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I know how anticipated the launch of this palette was and trust me, I had my alarm set to be able to buy this the minute it launched! I’ve been testing out every shadow in this pretty baby so I can give you all a thorough review, so that’s why it’s taken a few days to post! While I know this palette may not immediately appeal to everyone because it does include a lot of bold, bright colors, it’s definitely something that I think is worth having in any collection or kit so you have options. As a makeup artist, it can be hard for me to find a few must-have palettes on hand that have a balance between brights and neutrals or warm and cool tones, but the Androgyny palette hits the spot for all of the above. The amount of neutral and bold colors are perfectly balanced, so I can see myself reaching for this for both an every day sort of look, as well as when I need to get inspired and try something new. The best part is that since it’s so pigmented, every color in here works with all skin tones so everyone can have fun with this palette and get tons of use out of it!

I really hope you all enjoy this post as much as I’ve been enjoying this palette! Now let’s get down to the basics:

The Androgyny palette is permanent and is available at www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com. It sells for $45 and contains 10 shadows, with a grand total of 0.9oz / 25.2g of product. Each shadow weighs in a 0.09oz / 2.52g, so that makes this a great value… Most individual shadows out there which are of comparable quality cost anywhere from $12-$16 and contain about 0.0018oz / 0.05g of product. Also, compared to some of the more popular palettes out there, which range from $40-$50 and contain one half to one third of the amount of product you get in the Androgyny palette, you’re really getting the most for your money here! It’s $5.95 for standard shipping unless you’re ordering $100 or more of products, then shipping is free. It’s worth the six bucks, though, and comes in a box with PLENTY of stuffing and padding to protect your new palette so nothing gets broken!

Bee-Tee-Dubs: The Androgyny palette is vegan and cruelty-free ❤

I actually posted some swatch videos of this palette on my Snapchat and Instagram a few days ago, so go check out @lesley_makeup to see those (I also use that name on Snapchat). I’ll probably be posting some looks with this soon, so be sure to follow me if you want check them out!

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Alright, so lets talk about this eye shadow formula… I didn’t really know what to expect since I never got the Beauty Killer palette when it came out (I definitely need to order that now), but this exceeded my expectations! All of the shadows are highly pigmented and extremely finely milled, making them very smooth so they apply and blend out easily. There can be a few differences between the shades, but I’ll get that into the individual reviews.

The matte shadows didn’t feel dry or look patchy at all. There can be some powdery, fluffy residue on the shadow itself when you go to dip your brush into it, especially with a fluffy type of crease brush like a MAC 224, but if you don’t go in hard, it’s not so bad. You don’t need to do that anyway because you need such little product to get amazing color payoff! Also, that doesn’t translate to there being a ton of fallout… I got some the first time I used the palette because I was totally overdoing it with how much shadow I was using, but once I figured that out and used less product, I had no fallout! The more shimmery or frosted shadows in this palette are extra buttery and feel SO luxurious. I think that for some reason, due to the formula, they’re even more pigmented than the mattes are, so you don’t need to use much at all! With these shadows, I had zero fallout because they really cling to the brush and skin. This is really nice too, considering that a lot of frost finish eye shadows have all kinds of fallout, which I like to refer to as “fairy vomit”. There’s none of that with this palette, though! I really hope that Jeffree Star will continue to release more palettes with more frosted and metallic shadows!!

The Angrodynynpalette itself has Jeffree’s signature bright pink packaging with an embossed leather/reptile-esque texture and look, but don’t worry, it’s faux and cruelty-free! On the front, there’s a Jeffree Star logo and “Androgyny”, both in gold. It’s made from heavy duty cardboard that seems like it will hold up well during travel or if it’s dropped (surprisingly, I have not dropped mine yet. It’s a miracle). Despite being really sturdy, it’s also slim, so it won’t take up a lot of space in your kit, drawer, or bag. Like most palettes with this type of packaging, it closes securely using magnets so it doesn’t snap/latch shut, but it does stay closed well, even when I tossed it into my makeup bag to test out the durability. There’s a big mirror on the inner part of the lid which is a REAL mirror and not that warped, crackled looking flimsy garbage, so you can use it to do your whole face if you’re traveling. The mirror also has a very pretty border around it that gives it a really cool, antique mirror kind of vibe. When you receive this palette, you’ll notice that the box it comes in shares the same design that the mirror has around it and is a rich, wine stained burgundy color with metallic gold writing on the front. The box itself lists the ingredients on the back too, if you’d like to take a peek at those. The shadows each have their color listed below them and they’re all embossed with the classy little Jeffree Star logo that’s on all of his products.

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Application:

They all apply well with your favorite brushes, but the shimmery ones can also be applied using your finger, especially if you’re doing something like a halo eye. I mean personally, that’s my preferred method for the lid since it tends to warm up the creamy feeling powder products that have a frosted or metallic finish a little better than a brush does so they REALLY pop! You can also apply the frosty shadows damp, using a spray like MAC’s Fix +, Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist, or whatever you love or have. For this, I like to dip the brush into the shadow, THEN spray it. This way, you don’t get your shadow wet and end up with a funky crust that makes it difficult to use later on.

One little tip I have for you is that if you want the best pigmentation and wear time possible (especially with a few of these matte shadows), apply a primer first! Whether it’s Urban Decay Primer Potion, a long wearing concealer, or MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pots (my personal favorite), it will help your shadow stay all day and keep it from creasing. The two Paint Pots I use most are Soft Ochre, which is a light, cool/neutral nude with a hint of a yellow undertone, and Painterly, which still light, but a little darker than Soft Ochre and is a cool/neutral very slightly pinky hued nude. Although those are both light, they work perfectly as a primer on all skin tones! Trust me, they’ve been in my kit for over a decade! Also, be sure to take a light, neutral matte shadow or whatever is left of your powder brush (my prefernce) to set your primer before applying your eye shadows… That way, they’ll blend out more easily and you won’t get any shadow sticking to your creamy primer and looking uneven or chunky.

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

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Frosting:   Frosting is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and an almost peachy, frosty sheen. The texture feels creamy, even though this is a powder shadow, and it glides on very easily and evenly. Color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, while coverage can be anywhere from moderate to full, depending on what type of application technique that you use. With a flat brush or your finger like most people use to apply color onto the lid, it’s full… You have to actually work to use a very light hand and fluffy brush if you want a sheer wash of color and shine. Wear time with this was about 8 hours before I noticed any fading at all, which is pretty impressive for a frost shadow!

Dupes:   MAC’s Goldmine eye shadow is very similar in both color and texture/finish, but has a little more of a greenish-gold tone. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Gold Rush is also close, but is not quite as frosted and also has a cooler undertone.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Safe Word:   This shadow is a light nude with a neutral to warm undertone and a matte finish. It’s pretty much my new favorite blending/transition color! It feels smooth and makes blending a dream! Color payoff is incredible for a light transition color like this… When I applied it, I used a MAC 224 brush, which is really fluffy, and managed to get too much product in my crease because I wasn’t expecting it to be so pigmented, which is awesome! With as pigmented as this is, coverage is also fully opaque if you want it to be. Wear time was 10-12 hours before I had any issues with creasing or fading.

Dupes:   MAC’s Soft Brown is close, but warmer, while Cork is cooler and perhaps a bit darker… Safe Word is actually right between those two colors. Wedge is also cooler toned. ABH’s Birkin is much warmer, Warm Taupe is a little darker, and Fawn is considerably darker and slightly cooler.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Charm:   Charm is a medium, bold citrus, peachy-orange with a soft, velvety-satin type of finish. It also contains a super duper finely milled, golden micro shimmer that gives it the satiny appearance. This shadow is just as smooth most others in this palette and applies very evenly… The only thing I noticed is that it does tend to have more powder fluffiness that remains on the shadow itself, as I mentioned earlier, if you dip into it too roughly or use a really fluffy brush. It didn’t cause any fallout, though and it’s very easy to tap the excess off of the brush so you don’t get any fallout. Color payoff is just as bright on the skin as it is in the pan and coverage is fully opaque with little product used. Wear time on both the lid and in the crease is 8-12 hours and it fades evenly with no patchiness.

Dupes:   One of MAC’s newer shadows, Up At Dawn, is super close but a smidgen darker and it lacks the golden mini-micro shimmer. It does have a satin finish, though.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Déjà Vu:   I have no words. It’s that amazing… Okay, just kidding. This shadow is a medium to medium-dark, rich, spicy, copper color with very warm undertones and a beautiful frosted to metallic finish, depending how you apply it (just like Frosting). It feels incredibly luxurious, gliding on and blending out SO easily. This is one of the most pigmented shadows in the Androgyny palette and it takes next to nothing to get true to pan color payoff and full coverage. It also wears well for just over 9 hours without fading or even creasing much, which, like Frosting, is rare for a frost finish.

Dupes:   The closest MAC dupe I found was Antiqued, but it still has a much cooler, purple/wine-based undertone to it.  ABH’s Copper Shimmer is a little lighter and not as frosty, Wine is well, more wine-stained in color, and Henna is a lot more pinky-red based.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

 

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Dominatrix:   Dominatrix is a dark, chocolatey brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It’s the perfect color for deepening the crease or for a smokey eye that isn’t your basic black. It feels smooth and blends into the crease or packs onto the lid with ease and no fallout (like I said, just don’t dig into these shadows like you’re trying to find buried treasure and it won’t go all powdery on you). Color payoff is amazing, just like the coverage is. It’s also not patchy at all, even if applied lightly, like some darker matte shadows can be. Dominatrix hung in there for a little over 10 hours before I noticed any fading or creasing going on.

Dupes:   MAC’s Corduroy is a little lighter and cooler toned, while Embark has a hint more of a plummy undertone to it. The texture for both are similar and Dominatrix seems to fall right in between these two MAC shadows. Brown Down is a little lighter and cool toned. ABH’s Fudge is extremely similar but perhaps has slightly more red tones. Hot Chocolate is much darker and cool toned.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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Androgyny:   Androgyny is a medium-dark, plummy shade with warm-ish undertones and a matte finish. This is the only shadow in the palette that I had any trouble with when applying it. It still feels smooth, but it’s also a bit drier than the others and doesn’t seem to apply as evenly. A primer helps a lot, but even when I swatched it both alone or over a primer, I had to add a little more shadow to get the color payoff and coverage I wanted. Even then, I wouldn’t say that the color payoff is as bold at it looks in the pan, and the coverage is good, but more like 80% opaque unless it’s layered or applied over a primer. Maybe it’s just mine? The inconsistency seems strange, considering how great all the other shadows in the palette are, but maybe that’s just my experience with it! On the other hand, wear time is awesome and this didn’t fade for 9-10 hours!

Dupes:   MAC’s Deep Damson (PRO) was the closest dupe I found from that brand, but it’s slightly darker once applied and has some mini-micro shimmer particles in it (like the ones found in Charm). ABH’s Aubergine is similar in color, but is a bit deeper and contains the same type of micro-shimmer, so the finish has more of a satin/velvet appearance, rather than being matte.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Fetish:   This is another favorite of mine in the Androgyny palette… It’s a meidum-dark, almost blood red with warm undertones and a really unique pinky/fuchsia, pearly sheen to it. I wish this photo picked that up… It’s definitely way more noticeable in person, so I’ll try to update the photo ASAP now that I’ve used it and stirred up the shadow so the reflects are more visible. The texture felt very buttery and smooth and it applied evenly, both packing onto the lid or blending out really well. Color payoff was just as great as it looks in the pan, while coverage was full without having to use much product at all. I didn’t see any fading or creasing until the 8-10 hour mark.

Dupes:   I can’t find one! Fetish is really unique in both color and finish!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Military:   Military is a medium to medium-dark (depending on how heavily you apply it), almost olive green, but with yellow undertones and a matte finish. For a matte, it feels super smooth but may be very slightly drier than some of the other mattes in this palette. It still didn’t feel as dry as Androgyny did, though. Application was easy, with Military blending out well and having no fallout problems. Color payoff is just how it looks in the pan, and coverage is easily made fully opaque… Like I said, it’s a little drier than some shadows, so you may need to use more product than you would with the rest of the palette. That said, you still need very little since EVERYTHING in this palette is uber pigmented! I got about 9-10 hours of wear before I had any fading happen.

Dupes:   The only shadow I found that’s remotely close to Military is MAC’s Marsh, which was limited edition from a while back, but it’s also more of a satin finish and has a more muted, gray tone to it. The color of ABH’s Moss is very similar, perhaps more muted, but it’s pretty frosty and not the least bit matte.

Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 4

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 4

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Poison:   This shadow is a dark, richly pigmented, peacock type of blue-green with cool undertones and a matte finish. It applied evenly with no patchiness and had no fallout during blending, which was very easy to do. Color payoff is just as bold as it appears in the pan and coverage was nearly opaque, but not quite, as you can see in the swatch above. It’s not really an issue, though, and was fully opaque once I added a little more product. Per usual with the shadows in this palette, wear time was phenomenal and Poison lasted a solid 8-10 hours before fading or creasing!

Dupes:   MAC’s Plumage is the one and only dupe I found for both color and texture, and it’s still slightly darker and has a teeny bit more blue-ish undertone. It also applies less smoothly when compared to Poison.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Swallow:   Swallow is a dark, true blue without being a bright, royal blue and it has a matte finish… That color description sounds basic, but I promise you it’s not. It’s difficult to find a color like this and while my description isn’t anything crazy, it’s so beautiful and a much-needed color in any collection or kit! It feels very smooth and blends out well. You can also pack this onto the lid for a colorful smoky look! Color payoff and coverage are both nearly as intense as this looks in the pan, but like Poison, you may have to use more product than some of the other mattes in the Angrodyny palette to get full coverage and pigmentation. This is pretty common with mattes from any brand, so I’m not exactly deducting a bunch of points for that! This wore well for 8-10 hours before any kind of creasing or fading occurred.

Dupes:   Swallow seems to be somewhere in between MAC’s Prussian and Nehru, which I don’t even think they make any more and it’s still more bold and truly blue than either of them.

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5

Application: 4

Coverage: 4

Color Payoff: 4

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 ***

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Melt does it again! The Radioactive stack is by far the brightest, most highly pigmented of their three stacks, and it’s perfect for summer! While these colors may not be for your typical day to day look, they’re sure to add a pop of color to anything you do. On top of that, these aren’t just eye shadows, they’re actually pigments. What this means is that they’re multi-use, so they can be used on top of your favorite bold lipsticks, as well as on your eyes!

I’ve had so much fun testing this stack, so I hope you enjoy the review and get a chance to try these out yourself!

 

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All four pigments in this stack are, well, super pigmented! This is because these are not just shadows, they’re pure pigment, so it means the color payoff is absolutely insane! While two of these have a slight sheen, the other two are more of a true matte finish. The texture of these is very smooth and they’re finely milled, so they apply and blend out easily. The Radioactive stack does have a more dry feeling to it than the eye shadow stacks, but that’s to be expected with any true pigments. The packaging is awesome and convenient, with the top piece of the stack the stack that says “melt” on it having a handy dandy mirror on the other side… All of the other parts lock together tightly with the magic of magnets. This means you can pop this baby right on top of your other Melt stacks and save a ton of room (plus is just looks awesome on your makeup desk or vanity).

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For application on the eyes, I like to use a flat, dense brush on the lid, such as a MAC 233, 239, or 242. If you want to blend them out into the crease, a more domed, fluffier brush like a MAC 217, 224 (though this one gave me some fallout), or 221 can be used. If you want to smudge these under the lower lash line, you can use a pencil brush like a MAC 219 or perhaps a 212 for a heavier payoff and more precision. These can also be used as a liner with a thinner, more precise brush, like an angled MAC 263 or 266… If you’re using any of these as a liner, or want to intensify the color and sheen, you may want to spray your brush lightly with MAC Fix+ Spray, which will give it a creamy texture and super intense color payoff. I recommend dampening your brush after getting the product on there or your pigment will develop a “crust” of sorts if you repeatedly dip a damp brush into it. That said, you can always designate one teeny little spot in the pigment for damp use and dip the brush directly into that area after spraying it.

To apply these on the lips, simply use your finger or a flat, natural fiber brush like a MAC 242 to gently pat these on atop your favorite lipsticks, or even mix them with a gloss!

*TIP* These can potentially stain, due to the fact that they’re pigments, so be sure to use a decent layer of primer or two first! When I use these on my eyes, I used my MAC Prep + Prime 24hr Extended Eye Base AND Soft Ochre Pro Longwear Paint Pot before application. There are always warnings regarding which ones are “eye safe” on Melt’s website, which I will mention in each separate review/breakdown of these colors.

This stack is available now, and online only through Melt’s website www.meltcosmetics.com. This sells for $48 and contains a grand total of 9.268g / 0.328oz of product, making each one of these pretties weigh in at a whopping 2.317g / 0.082oz, which means this stack is quite the steal! Another great feature is that this stack is vegan and Melt is, of course, a cruelty free company, so major points to them for looking out for all of our warm & fuzzy, cute & cuddly friends!

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Photo taken outdoors in indirect sunlight on NC20 skin.

 

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Radioactive

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Radioactive

Radioactive:   This is an incredibly bold hot pink with a matte finish. It has a slightly cooler undertone, which means it’s more of a blue based pink. I love this color because it’s versatile and can be used on top of some lipsticks such as Stupid Love or Shady Lady to brighten and intensify them, as well as make them even more matte! While there is a warning that says this color contains ingredients that are not approved for the eyes, and it does tend to stain a bit, you can use this as eye shadow, but only at your own risk! I’ve worn this on my eyes over a good layer of primer and had no problem, I just keep it away from my waterline 😉

The texture of Radioactive is very smooth, but slightly dry, which is typical with matte pigments. It’s still super easy to apply and blend and I actually had very little to no fallout, which was a nice surprise! The color payoff is insane and true to pan, and the coverage is opaque, but you’ll get the most intensity on the eyes if you apply this over something like MAC’s Soft Ochre Pro Longer Paint Pot, or MAC’s Pure White Chromaline (from MAC Pro). Wear time for eyes is great and I got at least 8 hours before I noticed any fading or creasing… On the lips, layered over Stupid Love lipstick, it looked absolutely matte and perfect for 6-7 hours and I didn’t notice any fading until around 8 hours.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   Magenta Madness pigment from MAC is the closest dupe I could fine, although it’s lighter, brighter, and every so slightly more cool toned. It’s also in a loose form, which can be less convenient for a kit or for travel.

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Radon

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Radon

Radon:   This pigment is a super bright, warm toned true orange with no hint of a brown base at all, which is nice! Like Radioactive, it’s also very versatile and can be used on top of lipstick, as well as on the eye. My favorite lipstick to pop this on top of is Bang Bang, Shady Lady, Belladonna 2, or Summer! Also like Radioactive, Radon comes with the warning that it’s not approved for the eyes, but like I said, you can try it out at your own risk! For a primer on the eyes, try something like MAC’s Soft Ochre Paint Pot, or Pure White or Genuine Orange Chromaline.

Radon has a super smooth, though somewhat dry texture just like Radioactive does, due to the ultra matte finish. It’s also a bit powdery, so if you go in too roughly with your brush, you will stir up excess product, so be gentle! Coverage and color payoff are both fantastic. Wear time on the eyes over a primer is, like Radioactive, around 8 hours, with 6 or so on the lips.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   The most similar product to Radon has to be MAC’s pigment in Acid Orange, although the MAC pigment is a bit lighter and has more of a yellow toned base. It’s also loose as opposed to pressed.

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Neon

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Neon

Neon:   Neon is one of two colors in this stack that have a very slight, satiny sheen (you can see the micro shimmer in the lower pic). It’s a very bright, true sunshine yellow that doesn’t lean too green at all. I love this color because it can be used with pretty much anything in any of the Melt stacks and work. It’s also eye safe, unlike the two previous pigments in this video. It may sounds crazy, but this looks AMAZING when patted lightly in the center of the lip over Blitzed lipstick. I also like it on top of Summer! or in the center of the lip with Bang Bang.

The texture of this pigment is smooth and a bit more buttery than Radioactive and Radon, probably because it’s more of a natural satin finish than a matte. Color payoff is true to pan, and coverage is fully opaque with little product used. You can put this on top of Soft Ochre Paint Pot, or Pure White or Primary Yellow Chromalines from MAC to make it most intense. Wear time is the typical 8+ hours on the eyes and around 6 on the lips.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   Chrome Yellow eye shadow from MAC is close, but is matte. Rock-It Yellow Pigment is more neon and lighter, while Primary Yellow Pigment is more dull and has no sheen, and of course the pigments are loose, not pressed.

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Xenon

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Xenon

Xenon:   Like Neon, Xenon has a soft sheen, but this pigment is a bold lime green, with ever so slightly yellow undertones to it. It’s safe for both eye and lip, and looks pretty awesome over some lipsticks like Blow and Blitzed. I also really like this when used as a crease color with Neon on the lid.

Also like Neon, Xenon is buttery smooth and blends like a dream with no fallout. As usual, color payoff and coverage are both amazing, though like the rest of the colors in this stack, are improved by applying over a primer. Soft Ochre Paint Pot or Pure White Chromaline will bring out the color best. You can also apply this over something like Blackground Paint Pot to transform it! Wear time is 6 hours or so on the lip, and 8+ on the eyes.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dupes:   As for eye shadows, MAC’s Lime is similar in color, but it’s matte. If you want use a loose pigment, MAC’s True Chartreuse is close, but a little lighter, not as intense, and it’s also matte… To me, Xenon is one of a kind!

 

Oh em gee! A new post on current products! MAC’s Nasty Gal collection was released on Thursday December 4th online and at select store locations. These lipsticks are all Matte, all gorgeous, and all perfectly on trend for a collaboration with Nasty Gal, which is a website that sells some of my personal favorite clothing, shoes, and accessories. It’s also a name you may associate with the Nasty Gal empire, started by “Girl Boss” author Sophie Amoruso. These shades are intense, bold, and make you feel like you can take on the world when you put them on, making them perfect if you want to feel like your own Girl Boss!

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Gunner – Runner – Stunner

 

MAC Lipsticks are highly pigmented and feel luxurious, without the outrageous price tag of most high end brands. Since these are all Mattes, you’re going to get awesome color payoff, coverage, and wear time! With any lipstick, especially Matte finishes (because they’re a little more dry), I suggest starting off by applying Prep + Prime Lip… It’s a silicone based primer that contains Vitamin E, so it adds a bit of moisture, locks in that moisture, and smooths out the lip so everything glides on easily and wears longer, even if you have dry or chapped lips! I also recommend using a liner before you put on your lipstick; This will help define and shape the lip, as well as keep everything in place and help prevent bleeding/feathering outside the lip line. Liners are SUPER important when wearing dark or bright colors, like these, to keep those lines flawless! You’ll see in the pictures that I did NOT have a liner on and how messy it can look when quickly applied without one lol… Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!

TIP 1:   Using a lip brush, like a MAC 316 or 318, will help you apply bold colors more precisely! You can also load up your 316 brush with lipstick, pop the cap back on, and toss it in your purse, clutch, or even wallet if you need to touch up later but don’t have room to take a whole tube of lipstick with you!

TIP 2:   Since these are all Mattes, as I mentioned, Prep + Prime Lip is a must, especially during the winter when skin is dry and lips can be chapped a lot of the time! Another thing you might want to try if these enhance the chapped areas on your lips, is exfoliating… I like to use MAC’s Volcanic Ash, the same one I use on my face, because it’s super gentle. You can also try a mixture of olive oil or honey and sugar for a more natural lip exfoliant! Either way, I like to scrub my lips twice a week this time of year, followed by a good lip balm (my favorite is pure organic shea butter from L’Occitane).

All three of these lipsticks are limited edition and came out online and at select MAC stores on Thursday, December 4th. They’re still available online at www.maccosmetics.com with Gunner being the only one that seems to be sold out. Like other MAC lipsticks, these have the typical semi-matte black packaging, containing 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and sell for $16. Like all MAC lipsticks, these have a subtle vanilla scent, but no flavor.

Nasty Gal Lipstick Labels

Gunner   -   Runner   -   Stunner

Gunner – Runner – Stunner

Nasty Gal Lipsticks with Names

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (on a semi-cloudy day). Lipsticks Swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight (on a semi-cloudy day).
Lipsticks Swatched on NC15 skin.

Note:   These photos may look a little different than they have in the past… I moved so I’m not used to the lighting setup I have right now and I’m still playing around with all the natural light! Also, if you see a weird shadow above my cupid’s bow on the lip photos, that would be my new philtrum piercing that’s not quite ready to debut since it got sort of irritated while doing all of these photos! I’ll show it off soon 😉

Gunner

Gunner

Gunner

Gunner

Gunner:   This is a “deep purple” with a Matte finish… It’s a dark, cool toned purple with a soft Matte finish, meaning there’s a subtle sheen to it at first that later dries down to be more matte. The texture is pretty creamy and smooth for a Matte lipstick, applying fairly easily, though it will show chapped areas on the lips (like mine!) unless you use something like Prep + Prime Lip first, or exfoliate if your lips are severely chapped. Color payoff is not as intense or dark as Gunner is in the tube, but can be built up with some layering, preferably with a brush. As far as coverage goes, it’s not fully opaque, again, without layering. I got a little over 6 hours of wear with Gunner before it began to fade, and a little longer with a liner first to line and fill in the corners.

Liners:   You can use a a few different liners with Gunner… It all depends on what you want to enhance or how you want to transform this color. I actually like using Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil (available online or at MAC Pro locations) or Ebony Eye Pencil for a really dark, intense black liner, which I bring into the corners for a finished look that’s a black to purple ombre. If you want more of a true purple liner, you can use Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil. If you prefer a formula that’s extra long wearing, you can try Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil. You can also use the basic dark Lip Pencils like Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Cyber is going to be the closest permanent dupe, though it has a Satin finish and is a deeper, more blackened plum. Smoked Purple is a permanent shade that’s Matte, but is darker and has a warmer, deepened plum tone to it. Punk Couture (Punk Couture – Winter 2013), which was limited edition, is close, but a little brighter and more of a warm toned purple. It does have a Matte finish, though.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Runner

Runner

Runner

Runner

Runner:   Runner is described as a “burgundy” and has a Matte finish… It’s a somewhat warm, dark, true burgundy with reddish-wine stained undertones and a creamy matte finish that starts off with a more satiny look, then dries down to a silky matte later on. Runner’s texture felt smooth and applied easily. Color payoff, like Gunner, is lighter than it is in the tube but is still very pretty. Coverage is good and even, without having to apply much product. It was not fully opaque without a little bit of layering, though. I got about 7 hours of wear with Runner, and slightly longer with a liner.

Liners:   The same deep, reddish, wine toned liners that I would use with Gunner are ones that you can use with Runner… For Lip Pencils, Vino, Currant, and Nightmoth work especially well. Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is another good one. If you want to go extra vampy and dramatic, Ebony Eye Pencil or Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil are perfect. If you’d like something that blends in and gives your definition but no additional color, you can try Brick Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   Sin is permanent and is a near perfect match with a Matte finish, just like Runner has. Diva is another permanent color with a Matte finish that’s very close, but a bit deeper, more pigmented, and has more wine-stained undertones. Fixed on Drama (Retro Matte – Fall 2013) was limited edition, but is similar. Another similar limited edition shade is Studded Kiss (Punk Couture – Winter 2013), is also a Matte, but is deeper and more red. Hearts Aflame (A Novel Romance – Fall 2014) is close and shares a Matte finish, but has more brick red tones. It was limited edition as well.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stunner

Stunner

Stunner

Stunner

Stunner:   Stunner is a ” red” with a Matte finish… It’s a bold, bright, true red with some cool, but pinky-red undertones and a silky matte finish… I say “silky matte” because while this has a soft sheen at first, it does turn more and more matte the longer you have it on and has a smoother, less dry appearance than most mattes do. This color is truly pretty unique in MAC’s lineup of reds and really flattering on everyone! The texture felt very creamy and glided on easily with no dryness or pulling. Color payoff, like the other lipsticks in this collections, is not as dark as it is in the tube, but still very nice. Coverage was fully opaque with little product applied. Stunner gave me 6-7 hours of wear before fading, and closer to 8 with a liner.

Liners:   For a basic Lip Pencil, I would suggest Cherry to bring out the true red tones, or Beet to bring out the pinkish undertones. If you’d like something with a longer wear time, you could do Pro Longer Lip Pencils in Kiss Me Quick for a true red, or Trust in Red for a brighter,  more pinky-red. Currant Lip Pencil also looks pretty with this if you want to darken it and give it a vampy twist.

Dupes:   Ruby Woo is the closest permanent dupe that I could find… While it is more of a true, blue based red, it can be used with a more pinkish liner (like Beet or Trust In Red) to make a VERY similar color to Stunner. It’s a Retro Matte, though, so it will be drier and looks more matte. For a more recently released limited edition dupe, Damn Glamorous (The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is slightly lighter, but is in the same pinky-red family.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Although this collection was released back in June, I’m just not getting to this post… My apologies, but if you read my last post, you know that things have been crazy for me the last few months! Fortunately, most of these eye shadows have dupes that are pretty close, so hopefully I can help you find something similar if you didn’t get these when the collection was released! Thanks for reading!

Top:   Artistic License - Blooming Mad - Deep Fixation Bottom:   Green Room - Hidden Motive - Lucky Green

Top: Artistic License – Blooming Mad – Deep Fixation
Bottom: Green Room – Hidden Motive – Lucky Green

MAC Eye Shadows are high quality, highly pigmented powder eye shadows that apply easily with intense, but blendable color. I typically get around 8 hours of wear, depending on the finish, which can be made even longer when these are applied over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot. Using a Paint Pot as a primer will also make the colors show up true to pan color and prevent creasing. I suggest using a shade close to your skin tone or a bit lighter… Painterly, Layin’ Low, and Soft Ochre are all good neutrals, or Groundwork if you have deeper skin and don’t want to go too light with Paint Pot. There are also other colors that are bright or bold which can intensify powder eye shadows, so you can really play around with different combinations if you want to.

Natural fiber brushes are best to apply powder eye shadows… My favorite MAC brushes are the 239 (for the lid), the 224 or 217 (for the crease), and the 219 (for a cut crease, to smudge the color around, or to apply on the inner corner or under the eye). These brushes will pick up the eye shadow well and blend everything out very easily!

All of these come in the typical MAC Eye Shadow packaging with semi-matte, black plastic and a clear insert in the lid.

The Moody Blooms collection was released on Thursday, June 26th, so it may or may not be available at MAC stores and counters… I believe most locations have probably RTV’d these (sent them back if they did not sell out) since it’s no longer available on MAC’s website. I did see that some colors are available on partner location websites such as www.macys.com and www.dillards.com, so they might still be available at those stores… It’s definitely worth checking out anyway! Even though five of these colors are limited edition, Lucky Green is permanent.

Like the permanent range of MAC Eye Shadows, these sell for $16 and contain 1.3g / 0.04 US oz of product.

Moody Blooms Eye Shadow Labels

Moody Blooms Eye Shadows with Names

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Artistic License

Artistic License

Artistic License:   This is a “pinky gold” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light, warm, peachy-pink with a golden sheen and a somewhat frosty finish. The texture feels very smooth and applies easily. Artistic License has great color payoff and good coverage, but is not fully opaque without a little layering. This eye shadow gave me about 8 hours of wear before any fading, and closer to 10 with a Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath. Artistic License is a limited edition color.

I love this color most when used all over the lid and on the inner corner of the eye. It also works underneath the lower lash line to brighten any look and add some warmth to it. You can use this over many different Paint Pots… I suggest Soft Ochre or Layin’ Low for a more neutral primer, Rubenesque if you would like to use something similar to Artistic License, or even Blackground if you want to make this eye shadow more bold and frosted.

Dupes:   Paradisco is similar, though a bit darker and has a deeper type of peachy tone to it. It’s also a Frost, so the color payoff, opacity, and sheen are more intense. Expensive Pink is close as well and shares the same finish… It’s just a slightly more pink than peachy and a tiny bit lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Blooming Mad

Blooming Mad

Blooming Mad:   This is described as a “mid-tone ultra violet” which has a Frost finish… It’s a light, semi-bright, cool toned violet with pinkish undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It feels smooth but slightly dry for a Frost eye shadow. Color payoff was good, but not as bright as pan color without a primer underneath… Same with coverage; It’s not completely opaque without a primer, but still works if you want a softer look. Wear time was typical for Frost eye shadows and didn’t start fading until about the 7 hour mark, which was with a primer. Blooming Mad is limited edition.

Blooming Mad is really gorgeous and works well as a blending color in the crease as well as on the lid. I like it best when used over Soft Ochre or Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pots… They’re polar opposites, so each one brings out something different with this eye shadow!

Dupes:   Stars ‘N’ Rockets eye shadow looks almost exactly like Blooming Mad, though perhaps an iiiiiitty bitty bit darker and brighter. Stars ‘N’ Rockets has a Deluxe Pearl finish, while Blooming Mad is a frost, but it does apply more easily and feels smoother. Creme de Violet is another Frost finish eye shadow that’s similar, but is more purple, slightly darker, and has more of a golden sheen to it.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Deep Fixation

Deep Fixation

Deep Fixation:   According to MAC’s description, Deep Fixation is a “metallic brown” and has a Deluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium dark, warm, rich brown with reddish undertones and a bronze sheen. The finish is softly frosted, while the texture feels nearly creamy it’s so smooth and finely milled. Deep Fixation applied easily with great color payoff and full, even coverage. I got over nearly 9 hours of wear with a primer before this eye shadow began to fade or crease. This eye shadow is a limited edition color.

Deep Fixation looks beautiful where and however you apply it! It’s great as a soft, warm smoky eye when applied on the lid, especially over Constructivist Pro Longwear Paint Pot, then blended up into the crease with a 217 brush. It’s by far my favorite eye shadow in this collection… I even bought a backup of it and I rarely do that!!

Dupes:   Antiqued is the closest dupe I found, though it’s slightly lighter and has less of a red tone to it. They are, however, both Veluxe Pearl finishes, so the sheen is very similar.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Green Room

Green Room

Green Room:   This is a “midtone teal” and has a Satin finish… It’s a medium to medium dark, cool toned teal with more green than blue undertones and a satiny sheen. The texture was slightly dry for a Satin eye shadow, making application a little frustrating. Green Room has okay color payoff and coverage, though it’s not bright or opaque without a primer applied first and some layering (patting it on with a 239 brush works best for me). On the plus side, because it’s a little dry, that made it wear well! i got over 8 hours of wear with no creasing or fading when applied over a primer. Green Room is limited edition.

I really like to wear this color in my crease or for a pop of color under the lower lash line. It can be used as a lid color, but due to it’s texture and not-so-amazing color payoff and coverage, I like it better when it’s blended out somewhere rather than packed onto the lid. If you want to use it on the lid, I suggest using a darker or bold Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath to intensify this eye shadow… I used Blackground (sounds weird but a very deep color as a base can actually enhance and transform bright colors that applied over it).

Dupes:   To be completely honest, I can’t find a permanent shade that’s comperable to Green Room. The closest I found was Shimmermoss, but it’s quite a bit lighter and much more frosty, since it has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It is permanent, though.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Hidden Motive

Hidden Motive

Hidden Motive:   Hidden Motive is a “deep aubergine” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium dark, reddish plum with warm undertones and a subtle frosty sheen. The texture was soft and applied easily with no dryness. Color payoff was great and true to pan with little product needing to be applied. Coverage was also great and fully opaque without having to layer. I got over 8 hours of wear over a primer before Hidden Motive faded or creased. This is a limited edition shade.

This eye shadow works well as either a crease or lid color. If you want a different kind of smoky eye, this is gorgeous, especially if you apply it over something like Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot. It’s also great for a crease color or used under the lower lash line for a colorful smoky look.

Dupes:   Nocturnelle is nearly the same color as Hidden Motive… Perhaps a little more purple and with more of a frosty sheen, but it is a Frost finish, after all!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Lucky Green

Lucky Green

Lucky Green:   Lucky Green is a “dark yellow green” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… This is a light medium, yellowish green with semi-warm undertones and a golden, frosted sheen. It has a very smooth texture and applies well without having to use much product. Color payoff is fantastic, as is coverage! Lucky Green goes on true to pan color with full opacity. When used over a Pro Longwear Paint Pot, I got nearly 10 hours of wear. This eye shadow is permanent, so you can get it anytime!

Lucky Green can be used in many different ways, so you can really play around with it… I like this a lot when used on the inner corner, below the lower lash line, and in the crease as a blending color. You can also use it on the lid, and like Blooming Mad, it works well over different Pro Longwear Paint Pots. Depending on what aspect of this eye shadow that you want to enhance, you can try several colors… When used over Soft Ochre it appears bright, but still soft, while if you apply it over Blackground, it looks much more bold and brighter in addition to the frosty sheen being intensified. If you want this to be more subdued, try it over Painterly or Groundwork.

Dupes:   Since this is part of MAC’s permanent range, you don’t need a dupe… In fact, I couldn’t really find another permanent color that’s similar!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Moody Blooms is a beautiful new collection from MAC that just came out yesterday, June 26th… It’s full of bright, rich colors in shades that remind me of exotic plants and flowers. There’s a wide array of products in this collection for the eyes, lips, and cheeks so you’re sure to find something you like!

It’s near impossible for me to get posts up the day of a collection release because I work for MAC and that’s the time I’m busiest… On the plus side, it gives me some extra time to try all of the products myself, use them on my customers, and get opinions from coworkers!  Over the next few days I’ll be posting reviews, photos, and swatches for the Sheen Supreme Lipsticks, Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints, Eye Shadows, Beauty Powder Blushes, and Fluidlines… Until then, here’s a peek at everything!

 

Not shown but will be included in reviews: Worldly Wealth Beauty Powder Blush

Not shown but will be included in reviews: Worldly Wealth Beauty Powder Blush

MAC’s A Fantasy of Flowers collection is full of bright, beautiful colors that are perfect for Spring. It was released on Thursday, February 6th… I apologize for just now getting these posts up but I’ve been working a lot! The bonus of that is that I got to play around with these products a lot before writing my reviews… The down side is that they may or may not be sold out, especially these Fluidlines. These are so unique and bright that they’re rare little gems in MAC’s world of eyeliner.

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. It’s pretty obvious which displayer these two Fluidlines will be sitting one once you see them! They’re bright and intense, which is a perfect counterpart to the lighter, softer colors of the lip and cheek products and even the Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection. These are perfect if you want a bolder pop of color somewhere!

Phlox Garden and Sassy Moss

Phlox Garden and Sassy Moss

MAC Fluidlines are an “Ultra-smooth, gel formula that provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish”. They’re a very smooth, easy to apply formula that wears all day without smudging or flaking. I’m not a big fan of liquid liners but this gel formula is thicker and creamier than a liquid so I feel like it’s easier to control. While there aren’t waterproof, they are smudge-proof on most people (unless your eyes are excessively watery). I don’t necessarily recommend these for the waterline, but since these are creamy and don’t have any shimmer, you can always try it (though MAC does not suggest using Fluidlines on that area of the eye).

For application you can use so many different brushes… It really depends on personal preference. For a smaller line with more control and detail, a MAC 210 brush will work well… A MAC 209 is also suitable and is a bit bigger, so you’ll get a thicker line. My favorite brushes, especially for a winged look, are the MAC 263 or 266 angled brushes… Fluidlines are the perfect eye liner for a winged look, so I definitely recommend picking up a 263 brush if you’re into that look and get this liner!

Both of these are limited edition and are available now at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at MAC stores and counters. Unfortunately, since it’s been about a week since this collection came out, these are currently sold out online, as well as at some retail locations (sorry for getting this post up so late!). However, you may want to check back on MAC’s website since they restock limited launches sometimes. These sell for the usual $16 and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product.

TIP:   When storing your Fluidlines in your makeup case or drawer, make sure they’re upside down with the label up! This will keep them from drying out.

TIP 2:   These can also be used as eye shadow bases, like Pro Longwear Paint Pots!

FoF Fluidlines with Names

 

FoF Fluidline Labels

 

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

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

Phlox Garden

Phlox Garden

Phlox Garden:   This is a “vivid violet” with a creamy matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool toned, purpley-plum violet that has no sheen at all. Color payoff is true to the color it is on the pot and Phlox Garden is totally opaque with little product applied. The texture is really smooth and applies easily. Wear time is also great… I got around 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or smudging.

Dupes:   I honestly can’t think of any! Phlox Garden is really unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Sassy Moss

Sassy Moss

Sassy Moss:   Sassy Moss is a “vivid green” that has a creamy finish with a soft pearl. It’s a medium, cool toned, bright minty green with a subtle golden pearl. The pearl effect isn’t as intense as it is in the pot but the color payoff in general is great. Coverage isn’t quite opaque unless you apply this pretty liberally, which is pretty easy to do with the right brush (like the ones I mentioned above). It has a super creamy texture that glides on. Wear time with Sassy Moss was actually better than Phlox Garden, lasting over 10 hours before fading or smudging.

Dupes:   Minted Eye Kohl is close, but is a pencil and lacks the golden pearl.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

 

Bane and Blow are finally here!! After lots of hype and patiently (or not so patiently) waiting, these two new colors are finally available on Melt’s website. They came out about a week ago, so I’ve had some time to test and play around with them and I’m in love. Both lipsticks have the same amazing quality that Melt’s other lipsticks do, so you won’t be disappointed! I’d recommend ordering these babies soon, though, since they’re sure to sell out. Seriously… When it comes to lipsticks, Melt knows how to create some epically rad colors and textures, especially darker ones like Bane and Blow!

Bane & Blow
(That’s just moisture on Blow, don’t worry ’bout it.)

As you all may know, Melt is a small company that was developed by Lora Arellano (aka @lora_arellano on instagram and @loreleicakes twitter) and Dana Bomar (@danabomar on instagram and @thebomar on twitter). Melt is also on twitter and instagram as @MeltCosmetics. They have a Facebook page too, which they were sweet enough to post my other review on… (Thanks, ladies!!). It’s a completely cruelty free company that focuses on quality rather than quantity. They have a dozen different lipstick colors for now, with Bane and Blow being the two newest additions… While that doesn’t seem like many, these colors are all unique must-haves whether you’re a lipstick addict or a professional makeup artist!

Melt lipsticks are ultra-matte and super intense… The matte texture of these is somewhat creamy when applied, so there’s very little drag on the lips. They do feel drier once they set, and as you will see in the swatches and on my lips, there’s a bit of a creamy sheen at first but that dries down to a very matte finish about 15-30 minutes later. These lipsticks are incredibly highly pigmented so there’s no need to layer the product to get phenomenal color payoff and opaque coverage. I got 6-10 solid hours of wear with both Bane and Blow before they started to fade… Wear time is around 6 hours without a primer and/or liner and closer to 10 with primer and liner to keep everything in place. When they do start to fade, it’s in the center of the lip and is easy to touch up by dabbing on a bit more lipstick. These lipsticks have a light, sweet, vanilla like scent that almost reminds me of macarons or cupcakes, but no taste… I seriously end up craving sweets every time I wear these!

Since these are super matte, dark colors, I do suggest priming your lip with something before application, especially if you tend to have dry lips anyway. This will hide any chapped areas, make the lipstick last longer and make application much smoother. My favorite is Prep + Prime Lip from MAC… It’s a must have with any matte lipsticks!

The tube for these lipsticks is simple and sleek… It’s a matte black tube with the cute, classy purple “melt.” logo on the cap.

Bane & Blow Tubes

Melt lipsticks are available online only at www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $19 each and contain 4.5g / 0.16 oz of product (for size comparison, MAC lipsticks contain 3g / 0.1 oz of product). Shipping is an additional $7 no matter how many lipsticks you purchase, so I suggest getting more than one to make it worth your money for shipping. The shipping is priority mail though, so it should get to you quickly. Melt also includes super cute stickers with their shipments and with these new lipsticks, I received an awesome little round mirror with the Melt lips image on the back ❤

Bane & Blow Labels

Bane & Blow

Bane & Blow

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

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

 

Bane

Bane

Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight + light from my makeup mirror.

Bane

Bane:   Bane is a truly matte, deep black. It’s creepy in the most beautiful way possible! I know there are a lot of brands out there with black lipsticks, but I have yet to see one that has this much intensity. Color payoff is absolutely true to the color it is in the tube, while coverage is totally opaque. When I applied this, I made one swipe on the top and bottom, then dabbed the lipstick on to build up the coverage… That’s the easiest way to get it 100% opaque with this type of color and texture. Bane in particular feels even more matte than some of the other Melt lipsticks and dries down/sets quickly, so dabbing it on and layering, or layering with a brush will give you the smoothest, most even application. With Bane, I got a solid 8-10 hours of wear over MAC Prep + Prime Lip and with a liner. With no liner or primer, I saw some fading after 6 hours or so. There was no staining, surprisingly, which I’ve found with a lot of other matte black lipsticks.

Liners:   My favorite is MAC PRO’s Chromagraphic Pencil in Black, Black just because the texture and how it wears on the lips. That said, something like MAC’s Engraved Powerpoint Pencil (this is long wearing and may stain lips a little but can be removed with wipes or Cleanse Off Oil) or Smolder or Feline Eye Kohls, also from MAC, will work too.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Blow As mentioned before, that's only moisture droplets on the lipstick and there is nothing wrong with the product itself. This can happen when there's humidity and temperature variations during shipping.

Blow
As mentioned before, that’s only moisture droplets on the lipstick and there is nothing wrong with the product itself. Blow is a creamier lipstick anyway, and this can happen when there are changes in temperature and humidity during shipping.

Blow

Blow

Blow:   Blow is a dark, cool toned, green with some slightly blueish/teal undertones. The finish is unlike any other Melt lipstick… It’s sort of creamy and has an almost pearly sheen even though it’s still matte. It’s very unique and I hope they create more with this finish/texture! Color payoff is great and looks the same as it does in the tube. Coverage is perfectly opaque without having to layer much, if at all. Because of the creamier texture, Blow applies very easily and doesn’t set/dry quite as quickly as some other Melt lipsticks do, so you have more time to apply it directly from the tube without any tugging or anything like that going on. Even though this isn’t as dry of a lipstick, Blow still gave me a good 6-8 hours of wear… 6 hours being lipstick only and 8 hours with primer and liner.

Liners:   You can have a lot of fun playing around with liners for Blow… My favorite is Tarnish Eye Kohl from MAC… It’s a bit darker but it gives just the right amount of contrast. Minted Eye Kohl works too, though it’s lighter and more teal. Jade Way Technakohl Liner from MAC is almost the color of Blow, but I prefer the smoother texture of Eye Kohls, Powerpoint Eye Pencils, and Chromagraphic Pencils (PRO only) for the lips. You can use blues and greens, of course, but you can also try dark, cool toned charcoal/grays and blacks with Blow… Like I said, play around with liners to create different looks with this lipstick!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5