Monday, July 24, 2017

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches

You might be wondering to yourself, "Wendy, why are you trying out more Super Stay products? You know it didn't work out for you the first time around." And if you're not thinking that, here's a little bit of a refresher. At the end of last year, Influenster and Maybelline paired up to allow select beauty bloggers to test out their original Super Stay 24 Hour Lip Colors. The formula was so different than any other liquid lipstick I had tried due to its sticky nature and, unfortunately, I didn't find it to be all that wearable or comfortable unless I added the balmy top coat that came with it. While they are still technically liquid lipsticks, I didn't really prefer them for functionality and comfortability. This time around, however, Maybelline has expanded their Super Stay range to include actual matte liquid lipsticks closer to what I think most beauty enthusiasts are familiar with.

In hopes that Maybelline had heard all of our feedback, I rushed to Ulta's website to purchase six out of the ten shades of the brand new Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick when they released. Ironically, I made this purchase before I even knew Influenster was sending me a couple of these very lipsticks to try out. What can I say? We both can spot the next hot item when we see it. Fortunately, this Voxbox was not completely sent in vain as I did not own one out of the two shades sent to me, allowing me to review seven out of the ten in Maybelline's starting line up.

My Current Collection of the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks. From Left To Right: Loyalist, Dreamer, Lover, Believer, Escapist, Pioneer, & Voyager.
Applicator on the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
Arm Swatches of the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks From Left To Right: Loyalist, Dreamer, Lover, Believer, Escapist, Pioneer, & Voyager
Lip Swatches of the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks From Left To Right: Loyalist, Dreamer, Lover, & Believer
♥ Loyalist - Light, peachy nude. This is the lightest shade in the collection.
♥ Dreamer - Light, bright pink. Will actually read as more of a nude pink on those with medium and deeper skin tones.
Lover - Rosey mauve.
Believer - Orchid purple. I found this to be the streakiest of all the shades I tried. Because of how much I applied to try to smooth it out, it never fully dried down, which amplified the stickiness of the formula and felt gooey.

Lip Swatches of the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks From Left To Right: Escapist, Pioneer, & Voyager

♥ Escapist - Deep smokey plum. Has a much different texture than the other lipsticks in this range; it feels like a whipped mousse texture. It applied a little streaky, but not nearly as streaky as Believer.
♥ Pioneer - Bright, classic red.
♥ Voyager - Rich wine red with slight brown undertones.

What are the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Colors?
The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Colors are Maybelline's latest edition to the Super Stay line. This liquid lipstick incorporates the Super Stay longwear technology, while giving the wearer a matte lip appearance. You get a lot of product at 0.17 oz for roughly $7.99-$9.49 depending where you shop. The packaging has a very nice, sturdy plastic feel with the bottom component corresponding to the color of the liquid lipstick inside. The applicator itself is much different than anything I've seen at the drugstore with its tear drop shape and hollow center. However, it is reminiscent of the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks or the YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oils to give you a reference. It is currently available at Ulta and Target and is slowly beginning to roll out into drugstores.

What are the claims made on this product?
According to the press release sent in the Maybelline Voxbox: "Maybelline's SuperStay Matte Ink provides highly pigmented color in a true matte finish for up to 16 hours of comfortable wear. Unique arrow applicator allows for precise application of liquid matte color."

How do they apply/wear?
When it comes to application, I like the pointed tip of the applicator as it allows you to create a smooth, sharp lip line if you do not have a lip liner on hand. However, the hole in the center does not allow the applicator to hold enough product and I found myself having to dip into the product four or more times for my relatively small lips. Also, the stickiness of the product seemed to cause a little bit of streaking in certain shades, but I was able to smooth it out with a few passes of the applicator (except in the case of the shade Believer).

After a few minutes of wear, the lipstick is noticeably more of a satin finish and has a slight stickiness to it, but it is nothing compared to the stickiness of the original Super Stay lipstick. It is actually very comfortable. Throughout the day, however, I do notice that these lipsticks become increasingly more matte to the point where there is no transfer whatsoever. In fact, these lipsticks are so budge-proof that if you do want to remove them, you will certainly need a makeup remover or oil to do so.

What are my overall thoughts of this product?
When Wet n Wild released their Liquid Catsuit Lipsticks, I think it really changed the game for the drugstore. Brands now had the challenge to create products that could best it or at least compete. While Wet n Wild's liquid lipsticks are still my number one because of their pigmentation, comfort, and affordability, these Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks are a close second. They are easy to apply, their pigmentation is buildable, and they last the best out of any liquid lipstick I've ever tried. I would highly recommend picking some of these up as long as you feel you can get past the initial stickiness of the product. If you can, I promise you it will be well worth it. Lastly, if I could add any critique, my hopes would be that Maybelline expands this line to include a better range of nudes that would flatter a wider range of skintones.

Made it this far? Good! 'Cause you're in for a treat! It's been quite some time since I've hosted a giveaway, so what better way than to give one lucky person the ENTIRE Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick collection. You'll have even more shades than I do! To enter all you need to do is follow me on Instagram and tag a fellow makeup lover below on my Maybelline Super Stay post. The winner will be chosen randomly on August 7th. Good luck, beauty addicts!


*Some of the products in this post were sent to me for review by Influenster and Maybelline, but all opinions are my own.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Juvia's Place 9-Piece Turquoise Brush Set - My Review & Experience

As of late, my desire to expand my makeup brush collection has fueled my curiousity of other brands. So when the Insta-famous Juvia's Place came out with a couple of very beautiful brush sets, I rushed over to their website to check them out.

I chose the turquoise brush set because it was the larger of the two, offered a wider variety of brushes, and I liked the overall look of the collection. As this is my very first purchase from the brand, I was not sure what to expect. If I had to mention a positive and a negative, I would say that the shipping was extremely fast, but they just threw the brushes loosely in the box with no extra packaging or even a packing slip. That didn't bother me too much, though, as what really matters is the quality and performance of the brushes.

Without further ado, let's get a closer look at the brushes and what they can do...
Juvia's Place Professional Tapered Brush
Professional Tapered Brush - A large fluffy brush that comes to a very precise point. Perfect for bronzing, contouring, and applying/removing all-over face powder.

Juvia's Place Tapered Powder Brush
Tapered Powder Brush - A smaller version of the previous brush. I really like using this to highlight my cheekbones, but it would also be useful for baking.

Juvia's Place Blending Contour Eye Brush
Blending Contour Eye Brush - A standard fluffy blending brush. Great for laying down transition and crease shades.

Juvia's Place Angled Brow Brush
Angled Brow Brush - As the name suggests, it is an angled brush. However, due to it's width, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to do winged eyeliner, but I do really like it to do my brows with.

Juvia's Place Brow Concealer Brush
Brow Concealer Brush - A small, flat synthetic brush. Best used to carve out the brows, apply a lid shade, or to spot conceal.

Juvia's Place Pencil Brush
Pencil Brush - A large dome brush that tapers to a point. This brush is great for precisely applying a defining crease shade as well as blending out the previous crease shade due to its unique shape. It is also good for applying shadow to the inner corner.

Juvia's Place Definer Brush
Definer Brush - A short, dense shadow brush. I absolutely love brushes like these and believe everyone should have a few in their arsenal. This one from Juvia's Place is not as stiff as other ones that I own, but it can still get the job done for all the same purposes. It can be used for precise shadow placement (specifically if you're going for the halo eye look), for carving out the brows, and for smudging products on the lower lash line.

Juvia's Place Tapered Blending Brush
Tapered Blending Brush - A slightly longer and more pointy version of the pencil brush. Allows for more precise application compared to a normal blending brush, while still diffusing out the color.

Juvia's Place Mini Blending Brush
Mini Blending Brush - A thin, low-density blending brush. I have only recently began getting into these types of brushes. They are amazing for more intricate detail work, such as diffusing a cut crease or contouring the nose.

So that is the entire turquoise brush set from Juvia's Place. I wanted to give them a fair shot before I reviewed them, so I've been testing them out over the past couple of weeks. I do find myself reaching for them over some of my other brushes due to their softness and how easy they make my makeup application, which attests to their quality. The only real downside is that Juvia's Place does not offer the brushes individually, so if you want to try out specific brushes or stock up on just your favorites, that is not possible at the moment.

This brush set retails for $50, which breaks down to roughly $5.56 per brush.  However, if you use any of the numerous discount codes floating around social media, you will only pay $45 for the brush set, which brings the cost down to $5 per brush. Either way you're getting a massive deal.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Inglot Eyeshadow 101: My Customized 40-Pan Palette

It has been quite a while, fellow beauty addicts, but I'll spare you the details. Let's just say that I needed a break, so that when I was ready, I could enjoy beauty blogging again. And what a perfect way to get back into it than to discuss me finally completing my Inglot Freedom Palette after so many years. For those of you that don't know and have been living under a rock, Inglot is famous for their Freedom System of customizable magnetic palettes that are not only extremely sturdy, but also allow you to come up with an endless combination of their products uniquely catered to you. From eyeshadows to concealers and even lipsticks, the possibilities are so numerous that it actually makes your decision that much more daunting and cutthroat.

Inglot Freedom System 40-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

While the magnetic palettes themselves are quite expensive (the 40-pan palette is $39, not including eyshadows), I personally feel like they are an investment worth making because the packaging is so durable and strong that you know your eyeshadows are safe. I also just think it looks really cool once it is fully completed. As for the eyeshadows themselves, they will run you $7 a pop for 2.3 to 3.5 grams of product depending on the color. In a market where purchasing individual eyeshadows can cost you a pretty penny, this makeup artist driven brand remains very cost effective.

When putting together my palette, I aimed to choose colors that excited me and got my creative juices flowing. There is nothing worse than having a beautiful palette and not knowing what to do with it. I knew I wanted staple neutrals with a variety of transition shades and pops of colors that I could feasibly get some use out of. So that's how I ended with the beauty you see above and I can't lie I probably stared at this palette for three days straight after I finally finished it. It's actually pretty sad how happy makeup makes me.

So without further ado, here are the swatches of my first ever 40-pan Inglot palette as well as the shade names and their respective finishes. Asterisks will be placed to the right of my favorite and most highly recommended colors.

Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow Swatches

Row 1: 373 (Matte), 313 (Matte), 26 (AMC Shine), 7 (AMC Shine), 154 (AMC Shine), 43 (AMC Shine), 397 (Pearl), 341 (Matte)*
Row 2: 337 (Matte), 344 (Matte), 347 (Matte), 48 (AMC Shine)*, 440 (Pearl), 334 (Matte), 71 (AMC), 615 (DS)*
Row 3: 446 (Pearl), 325 (Matte), 377 (Matte), 388 (Matte), 297 (Matte)*, 368 (Matte)*, 616 (DS)*, 608 (DS)
Row 4: 464 (DS), 299 (Matte)*, 303 (Matte), 55 (AMC), 301 (Matte)*, 298 (Matte), 302 (Matte)*, 326 (Matte)
Row 5: 329 (Matte), 151 (AMC Shine)*, 33 (AMC Shine), 338 (Matte), 420 (Pearl), 376 (Matte), 378 (Matte)*, 340 (Matte)

For those of you eyeshadow enthusiasts like myself that are interested in expanding your collection with a few things from Inglot's range, you may be a little confused on where to start. Inglot groups their eyeshadows into five different classifications, but, to be honest, with the exception of their matte and pearl finishes, it can be really hard to tell what finish an eyeshadow falls under as each classification tends to have some formula variations throughout. For instance, most AMC Shine eyeshadows tend to have a subtle frosty finish. However, you will find exceptions, such as eyeshadow 151, which is ultra metallic. Possibly an even better example of Inglot's confusing classification system is the fact that both their AMC and DS formulas swatch exactly the same. The only difference could potentially be found in their benefits and longevity, but even those factors are subjective. To be frank, if you are able to view and swatch these eyeshadows in person at a counter or freestanding store, I would highly recommend taking that opportunity.

However, for the sake of generally explaining each of Inglot's five classifications, here is a brief breakdown:
Matte (pretty self-explanatory)
Pearl aka their version of a satin finish
DS or Double Sparkle are matte-based eyeshadows with glitter particles throughout
AMC or "Advanced Makeup Component" is Inglot's specialty formula that is perspiration-resistant, talc-free, and contains vitamin E. Also appears to be a matte-based formula with glitters throughout
AMC Shine contains the frost and metallic eyeshadows of Inglot's collection

So there you have it, beauty addicts, everything I could possibly tell you concerning Inglot's Freedom System eyeshadows and my experience with them. Do you guys own any Inglot eyeshadows? If so, which ones are your favorites? I'd love to hear your suggestions as I plan on eventually creating a second 40-pan palette.