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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #401

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Each week, we share our beauty hauls, talk weekend plans and learn a little about each other.

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  • Haul: Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives, Bite Lipsticks, Sephora Highlighting Blushes
  • Weekend plans: Stay cool, haha! I have a massage scheduled for later today but plan to spend most of the morning and afternoon photographig/swatching.
  • How often do you travel?: Only a few times a year, usually to see family!

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Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

01/05

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

Gold (300)

Maybelline Gold (300) Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and fine pearl. This shade had the finest shimmer of the three released, which made for a better all-over glow product as it did not look like distinctive particles scattered over the skin and yielded a luminous sheen instead.

The formula is supposed to have a “micro-pearl liquid” texture that can be used “alone, [mixed] with primer, [mixed] with foundation, or [as a] spotlight” on the face. It had a lightweight, thin texture that felt more emollient compared to the other two shades in the formula, which made it work better for mixing in with base products but more prone to being rather sheer when patted onto the high points of the face as a standalone highlighter. It had semi-sheer coverage, which did not build up well. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me alone.

Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter Gold (300)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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NYX Sweet Pink, Street Cred, Angel Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick

Sweet Pink

NYX Sweet Pink Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a dark magenta pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good color coverage, though it was not quite opaque, that applied evenly across the lips and did not drag. The texture felt thinner but was still creamy enough to be comfortable on. There was slight color that pulled into my deeper lip lines. It wore well for five hours and a left a stain behind with the formula being slightly drying.

The Matte Lipstick is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “velvety, non-glossy” finish. In general, the formula has semi-opaque to opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that glides on without tugging but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the lipstick won’t slide around while worn. The formula varied from non-drying to moderately drying with wear times that ranged from four to over six hours (deeper, reddish shades lasted quite long). It has a mint scent and no discernible taste. I noticed that the packaging had a tendency to twist up the lipstick too easily (even barely holding it) and sometimes would twist down as I would apply it directly from the tube.

NYX Matte Lipstick Sweet Pink
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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