Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” Collection – swatches and review


The products in this post were received for free in exchange for a review. The opinions in this post are my own, but the text of this post has been approved by the brand.

Ok kiddies, prepare to squeal. Courtesy of Brandbacker, I got my hands on one of the new One Direction makeup kits I posted about a while ago. They sent me the Take Me Home collection, which features golds, browns, and pinks, which is just about perfect for me (I had my fingers crossed that I wouldn’t get the blue-based “Up All Night” collection – I’ve lived through the 80s, I don’t need more blue eyeshadow!). So without further ado, let’s get to the unboxing!

One Direction "Take Me Home" collection box, front view
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection box, front view

It’s a box! Whee! Well, more specifically, it’s a hinged metal box printed with brickwork, with a plastic sleeve printed with the boys and their signatures slipped around it. Gives it sort of a nice 3D effect, and when you take the sleeve off, you’re left with an unbranded (outside) reusable box, which is one of those things that’s handy to have around.

One Direction "Take Me Home" collection enclosure card, side 1
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection enclosure card, side 1

Also enclosed with my package was this cardboard card, which on one side tells me about the collections, and on the other side I’m special because I got a pre-launch preview (woo!).

One Direction "Take Me Home" collection enclosure card, side 2
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection enclosure card, side 2

Opening up the box, we find the makeup, securely stored in a plastic tray, on one side, and a card with instructions for some looks on the other.

One Direction "Take Me Home" collection box interior
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection box interior

A better shot of the makeup tray:

Makeup by One Direction "Take Me Home" collection makeup tray
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection makeup tray

Going clockwise-ish from the top left here, we have:

  • “I Wish”, a chocolate-brown eyeshadow/body pencil
  • A 5-pan eyeshadow palette
  • “Last First Kiss”, a bubblegum-pink lipstick
  • “Kiss You”, a sparkly orange lip gloss that glows under UV light
  • “Little Black Dress”, a basic black mascara
  • “Live While We’re Young”, a gold glitter nail polish topper
  • A set of body stencils which you’re intended to use with “I Wish” to decorate yourself

Swatches:

Makeup by One Direction "Take Me Home" collection swatches
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection swatches. Top row: I wish, Back For You, Change My Mind, C’mon C’mon, Little Things, Take Me Home. Bottom row: Last First Kiss, Kiss You

I gave everything a try, and here’s what that looks like (yes, I cheated and used beauty mode. I’ve been sick this week and you guys really don’t want to see me unretouched…)

Wearing the Makeup by One Direction "Take Me Home" collection
Wearing the Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection
Wearing the Makeup by One Direction "Take Me Home" collection
Wearing the Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection

Conveniently forgetting that the box gave me a guide for how to use the eyeshadows, I sort of rolled my own look here. I used “Back For You” (peachy cream) on my browbone, “Change My Mind” (sparkly pink-peach) on my lids, “C’mon C’mon” (gray-ish taupe) blended into my crease and under my eye, and “Little Things” (warm brown) to line my upper lids. Then I decided to get fancy and added “Take Me Home” (gold glitter cream shadow) to my upper and lower lashlines, and a touch of “I Wish” (brown cream shadow stick) to my crease.

Here’s those eyeshadows in-pan before use:

Makeup by One Direction "Take Me Home" collection eyeshadow palette
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection eyeshadow palette

And after use:

Makeup by One Direction "Take Me Home" collection eyeshadow palette
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection eyeshadow palette

Yes, as other reviews have noted, the glitter in “Change My Mind” and “Take Me Home” is largely an overspray that’s removed once you actually use the colors. But I didn’t have any trouble getting both to still register on my eye as shimmers; you’re just losing the serious chunks of glitter. The bigger problem I have with the overspray is that it makes “Change My Mind” look lighter than it is.

All of the shadows were a smidge on the soft side, and the color payoff on the mattes was mediocre, but hey, these are neutrals anyway. I found them to be quite pleasant to use and they blended well to make a beautiful, understated look. The only real complaint I have is that “Take Me Home” tends to migrate; within a half hour of application, my gold lower lashline looked like it was slowly melting down my face.

Makeup by One Direction "Take Me Home" collection lipstick and lipgloss
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection lipstick and lip gloss

We had a slight accident with my delivery, such that the package containing my kit ended up sitting on my doorstep for a few hot days while I was away, and “Last First Kiss”, the lipstick, suffered for that, melting a bit into the lid. But after I squished it back into the tube, it’s been perfectly fine to use, and I find the color surprisingly flattering on me. Bubblegum pinks are hit or miss with my complexion, but this is a hit. It’s not the most long-lived lipstick – plan to reapply every couple of hours – but it’s moisturizing and comfortable to wear, and generally quite nice.

The lip gloss here is interesting. In the tube and on my arm, it’s sparkly orange. On my lips, it spreads out to just a clear sparkly gloss, which is probably for the best because I’m not sure how I’d feel about my lips being this shade of orange. Unfortunately, I don’t have a UV light to test the glow of this with; I’m forced to use my imagination, which says this would look awesome.

Makeup by One Direction "Take Me Home" collection shadow pencil and stencils
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection shadow pencil and stencils

The kit bills “I Wish”, the shadow pencil, as an eye or body pencil. I tried it in both places. You can see it in my full-face shot above; it’s the unblended brown in my crease. It applied ok, but, well…didn’t blend very well at my soft touch. As far as using it for stenciling, the less said about my attempts, the better. Suffice it to say that a stencil using a very soft, chocolate brown shadow crayon and unsteady hands is mostly going to come out looking like a very soft, chocolate brown splotch that probably should be washed off, not photographed.

Makeup by One Direction "Take Me Home" collection nail polish and mascara wand
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection nail polish and mascara wand

The collection is capped off by a mascara – a very basic, does-nothing-in-particular black that added no particular curl, length, or volume to my lashes – and a glitter topper nail polish. The topper has medium gold hex glitter, as well as rose gold and teal small circle glitter. It’s a nice enough polish, but I don’t lack for gold-ish glitter toppers, so I sort of wish they’d gone for a more opaque polish of some kind – gold foil or holo, perhaps? Chocolate brown with gold shimmer would have been awesome.

Makeup by One Direction "Take Me Home" collection nail polish swatch
Makeup by One Direction “Take Me Home” collection nail polish swatch – two coats

Overall, I’m pleased with this collection. It definitely has its weak points – the mascara is just a nonentity, and the shadow crayon and I really need to have a serious talk – but I’m definitely going to get solid use out of the eyeshadow palette and the lipstick, and I see a UV light in my future purchase plans just so I can play with the lip gloss.

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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.

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!

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

Face of the Day featuring Revlon, Coastal Scents, and Be a Bombshell

Since I teased with all those hand swatches last night, I decided today to try to do something using as many of those products as I could. As a result, you get a Face of the Day and some bonus product swatches!

Me!
Me!
Also me!
Also me!

So. There’s me today. I’ll tell you right off to ignore how perfect my skin looks in the above photos; I used the “beauty” (aka “erase all the pores!”) mode on my camera to conceal my ongoing lip hair situation. The eyes and lips in the pictures are basically as they are in real life, though, and I’m a fan of all the products I used today!

Shall we start with my eyes? Yes, let’s, because I desperately need to rave some more about this Be a Bombshell mascara. Yes, the one Ipsy hates. Because YOU GUYS LOOK AT MY LASHES.

Incidentally, what is the angle I'm supposed to be taking mascara photographs at? Because this surely can't be it
Incidentally, what is the angle I’m supposed to be taking mascara photographs at? Because this surely can’t be it.
Look at them there lashes, Ma!
Look at them there lashes, Ma!

That’s three coats of Lash out. As a reminder, here’s my bare lashes :

Bare eyelashes, closed eye
Bare eyelashes

Notice that with Lash Out, the volume and quantity of my lashes is the same – they’re not clumped together into one mega-lash or anything – but they’re slightly thicker-looking and the length is much increased. This, right here? This is how I like my mascara, girls and boys.

Yesplz
Yesplz

Also on my eyes:

  • Pacifica eyeshadow Duo #1 from my May Ipsy bag (the gold-toned shadow on inner lid). I’m not madly in love with this – especially because the other half of the “duo” is so light it doesn’t even show up – but I wanted to start with a neutral-ish base on my eye and this was handy
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl eyeliner in Pure White (bottom waterline)
  • Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner for Brown Eyes (phew, what a mouthful!) in black, because, well, I was looking for a black eyeliner and this was on top of the pile and I know it doesn’t tug
  • Coastal Scents eyeshadow in Elven Midnight, from the sample palette they sent me (see below), in my crease, mashed into my eyeliner, and smudged under my eyes
Elven Midnight is the bottom left
Elven Midnight is at the bottom left

Now, on to lips! I just picked up this Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic yesterday, and I really liked the way it swatched on my hand, so I wanted to get it on my lips ASAP.

Revlon Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic
Revlon Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic

On the plus side, this color is great on a paleface like me, because it’s red but it’s not, like, RED. It’s kind of like the color you’d get if you licked a red candy and then rubbed it on your lips. It’s also got a bit of sheerness to it (I know it doesn’t look like it in the photo, but trust me), which makes it not so in-your-face. Which means it’s wearable!

Yes, I have no upper lip. I blame my mother.
Yes, I have no upper lip. I blame my mother.

On the negative side, this formula is…weird. It feels a bit like slathering your lips in hand lotion, with that sort of fatty feel (am I the only one who’s accidentally gotten hand lotion on my mouth? I can’t be, right?) to it. I guess that’s the “moisture” part. The glossy finish mattes down some within about half an hour, but because of the shimmer in it, it still looks glossy longer than that.

Because the doefoot applicator has a pointed tip, it doesn’t tend to distribute color completely evenly. You’d think the point would be great for lining, but mostly it’s just great at holding onto globs of color until it deposits them unevenly where you try to line. You can still sort of see that problem on the edge of my upper lip in the photo above. On the whole, though, the formula evens itself out after a few minutes, so it’s not a huge problem.

Here’s the color after three hours and a meal:

Pardon the awkward lighting
Pardon the awkward lighting. I took this picture looking up at the ceiling light fixture because the daylight, it had gone away

The color has mellowed out quite a lot, but it’s not gone, it’s just lighter. There’s some fading around the edges, but the gloss finish has remained remarkably shiny. This is more longevity than I expected to get out of this lipstick, honestly; the shiny, wet finish did not inspire confidence. Actually, I was about to say that I still wouldn’t consider this a “stain” so much as a set lipstick, but then I decided to test that by rubbing away the color with my finger and, uh, it didn’t go anywhere. So yeah, it does seem to be a stain under all that fancypants moisture!

So, there you have it. A “let’s use a bunch of products I have laying around and want to try” FOTD, with bonus lipstick and mascara reviews thrown in!

Another one of those days…

…where I start testing stuff out on my hand and end up looking like modern art. You can tell I didn’t intend it to get this out of, er, hand, because it goes backwards toward my arm instead of upwards on my hand like anyone who was planning this out would have done.

Various products
Various products

This is mostly stuff I’ve acquired in the past month or so that I haven’t worn (other than swatching) yet. Starting at the upper left we have:

  • Four sample eyeshadows that Coastal Scents sent along with my Revealed 2 palette (from left to right: Vibrant Blue, Deep Eggplant, Candlelight, Elven Midnight)
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Pure White
  • The stain left behind by Revlon Moisture Stain in Milan Moment, immediately after dabbing with a tissue and letting it dry
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil in Midnight Cowboy
  •  The stain left behind by Revlon Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic, immediately after dabbing with a tissue and letting it dry
  • The stain left behind by Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless, after swatching and then generally using my hands for a few hours
  • The stain left behind by Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Adore, after swatching and then generally using my hands for a few hours
  • A fresh swatch of Revlon Lacquer Balm in Coquette
  • Bottom row is swatches of the items that came in an Essence of Beauty brow-and-lid kit I picked up at CVS: Brow duo pencil (black/brown), very worn away swatches of the brow duo powders (dark brown, light brown), and fresher swatches of an eyeshadow trio that came with it (buttery white, sparkly brown, matte brown)

June Ipsy Bag Swatches

It’s that time of the month again! No, not that one. The other one. Ipsy time! I didn’t peek at my Glam Room this month, so what turned up in my bag was a complete surprise. Here’s what I ended up with:

June Ipsy bag
June Ipsy bag

Contents:

I did a quick test-out of the mascara and the butter gloss on my bare face when the bag arrived. Unfortunately, close-up photography reveals that my upper lip is in serious need of a waxing, so you’re not going to get to see the gloss on my lips today. Instead, you get a super-informative hand swatch! Yay!

NYX Butter Gloss in "Creme Brulee"
NYX Butter Gloss in “Creme Brulee”

I don’t tend to wear a lot of lip gloss these days – I’m either wearing plain old chapstick with no color, or I’m wearing full-on lipstick – but I can see why people like this formula. It’s really soft and, well, buttery on my lips. Feels nice! On the other hand, the color is a big “meh” on me – my lips are already very pale, and Creme Brulee (though it smells awesome!) just washes them out more.

I can’t say this gloss has necessarily persuaded me to start wearing gloss more, but it’s made me curious enough that I’ll probably pick up a Butter gloss in another color next time I’m in CVS and see what I think of it in a color that doesn’t make me look like a zombie. At the $5 price point, it’s cheap enough to be worth a try, or even a couple of tries.

And now, Be a Bombshell’s “Lash Out” mascara. The internet is awash in Very Upset Ipsters complaining about the scent of this stuff. Descriptions range from “rotten” to “like a fuel refinery” to “chemicals with a side of garlic”. And yes, the scent when I opened my mascara and sniffed it was…not delicious. It does indeed smell oddly garlicky.

But you know…I don’t generally stick my nose in my mascara. Opening the tube about 8-12 inches from my face, as I generally do when I’m going to put mascara on, I couldn’t smell anything. Ditto putting it on my lashes: no detectable smell. So yes, kind of stinky in the tube, but not in a way that would prevent me from using it, internet grar notwithstanding.

That all said, this is not a mascara to run for if you’re into Big! Dramatic! Lashes!

Here’s my left eye, with no mascara (on my bare, oily face. What? It’s laundry day, screw getting prettied up!):

Bare eyelashes, open eye
Bare eyelashes, open eye

Here’s my right eye, with two coats of Lash Out on the top, one coat on the bottom.

Two coats of Lash Out on my top lashes, one on the bottom lashes
Two coats of Lash Out on my top lashes, one on the bottom lashes

And again, eyes closed this time:

Bare eyelashes, closed eye
Bare eyelashes, closed eye
Two coats of Lash Out
Two coats of Lash Out

These photos don’t actually do justice to the fact that there is a difference, but it’s a more subtle one than we’re used to seeing in the age of mascara ads that use lash inserts, etc. Lash Out added a bit of length and curl to my lashes, but not dramatically. It’s most visible in these shots on my bottom lashes and at the edge of my eye. And actually, for me, the more subtle effect is ok. I have fairly long, dark lashes to begin with, and most mascaras seem to mostly just clump them up and give me anime eyes. That’s not a look I’m into; I prefer my lashes to look more like eyelashes than spider legs (though if you’re into that look, more power to you!). Lash Out definitely did the job there – my lashes look longer, but I still have every individual lash, and the curl is pretty “wow” considering I didn’t touch an eyelash curler. Amazingly (to me), I had no clumping issues with Lash Out, at all. Not one. No lash comb necessary or anything.

So if you’re into dramatic lashes or unscented product, yeah, this isn’t going to be the product for you. If, on the other hand, you like your lashes to look natural and you can stand a product that doesn’t smell all that great out of the box, Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara is definitely worth consideration. It’s going into active mascara rotation for me, because this does what my L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara claimed it would do, and then didn’t.

Swatch week – Revlon Lacquer Balms

Yet more Revlon lip goodness for you tonight. Seriously, the balm crayons in all these product lines from Revlon are…it would be far too punny to say “the bomb”, right? Right. Won’t say that. But they’re awesome!

Here are the five Revlon Colorbust Lacquer Balms that I own: Ingénue, Tease, Whimsical, Coy, and Enticing. No natural light shot today, because by the time I got to swatching it was dark out 😦

Revlon Lacquer Balms with flash: Whimsical (top row); Tease, Enticing (middle row); Ingénue, Coy (bottom row)
Revlon Lacquer Balms with flash: Whimsical (top row); Tease, Enticing (middle row); Ingénue, Coy (bottom row)

Because these are so shiny and have glitter in them that interacted with the flash, here’s the same shot without flash (artificial lighting). The colors are more accurate in the flash shot, but this gives you a sense of how they look without light glaring at them:

Revlon lacquer balm swatches - artificial light no flash
Revlon Lacquer Balms without flash: Whimsical (top row); Tease, Enticing (middle row); Ingénue, Coy (bottom row)

And here’s what’s left after a good swipe with a tissue. These stain significantly less than the Matte Balms I swatched yesterday, but if you look closely at where the swatches were, you can see the glitter that’s left behind after the color fades. Only Enticing, out of this group, left much color behind to speak of.

Revlon Lacquer Balms staining: Whimsical (top row); Tease, Enticing (middle row); Ingénue, Coy (bottom row)
Revlon Lacquer Balms staining: Whimsical (top row); Tease, Enticing (middle row); Ingénue, Coy (bottom row)