MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Review + Swatches

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Happy Monday everyone!

I really don’t reach for liquid lipsticks at all anymore because they dry out my already-dry lips and they crumple, flake and wear horribly throughout the day. However, this formula by MAC is definitely worth a try if your like me and avoid liquid lipsticks at all costs!

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Excuse the out-of-focus picture above but I wanted to show you the shape of the applicator. It is super easy to get a nice sharp edge with it and I’m able to over-line my lips, which I slightly do everyday without going in with a lip liner! The applicator makes applying this super fast and easy. The formula itself feels like nothing on your lips and I’m not exaggerating! It’s feather light; that you forget that you have lipstick on and that’s amazing for a matte liquid lipstick. It’s also much more forgiving on dry patches than other formulas I’ve tried; it doesn’t exaggerate and cling to it.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Cafe Au Chic

This lipstick fades away nicely; it doesn’t crumble but rather fades evenly throughout the day and after eating. It’s transfer-proof just like most other liquid lipstick formulas and is removable with oil.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Cafe Au Chic
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in shade: Cafe Au Chic
Fresh application on top, dried down on bottom

As you can see from the swatches above; this formula dries down much darker so beware of that. It takes a minute or two to fully dry down. I really like this formula and will definitely get other shades!

What do you guys think about liquid lipsticks? Are you over them?

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Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush Review + Swatches

Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush

Hi everyone!

Today I’m doing a quick review on these Lancome blushes. I’ve had these for a while but forgot about them until recently and now I can’t put them down!

Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush Blushing Nude

I received the mini blush on the left in a gift with purchase a while back and the full size on the right was in a huge makeup set that I was gifted a few years back. The full size came with a brush but I always get rid of them because they don’t apply the product on the best.

Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush Rose Fresque

I like the simple and sleek packaging of these blushes; as you can see from the pictures above they do tend to get finger prints on them though, but it doesn’t really bother me. The blush formula is a very silky dry powder which is subtle and allows you to build the product to the intensity that is flattering. I prefer this for blushes because you don’t end up with too much blush in one spot and then try to blend it out for 10 minutes afterwards. Because of this, I feel that it is the best formula for fair skin tones. This formula is very long wearing as well, which I do like because my face tends to absorb makeup due to it being very oily.

Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush Rose Fresque Blushing Nude
Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush
Rose Fresque is on top, Blushing Nude on the bottom

They have gorgeous shades as well, very powdery soft mattes and fresh satin finishes as well. The two that I have reviewed are both matte finishes.

What is your current go-to blush?

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Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer Review + Swatch

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

Hi everyone!

I know that this bronzer has been out for a while now and everyone loves it but I thought I would do a review on it today to honor their release of new shades finally!

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

This bronzer is without any question my favourite from the drugstore, it is super buttery, blendable and smells amazing! It is fairly long lasting on my super oily skin and the color can be sheered out or built up depending on the look your going for.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

The only complaint I have about this product is the bulky packaging. It contains a weird sponge flat applicator which I’ve never seen before in my life and threw it out instantly. However, because they housed the applicator under the bronzer the packaging is quite bulky. I hope they reduce the compact size and get rid of that worthless applicator.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in “Bronzer”

I have their original “Bronzer” shade and I love the tone of it; it’s not too warm nor too cool. I heard from a friend that the “light bronzer” shade is super orange so I would watch out for that especially if you have a fair skin tone.

Love this bronzer, I have nothing bad to say besides the applicator and packaging. I will definitely be checking out their new shades of this formula!

What do you think of the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer?

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Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Review + Swatches

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop

Hello everyone!

I remember these powder lipsticks being really popular about two years ago and even though there are some brands that are currently offering them, they’ve mostly died down now.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop

This product is kind of a let down for me, similar to the review I did on the Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Color, which you can view here. It simply isn’t the formula and effect that I go to on a daily basis – this requires much more maintenance. The packaging is not my favourite; the lip wand is super long and pointed and it’s faulty. The lid doesn’t properly screw into place and pops open randomly so I don’t trust that it will remain closed in my bag. Secondly the applicator does not allow for precision work, it isn’t too bad but you can’t get a clean line with it.

The product itself is hard to work with – it is dry and can cake up very easily. If you use the smallest amount and smudge it, it’s fine but as soon as you apply a little too much it will look patchy, dry and very cakey on the lips. The way that the product wears off over time is also very unflattering, super patchy because it grips onto dry patches but rubs off on some parts. It also transfers which is weird because you want a matte powder lip formula because you hope that it will not wear off easily.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop
Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop.
Applied a very small amount and rubbed it in.
Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop
Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop.
What using too much product will look like.

As you can see from the pictures above the product starts to ball and patch up when layered or if you apply too much. When I use a little amount it glides on and feels like a dry cream which is really cool!

Overall, the idea of this product really intrigued me and the color of this lip powder is gorgeous, but the formula is too hard to work with and can quickly look unflattering. This product may be discontinued because I can’t see it listed on Clinique’s website anymore, I do see it on Nordstrom though. If it is then I’m excited to see what they come out with to replace this!

Have you guys tried this or any other lip powders? Let me know in the comments section!

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Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara & Velvet Primer – Epic Lash Primer Review

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Velvet Primer Epic Lash Primer

Hello everyone!

We are technically in spring now but as I’m typing this up it is snowing outside! I’ve grabbed myself a cup of tea and want to do a quick review on this mascara and this newly released mascara primer.

I received this lash primer before it was even available on Sephora and so I’ve been testing this out for a few weeks now. I don’t really care for mascara primers as they are just another step in my makeup routine but after trying this one out I have been using it on a daily basis! It makes a dramatic difference – I’ve mostly used this Marc Jacobs mascara primer with their Velvet Noir mascara and I can say that when I wear the primer my lashes look almost double in size – it’s crazy! The primer coats my lashes evenly and takes a few seconds to apply and it isn’t hard covering it up with mascara as the formula shade isn’t stark white like the others I’ve used. The other thing that I’ve noticed with this primer is that it has nourished my lashes and by using it on a daily basis my lashes are longer than before and much more full and without little bald spots. On the Sephora website it states that it has conditioning properties and I definitely didn’t think that I would notice my lashes becoming more lush, but I have.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer Epic Lash Primer
Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer – Epic Lash Primer

After raving about the primer I have to tell you that the mascara is just so-so. It does a nice job at coating the lashes and thickening but it doesn’t perform as well as other mascaras I’ve tried in terms of curling, holding the curl and lengthening. The formula is super black though and it doesn’t flake throughout the day which is a big pet peeve of mine.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

I would highly recommend that you check out the lash primer because it’s unreal! I have no complaints about it – it’s honestly magically however, the mascara is just OK and I don’t feel strongly about it.

Have you guys tried this mascara and primer?

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Disclaimer: I received these products from Influenster for reviewing purposes. All of my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette Review + Swatches

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Hello everyone!

I have had this palette for over a year so I think it’s about time I did a review on it! It’s also good to note that this picture was taken months ago and it certainly doesn’t look like this now – I’ve panned two shades!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

I bought this palette when I completely panned my YoungBlood Cosmetics one – click here to see my review on that. That contour kit was amazing so I didn’t know if this could top it to be honest. However, I feel like they are very similar consistency wise and the shades are not too different either.

kat von d shade + light contour palette

The formula is extremely pigmented, buttery soft, blend-able and lasts really well on oily complexions without separating throughout the day. The shades are also very complimentary for many skin tones – For my neutral fair skin tone I can use all but the two on the far right (levitation and subconscious). However, these are so pigmented that you can easily use the shades that don’t work for you as eye shadows.

kat von d shade + light contour palette
Left to right: lucid, lyric, and levitation
kat von d shade + light contour palette
Left to right: sombre, shadowplay, and subconscious

I have nothing bad to say about these powders; but I will point out that even though the packaging is gorgeous it is on the bulky side so definitely not travel friendly!

What do you think about this contour palette? Is there one you’d recommend?

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Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser Review

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

Hi everyone!

I have a quick review of this Clinique cleanser for today. I had this little sample sized one for a while and hadn’t reached for it, but a few weeks ago I decided to try it out and was pleasantly surprised!

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

I’m bad at describing scents but this has somewhat of a grapefruit scent which wakes you up in the morning as most citrus scents do. It comes out as a thick gel and I was confused about the exfoliating aspect, but as soon as I started massaging this onto my face I felt the tiny beads gently exfoliating.

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

This cleanser left my skin feeling soft and not irritated as some scrubs do.

I definitely recommend this cleanser – especially for oily skin types as it really clears out your pores and gets rid of excess oil.

What is your current favourite cleanser? Let me know below!

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