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!)

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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!

 

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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

These are one of my favorite matte and/or liquid lip formulas of all time… I said that when I reviewed another color but I’m still saying it because they’re up there with the ABH and Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks, to me anyway! I know people had complaints about this formula when it was initially released almost two years ago, but MAC has fixed all of those issues since then. Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolors are now very smooth and creamy, super pigmented, and they wear forever!

Since I’ve reviewed this formula before, I’ll try to keep this short and sweet! If you want to stay up to date with new products 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!

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Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks sell for $21 each and contain 5ml / 0.17 fl oz of product. They are a permanent product and are available at www.maccosmetics.com as well as partner locations such as Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s. They’re also available at other major retailers overseas. Oh and btw, MAC is now available at Ulta! As far as I know, MAC is only at certain locations and online, so you’ll have to check your local store or the website for more availability info.

The packaging is a sleek, elongated bullet which is clear, so you can easily see the color of the lippie you’re searching for. The cap is pretty much visually identical to the one on MAC’s classic lipstick container, except this one screws on and off. The inner part of the packaging keeps the liquid lipstick from leaking out and catches any extra product so nothing is wasted. These have a very soft, tapered type of doe foot applicator that allows for a precise and even application, with no extra brush or blending necessary.

The formula for all of the shades is somewhat liquidy, which allows you to play around with it for a moment and evenly apply it before it dries down in roughly a minute. Once it sets, it’s not going anywhere! While I have not put the kiss-proof/transfer-proof factor to the test myself, I have plenty of customers who have tested that out for me and planted a kiss on their significant other right at my counter, and NOTHING comes off! The staying power is impressive, but the best part is that it’s non-drying, even though it wears for 7-8 hours with NO smudging or feathering. When these do begin to fade, it’s usually in the center of the lip and they fade gradually rather than coming off in uneven chunks like some liquid lipsticks do. You don’t even need a liner with these since they wear so well and apply so precisely, although can you definitely use one if you like. Most colors don’t seem to stain the lips but there are a few of the deeper ones that can… I’ll let you know which ones do as I review them individually!

MAC’s claims for this product include what’s listed below (taken directly from their website), which after testing, have proven to be accurate!

  • Long-wearing, eight hours
  • Colour wears evenly and smoothly, eight hours
  • Provides stay-true colour, eight hours
  • Non-feathering, non-bleeding

 

TIP:   If you feel like liquid lipsticks dry out your lips after a while, as most of us do, make sure you apply a lip balm before putting on your liquid lipstick, and I mean WAY before! I like to put something super hydrating on my lips at least 30 minutes before my liquid lipstick and I just blot off the excess balm so it doesn’t mess up the formula or application of the lipstick going on after it. My favorite right now is Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask because it soaks in really well and quickly and locks the moisture into your lips all day long! I actually just did a review on that product, which you can check out here: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.

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Photo taken outdoors in indirect, natural sunlight. Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour swatched on NC15 skin.

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Photo taken indoors in indirect natural sunlight. For reference, I was a MAC NC15 at the time.

Topped With Brandy:   This is described as a “deep dirty rose” and is a medium to medium-dark, cool toned dusty rose with a completely matte finish. I’ve seen people of all ages and skin tones wear this and it honestly makes a great every day sort of color on everyone! This is a little creamier than a few of the other shades in this line, but it’s still not too thick, so it’s easy to apply without using too much product or having it end up clumpy. It takes about a minute to set and fully mattify, so you have time to make sure your application is even. As you can see in the above photo, these don’t stick to the inner/center part of the lip very well, which is common with any lipstick and especially liquid lipsticks. Luckily, this problem is easily fixable by applying liner all over the lip THEN applying Topped with Brandy. Color payoff is fantastic but depending on your skin tone, this may look more or less cool toned… But don’t worry, that’s not a bad thing because it sort of adapts to be flattering on you whether you’re NC20 or NW50! Coverage is full and opaque using little product. Wear time was about 8 hours before I noticed any fading, which occurred first in the center of the lip. The fading in that area can happen even sooner if you eat food that’s oily or greasy but it’s an easy touch up!

Liners:   You can use SO many liners with this since it’s a pretty neutral type of rosy color, as in it works on everyone… A few of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils, from lightest to darkest, are: Soar (slightly more pinky and lighter, but it brightens up this lip), Whirl (nearly the same color), Plum (a little darker, more plum and cool toned), Half-Red (darker and more reddish-plum), Chestnut (neutral brown that looks beautiful to blend this color for dark to deep skin tones), and Vino (darker and more purple yet, but makes a nice ombre look).

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Poet Liquid Lipstick is very similar, perhaps a bit lighter and more pink, but they’re close enough, especially if you pair and layer MAC’s Whirl Lip Pencil with Poet! NYX’s French Maid Lip Lingerie is also similar, but lighter, less cool toned and more pink, and not as pigmented. As far as normal lipstick formulas go, the closest thing I found was Whirl, also from MAC, which has a matte finish but is cooler and more plum.

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 a little different from my usual posts, but I want to start doing more posts about skincare and this sort of falls into that category, right?! I had to take a little break due to my health and while I’ve been away I haven’t worn makeup aside from testing a few new things I got recently… It’s made me realize just how much I was missing in my skincare routine so that’s definitely something I want to focus on more and share with all of you!

It’s so important to have a good canvas to start with before applying your makeup, and with as popular as matte liquid lipsticks are, you have to have something that locks moisture into your lips before you apply that lipstick that’s going to be on literally all day! I initially got this product just to try something new but I’ve been using it for over a month now and I see a major difference in the texture of my lips. As always, I hope you all enjoy this review as much as I enjoy sharing some of my favorite things! Please leave me a comment if you’ve tried it or know of any other miracle lip balms!

There are three shades to choose from, but this post will just be on the clear one. I have purchased the other two, though, and I’ll be reviewing those in the future.

Also, if you want to stay up to date with new products 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. I LOVE hearing from all of you so don’t hesitate to hit me up!

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Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask is a permanent product that sells for $26 and is available at Sephora stores (including most inside JC Penney). You can also order this from www.sephora.com. It contains 15 g / 0.52 oz of product, which may not seem that much, especially for that price but a little goes a long way! When I photographed this I had been using it for about 3 weeks already, at least twice a day if not more, and that’s the dent I had left in the tube at that time! I imagine one tube of this is going to last me at least a couple of months, so I feel like this is a better deal than some cheaper alternatives out there, just due to the fact that the ingredients are very high quality and you don’t need to apply this very often at all. If this would have been any other type of squeeze-tube lip balm, I’m pretty sure I’d have run out by now! It does not contain any Phthalates, Parabens, or Sulfates and Bite Beauty is a cruelty-free brand ❤

From the box it comes in to the tube itself, the packaging is simple, yet modern and classy. I appreciate that with this type of product because I feel like no matter who you are, you can use this product and not be turned off by extravagant, bright packaging. The tube itself is your basic squeeze tube, but it’s pretty I dunno, hefty?, which prevents you from squeezing out too much product too easily and wasting it, since you only need a little bit. The tube has surprisingly held up floating around in the bottom of my purse for over a month now, so that says something about the quality of it! When you get it, the there’s a seal over the opening, which you break using the screw on lid. I like that with products like this because you know you’re getting something brand new and sanitary.

Since this is a pretty basic review, I’m just going to pop the photos down below the description and such so keep scrolling down to see those, including the list of ingredients which are all of super high quality and 99% natural!

As I just mentioned, Bite Beauty uses the utmost high quality ingredients. On top of that, all of their products are hand made in house, so when you buy their products, you aren’t getting something that’s going to have any weird chemicals or vary much from batch to batch because the production is from one location, is hands-on, and is closely overseen by people. Since Bite Beauty is also a company that focuses on lip products, I feel like that might have something to do with this literally being the best lip balm type of product I have ever used, and I’m not just saying that because it’s a current, new obsession… I really mean it!

Obviously, this one is clear and has a natural type of finish. The texture is pretty thick, which is probably why it’s referred to as a mask rather than a balm. It honestly takes a little bit of effort to squeeze it out of the tube, but you only need an amount about the size of a peppercorn or metal bb to get plenty of moisture packed onto your lips. Since it’s a thick product that’s not very slippery, I like to pat it onto my lips then gently rub it in with my finger using a back and forth motion because it does need to be warmed up in order to go on evenly.

Another great thing about this being more of a mask than a balm is that once it’s applied, it looks natural and not too shiny or glossy. The less you apply, the less shiny it looks, so this is a product that’s suitable for everyone… And by everyone, I mean all you men out there who need to upgrade from chapstick but are too afraid of wearing something high-end because it might look too wet and glossy! There’s also a stick version of Bite’s Agave lip treatment that’s even less satiny than the Lip Mask is, but I find it harder to apply. I also feel like I have to use more product with the stick type and apply it more often… I’m actually going to review that one soon, too, so that way you all will know more about the differences in them.

With this Lip Mask, you honestly see instant results. After I used this just once and sent a picture of my lips to my best friend the next day, she asked me what I did and said it looked like I’d had my lips filled a little because they were so full and smooth… The only thing I had changed was the fact that I applied this before bed! You see, because of the consistency and ingredients, it soaks in and adheres to your lips without slipping off, so you can apply this before bed, then wake up 8 hours later with smooth, plump (as in naturally, this doesn’t have plumpers in it), hydrated lips. Because this formula is so unique and soaks in so well without leaving your lips slippery or sticky, I find it ideal to wear before I apply matte or liquid lipsticks. When I get ready, I’ll usually shower, apply my skincare including this Lip Mask, dry my hair, then put on makeup, always doing my lips last. That gives this product time to soak in prior to putting on your lipstick so you won’t end up with lips that feel like they’re dry and cracking underneath your liquid lipstick that’s going to be on all day! I don’t usually have a problem with this, but if you feel like there’s a little too much still on the surface of your lips before you apply your liner and lipstick, just blot onto the back of your hand or a tissue. Even at the end of the day after I’ve removed my lipstick, I don’t feel like the moisture has been sucked out of my lips at all… Since I usually end up reapplying this after washing my face, I feel like my lips are never dry any more and in the month I’ve used this consistently, I have not had dry patches or chapped lips ONCE!

I bought this in the other two colors too, one of which is a peachy-pink with a hint of shimmer called Champagne, and the other which is reddish pink, but just makes your lips look naturally pigmented and flushed. I’ll be reviewing those soon, so make sure to subscribe for updates via email or follow me on the social media platforms listed in the beginning of this post to see when those reviews go up.

Overall, I 100% recommend this to anyone and everyone… Especially to anyone who is a liquid lipstick addict! Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip mask will literally change your lips and your life!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   N/A

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5   (8 hours)

Packaging:   5

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*** 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 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

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

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

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 ***