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

Hello friends!

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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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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New at Ulta | January 13 – February 2, 2020

Hello friends!

I’m back once again with some of the standout products from Ulta recently!

Of course the brand new ABH palette drew my attention because it’s beautiful, but there were a lot of Colourpop palettes released as well! It also looks like Ulta is getting some products that have been out for a while, like the Persona Cosmetics glosses and Colourpop Just a Tint Lip Crayons.

New at Ulta | January 13 - February 2, 2020 - A Midwest Belle

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BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick “Hemp” | Review

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I have a habit of buying lipsticks from Marshall’s on the regular, and I thought that this was a really beautiful color to try!  When this formula first launched, I heard a lot of buzz about how nice these were, so I wanted to test it for myself!

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick "Hemp" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Hemp is a pale peachy nude with a pink undertone.  In some lighting it looks more nude, and in others it pulled very orange; almost coral.  I would still consider this a bright peach nude though!

Finish: After first being applied it has a demi-matte appearance, but it did end up drying down to a very flat matte like a traditional liquid lipstick.

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick "Hemp" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: I think the packaging of this is really beautiful! It has a black cap and stripe, with a tube that fades from frosted to clear.

Applicator: The applicator of this is a long, flat and rounded tip doefoot that works well to gather enough product for application.

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip “Creeper” | Review

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Colourpop took the world by storm a few years ago when they released their super shock shadows & ultra matte lips at an incredibly affordable price.  Another thing Colourpop is known for?  Limited edition!  So many colors that I’ve purchased have been discontinued.

One color that is still around though is Creeper, which is one of the original colors they released when they first started!

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip "Creeper" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Creeper is a bright, blue-based red.  It has a definite pink appearance, and when the product transferred it left behind a pink stain.

Packaging: Colourpop’s packaging is notoriously bad; the writing on the tubes rubs off incredibly easily.  Other than that, it’s a nice, very standard silver cap and clear tube that looks functional and basic!  I own the sample size of this color, but packaging is identical between this and the full size; just smaller.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip "Creeper" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: The applicator is also an incredibly basic doefoot shape.  Nothing too interesting to report there!

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Colourpop Velvet Blur Lipstick vs. MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick | Formula Comparison

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When MAC released their new Powder Kiss lipsticks a while back, I immediately felt the need to go out and buy it.  Until recently, I’d never heard of another lipstick that had quite the same sort of formula!  While there are certainly some that are similar or can provide nearly the same effect, this just seemed so different and special.

In the past few months, Colourpop has come out with a lipstick that made me think it was very similar – one might even call it a formula dupe!  Today, I wanted to share my thoughts as to if these formulas are close enough to warrant being dupes or not!

If you’re curious to see my thoughts on each individual lipsticks, I do have reviews up of CP Lucky Strike and MAC Mull It Over.

Colourpop Velvet Blur Lipstick vs. MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick | Formula Comparison - A Midwest Belle

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MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick “Mull It Over” | Review

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I feel like MAC is a brand that almost every makeup lover has heard of; it’s definitely got a reputation and has been around for a very long time!  I wanted to make it a point to start testing some of their cult classic products and see if they’re worth the price or not.

Unlike their classic lipsticks, this is a brand new formula called the Powder Kiss lipstick, which is a matte, powdery formula that gives you a smooth and blurred look on your lips.

MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick "Mull It Over" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Mull it Over is a warm peachy nude that tends to pull very orange on me, unfortunately.  Sometimes warm pink nudes tend to look much less pretty pink and way more bright orange, which is not flattering in my opinion.

When this formula first launched, this color was the closest to a wearable nude for me.  They recently came out with new shades, some of which are much better for me in terms of an every day shade!

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ColourPop Velvet Blur Lipstick “Lucky Strike” | Review

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Today I’m reviewing one of the new products I received from the mystery box Colourpop did a few weeks ago.  This is one of the newest releases from them, and I was so excited to see it, along with their new mascara!  If you’re curious to see what else I got, you can see the other pictures here.

The new Velvet Blur lipstick from Colourpop is described as a “unique matte” that provides a “soft focus, blurring effect”.  In essence, it’s a matte lipstick that doesn’t show texture on your lips!

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Color: Lucky Strike is a midtone neutral pink, and on me it’s a my lips but better color.  The shade has just a touch more pink in it.  It’s definitely a stunning color that would flatter a lot of people.  Depending on the kind of neutral colors you wear, this might feel like a dark shade, so check the lip swatch to see what you think!

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Packaging: Side note: isn’t this packaging absolutely stunning?!  Rose gold is my favorite metal, and the stars on it add such a cute touch to it. The word Colourpop is also etched into the lid of the packaging and is the same color as the small stars.  The shape of the bullet is very traditional to any other lipstick, but there are stars embossed on it as well!

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