Femme Fatale - Horae Awaits, Upon Seafoam and Hypernova Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Femme Fatale - Horae Awaits, Upon Seafoam and Hypernova Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Another weekend has slipped away from me again and I find myself wondering how I've crossed so few things off my to-do list! Which isn't to say we weren't busy - we've been repainting our sons' shared room, the boys went to a birthday party and Miss Alexandra and I had a girls day with my mum and sisters. But as always, I feel like I could have gotten more done! Ah well. At least I can cross this blog post off the list, right? This trio of Femme Fatale Cosmetics nail polishes languished in my untrieds box for far too long before I rescued them. Horae Awaits is my favourite of the three and I definitely plan to make up for lost time with it!

Swatch notes: 
I do not use base coat for my swatches and top coat is only used where noted. Everything was photographed using a three-point lighting set up under daylight bulbs.

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Horae Awaits

Femme Fatale Horae Awaits Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Horae Awaits Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Horae Awaits, 4 coats + top coat

Horae Awaits is described as a 'sheer pale baby pink crelly with blue luminescent glow and scattered holo reflects'. I've been crushing on soft, barely there shades lately and Horae Awaits is the perfect blend of ethereal base colour and understated sparkle. I used four thin coats to reach opacity, it flowed on the nail smoothly and layering it wasn't any hardship. If Horae Awaits eluded you, I found it still in stock at Beautometry

Femme Fatale Horae Awaits Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Horae Awaits Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Upon Seafoam

Femme Fatale Upon Seafoam Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Upon Seafoam Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Upon Seafoam, 4 coats + top coat

Upon Seafoam is described as a 'soft turquoise blue (leans grey/blue/green depending on light) with scattered holo and pink glow'. Mints and pale blues are a colour family I'm having a moment with, plus I'm always a sucker for contrasting pink shimmer so Upon Seafoam ticks all the boxes. It was mostly opaque after three coats but I added a fourth to cover my demon ridges. It dried a little dull so I added top coat, too. I found Upon Seafoam still in stock at Rainbow Connection.

Femme Fatale Upon Seafoam Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Upon Seafoam Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Hypernova

Femme Fatale Hypernova Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Hypernova Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Hypernova, 4 coats + top coat

Hypernova was the August 2016 colour of the month. I finally rescued it from my untrieds box a few weeks ago and whoa mama, am I glad I did! The colour shifting flakies compliment the squishy purple so well. Reaching near-opacity took four coats thanks to my defiantly ridged nails creating a less than even canvas but a ridge filling base coat would have made a big difference.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find anyone with any of this shade left! This is definitely one to look out for in destashes and blog sales. 

Femme Fatale Hypernova Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Hypernova Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale nail polishes are available from their website and selected stockists

What do you think of this trio?

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MAC MONDAY | Chen Man Love & Water Lipsticks Swatches & Review

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MAC MONDAY | Chen Man Love & Water Lipsticks Swatches & Review

The MAC Chen Man Love & Water collection was released in March 2012 and was one of the first in a series of collaborations with Chinese artists, photographers and designers. MAC's decision to sell in China, in spite of the Chinese government's requirement that they agree to animal testing in order to sell there, is an ongoing source of debate in the beauty community. MAC believe they are working to change the system from the inside by encouraging the Chinese government towards the use of in vitro testing, which is more accurate and cruelty-free, while others criticise MAC's decision to cede their cruelty-free status at all. I remain on the fence about the whole thing, which is probably cowardly of me, but there you go. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

As MAC have expanded their market to China, however, I have enjoyed the collaborations, from Chen Man to the more recent Guo Pei, Chris Chang and Min Liu. When this collection was on counters back in 2012, my husband Mike bought the Force of Love lipstick for me. He teased me that he would hide it for the two months until my birthday but it wound up being an early birthday present! I picked up the other lipstick from the small edit, Budding Love, a year or so ago on an impulse when I stumbled upon it in a destash and I'm so glad I did. Scroll on down to see swatches of them both.

MAC MONDAY | Chen Man Love & Water Lipsticks Swatches & Review

The packaging for this collection was a bit of a tease, as the beautiful print shown was only on the box sleeve and the products were actually housed in standard packaging. Not that I don't enjoy MAC's regular packaging, but their limited edition packaging is always to die for and it could have been so gorgeous, had the prints been properly incorporated. At least they've upped their game in the more recent collabs!

MAC MONDAY | Chen Man Love & Water Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Formula Overview:
There are just two lipsticks in this collection which makes for a very brief overview! Budding Love is a Lustre, which can be more hit or miss. They're sheer or semi-opaque, sometimes sparkly and a little glossy, though not as glossy as Amplifieds or Cremesheens, and many people find them drying, though this wasn't the case here. Mattes are richly pigmented and have a smooth, velvety texture which I don't typically find drying; Force of Love is on the thinner, more slippery side. MAC lipsticks have a vanilla scent.

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Budding Love

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Budding Love Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Budding Love Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Budding Love Lipstick Swatches & Review

Budding Love is described as a 'pale lavender' and has a Lustre finish. This isn't a colour that always works for me but between the subtle warmth in this shade of lavender and the choice to pair it with warm tones on my eyes in the below look, I think I pulled it off! Budding Love is one of the 'good' Lustres, in fact, it's really more like a Cremesheen - evenly pigmented, glossy and non-drying (some Lustres can make your lips feel like a desert!). It lasted four hours on me.

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Budding Love Lipstick Swatches & Review

Force of Love

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Force of Love Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Force of Love Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Force of Love Lipstick Swatches & Review

Force of Love is described as a 'vivid honeysuckle pink' and has a Matte finish. This is one of MAC's more slippery, silica-feeling Mattes and being used to their denser Mattes like Russian Red and Ruby Woo, I found this newer texture a bit off-putting at first. It's grown on me over time though, after all, how could I resist that colour?! It's gorgeous. Force of Love lasted six hours on me and wasn't drying.

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Force of Love Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour payoff
  • Lasted between four and six hours
  • Non drying
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing
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Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly 4-6 Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly 4-6 Swatches & Review

Today I have the next three installments of Notoriously Morbid's Mystic Monthly subscription to show you! I'm still really enjoying this subscription, the colours are incredibly unique and though not always ones I might have picked for myself, I find myself liking them all.  

Here's the rundown on the subscription:
Each month subscribers receive a full-size Mystic Matte and an additional lip product. The products are exclusive to the subscription, though occasionally overstock is made available on the website and sometimes the products are brand new formulas, so you get a sneak peek of potential upcoming products!
The first year of Mystic Monthly is "The Witches' Inn", with each month's products being based on a famous witch. It comes with an information card regarding that month's inspiration, which is always a fascinating wee read and the subscription is very reasonably priced at $10USD within the US or $16USD internationally (including shipping). The full-size Mystic Mattes are regularly $12USD each and international shipping is usually $10USD so it's a pretty amazing deal in my opinion!
If you'd like to sign up for the waitlist, you can do so here.

Formula overview:

These liquid mattes are among the easiest I've used to date, with a thin but easy to control formula and great opacity. Most are opaque in one coat, though they can be layered easily if needed and will not clump, streak or stick to themselves. There's no need to keep your lips parted while they dry, as many formulas require, because of the non-tackiness and fairly quick dry-down, yet they never fully set to a transfer-resistant state. You'll still get transfer with the Mystic Mattes, although obviously less than a creamy lipstick, and they tend to wear away evenly like a regular lipstick, instead of mostly in the centre, as I often experience with liquid mattes.
Some shades are drying but most are more clingy than anything. I did not experience any feathering or bleeding with any of them, they can be smudged if touched or smeared, but will not otherwise migrate. They have a faintly sweet scent.

Packaging:
Mystic Mattes usually come in a 7ml tube with a long slim doefoot that is shaped like a flattened oval. One installment came in a different tube which has an 8ml capacity and a traditional doesfoot. I find both really easy to work with and did not use a lip brush for these swatches.

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#4

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Tituba Swatches & Review

Mystic Monthly #4 was inspired by Tituba:

Tituba, the first to be accused and confess to being a witch during the Salem trials. She claimed to have practiced rituals to ward against evil. To help Elizabeth Parris, she used one such ritual to make a witch cake. A practitioner of Voodoo or not, she seems to have been the epicenter for witchcraft hysteria in 1692.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Tituba Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Tituba Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Tituba Swatches & Review

Tituba is described as a 'dark purple with red and gold sparkles and a violet red base'. I love purple lipsticks but I don't enjoy how uneven the colour payoff can be, or the hot pink staining that often accompanies them. Fortunately, Tituba had neither of these issues, in fact, it's one of the best purples I've ever tried! It lasted for seven hours on me and wasn't drying. I hope it makes a return some day!

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Tituba Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Night Kiss Lip Balm - Witch Cakes Review

The accompanying product to Tituba was a Night Kiss lip balm, Witch Cakes. It's scented with 'a bakery note and coconut and peaches' which makes for a divinely sweet fragrance, mellowed by the coconut and buttery bakery scents. A welcome addition to my Night Kiss hoard - if you haven't tried these lip balms yet, I recommend doing so ASAP!

#5

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly 5 Swatches & Review

The fifth installment was based on Märet, an accused witch in Sweden:

Known as "The Great Noise" witch hysteria, Märet Jonsdotter was the first person to be accused of witchcraft and set off the witch hunts in Sweden which totaled 280 deaths before it was over. One of the witnesses claimed she took her to the devil by rubbing her with cow's milk and red oil.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Maret Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Maret Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Maret Swatches & Review

Märet is described as a 'terracotta pink with strong rose to green golden shift'. It's absolutely mesmerizing and so unique, I wish I'd bought a backup! Best applied in two thin coats for opacity (it's slightly sheer by necessity so that the duochrome shows), Märet lasted for six hours on me and wasn't drying.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Maret Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Dawn Til Dusk Lip Balm - Red Oil Review

The accompanying product for this month's Mystic Monthly was a new product trial, a vegan lip balm. The red oil scent is very pretty, scented with red velvet cake, buttercream and berries, with the berries being the strongest note to my nose. Mine unfortunately melted and leaked in transit but Carrie immediately offered to replace my products (the lip balm covered the Mystic Matte too). I declined as I was able to clean the Mystic with no troubles and pot lip balms aren't my favourite, I really appreciated the great customer service though! I'm not sure whether this lip balm formula is going ahead or not; it feels nice enough on the lips but it is substantially firmer than the Night Kiss balms, making it a bit trickier to pick up enough product to apply. I've been using it as a cuticle balm instead and like it much more for that purpose. 

#6

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly 6 Swatches & Review

This installment's theme was based on a spirit, rather than an individual:

Kikimora is known as a house spirit in Slavic mythology. Thought to be one of the origins of the "Old Hag", a spirit that sits on your chest causing sleep paralysis. You may hear the spirit behind your stove or in the basement and she enters through key holes. You might want to make sure your house is in order or she'll break a few dishes.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Kikimora Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Kikimora Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Kikimora Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Kikimora Swatches & Review

Kikimora is described as 'a dark olive brown base with purple and pink shimmers with a blue sheen'. Okay, I know keep describing all of these as unique but seriously, look at this! It's such a far cry from the same six shades of red and pink we see pumped out from mainstream brands (I mean, I love those colours too, but it's nice to escape the sea of dupes sometimes). Kikimora's colour payoff is strong and it lasts for six hours on me. It would pair well with MAC Stone lip pencil if you want to bolster longevity.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Kikimora Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Night Kiss Lip Balm - Bedrock Betty Review

The companion to Kikimora is another Night Kiss Lip Balm, called Bedrock Betty. It's a preview product and according to the info sheet is part of an upcoming Fall Night Kiss Lip Balm collection - I can't wait to see what other new scents are part of it! This one is orange sherbert scented, very yummy.


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ColourPop Lippie Stix - Im Yours, Sure Thing, Only You and Barely There Swatches & Review

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ColourPop Lippie Stix - Im Yours, Sure Thing, Only You and Barely There Swatches & Review

In today's edition of 'ColourPop stuff I thought I'd review while it was still on the website but somehow it's been six months and they're long gone', I have four Lippie Stix to show you! Three of them are from the Valentine's Day collection and are in the revamped Creme formula, while the last one, Barely There is a discontinued Matte X. Why ColourPop insist on repeatedly discontinuing their best corals, I'll never know. Sigh.

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Im Yours, Sure Thing, Only You and Barely There Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Im Yours, Sure Thing, Only You and Barely There 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 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.

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Im Yours, Sure Thing, Only You and Barely There Swatches & Review

Formula Overview:
The Lippie Stix formula seems to be divisive among makeup lovers but personally, on the whole, I really enjoy it. The shades I have to show you today are a mixture of Matte X and Creme. All are richly pigmented and comfortable on the lips, I didn't find any of them drying. The Matte X has a velvety, powdery feeling, but the Cremes... well, the original Creme finish was glossy and on the slippery side already but the new one is even slipperier. I felt that the colour moved around and showed demarcation lines when my lips pressed together more than I'd like as a result. I kind of wish they hadn't changed it! I guess it is more hydrating, but it's not like the originals were drying in the first place. Meh.
The Lippie Stix usually have a gorgeous chocolate chip cookie scent but the Cremes don't smell of anything (booooo).

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Im Yours

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Im Yours Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Im Yours Swatches & Review

I'm Yours (discontinued) is described as a 'light yellow nude' and has a Crème finish. I've been on a pale nude kick since discovering they weren't actually that scary a year or two ago but I didn't have many from ColourPop yet so I was excited for this one. It is very yellow, which makes me want to frantically whiten my teeth, but I love it as long as my mouth is closed! It lasted three hours on me and as you can probably see in the swatch, was one of the worst offenders for pulling into lines and shifting around on the lips.

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Im Yours Swatches & Review

Sure Thing

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Sure Thing Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Sure Thing Swatches & Review

Sure Thing (discontinued) is described as a 'warm beige'. It's a great workhorse nude and one I've worn many times since buying it. I like that it's less slippery than I'm Yours, too. It lasted five hours on me.

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Sure Thing Swatches & Review

Only You

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Only You Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Only You Swatches & Review

Only You (discontinued) is described as a 'warm mocha'. I so want to love this colour on me, I've tried it with a few different makeup looks but I just can't get into it! Only You's longevity was the best of the three V-Day Cremes though, lasting six hours.

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Only You Swatches & Review

Barely There

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Barely There Swatches & Review

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Barely There Swatches & Review

Barely There (discontinued) is described as a 'warm-toned coral' and has a Matte X finish. Poor old Barely There launched with the Matte X formula but alongside Tickler and Topless, it soon got the boot. It's a great lippie that I'm very happy to have in my collection, it has stellar colour payoff and a super smooth texture. Barely There lasted six hours on me and wasn't drying.

ColourPop Lippie Stix - Barely There Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour payoff
  • They last for three-six hours on me
  • Barely There applied smoothly and evenly
  • Non-drying
What I didn't like:
  • Creme lipsticks are overly slippery, causing colour to move around on lips/form lines
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