ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Love Bug, Saigon and Rooch Swatches & Review

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Love Bug, Saigon and Rooch Swatches & Review

Time to unearth some more ColourPop lippies from my drafts folder! Two of these beauties come from the discontinued Karreuche Tran collaboration, which I bought during the Last Call for that collection, while Love Bug is part of the permanent range. These three are a great example of why I have a love/hate relationship with the Ultra Matte Lips - read on to find out why!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Love Bug, Saigon and Rooch Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Love Bug, Saigon and Rooch Swatches & Review

Ultra Mattes come boxed (with names on the boxes, perfect for my preferred storage!) and usually have clear packaging with silver caps and trim, although the Karreuche Tran collaboration shades have copper trim and labelling to set them apart. They have a slim angled doefoot applicator that I find easy to work with for outlining lips and distributing the product evenly.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Love Bug, Saigon and Rooch Swatches & Review

Formula Overview:
All of ColourPop's liquid lipsticks are richly pigmented and have a slightly chemical scent although it's not strong or offensive.
The Ultra Matte range dries down to a flat matte finish quickly and tends to be more hit or miss than their other formulas. When it's good, it's really bloody good and when it's bad, it's a flakey, shrivelled, drying mess. I fervently wish they'd land on something more consistent but at least at $6USD a pop they're not going to break the bank. Saigon and Rooch are both really good formula-wise; they don't flake, streak or cake up during application but Love Bug didn't fare so well, as I'll talk about shortly.

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Love Bug

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Love Bug Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Love Bug Swatches & Review

Love Bug is described as a 'rich mahogany'. The colour is divine, but the formula sadly leaves much to be desired! It cakes up on the lips and turns into a shrivelled mess that has my lips looking rich mahogany raisins. During its eight-hour wear time, it flakes away instead of fading evenly and it's become notorious for these issues in the ColourPop Fanatics group. Apparently adding a drop of cosmetic grade oil, such as argan oil, will fix the issue and make it more like the Ultra Satin formula, but why should you need to? ColourPop have released a Lippie Stix dupe called Secret Stash and Ziggie Lippie Stix is a close match too.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Love Bug Swatches & Review

Saigon

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Saigon Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Saigon Swatches & Review

Saigon (discontinued) is described as a 'vibrant warm-toned true red'. Application and opacity were both fantastic and I LOVE the colour but I wasn't thrilled to experience feathering with Saigon - actually the first time I've ever experienced this with a liquid matte! The feathering was more pronounced with oily food, so that's something I'll keep in mind next time I wear it. All up, it lasted eight hours on me.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Saigon Swatches & Review

Rooch

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Rooch Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Rooch Swatches & Review

Rooch (discontinued) is described as a 'deepened russet wine'. It dries down a little unevenly (you can see a few shinier sections in the swatch where this occurred) but overall the colour payoff and intensity are more than enough to make up for this in my books. Rooch wore for a whopping eight hours on me without being drying. Dark liquid mattes can so often be patchy and frustrating to work with, so I'm thrilled with Rooch's performance - wish I'd bought a backup! 

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Rooch Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Great colour payoff
  • They last for eight hours on me
  • Saigon and Rooch had smooth, easy application
  • Rooch wasn't drying
What I didn't like:
  • Saigon feathered and was clingy
  • Rooch dried unevenly
  • Love Bug cakes up and flakes
Where to buy:

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tati-Too, Turning Japanese, Ginger, Honey Pot and Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tatti-Too, Turning Japanese, Ginger, Honey Pot and Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

Here's the next batch of Darling Girl eyeshadows to share with you! Some of the shades reviewed below are permanent, while others are discontinued or past COTM (colour of the month) shades, so I'll note their availability with each review.

Darling Girl's eyeshadows come in a few different sizing options: full sizes are packaged in 5g jars with approximately 3/4 tsp of product ($7USD). Petits are packaged in 3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product ($3.25USD). You can also try a sample set, which includes 4 shades of your choosing in baggies, each containing 1/8th tsp for $5USD. I've gone down that route many times as you can get samples of any eyeshadows, Diamond Dusts, Spectral Shifts or loose blushes, excellent if you want a great cross section of colours and formulas to try!

Formula overview:
Darling Girl's eyeshadow formula is incredibly consistent. I've never come across a dud in the range; they are, on the whole, very pigmented and easy to work with. Some shades, especially the more glittery ones perform best over a sticky base but can certainly be used on their own.

Swatch notes:
All eyeshadow swatches in this post are done two ways: applied on bare skin on the left-hand side and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, a sticky eyeshadow base which maximises colour intensity and sparkle, on the right. This is so you can see how they perform both ways. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.

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Tati-Too

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Tati-Too (discontinued/seasonal?) is a rich copper with pink sparkles. It doesn't matter how many shades of copper Susan makes, I need them all. Tati-Too works best over a sticky base as it's on the sheer side on its own, but check out how metallic and gorgeous it becomes over the Pixie Epoxy! It blends out beautifully. This was part of the Darling Whos Christmas collection, which Susan has mentioned may return during holiday seasons. 

Ginger

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Ginger Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Ginger Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Ginger Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Ginger Swatches & Review

Ginger (permanent) is described as a 'light peachy tan with soft pink undertones'. A permanent-range gem that I really need to show some more love to! It's a versatile, easy to wear shade with an excellent, silky formula. The satin pink sheen shows up more when applied over a sticky base but it doesn't rely on one to shine.

Turning Japanese

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Turning Japanese Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Turning Japanese Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Turning Japanese Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Turning Japanese Swatches & Review

Turning Japanese (discontinued) is described as a 'golden champagne with pink to green shift and green and gold iridescence'. The pink sheen in this really comes out to play the more it's buffed out, I wish I'd discovered this eyeshadow before it was discontinued! The formula is once again, excellent.

Trek the Halls

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

Trek the Halls (discontinued December 2015 COTM) is a matte-based warm russet brown with gold & green sparkles. This Star Trek themed eyeshadow was created in honour of all the red shirts lost - you're never in for a good time if you're wearing a red shirt on Star Trek! Colour payoff is lovely and I found it really easy to work with. It wound up becoming part of one of my favourite Darling Girl looks ever!

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls, Ginger, Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls, Ginger, Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

For this look I used Tati-Too on the centre of the lid, Trek the Halls on the outer third, Ginger on the inner third, Turning Japenese on the inner corner, #breaktheinternet as the transition and Heroes on the lower lashline. I also used the Lorac Pro palette for the crease and the false eyelashes are from Born Pretty Store.

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls, Ginger, Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Honey Pot

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review

Honey Pot (permanent) is described as a 'loud metallic orange-y gold'. Susan wasn't kidding with that description, Honey Pot is positively molten! I wasn't 100% happy with the look below so I'll have to use Honey Pot again soon, probably as the star of the show as I think it demands nothing less. Perfect colour payoff and application with or without a base. Definitely one to add to your collection if you love golds.

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review

I've used Prom Queen on the outer half of the lid here, with Honey Pot on the inner half of the lid and Princess Conseula Bananahammock just above the inner corner. April Showers Spectral Shift was used on the inner corner, Kilt-y Pleasures and Between the Sheets on the crease, #breaktheinternet for the transition, Ginger to blend out and Could I Be Wearing Anymore Clothes? on the lower lashline. The lashes are from QVS.

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review


Darling Girl products can be found on their website. I highly recommend the Darling Girl Glitter Haven Facebook group for sneak peeks and all the latest news and updates.
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Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life Just Like A Dream Nail Polish Swatches & Review

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Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life Just Like A Dream Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Late last year, Femme Fatale teamed up with three awesome bloggers to create collaboration trios: Very Emily, De Briz and The Polishing Life. All of the colours were gorgeous, but I limited myself to two shades from The Polishing Life's Just Like A Dream trio, Dropping Through Sky and End of the Storm. Although all of the collaboration trios were limited edition and only produced once, a few international stockists still have some shades if you're on the hunt for them. I spotted End of the Storm on Live Love Polish and both Dropping Through Sky and the trio set at Hypnotic Polish.

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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Dropping Through Sky

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - Dropping Through Sky Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - Dropping Through Sky Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Dropping Through Sky, 4 coats + top coat

Dropping Through Sky is a light aqua with strong pink to gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. I just adore minty-aqua shades like this, especially when contrasting shimmer is involved, so I knew I had to get this! It's on the sheer side, requiring four thin coats to build opacity for me, although if you have less pronounced nail ridges you may be able to get by with three. Definitely worth it in my book as I love the colour so much! It dries a little dull on its own, so I added top coat for these swatches.

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - Dropping Through Sky Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - Dropping Through Sky Nail Polish Swatches & Review

End of the Storm

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - End of the Storm Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - End of the Storm Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - End of the Storm, 3 coats + top coat (cold state)

End of the Storm is a thermal nail polish; in its cold state, it's a rich, royal purple with copper shimmer, copper hex glitters and a smattering of holographic glitter thrown in the mix. In its warm state, the purple base colour changes to a pale ivory gold. Most of the time it sits in it transitional state on me, gold with purple tips. With all of the glitter packed in there, this does dry with some texture, so I used top coat.
End of the Storm is so much fun to wear and although I loved it as soon as I saw swatches in the Femme Fatale Fiends group, I didn't anticipate how much more I would love it in real life! After swatching End of the Storm, I wore it for about a week and a half, which is a huge amount of time for me to wear the same nail polish, and it held up really well too, with only minimal tipwear after a week. 

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - End of the Storm Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - End of the Storm Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - End of the Storm Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Warm/transitional state

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - End of the Storm Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale + The Polishing Life - End of the Storm Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Did you pick up any of the blogger collaboration shades?

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