Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Lovely and Sad Girl Swatches & Review

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Lovely and Sad Girl Swatches & Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills' liquid lipsticks have become one of the heavyweight formulas in a world now rife with liquid mattes so it was only a matter of time before curiosity got the better of me and I had to give them a try. They're one of the more expensive options out there at $20USD a pop, so how did they measure up?
  
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Lovely and Sad Girl Swatches & Review

Formula overview:
Anastasia Beverly Hill's liquid lipstick formula is thin and lightweight with a fairly quick dry down period - around thirty seconds. Opacity varies depending on the colour but they're generally pretty well pigmented, with shimmery shades like Sad Girl being sheerer by necessity to show the sparkle. The more neon and white-based colours are more prone to streaking, a common issue across liquid lipstick formulas and not specific to ABH. I don't find this formula drying. Their scent is a little chemical, vaguely sweet, but not too offensive. 

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Lovely

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Lovely Swatches & Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Lovely Swatches & Review

Lovely (discontinued) is a nude pink with subtle cool undertones. I suppose with as many shades as Anastasia Beverly Hills have in their range (there are currently 30) some eventually had to get the boot, but I wish Lovely had stayed - it's such a pretty, wearable pink! It's ever so slightly streaky but not really noticeable from a normal viewing distance. Lovely lasted five hours on me without being drying. MAC Please Me is a similar shade.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Lovely Swatches & Review

Sad Girl

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Sad Girl Swatches & Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Sad Girl Swatches & Review

Sad Girl is described as a 'metallic black cherry'. It's sheer, patchy and requires some serious patience to build up on its own (save yourself some time and layer it with a lip liner) but my goodness, the final effect is phenomenal. It lasted six hours on me and wasn't drying.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Sad Girl Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Lovely has good colour pay off
  • Lasted between five and six hours
  • Non drying formula
  • They don't crack, crumble or migrate
What I didn't like:
  • Sad Girl is patchier than your grandmother's handmade quilt
  • Lovely streaks slightly
Where to buy:
I liked these overall, but there are definitely formulas I prefer over them, especially at the $20USD price point. Have you tried Anastasia Beverly Hills' liquid lipsticks? Are you a fan?

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Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Cupid, True Love & Saint Swatches & Review

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Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Cupid, True Love & Saint Swatches & Review

Ever a sucker for Lime Crime's Velvetine liquid lipsticks, I decided to pick up their True Love set earlier in the year. Initially released for Valentine's Day, the set contains three shades at a discounted price of $44USD, though the shades are available individually at $20USD a pop if you don't like all of the colours. They're all very 'me' colours though, so I pounced on the discounted set!

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Cupid, True Love & Saint Swatches & Review

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Cupid, True Love & Saint Swatches & Review

Velvetines come boxed with labels that match the lipstick colour inside. The tubes are composed of frosted glass and metallic red caps adorned with pink roses. The doefoot applicator inside is small and well shaped to easily outline and fill in the lips.

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Cupid, True Love & Saint Swatches & Review

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Cupid, True Love & Saint Swatches & Review

Formula overview:
Velvetines are liquid lipsticks that dry to a flat matte finish. They have a thin, somewhat runny texture but are easy enough to control. If you're not too confident with the doefoot applicator, you may find it easier to use a lip brush (scooping product from the top of the tube or the wand) to outline your lips first and then fill them in with the applicator.
My personal favourite application method is to apply two thin coats, ensuring the first coat has dried completely before beginning the second. I have found that some Velvetine shades can become cakey if you layer them very quickly or if your application is on the thick side (although I didn't experience any issues with these three), so this method seems to work well for me to prevent this.
As with all matte lipsticks, Velvetines will highlight uneven or flaky lip texture. Hydrated and exfoliated lips are a must for them to look their best. Most of the colours have a sweet vanilla cake scent and I don't usually find them drying, but they can occasionally feel clingy.

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Cupid

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Cupid Swatches & Review

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Cupid Swatches & Review

Cupid is described as a 'petal pink', which sums it up perfectly in my opinion. It applies pretty evenly and is mostly opaque in a single layer. It lasted five hours on me and wasn't drying.

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Cupid Swatches & Review

True Love

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - True Love Swatches & Review

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - True Love Swatches & Review

True Love is described as a 'vibrant pinky red'. It's pretty much what I always wanted Suedeberry to be (that chalky mess simultaneously infuriates me and woos me with its gorgeous hue) so I'm so glad to have it in my collection. Excellent colour pay off and a nine hour wear time without being drying.

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - True Love Swatches & Review

Saint

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Saint Swatches & Review

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Saint Swatches & Review

Saint is described as a 'cranberry red'. It's a interesting rusty cranberry, different to any other red I own. I'm a fan! It lasted six hours and wasn't drying.

Lime Crime True Love Velvetines Set - Saint Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Good colour pay off
  • Non drying formula
  • They don't crumble or feather on me
What I didn't like:
  • No criticisms here!
Where to buy:

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ColourPop Lippie Stix - Oh Snap, Contempo, Grunge, Jujurouge and Poision Swatches & Review

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ColourPop Lippie Stix - Oh Snap, Contempo, Grunge, Jujurouge and Poision Swatches & Review

ColourPop may keep pumping out new and awesome lip products, but I think my favourite thing they make will always be the Lippie Stix! They smell amazing, they're brilliantly pigmented and the colour range is broad, on trend and ever changing. Earlier in the year I jumped in an order with the lovely Christel from Makeupper and picked up five Lippie Stix along with my first Ultra Satin Lip and some more Super Shock Shadows. You can check out Christel's Lippie Stix haul here

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Oh Snap, Contempo, Grunge, Jujurouge and Poision Swatches & Review

The packaging for the Lippie Stix is a glossy white twist up slim tube with a slanted lip bullet. I really like the smaller surface area of this lipstick style as it allows a more precision than your traditional larger teardrop shaped bullet. Each lipstick has a coloured end cap which matches the colour inside as well as a label with the name and finish (eg satin, matte, glossy).
The Lippie Stix have a gorgeous chocolate chip cookie scent - it smells just like the Rainbowlicious Chocolate Chip scrub to my nose, which means I'm basically in heaven every time I pop the cap off one of these. SO good.
There's a mixture of mattes and satins here and I've found the texture and application to be great with both formulas. All of them have a very subtle tackiness and a smooth, slightly creamy texture. The mattes seemed to be a little firmer on the lips, but they didn't drag or tug in any way, the satins had a bit more slip. They are all pretty forgiving of flaws, good news for those who struggle to keep pesky lip flakes away!

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Oh Snap

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Oh Snap Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Oh Snap Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Oh Snap Swatches & Review

Oh Snap is a pale dirty nude pink in a Matte finish. It's a perfect everyday nude for pale skintones and glides on beautifully, lasting a bit under six hours on me. It's not a drying matte although it did feel a little clingy by the end.

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Oh Snap Swatches & Review

Contempo

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Contempo Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Contempo Swatches & Review

Contempo is a 'mid-tone dusty rose in a Matte finish'. I'm kind of on the fence about whether I like this on me, it's possibly a little too cool toned - or maybe it's just that it clashes badly with the dress I was wearing during this swatching session. Formula-wise though, it's nice enough, lasting four hours on me and leaving behind a pink stain.

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Contempo Swatches & Review

Grunge

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Grunge Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Grunge Swatches & Review

Grunge is a 'cool-toned plum brown in a Matte finish'. Not seeing much plum here, ColourPop - Grunge is a true 90s warm brown on me and I'm not really digging it. It wore for five hours and was slightly drying.


ColourPop Lippie Stix - Grunge Swatches & Review

Jujurouge

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Jujurouge Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Jujurouge Swatches & Review

Jujurouge (discontinued) is described as a 'deepened berry red in a Matte finish'. It has a little more sheen than some of ColourPop's other matte finish Lippie Stix and I suspect this contributed it to feathering slightly. It's a lovely red though, so I'll use a lip liner next time. Jujurouge wore for six hours on me and it was part of the now discontinued Jaime King collection.

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Jujurouge Swatches & Review

Poison

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Poison Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Poison Swatches & Review

Posion is a 'deep brown red' in a Matte finish. This is a really pretty red, the brick tones set it apart from the myriad of blue toned reds in my collection, so it's totally okay that I have a million reds. Right? Okay. Poison hung around for a very respectable six hours without feathering or drying out my lips.

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Poison Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • All of the Lippie Stix have incredible colour pay off
  • Most shades weren't drying
  • All but Jujurouge wore well without feathering
  • Wear time was between four and six hours
What I didn't like:
  • Grunge was slightly drying
  • Jujurouge feathered slightly
  • Oh Snap felt clingy towards the end of wear
Where to buy:

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Notoriously Morbid Numerology Blush and Giant Contour Powder Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid Numerology Blush and Giant Contour Powder Swatches & Review

Recently I've been trying out more and more from Notoriously Morbid's burgeoning cheek product range and I really like what I've tried to date! I always opt for the minis which are generously sized and priced very well at $4USD. Loose powder cheek products can be intimidating to start with, but Notoriously Morbid have matched excellent colour pay off with blendability perfectly, the formulas are very easy to work with. 

There are a couple of different sizes that you can get: samples ($1.25USD) contain 1/4 tsp of product in a sample bag, the mini size (pictured, $4.00USD) is a 10g jar with roughly 1.5 to 2 tsp of product and the full size ($8.50USD) is a 20g jar with roughly 4 to 4.5 grams of product. The sifter in the mini jars means that you're not faced with an overwhelming amount of product as soon as you open the jar, although you can always start your application with the residue in the lid to guarantee a light hand.

Each product is swatched heavily on the left and sheered out on the right. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.

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Numerology

Notoriously Morbid Numerology Blush Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Numerology Blush Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Numerology Blush Swatches & Review

Numerology is described as a 'warm coral/orange with sparkle and a mystically purple shift'. It's wonderfully shimmery, but doesn't look over the top on cheeks - more like a highlighting blush than a disco ball. It wore strongly for five hours, after which it looked a bit more muted, although it still hung on for another four hours, totalling nine hours wear.

Giant

Notoriously Morbid Giant Contour Powder Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Giant Contour Powder Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Giant Contour Powder Swatches & Review

Giant is described as 'the perfect cool-toned shade of brown... perfect for light to fair skin tones.' It's a nice contouring option for my pale, warm toned skin (I wear NC15 in MAC and Ivory Nude in Estee Lauder, for reference), blends out nicely and wears for the better part of ten hours, looking pretty faded after that point.

Notoriously Morbid Numerology Blush and Giant Contour Powder Swatches & Review

I've used Numerology and Giant here with MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish to highlight.

Notoriously Morbid Numerology Blush and Giant Contour Powder Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid are available from their website and from Femme Fatale Cosmetics. I recommend joining the Notoriously Morbid Customer Crypt on Facebook for all the latest news.

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