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TKB Trading’s Moon Light highlighter

TKB Trading’s Moon Light highlighter

Friday at 1:15 PM: The cooler of the Metalites duo. This one works better with my coloring, but I also feel like I can actually detect it when I apply it. I can actually see it doing something: cooling my tones, giving a slight reflective/near-pearl wash, and unifying my look for that day. I don’t know if Reflection is just the wrong color for me to be using, but I don’t see these - or really, any - effects when wearing the other of…

Urban Decay’s 24-7 Eye Pencil Vault

Urban Decay’s 24-7 Eye Pencil Vault

Friday at 10:15 AM: An EXTREMELY limited-time offer…that has come back. (Yes, really.) If you’ve ever wondered “self, how can I get every single eyeliner pencil in Urban Decay’s regular collection?” you now have an answer: pay $295. This was originally released in early spring of 2013, and I managed to snag one in the rush to buy. The Vault was available again beginning in October 2013, for the 2013 winter holiday season. And…it’s back again. (But only at one location.)

Revlon’s Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Flirtatious (125)

Revlon’s Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Flirtatious (125)

Friday at 7:15 AM: A slightly cool medium-intensity red that’s great deeper color without going into “killer red” territory. Some days, one wants to wear something other than deep mauve, but not quite “fire-engine red.” For me, this color fits the bill perfectly. I really love this shade! And having it in a really easily portable format like this is great. I just wish that the lacquer balms were also balmstains. Having to touch up this color so frequently is a bit of a…

Shiro Cosmetics’ Aperature Laboratories

Shiro Cosmetics’ Aperature Laboratories

Thursday at 4:15 PM: A near-white sparkle, not quite metallic but almost. Fully opaque, and just barely greyed - using this gets me my inner-vee and browbone highlights without looking quite so abrupt or over-the-top. (I personally like brighter…

Beauty from the Earth’s Sorrow

Beauty from the Earth’s Sorrow

Thursday at 1:15 PM: When I got this color, I knew it reminded me of something…I just wasn’t sure what. Once I swatched it, I almost instantly thought of Concrete Minerals’ Wicked, as being something it’s very simlar to.…

Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ Polymorph

Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ Polymorph

Thursday at 10:15 AM: Very attractive near-neutral, with softer aqua iridescent highlights. I can see this becoming one of my daily-use shadows, easily! I’ve had success pairing this with cooler charcoal greys, or the more neutral taupes - but…

Persephone Minerals’ Spirit Realm

Persephone Minerals’ Spirit Realm

Thursday at 7:15 AM: I managed to get this shade before Persephone’s temporary closure back in 2011. When they re-opened, Spirit Realm was added to the regular lineup.

Color Club’s Fondue For Two

Color Club’s Fondue For Two

Wednesday at 1:15 PM: Uneven coverage, doesn’t settle too well, and takes a long time to try - meaning that it’s the most prone to after-manicure dings and other screw-ups. And dammit, I had such hopes for this one!!…

Sally Hansen’s Batbano Blue (828)

Sally Hansen’s Batbano Blue (828)

Wednesday at 10:15 AM: Not necessarily a thoroughly original shade, even for the CSM lineup. Batbano’s finish is even similar to Blue My Mind - this color is perhaps a little bit brighter, but not by much. Both blues…