Friday, April 28, 2017

ColourPop Spring Phase 3: Sand

I'm a little late in getting the Sand collection because it's brown, it's neutral and it's nothing new. Every brand has some browns because that is a staple color for makeup just like how a red lipstick is a staple. I skipped out on the brown pressed powders because I have browns in my collection already so I don't think I need any extras at this time but if you are just starting out your makeup collection then CP does have a nice range of colors. Whatever your skin tone is, you really can't go wrong with browns so just add all of them to your cart LOL. 

Double Play (Getting Handsy + Padded Down)
Getting Handsy is a matte warm nude blush while Padded Down is a pearlized warm champagne highlighter. The blush looks off-putting at first but once you put it on your cheeks, you'll realize that it works very well in warming up your face and giving you a very natural flush of color without being too overbearing. I'm wearing this blush and highlight in my lip swatch pictures below so you can get a better idea. The highlight is a true champagne and you can do a light swipe for a subtle sheen or build it up to glow and blind. It blends very well with my skin color and I think this duo will generally suit a ton of people, if not everyone. 

Super Hard Core (Pearlized Ivory Gold)
This is a very light color that almost looks like my skin color. It has a slight yellow gold tint to it. It's not extremely shimmery but it still works as a highlight for your inner corner or wherever. 

Reversible (Pearlized Goldy Beige)
This is almost like a coppery rose gold. It applied kind of sheer on my lids but the glitter packed on well. I'm not sure if it's because it kind of blended with the skin on my lids. Still beautiful to use as a topper or on it's own. 

There are 4 liquid lipsticks in the sand collection but 2 of them are re-releases that first debuted in the holiday 2016 collection (Knotty & Embellish). After seeing swatches of how light and nude Knotty is,  I decided not to spend the extra $6 on it just in case it didn't work out for me. I have too many nudes that do not work and too little money to spare. In the tubes, Strip and Strut look very similar. They seem to just be different in undertones.

Strip (Warm Beige Ultra Satin Lip)
I'm so glad this did not wash me out. It dried slightly darker than in the tube and it has some pink undertones to it so it's a very nice nude on me.

Strut (Cool-toned Taupe Ultra Satin Lip)
Strut looks very similar to Strip but it is actually a tad darker and more brown in color. It's also a very pretty nude and would suit a wider variety of skin tones as compared to Strip. 

Embellish (Blackened Brown Ultra Matte Lip)
This was part of the holiday 2016 releases and my black frosted tube was from back then. This is as described and it's a super dark brown. I'm conflicted as to whether it suits me because I generally like dark lip colors on my skin tone. A lot of people seem to have issues with this particular formula as well. This one is particularly drying. I can feel my lips tighten and I can feel the lipstick harden on my lips as it dries down. So it definitely feels as if it is going to crumble and flake any time but if I don't rub my lips, it wouldn't. It's just not as comfortable to wear as the other Ultra Mattes are.

The only item I would highly recommend you pick up in this collection is the pressed blush and highlight palette. You don't come across a beige nude blush very often and it is seriously beautiful. I'm going to be using it for my everyday makeup from now on because of how natural it looks. If you are into no makeup makeup, then this would work great too. The Super Shock Shadows were not very impressive this time. I'm not sure why I don't feel too much for them but they are very similar to the pressed powder eyeshadows in Ringer and Ego.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lipstick

I've already reviewed these liquid lipsticks on YouTube but I like to do a readable version as well. There are 18 shades in this collection, even though the numbers run from 1 to 26 so I'm missing 8 shades (13-20). Those shades seem to be from an exclusive collection because they are not on sale on the Jordana website and they are more of primary bold colors like black, white, yellow, orange, blue and red. Regardless, I have the other 18 that you can find on their website and in the drugstore. 
These are $4.99 each on the Jordana website and you get 3g of product in the tube, which seems little but that is about the same size as a ColourPop liquid lipstick (3.2g) and a Stila Liquid Lipstick (3ml). So, that means you are paying $1.66 per gram - very cheap and affordable. These are made in the USA with US and non-US components. The expiration date is marked by a 12-month from opening symbol.
The liquid lipsticks are packaged in a short acrylic tube with a black cap - a very simple and basic design, but what makes it look nice is the typography on the tube. I adore the mix of fonts that they used to create the look of their bottles. The doe foot applicator is similar to Wet N Wild's Liquid Catsuits but smaller in size. It has a divid to collect just enough product so that you only need to dip in once and it hugs your lips and spreads the products evenly. The doe foot is the exact same size as my lips so I found it very easy to apply the liquid lipstick without making any mistakes. The tip is great for reaching corners and lining your lips too. The only drawback about the packaging would be that the opening of the tube is rather wide and the strainer is too wide for the doe foot as well so it doesn't really strain a lot of excess product off the wand. You would have to wipe it on the sides of the tube, which I'm not a fan of because I like to keep my tubes clean. 
The shades are very wearable colors for all season. You have pinks, reds, berries, nudes and brights. They are named after desserts which I find to be very cute and yummy. They have a very sweet scent to them (exactly like the Kylie liquid lipsticks) and I'm not a fan of it but it is tolerable. 

Apart from a handful of streaky shades (mainly the dark ones), most of them have one swipe pigmentation. Otherwise, just go over it with a second layer to fix it. 

These dry down to a transfer proof matte. They will remain quite smudge proof too as long as you stay away from oily food. However, they do start to feel a bit powdery and drying on the lips after awhile and I personally am not a fan of when my liquid lipsticks start to feel like that. It feels as if might just flake or crumble off. Thankfully, that didn't happen but my lips did start to feel dry after 3 hours of wear. I wore it for a total of 5 hours without eating and the color stayed on without fading or coming off in any way. I had water from a bottle and it did not transfer. My lip lines were accentuated after that 5 hour wear. 

These liquid lipsticks do not come off easily with micellar water so an oil based makeup remover is required. That should also indicate that it is going to be quite long wearing too if you avoid oily food. 

My overall score for this is 3.8/5 which is quite high, even though it ranks on one of the lowest on my personal ranking list because of the color range and comfort. 18 colors is wider than what most brands carry but there are quite a few bright, almost neon colors that are not my favorite and some of the nudes are not very flattering. There are nice colors in the collection but I'm just not really feeling it on the whole. Some of these colors dupe more expensive brands so that is something you might like. The powdery dry feeling is also a no no for me. I can take dry liquid lipsticks but there are so many brands that are more comfortable than this. 

Overall: 3.875/5
Pigmentation: 4/5 (a handful of streaky colors)
Application: 5/5 (excellent doe foot applicator that makes application easy and fuss free)
Comfort: 2.5/5 (quite drying on the lips)
Longevity: 4/5 (remains transfer proof and withstands water)

Some of the swatch pictures towards the end will be quite bad because it started to rain and it got gloomy so I couldn't get good lighting. If you would like to see how it looks on my entire face, then watch my video :D

01 Creme Brulee
This is a nude-ish pink as you can see from the tube. It dries a tad darker on the lips. It's a pretty color but I don't think it will flatter everyone. 

02 Strawberry Cheesecake
This is a bright, almost neon coral. It is slightly streaky and I'm not a fan of this color. It's fun for summer but it looks much brighter on the lips than it does in the tube.

03 Raspberry Tart
Super pigmented fuschia pink. It is quite bright but it's blue based and this color will suit a ton of people. 

04 Mixed Berry Souffle
 I'm not sure how to describe this but it is clearly a purple, with some hot pink undertones. It's quite a bright color. This went on a tiny bit patchy but it's pretty good considering that this is a purple shade. I quite like this color.

05 Mango Sorbet
This is a true bright orange. I'm not a fan of oranges but if you want a fun summery orange, then you might want to give this a shot.

06 Cherry Cobbler
 This is a bright blue based true red shade. 

07 Tiramisu
 This is the MLBB shade in the collection. It's a nice pink with brown undertones that would suit almost anyone.

08 Sweet Marsala Wine
This is a deep maroon red shade that went on streaky. A second coat should give full opacity. It's definitely a nice berry shade for fall.

09 Rose Macaron
 Like the name suggests, this is a mid toned rosy pink.

10 Sugared Plum
 Much more muted than Mixed Berry Souffle but still a purple with pink undertones. It leans more on the berry purple side. 

11 Red Velvet Cake
 This is a slightly darker blue based red than Cherry Cobbler. It is slightly patchy if you don't apply it properly but I prefer this red over the other one.

12 Pomegranate Pie
 This is a true neon pink that went on streaky and layering it made it seem thick. Not a fan of the color and how it performed. 

21 Molten Chocolate Cake
 This is a warm terracotta brown that is slightly patchy. A second layer should be able to fix it. It's weird that this ended up patchy though because it's not extremely dark and it's not neon.

22 Cinnamon Toast
This is a warm dusty pink-brown. It's a beautiful nude shade but it's a tad patchy. You should be able to fix it easily though. 

23 Buttercream Frosting
 This is a complete nude beige with pink undertones. It looks completely like a concealer. I don't see how this is going to look good on anyone. You can probably use it in the center of your lip for an ombre look though.

24 Strawberry Sundae
 This is a bright mid toned pink that dries brighter on the lips than it looks in the tube. It is also slightly streaky.

25 Sugarberry Crumble
 This is a berry fuschia pink. It's not a bright like Raspberry Tart so it's more wearable if you like this sort of colors. It's not streaky as well and very pigmented. 

26 Currant Jam
This is a deep wine berry. It's not very streaky which is awesome because it's a dark color. 

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ColourPop Spring Phase 2: Pink

ColourPop's spring phase 2 is pink! You know pink is my favorite color and I love all things pink. This collection also seems like an extension of the Valentine's day collection because of all the pink stuff but the colors are more true to pink and brighter in this collection. There are 7 new pressed eyeshadows in this collection but I did not get them because I feel like I can spend that money at a better place, but the shades are pretty unique and some of them look nice. The transition shades like Labyrinth is the perfect dusty rose shade so I might pick one or two up. I mean, if you want more mattes in a wider variety, go ahead and get some.  

Done Deal - Above & Beyond + Made Me Do It
The blush/highlighter duo is very much more pink this time around. Above & Beyond is a matte warm pink blush while Made Me Do It is a pearlized champagne pink highlighter. They apply smoothly like The Knockout palette but I had to layer the blush a bit for the swatch. You won't need to for your cheeks so that's a minor issue. There is kickback if you use your brush to pick up the blush, so I'm not a fan of that. If you like pink blushes, this is a cute one, especially for spring and summer. It's like one of those cliche true pink shades but if you apply it lightly, it can add a nice subtle flush to your cheeks. The highlighter is really pretty and creamy. The pink base is quite light so it blends in with my skin but it gives a nice glow and I'm pretty sure it has some gold flecks because I noticed a gold sheen.

Forget Me Not - Pearlized Icy Pink
I love pink highlighters! They can double up as blushes by adding a tint of color to your cheeks while giving some major glow at the same time. The Super Shock Cheek Highlighters do not emphasize your pores like how powders can because it is so creamy and packed full of pigment and pearls. A layer of this doesn't give much color but the glow is there. A second layer will give a slight pink to the cheeks which is very pretty. You can wear this over Above & Beyond for a seamless pink highlight look.

Here are some comparison swatches. Top photo is under natural lighting and bottom photo was taken with my ring light.

Birdy (Creme) - Warm Baby Pink
I'm not a fan of this color because of how light it looks against my skin tone. It almost washes me out. If you like the style of Japanese makeup then maybe you might like this color. Otherwise, I would stay away from it unless you have really pale/light skin or really dark skin so that there is a contrast. The formula is a lot better this time though. It's not as soft and oily as the previous newly formulated cremes so I had a much easier time putting it on. It still looks a little bit icky on the inside of my lips because the product tends to cling onto dry areas and pile up. 

Love Muffin (Ultra Satin Lip) - Pastel Baby Pink
This was one of the shades in the Short and Sweet mini set for the Valentine's day collection. Apparently, it was the most requested shade to be made in a full size so here it is. I'm still waiting for the rest of the colors to be upsized because the mini versions are total rip offs. You hardly get any product in those. Anyway, this color looks really similar to Birdy but it is more neutral while Birdy is warmer (more orange). I swatched it side by side but forgot to take a photo. So, like I said with Birdy, it would look good on really pale/light skintones or really dark skin tones but not in between because it borderline washes me out. Otherwise, the Ultra Satin Lip formulas are one of the best liquid lipstick formulas out there. Very pigmented, comfortable and long wearing although not transfer proof.

Chandelier (Ultra Satin Lip) - True Salmon Pink
This is a very cute and wearable color. It might be too bright on darker skin tones but for light to fair skinned beauties, this is quite flattering. My zoomed out shot is a tad overexposed because I forgot to turn down my light but you can see my up close lip swatch that the contrast between my skin and the lip color is just right.

Fresh Cut (Ultra Matte Lip) - True Blue Pink
Again, my face shot looks a bit overexposed but this color is not as bright as Chandelier. If you look at my close up lip swatch, it kinda looks like Above & Beyond but in liquid lipstick form. It's a very pretty color but if you put on a thick layer, it can accentuate your lip lines. Also, the color looks lighter and paler in the tube and when you first put it on but it will dry down to a darker shade. 

I looked through my collection and tried to find the closest dupes for the new shades with the others in their permanent collection. Apparently Milk Bottle is supposed to dupe one of them but it's discontinued already. 
Littlestitious is more mauvey and has more purple undertones than Love Muffin. It is also more muted whereas Love Muffin is paler and very pink. 

Solow and Chandelier are very similar. Solow is and Ultra Matte Lip but it slightly muted as compared to Chandelier which is a tad brighter and warmer.

Clueless is more mauvey than Fresh Cut so it looks darker. Chances are if you like Clueless, you will like Fresh Cut too.

Do you have any faves from this collection?