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As the weather gets colder, where does your skin first show the effects?

As the weather gets colder, where does your skin first show the effects?

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BareMinerals’ Get Started Complexion Enhancers kit

BareMinerals’ Get Started Complexion Enhancers kit

Sunday at 10:15 AM: I have no idea when this kit was originally released, or how much it cost. I can’t even really guesstimate, because I don’t know if these items were small (eyeshadow-size) or large (regular size for blush/radiances). They’re all fairly good “stock” items to have in your personal collection…if you’re fair/light/light-medium toned. This is a bit indicative of the BE line - they didn’t really seem to take into account that there are folks with deeper skintones who enjoy using mineral…

BareMinerals’ Perfect Blushes Volume III kit

BareMinerals’ Perfect Blushes Volume III kit

Sunday at 7:14 AM: Three of BE’s warmer-leaning blushes. I have all of these, but they aren’t colors I find myself reaching for very often, simply because they don’t suit my skintone as well as other blushes that I have (generally, more neutral or cool-toned shades.)

BareMinerals’ Big and Bright eyeliner in Sage

BareMinerals’ Big and Bright eyeliner in Sage

Saturday at 7:15 AM: I really had hopes for this color. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough olive, and there’s too much blackening. The end result is sparse gilded-olive glitter and a little bit of green eyeliner over an uneven sooty undercoat. This liner is difficult to apply. This was the case with most of the Big & Bright liners; but this one is especially difficult. I could not get an even line or a smooth swatch unless I put down a layer, waited five minutes,…

Meow Cosmetics’ Crystalline Cat Opal glow powder

Meow Cosmetics’ Crystalline Cat Opal glow powder

Friday at 10:15 AM: I don’t see the flashes of blue and green and gold that I normally associate with opals (or, well, fire opals)...but there is the pale pink, almost milky base color with a faint shimmer. (All…

NYX Cosmetics’ Jumbo Lip Pencil in Narcisse

NYX Cosmetics’ Jumbo Lip Pencil in Narcisse

Friday at 7:15 AM: Vampy - definitely a deep, vampy color. I can’t wear the color as-is on my lips, I have to blot significantly. It’s just too dark for me to wear easily. Blotted…it’s a litle bit uneven,…

BareMinerals’ Satin Plum

BareMinerals’ Satin Plum

Thursday at 10:15 AM: A softer purple - not quite “bleached” or “sunfaded”, just…softened. This works as a wash of color, and it blends out very nicely. They color payoff is nice and solid - no fading, or problems…

Mattese Elite’s Navy

Mattese Elite’s Navy

Thursday at 7:15 AM: This is the brightest of the “Navy” named eyeshadows that I own. I’m sure part of that is due to the sparkle finish; but BE’s French Navy is a deeper, almost blackened blue. BFTE’s Navy…

Color Club’s Rule Breaker

Color Club’s Rule Breaker

Wednesday at 10:15 AM: A really gorgeous, very saturated shade - almost a “scarab-beetle green.” The finish picks up a faint hint of the brushstrokes, but I think that’s just something endemic to these metallic-frost finish polishes. The coverage…

CND’s Vinylux Tartan Punk (196)

CND’s Vinylux Tartan Punk (196)

Wednesday at 7:15 AM: This polish has the brightest shine I’ve seen on any of the Vinylux cremes. It’s a brighter red, almost a “candied” red but not quite that bright. You can see that I slopped a bit…

Shiro Cosmetics’ Flash Ignite collection

Shiro Cosmetics’ Flash Ignite collection

Tuesday at 10:15 AM: The latest collection from Shiro, full of brighter colors (though there are a few softer shades.) I ended up liking more of these colors than I thought I would…so once I’d swatched most of the…



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