Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals Palette

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I was super excited to see that Lime Crime was doing a highlighter palette! This one is simply called "Opals," which makes me wonder if there will be other finishes in the future, such as metallics.
The packaging is very pretty yet very plain. It has an opal/iridescent cardboard - I took pictures with and without flash to try and show this.
There is no mirror on the inside, and the shades are just called "Pink, Gold, and Peach." The colors look pretty boring in the pans, but once you get them on your skin they are gorgeous.
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They are all pretty pigmented and they blend out nicely. They apply very smoothly as well. The peach comes off as more red on me, but it's really unique because I don't have another highlighter that shade currently in my collection.

This retails for $38 on - each shade is .25 oz of product, about the same size as the Urban Decay blushes, which retail for $26 each. When you look at it that way, that seems like a pretty decent price!

Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Blinded By The Light

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Too Faced recently launched their Love Light collection, and the thing I was most interested in were the highlighters, the shade Blinded By The Light in particular. Too Faced KILLED it with the packaging on these - they're gorgeous! Mirrored little hearts with the products itself having that gemstone texture? I love it! The $30 price tag is pretty off-putting, I will admit, but the product is very nice so I'll let that slide (lol).
Blinded By The Light is a pale champagne. This is much more subtle than I thought it would be, but it's quite buildable.
The pattern on the product just pulls it all together. I absolutely love the way it looks!
As you can see, it's not one of those "blinding" highlighters like I usually go for, but instead is much more subtle. This is most definitely an everyday wearable highlighter, and I do appreciate that. It's not amazing and out of this world, but it is very pretty. There isn't any glitter in it, and it is super smooth - it feels a lot like the Hourglass ambient lighting powders, in my opinion. You get 9.0 grams.

I picked up mine from Sephora!

Wet n' Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick in Rebel Rose

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I am so late on the bandwagon for the Liquid Catsuit lipsticks from Wet n' Wild! I kept hearing great things about them but they were always out of stock whenever I found any displays of them. I finally ordered from the Wet n' Wild website and picked up the shade Rebel Rose to try it out.
Everything about the packaging is so similar to the Jeffree Star lipsticks, that was one of the first things I noticed. Even the applicator has the same little dip in the end of it to help hug your lips. These have no scent, so that is a good thing for those of you who hate scented lip products.
Rebel Rose is a deep pink shade, a great everyday color for me. I am blown away by this formula - it is by far the best drugstore liquid lipstick I've come across yet. It's super opaque, transfer proof, dries down matte, and doesn't dry out your lips. I thought sure these were going to be one of the "this is so pretty but it's killing my lips and I need to take it off" products, but nope - it's awesome!
I DEFINITELY recommend these if you like liquid lipsticks. For $4.99 you can't go wrong!

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders in Snow Rose and Twilight Tint

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If you're into the color-shifting highlighters like I am, you will LOVE the new Duo Chromatic ones from NYX!
I picked two of the lightest shades, Snow Rose and Twilight Tint.
Snow Rose looks white, but when applied it gives a subtle pink glow when it hits the light.
I swatched over one of my tattoos for these, because you can sort of see the color shift better over the black. These were pretty hard to photograph and the photos don't do them justice!
Twilight Tint is a blue duochrome shade - so pretty!
Out of the two, Twilight Tint is definitely more pigmented. Snow Rose gives more of an iridescent finish. I was really surprised with how smoothly these apply, because a lot of NYX powder products are pretty hit or miss for me. These are very, very nice, apply beautifully and blend with minimal effort. I would definitely recommend these to anyone who loves fun highlight shades without a bunch of glitter/sparkle in them!!

I purchased mine from Ulta when they were having a buy one, get one free sale! They put NYX on sale quite often there. Plus, I HATE how long the NYX website takes to ship when you order from them. I'm too impatient!

Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette

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Ah, the Androgyny palette. I almost didn't buy this because I wasn't the biggest fan of the Beauty Killer palette. Most of the colors in that one just did not work for me, no matter what I did with them. However, I decided to give this one a chance when Jeffree said that they reformulated the shadows, and it turned out to be pretty good. I will say, the mattes swatch terribly for the most part, but what a difference when you use them on your eyes! They work far better with a brush than they do just swatching them with your finger.

As you can see in the photo above, the outside box that the palette came in was a deep maroon. I think it would have been awesome if the palette itself was that color as well - it seems like it would suit the colors inside better. But, they stuck with the Jeffree hot pink theme. Instead of being smooth like the first palette, this one has a snakeskin pattern on it.
The mirror on the inside is a pretty good size, and it has an antique style border around it. Inside are 10 shadows, each 0.09 oz.

Frosting is a pale gold shimmer.
Safe Word is the perfect transition shade - a pale tan matte.
Charm is a cool orange matte.
Deja Vu is a metallic copper. This on is insanely pigmented!
Dominatrix is a matte brown with a slight red tone to it.
Androgyny is a matte mauvey purple.
Fetish is a deep shimmery red with red sparkles.
Military is a matte army green and this is by far my favorite shade in the palette. This is definitely the one that stands out and is most unique.
Poison is a matte teal. This one performs so much better on the eyes than how it swatched here, I promise!
Swallow is a matte deep blue. Same as Poison, this one performs much better with a brush. It definitely has a drier texture, which might be why it doesn't swatch that well.
It's weird to me because Posion and Swallow look almost identical on the skin, even though Poison is more green and Swallow is more blue in the pan. Other than that little detail, I have been enjoying the palette. At first I thought the mattes were going to be awful because of how they swatched, but that just goes to show you can't always rely on just finger swatching!!

The shadows blend very nicely on the eyes and are a huge step up from the Beauty Killer palette. I know so many people loved that one, but I just couldn't get it to work for me. I'm wondering if it was a quality control issue where some of the ones that went out were just duds? Either way, I enjoy the Androgyny palette far more than Beauty Killer!

You can purchase the palette from Jeffree Star Cosmetics or from Beautylish, which is where I got mine! (Beautylish ships much faster so I usually stick with them!)

Anastasia x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

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This is long overdue, but today I am finally getting around to reviewing the Nicole Guerriero collab with Anastasia, her beautiful Glow Kit!
The palette itself is cardboard, and like the other Glow Kits it does not have a mirror on the inside. It's no big deal to me, but it's definitely worthwhile to note in case you were planning on traveling with it.
The palette comes in a cardboard sleeve that is the same color (pinky peach) and has the same glittery finish as the palette itself. Inside are 6 highlight shades:

At first glance, I thought this was going to be a palette that was way too dark for me, but these are all shades that you can use even if you're pale like I am! 
Kitty Kat is a pinky toned shade. It works well as a highlighter, or to give any pinky blush some shimmer.
Forever Young is a gorgeous champagne with a very slight pink undertone. This is probably my favorite because I'm a sucker for champagne highlighters.
Daydream is a peach that has a little bit of iridescence to it.
 Forever Lit is a white with a bit of blue duochrome to it. This one is amazing on its own, or you can mix it with any of the other shades to make them lighter! This is the beauty of having a white highlighting shade in this palette - if any of the shades are too dark for you to use on their own, this will lighten them up!
Glo Getter is a light gold shade. Very pretty for summer time and getting that bronzey glow!
Last but not least we have 143, which is a more coppery golden shade.

All of these shades are ridiculously pigmented and buttery. I am really happy I decided to pick this palette up, because I have been using it a TON!! You can purchase it from Sephora!