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Melt has done it again! By that, I mean they’ve come out with yet another amazing new product with a wonderful, very wearable formula. I know there are a bazillion liquid lipsticks out there these days and a lot of companies have really stepped up their game to make liquid lipsticks MUCH more comfortable to wear, but Melt has gone above and beyond my expectations! The best part about this liquid lipstick is that it’s available in a set with an AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner that doesn’t necessarily match perfectly, but works with the Liquid Set Lipstick shade and compliments the color nicely. Melt’s liners are all very high quality (like all of their products), apply with no drag, and wearing nearly all day long with minimal touchups.

I purchased every shade/set that Melt has launched so far and will be posting all of them in the not-so-distant future. I have a TON of new products to review and post, so I’ll be switching it up day to day, even though I think most of the hot new shit I’ve purchased lately are lip products anyway.

I’m going to get pretty in depth in this post since this is a brand new product and formula, but the following posts for these will be a little more short and sweet. I just want my readers to get the full rundown on these products in case you all are interested in purchasing them!

I hope you all enjoy this post and as always, thanks for reading! Now that Halloween is over with (which is one of my busiest times of the year), I have more time to focus on my makeup blog and have fun with new products! If you’d like to keep up with me and check out everything I’m testing or playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup , twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. Don’t be afraid to message me… I always love chatting with my readers!

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Let’s just start with the basics… The set included Janice Liquid Set Lipstick, Nudist Ultra Matte Lip Liner, and a super cute, very nice little grey pouch featuring the Melt logo. Purchased as a set, this costs $33 but is a $46 value. Purchased individually, the Liquid Set Lipstick is $19 the AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is $17, and the pouch is $10, so that’s a pretty decent savings if you get it as a set! To purchase these products, go peep www.meltcosmetics.com.

The Liquid Set Lipstick contains 0.12 oz / 3.39 ml of product, which, for the price, is on par with companies like ABH and Dose of Colors. The AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner contains  1.20 g / 0.04 oz of product, so that’s the exact same size as a MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, and feels like a very comparable formula, but costs $4 less than MAC’s version of it!

While Janice Liquid Set Lipstick is vegan, Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is not, which is likely due to the fact that it contains Carmine. Carmine is type of pigment/color additive derived from beetles (you seriously have NO idea how many products contain this, and it’s not as gross as it sounds). However, Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free company and neither of these products contain palm oil, which makes me one VERY happy girl!

The formula for the Liquid Set Lipstick is incredibly comfortable to wear and feels liquidy without being too runny or too thick and goopy. Typically, thinner liquid lipstick formulas like this end up being streaky but Janice looked absolutely flawless! I only had to dip the wand into the tube once to evenly cover both my top and bottom lip… I have a feeling that the main factor with how easy this is to apply all comes down to the nifty doe-foot wand. This is NOT your typical applicator! It’s angled, tapered, and has a hollow center to hold and collect the product so you don’t get annoying, uneven blobs all over your lip while trying to apply it. It’s also firm without being hard and soft without being flimsy, so you can achieve a precise application even if you don’t want to wear a lip liner. Another bonus to this formula is that it wore well for a LONG time, only fading in the center of my lips. It’s not the least bit drying either, so it didn’t wreck my lips by the end of the day.

Melt’s AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner is just as nice as the Liquid Set Lipstick! It reminds me of the formula that MAC has for their Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, but Melt’s is even smoother. It glides on very easily and is SUPER pigmented, so you don’t need to be heavy handed at all! It wears well under the liquid lipstick or even when applied over/around the edges for touchups. I’ve also worn this alone with a gloss on top and didn’t have any issues with smudging or feathering even then!

I’ll get into wear time, color, etc in the summaries below, so keep scrolling to check those out!

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They really put some thought into both the boxes/unicarton AND the components themselves with these products. As usual, Melt’s packaging is eye-catching, but still classy and not overdone. The liquid lipsticks have holo print on the boxes but the liners do not. I would have liked to have seen that for both, at least for the sets, but it may have increased the price and I mean come on, most of us toss it immediately anyway! One of my boxes tore a bit, but it’s still super pretty!

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As I mentioned, the bag or pouch that it comes with compliments the shades of liquid lipstick and liner that it contains. The pouches have the Melt logo both on the zipper pull and stamped onto the pouch itself, which is a very soft, suede-like material. Don’t be fooled by their size… They hold a LOT more than they look like they do! I can easily fit a few lippies and liners in there, plus my powder compact for touchups, as well as a mini powder brush.

Now onto the products themselves, starting with some quick swatches.

(For the record, I’m a MAC NC20)

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on NC20 skin.

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light. 

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using only a ring light.

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Janice + Nudist | Photo taken indoors using only natural, indirect sunlight.

* All product photos taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight as well as a ring light *

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Janice Liquid Set Lipstick:   This shade is described as a “beautiful Victorian Mauve” and is a medium, cool toned mauve with slightly gray-ish plum undertones. At first this wasn’t a color that I was personally drawn to because shades like this usually make me look really washed out, but I actually REALLY love it and get compliments every time I wear it! It has a completely matte finish once it sets and unlike many liquid lipsticks, doesn’t seem to darken much, if at all, as it dries down.

Coverage is full and even with very little product used. As I mentioned, this doesn’t dry down to look much different than it does in the tube, so color payoff and accuracy to how it looks in the packaging is perfect! Wear time is a solid 6-8 hours, even with drinking coffee and having a little snack. As with most liquid lipsticks, it fades in the center first, especially if you eat something like pizza or a salad with oily dressing. As with most matte or liquid lipsticks, it can emphasize dry patches (you can sort of tell in the photos), but exfoliating and lightly moisturizing your lips before applying your lipstick will solve that!

Liners:   Obviously Melt’s Nudist liner that comes in this set is perfect with this liquid lipstick! Other than that, a few good options are Whirl or Plum Lip Pencils from MAC if you want something a similar color. This shade of lipstick can be used with so many liners to alter the color or create an ombre look, so just have fun with it!

Dupes:   As far as other liquid lipsticks go, the closest dupe I’ve found so far is Trouble, which is one of the new ones from Anastasia Beverly Hills… It’s still more of a rosy mauve, though. In the tube, Pure Hollywood, also from ABH, looks similar but once applied it’s much lighter and more nude. Clover from ABH is MUCH more gray/lilac and quite a bit darker. I looked for dupes in the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Lipcolours that I have as well and still didn’t have much luck… Sweet Thing was SUPER similar, maybe a little more pinky-mauve and lighter but unfortunately, it was limited edition. So Me is permanent, but is darker and has more neutral brown undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Although the name didn’t want to focus, you can see the batch number stamped into the pencil.

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Nudist Allday/Everyday Lip Liner:   This liner is a “neutral nude with a hint of pink” and has an ultra matte finish. It tends to pull a little on the cool toned side for me personally, but it’s one of those colors that looks natural and flattering on anyone and can be worn with all types of lipstick shades from nudes to plums to soft pinks!

You can easily achieve full coverage with this liner using a pretty light hand. I’ve worn it all over by itself or, of course, as a liner. Either way, the coverage is very even and it glides right onto the lip. Color payoff is totally opaque and looks just like it does in pencil form, though, as I mentioned, it tends to work with your own skin tone and may look cooler or warmer on some people. Wear time was between 6-7 hours for me before I noticed any fading or feathering.

Dupes:   I don’t have any of the liners from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil range that are dupes for Nudist, but I DO have a few that are MAC’s regular Lip Pencil formula that come close… Whirl is actually a nearly perfect dupe! Stripdown is more brown, and Plum is darker and more cool toned, but looks fantastic if you want to add more contrast with Janice Liquid Set Lipstick.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

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

 

 

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Hey everyone! Long time no see, I know, but I’ve been super busy with work, as in glamming people up!

Yesterday I just wrapped on a couple of shoots for a calendar that’s for a local charity, which I will share on here as soon as I get approved images from the photographer. I’m super excited about it because I got to do some really creative makeups as well as some classic looks and they all turned out SO well!

I’ve been trying to come up with a better layout/outline for reviews to make it easier to read when you’re in a hurry, but I still want to cover all the important parts, as always. I think I may split posts between a brief rundown and a more in-depth/how-to, or put the more extensive part below the summary… What are your thoughts on this? I’d love for some input!

Some additional ideas for regularly featured posts are monthly favorites, what’s trending in the makeup world, and adding a skincare feature each week for “Skincare Sunday” of something new or something that’s a must have product for me. I’m working on the whole YouTube thing but I’m still getting the hang of it and learning to edit, as well as overcoming my anxiety with filming (yep, I have anxiety disorder and it flares up PRETTY bad over some things)… Making videos is NOT as easy as it looks, but I’m getting there! I feel like I don’t want to half-ass my videos and disappoint anyone, ya know?

I’ve picked up a TON of new products over the past couple of months, which I’m currently photographing and rephotographing with my new lighting setup… I mean I’m working on it at this moment! So here are some of the posts that will be coming up in the near future:

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
  • Sunday Riley UFO Clarifying Face Oil
  • Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection Haze Eye Shadow Stack
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection Lipstick in Cherried
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection AllDay/Everyday Lip Liners in Kink and Edible
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection AllDay/Everyday Eye Liners in Baked and Bloodshot
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Lip Vault (all 8 Velour Liquid Lipsticks and all 5 Lip Ammunition Lipsticks
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Watermelon Gum Lip Scrub
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Skin Frosts in Summer Snowcone and Crystal Ball
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks (several permanent colors)
  • Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Eye Shadow Palette
  • Jeffree Star Princess Cut Skin Frost
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (not sure why I never posted it before?)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Glow in Perla, Bronzed, and Peach Fizz
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills new Matte Lipsticks – All 30 of them, but in singles or groups for posts… That would be too overwhelming as one review!
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills most recent single eye shadows from Summer 2017
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipglosses from Summer 2017 (only a few colors)
  • Kylie Cosmetics In Love with the Koko Collection Matte Liquid Lipsticks & Gloss
  • Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Matte Liquid Lipstick set
  • Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick set
  • Kylie Cosmetics Koko Collection Matte Liquid Lipsticks (excluding Gorg) & Gloss
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil Free Foundation
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer in the color Tantric
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo Blushes
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (waterproof and regular formulas)

There are a lot more products too, but that’s just some examples of what I’ve been photographing and testing recently. I plan on slowly posting EVERY Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eye Shadow, Liquid Lipstick, and Lip Gloss too, as well as a lot of permanent products from MAC and other brands that have been my go-to’s for a long time!

Sometimes it may take me a while to get reviews up after a product launches because I do purchase everything myself, so I have to order it, receive it in the mail, THEN thoroughly test it out before I give you all my honest opinion. It’s also just dependent only work schedule at times, but I’m going to start pre-writing reviews so I can post them even when I’m swamped with other things and don’t have time to write!

I’ve been posting peeks at products on my TwitterInstagram and Snapchat more often and consistently, so be sure to go follow me on those platforms… All are under the name lesley_makeup.

Well, now you all know what’s been going on and what’s to come! If you have ANY suggestions for posts or products you’d like to see, please leave me a comment! I do this because of YOU, so your input is always appreciated!

Thanks for reading!

XO, Lesley

I have been dying to get my hands on these and review them since I saw the first peeks on Melt’s Instagram a while back so I am SUPER excited to share these with you! As most of you probably know, I’ve always been a big fan and supporter of Melt and I can honestly say that I have loved each and every product they’ve ever made! I’m all for supporting smaller, independent companies and the ladies of Melt always put SO much effort, love, and attention to detail into their products… The Digital Dust Highlights are no exception to this, either. These highlighters are very versatile and all three can be worn by all skin tones and also seem to work well with all skin types, be it dry, oily, sensitive, or anything in between. If you’re a highlighter addict and want to look like a glowing goddess, these are definitely worth checking out!

Warning: This post is going to go very in depth, so if you’re not interested in every single detail, you can scroll down to the photos and individual summaries/reviews.

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Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

Digital Dust Highlights are brand new and permanent to Melt’s line of makeup. They can be purchased from www.meltcosmetics.com and as of today, May 2nd, all three are in stock. Each one sells for $39 and contains 8 g / 0.28 oz of product. That’s the exact same amount of product that something like Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector contains and these only cost $1 more, so they’re a pretty average price for a high end highlighter. I actually prefer this formula over most others I’ve tried recently, so I feel like they’re a good value for this level of quality. These are all paraben free, vegan, and most importantly cruelty-free! ❤

If you’d like to peep more photos of these, you can check out the Instagram accounts for @meltcosmetics, @danabomar, and @lora_arellano.

I’m also going to try to get a look up using these this week, so be sure to follow me on Instagram @lesley_makeup. If you want to stay up to date with new products I’ll be testing and reviewing, or even just chat with me you can also follow me on twitter @lesley_makeup or add me on Snapchat, which is also lesley_makeup. I love love LOVE hearing from my readers, so don’t hesitate to hit me up!

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Clockwise from top: Gold Ore, Nova, Stargazer

The packaging for these is consistent with Melt’s other products… Each Digital Dust Highlight is contained in a beautiful matte black compact with the Melt logo on the lid in a more satin finish greige sort of color, much like the tops of their eye stacks. On the inside you’ll find a good sized mirror that’s a normal mirror… Not that cheap, flimsy, crackly looking plastic material that see in some compacts and palettes. As usual with Melt’s products, these compacts feel heavy, but not bulky and although I haven’t tested it yet, I’m sure they’ll hold up well in any makeup bag while traveling!

The product itself has “melt” imprinted beautifully in different fonts. The imprinted text matches the inner part of the box that these came in when I purchased them during the special early launch. It’s so pretty that it killed me to even swatch them! They are truly the most stunning highlighters that I have ever seen!

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The boxes these come in are absolutely beautiful as well. I’m not even sure how to describe them, they’re so different from any others. The color of each box reflects the shade of highlight that it contains and they’re made of your typical unicarton material, but it’s somewhere between metallic, mirrored and matte and has a beautiful, digitalized, pixelated sort of pattern and texture which is SO fitting since these ARE called Digital Dust Highlights! That’s part of the attention to detail I mentioned earlier that I just love. If you bought these in set during the early launch, you’ll receive them in special packaging that is matte black with “Melt Cosmetics” printed in gold on the lid… When you open the lid, you see “melt cosmetics” printed in textured, glossy text on a matte black background with “Digital Dust Highlights” in matte gold in the center. The three product boxes are tucked into matte black unicarton with the digital, pixelated texture on it… It’s some of the most beautiful packaging I have EVER seen! You’ll also receive a pretty little insert giving you more details about the product itself.

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Left to Right:   Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

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Clockwise from top left:   Stargazer, Nova, Gold Ore

Now that we’ve covered all of that, let’s get to the best part… The formula! Melt seriously killed it with the Digital Dust Highlights! It’s a powder, maybe a gel-powder? (I’m not positive, but I’ll ask. Or if you’re reading this Dana or Lora, holla and let me know!)… Anyway, it feels like a hybrid between a powder, gel, cream, and then once you apply it, it melts onto your skin almost like a liquid. I know that sounds crazy, but that’s what makes this formula usable for anyone, no matter what your skin type may be. Because it’s not dry, it works well on dry skin and looks glowy without being powdery. Also because it’s not creamy, it works on oily skin and won’t slip around and become patchy. Digital Dust Highlights are highly pigmented too, so you don’t have to apply a ton of product to get a gorgeous glow. They’re also easily blendable so even though they have a ton of pigment, you can apply them lightly for a more subtle highlight. This formula is VERY versatile and can be used damp or dry, which I’ll go into more detail about in the application techniques listed below the individual descriptions and summaries. No matter how you wear these, they’ll last all day! Melt claims a 12 hour wear time and damp or dry, I got at least that!

The Digital Dust Highlights are absolutely gleaming, but unlike a lot of highlighters out there, they don’t contain straight up shimmery/glittery particles. I prefer that, personally, because it gives it a softer sort of glow. I have to be in the mood for glitter, especially on my face, so I find these to be usable even for a really basic, day to day look. Like I mentioned, they can also be used wet, so if you want a full blown metallic shine you can achieve that as well!

I know another thing I’ve brought up in the past with other highlighters and glowy/shimmery products is whether or not they irritate my skin since it’s super sensitive and I seem to get a rash every time I try a new highlighter… The good news is that these do NOT make my skin react at all! I’m pretty excited about that since the only other two I can use any more are Becca’s and Jeffree Star’s. Speaking of other highlighters, the formula for these reminds me of MAC’s Extra Dimension Skinfinishes or Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators, but Melt’s Digital Dust Highlights are much smoother and less powdery than both of those. They’re also more pigmented.

Now that I’ve flooded your brain with anything and everything about these babies, I give you Stargazer, Gold Ore, and Nova!

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Clockwise from top:   Gold Ore, Nova, Stargazer

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Left to Right:   Stargazer, Gold Ore, Nova

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Photo taken outdoors using natural, direct sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken outdoors using natural, direct sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using natural, diffused sunlight. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Photo taken indoors using studio lighting. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin,

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Photo taken indoors using studio lighting. Digital Dust Highlights swatched on NC20 skin.

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Stargazer

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Stargazer

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Stargazer

Stargazer:   Melt describes Stargazer as a “soft nude champagne starry hue”… It’s a very glowy, but not glittery, light champagne color that can pull more golden or more pink, depending on your skin tone. It also looks different in different lighting. In natural light it looks more pinky like it does on the website, but in indirect sunlight or in studio lighting, it seems to pick up more neutral nude to golden tones. Either way, it’s gorgeous and since it will adapt to different lighting and skin tones, it will be flattering no matter what other products you pair this with! The texture feels extra smooth, going on and blending out with no effort at all. Stargazer makes for the perfect more “natural” highlight on fair to light-medium skin, but can be worn by anyone since it’s buildable so you can get whatever kind of color payoff or coverage that you want. I’ll go over the variations in intensity in the application section below, but for the most part, the color payoff looks just like it does in the pan, while the coverage can be anything from a barely-there glow all the way to true metallic sort of opacity. I got about 14 hours of wear with Stargazer before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   Stargazer is a little darker and more pink (on my skin, anyway) than MAC’s Extra Dimension Highlighter in Double Gleam. Compared to MAC’s Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish, the color is close but Stargazer is much more pigmented and less shimmery/glittery. Stargazer is also more pink than Becca’s Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, less peachy/more pink than Champagne Pop, and lighter than Opal. It’s also more peachy/nude and very slightly darker than Jeffree Star x Manny MUA’s Skin Frost in Eclipse. The color of Stargazer is similar to Forever Young, found in the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit, but Forever Young has a lot more micro-shimmer. Moonstone, from the Sun Dipped ABH Glow Kit is close but less nude and lighter. Crushed Pearl, from ABH’s Gleam Glow Kit is also pretty similar, but is lighter and more icy.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

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Gold Ore

Gold Ore:   This one is described as a ” pure warm sunlight tone” and is a medium, warm golden shade with an intense amount of gleam. Even though this is pretty warm toned, it will still work for you no matter what your skin’s natural undertone is. I tried this even before I spray tanned this week when I was about a NC15 in MAC terms, and used lightly, it still looked very natural on me. Now that I am spray tanning and am about NC25 to C4, I feel like this is going to become my every day highlight, even on my natural makeup days. I honestly think that anyone from fair to deep can use this for a natural glow without it appearing too light or too pigmented. The texture of Gold Ore felt a little more dry than Stargazer, but it still has the gel-powder feel to it and glides on with ease. Color payoff looks the same on the skin as it does in the pan and you can get anything from sheer to opaque coverage, depending on how it’s applied. Wear time with this highlight was about 13 hours before I had any problems with fading and even then, it didn’t become patchy at all.

Dupes:   Of course the first dupe I though of is MAC’s cult classic Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt. Compared to one another, Whisper of Gilt is less pigmented and very, very slightly darker and more peachy-gold. Gold Ore is similar to Becca’s Champagne Pop Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector, but less peachy and more of a true gold. Swatched next to Jeffree Star’s Skin Frost in Siberian Gold, Gold Ore is less glittery and a bit darker. From the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit, Butterscotch is similar in texture and finish, but much more yellow based. Summer, from the Sun Dipped Glow Kit, is lighter and more nude. Dripping in Gold, from ABH’s That Glow Glow Kit is lighter and more pinky-peach toned. The closest dupe that I found was the Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Illuminator, but it’s a little lighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Nova

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Nova

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Nova

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Nova

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Nova

Nova:   Nova is described as “warmest medium tone which universally compliments any skin tone” and as you’ll see on Melt’s website as well as on the label for Nova, it also doubles as a bronzer! It’s a medium to medium-dark (depending on your own complexion), very warm, golden bronze color with a hint of coppery undertones and a slightly softer sheen than Gold Ore. While at first glance, this color may seem intimidating to you fair skinned beauties but it actually works on everyone! When I got these and was still NC15, I lightly dusted this over my bronzer to add a healthy glow and it looked beautiful! I can also use this layered over bronzer or blush when I’m a tan, MAC C4, and I imagine this would make the perfect highlight for medium dark to deep skin tones. This Digital Dust Highlight feels more buttery than Gold Ore, but still not as smooth as Stargazer. When swatched, Nova seemed on the dry side but it didn’t feel like that at all when applied with a brush. Color payoff is true to pan color, but can be made less intense if applied with a fluffy brush and a light hand. As far as coverage goes, like the other two, you can apply this to be very sheer all the way up to fully opaque and metallic (it looks like a brand new penny when applied damp). I got a full 12 hours of wear time with Nova before any fading occurred.

Dupes:   MAC’s Cheeky Bronze Mineralize Skinfinish is deeper and has more pinky-copper tones to it. Jeffree Star’s Skin Frost in King Tut looks a little darker and more cool toned in the pan, but when applied it’s actually lighter! 143 from the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is a little lighter and more peachy. Golden Bronze from the ABH That Glow Glow Kit is much more yellow-bronze based and not as warm toned. Bronzed, from the ABH Sun Dipped Glow Kit is actually very similar but not quite as pigmented. To me, Nova is the most unique out of the three Digital Dust Highlights so I think it’s worth getting, especially if you have a dark to deep skin tone and haven’t found the perfect, warm toned highlighter yet!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

If you’ve read my other highlighter reviews, the application section below is pretty much the same as always! If you haven’t seen that yet, it might be worth reading if you’d like to learn a few new tips and tricks!

Application:

As with most highlighters, Digital Dust Highlights apply best with a small-ish, preferably tapered, fluffy brush like Anastasia’s A23, Real Techniques Setting Brush (the one with the pink handle), or MAC’s 133 Brush. Morphe also has a ton of highlight brushes too so you’re sure to find one of those that you like! My favorites are the M509, M510, M500, M501, E61, Y14 and R36. Used dry, these will give you anything from a soft, subtle glow up to a much more intense highlight, depending on how much you apply and layer this product (you can even layer any of the three different colors for a more dimensional effect). Another way to get a softer, more natural highlight is to use a dry, fluffy fan brush like a MAC 184 (from MAC Pro or online), one of Morphe’s Fan Brushes like the B8, M310, G23, Y13, M497, R12, or any other soft fan brush (even craft stores sell some good ones in the art department). If you don’t have a fan brush, you can also just apply the Digital Dust Highlights with less product and a lighter hand using one of the fluffier tapered brushes that I mentioned.

If you want that mega glowing, almost metallic effect, you can spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray AFTER swiping your brush through the highlighter and picking up a good amount of product… If you spray your brush first, your brush may be too damp and you can end up with that hard, virtually impenetrable buildup on your highlighter that will make it very difficult to use later on. That’s not something unique to Digital Dust Highlights, though… It will happen with any type of powder that you swipe a wet brush over. Anyway, used damp, this will look even more dramatic and glam than it does when applied dry! The versatility with these is one of the qualities I love most, especially as a makeup artist who needs good multitaskers in my kit.

As with any shimmery or glowy product, these are not great for extremely oily areas of the face, but that applies to ANY highlighter! I must say though, I think that because this formula is pretty darn special, these held up well even on my nose, which tends to be one of the shiniest areas of my face. You’ll basically just want to avoid any areas that get slick and shiny quickly if you have a very oily skin type. It will emphasize the bad kind of shine and not wear as well as it does on a less oily part of the face like the tops of the cheekbones. Also, if you have very large pores or serious amounts of texture, highlighters will emphasize that sort of thing. Just be sure to keep it away from those type of areas and you won’t look like you’re melting (really bad pun intended).

Pro Tip & Uses: 

You can use the Digital Dust Highlights in so many ways! If you need that perfect inner corner highlight for your peepers, you can apply these with a small brush like a MAC 219, Morphe R41, E36, M574, or a Real Techniques Detailer Brush (gold handle) or Accent Brush (purple handle). If you’re wearing this on your lid, it will apply more highly pigmented and bold if you use your finger to tap it on, which is stunning with a halo eye! Otherwise I like to use a flat shader brush like a MAC 239 or Morphe M124 or E32 for the lid and brow bone areas for a dry application, or a MAC 242 or Morphe E10 for a damp application. As I mentioned, you can layer this product, whether it’s with the other Digital Dust Highlights or any other highlighter, or even over a blush or bronzer if you need a little extra sheen. (I don’t recommend this on the apple of the cheek if you’re very oily or have large pores in that area, though).

Using a fluffier brush like a MAC 224 or Morphe M505 or M510 (they have a million fluffy shadow brushes to choose from) or even one of the larger highlighter brushes I mentioned, you can also swipe this down the bridge of the nose and onto the tip. Because the unique, long-wearing formula, these hold up well even in those areas! A little bit on the cupid’s bow will give you a glowy, look that can make your lips appear fuller.

Now I haven’t verified that these are officially lip-safe, but I will into that for you… If they are, you can also apply this to the very center of the lip, focusing on your bottom lip, after putting on your lipstick/balm/whatever. For this technique, I like to use a small brush (fluffy or dense, depending on the intensity you desire) or my finger so I have a lot of control and don’t apply too much. You can even go for a full metallic lip and just slather these all over.

These are truly a great do-it-all type of highlighter. You can also use these on the body if you want, which is perfect for achieving a stunning glow for summer time! They won’t wear as well all over the body, but they do hold up when applied to the shoulders/chest/boobies (adding a highlight to the upper part of your breasts can make them look fuller).

And with that, my job is done here! I know this was a lengthy review, so if you read the whole thing, you deserve a gold star or a cookie or something. As always, thank you SO much for reading and if you have any tips or thoughts, please leave them below in the comments section!

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

 

 

Okay so I know these are sort of old news, BUT they’re some of my absolute favorite lipsticks and have been for a while now, so I figured why not post them?!

As you all probably know, I’m a big fan of Melt! I love their formulas, whether it be for lips or eyes. The company is also cruelty-free and all of the lipsticks in this collection are vegan, which I know is a plus for many people! The formula for all four of these lipsticks is the classic Ultra-Matte, as opposed to their Matte formula found with the Prime Rose collection (I’ll be posting it soon!), or their iridescent formula. All of the lipsticks in the Nood collection are very wearable for most skin tones. The only exception is the lightest, Sext, which may be difficult for deeper skin tones to pull off, but that’s where lip pencils come in so you can make it work!

*Note* I am not sponsored by anyone and didn’t get any type of payment or compensation to do this review. All products mentioned have been purchased out of pocket.

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Sext – Nood – Laced – Catsuit

These are no longer available in a package deal, but you can still get the all individually for $19 each on www.meltcosmetics.com. They each contain 3.2g / 0.11oz of product, which comes out to be $5.94 per gram. This is very comparable to MAC’s pricing at $17 per lipstick / $5.67 per gram, so don’t let Melt’s overall higher price scare you off… They’re worth it, I promise! Also, Melt has sales and special offers from time to time, so be sure to sign up for their emails!

This collection is consistent with Melt’s other lipsticks. The wear time and pigmentation is just as great as anything else they’ve ever release. I’ll go into more detail in the individual reviews, so keep reading!

PRO TIP: Since these are all VERY matte, you MUST make sure your lips are not dry and chapped before applying these lipsticks! Make sure to exfoliate your lips regularly to get rid of any rough or peeling areas, especially during this dry time of year. I also recommend using a lip balm a little while before doing your lips, but wiping off whatever is left right before applying your lipstick… That way, there’s no shine underneath so it will be matte! You can also use a silicone based primer like MAC’s Prep + Prime lip if you like, which will fill in any lines, smooth out dry patches, and even extend the wear time.

Please forgive me if some of the pics have slightly different lighting. I had to redo some of the photos on different days.

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Sext – Nood – Laced – Catsuit

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Swatch photo taken outside in indirect natural light. Lipsticks swatches on NC20 skin.

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Sext

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Sext

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Sext

Sext:   This is the lightest of the lipsticks in this collection and is a slightly warm, peachy (almost peachy-pink) toned nude with a completely matte finish. The texture is smooth and applies evenly with little effort. The color payoff is great, but it may look a little pinker once applied (like in the photo above), due to your natural lip color. That’s actually a good thing when wearing this light of a nude, though, so it doesn’t end up looking too drastic or chalky. Coverage is great as well, but you may have to swipe the lipstick back and forth a few times to get full opacity. Wear time is about 7, give or take a little if you’re eating and drinking. It mostly begins to fade just in the center of the lip after about 3-4 hours, so it makes for easy touchups. Layering this over a liner will maximize the wear time, and will also make it more wearable for medium-dark to deeper skin tones, since you can layer and blend to create a darker nude!

Liners:   My top picks are Naked Liner (true neutral, very light nude), In Synch (light, more pinkish nude), Rosy Rim (light-medium, pinky nude), Boldly Bare (light-medium, peachy nude) or Subculture (light-medium, true nude). If you have a medium dark to deeper skin tone and want to use this lipstick with a liner to create an ombre look, I suggest Spice, Auburn, or Hover, all of which have warmer undertones. You could even do Cork or Chestnut for a cooler undertone if you blend them enough. All of these are part of MAC’s permanent line of Lip Pencils.

If you’re looking for a longer wearing liner, these MAC Pro Longer Lip Pencils are great options and all are permanent: Oh Honey! (light, peachy nude), Etcetera (medium nude with a neutral to warm brown undertone), Cultured (medium, warm toned, pinky-peach nude) or Nice ‘N’ Spicy (medium-dark, warm nude).

Dupes:   Myth is close, but is less pink and has a Satin finish rather than Matte. Creme Cup  has a similar color, but is darker and has a Cremesheen finish, meaning it has a bit of a shine to it. Japanese Maple is another Cremesheen that’s close, but is also darker and more peachy. All of these are permanent lipsticks from MAC.

There is one limited edition lipstick from MAC’s Vibe Tribe collection that’s close and is called Arrowhead, but it’s more of a true nude and less pinky toned than Sext is. It is a Matte, though, so the finish is right.

Milk Shake from Anastasia Beverly Hills is actually the closest match I found for both color and finish, but it’s a liquid lipstick.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Nood

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Nood

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Nood

Nood:   Nood is just a step up from Sext and is a light, warm, peachy toned nude with a very matte finish. It shares the typical creamy texture with the rest of Melt’s lipsticks. Color payoff looks pretty true to the color it is in the tube, so you don’t have to use much product. Coverage is good and even, but as you can see, this one didn’t stick quite as much in the center of my lips, but that’s an easy fix by gently rubbing it around with your finger. Like Sext, this lipstick wore for about 7 hours, only showing some signs of fading in the center after around 3 hours. You’ll get a longer wear time with a liner and also like Sext, you can make this a little darker or more of an ombre-nude look if you have a deeper skin tone and find it difficult to wear nudes this light on their own.

Liners:   Subculture is a near perfect match. Some other good ones are Boldly Bare (light-medium, peachy nude), Whirl (medium, dusty rose, but works well with nudes), Spice (medium, warm brownish nude), or Hover (medium-dark, rusty nude). To make a more ombre lip for deeper skin tones, Mahogany is beautiful (medium-dark to dark, warm mahogany). All liners mentioned are MAC’s permanent Lip Pencils.

As far as MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils go, you can try Cultured, which is almost the exact same color as Nood, something like Oh Honey! (light, peachy nude), or Nice ‘N’ Spicy (medium-dark, warm nude).

Dupes:   I was lucky to find the PERFECT dupe in both color and finish, and it’s MAC’s Honeylove! A few other Matte lipsticks from MAC that are close are Kinda Sexy (slightly darker and more peachy-pink), Yash (cooler toned, more yellow based, darker nude), and Velvet Teddy (deeper, but in the same color family).

Naked Liquid Lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills is also VERY similar in both color and it has a super matte finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Laced

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Laced

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Laced

Laced:   Laced is a medium, neutral to cool toned nude with a hint of a gray/beige undertone. It has the same ultra matte finish as the other lipsticks from this collection, and feels very rich and creamy. It may take a moment to dry down and go completely matte due to the creamier texture. The color payoff is wonderful and looks just like it does in the tube. Coverage is also great, but will begin to fade first in the center of the lips, but this is common with any lipstick, especially mattes! Wear time is about 6 hours or a little longer if used with a good liner. Since this is a medium nude, it’s more wearable for everyone! Some people may not always gravitate towards a cooler toned nude like Laced, but in my opinion, it’s very flattering on anyone I’ve seen wearing it!

Liners:   Some of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils to use with Laced are Cork (medium, slightly warm toned, brownish nude), Plum (medium, cool plum), Stone (medium-dark, grayish-beige), or Chestnut (medium-dark, neutral to cool toned brown). You could even pop on something like Nightmoth (deep, wine/plum) to create a beautiful ombre look.

If you prefer one of MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, you can use Etcetera (medium nude with a neutral to warm brown undertone) if you’d like to warm up the color a bit, or even Bittersweet (deep, rich brown), to darken the look.

Dupes:   This was a tricky one to find a good dupe for, but here are a few from MAC’s permanent lineup of Matte lipsticks: Stone (darker, more cool toned and gray) or Really Me (pinker, lighter, but could be mixed with Stone for a similar look to Laced).

The closest dupe from MAC I found is unfortunately limited edition and has been discontinued for a while, but it’s called Styled in Sepia. It has a slightly warmer, more yellow tinted brown undertone, but it’s very similar!

Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 4

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Catsuit

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Catsuit

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Catsuit

Catsuit:   This is the darkest of the lipsticks in this collection and is probably my favorite. Catsuit is a dark, warm brown with a rich, almost wine stained undertone, so it works well with all skin tones just as long as you’re a sucker for a dark lip like I am! The texture is similar to Laced and has a creamier type of feeling to it. Also like Laced it does take a minute to dry down to a true ultra-matte finish. Color payoff looks just like it does in the tube, though it can lean a little warmer or cooler depending on your natural lip color. Coverage is full and opaque without having to use much product. Wear time is about 6 hours, with the first signs of fading being in the center of the lip after 3 hours or so. With a good liner, you may get a little extra time before any fading occurs.

Liners:   A couple of great Lip Pencils from MAC to use with this lipstick are Burgundy (true deep burgundy) if you want it to lean more red, Vino (deep wine) if you want to add a bit of a wine-stained tone, Cyber World (deep, cool toned smoked purple) or Nightmoth (deep, slightly warm toned blackened plum). None of the previously mentioned liners are super close to Catsuit, but they compliment it very well. You can also use Chestnut if you want a more neutral liner.

My absolute favorite liner to use with this lipstick is Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil from MAC, since it’s more of a deep, true brown.

Dupes:   Out of any lipstick I’ve found to be a near perfect dupe for Catsuit, it’s Antique Velvet from MAC, which is Matte and has the same undertone, but can be slightly more pigmented and deeper. It looks pretty much the same as Catsuit if you apply it lightly, though! It’s also a permanent color, so it won’t disappear anytime soon.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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!

 

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!

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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!

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