Price: $4 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 4g / 0.14 oz
The Nyx Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Pumpkin Pie is a neutral peachy color with a cream formula. The Nyx Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Blush is a warm pink with a cream formula. Like all of the lipsticks from this line, Pumpkin Pie & Blush are very creamy and smooth. I found Pumpkin Pie to be creamier than Blush. Both have a little bit of gloss to the finish, but Blush is not as glossy looking as Pumpkin Pie. These two lipsticks are similar in pigmentation, though, super easy to apply and opaque in seconds. I find these lipsticks very comfortable on the lips and find that both colors wear off about 2 to 3 hours after application.
Price: $10 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.25 oz / 7.2 g
The Nyx Love in Paris Eye Shadow Palette in Merci Beaucoup is a 9 shadow palette that consists mainly of warm colors with shimmery being the most common finish. Merci Beaucoup contains a shimmery ivory, shimmery bronze, shimmery beige, matte warm brown, shimmery dark cool brown, shimmery coral, matte cool toned brown, mostly matte white & shimmery burgundy.
Unfortunatley, most of the shades in Merci Beaucoup needed to be built up a lot to get a decent color payoff when applied with a brush or with your fingers. The most pigmented shade is the shimmery copper (middle, top row), but none of the other colors have the same pigmentation. I found that these shadows had quite a bit of fall out during application as well, which can get annoying when trying to build up color on the lids. It's not the worst shadow formula and is consistent with most drugstore shadows I have tried, but the pigmentation doesn't compete at all with shadows from Urban Decay or Lorac. An interesting thing I would like to point out is that you get a much more pigmented color when applying the shadows with the little sponge applicator. While the pigmentation is nice, I find it quite difficult to apply shadow with the little applicators. They also applied much better with a synthetic brush, versus one with natural bristles. However, these shadows aren't dry or chalky, they have a rather smooth feel. With a primer the wear of these shadows can be extended all day without creasing. They last okay with out a primer and barely crease, but I suggest using a primer as it also helps intensify the colors. Overall it's an okay palette, and if you are interested I would at least wait on one of Ulta's BOGO 50% off sales.
The swatch order is the top row (horizontally faced) left to right, followed by the 2nd and 3rd rows from left to right.
Price: $6.44 * Buy At: Target * Size: 5.6 g / 0.19 oz
The Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in (60) Coffee Cake is a neutral peachy blush with an interesting cream to powder formula.
Despite the boring, brownish look in the pan, Coffee Cake is a nice peachy orange color. Coffee Cake has no visible shimmer or glitter, which is what I look for in a blush.
The Dream Bouncy blushes have a cream-to-powder formula. The blush in the pan is squishy, which I think feels really cool. For me, the best way to apply these blushes is with your finger and blended out with a dense brush (like Real Techniques Expert Face Brush). Coffee Cake blends out effortlessly, but can also be built up to work on darker skin. Coffee Cake is not waterproof, but, I find it to be more water resistant than most blushes.
Price: $5.99 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.14 oz / 4 g
The Nyx Powder Blush in Mauve is a soft pink blush. The Nyx Powder Blushes come in black plastic compacts with a clear lid, which allows you to see the color of the blush. Due to the inexpensive price, the packaging is not the best quality and the hinge of the lid can get weak and the Nyx on the lid eventually rubs off.
Mauve is not the most pigmented Nyx blush which makes it a great soft and natural pink for fair or light skin tones. The swatches were built up a bit. Mauve's pigmentation is even and not at all chalky. Using a dense or fluffy brush, the blush nicely blends out on the cheeks for a subtle cheek color. I really love this color, but if you have darker skin, Mauve may not be for you.
Price: $7.49 * Buy At: Target * Size: 0.095 oz / 2.7 g
The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish is a bright, but still sheer, cool toned pink jumbo lip pencil.
The format of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains is a plastic pencil that twists up and doesn't need to be sharpened. These balm stains have a fairly thin formula that feels more like a lip balm on the lips than a lipstick. I personally really like this, because I am frequently bothered by being able to feel products when they are on my lips. The Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are moisturizing for 2 to 3 hours and then fade out to a stain where you can apply a chapstick over it to keep the color, but bring back the moisture. As far as Cherish as a color, I absolutely love it! I am drawn to cool toned pinks that are still somewhat subtle and Cherish is definitely my kind of color.
Price: $5 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 1.6 g / 0.056 oz
The Nyx Nude Matte Shadow in Craving is a matte, medium cool grey shadow. While you wouldn't really think that it would be, but it is actually quite difficult to find a matte grey shadow from the drugstore and this is actually the one one I have come across!
The texture of Craving is very smooth. It's not necessarily a "buttery" shadow, but it is not dry. The pigmentation is there and application is really easy. The shade of grey allows you to use Craving as a crease color or even as an all over lid shade. It can really pack on an opaque color on the lid, as well as blend out in the crease. I found that Craving applied equally well with a natural and synthetic eye brush.
Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue Medicated Balm in Just Peachy, Pink Me Up, Berry Soft & Soothing Sorbet
Price: $3 * Buy At: Walmart * Size: 4.4 g / 0.15 fl oz
The Medicated Dr Rescue line is Maybelline's newest take on the Baby Lips line. Today I have the shades Pink Me Up, Just Peachy, Berry Soft and Soothing Sorbet. Just Peachy is a light peach, Pink Me Up is a cool toned sheer pink, Soothing Sorbet is a warm berry & Berry Soft is a plum.
These Baby Lips have the same smooth, moisturizing formula, but they do smell much different than the traditional ones. Since these are medicated, they smell sort of like Vick's vapor rub. It doesn't bother me, but it may bother people who aren't a fan of the Vick's vapor rub smell. They also have a slight cooling feel on the lips, this goes away within 30 minutes. As pigmentation goes, Pink Me Up was sheer, but it was quite glossy. Just Peachy was more pigmented than Pink Me Up, but not as glossy.
The pigmentation of the Dr Rescue line is consistent with the original Baby Lips line, but not as pigmented as the Electro line. Just Peachy was surprisingly pigmented and adds a really nice light peach color to the lips. Pink Me Up was the least pigmented, but was a little glossier than the others. Soothing Sorbet was nice as well, adding a sheer berry tint. Berry Soft was pigmented, but if you have pigmented lips, than this one won't show up as much.
Price: $6 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.14 oz / 4g
The Nyx Powder Blush in Mocha is a matte medium tone warm pink blush. Like all of the Nyx Powder Blushes, Mocha comes in a black plastic compact with a clear lid, which I quite like because it allows you to easily distinguish between colors without opening it or looking at the name. Since the blush is inexpensive, the packaging is as well. After using and opening these blushes a lot, the lid's hinge can get very weak and eventually fall off, you could always depot these if that happens, though.
Mocha has really great pigmentation and is not chalky despite the matte finish. Due to the pigmentation and the slightly darker pink color, Mocha would work on darker skin tones as well. If you are fair like me, I suggest using a blush brush that isn't super dense to avoid applying too much. Mocha is very smooth in texture, it doesn't have a buttery or creamy feel to it, but as I mentioned before, it isn't chalky at all.
Price: $5.94 * Buy At: Target * Size: 0.14 oz / 4 g
The Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold (45) is a reflective antique gold cream eye shadow or eye shadow base.
Just like the other shades of this product, the formula isn't the creamiest product, but it still easily glides on super evenly. You can use one or two swipes to get an opaque gold, or get a sheer gold wash of color by blending them out gently with your finger. You can apply this product with a brush, but I find that they are best applied with a clean finger. I don't know about the claim for 24 hour wear, but Bold Gold does last on the lids all day by themselves. This makes Bold Gold ideal as a base for gold shadows (I like to layer Urban Decay's Half Baked over Bold Gold) or as a base to warm up brown shadows. This can extend the wear of most powder shadows. With the all day wear, I don't find that Bold Gold creases, transfers or moves around the lid. In addition to the great wear of this product, Bold Gold is waterproof and smudge-proof once it settles and dries. The Color Tattoo line is a great pick for humid weather, swimming, oily eyelids or anything that causes your shadow to become wet.
Price: $9 * Buy At: Sephora * Size: 0.04 oz
The Sephora Contour Eye Liners are a new line of super creamy liners from Sephora. The shade 5th Avenue is a dark matte grey.
This liner is the creamiest and smoothest pencil liner I have ever tried. It blows the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liners out of the water. They are super pigmented and just glide on so easily. I also really like the shade 5th Avenue as an alternative to a traditional black liner. Even though the packaging claims to be, this liner is not completely waterproof. It is still water resistant, but it does smudge if you rub it while it's wet. Once the liner has set, it is pretty smudge-proof as well.