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ColourPop x Halo Top Rainbow Swirl Super Shock Pigment Duo Review & Swatches

Rainbow Swirl

Colour Pop Rainbow Swirl Super Shock Pigment Duo ($12.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition that feature cream eyeshadows in sparkling peach and bubblegum pink hues. They were consistency with the Super Shock formulas I’ve experienced in the past, though Creamsicle ran a little sheerer (but not as packed with glitter as their most over-the-top glitter shades that often run a little sheerer).

Also, I double-checked the labels on my products, and I do have the lighter, peachy shade labeled as Creamsicle, and the richer pink shade as Sherbert Day (the back of the box and what’s listed on their website is opposite of what I actually as labeled).

Rainbow Swirl
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Sherbert Day

Sherbert Day is a medium, fuchsia pink with cooler, blue undertones and flecks of gold and violet sparkle throughout. The texture felt smooth and emollient that applied evenly and smoothly to my skin, and the edges were easy to diffuse without losing intensity where I had initially applied the product. It had nearly opaque color coverage that lasted well for 10 hours without fading or creasing, though there was a smidgen of fallout.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Boron Nitride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isododecane, Silica, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Flavor , Phenoxyethanol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tin Oxide, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mica (CI 77019), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

Sherbert Day
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Creamsicle

Creamsicle is a light-medium peach base with warmer, yellow undertones and flecks of pink-to-violet shifting micro-glitter. The texture was lightly creamy, emollient without being too wet, and quick-drying to a thin, more powder-like finish when applied to the skin. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was somewhat buildable, but the base seemed a little more matte and was less conducive to building up coverage in my experience. This shade stayed on well for 10 hours without fading or creasing on me.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Boron Nitride, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Flavor, Phenoxyethanol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Creamsicle
B+

Limited Edition

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Sydney Grace Raspberry Kiss Eyeshadow Bundle Review & Swatches

Raspberry Kiss

Sydney Grace Raspberry Kiss 9-Pan Bundle ($33.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a new, permanent bundle that features nine shades across pink and plum tones. There are four mattes and five shimmers in the set, and all of the shades performed well: they were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. They also coordinated well together, and I could see several different combinations from the set (though they will all be on the plummy side!).

Raspberry Kiss
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Laughter

Laughter is a lighter, almost peachy pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease. The consistency was soft, smooth, and silky without being too powdery nor too firmly pressed in the pan. It stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. - $83.33 Per Ounce

The matte eyeshadows tend to be pigmented (typically semi-opaque or opaque, often buildable if they aren't opaque) with a soft, more velvety texture that has slight slip but isn't so thick that it gets difficult to use, applies unevenly, or has a lot of fallout. I've found that most of the matte eyeshadows apply and blend out without much effort but a few may take a bit more effort to diffuse along the edges. The matte formula tends to wear between eight and eight and a half hours on me.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Matte Shadow swatches.

Laughter
Laughter
A-

Permanent in Palette

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Treasure All

Treasure All is a muted, rosy brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the texture was soft, silky, and smooth without being too soft that it became prone to powderiness. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. - $83.33 Per Ounce

The matte eyeshadows tend to be pigmented (typically semi-opaque or opaque, often buildable if they aren't opaque) with a soft, more velvety texture that has slight slip but isn't so thick that it gets difficult to use, applies unevenly, or has a lot of fallout. I've found that most of the matte eyeshadows apply and blend out without much effort but a few may take a bit more effort to diffuse along the edges. The matte formula tends to wear between eight and eight and a half hours on me.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Matte Shadow swatches.

Treasure All
A-

Permanent in Palette

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Trust

Trust is a medium plum with strong, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There were fine, gold micro-shimmers throughout, which seemed to help keep the shade blendable but didn’t impact the finish as it looked matte in practice. It had rich pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was silky and finely-milled without being powdery. It lasted well on my eye for eight hours before showing signs of wear.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. - $83.33 Per Ounce

The matte eyeshadows tend to be pigmented (typically semi-opaque or opaque, often buildable if they aren't opaque) with a soft, more velvety texture that has slight slip but isn't so thick that it gets difficult to use, applies unevenly, or has a lot of fallout. I've found that most of the matte eyeshadows apply and blend out without much effort but a few may take a bit more effort to diffuse along the edges. The matte formula tends to wear between eight and eight and a half hours on me.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Matte Shadow swatches.

Trust
Trust
A

Permanent in Palette

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling is a medium-dark, plummy brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer more. The texture was soft, a little dusty in the pan, but it applied well to bare skin without sheering out too readily and wasn’t prone to fallout. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. - $83.33 Per Ounce

The matte eyeshadows tend to be pigmented (typically semi-opaque or opaque, often buildable if they aren't opaque) with a soft, more velvety texture that has slight slip but isn't so thick that it gets difficult to use, applies unevenly, or has a lot of fallout. I've found that most of the matte eyeshadows apply and blend out without much effort but a few may take a bit more effort to diffuse along the edges. The matte formula tends to wear between eight and eight and a half hours on me.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Matte Shadow swatches.

Keep Smiling
A-

Permanent in Palette

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Aim High

Aim High is a pale pink with strong,w arm undertones and a pearly sheen–it had a strong sheen but wasn’t quite metallic. The shimmer in this shade was extremely finely-milled, and I wish we saw more shades in this finish (in general). The texture was like silk; smooth, lightly creamy, and flattering on the lid as it “melted” onto my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me creasing faintly.

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn't have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Aim High
Aim High
A

Permanent in Palette

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Shine Bright

Shine Bright is a medium-dark pink with strong, warm undertones and a bright, highly-reflective metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, creamy texture that had noticeable slip on my skin, which worked best with a flat, synthetic brush or a fingertip for application. The color lasted well for eight hours on me before I noticed faint creasing.

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn't have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Shine Bright
A-

Permanent in Palette

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Be Kind

Be Kind is a rich, darker plum with warm, brown undertones and slightly less-warm pink and plum shimmer that gave it a metallic finish. The texture was incredibly soft, creamy, and dense without being too thick or too firmly pressed in the pan. It had intensely pigmented that applied beautifully to bare skin and blended out with ease. It stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before creasing slightly.

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn't have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Be Kind
Be Kind
A

Permanent in Palette

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Role Model

Role Model is a bright, medium plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had excellent color payoff in a single pass, which applied well to bare skin and blended out nicely along the edges. It had a smooth, firmer consistency that needed a slightly firmer hand to pick up evenly with a brush. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn't have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Role Model
A-

Permanent in Palette

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Dream Big

Dream Big is a medium-dark, muted plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color coverage that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product that diffused well along the edges. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and firmly pressed in the pan enough not to be powdery but still picked up well with a brush. It lasted well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn't have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Dream Big
Dream Big
A

Permanent in Palette

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

This Week in Dupes, Vol. 048

Did a product catch your eye this week? Check out dupes for the most loved and most wanted products between July 16th and July 22nd before you buy!

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ColourPop Rise ‘n’ Shine & Z Boys Just a Tint Lippie Tints Reviews & Swatches

Rise 'n' Shine

Colour Pop Rise ‘n’ Shine Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, peachy coral with warm undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had medium coverage in a single layer (but this formula is marketed as a “sheer wash”), which applied evenly and smoothly across my lips, but this particular shade did sink into my deeper lip lines a little more than most in the range (still not bad at all for how emollient the formula is). The consistency was lightweight, thin without being clingy, and had a great, creamy glide to it–balm-like but not too slippery at all. It wore well for three hours and was lightly hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$7.00/0.07 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is described as "the perfection sheer wash of colour in the comfiest, lightweight, super moisturizing formula." Here's the big takeaway... they are not that sheer; they're not a wash of color. They have medium to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a few shades being more true medium in coverage; I just wouldn't say they're sheer nor just a wash. That medium to semi-opaque level of coverage still allows for some translucency, which gives the color a lighter look that's more like a stain.

The texture was creamy, thin, lightweight, and balm-like; I'd actually say it felt like a gel-like balm because it had the cushion-like slip of a lip balm but had the smoothing prowess of more gel-based formulas. The most impressive aspect of the formula was how little the colors sank into my lip lines and how forgiving they were with imperfections in lip texture. The wear time varied from two and a half to four hours on me, and the formula was lightly hydrating over time. They have a sweet, fruity scent (passionfruit per their website) but no discernible taste.

Browse all of our Colour Pop Just a Tint Lippie Tint swatches.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Triisostearin, Polyethylene, Squalane, Hydrated Silica, Flavor, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Tocopherol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Hexylene Glycol, Saccharin; May Contain: Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

Rise 'n' Shine
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

Z Boys

Colour Pop Z Boys Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, peachy brown with warmer undertones and a natural finish–a little glossy, a little creamy. It had buildable coverage from medium (one layer) to semi-opaque (two layers) pigmentation. The color applied evenly to my lips, and the pencil was comfortable to maneuver along the edges of my lips as well as to fill-in color all over. It had a lightweight consistency that had moderate creaminess, slip but not enough that it felt wet or slippery on, and while it was thin, it was forgiving of imperfections in lip texture. There was a smidgen of product that sank into my deeper lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable at a normal viewing distance. This shade stayed on well for three hours on me and was lightly moisturizing while worn.

Formula Overview

$7.00/0.07 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is described as "the perfection sheer wash of colour in the comfiest, lightweight, super moisturizing formula." Here's the big takeaway... they are not that sheer; they're not a wash of color. They have medium to semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a few shades being more true medium in coverage; I just wouldn't say they're sheer nor just a wash. That medium to semi-opaque level of coverage still allows for some translucency, which gives the color a lighter look that's more like a stain.

The texture was creamy, thin, lightweight, and balm-like; I'd actually say it felt like a gel-like balm because it had the cushion-like slip of a lip balm but had the smoothing prowess of more gel-based formulas. The most impressive aspect of the formula was how little the colors sank into my lip lines and how forgiving they were with imperfections in lip texture. The wear time varied from two and a half to four hours on me, and the formula was lightly hydrating over time. They have a sweet, fruity scent (passionfruit per their website) but no discernible taste.

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Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Triisostearin, Polyethylene, Squalane, Hydrated Silica, Flavor, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Tocopherol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Hexylene Glycol, Saccharin; May Contain: Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

Z Boys
Z Boys
B+

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Becca Champagne Pop Glow Silk Highlighter Drops Review & Swatches

Champagne Pop

Becca Champagne Pop Glow Silk Highlighter Drops ($32.00 for 0.37 oz.) is a medium-dark gold with strong, warm undertones and a shiny, pearlescent sheen. The formula is described as “light as air, soft as silk, luminous as light” that can be worn “on its own or layered with your skincare, primer, or foundation.” It’s much thinner, almost like a dry oil, and quick-drying than the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquids (and the Champagne Pop here has richer, packed with more pearl, and has a lot more shine than the original Liquid version). This is a significantly more pigmented formula–full coverage in one drop!

Despite looking nearly metallic when I swatched one drop’s worth, it had had a shinier finish but wasn’t overtly shimmery or sparkly on my skin–it was more wet-looking, shiny in its finish. It was slightly less metallic than the more pigmented, liquid-based highlighters on the market. The glow the product yielded reminded me of shimmering body oils, as it had a similar shiny, glowing sheen that was a little more than natural but had very fine pearl so it didn’t emphasize skin texture either. It worked well on its own, applied on top of foundation (no lifting or patchiness), and mixed in with foundation or moisturizer. As a standalone highlighter, it lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated Didecene, Isododecane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Hydrogenated Styrene/ Isoprene Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163).

If you could only wear three cheek colors for an entire year, what would they be?

Chanel Jersey Blush, MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Blush, Marc Jacobs Flesh & Fantasy Blush.

— Christine

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ColourPop x Halo Top Strawberry Super Shock Pigment Duo Review & Swatches

Strawberry

Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pigment Duo ($12.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains a bright, pink-coral and a softer, warm-toned pink–both with “Ultra Glitter” finishes. Jam Out performed well, while Berry Sweet applied well and lasted awhile, it had more medium to semi-opaque coverage.

Strawberry
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Jam Out

Jam Out is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold sparkle. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered well to bare skin and blended out easily along the edges without losing its intensity. The texture was smooth and sponge-like to the touch with light slip. It stayed on nicely for 10 hours without fading or creasing, and there was just a smidgen of fallout over time.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isododecane, Boron Nitride, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Tin Oxide, Dimethicone/Vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Flavor , Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Mica (CI 77019), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Jam Out
Jam Out
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Berry Sweet

Berry Sweet is a light pink with moderate, warm undertones and warmer gold and pink sparkle. The texture was emollient with a smooth, spongy feel that had light spring when pressed. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that didn’t build up much, so it was more suitable to be used as a highlighter, topper, or one-and-done wash of shimmer/sparkle on the lid. It wore well for 10 hours without fading or creasing on me.

Ingredients

Cyclohexasiloxane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isododecane, Boron Nitride, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Flavor, Phenoxyethanol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tin Oxide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Berry Sweet
B+

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Melt Cosmetics Nevermore Blushlight Review & Swatches

Nevermore

Melt Cosmetics Nevermore Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which I’m sure some will appreciate, but the formula is supposed to have buildable coverage. The texture was soft, silky, and finely-milled with a smoothness that was lightweight and thin but still applied easily to bare skin and blended out well. It could be applied more gradually if one uses a lighter hand. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.13 oz. - $169.23 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be buildable and can be worn alone or layered with other blushes. I'd consider it a more pigmented blush formula; a few shades are soft and yielding enough to be used with a lighter hand or less-dense brush for sheerer, more buildable application, but most shades were semi-opaque to opaque in one layer. The texture ranged from smooth, lightly creamy to soft and slightly powdery (though finely-milled and silky to the touch!). They blended out fairly well, though a few shades could have been more blendable, and most shades lasted between seven and eight hours on me.

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Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Carbonate, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Tin Oxide (Ci 77861).

Nevermore
9
Product
7
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

   
 
   
 

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