Price: $6.99 * Buy At: Target * Size: 0.26 fl oz
The Maybelline Nude Flush Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color is a classic neutral pink with a demi matte finish.
The Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors come in a clear rectangular tube with a flat sponge applicator. As apparent in the swatches, this product is not opaque, which surprised me considering this is supposed to be a matte liquid lipstick. On the lips, the product has a bit of a tingly feel, which I'm not crazy about, but I know some people do like it. The lip color never sets on the lips--another thing I was not expecting. It is never fully matte, and is definitely not transfer-proof. The color leaves behind a bit of a stain, but other than that, the Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors do not perform like most matte liquid lipsticks. The product is not bad, but it's more like a pigmented gloss than a liquid lipstick.
Price: $5.99 * Buy At: Ulta
The Eyelure Volume Starter Kit contains a pair of Volume 101 lashes, one practice lash, an application tool and two 1 mL tubes of lash glue. The lashes look more natural on my eyes than I thought they would, but the thick band kind of gives them away. They don't provide much length for me, but definitely thickness and volume. I have somewhat big eyes and did not have to trim the lashes, but you may need to if you have smaller eyes, or just want a more natural appearance. I apply my lashes with either tweezers or just my fingers; I don't find much use for the application tool included in the set. For someone getting into false lashes, a kit like this could be a good way to go.
How To | Step by Step
In order to create an even base for this look, I started off with my Makeup Revolution Cover & Conceal Palette, just applying some concealer all over my lids. Since this look is dramatic, I wanted to have a cream base to really make the lid colors stand out. In the center of the lids, I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold and on the outer and inner portion of the lids, I applied the Sephora Jumbo Liner in Matte Black.
Even though this look has black in the crease, it is still important to use transition shades in the crease. First, I applied Clay from the Stila In The Know Palette with a Sigma E25. Further down in the crease I used Driftwood, from the same palette, with a Zoeva Luxe Defined Crease Brush. I blended the colors out using a Sigma E40.
To create a sharp and clean crease, I held up a postcard under my eye while applying the black shadow. You can also use tape to get the same look, but I prefer it the other way. In the crease, I used a Sigma E47 and Blackout from the Naked 2 Palette. I went back and forth with Blackout and Driftwood (which I used in the crease) to make sure the crease was perfectly blended out.
I applied Blackout on the entire lower lashline and blended it out with a bit of Clay, which I used as a transition shade in the crease. Using the L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner, I lined my waterline and my tightline. I also used this liner to line the inner corners of my eyes.
I went back in with Blackout on a Coastal Scents Detail brush and applied the shadow on the inner and outer portion of the lids. For the bright gold, I used the Essence All About Sunrise Palette, and just applied the shadow with my finger. I also took a bit of the gold shade and applied it on the inner third of the lower lashline to tie in the color. I used Inglot #318 to highlight just a bit around the black inner corner, but I didn't make the color too intense.
To complete this dramatic makeup look, I applied the Maybelline the Colossal Cat Eyes mascara and the L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.
Price: $6 * Buy At: ColourPop Website * Size: 3.2 g
The ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Platform is a medium warm tan nude with a matte finish. Platform is a part of ColourPop’s Christmas collection.
The ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips come in a clear tube and a classic doe foot applicator. Platform looks really light and peachy when first applying it, but it gets noticeably darker and more muted as it dries. I really like how the end color looks on me, it’s nude, but not too light where it washes me out. Platform has very opaque coverage and a thin formula, making it super easy to apply. It does have a dry feeling on the lips since it is matte, but it feels pretty thin on the lips, so it is not bad.
Price: $16 * Buy At: Sephora * Size: 4 mL
The Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Russet Luster is a bright red orange with a demi matte finish.
The Sephora Long-Wear Lip Colors have a long flat applicator, different than the typical doe foot. Russet has very opaque color payoff; it does not need any building up during application. The formula is rather thin, and it effortlessly glides onto the lips. The product never fully dries on the lips, like a matte liquid lipstick, although it does stay feeling hydrating. Since it doesn't dry down, it's not quite the long wearing lip color that it claims to be, as it can easily transfer. I still enjoy this lip color, it's pigmented and easy to apply, but if transferring is a problem for you, this might not be the best lip color for you.
Price: $11.99 * Buy At: Sleek's Website * Size: 12 x 1.1 g
The Sleek iDivine Eye Shadow Palette in Calm Before the Storm contains twelve shadows, five of which are neutral and seven are various blues.
The Sleek iDivine Palettes come in a thin, black package with a large mirror under the lid. Unfortunately, the shadow names are not printed on the palette, and are only on the clear insert. Calm Before The Storm is probably not a must have for most people since more than half of the shadows are blue. The shadows in this palette are pretty consistent for the most part. The only shade I would call a dud is Navy Shower, which was just not pigmented, even if I build it up a lot. The matte shadows--with the exception of Lagoon--feel a bit dry, but they do not apply patchy or uneven. My favorite shadow in Calm Before the Storm is Voyage, I think it's a really unique shade. Overall, the palette is pretty good, although I know the color scheme is not everyone's cup of tea. But, if you are a makeup collector, or really love blue shadows, Calm Before the Storm would be a nice addition to your collection.
Price: $5 * Buy At: ColourPop Website * Size: 0.07 oz
The ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Girl Crush is a dark taupe with a matte finish.
The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows come in a small white pot with a clear lid that screws on. While Girl Crush swatched great, it can be a bit difficult to apply. I find that ColourPop shadows apply the best with fingers, and since Girl Crush is a kind of color I would apply in my crease, I would use a brush. I have tried many different crease brushes to apply this shadow, but I just can’t get much color payoff. I prefer using the ColourPop shadows on my lid, so I'm not sure how much use I will get from Girl Crush, I still like the fomula and the color, but I find these shadows to be difficult to apply in the crease.
How To | Step by Step
To create a nice even base for the eye look, I began with applying concealer to my lids and setting it with Chandelier. I then used Millennial all over the crease as a transition shade.
Using Girl's Night, I deepened up the crease a bit more. To add a little more dimension, I added a bit of Double Tap to the outer corners of my eyes.
For the lid shade, I packed on Pink Pearl all over, and a bit of Selfie just on the center. I also used a bit of Selfie as an inner corner highlight.
To balance out the eye look, I applied Follow Me along the lashline. You could easily use another neutral shade, but I feel like the pop of purple is fun and actually pretty easy to wear.
As per usual, I curled my lashes and applied the L'Oreal Carbon Black and Max Factor Wild Mega Volume mascara to my top and bottom lashes. In the waterline, I used the Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Liner in Purple Garnet.