Price: $7.49 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.13 fl oz
The Nyx Electromagnetic Cosmic Metals Lip Cream is a shimmery, metallic teal. See my review and swatches of the Cosmic Metals in Extraterrestrial, Dark Nebula and Galactic HERE.
The Cosmic Metals come in the same packaging as Nyx’s Liquid Suede Lip Creams: a clear tube with a black, faceted lid and a long, flat applicator. Just like the three shades I originally purchased, Electromagnetic has great color payoff. The more product you apply, the less chrome it looks and the more shimmery it appears. The product is not uncomfortable on the lips, but tends to be a bit sticky, definitely more so than a typical liquid lipstick. The wear becomes more comfortable after a little while, and it does not leave behind any gritty pieces of glitter, which is a good thing. The Cosmic Metals are not the easiest to remove, they tend to leave behind a slight tint and some shimmer. I recommend using an oil (I like coconut oil) to remove the lip color, to avoid any unnecessary scrubbing. I love unique, bold lip colors, and I have been getting behind the metallic lip trend. Electromagnetic is definitely not going to be everyone's cup of tea or their go-to lip color on a daily basis, but I think it's a gorgeous shade. It also matches my eyes pretty well so I think that looks cool as an added bonus.
Price: $4.99 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.33 oz
The Essence All About Nudes Eyeshadow Palette is neutral toned 8-shadow palette.
The All About Nudes Palette has a clear lid to easily see the colors inside. The palette is quite small, despite each shadow containing about 0.04 oz of product (0.05 is standard). Only one of the shades I would consider to be completely matte: the ivory on the top left. The rest of the top row has a bit of a satin finish, although blended in the crease they look pretty matte. The bottom row has a little bit more shimmer than the top row, but I'd still consider them satin. The only shade that is truly shimmery is the brown in the bottom right corner. The shadows are all smooth and soft; they have a bit of powder kickup because of the softness, but it has no effect on the pigmentation or application. These little Essence palettes are great for travel since they are so small and compact, but still contain plenty of product. This palette could easily provide the highlight, transition and crease shades for an everyday look in combination with other shadows, or on its own for a simple look.
Price: $4.99 * Buy At: Walgreens * Size: 0.23 oz / 6.5 g
The Jordana Sculpt N' Go Creamy Contour Stick in Light is a light taupe shade. Many affordable cream contours have a balmy texture, but this one does not! The product still applies smoothly and evenly, but it is not too thin or dewy. The Sculpt N' Go Contour Stick has a natural matte finish, making it easy to achieve a natural contour. Another thing about this formula that makes a natural looking contour easy, is that it is super easy to blend! It's actually pretty foolproof, maybe even more so than a contour powder. In addition to its pigmentation and ease of blending, the contour stick is very buildable. When I use this product, I like to apply it under my cheekbones, blend it out, and then apply a bit more for some extra definition. It goes without saying that I really am a fan of this product! It is foolproof and super affordable, so I would recommend it to anyone!
Price: $4.50 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 5 mL
The Nyx Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Gold is a semi-metallic yellow gold liner. The Studio Liquid Liners come in a small, clear package so that you can see the color inside. It has a long, thin brush applicator that can easy create a thin, subtle line. Despite Extreme Gold being a gold, it is not glittery or really metallic in its finish. I consider the finish to be semi-metallic, or just reflective. The product applies smoothly onto the lids, but is not completely opaque in one pass, as you can see in my swatches. However, since the liner dries quickly, building it up a bit is not a big deal. Nyx is my go to brand for colored liners, as they have a large color selection and they are super affordable. So no, Extreme Gold is not the most crazy pigmented liner you'll come across, but I still find myself using it all of the time.
Price: $42 * Buy At: Kohls * Size: 9 x 0.084 oz
The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony is a nine shadow palette of mattes. It's the sequel of the infamous Meet Matt(e) Nude, and its a play on the word matrimony.
Although the shadows appear to be the same size as the original Meet Matt(e) palette, they are 0.016 oz smaller. They are still bigger than an average full sized eyeshadow of 0.05 oz. There are two shadows in Meet Matt(e) Trimony that are a bit dry, Matt Kumar and Matt Moskowitz, this is typical of red-based shadows, but it is still a bit of a let down. The palette has two shades that are good for transitioning in the crease and four darker shades that work well to darken up the crease. The black is great for adding more dimension or for use as a liner, and the two pale shades work nicely for a highlight. The Meet Matt(e) Trimony and Meet Matt(e) Nude palettes are very different, and do not have any similar shades, so I would not recommend one over the other. The Balm is on sale frequently on their website and on Hautelook, so I personally would not have purchased this palette at the full price.
Price: $4.99 * Buy At: Walgreens * Size: 0.21 oz / 6 g
The Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Nudie Patootie is a light nude with a cool undertone.
The Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks come in a clear tube and have a spongy applicator. The applicator has a divot in the middle, it is interesting and I haven’t seen another liquid lipstick with a similar applicator. I actually really like it however, it prevents too much product building up along the lip line. The product is thin and glides on easily to the lips. It is easy to get the color completely opaque on the lips and it dries down quickly. Naturally, being a matte liquid lipstick, the Liquid Catsuit formula is drying on the lips, but it is not as drying as the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips. I really love the color of Nudie Patootie, it is my kind of nude. I think the formula is great, and with a $5 price tag, how can you go wrong?
Price: $49 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 8 x 0.02 oz
The Urban Decay Moondust Palette
The Urban Decay Moondust Palette has gorgeous silver shimmery packaging, with Moondust engraved. The shimmer isn't rough--it feels just like any other plastic palette. I was very hesitant to buy this palette because each shade is less than half the size of a regular eyeshadow, and the $50 is comparably high for an eight shadow palette. However, I kept swatching the shades everytime I saw the palette in store, so I finally caved. I figured I wouldn't use the palette all that often, but I have been finding myself going back to this palette day after day, to add a pop of color in an eye look or simply as an all-over lid shade. The Moondust shadows have a very unique finish. They are shimmery shades, but not in a metallic way. The best way I can describe how they look is wet. The shadows have a dry texture, so I pretty much always apply them with my finger. The pigmentation is great, and uniform across the eight colors. I can also say that the shadows in this palette are consistent with the Moondust single shadows from Urban Decay. I got hooked on the formula with Midnight Cowboy, and now my love continues. Although I think the price should be cut by at least $10, I do really love this palette and honestly would probably purchase the sequel if Urban Decay released one.
Price: $28 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 4g
The Lorac Pro Matte Palette is an eight pan palette of--you guessed it--all matte eyeshadows.
The Pro Matte Palette has the same thin, black, rubberized packaging as the rest of the Pro line. The palette is good for travel since it is so thin, and since it is made of all matte shadows, it could check a lot of boxes when picking out your travel makeup. You could stick to the left side of the palette for a soft, everyday look, or add in the other side to add depth, dimension or smokiness. Just like the other Pro palettes, the shadows in the Pro Matte palette are very soft and creamy and have intense color payoff. Since the formula is so soft, the shadows are prone to some excess powder kick-up or maybe even a bit of fallout, but they are still super easy to work with.