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e.l.f.Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Review)

e.l.f.Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Review)

I’ve been impressed with e.l.f. Cosmetics in the past. It’s some of the lowest priced makeup on the market, but the line consistently releases on-trend products. The e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow pencil is more of a “staple” product. Brow pencils are a go-to for me, […]

Pixi Glow Tonic (Review)

Pixi Glow Tonic (Review)

Toners noticeably improve my skin– that is, if I’m using the right toner. I’ve used different toners on-and-of over the years. Using some sort of toning treatment helps to keep my acne at bay, but if it’s a strong acne treatment it can irritate my […]

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

Mauve is arguably the most underrated lip color. It’s not quite nude, but it isn’t bold either, and it’s especially perfect for the winter months. I love the plummy undertones in these lipsticks, which are often marketed as “dusty rose” or “soft lilac.” Of course, the shade names and colors vary, but I think they’re all beautiful. Here are some of my favorite mauve-toned liquid lipsticks.

Perhaps the most iconic mauve lip is Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina. The Stila liquid lipsticks apply thin, like paint, then dry matte and don’t transfer. It feels dry on the lips, but it doesn’t get crusty or difficult to re-apply throughout the day. I think Patina would suit a number of skin tones.

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

I love the Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink formula. It’s my favorite liquid lipstick formula, which is sort of crazy because it’s so affordable. These lipsticks are comfortable, matte and totally transfer proof, but they don’t look or feel dry. The color “Lover,” which is pictured here, was sent to me for testing, but I actually purchased another Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Ink myself. I’ll probably buy more, too, eventually. I couldn’t speak more highly of the formula! It smells sweet, almost like frosting, which all Maybelline lipsticks do. I don’t love the strong smell, but it’s a small price to pay for the beautiful product.

The Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme lipsticks were some of the first drugstore liquid lipsticks that became popular. The formula is actually similar to that of the Stila liquid lipsticks: matte, transfer-proof, and dry, but not too crusty or flaky. The color Adorable is more nude than plum, and very neutral.

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks
Maybelline Love, Stila Patina, Milani Adorable

What are your favorite mauve lipsticks? I like wearing all of these lipsticks on their own, or layered with gloss. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’ and drop by again soon!

Favorite Drugstore Brow Products

Favorite Drugstore Brow Products

I do my eyebrows almost every day, even when I’m wearing minimal makeup. I have moderately full brows, but I like to define them with a pencil or pomade, and I love the look of feathery full brows that you can get with a gel. […]

L’Oreal Hydra Genius Moisturizer (Review)

L’Oreal Hydra Genius Moisturizer (Review)

The youthful follies of foundation-collecting have given way (ever so slightly) to the adult pastime of skincare. Basically, I’ve discovered that having great skin is better than covering mediocre skin with makeup. Unfortunately, perfect skin (or at least exceptional skin) doesn’t happen without a considerable […]

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi is one of the higher end makeup brands I’ve stumbled across. I noticed the pistachio-colored packaging appear in Target a few years ago, but I didn’t try anything until the last year. To be honest, this was mostly because of the price. Dropping $20 on one makeup item at Target just feels wrong.

Pixi’s most iconic product is probably the Glow Tonic, which is a toner (so skincare, not makeup). I hear good things about the brand as a whole. The quality ingredients might up the price, but they also make for a good product. The description of the Pixi Contour Powder on the Target website says that it has “peptides, multi-vitamin complex, aloe versa, super fruits and coffee extract.” Sounds fancy, right?

Oddly enough, I actually use this product the most in my eyebrows. It’s the perfect neutral shade to fill my brows. I like using it in conjunction with a brow pencil, to set everything in place and really make my brows full-yet-natural. The texture isn’t too finely milled, and there isn’t much fall-out, so it’s good for this purpose. I actually like this the most for its versatility. Because the shade is a neutral, medium brown, I can use it for my brows, for a contour, or for a crease color of eyeshadow.

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Swatches)

Obviously, the purpose of this product is for contouring. There’s only one shade, and everybody knows one shade does not fit all. On a really dark skin tone, it wouldn’t show up, and it’s admittedly a little dark even for mine (but with some blending and a light hand, or perhaps a tan, it works just fine). It’s a pretty neutral color, and it is bendable with nice ingredients, though, so overall I would say it’s a solid product. However, by the time you’re paying $20 you might want to go ahead and just splurge for Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer (which I prefer) or purchase a MAC pro palette refill pan at $17.

 

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Current Skincare Favorites

Current Skincare Favorites

I may only be 22, but with every passing year I care a little more about my skin. Granted, I don’t have the high school acne situation I once did (thank God), nor do I have wrinkles, but I’d be hard pressed to find a […]

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Colourpop was initially known for a few things: affordable prices, a huge color selection, and a signature pillowy-soft pigment formula. While Colourpop still manufactures these cushy pigments, they have also transitioned into making traditional pressed powders. And man, are these powders good. I love Colourpop […]

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer isn’t new on the scene. In fact, it’s a bit of a drugstore classic. The entire Rimmel Stay Matte line is generally respected (the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, which I have never tried, is a staple for many people). I have repurchased the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, because in terms of bang-for-your-buck, it just works.

The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer isn’t “multi-purpose.” Truly, it has one job, and it does it– it just helps control oil. Obviously, if you have dry skin, this probably isn’t for you. I like wearing this primer with a hydrating, luminous foundation, because the primer controls oily shine, and the foundation adds dewy shine (if that makes sense). If I think my skin is going to get really oily, I sometimes pair this primer with a heavy duty powder. If you want to go ultra matte on a budget, this primer will do the trick.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

Even though this primer isn’t a holy grail favorite, I do think it works. I like the consistency. Even though it mattifies your skin instantly, it still feels sort of like a lotion when you smooth it on. It doesn’t irritate my skin or break it out, and it’s a great starter product for somebody interested in experimenting with different primers.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

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L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

An avowed concealer junkie (and L’Oreal fan) I had to try the Pro Glow concealer. I liked the Pro Glow foundation when I first tried it, but over time I realized that it was breaking me out a little bit. I sometimes have this problem […]