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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick “Bond Girl” AKA “M.I.Kiss” | Review

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Before jumping any further into the review I want to point out that Bond Girl got a name change, so even though my product has that shade name, it is now sold as M.I.Kiss and will be referred to as that for the rest of this review!

Color: M.I.Kiss is described as a berry red on the Sephora website, but I don’t fully agree with that description. It’s not something I’d consider deep enough to be a berry, and instead looks to me like a neutral deep pink. I don’t feel like I get berry or red out of this color.

Finish: Despite this being the “matte revolution” lipstick, I felt like (and you’ll be able to see in the swatch, which sat on my hand for more than 5 minutes before the picture) that this was more of a satin or even cream finish. When I think of matte, I think MAC Ruby Woo, where it is completely flat with no shine. I do believe that the softer finish is more appealing to a larger group of people, however.

Packaging: The packaging of this lipstick is absolutely the standout – it’s a metal rose gold tube with lines running up and down the sides. The top of the cap has a CT stamped onto it, and when the cap is taken off you can see Charlotte Tilbury on the area where the tube of lipstick comes out. The bottom of the lipstick has a sticker with the product name.

Applicator: The bullet for this lipstick is shaped a bit different than a normal lipstick. Instead of the standard teardrop shape, the lipstick has a more rectangular shape. The top looks to have been “cut”into, giving it a more convex look as you get further down in the product.

Application: Despite the uniquely shaped bullet, I didn’t find application any easier or harder than normal. It was simple enough to get the color distributed on my lips, and I just tilted the bullet so the tip was in the corner of my lips to get color there.

The product has a soft vanilla scent that does not linger when applied to the lips.

Read more: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick “Bond Girl” AKA “M.I.Kiss” | Review

Transfer: Thinking back to the number of times I wore this product, I don’t recall transfer being anything stand out for it. It transferred just like any other cream bullet lipstick, with product coming off when I would eat or drink. It never seemed to really “set”.

Fading: I expected this to have a little more wear power than it did! It faded away extremely quickly after eating any sort of food, and left only a very subtle ring of pink around the outside of my lips. I noticed it sank into my lip lines as it faded, and even bled outside of my lip lines. I’m not sure if this was because it just smudged out or if it actually bled, which would be strange for a bullet lipstick.

Comfort: With this being more cream than matte, it remained very comfortable throughout the wear time. I forgot I was wearing it on some occasions, and only felt the need to take it off at the end of the night when all of my makeup came off.

Overall: Honestly, for as expensive as this product is I was disappointed in how it performed. Not to say it was a bad lipstick – it was just very average. I have lots of much cheaper lipsticks that perform the same or even better. I do know, however, that people with a smaller collection who may not have hundreds of options would probably think this is wonderful, especially with how luxe it is! I’ll be gifting it to my mom, who I’m sure will love the color, formula, and the luxurious packaging.

Price Point: This lipstick sells for a whopping $34, which is certainly no small chunk of change! I got mine in a Sephora lip kit, so the price didn’t hurt as much, but if I’d spent the full amount on this I’d have been sad. If the beautiful packaging and formula are something that you’re willing to shell out the money for, I don’t think you’ll be too upset. Just make sure you have your expectations in the right place!!

You can purchase this product from Sephora, Charlotte Tilbury’s website, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, and other department stores.

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MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick “Ruby Woo” | Review

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As mentioned in last week’s review, I love finding popular, still available makeup at TJMaxx! When I saw Ruby Woo sitting on the shelf, not swatched or touched by other people as the makeup there so often is, I had to grab it.

This is one of those colors I feel like anyone who knows about makeup recognizes! MAC’s Ruby Woo feels iconic to me, so when I pulled this out to review, I couldn’t help but be excited!

Color: On the MAC website, Ruby Woo is described as a “vivid blue-red”. This color is absolutely a classic, in-your-face red, with a slight pink undertone that’s hard to notice at first, but becomes more obvious as you wear it.

Finish: They call this a retro matte and they certainly mean it. The finish from application until I take it off is completely matte; there was not even the slightest bit of sheen on my lips while wearing this color!

Packaging: The packaging of this is the iconic MAC shiny black bullet with tiny silver glitter flecks throughout, a silver ring where the cap meets the tube, and MAC printed on the cap. The bottom of the bullet has a sticker with the product name and information on it.

Applicator: As with the majority of any bullet lipstick, the shape of the product is a standard teardrop.

Application: The only downside to this product that I found was that application is not easy. With the product being so matte, it is hard to get to deposit onto the lips, and I had to go back and forth a few times to get full color payoff, as it stuck and dragged a little until I worked it back and forth a few times.

It was also really difficult to get into the corners of my lips with the tip of the bullet, so I would make a bit of a mess there as well as the rest of my lip line and needed to go back to wipe it away after. The MAC lipsticks have a faint vanilla scent that does not linger after application.

Read more: MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick “Ruby Woo” | Review

Transfer: Y’all, when I say this lipstick did not budge, it did. Not. Budge. I couldn’t believe that the only transfer was a tiny bit at the beginning of wearing when extra product came off, and then the only time I found there was significant transfer was after eating a super oily salad. Otherwise, unless you saw my lips you wouldn’t know that I was wearing lipstick!

Fading: The good news with this product is that because it doesn’t transfer much, it also doesn’t fade much. I wore this bullet lipstick without touch ups and while eating and drinking all day, and while I did have a reduction in color I did not feel like I needed to take off the lipstick or that it looked bad. There was a point after about 8 hours where I would have preferred to do a touch up, but for a bullet lipstick I was so impressed.

With this being a red lipstick, it definitely is clear when you need to do some fixing up, as the red may wear away completely in some spots, especially the inner part of the lips, while remaining on the outer part. This is not surprising and I don’t fault the lipstick for it.

Comfort: For as matte and dry as this lipstick is, I was shocked with how comfortable it ended up feeling on! There was never a point where I wanted to wipe it off or do anything with it, and honestly I completely forgot I was wearing it at some points with how thin and comfortable it remained throughout the entire time wearing.

In full transparency, I’ve heard a number of people say that they do NOT like this formula as it feels way too dry and uncomfortable, so I don’t know if I have a different batch type or just can handle matte lipsticks better than the average person.

Overall: I’m obsessed with this lipstick! It’s not one that I can wear comfortably every day due to the color, but the formula works so amazingly well with it. If you can handle a really matte lipstick, I definitely recommend that this gets picked up as it is such a fantastic addition to a makeup lover’s collection! I do want to say that I don’t know if I’d buy any other colors in this formula right now, as there’s a limited number of shades, and none of them really appeal to me the way that Ruby Woo does.

Price Point: This lipstick can be purchased on MAC’s website or at Ulta for $21. While this isn’t a terrible price, I’m always one to wait for a sale, so see if you can find them that way instead! Additionally, I’ve seen a lot of MAC lipsticks in Marshall’s and TJMaxx, so be sure to check one of those stores out before shelling out the full price!

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Milani Color Statement Lipstick “Teddy Bare” | Review

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Milani is one of those brands that I hear lots of positive feedback on, and of course because of that I had to try it. If you couldn’t tell, I’m a bit of a nude lipstick fiend, so my product of choice was one of their most popular nude lipstick shades!

Color: Teddy Bare is a brown, midtone nude with a slightly warm undertone. I couldn’t find any descriptors on the Ulta or Milani website so this is my best guess! It’s mostly neutral, but there does appear to be just a hint of orange in the swatch. On my lips it looks like a neutral.

Finish: The Ulta website describes this color as a satin finish, however it is definitely a cream finish. There is a lot of shine starting with the application that doesn’t go away.

Packaging: The packaging of this lipstick is a shiny gold square shape, with “Milani” printed on in a matte gold/yellow. On the opposite side is a label with the product/color name and product information. The bottom has a clear section which shows the color of the lipstick and has the number/name printed in gold as well.

The shiny gold of the packaging does a very poor job at hiding fingerprints, so if messy makeup bothers you, you’ll want to be prepared to wipe it down on the regular.

Applicator: The shape of the bullet is just the standard pointed shape, with no special embossing on the actual product.

Application: I found application of this lipstick to be very easy. It is pigmented enough to go on in one swipe, and creamy, meaning there was no tugging on my lips and it applied smoothly. The bullet is pretty thick, so I was able to get all of my lips and the edges with little issue.

The scent of this lipstick is sweet, though I’m struggling to identify exactly what it smells like (there is a distinct possibility that this is just an older product and the smell has begun to fade). I couldn’t smell it after applying at all.

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick “Chai” | Review

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Today I’m reviewing a brand that I cannot believe I’ve never reviewed before, as I love them so much – Bite Beauty! I own a large number of their products, but none of them ever made it onto the list to actually review. Well, today I get to finally share my thoughts!

It is with a sad heart that I have to share that this particular product is no longer available for purchase, so this review is just for your entertainment and my own need to review everything I own.

Color: The Sephora website describes the new formula equivalent as a mauve brown, which I feel is the perfect descriptor of this color. It’s a really nice nude on me, with enough depth that I would consider it a brown but the undertone is neutral enough that I would wear it like a nude.

Finish: The finish of this lipstick is a satin – it’s not fully matte, but there’s not quite enough shine to consider it a cream.

Packaging: Bite Beauty’s packaging is a soft touch matte grey bullet, with the cap having a “bite” taken out of it.

Applicator: With this being a bullet lipstick, the applicator is just the shape of the product itself. The shape is a standard lipstick bullet with the Bite logo embossed on it.

The image below shows the lipstick after significant use – at least 1/3 of the product has been used up.

Application: Application of this lipstick was incredibly easy. It is pigmented enough that in one swipe my lips were evenly coated in product. I’ve also used this lipstick enough to have significant wear on it, and it holds its shape very well as it’s quite firm.

There is a citrusy smell when first applying due to the ingredients, but it dissipates quickly.

Transfer: For being a bullet lipstick that isn’t a matte, the transfer on this is pretty low comparitively. That said, there is definitely movement – if you drink something, the lipstick will end up on your cup/straw, or on your food if you’re enjoying, say, a sandwich. It’s just that the amount left on things that aren’t your lips isn’t quite as bad.

Fading: Being a neutral color, the fading is always more subtle than if it were a bold. With that in mind, I am still impressed with just how evenly this lipstick fades. If not eating or drinking, it could potentially last a full 8 hours with minimal wear. If you enjoy a simple meal or just drinks, or talk a lot, you’ll want to reapply after about 4-5 hours. It did wear off almost completely after a messy meal but I didn’t feel the need to reapply at that point – I just let it fade away completely.

Comfort: I would consider this a completely neutral formula in terms of comfort – I didn’t think it was especially hydrating, but I also felt like it wasn’t drying either. The comfort level was fine at first, I’d say if it did start to feel drying it was nearing the end of the wear time (about 4 hours in).

Overall: As mentioned before, I really enjoy Bite Beauty products, and this lipstick is definitely on my love list. The formula is long lasting without drying my lips out, and I never have to worry about having an obvious ring of lipstick if I do eat or wear it for a long time. This will absolutely remain in my collection as a staple product for every day wear.

Where you can purchase: The price for Bite Beauty lipsticks is pretty high end, but as you can tell I do enjoy these a lot. Unfortunately this formula is no longer available for purchase – instead, Bite Beauty has come out with the Power Moves lipstick to replace it. The price for this new formula is $28. The good news is there is a Chai in this formula, which I assume is going to be an exact color match. No promises, though!

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MAC Electric Wonder Collection Matte Lipstick “Life in Sepia” | Review

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Last year, MAC came out with arguably the most beautiful collection known to exist, a.k.a the Electric Wonder. With gorgeous packaging and popular, wearable shades this was sure to draw the eyes of anyone interested in traditionally feminine, “instagramable” packaging. I, of course, was no exception!

Color: Life in Sepia is a cool, mid-toned brown. On the lips, it definitely has a grey undertone – this is the kind of color that most people either love or hate. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a vampy color, but it is definitely darker than a traditional nude.

Finish: As the name suggests, this is a matte finish. Even when it goes on there is very little shine, which quickly fades into a flat appearance.

Packaging: Unsurprisingly, the packaging of this lipstick is its selling point. It is a gorgeous pink marble, with veins of metallic gold scattered throughout. The inner portion of the tube is a matte gold, along with the small bit that peeks out and the MAC printed on it. The actual shape of the tube is a traditional MAC bullet lipstick.

Applicator: The shape of the actual lipstick is basic – just like any other lipstick shape with a traditional tear drop shape and a point.

Application: Applying this lipstick was as easy as any other bullet lipstick. Even after wearing it down a bit, I didn’t have problems with getting straight lines. One thing I will point out is that this particular shade is one that shows my natural lip colors on the edges if I don’t cover them completely. That just meant I had to be a little extra careful to make sure I got all the edges otherwise you could see pink, which looked a bit strange.

One other thing that is incredibly important to point out is the strong vanilla scent that MAC lipsticks have. This one is no exception – I could smell it upon application and for about 5 minutes after.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick “Fire & Ice” | Review

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One thing I love about really popular, classic brands like Revlon is that they’ve been around long enough to establish cult products. One such product, though less popular than another red of theirs, is Fire & Ice!

I was fortunate enough to find this color on clearance, and knew I needed to snatch it up right away!

Color: Fire & Ice is a warm red that leans a bit coral – there is a strong orange-pink undertone to it.

Finish: This lipstick is a cream finish. I’d say it would lean a bit more towards matte than lustrous like a gloss, but it’s not quite satin. Interestingly, it’s also relatively sheer.

Packaging: The packaging looks incredibly classic. The tube is a glossy black, with a clear window on the top of the cap so you can see the lipstick color when looking down at it. When you pull the lid off it’s a shiny gold with Revlon printed on it.

Applicator: This is a standard cut bullet; there’s nothing special or unique about the shape.

Application: I found application on this lipstick to be as easy as any other traditional bullet lipstick. The point is just sharp enough that you can get a crisp line relatively easily, though I imagine that the more you wear it down the harder it will be to get that even line.

One thing that I struggled with was needing to build up opacity on this particular color. I would typically swipe about three times to get the opacity level I wanted. While it would look opaque from normal talking distance, when looking up close you could definitely see the darkness of my lips poking through still.

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Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick “Belle” | Review

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In true Colourpop fashion, when I ordered from their website I just had to get free shipping, so I put a few things in my cart to make it up to $30 – no surprise the stunning Disney collection helped get me there!

Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick "Belle" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Belle is a deep mauve-pink with warm undertones. It’s definitely on the neutral side in terms of a pink, but I don’t think I could say it’s a nude like I had originally thought when purchasing. Colourpop’s website describes it as a “rosy berry”, which I think is very accurate.

Finish: Despite the name of this lipstick being “creme”, I think the finish is closer to a satin-cream.  It’s not as creamy looking as other bullet lipsticks, but there is a bit of shine so it’s not a flat matte either.

Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick "Belle" | Review - A Midwest Belle

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Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick “Sapphire Siren” | Review

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I actually picked this lipstick up on a whim a while back!  I’d been wanting to try a navy lipstick and see what I had thought of it, and I figured instead of spending a lot of money on something at Sephora, I could try a drugstore version to give it a look & see if I like blue on me.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick "Sapphire Siren" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Sapphire Siren matches it’s namesake – it’s a navy blue.  Sometimes purples and blues have undertones that make your teeth look yellow, and this is one of them unfortunately.

Finish: The finish appears to be a satin – it’s not quite matte, but I wouldn’t say it’s shiny enough to be a cream, either.

Maybelline Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds Lipstick "Sapphire Siren" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I really enjoy the packaging!  It’s a traditional Maybelline lipstick packaging that matches the color of the lipstick, which is a beautiful navy!  The lid snaps on securely to the lipstick tube, so I wouldn’t worry about it coming undone in your purse.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Made For All Lipstick “Mauve For Me” | Review

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Recently, Maybelline has come out with a new set of lipsticks that is supposed to compliment 50 different skin tones!  They had seven different shades, and I chose to pick up the mauve color since it’s my personal favorite.  The spice looked beautiful as well!

Maybelline Made For All Lipstick "Mauve for Me" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: As the name of this lipstick suggests, it’s a warm mauve color that pulls the slightest bit orange on me – I had hoped it would be a bit more pink.  The color of this is almost exactly my lips but better, which was a letdown.  I was hoping that this would be more unique and look better considering it’s supposed to flatter so many different skin tones.

It has a cream finish and looks relatively shiny, which is different than all the matte lipsticks I’ve been wearing lately and looks gorgeous!  The shiny finish does a good job at not sinking into my lip lines or accentuating dry patches, which happens frequently.

Packaging: The packaging is very basic, but I really enjoy the cap matching the color of the lipstick!  In terms of actual quality, I’m a little concerned that the lid doesn’t seem to attach very well.  If you plan on taking this in your purse, I’d be careful about it getting everywhere due to the loose latch.

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Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick “Brocade” | Review

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As you read in my Year of Lipsticks post, I’m making it a goal of mine this year to test as many lip products as I can!  I’ve had this lipstick for about a year now and have always admired it, but never tried it out.

Color: Bobbi Brown’s Brocade is described as a “bright purple plum” on the Sephora website. I would describe it as a bright warm purple with a reddish magenta undertone.

Packaging: First off, the packaging is so stunning and it looks expensive.  It’s a beautiful gold with black accents, and has an insignia on the top of the lid.  It’s feels heavy, and looks like it would be worth the $37 price tag from the packaging alone.

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