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Tryst

Viseart Tryst 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that is exclusive to Beautylish. Overall, it’s a nice palette that I expect will make a good “everyday” palette for some. Darling could have been more pigmented and had a creamier consistency, while Dangereuse and Illicit had room for minor improvement.

I’m happy to see Viseart release another 9-pan palette, too, as I think the packaging is an upgrade from their standard palette packaging and the price point is more attractive.

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9.5
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9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
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Dangereuse

Dangereuse is a soft peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It almost read like a satin-to-matte finish on me as it “melted” on my lid and didn’t look truly flat and matte. The texture was a touch powdery in the pan but had a smooth, velvety consistency that blended out well and adhered well to my bare lids without sheering out too readily (but it did not build up to full opacity without a primer). It had semi-opaque pigmentation that lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
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Rendezvous

Rendezvous is a bright, very light peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque pigmentation that applied beautifully to bare skin. The consistency was soft, blendable, and smooth to the touch, so there was little excess product kicked up in the pan, even after using fluffier brushes to pick it up. It started to show signs of fading on me after eight and a half hours of wear.

9.5
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10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
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Flirt

Flirt is a bright, peachy gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, lightly creamy but not overly dense so it was still easy to pick up with fluffier brushes and blended out beautifully on the lid. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing faintly.

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Twolips (14)

Sephora Twolips (14) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cooler undertones and a cream finish. The pigmentation was good, but the application wasn’t as even as other shades, and I noticed that this particular shade seemed to adhere less smoothly. The texture was creamy with moderate slip, which might have been why the application wasn’t as good as other colors in the formula. This sahde wore well for four and a half hours but settled into lip lines a bit, left behind a slight stain, and was lightly hydrating.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage. The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular. Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

Browse all of our Sephora Lipstories Lipstick swatches.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
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Wanderlust (33)

Sephora Wanderlust (33) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had a soft sheen that mattified within an hour of wear. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and creamy enough to glide on easily but not enough to feather on me (though I’m not prone to feathering). It had good pigmentation but did not have full coverage in a single layer, and the color itself went on fairly evenly. The lipstick stayed on well for five hours and left a subtle stain behind, while the formula was lightly moisturizing.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage. The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the color pulled into my deeper lip lines upon application, and it was more or less noticeable just depending on the color and finish of the particular. Some shades seemed hydrating and others were non-drying. They lasted anywhere from three to over six hours on me. There was a subtle, sweet, fruity scent (I couldn't detect it on, just in the tube), and I haven't noticed any taste after wearing them.

Browse all of our Sephora Lipstories Lipstick swatches.

8.5
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9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
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Yum Yum (10)

Sephora Yum Yum (10) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy brown withw arm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a smooth, creamy consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin and had a moderate amount of slip. The color went on evenly and didn’t emphasize my lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.14 oz. - $57.14 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "lightweight" with "full-coverage color in one swipe." The majority of shades were pigmented with semi-opaque to full color payoff in a single layer, as described. The more shimmery shades tended to be a bit sheerer overall, while the mattes and creams were usually closer to opaque in coverage. The textures were typically creamy, lightweight, and not too thin or too thick on the lips, so they were comfortable to apply and to wear. There were some shades where the..

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Temptalia by Christine - 11h ago
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Feb 19, 2018February 19, 2018
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Tell us what you love and hate about...
Cream Blush

I love the softly dewy finish they give the skin, and as long as they don’t do a lot of moving during the day, I’m game! I don’t like when they’re too thick and are really wet/dewy on the skin, though, as that usually means poorer wear.

— Christine

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Admiral

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) has a translucent base with fine, mint green pearl and larger flecks of blue, green, and pink sparkle/glitter. It had sheer coverage, as described, with a light amount of glitter “coverage,” but it did not look like much on its own. There was a subtle illumination, but up-close, it looked more like specks of sand than truly sparkly to my eye (which can sometimes occur with sparser or larger-sized glitter-based products).

The texture was thin and watery with decent spreadability, but it was harder to apply as a lot of product stuck to my fingertip or my sponge applicator. If I attempted to blend out the product after it had dried down, a lot of it came loose and moved around, so it had to be applied last. Left in place, it had little movement over the nine hours it wore well for.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.20 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

The brand says it's supposed to be a "complexion-enhancing formula [that] contains a sheer base with a multicolor mix of pearls and visible flecks of glitter." It can be used alone or layered over other products. The brand reiterated that the Highlighter formula is "not pigmented" compared to their Glitter & Glow Eye Shadows, which I appreciate. Similarly, the brand clearly stated that these should not be used on the eyes due to sizes of the glitter used in the cheek highlighter. I find this to be an odd product that I expect to work for a few but largely, it didn't work as described.

The do have sheer bases with light-to-moderate amounts of glitter; some are chocked-full of glitter and others are sparser. The ones with less sparkle and glitter did not work well alone; they looked more like random bits of grit on the face rather than a highlighter as it illuminated nothing. The ones with lots of sparkle and glitter could be used alone. They seemed to be better layered, but the effect that these added was rather minimal.

The more glitter there was, the more prone to migration/traveling, and these absolutely have to go on last and cannot be blended with a brush or else most of it comes off and goes wherever it is destined to go (nose, chin, trapped in one's brush). The formula was thin and more watery, though it did not take too long to dry down. It was more challenging to apply as the glittery bits tended to adhere a bit too easily to my fingertips while a sponge absorbed the wetness quickly and then the glitter dried more on my sponge than on my skin.

They're a bit larger (but more expensive) than the Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows, which run $24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz.; the Glitter & Glow Highlighters are $30.00 for 0.20 oz. or $150.00/oz. My advice is to opt for one of the eyeshadows, where some of them are sheerer and often can be sheered out if desired, and could be used on the eyes OR the cheeks as a more glittery highlighter.

Browse all of our Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glycerin, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Bis-C16-20 Isoalkoxy TMHDI/PEG-90 Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

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Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

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Temptalia Asks You

Feb 19, 2018February 19, 2018
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Too Faced (too many misses for me to get enthused about their releases) and Bobbi Brown (either feels like a rehash or overpriced to me) come to mind.

— Christine

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Bite Beauty Pisces Amuse Bouche Lipstick

The Details

Ruled by the planet Neptune, Pisces is the water sign of artists and dreamy creative types; it’s considered the most spiritual and compassionate sign of the zodiac. Pisces are soulful, and like water they “go with the flow,” blending in and out of different environments. Find them painting a masterpiece, writing an original song, or volunteering at an animal rescue organization.

2/19 online
Astrology Collection - Amuse Bouche Lipstick, $26.00 (Limited Edition)
  • Pisces Pitch-perfect peach

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Star Lit

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter Palette ($45.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features six glittery eyeshadows. The formula is different from other finishes from the brand within the Artist Color Shadow range (and its previous Artist Shadow range as well), but it’s one that other brands have used in some capacity (Urban Decay Moondusts, Tom Ford/Charlotte Tilbury both have similar formulations in various palettes, MAC Dazzleshadow, etc.), though I’d argue the Star Lit formula’s strength is pigmentation with moderate glitter/sparkle rather than lots of glitter/sparkle and less base color. This makes them workable as layering shades as well as standalone eyeshadows. There were two shades that were sheerer, while four were quite pigmented, and that was where the palette lost points (as the brand states these have “intense color payoff”).

The texture has a smoother, almost wet feel with some slip and enough substance that the glitter and base color adhere together onto the lid without lots of fallout during blending or application. These types of sparkles tend to lay flat and stick well to the skin, but they can be harder to remove at the end of the day, and there was some migration over time, though certainly not tons and still impressive for something as glittery as this formula without using an adhesive base or spray. I swatched all the shades dry and damp, and I found dampened application to be largely unnecessary.

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8.5
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9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
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87%
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Reflection

Reflection is a cool, pale white with silver and pink-to-lavender shifting sparkle. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was better as a layering shade or applied as a wash of sparkle over the lid to brighten. The eyeshadow felt almost wet when I touched it, but it was smooth and adhered well with good sparkle distribution on my lid. It wore well for eight and a half hours with slight fallout over time.

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7
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9
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8.5
Longevity
5
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83%
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Prism

Prism is a brighter, medium plum with warm undertones and a multi-colored, sparkling finish. It had rich color payoff in a single layer, and it applied better dry than with a dampened brush (more opaque, more sparkly). The consistency felt almost wet to the touch with a smooth, lightly emollient texture that adhered evenly to bare skin and was best applied in pressing/patting motions rather than swept on. This sahde stayed on well for eight and a half hours with slight fallout over time.

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Longevity
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Spark

Spark is a light, peachy gold with warm, yellow undertones and copper lavender pink sparkle. The consistency was a bit drier compared to the other shades in the palette. It had sheer coverage, which meant it worked better as a layering shade rather than an intense lid color, though it seemed to be somewhat buildable (to medium coverage). It wore well for eight and a half hours and had some fallout over time.

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Punked

Smashbox Punked Photo Edit Eye Shadow Trio ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) contains a bright silver, dark taupe, and dark black housed in a circular, plastic compact. The three shades were definitely a good color scheme together, but again, the quality of the formula used in the trio had room for improvement.

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9
Pigmentation
8
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8
Longevity
4.5
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83%
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Rock Icon

Rock Icon is a bright, light silver with neutral-to-cool undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t opaque without using a dampened brush or primer with it. The texture was smooth, dense without being stiff or firm, and it blended out easily along the edges. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

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The formula is supposed to be "super-blendable" and "richly-pigmented." I found the quality to vary a lot from shade to shade, even with a trio, as some shades had soft, blendable texture and others were drier, dusty, and messy to work with and had pigmentation that sheered out or faded quickly. I wanted to like them more than I ended up after using them on the lid as I routinely felt like the brighter shades never looked quite as vibrant in practice as they did in the pan. Most of the shades were blendable and had coverage from medium to opaque with a few being sheer. They lasted anywhere from five to eight hours on me.

Browse all of our Smashbox Photo Edit Eye Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Polysilicone-11, Nylon-12, Silica, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Isopentyldiol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)]

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8.5
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9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
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Punked

Punked is a medium, purple-leaning taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had a more powdery consistency, so it was messy to use and had some fallout during application as it was a drier formula that did not adhere as well to bare skin (or primed lids) as it could have. It had semi-opaque pigmentation but was hard to build up. It lasted for seven hours on me.

Formula Overview

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The formula is supposed to be "super-blendable" and "richly-pigmented." I found the quality to vary a lot from shade to shade, even with a trio, as some shades had soft, blendable texture and others were drier, dusty, and messy to work with and had pigmentation that sheered out or faded quickly. I wanted to like them more than I ended up after using them on the lid as I routinely felt like the brighter shades never looked quite as vibrant in practice as they did in the pan. Most of the shades were blendable and had coverage from medium to opaque with a few being sheer. They lasted anywhere from five to eight hours on me.

Browse all of our Smashbox Photo Edit Eye Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Polysilicone-11, Nylon-12, Silica, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Isopentyldiol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)]

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