Lancome Juicy Shakers

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! A couple months ago, Lancôme released a line of lip oils called Juicy Shakers. The Juicy Shakers are made with “bi-phase technology.” The first phase is a non-sticky, transparent blend of five different oils that help moisturize and condition your lips. The second phase provides pigment for a light wash of color.

I purchased Great-Fruit (sparkling grapefruit) and Cherry Symphony (cherry pop). Great-Fruit had a peachy stain to it, while Cherry Symphony is a bright cherry red.

lancome juicy shakers

lancome juicy shakers great-fruit cherry symphony swatches

The Juicy Shakers are very easy to apply! All you do is shake the little tube (I think it looks like a cocktail mixer!), unscrew the cap, and dab the pigment-soaked cushion onto your lips, adding more or less til you reach your desired opacity. My personal favorite is Cherry Symphony. It gave me that just-ate-a-popsicle stain! Great-Fruit smelled amazing, but I didn’t see any noticeable change on my lips.

Although the oils don’t dry down, I found that they last a decent amount of time! I got roughly 3 hours of wear, with no eating and only sipping some water, before I re-applied. They also taste awesome! I’d previously tried the YSL Tint-in-Oils but I was never crazy about them because of the way they tasted. But the Juicy Shakers taste exactly how they smell! To me, the scent isn’t overpowering, but if you’re sensitive to scents you might want to sample these in-store prior to purchasing.

All in all, for $20 a pop, I think the Lancôme Juicy Shakers are excellent lip oils! The packaging is cute and sturdy, the scents & color ranges are great, and they do an awesome job of hydrating your lips. Although I love YSL’s cosmetic line, I think the Juicy Shakers are a much better alternative in terms of cost, shade range, and taste.

Have you guys tried the Juicy Shakers? What do you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette & Sun Dipped Glow Kit

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a bomb week. Today I have a couple recent releases by Anastasia Beverly Hills to review for you: the Modern Renaissance Palette and the Sun Dipped Glow Kit.

Both items were released a couple months ago on the ABH website, so naturally I had to snap them right up to try out! Modern Renaissance is ABH’s first permanent eyeshadow palette and Sun Dipped is the third installment of their Glow Kit collection. To my knowledge, Sun Dipped isn’t permanent, but since Gleam and That Glow are both still in stock I expect it to be around for quite a while.

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance packaging

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance inside

Modern Renaissance is a 14-pan eyeshadow palette that was inspired by Renaissance art. Being an art major and earning a minor in Art History in college, I was super excited when I heard about the concept behind this palette because I loved studying Renaissance art!

The pans in Modern Renaissance are a bit larger than those in other ABH palettes but only contain about 7g of product each. This palette boasts lots of warm neutrals and red/orange shades. All shades but 2 are matte, which I like because I am a big fan of all-matte eye looks! The concept behind the palette matches the colors of the eyeshadows perfectly. All shades are creamy and pigmented. They all swatched and applied smoothly. I think the formulation of this palette is ABH’s best yet!

This palette feels incredibly versatile. I think it will work for summer, fall, winter, and even spring! This palette would also be a great dupe for Lime Crime’s Venus Palette, if you don’t wish to support the company.

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance swatches row 1

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance swatches row 2

Overall, I think Modern Renaissance is one of ABH’s best palette releases ever! The formula, color selection, packaging, price… It’s all A1. I also really like that it’s a permanent addition to the collection so no one has to miss out on it! There is so much hype generated these days and it’s nice for a company to look out for its customers.

The Sun Dipped Glow Kit contains four 0.26oz powders, which comes out to just over 1 full ounce of product. I’ve also reviewed the Gleam Kit so I won’t re-iterate about the formula, pigmentation, or packaging, as it’s largely the same.

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow kit

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow kit inside

I think Sun Dipped does a much better job of catering to all skintones than other kits made by ABH due to the wide variety of shades and differing undertones. It really warms my heart that ABH makes such a great range of highlighters because many don’t make anything as dark as Bronzed or as light as pans from other Glow Kits! My favorite shade from this palette, though, is Tourmaline. It’s such a beautiful mauve color with champagne reflects. I think it is best on medium skintones but I think it’s formulated in such a way that both light and deep skintones could also wear it well.

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow finger swatches

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow kit swatches

Overall, Sun Dipped is an excellent Glow Kit offering from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The colors are beautiful, the formula is there, and it flatters all skintones. For $40, you can’t beat a kit like this! It would be a great addition to any collection.

What do you guys think of these products? Have you tried Sun Dipped or Modern Renaissance? Let me know in the comments below ❤

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation

Hey guys! As most of you know, L’Oreal recently released a new line of foundations. The Infallible Pro-Glow foundations are formulated with a radiant finish and made for normal to dry skintypes. Pro-Glow is billed as a 24-hour foundation, but I don’t know anyone that would wear it for that long! It comes in a range of 12 shades. Matching to drugstore foundations is tricky for me, so I picked up 201 Classic Ivory, 203 Nude Beige, and 204 Natural Buff to try out.

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I could not find an exact match in any of these shades. 201 was much too light, while 204 was way too dark. 203 was only a hair darker than my HG foundation shade (MUFE HD N115) at first, but it oxidized once it dried to a much darker color. I was able to mix a decent match between 201 & 203, but it wasn’t perfect.

As far as wear, this foundation was impeccable. I used it with my usual primers and routine and it applied flawlessly. At the end of the night, when I was about to remove my makeup after being in nightclubs and outside in the humid summer weather for the last 5 hours, it had not budged an inch! The only downside was that there was some light creasing around my smile lines, but that happens to me with all foundations that I try. Pro-Glow did not emphasize dry patches, break up around my nose & T-zone, and did not wear away along my jawline and chin. I will not be testing it to see if it truly stays put for 24 hours, but if it didn’t budge in this instance, I can easily see it staying put for a whole day, no problem.

At roughly $12 per 1-ounce bottle, this foundation is a great find. I do wish that the shade range was a bit more inclusive, so more people could find a match, but I think those that can will be very happy with this product. It is available on Ulta’s website as well as on Amazon.

Have any of you tried this product? What did you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

Kat Von D Serpentina Palette

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week. A few days ago, the Kat Von D Serpentina palette launched on the KVD brand and Sephora websites. Naturally, I had to get it to try out for you guys! I ordered it Tuesday and it was waiting for me when I got home from work today. Sephora never lets me down with that Flash 2 Day shipping.

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kat von d serpentina palette inside

I should start by saying that I had some reservations about this palette. I wanted to purchase it regardless so I could review it for you guys, but based on my experience with some of KVD’s previous palettes, I wasn’t sure I would end up liking it!

Let’s discuss the packaging first. It’s a very long palette, similar to the length of Jeffree Star’s Beauty Killer. Serpentina is constructed out of cardboard but it feels very sturdy, especially with its magnetic closure. The palette itself is pretty weighty in-hand. I didn’t expect the pans to be set so deeply inside the palette, but I suppose it’s necessary in order to make room for the jar of pigment and the mirror. The sifter jar of pigment pops out of the tray and is made of plastic, which doesn’t bother me because it feels fairly sturdy. I like that the top of the lid is transparent so you can see the pigment inside.

kat von d serpentina palette eyeshadows

kat von d serpentina palette eyeshadows and pigment

kat von d serpentina palette prophet loose pigment

I swatched all colors the same way to show the differences in pigmentation between the shades:

  • Bloodmilk: Great pigmentation, very creamy. A little kick up in the pan after swatching, but nothing major.
  • Medusa: Great pigmentation. Nothing negative to say about this shade except that I would have preferred a different color, given that we have Prophet!
  • Ankh: Fairly pigmented for a black glitter eyeshadow, but we have hella fallout with this one. It’s definitely the worst with fallout in this palette!
  • Queen: Very nice, beautiful shade. Good pigmentation, good application, no chunkiness to the formula. Nothing negative to say!
  • Hieroglyph: Performs similarly to Queen, only a little less pigmented. There’s nothing glaringly awesome or glaringly negative to say about either of these shades.
  • Nile: Absolutely beautiful color, but the formula leaves a lot to be desired. Probably the 3rd worst with fallout in this palette. While really pigmented, the formula balled up under my finger while in the pan. Lots of kick-up in the pan as well.
  • Scarab: Great color, but the 2nd worst (or maybe tied for 1st?) about fallout in this palette. The same issues as Nile, honestly. You can see the clumps in the swatch picture below!
  • Venom: A decent matte. I know purples are hard to formulate, so I will take it easy on this shade. It could have certainly been worse.
  • Prophet: I was a little skeptical to try Prophet, as this was my first loose shadow that I’ve ever messed with. I swatched it loose on my arm, but when I applied it to my mobile lid, I dampened the brush with Fix+ first. LAWD. The pigmentation, the shine. A little went a very long way and it blended easily with the other shadows I used.

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kat von d serpentina after swatches

kat von d eye look eotd

In the future, I will definitely use a transition shade before working with these colors. I was able to do a decent job on my quick & dirty EOTD above, but that was mostly thanks to a previously used blending brush covered with a peachy neutral shadow haha. It’s a bummer that this palette doesn’t come with a transition shade included, but I also think that helps keep the palette extremely versatile. You can literally pair it with anything! I will certainly continue playing with this palette, but so far I am very impressed and very much enjoying Serpentina. I think this palette is an excellent alternative for those who want to start wearing colored shadows but aren’t interested in neon brights. The colors in this palette also seem like they’ll look perfect on all skintones and would look great for fall!

Who else managed to get their hands on Serpentina? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to see the looks you come up with! ❤

Jouer Cosmetics Mermaid Collection Palette & Liquid Lipsticks

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing some items from the Jouer Cosmetics Summer 2016 Mermaid Collection. These are the first products I’ve ever purchased from the brand, so I was eager to try them out upon receiving them in the mail.

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The Mermaid Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette comes in a pack of 4 eyeshadows, each weighing in at roughly 2 grams. The palette is made of 4 eyeshadow singles that interlock to make one cohesive piece. As a result, they can be rearranged or broken up as you see fit. I think this is a pretty unique set up and I can see it working well for travel or if you want to use some of the colors with other Jouer palettes.

All four shades are iridescent. Three are pastels and one, Dreamer, is a deep shimmery teal with a black base. Overall, I think the colors compliment each other well and that they work well together to create a variety of summery looks.

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This was my first experience with the Jouer eyeshadow formula. Coconut, Pink Pearl, and Splash all have a pretty dry, smooth, silky consistency, which is not a bad thing, just a change from the market’s saturation with buttery shadows. These three shadows are not boldly pigmented but because all 3 are consistent, I believe this was the intention of the palette. All 3 apply beautifully and blend with ease. I think it would be smart to use these over a sticky base to prevent fallout and to keep you from having glitter all over your cheeks by the end of the day.

Dreamer, however, has a completely different consistency from the other 3 shades in this palette. When swatching this shadow, the formula feels more moist, dense, and has the tendency to ball up under my fingertip if I swatch too many rotations. There is no shortage of pigmentation with this shade, though. It applies easily and works well with the other shadow formula. I would also use this over a sticky base to prevent fallout. I had no issue with any of the four shadows in terms of longevity. They all wore well and did not crease.

In addition to the Mermaid Palette, I also bought two of Jouer’s newly released Longwear Lip Cremes. I was excited to try these because I had heard so many glowing reviews from various people online. I chose Daiquiri, a warm metallic coral, and Watermelon, a matte true warm red.

jouer cosmetics mermaid collection longwear lip cremes daiquiri and watermelon

Both formulae applied smoothly, evenly, and dried to a matte finish. Both also had a more mousse-y consistency, which made them easier to control when applying. Watermelon did have some issues with sinking into the lines of my lips fairly quickly application, which was very disappointing since it was my favorite shade of the two! Lasting power for both of these was fairly standard for a liquid lipstick.

Between the two different products, I think my favorite was the Mermaid Eyeshadow Palette. The Longwear Lip Cremes were nice, but given that Watermelon sank into lip lines and I didn’t find Daiquiri to be flattering to my skintone, I can’t see myself getting much use out of them. With the eyeshadow palette, I can see it being very useful and being able to transition it into the winter months when paired with the right products.

Have any of you purchased products from the Jouer Mermaid Collection? What were your faves? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Palette!

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing the new Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Palette. Most of you have probably seen this palette in Sephora with the really cute display of KathleenLights, MannyMUA, and Patrick Starrr. This palette comes with 5 full-size blush pans (a $145 value) and retails for $58.

benefit cheekathon palette

The Cheekathon Palette contains full-size pans of Dandelion, Hoola, Rockateur, Coralista, and Dallas. I love the packaging of this! It’s made of cardboard, has a magnetic closure, and feels very sturdy. I love the illustration on the front. There’s a large mirror on the inside and the palette also comes with a flat brush like the one that comes with Benefit’s blushes and bronzers.

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benefit cheekathon swatches

As you can see, most of the blushes in this palette are on the warm side, but Hoola is fairly neutral. I was hoping either Rockateur or Coralista could be used as a highlighter, but I think they’re both too dark.

The quality of this palette is consistent with the quality of Benefit’s permanent blush and bronzer line. All the colors swatch evenly and smoothly. The brush that comes with the palette is also decent quality. It’s a great shape and works great for both contouring and applying and blending blush.

All in all, I think this palette is really nice! It’s made well, the quality is great, and you get so much product for your money. The Cheekathon Palette would be great for someone who wanted to try out some blushes or was looking for a cheek palette to streamline their collection.

What about you? Is the Cheekathon Palette on your list? Let me know in the comments ❤

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lustrous Lip Gloss Set

Hey guys! As you guys know, I am a diehard fan of matte lips. I typically hate wearing lip gloss and avoid it at all costs. However, this season I’ve been seeing a lot of cute looks online that incorporate a glossy lip! So I started wondering… Am I missing out?

I saw that this Lustrous Lip Gloss Set by Anastasia Beverly Hills was on sale at Macy’s for only $20 (original price: $40), so I figured why not give it a go? I have seen many good things about Anastasia’s lip gloss collection and I decided that if I was going to delve into the world of lip glosses, I wanted to start with a range that was highly rated.

anastasia beverly hills lustrous lip gloss set

The Lustrous Lip Gloss Set contains eight different shades, ranging from sheer shimmers to creamy, vampy shades. Each gloss smells like cake batter and comes with a flat, rounded applicator. The applicator makes it easy to get a smooth line and an even coat, which keeps it from looking goopy on the lips.

anastasia beverly hills lip gloss swatches gilded dainty sunset strip metallic rose weekend barbie date night socialite black cherry

Most of the shades in the set applied very well including Black Cherry, which I was skeptical about due to its intense pigmentation. Gilded and Metallic Rose are the two standout shades, in my opinion, as they are both really unique, flattering, and could transform any lip color/lip liner you paired them with. I decided I prefer the shimmer glosses over the solid color creams, but that is just personal preference on my part.

None of these glosses were sticky, feathered, or broke up during wear. This set is a fantastic deal, both at the $20 sale price or at the $40 retail price. I am extremely impressed with the longevity these glosses have and I really want to try more from the ABH range!

Who else is feeling glossy lips this summer? What are some of your favorites? ❤

Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette, Skin Frost Highlighters, and Gemini Liquid Lipstick!

Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. Today, I have a mega review post for you—all Jeffree Star. I have the Beauty Killer Palette, the Skin Frost highlighters, and Gemini!

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Beauty Killer Palette. The Beauty Killer palette boasts 10 shades, each weighing about .09 oz. For reference, a standard MAC eyeshadow is .04 oz. The palette itself is cardboard with a magnetic closure and very slim. The shadows come in three different formulae: matte, frost, and glitter. The palette offers both bright and neutral shades. The pans are huge and are arranged into quads to easily create different looks.

jeffree star beauty-killer-swatches

All the shadows in this palette are super pigmented, but Rich Bitch is a bit of a problem child. It’s a beautiful shadow but feels a little gritty when swatched and is a bit of a struggle to apply evenly. The matte shadows do not feel chalky and are easy to work with. My personal favorite is Courtney. It’s such a beautiful shade and is perfect for those transitions! The glitter shadows are also easy to work with, but I do wish there was more glitter in the swatches. I suppose that’s a typical struggle with glitter shadows, though.

The Beauty Killer Palette retails for $45. Honestly, I think the price is a steal for what you get—10 gigantic shadows with a great formula. This palette would definitely be best for someone who is either very comfortable working with bright colors or is interested in trying them out. Overall, it’s an excellent palette and one you could use for a variety of looks. The fact that it contains a transition shade is a huge plus for me because that means you don’t have to pull in shadows from other palettes if you don’t want to!

Skin Frost Highlighters. I am straight up obsessed with these babies. Each compact contains 0.5 oz of product (roughly twice as much as a Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector)! At $29, this product is a steal. I purchased the bundle to save a little cash and to get a chance to review them all. There are some slight discrepancies with the formula between shades. King Tut is much creamier and softer than Peach Goddess and Mint Condition, while Ice Cold feels a little less creamy and more dense.

jeffree star skin frost highlighter swatches

All of them swatch and apply beautifully though. Ice Cold is a white gold on my skin tone. I expected it to be a replica of Becca Pearl, but I actually think this highlighter is much more flattering. I also found that Ice Cold did not leave a white cast on the skin in indirect light. Peach Goddess is without a doubt my favorite of all the Skin Frosts! It’s beautiful in the pan but when applied, it looks like the most perfect peachy gold highlight. Mint Condition may look intimidating, but I found that unless I really packed it on my skin, it looked like a super unique silvery highlight, not straight-up green. King Tut is a beautiful bronze gold, but is much too dark for my skintone, like I suspected.

I would be remiss not to include that there have been reports surfacing online that these highlighters are easily damaged during shipping, particularly King Tut. I did not experience these issues and found that my order was very well packed, with each compact double-wrapped with bubble wrap and paper. However, since I bought the whole bundle AND the palette, that could be why mine didn’t shatter, since the box was very full. I think these are exquisite highlighters and that, unless you’re ordering King Tut, the risk is not large enough to justify not purchasing them. If you’re skeptical, you could always purchase them through Beautylish instead of the Jeffree Star site. I haven’t heard of as many incidents with orders purchased from there, but makeup is particularly fragile and damage during shipping is not necessarily unheard of. I think this is just something we makeup addicts have to deal with from time to time. Luckily, powder compacts can be repressed!

Like I said above, I think the Skin Frost highlighters are exquisite. They are high-quality, unique colors, and very reasonably priced when you consider how much product you’re actually getting. I cannot wait for Jeffree to release more colors in the future, because I will likely want them all!

Gemini Velour Liquid Lipstick. I have discussed the Velour Liquid Lipsticks a few different times on my blog. I recently used Gemini in an FOTD that I posted.

jeffree star gemini liquid lipstick urban decay glitter

It is described as a “terracotta warm-toned nude.” It actually reminds me a lot of Kat Von D’s Lolita II, but it’s not as orange. I found Gemini to be extremely wearable and flattering on my skintone and the formula is just as awesome as ever. This is the first Velour Liquid Lipstick that I’ve purchased for several months and I have noticed a strong rootbeer float scent has been added to the formula. I am not particularly sensitive to scents, but since I’m not crazy about rootbeer (I know, I know) it was off-putting at first. However, the scent does not linger after the lipstick dries down, so I’m cool with it, but I wanted to mention the scent since I know there are people out there who greatly dislike scented cosmetics.

This concludes my Jeffree Star Cosmetics mega-review! Are any of these products on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments ❤

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

Hey everyone! As most of you know, Becca and Jaclyn Hill teamed up to release a whole range of products in the new Champagne Collection. The whole collection releases May 26 exclusively on the Sephora website, including this face palette and an eyeshadow palette, poured Shimmering Skin Perfector, and liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector.

Luckily, Sephora released a few face palettes on the site last week so I scooped it up to review!

The Champagne Collection Face Palette contains three blushes, Champagne Pop, and Prosecco Pop. Rose Spritz contains 0.1 oz of product, Amaretto and Pamplemousse contain 0.12 oz of product, and both highlighters contain 0.19 oz of product each. According to Temptalia’s calculations, that means this palette has a total value of $106.16, which is more than twice the retail price!

First impressions of the packaging: luxe, sturdy, and well-designed. This palette does not feel cheap at all. The palette snaps closed, which adds extra stability especially since the pans are so soft.

The blush pans are all a decent size and I was able to use my usual brush with ease. The highlighter pans are large and I was able to use my large fan brush without dipping into the other pans.

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette shades

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette pans

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette blushes

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette highlighters

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette swatches

The blushes are so pigmented! I was extremely surprised that they were so vivid since Becca’s blush formula is supposed to be light, sheer coverage. Rose Spritz reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm and gives that perfect glowy sheen. Amaretto is a warm, rosy brown. This color is really great for warming up the complexion to make my face look a little sunkissed, but this color could also probably double as a bronzer in a pinch! Pamplemousse is… wow. So pigmented. So bright. It looks borderline neon on me and makes me look a little sunburned, but I think the right person could wear this well.

I own the full-size Champagne Pop and while there’s no color difference between the two, but I noticed the formula in this palette is a little drier than the original. This doesn’t really affect the application, but there is a bit more powder kicked up with the brush. Prosecco Pop is a true gold highlighter. It is slightly dark for me, but if I mix a little Champagne Pop in when I apply it, it works just fine!

Overall, I think this palette is a great release by Becca. The color selection works for a wide variety of skintones, the quality is A1, and you definitely get your money’s worth. This product is limited edition, so be sure to buy it as soon as it’s released! ❤

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 Review & Dupe Test!

Hey everyone! Today I’ve got a special (and slightly lengthy) post for you all. Pat McGrath’s new Skin Fetish 003 sets, like her previous releases, have been taking the makeup community by storm. The set contains a cream highlight and balm stick, a stippling brush, and a pressed pigment highlighter for $72 USD. The sets come in two different shades—Golden and Nude (shown below).

In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Skin Fetish set and also reviewing two dupes—the Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm in Euphoria and NARS Cassiopeia.

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Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003. First things first, the packaging for this is beautiful but not the most user-friendly. In order to keep everything contained (in case of a return) I had to store the bag and sequins inside of a Ziploc bag because they got everywhere if I didn’t. The packaging of the pressed pigment and balm/highlighter stick is functional but looks a little cheap for the high price tag. I noticed some air bubbles under the label on the stick and also under the label on the brush. The brush was nice, with soft bristles and a sturdy handle, but the fact that there was a sticker label on it made it look very cheap also. The packaging of the pressed pigment is sturdy but, like the other products, is very basic and looks cheap.

pat mcgrath skin fetish highlighter and balm

pat mcgrath skin fetish pressed pigment

pat mcgrath skin fetish 003 nude

Now let’s talk performance. All 3 products from the Skin Fetish package performed nicely. The brush was soft and worked with both the cream and pressed pigment. The highlighter and balm were both creamy and applied evenly. The pressed pigment had a dry formula but was very pigmented and applied smoothly over bare skin and well over the cream products. I did have some issues with “stacking” the products on my skin, AKA using them the way they were intended to be. I have severely dry skin, so when I tried to apply the cream highlighter over my foundation, it did not cooperate with my skin. Applying the highlighter with the brush and a stippling motion helped, but when blending the pressed pigment over top of it, it caused my foundation to break up more. However, I’m inclined to believe this is due to the fact that I have severely dry skin, not because the formula is lacking. When I applied the pressed pigment just over foundation, I had no issues at all.

In short, the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish is a collection of well-formulated, nicely performing products. I think for $72, the packaging of the products has a lot of issues that could be improved, but the formulas themselves are awesome. I wish the products were sold separately because buying the pressed pigment separately would be perfect for me.

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm in Euphoric. The Ultra Strobe Balm is a cream highlighter available at Ulta. The price is $9, much better than the Pat McGrath collection! The Strobe Balm is the closest color dupe I’ve found to the Skin Fetish pressed pigment.

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However, the formula leaves a lot to be desired. It’s an extremely dry balm that bunches up when swatching on your fingers, but it applies decently over bare skin. I tried applying Kat Von D’s Thunderstruck eyeshadow on top also, but Thunderstruck proved much too warm to be a true dupe for the Skin Fetish highlight.

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When I applied the MUR Ultra Strobe Balm over my foundation, it was extremely hard to work with. I tried to apply it straight from the pan with the Pat McGrath brush and it was hard to get even pigmentation as well as a sheen. After reading some tips on Reddit, I tried swirling a drop of water around the pan and applying it with my finger, but it caused my foundation to lift up and become patchy. As a Hail Mary, I wiped my cheek off, reapplied my base, then tried the Ultra Strobe Balm with a droplet of Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Oil. It caused my foundation to break up extremely badly, so I gave up.

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The Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm formula leaves a lot to be desired but like the Pat McGrath highlighter & balm, I can attribute part of my issues to my super dry skin. I feel like someone with normal or oily skin would not have nearly as many troubles applying this.

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NARS Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia was my last attempt at finding a good dupe for the Pat McGrath pressed pigment! I searched the internet high and low and just decided to take a chance on this eyeshadow. At $29, it’s pricier than the Ultra Strobe Balm, but significantly more wallet-friendly than Skin Fetish.

pat mcgrath skin fetish nars cassiopeia dupe

pat mcgrath skin fetish dupe nars cassiopeia

It arrived in the mail today and I compared the two shortly after I got home from work. In swatches, the two look slightly different—Cassiopeia is a little more cool-toned. But I think the difference is minute when applied to the face. It takes a little more product for Cassiopeia to build up to the same intensity, but I’m very happy with how it looks and consider this the ultimate winner!

pat mcgrath vs nars cassiopeia natural light

pat mcgrath vs nars cassiopeia flash

I hope you guys enjoyed this super long post and found it helpful in your decision about whether or not to buy Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 or either of the dupes mentioned above! Have you found any others? Let me know in the comments below ❤