ColourPop Brills & Fetch Lippie Stix

ColourPop Brills Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “true cool toned lavender [with a satin finish].” It’s a light-medium pink lavender with cool undertones and a satin finish–it’s pretty much exactly as described. The consistency was lightly creamy with enough slip that it glided over lips without tugging or dragging, and it was comfortable to both wear and apply. I didn’t have any issues getting a smoother, even edge when applying directly from the tube either. It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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ColourPop Brills Lippie Stix
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Brills
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9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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ColourPop Get Lucky, La La, Eve, Mittens Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “liquid-like true gold.” It’s a medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had very good color payoff that went on smoothly and was easy to work with on the lid as it blended beautifully. The color didn’t show any signs of creasing after ten hours of wear. LORAC Unlimited (P) is brighter. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #3 (LE) is a powder. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is a powder. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P, $16.00) is less yellow, powder. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter, powder. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is darker, powder. MAC Unwind (P, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is lighter, powder. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Get Lucky
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9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
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98%
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Top 10 of 2014: Best Budget-Friendly Blushes

It really shouldn’t be a surprise to see so many of Makeup Geek’s blushes on this list, because from the first one I tried to the last, they were stellar. They really nailed the formula; it’s not just good for the money, but it’s a fantastic powder blush, period. The texture was soft without being powdery or chalky. While many categories at the drugstore are comparable to high-end products, blushes and highlighters are an area that I find tends to miss, so I’m thrilled to see Makeup Geek enter the space and do budget blush justice (and then some). I really hope to see more shades next year!  I’ll be studying your favorite finds this year for products to make note to review in 2015!

What were your favorite budget-friendly cheek products this year?

Top 10 of 2014: Best Budget-Friendly Eyeshadows & Eyeliners

I feel like this was the year of the eyeliner when it came to choosing my favorite budget-friendly eye products. It was hard not to make a list just for eyeliners, because there were so many amazing shades to choose from!

What were your favorite budget-friendly eyeshadows and eyeliners this year?

ColourPop Grind, Leather, Wet Lippie Stix

ColourPop Grind Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “vivid blue violet in a matte finish.” It’s a bold, brightened violet purple with magenta tones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightweight consistency that was just creamy enough not to be stiff or drag on the lips, but it doesn’t glide on effortlessly. The color wears like iron–lasting at least as long as six hours–but is a little drying towards the last two hours. I would highly recommend making sure your lips are smooth prior to applying this, as it may catch on imperfections. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is more magenta. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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ColourPop Grind Lippie Stix
Colour Pop Lippie Stix Grind
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8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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ColourPop Girly, Eye Candy, Dasher, Envy, Cricket Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, pigmented, blendable cream-powder hybrid eyeshadow. Overall, this is true of my experience with the formula in general, though some shades could be slightly more pigmented and some of the more glittery shades are prone to fall out (both during application as well as when worn, but primarily during application). I’m most impressed by the long-wear I get from the formula, which tops in at ten hours without fading or creasing with most shades. You can use fingertips to apply, but I’ve found natural or synthetic brushes to work quite well with the majority of shades (though there are a few that brushes don’t work well with, noted as I discover them). Here are reviews for five more:

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ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow Girly
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9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
92%
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