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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!

 

MAC’s new spring collection, Flamingo Park, launched just over a week ago and is full of bright hues, most being pinks and corals. I love this collection because it’s a nice change from all the dark colors and super matte textures of fall and winter. Even if bold colors aren’t necessarily your thing, you’re still sure to find something you love in this collection!

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Be Silly – Have Your Cake – Flocking Fabulous – Long Legged & Fabulous – Nice To Meet You – Please Me – Saint Germain – Silly – The Fashion Flock

 

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Most of these are Matte or Cremesheen, so you’ll either get high pigmentation and little to no shine, or moderate-buildable color payoff and a pretty, glossy sheen. Sometimes with Matte lipsticks, especially really light, bright, and nude colors, they can emphasize dry or chapped areas on your lips… I try to exfoliate my lips once or twice a week to eliminate any dry spots, then I make sure to apply a primer before putting on my lipstick… My favorite is MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, but there are all kinds of lip primers out there. Prep + Prime Lip is silicone based and contains Vitamin E, so it locks in moisture without being too slippery and creates a smooth surface that your lipstick will stick to, also extending the wear time (definitely beneficial with Cremesheen lipsticks). Using a liner will also make your lipstick wear longer without fading or feathering outside the lip lines, which is a must with brighter colors!

Most of these lipsticks are limited edition, with only Saint Germain and Please Me being permanent. They’re all out now and can be purchased at your local MAC store or counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. As of right now, they’re all in stock online. They sell for $17 each and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, they have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

 

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Be Silly

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Be Silly

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Be Silly

Be Silly: This lipstick is described as a “hot fuchsia pink” and has a Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, bold pink with cool fuchsia undertones and a creamy matte finish. While I’m not typically a fan of bright pinks, I found this to be really flattering on my skintone, as well of everyone else’s who I’ve seen put this on!

As a typical matte lipstick, the texture is smooth and almost creamy, and dries down to a true matte not long after applying it.  The color payoff with Be Silly is super intense and also gives full coverage. Wear time, as with most mattes, is around 6 hours.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Liners: Embrace Me (limited) is perfect with Be Silly, and was released with this collection. It has also been released several times in the past. As for permanent lip pencils, Talking Points works well, or you can even use something like Currant or Vino to create a darker, more ombre look. If you’d like a longer wearing liner, you can try More To Love Pro Longer Lip Pencil.

Dupes: Melt’s Shady Lady is similar, but darker. MAC’s Candy Yum Yum is lighter and warmer toned. Pink Pigeon is slightly lighter and less fuchsia, but is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found.

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Flocking Fabulous

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Flocking Fabulous

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Flocking Fabulous

Flocking Fabulous: This is a “bright coral red” and has a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium, bright pinky-coral red with a warm, pearly sheen and a warm undertone. This type of color works well for all skintones, and since it’s a Cremesheen, you can apply a little if you just want a hint of color, or you can layer it up for full color payoff.

It has a very smooth texture and isn’t the least bit drying. Color payoff is bright and looks nearly the same on as it does in the tube. Flocking Fabulous also has pretty good coverage, though it’s not completely opaque. I got about a little over 4 hours of wear before I needed to touch up.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: You can use a wide variety of liners with this lipstick, since it has pink/coral/red tones to it. Chic Trick, which was repromoted with this collection, looks perfect with Flocking Fabulous. You could also use Cherry or Redd if you want to go with a more red tint. For a brighter more coral look, you could try Lasting Sensation. I’ve also seen this with Auburn and Mahogany, which will tone it down and deepen it a bit.

Dupes: I can’t really find any great permanent dupes… Ladybug and Cockney are both soft, semi-sheer reds, but they’re not as coral/pink toned. Watch me Simmer (Shop/Cook MAC) is similar, but lighter.

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Have Your Cake

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Have Your Cake

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Have Your Cake

Have Your Cake: Have Your Cake is a “bright magenta” with a Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool toned, bold magenta with a matte finish that has a hint of a satiny sheen. While I personally am not drawn to colors like this, it is really pretty on most skintones, but I do find it to be most flattering on anyone NC/NW30 and up. That said, it still looks great on lighter skintones too, but it does look very bold if you’re naturally fair like I am!

Like some Matte finish lipsticks, Have Your Cake has an extremely creamy texture, which also results in it having the slightest amount of sheen that never seems to turn 100% matte. Color payoff is great, though it tends to look warmer toned on the lips than it does in the tube. It’s mostly opaque, only having some trouble staying put in the center of the lip for some people. I got 5-6 hours of wear before I noticed any fading, and most was in that pesky center area. Overall, I like this lipstick, but it’s not what I expect from a Matte finish.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: Embrace Me (limited), which was rereleased with Flamingo Park, works with this, but will make it more pinky toned. Magenta is an obvious choice, as is Fashion Boost Pro Longer Lip Pencil. If you want to use a darker pencil for a more ombre lip, try Vino, Currant, or even Nightmoth.

Dupes: Heroine is darker and more of a true purple. Flat Out Fabulous is also a bit darker and more cool toned, but it’s pretty close.

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Long Legged & Fabulous

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Long Legged & Fabulous

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Long Legged & Fabulous

Long Legged & Fabulous: This lipstick is a “soft baby pink” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a light, warm toned, yellow based, milky pink with a soft pearly sheen. Because this lipstick is so light and milky, I definitely recommend applying Prep + Prime lip first so you won’t have anything settle in the lines of your lips (like it did in this photo).

Like most Cremesheens, Long Legged & Fabulous applies smoothly and feels creamy. Color payoff is actually really good and very similar to how it looks in the tube, despite the fact that this is only about 85% opaque. I got just over 4 hours of wear before it began to fade. This finish/texture does seem to cause the dreaded “slime line” towards the inner part of the mouth after a couple of hours, though.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: In Synch is permanent and was released along with this collection, and works well with this lipstick. You could also try Rosy Rim, Soar, or Dervish if you want to stay in the light-medium pink range. There are many other liners that will look great as well, but those are a few that I’ve actually tried.

Dupes: Real Doll (limited) is darker and more pink. Sweet Experience (limited) is more coral and intense. Catty (limited) is more coral, but pretty close. As for permanent dupes, Creme Cup is more nude-pink, but is quite similar, especially if you use a brighter, warmer toned liner with it.

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Nice To Meet You

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Nice To Meet You

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Nice To Meet You

Nice To Meet You: Nice To Meet You is a “deep pink red” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium-dark, bright, warm toned pinky red with a pearly golden sheen. I love this color because you can apply it lightly, rub it in, and it looks like a gorgeous, natural type of glossy stain. This type of color is beautiful and easily wearable on all ages and skintones.

It has a very smooth texture and glides onto the lips easily. The color is not quite so intense on the lips as it is in the tube, but it’s still very pretty. Coverage is alright, but I would say it’s only about 75% opaque… It’s hard to tell though, since it’s just a bit brighter and more colorful than most people’s natural lip color. That also comes in handy when it begins to fade, making it less noticeable… I got just over 4 hours of wear time with Nice To Meet You.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: If you want to take a more reddish route with your liner, you can try Redd or Cherry. Lasting Sensation and Chic Trick are also nice, and both have more coral undertones. If you’d like this to look more pink, you can go with something like Talking Points, or Dynamo Pro Longer Lip Pencil.

Dupes: Party Parrot (limited) is actually really similar in color, but it’s more intense, more pigmented, and matte. For a permanent dupe, Impassioned is bolder, more pigmented, and more pink. Fusion Pink is pinker and cooler toned.

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Please Me

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Please Me

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Please Me

Please Me: This is one of the two permanent lipsticks being repromoted with this collection… It’s a “muted rosy tinted pink” with a Matte finish. It’s a medium, slightly warm toned pink and is still creamy, even though it’s matte. Please Me has been one of MAC’s best selling pink lipsticks for years, and for good reason. It’s not too bright, not too light, and has just the right amount of a yellow base, so it doesn’t make anyone look washed out.

For a Matte lipstick, Please Me feels buttery and applies without any tugging. Color payoff is good, though doesn’t tend to look as bright as it does in the tube.  Coverage is opaque, except in the center of the lip sometimes, but this is common with Mattes. Wear time usually lasts 5-6 hours for me.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: Nearly any pinkish liner can be used with Please Me. A few of my favorites are Soar, Dervish, Whirl, or even Half-Red, Embrace Me, or Talking Points if you want to add some more dimension. You could also use In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you’d like to add to the wear time.

Dupes: Since this is a permanent lipstick, I don’t think that dupes are completely necessary, and to be honest, I don’t really have any in my collection that are very similar!

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Saint Germain

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Saint Germain

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Saint Germain

Saint Germain: This is the other permanent lipstick that’s been repromoted with Flamingo Park. It’s a “clean pastel pink” with an Amplified finish… It’s a light to medium, pastel pink with a very blue/lavender, cool toned base and a soft shine. Amplified lipsticks are known for their luxurious quality, creamy texture and high pigmentation, and Saint Germain is no exception. Because this is a light, somewhat milky type of pastel, I do recommend applying Prep + Prime lip first so you don’t have to worry about settling into the lines of your lips.

As I mentioned, this lipstick is very creamy and applies easily without any tugging. Color payoff is intense and is nearly as bright as it is in the tube, though it may look less cool toned if you have naturally very pigmented, warmer toned lips. Coverage is nearly opaque and I only ever have any trouble with it staying on the center of my lip, but that’s easily fixable if you just smudge it around a little with your finger. Wear time for me is 4-5 hours, which is typical with most Amplified finish lipsticks.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: I love Hip ‘N’ Happy lip pencil with this because it’s cool toned and a bit darker, so it works perfectly. You can also use pencils like Soar, Dervish, or even Candy Yum-Yum or Embrace Me for more contrast. I also like Shock Value Pro Longer Lip Pencil when I’m looking for something with a longer wear time.

Dupes: Again, since this is permanent, dupes aren’t needed, and I can’t find anything very similar anyway!

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Silly

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Silly

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Silly

Silly: Silly is a repromote, as it’s been released before, but it’s still limited edition. It’s described as a “bright white pink” and it has a Matte finish… Silly is a medium, bright, slightly warm toned pink with a creamy type of matte finish that doesn’t go completely matte or feel dry at all. The part about it being a “white pink” can be confusing, but it means it has a white base so it shows up intense and true to the color it is in the tube!

The texture is smooth and this lipstick applies well with no tugging like you may get with drier types of mattes. Color payoff is equally bright and intense on the lips as it is in the tube. I got full coverage with Silly and a great wear time of about 6 hours.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: There was actually a Silly Lip Pencil released with this in a previous collection, so naturally that’s the perfect match… If you don’t have that, you can use Embrace Me, which came out with Flamingo Park, or something like Candy Yum-Yum or Talking Points.

Dupes: Pink Nouveau is a little cooler toned, but it’s close, and it’s permanent. Pink Pigeon is also very similar, though perhaps a bit darker and cooler toned.

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The Fashion Flock

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The Fashion Flock

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The Fashion Flock

The Fashion Flock: Last but not least, The Fashion Flock is the only online exclusive lipstick from this collection and it’s definitely worth ordering! It’s a “bright pink coral” with a Matte finish, and it’s stunning on everyone I’ve seen wear it! It’s a medium, bright, warm toned pinky coral with a creamy matte finish that never looks too dry.

Like the other Mattes in this collection, this lipstick applies easily, though you may want to put on Prep + Prime Lip first to keep it from settling into the natural lines and creases of your lips, especially if they’re dry or dehydrated like mine were in these photos! Both color payoff and coverage were fantastic, and I got a solid 6 hours of wear, only noticing some fading in the very center of my lip after a little while.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Liners: Chic Trick, which is permanent, but was also promoted with this collection, looks fantastic when paired with this lipstick. If you want to play up the coral tones, you can also use something like Lasting Sensation or 18C Aqua Lip Pencil from Make Up For Ever. To emphasize the pinky tones, you could do Embrace Me, or even In Synch (these require some blending). Rosy Rim is also great and is right between a pink and coral.

Dupes: Vegas Volt is darker and more orange based. Coral Bliss is lighter and peachier. Lipblossom is close, but must softer and less pigmented.

 

 

Mac’s new Flamingo Park collection for Spring 2016 is full of bright pinks and corals to brighten things up since winter will hopefully be coming to an end soon! This is a sneak peek of all the upcoming posts I’ll be making about this collection through Sunday…

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Note: I will also be reviewing the Beauty Powders, but I still need to photograph them.

 

 

Blush:

Let’s Be Friends – Life’s A Picnic – Oh, My!

Spring Flock – This Could Be Fun – What I Fancy

(Pink Swoon is permanent so I did not purchase or review that one)

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Lipstick:

Be Silly, Have Your Cake, Flocking Fabulous, Long Legged & Fabulous, Nice To Meet You, Please Me, Saint Germain, Silly, The Fashion Flock

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Cremesheen Glass:

Look Who’s Here, Petite Indulgence, Playful Petal, Such Sweeties, Sweet Tooth

(from top to bottom)

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Lip Pencils:

Chic Trick, Embrace Me, In Synch

(better photos will be in the blog post)

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It’s here at last! As you all know, I love Melt, so I was super excited to see that they released a new, bright, not-so-average shade of lipstick! I’m a fan of these type of colors because they’re unique and it’s just fun to wear something like this. Spring is here and Summer is creeping up on us, so there’s no better time to rock a bright teal lip and not think twice about it! I know some of you may look at this and be like “how the hell do I pull that off?” Well, you slap it on your pretty lips and tame it down with a liner until you’re comfortable enough to wear it with it’s full intensity! I’ll go over liners and combos you can use to switch things up later on in this review… If you have your own favorite combinations, feel free to leave them in the comments! I love to learn from everyone else and hear new ideas!

Melt is a 100% cruelty-free, mostly vegan brand, with Blitzed being one of their vegan lipsticks… I love this about the brand because it shows their dedication to pleasing a wide variety of customers, plus it proves how much they wuv animals! It’s not s HUGE cosmetics company (yet), but I like that… I feel like they really listen to what people want and strive to make awesome products without slacking on quality. I also just think it’s great to support small businesses, especially ones with such amazing products! Obviously, Melt is a company that thinks outside the box, and with founders Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar being make artists themselves, they come up with really creative colors that this industry needs! While Melt is a teeny bit more expensive than something like MAC (only by $3), it’s worth it because I PROMISE you will not find this kind of lipstick from any other brand!

PS: You can follow Melt (@meltcosmetics), Lora (@lora_arellano), and Dana (@danabomar) all on Instagram to see even more photos their products, plus their gorgeous faces and the faces of lots of other makeup artists that come up with epic looks using Melt’s goodies!

Okay, okay, I won’t keep you waiting any longer… I give you Blitzed!

Blitzed

Blitzed

The texture of Blitzed is the typical, creamy formula found with most of Melt’s ultra matte lipsticks. Because it’s uber matte, it can feel a wee bit dry for a brief moment when you first go to apply it, but letting it warm up on the lip by patting it on for a second will make it go on smoothly and easily. As with all Melt lipsticks, Blitzed is highly pigmented so there’s no need to layer the product to get phenomenal color payoff and opaque coverage. It has a very subtle, sweet scent, sort of like vanilla or macarons, but no flavor.

Since these are super matte, 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 wear longer and make application much smoother without having to deal with tugging or dragging that may happen if your lips are dry. My favorite lip primer is Prep + Prime Lip from MAC… It’s a must have with any matte lipsticks! Also, because this lipstick is SO bright, I recommend using a brush, at least around the edges. It will make the line nice and precise! You can use a brush all over anyway, just to get everything as even as possible!

The tube for these lipsticks is simple and sleek… It’s a matte black tube with the cute, classy greige “melt.” logo on the cap, which I’ll photograph tomorrow… I guess I got a little giddy when I was taking these photos and forgot to take one of the tube and label. Oops! The box is a really pretty matte black with and has “melt” printed on it in glossy script, as well as their logo in the same greige color that’s on the tube.

Melt Blitzed Box

Melt lipsticks are available online at www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $19 each but they’re well worth it. They contain 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product, compared to MAC’s lipsticks which are $16 for 3 g / 0.1 oz of product, so it’s not like they really cost any more than your average lipstick does, and in my opinion, you’re getting a better quality product (if you like ultra matte lipstick anyway) with the best pigmentation possible! Shipping is an additional $7 no matter how many lipsticks you purchase, so I suggest getting more than one lipstick, or even an eye shadow stack, to make it worth your money. Shipping is done through USPS I believe, and you get a tracking number so you can stalk your lipstick while it’s on the way to your doorstep. Since it’s priority mail, it gets to you very quickly! It only took about 3 days from the time I placed my order to the time I received my lipstick here in Oklahoma (it shipped from California).

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Blitzed

Photo taken indoors in natural, indirect sunlight.

Photo taken indoors in natural, indirect sunlight.
For skin tone reference, I’m a NC15 in MAC terms.

Blitzed is a medium to medium dark (depending on how much you apply and what you wear it with), bright, teal green with cool undertones and an ultra matte finish. As I mentioned, the texture feels creamy and applies easily, but takes just a sec to warm up on the lip… Using a brush to apply it helps with this if you find it troublesome, which you probably won’t anyway, or you can just use a brush because it’s fun and makes you feel pro. Color payoff is exactly how it looks in the tube… Beautiful and bright AF! It’s so pigmented that you need VERY little product! Coverage is also great and is totally opaque and even. The few times I’ve worn Blitzed so far, I got around 6-7 hours of wear with no liner, and only noticed fading around the edges and center of the lip after about 4-5 hours. With a liner, I got over 8 hours of wear with no feathering or fading at all! You can also extend the wear time up to 8-10 hours if you use a liner AND set this by patting a tiny lil bit of translucent powder on your lips after applying Blitzed! That also makes it transfer-proof so you can smooch your main squeeze without worrying about it budging. Or, if you’re like me and don’t have anyone to smooch, you can at least drink your coffee and eat your pizza without worry about your lipstick going anywhere.

Liners:   This part was so fun for me… There are a TON of liner that you can use, depending on the look you want, but here are some of my favorites (all from MAC). Hi-Def Cyan (similar in color, slightly darker), Marine Ultra (a darker, more intense blue), and even Landscape Green (bold, medium green) Chromagraphic Pencils from PRO. You can also use Undercurrent Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner if you want something similar in color, but with glitter… It’s also a smidgen deeper, but looks SUPER pretty with Blitzed! Another more matte liner you can use that’s similar in color, if not a bit lighter and more minty, is Minted Eye Kohl. This liner will give you a defined look without much contrast between lipstick and liner. Tarnish Eye Kohl works too, if you want a darker, more forest green liner to create a ombre look with. Blooz Eye Kohl will also give you this look, but with a more navy blue tone. Two more that can work for a super dramatic look are Phone Number (dark, smoky gray) and Smolder (black) Eye Kohls, which sound a little intimidating, but look rad if you do enough blending!

Dupes:   I’m honestly not aware of any. Just go getcha some Blitzed.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

TIP:   Blitzed looks really awesome if you put it in the center of the lip with Blow or DGAF around the edges of your lip, like a liner… You can even add a little bit of Bane just to the outer corners to create an even deeper, more dramatic ombre with a broader gradient of colors. Also, you can pat a bit of Blitzed in the center of the lip, blended into Space Cake around it, and Bane on the outer corners, or Space Cake in the center of the lip with Blitzed, then Blow of DGAF, then Bane if you reeeally wanna go cray and use as many Melt lipsticks at once as you possible can. Yikes! Sorry… I got a little excited there… Don’t get confused, please.Basically, you can do just about any combo using Blitzed, Space Cake, DGAF, Blow, and Bane.

I haven’t tried it myself yet, but I’ve seen people blending Blitzed into colors like Summer, Darling, By Starlight, and pretty much every other Melt lipstick, and nothing looks lame, so go HAM and have a blast messing around with Blitzed and the rest of your babies from Melt! If you do this PLEASE tag them, and me (@lesleyrocksface or @lesleymarshallmua) on Instagram so we can see your masterpieces!

I didn’t wanna leave you all hangin’, so without further ado, here’s the second installment of posts for the MAC is Beauty lipsticks! This post, as well as Part 1, will cover all but two of the shades released with this collection… You can check out Silly and Reel Sexy by clicking on the names of them right there! Also, for the sake of time saving, since I got behind today while sitting in a salon getting my hair done allll afternoon, I will be copying and pasting bits and pieces from Part 1! I know, I know, y’all are thinking I’m getting lazy, but I swear it’s just so you all have something to read every day 🙂 I don’t wanna have any more lapses in posts from now on!

All of the colors and finishes in this collection are ideal for Spring/Summer and are a bright, shiny break from the deep, matte lips from Fall/Winter (although I still wear those all the time). Since a lot of these are Lustres, they can be worn sheer, or built up/layered over liners for a bolder look. I really like this, especially this time of year, because so many people are focusing on skin right now… The lipsticks in this post are all a little more on the pastel side versus the lipsticks in Part 1, but they’re equally beautiful and wearable by pretty much anyone!

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Left to Right: Make Me Gorgeous, Notice Me, Pure Vanity, Real Doll, Real Redhead

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and typically highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. All of these are Lustre finishes, aside from Make Me Gorgeous, which is an Amplified, so I’ll go into more detail for each finish in the individual reviews. I’m actually super impressed with the lipsticks in this collection… I feel like MAC has been listening to their customers and has possibly changed up the formula for some of their newer Lustre lipsticks, although I haven’t confirmed that yet. I mean yeah, Lustre is meant to have a soft sheen, which they do, and be semi-sheer, which they still are, but the color payoff and coverage has improved dramatically for the most part! Thanks, MAC!

With any lipstick, 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! 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. Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!

These lipsticks are all limited edition, and these are still available online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $16 and contain the usual 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, these have a subtle, lovely vanilla scent, but no flavor.

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MAC is Beauty Lipsticks part 2 Labels

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

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

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous

Make Me Gorgeous Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

Make Me Gorgeous
Photo taken indoors with natural, indirect sunlight.

Make Me Gorgeous:   This lipstick is described as an “intense coral pink” and has an Amplified finish… It’s a bright, medium coral with warm, pinky undertones and a hint of a golden sheen. It feels very creamy and applies well. Color payoff is nearly as intense as it is in the tube, while coverage is about 90% opaque… If you have highly pigmented lips, it may emphasize more of the pinky undertones in Make Me Gorgeous. I got a solid 4 hours of wear without a liner, and around 6 with one before it started to fade. Even then, it was mostly just in the center of my lip.

Liners:   Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil is a near perfect match with this lipstick. Chic Trick will also work, even though it’s cooler toned and more pink… It will actually bring out the pink tones in Make Me Gorgeous and create more dimension. If you’d like more contrast, you can also use Cherry, which will give more of an ombre look.

Dupes:   Crosswires (Cremesheen) is really similar, though slightly more pink. Vegas Volt (Amplified) is more similar in color, and shares the Amplified finished, though it’s not as pigmented as Make Me Gorgeous.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me

Notice Me:   Notice Me is a “pale lilac” with a Lustre finish… It’s a pale, cool toned lilac pink with a soft sheen. It felt smooth and creamy, but because it’s so light, it can emphasize chapped areas if you don’t prime your lips first. Color payoff wasn’t quite as lilac as it looks in the tube, but it was extremely close… I think it’s mostly because natural lip color warms up the cooler undertones of Notice Me. Coverage was semi-sheer, which is to be expected with a Lustre finish lipstick, but I would say it was about 80% opaque, which is impressive. Wear time was 3-4 hours without a liner and 4-5 with one. Fading was barely noticeable, though, since this color is so subtle to begin with.

Liners:   Hip ‘N’ Happy Lip Pencil is warmer, but is similar in color, so it adds just enough definition when used with Notice Me. You can also use a light nude like Subculture for a no-liner look, or even a more mauvey, deeper liner like Edge to Edge for a more dramatic look.

Dupes:   Angel (Frost) is darker, warmer, and more pigmented. Saint Germain (Amplified) is MUCH brighter, more intense, cooler, and pinker, though I THINK that if you barely apply it and use something like a lip balm over it, it may work as a dupe. Other than that, Lavender Whip (Cremesheen), which was limited, is the closest dupe I can find.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity

Pure Vanity:   This is a “pale peach nude” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, peachy nude with a subtle sheen. It felt smooth and applied easily, but like other pale nudes, can emphasize dry areas if you have any. It looks less pigmented on the lips than in the tube, but it’s still a very pretty color. Opacity was pretty good for a Lustre, and it covered very evenly without streaking or settling into the lines of my lips. I didn’t notice any fading until near the 3 1/2 to 4 hours mark without a liner, and only had some fading after about 4 1/2 to 5 hours with a liner.

Liners:   Since this is a pretty light nude, the usuals like Subculture or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils will work well for a barely there type of liner. If you want to bump up the color a bit, you can try Fruit Cocktail or even Lasting Sensation, but be prepared to blend those in around the edges since they’re brighter and darker!

Dupes:   Real Redhead (from this same collection) is actually similar, just a few shades darker and not as creamy. Razzle-Dazzler (Lustre) is darker and more coral, as is Peach Blossom.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll

Real Doll:   Real Doll is a “light pinky lilac” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, pastel pink with cool lilac undertones and a natural type of shine. Like the other Lustres in this collection, it felt exceptionally creamy and smooth when applied. While it’s not quite so bright on the lips as it is in the tube, it’s still very well pigmented and colorful for a Lustre. Coverage was great and looked opaque and even. Wear time was about 4 hours without a liner, and a little over 5 hours with one.

Liners:   Hip ‘N’ Happy Lip Pencil is absolutely perfect to use with Real Doll if you don’t want much contrast between your liner and lipstick. You can also play around with a bolder rosy toned liner, like Soar, if you want more definition. If you’d like full on barbie doll pink lips and more of an ombre look, you can even try Shock Value Pro Longer Lip Pencil, which requires a bit of blending, but turns out very pretty and bold!

Dupes:   Dreaminess Mineralize Rich Lipstick is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found, but it’s a little darker and more pigmented. If you happened to pick up A Novel Romance (Cremesheen) lipstick from the collection of the same name last fall, it’s also similar, but brighter and warmer.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead

Real Redhead:   This lipstick is described as a “mauve nude” with a Lustre finish… When I look at it, I see more of a light, peachy nude with warm undertones and a golden sheen, thanks to the uber small shimmer particles. Texture was smooth, but it had the typically slightly drier feel to it that a lot of Lustres with more of a shimmer-sheen have… That said, it still applied easily and felt fine on my lips without drying them out at all. Color payoff is really close to the way it looks in the tube, while coverage was a bit sheer, so it doesn’t reflect the color payoff well, unless you build it up a bit. I noticed no fading or feathering until I had Real Redhead on for around 3-4 hours, and it lasted closer to 4-5 hours with a liner.

Liners:   Yet again, the typical nude liners come into play… Subculture and Boldly Bare are great if you don’t want oodles of contrast. Other than that, you can play around with any of your favorite nude and peachy liners!

Dupes:   As mentioned earlier, Pure Vanity (also from this collection) is like a lighter version of Real Redhead. For a permanent dupe, you can try Shanghai Spice (Cremesheen), which is similar, though a bit more coral. If you pair Boldly Bare Lip Pencil, lightly applied all over the lip, with Shanghai Spice lipstick over it, it’s a pretty close match!

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

For the sake of getting this post up ASAP, I won’t be writing every single word of this from scratch… Since I just made a post about Melt’s Dark Matter Eye Shadow Stack, I’ll be copying and pasting some of that… Please forgive me! I’m just really behind and want to be able to make new posts on here for you guys every day SO it’s more important for me to get this stuff done! There aren’t a TON of differences anyway, aside from colors and finishes… The quality is equally epic, so most of the last review also applies to this product as well 😉 Enjoy!

I’m super in love with Melt’s entire brand, so the addition of the eye shadow stacks is a pretty big deal! They’re gorgeous eye shadows that will work on anyone, for any occasion (seriously, you can make a bajillion looks with these things). PLUS they’re just pretty and I love the design… 1) because it allows for the eye shadows to be huge but store easily; 2) there are no little parts that open and close that my clumsy self can break, since each shadow sticks and stacks together with the magic of magnets; and 3) it just looks cool and it’s fun to take the stack apart and put them back together… It’s like legos for makeup loving grown ups.

On top of the fun factor, the eye shadows in the Love Sick stack are super versatile so they be used for a lot of different looks. You have warm and cool, bright and subtle, and matte and shimmer, so you’re sure to have a blast playing around with this stack! I think that to a lot of people, Melt is seen as being more on the edgy side, but with the addition of eye shadows, it’s going to make them blow up even more than they already have and sneak their way into the collections of a lot more people who may not have checked out this brand otherwise. Like I said, because of the variety of colors and finishes offered in the Love Sick stack, you’ll be able to do a lot with it, whether it’s a daytime makeup for a tame lunch (like a 2 mimosa limit… ha!) or you’re getting all dolled up for a crazy weekend in Vegas! I’ll do my best to describe some different looks you can do with this stack under the reviews for each color, and I may even take some photos of a few looks and post them later this week!

Love Sick Stack 1

Stack Packaging

All four eye shadows in this palette are intensely pigmented, and have both matte and satiny/frosted finishes. The ones with more of a sheen can be intensified from a satin to a full on frost just by dampening the brush you apply it with (I’ll tell ya how to do that in a minute)! What’s so great about these is that you can get insane color payoff with them if you pack them on the eyelid using a flat brush, like a MAC 239, but they also blend out easily for a softer look if you use something like a MAC 217 or 224 brush. If you want to smudge these under the lower lash line, you can use a pencil brush like a MAC 219, or even use them 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 shimmer, you may want to spray your brush lightly with MAC Fix+ Spray. This will make it super easy to use these as a liner, since it will turn them into a much creamier consistency that makes for a perfectly precise line or wing. Fixated works well for a liner with all of the other shadows in this stack! One suggestion if you use ANY powder eye shadow as a liner: Pick one area of the product and designate is as your wet spot (that sounds bad, but you know what I mean)… If you’re all over the place where you use a damp brush on the product, it will start to get a weird, hard “crust” on it that won’t stick to any fluffier type of brush when you go to use it dry! These shadows all wear really well alone (6+ hours no creasing), but if you want an even longer wear time (more like 8-12 hours) and the best color payoff possible, you can apply these over a primer, like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in a color that’s light and neutral… A few of my favorites are Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low.

Tip: Since there are two shimmery colors in this stack (Amelie and Promiscuous), you can even pat these on top of Melt’s matte lipsticks to totally transform your lip look!

FYI, as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, these eye shadows are HUGE! (I’ll try and get a comparison photo up soon). They’re slightly larger than MAC’s Pro Longwear Eye Shadows are, but are a much better value! Plus these have a legit mirror (not the cheap feeling plastic kind that cracks) included in the stack. The packaging is sleek, easy to use and store, and sturdy enough to toss in your bag for a weekend getaway or touchups (not that you’ll need to do any of those with the wear time these eye shadows have). Since the stack is held together by magnets, it’s not going to come open easily if it gets knocked around a bit!

Both of Melt’s Eye Shadow Stacks are available exclusively from www.meltcosmetics.com. They sell for $48 and contain a total of 14.28 g / 0.5 oz of product, so that makes them equal to $12 and 3.57 g / 0.125 oz each… That’s actually a really good value, considering the fact that a MAC eye shadow quad costs $48 and contains a total of 6 g / 0.21 oz of product, and individual MAC shadows sell for $16 and contain only 1.5 g / 0.05 oz each… So in comparison to MAC, you’re getting about three times as much product for just a few bucks more! Both stacks are permanent, but sell out from time to time… As of right now, Love Sick is in stock, so go getcha one! Shipping costs a flat $7 in the US, so you may want to get both palettes, or grab lipstick or two as well to make the postage a little more worth it… My favorite Melt lipstick to use with the Love Sick stack are Summer, Dark Room, Shady Lady, Stupid Love, 6six6, and Space Cake (currently out of stock… Sad face). I have a feeling I’m going to love Blitzed with this stack too! Review on that lipstick will be soon… I just ordered it yesterday 😉

Note: Melt is a cruelty free company and three out of four of the shadows in the Love Sick stack are vegan! Those include Promiscuous, Fixated, and Amelie. Love Sick is the only shade that is not vegan.

Left to Right:   Promiscuous, Fixated, Amelie, and Love Sick

Left to Right: Promiscuous, Fixated, Amelie, and Love Sick

Melt Love Sick Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural, but not direct sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural, but not direct sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC15 skin.
Honestly, these swatches suck and I need to redo this photo… I’ll get to that this week when I get a sunny day!

This is the updated swatch photo! Taken in natural, indirect sunlight on a much brighter day!

This is the updated swatch photo!
Taken in natural, indirect sunlight on a much brighter day!

Note:   The bottom photo of each shadow is taken in direct, natural sunlight so you can see how intense it is even in such bright lighting! They are, however, not that light in person or in “normal” lighting. I just wanted to show off the pigmentation and intensity of these shadows!

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous

Promiscuous:   Melt’s description of this eye shadow goes like this: “A beautiful color changing violet-blue! Use it alone, or combine it with black to reveal a completely different shade!” which is a great tip! Using a black primer, like MAC’s Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot underneath will transform Promiscuous to a SUPER iridescent, intense new color! Anyway, this is a medium to medium-dark (depending on application), purple with some cool violet undertones to it, which will show more cool blue-violet tones when used over a black primer, or used damp. It has a soft, satiny sheen to it that’s easily intensified and bumped up to a true frost. This is a great multi-purpose eye shadow that you can use on the lid, in the crease, smudged under the lower lash line, as a liner, and even on top of lipstick (try it over Bane, Dark Room, By Starlight, Shady Lady, and Space Cake)! I typically wear this on the lid using a MAC 239 brush dry or MAC 242 brush damp, with some Fixated in the crease/outer v with a MAC 217 brush, and blended out with Blurr from the Dark Matter stack with a MAC 224. I’ll also use Amelie all over the lid, applied with a 239, with Promiscuous blended into the crease and smudged under the lower lash line with a 217, then add a bit to Fixated and/or Love Sick in outer v area with the same 217. This eye shadow is also super pretty as a liner with a little bit of Amelie or Blurr on the lid, or even on a naked eyelid, just for a pop of color!

The texture of Promiscuous feels super silky, and both packed onto the lid and blended out easily. Color payoff looks the same as it does in the pot, but may need some building up, or use with a damp brush, to get oodles of shimmer. Coverage was even and surprisingly opaque for a shimmery eye shadow that feels SO lightweight! I got over 6 hours of wear both on the lid and in the crease before I noticed any fading or creasing. When I used a primer, wear time went up to 10-12 hours!

Dupes:   Plush Pro Longwear Eye Shadow from MAC is close, but not close enough to be a true dupe… It’s lighter, more cool toned and less violet, and doesn’t have that intense shimmer or pigmentation… Promiscuous is pretty unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated

Fixated:   This eye shadow is “A gorgeous matte grey inspired by one of our favorite lipsticks, Space Cake, so pigmented and cool you have to see to believe” (I MUST redo my swatches, because it really is intense and they don’t reflect that!)… It’s a medium dark to dark (depends on how you apply it), grey with cool, blue/stone undertones and a true matte finish. This color is really versatile because it can be used all over the lid with a MAC 239 brush for a soft smoky look, which you can blend out with pretty much any other color in this stack, depending on how colorful of a look you’re going for. You can also use Blurr or Unseen from the Dark Matter stack to blend this out with! Fixated also makes a great crease, under eye, or liner color with ANY other Melt eye shadow! Since it can be applied so lightly if you use the right brush (a MAC 217 with a light hand, or a MAC 224 works well), you can also use this to cool down and deepen any eye shadow, especially in the crease. As Melt mentions in their own description, since this was inspired by the lipstick Space Cake, you can pat this OVER Space Cake to make it even more of an intense, velvety looking matte lip!

Fixated has the same smooth, matte texture as the shadows in the Dark Matter stack, without any dryness or skipping, so it applies really well! Color payoff is intense with little product used, and looks the same as pan color. Coverage is opaque when packed onto the lid with a flat brush, or you can even build it up to a deep, opaque payoff by layering with a fluffier brush. Wear time was great for a darker type of matte shadow… I got nearly 7 hours on the lid and in the crease with no primer, and 12+ hours in both areas with a primer applied first.

Dupes:   Weathered Pro Longer Eye Shadow by MAC is similar, but has a sheen and is a little more blue. It’s also not as pigmented. Prussian (discontinued not long ago) eye shadow from MAC is lighter and more blue, and Nehru, also from MAC, has a deeper navy tone.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie

Amelie:   According to Melt, Amelie is a “perfectly peachy gold, you’ll want to add it all over Cheeks! Highlight! Eyes! It glistens and glides on with ease”… It’s a light to light-medium peach with warm golden sheen. You can intensify the color and sheen by using this damp, and you can even try using it over a darker bronze or black primer to REALLy change up the color and bring out the shimmer! Amelie is a great multipurpose eye shadow that you don’t just have to wear on your eyes… Probably why this is my favorite eye shadow in this stack! For use on the eyes, this is a gorgeous lid and inner corner color, and can even be used really lightly just below the brow for some sheen, but not much color. It’s gorgeous with any of the other shadows in this stack in the crease, and also looks great with any of the ones in the Dark Matter stack! For use on the lips, it looks amazing when lightly tapped over colors like Summer, Bang! Bang!, Stupid Love, Belladonna 2 (especially just in the center of the lip), and even on top of Bane for a really unique iridescent, blackened gold lip! And yes, you can even use this as a highlight on your gorgeous face, like on the areas of the tops of the cheeks, tip of the nose, and anywhere else you want to add a goddess like golden glow!

Amelie felt really silky, just like Promiscuous. Color payoff was awesome, even using little product. It both built up and blended out without much work at all. Color payoff looks just like it does in pan, and can be made more intense when dampened and used over a dark primer. Coverage was solid with no uneven spots you can see in some other shimmery shadows. On the lid, I got around 7 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or creasing, and more like 6 hours in the crease. With a primer applied beforehand, I got closer to 12 hours on the lid and 10 in the crease!

Dupes:   Pink Frontier Pro Longer Eye Shadow from MAC is lighter and definitely more pink, it’s also less intense. Trick, from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette, is lighter, cooler, and more coppery than peachy-pink. Mythology eye shadow from MAC is darker, more coppery, and has a ton of bigger shimmery particles (and fallout). Expensive Pink, also from MAC, would be your best bet for a dupe but it’s darker, more pink, and less intense.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick

Love Sick:   Love Sick is described as “a beautiful ultra-matte burgundy-red …inspired by our most popular lipstick 6six6″… It’s a medium to medium-dark, intense burgundy red with some warm-neutral, rusted undertones. This shadow has the same matte finish as Fixated and as the shadows in the Dark Matter stack. Red’s may not be for everyone, but they should be! You can use Love Sick lightly, blended out in the crease with a MAC 217 or 224 brush, with ANY colors in either one of Melt’s stacks, You can also use this patted onto the lid with a MAC 239 brush and blended with, well, any of Melt’s other shadows in the crease. I also REALLY like adding a bit of a warm, smoky look under the eyes by smudging this around with a MAC 219 pencil brush. For a red, it really is versatile and can be used to add something bright and special to any look you wear!

The texture of Love Sick is smooth and soft, just like all of Melt’s other matte shadows. It’s not dry or gritty, like many red shadows are (yay!). Intensity and color payoff is insane on the lid, but can also easily be tamed down and blended out in the crease. Coverage is easily made opaque by applying with a flat brush, or a pencil brush. When applied to the lid, I got 6 hours of wear with no fading/creasing, and closer to 12 with a primer. In the crease or smudged below the eye, I got the same, about 6 hours of wear without a primer and more like 10-12 with one.

Dupes:   Finding a dupe for a red matte shadow is damn near impossible, so I have yet to find one for this! Enigma from the Dark Matter stack is deeper and has a more rust/brown undertone. Red Brick eye shadow from MAC is lighter, less intense, and has a much more orange tone to it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5