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Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balm collection

Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balm collection

Tuesday at 1:15 PM: I was thrilled when Revlon introduced these “expansions” to the original Balmstain lineup! Some new finishes, a few new colors…it’s all good, right? Sadly…no. These have the same ease of application that the original Balmstains have, but…they’re balms, not balmstains. The color doesn’t last the better part of the workday. It’s all a bit of a disappointment.

Sally Hansen’s Beach Paradise Summer 2014 CSM collection

Sally Hansen’s Beach Paradise Summer 2014 CSM collection

Tuesday at 10:15 AM: This collection showed up in a few chains in April…but most of us began seeing the colors in July. (I was in that latter group, and no, I wasn’t thrilled about it.) Brighter shades, good wear time, one semisheer “effects”-like polish, and a mix of finishes. I was glad to finally be able to get my hands on these! About half the shades are wonderful: good formula, good coverage, great shades. There were two genuine disappointments in the collection, and…

Concrete Minerals’ Revolver

Concrete Minerals’ Revolver

Monday at 4:15 PM: Dark brown with a silvery-metallic finish, similar to Meow’s Raw or BareMinerals’ Motivate. It’s dark enough to work nicely as a liner, but the silvery pearl-ish finish adds an interesting (could be problematic, for some) effect. It can work as a contour shade, with a bit of blending out. In my experience, this color blends well but doesn’t “smoke out”.

TKB Trading’s True Yellow

TKB Trading’s True Yellow

Monday at 1:14 PM: A brighter yellow, most definitely a primary color, not a “sunflower” or “golden” yellow. This sheers out just a little bit when I apply it, and the color loses a little of its intensity when…

TKB Trading’s Passion Orange

TKB Trading’s Passion Orange

Monday at 10:15 AM: A really great lighter-weight late summer/early autumn shade. It’s either a medium tangerine or pumpkin orange, with good color payoff (especially for unblended mica) and a softened shimmer. It’s a good “daily” light-makeup look orange,…

TKB Trading’s Coloronna Bordeaux

TKB Trading’s Coloronna Bordeaux

Monday at 7:15 AM: Just barely edges into the “berry” territory. It’s closest to a muted raspberry or a very-ripe strawberry red. The color doesn’t lose much depth or intensity from pot to application, either, which is nice. (Some…

Maybelline’s Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo cream shadow

Maybelline’s Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo cream shadow

Saturday at 4:15 PM: This is a repromote/rename of last summer’s duotone Seashore Frosts, one of the better performing semisheer duotone shadows from the Summer 2013 LE Color Tattoo collection. I do wish that they had either kept the…

Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick in Tetra

Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick in Tetra

Saturday at 1:15 PM: This one was part of the original Smudge Stick lineup. (Everything in the original lineup had fishy/oceanic names like Tetra, Stingray, Moray, or Lionfish.) The color itself shows up well if not as deep as…

Urban Decay’s 24-7 Eye Pencil in Crave

Urban Decay’s 24-7 Eye Pencil in Crave

Saturday at 10:15 AM: More of a dark charcoal rather than a straight-up black. Or possibly it’s a softened black. Either way, the application was not what UD pencils often are (but what the matte-finish pencils so often are,…

Sally Hansen’s Pink Platinum colorfoil

Sally Hansen’s Pink Platinum colorfoil

Friday at 4:15 PM: Nice soft-but-not-pastel metallic pink. This formula applied very evenly, and didn’t show brushstrokes as strongly as Liquid Gold (though it does show them a little.) The color was also even, not streaky - definite win…