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Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown is one of the makeup queens of the century: her luxury products and feature-enhancing techniques defined my beauty routine as a young woman. Bobbi Brown makes makeup for every skin tone and skin type, and her lipsticks are no exception. For Christmas, my […]

Wet n Wild Highlighters Review and Swatches

Wet n Wild Highlighters Review and Swatches

The Wet n Wild highlighters are probably the most sought-after drugstore highlighters. These highlighters, particularly the Precious Petals highlight, put Wet n Wild back on the map for me. A brand that formally represented the super-cheap makeup of my childhood suddenly became one of the the […]

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Many drugstore brands manufacture concealers, but Maybelline seems to dominate the drugstore concealer playing field. The Fit Me and Age Rewind concealers are popular among internet beauty obsessives, and I have to say, I’m on the Maybelline concealer bandwagon. I’ve sampled three of their formulas: Fit Me, Age Rewind, and Better Skin, but which Maybelline concealer is best?

Maybelline Concealer Swatches
left to right: Age Rewind, Better Skin, Fit Me

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: This concealer is popular in the beauty community, which means it will probably show up in your Instagram feed or on Youtube if you consume enough makeup media. However, I have to say it isn’t my number one. It is creamy and medium coverage, but it will crease if you don’t set it. My eyes are sensitive, and sometimes if they are irritated from allergies or rubbing, this concealer will irritate them even more. I also don’t love the shade selection. I have the shade “Light,” but it isn’t as brightening as I like my concealer to be. I like that the Fit Me has shades for fair to deep skin tones, but only 7 options seems inadequate to cover the wide range of skin tones that exist in the world.

Maybelline Better Skin Concealer: This was just meh for me: not bad, but not great. I found it to be drying, especially if you didn’t blend it in quickly. It could occasionally get cake on me, and I didn’t notice any skin-improving effects (despite the product’s claims). It wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t repurchase this concealer.

And the winner is . . . 

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: As far as drugstore concealers go, this is the best I’ve tried to date. It is creamy, and I like the colors (though I admit the shade selection caters to light skin tones). The product dispenser is a no-fuss twist top, and I appreciate how easy it is to use this concealer. I find the Maybelline Age Rewind to be more comfortable than the other Maybelline concealers. The Maybelline Age Rewind concealer gets a lot of press, and with good reason. It is a medium coverage concealer with a great formula and an affordable price.

 

What are your favorite drugstore concealers? Which Maybelline concealer do you prefer? Be sure to comment and follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram!

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm Review

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm Review

I’m a huge fan of the lip exfoliating trend. Three years ago, I couldn’t have told you what a lip scrub was. Did they even exist? Who cares: they’re the perfect fix for a chapped lip girl like me. I’ve sampled a few different lip […]

My Blush Stash

My Blush Stash

For a girl who doesn’t love blush, I sure have a lot of blushes. While I’m not excited by blush the way I am by, say, highlighter or lipstick. However, I wear blush most every day. I love nude blushes, particularly blush-bronzer crossover shades. But […]

Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick: Review & Swatches

Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick: Review & Swatches

I’ve finally started to like liquid lipsticks; my initial experiences with liquid lipsticks, especially those that dry matte, were rather unfortunate. I once thought that liquid lipsticks were nothing more than a dry, crumbly mess, but I have come to like liquid lippies. While the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks didn’t work out for me, I find that the similarly priced Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks are great. The Liquid Catsuit lipsticks are, you guessed it, liquid lipsticks. The range offers a wide variety of shades, highly pigmented (and pretty darn comfortable) lipsticks at an affordable price.

 

 

I did find that some of the colors performed better than others: I really liked Nudie Patootie (though I wouldn’t wear it without a gloss, or else I would look like I had no lips). I also love Nudist Peach; I think this is my favorite, perhaps because it was such a pleasant surprise. It really is the nude-ist peach! It’s very natural yet peachy, cute, lightweight, and comfortable. I love it! I also really like Missy and Fierce, a killer classic red. I had a little trouble with Video Vixen and Oh My Dolly, both of which I found crumbled a little over the course of the day, but they are very fun and bold colors nonetheless. I will probably continue to wear them with a gloss on top.

Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick Swatches
Video Vixen, Oh My Dolly, Missy and Fierce, Nudist Peach, Nudie Patootie

The Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks come in great packaging. Sometimes, affordable packaging can be flimsy, but I really like this packaging, which is both sturdy and compact. Plus, the doe-foot applicator is uniquely shaped to create a really sharp line. No need for lipliner with these babies!

 

What are your thoughts on these Wet n Wild lipsticks? What are your favorite liquid lipstick formulas? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for coming by– be sure to follow me on Instagram and share this post if you like it.

Currently Reading

Currently Reading

I’m not usually juggling multiple reads at once, but because of my busy school year and traveling, I currently have multiple books on my shelf, so to speak. Here are the books that I’m currently reading. Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge: […]

Current Makeup Obsessions

Current Makeup Obsessions

It’s safe to say that I’m constantly falling in and out of love (but mostly in love) with makeup products.  At present, there are a few things that I’m dating consistently; they make me swoon on the daily, but I know they won’t fail me. […]

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters: Ice Cold and Princess Cut (Review & Swatches)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters: Ice Cold and Princess Cut (Review & Swatches)

The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters are incredible. There’s no way about it: they are the best highlighters for that super metallic glow, at least of the highlighters I have tried (and let me tell you, I’ve tried a lot). These highlighters are so richly pigmented, the pans are enormous, and the colors are diverse. I bought the two lightest shades, Ice Cold (an ultra-white highlighter) and Princess Cut (an icy pink) but I’ve got my eye on Peach Goddess.

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The Jeffree Star Skin Frost highlighters are a soft powder formula. If you want a natural looking glow, you might be able to achieve it with this product if you use just a tiny bit. But in all honesty, these highlighters are really intended for more ambitious glow-seekers. Apply a little of the highlighter and you are glowing, but if you apply a lot you will basically be visible from an airplane. I’m a highlighter fiend, so I love the intense glow.

Ice Cold is very light; it is one of the most intense white highlighters I’ve ever come across. It’s bold and beautiful, but I’m not sure I would recommend it for deeper skin tones. On my fair skin, it gives me the frosted look I like.

Princess Cut is a little more subdued, but if you layer it on it still packs a punch. I love that this highlight can look soft or bold, depending on how much you wear. I also love the color; it’s the perfect soft pink.

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The Jeffree Star Skin Frost highlighters can also be used as eyeshadows. Sometimes I mix both Ice Cold and Skin Frost on my face. Overall, these highlighters are high quality, a great value (you get so much product), and just flat out fun to wear. What are your favorite highlighters?

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Jeffree Star Skin Frost Review

The Ordinary Skincare Review: The Perfect Skincare Line for Twenty-Somethings

The Ordinary Skincare Review: The Perfect Skincare Line for Twenty-Somethings

If there’s one thing my mom taught me, it’s to take care of my skin. I’m not the kind of girl who falls asleep with her makeup on– not once, not ever. I wash my skin religiously, moisturize, and apply SPF every day. However, that […]