The Battle of Metallic Liquid Lipsticks – Milani vs. Colourpop vs. Kylie Cosmetics

Hey everyone! I have a special post for y’all today. As you guys know, metallic lipsticks (especially metallic LIQUID lipsticks) are all the rage right now. With brand working as hard as possible to release their own version of the trend, it can be hard to discern which are the best!

So today, I’ll be comparing the three most popular brands for you: Milani Amore Mattallics, Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Metallic Lip, and Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Lipstick.

milani cosmetics kylie cosmetics colourpop metallic liquid lipsticks

milani amore mattallics kylie cosmetics metal mattes colourpop ultra metallic liquid lipstick swatches

Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipsticks – $6 each, colourpop.com. These lipsticks are the cheapest of the three brands I’m comparing. There are currently 8 shades available in the Ultra Metallic line, but I only picked up Maneater, a metallic rose gold, and Zebra, a true metallic bronze. The Ultra Metallic lipsticks feel similar to their Ultra Satin line, which means they don’t dry to a matte, transfer-free finish.

The lipstick has a flat doe foot applicator which allows for a smooth, even application of the product, and makes it easy to get a crisp line. However, once the lipstick sets, it becomes extremely sticky – much stickier than the Ultra Satin lipsticks! I’m a diehard matte liquid lipstick fan, so I may be biased, but to me they are so sticky that it’s distracting. You can feel your lips pulling apart whenever you move your mouth! I feel like the longevity of this lipstick is affected by the stickiness of it, which defeats the purpose of a liquid lipstick in my opinion. Although Maneater is one of my favorite colors of the metallic liquid lipsticks I own, I just can’t get past the drawbacks of the formula.

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Lipstick – $18 each, kyliecosmetics.com. Although I wasn’t particularly impressed with the first release of Kylie’s Metal Matte range, I decided to take the plunge again with KyMajesty since it is such an interesting color! I also wanted to see if Kylie had fixed any of the drawbacks with her first formula. But, even though Kylie has changed the doe foot – it is identical to Colourpop’s – the formula is still lacking.

Although KyMajesty is a brilliant color and so unique, I can’t wear this lipstick. It’s ridiculously sticky (just like Colourpop’s), not very opaque, and wears off very patchily & noticeably in only an hour’s time without eating or drinking. The formula of KyMajesty is a little grittier than that of Heir or Reign due to the glitter, so that’s another drawback. Lastly, and it might just be me, but I don’t think my tube was completely full? I really hope another company dupes this color soon, because the formula is definitely a no-go for me. This product is straight-up not worth the price.

Milani Amore Mattallic Liquid Lipsticks – $8.99 each, milanicosmetics.com. The Milani Amore Mattallics are the only lipstick in this post that dry to a matte, transfer-free finish. There are about 8 different shades in the range, but I am reviewing Chromatic Addict, a metallic beige; Matterialistic, a bronze-y rose gold; and Mattely in Love, a true red.

These lipsticks have a strong cake batter scent, but I think it smells delicious. I’m also not sensitive to most fragrances, so these might bother you if you are. This lipstick has a long, flat doe foot applicator. It took a little practice to get the hang of applying with this applicator, but I think it actually gives a more even application than other applicators I’ve tried. The product applies evenly, is very pigmented, and dries rather quickly. Once it’s on, it does not move! I’ve worn all three out for nights on the town, and when I return home 5-6 hours later after much food and drink, it still looks as good as it did when I left.

As you guys can probably surmise from my reviews, the Milani Amore Mattallics are by far my favorite metallic lipstick. Between the shade selection, the quality, and the price, you just can’t beat them! To be honest, I would easily pay three times the price for these! They are just that good. I hope Milani makes these permanent or at least expands the line to add new colors before discontinuing them altogether.

Have you guys tried these liquid lipsticks? What do you think of them? What was your fave? Let me know in the comments below ❤

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Lancome Juicy Shakers

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! A couple months ago, Lancôme released a line of lip oils called Juicy Shakers. The Juicy Shakers are made with “bi-phase technology.” The first phase is a non-sticky, transparent blend of five different oils that help moisturize and condition your lips. The second phase provides pigment for a light wash of color.

I purchased Great-Fruit (sparkling grapefruit) and Cherry Symphony (cherry pop). Great-Fruit had a peachy stain to it, while Cherry Symphony is a bright cherry red.

lancome juicy shakers

lancome juicy shakers great-fruit cherry symphony swatches

The Juicy Shakers are very easy to apply! All you do is shake the little tube (I think it looks like a cocktail mixer!), unscrew the cap, and dab the pigment-soaked cushion onto your lips, adding more or less til you reach your desired opacity. My personal favorite is Cherry Symphony. It gave me that just-ate-a-popsicle stain! Great-Fruit smelled amazing, but I didn’t see any noticeable change on my lips.

Although the oils don’t dry down, I found that they last a decent amount of time! I got roughly 3 hours of wear, with no eating and only sipping some water, before I re-applied. They also taste awesome! I’d previously tried the YSL Tint-in-Oils but I was never crazy about them because of the way they tasted. But the Juicy Shakers taste exactly how they smell! To me, the scent isn’t overpowering, but if you’re sensitive to scents you might want to sample these in-store prior to purchasing.

All in all, for $20 a pop, I think the Lancôme Juicy Shakers are excellent lip oils! The packaging is cute and sturdy, the scents & color ranges are great, and they do an awesome job of hydrating your lips. Although I love YSL’s cosmetic line, I think the Juicy Shakers are a much better alternative in terms of cost, shade range, and taste.

Have you guys tried the Juicy Shakers? What do you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette & Sun Dipped Glow Kit

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a bomb week. Today I have a couple recent releases by Anastasia Beverly Hills to review for you: the Modern Renaissance Palette and the Sun Dipped Glow Kit.

Both items were released a couple months ago on the ABH website, so naturally I had to snap them right up to try out! Modern Renaissance is ABH’s first permanent eyeshadow palette and Sun Dipped is the third installment of their Glow Kit collection. To my knowledge, Sun Dipped isn’t permanent, but since Gleam and That Glow are both still in stock I expect it to be around for quite a while.

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance packaging

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance inside

Modern Renaissance is a 14-pan eyeshadow palette that was inspired by Renaissance art. Being an art major and earning a minor in Art History in college, I was super excited when I heard about the concept behind this palette because I loved studying Renaissance art!

The pans in Modern Renaissance are a bit larger than those in other ABH palettes but only contain about 7g of product each. This palette boasts lots of warm neutrals and red/orange shades. All shades but 2 are matte, which I like because I am a big fan of all-matte eye looks! The concept behind the palette matches the colors of the eyeshadows perfectly. All shades are creamy and pigmented. They all swatched and applied smoothly. I think the formulation of this palette is ABH’s best yet!

This palette feels incredibly versatile. I think it will work for summer, fall, winter, and even spring! This palette would also be a great dupe for Lime Crime’s Venus Palette, if you don’t wish to support the company.

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance swatches row 1

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance swatches row 2

Overall, I think Modern Renaissance is one of ABH’s best palette releases ever! The formula, color selection, packaging, price… It’s all A1. I also really like that it’s a permanent addition to the collection so no one has to miss out on it! There is so much hype generated these days and it’s nice for a company to look out for its customers.

The Sun Dipped Glow Kit contains four 0.26oz powders, which comes out to just over 1 full ounce of product. I’ve also reviewed the Gleam Kit so I won’t re-iterate about the formula, pigmentation, or packaging, as it’s largely the same.

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow kit

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow kit inside

I think Sun Dipped does a much better job of catering to all skintones than other kits made by ABH due to the wide variety of shades and differing undertones. It really warms my heart that ABH makes such a great range of highlighters because many don’t make anything as dark as Bronzed or as light as pans from other Glow Kits! My favorite shade from this palette, though, is Tourmaline. It’s such a beautiful mauve color with champagne reflects. I think it is best on medium skintones but I think it’s formulated in such a way that both light and deep skintones could also wear it well.

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow finger swatches

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow kit swatches

Overall, Sun Dipped is an excellent Glow Kit offering from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The colors are beautiful, the formula is there, and it flatters all skintones. For $40, you can’t beat a kit like this! It would be a great addition to any collection.

What do you guys think of these products? Have you tried Sun Dipped or Modern Renaissance? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Jouer Cosmetics Mermaid Collection Palette & Liquid Lipsticks

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing some items from the Jouer Cosmetics Summer 2016 Mermaid Collection. These are the first products I’ve ever purchased from the brand, so I was eager to try them out upon receiving them in the mail.

jouer cosmetics mermaid collection eyeshadow palette and liquid lipsticks

The Mermaid Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette comes in a pack of 4 eyeshadows, each weighing in at roughly 2 grams. The palette is made of 4 eyeshadow singles that interlock to make one cohesive piece. As a result, they can be rearranged or broken up as you see fit. I think this is a pretty unique set up and I can see it working well for travel or if you want to use some of the colors with other Jouer palettes.

All four shades are iridescent. Three are pastels and one, Dreamer, is a deep shimmery teal with a black base. Overall, I think the colors compliment each other well and that they work well together to create a variety of summery looks.

jouer mermaid eyeshadow palette swatches

This was my first experience with the Jouer eyeshadow formula. Coconut, Pink Pearl, and Splash all have a pretty dry, smooth, silky consistency, which is not a bad thing, just a change from the market’s saturation with buttery shadows. These three shadows are not boldly pigmented but because all 3 are consistent, I believe this was the intention of the palette. All 3 apply beautifully and blend with ease. I think it would be smart to use these over a sticky base to prevent fallout and to keep you from having glitter all over your cheeks by the end of the day.

Dreamer, however, has a completely different consistency from the other 3 shades in this palette. When swatching this shadow, the formula feels more moist, dense, and has the tendency to ball up under my fingertip if I swatch too many rotations. There is no shortage of pigmentation with this shade, though. It applies easily and works well with the other shadow formula. I would also use this over a sticky base to prevent fallout. I had no issue with any of the four shadows in terms of longevity. They all wore well and did not crease.

In addition to the Mermaid Palette, I also bought two of Jouer’s newly released Longwear Lip Cremes. I was excited to try these because I had heard so many glowing reviews from various people online. I chose Daiquiri, a warm metallic coral, and Watermelon, a matte true warm red.

jouer cosmetics mermaid collection longwear lip cremes daiquiri and watermelon

Both formulae applied smoothly, evenly, and dried to a matte finish. Both also had a more mousse-y consistency, which made them easier to control when applying. Watermelon did have some issues with sinking into the lines of my lips fairly quickly application, which was very disappointing since it was my favorite shade of the two! Lasting power for both of these was fairly standard for a liquid lipstick.

Between the two different products, I think my favorite was the Mermaid Eyeshadow Palette. The Longwear Lip Cremes were nice, but given that Watermelon sank into lip lines and I didn’t find Daiquiri to be flattering to my skintone, I can’t see myself getting much use out of them. With the eyeshadow palette, I can see it being very useful and being able to transition it into the winter months when paired with the right products.

Have any of you purchased products from the Jouer Mermaid Collection? What were your faves? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Palette!

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing the new Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Palette. Most of you have probably seen this palette in Sephora with the really cute display of KathleenLights, MannyMUA, and Patrick Starrr. This palette comes with 5 full-size blush pans (a $145 value) and retails for $58.

benefit cheekathon palette

The Cheekathon Palette contains full-size pans of Dandelion, Hoola, Rockateur, Coralista, and Dallas. I love the packaging of this! It’s made of cardboard, has a magnetic closure, and feels very sturdy. I love the illustration on the front. There’s a large mirror on the inside and the palette also comes with a flat brush like the one that comes with Benefit’s blushes and bronzers.

benefit cheekathon palette inside

benefit cheekathon swatches

As you can see, most of the blushes in this palette are on the warm side, but Hoola is fairly neutral. I was hoping either Rockateur or Coralista could be used as a highlighter, but I think they’re both too dark.

The quality of this palette is consistent with the quality of Benefit’s permanent blush and bronzer line. All the colors swatch evenly and smoothly. The brush that comes with the palette is also decent quality. It’s a great shape and works great for both contouring and applying and blending blush.

All in all, I think this palette is really nice! It’s made well, the quality is great, and you get so much product for your money. The Cheekathon Palette would be great for someone who wanted to try out some blushes or was looking for a cheek palette to streamline their collection.

What about you? Is the Cheekathon Palette on your list? Let me know in the comments ❤

Dupe Alert: Morphe 35O vs. Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette

Hey guys! As you know, warm-toned shadows are super popular right now. It mostly started with the Morphe 35O palette, but they’ve become widely available since other companies have released their own variations on the trend.

I recently stumbled across the brand Juvia’s Place after seeing some pictures of their palettes on Facebook. I fell in love with the Nubian 1 Palette and decided I needed it in my life. But, when it arrived, I noticed it was extremely similar to my Morphe 35O Palette!

morphe 35o and juvias place the nubian comparison

So naturally, I had to do some comparison swatches. Below is each shade of the Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette with its 35O dupe.

morphe 35o and juvias place swatches row 1

morphe 35o and juvias place swatches row 2

morphe 35o and juvias place swatches row 3

With the exception of the first shade in the second row, I was able to find an extremely close or exact dupe for every. single. color. The formulas are also exactly the same, which leads me to think they’re both repackaged from a generic brand. I’ve known that Morphe has done this for a while now, but I am surprised that two separate brands would each make a palette using almost the exact same colors.

Oddly enough, both palettes are around the same price, but you get 35 colors in the 35O versus only 12 in The Nubian. Clearly, the 35O would be the better deal, but I could see someone choosing The Nubian instead if they didn’t want or need a 35 pan palette.

Personally, I am going to be destashing The Nubian since I already own the 35O and don’t need them both. I suppose the moral of this story is to research swatches before you impulse buy a palette online!

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Quads

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week so far!

A while back, Kat Von D launched a range of eyeshadow quads based off her widely successful Shade and Light palette. The quads came in four different color schemes and were priced at $26 USD each. They appear to be permanent installments to the KVD line. When they launched, I bought Rust and Sage.

kat von d shade and light eyeshadow rust quad

kat von d shade and light eyeshadow sage quad

The packaging of these palettes is really good. The outer case is made of sturdy plastic and the compact size makes them excellent for travel. The pans are large, with the Base color larger than the others. I think this is a smart move because that’s the color you’ll use more and will likely hit pan on before the rest, so giving you more of it increases the longevity of using the palette.

The formula of both quads is consistent. Both are very creamy and pigmented. The shadows swatch and apply easily. Of the two, my personal favorite is Rust, but that’s only because the colors suit my skintone better, not the actual quality of the product.

kat von d shade and light eyeshadow rust swatches

kat von d shade and light eyeshadow sage swatches

When I get products, I like to compare them to my collection to see what dupes I can find. The Viseart Neutral Matte palette contains some pretty close dupes of the shades in the Rust quad. The base color of the KVD quad is pinker and the brown and white are both a touch warmer, but when it’s actually on the lid, the difference is indiscernable.

kat von d viseart comparison swatches

kat von d viseart neutral matte palette

Overall, the KVD quads are excellent quality products that are great for travel and perfect for adding a little spice to your collection! The colors of the quads are expertly curated and there is something to flatter every eye color in the line.

Have any of you purchased the KVD quads? What did you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. I ordered the Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks as soon as they launched on the site. I watched for them all day because, as you know, everything Kylie launches sells out in minutes! I was able to snag Heir and Reign, my two favorite shades. I was so excited when they were delivered yesterday evening! Kylie has definitely improved the turnaround and shipping time since her very first launch. It took exactly 1 week for them to arrive.

kylie cosmetics metal matte liquid lipsticks heir and reign

kylie cosmetics heir and reign swatches

Aren’t the colors beautiful?! Heir is a beautiful rose gold nude and Reign is a brownish burgundy. The formula is on the thin side. It’s a lot more watery than the matte liquid lipsticks offered by Kylie. To be honest, when I pulled the doe foot out of the tube, I was afraid it would drip off the end!

The formula is very smooth, but nowhere near as opaque as the matte liquid lipsticks, which is a real letdown. I found that I had to apply two coats to get even pigmentation, as the first coat goes on a little streaky. Heir looked much more flattering with the Koko K liner underneath it.

Here are some lip swatches! I included pictures in both indoor and outdoor light to show out the colors look in both instances.

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Heir, solo

kylie cosmetics heir with koko k liner

Heir over Koko K liner

kylie cosmetics reign

Reign

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Heir, solo

kylie cosmetics heir with koko k liner snapchat

Heir over Koko K liner

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Reign

The products are also not technically matte because they do not dry to a transfer-proof finish and remain slightly tacky on the lips. The finish actually reminds me of the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lipsticks. I think the name Metal Matte is a little bit misleading due to this.

While some people wouldn’t mind the tacky feeling or the fact that it transfers, I personally do not want to deal with those issues. I feel like when you’re wearing a unique color, you have to do it with confidence and it needs to look A1 at all times. I don’t want to be afraid it’s uneven or feathering while I’m out and about doin’ my thing.

I applaud Kylie for releasing products that are popular and what consumers are craving, but I feel like there are a few issues with the Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks, like there were with her Lip Gloss collection, that should have been resolved before releasing them for sale to the public.

Has anyone else tried the Metal Mattes? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments ❤

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week so far. I was lucky enough to win one of the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks that Nylon Magazine was giving away! Before it arrived, though, I bought two more shades that I’d had my eye on.

bite beauty amuse bouche lipsticks

Look how cute the packaging is! I love the lip print on the outside sleeve. The Amuse Bouche formula is very creamy, pigmented, and easy to apply. These lipsticks were made to be a better version of the Luminous Creme line. The Amuse Bouche line is longer lasting, has a citrus scent, and a better color payoff.

bite beauty amuse bouche sake and sweet peach

bite beauty amuse bouche black truffle

bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick swatches

I reviewed (top to bottom) Sweet Peach, Sake, and Black Truffle (Nylon prize). I was very impressed with the color payoff! I only needed a couple swipes to get an opaque swatch. They smell super good too!

bite beauty amuse bouche sweet peach

bite beauty amuse bouche sake

bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick black truffle

I found all of these to have excellent weartime and held up well against food and drink. The color didn’t settle into lip lines and I needed minimal touch-ups.

Of the 3 shades I reviewed, my favorite was definitely Sweet Peach. It was ultra-flattering to my skintone, easy to work with, and perfect for spring! Sake was a decent MLBB shade but to be honest, I expected it to be more of a mauve-brown and less purple. Black Truffle is an absolutely beautiful shade. I love the color of it! It really speaks to my vampy soul. But I found that while it was extremely opaque and I had no problems with patchiness, it was extremely hard to get a crisp looking line. I would have to use it with a hella good lip liner and be VERY careful while wearing it, which is a little too high maintenance for me.

That being said, this is a really great formula overall and I want to try more shades from the Amuse Bouche collection! This is definitely Bite’s best work so far.

Have any of you tried the Amuse Bouche lipsticks? What do you think? ❤

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having an awesome week. I recently picked up one of the new Glow Kits by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I bought Gleam, which is the peachy-pink Kit.

anastasia beverly hills gleam glow kit

The Glow Kits consist of four 0.26-ounce powder highlighters (an ABH Illuminator is 0.32oz). So you basically get four full-size highlighters for $40! It’s a crazy good deal. The Kits offer a wide variety in shades, which make them work for a ton of different skintones, especially WOC. Not many brands make highlights that work for deeper skintones; I think it’s great that ABH took these steps to make a shade for everyone!

anastasia beverly hills gleam glow kit finger swatches

anastasia beverly hills gleam glow kit swatches crushed pearl starburst mimosa hard candy

The Glow Kit powders are super creamy and pigmented! The texture reminds me a lot of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors, my favorite formula. Gleam offers Crushed Pearl, a pinky-silver with a crystalized finish; Starburst, cool pink with an iridescent finish; Hard Candy, a golden peach with a pink pearl duochrome finish; and Mimosa, a deep golden peach with a metallic finish.

On my skintone, Crushed Pearl and Starburst look really similar, but all the shades work really well with my skintone. Although Hard Candy and Mimosa are too dark for me to highlight with, I can use them as a blush and bronzer, respectively, or I can mix them with Crushed Pearl or Starburst to create a bunch of different shades to use. The shades are easy to control on application and apply and blend out effortlessly.

Overall, I love the Glow Kits! I think they’re a great way to try out a lot of different highlighters without breaking the bank. The formula is awesome, the color payoff is grand, and they get bonus points for being WOC-friendly.

Do you guys have either of the Glow Kits? How much do you love them? Let me know in the comments below. ❤