lip gloss, lip products

Anastasia Beverly Hills High Shine Lip Gloss “Vintage” | Review

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I went from reviewing nothing but liquid lipsticks to luck of the draw giving me tons of lip glosses! Lip gloss isn’t my favorite type of lip product, so I’m very ready to go back to a nice, matte lipstick. However, I hope that all of you gloss people are loving these reviews!

Color: Vintage is described on the ABH website as a “victorian rose”. This sounds like a pretty accurate description to me! The color is a neutral pink. In the tube there is pretty obvious gold glitters, but I couldn’t find any hint of it in the swatch or when I had it on my lips. They only became apparent after the majority of the gloss had worn off, and all that was left was a little pigment and all the glitter.

Finish: This finish is akin to a liquified lipstick more than a gloss in my opinion. It’s very thick and creamy looking, with some decent shine.

Packaging: The packaging of this gloss is pretty simple. It’s an acrylic tube with the product information and brand name printed on the side. The bottom has a sticker with the color name. The lid is a shiny black.

Applicator: The applicator is a pretty standard one for these thick glosses. It’s a large, flat paddle as opposed to a traditional shaped doefoot.

Application: Application for this product was pretty simple, since the applicator is the large paddle. I was easily able to apply product across both lips just by swiping it along and flipping the paddle as needed. I used the edge to get into the corners of my lips. Unsurprisingly, there was still the need to clean up edges just a bit, but mostly in the corners where I got sloppy.

I do recall a sweet scent upon application previously, but I think my gloss has gone off a bit and no longer has that scent.

Transfer: Immediately when I started eating, this gloss transferred all over my food and silverware. I pressed my lips to the back of my hand to see if the top layer being taken off reduced transfer, but there was still a lot of gloss coming off on my hand and it was pretty sticky feeling.

Fading: Despite the huge amount of transfer, I’m impressed with the fact that my lips still looked shiny and pink after eating some messy foods. It does help that the color is very close to my lip shade, but the vibrant shine isn’t something that my lip color can compensate for.

Comfort: While I wouldn’t say this is an uncomfortable formula, it also just doesn’t feel super nice. It’s thick and feels kind of heavy, and as it wears away it gets sticky. It’s one that I could always feel on my lips, and when I was dreading knowing I needed to put it on a second time to get my full thoughts together, that said everything it needed to.

I think part of the problem with this specific gloss is that it’s starting to go off, and as such is feeling pretty drying after wearing for a while. This could also be due to the layer of gloss being thinner after wearing off the top layer.

Overall: After having tested a number of different glosses in the past few months, I have learned that I really don’t care for the thick, opaque gloss formula. If I’m reaching for a lip gloss, it’s going to be transparent and light. I’ll still review the lacquer’s and the thick glosses as they pop up, but they will almost guaranteed be leaving my collection after.

This isn’t a terrible formula by any means; it’s just no longer something I can wear comfortably. I’ve also shared my thoughts on the shade Kristen if you want to read more – this review is from a few years ago at this point and I reviewed it more favorably!

Price Point: This lip gloss can be purchased on the ABH website for $16. It can be purchased at Sephora and Ulta for $16 as well. This is a very reasonable price point for a high end gloss, so if this formula is something you love to wear, go for it! Especially because there are always sales, which means you can get it for even cheaper. I have also seen these at TJMaxx/Marshalls, so browse there too!

bullet lipstick, lip products

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.

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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!

lip gloss, lip products

bareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer “Everything” | Review

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One of my favorite happy accidents is buying makeup from TJMaxx and finding out that it’s actually something that you can still purchase! When I pulled this out to review, I was so excited to find that it was still on bareMinerals’ website as an option to snatch up!

Unfortunately, that’s the only thing that I was really excited about after having tried this out.

Color: The BareMinerals website describes this color as a “muted mauve”. It’s definitely a my lips but better shade! It leans a bit on the pinky purple side, but is still a neutral.

Finish: With a product name that contains the words patent and lacquer, you would expect this to be shiny, and it does not disappoint! It’s got that thick, shiny look on the lips.

Packaging: The packaging is a pretty basic acrylic tube with a shiny black cap. The brand name is written on the tube with a sticker on the bottom listing the color name.

Applicator: The applicator on this is a paddle-like doefoot, with a longer, thin shape to it. I don’t know if this is normal for the product, but only one half of the paddle had fluff on it; the other side was just the plastic paddle.

Application: Unfortunately, application of this was not easy. The product is so thick and sticky that the doefoot wouldn’t want to move across my lips easily, making getting an even application as well as a decent lip line incredibly difficult. I couldn’t get into the corner of my lips nicely, and had to make a lot of touch ups after. I found that it seemed to sink into and emphasize my more prominent lip lines, but sat on top of the less obvious ones.

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick “Caramello” | Review

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I know, there’s a lot of shocking things happening right now! First – a new review, two weeks in a row?! Second – a product that’s actually still available for purchase??! I know, wild times, but I am feeling quite the rush of motivation to keep working through my makeup collection and sharing my thoughts with you all!

Color: Caramello is described on the Stila website as a “neutral nude”. This seems somewhat accurate, but looking at it on myself I actually consider it a cool-toned peach. It looks pretty grey on me, but still has an almost peachy color to it. It’s so hard to explain, but spoiler alert: I love it!

Finish: If you guessed that the finish of this product is matte, you’d be correct! It goes on shiny but dries down in about a minute to its flat matte finish.

Packaging: The packaging of this liquid lipstick is a traditional acrylic tube, but with a satin gold cap. The Stila logo is printed on the tube along with other product information, and the bottom has a sticker with the color name.

Applicator: The doefoot for this product looks pretty standard, but is a bit longer than a normal paddle and doesn’t have any flair.

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Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss “Naked” | Review

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A few years ago, I had the not so bright idea of purchasing tons of lip kits to bolster my collection – while it’s pretty cool to have a big collection, it also means that I need to eventually work through said collection and review them all, and then decide if they’re going to stick around or move to a new home.

This is one of those products that came from a Sephora kit, and now that I’ve tried it I’m so sad I waited so long to test it out!! Spoiler alert, I really enjoy this.

Color: The Urban Decay website describes Naked as a “nude-pink cream with a pearly pink shift”. For me, when this is on my lips it does look more nude than pink, but my lips are also pigmented enough that there’s not much color payoff for me either way.

Finish: The finish of this product is quintessential “gloss” – it’s exactly what you think it would be. It’s got a sheer color payoff and a lot of shine.

Packaging: The packaging for my sample does vary quite a bit from the actual lip gloss packaging. The sample is a small, round acrylic tube with a silver cap and silver printing with the product information and brand name.

The full size product is a large, square silver tube. It has panels that are acrylic and you can see the actual product through it. The cap is also silver, and has the urban decay logo embossed in it.

Applicator: This lip gloss has a standard doefoot applicator, which I don’t feel is the best for this product. It does appear that the actual applicator for the full size is a flat paddle that holds more product, which is more beneficial to this particular formula.

Application: Application of this isn’t difficult, but does take a little more time due to the applicator. The product is kind of thick, and when dipping the wand in and then taking it out there’s only enough product to cover one lip, and I actually had to dip back in twice to cover my top lip.

There is a minty scent upon application, and for about 10 minutes after I did feel like my lips had that cooling sensation that mint will provide. It didn’t feel too intense or like I was uncomfortable and had to remove it, but if you’re especially sensitive to mint I would suggest skipping on this gloss.

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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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Cheek products, highlighter

CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops “Moonlight” | Review

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CoverFX came on my radar when they released their custom cover drops, an ultra concentrated foundation.  From there, they developed other similar items in droppers, including these gorgeous highlighting drops!

Color:  Moonlight looks like a beautiful pale rose gold color in the bottle.  On the face, it becomes a silver color with just the slightest pink hint. Ulta’s website describes this as a “shimmering beige”, which sounds pretty accurate to me.

One huge caveat to this product is that it is infused with glitter.  I think this could be a huge turnoff to some people, because there’s a lot of people who do not want glitter on their face – just their eyes.  The first time I used it, I was shocked to find that there was glitter everywhere, and I assumed that it was because my eyeshadow also had glitter in it and it was just fallout.  After taking a really close look at this, however, I realized that there is definitely glitter being used to add the shine.

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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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Ofra Cosmetics x Madison Miller Lip Gloss “Smiley For Ryleigh” | Review

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I will forever talk about how much I adore Ipsy, and this is part of the reason why! I was able to get this lip gloss as part of my bag – I love being able to try new collections from brands I enjoy!

Color: This is a mostly transparent peach gloss with tons of glitter. There is a hint of peach color in the base, but for the most part it’s clear with shimmer.

Finish: The finish of this is shiny, but more so I’d say this is a glitter finish gloss due to the lack of base pigment.

Packaging: The packaging of this gloss is a beautiful matte white cap with a plain acrylic tube and Ofra written on the cap. The product information is white, printed on the tube, and appears to have Madison Miller’s signature on it.

Applicator: The applicator functions like a basic doefoot, however it does have an interesting curve to it and a bit of a “chair” shape. I’m not sure if that really improves the application, but it is kind of fun.

Application: Application of this gloss is pretty easy. I dipped into the tube twice; once for each lip. Since the base is mostly clear I wasn’t too worried about going outside of the lip lines. One thing I do want to caution is that it can look streaky and clumpy upon initial application until you “blend” with the doefoot – so I’d be careful about applying without a mirror. You could also rub your lips together to distribute the pigment a bit more, but it was something I had noticed. This is me being nit picky!

There is a very sweet vanilla scent that dissipates after application.

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick “Babe Alert” | Review

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Aside from primers, one product that really worked for Smashbox was their liquid lipsticks! So many people discussed them when they first came out, and even years later I still hear people talk about these being a favorite formula.

Color: Babe Alert is a corally-pink nude. It’s got a warm undertone, and is mostly pink but feels more wearable than what I’d consider a “true pink”. Sephora and Ulta both describe this as a “nude rose” – I’d say more rose than nude.

Finish: This lipstick dries down to a completely flat matte finish. Even upon initial application the actual appearance of the dry down was pretty quick; there wasn’t any period of shine.

Packaging: The lipstick that I have is a sample size, but the packaging is similar between the full size and sample size. It is a large square acrylic tube with a black cap. The label is printed directly on the tube and doesn’t appear to be a sticker.

Applicator: The applicator on this lip product is a tear drop shape with a hole (also known as a well) in the center that holds extra product. It’s got a bit of a fuzzy texture to it but I didn’t find that there was any problems with that making the edges less crisp.

Application: Applying this lipstick is very easy. The teardrop shape made getting a sharp line simple, and the well holds enough product to cover both lips without having to dip back in.

I did feel like even with applying the normal amount that comes on the applicator, the product felt thick going on. This, in turn, played in to the amount of time that it took for the product to dry & I believe also played into how it looked later on.

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