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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.

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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

I was so excited when I saw that Anastasia Beverly Hills was going to do another colorful Glow Kit! I had played around with Moonchild for a bit and fell in love with that one, so of course I bought Aurora the day it launched. I do realize that for some people, this may be a little too “out there” as far as colors go but they’re pretty versatile, so don’t judge this palette too quickly! If you’d like more details about this palette, please keep reading and as always, thank you for stopping by to check out the blog!

Without further ado, here are the basics…

Aurora is a permanent addition to ABH’s Glow Kit lineup, so don’t worry about getting your hands on it! For now, it’s only available for purchase from www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com, but will be available from Sephora in June, according to information given out on ABH’s Instagram. This glow kit sells for $40, like most others, and contains a total of 25.2 g / 0.9 oz of product, with each pan containing 4.2 g / 0.15 oz. Keep in mind the Aurora and Moonchild are the same size, so the actual size of this palette is smaller than the other 6-pan Glow Kits but it’s mostly just the size of the packaging and shape of the pans that makes the difference. Compared to the Nicole Guerriero’s Glow Kit, which contains a total of 27 g / 0.96 oz of product, it’s not THAT much less of a value! As with all of ABH’s products, this Glow Kit is cruelty-free and Aurora is also vegan ❤

If you’d like to get updates on upcoming posts, stay in touch or chat with me, and get sneak peeks of new products that I’ll be testing and reviewing, be sure to follow me on twitterinstagram, and snapchat, all @ lesley_makeup!

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The packaging of this palette is the same type as the other Glow Kits from ABH, only smaller. I actually like this smaller size since it takes up less space in my kit and makeup drawer. Also like the others, it comes in a sleeve that you can slide it into for storage. This is nice if you’re afraid it may pop open in your makeup bag or during travel. That said, the magnetic closures work well and keep it safely closed in most situations. I know I’ve mentioned this with every other ABH Glow Kit and it’s really my only complaint about the packaging, but I wish they’d pop a mirror into these palettes!

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Like all ABH Glow Kits, these pans contain powder highlighters, although they are very finely milled and almost feel like a cream. The formula in this palette varies, depending on the amount and size of the micro-glitter particles. As I mentioned earlier, this Glow Kit is certainly more colorful than most, but it’s also unique and versatile… Not only do I love the Aurora Glow Kit because of it’s versatility, but products like this are inspiring to me. They make me want to try new looks and be more creative, which is something I appreciate, especially from the standpoint of a professional makeup artist. If you’re a MUA or just like to post selfies rocking more artistic makeup looks, you’ll LOVE how these highlighters look in photographs!

Since these may be used wet or dry on the face, body, eyes, etc, I’ll go over application tips and tricks below the individual reviews. Like I said, it’s pretty versatile, so if this type of product is new to you, you might learn a thing or two by checking out that part of this post! Also, please leave me a comment and let me know if you have any favorites in this Glow Kit or tricks on how you like to use the different shades in Aurora!

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Glow Kit swatched on NC25 skin.

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Eclipse:   On ABH’s website, Eclipse is described as “pink champagne pearl with a peach reflect”. That’s pretty spot-on… This is a light, neutral to warm toned pinky-nude with a peachy-golden sheen. Eclipse can look a bit cooler on deeper skin tones than on more fair to medium-dark skin but it’s stunning on anyone! The texture is smooth and applies very evenly, but it doesn’t feel quite so buttery as the highlighters in the 4-pan Glow Kits… Probably due to the fact that this has very finely milled micro-shimmer particles. Color payoff is a little lighter and brighter on the skin than in the pan, but that’s to be expected with this type of high-reflects formula. You won’t really see the true level of reflects in the pan like you will on the skin, and it’s much more intense in person than in photos or swatches. Coverage is full if you pack this on or use your finger when applying this to an area like your eyelid or inner corner. If you’re applying this as an actual highlighter, you’ll want to use a fluffier type of brush, which I will provide suggestions for in the applications section below the reviews. On both the face and eyes, I got 7-8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   As far as the base color goes, Eclipse falls somewhere between Hard Candy from the Gleam Glow Kit and Daydream from the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit. It’s less pink than Hard Candy and less peach than Daydream, but has the same type of shimmer that Daydream does. MAC’s Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish was the closest dupe I found… It’s very, very close to Eclipse in both base color and the color of the multi-dimensional sheen it also has.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Luna:   According to the ABH website, this is “mother of pearl with an icy orchid reflect”. Luna is a light pearly color with a cool toned, almost platinum sheen. It looks a bit different once applied, looking like more like a white gold color on lighter skin, and a brighter, more cool toned platinum-pearl on darker skin tones. It felt a little smoother than Eclipse since it doesn’t have as much micro-shimmer in it. The color payoff is great, but it looks cooler toned and lighter on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is easily made fully opaque using little product, so go in with a light hand unless you want to be seen from space (but I mean, who doesn’t want that sometimes, right?!). This wore for about 7 hours on the eyes and over 9 hours on the face before it began to fade or disappear.

Dupes:   It’s actually incredibly similar to Jeffree Star’s Princess Cut Skin Frost, but has more micro-shimmer and iridescence. lighter and much less pink than Pink Heart from the Moonchild Glow Kit. It’s also slightly darker, warmer toned and less platinum than Forever Lit from the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Spectra:   This is described as a “sparkling lilac pearl with an iridescent blue-green reflect”. In the pan it looks like a grayish purple with almost pink reflects BUT on the skin, it’s a medium to medium-dark, cool toned pinky-lilac with aqua/teal reflects and sheen, but the sheen can also pick up pink tones at times too. The lighter your skin tone, the softer the color looks. If you have a dark to deep skin tone, this will look more pigmented and show the pinky/purple iridescence more boldly than on fair to medium skin. It’s VERY multi-dimensional and iridescent when applied heavily. Spectra has a bit more texture to it than Luna did but it’s still incredibly smooth. Color payoff is good with both light and heavy applications, so don’t worry, you can use this on the face even though it looks quite dark in the pan. Coverage didn’t seem as intense as some other shades in this palette when swatched, although it still looked opaque when packed on with a brush. Since Spectra is so pigmented, it’s kind of nice not having the heavier type of coverage because it makes application on the face a little less intimidating if you’re not used to these type of highlighters! Wear time was great! I got about 8 hours of wear on the eye and 10 on the face.

Dupes:   The closest dupe I found was Sassy Grape from ABH’s Sweets Glow Kit, although it’s cooler toned, more purple, and completely lacks any micro-shimmer or iridescent sheen. MAC’s Soft Frost Extra Dimension Highlighter is also more cool toned, lavender, and has no micro-shimmer or reflects. When I find time this week, I’ll go through my MAC Pigments and eye shadows to see if I find any dupes. I have a feeling one or two may be similar to Spectra.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Helia:   On the ABH website, Helia is described as a “yellow gold pearl with a turquoise reflect”. It is a light-medium, cool toned yellow-gold with a pearl and teal/aqua sheen. In the pan, this looks like more of a tarnished gold than it does once applied… On fair to medium skin it looks more pastel yellow-gold, and on dark to deep skin it looks like more of a bright, true gold. The reflects/sheen color remains about the same on all skin tones. Helia felt slightly less smooth than Luna, but smoother than Spectra. Color payoff is good, but it is lighter and brighter on the skin than in the pan. Coverage was a little patchy when swatched, but if you apply it to the eyelid with a dense brush, it’s fully opaque. I do appreciate this because I find it easier to apply to the face and then build up and layer if I want it to look more noticeable. I didn’t notice any fading until 6-7 hours on the eyes and 7-8 hours on the face.

Dupes:   From ABH’s Sweets Glow Kit, Marshmallow is very close to Helia, but is slightly less gold and doesn’t have any iridescence or shimmery bits. MAC’s Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Highlighter has the same kind of reflects, but the base color and sheen are warmer toned and have a hint more rose gold. Lucky Clover from the Moonchild Glow Kit looks similar in the pan but is MUCH more green once applied, so don’t let the pan colors in these palettes fool you!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Orion:   According to ABH, Orion is a “blue pearl with a purple amethyst reflect”. In the pan, it’s a medium aqua color with cool toned purple and silver reflects. On fair to medium or medium-dark skin this looks much more like a pale, icy blue with a soft lavender/silver sheen, while on dark to deep skin tones Orion appears as more of a pastel blue but still has the same lavender/silver sheen. Orion was not the smoothest highlighter in this Glow Kit… It felt similar to Spectra and was drier than the others in this palette. Color payoff is very pigmented but is lighter on the skin. This shade was a bit patchy when swatched and also like Spectra, it didn’t apply as heavily but can still be built up for full coverage. Wear time was only about 6 hours on the eyes and 6 1/2 – 7 hours on the the face and body, probably due to the drier texture.

Dupes:   This is just one of those super unique colors that you’re pretty much not going to find a dupe for in highlighter form. There may be one hiding in my eye shadows or pigments, though, so I’ll take a peek at those later in the week!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Lyra:   ABH describes Lyra as a “rose gold pearl with a champagne orchid reflect”. In the pan, it’s a very warm toned, medium peachy-orange gold with white gold reflects. When applied to fair to medium skin, it’s a light, very peachy-pink rose gold with a pinky-purple sheen. On medium dark to deep skin, Lyra is more of a medium peachy rose gold and has the same color of reflects and sheen, but it looks more pigmented. This shade has more micro-shimmer than some others in this Glow Kit but it’s still pretty smooth. Color payoff is fantastic but like the rest of the highlighters in this palette, it looks a little lighter once applied. Coverage is fantastic and wasn’t patchy at all when swatched or applied. Wear time was around 7 hours on the eyes and 9 hours on the facee and body.

Dupes:   Glo Getter from the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is close in color, but it’s more peachy and intense and lacks the iridescence that Lyra has. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is also close, but lighter and has no micro-shimmer bits in it. MAC’s Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Highlighter is the closest dupe I found, but it’s slightly more pink.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Application:

For the face and cheekbone area, you can apply these with varying color payoff and intensity, so not matter what kind of look you prefer, it’s easy to achieve with this Glow Kit. If you like a more subtle, natural type of glow, I suggest using these dry with a fan brush or fluffy brush like a Real Techniques Setting Brush (pink handle), a MAC 188 Duo-Fibre Brush, or my favorite, the Anastasia Beverly Hills A23 Brush. For a more intense finish or even a truly metallic type of glow, you can use the same brushes but spray the brush with a setting spray or something like MAC’s Fix+ BEFORE applying it, but AFTER dipping your brush into the pan… If you dampen your brush then touch it to the product, you can make the highlighter itself develop a hard, icky layer of “crust” on top that makes it difficult to use in the future.

If you’d like to use these as an eye shadow, I recommend applying a primer first, like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pots (my personal favorites to use on myself or on anyone are Soft Ochre and Painterly). It’s not necessary, but if you feel like these stick to your primer too much it’s a good idea to take whatever is left on your powder brush or a light, skin tone shade of eye shadow and lightly dust it on top of the primer… This will set it and make everything you apply on top blend out easily and evenly!  For a softer look, you’ll want to use these dry with a brush like a MAC 239 Shader Brush for the lid or brow bone, or something like MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush for an even lighter application on the lid or below the brow. If you’d like a higher amount of color payoff and a more metallic finish, you’ll want to use the same damp application technique I mentioned above, but use a flat brush like a MAC 242 Shader Brush, 239, or my new favorite, an ABH A2. Using your finger to pat these onto the lid will also give you a look/finish somewhere between a dry and damp application with a brush. For an inner corner highlight, I usually reach for a smaller, more precise brush like a MAC 219 Pencil Brush or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (yellow/gold handle).

  • Pro Tip:   If you would like these to appear as pigmented, bright and iridescent as possible, try applying them over a darker cream shadow, such as MAC’s Pro Longer Paint Pot in Blackground! Anytime you put a powder product with iridescence or duo-chrome effects over a dark primer, it transforms it to a whole new color!

You can also use these on the lips with a lipstick, balm or gloss if you want to add anything from a soft sheen all the way up to metallic finish. To get a heavier, more metallic look, I like to use my finger or something like the MAC 242 or ABH A2 brush, or any lip brush, packing it onto the lip. For a more subtle glow, I prefer applying it lightly with my finger using very little product, or dusting it on with any fluffy blending brush. It usually works best if you do this on top of a lipstick or balm. If you’re using this with a gloss, it can be tricky to apply on top if the gloss is very heavy or sticky, so I suggest using either your finger or just applying it under a more sheer gloss!

*** 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 ***

It’s been a while since I’ve made a post about one of the best liquid lipsticks out there, so I’m excited to share these six gorgeous new shades from Anastasia Beverly Hills with all of you! I’m really impressed with the variation of colors in this launch. There are brights and neutrals, even a few dark and unique colors in there, so you might just find your new favorite Spring lippie!

These liquid lipsticks are all permanent and are available at www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com. These don’t appear to be on Sephora’s website just yet, but I’ll be sure to update all of you when they pop up on there or at Sephora stores. They sell for $20 and contain 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product. The price and product amount is pretty average, but considering how great this formula is, it’s worth every penny!

If you want to stay up to date with what posts are coming up and get sneak peeks of new products I’ll be trying out reviewing, be sure to follow me on twitter, instagram, and snapchat, all @ lesley_makeup!

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Left to Right:   Tulip, Currant, Dazed, Poet, Clover, Requiem                                                                          Photo taken using natural, indirect sunlight

This formula is fantastic… It’s creamy, never too liquidy or runny, and is very highly pigmented so you only need to use a little bit of product. These liquid lipsticks dry down to a perfect matte finish quickly, but not so fast that you don’t have time to blend it out or layer it a little if needed (which I’ve very rarely had to do). Once they’re on, they last for 8 hours on average, usually only fading around the outer edges and center of the lip. On top of being long-wearing, they’re also smudge-resistant and kiss-proof. For the most part, these will stay on until you remove them with an actual remover, oil, or makeup wipe! While it’s common for any liquid lipstick to feel slightly dry, these don’t feel like they suck every bit of moisture out of your lips. They also don’t seem to do that whole dry, scrunchy looking thing in the middle of the lip that to me, looks somewhat like part of a cat’s rear anatomy lol, so that’s a major plus! (Pardon the description, but just wait till you get to watch these reviews on YouTube soon and actually hear the way I talk!)

Tip:   I do recommend wearing a lightweight, non-petroleum based balm (plain shea butter is my go-to) for at least 10-15 minutes prior to putting on your liquid lipstick… Just be sure to wipe off any excess balm before application so your lipstick doesn’t slip off. Using a balm first will also boost moisture in your lips so they look fuller and the liquid lipstick won’t settle into the lines of your lip as much! You may also use a primer like MAC’s silicone-based Prep + Prime Lip, which will add moisture and smooth out any chapped areas, making the liquid lipstick glide right on. To avoid any chapped or dry areas that can be emphasized by a matte, liquid lipstick, make sure you exfoliate your lips! Any lip scrub will work, or you can do a home recipe using sugar mixed with something like olive oil or honey.

Application:  As I mentioned above, you’ll probably want to start out by making sure your lips are smooth and moisturized! You can apply a liner first if you like, but because of the formula and applicator, it’s not necessary in order to achieve a defined look. The brand new applicator is SO precise and was introduced to us with this launch. It’s flatter than the old, classic doe-foot style wand, which makes is very easy to get a perfect application. It seems like you use less product with this applicator and it also works very well for people who have smaller lips, both of which I consider to be two major upgrades from ABH! I imagine that the older shades will also be switching to the new applicator eventually… I’ll let you know when I eventually confirm that. If you prefer a brush, you can definitely use one of those too! My favorite lip brushes are MAC’s 316 Lip Brush and ABH’s A27 or #3. Also as I previously mentioned, once these liquid lipsticks are applied, they’re not going anywhere until you take them off! In my experience, MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil and Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Water (blue label) seem to be best suited for this task. Feel free to leave your favorite remover for this type of product in the comment section below!

Without further ado, let’s get into the photos and individual reviews!

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Left to Right:   Tulip, Currant, Dazed, Poet, Clover, Requiem                                                                          Photo taken using indoor photography lighting.

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Left to Right:   Tulip, Currant, Dazed, Poet, Clover, Requiem                                                        Photo taken using indoor photography lighting.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight.                                                                          Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

 

 

 

 

 

* some product photos were taken on different days, so they may not be 100% consistent *

* I will also be redoing the lip photos soon. The chemical burns from leaving Nair on my upper lip too long are just not cute! *

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Tulip:   ABH refers to this lipstick as a “beet red”. It’s a very matte, medium, bright, pinky-red with cool undertones, but it can actually pull more cool or warm, depending on your own skin tone. I love that about this shade… It looks perfect on absolutely everyone! The texture is creamy without being too thick so it applies easily. Tulip has perhaps a slightly thicker consistency than some of the other ABH liquid lipsticks, but it didn’t cause any problems during application. Color payoff can look a little darker than it does in the tube once it sets, but that’s pretty normal with most liquid lipsticks. It’s not drastic, at all, though, and it just seems to make the color even more bold. Coverage is full using little product. I got just less than 9 hours of wear with Tulip.

Dupes:   The closest dupe I found was MAC’s D For Danger Lipstick, but it’s still slightly lighter and has more blue-based pink undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Currant:   Currant is said to be a “brick” color and is a medium-dark to dark, brick red with both blue and brown undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was on par with other ABH liquid lipsticks, feeling creamy but not too thick. Like Tulip, this shade can look a little different depending on your personal skin tone, so it will pick up your own undertones, making it flattering on anyone. Color payoff is wonderful but also like Tulip, it can darken a little as it dries. Coverage is wonderful… I usually don’t even use one dip’s worth of product to achieve full opacity! I didn’t notice any fading until I had Currant on for about 8 hours.

Dupes:   ABH’s own Sarafine Liquid Lipstick is sort of similar, but Sarafine is brighter and is more of a blue-based red, having less deep brown undertones. MAC’s Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is deeper and has more of a wine-stained hue to it. MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick is lighter. Another MAC lipstick that’s close is Dark Side, although it has more purple undertones and has a creamy Amplified finish, rather than being matte.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Dazed:   On ABH’s website, they describe this as a “redwood” color… I’ve never heard that as a description, but it makes perfect sense! Dazed is a medium-dark, brownish-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It felt very creamy and even once it dried, it didn’t feel quite as dry as some of the other ABH liquid lipsticks in this post. It’s highly pigmented and once applied, it looks just like it does in the tube. Coverage when swatched showed very minor patchiness but I didn’t notice any of that once I put it on my lips. I didn’t have any problems with fading until I had this on for about 7 hours.

Dupes:   NYX’s Lip Lingerie in Exotic is close, but slightly lighter and has more of a mauve undertone. It also gives less even coverage than Dazed.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Poet

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Poet

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Poet

Poet

Poet:   This color is said to be a “dusty mauve” and is a medium, slightly cool toned mauve with a matte finish. To me, this shade and Dazed are the two most wearable lippies in this launch. Poet works on all skintones, which is not easy for all mauves to do because many can be far too cool for certain people. It feels a little more liquidy than some of the other liquid lipsticks in this review but that caused no problems with application. Color payoff is great and looks pretty much the same on the lips as it does in the tube. Coverage is opaque, but you may have to do some quick layering in some spots. Although it looks patchy in the swatch photo, it looked much better on my lips! Wear time was roughly 7 hours before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   ABH’s Veronica Liquid Lipstick is very similar as far as color goes, but it’s still darker. MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Topped With Brandy is nearly identical, perhaps very slightly more plum and less pinky-mauve. NYX’s French Maid Lip Lingerie is lighter and more pink.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Clover

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Clover

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Clover

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Clover

 

Clover:   This color is described as a “stormy lilac” and is a medium, gray-ish lilac with very cool undertones and a soft matte finish. It doesn’t have a very thick consistency, which caused some patchiness in the swatch photo, but it’t not as patchy on the lips. I had to do some layering in the center of the lip and go around the edges of my top lip twice but it doesn’t get all gross and chunky when layered, so it shouldn’t be a problem! It can darken a tiny bit once it’s on the lips but overall, color payoff is wonderful. Coverage, on the other hand, wasn’t fully opaque all over with one layer of product… It can be slightly uneven without going back over some spots but that’s an easy fix! Clover wore well for about 6 1/2 hours before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   I’m sure you can already tell that Clover is a really unique color, so finding a dupe in a liquid lipstick formula was pretty much impossible! I didn’t even have any normal lipsticks that I can say are good dupe, so it you like colors like this, Clover is definitely worth getting!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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Requiem (new photo coming tomorrow)

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Requiem (new photo coming tomorrow)

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Requiem

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Requiem

 

Requiem:   Requiem is a “metallic blackened teal” and is a very unique color! It’s a dark, smoky blueish-teal with a softly frosted, metallic finish. It’s so cool because it has this beautiful type of micro shimmer that picks up the light at just the right angles, reflecting both gold and teal. The texture was very smooth and applied easily, even though the consistency ran a little thin. Color payoff is just how it looks in the tube, while coverage can be slightly patchy at first… Doing one more quick swipe with the applicator will fix that, though! I got about 7 hours of wear with Requiem before noticing fading, which was mostly in the center of the lip.

Dupes:   MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Young Attitude is very close but still darker and has a truly matte finish, while Requiem has a metallic shimmer to it. Melt Cosmetic’s Blow is more green, less blue, and is also matte.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

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 ***

Anastasia Beverly Hills has teamed up with YouTube guru Nicole Guerriero for a brand new Glow Kit packed with six gorgeous highlighters that will make everyone look and feel like a glowing goddess! Since I’m sure you’re all just as excited about this Glow Kit as I am, we’ll get right into the basics…

This Glow Kit is available from www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com, www.sephora.com, and at Sephora stores (though as of today, 3/18, it is currently sold out on Sephora’s website). It sells for $40 and contains a total of 27 g / 0.96 oz of product, with each pan weighing in at 4.5 g / 0.16 oz. In comparison, the other Glow Kits from ABH that have 4 highlighters contain only 0.08 oz more product. In my opinion, this is a great value since you get about the same amount of product with two additional colors for the same price!

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The packaging of this palette is the same type as the other Glow Kits from ABH, being slim and lightweight so it’s easy to stash in your makeup bag or drawer. Also like the others, it comes in a sleeve that you can slide it into for storage. This is nice if you’re afraid it may pop open in your makeup bag, but it does stay closed well by using the magic of magnets, even without the sleeve. The only thing I don’t love about these palettes is the lack of a mirror… I realize it would make it a little heavier, but I definitely think it would come in handy, especially if you’re traveling with this!

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* I had to redo this photo on a different day, with different lighting because my lights used for photography died on me, so that’s why the color of the packaging and lighting may look slightly different than in other photos *

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Even though these are powders highlighters, they all feel pretty creamy with a texture that is smooth and very bendable. That said, they do feel a slightly less creamy than most of the shades in the other Glow Kits from Anastasia Beverly Hills, but I think it’s because these contain more of a finely milled micro-glitter rather than just having a sheen to them… Don’t worry, though, that doesn’t make these rough at all! While some very fair or very deep skintones may not feel comfortable using every single color in here as an actual highlighter, these are a multitasking type of product… Even if you don’t use all of these as a highlighter for the face, you’ll find other uses for them! As a makeup artist, it’s great to have a product like this in my kit since there’s a wide range in colors and undertones and I can use them for different purposes. If you’re a MUA looking for a new highlighter palette, I definitely recommend picking this up! Anastasia Beverly Hills has a great program for professional makeup artists too, so you may want to look into that if you do this stuff for a living.

Since this is can be used for different things, I’m going to get pretty detailed in the application section, so just keep scrolling if you want to see the individual reviews and photos!

Application:

For the face and cheekbone area, you can apply these with varying color payoff and intensity, so not matter what kind of look you prefer, it’s easy to achieve with this Glow Kit. If you like a more subtle, natural type of glow, I suggest using these dry with a fan brush or fluffy brush like a Real Techniques Setting Brush (pink handle), a MAC 188 Duo-Fibre Brush, or my favorite, the Anastasia Beverly Hills A23 Brush. For a more intense finish or even a truly metallic type of glow, you can use the same brushes but spray the brush with a setting spray or something like MAC’s Fix+ BEFORE applying it, but AFTER dipping your brush into the pan… If you dampen your brush then touch it to the product, you can make the highlighter itself develop a hard, icky layer of “crust” on top that makes it difficult to use in the future.

If you’d like to use these as an eye shadow, I recommend applying a primer first, like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pots (my personal favorites to use on myself or on anyone are Soft Ochre and Painterly). It’s not necessary, but if you feel like these stick to your primer too much it’s a good idea to take whatever is left on your powder brush or a light, skin tone shade of eye shadow and lightly dust it on top of the primer… This will set it and make everything you apply on top blend out easily and evenly!  For a softer look, you’ll want to use these dry with a brush like a MAC 239 Shader Brush for the lid or brow bone, or something like MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush for an even lighter application on the lid or below the brow. If you’d like a higher amount of color payoff and a more metallic finish, you’ll want to use the same damp application technique I mentioned above, but use a flat brush like a MAC 242 Shader Brush, 239, or my new favorite, an ABH A2. Using your finger to pat these onto the lid will also give you a look/finish somewhere between a dry and damp application with a brush. For an inner corner highlight, I usually reach for a smaller, more precise brush like a MAC 219 Pencil Brush or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (yellow/gold handle).

You can also use these on the lips with a lipstick, balm or gloss if you want to add anything from a soft sheen all the way up to metallic finish. To get a heavier, more metallic look, I like to use my finger or something like the MAC 242 or ABH A2 brush, or any lip brush, packing it onto the lip. For a more subtle glow, I prefer applying it lightly with my finger using very little product, or dusting it on with any fluffy blending brush. It usually works best if you do this on top of a lipstick or balm. If you’re using this with a gloss, it can be tricky to apply on top if the gloss is very heavy or sticky, so I suggest using either your finger or just applying it under a more sheer gloss!

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Photo taken with natural daylight.

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Photo taken in a lightbox with studio lighting.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Highlighters swatched on NC15 skin.

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Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

I’m going to include a swatch photo using my indoor studio lighting tomorrow once I get things fixed!

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Kitty Kat

Kitty Kat:   This shade is described as a “pink with a platinum reflect” and is a medium, warm toned peachy pink with a cooler toned, platinum shimmer. The texture of Kitty Kat felt incredibly buttery and glided on with no fallout. Color payoff and coverage are both great and this looks just like it does in the pan without having to use much product. The color really comes through even when using a lighter type of application too, which is nice. I didn’t notice any fading until about the 7-8 hour mark when worn on the face or eyes.

Dupes:   Starburst, from the ABH Gleam Glow Kit is close, but it’s less shimmery and also less pink than Kitty Kat. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is similar, but is darker and more peachy.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Forever Young

Forever Young:   ABH describes this highlighter as a “pink pearl with a silver reflect”. It is a light, pretty neutral toned pinky-nude with a cool toned, silvery sheen. Forever Young has a creamy texture and seems to have less, or more finely milled shimmer particles in it than some of the other highlighters in this Glow Kit, so it applies very easily and has zero fallout. It has fantastic color payoff no matter how light handed you are and full coverage when applied more heavily. Wear time was about 8 hours before I had any fading occur on the face/cheeks, and it lasted around 7 hours on the eyes.

Dupes:   Tourmaline, from the Sundipped Glow Kit, is in the same type of color family, but it’s quite a bit darker and cooler toned. Becca’s Opal Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector is also close, but is slightly warmer and has more of a rose-gold undertone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Daydream

Daydream:   On the website, the shade is said to be a “coral with a white gold reflect”, which is very accurate. It’s a medium, warm toned peachy-coral with a warm, creamy-golden sheen. Daydream has the more intense type of shimmer/micro-glitter in it so while it feels smooth, it’s also a little more dry than something like Forever Young, but still applies easily and doesn’t cause any fallout. It was a nice surprise to see what intense pigmentation this has when applied, even lightly, since that’s so rare with this type of color. Coverage is anywhere from light to fully opaque but due to how pigmented this shade is, I recommend using a light hand if you’re on the fairer side of the skintone spectrum… In MAC terms, I’m NC15 and made the mistake of going in too heavily with this product, which made me a little more peachy than I wanted to be! This lasted on me for 8 hours on both the eyes and face before it began to fade.

Dupes:   Taffy, from ABH’s Sweets Glow Kit, is very close but is a bit lighter and more golden/less coral. Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Skin Frost is much more pink. Daydream is honestly pretty unique, so it’s tricky to find a dupe for!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Forever Lit

Forever Lit:   Anastasia Beverly Hills describes this as a “platinum with a lavender reflect”… It is a very light, creamy white gold/platinum with neutral to cool undertones overall, but the lavender reflects make it look truly cool toned once applied. It seems to have very few, if any, micro-glitter particles in it so it feels incredibly creamy. Color payoff is superb, especially for a highligher this light. The only difference between how it looks in the pan vs once it’s applied is, like I mentioned, how the undertone of the sheen makes it look much cooler on the skin than it does in the palette. Also, due to this being so light and cool toned, if you have a dark to deep, warmer skintone, this color may be a little too cool for the cheeks unless you’re looking for a light, iridescent look, so just make sure you use a light hand with Forever Lit at first! Coverage is fully opaque if you want it to be, or it can give you a very soft, ethereal glow when applied lightly. I had no fading until I had this on for about 8-9 hours.

Dupes:   I didn’t really find anything similar to Forever Lit… I’m thinking that something from the Moonchild Glow Kit might be close, but I don’t have that one to compare it to yet! I’m ordering it tonight, though, so I’ll let you know if I find a dupe in there!

From the Sweets Glow Kit, Marshmallow is much more yellow/golden and is slightly darker. Summer, from the Sun Dipped Glow Kit, is also darker and more golden, and same with Sunburst from the That Glow Glow Kit. Crushed Pearl, from the Gleam Glow Kit is also a little darker, but is more neutral to almost warm toned. Jeffree Star’s Ice Cold Skin Frost is the lightest highlighter that I have and it’s even a little darker, warmer, and more creamy/golden in color. MAC’s Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish is very light, like Forever Lit, but is much more iridescent and purple.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Glo Getter

Glo Getter:   This is described as a “champagne with a rose reflect” and is a medium, warm toned, champagne shade with a warm, rose gold sheen. The texture feels buttery, probably because this highlighter has some shimmery particles in it but not so much as a few of the other shades in this palette do. It applies easily and evenly with true-to-pan color payoff and full coverage even when using little product, so if you have a fairer skin tone you’ll want to use a lighter hand! I got about 8 hours of wear on both the eyes and face with Glo Getter.

Dupes:   From ABH’s That Glow Glow Kit, Bubbly is close but has no micro-shimmer to it and is also a bit lighter and more tan, as well as less warm toned. Jeffree Star’s Siberian Gold Skin Frost is cooler toned and darker.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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143:   ABH refers to this as a “rose gold with a bronze reflect”… It’s a medium, neutral to warm toned soft bronze color with a warmer, rose gold sheen. This one has a fair amount of micro-shimmer to it and felt drier than the others in this Glow Kit, but it still applied alright as a highlighter. It is, however, the only one I had any type of dustiness with, which caused a small amount of fallout when applied dry as an eye shadow. Color payoff is good but it looks lighter and warmer on the skin than it does in the pan. Coverage wasn’t full, but this is likely due to the drier texture. This problem is easily solved by applying this damp if you’re looking to use it as an eye shadow. Wear time was about 7 hours before it got patchy or faded on the cheek. On the eyes, I got just over 6 hours of wear before I noticed any creasing or fading.

Dupes:   From the ABH Sun Dipped Glow Kit, Bronzed looks sort of similar in the pan but is much darker and cooler once applied. Bubbly, from the That Glow Glow Kit, actually looks pretty close once applied but it’s a bit lighter and less pigmented. It also has no shimmery particles. Jeffree Star’s Siberian Gold Skin Frost is the closest dupe I found and is only very slightly cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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

I’m sure you all are like “Where did Lesley go this time?”, and yes, I’ve been MIA, but it’s because I started working for MAC again recently so my schedule has been hectic!

I’m really, really excited to be doing makeup again and getting to play with all of MAC’s new, awesome products! Obviously makeup is a passion of mine, so I’m happy to be part of MAC’s family after relocating back to Oklahoma and having to leave my job with them when I had to move. I honestly love this job SO much, and it’s even better that I’m now working at the counter where I fell in love with MAC and makeup in general. I learned so much at this counter and now I get to pass on that knowledge to the next generation of our customers!

That said, I’ll be preparing posts on my days off that will post once or twice a week, one on Sundays and likely one on Wednesdays. My apologies for having a serious lack of posts lately but taking this job was an opportunity that came up suddenly and I’ve been fully dedicating myself to my work!

A few new products I’ve picked up lately are the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks, LORAC’s Unzipped and Unzipped Gold eye shadow palettes, as well as a few Becca and The Balm Highlighters, and of course new MAC products!! There’s lots of fun stuff to look forward to, I promise it will be worth the wait!

Thanks again for reading and for your patience ❤

XO,

Lesley

As we all know, liquid lipsticks are pretty much the jam these days (yeah, I said “the jam”), with Anastasia Beverly Hills topping my list as far as color range and quality go. I have only purchased four of the ABH Liquid Lipsticks so far, so this review will cover the colors American Doll, Bloodline, Lovely, and Milkshake… I plan on getting a few more soon! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on Pure Hollywood, Heathers, Potion, and a few more of the more popular ones once they’re restocked. I’m super impressed with the texture, intensity, and wear time of these, so I hope you all enjoy reading this review as much as I enjoy wearing these lipsticks!

Top to Bottom:   American Doll   -   Bloodline   -   Lovely   -   Milkshake

Top to Bottom: American Doll, Bloodline, Lovely, Milkshake

Left to Right:   American Doll,  Bloodline, Lovely, Milkshake

Left to Right: American Doll, Bloodline, Lovely, Milkshake

The description for Liquid Lipsticks on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website goes a little somethin’ like this: “This ultra-saturated, liquid formula delivers an intense shot of matte pigment in one easy swipe. A single application gives you smear-resistant coverage that stays put for hours”… That, I would say, sums these up perfectly! They’re a velvety, luxurious feeling lipstick that glides on without being thick, runny, or sticky… They have the perfect texture! ABH Liquid Lipsticks deliver intense color payoff, completely opaque coverage, and dry to a totally matte finish with no sheen or shimmer. All four of these colors wore well for 6 hours without liner, even when eating and drinking… I’ve only had to minimally touch up in the center of my lips and haven’t had any issues with anything smudging or ending up on my coffee mug. Another great thing about these is that they’re not drying at all! That was a shocker to me, based on my experience with other long-wearing, liquid lipsticks… Most of the time, by the end of the day, my lips feel totally sapped of any moisture when I use a product like this, but that didn’t happen with this formula.

You can apply these using the handy-dandy applicator wand, or you can be even more precise and use a brush. I prefer the latter, especially if I wear these without a liner, but that’s just me… The wand is actually really soft and precise (for the photos of these on my lips, I just used the wand), and you can use the tip of it to create a smooth line around the lip, then use the flat side to fill in. You only need a small amount of product to get great color and coverage, so keep in mind that a little goes a long way! You have moment to work with this lipstick and blend it out evenly before it dries, so it’s a pretty foolproof formula, even with the brightest of colors. When wearing any matte finish lip product, I like to apply a thin layer of MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip first. Since Prep + Prime Lip is silicone based and contains Vitamin E, it will ensure that your lips are nice and smooth, locking in moisture and preventing any dry or chapped areas from showing. After applying my primer, I also like to use a liner prior to applying my Liquid Lipstick. Using a liner will give you a cleaner, more perfect look, as well as give the lipstick something to stick to around your lip line, which will prevent any fading or feathering from happening. You can play with many different liners to customize the color of your Liquid Lipstick and add some extra dimension to your lips, too!

All twenty shades of ABH Liquid Lipsticks are permanent and are available at www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com, when in stock. You can also find these at Macy’s in their Impulse Beauty section, as well as on the Macy’s website. These sell for $20 and contain 0.11 fl oz of product, compared to Lime Crime Velvetines, which only contain 0.088 fl oz of product, sell for the same price and aren’t anywhere near this caliber of quality. Liquid Lipsticks are not eligible for ABH’s Pro Discount, but I still think they’re worth every penny… As I mentioned earlier, these are my favorite long-wear, liquid lipstick formula of all time and I definitely plan on getting every one of them for my kit eventually!

ABH Liquid Lipstick Labels

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Left to Right:   American Doll, Bloodline, Lovely, Milkshake

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

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Liquid Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

American Doll

American Doll

American Doll

American Doll

American Doll

American Doll (lip photos taken indoors using natural light)

American Doll:   American Doll is a bold, medium dark, cool toned red with blue undertones and an uber matte finish. To me, this is the perfect true red and works well for any age or skintone… Using a blue based red will also make your teeth look brighter and whiter! I applied VERY little product for these photos, so you can see just how amazing the color payoff and coverage is… Texture is smooth and velvety, which made for an easy application, especially for such a bright red. I got over 6 hours of wear without a liner and closer to 8 with one. There was a little bit of staining with American Doll as it began to wear off, but it came off completely and easily once I used a makeup remover wipe.

Liners:   Cherry Lip Pencil from MAC is the most similar in color and texture, so that’s my favorite one to use. Ruby Woo Lip Pencil (now permanent) also works well, but is slightly darker and richer than Cherry. If you want more dimension, you can also use MAC Lip Pencils like Follow Your Heart, Brick, or Burgundy. For an even more intense, ombre type of look, you can even use Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth. If you’re a fan of longer wearing liners, MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick would also look nice (it’s similar to Cherry).

Dupes:   Ruby Woo from MAC is the closest permanent dupe as far as color and matte finish goes, though it’s a little darker. RiRi Woo (limited edition), is also close, but is darker and more intense. Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine is lighter, brighter, and less opaque.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Bloodline

Bloodline

Bloodline

Bloodline

Bloodline

Bloodline

Bloodline:   Bloodline is described as a “crimson” and is a medium deep, bold red with more neutral undertones that can lean either warm or cool, depending on your own skintone and what you’re wearing this with. Like the other ABH Liquid Lipsticks, this has a velvety, ultra matte finish. This shade, like American Doll, is flattering on everyone. If you prefer a more subdued type of red, Bloodline may be for you! Color payoff was great and to looks true to the color it is in the tube, with coverage being completely opaque. The texture was just like American Doll, felt very smooth and applied easily. I got a solid 6+ hours of wear with no liner, and 7-8 with a liner. As this color faded, it left a bit of a stain, which I like because I don’t feel the need to rush and touch up!

Liners:   Ruby Woo Lip Pencil from MAC is the closest match for color and texture. Cherry is slightly lighter and brighter, and Brick is a bit darker… Like American Doll, you can also use Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, also from MAC, or play around with darker liners like Burgundy, or even go as deep as Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth if you want to add some cooler, more plum/purple tones and create a more dramatic, ombre look.

Dupes:   Russian Red Lipstick from MAC is very similar to Bloodline, and while it’s a Matte, it’s a bit creamier than this Liquid lipstick is. Ruby Woo has a more similar texture and finish, since it’s a Retro Matte, but is lighter and brighter. RiRi Woo (limited edition) is also very close for both color and finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely

Lovely:   Lovely is a medium, soft pink with warm-neutral undertones and a soft matte finish. It’s like a your-lips-but-better type of color, which would look nice on any age or skintone. Color payoff is excellent and true to tube color, with coverage also being fantastic! The texture was very creamy, so application was easy and even… It took a moment longer than American Doll and Bloodline to completely set and mattify, but it has the same look once dry. Lovely gave me just over 5 hours of wear time without a liner, and closer to 7 with one. Since it’s not very dark, it doesn’t stain at all, but it’s not super noticeable when it begins to fade since it’s a natural-ish pink.

Liners:   Soar Lip Pencil from MAC is nearly the same color as Lovely… Perhaps a bit darker and less pink/more nude. Their new shade, Edge to Edge, will also work if you want to cool down the color of this Liquid Lipstick. You can also use Dervish, which is a neutral pink, or even Half-Red if you want more contrast.

Dupes:   I couldn’t really find a perfect dupe for this in a matte finish… Brave lipstick from MAC is very close in color, but is slightly lighter, cooler, and has a Satin finish. Cosmo is also close, but is warmer and has a creamier, Amplified finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Milkshake

Milkshake

Milkshake

Milkshake

Milkshake

Milkshake

Milkshake:   Milkshake is a light, peachy-pink nude with warm undertones and a completely matte finish… It’s a great nude because although it’s very light, it still has some color to it, so it won’t make you look was he out if you’re fair like I am. While I probably wouldn’t use this by itself on anyone with a skintone deeper than medium-dark (like MAC NC40-42ish), you could still use it in the center of the lip to brighten a deeper nude and add more dimension, or use this with a darker liner and blend them together. Once Milkshake sets on the lips, it actually has more intensity than it does in the tube. Coverage is opaque using very little product, and it has a pretty creamy texture, so it applied evenly. The only area I had any issue with was in the center of my lip (as you can see), but that’s typical with any lipstick for me, it’s just especially noticeable with a nude. I used my finger to blend it out in that area and it worked well and looked much more even! I get about 5 hours of wear before I notice any fading, and closer to 7 hours if I use a liner.

Liners:   In Synch Lip Pencil from MAC is nearly a perfect dupe for Milkshake, so if you want no color difference between your liner and lipstick, you can use that. You can also use pretty much any nude, neutral, or light peachy-pink to add dimension and color too… So far I’ve tried Subculture, Boldly Bare, and even Rosy Rim (one of MAC’s new Lip Pencil shades), and they all work!

Dupes:   The closest permanent dupe I’ve found is actually In Synch Lip Pencil from MAC, since it had a matte finish… It’s a tiny bit more peachy toned, but it works. For a lipstick dupe, you can try Fleshpot from MAC, although it’s a Satin finish, so it has more sheen. It’s also lighter and has less of a pink tone. Myth is also a Satin finish, but is much lighter and is more of a true nude.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5