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5 Beautiful Budget-Friendly Red Lipsticks

You don’t have to splash out lots of your budget to get a beautiful red lip color! Here are a few of my more wallet-friendly favorites:

  1. Revlon Provocateur — a warm, brightened red
  2. Maybelline On Fire Red — a bold, bright red
  3. Milani Cherry Crave — a shimmery red
  4. Maybelline Very Cherry — a classic red with a matte finish
  5. NYX Chic Red — a strong, blue-based red

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Milani Bella Mandarin, Bella Gold, Bella Rouge Gel Powder Eyeshadows

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a softened orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had great color payoff both dry and damp, and it applied easily without sheering out on the eye. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. Colour Pop Play (P, $5.00) is lighter, cream. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is more matte. Anastasia Fresh Peach (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Apricot (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is yellower, lighter. Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter. Sephora Collection Rio (91) (P, $13.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is similar. Inglot #123R Top (P, $6.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a rich, molten orange gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It was semi-opaque applied dry, but it was prone to sheering out due to the slightly powdery texture. When I tried it with a dampened brush, the pigmentation was opaque, and the product itself was a lot easier to work with as it applied as a thicker, denser layer. It wore well for eight hours. LORAC Unlimited (P) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #3 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Summerfly (P) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is more orange. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff but was drier to use, while applied damp, it was fully opaque and smoother. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Tease with Ease (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Decora (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Bella Mandarin (27)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Bella Gold (22)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Bella Rouge (19)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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5 Creamy, Red Lipglosses for the Holidays

‘Tis the season for red lips–or at least, that’s often how it feels–so how about a top five of creamy, glossy reds? (For this one, I specifically wanted to highlight shimmer-free shades.) What are your must-haved reds?

  1. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) — medium, blue-based red
  2. Laura Mercier Poppy — a bold,, medium red with orange undertones
  3. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, neutral red
  4. Maybelline Signature Scarlet — a warm red
  5. MAC Russian Red — a blue-based red cream

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5 Beautiful Fuchsia Lipsticks Under $10

You don’t have to spend a lot to add a really great fuchsia lipstick to your stash! Here are a few of my favorites 🙂 I’d love to hear yours!

  1. Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd — a gold-shimmered fuchsia pink
  2. Revlon Lollipop — a glossy fuchsia pink
  3. NYX Pink Lyric — a pop of muted fuchsia pink
  4. Milani Violet Volt — a metallic fuchsia-magenta
  5. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash — a bright, luminous fuchsia

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5 Red & Plum Lipglosses to Try for Fall

Here are five fun shades that might be worth checking out this fall in various shades of red and plum! I’d love to hear about your go-to glosses for fall! 🙂

  1. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — a cool-toned, dusty pink-plum
  2. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, warm red
  3. Hourglass Siren — a rich, metallic red
  4. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby — a blackened red with gold sparkle
  5. NARS Baroque — a plum with gold shimmer

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5 Blushes to Try for Dark Skin Tones

Here are five blushes worth considering for darker skin tones! Again, this is a short and sweet list but is by no means exhaustive; I tried to include a variety of colors, finishes, and undertones, but just because you don’t see a blush listed here doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work 🙂 I’d love to hear your personal favorites for dark skin tones in the comments!

  1. Milani Bella Rosa — a bright, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a matte finish
  2. NARS Lovejoy — a medium-dark plum with warm, gold shimmer and a soft satin finish
  3. Becca Papaya/Topaz — a gold-shimmered, copper-brown
  4. NARS Taj Mahal — a vibrant tangerine orange with a luminous sheen
  5. Kevyn Aucoin Fira — a rich, orange-red with a matte finish

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