When it comes to lip products, traditional lipsticks have never worked well for me. Even moisturizing formulas tend to dry out my lips and they never last more than an hour or two. For everyday, tinted lip balms are my lip product of choice (and usually, it’s Burt’s Bees Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil). So, when I heard about NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - and their promise of long-lasting silky matte color – I knew they might be for me. I tried one, loved it, and by now I’ve managed to end up with five shades: Stockholm, London, Tokyo, San Paulo, and Antwerp. CONTINUE READING…
LAURA MERCIER AND ANIMAL TESTING:
Update 5/7/13: Laura Mercier is no longer cruelty-free.
Laura Mercier states they are cruelty-free and I have no information to indicate otherwise. Gingerrama has a great post showing Laura Mercier’s responses to animal testing inquiries (she calls their reply “exemplary” and I have to agree!) However, they are currently not on PETA or the Leaping Bunny’s lists, so I don’t have confirmation of their animal testing stance from an independent party. I will update if/when I learn any additional information. Laura Mercier is manufactured by a Stafford, TX-based company called Gurwitch Products.
I’m really excited to write this post, because Laura Mercier is one of my favorite brands, and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder is one of my all-time favorite products. This powder has been a staple in my makeup routine since I first tried it, about two years ago. I’ve gone through probably 3 or 4 of these by now… it’s such a versatile, multi-use product. I’ve used is as a powder, as a foundation, cheek highlight, eyeshadow, under eye brightener, and concealer.
OK, back to the review… I have three shades of this powder which I tend to mix: Real Sand, Natural Beige, and Rich Vanilla. CONTINUE READING…
I’ve heard many raves about NYX pigments. I don’t know what their official name is – they’re called Loose Pearl Eye Shadow on NYX’s site, but I’ve also seen them listed as Powder Pigments and the packaging says Ultra Pearl Mania. Regardless, they’re essentially pigments, and have been called dupes for MAC’s. So I decided to see if I could mix up a dupe for MAC Melon.
I used NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Pearl Eyeshadows in Nude, Mink, and Oro. Here they are swatched individually with MAC Melon.
L-R: NYX Nude, NYX Oro, Mac Melon, NYX Mink
Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Inglot Eyeshadow
These are my two Inglot Freedom System palettes.
I’ll have a review and swatches up soon. Update: My review, swatches, and more photos are now posted.
L-R: 107R, Matte 337, Matte 328, 101R, Matte 318
L-R: D.S. 436, Pearl 407, Matte 330, 106R
L-R: Madrague, Portobello
I haven’t seen much online about NARS Duo Eyeshadows in Portobello and Madrague, which is surprising because they’re great basics. NARS describes Portobello as portobello matte ecru and soft matte mushroom and Madrague as matte caramel and matte cream.
While the lighter shades of the duos appear very similar in photos, in Portobello it’s definitely a deeper, yellower brown-tan-beige. In Madrague, it’s more an ivory-beige, along the lines of Mac Brule or Wet n Wild Brule – although not as light or pigmented. The darker shade in Madrague is more of a typical warm mid-tone brown. In Portobello, the darker shade is cooler and leans more towards a grey-tone. It can read almost taupe-y, but still has warmth.
Photos & Swatches:
Another Inglot Nail Enamel! This one is from the Azure Collection, which features 11 nail enamels. Looking at the nail enamels in numerical order, they progress from grey to green to blue. Each polish has tones from the color before it and after it. The finish is very glossy – you can definitely see the difference compared to the matte collection polishes. Like the matte collection, the formula is non-streaky and applies smoothly.
983: dark teal-green with grey undertones
I saw on the Inglot USA site they’ve just released a new collection (it doesn’t have any other name listed) that looks really interesting. It’s five metallic shades – two silver tones, two gold tones, and one copper rose gold tone. Of course, it’s hard to tell from the site exactly what the colors look like, so I’ll have to wait to see real swatches.
Have you tried any Inglot Nail Enamels? What do you think of their Azure and “new” collections?
Ah, Zoya… definitely a favorite in the beauty community. I don’t know if they still do this, but once yearly they used to have this crazy sale, where you could get 3 polishes for free, just pay shipping. Any brand that’s willing to give discounts like that, I’m a fan of. But the main selling point for me is their huge selection of colors and finishes. I picked these three shades off the website, not having seen them in person, but I ended up being happy with all three. CONTINUE READING…
The second of my Inglot Nail Enamels is 718, also from the Matte Collection. Feel free to check out my post on Inglot Nail Enamel 715 for more about the Matte Collection formula.
718: a mid-tone bubblegum peach-pink. It’s similar in color to Essie’s Van D’Go, but I find application much easier with Inglot’s formula. It’s darker and the slightest bit more pink than Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor in Paparazzi Don’t Preach.
The photos are with two coats and no base/top coat.