lip gloss, lip products

NYX Cosmetics Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer “Strawberry Whip” | Review

Hello friends!

This product is extra special for me, as it was won in a giveaway from a small creator who does not seem to be around anymore. Now I see it and I think of her!

Color: Strawberry Whip is a cool toned pink that almost looks purple; kind of like a very subtle magenta.

Finish: Being a lip lacquer, this product has a very shiny and creamy finish! It also smoothed the look of my lips, creating a plump effect.

Packaging: The packaging of this product is quite unique and I like it! It’s hexagonal, so it doesn’t roll around when set to the side. The tube is a clear acrylic, and the cap is a shiny deep charcoal color. Two of the six sides have the brand name and product information printed on it in matte black, and there is a matte black stripe along the top of the tube. The bottom has a sticker with the color name on it.

Applicator: This is the first time (that I remember) seeing an applicator shaped like this! It’s a doefoot, but is shaped like an hourglass. The end has a round tip to it, which tapers in and back out again at the base. The part that tapers in seems to hold a lot of product.

Application: I thought that the shape of the wand was pretty cool and made application easy! The downside to it was that there was too much product on it, which resulted in me getting messy lip lines on the bottom lip. The rounded tip did make it easy to get into the corners of my mouth without a big mess of product in that area.

Right at application, this was very prone to moving and got on my teeth. It was hard to wipe off easily when I got outside of my lip lines a little. There is also a minty scent that dissipates after application.

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Transfer: This product transferred like crazy, which while not surprising, got a little frustrating. It wasn’t necessarily that it was transferring, but the frustration came from it constantly moving. I would wrap my lips around my finger to get off the excess product that moved into the inner rim of my lips, and I’d have to keep doing that over and over. It got all over my straw while drinking coffee, and when I ate cereal my spoon was covered in makeup.

Fading: Despite the amount of transfer, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the color still remained bold and shiny after eating. The thick look I had upon application was gone, and in it’s place was a still bright but more comfortable lacquer.

Comfort: Unlike other lacquers I’ve tried in the past, this one feels extremely comfortable on the lips upon first application! It’s very soft, and isn’t sticky at all. As it wears down, it does add a little stick, but not anything like other products. As it continues to wear, however, I noticed that it began to feel more and more heavy and obvious on my lips. After eating, I did realize that a lot of the excess product being taken off did make it feel more comfortable and less heavy again.

Overall: I was really excited applying this product because it didn’t feel sticky like other lip lacquers, but the excitement wore away quickly as it still has that thickness that a lacquer is known for. The color, while pretty, isn’t something I typically wear, and it’s too bold of a color for me to comfortably wear in a formula like this. It was really messy and just impractical for every day wear.

Price Point: Unfortunately it looks like this is a discontinued product, as I could only find one shade on the NYX website which was completely sold out. It seems like Walmart has it on their website but through the third party sellers that they allow. The price seemed to vary between $5.48 and $9.99; I personally wouldn’t recommend purchasing through third parties, so this might be one to seek out a dupe for if you really love it!

eye products, Eyeshadow & Palettes

Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette “Sassy Siennas” | Review

Hello friends!

Switching it up from my usual lip product reviews, I wanted to try out this amazing palette I snagged while I still received Ipsy bags (I was a total sucker for their addons!). Not only did I snatch up this palette, I grabbed another color way as well! This palette has pushed me out of my comfort zone, but it’s been a fantastic experience!

Packaging: This 5 pan palette is thin and features a metallic copper front. The name of the palette is on the front in white, along with the Dose of Colors logo. The inside has a slot for a brush and comes with a double sided brush, has a shiny black plastic packaging around the shadows, and features a large mirror. The mirror is obviously covered by the outer box, since I didn’t want to deal with the reflections – we all know what a good mirror looks like!


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Top to Bottom: Oh So Sassy, Bossy, Foxy, Brassy, Stay Sassy

Individual Shadow Reviews:

Oh So Sassy: Plump peach. This color is such a cool take on a neutral! It’s got an orange color to it absolutely, but it’s got just enough brown to turn it into something that feels more approachable as a color. I did struggle to build this color up, as when I tried to it didn’t want to blend out and instead would stick to a few spots, looking patchy. It wasn’t super noticeable, but it was enough for me to want to point it out.

Bossy: Bold burnt orange. I was very intimidated by this shade when I saw it, and so honestly delayed a bit in trying it. However, I was so pleasantly surprised by it! I don’t know if it’s because I have blue eyes, but I felt like the bold orange color looked so nice on me, and while it was certainly bright, it didn’t feel garish or out of place. I found that after around 8 hours, this did crease a bit, but remained vibrant.

Foxy: Burnt sienna. This shade has become a favorite of mine; it’s perfectly down the middle for me in terms of shade and depth. While compared to the first two colors it looks nearly brown, on the lids it still has a distinctly orange undertone; it just isn’t as fluorescent. This was a great shade both on its own and used in the crease, and blended easily.

Brassy: Warm copper. Holy pigment! I tapped my brush into the pan a few times and I got a lot of color on my lid. It blended pretty easily, but I was surprised that it actually looked a lot lighter than the swatch on my arm. I was anticipating a darker brown that would give me a bit of a smokey effect, but I feel like it looked the same bright orange as the rest of the shades. I also found that this did end up fading a bit after about 6 hours in my crease. That said, there’s a distinct possibility I rubbed my eyes and didn’t realize, causing it to fade more than it would have otherwise.

Stay Sassy: Warm cocoa brown. This is another shadow I felt intimidated by, but when I put it on I fell in love! It’s definitely dark compared to the other shades, and not something I’d typically throw on as a casual look, but the undertone was lovely. It was a very smokey looking shadow, but blended on the edges made a very pretty orange brown. I unfortunately did notice a lot of patchiness on one eye with this shade, and I don’t know if it was because I had put too much shadow on, or the primer wasn’t blended as well.


Application: Applying these shadows isn’t super hard, but they are WAY pigmented, so beware! The shadows themselves are very powdery, and even when I gently tap my brush into the pan, I still kick up a lot of dust. I recommend very lightly patting the shadow to get it on the brush, blowing or tapping off the excess, then applying to your eye.

It does blend out nicely if you add too much color accidentally, but I still caution application as the formula can get patchy if you add too much and don’t spend the time it needs blending. I would not consider this a beginner friendly formula, and would say this is a great palette for someone who has experience working with makeup and is comfortable with a lot of pigment and color.

Wear: I was really impressed with the wear on these shadows! I noticed minimal creasing about 6 hours into wear, which doesn’t surprise me as I have incredibly oily eyelids. Even with the minimal creasing, the colors remained vibrant through the entire time I wore it. These are some serious eyeshadows!

I opted to try these shadows all on their own as a single eyeshadow look so I could see exactly what I was working with for each individual review, and I think this may have been to the shadow’s detriment. I do not believe this palette is a fantastic “one and done” palette, and instead works best utilized with shimmer shades or liquid shadows.

Do You Need It?

While this is always a subjective question (you need to look at your own collection), I like to include this to provide some context if you’re considering purchasing!

First of all, if you’re just starting out in makeup I do not recommend this palette. Based on what I said above regarding application, I think it could easily scare off a person new to makeup and make it feel intimidating.

If you’ve had a chance to play with makeup and feel comfortable, I definitely think this formula is worth a peek! The next question to ask, however, is how this palette will fit into your collection. With it being an all matte palette, you either need to 1) be comfortable rocking an all matte look, or 2) be willing to use multiple palettes/eyeshadows to create a look you’re happy with.

While I wouldn’t call this a colorful palette, the first two shades (Oh So Sassy & Bossy) are a lot brighter on the eyes than they look even in the swatch. If you’re looking for a truly neutral, every day palette I’d also skip over this one. However, if you’re looking to add a little color and vibrance into your collection without going to rainbow, I’d say this is a great fit! It’s not great as a one shadow look personally, but if you’re looking to use this to supplement single shadows or shimmers you already have, it’s a strong contender.

The palette costs $32, which comes out to a little over $6 per shadow. In my opinion, if you find this palette on sale, it’s worth picking up! I think I snagged it for $18 thanks to the Ipsy add-on program, which brought the cost to under $4 a shade; well worth it to me.

lip gloss, lip products

Nyx Cosmetics Butter Gloss “Orangesicle” | Review

Something that might shock you guys (I don’t know if I mean that sarcastically) is that I do buy new makeup occasionally, and this ended up being one of my most recent purchases. I wanted to make a rule to myself that if I’m going to buy a new product, I need to test it within a month or pass it along to someone else. Well, it’s been a little longer than a month, BUT I did at least start wearing it right away! I was just a bit slow to actually write the review. Alas though, we are here!

I wasn’t sure about this one when I bought it, but it was the only color that wasn’t blue on clearance, and I just couldn’t say no. I’m working on not even looking at makeup so I don’t have to make those decisions/so I can’t talk myself into buying more (seriously, if you saw how much I have you’d throw rotten tomatoes at me). I was just so intrigued by the idea of an orange gloss I had to grab it!

Color: As the name suggests, this is definitely orange. It’s got a red undertone, and when on my lips honestly looks more like a red; this could definitely be because I have pigmented lips but still want to point it out! You can really see what I mean in the swatches, too.

Finish: This product is glossy, and has a cream finish. There’s no shimmer in this particular color.

Packaging: The packaging is clear plastic, which means when you’re looking at it and see a color, the color is actually the product. I thought that was a pretty neat touch, and if you like to use up your makeup this would be super motivating! The cap matches the product color and is also plastic.

Applicator: The applicator is just a standard doefoot that I feel works well with the formula!

Application: Due to the color, I find that application of this product is a bit difficult. It was hard for me to get an even coat, and I wanted it to be just a light wash. I struggled to build it up in any meaningful way when I did want more, as it looked the same color on my lips but just got more orange on the edges; it also sunk into lip lines right away.

While I personally wouldn’t want to have this built up as boldly as the swatch below or more, it is something I thought was important to point out. It doesn’t look like the super impactful orange in the tube with one swipe!

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The bottom of the swatch is built up in a few layers; the middle is just one swipe from the tube, and the top was just leftover product.

Transfer: With this being a lip gloss, you can expect it to transfer a lot, and keep transferring until it’s gone. It came off the same amount whether I was eating food or just drinking from a glass. It will leave behind just the tiniest hint of red, but not enough to make any sort of meaningful difference (at least for me).

Fading: Unsurprisingly, this does fade really quickly, but I wasn’t expecting much more. It seems to last through talking, but fades quickly when eating or drinking. It’s not sold as a long-lasting gloss, so as long as you’re ready to reapply whenever you eat or just do frequent checkups, this shouldn’t be a huge issue.

Comfort: I find this lip gloss to be incredibly comfortable! It feels very hydrating, to the point where I’d feel comfortable using this when my lips felt dry in place of a balm.

It’s only got a tiny bit of stick when it wears down a bit, such as after I drink and it comes off on my glass but is still on my lips. This is only felt when I press my lips together. I think if I weren’t paying specific attention to it, I wouldn’t notice.

Overall: This color is extremely out of my comfort zone, but I kind of like it! The formula is very comfortable, and this would be a super easy gloss to just have around in the summer time when I needed to rehydrate my lips and want a pop of color.

Price Point: The Nyx Butter Gloss is an incredibly affordable gloss, and can be purchased on the Nyx website or Ulta for $5. It can be purchased for a couple cents cheaper at Target or Walmart. If orange gloss isn’t your vibe, but you love a good gloss, I don’t think this will be a miss! I do have a lot of other colors in this formula that I’ll be sure to share as I try!

eye products, Eyeshadow & Palettes

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette | Review

Hello friends!

Back when I was first getting into makeup, my grandma bought me the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette for Christmas – I was drawn to the beautiful pink packaging and I knew that Too Faced was well known for their chocolate palettes.

Just like every other chocolate bar palette, this one smells like chocolate when you open the packaging!  It’s not overpowering in my opinion, and you can’t smell it after applying to your eyes.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The packaging is a pink metal tin with a magnetic closure that feels sturdy and like it will keep the eyeshadows safe if I were to take it traveling.  There is also a rectangular mirror; it’s not large, but it does fit into the palette nicely and you can see your eyes clearly.  The palette name is written along the bottom third of the mirror.


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