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It’s that time of year again… You know, the time when there are all kinds of gorgeous holiday sets out that you can’t resist?! Well, this might be one that you CAN resist if you aren’t into metallic or glittery things. Personally, I don’t like actual glitter all that much, so this seemed like a good way for me to try these shadows without dropping $24 on one individual shade. Between the two formulas, you can create several different looks and get a feel for Stila’s liquid shadows, so it’s definitely worth picking up if you want something new and sparkly to play around with, especially for the holidays!

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

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Left to Right:   Shimmer & Glow – Kitten, Grace, Twig   |   Glitter & Glow – Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

The packaging is cute and gives of very holiday-ish vibes, so you could just pop this into someone’s stocking without even wrapping it… Like I probably will because I am shamelessly lazy. The ingredients for each shadow are listed on the back of the box and also on Stila’s website. All of these shadows have the same type of flat, yet soft and flexible, paddle-shaped doe foot applicator. It’s small enough that you can get a precise application without making a glittery mess, but still big enough that you don’t have to dip it into the tube over and over again to get out enough product to cover your entire lid (with most shades, anyway).

There’s also a caution/warning on the box regarding eye irritation. When I tried one of these a while back I think it may have made my eyelid a little red and itchy, but I also tried it with a new base, so I can’t say which caused the irritation. I haven’t had any bad reactions with any from this set so far. Do be careful with the Glitter & Glow shadows, though, especially if you wear contact lenses. Getting the little glitter particles in your eye can be absolute torture! The best way to avoid this is to gently pat these onto the eyelid and build up the product if needed, rather than slapping a ton of product on at once, then trying to blend it out because that’s when you’ll get issues with fallout. Even with a perfect application, the Glitter & Glow shadows did have some fallout but most of it fell onto my cheeks or lashes and didn’t get into my actual eyes.

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There are two different formulas in this set. One is the Glitter & Glow formula, which some of you may already be familiar with… According to Stila, this is a “dazzling, ultra-sparkle finish”. It’s pretty glittery but the pigmentation and coverage varies between each shadow. For the most part, these perform well and are comfortable to wear. The other formula in this set is their new Shimmer & Glow liquid eye shadow, which Stila describes as a “high shimmer, non-glitter shadow”. They’re more highly pigmented and metallic and do not contain any glitter. I like these because you can blend them out if you want a softer, more subtle type of sheen, or you can just wear them with their full opacity in all of their metallic, shiny glory.

There are three liquid shadows in each formula in this set for a total of six. There’s not a ton of variation in colors but every one of these is wearable for any skin tone. All of the shadows in this set are available to purchase separately and full sized, except for Peachy Sheen, which seems to be limited to this set… Not that it matters, because Peachy Sheen is honestly garbage and not worth being offered individually. As far as I know, the Shimmer & Glow shadows are not yet available to purchase in stores but you can get them from Ulta’s website. According to the Ulta website, the Shimmer & Glow shadows will be in stores on January 4th.

This set sells for $45 and contains 0.07 fl. oz / 2.25 ml of product in each liquid shadow, which makes this a $72 value (according to the Sephora and Stila websites, anyway). You can purchase these from Sephora or the Stila website.  If you are visiting the Stila website for first time from your phone, iPad, or another browser, it will offer you a 20% off code if you sign up for their updates and newsletter, but you can always use the code and unsubscribe from the emails! There aren’t really any other shadows that I’ve used that I can compare these to, but I do think this set is a decent value. Also, keep in mind that this set IS limited edition, so if you’re wanting to save some money and try these out without buying the full size versions, pick this up while you can!

Stila is a cruelty-free company, by the way 😉

Note: I’m not posting dupes for these just yet, as I haven’t tried any other eye shadows like this. If or when I discover some, I’ll add them to this post. If you can think of any, please leave them in the comments section below!!

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Kitten

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Kitten

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Kitten

Kitten:   This Shimmer & Glow shadow is described as a “shimmering vibrant nude pink”. It’s a light, warm toned, pinky nude with a metallic finish that has a finely milled type of multidimensional reflects but is NOT a glitter… I think it’s just the pigment used to make this formula. The reflects is visible in the tube and on the applicator, but it still adds to the shimmery effect once it’s applied. You can apply this under a powder shadow but it also looks beautiful on it’s own, especially worn all over the lid and inner corner.

The formula is lightweight and pretty liquidy so it’s easy to apply. It takes a second to dry down, so just make sure it sets before you look up or do something that may transfer the product to another area of your eyelid. Color payoff is great but it does seem to look a little more pinky toned on my skin than it does in the tube. Coverage can be made sheer by blending this out with a fluffy brush, but if you apply it directly to the lid with the applicator, the coverage is fully opaque using very little product. Worn all over the lid, I got about 7 hours of wear time before it began to crease or fade.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Grace

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Grace

Grace:   Grace is referred to as a “shimmering rose gold”. It’s a light-medium, warm toned, tan rose gold with the same type of very finely milled, multidimensional reflects that Kitten has. It’s pretty metallic when worn without blending it out, but I actually really like this when I apply it all over the lid, then blend it out and up into the crease a little just to diffuse the edges and make it more sheer. It’s also gorgeous when worn at full opacity on the lid and inner corner.

Grace has the same texture as Kitten, so it applies easily and evenly. Coverage is full and color payoff is great, although these shadows seem to darken a little once they set. It’s nothing drastic, though. Wear time was around 7 hours when applied straight to the lid with the applicator without blending it out at all, and a little over 8 hours when I sheered it out.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Twig

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Twig:   Twig is a “shimmering warm chestnut brown”… It’s a dark, very rich, warm toned brown with hint of pinky-bronze sheen to it. I feel like because this isn’t as light as the other two Shimmer & Glow shadows, it doesn’t seem to have quite as much sheen but it’s still very pretty and is easily worn by all skin tones. I LOVE this shadow all over the lid for a bronze, smoky type of look. It’s also super pretty if you pop this on the lid and blend it out with a fluffy brush to sheer it down, then blend a little along the lower lash line with a soft pencil brush.

It has the same consistency as the other two Shimmer & Glow shadows, so it’s lightweight, comfortable, and applies easily. Color payoff looks pretty much the same as it does in the tube and Twig doesn’t seem to darken as much as the two lighter shades in this kit. Coverage is totally opaque without having to use much product at all. Wear time when blended out is close to 8 hours and more like 7 hours when worn at full opacity.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

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Glitter & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, and Next to Notte. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Peachy Sheen

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Peachy Sheen

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Peachy Sheen

Peachy Sheen:   According to the Stila website, Peachy Sheen is a “sheer warm peachy beige with silver and gold glitter”. It’s a light, warm toned peachy nude base with a cooler tone to the silver and gold glitter particles. It’s also definitely very sheer, as you can see in the swatch and on the applicator itself. Because it’s so sheer, it ends up just looking half-assed and patchy unless you really put some effort into the application. Even then, it takes FOREVER to get much coverage or to get the glitter to look even on my lid. It looks better if you’re applying it over something like a shimmery MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (I tried it over Vintage Selection), or even one of the lighter Shimmer & Glow shadows in this set… That way you can just dot on a little bit of glitter for a more subtle type of sparkle. Honestly, I don’t see myself reaching for Peachy Sheen at all.

The texture of this particular shadow is thin and the glitter particles aren’t as, I don’t know, scratchy as they look, but it still doesn’t apply very smoothly. Some of the glittery bits will flake off once the shadow sets and dries if you try to layer this a lot or use a brush to try to blend it out once it’s set. Color payoff would probably look like it does in the tube IF you could actually get enough product out to show the base color. Like I said, it’s supposed to be sheer, but coverage is very, VERY minimal… Like on a ridiculous level. I would say wear time was around 4 hours before it started to fade, but it’s honestly hard to gauge because it was so patchy and practically non-existent on my lid to begin with.

Overall Rating:   2 / 5

Application:   1

Coverage:  1

Color Payoff:   1

Texture:   2

Wear Time:   2

Packaging:   5

Value:   2

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Smoldering Satin

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Smoldering Satin

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Smoldering Satin

Smoldering Satin:   This Glitter & Glow shadow is described as a “deep tan and silver glitter”. I meeeean to me, it’s more of a medium, cool toned taupey-mauve with a HINT of tan as the base color, but the glitter is indeed silver. It’s pretty and it’s very wearable with a lot of different looks and will work well for any skin tone.

The texture of Smoldering Satin is a little thicker than Peachy Sheen so it does apply more easily. It can be a little tricky to layer (if you even need to) because sometimes trying to apply more of this product over itself can actually remove some of the glitter from the first layer you applied, or even cause some glitter fallout… Just be sure to go in with a light hand! Color payoff is good but it does seem to look a little darker and cooler toned on the applicator and on the skin than it does in the tube. Coverage is nearly full, I’d say it’s about 70% opaque with one layer of product, but you can go in and gently add a little more if needed. Wear time when worn all over the lid is around 6 hours before it began to crease. After the first two hours or so, I started to see some glitter fallout, which was a bit annoying.

Overall Rating:   3.6 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Next to Notte

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Next to Notte

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Next to Notte

Next to Notte:   This is a “deep red with pink glitter” and is a rich, slightly cool toned, medium-dark, plummy-red with glitter that reflects somewhere between pink and magenta. It’s a really fun color, especially if you want to use it with a bold, smoky look or something like that for the holidays. It’s definitely the most colorful shadow in this set, which may not be for everyone but since this comes in the set, it’s worth trying out, even if it’s not something you’d typically wear!

The texture of Next to Notte is the smoothest of the three Glitter & Glow shadows in this set. It’s not like the glitter particles are any different, but as you can see on the applicator, this one is a bit more creamy and the product seems to be thicker and more pigmented. Color payoff is good but like all of the other liquid shadows in this set, it does look darker and maybe a little more plum toned once I applied it to my skin. Coverage was alright but still not fully opaque, so some layering may be necessary. This shadow wore well on the lid for around 6-7 hours before I had any issues with creasing or fading. I did have a bit of glitter fallout throughout the day, though.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

 

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

 

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Last but not least, we have the gorgeous, vampy Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip from Colourpop‘s collaboration with iluvsarahii! This is one of my favorite matte liquid lips for fall and winter, although it can be worn anytime of year and by anyone, just as long as you want everyone to admire that pout of yours! Although it’s a very deep shade, it’s easy to wear with anything from a simple makeup look with no eye liner, up to a full blown glam and glittery look for the holidays or a night out. Even if you may be a little put off by a vampy lip like this, for the price, it’s worth trying, especially if you end up getting it with the entire “kit” from this collection.

There are three lip “sets” in this collection, although each product must be purchased individually OR in the collab/set as a whole. No matter how you buy these, they’re affordable and worth every penny. I’ll go into more detail about them further down in this post, so keep reading!

Also, if you’d like to check out some of the other products from this collab, click the links below:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: 951 Ultra Satin Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: $aucey Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Chic-y Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

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

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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The packaging is similar to the boxes that the eye shadow palettes come in. They are the same pretty nude color with a golden, crocodile pattern printed on them and feature the “iluvsarahii x Colourpop” logo on them. The text printed on both the Lippie Pencil and Ultra Matte Lip is in gold, and the tube of the Ultra Matte Lip has a golden cap and detailing, rather than Colourpop’s typical silver color. The components themselves (as in the liquid lip tube and pencil) also feature the “iluvsarahii x colourpop” text.

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Although this was my first time giving this brand’s matte liquid lipstick a chance, I must say I like it! It’s thin without being watery, but it’s very pigmented so it doesn’t end up feeling thick or sticky before it dries down. For the most part, it’s comfortable and wears well, but it did make my lips feels a little dry after I had it on for a few hours. Also, because it’s such a deep, bold color, it can start to look and feel like it “cracks” after you’ve had it on for a while. I only really noticed this if I put a little too much on, though. As with most matte liquid lipsticks, it can also emphasize any dry or chapped areas, so be sure to gently exfoliate your lips, apply a balm or moisturizer, then blot to excess off before applying Mamacita!

The matching Lippie Pencil was semi-creamy, but did feel a bit more dry than the 951 or Curvii pencils, perhaps due to the intense, deep pigments used? I don’t know… Anyway, you can see in the lip photo that I struggled a little lining my upper lip, and that was even after sharpening it and applying a primer, so it SHOULD have gone on a little more evenly than it did. You may have an easier time with it or be better at finessing it so it works for you, but I would honestly probably rather use this liner to fill in my lips under the Ultra Matte Lip (which also makes your liquid lipstick last longer) and use something else like a MAC Lip Pencil to line my lips with. I also had the same cap issue as the other pencils, so make sure it’s on there tightly before you end up with a mess in your makeup bag!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company and both Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip and Lippie Pencil are vegan.

Like the other liquid lip products from Colourpop, this Ultra Matte Lip is individually priced at $6, contains 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product and can be purchased from their website. That’s about the same amount of product you’ll find in brands like ABH, Kylie Cosmetics, and a few others, but you’re saving at least $10-$14 on average if you opt for Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip instead. To make it an even sweeter deal, you can get this liquid lip, the matching liner, and all of the other goodies from this collection as a set for $54.

The Mamacita Lippie Pencil sells for $5 and can be bought by itself from www.colourpop.com, or can be purchased in the collab/set with everything else. This pencil contains 1.0 g / 0.035 oz of product. That’s comparable to most of NYX’s Lip Pencils that cost $4 and contain 0.04 oz of product, and still WAY cheaper than higher end brands, which average $15-$20 for about the same amount of product.

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Mamacita Lippie Pencil + Ultra Glossy Lip photographed indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light. (I have no idea why my bottom lip is blurred but I’ll redo this pic later)

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Photograph taken in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Mamacita

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Mamacita

Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip:   Colourpop describes this as a “deepened burgundy”. It’s a very deep, rich, neutral to slightly cool toned, blackened burgundy red with some almost eggplant type of undertones. It’s pretty unique, so pardon my long-winded description! It has a truly matte finish once it dries down, which takes a moment, so you have plenty of time to blend it out or layer it if desired. No matter what your skin tone, if you’re looking for a dark, vampy lip, this should be right up your alley!

The formula is thin enough to layer and apply evenly, but it’s not the least bit runny and is very well pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Because the applicator isn’t all that precise, it was a little tricky to get a perfect application without using a lip brush (for me, anyway). Color payoff actually end up being deeper than it looks in the tube, as Mamacita dries down to a be a little darker and less reddish toned. Coverage is full, but you may have to layer in some areas to get it extra dark. It took one dip into the tube for my top lip and another dip for my bottom lip, and I don’t even have very big lips! It wore comfortably for a solid 4 hours before my lips felt a little dry and it started to fade in the center of the lip, but I had no problems with it fading anywhere else until around hour 6.

Dupes:   To be honest, I couldn’t find the perfect dupe for Mamacita. A couple of matte liquid lipsticks that come close are Crimson Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick from TIME Los Angeles, which is a little lighter and more red; MAC’s Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, which is still more red toned; and Sad Girl from Anastasia Beverly Hills, but it has an iridescent shimmer to it and is a bit more purple.

Liners:   Of course the Mamacita Lippie Pencil works perfectly with this liquid lip, but there are a few others I like too, especially in MAC’s regular Lip Pencil formula. Burgundy is nice, but it’s more reddish/true burgundy; Currant and Vino are also great options but they are both slightly darker and do have a more wine-stained undertone. Cyber World and Nightmoth are the darkest, most purple based liners, but they’re gorgeous for a more vampy vibe. If you’d like to tone down the color, you can also use something more neutral like Chestnut, which is a neutral, medium-dark brown. Vinyl, from Morphe’s collaboration with Ourfa Zinali, is also gorgeous with Mamacita, although it’s a little warmer and more red. For a longer wearing option, you can go with MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in either Ms Diva, which is a little lighter but still defines the lip well, or Bespoken For, which is darker and will give you a beautiful, dramatic ombre look.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Mamacita Lippie Pencil:   This pencil is referred to as a “deepened blackberry” and is a deep, rich, mostly cool toned blackberry shade with a hint of burgundy undertones that are similar to the matching Ultra Matte Lip. Mamacita pencil is darker than it’s liquid lip twin, but that’s so it adds more depth and contrast. I like to line the edges of my lip, then fill in the corners and blend it inward a bit all around the lip to add a deep, ombre effect. This is a really nice liner with nearly any other deep purple or red toned lipstick I have, too, so it may come in handy to have in your collection!

This Lippie Pencil did feel drier than the other two from this collection, so it was a bit more difficult to apply. It’s also more matte, so that could have something to do with it. Eventually, after sharpening it and warming it up by rolling it in a tissue between my fingertips, it did go on much smoother and more precisely but it still wanted to pill up on any dry patches around the edge of my lips. I’m hoping this isn’t typical with this liner and maybe I just got a bad batch or something? Color payoff is excellent and it looks the same as it does in the pencil, if not even deeper once applied to the lip. Coverage was full and opaque but as I said, it can skip on dry areas. Wear time was longer than 951 and Curvii pencils and lasted about 6 hours before I had any fading occur at all.

Dupes:   Bespoken For, from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil line, was the closest dupe I could find, though it’s a teeny bit more purple toned. MAC’s Currant and Vino Lip Pencils are also very similar, with Vino being the closest dupe of those two.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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

Curvii is my personal favorite of the three lippies in the iluxsarahii x Colourpop collection, mostly because I’ve become a big fan of glosses in the past few months! I love it because it can be worn alone, with the matching liner, or over another lip liner or lipstick. It also works well with any skin tone, depending on what liner or other lip product that you pair it up with. I feel like this whole collection was made with EVERYONE of EVERY skin tone in mind, which I really appreciate and respect from a brand and collaboration.

There are three lip “sets” in this collection, and each product may be purchased individually OR in the collab/set as a whole. No matter how you buy these, they’re affordable and worth every penny. I’ll go into more detail about them further down in this post, so keep reading!

Also, if you’d like to check out some of the other products from this collab, click the links below:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: 951 Ultra Satin Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: $aucey Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Chic-y Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

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

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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The packaging is similar to the boxes that the eye shadow palettes come in. They are the same pretty nude color with a golden, crocodile pattern printed on them and feature the “iluvsarahii x Colourpop” logo on the box. The text printed on both the Lippie Pencil and Ultra Glossy Lip boxes is in gold, and the Ultra Glossy Lip has a golden cap and detailing, rather than Colourpop’s typical silver color. The components themselves (as in the liquid lip tube and pencil) also feature the “iluvsarahii x colourpop” text.

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The formula of Colourpop’s Ultra Glossy Lip is really nice! I find that a great deal of glosses feel sticky or heavy, but this one melts right onto the lips and doesn’t feel terribly goopy. It’s not a runny type of gloss, but it’s not that thick, honey-like texture either. The applicator is the same doe foot type that’s found in the Ultra Satin Lip that I previously reviewed, so it doesn’t make for the most precise of applications, but I feel like that’s less of an issue when applying a gloss.

The Lippie Pencils are very pigmented and feel nice on the lips. They glide right on and wear pretty well, but can skip a little if they haven’t recently been sharpened, which you can do with your typical sharpener even though the pencil component is a plastic type of material. Because the pencils are so creamy, they wear down and need sharpened more often than most pencils do. I feel like I’ve used them up pretty quickly, but it’s not a big deal, considering how affordable they are. Another minor complaint I have about these Lippie Pencils is that the caps don’t seem to want to stay on there sometimes, so be sure you put it back on tightly before tossing your Lippie Pencil into your makeup bag or purse!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company and both the Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip and Lippie Pencil are both vegan.

Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip is priced at only $6 and contains 2.4 g / 0.085 oz of product. It can be purchased from www.colourpop.com. The price point is on par with most drugstore brands, but seems to contain less product than some of them do. On the other hand, if you compare this to higher end brands, such as Kylie Cosmetics, MAC, or ABH, it contains roughly the same amount of product (maybe a little less than some) but the price is MUCH lower! As I mentioned, you can also buy all of the products from the iluvsarahii collaboration in a “kit” for $54.

The Curvii Lippie Pencil sells for $5 and can be bought individually on the Colourpop website, or can be purchased in the collab/set with everything else. This pencil contains 1.0 g / 0.035 oz of product. That’s comparable to most of NYX’s Lip Pencils that cost $4 and contain 0.04 oz of product, and still WAY cheaper than higher end brands, which average $15-$20 for about the same amount of product.

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Curvii Lippie Pencil + Ultra Glossy Lip photographed indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light.

 

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Photograph taken in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Curvii

Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip:   This gloss is a “sparkly light peachy nude in a crème finish”, according to Colourpop’s website… It’s a light, warm toned peachy nude with very, very fine particles of golden, peachy-pink shimmer that reflect the light beautifully, making your lips look full and luscious. It looks a little different on everyone, depending on your skin tone and the natural color of your lips, but it’s universally flattering and can be worn by anyone. If you aren’t a fan of lighter nudes, you can always layer this over a liner to deepen the color and add extra dimension.

As I mentioned earlier, the formula feels amazing. It’s creamy and honestly feels a bit moisturizing, but doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on the lips. It’s very comfortable to wear. Color payoff is good and this gloss is very well pigmented. Since it is a gloss, the coverage isn’t full, but according to the website, it’s only intended to me medium coverage anyway. I personally like that because I feel like fully opaque nude glosses can show all the lines in your lips in a not-so-flattering way! Wear time was around three hours before it began to fade a little bit in the center and around the edges of my lips, but it clung to the other areas for about 5 hours, if not a longer.

Dupes:   The two most similar dupes I found for Curvii were Kim from KKW’s Creme Liquid Lipstick collection, although it lacks any micro shimmer and is more pigmented and full coverage, as opposed to Curvii being semi-sheer. The color is almost the EXACT same, though. Another decent dupe is Fenty Glow, which is Fenty Beauty by Rihanna’s Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. Fenty Glow has a slightly more pinky-nude undertone, much more subtle shimmer, and is also a little more sheer. I actually found that if I apply KKW’s Kim, then put Fenty Glow on top of it, it’s a VERY good match for Curvii!

Liners:   Naturally, Curvii Lippie Pencil compliments this Ultra Glossy Lip perfectly, but there are many other liners that you can use with it! If you want to stick with a lighter nude, you can try MAC’s Subculture or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils, both of which are light to medium peachy, warm toned nudes. NYX’s Beige Lip Pencil is also a good light nude and is more neutral/less peachy than Subculture or Boldly Bare. For something with a more pink tone to it, MAC’s Dervish Lip Pencil and NYX’s Nude Pink Lip Pencil are good options. MAC’s Stripdown Lip Pencil is much more cool toned, but it’s nice if you want to cool down or neutralize the look of this lip overall. MAC’s Spice and NYX’s Natural Lip Pencils are medium to medium dark, warm toned nude liners that work well with Curvii, especially if you have a medium to medium dark skin tone. Last but not least, a few nice darker liners to use with Curvii are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Hover, Chestnut, or even Auburn or Mahogany. All of those but Chestnut are warm toned, peachy or reddish browns that will give you a much more natural sort of ombre blend if you have a dark to deep skin tone, or just want to create a lot more contrast.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Curvii Lippie Pencil:   Curvii pencil is a “warm beige” and is a medium, warm peachy-brownish nude and shares the same creamy, satin type of finish as the 951 Lippie Pencil. It works well not only with the gloss of the same name, but with SO many other lip products too! If you’re wearing Curvii gloss and you have a dark to deep skin tone, you may opt for a different liner. Do keep in mind that this Lippie Pencil can also be used all over the lip and layered under the gloss to deepen the color of it some.

Like 951, the texture for this pencil is extremely creamy, allowing it to apply easily. Like I said before, though, you’ll want to keep it sharpened so you can get a nice, precise line. Color payoff is great, but this liner does seem to pull warmer on me when I’m more pale and not spray tanned. Coverage is opaque even when using a light hand and very little product. Same as 951 Lippie Pencil, I only got about 4 hours of wear time before I had to do a quick touchups around the edges of my lips.

Dupes:   There are three liners that are VERY similar to Curvii Lippie Pencil! They are NYX’s Natural Lip Pencil, which is almost identical, perhaps with a hint more of a mauve undertone. MAC’s Spice Lip Pencil is also nearly the same color as Curvii Lippie Pencil, while MAC’s Hover is close too, but is cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   4

 

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

 

Time to move on to the lip posts for the iluvsarahii x Colourpop collab! I’ll be starting with 951 Ultra Satin Liquid Lip, which is a liquid lipstick formula, but it doesn’t have the typical matte finish. Also in this post is the matching Lippie Pencil! 951 is one of those colors and formulas that works well for all skin tones and ages. It’s not dry and matte, but it’s also not sticky and glossy. It’s nude enough that it will work with nearly any look you create, too, plus it makes a great every day lip!

There are three lip “sets” in this collection, although each product must be purchased individually OR in the collection/set as a whole. No matter how you buy these, they’re affordable and worth every penny. I’ll go into more detail further down in this post, so keep reading!

Also, if you’d like to check out the eye shadow palettes from this collab, click the links below:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: $aucey Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Chic-y Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

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

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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This is the first time I’ve purchased any lip products from Colourpop, and I’m just as impressed with these as I am with their eye shadows!

The packaging is similar to the boxes that the eye shadow palettes come in. They are the same pretty nude color with a golden, crocodile pattern printed on them and feature the “iluvsarahii x Colourpop” logo. The text printed on both the Lippie Pencil and Ultra Satin Lip components is in gold, and the Ultra Satin Lip has a golden cap and detailing, rather than Colourpop’s typical silver color. The components themselves (as in the liquid lip tube and pencil) also feature the “iluvsarahii x colourpop” text.

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The Ultra Satin Lip formula is lovely. It’s very creamy and pigmented and applies pretty easily. Unfortunately, I think the applicator could be a little more precise. I had some trouble getting a nice, clean line around the edges, so you may want to try to use steady hand and gradually build up the product if you have smaller lips, or grab a lip brush. I also noticed that this darkens a bit after it’s applied, but that happens with many liquid lip formulas, so that’s not a dealbreaker for me. Overall, I think that 951 is a great product and worth the money for sure!

The Lippie Pencils are also very pigmented and feel nice on the lips. 951 glided right on and wore pretty well, but this formula can skip a little if the pencil hasn’t recently been sharpened, which you can do with your typical sharpener even though the pencil component is a plastic type of material. Because the pencils are so creamy, they wear down and need sharpened more often than most lip liners do. I feel like I’ve used them up pretty quickly, but for the price, I can certainly afford to get a few backups! One more teeny complaint I have about my Lippie Pencils is that the caps don’t seem to want to stay in place sometimes, so be sure you cram that thing back on there before tossing it into your makeup bag or purse!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company and both the 951 Ultra Satin Lip and Lippie Pencil are vegan.

951 Ultra Satin Lip costs only $6 and contains 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product. It can be purchased individually from www.colourpop.com, where you can also purchase this product with the entire collaboration set for only $54. The set includes the Ultra Glossy, Ultra Satin, and Ultra Matte lips, the three matching Lippie Pencils, and both Pressed Powder Shadow Palettes. When compared to ABH’s Liquid Lipsticks, although they’re mattes, this contains the same amount of product but costs $14 less! Kylie Cosmetics’ Velvet Singles are $16 and contain the same as this Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip does, so you’re also saving $10 when compared that product.

The matching 951 Lippie Pencil sells for $5 and can be bought individually on the Colourpop website, or can be purchased in the collab/set. This pencil contains 1.0 g / 0.035 oz of product. That’s comparable to most of NYX’s Lip Pencils that cost $4 and contain 0.04 oz of product, and still WAY cheaper than higher end brands, which average $15-$20 for about the same amount of product.

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951 Lippie Pencil + Ultra Satin Lip photographed indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light.

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Photograph taken in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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951 Ultra Satin Lip:   On Colourpop’s website, this is described as a “mid-tone, warm nude”. It’s a medium, warm toned brownish-mauve nude with what Colourpop calls a “satin-matte” finish. Even though it’s a liquid lipstick, it dries down to have a subtle shine to it rather than being completely matte. It doesn’t seem to emphasize the lines in my lips so much as true matte liquid lipsticks do, so I like that about this formula. I love this color too because it works for just about any skin tone, even dark to deep skin tones if you pair it with a slightly deeper liner.

The texture is creamy, but not too thick and not too liquidy, so it applies well and feels very comfortable on the lips, even once it dries down and sets. Color payoff is great but it can darken a little once it’s applied to the lips. You can even tell in the swatch that the mauve undertone became more apparent once it had set on my skin. Coverage is full without having to use a ton of product. The applicator doesn’t hold much, though, so even on my lips I had to dip into the tube once for the top lip and once for the bottom. Wear time was 5 to 6 hours before I noticed any fading, with most of it being in the center of the lip at first.

Dupes:   Dose of Colors’ Matte Liquid Lipstick in Truffle and MAC’s Burnt Spice Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor are both incredibly similar to 951. Even though they’re matte, they still have a softer type of matte finish that’s a lot like 951’s finish once they set. Morphe’s Jealousy Liquid Lipstick is close too, but it’s more matte and a little darker. Jealousy also has more of a mauve undertone.

Liners:   951 Lippie Pencil is obviously a great liner to use with 951 Ultra Satin Lip, but there are a couple of other liners I like to use with it too. Pretty much all of the liners I found are MAC Lip Pencils, so let’s get into those first! Stripdown and Chestnut are great but are cooler toned and more brown, which can help you tone down the warmth of 951 if desired. Chestnut is beautiful if you have a dark to deep skin tone, btw. Whirl is lovely too because it’s close to a natural lip color for most people and will give you definition without much contrast;  it is more pinky/mauve, though. Auburn and Mahogany are both darker and more reddish-brown to rusty toned, but can help you create an ombre type of look, especially for those of you with a medium dark to deep skin tone. If you want to stick with a more neutral liner that’s closer to 951 in color, Spice and Hover are nice since they’re both medium, warm toned brownish-nudes. For a cheaper drug store alternative, you can also use NYX’s Natural Lip Pencil.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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951 Lippie Pencil:   This is described as a “mid-tone warm nude, slightly darker than 951 Ultra Satin Lip to define the lip and create an ombre look”, which is exactly what it is and what it does! It has the same warm, medium brownish-mauve nude tone, but it’s definitely darker than the Ultra Satin Lip version of 951 so it adds the perfect amount of contrast and dimension to the lip, no matter what your skin tone may be. The finish of this liner is not matte, though… It’s more of a natural satin type of finish. This can be used with all sorts of lipsticks and glosses, too, so it’s a great liner to keep on hand. As I mentioned earlier, if you have a dark to deep skin tone, this liner may be a little too light to create the perfect ombre look if you’re using 951 Ultra Satin Lip, and will appear more nude on you.

This liner feels SUPER creamy and glides onto the lips easily, but does lose it’s shape and definition after one or two applications, so be sure to keep this sharpened so you can get a perfect line for your lips without it looking wonky or uneven. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pencil without any darkening once applied. Coverage is full and even, since it’s VERY pigmented. Wear time was only about 4 hours before I noticed some fading around the edges of my lips.

Dupes:   MAC’s Lip Pencils in Hover and Spice are SUPER close to 951 Lippie Pencil and if you mixed the two, they would literally create 951. NYX’s Natural Lip Pencil is also a very good dupe, but it has the tiniest bit of a mauve hue to it. However, the mauve tone is barely noticeable once applied to the lips.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   4

 

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

 

 

 

This post is a followup to the iluvsarahii x Colourpop Chic-y palette review. I probably went a little more in depth in the previous review, if you want a little more info regarding packaging and such. That post can be found here:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Chic-y Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

The $aucey palette has a brighter, more dramatic vibe to it than the Chic-y palette, but it can still be used for either day or nighttime looks. If you like a pop of color, you’re bound to love this palette. The Chic-y palette and $aucey palette can even be used together and compliment one another very well, so I like how they did that. If you get both palettes, you will have SO many options to create gorgeous looks with!

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

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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Although these are the only two Pressed Powder Shadow Palettes I’ve used from Colourpop, I’m very impressed! I definitely plan on adding more of their shadows to my collection because the texture of these shadows is fantastic and they’re very well pigmented, not to mention super affordable for such high quality makeup!

If you need this palette in your life, you can head over to www.colourpop.com. Alone, the palette costs $12, which is an awesome value, considering that you pay that much for ONE single shadow from Anastasia Beverly Hills, or $6 for a single shadow in refill pan form from MAC. You can also purchase the entire iluvsarahii x Colourpop collection for $54, which includes both eye shadow palettes, three liners, and an Ultra Satin Lip, Ultra Glossy Lip, and Ultra Matte lip that matches each of the liners. Needless to say, that’s a pretty amazing value, especially considering the high end feel that all of Colourpop’s products have.

Each shadow in this palette contains 1.4 g / 0.05 oz of product, which is a total of 5.6 g / 0.2 oz for the palette. To compare this to a few other popular brands, MAC’s single eye shadow refills for their pro palettes contain 1.5 g of product and ABH’s single shadows contain 1.67 g of product. Colourpop is a cruelty-free company and while most of their products are vegan, the $aucey palette is not.

TIP:   Pop on a primer before you apply your powder eye shadow for the best color payoff and wear time! My personal favorite is a Pro Longwear Paint Pot from MAC… Painterly, Layin’ Low, and Soft Ochre are good primers shades for all skin tones. After I put on my primer, I like to set it with whatever is left on my powder brush before applying my powder shadow. This little trick is going to make it stay in place all day long!

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The packaging for collection and palette is very pretty! The box it comes in is a lovely nude color with a golden, metallic crocodile-type pattern printed on it. The name of the palette is printed on the top of the box, while the eye shadow shades are printed on the back. The palette itself doesn’t have any indication that it’s from the iluvsarahii collab or the pretty crocodile pattern found on the box, which I really would have liked but it’s still very simple (in a good way) and pretty. The palette feels sturdy and has a magnetic flap on the front which, to my surprise, manages to stay closed even when being tossed around in my makeup bag! My only real complaint about the palette itself is that it gets dirty SO easily! The white is modern and looks very nice at first, but once you get anything on it, it tends to stain pretty quickly.

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Left to Right:   Heavy Glam, Chic Happens, Lit, and Razy

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Left to Right:   Heavy Glam, Chic Happens, Lit, and Razy.   Photo taken outdoors in indirect sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Heavy Glam

Heavy Glam:   On Colourpop’s website, this is described as a “vibrant duochrome orange with a pink flip”. It’s a light to medium, warm peachy-pink that looks mostly peachy-orange but does pick up some more pink tones under certain lighting. While it’s not quite completely frosty or metallic, it’s also shinier than a satin type of finish. It’s very pretty on the lid and inner corner and because orange is opposite purple on a color wheel, this color compliments the other shadows in the palette nicely!

Heavy Glam feels super buttery and applies very easily without having to use much product at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan and coverage is full and even with one layer of shadow (I applied it with a MAC 239 brush). You can also apply this damp if you want it to be extra bold and more metallic. To do so, dip your brush into the shadow and load it up with product, THEN spray the brush with something like MAC’s Fix+ Spray before applying to the lid. Damp or dry, wear time on the lid was about 7 to 8 hours when worn over a primer.

Dupes:   It was actually difficult to find dupes for this shadow and the few I found were all from MAC. If you know of any more, please leave me a comment below! Fashion’s Field Day is honestly almost an exact dupe, though the finish is slightly less frosty/metallic. Expensive Pink is much lighter and more of a peachy-golden color. Paradisco is also lighter and much more orange/peachy toned. Sushi Flower is MUCH more pink and less frosted.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Chic Happens

Chic Happens:   This is a “matte cool mauve”, according to the Colourpop website. It’s a medium, cool toned, dusty mauve with a hint of a plummy undertone and a matte finish. I like to use this as my transition color, either in or just above the crease to soften the lines of some of the bolder colors in this palette. You can use it like that whether you have a lighter or darker color on the lid. It’s also nice to swipe just below the lower lash line for some soft definition.

Like the matte shadows from the Chic-y palette, this shadow felt very soft and was easy to blend without being feeling dusty or dry. It’s very well pigmented, so color payoff is great, as is coverage! In the crease or on the lid, you’ll get full opacity with just a little bit of product. I do recommend applying this over a primer, though, as I had some slight issues with patchiness without using a primer first, so I am going to deduct a point for that. Wear time in the crease was a little over 8 hours, which was about the same as the wear time on the lid.

Dupes:   Chic Happens is somewhere between Smarty Pants and Sweetheart, both from Tarte’s Tartelette In Bloom palette, but neither one is a perfect dupe without being mixed. Natural Beauty, from the original Tartlette palette, is actually a much closer match. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Dusty Rose eye shadow single is a VERY close match, although it’s still a little darker. It was pretty much impossible to find a MAC dupe for this shadow… Blackberry was the closest I found and it’s considerably darker and cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Lit

Lit:   This shadow is a “vibrant metallic purple” and is a medium to medium-dark, slightly warm toned, plummy reddish-purple with a frosty to metallic finish, depending on how you apply it. Applied dry, it’s more of a frost, but if you apply it damp, it ends up looking much more metallic. I love this color all over the lid and blended under the lower lash line for a pop of color. You can even apply this just on the center of the lid with a darker color on either side for a “halo eye” type of look. It’s bright enough to show up and flatter ALL skin tones, too.

Lit felt soooo buttery and smooth so it applied very easily. Color payoff looks exactly as it does in the pan, while coverage is full and opaque whether you use your finger or a flat, dense brush. You can also use a fluffier brush to blend out the edges or pop a little in or above the crease, although it doesn’t wear as long in that area. Wear time on the lid (over a primer) was 8 to 10 hours, but it began to fade in the crease after just 7 to 8 hours.

Dupes:   Sangria, from ABH, is very close as far as color goes but it’s a teeny bit darker and also has less of a frosty finish. Plum Dressing, from MAC, is similar and the finish is very close to Lit’s frostiness, but the color is a bit deeper. Also from MAC, Cranberry is close for both finish and color, but has a slightly more reddish undertone. Another decent MAC dupe is Star Violet, which is similar in color and finish, but a little lighter and maybe less intense as far as pigmentation goes.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Razy

Razy:   Razy is described as a “matte blackened plum” and is a dark, rich, blackened plum with a hint of a warm undertone. I love this color all over the lid for a smokey eye with something like Chic Happens or even Freckles from the Chic-y palette blended out through the crease. It’s also gorgeous to deepen the crease color if you have a lighter shadow on your lid. You can even smudge this under the lower lash line or use it with a dampened angle brush as a liner!

This shadow felt very smooth and not at all powdery, so I didn’t have any fallout issues with it as long as I didn’t apply too much to a fluffy crease brush (like a MAC 224). It’s SUPER pigmented too and the color payoff looks the same as it does in the palette using VERY little product, so go in with a light hand at first, then you can begin to build up the color! Coverage is totally opaque, even just when patted onto the lid with a flat brush like a MAC 239. Of course I use this over a primer, so I get about 9-10 hours of wear on the lid or 7 to 8 in the crease before any fading occurs.

Dupes:   From ABH, Beauty Mark is quite similar but a bit darker and has more of a reddish-brown undertone. Aubergine is closer in color, but it has a shimmery, satin finish rather than being matte. I couldn’t find a good dupe in any of the ABH palettes, but I feel like Razy is right in between Rowdy and All Star from the Subculture palette. From Jeffree Star’s Androgyny palette, Androgyny shadow is close, but it’s still a little lighter and more of a warm purple. From Tarte, there are a few dupes; One is Drama, from the Tartiest Pro palette, though it’s a bit brighter and lighter. Another dupe from Tarte is Leader, from the Tartlette In Bloom Palette, which is VERY, very similar. From the brand new Tartlette Toasted palette, Fireside is close, but perhaps more cool toned. From MAC, I’m Into It is a pretty close dupe, but it does have a slightly more reddish undertone. Embark is much more of a deep, reddish brown, even though they look similar in the pan. Deep Damson (available in MAC Pro Pan refills), is similar, but less purple and more of a deep, deep burgundy shade. When applied in the crease and blended out, they’re pretty close, though.

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 these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

I know this collection from iluvsarahii X Colourpop has been out for a while, so I’m a little late on this post but it’s not because I don’t love it! I’ve actually had this whole collection for a couple of months and this eye shadow palette is what I use the most, as in almost on a daily basis. Chic-y is by far one of the most user-friendly eye shadow quads that any brand has released this year. Literally ANYONE of any age, skin tone, or experience level can put this to use. All of the shades in the Chic-y palette are great to pair with a bright, bold, or smokey eye too, so you can incorporate these shadows into any other look you create. It really has all of your basic, every day shadow colors in it, plus it’s super affordable… You do NOT want to sleep on this palette!

If you’d like to check out the $aucey palette, also from this collab, click the link below:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: $aucey Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

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

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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Left to Right:   Distressed, Vivacious, Freckles, and Noche

Based on the two palettes in the iluvsarahii x Colourpop collection, Colourpop’s pressed powder eye shadow formula is really nice! It definitely exceeded my expectations, especially considering the super affordable price point. They’re all nicely pigmented and finely milled, so they’re easy to apply and blend out or layer and pack on. I’ll go into more details regarding the individual shadows in the rundowns below.

You can buy the Chic-y palette by itself for only $12 from www.colourpop.com or you can pick up the entire collection, which includes another eye shadow palette, one Ultra Matte Lip, one Ultra Satin Lip, and one Ultra Glossy Lip, each of which have Lippie Pencils that match them. When purchased in the kit form, the whole collection only costs $54! That’s a HUGE savings!

Each shadow contains 1.4 g / 0.05 oz of product, which is a total of 5.6 g / 0.2 oz for the palette. MAC’s single eye shadow refills for their pro palettes contain 1.5 g of product and sell for $6 each, so you’re basically getting twice as much for your money if you go with this Colourpop palette. Also, in comparison to ABH’s single shadows, which cost $12 and contain 1.67 g of product, the Chic-y palette is a WAY better deal!! Colourpop is a cruelty free company and the Chic-y palette is vegan.

TIP:   Pop on a primer before you apply your powder eye shadow for the best color payoff and wear time! My personal favorite is a Pro Longwear Paint Pot from MAC… Painterly, Layin’ Low, and Soft Ochre are good primers shades for all skin tones. After I put on my primer, I like to set it with whatever is left on my powder brush before applying my powder shadow. This little trick is going to make it stay in place all day long!

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The packaging for this palette is gorgeous! The box it comes in is a lovely nude color with golden, metallic crocodile-type pattern printed on it. The name of the palette is printed on the top of the box, while the eye shadow shades are printed on the back. The palette itself doesn’t have any indication that it’s from the iluvsarahii collab or the pretty crocodile pattern found on the box, which I really would have liked but it’s very simple and pretty, nonetheless. It feels sturdy and has a magnetic flap on the front that managed to stay closed in my makeup bag, even while traveling to LA and back! My main complaint about the palette itself is that it gets dirty SO easily! The white is modern and looks very nice at first, but once you get anything on it, it tends to stain pretty quickly.

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Left to Right:   Distressed, Vivacious, Freckles, and Noche

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Left to Right:   Distressed, Vivacious, Freckles, and Noche

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Left to Right:   Distressed, Vivacious, Freckles, and Noche. Photo taken outdoors in indirect sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Distressed

Distressed:   Distressed is described as a “matte vanilla” and is a light, neutral, creamy vanilla with a soft matte finish. This works well as a base color for the lid or even a matte highlight just below the arch of the brow.

The texture of this eye shadow is smooth and not dry or powdery like many mattes can be. It applied well using a flat brush on the lid and buffing it out with a fluffier crease brush to soften the edges a bit. Color payoff is nearly the same as it looks in the pan, especially when worn over a primer (I used MAC’s Soft Ochre Pro Longwear Paint Pot). Coverage is about 90% opaque but can be full if you layer it. Wear time was nearly 10 hours on the lid before it began to crease, but keep in mind that I always wear my eye shadows over a primer because I have oily eyelids, which definitely helps them last a lot longer!

Dupes:   Blanc Type from MAC is nearly an identical dupe. The color and finish are both incredibly similar to Distressed, but I do think that Blanc Type is slightly less pigmented. I imagine that many palettes have a shadow similar to Distressed in them!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Vivacious

Vivacious:   Colourpop describes this shadow as a “metallic pink champagne”. It is a light, neutral to warm toned, pink champagne color with a frost finish and can be used dry or damp. I like this best on the lid, below the arch of the brow, and especially on the inner corner of my eyes!

Vivacious feels very buttery and can be applied with either a flat brush or your finger. You can also use a flat, synthetic brush for a damp application if you want it to appear more metallic. To do this, I like to pack the shadow onto my brush while dry, THEN spray my brush with something like MAC’s Fix+ spray. That way you won’t get the shadow wet, which usually ends up with it developing a crust of sorts on the top layer, which makes it hard to use the product in the future! The color payoff is great, even when used dry. I got good opacity with this shadow but some minor patchiness, so coverage isn’t 100% with the first pass unless it’s applied directly on top of a primer so it has something to stick to. Over a primer, I got about 8-9 hours of wear on the lid, inner corner, and below the brow.

Dupes:   Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Glisten is similar in finish, but the color is slightly darker and more peachy. All That Glitters from MAC is close, but still bit darker. Naked Lunch, also from MAC, is closer in color but the finish is much less metallic… Vivacious is sort of what you would get if Naked Lunch and All That Glitters had a baby.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Freckles  (It’s been used so it does look a little darker than it did when brand new, which is due to the product being stirred up)

Freckles:   This shadow is a “matte warm mocha” and is a medium, warm toned brown with a matte finish. It’s a pretty basic color, but that doesn’t mean it’s not gorgeous and VERY handy to have in any palette! It works well as a blending color in the crease and can honestly be used with any look and on any skin tone.

Like Vivacious, Freckles felt very soft for a matte but did seem a bit drier. It still applies and blends out beautifully, especially with a fluffy domed brush in the crease. Color payoff is VERY pigmented and looks just like it does in the palette using very little product. While coverage is great when used as a crease color, I did have a little patchiness when I applied this all over the lid, which you can probably notice in the swatch photo. Putting it over a primer did help, though. Wear time in the crease was about 8 hours, and more like 7 hours on the lid.

Dupes:   Caramel, from ABH, is close but darker and a little warmer. Also from ABH, Burnt Orange is close, but warmer and more or orange/peachy toned and Fawn is cooler toned. MAC’s Soft Brown is pretty similar but lighter. Texture is a better dupe as far as color goes, but it’s a Velvet, so it doesn’t have the same matte finish that Freckles does.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Noche (I also had to redo photos for this shadow, so it has been used and looks a little darker than it did to begin with because the product is no longer brand new and pristine)

Noche:   Noche is described as a “matte black brown”. It’s a dark, blackened brown with some reddish/plum undertones that give it warmth. Noche has a very matte finish. This is a great color to use in the “outer v” section of the eye, blended into the crease for a more dramatic look, or even packed onto the lid and blended out with something like Freckles in the crease for a warm, soft smokey look.

This shadow felt a little more dry, similar to Freckles, but was still very easy to apply and didn’t give me any powdery fallout. Color payoff is AMAZING! Noche is SO pigmented you’ll want to use a light hand, then build it up if necessary. Coverage is also full with very, very little product used. In the crease, this shadow wore well for 9-10 hours. On the lid, I didn’t notice any creasing or fading until around hour 7.

Dupes:   From Anastasia Beverly Hills, Hot Chocolate is VERY close but a little darker, Fudge, also from ABH, is lighter and warmer. MAC’s Embark is almost identical but is a little less pigmented than Noche.

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 these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

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

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

Time Los Angeles – Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick Cool Spectrum Bundle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

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Macchiato

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

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

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

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

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Foliage

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Foliage

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Foliage

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Foliage

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Foliage

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

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

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

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

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

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Velvet Rouge

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

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

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

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

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

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Wine Country

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

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

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

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

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

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Cranberry

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

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

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

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

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Crimson (I’ll redo this pic soon!)

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

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

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

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

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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