Blythe H.
Review for: Uncensored - perfect universal red more...
Holy. Hell.

This might be the single most pigmented lip product on the market.  Calling it paint is no joke.  The consistency is quite thin, but it's so pigmented that you don't even need lipliner with it.  Uncensored was the only color for a long time and it isn't hard to see why: this is the single most flattering universal red.  Not too bright or too dark.  Not too orange or pink.  This is a true red.  It is stunning and can work so well on every skin tone.

This is not as drying as I expected it to be.  I also like the thinner consistency because it isn't cakey like a lot of liquid lipsticks.  And, though it is a matte finish, this is NOT transfer-proof.  This stuff lasts forever, but it will get on EVERYTHING.  

Fenty is cruelty-free, which is wonderful.  I can't wait to try more of these.
Fair
Hazel
Brunette
Review for: I Can't Live Without, At Night, If Only, I Woke Up more...
These lipsticks are yet another one of Hourglass' gimmick products.  You can buy the case (the slimline gold tube with one pointed end) and the buy the refills to go into the packaging.  You could easily buy the refills without the case, though, as that's a more economical way to go.  

With these lipsticks, you don't get a ton of product, but the lipstick itself is very shiny and pigmented.  It's nicely hydrating and lasts a decent amount of time.  I have collected a few of these through Hourglass' excellent holidays sets, where you receive one or more metal packages with several refills.  These are quite expensive regularly, but the sets are a steal!
Fair
Hazel
Brunette
Review for Hourglass - Girl Lip Stylo Lipstick (Peacemaker) - 3 weeks, 1 day ago
These lipstick crayons are pricey, but they really are excellent.  Let me just say, the lip crayon shape is just a gimmick.  These are far too glossy to be substituted as lipliners, but they do have good pigment and are very nice lipsticks.  They last decently long for a hydrating product, but you will need to reapply throughout the day.
Fair
Hazel
Brunette
Review for Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick - 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Review for: Champagne Flash more...
This stick has a beautiful powder/dry finish, which is unusual for a cream stick.  After applying, it takes about one minute to set, which is lovely because it's not sliding all over the place.  It's quite a strong highlight, so use a light hand and build up would be my best recommendation.  I apply to my face and use my fingers to blend.  What I like most is that this is a pearly sheen and not shimmery or glittery at all.
Fair
Combination
Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Hazel
Review for NARS Hot Tryst Cheek Palette 6 x 0.08 oz/ 2.35 g - 4 weeks, 1 day ago
This is a gorgeous palette of cheek products.  I see it as four blushes, one highlighter and one bronzer, though the way you use these is entirely up to you.  The formula is very pigmented and applies like a satin finish, with a bit of dimension.  There's something for everyone here in terms of both bright and muted options.  Having them in one convenient palette is quite nice and the dollar value is excellent.

I docked one star because this is not a cruelty-free product (as NARS used to be a CF pioneer), and NARS needs to fix that ASAP.
Fair
Combination
Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Hazel
Review for CLINIQUE Get Cheeky Holiday Palette - 4 weeks, 1 day ago
This is probably the best value holiday set being released this year.  This is a set of three full-size cheek pop blushes in very flattering and versatile colours: nude pop, pink honey pop and black honey pop.  The first is a beautiful light nude, the second is a rosey nude and the third is a rich red-nude.  The formula of these blushes is smooth and application is seameless and there is zero fallout or kick-up.  For the price of one regular blush and change, you're getting three.

I docked one star because Clinique is NOT cruelty-free and needs to adapt its practices.
Fair
Combination
Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Hazel
FINALLY! A rival for Modern Renaissance in terms of quality and versatility! I was massively disappointed by Soft Glam because it ended up being so orange that it really wasn’t a neutral palette at all. Also, SG quality was half-way between MR and Subculture, so not amazing. Sultry is perfection!

The main criticisms about Sultry are what I enjoy so much about it! It’s a beautiful palette of neutrals that can vary from office-appropriate subtlety to smokey drama. Blossom, the garish coral, is the only one I avoid because ew. The formulas are soft and dusty, but tap the excess off your brush before application and you’re fine. It does mean they won’t last as long. I have an extensive collection and I never buy backups, but I might for this one as it’s limited edition and I love it that much.
Fair
Hazel
Review for M.A.C Cosmetics 266 Synthetic Small Angle Brush - 1 month, 1 week ago
I've had one of these in my arsenal for almost twenty years.  It's nothing fancy, but this brush is the best liner brush to be used in conjunction with gel products.  It holds its shape well and is wonderful for creating a precise/subtle line (though you can thicken the layer to create a more dramatic look if you'd like).  MAC has done away with their line of animal hair brushes and their entire line now consists of brush with synthetic (cruelty-free) fibers, which is wonderful!
Review for Tom Ford Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme Eau De Parfum - 1 month, 2 weeks ago
I've been wearing Tom Ford's Black Orchid for years, but I only recently discovered this gem and it might be eclipsing my original choice.  Noir Pour Femme lacks a bit of the spice that Black Orchid has, but it has more of a smooth, creamy finish.  It is also not quite a strong, which may be a good or bad thing depending on your preference.  It is smokey and alluring and absolutely beautiful.  This is a sophisticated scent and lacks sugary sweetness or pungent fruity notes.  There is definitely vanilla here.  I love it.
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