Review: LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

Happy Saturday, bros! Today I have a review and lip swatches of the new LA Girl matte liquid lipsticks to share with you. In a nutshell, these are affordable, yet pigmented and fun for summer.

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I picked up the shades Bazaar, Obsess, Instinct, Frisky, Secret, Backstage, and Black Currant.

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As you can see, some of them swatch a lot better than the others! The darker shades were definitely a little harder to work with. Still, they’re all beautiful colors. I also did lots of derpy lip swatches!

First, here’s the color Bazaar. It ended up being one of my favorites because it’s work-appropriate yet still fun. It’s a peachy pink shade that went on really smoothly.

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Second we have the color Obsess. It’s a hot coral shade that’s perfect for summer! I loved this one as well, both for its great pigmentation and its smooth application.

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Third up is Instinct. Y’all know I love a bright orange lip, and this one fits the bill nicely!

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Fourth is Frisky, a classic red shade. I liked this one, but it still won’t replace my HG red, Wet n Wild’s Megalast Liquid Lipstick!

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Fifth we have the shade Secret, a close dupe for Lime Crime’s Wicked. Now, as I moved into the darker shades, I noticed that they went on more patchily and were much harder to work with than the first four. Definitely requires a precise application. Anyway, Secret is a deep burgundy shade.

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Sixth is Backstage, a dark plum shade that was also a bit hard to apply, but I still like the color.

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And lastly is Black Currant. This one swatched badly on my arm, but on my lips it was fine. It is a super dark blackened purple that reminds me of MAC’s Cyber.

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Needless to say, my lips were sore after all that swatching! These do NOT come off easily, which is a good thing! I actually liked these a lot. I personally love a good flat finish lipstick, and these meet that requirement amply. My favorite shades were Bazaar, Obsess, Instinct, and Black Currant. They were all richly pigmented and went on smoothly, and I noticed that they all made my green eyes pop more as well. There are none of these that I wouldn’t recommend, but I will say that Secret and Backstage are definitely the most difficult to apply. Overall, I think these are an affordable way to get into the liquid lipstick trend, and I think these will appeal to both beginners and makeup pros alike.

 

 

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Dupes for Lime Crime Velvetines in Wicked, Riot, and Cashmere

Hey guys! I just wanted to share with you some awesome dupes for three of the most in-demand Velvetines from Lime Crime’s liquid lipstick line. Now, as you all know, I liked the Lime Crime Venus palette a lot, but after the hacking scandal, my feelings towards the company changed. I was willing to overlook Doe Deere’s antics in the past, but after so many of her customers’ information was stolen, I’ve decided not to buy any more of her products. End of story. I’m not here to start a debate on the company’s recent scandals, but just to show you ladies that it’s easy to find similar colors if you also don’t want to invest in Lime Crime any longer.

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First up, here are some dupes for Wicked that I found. From left to right, Nyx Lipstick in Hestia, ColourPop Dalia, Lime Crime Wicked, and LA Girl Matte Pigment Gloss in Secret.

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Hestia is very close to Wicked in color, but has a creamy finish (but that could be a good thing if you don’t care for the rather drying Velvetines.) ColourPop’s Dalia is close in color and has a similar matte finish. LA Girl Secret is definitely the best dupe because it’s the same dark burgundy shade with a flat matte finish. Here’s a closer shot of Wicked and Secret together, after Secret dried down:

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Riot was easy to dupe because it looks EXACTLY like Kat Von D’s Lolita. Coincidence? Probably not. Below, from left to right, is Wet n Wild Megalast in Spiked With Rum, Lime Crime Riot, and Kat Von D Lolita.

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And lastly, here is the closest dupe I could find for Cashmere, ColourPop’s Tootsi. That’s Tootsi on the left and Cashmere on the right.

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I hope this is helpful! Thanks for reading!

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

After weeks of patience, I finally managed to get my hands on two shades from the new Anastasia Beverly Hills lipstick line! As you know if you follow my blog, I love liquid matte lipsticks with a passion, and these did not disappoint. I purchased the colors Bloodline and Heathers.

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Bloodline is described as crimson on the ABH website, but on me, it’s a very neutral red with a slight rustiness to it, which I love. I had to get Heathers because of both the color itself, a vampy maroon, and because of what it’s called— it’s named after the grimly amusing 80’s flick starring the lovely Winona Ryder. If you haven’t seen it, it’s on Netflix. Go watch it. That’s your mission for the weekend!

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That’s Bloodline on the left and Heathers on the right.

These have a faint scent, almost like alcohol, and I did notice differences between the two in terms of how they apply. Bloodline went on much more smoothly, while Heathers was a bit trickier and was slightly streaky, although the colors are both gorgeous. And no, Heathers is not a dupe for Kat Von D’s Vampira or Lime Crime’s Wicked, in my opinion. Vampira is more purple and Wicked is more red. Heathers has a definite brown tone to it.  Below, that’s Bloodline in the first photo and Heathers in the second.

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These last on me about as long as the KVD liquid lipsticks—5-6 hours before I need to touch-up. These don’t come anywhere close to my favorite drugstore liquid lipsticks, the Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lipsticks, in terms of longevity—the WnW ones are like tattoos for your lips. They don’t come off until you want them to, and they last through kisses. For information’s sake, the ABH ones are not that kiss-proof!

With that said, I do quite like the ABH lippies. I love that they have a HUGE range of colors for all skin tones, although I wish they were cheaper; I paid $20 apiece for mine. Bloodline especially is very comfortable to wear, and both Heathers and Bloodline are unique colors. Also, these are a good alternative to the Lime Crime Velvetines—after the whole Lime Crime hacking scandal and Doe Deere’s unprofessional handling of the affair, I know a lot of people are hesitant to buy her products anymore. These Anastasia Beverly Hills ones have a much better color selection and last longer than their Velvetine counterparts. If you guys want to see swatches of the entire ABH line, here is a link to a great review on them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDAWf6NVJQI

Peace out!