Iconic London Illuminator Swatches

Iconic London Illuminator Swatches

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Jouer Essential High Coverage Foundation Swatches

Jouer Essential High Coverage Foundation Swatches

I have no review on these yet but dupethat has a great review on their channel.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw6UXkM-uRI]

Meltcosmetics New Liquid Lipstick Review – Releases Tomorrow 9/29/17

Meltcosmetics New Liquid Lipstick Review – Releases Tomorrow 9/29/17

I was excited when Meltcosmetics slipped into my DMs about sending me products to try! 🙂 They sent me the newest colors (plus some other amazing products); death cherry + ambrosia liner, chick habit + 1979 liner, and janice + nudist liner that are to release tomorrow 9/29 Friday at 12pm. My favorite of the 3 is Death Cherry a beautiful blue toned deep ruby red. It is by far the most comfortable and true to color liquid lipstick in my collection. Feeling almost non-existent on my lips, I totally forgot I was wearing lipstick. The liquid lipsticks dry matte, transfer proof, but can be slightly smeared if not careful. There is no real scent to the liquid lipstick and the applicator is the perfect fluffy point with a center carriage that holds more product, so no need to dip over and over.

Meltcosmetics

Cost: $19 (Set $33)

Weight: 0.12oz/3.39ml

Made in USA – Chatsworth,CA / Cruelty Free / Vegan (most)

Death Cherry (click link to the liquid lipstick page)
Ingredients: Isobutylmethacrylate/Bis-Hydroxypropyl Dimethicone Acrylate Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polysilicone-11, Synthetic Beeswax, Trihydroxystearin, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol
May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), FD&C Yellow No. 5 (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), D&C Red 7 (CI 15850)

Colourpop No filter Concealer Review

Colourpop No filter Concealer Review

I finally gave in and bought 5 concealer shades from Colourpop on the 3rd restock after reading some great reviews and some not so good reviews. The Colourpop No filter concealer has a fluffiness and smoothness to it’s consistency that I have never experienced in other concealers. It gave my face a soft focus airbrushed look. The colors I mixed were Light 15 and Light 20 together didn’t match my skin (NC15-20) completely, but it felt like I had nothing on and did not break me out for the day I wore it. For me personally it doesn’t cover my dark circles as well as the Tarte Shape tape. I would use as a foundation/contour as it has a medium matte coverage easy applied with just your fingers. Also I didn’t experience oxidation as some reviewers have mentioned.

Colourpop: #Nofilterconcealer
Cruelty-Free – Colourpop Cosmetics is coming to select Sephora stores and online 11/01/17
Ingredients
WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLYL METHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SILICA, CETYL DIGLYCERYL TRIS(TRIMETHYLSILOXY)SILYLETHYL DIMETHICONE, PEG-10 DIMETICONE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, ALUMINA, ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, BIS-PEG-15 DIMETHICONE / IPDI COPOLYMER, PEG-2 SOYAMINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, TRISODIUM EDTA, POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PESUDOALTEROMONAS EXOPOLYSACCHARIDES, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM SALICYLATE, PLANKTON EXTRACT, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).
ABH Subculture Palette Review & Swatches

ABH Subculture Palette Review & Swatches

There has been many undesirable reviews going around the internet about the newest Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette, the sister palette to the adored older sister the Renaissance Palette. Before I received the palette in my hands, I was expecting the worst from what I read and saw online, but to my advantage I learned on how to approach the powdery mess by not swirling the color till it hit pan on the first swatch (As Seen on YouTube).

Pigment:The pigment of the eye shadows vary, the mattes are the most powdery and pigmented eye shadows. Some color do tend to go on darker when applied to the skin, and with primer. All you need to do is only tap the Matte shadows once and at most, twice to get enough color. The 3 non-matte colors : Adorn, Cube, and Electric have a different textures between them all (see below for each color description)

In comparison to the Mario and Renaissance palette, all 3 palettes have fall out, are highly pigmented eye shadows, but the difference with Subculture is the colors and ingredients are a bit different, as well as how they are pressed. (read Bustle article with Norvina's responses below) With the Mario palette, I love the warm tones to create a look on my clients. The Renaissance is a beautifully blendable warm cool toned palette I also carry in my kit. I was looking to add more fun and editorial edgy colors to my kit and purchased the Subculture palette. It has colors that look like September "fall-out" leaves and is quite edgy is why I was drawn to the palette.

To see Norvina's responses in regard to the palette's powdery mess, her tweets can be found in an article by Bustle.

Pressing issues:

It is said that the eye shadows are not pressed the same way, that can the cause major fallout but it doesn't explain how some of the matte colors blend splotchy and muddy together.

Product Details:

Price: $42

Eyeshadows: Made in USA

Brush: Made in China (PRC)

An essential eye collection with fourteen shades featuring grungy mattes and bold metallics with an underground edge.

Cruelty Free Product | Hypoallergenic | Dermatology tested

Ingredients:

AXIS, DESTINY, MERCURY, DAWN, ROWDY, FUDGE, ALL STAR, EDGE, NEW WAVE, ROXY, UNTAMED: TALC, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SILICA, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), CARMINE (CI 75470), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) *CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE.
ADORN: TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): MICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)
ELECTRIC: TALC, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, ZINC STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SILICA, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TIN OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): MICA, IRON OXIDE (CI 77491), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)
CUBE: TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, SILICA, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

The Colors: (How I see and describe it)

  • Roxy: Matte Peachy Shade is super pigmented with lots of fall out, darker when swatched. Applied smooth with no patchiness.
  • Cube: Looks white in the pan but is a Pink iridescent shade, has a waxy texture that I had to scratch some off to apply.
  • Dawn: Camel Matte Shade a nice subtle shade
  • Electric: Lime Green metallic shade with gold micro specks of glitter is slightly waxy but has more color payoff than cube and easier to apply. I like this unique color.
  • Destiny: Cool Navy Green Matte Shade
  • Fudge: Warm Brown Matte Shade
  • Adorn: Metallic Bronze. My favorite color and texture in this palette, it is creamy and heavily pigmented. I used my finger to apply this as it feels like the Colourpop Supershock shadows. Love~
  • New Wave: Mustardy Turmeric Matte shade
  • All Star: Brown Plum Matte..gets a bit patchy
  • Untamed: Cool Pale Green Matte
  • Mercury: Neutral Gray Matte, came out a little uneven
  • Edge: Mustard Yellow Matte
  • Axis: Forest Green/Teal Matte
  • Rowdy: Dark Blackened Brown Matte

 

Primer: (I used no primer on the left side of my swatch picture and video)

With primer, (I used Mac painterly pot) the colors stick better but again it the mattes blends out muddled and uneven. I have used my fingers, my own synthetic brush, and the brush that comes with the palette, same result.

Possible reasons:

Although these colors really look nice, maybe the ingredients that create these colors don't work well with each other. It can also be the reaction to our body chemistry and heat that it changes the color on our skin. Also many of these color when mixed with each other will equal muddy browns or gray. The patchiness however has to do with the formulation of each color. Just like with liquid lipsticks ( I have tested 100s) each color has different quality in wear. In my many years (decades, I am old) of experience with eye shadows I have yet to find a matte yellow that was smooth and creamy.

Getting it to work:

Try using only 1 matte color with 1 of the metallic/duo chrome shades as that would cause less muddling, or using 1 color for a monochromatic look. If you really want to get it to work try different primers, brushes, and go lightly. I am hoping something may work for you. Check hastag #abhsubculture on instagram for videos to see if it may help.

Conclusion:

With all that , if you are unsatisfied with the Subculture palette, ABH has a great return policy in place. They include a return shipping label with your package if you order from Anastasiabeverlyhills.com and can return it within 30 days for a full refund (Sephora as well). Instead of going "berserk" online or being rude with clickbaity thumbnails, state the facts politely. Remember there was a team of people who put sweat and hard work into creating this product. Hopefully from all the feedback from us consumers, ABH can release a V2 of the palette, because a lot of us are loving the color combinations in this palette. It is unfortunate that quality can differ from batch to batch, and maybe one of us might hit the "good batch lottery." At this time I am unsure if I will be returning it, I may keep and use it for a monochromatic look with the less patchy colors. I give this palette a 3 out of 5, how about you?

 

 

Forever 21 Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner Set Review & Swatches

Forever 21 Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner Set Review & Swatches


I forget who I watched lip swatching the F21 liquid lipsticks, it was either Shanxo or Dupethat. They are so affordable and it looked nice on one of them, so I bought all the colors available. There was a total of 4 colors online: chestnut, nude, wine, and copper. The color that I tested and review below was chestnut.

Price : $4.90 usd Contents: Liquid Lipstick + Matching Lip Liner
Made in: China
Size: 0.088 pz (2.5g) Liner: 0.024 oz (0.7g)
Consistency: Smooth and pigmented with 1 dip
Long Lasting: It is not transfer-proof and does not dry down
Non-Drying: Doesn’t feel drying as it does not dry down
Non-Peeling: After removing, my lips was slightly peely
Transfer-proof: No , Easy to remove
Color Choices: Only a 4 colors or so
Non-Staining: Does not stain
Scent: Has a slight fragrance and chemically scent. Bothers me that I took it off and did not try the rest of the colors.
Applicator: Usual doe foot applicator
Website: www.forever21.com
Physical Store: Yes
Ships From: Montebello, CA USA
Packaging: Box Packaging, 2 of the 4 tubes of liquid lipstick when removing the cap the stopper would pop up and I would have to push it back in with twisting the cap down.

Ingredients: (see picture)



Notes: I would not buy these again. My sensitivity to fragrance and with ingredients that dries out my lip I give these a “bye felicia” jk. I give these 2 1/2 out of 5 stars, because of the affordability and conveniency.  Also not a fan of lip liners that smell like pencil.

Check out my Instagram for more swatches! instagram: imeltformakeup

Colourpop Pressed Powder Blush Duo Swatches & Blush craze

Colourpop Pressed Powder Blush Duo Swatches & Blush craze

Buon Giorno!

I’ve been on a blush craze, buying many formulas and brands of blushes in the past month. From Colourpop blush duos, Nars liquid blushes, Stila convertible lip and blush palettes. Well the good thing is I’ll test it out on myself and if it works well, 80% of what I buy goes into my professional makeup kit. No animal testing here, just a real-life-human-test-subject.

If you do not know I work in the bridal/ beauty makeup artistry sector. Many clients and because it’s quickly approaching from spring to summer, people are requesting a natural glow. After doing a monochromatic peach eye, lip, and cheeks (E.L.C.) look for one of my brides, per her request, I realized I did not have enough pastel nectar cheek colors. Instead, I used what I had, a pretty Colourpop eyeshadow on her cheeks (Colourpop Pressed Shadow “Wait For It”, their website picture does not represent how bright and coral-ly it actually is IRL, click for my swatch), it really complimented her NC15 skin. After that, I went on a binge buy of blushes and came across Colourpop’s blush duo in “Done Deal” & “The Knockout”. The knockout was a bit deeper than I like on my skin and not bright enough, as you can see in the swatches above. So the search continues (my nars order is on it’s way, and stila I need to test), stay in touch for more blush swatches or follow me on instagram: imeltformakeup, I update much more often there than here.

Ciao bellas.

PS. (Master of None 2 has got me speaking Italian..not really 🙂