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24 Sep

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24 Sep

Hocus Pocus

MAC Hocus Pocus Eyeshadow x 8 Palette ($35.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a new, limited edition eight-pan palette that features four matte eyeshadows, one more satin-pearl shade, and three more sparkly shades (Pressed Pigments). The Pressed Pigment formula is an unusual addition to a pre-made MAC palette, but it is a formula that’s been released individually in the past and is supposed to have “sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage” that can be used wet or dry. The coverage ranged from sheer to medium and greater, depending on the shade, but they all had more translucent bases packed with larger flecks of glitter and sparkle.

The matte eyeshadows felt more velvety and seemed to have a bit of glide and slip to them, though they weren’t as consistent in application as I expected, and they weren’t as blendable as they should have been, which was also a surprising result based on the texture and the type of tones they are (if we were talking about a matte purple eyeshadow, I wouldn’t have been caught off-guard!).

After five attempts using this palette, I had the best luck dusting translucent powder onto my lid, letting that sit for a few minutes, and then using a thin layer of eyeshadow primer, but I would stay away from using it over bare skin or over a tacky/creamy base, as both seemed more likely to produce patchier results.

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MAC Lo and Behold Eyeshadow
MAC Lo and Behold Eyeshadow
MAC Lo and Behold Eyeshadow
MAC Lo and Behold Eyeshadow
MAC Lo and Behold Eyeshadow
MAC Lo and Behold Eyeshadow

Lo and Behold

Lo and Behold is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the texture was smooth, velvety, and blendable without being too firmly nor too loosely-pressed into the pan. It was the best-performing matte shade in the palette, yet it was one of the more vivid/deeper shades, so that was unexpected–normally darker mattes can be harder to blend out. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

La-di-da

La-di-da is a light, peachy gold with sparkle that shifted from gold to pink. It had sheer to semi-sheer, buildable coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage when applied wet. The consistency was dense, firm without being too stiff (though I’d use a synthetic brush and push gently at the surface to dislodge pigment), and adhered well to bare skin with brushes as well as fingertips. There was slight fallout after eight hours of wear.

Blanche Cloud Nine

Blanche Cloud Nine is a muted, medium rosy mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single layer paired with a soft, velvety texture that was lightly powdery in the pan, but I didn’t have issues with fallout during application.

The first time I tried this shade, it did not apply evenly and left bald patches in places as I attempted to spread and blend out the product. The second time I used it, it was more forgiving and while it wasn’t effortless, it blended out without too much work. It seemed to perform similarly over MAC’s eyeshadow primer–better but not perfect–and the fourth time I used it on bare skin, it appeared slightly patchy as the matte powder darkened a bit in places. On me, it showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear.

Brownie Points

Brownie Points is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry and mostly opaque coverage applied wet, and it had buildable pigmentation overall. The texture felt smooth, lightly emollient to the touch, and had good adherence to bare skin without fallout, though the pan itself seemed a little stiff. This shade didn’t have as many larger particles in it, so it also had better overall wear as it lasted for eight hours and I didn’t notice fallout over time.

Touch Wood

Touch Wood is a light-medium, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The eyeshadow had a smooth, slightly firmer texture, and it didn’t feel as velvety (but it wasn’t prone to sheering out) as the other mattes in the palette. It applied fairly evenly and blended out decently, but it took more effort than ideal. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before I noticed some fading.

Lie Low

Lie Low is a light brown with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that sheered out a bit when initially applied, even over an eyeshadow primer. The eyeshadow blended out well along the edges and was easy to use. It stayed on nicely for seven hours before fading noticeably.

All in All

All in All is a light, golden peach with warm, orange undertones and flecks of pale peach and gold sparkle and glitter. It had medium coverage applied dry and semi-sheer coverage applied wet, which was unusual, but I felt like using it with a dampened brush resulted in the product sliding around enough that it created sheerness instead.

The texture was smooth to the touch, lightly creamy with moderate slip. The eyeshadow applied evenly and was buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage (two to three layers). It wore well for eight hours with some fallout over time.

Carbon-Copy

Carbon-Copy is a light pink with warmer undertones and a golden shimmer throughout. The texture was incredibly soft, smooth, and blendable to the touch, though slightly dusty to work with. The pigmentation was semi-opaque and buildable. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

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24 Sep

Pat McGrath has extended the brand’s offering quite a bit since its long-awaited debut! I’m sharing the best Pat McGrath products I’ve tested and reviewed in this post–that’s 50 of the top-rated products the brand has released and are still available today. Pat McGrath is likely known best for the Mothership Palettes, though don’t overlook the MTHRSHP.  The brand also has a plethora of lip products, which can overwhelming at first glance, so the recommendations below should help!

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Top 50 Best Pat McGrath Products

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Gold Standard is a bright, medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The color payoff was opaque in one layer, while the…

Gold Standard is a bright, medium gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The color payoff was opaque in one layer, while the…

Lapis Luxury is a rich, medium-dark blue-teal with cool undertones and a bright, metallic finish. The eyeshadow had a creamy consistency that was…

Lapis Luxury is a rich, medium-dark blue-teal with cool undertones and a bright, metallic finish. The eyeshadow had a creamy consistency that was…

Crimson Fire is a rich, deep copper with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had fantastic color coverage in a single layer,…

Crimson Fire is a rich, deep copper with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had fantastic color coverage in a single layer,…

Sextrovert is a medium bronze with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in one stroke, while the consistency was…

Sextrovert is a medium bronze with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in one stroke, while the consistency was…

Synthetica is a medium purple with a subtle, cooler undertone paired with multi-colored flecks of sparkle. It seemed almost like it had a blackened…

Synthetica is a medium purple with a subtle, cooler undertone paired with multi-colored flecks of sparkle. It seemed almost like it had a blackened…

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More Pat McGrath Recommendations

Over time, I’ve also included roundups of the top-rated shades as the brand has released new formulas or shade extensions, so here are links to those posts for handy reference!

Most Recent Pat McGrath Palette: Midnight Sun

You can check out our review + swatches for the new palette here.

More Pat McGrath Reviews & Swatches

Need more help figuring out what Pat McGrath products are worth the money? See below for quick links to several of the brand’s top selling formulas:

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23 Sep

I’ll always be biased with Anastasia and I’m apologetically admitting it. Anastasia Soare is a Romanian, like me, and it’s not the `compatriot` feeling necessarily speaking; it’s just that I know she is a hard working women who came to America and took her passion (eyebrows) to a new level; she improved techniques and developed a system; she raised from the ground to doing eyebrows of celebrities.

Speaking about the brand in itself, I only like some of their brow products; the Brow Wiz, the Brow Definer and the Brow Gel are products I’ll go back again and again (even if there are cheaper dupes) because they are simply amazing.
I simply don’t care about the ABH eyeshadow palettes; never purchased one and most likely never will. The only products I mildly have an interest in are her brushes (I love the A23, but you can dupe it with some ELF and Real technique brushes).
I do think they should spend more efforts in eyeshadow singles, not just popping out palettes. Or at least make the palettes customizable (being able to pop-out shades as you finish them and replace them with singles).

I do feel like Norvina should be set loose as a different brand, not incorporated in the main ABH branding. It’s strictly personal, but I would definitely see three brands in there: one purely just for brow products and services, one for the `regular` make-up artist (the classic kind that does wedding or other classic photo-shoots make-up), one for the `creative/rebellious` make-up artist (the playground of Norvina).

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23 Sep

Formula Overview

$26.00/0.12 oz. – $216.67 Per Ounce

NARS has reformulated their core lipstick range, which now includes 72 shades across three finishes: matte, sheer, and satin. The formula is supposed to go on “smoothly and evenly with a light feel” that is “long-lasting” and “resistant to bleeding and feathering.” The sheer finish has “subtle, sheer color that shines,” while the satin finish has “creamy rich color” and the matte finish has “intense color with a velvety finish.”

The matte finish has a very thin, featherweight feel to it, but they didn’t feel clingy or too prone to dragging during application, though they were definitely a firmer texture in the tube. There was enough glide from the inclusion of dimethicone (first ingredient for the matte finish) that went on evenly, felt velvety but didn’t feel as powder-like as some of the other more silicone-heavy matte lipstick formulas that have been released in the last couple of years. Most shades were pigmented and nearly opaque to opaque. The wear ranged from three to six hours with deeper, richer shades staying on a bit longer and leaving slight stains. They were comfortable to wear but felt more non-drying than particularly hydrating.

The satin finish has more slip, feels thicker (though not actually thick or heavy) compared to the matte finish, and of course, there was subtle to light shine/sheen. They applied smoothly, comfortably, and for the most part, went on evenly and didn’t sink noticeably into my lip lines but there was some variance between shades. They were typically semi-opaque to opaque in coverage with four to six-hour wear that was lightly hydrating.

The sheer finish had coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to true medium coverage but most had some translucency to them, which gave them a sheerer finish. I found most of the shades I tried were buildable to some degree. The texture was a bit firmer, but they felt more emollient and “melted” a bit more against my lips than I recall the original line of lipsticks doing. Some shades applied well with even application and were flattering on, but there were a few that sank more noticeably into my lip lines. This finish tended to wear between three and five hours.

I don’t have many of NARS’ original lipsticks in my stash (I have mostly Audacious as they haven’t been releasing many in the core range) to compare to. The matte finish was definitely thinner, more matte, and had a velvetier look on lips compared to the original which had a subtle sheen to it. The satin finish seemed a bit more pigmented and not quite as luminous/glossy as the previous formula, while the sheer finish was creamier, more emollient, and was easier to apply. It didn’t feel like a vastly different formula, but it felt a bit easier to work with (smoother, more emollient but still lighterweight and thin, far less slip than any of the Audacious range) and was more comfortable to wear across the board for me.

I didn’t notice any scent or taste, though there is “fragrance (parfum)” listed in the ingredients–it smelled neutral, not waxy but I just didn’t get any scent.

Browse all of our NARS Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Matte: Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Isohexadecane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Kaolin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Polysilicone-11, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyapatite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Propylene Carbonate ·Simethicone, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, [+/- ( May Contain): Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]. Sheer: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Triisostearin, Diisostearyl Malate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Aminobutyric Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide ·Fragrance (Parfum), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, [+/- ( May Contain): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850)]. Satin: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydroxyapatite, Diisostearyl Malate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glyceryl Behenate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Calcium Stearate, Tin Oxide, Simethicone, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 (Ci 17200), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)].

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23 Sep

Cold Comfort

MAC Cold Comfort Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($38.50 for 0.28 oz.) is a pale lavender with cool undertones and finely-milled shimmer that shifted subtly from bluish-white to cool lavender. It seemed to have more of a translucent base instead of a white base, which should make it more workable across skin tones.

It had a light-to-moderate glow applied dry and could be intensified to a shinier, more metallic finish if applied with a wet brush. The texture was firmer in the pan without being stiff, though I felt like the raised design made it a bit harder to get an even pick up of product. The highlighter applied evenly to bare skin and blended out easily. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading visibly.

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23 Sep
Anastasia Norvina Vol. 3 Palette (September 2019)
Anastasia Norvina Vol. 3 Palette (September 2019)
Anastasia Norvina Vol. 3 Palette (September 2019)
Anastasia Norvina Vol. 3 Palette (September 2019)
Anastasia Norvina Vol. 3 Palette (September 2019)
Anastasia Norvina Vol. 3 Palette (September 2019)

Release Date + About the Launch

Anastasia and Norvina just announced the final installment in the Norvina palette series, Volume 3, which arrives at Sephora on September 26th online and in-store. The palette will be available exclusively at Sephora, per the brand’s Instagram.

9/26 online and in-store

Products in the Launch

Anastasia Norvina Vol. 3 Pigment Palette, $60.00 (Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive)

Following on the heels of the announcement of Norvina Vol. 2 Palette, Vol. 3 will launch simultaneously alongside as the “fall” inspired palette.  We expect the brand to reveal more details, including photos, shortly and will update this post as more information becomes available.  At this time, we know there will be 30 shades, likely including warmer, fall tones (as indicated by the inspiration as well as the initial campaign imagery) with a mix of mattes (Pressed Pigments and Eyeshadows) and shimmers.

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23 Sep

If you’re just learning how to apply liquid highlighters, there can be a bit of a learning curve, especially if you’re trying to get a more intense effect or if you tend to wear a lot of matte foundation or heavier coverage base products.  Liquid highlighters share a similar application method as cream highlighters, but I’ve separated the two as they can be a little different at times.

Where to Apply Liquid Highlighter

Decide how you’re going to incorporate liquid highlighter into your routine.  Liquid highlighters are rather versatile; they can be mixed into your foundation, primer, or moisturizer for an all-over luminous effect, or they can be applied like powder highlighter to specific areas.  They can be applied all over the face after primer (not mixed in) and so forth.

If you just want to mix in, you’ll have to experiment with the right ratio for your desired effect, but there application is pretty much the same as how you’d apply what you’re mixing it in with (e.g. you wouldn’t change how you apply your foundation, you’d just be mixing in the highlighter with the foundation prior to applying it).

Best Tools for Liquid Highlighter

Choose your tool!  Over time, I find I really prefer fingertips when it comes to cream and liquid highlighters.  They are just efficient, effective, and easier than brushes–they are more reliable in my experience.  This is particularly true when mixing with other products, like moisturizer or liquid foundation, or when the liquid highlighter formula is less watery.

Use a beautyblender or sponge

Brushes can be more forgiving and minimize patchiness (as well as potential for lifting up base products, if you’re applying liquid highlighter on top of foundation and the like), and some formulas seem to apply better with brushes when applied as targeted highlighters (so on top of something).

I do prefer a brush when working with very pigmented liquid formulas, though, as the brush is better at getting a sheerer application.  You’ll want to choose a synthetic brush, and I like more traditional, tapered highlighting brushes or slightly flat, domed-shaped brushes (I like the Real Techniques Setting Brush, $7.99 and MAC 159S Duo Fibre Blush Brush, $35).

You can also use a dampened sponge when working with more pigmented liquid highlighters, and I sometimes find sponges work well for more watery formulas, too (but it hasn’t been as consistent).

3 Steps to Apply Liquid Highlighter

Pat on product across the area you want, don’t sweep.  For liquid highlighters, I like to pat on the product, let it sink in/absorb/set slightly (there’s usually more time to play with liquid highlighters compared to cream highlighters) before I get to blending.

I find sweeping motions are more likely to disturb base products underneath the highlighter, so patting the product on in gentle pats across whatever area you’re hoping to have it on is better than sweeping in a fluid motion like I prefer for powder highlighter.

Because of this, it’s better to pick up a small amount of product and then pick up more product as needed to cover the area to your desired intensity level.  You’ll also want to try to get an even layer of product and then build up just where you want the effect the most intense at the end.

Use gentle buffing motions and pulling motions to disperse/spread product.  I like using the edge of my index or middle finger to gently work the highlighter into a seamlessly blended application.  The edge is clean of product, so I’m not adding more, and it has the right level of natural texture to move product without disturbing my base.  When I work with a brush, I use gentle, buffing motions and gently pulling the product beyond the initial edge to diffuse and get a gradual blend.

How to Apply Liquid HighlighterHow to Apply Liquid HighlighterHow to Apply Liquid Highlighter
Marc Jacobs Beauty Fantasy Dew Drops

You’ll probably want to skip the setting powder.  Or apply setting powder prior to your liquid or cream highlight.  Most liquid and cream formulas perform in two days:  they go from wet to dry (and pretty much set themselves) or they stay wet (as wet as they go on or be a little less wet than the initial application).

You can absolutely applying setting powder over a wet-to-dry formula, but it may not be necessary.  For a formula that stays wet or glossy on the skin, setting powder can make the application uneven as the glossy highlight will almost “eat” the powder; you’ll also lose the wet effect, which is sort of the goal of that type of formula.

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23 Sep

Learning how to apply shimmery eyeshadow is easier than you think!  Shimmery eyeshadows tend to have softer, more forgiving formulas that blend more readily. I’ve rounded up my go-to tips for working with shimmer and metallic eyeshadows from figuring out what method to start with, what brushes work better, and how to modify your technique to achieve the effect you desire.

Step 1: Choose Your Tool

Consider how you prefer to apply your shimmery eyeshadows before buying a particular formula.  These days, there are more formulations and shades releasing that are best with fingertips, which some have no problem using and others loathe to do so.  I know that for me, while patting a shimmer onto the center of the lid isn’t a hassle, while trying to maneuver color into my inner lid or outer lid with any semblance of precision is nearly impossible with my fingertips!

Other times, an eyeshadow might look its best when applied with a dampened brush (whether water or an adhesive spray, like MAC Fix+), and this is not always a step someone wants to bother with.  You’ll want to look for key phrases like “wet/dry” or “use fingertips for best pigmentation.”

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Step 2: Choose the Effect

For greater pigmentation, you’ll want to use denser brushes for creamier formulas and press and gently push and pat the color into place.  The denser brush will do a better job picking up product and then give you greater precision and help with the pressure needed to pat, pack, and press the eyeshadow into place.  I gently pull and sweep in very small back-and-forth motions (like 1-2mm in range) as needed to disperse and spread the eyeshadow over the lid.

Intensify the sheen and shine using a dampened brush or applicator.  With most shimmery shades (true frosts and metallics; satins can depend), it doesn’t usually matter whether a dampened brush is used directly in the pan or not but it’s never a bad idea to pick up product first and then spritz the brush after.

By dampening the brush, it helps bind the eyesahdow better and yields a smoother, more metallic/reflective finish and can sometimes deepen the actual hue of the shade.  Your best bet would be to use an adhesive spray, like MAC Fix+, which dampens but also improves the hold, too.

For a sheerer effect, use a fluffy brush to blow out and diffuse the shimmer.  I know, I know, why did you buy a metallic eyeshadow if you didn’t want a metallic one?  It’s about getting the most out of your eyeshadow–just because it’s metallic doesn’t mean you can’t tamp it down a bit for a different look.  By using a less dense brush, you’ll get a softer result, including the shimmer, and you can get a wet-looking lid while you’re at it.

Fingertips also work well for applying a shimmery eyeshadow all over the lid, as the fingertip’s warmth helps to spread and really diffuse the edges for a one-and-done look.

Step 3: Fixing Common Problems

If you feel like the eyeshadow you’ve used is too metallic, try patting a matte eyeshadow on top to minimize the metallic or shimmery finish.  This can work with translucent powder, but I tend to prefer using a satin or matte shade in a similar hue lightly patted on, which doesn’t alter the base color too much but can tamp down a metallic eyeshadow that might be emphasizing my lid’s texture.

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Smooth out the shimmer of a drier eyeshadow with a dampened brush or a fingertip.  Oh, that shimmer eyeshadow looked so pretty in the pan but on the lid it looks a little blah or almost dry or gritty on the lid instead of reflective and sparkling? It’s not too late–if you press lightly with a fingertip, it can help “melt” the product onto the lid or a lightly dampened brush (without any additional product) minimizes the dryness and can smooth the eyeshadow significantly.

You can even take a dampened brush (without additional product) and gently press and pat over the shimmery eyeshadow to help smooth it out for a more refined finish — this is especially useful if the shimmer emphasized lid texture!

Avoid fallout by using a tacky base or glitter glue/adhesive with sparkling and glittery eyeshadows.  Glitter formulations are getting better over time, but there are still quite a few variations out there that, while not as bad as before, can still have fallout over time and nobody wants glitter in the eye.

I use something like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy or Too Faced Glitter Glue, which both help quite a bit (the latter is better for a full-on glitter/sparkle product).  I keep glitter glues confined to the area I want glitter, because I find that other, more traditional eyeshadow bases/primers are easier to apply and blend product over than glitter glues.

For more tips and tricks on applying eyeshadow, check out this post!

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22 Sep

Viseart Grande Pro Vol. 3 Palette ($175.00) is the newest in the Grande Pro series, which are larger format palettes that contain 30, full-sized shades (that are removable). Per Viseart, all of the shades in the palette are new and exclusive to the palette.

Notably, it’s marketed as a Pigment palette, and in the FAQ on the palette, one question is “can all shades be used in the eye area” with the answer given as “This palette is made with the finest pigment and is EU (European Union) compliant for use in eye makeup.”

Grande Pro Vol. 3 Swatches

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