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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #398

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  • Haul: A silicone brush cleaning mat (a random one from Amazon) — curious to see how well it works.
  • Weekend plans: My parents will be visiting in July, so I need to tidy up some of the areas that I let get messy (mostly the front hall where packages arrive and get emptied).
  • What was the last book you read?: I think the first Harry Potter… and I don’t think I actually finished it.

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Sneak Peek: Huda Beauty Lip Strobe Photos & Swatches

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe
Huda Beauty Lip Strobe

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe ($18.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a new lipgloss that launched yesterday through the brand as well as on Cult Beauty but will launch on Sephora on June 29th. There are 12 shades available, and the formula ranges “from sheer to full coverage” and can be worn alone or layered on top of other products. Here are swatches…

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe

Hmm, good skincare is worth splurging on, but there are effective products at lower price points, too – but if what worked for my skin was $100, I wouldn’t compromise on it just to save money (I’d cut back elsewhere) unless I absolutely could not afford it, of course. I like natural hair brushes, and it is hard to get quality natural hair at a lower price point (the material just costs more), so I think I could safely say I wouldn’t skimp there. (If I wanted more affordable brushes, I would opt for synthetics.)

— Christine

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NYX Whipped Caviar, Sierra, Shy Matte Lipsticks

01/06

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick

Whipped Caviar

NYX Whipped Caviar Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was smooth, creamy without being too slippery so it adhered well to the lips evenly. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and lasted for four and a half hours. The formula was comfortable to wear and neither drying nor hydrating.

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 Whipped Caviar
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color Topcoats

01/07

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat

Cyber Opal

Kevyn Aucoin Cyber Opal The Molten Lip Color Topcoat ($30.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a pale, pinkish white with fine pink and lavender pearl that shifts from pink to peachy-gold. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer. The gloss had a really milky quality to it, which made it prone to noticeable settling into every lip line I had, though the moderate shine and fine pearl helped distract from it when viewed at a normal distance. The consistency was light-medium in thickness–thicker than the average gloss but not goopy–with a slightly tacky texture. It was one of the lighter-weight glosses that have come out in the metallic finish lately.

The formula is described as a “comfortable long-wearing topcoat that compliments any lipstick color” that can “also be worn alone.” It lasted for four hours on me, which wasn’t terrible but not beyond the average gloss. The lipgloss did feel comfortable on as it was moderately hydrating. I would recommend dabbing it onto the center of lips over another lip color but using far less than a single pull of product as the base is too opaque and white-based to work well over a lot of other products (causes them to streak or become uneven and dramatically alters the color).

Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color Topcoat Cyber Opal
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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