Jeffree Star Thirsty Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

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This palette was a part of the 2018 summer collection by Jeffree Star Cosmetics, and it’s undeniable one of the most summery palettes out there! Both the colors and the packaging is very summery to me. This is my 4th Jeffree Star Eyeshadow palette. I just recently did a review of Blood Sugar and I have an old review of Androgyny from the early age of this blog (Which is almost exactly a year ago so not that old really). Unfortunately I don’t have a review of Beauty Killer even though I do have it. Is that something you would be interested in, or is it old news? I’ve enjoyed the quality of the previous palettes very much, so the expectations of Thirsty was off course quite high. Jeffree Star knows good makeup so why would I not expect anything less than good really? So let’s talk Thirsty!

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First let’s have a few words on the packaging. There has always been something extra with Jeffree Star packaging, with Blood Sugar being the mastery of packaging with it’s retro VHS looking packaging (does kids now a days even get that reference?). The Thirsty palette is very slim in comparison, but still a big palette. That means big on surface area but still slim and easy to store. The outer packaging is yellow and has a icicle style look with droplets all over the packaging. Very much “on theme” with the summer collection. Inside you get a large mirror more than big enough to actually do your makeup in. 15 gorgeous shades on a nice wooden style background. I have to say, even though it looks unique, it does not have a look to match it’s price-tag. Out of all of my Jeffree Star palettes this one has the cheapest looking packaging in my opinion.

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But the colors does not look cheap, and the color selection is beautiful. This palette really is versatile. You do have your basic cream shade, and also 4 different browns with both cool and warm undertones. Here alone you have plenty of options for very simple everyday looks. The middle row are 5 shades of glittery metallic goodness, and a formula we haven’t seen from JS so far. This row is absolutely stunning with silver, gold, copper and browns with a stunning glamorous finish worthy of any party, date-night or any other stylish occasion. If you want to have some fun, the rest of the palette is fun mattes with bright colors like yellow, blue, green and orange. The only thing you can really argue is missing is a really deep shade. Surely “Drizzle” is a dark matte brown, but I am sure many people would like something even darker. But hey, It’s a summer palette, I am happy to save those dark grungy smoky eyes for another occasion.

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Swatches of the first row.

So the most important thing…..performance! I have tried JS mattes before, and that formula is good. They are smooth, rich and pigmented and usually quite easy to blend. They are also a bit dusty and you get a bit of kick-up in the pan, but I don’t consider fallout a problem with these. The difference with this palette was that now we have some super bright mattes, and they did perform a bit different. I found that both Quench (yellow), Submerge (blue), Splash (green) and Biiiitch! (orange) needed a tacky base for the color to really show as they do in the pan. The formula seems almost slightly too dry to attach properly to the eyes without a good base. My eyelids are quite normal, as is my skin type so I don’t have particularly oily lids, and they are not dry either. Pretty basic eyelids but these colors did not show up as intensely as I wanted on their own. It was possible to work with them and the only thing I needed to do was to not set my concealer and use a brush to pack it on instead of swiping. If I did that I was happy with the colors. It would be better if they worked perfectly straight away off course, but they were absolutely possible to work with and get a good result with in the end,. The regular colors like the brown mattes worked more like the usual matte JS formula and I did not have any problems with them.

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Swatches of middle row.

That middle row of foiled glittery shades are absolutely divine (as the name of the silver shade implies). These shades are so intense, and just a foiled gorgeousness I haven’t seen in a long time. The formula is a bit dense and I had to pick them up and apply them with a bit of pressure, but once they are on they are sooo pretty. They are even more stunning with a bit of setting spray on the brush, but they are also more than intense enough on their own. They do have a tiny bit of glitter in them. Not chunky, but some fine sparkle. That means that I found that I did get some fallout throughout the day , and that they worked best with a glitter glue or a similar tacky base underneath.

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Swatches of bottom row.

I do love the vibe of the palette. I get happy when I open it up to look at it. I also love the versatility. To sum up shortly, the brown/neutral mattes are good, the colorful mattes need a sticky base to appear as pigmented as they do in the pan, but you can work with them, and the foiled glitter shades are super stunning but could use the helping hand of glitter glue.

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The palette is quite expensive though, so if it’s worth picking up or not depends on what color in the palette you are most drawn too. If you are most drawn to the browns I would say there are plenty of brown palettes out there cheaper than this with similar good quality. If you are interested in this because of the colors I would say skip it. There are yellows, blues and greens out there that are super pigmented and don’t need a sticky base. If the middle row is what you are drawn to then I don’t think you will be disappointed because they are absolutely stunning and worth the whole palette for me. Would I buy it again? Absolutely, but to be honest the middle row seals the deal.

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Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation – Review!

After Revolution’s big success with their Revolution Conceal & Define I got tempted to try more base products. Could there be other gems hidden in their collection? For a reasonable 5£ giving the Fast Base Stick Foundation a go would clearly not break the bank, so I did.

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The foundation comes in a sleek, nude packaging with gold details. The desing is very simple, but still pleasing to look at. The plastic does however have a slightly cheap feel to it, and the product does not have much weight to it. I do think it looks classic and pretty though. The price is a stunningly cheap 5£, but I could not find anywhere on the packaging or the website that gave any information about how much product it holds. After around 2 weeks of use I am a bit less than halfway through the stick (But I did apply it generously) so I would say it’s not going to last as long as the regular foundation bottle does for me. I am OK with that since it’ so cheap anyways.

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My skin is usually normal. I can when the weather changes get some dry patches, but usually I am pretty normal. I don’t have acne or acne scarring to cover. Not much redness and I don’t get oily. At the time I tested this foundation out I was a bit bothered with dry patched due to weather changes being a bit crazy lately.

I found that the stick glides on very easy and melts into the skin. My favorite way of blending it unto my face was with a foundation brush- A beauty sponge gave a nice result as well but took a bit longer to work into the skin.

The finish is beautiful. I love how it looks on the skin. It gives a bit of a heavier look, so it’s not one of those foundations that gives a super natural finish and you can’t really tell it’s there. You can definitely tell I am wearing foundation with this, but in a porcelain doll-skin kind of way, not the pancake cake-face kind of way. The coverage is medium and the finish is dewy. I actually think it looks really stunning. It takes a while before it sets on the face, and it absolutely needed a setting powder on me in order not to slide around when I touch my face. But I love how this looks! It did not seem to enhance any dryness on my face either, but it did slightly enhance the look of my pores. I have quite small pores in the first place, but maybe something to keep in mind if big pores is an issue for you, because it surely seemed to enhance the appearance of mine.

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Longevity is medium. It lasts me for a work day. The good thing is that it fades nicely. It does not disappear in patches or cake up in any areas on me. One of the things I really appreciate in a foundation is it’s abilities to fade with grace. I can’t stand a foundation that cakes up, flakes up or cracks as it fades. I am OK with them disappearing after a while as long as they do it nicely, and this one does.

I will absolutely make a repurchase of this one. I love how it looks and how it wears and it just glides on and blends out like butter. For the price you can’t beat it.

Congrats Revolution, this is another gem!

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Colourpop Sol Eyeshadow Palette – Makeup look, Review and Swatches!

Like with the Mar palette I just reviewed I will have both the review and the makeup looks in one post rather than separating them into two, because the palette only holds 9 shades, and I don’t want my looks to repetitive, so I only made two.

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Sol is Mar’s sister palette and they were released in the same summer collection. While MAR is bronze and blue, SOL is filled with warm coppers, orange and raspberry shades. Fun and bright summer colors!

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These are the two looks I created with the palette:

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  • Colourpop Sol Eyeshadow Palette – New Dig, Dynamite, Motel, Floaties, ooo, Unwind.
  • Kiko Glamour Eye Pencil – 403.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Dram gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Hippie Mascara-
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40.
  • Ardell Flawless lashes – 804.

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  • Colourpop Sol Eyeshadow Palette- New Digs, Anthem, Dynamite, Hotel, B’B, Unwind.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Dram gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Hippie Mascara-
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40.
  • Ardell Flawless lashes – 804.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.

Just like the Mar palette this has that plastic packaging with a decent sized mirror in it. The palette is quite small, and handy to travel or just keep in your makeup bag. I do really like the size and amount of shadows in here, but I would prefer a cardboard packaging. The plastic feels a bit cheap in my opinion. I am afraid the hinges may not be as long lasting, and the closing is simple as it gets. I think their usual cardboard would be better.

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But the quality of the shadows are amazing. I feel like lately Colourpop has done no wrong with their eyeshadow palettes. I mean, they have always been good, but lately I find myself not having anything bad to point out at all. Every single shadow in the palettes are just great! Same with this. The shadows all work beautifully and they are so rich. smooth and pigmented. The eyeshadow that really stands out to me is “Motel”, a stunning satin raspberry shade. Again, as with the Mar palette, I feel like I found a shade within this palette that I don’t already have in my collection (and my collection is huge!). So it is always a bonus to find something unique.

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So yeah, Colourpop did it again and released another great palette. I hope they will continue releasing palettes of this size because it’s very handy to store. And for someone with a large collection I really appreciate slim and nice packaging.

Which one of these palettes do you prefer? Are you team Mar or team Sol? I think I am a part of the Mar team. The palettes are equally good, but there is just something about blue shades that I can’t resist! What about you?

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Liveglam KissMe Liquid Lipstick Subscription – September 2018!

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I was so happy to see that this months lipstick bundle was all nudes! I know thet the KissMe liquid lipticks are really great as nudes so I had high hopes for this months bundle. And I was not disappointed!

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There are two liquid lipsticks and one gloss this month. They all have the usual packaging with 2 ml in each tube with deliciously scented lip products.

Lets talk shades shall we? I want to begin with my very favorite of the bunch!

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Celebri-tea is a gorgeous mauve nude. I knew instantly that this would be one of my favorites. I love shades that are nude but still has some darkness to them. On me this is exactly that shade. As usual the KissMe formula works very well with nudes and this stayed in place for 6 hours. I find that this usually is the limit for me with these lipsticks. They may still look nice, but at this point my lips have had enough and I feel like adding some lip balm on top, and with that elongating the wear time to around 8 hours. They don’t feel drying in my opinion, but after a certain amount of hours I feel like adding some lipbalm to every dry-down formula. In other words I am very happy with longevity on this one and the color is stunning. In this months trio this will for sure be my go-to shade!

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Nudi-tea is the second liquid lipstick this month. As you can probably tell this is very light. Right now I have a bit of a tan, but it match my skin tone quite good. That means I find it to be a bit pale for me right now, but I will give it another try this winter to see if it match my winter skin any better. I did how ever love the look of it with Hot-tea on top because it makes it a bit darker and I get a nice glossy nude lip. I’ve worn it several times this way and I really like the looks of it! On it’s own this lippie looked good for around four hours. After that I found that it faded a long the inner rim of my lips, and since my natural lip color is quite a bit darker it was not hard to tell. These lipsticks can easily be reapplied without looking goopy or crumbling apart so no bigger deal than to just reapply. But for sure this one did not have the same longevity as Celebre-tea. Still decent though!

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Hot-tea is this months gloss. A nice brown gloss with medium opacity. It feels comfortable on the lip. Not sticky, but it’s not as liquidy that it dissappears too fast. It last around 1-2 hours on me depending on if I was drinking, eating or just nothing. Decent quality gloss, but since these tubes only hold 2 ml I find that you will go through them quite quickly if you use them often. No bug deal though, if you have a lipstick subscription you probably have more than just one anyway, and it’s better for them to be small than to get to old and have to be thrown out.

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Overall I am very happy. Nudi-tea could have been a dark er nude and it would have been even better, but I love this look of Nudi-tea and Hot-tea combined so actually all of the lippie was a hit for me this month.

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As usual the formula is really good. I’ve had some trouble with their darker shades, but the nudes I am usually very fond of. I won’t mind seeing more all nude bundles like this in the future!

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Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Palette – Review & Swatches!

The well known red toned Blood Sugar Eyeshadow Palette who have been constantly running out of stock since it’s release finally moved in with the rest of my eyeshadow collection around late June. Finally I am ready to shade my thoughts on this.

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I have all palettes released by Jeffree Star Cosmetics so far. So I guess it’s kind of a given that I like the quality since I keep picking them up, but I have to say they are not all the same. It’s not like you can buy one palette and expect the formula on the next to be similar, because I have found them to vary a bit. With that said, none of his palettes are bad, but some of them have some minor things that makes it less than perfect. So how about this one?

The palette contains 18 shadows, with three metallics, one satin and 14 mattes. The matte formula is really good. The shades are pigmented and rich but also easy to blend. I did not have any issues with any of them applying patchy, which I think is fairly good for darker reds and purples. Among those kind of shades you can easily find duds, but this one has a solid good quality overall with the matte shades. I have always enjoyed Jeffree Star matte formula, so no surprise here really. Just the quality of the mattes alone makes this a good palette.

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The first row of shades has a nice white with a matte finish that works really well in the inner corner or browbone on dramatic looks, which suits this palette well since it has a color scheme perfect for some drama. The three next shades all work nice as transition shades, but the second and third shade are a lot more pink toned than I expected on the eyes. Not a big problem since this is a red and pink themed palette, but it could be nice to know if you actually would want to make looks that are not in that color family. These shades will still appear a pit on the pinky side. There is also a rich deep gold that is stunning and a nice matte darker brown to deepen up a golden or brown look.

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There are three shimmery shades in this palette. “Candy Floss” a baby pink, “Sweetener” which is a rose gold, and “Donor” (from the first row) that is a darkened gold shade. I think both Donor and Sweetener are stunning shades, but Candy Floss came a bit short on me. I would have liked it to be a bit more intense. It’s just a bit lackluster compared to the other two. There is also a bright almost neon pink that worked great, and a purple matte that needed some building up. These strong shades does stain the lids, just be ware!

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The last row is my very favorite with delicious red shades. I mean just look at these! If you consider this palette this is the key row. If you love and would wear these shades then I think you will also like this palette. If you are not so sure about them, I would probably recommend skipping it unless you are a collector at heart.

Blood Sugar, the shade named after the palette (or maybe the other way around) is the only satin finish shade. And this is a good one! It’s so smooth and rich and looks absolutely stunning on the eyes. If you want a gorgeous red smoky eye, then this is a staple shade! Both the color and quality is nothing less than stunning, and this shade alone really does a lot to improve the overall quality. Maybe more satin shades would not have been a bad idea?

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Packaging is something else right? At first I was not sure what to think, but it grew on me. It’s super bulky and does not exactly safe space in your drawers, so you have to be able to handle that sort of palette to truly enjoy it I thing. But on the other hand it is very different, and quite retro too! The quality feels nice, nothing cheap about this thing. Unfortunately I think it’s a bit hard to open. So much so that I do find it a bit annoying. I don’t want to stand there in the morning struggling to open a too tightly closed palette. I just don’t have the patience to it. It is so hard to open that I have no idea why those metal clasps are there. This palette does not need any extra help to stay closed.

With that said it does have a decent size, good quality mirror inside. Still this is not a palette I would recommend traveling with, just the sheer size taken into consideration. You could bring 4 Zoeva palettes, or 8 Colourpop palettes and they would take up approximately the same space but with more product. So yeah, not my new travel buddy (but I got plenty of those so we are good!).

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Color composition is……red. If you are not into red looks just forget all about this palette. You want get any use out of it anyway. Being very red toned does not mean you can’t go neutral with it though. The first row of shadows offers plenty of more neutral tones. With that being said My impression is that both Sugarcan and Cake Mix appear more red hued on my skin, while they look to be more brown in the pan. You can also go for just pink and purple if you don’t feel like wearing red. Or maybe a rose gold moment using Sweetener all over your lid.

But if you want to wear red, then the whole third row is a gift! 5 different red-toned shades with everything from true tomato red, to cherry and deep red-purple. This is the smoke red row, and personally I love it. Red shades like this may look scary, but they really are striking, and if you have blue eyes these are shades that will really make your eyes pop! I think Blood Sugar is my very favorite shade of the whole palette, well worthy of it’s name. I have used it a few times for a simple smoky look, and just using the deeper shades to deepen the look and I loved how it looked.

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Even though this palette got you covered with the basics like appropriate crease shades and transition shades, as well as deeper mattes, I did find myself missing something even darker. The darkest shade in the pan is just not quite dark enough that create those red dark grungy looks that I feel inspired to do with this look. No biggie, I got plenty of blacks, but I would have loved it if that dark red-plum shade “Coma” was even a bit more dark.

While we mention that shade, I think “Extraction” and “Coma” had quite similar look on the lid, which makes me feel even more that “Coma” really should have been a lot darker.

So what is the verdict? As a collector I am happy I’ve picked this up and I would do it again for sure. But what about you, do you need it?

Well, If you love a good red, and think you are missing a bit of red variety in your collection then yes, this palette is well worth picking up. I don’t know any other palette that offers this nice of a collection of true red shades in this quality, so if red is your thing then this is a good choice.

If you find red scary, or you don’t really use reds, then picking up this palette for 56$ just to avoid the reds would be a waist of money. Without the red shades then you probably have something similar to most other shades in your collection anyway, and if you want to dabble a bit into reds but you are not sure if you like it or not I would rather recommend a palette like Anastasia Modern Renaissance instead where you have only a few (a bit more user friendly) red shades and the rest of the palette works for everyone.

If this should be worth for you to pick up you would have to know you like and feel comfortable in reds, or maybe if you are just a collector and appreciate the piece just for its own sake. If you fall into either of these categories (or both like me) then I would say this is worth picking up. If not, you would probably not want to pick this up due to it’s high price tag.

What are your thought? Do you have it? love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments! I love reading your feedback and opinion on products I review!

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Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Blush – Review!

As so many other I am a fan of the Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, and it got me curious to test out the other products in the Murumuru Butter family. They got those bronzers, some blushes and some very nice highlighters. So I picked up a bit of everything to play with, and will be reviewing the blushes today!

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The packaging is similar to the Butter Bronzer just a bit smaller and quite a bit more pink. They got the same palm leaf design and the same bulkiness. I like that the lid is clear so you can easily see what blush you are reaching for without reading the label. I picked up the shades Rosy Pink and Natural Glow. Rosy Pink is a matte soft pale pink, and Natural Glow is like a very pale rose gold. It is not matte but have a nice sheen to it without being shimmery. I am very happy with both shades, but I think the shade range could easily take advantage of some darker shades. I am quite pale and still these are too light for me now that I got a slight tan. I think medium skin and darker could have a problem finding a dark enough shade. Let me know if I am wrong, I would love to be corrected on this!

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The consistency of the product is similar to the bronzer. So a very very creamy powder. My favorite way to apply these are with a slightly denser synthetic brush. The amount of product is easy to control because it is more of a buildable pigmentation rather than “first-swipe-and-you’re-ready- for-a-carneval”. I prefer buildable blushes if I had to pick actually.

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One thing that really surprised me was longevity. Usually I find that most blushes would have disappeared after 3-4 hours anyway regardless of brand, but these guys had really really good staying power. After 8 hours it was very easy to see that the blush was still there. So I am impressed by how long they last on the skin. They may actually be the longest lasting blushes I’ve ever tried!

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One drawback though is the very bulky packaging. and when you open the blush completely you find another compartment that holds an applicator. Not a brush, and applicator. The sponge type! To me it was absolutely useless. There is also a mirror, but it is so tiny and I really don’t see myself ever using it, mostly because the placement is really unpractical since it’s underneath the blush and you would constantly have to open and close it to use it. I would have much preferred no sponge and no mirror in exchange for a slimmer packaging.

It is still a darn good blush though, and I guess I have enough blushes suitable for traveling so it does not matter all that much.

For a price tag of 12.99 $ it’s not the cheapest at the drug store but still well worth the little extra coin. I wold absolutely recommend these, and I hope to pick up some more shades myself!

Oh, and yes, they do smell like the bronzer!

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Review: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish – Whisper Of Gilt!

I finally got my hands on the oh so famous “Whisper of Gilt” shade by MAC. It.s been a part of a couple limited edition releases and the shade has been raved about for years. I have always wanted it, partly out of curiosity, partly out of the fact that I love a good gold highlighter.

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I finally got my hands on this in the Extra Dimension Skinfinish version. Whenever it’s been a part of a limited edition release it has sold out before i could say “Pancakes!”. It  seems like everyone want this, and it’s become a cult product for MAC. But, this time it’s back for good, and is now a part of their permanent Extra Dimension Skinfinish line. Isn’t that fantastic news? I sure think so!

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So, is it worth it’s cult status? Well, an intense gold metallic highlighter that would fit a large range of skintones with a buttery smooth formula….YES! It’s a great highlighter and if you are into golden highlights this is for sure worth an extra look. Maybe not as exclusive as it once was, and maybe it now lacks a bit of that exclusive rare feel to it, but everyone should have a chance to try this beauty.

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It’s not to much more to say really. The formula is great, the shade is great, and the rest is classic MAC. The packaging is their standard black compact with clear lid.

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For the price tag of 34 $ it’s not the cheapest one on the market for sure, and if you are on a budget there are plenty of other golden highlighters to choose one, you should not feel it’s necessary to pick up this exact one because to be fair, a golden shade is not that unique. And if you want a cheap alternative the Kiko Long Lasting Wet & Dry Use Eyeshadow in the shade 208 is a spot on dupe for only 7.90 $. But, if you are a MAC collector this is for sure a nice piece to add to your collection!

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