Review: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

AHHHH I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED FOR A REVIEW BEFORE!! Or so excited for a product. I sat on the ColourPop website for six agonizing hours, trying to get nine of their new Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks into my cart, and I finally succeeded. Without further ado, I present the glorious new lip offerings from ColourPop.

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I got Trap, Donut, Drive-in, Tulle, Succulent, Creeper, Zipper, Avenue, and LAX, and oh boy are they gorgeous!

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That’s taken in natural light, so the arm swatches are very color-accurate.

I also did lip swatches for my lovely readers. ๐Ÿ™‚

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Trap
ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Trap

Trap is a pale gray-mauve nude, which is identical to Lime Crime’s Cashmere.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Donut
ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Donut

Donut is that perfect 60’s coral pink—I loved this one!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Drive-in
ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Drive-in

Drive-in, a bright magenta-purple, was another favorite!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Tulle
ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Tulle

This is Tulle, a reddened nude brown/plum color. It’s a bit hard to describe, but it’s a lovely color! I could see this being a great nude for women of color or a sultry fall shade for pale chicks.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Succulent
ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Succulent

This beauty right here is Succulent, a neon orange-red. OMG.OMG. God-tier lipstick right here!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Creeper
ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Creeper

This little gem is Creeper, a true Hollywood red. Gorgeous.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Zipper
ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Zipper

Zipper is a darker purple, fun and unique. I will say that this is the only one that went on a little patchier.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Avenue...can you tell my lips are killing me?
ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Avenue

Avenue is a dark, warm-toned brick red (and a dupe for Lime Crime’s Wicked.)

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in LAX
ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in LAX

Lastly is the very dark, very vampy LAX, an extremely blackened cherry color.

My lips were killing me after all those swatches! It was worth it, however, because I have found my new favorite liquid lipsticks. These are some utterly gorgeous, very pigmented, very matte lipsticks that are so, so worth the mere $6 that they cost. I love the smaller doe-foot applicator and I love how with only one coat, you get in-your-face color and one heck of a matte finish–it’s like suede! I think these are my favorite product yet from ColourPop! ๐Ÿ™‚

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June Favorites!

How did another month go by so quickly? At least I have some great new products to share with you guys for this month, right?

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I think I love all these even more than last month’s favorites. Firstly,we’ll talk about skincare. I’ve been trying out a new skin regime geared towards drier skin, using Cerave products, specifically, the Facial Moisturizing Lotion, the Eye Repair Cream, and the Skin Renewing Cream. Now, I’m going to do actual reviews on those three, but right now let me just say I’m impressed with how soft and smooth my skin is! I’ve also been using a crazy-good new face oil, the Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A and E oil, which is basically a retinol oil—great for preventing acne. ๐Ÿ™‚

The four makeup items I’ve been on a roll with this month are my beloved Meow Cosmetics Flawless Feline Mineral Foundation in Frisky Ocicat, my Clarins Multi Protection Skin Tint, my LA Girl Flat Finish Matte Pigment Gloss in Obsess, and the hyped-up Smashbox Primer Water. Not a day goes by when I don’t use my Meow Foundation. It’s honestly the best mineral powder I have ever used. Also, I’ve been trying to find the perfect everyday tinted sunscreen, and the Clarins one works surprisingly well. I love that it has SPF 40 and antioxidants. My favorite summer color for my lips is a bright coral red, and the LA Matte Gloss in Obsess is the perfect shade. I am so impressed with how pigmented and long-lasting it is! I wore it to a wedding and a reception, complete with shrimp and grits, barbeque, and an open bar (lol) and this liquid lipstick did not budge. Several people asked me what I was wearing and I got a kick out of saying it was a five dollar drugstore lipstick! Lastly, I finally caved and bought the Smashbox Primer Water, expecting it to be one of those trendy and over-hyped products, but honestly, it’s been a lifesaver. It makes a great primer and an even better setting spray, and when it’s over 100 degrees, it’s a refreshing way to touch up your makeup.

My last two favorites are my Sinful Colors nail polish in Energetic Red and my Garnier Fructis Texture Tease Spray. I love the polish because it matches that LA Matte Gloss in Obsess perfectly, and for those of you with pixie cuts, the Texture Spray is the bomb! It adds volume and piecey-ness to a short cut.

Peace out!

 

Review: Milani Moisture Mattes, Summer 2015 New Shades

I just stumbled upon these new shades of the marvelous Milani Moisture Mattes, and being the lipstick hoarder that I am, I picked up the two that I knew I’d wear the most—Matte Fearless and Matte Iconic. I was excited about these new releases because I loved the original shades, and these did not disappoint!

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Matte Fearless is a vampy blackened purple, along the lines ofย  MAC’s Smoked Purple and Wet n Wild’s Vamp It Up. I love shades like this, but as the name suggests, ya gotta be fearless to pull it off. Matte Iconic is a to-die-for classic pin-up red, very close in color to MAC’s Ruby Woo but slightly warmer (which I prefer.)

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Here’s Matte Fearless on muh lips.

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And here’s Matte Iconic.

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Like the originals, these apply great and don’t dry out your lips. Plus, they’re only $5 and are cruelty-free! ๐Ÿ™‚

Review: Wet n Wild Summer 2015 Venice Beach Eyeshadow Palettes (Urban Decay Electric Dupes!)

Hey guys! Today I’m super excited to show you these gorgeous new palettes from Wet n Wild. I found their Venice Beach collection at my Walgreen’s and naturally I um, had to buy some of it for my blog. I picked up two palettes, Hemporary Solution and Boardwalk Boozing.

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In a nutshell, I love everything about these. I mean, just look at those insane colors! I think this is the first time such bright and vivid shades have ever been released by a drugstore brand, and even more excitingly, they are just as pigmented as they look. There’s not a single dud in either palette. Interestingly, these don’t quite feel like the original Wet n Wild shadows; they have a softer, creamier feel to them. They aren’t cream shadows, of course, but they just have a luxurious smoothness to them.ย  Also, the freakin’ names, dude. Hilarious.

Here are swatches of Hemporary Solutions, below:

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And here are swatches of Boardwalk Boozing:

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As you can see, these are not for the faint of heart! Personally, I think now is the perfect time for rainbow eyeshadow, to celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision to make gay marriage legal in all 50 states–what’s not to love about rainbows? ๐Ÿ™‚

I did a look using colors from both palettes, with the silver and plum shades from Boardwalk Boozing and the teal and lime shades from Hemporary Solutions, and I was so impressed with how well the shadows went on. I had no fallout, and they blended easily.

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This is a pretty wearable look, but you can also use some of those reds and neon oranges to go for a more daring one.

As I was swatching the Venice Beach shadows, I realized that they reminded me heavily of the Urban Decay Electric palette, so I decided to swatch some of them together. Guess what? If you don’t want to spend $50 bucks on Urban Decay, Wet n Wild has got your back. These palettes contain dupes for almost all of the shades!

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Here are some of the closest matches I found. I swatched the UD shadows on the left and the WnW on the right. Alas, the individual WnW shades don’t have names, so just bear in mind they are to the right of the UD shadows. I didn’t have room on my arm for swatches of Slowburn’s dupe, sorry!ย  The only shade from the Electric Palette that isn’t duped by this is the true purple shade Urban.

Chaos, Jilted, Revolt, Freak, Thrash, Fringe, and Savage with their cheaper counterparts:

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I’ll also add that while several of the Urban Decay Electric shades are not FDA cleared for use around the eyes, all of the Wet n Wild ones are. Even more impressively, the Wet n Wild shadows are every bit as pigmented and blendable as the Urban Decay ones. If you’ve been hunting for an Electric dupe, or if you simply love crazy-bright colors, then this is the palette for you! It’s perfect for summer and for making a statement.

 

 

 

Review: Maybelline Colorblur Matte Lip Pencils

Maybelline has really been on a roll lately with their lip products! First the amazing new creamy mattes and now these little gems. I found the new Colorblur lip pencils and picked up three to show you guys–Orange Ya Glad, Partner in Crimson, and Plum Please. As you can see from these swatches, they are incredibly pigmented.

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The texture of these is interesting; they glide on completely weightlessly and feel like suede, and the finish is ultra matte. I love the shape of the lipsticks themselves because they are so easy to apply—no lip liner needed. I was honestly a little surprised by how pigmented they were. To compare, they pack even more of a punch than the creamy mattes, and y’all KNOW those babies are pretty pigmented!

Here is Orange Ya Glad on my lips. I went a little ham when I put it on simply because it was so bright and so orange! Glorious. As you can tell with all of these, they are true to the color they look like in the tube.

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Of course, you know I had to get the red shade too. Partner in Crimson is a deeper red shade, utterly gorgeous.

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And here is Plum Please, a sexy, dark, reddened purple that also made me jump for joy. Not exaggerating,

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I gotta say, I really fell hard for these.They feel different from any lipstick I’ve ever used, just so creamy and weightless and suede-like. I know these are technically supposed to be “blurred” around the edges for an ombre effect with the attached sponge, but I like them much better applied like this. They just glide on like butter and pack a very colorful punch. I may even like them more than the creamy mattes, and that’s really saying something. Go find them. Now.

Review: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks NEW SHADES

After exploring all the drugstores and Wal-Marts in two cities, I FINALLY managed to find these elusive yet beautiful lipsticks! I wanted to get this review and these swatches up as soon as I could for you guys, because I know people are dying to see what these look like. So, without further ado…

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From left to right: Blushing Pout, Pink Sugar, Vibrant Violet, All Fired Up, Rich Ruby, and Burgundy Blush.

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For the sake of showing you what these lipsticks look like on my skintone, I also took lots of awkward lip swatch pics.

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This is Blushing Pout, above. As you can probably tell, I’m not too crazy about it. I got it because I heard it was a dupe for Nars Anna, but it isn’t. It reminds me more of MAC Snob—a pale, cool-toned pink that really washes me out. It is more cool-toned and has less lavender in it than Lust for Blush, one of the original Creamy Mattes. If you have darker, cool-toned skin, you might like this, but for you fair skinned chicks out there, I probably would pass on this one.

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This one is Pink Sugar, a yellow-based pink. It’s unusual to find a warm-toned pink, so I was glad Maybelline included one this time around.

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Here is the lovely All Fired Up, which is much brighter than it appears! It’s a very neon coral red, and it’s one of those perfect summer shades. Love it!

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Vibrant Violet! So pretty! I am a sucker for purple lipsticks, and if they’re also creamy and smooth, then all the better. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m always going to gravitate towards a good red lip, and Rich Ruby is one of the best reds I’ve seen in a while. It’s a moody deep red, very creamy and glam.

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Last but not least, here is Burgundy Blush. This one may be my favorite–it reminds me a lot of Lady by ColourPop, but it’s darker, richer, and has a bit less brown in it. I love this kind of shade. If you liked Lady, you need this too. It’s so film-noir and dramatic, not your typical drugstore lipstick.

I wanted to compare three of these to lipsticks I already own, so here are some swatches:

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From left to right, Vibrant Violet by Maybelline, Milani Matte Glam, Blushing Pout by Maybelline, Pink Pout by Revlon, Lust for Blush by Maybelline, Burgundy Blush by Maybelline, and Lady by ColourPop.

 

May Favorites!

Hey guys! I’m going to start doing a new series of monthly favorites on here, and here are my favorites for May.

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These are products that I use every single day, so I wanted to share them with my lovely followers. I am obsessed with the Skin Detox moisturizer by Giovanni; it’s cruelty-free, vegan, and deeply hydrating. I would recommend it to everyone. Next is my beloved Bath and Body Works perfume in Black Amethyst, a surprisingly sophisticated scent for the price-point. Two other products that I also use every day are the Equate Aloe Body Lotion and the Degree Dry Spray deodorant. I’ll be honest, I sweat like a pig, and this deodorant is the best for keeping me smellin’ great during blistering Southern summers. Moving on to the makeup…these are some of my all-time favorites. I love my Maybelline Blur and Redness Control Primer; it controls my blotchy skin and works great with both mineral and liquid foundations. I have also been loving two products by LA Girl: their Pro Powder and their Pro Conceal, which I have in the new shade Porcelain. Both are quality products that work wonders on my skin. My last two favorites are my go-to contour products, the Nyx blush in Taupe and the Revlon Highlight palette in Rose Glow. Excellent for adding light and dimension to fair skin!

That’s all for this month! XOXO!