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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #406

Happy Friday!

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

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  • Haul: They’re not here yet, but hopefully today or by Monday… Ciate Lipsticks, Guerlain Lipsticks, Le Labo Santal 33 & City Discovery Set, Dose of Colors Desi x Katy
  • Weekend plans: I’m still extremely behind on everything re: the blog, so that’s all – I’m not allowed to do anything fun until I work through some things on my list.
  • What’s your favorite animal?: Camels! I love Mellan more than any animal,
    period, and while I love dogs, camels have my heart!

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Anastasia Staunch, Spice, Kiss Matte Lipsticks

01/07

Anastasia Staunch Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Staunch Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Staunch Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Staunch Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Staunch Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Staunch Matte Lipstick

Anastasia Staunch Matte Lipstick

Staunch

Anastasia Staunch Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was good, though it was not opaque in a single layer. The texture was lightweight, creamier than other shades in the range but still a firmer, denser formula that tugged on the lips as I applied it. Luckily, the coverage remained even, despite the tugging, and it was comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted as the formula wasn’t drying.

The formula is supposed to have “full-pigment” with a “smooth, ultra-matte finish.” Since the description was a little light, I also watched the brand’s video, where the formula is also supposed to be comfortable to apply and not settle in lip lines. The best aspects of the formula are how lightweight it felt on–almost like nothing on, so despite being more matte and denser, not heavy or clingy–and that most shades have been non-drying (so far).

There has been some transfer, and the finish is mostly matte but not “ultra-matte” (certainly not as flat or matte as their liquid lipsticks, as an example). Some shades have emphasized my lip lines from a texture standpoint or due to color settling into them, but it depended on the shade. The wear has ranged from four and a half hours to eight hours, and some of the richer shades can survive a moderate meal and definitely drinking coffee. I found the texture to be the drawback; the lipstick is incredibly firm and dense with little to creaminess, which resulted in an application that tugged and pulled on the lips. It was also the type of texture that caught on flakes, so regular exfoliation is key. There were a few shades that were creamier and thicker on the lips, which were more comfortable to apply, but the majority were quite firm. (They also did not get softer with use.)

Anastasia Matte Lipstick Staunch
Staunch
Staunch
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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B+

Spice

Permanent
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B+

Kiss

Permanent
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Kat Von D Reverb & Satellite Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipsticks

01/08

Kat Von D Reverb Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Reverb Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Reverb Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Reverb Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Reverb Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Reverb Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Reverb Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Reverb Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick

Reverb

Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, cobalt blue with lighter blue and medium blue sparkle. This was one of the most pigmented shades in the line-up on its own–it was semi-opaque and had a very strong, deep stain that made it appear more opaque than it actually was. The texture was thin, almost watery as it applied, but it spread evenly across the lips and distributed both color and sparkle well. It managed to make it through a solid eight hours intact (one meal, two drinks) and then started to fade more noticeably from the center of my lips after a second meal.

After 14 hours of wear, I went to brush my teeth, and I typically rinse out by putting my hands together and gather water that way, and this resulted in all of the color running down my face like I was a living canvas of watercolor. There was minimal transfer during the day, and I didn’t notice any transfer on my glasses, but when I pressed my lips against the back of my hand or a napkin, more color came away. It started to feel a bit drying after eight hours of wear. When I removed it, there was still a residual stain that persisted for another 24 hours despite some vigorous scrubbing/removal–the reason I kept trying to get it off was that it had stained unevenly a bluish purple that ran in a horizontal line across my lips and then in large patches.

The formula is supposed to have “24-hour wear” with a “liquid stain base” that “feels like nothing” on the lips that can be worn “on its own” or layered “as a veil” over another lip color. There’s a lot to like about the formula, and I think as far as the concept of “lip toppers” go, it offers the versatility of actually being easy enough to apply to wear on its own but still be useful layered over other products for a shimmering effect. The doe-foot applicator worked well with the formula, as it spread the color and sparkly bits across the lips quite evenly. The coverage ranged from shade to shade with most having medium, buildable coverage in a single layer, which was in line with the description. They dried down and were transfer-resistant (until eating/drinking/licking of lips) but still had a great shimmering effect that made them look wet, even when they dried. They were more comfortable to wear than I anticipated–lightweight and just a little drying.

One of the bigger downsides is that it’s not going to wear 24 hours. Just about every single shade (all but Thunderstruck) stained my lips intensely, which helped prolong the wear, but the product breaks down with water, just plain water, and of course, it is removable by a slew of removers, including oil which one might encounter during a meal. I found deeper shades stained well but removed unevenly and left behind stained lines and patches on my lips that did not dissipate for almost 24-hours post wear. I didn’t notice that the lip color did not take well to water initially, as I didn’t see any transfer on my glasses, but when I rinsed after I brushed my teeth (where I cup water in my hands, so less elegant than drinking from a glass), I had lip color running like crazy.

This led me to pay even more attention the next time I wore the formula, and sure enough, color lifted with just a sip of water and transferred onto things like paper (but not glassware) and the back of my hand. Some shades made it through meals better than others with the worst offenders lifting more noticeably from the center of the lips. The formula survives some eating and drinking, but the more you drink, the less it survives, and even careful eating/drinking yielded noticeably faded wear between eight and twelve hours of wear. I don’t think a brand would advocate 24-hour wear but expect you not to eat, drink, or even brush your teeth! I would consider it long-wearing in the grand scheme of things with solid six to ten hour wear depending on the shade. They do stain significantly less when layered over something like the brand’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks but can seep through more emollient lipstick formulas. I actually liked the formula quite a bit, but the 24-hour claim was specific.

Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick Reverb
Reverb
Reverb
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

Also In This Review

C+

Best “Nude” Lipstick for Your Skintone | Top 10 & Share Your Recommendations

Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown Luxe Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown Luxe Lip Color

Today, I’m asking for your go-to, “nude” lipsticks (specific shades, please!). If you’re a long-time reader, you know that I’m not keen on the term “nude,” hence the quotes, as it too often means light beige, when it should really mean flesh-toned, which can come in assortment of shades! I can’t wait to see your recommendations so I can breakdown the results in a post later on by skin tone. 

The 10 most recommended “nude” lipsticks are listed below, and the list will automatically update as more recommendations are made!

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10 Most Recommended “Nude” Lipsticks

Aquarius
Colour Pop
Lippie Stix
PPermanent. $5.00/0.04 oz.
+9 Recommendations Recommend
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MAC Prissy Princess MAC Girls Personality Palette

01/07

MAC Prissy Princess MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Prissy Princess MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Prissy Princess MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Prissy Princess MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Prissy Princess MAC Girls Personality Palette

MAC Prissy Princess Palette | Look Details

MAC Prissy Princess Palette | Look Details

Prissy Princess

MAC Prissy Princess MAC Girls Personality Palette ($39.50 for TBA oz.) is a set lighter neutrals with one darker neutral that runs more neutral-to-warm than very-warm-toned. For someone who prefers lighter neutrals that are buildable and likely uses primer regularly, it might be worth considering, but with a sea of neutral palettes to choose from, there are many others of higher quality.

The palette features a new eyeshadow formula with four finishes–Satin Shine, Smooth Pearl, Foiled Shadow, and Creamy Matte–that are supposed to have a “creamy, silky texture with superior colour payoff” along with a powder highlighter that’s described as “lightweight” and has “just the right amount of pearl and pop.”

Overall, the formula isn’t night and day from the brand’s standard powder eyeshadow (and did not seem like they reinvented powder eyeshadow!), but it was noticeably softer, more finely-milled, and the Foiled finishes were denser and very sparkly–almost like an amped up take on their Lustre eyeshadows. The Creamy Matte finish seemed to have more pigmentation and blendability than of the brand’s firmer mattes have had. Unfortunately, the quality of each shade varied enough that it was not a slam dunk formulation, but I liked the direction of the formula but would like to see better consistency.

MAC MAC Girls Personality Palette Prissy Princess
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

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