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Community Favorites, Looks & Color Stories, Vol. 116

Sundays are for readers! Each week, on Sunday, I like to see what the community has been enjoying. “Most Loved” are products that readers specifically loved but didn’t add to their wish list ( ). “Most Wanted” are products that readers specifically added to their wish lists ( ). This is populated based on the last seven days of activity! You’ll find the icons to interact with products throughout the site, like on Glossovers. You’ll also find recently submitted makeup looks and color stories ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Weekly Features, Community Faves, Julie View, Clinique Permanent, Garnet Pop, Cosmos Terra Moons Permanent, Star Sign Terra Moons Permanent, Madeline View Story My Sydney Graces, Julie View Story My Nars Climax


Pat McGrath Galactic Sun Divine Blush + Glow Palette Review & Swatches

Galactic Sun Pat McGrath Galactic Sun Divine Blush & Glow TrioPat McGrath Galactic Sun Divine Blush & Glow Trio ($52.00 for 0.37 oz.) includes two blushes and one highlighter; all three shades are available individually, if preferred. The colors were fairly consistent compared to the standalone versions, though Desert Orchid looked lighter and a little warmer when initially swatched, but once on, they seemed to end up the same. For re...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Pat McGrath, Blushes, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, LORAC, Pigmentation, Cheek/Face Palette, Soir, Temptalia, SephoraSephora Pat McGrath Sephora, ColourPop Vogue LE, Holiday 2021


Natasha Denona Baby Glam Micro Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Baby Glam Natasha Denona Baby Glam Micro Eyeshadow PaletteNatasha Denona Baby Glam Micro Eyeshadow Palette ($19.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a new, limited edition micro palette–three mini-sized pans in a plastic compact–that features three shades from the permanent (full-size) Glam palette. I’m happy to report that the quality was consistent with the original palette, and I’d say that the shimmer shade was actually smoother and creamier in th...
Tags: US, Beauty, Sydney, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, Chanel Blurry Grey, Holiday 2021, Sarah LE, NARS Kingston


Terra Moons Space Case, The Cosmos, Solar Expansion Extreme Multichrome Shadows Reviews & Swatches

Space Case Terra Moons Space Case Extreme Multichrome Shadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) seemed to have a greener base with an intense, multichromatic shift that went from warmer, olive gold to lime green to pale periwinkle to plummy-purple. The eyeshadow had a smooth, metallic sheen that was shiny but did a great job of showcasing the shift in a variety of lighting–no hunting for those shifts at all. The texture was soft, smooth, and blend...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Eye Products, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, Top Dupes Formula Overview Top, Terra Moons, Clionadh Candela, Natasha Denona Scarab, Fall 2021


MAC x Rosalia R Picks Highlighter Palette Review & Swatches

R Picks MAC R Picks Extra Dimension Skinfinish x 4 Palette ($60.00 for 0.56 oz.) is a new, limited edition highlighter palette that included four shades with three being more luminous and one being more satin-like. All four shades had semi-opaque to opaque color payoff, were blendable, and sat well on my skin without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. They have a gel-powder hybrid formula, which means the powders can feel almost “...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Pat McGrath, Rosalia, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, Smashbox, Pigmentation, Cheek/Face Palette, Temptalia, Huda Beauty Tahiti LE, BECCA Ocean


The six ages of driving – or how I went from heroin alley speed junkie to terrified city motorist | Brigid Delaney

One driving instructor told me he’d driven with murderers who were safer than meThe amusement arcades in Russell Street were the place in Melbourne to buy heroin in the 90s and early 2000s. But I went there to learn how to drive. Continue reading...
Tags: Life and style, Australia news, Transport, Sydney, Road Safety, Victoria, Melbourne, Brigid Delaney, Russell Street, Rural Australia


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


Terra Moons Dark Energy, Siren, Star Sign Duochrome Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

Dark Energy Terra Moons Dark Energy Duochrome Eyeshadow ($8.00 for 0.05 oz.) has a blackened purple base with blue and purple shimmer that gave it a soft, metallic sheen. The texture was denser, slightly thicker than most of the brand’s eyeshadows, but it was incredibly pigmented where a little went a long way. The denser, creamier consistency helped the product adhere evenly to bare skin and have longer wear, as it lasted for nine ho...
Tags: Eye Products, Eyeshadows, Terra Moons, Fall 2021, Christine


MAC Step Bright Up (Medium/Deep) Extra Dimension Skinfinish Trio Review & Swatches

Step Bright Up (Medium/Deep) MAC Step Bright Up (Medium/Deep) Extra Dimension Skinfinish Trio ($39.50 for 0.31 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of warm-toned highlighters that were mostly opaque to opaque in coverage, blendable, and long-wearing. They performed consistently with past Extra Dimension Skinfinishes. They have a gel-powder hybrid formula, which means the powders can feel almost “stiff” to those who haven’t tried this t...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, Pigmentation, Wayne Goss, Cheek/Face Palette, Temptalia, LE Limited Edition, Becca Smoky Quartz, Becca Sunstone, Mica Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate


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


Give Me Glow Juicy Olive Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Juicy Olive Give Me Glow Juicy Olive 6-Pan Pressed Pigment Palette ($30.00 for 0.6 oz.) is all about olive green–shocker!–with four matte eyeshadows and two shimmer eyeshadows. They’re oversized, relative to most eyeshadows on the market, for those unfamiliar with the brand. All six shades were semi-opaque to opaque in coverage, fairly blendable, and lasted an average of eight hours on me. ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Blue Lake, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, Yellow Lake, Sydney Grace Green Anjou, Raine Green Valley, Give Me Glow, Ingredients Mica Magnesium Myristate Nylon, Juicy Olive P Permanent


MAC Step Bright Up (Light) Extra Dimension Skinfinish Trio Review & Swatches

Step Bright Up (Light) MAC Step Bright Up (Light) Extra Dimension Skinfinish Trio ($39.50 for 0.31 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of lighter-leaning highlighters. Two of three shades had more medium, buildable coverage, which was what brought their ratings down somewhat, and most of the brand’s past releases in this formula have been fairly opaque. Otherwise, the three highlighters applied evenly to bare skin, blended out well, a...
Tags: Mac, Bali, Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Laura Mercier, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, Pigmentation, Cheek/Face Palette, Temptalia, Mica Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Hexanediol Silica, OFRA Star Island, MAC Cosmetics Ulta Nordstrom Saks


Sol Body Shimmering Body Powder Review & Swatches

Catwalk Sol Body Catwalk Shimmering Body Powder ($10.00 for 0.18 oz.) has a medium pink base that wasn’t quite as warm-toned compared to the lighter, golden shimmer and larger sparkle running throughout. The texture was denser and stiffer to work with, and it wasn’t a surprise to me to find that the brand recommend application with fingertips as a result–one really needed that pressure to dig into the product. It had semi-sheer, build...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Bobbi Brown, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Temptalia, Sol Body, Catwalk Sol Body Catwalk Shimmering Body Powder


Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

The Golden Goddess Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Eyeshadow Quad ($53.00 for 0.18 oz.) released in the past year–I managed to miss it!–and is a a warm-toned neutral palette with all shimmer shades. The quality was fairly consistent with past quads by the brand, though the formula wasn’t as good as it gets in the larger palettes the brand has released in the last couple of years. Ingredients ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Sydney, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Charlotte Tilbury, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Kevyn Aucoin, Temptalia, Natasha Denona Rustic


Tom Ford Sundrunk Shade & Illuminate Blush Duo Review & Swatches

Sundrunk Tom Ford Beauty Sundrunk Shade and Illuminate Blush DuoTom Ford Beauty Sundrunk Shade and Illuminate Blush Duo ($90.00 for 0.22 oz.) includes two matte blushes–a mid-tone peach and muted coral–that were silky-smooth in texture, blendable, and easy to use, though the pigmentation varied between the two shades. They lasted between eight and nine hours on me before showing signs of fading. Ingredients Water...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Sydney, Tom Ford, Christine, Fraser, Blushes, Cheek Products, Makeup Palettes, Tom Ford Beauty, Pigmentation, Cheek/Face Palette, Temptalia, Fall 2021, US Tom Ford Int l Retailers HarrodsHouse


ColourPop Pressed, Venus Slipper, U Grow Girl Colour Stix Reviews & Swatches

Pressed ColourPop Pressed Metallic Colour Stix ($6.00 for 0.023 oz.) is a brighter, medium berry with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, though it was a thinner, slightly clingier formula so it wasn’t as comfortable to apply and to layer up on the lid (but was more comfortable as an eyeliner). It lasted for seven hours before creasing on me.FURTHER READING: ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Ulta, LORAC, Eye Products, Cream Eyeshadow, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Temptalia, LE Limited Edition, ColourPop Mademoiselle LE, Fall 2021, ColourPop Pressed Metallic Colour Stix, UOMA Beauty Mardi Gras LE


Danessa Myricks Olive You Colorfix Matte Review & Swatches

Olive You Danessa Myricks Olive You Colorfix MatteDanessa Myricks Olive You Colorfix Matte ($18.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a light-medium olive with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture seemed slightly more emollient, which made it easier to blend than other shades but made it slightly more prone to sheering out. I was able to apply a little more where needed to build up coverage, though. It had mostly opaque, buildable pigmenta...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Lipstick, Fda, Christine, Congo Basin, Natasha Denona, Blushes, Cheek Products, Eye Products, Lip Products, Cream Eyeshadow, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Danessa Myricks, Danessa Myricks Olive You Colorfix Matte Review


JD Glow Pastel Iridescence Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

Viola JD Glow Viola Shimmer Shadow ($7.50 for 0.095 oz.) is a light-medium lavender with cooler undertones and a pink-to-violet shifting finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was more prone to sheering out. The consistency was soft, blendable but slightly powdery and thinner than most of the brand’s eyeshadows. This shade showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.FURTHER READING: Formula Overview ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes, Linda Hallberg, Kaja Starcrusher, Huda Beauty Rose, JD Glow, Spring 2021, Clionadh Candela, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate Aluminum, Viola JD Glow Viola Shimmer Shadow


ColourPop x Hocus Pocus Trouble Brewing Super Shock Shadow Trio Reviews & Swatches

Trouble Brewing ColourPop Trouble Brewing Super Shock Shadow Trio ($15.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three cream-powder eyeshadows in sparkly, metallic finishes. The shades can also be purchased individually if preferred. They were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing with consistent performance with the brand’s Super Shock Shadows. P.S. — All three of mine were labeled with the same name (“To Be Young and Beautiful Again”), but the sha...
Tags: Mac, Beauty, Sydney, Sin City, Christine, Pat McGrath, Ulta, Colourpop, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Natasha Denona Mandarine, LE Limited Edition, Top Dupes Formula Overview Top, Fall 2021, ColourPop Palo Santo LE


Give Me Glow Vintage Rose Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Vintage Rose Give Me Glow Vintage Rose 8-Pan Pressed Pigment Palette ($34.00 for 0.8 oz.) includes three matte eyeshadows and five shimmer eyeshadows, which are all oversized (almost double typical, single full-sized shades!) housed in a cardboard palette. The eyeshadows were very pigmented, easy to work with, and lasted for eight hours. A few shades were more softly-pressed and had a little fallout during application at “worst.” ...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Pat McGrath, Blue Lake, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, LORAC, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, Yellow Lake, Chanel Lumieres


JD Glow A Lot & Urgent Pressed Multichromes Reviews & Swatches

A Lot JD Glow A Lot Pressed Multichrome ($15.00 for 0.095 oz.) has a black base with multichromatic shimmer that shifted between cooler purple to warmer purple to deep pink to copper to vivid coppery-orange paired with a metallic finish. It had a strong, visible shift that was easily detected on the eye. The texture was moderately dense, smooth, and slightly firmer in the pan compared to other shades in the range, though it applied we...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Pat McGrath, Eye Products, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, JD Glow, Sydney Grace Phoenix, Natasha Denona Ultraviolet, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate Aluminum


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


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


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


Melt Cosmetics Stargazer SexFoil Liquid Highlighter Review & Swatches

Stargazer Melt Cosmetics Stargazer SexFoil Liquid HighlighterMelt Cosmetics Stargazer SexFoil Liquid Highlighter ($39.00 for 1.01 oz.) is a light, golden peach with a hint of pink in its base paired with a smooth, lightly metallic sheen. It had finer pearl throughout, which prevented it from emphasizing my skin’s natural texture when applied as a standalone highlighter. The consistency was lightweight, fluid, and more like a thin, sp...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Temptalia, Melt Cosmetics, Summer 2021, Sephora CA Beauty Bay Camera Ready Cosmetics Where, CosmeticsMelt Cosmetics Int, Melt Cosmetics Stargazer SexFoil


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


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


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


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



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