So far, 2018 has been the year of the liquid lipstick for me. Although it’s a product trend that’s been around for a few years, I guess I’m somewhat of a lipstick traditionalist. And to be honest, it takes awhile to master the perfect liquid lip.

But the new Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Inks are probably the best long wear liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried from the drugstore, and competes with some of the higher end formulas that cost twice as much. Plus, the pointy tip applicator makes it easy to get the perfect shape.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Applicator

Let’s dive in!

Formula

DANG these suckers are hard to get off. Even as I was doing the swatches, I had to really scrub and use a combination of coconut oil and makeup wipes.

On the lips, these are just as long-wearing, albeit a tad drying. They go on in thin, ultra-pigmented layers and have a smooth, paint-like texture. They dry fast and once they do – they’re staying on for the long haul.

The only downside of the formula is that they’re pretty drying so they may emphasize lines and cracks in your lips. Just make sure you prep your lips beforehand – scrub, balm, and tissue off. I do this before applying any liquid lipstick.

I don’t find that they flake or go patchy throughout the day which is a huge win.

Because they are so drying, they aren’t the most comfortable to wear but I’m no stranger to the feeling of “lipstick on” that I don’t mind it.

Overall, the formula does what it says. It’s matte, it has crazy long staying power, and is pigmented and smooth kinda like ink.

Shades

These babies come in 20 shades – 10 from the original collection and 10 from the new “un-nude” collection. The “Un-Nude” range may have a confusing name but basically includes a spectrum from truly natural nudes to a deep dark brown. It also includes a gorgeous lilac, purple, and grey. I think the purple and lilac shades stretch the definition of “nude” but since this collection is titled “UN-Nude” I suppose they can get away with it.

Although I love the names, the idea isn’t exactly original. The Girl Lip Stylo by Hourglass have very similar names, even some of the same names (Visionary, Creator, Protector). I’m not sure how companies get away with that but I like the names so I’m still buyin’.

But I digress…I have 4 shades (and counting) – 3 from the un-nude collection and 1 from the original collection.

Creator

Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink in Creator

Visionary

Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink in Visionary

Amazonian

Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink in Amazonian

Ruler

Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink in Ruler

Price

At $9.49 a pop, these are definitely worth the coin. Let’s compare. The Anastasia liquid lipsticks clock in at $20. Same for my high-end faves – Kat Von D. Kylie’s matte liquid lipsticks are $17.

At the budget end of the spectrum, ColourPop’s liquid lippies are only $6.50. NYX soft matte lip creams will run you $6.49.

If you purchase these at Ulta, there’s a good chance you can pick them up with a bogo 50% promo. These are so popular that many are out of stock right now but between Ulta and Target, I was able to get my hands on the shades I wanted.

I find these to be more long-wearing than Nyx and Anastasia’s liquid lipsticks. They are more drying but unless you wear them every single day, it’s not too bad.

Overall

I give these an A- and would definitely recommend. Even if you’re not a lipstick junkie like myself, you’ll find plenty of nude and wearable shades in the range and the little applicator makes them easier to apply than just about any other liquid lippie I’ve ever tried.

Has anyone else out there tried these yet? Comment below with your favorite shade or if you want me to review any other drugstore liquid lips.

Stay fabulous all you visionaries, creators, rulers and amazonians. <3

 

 

 

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I love discovering new makeup brands and ColourPop has been on my radar for a few months. After watching a couple swatch videos and doing some research on formulas, I decided to place an order. Shortly after receiving that order, I placed another one. And then another one. Yikes.

I think I have a ColourPop problem. Unlike Sephora or Ulta, ColourPop does not take returns. Therefore, I basically tried their different formulas in segments – waiting until there was a sale or a new product – and then trying each formula at a time. Hence the multiple shipments.

Anyway, this month has been the MONTH OF COLOURPOP and I’ve been loving playing all these new products every day. I’m going to do some separate posts to dive into each of the shades a little further, but to start, I wanted to give you guys my first impression of the brand and products I tried.

Drumroll please…

ColourPop Haul

The Brand + Background

I feel like ColourPop was a brand created for someone like me. It’s whimsical and cute, while still being relatively inexpensive and on-trend. I did some research on the brand itself and found that it shares a factory with Kylie Cosmetics. Some people have compared the formulas but personally, I think they’re pretty different. 

Just as stores like Zara and H&M are “fast fashion” – delivering runway-inspired trends to the masses – ColourPop is a “fast makeup” model. Which explains why shades are constantly going out of stock and being replaced.

ColourPop is TRENDY. Are you looking for a galactic ultraviolet highlighter? They have twenty. Want a grungy matte lip? Yep, they got ’em. Warm red eyeshadow palettes? YES. Whatever your jam may be, ColourPop makes sure to stay on top of what’s trending in the makeup world.

The brand does not sell any foundations (foundations are boring) but excels in lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes, and highlighters. All my favorites.

It’s also worth noting to check out the awesome collabs that ColourPop does with “it girls,” youtubers, and other brands. I’m currently lusting over the Karreuche collab as well as the My Little Pony collection.

The Products (Prices + Quality)
Super Shock Eyeshadows ($5.00)
ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

From top to bottom: Frog, Twitterpated, Set to Stun, Revolution, Muse, Lightning Bug

I’m obsessed with these eyeshadows! Creamy, but not greasy, plush little pots of glimmering magic. I don’t know how else to describe them, but they are just gorgeous. On my slightly oily eyelids, they last about 6 hours. If you want them to last longer, I’d suggest using a primer. I’m trying to stop myself from buying every single one. HOLD ME BACK!

These eyeshadows come in Mattes, Satins, Metallics, and Ultra Glitters. Most of the ones I have are glitters but I have a couple metallics as well. I’d recommend both formulas but can’t speak to the matte or satin shades.

Super Shock Highlighters ($8.00)
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek

From top to bottom: Teasecake, Wisp, Flexitarian, Rocket Science, Over The Moon, Spellbound

These are similar to the super shock eyeshadows above, but instead of glitter, most of them are iridescent. I really enjoy using these, and have been reaching for them as my everyday highlighter of choice. Their shades range from the everyday glowy, champagne shades (“Flexitarian” or “Wisp”) to more trendy ultra-violet shades (“Rocket Science”, “Over the Moon”, “Spellbound”).

Beware that some of the shades are glittery like “Spellbound” and “Over the Moon”. Read the description on ColourPop’s website to be sure of what you’re getting and make sure to scroll through the images to check out all their swatches.

Pressed Powder Highlighter ($8.00)

ColourPop Here Kitty Kitty Highlighter

I only bought one shade of the pressed powder highlighters and again, I was sold by the name. “Here, Kitty Kitty” is a beautiful pale, neutral, gold highlighter that would probably work on most skin tones.

Note that these highlighters are sold as pans. The compact is an add-on. Make sure you select the compact option if you’re only buying 1. The pans on their own are $7.

If you’re trying to decide between the Super Shock Cream Highlighters and these pressed powder ones – I would say it just depends on your preference. I like to switch back and forth between the two formulas based on whatever I’m in the mood for that day.

The pressed powder version seems to last a little longer but they’re both great formulas that will take you through a work day or night out without issue.

Yes, Please Eyeshadow Palette (Cute AF) ($16.00)

ColourPop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette

This is the palette that started my obsession with ColourPop. I first saw it on Beauty with Mi and she looked so awesomely dope in the yellow eyeshadow. Given that I’m somewhat similar in coloring to her, I decided to give it a go. It’s definitely not the most flattering shade on me but I love it for something different.

In terms of formula, this palette features 12 eyeshadow of varying formulas including 7 totally matte shades. You’ll definitely find everything you need in this palette to create a complete eye look. I love that ColourPop did their own take on a typical “warm brown eyeshadow palette” and threw in that funky bright yellow and gold. It’s one of those makeup products that just makes you feel happy when you use it.

The shadows don’t have the best longevity on my oily eyelids but without a primer will last around 5 or 6 hours without creasing. I use these with a MAC paint pot as a base.

Pretty Much Eyeshadow Palette ($12.00)

ColourPop Pretty Much Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette is super pigmented and the shades complement each other beautifully. Like the Yes, Please palette, they crease on me before the workday is over but nothing a little primer can’t fix. At $12 a pop, these shadows are definitely worth it. Trust me, you can’t find shades and pigment like this in any eyeshadow palette at the drugstore.

In terms of wearability, other than the metallic ultraviolet shade in the top center of the palette, all the colors are fairly neutral and wearable. The palette includes 3 matte shades, 2 metallics, and 1 of what ColourPop calls a “dimensional pearl.”  I’d basically just refer to it as a frost formula.

Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00)
ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip

Charming (top), Moonchild (bottom)

Lip gloss is making a comeback. I’m trying to fight it but I’ve started to reach for glosses for the gym, “no makeup” days, and running errands. My first ultra glossy lip from ColourPop came in the “You’re a Gem” trio. “Charming” is a true champagne color but sheer enough to work on most.

After falling in love with the moisturizing formula, I picked up “Moonchild.” I mainly bought it for the name – I’m a sucker for anything celestially themed. Moonchild is a sort of taupe/peach hybrid. I normally don’t go peachy with my lip colors but this one is sheer and neutral enough to work.

Both of the ultra glossy lip glosses I bought have a slight shimmer to them. I’m not sure if all the ColourPop glosses do, but keep that in mind. If you don’t like shimmer, you may not like them. That being said, it’s pretty understated. You could easily wear it to work.

Ultra Satin Lip ($6.50)

These are the lippies that reignited my love for liquid lipsticks. Smooth, easy to apply, and semi-matte in formula without the super drying feel of a matte liquid lipstick. The shades are amazing, super pigmented, and long wearing. I’m obsessed with these and have been having a blast wearing them over the last week or so.

Ultra Matte Lip ($6.50)
LUX Lipsticks ($7.00)

The fact that these lipsticks are only $7 is SHOCKING. First off, the packaging lives up to the name. It’s LUX. It feels heavy and the gold tube with decorative stars is sophisticated with a touch of cute. The formula itself is somewhere between satin and matte and feels heavenly on the lips. They aren’t drying at all and fade evenly in case you get to reapply after a meal. I’m sold on these babies. I’m curious to see if ColourPop comes out with more shades since this is a new formula for them.

Matte Lippie Stix ($5.50)

These matte lippies are definitely matte. They come in a thin tube with a rounded tip which makes them a little trickier to apply than your average pointed tip bullet but still easier than your average liquid lip. The formula feels super waxy and thick but is matte without drying. They sort of remind me of a more pigmented version of the E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors. Those were basically sheer so I definitely prefer these. That being said, that waxy feel isn’t my favorite.

Pros + Cons
Pros:

1. Trendy shades with fun names like “Twitterpated,” “Lightning Bug,” “Snowfleek,” and “Over The Moon.”

2. Awesome quality products (for the most part) for super low prices.

3. Frequent sales. I saw a 40% off promo come through during the holidays. Sign up for their emails and wait for a sale if you want a deal.

4. Unique formulas and finishes – the bouncy, cushion feel of their super shock products is one I haven’t seen elsewhere. Their finishes include glitter, metallic and satin formulas that feel luxurious enough to be 4 times their price.

5. 100% Cruelty-Free. Unlike some of the bigger brands out there, ColourPop does not do ANY testing on animals and has many entirely vegan formulas. To learn more about it, and to see a complete list of vegan ColourPop products, check out this handy blog post from Cruelty-Free Kitty.

Cons:

1. Shipping time. Each order takes up to 5 business days to process and for me, since I live on the East Coast, about another 5 days to ship. Expect to wait two weeks after ordering.

2. Colors go out of stock quite frequently. I noticed when I was doing my research that a lot of popular shades from the past are either out of stock or discontinued. I suspect that this is attributed to their “fast fashion” makeup model.

Although “fast fashion” is a concept that works great for clothing – an item that is not consumable – it doesn’t work great for makeup if you ever want to re-order a favorite. I don’t mind this too much since I love trying new products. Plus, it does seem like they have a few core shades in each line that have never been discontinued so there’s still hope.

The Gist

If you’re a makeup enthusiast or collector like me, you’ll love ColourPop. Their reasonable prices and frequent sales make it easy to pick up a lot of products for a low price. The formulas and packaging are great quality for the price and the shades are so on-trend.

If you’re someone who likes basic makeup, or just sticks to bare bones classics, ColourPop probably won’t tickle your fancy. Try something like MAC, NARS, or Bobbi Brown – brands that excel at foundations and other makeup bag basics.

But if you want to have some fun, try ColourPop. I can’t wait to see what collections the brand comes out with next!

Have you tried ColourPop? Comment below with your favorite products and shades!

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.

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!