NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection

NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection includes three palettes, two blushes, six lipsticks, cream highlighter, and blotting papers. Here’s a recap of how well (or not!) everything performed…

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MAC x Nicopanda Collection

MAC x Nicopanda Collection features three eye/cheek palettes, standalone face powder, six lipsticks, and four lipglosses, which are swatched below. A few of the lipsticks were good, while I could see the glosses working for layering, but overall, this collection left me disappointed.

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Poison Rose

NARS Poison Rose Erdem Strange Flowers Lip Powder Palette ($49.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a new, limited edition lip palette that features one lip balm and four powder lipsticks. Per the brand, the Lip Powder formula is supposed to be “buildable, blendable” and can be used “with our without balm” and “worn alone or layered on lips” (per the press release). I recommend using the Lip Powders with the balm or some sort of creamy base, because they are, as one might expect, rather powdery and dry, so alone they tended to emphasize every single imperfection on my lips along with my lip lines and gave me a painfully tight (I could feel my lips protesting when I tried to smile in photos) lips as the formula clung and clung and clung. With the balm layered underneath or on top (I preferred on top for easier and more precise results), it was a lot more comfortable to wear and more forgiving on my lips.


Happy Saturday! I always enjoy seeing what makes up the week’s top ten highest-reviewed products, so I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well!

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Guerlain #65 Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color (2018) ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had faint pearl (more so than most shades in the formula) as well. The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and comfortable to apply and to wear without being too slippery. It had opaque color payoff that wore well for five and a half hours. The formula felt hydrating over time and didn’t settle into my lip lines but actually made them less prominent.

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Rosé on Ice

Fenty Beauty Rosé on Ice Fairy Bomb Glittering Pom Pom ($42.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a translucent dusting of fine, pale pink sparkle and micro-glitter. There’s not much “color” and the coverage was more like ultra sheer unless the body had any lotion/moisture left on it (which would hold the sparkles better) and then it was a step above ultra sheer. The brand described it as a “hyper-reflective, superfine glittering veil.” Veil should signal sheerness/translucency, so it’s on the right track, but the campaign imagery and the multi-skin toned swatches make it seem far more pigmented and intense than it actually was. It was extremely difficult to get the effect to translate into photos when I wore it on my decolletage, but in person, I saw slight sparkling at times.

The problem with something like this is that it’s just loose sparkle being applied to the skin… without something to help it adhere, it doesn’t have much longevity and doesn’t stay where it’s applied, so it transferred onto clothes (or in my case, my wrist pad at my desk). If I put it somewhere that never rubbed against clothes, there would still be some sparkles apparent (but less than I had initially applied) hours later but just gently rubbing my skin would remove most of the product. It absolutely amplified coverage and hold if patted over...

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ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadows ($5.00 for 0.05 oz.) are an excellent, budget-friendly powder eyeshadow choice. You can sometimes find them for $4.00 each and get a free four-pan palette to put them in, too. The downside is that their catalog changes frequently, so depending on how long after the original publishing date of this post, some shades may no longer be available. I tried to cross-reference with ColourPop’s website when building the following ideas to ensure the shade was available on the day this post was published.


Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow ($17.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a large range with over 100 shades, so it can be overwhelming trying to build your own quad (or palette). Now that I’ve reviewed the range, I’ve put together some “quad” ideas if you need some inspiration!


Metallic Mysteries

Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Metallic Mysteries Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.88 oz.) contains a wet/dry formula that are designed to be “highly pigmented” and the finish seems to be what intensifies when used with a damp brush. The pigmentation of two shades was fairly pigmented either way, but two shades were less pigmented when used dry. Otherwise, the textures were great–smooth, blendable, dense without being too firmly pressed–and easy to use with good, eight-hour wear across the board.



Colour Pop Dilly-Dally Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the consistency was smooth, spreadable, and easy to work with for even coverage. It didn’t have a full, flat-matte kind of dry down, but it did “set” to a transfer-resistant finish that had a touch of tackiness. The lipstick still looked quite good after seven hours of wear and was non-drying.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection

The Details Marc Jacobs Beauty summer collection, Coconut Fantasy, has just released. Now online for Rouge/VIB, coming soon for everyone Sephora

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  • Haul: MAC x Nicopanda (might have been late last week, actually… but I forgot to mention it!), Becca Dreamsicle, Sephora Bronzers, Givenchy Khol Couture (two shades), Sunday Riley The Influencer Foundation, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil Body Cleanser
  • Weekend plans: I’ve been a few days ahead on the blog, which is such a great feeling — well, ahead in the sense of having posts written and ready to go. I want to keep that up, so I’m hoping to spend a full day just adding dupes and then the second day writing up reviews.
  • Hot or cold beverages?: When I look at what I drink most often (lattes and decaffeinated tea), it seems like hot!

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Super Nude

KKW Beauty Super Nude Gloss ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light peach with warm undertones and barely-there flecks of gold. It had semi-sheer coverage, which was as expected based on the brand’s description of it being sheer with a very milky quality to its finish. The latter resulted in color that settled into lip lines (both vertical and horizontal ones for me), despite the actual gloss going on more evenly and didn’t have streaking along the edges. The texture felt smooth and was moderately tacky from what I could tell. It wore well for three hours but was lightly hydrating. There was no discernible scent or taste.

The brand has set a restock date for the KKW x Mario collection for 4/20 at noon PST.

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Who Needs Clothes

Fenty Beauty Who Needs Clothes Body Lava Body Luminizer ($60.00 for 3.00 fl. oz.) is a light, rosy copper with lots of glitter and fine pearl. It had more glitter than Brown Sugar, so it had a stronger, more glittering effect on the skin with less product, but for some, it might be too glittery. The finish was noticeably dewy and shiny on the skin, though by how much really was dependent on how many pumps of product were applied and how much of the body they covered. The liquid consistency was smooth, gel-like, and easy to spread across my skin and had good, even glitter/shimmer dispersion.

It’s supposed to be a “gel-based body luminizer” that has a “high-shine finish that feels as dewy as it looks” (that should be a key phrase for those who want a product that dries down fully–it even goes further and says “leaves skin feeling dewy to the touch”). It had a sweet, floral scent (described as “floral vanilla” by the brand) that reads more floral than sweet and is light in its intensity–I didn’t detect it much while wearing it unless I went trying to sniff it out.

This shade wore the same as Brown Sugar, which I reviewed earlier. It’s not designed to be, and it lives up to that claim, of not drying down–it was absolutely dewy to the...

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Guerlain #41 Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color (2018) ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium pinky-coral with warm undertones and a glossy, cream finish. The pigmentation was fantastic with opaque coverage in a single layer. It had a lightweight, lightly creamy texture with enough slip to feel comfortable and give it a nice shine, but it didn’t slide around when worn and seemed to make my lips appear smoother overall. It wore well for five hours and was hydrating over time.

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Bite Beauty Taurus Amuse Bouche Lipstick

The Details Wear your star sign on your lips with Astrology by BITE, an ultra-limited-edition collection featuring a new shade of award-winning Amuse Bouche Lipstick for each sign of the zodiac. New for this month is Taurus, the fourth shade in the collection, which is made with the same pure pigments and mouthwatering ingredients, such as fresh-pressed citrus, botanical oils, and resveratrol (an antioxidant found in red wine), for incredible vibrancy and bold dimension. Taurus is an earth sign, ruled by the planet of love, Venus. Sleepy, sensual Taurus is enamored with everyday luxuries: Flowers, chocolate, and all the finer things in life are essential to beauty-loving bulls. Find them running a florist shop, decorating and re-decorating their stylish abodes, or whipping up a delish new dish.* 4/20 online ...


KKW Beauty Mario 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that features 10 eyeshadows across shimmery and matte shades. Nine of the ten are in the neutral family and then there’s the pop of blue. The eyeshadows are supposed to be formulated for “easy layering and blending.” Per the brand, the metallic eyeshadows can also be used “wet or dry” and with “brushes or fingers” for a “saturated pearlized color finish.”

I really liked the matte formula, as it was denser but pigmented and very easy to use–I can see exactly what the brand meant by “easy layering and blending.” I also recall Mario mentioning in an Instagram story about these working better on the eye than just swatched (and I’ve found instances where how something swatches on the arm is inconsistent with actual performance on the lid!). They had the type of pigmentation and overall texture that I didn’t notice any shortcomings in pigmentation in practice as they applied and built up or blended out as I wanted them to. Glam was beyond fantastic–one of the best textures I’ve ever had the pleasure of testing!–but 2008 was a bit of a let-down.

The brand has set a restock date for the KKW x Mario collection for 4/20 at noon PST.

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