Sunday, June 25, 2017

Maybelline Master Fairy Highlight by Face Studio Illuminating Powder



Another day, another item that caught my eye and I couldn't wait to share it with you. I'll be featuring all 7 of the Maybelline City palettes (yes, there are seven) later this week, but I couldn't wait to share this instead.

While browsing the Ulta website recently for one of several large orders, I spotted two new highlighters that aren't the chrome/gold one getting all of the attention. I already know that one will be too dark for me, so this purple beauty really caught my imagination.



The Basics:
Full Product Name: Maybelline Master Fairy Highlight by FaceStudio Illuminating Powder- The Exclusive Purple
Price: $9.99
Size: 0.25oz/7g
Retailer: Ulta.com, I'm not sure if this will be coming in-store
Other colors in the line? Yes, a rainbow highlight (I have two, so I didn't pick it up)

Let's look at the packaging. It's plastic and feels solid.



Like many other drugstore products, it opens both from the top and bottom. There's a mirror and, inexplicably, a sponge under the pan on the bottom. Don't use a sponge with this!

Let's talk about the product itself. This is a true highlighter- it's too shimmery, in my opinion, to be used on the eyes. Let's look at that pan closely.



There are four shades- all a gradient of purple. The third shade (L-R) is the most glittery of the bunch.


Here is is, each color individually swatched:


And here's a blended swatch:


Please keep in mind that I'm swatching rather heavily; this is a lovely lilac when picked up with a fan brush and looks gorgeous against my pale complexion.

Bottom Line: I recommend checking this out- I suspect it's an Ulta exclusive due to the shade name. In a world becoming saturated with rainbow highlighters, it's cool to see a drugstore brand go for something out of the box like this.

Sunday Dreaming

Admittedly, I've been binging on all of the new releases so this by all accounts should have zero items. But let's be real. I'm always looking for a few great new items. Although two days of photography and brainstorming have me set up pretty well in terms of having enough products to review for the rest of summer, it doesn't mean that I don't still have a few products on my mind!

1. Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow- Violet Vixen ($24)

Spoiler alert: you'll be seeing this beautiful formula on the blog very soon. Violet Vixen, a Sephora/Stila.com exclusive, is the only shade that's eluded me thus far of the 15.


2. Natasha Denona All-Over Glow Face & Body 01 Light ($38)

I swatch this every time I walk into Sephora, and although I own a ton of similar highlighters, I can't get this off my mind. It's buttery and beautiful- and a bit much for my daily wear.


3. Stellar Stardust Lip Powder Palette ($28)

Although I have deep and serious issues with the brand (for those who don't know, this is a brand focused only on medium skin tones, to the exclusion of pale and deep beauties), I'm interested to try this powder lipstick topper. I'll wait until these filter into stores; one of my local Sephoras carries the line.


4. NARS Orgasm Blush ($30)

Wait, wha? I don't actually own a single pan of Orgasm at the moment- mine's in a palette. I think NARS quietly reformulated it recently if the liquid version is a true comparison. It's been long enough that I've been without the only blush I've finished three times.

5. NARS Liquid Blush in Luster ($30)



I've been testing out one of these blushes for a solid week and the fact that I'm seeking a second shade should tip my review. This is a lovely apricot that I think would be lovely for summer.

What are you dreaming about this week?

PS- Stay tuned for sneaky double posts over the next 2 weeks in particular!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Winky Lux Whipped Cream Primer



After shooting photos for more than 70 posts (luckily, some of these are permanent collection items and I don't need to worry about posting them immediately), one might wonder why it is that I decided to start with this one instead of some of the posts I've been teasing on Instagram. It's because this caught my eye, ok?

Let me be honest about how my purchase of this product went down. I was scrolling through Nordstrom.com's New Arrivals in the beauty section and scrunched my face in confusion when I found this listing. I'd never heard of this brand, and any primer claiming to be whipped cream is a product I'm game to try.



At just $20 for 13g/0.46oz for a cruelty-free, paraben free, and gluten free product made here in the USA, it was a relatively affordable gamble. (Note: This is the Nordstrom price; it's cheaper on their website by $1.)

A little bit of internet research later, I was left feeling a little behind on my makeup game. This brand has been around for a minute, and already had ASOS and Forever 21 as distributors. It seems that their take on the "Flower Lipstick" (originally from Korea) was what popularized the brand. I thought about purchasing that, but it would've melted because Nordstrom uses USPS 50% of the time for my shipments, and products melt in a metal mailbox.

Back to the Whipped Cream Primer. When it arrived, I was a little surprised at just how small it was. I placed it next to the L'Oreal primer and felt better.



Let's look at the claims.

This whipped, silky skin primer blurs pores and prolongs makeup wear. Apply in a circular motion with fingertips and wear alone, or under foundation for a flawless look and baby feel every day. For best results, pair with Winky Lux Diamond Complexion powder.

Now, onto the ingredient list:

Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Acrylates Copolymer, [+/- (May Contain): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850)].

OK, so we've got a silicone primer claiming to blur pores. Got it. And that also makes me feel a lot better about the size of the primer.

Here's a shot of the primer so you can see the texture:



It's more of a "dry" whipped cream, as you can tell. That said, I see where it got it name from.



I've grabbed a bit here on my hand so you can see the "body" of this primer- it stands on its own.


There are some thicker silicone primers, and there are some fluid ones. Clearly, this is the former. I'm not mad at it.

So, I didn't bother to shoot the wear of my foundation on the three times I tried it out, but had a similar result each time. In the AC, it's awesome and does blur my pores visibly like it claims to do so. Once I went outside in a humid environment with a heat index pushing 100, it was too much for a primer like this. It didn't help my foundation stay any longer, but I wouldn't expect a primer like this to do that.

Bottom line: it's a nice silicone primer. I didn't notice any breakouts, and I liked the way my foundation looked. It's not right for the summer climate around here, but I'll be pulling it out this fall to enjoy. This is a new brand to Nordstrom, which meant it was new to me. I'm looking forward to testing more from the brand in the future.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

An Update

Good Evening my lovelies...

I have a fast update for you and why I haven't been posting this week. Here's the secret: due to my current job/schedule, I have to prep 95% of posts on the weekend because the week is just for keeping my head above water. I had company last weekend, so I didn't get anything done.

Well, I should be getting far ahead now, for a sick reason. I came down with a stomach virus today hard on the way to work. Since I literally couldn't eat or drink, I shot photos for 8 hours today. I still have a huge pile of products to swatch and photograph, and I think I have content for months of posts. (True story: I sat down and wrote out 150 post ideas in 10 minutes.) I've been testing and playing with an absurd number of products, and I'm ready to start sharing my thoughts.

The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette and liners showed up on my doorstep today (Yay overnight delivery!), so I plan to start playing with it first thing tomorrow and have my review up in a couple of days.

I've also got a huge pile of new drugstore makeup, so watch for that. If there are any specific requests, please feel free to leave me a comment.

TL;DR. Your QBB will be posting more frequently soon!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Dreaming

Here we are with another iteration of Sunday Dreaming- the place where I share a glimpse into my never-ending wishlist. Since I've been slow to pick up wishlist items the past few weeks, I just wanted to be real and let you know that I don't purchase everything I feature.


The recent outbreak of summer-like ridiculous weather has me thinking now that my commute is no longer climate controlled and dependent on mass transit. I have a list of things I'm looking for, but here are a few of them.

1. A good tinted moisturizer

Everything's going to melt off my face, so I need to find a decent tinted moisturizer. I have a few that I'm contemplating; I just need to get to Sephora, find the right shade, and test these out.

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($45)

This one generally gets good reviews, but my face has issues with NARS foundations. I'm a wee bit leery to try this TM just because of that. Part of being able to rock a TM is flawless skin.

 bareMinerals Complexion Rescue ($29.50)


The Allure symbol of approval plus the price point means it's an almost guarantee I'll pick this up in my right shade. I honestly haven't tried any of this brand's base products

2. Eyeliner that Can Serve Double Duty

I pulled out one of my favorite double duty products this week and now I want more. Tarte's pot eyeliners make excellent, waterproof, apocalypse-proof cream shadows.



 I see two more shades I want to play with: Spirit Animal (Copper) and Crystal Ball (Purple).

3. MAC Blot Powder



Sadly, my last Blot Powder shattered and was subsequently Back2MAC'd. I'm trying two cheaper alternatives, but there's nothing like the OG.

4. Farsali Unicorn Essence



I know. I know. I try to pass on Instagram-hyped products, but one recent YouTube video in particular has me interested. In this video, the influencer tried it out with the Hourglass Stick Foundation- and noted prior issues with the foundation that are identical to why I hate it.  She reported that it was great with this product... now I want to try it out because the Hourglass stick foundation is like the devil on my face.


What are you dreaming of this week?

Friday, June 16, 2017

CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir vs Revlon YouthFX Foundation + Concealer v Models Own Runway Matte Foundation



Sound the alarm: there are new drugstore base products!


Since both CoverGirl and Revlon have new foundations (on the pricier end of drugstore, IMO) on the market, I decided to battle them over the course of two weekends. Here's how I did it:

  • I wore the CoverGirl on Saturdays; one of the two weekends I ran errands, the other I stayed home.
  • I wore the Revlon on Sundays; one of the two weekends I ran errands, the other I stayed home.
In short, I gave them both a fair trial for a first-impressions style comparison. And I have thoughts- lots of them. I also added bonus reviews of the new Revlon concealer and a new foundation to Ulta.

Overall: Drugstore makeup is getting expensive. I'm watching price points creep up, but it really smacked me in the face with this post. 

CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir




The basics: 
Price: $11.49 (Covergirl.com), $11.99 (Ulta), $14.99 (Walgreens/CVS) for 30ml/1 Fl OZ (standard foundation size)
Shade Range: 14 shades
SPF: Yes, SPF 20
Shade Purchased: 705/Ivory (the lightest in the range)
Claims: Has vitamins, lightweight, full coverage, hydrating, oil-free, luminous
Packaging: Glass bottle with pump and cover (A+!)

I had high hopes for this one because I watched multiple beauty influencers on YouTube try this out and rave about it. They all cited the luminous finish, which I'm into here at the start of summer. Only one of them mentioned the reason why this foundation will never be worn by me again.

When I first applied it, I was into it. It lives up to the full coverage claim, and it looked like gorgeous, healthy, natural skin. I was loving it and couldn't believe how good it was for the price. It's a liquidy foundation but in a good way- it's what I like this time of year.

It started to break down in my T-Zone after about 4-6 hours and look a bit oily, but that's not the foundation's fatal flaw. I can blot easily this time of year.

It. Oxidizes. SO. FREAKING. BADLY.

I looked like an Oompa Loompa!

Weekend 1 I was self-tanned to about a NW20. Shade 705/Ivory- the lightest- oxidized to MATCH me. What the heck, CoverGirl?!? Weekend 2 I wasn't self-tanned and it looked like I'd been hit by an orange explosion within 4 hours and my face and body were different colors.

Since it's almost impossible to predict how a white mixer would change the formula and accurately predict the amount of oxidation, this foundation is useless to me. I'd recommend it only for our medium-complexion friends because most of the shades in this line are geared towards you. You might be able to deal with this but for a pale person this is completely unwearable and a waste of money by me. It's such a shame because I loved the finish.  CoverGirl, get it together. For real.

I didn't bother to take photos of my face because I was so embarrassed. Instead, I'll show you some swatches. In these, the one swatch was placed then allowed to set and oxidize for 2 hours. It was kind of fun to watch it become way too dark- like magic!


This photo is not retouched, color balanced, or anything. How in the HADES is this considered the LIGHTEST SHADE?!?! CoverGirl, this isn't ok.

I rest my case.


Bottom Line: If you're fair, this is a hard pass. If you're medium, try at your own risk.

Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Foundation




The basics: 
Price: $17.99 (Walgreens/Ulta) for 30ml/1 Fl OZ (standard foundation size)
Shade Range: 12 shades
SPF: Yes, SPF 20
Shade Purchased: 110 Ivory (the lightest or second lightest)
Claims: transforms the appearance of lines and wrinkles

Packaging: Opaque squeeze tube

OK, let's just get the price/packaging bit out of the way. This is extremely expensive for drugstore makeup, so I was quite let down by the somewhat cheap-feeling squeeze tube. Even the concealer came in a box! Although it's not fair, I had high expectations from this due to the price. There's some online debate whether 110 or 130 is the lightest, but at $17.99, I was not going to purchase multiple shades to figure it out.

There's also not a lot of claims, which also made me wonder about it prior to application.

It's funny in comparison to the last foundation- I had no idea about it going in, was dubious given the price point, and not a fan of the texture when I first squeezed it out.

This is a mousse foundation- it reminds me a lot of Rimmel Stay Matte or Dermacol Cover Foundation. I felt like Revlon missed the mark by launching for summer- this is more of a fall/winter/spring texture for me. I felt like this would be perfectly timed in the Southern Hemisphere.

I got best application by taking some of it on a palette, using my finger to dot/swipe on my face, then use a damp beauty sponge to blend out. One pass built to high medium/low full coverage and produced a gorgeous natural finish- slightly luminous but less than any dewy foundation. Coverage was great, it's just not a texture I think is right for this time of year in my climate. My audio notes included the following: "I like the coverage- that's not my issue. I can foresee this breaking down and sliding off my face in the humidity. Don't get me wrong, I have a feeling I'll pull this out in the fall."

Color 110 Ivory is a fantastic shade match for me at my natural NW13-15. I was a bit frustrated with it in that I wanted to keep the finish without powdering, but that's not possible. It has to be set. I wear glasses and waited 5 minutes after application (but didn't powder) to put glasses on to check it out. I tore up my nose. I wish cosmetics companies didn't do this to us glasses-wearers!

I powdered with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting powder which took the luminosity down quite a bit but still looked good. My natural oils in the T-Zone started to poke through after about 5 hours but all that took was some blotting. At the 10-hour mark, it was still hanging strong. Consider me impressed! Yes, my imperfections did look somewhat blurred.



Bottom Line: I doubt I can wear this during the summer, but as soon as the humid inferno subsides I'll be reaching for this. I really love the finish and how it wore- but will look for sales. I recommend waiting for those 40% off drugstore sales and nabbing this to try or a BOGO Free offer and also grabbing the concealer.


I'm also going to throw in a mini bonus review for a foundation I tried in late May that's drugstore-priced that hasn't been talked about much.



Models Own Runway Matte Foundation




The basics: 
Price: $11.99 (Ulta) for 30ml/1oz
Shade Range: 8 shades
SPF: No
Shade Purchased: Porcelain 01
Claims: Matte foundation; smooth finish that saves face

Packaging: Squeeze tube in box

I picked this up at one of my local Ultas. Models Own is a UK-based brand that only recently came to the US in select Ulta stores (and online). One of the cool parts is that they have in-store testers. I decided to try the Runway foundation because it seemed that the lightest shade was hella light and would work on my complexion.

According to my notes, it's very thick and rides extremely heavy on the skin. I noted that this is only a Fall/Winter formula and color for me- and that it's one of the lighter shades of foundation that I own. In short, I wouldn't recommend trying it right now and would say wait until it's cool again. I remember being quite unhappy with how my makeup blended over it and just not happy in general. I won't give up on it, but it's extremely rare for me to put a note on a box and say try again in the winter.

Here's a swatch comparison of some of my lightest foundations. Note the opacity of the Models Own swatch- it speaks to the thickness of the formula.



Bottom Line: Not a spring/summer foundation; the palest shade is very pale-girl friendly. This foundation really is for those who want a full coverage, matte finish- it's hard to make your face have much luminosity with the foundation.

Now, let's move on to the other Revlon product that was released.

Revlon YouthFX Fill + Blur Concealer


I know this is on a quilt, but I was nabbing a photo before I played with it!


The basics: 
Price: $13.99 (Ulta), $14.99 (Walgreens/CVS) for 3.2ml/0.11FL OZ
Shade Range: 6 shades
SPF: No
Shade Purchased: 01 Fair
Claims: Immediately corrects the appearance of dark circles and lines and wrinkles



OK, let's stop here for a second. A drugstore concealer in a box? Nice, Revlon. What I'm not a huge fan of is the cushion wand on top of the click pen because I find those always get nasty. I'd have preferred for a brush-tip, to be honest.

Packaging: Click pen in box (!)



I applied this by clicking up twice (by the way, it takes a hot minute to get the pen to start dispensing product), then dotting the concealer on my underage and then using a damp beauty sponge to blend out. I was really impressed with it- it's buildable (I ended up with 2 layers to cover my undereye circles without corrector) and doesn't immediately crease. I had time to layer it, photograph, and then set before any creasing.

It held on all day without creasing. I set once with Hourglass powder and once with ELF Undereye setting powder. It performed well with both.

Here are a few comparison swatches. Part of the reason why it's not going to be an everyday staple is the shade.

From L-R: NARS Creamy Concealer- Chantilly, Tarte Shape Tape- Fair Beige, Revlon Youth FX Fill & Blur Concealer, Rimmel London Match Perfection- 125 Fair, LA Girl Pro Conceal- Porcelain, Catric Liquid Camouflage- 005 Light Natural



Bottom Line: I think this is fabulous for a more natural makeup day for me when my Shape Tape is noticeable. I think that this is a really good drugstore concealer and would recommend it to anyone.


If you've made it to the end of this really long post, you're awesome. I hope this is helpful to someone with all of the new drugstore base products on the market!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF Setting Spray



Setting sprays have become a bit of an obsession for me as of late. I adore the idea of keeping a flawless face all day long since my days are extremely long. Since taking a new assignment, my commute time just went from 10 minutes each way to 90 minutes on public transportation each way. With summer settling in, that means a lot of ick.


The real thing that I'm obsessed with is SPF. I don't leave the house even in the middle of winter without SPF slathered all over my body. Despite my self-tanned current state, I embrace my natural paleness. I've been able to hold off hard core aging (aside from a couple of lines that showed up these past 2 months). I blame my religious addiction to SPF.

Kate Somerville's UncompliKated SPF Setting Spray combines the best of both worlds. At $38 for 3.4oz this is a pricey setting spray. Its genius lies in the SPF50. Thank you.



This is a revolutionary product for me. It's so hard to find SPF that you can reapply throughout the day (remember, you have to reapply your SPF!) that doesn't tear up my makeup.

I've been testing this for about 2.5 weeks and couldn't be happier. It's not the world's best setting spray in terms of lengthening wear time but it layers well with more hardcore sprays for that purpose. This reapplies wonderfully and doesn't look to be too much.

I really like the nozzle though:



The spray, overall, is excellent. It's soft and won't mess up your makeup (no worrying about splatter- a real thing with some setting sprays). I'm still not sold that it's great for extending the wear; I just consider this added sunscreen.



Bottom Line: I highly recommend this to everyone. It's expensive for SPF, but it's a genius way to refresh your look and your sun protection. The sprayer is gloriously amazing and doesn't splatter.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Kat Von D Lolita Blush & Eyeshadow



One of the craziest frenzies I've been in awhile was the release of Kat Von D Beauty's eyeshadow/blush in Lolita. And it's ironically my first real color product review back.

Although I thought it would be popular, I didn't expect it to sell through 100% of online stock in mere hours. I ordered mine while commuting into work (yay for mass transit multitasking and apps!), and received it two days later.

According to Sephora's Beauty Talk, it appears that this won't be restocked online, but will have a limited in-store release on June 15. That's the only reason why I'm going to review it at all. (For those stumbling onto my blog, I don't like to review things that you can't also still get. Hence why I'm holding off on reviewing the Sunset palette, etc.)

For $19, you get 3.2g of product. I've seen photos that indicate it's about the same size as the single Metal Crush shadows (I only own the Metal/Matte palette so I can't double check that). It's a hefty little single but a small blush. That said, it packs one heckuva punch in terms of pigmentation.



It's a chestnut rose, which I agree with. Depending on the lighting and background, it looks Burgundy, maroon, mulberry, and brown.



Reviewing this eyeshadow is particularly tricky for a number of reasons.

First: the hype. Lolita is a cult classic, and there's huge hype around this. I tend to shy away from the uber-hyped products. I also trust that KVD Beauty is telling the truth: this is actually, for reals you guys, limited edition. So any of us makeup collectors are going to buy it anyhow.

Second: my skin tone. I was able to de-self tan for these swatches and I'm back to my usual NW13-15 self. I'm finding in swatches that this color is shockingly complex and depends on a person's complexion. It's more ruddy on me (dang those pink undertones) but it looks more brown on others. I really think this is best on the cheeks for medium or deep complexions, but a killer eyeshadow for blue-eyed ladies. If you've seen my photos, that's me.

Third: The formula. This is very densely packed and in that regard reminds me of the discontinued blush duos. It kicks up quite a bit of powder and requires some serious tap-tap-tapping of the brush! I think this is really small for a blush, though. (No worries on my end because it won't be used like that by me.)



Since these types of colors are so popular, I was sure that I'd seen it in my stash before. We'll get to that in a bit.

Here is is, watched with an eyeshadow brush in a couple of different lighting situations. Note the texture in swatch #2- that's a theme.





I didn't bother trying to do a blush-type swatch because of my skin tone. I did try it on my cheeks, but I'm not going to share those photos. If you'd like to see sort of what it looked like on me, but with better lighting and a live demo, watch this video from one of my favorite beauty YouTubers- livloveshermakeup. I also had clown cheeks. If you keep watching her video, you'll see the blending gymnastics she had to go through for her eye look. More on that from my perspective.

I loved the look that I tried with this. Lolita looks very red on my eyes in this form, and I find that very wearable. I tried something new for me- no liner, fluffy brows and lashes (mystery mascara I'm still testing). For full disclosure, I have the cream shade in Viseart Neutral Mattes all over, one of the light tan shades (Shade #2) in the crease, a bit of Sweetheart from the Tartelette in Bloom palette in the crease to deepen it, then Lolita all over the lid and buffed out a bit. No liner.




I show this photo for multiple reasons. First, those lashes!! But really, look at the blending issues and texture (See, I said that would come back to this). I fixed this later, but this is representative of the blending issues at the 5 minute mark. Most "average" professional women don't want to spend more than 5 minutes on our eyes before work. It's not that I don't know how to blend; I wanted to show you an issue that I encountered. It's a great shadow, but it takes some finesse. This is not a slap on and go formula.

It did last all day with a primer and all that jazz. We expect that type of performance with all of Kat Von D's products, since the line is focused around long wearing makeup (a heaven-sent concept for those of us with a 10-hour work day and 3+ hours of commuting per day).

One side note- the concealer under my eyes is the Revlon Youth FX. Look for a throwdown later in the week on new drugstore base products.

Here's the real question most of you have- is there an existing dupe? Warm eyes are on trend, so someone has to have put out a similar color already,  right?  I went deep into my collection to try to find something. These were the semi-finalists:



I'd also like to point out that these palettes (aside from the Lorac Pro 1 and my custom MAC palette) were all released within the past 12ish months. These colors, they're everywhere!!!

I'm happy to say that I found 2 suitable substitutes for KVD Lolita on my skin tone if you're not able to grab this/want to pass the insanity. The bad news is that one of them is in an $80 palette; you probably own the other if you're reading a beauty blog.

On a side note, I'm working on my lighting setup again and my photo editing setup. You don't want to know how ridiculous it is- which means this is an effort from the heart.

Since my lighting is so dodgy, I'm going to show you the same swatches under 3 lighting conditions.

Studio Lights/ Warm:



Studio Lights/Cool:





Warm, Yellow Light ("normal" incandescent lighting indoors):




Of all of these, there are 2 clear winners (bolded). However, let's talk about all of them quite quickly:

  • Natasha Denona Sinai & Natasha Denona Panjin- Both are from the Sunset Palette; both are not even close.
  • ELF Mad for Matte 2 #6- If you can only afford drugstore products, this is the closest dupe that I found. It's lighter and requires more layering and has less pigment overall. For the price ($10 for the full palette v $19 for one shadow), it's good. This is one of my favorite drugstore palettes overall.
  • Fiona Stiles Electra #3- This looked closer in the pan than in person. This turned out to be a lot darker and closer to the brown side.
  • PUR Pop Icon- This is from the Trolls palette; I know it's not a matte but I was looking undertones. As I suspected, it's a lot more red (but closer to how Lolita looks on my eye).
  • Lolita is starred
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Red Ochre- This shade is still only exclusive to the Modern Renaissance palette, which is one of the best palettes on the market (in my humble opinion). This has a similar texture and is actually a lot easier to work with than Lolita. ABH mattes are a dream to blend as well.
  • Viseart Warm Mattes #12- I eventually plan to review the entire Viseart line, but here's an early spoiler alert: this is my favorite shadow formula on the market. If you can afford the $80 price tag, I highly recommend all of the mattes. This is very close to Lolita.
  • LORAC Refined Romance #3- I thought the darkest shade would pull similar to Lolita, but it's much cooler. That's fine, since this was LE.
  • MAC Everyone's Darling & MAC I'm Into It- I'm honestly not sure of the origins of these two shadows but they're the two closest MAC shades that I found in my collection.

QBB's Final Thoughts: If you're into these type of colors, you more than likely own the Modern Renaissance palette.  If you don't, where have you been? If so, you've got a decent dupe for Lolita that blends easier. This is a fun product to have for collectors, but don't stress if you're unable to get your hands on it.