Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color Review, Swatches, & Demo

Over the past two or three years, liquid lipsticks have completely flooded the beauty market. With such a wide variety available, we have come to see amazing, innovative formulas and finishes. Yet, with all of these new products, I think we forget that brands like Maybelline and L'Oreal have been on the liquid lipstick bandwagon long before it became such a craze. In fact, I remember strolling the makeup aisle in college and seeing these very lipsticks, but never being drawn to them. Whether it was because of the packaging, the shade range, or the fact that I was a complete newbie at makeup, I'm glad Maybelline and Influenster have opened my eyes to even more liquid lipstick options. 

What are the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Colors?
The Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Colors are a line of two-step liquid lipsticks. To the best of my knowledge, these have been around for quite some time (five or six years), so they are not a new product in the beauty community. The product consists of a liquid lipstick on one end and a shiny lip balm on the other. The range for this is actually quite large consisting of 31 shades, all of which are very wearable versions of pinks, corals, reds, and plums. They are available at any drugstore where Maybelline is sold for about $10.49.

What are the claims made on this product?
Here are a few statements made about the Super Stay 24 Lip Colors found on the product page of Maybelline's website:
"This long-lasting lip color won’t cake, dry, or flake thanks to our unique Micro-Flex technology.""Meet the wonder that stretches the limits of long-lasting lip color. Our formula with Micro-Flex technology looks and feels fresh through 24 hours of wear. Available in a collection of shades.""No other longwearing lipstick lasts longer. Period. Our Micro-Flex formula glides on and looks gorgeous all day."

How do they apply/wear?
I was very suprised at how good the applicator of this product is. It has a nice length to it, bends to the contours of your lips, and isn't an overly stiff material either. Even though the price tag of this product is up there, sometimes drugstore brands cut corners on packaging and it is nice to know that Maybelline did not do that in this instance. 
So, to be clear, when it comes to the applicator, I love how the product applied, however, the two shades I was sent applied very differently. This more likely than not has to do with the fact that they are different finishes. "Keep Up The Flame" is a creme finish, which applied opaquely in one sweep, while "Constant Toast", as a frost finish, required two layers to get the full effect. That being said, I wouldn't recommend applying more than one layer because the formula automatically cracks and flakes off.Once both "dried down" on my lips, however, they felt exactly the same, which is to say that neither of them fully dried down. Instead, they remained quite sticky and tacky to the touch, so if you're the type to smack your lips together this will definitely be an issue. I have found that blotting your lips on a tissue did help the situation though. I also want to note that if you plan on using the liquid lipstick portion on its own to achieve a more matte look, it is not very comfortable when worn that way. I definitely always felt the product sitting on my lips and it felt pretty drying.This feeling was much improved once the shiny balm was applied over top. Instantly the liquid lipsticks became much more flattering and wearable, but I do feel that this balm decreases this supposed 24 hour wear claim because it increases the chances of smudging or transfer if you eat or drink. This is just something to keep in mind.

What are my overall thoughts on this product line?
While there are quite a few pros and cons that I have found when testing out this product, I do have to admit that I am very pleasantly surprised at the overall quality, specifically of the creme finish. I would not recommend the frostier finishes from this line as they apply streaky and are harder to work with. Overall, I think given the current trends, we have become so accustomed to companies having those ultra matte liquid lipsticks that we are less accepting of liquid lipsticks with other finishes. However, I do think this will be a great alternative for those of you who want to experiment with the trend, but don't like the overly matte feeling.


*The products in this post were sent to me for review, but all opinions are my own.

Monday, October 17, 2016

My Absolute Favorite Highlighter: Jouer Powder Highlighter in Citrine (Review & Swatch)

Jouer is one of those brands that seemed to pop onto the radar out of nowhere. I first heard of the brand about a year or so ago when there was a frenzy over their cream highlight in Tiare. It was only within the last couple of months, however, that the brand really intrigued me enough to go out on a limb and purchase something. Long story short...that jump was so well worth it.

Close Up Of Jouer Powder Highlighter in Citrine
Arm Swatch Of Jouer Powder Highlighter in Citrine

What are the Jouer Powder Highlighters?
The Powder Highlighters are the first powder illuminators in Jouer's range, making a great accompaniment to their pre-existing cream highlighters. Currently, the line contains three different shades -- Rose Quartz (champagne pink), Topaz (rose gold), and Citrine (gold) -- however, it has already been confirmed that Jouer has every intention of extending this line. In fact, in late November, expect to see the release of their shade Ice, which will be a holographic pearl highlight for paler skin tones. If you are lucky enough to snag one of these highlighters, they are available on Jouer's website for $24 PLUS receive 15% off if you use one of their affiliate codes.

What are the claims made on this product?
Here are the claims made, which were found directly on Jouer's website: "Ultra-fine pearls and luminescent pigments create the ultimate, "lit-from-within" glow. This creamy, powder formula is long-wearing, highly pigmented, and layers with our best-selling cream Highlighter for the perfect radiant finish."

How does the product apply/wear?
A little of this product truly goes a LONGGG way with this highlight and that's coming from someone who loves an intense glow. Because of that, I recommend using a smaller fan brush to apply it so that you can have more control and build it up to your liking. I also would like to note that this is the ONLY highlight I have owned and tried that is this smooth, does not emphasize ANY texture, and gives the skin a wet, dewy glow. Other than that, I feel that it lasts a really long time on the face and doesn't travel all over the place the way chunkier highlights can.

What are my overall thoughts on this product?
I've been using the Jouer Powder Highlighter in Citrine every day for over two weeks straight, which, considering my massive highlight collection, really speaks to how obsessed I am with it. From the sleek gold magnetic packaging to the slick wet sheen it gives to the skin, I am already making a decent dent in this bad boy. That is not to say you'll go through this highlight quickly, I've just been dousing myself in it every chance that I get. Also, because Citrine has a gold sheen, it will be the most universally flattering across a variety of skintones compared to the others in the line. All in all, as my first purchase from Jouer, it has impressed me so much so that I cannot wait to find more high quality items from this brand.

Makeup Deets
♥ Brows - NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe & Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit in Light
♥ Eyeshadow - Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Early Bird & Americano & Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows in M-846, S-102, & ME-512
♥ Glitter - Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Duo in Dessert Dazzle
♥ Eyeliner - Wet n Wild H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner
♥ Lashes - Violet Voss Just Slayin Lashes
♥ Foundation - Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate in shade 3
♥ Concealer - LA Girl HD Pro Conceal Concealer in Porcelain
♥ Highlight - Jouer Powder Highlighter in Citrine
♥ Bronzer - L'Oreal Glam Bronze in Medium
♥ Blush - Urban Decay After Glow Powder Blush in Indecent
♥ Lips - Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Sugar


Monday, October 10, 2016

New Lippie Love?: ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip Review, Swatches, & Demos

I am constantly going through makeup phases where I obsess over a specific kind of product, whether it's foundation or eyeshadow or highlighters (but you guys can probably already tell that when I review 10 eyeshadow palettes back to back to back). Today, however, we're discussing a subject I haven't spoken about on my blog in probably over a year. It's truly crazy to think about the fact that lip gloss used to be a part of my everyday makeup routine. I mean there was absolutely no way you were separating me from my Maybelline Color Elixir in Nude Illusion! And now currently all I wear are liquid lipsticks. Complete polar opposites! So I think it's about that time to revisit an old favorite in a brand new way with ColourPop's Ultra Glossy Lip Collection, a launch that was not only incredibly extensive, but also hyped up to the max.

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips Arm Swatches Left To Right: Fairy Floss, A Boo, Lychee Me, Fluff, Tokyo Tea, Wolfie, Fudg'd, & Sookie
ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips Lip Swatches Left To Right: Fairy Floss, A Boo, Lychee Me, & Fluff
ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips Lip Swatches Left To Right: Tokyo Tea, Wolfie, Fudg'd, & Sookie

What are the ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips?
The ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips are ColourPop's new and already extensive range of affordable glosses. In total, there are currently 25 shades ranging from nudes to plums and there's even a green one! However, that's not all. There are also three different finishes to choose from--sheer, creme, and metallic. As always, ColourPop is extremely affordable, so these retail for $6 on the ColourPop website, which is the same price as their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks.

What are the shade descriptions?
Fairy Floss (Sheer) - A pale peachy pink
Lychee Me (Sheer) - Very sheer tan nude
A boo (Sheer) - Light, milky pink
Fluff (Creme) - Grey with blue undertones
Tokyo Tea (Creme) - Bright coral red
Wolfie (Metallic) - Medium plum with a rose gold shimmer
Fudg'd (Sheer) - Warm chocolate brown
Sookie (Creme) - Dark plum

How do the glosses apply and wear?
While this is an affordable product, there are certain things that I believe are absolutely unacceptable for companies to skimp on. ColourPop's doe foot lip applicator is quite small, rough, and barely picks up any product. This is a huge deal because even if you have a good product, if it takes entirely too much work to apply, the average person will more than likely pass on it. On the other hand, it doesn't seem to affect the creme and metallic formulas too much, except in instances of more precise application, but is definitely a problem when working with the sheer formula because I found myself dipping back into the tube multiple times. Also, there is something about the formula that causes a few of the lip glosses (Fairy Floss, A Boo, and Fluff) to emphasize the lines on my lips that I would have otherwise never known existed. Once on the lips, however, I do want to note that the glosses felt very comfortable--neither oily nor sticky.

What are my overall thoughts on this product?
Before purchasing, I watched many Youtube videos and read many a blog post before settling on the shades I chose and, to be honest, I had very high expectations for this product that weren't met. There are tons of amazing, affordable glosses on the market, such as the Maybelline Color Elixirs and the NYX Butter Glosses, so I just don't understand a bad gloss. That is not to say all of the glosses were complete fails. In fact, Wolfie and Sookie are absolutely gorgeous shades for Fall and, based on my experience, I would recommend trying out the creme and metallic formulas from their line if you like a more opaque gloss. And just as a side note for those of you nit picky like myself, I noticed that the packaging does not indicate their finish. Overall, I would say this product is okay. I am not wowed by it, but a couple of the colors were breathtaking and made up for some of the other lack luster ones.