MAC Retro Matte Liquid lipcolor Gemz&Roses

MAC Retro Matte Liquid lipcolor Gemz&Roses

Now I’m sorry that I’m so behind in my posts that I’m only now reviewing this, but as far as I can tell these are not LE and still being sold. A while ago MAC came out with their matte liquid lipsticks called Retro Matte Liquid. All of those colors were non shimmery. I reviewed (1) some (2) of them (3). Later they expanded by adding shimmery colors and Gemz&Roses is one of them.

Tbh I liked basically all of the colors and had a hard time limiting myself to only one shade. Gemz&Roses is a sort of nude with warm shimmer.

Now his looks quite stark on me, but that’s just because I’m so pale. On me it pulls more rusty and dark. It looks different on others, but always looks good imho. The shimmer is fine and metallic – finally they manage a metallic finish and they didn’t even sell it as such!

The product was easy to apply. I just love the sharp edges you can get with liquid lipstick. It took me a while to hop on the trend and now that I’m finally on the train, everyone else is already getting bored and going for gloss. -_-

The formula is helped by the fine shimmer. I’ve noticed this in nailpolish too, that a flat creme is usually harder to work with than a shimmery color. In this case, the lipstick is less drying than the original non shimmery formula.The shimmer also helps with the look. You know how matte liquid lippies give you those very visible lines; you’ll still get them with this but way less visible. So if you wanted to try liquid lippies but were turned off by the wrinkly look, a shimmery one might be your thing.

Lasting power is comparable to the original one, so it will last quite well, but wear off on the inside of the lip if you eat something oily. The lipstick can only be removed by oil, normal remover did not help.

In a nutshell this is a great liquid lipstick and I hate how they released way too many colors at once because who can afford all those? I’m not getting any PR I’m on a budget here! 😦

Of course by now MAC has already released several thousand other things but I hope some of you might find this review helpful anyway. Let me know what you think and please be patient with me – I cannot yet promise to be back to regular uploads until I fix the storage issue.

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Rituals Miracle Glow Cream Highlighter

Rituals Miracle Glow Cream Highlighter

This is the Miracle Glow Cream Highlighter by Rituals. It’s one of those glibbery bouncy gel highlighter thingies. You know, those that behave like jello? It’s so satisfying to touch. It pleases my inner three year old.

Le swatch. I’d call the color rose platine. It has rosy shimmer, but certainly no gold to it, so rose gold would be wrong, but platine alone doesn’t describe the color either. The shimmer is very fine, no glitter to see. Depending on the angle you can see either the shimmer or you can see some of the base color, which is off-white. Therefore this highlighter will not work for everyone unless you are a blending goddess. Because you may be able to blend it out and diffuse the base color – but I am not. It sets pretty quickly and then does not move anymore.

You should also put on enough the first go around – if you try to pat on more it starts lifting. It is really best to just put it on fearlessly and then never touch anymore. 😐 Also not recommended for dry skin – this stuff creates more texture.

I would not recommend this to makeup beginners. Everyone else can play at their own risk.

Catrice Spectra Light Magma Infusion

Catrice Spectra Light Magma Infusion

This is three coats of Catrice Spectra Light Magma Infusion, no top coat. This may have been LE I’m not sure.

The color is beautiful, a duochrome shifting from purple to greenish bronze. The quality, however… this thing drove me nuts. It would not dry, which is why I wore no top coat. I just… gave up at some point. On the first coat I bumped my hand very lightly somewhere and the polish just wiped off. It did not get better from there on. Four hours later I still got dents in the polish as if it were newly applied. I applied it in the morning. The next day I had imprints from my duvet on the polish. Then it was finaly dry and started to flake off. UUUUUGH.

Also, much less annyoing but still: the bottle claims to have “holographic and duochrome” effects. There is no holo in this one (the two Spectra Lights were indeed holo, though).

Overall, no recommendation, which is sad because the holo polishes in this line were great.

Catrice the Dewy Routine: the dewy drops Rose & Holographic

Catrice the Dewy Routine: the dewy drops Rose & Holographic

In which Catrice keeps misusing the word ‘holographic’, part 28378:

Catrice has a new LE out, called the Dewy Routine. It consists of only highlighters, sorted into three colors and categories: there’s a liquid highlighter, a cream stick and a powder for each color: rose, bronze and blue (called Holographic, because apparently blue is uncool). This LE is selling like lightning, especially the pink items. Luckily the distribution wasn’t even – while some drugstores were already sold out, others hadn’t even gotten their goods yet. It pays off to check smaller, less frequented places here.

I picked up two liquid highlighters, C01 Rose and C03 Holographic. C02 Bronze was wayyyyy to dark for me but may be amazing on dark skin. I decided to skip the cream sticks as I barely ever use stick highlighters. I could only barely stop myself from picking up the powders, but I didn’t for now.

Swatches, first Rose, then Holographic (which is clearly plain blue).

Rose is pink, but a very light and silvery kind of pink. The rose gold packaging and the promo pic promise something warmer, but looking at the liquid in the bottle and applied, this is clearly rose platinum rather than rose gold. Don’t go for Rose expecting something warm.

The blue one is, as expected, properly blue. Both don’t seem to have a base color when spread out, but you know my skin tone could swallow a white base so I can’t promise anything here. I didn’t see any whiteness when wearing these on my face (other than the very pale shimmer).

Both apply great. I put a drop on my hand and then apply with my finger, blending with a clean finger. One drop is more than enough to highlight the cheeks, temples, nose, upper lip and forehead. I don’t feel they need anything else on top. I mean you could layer with the other items in the collection, but they really don’t need anything to help with the glow. Lasting power was great as well, they stayed on all day, even in humid weather.

Both have a fine shimmer, with some small glitter particles. They do emphasize pores.

The blue one gives such a wonderful eerie glow, I love it. The rose one I must admit I expected it to be more … wholesome, more pink. Then I put it on and it made me look even more eerie-faerie like than the blue one. Because I expected it from the blue, but the pink is so light in color and the shimmer so intense it gives off quite a ghostly vibe. So I love both equally and would recommend both for the goth fae crowd. If the goal is more healthy look, you should rather go for something more warm in tone. In fact Catrice has similar drop bottles in their regular lineup – they sell them as primer, but they are just as shimmery, just more normal colors (light correcting serum primer in candlelight and sunlight).

 

My routine for maximum otherwordly glow:

  1. Rose: after cleansing face, start with MAC Fix+ in Pinklite, followed by MAC CC Cream in Illuminate (this is lavender colored), foundation + concealer as usual, then dewy drops in Rose. Finish regular makeup and put on another layer of Fix+ Pinklite.
  2. Blue: After cleansing, Essence fresh&fit awake primer, foundation + concealer as usual, colorless eye primer, dewy drops in Holographic on face and eyelids. Finish eyes with Catrice prismatic palette.

If this is all too one note in color I suggest adding in a touch of green highlighter such as Sleek Distorted Dreams or Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum (both of these palettes also have a blue one if you wish to intensify the blue instead for maximum ice queen look).

MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder Mother O’Pearl

MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder Mother O’Pearl

So, MAC‘s summer collection is out and despite many complaints that it just isn’t as pretty as last year’s it’s still been selling like hot cakes.

This is the Pearlmatte Face Powder in Mother O’Pearl and that Mickey Mouse face gave me half a heart attack until I realized that was the shirt I wore during photographing. So, the powder comes without creepy faces, I promise. This is the only piece I intended to buy (so far) and as of today it’s still available in some places and already sold out in others.

Swatches, first each color alone and then swirled together. Overall it’s on the sheer end which is normal for a Pearlmatte Powder. The purple is quite, well, purple (I wasn’t sure if the two purples were different so I swatched both), the pink is swatched in between the purple and the bronze, even if you can’t see it and the yellow stripe is swatched underneath the last purple (before the mix swatch). So pink and yellow don’t really give off color, only sheen.

The mix gives a nice blush color. You can get it more pink or more bronze depending on where you swirl your brush. The color is somewhat buildable but never opaque. All colors have a satiny sheen but it’s the least noticeable on the purple. It’s basically blush, bronzer and highlighter in one which is quite useful for summer.

Comparison to last year’s Oh my Passion:

The colors were quite similar so I expected them to be dupes. The yellow and the bronze part are identical, they look only different due to the different embossing. Then Oh my Passion has a light purple and strong yellow toned pink, while Mother O’Pearl has the very light pink and the deep purple.

Swatches, first Mother O’Pearl, then Oh my Passion. Turns out the strong purple makes quite a difference. Mother is more like a blush, while Passion ends up much lighter and bronzier. So if you wished for a version that was darker and pinker than last year’s there you have it.

This years powder comes in a slimmer case, yet at the same time it is heavier. It’s the same amount of product though (8g/0.28oz).

So, I like this powder. The rest of the collection didn’t really wow me although it wasn’t like, bad or anything. I might have gone for the pink lipstick but it was sold out quickly. I also tried the new liquid lipstick line, I think they’re called Oh, Sweetie? They are very scented. Very. They actually feel quite good on the lips and look pretty. Lasting power of a regular lip gloss though and the shimmer migrates into lip lines. Pass.

MAC Prep&Prime Fix+ Pinklite

MAC Prep&Prime Fix+ Pinklite

Recently MAC released some more Prep&Prime stuff, including a body lotion in Pinklite, some mattifying stuff and Fix+ in Pinklite and Goldlite. I like having some Fix+ as a backup and chose the color Pinklite.

The liquid is colorless but has pink shimmer flowing through it. If you leave it standing it will sink down but you can shake it up again. There’s a ball in the bottle to help with that. This is why my Fix+ up there looks white – I had been shaking it. To show you the beautiful shimmer in the bottle I made a detail photograph:

See the pretty swirls? All of the white and pink here is the shimmer. So clearly this is a shake well before use kind of product. But will you look like a disco ball spraying it on your face?

Fix+ in Pinklite sprayed on my arm. It’s very subtle. I mean there is pinkish shimmer, but you can totally spray this all over and nobody will notice it’s makeup. They’ll just think you are naturally ethereal. 😉

Now the name Fix+ tends to confuse people. This is NOT the sort of setting spray that makes your makeup last longer. MAC’s description says: skin refresher/finishing mist. Not setting spray! How to tell apart refreshing spray and setting spray: when you spray them on your hand the refreshing spray will feel watery while the setting spray will be sticky (that’s what helps the maekup stay on). If the spray is mostly alcohol (often in mattifying sprays) it will evaporate quickly and feel dry afterwards. Fix+ is basically water with skin care ingredients such a cucumber extract.

So how I usually use Fix+ is that when I am done washing my face I spray this over my face for a nice refresh. This moisturizes my face very well, especially when I then put primer on top. The difference for me, especially in winter is that I get less dry skin patches which helps a lot with makeup application. That’s the skin refresher part. The finishing mist, like a finishing powder, is something you can put up after you’re done with makeup, for a luminous finish. Some like to do that with Fix+ when they look too powdery. The water helps the powder to melt into the skin. Personally I prefer to use less powder. So mostly I didn’t put Fix+ on top.

Now Pinklite and Goldlite also contain shimmer particles, so spraying them on before makeup is like putting on a shimmery primer. And when you put it on top of makeup you get that very subtle luminosity. In my opinion those two shimmery ones are the only Fix+ that are also useful to use right after makeup application. When it’s hot you can also spray it on through the day for a quick refresh which is something I do with any Fix+, but not a setting spray (too sticky).

I specifically chose Pinklite because it contrasts with my yellow undertone, to make it more visible. I have also noticed that the whole thing shows up better on darker skin, so depending on your skin tone the results may vary.

I think it’s a cute gimmick, but after I use it up I’ll probably be back to the normal Fix+. Those new Prep&Prime products should be a permanent addition, but I’m not 100% sure.

Catrice Lala Berlin Prismatic Palette

Catrice Lala Berlin Prismatic Palette

When I did my last haul one of the things I got was the three pan palette on the left here. It’s from a Catrice collection, so LE. It’s the Lala Berlin Collection, which had mostly iridescent stuff. This palette is called Prismatic Palette in C01 Prismatic Persian. It claims to be an eyeshadow palette but the size of the pans and the colors made me think of a highlighting palette. The two outer pans have an off white base color with blue shimmer and pink shimmer, the middle one has a gunmetal base color with silvery shimmer.

Swatches. Same order as in the pic above, first the blue one, then the grey one, last the pink one. The base colors on the blue and pink don’t really show up, the grey one does have a base color. So based on the first swatches I decided to use all of them as an eye color and the blue and pink as highlighters as well. The grey had too much base for me to dare put it on my cheeks.

So, when buffed out with a highlighter brush the white base color of blue and pink didn’t show up and the shimmer turned out to be quite intense. They lasted all day long, too. Thumbs up, those two are good highlighters.

For eyeshadow I used a dense brush and patted it on instead of buffing like the highlighter. To not end up looking like I was from the early 00s I paired it with MAC eyeshadow in Soba. The grey one looks pretty much like in the above swatch, but pulls a little purple? It was a surprisingly good look. For the other two I had to pack on quite a bit. That way the base color did show up and it looked a bit dusty. Tbh I prefer them as highlighters, even though it was possible to get an eye look out of them. I do have to say that I’ve tried putting most of my colored highlighters on my lids and the Lala Berlin ones lasted better than them. All shadows lasted all day on me without fallout or creasing when worn over primer. Real highlighters often only make it up to two hours.

Overall, a cute palette to experiment with, but not a must have. If this is already sold out and you really wanted that pink and blue highlighter I’d recommend Zoeva Spring Strobe palette as possible dupes.

Sleek Matte Me Rioja Red

Sleek Matte Me Rioja Red

More liquid lipstick!

After the rather unusual colors of last week, we’re back to a lipstick classic: red! This is Sleek Matte Me in Rioja Red 433. I have and liked some Matte Me Metallics, but this is my first regular Matte Me.

Unlike the Matte Me Metallic, which have a mousse like texture and aren’t completely oaque, the Matte Me is a thin liquid that dries completely matte and opaque. The color of Rioja Red is a bright, fiery red.

The small applicator was easy to work with for precise edges. It dries quickly; don’t forget to smile while the lipstick is still wet to prevent later cracks. The color does not bleed at all and it didn’t crack on me either. You get the typical look of a matte liquid lipstick, but it does not look overly wrinkly and it did not feel dry either. Honestly this is probably one of the best matte ones I tried so far.

The color does not budge all day, except in the very middle of the mouth when eating. And there it wears off not too badly. It does stain everything it touches. Since it felt so good I forgot I was wearing lipstick at all and somehow dragged my fingers across my lips and then freaked out because my fingers were red…

Thumbs up, this lipstick is wonderful!

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

Please excuse my currently very errant posting schedule. My non internet life is being stressful and my posting is always patchy during the summer months, so I cannot promise you regular posts right now but this blog has not been abandoned.

Since I am in love with my other highlighting palette from Sleek, Distorted Dreams, obviously I got myself another one instead of using the one I already have because makeup collectors/bloggers are weird like that.

Sleek offers three permanent highlighting palettes. This is the lightest one, called Solstice 032. (I turned the palette around for my photograph so the pink and the taupe are the actual top shades.) While the (LE?) Distortion palette offered five shades in two finishes (cream and powder), this one has four shades in three finishes – cream, powder and two baked powders.

The colors are taupe (cream), vanilla yellow (powder), cool pink (baked) and orange (baked). The cream shade looks dark in the pan, but the color blends out on skin. Swatches:

These are unblended and you can see already that the cream (first swatch) is not dark. The swatches go in the same order as I mentioned before: taupe cream, vanilla powder, pink baked powder and orange baked powder. All of these have silvery white shimmer. You can see that the texture of the baked powders is not as smooth as the other two.

While you can tell the colors apart in the swatch, when applied on cheeks and blended they all look the same. You get intense platinum shimmer, end of story. If that’s what you want, this is a great highlighter for little money. For me I expected some more variety, so I’m a bit disappointed. I mean the quality is great, all of these last a whole day and the shimmer is very visible. It’s just that at the end of the day I could never tell which color I had applied, so the four colors are pretty pointless imho.

My favorite is the yellow powder, because it’s actually lighter than my skin tone and so makes the most difference, also it is the smoothest powder.

Another slight annoyance is that the compact includes a brush. This is completely pointless but takes up a lot of space and the brush is not of good quality. My favorite ways of applying these are as follows: for a more subtle finish I use fingers for the cream and my Zoeva highlighter brush for the powders. For a stronger finish you can either layer cream with powder or apply the cream with a beauty blender.

Serge Lutens Serge Noire

Serge Lutens Serge Noire

No, this is not a promo pic. This is my living room shelf. Took me only two years to realize it might be a good background.

The bottle is Serge Lutens Serge noire EdP. This is the old 50 ml bottle. The new ones look a bit different. After I took the pic I put in the sprayer, so now it looks a bit different. I like how some brands give you the option to either spray or use it as a splash bottle.

This is my first Serge Lutens. I’ve been sampling them in the store on and off, but could never decide which one to get. In the end, Serge noire won because it was the most different from what I already owned.

Serge noire was released ten years ago, in 2008. Perfumers are Christopher Sheldrake and Serge Lutens.

I don’t know what the offical notes list is. Serge Lutens has a tendency for the sort of marketing babble I have no patience for. So here’s what I think I’m smelling:

Incense which fades out softly (the whole perfume is very long lasting with good sillage), amber and vanilla (the vanilla may be part of the amber mix). Something spicy I can’t put my finger on. Not cumin or cardamom, not pepper. Later on I get some cinnamon.

The perfume is weirdly transparent, as in it’s actually quite strong (like I said, sillage and lasting power) yet it’s not as clogging as a strong perfume can be. Maybe because it lacks any flowers. Flowers can feel suffocating.

Wearing Serge noire makes me feel competent, like I can take anything on. It’s warm, yet at the same time keeps it’s distance.

I like it a lot and that’s bad because now I don’t know if I found my one hit wonder from Serge Lutens or if I should go hunt some more old bottles…

MAC PatrickStarr eyeshadow quads

MAC PatrickStarr eyeshadow quads

So the promo for Patrick’s second collab with MAC came out recently – and I haven’t even posted my reviews of the frst one ugh. Sorry.

Here’s my haul. This was a holiday collection in the US, but over here it came out in february. For this post I’ll concentrate on the eyeshadow quads. Hopefully I will have the lip products up next week.

So in the pic above, the upper quad is Glam AF and the one in the lower corner is Goalgetter. While both are neutral colors, the Glam AF has colors from light to dark and one warm toned and three more neutral colors, while Goalgetter is all warm tones and more in the mid range of colors. With Youtubers who reviewed this collection and Patrick himself you caould see that they always reached for both palettes in one look. I did that too, since I had both. I did do looks with only one quad each too, to see if it workes and it was possible, but the range of Goalgetter on it’s own is limited.

Alright here’s the swatches:

Now the majority of those colors are regular MAC colors. Some peeps didn’t like that, but for me it was the reason I got the quads because I’ve been wanting some of those colors forever and now I have them in a very pretty packaging. Obviously, you could just easily recreate the quads with MAC’s refill pans. In this case you’d get Embark (matte), Saddle (matte), Brule (satin), I’m into it (matte), Swiss Chocolate (matte), Amber Lights (frost) and Soft Brown (matte). Omigaud is the only color not available as single. For Omigaud (frost) subsitute All that Glitters (veluxe pearl). Done.

Qualitywise I liked the eyeshadows very much. They were pigmented and I had no problems applying or blending. The mattes were a bit dustier than the others but not unreasonably so. I remember Temptalia gave Omigaud a bad rating, but mine was great. As always I used primer for everything because nothing, absolutely nothing works on me without primer. The shimmery colors I patted on with flat eyeshadow brushes, the others I used mostly with 217 or similar brushes.

The Goalgetter quad looks very warm on me, but it may look less so on people with a deeper complexion, as my skin just brings out the orange in everything. Luckily I think orange is real good eye look.

I like both quads and wore them a lot since february. I guess the collection is not available anymore (sorry) but you may find some left overs, otherwise, like I said you can just recreate them with refills. Infact, unless you really want the design, you should do it with refills.

Jil Sander Simply Elixir

Jil Sander Simply Elixir

I loved Jil Sander’s Simply EdP and after going through several samples and still loving it years later I went to the store expecting to buy a full bottle of Simply EdP (the black bottle). Behold:

Yeah, that’s the flanker. This is Simply Jil Sander Elixir EdP. I mean I didn’t accidentally buy the flanker it just kinda happened, as they’re both quite good and this one was on sale and the other wasn’t…

Elixir was released in 2017, perfumer is Christophe Raynaud.

Compared to the original this one has more vanilla and less violet. There’s more wood and powdery iris which I don’t think I detected in the other one. As leather perfumes go this is a very gentle one. I mean I have some niche stuff and their leathers smell quite different (much harsher).The Bottega Veneta leather perfumes are also stronger on the note. Honestly this more a woodsy powdery vanilla than a leather perfume.

Overall I love it and find it very cozy. Wearing it makes me feel so good like everythings going to be alright. (My mum used to wear Jil Sander when I was smaller, so maybe that’s why…)

I like that Jil Sander keeps releasing mainstream perfume that does not smell like cotton candy. Go, Jil Sander! Going back to the original I feel like Elixir is softer and sweeter and maybe more mainstream than Simply. Simply is cooler due to the violets and some green stuff in it that Elixir does not have. They do smell similar though which is why I went home with Elixir in the end. It’s entirely possible that I pick up the other one later on as well, we’ll see.

I’d say this is a great workplace perfume if you are mindful the doseage, except in my workplace we wear all kinds of heavy stuff so I may be off base here.

MAC Lipliners Auburn, Nightingale

MAC Lipliners Auburn, Nightingale

I’m a bit of a lip liner fiend. I just like knowing that I have the right liner for my lipstick should I want one. My favorites are the regular MAC pencils.

So two of my newer liners are Nightingale and Auburn. Nightingale is a lovely berry shade and Auburn is a red with brown undertones.

Swatches of Auburn and Nightingale. Auburn is a great liner for Chili and similar shades. Nightingale goes well with shades like Rebel or Maybelline Berry Bossy.

The liners have the usual MAC liner quality. That’s really all there is to say. Believe it or not, I still have nowhere near the whole range. Although at this point I might just as well pull the trigger on the rest… We’ll see. 😉

 

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition

Hello, I am back after having a real nasty cold. Finally I feel like playing with makeup again so here we are. This is the Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition palette from BH Cosmetics. It’s the only version of the palette I know so I can’t say what the difference to the non deluxe version is. BH Cosmetics is now available in certain Austrian drugstores, they have a couple different palettes, but I think they switch them around. I swatched what they had in stores and the quality was wildly different. Like some swatch great and some really, really bad. So take caution – the quality is not the same across palettes. That’s a pity because the Carli Bybel is a winner.

This is the whole palette. It’s huge. There are three rows of eyeshadows and two rows of highlighters. The eyeshaodws come in matte, satin and shimmery finish. All the shadows are warm tones, but the first row is more pinky corally, the second is more purpley and the last more brown toned. The highlighters are a rose gold, a light bronzey gold, then a stark white, a lavender pink with blue undertone, a mid tone bronze and a deep bronze. It goes really all out on the highlighters. No matter the skin tone, no matter the look, you’ll find one that works. Overall I think this is a well thought out palette. Someone sat down and thought, what do I need to get my look and that’s how you got good matte transition and crease colors. Not all palettes have these.

Swatches! This is the first row. It goes from a peachy light matte to a peachy pink shimmer (it looks more golden in the shadow but I promise it applies with pink shimmer) to a matte orange, a pink with gold shimmer and a terracotta shimmer.

The second row starts out with a rose gold shimmer, then a purpley warm taupe (my fav, goes with any look), then a matte deeper purple (very warm toned) my second fav in the palette and my most used color, then a shimmery taupe and last a satin reddish dark purple (not too dark).

Last eyeshadow row starts with a light matte beige, very useful for blending out into the skin. Then there’s a shimmery gold, a caramel brown matte, a bronze and last a dark brown with satin finish. The last color is pretty cool toned compared to the other colors, but that helps it look great in a look. If this one were very warm too, I think it could pull too red. So I love the overall shade selection, but for my personal taste it’s a bit too much shimmer. Also while they swatch differently they looked more similar on my eyes. I feel like it was a varying base color, but the shimmer particles were ususally the same? But I got a lot of compliments wearing these shadows so I do think the shimmer made them stand out. It’s possible to make matte only looks also from this but usually you wouldn’t reach for this palette if you only wanted matte.

And last swatch, the highlighters! First lines are the top two bigger pans, the others the four pans with flower print on. All of them give an instagram worthy shine, but the first two are the most subtle. Due to the warm color they can be buffed into the skin more. The white is just plain white. This comes with a base color, so while it works on my pale skin as a highlighter, it might not work for everyone. I have also used this shade on the eyes (actually I’ve used most of the highlighters on the eyes too. Sadly they do differ from the shadows – they don’t last as well on the eyes and they don’t get that opaque when blended). The most visible shade is the lavender pink one, though, because of the blue toned shimmer. The pink base blends out more than the white one so it may be more wearable despite the blue. The last two colors are too dark for me to wear them as normal highlighters. I have worn them as cheek colors instead. The lighter bronze gives me a nice “I’ve been hiking” glow and the darker one is a regular shimmery bronzer on me.

All of the colors, both shadows and highlighters, blend out well. There is kick back when picking up color with a brush, but it’s normal amounts of kick back, not Subculture levels of kick back. When worn with primer the shadows lasted all day on me, except one day when I was sweating a lot, then they creased after eight hours. The highlighters only lasted three hours on my eyes, but then they’re not eyeshadows so that’s okay. Worn on the cheeks they lasted all day as well.

Overall this is a great palette for warm toned neutral loks with a lot of shimmer. I wish all BH Cosmetics palettes had the same quality (some did, but not all). I can recommend this one, at least.

NYX Matte Liquid Liner

NYX Matte Liquid Liner

Happy Valentines! Let’s wear some liquid eyeliner:

This is the NYX matte liquid liner in the color MLL01 Black. The brush is a classic thin brush, no hardened foam or anything. The brush is thinner than it looks like on the pic, because there it’s loaded with product.

A common liquid liner problem for me is that I have hooded eyes and I apply the liner and then I look up into the big mirror – bam! Liner all over the place. *sob* And in real life I can’t do the Violet Chachki thing and declare the whole lid liner. So I don’t do classic liquid liner that often, eye liner pens work better for me. But I’m nothing if not stubborn with a shopping problem. Hence trying out the NYX matte liquid liner. It comes out liquid and dries down matte like liquid lipstick – and it dries down super quick! No more “augh I opened my eye!”. On the downside it dries so fast it dries on the brush while painting. So you need to dip back in several times (depending on how much you have to fuss around. If you’re good, once is enough).

Swatches! Truly matte. Even the very thick line dried quickly. You can also see it can get patchy on the edges.

The product does not claim to be waterproof, but it claims to be water resistant. Not sure what’s the difference there, except resistant is probably the more honest claim. It behaves like a waterproof item. You certainly need oil to remove it. It does not smudge, but what it does is crumble. Not like in huge pieces, but like you can see in the swatch the edges aren’t smooth, and it just gets more and more like that as time goes on. Upon removal you do get bigger crumbles.

I’m not a huge liquid liner expert, but for me this was certainly the easiest one to apply, as described above. I can actually play around and do winged liner without messing everything up, woohoo. This weighs up the bit of crumbling it does for me, but you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it for yourself.

I’m certainly tempted now to also try their other liquid liners to see if it’s a NYX thing or if it’s a matte thing that does the trick for me.

Essence Holo Rainbow in Hello Holo

Essence Holo Rainbow in Hello Holo

This is the Essence nailpolish in 01 Hello Holo from their Holo Rainbow set. I am wearing two coats plus top coat. The top sunk into the gritty polish though, as usual with heavy glitter polishes. The polish is just straight up holo as promised. I know lately it’s been a trend to complain “that’s not holo” on fake holo makeup and I’ve seen people comment that about nail polish as well, but it is holo. The colors in each particle shift through the whole rainbow = holo.

I like that the polish was thick enough that you could easily get this opaque. I also didn’t have to move the glitter around much to get an even distribution. I’ve had much worse glitter polishes from essence before. But this one gets a total approval from me. It also lasted very well, apart from the fact that there was some shrinkage. I don’t know, this often happens to me when I wear heavy glitter polish, that the polish shrinks after a few hours and leaves some of my nail free. Other than that, there was some chipping on day four.

You better have some peel off base coat, because getting that stuff off otherwise is hell. I know because atm I don’t have any peel off base and ugh. There won’t be more glitter reviews anytime soon. The sparkles are so pretty, though!

The whole Holo Rainbow stuff was introduced into the permanent range half a year ago. So, these are not LE – although with essence you never know when they discontinue stuff again so if you want them, get them soon.