I have been dying to get my hands on these and review them since I saw the first peeks on Melt’s Instagram a while back so I am SUPER excited to share these with you! As most of you probably know, I’ve always been a big fan and supporter of Melt and I can honestly say that I have loved each and every product they’ve ever made! I’m all for supporting smaller, independent companies and the ladies of Melt always put SO much effort, love, and attention to detail into their products… The Digital Dust Highlights are no exception to this, either. These highlighters are very versatile and all three can be worn by all skin tones and also seem to work well with all skin types, be it dry, oily, sensitive, or anything in between. If you’re a highlighter addict and want to look like a glowing goddess, these are definitely worth checking out!

Warning: This post is going to go very in depth, so if you’re not interested in every single detail, you can scroll down to the photos and individual summaries/reviews.

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Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

Digital Dust Highlights are brand new and permanent to Melt’s line of makeup. They can be purchased from www.meltcosmetics.com and as of today, May 2nd, all three are in stock. Each one sells for $39 and contains 8 g / 0.28 oz of product. That’s the exact same amount of product that something like Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector contains and these only cost $1 more, so they’re a pretty average price for a high end highlighter. I actually prefer this formula over most others I’ve tried recently, so I feel like they’re a good value for this level of quality. These are all paraben free, vegan, and most importantly cruelty-free! ❤

If you’d like to peep more photos of these, you can check out the Instagram accounts for @meltcosmetics, @danabomar, and @lora_arellano.

I’m also going to try to get a look up using these this week, so be sure to follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup. If you want to stay up to date with new products I’ll be testing and reviewing, or even just chat with me you can also follow me on twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. I love love LOVE hearing from my readers, so don’t hesitate to hit me up!

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Clockwise from top: Gold Ore, Nova, Stargazer

The packaging for these is consistent with Melt’s other products… Each Digital Dust Highlight is contained in a beautiful matte black compact with the Melt logo on the lid in a more satin finish greige sort of color, much like the tops of their eye stacks. On the inside you’ll find a good sized mirror that’s a normal mirror… Not that cheap, flimsy, crackly looking plastic material that see in some compacts and palettes. As usual with Melt’s products, these compacts feel heavy, but not bulky and although I haven’t tested it yet, I’m sure they’ll hold up well in any makeup bag while traveling!

The product itself has “melt” imprinted beautifully in different fonts. The imprinted text matches the inner part of the box that these came in when I purchased them during the special early launch. It’s so pretty that it killed me to even swatch them! They are truly the most stunning highlighters that I have ever seen!

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The boxes these come in are absolutely beautiful as well. I’m not even sure how to describe them, they’re so different from any others. The color of each box reflects the shade of highlight that it contains and they’re made of your typical unicarton material, but it’s somewhere between metallic, mirrored and matte and has a beautiful, digitalized, pixelated sort of pattern and texture which is SO fitting since these ARE called Digital Dust Highlights! That’s part of the attention to detail I mentioned earlier that I just love. If you bought these in set during the early launch, you’ll receive them in special packaging that is matte black with “Melt Cosmetics” printed in gold on the lid… When you open the lid, you see “melt cosmetics” printed in textured, glossy text on a matte black background with “Digital Dust Highlights” in matte gold in the center. The three product boxes are tucked into matte black unicarton with the digital, pixelated texture on it… It’s some of the most beautiful packaging I have EVER seen! You’ll also receive a pretty little insert giving you more details about the product itself.

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Left to Right:   Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

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Clockwise from top left:   Stargazer, Nova, Gold Ore

Now that we’ve covered all of that, let’s get to the best part… The formula! Melt seriously killed it with the Digital Dust Highlights! It’s a powder, maybe a gel-powder? (I’m not positive, but I’ll ask. Or if you’re reading this Dana or Lora, holla and let me know!)… Anyway, it feels like a hybrid between a powder, gel, cream, and then once you apply it, it melts onto your skin almost like a liquid. I know that sounds crazy, but that’s what makes this formula usable for anyone, no matter what your skin type may be. Because it’s not dry, it works well on dry skin and looks glowy without being powdery. Also because it’s not creamy, it works on oily skin and won’t slip around and become patchy. Digital Dust Highlights are highly pigmented too, so you don’t have to apply a ton of product to get a gorgeous glow. They’re also easily blendable so even though they have a ton of pigment, you can apply them lightly for a more subtle highlight. This formula is VERY versatile and can be used damp or dry, which I’ll go into more detail about in the application techniques listed below the individual descriptions and summaries. No matter how you wear these, they’ll last all day! Melt claims a 12 hour wear time and damp or dry, I got at least that!

The Digital Dust Highlights are absolutely gleaming, but unlike a lot of highlighters out there, they don’t contain straight up shimmery/glittery particles. I prefer that, personally, because it gives it a softer sort of glow. I have to be in the mood for glitter, especially on my face, so I find these to be usable even for a really basic, day to day look. Like I mentioned, they can also be used wet, so if you want a full blown metallic shine you can achieve that as well!

I know another thing I’ve brought up in the past with other highlighters and glowy/shimmery products is whether or not they irritate my skin since it’s super sensitive and I seem to get a rash every time I try a new highlighter… The good news is that these do NOT make my skin react at all! I’m pretty excited about that since the only other two I can use any more are Becca’s and Jeffree Star’s. Speaking of other highlighters, the formula for these reminds me of MAC’s Extra Dimension Skinfinishes or Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators, but Melt’s Digital Dust Highlights are much smoother and less powdery than both of those. They’re also more pigmented.

Now that I’ve flooded your brain with anything and everything about these babies, I give you Stargazer, Gold Ore, and Nova!

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Clockwise from top:   Gold Ore, Nova, Stargazer

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Left to Right:   Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

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Photo taken outdoors using natural, direct sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken outdoors using natural, direct sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using natural, diffused sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using studio lighting. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin,

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Photo taken indoors using studio lighting. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Stargazer

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Stargazer

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Stargazer

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Stargazer

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Stargazer

Stargazer:   Melt describes Stargazer as a “soft nude champagne starry hue”… It’s a very glowy, but not glittery, light champagne color that can pull more golden or more pink, depending on your skin tone. It also looks different in different lighting. In natural light it looks more pinky like it does on the website, but in indirect sunlight or in studio lighting, it seems to pick up more neutral nude to golden tones. Either way, it’s gorgeous and since it will adapt to different lighting and skin tones, it will be flattering no matter what other products you pair this with! The texture feels extra smooth, going on and blending out with no effort at all. Stargazer makes for the perfect more “natural” highlight on fair to light-medium skin, but can be worn by anyone since it’s buildable so you can get whatever kind of color payoff or coverage that you want. I’ll go over the variations in intensity in the application section below, but for the most part, the color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, while the coverage can be anything from a barely-there glow all the way to true metallic sort of opacity. I got about 14 hours of wear with Stargazer before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   Stargazer is a little darker and more pink (on my skin, anyway) than MAC’s Extra Dimension Highlighter in Double Gleam. Compared to MAC’s Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish, the color is close but Stargazer is much more pigmented and less shimmery/glittery. Stargazer is also more pink than Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, less peachy/more pink than Champagne Pop, and lighter than Opal. It’s also more peachy/nude and very slightly darker than Jeffree Star x Manny MUA’s Skin Frost in Eclipse. The color of Stargazer is similar to Forever Young, found in the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit, but Forever Young has a lot more micro-shimmer. Moonstone, from the Sun Dipped ABH Glow Kit is close but less nude and lighter. Crushed Pearl, from ABH’s Gleam Glow Kit is also pretty similar, but is lighter and more icy.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

Gold Ore:   This one is described as a ” pure warm sunlight tone” and is a medium, warm golden shade with an intense amount of gleam. Even though this is pretty warm toned, it will still work for you no matter what your skin’s natural undertone is. I tried this even before I spray tanned this week when I was about a NC15 in MAC terms, and used lightly, it still looked very natural on me. Now that I am spray tanning and am about NC25 to C4, I feel like this is going to become my every day highlight, even on my natural makeup days. I honestly think that anyone from fair to deep can use this for a natural glow without it appearing too light or too pigmented. The texture of Gold Ore felt a little more dry than Stargazer, but it still has the gel-powder feel to it and glides on with ease. Color payoff looks the same on the skin as it does in the pan and you can get anything from sheer to opaque coverage, depending on how it’s applied. Wear time with this highlight was about 13 hours before I had any problems with fading and even then, it didn’t become patchy at all.

Dupes:   Of course the first dupe I though of is MAC’s cult classic Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt. Compared to one another, Whisper of Gilt is less pigmented and very, very slightly darker and more peachy-gold. Gold Ore is similar to Becca’s Champagne Pop Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector, but less peachy and more of a true gold. Swatched next to Jeffree Star’s Skin Frost in Siberian Gold, Gold Ore is less glittery and a bit darker. From the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit, Butterscotch is similar in texture and finish, but much more yellow based. Summer, from the Sun Dipped Glow Kit, is lighter and more nude. Dripping in Gold, from ABH’s That Glow Glow Kit is lighter and more pinky-peach toned. The closest dupe that I found was the Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Illuminator, but it’s a little lighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Nova

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Nova

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Nova

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Nova

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Nova

Nova:   Nova is described as “warmest medium tone which universally compliments any skin tone” and as you’ll see on Melt’s website as well as on the label for Nova, it also doubles as a bronzer! It’s a medium to medium-dark (depending on your own complexion), very warm, golden bronze color with a hint of coppery undertones and a slightly softer sheen than Gold Ore. While at first glance, this color may seem intimidating to you fair skinned beauties but it actually works on everyone! When I got these and was still NC15, I lightly dusted this over my bronzer to add a healthy glow and it looked beautiful! I can also use this layered over bronzer or blush when I’m a tan, MAC C4, and I imagine this would make the perfect highlight for medium dark to deep skin tones. This Digital Dust Highlight feels more buttery than Gold Ore, but still not as smooth as Stargazer. When swatched, Nova seemed on the dry side but it didn’t feel like that at all when applied with a brush. Color payoff is true to pan color, but can be made less intense if applied with a fluffy brush and a light hand. As far as coverage goes, like the other two, you can apply this to be very sheer all the way up to fully opaque and metallic (it looks like a brand new penny when applied damp). I got a full 12 hours of wear time with Nova before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   MAC’s Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish is deeper and has more pinky-copper tones to it. Jeffree Star’s Skin Frost in King Tut looks a little darker and more cool toned in the pan, but when applied it’s actually lighter! 143 from the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is a little lighter and more peachy. Golden Bronze from the ABH That Glow Glow Kit is much more yellow-bronze based and not as warm toned. Bronzed, from the ABH Sun Dipped Glow Kit is actually very similar but not quite as pigmented. To me, Nova is the most unique out of the three Digital Dust Highlights so I think it’s worth getting, especially if you have a dark to deep skin tone and haven’t found the perfect, warm toned highlighter yet!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

If you’ve read my other highlighter reviews, the application section below is pretty much the same as always! If you haven’t seen that yet, it might be worth reading if you’d like to learn a few new tips and tricks!

Application:

As with most highlighters, Digital Dust Highlights apply best with a small-ish, preferably tapered, fluffy brush like Anastasia’s A23, Real Techniques Setting Brush (the one with the pink handle), or MAC’s 133 Brush. Morphe also has a ton of highlight brushes too so you’re sure to find one of those that you like! My favorites are the M509, M510, M500, M501, E61, Y14 and R36. Used dry, these will give you anything from a soft, subtle glow up to a much more intense highlight, depending on how much you apply and layer this product (you can even layer any of the three different colors for a more dimensional effect). Another way to get a softer, more natural highlight is to use a dry, fluffy fan brush like a MAC 184 (from MAC Pro or online), one of Morphe’s Fan Brushes like the B8, M310, G23, Y13, M497, R12, or any other soft fan brush (even craft stores sell some good ones in the art department). If you don’t have a fan brush, you can also just apply the Digital Dust Highlights with less product and a lighter hand using one of the fluffier tapered brushes that I mentioned.

If you want that mega glowing, almost metallic effect, you can spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray AFTER swiping your brush through the highlighter and picking up a good amount of product… If you spray your brush first, your brush may be too damp and you can end up with that hard, virtually impenetrable buildup on your highlighter that will make it very difficult to use later on. That’s not something unique to Digital Dust Highlights, though… It will happen with any type of powder that you swipe a wet brush over. Anyway, used damp, this will look even more dramatic and glam than it does when applied dry! The versatility with these is one of the qualities I love most, especially as a makeup artist who needs good multitaskers in my kit.

As with any shimmery or glowy product, these are not great for extremely oily areas of the face, but that applies to ANY highlighter! I must say though, I think that because this formula is pretty darn special, these held up well even on my nose, which tends to be one of the shiniest areas of my face. You’ll basically just want to avoid any areas that get slick and shiny quickly if you have a very oily skin type. It will emphasize the bad kind of shine and not wear as well as it does on a less oily part of the face like the tops of the cheekbones. Also, if you have very large pores or serious amounts of texture, highlighters will emphasize that sort of thing. Just be sure to keep it away from those type of areas and you won’t look like you’re melting (really bad pun intended).

Pro Tip & Uses: 

You can use the Digital Dust Highlights in so many ways! If you need that perfect inner corner highlight for your peepers, you can apply these with a small brush like a MAC 219, Morphe R41, E36, M574, or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (gold handle) or Accent Brush (purple handle). If you’re wearing this on your lid, it will apply more highly pigmented and bold if you use your finger to tap it on, which is stunning with a halo eye! Otherwise I like to use a flat shader brush like a MAC 239 or Morphe M124 or E32 for the lid and brow bone areas for a dry application, or a MAC 242 or Morphe E10 for a damp application. As I mentioned, you can layer this product, whether it’s with the other Digital Dust Highlights or any other highlighter, or even over a blush or bronzer if you need a little extra sheen. (I don’t recommend this on the apple of the cheek if you’re very oily or have large pores in that area, though).

Using a fluffier brush like a MAC 224 or Morphe M505 or M510 (they have a million fluffy shadow brushes to choose from) or even one of the larger highlighter brushes I mentioned, you can also swipe this down the bridge of the nose and onto the tip. Because the unique, long-wearing formula, these hold up well even in those areas! A little bit on the cupid’s bow will give you a glowy, look that can make your lips appear fuller.

Now I haven’t verified that these are officially lip-safe, but I will into that for you… If they are, you can also apply this to the very center of the lip, focusing on your bottom lip, after putting on your lipstick/balm/whatever. For this technique, I like to use a small brush (fluffy or dense, depending on the intensity you desire) or my finger so I have a lot of control and don’t apply too much. You can even go for a full metallic lip and just slather these all over.

These are truly a great do-it-all type of highlighter. You can also use these on the body if you want, which is perfect for achieving a stunning glow for summer time! They won’t wear as well all over the body, but they do hold up when applied to the shoulders/chest/boobies (adding a highlight to the upper part of your breasts can make them look fuller).

And with that, my job is done here! I know this was a lengthy review, so if you read the whole thing, you deserve a gold star or a cookie or something. As always, thank you SO much for reading and if you have any tips or thoughts, please leave them below in the comments section!

*** 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 ***

 

 

Welcome to the best part of this trio of posts covering this collaboration! This one is going to be a brief summary of the products so I can give you all the juicy details and fill you in on how and when to get your paws on the entire bundle.

I know it took a while for me to get this up, but as always, I wanted to extensively test everything so I could give you all my honest opinion. I know I raved about everything in this collection, but I mean it when I say that this is one of the best launches in the makeup world for 2017 so far. It’s honestly going to be hard for many companies to beat something like this!

If you’d like to read the full reviews for the different products in this collection, simply click the links below:

Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA Daddy & I’m Shook Velour Liquid Lipsticks

Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA Eclipse Skin Frost

I go very in depth in those posts so you’ll learn a lot about these products by reading them, if that’s your thing anyway… If not, please enjoy the photos and brief reviews featured in this post. As always, thank you SO much for reading! I really enjoyed testing and playing with everything in this collaboration, so I had lot of fun writing about it. I hope you enjoy the posts for this collab and I definitely hope that you’re able to get it when restock time rolls around! If you have any questions or comments about the Jeffree x Manny collab, leave me a comment below!

You can also get updates on upcoming posts, chat with me, or get sneak peeks of new products that I’ll be testing and reviewing by following me on twitterinstagram, and snapchat, all @ lesley_makeup! I LOVE hearing from you guys and getting to know my readers a little better so don’t hesitate to hit me up!

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Photo taken using natural, diffused sunlight.

As far as I know, this collection is limited edition. Pictured above are the three products that make up this bundle. That means that when you buy this as a set, you get Eclipse Skin Frost as well as Daddy and I’m Shook Velour Liquid Lipsticks for only $50. This can be purchased on www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. Normally each lippie costs $18 and Skin Frosts sell for $29, so you’re saving $15 and getting a great deal!

Now for the bad news… As of today, 4/29/17, the bundle is currently sold out, as is Daddy Velour Liquid Lipstick. However, according to Jeffree’s Instagram, the bundle will be restocked in early May! You can still buy them individually, except Daddy of course, so check the little tip below on how you can save some money on these products!

If you use the code MANNYMUA it will take 10% off of the products that are part of this collection! Keep in mind that code only works on the these products individually but does not work on the bundle since it’s already offered at a discounted price… What this means is that if you add I’m Shook and Eclipse to your cart either by themselves or along with other JSC products, the 10% will be deducted from those two products.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

As you can see above, the Jeffree x Manny collaboration comes in absolutely stunning special packaging! When you receive this, there’s a sleeve over the box itself that has both the Jeffree Star star logo as well as Manny’s signature crescent moon on it in holographic silver. Once you remove the sleeve, you’ll see a very classy, yet still edgy matte black box with satin finish Jeffree Star and Manny MUA logos all over it… When you flip the lid open, that’s when you might get blinded by the bright, multidimensional, holographic silver insert along with the uniquely patterned/textured boxes! Manny and Jeffree put SO much thought and effort into every single detail in this collaboration, which I really dig! I think it’s great supporting smaller companies that put so much love into their products. I really appreciate it when people want to make their customers feel special and have fun opening a new package that’s been delivered, so thank you, Jeffree and Manny, for bringing that unboxing-like experience to the consumer!

On top of being pretty, both in the boxes and on the face, these products are ALL free from parabens and gluten, as well as vegan and cruelty-free! We all know how much both Manny and Jeffree love their fur babies, so I think it’s great that they show their compassion for animals by making cruelty-free products. ❤

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I’m Shook

If you were wondering what happened with shipping delays after this collaboration launched, read the couple of little paragraphs below… If you just DGAF, keep scrolling past until you get to the fun stuff!

I know there was a major issue with shipping delays, which I experienced as well since I had to set my alarm to buy this collection just the same as anyone else did! My package, as well as many others, took nearly two full weeks to show up on my doorstep after getting both an order confirmation and shipping confirmation and tracking number. Was it frustrating? Yes, but it was also worth the wait!

Based on what I learned from the JSC customer service team, as well as what Jeffree Star brought up on social media, there were just too many orders to physically go out to the postal service within a few days, so while you may have received a tracking number, that means it was printed and slapped onto your box of goodies, but it may have still been sitting in the warehouse waiting for USPS to pick it up and send it out… You have to keep in mind that the sheer volume of orders they received and products they had to box up can be overwhelming. Jeffree Star Cosmetics is a small, private company that just doesn’t have the manpower that someone like MAC, Ulta, Sephora, or even Anastasia Beverly Hills has. They ship out of ONE warehouse, not numerous ones that are scattered all over the US like many larger companies have. Basically, they did the best they could and I have a feeling they may not have even expected to have so many orders places so quickly! When I had questions, their customer service was prompt to respond and put my mind at ease. I understand why many of you were put off by the delay in receiving your packages, but try to have patience when restock comes! I promise you that they appreciate your business very much and will get your products to you ASAP. I’m not saying any of that because I was asked to or anything either… My family owns a small business, which I help run, and it is honestly impossible to please that many people in the short amount of time that you’re expected to sometimes!

That being said, don’t forget to set an alarm or two or seven when it’s restock time because I imagine that the bundle will sell out FAST!

Alright, now that we’ve addressed that little problem, please enjoy the photos and summaries below! (They’re actually just copied and pasted from the larger reviews, but I figured this might be easier and more fun for some of you to read).

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Swatches taken outdoors in natural sunlight.

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I’m Shook

I’m Shook:   This is described as a “beautiful medium toned burnt coral”… I’d say that’s pretty spot on but I do think this can look different on some people depending on their natural lip color and skin tone. For the most part, I would consider this to be a medium to medium-dark pinky-reddish-coral. It can pull more warm or cool on different people, but on me it’s neutral to cool toned, depending on the lighting (as you can see above). The texture feels just like Daddy, being the perfect consistency and applying like a dream. Color payoff pretty much looks like it does in the tube, but I feel like it can pull more pink on people with naturally more bright/pigmented lips. I’ve honestly seen this on several people and in a lot of photos and in my opinion, it looks different on everyone, but that’s great because it seems to adapt to be the most flattering shade for your own unique skin tone! Coverage looked a bit patchy when swatched, but when applied on the lips it was completely even and opaque using very little product. Like Daddy, wear time was about 6 hours before I needed a touchup in the center of the lip and a little over 8 hours before I had any fading around the edges of my lips.

Liners:   Because I’m Shook seems to transform on everyone, you can use SO many different liners with it! A couple of my favorite Lip Pencils from MAC are: Ruby Woo (brighter/more blue based and slightly lighter), Redd (slightly lighter and warmer/more orange-red), Follow Your Heart (more blue-based), Chicory (warmer/more brown), Mahogany (deeper and more brown), and Brick (very similar, only a little more of a blue undertone). Anything with a more blue undertone will cool down the color of this lipstick and if it’s also brighter, it will make it appear more pink. If you use a warmer toned or more brown liner, especially if it’s deeper, it will make this warmer and more neutral. You can also use something with a brighter and more orange color to it so bring out the coral tones in this liquid lipstick. It’s very versatile and fun to play around with, not to mention perfect for summer!

Dupes:   Out of all the liquid lipsticks I have, which is A LOT, I couldn’t find one that was a great dupe for I’m Shook. The closest lip product I found in both color and finish is MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick, which is only very slightly more cool toned, but it looks totally different and deeper on the lips than it did when I swatched these next to each other on my hand! It is also just a regular lipstick and not a liquid… It is matte, but it’s not going to wear as long as I’m Shook will.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Daddy

Daddy:   The description on the JSC website says that Daddy is a “gorgeous cool toned brown”, which is entirely accurate… It’s a medium to medium-dark, cool toned brown-nude with some slight greige (grey/beige) undertones and a totally matte finish. The texture is super smooth being creamy, but not too thick and liquidy, but not too watery. It applies easily and evenly. It takes a moment to dry, so just be sure not to blot your lips together or it may get a bit patchy but once it’s set, you’re all good! Color payoff is fantastic and it looks just like it does in the tube. However, Daddy can look darker on lighter skin tones and lighter or more nude on darker skin tones. Also, it may pull slightly more warm or cool, depending on your natural undertone. On me, it looks quite cool, but I have a more yellow undertone to my complexion, so that’s to be expected. I like how it looks a little different on everyone, though, because it makes it more easily wearable. Coverage is fully opaque with very little product applied. I got about 6 hours of wear before this began to fade in the center of my lip, but it lasted closer to 8 hours before I noticed any fading or feathering around the edges of my lip. If you apply a liner, you’ll get even more wear time!

Note: Daddy is not in stock at the moment, but I’m hoping it will restock in early May when the bundle does!

Liners:   While a liner isn’t necessary with this formula, if you want a little more definition or contrast, here are a few of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils from lightest to darkest: Stripdown (very slightly lighter & warmer), Stone (cooler/more grey), Cork (almost identical to Daddy), and Chestnut (a little darker). You can also play with color and use one like Plum (slightly darker and more purple-based) or Mahogany (darker, and warmer/more rusty).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Sepia Liquid Lipstick is darker, cooler toned and more grey. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Flesh Stone is lighter and cooler, and Cafe Au Chic, of the same MAC formula, is also cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Eclipse swatched in natural sunlight.

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Eclipse

Eclipse:   On the JSC website, this is described as a “blinding pale icy peach” which is pretty accurate! It’s a light, peachy-champagne color with pretty neutral undertones, which makes it flattering on any skin tone! Depending on how heavily you apply it or if you use it dry or damp, it can be anything from a sheer, soft sheen up to a blinding, intense metallic glow. The texture is very buttery so it applies and blends out easily without getting patchy at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, but may look slightly warmer or cooler depending on your own skin tone… That’s sort of what makes this usable for everyone, though, so it’s a good thing! The coverage ranges from sheer to completely opaque, depending on how you apply it which I will explain below. Wear time was a solid 12 hours before I noticed any fading and that applies to the face, body and eyes! My skin has been a little oily and it’s been humid here too, so I imagine that some people may get an even longer wear time with Eclipse than I did!

Dupes:   The closest thing I found to Eclipse is Crushed Pearl from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, which is a little more peachy. It’s also no longer being sold on the ABH website or at Sephora, so Eclipse it definitely worth picking up! As far as other Skin Frosts go, Ice cold is lighter and more of an icy pearl color and Princess Cut is more pink.

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 ***

Jeffree Star Cosmetics’ Velour Liquid Lipsticks are are a formula I hadn’t tried yet, so I figured buying them in the bundle that was released in collaboration with Manny MUA was the perfect way to give them a shot. Both Daddy and I’m Shook are great colors that just about anyone can wear and after testing these for the past week or so, I’ve fallen in love! There are definitely very few brands and formulas of liquid lipstick that I prefer and actually use on a regular basis and I’d have to say that Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks are now in my top three!

As far as I know, both Daddy and I’m Shook are limited edition for the Manny MUA collaboration and as of right now (4/29/17), only I’m Shook is in stock. It can be purchased on www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. The individual tube of Daddy is not currently available, nor is the bundle that includes both of these as well as Eclipse Skin Frost but it will be restocked in early May, according to Jeffree’s Instagram. Like other JSC Velour Liquid Lipsticks, these sell for $18 each and contain 5.6 g / 0.19 oz of product. Compared to something like Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks, which sell for $20 and contain 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product, or MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours that cost $21 and contain 5 g / 0.17 oz, you’re getting a great deal with the JSC brand lippies. The Velour Liquid Lipsticks do not contain any paraben or gluten and are also vegan and cruelty free! ❤

If you use the code MANNYMUA it will take 10% off of the products that are part of this collection! Keep in mind that code only works on the these products individually but does not work on the bundle since it’s already offered at a discounted price… What this means is that if you add I’m Shook and Eclipse to your cart along with other JSC products, the 10% will be deducted from those two products only. The individual products in this collab are in stock (except Daddy) but you can’t get them in the bundle until Jeffree Star Cosmetics gets a restock in.

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The packaging for Daddy and I’m Shook is the same as the other Velour Liquid Lipsticks, but like Eclipse Skin Frost, the colors have been changed. Instead of a pink cap with a rose gold logo, these have a black one with the holographic silver also seen on the Skin Frost compact and packaging for this collection. As you can see, the rose gold text usually seen on the tube itself has also been replaced with the beautiful, multidimensional holographic silver. The boxes for these are just like the one for Eclipse Skin Frost, being black with a textured triangle design and silver text.

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At first glance, you may think the tubes for these look big and chunky but they’re actually about the same thickness as any other liquid lipstick or lipgloss. They are shorter, but as I mentioned earlier, they actually contain more product than most other brands with similar formulas. I appreciate this since these take up less room in my makeup bag and drawer! The applicator is a pretty basic doe-foot but it’s tapered and curved a bit so it hugs your lip, making application easy and precise.

After testing these out, I’m officially a major fan of this formula! It feels more liquidy than some other liquid lipsticks, but it’s still creamy and smooth. I actually like the fact that it’s more fluid-like, though, because I feel like it’s easier to apply and spread around without getting any patchiness. You do want to give these a quick shake before applying them to make sure the product is evenly mixed. It mentions that on the box, which is nice since there are other formulas that require the same thing but don’t make it clear! JSC Velour Liquid Lipsticks take about a minute to dry and set (also mentioned on the box), which gives you time to play with it and make sure it’s completely even. Once these are on, they’re not likely to budge! I can’t vouch for it myself, but according to the website, these are kiss-proof and transfer-resistant. I had these on for 6 hours before needing to touch up, mostly in the center of my lip, and that was after eating lunch and having some coffee. Overall, I’d say these have a solid 8 hour wear time. Despite the matte finish and long-wearing formula, these didn’t seem to dry out my lips or get that weird, scrunchy look in the center after having them on for a while, so I am definitely interested in trying more colors of Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks!

You’ll want to make sure that your lips are nice and smooth before applying these, but you probably already know that! This type of formula can emphasize dry, chapped areas and the natural lines of your lips so you should exfoliate using your favorite lip scrub or maybe even one made by Jeffree Star Cosmetics that can be found here. You can also apply a balm or primer but I recommend wiping off any excess right before you apply your liquid lipstick so it sets properly without sliding off or sheering down. A few of my favorites are MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask (the one in the squeeze tube), or plain shea butter. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water… Hydrated lips are healthy lips!

Without further ado, lets get into the photos and individual reviews!

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography. Velour Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken outdoors using natural sunlight. Velour Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

Daddy:   The description on the JSC website says that Daddy is a “gorgeous cool toned brown”, which is entirely accurate… It’s a medium to medium-dark, cool toned brown-nude with some slight greige (grey/beige) undertones and a totally matte finish. The texture is super smooth being creamy, but not too thick and liquidy, but not too watery. It applies easily and evenly. It takes a moment to dry, so just be sure not to blot your lips together or it may get a bit patchy but once it’s set, you’re all good! Color payoff is fantastic and it looks just like it does in the tube. However, Daddy can look darker on lighter skin tones and lighter or more nude on darker skin tones. Also, it may pull slightly more warm or cool, depending on your natural undertone. On me, it looks quite cool, but I have a more yellow undertone to my complexion, so that’s to be expected. I like how it looks a little different on everyone, though, because it makes it more easily wearable. Coverage is fully opaque with very little product applied. I got about 6 hours of wear before this began to fade in the center of my lip, but it lasted closer to 8 hours before I noticed any fading or feathering around the edges of my lip. If you apply a liner, you’ll get even more wear time!

Note: Daddy is not in stock at the moment, but I’m hoping it will restock in early May when the bundle does!

Liners:   While a liner isn’t necessary with this formula, if you want a little more definition or contrast, here are a few of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils from lightest to darkest: Stripdown (very slightly lighter & warmer), Stone (cooler/more grey), Cork (almost identical to Daddy), and Chestnut (a little darker). You can also play with color and use one like Plum (slightly darker and more purple-based) or Mahogany (darker, and warmer/more rusty).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Sepia Liquid Lipstick is darker, cooler toned and more grey. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Flesh Stone is lighter and cooler, and Cafe Au Chic, of the same MAC formula, is also cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

 

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

I’m Shook:   This is described as a “beautiful medium toned burnt coral”… I’d say that’s pretty spot on but I do think this can look different on some people depending on their natural lip color and skin tone. For the most part, I would consider this to be a medium to medium-dark pinky-reddish-coral. It can pull more warm or cool on different people, but on me it’s neutral to cool toned, depending on the lighting (as you can see above). The texture feels just like Daddy, being the perfect consistency and applying like a dream. Color payoff pretty much looks like it does in the tube, but I feel like it can pull more pink on people with naturally more bright/pigmented lips. I’ve honestly seen this on several people and in a lot of photos and in my opinion, it looks different on everyone, but that’s great because it seems to adapt to be the most flattering shade for your own unique skin tone! Coverage looked a bit patchy when swatched, but when applied on the lips it was completely even and opaque using very little product. Like Daddy, wear time was about 6 hours before I needed a touchup in the center of the lip and a little over 8 hours before I had any fading around the edges of my lips.

Liners:   Because I’m Shook seems to transform on everyone, you can use SO many different liners with it! A couple of my favorite Lip Pencils from MAC are: Ruby Woo (brighter/more blue based and slightly lighter), Redd (slightly lighter and warmer/more orange-red), Follow Your Heart (more blue-based), Chicory (warmer/more brown), Mahogany (deeper and more brown), and Brick (very similar, only a little more of a blue undertone). Anything with a more blue undertone will cool down the color of this lipstick and if it’s also brighter, it will make it appear more pink. If you use a warmer toned or more brown liner, especially if it’s deeper, it will make this warmer and more neutral. You can also use something with a brighter and more orange color to it so bring out the coral tones in this liquid lipstick. It’s very versatile and fun to play around with, not to mention perfect for summer!

Dupes:   Out of all the liquid lipsticks I have, which is A LOT, I couldn’t find one that was a great dupe for I’m Shook. The closest lip product I found in both color and finish is MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick, which is only very slightly more cool toned, but it looks totally different and deeper on the lips than it did when I swatched these next to each other on my hand! It is also just a regular lipstick and not a liquid… It is matte, but it’s not going to wear as long as I’m Shook will.

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 really wanted to take my time to test out the products I got from this AMAZING collaboration, so that’s why it’s taken me some time to get this post up but trust me, it’s worth the wait! Because I took so many photos of the products in this collab, this particular post will be over the Skin Frost only but I’ll also be making posts for the Velour Liquid Lipsticks and another as a summary of the bundle… Cool with you? Okay! Now let’s get down to business…

This is a limited edition Skin Frost that I reeeeally wish would become permanent because it’s unlike any of the other colors from Jeffree Star Cosmetics and it’s flattering on literally everyone. You can purchase this from www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com for $29. Eclipse contains 15 g / 0.53 oz of product, just like the other Skin Frosts. As I’ve mentioned in other Skin Frost posts, this is a great buy, considering that Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector costs $38 and only contains 8 g / 0.28 oz, and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish costs $33 and contains 10 g / 0.35 oz of product. There are other highlighters on the market that cost even more, but those are two well know ones that I randomly chose for comparison purposes. This Skin Frost does not contain any paraben or gluten, is vegan and most importantly, it’s cruelty-free! ❤

If you use the code MANNYMUA it will take 10% off of the products that are part of this collection! Keep in mind that code only works on the these products individually but does not work on the bundle since it’s already offered at a discounted price… What this means is that if you add I’m Shook and Eclipse to your cart either by themselves or along with other JSC products, the 10% will be deducted from those two products.

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First off, let’s talk about how gorgeous this packaging is! It’s made the same way the other Skin Frost compacts are, including the awesomely huge mirror inside the lid. Instead of being Jeffree’s signature pink color, it’s an elegant but still edgy matte black with silver, holographic accents featuring the JSC logo on the lid. On the back, the label is black with bright pink text. I love this whole design because it’s the perfect mixture what you think of when Jeffree and Manny come to mind, which is exactly what a collaboration should be! Even the box it comes in is unique and has this really different, eye-catching, multidimensional design/texture that is SO pretty! On the front of the box is Manny’s crescent moon and Jeffree’s star, just like the ones stamped onto the highlighter itself. When you receive this in the bundle, all three products come in a special box too, which I’ll show you photos of in the post that summarizes the bundle as a whole. That post will be up as soon as I’m done with the Velour Liquid Lipstick post and I’ll link it here once I get it finished!

This post is going to be pretty photo-heavy because I had a blast photographing this, so just keep scrolling if you want to learn more about the highlighter itself as well as some of my favorite application tips and tricks!

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As for the Skin Frost itself, the formula for Eclipse is fantastic and is pretty much everything your little heart could desire in a highlighter! Even though this is a powder, it’s so smooth that it almost feels creamy. To me, the texture is very similar to Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors and Anastasia Beverly Hills’ highlighters that come in the Glow Kits. I feel like Eclipse in particular is smoother than some of the other Skin Frosts I have… It’s a lot like Peach Goddess or Princess Cut, rather that ones like Siberian Gold or King Tut. I think this is because it has more sheen and less micro-glitter particles. I mean even the Skin Frosts that have more little shimmery bits are still very smooth, but Eclipse almost gives the skin more of a wet-like glow than a glittery reflects. It’s SUPER pigmented too, so you don’t have to apply much product to get a stunning highlight that can be seen from the heavens!

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but occasionally I’ll get a highlighter that contains some kind of micro-shimmery bits that give me an allergic reaction and tons of little red bumps on my face but NONE of Jeffree’s products have ever done that to me, so I just want to add that Eclipse is sensitive skin friendly! It’s also a versatile product that’s safe to use on the face, eye, lips, and body, so that’s a major plus, especially since Eclipse contains enough highlighter to last you a lifetime!

For swatches, dupes, an overall rating and brief summary of the product including color description, finish, wear time, etc, keep scrolling past all of the photos! Application tips will also be listed below!

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using diffused natural sunlight.

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Photo taken indoors using lighting made for photography. Eclipse swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken outdoors using natural sunlight. Eclipse swatched on NC20 skin.

Eclipse:   On the JSC website, this is described as a “blinding pale icy peach” which is pretty accurate! It’s a light, peachy-champagne color with pretty neutral undertones, which makes it flattering on any skin tone! Depending on how heavily you apply it or if you use it dry or damp, it can be anything from a sheer, soft sheen up to a blinding, intense metallic glow. The texture is very buttery so it applies and blends out easily without getting patchy at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, but may look slightly warmer or cooler depending on your own skin tone… That’s sort of what makes this usable for everyone, though, so it’s a good thing! The coverage ranges from sheer to completely opaque, depending on how you apply it which I will explain below. Wear time was a solid 12 hours before I noticed any fading and that applies to the face, body and eyes! My skin has been a little oily and it’s been humid here too, so I imagine that some people may get an even longer wear time with Eclipse than I did!

Dupes:   The closest thing I found to Eclipse is Crushed Pearl from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, which is a little more peachy. It’s also no longer being sold on the ABH website or at Sephora, so Eclipse it definitely worth picking up! As far as other Skin Frosts go, Ice cold is lighter and more of an icy pearl color and Princess Cut is more pink.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Application:

In my experience, Skin Frosts apply best with a small-ish, preferably tapered, somewhat dense, fluffy brush like Anastasia’s A23, Real Techniques Setting Brush (the one with the pink handle), or MAC’s 133 Brush. Morphe also has a ton of highlight brushes too so you’re sure to find one of those that you like! My favorites are the M509, M510, M500, M501, E61, Y14 and R36. Used dry, they give you anything from a light, subtle glow up to something more intense, depending on how much you apply and layer the Skin Frost (you can even layer different colors for a more dimensional effect). Another way to get a softer, more natural highlight is to use a dry, fluffy fan brush like a MAC 184 (from MAC Pro or online), one of Morphe’s Fan Brushes like the B8, M310, G23, Y13, M497, R12, or any other soft fan brush (even craft stores sell some good ones in the art department). If you don’t have a fan brush, you can also just apply the Skin Frost with less product and a lighter hand using one of the fluffier tapered brushes that I mentioned.

If you want that mega glowing, almost metallic, goddess-from-another-planet type of highlight that can practically be seen from space, you can spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray AFTER swiping your brush through the highlighter and picking up a good amount of product… If you spray your brush first, your brush may be too damp and you can end up with that icky crusty buildup on your highlighter that will make it difficult to use later on. That’s not something unique to Skin Frosts, though… It will happen with any type of powder that you swipe a wet brush over. Anyway, used damp, this will look even more dramatic and glam if you feel like you need to be a little extra that day! The versatility with Skin Frosts is one of the qualities I love about them most, especially as a makeup artist who needs good multitaskers in my kit.

Now for the only negative thing I have to say about Skin Frosts in general… These are not great for very oily areas of the face, but this applies to ANY highlighter! You’ll want to avoid any areas that get slick and shiny, such as the nose, forehead, chin, or apples of the cheeks. It will emphasize the bad kind of shine and not wear as well as it does on a less oily part of the face like the tops of the cheekbones, eyes, or lips. Also, if you have very large pores or serious amounts of texture, highlighters also emphasize that sort of thing. Just be sure to keep it away from those type of areas and you’ll be golden (literally).

Pro Tip & Uses: 

You can use Skin Frosts for MANY things! Need an inner corner highlight for your eyes? Pop this baby on with a small brush like a MAC 219, Morphe R41, E36, M574, or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (gold handle) or Accent Brush (purple handle). If you’re wearing this on your lid, it will apply more highly pigmented and bold if you use your finger to tap it on, which is stunning with a halo eye! Otherwise I like to use a flat shader brush like a MAC 239 or Morphe M124 or E32 for the lid and brow bone areas for a dry application, or a MAC 242 or Morphe E10 for a damp application. As I mentioned, you can layer this product, whether it’s with other Skin Frosts or highlighters, or even over a blush if you need that cheek to really gleam! (not necessarily recommended on the apple of the cheek if you’re oily). Using a fluffier brush like a MAC 224 or Morphe M505 or M510 (they have a million fluffy shadow brushes to choose from) or even one of the larger highlighter brushes I mentioned, you can also swipe this down the bridge of the nose and onto the tip, just like any other highlighter. It wears well even in those areas! A little bit on the cupid’s bow will give you a glowy, more pouty look… Speaking of the lips, after putting on your lipstick/balm/whatever, you can apply this onto the center of the lips using a small brush (fluffy or dense, depending on the intensity you desire) or your finger to emphasize that pucker! Oh and did I mention how cool this looks all over on TOP of lipstick or under a gloss for a metallic lip? Because there’s that too… Like I said, this is one of the best multitasking products I’ve ever purchased or used, so it’s a must have for any makeup lover! Even if it’s not this particular shade, I definitely recommend at least checking out a Skin Frost.

 

*** 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 ***

 

 

Okay so the actual name for this bronzer, according to the Marc Jacobs Beauty website is O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan but that just doesn’t flow very well. Anyway, this seems to be the most coveted bronzer of 2017 and has been seen on many, MANY YouTube channels lately, which I didn’t even realize until trying to hunt it down. I was lucky enough to find it at my local Sephora and I am SO glad I did! This is the perfect shade of bronze for fair to medium or even medium-dark skin. It’s not red or orange at all so it gives you a very natural, sun-kissed look. I’ll get into more details later on in this post, but let’s get to the basics for now…

This is unfortunately a limited edition color. It sells for $49 and can be purchased from www.marcjacobsbeauty.com, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman. As of right now (Friday 4/28/17) it’s in stock on all of those websites, so get it while you can! It contains 25 g / 0.8 oz of product which is a great value for such a high end bronzer! Something like MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun contains 10 g / 0.35 oz and costs $33. Now I love Give Me Sun, it’s always been my go-to bronzer, but I’m just using it as a comparison since that’s about the average amount of product and price for most bronzers on the market. Marc Jacobs Beauty is a cruelty-free brand so this product was not tested on animals ❤

If you want to save some money on this product, you can go to the Marc Jacobs Beauty website and you’ll receive a 15% off discount code to use towards your entire first order when you sign up with your email address! I believe the code is WELCOME15, but I’m not sure if it will work without signing up for their emails.

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The packaging for this product is beautiful and very luxurious. Normally, the Marc Jacobs bronzers come in a black compact but to go along with the rest of the Coconut collection for summer, Tan-Tastic comes in a sleek, and HUGE, white compact. While the packaging is simple, I appreciate that. There’s no unnecessarily oversized logo or anything because this product truly speaks for itself! The Marc Jacobs logo on the lid is small and matches the silver clasp that keeps this compact closed. Exterior aside, my favorite part about this compact is the mirror! It fills the entire lid and is big enough to use while applying your makeup, so if you’re traveling with this, you won’t have to being an additional mirror.

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The formula of this bronzer is by far my favorite type of powder for this kind of product. It almost feels creamy but it’s actually a very fine, jet-milled powder that applies smoothly without getting blotchy or going on too heavily. Tan-Tastic is lightweight but buildable so even if you have porcelain skin, this shade will work for you. While this bronzer is stunning on fair to medium-dark or even some dark skin tones, it’s not quite pigmented enough to show up on dark to deep skin. There is another permanent bronzer that’s darker and warmer in color, so it’s much more suitable for people with deeper skin tones! While Tan-Tastic may give a hint of color even on dark to deep skin, make sure you try it before you buy it since it has a more neutral undertone and could appear a bit ashy. The more olive-brown undertone is why it’s flattering on lighter skin because it doesn’t make you look orange at all! This bronzer can also be used on the body, which is why it comes in such a big size.

Marc Jacobs’ bronzers are free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates, so it won’t irritate your skin or clog pores. It is scented with an absolutely heavenly hint of coconut but it’s not overpowering and isn’t terribly noticeable once applied. I feel like some people may not love it, but that was definitely one of the selling points for me personally! As far as application goes, any fluffy, somewhat tapered powder brush is suitable. There’s a brush from Marc Jacobs that was released along with the coconut collection and has a white handle to match this packaging, but it costs $78 which is a little bit pricey in my opinion. If you really want to treat yourself, by all means go for it, but I’m pretty happy applying Tan-Tastic with my MAC 138 or Morphe R1 brushes!

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Photo taken indoors using lighting from a ring light. Bronzer swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken outdoors using natural sunlight. Bronzer swatched on NC20 skin.

Tan-Tastic:   This bronzer is a medium, neutral toned bronze so it’s universally flattering on most skin tones. It has a natural matte finish that doesn’t really have a shine, but gives the skin a radiant, sun-kissed appearance. The texture is incredibly smooth so it applies and blends out easily. Color payoff is actually pretty much exactly how it looks in the pan and doesn’t seem to look warmer once applied or oxidize at all. The coverage is anything from sheer to opaque, depending on how much you apply and layer, so it’s customizable for whatever level of bronzed you wish to achieve! I got over 12 hours of wear before this began to fade, which is impressive for such a smooth, almost creamy feeling formula!

Dupes:   The formula of this bronzer reminds me of the limited edition Extra Dimension Bronzers that MAC has released once or twice for summer collections, but the color for all of those aren’t even close. The formula for Tan-Tastic is actually even creamier feeling, to be honest. As far as color goes, Benefit’s original Hoola bronzer was the closest I found, but it’s less pigmented and has a cooler undertone. I actually like to use Hoola to contour with if I feel like I need a contour in addition to using Tan-Tastic as my bronzer, they compliment each other very nicely!

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 ***

 

This is one of those products that I bought AGES ago when it first came out and it just sat there forever until I recently picked it up and absolutely fell in love with it! It’s the type of moisturizer that you can wear alone if you want a healthy glow but don’t want to wear makeup, or you can wear it under your foundation or even mix it WITH your foundation to create a base with extra luminosity. Glowstarters come in three colors but I’ll only be reviewing Nude Glow in this post.

Glamglow’s Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer is a permanent product which sells for $49 and can be purchased directly from www.glamglow.com, Sephora, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and many other retailers. It contains 50 g (or ml) / 1.7 oz of product, which is pretty average for a higher end moisturizer in this price range. Glamglow is a cruelty-free company, so this product was not tested on animals ❤

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The packaging for this is your basic little tub but it’s SO pretty! It’s a bright silver with the Glamglow star on the top of the screw-on lid. It feels heavy but not bulky and it’s sturdy enough to live through being tossed in a travel or gym bag. It also seems to hold up well  when dropped onto a tile floor (I’ve dropped mine at least half a dozen times and it hasn’t even cracked). It’s easy to get all of the product out too since there’s no awkward shape or lip to the container, so you won’t waste a drop of this moisturizer!

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The formula isn’t too thin and fluid-like, but it’s also not super thick and creamy… It almost feels whipped but not in a dry, poofy sort of way… If that makes any sense. It has a slick, almost cooling feel to it but isn’t greasy at all. I guess the best way to describe this is just exactly what it is, which is SUPER moisturizing without being sticky or heavy. It absorbs quickly so you don’t have to worry about waiting a long time between applying this and then your makeup. I actually like to use this right before putting on my foundation or primer, if I even decide to use one along with this product. Glowstarters have a tropical, almost creamsicle-like scent, which I like but that’s me… It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, though. The scent does fades after a little while, so you don’t have to worry about walking around smelling sweet and fruity all day!

According to Glamglow, and also based on my personal experience with this product as well as my experience using this in my makeup kit, Glowstarters are suitable for all skin types. That said, if your skin is sensitive to things which are scented or have very small pearlescent particles, you may want to try a test area before applying this to your entire face. Personally, my skin varies between dry and combination depending on the time of year but I can use this year round without getting overly shiny or oily. If you have oily skin and don’t want any extra glow, this product may not be for you or you could just mix a small amount in with your foundation for a healthy hint of luminosity. Also, if you have larger pores, this moisturizer can emphasize them a little bit, like many shimmery products can, so that’s something else to keep in mind. I’ll go over different techniques of using this product below the summary for this particular shade of Glowstarter.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I’m only reviewing Nude Glow today but you can choose from three different Glowstarter colors. Pearl Glow is the lightest and is a pearlescent white, Nude Glow is the medium color and is a pearlescent pink, and Sun Glow is the darkest and is a pearlescent bronze. The great thing is that all skin tones can use all of these colors! If worn alone, I would recommend Pearl Glow for fair to light skin, Nude Glow for light to medium dark skin, and Sun Glow for medium to deep skin. You can also use the different colors to lighten or deepen your foundation if mixed together, or use the different colors on different areas of your face, much like doing a very sheer, subtle base, contour, or highlight with a glow. In the summer, I have a pretty medium skin tone and prefer Nude Glow most of the time but I will reach for Sun Glow if I want to look a little more bronzed.

Glowstarters are hydrating enough to use as your daily moisturizer and contain all sorts of beneficial ingredients such as vitamins, botanicals, hyaluronic acid, and Glamglow’s own Teaoxi golden root technology which instantly gives you boost of moisture that lasts all day. One of my favorite ingredients in Glowstarters is green tea extract, which helps to soothe the skin. They also contain emollients like ceramides, jojoba oil, shea butter, and a top secret, special lipid-complex that’s going to infuse your skin with moisture and keep that moisture locked in all day long. The pearlescent particles in these moisturizers add to the glowing effect, reflecting light and helping to blur out imperfections. For me, when I wear this alone, I feel like I have one of those naturally radiant looking filters on my face (think flower crown filter on snapchat minus your skin color being all blown out and bright… And without having to walk around with flowers on your head lol).

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Photo taken indoors using natural, diffused sunlight PLUS a ring light. Glowstarter swatched on NC25 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using a ring light only. Glowstarter swatched on NC25 skin. 

Nude Glow:   This is a light, sheer peachy-champagne type of nude with warm undertones and a soft golden sheen. The texture is very smooth and almost feels cooling when applied. It has a medium consistency, falling right between a lotion and a cream so it isn’t runny but also isn’t so thick that you need to warm it up on your fingers before putting it on. The color payoff and amount of shimmer is obviously not going to be as pigmented or intense as it is in the pot, but that’s to be expected with this type of product. Coverage is the same way… While it’s not going to be anywhere near opaque, you will get an even amount of glow without any patchiness. Wear time is actually really nice for a radiant, shimmery moisturizer… When worn alone, I don’t notice the shine beginning to fade away in most areas until I have it on for about 10-12 hours unless I get hot or it’s exceptionally humid, then it may fade a bit faster because the glow will slide off right along with your sweat!

I’m not going to give this the typical rating since many parts of that don’t apply to this product, but we’ll try it this way:

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Hydration:  5

Luminosity:   4

Texture:   5

Scent:   5

Packaging:   5

Application Tips:

Worn alone or as a moisturizer:   

Gently rub or pat this into clean, dried skin, avoiding the eye area. You may also apply this to your shoulders, arms, legs, décolletage, or anywhere else on your body for a sexy, goddess-like glow. If you are wearing primer and other makeup over this, let it soak in for about 10-15 minutes, then you’re good to go with your normal makeup routine! This technique is great for all skin types.

Worn as a primer:

Apply lightly to your face after letting your usual moisturizer soak in for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Let this absorb for about a minute, then apply your foundation directly over the Glowstarter. At this point, it will be tacky enough that your foundation will adhere to it like it would any other primer. This technique is best for dry to normal skin types.

Mixed in with foundation as a luminizer:

You can mix in as much or as little as you want! The more you mix in, the more sheered out and glowy your foundation will become, while the less you add, the more coverage you’ll have with your base and the more subtle the glow will be. You can also mix this with something like MAC’s Select Cover-Up or Pro Longwear Concealers to create a beautiful, luminous foundation that will still give you a good amount of coverage, since concealers are typically more pigmented than foundations are. You can use this trick no matter what type of skin type you have but if you’re oily, you will want to use a very small amount of Glowstarter in your mixture.

Worn as a highlighter:

As with any liquid highlighter, you’ll want to pat this onto the high planes of your face (cheekbones, tip and bridge of nose, above the brow bone, on the cupid’s bow, etc). I like to use my fingers for this method. You may add a powder highlighter over it to intensify the glow but it’s not necessary to set with a powder if you want a softer, more natural look.

 

 

*** 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 feel like I’ve tried just about every liquid lipstick out there except for Too Faced’s, so I figured I would give this one a shot! To get straight to the point, I do think there are better formulas on the market, but this one held up pretty well and it’s a great nude for just about everyone! I’ll give more details about the formula and all of that good stuff later in the post, but let’s get to the basics for now…

Child Star is a permanent part of Too Faced’s line of Melted Matte Liquified Lipsticks. It can be purchased at www.toofaced.com or from Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, and wherever else the brand is sold. It goes for $21 and contains 7 ml / 0.23 fl oz of product. This is a pretty average price… MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours, which I prefer, sell for the same price and contain 2ml less. On the other hand, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipsticks cost $20 and contain about half of what Too Faced’s Liquid Lipsticks do, BUT I would pick the ABH over the Too Faced formula any day! Too Faced is a cruelty-free brand, so this lipstick is safe to wear if you favor our furry friends being treated fairly! ❤

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The packaging is cute and is high quality but it’s also a bit bulky. The shape is different, so it’s easy to find if you’re blindly digging around in your makeup bag but it also takes up more room than any of my other liquid lipsticks or glosses in my lip drawer. The applicator is your typical doe-foot sponge. It’s pretty small, so it’s easy to control for a precise application.

Too Faced’s Melted Matte Liqufied Lipstick formula is very creamy and heavily pigmented, so it’s great in that aspect. It applies pretty evenly but you MUST make sure that your lips are exfoliated and primed before you put this on! The combination of Child Star being a liquid matte AND being nude means it will show every single chapped or dry spot on your lips! Priming your lips with a balm or primer won’t just help hide chapped areas either, it will also help to keep this lipstick from settling into the natural lines of your lips, which Child Star really emphasized on me… You’ll see what I mean about settling into lines and showing chapped areas in the pics below and it’s NOT pretty! It really did help to apply a moisturizer first and my favorite thing to use is plain shea butter. I like to moisturize my lips about 15 minutes before I put on a liquid lipstick and then wipe off the excess right before application so the lipstick doesn’t slip around too much. MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip is also great and is silicone based so it fills in lines really well… Any balm or primer will work, though!

Another super basic tip to preventing your lips from getting dry or looking like they have a lot of lines is to drink plenty of water! I feel like this is something we all probably forget at times but when you stay hydrated, your skin stays hydrated and your lips are always going to look smoother and fuller!

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Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight.

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Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight. My skin is about NC20 in this photo.

Child Star:   This color is described as a “matte soft nude” and is a light to light-medium, warm toned peachy-pink nude with a soft matte finish. The texture of this liquid lipstick is thick and creamy so it applies relatively well without having to layer it. It did feel pretty dry on my lips after I had it on for a while, though, so it wasn’t the most comfortable liquid lipstick formula I’ve worn. As I mentioned earlier, the main problem I had was that it showed every line and dry patch so badly! I also had some issues with it not sticking to the center of my lip, which you can see in the pic above. It takes a little while to dry, so you really have to make sure that you don’t let your top and bottom lip touch until it’s set or it will get even patchier! It did look more even when I filled in my entire lip with a liner first, then applied Child Star, so you can always try that if you have the same issues I did. Color payoff is nearly the same as it looks in the tube since it’s so highly pigmented. It may look a little different on warmer/cooler or lighter/deeper skin tones, but it’s the type of nude that’s flattering on everyone. Coverage is fantastic and fully opaque with very little product, so that’s one thing I did love about this liquid lip. Wear time was also great… It lasted about 4-5 hours before fading just in the very center of the lip, and a little over 7 hours overall. You can get closer to 8 hours of wear with no fading if you line your lips first. It also held up to drinking coffee and eating some greasy french fries, so it’s not something you have to worry about coming off and making you look crazy if you’re out for dinner or drinks!

Liners:   Since it’s a pretty versatile nude, you can pair this up with just about any neutral to pink or peachy-pink liner. A few of my favorites for a true nude are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Subculture, Boldly Bare, Spice, and Chestnut. If you’d like to use something with more pinky tones, you can even try Whirl, Soar or Half-Red (make sure to blend these a little more than neutral liners you might choose).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick in Stripped is nearly identical! The colors Crush and Naked, also from ABH, are similar too but Crush is slightly darker and more mauve, while Naked is has more of a peachy-brown undertone. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Lady-Be-Good is also a very close match but has a hint more brown to it.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   4

 

*** 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 ***