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June 28, 2015
by L
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Review: e.l.f. Essential 5-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Set

e.l.f. Essential 5-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Set

I have a love-hate relationship with e.l.f. I love them because they are cheap as hell, but I hate them because sometimes you get what you pay for. Also because they may have some slightly pretentious people representing their brand, but I digress. Such is the beauty industry.

I’m a sucker for eye products, and the e.l.f. Essential 5-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Set happened to just fall into my cart during a trip to Target one day. Five dollars? So cheap… but no. I don’t need them. I don’t… need…

But then it was like an enraged cosmetic poltergeist knocked it down, and who was I to let them hit the ground? You understand, I’m sure.

e.l.f. Essential 5-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Set

Five shimmery shades, all for me. With ingredients that you’d find in shimmery eyeliner. There’s an extra white eyeliner on the package, but you don’t actually get it. So piss off.

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From top: Black Bandit, Gunmetal, Plum Passion, Twinkle Teal and Boldly Bronzed.

The facts:

Shimmery
Built-in sharpeners
Five shades

From e.l.f.:

This set of 5 shimmering metallic liners puts the spotlight on your eyes. The smooth formulation glides on effortlessly without tugging at the delicate eye area. These pencils are designed to add depth, definition and a special sparkle to create a very glamorous look! Each pencil includes a convenient sharpener cap for easy use.

Set includes:
Gunmetal, Boldly Bronze, Twinkle Teal, Plum Passion, Black Bandit

Ingredients:

Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Synthetic Beeswax, C10-18 Triglycerides, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Ceresin, Isopropyl Myristate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Tin Oxide , Butylparaben, BHT May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035)

e.l.f. Essential 5-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Set

My most trusted assistant checking to see if the lighting is right. Or obscuring it. One of those.

e.l.f. Essential 5-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Set

This is how most of my blog shoots go. I just accept it now.

e.l.f. Essential 5-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Set

A lot of reviews I’ve read have said these aren’t very pigmented and don’t show up on their skin. I don’t have that problem at all, but I’m also paler than a young Rachel Dolezal. Too soon?

They apply incredibly smoothly, and have very little glitter fallout, which seems to be a huge issue with shimmery products. I wanted to like these so much. I almost did. But.

But.

These just don’t last. They never claimed to be waterproof or smudge-proof, but seriously. I don’t have oily eyelids, but I do have hooded ones. One blink and this stuff’ll be transferred to my underbrow region. It seems to do okay when used on my lower lashline (unless I burst into tears or something), which works out as I tend to keep it subtle with colored liner. But still… no staying-power? No thank you.

Also, the caps don’t stay on well, so if you tend to throw your eyeliner all willy-nilly in your makeup bag like me, you may be in for a disaster. A shimmery disaster.

e.l.f. Essential 5-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Set

Holding my hand under a blasting faucet for ten seconds did nothing, which was impressive for a product that isn’t waterproof. But running my fingertip over them? Instant death.

I should also state that although they are hella smudgey, they don’t BLEND well. So if you want a perfectly-smudged smoky look… don’t even try. They also apply very unevenly. I’m stumped because they still swatch amazingly on my hand, but on the eyes… super patchy color deposits. Maybe it’s the difference in skin textures? The world may never know.

Three months passed by in the blink of an eye. These lonely eyeliners sat on my vanity, begging to be revived. ‘I guess I’ll review you now,” I said to them. They sat motionless with glee.

I don’t know if it was the time that passed, the looseness of the caps, or the coldness of my soul, but something caused these things to become mere fragments of their former mediocre selves. I already had slight contempt toward them, but this was their descent into hell. On the third day they rose, and I wrote this review.

I thought it would be a good idea to reapply them to take some eye photos for this post. As I was doing so, the application was rough and jagged, like they had started to dry out. Mind you, the caps were on tight as could be (not tight at all). I totally saw what other bloggers had stated–the colors just weren’t very pigmented. They were super vibrant when I first swatched them, but on my eyes? The black/slate/purple colors all seemed to run together and look alike. It was just a mess, and it took a lot to build them up to something visible. Maybe I got lucky on the swatch back in March, I thought. But no. They still swatch just fine. Just don’t put them on your eyes, I guess. Huge sigh, y’all.

I wasn’t even going to post these because at some point I just stopped caring because the application process was so shitty. But just so you can see the difference between the hand swatch and the eyes:

e.l.f. Essential 5-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Set

Shitty phone quality, not even going to apologize because I DON’T CARE. Here are the two colors that actually stand out.

e.l.f. Essential 5-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Set

Slightly better phone quality, still don’t care. These colors all look the damn same. Thus concludes this review.

Pros: Great colors via swatch, nice shimmer with minimal fallout, smooth application (at first), built-in sharpeners.
Cons: Vibrancy seemed to wane over time, some colors are hard to distinguish from each other, absolutely ZERO staying-power. None. Dealbreaker.

Final Verdict: Obviously I wouldn’t purchase these again, but if they decide to make them smudge-proof… call me. If you’re interested, you can find them at the e.l.f. website or various stores such as Target for $5 USD.

June 18, 2015
by L
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Review: Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet

Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet

(inhale) Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet (exhale).

Probably the longest title of anything I’ve reviewed, really. And that’s saying something with these Korean products. I picked up this beast when I was in my local Nature Republic store, hidden safely away in Santee Alley. Gold, snail, synake, plus hydrogel… that sounds incredible. Wait. Who are all these Asian lads posing so prettily on the package?

I should probably say that although I enjoy me some K-pop, I am really bad at keeping up-to-date on all the latest boy bands over there. I’m a G-Dragon and BoA sort of girl, myself. But I digress. After a little research I found out that this is part of the Korean-Chinese boy band EXO. EXO’s split into two separate groups, EXO-K and EXO-M. EXO-K sings in Korean, EXO-M sings in Mandarin. I don’t sing in either, and I’m pretty questionable at singing in English. Anyway, EXO-M is covering this product, while EXO-K covers another Nature Republic mask with collagen.

Now that we’re all caught up…

Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet

Back of the package with ingredients and instructions. Don’t bother squinting, you can read ’em below.

Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet

Clean and sleek design… plus, a shiny snailform. Nice.

Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet

Okay. From my research, these guys are kind of adorable. So I can’t understand why they chose this not-so-adorable photo for their Nature Republic campaign. Why. Someone tell me why. Sorry if you think it’s cute, but… eh.

EXO Group

Pretty sure they should have used this one instead. Just my two cents.

Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet

The facts:

Moisturizing
Whitening
Tightening
Anti-aging
Improves skin texture

Syn-nake: Revitalizing hydrogel mask sheet that contains gold, snail secretion filtrate, and snake venom extract to give the skin a healthy glow.

Ingredients:

Syn-nake Venom Peptide: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Snail Secretion FIltrate, Niacinamide, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, certaonia Siliqua Gym, Chondrus Cispus (carrageenan), Gellulose Gym, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Mica, Adenosine, Titanium Dioxide, Trideceth-6, Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Fruit Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Pelargoniu Graveolens Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Gloculus Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Iron Oxides (Cl 77491), Gold (Cl 77480), Dipeptide Diaminobutryroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethenol, Fragrance.

Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet

This mask, like most hydrogel masks, comes in two pieces. You peel off the plastic sheeting and put the previously covered hydrogel side of the mask on your face. Simple.

Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet

Also, like most sheet masks in general, this is messy.

Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet

Close up of the hydrogel fiber goodness. Whatever it actually is, y’know.

Nature Republic Gold Snail Synake Venom Peptide Hydrogel Mask Sheet

Okay. I didn’t realize until after I was processing the photos that I applied this mask TERRIBLY. Haha. I’m usually not that bad, I swear. I’m not sure how I didn’t notice when I was wearing it, but whatever. Pretend it’s somewhat aligned with my face, please. Other than my own inaccuracy, this mask was well-fitting. Mostly. I dig hydrogel masks because they are instantly form-fitting when I put them on until the time I take them off. No sliding around, no drying out and peeling off. This was no exception. But the nose. THE NOSE. Unless you’re the Wicked Witch of the West you do NOT have a nose that long. I seriously had to fold the tip up so it didn’t suffocate me when I tried to breathe. Which is fine, but what a waste of hydrogel, AM I RIGHT. (I am.)

As for the smell, it smells like nothing, with maybe a hint of snail. And I know that sounds gross, but it’s not. I just can’t think of any other way to describe what snail masks smell like. Like nature. Like a Nature Republic. Of Snails. Anyway.

Despite having the scary ingredient of Syn-nake Venom Peptide (which is an elegant way of saying synthetic snake venom), don’t worry–it doesn’t sting or anything. Although I kind of wish it did, is that weird? …

After leaving it on for 30 minutes (or an hour, give or take), you can take it off. The awesome thing about hydrogel masks is that they are reusable (within reason). That sounded pretty unhygienic to me at first, but you’re applying it to clean skin. After your first use, just try to repackage it onto the covering the best you can, and stick it into a ziploc bag or tupperware and pop it in the fridge. I tend to get only two uses out of these before I toss them, but that’s still more than one. I also leave mine on way longer than necessary, so take that with a grain of salt.

When it comes to masks, they honestly feel like they all do the same thing. This one’s no different, except it does it better. Yep. My skin felt super rejuvenated after this–brightened, tightened, refreshed, and of course super moisturized. Wearing the mask itself was incredibly soothing and cooling (especially if you pop it into the fridge beforehand). I’ll stop rambling now, see ya.

Pros: Moisturizing, cooling, soothing, brightening, tightening, multi-use. Asian dudes on package, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Cons: Nothing. Shit’s good.

Final Verdict: I love hydrogel, and I love boy bands (if One Direction decided to hawk a mask line, I’d totally be down. I’ve always wanted my very own Harry Styles Gold Snail Something Something Hydrogel Mask Sheet). I’d definitely purchase this again, although maybe in the collagen (EXO-K) version. You know, to mix things up a little. If you’re interested, you can find this at Nature Republic (or eBay, or countless other esellers) for ~$6 USD.

May 15, 2015
by L
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Review: Efolar BB Blush Powder

Efolar BB Blush Powder

Today I’m going to blather on about one of those weird mystery eBay products I tend to find. I’ve been looking for a medium-dark pinkish blush for some time now, and well, I’m cheap as hell. So hello eBay, my old friend. I’ve come to hunt with you again. Because a vision softly creeping super affordable (yet of questionable quality and origin) Chinese cosmetics are beckoning. Lo and behold, I stumbled across this Efolar BB Blush Powder in #4 Matte Pink. This particular find is questionable because the eBay listing didn’t even have the brand name. Just “Ladies Make-up Beauty Blush Blusher Mineral Powders Link With Sponge Puff Blush”. Aw, bless. But ringing in at under $2 USD with free shipping? Come on. Even if it eats away my face, that’s a small price to pay to share my thoughts with y’all.

Efolar BB Blush Powder

Yanked from eBay. Sue me. (Please don’t, I can only afford $2 blush.)

The facts:

100% ore (I’m GUESSING mica)
Available in 5 colors

From Efolar:

Fully one hundred percent ore, plant refining pigment, high purity and mild do not hurt the skin, rich in vitamin and plant extract, won’t make your skin dry. Compatible with BB ingredients, relaxed and moist, skin use not greasy, color of skin natural, this section is special for the Oriental BB cheek is red skin overall system upgrade and the development of products, with nutrition to the skin covered weaknesses/skin that/regulate sebum efficiently/skin protection/burnish feeling effects, and are at the skin product management.

Ingredients: ??? (Probably mica)

Efolar BB Blush Powder

To mention bright color!

Efolar BB Blush Powder

It’s all Cantonese to me. Mandarin? I’d just say Chinese but someone yelled at me last time I did that. So touchy nowadays.

Efolar BB Blush Powder

The parent company of Efolar is Shantou Testonl. What kind of word is Testonl? Tes-tonal? Test-on-L? I’ll go with that one because I’m L, and I’m the guinea pig.

Efolar BB Blush Powder

What is this mysterious puzzle piece??????? I wanted to pretend it was something magical and symbolic but I’m guessing it’s just one of their logos. Let’s face it, I don’t know shit.

Efolar BB Blush Powder

Fine silty, soft touch, effective modification of facial contour, skillfully covering skin problems, create a good complexion, so charming cheeks like a baby pink!

Efolar BB Blush Powder

The container has a nice little mirror on it, for her pleasure.

Efolar BB Blush Powder

The velour sort meticulous powder, bright makeup colourful, Show natural of stereoscopic feeling

… I can’t make this shit up. What I want to know is what translator they used, and what the hell stereoscopic means.

Efolar BB Blush Powder

Despite not having heard of it, this brand seems to be solid, even having an English version of their website.

Efolar BB Blush Powder

If you’re me, you will break this bitch as SOON as you open it. Sometimes I don’t ‘get’ things. Like opening containers. So I twisted or pulled or did something too hard and and BOOM. Pink powder everywhere. Lesson learned. Friends don’t let friends open makeup (without proper supervision).

Efolar BB Blush Powder

Despite going into the cushion through the middle, this has a tendency to be concentrated at the sides of the puff. Like a magical pink donut.

Efolar BB Blush Powder

I deliberately chose the brightest blush out of the 5 shades available, because I wanted some seriously pigment and a specific color. So you can imagine my complete disdain when I poofed it on my hand to get THIS. I mean, this is some pastel ringworm shit. No offense to pastel ringworm enthusiasts. It’s a nice color, but totally not what I was expecting, and SO LIGHT. I had to tilt my hand just right to catch the sunlight in a way to actually capture that on film.

Efolar BB Blush Powder

Unfortunately, it doesn’t show up well on my face either, and this is after tapping it repeatedly against my skin to try and build up the pigment. If this is what the darkest color looks like, I shudder to imagine the wonder that is ‘Light Pink’. Get it together, Efolar.

Efolar BB Blush Powder

Available in #1 Shimmer Orange, #2 Shimmer Pink, #3 Matte Light Pink, #4 Matte Pink, and #5 Matte Orange.

Pros: Convenient, soft applicator, fairly translucent if you like being invisibly subtle, hella cheap.
Cons: Messy if you break it upon opening (it happens to the best of us), fairly translucent.

Final Verdict: Cheap as it is, I probably wouldn’t purchase it again. I prefer my minerals to have more substantial pigment… but that’s just me. Hey, at least my face didn’t melt off. If you wanna check it out, you can find it on eBay for <$2 USD. Just search “Ladies Make-up Beauty Blush Blusher Mineral Powders Link With Sponge Puff Blush”. Godspeed. Have you tried any Efolar products? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

April 24, 2015
by L
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Review: Nature Republic Fresh Vegetable Pack

Nature Republic Fresh Vegetable Pack

If you like nature, republics, and fresh vegetables, you are in the right place. I should probably apologize for my tiny hiatus–I had a friend visiting and have been super busy with other stuff. But hey, here I am. With a bunch of new shit to review. With my friend here, a trip to LA’s Santee Alley in the fashion district was inevitable. But what I totally forgot until I stumbled upon it was the Nature Republic store. I first learned about it from Maizy, but it totally slipped my mind. AND THERE IT WAS IN ALL ITS GLORY.

Nature Republic Santee Alley

Pardon the shitty phone pic. It’s seriously just tucked away in the alley, hidden from all the world except the cheap fashion hoarders and vendors and tourists. The manager told me that a handful of other LA locations are coming soon, which is awesome. The closest one to me will be in Koreatown… which I’m honestly a bit surprised didn’t have the first store. But I digress.

Nature Republic Haul

Anyway, as you can imagine, I had the most fun ever. Whenever I go to Santee Alley I usually load up on clothes but this time… this time I only got one blouse and bracelet, some knockoff makeup and NATURE REPUBLIC. Thus far I’m digging all the products I chose, but for this review I’m going to focus on the Nature Republic Fresh Vegetable Pack.

Nature Republic Fresh Vegetable Pack

The Fresh Vegetable Pack is literally a tub of gel. Not something I’d typically go for, but after frying at the beach for three days in the row, the salesperson said it’d be good for my sunburn. And at only ~$10 USD for 300ml, why not? I can always go for a hydrating mask. Always.

Nature Republic Fresh Vegetable Pack

The facts:

Hydrating/Moisturizing
Brightening
Soothing
Nourishing
Cooling

From Nature Republic:

Wash-off type vegetable pack that provides nutrition and moisture to the skin with fresh vegetable water.

HOW TO USE :
After washing your face and towel drying the skin, apply an appropriate amount onto your skin (avoiding skin areas near eyes and mouth). Leave it on for 10-15 minutes until the pack gets dry. Then, wash off with lukewarm water.

Ingredients:

Organic vegetables extract(6,000mg) / Contains organic vegetables with rich and fresh nutrition
(Western rapeseed, broccoli, bell pepper, tomato, cabbage, carrots, celery, turnips, chicory, potatoes)

Obviously there are more ingredients but I’m way too lazy to squint at the container to type them out. You can get a peek at them on one of the photos above. If you REALLY want to know all the details, bother me and I’ll take a full-ingredient photo. If you ask nicely.

Nature Republic Fresh Vegetable Pack

Radioactive gel. Not really though–just the container is green, the gel itself is clear and gel-ly.

Nature Republic Fresh Vegetable Pack

After dragging my thumb lightly across the surface to show a bit more of the consistency.

Nature Republic Fresh Vegetable Pack

On my hand, clear as can be. And you may be wondering, ew, a vegetable pack? Does it smell like asparagus? Please God no. But alas, those who hunt for asparagus-smelling facial treatments are in for a massive disappointment. It actually smells like grapefruit. Like, a lot. A citrus-y punch right to your nose. Maybe in South Korea the grapefruit is considered a vegetable. Maybe they just realized people didn’t want to use something that smelled like green beans and just drew a fragrance from a hat. The world may never know.

A little goes a long way with this product–the amount on my hand was more than enough to cover my entire face. The consistency is gel, obviously, and it smoothes easily onto the skin. You leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and it’ll start to dry and get a tacky texture. Then you wash it off. Simple.

This mask, aside from nourishing and hydrating your skin, doesn’t promise a whole lot. No pore minimization, no fancy anti-wrinkle magic, no overnight miracles. But it does what it’s meant to do, and it does it well. After leaving this pack on my face for ~15 minutes, it easily washed off and left my skin feeling fresh, hydrated, tighter and glowing. No gross residue or oily aftermath. It definitely helped soothe my sunburn as well, so that’s a definite plus for a Pale Polly like me. This mask doesn’t need to be used daily, but I’d say maybe twice a week, or whenever you need a little pick-me-up.

Pros: Loaded with vegetable stuff, soothing, hydrating, smells good, affordable.
Cons: Doesn’t do much apart from hydrating, but it feels nice, so whatever.

Final Verdict: I’m a fan, and with that price, you can’t really go wrong. If you’re interested in testing it out, you can find it at a Nature Republic store for around ten bucks. You can also find it for a slightly higher price on Amazon, eBay or random Asian eCommerce sites.

March 21, 2015
by L
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Review: Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

ColourPop has been all the rage in the blogosphere lately. My social media is full of it. So how is it that I had never even heard of it? I don’t even know. But this is what I found out. They’re a local company, here in Los Angeles. They don’t test on animals. They have a MILLION shades of eyeshadow, blush, some super popular lip products, and all for five bucks apiece. Move over, e.l.f. There’s a new bitch in town.

After perusing the website, I decided on the Megan Naik x ColourPop collaboration. It has four shades in a ‘middle eastern’ theme, and all of them were super pleasing to me. Megan Naik, for those who aren’t in the know (like me before I bought this), is a makeup artist who is wildly popular on Instagram. Unfortunately for this review, my eye photos will not look nearly as good as hers. I may be a professional photographer, but I kind of blow when it comes to professional makeup. Oh well. It’s a review, not a tutorial. Kisses.

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

Clockwise, from left: Amira, Lectra, Onai, Farah.

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

I had NO idea what to expect when I ordered this. It looked like a pressed powder, yet there wasn’t a description on the website. I was praying, PRAYING it wasn’t loose powder. That shit’s way too messy for me. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised opening this and discovering it’s a cream-to-powder formula. It’s incredibly silky-smooth, unlike anything I’ve ever tried before. And I like it.

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

The facts:

Not tested on animals
Four shades in Megan Naik collection
A TON of shades outside the collection
Matte, Metallic and Satin finishes

From ColourPop:

A foursome that appears to have been sent down from a makeup god above! That makeup god just so happens to be Megan Naik. This foursome collection highlights the gorgeous landscape of colors and textures of the middle east. The result? An all new exclusive collection that will take your breath away.

Ingredients:

See above photo. Go on, give it a click.

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

Amira (Metallic): Antique gilded gold with multi-coloured and multi-dimensional glitter.

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

Lectra (Metallic): Deepened burgundy with pink violet glitter.

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

Onai (Satin): Creamy white with blue violet opalescent duo chrome.

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

Farah (Matte): Deep brown.

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

From left: Amira, Lectra, Onai, Farah.

This pigment is buildable, so you can range it from super light and translucent(ish) to bright and bold. ColourPop suggests you apply this with your fingers. Super easy, but if you don’t like finger painting, brushes are cool too. It also has excellent staying power–I roughly wiped it away with my hand a few times and it didn’t even budge. Perfect. Once it’s on, it quickly powderizes/dries, so you should get your blending done fast before it’s stuck there. FOREVER. (Oops.)

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

With Lectra and Amira.

Megan Naik x ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow

With Onai and Farah.

I probably need to note that I’m still walking around with two different eyes… I should probably take care of that before I leave my apartment. HAHA, JUST KIDDING, I’M A HERMIT.

Pros: Gorgeous colo(u)rs, amazing formula, long-lasting, super affordable, easy to apply.
Cons: Slight fallout on super glittery shades (Amira), but not too bad.

Final Verdict: Be still my heart. Every time I think I’m done falling in love, it happens again. And I have no regrets. I can’t wait to get my hands on some other shades, and I definitely need to try some of their famous Lippie Stix. Check out the Megan Naik collaboration at ColourPop for $20 USD.

Have you tried any ColourPop products? Please let me know your thoughts!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram! <3

March 7, 2015
by L
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Review: Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm in Blooming Berry

Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm

Before I delve into this gorgeous lip color, I just want to say that I finally got sucked into the Instagram vortex. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a personal one for awhile, I just never update it or look at it. Facebook’s enough for me, yeah? But anyway, I finally ended up making one for my blog. So, if you desire, feel free to follow me at @glamburgerus.

Now onto more important things, like Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm. In Blooming Berry. Say that five times fast, I dare you. I picked this up on a whim at my neighborhood beauty shop while looking for a new red lipstick… I swatched a ton of the testers and both the sales associate and I agreed this darker cool red-berry was best for my skin tone.

Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm

Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm

Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm

The facts:

Moisturizing
Long-lasting
Intense color
Not tested on animals
Eight available shades

From Palladio Beauty:

The ease of a pencil that applies like a balm and wears like a lipstick. The high-pigment formula helps protect and prevent drying and chapped lips and provides a rich shade pay-off. Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil help create a breathable barrier to keep lips moist while intense pigment and pearls add color and shine for a three-dimension effect.

Ingredients:

Ingredients:Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera,(Candelilla) Wax,Beeswax (Cera Alba),Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax,Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil,Silica, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lecithin. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Red 7 CI 15850, Iron Oxides CI 77491, Iron Oxides CI 77492, Mica CI 77019, Iron Oxides CI 77499

Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm

The swatch is pretty true to color. Now, just to interject a bit, this is the color I was hoping for when I purchased the similar-looking CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist. I did a quick comparison so you can see how different the two are, despite the packaging. CoverGirl’s balm is way less opaque, albeit more moisturizing.

Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm

Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm

I actually took a side-by-side swatch comparison, but the color was off and there was no daylight left in this world, so tungsten stopped by and ruined everything. I’m too lazy to set up lights and too impatient to wait until tomorrow, so you’re getting the copy and paste treatment. KISSES.

Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm

In daylight it’s a vibrant, almost red berry hue, which I adore. I think I found my shade! Finally! And I’ve actually worn it outside my apartment. I’m so proud. Seriously so stoked about this color. And I’ve never actually typed or uttered that word before, so that really says something, I think. Blooming Berry, if you were a man, I’d marry the shit out of you. Actually, if there’s no law against marrying cosmetics…

This lip balm, in Blooming Berry at least, is effectively a stain. Eat, drink, be merry–you’ll have color on your lips for quite some time. The application is super smooth, and the formula is slightly moisturizing. Not the moistest lipstick on the block, but it won’t dry your lips out. In any case, you can always stick some clear moisturizing balm underneath if you’re feeling extra chapped. This also helps if you want to dilute the color a bit.

I don’t normally use a lip liner, but being a dark color, this has a tendency to bleed a bit. Not tremendously, but it might bother you. Or not. It wasn’t too obvious on me, so whatever. Also, if you have dry lips, the dark color will definitely accentuate any dry patches–be sure to exfoliate beforehand! As for that dreaded lipstick scent, worry not–this one’s unscented, minus the faint odor of wax.

The Palladio High Intensity Herbal Lip Balm comes in seven other shades, although I swear I saw more at the shop. I also might be totally insane.

Pros: Long lasting, smooth application, leaves a nice stain, not drying.
Cons: Dark colors might bleed a bit, accentuates dry patches.

Final Verdict: Love. Obviously. I can’t wait to grab this in some other shades, and try other Palladio products. If you’re interested in trying it out, you can find it at Palladio Beauty for $7 USD.

February 10, 2015
by L
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Review: Baviphat Applemint Pore Tightening Nose Patch

Baviphat Applemint Pore Tightening Nose Patch

Nothing like a new pore strip to break me out of my blogging hiatus. If you know me at all, you can imagine my sheer terror when I ran out of pore strips awhile back. I had been using some charcoal strips by PureDerm for quite some time. They got the job done well enough, although I wasn’t too keen on the scent–they smelled like a smoker’s hotel room. Guh. Ross. Anyway, I hopped on eBay to find something new… something more olfactorily-pleasing. I eventually came across these Applemint babies by Korean brand Baviphat. I always like trying a new brand, and Applemint? Sounds WAY better than charcoal in my opinion. Plus, cute minty packaging. And CHEAP. Click click buy. Hello, Baviphat Applemint Pore Tightening Nose Patch x20.

Baviphat Applemint Pore Tightening Nose Patch

The packaging, while cute, is almost entirely in Hangul so I can’t decipher it. Such is life.

Baviphat Applemint Pore Tightening Nose Patch

I bought two boxes of tens strips each. I believe you can also find them on eBay for sets of 5, minus the box.

Baviphat Applemint Pore Tightening Nose Patch

At least the active ingredients are in English: mentha rotundifolia leaf extract and allantoin. Whatever THAT crap is. But seriously, I’m sure it’s good.

The facts:

Besides the active ingredients, I really can’t find ANY English information on this product… not even a description. So you can use your imagination, I guess. Basically it’s a pore strip and helps clear out your blackheads and sebum and tightens your pores simultaneously. Like any other pore strip. But does it measure up?

Baviphat Applemint Pore Tightening Nose Patch

This strip is a pleasant light mint color, which I find super cute. Yes, I judge my pore strips by their cuteness factor. As should you.

Baviphat Applemint Pore Tightening Nose Patch

The fit is superb, unlike some badly-shaped mistakes I’ve used in the past. The only thing that would make it better is the little cuts that Biore uses to stretch it so it’s perfect. The scent… makes me cry with happiness, and doesn’t make me feel like I’m dying of secondhand smoke inhalation. It’s as you would imagine: apple-y and minty and wonderful. I love it.

As with other pore strips, you leave it on for 10-15 minutes, or until it feels hard and dry. Slowly peel off from the edges and goodbye blackheads! Seriously though… I have used a shit ton of pore strips in my old age, and this is by far the BEST I’ve ever used. I seriously cleared a TON of pores with this thing, more than ever before. It was impressive, and I’m super glad I bought two boxes of these. You probably shouldn’t look at the image below if you don’t want to be grossed out because it’s the aftermath. Fair warning.

Baviphat Applemint Pore Tightening Nose Patch

Placed on toilet paper roll for extra grossness. Ew, right? But at the same time, SO SATISFYING. For something so affordable, I was amazed at how well it works.

Baviphat also sells Nose Patches in Charcoal. But don’t bother. Get these.

Pros: Super effective, great scent, cute.
Cons: Nothing.

Final Verdict: It’s pretty obvious I’m totally in love with these, so I have nothing more to say. If you’d like to try them out for yourself, you can find them on eBay from ~$4-15 USD depending on quantity.

Have you tried these, and did you love them as much as I did? Any other Baviphat product recommendations? Let me know!

December 28, 2014
by L
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Review: Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

I HAVE A WRINKLE. My very first. It’s super depressing and I’m freaking out trying to make it disappear. Thankfully, like a year ago I bought the Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream. At the time of purchase I was wrinkle-free. God, I miss those days. I decided to get this particular BB cream for three reasons. 1) I had heard it was good for smoothing enlarged pores, 2) I like Missha and 3) How glorious is that bottle? So elegant. And we all know I’m a sucker for great packaging. Anyway, it’s been sitting pretty on my vanity forever, because I’ve always found it a bit too moisturizing for my skin. Then this bitch wrinkle showed up out of nowhere. It’s a sleep wrinkle because I tend to smoosh my cheek against my pillow. I love sleeping, so this sucks. Will this BB cream save the day? Am I turning into a raisin way before my time? Is 28 too young for Botox? I’m such a mess.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

Pretty packaging. Elegant yet BLINDING.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

Some info and stuff about TORNADO TECHNOLOGY. If that doesn’t make you want to get this product… then you probably don’t like science.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

Ingredients. Stop squinting, I have them listed further down.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

This has fullerenes!!! I have no idea what those are but Wikipedia does. Thanks Wikipedia. And congratulations fullerenes. You go fullerenes.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

As far as I know this comes in two shades–I got #21, the lightest.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

Did I mention this bottle is fancy as hell? Look at that detail. Even if you hate it, you’ll love it.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

Hygienic pump, which is a definite plus and much appreciated by beauty bloggers everywhere.

The facts:

UV Protection: SPF 37 PA++
Moisturizing
Anti-aging
Repairing
Tightening
Smooths pores and fine lines
Medium coverage
Available in two shades: #21 and #23
44g

From Missha:

This BB Cream is swirled with a white filler that covers pores and fine lines. While foundation is useful for covering up blemishes, it tends to accentuate wrinkles and leave enlarged pores exposed. The Signature Filler BB Cream is formulated to fill imperfections in the texture of your skin for a smooth, even finish. As with all our BB Creams, it gently cares for skin while providing natural coverage.

Features:
-Silicon elastomers to fill fine lines and pores
-4 Care System to repair wrinkles, tighten pores, moisturize, and protect from the environment
-Color-correcting ingredients treat hyper-pigmentation from acne, melasma, and aging

This product contains Adenosine and Neuro-Peptides for anti-aging care as well as Hydrolyzed Collagen and Multi-Vita Ceramide to moisturize skin for a youthful glow. Nobel Prize-winning Fullerenes and skin-friendly SLLS (skin lipids) moisturize, soothe, and protect.

Ingredients:

For Wrinkle Filler
Syn-Ake: A type of Peptide which prevents fine wrinkles on the first step of aging
Decorinyl: A new ingredient awarded at Association of International Cosmetics. A type of Peptide similar with the benefit of Decorin which concerns with Collagen of human body. Benefit of improving elasticity and density of skin.
Neuropeptide: A new Peptide Complex which concerns with activating cells
Hydra plumper: A type of skin friendly Hyaluronic Acid with wrinkle repairing and moisturizing benefit

For BB Cream
1HYALUROSMOOTH LS 8998:
-Patent ingredient: Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide
-Patent No. EP 0742007 B1(DE,FR,GB,IT,ES)
-Originate from Hyaluronic Acid and patent in Europe
-Moisturizing and wrinkle repairing benefit
Multivita Ceramide: Complex ingredient of Retinol, Ceramide 3, Linolenic Acid, Tocopherol with anti-wrinkle, antioxidant and moisturizing benefit
Rose Fruit Extract: Contains Flavonoid and Tannin ingredients with soothing, moisturizing and antioxidant benefit
Fresh Herb Complex: Complex of 12 kinds of herbal leaf extracts as Eucalyptuses, Peppermint and Tea tree with soothing and antioxidant benefit

Common ingredients
Radical Sponge: Nobel Prize winning ingredient for chemistry in year 1996 as antioxidant benefit
SLLS(Skin Lipid: Similar to skin composed of Ceramide, Cholesterol and Fat Acid with the benefit of strengthening natural skin protection shield and controlling skin moisture balance
Various botanical ingredients with moisturizing and antioxidant benefits such as Multi Fruit Complex, Oriental Flower Complex, Sweet Alpine Complex, Je-Ju Flower Complex, Berry Complex and Collagen Water

Full: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclomethicone, Propylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Polymethyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Strawberry Extract, Apple Extract, Peach Extract, Kiwi Extract, Pineapple Extract, Grape Extract, Honeysuckle Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Chrysanthemum Extract, Lotus Flower Extract, Safflower Extract, Cranberry Extract, Raspberry Extract, Broccoli Extract, Blueberry Extract, Turnip Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Alfalfa Extract, Jasmine Extract, Blackberry Extract, Scented Geranium Extract, Origanum Majorana Extract, Lavender Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lemon Balm Extract, Rosemary Extract, Rapeseed Extract, Yarrow Extract, Apple Mint Leaf Extract, Oregano Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Leaf Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Thyme Extract, Thyme Leaf Extract, Spearmint Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Macadamia Seed Oil, Rose of Jericho Extract, Moss Rose Extract, Multiflora Rose Extract, Moth Orchid Extract, Cooktown Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Extract, Madonna Lily Bulb Extract, Garden Balsam Extract, Marigold Extract, Chinese Hibiscus Flower/Leaf Extract, Garden Nasturtium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Methylpropanediol, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dimethicone Cross-polymer, Cetyl PEG/PEG-10/1 Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glyceryl Behenate, Polyglyceryl-6 Octastearate, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, Ozokerite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Adenosine

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

When I first got this you could see the swirl pretty clearly. However, I’m an awful blogger and didn’t document it in my excitement. So now you get this kinda muddled almost-swirl. Deal with it.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

You can see the white more in this shot. The white is the ‘wrinkle-filler’, the beige is the BB cream.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

#21 is a good shade for my skin. It has pink/grey undertones, as opposed to the yellow ones I tend to find.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

First things first, this BB cream has a SUPER strong scent. Like most Missha products, it’s nice and flowery. However, it lingers. It lingers all day, and if you don’t like scents, you will be a bit miffed. I don’t mind it because I like the smell a lot, but I can definitely see it being overpowering. This has medium coverage–it definitely evens the skintone and and covers minor redness. However, if you have some pretty noticeable acne this isn’t for you. This is a very moisturizing BB cream, and I find that an extra moisturizer isn’t necessary when I wear it. However, if you have oily skin like me, it might not be your cup of tea. The oil control isn’t great, so you’ll get shiny fast–it already has a glowy finish. If you have normal to dry skin, you’ll probably fall in love. It’s long-lasting, but needs to be touched up with powder a lot. If you’re me, anyway. So–does it work on wrinkles?

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

Nope. But I haven’t been using it long, so maybe it’s a gradual thing rather than instaneous. We shall see. But there it is, in all its glory. My baby sleepwrinkle. Please, no autographs.

Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream

I’m REALLY not a selfie person–as a photographer, I prefer to be on the opposite side of the lens. Plus, I hate being in photos. It’s just a thing. I update my Facebook profile pic like once a year. Anyway, I thought it was pertinent to take one now–my last photo as a brunette. Yes, I’m taking the blonde plunge in like a week and a half. Before everyone is like OH LYNSEE DON’T DO IT, YOU WILL LOOK AWFUL AND YOU ARE MAKING A TERRIBLE MISTAKE, just remember that I was born a blonde and remained so the first sixteen years of my life. Dark hair is unnatural for me, even though I do like it. It’ll come back someday I’m certain, but right now I need a long overdue change. Goin’ back to my roots. I also chopped it in preparation since the ends were basically black. Only like 5 inches off, but I feel naked. Also I look a little psychotic. Which is fine, because I feel a little psychotic.

Speaking of selfies, Android-phone users: is there ANY WAY to get the camera to not go on the ‘beauty mode’ by default? It’s not good. Also I can’t imagine dudes appreciate it. And before you say that dudes don’t take many selfies that aren’t ab shots in a bathroom, I met the most annoying guy ever who literally posts like five selfies a day. Like posed senior picture selfies. Fist under chin and all. To quote any recent teenager, ‘omg i just cantt’. Which translates to ‘oh my god I just can’t’ which should not be uttered if you are over 16. Ever. So knock it off. And wake me up when selfie season passes.

Derailed much? I don’t even care. Thus ends my review of Missha Signature Wrinkle Filler BB Cream.

Pros: Moisturizing, good coverage, evens skin tone and smoothing.
Cons: Not great oil control, strong scent, anti-wrinkle effectiveness has yet to be seen.

Final Verdict: Overall I’m happy with this one–it’s a little more moisturizing then I’d normally go for, but that can be a plus in the dry winter months. It covers well and MIGHT fare well against wrinkles and pores, but I haven’t tested it long to see a difference. Will update accordingly, of course. If you want to try it for yourself, you can purchase it at Missha US for $23.80 USD. Other countries can find their respective Missha stores at Missha.net. Or you could check eBay/Amazon, as always.

Have you tried this product? Thoughts? What’s your favorite Missha BB Cream?

December 15, 2014
by L
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Review: Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss in Veil Rose

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

I got this Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss in a Memebox from last year. Yes, I’m well aware of how behind I am at reviewing all this stuff. Whatever. I’m a huge Laneige fan and addicted to lip products, so put them together and what could be better? This got bonus points because it was a color I would have chosen myself.

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

This is a deluxe sample-size product–the full-size is 5g and comes with a doe-foot applicator. This one just has a flat, slanted plastic opening with a hole. Hey, some people are into that.

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

As you can see, this is hella shimmery. A lot of people seem to not like shimmer, so this might not be the product for you. I’m not a shimmer person myself, but this turned out to be not so bad.

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

The facts:

Glossy
Light-reflecting
Shimmery
5g
10 shades

From Cosmetic Love:

Pure Lip Gloss: Smooth high-glossy lip gloss in pure colors

– Excellent light reflection effect as glossy as top coat for maximum effect

– Stick-free and supple texture to leave the lips more comfortable

– Clear and subtle tone for the natural color of lips

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

This shade is Veil Rose, a pretty pink-peach with a punch of sparkle. The formula is super smooth and creamy, and it glides on with ease. It’s fairly moisturizing as far as glosses go, and has average lasting time for a gloss. Basically don’t eat or drink for a bit and you’ll be okay. This product smells (and tastes, don’t judge) so good though, that I have no problem with reapplying it. (Note: Keep away from small children and peach enthusiasts.)

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

Bare lips.

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

With Veil Rose.

Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss

Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss comes in nine other shades. Laneige products can now be found at Target, although I have yet to see any lip products there. You’ll probably have to snag this one online.

Pros: Feels amazing on my lips. Sweet scent (and taste). Shiny as hell.
Cons: Shimmer, if you’re not into it. A bit pricy at ~$22 USD, but such is Laneige.

Final Verdict: I’m diggin’ it. I’m pretty stuck on the Veil Rose shade, but I’m definitely planning on trying some other ones. Check it out for yourself at Cosmetic Love.

December 7, 2014
by L
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Review: CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

I bought the CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist a long, long time ago. Last year, probably. For some reason it decided to skate under the radar and not get reviewed, but now, finally, it can have its time in the sun. Can we just take a moment and reflect on that tongue twister of a name? That’s approaching an Asian cosmetics level of crazy. But I digress.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

Shot these so long ago that they were taken on my old balcony in Lubbock, Texas. Good riddance. No offense to Lubbockites. Unless, you know, you agree.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

Shade 255, aka Jam Twist. Jam Twist sounds like a painful and dangerous black market yoga position that I suggest we’d all try to avoid. It’s safe for lip application though.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Jam Twist

Looks a little brighter than I was expecting. The Jumbo Gloss Balms come sealed though, so I couldn’t sneak a peek before purchasing.

From CoverGirl.com, the color I was hoping for. But is it the color I received?

The facts:

Moisturizing
Sheer color
16 available shades

From CoverGirl:

Twist up the color and glide on the shine. Treat your lips to a lip balm fortified with shea and mango butters for a smooth look with a hint of color.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

On my hand it looks okay, more of a fuchsia than the dark cool wine shade I was hoping for. But being a balm, that’s understandable… it’s lacking the opacity to really pack a punch.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

Bare lips, stolen from my last lip product post because I forgot to take one this time.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

With tungsten vanity lights. It’s a lot more PINK than I thought it’d be, and a lot more… neon. Not really my thing. It’s not too crazy but totally not what I wanted.

CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

With flash it looks a bit more purple, but not by much.

So, basically, I’m not too pleased. I mean, sure, this color is fine… if that’s the color I sought out to buy. But it ain’t.

Color aside, the actual product is great. It’s incredibly moisturizing and long-lasting, until you eat or drink or do other mouth activities. Get your head out of the gutter. I mean like playing harmonica or kissing kittens on the forehead. It leaves a slight stain, if you’re into that. When applied to my lips, the color payoff was a lot better than it showed on the swatch… possibly because it played off my natural pigment. Who knows.

The only thing that I’m not too keen on is the fact that this will REALLY scream to the world ‘HEY Y’ALL, I HAVE DRY, CHAPPED LIPS AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT’. But I do. I do care. And this product (or particular shade) will accentuate every little flaw you are so desperately trying to conceal. And that’s a huge no-no. So I suggest exfoliating your lips before using this baby.

Pros: Moisturizing, great color payoff.
Cons: This particular shade was NOT as advertised. Accentuates dry lips.

Final Verdict: Obviously this wasn’t the color I was expecting, so I wouldn’t purchase this particular shade again. I do like the balm in general though, so I’d test out a different color. (Ballet Twist, I’m looking at you.) Get yours at CoverGirl for $7.99 USD.

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