I bought my first NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream over 3 years ago and have recently reignited my flame for these lovely liquid lipstick formulas. Unlike most liquid lipsticks, these are not super drying or matte. They stay wet when you first apply them but can be blotted for a more matte look.

These lippies run $6.49 a pop but I bought most of mine on a bogo half off sale at Ulta (which they do about once a month). Each shade is named after a city and although I have quite the collection, I really only have about half the shades.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

The formula is pigmented enough to provide a punchy lip color, but sheer enough to be easy to work with. Like any liquid lipstick, it can be tricky to apply if you’ve had a little too much coffee. Slow and steady wins the liquid lipstick race, guys.

The applicator is a standard doe-foot, not my favorite for liquid lipsticks (I prefer something more precise) but pretty standard nonetheless. The scent is a little like vanilla but faint enough that I doubt it would bother anyone with a sensitive shnoz.

These lipsticks won’t last through lunch but almost no lipstick does. I appreciate that they provide lots of pigment without drying my lips out. In fact, I’d venture to say that these are less drying than your average matte lipsticks.

Speaking of matte, these lipsticks aren’t. At least, not completely. As you can see from the pictures below, some of them have more of a satin finish. As I said earlier, it’s nothing a little bit of blotting can’t fix but I’d consider these a VERY soft matte lip cream.

That being said, I clearly love these. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have bought 14 of them! Check out my full try-on below.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Buenos Aires

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Los Angeles

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Leon

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Rome

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Budapest

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Madrid

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen

And there you have it!

My favorite shades are Amsterdam, Rome, and Madrid. Have you guys tried these NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams? Let me know what your favorites are in the comment section below.

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Guys, this has been a loooong time coming. I’ve been hearing about Fenty Beauty for what feels like forever (but has actually only been since September). I didn’t feel compelled to buy anything at first…but then she came out with the Stunna Lip Paint and the Mattemoiselle Lipsticks. You know I can’t pass up on a good red or matte lipstick…

I was pretty restrained for my first time around. I heard good things about the foundation so I decided to pick up that plus the primer. It took ages for my shade (120) to come back in stock on Sephora!

I’m a highlighter junkie but have tons of powder highlighters so I went for the matchstick cream highlighter in the iridescent “starstruck” shade.

I wanted to try all the Mattemoiselle shades but finally settled on “Freckle Fiesta.” I didn’t want to buy two red lipsticks and although I was SO drawn to “Griselda,” I wanted to try something a little more neutral and wearable for everyday. (Not that I wouldn’t wear a vampy lip shade every day but ya know…the world isn’t ready.)

I’m not much of a gloss person but I’d heard so much about Gloss Bomb, the universal Fenty Beauty lip gloss, that I decided to give it a go.

And of course, I had to give Stunna lip paint a try.

Check out my full review of everything I bought below!

Fenty Beauty Haul

Pro’Filter Instant Retouch Primer

This is a lovely primer. It mattifies my skin but also feels light, airy, and slightly moisturizing. I’ve been getting into primers more over the last year or so and this is one of the nicest I’ve tried. Most mattifying primers feel thick and occlusive but this one feels like nothing. I’m not sure if it actually makes my foundation last any longer but I’ve tried it with a few of my cushion foundations and find that it layers nicely under most formulas. This would be my go-to for work, long nights, or any event where I need to look matte for a long time.

Pro’Filter Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Okay, I’m not gonna lie to you. This foundation is MATTE. It’s borderline drying on my normal-to-dry winter skin. That being said, it’s a true medium coverage that can be applied more sheerly with a beauty blender or blended in with a foundation brush for extra coverage. 120 is a pretty perfect match for my NC20 skin and the shade range for this foundation is awesome. I’m pretty sure most people would be able to find a match here.

It is worth noting, however, that because it’s so matte, it dries down a little darker than it initially looks on a swatch. If you’re ordering online and you’re between two shades, I’d go with the lighter one.

I’m hanging onto this foundation for the summer but I doubt I’ll be reaching for it much this winter. My skin tends to get hella oily in the warmer months so I look for more mattifying products during that time of year.

Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Starstruck

Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Starstruck

This is a cream highlighter but it’s actually a little dryer than, say, Glossier Haloscope. Which is sort of a trend I’m noticing with Fenty Beauty – it’s a brand for oily skinned gals. If you have dry skin, at least with the current product range, you may have trouble finding formulas you like.

That being said, I love the shade and longevity of this highlighter. I wore it all day last Saturday (10+ hours) and found it was still hangin’ on by the time I took my makeup off. Pretty impressive for a cream highlighter.

It’s pigmented but fairly natural looking on me. I can’t wait to try more shades! Got my eye on “Confetti”…

Mattemoiselle Lipstick in “Freckle Fiesta”

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta

The formula of this lipstick is pure gold. It’s super pigmented and smooth. The finish is more of a demi-matte than a complete matte but it dries down and becomes more matte with wear. And obviously, you could blot it if you’re looking for a totally matte look.

Like any bullet lipstick, it’s not transfer-proof but I find that it lasts fairly well and fades evenly. So if you don’t reapply after lunch, no worries. You’re not gonna end up with a patchy, crusty mess.

Shade-wise, I’m not sure “Freckle Fiesta” is a home run for my cool skintone. I’m not sure what I was expecting since I knew it was a warm-toned lipstick when I bought it but oh well. I’m going to play with it a bit more since I had a yellow/gold eyeshadow on the first time I wore it. I’m thinking that if I paired it with a mauve or plum eyeshadow, it would be a bit more flattering.

Stunna Lip Paint

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

This lip paint has been all over Instagram for the last few months and now, I feel like one of the cool kids. It’s hard to imagine how this lip color WOULDN’T look amazing on anyone. It’s a TRUE RED, no cool or warm undertones to speak of – just totally neutral, bold, a little bright…perfection.

Formula wise, it’s super thin and liquidy. The applicator is unusual – a sponge tip with a weird little round top. It took some practice the first few times I used it but I’m jiving with it now.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

Be forewarned tho, if you aren’t used to applying liquid lipsticks – you may not like this. It’s definitely a little tricky to apply and because it’s so thin and liquidy, it got ALL over my teeth the first time I tried it. Not a cute look.

In terms of finish, it’s also a demi-matte but dries down to a more flat matte with wear. I tend to blot it since I love a matte finish on my lips.

Unlike most liquid lipsticks, this is not transfer-resistant. But honestly, I’m used to reapplying lipsticks after eating so that’s not such a big deal to me. It fades evenly and gracefully unlike most liquid lipsticks and leaves my lips intact, without feeling bone dry.

It’s not the easiest red lippie out there. If you’re in a rush and need a swipe of something quick and easy, this may not be it. But the packaging is GORGEOUS and the shade is probably one of the best reds out there. I’m happy to have this beauty in my collection and have already worn it several times.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Fenty Beauty Glossbomb

Just like her red lippie, this is another shade that is shockingly universal. It’s a perfect neutral peachy, rosy, gold lip gloss with just the right amount of sheer shimmer without being tacky. The packaging, like the rest of Fenty Beauty, is super lux and the applicator and formula of this gloss is pure butter. If you’re a gloss lover, you gotta try this.

Phew! That was a doozy. Have any of you tried Fenty Beauty? Comment below with your favorite products!

I’m hoping to try some of the powder highlighters (Metal Moon, Fire Crystal) and the Griselda lippie next. Stay tuned!

 

I first spotted this L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeliner on Refinery 29’s Beauty With Mi and instantly loved the look. It’s been on the fringe of trendy for the last few years to do a swipe of shockingly bold eyeliner – either on the top or bottom lid. If you’re into graphic liner in bold shades, this drugstore find might be for you. Even if you’re not, this is a great way to play with a trend without blowing a ton of money.

Aqua Eyeliner

Price + Formula

At $9.99 a pop, these eyeliners may seem like an expensive buy but are still half the price of similar ones from Sephora and MAC. And so far, I’m very impressed with the formula.

The applicator is your classic thin, felt tip – similar to Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner or (my favorite) Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. It makes it super easy to get an ultra-thin line or go thicker with extra strokes. Either way, this little pen is my favorite applicator for liquid eyeliners because it allows maximum control.

The formula itself is super thin but ULTRA pigmented. You can get bold color with just one swipe – which is important for a product like this. The trend is all about bold, graphic color and you don’t want to be messing with anything too sheer or watery. Otherwise, it just won’t work.

The staying power of this liner is magnificent. I’ve worn each shade all day and found they last 10+ hours.

Keep in mind – I’ve only just purchased these (it’s February), so it will be interesting to see how these hold up in the hot and sweaty summer months. But to be honest, on my oily eyelids, almost nothing will last on my eyes during a Virginia summer.

Shades + Swatches

L'Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeliner

I bought two shades – Vivid Aqua (the shade Mi used in her video), and Electric Blue for a slightly more understated, work-appropriate alternative to black liner.

It also comes in Teal, Green, White, and Black.

The Gist

I would definitely recommend these. I haven’t tried MAC’s but I vaguely remember trying a light blue from Stila a few years back and being very disappointed with the lack of pigment and watery texture. Save the coin and go the drugstore route with this trend. Snaps for L’Oreal for nailing this trend on the nose.

I might try the “Wild Green” shade next.

What about you? Would you try out this trend? Let me know in the comments below!

I’m what you might call a “highlighter junkie.” After lipstick, it’s probably my favorite makeup product and since it boomed a few years ago, I’ve amassed quite the collection. Among my favorites, (Becca Opal, Glossier Haloscope, ColourPop Super Shock) are the beautiful Anastasia Highlighting Palettes.

I own 3 – Sun Dipped (for summer), Sugar Glow (for winter), and Moon Child (for trips to outer space).

Highlighting palettes can be hit or miss. It’s unlikely that all 4 shades in one palette will be winners for your unique skin tone and coloring – but with a great formula, and the right eye or lip look, I find the Anastasia highlighters to be truly versatile.

I’ve gotten wear out of almost all the shades in the Sun Dipped and Sugar Glow palettes. The Moon Child palette is obviously not for every day but I love it for a creative weekend look.

Anastasia Highlighter Palettes

Sun Dipped

Anastasia Sun Dipped

As you can see, the darkest shade, (“Bronzed”), in this palette is too dark for my skin tone but I’ve worn it as an eyeshadow and loved it for a shimmery “halo” eye look. The lavender tones in “Tourmaline” might look off-putting but I actually find this shade to be surprisingly wearable. I could envision this shade working beautifully on darker skin tones as well.

And of course, “Summer” and “Moonstone” are your classic gold and pink highlighters respectively. No highlighter palette would be complete without one gold and one pink, am I right?

Sugar Glow

Anastasia Sugar Glow

Literally, every single shade in this palette is a winner for me. There’s not a bad one in the bunch. Marshmallow is like a step lighter than your classic champagne highlighter – a pale white/gold shimmer. Butterscotch and Gumdrop are similar, but Gumdrop is just a hair darker and pinker. I wear “Starburst” as a blush more than anything, but like all Anastasia highlighters, it definitely adds some serious glow so use with caution.

Moon Child

Anastasia Moon Child

I’m not even going to try to pretend that this palette is wearable. This one is for the true makeup lovers or people who want to try some unexpected colors.

The two purple highlights are sooooo on-trend right now (Pantone’s color of the year is Ultra Violet after all…) and worn on the eyes or cheekbones, these shades give an instant inter-galactic glow.

The green shade, “Lucky Clover,” looks scary in the pan, but actually looks pretty golden on me. A quick google image and you can see that it looks pretty golden on others as well.

I love wearing “blue ice” with a cool red lipstick or pairing the silver shimmer of “Star” with berry tones.

“Pink Heart” is obviously the most wearable of the bunch but if you’re looking for a wearable highlighter palette, I’d definitely recommend either Sun Dipped or Sugar Glow over this one.

The Gist

Overall, Anastasia’s highlighters are amazing quality. I’d definitely put them in the same category as Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors for their pigmentation and glow power. If you prefer a more subtle highlight, these probably aren’t for you.

Have you tried any of the Anastasia highlighters? What are your favorite highlighters? Would love some drugstore recommendations.

Glow on, lovelies!

 

In case you haven’t noticed, unicorns have been having a bit of a “moment” lately. From (disgusting) Starbucks drinks to rainbow-hued makeup – this mystical creature of yore is making a  major comeback. This Wet n’ Wild Rainbow Highlighter is from the unicorn collection that the brand released last year. I missed out on that one, but this baby is still on sale at Ulta.

Shockingly, I find this highlighter to be very wearable despite its ethereal, fantasy vibe. It’s not the most pigmented highlighter ever but definitely more pigmented and sparkly than Glossier Haloscope, (a good example of a natural, everyday highlight).

Shades + Swatches

Wet n' Wild Everlasting Glow Highlighter

Wet n' Wild Everlasting Glow Highlighter

As you can see from the swatch above, it’s very sheer and blends seamlessly into my fair skin tone. This picture was taken in natural light, so you can actually see the sparkle.

I only bought one shade “Everlasting Glow” but it also comes in Unicorn Glow (a bolder rainbow), and Bronzed Glow which looks like a typical bronzey highlight.

Wet n' Wild Rainbow Highlighters

Photo Credit: Bustle

Price

This budget baby retails for only $5.99 and is definitely worth the coin if you’re a highlighter junkie like me. The packaging could be better. It’s pretty basic with a clear plastic lid (no mirror), but to be honest, I don’t usually take my highlighters on-the-go with me during the day so I don’t mind that.

Formula

Formula-wise, it doesn’t wear as long as a more expensive highlighter like Becca or Anastasia but will definitely take you through a typical 8-hour workday with minimal fading. It looks a little powdery when it’s first applied but once it settles in, the natural oils on your skin dissolve any powder particles and leave a lit-from-within glow.

The Gist

In two words – “worth it.” The idea of a rainbow highlighter is so genius that I’m surprised I haven’t seen it before from other brands. I never expect a drugstore or budget beauty brand to lead the way in terms of innovative beauty trends, so I applaud Wet n’ Wild for this one. It makes me want to try more from them.

What are your favorite Wet n’ Wild products? This is the first thing I’ve tried from them since I was a teenager so I’m curious what Wet n’ Wild products everyone else loves.

Comment below, unicorns!