Swatchmas Day 17: My Top 5 Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipsticks

On the seventeenth day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite Velvet Liquid Lipsticks from Kylie Cosmetics! Like my Top 5 Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipsticks I posted earlier in Swatchmas, I feel like this formula has gotten a little better since it was first launched. It’s a very pigmented formula that’s thin, but not watery, so it’s easy to apply without having to layer it, preventing it from getting too goopy or sticky. Since these are velvets, they have a softer, creamier appearance than the matte formula liquid lipsticks do, and they don’t wear quite so long as the mattes, but they still wear well for many hours.

Some of these are available in lip kits (Posie K, Charm, and Kylie), that include a matching liner, along with the liquid lipstick itself. The lip kits are a good value at $27 for a Velvet Liquid Lipstick that contains 3 g / 0.11 oz of product and a liner that contains 1 g / 0.3 oz of product. Some of these are also available as singles (Boy Bye, Posie K, Basic, and Charm), which sell for $16 each and contain the same 3 g / 0.11 oz of product as the liquid lipsticks in the lip kits do. All of these are available directly from the Kylie Cosmetics website. Basic, Boy Bye, and Charm singles are available from both Ulta stores and the Ulta website.

The Velvet Liquid Lipsticks featured in this post are:

  • Boy Bye:   Pinky mauve
  • Posie K:   Cool mid-tone berry
  • Basic:   Midtone taupe
  • Charm:   Dusty pink rose
  • Kylie:   Soft dusty nude

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

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 16: KKW Beauty Classic Eyeshadow Palette

On the sixteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you the Classic Eyeshadow palette from KKW Beauty. This 10 pan palette is a really nice, neutral eyeshadow palette with warm, cool, and neutral tones, along with mattes and shimmers. It would work for a wide range of skintones and ages, making it a great gift for the holidays, even if it’s a gift for yourself!

Since KKW Beauty is now sold at Ulta, you can purchase this at Ulta stores (or most of them, I believe), as well as directly from www.kkwbeauty.com. However, it’s not available on the Ulta website just yet. This palette sells for $45 and contains 1.7 g / 0.06 oz of product per pan, so that adds up to a total of 17 g / 0.6 oz of product for the whole palette. KKW Beauty is a cruelty-free company.

The eyeshadows featured in this palette are:

  • Saint:   Metallic champagne
  • Florence:   Matte yellow brown
  • Selfish:   Matte terracotta
  • Calabasas:   Matte light brown
  • Chicago:   Metallic bronze
  • Fade:   Matte creamy beige
  • Dash:   Matte warm taupe
  • North:   Metallic copper
  • Family:   Matte red brown
  • Gemini:   Matte deep brown

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This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 15: Melt Cosmetics Metal Gloss Lipglosses

On the fifteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you all eight of Melt Cosmetics’ Metal Lip Glosses. These are super pigmented, metallic finish lip glosses that apply easily and evenly, wear well and don’t feel overly sticky or heavy.

Each gloss contains 6.5 g / 0.3 oz of product and sell for $16 each or $99 for the set of eight. If you’d like to get these, they can be purchased directly from the Melt Cosmetics website. Melt is a cruelty-free company.

The eight Metal Glosses featured in this post are:

  • Overkill:   Regal purple with magenta pearl
  • Amulet:   Garnet hued, deep purpley-pink
  • Lurk:   Hot pink with fuchsia sheen
  • Seance:   Rosy mauve with pink flecks
  • Trance:   Red wine
  • Evoke:   Chocolate bronze
  • 1942:   Golden agave
  • Deviant:   Orange with peach sparkle

Note:   I forgot to get a shot of the glosses themselves lined up, and I’m currently out of town, so I’m sorry I can’t add that to the post! I’ll try to when I get back home, though.

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These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 14: Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Nude Light Eyeshadow Palette

On the fourteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you the brand new, Nude Obsessions Nude Light Eyeshadow palette from Huda Beauty! I’ve always loved the Obsessions palettes from this brand because they’re typically very high quality, plus it makes creating a look so much easier when you have 9 pans of shadows that all work together!

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The Nude Obsessions palettes are a good value at $29 and contains 9.9 g / 0.35 oz of product. You can purchase this palette directly from the Huda Beauty website, or from Sephora stores, Sephora in JCPenney, or the Sephora website. Huda Beauty is a cruelty-free brand.

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This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 13: My Top 5 Holiday Red Lips

On the thirteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite red lips for the holidays, or for anytime, really! These are all bold, bright reds that will really make your look stand out in the best kind of way. There are both liquid lipsticks and typical bullet lipsticks in this post, and from several different brands, so there’s bound to be a little something for everyone.

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1)   MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick: 

This bullet style, creamy matte, blue based red lipstick is the first shade of Viva Glam lipsticks that MAC ever created, and every penny of the $18.50 this lipstick costs goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund. It contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product, just like MAC’s other lipsticks, and can be purchased at any MAC counter (including the ones in Ulta stores), MAC freestanding store, online from MAC’s website, or online from most stores that sell MAC products.

2)   TIME Los Angeles Crimson Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick: 

This gorgeous, deep vampy red liquid lipstick has a very lightweight consistency that dries down completely matte. It’s comfortable to wear and wears for a long time, too! TIME’s Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks contain 6.3 g / 0.22 fl. oz of product and sell for $16 individually, or you can get this liquid lipstick in their Festive Bundle (which is perfect for Fall/Winter) with 5 other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks for only $60. You can get Crimson directly from www.shoptimela.com. TIME Los Angeles is a cruelty-free company.

3) Anastasia Beverly Hilly Ruby Matte Lipstick: 

Ruby is a true red, comfortable matte formula, bullet style lipstick that’s creamy to apply but dries down to a somewhat long wearing, soft matte texture. ABH’s Matte Lipsticks contain 3.5 g / .12 oz of product and sell for $18 from the ABH Website, Ulta, Sephora, and several other major retailers. Anastasia Beverly Hills is a cruelty-free brand.

4) Melt Cosmetics Immoral Liquid Set Lipstick:

Melt’s liquid lipstick formula is thin, but not watery, and it’s incredibly pigmented so a little bit goes a long way. It applies easily, then sets down to a long wearing, matte finish. Immoral is a bright red that’s perfect for a classic, but bold holiday look. This liquid lipstick contains 3.12 ml / 0.106 oz of product and sells for $19 from the Melt Cosmetics website. Melt is a cruelty-free brand and Immoral is vegan.

5) MAC Russian Red Lipstick:

Russian Red is one of MAC’s best selling red lipsticks ever, and for a good reason! It’s flattering on absolutely everyone since it’s a blue based red, and is a little brighter than Viva Glam I. However, like Viva Glam I, it has the same matte finish with a creamy, long wearing formula. This lipstick contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product and sells for $18.50 from MAC counters (including the ones inside Ulta stores), MAC freestanding stores, online from MAC’s website, or online from most stores that sell MAC products.

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

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 12: TIME Los Angeles Luxe Liquid Eye Shimmers

On the twelfth day of Swatchmas, I give you the four brand new Luxe Liquid Eye Shimmers from one of my absolute favorite brands, TIME Los Angeles. These are perfect for adding a shimmery something to any look. Since all four colors are neutrals for the most part, they can be used with a variety of eye looks and regular eye shadows.

You can get these directly from the TIME Los Angeles website for $20 each. They each contain 3 ml / 0.1 fl. oz of product, but since they’re absolutely loaded with beautiful, luxe sparkles, a little bit goes a long way! TIME Los Angeles is a cruelty-free company and all four of these liquid eye shadows are vegan.

The Luxe Liquid Eye Shimmers featured in this post are:

  • Pyrite:   Bronze gold shimmer
  • Starlight:   White gold shimmer
  • Champagne:   Champagne gold shimmer
  • Rosé :   Rose gold shimmer

 

 

 

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These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 11: My Top 5 Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks

On the eleventh day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks from Fenty Beauty by Rihanna! This formula is so creamy so it doesn’t dry out the lips, which is great, especially this time of year if you live in a colder, drier climate. They’re all very highly pigmented, comfortable and easy to apply and wear, and they have a soft, natural matte finish. As you can see from the photo below, some of these look almost new, but it’s because I’ve repurchased them or these are the backup lipsticks that I typically keep in my bag.

All of these lipsticks are permanent colors and are available directly from the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna website, or from Sephora’s website, Sephora stores, or Sephora inside JCPenney. Each one sells for $18 and contains 1.7 g / 0.06 oz of product. Fenty Beauty is a cruelty-free brand.

The Mattemoiselle Plush Matte lipsticks featured in this post are:

  • Spanked:   Dusty rose
  • Griselda:   Bold burgundy
  • Ma’Damn:   Royal red
  • Flamingo Acid:   Bright berry
  • Candy Venom:   Electric pink
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Left to Right:   Spanked, Griselda, Ma’Damn, Flamingo Acid, Candy Venom
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Photo taken outside using natural, direct sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 10: Melt Cosmetics Impulsive Eyeshadow Palette

On the tenth day of Swatchmas, I give you the Impulsive palette from Melt Cosmetics! This high quality palette contains a total of 18 eyeshadows/pressed pigments that range from matte to shimmery and even metallic. To make this even more usable, it also has a variety of bright, bold colors in addition to some staple neutrals. You can create a bazillion different looks with Impulsive, so I feel like this would make a really fun gift for anyone who loves makeup, including yourself!

The Impulsive palette sells directly from Melt’s website, or from Sephora (both in store and online), for $65 and contains a total of 20.240 g / .714 oz product. Melt Cosmetics is a cruelty-free company and most of the eyeshadows/pressed pigments in this palette ARE vegan, except for Bold and Boss Lady.

NOTE: I admit that some of these did not swatch very well on bare skin with no primer underneath them, but wearing a primer underneath these helps tremendously! You especially want to use a primer with the pressed pigment Go Getter, since it’s technically not FDA approved for use in the immediate eye area. In most cases (in my own personal experience), that means it may cause mild staining and some irritation if you’re sensitive to certain pigments, but using a primer underneath that color has prevented that (for me, anyway).

The pressed pigments/eyeshadows featured in the Impulsive palette are:

  • 2012:   Matte honey yellow
  • Rule Breaker:   Matte rusted orange
  • Go Getter:   Metallic vermillion with a pink shift
  • Dream Big:   Matte rich cinnamon
  • CEO:   Metallic warm bronze with a copper reflect
  • Boss Lady:   Matte burgundy
  • Game Changer:   Matte avocado green
  • Profesh:   Matte military green
  • Bold:   Matte rusted ginger
  • Makeup Junkie:   Metallic mauve purple with a pink shift and blue glitter flecks
  • Warehouse Party:   Metallic dusty coral with gold and green glittery reflects
  • Poppin Bottles:   Metallic baby pink with a green shift
  • Shots:   Metallic lilac with with a pearly pink shift
  • Tipsy:   Indigo blue base with multicolored metallic reflects
  • Cross Faded:   Periwinkle purple with a metallic blue shift
  • No Regrets:   Pale, almost ivory-periwinkle with a metallic pink and green shift
  • Morning After:   Rich mulberry with metallic blue reflects
  • Drunk Text:   Shimmery dark charcoal with iridescent reflects

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Photo taken outdoors in natural, slightly overcast sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC15 skin.
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Photo taken outdoors in natural, slightly overcast sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

 

This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

 

Swatchmas Day 9: My Top 5 Kylie Cosmetics Lipsticks

On the ninth day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite bullet-style lipsticks from Kylie Cosmetics! There’s a mixture of both Matte and Creme formulas, but most of these are pretty neutral and would be wearable for many different people. Also, some of these look practically new, but that’s because I’ve either repurchased them or bought new ones to keep in my purse or for a backup, so that goes to show just how much I enjoy these!

All of these lipsticks sell for $17 and contain 3.5 g / 0.12 oz of product. You can get these directly from the Kylie Cosmetics website or from Ulta, both in store and from Ulta’s website. Ulta doesn’t seem to have Almost Friday, the one matte lipstick in my top 5, in stock as a single (it’s available like that on the Kylie website), but I got it in store as part of the holiday ‘Try It’ kit, which also includes an eye shadow duo, velvet liquid lipstick, lip pencil, and blush, so it’s a pretty good value at $29.40! Normally, that kit is $49, which is still a pretty good deal.

The lipsticks featured in this post are:

  • Creme Brulee:   Soft muted pink (creme)
  • Almost Friday:   Pale brick pink (matte)
  • Dulce de Leche:   Midtone toffee (creme)
  • Crush:   Soft warm pomegranate (creme)
  • Butterscotch:   Soft peach nude (creme)
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Left to Right:   Creme Brulee, Almost Friday, Dulce de Leche, Crush, and Butterscotch
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Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

 

These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

Swatchmas Day 8: Anastasia Beverly Hills x Jackie Aina Eyeshadow Palette

On the eighth day of Swatchmas, I give you the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Jackie Aina eyeshadow palette! This palette is very nice, highly pigmented, but also versatile. It has both matte and metalic/shimmery shadows, as well as neutrals and bold, bright colors that any skintone can make the most of for all types of looks.

This palette contains 11 shadows and 3 pressed pigments. Pigments and pressed pigments are technically not intended for use around the direct eye area, so I suggest using them over a primer and with some caution if you are typically irritated by certain pigments… I’ve never had any issues with any of the ones in this palette, but they can stain a bit if worn directly on the skin without a primer.

The ABH x Jackie Aina palette sells for $45 and contains 11.11 g / 0.392 oz of product. You can pick this up directly from the ABH website, Ulta, Sephora, Macy’s, and several other retailers. Anastasia Beverly Hills is a cruelty-free brand.

The eyeshadows and pressed pigments featured in this palette are:

  • Soleil:   Metallic soft peach with a gold shift
  • Supreme:   Matte rosy pink (pressed pigment)
  • Pinker:   Matte mid-tone cool plum (pressed pigment)
  • Big Wig:   Matte rich purple (pressed pigment)
  • Dwollahs:   Metallic golden olive
  • Credit:   Deep matte plum brown
  • Lituation:   Metallic deep taupe with a violet shift
  • Zamn:   Sparkling rose gold
  • Wiggalese:   Metallic cranberry red
  • Shookington:   Metallic violet with a blue shift
  • Trust Issues:   Sparkling white gold
  • Edges:   Matte deep peach
  • Sponsored:   Metallic chocolate with a teal shift
  • Ginger:   Matte caramel brown

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Photo taken outdoors natural, direct sunlight. Eyeshadows swatched on MAC NC15 skin.
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Photo taken outdoors natural, direct sunlight. Eyeshadows swatched on MAC NC15 skin.

 

This product was purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.