A chance to win a One Direction makeup kit and tickets to their new tour!


Hi guys! Today I’m bringing you a giveaway opportunity courtesy of BrandBacker and Markwins Beauty. I’m not being compensated for this post; I just get the fun of letting my readers in on a chance to win something, and maybe bringing in some new readers for myself.

So, is everyone familiar with One Direction? They’re the latest boy-band-the-girls-love-to-love, they’re huge all over the globe, and now they’re releasing their own line of makeup kits! These kits are being created by the same company that produces Physicians’ Formula and Wet ‘n Wild cosmetics, so this isn’t just some fly-by-night themed knockoff, either – these are real, quality makeup. Let’s talk a little about what you’ll get…

The One Direction Looks Collection
The One Direction Looks Collection – Midnight Madness kit

There are three kits, each named after one of 1D’s three albums and each containing different shades, so you can pick what colors – or what album! – suits you best. Each kit contains one each of:

  • Liquilights Glow Gloss, which is a sparkly pop of colored gloss that glows under UV light
  • One Direction Creme Lipstick in a coordinating color
  • A travel compact containing four pressed powder eyeshadows and one glitter creme eyeshadow
  • A chubby pencil that can be used as eyeshadow, eyeliner, or all-over body color
  • Little Black Dress mascara, a black volumizing formula
  • A nail polish
  • Some 1D stencils that will let you add temporary graphic art to yourself or your friends

The “Midnight Madness” collection (that’s it in the picture up there ^^) is red-themed, and contains a poppy-colored Liquilights Gloss, red creme lipstick, eyeshadows in shades of gray and pink, a blackest-black chubby pencil, and a metallic steel nail polish (as well as the aforementioned black mascara and body stencils).

The “Take Me Home” kit (below) is shades of yellow, with an orange glitter Liquilights Gloss, a nude-pink lipstick, eyeshadows in peaches and taupes, a warm chocolate-brown chubby pencil, and a gold glitter nail polish (as well as the aforementioned black mascara and body stencils).

 

One Direction Looks Collection - Take Me Home kit
One Direction Looks Collection – Take Me Home kit

The “Up All Night” kit (below) is all blues and pinks. In it you’ll find a pink glitter Liquilights gloss that glows orange in the dark, eyeshadows in pinks and blues, a pink creme lipstick, a denim-colored chubby pencil, and an acqua-blue metallic shimmer nail polish (as well as the aforementioned black mascara and body stencils).

One Direction Looks Collection - Up All Night kit
One Direction Looks Collection – Up All Night kit

Excited yet? I’m not even a boy-band fan usually, but these kits sound pretty awesome to me – glow-in-the-dark lip gloss? Yes please, one of each shade!

These kits are debuting in the U.S. at select stores in August (Macy’s: August 11; Stage Stores, Dillard’s, Beauty Brands, Lord & Taylor: August 25). They will also be released internationally, but there’s no exact date for non-U.S. releases yet.

However! Because you, dear reader, are awesome and read my blog, you can enter now for a chance to win not only a One Direction Makeup kit, but also tickets to a One Direction concert!! The tickets are for a show in Foxborough, MA on Friday, August 8th, 2014, at 7:00pm and do not include transport or hotel costs. U.S. and Canada entrants only, please.

The drawing will be on July 29, so hurry up and get your entries in!

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If you can’t get the widget to work – it and WordPress seem to be having some disagreements – you can also enter here.

For more information about the makeup line, check out https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection.

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Ipsy Bag July 2014

Ipsy time! This month’s bag was a weird one for me; the stuff I expected to love was pretty “meh”, but there was an unexpected gem, as well.

Ipsy Bag - July 2014
Ipsy Bag – July 2014

Let’s start with an inventory. From left to right up there, we have:

  • Whet Nails polish in Facetious, an electric blue. It took three coats to make this color even out and really pop on me, but when it popped, it popped and it looked great! The nail polishes I’ve gotten from Ipsy previously have been ehhhh, ok-ish, so I didn’t expect this one to blow me away as much as it did. This is a mini-size bottle, at 0.3 fl.oz. A full-size 0.5 oz bottle retails for $15, which means the bottle Ipsy sent me is worth about $6.
  • Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink, which supposedly a pH-reactive color that personalizes itself to you. You guys know my love for balm crayons, so I was excited to try this, but apparently my pH is “clear chapstick”, because that’s what this looks like on me. I received a 1.8 g sample size, while a 3 g full-size costs $14, so the sample is worth about $8.50
  • Befine Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. This is an SPF moisturizer with “Rosemary Leaf Oil, Pomegranate Extract, Safflower Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, and Rice protein.” Sounds tasty. I got a 1.5 fl. oz. sample, while a 1.7 oz full-size costs $24, so the sample is worth about $21.
  • Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil in SPF 08. I’m frankly appalled that a beauty subscription service is sending out (sun-)tanning products when everyone is well aware of the effects that tanning has on skin and health. And considering that Ipsy knows that my skin tone is “ghostly pale” and I thus burn like a lobster at the slightest bit of sun, there’s even less of an excuse for sending something like this to me. There’s simply no way I would ever use a product like this, and I would discourage anyone from using “tanning oil” to bake themselves. For the record, this was a 1 oz. sample that appears to be worth about $4.
  • Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Divine Wine. This is supposed to be a miracle potion that primes, brightens, smooths, sunscreens, and basically does everything except the dishes. I was super-excited to be getting a Bare Minerals product in my bag, because I lust after their eyeshadows, but the color they sent me is a dark-cocoa-brown-but-with-a-bit-of-sparkle (“wine”, my left foot!), which is about as far from a primer shade as you can get on my skin. It applied smoothly and blended ok, but I dunno, just…the color. It was weird. As a primer this is actually a pretty good product, but given that primers are usually skin-toned, and a properly colored primer thus won’t stand out as an eyeshadow, it seems weird to be trying to do both with one product. I received a teeny-tiny 0.03 oz sample tube of this (seriously, so tiny. I opened it and promptly fumbled the little cap/applicator and smeared brown eyeshadow all down the front of my shirt. Don’t be like me, kids). A full-size 0.1 oz tube retails for $18, so this was worth about $5.50.
  • Total retail value of products in bag: $45 (though nearly half of that total is made up of just the Befine moisturizer)

And now for pictures! Here’s my face using the Bare Minerals shadow and the Pixi balm (also wearing: Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in Porcelain Ivory, ELF Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in some sort of sparkly rose-pink color, and Milani Liquid Eye liner pencil in Purple). The hint of pink you see on my lips is not from the Pixi balm, but from remnants of a pink lipstick I had on before I decided to use the balm instead).

Ipsy July 2014 face
Ipsy July 2014 face

Here’s a close-up of the eyes.

Bare Minerals - Divine Wine (blended up into crease)
Bare Minerals – Divine Wine (blended up into crease); ELF Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in ??? (sparkly pink but I lost the box with color name on it)

And here’s Facetious. Ignore what looks like shimmer in the bottle, that’s actually just my fingerprints. This is a straight-up creme finish.

Whet Nails - Facetious
Whet Nails – Facetious

Overall, I’m ok with this bag. The nail polish alone is worth the whole bag, and I’m sure I’ll find ways to use the eyeshadow and lip balm. I haven’t tried the moisturizer yet, but it never hurts to have another one of those around. As for the tanning oil…straight into the trash bin, and I’m considering writing Ipsy a “wtf???” note to boot.

A true eye makeup challenge…

My eyeshadow and foundation didn’t hold up so well to the end of Titanic tonight (have you guys watched that any time recently? The last hour is an orgy of the saddest, most tragic ways to die, seriously), but my NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Purple managed to stick it out. And you know if it can hold up to those tears, it can hold up to just about anything!

NYX Studio Liquid Liner - Extreme Purple
NYX Studio Liquid Liner – Extreme Purple

For the record, the liner is actually darker than this; I had to use a flash to get a decent shot in the dark room I’m currently in.

Nail Pattern Boldness – Glitter A-Peel peel-off base coat

Ah, glitter polish: love how it looks, hate getting it off. Even with the foil method, where you soak your fingers in acetone-covered cotton balls for a few minutes, I still find myself picking bits off with my nails, and what should be a two-minute removal turns into a half-hour ordeal that leaves my nails gouged and sad.

LA Girl Pop! - Birthday Cake. It looks so happy...until you try to take it off.
LA Girl Pop in “Birthday Cake”. It looks so happy…until you try to take it off.

So I was really excited when I started noticing blog posts late last year talking about peel-off base coats that can be used for glitter manicures. It seemed like one had come out from an Asian company at one point, but quickly become unobtainable, and lo, I was sad that I’d missed my chance. This was well before OPI released their peel-off, too – you darn kids don’t know how good you have it these days, with mainstream peel-off options!

Anyway, just when I was worried that I’d missed my chance, a bit more investigation turned up an indie polish brand who had developed their own peel-off base. Everyone, meet Nail Pattern Boldness and their Glitter A-Peel base coat! Per the product description, “This is NOT a glue basecoat, this contains the usual solvents and plasticizers found in all nail polish. This is also NOT three-free – it does contain Toluene.” So Glitter A-Peel is a different animal than the usual PVA (glue) base coats you’ll see homemade on Pinterest or for sale from brands like OPI.

I’ve used this base coat a handful of times now, and though it had a bit of a learning curve, I think I’ve finally figured out the winning formula for an effortless glitter removal. The trick for me has been to always use two coats of Glitter A-Peel, preferably thick-ish coats, as the base-est of my base coats (top it with any other base coat you use, like a ridge filler, etc) and to make sure I cover all of my nail and none of my cuticle (if you get it on your cuticle, it will not peel off easily…until you assume you’re safe, at which point it will snag and take half your manicure with it). Top with polish and top coat as you normally would.

Now, don’t expect a peel-off base coat to give you a lasting manicure. By definition, these bases keep polish from sticking tenaciously to the nail, which means it will chip and it will probably chip in large chunks. I haven’t had the experience with Glitter A-Peel that some bloggers report with other peel-off base coats, where an entire nail’s worth of polish pops off at once, but the chips for me are definitely more substantial chunks than they are tiny chips. I got about three days out of the LA Girl polish pictured above before the chips became noticeably large, which based on reviews I’ve read of peel-off base coats, is pretty damn good for a peel-off manicure.

Actually peeling off a manicure is ridiculously fun for me, when it goes right and things come off easily (as a kid, I used to beg my mom to buy me peel-off kiddie nail polish just so I could put it on and immediately peel it off). The trick to that part, I’ve found, is to believe Nail Pattern Boldness’s recommendation and resist the urge to use your fingernails to peel off the polish. Yes, you can get it started that way, but a) it will be messier and b) you risk breaking or chipping your nail itself. And anyway, you’ll be more likely to get a solid one-piece peel with something that can reach more than a millimeter or so under the polish. Here’s a demonstration of that.

A peel started with my index finger
A peel started with my index finger
The end of a peel started with my fingernail
The end of a peel started with my fingernail

In this peel that I started with my opposite hand index finger, the peel started ok, but because my fingernail is short and can’t go far, the polish fractured quickly into multiple pieces. They all peeled off (even the chunk at the bottom of my nail did, just separately), but not in a satisfying way.

Here, on the other hand, is what happened when I started the peel with an orange stick.

Peel started with an orange stick
Peel started with an orange stick
End of peel started with orange stick
End of peel started with orange stick

Seriously, popping it off in one piece (or almost one piece) is so much more viscerally satisfying! Here’s what the leavings of all ten nails looked like.

The remains of a peeled-off manicure
The remains of a peeled-off manicure

The whole thing took about ten minutes, including pausing to take these pictures, and I didn’t have to touch a single drop of acetone to clean up around the edges (though you may if you find you’ve applied polish to areas of your nail that you missed hitting with the base coat).

If you’re in the market for a peel-off base coat, I would definitely recommend Nail Pattern Boldness’s take on it!

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer balms – complete collection swatches

Update 7/12/14: While visiting my parents this weekend, I hit up the local grocery store and found Demure just sitting there begging to be bought! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see it.

Gather ’round, makeup lovers, it’s once again time for one of Amy’s obsessive collection sprees to come to fruition! This time we’ve got 9 out of the 10 colors from Revlon’s Colorburst Lacquer Balm collection – Coquette, Ingenue, Whimsical, Tease, Vivacious, Provocateur, Flirtatious, Enticing, and Coy. I do not have Demure, which is a pale pink that looks quite similar to Coquette, at least on Revlon’s website.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms (l to r: Coquette, Ingenue, Whimsical, Tease, Vivacious, Provacateur, Flirtatious, Enticing, Coy. Not pictured: Demure)
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms (l to r: Coquette, Ingenue, Whimsical, Tease, Vivacious, Provocateur, Flirtatious, Enticing, Coy. Not pictured: Demure)

As usual with Revlon’s lip crayons, these are packaged in roughly color-accurate tubes. The tubes for this line are reflective, to match the shine of the balms.

Let’s start from the pale end of the spectrum, with Coquette. This is a light pink, similar to but nowhere near identical to the Matte Balm line’s Elusive. I’m including a shot of that below, for comparison, though since these were taken in different places on different days, the lighting (and my camera skill) changed rather a lot.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coquette
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coquette
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coquette
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coquette
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Elusive
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Elusive

Next, Ingenue, a peachy-caramel nude. This also seems to be a shimmery analogue of a color from the Matte Balm line; in this case, Complex.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Ingenue
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Ingenue
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Ingenue
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Ingenue
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Complex
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Complex

Whimsical, a berrylike light purple.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Whimsical
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Whimsical
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Whimsical
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Whimsical

Tease, a brownish-orange. As an orange lipstick, this is much more muted and wearable than the Matte Balm line’s Mischievous and Audacious.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Tease
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Tease
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Tease
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Tease
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Mischievous
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Mischievous
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Audacious
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Audacious

Vivacious,a not-totally-crazy-for-once blue-tinged fuchsia. I’m adding a shot of the Matte Balm line’s Unapologetic here, but mostly to show how dissimilar the colors are.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Vivacious
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Vivacious
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Vivacious
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Vivacious
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Unapologetic
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Unapologetic

Provocateur, a red very similar to the Matte Balm line’s Standout.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Provacateur
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Provocateur
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Provocateur
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Provocateur
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Standout
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Standout

Flirtatious, a brown-tinged pink that doesn’t seem to have a Matte Balm analogue.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Flirtatious
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Flirtatious
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Flirtatious
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Flirtatious

Enticing, a brown-red pretty close to the Matte Balms’ Sultry.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Enticing
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Enticing
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Enticing
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Enticing
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm - Sultry
For comparison: Revlon Matte Balm – Sultry

And finally, Coy, a 90s-style brown/nude that doesn’t match anything from the Matte Balm line.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coy
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coy
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coy
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coy

Generally speaking, I found the Lacquer Balm line colors to be more understated and everyday-wearable than their Matte Balm cousins; if I decided to try an orange lip, for instance, I’d feel much more comfortable in Tease than I would in Audacious or Mischievous. Ditto for a fuchsia lip and Vivacious/Unapologetic. The Lacquer Balms are also much, much more forgiving of lips that aren’t in perfect shape.

The trade-off for that, though, is that the Lacquer line’s longevity is…lacking. You will have to reapply these, and pretty often. As an illustration of that, here’s Coquette again, right after I applied it:

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coquette
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coquette

And here it is 40 minutes later, during which I did nothing but sit at my desk:

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Coquette - after 40 minutes of wear
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Coquette – after 40 minutes of wear

There’s lots of glitter left behind, but rather less actual color. Though how much of this effect you get will vary depending on what shade you’re wearing (darker ones will stain better), when it happens, you’re generally going to be left with chunks of glitter, maybe a slight tint, and not much else. For me that’s not too much of a hardship in exchange for wearable color, especially because this crayon format makes them pretty easy to reapply, but still, in a perfect world I’d want the color to last as well as the glitter.

Also on my face today: MAC Prep + Prime BB Cream in Light Plus, Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment in Improper Copper, and L’Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue.

 

Update 7/12/14: Demure! I apologize for the completely different lighting. I suck at photography.

Revlon Lacquer Balm - Demure
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Demure
Revlon Lacquer Balm - Demure
Revlon Lacquer Balm – Demure

Far from being the much-like-Coquette pink that I predicted based on eyeballing Demure on Revlon’s website, this is actually a peachy nude with lots of visible glitter. I like the color when I swatch it, but I think it washes me out a bit once it’s on my lips. Or maybe I just need to ramp up my eye makeup if I want to wear a lip color this pale? Guys, how do I makeup???

Yet more Revlon Balms

Ok guys, I think I might have some serious completionist tendencies, because, um, look:

So much lippie
So much lippie!

Yeah, that’s 7/10 of the Revlon Colorburst Kissable Balm Stain line and 9/10 of the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm line.

Yeah, I’m ridiculous.

But you guys get to benefit from my ridiculousness! This is just a teaser, but I will soon be giving you complete (well, 7/10 and 9/10) swatchings of each of these collections, so that we can all obsess together. Yay!

Sally Hansen Triple Shine – Make Waves

So, remember a few weeks ago when I told you about my utter fail with Sally Hansen Triple Shine’s “Make Waves”? It swatched sheer, so I tried to put it over white polish and ended up in a layering disaster. Well, I decided to give it another chance this week. After all, what better time to try a sheer blue-green duochrome than when your nails are stained Kermit-the-frog green and you’ve cut them rather overzealously short (seriously, I managed to cut my right index finger below the quick somehow. Ow.) to try to nip it in the bud? The staining can only help with opacity, and with no nail above the tips of my fingers, there’s no possible visible nail line through the sheerness!

Sally Hansen Triple Shine - Make Waves
Sally Hansen Triple Shine – Make Waves

And you know what? I like this polish. A lot. Every time I catch sight of my hands I have an urge to shout “My fingers are mermaids!” (yes, I might be weird) because it’s just that perfect, summery, mermaid-scale iridescent blue-green. It’s not even as sheer as I was afraid after swatching it. The manicure in this photo is two coats, and though if you look hard you can see some nail, it really doesn’t come off as sheer at all once it’s on.

I’m on day three of this manicure now and I’m seeing some tip wear and a small chip in the same place on my right thumb that always chips (seriously, I swear I am not hitting it with a hammer, what gives?), but the other nice thing about this light shimmer is that it’s disguising those imperfections pretty well. Make Waves, I love you!

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms – Full Collection swatches

Update 7/12/14: While visiting my parents this weekend, I hit up the local grocery store and found Striking just sitting there begging to be bought! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see it.

So I know I said in my last post that I thought I had the full collection of Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms now, but on cross-referencing my list, it turns out I’m still missing Striking. There wasn’t a slot for it in the shop where I bought my last three, so since I’m not sure how hard it will be to find, I’m going to go ahead and give you the swatches of the rest of the collection. If I ever get my hands on Striking, I’ll update this post with swatches of that, too.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms collection
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms collection (left to right: Complex, Mischievous, Elusive, Audacious, Unapologetic, Showy, Sultry, Standout, Shameless. Not pictured: Striking)

The photos you’re about to see were all taken with a combination of artificial light (overhead) and natural light (shining on my face).

Let’s start from the less in-your-face end of the spectrum, with Complex, a peachy-caramel nude. It’s a pretty good match as a true nude on my lips. Now, my lips exist in a perpetual state of chapped-ness, and though I exfoliated before starting these swatches, I don’t seem to have gotten everything, because when I put on some of these matte balms, especially the lighter colors like Complex, it was like “Oh hey yep, there’s five spots I missed.” You can’t make it out in this picture so much because I accidentally had the camera set to beauty mode, which erases those pesky flaws (and all my pores). It’s most obvious in the (unfortunately blurry) Mischievous picture below.

Generally, I’d say if you’re going to use the colors on the lighter end of this collection, definitely plan to exfoliate and moisturize like crazy before applying.

 

Complex
Complex

 

Also Complex!
Also Complex!

 

Next up, Mischievous, a light tangerine-orange. This, too, was patchy, though from more than six inches away (stop staring at yourself in the mirror, Amy!), it’s not nearly as obvious as it felt.

 

Mischievous
Mischievous

 

Also Mischievous!
Also Mischievous, but with bonus blurriness!

 

Elusive, a light pink. This is quite flattering on me, I think.

 

Elusive
Elusive

 

Also Elusive!
Also Elusive!

 

Audacious, a brighter, more-neon orange than Mischievous. Though it doesn’t look it so much in the picture, this read as SERIOUSLY NEON when I looked in the mirror. Not sure I’d ever wear this out of the house.

 

Audacious
Audacious

 

Also Audacious!
Also Audacious!

 

Unapologetic, a bright pink somewhere on the border of orange and fuchsia. Again, this one looks less shocking in the picture than it looked in real life.

 

Unapologetic
Unapologetic

 

Also Unapologetic!
Also Unapologetic!

 

Showy, a bubblegum/barbie pink. This is is a pretty shocking color as well, less because of brightness than because of the…blue? I think it’s blue?…base to the color which reads weirdly against my skin.

 

Showy
Showy

 

Also Showy!
Also Showy!

 

Next, Sultry. I’ve swatched/reviewed this one and Standout for you guys before, but it can’t hurt to do it again in different light! This is a brown-rose-plum sort of hybrid, depending on the light you look at it in. It’s a little darker on me than I anticipated it being. Also I seem to have completely borked actually getting it on my lips in a manner resembling a competent adult, so pardon that.

 

Sultry
Sultry

 

Also Sultry!
Also Sultry!

 

Standout, a srs bizness red which I’m really beginning to love more and more the more I look at it on myself.

 

Standout
Standout

 

Also Standout!
Also Standout!

 

And finally, Shameless. Not for the faint of heart, this is a deep, dark purple. It reminds me a bit of the MAC x Lorde Pure Heroine limited edition from earlier this year. I haven’t tried Pure Heroine on myself, but I think this may be a bit darker, actually. I think pulling this off in a look would require a very smoky eye and a willingness to play the vamp(ire).

 

Shameless
Shameless

 

Also Shameless!
Also Shameless!

 

So, there you have it. This collection has been hit-and-miss for me as far as usability; overall these matte colors seem to be more striking (no pun intended) than similar colors in a gloss or satin finish would, which means I don’t necessarily find myself reaching for these terribly often, because I’m not often looking to make a loud statement with my lips. Nevertheless, other than the three middle “I’m a neon sign” colors, which I’m not sure I can ever dredge up the courage to wear out, this is a good mix of some basics + some dramatics for me, and Standout just makes my heart go pitter-pat!

 

Update 7/12/14: Striking! Completely different lighting, so I apologize for how these swatches are not directly comparable to the ones above as far as my skin tone and how colors compare to it. Also, for some reason, Striking photographed much less colorful than it actually is on me. In real life, it’s a bright coral-orange (the shot of my lips only is closer to its real color than the one of my face). I didn’t expect to like this one because I figured that, like Unapologetic, it would be too bright, but somehow Striking works on my face. It’s still a little out-there to be everyday, to-work wear, but I have a feeling I’m going to be pulling this one out next time I want to make a statement with my lips.

Revlon Matte Balm - Striking
Revlon Matte Balm – Striking
Revlon Matte Balm - Striking
Revlon Matte Balm – Striking