Showing posts with label Lipstick. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lipstick. Show all posts

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The TRUTH about Jaclyn Hill lipsticks

Jaclyn Hill's lipstick from Jaclyn Cosmetics.
(Photo by Jaclyn Cosmetics)
Have you ever been so excited about something only to be disappointed once you received it? Not only was I wholeheartedly excited to try the new Jaclyn Hill lipsticks from Jaclyn Cosmetics, as I absolutely adore Jaclyn Hill, but wanted to support her brand as her products were some of the most anticipated makeup products to launch this year. Plus, the packaging is amazing. Especially for the $18 price point. But, what is the real truth about Jaclyn Hill's lipstick? 

Her lipstick is terrible.

First and foremost, the formula is awful. In my many years of using lipstick, I have never used a lipstick that both crystallized and oxidized on my lips. This was so uncomfortable on my lips, I felt like I was immediately using a defective product that was sitting in a box on a shelf for years. 

Only one of the lipsticks had weird fibers and debri on it. Almost reminded me of lint from an old clothing dryer. I have no idea why she would release these lipsticks and still extremely baffled as to why she would. Two of the other ones had weird discoloration forming at the base. I want to guess mold. Only one of them had nothing wrong with it. 

Another thing that I found to be modestly revolting was the smell of these. The scent of this lipstick just reminds me of old lipstick sitting on a shelf in an abandoned lab. I felt like I was using a lip product sitting on a shelf for years. I don't like the smell of old lipstick and would never want to put anything on my lips that smelled like it. 

The only good things that I have to say about this lipstick is the shade range. I love the nude concept, as I love wearing nude and pink shades more so than reds and plums, etc. The packaging is also bank and really gives the lipstick a much higher quality than what it is really worth. 

I will still continue to support Jaclyn Hill and I am hoping that she fixes this problem. Based on reading other reviews, I am not the only one who has had this experience. As much as I want to recommend these lipsticks, I simply cannot. Perhaps she needs to pull every single lipstick she has and restart from scratch. And if the manufacturer doesn't fix this problematic issue, I would go with another manufacturer. I believe this wasn't her fault, but more so the lab's fault and I hoping for a positive resolve in a near future. With that said, I would purchase these again only if the formula was changed. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

My top 5 favorite nude lipsticks by MAC Cosmetics

 
From left to right: Myth, Fleshpot, Close Contact, Viva Glam II, and Crème d' Nude.
 
About the lipsticks...
 
Myth is simply a light nude with a satin finish. It's neutral, which I love. This is one of my favorite nudes by MAC because it works fantastic with my skin tone.
 
Fleshpot is best described as a pastel pink-beige. It's very faint and possesses a satin finish. I love the color payoff of this particular nude, as it simply works.
 
Close Contact is not as nude as the other lipsticks, but I enjoy it because it is a stunning amplified peach shade. This lipstick is limited edition, however; I am hoping that MAC decides to include this particular shade as a permanent selection.
 
Viva Glam II is simply a nude mauve shade with a satin finish. As one of MAC's best selling lipsticks since it's release in 1997, this is clearly one of the best nude lipsticks by Makeup Artist Cosmetics to date.
 
Crème d' Nude is what I would called a creamy warm nude. Almost like a pastel peach with a hint of beige. The finish is different from the prior lipsticks I have mentioned as it's more than a creamsheen finish.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NARS introduces Velvet Lip Glides

NARS introduces the Velvet Lip Glide
in 13 stunning shades.
If you have can imagine a hybrid of lipstick and a lip gloss, the result would be the new NARS Velvet Lip Glide. This amazing new NARS addition features a new formula that slays virtually every lip it touches. In fact, the new Velvet Lip Glides strike the perfect balance between softness and strength, coverage and comfort. Velvet Lip Glide contains NARS' new Oil Infusion Complex, allowing the formula to glide on effortlessness like a gloss with the coverage and comfort of a lipstick. Amazing right?

And it only gets better. This amazing new addition to the NARS family includes 13 stunning shades.

 
 
 
  
 

 
 

 

 



Shades shown, left to right: Stripped (beige pink), Unlaced (nude pink), Playpen (pink coral), Bound (rose pink), Danceteria (fuchsia). Next row, left to right: La Main Bleue (rich berry), Mineshaft (poppy red), No. 54 (raspberry red), Le Palace (deep cherry red), Unspeakable (garnet). Final row, left to right: Toy (deep aubergine), Area (rich chestnut), and Deviant (deep burgundy).

Deviant is a NARS boutique & NARSCosmetics.com exclusive


The NARS Velvet Lip Glide will cost $26 and will be available Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday, the 7th exclusively on Sephora.com for the VIB & VIB Rouge preview. They will be available Thursday, September 15th at NARS boutiques and on the official website, NARSCosmetics.com, then Saturday, October 1st at Sephora, Nordstrom, and other department and specialty stores.


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Friday, July 29, 2016

National Lipstick Day 2016

The Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in
True Monica (40).
Today is National Lipstick Day, so I thought I would share one of my favorite lipsticks. This is the Dolce & Gabbana Voluptuous lipstick in True Monica (40). It is a beautiful nude with a semi-matte finish. Not only is it pigmented, but it looks amazing when paired with a smoky eye. Unfortunately it is sold-out virtually everywhere, but I think some boutiques may still have it available. I have been obsessed with wearing nude lipstick since I was 14 years old. Fast forward, as we spring into a new generation and the famous beauty trend of wearing a nude lip is still alive. You just have to love how that works. I think a nude lipstick looks amazing on every woman. If you have tried one and didn't like it, it doesn't mean that you are not meant to wear a nude. It means, you just haven't found the right one.
 
As I am a huge lipstick lover, I cannot choose just one lipstick that I love over the other, as there are way too many. Everything from luxury lipstick to drugstore lipstick, today is the day to honor all lipstick. I will admit, I always find myself gravitating towards an unique color, yes, but what keeps me interested is the pigment, the formula, the finish and most importantly - how long it lasts. Oh and the smell/taste too. To me, a perfect lipstick is one that I can wear while kissing my boyfriend that won't smudge nor fade. A lipstick that will not mysteriously disappear if I eat ice cream and happen to get sick later on in the day. A perfect lipstick is one that is visible yet hydrating, but does not flake nor dry out the lips. What more can you ask from a lip product? You can ask a lot, but does it mean it will deliver effectively?

Lipstick is as unique as the individual who wears it, embraces it and just generally loves it. Looking back in history, makeup has been around for centuries. And according to Sarah Schaffer who published an article in Reading Our Lips: The History of Lipstick Regulation in Western Seats of Power, Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard, lipstick has been used for over 5,000 years. However, in the same publication Schaffer states that lipstick has been worn since 3,000 BC. Amazing right?

Another lipstick I have garnered a true love for is the Dior Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in Trompe L'Oeil (123). It is a rich and creamy nude with a neutral undertone. It's quite subtle and feels like it belongs in the balm family. This lipstick is one of many in stash, but one of few that I find myself picking up every single day. Consistency says a lot about a lipstick and really proves why it is the ultimate holy grail. It's hard to find; however, one of my reader's sent me a message saying she found this at Cosmetic America. I also believe Nordstrom has some in-stock.
The Dior Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush
in 123 Trompe L'Oeil.
 
Depending on a shade, there is always a "dupe" that follows. The question remains; however, is the dupe true to the original shade? Unfortunately, as many lipstick shades tend to match, there are quite a few dupes, yes, but in theory, no shade is exactly the same. Kind of like looking at two apple trees. They may look a like at first glance until further examination of the tree reveals one tree produces more apples then the other. Do you see the distinction? 

Lipstick is one of those beauty essentials that allows you to have fun. If you don't think you can rock a haute red, well, that is your choice. Is it the fact you aren't into reds or simply haven't found the right one? Aside from red, there are an array of other shades that you may find appealing. Perhaps you are into neutrals and find a brown looks better on you than a plum. The possibilities are endless, which is why today is a day to have fun and enjoy that wonderfully addictive makeup essential we call lipstick.
 
Happy National Lipstick Day!
 
 
 
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Friday, April 15, 2016

OFRA Cosmetics introduces MannyXOFRA

OFRA Cosmetics presents Aries, Hypno,
and Charmed. Part of the new MANNYXOFRA.
It is official. OFRA Cosmetics is collaborating with internationally known beauty vlogger MannyMua. As one of the first boy beauty video bloggers to hit the world of beauty (and on YouTube), Manny is teaming up with OFRA Cosmetics to launch his very own collection of three liquid lipsticks - Aries, Charmed and Hypno.

Aries is a very beautiful neutral pink shade. Crossing into nude territory, this shade is perfect for those of you looking to embrace a haute smoky eye. Charmed is a gorgeous cool rose color that works amazing for everyone. Whether you are looking to wear a natural face or simply looking to go completely dramatic, this lip is the perfect necessity in making that happen. Hypno is the boldest and darkest shade of the entire collection. If you are in need of the perfect berry shade, this is definitely the one for you.

OFRA Cosmetics' famous liquid lipsticks won best lipstick in Examiner's Best in Beauty Awards last year for 2015 and have been recognized by an array of online publications and internet beauty vloggers including Kathleen Lights, who they collaborated with last year. As the liquid lipsticks are pigmented to perfection, the color payoff really brings everything together. Not only are they long-lasting, but modestly hydrating and come in an array of unique shades.

On top of that, everything is made directly in the state-of-the-art facility located in heart of Pompano Beach. As everything is made domestically, these liquid lipsticks are do not possess parabens and are cruelty-free.

This highly anticipated collection with MannyMua launches April 18th. Aries, Charmed and Hypno will be available at OFRA Cosmetics on Monday. #MannyXOFRA