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NYX Butter Lipstick Swatches and Review

I got my NYX Butter Lipsticks ($6) a couple of month ago and I’m slightly ashamed to say that I just got around to trying them out,  mostly because I have so many damn lipsticks and just not enough lips. After finally giving them a fair shot, I really wish I hadn’t waited so long to try them  because they turned out to be pretty fantastic! I figured I should share my six dollar joy with the world with a review and some swatches.

I only ordered two shades of these but after trying them out, I find myself wishing I had ordered more. These lipsticks come in 22 gorgeous shades, are oh-so-creamy, super comfortable and the staying power truly surprised me.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Sugar Wafer and Mary JanesNYX Butter Lipstick - Sugar Wafer & Mary Janes

NYX Butter Lipstick - Sugar Wafer & Mary Janes

Swatches of NYX Butter Lipstick in Sugar Wafer and Mary JanesDSC_0380

Sugar Wafer – nudeNYX Butter Lipstick - Sugar Wafer

NYX Butter Lipstick - Sugar Wafer

Mary Janes – true redNYX Butter Lipstick - Mary Janes

NYX Butter Lipstick - Mary Janes

Both shades glided on smoothly and and looked gorgeous although Sugar Wafer was a little less opaque than it’s more pigmented counterpart Mary Janes. Mary Janes managed to hold up for most of the day and I’d imagine the other more pigmented shades would perform similarly but I wouldn’t expected the lighter shades to last as long.

I had originally planned on doing a little experiment with Mary Janes using Too Faced Lip Insurance Primer but Mary Janes just had to go and ruin it for me by being too good. The plan was to take pictures immediately after applying Mary Janes, three hours after applying it, and finally six hours after applying it without ever reapplying throughout the day. The following day I was going to do the same thing again with the only difference being I would be using Too Faced Lip Insurance under it this time. I wanted to see what kind of difference in staying power the lip primer would make. I thought for sure such a creamy lipstick would barely make it past lunch but Mary Janes had to go and prove me wrong. It lasted so well that I decided to wait and use a different lipstick for my primer experiment. Without further adieu, here is how Mary Janes held up through out the day!

In the following pictures I only used Mary Janes straight out of the tube. No lip liner, no lip brushes, I wanted to see how it would perform all on it’s own.

Mary Janes moments after being first applied and looking smashing!DSC_0302-2

Mary Janes three hours later, after lunch and drinking water through a straw. It’s faded and some of the creaminess has worn off but it’s still going pretty strong. DSC_0388

Mary Janes six hours after application.  I had eaten lunch, drank coffee and even taken a nap. It’s faded but not too bad and hey, at least it’s faded evenly rather than patchy like some products. It’s also began to feather a bit but I feel like that could have been avoided by using a lip liner. DSC_0406

All in all, I’d say the NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipsticks are a winner.

Urban Decay Electric Palette Review & Looks

Okay, so I may be a little late to the party with this Urban Decay Electric Palette review since it was released on March 18th, 2014 but better late than never, right? The Electric palette has been turned out to be a pretty big hit with makeup lovers and it’s no surprise why.

The Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette ($49) contains 10 colorful and striking shades which include Revolt (silver), Gonzo (blue), Slowburn (red orange), Fringe (teal), Chaos (royal blue), Jilted (fuchsia), Urban (purple), Freak (green) and Thrash (yellow green). Chaos and Revolt are shades that have been previously released by Urban Decay but the other 8 shades are brand new for this palette. The palette also includes a double ended brush. One side is a pretty basic and versatile eyeshadow brush while the other side is rather small and firm, a sort of detail style brush, and is really useful for adding pops of color to the inner corners of your eye, applying shadow to your lower lash line and just for any detail work.

If you’re looking for a tutorial featuring this palette, check out my Electric Palette Tutorial here!

Before we get on to the fun stuff, you should know that there is a disclaimer on the back of the palette that reads “Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban are not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” This is because many neon pigments have not been approved by the FDA for use near the eyes although they often are approved in Europe and Canada. Now I don’t know if these exact pigments have been approved in Europe or Canada so please, if you plan on using these near your eyes, do so at your own risk and discretion. If you have sensitive eyes,  you may want to just forget using these colors all together. Either way, it’s better to be safe than sorry so at the very least preform a patch test before rubbing these shadows all over your eyes and then going out for the night.

Here it is in all of it’s electrifying glory! Isn’t it beautiful? Urban Decay Electric Palette Swatches over my bare arm on the top portion and over NYX’s Eyeshadow Base in white on the lower portion. From left to right: Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage, Fringe, Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak and Thrash.Urban Decay Electric Palette Swatches This palette did not disappoint. The colors are gorgeous, smooth and oh so pigmented! They blend easily, are really vibrant and all of the shades work well together in a way that makes it simple to put together really bold, vibrant and, dare I say, electric look or to just add a pop of color in a more neutral eyeshadow look.

My usual routine for bright eyeshadow is to blot my lids with oil blotting papers, apply a layer of eye primer and then a thin layer of NYX’s Eyeshadow Base in white. Even with all these precautions I still sometimes will find my shadow creasing or fading within a few hours but that is not the case here!

The shades in this palette really stayed vibrant all day long. I did notice that some of these shades, mainly Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban will leave behind a stain on your skin. No amount of makeup remover seemed to be able to completely remove the stain and the stains were still present the following day. I guess it’s a small price to pay for such vibrant neon shades though.

Overall, I’m really pleased with this purchase. The palette itself is quite unique, has amazing pigmentation, the colors really fun and wearing these shades makes me a feel like a badass! Now onto a couple of looks using the Urban Decay Electric Palette!

In this look I’ve used Savage, Jilted and Urban as well as a Urban Decay’s Dope and Smokeout from the Vice 2 Palette. Jilted is is blended out from my crease and up midways to my brow, Urban is in my outer corner and crease and Savage is on the outer half of my lid. Urban Decay Electric Palette Look Urban Decay Electric Palette Look Urban Decay Electric Palette Look

In this look I’ve used Chaos and Revolt. Chaos is in the inner portion of my lid, the outer portion of my lid and the inner portion of my lower lash line. Revolt is in the center of my lid. I’ve also used Urban Decay’s Rewind as well as Lovesick from the Vice 2 palette as well as Black from the Lorac Pro Palette and and MAC’s Vanilla. Urban Decay Electric Palette LookDSC_0157Urban Decay Electric Palette LookUrban Decay Electric Palette Look

NYX Macaron Lippies

After much anticipation, my order of NYX Macaron Lippies finally arrived! The moment I saw their Instagram post over two months ago showing all the colorful soon to be lippies, I knew I had to have them. Sure enough, the minute I saw their post saying the collection was finally for sale on their site, I jumped on it and ordered 10 shades. No regrets.

NYX Macaron Lippies

These are currently being sold only on NYX’s website and at $6 a pop, you can’t really go wrong for such a unique product.

I ordered Orange Blossom (orange), Key Lime (lime green), Blue Velvet (electric blue), Violet (royal purple), Earl Grey (powder blue), Pistachio (mint green), Citron (yellow), Chambord (black), Coconut (white) and Black Sesame (light grey).

Before we move onto pictures, please excuse the poor application. This is a lot of lipstick and applying each one perfectly would have taken ages!

NYX Macaron Lippies

 

I, for one, am thrilled with the NYX Macaron collection. Most of these shades are really fun and unique and not something you’ll easily find a dupe for, especially at this price point. The texture and application does vary from color to color, though. Some shades apply really smoothly and evenly such as Violet, Chambord and Blue Velvet and others can be quite patchy and difficult to work with. I’m looking at you, Coconut and Citron. Some of the more difficult colors may still be able to be applied nicely if you really take the time to work with them but with ten shades to try, I couldn’t spend a lot of time trying to make them perfect. Even though I only had each shade on for a couple of minutes, I noticed that some of them, mainly Violet and Chambord, stained my lips. I normally see this as a bonus with lipsticks because even once the lipstick begins to rub off and fade, you’re still left with a stain which can help keep your lipstick still looking good between applications.  Even though some are difficult to work with, I don’t see them as a loss. I think they’ll still be fun for photos, artistic makeup and mixing/layering.

Speaking of mixing/layering and artistic makeup, I made a couple creations of my own using a few of the shades.

Ombre lip using Chambord, Black Sesame and Earl Grey

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Dark purple lip from mixing Chambord and Violet

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Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review

I was moseying through my local Sephora about a week ago when I stumbled upon their Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick display  and was instantly enamored by all the gorgeous colors. What can I say? I’m an easy sell when it comes to makeup. I’d seen a few people raving about them online recently so I decided to just pick one up in Melted Ruby and see for myself how they are. I was not disappointed!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick - Melted Ruby

Now, I rarely trust a “long wear” lipstick. Many products make the claim and then turn out to be one huge disappointment, usually either by rubbing off within the hour or being so damn drying that your lips just look like little shriveled up prunes which is usually terribly uncomfortable and unattractive.

I decided to put this product to the test and the first time I wore it I had a hearty lunch of lamb curry and a big ole bottle of water. No straw! I’m so daring. I was sure that when I checked on my lipstick after lunch that it would all be gone but I was so wrong. It looked perfect! I even took a nap a couple of hours later and when I woke up, it was still going strong.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review - Melted Ruby

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. I found the Too Faced Melted lipsticks to be long lasting, just like they claim. They probably aren’t going to make it all day long but I got a solid 6 hours or so out of them, even through eating, drinking and a nap. Unlike many long wearing lipsticks, these are not particularly drying. They certainly aren’t creamy (at least not for long) but they are comfortable. They go on glossy but dry to almost a matte finish over time. The pigmentation is amazing and the slanted tip applicator makes application easy breezy.  I can definitely see more shades of this in my future.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review - Melted Ruby

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review - Melted Ruby