New makeup loves (and some not-loves)

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As is my way, even when unemployed, I was unable to resist the Sephora Friend & Family sale this past week. So I got...a few things. Mini-reviews to follow:

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Laura Mercier Foundation Powder, No. 1, $40

I really wanted this stuff to work. I love the idea of powder foundation--no gloppy messiness! But it just seems to be a sheer, slightly yellow-tinted powder. The coverage isn't much at all, and the color isn't really right for me, either. If my skin wasn't being such a problem recently, I might try the No. 2 color and use it for quick application days, when I don't want full makeup, but I'm so broken out and in need of cover up recently, I don't think it would be worth the $40.

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Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Violet Ink, $21

I love gel/cream eye shadow and liner, and have been trying out different kinds for months now. Up until now, Benefit was my favorite. It has been usurped. This stuff is amazing. It goes on great, stays on a long time, and it's really purple--it doesn't end up looking blue or gray like some purple products do. Definitely a new go-to.

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Sephora Collection Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil, Gorgeous Peach, $12

This is another winner. The formula is great--I love being able to use a pencil to get a clean application to my rather thin lips, and have it look like a nice glossy lipstick. I branched out in terms of color, going with a peach shade, rather than my usual pink/berry range, and I really like it, too. I'll probably go back for a couple more of these in other shades in the future.

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TheBalm Batter Upā„¢ Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow, Grand Slam Pam, $18

This one actually is going back without being tried. It may be a great product, but it's the same color--nearly exactly--as Benefit's Get Figgy, which I already have (and use a lot). So no use in keeping this.

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Smashbox Burlesque Beauty Collection, $35

I'm a sucker for a set! This one appealed to me because of the eyeshadow quad--three out of the four colors are my favorite shadow colors--and the loose shimmering powder. Those are actually the only parts of it I've tried so far--and they alone were worth the purchase price. The eyeshadow quad in particular is definitely going on heavy rotation for me this winter.

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Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer, Park Avenue Princess, $29

I've been using a Laura Mercier bronzer, and I like it, but the mixed colors don't all work for me-the darker two really are too dark, so sometimes it goes on well, other times not. It also seems to wear off. This seems to be a lot better, as far as staying power goes, and the tone is just right for me. I hope it will stay just right through the winter.

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Tarte Natural Lip Stain with LipSurgenceā„¢ Technology, Moody, $24

I've told you before how much love Tarte Lip Stain, and that's still true, but this one isn't my color. It's supposed to be "deep berry," but on me it's...brown. It's going back.

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Tarte EyeQuatic Waterproof Summer Essentials Set, $15

I bought this because I've been wanting to try the mascara, Lights, Camera, Splashes! 4-in-1 Natural Waterproof Mascara, and it was just as cheap to buy this whole set, on sale, as just to buy the mascara. The mascara is the only thing I've tried so far, and I'm impressed--great staying power.

All in all, this was a good order. I love the Friends & Family sale! Now, to NOT buy any mor makeup for a couple of months...

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