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

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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.

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

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!

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Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Sparkling Lipgloss “Pink Sequin” | Review

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Switching gears from my TJMaxx shopping addiction to a previous subscription addiction, I got this gloss in a Boxycharm a while ago! Actually, I got it in an Ipsy even further back in the day, but then Boxycharm also sent me one in a full size this time. The timing was great, because the gloss from Ipsy had gone bad at that point.

This one is fresh and unopened until testing, which is an exciting experience for me!

Color: Pink Sequin is described on the Vintage Cosmetics website as a “light, sparkly icy-pink lilac”. I personally don’t see much of the lilac, but it definitely is a very soft, nearly clear gloss with a pink tint, and silvery looking glitter throughout.

Finish: The finish is a standard shiny gloss; there really wasn’t much for color payoff so it looked clear. Of course there is glitter particles throughout, which added a shimmery finish on top of the glossy look.

Packaging: The packaging of this product is quite lovely! The tube is a square shape and acrylic with the brand information printed on it. The cap is a metallic gold that matches the color of the information on the tube.

Applicator: The applicator for this gloss is a brush and not a doefoot. The brush is fine, but pretty small, and I did already have one hair that was frayed and sticking out. While this definitely didn’t impact application, I do want to note it for anyone who might be picky about their gloss brushes!

Application: I unfortunately had a difficult time with application for this product! The brush is really small and doesn’t hold a lot of gloss, so I had to dip it back in three or four times to get enough to evenly coat both of my lips. It was also pretty thick and sticky, so that combined with the small brush made for a frustrating experience.

Read more: Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Sparkling Lipgloss “Pink Sequin” | Review

Transfer: This is a gloss, AKA a product that will never stay on your lips if you do anything more than exist. I’m certainly not holding that against this product, but providing context when I say that it transferred onto my straw while drinking, and disappeared pretty quickly as soon as I ate some food.

Fading: After eating a meal, this gloss was completely gone; well, almost completely. The shiny gloss and base color had disappeared, but the glitter remained. I was left with bare lips with glitter throughout, so I looked like I applied a frosty finish lipstick instead of the shiny gloss it was previously.

Comfort: I don’t find this formula to be very comfortable. It felt thick immediately upon application, and sticky. Even when the product wore off completely minus the glitter my lips still felt sticky. While it wasn’t nearly as bad as the Bareminerals gloss I tried, it was still noticeable enough to feel uncomfortable for me.

Overall: This really just feels like a standard lip gloss to me, which is not a knock to the gloss or company, but when I compare it to everything else in my collection (of which there are LOTS of things), it just doesn’t stand out as something I need to keep. I’ll be passing it to a family member who will be much more appreciative of it!

Price Point: If you’re interested in picking up this gloss, you can find it on the Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind website for $25. It looks like this product is still circulating the Ipsy and Boxycharm websites as well, so you can pick one up from there likely at a discount if you’re really hankering to give this a try!

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Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip “Curvii” | Review

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In a wonderful turn of events, I got the iluvsarahii bundle by accident when I had purchased the KathleenLight’s bundle. ColourPop had given me to go-ahead to keep my bundle while they sent me the correct one, which means that I was able to get double the product!

If you’re interested in the other colors within this bundle, my review of 951 is here.

Color: Curvii is a pale peach with flecks of pink glitter.  Depending on how thick of a layer, it can go from a nearly clear gloss with glitter, to a very opaque peach.

Finish: In terms of gloss finishes, this is relatively creamy with glitter flecks throughout.  The thicker the layer, the more creamy it looks and less gloss-like finish it has.

Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip "Curvii" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The packaging of this lip gloss is really pretty, as it is part of the iluvsarahii collab.  It’s the standard acrylic tube with a gold cap and gold accents.

Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip "Curvii" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: The applicator for this gloss is a brush tip – it’s definitely not my favorite for this type of formula, as the product is thick and the brush struggles to distribute product evenly.  I also noticed that there tends to be hairs out of place frequently.

Application: I find application of this gloss to be quite tedious.  The brush applicator means that if I wanted to apply this in a thick, opaque layer I am building constantly, but have to be careful to avoid streaks due to the paleness of this shade.  If I want to use a thin layer as a “wash” of color, it still doesn’t apply evenly with the brush and so I have to dip multiple times.

I struggled to get product my lips without missing spots or having clumps of product in certain areas, with no product in others.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss “Kristen” | Review

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Along with their incredibly popular liquid lipsticks, Anastasia Beverly Hills has some lip glosses they released.  I’ve had this one for a while, but never was really sure about how I felt.  Today, I’m giving y’all the low down on this formula!

Color: Kristen is described on Sephora’s website as a “cool desert sand”.  To be completely honest, I’m not really sure what that means.  I would describe it as a mauve with slightly orange undertones on me.  This color is definitely a My Lips But Better Shade.

In terms of finish, I found that this wasn’t quite as shiny as I had expected a gloss to be.  I would actually say that the finish reminds me more of a liquified lipstick than that of a traditional lip gloss.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss "Kristen" | Review - A Midwest Belle

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Huda Beauty Lip Strobe “Mystical” | Review

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As you saw in my Makeup Brands I Want to Try in 2019 post, Huda Beauty is one of the brands that I want to test out this year!  It’s actually funny that I have them on my list, considering I’ve owned something from the brand for over a year, but at least I’m finally getting around to it!  Instead of starting with her liquid lipsticks, however, I’ll be reviewing a lip strobe I got in one of my Ipsy bags.

Color: Mystical is a beautiful purple with blue glitter flecks.  To me, purples always make me feel like my teeth look yellow, and this one is unfortunately not an exception.  However, it is a very unique shade to my collection!

Applicator: The applicator is definitely different compared to others I’ve used so far.  It has a traditional teardrop shape on top, but then tapers to a curved hook.  It’s also incredibly flexible, so it hugs your lips as you apply and makes getting an even line pretty easy.  The applicator holds just enough product to cover one of my lips, so I did have to dip the applicator back in to get more product for the other.

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