Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain
Makeup Geek Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a new, limited edition formula that’s “highly pigmented that offers effortless, buildable coverage” and “long-lasting.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.
The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick and a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.
Here’s a look at the best performing liquid/cream highlighters over $25, which includes a mix of high-end brands as well as designer/luxury brands. Some of my favorites are CoverFX Rose Gold, Marc Jacobs Dew You CoverFX Celestial, and Kevyn Aucoin Starlight. What are your favorites to indulge in?
Here’s a look at the best performing liquid/cream highlighters for under $25! There aren’t quite as many liquid/cream highlighters on the market, so I decided to split the best of lists between under $25 and over $25. Some of my favorites are ColourPop Might Be, ColourPop Spoon, NYX Moonbeam, and NYX Liquid Prism. What are your favorites to indulge in?
MAC Metallic Lips Collection
MAC Metallic Lips Collection is a set of 18 new, limited edition shades available in MAC’s new “Metallic” finish. To me, the finish was often a cross of a Lustre and Frost — glossier, more emollient like a Lustre but with more shimmer like a Frost, while the coverage was a marriage of the two–semi-sheer to medium, somewhat buildable. I think if MAC had marketed these purely for layering, they would have rated better, but they were advertised as “vibrant, intense” and having “rich colour.” Most of the shades were far from intense or rich in color, unfortunately!