Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks

Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) come in ten shades for spring, nine of which I bought locally and have some swatches to share with you while I work on testing them. (I’m missing Orchid Ecstasy, which I’ve ordered but hasn’t arrived yet). Reviews to come :)

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Sunday, January 4th, 2015

ColourPop Button Lippie Stix
ColourPop Button Lippie Stix

ColourPop Button Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “pale creamy peach nude [with a satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, pink-tinged peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that didn’t tug or drag on the lips but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the color wears a little longer for me (almost five hours). It was neither drying nor hydrating. The formula seems thin enough to me that if you have drier lips, it may catch on flakes/imperfections so you may want to consider prepping lips prior to applying this. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is a smidgen lighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is browner. Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is a touch pinker, more muted. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Rocket Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “soft bright pinky coral [with a satin finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It was thicker and more emollient than other shades I’ve tried with a “satin finish,” but it had the full color coverage you’d expect from it. It applied easily as it glided over lips without dragging, and it covered evenly. On me, this shade wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Patrick (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more muted. Bite Beauty Tatin (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is darker. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is more muted. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Flamingo (LE, $12.50) is cooler-toned. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is darker, glossier. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for oz.) is a new formula for spring that’s supposed to have rich color with “brilliant iridescent shine.” I bought seven at my local drugstore (they were missing one, which I ordered online last week, but I don’t have it yet!). I also bought several of the spring lipstick shades, and I hope to share a sneak peek of those tomorrow :) Full reviews to come!

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Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Brills Lippie Stix
ColourPop Brills 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.

ColourPop Fetch Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “perfect mid-tone warm pink [with a satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink with very subtle warm tones. It almost looks cool-toned on me at times. It had full color coverage and went on evenly, though the texture was drier than Brills so I found it a little drying at the end of wear. The texture of the product doesn’t feel dry or stiff, so there’s no dragging during application. All in all, the color wore well for four and a half hours. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Pinkfringe (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is warmer. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow

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.

ColourPop La La Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true rose gold [with an Ultra Metallic finish].” It’s a muted, coppery-brown with a hint of pink and a frosted, metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, and it was easily applied with a brush or fingertip (whichever method you prefer, really, as the results were the same either way). I wore it for ten hours, and it still looked immaculate after that time period. It is part of the Down With Decorum six-piece set. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is darker. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is a powder. Stila Affection (P) is browner, powder. Makeup Geek Roulette (LE, $5.99) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. LORAC Unbelievable (P) is more muted, powder. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is a powder. Guerlain Les Fauves #4 (LE) is a powder. bareMinerals Imagine (P) is less copper, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Eve Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “dirty antique gold [with an Ultra Metallic finish].” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with a golden sheen. The color payoff was excellent with rich, full color coverage. The consistency was blendable, smooth, and applied beautifully to the skin, while the color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. It is part of the Down With Decorum six-piece set. Burberry Gold #2 (LE) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is a powder. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is warmer, powder. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is less golden, powder. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is less khaki, powder. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is powder. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is less khaki, powder. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is a powder. MAC Romp (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Mittens Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep warm brown [with a matte finish].” It’s a dark, burgundy-brown with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff that was easy to blend, but it is more prone to sheering out compared to the other shades featured in this review. It was easy to blend and work into the crease, though, so it is also forgiving. Once on, the color stayed on well for ten hours. This was a limited edition holiday set that was just released on its own as part of the matte collection. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE) is browner, powder. Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is much darker, powder. Make Up For Ever M608 Red Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $5.99) is redder, powder. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $15.00) is a powder. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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?