Price: $5 * Buy On: Nyx's Website * Size: 4 g / 1.4 oz
The Nyx Powder Blush in Taupe is a matte taupe blush that is a great contour color for people with fair skin.
Taupe is nicely pigmented, but not too pigmented so you can have a controlled contour. I like to use Taupe with my Real Techniques Contour Brush to contour my cheeks & nose. Taupe blends out really nicely, making it easy to avoid a harsh brown line on your face.
I thought I would do some "overall favorites" posts and I am starting off with pink blushes! I wanted it to just be a fave 5, but I couldn't get my self to leave one of these six blushes out of my favorites!
First of my favorite pink blushes is the Nyx Powder Blush in Peach. This was my first Nyx Blush and it really shows its age! Peach is a cool toned pink, not really peachy at all. Next is Deep Throat from Nars. Deep Throat is a peachy pink blush with a little bit of shimmer and looks very natural on the cheeks. Another one of my favorite pink blushes is Mocha, another Nyx Powder Blush. Mocha is a darker pink and has more of a red tone to it. Next up is the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Plum. Pink Plum is a nice neutral toned pink and it has the coolest texture to it! After this blush is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused, a cool toned pink. Amused is a beautiful color and lasts all day on me. Lastly is another Nyx blush, but this time, the Rouge Cream Blush. This one is in the shade Natural. Natural is a pink with a red undertone and a glossy finish (it goes away once blended out). I like this blush because it is the most waterproof out of my blushes due to the cream formula.
Price: $6.49 * Buy At: Target * Size: 0.09 oz
The Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sorbet is a bright pink with a yellow undertone. While the Revlon Lip Butters are designed to be a more sheer product, Sorbet is really easily built up to a nearly opaque pink color.
The Revlon Lip Butters are in a usual twist up tube and the product is cut flat and angled at the top. I find the product to be quite thick and this can make it a bit difficult to apply on small lips (like mine). That aside, I like the packaging of the Lip Butters. They have a long lid that are colored similar to the product inside.
Sorbet has the moisture of a lip balm and the pigmentation of a semi-sheer lipstick. Sorbet it buildable for a pretty, bright pink, but can also be worn in a more subtle way. Sorbet has a nice shine to it when built up, but isn't very shiny when lightly applied. Sorbet's color lasted for 2-3 hours on me before needing to be applied again.
Price: $12 * Buy At: Sephora * Size: 0.082 fl oz
The Sephora Color Proof Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Matte Brown is a very dark brown with a matte finish.
Oddly enough, when looking at the "brush" of this liner, it appears that there is glitter in this liner, but when swatched or applied on the lids, there is no visible glitter or sparkle. It is waterproof to a point and when it comes off, the liner flakes off. Some may think that this is a bad thing, but, I would much prefer for my liner to cleanly flake off than run down my face if it gets wet. I really like this eyeliner. It applies very smooth and evenly and you do not need to keep dunking the brush in the product to finish the line. The brush is stiff which allows an easy, clean line, but it is not too stiff to a point that it could hurt your eyelid. This liner wore all day on me with no primer.
Price: $7.99 * Size: 7.2 ml / 0.24 fl oz * Buy At: Target
The L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara comes in a long grey tube that resembles the shape of a telescope, which I think is really cute! The waterproof formula has blue writing on the tube, and the non-waterproof formula has red writing.
The Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara has a long, thin wand. The wand is also slightly pinched in the middle, which I don't think makes a difference to the lashes. To me, he formula is more on the dry side, and it dries quickly on the lashes. The mascara applied nicely and did not clump my lashes together. The first coat of the Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara added quite a bit of length to my lashes and the thickness and volume came as I built up the mascara. This mascara held up really well against water, the first time I wore it, I slammed my finger in my car door which caused quite a bit of crying and the mascara didn't budge. If you rub your lashes while they are wet, some of the mascara will flake off, but it doesn't smear or run at all. This mascara is also on the more difficult side of removal.
Price: $2.99 * Buy At: Walgreens * Size: 0.5 oz / 1.4 g
Revlon has come out with a new collection of single shadows called ShadowLinks. These little (but full sized) powder shadows slide together on the side to connect the single colors into customized palettes. I have picked up 2 colors, Cocoa & Plum.
You can connect these little shadows together on the side. While this is a neat concept, I don't think that it is that great. When you slide the shadows together, they don't lock or snap into place and can easily be pulled apart from the top or the bottom. It's also odd to open a lid for each shadow you want to use, since all other shadow palettes have one large lid and many shadows under it.
There are not many matte shades in this line and Plum is one of them. Plum is a dark, neutral purple. Cocoa, a darker brown, appears to be matte, but has a satin finish. Oddly enough, Plum is more pigmented than Cocoa despite that it is a matte. The texture of both shadows is slightly dry, not chalky, but definitely not buttery or smooth. The pigmentation of both shadows just isn't that great, I have also heard from other people that other shades are not pigmented either. I built up both shades in the swatch pictures. While $3 per shadow seems cheap, a $9 trio or a $12 quad isn't as cheap in the drugstore. Honestly, unless there is a color you are just dying to try from this line, I would skip the Revlon ShadowLinks.
Price: $3.29 * Buy At: Walgreens * Size: 0.095 oz / 2.7 g
The Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain in (06) Cranberry Crush is a warm, berry colored jumbo lip pencil.
First I would like to mention that the Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stains do not have a minty smell like a lot of jumbo lip pencils and in fact, they don't really have a scent at all. Cranberry Crush applies very smooth, especially when over a lip balm. They are moisturizing and quite lightweight, giving almost a lip balm-like feel on the lips. They provide a little bit of shine, but can easily be layered with a gloss to increase the glossiness. The pigmentation of Cranberry Crush is spot on, you can get a nice berry color when built up, but if you prefer a more subtle color with a stained look, you can just dab the product on and rub it in.
Freedom System 5 Shadow Palette
Price: $11 * Buy At: Inglot Stores or http://www.inglotusa.com/Palettes-Freedom_System_Palette_5_Eye_Shadow_Square.html * Size: 2.5 g / 0.09 in DS Shadows & 2.3 g / 0.08 oz in Matte Shadows
After loving my 3 Shadow Palette with shades #407, #397 & #360 for a few months, I decided it was time to get more Inglot Shadows. I have the 5 Shadow Freedom Palette with five shadows, #357, #337, #334, #470 and #318. All of these are matte, except for #470.
I will go into more detail as to the formula and pigmentation of each shadow under later in the post, but as a whole, these shadows are amazing in all areas. Their pigmentation is spot on, they are not chalky, they blend beautifully and they have a soft, smooth texture. I love Inglot's eyeshadows because they are all consistent in texture, pigmentation and application.
If you are unfamiliar with Inglot's palettes, they have a magnetic lid that can be rotated to open the palette (as seen in the picture above) and also removed completely in the second palette photo. These magnets are strong in a way that you wouldn't have to worry about it coming open in a bag or purse, but aren't too strong that you struggle when trying to open the palette. Each of the shadows magnetize to the palette as well, so they will not fall out (and are actually quite difficult to remove).
First up is the darkest shade I purchased, #357, which is a darker warm brown with a matte finish. This shadow has great pigmentation and easily blends out in the crease. #357 is not chalky and I did not experience fall out during application.
Next is shadow #344, a medium warm brown with a matte finish. #344 is lighter than #357, but shares the same warm tone. Since this is a lighter brown it works great as a transition color in the crease or as a more subtle crease color. Just like #357, #344 blends beautifully and does not have fall out.
In the middle of the palette is shadow #337, a medium pink brown that also has a matte finish. #337 is a nice brown for a crease color and the pink tone is quite flattering on pink skin tones. This shadow applies very evenly and blends out beautifully in the crease (or on the lid, if you want). You can create a very subtle crease color with this shadow using a fluffier brush and blending away, but you can also create a darker, more dramatic crease using a denser crease brush.
For the gorgeous pop of color in this palette, I have shadow #470. This is a bright peachy coral color with small flecks of gold glitter. If you are not a fan of glittery shadows, I wouldn't worry about the glitter in this shade, because it is not very noticeable in the swatches or on the eyes. Also, the glitter stays put and I didn't experience glitter fall out. #470 is so pretty and unlike lots of shadows with a gorgeous bright color, #470 is highly pigmented and applies very smoothly, not at all chalky.
The last shadow I have is #318 which is a bright, matte white. Being a white shadow, it is in its nature to be a little chalky, but this shadow applies very nicely. Pigmented, bright white shadows are hard to find, especially with a matte finish and #318 has great pigmentation. Applied with a fluffy brush, this can be a sheer, subtle highlight under the brow. On a dense shader brush #318 can evenly cover your lids for an opaque white lid color. This white shadow also makes for a great inner eye highlight.
Price: $6.94 * Buy At: Walmart * Size: 0.32 oz / 9 g
The Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation in 115 (Ivory) is the second lightest shade in the line and has a pink tone. This stick foundation is marketed with an anti-shine powder core and a fresh, lightweight gel foundation. Maybelline says that it has a natural matte finish.
The Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation applies very smoothly and evenly onto the face. It blends out into the skin very easily (I like to blend it out with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush). The downside of this foundation is that it really clings to dry skin, and I mean really clings. I like to apply this foundation on my forehead to cover acne and you can really see the dry skin on my forehead with this foundation on. With the bad part aside, I think this product is great at covering a large spot on your face that has quite a bit of acne. As I mentioned, I like to apply this on my forehead because I tend to have acne on my forehead and this is quicker and easier than covering each blemish individually with concealer if you have a lot.
Overall I think this foundation is a great choice for someone looking for a light to medium coverage or someone who frequently has a lot of redness or blemishes in one place. It blends out nicely, but the downside is that it does cling to dry skin.
Price: $6 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.15 oz / 4.2 g
The Nyx Matte Lipstick in Euro Trash is a dark pink with a brown undertone and of course, a matte finish. It is a very unique shade and I find it to be very flattering on my fair, pink skin tone.
Euro Trash is very pigmented and quite opaque on the lips. For a matte lipstick, Euro Trash applies quite smoothly, but, is applied easier with a lip balm first. I think that the formula of this lipstick is actually quite comfortable for a matte lipstick, and this line is a great choice for people who typically find matte finish lipsticks to be uncomfortable. Euro Trash lasted on me for about 4 hours and unfortunately it does transfer on to drinks. I don't really mind the transferring and I just love this lipstick! The color is great for people who are wanting to experiment with darker lip colors for fall, but don't want to jump right into the deep vampy shades.