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  • Surratt Beauty “Custom” Contour Palette

    In my 30 Beauty Questions post, I mentioned that Surratt Beauty was among the brands I was curious to try. Shortly after posting, I found myself in front of the Surratt display at Sephora. Surratt Beauty, among other things, makes a selection of shadow, blush, and contour products, which you can customize to place in their empty compacts. In theory, I love this. I have pretty specific (and narrow) taste when it comes to eyeshadow, so being able to customize a palette is an attractive option for me. Many other brands offer similar custom systems: MAKE UP FOR EVER ($25 CAD for 0.07 oz, plus significant volume discounts), Buxom ($15 CAD for 0.05 oz),…

  • Bronze Liners: NYX, Smashbox, Marc Jacobs

    Battle of the Bronze – Marc Jacobs Highliner Dupes

    Bronze liner is what I turn to when I want to add a bit of smokiness to an otherwise minimal eye. It’s warmer and softer than black, and provides enough definition to elevate the look without taking it over the top. I recently purchased the NYX Retractable Eye Liner in Bronze, and when I got it home I realized that I have two nearly identical colour dupes: Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Penny Lane, and Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Ro(Cocoa). These three liners are so close in colour, and each at a different price point — I decided to put them to the test.