Monday, December 11, 2017

ColourPop Holiday 2017 Collection Swatches & Review

It's that time of the year again! This year's holiday collection looks so dreamy and magical, just like how Christmas is! There were 2 rounds of launches this year. The first round went up on Sephora too and consisted of the Semi Precious Palette, Golden State of Mind Palette, Feeling Fine Lip Trio, You're A Gem Lip Trio, Amber Crystal Collection and 3 Super Shock Shadows (Fluffy, Bouncy Revolution). I wasn't too impressed with the launch so I only got the You're A Gem lip trio and the super shock shadows. 
This is the packaging of the lip products. It is a very dreamy ombre that goes all over the box. The texts are in a foiled gold. There are 4 Ultra Glossy Lips and 10 Ultra Matte Lips in this launch.
This is how the tube looks like. It has a gold cap and sparkly gold flecks decorated all over the tube.

Lay-Z (Nude with Gold Glitter)
This is a really nice lip gloss with a ton of gold and hot pink glitter. It does have some pigmentation to it so it gives a nice tint to the lips. Very easy to throw on and wear on its own or over another lip color.

Imagine (Vibrant Pinky Red with Pink Glitter)
This is a really gorgeous juicy red lip gloss with a ton of hot pink glitter. It is super pigmented so you should apply it with care and maybe use a lip liner to avoid bleeding over time. I love this color though.

Believe Me (Rich Sangria with Violet Glitter)
This looks so pretty in the tube but it applies so sheer and patchy. I'm pretty sure they layered this on the site's stock photos because they look hella fake. I wouldn't recommend applying more layers too because it will get heavy and you get that sticky stringy look when you open your mouth which isn't cool at all. Maybe layer it over a berry or wine shade to intensify the color.

Fingers Crossed (Duochrome Brown with a Teal Flip)
This was the shade I was most excited for because I live for duochromes. This is a very common duochrome eyeshadow shade so to have it in a lip form is amazing. I was kinda disappointed that it applied a little bit on the sheer and patchy side. Again, I wouldn't recommend layering it because it gets thick. The duochrome sheen isn't very obvious but it will probably be more intense if you layer it over a darker lip color.

Moving on, the Ultra Matte Lips have got the same tubes. Apparently these holiday vials are limited edition so you may end up getting the usual tubes once these run out.
If you have most of the Ultra Matte Lips in your collection already, you don't really need any of these new shades because they are quite repetitive and similar to existing shades. If you would like to see comparisons, do check out my video above. A lot of the dark shades are patchy. This collection feels as if ColourPop rushed these out without much thought.

Lil Pump (Dusty mauve)
This is a really pale and washed out light pink. This is the kind of shade that can look really bad or really good. This is definitely lighter than my natural lip shade but I can pull it off with a smokey eye look. It seems to be a little drying. Trap UML is of the same paleness but more purple toned. Bianca UML is a tad bit darker. Times Square is more pinky beige.

Flurries (Mauve Pink)
This is a true mid-toned pink with a tinge of mauve, but it is mostly pink. This shade is very similar to Fresh Cut but I don't have a good swatch picture of it yet.

Take A Pixie (Dusty Beige)
For some reason, this applied slightly patchy. It's not obvious but you can see it's kind of uneven. It's a nice warm brownish nude that most people would like. It looks similar to the shade below (Lightweight) but it is warmer in tone. Reign USL is a lot warmer and orange than this shade.

Lightweight (Dusty Brown Pink)
This is a really nice wearable shade too. Not too bright and not too dark. As mentioned above, this is more red/pink than Take A Pixie. Top 8 UML is very similar but it is a hint more pinky purple. 


Fragile Things (Dusty Plum Brown)
This shade is slightly patchy, which is really strange because it is not super dark. It is a nice shade and I love plummy browns. Sunshowers UML is more purple toned. Mystic USL is more pinky red. Baracuda USL is a touch more pink.


Cloudscape (Muted Chocolate)
This shade definitely applies patchy. It's quite a wearable brown because it seems to have a hint of red to it. Definitely a lot lighter than Embellish. Limbo UML is a lot warmer and yellow toned. Tidal USL is also warmer and more orange-red toned. 


Snowfleek (Rusty Red)
I honestly can't see the difference between this shade and Creeper. It's an orange toned bright red. Also, Creeper has a better formula and feels a lot nicer on the lips.

Star Crossed (Deep Berry Red)
Again, this shade seems to be a repeat or just a UML version of London Fog USL. Both are pinky berry reds. The only minor difference I can say is that maybe London Fog is a tiny bit more pink. Obviously, the USL is much more comfortable.

Soufflé (Vibrant Sangria)
This is a little patchy and it is very similar to many shades in the ColourPop lineup. I think it looks exactly like More Better UML and More Better has a better formula; much more comfortable and pigmented. The USL version is First Of All, which just came out during their fall launch. Bad Habit UML is very similar but more purple-berry toned.

Arabesque (Deep Brown Berry)
Sometimes, ColourPop's shade descriptions are just totally off. This is a super patchy dark maroon red. I would recommend getting Notion UML or Cashing Out USL instead. They are the exact same colors. Circles UML is also similar but it is a truer dark red.

Next, we have the You're A Gem Lip Trio that came out as part 1 of the holiday collection. This launched in Sephora too. It consists of an Ultra Glossy Lip and 2 Ultra Satin Lips.

Charming Ultra Glossy Lip (Gold with Gold & Pink Glitter in a Creme Finish)
This is quite a sheer lip gloss with a ton of gold glitter. It seems similar to many of their lip glosses so I am personally not impressed or in awe of this shade.

Catching Feels Ultra Satin Lip (Dusty Brick Red)
This hardly looks like a brick red to me. It seems more of a warm rosey red. It is extremely similar to Mrs USL from the Fem Rosa collection. I would say that Bumble UML is the matte version of this shade but probably a tad more pink/this shade without the warmth.

Misbehaving Ultra Satin Lip (Violet Fuschia)
This shade gets a little patchy on my inner lip. It isn't the exact same as any of the shades in the ColourPop lineup but there are similar ones like Darling, Are N Be UML and Moondancer UML. They are in the same family but not the exact.

There are 2 pressed powder highlighters in the collection. They have a soft lilac box with gold "snow" or flecks decorating the box. You get 6.5g of product for $8.
The compact itself is a pretty mint green. It does have a mirror inside.
Touché (Golden Melon with a Soft Pink Duochrome)
 Taffy (Opalescent Pearl with Peachy Pink Duochrome)
Personally, I find these highlighters a little underwhelming. They are pretty but they are quite subtle. If you like something more natural and not as blinding like a bright strip on your face, you will love these. If you are more used to a blinding reflective highlight, you won't be impressed. These pick up so much better than the My Little Pony collection so I'm not as mad. The colors are pretty much the opposite of how they look in the pans. By that, I mean like Touché has a champagne yellow base but reflects pink. It more or less appears as pink highlighter on me because the champagne base blends in with my skintone and it isn't very pigmented to begin with. Taffy has a peachy pink base but reflects a yellow champagne gold. Again, the base pigmentation is very sheer so it doesn't show up much but under light, the reflect is there. 

I would recommend using a dense fluffy highlighting brush to apply this or your fingers because the base pigmentation is really sheer. So it will require a bit of building up for it to show up. There is no chunky glitter but it looks quite shimmery and pretty. 

The All I See Is Magic is a 15-pan eyeshadow palette that retails for $20. Each pan contains 1.05g of product. I think this palette is beautiful although it does contain 3 old shades. The box look just like the palette and both the box and palette have the shade names on the back.
Old shades include Now and Zen, Top Notch and Save It For Later.
The mattes swatch a little sheer on my arm but I do not find any issue with building them up on the eyes. They are a little powdery and have some kick up but it's been a huge improvement from when they first released their pressed eyeshadows. The metallics are great. 11:11 is super bright and metallic. I love the duochrome brown green called Wishful Thinking. Overall, a very nice and festive color scheme with all the shades you need to create multiple looks.

The Dusk Till Dawn Super Shock Shadow Kit is another gorgeous palette/set. Unfortunately, mine arrived with 2 shadows shrunk and broken. They feel really dry and gritty now :(

There is a sleeve for the set and it looks just like the box set. Both have shade names displayed on the back. All the shadows in here are in the Ultra-Glitter finish. As such, the base color can be very sheer or light but the shadow is packed with tons of glitter. I would recommend using them more as eyeshadow toppers.
New Magic (Sheer Opalescent Pearl with Teal Reflects)
This is one of my favorite SSS in this set. I'm so bummed that it arrived broken. It feels so dry and fragile now. I do love the tone of blue that the glitters are in. The white base is really sheer and won't really show up unless you PACK this on (which I don't see the point of doing so). I like using this to add blue glitter to any eyeshadow.

Goodish (Baby Pink with Blue and Gold Glitter)
This is a pretty lilac with gold glitter duochrome. However, the purple base is really sheer and cannot be used alone unless you want a light sweep of color. You can definitely apply a nice purple shade underneath and then top it off with this to get the same effect.

Stargirl (Champagne with Silver Glitter)
This is a very neutral color that can be used to top off any color or add silver sparkle to any eyeshadow.

Half Light (Duochrome Lavender with a Teal Flip)
This is my other favorite shade from the set but it had to arrive broken too. The base color is really nice but needs a lot of layering and building up to show up. The duochrome effect is really pretty.

Babykins (Warm Plum with Violet Glitter)
This shade came out in last year's holiday collection too. It is a blackened plum with violet glitter. It does have more base pigmentation than the other shades but it doesn't pack as much glitter.

Slay Bells (Rich Chocolate with Copper Reflects)
Like Babykins, this is more pigmented but it doesn't have as much glitter in it. This can work as a crease shade or outer corner shade without looking overly sparkly.

The last set of Super Shock Shadows were released as part 1 of the holiday collection and also at Sephora. These are also in the Ultra-Glitter finish. Unfortunately, all of them arrived shattered in the mail and I might have forgotten to take individual pictures of the pots because they do not look pretty anymore. From top to bottom, we have Fluffy, Bouncy and Revolution.
Fluffy is a warm gold with subtle pink duochrome. This shade really gives the "wet" look and you can definitely see the pink flip from this angle.
Bouncy is a cool-toned bronze with gold and violet duochrome. It kind of looks more olive because the gold blends in with the bronze but the violet glitters are really obvious and pretty.
Revolution is a silvery mauve with pink and silver glitter. I can definitely pick out both the violet ang silver glitters in this. It is quite a sheer shade but good enough for a sweep of color on the lids.

I think this year's holiday collection isn't as exciting. The Ultra Matte lip colors are so boring and basic. The Ultra Glossy Lips are pretty nice and I would recommend those. I also like the Eyeshadow Palette and Super Shock Shadows. The highlighters are so-so. They are a little pricey for the quality tbh, but if you like that kind of effect and those kind of colors then you are in for a treat.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation Review

Which oily/oily combo skinned makeup junkie wouldn't love a matte full coverage foundation? I reviewed this on my YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago when this product was launched in the US. It retails for 6USD but I recently found it on a Watsons pop-up for $9.90 in Singapore, which is a really great price because it is pretty close to the converted price. 
This comes in 14 shades and I use the second lightest shade CLM352 Natural. I think it is a pretty close match to my NC20/Laneige #21 skintone. The next shade darker seems to be really dark and a huge jump but I generally think that the range is catered more towards tan-dark skin tones. 
Ingredients list:
Perhaps due to the low cost nature of this product, they have decided to use parabens as a form of preservatives. I haven't come across many reviews that highlight this but so if you are sensitive or cautious about parabens then this foundation is not for you.

Packaging
This comes in a plastic tube with a pump. It feels pretty cheap because it is cheap so you really can't expect much. The pump takes awhile to pump anything out the first time. The good thing is that you get 1.3fl oz/40ml of product, which is more than the typical 1oz/30ml foundations usually come in. 

Application
This has a thick liquid texture but it spreads easily. I have tried applying this with my fingers and with a brush and they looked good both times and went on easily. It doesn't dry and set super quickly so you have ample amount of time to work with it. 

Finish
Unlike the hype, it doesn't have super FULL coverage but the coverage is pretty high. It definitely evened out my skin and concealed all signs of redness. It covers some pores and makes most of them smaller. However, I can still see some darker spots showing through. This dried down to a powdery matte finish but it doesn't cling onto or accentuate dry flaky skin. 

Hydration
This foundation does not seem to have any hydrating properties so if you need to, please moisturize before applying this foundation.

Oil Control
This is where I am most disappointed in this foundation. The oil control lasts only a maximum of 3 hours or less. I always find nose and cheeks SUPER SHINY (we are talking grease pan status) by 3 hours and I have to blot every 3 hours. I have tried it with a basic mattifying primer and the Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer. I have also tried setting it with some setting spray but the oil control results are still the same. I haven't tried setting it with powder because the finish is already so powdery matte but it might help. 

Longevity
This foundation transfers with oil and sweat. So, because it does not help with oil control, you can imagine that all the blotting will eventually remove a lot of the foundation. It transfers quite noticeably so you can definitely see vivid beige patches on your blotting tissue. 
Both pictures show the foundation applied but taken under different lighting.
Score
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5

I decided to rank this foundation below the VDL Perfecting Last Foundation and above the Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream mainly because of the smooth powdery matte finish, high coverage, affordable price tag and shade range. If you are considering oil control, SPF and ingredients, then this will go below the Etude House Double Lasting Foundation. However, since my Lioele TTS BB Cream does transfer (without setting powder), then I think I would prefer the LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation over the BB Creams. 

To read up on other foundations/bb creams that I have tried and reviewed: http://www.megoosta.site/2017/11/10-foundations-for-oily-skin.html

Current foundation ranking list:
1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 (2N1 Desert Beige)
2. Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation(030 Sand Beige) 
3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (140)
4. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (#363C Nude Ivory)
5. Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Foundation (010 Soft Ivory)
6. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF 50+/PA+++ (#21) 
7. Etude House Big Cover Concealer BB SPF 50+/PA+++ (Sand)
8. Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation (112 Natural Ivory)
9. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (120 Classic Ivory)
10. VDL Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 30/PA++ (V02) 
11. LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation (CLM352 Natural)
12. Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream SPF 30/PA++ (Natural Beige) 
13. ZA Total Hydration 12-in-1 BB Cream SPF 43/PA+++ (Natural Beige)
14. Etude House Double Lasting Foundation SPF 34/PA++ (N04 Neutral Beige)
15. La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 (Creme 03)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Give Me Glow Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Swatches & Review

This is a long overdue review because I first purchased from this brand early on this year (Jan?) when they were having their annual 50% birthday sale. I picked up a bunch of lippies but never got around to doing a full swatch and review video because I had wanted to collect more before swatching everything. Ideally, I would like to own all of them so that all shades are included but home girl is going broke from all these new cosmetics releases that continuously drop left right and center. 

Give Me Glow cosmetics is an indie brand that started out from Etsy but they have grown quite a bit. If you are into indie cosmetics, this is a brand I'm pretty sure you would have heard about already. The owner Brandy always makes really nice flattering shades and I do admire her work. The matte liquid lipsticks retail for $13.25 and you get 6.5ml of product. It's not a bad pricing but it gets pretty expensive if you are a hoarder like me. 

For this video and review post, I only swatched the shades that I had that were still available on the website. A lot of shades have been discontinued. I do hate when brands discontinue shades because some of them are really pretty shades, but I do understand that she has to make them in batches and cosmetics expire and if a particular shade doesn't sell well, then it's a waste. 

This is a review on the newest formula
These liquid lipsticks are housed in a chubby tube with a paddle foot applicator. I found that some stoppers were a little loose so it didn't help in draining the product so my applicator ended up with way too much product for my lips. The consistency of these liquid lipsticks are mostly a thin watery texture. It does vary a little from shade to shade. Some of them are super liquidy while others are a little bit creamier. Nonetheless, they are super pigmented and you only need one thin layer for full coverage. They are very comfortable to wear all day long. As long as you keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day, these will not dry out your lips. They will not crack or crumble. These are supposed to be matte and kiss proof but they sort of remind me of ColourPop's Ultra Satin Lips. They take quite awhile to dry down but even so, some of them look like they have more of a satin matte finish rather than a matte matte finish. Some of them are transfer proof, and some of them are not. However, they do not transfer drastically. You can wipe them off easily with a water based wet wipe. Oil will definitely remove it. It did hold up pretty well with Subway, although I was trying my best not to destroy my lipstick. At the end of it, the inner rim had faded a tiny bit - nothing major that required touching up.

Vintage Mauve (Mid-toned Mauve Pink)
This one pulls really pink on me although I can see the purple tones in the tube. It also had a very thin and watery consistency so it almost looks like I put on lip gloss in the picture. This wold have taken ages to dry down so I did not wait.

Berry Smoothie (Pink Mauve Berry)
This was created to dupe Posie K by Kylie Cosmetics. This had a thin watery texture too so it looks like a lip gloss in this picture. It will eventually dry down but I had to move on to other swatches.

She's All That (Plum Mauve)
This was created to be a dupe for Jeffree Star's Androgyny liquid lipstick. I do not own that shade so I can't compare but the swatch comparisons I've seen so far are pretty accurate. This one had a thin watery texture too but it isn't as bad as the previous two.

Gloomy (Mauve Nude)
This isn't a kind of shade that you haven't seen before. It's a pinky purple nude shade for everyday wear. It's pretty and kind of an essential in anyone's collection. This one dried to a matte finish.

Chilly (Berry Mauve)
Again, nothing new with this shade but it is still beautiful and super pigmented. This one had a creamier consistency and dried matte. It also dries down slightly darker than in the tube.

Daddy (Terracotta Nude)
This is one of the best-selling shades. I mean, I think most people have a thing for warm toned orange shades except for me. I was surprised that this didn't pull too orange on me and it actually looks very neutral.

Hocus Pocus (Beige Nude with a hint of Red)
I honestly don't see the red but since Brandy described it as such, it means that she did put some red pigments in it. This is a nice dark nude shade for everyday wear. This one had a creamier consistency and dried matte. It dries slightly darker than in the tube.

Pink Coco (Rosy Milk Chocolate)
This is a pinky brown shade. The texture of this was on the creamier side. Very pigmented and the color is pretty true to the tube. This shade seems to have more of a satin matte finish. This dries slightly darker than in the tube.

Miss September (Rich Berry)
This berry pink shade is also pretty common among lipstick brands so if you have something similar, you could skip on it. If you are a fan of the formula, grab it.

Sweater Weather (Dark Red)
This is a true blue-based dark red. Simply gorgeous and not streaky or patchy at all. Very fall appropriate too.

Miss October (Muted Red with hints of Orange and Pink)
This was created to be a dupe for Kristen by Kylie Cosmetics. Compared to Apple Cinnamon below, this is much brighter and more of a pinky-red shade. I would have preferred if it were a little more muted and toned down but it's a cute color.

Apple Cinnamon (Reddish Nude)
I really dig this shade of red. It's not too red and it leans more on the pinky red side so it is perfect for those who do not want a full on red lip. I think it exudes youthful feminine vibes.

Rust Couture (Blue Based Rustic Brick)
This is a nice neutral brick shade that doesn't lean too warm or orange toned. It's a true brick red and I dig it a lot. Goes great with warm and cool looks. This one had a creamier consistency and dried to a matte finish.

Country Red (Rustic Red)
This is a dark red with hints of brown. I really like how unique it is. Unfortunately, this will be discontinuing soon. 

Lara Croft (Grunge Medium Grey Brown)
I love this shade and I'm so sad that I do not wear it often enough. This is a really unique brown with hints of grey and pink. It's honestly very wearable and definitely will not wash you out.

Autumn's Soul (Dark Berry)
This is a dark purple shade with hints of pink. It is super pigmented too. That patch got a little sheer because my applicator ran out of product but otherwise, this would apply really evenly and rich. This one dried matte.
Bewitched (Deep Smokey Plum)
Being a super dark blackened purple, you would expect this to be patchy or drying but it is the exact opposite. This is fully pigmented with no streakiness or patchiness to it. The texture is on the creamy side and it is super comfortable to wear.

Haunted Forest (True Olive Green)
I find this to be a very warm toned olive with hints of yellow and orange in it. I would call my lips frog lips with this shade on. This one had a thin watery consistency and because my lips were super stained from swatching the previous shades, it kind of looks sheer in some areas. This one took a super long time to dry down so it looks like a satin matte here. 

Here is the comparison chart of all 18 shades that I swatched:

Below is my personal ranking for all the liquid lipsticks that I have tried so far. They are weighed against the price, some pros and cons. Those marked with * indicates that they are not necessarily transfer proof / satin liquid lipsticks (they will naturally be more comfortable). 

Personal Overall Ranking
  1. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit $4.99 - $0.83/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting | dark colors are patchy
  2. ColourPop Ultra Matte $6 - $1.875/g, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | some shades are drying, accentuates lip lines
  3. *ColourPop Ultra Satin $6 - $1.875/g, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range
  4. *Atomic Makeup (Lonely Planet) $15 - $1.875/ml, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting | inconsistency in colors between batches
  5. Give Me Glow Matte $13.25 - $2.03/ml, comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | some colors transfer slightly
  6. JCat Lipfinity $4.99 - $0.41/g, comfortable, wide color range, long lasting | a handful are slightly streaky and tacky
  7. Bellegant Liquid Matte $14.50 - $2.07/ml, comfortable, pigmented, unique colors | not very transfer proof
  8. *Julep It’s Whipped $20 - comfortable, pigmented, flattering shades | $4.87/ml
  9. Stila Stay All Day $24 - comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | $8/ml, flakes, accentuates lip lines
  10. *NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream $6 - $0.75/ml, comfortable, wide color range  | some streaky shades
  11. *NYX Liquid Suede $7 - $1.75/ml, comfortable, unique colors | some streaky colors
  12. Kylie Cosmetics $17 - comfortable, pigmented, long lasting, wide color range | $5.23/ml
  13. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr  $14.95 - pigmented | $3.73/ml, flakes, limited shade range
  14. RealHer Matte $15 - long lasting | $3.33/ml, dark colors do not layer well, tacky, drying, accentuates lip lines
  15. Jordana Sweet Cream $4.99 - $1.66/g, pigmented, wide color range | drying, flakes
  16. NYX Lip Lingerie $7 - $1.75/ml, nudes for everyone | drying, accentuates lip lines, tacky, slightly streaky
  17. *Palladio Velvet Matte $7 - $1.68/g, comfortable, pigmented | feathers and bleeds
  18. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss $6 - $1.20/g | sheer and streaky, very drying, tacky
Comfort Ranking (* = not transfer proof)
  1. Atomic Makeup (Lonely Planet)*
  2. Julep It’s Whipped*
  3. Give Me Glow Matte
  4. Bellegant Liquid Matte
  5. NYX Liquid Suede*
  6. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit
  7. ColourPop Ultra Satin*
  8. JCat Lipfinity
  9. Palladio Velvet Matte*
  10. Stila Stay All Day
  11. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream*
  12. Kylie Cosmetics
  13. ColourPop Ultra Matte
  14. The Beauty Crop GrlPwr
  15. RealHer Matte
  16. NYX Lip Lingerie
  17. Jordana Sweet Cream
  18. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Gloss