Review: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks

After weeks of stalking my local drugstores, I finally found a display for the new Maybelline Creamy Matte lipsticks! I picked up six of the ten shades to show you guys–Touch Of Spice, Lust For Blush, Mesmerizing Magenta, Craving Coral, Siren In Scarlet, and Divine Wine. Let me just preface this review by saying that these may be my favorite matte lipsticks ever!

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These lipsticks are in the standard Colorsensational packaging, except that it is a matte purple tube instead of the glossy one. They smell deliciously like vanilla candy to me. As you can see from these swatches, they are very pigmented and very smooth!

L to R: Touch of Spice, Lust for Blush, Mesmerizing Magenta, Craving Coral, Siren in Scarlet, Divine Wine
L to R: Touch of Spice, Lust for Blush, Mesmerizing Magenta, Craving Coral, Siren in Scarlet, Divine Wine

 

Here are some close-up swatches. Ignore the fact that my arm is paler than a dead fish. =P

Top to bottom, Mesmerizing Magenta, Lust for Blush, Touch of Spice
Top to bottom, Mesmerizing Magenta, Lust for Blush, Touch of Spice
Top to bottom, Divine Wine, Siren in Scarlet, Craving Coral
Top to bottom, Divine Wine, Siren in Scarlet, Craving Coral

 

This is Touch of Spice (below), and for me, it’s a really good MLBB lipstick. It’s a rosy brown color, and looks very similar to the 90’s lip color that’s so trendy now (I refuse to call it the Kylie Jenner color–everyone was using dark nudes back in the day; it’s not a new thing.)

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This is Lust for Blush, and it is a very cool-toned smoky mauve. I LOVE this color, but it washes me out since I have warm-toned skin. However, I think it’s a beautiful and unique color, and it reminds me of two high-end lippies: the Nars Audacious in Anna and the Lorac Alter Ego in Goddess.

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This is Mesmerizing Magenta, a mid-tone pink with an interesting blue duochrome effect. This is the only color in the bunch that has a different finish; it’s only slightly matte, and has a subtle blue tone to it in certain lights. It’s like a more matte version of NYC’s Blue Rose lipstick.

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This is Craving Coral, and it’s a bright orange-red shade that has slightly less pigmentation than the others; I had to build it up a bit more, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it’s such a bright color.

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Here is the beautiful Siren in Scarlet, a classic blue-based red. It has great pigmentation and would be perfect for pin-up looks.

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And lastly, here is my favorite of the bunch, Divine Wine. This is a gorgeous blackened red, a true oxblood, and I adore it. It can be built up to be much darker than what you see here.

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As for the performance of these…they’re excellent. They glide on smoothly and don’t feel drying; I have never had a lipstick with a texture quite like this. It just seems to melt into my lips for the perfect matte finish, and the wear-time is wonderful. I wore Divine Wine for hours, and I ate and drank while I had it on and it didn’t budge. There’s no need for touch-ups with these lipsticks. The lighter colors also stay on just as well, and unlike MAC’s Ruby Woo, my lips don’t feel parched when I take them off. These also make very pretty stains when blotted on. Everything about these lipsticks is just perfect. The texture, the feel, the colors, the weartime…I absolutely love these, and honestly, I like these so much better than my MAC lipsticks. Maybelline, you have really impressed me. =)

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Review: Maybelline The Smokes Palette

Today I have the new Maybelline The Smokes Palette to show you guys! As you may know, I tried their Nudes Palette a few months ago, and it really grew on me. I use it almost every day, and I was so excited to finally find the Smokes Palette because I figured I would like it just as much.

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As you can see, the colors in here are quite different from The Nudes. We have some matte purple and blue shades, several metallic silver shades, several satin neutral shades, and the obligatory browbone shades.

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Here are swatches of the shadows on the top row:

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And here are swatches of the bottom row ( the last shade on the bottom simply wasn’t pigmented enough to show up on my fair skin, but I swear it’s there!)

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As you can see, some of these eyeshadows have decent pigmentation and some of them do not. Although I expected several of the shades on the top row to be fairly opaque, like the charcoal black and the plum, they actually aren’t that pigmented. The shadows from The Smokes swatch much better than those in The Nudes, but to me, The Nudes has far superior pigmentation.

While The Smokes looks beautiful in the pan, I had several issues with it. Many of the shades, especially the five mattes, simply were not very pigmented, and when I used them, they got pretty muddy-looking. One of my favorite things about The Nudes is that all the colors work beautifully together; you can wear all twelve of them and they still blend well and never look overdone. With The Smokes, though, it’s harder to create a blended, cohesive look because the colors don’t really look as good together. For example–I put one of the silver shades on my lid, and tried to use the mid-tone matte brown as a transition color in my crease, but the colors seemed to clash to me. Half of the shades in here seem very cool-toned and the other half seems very warm-toned, so perhaps that is the problem? The colors in here simply aren’t as useable as those in The Nudes. I do like the three gunmetal and silver shades, but the two browbone shades have too much pink in them to be used on the browbone or in the inner corners (they will make you look sleepy), and the matte shades are something I doubt I will use again.

I know that all sounds very negative, but there ARE good things about this palette too, don’t worry. First up is the price–I paid ten dollars for this, which is a very reasonable price for twelve eyeshadows. Also, if you are willing to work with it and have the time to layer the shadows and blend like crazy, then you can definitely achieve some pretty looks. This is absolutely a good beginner palette for someone who wants to practice getting a smoky eye. Frankly, if you have been spoiled by Lorac’s Pro 2 palette, then The Smokes probably isn’t going to wow you, but for someone who appreciates having cheaper options, then you may love this.

Although there were things about this palette that I wasn’t crazy about, I did work with it for a while, and here is the look I ended up with:

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My final thoughts? If you are searching for a drugstore palette, I would say get The Nudes rather than The Smokes. I will definitely use up the shadows from The Smokes, but I don’t think I would buy it again.

Review: Nyx Butter Lipsticks

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Nyx is one of those brands I can always count on to have colorful, unique products that don’t cost much at all. Case in point? Their new Butter Lipsticks are amazing. I got two of them recently, a bright orange called “Hot Tamale” and a stunning violet called “Hunk.” I really like orange and purple lipstick, and these did not disappoint. The name “Butter” fits them so well, because when you put them on, they glide on very smoothly and creamily, like butter. Seriously, they feel like lipbalm. And the colors are gorgeous. Hot Tamale is a vibrant, in-your-face orange, and Hunk is a moody shade of violet-purple. I did these swatches with just one swipe of product, so you can tell that they are pretty pigmented.

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They are really buildable, so I had to put on several coats to get full opacity. They just feel so luxurious going on. Of course, because they are so creamy, they don’t have the same longevity as Nyx’s Matte lipsticks, for example, but I was expecting that, and I’m fine with it. I really like these, and Nyx has many more colors available. I want to get Licorice and Big Cherry next!

This is what Hunk looks like on the lips.

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And this is Hot Tamale. It is more pigmented than Hunk.

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Also, I’m wearing The Nudes by Maybelline on my eyes. I know I said that the eyehadows were kinda sheer, but they have grown on me bigtime. Because they are buildable, I have more control over the eye look I want to create. Here I am using the shades from the neutral quad.

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And that’s it, folks!

 

Review: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

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Today I have another great new Maybelline product to show you. As you all probably know, Maybelline released their first BB cream last year, the Dream Fresh one. And I absolutely hated it. Even the lightest shade was a muddy orange on me, and it was unspeakably greasy no matter how much powder I used. It just was not suited to my pale, oily skin at all, but this summer Maybelline released a new BB cream that is formulated specifically for oily, acne-prone skin. I stalked my local drugstores for months before I finally found it, and I’m so glad I did, because this product is a winner. Unlike the original Dream Fresh one, the Dream Pure BB cream actually contains skin-improving salicylic acid, an acne-fighting medication, and although the shade names are the same for both BB creams, this one is much lighter than its predecessor. It actually matches me!

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According to Maybelline, this BB cream fight blemishes with 2% salicylic acid, hydrates and soothes, reduces redness, shrinks pores, and feels lightweight. In my opinion, all those claims are true. To start off, I am in the shade Light (no surprises there) and I like that it is much paler and less pinky-peach than the original one. It looks orange against my skin at first, but it blends in like a dream ( see what I did there) and sheers out to match my skintone. I love that it moisturizes and fights blemishes and evens my skin all in one, so that I don’t have to layer multiple products. The coverage of this BB cream is also better than the previous one, and it is much longer-lasting.  The finish of the first one was extremely shiny, but this one dries to a satin-matte finish and controls shine all day. Look how natural and smooth and glowy-but-still-matte it makes my skin!

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It actually does what it claims to do instead of just being glorified tinted moisturizer–it does reduce the amount of acne I get and it definitely soothes my skin, and I’ve noticed that when I wear this, any blemishes I do have clear up much faster. I have used this under foundation and by itself with no problem, but my favorite way to use it is over my Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pure Primer for poreless, matte skin that lasts all day.  I even like this better than my Pond’s BB cream because the Dream Pure one is more suited to my skin type. Being able to find an acne-fighting BB cream at the drugstore is a huge plus for me, and I am so glad Maybelline is trying to address the skincare needs of all their customers. Love!

Review: Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

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Hey everyone! I was at Ulta yesterday and I saw the brand new The Nudes Palette from Maybelline, and because I am a makeup junkie, I couldn’t keep from buying it. It was $9.99, and I figured that was a reasonable price for twelve eyeshadows.  The palette contains three quads: a neutral quad, a bronze quad, and a smoky quad, although of course the eyeshadows can be worn in any combination you want. I liked the idea of a nude palette available at the drugstore, and the eyeshadows looked nice in the pan.  The fact that Maybelline named it The Nudes makes me think it’s supposed to be the drugstore equivalent of the famous Urban Decay Naked Palettes, and I was curious to see how the Maybelline one would measure up.

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However, I have mixed feelings about this. As you can see from the pictures, it looks great in the pan. The colors appear vibrant and pigmented, but once I swatched them, I was disappointed in their pigmentation. You can see for yourselves how sheer they look, and some of the colors are barely visible at all ( I went over the swatches six times to get the color you see below.) I do like that this contains both warm and cool toned shades, and I like that it contains different finishes, from matte to satin to shimmer. If only they had a touch more pigment!

This is the first quad, the neutral one. Great for daytime looks:

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And this one below is my favorite, the bronze quad. It’s the most smooth and pigmented:

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Lastly, this is the smoky quad. It’s more matte, and can get slightly chalky:

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Although the shadows don’t have the pigmentation I was expecting, they can be built up to achieve pretty eye-looks nonetheless. I did a smoky eye with the bronze quad and the white highlighter shade from the neutral quad, and I lined my eyes with the matte black shade from the smoky quad, and these were the results:

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The Nudes Palette is by no means a drugstore dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, and several of the shadows are definitely lacking in pigmentation, but this is still a good option for someone who doesn’t want to shell out more money for the admittedly overpriced Urban Decay Palettes. You do have to use a lot of the eyeshadow to get decent pigmentation on the lid, but the end results are worth it. I have been wearing this eyeshadow look for seven hours, and it still looks freshly applied, and I didn’t notice any fallout when I was putting it on. The shadows did blend well, and they can be used for a variety of looks.

I wouldn’t recommend this palette to someone who already has other nude eyeshadow collections, because none of the shades in this one seem special enough to warrant the purchase, BUT if you are new to makeup, or don’t own a nude palette yet, or are going to travel and don’t want to bring your expensive stuff, then this is definitely a viable option. I am so glad that we are starting to see more eye palettes at the drugstore, and although I do wish this one was more pigmented, I hope Maybelline releases more in the future.

 

Review: Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Foundation

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Look what I found at Wal-Mart! This is supposedly a foundation that’s part of Maybelline’s Fall collection, but it’s already popping up around here. I wasn’t even expecting to see it, but when I was doing my customary sweep of the makeup aisle I noticed the whole collection of these just sitting under one of the racks. They weren’t even in a display or anything! I grabbed up the lightest shade, Porcelain Ivory, and I must have gotten lucky, because it matches perfectly! This foundation is part of the new “skin finish” formulation craze that was started by the Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation, a product that provides coverage but looks undetectable on the face.  I have never tried the Armani, but I’m loving the Maybelline! It comes in a small glass bottle and has a little dropper that you use to dispense the foundation.

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Here is a swatch of Porcelain Ivory, shade 10. I know it may look a bit orange, but once it’s on the face, it sheers out beautifully, as you can see in the second swatch picture. It blended right in.

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I haven’t seen any ads or press information about this foundation, so I don’t know what claims Maybelline makes about it, but I personally found it to be lightweight and breathable, very blendable and with the most natural finish I have seen in a foundation. I actually gasped when I put it on my face because it looked just like skin. Other foundations sometimes just sit on top of my skin, but this merged with my skin in a way that I haven’t experienced from a foundation before. Also, it matches my skin very well. Usually, Maybelline’s light shades are too pink/peachy for me to wear them, but that (thankfully) wasn’t the case with this. It is a buildable coverage; a light layer was enough to even my skin out, but I kept putting more on because I wanted to see if it would get cakey. It didn’t; no matter how much I built it up, it still looked fresh and natural. I wouldn’t say it is a full coverage foundation, but I did skip concealer. It dries to a satin matte finish, and I did set it with powder, because I’m an oily gal. However, I haven’t touched it up since, and it does still look good.

I’m pretty enchanted with this foundation, honestly. The biggest drawback is that it comes in a small bottle, and you don’t seem to get much product. It’s only .67 ounces! Most of the time drugstore foundations are at least one ounce, but this contains considerably less product. Oh well. Don’t let that sway you though, this is without a doubt a product that you all need to check out. It looks extremely natural, and it feels lovely on the skin. I’m wearing it in these pictures, and you can see how real it looks, and how well it matches my skin. This is one of the best drugstore foundations out there.

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