Speed Reviews: Volume XIII

elf Halo Glow Liquid Filter
Claims :: Skincare-makeup hybrid for glowing, dewy skin; can be used alone, over or under makeup, mixed with foundation, or used as a highlighter; soft-focus filter effect
Price :: $14 at Target, elf
Shade Range :: 8
My Shade :: Fair
Pros :: Cruelty free; vegan; gorgeous, radiant finish; multi-use product; shade match for me; easy to blend; pigmented
Cons :: Availability
Final Thoughts :: I use this as a primer and I love that the glow comes through even with foundation and powder on top; glowy, but wet or overly dewy looking; dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter; decent shade range, but I hope they will expand it even further; Target or elfcosmetics.com only


Tarte Breezy Cream Cheek Duo
Claims :: Visibly lifts and sculpts cheeks; waterproof; blends seamlessly; ingredients to smooth and hydrate
Price :: $35 on QVC; $21 on Tarte
Shade Range :: 2
My Shade :: Pink Sands & Seychelles
Pros :: Recyclable packaging; vegan; cruelty free; shade variations; sleek, compact packaging; shade match for me; convenient 2-in-1; creamy; buildable pigmentation; SO easy to blend; only need a little bit of product; amazing formula
Cons :: Price; availability
Final Thoughts :: OBSESSED with this formula; it’s so creamy and easy to blend; buildable; $34 isn’t cheap, but I think it’s fair; will last a long time because a little goes a long way; sleek compact and 2-in-1 makes it perfect for travel


Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lipstick
Claims :: Creamy; full-coverage color; weightless; drenches lips in hydration for smoother-looking lips; satin finish; long-lasting
Price :: $21 at Tarte, QVC
Shade Range :: 10
My Shade :: Pink Passion
Pros :: Vegan; cruelty free; sleek packaging; shade range; creamy; pigmented; minimal transfer; comfortable, not drying; LOVE this shade; agree with all claims; long-lasting
Cons :: Availability
Final Thoughts :: LOVE this formula and I want more shades; does everything it claims; impressive staying power; I hope this will come to Ulta or Sephora so it will be easier to access; minimal transfer; creamy; pigmented


NYX Thick It Stick It! Brow Mascara
Claims :: Tints, tames, and thickens for 16-hour wear; ultra-buildable; mess resistant formula; flake, smudge, & transfer resistant; one-and-done product; natural finish; tapered brush for easy application
Price :: $10.99 at Target; $9.99 on Amazon; $11 at Ulta, NYX
Shade Range :: 8
My Shade :: Cool Ash Brown
Pros :: Shade range; vegan; cruelty free; easily accessible; affordable; agree with all claims; shade match for me; fibers to add fullness; love the natural finish; excellent hold without looking or feeling crunchy
Cons :: None
Final Thoughts :: I wish the wand was smaller, but that’s just a personal preference thing; the finish isn’t shiny or crunchy which I love; I still use a pencil to fill in, but on light/quick makeup days, it works fine alone; love that it has fibers to add fullness; holds brows in place all day 


Dominque Cosmetics Blur & Moisturize Serum Primer
Claims :: Gel-serum formula; instantly hydrates; smooth, even canvas for makeup application; refreshing, cooling effect to wake up your skin
Price :: $28 on dominquecosmetics.com & Beautylish
Pros :: Packaging, pump!; cruelty free; fragrance free; absorbs quickly; creates a smooth, hydrated base for makeup application; hydrating; contains hyaluronic acid; slightly blurring
Cons :: Availability; price
Final Thoughts :: More smoothing than blurring; no real complaints, just a MEH product; love the cooling effect; hydrating; if I really want a blurred look, this isn’t the product I reach for


Colour Pop Super Shock Bronzer
Claims :: Buildable; super blendable; long-wearing; skin-like; matte finish; natural looking warmth
Price :: $8 at Ulta, Colour Pop
Shade Range :: 4 at Ulta; 6 at Colour Pop
My Shade :: Isle Bet
Pros :: Cruelty free; vegan; shade range; buildable; easy to blend; works well over powders and liquids; agree with all claims; long lasting
Cons :: Availability
Final Thoughts :: I love the Super Shock formula. It’s a cream-to-powder which makes it super easy to blend and long lasting; perfect warm tone, not orange or muddy; shade range is inclusive; does everything it claims; I like that I can use it easily over powder foundation; online only; awesome, affordable cream bronzer

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