and red color, neutral color story that included satin to sparkle finishes. Two of the shades were more sparkly but had decent coverage despite that, so they were functional as standalone shades as well as for layering. I had issues with the fifth shade, which felt quite different than any other shadow I’ve tried from the brand–it...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Dior, Dc, Tom Ford, Sephora, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia


Chanel Low Key & Mode Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Low Key (74) Chanel Low Key (74) Rouge Allure Velvet ($40.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, dusty pinky-coral with moderate, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied fairly evenly but settled into my lip lines. The texture was lightweight, smooth, and thin without being clingy with a very velvety glide that didn’t feel as emollient as it looked on my lips. It wasn’t the most forgiving formula of lip ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Givenchy Rouge, Temptalia, Charlotte Tilbury Carina, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, Nordstrom Chanel Saks, US Int l Retailers FeelUniqueHouse


ILNP Highline, Mutagen (H), Reminisce Nail Polishes Reviews & Swatches

Highline ILNP Highline Ultra Chrome Nail Polish ($12.50 for 0.4 oz.) has a soft black base that deepens with more coats paired with multichromatic shift that went between bluish-green, emerald green, dark olive green, and burnished gold that resulted in a fine, metallic finish. The consistency was fluid, smooth, and easy to work with on my nails for an even application of color and no almost no visible brush strokes (in person). The s...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Pigmentation, Hands & Nails Products, Nail Polishes and Treatments, Temptalia, ILNP, Zoya Armor, Zoya Anchor, ILNP Amazon, ILNP Highline Ultra Chrome Nail, ILNP Mutagen H Holographic Ultra Chrome Nail


ColourPop Scrunchie & Docs Fresh Kiss Lip Cremes Reviews & Swatches

Scrunchie ColourPop Scrunchie Fresh Kiss Lip Crème ($8.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a rich, deeper red with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and mousse-like, which gave it a velvety feel that was spreadable and comfortable to wear. The liquid lipstick had full color coverage in a single layer of product, so you’ll have to use less to achieve the buildable coverage marketed. It lasted well for si...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Giorgio Armani, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Raine Huntress, Fall 2021, Pat McGrath Guinevere, ColourPop Scrunchie Docs Fresh Kiss Lip Cremes


Clarins Brown Sugar Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

Brown Sugar (04) Clarins Brown Sugar (04) 4-Color Eyeshadow Palette ($43.00 for 0.1 oz.) includes two more shimmery shades, one satin shade, and one matte shade. They had medium to opaque color coverage, were fairly easy to apply and blend out, and lasted around eight hours. The brand claimed that their eyeshadows would last for 12 hours, though, which I could only achieve with primer underneath. Ingredients ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Clarins, Pat McGrath, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Visionaire, Temptalia


Chanel Fall 2021 Ombre Premiere Laques Reviews & Swatches

Lame Ivoire (39) Chanel Lame Ivoire (39) Ombre Premiere Laque ($36.00 for 0.2 oz.) is a darker, champagne gold with warm, golden tones but not to the point of leaning orange/peach. It had a smooth, fluid consistency that was slightly watery initially, but then it dried down to a more transfer-resistant finish. I liked applying this best with a fingertip or a fluffy brush for a sheerer wash of color. For higher opacity, I’d recommend...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Chanel, Sephora, Lune, Christine, Fraser, Bobbi Brown, Pat McGrath, Natasha Denona, Eye Products, Cream Eyeshadow, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Colours


Anastasia Iced Out Powder Highlighter Review & Swatches

Iced Out Anastasia Iced Out HighlighterAnastasia Iced Out Highlighter ($34.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a pale, white gold that flashed light-medium, more yellowy-gold with a metallic sheen. The lighter base didn’t seem to translate when applied to my skin, so it appeared a little warmer than I had anticipated. The texture was moderately-dense, firmer but not stiff to work with, and felt consistent with the gel-powder hybrid formula it was. Yo...
Tags: US, Beauty, Christine, Pat McGrath, Anastasia, Cheek Products, Highlighters, LORAC, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Becca Citrine


Clionadh Amour, Lacy, Pink Sugar, Prosecco Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

Amour Clionadh Amour Shimmer Metallic Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, coral-red with strong, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was smooth, slightly more loosely-pressed, but it had good glide, which helped everything apply evenly and adhere smoothly without fallout. It had opaque color payoff that stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.FURTHER READING: Formula Over...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Pat McGrath, Laura Mercier, Natasha Denona, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, YSL Paris, BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana, Clionadh, Huda Beauty Smokey, Natasha Denona Glam, Clionadh Amour Lacy Pink Sugar Prosecco Eyeshadows


ColourPop 411 & BB Spice Fresh Kiss Lip Cremes Reviews & Swatches

411 ColourPop 411 Fresh Kiss Lip Crème ($8.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light, pinky-coral with moderate, warm undertones and a cream finish. It took an hour or so of wear before it wore down to a true “soft matte” finish. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and velvety, so it spread readily but didn’t feel as emollient/wet as other liquid formulas. It was fairly forgiving of lip texture and lip lines, which was noteworthy for this type of...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Smashbox Nude Beach P, Fall 2021, BB Spice Fresh Kiss Lip Cremes, Becca Tulip, BB Spice P Permanent


Natasha Denona Work and Set Gel Eyeliners Reviews & Swatches

Nude Natasha Denona Nude Work and Set Gel EyelinerNatasha Denona Nude Work and Set Gel Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light peach with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly emollient consistency that was thin, spreadable, and easy to work using different eyeliner brushes. It applied evenly to my lash line and set fast enough not to get into my fine lines but gave me enough ti...
Tags: US, Earth, Beauty, Christine, Natasha Denona, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eye Liners, Temptalia, NARS Rue Bonaparte, Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown, Fall 2021, Natasha Denona Brown, MAC Point Black P, Natasha Denona Work, Natasha Denona Brown Work


Lancome Impatiente & Lie de Vin L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

Impatiente (172) Lancome Impatiente (172) L’Absolu Rouge Hydrating Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a vivid, medium orange with moderate, warm red undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff that adhered evenly to my lips. The lipstick had a lightweight, lightly creamy texture that was thin without being clingy and had a little tackiness to it. This shade didn’t sit quite as nicely on my lips compared to other s...
Tags: John Lewis, US, Beauty, Lipstick, Lancome, Christine, Pat McGrath, Claudette, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Tom Ford Beauty Connor, SephoraSephora Ulta Nordstrom Saks, DODECYL GLYCOL COPOLYMER POLYGLYCERYL, EscentualFeelUniqueHarrodsHarvey Nichols, UK Lancome CA, MAC Bittersweetie LE



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