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Brand: Urban Decay Cosmetics
ProductDouble Team Special Effects Colored Mascara 
Shade: Dime/Goldmine - metallic silver + metallic gold



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Binxcat's Musing:  This is the final swatch set of all of the Urban Decay Special Effects Mascaras (you can search my blog for all the others).  I am a huge fan of this product.  Dime/Goldmine is just as lovely as the rest.  I find the brush small enough to get my lower lashes without creating a huge mess.  The finish makes for a statement eye or simply brightening the under eye.

Brand Description:  A totally different take on colored mascara, Urban Decay's Double Team Special Effect Colored Mascara provides a HUGE pop of color on lashes and brows. The cream shades deliver intense color payout, and the metallic shades provide a hit of multidimensional sparkle.

You don't have to perfect an elaborate flick of winged eyeliner or a 10-step smoky eye to create a look that stands out. Just swipe on a few quick coats of Double Team t…
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Brand: Ilia
Product: Lipstick
Shade: Pink Kashmir - electric pink



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Binxcat's Musing:  Pink Kashmir is the kind of Summery pink that makes me happy.  The lipstick is creamy and opaque.  It has some slip to it so if you're prone to bleeding, you may wish to use a liner.  I do not find this to emphasize lip lines.

Brand Description:  Inspired by the colors of India and Pakistan, Pink Kashmir is our standout shade for the summer season. The cool undertones of this electric pink can be dimmed down in intensity when layered under Peek-A-Boo Lip Gloss.

A Lipstick that melts into your lips on contact and with each swipe builds to a beautiful satin finish. This Organic formula combines ultimate hydration with a creamy texture that takes care of your lips in a variety of playful hues.
Ingredients:  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Triisostearyl …
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Brand: Linda Hallberg Cosmetics
ProductMood Crayons Kit
Shades: Happy Mood - yellow Likeable Mood - orange Daring Mood - purple Cool Mood - blue Calm Mood - green All shades are matte




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Binxcat's Musing: These are some of the best crayons I have ever tested.  They are beautifully pigmented.  they do not skip on application.  They wear like nobody's business.

Brand Description:  Mood Crayons is the perfect crayons, bound to no rules. Five colorful Crayons for every mood and day. Use them on eyes, lips, brows or body – you are the creator. They have a creamy formula that turns smudge-proof within a few minutes (believe us, we’ve tried to rub it off) . Want to blend it? Be quick, it sets to a water resistant finish after just a few minutes.

Crayons is the collective name for our multi-functional pencils, here you won’t have to think about buying separate eye, lip and brow pencils – you get everything in one pencil. Choose the color you want for the purp…
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Brand: BECCA
Product: Glow Lip Gloss
ShadeFoxglove - muted plum with cool silver pearl





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Binxcat's Musing:  I have a personal preference for opaque lip gloss.  There are occasions when I like a lighter gloss, however,  I try not to permit my personal taste to affect my reviews.  That said, Foxglove is pretty thin and almost watery.  I believe you can easily see this in the swatch.  Had the silver pearl actually been visible, I could have forgiven the thinness.  Sadly, I get little to no pearl at all - silver or otherwise.  I think if you like a thin gloss and are going for a MLBB look, this may be perfect for you.  That is most likely how I would use it.

Brand Description:  A luxe, conditioning lip formula with the shine of a lip gloss, pigment of a liquid lipstick, and nourishing benefits of a lip balm.  3D light-reflecting pigments as well as ginger, peppermint oil, and a non-stinging peptide make lips appear fuller and smoother. Vitamins C and E, plus hydrating shea…
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BrandGood Goth
Product: Lipstick
ShadeBlue Metal - dark electric blue with lots of shimmer (cream)



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Binxcat's Musing:  I've been enjoying testing out Good Goth's new makeup line.  Blue Metal is a really amazing moody blue shimmer.  The product swatches smoothly and evenly and the shimmer is just the right intensity.  I find this shade to be a bit more unique among the blue lipstick offerings on the market.
Brand Description:  GoodGoth's cosmetics are all made in the U.S.A in accordance with Good Manufacturing Procedure (GMP) in accordance with PCPC Quality Assurance Guidelines.  Use only FDA safe ingredients.  Not tested on animals/ facility is on PETA safe list.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoae, Ozokerite, Trimethylolpropane Trilsostearate, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Triethylhexanoin, Silica, Parrafin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glycerin, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol Acetate, Ascorbic Acid. May C…
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Brand: Lime Crime
ProductVenus III Pressed Powder Palette
Shades: Beam (lit lilac w/ pink shift - iridescent shimmer) Beloved (minky lavender brown - metallic) Bliss (rosewood - matte) Dreamy (mauve - matte) Ecstasy (dried fig - matte) Heavenly (rich rose gold - iridescent shimmer) Paradise (bright fuchsia w/ blue glow - glow) Rapture (soft blush w/ blue flash - shimmer matte)






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Binxcat's Musing:  All of the shades in this palette swatched well without primer.  There was a slight dustiness, however, this did not effect the result.  The shade beam looks absolutely stunning foiled over Paradise.  There is a nice mix of finishes in the palette to create multiple looks.  The palette is a sturdy cardboard with a mirror inside the lid.

Brand Description:  Lime Crime's Venus III Pressed Powder Palette, the heavenly sister of the grunge palette, has descended from above. Happy pops of purple and pink put the crowning touch on the perfect light-to-mid tone range to fl…
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Brand: Belladonna's Cupboard
ProductPressed Eyeshadow
ShadeJudas - blackened dark purple


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Binxcat's Musing:  Judas is a highly pigmented shadow.  The shadow is somewhat soft so care must be taken in application to avoid kickup in pan.  Swatched with no primer.

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BrandColourPop Cosmetics
ProductUltra Satin Lip
ShadeChance - warm vibrant pink


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Binxcat's Musing:  Chance is a high pigment lippie.  While the brand states it has a satin finish, I find that it is somewhat mousse-like and dries to more of a satin - leaning matte finish.  It is comfortable to wear, although at about the 4 hour mark it wanted to settle into lip lines.  No bleeding.

Brand Description:  Ultra Satin Lip A creamy, bold lipstick with a satin finish. This formula has the same high percentage of pigments as an Ultra Matte Lip but contains emollient ingredients for added moisture, keeping lips looking fresh and feeling super comfortable.
Though this lipstick is super long-wearing, it is not completely kiss-proof and does transfer.
Shade Purples, Pinks
Ingredients:  Isododecane, Diisostearyl Malate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, C10-18 Triglycerides, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Silica Silylate, Polyethylen…
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Brand: NYX Professional Makeup
Product: Holo Graphic Halo Eye Tint
Shade: Wild Orchid - lavender


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Binxcat's Musing:  Reasonably good pigment in this product.  I don't get holographic from it but it does have a nice shimmer.  I think this shade would be good on its own as well as used as a topper.

Brand Description:  Calling all unicorns! You’ve definitely gotta see our new Holographic Halo Eye Tint to believe it. Available in five pearlescent shades, this limited-edition liquid eye color leaves your lids looking lit as ever. Each ultra-lightweight hue glides right on and gives you time to play before drying down to a glimmering, multidimensional finish.

CONTAINS CARMINE G2020026 INGREDIENTS / INGRÉDIENTS:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-10, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylyl Glycol, Laureth-21, Toco…
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Brand: Belladonna's Cupboard
ProductPressed Eyeshadow
ShadeChakra




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Binxcat's Musing:  Ok, no clue why the actual product pic did not photograph correctly.  I admit, I gave up.  BUT the swatches are dead on.  Swatched with no primer, Chakra is a gorgeous shimmery light green/seafoam.  No issues with fading or creasing on wear.

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Brand: Buxom Cosmetics
ProductVa-Va Plump Shiny Liquid Lipstick 
Shade: Guava Kiss - tropical pink



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Binxcat's Musing:  Holy opaque pigment!  Guava Kiss applies with an abundance of pigment.  A tiny bit is all that is needed for full shiny coverage.  The shade dries to a shiny, semi matte. 

Brand Description:  A plumping, high-shine liquid lipstick from the lip plumping authority that delivers bold, intense color with serious staying power. Now available in four limited-edition tease worthy tropical shades, you're one swipe away from plump, powerful, confident color.

Va-Va-PLUMP Shiny Liquid Lipstick takes lip color to a whole new level of sexy with lasting, bold, bombshell color, and the tingling lip-plumping action that Buxom is famous for. Available in intensely pigmented colors with vibrant lasting wear. Va-Va-PLUMP is an all-in-one formula that keeps your lips comfortable and kissable from dusk til' dawn.
The innovative curved applicator hugs your lips to d…
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Brand: Make-Up Atelier
Product: 5 Eye Shadows Palette
Shade: T11 Blue Green Tones






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Binxcat's Musing:  This palette is another great palette from Make-Up Atelier.  There is a nice mix of finishes with the blue/greens.  It's easy to create multiple looks form this palette alone.  The pigment is great - with the exception of the 4th darkest shade which needed to be built up.  I wore the 3 lightest shades and all 3 lasted all day without fading.  I note that I used the 3rd shade under my eyes as a liner and it did not budge.  Swatched with no primer.

Brand Description:  Formulated for long-lasting wear, Make-Up Atelier Eye Shadow delivers vivid color payoff with a smooth, easily blendable formula. Each sleek, travel-friendly palette features five removable pans of pro-quality eye shadow in complementary shades.

Create countless eye looks that last all day and night with the non-creasing, water-resistant formula Dense pigment load ensures a high-impact, full-…
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BrandAndy Candy Makeup
ProductSo Sweet and Dreamy Pressed Glitter
ShadeGrape Soda - dark purple



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Binxcat's Musing:  BLOWN AWAY.  Seriously, deceased.  How does Andy Meredith do this?  I swatched Grape Soda with NO primer.  And look!  I shook my arm after swatching and there was almost no fallout.  Did I mention with no primer?!  LOL  Glitter is a tricky medium to get right for brands and Andy Candy has the secret.  I doubt I need to say that if you're looking for a pressed glitter you might want to try this one...the swatch speaks volumes for itself.

Brand Description:  So Sweet and Dreamy Pressed Glitter are super vibrant and magical Straight out of a Candy Universe.

Our glittery formula provides smooth, comfortable wear, super moisturizing with a balm like consistency with super high shine reflection.
Use each shade alone or combined with any Andy Candy Makeup Loose Pigment for a HYPER SWEET Look that will leave everyone around you drooling over your d…
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Brand: KKW Beauty
CollectionKKW x Mario
ProductGloss
ShadeSuper Nude -  pale sheer nude with gold pearl



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Binxcat's Musing:   I would not have purchased this shade if I had to do so as a single.  But, since I bought the KKW x Mario Bundle, it came with the bundle.  I am so glad it did.  Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone.  Super Nude is a sheer nude as stated.  the gold pearl is subtle and just enough to add a bit of sparkle and interest.  Since gloss, especially sheer gloss, changes appearance based on lip pigmentation, this one ends up being an absolute beauty on wear.  It is gorgeous on its own or used a a topper.  It can easily work for anyone.  I do not find it to be sticky.

Brand Description:  The KKW x MARIO high shine gloss can be worn alone or with your favorite lipstick or lip liner for a smooth and ultra-glossy finish.

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Brand: Linda Hallberg Cosmetics
ProductEnchanted Secrets Palette
Shades: Moonwake: purple/blue
Ethereal: green/brown Zephyr: pink/blue Orphic: dark grey/turquoise






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Binxcat's Musing:  I desperately wanted this palette when I saw the brand swatches.  "What a gorgeous duochrome palette" I thought.  I ordered it, shipping was fast, and opened it to swatch.  I've been a blogger and makeup lover for many years.  I'm no stranger to swatching product.  BUT as you can see, the palette swatched terribly.  My top two pics represent brush swatching dry (using the BEST of 3 different kinds of brush swatch results).  My bottom three pics are swatching using a foiling spray.  I was so disappointed and assumed I had received a bad batch.  I mean, there was no way the palette was this bad!  I reached out to the brand since I didn't want to represent the quality based on a bad batch.  Below is the email correspondence:
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Brand: Urban Decay Cosmetics
Product: Eyeshadow
Shade: Maui Wowie - golden beige shimmer w/silver glitter (metallic)


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Binxcat's Musing:  Maui Wowie is an older shade from urban Decay.  I wanted to share it since it's a nice shade for all skintones.  The base plays on the idea of a warmer skintone but the glitter pulls cool.  This make Maui Wowie and interesting transforming shade depending on your own tone.  This is gorgeous on it's own or as an inner corner shade.  Swatched with no primer.

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OMG. Urban Decay didn't think they would ever want to change their already incredible Eyeshadows. But thanks to new advancements in formulation technology, they found a formula that will BLOW YOUR MIND.
THE FORMULA: Even softer, amazingly velvety texture Richer, more dense and decadent color Smoother, more uniform pigment distribution and blendability Longer-lasting, more crease-free wear
The secret to the new formula is Urban Decay's Pigmen…
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BrandGood Goth
Product: Lipstick
Shade: Lingerling - intense mid tone purple with pinkish undertones (cream)

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Binxcat's Musing:  I was happy to see another retailer enter the cruelty free cosmetics market.  Lingerling is one of a few cosmetic items I purchased from Good Goth.  Lingerling is a pretty cream lipstick that applies better on the lips than in swatching (the template was causing the lipstick to pool at the edges).  The product is good quality and on trend.
Brand Description:  GoodGoth's cosmetics are all made in the U.S.A in accordance with Good Manufacturing Procedure (GMP) in accordance with PCPC Quality Assurance Guidelines.  Use only FDA safe ingredients.  Not tested on animals/ facility is on PETA safe list.

Ingredients:  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoae, Ozokerite, Trimethylolpropane Trilsostearate, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Triethylhexanoin, Silica, Parrafin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glycerin, Retinyl …
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Brand: Marc Jacobs Beauty
Collection: Coconut Fantasy Collection
ProductEye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette
Shades: Fantascene - Flesh, Covets, Fantasy, She Said, Meet Ya, For More, On The Dance Floor





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Binxcat's Musing:  The lightest shade is too close to my skintone to show up other than on flash. It will be a good allover/brow bone shade. The 3rd shade from the left had pigment issues as did the 4th shade. The bronze shimmer is fantastic - probably the best in the palette. The dark brown is very dusty. My counter was a mess during swatching because of the dustiness. the dustiness did not effect pigment but it did effect application. The shade was harder to build and blend. The last shade swatched fine. Swatched with no primer, this palette will probably do better over primer.

Brand Description:  A long-wearing eyeshadow palette in a glossy white compact with rose gold accents, featuring seven shades in four fashion finishes—velvet, satin, si…
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Brand: Ilia 
Product: Lipstick Crayon
Shade: 99 Red Balloons - real red with a touch of blue


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Binxcat's Musing:  This product has nice pigment.  Mea culpa on the swatches - the product wanted to pool under the template...it will apply much better on the lips.  It's creamy on application.  A disappointment for me though, is on me, it does not pull true red with blue undertones.  Instead, as you can see, it pulls warm.  (Note - my skintone is neutral.)  A side note, I remember the namesake song (and the subsequent covers) and, while it's catchy, naming a cosmetic product after a German anti-war protest song that talks about an apocalypse is an interesting choice...
Brand Description:  99 Red Balloons is a straight forward classic with a recognizable, slightly irresistible name.

ILIA Lipstick Crayon is packed with healing oils of Coconut, Sesame and Cranberry Seed.
Ingredients:  Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Euphorbia Cerife…
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Brand: Artist Couture
Product: Diamond Glow Powder
Shade: Illuminati - pearly champagne base with silver shimmering pearls



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Binxcat's Musing:  In my opinion, Artist Couture makes some of the very best loose powder highlighters on the market.  Illuminati is a new addition to my collection.  On my skin, the champagne base is more noticeable than the silver pearl.  That said, in certain light, the silver is more visible.  This makes Illuminati and interesting highlighter to wear.  The product is buildable or blendable and does not emphasize pores.  I also love that this is a mutli-tasker as it is eye and lip safe. 

Brand Description: A cult favorite! This shade has a pearly champagne base with silver shimmering pearls. It is an all natural, finely milled loose powder safe to use on the face, eyes, lips and body.

A shimmering loose powder highlighter with highly reflective, iridescent pearls.Embrace your glow like a true glow-getter. Diamond Glow Powders were cr…
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BrandUlta Beauty
Product: Rainbow Dust Eye Shadow Palette
Shades: Row 1: Spring Mist, Soft Sage, Fire Brick
Row 2: Polished Copper, Sugared Peach, Gold Chiffon Row 3: Orchid Kiss, Frosted Lavendar, Rose Water









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Binxcat's Musing:  Have you ever purchased something on a whim; not really expecting it to be good?  That's exactly what happened when I purchased this palette.  I was very surprised when it swatched and performed as it did.  Ulta's rainbow Dust palette is a beautifully collection of shimmery shades ranging from cools to warms.  The pigment isn't overbearing but it is present enough to create beautiful eye looks bu using the shades on their own or as toppers.  I got very little kick up in pan while brush swatching (no primer).  For the price, this palette was a pleasant surprise.
Brand Description:  Create a beautiful, shimmering pastel eye look with Ulta's highly pigmented Rainbow Dust Eye Shadow Palette.

Ingredients: 
Metallic: Rose Water, Gold…