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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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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.

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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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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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22 Sep

ColourPop Lilac You a Lot Eyeshadow Palette is the newest in the brand’s monochromatic palette series. At a glance, it runs a bit cooler-toned than the It’s My Pleasure palette, but I see overlap, too, within that same glance (dupes are the last step in the review process, but I’ll be sure to add them when I get to the review!).

There are several other products (most in sets) to coordinate with this palette, but they included (mostly) recently reviewed products, so I only swatched the new palette, which you’ll find next up in this post.

Lilac You a Lot Palette Swatches

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22 Sep

Overdramatic

Colour Pop Overdramatic Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper with warm, rusty-red undertones and a matte finish. The blush had good color coverage in one layer when applied with a fingertip, and it had more buildable coverage from semi-sheer to mostly opaque when applied with a stippling brush, which was in line with the marketing.

The denser, more clay-like texture–velvety and smooth to the touch but never felt wet or really cream-like–responded better with fingertips than brushes, as I felt like I had to use a firmer hand to really swirl and drag my brush into the product for coverage. It does apply well with fingertips (which has always been my preferred method of application for the Super Shock Cheeks anyway!) as it goes on evenly, diffused with little effort, and smoothed out my skin texture slightly. I had no trouble applying in over bare skin or on top of foundation, though it took more layers to really build it up with a brush. It stayed on well for nine and a half hours before fading visibly.

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21 Sep
MAC x Pony Park Collection Swatches
MAC x Pony Park Collection Swatches
MAC x Pony Park Collection Swatches
MAC x Pony Park Collection Swatches
MAC x Pony Park Collection Swatches
MAC x Pony Park Collection Swatches

MAC x Pony Park Collection is the newest launch from MAC, which features an eight-pan eyeshadow palette, two highlighters, one shade of plumping lipgloss, shimmery Fix+, and new liquid lipstick, Matte Lip Mousse (available in nine shades). It’s currently available as early access for Nordy Club members (at Nordstrom) and MAC Lover/Pro members (at MAC x Pony Park Collection).

MAC x Pony Park Collection

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21 Sep

Cookie

Benefit Cookie Box o’ Powder Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm yellow-orange undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich color payoff in a single layer, though a lighter hand could be used to build up coverage more gradually if preferred.

The powder had a smooth, silky feel to it, which made it seem more cream-like, but it was definitely a powdery. I felt like the creaminess enabled it to blend out flawlessly but really meld with my skin. It had a high-shine finish, but it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture when worn more heavily. This shade stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading a bit.

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20 Sep

In Natasha Denona’s holiday 2019 collection, there are two gold-hued products that launched earlier this week, which I’ve swatched and included below. The holiday launch includes a mini, five-pan palette, highlighting duo, and a mega eyeshadow palette.

Natasha Denona Gold Mini Palette ($25.00) is a Sephora-exclusive and contains five, miniature-sized eyeshadows designed to complement the original Gold palette. The mini palette includes two mattes and three shimmers with one of the five shades being a repeat (Dark Sepia).

Natasha Denona Glow Gold Highlighter Duo ($42.00) is a new, ultra sparkly/metallic set of gold-hued highlighters.  It features the Diamond Powder and Super Glow highlighting formulas in new, exclusive shades.

If you’re looking for a review (and swatches!) of Natasha Denona’s Metropolis palette, you’ll find that here.

Natasha Denona Holiday 2019

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20 Sep

Expect to see more sneak peek swatches in the coming weeks as the holiday season has officially started (at least, for me!). I’ll be trying to get swatches up of the various holiday 2019 collections sooner rather than later and filling in with reviews as they’re ready! Today, I have swatches to share of the new, limited edition Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes to Hypnotise Palette and Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Gems Palette.

Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes to Hypnotise Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes to Hypnotise Eyeshadow Palette ($75.00) is a new, limited edition 12-pan palette that features nine shimmery shades and three matte eyeshadows.  It’s divided into four color groupings, though any combination of the shades could be used.  The palette was available for 24 hours earlier this week, though it’s expected to restock (and my guess is that it was more like “early access” with a full release to come).

Starry Eyes to Hypnotise Palette

Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eyeshadow Palette Swatches ($75.00) is a new, Nordstrom-exclusive palette that features seven Luxe Eye Shadows (which is the brand’s more expensive formula). Six of the shades were new to me, while Volcanic is available as a single.

Luxe Gems Palette

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