My Favorite Lip Products of 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! I feel like 2018 was pretty overwhelming in the makeup world with all of the new products and collections that seemingly launched every other week. I thought it would be a lot more difficult to come up with my favorites, but there were some really phenomenal products that either came out last year, or that I discovered last year, so it was actually pretty easy to create this list. There will be other 2018 favorites post, too, so check back each weekend in January for those!

I’m curious what YOUR favorites were for 2018, so leave me a comment and let me know!

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Alright enough rambling, let’s jump into these favorites!

Lip Scrub:

  • Budget:   Homemade lip scrub using sugar mixed with honey or coconut oil. This is what I typically use because I keep forgetting to restock my more expensive lip scrub, and also because I have no use for sugar now that I’m doing the whole Keto thing.
  • Boujee:   Bite Beauty Agave Lip Scrub. Available from Sephora, this lip scrub costs $18, contains 0.26 oz / 7.39 g of product, is cruelty free and contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. It’s a great lip scrub, it smells nice, has a nice flavor to it, and gently exfoliates my lips without being too rough.

 

Lip Balm:

  • Budget:   Aquaphor Lip Repair. You can pick this up from pretty much any drugstore for about $5. Each tube contains 10 ml / 0.35 oz of product and one tube lasts a pretty long time. I’m on the fence about this product because I’ve heard mixed things about their parent company’s cruelty free status, but it does work incredibly well and has rescued my lips when they were literally peeling off every day from being out in the cold, so I figured it was worth mentioning.
  • Boujee:   Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. You can pick this up from Sephora for $26. Each tube contains 15 g / 0.52 oz of product and this is available in four other colors/flavors/scents/whatever other than the original clear variety. Each color is pretty sheer, so no matter which you choose, it won’t be too bright or over the top. These are very comfortable to wear and absorb well. I actually reviewed this product in the past so you can click this link if you want to check that out. Bite Beauty is a cruelty-free company and these are natural and free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.

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Lip Primer:

  • MAC Prep + Prime Lip. This isn’t really something new to me, but it’s a tried and true lip primer that I reach for year after year. You can get it at any MAC store, counter, or online for $18.50. It contains a 1.7 g / 0.05 oz of product, but one tube lasts several months.

 

Lip Liner:

  • Budget:   NYX Slim Lip Pencils and NYX Suede Matte Lip Liners. These are amazing lip liners and only cost about $2 to $4 from the NYX website, Ulta, or pretty much any drugstore. Each pencil contains 0.03 oz to 0.04 oz of product and is cruelty free. They come in so many colors ranging from neutrals to brights so there’s something for everyone. Both formulas remind me of MAC’s Lip Pencils, but as you can see, these are much easier on your bank account.
  • Boujee:   Melt Cosmetics AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner. Each pencil sells for $17 and contains 1.20 g / 0.04 oz of product. Some shades are vegan, but all are cruelty free and Melt is a cruelty free company. The formula for these is very highly pigmented so even though they’re somewhat creamy and don’t always last as long (like, in months) as a drier formula does, you don’t have to use much product, so that makes up for it in my opinion.
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Melt Cosmetics Allday/Everyday Lip Liners in Love Note, Modest, Foxy and French Kiss
  • Honorable Mention:   MAC Lip Pencils. These are a favorite pretty much every year because they’re just great… That’s all there is to it. They’re my ride or die lip liners because I know each shade and what lipsticks they’ll work with so well. You can purchase these from MAC’s website, or at any MAC store or counter for $18 and they contain 1.45 g / 0.05 oz of product. In the US and most countries, MAC is a cruelty free company. However, in China, they allow independent agencies to test their products on animals when the government requires to do so, as does every other brand that’s sold there.

 

Lipstick:

  • Budget:   Colourpop Crème Lux Lipstick. You can get these lipsticks from the Colourpop website as well as Ulta (not sure if they’re available in store but they do sell some shades online). They sell for $7, contain 3.5 g / 0.12 oz of product, and most, if not all shades, are vegan. Colourpop is also a cruelty free company, so that’s a major plus too. The formula for these is so buttery and smooth and oh my gosh these are PIGMENTED. I can’t really think of many creamy lipsticks, drugstore or high end, that compare.
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C’Mon Sis, Oouuuu!, and Quickie from the first Shayla x Colourpop collection
  • Boujee:   Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks. These lipsticks are available from www.meltcosmetics.com and sell for $19 each (they’re usually only $5 when they do their sales, though). Each lipstick contains 3.8 g / 0.13 oz of product and many of them are vegan. Melt is also a cruelty free company. I know I go on and on about Melt all the time, and these lipsticks aren’t a new product to me, but they’re so pigmented and wear so well that they’ll forever be a favorite. Melt started with lipsticks, all of which I purchased the week (if not the day) they came out, and they certainly do lipsticks better than just about every brand out there.
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Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks in Voyeur, Cherried, Lucretia, Shady Lady, and Pink Heels
  • Hella Boujee:   Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick. These sell for a whopping $34 each and are available directly from www.charlottetilbury.com as well as Sephora. Each tube contains 3.4 g / 0.12 oz of product and is paraben free and cruelty free. These are pricey, but the formula for these is incredibly comfortable and lightweight for a matte lipstick, so I imagine I’ll venture out and try a few more colors this year!
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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in English Beauty, Pillow Talk, Very Victoria, Bond Girl

 

Liquid Lipstick:

  • Budget:   Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick. These are available at nearly any drugstore or store like Ulta, so they’re easy to get your hands on. They sell for about $9 to $10 and contain 4.82 g / 0.17 oz of product. Maybelline is now a cruelty free company, so that’s another bonus to these liquid lipsticks. They wear forever and are really pigmented, but I will note that if you apply them too heavily, they feel pretty thick and I dunno, crunchy? after a while. I learned that the hard way and actually hated these at first but now I can’t get enough of them!
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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in the shade Ruler
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TIME Los Angeles Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick Tropical Bundle | Top to Bottom: Nuditude, Peach Mimosa, Flamango, Crystal Fizz, Bombshell, Twilight
  • Honorable Mention:   Melt Cosmetics Liquid Set Lipstick. There isn’t a huge shade range with these, but they’re pretty versatile so that makes up for it (for me, anyway). You can purchase these from www.meltcosmetics.com for $19 each (usually $10 when they have sales) and each tube contains about 0.12 oz / 3.39 ml of product, although it varies slightly from color to color. As I’ve mentioned, Melt is a cruelty free company and all shades of Liquid Set Lipstick are vegan. This is another extremely pigmented, lightweight liquid lipstick formula that’s comfortable to wear all day without being drying. It’s more thin and runny than the TIME liquid lipstick formula, but not in a bad way… It’s very easy to apply but does take a minute or so to set. Once it’s on, it’s there all day, though!
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Janice Liquid Set Lipstick + Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner

 

Lip Gloss:

  • Budget:   Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip. These awesome little glosses are available from www.colourpop.com as well as Ulta and sell for $6. Each gloss contains 3.0 g / 0.11oz of product and the finishes vary from creams to shimmer and opaque to sheer, so there’s something for everyone. These glosses have a really comfortable formula that isn’t heavy or too sticky so they’re easy to wear alone or layered on top of a lip pencil or lipstick. Colourpop is cruelty free and a great deal of their glosses are vegan.
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Shayla x Colourpop Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip
  • Boujee:   Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. These glosses are available directly from www.fentybeauty.com or Sephora and sell for $18. Each gloss contains 0.3 oz / 9 mL of product, is free from parabens and phthalates, and is also cruelty free. There are only three colors available and all are somewhat sheer and quite shimmery, but they’re all flattering on absolutely everyone. The formula is amazing… It’s not sticky, it’s hydrating, and it’s super glossy and wet looking, so it makes your lips look very plump and juicy. It also has a lovely peachy-vanilla scent that I wish was available as a fragrance or body spray!
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Fenty Glow (left), Fu$$y (bottom), and Diamond Milk (top right)
  • Honorable Mention:   TIME Los Angeles Luxe Sparkle Lip Gloss. Okay so these are only an honorable mention because they’ve only been out a very short amount of time. That means I haven’t used them nearly as much as my Fenty and Colourpop glosses, BUT that doesn’t mean that these aren’t amazing and that I’m not in love with them! You can get these from www.shoptimela.com for $16 each and each tube contains 5 g  / 0.176 fl. oz of product. They’re cruelty free and while there are only three shades available, they’d look great on anyone! All three glosses are sheer and sparkly, so they can be worn alone or on top of a lipstick or lip pencil. They have a lightweight, non-sticky formula loaded with shimmer and they actually wear for a pretty long time for a lip gloss. I really like the way these apply and look, so I’m hoping that Ashley from TIME will create some more gorgeous glosses for us in 2019!
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Aphrodite (left), Ethereal (middle/right), Aurelian (bottom)

 

 

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

Swatchmas Day 21: My Top 5 Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

On the twenty-first day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite Super Shock Shadows from Colourpop! These affordable eye shadows have a really neat, spongy texture but apply as powders. They’re very pigmented and easy to apply and blend, but the brighter reds and oranges can stain a bit. If you use these, make sure you apply a primer first!

Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadows are available from www.colourpop.com, and some are also available from Ulta (On the website, anyway. I’m not sure what they carry in store). These eye shadows sell for $5 each and contain 2.1 g / 0.074 oz of product. Colourpop is a cruelty free company and most of these Super Shock Shadows are vegan.

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The five Super Shock Shadows featured in this post are:

  • Sequin:   Rosy penny copper with multi-dimensional glitter (ultra-glitter formula | vegan)
  • Paradox:   Warm satin burgundy red (satin formula | non-vegan)
  • Cuteologist:   Burnt orange with gold glitter (ultra-glitter formula | vegan)
  • Side Kick:   Yellow orange with red, gold and pink glitter (ultra-glitter formula | vegan)
  • Paisley:   Sheer golden ivory laced with champagne and pink glitter (ultra-glitter formula | vegan)

My apologies that the products in the photo have been used but I meeeeean, I’ve had them for quite some time. They barely even look like I’ve touched them but that’s because you need so little product for amazing color payoff!

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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC12 skin.

 

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

Swatchmas Day 5: My Top 2 Colourpop Blushes

On the fifth day of Swatchmas, I give you my two absolute favorite blushes from Colourpop! I know this post isn’t THAT big and exciting, but these are two products I reach for all the time so I thought they’d be worth sharing. If you’d like to see a full review for these, let me know in the comments!

Colourpop blushes sell for $7 each and contain 6.0 g / 0.21 oz of product. You can get them from Colourpop’s website and umm, I think that’s it? I know that Ulta carries Colourpop, but I’ve never seen their blushes in store. Also, Colourpop is a cruelty-free brand and To The 10 blush is vegan, but Why, Hello… is not due to the fact that it contains the ingredient carmine.

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The two blushes featured in this post are:

  • Why, Hello…:   Soft peachy pink (matte)
  • To The 10:   Neutral warm pink (matte)
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Why, Hello…   &   To The 10
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Photo taken outdoors using natural, indirect sunlight. Blushes swatched on MAC NC10-NC15 skin.

 

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

 

Shayla x Colourpop: Perception Eye Shadow Palette

I know this post is a little late, but right about the time it restocked, I got a puppy and haven’t had a much time to work on the blog and write since then! Every item in the collection is currently in stock, so you can get your hands on this palette, as well as everything else. If you want to see the reviews for the rest of the collection, just click the links below:

Shayla x Colourpop: Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip

Shayla x Colourpop: C’Mon Sis, Oouuuu!, and Quickie Lux Lipsticks

Shayla x Colourpop: Boomin’ and Pose Luster Dust Loose Highlighters

The Perception palette is on par with all of the other eye shadow palettes from Colourpop as far as quality goes, and contains a wide variety of colors, so you can do a natural look, smoky eye, or even something with a bright pop of color. I feel like these things would make this palette appealing to everyone, and also suitable for all ages and skin tones, since none of the shadows are too bright, too cool, too warm, too sparkly… You get the idea. I’m pretty sure I could come up with a new look every day for the next few months at least, using the Perception palette. Because there’s such a big variation of color with these shadows, I also feel like it’s challenged me to step out of my comfort zone of warm neutrals, so that’s always fun, and if you’re just getting into makeup, you will learn so much by getting a palette like this that you can really play around with!

I’ll get into more detail about each shade in the individual rundowns below, so keep scrolling if you’d like to see those reviews!

Also, if you want to keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, my name is lesley_makeup on all three platforms. I love hearing from you guys and I always use those to post updates about when I’m making blog posts and what I’m testing out or loving lately!

Note:   If some of the photos look like they were taken in different lighting, or if some were taken AFTER I started using the palette, I’m so sorry! My camera battery officially died while I was in the middle of shooting this collection, so I had to go back and redo some photos so they would all be as accurate as possible and represent the colors of the shadows properly.

Also, ALL shadows are tested over a primer, so keep that in mind when reading the reviews.

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Photo taken indoors using a ring light/studio lighting.

The Shayla x Colourpop Perception eye shadow palette can be purchased on www.colourpop.com. It sells for $23 by itself, or you can get then entire collection for only $59 as a kit, which includes this palette, both Luster Dust Loose Highlighters, all three Lux Lipsticks, and the Ultra Glossy Lip. As you can see, this palette has a whopping 16 shadows, each of which contain 1.1g / 0.039oz of product, for a total product weight of 17.6g / 0.624oz (as shown on the packaging… On the website it says it contains 16 x 1.0g / 0.035oz per shadow for a total of 16g / 0.56oz). That’s actually a teeeeeny bit larger than the shadows contained in other Colourpop palettes, plus this palette is WAY cheaper than most other brands, so I consider this a steal as well as a must-have!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company, and this particular product is mostly vegan. ❤ I say “mostly” because a few of the shadows do contain Carmine, but according to the website, it’s only found in Shade, Revenge, and September. For a full listing of ingredients, you can check out the link above to their website.

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The box for this palette features the matte black, purple, and rose gold colors as seen with the rest of the collection, and it has a drip design. It also features the names of each color on the back, just like the palette itself does.

The packaging for the palette also features the matte black with purple and metallic rose gold accents, with the splatter pattern you see on the packaging of the rest of this collection. It also shows the names of the colors on the back, even though they’re also printed below the shadows themselves.

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The formula for these shadows is amazing! The pigmentation, coverage, and selection of colors makes this palette a must-have to me, and I feel like it’s perfect for anyone, really. Especially if you’re tired of digging for palettes or having to use more than one for a makeup look. The Perception palette contains everything you need!

I’ll get into more details about each shadow in the individual rundowns below, so keep scrolling down to see those!

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Unbothered:   This shadow is described as a “metallic ivory with a peachy flip”. It’s a light ivory with warm, almost yellow/champagne undertones and a finish that’s a soft type of metallic… Kind of like somewhere between a satin and a frost. It’s a great color for a highlight on the inner corner or brow bone, but it also works as a light lid color.

The formula for Unbothered felt smooth, but not as buttery as I would have imagined from something that’s supposed to be metallic. It felt a little powdery at times too, but not dry… That seems to depend on what brush I’m using to apply it, though. Color payoff looks nearly the same as it does in the palette once it’s applied, but because everyone has different skintones and undertones, this can look warmer/cooler, or lighter/darker, depending on who is wearing it. Coverage is easily made fully opaque if you apply this to the lid using a dense, flat brush or even your finger, but you can also sheer it out by dusting it on with a fluffier brush (like as a brow highlight). As far as wear time goes, I always apply my shadows on top of a primer like a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot, so I got about 10 hours of wear on the lid before I noticed any fading.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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I rephotographed this shadow after using it because I thought it showed the true color better, as well as the texture of the shadow.

TF:   TF is a “metallic true gold” with a true metallic/frosted finish. You can apply this shadow dry or damp, but it will be MOST metallic if applied damp. It’s a medium, very bright gold with warm undertones and like I said, a very metallic finish. This makes the perfect lid color when used with pretty much any other shadow in the Perception palette!

The texture of TF is nice and smooth and applies well with a flat brush, but as you can see above, it does have some little bitty particles to it, which add to the metallic-ness. Color payoff looks just like it does in the palette, and because the finish and type of shadow this is, that should apply to everyone who wears it. It’s fully opaque using VERY little product, especially when applied damp or with your finger. Wear time was around 8 hours before any fading occurred, and that was just on the area closest to the crease (I wore this color on my lid).

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photographed straight on, using a ring light.
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Photographed at a slight angle, using natural sunlight, so you can see the colors of the reflect particles.

Titus:   Titus is a “metallic gunmetal” with a satin to frosted/metallic finish, depending on how you apply it. Like the previous two shadows, you can use dry or damp application. Titus is a medium-dark to dark gunmetal color, with cooler blue undertones, but it can actually show up more brown/blue on different people, in different lighting, and with different application techniques. It also has gorgeous, multi-dimensional, pink, teal, and silver reflects so it was quite hard to capture in a photo!

Also, if you’re a follower of Shayla, you probably know why this shadow is named Titus and it may or may not make you tear up a bit… It’s the same color as her precious little French Bulldog who left this world far too soon, and I think it’s a very sweet tribute to the little guy (I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying).

The texture for this shadow is very smooth and almost creamy feeling, which makes it apply like a dream whether you pack it onto the lid for a smoky look, or buff it into the crease or outer corner to darken your shadow a bit. Even though it’s considered a metallic finish, it works and wears well in both areas. Color payoff is fantastic, but as I mentioned, it will pull warmer/cooler or more blue/brown with different lighting and on different people, which is kinda cool IMO. Coverage is perfectly opaque without having to apply much product. Wear time was about 7 to 8 hours before I noticed any fading when I wore this in my crease, and 9 to 10 hours when I wore it on the lid.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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I accidentally stabbed this shadow with my nail… Oops.

Stallion:   Stallion is a “matte black with blue glitter” and has an overall matte finish, but it does look much more shimmery than it actually is when seen in the pan/palette. Once applied, it’s exactly what Colourpop describes it as. While it’s definitely a dark, very matte black, it’s also a softer type of black which looks a little less bold due to the blue glitter, but that’s a good quality in a black shadow sometimes! It makes it less harsh and more wearable, both on the lid and in the crease.

Stallion’s texture is smooth, but a bit on the drier side since it’s matte. It still applies well, but if you don’t want any patchiness when applying it to the lid, make sure you use a dense, flat, preferably natural fiber brush and apply it over a primer that you’ve set with a powder! Color payoff is, of course, different than it looks in the pan/palette, but it’s still great for a matte black and looks gorgeous! Coverage, as I brought up, can be a little patchy but that’s really only if you use your finger (like I did to swatch), or a brush that’s too fluffy. However, I do recommend a fluffier brush for a crease application. Wear time is between 8 and 9 hours in the crease and 10 and 11 hours on the lid.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Spill the Tea:   Spill the Tea is a “metallic warm taupe” with a very frosted to metallic finish, which appears more metallic with a damp application. It’s a light-medium, warm toned, nude-taupe with pinky/champagne tones and a very reflective, metallic finish. You don’t even have to apply this damp for it to be quite metallic, but it will add a little extra somethin’ to it if you wish to use a damp application. I find that the damp application is best on the lid and inner corner, but is unnecessary on areas like the brow bone.

This shadow feels nice and buttery, but can have a very small amount of dry fallout, probably due to the super shimmery particles. That hasn’t been much of an issue for me, though, and I still use this shadow all the time. Color payoff is superb and shows up true to pan color, no matter what your skintone or undertones may be. Coverage is almost opaque with a dry application, but is best when layered, applied over a primer, or damp. I had no creasing or fading occur until well after 10 hours of wearing Spill the Tea.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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I photographed Diva after using it so I could stir up the shadow and show you all the texture.

Diva:   This shadow is described as a “metallic amber” and is a medium, coppery-gold with warm undertones and a toned down type of metallic finish that’s shinier and more reflective with a damp application or when packed on with a flat, synthetic brush or your finger. It’s a gorgeous lid color when paired up with just about any shadow combination in this palette!

Diva’s texture is smooth and almost creamy for the most part, but can feel a little powdery at times… Mostly because the shimmery particles. They cause more kickback in the palette than they do fallout, which I wanted to show you in the photo so you weren’t surprised by it! I feel like Diva is the most “fluffy” of all the shadows in this palette in that regard. It still applies easily and pretty evenly, though. The color payoff is excellent and looks just like it does in the palette… Perhaps a little darker if it’s applied damp or with a finger (since it mixes with the oils on your skin that way). Coverage is even and opaque without having to apply much shadow at all. Wear time was between 8 and 10 hours on the lid before I noticed any fading.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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The ring light picked up the golden tones in this a lot for some reason :/   The color is true in the swatch, though, and in the photo of the whole palette. Sorry about that!

I.E.:   This is described as a “metallic olive”, which is spot on! It’s a medium-dark olive color with mostly neutral to cool undertones, but as you can see in the photo of the shadow itself, it picks up more golden in some lighting. That may be because it has a hint of multicolored, multi-dimensional reflects to it. Like the other metallic shadows in this palette, you can apply I.E. damp or dry. This shadow also works well on both the lid and in the crease, since it’s a less intensely frosted type of metallic finish.

The texture of I.E. is really smooth, which makes it apply easily and evenly. Color payoff is great and looks just like it does in the pan (the photo of the whole palette is more accurate btw). Coverage is nearly opaque when quickly swiped on with your finger like in the swatch, but fully opaque when it’s properly applied with a brush. I got about 8 hours of wear when I popped this into my crease, and closer to 10 hours when I wore it on the lid.

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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14:   This shadow is described as a “metallic navy”… It’s a medium-dark, bright navy blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. I don’t feel like this is all that metallic unless it’s applied damp. It’s very pretty, though, as well as versatile. This makes for a gorgeous pop of color under the eye, a fun crease color, or a great all over lid color, but I definitely recommend wearing it over a primer. You can even wear this on top of a black cream shadow or gel/cream liner to make the blue REALLY pop!

The texture of 14 felt smooth, but also a little dry at the same time. Fortunately, that’s not  something that makes it impossible to work with, it just might take some finessing or extra blending for certain applications. Color payoff is nice, but not as bright on the eye as it looks in the palette. However, applying it over a darker base or primer fixed that. Coverage was honestly a bit patchy for me, both on the lid with a flat brush, and in the swatch. I had to layer it or apply it damp to get full opacity. The wear time for 14 was great! I didn’t notice any fading in the crease until hour 8-ish, and it lasted about 10 hours on the lid.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Strut ‘ Slay:   Strut ‘n Slay is a “metallic rosy copper”… It’s kind of the more rosy version of Diva and Spill the Tea’s lovechild, and it is a medium to medium-dark, rosy copper with warm undertones and loads of frostiness. It’s stunning as a lid color, and would make a gorgeous inner corner and brow highlight on dark to deep skin tones.

This shadow feels SO buttery and glides on like a dream! Since I just use this on my lid, I like to apply it with a dense, flat brush, preferably one make of synthetic fibers, or my finger. You can also apply it damp for a true metallic finish. The color payoff looks just like it does in the palette once it’s applied, and coverage is fully opaque, even when used dry with little product. Wear time was 11-12 hours when worn over a primer before I noticed any fading.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Culture:   Culture is a “matte soft brown” and IT IS EVERYTHING! It’s a medium, warm toned brown that is THE perfect blending/diffusing/transition color for ALL skin tones, and you can use it with any look or combination of shadows from this palette! It’s also great as just a quick, soft crease color if you’re in a hurry and have primed and powdered your lids, and just need a little something else to add dimension to your eyes.

The texture of Culture is wonderful! Even though it’s matte, it’s very soft and blends out so easily. Color payoff is the same as it looks in the pan, but of course has a softer payoff once blended out. It may also look warmer/peachier on some people… When I’m not spray tanned and am a MAC NC15 or lighter, it definitely looks warmer but I still use it every day! Coverage is fully opaque if you’re using it all over the lid, and you don’t need to apply much shadow to achieve that kind of opacity. Wear time for me was about 11 hours on the lid and actually over 12 in the crease!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Sassy wanted to be blurry AF up close because of the shift it has… I’ll get the hang of this camera soon enough, I hope.

Sassy:   Sassy is a “metallic eggplant with a teal flip”, which is really hard to tell unless you see this in person and can move the palette and see all the different colors that live inside this pretty little eye shadow. It’s a medium-dark to dark, plummy, bronze, teal with  a really gorgeous, multidimensional shift and metallic finish. It’s an absolutely stunning color all over the lid and smudged along the lower lash line. You can play with this color by applying different colors of primers/cream eye shadows underneath. If you apply a black, brown, blue, teal, purple, red, neutral… ANY different color underneath Sassy, it’s going to transform it each time. Personally, I love to use this shadow for a different twist on a smoky eye. Oh, and if you’re familiar with or a fan of MAC’s Club Eye Shadow or Blue Brown Pigment, you’ll LOVE Sassy!

Sassy felt extra buttery and smooth and applied really well for me whether I used it dry or damp, or with my finger or a brush. Color payoff and coverage are both superb using little product. This shadow is like Culture as far as wear time goes… I didn’t notice any fading on my lid until after hour 11 or 12, and no creasing or fading when worn in my crease until hour 9 or 10!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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September:   This shadow is described as a “metallic pinky violet”, which is pretty much what it is! It’s a medium to medium-dark, rosy purple of sorts, with cool undertones once it’s applied. I feel like this could pull warmer or cooler, depending on your own skintone and also what you pair this with. Like most of the other shadows in this palette, September can be applied damp or dry, and will appear the most metallic when applied damp.

The texture of this shadow is very smooth and almost creamy, so it applies very easily and evenly. Color payoff is great and it looks just about the same on the eye as it does in the palette, but like I said, it may pull warmer or cooler on some people. Coverage is full and opaque with one swipe of a brush, and wear time is excellent! On the lid, I got nearly 10 hours of wear before I noticed any fading. I haven’t tried this in the crease yet.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Photo taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Shadows swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin.

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Revenge:   Revenge is a “matte red brown” and is one of my favorite shadows in this palette! It’s a medium-dark, terracotta type of reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Warm, matte neutrals are my jam, so I was so happy to see a color like this in the Perception palette… It can be worn with pretty much any look!

Revenge feels smooth, although a bit dusty at times… I say dusty more than powdery because it’s more of a dry, potentially patchy vibe if it’s not applied over a primer, but it’s still a nice shadow that’s pretty easy to use. Color payoff is actually quite good and it looks the same on as it does in the palette. Coverage, like I said, *can* be patchy at times, but that’s really only on the lid, and if you don’t use a primer and/or flat brush to pat it on with. Wear time is awesome, and when worn in the crease, I don’t notice any fading until around 11 hours. On the lid, I haven’t seen any fading occur until about hour 9 or 10.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Thic:   Thic is described as a “matte vibrant orange”, and is a bright, medium to medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a very matte finish. While it’s a bright orange, the matte finish makes it softer looking and more wearable.

Like Revenge, Thic feels smooth but a wee bit dry… However, unlike Revenge, it doesn’t make it patchy. Color payoff is a little softer than it looks in the palette once it’s been applied, but no less bright, if that makes any sense. Coverage is almost fully opaque with one quick layer of shadow, but if you want to wear this on the lid and use a natural fiber flat brush, you can just keep gently patting it on to get full coverage. Wear time on the lid was a little over 9 hours for me before I saw any fading occur, and about 10 hours in the crease.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Played Out:   Played Out is a “matte chocolate brown” and is another one of my favorite shadows in this palette. It’s a dark, slightly reddish/almost plummy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. This color is really pretty buffed into the crease with a look using other shadows like Culture, Thic, and Revenge, or you can wear this all over the lid for a different, warm twist on a smoky eye.

Played Out feels soft and smooth, and isn’t quite as dry as Revenge and Thic are. Color payoff seems a bit darker on the skin than it is in the palette, but that’s not unusual with some matte shadows. Coverage is fully opaque without having to do any layering as long as you pat it all over the lid with a flat, dense brush (if that’s what you’re doing with this shadow, anyway). Wear time on the lid is around 8 to 9 hours before any fading occurs, and is actually longer in the crease, at around 10 to 11 hours before I noticed any fading or creasing.

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

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Shade:   Shade is a “deep matte purple with violet glitter”… It’s a dark, brownish-eggplant type of purple that has pretty warm undertones, with violet glitter that actually reflects almost golden at times. This color is stunning to use all over the lid for a smoky eye, but is also great in the crease and buffed out under the lower lash line for a little added drama.

Shade has a very nice, smooth texture that doesn’t feel all that dry, despite the matte finish. Color payoff is maybe a little lighter on the skin than it is in the palette, but not by much… It’s actually very close to how it looks in-pan. Coverage is full and opaque without having to use much shadow at all, and it’s not the least bit patchy! Wear time on the lid (over a primer, as usual) is 8 to 9 hours before it starts to fade on me, and over 10 hours in the crease.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

 

For tips and tricks on how to apply damp or dry……. I’ll be making a post about TONS of different shadows later this month! I’ll cover damp and dry application tricks, as well as my favorite brushes and setting sprays to use with them!

 

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

 

 

Shayla x Colourpop: Boomin’ and Pose Luster Dust Loose Highlighters

Time to move on to the most Boomin’ part of this collection (see what I did there?)… The highlighters! Using loose highlighters might be new to some of you, but these both perform SO well and are really easy to apply and very versatile, so you can use them for several different purposes. I feel like I’m repeating myself by saying this, but both of these highlighters work well on ANY skin tone and they also work well with the other products in this collection. I know I’ve said it in every post for the Shayla x Colourpop collab, but this is one of the most cohesive collections I’ve seen in a long time! I can only think of one or two other collections in the past two or three years that have had products in them that I reach for on a regular basis, and that I use together all the time, so props to you, Shayla and Colourpop!!

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So first off, the formulation of the Luster Dust Loose Highlighters is awesome! It’s a very, VERY finely milled type of powder that feels nearly creamy when you go to swatch it. One of the things I like most about these is that you can apply a teeeeeny little bit on a fluffier type of highlighter brush if you want a barely-there, natural type of glow, or you can use a more dense or even a dampened brush to get that mega glowy, metallic kind of highlight. You can also use these as eye shadows (I prefer the damp method on the inner corner and lid), or dust them on top of your lipstick for some glow and shimmer without having to use a gloss. I’ll give you all some more tips for applying these below, along with individual reviews, so keep scrolling down and reading!

Also, if you want to keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, my name is lesley_makeup on all three platforms. I love hearing from you guys and I always use those to give you all updates on when I’m making blog posts and to let you all know what I’m testing out or loving lately!

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Pictured: Boomin’

Both Boomin’ and Pose are still available to purchase individually from www.colourpop.com. They sell for $7 each and contain 3.1 g / 0.11 oz of product. When compared to something like the loose highlighters from Kylie Cosmetics, there’s slightly less product in the Shayla x Colourpop highlighters, but they also cost half as much. They’re also nearly a quarter of the cost of higher end loose highlighters that you can find at Sephora! As usual, you’re getting a great product from Colourpop without having to go broke!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free brand and both of the Luster Dust Loose Highlighters are vegan

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The packaging for these highlighters follows the purple/lavender and rose gold metallic theme that’s so “Shayla”. On the container itself, you even have rose gold metallic drips or splashes on the lid, as well as a rose gold metallic logo on the clear container. Inside, there’s a sifter, which is typical with most loose powder products. Here’s a little tip for you, though… When you get your highlighter and open the lid, don’t remove the sticker that’s covering the sifter holes! Instead, really press and smooth it down, then take a needle or safety pin and just poke through about a third or half of the sifter holes. That way, you won’t end up with a ton of product coming out and it’s a little easier to travel with that way, plus you won’t get surprised with a big POOF of highlighter when you open it if it gets shaken up too much!

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Highlighters swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin. Photo taken outdoors using natural, direct sunlight. On the left, the highlighters were swatched with one swipe of my finger, and on the right the highlighters were blended out.

Boomin’

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Boomin’ is described as a “peachy gold”. It is a light to medium, mostly warm toned, yellow based peachy golden color. This is wearable by anyone but because it’s the lighter, slightly cooler toned highlighter out of the two, I see most people with fair to medium skin tones reaching for this one if they’re going for a more neutral or no-makeup kind of glow. Of course, like I said, anyone can use this, but it may pull more cool toned and yellow on those of you with dark to deep skin tones. It’s honestly pretty on anyone I’ve seen wear it, which isn’t typical for lighter golden shades of highlighter like this… Most can make deeper skin tones look washed out, but Boomin’ doesn’t do that at all! I don’t know what kind of magic Shayla and Colourpop added to this highlighter, but whatever they did, it works!

The texture is very, very fine and it contains both itty bitty, finely milled glitter particles as well as an even finer type of pearl/shimmer particle. It feels nice on the skin and despite the glittery bits, which usually have a rougher, almost gritty texture in some other highlighters, Boomin’ feels super smooth! It’s actually almost creamy and very easy to blend out. When swatched or applied damp, the color looks exactly as it does in the container and is fully opaque. Applied dry, you can achieve a light glow that is buildable if you desire more pigmentation and coverage. I got well over ten hours of wear with Boomin’ and it actually looked prettier and prettier as the day went on! It just melts into the skin for a gorgeous glow, especially if you use a setting spray when you’re done applying your makeup!

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

Pose

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Pose is described as a “warm copper”. It’s a medium, warm toned, coppery rose gold that’s absolutely stunning! Like everything else in this collection, it can be worn by anyone, but will definitely add a little more color to your skin if you have a skin tone that falls between fair to light-medium… That said, I see this being the perfect summer highlighter, especially when paired with, or even lightly dusted over a bronzer, and that applies to fair to light skin along with everyone else! That’s actually how I’ve been wearing this. Most of the time I’m spray tanned and fall into the light-medium to medium skin tone range, so this is GORGEOUS if I just pop it on with a little bronzer when I’m going for a more natural, sun kissed type of look. Pose is also going to be super flattering if you have a tanned or a medium dark to deep skin tone, since more coppery/rose gold highlighters will add a more colorful glow to the face and not make you feel washed out at all.

Like Boomin’, Pose feels very buttery and blends out like a dream. If you apply it damp or pack it onto the lid using your finger, the color will look just like it does in the jar. If you’re going for a more natural glow, you can apply this dry, using a light hand and blending it out to diffuse it so it barely shows up, or you can apply it dry with more product on your brush so it adds a little more color and coverage. It’s a very buildable highlighter, so I suggest starting out with less and going from there, especially if have a fair to light skin tone and don’t want too much color right away. Also like Boomin’, I got between ten and twelve hours of wear with this highlighter, and it looked glowier and more gorgeous as the hours ticked by!

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

 

 

 

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Application Tips:   You can use the Luster Dust Loose Highlighters either damp or dry, depending on how metallic or intense you want it to look and what area of the face you’re applying it to.

For the face, a few of my favorite brushes to use are the A23 from Anastasia Beverly Hills, or the M510, R36, R31, or Y14 from Morphe… All of those brushes are fluffy, tapered highlighter brushes that you can use for a dry or damp application. You can also use any type of fan brush for a more targeted, precise application, either dry or damp.

On the eyes, any type of flat shader brush will work for the lid, but I prefer a synthetic flat brush when applying it damp, like a MAC 242 or 248, or something like the #18 Brush from ABH. When applying it to your inner corner, I also suggest a damp application so you don’t get any fallout into your tear duct area, and you can do that using any tiny little brush that fits into the corner of your eye.

When you’re doing a damp application, you’ll want to get some product in the lid (like in the photo shown above), spray your brush with your choice of setting spray, and dip it into what’s in the lid… That way you aren’t adding moisture into the rest of the container where the sifter is, which can make it all clump up, becoming difficult to use. Another option is to get the highlighter onto your brush, then spray the brush before applying it to the face or eyes.

When you’re doing a dry application, the Luster Dust Loose Highlighters are very buildable, but a little bit goes a long way! I like to start off with just a light dusting of product, then build it up or I can end up looking a liiiiittle bit too glam for a casual daytime look! Also, these highlighters will stick to any damp or tacky areas of the face (the reason behind me deducting one point in the Application category of my ratings), so you’re probably going to want to add a little powder to set your foundation and concealer first. Otherwise you might get an intense, metallic stripe wherever you try to apply this, and it can be difficult to blend out when that happens!

 

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

Shayla x Colourpop: C’Mon Sis, Oouuuu!, and Quickie Lux Lipsticks

This post is probably my favorite out of all of the ones I’m writing for this collection because I’ve become such a big fan of Colourpop’s Lux Lipsticks. I already have several of the Crème Lux Lipsticks that I wear all the time, so I was excited to see these as part of this collaboration, rather than true matte and/or liquid lipsticks. Like the rest of this collection, all three shades are versatile and wearable by anyone, plus they work with any look you can come up with using the other products in the Shayla x Colourpop collection!

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I’ll get into descriptions of each lipstick in the individual reviews below, but here’s a little blurb directly from Colourpop’s website, explaining their ingredients and why these are so great for your lips:

“This full coverage lipstick is packed full of the finest pigments to give you long wearing, true color in shades made for every skin tone. This formula glides on like butter and has a creamy matte finish. Our exclusive LUX blend of Acai, Jojoba and Pomegranate Seed butters hydrate and keep your lips looking fresh AF. Natural antioxidants protect your lips from environmental stressors and premature aging.”

I must say that Colourpop’s claims are spot on. This formula is somewhere between a matte and a satin, so it gives off a more of a creamy, natural matte kinda vibe. It glides on without ever feeling dry or drying out your lips throughout the day, it wears well, and it’s highly pigmented so a little bit goes a long way. You can also layer a sheer gloss over these lipsticks if you want some extra sheen, and Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip, also from this collection, is a great gloss to do that with! It you want to see the review for that product, click the link below:

Shayla x Colourpop: Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip

Also, if you want to keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, my name is lesley_makeup on all three platforms. I love hearing from you guys and I always use those to give you all updates on when I’m making blog posts and what I’m testing out or loving lately!

Note: The lip photos were taken with a different camera than the other photos were, and they’re not that great tbh. My camera officially died in the middle of shooting this collection so I had to make do with what I had!

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The Shayla x Colourpop Lux Lipsticks can be purchased on www.colourpop.com as a set of three for $21, or individually for $7 each. Each lipstick contains 3.5 g / 0.12 oz of product, which is a great value, especially for such a high quality lipstick. You have to consider that even a lot of cheap drug store brand lipsticks that don’t perform as well as these do can cost nearly twice as much, while even higher-end brands have lipsticks that cost nearly three times as much, but contain about the same amount of product.

Colourpop is a cruelty-free brand and all three of these lipsticks are vegan

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The packaging for these lipsticks matches the box for the Perception Palette and Luster Dust Loose Highlighters, featuring the matte black and purple colors with metallic rose gold accents. The lipstick tube itself is the same as Colourpop’s other Lux Lipsticks, featuring the star design that’s also on the lipstick bullets.

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Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin. Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct sunlight.

Without further ado, I give you the individual reviews!

C’mon Sis

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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect lighting plus the lighting from my makeup mirror.

C’Mon Sis is a “soft, pinky brown” with a creamy, natural matte finish. It’s a medium, rosy pink with some slightly warm, brownish undertones that make it very flattering on anyone… I mean any age, any skin tone, ANYONE can wear this lipstick! It’s great for daytime or nighttime and works well with many looks you can create using the Perception eye shadow palette from this collection.

The formula feels very creamy and glides onto the lips. Color payoff looks pretty much exactly how it does in the tube, but may pull a little warmer or cooler depending on your own skin tone. Coverage is fully opaque using very little product. I got about six hours of wear, only noticing some fading in the center of the lip after I had a meal. Other than that, it faded very evenly, so even towards the end of those six hours, I didn’t feel like I needed to scramble to touch up because my lipstick looked like a hot mess or anything like that!

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

Oouuuu!

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The spots on the lipstick are just air bubbles that were in the product when it was being made, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it!
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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect lighting plus the lighting from my makeup mirror… With my crappy camera since my good one died on me 🙂

Oouuuu! is described as a “warm peach”, and is a medium, warm toned, almost dreamsicle-like peachy color with a creamy, natural matte finish. I’ll be honest, I usually stay away from colors like this because I feel like it’s hard to find anything with remotely orange tones that’s flattering on my skin and doesn’t make me look sick or something, but I’m actually loving Oouuuu! It’s such a great color for summer, and if you’re not into it’s brightness, you can always use a cooler toned liner to tone it down (think MAC Stripdown or Chestnut Lip Pencils). This is wearable by all skin tones, especially when paired with a good liner, and it compliments the warmer tones in the Perception palette SO well! I actually wore this with a look I did using Strut ‘n Slay, Revenge, Culture, and Played Out and got a ton of compliments that day! Oh and I posted that look on Instagram if you want to check it out 😉

The formula for Oouuuu! (I can’t even type it without hearing Shayla say that, which makes me love this shade even more), is consistent with any other Crème Lux Lipstick, so it feels very creamy and applies well. Color payoff is great, but it can pull more yellow or more peachy/orange depending on your skin tone. That’s a good thing, though, since it makes it more versatile and kind of customized for whoever wears it. Coverage is full, but took a little more layering than the other two colors in this collection to achieve 100% opacity. It wore well for six to seven hours and faded evenly so I wasn’t in a rush to reapply it. Most of the fading occurred in the center of the lip, especially after I ate or drank something, but we all know that’s typical!

Overall Rating:   4.9 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

Quickie

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Photo taken indoors using natural, indirect lighting plus the lighting from my makeup mirror.

Quickie is a “peachy nude” with a creamy, natural matte finish. It’s a light to medium (depending on your skin tone), universally flattering nude with warm, peachy undertones. This is the type of nude that, for most people, needs to be worn with a liner, especially if your skin tone is in the medium dark to deep range. It’s REALLY hard for me to find a nude lipstick that I truly love and reach for all the time… The last time I fell in love with a nude was when the Dose of Colors Desi x Katy collection came out, but I think Quickie has worked it’s way into my heart alongside No Shade and More Creamer Please, which is saying a lot!

This lipstick felt very creamy and applied evenly, but as a lot of nudes tend to do, it did show the dry, chapped areas of my lips a bit, but not nearly as much as a more matte nude would. Color payoff looks pretty much the same as it does in the tube, but like the other two lipsticks in this collection, it can appear lighter/darker, or warmer/cooler depending on your own skin tone. On me, this tends to look like a little more medium and peachy than I’ve seen it look on some other people, but I’m usually pretty fair and I have a cool to neutral skin tone. Coverage is great without having to layer it much, but I did have to apply a little extra in the center of the lip… That’s also the area that it began to fade in after about four hours of wear time or a cup of coffee, but it lasted on the rest of the lip for around six hours and faded very evenly.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

 

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

 

 

 

Shayla x Colourpop: Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip

I’m so glad that lip glosses are becoming a thing again, especially ones like Neat Freak! As I mentioned in my previous collection roundup post, this whole collection is very cohesive… Every product works well with every other product, and everything works for anyone of any skin tone, which I feel is really important, especially for a collaboration with someone who has such a large following.

The formula for this gloss is really nice, and is consistent with other shades of Colourpop’s Ultra Glossy Lip formula. Neat Freak doesn’t feel sticky or heavy, although the teeny little micro-glitter particles can feel a bit I don’t know, gritty(?) at times. I discovered that applying a lip balm first, like Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask, helped prevent it from feeling like that without altering the color, consistency, or wear time of the gloss itself. The color of Neat Freak is gorgeous and I love how it can be worn alone or on top of any lipstick or liner to add a little dimension and shine. I’ll get into more details below, so keep reading!

Also, if you want to keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, my name is lesley_makeup on all three platforms. I love hearing from you guys and I always use those to post updates on when I’m making blog posts and what I’m testing out or loving lately!

Note: If the photos look weird or different, or straight up bad, it’s because my good camera officially died in the middle of shooting this collection. Some of these photos were taken with it, and some were taken with my cheap little vlogging camera which I’m not used to using yet, so my apologies for that!

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Neat Freak can be purchased on www.colourpop.com and sells for $6. It was also available with the bundle, which includes both highlighters, all three lipsticks, and the Perception eye shadow palette for $59, but I’m pretty sure the bundle is sold out and I’m not aware of a restock for it at the moment… But everything is still available individually! It contains 3 g / 0.11 oz of product, which is almost twice as much product as other brand’s similar glosses contain *cough*MAC Dazzleglass*cough*, but this Ultra Glossy Lip costs about a third of what many of those glasses do!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company, and this particular product is also vegan

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The packaging is very “Shayla” and is a light purple/lavender with rose gold metallic accents that make it pretty and feminine, but it still had a little edge to it. The tube/component itself also has the same rose gold splashes of color and logo on it. Neat Freak’s applicator is your typical doe foot type of wand, which I had some trouble getting product out with at first, but after the second or third time wearing this gloss, it seems like the applicator began to gather the usual amount of product, so I wouldn’t say that there are any points lost for that.

Keep scrolling down for more pics and the summary!

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Neat Freak swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin. Photo taken outdoors in direct, natural sunlight.
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Neat Freak swatched on MAC NC20-ish skin. Photo taken outdoors in indirect, natural sunlight.
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Photo taken indoors using indirect, natural sunlight and a lighted makeup mirror.

Neat Freak is described as a “peachy champagne with pink and gold glitter”. It’s a sheer, golden champagne nude type of color with warm, peachy undertones and multidimensional gold, pink, and almost purple hued micro glitter. Like I said before, this is the type of gloss that you can pop on quickly by itself, or layer on top of another lip product, so it’s very versatile.

This gloss feels comfortable and actually a bit nourishing and moisturizing without being too gooey, and applies very easily and evenly. As I mentioned though, you can sort of feel the glittery bits unless you apply a balm first. Of course the color will not look the exact same on the lips as it does in the tube, and it will look different on everyone, depending on the pigmentation of your own lips and how you wear it, but it will still add a bit of peachy-nude color with shimmer to whatever lip look you’re going for. It’s very sheer, but you can layer it for a little more coverage and color payoff. I actually got about four to five solid hours of wear with this gloss before it started to lose it’s wet looking sheen. Even then, the shimmer stuck around, so it’s not something you have to worry about touching up all the time.

Overall Rating:   4.1 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   5

 

This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.

Shayla x Colourpop Collection Roundup

I’ve been really excited about this collection, and it just restocked on Friday, May 11th, so I thought I would give you all a little peek and rundown on the products while they’re all still available! I’ll post full reviews with swatches of each product soon, so keep checking back for those! As I post them, I’ll list them below:

Shayla x Colourpop: Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip

Shayla x Colourpop: C’Mon Sis, Oouuuu!, and Quickie Lux Lipsticks

The best things about this collection are that everything is really high quality, the whole collection is very versatile and has a cohesive color story (you can literally use anything with anything else in this collection and your look will be FIRE), and it’s also SUPER affordable! You can get the entire bundle/kit for only $59, which is enough to qualify for Colourpop’s free shipping, so that’s an even better deal! To pick up this collection, just go visit www.colourpop.com. Also, Colourpop is a cruelty-free company, so no cute and fuzzies were harmed in the making of these products 🙂

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Sooooo here we go… Time to peep these pretty lil things!

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Perception Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

This gorgeous palette sells for $23 if you buy it individually, and contains 16 shadows for a total product weight of 18.56 g / 0.624 oz (that’s 1.16 g / 0.039 oz per shadow). Honestly, that’s a great deal for the price and yeah, these shadows might not be huge compared to other brands, but they’re the same size shadows that are in any other Colourpop palette. Plus, you’re getting a ton of colors that you can create pretty much any look with for what you probably spend at Starbucks in a week!

The quality of these is on par with, if not better than Colourpop’s other palettes. I haven’t used every single shadow yet, but I haven’t noticed any fallout or patchiness with the ones I have used, and they’ve all been very highly pigmented and easy to blend or pack on for a burst of color. When I do the separate review of this palette soon, I’ll go into a lot more detail for each shadow, but I have a feeling that all of these shades will be consistent and really nice.

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C’mon Sis, Oouuuu!, and Quickie Crème Lux Lipsticks

The lipsticks in this collection sell for $7 individually, or you can get all three for $21. They contain 3.5 g / 0.12oz of product… That’s a steal, especially since most of the drug store brands sell for half again as much and don’t feel nearly this luxurious!

I love Colourpop’s lipstick formula and these are just as creamy and pigmented as any other Lux Lipstick that Colourpop has to offer. The color selection of these three lipsticks gives you a little something for any look and works well with the shades in the Perception eye shadow palette, as well as the other products in this collection.

I’ve only worn two of these so far… Oouuuu! and Quickie, but I can tell you that they’re incredibly comfortable since they have a creamy formula and a natural-matte type of finish. Also, they wear SO well! Like a lot better than most straight up matte, dry formulas of lipsticks. Yesterday, I wore Oouuuu! and applied it at 4pm… It stayed on through dinner and for hours afterwards, until about 10-11pm. That said, there was some fading in the center of the lip and some general fading all over, but it was so subtle that it still gave me a wash of color even up to the end, and still looked like I had a lip on and not like a sloppy mess… So props to you Shayla and Colourpop for coming out with these!

I also want to add that all three of these colors can work for ANY skin tone. You may want to play around with liners (especially with Quickie because nudes NEED a liner most of the time), but paired up with the right liners, these can be flattering on anyone from fair to deep skin. I really appreciate it when a brand and the person they collab with put enough thought into a collection so that it works for everyone ❤

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Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip

This gloss costs $6 and contains 3 g / 0.11 oz of product. That’s a really good value, considering many similar glosses from other brands contain about half as much product but sell for three times the price of Neat Freak!

To be honest with you all, I’m not typically a fan of shimmery/sparkly lip glosses, but I AM a fan of Colourpop’s Ultra Glossy Lip formula so I decided to give this a shot, even if the description contains the word “glitter” which I typically shudder at. I’m glad I got this gloss, though, and I feel like I need to stock up on at least three or four more! It’s very pretty alone (the only way I’ve worn it so far), and just adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to your lips if you’re having a minimal makeup or hell, a no makeup day and need a little shine on your pout. You can also layer it on itself for an extra shimmery look, or add it on top of a lipstick to create some extra shine and dimension (it works really well with the colors of lipstick from this collection, btw, especially Quickie). It’s not a sticky, heavy formula, so it’s incredibly comfortable to wear. Also, since this is somewhat sheer with just a hint of golden nude color and mostly shimmer, it’s suitable for everyone!

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Pose and Boomin’ Luster Dust Loose Highlighters

Unlike the lipsticks, you cannot purchase these highlighters together, but you can get them in the bundle/kit with everything else for $59, or you can get them individually for only $7 each! For some reason I thought these would be more because 3.1 g / 0.11oz of product seems like a TON for a loose highlighter that you only need to use very little of!

Anyway, these are well, boomin’, and you need them in your life, trust me. I was skeptical at first because the only loose powdery products I’ve ever used as highlighters were MAC’s Pigments or *sob* MAC’s Silver Dusk whatever powder that they discontinued, and while I liked products like that, I always found them tricky to use as highlighters because it was either too much or too little payoff… Well, Colourpop and Shayla have solved that loose highlighter issue by creating these! They’re very pigmented and reflective, but also very easy to apply and control. When I post the separate review for these, I’ll give you guys some tips and tricks for them, but I will tell you that 1) they can be used dry or damp and 2) USE A LIGHT HAND and build these up if needed! A little bit goes a long way!

Both of these colors are gorgeous and I can see them working on any and all skin tones. I’ve used both when I was spray tanned and when I wasn’t, which is a difference of about 3-4 foundation shades for me, soooo I can vouch for the fact that these are pretty darn versatile. The undertones of these are also flattering for both warm or cool skin tones, and I’ll get into more of that in the separate review as well. Oh, and these are a multi-purpose product so they can also be used as eye shadows, on your inner corner, or even dusted on top of your lipstick.

Boomin’ is a lighter, more yellow based golden shade, while Pose has more of a medium rose gold hue. I can see people with more fair and/or cool toned skin leaning towards using Boomin’, and people with medium or medium-dark to deep and/or more warm toned skin reaching for Pose, but like I said, either one can work on anybody! They also work well with the colors in the Perception eye shadow palette, and with the lip products in this collection, so thank you, Shayla, for making such a cohesive collection! And yeah yeah, I know I said that a million times in this review, but it’s truly mind blowing and I just love it!

 

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This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip & Lippie Pencil

Last but not least, we have the gorgeous, vampy Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip from Colourpop‘s collaboration with iluvsarahii! This is one of my favorite matte liquid lips for fall and winter, although it can be worn anytime of year and by anyone, just as long as you want everyone to admire that pout of yours! Although it’s a very deep shade, it’s easy to wear with anything from a simple makeup look with no eye liner, up to a full blown glam and glittery look for the holidays or a night out. Even if you may be a little put off by a vampy lip like this, for the price, it’s worth trying, especially if you end up getting it with the entire “kit” from this collection.

There are three lip “sets” in this collection, although each product must be purchased individually OR in the collab/set as a whole. No matter how you buy these, they’re affordable and worth every penny. I’ll go into more detail about them further down in this post, so keep reading!

Also, if you’d like to check out some of the other products from this collab, click the links below:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: 951 Ultra Satin Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: $aucey Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Chic-y Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

If you’d like to keep up with me and check out any new makeup I’m playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, all of which are lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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The packaging is similar to the boxes that the eye shadow palettes come in. They are the same pretty nude color with a golden, crocodile pattern printed on them and feature the “iluvsarahii x Colourpop” logo on them. The text printed on both the Lippie Pencil and Ultra Matte Lip is in gold, and the tube of the Ultra Matte Lip has a golden cap and detailing, rather than Colourpop’s typical silver color. The components themselves (as in the liquid lip tube and pencil) also feature the “iluvsarahii x colourpop” text.

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Although this was my first time giving this brand’s matte liquid lipstick a chance, I must say I like it! It’s thin without being watery, but it’s very pigmented so it doesn’t end up feeling thick or sticky before it dries down. For the most part, it’s comfortable and wears well, but it did make my lips feels a little dry after I had it on for a few hours. Also, because it’s such a deep, bold color, it can start to look and feel like it “cracks” after you’ve had it on for a while. I only really noticed this if I put a little too much on, though. As with most matte liquid lipsticks, it can also emphasize any dry or chapped areas, so be sure to gently exfoliate your lips, apply a balm or moisturizer, then blot to excess off before applying Mamacita!

The matching Lippie Pencil was semi-creamy, but did feel a bit more dry than the 951 or Curvii pencils, perhaps due to the intense, deep pigments used? I don’t know… Anyway, you can see in the lip photo that I struggled a little lining my upper lip, and that was even after sharpening it and applying a primer, so it SHOULD have gone on a little more evenly than it did. You may have an easier time with it or be better at finessing it so it works for you, but I would honestly probably rather use this liner to fill in my lips under the Ultra Matte Lip (which also makes your liquid lipstick last longer) and use something else like a MAC Lip Pencil to line my lips with. I also had the same cap issue as the other pencils, so make sure it’s on there tightly before you end up with a mess in your makeup bag!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company and both Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip and Lippie Pencil are vegan.

Like the other liquid lip products from Colourpop, this Ultra Matte Lip is individually priced at $6, contains 3.2 g / 0.11 oz of product and can be purchased from their website. That’s about the same amount of product you’ll find in brands like ABH, Kylie Cosmetics, and a few others, but you’re saving at least $10-$14 on average if you opt for Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip instead. To make it an even sweeter deal, you can get this liquid lip, the matching liner, and all of the other goodies from this collection as a set for $54.

The Mamacita Lippie Pencil sells for $5 and can be bought by itself from www.colourpop.com, or can be purchased in the collab/set with everything else. This pencil contains 1.0 g / 0.035 oz of product. That’s comparable to most of NYX’s Lip Pencils that cost $4 and contain 0.04 oz of product, and still WAY cheaper than higher end brands, which average $15-$20 for about the same amount of product.

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Mamacita Lippie Pencil + Ultra Glossy Lip photographed indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light. (I have no idea why my bottom lip is blurred but I’ll redo this pic later)
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Photograph taken in natural, indirect sunlight. Products swatched on MAC NC20 skin.
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Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip:   Colourpop describes this as a “deepened burgundy”. It’s a very deep, rich, neutral to slightly cool toned, blackened burgundy red with some almost eggplant type of undertones. It’s pretty unique, so pardon my long-winded description! It has a truly matte finish once it dries down, which takes a moment, so you have plenty of time to blend it out or layer it if desired. No matter what your skin tone, if you’re looking for a dark, vampy lip, this should be right up your alley!

The formula is thin enough to layer and apply evenly, but it’s not the least bit runny and is very well pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Because the applicator isn’t all that precise, it was a little tricky to get a perfect application without using a lip brush (for me, anyway). Color payoff actually end up being deeper than it looks in the tube, as Mamacita dries down to a be a little darker and less reddish toned. Coverage is full, but you may have to layer in some areas to get it extra dark. It took one dip into the tube for my top lip and another dip for my bottom lip, and I don’t even have very big lips! It wore comfortably for a solid 4 hours before my lips felt a little dry and it started to fade in the center of the lip, but I had no problems with it fading anywhere else until around hour 6.

Dupes:   To be honest, I couldn’t find the perfect dupe for Mamacita. A couple of matte liquid lipsticks that come close are Crimson Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick from TIME Los Angeles, which is a little lighter and more red; MAC’s Carnivorous Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, which is still more red toned; and Sad Girl from Anastasia Beverly Hills, but it has an iridescent shimmer to it and is a bit more purple.

Liners:   Of course the Mamacita Lippie Pencil works perfectly with this liquid lip, but there are a few others I like too, especially in MAC’s regular Lip Pencil formula. Burgundy is nice, but it’s more reddish/true burgundy; Currant and Vino are also great options but they are both slightly darker and do have a more wine-stained undertone. Cyber World and Nightmoth are the darkest, most purple based liners, but they’re gorgeous for a more vampy vibe. If you’d like to tone down the color, you can also use something more neutral like Chestnut, which is a neutral, medium-dark brown. Vinyl, from Morphe’s collaboration with Ourfa Zinali, is also gorgeous with Mamacita, although it’s a little warmer and more red. For a longer wearing option, you can go with MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in either Ms Diva, which is a little lighter but still defines the lip well, or Bespoken For, which is darker and will give you a beautiful, dramatic ombre look.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Mamacita Lippie Pencil:   This pencil is referred to as a “deepened blackberry” and is a deep, rich, mostly cool toned blackberry shade with a hint of burgundy undertones that are similar to the matching Ultra Matte Lip. Mamacita pencil is darker than it’s liquid lip twin, but that’s so it adds more depth and contrast. I like to line the edges of my lip, then fill in the corners and blend it inward a bit all around the lip to add a deep, ombre effect. This is a really nice liner with nearly any other deep purple or red toned lipstick I have, too, so it may come in handy to have in your collection!

This Lippie Pencil did feel drier than the other two from this collection, so it was a bit more difficult to apply. It’s also more matte, so that could have something to do with it. Eventually, after sharpening it and warming it up by rolling it in a tissue between my fingertips, it did go on much smoother and more precisely but it still wanted to pill up on any dry patches around the edge of my lips. I’m hoping this isn’t typical with this liner and maybe I just got a bad batch or something? Color payoff is excellent and it looks the same as it does in the pencil, if not even deeper once applied to the lip. Coverage was full and opaque but as I said, it can skip on dry areas. Wear time was longer than 951 and Curvii pencils and lasted about 6 hours before I had any fading occur at all.

Dupes:   Bespoken For, from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil line, was the closest dupe I could find, though it’s a teeny bit more purple toned. MAC’s Currant and Vino Lip Pencils are also very similar, with Vino being the closest dupe of those two.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip & Lippie Pencil

Curvii is my personal favorite of the three lippies in the iluxsarahii x Colourpop collection, mostly because I’ve become a big fan of glosses in the past few months! I love it because it can be worn alone, with the matching liner, or over another lip liner or lipstick. It also works well with any skin tone, depending on what liner or other lip product that you pair it up with. I feel like this whole collection was made with EVERYONE of EVERY skin tone in mind, which I really appreciate and respect from a brand and collaboration.

There are three lip “sets” in this collection, and each product may be purchased individually OR in the collab/set as a whole. No matter how you buy these, they’re affordable and worth every penny. I’ll go into more detail about them further down in this post, so keep reading!

Also, if you’d like to check out some of the other products from this collab, click the links below:

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Mamacita Ultra Matte Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: 951 Ultra Satin Lip & Lippie Pencil

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: $aucey Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

iluvsarahii x Colourpop: Chic-y Pressed Powder Eye Shadow Palette

If you’d like to keep up with me and check out any new makeup I’m playing around with, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, all of which are lesley_makeup. I love staying in touch with my readers, so don’t be afraid to hit me up on there if you have a product question or just want to say hi!

You can also check out iluvsarahii on YouTube.

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The packaging is similar to the boxes that the eye shadow palettes come in. They are the same pretty nude color with a golden, crocodile pattern printed on them and feature the “iluvsarahii x Colourpop” logo on the box. The text printed on both the Lippie Pencil and Ultra Glossy Lip boxes is in gold, and the Ultra Glossy Lip has a golden cap and detailing, rather than Colourpop’s typical silver color. The components themselves (as in the liquid lip tube and pencil) also feature the “iluvsarahii x colourpop” text.

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The formula of Colourpop’s Ultra Glossy Lip is really nice! I find that a great deal of glosses feel sticky or heavy, but this one melts right onto the lips and doesn’t feel terribly goopy. It’s not a runny type of gloss, but it’s not that thick, honey-like texture either. The applicator is the same doe foot type that’s found in the Ultra Satin Lip that I previously reviewed, so it doesn’t make for the most precise of applications, but I feel like that’s less of an issue when applying a gloss.

The Lippie Pencils are very pigmented and feel nice on the lips. They glide right on and wear pretty well, but can skip a little if they haven’t recently been sharpened, which you can do with your typical sharpener even though the pencil component is a plastic type of material. Because the pencils are so creamy, they wear down and need sharpened more often than most pencils do. I feel like I’ve used them up pretty quickly, but it’s not a big deal, considering how affordable they are. Another minor complaint I have about these Lippie Pencils is that the caps don’t seem to want to stay on there sometimes, so be sure you put it back on tightly before tossing your Lippie Pencil into your makeup bag or purse!

Colourpop is a cruelty-free company and both the Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip and Lippie Pencil are both vegan.

Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip is priced at only $6 and contains 2.4 g / 0.085 oz of product. It can be purchased from www.colourpop.com. The price point is on par with most drugstore brands, but seems to contain less product than some of them do. On the other hand, if you compare this to higher end brands, such as Kylie Cosmetics, MAC, or ABH, it contains roughly the same amount of product (maybe a little less than some) but the price is MUCH lower! As I mentioned, you can also buy all of the products from the iluvsarahii collaboration in a “kit” for $54.

The Curvii Lippie Pencil sells for $5 and can be bought individually on the Colourpop website, or can be purchased in the collab/set with everything else. This pencil contains 1.0 g / 0.035 oz of product. That’s comparable to most of NYX’s Lip Pencils that cost $4 and contain 0.04 oz of product, and still WAY cheaper than higher end brands, which average $15-$20 for about the same amount of product.

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Curvii Lippie Pencil + Ultra Glossy Lip photographed indoors using natural, indirect sunlight + a ring light.

 

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Curvii Ultra Glossy Lip:   This gloss is a “sparkly light peachy nude in a crème finish”, according to Colourpop’s website… It’s a light, warm toned peachy nude with very, very fine particles of golden, peachy-pink shimmer that reflect the light beautifully, making your lips look full and luscious. It looks a little different on everyone, depending on your skin tone and the natural color of your lips, but it’s universally flattering and can be worn by anyone. If you aren’t a fan of lighter nudes, you can always layer this over a liner to deepen the color and add extra dimension.

As I mentioned earlier, the formula feels amazing. It’s creamy and honestly feels a bit moisturizing, but doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on the lips. It’s very comfortable to wear. Color payoff is good and this gloss is very well pigmented. Since it is a gloss, the coverage isn’t full, but according to the website, it’s only intended to me medium coverage anyway. I personally like that because I feel like fully opaque nude glosses can show all the lines in your lips in a not-so-flattering way! Wear time was around three hours before it began to fade a little bit in the center and around the edges of my lips, but it clung to the other areas for about 5 hours, if not a longer.

Dupes:   The two most similar dupes I found for Curvii were Kim from KKW’s Creme Liquid Lipstick collection, although it lacks any micro shimmer and is more pigmented and full coverage, as opposed to Curvii being semi-sheer. The color is almost the EXACT same, though. Another decent dupe is Fenty Glow, which is Fenty Beauty by Rihanna’s Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. Fenty Glow has a slightly more pinky-nude undertone, much more subtle shimmer, and is also a little more sheer. I actually found that if I apply KKW’s Kim, then put Fenty Glow on top of it, it’s a VERY good match for Curvii!

Liners:   Naturally, Curvii Lippie Pencil compliments this Ultra Glossy Lip perfectly, but there are many other liners that you can use with it! If you want to stick with a lighter nude, you can try MAC’s Subculture or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils, both of which are light to medium peachy, warm toned nudes. NYX’s Beige Lip Pencil is also a good light nude and is more neutral/less peachy than Subculture or Boldly Bare. For something with a more pink tone to it, MAC’s Dervish Lip Pencil and NYX’s Nude Pink Lip Pencil are good options. MAC’s Stripdown Lip Pencil is much more cool toned, but it’s nice if you want to cool down or neutralize the look of this lip overall. MAC’s Spice and NYX’s Natural Lip Pencils are medium to medium dark, warm toned nude liners that work well with Curvii, especially if you have a medium to medium dark skin tone. Last but not least, a few nice darker liners to use with Curvii are MAC’s Lip Pencils in Hover, Chestnut, or even Auburn or Mahogany. All of those but Chestnut are warm toned, peachy or reddish browns that will give you a much more natural sort of ombre blend if you have a dark to deep skin tone, or just want to create a lot more contrast.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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Curvii Lippie Pencil:   Curvii pencil is a “warm beige” and is a medium, warm peachy-brownish nude and shares the same creamy, satin type of finish as the 951 Lippie Pencil. It works well not only with the gloss of the same name, but with SO many other lip products too! If you’re wearing Curvii gloss and you have a dark to deep skin tone, you may opt for a different liner. Do keep in mind that this Lippie Pencil can also be used all over the lip and layered under the gloss to deepen the color of it some.

Like 951, the texture for this pencil is extremely creamy, allowing it to apply easily. Like I said before, though, you’ll want to keep it sharpened so you can get a nice, precise line. Color payoff is great, but this liner does seem to pull warmer on me when I’m more pale and not spray tanned. Coverage is opaque even when using a light hand and very little product. Same as 951 Lippie Pencil, I only got about 4 hours of wear time before I had to do a quick touchups around the edges of my lips.

Dupes:   There are three liners that are VERY similar to Curvii Lippie Pencil! They are NYX’s Natural Lip Pencil, which is almost identical, perhaps with a hint more of a mauve undertone. MAC’s Spice Lip Pencil is also nearly the same color as Curvii Lippie Pencil, while MAC’s Hover is close too, but is cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   4

 

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