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The Sky Face Set

Just in time for the holiday season, Sonia G. is releasing a “travel” set!  It’s The Sky Face Set ($270.00) (and yes, an Eye Set is coming in the future!) and features new, sparkling blue-hued, tapered handles and includes five brushes.  Per the brand, the brushes may be sold individually in the future if they are well-received, which is how it has worked in the past.

The set retails for $270.00 and includes five, full-sized brushes; they are designed for the functional needs of traveling and not as space savers.  Sonia G. has a detailed post regarding how the brushes are made, what they’re designed for, and how they look pre- and post-washing and compared to other existing brushes by the brand.  The Sky Face Set launches tomorrow, September 16th, at 10AM PT at Beautylish.

Many Sonia G. brushes have made their way into my list of go-to brushes since the brand’s debut, and I’ve had no issues with the quality of the brush heads or ferrules, shedding, or shape retention with any of the brushes released to date (which are all). Per the brand, this set’s hair bundling is a bit different than past releases and was noted that there might be slight shedding in the beginning, though I didn’t notice any shedding, whether after washing or during use.

I’ve only had the brushes for a couple of days, so here’s some insight into how I’ve trialed them to gather initial impressions.  Each brush has been used to apply at least two different products within each product type (e.g. two different powder highlighters, two different powder blushes, and so forth) that it is best suited for.

I try different methods, based on the type of brush, and I try to run through motions like sweeping, feathering, tapping, patting, and buffing, along with light-, moderate-, and heavy-handed pressure. I move the brush in different directions across my face to see how the bristles move and feel at different positions and pressures. I always use new brushes with products I am familiar with so that those are more of a “control” and if, for example, a go-to blush didn’t blend out well, I’d know it was more to do with the tool than the product.

For initial reviews of the individual brushes, see below, but my overall thoughts are that the brush set is of quality and the brushes seem to suit their purposes.  I’m not sure that five cheek/face brushes are really what I’d put together in a travel set–I think I’m more in the camp where the Mini Cheek, Classic Cheek, and Soft Cheek do it for me, while the Master Face will be less usable in my regular routine.  I enjoyed the Worker Fan but don’t think it would be a must-have if I was paring down brush options for travel.

What brushes make sense for your own travel set really depends on how you apply your products, what products you use, and what kind of shapes work best for your features and techniques, so this set could certainly work well for some.  If you’re undecided, there’s a high chance that the brushes will be available individually in the future, and the sets are the equivalent of purchasing each brush at full price individually based on past releases.

I don’t know if any of the new blush brushes will be replacing my favorite, Face Two, though the Soft Cheek may make its way as a go-to for more pigmented formulas and deeper shades.  I’ll definitely be trying and using the Mini Cheek in the future with more sparkly/glittery highlighters and seeing if that’ll be is primary function for me.  Tentatively, I’m thinking I might end up preferring the Classic Cheek over the Cheek Pro on the whole (solely based on personal preferences/techniques).

The Sky Face Set
A

Permanent

14.5
Product
14.5
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
98%
Total

Mini Cheek Brush

Mini Cheek Brush is the smallest brush head in the set, and it flares outward and has an airier quality at the edge than a typical blush brush.  It was designed for “targeted application,” and I’d agree with that; it worked well for placing more precise highlight.  I preferred the other cheek brushes in the set (as well as from past sets) for applying blush and bronzer to my cheek area and for blending out more pigmented products.  I would see using the Mini Cheek for applying more metallic or glittery highlighters to more precise areas–you can get the sparkle but then not worry too much about diffusing and getting glitter far past the area you wanted.

  • It is made out of brown and white saikoho goat hair.
  • 172mm length, 27mm hair length, 12.5x7mm ferrule width

Mini Cheek Brush
A+

Permanent

15
Product
15
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
100%
Total

Classic Cheek Brush

Classic Cheek Brush is designed to be the “most versatile and universal blush brush” the brand could create.  The shape feels familiar to typical blush brushes–dense, slightly domed–but it differs in that it has a smaller, narrower brush head and has a more tapered edge (still domed overall but yields a more diffused applicator initially as a result of the more tapered edge).   From initial uses, it worked well for applying blush, highlighter, and bronzer on cheeks and other areas of the face, as it was small enough for applying highlighter just to the cheek bones but could also disperse and blend out blush on my cheeks or take bronzer up toward my temples.  The brush itself was silky-smooth against my skin.

It’s similar to the Cheek Pro, which is slightly denser and has a more flared edge, but they’re functionally similar to me and there’s not one I prefer over the other at this point.

  • It is made out of white saikoho goat hair.
  • 173mm total length, 33mm hair length, 16x11mm ferrule width

Classic Cheek Brush
A+

Permanent

15
Product
15
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
100%
Total
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Soft Cheek Brush

Soft Cheek Brush is supposed to give “sheer to medium coverage” with a slew of cheek products, up to and including setting and finishing powders.  It fluffs up a decent amount after washing, which gives the edge a softer, more feathery feel and gives a more diffused applicator of cheek products.  It has an incredibly silky-smooth feel but still picks up product well and can spread/diffuse them on my skin.

I liked it with softer powder blushes and bronzers and more pigmented, denser powder products but would use something else for denser, more sheer to medium coverage powders (which I’d use a denser, flatter-edged brush for).  The overall brush head is longer than the average blush brush, so if you’re someone who struggles to be lighter handed, that built-in length might be useful.

Soft Cheek Brush
A+

Permanent

15
Product
15
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
100%
Total

Worker Fan Brush

Worker Fan Brush is supposed to “do any task you want” and balances “size and density to handle blush, bronzer, sculpting, and even highlighter.”  It is a “smaller version of the current Sculpt One,” but it has “thicker hakutotsuho bristles” that are “highly efficient and blend as they apply.”  I preferred this brush after one wash, as it fluffed up and resulted in a more diffused, dispersed application but there was still enough density to the brush head to pick up product evenly.

It’s the denseness that separates most of the Sonia G. fan brushes from typical ones on the market–it is a truly substantial, dense, and smooth brush.  The edge moves together with all of the bristles coming together, which enables excellent pick up of even sheerer products but also enables the brush to blend as it moves against the skin.  If you’re someone who has been reaching for a fan brush for more light-handed, sheerer application of products, I don’t think this fits for those purposes; it’s better if you like the size and shape of fan brushes but need more moderate pigmentation.

I preferred this for applying highlighter to cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, or gently swept on my forehead or with contour/bronzer products in the hollows of the cheeks brought upward to my temples.  It was too wide for blush applicator based on my facial features/techniques, though it definitely could apply and blend blush products out.  The brush felt smooth and silky against my skin regardless of direction and technique (swept, tapped, etc.).

  • It is made out of white hakutotsuho goat hair.
  • 170mm total length, 30mm hair length, 20mm ferrule length

Worker Fan Brush
A+

Permanent

15
Product
15
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
100%
Total
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Master Face Brush

Master Face Brush is supposed to be used for powder foundation, setting, buffing, blending, and bronzer and blush brush (the latter function more based on precision requirements).  I could see this being best for powder foundation as it has a denser, more dome-shaped brush head that would pick up product more evenly and deposit with greater coverage compared to the dispersion preferred with a translucent setting powder.

For me, it felt a bit too dense for all-over application with something like Guerlain Meteorites and didn’t diffuse as naturally as a result (I liked the Worker Fan brush with the Meteorites more). For setting powder, I also felt like it was a bit dense and rounded, so it didn’t fit as well into nooks and crooks of my face for all-over application, though the denser brush head made it better for anyone prefers to press setting powder into place over sweeping or dusting it on.  Wit this brush, I felt like it could work for the products mentioned, but I didn’t feel like it was the best for that purpose.

It has a larger brush head, so it would work well for those who tend to apply bronzer all over, but I’d only see it being workable with a sheer to medium-coverage bronzer.  For blush, I think it would be too large for most facial features.  It was most useful to me as a blending/buffing brush, and I felt like it did a great job here–it effectively diffused and softened harsh edges without too much effort and the bristles were smooth so that they didn’t lift and push around base products while doing so.

  • It is made out of brown and white saikoho goat hair.
  • 178mm total length, 38mm hair length, 20mm ferrule width

Master Face Brush
A

Permanent

14
Product
13.5
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
94%
Total

Natasha Denona Metropolis Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Metropolis

Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette ($129.00 for 1.35 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with an assortment of shimmers and mattes from pale, shimmering peach to murky olive green to inky blue.  There are enough shades and differences in finishes/depths that the palette is versatile and workable on its own, though I caught myself wanting some cooler-toned shades (even if not strictly cool-toned… but other than orange/brown for transition and crease shades) to avoid doing a similar look.

It contains “midi”-sized shades (0.048 oz. each) so that the palette itself is the same physical size as the full-sized, 15-pan palettes are. I love that the brand has been moving in this direction, as for consumers, the full-size tends to be far more product than an individual can use up in a reasonable length of time. The original 28-pan palettes (with full-sized pans) are $230 a pop, so this is a great departure. It’s still expensive for a palette, but I think this is a better balance of total cost vs. product weight.

The overall quality of the palette is there, and I think that from a quality standpoint, some of these are the best that the brand has released. Most shades were richly pigmented, while any that deviated were still medium to semi-opaque and buildable in coverage.  They were easy to apply, blendable, and long-wearing (eight to 10 hours) with a few shades having minimal to moderate fallout. Just swatching through it, I thought it might be one of the best palettes from the brand, and after working through all of the shades, it is up there.

Let’s Talk Cream-Powders

First and foremost, the majority of the matte eyeshadows in the palette are in the Cream-Powder finish/formula, so they’re more of a hybrid between cream and powder eyeshadows–more emollient with light to moderate creaminess (deeper shades seemed to have more slip), never powdery, have a denser, firmer feel to them, and tend to sit more smoothly on the skin.

The downside to Cream-Powders is that they can take a bit longer to blend or may not build up as easily (without some movement) as true powders. In the past, I’ve been a fan of the Cream-Powder formula, though I know it has not been a favorite for everyone. The ones included in the palette seemed to be more yielding, less firmly pressed, and they were easier to work with on the whole. Aside from the deeper hues, just working with them (not touching the pans), I don’t know that I would have known they were a Cream-Powder hybrid. I also haven’t seen any “hard pan” develop over time (and I have gone and used my fingertips to swatch a few half a dozen times each just to see!).

Aside from a few shades, I actually didn’t find them to work that differently for me in practice; I still used typical eye brushes and didn’t have to opt for flatter shapes or synthetics (like you might for a true cream eyeshadow). I was able to use fluffier, more feathery crease brushes and apply and diffuse shades in my crease just as I would a normal powder eyeshadow. The finish is more forgiving if you have minor dryness or flakiness on the lids compared to powder.

Dupes Within Dupes?

There were a few instances where the overlap between shades felt unnecessary. I reorganized the palette via our Color Stories tool, and it made it more apparent where the overlap existed.

Shades like Fuse, Rust, Blaze, and Penny were grouped together (make sure to view the original swatches at their full-size resolution, which does show the differences better); they differed tonally leaning more golden or more orange/red or they were more metallic or more sparkling, but they felt far too similar to be included in a single palette to me.

This was true with Chrism and Stain, where Chrism was slightly more golden/yellower and lighter compared to Stain but so close that it did not seem necessary to have both in the palette.  It would have made a little more sense if they were different finishes, but they were both Cream-Powders.

Tonally, Enigma (cooler, bluer) and Symbol (warmer, more teal) (see comparison) differed visually on the eye, but I think that Symbol could have been lighter and brighter, between the depth of Jubilee and Enigma, so that it added more versatility to the palette.

Of course, if you have a few of Natasha Denona’s palettes, there are plenty of dupes between this and past releases (see individual dupe lists below).


Rust (249M)

Rust (249M) is a deep copper with warm, rusty (ha!) undertones and a sparkling finish. It had opaque pigmentation in one layer, which applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin, but there was slight fallout during application. The consistency was smooth to the touch, creamy without being too dense or thick in the pan, and remained blendable on my lid. It wore well nine hours before creasing faintly on my lid.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Diisostearylmalate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Troop (250CP)

Troop (250CP) is a medium, olive green with warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyesahdow had rich color coverage that adhered well to bare skin and blended out with ease along the edges without the product losing its intensity. The texture was smooth, more firmly-packed in the pan but not too dense that it became stiff to work with. I had no trouble picking up product and applying with regular brushes/techniques (like I would for powder eyeshadow) despite it having a Cream-Powder finish. This shade lasted well for nine and a half hours before fading visibly on my lid.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Orium (251DC)

Orium (251DC) is a bright, medium gold with strong, warmer copper undertones and cooler, green-gold shimmer and sparkle paired with a very reflective, high-shine metallic finish. The texture felt cream-like, so it was dense enough to hold all of the sparkly bits with the rest of the product for very minimal fallout during application (used dry with a brush!).

It had opaque pigmentation that adhered evenly and blended out with ease, but some of the sparkle did diffuse a little too readily so I’d recommend using smaller brushes to ensure precision. It stayed on nicely for nine hours before I noticed a bit of creasing and a smidgen of fallout over time.

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Diisostearyl Malate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Shield (252M)

Shield (252M) is a soft, olive green with warm, muted undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, creamy texture that felt luxurious but never felt too emollient or looked too thick on my lid. The eyeshadow applied evenly and looked “melted” against my skin, so it was shiny without being overtly shimmery. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Carmine (Ci 75470), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000).

Ripe (253CM)

Ripe (253CM) is a rich copper with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly and blended out nicely along the edges on my lid. The consistency was smooth, velvety and more substantial so there was minimal powderiness in the pan. It lasted well for nine hours before showing signs of fading on my lid.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Stain (254CP)

Stain (254CP) is a medium orange with warm undertones (balanced between red and yellow) and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had opaque pigmentation that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product that sat well–it almost looked “melted” after the initial application. It had a smooth consistency that had light slip but never felt too emollient or wet, so while it was a Cream-Powder, it was really easy to work with and pick up with even fluffy brushes. It stayed on nicely for nine and a half hours before I saw light fading.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Mace (255M)

Mace (255M) is a medium, rosy bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was smooth, creamy without being too dense or emollient, and blendable on my skin. It had rich pigmentation that went on evenly and wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Rope (256CM)

Rope (256CM) is a light, golden brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in one pass, which was easily built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top. The texture was soft, lightly powdery in the pan, but it was blendable and diffused well on my skin without losing its intensity. It lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Fuse (257M)

Fuse (257M) is a rich, molten gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish with faint sparkle on top. I’m not sure why it doesn’t look as smooth swatched on my arm as it did on my eye, but it actually went on very smoothly with a bright, reflective finish but still held its richer overall depth, so it wasn’t quite as similar to other golds by the brand. The eyeshadow felt lightly creamy, soft and yielding but not prone to excess kicked up in the pan. It had opaque color coverage in a single pass, which stayed on nicely for nine hours before creasing slightly.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Diisostearyl Malate, Mica, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci (77510).

Lethal (258CP)

Lethal (258CP) is a brighter, yellowy chartreuse with warmer, olive undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in one pass, though it needed a second layer to build up to full coverage. The eyeshadow felt dense, smooth, and more firmly-pressed in the pan, but it picked up well with a brush and diffused effortlessly along the edge–it was easier to blend than most mattes (even ones that I’d consider to be quite blendable!). It wore well nine and a half hours before fading visibly.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Penny (259M)

Penny (259M) is a medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and lighter, brighter gold sparkle throughout its metallic finish. The eyeshadow had rich pigmentation that adhered evenly and smoothly to bare skin with light fallout during application. The texture was dense without being too firmly pressed into the pan, and it had enough creaminess to keep most of the sparkles embedded with the rest of the product. It lasted well for nine hours with slight fallout over time.

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Mica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000).

Chrism (260CP)

Chrism (260CP) is a light-medium orange with warm, slightly yellower-leaning undertones and a matte finish. It had a smooth, moderately dense texture that had a touch less slip–felt a bit heavier on the Powder than the Cream portion–but still sat exceptionally well on bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of color. The opaque coverage stayed on well for nine hours before fading noticeably on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Aqueous (261M)

Aqueous (261M) is a medium-dark blue with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This applied best by patting and pressing it onto the lid and then gently pulling it across to spread out the coverage, as it minimized fallout but also gave it the pressure necessary to smooth it out from the get-go. The consistency was creamy with moderate slip–it could have been a Cream-Powder really!–but very rich in pigment and had excellent 10-hour wear before creasing a touch.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Queen (262M)

Queen (262M) is a pale peach with strong, warm golden undertones and flecks of pink and gold micro-sparkle over a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin but had a touch of fallout if I wasn’t careful with my initial placement. The eyeshadow built up coverage with a second layer and blended out nicely along the edges. It lasted well for nine hours before I noticed some fading.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470).

Blaze (263K)

Blaze (263K) is a bright, golden copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin–it seemed to “melt” slightly after a couple of minutes.

There was light to moderate fallout depending on how much product and how patient I was with application, but even with care, there was a light amount, so I’d recommend doing eyes first or using a dampened brush or fingertip for application to further minimize (beyond taking more care). It stayed on nicely for nine hours before creasing on me but didn’t seem to have ongoing fallout issues.

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Silica, Mica, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Noble (264M)

Noble (264M) is a golden taupe with warm, brown undertones and dirty, olive overtones paired with a smooth, pearly sheen. The eyeshadow was intensely pigmented with a creamy, rich consistency that felt like silk but didn’t have so much slip that it became hard to use with brushes. It wore well nine hours on me before there was slight creasing.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499).

Imperia (265M)

Imperia (265M) is a deep gold with moderate, warmer undertones and a metallic finish. It was a “cooler” gold compared to the typical gold, which tends to lean more orange, but this didn’t lean green enough to be “cool” to my eye. It had an incredibly smooth, cream-like texture that held together beautifully, so it applied evenly with opaque coverage but no fallout. It lasted well for 10 hours before creasing slightly on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000).

Royal (266CP)

Royal (266CP) is a deep, almost grass-like, green with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The eyeshadow had rich color payoff that adhered well to bare skin and blended out with little effort. It swatched and appeared lighter than it did in the pan, which was as expected based on its finish. The texture was smooth to the touch, emollient but not too slippery, and definitely felt like a hybrid of cream and powder. It stayed on nicely for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Crest (267M)

Crest (267M) is a muted, medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle over a more frosted finish. It had good color coverage, but it needed a second layer or to be applied with a dampened brush for full coverage. The texture was soft and blendable, but there was a bit of dryness to it so there was a touch of fallout during application. It wore well eight and a half hours before fading noticeably on my eye.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Enigma (268CP)

Enigma (268CP) is a deep, inky blue with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that built up to mostly opaque coverage, but I felt like there was always a bit of translucency there. It was such a deep, yet vibrant, shade that I felt like the missing opacity was hard to see in person (especially when paired with other shades). The consistency was creamy, emollient, and thin, and it felt more emollient than most of the other Cream-Powders in the palette.

I was able to apply with typical brushes and didn’t have to modify my tools or technique, but it was a little harder to blend out compared to other shades in the palette. I also felt like it worked best applied without primer, and I’d apply this first and then layer more traditional powders on top of it, though it was certainly workable in reverse. It lasted nicely for 10 hours on me before I noticed creasing.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Pure (269CP)

Pure (269CP) is a light-medium, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade had excellent color payoff that applied evenly and blended out almost effortlessly. The texture felt smooth to the touch, creamy without being too emollient, and it melted onto my skin for a particularly flattering finish. It stayed on beautifully for 10 hours before fading visibly.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Azoic (270CP)

Azoic (270CP) is a light, golden brown with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. What I’ve noticed about the Cream-Powder finish is that it seems to add a richness to the shade when swatched, even though the actual color appears lighter than the pan (true of most cream-based products, whether eyeshadow or lipstick). The texture felt smooth, lightly emollient but picked up well with fluffy and dense brushes. It applied evenly and blended out beautifully with little effort. It wore nicely for nine and a half hours on me before creasing slightly.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Jubilee (271M)

Jubilee (271M) is a deep, emerald green with cool undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It had more finely-milled shimmer and more of a sheen than a more overtly shimmered or sparkly finish compared to most of the metallic finishes in the palette. The color payoff was opaque in one pass, which applied well to bare skin and remained blendable along the edges without losing depth. The texture was smooth to the touch, creamy without being too slippery, and easy to work with. It lasted beautifully for nine and a half hours on me before creasing noticeably.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Symbol (272CP)

Symbol (272CP) is a deep, bluish-teal with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage, but I’ve found that these inkier, Cream-Powder shades retain some translucency–almost like a watercolor effect–when applied and blended out. The texture felt more emollient and leaned into the cream part of the formula a little more than most of the other Cream-Powder shades in the palette (but comparable to Enigma).

I worried it was going to be difficult to apply with regular brushes, but it actually picked up with even more feathery crease brushes and blended out without too much effort. I actually found blending to be easier with a fluffier brush but for the most intensity, a denser-packed brush (like a pencil brush) worked best. It stayed on well for 10 hours before creasing slightly on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Rhizome (273CM)

Rhizome (273CM) is a bright, tangerine orange with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was one of the few traditional powder matte shades in the palette, but it felt velvety and smooth without being powdery in the pan. The eyeshadow was nearly opaque in its pigmentation and adhered well to bare skin, while I had no trouble diffusing the edges. It wore well for nine hours before I noticed some fading.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Claret (274M)

Claret (274M) is a rich, medium-dark red with moderate, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow had fantastic pigmentation in a single layer, which applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even application of color that was easy to blend out. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and yielding without being powdery, and I appreciated that it wasn’t so emollient that it became difficult to apply with brushes (without sliding around). It lasted well for nine hours before fading visibly on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Mica, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ptfe, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Helena (275K)

Helena (275K) is a medium-dark coral with strong, warm orange undertones and flecks of pink and gold micro-sparkle. It had opaque color coverage that applied well to bare skin, as the eyeshadow went on evenly and blended out with ease but did not result in fallout or sheerness. The texture was smooth to the touch with moderate slip–it felt more silicone-like to me but was easy to work with. It stayed on well for nine hours before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Mica, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

Antique (276CP)

Antique (276CP) is a rich, medium-dark brown with warmer, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The consistency felt lightly creamy in the pan, but it also had a more silicone-like slip to it, so I felt like it embodied the concept of Cream-Powder quite accurately. I had no trouble picking up product with even fluffier, crease brushes and applying and blending out the color on my skin. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly on me.

Ingredients

MICA, DIMETHICONE, SQUALANE, SILICA, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, HYDROGENATED STYRENE/ISOPRENE COPOLYMER, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, BORON NITRIDE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-t-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, LAURETH-4. +/-: CI77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE) , CI 77491/ CI 77492/ CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77510 (FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE), ULTRAMARINES CI 77007.

Community Roundup | Week in Favorites, Looks & Color Stories, Vol. 007

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Now, let’s dive into readers’ most loved and most wanted products from this past week along with recently shared looks and color stories.

Most Recent Looks

Most Recent Color Stories

Giorgio Armani Rose Sand (523) & Rose Nomad (524) Lip Maestros Review & Swatches

Rose Sand (523)

Giorgio Armani Rose Sand (523) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink-coral with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across my lips. The doe-foot applicator had just the right amount of product for one-stroke application, and I felt like I had good control over the edges (without having to be too patient).

The liquid lipstick had a velvety, smooth, and spreadable texture that felt lightweight but had enough substance to adhere well to my lips for better wear. As this doesn’t dry down, it wears down to a more matte finish after two hours of wear (or faster if blotted, whether intentionally or by drinking out of a glass or cup!). It wore beautifully for six and a half hours and was moisturizing while worn.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.22 oz. - $172.73 Per Ounce

The Lip Maestro Notorious formula is supposed to have a “luminous matte” finish with “8 hours of wear” and “high pigment.” The Notorious shades are inspired by “chic Hollywood glamour” but otherwise appear very similar in feel to the original Lip Maestro formula. The consistency has more slip and a velvety-smooth feel that softly “clings” to the lips, so while the finish has a glossier look for the first few hours, the color stays on well. If you’ve ever used a silicone-based primer, there’s a bit of that feel to the formula overall. Most shades last between six and eight hours on me, are non-drying to lightly hydrating, and comfortable to wear. The formula is unscented and has no discernible taste.

Browse all of our Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro swatches.

Ingredients

DIMETHICONE, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, KAOLIN, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, POLYETHYLENE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, NYLON-12, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, HYDRATED SILICA, MAGNESIUM SILICATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SILICA, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, TIN OXIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, METHICONE, ALUMINA, [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 15850/RED 7, CI 7789/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES, CI 45410/RED 28 LAKE, CI 15985/YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 45380/RED 22 LAKE, CI 19140/YELLOW 5 LAKE, CI 42090/BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 7 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 6, CI 75470/CARMINE, MICA]

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Rose Nomad (524)

Giorgio Armani Rose Nomad (524) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark plum with moderate, warm undertones and a cream finish. There seemed to be the most minute amount of pearl throughout but not to the point where it actually changed the finish, so they seemed to contribute to a more luminous finish than anything else.

The texture was smooth, velvety, and non-sticky, which made it easy to spread across my lips for even coverage that didn’t emphasize my lip lines. The color payoff was opaque in a single stroke, and it stayed on well for seven hours and felt hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.22 oz. - $172.73 Per Ounce

The Lip Maestro Notorious formula is supposed to have a “luminous matte” finish with “8 hours of wear” and “high pigment.” The Notorious shades are inspired by “chic Hollywood glamour” but otherwise appear very similar in feel to the original Lip Maestro formula. The consistency has more slip and a velvety-smooth feel that softly “clings” to the lips, so while the finish has a glossier look for the first few hours, the color stays on well. If you’ve ever used a silicone-based primer, there’s a bit of that feel to the formula overall. Most shades last between six and eight hours on me, are non-drying to lightly hydrating, and comfortable to wear. The formula is unscented and has no discernible taste.

Browse all of our Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro swatches.

Ingredients

DIMETHICONE, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, KAOLIN, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, POLYETHYLENE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, NYLON-12, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, HYDRATED SILICA, MAGNESIUM SILICATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SILICA, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, TIN OXIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, METHICONE, ALUMINA, [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 15850/RED 7, CI 7789/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES, CI 45410/RED 28 LAKE, CI 15985/YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 45380/RED 22 LAKE, CI 19140/YELLOW 5 LAKE, CI 42090/BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 7 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 6, CI 75470/CARMINE, MICA]

Viseart Grande Pro Volume 3 Palette for Holiday 2019 – Release Date, Shades

Release Date + About the Launch

Visual arts applied with this professional eyeshadow palette of 30 vibrant matte hues. This third volume in the series from the Grande Pro Collection was created through the laws of color theory. This ultra-pigmented palette delivers a full spectrum of color from the essential primary to the unique tertiary shades from cerulean, vermillion, teal and chartreuse to marigold, sage, persimmon and puce. All within reach, from the individually magnetized pans to folding easel palette that includes a full-sized mirror and luxe sleeve. This palette is the ideal collection for creating iconic, avant-garde and editorial looks.

Pre-order now, shipping 10/1

Products in the Launch

Grande Pro Vol. 3 Palette, $175.00 (Muse Beauty Exclusive)

Introducing Grande Pro 3. This professional eyeshadow palette features 30 brand new, ultra-pigmented hues. Become a color theory connoisseur with shadows that range from vibrant ultramarine and rich marigold to zesty cayenne and saturated seafoam. With a convertible folding easel design encased within a luxurious hardshell sleeve, magnetized removable pans, and a full-sized mirror, this palette is the ideal tool for creating iconic, avant-garde, and editorial looks!⠀

  • Afloat (1)
  • Thunder (2)
  • Montane (3)
  • Chestnut (4)
  • Cider (5)
  • Russet (6)
  • Ultramarine (7)
  • Pacific (8)
  • Matcha (9)
  • Watermelon (10)
  • Zest (11)
  • Pollen (12)
  • Cornflower (13)
  • Teal (14)
  • Lucky (15)
  • Blood Orange (16)
  • Ember (17)
  • Daisy (18)
  • Mist (19)
  • Pistachio (20)
  • Sprout (21)
  • Chili (22)
  • Creamsicle (23)
  • Tweety (24)
  • Powder (25)
  • Mint (26)
  • Khaki (27)
  • Toasted (28)
  • Cake (29)
  • Muffin (30)

Smashbox Holiday 2019 Collection

Release Date + About the Launch

From the editor: Smashbox’s holiday sets just debuted at Ulta and Sephora this morning! The holiday collection features three bundled sets; one for cheeks and eyes, one for lips, and one for skin. There is also a trio of cheek colors in a palette (which is the only thing that really caught my eye for potential review). Let me know what you’re most looking forward to and/or what you’d like to see reviews on (and what I should skip!) — as always, I can’t review everything but I like to review what readers want to see as much as possible!

Now online

Products in the Launch


Planetary Cheek Palette, $29.00

  • Sugar & Spice Warm pink sparkle, white pink duo chrome, warm rose gold shimmer
  • Heart & Solar Champagne shimmer, warm bronze, gold sparkle
  • Planet Out Coral, light pink, watermelon

Shooting Star Set, $39.00 ($67 Value)

Boost your star power with Smashbox’s Cosmic Celebrations 3-Palette Shooting Star Set. It features 2 full-size Cover Shot Palettes & 1 limited-edition Star Bright Cheek Palette with blush, bronze & highlight.

  • Nova Cover Shot Eye Palette
  • Minimalist Cover Shot Eye Palette
  • Star Bright Cheek Palette

Divine Shine Gloss Angeles Trio, $25.00 ($57 Value)

Saturate your lips with high-shine. These lip glosses are infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate lips, while vitamin E nourishes and keeps them soft. They evenly build sheer to medium color.

  • 3 x 0.13 oz/ 4 mL Full-Size Gloss Angeles Lip Glosses in Beachy Keen, Shimmer Nova, Mercurial

Photo Finish Star Power Primer Set, $22.00 ($45 Value)

Get skin that looks out of this world with this trio of makeup primers. The original Photo Finish Foundation Primer goes on clear to smooth the look of skin and blur flaws. Primer Water primes, hydrates, and refreshes skin. Primerizer hydrates skin for up to 24 hours.

  • 0.41 oz/ 12 mL Travel-Size Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • 1 oz/ 30 mL Travel-Size Photo Finish Primer Water
  • 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Travel-Size Photo Finish Primerizer

Tarte Cosmetics Holiday 2019 Collection

Launch Date + About the Launch

From the editor: For the holidays, Tarte has released a slew of sets and kits available at retailers (some exclusive) for eyes, lips, cheeks, and more. The Amazonian Clay Blush Set is likely to be a crowd favorite, and I’m personally looking forward to the four-shade Chrome Shadow Paint set!  Let me know what you’re most looking forward to and/or what you’d like to see reviews on (and what I should skip!) — as always, I can’t review everything but I like to review what readers want to see as much as possible!

Now online

Products in the Launch


9 Ways to Shine Cheek Wardrobe, $35.00 ($171 Value)

  • Rose Gold Stack Snow Kissed, Prize, Peppermint Mocha
  • Gold Stack Frosty, Slay Bells, Shimmering
  • Gunmetal Stack NYE, Decked Out, Mistletoe

Chrome For The Holidays, $24.00 ($48 Value

  • Frose Metallic rose gold
  • Wild at Heart Metallic pink duochrome shift
  • Citrine Metallic copper
  • Pink Diamonds Metallic magenta

Gift & Glam Collector's Set, $49.00 ($246 Value)

  • 20 eyeshadows
  • 4 cheek shades in 4 interchangeable palettes
  • Travel Size Maneater Voluptuous Mascara (0.15 oz)
  • Deluxe Double Duty Beauty Busy Gal Gloss (0.1 oz)

Lip Ornaments Lip Gloss Set, $28.00 ($80 Value)

  • Snowflake Clear with pink glitter
  • Cuddle Sheer pink with gold and pink glitter
  • Milk and Cookies Sheer plum with sheer glitter
  • Twinkle Sheer gold with silver and gold glitter

Elfing & Selfing Quench Lip Rescue Duo, $19.00 ($38 Value)

  • Holly Raspberry
  • Nude Nude

Finger Foil Face Quad, $32.00

  • Champagne Kisses Warm gold
  • Ice Show Pink mauve
  • Rosy Cheeks Pink shimmer with gold sheen
  • Roasted Chestnut Bronze glitter

Slay, Then Frose Collection, $25.00 ($47 Value)

  • 0.034 oz/ 1 mL tarteist™ REMIX lipgloss
  • 0.035 oz/ 1 mL chrome paint shadow pot
  • 0.15 oz/ 4.5 mL big ego™ mascara
  • 0.05 oz/ 1.5 mL Amazonian clay 12-hour blush

Party of 3 Eyeliner Trio, $20.00

Double the liners, double the drama! Draw attention with Tarte’s Party of 3 Eyeliner Trio travel set of 3 waterproof, double-ended gel & liquid eyeliners featuring black, brown & burgundy shades.

Cozy Kitten Color Collection, $29.00

Cozy up to this value set of maneater must-haves. Tarte’s Cozy Kitten Color Collection comes equipped with a sequin makeup bag, mascara, lipstick & liquid liner purrrrfect for on-the-go.

The Lip Glossary Lip Gloss Set, $29.00

‘Tis the season to be glossin’ with Tarte’s Lip Glossary Lip Gloss Set of 7 high-shine glosses with the nourishing texture of a balm in universally flattering travel-size shades.

Mistletoe Magic H2O Gloss Set, $20.00 ($40 Value)

  • Blitzen Peachy pink luster
  • Bauble Raspberry with glitter
  • Hang Ten Rosy mauve
  • Room Service Mauve

Winter Wish List Color Collection, $30.00

  • Limited Edition 10-shade Eye & Cheek Palette (0.48 oz)
  • Deluxe Tarteist Gel Liner (0.0035 oz)
  • Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (0.13 oz)

Clinique Cool Down Cheek Pop Palette Review & Swatches

Cool Down

Clinique Cool Down Cheek Pop Palette ($29.50 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, limited edition trio of Cheek Pops that features one, limited edition and exclusive shade–Ballerina Pop–while the other two can be purchased in the permanent range. All three shades performed consistently with past versions of Cheek Pops that I’ve tried: pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing with a denser, cream-gel-powder base formula that requires a heavier hand to pick up but goes on seamlessly and sits beautifully on skin. The palette contains $75.00 worth of Cheek Pops (which retail for $25.00 and contain 0.12 oz. for individual, full-sized compacts).


Ballerina Pop

Ballerina Pop is a pale pink with finely-milled pearl and subtle, warm undertones. It’s more of a highlighter on my skin tone, but it may be a subtle blush on very light skin tones. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense and more firmly-pressed in the pan (but consistent with this formula), so I’d recommend using a moderately-dense brush or heavier hand to pick up product evenly. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in one layer, though it could easily be dialed back with a lighter hand.

The upside to the denser nature of this type of formula is that there was no powderiness, the powder sat beautifully on my skin, and was extremely easy to blend out. There was a subtle sheen that was lightly glowing but not visibly shimmery on my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably on me.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.12 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” The texture was smooth, soft, and dense, so it was never powdery in the pan or on the skin. The blush had good color payoff that was easily sheered out (or you could apply less, as the denser texture makes that easy to control). It’s the kind of texture that almost blends itself as soon as you start applying and working it onto the skin. The finish became more luminous as I blended the powder onto the skin, but it was never shiny or overly shimmery, so it always looked smooth on my skin and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s texture. Most shades lasted between eight and nine hours on me.

Browse all of our Clinique Cheek Pop Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer , Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate , Glycerin , Dicalcium Phosphate , Squalane , Ptfe , Dimethicone , Lauroyl Lysine , Ethylhexylglycerin , Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) , Polysorbate 80 , Caprylyl Glycol , 1,2-Hexanediol , Zinc Stearate , Silica , Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate , [+/- Mica , Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850) , Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) , Manganese Violet (Ci 77742) , Red 36 Lake (Ci 12085) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77499) , Ultramarines (Ci 77007) , Red 6 (Ci 15850) , Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985) , Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090) , Orange 5 (Ci 45370) , Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163) , Carmine (Ci 75470) , Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360) , Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77492)]

Pansy Pop

Pansy Pop is a medium lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation in one layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The powder had a smooth consistency that felt denser and firmer to the touch, but I didn’t have any issues picking it up with a brush, other than using a denser and more moderate hand to ensure even pickup of product–which I find is the norm for this type of formula.

It was not stiff in the sense that it’s hard to grab product or that it goes on unevenly, though. Instead, the powder applied evenly and nearly blended itself as I gently spread it across my skin to get the placement down. The finish was glowing without being overtly shimmery, so it looked almost like it “melted” on my skin for a seamless look. This shade lasted nicely for eight and a half hours before fading a bit on my skin. It seemed ever-so-slightly pinker compared to the original version I have.

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.12 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” The texture was smooth, soft, and dense, so it was never powdery in the pan or on the skin. The blush had good color payoff that was easily sheered out (or you could apply less, as the denser texture makes that easy to control). It’s the kind of texture that almost blends itself as soon as you start applying and working it onto the skin. The finish became more luminous as I blended the powder onto the skin, but it was never shiny or overly shimmery, so it always looked smooth on my skin and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s texture. Most shades lasted between eight and nine hours on me.

Browse all of our Clinique Cheek Pop Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer , Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate , Glycerin , Dicalcium Phosphate , Squalane , Ptfe , Dimethicone , Lauroyl Lysine , Ethylhexylglycerin , Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) , Polysorbate 80 , Caprylyl Glycol , 1,2-Hexanediol , Zinc Stearate , Silica , Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate , [+/- Mica , Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850) , Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) , Manganese Violet (Ci 77742) , Red 36 Lake (Ci 12085) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77499) , Ultramarines (Ci 77007) , Red 6 (Ci 15850) , Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985) , Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090) , Orange 5 (Ci 45370) , Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163) , Carmine (Ci 75470) , Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360) , Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77492)]

Heather Pop

Heather Pop is a muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color coverage in one layer, which was easily built up to full coverage with a second layer or sheered out by buffing the edges gently.

The powder had a denser, smooth texture that required a more moderately-dense brush to pick up product evenly, but the trade off was a particularly flattering powder on my skin that sat well, blended out with ease, and looked very my-skin-but-better in finish. The blush stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed slight fading. As a note, the version in the palette seemed slightly more satiny and less shimmery compared to the standalone I have (from the original launch).

Formula Overview

$21.00/0.12 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

The formula is described as “vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.” The texture was smooth, soft, and dense, so it was never powdery in the pan or on the skin. The blush had good color payoff that was easily sheered out (or you could apply less, as the denser texture makes that easy to control). It’s the kind of texture that almost blends itself as soon as you start applying and working it onto the skin. The finish became more luminous as I blended the powder onto the skin, but it was never shiny or overly shimmery, so it always looked smooth on my skin and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s texture. Most shades lasted between eight and nine hours on me.

Browse all of our Clinique Cheek Pop Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer , Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate , Glycerin , Dicalcium Phosphate , Squalane , Ptfe , Dimethicone , Lauroyl Lysine , Ethylhexylglycerin , Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) , Polysorbate 80 , Caprylyl Glycol , 1,2-Hexanediol , Zinc Stearate , Silica , Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate , [+/- Mica , Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850) , Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) , Manganese Violet (Ci 77742) , Red 36 Lake (Ci 12085) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77499) , Ultramarines (Ci 77007) , Red 6 (Ci 15850) , Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985) , Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090) , Orange 5 (Ci 45370) , Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163) , Carmine (Ci 75470) , Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360) , Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) , Iron Oxides (Ci 77492)]

   
 
   
 

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