As a followup to my last post, this is the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick bundle from TIME Los Angeles. These six liquid lipsticks are warm toned nudes that are sure to make you think of fall colors, as well as a couple of PERFECT reds for the holidays, so it’s fitting that this is called the “Festive” bundle!

This post is going to focus on the individual shades and rundowns for each of them, but if you want more in depth details about the formula, packaging, application, etc, go check out the post for the Cool Spectrum bundle here:

Time Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick Cool Spectrum Bundle

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Top to Bottom:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

Thanks for stopping by and reading! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out any new makeup I’m playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, all of which are lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

Be sure to check out TIME on Instagram and Twitter! You can also go peep miss CEO herself, Ashley Wagner aka @ashleyswagnerxo on Twitter and Instagram or missashwag on YouTube.

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Left to Right:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

If you want to pick these up, you can get them for $16 each or you can buy the whole Festive Bundle for $60. You save $36 by purchasing these as a bundle… If you bought them each individually, it would end up costing you $96! To get these pretty babies, you can head over to www.shoptimela.com.  If you want to save 10% on your order, simply use the code ILOVEASHLEY. And no, I don’t make a penny off of that. That’s the discount code from Ashley Wagner… I’m just trying to save you all some money!

Each liquid lipstick contains 6.3g / 0.22 fl oz of product, which is a lot! If you compare it to most other brands, you’re getting half again to twice as much product in the same size tube that nearly everyone else uses. If you buy these as a bundle, you’re paying about half of what you would for a liquid lipstick from a brand like ABH or MAC (who has a similar, but drier formula). Even when purchased individually, you’re getting a product that’s only a few dollars more than something you’d find in a drugstore, so I’d still consider them a steal!

The formula for these liquid lipsticks is consistent within the bundle and feels like the same awesome quality that the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks in the Cool Spectrum bundle have. They’re very easy to apply and feel lightweight and comfortable to wear. My favorite thing is that this formula isn’t drying like many matte liquid lipsticks are… As I mentioned, they remind me of MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours, but they don’t seem to dry out so much as the day goes on. You don’t have to worry about these fading or wearing off quickly, either, which is great since this bundle is full of bold colors. Wear time is an average of 8 hours but I’ll go into more details about how each lippie wears in the individual rundowns below. Oh and last but not least, these are vegan and cruelty free!

Tip: Be sure to gently exfoliate and moisturize your lips, then blot off any excess lip balm before applying these! If your lips are chapped or have any dry patches, the product can cling to and emphasize that. Also, drink plenty of water! Nothing makes your lips look naturally full and pouty quite like being well hydrated!

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These ended up in an order that’s backwards from how most of the grouped product photos are… Whoops!

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Left to Right:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

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Left to Right:   Crimson, Cranberry, Wine Country, Velvet Rouge, Foliage, Macchiato

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Left to Right:   Macchiato, Foliage, Velvet Rouge, Wine Country, Cranberry, Crimson

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Left to Right:   Macchiato, Foliage, Velvet Rouge, Wine Country, Cranberry, Crimson.        Photograph taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Liquid Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

Macchiato:   On the website, this is described as a “caramel macchiato warm nude shade, perfect for fall! Best suited for fair-dark skin tones”. It’s a medium, warm toned spice infused nude type of color that immediately makes me want a pumpkin spice latte. Call me basic all you want, but that’s what what it brings to mind for me! Once it sets, it has a perfectly matte finish. Macchiato is pretty unique and perfect for fall. It works on nearly any skin tone, though I can imagine this being especially gorgeous on medium dark skin tones. Keep in mind that even if you may not initially see this as your new favorite color, you can play around with liners if you want to tone it down a bit… I’ll list a few of my favorites below!

The texture for Macchiato was buttery without being too thick. It glides on and applies very evenly. What I like about this formula is that it gives you time to blend it out or blend it with another shade or liner before it dries but sets to a beautiful, soft matte finish. You can also layer this if you need to, but that shouldn’t be necessary since Macchiato is very pigmented and has great color payoff. It’s also opaque without having to use much product. I noticed a little fading in the center of the lip after about 5 hours and a few cups of coffee but the edges didn’t begin to fade until hour 6 or 7.

Dupes:   I honestly couldn’t find a dupe for Macchiato… The closest I got was Ashton from Anastasia Beverly Hills but it’s darker and more reddish-brown.

Liners:   There are several liners that you can use with Macchiato that will change it up a bit. The closest in color that I found was MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Etcetera, though it’s still less warm toned. A few nudes and browns that you can use are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Stripdown, Chestnut, Cork, and Hover. If you want a liner that’s warmer toned and has a hint more reddish-brown to it, you can try Spice, Chicory, Auburn, or Mahogany.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Foliage

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Foliage

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Foliage

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Foliage

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Foliage

Foliage:   According to the website, Foliage is “a dark terra-cotta shade inspired by the beautiful changing of the leaves in autumn. Best suited for fair-dark skin tones.” It’s a medium dark, warm toned, bold terra-cotta color with a soft matte finish. Like Macchiato, it works on all skin tones, but you may want to pair it with a liner to switch up the color or tone it down if you aren’t used to colors like this! I admit that I’m used to wearing dark colors, nudes, and reds so this was a little different for me. I didn’t fall in love with Foliage until I put it on with some Chestnut Lip Pencil from MAC and now I can’t get enough of that combo!

Foliage feels liquidy and smooth without being runny, so it applies like a dream! The color payoff is fantastic, though for me, it did look a little darker on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage is full and pretty even, though I did notice a teeny bit of patchiness near the center of my bottom lip. Luckily, that’s an easy fix since you can layer these liquid lipsticks without them pilling up and getting all blotchy! Wear time was around 5 hours before I had any fading in the center of my lip and closer to 8 hours before Foliage began to fall, errrr fade (bad seasonal puns FTW), around the edges of my lips.

Dupes:   This is another unique shade that was very difficult to find a dupe for. The closest liquid lipstick I found was ABH’s Ashton, which is still much more mauve toned.

Liners:   Like Macchiato, you can really play around with liners to play up or tone down this shade. A few of my favorite neutral MAC Lip Pencils to wear with Foliage are Stripdown, Cork, and Chestnut. For something that’s on the warmer side, you can use Hover, Spice, Chicory, or Mahogany.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

Velvet Rouge:   This liquid lipstick is “a soft rouge color inspired by royal velvet from the renaissance era. Best suited for fair-dark skin tones.” Let me just start by saying that I LOVE this color!!! This has quickly become my every day, go-to color… I wear it so much that I need a bundle that’s nothing but Velvet Rouge! Anyway, It’s a medium to medium dark, neutral to slightly warm toned mauvey red with a soft matte finish. Velvet Rouge really is one of those colors that is perfect on all skin tones for any occasion. Need a lip to go with a dramatic eye and a fierce wing? Velvet Rouge. Want something that’s like your-lips-but-better on a light makeup day? Velvet Rouge. Getting married and need the perfect lip for a bride? VELVET ROUGE! Okay I’ll stop, but you really do need this color.

This Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick felt a little more creamy than some of the others in this bundle, but it still wasn’t too thick, so it applied easily. It also felt a bit softer on my lips once it set. Both color payoff and coverage were perfect using very little product. Wear time was about 5 to 6 hours on the center of the lip and 7 on the rest of the lip before any fading occurred. It did cling to the majority of my lip for 8 to 9 hours, though, so touchups were minimal.

Dupes:   There are quite a few liquid lipsticks that are similar to Velvet Rouge, but none that are the exact same… A few from Anastasia Beverly Hills that are close are Allison, which is lighter and much cooler toned, Kathryn, which is darker and more of a cool toned mauve/pink, as well as Currant and Dazed, which are both considerably darker. MAC’s Burnt Spice Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is lighter and more nude/mauve. Kat Von D’s Lolita Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is is darker, cooler, and less pink. Morphe’s Vinyl Matte Liquid Lip from their collab with Ourfa Zinali, is similar, but more brown toned.

Liners:   My favorite liners to use with Velvet Rouge are Morphe’s Color Pencil in Vinyl (also in the limited edition collab with Ourfa Zinali), and MAC’s Soar, which is a little more pinky-mauve than Velvet Rouge but they work together perfectly for me! A few more MAC Lip Pencil’s that I like with this liquid lipstick are Half-Red, which is a little deeper and cooler toned, and Auburn, which is warmer and darker but creates a beautiful type of dimension.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

Wine Country:   Wine Country is a “a mild wine color inspired by the vineyards in “wine country”. Best suited for fair-deep skin tones.” It’s a dark, slightly cool toned red with pinky, wine infused undertones and a soft matte finish. If you aren’t someone who is crazy about super bright reds, or if some reds end up looking too dark and vampy on you, you’d probably love Wine Country! It’s a classic type of color that’s going to flatter anyone of any age or skin tone and is a great shade for fall and winter.

It felt quite creamy, much like Velvet Rouge, and applied with a very smooth texture. Color payoff is superb and coverage was 100% opaque with one quick swipe from the applicator. Wear time was around 6 hours around the center of the lip, and and impressive to 8 or 9 hours around the outer part of my lip. It didn’t stain, either, but lasted on the rest of my lips for nearly 10 hours! I had this on from the time I got ready for work until after dinner and only touched up twice that day.

Dupes:   Wine Country was a little tricky to find a dupe for… ABH’s Currant Liquid Lipstick is slightly darker and more red. Dazed, also from ABH, is also a little darker and more berry toned.

Liners:   You can use so many different liners with this lip, depending on if you want it to be more reddish or more wine stained. A few good reds to use are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Cherry, Brick, and Half-Red. You can also use MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in He Said, She Said, which is a cool, berry toned red. A few others that are more of a berry to wine shade are Melt Cosmetics’ Ecstacy and Kink, MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Ms Diva and Dark Out, or MAC’s Regular Lip Pencil formula in Burgundy or Currant.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

Cranberry:   This is described as a “pinky-red winter cranberry shade inspired by the holidays! Best suited for fair-deep skin tones.” It’s truly the PERFECT holiday red! It’s a medium dark, bold, slightly cool toned pinky-red with a matte finish. This is such a classic red that any age or skin tone can wear this, day or night, holiday or not. It’s great too because reds like this can dress up any look or make you look and feel more put together on days when the rest of your makeup is minimal!

Cranberry’s texture isn’t as creamy as Velvet Rouge or Wine Country, but it’s still lovely and applies like the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks that I’ve reviewed. Color payoff is intense without having to apply much product and coverage is full and even without any layering necessary. Surprisingly, it didn’t stain my lips, even after having it on all day! Wear time was fantastic and I didn’t notice any fading in the center of my lips until I had this on for about 6 hours, and 8 to 10 hours for the rest of my lips!

Dupes:   I actually thought that it would be easy to find a dupe for this because it’s such a classic red, but I was wrong! I found a few liquid lipsticks that are close but still not perfect dupes by any means… These are ABH’s Sarafine, which is much brighter and has more of a blue undertone; ABH’s Currant, which is darker and has more of a brown/neutral undertone, and ABH’s Tulip, which is lighter, brighter, and more pinky toned.

Liners:   You don’t have to use a liner that’s the exact same type of red but MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Kiss Me Quick and He Said, She Said are close. A few good MAC Lip Pencils that you can try are Cherry, or even Brick and Burgundy, which are a little darker and will create more contrast. Melt also has a few AllDay/Everyday Lip Liners that I like to use with Cranberry, such as Ambrosia, Kink, and Ecstasy.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Crimson (I’ll redo this pic soon!)

Crimson:   Crimson is a “deep dark red inspired by the “vampy lip” of fall and winter that we all love! Best suited for fair-deep skin tones.” It’s like the pretty, goth sister to the other liquid lipsticks in the Festive bundle… It’s a deep, neutral to cool red with a hint of berry undertones. This is perfect for all skin tones, so long as you want to get noticed!

The texture of Crimson felt like the usual lightweight, non drying formula but it applied a little differently than the others… I say that because this is the only Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick in this bundle, or out of any of them, that gave me any trouble (although it was only a little bit). You can see in the swatch photo waaaaay up there that this liquid lip can be a little patchy or streaky. This issue wasn’t so noticeable after layering it but I could still see some unevenness on my bottom lip. I find this to be a common thing with a great deal of deep red liquid lipsticks from any brand, though, so I’m not going to deduct a ton of points for that. Even though the coverage wasn’t perfect, the color payoff is great and looks very similar to how it does in the tube, though it may appear a little darker once it’s on if you have fair skin like I do. Wear time was on the shorter side with Crimson… I noticed fading in the center of my lips around hour 4, with the edges of my lip needing to be touched up after about 6 and a half to 7 hours. It didn’t stain, which is nice, and you can extend the wear time and opacity/coverage of this liquid lipstick by layering it over a liner applied all over the lip!

Dupes:   Heathers from Anastasia Beverly Hills is pretty close but it does have more of a deep, blue/brown based red undertone. MAC’s Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is also similar but is slightly darker.

Liners:   Depending on just how bold, red, or vampy you want this to look, you can use SO many liners with Crimson! A few of my favorites are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Mahogany, Burgundy, Currant, Vino, and Nightmoth. You can also opt for MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Ms Diva, Dark Out, and Bespoken For if you want a longer wearing liner.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

 

 

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First off, let me just say that I’m really excited about this post! This is a brand that I discovered on Instagram (@timelosangeles), and have been wanting to try out FOREVER! I just recently bought both of their liquid lipstick bundles, the brush set, a few pairs of lashes, and some other goodies, all of which I will review soon. I love supporting smaller, independent brands because they honestly put their heart and soul into their work, so it’s always awesome when I find a new one that has really high quality products, which TIME Los Angeles most certainly does!

I feel like everyone who loves makeup is into liquid lipsticks these days and especially with the holidays coming up, these bundles make the perfect gift (even if it’s for yourself, which I fully support)! The Cool Spectrum Bundle that I’m reviewing in this post contains more neutral and cool toned nudes, mauves, and even a few deeper shades that are great for fall and winter. I also reviewed the Festive bundle, which has more reds and warm toned shades that are ideal holiday colors… If you want to check that out, you can go here:

TIME Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick – Festive Bundle

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Top to Bottom:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

As usual with products and formulas that are new, or new to me, I’m going to go pretty in depth with this post, so if you just want to see the rundowns and photos for each shade, keep scrolling down!

I hope you all enjoy this post and as always, thanks for reading! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out everything I’m testing or playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

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Left to Right:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

You can purchase these Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks individually for $16 or you can buy the whole Cool Spectrum Bundle for $60, which is a really good value. If you bought them all individually, you’d spend $96, so getting them all at once in the bundle will save you $36! Mine came in a cute little bag with pink TIME Los Angeles tissue paper which I tossed and forgot to photograph (oops). If you want to pick up any of these, you can head over to www.shoptimela.com. Also, miss CEO herself, Ashley Wagner (aka @ashleyswagnerxo on Twitter and Instagram or missashwag on YouTube), has a discount code for 10% off which is ILOVEASHLEY, so that helps if you want to save a little money.

Each one of these Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks contains 6.3g / 0.22 fl oz of product. When compared to a great deal of other brands that use nearly the same size of component/tube, these actually contain half again to twice as much product. When purchased as a bundle, they also cost about half the price as a lot of liquid lipsticks from very popular brands, but the quality of these is equal to, if not better than SO many higher end lippies! Another thing to consider is that these liquid lipsticks are cruelty free and vegan, which is always a major plus!

According to the TIME Los Angeles website, “This whipped, creamy, and lightweight formula applies to the lips and sets to a matte finish that lasts for hours!” In my opinion, this formula really is fantastic! It’s SUPER comfortable and lightweight and didn’t dry out my lips, even after wearing it all day, all week long while I’ve been testing them. While it may be thinner and more liquidy than some liquid lipsticks out there, it’s not runny at all… It’s also not goopy or sticky, so it’s VERY easy to apply. It sets and dries down to a matte finish quickly but still gives you enough time to play around and blend it out if needed. Because this formula isn’t thick, you can also layer it even after it’s set, without it doing that weird thing where it balls up and turns into a clumpy disaster on your lips.

Only one shade in this bundle was very slightly patchy but overall, the coverage and quality was consistent between all six liquid lipsticks. They all applied with the same texture, color payoff, and opacity and wore ALL FREAKING DAY (aka 8-12 hours) with minimal touchups required. I also noticed that I never got any lipstick on my teeth when wearing any of these. I think the lightweight formula just magically clings to the lip somehow, because that’s usually an issue for me when I were liquid lipsticks! I’ll go into more detail about all of this stuff below in the rundown for each individual color.

I pulled this from the brand’s website, and it’s a nice little tip to have!

“Directions: Using the applicator wand, apply liquid lipstick to top and bottom lips, one at a time. Do not press lips together! Let dry & slay for the rest of the day!”

The applicator is your pretty typical doe foot seen with most liquid lipsticks and glosses, but it’s very precise and easy to use, even if you have smaller lips. As usual with liquid and matte lipsticks, if you have any chapped or dry areas, exfoliate first with a gentle lip scrub, pop on some lip balm, then blot the excess off before applying your liquid lipstick. You can also use a primer like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, which is silicone based and made to be worn under products like this.

PS: One more tip to having your lips look full and healthy… Drink plenty of water! I know that’s something I’m SO bad about doing, but it’s SUPER important to stay hydrated, especially this time of year when the air is drier. Trust me, you skin will glow and your lips will look amazing just by keeping up with a healthy intake of H2O!

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The packaging and boxes for these is super cute but not overdone or too flashy. The TIME Los Angeles logo is also really unique and classy and can be found on the boxes as well as the products themselves. Ingredients are listed on each box and they’re all the same… The only difference between each shade will be the actual pigments used in them, which is where the “may contain” part comes in. One thing I noticed is that these contain coconut oil rather than palm oil which makes me VERY happy, since palm oil contributes to major deforestation where a lot of endangered species, like orangutans, live.

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Top to Bottom:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

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Left to Right:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

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Left to Right:   Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry

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Left to Right: Baby Ghoul, Luxe Life, Pink Buttercream, Suedie, Grave Danger, Hangry.           Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight. Liquid Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

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Baby Ghoul

 

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Baby Ghoul

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Baby Ghoul

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Baby Ghoul

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Baby Ghoul. Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light.                                                (I plan on redoing some of the lip photos once it’s not cloudy outside btw)

Baby Ghoul:   On the website, this is described as “a pale ‘ghouly’ cool-toned nude best suited for fair-light skin tones”… It’s a pale, mostly cool toned true nude, although it pulled a bit more neutral toned on me. I do feel like in person, this looked cooler toned. Anyway, this dries down to a completely matte finish and because it’s so pale and nude, PLEASE be sure to exfoliate and moisturize those lips before wearing a color like this! Also, drink water and stay hydrated because if you don’t, your lips can show lines a lot more, like mine do here lol.

The texture was creamy and not too thick, just like all of the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks in this bundle. It applied evenly and had wonderful color payoff and nearly fully opaque coverage with one quick layer. Wear time with Baby Ghoul was just over 5 hours before it began to fade in the center, and about 6-7 hours before I noticed it fading around the edges. As for the rest of my lips, it didn’t budge for about 9 hours. I only had to touch up after eating. Using a lip liner will extend the wear time and give you a more defined look.

Dupes:  NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Corset is the closest dupe I found but it’s still a tad bit warmer and more mauve. Delicate Lust is also similar in color, only it’s cooler and darker. Baby Ghoul is honestly pretty unique and I couldn’t find another liquid lip that I have that comes very close to it.

Liners:   You can really use any nude or cool toned nude liner with Baby Ghoul… A few of my favorites are StripdownStone, and Whirl Lip Pencils from MAC… Stripdown is a little darker more brown, Stone is darker, cooler, and more of a greige, while Whirl is close to my natural lip color and is more of a cool toned mauve. A few other liners that works will with this liquid lipstick and are similar in color are NYX’s Nude Beige Lip Liner, or Melt Cosmetics’ AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner in Nudist.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Luxe Life

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Luxe Life

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Luxe Life

Luxe Life:   This is referred to as a “neutral peachy nude best suited for fair to medium skin tones”, and it’s a light, mostly neutral peachy nude with a perfectly matte finish. On me, it look a little more on the peachy side of the spectrum but I think depending on your own undertone and the color of your lips, this shade could pull either warmer or cooler on you. While I agree that this is best for fair to medium skin tones, I think that skin tones a little darker than that could pull this off with the right liner!

Like the other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks, the texture was lightweight and applied very easily, giving great color payoff and full coverage with one layer on both the top and bottom lip (as in I dipped the wand into the tube once for each). I got about 5 to 6 hours of wear before I had any issues with fading, which was mostly in the center at first. On the rest of the lip, this shade hung on for a solid 7 to 8 hours.

Dupes:   Jeffree Star has two permanent Velour Liquid Lipsticks that are close, but aren’t quite perfect dupes… Celebrity Skin is more mauve, while I’m Nude is a little lighter and more neutral. That formula also feels heavier and more dry, to me anyway. ABH’s Stripped Liquid Lipstick has a slightly warmer, more peachy undertone. There are also a few of NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks that are close… Corset is darker and cooler toned, Baby Doll is lighter and more pink, and Satin Ribbon is pretty close but is still a little more mauve.

Liners:   Nudist from Melt Cosmetics is one of my favorites to wear with this liquid lip. NYX’s Beige and Natural are also really nice, with Beige being nearly the same color and Nautal being a bit darker. MAC’s Lip Pencils in Stripdown, which is a cooler type of beige, and Whirl, which is a cool type of mauve, are great too. I imagine for medium to dark skin tones, you could try wearing Luxe Life with something like Chestnut Lip Pencil from MAC to blend it out to a nude ombre type of look.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

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Pink Buttercream

Pink Buttercream:   Pink Buttercream is described as a “warm peachy-pink nude best suited for fair to medium skin tones”. It’s definitely a light, warm toned peachy-pink and is one of the best nudes I’ve found for myself when I’m NC10-NC20 in MAC terms. So many colors like this can turn into a chalky looking, washed out mess once they set to their matte finish but Pink Buttercream still looks vibrant, even though it’s still quite nude! When worn by itself, I think it could be too light for anyone deeper than medium to mayyyybe medium dark BUT that’s what lipliners are for. I honestly think that just about anyone except maybe deep, cooler skin tones can wear this if they want to add a liner and blend it out to a more ombre-nude type of look. This shade doesn’t pull cool toned at all, so that makes it even more wearable if you have a medium dark to deep skin tone and want to give it a shot!

This Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick has the same fantastic texture as the others from this bundle and applies like a dream. I found this to be the most pigmented of the three lightest shades, so it gave me awesome color payoff and coverage using very little product. Wear time was about 5 hours before I had to touch up in the center. It held on to most of my lips for 8 to 9 hours and only began to fade around the edges around the 7 hour mark.

Dupes:   ABH’s Milkshake Liquid Lipstick is a VERY close dupe, though it can look a little lighter on the lips for some people. It’s the closest one I found, though. NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Baby Doll is slightly more peachy-brown toned, while Satin Ribbon is more pink. Jeffree Star’s Mannequin Velour Liquid Lipstick is more mauve, and I’m Nude is lighter and a little more pink. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Lady-Be-Good is close, especially with the way the formula feels, but it does have a more peachy-brown undertone.

Liners:   Whirl Lip Pencil from MAC is PERFECT to wear with Pink Buttercream because it’s similar to a natural lip color and shouldn’t look too bright or too cool toned. NYX’s Mauve is also really nice. Both Whirl and Mauve are a little darker but they’ll add some dimension to the lip, which is typically a good thing with lighter lipsticks. NYX’s Nude Pink and MAC’s Dervish are a both warmer and more pink if you’d rather not tone down the color of this liquid lipstick, but still have some definition.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Suedie

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Suedie

Suedie:   On the website, this is referred to as a “light warm-gray, suede-nude best suited for fair to dark skin tones”. It has a true matte finish and is a light to medium, pretty neutral, slightly gray toned brown-nude. On me, it’s more neutral to cool toned, but I feel like this is going to look different on everyone, depending on the undertone of your own skin, which is a good thing! I love colors like this because they’re always flattering no matter who puts them on and Suedie is definitely a color that can be worn by anybody, especially if you play around with liners to customize this to be the perfect nude for you!

It has the same texture as the rest of the Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks in this bundle, applying easily with no patchiness or streaking. Color payoff is fantastic and coverage is completely opaque without having to apply much product. Wear time was around 4 to 5 hours before it faded in the center of the lip, and like most of these, I got about 7 hours of wear overall.

Dupes:   MAC’s Cafe Au Chic Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is a pretty close dupe for Suedie, though it may pull warmer on some skin tones. NYX has two Lip Lingeries that are sort of close too, but Delicate Lust is more gray toned and Honeymoon has a slightly warmer, almost mauve undertone. ABH Sepia Liquid Lipstick is a little darker.

Liners:   Again, Melt Cosmetics’ Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner will work well with Suedie, but it’s a little lighter and more nude… It sort of just gives you definition without interfering with the lip color itself. NYX’s Nude Beige Lip Liner is honestly almost the exact same color. A few Lip Pencils from MAC that I like to use with this liquid lipstick are Stripdown, which is slightly lighter and cooler, Stone, which is cooler toned, and Chestnut, which is a bit darker but is great if you want an ombre look or have a medium dark to dark skin tone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Grave Danger

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Grave Danger

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Grave Danger

Grave Danger:   TIME Los Angeles refers to this as “a dark cool-toned gray-taupe shade suitable for fair-medium skin tones”. In this photo (which is one that needs to be redone), it’s reflecting my ring light, but it does have a matte finish once it sets. It’s exactly the shade as it’s described to be and I would definitely agree that it’s probably best for fair to medium or maybe medium dark skin tones. If you have deeper skin, this is so cool toned that it could wash you out BUT as always, you can play around with liners and see if it works for you!

Grave Danger felt extra buttery and smooth for some reason and applied easily. It’s very pigmented, so a little bit of product goes a long way and will give you perfect color payoff and coverage. I feel like this particular shade really clung to my lips and lasted about 5 to 6 hours before I needed to touch up, and closer to 8 or 9 before it really started to fade. In the above photo, I had been drinking coffee, so the fading in the center is from that.

Dupes:   The closest dupes I found for Grave Danger are both Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours from MAC… Simply Smoked is close, but a teeny bit darker and has more of an almost plum undertone to it. Flesh Stone is also similar, but a little lighter and has a warmer, more brown undertone. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick in Sepia is very close too, but slightly warmer. NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Honeymoon is sort of close, but definitely doesn’t have the color payoff or coverage and has a hint of warmth to it.

Liners:   All of the liners I like to use with this liquid lip are MAC Lip Pencils… First off, Stone is an obvious choice and is very similar in color, so you won’t get a ton of contrast with it. Plum is also really nice and will bring out any plummy-gray tones that Grave Danger has. Chestnut is a good choice if you’d like something a bit darker and more neutral. A few others that I had fun playing around with were Currant, Vino, Nightmoth, and Cyber World, all of which have more wine-stained to purple tones, so it changes things up a bit for a more vampy, ombre lip.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Hangry

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Hangry

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Hangry

Hangry:   Hangry is “a deep burgundy brown shade suitable for fair-deep skin tones”… Like the others. it has a matte finish, although it was reflecting the ring light in the photo. While it’s definitely a deep burgundy brown, just as it’s described, it also has some cool plum tones to it (on me, anyway)… I feel like this looks a little different on each person I’ve seen wearing it and depending on your skin tone, it may look cooler or warmer than it does on someone else. As I’ve said before, I love colors like that because they flatter anyone and everyone who wears them, and Hangry can be worn by absolutely ANY skin tone!

Hangry felt very much like Grave Danger… A little more creamy than the lighter liquid lipsticks in the bundle, but still very comfortable to apply. The color payoff is great but there was a little patchiness at first, so I can’t say that it was 100% opaque on the first application. Thankfully, because the formula is easy to layer, it was a quick fix to get full, even coverage! I didn’t have any fading occur until I had this on for about 4 hours and it was in the center of the lip at first. After about 6 hours, I had some slight fading around the edges, but the color clung to my lips everywhere else for well over 8 hours!

Dupes:   There aren’t many liquid lipsticks out there that even compare to how gorgeous Hangry is! The closest I found was Ess-Presso, which is one of MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours. If you like a dark lip for fall and winter, this is for sure one that I would recommend picking up!

Liners:   Since this is a deeper shade and can show different undertones depending on which liner you use, you can try something like MAC’s Chestnut Lip Pencil or Bittersweet Pro Linger Lip Pencil if you want to stick with a more neutral to cool toned brown liner. A few more options from MAC are Nightmoth or Currant Lip Pencils, which both have more berry to purple tones, as well as Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is similar to Nightmoth but longer wearing. The liner that I like to wear with this when I want something that’s nearly the same color, is Melt’s Edible AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

Melt has done it again! By that, I mean they’ve come out with yet another amazing new product with a wonderful, very wearable formula. I know there are a bazillion liquid lipsticks out there these days and a lot of companies have really stepped up their game to make liquid lipsticks MUCH more comfortable to wear, but Melt has gone above and beyond my expectations! The best part about this liquid lipstick is that it’s available in a set with an AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner that doesn’t necessarily match perfectly, but works with the Liquid Set Lipstick shade and compliments the color nicely. Melt’s liners are all very high quality (like all of their products), apply with no drag, and wearing nearly all day long with minimal touchups.

I purchased every shade/set that Melt has launched so far and will be posting all of them in the not-so-distant future. I have a TON of new products to review and post, so I’ll be switching it up day to day, even though I think most of the hot new shit I’ve purchased lately are lip products anyway.

I’m going to get pretty in depth in this post since this is a brand new product and formula, but the following posts for these will be a little more short and sweet. I just want my readers to get the full rundown on these products in case you all are interested in purchasing them!

I hope you all enjoy this post and as always, thanks for reading! Now that Halloween is over with (which is one of my busiest times of the year), I have more time to focus on my makeup blog and have fun with new products! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out everything I’m testing or playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. Don’t be afraid to message me… I always love chatting with my readers!

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Let’s just start with the basics… The set included Janice Liquid Set Lipstick, Nudist Ultra Matte Lip Liner, and a super cute, very nice little grey pouch featuring the Melt logo. Purchased as a set, this costs $33 but is a $46 value. Purchased individually, the Liquid Set Lipstick is $19 the AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is $17, and the pouch is $10, so that’s a pretty decent savings if you get it as a set! To purchase these products, go peep www.meltcosmetics.com.

The Liquid Set Lipstick contains 0.12 oz / 3.39 ml of product, which, for the price, is on par with companies like ABH and Dose of Colors. The AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner contains  1.20 g / 0.04 oz of product, so that’s the exact same size as a MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, and feels like a very comparable formula, but costs $4 less than MAC’s version of it!

While Janice Liquid Set Lipstick is vegan, Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is not, which is likely due to the fact that it contains Carmine. Carmine is type of pigment/color additive derived from beetles (you seriously have NO idea how many products contain this, and it’s not as gross as it sounds). However, Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free company and neither of these products contain palm oil, which makes me one VERY happy girl!

The formula for the Liquid Set Lipstick is incredibly comfortable to wear and feels liquidy without being too runny or too thick and goopy. Typically, thinner liquid lipstick formulas like this end up being streaky but Janice looked absolutely flawless! I only had to dip the wand into the tube once to evenly cover both my top and bottom lip… I have a feeling that the main factor with how easy this is to apply all comes down to the nifty doe-foot wand. This is NOT your typical applicator! It’s angled, tapered, and has a hollow center to hold and collect the product so you don’t get annoying, uneven blobs all over your lip while trying to apply it. It’s also firm without being hard and soft without being flimsy, so you can achieve a precise application even if you don’t want to wear a lip liner. Another bonus to this formula is that it wore well for a LONG time, only fading in the center of my lips. It’s not the least bit drying either, so it didn’t wreck my lips by the end of the day.

Melt’s AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is just as nice as the Liquid Set Lipstick! It reminds me of the formula that MAC has for their Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, but Melt’s is even smoother. It glides on very easily and is SUPER pigmented, so you don’t need to be heavy handed at all! It wears well under the liquid lipstick or even when applied over/around the edges for touchups. I’ve also worn this alone with a gloss on top and didn’t have any issues with smudging or feathering even then!

I’ll get into wear time, color, etc in the summaries below, so keep scrolling to check those out!

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They really put some thought into both the boxes/unicarton AND the components themselves with these products. As usual, Melt’s packaging is eye-catching, but still classy and not overdone. The liquid lipsticks have holo print on the boxes but the liners do not. I would have liked to have seen that for both, at least for the sets, but it may have increased the price and I mean come on, most of us toss it immediately anyway! One of my boxes tore a bit, but it’s still super pretty!

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As I mentioned, the bag or pouch that it comes with compliments the shades of liquid lipstick and liner that it contains. The pouches have the Melt logo both on the zipper pull and stamped onto the pouch itself, which is a very soft, suede-like material. Don’t be fooled by their size… They hold a LOT more than they look like they do! I can easily fit a few lippies and liners in there, plus my powder compact for touchups, as well as a mini powder brush.

Now onto the products themselves, starting with some quick swatches.

(For the record, I’m a MAC NC20)

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on NC20 skin.

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light. 

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using only a ring light.

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using only natural, indirect sunlight.

* All product photos taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight as well as a ring light *

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Janice Liquid Set Lipstick:   This shade is described as a “beautiful Victorian Mauve” and is a medium, cool toned mauve with slightly gray-ish plum undertones. At first this wasn’t a color that I was personally drawn to because shades like this usually make me look really washed out, but I actually REALLY love it and get compliments every time I wear it! It has a completely matte finish once it sets and unlike many liquid lipsticks, doesn’t seem to darken much, if at all, as it dries down.

Coverage is full and even with very little product used. As I mentioned, this doesn’t dry down to look much different than it does in the tube, so color payoff and accuracy to how it looks in the packaging is perfect! Wear time is a solid 6-8 hours, even with drinking coffee and having a little snack. As with most liquid lipsticks, it fades in the center first, especially if you eat something like pizza or a salad with oily dressing. As with most matte or liquid lipsticks, it can emphasize dry patches (you can sort of tell in the photos), but exfoliating and lightly moisturizing your lips before applying your lipstick will solve that!

Liners:   Obviously Melt’s Nudist liner that comes in this set is perfect with this liquid lipstick! Other than that, a few good options are Whirl or Plum Lip Pencils from MAC if you want something a similar color. This shade of lipstick can be used with so many liners to alter the color or create an ombre look, so just have fun with it!

Dupes:   As far as other liquid lipsticks go, the closest dupe I’ve found so far is Trouble, which is one of the new ones from Anastasia Beverly Hills… It’s still more of a rosy mauve, though. In the tube, Pure Hollywood, also from ABH, looks similar but once applied it’s much lighter and more nude. Clover from ABH is MUCH more gray/lilac and quite a bit darker. I looked for dupes in the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Lipcolours that I have as well and still didn’t have much luck… Sweet Thing was SUPER similar, maybe a little more pinky-mauve and lighter but unfortunately, it was limited edition. So Me is permanent, but is darker and has more neutral brown undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Although the name didn’t want to focus, you can see the batch number stamped into the pencil.

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Nudist Allday/Everyday Lip Liner:   This liner is a “neutral nude with a hint of pink” and has an ultra matte finish. It tends to pull a little on the cool toned side for me personally, but it’s one of those colors that looks natural and flattering on anyone and can be worn with all types of lipstick shades from nudes to plums to soft pinks!

You can easily achieve full coverage with this liner using a pretty light hand. I’ve worn it all over by itself or, of course, as a liner. Either way, the coverage is very even and it glides right onto the lip. Color payoff is totally opaque and looks just like it does in pencil form, though, as I mentioned, it tends to work with your own skin tone and may look cooler or warmer on some people. Wear time was between 6-7 hours for me before I noticed any fading or feathering.

Dupes:   I don’t have any of the liners from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil range that are dupes for Nudist, but I DO have a few that are MAC’s regular Lip Pencil formula that come close… Whirl is actually a nearly perfect dupe! Stripdown is more brown, and Plum is darker and more cool toned, but looks fantastic if you want to add more contrast with Janice Liquid Set Lipstick.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***

 

 

I figured I would do a quick post on a few complimentary products that were sent to me by Influenster to consider for testing and review. This is the first review I’ve done on products that were sent to me for free, and as you all know, I will ALWAYS disclose that! However, that won’t change my opinion about these products or the fact that this is a completely honest review, so I hope you enjoy reading it!

Also, if you miss my makeup posts, have no fear! There will be a new one up this Sunday and now that I’m done traveling for a while, I should be able to get two to three posts up a week from now on!

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I always love trying new drugstore products and skincare in general, so I was pretty excited to get these in my VoxBox. Unfortunately, I have dry to combination skin and I feel like these are both best suited for combination to oily and/or breakout prone skin… Either way, I gave them a shot!

As for the mask, I’ve used it three times now, as it says you can use it that often in a week. Like most masks, you leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.

I pulled this little tidbit from L’Oreal’s website to see what kind of claims they make:

–   “Pure Clay Face Mask Clarify & Smooth addresses your skin concerns for smooth, even, and resurfaced skin. Pure Clay Face Mask Lemon Yuzu Mask is formulated with 3 Pure Clays: Kaolin Clay, Montmorillonite Clay and Moroccan Lava Clay and enhanced with Yuzu Lemon extract to clarify & smooth skin.”

Basically, it’s made to clarify your skin, pulling out impurities, and also smooth your skin by helping to exfoliate and slough off all the rough areas of dead skin cells. For me, the smoothing/exfoliating part was the most effective. It did seem to draw out excess oil and impurities from my skin too, but because of that, I had a bit of a breakout from purging. Overall, it left my skin smooth, but quite dry, since it’s not really targeted for dry skin like mine, although it claims to be for all skin types. That said, I think this would be great if you have oily skin! On the plus side, it rinses off easily, but one drawback that I found is the smell… It’s somewhere between earthy and synthetic, which sounds weird but if you smell it, you’ll know what I’m talking about! The scent also seemed to linger, even after rinsing it off, so you may want to wash your face after removing this mask.

It sells for about $13, according to L’Oreal’s website. I imagine it will also sell for the same price at other drugstore type retailers like Walgreens, CVS, Target, and Ulta. It contains 48g / 1.7oz of product, which is a great value for that price! I did feel like I had to use quite a bit of product for an even application, though, so I went through about 1/3 of the jar pretty quickly, so that is something to keep in mind if you don’t want to rebuy something often.

 

Now lets move on to the cleanser, which worked for me MUCH better than the mask! I’ve used it nightly for the past week, and I’ll give you my thoughts on it after I share L’Oreal’s claims for this product:

–   “L’Oréal Paris created our first range of clay-to-mousse daily cleansers that leave skin looking perfectly clear. Each cleanser is powered by 3 pure clays and enhanced with a nature-sourced ingredient. Indulgently formulated to seamlessly transform from clay-to-mousse, Pure-Clay Cleansers remove everyday impurities such as dirt, oil and pollution without overdrying. Pure-Clay Cleanser Purify-Mattify with Eucalyptus goes beyond daily cleansing to deep clean and remove excess oil for skin that feels refreshed. Immediately after using this Eucalyptus facial cleanser, skin feels purer with a matte finish. Use after use, this cleanser for oily skin improves skin’s overall quality. It leaves skin with a clean, clear look”

This cleanser felt great, and I really like the clay to mousse formula. It feels like a lightweight mask at first, then gets nice and foamy once you add water and rub it around. Because it contains Eucalyptus (which smells great), it feels slightly tingly and very refreshing, which made me feel squeaky clean. It removed most of my makeup too and rinsed off completely and easily, so that’s a plus! It definitely leaves your skin with a matte finish, though, which for me was a major drawback. It claims to be for oily skin and I believe it! I was hoping that since it’s just a cleanser, it wouldn’t dry me out too much but it did, like to the point of my skin feeling very dry and tight before I would use my usual oil and moisturizer. I probably won’t continue to use this product either, but like the mask, I think it would be phenomenal for oily skin!

This cleanser sells for about $10 from the L’Oreal website, as well as from other retailers. It contains 130ml / 4.4 fl oz of product, so it’s a good deal, especially since very little product goes a long way!

 

Although I’m SUPER stoked that I received these products from Influenster, I wouldn’t purchase them myself and won’t continue using them. However, I am interested in trying out other masks and cleansers from the Pure-Clay line that are more suited for dry skin. My best friend has oily skin, so I’m going to let her try both the mask and cleanser and see what she thinks! After she tests them out, I may edit this review to reflect her opinion as well!

Thanks for reading this post! There will be more makeup posts up this weekend, so check back on Sunday!

 

*** I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. ***

If you want to receive free stuff, all you have to do is download the Influenster app or go to their website where you can review products you’ve used yourself! The more you participate, the more likely you are to receive products in what they call a “VoxBox” like I did! It’s super easy and I mean come on, who doesn’t love free stuff?!

(That was totally coming from me, btw, and they didn’t ask me to say that. I just want to hook up my readers with free goodies if I can!)

I know how excited everyone is about this entire line and this gloss is no letdown! I’m a big fan of lip glosses lately, so this is the only Fenty Beauty product I’ve purchased so far. Don’t worry, I’ll probably get some of the highlight and contour products soon and I’ll be sure to review them as soon as I do! For now, I hope you enjoy the post for this Gloss Bomb as much as I’ve been enjoying wearing it!

Since I have more free time to work on the blog these days, I’ll be reviewing a lot of fun new products! If you want to stay up to date with everything I’m testing or playing around with, or just want to chat, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. Don’t be afraid to message me… I really enjoy hearing from you guys!

Most of the photos are at the bottom of this post, including the list of ingredients.

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Fenty Glow (which is the actual shade name of this Lip Luminizer) is a permanent part of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, and is available exclusively at Sephora. It sells for $18 and contains 9 ml / 0.3 fl oz of product. While this is about the same price as a lip gloss from other major brands such as MAC, Bare Minerals, Anastasia Beverly Hills, etc, it contains three times as much as most of those do! Even some of the more high end glosses that cost $10-20 more usually top out at 6ml of product, so this is an extremely good value! This gloss is free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and Fenty Beauty is also, most importantly, a cruelty-free company.

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The packaging is a beautiful light nude type of rose gold that’s eye catching but not overdone. It looks luxurious and feels MUCH more expensive than it is! On the top of the cap, you see an FB logo that’s discrete and adds a nice touch to the packaging. The tube is shorter and fatter than most glosses on the market, but I like this, as it fits into a small makeup bag more easily. The doe foot applicator is also larger than most found in other glosses… It’s very similar to the size you find in Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer. I personally love this because I only have to dip into the tube once for a full application. The box it comes in is just as pretty as the packaging and product itself, with an edgy, yet fashionable look that you would expect from Rihanna. My only complaint about this gloss or the packaging is that, like with most mirrored type plastics, the cap shows every little bit of fuzz or fingerprints on it!

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The best part about this gloss is that it’s everything it claims to be. It’s truly flattering on every age and skin tone, extremely comfortable to wear, and nourishing. The color and texture work very well together, making your lips look fuller, healthy and shiny, without feeling sticky or goopy like many other glosses. The formula itself contains shea butter, so it’s going to seriously nourish to your lips while you’re wearing it. I know that for me, so many glosses actually leave my lips feeling almost chapped and dehydrated after I’ve reapplied them over and over throughout the day, but this Gloss Bomb is like an explosion of moisture for your lips! Fenty Glow has no flavor, but does have a faint scent which the company refers to as a “peach-vanilla”, although I just get a sweet, tropical type of vibe from it more than picking up anything distinctly peach or vanilla.

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Photo taken indoors using indirect sunlight + a ring light. This was taken after having it on for about 15 minutes so it had melted onto my lips… More swatches and photos below!

It’s honestly hard for me to describe the texture of this gloss… I feel like this isn’t thick or sticky like honey but it’s also not thin and watery like an oil. Perhaps it’s more like honey that’s been warmed up and has melted onto your lips? I don’t even know, but it’s amazing, trust me! Or better yet, go try it for yourself! Anyway, here’s the breakdown:

Fenty Glow is described as a “shimmering rose nude” which is pretty spot on. It’s a medium, warm toned rosy nude gloss with multidimensional, yet mostly golden microshimmer. It gives the lips a fairly wet type of finish, but because the color is more muted and the shimmery particles are so small, it’s not an overwhelming, super duper bold type of shine… It’s wearable for daytime or for a night out. The texture is probably the best I have ever felt from any gloss, not even kidding. It’s very comfortable and almost juicy feeling. It definitely warms up on the lips after a moment, but the big doe foot applicator makes application a dream come true. Although it’s a larger applicator, it still works well for smaller lips because you have a lot of control with it. Also, if you have larger lips, the applicator is big enough and picks up enough product that you shouldn’t have to double dip!

Coverage is full and even, so you don’t get one area of the lip that’s shinier or more shimmery than another. Color payoff is good, but due to the fact that’s it’s a gloss which is made to transform and flatter each individual person, it’s not meant to be opaque. Wear time was actually impressive and I didn’t have touch up or reapply until I hit the 3-4 hour mark, and that was even after having some coffee. Like most lip products, it fades in the center first but you can sort of rub your lips together to even it out if you don’t have the gloss on hand to reapply at the moment. It can feather a little, just like any other gloss, but wearing a liner seems to easily fix that problem.

Liners:   Any and every liner… Honestly! Especially if you fill in your entire lip with your liner, this will make a great topper over ANY color out there! Same goes for lipsticks, too. If you want to add shine and a soft gleam to any of your lipsticks, you can apply this right on top. It doesn’t seem to make any of the lipsticks I’ve worn it over feel sticky either, so that’s always a plus.

Dupes:   Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any! I recently went through my kit and personal collection and tossed a great deal of old glosses, but I can’t recall any that were a great dupe if you want this texture, color, and finish all in one. Since it’s 3am, I’ll go through the ones I still have tomorrow and update this section. MAC’s Dazzleglasses have a similar type of color payoff and shimmer, but I remember some of them feeling much more gritty than this gloss does (Fenty Glow is perfectly smooth). I will be at the MAC counter this coming Sunday and I’ll try some of them out since they have redone the Dazzleglass formula and it’s supposed to be much better and more comfortable now!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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Photo taken right after application… Notice how wet it initially looks.

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This is just a quick peek at all 30 of the new Matte Lipsticks from Anastasia Beverly Hills! I’ll be posting individual reviews as I wear them and test them out, so you can look forward to seeing them on here very soon. For now, here are the lipsticks and basic info… Enjoy!

These are all permanent shades which are new to Anastasia Beverly Hills line of lip products. You can purchase them online directly from www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com as well at Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, and Dillard’s (although I don’t seem the Dillard’s website at the moment). They will also be available from the same retailers in store on August 15th! Each Matte Lipstick sells for $18 and contains 3.5 g / 0.12 oz of product.

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Photo taken indoors using natural indirect sunlight + a ring light.

Top row:   Insomniac, Cobalt, Midnight, Smoke, Griffin, Resin, Dusty Mauve, Dread, Cool Brown, Rust

Middle Row:   Soft Pink, Kiss, Buff, Rum Punch, Dead Roses, Latte, Spice, Honey, Peachy, Staunch

Bottom Row:   Rosewood, Rogue, Stevie, Brandy, Ruby, Stargazer, Cotton Candy, Orchid, Plumeria, Rage

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Photo taken indoors using a ring light.

Hey everyone! Long time no see, I know, but I’ve been super busy with work, as in glamming people up!

Yesterday I just wrapped on a couple of shoots for a calendar that’s for a local charity, which I will share on here as soon as I get approved images from the photographer. I’m super excited about it because I got to do some really creative makeups as well as some classic looks and they all turned out SO well!

I’ve been trying to come up with a better layout/outline for reviews to make it easier to read when you’re in a hurry, but I still want to cover all the important parts, as always. I think I may split posts between a brief rundown and a more in-depth/how-to, or put the more extensive part below the summary… What are your thoughts on this? I’d love for some input!

Some additional ideas for regularly featured posts are monthly favorites, what’s trending in the makeup world, and adding a skincare feature each week for “Skincare Sunday” of something new or something that’s a must have product for me. I’m working on the whole YouTube thing but I’m still getting the hang of it and learning to edit, as well as overcoming my anxiety with filming (yep, I have anxiety disorder and it flares up PRETTY bad over some things)… Making videos is NOT as easy as it looks, but I’m getting there! I feel like I don’t want to half-ass my videos and disappoint anyone, ya know?

I’ve picked up a TON of new products over the past couple of months, which I’m currently photographing and rephotographing with my new lighting setup… I mean I’m working on it at this moment! So here are some of the posts that will be coming up in the near future:

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
  • Sunday Riley UFO Clarifying Face Oil
  • Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection Haze Eye Shadow Stack
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection Lipstick in Cherried
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection AllDay/Everyday Lip Liners in Kink and Edible
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection AllDay/Everyday Eye Liners in Baked and Bloodshot
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Lip Vault (all 8 Velour Liquid Lipsticks and all 5 Lip Ammunition Lipsticks
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Watermelon Gum Lip Scrub
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Skin Frosts in Summer Snowcone and Crystal Ball
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks (several permanent colors)
  • Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Eye Shadow Palette
  • Jeffree Star Princess Cut Skin Frost
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (not sure why I never posted it before?)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Glow in Perla, Bronzed, and Peach Fizz
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills new Matte Lipsticks – All 30 of them, but in singles or groups for posts… That would be too overwhelming as one review!
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills most recent single eye shadows from Summer 2017
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipglosses from Summer 2017 (only a few colors)
  • Kylie Cosmetics In Love with the Koko Collection Matte Liquid Lipsticks & Gloss
  • Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Matte Liquid Lipstick set
  • Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick set
  • Kylie Cosmetics Koko Collection Matte Liquid Lipsticks (excluding Gorg) & Gloss
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil Free Foundation
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer in the color Tantric
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo Blushes
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (waterproof and regular formulas)

There are a lot more products too, but that’s just some examples of what I’ve been photographing and testing recently. I plan on slowly posting EVERY Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eye Shadow, Liquid Lipstick, and Lip Gloss too, as well as a lot of permanent products from MAC and other brands that have been my go-to’s for a long time!

Sometimes it may take me a while to get reviews up after a product launches because I do purchase everything myself, so I have to order it, receive it in the mail, THEN thoroughly test it out before I give you all my honest opinion. It’s also just dependent only work schedule at times, but I’m going to start pre-writing reviews so I can post them even when I’m swamped with other things and don’t have time to write!

I’ve been posting peeks at products on my TwitterInstagram and Snapchat more often and consistently, so be sure to go follow me on those platforms… All are under the name lesley_makeup.

Well, now you all know what’s been going on and what’s to come! If you have ANY suggestions for posts or products you’d like to see, please leave me a comment! I do this because of YOU, so your input is always appreciated!

Thanks for reading!

XO, Lesley