Maybelline Fit Me Blush Review, Swatches & Wear Test | Pink, Mauve, Plum (Reformulated)

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A beauty influencer I’ve been watching since elementary school (!), emilynoel83, recommended the new, reformulated Maybelline Fit Me blushes in a recent video titled “5 MUST-TRY New Drugstore Makeup Products.” With a glowing recommendation like that, I picked up Pink, Mauve, and Plum for $5.99 each.

Maybe I just got the three worst shades, but I find this formula lacking. It’s very hard and thin, none of that lovely buttery texture people love. While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, they’re very sheer. Those qualities together make these unwieldingly difficult to use. It took a lot of pressure to pick up any appreciable amount of product on my densest blush brushes. I discuss each color more in depth below as well as test wear.

These come in 10 shades that are meant to encompass all skin tones. I got one of the lightest shades, Pink, and one of the darkest, Plum. As you’ll see in the swatches, Plum is sheer and relatively light in tone which makes me seriously doubt these blushes ability to compliment everyone.

Swatches


The arm swatches are on bare skin. The right swatch is one swipe, left is as opaque as I can get it. As you can see, with one swipe Pink is nearly invisible and Plum is very faint. With multiple layers, Plum gives color but Pink is still incredibly sheer.

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For reference, I have fair, slightly warm toned skin. I wear NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi and Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless in Porcelain. In all the before pictures I’m wearing L’oreal True Match in N2 Classic Ivory, Lorac Highlighter in Starlight, and NYX HD Blush in Taupe so the only difference you’re seeing between the pictures is the blush.

Pink is a very light, matte, peachy pink. This shade is especially hard. When you rub your finger in it almost nothing picks up. For the before and after below I scrubbed my brush into the pan and it still took multiple layers to get the very light wash of color I ended up with. While I like the final effect, it took way too much effort for a soft pink that other formulas execute effortlessly. | Nearly unusable, 0/5

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Mauve is a satin, cool pink. It’s more pigmented than Pink and Plum, which is unfortunately not saying much. This could be nice for a beginner or anyone prone to heavyhandedness. This is one of those blushes you could apply without a mirror and end up looking fine because of the soft color and how the slight sheen blends into the skin. It did accentuate a blemish on my cheek but not my pores. While it’s visible, it’s unremarkable and still quite hard and sheer. | Usable but mediocre, 3/5

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Plum is a medium cool rose. It took almost as much effort to get this applied as Pink. Again, it’s extremely hard pressed in the pan, thin, and sheer. Because this shade is deeper, it took fewer layers to get it visible though the depth made it seem patchier. It did blend out okay. | Impractically difficult to apply, 1/5

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Wear Test


For the wear test I used the shade Mauve over L’oreal True Match in N2 Classic Ivory. I also wore Hello Waffle highlighter in Emma (limited edition), NYX HD Blush in Taupe, set my face with a talc-based powder, and misted on a light layer of Skindinavia Setting Spray.

Over 12 hours I gardened, took a nap, and did yoga. Though it did fade some, it held up well. It faded evenly (as opposed to in patches) along with my foundation, exposing acne scars and generally sheering out. Unfortunately, the amount of layering it required sours the good wear.

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Price


This blush is very affordable, both in sticker price and in price/gram. If you can test a shade you’re interested in or find swatches, these aren’t hard on the wallet. That being said, I think your money is better spent elsewhere. For only $1 more, NYX HD Blushes are pigmented, silky, and have a wide selection of natural and bold colors. Not to mention you also get a bit more product. I also like the e.l.f. Studio blushes that are only $3 and also contain more product.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush Price Comparison

Bottom Line


At worst these blushes are hard and nearly invisible, at best they’re barely mediocre. That’s not the most compelling… If you’re looking for a natural blush, the drugstore has so many comparably priced and better options that are more pigmented and easier to use.

If you’re interested, you can find Maybelline Fit Me Blushes at any drugstore or online at Ulta, Target, or Maybelline‘s website (not affiliate links).

NYX Precision Brow Pencil Review, Swatches & Wear Test | Comparisons to Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Definer & Brow Wiz

Product Lay

Hey all! NYX just released the Precision Brow Pencila $9.99 brow pencil with a thin, rectangular tip. It struck me as a potential pseudo-dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Definer due to the shape, so I’ll be comparing them here after the overall review!

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Brows done with only NYX Precision Brow in Taupe

I have thin, sparse, irregularly shaped brows (💔) that I fill in extensively. The flat edge of this pencil makes creating straight lines really easy, easier than with any other brow product I’ve tried. The tip shape is also useful for shading large areas of nearly bare skin (again, 💔). I usually do the tails of my brows in a darker color to create a more realistic gradient. When I did my brows with only this pencil in Taupe, I was still able to create a gradient I was happy with, which speaks to its buildability.

This formula is on the more hard and waxy end of brow pencils. That being said, it’s pigmented and can readily be brought to opacity. I personally prefer this type over softer formulas because of their versatility. For people only filling in a sparse patch here or there, a softer pencil may be better suited.

As you’ll see in the wear test photos, this wore really impressively through a long day that included a nap and dog cuddles. The only evidence of wear was a nearly imperceptible bit of patchiness on the tail of my brows and some oil peeking through, making them look a bit shiny.

There are 8 colors offered, ranging from Blonde to Black with a variety of undertones. For a brow pencil range, I think the color offerings are quite good. I only got one color, but I’ll be going back for another to do the tail of my brows now that I know I like this pencil. The shade Taupe is warmer than other taupe brow products I’ve used, which is an issue for those of us looking for a cool toned brow. It’s not warm-toned per se, just not as cool toned as other taupes.

The product has the pencil on one side and a spoolie on the other. It’s not my favorite spoolie but it’s definitely usable. The pencil twists to advance, as you likely expected. Onto the Anastasia Beverly Hills product comparisons!

Comparison to Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Definer and Brow Wiz


Shape

While the more immediate similarities to NYX Precision Brow’s thin, rectangular tip are with ABH Brow Definer’s elongated acute triangle tip, there are important comparisons to be made with ABH’s classic round, micro tipped Brow Wiz.

To make my terminology more clear, the “flat” of the pencil is the widest side, the “edge” is the narrowest side, and the “tip” is what you see top-down. I’ve labelled these in the photo below.

Comparison

I measured the widths of the flat and the edge for each pencil to get some quantifiable information. NYX Precision Brow’s measurements were both notably just slightly off of the visible increments on my ruler, hence the less/greater than.

  • ABH Brow Wiz: 1/16″ x 1/16″
  • NYX Precision Brow: <1/16″ x >1/8″
  • ABH Brow Definer: 3/32″ x 3/16

Interestingly, the edge of NYX Precision Brow is actually thinner than Brow Wiz. I also found that because of its slightly softer formula, less pressure was required to create lines. For those who are only interested in precision lines and not filling large areas or creating long defining lines, Brow Wiz may still be the better fitting product.

The straight shape of  NYX Precision Brow’s flat side lets me make sharper lines than with Brow Definer, though that may be a me-problem. I love Dip Brow so I’ve never taken the time to try too much with Brow Definer.

Formula

NYX Precision Brow is softer than both ABH pencils. It’s more blendable and gets opaque more quickly and smoothly, though this may be because I’ve had the ABH pencils for 6+ months so I don’t want to say that definitively.

Shades

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L to R: ABH Brow Wiz in Taupe, NYX Precision Brow in Taupe, ABH Dip Brow in Taupe, ABH Brow Definer in Medium Brown

The one thing that’s disappointed me is that the shade Taupe is more of a light brown than an ashy taupe. I compared it with ABH’s Brow Wiz and Dip Brow in Taupe, as well as ABH Brow Definer in Medium Brown which are all cooler than NYX Precision Brow in Taupe.

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L to R: ABH Brow Wiz, NYX Precision Brow, ABH Brow Definer

 

Spoolie

The spoolie is functional, soft enough that it doesn’t scrape product off and stiff enough that it blends brows realistically. It’s softer than Brow Wiz’s spoolie but stiffer than Brow Definer’s. I prefer the spoolie on Brow Definer but this one is still very usable.

The shape is also different, more of an elongated ellipse than a cylinder. I didn’t find that to have an effect on application.

 

Wear Test


For the wear test, I wore this over bare skin with deep brown eyeshadow blended over the tail. I set my entire face with a light layer of talc-based powder and sprayed on a bit of e.l.f. Mist and Set.

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It was 85º outside when I gardened for an hour, which lead to sweating and patting off said sweat. I also took a two hour nap and cuddled my dog around midday. I didn’t go easy on this pencil and it wore very impressively, which I wasn’t expecting. It did wipe off easily on a wet washcloth when I removed my makeup, so it doesn’t compete with ABH Dip Brow but I can accept that.

Price


Precision brow pencils have outrageously high prices/gram due to their tiny volume, to the extent that I actually don’t buy classic point-style brow pencils. For me, the frequent expense isn’t sustainable. Other types of precision brow pencil with triangular or rectangular tips are more palatable in price. As you can see in the spreadsheet below, point-type pencils can cost more than 2x as much per gram as the most expensive triangular pencils. For a precision brow pencil, NYX Precision Brow is at a tolerable price point for me, though of course that’s a personal decision.

Price Comparison
Precision Brow Pencil $/gram Comparison

Bottom Line


NYX Precision Brow Pencil has a good, stiff formula with a tip shape that really makes doing your brows easier. It’s great for fine lines, defining edges, and filling in large areas. The formula lasts well through the day, though not as sweatproof or oilproof as some brow pomades. It’s affordable and offers a good range of colors, though they may not be what you expect. I suggest testing any shades before you buy. Overall, this is a great precision brow pencil that I highly recommend.

You can find it in stores or online at Ulta or NYX’s website.

Revlon Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolors Swatches & Review | HD Luster, HD Glitz

While trawling for new makeup at my local drugstore I found the new Revlon Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolors. There were some interesting colors so I picked them up. Regrettable…

These are unusably terrible. Not only are they sheer to start with, their texture is too slick to build up. They never set and as a result, transfer onto everything (much more than a regular ol’ lipstick). Calling them metallic is a joke, the sheer color is more glossy than metallic and that shininess makes them definitively not matte either. So, metallic:❌, matte:❌, HD: I guess…?

The applicator is more of a flattened paddle than the classic doe foot applicator which may have been a positive if the product was better. As is, the different applicator has no effect on my opinion. They have a heavy, cloying, sweet scent that makes application unpleasant. I would be able to look past the smell if these were a good formula but they just aren’t. Maybe other shades are a bit better but from what I’ve read, it doesn’t seem like it. Onto swatches so you can see for yourself!

Swatches


Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Metallics Arm Swatch
Arm Swatches of HD Glitz and HD Luster (left is built up, right is one swipe)

HD Glitz is a black-based navy with dark blue shimmer sporadically suspended.

HD Luster is a warm taupe with a hint of silver sheen. The individual particles of shimmer are less noticeable than in HD Glitz. On the lips, it pulls a bit mauve.

As you can see, HD Glitz is so sheer that no matter how much you build it up, it won’t be opaque. HD Luster is a bit better, but it still required three layers.

I lined just the outline of my lips with NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in Foul Mouth for HD Luster and Jet Set for HD Glitz. HD Luster could be built up enough to look fine. I still wasn’t impressed as it took three thick layers which felt heavy and unpleasant. HD Glitz on the other hand, didn’t reach opacity no matter how much I tried. You can see my natural lip color peeking through the center of my lips and at random places where the huge amount of product being layered lead to blotches.

Performance


Revlon Ultra HD Matte Metallic HD Luster Wear Test
Revlon HD Luster Wear Test

I only tested HD Luster because HD Glitz is too patchy to even wear. I didn’t eat anything over the duration of the test and drank coffee carefully out of a mug, so the test was really not that rigorous. Impressively, this formula still failed. The product never set or dried down in the slightest and due to the wetness of the texture, transferred readily and aggressively. By the two hour mark, the lipcolor had completely worn off except for a sheer wash of the suspended shimmer which sank into my lip lines. All the color around the perimeter of my lips is just remaining lip liner.

Ingredients


Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, C30-50 Alcohols, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-(C12-14 Alkyl PPG-4) Hexamethylenediurea, Kaolin, Bismuth Oxychloride, Silica Silylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Methicone, Sodium Saccharin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, BHT, Benzoic Acid, Limonene, Linalool. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

This formula is chock full of ingredients that give slip and moisture. There are some ingredients added to thicken and help it dry down and form a film but clearly they’re not in high enough quantities to be effective. Emollients, thickeners, film formers, and skin conditioners make up the first twelve ingredients. After that are antioxidants, preservatives, flavorings, and scenting ingredients.

The dyes (Red/Blue/Yellow X) used here for colorants explain the sheerness and lack of wear time. There’s very little pigment actually suspended in the solvents, just liquid dye. If you can imagine, teeny tiny specks of pigment particles can be deposited onto your lips, whereas colored liquid (dyes) will transfer off easily.

Price


These don’t fare terribly against other drugstore liquid lipsticks at $9.99 for 5.9 mL, or $1.69/mL which is comparable to NYX and L’oreal. That being said, this formula is so bad I wouldn’t take these if I was offered them for free.

Revlon Ultra HD Metallic Matte Value

Bottom Line


The Revlon Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolors are sheer, patchy, uncomfortable, and wear terribly. This formula has not a single redeeming quality. I’m genuinely astounded that this got a single inch out of R&D. Final rating: 0/5

You can find these at your local drugstore or online at Ulta though I have no idea why you’d want to…

L’oreal Infallible Paints Metallics Eyeshadow Review & Swatches | Aluminum Foil

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L’oreal recently released a huge new line, the Infallible Paints which includes the Infallible Paints Metallics Eyeshadows! They’re marketed as having “High color impact with a foiled finish.”

For once, the marketing claims are actually accurate! I only got one in Aluminum Foil (a hilariously mundane name), but I’ll definitely be going back for more. This eyeshadow is potentially the creamiest, smoothest formula I’ve ever felt. It’s plush and glides across the skin with fingers or a brush. The metallic shine translates to the eyes without losing luster. As you can see in the finger vs. brush swatch below, you can’t even tell the difference!

I’ve also compared it to similar silver eyeshadows in my collection, Revolt out of the Urban Decay Electric Palette and Silver out of the Lorac Pro Palette 2. It’s more pigmented, smoother, and brighter than both of them though slightly more slate-hued. I wouldn’t call it a dupe due to the color difference but I do think it’s a superior eyeshadow.

Performance


Onto how it actually wears and applies on the eye! I applied it all over my eyelid with a flat synthetic shader brush. There was no powder kicked up by the brush or any fallout under my eyes. I primed my eyes with MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot, as I do everyday. Other products on my eyes include: BECCA highlighter in Pearl on the inner corner, Lorac Pro Palette 2 Charcoal and Buff through the crease to give some definition, and NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black.

As you can see below, this shadow wore damn near perfectly! Where all the shadow on my inner corner and undereye has faded or gotten patchy, my lids are still perfectly metallic, though maybe just a hair less blinding. There wasn’t any fallout through the day and it hadn’t creased or migrated at all, impressive!

L'oreal Aluminum Foil Eyeshadow
Wear Test

Ingredients


Rice Bran Oil, Magnesium Myristate, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Stearic Acid. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77400 / Bronze Powder, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77400 / Copper Powder, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake.

  • Binders: rice bran oil, magnesium myristate
  • Texture enhancer: boron nitride, lauroyl lysine, silica, alumina, tin oxide
  • Adhesion enhancer: boron nitride
  • Moisturizer: caprylic/capric triglyceride, stearic acid
  • Preservative: sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid
  • Colorants: everything after ‘may contain’

No wonder it’s so creamy, its first ingredient is an oil binder! It appears there’s a lot of “wet” ingredients paired with absorbent ingredients with slip that give an overall smooth and silky texture with little fallout.

Price


These pans are $8.99 for 2.8 grams, which sounds high but you get almost twice the amount of product in a standard, round pan eyeshadow. The price per gram is relatively low, comparable to ColourPop and Makeup Geek single eyeshadows. For me, it’s definitely worth the cost.

L'oreal Infallible Paints Value
L’oreal Infallible Paints Metallics Eyeshadow Value Comparison

Bottom Line


L’oreal’s Infallible Paints Metallic Eyeshadow in Aluminum Foil is absolutely excellent. It’s pigmented, creamy, applies well, and wears impeccably. I can’t recommend it enough!

You can find it at your local drugstore or online at Ulta, along with the other four shades:

  • Aluminum Foil (silver)
  • Brass Knuckles (light bronze)
  • Rose Chrome (shimmering baby pink)
  • Caged (pewter)
  • Violet Luster (silvered lavender)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal Scents Hot Pots Review & Swatches | Neutrals

Neutral Palette

Hi all, today we’re doing a long overdue post on Coastal Scents’ Hot Pots! Hot Pots are Coastal Scents’ single eyeshadows. They’re sold without packaging as magnetized pans for $1.95 each (further price breakdown in the ‘Price’ section, go figure). They also sell empty palettes that fit up to 28 pans. There’s 374 different shades, with every color and finish imaginable available, which can be very overwhelming when you first start looking.

Above, is the first Hot Pot palette I put together a few years ago. I find the shimmers perform universally well. They’re extremely pigmented, smooth, and creamy. The mattes are hit or miss. I’d say 60% are great, 30% are workable, and 10% are absolute trash.  You can find them exclusively on the Coastal Scents website. Below, I’ll describe each color, its texture, pigmentation, blendability, utility, and a score out of 5 based on these criteria.

Swatches


Each shade was swatched twice, with a finger (left) and brush (right). For brushes, I used a natural bristle packing brush for mattes and a flat synthetic shader for shimmers and satins. My arm was primed with NYX Proof It! Eyeshadow Primer as I use a primer daily. Below each full arm swatch photo are close ups. For reference, I’m very fair and slightly warm toned (NC10, NARS Gobi, Maybelline 110). Some of the eyeshadows are swatched twice for comparison with similar colors.

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Wishy Washy, Bombay, Cherry Moss, Timeless Taupe, Bermuda Sand, Midas Gold, Fool’s Gold

Wishy Washy | Satin, dove grey, powdery and sheer. This shade is too light to allow for it to be sheer and impactful, though it could be used as a transition shade. | 2/5

Bombay | Nearly-white grey, it appears satin in the pan but looks matte when applied with a brush. Again, this shade is sheer and light, but a potential transition shade. Whiter and matter than Wishy Washy. | 2/5

Cherry Moss | Warm sequoia with a golden-green duochrome. This shade is gorgeous. Pigmented, creamy, and unique, I highly recommend it. | 5/5

Timeless Taupe | Matte cool brown, I wouldn’t call it a taupe. It’s hard, chalky, and unpigmented. | 1/5

Bermuda Sands | Very light taupe, there’s a hint of fine silver shimmer in the pan but it completely blends away with a brush. I use this as a transition shade and to contour my nose. For people with medium and deeper skin, this will be too light. | 4/5

Midas Gold | Light matte yellow. I wish Midas would come and turn this into something better because it’s certainly not doing anything as is. Powdery, sheer, and hard. | 1/5

Fool’s Gold | Matte mustard. I love this shade, it’s very unique and performs well on the eye. | 5/5

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Olivewood, Oatmeal Tan, Camel Taupe, Amaretto, Miami Spice, Kokomo Cafe

Olivewood | Matte deep khaki olive. This can be somewhat hard to work with but the color translates well to the eyes (it doesn’t blend out to a nebulous brown). I find it worth it due to how interesting the color is but be warned. | 3/5

Oatmeal Tan | Warm matte golden tan, this is the perfect everyday transition color for me. It’s soft, pigmented, blendable, and versatile. | 5/5

Camel Taupe | Light tan taupe with a very subtle silvery satin sheen. It’s decently pigmented, soft, and blendable but nothing special shade-wise. | 4/5

Amaretto | Shimmery, subtly red-hued bronze. It’s very pigmented, creamy, soft, and easy to work with. | 5/5

Miami Spice | Taupe with sparse, fine, blue glitter that blends away immediately. This is thin, hard, patchy, and looks nothing like it does in the pan. I read a poor review of this and convinced myself it was worth a shot because it was unique. Don’t do what I did. | 0/5

Kokomo Cafe | Light tan. Soft, blendable, but sheer, only really good as a transition color. Warmer than Camel Taupe.| 3/5

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Petal Peach, Sundried, Tuscany, Cinnamon Stone, Bronze Peach, Paprika

Petal Peach | Bright matte pinky peach. Soft, blendable, and pigmented. This is one of my most used Hot Pots. | 5/5

Sundried | Shimmery rust. Pigmented, soft, and creamy. | 5/5

Tuscany |Matte dusty peach. Soft, blendable, and pigmented. Deeper, more muted than Petal Peach. | 5/5

Cinnamon Stone | Slightly warm, satin brown. Smooth, soft, and blendable.  Deeper, browner, and less shimmery than Sundried. | 4/5

Bronze Peach | Matte muted rosy peach. Smooth, soft, and blendable. | 5/5

Paprika | Matte mauve-peach. Soft, blendable, and pigmented. Deeper more red-based than Bronze Peach. | 5/5

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Earth Rose, New Terrain, Deep Cider, Fine Wine, Maroon Berry, Chocolatier

Earth Rose | Satin rosy brown. Soft, creamy, buildable. | 4/5

New Terrain | Satin russet brown. Soft and blendable. Deeper, browner, less shimmery than Earth Rose. | 4/5

Deep Cider | Light taupe with sparse, fine, gold glitter. The glitter has no adhesion so it just dusts off, leaving you with a mediocre, sheer taupe. | 1/5

Fine Wine | Matte rosy mauve. Pigmented, blendable, and unique. It’s slightly gritty in the pan but it performs fine on the eye. | 4/5

Maroon Berry | Matte deep plum. Pigmented, unique, also slightly gritty in the pan but fine on the eye. | 4/5

Chocolatier | Matte burnt umber. Thin, but workable. | 3/5

6b Comparisons
Oatmeal Tan, Oktoberfest, Wild Raisin, Cinnamon Stone, Chocolatier

Oktoberfest | Rich matte brown ochre. This shade is pigmented, blendable, and gorgeous in the crease for warm looks. | 5/5

Wild Raisin | Deep, matte, aubergine brown. This is an interesting shade, it gives color without being overtly bright. Somewhat dry and gritty in the pan but it works on the eye. | 3/5

Cool Brown Comp

Kokomo Cafe, Coconut Husk, Deep Cider, New Terrain

Here I’ve swatched all the similar taupe shades together.

Coconut Husk | Light taupe-brown. Hard and sheer. Darker and cooler than Kokomo Cafe. Lighter, warmer than New Terrain. | 2/5

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Maroon Berry, Fine Wine, Wild Raisin, Cinnamon Stone, Chocolatier

Here’s a comparison of the berry-toned shades. Maroon Berry is more visibly purple than Wild Raisin. Chocolatier is much more brown than Wild Raisin. Fine Wine is the most obviously purple-hued color.

Price


Hot Pots are normally priced at $1.95 for 1.5 grams in a standard 26mm round pan. This is super cheap, comparable to Maybelline and e.l.f. in price per gram. If you’re really savvy, Coastal Scents regularly does $0.99 Hot Pot sales, halving their price. I’ve included both prices in my spreadsheet below for reference. If you already have a Z-palette or something similar, that’s a real steal. That being said, the empty palettes are reasonably priced. If you’re looking to save on both the Hot Pots and the palette, they also do relatively frequent site-wide 40% off sales.

I’ve broken down how much each palette is filled, full price, with the $0.99 sale (marked with an asterisk), and with the 40% off sale (marked with an †). As you’ll see, the sales makes a huge difference. Depending on how many shadows you get and if you buy an empty palette or not, the sale values are different.

  • 1 pan, they call these ‘Go Pods’ = $3.90 or $2.94* or $2.34†
  • 4 pan palette with mirror = $11.75 or $7.91* or $7.05†
  • 12 pan palette with/without mirror = $29.35 or $17.83* or $17.61†
  • 28 pan palette with solid/see through lid = $64.55 or $37.67* or $38.73†

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Ingredients


 Mica, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Kaolin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Mica and Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine Blue, Manganese Violet, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Chrome Oxide Greens, Chrome Hydroxide Green, FD&C Red No.40 Al Lake, FD&C Yellow No.5 Al Lake, FD&C Blue No.1 Al Lake.

The ingredients here are very standard for an eyeshadow. This formula has:

  • colorants (mica, titanium dioxide, everything following ‘May Contain’)
  • binding agents (talc, magnesium stearate)
  • texture-improvers (phenyl trimethicone, talc, magnesium stearate)
  • anti-caking agents (talc, kaolin)
  • preservatives (methylparaben, propylparaben)

Brand


Coastal Scents is an online-only brand out of the U.S. As many of you may know, many of their products are private label, meaning those products come from other manufacturers who stamp the Coastal Scents name on them. The brushes are produced by Crown Brushes who also private label some of Sedona Lace, Morphe, and Sigma’s brushes.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though! The seller may have better deals or incentives, such as those site-wide 40% off sales.

For the Hot Pots,  I couldn’t find another brand with the same ingredients list.

Bottom Line


These are great eyeshadows for the price, though they can be hit or miss. Doing your research on each individual shade will pay off. The huge color selection, customizability, and option to buy unusual and/or very specific shades makes these  worthwhile for me.

Revlon Street Chic Super Lustrous Lipsticks Swatches & Review | Midnight Mystery, Naughty Plum, Lilac Mist, & Bare Affair

Revlon Street Chic Lip Swatches Bare Affair, Lilac Mist, Naughty Plum, Midnight Mystery
Bare Affair, Lilac Mist, Naughty Plum, Midnight Mystery

I recently found this collection at my local Walgreen’s! The Revlon Street Chic Super Lustrous Lipstick Collection has 12 lipstick shades, each inspired by a famous city. This collection contains 6 new shades and 6 re-promoted shades which I’ve listed at the bottom of this page. Some displays contain all 12 colors and some have only the new shades.

The packaging is the standard Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick casing. I found the formula to be consistent with other shades in the line as well, a good ol’ fashioned cream lipstick that’s comfortable, pigmented, and wears decently through the day. One of the first lipsticks I ever bought, I’m still a big fan of this formula.

I picked up Bare Affair, Naughty Plum, Midnight Mystery, and Lilac Mist for $8.49 each.

Swatches


Arm Swatches

Lip Swatches

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Midnight Mystery appears to be a nearly black navy with blue shimmer in the tube. Applied on the lips it looks black or purple-black with no visible shimmer. It required a lot of building and as a result looked somewhat streaky. If you’re looking for a navy lipstick, this will be disappointing.

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Naughty Plum is a muted Tuscan red. This is very flattering applied sheer or intensely.

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Lilac Mist is a greyed lilac with subtle silver shimmer. It’s opaque and applies well.

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Bare Affair is a soft peach ochre nude with good pigmentation. This shade is very complementary on my fair complexion.

Price


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks are pretty cheap, coming in at $1.97/gram, which is comparable to e.l.f. and NYX prices for reference. Stores near me sell them for $8.49 though I know in other regions they’re still going for $4.99, I’ve included both price points in my spreadsheet. Occasionally you can find a coupon or sale on these and that really makes them a steal.

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Bottom Line


Overall, I’d recommend Bare Affair, Lilac Mist, and Naughty Plum. Of these three, Lilac Mist is the only fairly unique shade. If you already have something similar to Bare Affair or Naughty Plum, I don’t think they’re must-haves though they are still very pretty.

Midnight Mystery fails to perform as a navy lipstick and as a black lipstick, the pigmentation is mediocre. For an actual navy lipstick I’d recommend Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo. For black lipstick, I highly recommend ColourPop’s Lippie Stix in Bull Chic, it’s very pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable.

Shades


New

  • Bombshell Red (Mexico City)
  • Lilac Mist (Hong Kong)
  • Midnight Mystery (London)
  • Naughty Plum (Montreal)
  • Gold Goddess (Milan)
  • Bare Affair (Seoul)

Repromotes

  • Pink Velvet (Tokyo)
  • Mink (Johannesburg)
  • Va Va Violet (New York)
  • Love That Red (Paris)
  • Wild Orchid (Buenos Aires)
  • Primrose (Sydney)

 

23 Little Facts About Me

Before I start getting into the real stuff, I figured I should make a casual little post in case anyone wanted to know more about me as a person!

  1. I’m a sexual health educator at my university and I love facilitating workshops!
  2. For me, charades mixed with Taboo is the ultimate competitive sport.
  3. I have a very distinctive mole on my left big toe. In my mind it’s what Marilyn Monroe would look like if she was a toe.
  4. I have a dog, Theodore! He’s some sort of Staffordshire Terrier-mix and he is the most precious angel (barring the 3 shoes of mine he’s destroyed).
  5. I also have a nephew, a 2 year old pitbull-lab, Oochi. I don’t understand him at all but he is adorable.
  6. I collect mugs! The more unique and hippie-dippy the better.
  7. One time during Two Truths and a Lie my dumb ass just said three truths. Got ’em.
  8. I love true crime. My go to podcasts to listen to while I do my makeup discuss serial killers, cults, and anything macabre.
  9. I have strong tooth enamel which I occasionally use as an excuse to not brush my teeth when I’m already in bed. I’m working on it.
  10. I’m a semi-talented artist! I’ve won regional awards and sold pieces in a local store.
  11. I play 4 video games religiously: Spelunky, XCOM, Hearthstone, and The Binding of Isaac.
  12. Chartreuse is my favorite color!
  13. Coraline was my favorite movies as a child. Tying into #12, Coraline is where I first learned the word chartreuse.
  14. I hope to have hairless cats! I know everyone thinks they’re disgusting rat-cats. I like to think of them as walking scrotums.
  15. I don’t like cheese and I am not lactose intolerant.
  16. My home garden is filled with all sorts of crazy colored and weird varieties of carrots, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and greens.
  17. I have no allergies, watch out world.
  18. My favorite number is 23. Hence, 23 quick facts. I have no idea where it comes from but I think it’s a cute number.
  19. I drink about 40 oz. of coffee a day. It’s legitimately starting to be a problem…
  20. Grocery shopping is exceedingly fun for me.
  21. My scent goal is to smell like a forest nymph. I wear a lot of hay and fir tree perfumes.
  22. I’m studying to be a veterinarian currently. I’m majoring in Molecular & Cellular Biology with minors in Animal Sciences and Anthropology!
  23. I really hate worms, which I call berms. I’m grateful for all the work they do for the earth but their blind writhing disgusts me to my core.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading and come back soon for makeup and more!