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Key Lime Trifle

MAC Key Lime Trifle Oh Sweetie Lipcolour ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, chartreuse green with warm, golden undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and the very creamy, emollient texture did not bode well for layering as it slid around a lot for the first two hours of wear. Eventually, it “set” and didn’t slide around, but the product had to wear down (whether through talking, drinking, etc.) for that to occur. The color did not appear streaky along the edges of my lips, but the color did not appear evenly dispersed and some product was in my lip lines. It lasted well for four and a half hours but felt a little drying. This shade smelled exactly like key lime pie: sour, creamy, and graham cracker crust; it did not have any discernible taste to me.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.10 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "lasting colour" for "eight hour" wear that's "hydrating" and "non-feathering" that comes in "frosted opaque hues." There are 15 shades in the range, and each one has its own distinct scent--tied to its name--and most of the scents were pretty dead-on but I could see those with more sophisticated noses finding some scents a little cloying or synthetic. I didn't notice the scents lingering for long after I applied the respective shade, and I didn't notice any tastes. The coverage ranged from semi-opaque to opaque, while the application was inconsistent, and I think it'll come down to how one wants to wear a particular shade (layered or alone) whether the application pitfalls (settling into lip lines, unevenness) of some shades will be deal-breakers.

The finish on most shades was very shiny and metallic with an initial glossiness that took an hour to three to wear down; most shades felt like a lipstick and gloss hybrid but I can see why MAC has it listed as a lipstick. Once the glossiness goes away, the remaining color and finish look a lot more like a lipstick than a gloss, and it felt clingier (some more than others) and seemed to adhere better. The texture is lightweight, smooth, and mostly non-sticky, so there was more slip and creaminess compared to something like Lipglass, and it didn't have the dry down of a Retro Matte Lipcolour.

They definitely did not wear for eight hours--that claim felt really over-the-top to me--and most shades lasted between four and six hours with a few deviating from that range. There's enough product in an application that a good amount of color comes through after drinking a coffee or glass of water (despite transfer). They were lightly hydrating at best but some seemed more non-drying over time. One upside was that getting colors in this finish (metallic/pearl with some shine) and opacity level (even when they weren't opaque) made them less dupable, though I looked for dupes across lipstick and gloss options.

Browse all of our MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour swatches.

Ingredients

Wild Berry Frosting

MAC Wild Berry Frosting Oh Sweetie Lipcolour ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium blue with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied unevenly and sank into most of my lip lines. From afar, the reflective sheen hid a lot of the imperfections, but it was a mess close-up. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and spread easily across my lips, but it just did not want to stay even.

After an hour and a half, the formula seemed to “set” a bit–it wasn’t a full dry-down, as it was never matte nor was it transfer-resistant–but it lost a lot of the slip and creaminess and felt more noticeable on my lips (more like a lipstick than a gloss in that sense). This shade stayed on well for four and a half hours but left a faint, purplish stain behind. The formula felt a little drying over time. It had a nondescript, sweet berry scent that seemed chilled by something lemony; it reminded me of the red-white-and-blue popsicles of my childhood.

Formula Overview

$17.50/0.10 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "lasting colour" for "eight hour" wear that's "hydrating" and "non-feathering" that comes in "frosted opaque hues." There are 15 shades in the range, and each one has its own distinct scent--tied to its name--and most of the scents were pretty dead-on but I could see those with more sophisticated noses finding some scents a little cloying or synthetic. I didn't notice the scents lingering for long after I applied the respective shade, and I didn't notice any tastes. The coverage ranged from semi-opaque to opaque, while the application was inconsistent, and I think it'll come down to how one wants to wear a particular shade (layered or alone) whether the application pitfalls (settling into lip lines, unevenness) of some shades will be deal-breakers.

The finish on most shades was very shiny and metallic with an initial glossiness that took an hour to three to wear down; most shades felt like a lipstick and gloss hybrid but I can see why MAC has it listed as a lipstick. Once the glossiness goes away, the remaining color and finish look a lot more like a lipstick than a gloss, and it felt clingier (some more than others) and seemed to adhere better. The texture is lightweight, smooth, and mostly non-sticky, so there was more slip and creaminess compared to something like Lipglass, and it didn't have the dry down of a Retro Matte Lipcolour.

They definitely did not wear for eight hours--that claim felt really over-the-top to me--and most shades lasted between four and six hours with a few deviating from that range. There's enough product in an application that a good amount of color comes through after drinking a coffee or glass of water (despite transfer). They were lightly hydrating at best but some seemed more non-drying over time. One upside was that getting colors in this finish (metallic/pearl with some shine) and opacity level (even when they weren't opaque) made them less dupable, though I looked for dupes across lipstick and gloss options.

Browse all of our MAC Oh Sweetie Lipcolour swatches.

Ingredients
Funfetti Cake

MAC Funfetti Cake Oh Sweetie Lipcolour ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a pale white with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that wasn’t buildable due to the very creamy, slippery texture that would have just resulted in a ton of product on teeth and in the corners of my mouth. The finish was very reflective, which helped to camouflage a lot of the imperfections in application/lack of opacity. It applied better than I expected, but it wasn’t perfect by any means. The color lasted for four hours and started to feel “set” after an hour of wear, where it stopped sliding around. It smelled like sweet, vanilla cake but had no discernible taste.

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Urban Decay Born to Run 21-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a solid mix of neutrals and color with a deeper, more autumnal-vibe than traditional summer offerings. For long-time fans, there are plenty of shades in the palette reminiscent from past releases, but for those who haven’t indulged in lots of Urban Decay, it’s a beautiful palette that’s high-quality, easy to use, and versatile. It leaned slightly more shimmery, but there were enough mattes and near-mattes that I didn’t struggle to create looks with the palette.

About This Series

Each look idea is centered around a “quad” of four shades with the expectation that one might bring in the appropriate brow bone or additional transitional shade based on skin tone. I know that I tend to use more like five or six shades in a typical look, but I think that four is a happy medium to give a good idea of the “core” color scheme of a look while giving you the ability to lighten/darken as desired. I have listed the colors in this order: inner lid, middle of lid, outer lid/crease, and crease/above crease.

You might see combinations that seem slightly repeated but placement will vary (e.g. a halo placement where the lightest and more shimmery shade is placed on the center) as placement can also create a different effect/look! You might also want to heading=”Born to Run .0″ sub_heading=”Urban Decay Palette” incorporating your favorite matte/shimmer shades (as applicable) to increase the versatility of certain palettes. heading=”Born to Run .0″ sub_heading=”Urban Decay Palette” these ideas a jumping off point!

Urban Decay Palette
Born to Run 1.0

  1. Urban Decay Big Sky — A warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  2. Urban Decay Radio — A Warm Teal with a Pearl finish.
  3. Urban Decay Drift — A Cool Gray with a Metallic finish.
  4. Urban Decay Jet — A Cool Black with a Satin finish.

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Urban Decay Palette
Born to Run 2.0
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  1. Urban Decay Big Sky — A warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  2. Urban Decay Wanderlust — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  3. Urban Decay Good as Gone — A Warm Brown with a Satin finish.
  4. Urban Decay Riff — A Warm Brown with a Satin finish.

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Urban Decay Palette
Born to Run 3.0
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  1. Urban Decay Ignite — A Warm Copper with a Metallic finish.
  2. Urban Decay Guilt Trip — A Warm Purple with a Frost finish.
  3. Urban Decay Wildheart — A Warm Fuchsia with a Pearl finish.
  4. Urban Decay Double Life — A Warm Brown with a Metallic finish.

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Happy Friday!

Each week, we share our beauty hauls, talk weekend plans and learn a little about each other.

Let's Chat!

Share your own answers in the comments!

  • Haul: MAC Blushes, Dior Backstage palettes, Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi
  • Weekend plans: I’m taking some photos/swatches today (Friday), and I’m hoping to spend most of the weekend cranking through some reviews as I’m running soooo behind!
  • What makes you feel brave?: The love and support of my family, from my parents to my husband to my mother-in-law.

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Original

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38.00 for 0.40 oz.) is a soft, champagne gold with warm, peachy undertones and a fine, pearly sheen. It had a luminous, high-shine finish on my skin that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture and was somewhere between radiant and dewy–more sheen than glossiness, though. Per the brand, it’s supposed to have an “extreme Hollywood luminous finish … that imparts high gloss, brightening and highlighting effects,” which I’d completely agree with.

The liquid highlighter pushes through a soft, cushioned applicator (which I did not find particularly ideal for long-term storage/use), which certainly worked for depositing and gently diffusing the product on the skin, but it worked just as well with fingertips or synthetic cheek brushes and I didn’t have to worry about getting base products onto the included applicator. It had a fluid, more gel-like consistency that spread easily across the skin and diffused easily along the edges. It does dry down quickly, though I didn’t feel like I had to work at warp speed to get the product blended out but I wouldn’t dilly-dally either. It wore well for nine hours on me with minimal fading.

Ingredients

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand

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Thanks to Deborah S. for today's question!
What’s your go-to eyeshadow placement?

I like going from light to dark on the lid with a darker, smokier crease/outer corner.

— Christine
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By Skin Tone
Best Red Lipsticks

Have you ever wondered what red lipstick would work best for your skin tone? With over 650 recommendations made to-date (and we invite you to share your own recommendations at any time!), here are the most recommended red lipsticks readers have made grouped by skin tones!

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Best Red Lipsticks for Fair to Light Skin | Top 5

It’s no surprise to see so many MAC red lipsticks dominate the top five red lipsticks for fairer skin tones–they really do some fabulous reds!  There’s a good mix of really cool, blue-based reds and some warmer, more orange-based reds, though it definitely seems like the most recommended shades are cooler-toned when it comes to fair skin.

The list below features products recommended by readers with complexions that are: fairest, fair, fair-light, or light.  You can always go to our recommendation page for Best Red Lipsticks and refine by as much (or as little) as you want–like down to a specific skin tone and undertone and price!

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Parts of the Eye for Applying Makeup

Lid, crease, transition, outer v, waterline–what?  If that terminology makes your head spin, then you’ve come to the right place!  These are areas of the eye that often signal how and where a particular product has been applied to the eye in a makeup tutorial. If you’ve been a long-time reader, you’ll likely recognize the parts of the eye that I tend to apply my makeup to (and maybe recall this post in its original form), but I thought it would be good to make some updates to a very, very old post (10 years old!).

For more of my favorite makeup brushes, check out the best brushes for powder eyeshadow and best brushes for cream eyeshadow posts I’ve done in the past.  For brows and detail work, this list of must-haves should help get you started!  Now, let’s break down the where and what of a typical eye look…

Inner Tearduct/Inner Corner:  This is the area between the bridge of the nose and the inner portion of the lid.  It’s often a space that is used to brighten and open up the eyes, so something metallic is often used here.  This can sometimes be the same shade used to highlight the brow bone to help tie a look together, but it’s just as likely something different.  I often find this is a good place to add a pop of sparkle or glitter.

Inner/Middle/Outer Lid:  Depending on the look one’s going for, the lid can be divided up into as many or as few parts as desired.  You can have color all over the lid, over all but the outer lid/very outer corner (where the lash lines meet).  I tend to apply two to three shades on the lid, so I often break up my lid into three sections–inner, middle, and outer.   Sometimes, you’ll see a reference to the “outer v,” which is the edge of the upper lash line into the deep crease.

One common placement is as a gradient: where you apply the lightest shade to the inner lid, medium shade to the middle of the lid, and darker shade to the outer lid.  For a halo effect, try applying the lightest shade to the center of the lid and flank the inner and outer portions of the lid with a medium or dark shade.  If you want to get really fancy, you can use dark shades on the innermost and outermost areas of the lid and then a medium shade to diffuse between the dark and light shade in the halo placement.

Another placement type is called a cut crease, which is where one typically applies a layer of concealer or cream eyeshadow all over the lid with a visible, harsh/sharp edge where the crease color meets the lid.  Some place more than one color on the crease, others place one for 2/3 of the crease and just use something darker/deeper on the outer corner.  Makeup washes off, so don’t be afraid to play around with placement and throw all the “rules” out occasionally!

A fourth placement places eyeshadows vertically rather than horizontally, so each shade on the lid would run from the inner to outer lid but may not take up the entire lid space.  It could be done with the darkest shade against the upper lashes (almost like eyeliner) and then gradually fading to lightest at the brow bone, or it can be done with a very light shade all over the lid, a deep shade in the crease, and a mid-tone shade above the crease and diffused to the brow bone.

Crease:  This is the area that is slightly sunken where the lid meets the space above it.  I also like to divide this area into the Crease and Deep Crease, the latter being the deepest, most sunken/hidden part of the crease (like when the eye is open).  I typically apply the darkest shade in a look to the deep crease and use a lighter, complementary shade in the crease to help diffuse the dark shade.  To make life easier, applying a more malleable, mid-tone shade into the crease tends to make applying the darker shade into the deep crease easier and require less effort for blending.

Above Crease:  Like the lid going from light to dark across, so goes the crease area as it goes from the deepest part of the crease toward the brow bone.  It’s all about creating a gradient, which is why many use a transition shade in or above the crease area to help diffuse and fade color toward the brow bone for a seamlessly, blended look.

Brow Bone:  The brow bone is the area directly underneath the brow, and this is an area that is typically highlighted with either a matte or shimmer shade.  It can range from flesh-toned to something lighter and brighter than one’s natural skin tone.  I tend to switch my brow bone highlighting shade based on the look I’m doing, as certain looks play well with a simple, light beige and others need something cooler or warmer, less or more shimmery, to come together.

A few other areas worth knowing…
  • Upper Lash Line:  This would be the area immediately above the upper lashes (the ones that extend from the mobile lid). This is typically where eyeliner is placed for those who apply it to the lid.
  • Upper Waterline:  This is the space between and directly below your upper lashes (the ones that extend from the mobile lid), and this is an area that some line with eyeliner (often pencil or kohl), which is called tightlining.  If you have sensitive eyes, you may want to experiment this on days when you can afford to play (e.g. not a special occasion).  This area can sometimes be referred to as the upper rim.
  • Lower Lash Line: This would be the area immediately below the lower lashes.  Eyeliner can be applied here (just below the lower waterline, see below) as well as eyeshadow.  If you’re applying eyeshadow, you’ll likely want to reach for small, pencil brushes.
  • Lower Waterline: This would be the area immediately just above and between the lower lashes and can be referenced as the lower rim or bottom rim of your eye.  Some people use eyeliner on the waterline, but due to the watery nature, not everyone finds that product lasts or that they can handle product there so experiment and see if it works for you.
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Gun Metal

Melt Cosmetics Gun Metal Eyeshadow Stack (x4) ($48.00 for 0.36 oz.) contains two glitter-packed shades, one intensely metallic shade, and one matte. It’s a hard set of textures to combine and work together, because the glittery shades are incredibly dry, chunky, and very prone to fallout. Even when I tried using an adhesive base with them, there was still fallout while worn, and I did get some in my eye while I wore the palette for testing.

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Gun Metal
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Gun Metal
B

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Harsh Stone White

Harsh Stone White is a soft, golden beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had good color coverage that was buildable to full coverage with half of a layer more or used with a dampened brush. The texture was smooth, dense but not heavy or thick, and easy to blend out. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Triethylhexanoin, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Carbonate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acrylates Copolymer, PTFE, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Black 2 (CI 77266), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

C

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
0.8
Longevity
5
Application
73%
Total
Assimilate

Assimilate is a medium taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, moderately powdery texture. The eyeshadow blended out beautifully, but it did have a bit of fallout (even after I tapped away excess). I was happy to see that despite the powderiness, the color itself didn’t seem to sheer out too readily, so I could built it up with two to three layers for better opacity. It lasted for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Triethylhexanoin, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Carbonate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acrylates Copolymer, PTFE, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Black 2 (CI 77266), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
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Industrial

Industrial is a blackened taupe with warmer, brown undertones and a sparkling, glittery finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, but the texture was definitely drier and had chunky, larger glitter particles which made it harder to apply evenly and resulted in a moderate amount of fallout when I tried to apply and blend it out on my lid. It was easiest to work with using a dampened brush, which went a long way to preventing fallout during application but still allowed some fallout during wear. The color stayed on well for eight hours with some fallout.

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Cleo

NABLA Cosmetics Cleo Just Pearl Eyeshadow ($8.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium-dark gold with warm, brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth consistency, but it was a little thinner and I found it harder to pickup evenly with a brush and really had to press and push it on for even application on bare skin. It was somewhat easier over an eyeshadow primer but was easiest to use with a dampened brush, and while the formula is touted as wet/dry, there’s no indication that it has to be used one way or the other for good results. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.09 oz. - $88.89 Per Ounce

The brand has a few different powder eyeshadow formulations, and because they don't just differ in finish but in price, they're listed as individual formulas on Temptalia, but for ease, I wanted to keep the same overview available so it's easy to get a big picture overview of their powder eyeshadows generally!

Just Pearl Eyeshadows are supposed to "apply evenly, blend well" with "excellent skin adhesion" and "long-lasting" wear with high pigmentation. These are your m re typical shimmery, powdery eyeshadow formula with light creaminess, moderately dense textures, and are usually quite easy to blend out. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that lasted between seven and eight hours on me. Some shades were very metallic and others were a soft frost.

Top Coat Wet & Dry Eyeshadows are supposed to give a "wet effect" and can be used wet or dry but are suggested to be used by "dabbing them on with your fingers" or "trying it wet." I found that these varied--some were really soft, blendable, and extremely pigmented with more fleck-like sparkle and others were drier and firmer with a thinner texture that was stiffer to work with. Most of them did apply best with fingertips or with a dampened brush over a dry brush. This finish is more interesting than the others, but I'd pay attention to the specific shades as there was some inconsistency. The wear time ranged from six to eight hours and slight to moderate fallout.

Satin Eyeshadows are supposed to have a "gentle sheen" with "the finest pearls" that will have "excellent adhesion" and be "long-lasting." They can also be applied wet or dry, and some shades did apply more smoothly or had better pigmentation when applied with a dampened brush, but the majority were easy to work with dry. The texture was smooth, firm but not too dense, and most shades blended out easily as the formula wasn't stiff to work with. Most shades lasted seven to eight hours.

Super Matte Eyeshadows are "highly pigmented, completely opaque" with a "full, velvety" finish. The Super Mattes have a more finely-milled, velvety, and more substantial texture compared to the brand's Soft Matte eyeshadows, and I also found that they were much more pigmented than the Soft Mattes, too. There was more fallout during application if I wasn't careful due to the Super Matte shades being so pigmented, though. If one prefers building up coverage, the Soft Mattes would be more suitable. The eyeshadows in this finish tended to wear seven to eight hours on me.

Soft Matte Eyeshadows are supposed to give a "soft and delicate" effect while blending "easily." While the brand mentions "soft and delicate," the swatches they provided of the shades in this finish were showing opaque coverage in one layer, so the expectation would be for true, full color coverage, but a lot of the shades in the finish seemed more muted (which could be interpreted as "soft and delciate"). My experience was that the pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque but most shades were buildable, and I felt like buildable, matte eyeshadows are much needed and quite versatile--there's a huge difference in a poorly pigmented eyeshadow and one that can be pigmented, just requiring two layers--the latter gives one a lot of control over how it can appear in a look. The shades in this finish seemed to fade a little faster on me with six to seven hour wear on average.

Browse all of our NABLA Cosmetics Just Pearl Eyeshadow swatches.

Ingredients

mica, talc, diisopropyl sebacate, squalane, zinc stearate, tocopherol, prunus armeniaca kernel oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid. [+/− (may contain): ci 77891, ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499, ci 77510, ci 77007, ci 77288, ci 77289, ci 77742, ci 15850, ci 19140, ci 74260].

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Cleo
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Cleo
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Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Glitz

NABLA Cosmetics Glitz Just Pearl Eyeshadow ($8.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a golden bronze with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, dense texture that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out easily without losing its coverage or shine. This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.09 oz. - $88.89 Per Ounce

The brand has a few different powder eyeshadow formulations, and because they don't just differ in finish but in price, they're listed as individual formulas on Temptalia, but for ease, I wanted to keep the same overview available so it's easy to get a big picture overview of their powder eyeshadows generally!

Just Pearl Eyeshadows are supposed to "apply evenly, blend well" with "excellent skin adhesion" and "long-lasting" wear with high pigmentation. These are your m re typical shimmery, powdery eyeshadow formula with light creaminess, moderately dense textures, and are usually quite easy to blend out. Most of the shades had semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation that lasted between seven and eight hours on me. Some shades were very metallic and others were a soft frost.

Top Coat Wet & Dry Eyeshadows are supposed to give a "wet effect" and can be used wet or dry but are suggested to be used by "dabbing them on with your fingers" or "trying it wet." I found that these varied--some were really soft, blendable, and extremely pigmented with more fleck-like sparkle and others were drier and firmer with a thinner texture that was stiffer to work with. Most of them did apply best with fingertips or with a dampened brush over a dry brush. This finish is more interesting than the others, but I'd pay attention to the specific shades as there was some inconsistency. The wear time ranged from six to eight hours and slight to moderate fallout.

Satin Eyeshadows are supposed to have a "gentle sheen" with "the finest pearls" that will have "excellent adhesion" and be "long-lasting." They can also be applied wet or dry, and some shades did apply more smoothly or had better pigmentation when applied with a dampened brush, but the majority were easy to work with dry. The texture was smooth, firm but not too dense, and most shades blended out easily as the formula wasn't stiff to work with. Most shades lasted seven to eight hours.

Super Matte Eyeshadows are "highly pigmented, completely opaque" with a "full, velvety" finish. The Super Mattes have a more finely-milled, velvety, and more substantial texture compared to the brand's Soft Matte eyeshadows, and I also found that they were much more pigmented than the Soft Mattes, too. There was more fallout during application if I wasn't careful due to the Super Matte shades being so pigmented, though. If one prefers building up coverage, the Soft Mattes would be more suitable. The eyeshadows in this finish tended to wear seven to eight hours on me.

Soft Matte Eyeshadows are supposed to give a "soft and delicate" effect while blending "easily." While the brand mentions "soft and delicate," the swatches they provided of the shades in this finish were showing opaque coverage in one layer, so the expectation would be for true, full color coverage, but a lot of the shades in the finish seemed more muted (which could be interpreted as "soft and delciate"). My experience was that the pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque but most shades were buildable, and I felt like buildable, matte eyeshadows are much needed and quite versatile--there's a huge difference in a poorly pigmented eyeshadow and one that can be pigmented, just requiring two layers--the latter gives one a lot of control over how it can appear in a look. The shades in this finish seemed to fade a little faster on me with six to seven hour wear on average.

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Ingredients

mica, talc, diisopropyl sebacate, squalane, zinc stearate, tocopherol, prunus armeniaca kernel oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid. [+/− (may contain): ci 77891, ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499, ci 77510, ci 77007, ci 77288, ci 77289, ci 77742, ci 15850, ci 19140, ci 74260].

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