Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipsticks & Liner Review + Swatches!!

Alright, so I decided I would see what all the hype was about for Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I have been seeing them all over the place lately! The kits include a lipstick and a liner for $29, which isn’t too bad. You can also buy the lipstick and liner separately for $17 and $14, respectively.

The formula is a true matte without being too drying. The darker colors apply a bit patchy, but that can be normal for darker lipsticks (note: I never have this problem with ColourPop). Once the lipstick is dry, it does not smudge or rub off at all! The lipsticks are also very pigmented which means you do not have to apply a lot of coats to achieve a bold look. I also love that a matching lip liner comes with every lipstick. I don’t have a lot of lip liners because I usually use a clear lip liner, so with all of these lip liners I have been able to mix and match them with other lipsticks that I have to create new looks.

Left to right or bottom to top: True Brown K, Kourt K, Dolce K, 22, Mary Jo K, Posie K, KoKo K, Candy K

My favorite shade is True Brown K. It’s the perfect Fall color and I have been wearing it OUT!

Left to Right: True Brown K, Kourt K, Mary Jo K

Overall, I like the lipsticks. However, I can’t say whether or not I would purchase anymore because the quality and shades are comparable to ColourPop and they’re almost 3 times cheaper.

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Beauty Bakerie 

I was super excited to finally receive my first lip whips from Beauty Bakerie! One of my friends introduced me to this black owned brand, so I knew I had to support! I thought I would start out with two lip whips, since they are sold for $20 a pop. Although I loved how they are advertised as 100% smudge proof and the swatches look amazing, I wasn’t comfortable going crazy purchasing all of the colors I loved.

I decided to try out Cranberry Stiletto first. It’s a beautiful deep red! I love a good red lip, so purchasing this shade was a no brainer for me. Since these lippies are matte, I went about my normal process to apply the lip color. First, I exfoliated my lips using a lip exfoliator by e.l.f. Cosmetics. Then, I applied a lip primer by Bite Beauty. I let the lip primer set for about 30 seconds and then I applied the lip whip. I used the doe foot applicator to line my lips with the color and then I filled it in. The liquid to matte formula takes about 30 seconds to fully dry.

Applying my lip color is the last thing I do before walking out the door. After about 5 minutes, my lips felt EXTREMELY dry! I looked at my lips in the mirror and noticed how patchy the color looked. I refreshed the lip color and then it started to peel. I was so upset all day at work because my lips were extremely uncomfortable and I couldn’t change out my lip color because that was the only lipstick I had with me and due to this being 100% smudge proof, you need an oil based lip color remover and I didn’t have that with me. In order to alleviate some of the discomfort, i applied chapstick on top of the color. That helped quite a bit. But I just didn’t feel like I should have had to do that! Overall, I was just completely disappointed in this lipstick.

I’m in the process of trying to figure out some ways to prevent this from happening because the colors are so beautiful and I really want to be able to love this brand!


Cranberry Stiletto

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadows and Bronzers Review + Swatches

On Veteran’s Day, I took advantage of the HUGE sale that e.l.f. was having on their website. Everything was 50% off! Well…almost everything! It has taken me a few weeks to get around to using all of the products and writing a review.  I will not review everything in this haul at once. I will review products after I use them several times.

Anyway, in this review, I want to focus on the baked bronzer and eyeshadow palettes. I purchased the Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California and Seattle. California is a palette with neutral shades. Seattle is a palette with smokier shades. I purchased the Baked Bronzer in Bora Bora for $3. I was super excited about receiving the palettes and bronzer. I thought the colors in each palette were so beautiful and for $10 each, I really couldn’t beat that! However, once I got them and opened them and tried them out, I was sadly disappointed. There was barely any pigment in the shadows. I read somewhere that the pigment was more intense with a wet brush, but that really didn’t make much of a difference. I love e.l.f. products and I am really hoping that this is just an issue with the baked formula and not their eyeshadows in general because I purchased a pressed eyeshadow palette from Target a couple of weeks ago that I have not had a chance to try out yet. I might have to turn my back on e.l.f. in that one doesn’t work out for me!

Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California Swatches (left: with flash; right: without flash)

Swatches of Seattle Palette (left: without flash; right: with flash)

Baked Bronzer in Bora Bora Swatch (left: with flash; right: without flash)

As you can see from the photos above, there isn’t much pigment in the eyeshadows or the bronzers. 😦

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